The 79-year-old, who lives in Ore, went on to create her own website and write two books and an audio book.
The great-grandmother also became a regular contributor to the
On Wednesday night the humble historian was honoured at the 1066 Community Awards 2014 held at Sussex Coast College. Victoria was presented with the award for Resident of the Year and also scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award.
And on Friday (Oct 17)Victoria launches her latest book,
“I only went along to enjoy the occasion,” said Victoria. “I have never won anything like this before. It was a real honour.”
When Victoria was seven she told her parents she wanted to write books. By 13 she wanted to be a journalist. But by 19 she had fallen in love and married the man of her dreams. The couple raised three children and had a happy marriage. Unfortunately her husband died from cancer at the age of 53. Victoria kept herself busy working for one of her daughter’s who ran a language school in Hastings.
Around 2002 as the information superhighway started to establish itself, Victoria decided to take up what she had first wanted to do as a child. She set up her own website called Hastings.Uk.net and never looked back.
“I started writing quite late in life,” she added. “I was very interested in people and in the town so I decided to combine the two. It was when a lady from Canada called Mrs Johnson contacted me around 2001 that I first got the idea about the website. She had some pictures of Lavender Cottage during the war and wanted to share them. I then started doing a lot of research and had a lot of help from my family. It just took off from there. I have always sought to work with other people and tell them that their own lives are significant. I found using a computer for the first time a real challenge though. It took me six months to crack it but my family was so supportive. I don’t really like the phrase silver surfer. But I’m definitely one of this modern generation now.” For a list of all the award winners don’t miss next week’s