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Diana (Bedford)
Godolphin Cross, Cornwall
Sunday, July 29, 2007 08:34
Hi to all,
I lovedlthe Hay Making photograph in the gallery, with Lenard Thompson on top of the wagon, it brought many memories.
Although I never gave Lenard a hand, I made myself busy helping out with the Bells at Holly Root? ', the farm over theirs which ws run by a very old couple whose meadows were so steep that the hay had to be cut by hand. I also remember working with the Listers/Lesters? at the farm about the one that belonged to Joe Harry's aunt.
This also brings back a memory of another steep land farm across the valley. The farmer was new to the area and insisted on cutting with his tractor. The tractor then turned over and the p0oos man was crushed to death.
Also, you have a Clifford Gill - ex cricketer -in the village. Is he nearly 8O or is this one the son or grandson of the one I knew years ago? Diana
Sunday, July 29, 2007 12:36
Hi Diana, yes it's the original Clifford Gill. He's still involved with the cricket club and always raises a smile when he pops down to the park pavilion. Did you know his brother Bryan too? He's involved with the art club and paints some brilliant pictures. If you haven't seen them, have a look at the cricket club and art club pages on the site.
Sunday, July 29, 2007 19:36
The photo showing the haycart and helpers - I think the young lad looking on from the back is one of the Briggs twins. They were so much alike it was impossible to tell them apart but they had their distinctive stance. Leaning slightly with head cocked to one side. They would be about the right age.
Godolphin Cross, Cornwall
Sunday, July 29, 2007 22:07
Hi Paul - must have met Bryan Gill, but could not put a face to him. If anyone bumps into him I would love them to give my regards to him, and ask him if he knows Mary Bell's address. We are talking about fifty odd years ago though since I was last in Sutton, so he may have completely forgotten me.
David in Oz
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:27
You must have been reading my mind. I reckon you are right. We used to help Ernest Helliwell and then of course Frank Ingham.
I remember my first meeting with Frank in the hay field between Hazel Grove Rd and the lane ? that ran behind Crag View and Ash Grove as he was mowing.
I thought I was smart and sat on the mower seat and was promptly told "Thee get off"!
David Briggs
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 21:14
I think you are almost right - the photo of the young lad I think is ME - David Briggs - younger brother of the twins who would have been 19 and in forces in 1957. Also my father Jimmy Briggs could be driving the tractor - he used to help Leonard and other farmers at haytime and he would have had young Chris Barsby on the front. I also like your comment on the "Leaning stance" - I have loads of my own photos where I am doing just that!!

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