Posts Tagged ‘seaside’

Sonny Clelford

June 9, 2014

Sonny Clelford seems to be well remembered in Easterton. People recall that he lived at Woodbine Cottage which had once been the home of Samuel Moore who set up the jam factory. Sonny had worked for ‘Plantation Jams’ which was once a name for Samuel Moore Foods.

We were recently given a photo of Sonny – not in Easterton but on a very crowded holiday beach.

Phyllis Bulmer (left) and Mr and Mrs Sonny Clelford. All lived in Easterton at some times in their lives.

Phyllis Bulmer (left) and Mr and Mrs Sonny Clelford. All lived in Easterton at some times in their lives.

Sonny is the rather large man in the centre. His aunt Phyllis is on the left in the photo and his wife on the right.

Sonny’s real name was Albert Edgar Clelford. And he was born in 1908. On the 1911 census he was living with grandparents Henry and Emily in Easterton. We are not certain which member of the Clelford family was his parent.

Sonny married Olive Irene Nash in 1932. Her roots appear to be in the Chirton/Marden area. We do not think the couple had any children.

In 1939 they lived on High Street in Easterton but by the 1950s they were at Woodbine Cottage.

Olive died in 1983 and Sonny in 1993.

 

Church Life

August 21, 2013

‘Church and Chapel Life’ is the title of one part of the Museum Miscellany which takes place in Lavington Community Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturday 14th September. (Tickets at a fiver are available at Market Lavington Post Office).

This will be about people and what they did, possibly well away from the buildings or, indeed, the village. Here’s a photo to illustrate the point.

Members of Lavington Church choir at the seaside

Members of Lavington Church choir at the seaside

Here we see ladies of the church choir (that’s St Mary’s Church) enjoying themselves on a 1960 trip to the seaside. The ladies in the picture are, from left to right, Mrs May Cox, Mrs Perry, Irene Bailey (who was May Cox’s sister – both having been Miss Potter before marriage), Mrs Osmond, Carol Davis, Mrs Baker, Mrs Davis (who was Carol’s mother) and on the right is Sybil Perry. Mrs Baker was her mother and the Mrs Perry in the photo was her mother in law.

What a grand photo of the ladies relaxing.

Outings were very much a part of church and other village life in times past. Even in 1960, many families did not have a car and a coach trip to the seaside with friends was a big occasion.