I was born in Datchworth in 1933 in one of the cottages near The Plough. At that time there was no electricity or gas and water was from a pump on The Green.
I remember a Girl Guide, Doreen Miller, planting the copper beech tree in the coronation year of 1937, just in front of our house. In the photograph you can also see Mr & Mrs Sehpherd’s motorbike and side car outside the shop. Mrs Shepherd taught at Datchworth School for many years. I did move away to Devon for a few years, but returned to the village where I now live.