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Handcross School centenary 1978
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Handcross School centenary 1978

Handcross Primary School celebrated its centenary in 1978. Teachers, pupils and even some of the parents dressed in Victorian clothes and walked from the school through the High Street for a service at All Saints church lead by the vicar, also dressed in Victorian clothing.
Later, back at the school, there were speeches, the unveiling of the restored school bell, Maypole dancing, and various sideshows to entertain everyone including dozens of former pupils of all ages.
Spotted on the video are
0.14 Rev. David Towne, 0.24 Headmistress Miss R. J. Stenning, 1.27 Headmaster 1969-1973 Barry Gooders, 1.48 Bill Scott (dark blazer), 1.55 Joy Greenfield (between parents), 2.17 Winnie Greenfield (ringing bell), 2.23 Deputy Head - Miss Margaret Morgan, 2.37 Joe Ray, 3.22 Derick Gordon (brown suit), 3.36 Darren Ray (sweep’s boy) 3.45 Barry Ray, Laurence Ray carrying son, Harry, Jane Ray, Peggy Ray, Carol Ray, 4.11 Samantha Gordon (white bonnet, on left), 4.14 Jack Greenfield (top hat), 4.20 Zoe Turner (lollipop), 4.37 Alison Ray, Josie Ray.
Filmed by Roger Ray on his clockwork cine camera Super 8mm.
The first piece of music was called “Come Lasses and Lads, get leave of your Dads” and was the traditional bouncy tune played during Maypole dancing. The second piece was “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and for those of a certain age the melody at 2.30 will best be remembered as the theme tune for the BBC series of Billy Bunter. Oh lor! Oh crikey!
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Unfortunately the Maypole couldn't take the strain and I was made to stand on the base and hold it upright!
One of my last duties prior to leaving for secondary school.
Added by Anthony Shopland on 08 January 2014
After sending many emails requesting information about the school bell, I have now (after a year) heard that the bell has been disposed of! Probably in a skip whilst building work took place.
I had specifically requested that the bell be taken care of before building works began! This was an important part of the school.
Anyone who reads this please express your disgust to the school governors and headmistress.
I am still shocked at the total disregard for the school's history.

Added by Bev. Ansell (née Fraser) on 08 February 2015
I heard that the bell was sent for repair and was broken. I don't know about the frame for it; that was made by Mr Quick.
I think we should start a campaign to get it reinstated, and if the bell no longer exists, then another should replace it.
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 08 February 2015
The bell was refurbished by Archie Quick for the school's centenary in 1978.
The repairs were paid for by ex-students; me being one of them. It was then re-hung at the school.
I agree with Sam Butler, it needs to be replaced at the school's expense.
Added by Mick Fiest (Canada) on 08 February 2015
No apology or explanation forthcoming for its demise from the headmistress or governors? How insensitive.
I suggest that we forward our views to the headteacher at
Added by David Pearce on 09 February 2015
The Maypole was disposed of too because they had to borrow one from another school.
Has anyone seen the plaque showing all the names of previous headteachers? This was taken down a few years ago.
Added by Andrew Stone on 15 February 2015
I agree with Dave Pearce.
As many people as possible should email the school asking for an honest reply to the question of the disappearing bell, as well as many other school records/artefacts during the time of the present regime.
Added by David Masters on 16 February 2015
I agree. It seems as though the history of the school has been ignored by the governing bodies; at the very least all of the articles mentioned should have been archived for future generations.
As the school falls into the public domain there should be an inquiry into where these articles are at present.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 16 February 2015
It is very sad that the headteacher and school governors have little regard for any history that is attached to the school. As to the records/artefacts and the bell, it is quite amazing that these things can be so easily disposed of!
Added by Barbara Mellish on 23 February 2015
Just walked up to the school and I see no sign of the weather vane either. :(
Added by Anon on 02 April 2015
Just as an update, I have received a letter from the School Governors saying they assume the bell has been "lost"!
Apparently those presently running the school do not feel this matter is their responsibility.
There is a petition in the village for people to sign if they feel that we should press for a real answer.
The board listing all the previous head teachers has also disappeared.
Should we give the story to the Middy? Should we ask to meet the Governors?
Added by Bev Ansell (née Fraser) on 03 April 2015
I think that a meeting should be arranged with the press and the facts made public. A good social media petition is another great way to go.
There are many former students of Handcross School spread around the world who would likely be interested in this story.

Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 04 April 2015
I think the matter should be carefully thought through before any decision is taken. It is a lot to commit to if people are not prepared to see it through.
Added by Barbara Mellish (née Kinnard) on 05 April 2015
Meridian TV?

Added by Anon on 05 April 2015
I remember being allowed to ring the bell by Miss Stenning on several occasions.
As someone who has had three generations of family go to Handcross School I shall definitely be signing the petition.
Is it in the hardware store?

Added by Clare Bailey on 09 April 2015
I think it is a good idea to challenge the school over this but I am not sure what the goal is. If the bell and other things have gone in the builders' skip, it will be long gone.
However, is the aim that the bell, board and weather vane be replaced?
Added by Sam Butler on 10 April 2015
When the BELL is replaced I will be happy to return and ring it again.
Added by Barry Gooders (1969 -1973) on 13 September 2015
What was the outcome ?
Has the bell been reinstalled?
Added by Sam Butler on 14 September 2015
Seeing your archives have bought some childhood memories back.
I was at Handcross School back then and grew up around Nymans gardens as my grandad was the head gardener there.
Added by Was Andrew Nice on 20 May 2018
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