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The following information has been received from Ron Kerridge giving further information about the Tea Gardens at the bottom of Sinah Lane in the 1930s and 1940s. It is mentioned in the ‘Changing Years Book’, and may be of interest to members who purchased the book.

The article the Sinah Road Lodges caught my eye, it was about Allen’s Popular Tea Garden as it was run after William Allan died by my Great Aunt Rosina Trigg who had been employed as his housekeeper. Rosina took over the lease and her Sister Amelia Lyne came and worked with her. They did not dress in black dresses but blouses and skirts and were still living in the cottage/lodge when the gun site was bombed in April 1941. At the time of the raid they were in the Anderson shelter in the front garden; the cottage was badly damaged and was not rebuilt. Rosina moved to Purbrook and lived with her nephew, her sister Amelia Lyne moved in with her daughter who lived on Hayling Island and died in 1948. She is buried in St. Mary’s Priory Churchyard.

It is interesting that people outside the U3A circle read the book and are willing to send us further information.

Mike Burnham

This is an article published in the Spring 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .