Chew Stoke Harvest Home

The Sense of Community

There was the sense that the Community was a naturally occurring phenomenon - everyone knew everyone, their children and their grandchildren, what they all did, how everyone fitted in, where they lived ...there was an easiness about it:

“I ran the tea tent for 20 years. I’ve lived in the village for 45 years and my husband lived here all his life.”

“You never used to have to ask for help.”

“Everyone used to work together”.

“I can remember several of the ladies helped with the teas from the morning and used to take tablecloths.”

“We started at 7-8 in the morning, putting up the tables, putting on the gas boilers, we got the water bowser filled and made sure we had buckets and bowls.  We opened just before 11am.  I laid out the lunches for the Judges - they had cold meats, salad, bread and butter, cheese, apple pie and cream."

“We buttered the bread, made sandwiches and cakes. Everybody mucked in. There was a free tea in the afternoon for the children.”

“We did have a pony club, people brought their own – (it was) more family and village with ponies. The horse event and the main event were all part of the same thing.”