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.


Our first meeting of the winter session on the 5th September saw members knitting the squares we make to be sent off to groups who will enjoy sewing them together to make and sell a blanket. Some members were also busy knitting poppies for the special Remembrance Sunday in November commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1 for displays throughout the country but especially for here in Lowestoft. It was a time to catch up with each other after the summer holidays.

All members present remember the 1950s with great affection – as children, getting married, raising children. Angela Bishop, our speaker for the evening of the 19th September, remarked that, to a large extent, decades are defined by fashion and music and went on to illustrate this by being dressed as fashion dictated in that era and with the aid of memorabilia set out on the table. Those of us who now spend ages looking for keys or wondering why we had plodded upstairs for something and can’t remember why, certainly remember every word of the music in vogue in that decade which we all sung with gusto.

It was the beginning of stars such as Elvis, Guy Mitchell, Frankie Lane, Cliff Richards, Lonnie Donegan, Doris Day and many more. Bill Haley led the way for the ever-popular rock and roll.
The UK was beginning to get back on its feet after the deprivations of the war years. The “New Look” by Dior was a sensation, bright fabrics were now available, in came emphasising small waists, flared dresses and the controversial bikini. Hair styles were the thing, ranging from the beehive look, involving lots of back-combing and hair spray, to the other extreme, the bubble cut, the pixie look and home perms. Men strolled around looking cool in their Teddy Boy outfits, long coats, inspired by the Edwardian period, drain pipe trousers and thick soled shoes known as creepers and flamboyant hairstyles.

Films such as Singing in the Rain, High Noon, Ben-Hur, Genevieve were very popular. TV came into its own as the Coronation took place in 1953, leading to programmes such as Dixon of Dock Green, Juke Box Jury, What’s my Line, Sunday Night at the London Palladium and Crackerjack. The programmes for children, such as Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy, The Flowerpot Men were a must. Radio continued to be the most popular for shows such as Desert Island Discs, Dick Barton, Special Agent, Take it from Here, Journey into Space, a welcome relief from the gloomy years of the 40s.
Marilyn thanked Angela for stirring our memories of that special decade.

Dates for Diary: Oct.17th – Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show at Palmers, tickets available from Marilyn. 31st – Leading Lives and John Turner House. This is a BRING AND BUY MEETING PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CHARITIES.