Robert James, Barbara Hope and Gwen Nicol helped expand a number of family connections to other local Hungerford families. Molly
Richens' mother Mrs Bridget Richens, nee Hutchins, had married Richard Richens, farmer at Hopgrass. They had four children including Sally and Molly. Bridget Richens was Robert James' step
grandmother. Molly Richens was Mrs Barbara Hope's first cousin. [See Richens Family Tree in Hopgrass file].
Robert James adds: "There are many old students still around and besides me my sisters, Norman Barr and his sister Maria, Adrian
Holford, Alan Holland, Roger and Janet Beard. Felicity and Stella Whalley, Frank and Julie Clothier (now Mrs Ian Wilson) Jennifer Gauntlett ( now Liddiard ) and her brothers, Nicholas Brittain
(Dennis' son ), the Curtis boys Richard, Philip, Andrew and their sister Caroline. My father went there in 1916 when he was 4 years old and somehow travelled from Chilton when he was a little older
he walked in and back daily.
I never heard the names of Molly's assistants; Sally had several - May Lindsay, the daughter of old Allwright JP solicitor who lived in
Church St, Vera Cleverly, Winney Letts (now Bucknell) from Shalbourne, Mrs Lambourn from Church Way.
The 1920 Kelly Directory has the Misses Richens living in Lancaster Villas, Church Street.
In 1946, Miss Vera Cleverly was asked by Sally Richens to help out teaching at the school. She stayed two years! She has a number of
photographs from the period. She then went to teach at the All-Age Council School.
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