Regulars will remember that recently, I featured a post from reader Stuart Cowley, who generously recounted his memories of of summers spent in and around Chasewater, where his family worked at the cafe in the 1960s.
Stuart’s piece garnered much great feedback, and in response, last week he was good enough to venture into the loft, and recover some family snapshots. I think you’ll agree, they’re rather wonderful. I recall that bungalow – I’d forgotten all about it. The picture of the ladies in the serving hatch is splendid, and beautifully redolent of the period.
Thank you to Stuart for taking the time, and if anyone else has anything they’d like to share, please don’t hesitate: comment here, or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!
Having been up the loft over Christmas I have located some photographs that I mentioned previously in and arround the cafe.
One is of me aged about 6 (1966) stood outside the caretakers bungalow which ajoined the back of the cafe.
Another is of some of the staff including my sister Angela (nearest the camera) looking outside of one of the serving kiosks, again about 1966
This kiosk was at the back of the cafe overlooking the seated terraced area.
The photograph at the kiddies section of the permanent fair was taken about 1964 looking from the back of the fair facing the lake.
The one of me stood at the wall would have been 1969 ish.
These photos are colour with the exception of the one at the fair but I couldn’t figure out the scanner so appologies for that.
The original cafe had two large seating areas with a large L shaped serving counter .
Big windows at the back overlooked the sun terrace, ornamental pond, then large lawned area dropping down towards the lake (later pitch and put)
There was also an outside kiosk between the sun terrace and pond.
The St johns ambulance room was based in its own room at the end of the building, that’s where you see the flag flying on the cine clip that ypu put on the website.
The permanent fun fair consisted of (looking from the road left to right in the area of the car park now) the kiddies rides, waltzers, dodgems, big wheel , large wooden big dipper, fun house (the fun house backed on to the go kart track). other arcades and stalls ran along the back.
In the mid to late 70’s the fair dissapeard, the cafe was turned in to a large amusement arcade with small snack serving area and a new kiosk opened at the front, other kiosks were closed down.
Hope that all helps to build the picture