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Binstead In The Big Freeze 1962 63

A Memory of Binstead

I was born in Newnham Road Binstead in 1955 and have happy memories of the freedom of living there. Being able to walk to Binstead school and walking alone to my godmother's farm (Newnham Farm) looking for bird's nests (quite legal then!) without a care. However the most distinct memory was waking up on Boxing day 1962 and seeing the snow. The lanes were completely blocked. Wearing short trousers in the freezing cold to school (Mr Shaw would not allow 'long ones') with a coke stove to heat the classroom. There was still snow on the ground on my birthday in February, it never seemed to go!
Binstead was so quiet then that we could hear the swings on the 'rec' creaking from our house, the sound travelling over the allotments and up Kings Road.
I have visited a few times and every thing seems so small and there are so many cars and our house in Newnham Road is no longer called 'Windward', but Badgers!
Happy memories!

A memory shared by Robert Hall , on Jul 14th, 2010.

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