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.
Wind and Weather chart Sept 1968 to July 1969
Wind and Weather chart Sept 1969 to July 1970
Wind and Weather chart Sept 1970 to April 1971
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!
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