Caldecote School Sports Day – 1964

We have Julie Day and her cousin John Hagger to thank for this contribution on The Caldecote School Sports Day in 1964.


caldecote sports day 1964

Caldecote sports day 1964

caldecote sports day 1964 - identifying names

Key: 1. Mr J. Davies, Headmaster. 2. Mrs Tatum. 3. Ann Gill. 4. Clive Swindells. 5. Susan Akeilan. 6. Ursula Klimke. 7. Patrick Rowell. 8. Vera Akeilan. 9. Anna Malig. 10. Lesley Perry. 11. John Malig. 12. Grace Smith. 13. Peter Willis. 14. Marilyn Stevens. 15. Peter Desborough. 16. Krystyna Sutkowski. 17. Jill Clements. 18. Herbert Klimke. 19. Richard Bartram. 20. Margaret Richmond. 21. Nicky Stevens. 22. Tim Sewell. 23. Andrew Sutkowski. 24. Chris Horsnell.

Here we have a photograph taken at the Inter – School Summer Sports Day in 1964, which took place at Coton, rather than here in Caldecote.


It shows the class of 1964 with their teachers. Together with this super photograph, John Hagger has provided us with a numbered silhouette and he has been able to put a name to all the people in the photo.


John says he cannot remember whether he, or his brother Les, took the photo, but he is sure it was taken on his brother’s camera.


Do you recognise yourself in this photo? Do you have any memories of Caldecote School Sports Days? Please get in touch and let us know if you do.


And thanks again to Julie and John.



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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Video on restored Old North Road Station


Yesterday, the early morning sunshine, that is Dotty McLeod and the Breakfast crew of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, looked at railways past and future in our region. As part of the program there was a great historical video by Radio Cambridgeshire made by Producer Heather Noble. It is on the Old North Road Station near Longstowe, its history and loving restoration.


Click on image or on the following link to view:


You can listen to Dotty’s program here until 20th February.


There were items at around 25 mins, 1h 17 mins, 1h 38 mins, 1h 53 mins, 2h 21 mins, 2h 49 mins, 2h 54 mins.


These are historic memories within current lifetimes. It would be a shame if they were not made available permanently, say on the Cambridgeshire Archive or the Internet Archive!


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Childerley Gate: The School on Bourn Airfield

When we, that is, Caldecote Local History Group, were putting together The Book of Caldecote, many of the residents to whom we spoke mentioned that they had attended Childerley Gate School, which existed between 1910 and 1940. Sadly, the school was demolished when, at the outbreak of the Second World War, the land on which it stood became Bourn Airfield, a satellite air-base for RAF Oakington. It is said that an aeroplane coming into land struck the roof of the school and the building was demolished as it had become a hazard to aircraft.

school airfield

Childerley Gate School can be seen centre left in this map from 1928. It is situated on the south side of St Neots Road, between Childerley Gate and Two Pots House, north of Grange Farm.

When we were putting together The Book of Caldecote many people described to us their memories of the school, the head-master’s house, the ringing of the school bell, and their recollections of the teachers, and the lessons they attended.  But with exception of one photograph taken in about 1930, in which the school buildings can be glimpsed behind a group of pupils, we have no idea what the school buildings looked like.


Christmas Fancy Dress party, Childerley Gate School in 1929/30. The school buildings can be seen in the background.

But, hidden away in the Cambridgeshire County Council archives, there are the original architect’s drawings for the entire building. And with the permission of Cambridgeshire County Council, we are delighted to be able to show these images today. We now know what Childerley Gate School looked like when it opened in 1910. And for the first time since its demolition nearly 80 years ago, we can display these images here on our website. The drawings were signed by Mr H. H. Dunn ARIBA, the County Architect of Cambridgeshire County Council at that time. The drawings appear to have been completed in June 1909, and the copies we have were probably used by the building contractors, Clark & Sons of Cambridge.

From the drawings, we can see that the headmaster’s house was a two-storey building, attached to the school, which was single storey. The school bell tower was placed on the roof over the main classrooms.


The drawings show all four elevations, north, east, south and west, and plan views of the internal layout.

School plan 02

The school had two classrooms, one for infants and one for older children, up to the age of 14. There were separate cloakrooms for boys and girls, and a block of outside toilets that must have been very cold in winter. The headmaster’s house had a parlour, a living room, a scullery (kitchen) and three bedrooms on the first floor.

School plan 03

These drawings, which are now very fragile, were beautifully executed and coloured by hand. There is a tremendous amount of detail to be seen if you look closely. The notes and details have been added in neat handwriting that can be read clearly. They really are a work of art and we are very lucky that they have survived.

School plan 04

(Architectural drawings are reproduced here by kind permission of Cambridgeshire County Council Archives Service and must not be published elsewhere without their permission. The originals are deposited in Cambridgeshire Archives, Shire Hall, Cambridge under catalogue reference KCC7/ARCH/E3/8).


Sue Day, Caldecote Local History Group



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