Guestbook Volume 6

July 2007 - Oct 2008

Note: emailed messages are entered in order of the date of their arrival.
For the next Guestbook I shall reverses this practice so that the most recent entry will be at the top, as I use in the 'Extra' file.

From: Elisabeth Meakin
posted on: Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 18:45

Dear John,
I am so impressed with the numbers of like minded people who are life long fans of Monica Edwards and I can imagine what a tremendous gathering we could have, say for the launch of her biography next year. I live near Guildford and would be happy to join an organising committee. What do you think?
From Elisabeth Meakin

Now that's a good idea !

From: Judith Wilson
posted on: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 22:16

Have just returned from a few days enjoying the countryside of the Romney Marsh stories. I can thoroughly recommend a visit down there - it was everything I d hoped for. Although Rye Harbour is beyond industrial sites if you drive there in a car, the fact that the vicarage, the village, castle, martello tower and shore is so recognisable is amazing. [Castle farm has no old buildings , which is a shame , but the sheep are still there]
It almost seemed as if Monica was there with me - it was late when we drove into the village on the first night [its a long drive from North Yorks!], and there playing in the road in front of the vicarage was a young badger. Next day, as I tried to explain to long suffering husband who Jim Decks was as we looked at the river from the 'hard', a younger version of what might have been the man himself walked up from the river ! Beard, gold earing, sailors gait! Also on that day , walking around Winklesea, we d just got back to the church when I remembered I d not seen Meryons house with green shutters - and there to my right was a house with green shutters! However, I now believe I looked at the wrong house, as it was near the corner of St Thomas's street and Back Lane.
Has anyone approached Rye council re a plaque or mention of M E anywhere ? Surely she deserves a higher profile in the area?

From: Brian Parks
posted on: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 17:44

Judith. When I stayed at Rye Harbour Vicarage in February 2005 the Boshers told me they had enquired about blue plaques. I quote from Wikipedia:
Under the scheme run by English Heritage, nominations are taken from the public for people who have passed either the 20th anniversary of their death or the centenary of their birth, whichever is the earlier.
So we still have 5 years until nominations can be accepted (centenary of ME's birth).
By the way, perhaps plans for the centenary should start now...! (I think it coincides with an Olympics)


From: Veronica Keywood
posted on: Friday, 3 Aug 2007 16:49

Dear John
Further to the recent correspondence in the Guest book, for a long time I have thought it would be nice if there was some sort of commemorative plaque for Monica Edwards down at Rye Harbour. I thought either a seat somewhere along the harbour, near the William the Conqueror or maybe a board with some information about the books and illustrations of the characters. If a seat was chosen, it would be nice to have another one up at the Punch Bowl as well.
Also, I know that Rye has a literary festival and I wondered if Brian had been approached to talk about his book?
I’m pleased that Judith had an enjoyable stay down there, my husband has also had me explaining who the characters are and where some of the actions in the book took place when we’ve been down there.
Veronica Keywood

The next - arrived earlier, before Brian's, but I kept it back a little until the Society had its own email address; in fear of a flood of enquiring emails !. John

From: Henrietta Chew
posted on: Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 18:42

Reply to Judith Wilson

I'm sure that this is something the all new Monica Edwards Appreciation Society - The Martello - will be interested in looking into. A plaque on the gatepost of the old vicarage at Rye Harbour would be great!

From: Brian Parks
posted on: Saturday, 4th Aug 2007

Good luck to Joyce, Sue and Henrietta with the new society and well done to John for fostering it in his typically selfless way.

I confidently expect the manuscript of the biography to be with GGBP at the end of this month. One HUGE section has just been finished and I have 4 more weeks of school-free days to complete the rest of it.

Just to whet people's appetites, the biography will contain full transcripts of letters written by ME to a school friend in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the complete text of "Wind Blown November", "In Lasting Loveliness" and the "Punch Bowl Farm" article from Woman's Journal as well as the notebook that she used while writing "A Wind is Blowing" plus dozens and dozens of previously unseen photographs taken by ME.

I, for one, shall be keeping an eye on the GGBP site to order it as soon as it's announced !

From: Joyce Bailey - M*E*A*S
posted on: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 8:56pm

Thank you Brian for your message.

Good luck with completion of biography; what an amazing achievement and I cannot wait to read it.

Hopefully we will be able to see you at our upcoming event (details to be announced by Henrietta very soon), but if not then, perhaps at another one to celebrate the publication of the biography.

Best wishes to all - Joyce

From: Henrietta Chew
posted on: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 00:17

Yes. The details of the Members' Day in Rye Harbour (Westling to those of us who are in the know) have been sent to John, who will be posting them on the Monica Edwards Appreciation Society site in the next day or two. Please keep an eye open for them.

It should be a great day out. Hope to see you all there on the 13th October.


From: Doug Reader
posted on: Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 21:06
email: Doug.() (remove the brackets)

Hi John,
I an emailing from New Zealand ,
Checking your Website and I thought you may a good contact point for my request.
I have a mint 1st edition of “The Wild One” but unfortunately not the Dust Jacket.
Do you have any contacts that would be prepared to make a photo copy of a good DJ. I am prepared to pay any costs and postage that they may incur. It would of course have to be as near as possible to the originals dimensions.
I am not sure who does this sort of work in the UK . Maybe Copy shops or Print shops.
For your consideration
Cheers Doug Reader

My copy has a name in biro on the dustwrapper - has anyone a better copy ?

Immediate reaction - Doug has a promise of a copy already - !!

From: Philippa Weightman
posted on: Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 09:23

It’s like the buses! I haven’t visited your guestbook for a little while because nothing much seemed to be happening, then two good ideas come along at once! First, a well done to Joyce, Sue and Henrietta for MEAS and their planned trip. After so many of us have been disappointed over Richard Wright’s venture, I hope they will forgive me for sounding bossy like Rissa and suggesting that they have a proper constitution which includes provision for the members to have a real say in the club’s activities and sets out what should happen to any assets or liabilities if the club has to be wound up or the three decide to go their separate ways.

Second, what an appealing idea to have a blue plaque, but…I’m sorry to be a wet blanket again but if your correspondent had consulted English Heritage instead of Wikipedia, which is of dubious reliability, they would have discovered that not only is there a rule about age or anniversary of death, but the scheme requires the person to be commemorated to be associated with a building in London. The plaque must also be placed on the building (not the curtilage) visible from the public highway. That rules out boundary walls or the vicarage gatepost I’m afraid. There is nothing to stop us from designing our own plaque, though, which means we do not have to wait five years or meet the other rather strict criteria of English Heritage, only obtain permission from the present owners of the building…

Last but not least, whilst rummaging through postcards in a local junkshop recently I found a postcard of the ferry at Rye Harbour. It was undated but could well be from or even before the 1920s. It clearly shows the ‘Dunsmere’ steps with the ferryboat part way across the river and what could be the ferry hut in the background. Unfortunately it is not possible to see whether or not the ferryman was Crusty Crampton..

With best wishes
Philippa Weightman

I'm not sure about the London connection - The Malcolm Saville Society arranged for a blue plaque to be put on the wall of Malcolm Saville's last home in Winchelsea, back in 2001.

From: Fiona Birchall
posted on: Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 06:15

I have been doing a search on Blue Plaques, and you and Philippa are both correct. English Heritage covers only London buildings, but there are lots of (non-EH) commemorative plaques all over the country which 'just happen' to be blue.

I wish I could join the Westling visit but unfortunately my husband is waiting for major surgery and I can't make any plans for October. We did visit two years ago, however, and I spent a wonderful afternoon wandering round the harbour, village and churchyard. It's exactly 50 years since I was given WFAP and each time I re-read it I'm transported back to being ten years old again, just like Tamzin.

Thanks for all you do with the website, John.


Thanks for clarifying that plaque anomaly, Fiona. Sorry we shan't see you next month - I hope all goes well.

From: Henrietta Chew
posted on: Friday, 14 Sep 2007 15:31

Re: Philippa Weightman's message (11/9/07)
Good idea about the constitution - I'll discuss it with Joyce and Sue.

About blue plaques - I was being a bit flippant when I suggested the vicarage gate post! The only problem is that you can't see much of the house from the road unless you crane your neck. (As the vicarage wall takes such a large part in the books I wonder if they'd stretch a point!)

Ummm, whilst I agree with you about Wikipaedia, the correspondent who mentioned it is the author of the wonderful "Romney Marsh Companion"!

There are a couple of houses round the corner from me (in Cheshire) which have blue plaques (as opposed to Blue Plaques!). I'll nip round and have a look if it says who's responsible for them

Re Veronica Keywood's message (3/8/07)
I have just sent off the form to join the Society up as a Friend of Rye Arts Festival.

And finally, THIS society is NOT going to fold and the organisers are NOT going to lose interest!!

Henrietta Chew (Events Co-ordinator, Monica Edwards Appreciation Society.)

From: Brian Parks
posted on: Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 07:45

Fiona and Henrietta have said pretty much what I was going to say about blue plaques and Blue Plaques. Even though we could probably put up a blue plaque before the centenary, 2012 would be an appropriate year to do so, don't you think?. What about the Rye Harbour church? Or perhaps on the lych gate?

Philippa: Crusty Crampton (or Henry Daniels Crampton to give him his full name) was never the Rye Harbour ferryman. If your postcard dates from the 1920s it is almost certainly Charlie 'Chalkie' Cutting (James Charles Cutting) - the original inspiration for Jim Decks and Rye Harbour ferryman until about 1931 when Richard "Dick" Cutting took over. As I explained in the Romney Marsh Companion, Crusty's character was 'grafted' onto the Jim Decks of the later books which also explains the difference in appearance between the ferryman of Wish for a Pony and that of Dolphin Summer.


From: Sue Winn
posted on: Saturday, 22 Sep 2007 16:45

Sadly I won't be able to make the Westling trip due to a short stay in hospital. My fellow committee members, Joyce and Henri, and John have promised to raise a glass of something alcoholic in my honour. I wish them, and everyone else who goes a sunny day and a good time exploring Rye Harbour and the other sites in the area. Please take plenty of pictures and write a report about the visit and I won't feel too left out. And I'll certainly be there for the next trip!

Those coming, and for those thinking about it, see the Visit page for changes which might interest you ! John

From: Julia Edwards
posted on: Tuesday, 02 Oct 2007 10:17

It's great that the Martello society is up and running. Hope the trip goes very well next week. I am very sorry that I can't join everyone.
I know the Rye Harbour area very well, as I spent all my childhood about 10 miles away just over the border in Kent. I often go back and pay homage when I return to see my father there.
Will you be posting any photos of the trip via John's website?!
Best wishes,
Julia Edwards

From: Joyce Bailey
posted on: Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 21:46

Thanks for your message Julia - sorry we won't see you on the 13th (and the others who have sent their regrets) but it's a good excuse to have another similar event in the not too distant future - no doubt Henrietta is already planning something! We are going to include a full 'write-up' with photos in the first edition of the Martello.

We have put back the publication of first issue of Martello specifically to include a write up of our trip to Westling (can't tell you how excited I am about looking round the locations with other like-minded enthusiasts), which should include photos BUT maybe Mr Allsup will put one or two on the site . .


Oh, yes . . I think that can be arranged . . . John

From: Henrietta Chew
posted on: Monday, 8 Oct 2007 13:18

Well, there's only FIVE DAYS to go until the Monica Edwards Appreciation Society's visit to Westling/Rye Harbour!

We've arranged a guided visit to Camber/Cloudesley Castle, led by Dr Barry Yates of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve; a look inside Monica's father's church with the memorials to the Mary Stanford disaster, on which some events in "Storm Ahead" are based. We'll be looking round Rye Harbour at the famous landmarks but sadly won't have access to the vicarage as Mr Bosher is ill and the house is now a private residence. A shame this last, as we could have taken over for the weekend if it was still a guesthouse! In the afternoon, after the church visit we will be serving tea and homemade cakes in the village hall.

We are a small but select group of about ten. Susan can't come as she will be in hospital but your other hostesses, Joyce and Henri, will doing the honours. Unfortunately, we couldn't persuade Brian Parkes, author of the Romney Marsh Companion, to give up a booking for his band to join us but we have a special guest - Mr Allsup will be joining us!

Even if you aren't a member or you haven't booked, you will be very welcome to join us if you are free at the last minute - just show up in the car park at Rye Harbour at 9.30am with waterproofs, comfortable shoes and a packed lunch. I can be contacted on 07709 922972 or a message can be left at The Old Borough Arms in Rye - 01797 222128 from Wednesday evening until Saturday morning before 9am.

Looking forward to the day and to meeting everyone,

Henrietta Chew
Events Co-ordinator - Monica Edwards Appreciation Society

From: Henrietta Chew
posted on: Monday, 15 Oct 2007 00:51

Thanks to everyone who came to the Rye Harbour visit on Saturday. A good time was had by all - at least, no-one took me up on my offer to resign and let someone else be Events Co-ordinator for the next visit!

We did all the sights, heaps of photos were taken and John let us in on a lot of formerly unknown snippets of "Edwardian" info. We discussed the visit and the books at some length over tea and cakes in the village hall (aka Mrs Clench's Sailors Institute) after which some die-hards walked the two miles out to the old Mary Stanford lifeboat house. This is falling into some decay and the area is becoming something of a tipping ground and an eye-sore. A letter from M*E*A*S to the Rye Observer is brewing, I think!

More in-depth accounts of the day's events will be appearing in the first edition of The Martello, the new society's magazine which will be distributed to MEMBERS (hint, hint) shortly.

Thanks are due to Dr Barry Yates of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Shelley Jebb of the Rye Harbour newsletter and Michael Alford who is something of a local historian for their help in making the day such a success. And of course, to John Allsup, without whom none of this would have got off the ground. (Don't you dare edit this, John).

Incidentally, anyone going to Rye Harbour in the season should not miss "The Bosun's Bite" on the hard near the inshore lifeboat house. It looks like a typically tatty sea side caff but don't be put off. It had the best selection of cakes that I saw all week in the Rye area - three sorts of scones, treacle tart, strawberry shortcake, fresh cream gateau, HUGE fresh cream meringues and enormous cornish pasties - all home-made and just one day's selection!

Henrietta Chew
Events Co-ordinator - Monica Edwards Appreciation Society

Apologies for the delay in adding this message from Henrietta. I only arrived back from the week-end this Friday !

Particular thanks to all at Rye Harbour who generously made us so welcome and without whom our visit would have not been as special. John

From: Philippa Weightman
posted on: Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 16:26

May I also apologise for the delay in offering a public ‘Thank You’ to Henrietta and the Society for all the hard work in organising such a memorable day in Rye Harbour. Unfortunately the weather could have been kinder, but I for one had a fascinating day. The highlights? Being able to look around Camber/Cloudesley Castle from the inside, thanks to Dr Yates, and discovering that Hoopoes really have visited (topical since the Girls Gone By edition of ‘Strangers to the Marsh’ is due out any moment now!), talking to Michael Alford about Rye Harbour when Harry Newton (Monica’s father) was vicar and being able to put faces to names seen on this website!

With best wishes
Philippa Weightman

From: Julia Edwards
posted on: Thursday, 08 Nov 2007 10:21

I was pleased to see the comments re the visit to Rye Harbour, which I couldn't join on this occasion. The cakes sounded good and fitting as a tribute to an author who regularly mentioned 'big baking sessions' in her books! I know Rye Harbour well and have walked past the cafe several times, though never tried it.

Best wishes,
Julia Edwards

From: The Monica Edwards Appreciation Society
posted on: Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 18:52


Just to let everyone know that the first edition of The Martello, the magazine of the Monica Edwards Appreciation Society [M*E*A*S], is now back from the printers and will be sent out to members within the next couple of days.
We are currently working on the second issue, which we aim to publish at the end of April 2008.

Best wishes - Joyce

From: Judy Mills
posted on: Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 20:49

Hello, Happy Christmas (belated) and Happy New Year!

Well, the wet weather we enjoyed on Christmas morning wouldn't make such good writing as the cold snow of Black Hunting Whip, but that's nothing to do with why I'm here.

Bottled raspberries. Mrs Thornton (and therefore probably ME) was very successful at preserving them. I thought of this today when I was cramming a surfeit of clementines into Kilner jars.

Is there anyone out there that knows how to do them?

Since my first contribution to the Guestbook (which was almost exactly a year ago - I obviously don't have enough work to do just after Christmas) I have re-read all my books, and spent hours perusing charity shops, sales and bookshops for the missing few. No luck yet, but I live in hope. The books read as well now I am 50-plus as they did in my early teens, and my only regret in having no daughter is that I can't share them with my children.

Best wishes to all
Judy Mills

And Season's Greetings from me as well !
Hardly seasonal, but over Christmas I've been reading 'Cargo of Horses' and am now into 'No Going Back'. Reading them, not studying them - and, as Judy says, finding them as delightful a read as I did when I was fourteen.
Bottled raspberries sound lovely - my favourite fruit, rasps . . . John

Request from: Sue Winn
received on: Tuesday 22nd January 2008

Hi John,

Could you please ask, via the Guestbook, whether anyone has copies of photos of the inside of the Vicarage guesthouse that they could send/lend me? I don't know whether we could use these in the Martello, but I would like to see them for myself.


Unfortunately I took no photos of the interior when I stayed there back in the 'nineties' and I can't find the few scribbled sketches I did as aide-memoires either.
If you can help Sue - she can be contacted via myself or via the Martello email address on the Society page.

My apologies for the delay in passing on this request, and the following email from Gillian - I've had a 'Winter Closedown period'.

From: Gillian Taylor
posted on: Wednesday, 23rd January 2008 23:49

Hi all,

I've had this site bookmarked for a while, as I love Monica Edwards' books and this is a wonderful source of information.

I thought you'd be interested to know that I've recently been accepted as a contestant for the next series of 'Mastermind', and my first specialist subject is 'The Romney Marsh novels of Monica Edwards'.
My heat is being recorded at the end of March, so I'd better get stuck into the 'Romney Marsh Companion'. What a chore !

I don't know for sure, but I think the series will be broadcast in the autumn.

Wish me luck
Gillian Taylor

Indeed - The best of luck from all of us I'm sure !!
Keep us informed of progress - we'll be on tenterhooks until autumn . . .

From: Veronica Keywood
posted on: Fri 08 Feb 2008 13:36

Best wishes for Mastermind and your revision. I've often thought if I ever entered, that would be the subject I would choose.
Please let us know how you get on and when it will be shown.

Re the pictures of the interior of the vicarage, when we stayed there Jonathan Bosher did say that some of the downstairs rooms were used differently now. The room where we had breakfast had been the vicar's study.

If I remember correctly - I had breakfast in the room you would turn right into having entered the house through the front door. It is marked on Brian's plan (page 63 of The Romney Marsh Companion) as 'Drawing Room' . . the bedroom I used was immediately above and at the foot of the stairs to the attic. (on Brian's plan as 'Diccon's room').
Mind you - there's no saying that Monica Edwards used the same lay-out for the vicarage as had been in use when she was a girl, or is there ? John

From: Wendy Farrington
posted on: Fri 08 Feb 2008 23:49


Please could I kindly ask Gillian to put the date of her appearance (when she knows it) on Mastermind on the website so we can all watch. I used to think I knew both the Marsh and Punchbowl series almost word for word – I shall look forward to ‘answering along’ in the Autumn.
Good luck Gillian.
Kind regards
Wendy Farrington

PS I am pleased to say I have a complete set of the books, including The Valley and the Farm, although some of them are Armada and therefore probably abridged . However, I would not swap them for the world as, apart from the wonderful stories, the smell and the feel of them can evoke my childhood as almost nothing else can.

From: Susan Stannard
posted on: Friday, 14 Mar 2008 09:56

Hello John
The attached might be a bit long for your guestbook, but I thought those of us who so enjoyed Dolphin Summer might be interested in what happened in New Zealand yesterday.
Kind regards
Susan Stannard

attached document:
March 13, 2008 A playful dolphin used to swimming round humans has amazed conservation workers by guiding two distressed whales back to sea away from likely death on a beach.

The dolphin led the two pygmy sperm whales 200 metres along the beach and through a channel to the open sea, New Zealand Department of Conservation worker Malcolm Smith said today.

The two whales, a mother and her young calf, were found stranded on Mahia Beach, on North Island's east coast on Monday morning, Smith said.
"We worked for over an hour to try to get them back out to sea ... but they kept getting disorientated and stranding again [after swimming into a large sandbar just off the shore]," he said.
"They obviously couldn't find their way back past it to the sea," Smith said.

Four attempts by volunteers to refloat the pair failed and it was becoming highly likely they would have to be euthanised, he said. Then the dolphin, named Moko by residents, swam up.

"It was looking like it was going to be a bad outcome for the whales which was very disappointing and then Moko just came along and fixed it." Smith said it was quite possible Moko had heard the whales calling.

"The whales were ... quite distressed. They had arched their backs and were calling to one another, but as soon as the dolphin turned up they submerged into the water and followed her," he said.

"She obviously gave them enough guidance to leave the area because we haven't seen them since," Smith said. "The things that happen in nature never cease to amaze me."

Moko returned to the beach shortly afterward.

The playful dolphin swam straight back close to shore and joined in water games with residents, he added.

From: Joyce Bailey
posted on: Wednesday, 16th April 2008 14:29

Dear John

Just to let you and everyone know that we are planning a visit to the Punchbowl in September and we will announce the date very soon - it will be a Saturday. Details to follow.

Sue and Joyce - MEAS

From: Helen Brown
posted on: Thursday, 17th April 2008 16:31

Hello John,

Quite by chance I “Googled” Monica Edwards, having thought about her books last night (we have just had a tidy up following a prolonged visit from daughters and grandchildren!) and I put my old M E books together on the shelf. In doing so I relived the wonderful wild happiness that I experienced each time a new book appeared in the bookshops here in Hobart, Tasmania.

All my friends were of like mind and books went around the group and evoked much discussion and envy of the characters in them. In my case particularly Tamsin with her long thick plaits that I was forbidden. I was in constant trouble with the librarian at school for borrowing and reborrowing M E books. She thought I should read something more “grown up”! Little did she know how wonderful they are.

I will pass on the information about your fabulous site and society to a friend I am seeing tomorrow.

Many congratulations. What a wonderful surprise!

Helen Brown (age 64) South Hobart, Tasmania

From: Joyce Bailey
posted on: Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 18:22:36

Hi John

Enjoyed reading the latest Ferry Hut News and seeing those lovely photos.

Sue and I are currently editing the Martello and just need to add a few items and pictures before it will be ready to print. It should be ready to send out by mid May.

Cheers - Joyce

From: Sally Bourne
posted on: Thursday, 15th May 09:27
email: (remove the hyphen - )

Dear John,
I have been trying to get hold of a copy of "A wind is Blowing" as I want to read it to my children for a special reason. I have contacted "Girls Gone By" and they tell me they are republishing it next year, which is good news, but I would like to get hold of a copy now. I have done internet searches and have friends looking out for it for me, but no luck so far. Does anyone have a copy they would sell me, or even lend me? I don't mind what condition it's in as long as its complete and readable.
Kind Regards,
Sally Bourne

From: Claire Lee
posted on: Friday, May 16th 2008 12:54

Hi again John
This e mail is for Sally Bourne who posted a request for A Wind is Blowing on the guest book recently.

I was able to request the book from my local library in Guildford - all you need is the books name author and publisher. It may take a little while (mine took a week) and there may also be a small charge (under £10). You can also extend the loan time by phoning just as you can for any other book.

Hopefully this be OK for Sally and the reason that she wants the book.
Glad to see the GGB one will be out next year though.

Claire Lee

From: Sally Bourne
posted on: Tuesday 20th May 18:52

Dear John,

Thankyou for putting my request for "A Wind is Blowing" in the guestbook. Thanks also to Claire Lee for suggesting I request my local library to order it for me. I have done this and they say they will try to get it, but they are not very hopeful. I used to be a great library user, but nowadays it is expensive to order books and usually I can get books second hand on the internet cheaper. Also, the library have a policy of only buying in newly published books they tell me. Presumably, if someone loses or steals the last copies of "Great Expectations" or "Pride and Predudice" they will be unavailable! Thankyou again for your help.I will let you know how I get on with my quest.

Kind Regards,

Sally Bourne.

The problem will be that the local library have to borrow the book from the British Library, and they charge a lot for that service - including horrendous overdue rates !
The main problem is the scarcity of the book, in English at least - I can lend you a copy in german - and the terrible cost of replacement which few of us can afford !!. Best of luck - bargains do turn up - but not frequently !. John

Delighted to report that Sally has been able to borrow a copy and is reading it to her twins now. John.

From: Katie Careless
posted on: Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 15:58
email: (remove the hyphen - )

Its great to see such a good website about Monica Edwards books. My mother and I have read every book we could get our hands on as they are so addictable, allthough we are finding it hard to get a copy of 'The Wild One' and 'A Wind is Blowing'. If anyone can help that would be fantastic, and I will do anything to help anyone else with problem books if I can. Thankyou.

From: Sally Bourne
posted on: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 20:28

Dear John, You kindly posted my request when I was looking for a copy of "A Wind is Blowing" as I wanted to read it to my children for a special reason.
As you know, a kind lady from Surrey lent me her treasured copy and I have now returned it to her having read it to my twins. I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed this site. Despite being almost illiterate where computers are concerned I have found it really easy to use.

I am astonished to find there are so many Monica Edwards fans about.
I loved all the books that I managed to get my hands on, but sadly by then, in the early 70's a lot of them were already out of print. When I asked for them in bookshops in Canterbury and Folkestone I was sometimes told "Oh, you must mean Monica Dickens!" as shop assistants hadn't even heard of Monica Edwards.
It has come as a pleasant surprise to learn how many fellow enthusiasts there are. I have now managed to collect all the excellent GGBP editions that have been republished so far and I am very much looking forward to "The Hoodwinkers" coming out later this year and Brian Parks' biography, which judging by his "Romney Marsh Companion" should be most enjoyable.

Kind Regards,

Sally Bourne

From: Chris Donald
posted on: Monday, 4 Aug 2008 14:42

At the end of May this year I was lucky to finally travel to England and visit both Punch Bowl Farm and Rye Harbour. It was the trip of the lifetime, and indescribable to suddenly walk into my favourite childhood places.
It was the strangest feeling knowing where to go and what I was going to see without ever having been there.
Thanks for your great website John. It gave me the information, help and inspiration I needed to make my little pilgrimage.

With thanks,

Chris Donald
New Zealand

Glad that the site is of service to you both - I like sharing my enthusiasm for these wonderful books. Thank you for your support ! John

From: Sue Winn
posted on: Tuesday, 7 October, 2008 1:54 PM

Hi John, Please could I ask you to put a couple of things in the Guestbook for me?
Firstly I'd like to remind everyone to set their video recorders for Mastermind at 8.00 on 17th October, when Gillian Taylor will be answering questions on 'The Romney Marsh books of Monica Edwards'.

Secondly, thanks to all those who came to the event. We had a great day, the weather was lovely, Brian's quiz was fiendish as usual and it was so nice to see all the places you read about in the books.

And watch this space for the Rye Harbour event next!


The more observant visitor will have seen the Urgent note on the front page - note that the Mastermind programme is on Friday 17th - not Sat 18th as I originally wrote !!
P.S. the 'Event' was lovely - more about this anon.

From: Andrea McCulloch
posted on: Thursday, 30th October, 2008 2:34 AM

Hello everyone,
What a lovely discovery this website has been. I thought I'd share with you how I found it.
An Internet forum I am a member of ( happened to spark off a discussion of the novels of Enid Blyton. I wasn't a huge fan, but spoke up for my childhood favourites- the Punchbowl Farm series.
I asked if anyone else on the Forum was a fan of Monica Edwards - yes, we had a fan of the Romney Marsh series who longed to be called something exotic like Tamsin - and I then decided to Google to see if I could find some information to share. I think I can remember seeing the site in a much earlier incarnation, about five years ago. This new -to me- site is lovely.
I only have a few of Monica's books saved from my childhood, but I did manage to buy a copy of The Valley and The Farm in a library sale some years ago. My eyes remain sharp in charity shops and at car boot sales. So far I've got one copy of Fire In The Punchbowl as a result.
Great to hear that a biography of Monica is in production- hopefully it will appear before the centenary of her birth!.

Good wishes to you all - and didn't Gillian Taylor do well on Mastermind, folks?

Andrea McCulloch, County Durham, UK

Apologies to Andrea for the delay in adding her message - due in part to concern lest 'Mastermind' viewers might not have yet seen their recordings. Well Done indeed Gillian - even without the Monica Edwards involvement it was a breathtaking show !

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