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Institute of Transport Administration

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Josea Raymer

JOSEPHINE RAYMER

‘JOSEA’

The Tribute from the Funeral Service 

19TH JANUARY 2019

 

Josea had a varied and interesting life. Born in London in 1935 when her Mother was manageress for Lawleys of London. At the outbreak of war, she was sent to live in Bath with her Granny, avoiding the bombing.

She survived the Bath blitzes even though houses in her street were bombed, losing several of her school friends who died in an air raid shelter and witnessed the local church being burnt out.        

After the war her Mother joined her in the Bath area and they were living in Nissen huts.  Josea used to help a local farmer with his cattle and managed to buy her first horse, a Suffolk Punch cross, “Laddie” which she was often seen riding in the Bath area. 

During this period, she met and married her first husband Tom who was employed as a “Ganger” in the local building trade. When his work took him to Membury air field Josea followed him taking all their possessions on a horse and cart pulled by Laddie and lived in a caravan by the airport fence.

When the Membury contract finished they moved on to Aldermaston to work on building the AWE, renting a field opposite to put the caravan. She gave birth to 3 Children Jan, Vourn and Kevin as well as raising Tom’s 2 children from a previous marriage Keith and Michael.

She met David when the Circus came to Aldermaston for winter quarters, both marriages broke up and Josea began to look after David’s children as at that time he was with a team of lorry drivers receiving night trunk lorries from Middlesbrough and delivering steel and concrete throughout the South of England, then reloading the trailers for their journey north the next night. She helped him in shunting and reversing 40 and 50 foot trailers into various loading bays at Reeds Paper Mill Thatcham using a very old Scammel tractor unit.

David and Josea kept the circus tradition alive by putting on a “Mini” Circus for Various departments of Cadburys at Christmas, David as “PONGO” The clown and Josea with a novelty dog act Olivia’s Jewels.

When David was appointed Transport Manager for Cooks of Reading a firm specialising in transporting livestock internationally, Josea was called in to help with the animals eventually delivering the livestock throughout Europe.

Cooks were taken over by Tayrock and Josea continued to drive pedigree livestock on the continent in addition to large containers of plastic bottles. She was among the first females to obtain an HGV licence a rarity at the time. Using a CB radio, she was known as Juggernaut Granny.

She married David and helped raise his 4 children Carla, John, Peter and Netta, meal times could be hectic on the farm!!  She followed David to E.B.Povey and Son where she was involved in the distribution of a lot of Faberge products as well as continuing with the livestock work.

Josea moved all the Circus vehicles to the fields by the A.W.R.E and renamed it “Circus Farm”, at about this time she bought a lorry and obtained an operator’s licence

The last 18 years of her driving career and with David’s help plus a second lorry they delivered handmade furniture for a Reading company all over the UK.

During this time, she purchased a pedigree Limousin bull followed by Limousin cows to form the Aldermaston Herd of Limousin Cattle. She was well known in the Tadley area for leading this large bull “Roy” on a flimsy lead to neighbouring farms.

As the hard work and age took its toll, she changed from the larger Limousin to the much smaller Dexter breed. At the millennium she finally retired selling the lorries and rehoming the cattle but retaining a couple of horses that she rode on occasion.

Still staying with animals, she took to breeding and showing White German Shepherds as well as an interest in Heritage Railways

Josea was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Transport Administration and is a Life Member of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) British Limousin Association, The Dexter Society, The British Horse Society and The Watercress Line and an Active Member of TADS Tadley and District History Society attending meetings on a regular basis as well as The British Polio Federation.