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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??
343) Richard 
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Monday, 30 July 2012 03:33 Write a comment

In about 1964/5 I visited Dursley at the invitation of a friend I met in London. The family were named Humby. The father worked for Lister's (no surprise there) and the daughter was called Marian (or maybe Marion). She was a dressmaker and worked for Hardy Amies, the designer, in London. I think they originated from Wales. I sometimes wonder what became of them. Perhaps someone who visits this Guestbook may remember the name. It was a long time ago, though.

Helen Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:33
Hi Richard I have only just come across this site and read your message. I believe you are talking about my mother...Marion her maiden name was Harwood. My grandfather worked in Lister and Mum was a dressmaker for Hardy Aimes. She had a brother Colin who sadly passed away nearly 6 years ago. Mum lives back in Caerphilly however we visit Dursley often. I will be seein Mum tonight so will pass on. Helen

Richard Friday, 11 May 2018 01:43
Hi Helen
I’ve only just see your kind response to my original post. Thanks for replying.
It looks like after so many years my recollection of Marion’s maiden surname was wrong! My apologies for that.
342) Diane Northcott 
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:38 Write a comment

Hello. I am doing my family history, and I have found out that my Gt.Gt Grandparents, Edmund Grace and Charlotte Williams, were from Dursley.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to trace their birth certificates.
The only information I have is they were born abt 1814/1817, and it states on their marriage certificate that their parents were James Grace and Samuel Wiiliams
0ne of the witnessess was a Selina Williams, so I am wondering if they are related.
I would be most grateful, if there is anyone related to either the Williams/Grace families would be able to help me please.

Andy Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:34
Hi Diane. National registration of births, deaths and marriages only started in 1837 which is why you can't find a certificate. However the births should be recorded in the Parish registers if you can get access to them.

Diane Friday, 27 July 2012 09:29
Hi Andy, thanks for getting back.
Will take a look at the parish registers.
341) Ian Mackintosh 
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:45 Write a comment

I visited Dursley in July,1969, to see a couple, Brin and Peggy, who were on the S.S. Australis with me in May/June, 1969, on a voyage from Melbourne to Southhampton.
Stayed in a field for the weekend before driving to Dover to start a 3 month European trip.
Brin played the piano.
Are they still around?

Julie E. A. Smith Thursday, 12 July 2012 10:51
from JEAW, Hi Ian, I live in the U.S.A. but my very best friend is Peggy Norris who still lives in Dursley. Peg and Bryn are divorced now but both are alive and well. I talk to her by phone often and would be happy to forward a message. Peggy does not have a computer. My e-mail address is
340) Roger Oxland 
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:52 Write a comment

I was taught by Miss Kingham and had my hair cut by her father. I attended Dursley Grammar until 1956 and sang Joe’s returning. My father ran the clinics at R A Lister and we lived in Jubilee Road. After 50 years I plan a return visit, hence my arrival on this website. I guess there may be some changes!
339) Sharyne Brothers 
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Monday, 25 June 2012 22:18 Write a comment

Hi, my husband is related to The Brothers family from Dursley, c 1800-1890's. We know that they were undertakers in Long Street, as well as carpenters. His ancestor, Charles Thomas King Brothers came out to Australia in 1855 with his wife Hannah French, and their infant daughter Elizabeth Sarah Jane, who unfortunately died a month before landing in Australia. We will be their in September sometime, and was wondering if there is a historical society or organisation that can help us with research. We know that some of the family lived at Woodmancote. Any help would be great. Sharyne Brothers
338) Rachel Greiner nee Hill 
Burlington, ON Canada
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Friday, 25 May 2012 14:02 Write a comment

Andy - What a wonderful site to read through to learn about Dursley and the area! It certainly gives me a better perspective of what my ancestors would have seen or been part of in their day-to-day lives.

Been researching the family tree and have Hill, Crewe and Wintle starting in the late 1700's. If anyone has these names in their own trees I would love to exchange information.

Kindest regards.
337) Susan Edwards 
Elora, Ontario, Canada
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Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:42 Write a comment

I have a photograph of Edward Tallboys and his family outside of The Forge, his blacksmith shop. To whom do I e-mail a copy?

Andy (DursleyGlos admin) Friday, 27 April 2012 02:09
Hello Susan.
Thanks for the message. Could you email to me please. Just follow the email link from the menu on my DursleyGlos home page. Thanks
336) Valerie Organ nee Butler 
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:11 Write a comment

Hi, We plan to have a reunion of the class of 53 (Coronation Year) Dursley Grammar School. A number of us have got together and are looking at dates in early July. We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in attendance or just contact with old school friends. Val aka Titch
335) Graham Shotter 
Melbourne, Australia
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Friday, 16 March 2012 20:25 Write a comment

In about 1965 my grandfather Major General John Denham Shotter MBE AFC became the partner of Georgina Lister who was the daughter of Sir Percy Lister. They lived together on the island of Sark where he died in 1977 aged about 90. Georgina was very much younger than he and would be about 80 if she is alive today.

Margaret Bradley Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:16
Were you at Prince Rupert School in Wilhelmshaven?
334) Mike Luckett 
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Friday, 3 February 2012 06:15 Write a comment

Hello all. Just a quick message to ask if anyone out there has a photo of the main building of the old Grammar School at Rednock - I believe it was actually Rednock House. If so could you please scan it and e-mail it to me. Following the message I left on this site last year I was contacted by Dave Rees and we met up after 46 years! I also arranged for two photos of the 3rd year Rugby and Cricket teams to go in the local Gazettee on 12 Jan this year and as a result and with Dave's help have fitted all the names to the photos and made contact with several old school friends. Thanks to this website smile

Andy Friday, 3 February 2012 06:28
Hi Mike. I'm glad you found the website useful. If you go to the 'People' link on the home page, then 'George Augustus Graham' you will see a photo of his home, Rednock House before it before it became a school. I have others too in school days but can't get to them yet.
333) Nigel Chivers 
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Monday, 30 January 2012 12:53 Write a comment

I am trying to contact Roger Phelps last known in Dursley, served in the Royal Marines in 1962 till ? any information would be appreciated.

Andy (Derry) Gass Tuesday, 24 October 2017 18:15
Believe his brother Mike lives in Shrewley Common, Warwickshire
332) Steve 
The World
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:59 Write a comment

I loved Dursley and the people, I have many cherished memories, Yew Tree, Fox and Hounds, etc. lol
331) Romy (Rosemary) Shovelton 
Carno, SY17 5JU, Wales
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Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:57 Write a comment


I was born in 1950 in Dursley, at The Rangers - now something else on the site. I went to Miss Newth's nursery school.

My Dad, Peter Shovelton was an apprentice at Listers and returned there after the war (2nd WW!).

My mother's father (Fred Moore) had a dental practice in Prospect Place.

We had a house built in 1953 called Kilcroney - a little bit out of the full centre of Dursley. There was a blacksmith opposite and a farm next door across the small valley/dip.

Love to hear from folks who have memories from these times.

Romy smile

Andy (dursleyglos admin) Sunday, 18 December 2011 07:47
Hello Romy
Thanks for the post. All of the area around Ranger's House is now under a housing estate. Whereabouts in relation to the centre of Dursley was Kilcroney as it's not a name I'm familiar with?

Roger Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:37
I went to Miss Newth's too. I was born in 1956 so I must have gone there after you. I have just had a dream about being at that little school, it was vivid that I have just searched for Miss Newth. Thus I found your post
330) Kevin Nash 
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Saturday, 24 September 2011 03:59 Write a comment

Hello everyone in Dursley I have now moved back to Dursley, feel at home now. Thailand was good but my roots are in the Cotswolds. Anyone out there got any news?
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