Moving in and on
By John Swain (aged 9yrs 1 month)
February 28th 1953
Our first day on the estate, moving into the Police House at 314 Hayling Road. A cold but dry day and happy memories of that initial encounter with the Oxavians: inquisitive neighbours, marvellous woods and playing fields, and a wander up Hayling Road to the new shops in Hallowes Crescent.
Well done John
The next day: into Little Furze JMI School and meeting up with the charismatic Leo Magin, class teacher of B1. Brilliant! Four terms later and progression to Watford Boys’ Grammar School. In July 1954, a close neighbour, Mrs Potter, said to me:- “Well done, John, on passing your scholarship to WBGS. Good Luck! You’re going to need it!”