Monica Briscoe

Monica recently returned to Home Farm off North Green where we cared for her  in her last three months. In 1943, aged 13, she moved to Home Farm with her family, from just a few fields away in Bruisyard. The minutiae of the country girl's life are in the daily diary she has kept her whole life---playing in streams and ditches, rearing rabbits, chickens, ducks. Every day she cycled to Mills Grammar in Fram. She became head girl and went on to teacher training at Homerton College, Cambridge. After a spell teaching in Lowestoft she returned to live in Home Farm, taking the infants class at Campsea Ashe where Mrs Chapman, the headmistress, took the juniors. She met Paul, who then lived in Marlesford, at a dance at Fram Con club and they married in Parham Church in 1956. Their first home together was Lavender Cottage in Hacheston, which Paul had renovated beforehand.
Although they had nominally moved away in 1958 to follow Paul's teaching career, they returned to her father Jack Larter at Home Farm every fortnight and every holiday. When Jack died in 1975 they returned to settle and help run the farm. Even though they became more Fram-centred when they 'retired' to the near edge of Fram in 1985, Paul would pop over to Parham most days and Monica would always return to the Home Farm at least once a week. So it was fitting that Monica should live for her last few months in the home where her heart was.
I would like to thank all those in the four villages covered by this magazine who have visited or sent their condolences recently. We shall all treasure fond memories of both Monica and Paul.
Bob Briscoe