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Cecil ‘Cis’ Beadle (1920-2006)

by Tom on 29 May 2012 · 13 comments

Although my grandad sadly passed away before the ‘Walkern Memories’

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Michael Bennett August 24, 2020 at 11:34 pm

Cecil was such a kind help to me, here far away in the South Pacific, around 1999. He got me lots of information about my gt grandfather Walter Bennett, including a copy of a newspaper clipping of Walters death while delivering ale to a pub in Aston. He also introduced me to Olive Hart who as a little girl of 11 used to do shopping for my gt grandmother Rebecca(nee Rand)


Pat Peterson (nee O'Brien) September 6, 2015 at 12:50 am

Hi Tom,
Your grandfather used to chase my mum Mabel Warner around the playground when children. They were the best of mates all their lives & wrote to each other after my family came to Perth West Australia. So I also have all Cecil’s written memories, along with my mum’s. I left Walkern looking for adventure when I was 21. Of course my Nan Emily Warner lived in the village all her life too, so many a story has passed down to me. Mum married & was Mabel O’Brien the village post lady for numerous years. When my sister Maureen was born at 5am in the morning, Spearman’s baker in the high street knew when I went for our bread an hour later, as the doctor told the milkman who told everyone he saw that early morning. I am also eternally grateful to all the villagers who rallied around our family when Terry my brother had his accident.
So cheers from Oz to anyone who remembers me or our family.
( I also wrote to Cecil for many years, & Meg took me at aged 16 to the Mecca ballroom with her.)


Cathy Fenton December 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Hi Pat,
I was a friend of your sister, Eileen, for quite a few years.
I used to bike to Walkern with another friend Joan to visit Eileen. I also met Terry after his accident. Eileen came to my wedding in 1975! We did stay in touch but then lost touch and we moved away from Stevenage to the North West.
I have often thought about her and your family.
It was so nice to come across your email.


Gill gage nee Jackson March 14, 2015 at 9:29 am

I was born in walkern and remember the Beadles very well went to work at British rail with Derek beadle also remember the Edwards (who I am related to through marriage) lumbis’s andmonceys all who lived in moors ley anyone remember me x


John Brooks March 15, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Gill, I lived opposite you in Moors Ley and remember you well. I am on facebook if you want to make contact.
Regards, John


Tom March 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Hi Gill
My mum Wendy Beadle remembers you and thinks that you also had a sister named Barbara?
Also that either your brother or cousin Richard (known as Suckers) still lives in your house and has an interest in old tractors.
Derek Beadle now lives in South Wales.
Best wishes
Tom (Wendy’s son)


peter edwards August 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Hi Valerie. Turns out that I am your first cousin. I am the son of Frank (farmer) Edwards. I remember Will very well. He died when I was 8.But I can see him now ,clear as day. He was certainly a character and have a lovely photo of him and I sitting on a bale with his shot gun at the top of stevenage road. As a rare grandson I think he spoilt me a bit , in fact all my uncles did. I have a sister Teresa who Is six years older than me. I Iive in Leicestershire now, but often visit walkern and the church , I can put faces to many of the people buried there.


Valerie Sumbul March 13, 2019 at 7:29 pm

Hi Peter.

I am so sorry. Just seen your message. How lovely to hear from you. I remember visiting your parents and think I met you a few times.

Would love to hear from you and perhaps hear some more stories of the Edwards family.

Best wishes


Ann Muncey March 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

It was so good to read the article. Brought back very fond memories of when I was a child growing up in Walkern. Tom your Granddad at the time was the caretaker of Walkern school.


PS give my regards to your the Beadle family.


Pam bonnett February 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hi Tom, spoke to Grandfather abut the village a few times Lizzy Spicer was my Grand mothers sister, maiden name Warner, he also put me in thuch with a cousin who had been in care and lost contact with the family,he also knew my mother and fathers family and talked about them, and about the Village, have family history in Walken back to 1620 .
Pam Bonnett


Valerie Sumbul January 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

On checking another website, it appears Trucky Edwards was my Great Grandfather and not my Grandfather.


Valerie Sumbul November 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Thank you Tom for sharing your Grandad’s memories of Walkern. I really enjoyed reading about his life and experiences. The way he described the river, it is almost as if I there now. I had to chuckle when I saw that Trucky Edwards was known as a ‘character’. Trucky or William as he was also known, was my Grandfather. Sadly he passed away before I was born, at the age of 53. Many of them are in the Churchyard.


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