Found this little note home to my mum from the headmistress of Queen Edith School, Cambridge [Miss J Johnson]
This is the wrapper from a Cadbury's picnic bar that I brought in the 1980's from the sweet shop on Adkins corner, Perne Road, Cambridge
haha, this is a terrible case of bad hair. I remember my mum cut my hair but I didn't like it so I cut it some more myself, then she tried to make the fringe better and told me off, so in my mood I ran upstairs and cut some of my eyelashes and eyebrows too! I remeber mum had to write a letter to my teacher Mr Hones to explian why my hair was such a mess but I read it on the way to school and was so embarrased that I shoved it in a bush on Gunhild Way just outside the school.
Above: me on Christmas day 1983 at 380 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge - notice the Ken doll haha!
Below: Christmas dinner at grannies [Connie Toller] Me & my sister Lynsey and my cousins in the background.
This is one of the paper bags from Heffers in Cambridge from the 1980's. I used to love that Heffers on Sidney Street. When I got birthday money I would go down the town and always go in Heffers. I'd go straight up to the first floor where there was lots of toys and nice things to see. I would nearly always buy some marbles and pretty stickers :)
This is from my 5th birthday at 380 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge. From left to right: Michelle Bullivant, Kathryn Howe, Ireena Dutta, Suzanna Seddon
380 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, from left to right: Laura Hayns, Lynsey Bullivant, Michelle Bullivant, Donna Easy, Eddie Toller.
From my childhood scrapbook, when we lived on Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana's Wedding on 29.6.81
My first tooth came out when I was 5 and 3/4 old - I had 50p for it :)
Here's a page from my school diary (Queen Edith School, Cambridge) on Friday April 30th 1982. It says we saw the morris men dancing.
I found this little book that I made at school dated September 17th 1984, at Queen Edith's School in Cambridge. Here's two of the pages entitled 'All About Me'
The page above says (orginal spellings and all!):
I have got 13 dogs. One of the dogs had 4 puppys. I have got 3 cats. One of the cats had kittens. I have got a hampster and to fish. In the garden I have got 3 rabbits and 2 giney pigs. My favret clothes are disco clothes. My name is Michelle Bullivant. My friends are Donna, Celie, and Amere. I go to school.
The page below says:
My name is Michelle Bullivant. I live at 380 Cherry Hinton Road. I have got 2 sisters and one coming. My birthday is on June the 12th. I was born on a Satday. I have got bron hair and blue eyes. My favrits are: light blue, 1000, swimming, porn cocktails, me and my girl.
Hobes: swimming, art, tenis, netball, football.
This was one of our family picnics out down by the river Cam at Newnham. I have my E.T. lunch box and one of our dogs - I think it was Bianca, the Papillion.
This is me and my sisters out for a walk around Castle Hill area in Cambridge, in the snow around 1984. That day we climbed up Castle Hill and played in the snow - we would often go to this small area of Cambridge and sometimes visit the Folk Museum too.
From left to right - Kerry Bullivant, Michelle Bullivant, Lynsey Bullivant
This is a picture of The Half Moon Inn, 80, Trumpington Street, Cambridge (corner of Little St Mary's Lane) Rumby John Flack 1830-47, father of Emma Flack - my great great grandmother -lived here. There is a Church in place of this inn now and the Half Moon eventually moved down Little St Mary's Lane, where you can still see a half moon sign hanging outside one of the houses. We have many family tales of The Half Moon at various stages throughout its history. (Picture Courtesy of Cambs Collection.)
This was found in a note book in the spare room at 146, Campkin Road, Cambridge, after Auntie Marie’s death (George & Marie Cruden were my great aunt and uncle- they lived at various addresses including Oxford Road, Cambridge and finally Campkin Road, Cambridge – George was my grannies brother [Connie Toller nee Broom]
A Garden of Memories by George Cruden
At the bottom of my garden are large trees; in my garden more trees, but these are fruit (the latter belonging to me, but not the former). Along this fringe of trees runs a stream, or ditch, which divided my bungalow from a cornfield at some time. Unfortunately the cornfield has gone, but we now have birds – birds of all kinds – birds which rob me of a good deal of fruit; in fact I never get a cherry from the cherry tree, which has thousands on it by early June. Alas, I have to be content with a pound of imported ones usually from the shop down the road. Realising after many years that it is necessary to compromise on some matters I have given in, but not without a certain amount of frustration, mark you; after all, does a bird really know what grows wild and what I cultivated? Perhaps they think we are robbing them of Nature’s food. Every time I have killed one of these birds in the past I have been filled with remorse. The dawn chorus, which during May and June begins about three-thirty a.m. also needs some re-adjustment of life.
However, I love my garden, and to potter about in the shade of the fruit trees, for instance, one remembers. One remembers, but does not plan; pleasant memories come crowding in of those years that have gone, of those people one knew, the places visited. For most of us, fortunately, we remember the most pleasant things above all, the sunny days especially. Why is it that we seem to have had March all summer years ago? I have to search my depths to remember fog or snow; it was there, certainly.
Being a Londoner, and having been born at the turn of the century I certainly can remember fog – those cobblestone streets, the smell of leather, horses, stables and blacksmith’s shops (I still love the smell of leather, of which we now see little.)
About Michelle's Archives
This is a blog page for the archives in Michelle's own collection. It includes many of Michelle's personal family archives, tales and scrapbook items to all kinds of general archive items mainly from around Cambridge and East Anglia but some even more further afield. Search for items or subjects of interest under the categories below, by date or keyword, name or place etc. Any problems finding something or if you've any questions or comments please do get in touch by using the 'Contact' page on this website.