WWII recreation depicts heartbreaking moment hundreds of Breckland villagers lost their homes

Miss Reeve portrayed by Georgette Vale. Picture: Beachamwell Local History Group

Miss Reeve portrayed by Georgette Vale. Picture: Beachamwell Local History Group

Beachamwell Local History Group

An event which tore apart a Norfolk community will be recreated for audiences this month.

Miss Reeve’s Battle recounts the devastating moment in 1942 when six Breckland villages were evacuated at short notice, to make way for an Army battle training area.

Eight hundred villagers lost their homes, never to return.

Miss Reeve’s Battle tells the story of this devastating event and the impact on one woman in particular – Lucilla Reeve, a land agent, farmer, dowser, writer, broadcaster and stalwart of the community which was changed for ever. Georgette Vale plays the role of Miss Reeve in the production at Beachamwell Village Hall.

The event will take place on Thursday March 22 at 7.30pm.

The recreation is organised by the Beachamwell Local History Group.

Tickets are £3, available from 01366 328536 or on the door on the night.

For more information about the event, visit


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