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College Crest - Arms to the Gown Students and Cromwell Court, Session III, 1949-1950)
This page will list all known students who attended Wimpole Park Training College in Session III (from 10 September 1949 to 29 September 1950). The intake for the 13 months of Session III was approximately 250 (mixed) students.
The list will be compiled (slowly!) from Yearbooks, College Magazines, Programmes, Google searches and outside contributions. I do not pretend the list is complete.
My thanks to Rosalind Bolton (née Manning), daughter of WPTC Tutor F E Manning, for college information and some student names. (August 2020)
I would welcome all information on (and images of) alumni of Wimpole Park, as well as career highlights of those who studied there. Please send any additional contributions via the site Contact Page.
[Above: Wimpole Park Training College students, grouped in front of 'Cromwell' Court, Session III, 1949-1950. Image courtesy of Mrs Belton (nee Freer).]
The following table of known students has three columns:
Column 1 is alphabetical by surname. Forename(s) and nickname included where known.
Column 2 indicates Session attended (if known):
(I) 1947-1948, (II) 1948-1949, or (III) 1949-1950.
Column Three is any known additional information:
Information in [square brackets and italics] is known college connections such as [Cromwell Court], [President of Students' Union], [Choral Society], cast members or participants in WPTC theatrical productions ["Othello"], sports [Football Team] [Rugby Blue] for the year. This column could also have additional information, images, and submitted contributions on a student's subsequent educational career and/or significant life highlights.
70+ years on, there may be some confusion between enrolled students, members of staff [and their spouses and children who often lived on site and participated in activities] and even named pupils from Wimpole Park School, where the source material does not make the distinction clear. An example of this would be a named cast appearance (as a child) in a WPTC theatrical production's printed programme. To avoid future confusion, I have included such names as known (in greyed-out text) and identified their connection with WPTC if known. Please let me know if you spot any badly misplaced names.
In the first instance, please send any corrections via the site Contact Page.
Session III - Known WPTC Students (List In Development):
J Aistrop [M] (III) [Rugby]
Margaret Ashby (III) [Pepys Court][Netball Team][Netball Treasurer]
Chas Bailey (III) [Badminton Half Colours]["The Relapse"]
Margaret Baker (III) [Pepys Court]
Alan Barker (III) [Men's Hockey Blue]
Joe S Barker (III) [President, Students' Union]["The Relapse"]
A Barklamb (III) [Football Colours][Rugby]
Betty Barnes (III) [Cromwell Court]
Alan Barker (III) [2nd Chairman, Choral Soc.]
Ray Barter (III) [Football Colours][Men's Hockey Blue][Hockey Mixed][Rugby]
Iris Beer (III) [Archery]["The Relapse"]
Bell [M] (III) [Football Colours]
Olive Bird (III) [Pepys Court]
Joann [Joan] Agnes Bowman (?) Born near Sevenoaks, Kent in 1922. After experiencing the bombing of London during World War II, Joann joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. She was attached to the Royal Signal Corps where she became an intercept officer, intercepting German radio messages during the operations at Bletchley Park. In later years she enjoyed giving talks about these experiences to schools and other groups.
    Joann Agnes Bowman (1922-2011)
    After the war she enrolled at Wimpole Park Training College, and graduated as a teacher in the then experimental English Secondary Modern School System.During a trip to the United States she met and later married Fernand Schlaeppi, who came from Switzerland. She thereafter lived in America. She died at High Point, North Carolina on the 30 June 2011.
Helen Boyd (III) [Cromwell Court]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
    Wimpole Park Students 1949/1950
    (left to right) Doris Whitehead, Margaret Jopling, Helen Boyd, Betty Barnes and Pam Ford, outside Cromwell Court. [Image courtesy of Doris Whitehead]
Betty Bradley (III) ["The Relapse"]
Connie Breakspear (III) [Secretary, Art and Craft Soc.][Hockey Mixed]
Marwood Eric Brown (?) Ex-57th Tank Training Regiment being demobbed in 1946 as a full sergeant. He trained as a teacher at Wimpole Park Training College, then specialised as a mathematics teacher at St Peter's College, Saltley, before taking up his first teaching post. This was at Nelson Street primary school in Birmingham. He then worked at Smethwick Hall Secondary school, Shirelands Secondary school, Pheasey School in Staffordshire and then at Barr Beacon Comprehensive School in Walsall. He initially served as Barr Beacon's head of lower school and then became deputy head. Mr Brown served on Birmingham City Council for nine years as a Labour councillor representing the wards of Ladywood, Nechells and Saltley for the Labour Party. He died in September 2007 at the age of 91.
Reg Bulbeck (III) [Men's Hockey Blue][Archery][Hockey Mixed]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
'Dinkie' Butler (III) [Netball Secretary]["The Relapse"]
Phil/Phyl Carroll (III) [Badminton Colours]["The Relapse"]
Liz Charles (III) [Secretary, Country Dancing Soc.]["The Relapse"]
Primrose Charter (-) ["Swineherd"] WP School Pupil?
Denis Cheason (III) [Badminton Colours]
Ron College (III) [Badminton Colours]
Paul Collier (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Frances Collin (III) [Cromwell Court]
John Conway (III) [Brooke Court][Social Editor of 1950 Yearbook]
Harry Coulson (III) ["The Relapse"]
Horace Cotton (III) [Pet marmalade cat adopted by Cotton Court. Honourary student. Low academic achievement. "Morning offerings of mice and baby rabbits not always appreciated."]
B Croxon [F] (III) [Secretary, Choral Soc.]
E Davenport (M) (III) [Rugby]
P Denham [M] (III) [Rugby]
Doreen Digby (III)  
    Wimpole Park Students 1949/1950
    Doreen Digby on left, in front of Wimpole Hall. With C Houghton (centre) and Joan Marais (right). [Image courtesy of Mrs Peers (nee 'Pixie' Taylor)]
Molly Dore (III) [Sports Editor of 1950 Yearbook][Hockey Mixed]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Martin Dullard (III) [Hockey Mixed][Rugby]
Ralph Dye (III) [Men's Hockey Blue][Hockey Mixed]
Den[n]is Eades (III) [Men's Hockey Blue][Rugby]["The Relapse"]
Molly Eagle (III) [Cromwell Court]
E Emslie (F) (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Stan Evans (III) [Rugby]["The Relapse"]
Patricia Fisher (III) [Pepys Court]
Pam Ford (III) [Cromwell Court] Previously a nurse and land girl. Became engaged to Howard Gilbert of Sedgewick Court during Session.
    Wimpole Park Students 1949/1950
    (left to right) Doris Whitehead, Margaret Jopling, Helen Boyd, Betty Barnes and Pam Ford, outside Cromwell Court. [Image courtesy of Doris Whitehead]
Madge Freeman (III) [Cromwell Court][Netball Team][Badminton Colours][Hockey Mixed]
Freer [F] (III) Married name Belton.
Anne Frith (III) [Archery][Instructor Ballroom Dancing Soc.]
H Gilbert (III) [Assistant Secretary, Students' Union]
Mary Gilder (III) [Netball Team][Badminton Colours][Tennis Secretary]
Alan Goats (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"] Alan Goats was a pupil at Arrington School, son of the local shopkeeper.
Phil [Phyl?] Goff (III) [Brooke Court][Netball Chairman]
Pat Goodwin (III) [Taylor Court]
Eric Green (III) [President, Students' Union][Vice-President, Students' Union][News Editor of 1950 Yearbook][Rugby]
["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
T Green [F] (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Phyl[lis?] Hanneman (III) [Pepys Court]
Katherine Harding (III) ["The Relapse"]
Eddie Harvey (III) [Football Half-Colours][Men's Hockey Blue][Hockey Mixed][Rugby]["The Relapse"]
Tom Harvey-Day (III) [Men's Hockey Blue - Vice Captain]
G Hindhaugh [M] (III) [Ball Room Dancing Soc.][Football Colours]
S Hipsey [M] (III) [Parker Court][Rugby]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
C Houghton (III) ["The Relapse"]
    Wimpole Park Students 1949/1950
    C Houghton (centre), in front of Wimpole Hall. With Doreen Digby (left) and Joan Marais (right). [Image courtesy of Mrs Peers (nee 'Pixie' Taylor)]
A Howe [F] (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Joan Humphries (III) [Hobson Court]
T Hunt [M] (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Gordon Hyde (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Johnson [M] (III) [Football Half-Colours]
Gwynne Jones (III) [Archery]
J O Jones (III) [Art Editor of 1950 Yearbook][Chairman, Art and Craft Soc.]
Margaret Jopling (III) [Cromwell Court]
  Wimpole Park Students 1949/1950
    (left to right) Doris Whitehead, Margaret Jopling, Helen Boyd, Betty Barnes and Pam Ford, outside Cromwell Court. [Image courtesy of Doris Whitehead]
Kilbey [M] (III) [Football Colours]
Ella Kilbey (III) ["The Relapse"]
B King (M) (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Jay Kirby (III) [Netball Team]
Edgar Lee (III) [Men's Hockey Blue][Rugby]
George Lipscombe (III) [Men's Hockey Blue - Team Captain][Badminton Colours]
B Littleproud (III) [Newton Court][Rugby]["The Relapse"] G3AMK Amateur Radio Call Sign at WPTC.
Bod(?) Lyndall (III) [Football Colours]["The Relapse"]
Bill 'Jock' MacNiesh (III) [Men's Hockey Blue][Badminton Half Colours]
R McArthur (III) [Literary Editor of 1950 Yearbook][Secretary, Students' Union][Rugby]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Joan Marais (III) [Pepys Court][Secretary, N.U.T. Soc.]["The Relapse"]"Can sleep in her bed, with Comrade Joe Stalin pinned over her head"
    Wimpole Park Students 1949/1950
    Joan Marais (right), in front of Wimpole Hall. With Doreen Digby (left) and C Houghton (centre). [Image courtesy of Mrs Peers (nee 'Pixie' Taylor)]
E Marston (F) (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Sylvia Mash (III) [Netball Team][Hockey Mixed]
J Matthews (F) (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Christoper May (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"] Son of WPTC Tutor Mr May. Brother to Peter ("both angelically golden-haired").
Peter May (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"] Son of WPTC Tutor Mr May. Brother to Christopher ("both angelically golden-haired").
Mitchell [M] (III) [Football Half-Colours]
Alan Moore (III) [Men's Hockey Blue]
David Morris (III) [Football Colours]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Peter Nash (III) [Football Colours]["The Relapse"]
Joan Neale (III) [Assistant Secretary, Students' Union]
John Neale (III) [Rugby, Secretary][Rugby]
W 'Bill' Nuttall (III) [Football Half-Colours][Men's Hockey Blue][Hockey Mixed][Rugby]["The Relapse"]
R Ouzman (III) [Rugby][1st Chairman, Choral Soc.]
H Pepper (III) [Instructor Ballroom Dancing Soc.]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Gordan Phillips (-) ["Swineherd"] WP School Pupil?
Fred Porter (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Richard ("Dick") Presland (-) ["Swineherd"] WP School Pupil.
Ron Radford (III) ["The Relapse"]
Betty Raines (III) [Pepys Court]
Iris Reffell (III) [Archery]
Betty Reynolds (III) ["The Relapse"]
George Reynolds (-) ["Swineherd"] WP School Pupil?
Arthur Robbins (III) [Sedgwick Court] "Married Bee Yates of Taylor Court"
Eileen Rutherford (III) [Pepys Court]
Sanderson [F] (III) [Secretary Chess Soc.]
Alan Scarle (III) [Football Half-Colours][Tennis Treasurer]
S Schofield [M] (III) [Rugby]
Geoffrey Senior (-) ["Swineherd"] WP School Pupil. Son of WPTC Tutor Mr Senior.
Marion 'Shelley' Shelford (III) [Hobson Court] "A war bride, with a little girl of five"
Wally Sherriff (III) [Brooke Court][Men's Hockey]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Phil Sherwood (III) [Fencing]["The Relapse"]
O Sidwell [F] (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Joan Skipsey (III) [Editor of 1950 Yearbook][Vice-President, Students' Union]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"]
Pat Smith (III) [Badminton Colours]["The Relapse"]
E Smith-Wright (F) (III) ["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]
Denis Snell (III) [Football Colours][Badminton Half Colours][Fencing]
Charlie Sole (III) [Parker Court][Football Colours]
D Stanway [M] (III) [Rugby]
Phyl[lis?] Swallow (III) [Pepys Court]
P 'Pixie' Taylor (III) [Instructor Ballroom Dancing Soc.][Chairman, Country Dancing Soc.]["A Midsummers-Night's Dream"]["The Relapse"] Married name 'Peers'.
F Triggs (III) [Chess Soc.]
Kay Turner (III) [Netball Team][Hockey Mixed][Table Tennis]
Ruth Upton (-) ["Swineherd"] WP School Pupil?
Phyl Varah (III) ["The Relapse"]
William? 'Bill' Varah (III) [Brooke Court][Rugby, Captain]["The Relapse"]
Cynthia Wadham (III) ["The Relapse"]
Iris Webster (III) [Pepys Court][Netball Team]
Doris ['Riding'] Whitehead (III) [Cromwell Court]
    Wimpole Park Students 1949/1950
    (left to right) Doris Whitehead, Margaret Jopling, Helen Boyd, Betty Barnes and Pam Ford, outside Cromwell Court. [Image courtesy of Doris Whitehead]
Winterbone [M] (III) [Football Half-Colours]
Connie Winch (III) [Secretary, Country Dancing Soc.]["The Relapse"]
Lesley Wright (III) ["The Relapse"]
Gillian Yaffey (-) ["Swineherd"] WP School Pupil. Daughter of WPTC Tutor H Yaffrey.
'Bee' Yates (III) [Taylor Court] "Married Arthur Robbins of Sedgwick Court"
Frank Yates (III) [Archery]["The Relapse"]

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