Wannock Tea Gardens - a Memory of Polegate.

I worked at Wannock Tea Gardens during the school holidays.
I remember all the slices of Bread we had to butter and I still make sure that it reaches out to each corner.
We really had to work hard carrying heavy crockery to the many out-building where the parties were fed.
I remember that all the workers would sit down after the gardens closed and clear up the food - and how much us youngest looked forward to a meal of ham and salad and bread and butter and if we very lucky there might be some fancy cakes left over!!
I don't think the 'tips' were handed out very fairly - we would get a shilling sometimes while the older people often got more, as we were all expected to put any 'tips' into a jar, but we soon got to realise that we didn't have to put every penny in the jar!!
It was a shame when the gardens closed for ever but our memories remain.
Jeanne Fry (nee Levett).

A memory shared by Jeanne Fry on Mar 6th, 2015. Send Jeanne Fry a message

 Comments & Feedback

Sat Aug 1st 2020, at 6:13 am
Terry Hanson commented:
Hi Jean, did you use to work ay caffyns in eastbourne? Terry
Sat Apr 28th 2018, at 1:00 pm
alislinn commented:
I also worked there for two summers - I was only 14 / 15 at the time - and worked on Sundays serving tea to the coach parties of people who came down from London.We had to serve cups of tea from large, heavy metal teapots ..... I scolded my arms on many an occasion. ...... would never pass todays health and safety regulations!! I also remember the endless washing up and buttering the bread - making sure it went to the edges, laying up the long tables, putting the small cakes out on the tables, along with the sandwiches which the older ladies made.
As a younger child my favourite part of the gardens was the wishing well - and pulling up the kettle which had a hole in the bottom! The polar bear was another favourite and I have a photo my two older brothers and myself sitting on it together.

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