Anita Ritter (nee Haines)
I remember only too well having the picture taken of the 1965-66 netball team. I am the girl on the back row at the far right of the picture with short dark hair (I was then Anita Haines). The girl on the right of the teacher was, I think, then Jane Arrowsmith but I cannot remember the rest of the team. Would be great to hear from any of the other girls to see what they are doing now.
I remember starting my education when the school was still part of Lode Heath and my teacher was Miss Turner, a real stickler and very strict. I can clearly remember carrying everything to the new school in a long procession along Lode Lane and up Buryfield Road. Miss Askew was the first person I knew who had a foreign car when she bought a Renault Dauphine. She married the head grounds man if I remember correctly a large man who was always brown from working outdoors. All in all happy memories apart from the start with Miss Turner who made my life at school unpleasant.
Years at school: 1957 to 1963
Left Greswold to go to Harold Malley School...now Alderbrook? Left with 9 "O" levels and 2 "A" levels and joined a professional surveying office in Solihull. Progressed through a number of jobs and attained Chartered status before moving to Aberdeen to work in property as part of the North Sea Oil industry. Moved to Edinburgh in 1987 to the Royal Bank of Scotland and enhanced my career as a Chartered Surveyor up to Head of Asset Management, managing all of the Group's properties both in the UK and abroad. I married my wife Joan in 1976. We both met at school - Harold Malley and Harold Cartwright. We have two wonderful daughters who are now married. We also have 4 wonderful grandsons - the eldest started his school career last year! The circle of life continues. We still live in Edinburgh and enjoy a very active retirement - travelling and engaging with our grandchildren on every occasion.
I still fondly remember my time at Greswold - we lived around the corner in Lighthorne Road. I think there was a Mr Allan. I remember learning how to play cricket. Mrs Askew was the Head and I remember getting into trouble for stripping the bark off one of the trees in the playground. I did not do that again.
I still remember the overall feeling of having a very happy start to my school career at Greswold. If anyone wants to contact me I can be e-mailers at MNicho@blueyonder.co.uk. Oh to be young again!