Chowdhary School, Lee Chapel North 1980

Class Teachers - Mrs McNeil and Mrs Brown

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)

Do you recognise yourself in the following 1980 photographs and are you willing to add your name and memories of living in the community. If so comment on this page or submit an article.


Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Chowdhary School, Lee Chapel North 1980' page


Back row from left 

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5 Gary ?678


Middle row

 1 2 3 Simon Carney 4 Spencer Cartwright
 5 Fay ? 6 7 8 Neil Higgins
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Front row

 
 1 2 3 Sharon ? 4
 5 Michelle Humphrey       6 Mrs Brown 7     8 Tracy Hawksbee     
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Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Chowdhary School, Lee Chapel North 1980' page


Back Row from left

 1 Richard Adams 2 3 4
 5 Claire ? 6 Nicola Grady 7 Michael Fletcher 


Third Row

 1 2 3 4
 5 6 Mark Humphrey 7 8


Second Row

 1 Michael ? 2 3 Jason ? 4
 5 6 7 Paul Clarke 8
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Front Row

 1 2 Peri Fletcher      3        4 Beverley Hodges    
 5 Mrs McNeil 6 7 8 Lorraine Selby
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This page was added by Nina Humphrey(née Burton) on 03/05/2012.
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That's me, the black girl.

By Tracey Harriott
On 31/05/2016

Barry. My children went to Chowdhary school until December 1981, when we moved to Langdon Hills. I believe the signatures on your mum's card are those of the teachers. A Brown is Mrs Brown in the top photo. M. Firman was the Headmistress. She replaced Mrs Ashton, the previous Headmistress. The school secretary was Mrs Fisher. The caretaker was Brian Fowler. Other teachers I remember from that time are, Mrs Bingham, Mrs Mudge, Mrs Lawson, Mrs Boult, Mrs Tompsett, Mrs Petit and Mr Leonard.

I spent a lot of time at the school, not only taking the children there and back but I went along at break times to help distribute the little bottles of milk and straws to the infants, which we parents had to pay for because Margaret Thatcher had stopped the free milk service.  I also went along to swimming lessons to help dry the children. Mrs Briggs was a brilliant swimming instructor, so kind and patient. She taught many of the infants to swim, including my son. The other swimming instructor was Mrs Taplin who shouted and blew the whistle a lot.  Also Friday football club, I helped in the changing room, turning all the jumpers and socks back to the right side, which saved the teachers time at end of the session.

I remember approximately 1978, my son Mark went on a trip with the school to Basildon Zoo (remember that?)  On collecting him, I was called to the office as he had been unwell all day. He looked very poorly with swollen face and red eyes. I took him straight to Laindon Health Centre, where Dr Martin diagnosed severe Hay Fever.

I also remember the very jolly Lollypop Lady who stood outside the school as we all crossed Markhams Chase. I can’t recall her name but I remember her laughing when my 4 year old bounced all the way to the school on her Space Hopper, when we went to collect her brother from school. She told me, “I’ve seen children come to school on tricycles and scooters, but never one of those before”.

I have a few photos that I took at the school. I also have cine film of their sports days on the field behind the school. I will have to sort them out. I have noticed there are more photos of Chowdhary School on "Friendsreunited” under “Chowdhary”.

The school closed in 1996 due to falling numbers and later became the victim of fire.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 03/10/2012

Hi Nina. My mum used to be one of the dinner ladies at Chowdhary School. I think she left around 1981,82 I have recently found the card that was given to her when she left. It has the names Colleen Boult, Ann Brown, J. Chapman, M. Firman there are others but I can't work out how they are spelt, hope these names help.

By Barry Ellerby
On 03/10/2012

I went to Chowdhary School from 1979 until 1981. I remember some of my classmates from Mrs Brown’s class (the top photograph). Back row. 5 Gary? Middle row. 3 Simon Carney 4 Spencer Cartwright. 5 Fay ? 8 Neil Higgins. Front row. 3 Sharon ? 5 Michelle Humphrey 6 Mrs Brown 8 Tracy Hawksbee. My brother Mark was in Mrs McNeil’s class (the second photograph). I remember the names of a few of his classmates. Back row. 1 Richard Adams. 5 Claire ? 6 Nicola Grady. 7 Michael Fletcher. Third row. 6 Mark Humphrey.  Second row.  1 Michael?  3 Jason? Front row. 2 Peri Fletcher 4 Beverley Hodges 5 Mrs McNeil 8 Lorraine Selby.

I was very happy at the school and it had its own swimming pool. I remember there was a picture of Dr Chowdhary in the hall. We lived in Woolmergreen which was just a short walk from the school. It was a safe place to play as there was no traffic in the large square. A Jubilee Street party was held there in 1977. I remember there was a good community spirit in the neighbourhood.

I joined the Brownies in St Paul’s hall when I was 7 and got several badges including roller skating. We used to go to a playground in a field in Leinster Road. The Round Table bonfire and fireworks used to be held there before they were moved to Gloucester Park. When I was nearly 8 years old, we moved to a bigger house in Langdon Hills I was sad to leave Lee Chapel North, but eventually settled into Lincewood School and then Laindon School. Later I heard that Chowdhary School had closed and then burnt down.

These days I am lucky enough to live near the lovely woods and nature reserve in Langdon Hills. My two children go to Great Berry School.

By Michelle Fuller(née Humphrey)
On 29/09/2012
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