Low Thatch, 1987 c.2000 - a Memory of Weston-on-Avon.
My maiden name was Jenny Carpenter. My family (parents Chris & Gina, sister Katy) lived in Low Thatch (as shown) from 1987-c2000 when they moved away to Lincolnshire for work.
During this time my sister and I walked across the fields to Welford on Avon to catch the 218 bus to Stratford Girls' Grammar School in Shottery. My father commuted to Warwick University, where he taught aerodynamics. We frequently disrupted the quiet of the hamlet with piano practice and would often sit in the middle of the road outside for an after-dark hot chocolate, simply because we were joyfully aware how unusual it was to be able to sit in the middle of any road safely!
Amongst others, we knew the Taylors opposite, the Lumleys, the Lawlers, the Machins, the Herdsmans next door in Pear Tree Cottage and of course the Blucks. Farmer Bluck's farm shop, in the outhouse opposite their farm, was usually left unattended with an honour system to take money, but one Christmas he employed me for a few days to help and provide some security. I will never forget when the power went down for about an hour and I had to resort to real metal weights and calculating in pounds and ounces manually!
During the years we lives there all was very quiet and peaceful. Only a few incidents occur to me now that broke the monotony: a small aircraft crash nearby, some local boys 'bombing' the cash box in the village phone booth and of course the memorable afternoon the cows got out and trampled half the gardens in the village!
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