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Residents Association MagazinearrowSummer 2001 - 8


We first saw Broadstone on Boxing Day 1959 when we were looking for a place to live in this area and as soon as we saw it, very different to the present Broadstone, we knew that it was where we wanted to live. We moved here in 1960 and have cared about "our village", and have been involved in it since then. As our daughter became a pupil at Broadstone School, or Sydney Smith's School, as it was known then, we became involved as most parents do in what went on there. Several fathers including Peter got together and built an outdoor learner swimming pool and changing rooms which was used for a number of years. From that, through Sidney Smith and his wife, we became involved in the Royal British Legion helping at the annual Fete and Gymkhana which was held in the lower Recreation Ground. Joyce also served on the Ladies Section committee for some time and helped at the monthly Whist Drives serving home made refreshments. At that time the Club House consisted of two ex-army wooden huts.

We have been members of St. John's Church since 1964, serving on several committees, and helping raise funds for the building of the new Church Hall to replace the old tin hut which was situated in Dunyeats Road opposite the school. Peter was Church Warden for a while. Joyce was the leader of the Young Wives Group, which sadly is no longer in existence, and then the leader of the Mothers' Union Group for a number of years. We both served on the Church Guild Committee and helped organise the Harvest Supper each year as well as several outings.

Through Peter Smith-Nicholls we both help at the annual Broadstone MacMillan Dorset Cycle ride. Peter acts as a marshall and Joyce with a friend serves refreshments at a village hail en-route. We became active members in the Broadstone Ratepayers Association, as it was known then, sometime in the 1960's, Peter was the Registrar, the equivalent of the Chief Warden, for a number of years and Joyce became a warden and later an Area Warden.

We have seen many changes over the years and remember gas lighting in many roads, a busy railway station with it's lovely flower beds, and the Pines Express passing through daily, many unmade roads to name but a few, and have always been interested and concerned about what happens here and involved where-ever possible because it is still our "village".

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