Your letters, March 20, 2014

We have a full postbag of your letters on a range of views
We have a full postbag of your letters on a range of views

Your Views - here are the letters published in the Harborough Mail on March 20, 2014.

As usual, there are lots of views and opinions on a host of subjects in this week’s Mail.

MEMORIES: Can you help find award winners

In October 1965 the Duchess of Rutland came to Little Bowden Church Hall to present broaches to four girls who had achieved the “gold standard” for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme.

The event was recorded in the Mail with a photograph of the Duchess and the four girls; the first girls in the town to gain gold status.

The Cine Society also recorded the event on silent colour film for the organising committee, and that has now been copied onto digital video by the Harborough Movie Makers club, making it more convenient for viewing.

The Mail’s article gives the names of the girls as Janice Robertson, Clare Jarvis, Jean Ashling, and Sheila Turner.

The Movie Makers would like to make the film footage into a more complete film by adding a narrative and include some background information about the work the girls had to do to achieve such a prestigious award.

The last two have already been traced, but the club would like to contact the others to hear about their experiences, which is understood to have included a visit to Buckingham Palace to receive their award certificates from the Duke.

If any readers can help, I would be pleased to hear from them, either by telephone on 01858 525372 or by sending an email to

Peter Wilford, Clipston

MEMORIES: Tell us all about Little Bowden

Little Bowden Society is compiling photographs and written evidence of anything to do with Little Bowden from the first to the second millennium.

This will be used to produce a book to show how the village has changed from being a medieval village to being incorporated into the town of Market Harborough.

Do any readers have any photographs, stories or other material that could be used by us please?

If so, the society would be very grateful to receive them.

Any photographs will have to be endorsed with clearance by the photographer so that they may be reproduced.

Any written prose will have to show reference of source and clearance given for credit to be given to the person submitting the photograph or written reference.

Any books or paper clippings dealing with exploits of any famous son or daughter of Little Bowden would also be much appreciated.

Everything will be treated in full confidence until publication.

All submissions can be sent to Little Bowden Society chairman Alan D Window, 11 Church Walk, Little Bowden, Leicestershire, LE16 8AE.

A full record will be kept of submissions so that they can be returned to the sender after publication.

Alan D Window, chairman of Little Bowden Society

MEMORIES: Norbury Close named for Ralph

Further to Mail Memories last week – yes, Norbury Close is named after Ralph.

It was in this area behind Logan Street where he had his market garden with glasshouses where he grew much of his stock for his High Street shop R Norbury & Sons at 22, High Street.

It was certainly handy for us to go to from 15A Church Street, which was a wallpaper and paint shop owned by my parents.

Len Bale, by email

ROADS: We should close Church Street

Why not shut the area where the bakery and cake shop are in Church Street and leave tables out for people? It is far too dangerous to leave traffic going in that area and would, I feel, add a lovely atmosphere to the town.

Sue Abbott, Market Harborough

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