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Free to view pages on the British Newspaper Archive
published by gricharduk on Thu, 12/08/2021 - 11:52

The British Newspaper Archive has announced that 1 million pages, covering the years 1720 to 1880, are now available free of charge. A subscription is not required, however, you will need to register to view and download pages. In partnership with the British Library, and other projects, they hope to grow the number of free to view pages to around 3.5 million over the next three years. See here for more information: Introducing Free to View Pages on the British Newspaper Archive



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Submitted by Jonathan Rew on Thu, 19/08/2021 - 18:08

My great-aunt Fanny Sarah ACKLAND (nee ORGAN) died in Weston-Super-Mare in July 2000, aged 107, and was buried at Milton Road Cemetery on 27th July. She was born in Purton, Gloucestershire in 1893 and married Arthur ACKLAND, a schoolteacher, in 1916. In the 1930s they moved to Weston-Super-Mare and are recorded in the 1939 National Register as living at 45 Station Road; Fanny was still living there at the time of her death more than 60 years later. That is about all I know of her and I was wondering if anyone might have any more information; perhaps there is an obituary of her somewhere in view of her remarkably long life? Any information would be gratefully received.


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Submitted by gricharduk on Mon, 23/08/2021 - 8:05

It seems that Arthur was once a teacher at Connaught Road Junior Boys' School in Knowle West Bristol, from a report on page 20 of the 10 June 1939 edition of the Bristol Evening Post. Arthur was a lay preacher (possibly Baptist) and Fanny would accompany him to various meetings and sing as a soloist (see report below).

I think this funeral announcement is their daughter. Irene was apparently a founding member of CAMRA, and her husband, Francis William "Bill", was chairman of CAMRA in Cornwall. Their son, Donald Arthur Edwin, and his second wife, Pauline Mary Clare, née Kingston, lived a few doors down at 41, Station Road, until their respective deaths.

Fanny died just when there is a dearth of information, that is, the Somerset newspapers for that period have not yet been transcribed and made available online. Thanks to Graham's transcripts, we know that Fanny and Arthur are interred together at Milton Road cemetery (Grave T 206)

p. 2, Cheddar Valley Gazette - Friday 03 December 1965
Blagdon Bright Hour. Mrs Gooding presided over the weekly meeting of Blagdon Women's Bright Hour, at which 53 members were present, and also led in prayer.  The speaker, Mr. Ackland (Weston-Super-Mare) was no stranger to the meeting, and expressed his pleasure at seeing such a large, happy, gathering. Mr. Ackland read the scripture from Mark Chapter 9 Verse 14, following which his wife sang a solo "Somebody knows". Mr. Ackland then went on to enlarge on his reading, stressing the need for faith and prayer in daily living. 

p. 3, Cheddar Valley Gazette - Friday 15 March 1968
Wedmore Baptist women meet. Wedmore Baptist Church Womens meeting on Tuesday last was presided over by Mrs. Jarvis. The guest speaker was Mr. Ackland of Weston-super-Mare and pianist, Miss Stott. Mrs. Ackland rendered a solo "Somebody Knows" which followed the theme of the address. Tea hostesses were Miss Clarke and Mrs. Horly. The next meeting on March 19, will be addressed by Mrs. C. Thomas of Cheddar

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Submitted by Jonathan Rew on Wed, 25/08/2021 - 16:32

Many thanks for this information.

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