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Alfred Street School - 1962
A profile of the school in 1962 was prepared by the pupils, together
with poems, a crossword, and several reports on their outing to Sywell:

Extracts of Alfred Street History 1872 - 1962 by Lola Cuinel

1872 Our school opened on April 8th and 59 names were enrolled, the great majority being boys. A few months later (July) the heat was intense throughout the second week. Consequently it was hard to keep the children present in working order, because many preferred sleep. Water was spread over the floor to keep the room cooler; also water was sent to drink. October 4th was exactly the opposite, for it was a remarkably cold day and the children were given exercises in marching and clapping. Afterwards they said they were much more comfortable and were able to continue their work.

1873 January 8th: the weather was windy and the teachers put the fire out because smoke filled the room. Again on January 20th, the weather beforehand being mild, it was cold. Consequently it was difficult for the children to keep warm. The teachers then let them go to the fire in turn.

1874 In October, a very annoying thing happened, because in July the school ordered some books from a firm that had promised to send them as early as possible. Unfortunately, they had not arrived by the beginning of the August holidays. After the holidays, the school asked if the books had been sent. The firm answered ‘no’ but promised to send them. Weeks passed but no books arrived. They were asked time after time and time after time the school was disappointed. At the end though, luckily they arrived. [1879 new school opens]

After jumping many years to the beginning of the 20th century, Cave's Factory, where the Palace Theatre now stands, caught fire and a wall of our school (nearest to the Ritz) caught fire too, but not much damage was done.

1962 Now it is 1962 and our school is still standing and I am sure that everyone in it wishes it every success in the future.


Mr. Lawrence by J Carter
Mr. Lawrence started teaching at Alfred Street School on 1st January 1949. He first started teaching in 1925 at Stanwick, going to Westminster College in London the following year. Before becoming a teacher he had done no other job. He became a headmaster in 1947, in charge of the first batch of fifteen year olds, housed in the Rushden Boot and Shoe School. He has not lived in Rushden all his life, but was in Ilford, Essex before the war. He went to India during the second World War with the R.A.F. He is very happy in teaching and also happy at Alfred Street. His hobbies are music, watching football and cricket and he used to like dancing.

Miss Taylor by A Jones
Miss Taylor was born in Cheshire. She went to High School in Cheshire. After that she decided to be a school teacher, so she went to St. Mary's College, Cheltenham. When she left St Mary’s she went to several schools, then she came to Alfred Street Junior in 1959. Miss Taylor’s hobby is music.
Mr. Hughes by N Samson
Mr. Hughes, our teacher, is 42 years old. He was born or 24th January 1920. When a boy he went to Shotton Colliery Junior School, and Les Vauxbelets College in Guernsey. Before he became a teacher he was a coal-miner. He is married and has two boys and a girl. During the war he was flying in the R.A.F. where he remained for six years. He has been to Greece, Kenya, Libya, Palestine and Iraq. He has no particular hobbies although he likes teaching the 3 R’s, reading, writing and arithmetic.
Mr Clarke by Nigel Samson
Mr Clarke, age and birthday unknown, was born in Rushden and went to Newton Road Junior School and Wellingborough Grammar School. He went to St Mark’s and St John’s College, Chelsea and was there for two years. He is married and has one boy. Mr Clarke’s hobbies are growing cactus plants and playing Badminton. Before he was a teacher he was a printer. He has been teaching for nine and a half years. He says that he only likes teaching when his class gets things right.
Mrs. Potter by A Jones
Mrs. Potter was born in a village in Rutland. She went to a college in Kesteven. She has lived in Rushden just over seven years and she has taught at Alfred Street School for seven years. Mrs. Potter has only one hobby, which is needlework.
Mrs. Lawrence by A Jones
Mrs. Lawrence was born in Essex. She went to High School and her great ambition was to teach children, and like other teachers, she went to college and passed her examination to be a teacher. After marriage in those days, women teachers were forced to stop teaching because people thought it was not lady-like to carry on. After a while, Mrs. Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence came to Alfred Street where she started teaching again. In Mrs. Lawrence's spare time, she reads a lot and she belongs to the Toc H Club.
Miss Phillips by A Jones
Miss Phillips was born in Kettering. She went to High School and every Saturday she had a job in a shop. Ever since she went to school, her ambition was to be a teacher. When she left school she went to college in London for two years. After she had completed her two years training and passed her examination she came to Rushden Alfred Street Junior School in September 1960. Miss Phillips has lots of hobbies, including sport, dancing and dressmaking.
Mr. J. Robinson by James Billet
Mr. J. Robinson (Class 6) was born in Rushden and as a boy attended Southend School. He then went to Wellingborough Grammar School after passing the 11 plus exam. The college Mr. Robinson attended was Newland Park College, which is in Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks. For his National Service he served in the R.A.F.
Mr. P. Robinson
Mr. P. Robinson (Class 8) is almost 22 years of age and as a boy, went to Croyland Road and Freeman's Junior Schools and Wellingborough Grammar School. He was born in Wellingborough. Before he was a school teacher, Mr. Robinson was an engineer for six months and also worked in an office for six months. Mr. Robinson went to the college of St. Peter in Saltley, Birmingham. Mr. Robinson has now been a school teacher for 1½years, although he says he does not always like teaching. The subject he likes teaching best is art. His hobbies are photography, woodwork, and he likes listening to records and the radio. Mr. Robinson has not been in the forces or been out of the British Isles. He is not married.

Crossword by Ann Paragreen [solution at end of page]
Clues across
1. Bird with a colourful tail.
7. Dread, mingled with wonder.
8. The Babies were lost here.
9. Decision.
11. Outsize.
12. Part of Bob.
14. Child without Parents.
18. Baby's thanks.
19. Foe.
20. Shrub with yellow flower.
22. Cattle enclosure.
23. Female Rabbit.
Clues down
1. Repeating Bird.
2. Female Sheep.
3. Writer of Fables
4. Wise Bird
5. Baby's Bed
6. Short knock-out.
10. Theatre Attendant.
13. Young Man.
15. Violent Anger.
16. Short for Answer.
17. Want.
21. Part of one.

Poems [only one is titled]
As I was walking along the street
Whom did I meet?

I met the confectioner with his pipe,
The greengrocer with his bananas ripe,
I met a dustman who was emptying a bin,
A little boy creating a din,
I met some roadworkers with their drills,
The doctor who was carrying some pills,
Oh! what a busy street this is,
Oh! what a busy street.

I met the tinker who sells lots of pans,
The butcher and baker in their vans,
I met the cobbler who mends our shoes,
Also the newsagents, who sells us the news,
I met the optician with his spectacles,
And an electrician who works with electricals.
These all do a good job for a couple of bob.

I met a man who looked like a thief,
The dentist who cares for your teeth,
The doctor who makes sure that you're healthy,
A gentleman that looked rather wealthy,
I met the policeman on his beat,
And I must say that he looked rather neat,
But now I must end as I go round the bend.

By N Samson

I wish I had a pony,
What a lot we'd do,
I'd go and call for Toni,
And she'd go riding too.

We'd canter through the meadows,
And find a path to town.
And then go home to supper,
And rub our ponies down.

When I've finished supper,
I'd put him in the stable,
Then I'd help my mother,
To wipe and clear the table.

When that was done,
I'd go to bed,
But I would not worry,
Because I was tired, I said.

By D Willmott

Waking up.
Huddled up under the sheets,
Getting up, what a horrible thought!
Oh blow! I'm off to sleep again,
Half past seven, have to get up.

Brrrr! It's cold out here,
I will have to get dressed quickly today,
Coming for breakfast Mum, Yahoo!

By Rodney Homes

Quiz by Geoffrey Eaton and T Hughes
1. How many points does a black ball count in the game of snooker?
2.  What was the length of the R34?
3. Is the pavement round the Cenotaph covered with rubber or concrete?
4. What is the circumference of the world?
5. Who was the old Roman God of War?
6. William Penn gave his name to which State?
7. How far away is the sun from the earth?
8. Not young but -
9.  What is the fourth Estate?
10. When did the Nuremberg Trials begin?
11.  Is volleying permitted in the game of table tennis?
12. Who was the last King of Spain? 
13. What is the chief canal in England?
14. What is the 49th State of the U.S.?
15.  Is Devonport in Devonshire? 
16. Bucharest is the capital of which country?
17. Where is Baghdad?
18. In which country is Palermo?
Quick Quiz - The Old Testament by J Willmott
1. What is the 8th Commandment?
2. What was Moses' wife's name?
3. How many chapters has Genesis?
4. What is the last book of the Old Testament?
5. What was the second bird out of the Ark?
6. Did the River Nile turn into Blood or Wine?
7. How did the Egyptians punish the Israelites?
8. Who was King David's Royal Friend?
9. How do you spell the book after Daniel?
10. What was Jacob’s other name?
11. What was Jethro sometimes called?
12. What was the Ark covered with in which Moses was laid as a boy?
13. Of what is the Feast of the Passover a reminder?
14. What God did Jezebel worship?
15. Who was her husband?
16. What idol was made at Mount Sinai?
17. What were the children of Israel fed with?
18. What position had Joseph in the time of the famine in Egypt?
19. In what part of Egypt did the Israelites live?
20. Who were Jacob’s eldest and youngest sons?

Boxing by James Billett
Boxing is a means of defending oneself against an opponent. In olden days, instead of using boxing gloves, the boxers wore a leather strap across their knuckles. It is easily distinguished between an amateur and a professional boxer. An amateur wears a vest but a professional does not. Recently Dave Charnley set up a British record which was a knock-out in 40 seconds, against Darkie Hughes. At the moment Billy Walker is a very well known amateur but he is expected to turn professional soon. Before the forming of the A.B.A. (Amateur Boxing Association) it was known as prize fighting and it was held in unsuspected spots for the peelers were hunting them down as it was illegal.
The History of St. Mary's Church, Rushden by Ivan Rye
About the oldest building in Rushden is St. Mary's Church. The door of the Church has been swinging to and fro for about 600 years. The door is studded with iron studs and outside there are two rows of stone seats. As you go into the Church there is a stone bearded head of a man. There is a statue of Sir Goddard Pemberton (the founder) by the north wall, with his wife and eight children, and underneath is written the following, which tells of their wedded bliss:-

By God's grace we so evenly were paired,
As that in sexes equally we shared;
We had eight children to augment our joys,
For her four daughters and for me four boys.

Robert Pemberton died in 1616. The statue was erected by Sir Lewis Pemberton, a nephew of Sir Goddard.

Opposite St. Mary's stands a War Memorial and it has over 400 names on it. It was erected in commemoration of those who were killed in the First World War.

Ski-ing by James Billett
Ski-ing is a method of travelling across snow-covered ground. It is rapidly becoming a very popular sport in Alpine Districts. A ski is a thin strip of wood slightly curved at the end, with a strap to secure your foot, or it would slip off. A special brushwood mat has been developed to help beginners who live in warmer countries and who wish to take up this sport. A new sport has been developed from ski-ing, called ski-jumping. In ski-jumping it is best for unskilled joy-seekers not to take part, for it is very dangerous. The skiers ski down a hill and up a chute and automatically fly through the air and land. If you make an imperfect landing, it is possible that a broken bone will be the result.
Fashion - Simple Tips by Ann Bridgment
Long, short, plump or thin, whatever your figure, here are a few simple tips. If you are tall, do not carry a tiny handbag. Tall girls look silly with small bags. Do not wear small pieces of jewellery. It is best to wear large pieces.

If you are short and plump, do not wear heavy knitted jumpers or cardigans, otherwise you will emphasise your plumpness. If you are short do not wear wide belts. They will cut you in two in the middle. Do not wear dresses too long. Wear them about one inch above the knee.

Some ways to make a plain dress into a pretty one. A skirt or dress will look pretty if you cut out a few odd pieces of bright material. Cut them into squares and stitch them evenly round the skirt. When it is finished it will look new. Narrow ribbons in several colours look nice on a white background.

Shoes by J Chapman
Most shoes are made to the basic design of a thick under-part which is called the sole. Shoes are made to suit people living in different climates, and as they are made according to fashion, there is a tremendous variety of shoes about. In the tomes of ancient Egyptians, there has been found sandals with wooden or leather soles. On these soles, the Egyptians painted pictures of their enemies, the idea being that they would walk on them every time they stood up. Today's latest fashion is the almond toe with the stiletto heel, or pointed and chisel toe shoes, which were in fashion a long time ago.
Foreign Dolls by L Turner
Brittany. The dolls from Brittany, which is on the North West coast of France, are very exquisitely dressed and lace is a prominent feature. The dolls wear long hooped dresses, usually in bright colours, such as red, blue, yellow and green, and occasionally brown or black. The lace, which is usually white, is sewn almost all over the dress and even the head-dress has lace on it.

Spain. The Spanish dolls wear long frilly dresses. They have a shawl around their shoulders which is black and has black tassels all round the edge. The head-dress is called a Mantilla. It has a metal frame and is covered with lovely black lace. The dolls with straight hair have large buns, but those with curly hair wear roses in their hair.

Japan. In the hot country of Japan, the dolls wear tight dresses called Kimonos. The dolls from China are almost identical to those of Japan. The Japanese women have fans and hold parasols (which are sun shades) in their hands.

Holland. The Dutch dolls wear white hats which curl up just below their ears. The shoes are called clogs and are made of wood. Certain dolls have baskets on their arm with tiny plastic tulips in them.

Ireland. The Irish dolls wear brightly coloured shawls over their heads. They have black skirts, white blouses and black shoes, the same as any English child.

The Atomic Age by T Jones & R Homes
An Atom is made up of an electron revolving around a proton. The electron is a negative and the proton a positive charge of electricity. An Atom is the smallest thing into which an element; can be broken. As an example, salt is composed of one atom of chlorine and one atom of sodium. A number of atoms together is called a molecule. Atomic Energy is energy of great strength released from the atom when it is split. One way of using this energy is byway of an Atomic Reactor, which produces electricity, the way in which it does this is by releasing atomic energy through the reactor where it is accelerated to six billion electron volts, compared to ten million volts when entering the reactor. The first Atomic Power Station was Calder Hall, which was opened in Cumberland in October 1956. By 1975 one half of Britain's electricity will come from Atomic Power Stations. The most dreadful way of using the Atom is in the Atomic Bomb, where the Atom is split by using an intense heat. Radio-active rays and dust are produced and these two things are very harmful to human life. One of the most dangerous of these dusts is Strontium 90. In the first Atomic Bomb the Uranium Atom was used. This bomb was exploded at Hiroshima where a hundred thousand people were killed and as many injured. Since that day in August 1945, the atom bomb has become much deadlier and the Hydrogen Atom has been used. The first bomb was about 1 megaton in power, but now there are bombs of 50 to 100 megatons and more. One day, when we have properly organised Space Stations, they will probably be reached by Atomic Rockets, but coming back to the present again, there are already Atomic Powered Submarines, the most famous of which is the American "Nautilus". In 1895, W. K. Rontgen discovered X-rays which are so compact, they can pass through the body and show the outline of what is inside it by striking a shadow on a sensitive photographic plate.
Science by T Jones and R Homes
Some people think Science is a complicated thing, with bespectacled professors looking through microscopes or experimenting with strangely coloured concoctions. But Science is a general name for all the different fields of Science, including Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Bio-Chemistry. Science is a very interesting thing and can give a great deal of enjoyment to you. To start a small mobile laboratory you will need a number of bottles and jars and a few other household things. For the first experiment I will tell you how to make carbon from sugar. Carbon is an element, which means that it has an atomic weight, which is measured by the number of protons and electrons in the particular element which can be found in the Earth. Take some sugar and put it in an old metal tablespoon. Sugar is not an element, but is made up of three other elements; Carbon, Oxygen and Hydrogen. Heat the sugar by holding the spoon over a burner on a gas-stove. You will hear a little crackling sound as the sugar melts. This is caused by water and a combination of Oxygen and Hydrogen leaving the sugar. Keep heating the sugar until it is a black mass; this is Carbon. Some good books to give you more detailed instruction are:- "Instructions in Chemistry", "Discovering Chemistry", "The Young Scientists Companion", "The Magic of Chemistry", and "Chemistry Experiments at Home for Boys and Girls".
Train Spotting by John Holden and Peter Reynolds
Loco-spotting started in 1945 with the help of Mr. Ian Allen. Today the club has over 300,000 members. The steam locomotives that George Stevenson built became very famous throughout the world at that time. The most famous of his locomotives was the Rocket which was painted yellow and black. Today it can still be seen in the Science Museum in London. George Stevenson was asked to build some Locomotives for a mine in Durham. Stevenson was born in Wylam and became an engineer in the local mine. He also made some locomotives for the Penydaren Iron Works, also in Durham. Another two famous locomotives were the Puffing Billy and the Wylam. These two locomotives worked at the same Colliery. The first station was opened in the 16th century for the mines in Durham. The locomotives of today are huge to the locomotives of the olden days. The old locomotives could not travel very fast but the ones of today can reach 120 m.p.h. Most of the Steam locomotives that were built about sixty years ago are being scrapped. The last loco to be built was 92220, EVENING STAR, which was built in 1960. The Garrett Loco's are the biggest with a wheel arrangement of 2-6-6-2. Today they are working in South Africa. The Coronation class have a wheel arrangement of 4-6-2 and are mostly used for expresses. Mines use the W.O. loco's for every day use. [railways]


How Brownies Began by Susan Mole
Along time ago, when there were only Guides, thousands of girls under eleven years old wanted to show how clever they were and to wear a uniform too. Some girls of eleven and under turned up at the guide meetings, although they were not invited and often they were in the way. At last the grown-ups realised how much under-elevens could do, so a kind of Brownies was started but they were not called anything as interesting as Brownies. They were called Rosebuds! Instead of a Brownie figure on the badge, they had an acorn, and for Second Class they had an acorn with some leaves on it. The First Class Brownies had a motto added to their badge. The under-elevens liked their work and games but not their name. All sorts of names were suggested, including Skylarks, Bantams, Bees and Buds, but it was Lord Baden Powell, who started the Guides and Scouts, who thought of Brownies. He told the Rosebuds how long ago people believed in little folk called the Brownies, and how they crept into people's houses at night and did all the housework. The Rosebuds liked the name Brownies - it sounded exciting. Soon their uniform and badges changed and they were like the Brownies we know today.

Book Reviews by Phyllis Bailey
I am going to list the Children's Classics in order of preference.
First with me would come "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame, mostly because the exploits of Mr. Toad, who is a dreadful boaster, are so amusing. Rat, Mole and Badger have a hard job keeping him in hand. Here I quote a verse of one of his conceited songs:-

The World has had great Heroes,
As History Books have showed,
But never a name to go down to fame,
Compares with that of Toad.

There is a great deal more of the same sort.

I also like Alice in Wonderland very much. She has a very decided nature, but in spite of this, she is buffeted about by the creatures Through the Looking Glass is also very nice. (Another book about Alice). There is rather an amusing story about Lewis Carroll, the author of these two books. His real name was Charles Dodgeson. Queen Victoria, having read his book on Alice, asked him to send her any other books he may have written. He sent her “Plane Trigonometry”, a book on Science. The Queen was not amused.

Thirdly, The Water Babies. The adventures of Tom, whilst hard to follow, seem to have a fragment of truth somewhere, although it always eludes you. That sort of thing always appeals to me. The author of that book is Charles Kingsley.

Fourth comes Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I like the way Jim Hawkins, triumphing over Long John Silver, is always just escaping with his skin. Both The Water Babies and Treasure Island I like mainly for the story.

Fifth is Heidi, the delightful story of a little Swiss girl, by Johanna Spyri.

Lastly, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Although it shows the horses' side of things, it does not appeal to me much.

Goodbye, and happy reading!

Copy of letter sent to Martin Hughes by Mr. Hamilton, M.P. for Wellingborough Division.

Dear Martin,

I promised to write to you again about the possible changeover to a decimal system and the present position is as follows:-

The Government has set up a Committee to look into the whole question. The Committee will advise on the most convenient and practical form which a decimal currency might take, including the major and minor units to be adopted. It will also advise on the timing and phasing of the changeover and will estimate the probable cost. The Committee held its first meeting on January 19th. Evidence will be heard in private, but a summary of the evidence will be included in the published report. I know that this all sounds rather complicated, but it is a complicated subject and could affect so many things in your day-to-day life and mine.

I think the advantages of changing over will probably out-weigh the disadvantages, but I do not believe that any change will come until you are some years older. Meanwhile, we seem to mange fairly well with pounds, shillings and pence.

I hope you are having a happy term,

Michael Hamilton.

Common Market and the Decimal System - Observations by Martin Hughes
Should we change to the Decimal System? In short my answer is 'No’. The countries expenditure will increase like wild-fire. It will cost millions of pounds to come into being and the country will never profit by it. Some people say if we go into the Common Market, we should have to change. The Answer? Do not go into the Common Market. Backward children who have just attained the habit of £. s. d. - what good will it do them. They will have to start all over again. Length also has its problems. For instance, builders and architects will have to remake their plans from yards to metres and from miles to kilometres. Another question, should we change from Farenheit to Centigrade. What a lot of bother to change all thermometers. I believe there was a craze for gaily coloured coinage. Let us hope this vanishes as quickly as that did. The Decimal System will cost £300,000,000 to come into being. This will be made up of (a) scrapping all arithmetic books made £. s. d. (b) all cash registers, (c) all adding machines. Who will benefit by it? Probably Britain and all Other Common Market countries, but America and New Zealand will suffer because America will not export half as much to Britain as she does now; New Zealand because her butter is mostly exported to England, but if England changes to Decimal Coinage and goes into the Common Market, Britain will get butter from France, Holland or Denmark. Britain will find it easier if she goes over to the Decimal System, because all the Common Market countries have changed to it. This will be (e.g.) 44d - 4/4d or 10d to each shilling, ten shillings - £5 note. Consequently, the £1 note will be abolished. Not only in money, but in length will the decimal change effect it. For instance, a mile will change to a kilometre, a yard into a metre (a metre - 39 inches approximately). Perhaps the signposts will have to be changed as well, from miles to kilometres. If we go into the Common Market and change to the Decimal System, our weights will have to be changed to grammes.

It might be 10 ozs. = 1 lb. and 10 lbs. a stone. Therefore, quarters, cwts. and tons will be abolished. Temperature will be changed, as it already has done in the weather forecast. 26 in the shade? Cold, you might say, but jolly hot in Centigrade. South Africa changed over to the Decimal System last year and is reporting success. England will benefit by it, perhaps by exporting cars at a lower tariff, providing they sell them in the Common Market. I think we should not go into the Common Market because it has its disadvantages as well. For instance, we might lose our friendship with America and the Commonwealth. Money problems with old and young people will be greater. Changing stamps, money, price tags too. England ought to be able to stand on her own feet without help from other countries. No! I still say No!

Personality of 1961-62 by T Jones & Rodney Homes
Our first choice is Mr. Kennedy, President of the U.S.A. The reason for our choice is that he re-organised the U.S.A.’s defences after gaining presidency in 1960, which led to great progress in America's position in the United Nations, which shows most in the efficient way that their forces dealt with the Berlin situation.

Our second choice is Dag Hamajkold, who was tragically killed when his plane crashed over a remote part of the Belgian Congo. Before this incident though he was one of the key men in the U.N. and in fact helped to keep them united during their troubles.

Our next is Cliff Richard, who reached the top of the Hit Parade with a record not previously in at all. The record was "The Young Ones" from the film of the same name, which was released at the end of 1961. The film has broken the record in attendances.

We have decided to give the honour of being the personality of 1961/1962 to Dag Hamerjkold, because he died on a mission for the United Nations.

Film Stars
Facts about Elvis by Rosemary Allen
Where he was born - Tupelo, Mississippi,U.S.A.
Favourite drink - Coco Cola.
His Age - Elvis was 27 on 8th January 1962.
Colour of eyes - Grey-Green.
Colour of Hair - Light Brown.
Height - about six feet.
Real Name - Elvis Aaron Presley.
Favourite food - Sauerkraut, (a kind of pickled cabbage) and banana pudding.
Dislikes - Formal parties and dressing up. Elvis prefers casual clothes and informal 'get-togethers'.
Likes - Fast cars and motor-bikes and he is crazy about going to the movies.
Favourite subject - English. Favourite disc - Dorothy Squires "I'm walking behind you".
Favourite singers - Hank Williams, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Patti Page.
Special Hobbies - Tinkering with motor cars, swimming, records.
Favourite colours - pink, green and black.
Disc Company - R.C.A.
Robert Fuller by June Allen
His real name is Robert Cole. He was born on the 29th July, 1933 in Troy, New York. He has dark brown hair, blue, eyes, weighs twelve stones twelve pounds and he is five feet eleven inches tall. His favourite hobbies are skin diving and harpooning sharks and his biggest thrill is bucking broncos. His favourite part is Jess Harper in Laramie.
Mike Landon by Ann Bridgement
Mike Landon was born in New York. He has brown hair and merry hazel eyes. Mike is twenty five years old. His Christian name means like the Angels. Mike has been in many films, but he is best known to us as Little Joe Cartwright, one of the Cartwright brothers in that popular T.V. Western - Bonanza.

The Eleven Plus
By Martin Hughes

Oh no to the 11 plus, with all this work and toil,
Oh this very word makes my own blood boil,
We must do our very best,
One slight mistake and our work is messed.

Oh no to the 24th, that ugly, ugly day,
But when the results come through, perhaps we can all be gay.
Five tests all in one, what a lot of bother,
Never mind, soon be done, says sympathetic mother.

When it's nearly over, sitting with my pen,
I wonder if I remembered what was seven times ten.

By Trevor Jones

It should be easy, said my mother,
You should do it without any bother.
We all loathe the difficult swotting,
Careful there, no blotting!

We must go to bed early,
Brush our teeth until they're pearly,
Mother says, "Do your best",
"Here's some biscuits to give you zest",

We do the test,
We hope it was our best,
Then we go home,
It's over and done.

History in Verse by Martin Hughes

In 1066 the Normans invade,
And William the Conqueror King was made.

In 1482, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

What a black year was 1535,
Sir Thomas More is no longer alive.

Also was the year 1553,
Now on the throne was Queen Marie.

Again in the year 1508,
Armada smashed by Sir Francis Drake.

In the next Century in 1605
A King's present of gunpowder did arrive.

In the year 1628,
Buckingham was killed by an officer he did hate.

In 1666, everything was ruined, including St. Paul's,
And London was a mass of crime, plague and brawls.

In the year of 1745,
The Jacobite army was cured of its tricks.

And so we come to the present time,
But still not free from death or crime.

The Elizabethan Period by Jennifer Thomas

Chapter 1. Clothes which rich men wore.
They wore short knee breeches, a cap which had a plume of feathers in it and wore a jacket which is made of silk and a ruffle round his neck.

Chapter 2. Queen Elizabeth 1.
Queen Elizabeth was born at Greenwich Palace on 7th September, 1533, and was the only child of the second wife of Henry VIII (whose name was Anne Boleyn). Queen Elizabeth was made Queen in November 1558. As she grew older, Elizabeth seldom lived in one place. When her father died in 1547, and Edward VI became King, Elizabeth went to live with her stepmother, whose name was Catherine of Chelsea. Elizabeth was twenty when her young half brother, Edward VI, died in 1553.

Chapter 3. Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, in Devonshire, about the year, 1545, or perhaps earlier, and he was educated under the care of another famous mariner, Sir John Hawkins. At 18, he was serving in a ship going to the Bay of Biscay and at 20, went on a voyage to Guinea. In 1577 he sailed round the world - the first to be accomplished by an Englishman.

The History of Cooking by S Rich and J Carter
Cooking, through the ages, was one of the most difficult and complicated things. The cave people built fires of wood and cooked anything edible on an open fire. About one hundred years later, some more people came and invented a different way of cooking. The way they cooked was on a spit. It was a long thin bar with the meat pushed on it. This was supported at each end and a fire was lit underneath it and could be turned so that all of the meat would be cooked. The next people did their cooking on a stand on which they laid their food to be cooked. Nowadays, the most modern way of cooking is by an electric cooker.

Preparing to Cook.
These are a few small things you need to do before you start to cook. First, pin back your hair, therefore it will not dangle in the mixture. Secondly, put on a clean apron and tie it securely. Thirdly, wash your hands with soap and warm water. After this is done, get all of your utensils, together with the ingredients and then check to see that they are all there.

Here are some simple recipes.

Butterscotch Sauce.
Ingredients - any ice cream, 2 oz, butter, 8 oz. Demerara Sugar,
1 dessertspoonful of Cornflour, ½pt. Creamy milk,
6 drops vanilla essence and 6 oz. chopped walnuts.

Utensils - A teacup, teaspoon, saucepan, wooden spoon, glass dropper or a drinking straw.

Method - Mix the cornflour in the teacup together with a little milk until you have a smooth cream. Melt together the butter and sugar in the saucepan and add the rest of the milk. Continue to heat gently until you are sure the sugar has dissolved. Now pour in the cornflour & cream, stir in, then bring to the boil. Simmer slowly for a minute or two, stirring all the time. Remove from heat and quickly drop in your chopped walnuts. Pour the sauce over the ice cream and eat quickly before the sauce cools.

Lemon Cheese Cakes.
Ingredients - Pastry, 2 eggs, ½lb. Loaf sugar, 2 lemons, 4 oz. Margarine.

Utensils - 1 saucepan, patty tins, 1 small basin, 1 fork, 1 grater.

Method - Grate the lemons and put them into the saucepan with the juice of lemons, sugar and margarine. Melt and leave to cool. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and add them to the cooling mixture. Stir over heat - do not allow to boil. Line patty tins with pastry and pour in mixture. Bake for 20 minutes on a high regulo.

Date Loaf.
Ingredients ½lb. Dates, small cup of sugar, 1½oz. Butter, 1 teaspoon

Bi-carbonate of soda, small cup of boiling water, 2 cups Self Raising

Flour, 1 beaten egg, 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence.

Utensils - 1 large basin, 1 sheet greaseproof paper, 1 baking tin, 1 small cup.

Method - Put into the basin the dates, butter, sugar and bi-carbonate of soda. Pour over these a cup of boiling water. Stir until the butter has dissolved, then add the flour, the beaten egg and vanilla essence. Put the greaseproof paper in the tin, then pour in the mixture. Bake slowly for 1½ to 2 hours.

Journey in Time, by Phyllis Bailey
It happened on one of those really hot days - indeed, if it had been cooler, I don't think it would have happened at all. But first, I must introduce myself. My name is Joan Winters and I live right in the middle of nowhere, literally buried in the country. I usually roam about with my friend, (the only person near me for three miles), "Whew", I sighed that day. "Let's find somewhere cool or I shall melt". Barbara laughed - (her surname's Smith). She is one of those lucky people who never feel the heat or the cold. "What about Blackberry Dell?" she suggested. "It'll be cool enough there and besides, we did not explore a little hole on the side." We moved from under our tree. There was a sort of quivering in the air, but at the time I put it down to heat haze. My explanation was however utterly wrong. The quivering became more intense as we pushed our way through the hole Barbara had mentioned. I blinked and when I opened my eyes, I saw a blank door in front of us. We were in a large hall. Before I had time to look about me, Barbara (who is the adventurous type) pushed it - the door - open. We surprised a girl and boy. (I just glanced at the room and cannot describe it). Their clothes were made of some sort of material I had never seen before. Blue of shade and I have never seen since either. It was loose and flowing and hung round the girl in graceful folds. She wore her hair pulled back from one side and allowed to fall round her other shoulder. The boy wore long trousers of the same material. Where the trouser legs reached his ankles, they were tied tightly, but his tunic-like shirt (which just reached his waist) was allowed to remain loose. "Hello" said the girl, in light lilting tones. "Have you just arrived for your holidays?" Barbara and I dashed out of the strange room to find ourselves in the weirdly lit hall. "Joan" said Barbara, with a worried frown "It sounds rather far-fetched, but do you think that somehow we've been taken into the future?" I nodded. "I thought of that. The problem is how to get back". "Exactly" nodded Barbara. We hurried out of the house. "This is awful" I muttered. "Come on, Joan" said Barbara impatiently. We had better find a place to be that is out of the way, to avoid getting mixed up with things and people. There was a winding path nearby and we followed it until we came to a hill. There was a convenient dell nearby in which we hid for some time. "I'm sure there is going to be a thunderstorm" I said. Just as I spoke there was a terrific clap of thunder. The scene quivered and blurred and we found ourselves back in Blackberry Dell. My first impulse was to run and Barbara and I fled. The intense heat had gone. After a while we stopped and Barbara led the way back. We were going to do what you would have done. And had you been there, you would have seen what we saw. Just an ordinary little copse, bedecked with ivy. Since then, I have wondered what happened. There must have been an accident in time. That is the only explanation I can offer.
Australia to Alfred Street by Jane Matthews
I like Australia very much, but of course, I was very excited when I was told that our family was going to England. Although we had sold our farm there were still many things to do. We sold a bit of the furniture and stored the rest in Grandpa's house. We made many trips to and from Adelaide, which is the capital of South Australia, to buy trunks and clothes and to get passports for the trip. Also we had to have our photographs taken and have them put on the passports. We felt rather sad when we left our home for the last time and went to Adelaide. There we were to stay for two days before going to Melbourne to board the ship. We did not do very much at the hotel, except to go up to the roof to see the view over Adelaide. On the least evening, after tea we went to the Television Room to watch television, all except my young brother Andrew, whom my mother put to bed. At nine o'clock, we went down to the bus station and stepped on to a bus that would take us the five hundred miles to Melbourne. My two brothers found it easy to sleep in the bus, but I did not really sleep at all. At one O'clock that night, Dad asked me if I would like to get out and go to a restaurant because the bus had stopped. I said I would and after refreshments we went back to the bus. When we arrived in Melbourne, we went to the ship, which was Italian and called "Castle Felice", which means "Happy Castle". Some of our friends were there to see us off and they gave us some sweets and fruit. Just before the ship moved away, a lot of the passengers threw streamers to their friends on the wharf. We did too. The first night we slept very well and all through the journey, none of us was sea-sick. After leaving Melbourne, we were supposed to stop at Sydney, but because the ship was three days late, we did not. The ship's swimming pool was in great demand and the children's hours were from nine to ten in the morning and from two to three in the afternoon. The man who looked after the swimming pool used to tell the children to get out when their time was up and we all tried to be last out. After that we would lie on the deck, drying our bathing costumes in the sun, until the children's lunch bell rang at eleven o’clock. Then we would rush down to the cabin and get changed because we were not allowed in the dining room with bathing costumes on. On the first of February, we landed in Auckland, which is in New Zealand. When we landed, we got into a tourist bus and went for a trip. On the way up a hill overlooking Auckland, we saw great ferns and trees of beautiful greens. The bus stopped several times to let people take photographs and once we saw some Maori children. We also went to a zoo and saw a Kiwi, before going back to the ship. During the fortnight between Auckland and Singapore, everybody found out that living on a ship is like living in a world of your own. In all this time, we only saw a few islands and a couple of ships. One day I saw some of the crew putting deck seats round in a circle and fixing a hose pipe with a chair under it. Next day they put up a table and chairs with other chairs near them. After that came some stewards carrying what seemed to be very tasty cakes and put them on the table. Dad told us that this was the crossing of the line and that it was always done. Many people were now sitting in the chairs but we were lucky enough to be in the front row. First King Neptune and his lady came in, followed by some courtiers and sat down on the chairs round the table. Then some people came in, dressed in bathing costumes, and some passengers in fancy dress poured tomato sauce and spaghetti and all sorts of food over them. One man had to have his appendix out and a man dressed in a doctor's costume started to saw the man with a wooden saw and then produced a string of sausages. After this, the person was sat on the chair under the hose pipe and the water was turned on. Next he was taken to King Neptune and given one of the cakes which was filled with salt. When we reached Singapore, there was an awful rush getting off the ship because just about everybody wanted to get off and look around. At last we disembarked and got a taxi, which took us to a camera shop. After we had bought our cameras we looked at some material and Mum bought some. After that we went to the Tiger Balm Gardens. It was full of statues made of cement and wire. Most of the statues were in scenes showing people being tortured by laying on knives, one man had had his big toe cut off. A few statues were of Budda, which I thought was rather funny. We also went into a Hindu Temple, where we had to take our shoes off. The day before we arrived in Colombo, the children had a fancy dress party. I was dressed as a Hawaiian girl and my brother, Chris, as a pirate. Everyone received a prize and some ice cream. When we got off at Colombo, we went to another temple, but this one was a Buddist Temple. There we saw a great stage with statues of Budda and his Disciples on it. We saw too, what was supposed to be Budda’s foot-print, which was about eighteen inches long and six inches wide. We also smelled incense - it was very strong and being night time, it gave an eerie feeling. At about half past eight, we went to a cafe and had supper before going back to the ship.

We did not do very much before we got to Aden where we saw the people drying sea water for the salt in salt rack. We next went to a big irrigated garden filled with lovely flowers and the guide gave some to us. After that we went into a store and mum bought a typewriter and a music-box. When we got to the Suez Canal, Mum and Dad got off at Port Suez and went on a trip to Cairo and would meet the ship at Port Said, while we stayed on board with friends. After the launch left to take my parents and other passengers to the land, we saw that a crowd was gathering on the sun-deck. I went over and saw a man unpacking a case. Suddenly he told everyone to move out of the way while he put some things down. I then realised that he was a magician and later found out that he was called the Gully-gully man. He did some good tricks like throwing a pound over the side of the ship and then finding it again behind someone's ear. He did his first show at ten in the morning and a second show at five in the afternoon. In between times, we watched the land very near us and could see the houses and people. After Port Said we did not do very much but swim and sit in deck chairs until we reached Naples. There, after leaving the ship, we went to a Museum in San Martino, which had many statues and pictures of battles and wars. We also saw suits of clothes which great men out of history had worn. After that we went to a cafe and had the appropriate wine and spaghetti. At the Port we saw many beautiful dolls with lovely dresses and I persuaded Mum to let me buy one. Chris got a machine gun and then we went back to the ship. After we left Naples it began to get cold, so we did not go swimming, but stayed in the cabin or wrapped up in rugs on deck chairs. By the time we at last arrived in England it was very cold and getting off the ship was an awful struggle.

Although some of the passengers had got off at other ports most of the people were getting off at Southampton. We stayed at Bournemouth for ten days with friends before going to Fleet, near Farnborough, in Hampshire. After that we had a flat in Warwickshire for three months and went to a village school. Now we live in Rushden and Chris and I go to Alfred Street School which I like very much.

Crossword Quiz Quick Quiz
1.  Seven 10. November 1945
2.  638 ft 11.  No
3.  Rubber 12.  Alphonso XIII
4.  25,000 miles 13. Grand Union Canal
5.  Mars
6.  Pennysylvania 14.  Alaska
7.  93,000,000 miles
15.  Yes
16. Rumania
8. Old 17. Iraq
9.   The Press 18.  Sicily
1.  Thou shalt not steal 11. Ruel
2.   Zipporah 12. Pitch and Slimb
3.    50 13.  The flight into Egypt
4.  Malachi 14. Baal
5.  A Dove. 15. King Hahab
6.  Blood 16. Golden Calf
7.  By making their tasks harder 17.  Manna or Quails
8.  Jonathan 18.  Governor
9.  Hosea 19.  Goshen
10.    Israel 20. Ruben and Benjamin

School Visit to Sywell in 1962

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