Policeman on bicycle

I do not have a photo of Jim Hesketh, but here you can relive what he would have looked like as he cycled around the local villages on his bicycle.

For most of his twenty years as a Police Constable, he and his wife Joyce lived at the Police Station at Broadwas.

The youngsters in Broadwas and Knightwick were the the bane of his life, and he would always be after us for some of the mischief that we got up to. He was only doing his job and probably because of that, we unknowingly all grew up to be law abiding citizens!!

We all learnt to listen for the click-click-click, sound of his bicycle, as he rode around on his beat, and would soon hide and wait till he had passed.

Information on the life of Jim Hesketh - Broadwas Constable

1939 Register

Address: Haye Lane, Ombersley, Worcestershire.

John Hesketh - Married - b. 8th October, 1880. Fruit and Vegetable Salesman.
Ellen L. Hesketh - Married - b. 23rd July, 1881. Unpaid Domestic Duties.
John E. Hesketh - Single - b. 29th March, 1907. Grocer's Assistant.
William C. Hesketh -Single - b. 8th March, 1915. Carpenter.
Herbert R. Hesketh - Single - b. 11th August, 1916. Painter and Decorator.
James Hesketh - Single - b. 7th May, 1918. Gardening & Allotments.
Joseph Hesketh - Single - b. 24th May, 1920. No Occupation (Incapacitated).

John Hesketh
Married: Ellen Laura Moule
On: 1st qtr. 1906.
At: Droitwich, Worcestershire.

1939 Register.

Address: 149 Cheltenham Road, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Frederick Stratford - Married - b. 14th September, 1888. Butcher (Master).
Lillie Stratford - Married - b. 25th March, 1890. Unpaid Domestic Duties.
Joyce Stratford - Single - b. 25th August 1927. At School

Frederick Stratford
Married: Lillie Allbrooke
On: 3rd qtr. 1912.
At: Evesham, Worcestershire.

Evesham Standard and West Midlands Observer - Established 1888 - Friday, March 31, 1950.

Local Constable Married [23rd March, 1950]

Evesham Bride.

St. Laurence's Church, Evesham, was the scene on Thursday of last week of the wedding of Mr. James Hesketh, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hesketh, of Hay Lane, Ombersley, near Droitwich, and Miss Joyce Stratford, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Stratford, of 140, Cheltenham Road, Evesham. The bridegroom is a member of the Evesham Police Force, and Miss Stratford worked for five years at Evesham telephone exchange.

Given away by her father, the bride wore a white satin brocade bodice, with tulle skirt and veil, and carried a bouquet, of pale pink roses. The bridesmaids were miss Hilary Ainge, who was dressed in blue satin brocade with blue veil and headdress, and Miss Maud Van Hesdingen, who wore pink satin brocade, with pink veil and headdress.

Both carried bouquets of irises and pink roses. John Miller, the page, wore cream serge trousers and a white crepe blouse. Police Constable Dallow was best man.

The service was conducted by Canon T. Charles Jones, and Mr. Herbert Sharp was at the organ. A reception was held at the Crown Hotel, and on leaving for the honeymooning Cornwall the bride travelled in a three-piece suit in wine and ice suiting, with lilac pink accessories.

The bridegroom presented the bride with a handbag, the bridesmaids with diamanté bracelets, and the pageboy with a silver "Christopher". The bride gave the bridegroom, silver cufflinks.

The bridegroom served in the 1st Battalion of the Herefordshire Regiment from April, 1940, to May, 1946, and joined the Worcester Constabulary on July 1st, 1946. The Bride's colleagues at the telephone exchange, presented her with a tea set.

Mr and Mrs. Hesketh's future home will be at Suckley, Worcestershire.

A little horseshoe, comprised of heather and violets, was handed by the page-boy to the bride as she left the church.

The reception was held here at the Crown Hotel, Evesham.

This is the house [Now the Old Police Station] where James and Joyce Hesketh lived at Broadwas, Worcestershire.

Daily Mirror - 8th August, 1972 [By Paul Connew]


Constable Jim Hesketh, one of the last of Britain's bicycle bobbies, pedalled into the past yesterday.
The 54-year-old PC, who never wanted to drive, is retiring after 20 years in the force.
PC Hesketh, whose beat was the village of Broadwas, near Worcester, said. 'I've nothing against modernised, motorised policing, But personally I don't want to know, I've never learned to drive. They did give me a motorbike once, but I could never get on with it."
A West Mercia police spokesman said: 'PC Hesketh has been an excellent officer, but his replacement will be a village bobby with a panda car."

Death of Jim Hesketh.

James Hesketh, aged 61, of Beaufoy, Broadwas, Worcestershire.
His ashes were buried on 16th May, 1979. The ceremony was performed by the Rector, David. C. Salt.
Grave: A23 - After walking through the Church gate can be found, approximately 20 meters in, on the left hand side of the pathway.

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