School Days.

A Memory of Acton.

I was born in 1946 and raised in west Acton. Went to John Perrin school and yes the head master was a piece of work, I think he was called Mr. Hatfield. When I was 8 my parents finally agreed to allow me to have my ears pierced after me begging to have it done for a very long time, on the condition that if it hurt having the first one done I would still have the second one done, this was my 8th birthday present. Going back to school after the Easter holidays proudly wearing my gold sleepers I was singled out by the head and in no uncertain terms told to remove my earrings, although it transpired after my mum went to see the him that there was no school rule against wearing earrings, just his personal preference, so I kept then in. He called me out in front of the whole school after assembly and asked once more in front of the whole school " "are you going to take your earrings out?" I very nervously said no, and he never spoke to me again. And then it was Bromyard with very fond memories. In 1959 we came to Cornwall to holiday and fell in love with the county, so my parents after years or intending to retire to Kent changed track and bought a small holding and in 1960 made Cornwall their home and here I've stayed and married a Cornish man, and lost all contact with my school friends. I really would love to hear from anyone who recognises my name, some of the names I remember are:- Brenda Bedford she came from the vale, Linda Bertorelli, Jill Welch, Christine Nelhams (Adam Faiths sister), Peter Burrows, Adrianne Hubbard. My dad and brother worked for Wilkinson's swords and we went back in 63 to his work shop and I met a school mate there in 1963 who thought I had moved to Canada. I look forward with hope to hear from any long lost ex pupils. Madeleine Rance ( Matthews).

With thanks to Madeleine Rance Matthews for this memory of Acton

Added 21 December 2020

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