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They can hardly string two word together, oh I get it now Riddle what threw me was Freds name was pronounced Rid ell

 

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I was at Fairham from 65 to 73. Fleming house. If you do the maths and notice I was there 8 years. When my fifth year spectacularly failed en masse to achieve the five O levels required to go on to ta

Attended Fairham Comp'  September 1960 to July 1964.  Managed to keep my head down for the 4 years. Escaped the floggings though.  Made my first and last theatrical appearance having a two word bit pa

This is the photo I mentioned. I think I grabbed it from Friends Reunited. I had no involvement with the Penny Farthing; it was a few years before my time.   The location is still reco

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Stan Bullard was an inspiration to those who had a mechanical interest,same as Mr Britten, mentioned earlier, he gave guidance when we were building the Penny Farthing bike back in about 1966, gave praise and encouragement when it was due, not so much strict but firm, great teacher,great person,pleased to have known him in my younger years

 

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On 4/17/2019 at 7:46 AM, plantfit said:

Mr Meeseeks, the careers master when I was there was a little fella called Sturtivant or similar, the careers "room" was a vacant room at the bottom of the "M" block we attended a "careers morning" in there to discuss which type of job/career we would be best suited to,my turn came and the careers master said "Ah C---------,you sir are a cabbage and that is what you will always be" real confidence booster that was, anyway towards the end of the class I went to the front and said to him " Sir with respect I couldn't find any leaflets for cabbages do you have any behind the desk?" at this he had a duck fit and all the boys in the room went crazy, got my own job after trawling through the evening post each night

 

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Wasn't Sturtivant the Lovell House master, or is this another one.   Did anyone manage to get a worthwhile career or a job even, as a direct result of the Careers Master in the early 60's?

Cheer, Meeseeks.   

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Mike Burns unfortunately died a few years ago while on holiday in America, good teacher,also Fairham scout troop leader,did a lot of work getting the old scout hut set up in those woods off Summerwood lane back in the mid sixties

 

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His nickname in our class was 'six foot of misery'... Don't know why, didn't know the bloke and he never took our class. He did once set a mathematical puzzle for the whole school which supposedly took him several hours with a slide rule. How the hell he expected us to solve it I've no idea but it was something to do with the magazine 'Mathematical Pi'.

 

I did once see him use his size to good advantage. A lad called Brett had a short length of scaffold pipe and seemed determined to change the shape of someone's skull. Burnsy came steaming across the playground scattering onlookers like so much chaff before grabbing the pipe and frog marching one very surprised playground bully off to see Thom.

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I was at Fairham 1966 to 1970 Was in Kenyon house And Forms 1f and 2f and 3r and 4r Was at Brooskby school before that Remember lots of the teachers at Fairham 

 

Burns took us for Maths Naylor (tack) took us for RE Fred Riddell for History And Penny housemaster Smith also took us for Maths in our first year Stan Bullard for metalwork Perry for PE to name just a few 

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On 1/31/2008 at 10:26 AM, 2mortar1 said:

2mortar 1 jan 31 2008 10:18 pm Hi plantfit, yes I was there from 63 - 65 ish, hunt house, mr douglas, great days , gettin 5 park drive 10 if you were well off on the day. remember the ice cream van outside, big malc servin. !englandflag!

I was there 1960-1965 also in hunt house great school remember deputy head mullaney had cane off him a few times.

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Wow just stumbled across this website, what memories where has that time gone! You guys have certainly thrown some old names out there.

I was at Fairham from 65-69 what a time to be in Clifton they were good days (and some bad ) but we survived. 

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On 4/8/2019 at 10:00 PM, Albert said:

I was 1960-1965 mr thom headmaster mr mullaney deputy head (horrible man) I was in hunt house my best mate was Keith Humber been trying to trace him but no luck

was there till  summer 65

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I think Lizzie's explanation is correct. The poster has registered on Nottstalgia for the first time and given themselves a user name which should actually be the thread title.

 

And.........

 

I left Fairham at that time, and I remember a person named Andrew Sheffield who would fit the bill.

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I attended Fairham 65 to 68.  Whittle House my fav teacher was Mr Bryne with Andrew Birch Kevin Marriott and Phil Morris as my best friends.  Fairham Comp did me no harm and I have some great memories.   Steve Bowman

 

Just remembered.  Does anyone else remember a music teacher called Miss Bannister?   She was an absolute beauty and if she ever wanted someone to do anything I was a volunteer.   Lol.  Steve Bowman

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11 hours ago, Steve Bowman said:

I attended Fairham 65 to 68. .............Does anyone else remember a music teacher called Miss Bannister?   She was an absolute beauty and if she ever wanted someone to do anything I was a volunteer.   

 

I started there in 66. At that time there were no female teachers at all. The first appeared a couple of years later and was a music teacher but I don't remember her name. She was fairly young, long-ish fair hair, and wore glasses. Could it have been her ?

 

Being the first female member of staff in an all-male school she was in a difficult position and received more attention - and perhaps less respect - than she would otherwise have done.

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I was at Fairham from 65 to 73. Fleming house. If you do the maths and notice I was there 8 years. When my fifth year spectacularly failed en masse to achieve the five O levels required to go on to take A levels. 40 plus of us were held back a year and a form 6X was created. We then re-sat our previously failed O levels we all did well and even acquired extra subjects as our timetable had large gaps left by not having to take the subjects we already had O levels in. 
 

At the end of it many of us ended up with 9 and 10 O levels, which by today’s standards is pretty normal . Mr Thom called us all to the staff room and congratulated us. 
 

Not until I reached 60 I found out I was Dyslexic but with it came the bonus of a strong memory .

 

I well remember my school years.

 

Attending Fairham “comp” after the experience of junior school (Brinkhill) was a terrifying experience. I was in Fleming House and Mr Smart was the housemaster. As I spent most of my first year running off from the school after registration and assembly I got to know him quite well. Not once did he cane or strap me

 

He would sit me down in his office and patiently talk to me. In the end he found an older boy from Whittle house who lived close to me “Noj” Weightman who would accompany me to school every morning for the whole of my second year

 

Anyhoo I stopped running away. 
I remember so well being given our Gideon bible . Blue Hymn Book and timetable. Which usually went in and crammed into the top chest pocket of our blazers. They had to be kept there at all times. There would be spot checks by staff and a detention if you couldn’t produce it on demand.

 

Often they were stolen ( usually when you were doing PE and your jacket was hung up in the changing room) But all you did was steal someone else’s.... you learned quickly.

 

 I have read some accounts of the teachers. I was surprised to read about Fred Riddell. Yes I know he was a terrifying figure. Many of the teachers were. I remember one winter it had snowed and I had made a snowball. I’d had it for about half an hour and squeezed it to shape it till it was basically a ball of ice. I was looking for a victim until strolling along the covered way alongside the 2nd years playground came Tac Naylor.

 

 I hurled the snowball after he had passed not expecting it to hit him. I can still see it exploding on the back of his head. I turned back into the playground just as a football passed my feet and I intercepted it and dribbled away with it. 
 

Someone tackled it away from me and so I stopped to risk a look back. There was Tac lifting two other boys, one in each hand by the scruff of their necks. One of the boys was dropping a snowball as Tac bounced him away with him.

 

 I was so relieved! And this is the point. I looked across into the maths block opposite and in the window of one of the downstairs rooms was Fred Riddell! He was looking straight at me. My blood ran cold. I thought I was done for. I just froze looking at him. He looked at me for a few seconds, smiled and nodded. Then the whistle went and I went off to my next lesson. I spent the rest of the day and week waiting to be called out. It never happened.

 

Years later I was in Riddell’s Elliot house sixth form room . The only sixth form room that allowed smoking so it was popular with other houses sixth formers. Fred came in looked around saw me with my packet of 10 No6  He scrounged one and gestured me to light it. I did and as he was turning away he winked and said “Thanks Snowball “

 

Some may think this story unreal but I had bright ginger curly hair throughout my school days.

 

 

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