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Wiltshire / Re: SALTER, POWNEY & EATWELL in Calne
« on: Tuesday 21 February 17 09:49 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Danny and thanks for your reply. I don't have anything to add to this thread but hope some of your relatives are still around and reply.

Kind regards, Arranroots 😊

For Sale / Wanted / Events / Fundraising memoir - Never Say Di
« on: Monday 30 January 17 19:23 GMT (UK)  »
Hello everyone - I've popped back to share the memoir I was privileged to help write recently. My client wanted to record the highlights of a life well lived - and what a rollercoaster it has been! It will appeal especially to Rootschatters, who are used to discovering and recording the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

Never Say Di is the true story of a girl who was bewildered by the world of adults, where she was left to her own devices and received little in the way of love. Fast forward to adulthood and Di Lofting became a pioneering nurse, had adventures on four continents and found love and friendship that surrounded her, reflecting the care she had for others.

'A tale of childhood hardship, lifelong friendships, adventures on a Vespa, lashings of G&T and even being recruited as a spy for the drug squad.'

Never Say Di has received fantastic 5-star reviews, such as
'I laughed, I cried: you've captured Di perfectly!'
'Don't read this book unless you want to fall in love with Di.'
Fair warning - she was a wonderful woman - as witness the hundreds of people who attended her funeral last week. For Di - a dyslexic - wanted her book written under the shadow of cancer, to inspire and give courage to others.

Funds raised by the e-book and softcover ALL go to Dorothy House Hospice in Bath, which supported Di in her final weeks. So far we've raised over 400 but it would be great to improve on this and enable the hospice to provide services for many more patients.

Amazon e-book:


Grab yourself a copy and have a jolly good read!

(Ask me about your ghostwriting memoir or proofreading and copy editing services - )

Thanks for reading this :)

Gloucestershire / Re: Leckhampton - Local Knowledge c 1861
« on: Monday 17 August 15 21:47 BST (UK)  »
Hello both

Glad you're making some progress. Usually at this point I would offer to post photos of the building or whatever is on the site these days but of course Google Streetview can do it much better and in many dimensions these days!

Feel free to call on the local knowledge, such as it is, whenever you like!

(My daughter has just left Sydney to go and be a farmer for three months, so I feel I know your corner of the world quite well by now too!)

Kind regards, Arrowroots :)

Gloucestershire / Re: Leckhampton - Local Knowledge c 1861
« on: Monday 17 August 15 07:54 BST (UK)  »

Not sure about the house itself but the road is included in the Cheltenham Gazetteer (

I just had a quick look but it might give you some further leads.

Have you tried an address search in 1881 or 1911 to see what buildings are mentioned?

I'll pop back later ...

Kind regards, Arranroots

Monmouthshire / Re: Help with a SMITH mystery
« on: Monday 29 December 14 11:38 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Linda

How exciting! Julie hasn't been on RC for a while now but it would be great if she pops up in response to a real cousin making a post!

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you both :)

Kind regards, Arranroots :)

Hi MSUButterbean - welcome to Rootschat!

Sorry it took me a few days to get back to you.

Well, this looks promising, doesn't it? I wonder where you got your information about James? I confess I will need to go back to my records to check what I know & where from. Certainly the Forest of Dean FHS records played a big part.

Once you've posted a few more times, you'll be able to use the Personal Message system here on Rootschat and we can discuss.

Hope to hear from you soon, kind regards Arranroots :)

World War One / Re: 14677 Alexander FLECK MM 16 Highland Light Infantry
« on: Tuesday 25 February 14 10:17 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Ben

Thanks for your message! It is indeed an unusual name - I don't even know its origins.

Alec FLECK was my grandfather's cousin. He was born in Greenock (SDGW database) 21st August 1887, the son of William FLECK and his wife Margaret (maiden surname KELSO, a native of Arran). His father was a river pilot (GRO Scotland births Renfrew 564/03 0723).

I have further information on his service, gained mainly from the records others have posted above. His personal service record does not, it would seem, survive.

I wonder if you have a connection with his family?

Kind regards, Arranroots :)

One Name Studies: H to M / Re: LE FEVRE - Channel Islands and France
« on: Saturday 18 January 14 10:57 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Colin

It seems Judy hasn't been on Rootschat for a couple of years now & she might not be notified of your reply - hence no response from her.

I'm interested in your study on behalf of a friend, whose tree I helped with. I will pass along the URL to her.

Kind regards, Arranroots :)

Armed Forces / Re: November .....
« on: Monday 18 November 13 21:17 GMT (UK)  »
Don't worry, Viktoria.

I've asked the question before & would be much happier if I knew the answer!

A :)

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