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A visit from the Archbishop in 1947

On the way to St Joseph's Church: click on the photograph to open a large version in a new window.
From the private collection of Tom Paul

This photograph was taken in 1947. These are children from St Joseph’s school on their way to St Joseph’s Church.

It was a very special occasion; they were on their way to enjoy a visit from the Archbishop of Southwark.

Can you recognise yourself – or anyone else? Do you have any memories of this time you can share with us?

If you can help, please leave a comment below.

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  • Hello Tom, I remember you being in my class at St Josephs. I was Kathleen Read. I recognised David(?)Tarrant and Peter Campbell and of course Miss Beard. What a shame the girls must have gone into church first. I wonder if anyone has got any more pictures of that occasion? Hope you are well. Regards

    By Kathy Nichols (10/03/2012)
  • Hi Kathy, I remember you very well. If my memory serves me correctly, you had long blonde hair in ringlets. I have sent several more photos to the site for publishing but I was unable to identify you in any of them. Perhaps they were all taken on days you were away. I noticed from your earlier posts that you now live in Worthing. I also am a resident of Worthing although we only moved here six years ago. Under the topic of the move from Milton Road [click here], I posted a long list of the names I remembered from those days. See if you can add to it. Regards Tom

    By Tom Paul (11/03/2012)
  • I also was in this class. Also Finbar Daley, Tony Cavendish, George Baker – that’s all I can remember.

    By Barry Sullivan (11/03/2012)
  • Hi Barry. I remember the name but can’t put a face to it. Perhaps you have some photos of those days that you would care to post on the site. Regards

    By Tom Paul (12/03/2012)
  • Hi Tom I’m so pleased somebody has remembered me from those far off days. Yes, I did have blonde ringlets-it’s now shorter but still blondish. I seem to remember you had very dark hair and I think you were a bit younger than me. I also remember your mum as well. You’ve covered practically every name I remember, but here are several more to add to the collection: the Hicks twins, Robert and either Terry or Michael, Gerald Murphey, Maureen Grout, Margaret Ellis, Gerald and Melvin Brown, Lily Daley and Leonard Mustard. I hope you can put your pictures on this amazing site because I would love to see them. I’ve lived in Worthing for nearly 48 years. Regards 

    By Kathy Nichols (13/03/2012)
  • Hello again Kathy. I’m glad that my memory of you is reasonably accurate. About the age thing, I thought I was a little older than you but that is easily confirmed, I will be 70 come this October. However, I am still 21 inside my head, as we all are. I have submitted the other pictures for publication but I am told they will be released one by one to gain the best attention. So keep checking the site. Regards

    By Tom Paul (14/03/2012)
  • Hi again! I love the latest photo. I recognise Barry Sullivan 4th from left back row and in the front David Tarrant, Peter Campbell, Terry Banks. (Barry?,is that you in the middle?), Joseph Storrow, Vincent Brown and Maurice Hoadley. I think the outing would’ve been either to Chessington Zoo (with the obligitory egg sandwiches) or the Isle of Wight. I expect I was there somewhere although I don’t remember the boys and girls being segregated. Now the age thing-I don’t like to think about it but I will be 70 in May although I think I’m still 18. Keep the photos coming. Have you seen mine on the SJ site? Looking forward to your next installment. Regards 

    By Kathy Nichols (15/03/2012)
  • Hi again Kathy. Yes, that’s me in the middle. I’ve made a longer list of the names from the latest instalment under that picture. Now, thinking you are still 18 is a bit much. I’m sure you must be 21, like me. Anyhow 70 is only a number. Unfortunately, it is what we were in the photos with a zero after it, but Mr Darby taught us that 7+0 still equals seven. Regards. 

    By Tom Paul (16/03/2012)
  • Hi Tom, I can’t quite believe that it is nearly 52 years since I really was 18! Where have all the years gone? It’s amazing how clearly I can remember the names and faces of pupils and teachers from that bygone era when I sometimes struggle with last week! Do you remember Mr Quinn? He was my favourite and I was very sad when he left. I wasn’t so keen on Mr Darby, probably because I wasn’t very good at maths! I was more into English and art. Have you got some memories you’d like to share? Regards Kathy

    By Kathy Nichols (20/03/2012)
  • Hello again Kathy. Like you, I find it hard to believe that so many years have flown by. It often seems easier to remember those days than yesterday. I do remember Mr Quinn and all of the other teachers who have been mentioned in the various comments about St Joseph’s. I liked Mr Darby but that was probably because maths was my favourite subject. I recall lots of small details about incidents in those days. One particular memory is of a boy called Frank Simmons. One day he came to school with a lot of money which he shared out between his ‘friends’. We all took what we were given and went to ‘The Cabin’ at the bottom of Elm Grove to buy sweets. The following day we were all hauled into Miss Clarke’s office for a good telling off and several strokes of the ebony ruler. I also remember that just about the time of our final year I was beginning to find girls more interesting and on our last day we had a party. After the party we all joined in a game of kiss-chase around the local streets. I remember catching Josie Walsh and getting my first kiss. Do keep the memories coming. Each time I hear somebody else’s memories it brings back more of my own. Kind regards. Tom

    By TomPaul (20/03/2012)
  • I am the Head at St Joseph’s in Hollingdean and this year we celebrate our 60th Jubilee. I have loved looking at your photos and sharing your memories. We launch our celebrations with a visit from the mayor and special guests on the 20th January from 1-4pm. If you would like to come along, please contact the school office (01273556607) email:

    If you are still in contact with other former pupils, please invite them on my behalf.

    By Fran Morrison (06/01/2016)

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