James Peacock – Class of 1967?

Next month Ruddington’s James Peacock School marks its 50th anniversary of moving to its current location in Manor Park. The new buildings replaced the original “free school” built in 1875 on the corner of Asher Lane and The Green (now Adlard Print) that had become too small for our growing village.

To celebrate its half century the school is holding a “Community Celebration Day” on Saturday the 30th of September between 1pm and 5pm.

Ruddington Local History Society is supporting James Peacock School by researching its past in order to put up a display at the event. So they would love to hear from anyone who has had any connections with the school – as a pupil, teacher, governor, administrator, caterer or cleaner – to share your memories. Perhaps you have photos, school reports, or even an old uniform that you could copy or photograph?

Barbara collecting memories of the school in the Co-op!

Governor Barbara Breakwell, who’s helping to organise the event, says: “Apparently when it opened in 1967 the uniform included a blazer, cap and tie.  Initial comments made to me have been about the 5 concrete stepping stones at the front of the school, the water monitor job at lunchtime, cornflake tart at lunchtime and the mishap with weighing scale weights that meant blood seeped into the wooden flooring as a reminder!”

Organisers are promising fun activities on the day. As well as celebrating their half century in Manor Park, the event hosted by The Mustard Seed Project will also showcase all the work the school is currently involved with in building a school in Uganda.

Meantime Barbara would love you to contact her with your own memories, please, via ruddington2012@virginmedia.com.

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