Saturday, 18 April 2009

Shedworking children in St Albans

Breakfast and after-school facilities are to be offered in a cabin-style building.

Well, who could be promoting shedworking for children in St Albans of all places? We all know who's to blame for that then, Alex!

Whatever next? Under 8s in shed classrooms. Mind you, if Shedman remembers rightly that's exactly what the annexe at Cherry Orchard School in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham provided in 1956. Google Street View shows you where the old shed classrooms used to stand - slightly to the left.)

View Larger Map ("4 Romulus Close, Birmingham, England. Address is approximate." It says. Those pigeons had better get out of the way.) Shedman remembers collecting spiders' webs in bent loops of privet from those railings the day Russia invaded Hungary and ever after he played anti-totalitarian guerilla games in the playground. And boy, how important it seemed being Milk Monitor, while in Mrs Dawson's and Miss Selwood's classroom (she had a goitre the size of Brazil) the coke stoves glowed and emitted noxious fumes while wee people (in more ways than one) were both comforted and estranged by the dark, creosoted wood that surrounded them.


(Shedman is the proud owner of a Night Mail poster)

Take a look at the Cherry Orchard School website. Shedman has always loved Auden's Night Mail and the pupils at Cherry Orchard have come up with a thoroughly modern rendition. Where Shedman used to be the 'obby horse in Morris dancing or a performer in Miss Lister's fantastical school plays, they're now making vijos!

Night Mail
Night Mail on IMDB

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