Reminiscences

 

After the Goodbye Tour, listening to so many reminiscences, stories, and memories of wonderful practical jokes, several people suggested it would be a great idea to record them while they are still remembered.  So here we go - a page that will be dedicated to such things.

Contributions are always welcome!!!   

2018

Dear Jill and John,

Shoreditch College Badge 1945I have only recently (May 2012) come across the Shoreditch  College Web Site and have since spent several evenings reading and re-reading its articles as well as viewing the various photographs. I must congratulate both of you on the effort it must have taken to put together such an interesting and enjoyable piece of work.

The majority of the reminiscences refer to the period when the College was at Coopers Hill, so it was with great pleasure that I came across two contributors who must have been in College at Pitfield Street during the same period that I was there as a student. It would appear that Mr. Cyril Crawley was in his final year group when I was in my first year and Mr John Ackhurst was doing his first year whilst I was in my final year. Consequently their recollections are similar to my own.

Shortly after the end of the war in Europe my application to enter Shoreditch resulted in being successfully interviewed by the then Principal Dr Bradley. My recollections after entering College are almost identical to those of my previously mentioned colleagues i.e. the bomb damaged areas surrounding the damaged College building; the difficulties in obtaining tools, materials and set books; the thrashing at Motspur Park & Peggy the Mascot Plane, named I recall, after the young lady who worked in the secretarial department. I also remember helping with building the stage once the main hall was back in use, for a Pantomime “Babes in the Woodwork” and an enjoyable production of Quintero’s “100 Years Old”.

My overriding memory is of a very happy period of my life, despite the very difficult circumstances we were in, given the recent ending of WWII in Europe. I could go on, but appreciate the College has moved on a long way since those early and austere days. We had the good fortune of being tutored by knowledgeable and enthusiastic Lecturers led by College Principal Mr. A. G. Scrivens (Scriv) whose wisdom, energy and sympathetic nature overcame our rather dismal surroundings.

Your web site re-kindled so many happy memories that I was prompted to search my own “archives” which produced the attached photograph of the 1947 Final Year, that I hope will be of interest. I also came across my rather worn College Badge which I have photographed and also attached. You will probably notice that many students in the photograph wear the badge. It was the only piece of identification available in 1945!

1947 Final Year Photo

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If you think I can help fill in any other gaps around this time then please do not hesitate to let me know, but remember the memories all come from an ancient brain.

Kind regards and many thanks

Clifford (Cliff) Jones.  S.T.C. 1945-47

 

PS Just in case you are wondering, I am in the attached photograph, third row back, thirteenth from the right hand side.  I can recall a few names of others in the group.  Mr Scrivens is naturally in the front row, seventh from the right hand side, with Mr Charles sitting to his left.

 


2017

"Quartet",  a Y M Eventide yacht built by four Shoreditch students in the 1950s

There are several photographs of interest to those who remember "Quartet", on her own page

 

"Quartet"
 
 


2017

A few pages from Malcolm Bidgood's entertaining autobiography, in PDF format. Also, the Shoreditch chant as best he could write it out!

Biography Extract, in PDF format

 



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