Memories of the 50s
My husband Bernard, our son Peter and I were fortunate to move to Heather Lea Place in 1950. Two houses and a bungalow had been built before the war, in the late 40’s. Montague Taylor started building houses and these were bought mainly by ex-service men. All forces were represented so we were all more or less the same age group and our children of similar ages. In 1951 our second son Martin was born. The Taylors, who lived in one of the older houses were an older couple with no children. Mrs Taylor was an infant school teacher and she loved to have the children at her house and garden. They also had a caravan at Llanddulas, North Wales and we had some lovely holidays there. The Taylors were a very kind couple.
When the children reached school age they all went to the village school under the care of Mrs Wright. A lot of the boys joined the choir under the care of Mrs Farnsworth. The children all went to Sunday School. Dore
The boys joined Cubs and the
Some of the ladies from Heather Lea Place joined the Mothers’ Union and each year we gave a concert, Pat Gregory was our choreographer. The first one we did was a sketch from the Black and White Minstrels. We had our faces blackened and wore black wigs. We caused much amusement in the audience as they tried to figure out who was who. The next one we did was from My Fair Lady and we were much more elegant!
The Mums and Dads from Heather Lea Place often went to dances together and had great evenings. Baby sitters had to be arranged; my Mum sat in for us and my Dad sat in for the Speakmans. He always said Betty left him a lovely supper.
In 1952 I returned to do some nursing and worked as a Staff Nurse at the Royal Hospital on Saturdays and Sundays 7.30 - 3.00 pm. Bernard did a great job looking after the boys, he didn’t see much of them during the week and enjoyed the time he could spend with them at the weekend.
So our time in the 1950s was a joy to be remembered.