Interview with Miss Joyce Day
The interview with Joyce Day was recorded on 28 August 2012 at 22 Arnold Avenue, Meopham. The interviewer was Roy Cook.
Joyce was born in 1926 at No. 1 Wellington Cottages, Meopham Green. She lived with her parents, James and Emily and younger sister Jean.
The next door neighbours at No. 2 were the Seager family.
She moved to the Council house in Arnold Avenue in 1947. The reason she gave was the cottage had been purchased by Mrs Bourne and the family could not afford £100 to buy the lease.
She attended Meopham School near the now Camer Parade, studying general academic subjects, and she named the teachers as Mrs Shaw, Mrs Potter and Mr Strand.
She left school at 14 years of age and her first employment was at Green Farm, owned by Mr Baker, as a House Parlour Maid.
Memories of the War (1)
She related an anecdote regarding the War Time blackout.
She left the job after six months, wanting to become a nurse, but, due to conscription taking his sons, Cyril King, butcher located at the Station area, employed her to assist in the shop, alongside Connie, a relation of the King family.
Memories of the War (2)
They delivered the rations by bicycle, and she details area covered and ration allowance. At weekends, supplies were delivered to the NAAFI at the Vigo Army Camp by van.
She relates stories regarding how she learned to drive etc.Index
She mentions the other butcher Ollie Russell at The Green.Index
Memories of the War (3)
She goes on to relate that people were helpful during the war and remarks on sheltering from bombs. She mentions an Anderson shelter. She explains that the butcher closed on Mondays and Thursdays and details the opening hours.
Part time work
She stated that during the two free days, she was employed by Wally Yates, to drive a taxi. She goes on to talk about the vehicles and other driving experiences including driving the local Ambulance.
She said that things had changed and that Meopham was no longer a village but all things change.
She belonged to several organisations such as the St John's, Brownies and Guides.
Unsure of well-known people
She was unsure of local well known people.
Memories of the War
She remarks on dances held at the Village Hall attended by Army personnel.
She said that her father was originally a game-keeper to the Waterlow family estate at Vigo.
Regarding transport she stated that, while there was a regular bus service in the village, people usually walked to Gravesend for shopping other than food.
Next to the Kings Arms, Barbara Russell, a relative of the butcher, ran a shop selling shoes and some clothing.
She is prepared to share her photographs when they become accessible, including some of her father playing cricket for Meopham.