Students making hearts with their hands

Love at Brookes


  • applying for halls

    Sharon & Alan Wilson (1969)

    "I came to study at Westminster from The Bahamas, Alan came down from Yorkshire. I was in TT house, then by the front gate, then O. Alan started in E House, then F and K. We ‘met’ there at the first cattle market dance, as it was called! And the rest is history.

    "We made many wonderful friends, and still communicate with many and see others regularly. I stayed on for a fourth year and the BEd, which I loved, as many lectures were in the university in Oxford. During the fourth year, I shared a flat on Kingston Road with Jane Wilkins (now Jane Sellers) and Charmaine Stevenson (now Charmaine Trendell). We had great times together.

    "Alan accepted a teaching post at Armthorpe High School, and travelled down most weekends to see me. He was there for five years, and became a Year Tutor. Once I completed and passed the BEd course, I was offered a teaching post at Tranmoor Lane Primary School, Armthorpe.

    "Alan and I were married in The Bahamas on 19th August, 1972. On our return to England after the wedding, we bought a house in Finningley and both of us taught in Armthorpe. After several years, we decided to apply for posts in The Bahamas.

    "In 1976, we came to the sun and Alan taught for just over two years, leaving to enter the world of car care and sales. I continued teaching, in three schools in the Bahamas for forty-three years, and served as Principal in two of them. I retired just over three years ago."

  • Julian & Catherine Sheen

    Julian & Catherine Sheen (1976)

    We met during the first week at the poly but didn't get together for a couple of months.

    I was impressed by Julian's skill in catching Smarties being thrown round the lecture hall.

    In our second year we lived in a decrepit shared house on the Cowley Road. It was so cold in the winter we slept with our coats on the bed and ice used to form on the inside of the windows.