- Much Marcle
issue number 163 of 'Wyenot News', Alisan Greeff from Namibia
don't know if you can help me or point me in the right direction.
I have traced my great grandfather, Richard Michael Whittaker,
to Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Born 1872, he married an
Eleanor Anne Lloyd, daughter of William Lloyd (b.1855) I
would like to find out more but have reached a possible
Harrison was able to help Alisan and wrote . . .
grandfather, Robert Whittaker was Alisan's great grandfather's
brother. We can trace our family at Much Marcle through
Thomas Whittaker, then a succession of Richard Whittakers
as far back as Richard Whittaker bn 1625 who married Sarah
Apperley. We can then follow the Apperley line even further
grandfather Robert and his brother Jack, took their two
young wives, Maud and Elsie, to Breconshire where they settled.
Elsie and Jack did not have any children, but my grandparents
had seven. My grandfather, gave the first motor tractor
in Brecon its first test drive. I have a photo. He also
won the British ploughing championships. He was Churchwarden
of the church in Pencelli and rescued a boy from under the
ice in the canal, wearing his best Sunday suit and bowler
hat. My father left Breconshire to work in Scotland, then
when war broke out, joined the RAF and met my mother in
Stoke-on-Trent, where I now live with my husband and children.
cousin Geoffrey Powell, a grandson of Robert, is currently
Mayor of Crichowell.
have heard so much of Much Marcle over the years and having
visited there, as recently as last summer half term, am
deeply fond of the lovely, charming village and its gentle
have much information to give Alisan. Please
give her my email address.'
put both parties in touch, I received the letter below,
from Alisan on Monday. I hope both parties have lots of
good times discussing their mutual ancestors.
You are very very kind! I am so excited at the prospect.
Things had reached a dead-end. I was excited recently to
trace my husband's grandmother through the 18320 settlers
to South Africa all the way back a further 3 generations!
I shall get on to Dorothy asap!
is a request I receive an awful lot from news readers,
so if there is a local guitar teacher out there looking
for work, it would almost certainly pay dividends to advertise
on 'Wyenot' in general or specifically on 'Wyenot News'!
Alan, I am hoping you can help me out…….. I read Wyenot
News every week and enjoy it. I have also seen that you
seem to spend a lot of time with people of a musical persuasion.
My husband would really like to learn to play the guitar
and I have had no luck tracking down a local guitar teacher!
Would you happen to know of anyone who is either a “proper”
guitar teacher or who would informally do lessons?
strange request I know but I’m hoping if anyone can help
it’ll be you!
you are a guitar teacher able to help, whether you advertise
or not, drop me a line and I will put you in touch with
like playing the guitar and as much as I would like to help
personally with guitar lessons , the reason I cannot do
so - even though I play guitar myself and can busk stuff
'by ear' quite easily is that I have never been taught how
to play it. I've never even read a book on the subject.
My real instrument is piano and I just picked up basic guitar
stuff from years of trial and error. I am nowhere near
good enough at it to be able to give lessons.