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The Frenchay Tuckett Society

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Registered Charity No. 1066961

Museum Custodians

We always welcome more custodians, so if you are interested in coming along and finding out

more, call Margaret Bulmer on 0117 9569324 for an informal, no obligation, chat Whether you help

once a month, or once a year, you will be welcome. Every year we thank our custodians by

having a garden visit, then a cream tea. This year our custodians are visiting a farm in

Hambrook before their summer tea.There are many other tasks that need doing,

besides manning the museum. From straightforward cleaning to mounting new displays, there

are many jobs waiting. If you feel that you would like to get involved in any way, call Alan Freke on

0117 9570942 for a no-obligation chat.

The Future of the Museum

We have now been contacted by solicitors acting for North Bristol NHS Trust, who said they have

instructions to complete the sale of the museum to us by early June of this year.

We have put matters into the hands of our solicitors, and we await developments. We have

yet to hear from our solicitors the exact details of the offer, but we do know that we will have to pay

£80,000 for the freehold. There had been rumours that we were going to be offered the building for £1,

but sadly, they proved to be too optimistic.If you check on our website, we will keep you up to date with progress.

Vintage Vehicle Day 2015

This year our Vintage Vehicle day is on Saturday 11th July, and again it’s held in conjunction with

the Flower Show. If you are able to help with either preparing for the big day, or being involved

helping organise things on the day, please contact Paul Green on 0117 9567020, or Alan Freke on

0117 9570942.

Museum News

The exhibition about Cleve Hill VAD Hospital in WWI ends on 29th April, and we’ve more

information added in the last few weeks. From the beginning of May the Greater Fishponds

Neighbourhood Partnership will be highlighting some of their successes in parks and other

projects, including the Snuff Mills Action group, and a display of fossils found in the Frome Valley.

Are you a member of a group that would like to mount a display? If so, please contact Alan Freke

0117 9570942 for an informal chat. In the past  we’ve had groups as diverse as The Alpine Club

of London, and our local Girl Guides.

Thursday 14th May 7.30pm  Annual General Meeting

To be held in the Quaker Meeting House, Beckspool Rd, Frenchay.

 Nominations for the committee, and formal proposals for consideration by the AGM should be sent with

the names of proposer and seconder to the Secretary, Roger Angerson, at the museum

address below by 10th May.The AGM is a chance to renew your membership

(£3) and get the programme for next year's series of talks, which again offer an interesting

variety. The AGM generally lasts twenty minutes. We then have an illustrated talk,

Ripples across the stinking pond.

To the Indians from Frenchay (and beyond)

This talk is being given by David Taylor, who gave one of our first talks 20+ years ago,

and covers the Indian Wars in North America in the middle of the 18th Century.


Chairman Alan Freke 0117 9570942

Secretary Roger Angerson 0117 9569490

Treasurer Paul Green 0117 9567020

Archivist Ray Bulmer 0117 9569324

Custodian Co-ordinator Margaret Bulmer 9569324

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Manus Dei

In early January, Paul Green and his brothers were allowed into the old American Chapel in the

hospital, and they were able to removed the “Manus Dei” – a wall painting that was over the

altar. It’s now in storage whilst we decide how it can be displayed.

Radio Lollipop

In another rescue operation, Roy Oaten saved the  Radio Lollipop stained glass window from Ward 25,

and we’re now in the process of providing a means to display it.

Revd. Hugh Cowell Kinred MC

In early March we were contacted by the Daily Mirror who were interested in Revd. Kinred, who

had been a curate in Frenchay at the start of World War One. He left his post here in 1915, and joined

the Gloucestershire Regiment as an officer, not a chaplain.He was involved in an incident at Neuve Chapelle

where he saved the lives of seven comrades by throwing himself onto a bomb that fell in their trench.

Looking into Kinred’s life we found he had led a very colourful life, including being banned from

preaching by the Archbishop of Canterbury. We have produced a little booklet about him, which can

be read in the museum, or you can see it reproduced on our website.

Fry Archive

David Fry from Kent, who was related to the ‘chocolate’ Frys, spent many years researching the

Fry family’s history, eventually producing a family tree with 7,300 individuals on it, which he made

available to us Sadly, last year David passed away, and bequeathed his years of research to us. His wife

Jackie has sent us five large archive boxes full of indexed files on individuals, and we are expecting

to receive another ten or so, together with David’s computer related files, which hold all the information.

Our aim is to make his research available to the public as widely as possible, as both David and

Jackie want, but we need help. If you are interested in helping to evaluate the material we have, and

helping make it available to researchers worldwide, please call Alan Freke, or



We now have easy access to the Mediaeval Holy Well, but we are seeking expert advice on how to

proceed. We plan to hold an Open Day during the summer, so if you’re interested in helping explore

this ancient site call Margaret Bulmer on 9569324.