Littleham Village School friends organise reunion - 65 years on
PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 May 2016
A chance social media encounter has led to two old school friends setting up a reunion party, writes Daniel Wilkins.
Jill Terry, nee Hocking, 69, formerly of Capel Lane, was looking for old Littleham Village School friends on Facebook when she came across the name of a boy she once pushed into a brook.
After contacting him and confirming he was the same Roger Ward, the pair started reminiscing about their time at the school.
Jill, who now lives in Norwich, has fond memories of the school, which used to be near the Church of St Margaret and St Andrew.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to it.
“We all are around 70 years old now and it will be quite interesting to see everyone.
“I went there from the age of two-and-a-half - it was a lovely, little school.
“There was a cast iron stove we used to have to use in the winter.
“We used to go and have some lessons in the church.”
Jill added that Roger used to ‘pester’ her until she pushed him into the brook.
Roger, now 70, confirmed the tale and is anticipating a large turnout for the event on Saturday, May 14.
He said: “I just happened to be speaking to one of other chaps I hadn’t seen for 60 years.
“He said it would be lovely if the village ‘old boys’ could get together.
“A week later, I had a message from Jill, who asked if I was the Roger Ward who she had pushed into Littleham Brook, and I told her I was.
“Jill comes a long way from Norwich each year and I thought it would be nice if we could arrange a reunion.”
The event, for people who went to Littleham Village School between 1950 and 1955, will take place at the Park Hotel, in Exeter Road, from 7pm.