Picture Past; School mergers, leading ladies, and hospital woes

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 November 2019

Banwell Autumn Farye at St Andrew's Hall Banwell raised over £190 towards funds for the decoration of the nave at the parish church.     Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Banwell Autumn Farye at St Andrew's Hall Banwell raised over £190 towards funds for the decoration of the nave at the parish church. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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The switch to the comprehensive school system in 1971 saw Somerset County Education Committee propose a merger of several Weston schools, 50 years ago this week.

Banwell Autumn Farye at St Andrew's Hall Banwell raised over £190 towards funds for the decoration of the nave at the parish church.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYBanwell Autumn Farye at St Andrew's Hall Banwell raised over £190 towards funds for the decoration of the nave at the parish church. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The committee recommended the town have three comprehensive schools, the new one under construction in Worle and two others formed by merging the two grammar schools with Uphill Secondary, and Winterstoke with Walliscote.

Chief education officer Robert Parker, speaking to parents at a meeting at Winterstoke Girls School, said: "We have not yet finally decided what we are going to do, we want to hear your views before we do anything definite.

"Some years ago the county council agreed it would be in favour of having comprehensive schools in Weston.

"As part of this policy the county council embarked on the establishment of a comprehensive school in Worle.

Scolls and Badges have been presented to Jeremy Allam and Leslie Fear for their sponsored swim in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The presentation was made by Capt. N. Dixon, secretary-designate of the RNLI.    Picture: WESTON MERCURYScolls and Badges have been presented to Jeremy Allam and Leslie Fear for their sponsored swim in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The presentation was made by Capt. N. Dixon, secretary-designate of the RNLI. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

"The education department had to consider what effect this would have on the other schools in the area and decided there should be comprehensive education for the whole of the borough at the same time as we open our first comprehensive school here.

"In other words all our schools should be comprehensive by 1971.

"I am convinced the council made the right decision."

The youngest competitor, three-year-old Shane Moxey, from East Huntpill, as the Sultan in his carriage drawn by Ian Wall of Mark, at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYThe youngest competitor, three-year-old Shane Moxey, from East Huntpill, as the Sultan in his carriage drawn by Ian Wall of Mark, at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Andrew Throne as a Andrew Throne as a "Guardian of the Tower,"at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

* The medical officer for Burnham warned there was no hope of a new district hospital being built in Weston for six or seven years.

The revelation came at a meeting of Burnham District Council's works committee by Dr RH Watson when answering questions on medical facilities in the area.

Carnival Queen 16-year-old Caroline Lee with her three attendants, Wendy Morris, Sue Wright and Judy Thomas at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYCarnival Queen 16-year-old Caroline Lee with her three attendants, Wendy Morris, Sue Wright and Judy Thomas at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

He said: "The provision of a new general district hospital in Taunton or Weston is anybody's guess but it will certainly not be before the next six or seven years.

"in the meantime there is pressure on the Regional Hospital Board to improve facilities in existing hospitals to bring them up to better standards.

"There are shortcomings in the hospitals throughout the country."

Clown and Centurion, Mark Whittle and Glen Evans at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYClown and Centurion, Mark Whittle and Glen Evans at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

"Monte Carlo or Bust!" Highbridge YFC's entry at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

* Weston actor Geoffrey Collins was to take up his first leading role in a BBC Radio 4 play Variation On A Theme opposite Margaret Lockwood.

Earlier in the year, Collins had won the BBC drama students competition in which he was awarded a six-month contract with the BBC Drama Repertory Company.

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"A Christmas Card" won a first prize for the Rosewood Close Gang at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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Carnival Queen 16-year-old Caroline Lee with her three attendants, Wendy Morris, Sue Wright and Judy Thomas at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYCarnival Queen 16-year-old Caroline Lee with her three attendants, Wendy Morris, Sue Wright and Judy Thomas at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Three collectors who seem to have escaped from Three collectors who seem to have escaped from "St Trinian's", at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Guy Fawkes Carnival. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Banwell Autumn Farye at St Andrew's Hall Banwell raised over £190 towards funds for the decoration of the nave at the parish church.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYBanwell Autumn Farye at St Andrew's Hall Banwell raised over £190 towards funds for the decoration of the nave at the parish church. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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