I can clearly remember the Christmas
parties organised by Mr. Wallis for the first and second forms every year
(at least whilst I was there). We played the Winking Game, where we
all sat in a large circle and had to run round the outside when we were
winked at. Then we had to dance the Roger Decoverley and did get it
right eventually! A bit different from today's discos - even at
During lunch hours we had dancing in
the hall and how we envied Daphne Blampied and Marion Buck (?) dancing the
rumba in their high heels.
To celebrate the Coronation in 1937
we were all marching down Pound Lane to the Granada Cinema in Church Road
to see a film. There was a cloudburst and we all had to disperse
absolutely saturated. We did go another day but to a different film,
much more light-hearted - something to do with roses!
Pop Newton was our form master and we
persuaded him to come to camp at Princes Risborough, just before we sat
our General Schools Certificate. He slept in the hut on a camp bed
and we had a wonderful weekend.
I sat the Civil Service
Clerical Officer examinations in January 1939 and was called up into the
Air Ministry in the July before the end of term, sadly. The office
was evacuated to Westonbirt and then to Stroud in the September, so I was
in the Cotswolds whilst the School went to Northampton.
Phyllis Hillhouse (nee Wilks)