Another fantastic visitor this week - Mr Alan Peever.
Mr Peever grew up in Criftins and has seen the village develop significantly over time. He told us many fascinating stories about the local people, his family owned bicycle shop, Gadlas Hall and the Greenhill Bank sweet shop!
Mr Peever enjoyed his visit to Criftins school and he said that seeing a photograph of him and his wife outside the local post office on one of our heritage displays made his day!
On Friday morning, we set off for a 'heritage walk' around Criftins. We stopped off at various sites including shops and pubs that are no longer there - The Old Bakery, Revells shop, the old Post Office, The Old Grapes pub, the old vicarage and Gadlas Hall (where former French president, Charles de Gaulle, was once a resident!). One of our last stops was the house where Mrs Pitcher was born. We were fortunate to meet some local residents who gave us even more information about the history of the village. We learnt all about the brick factory that was once in Criftins. Mr Sumner told us that the church and a few other houses in the village were built using bricks from the factory! Addionally, the owner of 'The Old Grapes' spoke to us about the history of the pub and others that were once in the area. A very interesting and enjoyable morning for Class 3.