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Welcome to these pages of audio. On them you will find stories from these villages telling of life in days past.

The stories are categorised as "Agriculture", "Village life", "Church", "Local Area", "War time", "finding love" and "local characters" - though of course many of the stories overlap different areas.  Please select the category you are interested in from the drop down list and click the "change" button.

Thanks to Clare Perkins for her work in asking the questions and prompting the answers. 

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War announcment made in ChurchGeoff Gwilt647 Kb
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A radio was taken to Stoke Bliss church and the congregation heard the announcement about war in the 11.00 o clock service
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Getting batteries charged during the warDavid and Ron4,124 Kb
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Bus loads of accumulators being charged in Tenbury
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Cutting the fence to rescue sheep from floodsJohn & Lesley Shew1,334 Kb
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Cutting the fence to rescue sheep from floods at Stanford
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No cattle because of TBEd Yarnold1,346 Kb
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TB makes it not worth the aggro of keeping cattle
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Tenbury WorkhouseDavid and Ron2,603 Kb
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Tales of the workhouse
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Taking stock to marketGeoff Gwilt743 Kb
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it made the street very dirty
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Churchwarden but still in the pubEd Yarnold2,847 Kb
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And not always coming back from the pub in the best of moods
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Stanford Temple and Church John & Lesley Shew2,720 Kb
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Disused temple and church relocated for a lake An alternative story of the 'Temple' that John does not share is that it housed single women and that it was a 'knocking shop'.
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Rural crime after the Hungarian uprising of 1956Ed Yarnold5,525 Kb
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Policing from a very different era
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War time farm labourPeter Sparey and John Lane2,145 Kb
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POWs and Land girls
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Peter a German Prisoner of warEd Yarnold11,453 Kb
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A story of friendship
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Orchards for the futureEd Yarnold3,109 Kb
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Planting orchards for the future
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Hermits living in the woods John & Lesley Shew4,431 Kb
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Hermits living in a cottage above Southstone rock
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Noverton Shoot and ginJohn & Lesley Shew2,635 Kb
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Noverton shoot and drinking gin
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Leaving Mother at the mercy of the Home GuardDavid Powell441 Kb
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David could have gone to meet his mother coming home from church, but the Home Guard were on manoeuvres
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Farms becoming largerDavid Spilsbury1,017 Kb
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Smaller farms are economically unsustainable
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Break up of Kyre Park House and EstateGeoff Gwilt7,813 Kb
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Kyre Park break up of estate after World War 1 and history from 1930s
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Pytts Hospital CottagesMaggie Kingston698 Kb
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Pytts Hospital Cottages Original and continuing social housing
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