Posts Tagged ‘Miss Windo’

Miss Windo – mark III

April 27, 2015

We have met Miss Gladys Windo, head teacher at Easterton School and also the same Miss Windo, member of the St Barnabas Parochial Church Council.

Today we see Gladys in a third role.

Gladys Windo of Easterton in the Civil Defence Corps

Gladys Windo of Easterton in the Civil Defence Corps

Here we see Gladys in her Civil Defence Corps uniform – and she is looking very intimidating although she is remembered as a kind and caring lady.


Her badge is clear to read and shows a lion with a crown over it with the words around it and Wiltshire below.

The Civil Defence Corps existed from 1949 to 1968 and at its height there were some 330 000 personnel involved.

Judging from the age of Miss Windo in the photo, we think this is from the early days of the Civil Defence movement.

From what we know of the former Easterton teacher, it was typical of her to volunteer for a role in which she might have to take charge of helping people through an emergency situation.

Miss Windo makes a list

April 10, 2015

Gladys Windo came to Easterton in 1933 as head teacher at the village school. It proved to be her ‘for ever’ job and home. She was active in all sorts of village life and served on the parochial church council for nearly fifty years.

Why she needed or wanted to copy out a list of the church electoral roll in 1984 we do not know. But she did just that and her copy has recently been given to the museum. This preserves not only a lovely example of Miss Windo’s wonderful handwriting, but it also lists 117 adult residents, nearly all of Easterton or Eastcott and gives their address. It is only church members – not the entire village, but it still could prove useful to family history chasers.

Miss Windo's list of the Easterton parochial electorate in 1984

Miss Windo’s list of the Easterton parochial electorate in 1984

That’s the front cover and here’s the entry Gladys made for herself.

Miss Windo was the final name on the list but one more was added later

Miss Windo was the final name on the list but one more was added later

So that we preserve Gladys’s original work, a copy is available amongst our family history lists at the museum.

Easterton Evacuees

October 13, 2013

We were recently given a large number of Easterton Echoes – the newspaper for Easterton but our donor had not been a collector in the early days. However, Easterton Parish Council have loaned us their archive and good old Jim is working through the process of copying them.

We can now say that the very first issue was the May 1975 issue but here we are going to look at an article from the October 1975 issue – to give a flavour from 38 years ago this month.

Let’s see the efforts of Sheila Judge and her typewriter and there is a corrected transcript below.

Easterton Echo Issue 5 from October 1975

Easterton Echo Issue 5 from October 1975

Now here’s the transcript.


During the ‘last year several families of evacuees have revisited Easterton. They were billeted here during the Second World War.
Sidney Hamshere returned with his wife and family from Australia. He was staying with Mr & Mrs Hussey senior during the war. He called on Bill Hussey and myself and was very disappointed to see the old school gone.

Bill Emery who was billeted at the vicarage called with his wife & family from Germany.

Tony Emery and his wife and family paid a visit. Billeted with Mr & Mrs Davies, he now lives at Taunton.

Mr “Bobby” & Malcolm McGregor also returned. They called on Mrs Topp as they were billeted with Miss Etherington.

They all remembered the great competition to blow the church organ – for one shilling per week. All had happy memories of Easterton and hope to pay a return visit sometime.

Shirley & Mavis Allsop, billeted with Mrs Little at Cedar Farm, have again visited us.

Many in the village remember going to school with these evacuees.

Miss Windo.

How interesting to find information from the 1940s in this issue of ‘The Echo’ Our thanks to Miss Windo for gathering the information, and the Easterton parish Council for storing the record.

And of course, we’d love to hear from any of the people mentioned or, perhaps, their descendants.