The Roadshow travelled up north to visit the Fleet & Crookham Welcome club run by Brendoncare.
After showing the film clips of the vintage cars, Emma also played part of the film clip of the Chameleon singing telephone which is on display at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke. This led to remarks that even relatively modern day objects can be included as heritage items.
Matt asked people if people remembered their first days of school. Not many people remembered their actual first day but someone said they could recall the smell of plasticine and another person told how when she was evacuated from London to Sussex during the war she had to walk nearly two miles to school every day and the teacher used to give them all cocoa when they arrived.
Someone else had been caned for getting an ink blot on their writing! Everyone remembered the old ink wells and pens that had black a black nib that only lasted for so long. Filling the ink wells and giving out new nibs was a job for the class monitors.
Rose said she used to get the cane because she was left-handed and other people told stories of how this had happened to either their parents or other family members.
The conversation moved on to cars and what people could remember about their early vehicles. One person had had a Ford popular and Olive had an Austin A30 which she had bought from an auction in the 1950’s for £300. She could even remember that the number plate was OXX.
Wyn said that she had owned a wooden bicycle which was something that we had never heard of before but she insisted that it had been very comfortable.
Matt asked people to tell him what they could remember about rationing and the memories poured out: 2oz of cheese, 1 egg, 2oz of sugar, powdered egg, marrow and ginger jam, and potato and cheese pie.
When she was in the ATS during the war Rose had been a Bat Woman stationed at Bagshot Park, (Prince Edward’s current home) and her duties had included looking after all cleaning all the officer’s clothes. Wyn had been sent to join the Land Army – which had been an eye opener for her as she’d never been on a farm before.
Linda told how her mother had been pregnant during the war and not allowed in an air raid shelter in case she went into labour, so when the sirens sounded she had to run home and hide under the stairs.
Someone told how when a doodle bug had exploded nearby an ARP had come round asking if anyone had found bits of a human being, as they didn’t know whether the doodle bugs had a pilot. Beryl told how her family had a lucky escape when a bomb landed on a house just behind theirs and flattened it. Their own house had been hit by a lot of fall out debris but they had not been harmed.
Three people had brought items to show to the group:-
Betty brought a tiny set of Dickens novels which are at least 100 years old. Hazel brought her father’s teddy bear which had slept with him in his grandma’s feather bed and was 90 years old – and not surprisingly a little bit worse for wear. Beryl brought her daughter’s teddy bear that was 47 years old but in very good condition because sadly Beryl’s daughter had never loved him so he had never been played with.
Films can be viewed in the Gallery.
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