William Read

Netball Team

By Annette Hudson

I have fond memories of the old school and its teachers; Mr Treasure, Mr Pettifer, Mr Bowers, Mrs Cole, Mr Penney, Miss Southgate, Mrs Bone, Mr Long, Mrs Jefferson (she was Dutch and taught me the recorder) Mr Fugl(?) and headmaster Mr Clark.

I remember the pond in the quadrangle with the goldfish and looking after the hamsters, growing pitifully scrawny vegetables in the greenhouse and trying to sell them to the teachers, 'music with movement' in the canteen, testing the swimming pool for chlorine and having to change in those wooden hut things, the country dancing festival, being herded down to Thorney Bay to watch Sir Francis Chichester sail down the Thames in Gypsy Moth after circumnavigating the world.

The trips to the Cutty Sark and the Tower of London - the highlight of which was flicking cream crackers into people's hair from the coach - songs on the coach, Coco the clown landing on the playing field in a helicopter, the 'little green men' rumour which frightened the life out of me.

Jones Stores, performing little musical shows by the brick outhouses on the playing field, sports days, warm bottles of school milk, and the legendary trips to Snowdonia - seems like a lifetime away now....  

Photo:This game must have been quite a battle...Circa 1967, from left: Diana Jones, Carole Wall, Heather Letchford, Folake Okulaja, Elizabeth Page, Annette Hudson, Lucy Fairman, Jane Coleman, Gina Wright. Mrs Dingle was our netball teacher and imbued me with a love of netball that lasted for 47 years.

This game must have been quite a battle...Circa 1967, from left: Diana Jones, Carole Wall, Heather Letchford, Folake Okulaja, Elizabeth Page, Annette Hudson, Lucy Fairman, Jane Coleman, Gina Wright. Mrs Dingle was our netball teacher and imbued me with a love of netball that lasted for 47 years.

Annette Hudson

This page was added by Annette Hudson on 10/01/2012.
Comments about this page

Couldn't believe I found this photo by chance. So great to see it and all the faces I remember so well. I always wondered what happened to you Annette so great to see you are still around these shores!

By Liz Paddison (page)
On 12/07/2013

Hello Lizzie! How lovely to hear from you! Are you still on Canvey? I have been living in Norfolk for the last 24 years, but like to see how things are on Canvey through the website. Do you remember this picture being taken? What a shambles we look, but we were a good team! You were our shooter weren't you? I can't believe my legs were ever that thin! I only gave up playing netball about two years ago. I wonder where all thos girls are now...

By Annette Hudson
On 24/08/2013

Hi Annette- chanced upon this photo & was delighted to see you. Although I didn't know you then- memories of matches in wet weather for Canvey team came flooding back. Impressed you were still playing until recently- afraid its been about 10 years since I last played!

By Karen Moore ( Nee Hadrys)
On 05/09/2013

Hi Karen! How are you? Still,in Benfleet? I've uploaded a picture of us in Canvey Netball Team in 1973...Look out for it on this website. Yes, wet weather was a feature of our netball games. Probably explains a lot of the muscle aches I get now!

By Annette Hudson
On 07/09/2013

Hi Annette- very well thank you. Am now living in Latchingdon. I think you are in Norfolk- I know it well- my daughter went to uni there.

By Karen Moore ( Hadrys)
On 13/09/2013

Hi Girls, Just wilfing and came across the old Canvey site .I don't suppose you remember me but I was the London boy who spent much of a year at that school and remember Gina Wright very well , along with Gina Whenman, Carol Gunner ( Banger the Clanger !- sorry Carol ) and a number of others in Mr Pettifers class . I enjoyed my time there very much thanks to all those who knew me and best wishes. Malcolm

By Malcolm Roberts
On 25/10/2013

Hello Malcolm, yes, I do remember you coming to William Read mainly because you had the same name as a popular singer at that time! Also remember both Ginas and Carol Gunner. Hope you are well!

By Annette Hudson
On 25/01/2014

hi' Annette, don't know if you remember me but was in same class as you at William read,always remember being partnered with you for my very first country dancing class. I don't know who looked more scared me or you.... hope your well. Darryl hoad

By Darryl Hoad
On 05/06/2014

Hello Darryl, yes I remember you and the country dancing classes - I don't think I was any good at dancing though! I remember being very nervous when we had to do some sort of demonstration of it on the field...! I recently went to a Ceilidh at a wedding and messed up the dancing completely, so no change there! (My other half was even worse than me though)...

By Annette Hudson
On 28/09/2015

this was the girl half of my class, round about 1968/9. i can remember most names on this page, and those of the boys. my teachers were mr Treasure, miss Southgate, mr Petifer, and mr Bowers

By Gary Casson
On 18/02/2018

Hi Annette, I have only just seen this pic on the internet!  What fond memories, and yes, we were a great team - probably the best!  I moved from Canvey at the age of 20 and have been living in Kent since (near Tunbridge Wells) but have fond memories of the trip to the Cutty Sark and the coach trip!  Buying Oxo crisps at the tuck shop for after netball practise and of course the swimming pool - yes, I remember being sent to Mr. Clarke as I had the small brown transistor radio and we were all listening to the pop charts in the changing rooms!  Fun days.  I now own my own Estate Agency in Kent - life is good two daughters and three grandchildren keeping me busy!  

By Carol Prier (Wall)
On 24/03/2018

Hello Carol, Nice to hear from you! As far as I remember, you lived up the village end of Canvey didn’t you? I think I went to your house once. That picture was taken 50 years ago. Where does the time go?!

By Annette Hudson
On 30/03/2018

Hi Annette, yes I did, you have a good memory, I lived opposite the Dutch Cottage - my parents had a shop in Dyke Crescent. Do you remember how we used to have netball practise every lunch time!  Mrs Dingle wouldn't let us miss a day.  I also remember how Elizabeth cried at the end of our year in Mr. Pettifore's class when you were both split up and you were in Mr. Bower's class with me.  We met a couple of times in our teens on the bus when you were coming home from school and I had been to the stables in Hadleigh - hope life has treated you well and I am so pleased you put this pic up. Carol x

By carol Prier (Wall)
On 04/04/2018

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