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Repton Dixon's Stores in Church Road, West Mersea. All the shop staff.
1. Bessie Dixon (with her tongue out), 2. Pat Franklin, 3. Susan Hales, 4. Carol Dixon, 5. Percy Bacon.
<b>Pat Franklin</b> and her husband Gil (Gilbert) Franklin lived in Kingsland House in Kingsland Road which used to be a school. It was such a huge house and the upkeep was mind blowing. In the end they sold it up on condition it was kept intact as it was such a wonderful old house. Their wishes were not upheld and it was levelled and re-developed very soon after. 
<b>Susan Hales</b> she married Danny Williamson in 1967, He used to ride huge motor-bikes. Susan was a lovely bubbly girl.
<b>Carol Dixon</b> - little old me in the brown overall and then my beloved Percy Bacon, my we had some fun in those days but we worked hard and the days were long.
In the evening after the shop shut at 6pm we had a meal and then I had to cash up all the tills, agree them and put the float back for the next day. Then all the duplicate invoices had to be entered into the ledger for every sale that day 'on-tick' which would be put on the customers monthly accounts at the end of every month. All this was done by hand entry, no machines in those days and the till roll was folded into lengths of about 10 inches and each section added up using mental arithmetic. In the summer days when holiday makers were down the till roll could easily be 10 to 15 foot long and if the cash did not agreee with the pencilled entries on the till roll it was a long night! The off-licence had a separate till and ledger so I was rarely finished before 8pm and we opened at 8am.
Part of CW3_105. c1965. Photo: Carol Wyatt Collection
West Mersea Town Regatta. The boot, built by John Milgate and team at Shell Bungalow, Peldon.
From Carole Green: Ron Pamment (the old woman who lived in the shoe), Beverley and James Green, Charlotte and Angus Milgate, Sarah Lunnon, Andrea ? and Chris Bacon. 1979. Photo: Visser Heun Collection
David Mussett painting the weathervane pole on top of West Mersea Church tower. David had previously shinned up the pole to put the weathervane in its hole 1985. Photo: David Mussett Collection
Birch Church c1905. <b>This church is about to be demolished! Feb 2014</b> 
The back of the card is divided, saying this space may now be used for communication - a change introduced in 1902.
The church is now [2013] derelict.
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February 2014 the church is likely to be demolished. There is a petition to try and save it. Colchester & NE Essex Building Preservation Trust have written:

St Peter's Church, Birch has stood empty for more than 24 years.

It is now derelict and the Diocese of Chelmsford wish to demolish it.

The Trust is campaigning to save the building and has recently completed a viability study. This has identified a proposal to convert most of the building into a family home.

Regrettably, despite having found a willing buyer for the church who is prepared to spend £1,200,000 restoring this iconic landmark, the Church Commissioners in consultation with the Diocese of Chelmsford, have decided to proceed with their plans to demolish.

In our opinion, this is unnecessary destruction of local heritage. The resultant harm will not only be in the loss of this Grade II listed building but also the detrimental impact of the loss on the Birch Conservation Area and the surrounding landscape.
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<p>Sign a petition to save the church:
<a href=http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html target=_new>
www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html</a> (Opens in a new window) c1905.
Seaview Road (now Lower Kingsland Road) before it was made up. The Co-op store and Kingsland Road in the distance. Before June 1934. Photo: WMTC
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