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Visiting Cava in the 70s
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Visiting Cava in the 70s

A picture which I took on Cava when visiting the two ladies Miss Woodham and Miss Peckam who lived on the island. This is the house they lived in and I think the one slept in the hen house at night.At a guess I would think in the 1970s
Picture added on 01 December 2010 at 11:49
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They lived on the island until the early 90's before moving to the mainland. If you want to know about their lives, go to the Library Archives where you'll find an interesting story written by Dawn Simison.
Added by Richard Evans on 01 December 2010
I visited Cava in 2015 and photographed the house which I will add to this archive. I am researching the lives of Meg and Ida for a book chapter so would be glad of any contacts who knew them.
Added by Richard Clubley on 26 July 2015
Would anyone object if I used this picture of Meg and Ida in a slide/talk about uninhabited islands?
Added by Richard Clubley on 08 August 2015
Hi Richard

Can you direct me to he story by Dawn Simison? Not sure what archive you are referring to?

Thanks

Lou
Added by Lou Hart on 13 September 2015
Hi Lou
Go to Kirkwall Library 1st floor, reference dept and ask for ref: D70/4/14 What Was Life Like on Cava from 1966 to 1993 by Dawn Simison. Itsan interesting article Good Luck
Added by Richard Evans on 14 September 2015
Thanks Richard

Added by Lou Hart on 30 September 2015
Hi Richard. I live in Clevedon, the town the Cava women left to start their new life. I'm planning to research their time here - not sure if I'll find anything - but I'll gladly share with you if I do. Any info you may have that could help would be gratefully recieved. This research is just out of curiosity, by the way. Jenny
Added by Jenny Wildblood on 11 October 2015
Hi Jenny

I have no evidence to say they lived in Clevedon. An extract from an article published in 1966 relates:

Here's some background information on Ida Woodhams & Meg Peckham from a magasine story called 'Island Cottage' Summer 1966 about life on Fara Island. Meg had a boarding school education and Ida a London Council School.Their meeting came the day when Meg was a car park attendant in south-west England. She found an old motor cycle blocking the entrance and awaited her opportunity to acost the owner Ida. Ida had had a job as a gardener in a London Park. At the the time of their encounter, she was odd jobbing in Cornwall, travelling from place to place on her motorcycle. At their meeting, they joined forces for a tented life.
Added by Richard Evans on 26 October 2015
Hi Richard
Many thanks, that's really interesting. I picked up the Clevedon link from Andrew Grieg's poem about Cava. He also stated they met as Land Girls. Any comments? All the best, Jenny
Added by Jenny Wildblood on 13 November 2015
South/West England Clevedon but it was a chance encounter. Ida showed me the article and although there were many mistakes nothing was changed about their meeting.Are you on FB?
Added by Richard Evans on 17 November 2015
I am. Do friend me if that would facilitate things.

Added by Jenny Wildblood on 02 December 2015
Does anyone know where I can get more information regarding the island? My great grandmother grew up on this island until her teens I believe. I live in Wales so its difficult for me to go to the archives in Scotland
Added by Stephanie Evans on 15 January 2016
Hi Stephanie I own a 33 page booklet called Sites and Monuments of Cava by Dockrill & McKinley but its out of print.Obtainable possibly although could be expensive from Orkney Archives ref: D70/4/14 'What was life like on Cava. I have sale details and various newspaper cuttings as I've studied the island in depth and visited it for the first time 2015. What was your great Grandmother's name? You could send me private email and I could copy some of what I have.
Added by Richard Evans on 28 January 2016
Hi Richard
Do you mean you have sale details on the island itself or the house? Very interested.
Added by Lou Hart on 04 June 2016
Sorry Richard, my email is Stephanieevans705@msn.com and my grandmothers name is Margaret Brown.
Added by Stephanie Evans on 23 December 2016
Hello, can any of you send me information about the two ladies (meg and Ida), that lived on Cava? A friend of mine and I used to be compared with these two ladies by a friend of ours (John Eccles) who lived on Orkney. Now this friend is going to get married and I'd like to tell something about the two ladies on Cava at the wedding reception. I'd be thankful for every information mailed to me (I live in Switzerland and can't go to Kirkwall library at the moment...)
Added by Gabriela F├╝rrer on 29 May 2018
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