Flashback: School day memories

READER Rosemary Peel has been reliving her school days after seeing a photo of a pageant in Flashback.

Mrs Peel, nee Scott, wrote in regard to the photo of the Chilton School pageant from 1964. She said: “This photo brought back happy memories of time spent at ‘Mr Brookes’ school. The pageant was organised by Mr Jary with the fourth year children.

“To the best of my memory, standing from left to right: Diane Hayward, Ann Ling, Rosemary Markwell, Janice Taylor, Jennifer Clark, Wendy Spencer, (?), Philip Banyard, Howard Crofton-Sleigh, (?), (? - possibly Robert Smith), Rosemary Scott. Seated on chairs: Alison Leedham and Neil Gooch. Seated on stage: Clive Hayward and Anthony Sadler.”

Meanwhile, Jon Hodge wrote about his school days at Framlingham High after seeing the photo in our gallery, above right.

“The photo was taken in Debenham High Street. From picture left the people are (sorry if these names are wrong or spelt badly, also there are a couple of people I can’t remember their names): Lorraine Stoyle, Ruth Nunn?, can’t remember, can’t remember, Alistair Ruffles, Jonathan Hodge, Richard Gepp.

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“I think we were the editors that had to compile stories that all the children had written about their villages around the school to make a book to celebrate something, maybe a school birthday?

“I now live in Spain, my brother is still in Suffolk and he saw the photo and sent it to me. Thank you for the memory.”

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In the summer of 2000 four women were dressed to the nines, as Brenda Clarke recalls. She wrote: “The ladies in Flashback “Dressed to the Nines” in July 2000 are Brenda Clarke, Joyce March (was Coles) Alicia Jarvis and Veronica Russell.

Joyce Marsh has remarried and is now living in Old Windsor. Myself, Alicia and Veronica all still live in Framlingham. Mike Vipon organised the Millennium Pageant at Framlingham Castle.”

Ex Bures United player Paul Snelling sent in his memories of a proud season in the club’s history, and said: “The opening of the Bures United Football club house was carried out by Mike Walker (ex-Colchester United and Norwich Youth Team Coach at the time) on a sunny Saturday afternoon in July 1988.

“Bures United First Team played Sudbury Town (Jewson Premier) in a pre-season friendly in front of a crowd of 200 on the Recreation Ground and they ended the season playing in front of a then record crowd at the old Wembley Stadium of 26,489 for the final of the FA Vase against Tamworth.

“In the picture from left to right are: Colin Ambrose (Chairman), Derek Davies (First Team Manager), Mike Walker, Mick Norris (Secretary) and sponsor and publican of the Eight Bells Willy Amos (snr).”

Meanwhile, another photo marked the end of an era at Farlingaye High School.

The photo, taken in July 1988, shows four retiring members of staff.

George Ball, of Little Bealings wrote to say: “The photograph shows Alan Hale on the left, deputy head; Les Boulton, headmaster; George Ball, metalwork and Paul Briscoe, woodwork.

“It certainly was the end of an era and was the beginning of the computer age in the craft department, when hands on use of tools and materials began to take second place.

“Sadly, Alan and Paul are no longer with us, and Les Boulton went to live in Scotland. I’m still about and repairing things where possible.”

Jo Rothery spotted a photo of the Earl Soham WI taken in 1970 and took the opportunity to point out that the group is still going strong.

She said: “The ladies in the photograph are members of Earl Soham WI. Left to right: Mrs Mollie Keall, Mrs Gee and Mrs Grace Cook.

“The WI, one of the first to be formed in the county, had closed and it was about this time that it was reopened under the presidency of Mrs Tina Peecock. We are still thriving today with a membership in the region of 60 or more. Members come from the surrounding villages with one coming from as far afield as Aldeburgh!

“If you want fun and friendship there are the monthly meetings (fourth Thursday in the month at 7.30pm) backed up with various in-house groups, bridge, scrabble, walking and reading. Why not come and join us?”

Finally, a word of thanks from Annett Tibble, of Bury St Edmunds. She said: “Thank you for the photograph in the EADT showing the cathedral choir in 1985.

“My son Geoffrey Tibble was in the photo (on the right-hand side - sixth). He was later to become Head Chorister.

“His older brother John and sister Janet had also been Head Choristers too.

“Mr Paul Trepte was the Choirmaster, also in the photograph.”

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