I had just started at Mayfield when the whole school was evacuated to Suffolk in 1939. Miss Tappenden was Headmistresss and Miss Gobby was my teacher in 1A. Eventually, children started drifting back when no bombing seemed apparent. The school opened for half a day, and lessons were given in the locker room down below. We eventually got back to our classrooms, and managed to take in some chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, and domestic science. But we had missed so much there was no way we could catch up, and all left school at age fourteen.
I left Mayfield in 1943. Married my first husband, Dennis, in 1948. We had six wonderful children, all of whom attended Mayfield School. I worked in shipping and insurance most of my life and there I met my second husband Ray who has since regrettably passed on. I loved sport and in particular playing tennis. I also spent much time playing the piano and reached grade eight. I am now retired and living in Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, and enjoy great times with my extended family and their children; twenty grandchildren and one great grandchild.
I recall how Miss Tappenden would walk the corridors at break times, peering into the classrooms to see what we were up to. Once she caught me helping myself to sultanas from the cookery room larder. I was horrified when, later in the day, I was sent for and told to stand outside her room. Continue reading →