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I grew up at new farm I was a year old when my parents moved to Leckford in 1961, Leckford holds very special childhood memories for me.
Myself and my friends spent every summer playing on the camp in the playroom, we played darts, table tennis there were also 3 old rocking horses from small to large size and an old record player.
Every so often they would hold a disco with someone from the village as DJ.
We made so many friends from London, Birmingham and Liverpool that we met up them with every year, we went swimming at the Leckford Pool every day during the summer holidays and would stay there all day, the campers were picked up and taken back for their lunch so it was heavenly to have the pool all to ourselves.
I went to Sunday school at Leckford every Sunday it was a very important part of village life for some services like Easter and mothering Sunday we would be picked up in the estates mini bus and driven to Longstock for the service. We had a Sunday school outing every summer to either Bournemouth or Boscome stopping of in the new forest for a picnic.
At Christmas we were taken every year to the pantomime in Salisbury, on the way home we were all given a sandwich, packet of crisps and a penguin biscuit.
I left home in 1976 but also worked on the farm picking Apple’s when my son was a baby, in Later years I worked on the mushroom farm at weekends.
My brother Godfrey is in the middle of the front row looking curiously to the left and my sister Nina is the fairy right at the top of the picture. Both were evacuees from London, with my parents Alwin and Rene. They all lived first in Bridge House, now the Dower House.
In 2017 the 2 year old being held in the left of this image revisited Odney as a special treat for his 80th birthday. He was most surprised to see that his photo had been included in an exhibition about the Odney Club and even more surprised when we told him that we knew this and that a lunch table was waiting for him in the club as a special ‘VIP’ visitor.