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Crich Parish Magazine October 1943

Interesting facts about 1943

Top songs were � Maizy Doats, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, and I�ll be Seeing You.
OSCAR winner was Casablanca and the musical Oklahoma opened on Broadway.
Men aged 18�25 were chosen by ballot to work in the coal mines.
PAYE scheme launched to collect tax directly from wage packets.
Major shortages meant only 1 in 10 could have turkey for Christmas.
School uniforms had to be blue or grey to save on dye.
Pint of beer cost 1/- (5p), a letter 3� d (1�p), Road Tax �7 10s 0d (�7.50), loaf 8� d (3�p). Female textile workers earned �2 13s 0d per week, miners �5.

Crich Parish Magazine October 1943

Following the death of my mother Kathleen Mary Tookey (nee Hall) in January and my father�s decision to move in to a retirement home my sister and I had the unenviable task of clearing out our family home. In an old bureau we found papers covering all the major family events that had taken place in the sixty-five years since my parents moved from Derbyshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire. My mother was born in 1914 and lived in the village until her marriage to my father Frederick Marshall Tookey from Matlock in May 1940. One of the most interesting papers was a copy of the Crich Parish Magazine for October 1943 which recorded my baptism on the 29 August 1943. This wartime issue cost 2d (about 1p) and consisted of a single folded sheet giving four sides of parish news and events. Inserted in this was an eight sided publication called �Home Words� which described wartime church events throughout the country.

The magazine is reprinted below.

An interesting question is � where are Mr and Mrs Greenhough, Patricia Ann Oliver and Yvonne Mary Margaret Greenall now?

David Tookey

David Tookey is a retired government scientist who lives in Stevenage in Hertfordshire with Jean his wife, a retired primary school teacher. They have two grown-up daughters. His long-standing attachment to the village of Crich dates from the nineteen fifties when he spent many happy summer holidays staying at Croft House on The Common with his maternal grandparents Hannah and John White.

Crich Parish Magazine 1943

Crich Parish Magazine 1943

Crich Parish Magazine 1943

Crich Parish Magazine 1943