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This Spring event took place at Henleaze Junior School in on Thursday, 19 March, 2009


Mrs Sam Mumford, a teacher from Henleaze Junior School, contacted Veronica Bowerman, compiler of The Henleaze Book, earlier this year to see if she was able to come along to the school to give a local history presentation. Veronica subsequently asked Sylvia Kelly, retired local teacher and resident, if she would be able to assist and together they were able to produce an interesting presentation for the children . 


Approximately 90 pupils attended from Year 3 (7-8 year olds) as well as several of their teachers.  


The powerpoint presentation with special sound effects gave a general overview of the major changes that have occurred in the area - mostly during the last 150 years. Many of children enjoyed the sound effects particularly whilst viewing an air raid shelter! One of the boys was able to tell us that there was still an Anderson shelter in existence in the garden of his home. Local Schools during that time were highlighted as well as some of the interesting people who have lived in Henleaze. The pupils were particularly interested to know how long their own school had been in existence!
Local resident, Margaret Humphries, started as a teacher at Henleaze Infants School in January 1951 having qualified the previous summer and spending one term at Luckwell Infants.
At that time the school was situated in Claremount House whilst the new school was being built under the guidance of Mrs Tranfield, the Head teacher, a very charming lady. Also on the staff was a Mrs Penrose, Mrs Jones and the school secretary, Mrs Oldham.
One of my first pupils on starting was Peter Sylvester, son of the Chief Education Officer in Bristol.
We moved into the new building in 1952 and we were joined by Vera Cotton. The school rapidly expanded.
(Previously most of the local Henleaze children had attended Horfield School - now Manor Boys' Club - situated by the traffic lights on Kellaway Avenue.)


During the presentation Sylvia Kelly explained how hedges are dated and layered and used Phoenix Hedge between Henleaze Park and Phoenix Grove as an example. The children participated in the inspirational creation of a layered hedge with two of the girls acting a sheep, two of the boys as gateposts to the field with its layered hedge which comprised of all the remaining children at the presentation!


Lots of questions were asked by the children particularly relating to World War II. They were amazed that there were so few cars around then and that most mothers had to queue daily for food! Some had never seen a sock hand knitted or a darned hole in one! 


Sylvia brought along her Golden Hill map of locally found natural materials created by her in 1987.  This was used at the Public enquiry before the development by Tesco, at the planning committee discussion and was subsequently on view at no less than the Natural History Museum in London as well as various Parish Maps exhibitions.



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