Alan Miller

A profile taken from the Orwell Bulletin of June 1992

Born in Orwell

second of four children

Alan Miller was born in Orwell in 1923, at the shop in Town Green Road, being the second of four children, of parents William John Miller and Alice Louise Miller. His two sisters and his brother, all live in Orwell.

Childhood in Orwell

went to the County High School for Boys

Alan went to the Village schools until eleven year of age, and then went to the County High School for Boys. His childhood was spent in the Village between the wars, and he recalls that it was a happy place for children, if not prosperous for its adults. The children roamed at will, - there were the fox and hounds over the Clunch Pit, “Tip brick” anywhere there was a game going, - marbles at the side of the road, - the season of tops and hoops, - football in the Hurdleditch meadow, - fireworks with P. C. Gutteridge – hide and seek in the wheelwright’s yard, - skating on the basin at the Gault Pits, - sledging on Toot Hill in the winter, - and on tin trays in the summer. We found Sticklebacks in the brook, and went swimming in the river beyond the field barn, and then singing “On Ilkley Moor baht ‘at” with Bert Pearce on the last cart home at harvest time!!

Home Guard, then the Army

service in Huddersfield, Nigeria, India then Burma

After leaving school, Alan said that he became a very inefficient grocer in the shop, until it was time to go into the Army during the Second World War, having served in the Home Guard until then. He was an instructor in the Royal Corps of Signals in Huddersfield, and he and Peggy Peters were married prior to going on embarkation leave, reading of their marriage in the Royston Crow in the home of the Rev. and Mrs Frank Langley in Ibadan, Nigeria. Alan then went on with the Royal West African Frontier Force to India, and then to Burma.

Farming in Orwell

He then returned home to farming at Manor Farm, and after twenty years with his father-in-law, he joined his cousin Trevor Miller at the White Arch Fruit Farm, and enjoyed some very happy years with the fruit business.

Contributions to Public life

Like many other ex-servicemen who felt that they had something to contribute to public life, and in particular to the community, and so started on a parallel career. He began as Sunday School Superintendent at the Methodist Church, taking over from is father, and then became a church steward, treasurer, and secretary, and also steward of the Cambridge Methodist Circuit.

Parish Councillor in 1952, Chairman in 1977

He was elected a Parish Councillor in 1952, and served until 1986. He served under three marvellous Chairmen: his father-in-law Mr H G Peters, Mr Arthur Howard, and Mr Clifford Bullen.  After a period of Vice-Chairman, he became Chairman in 1977.

He became a founder Governor of the Village College at Bassingbourn in 1953, and is still serving, having also been the Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Governors. He became a Governor of Petersfield School 24 years ago, and is still serving. He was appointed to the Melbourn Bench in 1975, and is now serving on the Cambridge Bench.

"Orwellites" a great bunch of people

Alan says that he has had a very full, and happy life, and that his daughter, Susan and four Grand-daughters keep both he and Peggy fully alive. He also says that Orwell has changed a great deal, but it is still very much Orwell, and that the “Orwellites” are a great bunch of people, - old and new!!

We must agree that Alan has contributed a great deal to the village and the community, and we are proud to have him as a leading citizen of Orwell.

Alan Miller passed away in February 1995.


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