Tony, who left Mayfield in 1950, was respected by pupils and masters alike. In his final year at the school he was a Prefect and the Vice Captain of Field House. Tony’s passing was sudden and unexpected; he died in 2005 while on a camping trip at the age of sixty nine.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that my brother, Leslie Waters, died on the 11th December 2014. His funeral will be at Basildon Crematorium on the 30th December at 2.00pm.
– Freda Waters
Unfortunately Roy passed away in May 2015. It was a shock, he had had a heart attack in his car in the car park where he had been playing short mat bowls for two hours. I was told by a policeman on the doorstep, it was an awful day.
– Barbara Barker
I was at Mayfield Boys from 1947 until Christmas 1951. Mr. Bennet, a Welshman, was one of my Form Masters. Another Welshman, Mr. Davies, was a dab hand at administering the slipper for those minor misdemeanors. Continue reading →
When I left South Park I went to Mayfield, but left after the first year when my family moved to Barkingside. I still have contact with Bill Cross, remembering our Scouting days with 5th Seven Kings. Continue reading →
When I used to walk to school with Alan King and Harry Valentine, Alan Belsham sometimes walked with us. When he left school he worked in Canning Town. One morning, as he cycled to work, his wheel got caught in a tram-line and he was run over by a motor vehicle. I’m not sure now if he was killed instantly, but he didn’t survive.
– Kathy Hemingway (nee Cuttriss)
Brian Skingley (1936-1999) – From the ‘Headmaster’s Review’ by Mr C. F. W. Hicks in Mayfield Magazine Issue 11, December 1952. The I.S.A.A. Sports. Perhaps the most exciting race for Mayfield supporters was the 880 yards under 15. Our representative was Brian Skingley who was well-known to everybody as a member of the famous Ilford Boys’ Football Team. Brian was perfectly fit but, owing to his football commitments, he had been able to do little special training for this race. However, soon after the start, he went into the lead and the question arose as to whether he could keep up the pace he himself had set. He did! He came in first!
I hit 70 this year on 13th May 2007 and remember at Mayfield a lad called Brian George was born on the same day as me. I left school and became a Tea Tasters Assistant in the City, then did my national service in Aden. Continue reading →
I lived in Ashburton Avenue and attended Mayfield School for Boys from 1949 to 1951, when I passed the Late Developers Exam. I continued my studies at the South East Essex Technical School until 1954 when I took the GCE ‘O Level’ exams, then passed on to the Technical College in the same complex, training to become a commercial artist. I left in 1959 with a Diploma in Design. Continue reading →
Colin Price (1937-2004) – An account of Colin’s last years by Ernie Barrett.
In 1977, having been moderately successful as a runner and athletic coach, I formed an athletic club on Canvey Island. In April of that year, answering a knock at my door I found a very unkempt chap, with head bowed, standing on the step. He introduced himself as Colin Price, an old school friend. He reminded me that we were both in the Mayfield School Athletic team that had taken part in the district schools championship of 1953. I had real difficulty believing the man standing before me was the Colin Price I knew at Mayfield. He looked very down at the heel and had put on a great deal of weight. He went on to explain that he was suffering from bipolar personality disorder. Apparently, he had been working for British Rail as an over-head line technician when a freak accident happened that led to the death of two of the men under his supervision. Colin blamed himself for this and suffered a total mental breakdown, from which he never fully recovered. My wife Lynne, and I, felt that Colin’s offer to help out with the youngsters in the athletic club might also do him some good, so we accepted. Colin embraced the chance wholeheartedly and even started exercising on a regular basis. He shed a few stone and helped at a number of running meetings. Continue reading →