LETTER - ‘Brome hosted refugees back in 1938’

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Seeing the present crisis of the Syrian Refugees fleeing Syria reminds me of the summer of 1938 when Spanish child refugees were camped on the cricket ground at Brome Rectory, the brutal civil war in Spain nearing its end.

They also had the use of the cricket pavilion as the club had moved to Eye.

I remember the children coming into the adjacent harvest field to join us, but they were quickly ushered back to their camp by the supervisors.

The pavilion and rectory grounds, now The Oaksmere, were used by the British and Canadian Army during the 1939-45 war for football.

Peter West

Church Farm

Brome