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An interview with former Suffolk Land Girl, Paddy Reed.




And so we draw to a close our observation of Women's History Month by featuring another land girl legend - the wonderful Paddy Reed who we have had the absolute pleasure of meeting through our partnership work with the Barrow Benefice who will be helping us to host our very first Suffolk WLA Memorial Trust fundraising event at Saxham Hall on June 9th, where we very much hope that Paddy and other VIP Soil Sisters and their families will be our guests of honour.


Patricia (Paddy) Reed (nee RICHARDSON)


Paddy enrolled in the Women’s Land Army in 1941 at the age of twenty and was sent for a month’s training in Long Melford. She was subsequently posted to Fairstead Farm, Cowlinge where she learnt a variety of skills such as haymaking, driving a Fordson tractor; drilling and ploughing and milking. She also learnt how to make butter.


She enjoyed a lively social life with regular whist drives, dances and parties organised by the NAAFI and visits to The Three Tuns. Paddy met her future husband at The Three Tuns and went to work on his farm at Cowlinge Hall. She left the Land Army in 1944.


Listen to the full chat in the video below.



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