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Guestbook - June 2004

The Guestbook is not just about finding old friends, you might also want to post questions about the local area or make comment on a visit to Coventry and Warwickshire. If you would like to post a message to the guestbook please send them to: editor@cwn.org.uk

NOTE : For any enquiries where someone is trying to find someone else we feel it better if you do know the people being sought to ask them first before passing on any information about them - remember they may not want to be found!

[23 JUN 04] HARTSHILL HIGH SCHOOL
  I attended Hartshill Infant, Junior and Senior School. I recently went past the old schools to find only the Senior School had retained it's status.

I attended the senior school from 1963 through to 1969 when I left to join the army. I am now a serving police officer with 20 years service so the old school did me good in the end.

I would love to hear from anyone from that period - a few names I can remember :

Tom Murray, Colin Sakalis, Tommy Taplin, Linda Jenkins, Gloria Jenkins, Alan Darliston.

And teachers :

Head Mr Maxwell (swings the cane very well), Mr Sabin (RE), Mr Owen (Geography), Mr Doran (History), Mr Bennett (Tec Drawing), Mr Tinsley (Music), Mr Rolands (Physical Education - a hard hitter with the slipper).
CONTACT Bill Owens
 
[13 JUN 04] Jopson's Coventry Mercury, 20 April 1789
  I'm researching the life of Paul Bushell, tried at Warwick Assizes in April 1789 and a survivor of the notorious Second Fleet voyage to Australia, where he became a fine upstanding citizen. A book on his life in Australia is reaching publication stage.

Since the records for the trial have not survived at the Public Records Office, Kew, my only hope for confirmation of his crime rests with a reference to a report in Jopson's Coventry Mercury of 20 April 1789. I am trying to locate a copy of that newspaper, and somehow I have obtained the CWN email address as a possible source of assistance.

Could you please advise whether you hold a copy of this paper, or otherwise help me to locate a copy. The article therein is likely to be a brief reference to the judgments passed on individuals at the Assizes. Confirmation that an article of this nature appears in the paper would be much appreciated, plus an address where I might attend in person to view the paper myself, as I will be coming to England in ten days time.
CONTACT Louise Wilson (Australia)
 
[05 JUN 04] COVENTRY ZOO
  I am member of Whitley Local History Group. We are trying to find out all we can on Coventry Zoo Park. It opened in Whitley in 1966 and closed about 1980. 

We really need pictures of the animals. The Zoo was a retirement home for animals from Chipperfields Circus. Jeremy the Sugar Puff bear was one of many animals who were kept there.

Any information gratefully received.
CONTACT Diana Bellamy
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