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Ashton Playing Fields - a Memory of Woodford Bridge.

I remember these playing fields being flooded by the Roding on a fairly regular basis. From the main road there was the clinic where mums used to go to get free orange juice and I think milk for their babies. Also, they could get baby's health checked, weight etc. Does anyone else remember this?

 Comments & Feedback

Sun Nov 6th 2016, at 12:04 am
Chris Gadsby commented:
I remember the orange juice from the clinic - my younger sister was born in 1949 a few months after we moved to Woodford Bridge and I vaguely remember going with mum and the baby to the clinic - I loved the orange juice in the flat sided bottles. I think we got cod-liver oil and malt there too which was quite yummy.

The Towns Women's Guild met at Ashton Playing Fields pavilion too and my mum belonged to that. I remember she sang in a choir there and I still have the sheet music of some of the songs they performed in their concerts. They put on a Christmas play there one year that I remember going to when I was about 8 or 9.

I moved away from Woodford Bridge in 1964 and live in Berkshire now, so it was very odd when a few years ago my son (then in his early thirties) told me he was going to some sporting event (football tournament perhaps?) which was being held at a place called Ashton Playing Fields and he wondered if I had I heard of it? It certainly brought a lot of memories flooding back.
Fri Aug 21st 2015, at 2:32 pm
roger4seven commented:
yes,I remember being taken to the clinic and getting the orange juice...bottle with a blue I seem to remember !! Must be about 1949 - 50

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