Saturday 31 December 2005

Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder, No. 01

Edited by Danny Howell

The Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder is the collective title for a series of little booklets which bring together notes and photographs taken or collected by Danny Howell, as well as articles and illustrations gleaned from books, newspapers, magazines, out-of-print publications, scrapbooks, personal papers, parish records, directories, diaries, archives, and a host of other sources.

Included in the series are reports of special occasions, essays and lists, the results of surveys, tape-recorded and written memories, sketches and plans, plus old postcards and photographs past and present. Many have never been regaled in print before.

Some issues are devoted to a single subject, some feature a collection of articles on a theme, and other issues include an assortment of topics.

Issue by issue, the series is making a record of people and places, events and customs, providing a wealth of information accessible to readers and researchers who want to know more about Warminster, the Wylye Valley and the surrounding area.

Issue No.1 of the Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder includes:

Gerald Francis, the first taxi-operator in Warminster to have a two-way radio;

Review of a wonderful concert by Michael Thomas, which combined music and humour to raise funds for Stockton Church;

A visit to the DPS Exotics, a business selling exotic reptiles and tropical mammals, at George Street, Warminster;

The week when the American pedestrian Edward Payson Weston, and the novelist and playwright Oscar Wilde both came to Warminster;

The 21st Anniversary of Noggin Nosh And Natter, when vehicles old and interesting assembled at the George Inn, Longbridge Deverill;

A list of benefactions distributed at Warminster, Christmas 1933;

Sculptor Althea Wynne of Upton Lovell and her ceramics to caress and cuddle;

An event to mark 50 years of voluntary service to Arthritis Research in Warminster;

And Recollections of Heytesbury by Nancy Pleydell Bouverie.
Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorcer, No.1
Edited by Danny Howell.
Softback, 210 mm x 147 mm, 64 pages, 32 black and white photographs and illustrations.
Published by Bedeguar Books.
December 2005.
ISBN 1872818455.