Care­free times swim­ming in river

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

My mem­o­ries of Frogs Is­land, by Jean Groat, 84, (nee Ren­nie).

BORN at 23 Can­ter­bury Road in 1922, I had two brothers and two sis­ters. As well as swim­ming in the river, we had a rope we used to swing on to get to the other side, but we of­ten fell in. I re­mem­ber Dicky Twid­pler, Nobby Clarke, the Jupps, Nixons, and the Barnes boys, as well as my friends Kath Burgess, Iris Collins, Una Tim­mins and Peggy Downs. On the way home from New­town School, we used to play on the green. I re­mem­ber one day one of the boys called me by my nick­name, Jenny Ren, and I only al­lowed my fa­ther to call me that. I started fight­ing him when all the kids be­gan to run away. A mas­ter was com­ing and I fled. I never knew the boy’s name, but he turned out to be Hi­lary Crust, a pilot, who was un­for­tu­nately killed in the war. The Tin Hut Adult School was a good place for a ‘hop’, mostly run by the com­mit­tee. My mother be­ing a mem­ber, with Martha Swain and Mrs Brook­land. My par­ents moved to Banks Road, Beaver Lane, when I was 13, but we still went to the shops in Cud­worth Road. They were Breb­ner the chemist, Bel­lamy the baker, Beat­tie and Arm­strongs, clothes and shoes. I moved back to Cud­worth Road when my hus­band re­turned af­ter 22 years in the Royal Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers. Now I live at Kingsnorth, but still go to Frogs Is­land with the Kent As­so­ci­a­tion for Dis­abled Peo­ple, as I am dis­abled. We have club nights at the SWAN Cen­tre, and also a lun­cheon club there.


Jean Groat with pic­tures of her fam­ily

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