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Story telling at Henley Fort - 1957
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Story telling at Henley Fort - 1957

Thanks largely to George Ford, the young geography teacher, and Ray Spencer, the sports teacher, boys at Picquets Way had many opportunities to go on educational and recreational cycle tours and outdoor camping holidays in the late 1950s and early '60s – in this case to Henley Fort, the Surrey County Council education centre near Guildford. In this image, taken one late spring evening in 1957, Ray Spencer is in full story-telling mode with a group of boys at Henley Fort. The cruel sadness was that a few weeks later, this incredibly popular teacher was killed in a road accident... and every boy in the school, let alone his colleagues, felt bereft.
Picture added on 22 January 2017 at 23:18
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