This photo of me with a pupil working at an easel was taken by Roland Shaine’s studio, Goodmayes in 1950. Regrettably, I can’t remember who the pupil was or why the photo was taken.
I was at Mayfield from 1948 to 1975. Twenty seven years of happy memories and the passage of many, many pupils, a few of whom still correspond with me. I am now in my 90th year and find my memory somewhat lacking. One thing I do recall, however, is designing the school badge. Secondary Modern Schools were not given badges – a fact I disliked. Staff and pupils were, however, proud of Mayfield and that prompted me to design the tree and gate badge. Before I offered the design to the Headmaster I added the first motto which came into my mind – ‘Nil sine labore’. That was altered to ‘Nothing Without Effort’.
I enjoyed all the activities at Mayfield, the outings, visits, games, exam successes (we even had a few A level results). I set up a Space Exhibition and gave Amateur Radio displays amongst many others. I wish all my ex-colleagues all the best things in life and happiness and prosperity to all my ex-pupils. One of whom rang me and said ‘I cannot believe that here am I, 70 years old and speaking to the one who taught me Art when I was twelve. Thirty five years after Mayfield, a couple of examples of the kind of artwork I’m doing now.
Below is a menu for the Staff Dinner of 1968. I had started this annual staff get together some years earlier. The menus were printed in my printing group. The dinner was held at ‘Nan’s Pantry’ near Gants Hill. I wonder if it’s still there?