Not the last pupil of Fairleigh

PUBLISHED: 09:37 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

RE: SADDENED (letter July 14), I am entirely with C J Peverelle (and also Howard and Rosie Smith) on the proposed redevelopment at 83/89 Bristol Road Lower and would like to add my name to the objectors

RE: SADDENED (letter July 14), I am entirely with C J Peverelle (and also Howard and Rosie Smith) on the proposed redevelopment at 83/89 Bristol Road Lower and would like to add my name to the objectors. The houses along this stretch of Bristol Road Lower are some of the best-built houses in the town and the loss of any of them would affect the whole area. However, I must make it clear to C J Peverelle (I think I knew him as John) that he is certainly not the last pupil of Fairleigh School still living in Weston. There is quite a large group most of whom have remained close personal friends of mine all my life, who have contributed to the life of the town in various different ways. We still meet at social occasions and never tire of discussing the old days at Fairleigh, under the headmastership of A E B Gregory (a former England hockey player) who gave us such a good start, not only in hockey, but in English, mathematics and other subjects, that when we moved on to other schools we found that we were well ahead of our age groups. We played football on Barstow's field opposite the school, hockey on the sands - a race with other schools to mark out the best pitch, with an eye on the incoming tide; learned to swim at Knightstone Baths and played cricket on a pitch down Manor Road, across the light railway, past the tip, probably in the vicinity of where Earlham Grove now stands. There were classes at the gym behind the YMCA (with painful memories for some). Oh, yes, and there was a stony playground behind the school, which would now be condemned under health and safety regulations, where physical jerks and all kinds of dangerous sports took place, with no ill effects, as far as I remember. We were lucky to have been there and would hate to see it vandalised in the way proposed.R J WALKER - Hawthorn Heights, Weston

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