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Denis Marshall Pickles
Sunday, April 10, 2011 14:32
Well, I'll Go to Buxton!
I spent a little time last night pondering over copies of some documents which I have stached away in a seldom opened drawer. In so doing I think I might have hit on the answer to a question which has taxed my mind off and on for the last 70 years.

The papers I was perusing were photo copies of pages from the School Log Book and Admissions Register kept in Sutton Council School during WW2. The Log Book contains short, often one line comments on matters affecting the school. For example, the entry for June 26th 1939 written by the Headmaster, WW Walker, reads, ‘I received notification this morning of ten County Minor Scholarship Awards. This is a record for this school. As five County Minor [Tech] and one Transfer Scholarship have also been gained, the total number for this year is sixteen. Names have been inserted the Honours Board provided by the WRCC.’ Another dated 1st September 1939 reads, ‘Owing to the International situation the school was closed by Special Order for the time being. War with Germany’. The school was closed again on May 8th and 9th 1945 to celebrate VE Day - Victory in Europe. The school reopened on 10th May at 9.00am but [not surprisingly] the attendance was poor! On 30th May 1945, ‘The Senior children were taken to Glusburn Institute the hear a performance of orchestral music [9 players] arranged by Mr Priestly - Music Organiser WRCC. Time 2.00 pm - 3.15 pm’.
All very interesting [Well, for me it is”] but not really related to the prime reason for this note.

My father used an expression when he was surprised or when he found something difficult to believe. [when he was ’capped!] He used the say, whilst pushing his cap back on his head, ’Well, I’ll go to Buxton!’ I suppose he never used the expression, ‘Well, I’ll go to th foot of our stairs!‘ because we lived in a bungalow. I could never quite understand why Buxton - there seemed to be no link whatsoever with Sutton. As a matter of fact, I spent the first night of my honeymoon in Buxton, though I’d be telling a fib if I said I’d gone Buxton to try and work out the reason. It was whilst looking through some of the other Council School papers that I think I might have finally cracked it! Together with the copies from the Log Book, I have some photo copies of the names and details of pupils who attended the school . I was the 348th pupil to be admitted to the school on 28th November 1938 and Sky Diver Barrie Pearce was 357th on 17th April 1939. One lad admitted to the school in 1938 was a William Dryden whose address is listed as High Buckstone Farm. The penny dropped! My dad, who was brought up at Wood Vale Farm, wasn’t going to Buxton. He was going to Buckstone!

Am I right or am I right?
Paul Wilkinson
Sunday, April 10, 2011 18:03
Well, I'll go to Buckstone! Great story Denis, I'm sure you're right.
David Laycock
Sunday, April 10, 2011 22:14
Well I'll be blowed the lion has awoken!
Doreen Palfreman
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 17:16
Denis. Would you be so kind as to let me know the date that David and I started at Sutton Council School. Thanks
Denis Marshall Pickles
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 22:43
You mean to tell me that you can't remember? Your first day at Sutton Council School was 27th June 1938 a week after Michael Garnett and two weeks after William [Billy] Shuttleworth.
Doreen Palfreman
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 13:12
Thanks Denis. I tried to e-mail you but I must have an old address. I also tried Alan's but either he has changed his or my machine is playing up.

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