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NOSTALGIA: Learning the art of lacemaking

Nostalgia: Lace demonstration at St James' Middle School ANL-160929-152701001
Nostalgia: Lace demonstration at St James' Middle School ANL-160929-152701001

This photograph, which first appeared in the Bury Free Press in July 1989, shows pupils at the then St James’ Middle School in Bury St Edmunds lacemaking for the first time.

Learning the revived skill had proved so popular with youngsters at the school that there was a waiting list of nine and 10 year olds wanting to be instructed by Hilary Perryman.

Mrs Perryman, of Moulton near Newmarket, taught the students during their activity lessons on Friday afternoons and ran a lunchtime club for those who had mastered the basic art of working with bobbin and cushion.



A couple showed they had good boule control when they won a prestigious naturist sporting event.

Phil Boarder and Marion Halsey, from Bardwell, clinched the International Naturist Federation mixed pairs petanque competition In France.

It was the first time a British team had won the competition with the pair beating out a German team 13-8 in a toughly contested final.

Phil, 45 said: “Marion got me interested in petanque, it is a very simple but skilful game and we are delighted to have won.”

The couple had won the British championship for the fours years previously, as well as helped their local team win the Newmarket and District League cup.


The young and the old got together during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Suffolk Royal British Women’s Section.

Soldiers passed the benefit of their experience on to the young as some 60 standards representing branches across the county were on show. The women accompanied by some of the men enjoyed a march past and a church service in St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds. Guests at the service included the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Sir Joshua Rowley, the High sheriff, Miss Mary Macrae and the Chief Constable, Mr Tony Coe. A special celebratory tea featuring an anniversary cake followed the service at the Corn Exchange and was attended by about 600 people.


It is with deep regret we have to announce the death of Private Oscar W Petch, of the 20th Manchester Regiment, who was killed in France on August 28, the official news being received on September 19.

The deceased was the third son of Mrs Petch, of Prospect Row, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, and was well known in the town.

Mrs Petch has two other sons serving, the eldest, who is in the Navy, having had a marvellous escape from death after being on HMS Hogue when it was torpedoed in the North Sea on September 22, 1914. Her other son is now in France with the East Surrey Regiment. Much sympathy is felt for the family in their sad bereavement.