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04/05/2008 14:11

Doodle bugs

Just as everything seemed to be going nicely for us, the Germans introduced the V weapons. The VI was a flying bomb, about a ton of high explosive, propelled by a rocked motor. Although aimed for London several of thse missiles came over Downham. I remember...

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04/05/2008 14:10

Food

  Memories of this time come flooding back like the flavour from Tetley's tea! There was the pie scheme, a system arranged to augment the meagre rations of many manual workers. Pork pies were produced at the behest of the Ministry of Food and were locally distributed by Mrs "Tilly" Saberton. I...

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04/05/2008 14:09

Prisoners of war

  As the war progressed captured prisoners both Italian and German became a daily sight. They were dressed in chocolate coloured uniformed, similar to normal British Ary battledress, but with large round patches on the back, in a contrasting and vivid colour like red or yellow. Our local...

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04/05/2008 14:08

Home Guard

  When the war started in earnest in 1940 I was at the top school and at the sound of the siren heralding an airraid all the pupils were herded into the corridor which ran the length of the school behind the classrooms. Strategically placed along the corridor were banks of sandbags. The idea...

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04/05/2008 14:07

Evacuees

  Evacuees I remember the first evacuees who suddenly descended on the village from the east end of London and the local do-gooders were given the job of billetting them. The formula was simple-if you had six rooms and housed...

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04/05/2008 14:06

The war

  The war I was six when war was declared but was aware of rumblings of the forthcoming conflict. We were suddenly inundated with evacuees from London. Gas masks were issued, horrible rubbery gadgets, which seemed to suffocate you and were to be carried at all times in case of a sudden gas...

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04/05/2008 14:05

The coronation

I must wedge in the Coronation which took place on May 12th 1937. It was the day when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were crowned. it followed a period of national unrest culminating in the abdication of King Edward VIII (eighth). All I remember of the...

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04/05/2008 14:04

Shops

  There are not so many shops in Downham now as there were when I was young. the village was almost self-sufficient. We had three bakers for a start. There was Mrs EM Saberton in Townsend who baked bread and made wonderful cakes. Next to Chamber's Yard was the bakery owned by the Taylors, a...

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04/05/2008 14:03

Playing field

  School Lane extended to the playing field, as it does now. In those days it was called Cook's field. Just inside the gate was a pond. Shaped like a shin bone with a bulge at each end it ran from the gate to the stile near the allotments. About a hundred yards long it offered skating...

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04/05/2008 14:02

Swimming

  I have always been a strong advocate of teaching children to swim. Surrounded by water as we are in the fens, I am always amazed at the complacency of parents where swimming is concerned. I suppose it stemmed from the fact that the old generation never had the opportunity to learn and...

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Parish magazine 1897

04/05/2008 12:54

January 1897

  January 1897   ANOTHER year is gone...

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04/05/2008 12:56

February 1897

  February 1897 ONE great white sheet of...

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04/05/2008 12:59

March 1897

  March FLOODS owing to the sudden thaw, and...

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04/05/2008 13:00

April 1897

  April THE CEMETERY.—-On Monday evening,...

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04/05/2008 13:02

May 1897

  May OUR first words must be those of...

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04/05/2008 13:03

June 1897

  June THE sixtieth year of Her Majesty the...

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04/05/2008 13:05

July 1897

  July THE past month has been one of varied...

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04/05/2008 13:06

August 1897

  August   RARELY have the crops looked...

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04/05/2008 13:07

September 1897

  September THE past has been a month almost...

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04/05/2008 13:08

October 1897

  October Two more Harvest Festivals have...

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Parish Magazine 1898

04/05/2008 13:16

January 1898

  January DURING the last month we have been...

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04/05/2008 13:20

February 1898

  February FORTUNATELY the great dark war...

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04/05/2008 13:21

March 1898

  March OUR first words in this month's...

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04/05/2008 13:22

April 1898

  April WAR at all times is a very terrible...

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04/05/2008 13:22

May 1898

  May FLOWER SHow.-A meeting of the...

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04/05/2008 13:23

June 1898

  June THE Jumble Sale in behalf of the...

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04/05/2008 13:25

July 1898

  July THE last month has been an eventful...

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04/05/2008 13:26

August 1898

  August ALL over England men are now busy...

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04/05/2008 13:27

September 1898

  September THE Harvest Thanksgiving at...

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04/05/2008 13:28

October 1898

  OCTOBER BITS ABOUT TEMPERANCE.-Some very...

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04/05/2008 13:29

November 1898

  November THE Annual Tea at Downham, was...

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