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My name is Richard Jervis, I live right on the edge of Alderbury and have family ties in Wests Grimstead. I am interested in the history of Wiltshire and look for coins, objects, and artifacts using a state of the art metal detector.  Please keep my details should you or someone you know ever need help finding a lost ring or any metallic object. I’ve found keys, iPhones, toys, pet tags, and even a few tractor parts. I would be quite happy to assist in any recovery. This is not a business, metal detecting is just my hobby and I never accept money for helping out.

I have been Metal Detecting for several years now and I guarantee that I will always respect your property and leave it in good condition. I am a member of the Great Western Relic Hunters group on Facebook and stringently follow the code of conduct as laid down by the National Council of Metal Detecting. I currently have over 15 items submitted to the Finds Liason Officer in Salisbury Museum and I am proud to say that I recently gave a talk on Metal Detecting at the West Grimstead Village Hall that raised £100 for charity. Additionally, I can provide you with several references from families I have already worked with if you have any doubts.

Richard Jervis, Saddlers, Chapel Hill, West Grimstead, SP5 3SJ. 01722 710586


18 March 2018

Hello,  I am trying to find out about the graves of some of my relatives who I believe are buried in Farley – Lily and Charles Bray (husband/wife) and Pearl Bray. They are my maternal grandparents and my Great Aunt. How might I go about finding the location of their graves and whether they are marked with some form of headstone, please?

Many thanks for your help.

Kind regards,
Allyssa Gregory
allyssa_gregory@hotmail.com


16 Feb 2018

Howdy Farley Folks,
Would you know of anyone possibly able to help with some genealogy research?  I have hit the wall on missing links in connecting back my Farley genealogy, with our surname stopping at Sir Thomas Farley. born1383-died1410, Chesham, Hertfordshire, England.  Records located thus far then show a name change with his father being listed as Sir Thomas Walter of Hungerford, born1340 Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England and died 1397 Farleigh Castle, Somerset, England.  There were five further back generations of “de Hungerford” ancestors, but the Farley name seemed to pause at Sir Thomas Farley with a wide gap back to William de Falaise where the Farley progenitors picked up again.  If there is anyone around your area that could possibly assist me in making this research connection, it would be most appreciated.

Thank you kindly,

Jim Farley
jpf@sosgeneralstore.com