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Noreen, Board Moderator

Timothy Whites!

There's a blast from the past!

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Katrina B

The School Flat

Did any of you have what was called the "school flat" where a small room was laid out like a bedsit, and you had to learn to make the bed, sweep the floor, polish the furniture, hoover and shake the mats. Clean the bathroom, and using the lightbulb socket in the ceiling plug in the iron and learn to iron clothes???? We also had to invite various teachers to a coffee morning where we had laid out a tray with cups, coffee pot, sugar in bowl, milk and cream in jugs and little cakes or biscuits we had made ourselves. This was only in the 1960s - at one of the first Comprehensives!!!!!

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Katrina B

That Friday Feeling

There is one smell that conjours up a memory and that is the smell of tripe cooking!!!!!! Every Friday after Mum had been to the market in Newcastle (upon Tyne that is) she would come back loaded and at the bottom of the bag of meat she had bought would be a packet of tripe!!! I HATED TRIPE - STILL DO!!!!! But on would go the onions to sweat and in would go tripe to boil!!! Several hours later Mum and Dad would sit down to two big plates full and me? I just had the brown bread and butter than was served up with it!!!!!

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violet eyes

lessons in school

The school flat sounds a very good idea, wish there had been one at my old school. We did have mini kitchens in the DS rooms, there were 4 and we took it in turns to use one for our half a day weekly lesson. In one you had your own sink and cupboards and the cooker which were either gas or electric. We cooked in pairs so having the use of the kitchen was fun. Other weeks we just had a tabletop/unit with a wooden top which had to be scrubbed with a large scrubbing brush when we had finished our lesson. That wasn't fun.

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Dottie May

Lessons in School

In my day we didn't have any lessons on cookery and household chores etc. When I got married at the age of 20 I didn't know how to make a bed - no duvets in those times - it was sheets and eiderdowns. I remember I boiled my husbands socks and when finished the foot was about 3" long. I'd never cooked anything so had to rely on a cookery book that my sister bought me. I still have it and it shows you the simplest things like how to boil/fry an egg etc. I've certainly progressed from those days back in 1952.

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SonyaK

Lessons in School

" When I got married at the age of 20 I didn't know how to make a bed - no duvets in those times - it was sheets and eiderdowns. I remember I boiled my husbands socks and when finished the foot was about 3" long. I'd never cooked anything so had to rely on a cookery book that my sister bought me "

Didn't you have to make your own bed at home?:)
We did some cookery at school - something with mince I seem to remember one time. Also learnt the 'rules' of washing up!!
Sewing was more useful - I was the only one who would use the electric machine as I used my mother's at home and found it much easier. Used to make lots of my own clothes as a teenager.

 
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