Happy memories for young and old in fun afternoon at Oakley School

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Young and old gathered together to enjoy exercise, tea and cakes at Oakley School last week.

More than 30 men and women from the village’s monthly Thursday Afternoon Club were invited to join the children instead of meeting at their regular location in the village hall.

Jill Cherry, chairman of the Afternoon Club, and a former teacher at the Church of England Combined School, said: “We have had a lovely afternoon. Everyone was so welcoming and the children were all wonderfully articulate.

“The tour guides from class four were knowledgeable and impressively confident. We really hope we can do this again, it’s so lovely to bring all ages of the village together in this way.”

The children have visited the Thursday Afternoon Club before, to sing to the men and women at Christmas, and decided it would be fun to invite them to their school.

The children entertained guests with a performance of their morning Wake and Shake routine of daily exercise, and some of the guests joined in.

Many of the visitors had significant links with the school. Peggy Wanless, 89, attended as a child and spotted herself in a picture from 1928. Joan Hopcroft’s mother taught at the school. May Walker was a cleaner and Marian Prosser a cook.

And Winn Cherry has seen her four children and five grandchildren pass through the school door.