The Joys of ENSA

Part of the appreciative audience of troops at an ENSA performance
Part of the appreciative audience of troops at an ENSA performance
Image Source Imperial War Museum © IWM (B 8049)

Epsom & Ewell Local and Family History Centre has been fortunate to track down two local ladies whose service during the Second World War was with ENSA - the Entertainments National Service Association. By strange coincidence, they are both called Joy and they have kindly allowed us to publish the story of their wartime service. This gives a wide spectrum of ENSA experience as one lady served in this country whilst the other served abroad.

They both now live in the Ewell area, still pursuing many and varied interests. Joy Denney likes gardening and plants and used to assist with displays at the Chelsea Flower Show. She also demonstrated sewing machines, can dressmake and has also trained in millinery. Joy Hallam is a trained pianist as well as singer and was a music teacher. She also likes ceramics, particularly the local Ashtead pottery produced after the First World War, birdwatching, art and poetry.

It has been my great pleasure and privilege, with my colleague Bert Barnhurst, to spend time with these two fun, interesting ladies and to record their wartime experiences.

Joy Denney - Dancing for Joy

Joy Hallam - ENSA service was quite a culture shock

Gillian Alford
Sept. 2013

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