The Slaugham Archives

Staplefield School teachers and pupils
The Slaugham Archive
Staplefield School teachers and pupils

Teachers: Mrs Pryde on left, Miss Critchley on right
Back Row: 2nd from right Richard Perry, 4th from right Glyn Alexander
Middle Row: 4th from left Tom Perry, 6th from left Royston Card, 7th from left Mark Hayward. Far right John Robins, 2nd from right Angus Hardern, 4th from right George Dale
Front Row: 2nd from left Ivy Lane
Please can anyone add more names?
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Picture added on 02 June 2013 at 16:37
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Schools - Staplefield
Front row: far right Peter Brown with, I think, Joyce Barnes, next to him.
Middle row: 5th from left is Margaret Rice.
I remember Mrs Critchley cycling from Whiteman's Green every day; no "Chelsea tractors" then!
It's nice to recall that this bonnie group comprised the entire school. Our local primary has in excess of three hundred pupils!
It was a good start in life with two great teachers but I never liked the cheese pie for lunch on Tuesdays.
Added by John Robins on 03 June 2013
I think the third from right in the back row is Iain Pryde, Mrs Pryde's son.
I once forged a letter to Miss Critchley "Angus must not eat brussel sprowts (sic), nor cabbige (sic), nor sirop puden (sic)" but for some reason my forgery was detected.
Added by Angus Hardern on 04 June 2013
My neighbour, Margaret Waghorn (née Rice), tells me:-
Front row L to R
1 Wendy Tomsett 2 Ivy Lane 3 Charlotte Dale 4 Wendy Emery 5 Julie Atkinson 6 Margaret Pateman
7 Sheila Sayers 8 Wendy Brown 9 Joyce Barnes 10 Peter Brown
Middle row L to R
1 ??? 2 Richard Powell 3 Susan Brown 4 Tom Perry 5 Margaret Rice 6 Roy Card 7 John Lloyd ?
8 William Reynolds 9 George Dale 10 Jane Withers 11 Angus Hardern 12 John Robins
Back row L to R
1 ??? 2 Pat Gasson 3 ??? 4 Julie Card? 5 Ann Emery 6 Kathleen Rice 7 Penelope Sharp 8 Glyn Alexander
9 Ian Pryde??? 10 Richard Perry 11 Ann Inman

Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 09 June 2013
William Reynolds, from Scotland, enrolled at Staplefield a little later than most of the others and impressed me mightily by coming to school every day on his bike.
I told my folks, much to their amusement, that we had a new kid who cycled to school every day from Scotland.....
Added by Angus Hardern on 10 June 2013
Good grief, were we ever that innocent?
I had the best grounding for life at St Marks, even though some of my memories are clouded by time.
John, I liked the cheese pie, tapioca pudding was my least favourite.
I think the lad 1st right in back row was called Jim, but can't recall his last name.
Added by Ann Inman on 10 June 2013
The boy on the extreme left in the Middle Row could be John Cobby.
Added by Angus Hardern on 10 June 2013
The boy at top left is the brother of Ivy Lane, Brian Lane.
They are my mum and uncle.
Added by Jody Franks on 28 April 2016
Happy days! This must have been taken just before I went back to America with my mother.
We came back in 1956 and stayed with my grandparents again who still owned the public house, The Jolly Tanners.
Added by Ann Inman on 29 April 2016
Back row L to R. No.3 is Roger Atkinson.
Roger was my brother and sadly passed away in 2006.
My parents farmed at Washlands in Brantridge Lane until 1961. I married a farmer and I'm still involved with the dairy farm at Bury, Pulborough, West Sussex.
I have two younger sisters, Jill and Susan, who also went to Staplefield School.
Added by Julie Hughes (née Atkinson) on 05 February 2017
Julie, I remember your Dad rolling up to school one morning in the early 1950s in a brand new (two-tone?) Vauxhall. Were we impressed!!
Added by Angus Hardern (Hong Kong) on 06 February 2017
Angus, what a good memory you have!
Dad bought that car, a red/white Vauxhall Cresta, in January 1955.
There was so much snow on the ground he asked the garage to keep it until the weather improved. At the same time my mother was in Cuckfield hospital giving birth to my youngest sister, Susan.
Added by Julie Hughes (née Atkinson) on 06 February 2017
Hi Julie, Oh I had just got into cars (I still am, 60 years later!) and two-toners were very much in fashion at the time.
I seem to remember your passion was ponies. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you still keep a pony or two!

Added by Angus Hardern (Hong Kong) on 07 February 2017
Angus, no ponies now, only dairy cows and beef animals.
We process our milk on the farm and sell our milk, cream, ice cream and yoghurt, beef and rose veal in our farm shop.
We also deliver locally.
Added by Julie Hughes (née Atkinson) on 14 February 2017
Hi Julie, I have just been looking at Slaugham Archives and came across the pictures of Staplefield School and saw the comments about your Dad's car.
I also remember the two-tone car your Dad had, but my favourite was a Bedford cattle truck.
Added by Mr P J Brown on 04 April 2018
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