Sam Bridgeland can be contacted at sam@drums.co.uk

Sam had this to say about LMS:-

"My father is Maurice Bridgeland who taught from 1962-67 I think. He and my mother Ruth lived (as far as I remember; we left when I was 7) in the central one of the three (?) bungalows, (which I couldn't find on your site) with their three children Rachel, Simon (myself, known as Sam since Lendrick Muir days) and Laurence. We left, as I understand it, because the residential building they were meant to be running (parenting??) never got built. My mother had done some sort of catering training in preparation and I think my father was studying psychology, as he went on to lecture in it at Liverpool University (and to write "pioneer work with maladjusted children").

I obviously remember very little of the school itself other than the glass cabinets of stuffed animals in "realistic" scenes, which used to line at least one of the rooms the Thornbers moved into.

Incidentally, the giant bath was not the only thing broken up and thrown out of the upstairs windows, we still have pieces of the vast marble fireplace(s?) and of the hand printed William Morris Wallpaper.

I largely remember the grounds and the farmland opposite the bungalows, it was a wonderful place to be a little kid. I was sad to hear that the "chuckie house" had gone ;I have fond memories of it, and of the school (I remember the Naemoor sign still being there) and the people, although I don't remember many names; David and Marie France of course and vague impressions of Roger Wildman. My memories of pupils (who to me were of course "grownups" or at least nearly so) are largely merged together, although Tommy MacDonald, Ronald McGill and Sandy Wilson all stayed in contact to some extent.

Happy childhood memories of deer in the back garden, climbing the trees, hiding in the rhododendrons, and going to the village school on a toboggan because the snow was too deep.

Some of our Guinea pigs escaped and were living happily under the Rhododendrons when we visited some years later.

I am sad to hear that the school has gone, although I know little of it's practice, it seemed a good place. It certainly had a major effect on my life and attitudes.

I'm glad someone is documenting it from a people perspective, otherwise there would only be all the archive stuff of theory, practice and results, which rarely even comes close to the reality of life there.!

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