Some of you probably wonder who I am, if so, the following explains a little about my years in Bourne End.
I had a happy childhood growing up with my brother Mark at 2, Willows Road in Cores End resulting in many happy memories of a life growing up in Bourne End. The Townsend family history goes back many years & most of you will know my Uncle Ken, who seems to know everything about the past in Bourne End & Wooburn. He has given many talks at the Community Centre along with a display of his huge collection of old postcards & photos which he has collected for years.
I have lovely memories of time spent with Uncle Ken & Auntie Doreen & my cousins. Now, Karen lives in Wooburn, Neil is in Bourne End & Martin is living America.
My Dad, Ray Townsend grew up with his 2 brothers, Ken & Brian in Chalklands where my grandparents bought a house from new in the late 30’s moving from Sunnydale in Wycombe Lane after my Dad was born in 1936.
As a child I remember staying with them at weekends. I have fond memories of that house, granddad taking me for walks to collect conkers, the smell of bacon wafting up the stairs on a Sunday morning & the back garden, full of fruit trees, vegetable patch, a pond & chickens. Going back even further, Townsend’s Boathouses once stood where the houses at the marina are today, hence the name Townsend’s Reach.
Moving forward to my childhood, I attended Old Claytons, New Claytons & Deyncourt. My brother Mark, attended Westfield, New Claytons & then went to private school, Claire’s Court in Maidenhead. My Dad had trained in the RAF & then worked for BEA which later became BA for many years until he retired. This gave us access to some wonderful family holidays around the world during my younger years. Mum had a coffee shop in Oakfield Road which had previously been a grocery store & then went on to be the Chinese take-away. Sadly, my lovely Dad passed away in 2000, aged 63.
I had lots of lovely friends & together we explored the area. Places like the old farmhouse by the river at Spade Oak, the old railway line, Jackson’s Mill, Big hill, the Chicken Field & Abbotsbrook, the list goes on & on. The area was a huge adventure for us, looking back it resembled something out of an Enid Blyton book!
At the age of 15 I started “going out” with Mark Russell, another Bourne Ender. We were together for over 7 years, my first serious relationship. Some of you may be aware that we lost him in January after a short illness.
When I left school, I went to work for Nat West Bank in Maidenhead, followed by Nationwide Building Society but my creative side was feeling smothered. In 1982 Mark & I had our daughter, Hayley (she is now 32) & I worked on & off as a credit controller for many years… I hated it, so after going back to college, I qualified as a Psychotherapist in 2008
In 1988 I had my son, Jake who is now 27. He is currently re-training to become an aircraft engineer just like my Dad & Mark.
In more recent years I have had an Agony Aunt column in the Bucks Free Press, work as a psychotherapist & enjoy inventing new ways via the internet to improve our online community. I suffer with Fibromyalgia (so I started a group of course!) which limits me & live a quiet life in Blind Lane with my 2 dogs, I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful village.
I hope you find this new website both interesting & useful, thank you so much for all your support,