Straw­berry joy

Let's Talk - - POSTBAG - Mrs DAPHNE AT­TRIDGE Chelms­ford, Es­sex

In the Au­gust is­sue, the ‘Straw­berry Fields’ let­ter about straw­berry pick­ing brought back won­der­ful mem­o­ries.

I was with the ATS sta­tioned in Lovell’s Hall, Ter­ring­ton St Cle­ment, dur­ing the sum­mers of 1942/43. A fam­ily called Feather­stone, with a straw­berry farm at Marsh­land, were des­per­ate for pick­ers.

We girls were called upon and paid, which added to our weekly sum of 10 shillings, to help out.

Straw­ber­ries were tipped in bar­rels, then cov­ered with chlo­rine which took out the colour and taken to Chivers jam fac­tory at His­ton near Cam­bridge for jam mak­ing.

I was a tele­plot­ter, and when we ar­rived we were bil­leted in the vil­lage un­til the Spi­der huts were erected. My bil­let was at Or­ange Tree Farm with the Wilson fam­ily. How won­der­ful they were.

What mem­o­ries re­turn of th­ese days, at 94. I can re­mem­ber ev­ery de­tail as if it were yes­ter­day. Thanks to Let’s Talk, I am liv­ing the past again with great hap­pi­ness.

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