b'The caravan that Ken talks about can be seen in the driveway leading up to Mill House (on the left). Major Swain lived in the house on the right, side-on to Main Street. If you look closely you can see a deck chair in the garden. Major Swain liked his garden, by all accounts.This is a detail from a postcard dating from around 1935. Taken from the Church tower, it was published as part of a series by W. Bramley of Leeds.one of them married Jocelyn Boyesa joiner, andwas in the Observer Corps, along with Mr Rhodes, had Reg, Renee, Len and Cyril. The Kirbys lived atDick Johnson, Sid Fielder and George Barker. They No 74and their children were Dennis, Don, Jeanhad a dugout down Braygate, near where it meets and Albert. Wembley Garage [on what is now ParkThorny Lane, built up with a wall of grass sodsLane] belonged to Allan Ripley. He used to prop upeventually they had a shed with a stove as well. the front flap and the shop was open. On SundaysTheir post was J2, part of a national network. They he would throw open his double doors and set up hishad to watch out for all aircraft, identifying them, gramophone.estimating their height and direction, and recording At school Miss Watson was the Infant Teacherthe information and passing it on to the authorities. before Miss Found.There was also a team of soldiers further down The postcard with a view from the Church TowerBraygate [past Cautley Farm, at the sharp bend] who (see accompanying photo) must have been takenhad a searchlight and a Lewis gun. At night one could about 1936 before the caravan was moved round thesee searchlights from all over. Just beyond Bugthorpe back and before Major Swain moved. there was an imitation aerodrome, designed to The Woodliffes lived at Garrowby Lodge Farm. mislead enemy aircraft, set out with pairs of lights like You had to be 16 to join the Mens Institute.a runway. When asked how aware of the war he wasSoldiers used to arrive to practise manoeuvres, when it started, Ken recalled that immediately warfiring trench mortars etc. They used Worsendale as a was declared everyone had to be conscious ofrifle range, firing from the chalk pit. The LDV and the the blackout, making sure no light showed at theObserver Corps used to march up to the chalk pit to windows. The wardens were Harry Holgate from thepractise their firing too. There were Bren gun carriers Fleece Inn, and the Vicar, Rev. Fawcett. Mr Holgate tracked vehicleswhich would drive around and who was slightly portly, probably in his late 40s, had apractise on the roads and the fields. One day tanks whistle that he had to give 3 blasts on as a warning,passed through the village one after the otherit running all round the village, then the same again forseemed to last all daycoming from Pocklington the all-clear. Eventually the village got a siren, whichdirection. They left a lot of damage in their wake to was mounted on the pub chimney. Anybody pastgateways and verges.the age of call-up had to do voluntary workthereA plane crashed at the top of Garrowby, near the was the LDV [Local Defence Volunteers which someroad to Kirby Underdale. It was one of ours. Also, people joked stood for Look, Duck and Vanish]there was one down near Dick Flints. Ken remembers which eventually became the Home Guard, the Firegoing one Sunday afternoon to try and find the one at Service and the Observer Corps. The Fire ServiceGarrowby top, hoping to get some aeroplane glass or team used to practise with their hoses at the dammedother souvenirs and being spotted by the farmer and beckgreat fun for the kids to watch. Kens fatherlegging it back to the village. BULLETIN 19 373'