Reflections of Simmondly

Simmondly is a small village in Glossop, Derbyshire, and in the early 1900s John Pedder, a retired councillor for Stretford Urban Council in Manchester, had a holiday cottage there. Their granddaughter, Molly, told me the story of Simmondly before she passed away in 2014 aged 100.  ‘We had this great big trunk which we’d packContinue reading “Reflections of Simmondly”

Island Tales

When I came to live on this island, we had a dog. It was fun exploring, but sadly she was old and our adventures were limited. When she died, we were never getting another one. Eight months later, we thad Tilly, another Yorkshire terrier. This time a puppy, as Jodie was a rescue dog, comingContinue reading “Island Tales”

Various Subjects, an Old Book of Local History

by Charles Henry Stott Charles Stott was my great, great-grandfather and he wrote a book which was passed through the family and finally ended up with me. Many of the articles it contains are fascinating because he is a social history buff and an observer of life in the late 1800s. The writing style isContinue reading “Various Subjects, an Old Book of Local History”

Ken Dodd, Comedian 1927 – 2018

by Karen J Mossman Today, we lost wacky comedian Ken Dodd and I thought I would share a personal memory of him. In late seventies, early eighties, Ken Dodd came to the Police Club at Hough End in Manchester. He did his act, which had everyone in stitches. His jokes were always clean and soContinue reading “Ken Dodd, Comedian 1927 – 2018”

The Sweetness of the Seventies

by Karen J Mossman In 1973, I was  a teenager and the most important things in my life were music and fashion. I lived in Withington in Manchester with my parents and siblings. A few of us, including my brother, John, would catch a bus through to Chorlton and then walk over to the StretfordContinue reading “The Sweetness of the Seventies”