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A.F Duncan

Posted by newells on September 16, 2010 at 4:08 AM Comments comments (1)

        I left the school at the age of 9 and am now 81.

        I'm afraid that time has taken it's toll and I am unable to remember the name of even a single one of my former school mates, Maybe this interchange will be seen by one or more of them and we will get information on more ex Seafield Park students who were there before the school was moved.

       The photo of Seafield Park (See photo section) is interesting. The building I remember seemed much larger but without any details other than the fact that the pond I remember playing in was at the left hand front corner of the building (looking at the photographer) and the swing in a tree at the edge of the forest to the left behind the person that took the photograph. The building faced the sea and there was a path down to the beach I referred to earlier.

        I suppose that STIFF STARCHED collars were the order of the day at most schools at the time but very difficult to handle for a six year old. Another memory comes to mind that we slept with the windows open and in winter any glass of water left on the night table would be frozen in the morning.

       The Headmaster at Seafield Park during my time there was Mr. Webb. His name I have always remembered.




Alan Fraser Duncan

Posted by newells on September 14, 2010 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Born of British parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was sent to Seafield Park at the age of six from 1936 to 1939. I remember fire escape practices on a canvass shute from a dorm on the second floor facing the field; playing with boats in small concrete pond perhaps 6 or 8 feet wide; playing on a swing hanging from a branch which seemed at least 12 ft. high but above all going down to the beach for a swim in full uniform and having to get help to remove the stud from my stiff collar. The memory of being called in to see the headmaster who would select the appropriate stick from a cupboard behind the door and bending over the the arm of his leather chair to receive six of the best is perhaps the most vivid. My brother and I were taken out of school and sent to St. George's College in Argentina in 1939 just before the war broke out.


Would be great to hear from anyone who has similar memories.


With best regards,


Alan Fraser Duncan

Tom McMeeken

Posted by newells on July 25, 2010 at 3:29 AM Comments comments (0)


I am Tom McMeeken, a former pupil at Newells Scool. I was very pleased

to find the Web site, and will be glad to contribute memories and one or

two photos. I am one of the many students of British descent who came

to the school from Brazil.

I live in Belmont, just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, USA working

at Bank of America, am married with 3 adult children.




Posted by newells on September 9, 2009 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (15)

Norway : Started Wednesday Sept 9th, 2009.

From : Tony Potts, atttended Seafield Park and Newells (1946 - 1951) - Webmaster

Hi All,

Thank you to all who have contributed to the blog and photo sections of the web site since it was first published . I am also delighted to say that I have also had several direct contacts with Old Newellians in the years since I put the site out.

It has been especially pleasing to be able to have contact with the present Headmaster of Handcross Park school resulting in a successful reunion for Old Newellians, which was held at Handcross Park school on the 23rd of May 2012. After the meeting at Handcross Park, some participants were able to visit the grounds of Newells farm.

I have also had contact with the present owner of the house standing on the Newells site.

A special 'Thank you' to Chris Mathews for his piece on Alexander Parker and the tragic fire.  In reference to the fire,  it was also interesting to read the 'Blog' by John Harrison and his memories of it, not as a pupil, but a neighbour to Newells.

To those who wish to contribute any of their memories of Newells or Seafield Park please add your comments to this blog, open your own blog or add photos to the relevant section . You can contact me direct at [email protected] , send me your contribution and I will put it on the site for you.

Michael French has commented on the Swimming Pool situated at the far end of the Sports pitch. I recall it was a converted concrete Fire Service water tank. Before this conversion took place, Mr Lang had acquired for use as a swimming pool, a canvas affair filled with water . I found out later that it was called an ' S tank' and was originally designed for use by the Military to temporarily store fresh water. I would actually call it a rather small pond and it was situated by the Sand pit.

The freedom we had playing in the woods, climbing trees, building dams, sploshing about in the stream, cycling and creating roads on the terrace banks for Dinky toys, all bring back very happy memories.

I would like to conclude by saying that I originally started work on and published this site, in order that people who attended Newells and Seafield Park would have a forum where they could refresh memories, add comments to the blog section or publish photos of their time at the school. However, in saying this and, although I am delighted to be contacted by them, I did not mean that ex pupils who only attended the school at Handcross Park, should add their photos and comments . To include their input would take up much more space than I have available. These ex-pupils have the excellent Handcross Park school website to cater for their needs.

Best wishes to all - Tony :D (Updated 23 May 2015)