Newton Church Room Renovation Project
Memories of my School Days by Marion Jones and Vera Christopher
When did you go to Newton school?
Marion went from 1942 to 1948.
Vera went from 1931 to 1940.
Where did you live and who with?
Marion lived with her mother and sister at White House, Lower Maescoed,
Vera lived with her parents at the Green.
How did you get to school?
Marion would walk but if it was raining Daphne and Pam's mother would give me a lift in her car, later mother paid for me to go to school by taxi, the driver was Percy Wilding after him it was Eddie Smith.
Vera use to walk to school and meet up with a lot of children at the tump.
What did you do through your school day?
Every morning we would have prayers and sing a hymn, we had drill out side weather permitting, we would all sing the times table together. Marion thought Miss Powell was wonderful because we made complete garments like pinafore dresses when she was only 10 or 11 years old, but we had a supply teacher once and she told her she did not sew fast enough and her garment was grubby and she had to sit on he floor by her desk as punishment. We used to enjoy the teacher reading to us, once we had King Solomon's Mines. One day Mary Cole fainted and Charles Seaborne fainted too, we would also sing from the national song books.
Vera would have prayers, maths and sewing, she enjoyed the teacher reading to them the most. She use to go to Michaelchurch to the old room by Escley house for cookery, she made rock cakes pastry and other things.
What did you have for lunch?
Marion took sandwiches to start with but then the school dinners started to come from Longtown, we also had milk around 1947 to 1948 from Wayne Herbert, we had horlicks in the winter and water from the pump.
Vera took sandwiches for lunch, we would wash our hands in the cloak room.
Can you remember any local event or any thing about your school days?
We had a welcome home social with a carnival queen. I remember Sylvia Jenkins was the queen and I was one of the attendants, Dorothy Powell made the dresses, mine was a plain blue dress, she also made head dresses the shape of a sweet pea with petals that were wired to it.
Marion left Newton to go to Hereford at 11yrs old.
Vera left Newton at 14 yrs old.
This contribution jointly from Marion Jones, maiden name Lewis and Vera Christopher maiden name Sayce, January 2003