PORTSDOWN SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL, PORTSMOUTH
The main building of brick ran from Sevenoaks Road east towards Cosham, Senior boys at Sevenoaks Road end(the green rectangle),
Teacher and violinist who was a goalkeeper at 60. Portsmouth NEWS 22nd July 2014Brian Preston contacted Remember When from his home in Cuxhaven, Germany, with memories of growing up in Portsmouth and his time at Portsdown School, Wymering. In his picture of class 4A, class teacher Mr V Hull is in the centre of the front row. Brian is second from the left in the same line. He went there from early 1947 until Christmas 1949. Brian was born in Highbury Grove, Cosham, in 1933, and, being six when war broke out, has vivid memories of that period.
His father was in the navy so was away for long periods. He says: `My mother, younger brother, sister and I moved home several times in Portsmouth in the early years of the war because of bomb damage to our houses.
'Among my wartime memories was seeing the burnt-out shell of the Guildhall not long after it had been destroyed by incendiary bombs; the sentry box on Portsbridge where a solider stood guard with his rifle and the barrage balloon on the north side of the creek.'
The family moved to Suffolk in late 1941 but returned to Portsmouth in 1947 to a newly-built council house in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, near its junction with Credenhill Road. Brian adds: 'At that time the greater part of Paulsgrove was still under construction. The buses from Southsea via Cosham ran only as far as Walford Road.' He started at Portsdown School and remembers that Mr Hull played violin in the school orchestra. 'Although he was 60 he was the goalkeeper in the teachers' football team when they played the boys.'
Brian was made captain of Drake house (green), the others being Nelson (red), Beatty (blue) and Jellicoe (yellow). 'Albert Kingston was school orchestra leader and was also head prefect. `I got to know him well. His nickname was Stormy because he was earnest and sincere. His brother Eric, a cheerful boy, was known as Sunny' When Brian left Portsdown he went to the Southern College of Art, Portsmouth, learned German in his spare time and in 1968 moved with his wife and daughter to Germany.
Gymnastic display for the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth when the school re-opend after the war in 1946
Tony Fletcher was presented with this Gideons bible in 1957 when he
left the school and, as was the tradition then, got many of the teachers
to autograph it.
Portsdown School Boxing Team early 50s
Back Row Mr F. Bucket, J Land. G Wren. Tosher Cripps. J Wren Mr. Rigger
middle row F Broad. Googy Huntly. T Herd. Mr Dear.J Buckner. D Hoar. Ted Brown.
Front Row. Beynon,? Whelan. B. Read. Reading. J Bridger. D Buckner.M Kendrick
Portsdown School team against Isle of Wight schools
Back row. Mr.Bucket. Mr.Rigger. Mr.Dear. Front F.Broad. G Wren. T Herd. J Buckner. D. Hoar. T. Brown.
Portsdown School’s league-winning side of 1954
Back Row L/R Billy Bartlett. Dennis Read. Keith Davidson. Ken Williams ( Teacher) Terry Linter. ?. Lloyd.
Front L/R John Slade. Kimber. Curtain. Benham. Salvage. Witcombe.
Portsdown School's football team 1955/56.
Back row: Tubb, Slade, Bartlett, Crawford, Bonney, Lloyd, ?, Ken Williams.
Front Row: Wallis, Palmer, Davison, Harbert, Richards, Kimber, Turvey.
Portsdown Sec. 1st year 1955-1956.
Back row;- Derek King, Mike Jackson, Mr. Gatt, Mike Rixon, Jimmy Grey, Alan Day & Colin Greenham.
Front row: John Parham, Terry Moore, John Wanklin, Roger Hardingham and Ronnie Rumbold.
Portsdown Sec. Inter "B" Dispatch Trophy & Inter "A" League winners 1956-1957 & 1957- 1958.
back row:- Dave Cooper, John Parham, Ritchie Cocks, Jimmy Grey, Ken Williams, Mike Jackson, Don Golding, Alan Day & Micky Rixon.
front:- Colin Greenham, Roger Hardingham, Ronnie Rumbold, Terry Moore, Derek King & John Pennery.
1959 Evening News Cup winners @ Fratton Park.
Back row Jimmy Grey, John Parham, Mike Jackson, Alan Ferrett, Colin Greenham, Derek King.
front row Dave Cronk, Terry Moore, Roger Hardingham, Alan Day and Donald Golding.
Alan Tubb. John Slade. Billy Bartlett. Tommy Crawford. Phil Bonney. Ken Lloyd. Eddy Witcombe. Ken Williams. (Teacher)
Front row (left to right) Tommy Wallis. Brian Palmer. Brain Davison. Micky Harbert. Ronny Richards. Colin Kimber. Alan Turvey, and his dog "Rocky "
A Master versus Boys line-up in the late 1950's
Standing;- Mr.Hull. Mr. Dixon. Mr. Yule. Mr. Baker. Mr. Paine. Mr. Hartfree. Mr.Harrison. Mr.Coulthard. Mr. Williams.
and ( Goalie was Vicar of St Peters St Pauls Church )
Front ( left to right ) K.Lloyd. A Turvey. M.Harbet. E Witcombe. C.Kimber. P Bonney. B. Palmer. T. Crawford. Billy Bartlett, B.Davison. J. Slade.
Very front kneeling Ted Brown and A.Tubb. acting linesmen
Back row: Michael Jackson, Alan Day, Tony Crawford, Robert Earp, John Friend, Clive Reason.
Front row: Michael Rixon, Michael Wright, John Wanklin, Roger Hardingham, Jimmy Morrison.
The teacher and football coach was John Halford.
This group from Portsdown Secondary Modern School for boys — with Micky Utton, Dave Shires, ?, John Syikes, McNight, Steven Morby, Tunggett, Vernon Hitchins, Andy Skeets, Donny Hart, Steven Scunthorp and Jonny Mould.
Rev Canon James Frederick Buckett
After completing a teacher’s training course in Swindon, Mr Buckett became the head of social studies and careers master at Portsmouth’s Portsdown Modern School for Boys.
He worked there for ten years, until 1960. In 1964, Mr Buckett was appointed the first full-time chaplain to Highbury College, Cosham.
He moved to the Island in 1966, when he became vicar of St Helens, and he subsequently moved to Newport in 1972, where he was inducted as vicar of St Thomas’s Church, now known as the Minster Church of Sts Thomas.
During his ministry, he became chaplain to the IW Council — a role he fulfilled for more than three decades until his death — and he was installed as an honorary canon of Portsmouth Cathedral in 1980.
He was deputy chaplain at the Island prisons between 1972 and 1984.
Mr Buckett was awarded the freedom of the borough by Medina Borough Council in 1995.
After retiring from his parish duties, Mr Buckett gained a Bachelor of Divinity, which he completed through home study, and in 1997 he received an MBE for services to the community.
Mr Buckett’s involvement with churches and organisations, as chaplain to many of them, included the Royal Hampshire Old Comrades, Normandy Veterans’ Assoc-iation, Dunkirk Veterans, Far Eastern Prisoners of War, RNLI, Missions to Seamen, the IW Caledonian Society, the Newport branch of the Physically Disabled, plus many more.
He was a former chaplain to the army and the IW Squadron Air Training Corps, and member of the IW branch of the RAF and the British Army Association.
He had been a member of the IW County Club since 1975 and a member of the Society of the Holy Cross.
Mr Buckett was heavily involved with All Saints' Church, Ryde, where he conducted the Christmas Day service, and latterly he took regular Sunday services at St Michael’s Church, Swan-more.
An 'old boy' has done well!
My loyal Customers and staff are the ones that keep me here!
Veteran barber ~ Ian clocks up his 50th year behind the chair.
HE'S performed tens of thousands of haircuts and seen scores of different trends in his career.
Now veteran barber Ian Henry has clocked up an amazing 50 years behind the chair.
But the 68-year-old, who runs Ian Henry barbershop, in Cosham, says he's not yet ready to hang up his scissors.
`My loyal customers and the four ladies that work with me are the ones that keep me going,' he said.
`I absolutely love my job - there's nothing else I would rather be doing.
The Portsdown Junior School
The Portsdown Junior School side from 1956-57, names that can be remembered: (I to r)
Back row Dyer, Fellowes, Acutter, Rafferty.
Penfold. Middle: Kimber, Jackson, Redman, Floyd.
Front: Dickson, Clarke, Hayes, Hill.
The Teachers Mr. Tilbury,(Head master). Mr. Hendy, Mr. Halford, Mr. Bazeley. Mr. Halford
Boys there included, Richard Hymers, Tony Toovey, Ken Boyes, Roy/Ray Macgroghan, Dave Pratt, Ray Gregory.Tony Payne, Ian Farminer.
Class 3b, of Portsdown Junior School, the teacher was Mr Gould the year 1955, this is John Whites photo.
Football team early 70's They all must be 58-59 years old now
Top Left to Right....Timmy Scott, Robbie Fry, Graham Freestone, Malvin Gafney, Les Valentine, Jimmy Hayward, Richard Windebank, not sure.
Bottom Left to Right... Ricky Travis, Steve Smith, Dave Johnson, Steve Moore, Paul Corbin, Kenny England, the teacher is Mr Chuter
Portsdown Junior Boys
Letter from headmistress Miss Turner Portsdown Secondary Modern School for Girls - caught smoking,
The Dinner Ladies
Schools I went toIn my earlier years I attended Bramble Road, Francis Avenue and Albert Road schools in Portsmouth, but there were few if any memorable moments to recall from them.
Around 1953, aged about 9, my parents got me into a private school called Esplanade House School, also known locally as ‘Chivers’ which was run from St Bartholomews Church hall along side the church in Outram Road Portsmouth. I did not enjoy it and learnt very little from my time there.
It was very ‘Dickensian’ and the teacher was Mr Ashton ‘Charlie” Caine and he had little time for me and sometimes he caned me. I did learn a few things about ‘Euclid’ and managed to copy his drawing of a clothes brush ! The other teacher Mr Morcambe was more likeable. Names I remember from here were Michael Dougherty, Rennie Law, Roger Butcher, Peter Fancy and John Wanklin. In January 1955 aged about 12, I moved to Portsdown Secondary Modern senior boys School at Cosham.
This was by far the best school I went to. I missed the first term of the year in September so straight into B1 in January, next year B2, next B3 and finally A4 in my last year.
Teachers I remember were Mr Ken Williams, Mr Coulthard, Mr Fred Buckett, Mr Laurence Smith, Mr Biscoe, Mr Jack Wells, Mr Dixon, Mr Harrison, Mr Jones, Mr Yule, Mr Buckoe, Mr Wally Palmer, Mr Alex Baker, Mr ‘Pop’ Gould, Mr Gardner, Mr Swan. Here I did well academically and also managed to play some sport. However I left without any qualifications at Christmas 1958 and started work in January 1959.