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Rent-a-Granny at Stedham school

Listening to an old style radio - Louie Birkett, and Jack Plume with Steven Hook.  PICTURE BY DAVE HILL SUS-141205-133546001

Listening to an old style radio - Louie Birkett, and Jack Plume with Steven Hook. PICTURE BY DAVE HILL SUS-141205-133546001

IT was rent-a-granny day at Stedham Primary School and more than 20 grandmothers and grandfathers went along to recount stories from their childhoods.

A small fair was created in the school hall, with the grandparents sitting at tables, talking, explaining and demonstrating.

Activities tables involved knitting and weaving. There was also a doll’s pram with old dollies and teddies,and an ‘artefacts’ table with a l940s restored radio and wartime papers about children as evacuees.

Ration books and recipe books were displayed, and a plate of food representing a week’s food ration for one person.

One grandfather built a small cardboard Anderson air raid shelter, which together with sound effects of sirens and bombs, gave a vivid idea of what wartime children had to go through, and the pupils were told about the war in Midhurst.

Other children learnt dance steps, led by Diane Hodge of the Knockhundred Dancers with accordion music by her husband Chris.

There was tea with cakes made from wartime recipes by Stedham WI while Friends of Stedham School gave the pupils lemonade and biscuits.

 

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