Olympian spirits at Haslingfield School
I’m sure most of our Olympic stars first developed their talents at school, so a look at what Haslingfield children in the past were doing may be of current interest.
I’ll bet few of them had their activities curtailed in the way pupils in January 1944 experienced. Eric Cole discovered sheep grazing on the Recreation Ground, so somewhat nervously opted for mixed country dancing instead. Much to his surprise, it was “Unexpectedly successful”, with the boys appearing to enjoy it. After the war, normal service was resumed. The boys continued with their football, including a home and away tie with Littleton House, Girton, which produced a 2-2 draw and a 5-2 defeat. After the visit of a netball advisor in March 1949, the school went in for the sport in a big way, and successfully. According to the log book, in the next calendar year Haslingfield girls beat Harston twice, Foxton twice and Steeple Morden, losing only to Comberton and Bassingbourn. The girls also appeared to excel at Scandinavian dancing, giving a number of demonstrations. Mr. Cole also organised Sports Days, and took Haslingfield pupils to the town sports in Cambridge. Hopefully sheep no longer grazed!
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