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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:01 am 
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DS is off to SHSB in September. Any views as to whether travel from Hockley is better by bus or train?

He's also quite musical but because of his Scots heritage is keen on the pipes. I don't suppose the music department at SHSB could cater for that? Does anyone know?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:17 am 
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If you have a choice between both the no. 7 and 8 buses then by the time he has walked from Prittlewell station to the school I am not sure that there is much in it, time-wise (says she without actually digging the timetables out, however),

Re bagpipes, over the last five years I have attended many concerts at SHSB, and have to say - trying but failing not to say 'mercifully' - that none of them has featured these. They have a ukelele band, though, so who knows what they might go in for next??

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:11 am 
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Quite a few children get the 7:40am train from hockey in the morning and they arrive back at 4:20 - same times I go to work. Train is often late by 5/10 mins in the morning. Hope that helps :?:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Thanks very much - I think the train is looking favourite. A couple of people have told me it's more reliable than the buses, which get stuck in traffic sometimes. I have also seen lads (both SHSB and WHSB waiting to get that train at 7.20 at Shenfield when I've been changing trains there on my way to Norwich for work. I think the train may be slightly cheaper too for an annual ticket?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:27 pm 
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Hockley to Norwich as a commute almost makes me feel a wimp for deciding on DS2's behalf that Chalkwell to KEGS was a non-starter after only doing it once for the open morning in March :shock:

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:53 pm 
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It's not a journey I do every day - but is quite pleasant. I agree that long commutes - -especially for young students -aren't ideal. KEGS was never a realistic option for my son - but I would have thought very hard before sending him there or to CRGS rather than the much closer Southend and Westcliff schools if he had been in the field to go there.


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