Quite a few people have contacted me asking if I could publish anymore pictures from my old schools. Well, ‘yes’ and ‘no’. But do you mean pictures from my last Weymouth school. Or the one before? I do have some (in black and white) but they are all in an album and I would have to scan them in. That is no easy task for me because I’m not to good with the scanners, and it would take a little time. So ‘no’ I really can’t do that yet, but I will sort some out soon. Quite apart from that I have to be a little careful. They may be all my copyright, but they do show other people, even if they are now all a lot older. Its not that I think they’d mind; but then my reputation has grown a bit from those early days and I don’t want to maybe post pictures of people who might not like it too much now. After all, they were both ‘elite schools’ (costing my father a small fortune in fees) and some of those people might even be MP’s now, or the like. They might not approve of ‘wicked witch’ David Farrant reminding (rather showing) people what they were like when they were at school! I’ve got enough problems with the ‘teapot cosies’ of this world (incidentally one of the leading one’s of that brigade went to a Council school), without creating anymore!
But you prompted my interest, (even though I’m not generally interested in the past) so I checked to see if those two schools were still there. They both are, but are no longer schools. The last Weymouth school has been redeveloped and the one before that (Hawkhurst Court in Sussex) has also been similarly converted. Conversion has been very limited due to the fact that it is an Elizabethian Listed building, but it is still there; hidden in vast acres of woodland. Well, I should remember. When I ran away from it in 1959 I had to sleep rough in the woodland.
Anyway, I found a photograph of that as it is now. It may be a public information picture but the copyright belongs to one Robin Webster It is HIS picture but it shows the school (rather the original building) has not changed.
So K, I am still not neglecting my Blog as you can see!
For now everyone,