Vivien Boughton recalls some of her memories of Tilney prior to 1967, after a chance encounter with the History Group's Secretary / Administrator in the All Saints' churchyard.
Dear Ms Mitchell,
Thank you very much for the copy of "Tilney All Saints In Living Memory" which I have just received. I am looking forward to reading it. I have already flicked through and seen so many names from my childhood. It is going to be a real pleasure to read more.
I told my sisters about our meeting in Tilney churchyard last Friday afternoon. We discussed how our memories of Tilney stop in about 1967 and as a result the village is rather "preserved in aspic" at a certain period for us.
Ours was an interesting time to grow up in a small East Anglian village. When we were children everyone who lived there worked locally on the land or on the railways but by the time we left as teenagers they didn't! Mass car ownership had arrived, farms did not need so many hands and the railways had been cut by Dr Beeching.
Our little window of time to own Tilney was full of such enormous change. Of course, it didn't feel like that at the time. In fact, it felt quite the opposite. Like all teenagers, we were always complaining that nothing ever happened in our locality and we were off to the bright lights!!!
It could be argued that World War 1 and 2 prompted some of the changes to life in Tilney in the mid 20th century but there were other factors too. Tilney All Saints must be a marvellous place for your History Society to study this time. Lots of living testimony still around (including me!)
I looked around the village last Friday and was delighted to note its latest re-incarnation. In 2017 it seems to be a pretty commuter village and that retired people have chosen to live there. Now my father, Ben Easter would have been surprised by that!.
The world moves on; re-invents itself! I am so glad to hear of your History Group's existence and I will be nagging my sisters to help, if we can, to make a contribution to your project about soldiers of World War 1.