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    OVF Mini Competition No. 62

    Looking for something to distract you from the football results?

    Then watch this space...
    *Every new day is a new beginning with new horizons (Barry Edge)
    *Supporting Port Vale, for real supporters, is something that's in your blood. You can't turn it off like a tap (Paul Machin)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Rules View Post
    Looking for something to distract you from the football results?

    Then watch this space...
    p.s. Knowing we have brainy ones amongst us I've tried to make this 'Comp super tough to solve. Well, that's what think I've done

    Having said that, you watch if one of you don't pick straight away.

    ah well, such is life
    *Every new day is a new beginning with new horizons (Barry Edge)
    *Supporting Port Vale, for real supporters, is something that's in your blood. You can't turn it off like a tap (Paul Machin)

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    OVF Mini Competition No. 62

    This OVF Mini Competition is conducted by Onevalefan and all enquires about prizes or other related ‘Competition issues to be sent by pm to Barry Edge aka Aussie Rules.

    This ‘Competition will be declared won when:

    • The principle character's name, spelt correctly, has been posted in this Topic Thread, plus
      At least a mix of 4 other names/reasons why it happened


    Further, your answers must be in 1 post only - not multiple posts.

    The research for this Mini Comp includes the World Wide Web.

    Judges' decision final with no correspondence entered into.

    So, all you need do to win a £50 ‘Club Shop voucher is to be the first to post the correct answers to this little cryptic poem:


    Who was she, and what happened

    When her mum and dad crossed over
    She was living north of town
    In a cottage by a hawthorn
    Where she spent her days alone,
    No one went to visit
    ‘Cus they thought she'd do them harm
    And when the townsfolk were in church
    She was busy on her farm

    She wasn't very pretty
    So boyfriends did not have
    And the troubles in the township
    Were said to be ‘Her Bad',
    Even when she sold her wares
    The townsfolk were unkind
    By saying she was nasty
    With cheating on her mind

    Then one day some men in black -
    A ‘holy coterie' -
    Condemned her mortal ways
    As the work of devilry,
    But the final quirk of fate -
    Because of what was done -
    Is most others are forgotten
    Whilst her memory lives on

    Barry Edge
    August 20, 2017

    Last edited by Aussie Rules; 21-08-17 at 03:40 AM. Reason: Spellcheck
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    I think this is Molly Leigh, who lived in a farm in Jack-field, now Hamil rd.
    Other characters
    Parson Spencer,
    Her blackbird.
    The blackbird used to sit on the sign of The Turks Head pub and was said to have turned the beer sour, hence parson spencer and other locals reopened her grave and buried the bird with her.

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    Think Conrads nailed this..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Rules View Post
    p.s. Knowing we have brainy ones amongst us I've tried to make this 'Comp super tough to solve. Well, that's what think I've done

    Having said that, you watch if one of you don't pick straight away.

    ah well, such is life
    Outside of North Staffs that was super tough!the only real clue was"my farm"...i assume you have some connection?fascinating story and a nice distraction from football..conrad I doff my hat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad View Post
    I think this is Molly Leigh, who lived in a farm in Jack-field, now Hamil rd.
    Other characters
    Parson Spencer,
    Her blackbird.
    The blackbird used to sit on the sign of The Turks Head pub and was said to have turned the beer sour, hence parson spencer and other locals reopened her grave and buried the bird with her.
    And with that answer Conrad you win this weeks 'OVF Clever Clogs Award' plus a few pennies to spend in the 'Club Shop

    Just over an hour eh! What part gave you the answers?

    You know what to do

    Notes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9nPoeYuSKI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW7zpABs8fw
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/a..._feature.shtml

    Margaret Leigh aka Molly Lee
    Born Burslem 1685
    Died Burslem 1746 or 1748
    Her mum and dad died when she was very young

    Sadly, Margaret, or Molly (sometimes Molly Lee) was said to be ugly, and in those days this led to her being shunned and labelled the witch of Burslem.

    She never married.

    There were allegations from the start about her strangeness e.g:
    [List}That she had an adult mind and abilities from birth;
    That she was able to eat a hard crust of bread just a few hours after being born;
    That she refused her mother's milk to suckle farm animals instead; and
    Said to have a vicious temper as she grew older;

    Was it the need for a friend that also made her train a blackbird/jackdaw) which became her companion, being tame to her call?

    Or was she really a witch as declared by enemy No. 1 Parson Spencer, Rector of Saint John's Church, Burslem?
    Last edited by Aussie Rules; 21-08-17 at 03:52 AM. Reason: Formatting
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    Quote Originally Posted by londonvale View Post
    Outside of North Staffs that was super tough!the only real clue was"my farm"...i assume you have some connection?fascinating story and a nice distraction from football..conrad I doff my hat...
    Good spot, but no connection Bon'Ami - should read 'her farm'. Thanks, now corrected
    *Every new day is a new beginning with new horizons (Barry Edge)
    *Supporting Port Vale, for real supporters, is something that's in your blood. You can't turn it off like a tap (Paul Machin)

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