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Christmas stockings for today's children may mean a pillowcase full of gizmos and gadgets but in Brighwell-cum-Sotwell a century ago, it meant a stocking full of chocolate, sweets, nuts and (great extravagance!) two oranges.

'A Village Lad' is Rosemary Greasby's faithfully- transcribed account of memories set down on tape by her farming father, Tom Everex, who died in 1987. It is on sale now in the Village Stores, and offers a fascinating insight into a time when children made their own entertainment (including a fake parcel on a piece of string to mystify unwary passers-by on Mackney Lane!).  It spans the period 1908 to 1968, which saw farming become only one of many occupations pursued by villagers.

Rosemary has already sold 50 copies (at the Art Exhibition and around generally) but the booklet is still available at the shop, or directly from Highlands Farm. The price is 6 which covers the cost plus a 2 donation to the church for each booklet sold.
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