The Playstool hasn’t always been the size that it is now, the bottom end was Mr Clinch's apple orchard, and he lived in a big house since pulled down. After the war the orchard was up for sale and the Council and the villagers raised enough funds to buy it. They held various events and some men coming back from the war gave their gratuities. Six years ago a property developer wanted to buy the apple orchard for house building but it was refused. I for one wrote a letter to the council which I think is now in the archives.
The Maypole dances used to be held on Hinges meadow which is now the Homestead estate then came to the Playstool when it was extended.
Marjorie Barrett (nee Sherlock) 2012