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#1 OFFLINE   My Friend Jack

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Posted 04 January 2005 - 01:08 PM

This will seem like an odd request, but it's something that has been bugging me for more than 20 years!

When I was at primary school (in the late 1960s), I remember reading several books that were based around a family (the Cherry family?) who, in order to stop their children getting bored, would arrange what they called "Happenings." As far as I remember, these were mysteries and puzzles that the youngsters had to solve. I have absolutely no recollection of the names of any of the books or the author, but I would just like to know if anybody else remembers the books?

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Posted 04 January 2005 - 01:16 PM

What sort of reading age were they for? Under tens, over tens etc. Cherry rings a bell but it might be in connection with something else.

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Posted 04 January 2005 - 01:33 PM

I reckon I was about 9 or 10 when I read them. They were in the class library so must have been intended for that age, I suppose.

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 12:46 PM

The power of the internet! At last, I have managed to find out what these books were and who wrote them! Will Scott was the author, and the books were, The Cherrys and the Pringles, The Cherrys and the Sea, The Cherrys and the Galleon, The Cherrys of River House, and more. They seem to have been written in the mid-1950s. Don't seem to be in print now, but it gives me something to look for on eBay apart from CDs.

Anyone else remember these books? I am so pleased that they weren't a figment of my imagination!

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 03:48 PM

I'm a bit young for them I'm afraid, so don't remember them MFJ.

But you might like to look at ABE books as well (www.abebooks.co.uk) as they specialise in Out of Print books.

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 04:25 PM

Flingo - funnily enough, that was the site that I stumbled across yesterday, helping me to solve this mystery!

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 11:38 PM

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Bill 3rd December 2006 09:44 AM

Funny how things go in circles.

http://forums.abeboo...sg=2163.1&ctx=0

My Friend Jack 9th December 2006 11:51 PM

Wow! Thanks for spotting that, Bill. As I said - the power of the internet!

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 01:38 PM

Hi, I've just joined this site because of this thread! I was infatuated with the Cherry Books (when 8 or 9 around 1964), though I cannot remember too much about them but vaguely remember the brilliant puzzles and mysteries also involved detective work and real involvement with real petty crime/burglaries and local police etc? I read most of them before progressing onto The Hobbit et al. I was just doing a Search for them on the Internet in order to see if any old copies lurking around anywhere and this thread came up!

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 04:05 PM

Welcome along, Moonhawk! You and I must have read these books around the same time. Glad someone else remembers them as they are impossible to find, unless you are prepared to part with a small fortune for a 40+ year old copy!.

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 03:44 PM

Yes I've just looked on Abebooks, most are foreign translations, but there are a couple, English, at tempting prices! I also found another thread in a professional Book Collectors Forum and at least one person there collects the Cherry Family Books - wonder if they'll lend me a copy so I can reread one again!

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 03:37 PM

I've just found this group as for years I have vaguly wondered about the Cherrs 'happening's books which i read aged 9-10 in 1968-9 at primary school in Norfolk. No Enid Blyton in the class library so I made do with these! I think I enjoyed them though can't remember much about them! I tried searching on amazon but there was too much to plough through so just googled Cherrys Happenings and Bingo! Up came this site! It looks interesting so I have joined

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 12:23 PM

That's good to hear, chatringer. I particularly like the fact that you did the same search that I did 4 years ago, and came up with BGO. Please make yourself at home on BGO, and pop into "Introduce yourself" in the Central Library section.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:45 PM

LIke some of you I have been pondering on this off and on for 40 years - that is the Cherry family and their adventures. I can remember (I think) borrowing them from the local library and reading them in one sitting. Can anyone confirm that they included local maps (like church, wood, etc) on the end sheets? I also seem to remember that the illustration of one of the boys looked like Harry Potter (round specs) - or did I imagine this?

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:41 PM

Welcome to BGO wightman - I'm sure someone with "happening" memories will be able to confirm or deny that for you.

I just wanted to note that it looks like we are rapidly becoming the "Cherry Family Fan Club" here!! MFJ - I bet you didn't realise how many new members you'd attract - I hereby award you with this month's "Top Recruiter" medal!

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:11 PM

Thank you, Flingo, although I'm not sure "this month" quite works - my original post on this thread was more than 4 years ago!

Wightman - greetings, and welcome to BGO! I'm afraid I can't recall any of the details you mention, but I am glad to see that I'm not the only one who harbours fond but vague memories of the Cherry family.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 06:34 AM

Like some of you I have been pondering on this off and on for 40 years - that is the Cherry family and their adventures.
I can remember (I think) borrowing them from the local library and reading them in one sitting.
Can anyone confirm that they included local maps (like church, wood, etc) on the end sheets?

Hi there, MFJack, Wightman and others.

I've just joined BGO and would be happy to chat over Will Scott's 'Cherrys' books with anyone here.

Each 'Cherrys' book included a Buchanan map or plan. At first these were single-page and inside the
body of the book.

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But soon these maps/plans became double-page endpaper features.

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I also seem to remember that the illustration of one of the boys looked like Harry Potter (round specs) - or did I imagine this?


Roy, the brainy Cherry kid, is the one with specs, below.
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PROVISIONAL LIST OF CHARACTERS IN THE CHERRYS BOOKS

Captain & Mrs. Cherry
Jimmy Cherry
Jane Cherry
Roy Cherry
Pam Cherry
Mr. Watson (their monkey)
Joseph (their parrot)
Mr. & Mrs. Wilks
Sally Wilks
Mr. Wilks’s younger brother from the Isle of Wight
Mr. & Mrs. Pringle
Joe Pringle
Betty Pringle
Mrs. Pearl (un-named above) from Marigold Cottages, who cleaned River House for the Cherrys
Mr. Mount, the local Baker


'Aurélien Arkadiusz'

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 07:10 AM

Welcome to BGO, AA, and thanks for those pictures - real memory-joggers for me! Unfortunately, I have completely forgotten any of the details of the books, apart from a scene in one where one character (Captain Cherry?) was seen by the children to be walking down the street on a summer day carrying an open umbrella over his head.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:16 PM

Thanks for the welcome, MFJack.:)

Have to say that I've got far more questions than answers about Will Scott's 'Cherrys' series,:confused: so I don't immediately recall that scene you mention of Captain Cherry using an umbrella as a parasol.

Of course, artist Lilian Buchanan's illustrations contribute a great deal to the overall impact of the books, and the extraordinarily thorough way in which all her pictures, plans and maps are faithful to the text [and each other] over the entire 14-book series amounts to something rather special.

In the months ahead I'd like to upload more of her 'Cherrys' illustrations on your thread so please let me know if there are any restrictions to this.

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 12:54 PM

The 14 ‘Cherrys’ titles, all published by the Brockhampton Press, are:

1 ‘The Cherrys of River House’ (1952)
2 ‘The Cherrys and Company’ (1953)
3 ‘The Cherrys by the Sea’ (1954)
4 ‘The Cherrys and the Pringles’ (1955)
5 ‘The Cherrys and the Galleon’ (1956)
6 ‘The Cherrys and the Double Arrow’ (1957)
7 ‘The Cherrys on Indoor Island’ (1958)
8 ‘The Cherrys on Zigzag Trail’ (1959)
9 ‘The Cherrys’ Mystery Holiday’ (1960)
10 ‘The Cherrys and Silent Sam’ (1961)
11 ‘The Cherrys’ Famous Case’ (1962)
12 ‘The Cherrys to the Rescue’ (1963)
13 ‘The Cherrys in the Snow’ (1964)
14 ‘The Cherrys and the Blue Balloon’ (1965)
For me, one attraction of Will Scott's 'Cherrys' series is the careful detailing shown in top-notch illustrator Lilian Buchanan's accompanying sketches and maps - the unusually close agreement or 'meshing' between all Buchanan's pictures and maps, together with their faithfulness to journalist / cartoonist / playwright Scott's texts. One wonders if she had an author's sketchmap to guide her...

Also of note is the inclusion in the 'Market Cray' maps (above) of several details which are unlikely to have been featured in a totally invented map, based solely upon author/artist whimsy. What does this suggest?

All told, Scott's 14-book 'Cherrys' series, ably supported by Buchanan's maps and illustrations (including her colourful book-covers), add up to something rather special in the way of children's books. One proof of this (clearly seen in the postings on page 1 of this thread) is that the 'Cherrys' series lingers on in the mind decades after the books finally went out-of-print. Probably this is why they are such expensive, sought-after items on the web.

The lingering impact of Scott's Cherrys series has also led to occasional web postings at various sites, mostly from middle-aged people who read the books as children. Interestingly, there are also postings from a few younger folk who seem to have inherited and muchly enjoyed copies of some of the books. And postings from a few oldies like myself - I caught the first few titles as a kid, but was grown-up before the last title, 'The Cherrys and the Blue Balloon', was released in 1965, just after Will Scott's death.

To my knowledge, the first 12 titles were all reprinted at least once - and at least one of them up to 5 times - so while it’s a challenge to find copies at booksales it’s not impossible.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:28 AM

When I was at primary school (in the late 1960s), I remember reading several books that were based around a family (the Cherry family?) who, in order to stop their children getting bored, would arrange what they called "Happenings." As far as I remember, these were mysteries and puzzles that the youngsters had to solve.

Hi, I've just joined this site because of this thread! I was infatuated with the Cherry Books (when 8 or 9 around 1964), though I cannot remember too much about them but vaguely remember the brilliant puzzles and mysteries also involved detective work and real involvement with real petty crime/burglaries and local police etc?

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In a distant galaxy, far, far away….well, not quite….(it was actually on another website, the EBS Forums),
1) ‘Lenoir’ wrote:
“They were about ‘happenings’ in the village of Market Cray. Their father, Captain Cherry, was the instigator of most of these happenings, which were games or activities that became adventures.”
2) and ‘Fiona1986’ added:
“...I seem to remember that adults were quite involved in the story?”


So, then, one huge difference between Will Scott's Cherrys series and most of the children's books from that era was *shock, horror* :( Parental involvement in the children's adventures.

How, you ask, could a father of that era - a stuffy adult by definition - possibly be capable of setting up adventures or 'Happenings' for his children and their friends? Well, folks, before I try to answer that one let me tell you the worst - Captain Cherry not only invented many wonderful games but also he (and sometimes certain of the other adults) even ;) took part in these games!

You see, Captain Cherry - his first name is never given - was a rather unusual adult. Having, it seems, spent much of his life as part of exploration and survey teams (e.g. for a mining company in the Australian outback) he drew on this experience to invent intriguing (and inexpensive) games for his four kids....games which eventually drew in their friends the Wilks (next-door neighbours at 'The Lawn') and the Pringles (friends originally from London).

Of course, he was also training them to 'keep their eyes open' so that they were aware of (tuned into) their environment more or less in the rather special way that Harvard Professor John R. Stilgoe calls for in his "OUTSIDE LIES MAGIC", but enough of that.

In Will Scott's ‘Cherrys’ books parental involvement is not only workable, it is actually something rather special.

‘Aurélien Arkadiusz’




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