A Letter from Maureen Jolly, now of Blackheath, sent to Keveral in February 1998
I was interested in an article in the Cornish Times dated 20th February. I well remember Keveral Farm in the late 1920's. Several times as a little child, I spent holidays in Seaton with my parents and small sister. We used to rent a bungalow, and I think we used to visit Keveral Farm to buy milk and butter and eggs. I cannot be quite sure of this as it is, after all, about 70 years ago. There may have been a delivery service.
However, I do remember an Aunt taking my sister and me to spend a week or so at Keveral Farm itself. I remember sleeping in a large bedroom with a white bedspread. There was, I remember, a framed religious text on the wall. Even then the general 'decor' was old-fashioned. Mrs Hicks cooked our meals for us - not very successfully, as she made stews and the like in a sort of witch's cauldron over an open fire. I distinctly remember very burnt rhubarb. However, the dairy produce was excellent and we ate plenty of Cornish cream.
My sister and I "helped" with the harvest. This was before the days of the combined harvester. Farmer Hicks and his helpers worked incredibly hard. We fed the chickens and tried our hand at hand-milking. It was not long after this that I was taken to see a modern white-tiled milking parlour at a farm in Par. The contrast was remarkable!
Seaton and Downderry were paradise for children in those far-off days. In perfect safety one could pick primroses and violets in the Hessenford Valley. We made our own outfits for the Carnival. I remember a splendid King and Queen Neptune who wore nothing but sea-weed over "swimming costumes" as they were called in those days. I also remember the winning sandcastle in the competition. The enterprising winner had made an Alpine scene with the aid of a bag of flour and some ring mirrors. I still have somewhere a small framed picture that I bought in a little gift shop in Downderry.
It seems fitting that Keveral Farm should now be a thriving Community providing organically grown food for the local community. I wish the Veggie Box Scheme well, and hope to view the 1500 newly planted trees.