We have interviewed a number of people over the last 9 months about their memories of life in Weston Colville. Short excerpts from the interviews can be heard under the headings on this page. Please click on the entry to hear their stories.
Following are short introductions to some of the people we have talked to:
Freda has lived in Weston Colville all of her life. She first lived in the Old Police House and once she married was one of the first residents in the village’s new council houses in Horseshoe Lane, built in 1957. She has worked in service in West Wratting and during the war helped to build the aerodrome on Wratting Common, which led to a job working in the NAAFI there. She was interviewed with her daughter Susan who also grew up in the village.
Susan Chapman (Freda’s daughter) grew up in Horseshoes Lane during the 1960s and 1970s.
Steve, Muriel Taylor’s son, was 3 when they moved to the village. He remembers attending Weston Colville school, playing in the football team and joining the village Cricket Club as a teenager. He has been involved with the Cricket club since and is currently the Chairman of Weston Colville Cricket Club . He remembers family life in Weston Colville and the history and development of the cricket club.
Maureen moved to the village aged 5 in 1952 with her mother, twin sister Rosemary, brother Brian and older sister Cath. They came from near Canterbury and moved to Weston Colville after her father died to be near her mother’s family who lived here. Maureen has lived in the village since then, has married and brought up children here. She has been very involved in village organisations and community life such as the WI, the Cricket club, Parish Council and as a church warden at St Mary’s Church.
Rosemary moved to the village aged 5 in 1952 with her mother, twin sister Maureen, brother Brian and older sister Cath. They came from near Canterbury and moved to Weston Colville after her father died to be near her mother’s family who lived here. Rosemary has lived in the village since then, has married and brought up children here. She has been very involved in village organisations and community life such as the WI, the Cricket club, Parish Council and as a church warden at St Mary’s Church. Her children have grown up in the village and the family are very involved in the Cricket team.
Phyllis took part in a reminiscence session held at Mays Avenue Sheltered Housing, Balsham during 2010. She lived in Weston Colville all her life until moving to Balsham. Phyllis died later in 2010 aged 94. Her family kindly agreed to allow us to play extracts from the conversation here. She talks about Mr Wormald the headmaster at the school, and about wartime dances in the Reading Room.
Paul’s family moved to Three Horseshoes House to take over the farm in 1957 from Lincolnshire. Paul was born in the village and lived at the house with his family and later when he was married with his own family until 5 years ago. He recalls growing up on the farm, family life in Weston Colville and changes to the village.
June Murdoch and daughters Patricia and Kate
June was born in 1930 and lived in Lane Houses, then at 8 The Green and finally at 11 Horseshoe Lane until she moved away when her children were teenagers. June’s mother was Olive Taylor, who lived in the village all her life until she was the great age of 101. June now lives in South London, as do her daughters Trish and Kate. All were interviewed by questionnaire – you can read their memories by clicking here. Kate is an artist and ran a workshop for Sharing Stories in April – you will find pictures of the event here.