LETTERS FROM AMERICA
Emails have been received from two former village residents now living in the United States, extracts from which are given below. I have replied to these giving as much information as I can but I would be pleased to hear from anyone with memories of the people, places and times described.
The first emails were from Pam Miller:
"I have just spent some very emotional minutes looking at the old photos on the website. The cottage at the bottom of the hill on Helmdon Road is of special significance, as I was born there to Bernard and Muriel Gascoigne in 1949. I am sure it is the same cottage.......I cannot tell you how much I enjoy the website. Sulgrave will always be home, in spite of the fact that I have lived in the US for over 50 years. Thank you for this opportunity…… Sulgrave is home for me, regardless of how many years I have lived in the United States. When I returned to Sulgrave for the first time in 1991, I thought I had few childhood memories of the village, however when I walked down the street on my way to visit the church, I could distinctly remember having walked there before......"
The Sulgrave cottage where Pam was born.
The next email came from Trina Johnston in New Mexico:
"I lived in Sulgrave from 1967 to 1972. I lived next door to Sandy Munro and his wife on Manor Road. My family name was Mack, and we were the only Americans living in Sulgrave at this time. There were five of us children; Michael, Trina, Donna, Bobby, and Kyla. My parents were Michael and Doreen...... We all attended the old village school, and Mrs. Stirrat and Mrs Carter were our teachers. I attended "top class" with Christopher Henn, Russell Hancox, Margaret Cave, Timmy Wills, and JoAnna Foster.
I was looking at the pictures of the Cave family reunion and thought I spotted Elizabeth and Jane Cave, but not Margaret. I wonder where she is?...... If anyone has any info concerning the following people I can pass the info to my brother and sisters. Michael died in 1990 and my father in 1993. Here is a list of people we all remember; Mark Tims, Linda and Timmy Wills, the Cave children, Caroline and Andrew Bywater, Hancox family, and any information on Mrs. Victoria Stirratt would be greatly appreciated!........ I have downloaded some of the Sulgrave pictures you posted. They were wonderful. It was so nice to see where I had grown up. I used to belong to the church choir and enjoyed the photos very much.
...and was followed by a second one:
I am sorry to hear that Mrs. Stirrat passed away. I will always have fond memories of her. In all my years at school I have never had a better teacher than her.
When I was a child Mrs. Munro used to send me to the shop for her, she would always include "sweet money".
When I lived on Manor Road our neighbors were Allyson and Ray Wootton, I hope I remembered that correctly.
I miss England very much, my mother and sister still live there in Norwich. New Mexico is beautiful but I still miss all the green country side.
Please feel free to contact me further, any news from home is always welcome.
Trina Mack Johnston
New Mexico, USA
The cottage in which Trina lived can be seen behind the tractor.