MADAM: “Much More in Much Hadham” ( Spring 2016) was a wonderful surprise as this was the village I was evacuated to on 1st September 1939. Twelve of us girls and two teachers ( from Millfields Road School, Clapton E15) were billeted at The Palace — I think then owned by a Lord and Lady Beddlington. We were there about seven months and then split up as the servants were all called up. We had two large oak- panelled rooms — one for eating in and the other for sleeping. I remember the big open fireplace in the winter ( kept going with bellows) and above it was the coat of arms of the Bishop of London. The village used to let our parents have the village hall once a month on Sunday so they could have us with them for the day.