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Trewhella, E, 62

Posted by Edward Trewhella on May 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Hi All, what a trip down memory lane this has been. 62 was my number. The only contact I have had with Newells/Handcross since leaving in 1969 has been with Chris Matthews. All the names came tripping out Miller, Overbury, Bentham, Ramsden, Utting, Oag, Whetstone, Lynes, Peters, Bishop, Gorham, Lydall and how could any of us ever forget the famous Matron list every night at supper: Adams, Aveline...... everyone pretty much always saying yes, until if you said no you were whisked off for Syrup of Figs - took me a while to figure that one out. Andrew, I think you came out on leave with me with my aunt and Uncle to Ashdown Golf club and yes we built dams as well as camps in the woods. The day I was allowed to ring the bell to get everyone in I distinctly remember that I could not make it dong - too complicated just to pull the rope! Queuing up twice a week to have ones underwear inspected was fairly gross looking back on it but I have to say that unlike the school I went on to, Wellington, I was very happy at Newells and subsequently at Handcross. One sadness with the fire was that many boys never came back which was a real shame and Handcross was the poorer for it. Yes I do remember Miss Vellacott's map of Britain cut in the turf and Mr Dancy's French imperfect endings "ais, ais, ait, Ions, Iez, AIENT  boy" - Pye (Hugh?) I remember took it from me with hits on the head with a pencil case. The other French teacher at Handcross was M. Lazo and taught rugby as well, came from Desmoor as did Combes who was a real inspiration. We all seemed to become very fond of Mr Reford as we got older and I will never forget his use of the Goddamn word, specifically on the rugby field in the sense of "Run Trewhella, you're like a goddamn old woman"! Wouldn't be PC these days. Unfortunately I cannot make the May 23 reunion but would love to get to a future one - Tim Kilpatrick I think was the boy who was in charge the night I arrived in September 1964 having been driven all day from Falmouth by my mother in her Morris 1000 and he looked like a grown up in that dining hall - I was amazed as I seemed so young and small. Thanks again to all for putting stuff on this site which has been really great. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba rang I recall vividly but always thought it cane from the song Barbara Anne which was around at that time......? Also Charlie the groundsman who on the night of the fire was reputed to have saved the tuck cupboard and Matron - in that order. Other really odd memories like why did I collect all the triangular Dairy Lea cheese labels that we had every night, I had hundreds of them which I then buried in purpose built holes in the woods. So many other memories come back now I have opened Pandora's box, thought I had lost them for ever! Best wishes to all and do get in touch if you read this and remember anything...............

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