Memories of Runwell & Wickford People

Bob Croot

These are some of the people of Wickford and Runwell and how they spent their precious leisure time in days gone by.

Photo:ATC 1474 1954

ATC 1474 1954

Bob Croot

Photo:Christmas Party Runwell Hall Church End Lane

Christmas Party Runwell Hall Church End Lane

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Photo:Cubs float 1951

Cubs float 1951

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Photo:Darts Team

Darts Team

Bob Croot

Photo:Girl Guides Float

Girl Guides Float

Bob Croot

Photo:Girl Guides Float 1951

Girl Guides Float 1951

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Photo:Oak Cottage Waverley Crescent app.1942

Oak Cottage Waverley Crescent app.1942

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Photo:Runwell Scouts

Runwell Scouts

Bob Croot

Photo:Swan Darts Team

Swan Darts Team

Bob Croot

Photo:Swan Pub Outing

Swan Pub Outing

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Photo:Tramps Supper

Tramps Supper

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Photo:T & G.W.U.Carnival Float

T & G.W.U.Carnival Float

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Photo:Wickford Guides

Wickford Guides

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Photo:More Wickford Guides

More Wickford Guides

Bob Croot

Photo:Wickford territorial WW1 (?)

Wickford territorial WW1 (?)

This page was added by Paula Sloane on 25/08/2011.
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Bob Croot's photo of the darts team looks as if it could have been taken outside what is now known as the Quart Pot in Runwell Road.

By Cliff Thornton
On 23/07/2012

Bob Croot's photograph of the darts team was most certainly taken outside the old Quart Pot. Far too young to know any of these fine upstanding Runwellians but I have seen this photograph before as my mother's cousin, Ken Sargent, has the same copy. My over-active interest in Wickford at war led me to discover that there is one member of that darts team who was to lose his life during the early part of the second world war. Able Seaman P/SSX12108 Ernest A. J. Pedder RN, who was to perish with another Wickford man, Lieutenant J. R. Graves,RN, when the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS HOOD, was sunk on the 24th May, 1941, by the German battleship 'Bismarck'. Pedder was 33 and Graves was 26. A couple of years ago, Runwell man Mr. Steve Newman located the original bronze memorial plaque that used to be located in Runwell Hospital Church, languishing in a cupboard somewhere in Chelmsford. I helped Steve relocate the memorial tablet in Runwell's Royal British Legion Hall in Runwell Road, where it has been on permanent display ever since. It records the names of those men who served in the armed forces who had previously worked at the hospital. One name recorded on it is that of Jack Baines; he worked at the hospital in the capacity of cook, and my own father spent the evening with him, in the Quart Pot, as he left Runwell for entry into the Royal Navy. He was to eventually to be assigned as Seaman Leading Cook (O) on HMS BLEAN, a Hunt Class Destroyer. Jack Baines was to become one of the 89 members of the ship's crew of 168 to lose his life when HMS BLEAN was torpedoed and sunk on 11 December 1942, by the German U-Boat the U443. HMS BLEAN sank very quickly going down by the stern in the Western Mediterranean. My father would often talk about this man and recounted that he was a good chap. So I had a print commissioned of HMS BLEAN which carries Jack Baines name in remembrance, together with another print of HMS HOOD which carries the names of Pedder and Graves. They were both presented to the Royal British Legion where they hang to date. Three sons of Wickford who paid the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. Lest we Forget.

By T.A.Williams.
On 04/09/2012

I too have a picture of the Quart Pot Darts Team, which I believe to be taken at a different time, judging by the size of the old oak behind them.  The above picture shows, middle row standing, 7th from left (the man with the round face and glasses) my Uncle Frank Carter, Wickford's Painter & Decorator, to his left in 8th position my Dad, Leslie Flexman, in 11th position my Uncle Alec Carter (Frank's younger brother) and in 12th place, Eric Carter, Frank's & Alec's cousin.

By SANDRA ELLIS (Nee Flexman)
On 13/11/2013

This bit of my memories does not go back very far, but it may be of interest and 'jog' the memories of others.

As a lad, I grew up in South Hanningfield where my father had bought the post office and village store from the Clarence family. People's names that I recall from those days are: Brian Lambert - he worked for Mr Prentice at the cycle shop. (Brian married Valery Turpin whose grandma lived in Warren Road, Rettendon Common), Tom Caldwell who I went to school with at Wickford Seniors (his dad Stan Caldwell, who ran Runwell youth club, and more importantly, Runwell Youth football team), Peter Northwood who lived at Wickford (he had a BSA bantam motor bike, and we used to hear him coming into South Hanningfield. We knew exactly which corner he was at, due to the sound of his bike). Peter's dad had a car breaking yard, firstly at Mr Dulanty's yard in Warren Road, and then permanently at Boreham. It was his dad who taught my small son to swear!! John Kershaw was another visitor to Hanningfield - he had a James motor bike. His people were furniture removers from Nevendon Road. There was also Bob Catchpole, and John Holbrook, two good footballers. There was also a Trevor Williams - he had a Francis Barnet motor bike, and lived in Church End Lane. (Not the Trevor involved with Wickford history.)

By dennis smith
On 02/04/2014

I too remember all these names. John Kershaw was a sergeant in the A.T.C and I was his corporal in 1954. Before joining the RAF in 53 I think his dad had the off licence, in Nevendon Road. I also remember you Dennis from dances at the village hall, Hanningfields. I also met up with Trevor Williams, a neighbour whilst in RAF, in 56 [the Suez war]. What a coincidence.

On 07/04/2014

Quart Pot dart team, middle row 4th from left, is my grandfather, also a Bob Croot. My father was also secretary to a later darts team at the Quart Pot, many a night sitting in that tree with a lemonade and packet of crisps or an arrowroot biscuit.

By B0b croot
On 24/08/2014

The Quart Pot darts team. The person standing far left with flat cap and open neck shirt and raincoat is my grandfather Harry Hall. He was a plumber, W H Hall Plumbers, Church End Lane, Runwell.

By Alan Hall
On 09/02/2015

The darts team. Fourth from the right in the middle row was Cyril Harben, who managed Simpson's the hardware shop, in Lower Southend Road (it's now a restaurant - the Marco Polo). In the late 1950s early 1960s my wife worked there.

By bobcroot
On 04/01/2017

A couple of the above comments triggered some memories. My Uncle Bill also served on HMS Hood, but fortunately transferred to another warship at the beginning of the war.

And Alan Hall mentions his grandfather's business in Church End Lane. I recall an Alan Hall from Wickford Juniors (early '60s) who lived in that road, as did a classmate, Vicky Bird. Where have all the years gone, eh?

By Lyn Humphrey
On 20/02/2017
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