Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, Hampshire UK
Smetham, Sue Ward and Jean Romsey
(Jacobs), Ivor Ward and Ann Hemming (Cardy)
Peggy and Joan Smetham
Bob Randall and Roy Romsey (Jacobs)
Ann Cardy, Chris Levy and Peg
A few ex-pupils had a friendly
get together on Wednesday 24th October 2012
at the Old House at Home pub Love lane, Romsey.
The main reason for the gathering was to meet
Louise Wyatt (now Marselle). Louise had travelled
all the way from Canada with her daughters Rebbeca
and Victoria to be at her mums 100th birthday.
Victoria Marselle, Joan Smetham, Rebecca Marselle
and Chris Levy
Sue Gosman, Ann Cardy, Linda Pointer and Louise
Joan Smetham, Rebecca Marselle and Molly Irvine
Louise Wyatt, daughter Victoria Marselle and
Ann Cardy, Linda Pointer and Louise Wyatt
A very successful school
reunion was held at the Town Hall on May 12th
2012. About 80 were present including Teacher
Don Smith who made a great speech. (Don sadly
passed away December 2017)
Thanks must go to Joan Smetham and Roy Romsey
(Jacobs) for all the hard work they put in to
make the event possible.
Ex pupils came from far and near (Molly) including
Australia, USA, Cornwall and Bristol
63 pupils 1 teacher 6
partners = Total 70 attended
(Don sadly passed away December 2017)
At The Luzborough Pub May 24th 2011
(Don Smith sadly passed away December 2017 R.I.P)
A grand reunion was held at the
Crosfield Hall on Saturday May 12th 2007. It was for anybody who
attended the Romsey Secondary Modern at the Plaza during the 1950's.
A great time was had by all. Many thanks must go to Joan Smetham,
Roy Jacobs and Molly Irvine for all their hard work. ALSO our thanks
to all the girls who helped to set up Crosfield Hall for the evening
Sue Gossman, Shelia Cooper, Irene Fielder, Sandra Valor, Eileen
Riglar, Pam Sheppard, Janet Cooper & Jean Romsey, and ALSO the
non school helpers Margaret Rayner, Sandra Turner and Martin &
Steven Bax with partners Sarah & Teresa, not forgetting
baby Fiona Bax (1 week old).
Pat Scott (nee Flux)
Brenda Lock (First Aid)
Don Smith and Eddie Moore
(Don and Eddie sadly no longer with us R.I.P)
Middle Section Of A Photo Taken At Plaza School In 1953
Where are they now?
Can you help us trace Ann Parker, Pat Hudson, Jeanette Stevens,
Sheila Anderson, David Slade, Tony Hurst, David Martin, Raymond
Hicks or any of the boys from Palmerston House.
Mr Beeching (Science teacher)
No matter whether it was football, rounder's, cricket, netball,
swimming, cross-country running or acting on stage, it was always
an excuse for a photo opportunity. We are indebted to Mr. Beeching
for recording our school days for us.
How to keep in contact
Smetham (Bax) is keeping a master contact list, so if you move
or change your telephone number, do let her know by emailing
she may also be able to help you trace an old friend.
Age is just a number!
With good health and a little luck, we can still look forward
to another 40 years ahead of us; so remember, you are not old
until you feel your oats have turned to All- Bran.
Memories From Ex Pupils
Why don't you Email your memories and
Don't forget it must be the Plaza Secondary
School, not the one at Priestlands.
A couple of anecdotes heard by Roy Jacobs
concerning the reunion; In speaking to Sue Wilkins on
the phone, who sends her regards to everyone, she mentioned
that as a child she always had a season ticket for the swimming
pool. "Some days it was so cold, that Mr Dixon would
boil a kettle of water, pour it into the shallow end and say 'Ok
girls, it's warmer now, in you go' and like lemons we
believed him and would jump in. Brrrr!"
John Jarvis regaled us with memories
of the day he ended up in hospital having attempted a vasectomy,
a circumcision and castration on himself whilst practicing hurdle
jumping in the play ground. He said: "The worst part was
having to drop my shorts in the teacher's staff room to
show that one in the hand wasn't as good as two in the bush"
From Jean Levy . The best memories
I have are the snow ball fights we had with the teachers especially
old Cuddy which was name we all had for him, and the giant slide
just outside the entrance so we could wait for the teachers
to come out slipping and sliding , it was wicked really but
so much fun , I wonder if anybody else remembers , it would
be rather good to find out , come on people rack your brains
. I am sure someone can.
Molly Irvine (Facebook) Think everyone
had a soft spot for "Cuddy" Bren. I think we were
privileged to have gone to the " Cowsheds" instead
of the big modern school
Sue Oats (Facebook) God I remember
Percy Cudmore, he used to serve at The Bear and Ragged Staff
part time.........what a character he was! He was a dead shot
with one of those hard wooden backed blackboard rubbers if anyone
was playing up in his lessons! We all respected those teachers
back then, we knew where we stood with them, if we played up
we knew we would be punished. It's all changed nowadays!
Recently passed away...
Carol Levy (Shepherd)
Jean Levy (Pointer)
but not forgotten
We have learned with sadness that the following
pupils and teachers have passed away;
Beryl Clouder, Brian Ball,
Pat Hurst (nee Flux), Margaret Gritt. Valerie Johnson.
Shirley Kidwell, Phyllis Moody, Jean Parker, Sally
Pitt, Pauline Pritchard, Pat Woods, Judy Crane,
Margaret Crabb, Noreen Watkinson, Doreen Charlwood,
Kathleen Levy, Leslie Bax, Graham Bloomfield, Ray
Coakley, Tom Coakley, Terry Dowling, John Elworthy,
Roger Fordham, Michael Mansbridge, Ron Moody, Roger
Pearce, Tony Smith, Wesley Thomas, John Sutcliffe,
Kenny Shaw, Gordon Stevens, Ray Wakinson, Francis
Glasspool, Colin Ward, Terry Cardy, ‘Dickie’ White,
David Kemish, Eddie Moore (Teacher), Bob Smith-Douse,
Maurice Austin, Ken Dewey, George Dovey, Carole
Kelly, Alfie Blake, Cynthia Blackmore, Jean Levy,
Carol Levy, Gerald (Grub) Bartlett, Norman Blackmore,
Ian Williams, Derek Roberts, Dave Thomas,
Dave Bobbett, Neville Wilson, Bob Randle, Bill Waller
(Headmaster) and Don Smith.