Past pupils share their memories

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 06 December 2013 Updated: 06/12 11:21

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Buy photos » Former pupils Jim Casey and Mick Coventry take a trip back in time with current Woodfield students Jensur Harper, Jack Williams-Shortt, Ismat Qureshi and Jordan Miller. Picture by Jon Mullis 48.013.020.redd.jm1.

FORMER pupils among the first intake at a Redditch school 58 years ago returned to the classroom as part of a heritage project.

Jim Casey and Mick Coventry spent time at Woodfield Academy, formerly known as Lodge Farm School, to speak to students and take a look at the changes implemented since they joined in 1955.

Matchborough East resident Mr Casey told the Standard lots of the rooms had changed but some, such as the main hall, were virtually the same.

"I have been trying to get back there for quite a while as I left there over 50 years ago and I wanted to see what it was like now," he said.

"I did remember some of it. The pupils were very polite and good, they had a list of questions they wanted to ask.

"The assistants allowed us to go into the classrooms to see how they were getting on. I really enjoyed it."

The event formed part of the Engineering The Past project organised by Jestaminute Community Theatre group, which has been awarded a £28,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to investigate the industrial heritage of the town from 1939 to 1964.

The funding is being used to collect memories from residents about their working lives in the town which will then be shared through exhibitions, podcasts and performances in 2014 - the 50th anniversary of Redditch becoming a new town.

For more information about the project, e-mail Jestaminute@blueyonder.co.uk or call Andy Higgitt on 01527 514049.

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