|Winifred Mary Hone came down to the Essex Coast in 1916 when her parents took over the Kings Head at Tollesbury. Her husband G.R. 'Ronnie' Hone was in the Navy and she had two young children. In 1919, she heard that William Trim wanted to leave the Victory at West Mersea, so she cycled to Mersea to tell William that she and her husband would take it over. William was surprised, but it happened.
Winifred and Ronnie were at the Victory for about 10 years. They then started the Sailing and Social Club further down Coast Road - an establishment that left an unforgettable mark on Mersea life. The Sailing and Social Club stayed in the family until the 1970s. Ronnie Hone had died in 1944, and Winifred died December 1970, after which the Club was run by daughters Betty (Mary Kathleen) and Dinah (Diana).
In her later years Winifred started to write her memoirs. They tell of Tollesbury towards the end of WW1, the 1920s at the Victory, and of the many and varied people that were guests at the Victory and the Sailing and Social club. There are snapshots of Mersea life along the way.
The have been donated by Winifred's granddaughter Wendy so they can be preserved. They were originally handwritten, and a number were then typed by Betty. Wherever possible they have been left the way Winifred wrote them, but some of the spelling has been updated. They give a unique view of life in those days.
A few photographs have been added to the articles; just a few are from the Hone family and most are from other sources.
Tollesbury in 1916
Tollesbury in 1917 and 1918
Tollesbury, first visit to Mersea Island
Tollesbury and taking The Victory
1920. Mr Trim and Victory Days
1919 Miss Teresa Buxton. Victory in 1919.
1920 Victory Days. D.O.R.A.
1920s Cooking Victory Days. Berty Lincoln Cocks came to Mersea 1928.
1920 Dancing - Victory Dance Hall
Jan 1924 Victory Hotel - Wireless
1920 onwards - More Victory Days
1920 Arthur and Ruby Dale. Sing songs
Dumas, Chadwick, Hollick, Scringer, Grimwood. Debating evenings in Victory Hall.
Mock Trial. Victory Bar
1930. Sailing and Social Club. Sir Travers Humphreys.
Late 1930. Pastime. Sailing Club
Mersea Sailing Club [later WMYC]
1940 Home Guard
WW2 - Mr Edward Paxman
Edward Phillip Paxman
WW2 K.O.S.B. War Time. Caesar - goose mascot.
Old folk and children entertained. at British Legion, organised by Mrs Hone and daughters.
1969 Present Day fishermen
1918 Tollesbury, Archie White
1919 Turner Postmaster
c1919 Harold Blind
1920 A. Dumas - yachtsman at Victory
1920 Victory Hotel. People. Mr Justice Younger later Lord Blansburgh. Mr Justice Darling, later Lord Darling.
Early 1920s E. Arnot Robertson
Taffy the Welshman - tales in the Victory Bar. Laying the sewers on Mersea.
Reverend Baring Gould - Rev. Dunn of East Mersea
1930s Zebedee Milgate and Tom Mole
Harry Tate comedian (died 1940)
General Sir William Horwood K.C.B. D.S.O. died 1943
Lord Upjohn (Sailing & Social Club)
Captain Charles Simms
Nice Families. Sir Alfred and Lady Soward. Michell.
Memoirs waiting to be transcribed...
Noel and Muriel Brandon
Lord and Lady Alexander
Arthur Greenwood and Anthony Greenwood
Mrs Guthrie Smith. Orleans.
Bill the Bold. 12 verse poem about Bill Wyatt
1950s Sam Costa
c1954. Fid Harnack.
c1958 Captain Goulandris - ST GEORGE.
Tollesbury - Mr Hasler
Walter 'Navvy' Mussett
Captain Edward Sycamore
Rev. Pierrepont Edwards MC5
Shopkeepers Mersea Island. Oscar Whiting
Fred Smith bakery
Song of the Dabchicks - poem
The Native Oyster
Found in papers - thoughts on Winston Churchill.
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