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Alde Valley Suffolk Family Group

Location: Kelsale Village Hall IP17 2PB

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TUESDAY 19TH March  2.30pm   Kelsale Village Hall

Sheila Wright    Village Schools 

Our March meeting will welcome back Sheila Wright, who braved a drive on a dark October night in 2015 to enthral us with tales of ghosts and hauntings. Last May, she captivated us again with an engaging trawl through the verbatim reminiscences of Suffolk families who lived out their lives against a backdrop of two World Wars.
This time she will be talking about village schools. She was “Acting Headmistress” of Drinkstone Primary School (near Bury St Edmunds) before its closure in 1986, and researched the history of the school, the teachers and pupils over the 125 years of its life. She acquired a rich store of anecdotes, hopes, dreams, and experiences good and bad, so we are looking forward to an entertaining afternoon. Sheila has written several books, including two about Drinkstone village school, which was typical of the hundreds of C of E village schools in which many generations received their only formal education — in the early days leaving at age eleven or twelve to spend their days in domestic service or as farm labourers. Sheila Wright is mother of seven children and lives with her husband Ron, a retired music teacher, in a pre-Elizabethan Tudor farmhouse near Eye. She is a Lay Reader in the Church of England.
Because of the new parking restrictions at the Co-op car park in Leiston, this meeting will now be held at KELSALE Village Hall, IP17 2PB, instead of Leiston UC Church as previously advertised, but still at 2.30pm.
Admission: members £1, visitors £3, incl tea/coffee.

NB. Kelsale Village Hall is up an external shallow flight of stairs, but there is a stair lift: if you think you are likely to need it, please arrive early, and let Maggie Strutt know beforehand, so we can be ready for you! 01728 602298 or

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