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Sandra Aston and Mr Underwood on the 1961 school journey to Norway

Sandra Aston and Mr Underwood on the 1961 school journey to Norway

Sandra Clough also sent this 1958 picture of a traditional Dashwood fancy dress party.
A pyjama party during the 1961 Norway school journey - thanks to Sandra Clough for this picture.
Sandra Aston and Mr Underwood on the 1961 school journey to Norway

Sandra Clough wrote to us in January 2010 after receiving a copy of the Dashwood book for Christmas – and sent us new photos of the Norway school journey in 1961 as well as a fancy dress competition.

Dear Rebecca,

I was given a copy of this book for Christmas and was delighted to see a photo of myself with Mr Underwood on Page 26 (picture number 5) at the top of the mountain in Norway. The book brought back lots of memories of being at Dashwood Road School and the people too! The Head Master at the time was a Mr Proctor and I remember him encouraging us to go down the slide in the playground as he often did himself.

I found the original photograph of myself and Mr Underwood in Norway as well as ones of other classmates who were on the same trip.

Thank you for putting this book together and also to my brother, who also went to the school, for buying it for me for Christmas!

Kind regards
Sandra Clough
(Nee Aston)

Hi Sandra,

Many thanks for getting in touch. It’s really great to hear from former Dashwoodians who have seen the book, and even better when they find themselves in it!

Do you have other photos of that trip in addition to the ones I had for the book? I think those came from Mr Underwood himself who kindly loaned them from his own collection. If you have any others that I could add to the archive (in the form of a scan so you keep the originals) that would be fantastic!

Very happy new year and thanks again for writing,

Rebecca.

Dear Rebecca,

I have managed to find three more photographs, two from Voss in Norway and one from a fancy dress competition circa 1958/9.

I have numbered each photo and managed to name most people.  I have enjoyed looking back and reminiscing and I hope these are of some use to you.

Regards,

Sandra.

Dear Sandra,

Absolutely brilliant! Many thanks for taking the time to scan and label these. We don’t have any that are similar to these so it’s really fantastic to have them. I am going to visit Mr Underwood tomorrow and I will print these to take and show him.

Very many thanks again,

Rebecca.

Dear Rebecca,

Thanks for your e-mail I’m finding this very exciting. I haven’t lived in Banbury for thirty five years but still visit as I still have family there. Please give my best wishes to Mr Underwood I will always have fond memories of both him and his wife. I still have sherry glasses which they bought me as a wedding present in 1972 , I was a hairdresser and used to do Mrs Underwood’s hair.

My brother, sister and nephews all attended Dashwood Road and my mum was a dinner lady there, we also lived all of two minutes from the school.

It was so interesting reading about Miss Meadows although I don’t remember her from school she taught us at Sunday school. The photos are great, I just wish I had more to share with you. Please do what you will with them, it’s amazing how the names just came flooding back I hope you manage to fill in the gaps.

I don’t know if you realise but before we went to Norway we had pen friends there and during our visit we not only met them but went to their homes. We also were taught to sing in Norweigan by Mrs Proctor.

Enough of my ramblings Rebecca, I’m so pleased I’ve been of help to you,

Best wishes to you

Sandra

Dear Sandra,

Sorry for the delay in emailing you again, but when I saw Mr Underwood a few Fridays ago, he was very pleased indeed to remember you, and sends his best wishes.

I read your message out to him and showed him the pictures, which was great.

Many thanks

Rebecca.

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