A Bricket Wood childhood
Memories of Garston School
By Ruth Welyczko
My father Henry Rixon, and mother Harriet Rixon moved to Bricket Wood on the 17th March 1933. Bringing with them my brother Kenneth, William, Henry aged 9 years, brother Arthur, Harry, 7 years, me, Ruth, Emily, Rosa, 5 years and brother Donald, Edward, 4 years, to live at the Kard, Oakwood Road, Bricket Wood, the name of our bungalow being the initials of us four children.
My father and my uncle, Walter Sutton and his wife Alice, went to Eltham in London to buy two 1st World War bungalows, wooden, to rebuild and modify into homes for each of then. My fathers, our family’s home still stands to this day, June 2010.
We three children started school at Garston School, headmaster, Mr. Judd, who called us “The kids from the back woods,” which meant we didn’t get the cane if we were late for school, as we had to go on the bus for which we were issued with 1d (one penny) tickets for the journey. Despite this, when I was late, Miss. Bowlyn, would make me stand pacing in the corner of the class for, what seemed to me, a long time. My brother Arthur would look after me on these journeys.
A 3 mile walk
In the summer if the weather was good he would make me walk the 3 miles home with him so that he could save the tickets to be able to go to Watford at the weekends with his friend Cecil Cox.