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Gardening trophy for Handcross School
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Gardening trophy for Handcross School

On the right is Mr Alfred King, headmaster of Handcross school from 1926 to 1936.
By all accounts he was very keen on the more senior boys learning about gardening. Peter Arnold was a schoolboy at the time of this photograph and recalls his gardening memories in the book published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the school in 2003.
“The school garden was very important. There were eight plots on the lower part of what is now the playground; they were ¼ rod each; we practised crop rotation and grew all sorts of vegetables. It was Mr King’s perk to keep the produce. One year we won the silver spade, we had it on display for a year, and then it went back to the Sussex authorities. I wonder what happened to it. I have heard no mention of it since the war.”
The Large Version shows a close up of the schoolboy gardeners with the silver spade. It appears to have an unusual design for the top of the handle.

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Picture added on 10 April 2018 at 18:26
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Schools - Handcross
Back row: 3rd from left is my uncle, Bob Silverson, and 6th from left is Edward Boniface, sister to Edith, later to become Edie Boxall.
Front row: 4th from left is Bob Pattenden.
Added by Barbara Mellish on 19 April 2018
The boy holding the spade on the right is my father, Percy Glover. He is now 96 and lives in East Grinstead.

Added by Valerie Capon on 29 June 2018
Valerie, your father joined Handcross school on 26th April 1927 soon after his 5th birthday, and left "for employment" on 1st May 1936, aged 14.
Added by Barry Ray on 30 June 2018
Barry, thank you for the information on my father's schooldays.
Added by Valerie Capon (née Glover) on 02 July 2018
In the front row, second from the left is my father, Ray Funnell, who then lived at Hoadlands on the Hyde estate.
Added by Brian Funnell on 15 March 2019
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