Published: October 7, 2010
School life is focus of new Highbridge history project

Memories of school life in Highbridge are being sought by a team working on a new history project.

Churchfield Primary School in Highbridge and Bridgwater-based charity Somerset Film want to hear from members of the community, particularly those aged 50 and over, who are interested in giving some time to working with younger people on the new project, called 'Marking Time'.

Organiser Deborah Richardson told "The aim of 'Marking Time' is to record people's memories of growing up and going to school in Highbridge."

"We're particularly keen to hear from those who attended the schools of Beechfield and St John's schools. We want to document the demolition and re-build of the new school using a variety of methods, including film, photography and audio."

She added that volunteers will receive training, ongoing support and access to equipment, as required, and will become part of the 'Company of Voices', a countywide intergenerational volunteering partnership in conjunction with Somerset County Council.

Those who are interested in finding out more should contact Andrew Henon or Deb Richardson on 01278 433187 or email for further details.

The photos (courtesy of the Highbridge History Project Book and former Head Teacher Mrs Aslett) show the school prior to building work taking place in 1990, and first Headmistress Miss Ellen S. Baiden with her assistants Miss Edith Brooks and Miss Eliza Bowering


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