Broom Barns Junior School

Reunion lost class mates

Sean Burton

Hello. I was just wondering if there has ever been a reunion? I was there just for the third and fourth years after moving from Swindon. I somehow got into the football team. That was around 1966. I remember Mr Simpson the games teacher and Mr Glaze the Head at the time. I think my form teacher, while in the third year, was Miss Clark. It’s all a bit blurred. I just wondered where all the kids of that time ended up. My good pal Martin Graying is still local, however the rest seem to have disappeared into the horizon.


Sean Burton 

This page was added on 17/03/2016.

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  • Hello Tony Collman. Wow, was I surprised to see your post! You got most things right as far as I remember. I must admit I don’t remember anything about a club but I do remember collecting Corgi cars. Do you still live in the area? I previously mentioned I revisited Stevenage in 1989 – in fact I actually saw you. I was visiting Geoffrey Dowse and his mother at the time (he lived next door to you at no. 2 Broom Walk) I wanted to say hello but Geoffrey was reluctant to go outside – Was there some sort of history between you two? He never said. I would love to make another trip and revisit the town. Some of the places mentioned in other posts have brought back some vivid and more fond memories, for instance Monks Woods – we use to go to a place we called “The Canyon” it was like a huge crater in the middle of the woods. And of course, fishing in the duck pond. I would love to hear more about town and the changes that have taken place, especially about the demise of the school. I understand that the church at the bottom of Cuttys Lane has been converted to a museum. I remember the Queen coming to Stevenage to open it. (That may have been even been before you arrived). The museum in the old town was also a favourite haunt as well as attempting to get conkers from nearby Chestnut trees.

    Mr Bassnet was the name of the teacher I was trying to remember. He was a pretty scary guy. I remember Peter Willie, he was a good friend. Do you remember the time you tried to hypnotise me? – all very funny now.

    By Bill Platt (14/05/2022)
  • Hi just seen a comment from Karon [Lydford, formerly] Lancaster wow I remember Karon, I still live around the area of Broom Barns brings back great memories of a time when nothing seemed to matter other than being a kid and having a great time, those were really the days 😎

    By Sean Burton (22/02/2022)
  • I was there for one year after moving from London in 1958. I used to sit next to Stuart Langridge, who was Cleo Laine‘s son. My form teacher was Mr Bassnet and the head was Mr Luck. Other names I remember are John Casey, Keith Wick, Eve Riley, Dianne Abbot, Jimmy Crossin and Mary Boyle.

    By john jackson (21/02/2022)
  • My Mum and Dad moved to Stevenage from London in December 56 when I was nearly 2. I spent infants and Juniors at Broom Barns and teachers in juniors I remember were Mrs Dallas, Mr Simpson and then the great Mr Bassnett in 4th year. I remember he called everyone by their surname, but he was an excellent teacher. The football team has been mentioned but I played Netball and Rounders for the school. My brother Bob (Robert) Coleshill was a year behind me. We both then went to Heathcote where I left and started my first job at BAC at the age of 15 and half. Mum and dad lived in Buckthorn Avenue until Dec 19 and I have lived in Wales since 1978.

    By Elaine Godsall (Coleshill) (25/04/2021)
  • Hello, Bill Platt. I remember you. I lived at no.4 and used to play with you and a little boy called Peter Willey. I think we had a lot of fun together, although I can’t really remember many details. I’d forgotten your family emigrated and I don’t really remember it happening. Can’t remember what happened to Peter either, but I only remember playing with him along with you. I think we may have started a club of some sort. I was keen on Corgi model cars at the time and had joined the owners’ club, which might have been the stimulus for wanting to create a club.

    I remember being scared of your dad and that he travelled abroad a lot and collected chess sets on his travels and had all the James Bond books.

    I thought I remembered you being about the same age as me but judging by the dates you mention, I must have been a year or two older.

    By Tony Collman (11/07/2020)
  • Hi there…My name is Karon, I spent all my school years at Broom Barnes from early 60’s to 1968..then onto Barclay Secondary Modern…I remember you Sean Burton…mostly from the Barclay days…My family also migrated to Australia in 1969…my last name was Lancaster, my nickname was Bomber…go our house was no3 Garden Walk…I loved my life in UK…but have never been back…always wanted to but too busy raising a family etc, life flies far too fast. I also remember Martin who lived on the corner of a cul de sac where we all used to play games on the green there….I loved playing in the trees at the Duck pond and parks…really loved going to Monks wood for botany walks with the class…playing in the dell at the top of my street…dancing at the Mecca on Sat mornings while wearing quite scary makeup of my mums…who had no idea!…ahahhaha…spent many days at the swimming pool and hanging around the shops….My mum Pauline Lancaster used to work at the Esso garage in the old town owned by Peter Harper?…great years spent at the playing fields and doing country dancing at the fairs…a much simpler life…those really were the days my friend…

    By Karon Lydford (23/05/2019)
  • Hey Mr Ron Whittle you were in my class at Broom Barns if you ever see this post contact me through this site. I live in Aston would be great to catch up and take a walk down memory lane or anyone else who shared our class at that time , Sean Burton

    By Sean Burton (01/03/2018)
  • Hey I remember that name Ron Whittle I’m sure you were in my class at Broom Barns not 100% , Martin Grayling was also in my class I live in Aston so local , would be good to catch up have great memories of that time

    By Sean Burton (30/09/2017)
  • Mr Glaze was still head when I left Broom Barnes in 1974. I have it in mind that he was married to the head of the infants school. I seem to recall that her maiden name was Morgan, but I could well be mistaken about that.

    By Clive Lewis (25/04/2017)
  • I attended Broom Barnes Junior school from 1963 to 1965. (And BB infants prior to that) I certainly remember Mr. Glaze as headmaster.
    I had Mr. Simpson in 3rd year, Mrs. Dallas in 2nd year and Miss. Robinson in 1st year. I don’t really remember the other teachers – I was trying to remember the name of the teacher who took the 4th years, he used to teach in the old wooden building. My family moved to Australia at the end of ’65 and I last visited Stevenage in 1989. I was quite surprised to see then that the old school was gone not to mention Creaseys garage that used to be next door. I used to live on Broom Walk so school was just round the corner for me. I have very fond memories of the old school and Stevenage itself
    My name is Bill Platt. I wonder if anybody remembers me.

    By Bill Platt (14/03/2017)
  • I was at Broom Barnes around 1965. Mr Glaze was still head then. I am still living in Stevenage and would be happy to hear from any schoolmates from those times.

    By Ron Whittle (14/08/2016)