Photo  from family collection

Joan Greenacre

Joan was born in 1931 in a cottage in the middle of a marsh in Brumstead ; here she lived with her mum, dad, grandparents and sister  but without water or electricity.

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You can hear her talk of those early days, her toys and books, especially the Water Babies- and Sunday School - there was bicycling to school and swimming in the river too.

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Going to the doctor was quite a treat for the child Joan, with a special bottle of delicious medicine to take home carefully on the bicycle.

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Her first job on leaving school at 14 was as a cook, but she soon moved to the bakery in Stalham, lifting 10 stone bags of flour, making bread in great troughs and delivering it to the villages - including Hickling. 

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Joan was 17 at the end of the war;  she recollects her mother trying to get her up at night when the bombers dropped their loads at the coast on their way home.

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You can hear how Joan came to Hickling and brought her family up there with Jack, applying the principles learned in the cottage in Martham to great effect.

Page updated  9/9/18