Although born in London, Evelyn was sent to school in Bath at the end of the last War and that is where her love of writing began, when she wrote long letters to her parents each week, which she describes as being instalments of a never ending story.
She spent her early years in Somerset, married a farmer’s son, and settled in the Cathedral City of Wells, where she worked in the local branch of Lloyds Bank. By that time her husband had moved on from farming and went into the retail trade with C & J Clark, the Quaker Shoemaking family in Street, Somerset. This entailed moving around the country and finally settling in Wimborne, Dorset, where her daughter, Belinda was born.
In the early 1970’s, when her husband was moved to Colchester, Evelyn began her legal career, and after retiring from a busy life as a Legal Executive in the City, she started writing a regular monthly cookery article for a regional magazine in Somerset and contributed to overseas publications.
She now lives with her husband in Lavenham and gets much of her writing inspiration from living in Suffolk. She edited Lavenham’s Parish Magazine for six years and helped her husband run the bookstall and gift shop in Lavenham Church until he retired this year, between them and their volunteers they made £340,000 for church funds in 11 years, with just two tables to serve from. Four years ago she started a luncheon club in Lavenham, the 21st Lavenham Ladies Luncheon Club, which now has 42 members who meet each month for lunch in Lavenham’s Swan Hotel.
This book, ‘Another Step Into My Kitchen’, is Evelyn’s fourth cookery book, and her other three cook books are, the ever popular ‘Lavenham Church Cookbook’, which has recipes from celebrities and people living in Lavenham village, ‘My Kind of People, My Kind of Cooking’, and ‘Step Into My Kitchen Through the Year’.
She spends part of the summer in the mountain village of Champéry, and is currently working on a book about life there, and also a memoir giving an hilarious account of her time as editor of the Lavenham Parish Magazine, and hopes, when she has time, to write another book on ‘Cooking for Christmas’.
Readers can see her recipes on the Suffolk Free Press website where she writes a monthly article each month, www.sudburytoday.co.uk and a cookery column each month for their newspaper, she also writes for the Somerset Guardian and free lances for the Cumbria Magazine, and overseas magazines.
Evelyn is also a member of the Lavenham WI.
Updated 9 October 2008.