A few of us made it to the Fair [i.e. the Eastwick May fair 2018] and despite it raining from the moment we arrived it was an interesting visit. We managed to have a look around inside and spent some time remembering classes and teachers. We were pleased to see that the House names remain the same – although sadly the brick wall along the side of the field has gone and the playground has been built on – but I don’t expect they are allowed to play Kiss Chase now anyway!
All the best,
Sorry I missed it, unavoidable, but see you next time. Very sad that ‘The Wall’ has gone. (Speaking of which, who knew that Roger Waters of Pink Floyd was born in Great Bookham – a bit before our time, in 1943?).
I’ve always been intrigued by the remnants of ‘the big house’ which existed before the school and found this pic:
Wikipedia says “Eastwick Park, a beautiful manor in the village, was lost in 1958. The house stood within the area of roads now known as the ‘Eastwick area’, and its very large private estate included Great Bookham Commons, which were saved by the village and given to the National Trust. Since being used as a private house, the manor was used by Canadian military in the second world war, and was also a school called Southey Hall, before being demolished for redevelopment. The original gates to the house stand just west of Eastwick Park Avenue on Lower Road.” I recall my dad saying how the Canadian army used the school as a training ground and how they trashed the house so badly it had to be demolished.
Another page says “Eastwick Park was built by the French Huguenot architect Nicholas Dubois (c. 1665–1735) between 1726 and 1728 for Sir Conyers Darcy and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Rotherham of Much Waltham, Essex and the recent widow of Thomas Howard, 6th Lord Howard of Effingham. In 1801 James Lawrell bought Eastwick Park from Richard Howard, the 4th and last Earl of Effingham (of the first creation). Eastwick Park then passed through a number of different owners before housing Southey Hall Boys Preparatory School from 1924 until 1954 (during World War II the boys were evacuated to Devon and Eastwick Park was turned into accommodation for Canadian soldiers). The house was empty from 1954 until 1958 when was demolished to make way for housing and Eastwick County Primary School (which has since been renamed Eastwick Junior School).”
In our time I remember a couple of boys found live-round bullets and a few years earlier someone found a live hand-grenade. Who remembers the black timber shed on the way to the old farmer’s place? Apart from the wall, I think all that remains of the original park estate is the brick stable block (used to be our sports changing rooms, horrid and cold) and any exotic trees that still survive.
A 1966 class reunion was held on the 16th September 2017 at the Windsor Castle pub in Little Bookham. Joy Spencer/Taylor, Linda Davies/Scrase, Martin Claytor, Bob Medland, Chris Scriven, Ian White and Kevan Bundell attended. Jessica Perkins couldn’t make it, but sent her greetings.
Miss Bayley, and others, were fondly remembered. Photos were perused and people identified (see below). The contents of Kevan’s and Bob’s News Books were amusingly shared. We all had a jolly good time.
We vowed to gather again at the next Eastwick School Fête/Fair in 2018. We also agreed to track down other classmates and invite them to join us there. If you are one of them, do send me an e-mail. We would all love to see you again.
Kevan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the photos here, and others, can also be found at :
Bookham Residents Association – http://www.datavu.host-ed.me/bookhamhistory/indexeastwickjs.htm
Many thanks to the BRA for hosting this material, and to Ali Kelman who collected it in the first place and arranged for it to be transferred when the School web site no longer had a space for it.
If you have any photos or other material from Eastwick in the 1960s I would be happy to receive copies and post them here.
I would especially like to see any photos you may have from the photo project that was conducted in the first half of 1966 ( I think) by Mrs Jean Harrowell, a part time teacher, as I recall, possibly incorrectly. The first seven photos below are from that project.
Any comments you may have (as well as photos!) would be very welcome.
Football Team 1965 – b. -Christopher Glaum, Robert Muirhead, ?
m. – Ian white, Martin Claytor, Gregory Able, Paul Hiscutt, Kevan Bundell
f. – Ian Cook , Alan Baker.
Swopping cards – with a fine display of Eastwick blazers (and badge), raincoats and caps. And the playground wall. Left to right : Ivor Bundell, Kyle Ingram? (short hair), Bill Sheldon, Ian Beasley, Johnnie Aldous, David Jones.
Tony’s family moved to Australia in the late 60s. The persons that bought their house told me (in ’73) that they had heard that Tony may have died in an accident. I can believe it. He was a dare-devil. Nonetheless, I would happy to hear from anyone that it wasn’t true.
(Photo from Bob Medland)
b. Avril Derbyshire, Janice Ashby, Linda Davies, Arthur Evans, Jessica Perkins, Alan Baker, Charles Richardson, Nicholas Golby, Simon Mitchell
m. ? Joy Spencer, Ian White, Phillip Barnes, Julia Heath, Hazel Smulders, Diana Baxter, Elizabeth Dalgairns, Michael Baker, Christopher Scriven, Robert Muirhead, Rona Stockwell.
f. Linda Bannister, Marion Taylor, Amanda Webber, Roger Doswell, Robbie Medland, ? , ? , ? , ? , Jonathan Stevens.
Note that Elizabeth has seen something shocking going on behind the photographer. Diana has noticed it too and shut her eyes – quite properly. Jessica, meanwhile, has seen it and is still looking !
(Photo from Martin Claytor)
b. – Mr Taylor, Robbie Medland, Roger Doswell, Hazel Smulders, Joanna Woods, Elizabeth Dalgairns, Avril Derbyshire, Yvonne Tomlins, Diana Baxter, Jennifer Mountain.
m. – Ian White, Paul Hiscott, Mark White, Laurence Robinson, Kevan Bundell, Alan Baker, Gregory Abel, Martin Claytor, Michael Baker, Miss Bayley
f. – Julie Dowden, Julia Heath, Jessica Perkins, Julia Gardner, Mary Samms, Joy Spencer, Hilary Capeling, Linda Davies, Jackie Russell-Bates, Mary Sturgeon, Lynne Parkinson, Suzanne Weston, Caroline Taylor.
Miss Lorna Bayley
Miss Bayley joined the staff of Eastwick Primary School, I calculate, sometime in 1963/4. I remember her arrival. Suddenly things began to change in our morning school assembly. There were new ideas, new components, creative changes.
She taught my older brother Arnold in his last year at Eastwick in ‘63/4. She became my class teacher in September ’64, and remained so for two years until I left in July 1966.
She had a one-eyed Song Thrush in her garden called Nelson.
She introduced a maths-teaching tool called Colour Factor which was very modern but which I totally failed to comprehend.
It was the time of the Tokyo Olympics. She set maths questions on the board and a race to answer them, awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze stars to the winners . . . I remained starless.
However, she also got us boys gardening (photo above – the girls were busy dressmaking I think) – and she put up a bird table outside the classroom window. This was pioneering stuff. At this time feeding the birds mostly meant throwing crusts of bread out in the back garden or hanging up bacon-rind. She bought proper bird feed. She put up large RSPB bird identification charts on the classroom wall and Robbie Medland and I competed to identify each bird (Robbie always won). We thereby came to know birds which we had never actually seen – and many which I have still not seen.
Miss Bayley also encouraged my artistic leanings – drawing and painting animals and birds. She even set me up with a one-boy show of my work on the corridor wall.
She paid for me to join the RSPB, and continued to pay my subscription for some years after I had left Eastwick and moved away. We corresponded during that time, until I grew into a teenager and probably just stopped writing any more.
I did meet her once during those few years, at an Eastwick School fete in, I would guess, 1968. By this time I had been growing for a couple more years. I towered above her. As the photo above shows, she was really very short, only I hadn’t noticed when I was short too. Now I was an awkward thirteen year old. I don’t know what I said to her. I hope I thanked her for being so very good to me.
The Tumbling Team, 1960 :
I don’t know who any of the 1960 Tumbling Team above are, I only remember that from the time I joined Eastwick (in 1960) I watched each year’s team perform at the school’s Summer Fete and yearned to be part of their fantastic gymnastics. What I loved most was their quick-fire sliding across dining tables in alternate directions routine. Mr Taylor was the coach. The team members were selected from the top class only. I finally reached the top class – in September 1965. Mr Taylor asked for volunteers. I volunteered. We had our first session in the school hall.
Tragically, that first session turned out also to be our last.
I was (still am !) devastated.
Perhaps Mr Taylor was by then too busy being Headmaster to find the time for training a Tumbling Team. (I also recall that, by then, he no longer entertained us with the occasional Brer Rabbit story in morning Assembly). Who knows ?
I could probably have been an Olympic gymnast if only there had been an Eastwick Tumbling Team in 1965/6.
Bob Medland sent me some pages from his Autograph book of 1966. You may have to turn upside down to read some of them :
Daily Mail (June’65) : Jackie Russel-Bates, Linda Davies, ? , ? , Paul Hiscutt ? , Michael Baker, Martin Claytor, Diana Baxter ? , Laurence Robinson.
Cubs and Scouts (1964 ?)
A number of us were members of the 2nd Bookham Cubs and Scouts, together with others from Bookham Primary School :
Row 1 (top) : ? , Harold Franklin, ? , ‘Akela’ Mr Fournier, ‘Chip’ Bob Mills.
Row 2 : 4. ‘Bagera’ Mrs Bellet, 6. Mr Bellet ? , 8. GSM Mr Tarrington (‘Tarry’) , 9. Mr Keeble, 10. ‘Skip’ Jim Bundell, 11. David Stockwell ?
Row 3 : 3. Geoffrey Weiss ?
Row 4 : 4. Andy Franklin, 5. Simon Mitchell, 6. Kevan Bundell, 8. Alan Baker
Row 5 : 1. Graham Smith, 3. Christopher Glaum, 6. Martin George, 7. Stephen Taylor, 8. Ivor Bundell
Thanks to Graham Smith for sending me this photo.
Please name more names !