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'School Dinners, School Dinners!'

We've had a revamp here at Colyton Grammar School to our canteen and a new 6th form cafe but what have our students consumed in the canteen over the last 60 years?.
21 Sep 2020
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Tasty tray of Shortbread- a staple of the yesteryear school canteen snack
Tasty tray of Shortbread- a staple of the yesteryear school canteen snack
We've had a revamp here at Colyton Grammar School to our canteen and a new 6th form cafe. We have received great reflections from alumni of their memories of the school canteen in the 1950-2010s. 

School Dinners in the 1950s (memories from J. Waters OC1953)

'My memories of the canteen were concrete.  I believe it was supposed to be short bread but the floor was littered with bits of it by the pupils trying to break it with their spoons. The other thing was rabbit with the shot still in it ! '

School Dinners in the 1960s (memories from A. Clements OC1967)

'In our time 1960-67, definitely no choice, most of the food would have caused a riot if served up in a prison. My most abiding memory was the stewed prunes with custard ( made with water not milk ). Whilst this was a fairly awful way to end a meal, there was knowledge of some past school record for prodigious consumption of prunes. A good friend of mine attempted to beat the record which he did by eating 36 prunes. I do remember that he managed to cycle home to Seaton but afterwards we did not see him for a further 3 days.'

School Dinners in the 1970s (memories from A. Parr OC1972)

'I was at CGS from 1965 to 72, and loved  the school dinners in the canteen. We had steak and kidney pie, cottage pie and other meals. My favourite was egg and bacon pie and if you were in a classroom close to the canteen you could smell it cooking, lovely! Puddings were the classic ones, rice pudding, tapioca, semolina, jam sponge and custard. M. Hancock was the head cook. I think we were allowed chips once a week maybe. Very different to today but I enjoyed them! '

School Dinners in the 1980s (memories from A. Gould OC1983) school dinner memory 'individual cottage pies'.

School Dinners in the 1990s (memories from L. Blower OC1992)  ' Pasties in the 90's'

School Dinners in the 2000s 

Memories of the 2000s canteen; 'Butterscotch Slices at 26p' (T. Coleshaw OC2000)
'Warm Chelsea Buns-I've never been able to find ones as good as them since' (G. Down OC2008)
'Iced Buns' (J. Cam OC2007)

School Dinners in the 2010s 

Pizza slices (J. Doran OC2011)
Cheesey chips (L. Clatworthy OC 2012)

Whose hungry now?!


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