Eric Rayner - editor

Eric Rayner – editor

The Thorney Post is funded by advertising and donations and is produced on a voluntary basis by:

Eric Rayner – editor
Irene Brookes – accounts
John Culpin, Pete Chelton and Bert Brookes – distribution

Plus a score of volunteers who distribute the magazine.

If you have a story for us or would like to add a public announcement (birth, marriage or obituary), please get in touch:

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  • Linda Sheldrake

    I have just read and enjoyed the latest edition of Thorney Post and would like to congratulate the new Editor, Eric Rayner on a superb job. The publication has come a long way from when we started, using and old typewriter and gestetner in 1982. I did progress to a basic computer but nothing like today’s technology. It is great to see it on Facebook and with a great website. Irene and Bert did a great job too, but I just wanted to say well done and long may it continue.
    Linda Sheldrake.

  • I love this website! Please could you add a category for Thorney Abbey? There is often things that can go in and be of interest to others. Many thanks

  • Denise Hall

    Hello hope you can help me please, we have desperately been trying to find Shirley and Joe Church we met them while on holiday in Tunisia, we left the day before the trouble started and have been trying to find out if they are ok, having read on here that Shirley was injured, we would like to know if you could pass on our phone number and ask if they would contact us please. Please email me if you can be of assistance in order for me to pass on my number.
    Yours hopefully
    Denise and Ian Hall

  • David Culpin

    Many thanks to The Thorney Post for the feature on the Duke of Bedford School’s 75th Anniversary, in the August 2015 edition. I enjoyed all the comments and info.

    I was a pupil at the Duke of Bedford from 1943 to 1949 and would like, if I may, to add a tribute to all the staff – teachers and others – who worked at the school through those difficult days of the 1940’s. The teachers I remember – in addition to Mr Jackson of course – are: Miss Bacon; Mrs Richards (wife of the then Thorney vicar); Miss Bowers; Miss Law (who terrified me with her ruler but was a good teacher); Miss Ruff; Mr Miller (always saying “I’ll come down on you like a ton of bricks”, but never did); Mr Jenkins; Mr Peace (good organiser of cricket games in the lunch hour); and Mr Sharpe and Mr Driver, my last two main teachers, in Junior 3 and Junior 4. I would just like to say how lucky I think we were to have such a marvellous group of teachers.

    So, as I sit at my keyboard in deepest Surrey, I raise my glass to the memory of the staff at the Duke of Bedford in those early years, who took us snotty-nosed five-year-olds and helped to transform us into the fine upstanding citizens that we all claim we became. And also to wish every success to the present staff as they take the school forward to its century.

    David Culpin.

    • Susan Goodale

      I remember the school with great fondness.There are those who still call my late mum Auntie Joyce which was what many children called her when she was dinner lady there(the name became a fixture when people heard my cousins Mandy & Glyn calling her by that name).
      Miss Bacon & Mr Driver were still there when I left in the early ’70’s.
      There were many tears shed when we left to move on to secondary school. I think we all recognised then what a special place it was and we owe it and all its staff a real debt of gratitude.

  • Susan Goodale

    On 16 April I am travelling to Weymouth to celebrate the 100th birthday of a son of Thorney, Jack Gee. Jack is the brother of Albert Gee and my grandmother, Hilda Ruff who both lived all their lives in the village.
    Jack left to join the RAF and the moved to Weymouth where he ran a business growing watercress for many years.
    If anyone has any memories or stories about Jack or his siblings that I can recount to him it would be lovely. Jack still talks about Thorney and the families he remembers with great relish and fondness.

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