"Unsure if this subject has already been covered, but I can recall in the 50s and 60s seeing either Gordon Plaice, Alan Thorn or Wally Clarke disappearing into Wyre Forest every December with a group of 20 or 30 boys with the sole intention of returning to the school with a Christmas tree for the Dining Hall, ("National Lampoon Christmas Vacation" style!) They always returned with a huge magnificent specimen which would very quickly be decorated and left in the corner of the Dining Hall. My question is this! Was this a legitimate purchase or did it amount to a form of petty theft!!? Or is my memory playing tricks with me, and this didn't actually happen!?"
Michael Billings "When I was at Cleobury we did go into the forest every year for the Christmas tree
Brian Slater "Ken yes I remember the adventure of going into forest for centre pole for nov 5th. Also how heavy a 30 ft long tree trunk was to get back to the top field."
Michael Billings We went out over the back of the Art Class Room, The top dorm building, across fields and over a stile or two. It was while dragging a large tree branch over a stile that I tore my cartilage.
Dennis Elmer If I remember correctly this was legal as we also made a similar trip to build the annual bonfire for November the fifth. The fifth form was responsible for the centre pole and the rest of the school for the rest. The guy that had pride of place on top was the winner of a competition held for that purpose I think. Can anyone confirm this after all it was nigh on fifty years ago in my case."
Black dot indicates the art room - rather than the long way round the road, you could access Wyre Forest across the fields at the back of the art room.
Sarah Williams Steve and Rose told me that those railings were known as the Dragon's Teeth.