Memory Corner June 20th 2019

Friday June 20th, 1794

Frederick, Duke of York

IT IS TO BE HOPED that the Duke of York, and all other British and Hanoverian commanders, will send trumpets to demand a parley with the French generals, to know whether they are determined to put in force the decree of the Convention, “to give no quarter to the British and Hanoverians.”  If the answer should be that such was their intention, then we know what to expect; and the tried spirit of the British troops will never suffer themselves to be butchered without the most terrible retaliation. Such a system of warfare is, however, such as to make every honest heart shudder.


Friday June 18th, 1819

INQUESTS by E Whitcomb, gent, of Cleobury Mortimer; May 19th, on the body of Martha Marchant, aged 75, who, being left alone, accidentally fell upon a wood fire upon the hearth and was burnt to death. On the 25th, on the body of John Jones, who, on returning home on Sunday night much intoxicated, deviated out of the footpath and fell seven feet from a rock, and was found dead the following morning.  Same day, upon the body of Mary Tart, aged 19 months, who, being at play with other children whilst its parents were at church, was, after some time, missed by them, and on searching it was found floating on the forge pool, quite dead. Verdict in each case, accidental death.


Friday June 18th, 1869

HER MAJESTY does not share the opinions of those landowners who believe that they have a prescriptive right to fatten their game on the crops of their tenants.  Some of the deer on the Royal estates on Deeside having been in the habit of straying on a neighbouring farm, the Queen, on learning that a complaint on the subject had been made, expressed her regret at the occurrence and ordered a strong fence to be immediately erected to protect the crops of the farmer.


Friday June 20th, 1919

A DISPATCH from Lille [France] says the British have begun to destroy war material which it would be too expensive to convey back to England.  Four thousand damaged motor cars have been burned in bonfires.  The Americans have also destroyed automobiles, tarpaulins and bedding for the same reason.  The inhabitants were not permitted to purchase any of the materials.

WANTED – good plain COOK (strong), also well-trained PARLOURMAID; two in family, three maids kept – Mrs Dickinson, Beech Hill, Newport, Salop.


Friday June 22nd, 1979

A SHREWSBURY building site was besieged by people this week – only hours after they had been told that a new batch of houses had been completed.  Would-be customers queued up at the sales office of the Sutton Park development off the Meole-Column link road, more than two hours before the office opened on Wednesday morning.  And by the time they left, firm reservations had been taken for about 15 of the 20 houses on offer.  The development is being carried out by Shrewsbury’s biggest building firm, Fletcher Contractors Ltd, which has a massive waiting list for properties on Sutton Park.


Thursday June 23rd, 1994

WHAT HAVE THE CHANGES to the National Curriculum got to do with the well-being of piglets at the Walford College of Agriculture? Shrewsbury headmaster Mel Bamford has the answer.  Mr Bamford is asking pupils and staff at Belvidere School to shred waste paper for use in the Walford farrowing pens.  Sows like to use the shredded paper to make nests for their piglets, and according to Mr Bamford the many changes suggested by government adviser Sir Ron Dearing means that there is no shortage of waste paper from previous National Curriculum stages.  “There may not be a grunt of approval from the Department of Education but there are plenty from the pigs,” Mr Bamford said.


Thursday June 25th, 2009

A PRIORY schoolgirl has been named the ‘Carer of the Year’ at a prestigious awards event in London. Sarah Thomas, 15, of Copthorne Road, was given the honour by the MS Society at a special gala awards lunch which was hosted by TV presenter Moira Stuart.  She was selected as a finalist for the exceptional care and support she provides her mother, who has the illness, and the award was presented by campaigner and author Claire Rayner, a woman who knows all about caring.  Since the age of seven, Sarah has cared for her mother.  She helps with household chores, medication, shopping, assisting her mother when walking or using her scooter, and fetching and carrying.  But her caring work doesn’t stop there – Sarah also helps other people with MS when she is at the Shrewsbury and District branch functions, where she is an active volunteer, representing the views of the young carers.