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Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Web Page No 2484

16th June 2018

1st Picture: The small surgery attached to Dr. Cheyne’s house can still be seen just over the fence



2nd Picture: Drayton Surgery today

3rd Picture: Hand written prescription


4th Picture: 1950’s Doctors Bag


Going to the Doctors

My earliest recollection was walking along the Havant Road with my mother to visit Dr. Watson Cheyne in the small surgery which was an annex to his house. This must have been sometime in the early 1950’s. The surgery consisted of two rooms, a consulting room and a waiting room. There was not the luxury of a reception desk or receptionist, it was just a case of turn up and wait and try to remember who was in the waiting room before you so you knew when it was your turn. Likewise, when my mother and I reached the consulting room Dr. Cheyne, normally dressed in tweeds, would make his way over to the filing cabinet to extract you file and the consultation would begin. Luckily my mother understood him because I could not make head or tail of his Scottish accent.

Having had the consultation if the doctor did not dispense a cure from his small chemist shelves and he had written up a prescription, as there was no Pharmacy in Farlington, this involved a mile walk back along the Havant Road, passing our house on the way, to one of the two Pharmacies in Drayton. Dr. Cheyne did have partners in the practice at this time but during the war years he was on his own until he was called up. The people of Drayton and Farlington were so enraged at loosing their only doctor that they wrote, as a body, to the War Office asking if he could be excused military service as he was a vital part of the community. The answer they received took them all by surprise because the powers that be declared that there was a surgery in Widley and that the seven mile return walk, up and down Portsdown Hill, was not unreasonable!!!!

Sometime in the early 1960’s things changed, the Medical Practice was extended to take in some of Cosham and Highbury, a surgery being opened on in a house on the Highbury estate and a brand-new surgery being built in Drayton where it is today. Unfortunately this involved the demolition a small number of house, my Uncle Will’s being one of them!

This new surgery was state of the art at that time, with a Reception area and receptionist where the patients booked in and were given a plastic call number. A large waiting room and four consulting rooms. Not only had the practice area grown, so had the number of doctors. Those I remember are Cheyne, Martindale, Kenyon, O’Connell and Russell the surgery was also home to the local District Nurses, not that I remember any of them.

The call system here was better than the old surgery because a call bell rang in the waiting room and an indicator vibrated to call in the next patient. All very high tech at the time.

One of the big advantages of this new surgery, apart from the facilities was that it was only about a 50-yard walk to the nearest Pharmacy.    

I note today that the Drayton surgery has almost doubled in size reflecting the increase of the population in the area. Looking back Dr. Cheyne had a large catchment area but nowhere near the number of patients. The Naval Estate had not been built, neither had Copsey Grove and in the early days the area around Grant Road and Galt Road was still being developed. How things have changed!!!!  

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On this day 19th June 1960-1965.


On 16/06/1960 the number one single was Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Sunday Night at the London Palladium (ATV) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 16/06/1961 the number one single was Surrender - Elvis Presley and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 16/06/1962 the number one single was Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions

On 16/06/1963 the number one single was From Me To You - The Beatles and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Conservative Party Political Broadcast (all channels) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was USSR puts first woman in space.

On 16/06/1964 the number one single was You're My World - Cilla Black and the number one album was Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 16/06/1965 the number one single was Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley and the number one album was The Sound of Music Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.



Thursday, 7 June 2018


Web Page No 2482

9th June 2018

1st Picture: The sheet music to Johnny Remember Me
 2nd Picture: From The Great Escape




3rd Picture: John in 2013







4th Picture: Johnny Remember Me on Top Rank

Remember John Leyton?

John Dudley Leyton was born 17th February 1936 in Frinton-on-Sea and was best known as a singer for his hit song "Johnny Remember Me" which reached Number 1 in August 1961 despite being banned by the BBC for its death references. His father owned cinemas and theatres, and his mother was the actress Babs Walters, but they split when he was six. 
Alongside singing, he also had an acting career which saw him appearing in television and films throughout the 1960s. His films included The Great EscapeGuns at Batasi, "Von Ryan's Express" and Krakatoa, East of Java. In 2009 he also had a small part in the film Telstar, a biopic based on Joe Meek's life in which he himself was portrayed by Callum Dixon.
He was educated at Highgate School and after completing his national service, he studied drama, paying his way through drama school with bit-part roles in films and on television. His first major acting role was his portrayal of Ginger in a 1960 Granada TV adaptation of Biggles, which earned him a large following of young female fans and led to the formation of a John Leyton fan club.
Following the success of Biggles, he was persuaded by his manager,  to audition as a singer for Joe Meek, and subsequently recorded a cover version of "Tell Laura I Love Her", which was released on the Top Rank label. In 1961 the Top Rank label was taken over by EMI who then issued his records on their HMV label. EMI had already released Ricky Valance's version of the same song so John Leyton's recording was withdrawn from sale, whilst Ricky Valance's version reached Number 1.
His second single - "The Girl on the Floor Above" - was released on the HMV label, but was not a success. However, his first big hit, "Johnny Remember Me", coincided with his appearance as an actor in the popular ATV television series Harpers West One, in which he played a singer named Johnny Saint Cyr and he performed "Johnny Remember Me" during the show (backed by the Outlaws), and the single subsequently charted at Number 1  His next single, "Wild Wind", reached number 2 in the Charts but later singles only achieved lower chart positions. On 15th April 1962, he performed at the NME Poll-Winners Concert at London's Wembley Pool. But in 1963 his association with Joe Meek ended and that, combined with the British beat boom, cast him adrift, although he found a lot of acting work in television and film to keep him busy. Despite trying to give his music more of a 'group' sound by giving him a backing group, 'The LeRoys', his chart career faded out by the beginning of 1964.
By this time he had become a familiar face in film and television. He played himself in the 1962 Dick Lester film It's Trad, Dad!, performing his latest single "Lonely City" in a radio studio. In The Great Escape (1963) he played tunnel designer Willie Dickes, one of the only three characters who successfully make it to freedom.
From 1966 to 1967, he played the lead role as SOE Royal Navy Lieutenant Nicholas Gage, an expert in demolitions, in Jericho, an American TV series about espionage in the Second World War.
He returned to Britain in the early 1970s and unsuccessfully attempted to re-launch his singing career in 1973. In the mid 1970s, more acting as he starred in the ITV television series, The Nearly Man. Acting roles became fewer during the 1970s, and by the early 1980s, he was no longer active in show business.
In the 1990s he began performing in the 'Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show', appearing with artists such as Marty Wilde and Joe Brown. The autumn 2004 tour featured John Leyton, ShowaddywaddyFreddy Canon and Craig Douglas. He also returned to acting, with a cameo appearance in the 2005 film, Colour Me Kubrick.
In May 2006, it was back to the recording studio and he released "Hi Ho, Come On England", a re-working of  "Hi Ho Silver Lining", to coincide with the World Cup in Germany. During the summer of 2007 he filmed a cameo appearance for the film, Telstar and he also topped the bill at the Theatre RoyalWindsor, along with 1960s stars Jess Conrad and Craig Douglas at a concert named "'60s Icons".
He continues to tour the UK and Scandinavia performing his hits and can boast an internet following with his official website. He is now 82and lives with his wife, Diana, in Suffolk

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On this day 9th June 1960-1965.

On 09/06/1960 the number one single was Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Wagon Train (ITV) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 09/06/1961 the number one single was Surrender - Elvis Presley and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 09/06/1962 the number one single was Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 09/06/1963 the number one single was From Me To You - The Beatles and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 09/06/1964 the number one single was You're My World - Cilla Black and the number one album was Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions

On 09/06/1965 the number one single was Long Live Love - Sandie Shaw and the number one album was Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.



Thursday, 31 May 2018


Web Page No 2480

2nd June 2018



First Picture: Balance Scale

 Second Picture: Real Cash Register





Third Picture: New Zealand Butter


Something else that has been forwarded to me

We all identify with this?

Pounds and Ounces

I think I will bake a cake today,
We can have some for tea,
Coffee, walnut, lemon drizzle
Or plain jam sponge maybe

But when I read the recipe
I guess I shouldn't say
I still use pounds and ounces
Like Mum did in her day

I’ve never come to terms
With kilograms and litres
                                      My mind still works in feet and yards and yards.       I never think in metres.

When I was a little girl
We learned each day in school
That 16 ounces weighed one pound.
We knew that was the rule.

And we were taught in inches.
It wasn't very hard.
That 12 of those made up one foot
And three of those a yard.

Twelve pennies made one shilling.
A tanner' was just six pence
A half a crown was two-and-six.
 To us it all made sense.

Baking cakes and cooking
Has always been a pleasure-
But now It's sometimes difficult
To deal with metric measure.

I see a pack of butter.
That's half a pound to me
But writing on the packet says
two hundred and fifty g.

And when I see two pints of milk
My mind is in a fix.
For litres on the carton state:
One -point one, three, six,

I still use fluid ounces
 When I measure milk or juice.
The use of milliliters, well,
To meiIs not much use.

And as for those kilometres
They're really not my style.
If I see something nasty
 I would surely 'run a mile'.

Some people say I'm more mature
I’m certainly not thick
But all those things I learnt at school
They seemed somehow to stick
Still wait till we're
through Brexit
And Theresa May announces
'We've now come out of the EU
It's back to pounds and ounces.'

Written by a lady on Hayling Island but I think we can all sympathize with her, I know I still think in feet and inches, pints and gallons and pounds and ounces!!!

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On this day 2nd June 1960-1965.



On 02/06/1960 the number one single was Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Wagon Train (ITV) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 02/06/1961 the number one single was Surrender - Elvis Presley and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 02/06/1962 the number one single was Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 02/06/1963 the number one single was From Me To You - The Beatles and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 02/06/1963 the number one single was From Me To You - The Beatles and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.

On 04/06/1965 the number one single was Long Live Love - Sandie Shaw and the number one album was Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.