b'Jim Sissons who spent all his childhood and many of his early married years in Bishop Wilton had one or two more tales to tell. Charlie made boots for the farm lads from surrounding farms, and he actually made them with turned up toes for the lads walking up the hills, strong toe caps, lots of hob nails, very high topped boots and the tongue was not a separate piece of leather, but a continuation of the boot in order to make the boots waterproof. Mrs. Joyce Sissons (Jims wife) remembers taking the shoes from her going away outfit (red) to Charlie to be repaired some years after their marriage. The shoes were not returned, but eventually, one day Charlie turned up at her home to apologise for not returning the shoes, but sadly the rats had eaten the heels!John Sissons (son of Joyce and Jim) spent many hours with Charlie and remembers there being a stuffed bear in the house, needless to say the cottage would only be very small. Charlie also helped out on local farms, in harvest times, stooking. Jim Sissons remembers Charlie often going into the School Playground at dinner times, (school dinner time, which would be mid-afternoon to Charlie) and one day when the Maypole was being erected, what did Charlie do but shin up the pole. One boy by the name of Ron Cook did likewise, but unfortunately Ron was caught and Mr. Rhodes gave Ron the cane. Charlie was always welcome in the Playground when snow and ice were on the ground, as he would help to make a very fast slide, by going over and over it with his hob nailed boots.Sharon Burgess (as was) remembers the time her mother broke a stiletto heel. When her father, Ken Burgess, took the shoes to Charlie for repair he sawed both heels off and returned them saying, Nobody could walk on those.In the photograph for a newspaper article Charlie poses outside No 90 with a range of shoes.The Helm Hairstyles in StoneW hen Malcolm Burgess was a child in Bishop Wilton in the 1930s the hunt boxes or stables in front of the Village Hall were referred to by his family as the old hellum, though he didnt know why.Research suggests that this term for a building comes from the Old English word healm which is related to haulm, meaning the long stems of peas, beans, grass or straw used for thatching. In Danish dialect hjelm is a kind of barn, and is one of the words that came over with the Vikings. So it is possible that this dialect term goes back to a time when these buildings were thatched!68 BULLETIN 5'