Sarah Rowe

Sarah Rowe

Interviewed on 25.11.2011

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[TRACK 1]

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

It is the 25th of November 2011. We are interviewing Mrs Rowe, and we are Year 5 from Riverside Junior School. What is your favourite animal?

 

SARAH ROWE:

A pig.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What do you like about pigs?

 

SR:

…..I think they’re clever, they’re quite cute…….lots of films about them, which I like, like Charlotte’s Web, Babe, probably no adult films now that I think about it.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite food?

 

SR:

……chocolate.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What do you like about chocolate?

 

SR:

I like the fact that it’s a bit of a treat and I’ll have a little bit at a time; it’s just a nice thing to do and you always have it when nice things are happening.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Have you got an allergy?

 

SR:

An allergy? No, I don’t think so.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Where did you grow up?

 

SR:

I grew up in a village outside Bristol, not far away from here.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you remember which street you grew up in?

 

SR:

I first grew up in a house in a place called Station Road and I lived right next to the train station and so the trains went past all the time which really annoyed me, and then we moved to Backwell but that was where I was until I was…..about your age.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What school did you go to?

 

SR:

I went to Backwell…..I was in Backwell and I went to Backwell Junior School which was up a big hill.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Did you like it there?

 

SR:

I liked it most of the time; I had some pretty fierce teachers. One particular teacher who taught handwriting would make you do the whole thing again if you made one mistake so that was great, and……yeah there were some really nice teachers and some not so nice teachers, but generally I liked the school, yeah

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Where have you been on holiday?

 

SR:

Oh, this summer we went to Wales; we went camping in Wales which was really nice; a bit chilly. You knew that.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What was your favourite holiday?

 

SR:

Well I really liked going camping this summer actually because……yeah when it rains and it’s windy it’s not so great, but on days when it’s beautiful and sunny and you’re camping right next to the sea it’s fantastic; we saw some dolphins and just sat around and relaxed, went body surfing and things, so that was a good holiday.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Where’s the best holiday you’ve been to?

 

SR:

The best?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Or the memory

 

SR:

Well I’m not very good with my memory; I lose my memory so I’m still gonna say this summer I think because that’s sort of fresh in my mind; I’ve got lots of nice photos of going to Cornwall, I really like going to Cornwall, being by the sea, yeah.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What do you do in your spare time?

 

SR:

…..reading; I sort of read – when I go on the train to work I’m always reading, got my nose in a book; I….go running, well sort of jogging; running’s making it sound a bit fast….I like going to see films, and spending time with my friends really.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your dream job?

 

SR:

Dream job…do you know what, I still haven’t found it…I keep looking for it.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What would it be?

 

SR:

I think it would be working for quite a small little place that worked with people who are homeless or struggling in some way; that’s what I used to do, but I’ve worked for a big place and now I’d like to work for a small place.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s the most important thing to you?

 

SR:

…..Fairness, I think is the most important thing to me.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you work and if so, is it fun?

 

SR:

I do work; it has moments of being fun. It’s quite a way a way; I work in Leeds so that’s why I do lots of reading. I train adults….I teach adults about mental health problems and how to look after yourselves so they don’t become too sad or unwell, so there’s….yeah, I really like that side of it, yeah. [phone ringing] Oh, didn’t turn my phone off did I?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What is your most treasured object?

 

SR:

……I know possessions aren’t children so I can’t say that can I?......I think photographs I guess, yes photographs.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you have any children?

 

ANOTHER PUPIL:

She has two.

 

SR:

I do. I have two children; I have one who goes to this school, Sadie, and a little boy who goes to Central Street called Mickey.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you have a lot of electrical items?

 

SR:

Crikey!.......Not as many as some people these days. I recently got my record player out of the loft which was a new electrical item that we rediscovered, but no, not really; radio, TV, record player, CD.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite colour?

 

SR:

Purple……purplish blue.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Why do you like purple?

 

SR:

This sort of colour…….oh I don’t know, I just think it’s quite warm and it reminds me of autumn, that kind of thing…..also it’s probably a bit sad, but it’s part of the West Ham team’s kit is this colour, so it’s sort of to do with football, but not really.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What football team do you support?

 

SR:

West Ham……but I don’t support them very well.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

………did you enjoy your time at school?

 

SR:

Yeah I did, I did. I’ve got quite a lot of stories…..things that didn’t go so well, but generally I did, I really enjoyed school.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Are you still friends with some your friends at school?

 

SR:

No, not really; not any of them actually. We moved away and didn’t really keep in touch with anyone.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

………what’s your favourite country?

 

SR:

Well my aunt and uncle live in Italy and I like going to visit them there, so I guess that will be a kind of holiday question. I guess here; I like living here.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Why did you decide to live in Hebden Bridge?

 

SR:

Ooh that’s a good question. Well I had some friends who lived here; I had a friend who grew up here and she said she loved growing up here, roaming up here, and I’ve never heard anyone say that before. All the people I met said they grew up and they left home and moved away, and she said she loved it so I said ‘well I’ll come and have a look’ and stayed for a week, and thought ‘I could live here; it’s pretty good’ so……so things like the cinema, I like the cinema, and Trades Club…..it’s just a nice place isn’t it?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Have you lived anywhere else, apart from now?

 

SR:

In Hebden Bridge?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Yeah.

 

SR:

Yeah I have, I have. I used to live down…..the other end of town near, well a place called Adelaide Street near the turning circle.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

How has Hebden Bridge changed?

 

SR:

It hasn’t changed that much……I’ve only been here seven years, so……the last corduroy factory closed down on that little…..that little road that goes down by the shoe shop…….there’s more fancy shops I think, maybe

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

The Milk Bar.

 

SR:

The Milk Bar, although the Milk Bar survived; lots of shops open up and then close down again

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Something Sweet moved

 

SR:

Something Sweet moved…..the playground got a new lick of paint; we had a new playground – I don’t know if you remember it, the old playground over there….it was a bit tatty wasn’t it? The big slide…..

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you play any instruments?

 

SR:

I’m not musical at all, no. I did used to be…I did have….I’ve got a flute but I’m rubbish at flute! I’ve just never….it didn’t work out.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What are your children’s names?

 

SR:

I’ve already told you that.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Yes it’s Sadie……

 

SR:

Sadie and Mickey.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Yeah…..[whispering] What’s second best?

 

SR:

Second best.…I quite like hedgehogs…….I’m trying to get hedgehogs to come and live in our garden. I bought a hedgehog hotel and put it in the garden

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Really?

 

SR:

Yeah.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s a hedgehog hotel?

 

SR:

It’s a wooden box and it’s got this clever little place where a hedgehog can go in and it has to turn in the corner and go into this safe bit so cats can’t follow it in; it’s quite clever, it’s narrow and it’s just a box basically, but you fill it with twigs and leaves and hope that a hedgehog makes its home in there for the winter, because they’ve started hibernating now haven’t they? But the thing is, I don’t know if there’s a hedgehog in there but you can’t take the lid off because if there was a hedgehog in there, he’d be quite grumpy I would imagine if I woke him up; it would spoil it wouldn’t it, so I’ll just have to wait and see.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

You could make a lid to lift.

 

SR:

Yes, it’s quite a thick box…I’ll show it to you the next time you come round; it’s just a big kind of pile of leaves….but……yeah I like hedgehogs.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Why do you like hedgehogs?

 

SR:

Well I just think they’re……they’re supposed to be really good climbers aren’t they? They just don’t look very likely climbers….things like that……and…..and I met one along our road and it looked a bit lost and it shouldn’t have been around, but it was very…….friendly; it just kept going up and down the road and going into the hedge and coming out again.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you like going on walks and where do you tend to go?

 

SR:

I really like going on walks. The only thing that I….that I miss in Hebden Bridge, because I like going to walks by the river, in the woods and up on the tops, but I do miss the sea; I do like going to walk by the sea.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite spot in Hebden?

 

SR:

……..oh that is a good question…….I like the square; I do like being in the square, I like the way you sort of see lots of people walking by…..that’s a good question….or by the ducks, although I really don’t like the pigeons; I’ve gone off….you know that bit where the wavy steps are

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Yeah

 

SR:

I used to like being there but the pigeons are a bit annoying, so I think maybe the square now.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What was your favourite subject in school?

 

SR:

English I think……yeah, English……maybe History

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite memory of your childhood?

 

SR:

That’s a good question……favourite memory……..well we used to go and see my uncle in Italy quite a lot so I’ve got lots of nice memories about…….just……looking for lizards and things around their house which was good fun…….yeah I’m not sure…..riding my bike is a nice memory; I have nice memories of riding bike very fast down the lanes and things.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite movie that you’ve seen?

 

SR:

…….that’s a good question…….well there’s a film that none of you will have heard of called Nuts in May that….that I watched recently about people going camping funnily enough; it’s a funny film……don’t know……I like lots of different films…..I went to see a film recently called The Troll Hunter and that was quite funny……yeah….I like films that are about real life and are funny. I quite like film that’s made around Hebden Bridge, you know, there’s a film called Fanny and Elvis…..you might see it one day; it’s sort of filmed all round here isn’t it?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

I’ve been to see it…….

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite drink?

 

SR:

……well I like a nice glass of red wine now and again.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite sweet?

 

SR:

Oh now I’m not too keen on sweets; I suppose if I was pushed into a corner I’d say sherbet lemon, but I really would prefer chocolate.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

……….what’s your worst memory?

 

SR:

Losing Mickey on a beach in Italy. It was a situation which I hope will never happen to you; with a very small child and you feel that the other person is looking after them and they think you’re looking after them

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

That’s happened to me

 

SR:

And so you carry on and I went into the sea with my daughter and we were swimming in the sea for about twenty minutes, and then my partner came running to us and said ‘where is he? Is he with you?’ and I said ‘no, is he with you?’ and this is a really really crowded beach with hundreds and hundreds of people and we didn’t speak any Italian, so that was not a good moment, but

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Where did you find him?

 

SR:

Well he was just standing on the beach a bit further up, just watching us because he wanted to come into the sea but he didn’t dare come in the sea on his own, so he was…..he was fine, but he was obviously a bit upset to be on his own, so that wasn’t good, but luckily…..I can’t touch wood, that’s plastic…but that won’t happen again, touch wood….that wasn’t good….there were are; I’m not even superstitious but you never know do you? That was a bad memory.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you like magnets?

 

SR:

Do I like magnets??!

 

PUPILS:

[laughing]

 

SR:

Do you know, once I bought this magnet from a charity shop, a really big one, and I took it home and then somebody told me that if I had it near to a TV or a computer screen, it would kill it…..I didn’t know that

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

It just makes it go fuzzy

 

SR:

But doesn’t it sort of…..well, after that I got rid of it….going back….back to school; I actually gave it to the school, that’s right; they can do experiments with it.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite mammal?

 

SR:

………I’m gonna…..this one would be tigers…..because there’s a really fantastic place in the Lake District in the South Lakes where they have some tigers, and they feed them every day and you can watch them, and they feed them up a telegraph pole, so what these tigers do is they’re sort of sleepy, they’re usually sleepy aren’t they when you go to the zoo, and every day they put these sort of dead chickens at the top of these massive poles; they’re about as tall as the school, and then they let the tigers out – it’s amazing – and these tigers run through this sort of, their enclosure or whatever, and if you’re not watching very carefully you miss it; they just leap up these poles, grab the chickens, jump down just like a cat; it’s unbelievable, these enormous tigers just pop down on the ground and they run off again, so it’s all over like that, and they’re just…..it’s amazing, and what you do is you’re on a viewing platform so you’re up in the air so you’re at the same height as the chickens, so you’re looking down and you see these tigers running and they’re right in front of you so they’re almost as close as you are to me now, and then they’re gone – fantastic – so I was really impressed by them, so I think that….I liked that.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite animal in Africa?

 

SR:

Oh I can’t have a tiger can I?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

No…….turtle……

 

SR:

Giraffe?.......I quite like giraffes

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Why do you like giraffes?

 

SR:

I just think they’re amazing; I mean they’re just such unusual sort of things aren’t they? They’re sort of tall and they’re like…..nice and calm, they’re always seem to be quite calm, and I like them……they just pootle around, and they’re so big that none of the lions or anything bother them, they just sort of keep out of the way….their toes……and it’s just fascinating the way that they have to drink water - they have to get their legs don’t they and they have to do this - they have to come right down which makes them a bit vulnerable to attack, so they have to be quite careful…..all those sorts of things.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your worst animal?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

A snake.

 

SR:

Probably slugs; I’m not really keen on slugs…..although, you know, they’ve never done anything to me……..I’m not very good with creepy crawlies generally, really.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Nits

 

SR:

No…….no, nits would come very low down on my list actually

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite sea animal?

 

SR:

……oh I’ve been watching the Frozen Planet so I can think about this…..

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Did you see the penguin one?

 

SR:

I did, yeah, I thought it was brilliant.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

The Emperor penguins

 

SR:

They were amazing weren’t they? Just the way they just pass it over and get on.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

One of them was making a bed and they keep nicking the stones

 

SR:

Yeah, and also I really liked the beluga whales; did you see that, they….they swim up the river don’t they, to a really shallow bit for a bit of a scrub and then they really struggle, they have to kind of get out soon before the ice comes back; they’re amazing, and there was narwhal whales, don’t know if you saw those, and they don’t know why they’ve got them, they just look like unicorns; it’s amazing, yeah…..it was good

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

[whispering]……have you ever watched X Machines?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What is X Machines?

 

SR:

No I’ve not seen that

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What was popular when you were in your childhood? [whispering]……

 

SR:

This is gonna make me sound really old, but probably things like marbles [laughing], we didn’t have any cards, no we did, we had football cards; football cards…….and we used to collect football cards….and Smurfs

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Yeah, Smurfs!

 

SR:

Smurfs, but….I used to lived opposite a garage and they used to give them away with petrol so I don’t really know how people collected them, but they did, they used to get these little plastic Smurfs……I don’t remember collecting much; I used to just collect anything – I’ve got boxes still from being your age of just bits and bobs, just beads and

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Everyone tries to collect them and get ahead.

 

SR:

Yeah, just anything.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Did you ever build a go-kart when you were young?

 

SR:

………well we tried to various things with some skateboards that weren’t very good; we tried to put various things on them, but I don’t think it…..I don’t think we could call them go-karts because that would make them sound quite cool, which I don’t think they were; we just wanted to see how many people we could get on a skateboard

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you watch X Factor?

 

SR:

I don’t……I’ve never seen The X Factor.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you watch Britain’s Got Talent?

 

SR:

No.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you watch I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here?

 

SR:

No.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you watch Strictly Come Dancing?

 

SR:

I do watch Strictly Come Dancing.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Finally, do you watch Dancing On Ice?

 

SR:

No, I haven’t seen that.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

That’s really good.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Are you excited about the Olympics?

 

SR:

I am quite excited about the Olympics actually, yeah

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Are you going?

 

SR:

No I’m not going, no.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

I’m going

 

SR:

Are you? What are you going to see?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Archery, water polo and football.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s water polo?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

It’s kind of football with your hands in the water……my step dad plays it.

 

SR:

Right. No I’m not going to see any of it, but I will be watching it on telly….but yeah, I am quite excited about it; I like watching sport. I like…..I like the track and field best in running….and the high jump.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?

 

SR:

Broken nose. I had to have an operation; I know you won’t believe it because I’m so handsome [laughing] but yes, with a hockey stick I broke my nose

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Has it got a bump on it?

 

SR:

A bump, yes……no, but I had to have an operation because I couldn’t breathe properly because my nose was broken

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Doesn’t…..I thought your nose stayed like that when you break your nose.

 

SR:

No well that’s why I had an operation; maybe it would have stayed like that, so they rebuilt me…….not recommended.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

…….any more questions……just make some up; I’ve made most of mine up…….

 

SR:

You’ve asked me a lot of questions.

 

TW:

If you’ve run out of questions, I can ask one or two and if you wanted to ask other questions about those we could do that

 

PUPILS:

Yeah, yeah….

 

TW:

Okay. Well just for the record, could you tell us your full name and when you were born?

 

SR:

My name is Sarah Ann Mary Rowe; I’m named after both my grandmothers, that’s why I’ve got a long name, and I was born on the 15th of September 1969; how old does that make me?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Close to mine.

 

SR:

Is it close to your September birthday?

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Yeah.

 

SR:

So I was always the oldest at school…..I didn’t really like that because people always missed my birthday.

 

TW:

I was just wondering if……you’ve just been here in Hebden Bridge for seven years now; I’m just wondering about….do you have any concerns about environmental issues and how people in Hebden Bridge might be able to respond to them, or are you involved in anything like that?

 

SR:

I’m not really, but I know lots of people that are involved in the Transition Town stuff about…..thinking about how we can reduce our impact on the environment and I do occasionally buy my fruit and veg from the veg box scheme which I think is fantastic; that’s where you get your fruit and veg which is grown really locally, so you sort of…..so it’s not been flown anywhere or whatever, but I have to admit that that’s pretty rare……when I first moved here they used to recycle plastic in the Alternative Technology Centre which was really good but they don’t really do that any more, so I’m afraid I think that quite a lot of a plastic goes in the bin. Now the plastic bottles go don’t they, the Council take those, but you know, little packets with tomatoes and grapes, all that kind of thing, they all go in the bin which bothers me, but the plastic bag thing I think’s been really successful. Due to all the plastic bags in Hebden, I’ve always got my little….sort of, you know, string bag with me.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Do you like or dislike dump sites?

 

SR:

Well yeah, I mean it would be horrible to live near a land fill or a dump, but…..I think the one that we’ve got seems to be quite well kind of managed, so you kind of…..lots of people - I know you’re not supposed to – take stuff if they want it, so for example if we had something we didn’t want any more but it still worked, we wouldn’t take it to the dump, we would just give it to the school or give it to someone, you know what I mean, people do that quite a lot around here, so they use things like Free cycle where you put things on the internet, saying ‘I’ve finished with this - anybody want it?’ But yeah, there is still stuff that we do just dump stuff at the dump which still works, which seems

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

My mum dumped some things there

 

SR:

Yeah

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

I don’t know where the dump site is.

 

SR:

It’s not far, it’s a couple of miles up that way

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Yeah near Todmorden

 

SR:

But we’re lucky aren’t we because we’ve got the market, so even thought that means that it’s not necessarily local fruit and veg, at least people are coming here to make their livelihood out of selling it directly, so that’s good.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

What’s your favourite book?

 

SR:

…….well I really like The Grapes of Wrath and I…..I tend to like one of the good books that I’ve just read, so I’ve just read Jane Eyre and I thought that was fantastic, so I don’t really have a favourite book that I read over and over again; I tend to read a book once and that would be….that would be it.

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

Did you read Harry Potter when you were younger?

 

SR:

I did and I wasn’t that much younger [laughing]….I did…..I did; I read the first two or three books of it, but……

 

TW:

It’s…..we’re running out of time really cos the next person will be here shortly, so I would just like to say thank you very much for coming in and

 

SR:

You’re very welcome.

 

TW:

And I’d also like to say thank you to the children for such great questions, and you’ve all made up questions on the spot which has been excellent, so thank you for coming in and well done. So I think we’re going to have to stop now for the next person to come in.

 

SR:

Thank you very much

 

ONE OF PUPILS:

[whispering] Bye bye

 

[END OF TRACK 1]

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