“When I was a child in the 1950s we lived in Westminster Gardens and my dad worked at Pinn & Wheeler at Creekmouth. I used to go with my sister and friends to play on the Creekmouth beach, known locally as, Sandy Beach. We used to skim stones across the water and sit and watch
Afternoon tea party held at Christchurch Bastable Avenue. We have had various venues since the Crooked Billet changed hands. Following the closure of our “spiritual home” we were, for a short while, cast adrift. However, the licensees of The Lighterman, in Bastable Avenue, stepped in and allowed us to use their premises, temporarily, for our
Christmas Party at the Crooked Billet. One of the many events held at the pub
Our dad. Yorkie, once came home with a parrot’s cage with a monkey inside. He had won it but I don’t know where! My older sister, Joyce, use to take it out on an old dog lead. Once, it went into the Thorne’s back garden, grabbed a duck they were fattening up for Christmas, and
Mum used to make rag dolls for us, sewing buttons for eyes. She had worked as a machinist in her younger days. At Christmas we would get an apple, orange and toy baa-lambs wrapped in lots of newspaper, inside one of Mum’s old stockings. Mum used to buy the baa lambs in the old Marks
William Brewer with his children. one of whom is possibly Gladys Wakeford
Fanny Sedge (middle of picture) had 17 children all of whom survived.