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Published on 18/12/16

One of our visitors on Open Morning was a most interesting gentleman. Mr Douglas Farrant had been a pupil at the Madingley School more than 70 years ago and he and his wife were very keen to come to the school and introduce themselves.

Mr Farrant joined Madingley School in 1941, when he was just three years old. He remembers there being three school rooms and he recalls using a slate board in lessons. The school used to use the church for their Christmas service – just as we do now!

Mr Farrant’s father was transferred to London during the War as he was a Civil Defence Officer and Mr Farrant lived in London during the Blitz! He moved back to Foxton in 1945 and at the age of 13 he created a market garden on a 2.5 acre site. He later went on to work for University Farms and took charge of 300 cattle before finally settling down to work in Estate Management for the University.

Mr Farrant commented on how struck he was by the advances in technology within the school!