Occupations

Occupations

Jim Allgood

My name is Jim Allgood and I was a policeman for 30 years. I have been asked to share some of my experiences. I was brought up in a little village called Ratcliffe-on-Wreke, about 7 miles from Leicester. My dad didn`t want me to join the Police Force, I don`t know why. I am not aware that he had any criminal record but he did not like policemen, and he certainly did not want me to become a police officer. He even said things like, `I`m not having a policeman in this house while I live here! Read more....


Mark Anderson

I am Mark Anderson, head teacher at Colsterworth Church of England Primary School. I have been in post here since September. I very much enjoy the community here at Colsterworth. I am in my fortieth year which I shall be celebrating big-style very shortly. I was born in Solihull in the West Midlands in 1967. My mother, Janice, and my father, John, were both from Birmingham. Read more....




Kathleen Blankley

I am Kathleen Elizabeth Blankley and I was born at Dry Doddington, Lincs. My father and his father before him were small farmers in rented property. When I was six we moved to Colsterworth to Pasture Farm down the Bourne Road, the other side of the A1, almost into the Corby Glen area. The Duke of Windsor used to come and stay weekends at nearby Corby Birkholme. We all used to know his car. I had one sister and two brothers. We all went to Colsterworth School and we walked to it every day. It was a long way and I used to sit on the stone heap for a rest. On the way to school, we used to deliver milk to three houses which stood near the entrance to Twyford Woods, to Mrs Porter, Mrs Harman and Mrs Heckton who came to live in Colsterworth later. When my elder sister and brothers left school, I used to cycle by myself and read a book at the same time. Read more....

Arthur Carsley

I was born in Chester and I went to Chester Grammar School. When I left school I didn`t really know what I wanted to do. However, my father knew a dentist and he suggested that I took an apprenticeship in dentistry to be a dental technician. So I did. I met a friend called Tony Fieldstead there. I didn`t know that he had decided to do the same. This was when the National Health Service was set up about 1948. The dentist we worked for had a huge grey Chrysler car in his garage and a wife who liked her gin. Read more....

Win Clavering

I am Win Clavering, short for Winifred Joan Clavering, and I was born in August 1924 in Australia, in Mildura about 500 miles north of Melbourne on the River Murray. I lived in Redcliffs, now a wine-making area. My father lost his job in England when his firm went bankrupt after the First World War. He was an electrical engineer but he always wanted to be a farmer. There was an offer at that time from Australia that you could pay 10 and go out there and be given 35 acres of land. But you had to start from scratch; it was like semi-desert. He grew a very successful block. Read more....

Shirley Harding

My name is Shirley Harding and I was born in Edmonton in London. I moved around the country for many years doing various jobs. When I had my three children, Rebecca, Duncan and Rosie I stayed at home for some years looking after them. When they went to school I did voluntary work for the school. I was the main fund-raiser, Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association, helped with the toddler group and I organised all the Summer fetes. I also ended up going into school one or two days a week hearing the children read and so on. Read more....

Julia Higgins

I am Julia Higgins, born Julia Rosemary Nickerson in Grantham in 1957. My parents were Violet and Fred. My Mum was surprised because she was actually under the doctor for dyspepsia and she found out that she was pregnant two weeks before I was born. She was 47 and my Dad was 60. I have a sister, June, who is 22 years older than I am and a brother, Gordon, who is 14 years older. My Dad worked on the railway, he was a tube-blower and he retired when he was 67. He died when he was nearly 80 and shortly after, my Mum died as well. We lived down George Street and I went to school at Spitalgate Junior School and then I passed my 11-plus and went to the Kesteven Girls' Grammar School. I enjoyed science at school and I wanted to go to university and become a scientist or a lab technician. Read more....

David Ostler

Hello, I am David Ostler. I have always lived in Lincolnshire, born and bred. My parents live in the village of Woolsthorpe. I was born in a place called Old Leake, which is not far from Boston, in 1963. I lived around the Boston area for my younger childhood. Then we moved nearer this side of Lincolnshire, not far from Stamford. Then we went across to Old Somerby and moved into the village where my parents still live in 1980. We moved around a bit but always in Lincolnshire. Read more....

Shirley Topham

My name is Shirley Topham, though I was born Shirley Wright on Christmas Day in 1935 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. My father`s name was Willie and my mother`s name was Connie. My brother Philip was five years old at the time and he always said he did not want a brother or a sister. Unfortunately I was born on the best day of the year for him and he was really upset as I robbed him of all the attention he would have got from our parents. He never forgave me. For many years he resented me being there. Once he left me in my pram at his friend`s house in the garden when he was supposed to be looking after me. He may have forgotten all about me being there. Anyway, Mum had to go looking for me and found me abandoned! Read more....

Wendy Vickers, Colsterworth Co-operative Store Manageress

I am Wendy Vickers. I was Wendy Pridmore before I was married. I was born in Warwickshire in 1952 and moved to Lincolnshire in 1965 because of my father `s employment. He came to work at British Steel on the Ironstone. I continued my education at Charles read School at Corby Glen and then went on to do a year at Grantham College when I was sixteen. I took A-level Domestic Science and a few other subjects, and then followed a career for twenty years at a bakery called Websters in Grantham. Read more....