My Recollections of the time I spent
as part of the Jewish Community in Addelstone
by Anita Phillips (ne้
Most of the Kalisky family were evacuated to
Addlestone in 1940, my mother and an aunt were both pregnant at that time and my
cousin Ralph and I were born in the maternity hospital in Woking, four days
Many other Jewish families were also sent or went of
their own accord to Addlestone, I will mention the names of the families I
remember at the end.
My Grandfather, Mr. Moishe (Morris) Kalisky and his
wife Zelda were prominent members of the community, and their house in Jubilee
Crescent always had an open door for anyone who needed assistance or just a cup
of tea and a chat. As we started to grow up, my cousins and I spent more
time at "Boobah's" house than our own as we were the apple of her eye and really
During the war, my Dad (Leslie) was in the fire
service in Stepney and spent a lot of the time there, only managing to get to
see his family on his rare days off. After the war he got a transfer to the fire
station in Addlestone for a couple of years and then returned to his profession
as a tailor and travelled up to London every day.
The church that we were all using as a shul was the
Baptist church, situated in Crouch Oak Lane (not Church Oak Road as in the
Jewish Chronicle excerpts). My uncle David, who was a watchmaker by trade had
the responsibility of maintaining that church clock as well as others in
Addlestone and nearby villages.
It was impossible to get Kosher meat and poultry in
that area, so we and other families used to keep chickens in our back gardens,
and the the ladies of the households would take the live fowls up to a butcher
in the East End with just their heads sticking out of their shopping bags, have
them slaughtered and then return and de-feather them in the gardens in front of
all the live chickens still running around and watching. I didn't like
My maternal grandfather was a keen gardener and
loved to grow his own vegetables in our garden and his garden and he also had an
allotment. So all in all we ate very well during the war years, even though
there was rationing.
Another way of getting kosher food was to phone the
butcher (from the local phone box, no-one had their own phone at that time) and
order meat, it was then sent down by train and one of my jobs to was go and
collect it from the station, it was usually quite heavy and I would take my old
pushchair, often it would miss the expected train and I would have to wait an
hour for the next one.
When we stopped holding services in the church, we
all went to a boys boarding school called FIinnart House between Weybridge and
Walton-on-Thames. The headmaster there was Jewish, as were some of the
boys and, as they were holding services every Saturday and on the High Holy
Days, we were permitted to join them. It was a fair walk from Addlestone and I
can very clearly remember as all taking a short cut along the river banks of the
River Wey, the adults all walking briskly along and us kids playing games and
dragging behind, always getting told off with words like 'can't you kids be good
for the New Year.'
Most of the Jewish families I remember well all
lived on the Bois Hall Estate. In Jubilee Crescent were my grandparents
(the Kaliskys), the Berchinskys, the Levinsons, the Martins, the Kulawskys, the
Bangles and the Klingbines. In Bourneside Road were my maternal grandparents
(the Kaufmans ), the Abrahams, the Starrs and the Mirskys. We lived in
Beverley Close and our next door neighbours were the Bowman family. Another
family I recall were the owners of a small drapery shop in Station Road called
There were quite a lot of other Jewish families in
the area, but I didn't know them personally. Most of them moved back to London
after the war. My parents and I remained there until 1960. The older
members have since passed on, but I believe there are some offspring
still living there today.
Photograph taken in the back garden of 10
Jubilee Crescent, Addlestone
The shorter man at the back is Morris Kalisky (the author's grandfather)
and the other man is Leslie Kalisky, her father.
The large lady on the right is Zelda, her grandmother, and her mother is next to
her holding the author's cousin, Ralph.Anita Kalisky is in the arms of her Aunt Ettie, further to the left. At
the extreme left on the end is Aunt Polly.
In the front row are Aunt Ettie's two eldest boys, Uri & Dov.
Morris and Zelda had three other children, Ben, Percy and David.
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