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  1. Many thanks for your response. I think that dad did have a brother called John. In fact I think he had two and both were called to serve in WW2 but dad wasn’t for some reason. I also think he lived on East Terrace - I think I remember seeing on a document in the long and distant past. I wouldn’t have a clue if his nickname was “muss”!! A very kind gentleman who posts on here under the name of “hillsbro” has been extremely helpful. Again thank you for taking the trouble to reply.
  2. Thanks so very much to everyone for the advice you have given. No problems so far today 🤞 🤞
  3. Thank you for your very informative post. I’m now completely baffled! I’m hoping that when my son is eventually able to come over that he can sort it for us. I may be mistaken but this seems to have started since we bought a new Humax recorder. We paid to have it fitted. But as I said it just may be coincidence. Anyhow thanks once again for taking the trouble to reply
  4. Well I’ve done the re-tune and it hasn’t solved the problem! I’m beginning to think that it must be a problem with the transmitter(s). Since my earlier post I’ve checked and found that other areas of the country are also experiencing problems. Still think it’s very strange though.
  5. Thanks I’ll give it a try
  6. Apologies if this subject has recently been brought up but is anyone else in the Sheffield/Rotherham having problems with their Freeview service? It seems to be the ITV channels which go down most frequently but BBC can be a tad temperamental too.
  7. Thank you once again Hillsboro. Since yesterday I’ve been having a good think about what caused the rift between my dad and his parents. He was a colliery surface worker at Walewood pit throughout the war years and beyond. But I believe that both brothers went to war and both survived. Unsurprisingly they returned to a hero’s welcome which I assume continued for many months. I think dad felt very pushed out by all the attention - as if the job he’d been doing wasn’t worthy of any praise. I can’t thank you enough really I can’t. I’m totally useless at this type of thing and not computer savvy! I might let slip my mother’s maiden name slip - which was very unusual - at some point to see what you can dig up.It’s like long lost family 😊 Many,many thanks
  8. Thank you so much! Yes this is the correct family as I remember my grandad’s name and the names of his two sisters. I must have gleaned this information from my mum. I thought that there were a couple of brothers too but they must have been born after 1911. I never knew my grandmother’s name or place of birth. Thank you once again 🙏
  9. Thank you minertone. I’ll just have to live in hope!
  10. My dad was born in Wales/Wales Bar in 1905. His birth was registered in Eckington which must have been quite a distance to travel in those days. He left in December 1948 to marry my mum never to return. I didn’t find out why - it was just something that I knew must not be talked about. Consequently I have never had any contact with his family. His name was William Leslie Watson and he had several siblings. When I was around 16 years of age (1967) an old friend of his called Ernest Harper managed to track him down. I’ve no idea how he managed it. I think his mum - my grandma who I’d never met - was nearing the end of her life and she wanted to see him. He refused even though I begged him to take me. After he passed away I found a very old newspaper cutting regarding a woman’s body being found in the river Rother. It was one of his sisters and she had committed suicide. I think she was living at Beighton at this time. If any of this rings the slightest of bells it would be nice to hear from you. I must have/had cousins but as dad was over 40 when he married for the first time it’s probable that most are no longer with us. Thank you for taking the time to read.
  11. My mum and dad used to call a couple who walked regularly up and down the “eight foot “ - remember those? - next to our house “ nibble and plink”. I haven’t the foggiest where that came from. Hope it’s not rude 🤭
  12. I forget to display my blue badge some years ago when parked in a disabled bay at Asda Handsworth. We had a drive round to see if we could find the person giving out the tickets but had no success. So I went to customer services with the badge and was told to appeal in writing to the company whose details were on the ticket. So I did just that. I said in the letter that I was guilty as charged and it was my oversight. But as it was my first "offense" would they be prepared to over look the penalty on this occasion? My appeal was successful so I reckon it's worth a try.
  13. Thanks for that. I was a bit strapped for time and didn't walk that far up.
  14. Does anyone know if we have one in Sheffield this year? Went to the place near the end of Chapel Walk today but it's just an ordinary card shop now. Didn't have time to see if it's back at the Cathedral again. Hope someone is able to enlighten me!
  15. T Bond Bakery at Handsworth - more commonly referred to as Bond's - do a selection of the most delicious pies. They do tray bakes to order. Everything is baked on the premises. I almost feel loathe to give them a plug because that means there will be less for the locals! Seriously though it is the most fantastic little shop. Family owned. Nothing is too much trouble and all the staff are very friendly. Well worth a trip.
  16. Thank you both kidneysone and mikeG
  17. Some time ago now I rang the TT helpline and was surprised to be greeted with a familiar northern accent. When I expressed surprise I was advised that there was a call centre operating in the UK. I have found a number which appears to be based in the UK but if I dial it it takes me through the call centres based abroad. My brother in law is now experiencing major problems after recently moving to TT. His landline is not accepting calls although he is able to make them. He now has broadband but has not bought a PC yet. He has his mobile through TT but that is not working either. My hubby spent the best part of two hours ,on and off speaking to various people, and got nowhere. Eventually he was cut off so he gave up. Has anyone got a number that would guarantee that I could speak to someone in the UK please? Any help would be much appreciated.
  18. Hi Valerie I don't know you as you were leaving school just as I was about to start. But I wonder if you have had a look at the "Woodbourn Road School" site on Facebook? Less than two weeks ago I met a wonderful lady called Diane Lyons with whom I'd had no contact for 58 years! We had so much to talk about and it was lovely reunion. I lived on Cottingham Street until 1959 when we moved out of the area. My name then was Susan Watson and I remember quite a few of the people who are in the photos that were recently posted on the Woodbourn Road Facebook page. Hope that you have some success hearing from some of the people that you have mentioned. Me and Diane are going to meet again later in the year.
  19. Thanks iansheff. We have tried calling two different numbers several times today but no one has picked up the phone and there was no answerphone facility. Also emailed them but again no response. Will try the number you have given tomorrow.
  20. We've tried the local Co-op today ( Swallownest ) and Del's supermarket but had no luck. If anyone has seen this in their own local Co-op could you please let me know where this is? Once again thanks so much for looking. ---------- Post added 01-09-2016 at 20:49 ---------- Oh and thanks cuttingedge but it has to be Ye Olde Oak I'm afraid. My hubby says he catches more fish on this stuff than any other brand!
  21. That's the one! But it states "item unavailable ". Thanks for taking the trouble to look.
  22. I realise that this is an unusual request but does anyone know where I can buy the 300g tins from please? It must be the luncheon meat and not the tinned ham. Used to be able to buy it in the various Pound shops and occasionally in a supermarket but it seems to have disappeared off the shelves! Can anyone help please? Many thanks in advance.
  23. I was also there from 1962 to 1967. My name then was Susan Watson. Sorry but I don't recall your wife's name so we must have been in different classes throughout those 5 years. I definitely recommend looking at the photos on the Omnes Amici website. So many familiar faces and names that had been long forgotten. Hope we get more people posting from those years.
  24. I knew of someone who had the spinal block with sedative when having bi-lateral hip surgery. It worked extremely well and that is why I elected to go down the same route. It is a very successful and completely safe way of operating. If you have already had your pre-op I think you should ring the hospital asap and ask if you can have the surgery via this method - assuming that's what you want to do. Hopefully they will discuss it with you. Good luck. Oh - and forget the embarrassment thing - what's the point in fretting about that!
  25. I had both my hips replaced 3 years ago with a 2 month gap between each operation. Elected for an epidural - or spinal block as it is sometimes known -each time along with a sedative. This puts you in to a deep sleep - I felt and heard nothing. Recovery time is much quicker that with a general anaesthetic. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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