The Kemps of Malgre Tout

Judith McPhun nee Baker

Judith lived in Button End near Malgre Tout and remembers their neighbours, the Kemps well:

Roland Kemp was originally from northern England and probably met his wife Astrid in Egypt while serving in the Army. Astrid could well have been a refugee.They came to Button End in the late 1940s and lived in a caravan on the roadside. Later their bungalow was built on the land behind.

As a child I remember Mr Kemp, ‘Roly’. mainly for his loud voice, louder cough and large pocket hearing aid. He worked at Heffers bookshop. My sister remembers him singing a solo in the Village Hall; he was a very good pianist and amateur photographer too. Astrid worked in an office in town, also doing translation work at home for students at the University. I remember her ‘exotic’ accent and wonderful round, lined face and lovely smile.

The garden was a struggle but rose cuttings no problem – ‘I just put dem in and dey come’. Her exotic cooking included quince jelly, rose petal jam and hummus. I regret losing the recipe she kindly wrote for the last, though I often used it.

Astrid and Roland’s lives were a struggle with fairly constant chronic health problems. I don’t remember any reference to family members at all.

Kindly, good neighbours, adding more colour and flavour to our lives. Little wonder they called their small bungalow ‘In spite og all’

This page was added on 11/07/2022.

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