Friday, August 27, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Cookham Bridge Repair
4th March, 2000.
It is always nice to be on the spot and record history as it is happening and it just happened that I was in the village that Saturday morning with my old JVC digital movie camera to record the work being carried out on the old Toll Bridge. The last time if my memory serves me correctly was in 1948. Fifty two years of use was not bad going. One has to remember that bridges as with any construction requires from time to time was is known as "Preventative Maintenance."
This bridge is what as know as classic wrought iron construction and is a listed structure. So weight limits have to be imposed as to the amount of traffic on the bridge at any one time. Cllr. Fry has the right idea to preserve the bridge. There are many ways to apply tolls, a lot of them are electronic. So his idea of local users can be controlled electronically with a free pass fixed in the windshield, providing you pay an initial cost for its production. Others will pay a fee that will tabulated each time you cross and you will be able to add to it by e-mail to the council office. I have seen this system in use and it works well.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Mrs. Evans classroom revisited.
This is the classroom where my formal education first saw the light of day as Roll # 1189 on the 30th of April 1935, together with Muriel Stone, Joan Marshall and Jean Margaret Hursey.
In those far off days we sat in regimented rows of desks, two to a desk. By the time we left that classroom at the end of July, 1937. we had learnt to print and to write in script lettering, we could read from the whole range of Beacon Readers and had completed a whole range of handicraft skills.
Mrs. Evans, also had a young assistant teacher, a Miss Collins, who drove over from Windsor every day in her little Austin Seven. Between the five and six year old's there was a cream coloured curtain for certain subjects. Then it was drawn back for other joint subjects.
Gone of course is the old pot bellied stove that use to heat the whole class and also heat our daily bottle of milk from White Place Farm in the winter time.
Today as you see in the video learning has taken on a casual approach from our days of learning by rote. I still thank and praise my teachers in my formal education for the drilling and care they gave. Even my youngest son remembers my drilling him with his times table and mental math, and he agrees that it paid off. No calculators in school in those days, the closest thing I ever came to use was a slide rule.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Holy Trinity School
3rd March, 2000.
It is now over ten years since I took a series of videos while I was visiting in Cookham in March 2000. Just thinking some of those students who appear in this and other clips are all in their late teens now and even in their early 20's.
The main reason for my visit was to capture the changes to the three original classrooms and the school buildings and yards. It was the head teacher who invited me in to video the Friday morning Assembly. It was quite strange to be sitting in what use to be Mrs. Cheeseman's orchard once more but not eating the fruit!