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COOKERY LESSONS
AT ROPEWALK SCHOOL

ADDED 20 JULY 2006

I 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.

We 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!

That was 74 years ago as I am now 86 but I still think of Miss Flemming and all that she taught us.

Sally Popplewell 20 July 2006


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