AT ROPEWALK SCHOOL
ADDED 20 JULY 2006
got a lovely surprise when I purchased the May issue of the Digest – a
picture of Miss Flemming who used to be our cookery teacher at Ropewalk
School. I live in Ferrybridge and have done so all my life but every
Tuesday we went to Ropewalk School for cookery lessons. I used to love it.
A fair number used to go but our gang consisted of Rene Draper, ? Wardle,
Sybil Ellis, ? Dobson, Violet Tennent and myself, Sally Hubbard.
used to have brown carrier bags which held our plimsolls and, if we were
making a stew, carrots, onions and potatoes. Miss Flemming provided the
meat, which we had to pay for (2d or 3d). If we were making buns or cakes
she provided the ingredients which we had to pay for. We learned how to
black-lead the big old fireplace and also scrubbed the tables and cleaned
the pantry shelves and so on. I used to love going to cookery as it got me
away from History and Arithmetic lessons, both of which I detested! After
our lesson we would walk back home over the fields calling at Bramley’s
who had a lovely grocers shop in the Holes for a penneth of broken
biscuits – laughing and singing all the way home. Happy Days!
was 74 years ago as I am now 86 but I still think of Miss Flemming and all
that she taught us.
20 July 2006