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People Stories

We will be recording recollections and stories of our village and would love to hear from anyone who would like to share their memories of Osgathorpe. Please send us an email or use the contact form. 

Miss Florrie Wye

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Miss Florrie Wye was born in Wymeswold on 28th April 1916. Her family were farmers and she moved with her parents and two brothers, Teddy and Willy to Forest View Farm in Osgathorpe in 1934.

 

Florrie worked at Manor Farm, Belton until her mother became ill, when she returned home to keep house. Mrs Wye died in the 1950's. Teddy Wye had married and moved to Belton, where he carried on the family farming tradition, and Florrie remained at Forest View Farm, until after the deaths of her brother Willy and her father, the farm was sold. In 1960 Florrie moved into her home in Dawsons Road, which she had built.

 

Naturally, Florrie had seen many changes to life in Osgathorpe since she came to the village in 1934. In those days men worked either on the land, down the mines or in the quarries; women often had seasonal work on the farms. Those who worked outside the village were taken to and from their employment by bus and there was generally a much better public transport system than exists now. The village was served by a Post Office and shop.

 

The village supported an active social life, with whist drives and social evenings organised weekly by the rector. Everyone attended Church and there were three Sunday services and a weeknight service, all well supported. For special services, such as Harvest Festival, Florrie

remembers the Church with all the pews full and chairs set out down the aisle. Florrie was a Sunday School teacher until the Sunday School closed in the 1980's.

 

The character of Osgathorpe has changed very much in recent times. There is now much less farming, the pits have closed and the main earlier sources of employment have therefore disappeared or been much reduced. The village has seen the building of new housing, but there is a shortage of affordable housing for young people wishing to stay or come to live in Osgathorpe.

 

As Florrie says, life has changed, and not only in Osgathorpe; it is not better or worse, just different. The pace of life is much faster but although there is generally less time for people to support and look out for one another, there is still a caring community in the village.

Mrs Olive Springthorpe

Olive Springthorpe was born on 20th May 1906 and lived in the village all her life. Families were larger in the early 1900's and Mrs Springthorpe was the ninth of eleven children. Of the nine girls and two boys, Mrs Springthorpe was the last surviving member.

 

The family lived in one of a terrace of small cottages situated at the end of Main Street, where the footpath alongside the brook begins. Brookside house now occupies the site where the cottages once stood.

 

Mrs Springthorpe attended the village school (now the village hall) and recalls marching in twos from the school to Church, which played a large part in the life of the village. Later, associations with the Church continued and Mrs Springthorpe’s husband, Joe, was for many years a Churchwarden.

 

Perhaps not so very curiously, since Osgathorpe then, as now, was a small community, Mrs Springthorpe and her sister Nora married two local brothers. Olive and Joe had two sons and Nora and her husband two daughters. At the time of writing, Nora Springthorpe’s daughter, Betty, lived on Ashby Road and had a wonderful fund of photographs and memorabilia of Osgathorpe and its people down the years.

 

Like Mrs Springthorpe, her parents remained in Osgathorpe all their lives. Their last home was a few hundred yards from the cottage where they brought up their family, at 36 Main Street.

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