Grantham Journal letter: Remembering Gonerby

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Recently, looking through a bag of Grantham books I found ‘The History of Gonerby Hill Foot and its School’ written by Ruth Crook and Barbara Jefferies, to mark 100 years of the school.

For anybody born in Gonerby Hill Foot, as I was 70 years ago, it’s a definite ‘must read’. My sister Betty, who still lives on Gonerby Road, wrote a chapter on her memories of the school, along with quite a few of our contemporaries.

We lived at 3 Kimberley Terrace.

Nearly all of the contributors said how lovely Miss Wright (the infant teacher) was – she lived on Grantham Road in Great Gonerby. She certainly was. She taught me in my first two weeks at school. When she retired she was replaced by Miss Staff, and it wasn’t very long before she left to get married. She was replaced by Miss Iris King from Harston. They were just as lovely and didn’t get a mention!

The contributors, like Betty, were all older than me and were taught by Miss Wright in the infants. Mrs Walsh, the headmistress who lived in Redcross Street, taught the senior girls and Miss Hall, who lived on Cliffe Road, taught the junior girls. The boys left at eight years old.

I went on to the National School.

It’s nice to see that my classroom, that overlooks Ogden Square, is still the same. I attended from 1951-1954.

It was an excellent school and a brilliant way to start my 10 years’ education in Grantham.

I still know quite a lot of my comtemporaries from the school at that time!

Ron Frisby

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