Preston College Brighton & Paxhill Park 194? - 1965

Hello Sue McDermott. Go to the 1956 school photos. Bottom photo, middle row, 9th, from left to right. That is the matron I knew. 

By Dennis Stevens (06/03/2015)

I just read Sue McDermott's entry and I remember her parents well. Her father was probably the kindest person to me and for a while after emigrating to the States I stayed in touch with her parents. Mr Bastock's daughter's name is/was Lynne (not too sure if its spelt correctly). 

By Sarah Pitt-Wooll (07/03/2015)

Hello again Sue McDermott. When the school transferred to Paxhill in Lindfield in 1959 from Preston Road Brighton, a new matron was in attendance there at Paxhill, (maybe your Mother)? One day, myself, and one Pablo Muller had an accident, and the then Matron patched us both up. That is the only recall I have of her, as the bulk of my younger years were spent at the Preston Road end in Brighton since 1951. I left Lindfield in approx. 1960/61. Best regards...Dennis Stevens.  

By DENNIS STEVENS (11/03/2015)

Prior to Mrs McDermott at Paxhill Park we had a Scandinavian woman as matron- I remember her well as I had an acute appendectomy at the local hospital after she was finally convinced there was something wrong with me, and it was not faking. Does anyone else remember the "must have a fever rule" before being allowed to be out from class ill? Rather tricky if like some your temperature goes down when not well as opposed to up!

By Sarah Pitt-Wooll (22/03/2015)

With ref: to my previous comment. The matron I recall at Paxhill was definitely Scandinavian. So the year must have been 1960/61. I don't remember her name though. I met Pablo at the weekend, and he confirmed that she was Swedish.

And she was a FANTASTIC woman !!



By Dennis Stevens (23/03/2015)

Both Di and I thank the eight oldie members of our PC group who collectively made our last get together memorable and it really goes to show how commited we all were to make the quality time a "spanking success" ha ha. Though none of us in our little group are getting any younger it is a true testament to the group as a whole.

Though none of us are getting any younger it is paramount that we continue meeting twice annually probably in April and September when the weather is possibly kinder to us (we hope and pray please G-d).

With the possibility of a few more discoverable PC pupils including day as well as boarders who were there from around 1950 onwards it is still possible to increase our membership and Di and I will seek more of those who currently have remained "elusive" to date. Our contact details are below and look forward to hearing from you and you well know who you are.You have nothing to lose and definitely much to gain!

Shalom Aleichem from us both.

By Harold Kayser (27/03/2015)


Paxhill Parker

My grandfather Walter Harris was head gardener at Paxhill Park, Lindfield from 1939-1959. He and my Grandmother (Emily) lived in the cottage below the main house.

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