Monday 12th May 2008, a beautiful, hot sunny day. Just right for a good walk in the countryside of Leicestershire. Why not? Armed with walking sticks, knee supports and trusses, three old Dixie stalwarts of yesteryear, all born and bred in Newbold Verdon, set out, with some trepidation to retrace those fields and footpaths where they had enjoyed the earlier years of their lives.
Picture the scene, at 10.30 a. m., outside Kingdom Hall, at the top of Mill Lane in Newbold. Cry your hearts out, you aficionados of “The Last of the Summer Wine”!
It all began at The Cock Inn, Sibson, on Tuesday 22nd April, venue for the 1943/44/45
Dixie intake biennial “Nosh”, when some thirty or so ex-
It had to be Newbold Verdon, where each of us first saw the light of day. The village has changed enormously from those early days and since none of us now live there, we all had to make our way there by car. So, punctual as always (inspired by Mr. Gosling!), we all turned up dressed for the occasion, trying to regain the vitality of youth.
I have to list by age, seniors first: John Poole, ex Newbold Heath, now of Leicester
Forest East, married to Janet Shaw of Newbold; Brian Hill (Chubby), now a retired
Baptist Minister living in Earl Shilton and married to Christine Causon, also of
Newbold; and then the youngest (by far!), Norman Gilliver, a retired nobody, married
to Evelyn Hodgkinson, formerly of Bilstone, now living in Stourport-
What a lot of ground we had to cover, physically, on foot, and mentally, each of us still blessed with excellent memories, recalling times gone by.
Events of all descriptions, old colleagues and characters, members of staff, sporting and cultural events at the School, military service, families we all knew, the list is endless.
So we set of down Harry’s Lane, right along the Black Pad, past what was once the site of Grandad’s allotment (everyone had one during the war years);