Letters to Enid 17: From volume 2 issue 5

Previous letters pages can be found here.

Letters page from Volume 2, issue 5. March 3rd – 16th 1954





 1. A letter from Egan Crowley, aged 12, 23 Rugby Road, Belfast.
Dear Enid Blyton,
I send you a P.O. for 14/- which was collected by a gang of us in this road. We made camp fires in the lane, and sold chips and tea and fried bread and anyone could have the food provided they paid the price marked on the slate. We hope it will come in useful for your little blind children. We did enjoy ourselves collecting it. With love from all the members of the hang in Rugby Road and from
Egan Crowley

(Thank you, Egan – I wish I’d come along and had tea and chips too!)

2. A letter from Nanette Williams, 17 Charleville Circus, Sydenham, London, S.E.25
A letter from 
Dear Enid Blyton,
Last week my Daddy made a bird house for me and put it in the garden, and every morning we put bacon scraps, bread and a small bath of water out. Daddy put straw in the house and there are three robins living in there now.
Yours sincerely,
Nanette Williams

(What an interesting piece of news, Nanette!)

3. A letter from Rosemary Ford, Bolankan Farm, Praze, Camborne, Cornwall.
Dear Enid Blyton,
My best pet is a hen who is one year old to-day. She is black, with lovely bright blue beady eyes, and her name is Susie. We both earn sixpence every week. Susie earns hers by laying three eggs each week, and I earn mine by helping Mummy. I enclose sixpence for the Sunbeam Society from us both.
With best wishes from
Rosemary Ford,
and a very big “Cluck” from Susie.

(Thank you, Rosemary, thank you, Susie – how kind you both are!)

Finally, another letter from a boy! I must say, what a nice ‘gang’ he seems to belong to!

I love Nanette’s address – Charleville Circus. I even looked it up on Google maps, and it’s a very round street. All the houses are lovely big ones and Nannette’s is now covered in ivy, I wonder how much ivy there was in 1954?

I like that Enid includes those who raise lots of money, but also those kind enough to share just sixpence.

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2 Responses to Letters to Enid 17: From volume 2 issue 5

  1. Kyle Johansen says:

    I find it interesting how similar the third letter here is to the winning letter here: https://worldofblyton.com/2019/08/23/letters-to-enid-volume-12/

    I think it lends weight to the buying-your-way-to-the-letter-page hypothesis.


    • Fiona says:

      I had forgotten I had made that hypothesis, but yes it is and it does! I’m now wondering if any children were devious enough to lie in their letters in the hope of winning – I can’t see anyone at the mags checking the donation records even if they did keep detailed ones!


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