women’s land army
MADAM: For several years, I have been researching and giving talks on the oftforgotten and largely overlooked subject of the Women’s Land Army during the First World War.
I am appealing to your readers to ask if their grandmother or great grandmother was a member of the Women’s Land Army during the 1914 to 1918 conflict I would love to add any photographs of First World War Land Girls in their uniforms, or on farms etc, to my research. Also, any documentation or stories that readers are willing to share about their ancestor’s time in the Land Army in the First World War. Thank you very much. — HELEN FROST, 9 BRICKETTS LANE, FLORE, NORTHAMPTON
NN7 4LU. EMAIL: helenfrost1914@ gmail. com
MADAM: As usual Evergreen is a source of weeks of relaxing reading and I would like to thank you for the lovely article on the late Jim Clark in the spring 2018 issue. It was with some amusement that I read William Martin’s article because he refers to the late Bruce McLaren as an Australian — he was born and bred in New Zealand and always raced as a New Zealander. Australians are notorious for claiming New Zealanders who have achieved fame and fortune as
their own. It has become a bit of a joke in this part of the world!
During the late 1960s my boyfriend raced cars and we went to the Lady Wigram race, which was held annually in Christchurch and was followed, in the evening, by the formal prize giving. In January 1968 it was my very great privilege to dance the last bracket of dances that evening with Jim Clark. The very last dance was The Last Waltz which is rather poignant as a few weeks later this gentleman was dead. — KATHIE HUGHES, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND.
“THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS”
MADAM: I was sad to see that The Organist Entertains and Listen to the Band have both been axed by the BBC (“Percy’s Postbag”, Spring 2018). However, I must admit that I have not listened to them since they were relegated to the late- night slots. I did enjoy both programmes when they were on during the evening.
After praising the programme The Sunday Hour with Revd. Kate Bottley in my letter to “Clippings” ( Winter 2017), this has now been made into a three- hour show much the same as any weekday show. I have found this very disappointing. Thank goodness I have got plenty of organ, band and religious tapes and CDs to listen to while watching the sunrise over the Cromer cliffs and enjoying an early morning cup of coffee and reading Evergreen and This England in bed. Thanks again for your lovely, interesting publications. — MRS. VALERIE PELLS, CROMER, NORFOLK.
MADAM: I have in the past been a great fan of The Organist Entertains and particularly the superb artistry of Nigel Ogden, but the shortening of the programme and the late hour of transmission has meant it has become non- viable listening.
I have met Nigel when he tours the country performing in local churches and he always plays a superb concert. He is undoubtedly master of the Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer. I have never heard it played the way he does. Of course, Reginald Dixon introduced the instrument to the wider public mainly for dancing, but Nigel has opened up a new and exciting phase of
its wider potential, embracing both pop and classical music.
I do hope Nigel continues to tour, if he is lost to us on radio his wonderful music will live on. — MR. R. D. PALMER, WHITFIELD, DOVER, KENT.
MADAM: Seeing the picture of Nigel Ogden, presenter of The Organist Entertains, has brought back a host of wonderful memories for me. I lived in West Drayton and was about 14- yearsold when the first organist I saw, at the Granada cinema in Slough, was Harold Homer. I was thrilled and became a great fan. Organists in those days would play popular tunes, the words were on the screen and everyone would sing along.
Most organists would have a signature tune. I used to buy the Radio Times and organ music was broadcast Monday to Friday every week from 10.30 to 11am. Among the organists employed by the BBC was Reginald Foort and, when he left, Sandy Macpherson took over. During the war, Sandy was on “stand by” this meant he would “fill in” if the BBC couldn’t operate for some reason. I also recall two lady organists, Ena Baga and Florence De Jong.
I am sad that that the organ broadcasts are to cease, but I shall always remember them. — MR. R. W. COX, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NORTHUMBERLAND.
A recruitment poster by Henry Gawthorn for the Women’s Land Army. A reader is seeking information. See opposite page.
Phil Kelsall ( left) and Nigel Ogden. Many readers have written in following the news that Nigel’s radio programme The Organist Entertains has ended. See letters above and previous page.