LIFE AT OUR LADY’S CONVENT IN THE LATE 1950S
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