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The Holly Branches

The Holly Branches

This is a photo taken in 1971 of local Cinderford woman, my grandmother, Mrs Ethel Weaving (nee Morse) 1901-1980 and 10 of her 13 grandchildren.

It's an amusing picture, taken for Ethel's 70th birthday, since the only person who seems happy in it is my grandmother herself, smiling on despite the discontent around her.
A 'photo shoot' that was never repeated I hasten to add! Even so, she loved her family and nicknamed her grandchildren the 'Holly Branches'.

*Back row from left to right: Robert Weaving, Keith Weaving, holding their brother Gary, Kevin Marsh, Ethel Weaving, Tracy Weaving (now Lewis) Debbie Weaving (now Lawrence)
*Front row: Paul Marsh, Claire Marsh (now Long) on Ethel's lap, Joanna Weaving and Sally Weaving.

Born in Ruspidge in 1901, the second child of Richard Morse, an 'overman' at Lightmoor Colliery, and his wife Laura, Ethel was an intelligent girl with an interest in poetry and music.
During the Great War she, along with other local girls, would entertain the returning soldiers from the Front by reciting poems and singing popular songs of the day at the various
chapels and village halls across the area. The Forest Mercury once described her performances as 'rendered with feeling', which has always amused the family.

Ethel went into service as a children's nurse in the 1920s, eventually working for the renowned Gloucester surgeon and ex-England rugby international, Doctor Arnold Alcock and his family.

She married local collier Frank Weaving in 1932, moved to Woodside Street in Cinderford, and went on to have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. Like so many of her generation she lived
through two world wars and the Depression. Times were very hard, but she never lost the ability to smile and retain her good humour.

Her elder sister May was married to local businessman, fruit and vegetable supplier, Wilfred Parry and her younger sister Eva was married to local businessman and transport
pioneer, Percy Grindle. Their only brother Richard 'Dick' Morse was a draughtsman.

Ethel sadly passed away in 1980. A popular and greatly loved woman, full of wit and wisdom, she has never been forgotten and is fondly spoken of to this day.

I hope this may be of interest to your readers, as my grandmother was very much part of Forest history, part of a bygone age.

Photo supplied by Kevin Marsh


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