1976

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1976

  • John Seymour’s ‘Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency’ published
  • Charlie’s Angels first appears on US TV
  • Wonder Woman first airs on US TV
  • Rocky, with Sylvester Stallone, relaesed
  • Gore-Tex waterproof fabric invented

Apollo Centre built in the grounds of the Middle School to house a Youth Group and a Mothers and Toddlers Group

Wenhaston Village Hall is completed and opened after five years of fund-raising by the Community Council.

Jan 76

21st: First transatlantic Concorde service Howard Rotovators were working a 4-day week because of trade recession.Andrews Engineering start a 3-day week because of shortage of materials from the Far East making pocket calculators.The ‘Elektric Cinema’ launched by Tim Raynor of the Film Depts of the Lowestoft Theatre Centre to serve 14 villages in N and S Suffolk. A mobile cinema van with two projectors and a portable screen. 30p for adults, 15p for children

Feb 76

19th: Iceland breaks off diplomatic relations with Britain over the Cod War The 500 acre turkey farm, originally started by John and Raymond Le Grys at Holton, is bought from Armour and Co. by Bernard Matthews at a price of £500,000. Second stage of the repair of the roof of Blythburgh Church completed  at a cost of over £150,000. Chancel roof has been treated against deathwatch beetle and badly rotted timbers removed. Some angels still being treated in London.Waveney DC Development Committee agrees to street lighting in The Street and Molls Lane, Brampton at a cost of £2000, despite local objections. A hoard of 48 phosphorous bombs, originally issued to the Home Guard, uncovered by developer Mr Forest G Aldridge while digging a trench near the old almshouses Chediston on Wednesday. Halesworth Fire Service called and a bomb disposal team from Colchester attend. Death of Ralph James Robinson at the age of 78. Founder member of Halesworth Royal British Legion,‘Father’ of the former Halesworth UDC, serving for 44 years and chair in 1955 and 1969. Founder and first chair of League of Friends of Patrick Stead Hospital. Past sec. of Halesworth cricket, tennis and bowls clubs, chair for 12 years and president for two of the Halesworth Town Football Club. Founder member of the Over-65s Club. 150 people attend ‘Elektric Cinema’ showing of ‘The Poseidon Adventure  in Wenhaston Village Hall. Service launched in Jan (see above) under the umbrella of the Eastern Arts Trusts. Next show ‘Young Winston’ in March.

Mar 76

Wilson announces his decision to resign as Prime Minister

Apr 76

5th James Callaghan becomes P.M.

May 76

Jun 76

Thoroughfare closed for three weeks for the laying of a new sewer from Bridge Street to Rectory Road.

July 76

Aug 76

6th: Emergency Drought Act passed Howard Rotovators wins The Queen’s award for Industry.

Sept 76

29th: Govt. announces borrowing of £2.3bn from IMF

 

30th: Racial riots during Notting Hill carnival

5th: A bus service to Dukes Drive commences.

Oct 76

4th: High-speed (125) trains introduced on some routes

 

25th: Official opening of National Theatre

Nov 76

Labour loses two by-elections. Labour now a minority govt.

Dec 76