I belong to the Rail group in Congleton U3A organisation and I had opportunity for a bit of reminiscing on a meeting entitled ‘Memories of Steam’. The terrace house at 26 Heathcote Place, Sutton in Ashfield Nottinghamshire where I was born in 1942  bordered a railway line. It linked the Town  and the Sutton Junction stations, a distance … Continue reading THE ‘PENNY EMMA’ TRAIN


  In the 2nd World War from 19 November 1942 to 8 January 1946, my Dad George Stimpson served as a front line gunner with the Scottish 8th Army division. These images and memories are taken from his scrapbook (in italics) and the fragments of conversations from himself and friends. Like most men returning from war he survived by forgetting … Continue reading GEORGE’S SOLDIER DAYS


Doris was my lovely Mum, who throughout my life was ‘always there for me’, listening and encouraging me to do what I wanted to do. She was a very gentle and sociable person who was interested in people. Consequently everybody liked her. She was born on 26 November 1911 to Mary Ann and Robert John … Continue reading DEAR DORIS