Archive for November, 2011

Ushaw Moor Jazzband 2 – YouTube

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Ushaw Moor Jazzband.mp4 – YouTube.

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The Day I Became Old

November 17, 2011 1 comment

Was the day I read an advert that was selling the old currency coins; bags of threepenny bits, pennies, shillings and sixpence pieces. If I remember correctly the advert tried to attract me to the coins of the reign of George the Sixth – in a feel the coins and feel the people sort of way; it was all offered to me for a bit short of thirty quid.

Do I want to surrender anything near thirty quid for old coins that do not smile or wink at me? Coins from an era  I lived through?  No not really and I resent being reminded that people of  1990s vintage called Darren, Chelsea, Jack and Charlotte might take a different view.


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Ralph Cowell And Family

November 16, 2011 2 comments

Back in the 1890s Ralph and Annie Cowell lived in Deerness Junction Railway Cottages. Ralph was a signalman on the North Eastern Railway. Living with them were the children – John, Charles, Ralph, Mary, Emily and Florence.

Does the above mean anything to anyone?


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Pretty Flashers

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Back in the 1950s, probably during the period eight to twelve days before  Christmas Day, tree erections were taking place all over Ushaw Moor; the accompanying tree lights were often very pretty and sometimes impressionable children were mesmerized by them.

Newquay is clearly a competitive Johnny come lately:  this year, in one of its finest hotels, on the 31st of October, there was to be seen a fully lit and decorated tree; nearby Christmas lights were, in my view, flashing intermittently like a frantic light house.

Flashing is a matter of taste and there is a time and place for it, but perhaps not if the flash is at the rate of three times a second as opposed to a more normal once a second. I am sure that the Newquay flash rate was safe but it stimulated me to look further into this subject. The Epilepsy Society has addressed the issue of Christmas Tree flashing and it can be read at uk


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The Racecourse, Durham University Grounds, Durham 29/06/1893

November 13, 2011 1 comment

Ushaw Moor Cricket Club did battle against Durham Club and Ground in a one day single innings match. They lost both the toss and the match and this is recorded faithfully by the Cricket/ Archive Oracles. Just google –   Ushaw Moor 1893 –   or such like, and you will find the details; or click HERE ed PC

Ushaw Moor’s batting order:

R Hope

W Harding

G Browning

C Smith

J Harding

J H Gallagher

J Hewitson

W Tennick

A Hindson

R McClay

W Hill

Only W Harding made an impression with the bat, scoring 65 of which seven were  boundary shots for 4.

Ushaw Moor were all out for 121 and Durham surpassed that total with the loss of only three wickets. In the event Durham batted on and  reached 166 for 7 at the close.

I’m pretty certain that R Hope was my great great grandfather Richard [1856 – 1921] and if I am right my grandfather  Dickie Hope [1902 -1983] was his grandson.


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I Got Your Letter Brian M

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

The contents are much appreciated and I look forward to meeting you sometime in 2012.

It is true that I could have posted this on Facebook but I think it more appropriate to do so here on what is after all Brian’s beloved site!


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The Mother Of All Memories

November 13, 2011 1 comment

Recently there has been much controversy regarding the question of poppy wearing. Some argue that poppies should not be worn on days other than remembrance Sunday. Newsreaders have been wailed at for wearing a poppy ‘far too early’. Others feel that the poppy is a symbol of war and should not be worn at all. For me it is a symbol of remembrance, not war, and if wearing it for about two weeks up to and including remembrance Sunday reminds some people to buy one – all to the well and good. Significant sums are collected and used to fund the injured, purchase medical equipment and assist widows and so on. Long may the poppy be worn.

Let me highlight just a few of our cherished Ushaw Moor war dead:

Edward Atkinson, Joseph Bone, Mark Turner DCM, Thomas N Ferguson, Thomas Metcalf and Robert Mosley.

One stanza from a Laurence Binyon poem is very famous:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.


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