In this post Jeanette Allen nee Hand who attended St. Saviour’s Sunday School in the 1950s recalls her childhood in The Rookery where she lived until she was eight years old.
I have very few memories of Sunday School outings but I do have some photographs which were taken at Chester Zoo. At the time the photographs were taken, I must have been two or three years old. I cannot recall being taken to the zoo but seem to remember my mother saying the photographs were taken on a Sunday School outing.
On one occasion, we were taken to a children’s home near Congleton. We were given a bag of food. There were games such as greasy pole and the boys took part in pillow fights while balancing on a pole over a pool of water.
I have two books which I received as Sunday School prizes. The first was given to me in 1953 when I would have been six or seven. It was called Fortune’s Caravan and was about a family who owned a restaurant which burned down. After the fire, they bought a caravan and made a living by teaching themselves and their animals to perform tricks. I read the book over and over again. Even today, I still take “a peek” at it from time to time.
I received the second book in 1960. It was called Crab the Roam and was about a horse. Somebody (probably Miss Hastie my Sunday School teacher) had gone to a lot of trouble to choose it for me. At the time, I was mad about horses and had a little shaggy brown pony which I kept at Dales Green.
Looking back, I wonder how many people can remember the black stove that was in the church? Situated in front of the choir stalls, it was opposite the organ. The stove was surrounded by a metal grill. When it was raining, damp gloves and scarves were hung on the grill to dry.
I was confirmed when I was 12 or 13. Sunday School pupils were prepared for confirmation by the vicar (Rev. Hood) and Miss Hastie. The confirmation class met once a week. After giving us a talk, Rev Hood read out the questions we would be asked and we gave the responses. Thinking about the big day made me nervous. I felt better when a friend, who had already been confirmed, said: “Don’t worry Jeanette, you will feel very holy at first, but it will wear off.”
Photograph Copyright David Martin – The Phoenix Trust 2012