Hymn books were always quite a contentious subject. They would get lost, nicked, swapped or found by budding Arthur Daley type entrepreneurs who traded them on for money or toffee to another pupil who’d lost theirs. They were quite small blue pocket size books about the size of the Warne Observer books. The lowly ‘B’ forms morning assembly was held downstairs in that den of physical exertion, sweat, blood and tears ‘The Gym’, whilst the posh A forms held theirs upstairs in the other den. The den of literary pleasures ‘The Library’. Continue reading →
A school friend, Roger Head, and I were quite good at drawing caricatures and cartoons and at every opportunity would slyly fish out from our desks bits of drawing paper, any old bits of paper would do when a new cartoon idea suddenly popped into our heads and couldn’t wait to get cracking. Opportunities were quite frequent, if we’d finished, for example an exercise early or during the quite frequent occurrence of the master in charge nipping out to have a fag somewhere for ten minutes or so. Roger and I always had to sit apart because of the sudden outbursts of eye watering poorly suppressed chuckling at the thought of a new cartoon idea which mystified the masters. Our caricatures were quite good likenesses and it was obvious to anyone perusing them who they were. Continue reading →
I would love to hear from any of my old mates who remember me. Afraid my memory is not what is was, though I do recall Peter Welch, Brian Matthews and Alan Belsham.
Is there anyone that remembers my sister, Dorothy, or me? We both went to Mayfield School. My sister left in 1954 and I left in 1956. We also both went to William Torbitt School. Sadly, Dorothy passed away in 1999 but if anyone remembers her they are welcome to contact me.
This photo of my wife, Katrina, and myself was taken in the Winter of 2008 by a town called Monschau in the Eifel, that’s just South of Aachen in Germany. We live in a town called Hueckelhoven – Ratheim.
I left Mayfield in 1971 and went on to Redbridge Technical college. Would love to hear from anyone from the old days. One of my dearest friends was, and still is today, Richard Floyd who went to Mayfield Boys at the same time.
Why is it after you leave you realize what a great education we received?
Very nice to see picture of our school. Brings back lots of memories, mostly good. I would love to get in touch with some of my school friends, Bernard Smith plus others.
Hi to those of you that went to Mayfield and left in 1977, the last year of it being called that. At least the girls no longer had to wear bottle green knickers!
I am trying to make contact with Jill Purton who lived in Mayesford Road, Chadwell Heath. I am not sure if she was a Mayfield pupil but it’s worth a try. Is there anybody who can help me?
Many thanks – Dave.
Am I the only one who disliked Mr Hicks? The way he interrogated me when, as a prefect, I took a pupil to him for disciplining. I came away feeling as though it was me in the wrong and never ever referred any pupil to him again.