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Memories and Recollections

Monday, 17 July, 2017 -- Helen Wilson

I read with interest Richard Ash’s article in lthe 2016 summer edition of Plane Talking.  My name in print, what an honour!  Anyway it prompted me to put pen to paper (metaphorically) to give some of my recollections.

The Old Quad certainly was a favourite place for quad soccer.  I can remember going to the “san” to have grit picked out of the palms of my hands after being tripped up. Quad soccer was the only game I really mastered although I did wicket for the 2nd XI.

I too went to Sutherland House which was run by Miss Lawson; I believe that Mr Moss’ wife also taught there. I don’t remember much about the war except for sitting under the piano keyboard at school during an air raid.  For many years the larder door at home (15 Grove Park Road) had brass plates covering the shrapnel holes which were caused by bombs falling nearby.

The 16 September 1947 was my first day at Eltham College and I met Brian Adcock at the gate, we remained good friends ever since.  I have visited his home in New Zealand and he has come to England.  We both agree that the education at Eltham was not only good, it really did prepare one for life. 

I remember I was the only day boy in the scout group, the main attraction was to have access to the spinney which was out of bounds to other pupils.  I recall that Mr Higgins was Scout Master, he also taught maths, and was an excellent teacher; he must have been as he got me through O and A level pure mathematics! He was an auxiliary fire engine driver in the war and demonstrated his driving skills by doing 180 degree spins in his blue Vauxhall drop head in the front of the New Building! 

My wife and I were married in the Eltham College Chapel in 1962. OE John Westwood was our best man and OE Steve Denny took the photograph alongside this article. Steve’s father the Rev Cyril Denny, Minister at Eltham Congregational (URC), led the service. 

If any OEs are in the vicinity of Kemsing in Kent, please do look us up.

Ken Wilson 1958