Calne & Derry Hill and District visit to Sevington Victorian School

A delightful joint visit was made in May to the Sevington Victorian School, by Calne and Derry Hill and District NWR groups. We first went to Leigh Delamare church and were greeted by a lady (Dinah Starkey) in a beautiful, black Victorian costume complete with bonnet. She told us that the remains of the original derelict church were carefully removed to build the school. This work was arranged by Joseph Neeld, local land owner and philanthropist, who wished to build a school for his worker’s children and then rebuild the church in a similar style with a decorative Gothic interior. This has resulted in the School having the unusual features of a  dominant bell tower, massive entrance archway and an interior wall made of a 15th century reredos.  He also built cottages for his employees.

On returning to the school we were sternly greeted by Miss Elizabeth Squire, who taught at the school for 53 years.  She was played by Celia Jennings who took her role very seriously and informed us we all had to pay 1d for entry, fortunately Victorian coins were provided.  We were lined up for hand inspection, those with nail varnish being duly reprimanded! We entered the classroom and sat at traditional benches and desks with inkwells. Demonstrations showed us how finger stocks were used to stop boys dipping girl’s plaits into inkwells and other naughtiness, and back boards, to ensure upright posture. Class started with the issuing of slates and pencils for us to practice writing the date and a verse written on the board, a very squeaky process. We read moral verses from reading books learning such sayings as ‘If one lie is told several more will follow’.  The classroom is full of material actually used by Miss Squire including a framed demonstration of how to make paper, items such as a cowrie shell and shark’s jaw , brought back by Joseph Neeld’s brother from his tropical expeditions, a chalk written attendance board and a dunces cap. The floor is also unusual being made of shaped edge-on regular logs wedged together.  Finally we were somewhat intimidated by the demonstration of 3 canes!

We were then invited into Miss Squire’s parlour where a parlour maid (Sylvia Wright) helped by the other ladies, served us with tea and very tasty home-made cakes.

This was a very successful outing and we cannot give enough credit to the three ladies who reminded us of what it was like to live in Victorian times, both as children and a school teacher.

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Liz Valette
Sounds like a great experience ladies. We can find out more about the school by copying and pasting this link www.sevingtonvictori... Read More
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Fear & Loathing via Abergavenny

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Author, Carol Lovekin recently spoke at the Newport Regional Conference. It's not often we get to hear what the experience was like from the other side of the table but Carol agreed to share her experience with us...

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'Improving the circle of life'

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Over a hundred participants, from as far afield as Sussex, gathered in Poynton, Cheshire on Saturday 25 March. We heard eminent clinicians Dr Jenny Myers and Professor Alistair Burns from the University of Manchester medical school talk about their research and practice.

 

Dr Myers emphasised how a healthy pregnancy impacts on future life, detailing her research on the effects of factors such as diet and lifestyle choices. Her clinical work in a Manchester hospital with over 9000 deliveries a year includes researching diabetes and hypertension in pregnancy, supported by Tommy’s charity, to reduce miscarriage and stillbirth.

 

Professor Burns explained the challenges of dementia for patients, their families and the wider community. We discussed causes, prevention, the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment. Examples of community initiatives are Dementia Friends and local plans to make Poynton a “dementia friendly village”

Both speakers presented these difficult issues in a warm, human and practical way, leading to lively group discussions about health from conception, throughout pregnancy and childhood into old age. We all resolved to remain lively minded women for as long as possible by mental stimulation, physical exercise, new skills, social activity and thinking young – NWR is just what the doctor ordered!

Our questions were answered with insight and understanding.

Members from both Poynton NWR groups (pictured below) enjoyed working together to organise the event. 

 

 

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Listen to the NWR Magazine online

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Did you know you can listen to the NWR Magazine? Trustee, Jo Thomson, tells us about getting into the recording studio.

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Liz Valette
I couldn't find an audio file, the link took me to the digital version of the Autumn 2016 magazine.
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Lynn Welsher
You have to scroll right down to the bottom of the list Liz then click on Autumn 2016 underneath where it says ' Listen to an audi... Read More
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Lynn Welsher
Well done ladies - very clearly read!
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