Pakefield Wives – who are we?

We are a group of women who meet fortnightly on Wednesdays in Pakefield Church Hall, beginning at 8 pm, unless otherwise stated, and our aims are:

*  Promoting friendship, support and social activities for women in the local community

*  Raising funds for our four charitable causes for this year –  John Turner House (residential respite care), Lowestoft Women’s Refuge, Myeloma Research and Suffolk Family Carers.

All women are welcome (whether or not you are a wife !) and visitors pay £2.00 on the door. Please contact our leader Marilyn Cheeseman for further information  on Tel. 01502 528526 or just come along.


In this commemorative year of 100 years since the end of WW1, it was appropriate that Sandra Delf came to our meeting on the 30th May to tell members about her book – ‘Keep Smiling Through’ – telling the story of life as a Prisoner of War in WW2 through letters sent home by her father, Cyril Evans, together with photographs and documents. Cyril was born in Walmer Road and joined the army serving in North Africa with the Royal Ordnance Corps, 3rd Armoured Brigade, captured by the Italian army in Derna, Libya, and sent to a transit campo north of Naples at the foot of some hills.

The Italians were kind to their prisoners, taking photographs which were sent home and exist in the book. Cyril met other prisoners from his home town, one of the prisoners was a cartoonist and they were able to send cards home he had drawn. A priest not only offered advice as to how to endure their captivity but collected requests to be played on the radio at home. Boredom was their enemy and to combat it they played improvised cricket and football, organised concert parties and looked forward to the Red Cross parcels.

When Italy fell, some of the prisoners took the opportunity to escape but were recaptured by the Germans and sent to Stalag 7A bout 35k north east of Munich, liberation came in 1945.

In 1950 there was a PoW reunion when they all met up to share memories but, sadly, Cyril died of TB in 1962. Frances gave the vote of thanks.

Although we are sharing our next meeting with Pakefield Mothers’ Union, a visit to Ely Cathedral Flower Festival on the 21st July, this was our last meeting in the hall (13th June). The committee had prepared an Hawaiian decorated themed evening, members wore an appropriate garland, and we all shared a meal and a social evening for which Maureen H gave the vote of thanks to the Committee.

We meet again on the 5th September – Knit, Stitch and Natter – (bring your needles for a social evening). REMINDER THAT ALL FUTURE MEETINGS WILL START 7.30 PM. Also in that month – 19th – ‘Memories’ with Angela Bishop