Banstead Village School Group Photos
Featuring...
The old Banstead Village Junior and Infants Schools


All contributions received are placed in chronological date order below.

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YEAR
Link
INDEX OF ALL ITEMS RECEIVED

CONTRIBUTOR
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2009 MCU001 Memories of my grandfather - Mr Cutchee Mary Cutchee
1989 PDE002 Junior and Infant school photos Peter Denton
1971 TCL003 Banstead County infants school letter from Mrs Bates Tina Claydon
1970s TCL002 Memories of Banstead Infant School in the early 1970s Tina Claydon
1969 SCO001 Junior school Stephen Cook
1960 EAL001 Mr Jones Class 1 Elaine Allsop nee Davies
1959 - 63 HWUK4 Village School 1959 to 63 approx Hazel Woodrow
1959 - 63 HWUK3 Village School 1959 to 63 approx(might be 1952/3) Hazel Woodrow
1959 - 63 HWUK2 Village School 1959 to 63 approx Hazel Woodrow
1959 - 63 HWUK1 Village School 1959 to 63 approx (might be 1954) Hazel Woodrow
1958 EAL002 Miss Honer's Class 4a Banstead Junior School Elaine Allsop nee Davies
1954/5 PDE001 Banstead County Primary School Class 1 Peter Denton
1953/4 MFU001 Banstead County Primary School Class 1 Michael Funnell
1953/4 JCO001 Banstead County Primary School (Summer) Janet Collins
1952 to 54 CONT01 Banstead Village School Contibutor unknown
1952 to 54 CONT02 Banstead Village School Contibutor unknown
1952 MFU02 Banstead County Primary School (Summer)Class 3 Michael Funnell
1951 MFU03 Banstead County Primary School (Summer) Michael Funnell
1950 PWI001 School play - The great fire of London Pat Winslett
1950 BME005 Banstead County Primary School - Form 1 Brian Melton
Unknown 1 BME004 ???? 1949/50 ???? Brian Melton
Unknown 4 BME003 ???? 1949/50 ???? Brian Melton
1949/50 PDU0001 Banstead County Primary School - Form 1 Pauline Duart
Unknown 3 BME002 ? 1948/49 ?(background same as 1947/8 Brian Melton
1948 RSL001 Banstead Village School Form 3 BPS Richard Slee
1948 TSL002 Banstead Junior School - Top Class Tom Slaughter
1947/48 BME001 1947/48 (Possibly slightly earlier) Brian Melton
1947/48 MWE001 Greetings from California - memories of pupils at the school Margaret Weitkamp nee Burrows
1947 TSL001 Banstead Junior School - Sports team Tom Slaughter
1945 WHE002 Sports day at the Village School Wendy Henningsson
1945 WHE001 Banstead Village School teachers Wendy Henningsson


 
Personal memories of Mr Cutchee

Village School headmaster Mr. CutcheeI came across your site while looking for genealogical info for my family.

I was delighted to see pictures of Mr.Cutchee who was my grandfather (Pop as I knew him). I smiled at Martin Lisk's memories of being invited into my grandfather's lighthouse for reprimand: I never had the pleasure of seeing the 'lighthouse' obviously, but experienced a few reprimands from him all the same.

I was also very familiar with the Hiawatha poems as he used to recite them often at home too. I remember being woken up by him bringing me tea in the morning with the words "Awake! For morning in the bowl of night..."a quote from the Rubyyat of Omar Khayyam.

He loved poetry and I still have a copy of Palgrave's Golden Treasury which he gave to me for a birthday, inscribed with his beautiful copper plate handwriting.

I fear I was something of a disappointment to him on at least one occasion when I preferred to ride my bike rather than learn how to play chess! I know he loved learning and teaching, and being with children. It was his passion and joy to share his knowledge and love of beauty. My grandmother, his wife, had been a pupil at the Village school in the early 1900s. She had apparently enjoyed the quirk of fate that enabled her to attend functions at her old school as the headmaster's wife!

My grandfather found it hard to give up teaching altogether as he used to have little maths books full of sums ready for my sister and me when we visited. We eventually managed to persuade him to play other games with us (he was adept at finding ju-jubes behind our ears) and the maths books disappeared into a drawer...relief! However the teaching genes must be strong as all his grandchildren (3 girls and a boy) have become teachers.

Many thanks for your interesting site.
I hope my reminiscences from a slightly different perspective may be useful
Mary Cutchee (October 2009)

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Peter Denton writes - The junior and the infant schools were quite separate. Banstead County Infants School was in Avenue Road, while Banstead County Junior School was in the High Street, on the junction with Avenue Road. So the schools were next to each other, but the playgrounds were entirely separate - the infants and junior kids didn't mix. Some time in the 1980s, the infants school changed its name to Banstead County First School.

Both of the photographs below were taken from Avenue Road. The junior school picture shows one of the entrances, with a classroom on the right. In front of the infants school is the old green corrugated iron building, which acted as extra classroom, school hall and canteen, where we had our 'school dinners'.

May 2009 - Pat Winslett nee Phillips says "Two particular memories that came to mind when looking at the green corrugated hut/hall between the Infants and Junior schools.  One was that it was the meeting place for the Brownies. The other was queuing up with large tins to receive free dried milk and chocolate powder - I suppose it was not long after the end of the war when we were still rationed!"

June 2009 - Martin Lisk says "

I have a few memories from those years. Mr Cutchee the headmaster. Used to invite you up to his 'lighthouse' when you were in trouble. His study was in a small second floor room to the junior school almost under the roof and was reached by a spiral metal staircase - hence the lighthouse!

For the record I was only caned once by him, drawn into mischief by Bill Kitney (where are you now Bill?).

Mr Cutchee used to read the Hiawatha poems (by Longfellow?) ad nauseam.
I was also sacked as a prefect in my last year - for being out of bounds (collecting a ball). The state of the toilets were awful- described by someone else."
Banstead Village Junior School 1989 - photo courtesy of Peter Denton Banstead Village Infants School 1989 - photo courtesy of Peter Denton
Banstead Junior school in 1989
Banstead Village infants School in 1989
Banstead Village School demolition - Photo coutesy of Ted Bond Banstead Village School demolition - Photo coutesy of Ted Bond
Demolition just starting. Major demolition work in progress.
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Pat Winslett nee Phillips sent in these two photos dating from 1950. They show the young actors taking part in the school play that year - The great fire of London of 1666.

Below are Ruth Latham and Patricia Phillips and to the right, Geoffrey Wynn and Nigel Thomas

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Public contribution to BHRGContributed in 2016 by - Donald and Michael Brown.
Village School Probably 1952 to 1954

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Banstead Village School  probably 1953 to 1954 (top)
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down
(L-R) standing
3rd row down
(L-R) seated
Front Row
cross legged
1. 1. 1. 1.
2. 2. 2. 2.
3. 3. 3. Robert Stone 3.
4. 4. 4. 4.Howard Bloxham
5. Frazer Hinkley 5. Mary Shaw 5. Kenneth Percival 5.
6. 6. 6. 6.
7. 7. 7. Donald Brown 7
8. 8. Frank Low 8. 8.
9. John Steadman 9. 9. 9
10.Michael Brown 10. 10. John Shipton
11. Howard Ford 11. Janet Webber
12.  
13.
14.
15. Robert Bowers
16.
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed in 2016 by - Donald and Michael Brown.
Probably 1952 to 1954. Can you confirm which year this is?

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Banstead Village School Probably 1952 to 1954
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Front Row (L-R)
1. TEACHER ? 1. Martyn Walls 1. Olive Matthews
2. Donald Brown 2. Adrian Coulman 2.
3. Ian Bell 3. 3.
4.  4. John Walker 4.
5. Kennth Chivers ? 5. 5.
6.  John Butcher 6. 6.
7. Howard Bloxham 7. John Steadman 7.
8. Michael Brown 8. 8. Carol Matthews
9. 9. Roger Woolley 9.
10. David Hopkins 10. 10.
11.John Shipton 11. 11. Betty Page
12.
  13.
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Public contribution to BHRGPhoto contributed by Hazel Woodrow - June 2012
Village School 1959 to 63 approx (unknown 1)

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Banstead Village school 1969 -63 unkn 1
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Front Row (L-R)
1. 1. 1.
2. 2. 2.
3. 3. 3.
4. 4. 4.
5. 5. 5.
6. 6. 6. Mr Haynes
7. 7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
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Public contribution to BHRGPhoto contributed by Hazel Woodrow - June 2012
Village School 1959 to 63 approx (unknown 2)

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Banstead Village_School_59_63 ukwn 2
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down
(L-R) standing
3rd row down
(L-R) seated
Front Row
cross legged
1. 1. 1. 1.
2. 2. 2.
3. 3. 3.
4. 4. 4.
5. 5. 5.
6. 6. 6.
7. 7. 7.
8. 8. 8.
9. 9. 9.
10. 10. 10.
11. 11. 11.
12. 12.
13. 13.
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Public contribution to BHRGPhoto contributed by Hazel Woodrow - June 2012
Village School 1959 to 63 approx (unknown 3)

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 Banstead Village_School_59_63  ukn3

Robert Hines says "I believe this to be around 1952/53 & 4th from right on the top row is my late brother, John Hines."

Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down
(L-R) standing
3rd row down
(L-R) seated
Front Row
cross legged
1. 1. 1. 1.
2. 2. 2. 2.
3. 3. 3.
4. 4. 4.
5. 5. 5.
6. 6. 6.
7. John Hines 7. 7.
8. 8. 8.
9. 9. 9.
10. 10. 10.
11. 11.
12. 12. 
13. 13.
14. 14.
15. 15.
16. 16.
17.Mr. Jones
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Public contribution to BHRGPhoto contributed by Hazel Woodrow - June 2012
Village School 1959 to 63 approx (unknown 4)

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Banstead Village_School_59_63 woodrow ukn4
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down
(L-R) standing
3rd row down
(L-R) seated
Front Row
cross legged
1.Mr Jones 1. 1. 1.
2. 2. 2.
3. 3. 3.
4. 4. 4.
5. 5. 5.
6. 6. 6.
7. 7. 7.
8. 8. 8.
9. 9. 9.
10. Frankie Low (?) 10. 10.
11. 11. 11.
12. 12. 12.
13. 13.
14. 14.
15. 15.
16. 16.
17.
18.
19.
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Public contribution to BHRG Contributed by Michael Funnell in April 2012.
Summer 1951 for school year 1950/51. Class 5
Banstead Village_School 1951 summer class 5
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Front Row (L-R)
1. Michael Brian 1. -- 1. --
2. Michael Gray 2. David Rogers 2. Hilary Preece
3. Alan Barton 3. John Penna 3. Jessie Jones
4. -- 4. Helen Fowler 4. --
5. Robert Hines 5. Claire Knox 5. Anne Marion
6. -- 6. -- 6. Jennifer?
7. Timothy Curran 7. Katherine Hunt 7. Maureen Jowett
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8. Bruce Osborne 8. Elaine Piper
9. John Eyles 9. --
10.Michael Funnell 10.Janet March
11.Miss Prowse 11.Gillian Thomas
Michael says that this class
used the classroom next to
the headmaster's study.
12. --
13. --
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Public contribution to BHRG Contributed by Michael Funnell in April 2012.
Additional names provided by Gay Cheek (now Jennifer Rickman) June 2013.
Summer 1952 for school year 1951/52. Class 3
Banstead Village_School 1952 summer class 3
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Front Row (L-R)
1. Mr Fenton 1. Robert Hart 1. Rita Sears
2. ? Paul Beard 2. Mervyn Jones 2. Jennifer?
3. Timothy Curran 3. ?? Philip Collins 3. Irene Harris
4. Paul Wolstenholme 4. Heather Rogers 4. Margaret Newell
5. Robert Hines 5. -- 5. Elaine Piper
6. Alan Barton 6. Helen Fowler 6. Annette Dearmer
7. Robert Ball 7. Sheila Branch 7. Maureen Jowett
8. Hugh Gear 8. Heathwer McFee/McPhee 8. Jacqueline Freeman
9. -- 9. Judith Chasten 9. Gay Cheek
10.Brian Nesta/Nester 10.Judith Barnes 10.Katherine Hunt
11.Michael Gale 11.Howard Knight 11.Margaret Rogers
12.Antony Flavell 12.Phillip Vine 12.Cheryl Vernon
13.Ian Birch 13.Michael Knowles 13.Hilary Preece
14. Michael Funnell
Why am I wearing a blazer and tie with neat pocket handkerchief mirroring Mr Fenton, when all other boys are wearing open necked shirts???!!! Irene Harris was the one who told Timothy Curran and me on 6th Feb 1952 that the King had died. We said we didn't believe her!!
Hi
My name is Antony (Tony) Flavell, no h in Antony and I am number 12 back row. My daughter Amanda also attended the school. We both now live in New Zealand. [April 2016]
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Public contribution to BHRGPhoto contributed by Elaine Allsop nee Davies - October 2009.
         Names submitted by Janet O'Connor nee Underwood in Jan 2011
Banstead Junior School Class 4A Miss J M Honer 1958

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Village school Class
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down
(L-R) standing
3rd row down
(L-R) seated
Front Row
cross legged
1. Susan Davies 1. Alan Shipway 1. Susan Webb 1. Pippa Wicking
2. --? 2. Nigel Marks 2. John Stone 2. Ann Truswell
3. Alan? 3. Christine Phillips 3. David Lee 3. --?
4. --? 4. Trefor Parry 4. Mr Haynes (Head) 4. Joan Phillips
5. Susan Mason 5. Leslie Garland 5. Miss Honer 5. Wendy ?
6. Shirley Parkins 6. --? 6. David Cowdrey 6. Janet Underwood
7. David ? 7. Sandra Davies 7. Raymond Reed
8. Dudley Haynes 8. Cliff Houghton 8. Robert Davies
9. Colin Davies 9. Robert Graves 9. Hazel Woodrow
10. Alistair Cook 10. --?  
11. Sally Price 11. Derek Lovelock  
12. --? 12. Philip (Holloway ?)  
  13. Michael Corbett  
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Elaine Allsop nee Davies - October 2009.
         Names suggested by Janet O'Connor nee Underwood in Jan 2011 and Jenny Barnfield nee Gregory in November 2011.
Mr Jones Class 1 1960

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Village school Class
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down
(L-R) standing
3rd row down
(L-R) seated
Front Row
cross legged
1. 1. Alastair Cook 1. Jennifer Gregory 1. John Stone
2. 2. Stephen Brammell? 2. Angela Needham 2. George Phillips
3. Dudley Haynes ? 3. Stephanie Coles? 3. 3. Adrian Mitchell
4. 4. Hilary Seager 4. Denise ?
5. Peter Rivet 5. Heather Morris 5. Nora Gasparek
6. 6. Susan Mason 6. Elizabeth Norman
7. David Copsey ? 7. Roberta Chasterton 7. Mary Andrews
8. 8. Jane Edmunds 8.
9. Peter Marlow 9. Cynthia Duke 9. Jennifer Blower
10. Robert Piper 10. Colin Davies 10. Carole Nash
11. Lewis Seaman 11. 11.
12. 12. Mark Stevens?
This note was received from Cyril Cooper but seems to be incorrect:
" I am second from right in the back row. I would say 1949."
Cyril Cooper.

Note from webmaster - The date Cyril suggests is well off the date we thought this photo was taken. Can anyone else add any information?

Jenny Barnfield nee Gregory mailed us with many more of the names in the photo. Jenny says "I live in Somerset now, where are we all?"
Carole Moody nee Nash also emailed with more names in March 2012. Carole lives in Devon and tells us she is still in contact with Nora Gasparek who now lives in Austria.
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Brian Melton - March 2009.
Unknown photo (1)- year probably 1949/50.

The teacher on the left is Mr Fenton and the one on the right, Mr Beales.

Is this a team photo of some sort? Why only boys?
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Stephen Cook in December 2009.
Junior school 1969.
Banstead Junior School 1969
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down
(L-R) standing
3rd row down
(L-R) seated
Front Row
cross legged
1. Stephen Carley 1. Janette Pedlar 1. Jenny Fowle 1. Timothy Langford
2. Stephen Cook 2.  --? 2. Bernadette Cowhig 2. David Hodgkins
3. Timothy Giles 3. Rowena Hill 3. Gillian Peters 3. Geoffrey Salter
4. Stephen Holland 4. Janet Lee 4. Jane Marden 4. Adrian Palmer
5. John Willingham 5. Linda Lipscombe 5. Susan Hall 5. Mark Edwards
6. Stephen James 6.Karen Whitehead 6. Miss Gardner / Mrs Annis 6. Robert Brown
7. Christopher Benson 7. Janice Dickson 7.  Elizabeth Merrill
8. --? 8.  Lindsay ? 8. Christine Fooks
9. James King 9. Margaret Mildon 9. Alison Needham
10.Simon Nicholson 10.Donna Jeffries 10.Debbie Payne
11.John Pratt 11.Fiona McInnes 11.Carol Busby
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Jenny Fowle did just that in Feb 2011 but we still have a few names missing.

Christine contacted us in May 2012

I reconnected with Jenny Fowle last year after she found me in this photo! She and I lived in the same road, we were friends. Later she moved to Jersey, is still there and we’ve met up again in the last year, this is all very good, it’s lovely!
Janice Dickson and I were absolutely best pals, went to Nonsuch High School for Girls after Banstead. I haven’t had contact with ‘Jan’ for a long time; last time I knew, she was in Henley, married with family.
I’m Christine Fooks (now Hayward-Fooks) and I live in Winchester with husband Brian. We have been running a specialist guitar shop for the last twelve years.

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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Brian Melton - March 2009.
1947/48.

Martin Lisk tells us "I am pretty sure this photo is 1947/8.
I am 6th from the left front row. 8th from the left is Nigel Thomas."


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Michael Funnell thinks that the boy on the left in the front row could be Stan Hogman and has sent in the following newspaper article from the East Grinstead Observer.

Tributes paid to former Lion's president

Stan Hogman

A ONE-OFF: Stan Hogman

A FAMILY man who helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity has died.
Stan Hogman was an active member of the East Grinstead and District Lions Club since 1975. He also volunteered at Queen Victoria Hospital and the National Trust at Standen, before he died suddenly on 8 June 2010, aged 72.
During his 35 years with the club he held several offices, including president three times. Current president John Noble said: "I took over as president from Stan, who was an impossible act to follow. He was a one-off. "He was a great help to me, and my job would have been much more difficult without him being there. He was irreplaceable."
The community-minded individual joined the Lions in Horley in 1971, before transferring to the East Grinstead branch when he moved to the town a few years later.
A club statement said he would be remembered for his "humour and quick wit". It added: "He will also be remembered for his musical hall repartee as MC at the annual senior citizens party and at the Lion's annual May fair."
Stan found time to regularly play golf at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club and he was a lifelong Arsenal supporter.
He last held the position of Lions president in the club's 40th year and he was "in his element" at the charter, leading members in their usual routine of YMCA. "His speech at the 40th anniversary was out of this world," said Mr Noble. "He was always chirpy and always full of jokes and it's his sparkling attitude that will be missed the most. He was the life and soul of the party."
Stan is survived by his wife, Angela, son Gary, daughter Anita and grandchildren Charlotte, Georgina, Eliza, Millie and Charlie.
The club statement said: "Our sympathies and thoughts are with them and their sad and untimely loss."

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Public contribution to BHRGGreetings from California!

It was a surprise to come across this web site today (24 Dec 2009, 3 days before my 71st birthday!

Regarding the 1948/49 photo of Miss Day's class (see below), I think I must have been in Miss Day's class 1947-8, and
Mrs. Murphy's 1948-49, but I think in the last term I was moved up to Mr. Paul's class, where I was the youngest, after which I went on to Wallington County in September 1949.

You have me correctly identified. I think the tall dark girl in the back row, is Doris Kerr who stayed in Banstead and didn't marry.  My mum used to mention seeing her at church.

In the same row as me, No. 9 is Dorothy Weller. Many other faces are familiar, but I'll have to study them more to come up with an identification--if, indeed, I can still do that after 60 years!
Barbara Shortt, an old friend who is identified in one of the pictures, died a couple of months ago. She and I went on to Wallington County and then to Newnham College, Cambridge.

I didn't see Mark Shivas in any of the pictures;  he was a year ahead of me and died in 2008. He was Noel Bristow's cousin.  Mark was a well-known film producer. I think one of the unidentified people is Frances Hewitt, but I'll need to ask her to be sure! Ian Grey was our next-door neighbor;  his family moved to Australia.
I'll pass this on to my brother Paul, six years younger than me; he was at school with Jonathan Carpenter.  He may recognise some people as well.
Christmas Greetings from California, where I live near Berkeley.
Margaret Weitkamp (nee Burrows)

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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Brian Melton - March 2009.
Unknown photo (3)- year probably 1948/49.

Can you confirm which year this is?

Martin Lisk says "Unknown picture no. 3 is probably 1948/9 judging from my increase in size.
I am 8th from the left front row."

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Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Front Row (L-R)
1. Margaret Bryan ? 1. Mr Cutchee 1.
2. Anne Clark 2. --? 2.
3. Andrew Smy 3. Merl Spicer 3. --?
4.  David Lowe 4. --? 4. Robin Chalmers
5.  Geoffrey Wynn 5. Wendy Applebee 5.--?
6.  --? 6. Romaine Adsett 6. David Clark
7. --? 7. --? 7. --?
8. Douglas Pike 8. Ruth Latham 8.Martin Lisk
9. --? 9. Dorothy Weller 9. --?
10. Billy Kitney ? 10. Patricia Phillips 10.--?
11.--? 11.Margaret Burrows 11.--?
12.Doris Kerr 12.Annette ?
13.--? 13.Anne Hughes
14.--?
15.--?
16. Marion Killick
17.Mrs. Day
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Brian Melton March 2009.
1949/50 school year. (originally unknown photo 4)
possibly 1948/9 or even 1947/8 per Anne Lemon nee Barton 
Anne also tells us that her class included Tommy Bassett, Jimmy Burr 
Patrick Howell and John Tedder. Are they somewhere on this photograph?

 Ann says "I feel sure that one or two of those named were actually a school year younger than myself. Is the picture of only one class; is it in fact a "top year" class; or did the class, which I seem to recall numbered as many as fifty children [rather than the thirty-seven in the picture: Primary School classes were never as small as that in the 1940s], in part span two year groups?"
Village school Class 1 1949/50
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down(L-R) 3rd row down (L-R) Front Row
1. Mr. Beales 1. Margaret Gamon 1. Jill Carr 1. Colin Skinner --?
2. --? 2. Beryl --?  2. --? 2. Martin Lisk
3. --?  3. --? 3. --? 3. Geoffrey Wynn
4. Barbara Short   4. Ann Barton 4. --? 4. Douglas Pike
5. Mrs Murphy 5. Doris Kerr 5. Romaine Adsett 5. Andrew Smy
6. Christina Samways 6. Patricia Henderson 6. Barry --?
7. Sylvia Mills ? 7. Margaret Burrows 7. David Lovelock
8. --? 8. Gillian Pickering    8. Bill  Kitney
9. Pam or Pat --? 9. Patricia Phillips 9.David Low
10.Shirley Bell --? 10.Christine ???? 10.David Clark
11.Ruth Latham 11. Angela Harbour
12.Kathleen Muir 12. Margaret Bryan
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May - 2009 Patricia Winslett nee Phillips has identified quite a number of children in this photo including herself, and told us the year.
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Peter Denton.
Class 1 for the 1954/5 school year.
Village school Class 1 1954/5
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down(L-R) 3rd row down (L-R) Front Row
1. Michael Seager 1. Linda Huxley 1. Irene Davies 1. Anthony Putman
2. --? 2. David Ingham 2. Richard Lintern 2. Ann Happold
3. Jonathan Carpenter 3. --? 3. Peter Denton 3. Christopher Bailey
4. Hazel Battersby 4. Olive Matthews 4. Katherine Hunt 4. Alan Collins
5. Roger Lanham 5. Betty Page 5. David Hopkins 5. Kenneth Chivers
6. --? 6. John Walker 6. Neil Woodward 6. Derek Leedham
7. --? 7. John Ellis 7. Roland Knight 7. Keith Morris
8. Ruth Pattisson 8. Adrian Coulman 8. Janet Webber 8. Barry Adsett
9. Martyn Walls 9. John Butcher 9. Sally Duncan 9. Peter Moody
10.Frances Stock 10.Tony Wickins 10.Alan Coulman
11.Linda Baker 11.Graham Firth
12.Christopher Osgood
13.Suzanne Birch
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The teacher, Mr Jones, is shown on the left.
Kenneth Chivers is the brother of Frank Chivers in Richard Slee's Photo.
Bill Crozier in the 1945 picture we believe went to Reigate Grammar as did John Mackison in Richard's photo.
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Michael Funnell - May 2008.
         further additions from Katherine Barnard nee Hunt  - April 2009
Class 1 for the 1953/4 school year.
Banstead Village school - class 1 1953/4

Geoffrey Walker was the son the Greengrocer in the village High street.
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down(L-R) Seated (L-R) Front Row
1. Mr Jones 1. Alan Collins 1. Hilary Preece 1. Michael Funnell
2. Paul Wolstenholme 2. Mervyn Jones 2. Cheryl Vernon 2. Michael Brian
3. Robert Hines 3. Janet March 3. Katherine Hunt 3. Jonathan Hill
4. Alan Barton 4. Hazel Battersby 4. Judith Putman 4. Timothy Curran
5. Raymond Turner 5. Helen Fowler 5. --? 5. Phillip Vine
6. Colin Knight 6. Jean Appleton 6. Lesley Bunyan 6. David Rogers
7. --? 7. Maureen Jowett 7. Jessie Jones 7. Geoffrey Walker
8. Rodney Fast 8. Ann Appleton 8. Anne Marion 8. Bruce Osborne
9. Robert Ball 9. Annette Dearmer 9. Elaine Piper 9. Christopher Osgood
10.--? 10.--? 10.--? 10.David Ingham
11.Robert Hart 11.Margaret Newell 11.Diana Pritchard
12.Christopher Bailey 12.--? Can you fill in any of the missing names? If so, please mail the
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13.John Penna
14.John Eyles
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Public contribution to BHRG Contributed by Janet Collins nee Webber.(April 2009)
Banstead County Primary School  Summer 1954
(1953/4 school year)

Banstead County Primary School 1952 or 1954
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Seated (L-R) Cross legged (L-R)
1. John Butcher 1.  --? 1. Jean Shepherd   1. Peter Denton
2.  Kenneth Chivers 2.   David Hopkins 2. Margaret Jones 2. Tony Wickings
3.  Weller? 3.   Derek Leedham 3.  --? 3. --?
4.  Barry Adsett  4.   Mike Mulley 4.  --? 4. Richard Lintern
5.  Jonathon Carpenter 5.   Tony Putman 5. Ann Happold
6. Roger Lanham 6.   --? 6. --? Can you fill in

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7.  Fraser Hinckley 7.   --? 7.  Betty Page
8.  Peter Moody 8.   --? 8.  Olive Matthews
9.  Alan Coulman 9.  --? 9.  --? 
10. --? 10. --? 10. Linda Huxley
11. John Ellis 11.  Ruth Pattison 11. Janet Webber
12.  Adrian Coulman 12. --?
13.  Martyn Walls
14.  Roland Knight
15. Mrs Luckman
Janet Webber was born in 1944 and she attended the school from Sept 1951 to July 1955. She believes this photo was taken in 1952 or 1954. Her name when at school was Janet Webber and she lived at Weston Acres in Woodmansterne (she's now Janet Collins and lives in Epsom).

Richard Lintern was the son of the shoemender in Shrubland Road. When his father retired, Richard took over the business and carried on in the same premises (source Peter Denton).

Alan and Adrian Columan were twins who lived in Harbourfield Road (source - Peter Denton)
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Public contribution to BHRG Contributed by Brian Melton. (March 2009)
Banstead County Primary School 1950 Form 1
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Seated (L-R)
one kneeling
Cross legged (L-R)
1. Mr Cutchee 1. ? Ian Samson  1. Pauline Duart 1. David Clark
2. Philip Smith 2. Bunny Maple 2. Alison James 2. Nigel Thomas
3. Martin Lisk 3. John Fahy 3.  3. Noel Bristow
4. David Low 4. ? John Dawson
or Derek Horsley
4. Pat Phillips 4. Stanley Dean
5.   5. Terryl Poulton 5. ? Ann Davies 5. Leonard Chilman
6.  Robin Chalmers 6. Anne Thomas 6. Jean Coutts Can you fill in

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7. David Cross 7. Judith Cave 7.  ? Carol Eaton
8. Cyril Cooper 8. Ruth Latham 8.  Romaine Adsett
9. George Vincent 9. Marion Eastwood 9.  Wendy Brace
10.?Victor Samways 10.John Godolphin 10.Marion Killick
11. Andrew Smy 11. Tony Jones 11.Grace Arnold
12. David Weaver 12. Geoffrey Winn 12.Maureen Sears
13. Frank Chivers
14. Mr Jones
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Pauline Duart. (Jun 2009)
Banstead County Primary School 1949/50 Form 1
Banstead County Primary School 1949/50 Form 1
Back Row
(L - R)
2nd Row down
(L - R)
3rd Row Down
(L - R)
4th Row Down (L-R) Cross legged (L-R)
1. ? 1. Philip Smith 1. David Cross 1. Marion Eastwood 1. Bunny Maple 
2. Robert Stapley 2. Andrew Smy 2. John Fahy 2. Jean Coutts 2.  ?
3. Pat Phillips 3. George Vincent 3. David Clark 3. Romaine Adsett  3. Stanley Dean
4. Carol Eaton 4. Martin Lisk 4. ? 4. Alison James 4. Cyril Cooper
5. Noel Bristow 5. David Lowe 5. ? 5. Wendy Brace 5. Ann Davis
6. Frank Chivers 6. Ruth Latham 6. Geoffrey Wynn 6. Maureen Sears 6. Teryl Poulton
7. ? 7. Judith Cave 7. John Godolphin 7. Marion Killick 7. Christina Samways
8. Robin Chalmers 8. Tony Jones 8. Grace Arnold 8.Nigel Thomas
9. ? 9. Leslie Harris 9. Pauline Duart Can you fill in
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10.Leonard Cheeseman 10. Ann Thomas
11. Margaret Bryan
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Public contribution to BHRG Contributed by Richard Slee.
Banstead Village School Form 3 BPS 1948

Banstead Village School Form 3 BPS 1948
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down(L-R) 3rd row down (L-R) Front Row
1. Colin Church 1. Frank Chivers 1. --? 1. Wendy Applebee
2. T(bunty) Poulton 2. --? 2. Nigel Thomas 2. Colin George
3. Vic Samways 3. Brian Jenkins 3. Alison James 3. --?
4. Ian Gray 4. John Mackison 4. --? 4. Katherine Bowling
5. Mrs Luckman 5. Marion Eastwood 5. J Coutes 5. Sylvia?
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6. Crystabel Ranger 6. Wendy Brace 6. Marion Killick
7. Robin Chalmers 7. Barbara Hopper 7. Malcolm Sheppard
8. Monica Flack 8. Richard Slee 8. Michael Jenkins
9. Iris Gittings 9. S Muggeridge 9. Elizabeth Crawshaw
10.Ann(?) Davis 10.Grace Almond
Wendy Applebee later ran a hairdressers in the village.
Robin Chalmers mailed us in October 2008. He now lives in Seattle,Washington State,USA. He says "Even though this was taken sixty years ago I do remember many of the faces. Those were great days we should never forget."
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Public contribution to BHRGContributed by Tom Slaughter in May 2008.
Banstead Junior School - Top class 1948.
Banstead Junior School Top Class 1948
Back Row (L-R) 2nd Row down(L-R) 3rd row down (L-R) Front Row
1. Chris Slee 1. Roger Nurse 1. June Fincham 1. Stan Hogman
2. John Betts 2. David Steel 2. Jill Hunt 2. Colin Crouch
3. Tom Bassett 3. Cynthia Childs 3. Sylvia Skinner 3. Ron Owen
4. Clive Bassil 4. Avril Gobbett 4. Sheila Butler 4. Brian Hawkins
5. Bobbie Clark 5. Christine Church 5. Valerie Jones 5. John Street
6. Michael Jenkins 6. Edith Parker 6. Pamela Mason 6. Joey Hines
7. Roy Pickard 7. --? 7. --? 7. John Luckman
8. Graham Banfield 8. Pauline Fisher 8. Janet Cooper 8. Tom Slaughter
9. Mr. Loveday 9. John Tedder 9. Maureen Ball 9. Tony Soper
10.Ruben Prentice 10.Emmy Stevens 10.Richard Harris
11.Iris Pointer 11.Barry Marshall
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Public contribution to BHRG Contributed by Tom Slaughter in May 2008.
Sports team 1947.
Banstead Junior School Sports team 1947
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Front Row (L-R)
1. Mr. Cutchee (headmaster) 1. --? 1. Douglas Pike
2. John Betts 2. Margaret --? 2. Robin Chalmers
3. John Lewis 3. --? 3. Richard Slee
4. Pamela Mason 4. Barbara Tripp 4. Colin Church
5. Judith --? 5. Pat'Patsy'Glass 5. Brian Hawkins
6. --? 6. Valerie Jones 6. John Luckman
7. --Martin Fever 7. Christine Colborne 7. Peter Mumford
8. --? 8. Cynthia Childs 8. John Lisk
9. --? 9. Pamela Killick 9. Brian Thomas (Capt)
10.Mr. Atkinson 10.Gillian Haydon 10.Pat Howell
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11.Christine Samways 11.Tom Slaughter
12.--? 12.Chris Slee
13.Jill Hunt 13.David Steel
14.Angela Harber 14.Patrick Smith
15.Hazel Ashby 15.Tony Soper
16.--? 16.John Street
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Public contribution to BHRG Contributed by Wendy Henningsson.
Sports day at the Village School - 1945
1945 Primary sports day - Banstead
Back Row (L-R) Middle Row (L-R) Seated (L-R)
one kneeling
Cross legged (L-R)
1. Janet Moore 1. --? 1. --? 1. --?
2. Audrey Bond 2. Mary Geer 2. Cynthia Childs 2. Pamela Killick
3. Jean Bellows 3. --? 3. Jill Nightingale 3. --?
4. Wendy Phillips 4. --? 4. --? Can you fill in

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5. Rita Collins 5. --? 5. --?
6. Mabel ??????? 6. --? 6. Janet Cooper
7. Pamela Barden 7. Brian Thomas 7. Sheila Copsey
8. --? 8. --? 8. Donald Pike
9. --? 9. --? 9. Stanley Hogman
10.John Betts 10.David Dyke 10.--?
11.? Martin Fever 11.Dick Sawyer 11.--?
12.--? 12.David Dalrymple 12.Chris(Kit)Slee
13.--? 13.John Lewis 13.Tony Soper
14.--? 14.John Tedder
15.Bill Crozier
Sitting cross legged, Pamela Killick, who could "run like the wind, winning all the races"
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Public contribution to BHRGContribution from Wendy Henningsson, (Wendy Phillips above), author of Home Hills & Beyond which includes an account of life at the Village school.
The photo below shows teachers in the 1945.

Banstead village School - 1945 teachers 1945 Banstead Village School teachers.

From left:Mr Atkinson, Miss Ward, Miss Day, Mr Paul, Miss Lamming ;

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Memories of Banstead Infant School in the early 1970's
This is a photo of myself taken during my years at Banstead Infant School. I started school on 26th April 1971. I remember being carried in kicking and screaming as my Mum was not allowed to come into school with me! I soon settled in though and a few names I remember from that time are Sharon Worsfold, Wendy Pryke, Sally Griffin, Fiona Miller and Janice Bailey, along with David and Philip Turner. Mrs Bates was head teacher at that time and the only other teacher I remember is Mrs Handley.

The school had two playgrounds. The school entrance through the back playground was along Avenue Road. That's where we came into school in the morning. We played games such as hopscotch and oranges and lemons here! There was a large grey metal climbing frame next to the school building which we were never allowed to play on. I spent many hours looking for 'diamonds' in the gravelled playground. I think someone must have started a rumour that there were diamonds in the gravel but I never found any!! The front playground overlooked the high street and there was a painted line on the ground which we were never allowed to cross, next to the high chain link fence. This stopped us getting too near strangers passing by. The school playing field was another great place for us to run around and play hide and seek in. There were a couple of large trees which had swings attached made out of old car tyres. You wouldn't have that today. It would be deemed too dangerous!

Sports days were held on the playing field. There were egg and spoon, two legged races, running and sack races. My memories of these days were of bright sunshine and looking out to see if my Mum had arrived.

The inside of the school was made up of, what seemed to me at the time, large Victorian classrooms, one or two halls and a library. The library must have been newly decorated at the time as it was the only room that I remember had carpet. It had thick cream carpet and we were only allowed to go in there a couple at a time. The other rooms in the school had polished floors. I can picture the polished flight of dark steps leading up to Mrs Bates office. This was off the hall near the main entrance. I think I only went in there once and I can't for the life of me think what for! There was a ceramic or plastic parrot on its perch sitting outside her door. The hall at the front of the school was where we had PE and maybe assembly (I can't remember). I do remember harvest festival in there - the sight of fruit, vegetables, tins, bunches of flowers etc all displayed on the stage while we sang 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter …'.

Although we must have had the normal set lessons the only ones I really recall with great detail are pottery afternoons. We were given great chunks of clay to play with and I made an ash tray made from the outline of a horse chestnut tree leaf, and a yellow sausage like man. These were fired in the kiln, we painted them and then they were fired again. A few years ago when my brothers and I were sorting out our late parents house, my older brother found my yellow man. I have my 'shepherd' sitting on my dressing table. It has 'Tina' scribbled into the clay underneath.

One place I tried not to go to if I could help it was the school toilets! I think there were two lots of toilets but if we were playing outside we had to use the loos nearest to the playground. These were brick built. Inside they were smelly, damp and you were lucky if you found a toilet that wasn't blocked with loo paper. The walls were whitewashed, green with algae and I was very frightened of the wood lice and spiders crawling about!

When I first started school I went home for midday dinner. After a while I stayed for school lunch. In those days very few children had packed lunch. Dinners were served in a large corrugated 'hut' next to the school. We lined up around the inside of the 'hut' to wait our turn for dinner. Some meals were really nice and others disgusting! I loved butterscotch tart but there was never enough for seconds. Another time I was kept in all dinnertime by one dinner lady. I had some kind of stew for dinner that day and she was keen to make me eat every last mouthful. Even a thick piece of fat which she tried to conceal amongst some mash potato. There was NO WAY I was going to eat that and she eventually had to let me go to my next lot of lessons!

One afternoon we were playing in the back playground when to our amazement a couple of clowns on stilts came walking by the school gate. They were advertising the circus which was to be in the field at the end of De Burgh Park. They stood there and scattered handfuls of free tickets into the playground. What a wonderful sight that was! In fact we all went to the circus not long after and had a great afternoon watching the acts in the big tent.

At this time my Mum enrolled me for ballet classes at the ballet school in Woodmansterne Lane (near the well). I think it used to be an old barn. I went there straight from school and enjoyed the dressing up in the ballet outfit as much as the dancing itself. One day I arrived and was so tired from school that, even though I was all kitted out in my ballet outfit, I wouldn't go in. Mum had to take me home and I refused to go again!

After the Infant School I went on to attend Banstead Middle School and later Nork Park, but that's another story!

Tina L Claydon (nee Watson)
July 2005

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Public contribution to BHRGAnother contribution from Tina Claydon - the original letter dated March 1971 from Mrs Bates the headmistress of the Village Infants School.
Letter from the Village school Banstead.
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