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YesterYear: Stories from papers past

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 03, 2013

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100 years ago

AT a meeting of the members of the Wookey Hole Male Voice Choir, at the Wesleyan schoolroom, Arthur Trowbridge, of Wells, who has given his services gratuitously as conductor of the choir, was presented with a cheque by the members.

The presentation was made by Mrs Hodgkinson, who eulogised the services so willingly given by Mr Trowbridge and the recipient made a very pleasing and appropriate response.

TOWNEND Bridge at the approach to Croscombe from the Wells side was opened at 10.30am on Tuesday morning.

Miss Somerville drove over with Mr A Somerville in her car "Sarah". There was an enthusiastic gathering at the opening.

50 years ago

THE Deputy Mayor of Wells, Councillor J Dougal Duncan, is to urge the city council to set up a committee to investigate the possibility of a university being established in the city.

His move follows the publication of the Robbins' Committee's report on Higher Education, although the idea for the provision of a university at Wells was first raised in the Wells Journal in June and in an editorial this newspaper urged the council to consider some action.

Mr Duncan told a reporter: "I am assured of a seconder for this resolution and I shall suggest the committee is given the power to co-opt from outside the council and does, in fact, invite representatives of the church, schools and the commercial, industrial and professional interests of the city to serve on it."

Mr Duncan said that the city already has that indefinable "atmosphere" which is so vital and difficult to acquire.

EMI Electronics held their annual dance at the town hall on Friday evening.

The hall had been gaily decorated for the occasion and the scene that greeted dancers as they entered was that of a garden with arches of flowers.

An original and exciting feature of the cabaret was the introduction of what appeared to be the well-known group The Beatles.

Bewigged and with guitars, they mimed and moved in imitation of the famous four.

But the Beatles turned out to be four former apprentices from the Wells factory and were given resounding cheers.

25 years ago

DEVELOPMENT of the former Clares Carlton site in Wells, which has been derelict for over a year, is to start in the next few weeks. Beazer Homes have sold the site to a sheltered housing group, although the original plans for 70 units of mixed housing will remain the same.

A CONSCIOUS effort to improve traffic flow in Solver Street, Wells, is being made by the county council.

Proposals to introduce a waiting restriction in parts of the street were agreed by the district's planning committee this week.

Anyone with any objections should contact County Hall, Taunton, before November 4.

10 years ago

WELLS' Regal Cinema has come another step closer to re-opening as a club.

The Regal (Wells) Ltd has submitted a planning application to Mendip District Council, seeking permission to install new facilities and restore parts of the listed building.

Among the proposed alterations are the replacement of the fire escapes and part of the roof, the installation of an air conditioning unit and various other internal restorations.

The application comes a month after entrepreneur Terry Clare was given a temporary one-year licence for the sale of drinks on the premises.

The magistrates insisted that Mr Clare could only have a drinks licence if he agreed to a list of commitments including installing CCTV, after consultation with the police, and ensuring that there was a minimum of six doorstaff who would all be qualified under the Mendip Doorsafe scheme.

He will also have to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Mr Clare said he was hoping to re-open the Regal at Christmas as a club targeted at 20-somethings.

He believes the work will cost at least £400,000 and provide space for up to 600 people in the club at any one time.

The police have withdrawn their former objections to the re-use of the building as a club.

The application will be considered at the next meeting of Wells City Council's planning committee, on Thursday, November 6.

The city council can only make recommendations to Mendip District Council planners who will make the final decision.

HALLOWEEN came early for the members of 1st Wells Brownies.

The girls dressed up on Friday to celebrate the spooky night.

There were witches, mummies, vampires and ghosts with lots of pumpkins, spiders and broomsticks to help the party go with a bang.

The brownie pack meets every Wednesday at Stoberry School and is organised by brown owls Bea May and Lucy Payne.

MORE than £1,300 has been raised for charity thanks to supermarket shoppers in Wells.

A collection taken recently by the local Macmillan Cancer Relief committee, at the Wells branch of Tesco, brought in a total of £1,356 to go towards their work.

The organisers would like to thank the management and staff at the store for their assistance, and all the people who showed their support.

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