Before The Harvest

"Before the Harvest " I know you will enjoy this story of three generations of farmers During the outbreak of WW2. Janice Villeverde and her friend Miriam Nixon are sent to Wildacre Farm in the New York Estate. it is there that they are put to work along with many others to help the war effort. it is there that they meet up with young Thomas Hogg who introduces the girls to his friend George Barrett. After a brief courtship Janice finds herself in trouble and George Barrett sends her away when she tells him. Forced to bring up a child on her own Janice swears revenge on the man who wronged her. Before the Harvest gives you an insight of how a farm worked during the war years; a story of love hate and revenge.


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The judge said alright then let the court decide who is the person most suited to look after the child.

“Council your first witness please.’

“We call Mrs Anne Hogget.

“Can you give your full name please?’

Mrs Anne Margaret Hogget.’

Mrs Hogget do you own the corner shop on North Seaton Road?

“And can you tell me what you sell in your shop.’

“Yes sir, we sell a range of things and we also have a licence to sell alcohol.’

“Can you tell me if you know Miss Villederde?

“Yes, she lives on Woodhorn Road.’

“Was she a regular visitor to your shop?



“You may answer Mrs Hogget.’

“Yes Janice came into my shop frequently.’

“Could you tell the court what she bought at your shop?

“Yes she bought Gin.’

“No further questions your honour.’

Andrew Cherry got to his feet then walked leisurely over to Mrs Hogget,

He looked at her for a moment then asked.

“Mrs Hogget, was Miss Villeverde drunk when she came into your shop?’

“No sir,’

“Did Miss Villeverde smell of alcohol?’

“No sir.’

“So the alcohol that she purchased could have been for someone else other than for her own use then.’


“Did she buy any other goods from you?’

 “Yes, she bought milk, bread, and cigarettes.”

“No further questions your honour.”

“You can step down Mrs Hogget thank you.’

“We would like to call Mrs Florence Hudspeth.”

Florence gave her name then Mr Hughes asked her if she knew Miss Villeverde.

“Yes,’ she was a Land Army girl on Wildacre Farm where I was in charge.’

“Would you say that you got on with Miss Villeverde?’

“No we did not Sir, I found her to be insolent, belligerent, and ignorant.”

“What made you form this opinion of the girl?’


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