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Charlie Fox

Charlie Fox came to Laceby from South Somercotes to be married in 1932 to Emily Hill whose parents were licencees of the Nag's

Head Inn here. He was wounded in the 1st World War suffering a piece of steel shrapnel in his arm and leaving him shell-shocked which slightly affected his speech. After recuperating at Brocklesby Hall he worked as a tractor driver on a farm at Irby. Calling one day at the Nag's Head he met Emily and called again. During the courtship he helped with the work in the Nag's Head.

When they marriecl. Charlie and Emily set up home in New Chapel Lane opposite Burley's shop. He cultivated the long garden making a productive hobby of it. He grew and sold tomatoes from the prolific greenhouse he had. She cared for the home, furnishing it in her favourite colours of orange, green and brown.

Partly due to his encouragement, an Allotments Association was formed in Laceby with Charlie doing his share of the hard work as secretary. This idea started as the Dig for Victory campaign in the war. Many of the Association's meetings were held in Mr. C. Smith's home which was Grange Farmhouse down Grimsby Road, Laceby. An annual show created much interest in the village with many, varied classes from vegetables, flowers, bread and cake making through to a wild flower collection class for the children to enter.

He was secretary to the Laceby Pig Club at one time & because of his great interest in agriculture he became secretary to the Laceby Branch of the National Union of Agricultural Workers.

His next farming job was for Mr. Maltby at the Manor. His niece recalls a holiday spent with Charlie & Emily, when daily she took his hot lunch in a basin out to the fields for him. She describes him as very kind, small of stature, stocky & strong with a moustache and a fondness for a tobacco pipe.

They both went to church where Emily sang in the choir and Charlie served as churchwarden for the Rev. W.R.K.Robinson. As he was too old for the armed services in the 2nd World War he took on additional voluntary work by serving on the Parish Council.

In 1947 he helped set up the British Legion Club and with his knowledge of beers gained from his work in the Nag's Head it was and still is a successful Club. His services were recognised by the presentation of a pewter tankard to him. It has a glass bottom showing a court scene with a judge and the words 'Time for another'. The inscription reads"

'Presented to C. Fox in appreciation of services to Laceby BritishLegion Club, April 1958'.

Why should Charlie Fox appear in these pages? Well why not? He was held in high regard by his fellow men; he worked hard for his village; he stuck to his job; he was always eager to learn; he respected others and of such was Laceby made.

Brenda Anderson