Memories of Almondsbury

Almondsbury South Gloucester

Where do I start ? Living in Monmouth House on the top of Almondsbury Hill. going to Almondsbury village school sitting next to Tony Evans, head of the Patchway gang & a brilliant football goalkeeper. Gaffer Mersh, headmaster crashing his cane on his desk if someone was not paying attention to him. The ...Read full memory


I was a pupil at this school from 1954 to 1961. I was in Miss Staddart's class. She used to take us to pictures on Saturdays, some of the films which I saw were 'Ben NUr', and Norman Wisdom's films. My friends I remember were Clive Wood, Peter Adams, Maurice Fountain. I can also remember trying to go swimming at nights, and also ...Read full memory

A memory of Almondsbury by Tony Farrar

I Was A Pupil At St Catherines School......

I was a pupil at St Catherine's School between 1954 and 1962. The school was run by Ralph and Joyce Cooper. Teachers I remember are Mr Thunder, art teacher, Mr Smith, and Miss Muriel Stottart, who taught class 3b, the juniors. At the rear of the building there was a large conservatory and a path that ...Read full memory

St Catherine's Boarding School

I have very fond memories of the school and Mr and Mrs Cooper, and I was one of the privileged children to move to Parkstone in Dorset when the Coopers moved there. I was in Miss Stoddart's class and I can still remember the smell of the herbal cigarettes she used to smoke, and on the rare occasion she ...Read full memory

Knowle Park

I was also a pupil at St Catherine's; 1954 to 1962 were my years. I remember Mr Thunder, art and geography teacher, Mr Smith, Deputy head; later married someone from the Bristol Old Vic, Mr Sydey, ex Royal Navy Captain but unable to recall his subjects. Mr Ross, art and woodwork. We used to go camping at Fowey in Cornwall ...Read full memory

A memory of Almondsbury by Peter Adams

Good Time

I was at St Catherine's Knowle park from 1953/54 till1957/58 hard to remember exact dates that long ago I do remember Mr. & Mrs. Cooper ,Mr. Thunder ,Ms.Stoddarts ,Mr. Smith and a boy's by the names of James Wordelove , Maurice Fountain ,Tony Farrar and Ken Stocks , ,and two nurse's by the names of Miss Dan (girl's ) and Miss ...Read full memory

A memory of Almondsbury by lbg

My Boarding School Memories

MEMORIES OF ST.CATHERINE’S I was a boarder from Jan.1947 to July 1951. My memories too are happy ones. The principal, Ralph Cooper taught us Geography, Science and Latin and he stank of stale tobacco and his fingers and moustache were stained. His wife, Joyce, taught us cooking on the huge Aga stove. They had a ...Read full memory

A memory of Almondsbury by tomarie

Marcia Bowen Circa 1950 1955

Ms Grisdale, I cannot tell you how excited my Mum was when we found this site and your comment to Mr Fountain's memory posting. Marcia Bowen (mum) was so happy and nostalgic to read all the comments and postings about her old school, classmates and faculty. She would very much like to regain contact with ...Read full memory

Very Fond Memories

I have some good memories of that school, Mr and Mrs Cooper and Mr Smith. The teachers that I remember are Mr Partridge ('Birdy') and Mrs V Houston who had 2 daughters Helen and  Penelope who came to the school at holiday times. It was a vegetarian school in my day, and it was rare for anyone to be ill. Most of ...Read full memory

I Was A Pupil At ...

Does anyone have any imformation as to how to make contact with Alan Melville Cooper, the principle's son? I would very much like to contact him, as we were good chums at school. Many thanks.

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