Yes, I remember getting new shoes from that little house next to Wellfield. Before I started school I would spend a lot of time in the company of Mr Wray and Mr Armstrong who would look after me when the sisters were busy. I must have been about two at the time. There was a workshop at the back of the shed next to the chapel, where I would spend many happy hours 'helping' George Armstrong who would have me sitting on his knee whilst he mowed the front field on the tractor.
In later years, the new sick bay was built next to the community hall. But I remember when I had my annual bout of tonsilitis, being taken to the sick bay that was situated at the back of the office block, next to the stores. Did anyone else spend time in that sick bay ? Am I right in thinking it was sister Florence who acted as nurse ? I hate to ask, but did anyone else get bed bugs ? And does anyone else remember Miss Downing, who used to be the office secretary ?
And speaking of shoes - I've never forgotten being sent on regular trips to Mr Oakley, who had his little cobblers business in the corner, at the end of the cinder track near Harlow Hill. Does anyone else remember his shop ? He'd sit in the window surrounded by all his clutter, mending shoes, and I think he sold a few items of footwear too.