BETTY KATE TIMMERHUES
Although not Nationally famous, Betty was a well know and well loved character who did a lot to benefit the village and the people who live there.
Born on 26th September 1930, Betty Kate was the youngest child of Edward and Bess Spencer. Along with her siblings Debbie, Elsie and Jack she attended Billingborough school. Her father was an agricultural worker with a tied cottage at Stowe and they had to walk 3 miles to school each day. Betty was encouraged to join the school choir at a very early age which cured her stammer and led to her love of music.
As a teenager Betty would cycle to Folkingham for the dances in the village hall. In those days it was just a wooden hut heated by two black pot-bellied coke burning stoves. When the American G.I’s were stationed at the RAF camp during the latter part of the Second World War, they arranged the dances and provided refreshments. The money raised was for British Forces comforts. Betty left school at the age of 14 and went into service. At the nearby village of Horbling was a POW Camp and eight of the men were billeted next door to where Betty lived. One of them was August (Gus) Timmerhues from Munster in Germany. He grew to love this country and also fell in love with Betty. At the end of the war he applied for permanent