As well as teaching at the school in many capacities I was the Warden of the Youth Centre for about 15 years from 1961 to around 1976. I have many fond memories of the school and Youth Centre and am pleased to see mention of some them in correspondence you have received. If ex-pupils such as Peter Wademan, Jimmy Crittenden, John Scales or anyone of that time get to hear of the Mayfield Memories Website I hope they will make contact.
Although I did not attend Mayfield as a pupil I have many connections with the School that go back to about 1945. I also have many family connections with the School. My wife was at Mayfield Girls from 1949 to 1953. She remembers having to carry her desk to the new site when the girls moved premises. Before marriage she was Delia Poole and lived in South Park Drive. She would be much interested in hearing from anyone who remembers her from this period. Delia’s brother, John Poole, attended the boy’s School from around 1954 and left, I think, in about 1958 or 9. My youngest brother, Dennis Pusey, attended Mayfield between 1950 and 1954, sad to say he died in February of this year. I was a very keen member of the 5th Seven Kings Scouts who held their meetings at the Seven Kings Methodist Church in Seven Kings Road, and I attend a reunion in Chelmsford each year at which there are a number of ex-Mayfield pupils. Some names that come to mind are Freddy Freeman, Alec Hobbs, Ron Sampson and of a later vintage John Humphreys, Richard Clark and Norman Lombard. I think there are others and I will let you have more accurate information after we meet again in December of this year. I have many fond memories of the school and Youth Centre and am pleased to see mention of some of them in correspondence you have received.
Photo of Don taken by John Burchell in 1963 during a field trip to Thaxted