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Handcross school exterior
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Handcross school exterior

I believe this is the earliest photograph I have of the exterior of Handcross Primary school. Several children can be seen in the playground, but one boy appears to be reluctant to enter the gates!
The bike is not that unusual but the made-to-measure pannier bags suspended from the cross bar certainly are.
Through the trees in the top left corner can be seen the old bell tower which was found to be in a poor state of repair in the latter part of the last century and was removed. However the bell, which can just be made out despite a couple of branches in the way, was saved and re-hung in a new frame on one of the exterior walls facing the road.
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Picture added on 09 February 2015 at 16:10
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Schools - Handcross
Brings back memories, boys in one door, girls in the other, frozen milk or sour depending on the weather.
Marbles, and conkers, and the outside facilities.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 11 February 2015
My 94-year-old father, Peter Brown, went to Handcross school from 1928 to 1931, when he and his family left the district.
These are a few of my father’s recollections of schooldays at Handcross.
• When a new pavilion was put up in the village sports ground my father recalls the celebrations and he won the first race and also scored the first goal.
• There was a man who travelled up from the coast selling fish. Peter’s two elder brothers, Arthur and Frank, were known to give the fishmonger a bit of cheek and one day the fishmonger chased them and they climbed onto the school roof to get away!
• Leslie my father’s middle brother found a way to crawl under the floor of the school to get from one classroom to another.
• His brother, James, sang in the Slaugham church choir.
• My father assures me he never got up to anything naughty! One incident he has owned up to relates to his first day at school when he was hauled up in front of the class for accidently shutting a little girl’s fingers in the door. The little girl was Constance Doggett, whom he later married. If ever there was a case of fate, I think this is it.

Added by Linda Knight (née Brown) on 16 June 2017
Further to Peter Brown’s memories above, one story sounded familiar.
My father, Roger Ray, used to tell me that he and another boy often went through a hole and ended up under the floorboards. As Peter’s middle brother, Leslie Brown, was in the same academic year at school, I seems most likely that he and my father were the two underground explorers!
My father particularly recalled getting into big trouble when they lit a fire in their den. It's a miracle that the school survived until 1978 to celebrate the centenary!

Added by Barry Ray on 16 June 2017
Can anyone remember the shed with the store of powdered milk left there after WW2 and the clogs we had to wear during gardening classes with Scoey?

Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 19 June 2017
Mick, I certainly do remember the large bags of dried milk kept in a shed behind the school, just beyond the boys' toilets on the left.
I shoveled a good amount of the powder in my mouth and it immediately stuck to the moist inside of my mouth in a claggy and sticky coating. The practice is not recommended!
Added by Barry Ray on 19 June 2017
LOL I agree, I often wonder how we all made it in one piece especially with the smoky boiler in the classroom and Scoey's cane!
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 20 June 2017
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