Very, very cold
Coming to Stevenage to live in 1961 with my late husband, one cat and one budgie, sad at giving up a good job in London Mayfair. It was very, very cold in Stevenage. The buses went every half an hour from Chells to Town and cost about 9 pennies. There were no shops at the Glebe.
There was a watchman’s hut on Eliot road opposite Bernhardt Crescent and the watchman came to our home and sat in front the fire and we gave him tea and filled his billycan up with water (hot) or tea. He gave us a box of fruit sweets for Christmas. He had served in the navy and he was clever at knitting and tapestry work.
Pride in the town
We didn’t see many of the neighbours for the first few winter months but when spring arrived we shyly all got to know each other and to be true friends with each other. People looked after their gardens and took pride in the town, sadly these times have gone.
A cup of sugar
People would sometimes run out of sugar and salt etc and would borrow a little from each other. People even borrowed chairs when they had visitors coming from a distance. One could enjoy a good fire and leave the electric light on all the time without worrying about the high cost of energy bills. We had an electric pay-as-you-go meter which was useful to prevent one getting into debt. The town was cleaner and the children were much better behaved than nowadays.