A small boy at a Carol Service and a small world; nostalgia for Chandler’s Ford past; “Goater Bros” garage; petrol shortages; Gran buys trousers; waste oil – a menace to our birds; Mrs White has died; something called “Rock ‘n’ Roll”; a local link with top class ballet and farewell to Tom Jenkins.
“I promised last year”, Gran writes on December 20th 1956, “that I would take Mother to Haberdashers’ School Carol Service at St Martin-in-the-Fields this Christmas, if possible, and today was the day!” The two ladies, together with Gran’s daughter Jane, travel by coach, meeting Jock and Julian in the Church. There is less room for visitors than there was last Christmas because, Gran says, “…the school numbers had increased to eight hundred boys…” She writes much of Julian in her journals, including on this occasion, during the Service, that he:
…was remarkably good for one so small – he is not four yet, though one or two audible remarks made us smile a little, “Hullo Daddy! Hullo!” sounded in the silence as Barry walked by, and, as the reading of the nine lessons had advanced from the small boy of the Junior School to the grey-haired Chairman, the little voice loudly proclaimed, “Those men get older and older!” Apart from the announcement, “I use a knife and fork now!” addressed to Jane, all other conversation, was carried on in discreet whispers.