Barclay Junior School
Kathleen Oliver (Dealhoy)
I now own and run a small farm breeding Alpacas in Devon.
Following an honourable discharge
from Leyton County High School in 1966 with A
levels in Bunsen burning, joined-up writing and sums, Jan attended City
University and graduated in Civil Engineering in 1970 with a BSc in joined-up
concreting and sums. He spent a year after that in the Educational TV production
unit at City, operating cameras and doing screen graphics.
A period of three years in West Wales building
roads/learning Welsh followed that and in 1974 he joined Milton Keynes
Development Corporation where he spent 18 years on the planning team bringing
such delights as the Shopping Centre, Energy Park, Central Station and Campbell
Park to the community.
Following the closure of MKDC in 1992 Jan joined
the planning team at London Luton Airport and was involved in the master
planning and construction management for expansion plans still being
implemented. In 2001 he transferred with other team members to Capita where he
is presently working as an Aviation Consultant in a posh address in Bloomsbury.
He lives in a north Bucks village near MK. His
interests are gardening and music (anyone need a good bass player, 10 years
experience in Jazz/rock/blues, own equipment?). He and his wife Anita, who
is a teacher in MK, are dinkis.
Pamela Bedding (nee Wright)
Went to Leyton County High until I was 16 having
moved to Ilford when I was 13 as my father retired from his job at Whipps
Spent one year at South West Essex Technical
College on a Secretarial Course but I was hopeless at shorthand!!! My
father died during that year which I found very traumatic.
I then went to work for Unilever in London where I
stayed for 2 years. If I had not left I think I would have thrown
my typewriter through the window of the typing pool.
I then became a student nurse in 1967.
I qualified three years later. The contrast between office and hospital
were extreme but I had no regrets. As students we had little money but we
worked hard and played hard. Some lasting friendships were made
and next year we are having our re-union in Florida. Food for
I met Alan during the latter part of my training
and we moved to Colchester and married in 1971. We have lived in
Colchester ever since and I have nursed on and off ever since.
My son Paul was born in 1974 and my daughter Jane
My main loves are travelling, gardening, bird watching
My aim is to win the lottery, retire, have a
place in the sun, a place by the sea and time to enjoy all my hobbies.
Dream on .....
Bob Curry – changed his name
when he was 16 because he could not say the letter ‘r’ and when trying
impress the opposite sex wobbit cuwwy didn’t quite sound the part.
I left Leyton County High and
went on VSO to Southern India where I taught Indian history!!!, and my worst
subjects at school – Games !!!French, Art and Science. I was also Assistant
matron at the school, an Anglo Indian school based in the beautiful Nilgiris
Hills. During the year I helped run a food expedition, taught English as a
foreign language in an orphanage and caught every disease possible. I returned
somewhat soberer and went to Keele University where I studied History, politics,
Russian and Statistics. It was a great four year course and I further avoided
employment by being employed as Secretary to the Students Union. I then intended
to be a teacher but wanted some industrial experience – because my careers’
advice as the county high had been so crass. I started of as an accountant for
Royal Doulton in Stoke on Trent which was a disaster and then ended up in
Personnel management the one career I had intended to avoid). Stoke was a
wonderful place and I ended up helping to organise the Stoke on Trent Arts
At the point of going to
Teachers’ Training College, I discovered that I enjoyed management and stayed.
I spent a year at Durham Business School and then went to work in construction
at Fawley refinery. I was in Industrial Relations and found it surprisingly
tedious. I became engaged to Celia whilst there. I then went To Somalia to work
for Booker Agriculture on developing sugar estates. I went there initially on
single status – then discovered that I could have gone there on married
status. I invited Celia to come out and get married in Nairobi, Mogadishu or the
Seychelles…..and received a reply on a scraggy Somali telegram that said
‘You made me wait now you wait…’ One year later we married and Celia
joined me in Somalia, then Papua New Guinea. Eventually we decided to set up in
the UK and I went to work for Matthew Hall( Now Amec) in Oil Plant and Oil well
Construction. I was there 5 years
and we were living in Bedford. One day I decided that I could not accept
spending 20 minutes a day trying to get out of Bedford Station car park and so
we moved to Somerset where I worked for Plessey Underwater Deterrents….or in
English for the trident missile project. That was true boredom.
I then spent 3 years in
consultancy and then decided to change direction and went to work for the NHS in
Yorkshire. The office closed and I moved to be head of Business at University
College Scarborough. After 3 years that merged with Hull and my job disappeared
so I went into consultancy again. The lesson is that any employer I have had has
been taken over…!
I have been doing a lot of work
training in the Inland Revenue, with Corus, Consignia and with Time Computers.
For a brief time I was Head of Personnel for them and then went across to their
Internet company…and worked my way out of the job…and returned to
Consultancy. Meanwhile I have decided to train as a maths teacher which I am
doing in between consultancy work. Celia is head teacher of a primary school
which for her is a break from the aspirations of our 16 year old daughter Katie,
who wants to be a nurse and our 18 year old son Oliver who wants to be a punk
rock star. (At a recent interview he said he liked punk music and Frank
Sinatra….poor mixed up kid) .
I look forward to the reunion
as it will be full circle returning to Leyton after my travels. I have lived in 32 different houses and still have itchy feet. I
currently live between Ripon and the A1 in a small village called Melmerby.
Ironically I had a phone call last night from Phil lane (anybody remember him?)
He was at Canterbury Road infants) to advise me that there was a job for a
personnel officer at Leyton County High School ….!
When I left Barclay primary school, I went
to Leyton County High School, leaving at 16 to enter the world of banking, with
Westminster Bank – as it was then, before its merger with National Provincial
Bank. I spent two years in the
branch in Wanstead High Street before deciding that I was not making enough
progress so took myself off to the City and West End where I worked in fashion.
It was an exciting time because it was the time of the mini and hot pants
and one of the designers for our fashion house was Mary Quant.
I shall always remember the day when she and her husband, Alexander
Plunkett Green, were looking for someone to model one of their latest creations
in our head office showroom, where I worked.
I often worked late and was then a size 12 – the size in which we made
all of our samples (never been that size since, unfortunately!) so when I was
located in the nearby toilets, I was asked to put this multi coloured jumper on
and go to the showroom so that our buyers could see what was on offer.
Imagine my embarrassment firstly when told it was not a jumper and to
take off my skirt because it was a mini dress and secondly, having done just
that, to see the reflection of my rear end sticking out from this mini dress in
all the showroom mirrors! My modelling career was short-lived, alas, no Paris cat walk
The fashion world is a frenetic one and I left,
exhausted and dizzy from never knowing quite what fashion season I was in (we
designed and made summer clothes in the previous Autumn and Winter clothes in
the Spring……I think).
I had a year to eighteen months of uncertainty,
working for an American company in the City and for a variety of agencies in the
centre of London before settling on a career in the public sector, where I still
am today. During this time, I
worked for a short while as a volunteer at the Theatre Royal, Stratford with
Joan Littlewood, the producer, on a “theatre in education” project.
That was fascinating.
I liked the idea of working for the local
community, away from the profit motive and although I shall never make any
millions, I feel sure that I made the right choice, for me.
I like the political dimension even though I feel that there is really no
room for party politics in the local Council Chamber.
I started my public sector career with a London Borough (Hackney) and
when my personal circumstances brought me to Sussex I moved down to the South
Coast, joining a District Council near to Brighton, in 1978.
I love the area and made the mistake of moving to
Hampshire for a couple of years in the early 1980’s.
I soon moved back and now live in a village between Chichester and
Arundel, within sight of the South Downs and a mile from the sea.
I regretted, in later life, not going to
university when I left the grammar school, but, in the 1970’s, I returned to
college (North East London Polytechnic in Walthamstow, as it then was, and the
Anglian Regional Management Centre, near Chelmsford).
There I obtained my professional qualifications and am a Fellow of the
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
I work 30 miles from home, in Horsham near Gatwick Airport, and am the
Director of Personnel Services for a district council employing 550 + employees.
I should like to retire soon although I suspect I
shall have to go on until I am sixty. I
would like a better balance in my life so that I can spend more time with my
family (who all live in Epping) and friends and doing the things I just do not
have time for because I find my job all too consuming – of time and energy.
My interests outside of work are the theatre,
cinema and the arts; gardening; driving; travel (mainly in the UK but I do love
Italy and have holidayed there many times); visiting National Trust properties
and gardens; playing the keyboard and, most of all, eating out with friends!
After primary school I
went to Monoux in Walthamstow – according to my mum a “better school”. I
wasn’t terribly happy there and left at 16. Over the next 20 odd years I had
lots of different jobs including and in no particular order: fireman 4 years,
community worker 7 years, lorry driver, bus driver, clerk, barman, labourer,
youth worker, photographer. I also spent time travelling and perhaps the most
memorable time was in 1971 when I and my girlfriend hitch-hiked round Europe for
4 months. It was the thing to do back then. Now it seems nobody does it. It’s
years since I saw a hitch-hiker.
While all this was
happening I’d moved from London to Lancashire, back to London then
Bedfordshire and finally to Manchester, where I still live. In 1985 I got into
teaching English as a foreign language and in 1986 spent a year teaching in
Italy. In 1987 I started working at a college of further education, eventually
becoming a full-time lecturer. I left in 2001. In 1996 we bought a house in
France and I now spend about 4 months a year over there. The rest of the time
I’m a house husband and part-time research interviewer. We eventually hope to
retire to France.
I met my wife in 1972
and we became “an item” in 1974. Our son Tom was born in 1981 and our
daughter Lindsey in 1988. In between we got married.
Well there you are, 44
years condensed into a couple of paragraphs. It sounds kind of dull but really I
think I’ve had a wonderful time, been so many places and met some great
people. I also feel extremely lucky to have been born when I was and seen and
lived through the sixties and all that. The 1950s when we were at school seem
like ancient history seen in black and white but I remember those times with
affection. Times when we played in the street all day or up Epping Forest. When
the sun always shone, when you could leave you front door unlocked. Now where
did I leave my rose-tinted spectacles…
My life began on the 5th October, 1947 in the German
Hospital, Dalston. Bow bells rang out announcing the birth round about
tea-time. (Cream cakes, strong tea and chocolate biscuits - an excellent
time to be born). Not a lot happened until I was 18 months old - a move to
middle-class Leyton (Colchester Road), attendance at a kindergarten
somewhere over the Hackney Marshes and a picture in The Times with little
Ronnie as this was the first German inspired nursery to be sited in this
area and we were the first little 'angels' to climb onto the slide in the
nursery playground and slither all the way to earth for all the posh Times
readers to see. I can't imagine how all this happened as I hate heights.
Minor catastrophies followed - hit in the eye by a swing, finger nearly
chopped off in a sliding window, parents divorcing and several
child-minders. Then proper school.
Infants at 5 years of age. I still couldn't accept that school was good for
you, fun and necessary. All I can remember about the Infants is doing maths
cards with Mrs. Isaacs, ticks and meeting Ray Bartrip. I remember Mr.
Marshall and Miss Common (orange hair and pink lipstick). Then it was the
Juniors and Mr. Henderson - he seemed to dislike little boys? He seemed
quite nice really, but he always had chalky white fingertips and a funny way
of folding an arm across his chest and digging his elbow into his waist.
Next came Raines' Foundation Grammar School for Girls, Stepney Green. This
was not a jolly experience even though the other girls were good friends, I
was always skiving off. On one of my expeditions into the great free world,
I found the side gate to the school was locked and so there was no
alternative but to climb over the railings. It was winter, I was wearing the
compulsory navy blue raincoat with the belt tightly tied.
Unfortunately, on my descent the tip of one of the railings caught in my
belt at the back and I was left suspended. The outcome was very undignified.
Left Raines' after GCE's and found a great job in Smithfield - driven around
in a Silver Cloud Rolls, etc. Got married. Moved from Essex to Berkshire and
spent most of my time working in schools and colleges. I've also had my own
businesses - Grave Care, Hinton Hatch Lettings and at the moment I have a
take-away baguette and sandwich bar on Bracknell Railway station (SoLoCo).
All of this will come as a surprise to old Patrick as he owned up to
thinking I was too dim to get a degree (2:1 Hons. Reading) but this was only
in retaliation to me telling him I thought he had all the makings of a
brilliant second-hand car salesman. The move from Essex to Berkshire took 20
years to get used to and just as I was getting used to it, I met Ray Bartrip
once again and have moved back (on and off) to Essex.
Life at the moment is still a little unsettled, but I seem to spend a great
deal of time looking at Ray's paintings and listening to Ray play piano
(blues/boogie woogie). I think the Barclay Jam Band should start up - Joan?
Jan? My daughter, Alexis, is just about to give her job up as a Personnel
Officer as she wants to tread the boards. So, it looks as though I might
have a new role as Promoter.... Any advice on A & R gratefully received.
Just thought I would mention that I think it's brilliant that Ray Crowther
is writing about us and the areas we know. I've read both books (spot me if
you can - I'm only joking). He had promised to sign both copies at the next
Eagle meet - please queue from the left in an orderly fashion.
Love to all and I'm really looking forward to meeting up again.
P.S. Must apologies to everyone who gave me their address and
telephone number last time. I haven't been able to get in touch as I had my
bag stolen last August and I lost everything.
From Barclay I went to Tom Hood, where my performance wasn't exactly up to anyone's expectations, at least for the first six years. I suppose I was a bit naughty at times and perhaps too dedicated to non-school pastimes like bus spotting and ten-pin bowling. I failed every mock 'O' level, was threatened with expellation, and then miraculously recovered to scrape through six subjects, adding a couple more in the lower-sixth. Performed to standard for 'A' levels - failed all the mocks, and then scored a school record (at the time) for marks in the real things. So shocked was everyone that University hadn't been considered remotely possible, but ended up getting to Reading, initially studying Chemistry, and then swapping to Cybernetics & Maths, in which, after 2.9 years of malingering, I scored a 2:1.
Started my working career in the Operational Research department at Ford Motor Company in Warley and lasted there 11 years, two years of which was spent in Cologne. Frustrated with Ford's view of desktop computing, I left and started my own computer company with another Ford colleague in 1979. There followed three years of poverty as we ploughed back our income into growing the company. Started out writing software for
microcomputers and selling the hardware and services to go with it, but since
1997 just concentrated on developing and selling Human Resource software. Sold
the company in September 2004 and retired to the countryside.
Married Jane in 1972 and thereby have two wonderful grown-up daughters, Caroline
and Rebecca. Separated in 1983, divorced in 1992 and married Christine in
Since graduation have lived in Wanstead, Ilford, Epping Green, Braintree, Cologne, Witham,
Hatfield Peverel and now Tolleshunt Major (near Tiptree) since October 2004.
Recreationally have been actively involved in motor rallying as a navigator/co-driver for over 30
years (under the pseudonym of "Crow" - yes the nickname lives on), jogging for
18 years (including a couple of London Marathons) and personal computing - at the nerd level - for always.
Started fiction writing in 1999. Something I'd always wanted to have a go at, but never faught mie speling and gramer skils wur goode enuff. Anyway, have written
three novels "The Nearest FarAway Place", "Panglossian" and
"Schoolfrenz" which have been published. "Schoolfrenz" is a thriller that centres upon a school reunion website of the same
I moved to Leytonstone from Dalston in 1957 and joined Barclay
when I was 9. It wasn't easy being the new girl to begin with and I felt
very much the odd one out. I was left handed, all my writing had loops and
tails and I had been taught to call the teachers "Sir" and
"Ma'am". I remember Mr. Hutchings and Miss Shepherd, the sewing
teacher, did all they could to correct my odd London ways. I also remember
that I had started to learn fractions in London and I had to sit and wait
in the Maths lessons until you all caught up! (and then overtook me no doubt.)
Do you remember being told who had passed the 11+ in morning
assembly and then being allowed to go home and tell our parents? Can you
imagine that happening today? I went home in a state of shock having
convinced myself that I had failed. When I got to our back door
in James Lane it was locked. I banged on the door and called for my dad.
By the time he had got down the garden to open the door I was in such a
state I couldn't speak for crying and he thought I had been attacked in Epping
I went on to Leyton County High with several of the other girls.
I arranged to walk to school on the first day with Valerie Saywell and we
continued to do that until we left at 16. We are still friends now and get
together on an irregular basis to catch up on news.
I left Leyton County High at 16 and went to Loughton College of
Further Education to do a Secretarial Course. At 18 I became the Secretary
to the Financial Director of Abbey Life. I stayed there until I was 21 and
moved to South Africa with my husband, Alan Linger, who was one of my brother's
friends and had attended L.C.H.S. for boys and previous to that Barclay.
We stayed in S.A. for 4 years and llived in Johannesburg where I
continued working as a Secretary. When we came back I had my two children
Clare in 1974 and Michael in 1977. While they were still very young I took
my "A" levels in English and Sociology and then in 1980 I went on to
take a teaching degree and taught at primary level. I lived and
taught in Brentwood for 25 years. I have now been divorced for 10
years but have a great new partner Mike. Last Christmas we sold
the house in Brentwood and moved to an apartment in Docklands.
This has given me the excuse I always needed to leave the stresses and strains
of teaching right behind.
These days I spend two days each week inputting Jamie Oliver's
recipes on to his data bank for him, which although not the most challenging
work I have ever done is quite an exciting place to be. The other days I
play golf or catch up on all those treasures in London I always
promised myself I would see one day when I had the time. I feel I have
come back home.
On leaving the safety of you lot in 59 I was sent to a school in
Bethnal Green called Parmiters ( apparently I did not pass the 11+ with enough
marks to go locally but with enough to go to a grammar school that nobody has
ever heard of ) This was a bit of a culture shock to say the least but I grew up
very quickly here – especially after meeting the young ladies from
St.Victoires Convent School who we used to meet for lunch .
Having left school at the tender age of 16 I started my career in
the City by joining the head office of the London and Manchester Assurance Co.
as a junior mortgage underwriter. Got engaged to the office girl and then
disengaged after a couple of years. Got totally p’d off with office life and
equally poor salary and decided to do something different.
Joined London Transport as a bus conductor ( doubling the salary
! ) then became a driver after 6 months – now age 21 . Had a great time for
approx three and a half years , then a chance phone call from my old boss and I
was back at the Insurance company. Met my first wife there and had seven years
of marriage before getting divorced ( no gory details of lust and debauchery I’m
afraid – we just grew apart ). Fortunately there were no children so we parted
company very amicably.
The Insurance co then moved to Exeter and I started work with the
investment bank of JP Morgan where I have been up to the present.
At a party approx twenty two years ago I met a young lady from
Braintree ( 14 years my junior - what a cradle snatcher !! ) - we were married
two years later and have three children now aged age 17,15, and 13
We still live in Braintree in north Essex and have one budding
footballer – he plays for Braintree Town U18’s, one head girl and one red
headed female lunatic.
Regretfully I do not have any old photos of myself as they seems
to have been lost in the many moves over the years ( I had hair then too )
Brenda Griffiths (nee Smith)
On leaving Canterbury Road I went to Leyton CHS for Girls. In
1964 I left to join the Royal Bank of Scotland and worked in both the Trustee
& Income Tax Departments in Trafalgar Square for five years, attending
several training courses. It was fun in those days to be working in the City. I
left the Bank to start a family and have three children and four grandchildren.
I currently live in Waltham Cross and have worked in my present position as
Credit Control Supervisor in a busy department of twenty staff for several
years. Unfortunately (fortunately) my first marriage ended in divorce in 1978
and I married John a year ago at The Ware Priory. Here (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/lowcostwebdesigns/wedding.html)
are a few photos my son took. I will not accept responsibility for damaged
caused to your PC if you decide to view these. We went on honeymoon to Venice
for three days then across the Italian Lakes for 10 days.
Through FriendsReunited I've also managed to find several friends
from High School including my best friend and bridesmaid who I lost touch with
in 1969. It is all very emotional. My Brother who is five years older, and went
to Canterbury road, has managed to contact two of his friends who used to live
in Hainault Road.
After Barclay, Leyton County High, and Southampton University (BSc Physics), I embarked on a career in finance and from 1970 spent three years with Arthur Andersen & Co. as a trainee tax accountant. In 1973, I moved out of London and joined the actuarial firm, Watson Wyatt LLP (as it now is), in their pension consultancy division in Redhill, Surrey, for a quarter-century stint.
As a Londoner born and bred, I never really took to living in the commuter belt, and gradually inched my way back towards the Smoke via Sutton, ending up in South London at Balham (Peter Sellers’ “Gateway to the South”) in 1980, the year that I met my wife Hilary. We married in 1984 and have two children: Thomas (b.1986) and Camilla (b.1988). We still live in Balham.
Approaching the millennium, Watson Wyatt had expanded almost twenty-fold and I was increasingly unhappy with poor work/life balance as the ‘long hours’ culture had taken increasing grip. I decided in 1999 to downshift, and I left to paddle my own canoe in property renovation/dealing. I have no regrets about that decision - except perhaps not making it sooner!
With the second child off to Uni in a few months [written June 2006] Hilary and I are looking forward to ‘reclaiming our space’ and getting some of ‘our things’ off the back burner.
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