Village Institute Committee

Seated in the Committee photograph are: Lady Margaret Nicholson, the last of the Nicholson ‘Gin’ family to live at Bereleigh, (sitting second left) was reported to be a very strong lady in her own right and could get her own way, and saw that the Village Institute & Library was well run. Others were, (from left to right back row), W (Weary) Blackman from Drayton who worked at Bereleigh Estate on the farm side, Herbert (Herbie) Goddard who ran the garage and petrol pump from the yard of Glenthorne House. Jack Porter who was the caretaker and Librarian and worked for the Ministry of Defence at Liphook. He was brother-in-law to Iris Porter. Frank Collyer, leader of the Home Guard and father of Margaret Tosdevine. He was a wood turner by trade. Finally, standing at the end of the row Rece Porter (husband to Iris). He was a Postman and assisted his brother looking after the Institute.

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