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School Christmas Party 1950 in former W.I. Hut, Ryesland Way

Article written by Eric Chown, Creech St Michael

We all have mementos of our childhood in many forms – toys of all description, dolls, soldiers etc. items and treasures that only we understand.

Creech School Christmas Party 1950 (click to enlarge)

 

Rear of Hall

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Colin West

 

 

 

 

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19

Harold Boyland

 

 

 

 

65

Mr S Kingdon

18

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38

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64

Mr T Richards

17

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37

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16

David Boyland

36

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Mr G Bartlett

15

Alan Burgess

35

Jane Wyatt

 

 

61

Who is in the Group standing?

14

David Caddy

34

Ann Bond

 

 

60

Are you in this Group?

13

Alan Norton

33

Christine Bond

 

 

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12

Eric Chown

32

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Gladys Norton

11

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31

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57

Marion Bale

10

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30

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56

Betty Witcombe

9

Fred Batstone

29

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55

Pauline Jewell

8

Jean Chown

28

Jean Witcombe

46

Ann Caddy

54

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7

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27

Valerie Pitts?

45

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53

Rene Coles

6

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26

Sheila Hooper

44

Wilf Chown

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5

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25

Betty Jewell? Margaret Samford? (see note)

43

Graham Pritchard

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4

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24

Olive Hutchings

42

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3

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23

Heather Hayes

41

Kenneth Davis

49

Janet Hillman

2

Alex Gardener

22

Christine Brown

40

Susan Bryant

48

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1

Stuart Thomas

21

Jean Hembrow

39

Trevor Mitchell

47

Sandra Brass

Front of picture

Ann Lock (née Bond) and her husband Barry have shared a treasured photograph from her past.  Ann went to Creech St Michael Primary school and has a photograph of the school Christmas party in 1950 held in the old W.I. Hut.

It shows a garlanded and bedecked room with two long tables crowded with eager and smiling faces, possibly halfway through a feast of cakes and other goodies.  This party occurred during “rationing” so who was able to produce the food? I don’t know. (Note: food rationing ended in 1954)

Which brings me to the big question – were you there – do you see your own face smiling back at you?

Ann has made a list of the faces she remembers (below) and my sister Jean Wright (née Chown) and I have also added names to some faces – including our own.

There are four rows of seated children peering out from the past with many more standing on the left and at the back. Including the headmaster “Pop” Kingdom. He was great at organising such events for the school.

So come on if you were there let us know.  Better still if you have similar photographs or memories related to the village would you like to share them with us?

I know that there are some of these children still in the parish, probably with grandchildren of their own.

I can be contacted by email at publicity@creechstmichael.net

Creech has changed so much from those days and will change again in the next 50 years. We need to make a record and preserve our place in the fabric of social history.

Update on 27th August 2013. Numbers 25 and 27 – can you help?

Rita Cassidy has suggested that number 25 is not Betty Jewell but is Margaret Samford and that number 27 is Valerie Pitts. We are unsure on both 25 and 27 and need some help!