Evergreen - - Summer 2018 - The Edi­tor in­vites let­ters from read­ers for this fea­ture but re­grets that she is un­able to re­ply or ac­knowl­edge them, ex­cept by oc­ca­sional com­ment in these col­umns. Let­ters must con­tain the writer’s full name and ad­dress ( not nec­es­sar­ily for pub­li­ca­tion)

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: he­len­[email protected] 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.


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.

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