AT the January meeting, Fred Freeman gave a most enjoyable talk called “Life as the Village Chemist”, having run the village pharmacy for 29 years.
When he began in 1969 the business was located in High Street and was on three floors. It is thought to have been started before the First World War by Guilhermia Smith, daughter of Charles Watson, a former village doctor.
Fred’s customers included Robert Morley, Mary Hopkin and Dave Allen.
The pharmacy moved to Victoria Road in 1983 and Fred remained until he retired in 1998.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 11 when Patsy Roynon will be speaking on “The History of Loddon Drive”. The annual meeting will take place at on Tuesday, March 11, when the programme of meetings for the coming year will be announced.