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      Friday March 18, 2011 Essex County Standard                                                                                                                                                71

Arts & Leisure
Dad was at
Oaken Heart
of village life
Remembering Allingham characters                                                                                Pages of history: Alan Smith’s father Albert, pictured below, was a character in Margery
                                                                                                                Allingham’s book, The Oaken Heart, which has been re-edited. Picture: Nigel Brown CO42240-012
Neil D’Arcy Jones                     Second World War.                      man. If you needed a job              “Unfortunately, that was             D’Arcy resident of the time           came back from Germany
                                         From the outbreak of the            doing, then Albert was your        the last we ever saw of it.”            was young Royal Engineer              she found an empty cottage
                                      war until May 1941, she kept           man.”                                 One of the key events in             Harold Curtis who, with               on Oxley Hill.
THE great Essex crime                 a diary of the events that                Alan, who now lives in          the book was when the                   wife Nora, became well-                  She said: “On the day he
novelist Margery Allingham            took place in her home                 Salcott, added: “He was            evacuees came to Tolleshunt             loved characters in their             came home he had no idea.
was most famous for her               village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy.          drafted to work on the             D’Arcy.                                 own right in Nora’s home              He still thought we were
character Albert Campion,                The result was the Oaken            airfields and he would cycle          Julia explained: “Mr Doe,            village of Tolleshunt                 living at my parents, so
the gentleman detective.              Heart and whether or not it            from Tolleshunt D’Arcy to          the butcher, and Margery                Knights.                              when the bus driver went
  But what many people                had the desired effect of              Wormingford every day.             were the billeting officers                Although Harold has now            past, he said ‘hey you’ve
may not know about her is             getting the Americans to                  “I remember one evening         and I think they got quite a            died, his wife Nora is still          missed my stop’. He was in
her effort to get the                 join up or not, what it did do         he got home and there was a        shock when eight double-                very much involved with               the know, you see, and he
Americans to enter the                was provide a beautiful                message that he was needed         decker buses turned up with             community life.                       said nothing to my Harold.
                                      snapshot of English village            back at the airfield straight      275 children all to be housed              Although now living in                “When the bus pulled up
                                      life during the war.                   away, so he got back on his        in a village of just 600                Tiptree, one of her many              outside the little cottage and
                                         Newly re-edited by                  bike. They met him halfway         people.”                                roles includes being life             we were waiting there for
                                      Margery’s biographer Julia             with a lorry, which he was            The book also details a              president of the Tolleshunt           him at the gate, I could see
                                      Jones, the County Standard             allowed to bring home for          series of bombs falling                 Knights’ young football               tears streaming down his
                                      went looking for some of the           the night.”                        around the village, although            team.                                 face. He said to me ‘what a
                                      relatives of those characters             If the Oaken Heart tells us     for an 11-year-old boy that                She had many stories to            lucky man I am’.”
                                      featured in the book.                  anything about the residents       wasn’t as fearful as it                 tell about the war, including            As part of the Essex Book
                                         One of the people who               of Tolleshunt D’Arcy back          sounded.                                the time her father ploughed          Festival, a special event
                                      greatly helped Julia with the          then, it is that they were            “I think I was more                  up a bomb on his                      celebrating the publication
                                      new edition was Alan Smith.            down to earth people who           excited than anything else,”            smallholding, but perhaps             of the new edition of the
                                         Aged ten when the war               responded well in a crisis.        said Alan. “We used to                  the most poignant was when            Oaken Heart will take place
                                      broke out, both Alan’s                    “He didn’t know anything        watch the planes fighting in            her Harold returned from              at St Nicholas Primary
                                      grandfather, Alfred, and his           about the book,” Alan              the skies and I remember                the war.                              School, in Tolleshunt
                                      father, Albert, appear in              revealed, “until she               one day we saw this huge                   Nora and her child had             D’Arcy, on Thursday at
                                      Margery’s book.                        presented my father with a         great thing come down, and              been living with her parents,         7.30pm.
                                         Julia said: “Albert was             copy. He was chuffed to bits       it was a V2 rocket. We just             but because she was so                   Tickets cost £4 and £3, and
                                      really central to village life         with it and showed his             all stared in amazement.”               determined to have her own            are available on 01206
                                      because he was the handy               mates at work.                        Another Tolleshunt                   home when her husband                 573948.

                                      reunited with her again.                                                                                          2pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm and 5pm.          GNOMEO & JULIET 3D (U)
 FILM GUIDE                           Rating H H H HI                          FILM OF THE WEEK                                                                                               GNOMEO (James McAvoy) lives
                                      Sat-Sun: 10.45am; 12.45pm;                                                                                        UNKNOWN (12A)                         on one side of the drive with
THE LINCOLN LAWYER                    2.45pm and 4.45pm.                                                        CHALET GIRL (12A)                       DR Martin Harris (Liam Neeson)        sidekick Benny (Matt Lucas). A
                                      A TURTLES TALE 2D (U)                                                     TOMBOY skateboarding                    travels to Berlin with his wife       chance encounter with Juliet
(15)                                  Sat-Sun: 11.30am.                                                         prodigy Kim Matthews (Felicity          Elizabeth (January Jones) to
MICK Haller (Matthew                                                                                                                                                                          (Emily Blunt) sows the seeds of
                                                                                                                Jones) abandons the sport               attend a conference. As they
McConaughey) conducts                                                                                           she loves after her life is                                                   love.
                                                                                                                                                        arrive at the hotel, Martin
business from the back of a           BATTLE LOS ANGELES                                                        touched by tragedy and                  realises he has left his passport
                                                                                                                                                                                              Rating H H HI I
Lincoln Continental sedan             (12A)                                                                     settles for a fast food                                                       Sat-Sun: 11.30am.
                                                                                                                                                        at the airport and jumps into a
driven by former client Earl          IT’S August, 2011, and capitals                                           restaurant job until she                taxi to collect it. En route, there
(Laurence Mason). The defence         around the world are under                                                accepts a position as an                                                      THE KING’S SPEECH
                                                                                                                                                        is a freak accident and Martin
attorney is used to representing      attack from an otherworldly                                               Alpine chalet attendant at the          slips into a coma, waking four        (12A)
the dregs of society, but he hits     force. Marine Staff Sergeant                                              highly exclusive St Anton               days later. He races back to the      OSCAR-WINNING film detailing
the jackpot when bail                 Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is                                          resort, where she attracts the          hotel and is delighted to find his    the story of King George VI and
bondsman Val Valenzuela (John         drafted to spearhead Second                                               attention of playboy Jonny              wife... except she doesn’t            the speech therapist who helped
Leguizamo) recommends him             Battalion, Fifth Marines based at                                         Madsen (Ed Westwick).                   recognise him.
as counsel for playboy estate         Camp Pendleton and is told to                                             Rating H H HI I                                                               him deal with his stammer.
agent Louis Roulet (Ryan                                                                                                                                Rating H H HI I
                                      lead his platoon to a police                                              Fri-Sun: 1.45pm; 4.15pm;                Fri: 2.30pm; 5.30pm and
                                                                                                                                                                                              Rating H H H H H
Phillippe), accused of assault        precinct where survivors are                                              6.30pm and 9pm.                                                               Fri-Sun: 2pm; 5.30pm and
and attempted murder.                 barricaded inside the building.
                                                                                                                                                        Sat-Sun: 5.30pm and 8.15pm.           8.15pm.
Rating H H H HI                       Rating H H HI I                        Paige (Alexandra Daddario),        in his potentially glittering future.
Fri: 2.45pm; 5.45pm and               Fri-Sun: 2.15pm; 5.15pm and
8.30pm.                               8pm.
                                                                             finding some pleasing
                                                                             distractions of their own.
                                                                                                                Rating H H H HI                                                               ODEON KIDS
Sat-Sun: 12pm; 2.45pm;                                                                                          Fri–Sun: 6.45pm and 9.15pm.             PAUL (15)
                                                                             Rating H H HI I                                                                                                  TOY STORY 3 2D (U)
5.45pm and 8.30pm.                    HALL PASS (15)                                                                                                    BEST friends Graeme (Simon            ANDY has packed up his
                                                                             Fri–Sun: 8.30pm.                   RANGO (PG)                              Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost)
                                      MAGGIE (Jenna Fischer) and                                                                                                                              belongings, setting aside
A TURTLES TALE 3D (U)                 Grace (Christina Applegate) are                                           A LONELY chameleon (voiced              embark on a road trip across
                                                                             THE ADJUSTMENT                     by Johnny Depp) is stranded in                                                Woody (Tom Hanks) for life on
AFTER hatching on a                   sick and tired of their husbands                                                                                  America and encounter Paul
                                                                                                                                                                                              campus, but Andy’s mother
Californian beach, Sammy the          Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred            BUREAU (12A)                       the Mojave Desert, where he             (voiced by Seth Rogen), an alien
                                                                                                                                                                                              mistakenly donates the other
sea turtle heads for the sea          (Jason Sudeikis) ogling other          MATT Damon plays ambitious         meets an iguana called Beans            stranded on Earth, who is being
                                                                                                                (Isla Fisher). He rechristens           hunted by agent Zoil (Jason           toys to Sunnyside day care
where he finds and loses the          women. So at the suggestion of         politician David Norris, who has
love of his life, Shelly. Setting                                            overcome tragedy in his            himself Rango, pretending to be         Bateman).                             centre. But after saying
                                      their friend Dr Lucy (Joy Behar),
out on an epic journey, the           the women grant their spouses          personal life to lead the charge   a famous gunslinger.                    Rating H H HI I                       goodbye to his friends, Woody
tenacious turtle must battle          “hall passes” for one week. Rick       for the White House. David         Rating H H H HI                         Fri: 1.45pm; 4pm; 6.15pm and          finds out the truth about the
hungry piranhas, escape a             and Fred hit the town while,           meets gifted dancer Elise Sellas   Fri: 2pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm and            8.45pm.                               centre.
fearsome fish eagle and find a        Maggie and Grace leave town            (Emily Blunt) and the chance       5pm.                                    Sat-Sun: 11.15am; 1.45pm;             Rating H H H HI
secret passage if he is to be         with the children and babysitter       encounter proves a turning point   Sat-Sun: 10.30am; 11.30am;              4pm; 6.15pm and 8.45pm.               Sat-Sun: 11am.

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