Memory Lane: Old photo prompts recollections of a village childhood

Memory Lane: Buckminster School in the 1930-40s. Sent in by Malcolm Welbourn.
Memory Lane: Buckminster School in the 1930-40s. Sent in by Malcolm Welbourn.
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This picture of village schoolchildren appeared in the Journal’s Memory Lane just before Christmas, with an appeal for anyone who recognised the faces to get in touch.

The picture was sent in by reader Malcolm Welbourn after he came across it when he visited his mother, formerly Doris Cole.

Malcolm knew the picture showed children at Buckminster School, but was unsure of the date, putting it at between 1932 and 1945.

Now, thanks to a woman with a strong family connection to the village, we know the picture was taken during the war, probably in 1944.

The information has been supplied by Brenda Munton, whose mum kept the post office in Buckminster for more than 40 years.

Brenda, who lives in Melton Mowbray, says in her letter: “I was intrigued to see the photograph and even more surprised to spot myself.

“My maiden name was Cox and my mum kept the post office from 1934 until 1976. I attended the school from 1941 to 1947 when I went to Melton Grammar School and subsequently trained as a teacher.

“I still do supply teaching and had the pleasure of teaching at the school a few years ago. It was really interesting going through their log book with dates going back to the opening. My father attended the school, as did my siblings and my late husband. It is a very special place to me.

“I estimate it was taken in 1944 and would suggest your mum is not on it but your uncle will be, as he is closer to me in age.”

Brenda, who is circled in the picture, has identified about half her fellow school members of the time, including Rhona Rayson, Shirley Cunnington, June Marriott, Pat Hacket, Monica Hopcroft, Valerie Marriott, Shirley Foster, Josephine Talentyne, Bill Cole and Win Walke.

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