Remembering Rodborough - Tony Andews - Remembering Rodborough - Tony Andews
Summary Tony Andrews interview
· Tony Andrews born 1937
· Allotments used to extend into the field alongside
· Used to walk everywhere as a child Stroud, Lightpill, Rodborough Fields. Descriptions. Playing on the common picnics lost a favourite holster from Argentina in the dew pond where the B-Powell trees are buried there! RB Common descriptions of playing there during WW2
· In some ways things havent changed in the landscape in other ways the estates have ended all thos eshortcuts through the fields so the buildings the biggest change and the shops Coop biggest loss also the decline in the number of pubs also cattle roaming around the houses wasnt until the late 60s that the cattle grids went in Tony used to be a councillor that was the biggest bane of his life cattle in peoples gardens
· Addition to timeline the fire and deaths in the barn in RB Fields cant remember the date might have been the 50s
· Great place to come and live and bring up a family the common views to the Severn walking distance of Stroud good for work good for rugby ground County cricket at Erinoid played hockey, cricket and rugby himself. Descriptions of the games and ground a spinners wicket
· Has had many different allotments since he was 30 .
· Big walker many favourite walks in the parish but he and his wife have a favourite walk of about 3 and a half miles when they have a spare hour likes the canal too but tries to stay within the parish by cutting up by Ham Mill learnt to swim at he canal dad threw them in the lock
· Used to chew tar out of the barrels at SDC depot where Waitrose is now used to skate on the canal too 47?
· Lyrical description of the allotments buzzards sparrow hawks cuckoos 270 degree viewpoint one of the best views in the county
· 10 RB is a special place on a hill with a view and everywhere is within striding distance with a railway and bus station also the people have always been friendly . The stream is culverted beneath the new houses at the back of Coronation Road Tony has measured it it is 32 feet down runs all year joins water at Wallbridge
· Stroud had a motor-cycle football team that played on Fromehall pitch 2 seasons fusion of speedway and football - RB Football Team played down where Focus is now boxing took place there too sometimes open air sometimes a marquee semi-pro boxing loads to do golf course used to be on RB Common evidence still exists putting greens