Barbara Brown (nee Bagstaffe)

A profile taken from the Orwell Bulletin March 1992

Written by Gordon Lines, Editor

Photo:Barbara Brown nee Bagstaff

Barbara Brown nee Bagstaff

she was born in Town Green Road

Barbara Brown was born in Orwell 73 years ago, daughter of an Orwellian mother, her father having come from Cambridge. She was born in Town Green Road, in a cottage which formerly existed between Manor Farm, and the Chequers Public House. At the age of eight she moved to the other side of the Chequers, now known as Orchard Cottage, but at that time consisted of three separate dwellings.

She went to school opposite the church, - now the home of Mr and Mrs Ian Rumbold, until she was fifteen, when she went to work at Robert Sayle in Cambridge, as a dressmaker, and worked there until she was 21. She left there in 1940, and went to work with her father at the Bakery, which was part of the Old Post Office in the High Street.

married in 1943 to Joe

She was married in 1943, to Joe, her husband, who of course is well known as the Chairman of the Parish Council, and is also a member of the Cambridgeshire District Council. Barbara left the Bakery in 1945, when she was expecting her first son Anthony. Her second son, Trevor was born in 1947. She and Joe will be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary in January 1993.

remembers the Village Hall being built, before she left school

Barbara has seen many changes during her lifetime in the Village, well over 100 new houses having been built, others having been altered or demolished. She remembers Fisher's Lane, from the Old Rectory to the A603, being open fields, where she used to go “cow-keeping”, and where she also followed the hounds. She also remembers the Village Hall being built before she left school. Her knowledge of the various changes in the Village will be the subject of a separate article in a future edition of the Bulletin.

Her record as a serving member of numerous organisations, must be second to none. She has been secretary of the Village Hall Committee since 1960, and has served as President, Secretary, Treasurer, Catering Officer, Press and outings Secretary of the Womens Institute. A committee member of the Parish Council for thirteen years, and also of the Recreation Ground Fund, for most of the time that this has been founded. A very active member of the Clunch Pit Committee, helping to organize and help with the barbeques over many years. Barbara was a founder member of both the Over 60’s Friendship Club, and the Meals On Wheels.

When she has any spare time, she  enjoys embroidery and sewing.

"Dame Barbara of Orwell"

With such a remarkable lifetime of devotion to the Community as a whole, surely we must be able to call her “Dame Barbara of Orwell”.

Barbara passed away in December 1993

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