Harry Bennett - a life in baking

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Harry Bennett on the bakery round
Harry Bennett on the bakery round
Bennett's Ford van
Bennett's Ford van
Charlie Ladbrook (left) and Harry Bennett dressed as Hitler and Kaiser Bill
Charlie Ladbrook (left) and Harry Bennett dressed as Hitler and Kaiser Bill

I was born at a very early age ….is the opening sentence of Harry Bennett’s recollections of life as a baker in Campden and gives us an indication of the dry humour that pervades his stories.

He writes about school and says, ‘I left school at Easter 1928 being able to read and write and do arithmetic and knew a little geography and one hell of a lot of biased history and became a full time baker.’  Click on the titles below for more about his life in the bakery business.

Harry was always ready to dress up, as in the photo here with Charlie Ladbrook, and he says:

By 1947 the Dramatics Society was revived under the direction of Percy Winter a retired accountant living in Grevel Lane. I was roped in as Chief comedian playing Bottom in the Midsummer Night’s Dream, pantomime dames etc.
In 1955 I was attracted into free masonry and was initiated into Chipping Campden Lodge. My experience in the dramatic society proved useful here, for the performing of the ceremonies required a good memory and a certain amount of dramatic art.

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