Born 1953 in Woolwich, London, UK
Orpington, Kent, UK – this is my very own piece of it – London Borough
of Bromley but very definitely Kent. I and my family share it with
some slippery little friends who never ever leave its boundaries.
Charlton Manor Primary School, Charlton,
Please feel free to keep and use these class
photos for your own memory lane activities and pass on to others who
are connected to the classes. The two class photos below are now on
in my Memory Box for this school.
1963 Miss Shaw's class, I am far left on
1965 Miss Stimpson's class, I am 5th from
left, on second row from the back
Roan School for Girls (above), Devonshire Drive, Greenwich, London – now converted to flats.
The picture shows the teachers' entrance. We girls had entrances at the side
ends of the buildings. I loved my school and I enjoyed all of it,
apart from games in a cold field. Some of my
friends chose to do only one A Level plus some days at college. When
they wrote their practice shorthand on the blackboard, I was
intrigued and interested.
Woolwich College of Further Education, Villas
Road, Plumstead, London, learning office skills, typing and Pitman's
New Era Shorthand. The year's tuition cost £50 because I had already
had my quota of free sixth-form education. My friends there were utterly
amazed that anyone would pay to go. They had either failed their
other exams or were unable (or not encouraged) to do A Levels. I
gained the impression that they felt they were second-best, in an
academic sense, and to them it validated the worth of the course to
actually have an "A level person" doing it by choice. It made me
realise how harmful it is to have all the emphasis on so-called
higher subjects. What I learnt at Woolwich College has been more
useful to me than all the other subjects put together. I am so glad
I did the course. Pitman's shorthand was my favourite subject to
learn and has served extremely well over the years. I returned to
the College in later years to improve shorthand speed in evening
Once, at the College, some boys were
pestering my friends and I said I might just take it all down in
shorthand. They vanished.
Garden – I always appreciate the privilege
of having my own piece of planet Earth.
drawing, illustration, calligraphy, sewing/knitting.
New Era). My best boot sale find was a New Testament written in
Pitman's Shorthand published in 1886 "Printed in an Easy Reporting
Style of Phonography". See my shorthand websites for free
resources for learners:
Photography – I
enjoy capturing my surroundings – flowers, plants, my garden and
town, landscapes and skies/weather effects,
places I visit. You can use all my photo galleries as free art
Faithful Teds who
spend their time quietly pondering
what advice they will be giving when asked. Their purpose in life is
to come up with good ideas and maintain a cheerful attitude in every
invite you to their website at
Goldfish in the garden pond, plus visiting
frogs. Robins, wrens and bluetits in the nestboxes.
Middle name plus best hobby.
Thousands, all in Africa –
Zimbabwe and Uganda – hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick, frightened,
abused, hopeless and alone, prey to gangs, criminals and drug
dealers. I am supporting Smile
International who care for them, providing food, water,
clothes, healthcare, comfort, protection, hope, education and friends/sponsors.
If you would like to help, see international
"He who is kind to the
poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has
done." (Proverbs 19:17)
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