MY EARLY YEARS IN STEVENAGE

in Bandley Hill and Shephall

By COLIN CAMPBELL

I came to Stevenage in 1966 aged 3 or 4 and lived in Kymswell Road in Shephall until 1974 before moving to a larger house in Collenswood road.I went to Bandley Hill School when Mr Koram was still headmaster and left to go to Barnwell in 1973. Does anyone remember the huts used as classrooms at Bandley Hill juniors in the 1970s located at the edge of the playground? These have now been demolished.Great days at Bandley Hill where my teachers included Mrs Yeoman, Mrs Millard and Miss Carlisle. In the infant school my class teacher was Mrs Norman. Don’t remember any other teacher’s names in the infants but in the juniors I remember a Mr Hutton. Memories of great summer days in the Donkey Park when there were many flower beds (now removed) where we would catch butterflies and laze under the trees on the hill. Does anyone out there remember the stepping stones situated in woodland at the back of Chertsey Rise but now sadly no longer there? Also the Adventure Playground where we would build ramshackle wooden cabins and cook “spuds” until they were black over a bonfire before eating them!

This page was added on 28/06/2015.

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