Real life stories

[18] John (Jack) Wales: Outbreak of WWII and evacuees

[18] John (Jack) Wales: Outbreak of WWII and evacuees

In a recent interview with the local British Legion Branch Chairman, John (known to all his mates as Jack) Wales, Dave Brown [1] received a magnificent insight into what the lives and times were like for a youngster in this area at the outbreak of the Second World War, as well as him doing ‘his bit’ […]

[10] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1944 to 1945

[10] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1944 to 1945

When I was living in Rye, my Aunt Rene and Uncle Arch took me to the Baptist church there. His family were all members there. I do not think that I had a deep faith then, but I enjoyed going, and I expect that I absorbed the Bible teaching, without probably realising it. It was […]

[17] John (Jack) Wales: Cycling through localised flooding

[17] John (Jack) Wales: Cycling through localised flooding

As children we used to have a great time down there (the Causeway) when the water was only about, say, a foot deep and the cars used to try and get through and they’d get stuck. So in we’d go, the lads; “Give you a push?” and then get a sixpence or something like that. […]

[9] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1943 to 1944

[9] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1943 to 1944

From the age of 11 years to 15 years I was a Girl Guide, and eventually became a Patrol Leader, as did Beryl (my friend). We went to Summer Camp each year, and I enjoyed this, apart from having to dig and use the latrines, which were only holes in the ground! Although my Grandfather […]

[16] John (Jack) Wales: Bonfires and fireworks – before health and safety!

[16] John (Jack) Wales: Bonfires and fireworks – before health and safety!

Bonfire Night at Earith was one of the main events of the year. We did all the collecting ourselves, we borrowed the hand cart from the undertakers. They were the sort of carts you could put a pony in, but the men just pushed them to take sand and gravel and a few bricks so […]

[8] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1941 to 1942

[8] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1941 to 1942

I went in for the Scholarship exam in 1941, but failed it, so I sat for an Entrance exam to attend the High School for girls at High Wycombe, and passed, so I was able to go there, paying a fee of £5.00 per term. It was here that I first met Beryl Flanders, (who […]

[15] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; National fishing attraction

[15] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; National fishing attraction

That’s the ‘Riverview’ you can see sticking up and our house was next door and you can see the men fishing. It was lovely in those days, the evenings used to be long evenings. The local lads had peaked caps on. The fishermen, even before the coach loads came down, mother used to take them […]