Friday, 30 March 2001

slightly off topic war memory

hi,
I was evacuated to Winchester from Southampton in the summer of 1940, it being very unhealthy there at that time. There was me and my brother Peter and my mother. We were taken in by a very kind family called the Townends who lived in Ripponden on Bereweeke Road, between the PS's outer playing field and that of the girls' school. One night in September of that year the sirens went and we went out into the middle of the girls school field and sat on a rug and watched Southampton being bombed. My father was with us, being home on leave before being posted overseas for the duration.
Christopher Townend is an old Symondian who I plan to look up soon, it's more than fifty years since I last saw him!
 
regards,
jim, site manager,  

slightly off topic war memory

hi,
I was evacuated to Winchester from Southampton in the summer of 1940, it being very unhealthy there at that time. There was me and my brother Peter and my mother. We were taken in by a very kind family called the Townends who lived in Ripponden on Bereweeke Road, between the PS's outer playing field and that of the girls' school. One night in September of that year the sirens went and we went out into the middle of the girls school field and sat on a rug and watched Southampton being bombed. My father was with us, being home on leave before being posted overseas for the duration.
Christopher Townend is an old Symondian who I plan to look up soon, it's more than fifty years since I last saw him!
 
regards,
jim, site manager,  

Sunday, 11 March 2001

classroom memories

whose lessons went with a bang?

classroom memories

whose lessons went with a bang?

Saturday, 10 March 2001

remembering Paul Wodehouse

Mr Wodehouse was the careers master and I remember visiting him at his home in 1957. I had just finished my National Service and realised that I didn't want to continue in the same job for the rest of my life. He sat me down and after I had explained the situation he said, "What would you like to do"? I probably mumbled something about not being sure. He asked me if I was good at mathematics, so I lied through my teeth. He he picked the phone up and spoke to the City Engineer and asked if he had an opening for a bright young man. I started work at the Guildhall the next Monday and started an enjoyable life in Civil Engineering.
Times have changed?
 
jim wishart, list manager
 

remembering Paul Wodehouse

Mr Wodehouse was the careers master and I remember visiting him at his home in 1957. I had just finished my National Service and realised that I didn't want to continue in the same job for the rest of my life. He sat me down and after I had explained the situation he said, "What would you like to do"? I probably mumbled something about not being sure. He asked me if I was good at mathematics, so I lied through my teeth. He he picked the phone up and spoke to the City Engineer and asked if he had an opening for a bright young man. I started work at the Guildhall the next Monday and started an enjoyable life in Civil Engineering.
Times have changed?
 
jim wishart, list manager
 

Saturday, 3 March 2001

doc freeman's sayings number 1

hi,
does anyone remember one of Doc Freeman's favourite sayings that he tended to use when the class got particularly stroppy?
Four words, first word started with 'G'
 
regards,
jim wishart, list manager

doc freeman's sayings number 1

hi,
does anyone remember one of Doc Freeman's favourite sayings that he tended to use when the class got particularly stroppy?
Four words, first word started with 'G'
 
regards,
jim wishart, list manager