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Roger Ray, High Street, Handcross
The Slaugham Archive
Roger Ray, High Street, Handcross

My parents, Roger and Nora Ray, ran the newsagents shop for thirteen years from about 1958 to 1971. The black car was my father’s Ford Popular (MCY 139). The previous occupants of the shop were the Misses Elsie and Gladys Ives, and my parents acceded to Den and Pat Parnacott. A speciality of the shop in those days was the large stock of wool piled on numerous shelves. A sign declared that “Wool put by”, indicating that customers would purchase their wool one or two skeins at a time, and the remaining wool needed to finish the project would be reserved or “put by”. The reasoning related to the importance of knitting an object with wool not only of the same colour, but also from the same dye number. Each dyeing process is likely to produce a slightly different shade.
Picture added on 19 July 2012 at 19:29
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Roads - Handcross - High Street (North)
I do remember this shop-I believe Lord Snowdon and the young royals used to visit.
Added by Jan Mahoney on 19 July 2012
I did a paper round from there in the 1940s, Slaugham/Furnace ponds and Coos Lane
Added by Rex Tester on 20 July 2012
I did the Staplefield paper round for Mr & Mrs Ray in the 1960's.

Added by Kenny Newman on 04 August 2012
In the late 1950s I was a paper boy, first for the Misses Elsie and Gladys Ives and then for Roger and Nora Ray.
I cycled from Staplefield, collected the papers and then delivered around Staplefield, Upper Common, Ashfold, Stanbridges etc and still made the bus for school at 0810.
Wages: 18s 6d - a fortune!
Added by John Robins (Junior). on 26 March 2013
I also did a paper round for the Misses Ives down Coos Lane and Slaugham,
Then I would go to the A23 and grab the rear of a lorry to get a tow up Handcross Hill and then off to school.
Added by Peter Brown on 16 April 2017
Roger P Campbell
Roger died on the 11th May 2019 following a short illness. Roger retired from Sussex Police and he, with his wife Viv, took over Handcross Newsagents from Ben and Mary Sharkey in about 1987.
He and his family subsequently moved to Norfolk where he worked as a civilian with Norfolk Police on the front desk in Kings Lynn and Thetford.
I recall him in his capacity as Schools Liaison Officer for the Mid Sussex Police Sub-division.
Viv’s sister, Beryl, married Brian “Bob” Message and they too moved from Handcross to Norfolk to be near Viv and Roger.

Added by David Pearce on 11 June 2019
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