Category Archives: Education

On this day …

Wind and Weather Chart 1969 to 1970


September 15th 1969 – 46 years ago – one of the 16 pupils at West Deeping Church of England School filled in the weather chart – it was the first entry for the Autumn term, which had started on September 9th.

The day was cold with showers (not unlike today!) and the wind was from the north-west.

How do we know? When the school closed in 1971, a former pupil at the school, Nick Sandall, retrieved 3 large wall charts on which the wind and weather had been recorded.  Earlier this year, the charts  came to light when the family was clearing the garage at 41 King Street before the house was put on the market.  They are now in the safekeeping of West Deeping Heritage Group.

There are not many ‘memorabilia’ from the school left – or are there?

If you were a pupil at West Deeping and have anything at all that brings back memories, maybe just a photograph – do contact us!

Writing it up or writing it down?

Maggie Ashcroft writes:

Our Heritage Lottery funded “All our Stories” project is being supported by landscape historians  at the University of East Anglia.  “Writing up your research” was a learning opportunity I  thought I could do without  – but the opportunity to get some inspiration and some moral support from other projects and the Ideas Bank team at UEA spurred me on. On a brilliantly sunny Saturday morning I headed off to Cromer for the day, not to the beach, but to a training workshop. It proved to be really worthwhile.

Where to begin? What story do we want to tell? Who is our audience? What is the best style to use? The session on writing for different audiences was particularly useful – it is to be hoped that this website benefits from what I learned!

Link here to the posting on the UEA Ideas Bank website

Boaty Craft Day

About twenty children attended the craft morning on 9th April in the village hall to participate in the Stamford Canal project. Ages ranged from 2 to 11 years, there were also lots of Mums who joined in!

The children listened, enthralled, as Liz Noble told a story of Boater the Boat Horse, using some fabulous old props.  This was the start of a school holiday event in West Deeping Village Hall, organised by Tracy Williams for the ‘Boaty’ project. The children decorated shapes of horseshoes and creatures to be found in and around a canal – butterflies, dragonflies and swans –  and made a collage of Boater himself. Liz said: “We used a lot of glue!”.

One mother said how much her son and she had enjoyed it. She admitted that, despite having lived most of her life in this area, this was the first time she had heard of the Stamford Canal.

Stamford Mercury 17th May 2013

Stamford Mercury 17th May 2013

  • Click on the first photo below and scroll through the pictures. Press <escape> to return to this page.
  • Two of the art works have been placed in the Boaty Art gallery. Go to Art Gallery to see these along with other art works collected during the ‘Boaty’ project.