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Jim Sanders

Jim and Dorothy Sanders arrived in Great Cornard in December 1965 with their 2 daughters then aged seven and eleven. Up until then they had lived in a caravan at Windsor but Jim worked at CAV in Acton, North London and was classified as a key worker. CAV asked him if he would be prepared to work in their Sudbury factory. He agreed and two representatives from Melford Council then interviewed him and Dorothy - Great Cornard was then part of the Rural District of Melford. They asked them what sort of house they wanted and whether they needed a garage. Eventually the family came to live in Shelley Avenue. They were the first arrivals along with three other families and their houses were the first to be built on that estate. Jim and Dorothy remember how wet and muddy it was everywhere. It poured with rain that first week and they were literally living on a building site. However, the house seemed very spacious although the children, being used to always living together in the caravan followed their parents around from room to room for the first few weeks. It took a little while for them to begin to appreciate the space they had. Some families that arrived returned from whence they came the day after, saying there was nothing here and already missing the familiarity of their previous surroundings.

Poplar Road had not yet been built and Pot Kiln Road was a country lane with a footpath on one side only. There were no shops nearby and what is now the Dairy Stores in Broom Street was tiny then and on the site now occupied by the Co-op was a small general store. Jim and Dorothy soon got used to the novelty of it all and say that they did not experience any of the hostility from the local folk that some people say existed at that time. The Anglia Estate - what is now Hartest Way was a Cramphorn Nursery and when the building work started all the rose trees were grubbed out and discarded. Jim took some for his garden but they never thrived.

Jim and Dorothy soon began to take an active part in the local community and Jim was a Parish councillor in the 1970's and also a school governor at Pot Kiln School. They also helped raise money to build the Community Centre - now the Stevenson Centre. They eventually moved to another road on the estate and both daughters have married and settled locally - one at Glemsford and one in Sudbury. They have now both retired and do not regret for one moment their decision to come to live in Great Cornard.


Interview by Joan Herbert (Cornard News) 21 April 2003