Bowler Hatters 1969 - 1983

After Church Service, a local character and Shalford Church bell ringer, Charlie Thorogood, would visit the George Inn for his Sunday morning pint. Resplendent in his Sunday-Best pinstripe suit and ever the gentleman  he would raise his Bowler Hat politely and in customary fashion to each of the ladies he met there.

This simple act by him, led to three of the regulars, together with Les Burton, landlord of the George, joining him in this ritual of gentlemanly conduct. A fund raising venture named "The Ancient Order of Bowler Hatters "was born" and which gave a much needed boost to the lives of the elderly in Shalford in the late 60's and early 70's. Soon there were 15 members; Charlie became the first honorary President. The object was to raise money with members enjoying themselves into the bargain, making sure Christmas would be a little brighter for the old folk of the village. The principal method of raising cash was when one of the fair sex entered or left the bar and if a gentleman failed to tip his hat there was a fine to pay. Money was also raised by fining for failing to attend meetings, and not wearing their hats on a Sunday morning.

The 5p fines members paid for not raising their hats were added to proceeds from dances, darts tournaments, discotheques, weekly raffles and other fund raising events. The first year saw 34 Christmas Hampers presented by Graham Bell from Anglia Television with money also donated to the old people and spastic wards at Black Notley Hospital The old folk tucked into sausage rolls and mince pies and enjoyed a drink laid on by landlord of the George Les Burton and his wife Joan.

Other celebrities from Anglia Television who presented hampers in later years were David Geary, Peter Marshall, and Miss Rosalyn

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All The Team

Original Bowler Hatters 1969
- Les Burton publican

Tramps Supper
Tramps Supper 1970
LR-Melvyn Spicer-Tony Owers
- ? - ? -Brian Dowden

Tramps Supper
Ladies Tramps Supper 1970 

Miss World visits Shalford
Miss World visits Shalford 1972
Miss Belinda Green of Austrialia
Lr. Mike Meddle-Tony Owers
Jim Cudmore --Richard Smith
Mike Johnson--Peter Canham
Terry Faulkner

Fete 1970
Fete 1970
Shalford Princesses
Roz Metson [Bradley]
& Sally Dawson 

Lesie Buton & the Settle
Leslie Buton & The Settle 

Xmas 1983
Xmas 1983 - Wendy Eversden
 Joan Burton, Mary Pilgrim
Tanya & Les Burton 

Senior Citzens Xmas Lunch 1974
note: Bowler Hatter uniform shirts

Xmas 1982
Last Xmas 1982 
LR John Salmon-Dave Bibby
David Eversden- ? -
Sunny Hastings - Mrs Morecombe 
Xmas 1982
Last Xmas 1982
LR John Salmon -
Madeline Eversden- Mira Salmon
Wheel Barrow event
Wheel Barrow race for Charity


Jim Cudmore & Son Keith 

Leslie Burton
Landlord of The George Inn

Ros Metson
Mary Pilgrim & Derek Inkpin

Xmax Speeches 

Shalford Football team 196?
Shalford Football Team 1960?