Dolly Harmer remembers moving to Reepham in 1926.

"When I moved to Reepham in 1926, it seemed like a metropolis, compared with at the hamlet we'd left. There we had only a bus once a month, but at Reepham there were trains at the bottom of our garden.

The village was known as the Frying Pan because it had one long street ending in a crescent.(Ed: That is High Street leading into Church Lane, The Green, Smooting Lane and back along Station Road).

Where the "handle" joined the"pan" in the village was Rodda's, the village shop and Post Office. Next door was the bakery which always smelled so good. At Christmas you could take your turkey to be cooked, and on Good Friday the hot-cross buns could be collected hot at an early hour - we got ours at 6am and had them for breakfast.

At one end of the "handle" was the Co-Op. Our number was Reepham 2247. Best of all I enjoyed the plum jam at 4d a pound and mother enjoyed the Divi.

There were some new bungalows being built on the road towards Cherry Willingham. They were to cost £400."

 


Ivy Drury remembers the air raids during World War Two.

"During the Second World War when the pilots flew their aircraft back to Reepham and Fiskerton airfield, they were directed in by a pole in our garden. When the house was blacked out at night, and the planes took off, moving just above our hedge, it looked as if they would come in the back door.

One night, when it wasn't quite dark, big flames could be seen all around the airfield. Bob and I thought it was on fire, and other people must have too because fire engines arrived on the scene. It was FIDO, the warning signal to guide the planes down in the fog.

When the war began, we were all told we had to make air-raid shelters. Bob and Mr Ashton from next door decided to dig a big hole in the garden between our houses. They sank a large tank into it, with little steps to get down inside, and we put a pegged rug in the bottom to make it a bit more comfortable. When the sirens went we would all hurry down there, Mrs Ashton clutching her bank book and a bottle of brandy."


Longer versions of these articles are available in the archive held in St Peter and St Paul's Church Reepham.