Our March meeting will welcome back Sheila Wright, who braved a drive on a dark October night in 2015 to enthrall us with tales of ghosts and hauntings. Last May, she captivated us again with an engaging trawl through the verbatim reminiscences of Suffolk families who lived out their lives against a backdrop of two World Wars.
This time she will be talking about village schools. She was “Acting Headmistress” of Drinkstone Primary School (near Bury St Edmunds) before its closure in 1986, and researched the history of the school, the teachers and pupils over the 125 years of its life. She acquired a rich store of anecdotes, hopes, dreams, and experiences good and bad, so we are looking forward to an entertaining evening.
Sheila has written several books, including two about Drinkstone village school, which was typical of the hundreds of C of E village schools in which many generations received their only formal education — in the early days leaving at age eleven or twelve to spend their days in domestic service or as farm labourers.
Sheila Wright is mother of seven children and lives with her husband Ron, a retired music teacher, in a pre-Elizabethan Tudor farmhouse near Eye. She is a Lay Reader in the Church of England.
The talk will start at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 21st May in the United Reformed Church, Leiston, IP16 4EL.
Visitors are reminded that the entrance to the church is along the left-hand side as you face the building. Parking is available in the adjacent Co-op/Solar car park. Anyone with an interest in family or local history is welcome; admission is £1 for members, £3 for non-members — and includes tea/coffee. We look forward to seeing you.