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"Peas, Pigs & Poetry"

Fiona Mead recently wrote a very interesting book about Maisemore School:

"Peas, Pigs & Poetry"

"This is the story of Alfred E Driver, headmaster of Maisemore Church of England School for 38 years, who, through his vision and teaching ability, led the school to national and international recognition. When he arrived in 1915, aged 23, teaching methods were old-fashioned and academic work was rarely better than adequate, but within a few years this school had been transformed into a centre of excellence. Pupils regularly won scholarships to secondary education, they produced their own magazine, and outside the classroom they ran a market garden and raised pigs, rabbits, poultry and bees, dealing with all the accounts and buying and selling by themselves. The pupils won countless awards for their produce and poultry at Agricultural Shows as far away as Birmingham. In the 20s and 30s there was a steady stream of visitors to the school from all over Britain and many from overseas to study Mr Driver's method of teaching both academic and rural subjects. 

The book also summarises the many contributions Mr Driver made to village life through the parish council, in sport, and as founder of the Pig and Poultry Club for adults. There was no aspect of village life where he was not involved and his contribution and the legacy of his efforts are still well remembered in the village. The book contains many anecdotes and photographs from Maisemore residents and ex-pupils

Publisher: Amberley Publishing (28 Sep 2011)
ISBN-10: 1445604558
ISBN-13: 978-1445604558

Available from Amazon (click for direct link), Gloucestershire Family History Society (click for direct link) and all good bookshops.

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