Ockenden International: Miss Elsie visits Surrey History Centre

On 25 November 2010, former Ockenden Venture staff member, Elsie Broughton, visited Woking to take a look at some of the records from the extensive Ockenden archive held at Surrey History Centre. Accompanied by Maggie and John Clough from Haslewey Community Centre, Miss Broughton was able to view photograph albums, scrapbooks and news cuttings dating from her time at Ockenden.

Miss Broughton – known to all as Miss Elsie – worked as a cook and gardener for over 30 years at several Ockenden houses, including Keffolds and Quartermaine in Haslemere. She has recently published a book, ‘My Ockenden Adventure’, a fascinating recollection of her experiences with the charity. Now in her nineties, Miss Broughton learnt computer skills at the Haslewey Community Centre to write her book, and has since made contact with former colleagues and Ockenden children via Facebook.

We were saddened to learn that Miss Elsie passed away on 15 January 2019 aged 103 years.

Archive catalogue of the papers of Miss Broughton relating to the Ockenden Venture (SHC ref 8831)

2 thoughts on “Ockenden International: Miss Elsie visits Surrey History Centre”

  1. Jill Hyams says:

    A belated Happy 100th Birthday to Miss Elsie on 5 December 2015!

  2. Jill Hyams says:

    We’re pleased to announce that Miss Elsie Broughton has very kindly donated some of her papers relating to the Ockenden Venture.

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