Hat-trick for Hailsham author

Globetrotter: Gareth Jones went on nearly 500 school trips ' and recounts his experiences in amusing style SUS-141114-122014001
Globetrotter: Gareth Jones went on nearly 500 school trips ' and recounts his experiences in amusing style SUS-141114-122014001

Local author Gareth Jones, who ended a 32-year full time teaching career at Hailsham Community College in July, has just had his third book of the year published.

His first was Travelling with Children, an amusing and exciting collection of stories garnered from dozens of school trips launched from the college.

They involved thousands of students and dozens of teachers to places as far afield as Alaska, Borneo and Peru.

Grandad Gareth, 55, of Oak Tree Way, Hailsham, has spent nearly 500 nights away from home on these trips over the last 30 years and enjoyed every minute, well ... nearly.

Travelling With Children has been available as an e book since January 5 and is available in paperback, published by Bretwalda Books, from November 14.

It’s sure to be of interest to all the local families involved in those trips, which runs into hundreds.

Gareth’s second book, Make your own Teepee, is an amusing practical guide to doing just that.

He teaches a GCSE history course that includes a unit on Native Americans and he became curious about the process so, with help of good friends and a chainsaw, he gathered the materials and worked it out.

The resulting illustrated guide tells you all you need to know. Every garden and grandchild should have one!

Lastly, so far, has come Mametz Wood, which consists of three short stories themed around his grandfather that very much reflect his Welsh origin. Gwilym Jones fought at that famous battle, part of the First Battle of the Somme in 1916, and that story is the centrepiece of the three.

The others are funny recollections recounted by Gwilym’s son, Dennis, and his grandson, the author.

All of these publications are available from Amazon.

Gareth maintains some contact with education but is now very focused on developing his career as a writer.

Three successes in the first 10 months is certainly an excellent start.