Halloween in Kirdford

It was the Halloween Party at the Foresters Arms in Kirdford.  Carl and Linda put on a great party with the normal disco and decorations, and the villagers went the extra mile this year with their costumes, everything from mad clowns, witches, and dodgy monks.

In fact the party was so go I didn’t even realise it had got to the witching hour and it was all over, the end came too soon, which is the perfect indication that it was a good party.  The highlight for me was doing the Time Warp, although us ‘older’ party goers were getting some strange looks from the younger audience – I really must organise an instruction session to those, to young to remember’ on The Rocky Horror….

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Running the Gauntlet in Townfield

Imagine the scene, coming out of your house, on a wet and windy night, pitch black, and running down the path to visit a neighbour, only to fall down a hole, or coming home from the pub, down the alleyway (ok, it’s pitch black but I have fences either side of me) only to find some workers had dug a trench across the path.

Sounds stupid, but it is a reality in Townfield at the moment – yesterday some nice men came and dug up the path leading to the flats in Townfield and just left!  They didn’t bother with any barricades or temporary covers, they just left a 6″ deep trench right across the path – that was nice…

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The bags of rubble were also left to fall over so that debris is spilling across the road – that will be perfect when a Landrover with ‘knobblies’ on, goes across it and flicks up a rock into another parked car.

“This is a legal claim waiting to happen” reported one resident – and she is probably right.  I do not know who the contractors are, or why they needed to dig up this particular piece of path, but it would have been nice to show a little respect to the local residents…

Mr Hook of Kirdford

A few months ago I posted about a magzine I had found from 1936, with a Mr Hook from Kirdford on the front cover.  I wanted to know more about this man, who he was, where he lived, what family life he had etc.

Nothing came forward so I have had a look at the census records from 1911, and have found what I believe to be the Hook Family.

Kirdford cencus records 1911 for Hook

Judging by the cencus records show above, George Hook, who was 49 in 1911, would have been 74 in 1936, which is about right for the man in the picture.  I would also have to assume that Elizabeth was his wife, with Bea, Elsie, Fred and Minnie as their children.

Fred Hook, being the youngest offspring would be 103 at the time of the blog post, and as I cannot find him on the electoral role I can only assume he has passed on.

There are two remaining Hook’s still living in Kirdford – Harry and Violet, I will have to track them down to see if I can find any more information.

Looking at the death register, there are three Goerge Hooks in the early 40’s, so I can only assume one of them is our George…

Kirdford Hook deaths

The search continues…

Tommy Tippetts of Kirdford to Row the Atlantic

Flicking through the Village Tweet Magazine I found an article about a local lad, Tommy Tippetts, aged 22, who is setting himself to row the Atlantic.  If he achieves his goal he will be one of the youngest people to complete this arduous task.

I think we should support this courageous lad in his en-devours, he needs sponsorship (and possibly certification), so if you would like to read more about ‘our’ Tommy, you can catch up with his blog at www.soloatlanticrow2011.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @SoloAtlanticRow

The next time you see Tommy in the Foresters, buy him a pint, he is going to need all the strength he can get!