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Welcome to these pages of audio. On them you will find stories from these villages telling of life in days past.

The stories are categorised as "Agriculture", "Village life", "Church", "Local Area", "War time", "finding love" and "local characters" - though of course many of the stories overlap different areas.  Please select the category you are interested in from the drop down list and click the "change" button.

Thanks to Clare Perkins for her work in asking the questions and prompting the answers. 

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Effects of war - furnitiure storage in EasthamStuart Ward754 Kb
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Refugees or furniture
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Rochford community spirit extends to FrenchMike and Jean Harrison3,205 Kb
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Rochford community spirit extends to French twinning
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At the picturesDan Taylor1,960 Kb
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Dan meets a gorgeous girl at the pictures and its the start of a fairy tale
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Partners for lifeRoger and Jane Delahay1,556 Kb
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A blind date leads to a life together in spite of a strong Hereford accent
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Farming life John & Lesley Shew1,015 Kb
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Farm routine as experienced by a child
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German prisoners of warDavid Powell624 Kb
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Prisoners becoming friends
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RabbitDavid and Ron774 Kb
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Poaching, eating rabbit, 3000 going to Tenbury market
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No school no shop no pub but what keeps Eastham together David and Ron1,016 Kb
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David and Ron talk about what used to be about what never was and about what makes community work now
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Effect of motor transport on school and farmingDavid Spilsbury436 Kb
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Bus to school and motor transport for farming but walking to church
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Changes in farming over 30 yearsMaggie Kingston254 Kb
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Maggie reflects how what she sees growing in the fields has changed over 30 years
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Ron reminisces about wartime boarding schoolRon4,154 Kb
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Ron reminisces about wartime boarding school bread with lard salt and pepper but he still did not want to come home
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Deaths Dingle or De Aths dingleDavid Spilsbury3,000 Kb
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Deaths dingle or DeAths dingle, killed by a wild boar or what
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Hanley DingleRoger and Jane Delahay1,007 Kb
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Hanley Dingle has a special micro climate and rare plants. Walks from Hanley William enjoy views into the Dingle
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Isolated living in Deaths dingleStuart Ward831 Kb
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A former prisoner of war lived in a house in Deaths Dingle. You walk past it on the Eastham long walk.
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Rochford refurbishing the village hall as part of pastoral careMike and Jean Harrison2,418 Kb
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The old school in Rochford has a new lease of life and is a place where the pastoral team provide lunches where all can get together.
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Nomadic singers a travelling church choirMike and Jean Harrison4,779 Kb
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getting together to sing
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A shaft of sunlight on a graveMike and Jean Harrison1,375 Kb
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A shaft of sunlight shows where Jean Harrisons grandfather is buried in Hanley William churchyard
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Hanley William ChurchRoger and Jane Delahay547 Kb
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The church and its links to Hanley Court
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