Written memories of Caldecott Community

Charlotte Cawte (and her brother Walter - 'Wally') were members of the Community from 1933 until 1939 at Mote House. Here are some memories kindly donated to the Archives by Charlotte's daughter. Charlotte kept in touch with Miss Leila and Miss Dave for some time after she left.

Tony must have been one of a few people who's life at Caldecott had four different phases. Starting at the main building of Mersham-le-Hatch, then moving on to life at The Paddocks, followed by two years at Lacton Hall, before returning to the Colt House Annex in the Brewery Yard attached to the West Wing of 'Hatch'. A much travelled boy!

Here he offers some of his memories of Colt House life.

Tony must have been one of a few people who's life at Caldecott had four different phases. Starting at the main building of Mersham-le-Hatch, then moving on to life at The Paddocks, followed by two years in Lacton Hall, before returning to the Colt House Annex in the Brewery Yard attached to the West Wing of 'Hatch'. A much travelled boy!

Here he offers some of his memories of Paddock life.

Alfred H. Day was born around 1926 in the East side of London. He entered Caldecott Community in 1932 when it was housed in 'The Mote' (also known as Mote House) in Maidstone Kent, but the reason for his doing so is not known.

In 2010, at the ripe old age of 84, he wrote his memories of his seven years at Caldecott and published them in the form of a small (A5) booklet with the same title as this article. Several copies are distributed around members of the Caldecott Association (and possibly others) and a copy is held in the library section of the Caldecott Archives.

This article is a transcript of the text of the book (with a few editorial additions for clarity). The book itself contains a few relevant photographs that are not reproduced here.

Transcribed by Robert (Bob) Lawton August 2015

This 'copy' of my personal file was gratefully received from Caldecott Foundation in 2014. Although interesting (to me) it was also disappointing. Dealing mainly with the administration of my time at Caldecott Community (CC). I was expecting 'personal' details relating to me - failures, successes, sickness, character development (or not!) all helping to show how being at CC had been beneficial to me.

This summary is published to indicate what one might expect from a 'Personal File' and to help others decide whether or not to seek their own copy from the Foundation.