Molly calls herself ‘an everyday woman of the twentieth century’ but that is an understatement. With humorous anecdotes and pertinent comments about the state of society, her Memoirs cover a crowded and unconventional life spanning 83 years.
She describes her early years in suburban Bromley, visiting rich relatives with live-in maids, and sleeping in a reinforced room under a Morrison shelter with bombs falling all around. Evacuation to the country in 1944 to escape the flying bombs led to an idyllic time living with a shepherd and his wife. With changes in education, hers were the first years of the Eleven Plus and A levels, and she was one of only 2% of women to go to university. She studied History, then Archive Administration, and worked as an archivist in the India Office Library. Marriage, the arrival of children, and the purchase of a derelict oast house with a voracious appetite led to taking on Bed and Breakfast and adult education while the need for a new carpet found her working in a secondary modern school in an Urban Priority Area which led to many innovative and unconventional ways of teaching. Her Christian faith led to involvement with a hospice project in Maidstone, and she was soon its main organiser, raising £1.3 million to build and equip it. Retiring in 1993 at the age of 60, she embarked on fund raising for several Grade 1 listed mediaeval churches in Kent while continuing her many involvements in the local community. She divides her spare time between writing, painting, and her children and six grandchildren.
Copies are available from Mrs Molly Poulter, Oast Publishing, The Old Dairy, Street Farm, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1DP or 01622 842988. Price is £11 plus £3 postage (£14 total).