Stan’s the lollipop man

Stan Silverston with schoolchildren, teachers and parents on his crossing patrol (credit Nicky Bamber Photography)
Stan Silverston with schoolchildren, teachers and parents on his crossing patrol (credit Nicky Bamber Photography)

Chingford school bids farewell to retiring crossing warden, writes Sally Brincklow House

Children, staff and parents at a Chingford school gathered in their hundreds to say a massive ‘thank you’ to their lollipop warden who has retired after 21 years on the job.

Stan Silverston, 86, started as a crossing patrol officer in 1998 on Winchester Road in Highams Park, later moving to the crossing on the busy Kings Road outside Chingford Church of England Primary School. He has never been late for a shift and has had to contend with not just wind, rain, snow and occasional heatwaves, but traffic pollution and rude motorists.

Stan said he is going to miss all the children “immensely”. Over the years he has seen the children grow into young adults, including his own grandchildren who went to the primary school. Stan’s family have many links with the school; his wife, Ann, worked there as a midday assistant for 25 years and his daughter, Sarah Lawrence, is currently a learning support assistant.

When asked what he’s going to miss least about the job, Stan said: “The rude motorists, the traffic pollution, and having to take holidays during school breaks!”

Stan went on to say he has fond memories of the life-saving role and appreciates the kindness and generosity of parents and children with presents at Christmas time. Pupils presented him with cards and gifts at their end-of-term church service. Headteacher Lindsey Lampard led the school in their thanks and appreciation for Stan, saying: “You really care about all the children and we are going to miss you very much.”

Stan recently helped the parents at the school launch a road safety campaign demanding the council act to reduce the speed limit outside the school to 20mph and add traffic calming humps to slow vehicles down. To sign the petition visit chingfordcofe.org.uk.