The weather was very unsettled throughout the U.K. in June 1947. There was unusually hot weather to start the month and higher than average rainfall later on plus frequent thunderstorms, severe at times.
When the weather was good Doreen and her friends made the most of it. She wrote in her diary:
1st June Sunday
Got up early.
Biked to Roundhay Park [about 20 miles from Royston on the outskirts of Leeds].
Lovely day until Sheila had accident.
She was taken to infirmary [Leeds General Infirmary, a large hospital in the centre of Leeds].
We got home 10.30pm.
But Doreen still had to go to work the next day and went to see Sheila later:
2nd June Monday
Biked to work.
Lovely day, scorching hot.
Went to see Sheila at night.
She is not feeling too bad.
3rd June Tuesday
Went on the bus to-day.
Still quite warm.
Went to Night school.
Terrific storm at night.
5th June Thursday
Went to work not feeling quite so miserable.
The weather has definitely broken. It is cold and raining.
Went to see Sheila straight from work with Joyce.
6th June Friday
Went to work.
Finished W.E.A. classes.
Went to see Sheila.
The W.E.A. (Workers' Educational Association) was founded in 1903 by Albert Mansbridge who was initially employed as a clerk at the Co-op. He borrowed 2/6 from his wife's housekeeping money to set up the organisation because he believed that a more equal, democratic and just world would come through education. The organisation made links with university and college tutors and expanded rapidly. In the 1930s it helped a group of miners from the North East of England to learn how to paint and they became the celebrated Pitmen Painters.
The W.E.A. campaigned vigorously for educational opportunities for all and was influential in the development of the 1944 Education Act. Many supporters and activists were involved with the Labour Party in the founding of the Welfare State in the post war era.
The W.E.A. continues to this day working under the slogan of: “A better world - equal, democratic and just; through adult education the W.E.A. challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society.”
Bike Ride to Langsett Reservoir
As the month went on, Doreen continued to play tennis at every opportunity and seems to have enjoyed the weather whenever it was sunny.
22nd June Sunday
Got up and helped mother.
Had dinner early, biked to Langsett.
Had a lovely time, got home 9.30pm.
Langsett Reservoir is about 15 miles from Royston. It was constructed between 1898 and 1904 to supply water to Sheffield and Barnsley. It has an area of 125 acres, is 97 feet deep and holds 1,408 million gallons of water.
Looks like they had a lovely day out!
Visit to Bridlington
This photo is taken in the grounds of Sewerby Hall near Bridlington, a seaside resort on the east coast of Yorkshire. On the reverse, Doreen has written that she was there with her co-workers for a Library Association meeting. So, even though she enjoyed the day out, it appears that it was something to do with her employment in the Library Service.
26th June Thursday
Went to work.
Set off for Bridlington at 10.
Had a smashing time.
Went down to auntie’s to sleep.
"Auntie" was her mother's older sister Sarah who moved house at regular intervals for most of her adult life between Bridlington and Wakefield.
By the end of June Doreen had stopped writing in her diary and the pages remaining for the rest of 1947 are blank. Why this should be I don't know for sure but I can make a good guess.............