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Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman T 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
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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
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