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Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett T Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett T T The people here are the Applins, who used to own the Butchers, (now the shop), at 85 West Street This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett T There were hundreds of Wells in the village. Here is a man collecting water from one in Butt Lane. Photograph courtesy of Martin King T
Brigit   König   was   a   Swiss   Au-Pair   for   the   Doctor   of   the   village   at   the   time   -   Dr   Jack   Fitton   Storrs.   You   can   see   a   Photograph   of   Dr   Storrs,   his   Sister, his Daughter-in-law and Grandchild, in the 1950s here This is Brigit's story below (recounted in an email in 2015) - "As   a   young   Swiss   girl   I   stayed   in   the   Doctor’s   Surgery   House   in   Bere   Regis   in   1958.   I   helped   in   the   household   of   the   Doctor   and   his   grown-up daughter,   Anne   Storrs.   I   toured   the   whole   region   accompanying   the   Doc   when   he   was   visiting   his   private   patients   (I   waited   in   the   car   while   he made   his   visits!).   The   Doctor's   house   was   called   'The   Manor   House'.   The   Doctor’s   name   was:   Jack   Fitton   Storrs.   He   was   a   widower.   The   Manor House was rather close to the church and to the post office as fas as I can remember. I loved the landscape of Bere Regis and its surroundings. The only event I remember in the village was a Thanks-Giving Parade! The   sister   of   J.F.   Storrs   lived   by   herself   in   a   cute   cottage   in   Bere   Regis   or   not   far   from   the   village.   She   used   to   make   the   most   wonderful   Scones   I ever   had.   Dr.   Storrs   has   been   the   medical   doctor   in   Bere   Regis   for   many   years   together   with   a   younger   partner.   Dr.   Storrs's   wife   was   a   dancer and   died   early.   Dr.   Storrs   had   a   son,   John   Storrs   (the   name   of   John’s   wife   is   Jill)   and   a   daughter,   Anne   Storrs.   They   must   be   in   their   eighties   by now.   Two   dogs   belonged   to   the   family.   The   little   dachs-hound   on   my   lap   was   a   present   from   Dr.   Storrs.   I   brought   this   dog   home   to   Switzerland and I called it - of course - Jacky! Lucerne,   where   I   live   is   a   tourist   place   and   has   a   few   4   Star   Hotels.   Dr.   Storrs   used   to   come   to   the   Hotel   Schweizerhof   in   Lucerne   every   year   in May. He met the young Swiss girls he employed as au-pair girls at Bere Regis. Last   year   the   hotel   Schweizerhof   was   thoroughly   renovated.   At   this   occasion   the   General   Manager   of   the   hotel   collected   exclusive   stories   which happened   in   the   hotel.   I   also   sent   my   story   with   Dr.   Storrs   of   Bere   Regis   and   I   even   won   the   4th   prize   with   it.   The   story   is   now   published   in German   and   in   English   in   a   book   about   the   history   of   the   Hotel   Schweizerhof,   called   "Where   history   comes   alive".   The   website   of   the   Hotel   is here. Here is my Story -             It   is   a   warm,   sunny   day   in   May   1957.   Eagerly,   you   make   your   way   through   the   imposing   lobby   of   the   Hotel   Schweizerhof   Luzern.   Although   you were   born   in   this   town,   it   was   not   until   eighteen   years   had   passed   that   you   entered   the   hotel’s   historical   premises.   This   evening   you   are   expected for dinner by Dr. Jack Litton Storrs.             An   English   widower   and   doctor   with   a   medical   practice   in   the   southern   England   town   of   Bere   Regis,   Dr.   J.D.   Stores   will   soon   turn   sixty.   His thirty-year-old   daughter,   Anne,   helps   out   in   the   practice   but   refuses   to   have   anything   to   do   with   managing   the   household   -   which   is   why   Dr. Storrs   has,   for   a   number   of   years,   employed   a   succession   of   au-pairs   from   Switzerland.   The   most   recent   was   the   daughter   of   a   friend   of   your father   in   Bere   Regis.   She   recommended   you   as   her   successor.   And   now   here   you   are,   sitting   in   the   elegant   dining   room   of   the   Schweizerhof, eating   asparagus   from   venerable   plates   and   listening   to   the   anecdotes   of   the   familiar   «My   guest»   from   England.   It   is   only   when   a   bowl   containing water   and   lemon   juice   is   placed   before   you   that   your   anxiety   level   rises.   Embarrassed,   you   ask   your   host   in   halting   English   what   it   is   for.   Smiling, he   explains   that   it   is   for   washing   your   hands:   even   the   Schweizerhof   allows   you   to   ear   asparagus   with   your   fingers.   Asparagus   forms   as   much   a part   of   the   doctor’s   «Schweizerhof   ritual»   during   his   annual   two-week   stay   as   the   daily   sherry   at   the   bar   and   the   selection   of   a   new   helper   in   the household.   The   evening   ?ies   by,   not   least   due   to   the   wonderful   stories   Dr.   Storrs   recounts   about   Schweizerhof   guests.   He   tells   of   an   American lady   who   did   not   know   which   country   she   was   in.   it   was   only   on   studying   an   ancient   lithograph   on   a   wall   in   the   hotel   that   her   whereabouts became clear: «Hey Jack, we’re in Switzerland! I had no idea!» You will soon be leaving the country, since Dr. Storrs has given you the job.             Three   months   later   in   Bere   Regis,   southern   England.   It   is   Tuesday;   lunch   consists   of   cold   leg   of   lamb   left   over   from   yesterday.   Tomorrow,   the lamb   will   be   minced   and   served   hot,   while   the   leftovers   will   be   served   the   following   day   with   mashed   potatoes   and   peas.   it   is   the   same   story, week   after   week.   No   wonder   Dr.   Storrs   sees   Switzerland,   and   the   Schweizerhof   in   particular,   as   a   place   ?owing   with   mild   and   honey.   The   fact   that you   read   loud   «The   Times»   to   Dr.   Storrs   every   day   helps   you   improve   your   English.   After   your   lessons,   you   always   receive   a   glass   of   sherry   and toffees.   Back   in   Switzerland   and   no   longer   a   young   au-pair,   you   spend   some   time   working   for   Swissair   in   Zurich   then   Geneva.   Every   May, however,   ?nds   you   dining   with   Dr.   Storrs   at   the   Schweizerhof.   You   are   more   experienced   and   con?dent,   yet   remain   in   awe   of   the   elegance   of   this hotel   and   the   personality   of   the   doctor.   In   the   meantime,   it   has   come   to   your   notice   that   Dr.   Storrs   invites   other   young   women   to   dine   with   him every   evening   -   these   were   your   predecessors   in   Bere   Regis,   and   also   possible   candidates   for   the   forthcoming   year.   All   this   is   part   of   his «Schweizerhof ritual».             PS:   The   years   went   by.   Brigit   König   married   and   went   to   live   in   America.   She   finally   lost   touch   with   the   loyal   Schweizerhof   guest.   But   she   still retains fond memories of this early years."
The man on the left is Ken Standfield, does anyone know the identity of the other two? Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Brigit König Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett The Village Doctor, Dr Jack Fitton Storrs, his Sister, his Daughter-in-law and Grandchild, in the 1950s Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett
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Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman (l-r) Valerie Cheeseman, Angela Macdonald, Cynthia Burden, Jean Gibbs & Sadie the dog! Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Raymond Ricketts, Rene Skinner, Harry Pitfield and Adrian Standfield (l to r) Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman (l-r) Steve Painter, Alan Crocker, Alan Hewitt & Paul Bennett Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield T Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett This lot would have given the Germans a tough time! Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett This is Charlie Mintern, the 'Hygrade' ice-cream salesman, making a sale to Perce Pitfield & his son This is the Oldest Photograph of a Villager in our Collection. This is one of the Oldest Photographs of Villagers in our Collection. Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris T Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris Photograph courtesy of Jim Morris Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Fred Macdonald in his Home Guard uniform, West Street, 1940s - Fred Macdonald doing his bit for the War Effort in WW2 Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Henry James Brown (known as Jim) is shown here with 2 of his daughters; Bessie & Alice, in the garden of 83 West Street, Bere Regis. Photograph courtesy of Jim Burt Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Laurie Fairhurst & Christopher Maunder are still on the Parish Council Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett The Lady in the Photograph is Pamela Hoare; Alison Bennetts mother Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett (Top Row l-r) Tina Elford, Alison Bennett, Tony Wise, Shelagh Rowan, Edna Collis & Sheila Leigh -  (Bottom Row l-r) Maria McMahon Patuzzi & Denise Croom Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett T Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett T T The people here are the Applins, who used to own the Butchers, (now the shop), at 85 West Street This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett T There were hundreds of Wells in the village. Here is a man collecting water from one in Butt Lane. Photograph courtesy of Martin King T Photograph courtesy of Brigit König Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett
Brigit   König   was   a   Swiss   Au-Pair   for   the   Doctor   of   the   village   at   the time   -   Dr   Jack   Fitton   Storrs.   You   can   see   a   Photograph   of   Dr   Storrs, his Sister, his Daughter-in-law and Grandchild, in the 1950s here This is Brigit's story below (recounted in an email in 2015) - "As   a   young   Swiss   girl   I   stayed   in   the   Doctor’s   Surgery   House   in   Bere Regis   in   1958.   I   helped   in   the   household   of   the   Doctor   and   his grown-up     daughter,     Anne     Storrs.     I     toured     the     whole     region accompanying   the   Doc   when   he   was   visiting   his   private   patients   (I waited   in   the   car   while   he   made   his   visits!).   The   Doctor's   house   was called    'The    Manor    House'.    The    Doctor’s    name    was:    Jack    Fitton Storrs.   He   was   a   widower.   The   Manor   House   was   rather   close   to   the church and to the post office as fas as I can remember. I   loved   the   landscape   of   Bere   Regis   and   its   surroundings.   The   only event I remember in the village was a Thanks-Giving Parade! The   sister   of   J.F.   Storrs   lived   by   herself   in   a   cute   cottage   in   Bere Regis    or    not    far    from    the    village.    She    used    to    make    the    most wonderful    Scones    I    ever    had.    Dr.    Storrs    has    been    the    medical doctor    in    Bere    Regis    for    many    years    together    with    a    younger partner.   Dr.   Storrs's   wife   was   a   dancer   and   died   early.   Dr.   Storrs had    a    son,    John    Storrs    (the    name    of    John’s    wife    is    Jill)    and    a daughter,   Anne   Storrs.   They   must   be   in   their   eighties   by   now.   Two dogs   belonged   to   the   family.   The   little   dachs-hound   on   my   lap   was a   present   from   Dr.   Storrs.   I   brought   this   dog   home   to   Switzerland and I called it - of course - Jacky! Lucerne,   where   I   live   is   a   tourist   place   and   has   a   few   4   Star   Hotels. Dr.   Storrs   used   to   come   to   the   Hotel   Schweizerhof   in   Lucerne   every year   in   May.   He   met   the   young   Swiss   girls   he   employed   as   au-pair girls at Bere Regis. Last   year   the   hotel   Schweizerhof   was   thoroughly   renovated.   At   this occasion    the    General    Manager    of    the    hotel    collected    exclusive stories   which   happened   in   the   hotel.   I   also   sent   my   story   with   Dr. Storrs   of   Bere   Regis   and   I   even   won   the   4th   prize   with   it.   The   story is   now   published   in   German   and   in   English   in   a   book   about   the history    of    the    Hotel    Schweizerhof,    called    "Where    history    comes alive". The website of the Hotel is here. Here is my Story -             It   is   a   warm,   sunny   day   in   May   1957.   Eagerly,   you   make   your   way through    the    imposing    lobby    of    the    Hotel    Schweizerhof    Luzern. Although   you   were   born   in   this   town,   it   was   not   until   eighteen   years had   passed   that   you   entered   the   hotel’s   historical   premises.   This evening you are expected for dinner by Dr. Jack Litton Storrs.             An   English   widower   and   doctor   with   a   medical   practice   in   the southern   England   town   of   Bere   Regis,   Dr.   J.D.   Stores   will   soon   turn sixty.   His   thirty-year-old   daughter,   Anne,   helps   out   in   the   practice but   refuses   to   have   anything   to   do   with   managing   the   household   - which   is   why   Dr.   Storrs   has,   for   a   number   of   years,   employed   a succession   of   au-pairs   from   Switzerland.   The   most   recent   was   the daughter     of     a     friend     of     your     father     in     Bere     Regis.     She recommended   you   as   her   successor.   And   now   here   you   are,   sitting in   the   elegant   dining   room   of   the   Schweizerhof,   eating   asparagus from   venerable   plates   and   listening   to   the   anecdotes   of   the   familiar «My   guest»   from   England.   It   is   only   when   a   bowl   containing   water and   lemon   juice   is   placed   before   you   that   your   anxiety   level   rises. Embarrassed,   you   ask   your   host   in   halting   English   what   it   is   for. Smiling,   he   explains   that   it   is   for   washing   your   hands:   even   the Schweizerhof    allows    you    to    ear    asparagus    with    your    fingers. Asparagus    forms    as    much    a    part    of    the    doctor’s    «Schweizerhof ritual»   during   his   annual   two-week   stay   as   the   daily   sherry   at   the bar    and    the    selection    of    a    new    helper    in    the    household.    The evening   ?ies   by,   not   least   due   to   the   wonderful   stories   Dr.   Storrs recounts   about   Schweizerhof   guests.   He   tells   of   an   American   lady who   did   not   know   which   country   she   was   in.   it   was   only   on   studying an   ancient   lithograph   on   a   wall   in   the   hotel   that   her   whereabouts became   clear:   «Hey   Jack,   we’re   in   Switzerland!   I   had   no   idea!»   You will   soon   be   leaving   the   country,   since   Dr.   Storrs   has   given   you   the job.             Three   months   later   in   Bere   Regis,   southern   England.   It   is   Tuesday; lunch    consists    of    cold    leg    of    lamb    left    over    from    yesterday. Tomorrow,    the    lamb    will    be    minced    and    served    hot,    while    the leftovers   will   be   served   the   following   day   with   mashed   potatoes   and peas.   it   is   the   same   story,   week   after   week.   No   wonder   Dr.   Storrs sees   Switzerland,   and   the   Schweizerhof   in   particular,   as   a   place ?owing    with    mild    and    honey.    The    fact    that    you    read    loud    «The Times»   to   Dr.   Storrs   every   day   helps   you   improve   your   English.   After your   lessons,   you   always   receive   a   glass   of   sherry   and   toffees.   Back in   Switzerland   and   no   longer   a   young   au-pair,   you   spend   some   time working   for   Swissair   in   Zurich   then   Geneva.   Every   May,   however, ?nds   you   dining   with   Dr.   Storrs   at   the   Schweizerhof.   You   are   more experienced   and   con?dent,   yet   remain   in   awe   of   the   elegance   of this   hotel   and   the   personality   of   the   doctor.   In   the   meantime,   it   has come   to   your   notice   that   Dr.   Storrs   invites   other   young   women   to dine   with   him   every   evening   -   these   were   your   predecessors   in   Bere Regis,   and   also   possible   candidates   for   the   forthcoming   year.   All this is part of his «Schweizerhof ritual».             PS:   The   years   went   by.   Brigit   König   married   and   went   to   live   in America.   She   finally   lost   touch   with   the   loyal   Schweizerhof   guest. But she still retains fond memories of this early years."
The man on the left is Ken Standfield, does anyone know the identity of the other two? Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett The Village Doctor, Dr Jack Fitton Storrs, his Sister, his Daughter-in-law and Grandchild, in the 1950s Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett