At the beginning on 1940, Miss O’Mara and fourteen schoolchildren were evacuated from St. Patrick’s School, Woolston, Southampton to Chideock, Dorset. We travelled by train and then coach to our destination. When we stopped outside Mannings grocery store, there was a group of villagers waiting for us. They knew the names of their expected evacuees and soon had us sorted. My sister and I (Sheila and Eileen Nash) were claimed by Phylis Bartlett and we were to live at No. 1 Gate Cottage with her and her husband George for the next couple of years.