Marriage of
William Peacock and Alice Yates

27th April 1929

Church Menu Page
During his working life, my father worked for Dudney and Johnson, a local grocery chain that had a shop in Woburn. He would cycle around all the local villages, Eversholt, Tingrith, Steppingly etc to collect the weekly shopping orders. I remember him sitting at our kitchen table counting out the money and, during the war, the ration coupons. During the years there was rationing, I don't suppose many people went short of food in this village, with him being in charge of deliveries. I suspect quite a few little treats were slipped in here and there! On the days he was based at the shop, he would still cycle between Crawley and Woburn 4 times a day as he always came home for lunch. He would often cycle up to 100 miles a week.

I always remember my father being involved in village life. As well as being a regular bell ringer, he was a member of the Parish Council for as long as I can remember and a member of the Reading Room Committee and he used to help with the organizing of the village bingo and whist drives that took place for many years in the Reading Room. It always seemed that if there was a committe, then my dad would be on it! He was also a keen supporter of the village football. He never played for the team but we would always go and watch the weekend matches.
My mother too would give up a lot of time to village activities, particularly at the church. When she was 16 she was taught by Cannon Rust's wife to play the church organ. She played regularly at weddings, funerals and church services for the next 40 years. The organ was the old type that was powered by a hand pump. I remember it well I would have to go with her to pump during the practices in between services. It was really hard work!
When my father retired in the 1960's, he became the first lollypop man at Husborne Crawley School and when he died in 1975 he was remembered by the children of Crawley school as they placed a vase on his grave at Crawley Church. The inscription reads

"From the children of Husborne Crawley School"
William Peacock on his retirement outside his home at
No. 17 Turnpike Road
The Vase donated by the Crawley School children in memory of William Peacock