School photographs 1930 - 1960
School children in 1928
The popular Mr. J.D. Cunningham was the headmaster for many years; he was also a well-known sportsman,
opening the batting for Coldstream Cricket Club for several seasons.
Back row, left to right - Mr. Cunningham - - - - - Miss Cronin (?)
Second to back row, left to right - last boy on the right Douglas Cunningham (?)
Front row, cross-legged left to right - ? , Thomas Perry
School children in late 1930s, early 1940s?
Back row, left to right - Robert Renton, Frankie Adams, Duncan McQueen, Hylton Moffat, Dot Robson
Second row, left to right - Teacher - Dorothy Thompson, Leslie Turnbull, Alan Simpson, Myrtle Johnston, Sheila Trotter,
Rene Dalton, Ena Nesbit, Alan Ash, B. Renton
Third row, left to right - Chris Renton, Billy Blackie, Joyce Blackie. Brian Moffat, George Nevins,
Anne Kerr, Johnnie Nevins, Headmaster - Mr. J.D. Cunningham
Front row, left to right - Anne Osram, Elma Renton, Joan Dalton, Martin Moffat, Anne Delaney, Linda Ambler, Joan Gallon
School lunch time in the 1930s - no school dinners then.
Thomas Leslie Perry is second on the right.
Printed in the Berwick Advertiser in 1988
“The picture below recalls the Cornhill School pupils of 1948 - Cornhill is unusual in the context of rural schools for it now caters for a much larger number of pupils than it did in 1948, and they are housed in a comparatively recent building a few hundred yards away from the original school. Today’s children come not only from the village but from a wide area around.”
School children in 1948
Back row, left to right - Michael Beveridge, Frank Adams, W. Renton, Alan Simpson, Leslie Turnbull, Hylton Moffat, Robert Renton
Second row, left to right - Sheila Trotter, Ena Nesbit, Sylvia Nesbit, Hazel Fair, Rena Dalton, Myrtle Johnston. Headmaster: Jimmy Cunningham
Front row, left to right - Teacher: Mrs. Dorothy Whittle (née Thompson), Brian Moffat, C. Renton, Linda Ambler, Anne Kerr, Joan Dalton,
J. Nevins, George Nevins
School children 1954
Back row, left to right - Miss Larson, Alfie Tait, James Hornsby, John Wilkinson, Billy Tindle, John Jeffrey, Michael Middlemiss,
Leslie Mowitt, Harry Gallon, David Dawson, Stuart Tait, Albert Gallon, Kenneth Stubbs, Miss Bremner.
Second row, left to right - Sheena Nevis, Jean Mowitt, Lorna Tait, Ella Mowitt, Johnny Nevins, Robert Aird, Keith Dawson,
Pat Curry, Margaret Wight, Pauline Waters, Ina Nevins, Margaret Curry, Stella Dunn.
Front row, left to right - Anna Dawson, Alwyn (or Olwyn) Dodd, Fiona Maxwell, Mary Mowitt, Joan Dalton,
Ann Beveridge, Joan Gallon, Betty Mowitt, ? Katrine Maxwell.
School children 1955
Back row, left to right - Ann Beveridge, ? Albert Gallon, ? Billy Tindle, Stuart Tait, John Wilkinson, John Jeffrey, Keith Dawson,
David Dawson, Ernie Biggins, ? Alex Tait, Mary Mowitt, Joan Gallon.
Second to back row, left to right - Fiona Maxwell, Ann Veitch, ? Fordyce Maxwell, Leslie Mowitt, Harry Gallon, Michael Middlemiss,
Sheena Nevins, Pat Curry, ?
Front row, left to right - Margaret Turnbull, ? Anna Dawson, Margaret Curry, Betty Mowitt, ? Lorna Tait, ? Pauline Waters, Jean Mowitt,
Mary Adams, ? Ina Nevins, Stella Dunn ? ? ? ? ?
Near front row, left to right - ? Alfie Tait
School children - 1956
Back row, left to right - Mrs Whittle, Mrs McLean (School Cook) Angus Maxwell, Stuart Tait, Ian Wightman, John Jeffrey, Michael Middlemiss, Adam Brockie, Harry Gallon, Billy Tindle, John Wilkinson, Albert Gallon, Kenneth Stubbs, Miss Larson
Middle row - Stella Dunn, Betty Mowitt, Sheena Nevins, Pauline Waters, Margaret Thompson, Jean Mowitt, Pat Curry, Ella Mowitt,
Fiona Maxwell, Lorna Tait, Mary Brown, Ina Nevins, Katrine Maxwell,
Front row - Susan Whittle, ?, Alex Tait, John Day, Maureen Beveridge, Margaret Turnbull, ?, ?, Elsbeth Maxwell, Alwyn (Olwyn)) Dodds, Betty Ford, Margaret Allan, Margaret Curry, Helen Wightman, Brian Thompson, Ian Tindle, Eric Tait, ?, Vincent Moffat.
School children in 1957
Back row, left to right - Miss Larsen, Brian Thompson, Angus Maxwell, ?, Billy Tindle, Vincent Moffat, Ian Wightman, John Wilkinson,
John Jeffrey, Stuart Tait, Albert Gallon, Alex Tait
Second to back row, left to right - Ina Nevins, Betty Mowitt, Pauline Waters, Harry Gallon, Margaret Thompson, Sheena Nevins,
Mary Adams, Stella Dunn, Margaret Curry
Second to front row, left to right - Maureen Beveridge, ?, Helen Wightman, Margaret Allan, ?, Margaret Turnbull, Katrina Maxwell,
Alwyn (or Olwyn) Dodds, Margaret Adams
Front row, left to right - David Beveridge, Drew Nevins, Ian Tindle, John Day, ?.,Eric Tait
School children 1958
Back row, left to right - teacher: Miss Ruby Larson, John Day, Vincent Moffat, Stuart Tait, John Wilkinson,
John Jeffrey, Billy Tindle, Ian Wightman, Kenneth Stubbs, Angus Maxwell, Alex Tait, Brian Thompson;
Middle row - Maureen Turnbull, Betty Ford, Katrine Maxwell, ?, Lorna Tait, Jean Mowett, Pauline Watters,
Margaret Thompson, Mary Adams, Betty Mowett, Stella Dunn, Margaret Allan;
Front row - Eric Tait, Ian Tindle, David Beveridge, Elspeth Maxwell, Margaret Adams, Maureen Beveridge, Irene Coe,
Helen Wightman, Sheilagh Maxwell, Ailsa Maxwell, Betty Hornsby, Derek McDougall, David Beveridge, Leslie Tait
School children with Miss Larsen, late 1950s
Ruby Larsen’s record of achievement at Cornhill was outstanding, for she produced a number of excellent academic pupils.
Ruby Larsen, head-mistress of Cornhill First School
Miss Ruby Larsen, Southville, Cornhill-on-Tweed, died on March 16th 1978 at Coldstream Cottage Hospital, aged 57
She was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruby Larsen. Interred Cornhill Churchyard
It was under her guidance that the move from the old school to the fine, modern building was achieved so smoothly.
She came to Cornhill in August 1953 and for a quarter of a century rendered loyal and devoted service to the village.
She was a teacher at Linskill Secondary School, North Shields before she moved to north Northumberland.
Miss Larsen took an active part in the life of the village. She was a former president of Cornhill Women’s Institute, a Parish Councillor, a stalwart of the Church and of the Hall Committee.
School party 1964
School children 1966
School Christmas party c. 1967?
Year 1 1976
back row, left to right - Mark Jordan, Agnes Montieth, Pauline Scott, Nicky Thompson, Louisa Ley
middle row - Johanna Calder, Mandy Robb, James Faill, Glyn Jamieson
front row - Katy Anstis, David Abercrombie, Derek Wood, Craig Dickson, Caroline Scott
School Sports Day 1978
back row, left to right - ? , ? , Annabel Phipps, ? , Elizabeth Neil, Wendy Woodcock, Mark Jordan, Keith Bickerton,
Julie Anstis, ? , Gary Wood, ? , John Moffat, Susan Thompson, Wendy Gallon, Sarah Johnson. Gary Dunn.
next row - Paul Turnbull, Simon Fraser, Jason Wood, Julian Blake, Hazel Fraser, Caroline Scott, ? ,
Johanna Calder, Katy Anstis, Susan Maxwell, Louisa Ley, ? , Pauline Scott, Gordon Pentland
next row - Craig Dickson, Glyn Jamieson, Kirsty Purves, Nicky Thompson, Mark Jordan
front row - David Abercrombie, Ian Millhouse, Mandy Robb, Christine Lambert, ? , Kerri-Ann ? ,
Graham Scott, John Woodcock, Amanda Turner
School Christmas Party 1978
back row, left to right - Simon Frazer, Kerri-Ann ?, Amanda ?, John Straughan, Alistair Pentland, Amanda Turner
middle row - John Woodcock, Graham Scott, Tracey Young, ? , Susan Laidlaw,
front row - Angus Calder, Steven Dunn, Angela ?, David Robb, Kerry Johnson
School Christmas play - unknown date, maybe 1979?
back row, left to right - Graham Scott, Glyn Jamieson, Derek Wood, Craig Dickson, John Woodcock, John Pattison
next row, left to right - Nicholas Blake, ? , ? , Agnes Montieth, Christine Lambert, Mandy Robb, Susan Laidlaw,
Katy Anstis, Kerry Johnson, ? Purves, Ian Millhouse, ?
next row, left to right - David Robb, Cameron Logan, Mark Jordan, Stephen Dunn, Angus Calder, Helen Anstis, David Griggs,
Christopher Pattison, Simon Frazer, ? David Abercrombie, John Straughan
front row, left to right -Faye Pattison, Lisa Williams, Melanie Brooke-Sykes, Angela Dyson, Caroline ?, Frank Cormack,
Amanda Turner, Roberta Millhouse , Amanda Logan, Morag Laidlaw, ? , Dawn Abercrombie
Class 1 ready to visit Alnwick Fair, June 1985
back row, left to right - Rose Goodman, Val Bryson, Alison Standing, ? Scott, Kathy Wilkinson, Joyce Woodcock, Liz Maxwell
middle row, left to right - ? Cross, ? , Michael Tait, ? , Annabel Phipps, ? , ? , Nicholas Blake, Anthony ?, ?
front row, left to right - Rebecca Brydon, ? , Emma Young, Wendy Brown, Ricky Fletcher, Louise Goodman, ? , Michael Wilkinson, Mark Woodcock
back row, left to right - Ian Charlton , Philip Tait, Stuart Turnbull, Oliver Cowgill, Michael Brown
middle row, left to right - Matthew Hodgson, Craig Fletcher, Caroline ?, Samantha Ashton,
Thomas Barber, Alex Douglas
front row, left to right - Ciara Wigham, Elizabeth Curry, Helen Wilkinson, Rachel Plunkett, Laura Bryson,
Katrina Logan, Alison Woodcock
The move into the new school building, July 1993
Oldest pupils Alison Woodcock and Martin Clapham hold the keys to the new Cornhill First School,
watched by Headteacher, Julie Grainger (left), teacher Helen Anstis and fellow pupils.
School December 1995
back row, left to right - Nicole ?, Philip Guthrie, Brett ?, Catherine ?, Michael Lumley, James Turnbull, Rebecca Anderson
middle row, left to right -Ben ? , Liam Logan, Claudio Ricard , Callum Reid, Melissa Binney, Nicholas Law
front row, left to right - ? , Aden Mather, Annabel Phipps, Jasmine Reynolds, Cara Wigan, Anthony Jewels
Pupils with Parish Council Chairman, Tony Marshall, May 2003 (Berwick Advertiser)
The Parish Council held a drawing competition to find out what type of play equipment the local children would like to see
in an upgraded play area. The response was excellent. 29 children submitted drawings packed full of wonderful ideas.
Competition Results Age 5 and under - winner: Sean Barrett, runner-up: Matthew Whitty
Age 6 to 7 - winner: Katy Lauder, runner-up: Felicity Warcup
Age 8 to 9 - winner: Jack Robertson, runner-up: Callum Maguire
Age 10 to 13 - winner: Matthew Kelly, runner-up: Callum Palmer
The Parish Council thanked all the children who took part as well as Julie Grainger and her staff at the school.
Cornhill Village Shop, Marie Gillespie, Tony and Jean Marshall and Douglas Zinn donated prizes.
The Parish Council will now submit its grant application for an improved play area.
This is thanks to Berwick Borough Council agreeing to lease the existing play area land to the parish council at a peppercorn rate.
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