Jen belongs to: Cullercoats Community Centre
Jen was born in Gateshead in 1923. She joined the WRENS where she met her husband Bart Taylor. She lives in Cullercoats.
Jen was interviewed by Kylea Little on 1 March 2006. The interview took place at Cullercoats Community Centre and lasted 23 minutes and 44 seconds.
Raising funds for the RNLI
"Anything that’ll bring money, anything at all"
Anything that’ll bring money, anything at all. We have a good Harbour Day, there’s a photograph there of Harbour Day and everybody’s so generous, there’s nobody who refuses here, they’re really good, you know. And they have several events during the year, coffee mornings, which, they run raffles, and we do bric-a-brac stalls. I collect bric-a-brac up in my attic. You wouldn’t want to see there! And I have the stall and it funds- I refuse nothing. I mean, everybody in the village knows that Kath and I do this and I always say to them, “now, don’t throw anything out, no matter what it is, don’t throw it out.” And if it doesn’t do for a raffle prize, it’ll go onto the tombola stall, perhaps a little bit smaller, if not it’ll go on the bric-a-brac and failing that, it goes to a charity shop. So it’s nothing’s wasted, sort of thing. And Harbour Day is one of our biggest days, of course.
And then New Year’s Day we do an event over at the club here, and we have a big raffle, and there’s lots of prizes- people are very, very generous. And we usually, we’ve sent cheques over from £700 to £1000 to the lifeboat, it varies, you know. And we do the lifeboat, we have a team of girls who get into the lifeboat gear; the lifeboat boys come over and they get into the lifeboat gear and they set chairs out and that’s supposed to be the boat and they do the Grace Darling song. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard that? Well, there’s a song about Grace Darling and how she saved the off the Forfarshire up at Bamburgh, and this song’s all about it. The lifeboat boys have got buckets of water and they’re throwing the water- it’s supposed to be the rough sea, you see, and they’re throwing the water and they’re absolutely soaked to the skin, you know. And they’re all volunteers, and the place gets crowded, you know, so then of course you go around and collect money, you know, and bring the cash in. So, we do that on New Year’s Day.
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