A few random memories
This is a random list of a few people I have known and who were to me memorable.
A pet rabbit chasing a dog around the stable yard at Beaufort Cottage stables. The rabbit was big and grey and the dog was a big springer spaniel, although I didn’t know that at the time!
Houldsworth Valley Primary School
Having glucose powder in orange squash at lunchtime before sports day that afternoon at Houldsworth Valley school to give me energy – complete waste of time.
Putting whitening on my plimsoles right before sports day an having to run in wet shoes with white blotches on my hands.
Being told by Percy Goreham that I amongst others was a grunter and had to stand at the back and mime when the school choir were going to sing for some dignatory. I thought and still think he was a horrible man and no doubt damaged many a child’s confidence in his reign at Houldsworth Valley.
Having the board rubber and pieces of chalk thrown at me by Mr Beard when in the top class at the Valley, hadn’t done anything wrong, he did it to everybody but was nice with it.
Being taken out of class together with Edgar Goodchild by Goreham to tend his precious dahlias which was a bit of a scive, I suspect the spray we used to mix from concentrate would be considered as toxic and be banned nowadays.
Being amazed at the food at the big school on 11 plus day, the peas were terrible.
Having my head split open by a stone jar thrown by Bill McLean, needed stitches. They lived next to Bill Grimes in Valley Way.
Chocolate crunch and chocolate custard (blancmange I suspect) my favourite pudding at the Valley
The salad cream and spam at the valley.
The third of a pint milk bottles at school, picking the ones which hadn’t been opened by the tits or had not had the cap lifted because the milk was frozen.
Being dragged out to the front for stupid coughing by Miss Bendall during the line up before going in to class.
Winning a Jeremy Goes Fishing book for reading at school.(Still got that book somewhere)
Why Wooditton? My Father’s side of the family were Wooditton based, his grandparents lived at worked on the stud on top of Wooditton hill. His parents lived in one of the block of cottages next to the church in Wooditton, I think that is where my Mum & Dad first lived when they first got married. His parents, my grandmother and grandfather, subsequently moved to a brand new bungalow on the crossroads in the village. I can only ever remember the bungalow and never went to the church cottage.