My Brownie

Loughborough Echo - - LOOKING BACK -

MY Brownie and other fun.

I loved my Brownie cam­era and had I had more pocket money for film there would be hun­dreds more pics!

Half a Crown a term didn’t stretch to film, af­ter money was taken out” For the church and poor”. A penny in the plate on Sun­days and don’t for­get the African ba­bies.

I loved all sub­jects but es­pe­cially liked art, lit­er­a­ture, drama, mu­sic. I had pi­ano les­sons from a tiny nun, Sis­ter Mary Ray­mond, who had the ends of some fin­gers miss­ing. She was splen­did nev­er­the­less. Though I wasn’t too keen on her ‘Keep those pen­nies on your knuck­les when do­ing your scales, Cather­ine”, woe be­tide me if pen­nies ever fell off.

I spent hours look­ing at books, draw­ing, play­ing pi­ano, as this stopped them from giv­ing you some­thing else to do. “The devil finds work for idle hands!”. Hence the cam­era in my hands when­ever I could.

I did en­joy the times I’d be given em­broi­dery to do, for my idle hands, or help make doll’s clothes, or jew­ellery, for raf­fles and fund rais­ing. Usu­ally sit­ting with the’ other’ nuns, the non teach­ing staff. The sweet, kindly ones. A rare treat.

Sport was net­ball, hockey, ten­nis and some ath­let­ics. Be­cause I was in the team we could swim at the lo­cal pool, by the park and when older, we could walk back from swim­ming prac­tice in twos. Nun-less, on our own ,just once a week. Ad­mir­ing the screechy pea­cocks.

Hear­ing the car­il­lon play­ing is a fond mem­ory. We some­times vis­ited it on a day out and once saw the player demon­strat­ing his rare skill. He whacked those ‘keys’ with heavy gaun let gloved hands, fas­ci­nat­ing.

Aline Fin­layson right, but un­sure who the other girl is.

Miss Bowen (or Bow­ley) in Ju­nior play­ground Photographs by Cather­ine Acons from her days as a boarder at Our Lady’s Con­vent, Lough­bor­ough, 1956-61, aged eight to 12-years-old.

Penny (Pene­lope) Turner, with Cather­ine Acon’s Brownie

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