Author: Christine Reason

  • [1] 1922 to 1930 my story Christine Reason

    The bridegroom had been in the Army in WW1, serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer over in France. The bride was the second daughter of Rev. John Haydon and Elizabeth, his wife (nee Batchelor). My story begins at my date of birth…

    1916 George Whitehead in army uniform.
  • [2] 1931 to 1935 real life toddler story

    Continuing my real life story, some time in 1934, my parents and I moved to Woodford Green, and my father purchased a house there at 47 Parkland Road. I think that the price paid was £700. Whether he ever re-couped this amount, I cannot say, as we only lived there for approximately five years to…

    1893 Grandfather George and Grandmother Emma Denny Whitehead
  • [3] 1935 to 1937 Daddy’s office

    Continuing my real life toddler story, there used to be a man selling sweets from a barrow outside the school, and I used to look enviously at some of the children who were allowed to purchase the Sherbet Dips, Liquorice Whirls and boiled sweets (all unwrapped)…

    1935 George, Winifred and Christine Whitehead seated in Grandmother Whiteheads garden.
  • [4] 1936 to 1938 pre-war story

    In my pre-war story, my mother and I often used to walk to the railway station at Woodford to meet my father off the train in the early evening. I remember all the men (hardly any women) alighting on to the platform wearing their bowler or trilby hats, and carrying rolled up umbrellas and briefcases…

    1936 George, Winifred & Christine Whitehead.
  • [5] 1939 my story – war declared

    Yes this was my real life story 1939. A few weeks before the outbreak of hostilities during the summer holidays, my Mother and I left London, never to return, and travelled to Buckinghamshire to stay with my Haydon grandparents, and so that I could be a bridesmaid for my Aunt Edna’s Wedding to Robert Brown…

    1936 Grandfather Rev John Haydon with Christine.
  • [6] 1939 to 1940 evacuated to south coast

    In my real life story, after the September 1939 wedding, we did not return to Woodford, supposedly because of the threat of the German Luftwaffe bombing London, and I was sent down to Rye in Sussex to live with my Aunt Rene and Uncle Arch by myself. They were childless at this time…

    1940 Arch and Rene Ellis with Christine.
  • [7] 1940 to 1941 evacuated to High Wycombe

    Continuing my real life story 1940, during the Spring of that year, because of the air battles over the Channel and the threat of invasion by the Germans, as France had fallen to the enemy quite quickly, it was thought expedient to send me back to my grandparents in Bucks…

    1941 Naphill Bucks 5 children from the Whitehead family side.
  • [8] 1941 to 1942 High school during war time

    Continuing my real life story 1941 I went in for the Scholarship exam, but failed it, so I sat for an Entrance exam to attend the High School for girls at High Wycombe, and passed, so I was able to go there, paying a fee of £5.00 per term…

    1941 Grandma Haydon with baby Andrew Brown.
  • [9] 1943 to 1944 American Forces

    During my real life story 1943 and 1944 American Forces were stationed nearby, and we often used to get several of them attend Sunday services. Occasionally, my Grandparents invited them home to Sunday lunch. They were charming men and often very homesick for their loved ones back in the States…

    1944 Guide Camp showing 6 guides including Christine & Beryl.
  • [10] 1944 to 1945 test of faith

    In my real life story 1944 my faith was severely tested eighteen months later when my Mother, who had been ailing some time, died of breast cancer, aged 51 years…

    1946 The cast of Alice in Wonderland - Christine as the White Rabbit.
  • [11] 1946 new mum – my story

    In my real life story 1946 I was still attending the High School when my Mother died in January 1946, and I moved out of my Grandparents’ home, and went to live with Aunt Edna and Uncle Bob…

    June 1946 George and Moya's wedding.
  • [12] 1947 to 1948 Essex girl

    As a group, we did Folk Dancing, and I was quite attracted to him. In my real life story 1947 one day a visit was arranged to go to Cecil Sharp House in London. Sharp was a founder of the English Folk Song Society, and as a group we used to sing Folk Songs, including…

    1947 June Bogner Regis Pier Christine and Beryl
  • [13a] 1949 to 1951 boy friends

    In my real life story 1949, Stanley kept coming into the Library while I was working, and I used to be filling the shelves up with returned books, and he used to pop his head round the corner of the bookcases! Eventually, this wore me down so I agreed to go out with him…

    Christine at Alum Bay 1951
  • [14] 1951 to 1953 romantic manure

    In my real life story 1951 after Roy fetched the Chrysanths, he said to me “I am soon going home to jam sandwiches and Beethoven”. So I realised that, like me, he loved classical music, and it was definitely love at first sight! It was very difficult for us to meet on our own…

    1954 Ted, May, George,Roy and Daisy.
  • [15] 1951 to 1955 wedding day

    Continuing my real life story 1951 … of course we were on our own when Roy saw me home after the meal at their cottage, but in the two years we were courting, we only went out to a cinema three times, as the only bus from Terling into Chelmsford…

    October 1955 wedding of Christine and Roy at Terling.
  • [16] 1955 to 1956 baby boy

    Real life story 1955, our first home at Terling was a new Council House, but we left after seven months, as the market garden could not support another family, as by this time I was pregnant, and Roy got the job as Manager at Harry Church’s Nursery at Witham, just a few miles away…

    Peter's Christening with Roy, Christine, Moya & George Whitehead in February 1957.
  • [17] 1957 to 1960 I’m not rearing pigs!

    Continuing my real life story 1957, Roy had always wanted to be self-employed, so he applied to the L.S.A. (Land Settlement Association) for a smallholding at Lawford, near Manningtree, Essex, and we moved there in November 1957. We had a financial struggle at first, as we had to put down a deposit and then pay…

    Edna Brown, Nellie Haydon, Gillian Ellis, Mary Haydon, Bob Brown, Christine Reason, Roy and Peter in August 1957.
  • [18] 1961 to 1970 field found by Providence

    To continue my real life story 1961, in February, my Father, who had been very ill with a duodenal ulcer, had survived an experimental operation to by-pass part of his duodenum, sadly died less than a year later, aged 65 years. Peter grew up on the small-holding, and became friends with Paul Austin, whose parents…

    Roy with Peter at Black Rock Sands 1964.