5 thoughts on “Oxbridge Lane School

  1. This play was entitled “One Night in November”. The cast was as follows (taken from “The Bridge”, the school magazine), Guy Fawkes – John Shepherd, Percy – Alan Wells, Catesby – Thomas Lambert, Wright – Keith Cooke, Winter – William Ellis, Tresham – Arthur Howard, Monteagle – William Bell, Salisbury – Denis Stephens, gaoler – Alan Clarke, servant – David Symington, soldier – James Proctor, guard – Colin Brannon. Stage management – Neil Mollard, John Hopper, Alan Clarke, David Symington. Producer – Denis Towlard. “John Hopper reviewed the Senior Three performance in the magazine, commmented that “the actors were very good” and spoke of the good lighting and sound effects.

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  2. Tony Williamson”s piece about Oxbridge Lane was interesting. My mother Mrs Dee indeed controlled a class of 50 pupils and I bet most of them could read at the end of Junior 1. My mother was born in 1901 – in 1955 she was the only female member of staff in a primary school. She certainly was tough – Victorian if you like. Even her grandchildren remember her as such. I would imagine that now most if not all staff in primary schools are female – -educated in the most modernistic teaching styles ! No wonder ,for example, there is now a move back to phonetics in teaching reading.

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  3. These stage plays were held every Christmas and were well attended by parents and relatives. I was chosen to appear in a Christmas Carol in 1956. My mother attended my performance which lasted for about 15 seconds as I appeared in my vest, with David Blackburn, from under the cloak of a Christmas ghost played by a Senior 4 lad. Blackie was “Ignorance” and I was “Want”. My line was simply to declare that “I am Want” and I was amazed that the big lads could remember so many lines and dreaded maturing to that advanced age and taking on such tasks. I was later a bit “miffed” when my older brother said “Want” was girls part. I then insisted from then on that I played Ignorance, and was even more “miffed” few years later when I realized myself and Blackie were picked because we were the smallest and scrawniest kids in Junior 1. I think “Tilly” West picked us out for the task from Mrs. Dee”s Junior 1 class of over 50 pupils (all in one classroom). The plays were a big occasion every Xmas and the older boys put a lot of work into them. I don”t think Franky Showell appreciated the Modern Drama attempted at Fairfield school later on, and always expressed nostalgia over the old days at Oxbridge with his old boys.

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  4. 1954 School Production of Guy Fawkes with J Shepherd, T Lambert, B Ellis, A Howard, A Wells and K Cooke – The play was set in Senior 4 classroom on the stage.

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