I’ve been enjoying the lovely photos of our neighbourhood posted by members on the popular Facebook group, Park Street People and Places. One such member who’s been generous with his photos is Philip Woodcock, a retired screen printer, who grew up in the Village.
Philip started his artistic career at the age of 7 or 8 while attending Park Street School. As a young boy, he enjoyed drawing, and exploring nature up on the embankment beside The Rec. He learnt to swim at The Pits [Simpler times, don’t try this now! – Editor], and “when not fishing in the Ver by the Old Red Lion with a net bought in the village shop, I’d spend many a summer day sitting in an inflated old patched up tractor tyre inner tube obtained from Honours farm and float down the from the cress beds behind the junk yard, all the way to the mill. Every day was an adventure.”
Before moving to Tring, Philip lived above Watling Joinery offices, in Frogmore Homes Park and Drakes Drive. These days Philip spends his days out on walks, and “continuing to love the world I live in, taking photos with my phone”. He’s recently taken up painting as well, as his time is now his wealth, he told me.
Enjoy a few of his photos and paintings below.