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essexcountystandard.co.uk 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. 8.15pm. 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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