Gooderstone Village Guest Book

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Time: 18/08/2015 10:02:00

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: I live locally & myfamily are Woolseys from Gooderstone. They lived in the village for generations. I am particularly looking for a photograph of the old Post Office in Gooderstone as it used to look until the 1960s -1970s with a little wooden extension on the front. I would love to hear from you if you know of such a photo or have any other relevant info that you think would be of interest to me. Also does anyone know who any of the people are in the old photos shown on the village website?


Time: 19/05/2015 16:28:52

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Visiting Didlington church and surrounding area relative to family tree. My great grandfather was born and christened in Didlington in 1860. His father was Robert Sutterby who was also born there, unfortunately the census of 1851 & 61 refer to them but there is no formal address just refers to cottage !!. I did meet up with some Sutterbys at Everetts Farm and it seems that the connection is that they were descendants of a brother of Robert Sutterby. I have recently been informed by St Michael`s churchwarden that there has been some tidying up with the graveyard and now would be a good time to revisit. It is a lovely area and it is a good excuse to return and also stay at the Swan Inn Hilboro.


Time: 28/03/2015 20:17:32

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Is there no news from gooderstone. I would love to hear it if there is?


Time: 26/09/2014 17:52:57

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What a great website! Congratulations. I live in Oxborough and we have just set up a history group (in April). The catalyst was a small booklet that was published earlier this year on the war memorial at St John's Church, Oxborough (copies available in the church!). We are now researching the lives of the other 23 Oxborough men who went to the First World War and who returned. One of these was Edward T Burton. Research on him has revealed that he was a butcher in Gooderstone in 1939 (and perhaps after). Have you or any of the villagers any memories of him or his business? We would be very grateful if you have or know of anything and are willing to share it with us. The history group's next meeting is in the village hall here at 7.30 on Monday 20th October. You are most welcome to attend.


Time: 13/08/2014 14:24:21

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Hello, I am researching the Billman family for a lady in Australia. Sarah Billman was born c1822. She was the daughter of William & Ann Billman. Sarah lived in Gooderstone village until her emigration to Australia in 1852. If anyone has information about the Billman family or would like to learn my findings.... please contact me on enquiries@gowerancestry.com


Time: 08/08/2014 16:11:15

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Would you be able to include an entry for the Beachamwell Fete and Country Fair in the Events section of your website? It takes place on Sunday 31 August. I could send you a pdf (or jpg) of the poster which perhaps you could link to and so give fuller details. Many thanks


Time: 24/07/2014 18:39:46

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Hi. Am after a bit of info on the Grapes public house. It was apparently run by my greatgrandads parents. His name was Clifford Calvert. Also as it is centenary of World War1 also wondered about his brothers. One of which is named on the Cenataph. E Calvert. Any information on them or where I can get any info from would be appreciated. Thanks.


Time: 13/03/2014 16:45:20

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Hello, I was wondering if you could add a link to your website for our village hall website - www.fouldenvillagehall.wordpress.com and we could do the same for your website. If you could please let me know either way, I would be very grateful. Many thanks in advance,


Time: 16/11/2013 17:14:58

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I am collecting photos for a timeline in a new exhibiton at the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo, Norway. The image you show of the Great Fleet is quite impressing and I would like to know if it is possible to obtain an digital image of this postcard (?) and if so, who I should ask for permition. I hope to hear from you soon. Yours sincerely, Hjørdis Bondevik The Norwegian Maritime Museum Oslo Norway


Time: 24/10/2013 00:40:35

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I was evacuated from London in 1940 to Foulden with my family My Dad was in the Army his name Arthur Edward Arnold we moved to Gooderstone in 1948 I think to the newly built houses at #5 Elm Place .My head mistress was Miss Harvey who went to Tristan da Cuna to teach I belonged to the Girl Guides I remember going to Sandringham for a rally with the Amerian Girl Scouts my friend was Carol Nichols who I think married Brian Knights . When I was 14 I went to Methwold school probably the first bussing. Some of the people I remember are Thelma Wolsey Joy White Ruth Boyce Daphney Tingey and her twin brothers Walter and cant remember the other ones name The Daisleys The Knights Brian and Cristopher who I had a crush on .Ill write more as I remember it I am now 73 amazing how much I do recall Loving all the pictures I wish there were some more recent Oh by the way my Brother Alan lived in Gooderstone until his death of a brain tumor Ill bet people remember him he was a happy funny person Keep up the good work ill write more soon I am remembering a lot of things to say Fare well Brenda Nee Arnold


Time: 02/01/2013 16:20:49

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Hello Hopefully my wife and I will be moving to your village from France in early February 2013 and I was wondering if you operate a heating oil syndicate style operation i.e. getting people together who use/need heating oil, then ordering a combined order from a supplier in larger amounts than an individual would want/need and getting the oil at a better price for ordering larger amounts?


Time: 30/12/2012 15:04:18

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I just been on the website it is so lovely to see and read about Gooderstone coming from Gooderstone myself.Can i just thank you all for a lovely jubilee street party it was so lovely to see everyone.Can anyone tell me if the journal got pubilished.Gooderstone is such a lovely village with a excellent school in wish i went and my children are there now.


Time: 19/12/2012 17:13:13

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Hello My wife and I should be new residents in the village by early February 2013 - could I enquire if there is a group heating oil supply set up in the village?


Time: 15/12/2012 19:25:59

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Hello. I followed the link in the Parish Magazine about Gooderstone and have looked at the website with much interest - not least because we lived in the village for 26 years. I was especially interested in the photographs, and thought you may like to know that we have about twenty photographs of Gooderstone from 'the early days'! If you are interested in looking at them with a view to including them on the website please get back to me. Andrew Merton


Time: 12/12/2012 13:50:03

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Hi My wife and I have just sold our home here in France and are buying a house in Gooderstone. We were over house hunting and bought a week today. We are looking forward to getting to know all about the village - we went into your church and were very impressed by the level of maintenance (the roofers were just taking their scaffolding down).


Time: 12/12/2012 10:50:46

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Hi I saw the piece in the Signpost of your revamped web site. It looks great. I have placed a link to your site on our Oxborough site in our contacts for Surrounding Villages. I hope you get lots of hits and will look forward to continue looking at it myself. Mike


Time: 08/12/2012 09:42:47

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Great work and I know how hard it is to keep a site up to date. I found your site while searching my Family tree. Thomas Jessep of the Jessep Beer House was my Ancestor and I would like permission to use the Post Card you have of the Beer House. Also I was hoping you may be able to show me on a map where is was. Still planning to come back one day (from Australia) and see where my Jessep heritage started. Once again thanks for making the effort keeping Gooderstone online.


Time: 04/10/2012 13:39:37

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A most interesting site Very well done. I shall certainly be visiting Gooerstone in the near future.


Time: 18/08/2011 17:50:21

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Good afternoon i was wondering if there was anyone would would give me tips or show me how to make chutney,jams and perseving ? i am thinking of joining but i live in Cockley cley so might be out of your area look forword to hearing from you soon from Linda


Time: 03/08/2011 02:06:42

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I have so much to reveal I must know Nelson Woolsley. Ray was my school friend & The Nelsons who were descendants of Horatio kept the village post office where My poaching father & I provided them with trout from The Gader. Hence the name of Gader. Stein being German for stone. On the evacuees I remember them all. I had a crush on one Iris Galbaly? They came from Hackney. I lived at Chalk Row & my grandparents owned The Walnuts. Much Much more.


Time: 02/08/2011 15:04:14

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Hello, I'm currently conducting a university project which focuses on the dialect of Gooderstone in the 1950's using recordings and information from the Survey of English Dialects. The gentleman recorded is a Mr Jeffrey Shingfield (b. 1890#( the web address for the recording is http://sounds.bl.uk/View.aspx?item=021M-C0908X0060XX-0600V1.xml# which may of interest to some of you!) I was just wondering if any local residents were able to shed a little more light on what village life in Gooderstone was like around the time that Mr Shingfield was alive and in contrast what village life is like today. Your website has already been a fantastic help, but a local resident's personal insight would be invaluable! Many thanks! Kate Rushbrooke (English Language and Linguistic student @ Salford University)


Time: 16/11/2010 10:48:36

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I also have doubt as to whether it is the Cricketers. You may wish to drive past the house called the Grapes (itself formerly a pub of same name as you probably know). It was going to be demolished in the late 60's but was somehow saved and the front door(s?) blocked up to prevent direct access onto the road. Clues as to whether it is one and the same may lie in matching the brick patterns on the front of the building.


Time: 13/10/2010 19:16:20

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Hi there. I have been doing some ancestry research and found that my great grandfather and his family all lived in Gooderstone. The King's were listed as living in the "Mill House" and before that on Chalk Row Lane maybe. He is listed as a Miller/Farmer. I was wondering if anyone had any information about the family or if their home is still standing


Time: 11/09/2010 11:43:54

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What a lovely site! I really enjoyed reading the historical entries about your village. My ancestors came to Australia from Gooderstone in 1852 (Bennetts). Thank you.


Time: 10/02/2010 21:07:26

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Jean Simms is wonderful. Came to stay with Donna over Thanksgiving - what a delight. Brings us English goodies. If all from Gooderstone are as the few I know - Must be a wonderful place to live.


Time: 14/07/2009 17:22:44

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I have been researching my fathers family tree for the past 5 years, his surname was Goodson, I have read on a few internet sights that this could be a variant of Gooderstone, I have traced his family back to about 1700 when they were in Wisbech St Peter, then moved to Terrington St Clements and then into Kings Lynn and then to Sutton Bridge. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Are there any records I could look at? Any responsse would be welcome.


Time: 12/05/2009 09:30:14

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In reply to the question about the cottages at the chalk pit, Gooderstone has two chalk pits. I suspect the one that is being discussed is the chalk pit owned by the parish council. There are two surviving cottages near it - obviously there are none in it. There is some evidence that there have prviously been two others in the area around the chalk pit.


Time: 20/04/2009 04:30:17

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I visited Gooderstone in 2001 and in 2004 and have some photos of the church and High House Farm (where I stayed), I would like to find a photo of the Swan and a little history of the pub - can anyone help?


Time: 11/03/2009 11:15:54

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I am researching my family history, and found your site. My great grandfather, James Frederick Manning, was born in Gooderstone in about 1862. In the 1871 and 1881 census he is recorded as living with his family at "Cottages in Chalk Pit, Gooderstone" I wondered whether these cottages still exist, and whether anyone in the village could help with knowledge of the Mannings in Gooderstone? There were a lot of them! Like your website. Every village should have one, both for current communications and to record the history of village life.


Time: 29/12/2008 20:00:38

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Can you mention the fantastic fish and chip van that parks up on The Street and Elm place every friday around 5pm and the fresh fish van that stops by the school on Weds from 1pm - 1.30. What a great service. I had no knowledge of this site until now. Maybe a little flyer in post boxes to market the website may help. You have provided a great resource. I love it.


Time: 03/07/2008 09:45:12

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Yet another lovely site Mum !! Just what Gooderstone needs ..


Time: 24/06/2008 20:17:05

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Nicely set out web site, unfortunately not a lot on it yet, let's hope residents will come around to the idea of using it to inform others what is happening.


Time: 24/06/2008 20:13:57

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Having recently moved into the village, and having two young children, I am trying to find any activities open to them in the actual village other than travelling back into Swaffham. Is there anyone who does Horseriding lessons? Are there any clubs after school or during the holidays at the school or church? There is nothing I can find on the internet, and I am not sure if this is because there is not anything or it is just not advertised. kind Regards Lesley


Time: 03/03/2008 22:02:59

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The very first message in this Guest Book. A good start with lots more work to do. Lets hope everyone helps us develop the site!


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