Up, Up and Away                           Pat Ayers
The Pacemakers of Thurgarton Sunday School would like to thank everyone who joined in their balloon race.  The event was a great success and raised £140 for handicapped children at the Crocus Fields Home in Nottingham.
The huge demand for balloons, 900 in all, meant that they were released in two batches, hence the opposite directions of winners because of changed wind directions.
The first group flew across Lincolnshire and two balloons staggered across the Humber to Spurn Head.  The next batch of balloons flew across Leicestershire to Northapmpton and beyond.  The winning balloon belonging to Miss GIll Scott of Thurgarton landed at Stone, near Aylesbury, approximately 88 miles from Thurgarton.
Winner of the Junior section was Elizabeth Amies of Lowdham whose balloon was found at Towcester.
Runners up were Mrs E. Cousins of Bleasby and Mrs Butters of Netherfield whose balloons landed at Cranfield near Bedford.  In the Junior section the runner up was Anna Parrish whose balloon was found on Mablethorpe beach.
The Bramley balloon, along with many others, was lost without trace.

The Pacemakers of Thurgarton Sunday School would like to thank everyone who joined in their balloon race.

Lowes Wong Junior school’s Garden Party raised over £525 on June 27th.
The annual event is organised by the P.T.A. and funds raised are used to provide extra equipment and facilities for the school. This year financial support has been promised for new books, an art sink for the annexe, a film slide projector, a cassette copier, half the cost of a video recorder and a heater and sink in the mobile classroom.
Lowes Wong Junior school’s Garden Party raised over £525 on June 27th.

Busy month at Southwell Playgroup     + pic Teddy Bears Picnic
On the 4th and 5th June we celebrated our 5th birthday.  The children arrived and immediately threw themselves into the party spirit, playing games like match the picture, pass the parcel, etc. They then sat down, donned party hats and tucked into finger sized sandwiches, wobbly jelly and milk.
Each party had its own beautifully decorated cake and at the conclusion of the parties each child reluctantly left clutching a piece of cake and a balloon, having thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
Tuesday 16th June saw our Teddy Bear’s Picnic and sponsored obstacle race. Each child brought their favourite teddy bear or cuddly toy and had a small picnic style tea and played supervised games.  On the arrival of the mums, our offspring commenced the obstacle race, attempting a maximum of six rounds of the course.  Each child had great fun and proceeds from this event go to Playgroup funds.
On the 4th and 5th June we celebrated our 5th birthday.  

Local Designer for Royal Memorabilia       + pic
Local artist Tom Branton of Crafts Way in Southwell has designed this tin to commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
Tom is a commercial graphic designer for Metal Box Co Ltd in Mansfield and the tins are available in local shops now.
Local artist Tom Branton of Crafts Way in Southwell has designed this tin to commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

Schools for All
Did you know that the Grammar School in Southwell was once housed at the Westgate end of the Minster yard, with pigsties, privies and a farmyard nearby, or that in 1832 there were 18 different schools in Southwell?
These are just two details of information gleaned from the exhibition ‘Schools for All’ which took place at the Southwell museum during July and August.  The exhibition dealt with the period when education for the whole community first became available.  It looked in detail at the schools which existed in 1900 and also at the general pattern of school life in the late Victorian period and early years of this century in Southwell.
The exhibition contained photographs, extracts from documents, various classroom objects and pieces of furniture, old textbooks and exercise books, as well as examples of Victorian children’s clothing.  A tape recording of interviews with local people, all at least in their mid-eighties, was also played, interspersed with classroom sounds such as the chanting of multiplication tables and Latin verbs.
The exhibition was the work of the Minster School History department and was a result of efforts to collect material about the history of Southwell, sponsored by a grant from Save and Prosper Insurance made earlier this year.  Three A level historians have been particularly involved in the research so far - Irene Craik, William Ivory and Richard Ryde.
The school would welcome offers of material, especially photographs, or simply offers to talk about old Southwell with members of the Sixth Form, to help continue the research.  Anyone able to help should contact the head of History, Mr Hutchison.

Did you know that the Grammar School in Southwell was once housed at the Westgate end of the Minster yard, with pigsties, privies and a farmyard nearby, or that in 1832 there were 18 different schools in Southwell?