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Entry Number: 5216
Date: 27-JANUARY-2019
Author: Stephen Trump
Subject: Old Times

Hi. I haven't looked at this site for some time now. I chanced upon it having read about the school's current academy debate. I have mixed memories of being at Torbitt - one of the most vivid being the very first day when I couldn't believe that my Mum had left me! I don't see anyone that was in my class or year any more, although I have had intermittent dealings with a couple of people over the years. It's been over 50 years now since I was first taken through the Torbitt gates, into the Infants Playground and then into the Reception Classroom, where Mrs King was my teacher. My last touchpoint with the school was in 1980 when, as a member of Redbridge Youth Orchestra, I attended my last ever Saturday rehearsal. Is there anyone else still out there that remembers me or was in my classes at Torbitt?

Entry Number: 5215
Date: 19-OCTOBER-2018
Author: Paul Nicol
Subject: 1961 Cricket Team

I was a fast bowler and I remember Gary Hyams (in front of me in the photo) was wicket keeping in a match when I bowled, the batsman missed, and the ball went on to hit Gary just under an eye. His face (from memory) instantly swelled and turned black down one side, as in those days cricketers did not wear face helmets. This incident frightened me so much, thinking that I might easily have caused very serious damage, that it put me off cricket for life. The ironic thing is, that my partnerís two grandsons both play county cricket for their age group and hope to become professionals! Hope you're OK Gary!

Entry Number: 5214
Date: 19-OCTOBER-2018
Author: Paul Nicol
Subject: Ciao!

Stephanie Howlett Ė I know Stephanie later married an Italian gentleman and went to live in Italy. I know this as her younger sister, Susan, later came to work with me at J H Minet & Co in Gants Hill in the early 70ís. Sue, do you remember?

Entry Number: 5213
Date: 8-SEPTEMBER-2018
Author: Darrel Bird
Subject: Photos

Can't find any photos with me in them. Would be happy if someone could help.

Entry Number: 5211
Date: 3-MARCH-2018
Author: Jabir Haque
Subject: 2 years ago

I used to be in William torbirr until I left 2years ago to go high school Miss it more than I thought

Entry Number: 5207
Date: 27-OCTOBER-2017
Author: Brian Waghorn
Subject: Old Friends

Hello I am 86 so a little forgetfull of names, I do remember getting the cane for running on the sandbags covering the glass openings on the playground. Mainly remember the youth club held there upto 1948, friends were Bert Bacon Teddy Plant Connie and Joice sorry can't remember surnames.I am 86 and moved to NZ in 1949.from 12 Crownfield Ave

Entry Number: 5206
Date: 11-JUNE-2017
Author: Margaret Peacock
Subject: Just discovered the site

I was delighted to come across this site today. Loved looking through the old photos. Pleased to meet Jean Young at one of the reunions. Was in contact with Brenda Graisgour for a while some years back and renewed acquaintance with Liz DeBere at college in 1967 but lost touch now. I recognised many faces in the photos and even recalled many names. Would be delighted to hear from anyone who remembers me

Entry Number: 5205
Date: 4-APRIL-2017
Author: Mark Owen
Subject: lost form class picture

Hi William Torbitt School site, I have been looking today at all the class form photos that have been posted from the 1960s. Unfortuaintly looks like my class isn't there. My form teacher was in the picture, and her Name was Mrs Jenkins, I was at the back row on the left standing next to Paul Turell who lived next door to me at Freshwell Avenue Little Heath. The photo was black and white and taken outside next to the Assembly hall which was in the background. Mrs Richardson was the head I think

Entry Number: 5203
Date: 6-JULY-2016
Author: Julia White

Lovely to see some old photos and people that I still remember. I would love to hear more information as and when it becomes available. If any of my old school friends would like to make contact I would be happy to hear from them in particular Janet & Sandra Kidd, Barbara Blows Dinah Williams Susan Cunningham but just a few.

Entry Number: 5204
Date: 23-JUNE-2016
Author: Fred Collins

Greetings from Canada. I just found your website and decided to send you an email. I was one of the first pupils at William Torbitt Primary School. I lived at 40 Crownfield Avenue, Newbury Park and first attended Downshall Road Primary School starting in January, 1936, just after my 5th birthday. My recollection is that, living on the other side of Southend Road (I think that was the name at that time), I was automatically transferred to the brand new William Torbitt School when it was first opened, which I believe would have been in early 1937. I know that I left the school only a few weeks later as my parents moved to Slough, Bucks (now Berks) in April or May 1937. My only recollection of my time there was of my mother meeting me after school in the afternoon with my first two wheeled bicycle and holding on to the back of the saddle as I peddled back to my home. After a couple of days, she let go of the saddle and I peddled home on my own but could not figure out how to get off, so I circled around in front of my house until my mother caught up with me and helped me dismount, Arriving in Slough, I attended the Farnham Royal School and received a scholarship to Slough Grammar School for Boys, obtaining my Oxford School Certificate and London University Matriculation in 1947. Shortly after that I came to Canada with my parents and had a 42 year career in banking. I have been retired for 26 years, am in good health and, following a couple of years in the Air Training Corp which peaked my interest in flying, have flown my own Cessna 180 for over 42 years. My late wife and I travelled extensively and I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had stayed in England after the war. My best wishes to you and any and all first pupils of William Torbitt Primary School. Fred Collins Parksville, B.C. Canada







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