Kiln Road Surgery
Dr. Doug Acres was born in 1924. His practice in the 1950s was in Kiln Road, Thundersley and he worked along side Dr. Wilks, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Tyndall and Dr. Sutcliffe. Later the practice was to move to Tarpots Corner and then eventually, to Rushbottom Lane.
At this time Doug lived with his wife Joan at ‘Thundersley Lodge’ in Runnymede Chase, where they raised their three children, Mary, Jane and Liz.
Independent Councillor for Castle Point
Doug’s need to help in the community saw him elected as an Independent Councillor in Castle Point, a position that helped him with his campaign for the installation of mains drainage in the Rushbottom Lane area of Tarpots. Also, in his capacity as a Doctor, he was a member of the advisory committee on alcoholism at the Department of Health & Social Security, a position he found very rewarding.
During his lifetime he was awarded the OBE and a CBE for his ‘dedication and hard work earned as an Essex Magistrate’. He was a larger than life, jolly man who would always greet his patients with a firm handshake and a broad smile. He retired from the practice in 1985 but carried on with his works within the community for many years. Sadly, after a long illness Doug died in 2001.
We have been fortunate enough to have been given access to these family photos, together with press cuttings for which we thank Doug’s daughter Mary.