A few months ago I started to try and contact "boys" who experienced Rope Hill School in Boldre during the forties and early fifties - but then sickness overtook my efforts and things were all placed on hold. Pleased to say am now fit enough to try again.
I went to Rope Hill from 1948 to 1953 and well remember both Heaton and Arch as headmasters. I recall at the start of each term the London based boys meeting on the platform at Waterloo Station for the train ride to Brockenhurst. I remember the sunday morning walks from the school to St Johns church in Boldre, no matter what the weather. Can recall watching kingfishers on the rivers bank as we crossed the bridge on the way to the church. Sunday afternoon walks through the forest to places like Sway.
Would like to hear from others who went to the school about this time and also to exchange copies of any photos etc that you may have. I have been lucky enough to previously had responses from some ex Ropillians (is that such a term?) as I try again to put a history together that my children, grand children etc may enjoy reading. From their responses others are clearly doing to same and it would be good to bring it all together.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Robert de Winter
11 Acorn Way
New Zealand 7011
A memory shared byon May 31st, 2014.
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