End of Tetley link with charity

Hollins Hall in the leafy village of Killinghall outside Harrogate featured here the other week when I told you how one of the Tetley brewing dynasty, Michael Tetley, bought the property set in 14 acres back in 1943 for the whopping sum of £9,500 and donated it to the charity, Dr Barnardo's.

That was at a time when the average house price was just 200. However, Hollins Hall was no ordinary pile.

Michael bought the Hall in memory of his son, Lt Engineer Ian Broderick Tetley, a great, great grandson of Joshua, who went down with his ship, the cruiser HMS Neptune, along with 764 officers and men in a minefield off Malta in 1941.

Coun Colin Waite, a former voice-piece for The Huntsman Brewery, researched the hall's history for his book Reflections of Killinghall. Colin discovered Michael Tetley was a director of Dr Barnardo's at the time and Hollins Hall had been rented by the charity from Mrs Jowitt for 300 a year.

"The house was home to physically handicapped children evacuated from Bruce Porter Home in Folkestone at the beginning of World War Two," confirmed Colin.

"The hall became known as the Ian Tetley Memorial School in memory of Michael's son. Over the following decades it was extended to offer more specialist accommodation for day and boarding pupils for the whole of the North and the West Ridings and the Harrogate District.

"In 1994 Dr Barnardo's took the decision to close the school due to changing educational needs. Following a short gap the charity entered into a 10m joint venture with the development company, Audley Court, to turn the whole estate into a retirement complex.

"This was officially opened by Sir Bernard Ingham on July 10, 2000. The developers did keep the memorial to Ian Tetley above the fireplace in the main hall. But other than that and a reference to a Tetley room in the hall there is no mention of the links that went before.

Insult to injury

"Adding insult to injury as far as I was concerned the developers insisted on describing Hollins Hall as in 'Hampsthwaite' when it is nothing of the sort."

Colin explained that the hall and its grounds were in fact in Killinghall.

"I tackled the developers' southern-based managing director and eventually got him to admit, somewhat wearily, that they had chosen Hampsthwaite because it not only sounded more up-market but the 'Killing' in our name was not, in their opinion, a good association in relation to retired people."

I tell you readers, you couldn't make it up!

l Back to warships lost through enemy action, I told you last year about the plaque in Rawdon Crematorium in memory of those lost when HMS Panther was sunk off the Greek island of Rhodes in October, 1943. It was placed there by Howard Atkinson, father was one of those killed when German aircraft stuck the P-Class destroyer.

Peter Kendrick got a copy of that story and he got in touch from his home in Waterlooville, Hampshire, telling me his father, Walter, was one of the surviviors and how his dad was in touch with another survivor, John Gale.

Following that story appearing in Yorkshire Diary, Peter has been back in communication: "With regard to my Dad and HMS Panther, I had a call from a gentleman called John Perry of Harrogate who was a marine serving on HMS Carlisle and saw the Panther sink.

"I was able to put them in touch to share their experiences. I also had a letter from a John Young of Ossett who has kindly traced my family back to 1806! What a good response from a couple of stories in Yorkshire Diary."

Another satisfied reader!