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Old 19-09-2018, 09:17 AM
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That's a lot of places Carly's Guy, and yes I know most of those towns.

Bob I think has family in the USA and Canda, but could tell you more about that, I did see some photos, and Bob pointed them out as family from the USA

Amazing you found some in Hereford, that's on the welsh border where we are, but if it was Hertford, that is more near London
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Old 21-09-2018, 01:06 PM
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Some photos and my life over the years



Bob 1951 to 1960, the first 3 years!!





I was born at The Bage House Farm Madley Herefordshire in January 7th 1951 star sign Capricorn to my Mother Guenevere and my Farther Horace Charles Gibbins.
Nick name Bobin as I would not stay in the pram, may be that's how I got the name Bob or Bobby,
three years later my Sister Lynne was born, not at the Bage as I was but at the new home in Madley, that we will see later.


This pic: was taken in 1982 when Bob was on longer at the Bage, the house and farm fell into disrepair

This will become more clear as we look at Bobs life in the 1970's and 1980's, the house is this size again at the rear, this is the old part the rear is the newer part.

Back in the 1950's to 70's the Bage had outstanding beauty with flower gardens of half an acre, vegetables and even a full size tennis court.

I spent most of my life on the farm with my Grandad Meredith on my mothers side. and lived here with Gran and Grandad most of the time.

"Enjoy the short photo story clip know I did, Bob made this funny but true story of the first three years of his life."
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And he still drives this way to day
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Next up the old Electric Shop and Bob in 1953
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great story and old pics, be sure to label the pics so future relatives will know who is who. we didn't do it and don't know who a lot of them are now.

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The old Electric Shop and Bob in 1953



After the war Father being a Radio engineer started a small Electronic shop in the old post office in the village of Madley, the village name Madley apparently from the old Welsh Matle meaning “Good Place” HC Gibbins, Old Elec: Shop here and is still there today but is now part of a house.





Here as seen as HC Gibbins the Old Electric Shop





From there he did the first Tv repair service in fact anything electronic he would fix it, the old valve radios that were about in the 1950's, he also did dynamos and starters, for the big firm Battery Electrics, later to become Partco Hereford, he did magnetos also, but still lived at the Bage with my Mother, Gran and Grandad George and Great Gran

Soon the Bage had it's own gen-set, first by steam and coal later a big: engine Hornsby Akroyd open crank,



as I remember drove a large dynamo, don't have a photo but this thing was some bit big as I remember, with big brass volt and amp meters, big brass hand regulator, that had to be set by hand, all 18 rooms had lights, the old rubber wiring in those days ran all round the house and even in the farm buildings, we were one of the first to have lights, plug in valve radio and even a TV, as I remember a 6" black and white screen with BBC1 and the old Pathe News, remember the 405 and 625 and itv coming on line in 1955.

Lets take a look at what was on when I was a boy!!







One of the big things I remember as a boy was the Queens coronation of 1953, my Sister Lynne had not yet been born, the village was set to celebrate the coronation, enjoy these very old pics:, we have taken them from very old film taken by my Father, the village celebrates the Queen Coronation.



See if you can spot me in my blue pedal car, many of the boy's and girls you see in the photos I grow up with.

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Like most goings on in the village of Preston-on-Wye it's an excuse for a good piss-up!!

So seeing that most of them will be ending up in the Yew Tree anyway we thought this would be the most appropriate song!!















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