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Village banker, Quaker and founder of Cheddar’s first school



Mick Aston, remembering the Great War and school federations


Stories from the recent past: Jane Russell; Dr Beeching; and a 1920s bus crash


Italian con men in Cross; Cheddar cave men; and are those library closures legal?

Robin Pargeter looks at the wonders of late flowers in your garden

Strawberry Line TIMES

Fancy pouring a Hollywood star a cup of tea - it’s the equivalent of sharing a cuppa with Penelope Cruz in Cheddar’s Riverside Cafe today. That was the experience enjoyed by the village photographer back in the 1950s as related by Terry King in Look Back this month.

We’d like more stories like these so do give me a call so we can share anecdotes from the past.

In this issue we’ve been down

to Cheddar Reservoir with the Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club for our fashion shoot - so thank you to the club for their hospitality and a reminder they have learn to sail

courses during the summer holidays for children (see http://www.bristolcorinthian. for more details.

John Page feels that the 17th century Quaker Sarah Comer has been largely overlooked in the recounting of education history in the district. This issue we dig up what little information there is

“we’ve got more what’s on listings this issue than ever before including theatre”

about her - and discover some interesting notes on her life - and death. We’ve got more what’s on listings this issue than ever before including theatre shows in August and ideas for places to visit during the long summer holidays.


We hope you enjoy the ecclectic mix of fashion, news, nostalgia and glamour. See you next month when we’ll be in Congresbury.

Harry Mottram, editor

SPECIAL 7-12 Down at the Res

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Strawberry Line Times August 2013

Theatre listings, cinema, walks and talks - and lots of stuff for the school holidays


Suzi Heal of Sandford discovers what it’s like to be the focal point of a fashion shoot

For all enquiries contact the editor: Harry Mottram Tel: 07789 864769

Email: strawberrylinetimes@; www.

Cover photo: Rupert Bridgwater. Model: Martha. Gown: Wtoo, Oriana, £1,595, from Bridal Boutique of Winscombe. Hair and make-up: Acutabove of Axbridge and Winscombe. Location: Bristol Corinthian’s Yacht Club, Cheddar. Printed by PPc Ltd, 192 Bedminster Down Road, Bristol BS13 7AF T: 0117 9533 888 E: W:

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