‘Homework’ uncovers vintage Aslackby schoolwork

Homework: Brynley Heaven and partner Wendy Thomas with the school work found in a wall at their home. Photo: SG311210-03MD
Homework: Brynley Heaven and partner Wendy Thomas with the school work found in a wall at their home. Photo: SG311210-03MD
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REPAIRS on a couple’s home uncovered some schoolwork from wartime pupils at the village school.

Brynley Heaven and his partner Wendy Thomas live in the old school, which was converted into a house in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Roots from sycamore trees were undermining one of the walls so they called in the builders to do some repairs.

Brynley said the builders had to knock out part of a wall and they found school work from 1945 under battens on the interior side.

Most of it was devoted to sums - including one asking how many farthings there were in six old pennies – but there was also a story on Donald Duck and an essay about a cat called Miss Tibbs.

Brynley and his partner moved to the house nine years ago.

He said: “We have found four double-sided sheets of school work. It’s anybody’s guess why they were there.

“It could have been a naughty child hiding them away or someone using them to insulate the wall.”

He said it was rather appealing that someone should be writing about Donald Duck – who would have only been around for 11 years at that time – during the dark days of the war.

The school work is in remarkably good condition, considering it is so old, and the couple are offering it to former pupils of the school.

Brynley said: “It is nothing more than a souvenir but a very touching souvenir.

“There are no names on the work, sadly, that would have been nice.”