Joan Carter and Ivy Reeds (1924-2016)
Joan Carter (born 1920) and Ivy Reeds (born 1924) took part in the Walkern Memories: 935 Years project and exhibition, having their memories of Walkern recorded by Janet Woodall and their photo taken by local photographer Rod Shone, on 4 July 2007. This transcription first appeared in the March 2008 issue of the Walkern Journal.Joan Carter, left and Ivy Reed. Photo by Rod Shone
Joan: I was born in Forest Gate in London but came here from South End when my parents took over the Yew Tree. My maiden name was Bish. Harry Bish was my father. They had the Yew Tree for 28 years I think. I married a local boy, a builder, Herbert Carter. They were an old Walkern family
Ivy: My husband, Frank, was a butcher. He was at the butchers in Walkern for 44 years. Neither of us were born in Walkern, I was born in Ware but grew up in Graveley and my husband came from Weston. I was in my early 20s when I arrived in Walkern.