Post by David Ross Walker
Back Row 1: Tony Brown, ?, ?, ?, Mr. Dick Fry, Peter Hoye, ?, Paul Cordess, ?, John Prigg, ?,
Mr. Eric Beaumont, Malcolm Filmer
Row 2: ?, Peter O’Connell, Harry Smith, Barry Eaton, ?
Front Row 3: ?, Mick Penn, Alan Eldridge, John Frankland, Malcolm Irvine, Norman Lombard, ?
I took this photo of a group of Mayfield boys who went to camp at Danbury Park near Chelmsford in June 1957. I’ve added names where I can remember them, but it’s 50 years ago now and the grey cells are getting greyer. Apologies if any of the names are wrong.
The camp was organised by Mr R. E. Fry (Dick), who was a Religious Education Teacher. The Mayfield Fellowship he organized really took off and thirty or more boys attended on a regular basis. The camp itself was very basic; under canvas. It was the second one that Dick Fry had organized. I had been the previous year when Mr. Hicks showed quite a bit of interest and came on visitors day. He also came occasionally to the weekly meetings. I kept in touch with Dick Fry after I left Mayfield as he became pastor for seven years at Roding Lane Free Church, by Redbridge Station, where I worshiped. He then joined the Wycliffe Bible Translators as UK Director until his untimely death in 1987. I’m still in contact with his wife. Mr. Eric Beaumont, a science teacher at Mayfield, still lives locally and I see him occasionally. Stan Frankland also came to the camps and organized the games activities.