Coleford St Johns C. of E. School, Coleford, late 1940s
Kindly sent in by John Ricketts of Park Farm Holiday Cottages, Stow on the Wold.
Hilary Howells, 2 Brenda Howells, 3 Winnie George, 4 Jim Berrow, 5 Beryl
Hyde, 9 Tony Bird, 7 Larry Sterrett, 8 ? , 9 Miss Cole (headmistress),
10 Janet Pitt, 11 Ann Ricketts, 12 ?, 13 Gwen Evans, 14 ? , 15 Alec Ainscough
[postmaster's son] 16 Gill Fowler, 17 John Ricketts , 18 ? , 19 Iris
Martin , 20 ? , 21 Dianne Homer, 22 John Richards , 23 Penelope Jenkins
daughter), 24 Clive Pitt, 25 Ian Tucker , 26 ? , 27 Roger Hart, 28 Delia
Wilcox, 29 ? , 30 ?, 31 ? , 32 Charlie Kay (grocer's son), 33 ? , 34
? , 35 ? , 36 ? , 37 Jane Powell , 38 ? , 39 Keith Dorrington , 40 Eileen
Nicholls, 41 Carol Botham , 42 Pat Fern , 43 Valerie Wessen, 44 ? , 45
? , 46 ?, 47 ? , 48 Charles Kay Jnr, 49 ? , 50 Dianne Tucker, 51 Claire Evans (from the Sweetshop),
52 Ann Watkins, 53 John Joseph, 54 Jim Blanch (chemist's son), 55 Terry
John Heighly John Downs, 57 ? , 58 ? .
The occasion was a nativity play at St John's Church of England School, Coleford in the late 1940s. Can anyone narrow down the date?
Colin Smith added (December 2009): "So many
of my class mates are on this photograph. Larry Sterret, Gwen Evans, Anne
Ricketts, Penelope Jenkins, Beryl Hyde, Tony Bird, Alec Aincough, Hilary
Howells, Winnie George and one of my greatest friends, John Richards.
Some of them, I hope they won`t mind me saying, were most unlikely
candidates for a nativity play. I can`t remember the occasion, but I am
surprised I was not part of it since I was always in St. John`s C of E
productions; perhaps I was sick. But where are Alan Potter, Gerald Frowen,
John Gwilliam, Graham Jones, Roger Williams, Michael and Peter Roberts et
"It is clear that, as my class was the senior class on the photo, this must have been taken pre-Christmas, 1949. My class left the school in July, 1950".
Sophie Willingale added (June 2012): "... I'm just going through some old books and I have and found a rather nice inscription so I thought Id try googling. The book says 'Presented to Charles Wilcox. For regular attendance Coleford C. of E. School During year End 31st May 1911. School open 402 times present 394. William C.Selby Headteacher Mxd. Department. Xmas 1911'. Would this be of interest to anyone - schools or historians in Coleford?. I have'nt found a reference to the exact school so thought I'd send the enquiry via your website".
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