Lavington Area Schools’ Sports

David Bratchell recently visited the museum. He lived in Market Lavington as a youngster and attended the local school until he reached leaving age in 1957. The family moved away in 1959. His ‘Granny Smith’ remained living in the Market Place, Market Lavington. She had one of the new bungalows.

David did not come empty handed. He brought his certificate from the 1957 Lavington Area Schools’ Sports.

Certificat awarded at the 1957 Lavington Area Schools' Sports

Certificate awarded at the 1957 Lavington Area Schools’ Sports

David’s memory is that these sports took place in West Lavington. David, of course, represented Market Lavington and managed second place in the 220 yards race for under 15 boys.

Times change. David left school at 15 – not now permissible and these days the race would be 200 metres. But of course, there couldn’t be a Lavington area schools’ sports for people in the under 15 category now, for one school, Lavington School, is the only state school for secondary aged pupils. Back in 1957 many village schools were the establishment for those aged 5 to 15.

So well done David, not only for running well in 1957 but also for reminding us of times past with this certificate.

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4 Responses to “Lavington Area Schools’ Sports”

  1. John Young Says:

    I recall the Area Sports being held on the Warrington field at the Manor. I used to help my father Glyn who used to teach athletics (amongst other subjects) at Dauntsey’s to set up the hurdles and jumps etc.
    I also remember a couple of bus trips to sports meetings at Southbroom School, Devizes. Would these have been the County Sports? Someone may know.

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      Thanks John

      We love the additional information you are often able to give us. You have probably seen the comment from John Burgess who confirms that county sports were at Southbroom.


  2. John Burgess Says:

    Well well i remember David Bratchell and yes i think that the sports held in Southbroom School were the County ones

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