11th April 1955

Norfolk pupils spend a week in Guernsey

In the fifties and sixties, when leisure travel was primarily domestic, heading overseas was still a novelty. Yet, some mainland schools organised trips to the Channel Islands for their pupils. When they did, it often got into the papers.

The Diss Express reported one such visit early in April 1955. A party of school children headed to Guernsey for Easter. Mr Pascoe, the headmaster, with Miss Jolly and Mr Golledge, all of Bressingham School, led the 26 students, on an adventure that also required a stop over in London.

St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament were both on the itinerary, along with a boat trip to Sark.

Unlucky break

Unfortunately, it didn’t go entirely according to plan. Mr Golledge fell over on the second day of the trip and broke his arm.

Aunt Jane’s Postbag, a column in the Diss Express, received postcards from three of the pupils who went on the trip. None of them were reproduced in the paper, but they were described briefly, and the notes on the back were quoted. They didn’t make any reference to Mr Gollidge’s accident (or perhaps they did and it was edited out for the sake of his dignity), but they did reveal that as well as Sark the party visited Herm and Lehon, which is perhaps a mis-spelling of Lihou.

The weather was apparently good but, in the words of Margaret Pascoe, “We did not have a very good crossing”.


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Other events that occured in April

Guernsey’s first female murderer goes on trial 1st
A French fisherman is arrested and escorted to St Peter Port 2nd
Guernsey’s new population law comes into force 3rd
Guernsey’s oldest resident dies, aged 110 4th
An occupation-era minefield is discovered at L’Ancresse 5th
Birth of Stone de Croze, the original Guernseyman 6th
The first ever Guernsey stamp is issued 7th
Antiquarian William Collings Lukis was born 8th
Guernsey hosts its first Parkrun at Pembroke 9th
Alderney residents lined the coast to watch Titanic pass 10th
Norfolk pupils spend a week in Guernsey 11th
A plane hit a car while landing at Guernsey Airport 12th
Battery Mirus was test fired for the first time 13th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry fights at Ypres 14th
Guernsey Mormon Sampson Avard dies in Illinois 15th
Lieutenant Governor, Lord Ruthven, died in Bath 16th
Death of the Vicar General of the Channel Islands 17th
TV’s Jeeves is rushed to hospital on Guernsey 18th
Guernsey Airport’s new terminal opened for business 19th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film opened 20th
Death of Guernsey-born footballer Len Duquemin
Three Jewish women are deported from Guernsey 21st
Guernsey bigamist got married for the second time 22nd
Aurigny pilot Ray Bowyer spots a UFO near Alderney 23rd
The States of Guernsey registers the gov.gg domain 24th
Guernsey-set film The Sea Devils hits cinemas 25th
Hydrofoil Condor 1 completed its final sea trials 26th
The first Muratti football match takes place 27th
Guernsey passengers stage a ferry sit-in 28th
Guernsey abolishes the death penalty for murder 29th
Finishing touches put to new hospital 30th
Murder suspects steal visitor’s boat from St Peter Port