I was born in Kymswell Road, in Shephall in May 1970, and lived in the Shephall area of Stevenage until 2011. I have such fond memories of my time in Stevenage, and it will always hold a special place in my heart, as that is where I was born and spent most of my life living.
As a child I attended Bandley Hill infants, (now known as Featherstone Wood school). I have such fond memories of my time there. Mrs Fife was the Head Mistress, and she used to bring her dog Polly to school with her. My teacher was Mrs Belcher, we went on school trips, one I remember was to a silk worm organisation. We had lovely Christmas Parties, in the hall with long tables laid out. I loved the paddling pool there too, in the summer.
Peartree Spring Juniors
I moved onto Peartree Spring Juniors, and my first teacher there was Miss Eales (she later became, Mrs Ford). I then was taught by, Mrs Lee, Mr Hedges and finally Mrs Whale. I loved that school, we used to go swimming in the school pool in the summer, but the water was always so cold…. In the winter we would travel to the indoor pool, at the Girls School.
My Secondary school was Barnwell, and I remember Mr Bowls, and his beloved purple track suit…
In the summer holidays as a young child, I would often go to Fairlands Valley park, with my brother, or friends, and we would hire a canoe or paddle boat, and play in the paddling pools for hours, those really were the days. I remember when they added the Trim track, we would spend many hours using that, as we grew older.
Bandley Hill Adventure Playground
We would also play at Bandley Hill Adventure Playground and in the Donkey Park, back then there was a wooden sculpture that looked nothing like a donkey…. there was also an area by the swings, full of lilac bushes, where we used to play hide and seek, and some mud hills where we would ride our bikes over.
The Hyde shops were very different then too, there was a toilet block to the side of the Chinese Takeaway, a bank, Launderette, Hardware shops, Butchers and Greengrocers.
Shephall has changed quite a bit over the years, but it is somewhere I will always think of as home.