12th May 2024

David Wilkinson

School Memory

I attended ‘Churchfields’ from around 1937 until 1944. I commenced in Miss Carr’s class and finished up in Mr. Potter’s – the ‘Scholarship Class’ – based next to the Headmaster’s study. The Headmaster at the time was Mr. Walford and he would frequently pop in to put us through our paces, particularly in respect of ‘mental arithmetic’ as it was known as! As it happened the girl who, years later, was to become my wife was in that same class and we had over sixty five years of happy marriage. Other teachers that I recall were Miss Phillips, Miss Lewis, Miss Forbes and Mrs. Heath although I was not in all of those classes.

 

Lessons in the shelters during air raids were part of the routine. The school playing fields were dug up and turned into allotments as part of the ‘war effort’.

 

David Wilkinson