12:00pm Monday 26th September 2011
By John Chipperfield
After 12 years of pulling pints at the Crown pub, landlady Margaret Broughton decided to try her hand at a more creative line of business in 1984. She teamed up with housewife Lynn Davern, left in the picture immediately below, to set up the village’s first florist business. They planned to sell everything from wedding bouquets to Christmas table decorations from a shed in Mrs Broughton’s back garden.
Children at Mill Lane School raised money in 1976 to help buy a TV set for a sailor who was paralysed in an accident aboard HMS Blake. They are seen handing the cash to the ship’s chief cook, Bob Shaw.
Youngsters from St Andrew’s School, who formed a netball team during the school holidays, reaped their reward for enthusiasm in 1981. They were presented with a trophy after beating three other teams in their league and then winning the final 7-1. The team, seen in the bottom picture, were, left to right: Kirsty Fortnam, 11, Sarah Pullen, 10, Jacqueline Davis, 11, Caroline Davis, 11, Sophie Leaf, 11, Lynsey Gunnell, 11, and Adele Whittaker, 11.
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