Katie and David Pearce Move to Billericay

A Bad Start

Katie and Jim Shrubb, Town Crier
Sylvia Kent

Katie Pearce

David and I came to live in Beaufort Road in 1987.  We love this pretty road just off Western Road and not too far from the High Street.  We have so many happy memories of the town.  We consider ourselves lucky that our children were brought up in Billericay.   Can’t think of anywhere else we would rather live.  We came in on a terrible day in October 1987 – it was just after that terrible freak storm and we actually moved in the dark, no fences, no electricity, all our furniture was plonked down and so it was not a good start.

The Holy Redeemer is our local church.  Our children made their first Holy Communion and Confirmation.   Lovely family community church.

High Street has seen quite a few changes.   We still hang on to the Cater Museum, Shelley’s, Boots and other good shops.  We once had a fantastic butcher’s shop opposite St Mary Magdalen Church.   I remember when it was decided to have Waitrose in town. Many people at first were against it, but it is a wonderful store.

Norsey Woods is an historical place and great for children and for long walks.  We used to go to Lake Meadows and take out a boat which you could hire then, and the occasionally we took the children round the Lake to practise their cycling around the Lake.  

Katie and David went to St Peter’s School at first and then David attended St Martin’s in Shenfield and Katie Ann went to the Ursuline Convent in Brentwood.  We are still very fond of the town.  If we could only hold on to Billericay as it is and stop the changes.

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