I was at Mayfield from 1945-1950. The headmistress was Miss Tappenden – very very strict, but fair. My schooldays were very happy, being in the netball team and swimming team for the school. We had a Miss Batey for needlework, and my form mistress was Miss Gobby. Continue reading →
I was at Mayfield Girls School from 1947 to 1951. I remember Miss Tappenden was the Headmistress at that time. You may have read in the local newspaper the account of my mother, Jane Stephenson, falling while cleaning the windows. That was the day before Remembrance Day in November 1956; she died the following day, and I lost my best friend. Continue reading →
I remember several girls who sat together in Mrs. Mendham’s science classes. We sat in the back row of the science lab and would often have a chat amongst ourselves. Mrs. Mendham called us, ‘The lumps of suet on the back row.’ They were Pat Clements, Maureen Sprague, Pat Jesson and myself.
Ann Matthews (nee Popplewell) (1938-1978) – My sister Ann was nearly six years older than me so our time at Mayfield never crossed over. She was like a second mum really and, like all little brothers, I got on her nerves, but we did become very close as I grew older. Our parents were originally from Ilford but moved away before the War as our dad looked to find work as a journeyman carpenter. Our elder brothers Roy and John, who preceded us at Mayfield, were born in London, Ann was born at Bognor and myself at Portsmouth. A few months after our grandma was killed by the V2 rocket that destroyed the clock tower in South Park, in November 1944, we moved as a family back to the Popplewell home at 13 Buckingham Road. Roy started school at Mayfield, John and Ann at South Park, where they remembered the air raid sirens and bomb shelters, and I was just a babe in arms. Ann moved to Mayfield from South Park in the autumn of 1949 and stayed until 1953. She was never an academic, always in the lower streams, but possessed a great deal of common sense and, despite her lack of academic success, she actually had a poem, written especially for the Coronation, published in the Ilford Recorder or Pictorial. She worked in an office when she left school, married in 1960, to Peter Matthews, and moved down to Fareham in Hampshire with Peter’s work. They had four children, Steven, Tina, Nichola and Karen but in 1970, just a year after Karen was born Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without the availability of modern day treatments she had a battle on her hands and, despite two mastectomy operations the cancer could not be contained – spreading to the bone and just about everywhere. The brave battle, survival driven largely by the desire to see her children attain some level of independence, was finally lost in the Spring of 1978 still a couple of months short of her 40th birthday.
– Mick Popplewell
I lived in Dawlish Drive and attended Mayfield School for Girls from 1949 to 1953. On leaving I started employment with the Plessey Company in Ilford and worked there for three years. I left at 18 to get married and had a son by the time I was 19. Continue reading →
After emigrating to Australia I lost touch with all my school and teenage friends. When I discovered Friends Reunited I was able to find several old friends. Kathleen Hemingway being one. Continue reading →
I went to Mayfield School in Goodmayes Lane, which moved to Christie Gardens in 1953. I’m not too good at remembering names, but Miss Tappenden seems to ring a bell so I guess she must have been the Headmistress while I was there. I left the school in 1956 and my family and I came to Canada in 1957. Continue reading →
I left Mayfield in 1959. Worked at Shell International in London for several years in Human Resources, then married and trained as a teacher. Moved from Essex to Hertfordshire and took time out to look after my daughter and then took special needs teaching course, which I did for several years. Changed in 1993 and trained as a Complementary Therapist which I did until 2006. Retired following a hip operation and now work for my husband Paul Norrington, who attended Mayfield until 1958 and now runs two businesses.