School friends — 58 Comments

  1. I was there in the mid 60s it was the happiest time of my childhood no beatings i won a bible where you had to learn a verse from the bible beginning with in the beginning was the word and god was the word etc i am 65 now but i remember everything all i have to do is close my eyes and i’m back there. anyone with more info or who was there at that time can get in touch please. i am on facebook and live in birminghom i born in stourbridge West midlands now woustershire then.

  2. My older brother was there from 1980-1985 because of severe asthma. If you have any details/photos from that period that I can pass on, it would be appreciated. He is not on any social media so I will pass on.

  3. Never went further than Essex until getting sick and leaving Oldchurch Hospital. I was sent to Heathercombe to convalesce at 10 year old.

    I can recall walking everywhere. And Jay’s grave.

    The only person I can recall being there is Judith Wood.

  4. Coming from the archetypal ‘broken home’, I attended first the children’s home, ‘Heatherway’, in 1970, aged 10, and commenced the boarding school, itself, Heatree House, from January 1971 until I left in Winter, 1975. My best friends were Gary Brown (Devon boy) and Nigel Weston (Birmingham boy), myself Nottinghamshire-born, but brought up in Essex. Although the school was run along strict religious lines, in retrospect it instilled excellent social and moral codes, which remained for Life. It is very true that time spent there could be difficult, boys coming from troubled backgrounds, my own mainly centred on parents ceaselessly arguing, often violently. I personally valued walks on the moors, some of the local spots such as Mary Jay’s grave and Hound Tor being particular favourites. The school motto, FIDES OMNIA VINCIT, became for me a maxim for life, translated meaning ‘Faith Overcomes All’. My name there was Adrian Francis Dunham, but changed the surname at age 21, refusing to carry the name of my father. The presence at Heatree House did tend to isolate a child, in their own local area, losing touch with local friends etc, but in my own experience, being a boarding school boy did instil self-reliance and a spirit of independence. Adrian (1970-1975)

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