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363) Dave Goldsmith 
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Monday, 20 May 2013 15:17 Write a comment

Hi Mike, you must remember me, I lived next door to you at Highfields.

Mike S. Tuesday, 21 May 2013 06:43
Hi Dave,

Yes, of course. Lots of happy memories living at No. 2. Hope all your family are well.
362) David Jewell 
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Monday, 20 May 2013 11:36 Write a comment

Worked at R.A.Lister's Dursley,1962 to 1978. Married Sandra Smart 1968, moved to Cornwall 1988 till 2006, moved back to Glos then finally retired back to Cornwall 2012.

Mike S. Tuesday, 21 May 2013 06:44
Hi Dave,

Hope retirement is treating you and your family well.

Alan Webb Sunday, 30 June 2013 13:14
Hi Dave
Alan (Spider) Webb now living on Vancouver Island Canada, Retired from engineering now doing a bit of reno & install jobs. a-swebb& smile
361) Michael (Mike) Sugar 
Cinderford, Gloucestershire
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Sunday, 19 May 2013 10:42 Write a comment

Dursley County Council Primary School 1948 - 1955.

Moved from Long Street to Highfields in 1955.

Dursley Grammar School 1955 - 1960.

Father was Don Sugar - Inspector in Crankshaft Dept - RAL.

Mother was Doris - worked at RAL as tea lady and later at Wilkes.

Older brother Don: younger sister Susan.

Married Shirley Thompson in 1965 - moved to Cam.

Moved to Llandrindod Wells in 2007.

Settled in Cinderford 2011.
360) Dave Goldsmith 
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Wednesday, 8 May 2013 15:22 Write a comment

Funny I saw Ron today walking down the town. Also I knew his Dad, Rodger, very well. He was a very nice man, I think Ron still lives in the same old house.
359) Matthew Gay 
Poole, Dorset
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Tuesday, 7 May 2013 16:05 Write a comment

Hi, my father was born in Dursley, his name was Raymond Gay with a brother Malcolm Gay and a step brother Ronald Taylor and step father Roger (Bernie) Taylor, lived in Uley Road next to the lawnmower shop. Just wondered if anyone remembers them.

Mike Sugar Tuesday, 21 May 2013 06:48
Hi Matthew,

Went to primary school with your Uncle Malcolm - and later, we both attended day release at Dursley Technical College 1960-1965.
358) Cynthia and Barry Dursley 
Bracebridge Ontario Canada
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Sunday, 5 May 2013 10:23 Write a comment

How very interesting, my husband's family DURSLEY originated in this area, mostly Bristol. I have visited twice, 1975 with my sister and then later with a cousin nee Dursley from Coventry. Loved it both times and always interested to find out more. This is a great site. Thank you smile Wasn't there a railroad as well?

Andy Monday, 20 May 2013 16:22
Hello Cynthia and thanks for the guestbook entry. I’m glad you enjoyed the site. Yes, Dursley had a railway, there is a lot of information about it on this website.
357) Lyndal Turner 
Marrar, Australia
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Tuesday, 9 April 2013 21:19 Write a comment

We're heading to Uley/Dursley in Sept 2013 to visit the area my husband's great great parents lived, before emmigrating to Aus. They married in St Giles (if it is the only C of E church in Uley) so will be visiting there. Is there someone involved in the historical society who we could contact for more information?
356) W J Baker 
Eschwege - Germany
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Monday, 25 March 2013 08:56 Write a comment

Never knew there was so many pubs in Dursley. Hello to all that know me, great site.
355) Neil Truelove 
40 Kingshill Road, Dursley
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Friday, 8 March 2013 06:54 Write a comment

Interesting site. Thank-you. I found it today whilst researching the cluster of Polish graves in the cemetery, which your site helped to identify as Listers' employees post the war. big grin
354) Dave Goldsmith 
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:50 Write a comment

I have loads of Lister link magazines, the earliest one I can find is 1975. Does anyone out there know when the first one came out?

Andy Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:02
The earliest Listerlink I have is dated September 1975. The very final one printed was Winter 1985. In 1986, after the Lister-Petter merger there were a couple of issues of a new magazine published called Link-Up. Prior to Lister Link the house magazine was the Lister Standard which started in the 1920s and continued through to at least the 1950s. During WW2 a flimsy newsletter magazine called the 'Gossip' was published for employees who were away.
353) Dave Goldsmith 
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:43 Write a comment

Just reading the article about Woodmancote house. I do remember climbing through the boarded up windows to gain access, also remember someone saying there was an underground tunnel leading out of the grounds, me and my mate Scotty went down into the cellar to check this out there was a heavy door there which we assumed was the entrance to the tunnel. We tried on many occasions to get through the door but we couldn't and gave up but do have many fond memories of playing in and around the house.
352) Sally Lister 
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:05 Write a comment

I am looking for an original lister engine advert.

Andy Friday, 18 January 2013 03:49
They quite often show up on eBay. Are you connected to the family?

Sally Friday, 18 January 2013 10:54
Thank you for getting back to me, I will have a look on eBay. I'm married to Edward Lister who is Sir Charles Percy's grandson.
The site is fantastic... It is clear to see that there is a wonderful community spirit in Dursley too. Amazing!
351) Chris Shrapnel 
Wells, Somerset
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:29 Write a comment

I was looking for the correct way to spell Mawdsley's when I chanced upon this site and the memories just flooded back. Especially when going through the photos of the Mawdsley factory and of Uley where I used, for a time, to be in digs. I did my HND at Mawdsley's between 1963 and 1967. I remember so well those photos of the inside of the factoy though I see there is only one in the old building - the one that was on the road. This was the drawing office where Percy, the office manager, made sure that come the end of my time I could produce a reasonable blueprint. My board was towards the far end of the line on the left hand side. Ray Flack tried to instill some idea of sales and Alan Forsyth, advertising. Then there was Bert in the development testing section and Mr Parsons who tried to teach me all about eddy-current couplings!
It was a joyful time for me.
Thanks for this trip down memory lane.
350) Kathryn Talboys 
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Saturday, 12 January 2013 08:02 Write a comment

After a recent stay back at home over xmas as a family we discussed our time at Whiteway Close (for me 63-82) and my memories of Rangers House, stables and the tunnel. Although much altered now we assumed the tunnel was linked to the house, with the gate house at Woodmancote (still there) with a bridge across to the house which as kids we called the four trees and led to the 'new' shop as was and a long grassed area (former house gardens?) we readily played in. Though the house and stables went when I was about ten I hear the tunnel is still there. just can't quite join up all the connections or not and was the tunnel really Roman as my great aunt told me as a child. Searched on the internet and found very little. Hoping someone knows more than me and can settle our discussion, Thanks.

Andy Saturday, 12 January 2013 08:35
Hi Kathryn. The tunnel was part of the estate gardens and landscaping and allowed an existing footpath to go underneath as the owner wanted his estate to remain private. It is definitely not Roman. The estate was sold in 1902 and included the 14 houses that make up Holywell cottages, still there on Woodmancote, on the left as you travel up Woodmancote beyond Nunnery lane. Rangers House was actually demolished in 1973 to make way for the current houses.

Sandra Jewell Sunday, 13 January 2013 15:59
Hi Kathryn, I lived at 16 Whiteway Close in the 60s with my parents Derek & Kath Smart. Have memories of walking under the tunnel many times. Such a shame the house went.

Alan Webb Sunday, 30 June 2013 13:23
Hi to Kathryn John's now canadian friend ex motorcycle.
And Sandra hi to you I knew your Mum & Dad when I live in Whiteway close With Mrs E Smith.
Alan (Spider ) Webb
349) Jeanette Morrison 
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 05:43 Write a comment

Just found this website! - grew up in Dursley in the days of a Woolworths in Long Street and two cinemas! Attended Dursley Grammar School 1960-67 (so hello to Robert Excell and Chris Harris!) - Percy Woodland, Jo West, Nell Ranshaw etc.
Keep up the good work on the website.

Happy Days! smile
348) Paul Thomas 
Escucha, Spain
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Sunday, 18 November 2012 11:39 Write a comment

I am looking at the panoramic school picture of us all in 1962. I remember being collected from Berkeley by Neale's coaches with Aubrey Neale driving. Where did the last 50 years go?
347) Twila 
Little Badminton
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:16 Write a comment

So insightful, looking ahead to returning.
346) Gill Gazzard (nee Munslow) 
Tewkesbury, Glos.
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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 11:26 Write a comment

Hi there, just 'fell' upon this site by accident. Spent the last hour or so reading all the guestbook comments/memories. I moved to Dursley from London in January 1964, first to 14 Cedar Drive then to 41 Springfields. I went to Dursley Sec. Mod. till 1968. Worked at Lister's for about a year then went to Mawdsley's for another couple of years before marrying Les Gazzard from Elmwood House, Cambridge. Did a couple Saturday jobs, fresh fish shop on the corner of May Lane, then the bakers (made cakes on the premises; where I learned how to stuff the jam into doughnuts!!) next door or so to Baxters Butchers, this is where Les worked for a few years until we married in 1971 (41 years now, and yes, some said it wouldn't last, fooled ya!). We have two children, Ivan & Fay, Fay has two children, Dan 16 & Becky 13. Reading through this site and looking at old pictures brought back happy memories for me too. Thank you Andy and all who have donated their recollections.

Andy Wednesday, 24 October 2012 17:54
Thanks for visiting the site, Gill.
345) Chris Harris 
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Monday, 27 August 2012 13:42 Write a comment

Hi, born and brought up in Third Av Highfields, Dursley until 1967. Dursley County School (Boss Prosser, Miss Kingham, Mrs Whiteman?). Dursley Grammar (Percy Woodland, Jo West, Nellie Ranshaw). Good memeories, Percy Woodland made me pass out demonstrating fluidity of Ether, lol. 649 Squadron ATC.
Hi to those who remember me smile

JEAW Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:58
Hi Chris,I knew a family from Third Ave...Ron,Barbara,Jean, Hazel,Doug, and David also known as Spank and perhaps a few more.
Old Dursleyan JEAW

Chris Harris Tuesday, 28 August 2012 16:10
Hi JEAW, yep that's my family, I am the youngest Chris

JEAW Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:32
Hi Chris again, what a small world. I used to hang out at your house and play with Hazel but I also knew Barb and Jean very well. Jean was married to my best friend's brother "Bill" I know Jean passed away many years ago and Barbara just a few years ago. My brother was very good friends with Doug, is he still around? The family lived in First Ave when we were kids before moving to Third Ave. Hope you are well.
Cheers for now Jeaw.

Chris Harris Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:33
Doug lives in Stonehouse and Jill in Dursley. David in Wootton Bassett and Hazel has been in Oz since 1973. Ron died some years ago.

Rob Exell Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:00
Hi Chris, I come back to this site from time to time but rarely see anything from my group of friends from those days. I remember me, you and Johnny Williams walking to Dursley County School every day (Mrs Wiseman, by the way) and then later to Dursley Grammar together with ex Church School boy Roger Atkins whose mother kept him in short trousers long after we had all graduated to 'longs' smile Good times!
344) Ron Heslop 
Wythenshawe, Manchester
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Thursday, 2 August 2012 03:37 Write a comment

Have just read Roger Oxland's message! I too, was taught by Miss Kingham and had my haircut by her dad on Long Street! I left Dursley Grammar on Friday 21st July 1954 & enlisted into the army on 27th. July 1954!!. Unfortunately despite coincidences cannot remember Roger??
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