Chatty Café


Started in 2016 by Joan Dove and her many helpers.


Takes place in the Church Hall of St John's Church, Yeadon.

Date of Interview

11th September 2019

“ Everyone gives their consent to go ahead with sharing the recordings you did at Chatty Café"

Joan Dove (8th February 2021)

The Chatty Café was our first attempt to interview a group of people and what a lively and interesting bunch they turned out to be!

The interview is packed with stories of life and social history and full of laughter throughout. Such insights into a time gone by are the perfect example why we need to record the ordinary lives of people.

They were a real pleasure to interview and a delight to listen back to.

Carlo Harrison

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Sound Engineer David Myers
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

HTML5 Audio Player

You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of the times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.

Chatty Café Establishment00.20
Guiseley Modern & St Oswald's05.15
Bramhope Primary & Ilkley Grammar09.55
National Service10.45
Little London School & Benton Park13.30
Shires, Cartwright's, Manor Mills, Crompton Parkinson's19.00
Billy Murgatroyd23.10
Sammy Ledgard Buses24.20
Crompton Parkinson's28.00
Silver Cross35.30
Working Life Memories37.00
Computers - 1960s42.00
Harry Ramsdens46.15
Painting, Swimming, National Trust50.35
Family History55.05
Motor Bikes, Knitting58.20
Tapestry, Lunch Club1.00.00
St John's - Verger1.03.15

Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.


I will try to add a new interview every week, (there’s quite a bit involved in the preparation). Don’t miss out, I know what’s to come and there is some fascinating stuff to listen to. Give me your name and email address,

and I will let you know when a new interview is published.

Carlo Harrison