Since my blog of 2007 concerning my time as a boarder at the Visitation Convent school 1942-1947, I have noted with interest that other former pupils (though not from the years I was there) have commented on their experiences of the place. Mostly, their memories are sad and bitter ones. It has made me think back ...Read full memory
hi i went to colfox school i was in class i-t ,i was at burton bradstock school for abit, parents move to yeovil in 1970
I went to the convent in 1960 as a day pupil, as I was left handed and a non catholic sister Mary Christine took great pleasure in hitting me constantly with a ruler to beat all that terrible sin out of a 4 year old! Luckily I left at 8 because we moved but I would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time ...Read full memory
The first half of the building with dormer windows (from the left of the picture) and where the Job Centre is situated today, was a Temperance Hotel. Bridport had over 60 public houses at the turn of the twentieth century and nine active Temperance societies. The Bridport 'Coffee Company', offering an alternative drink to ...Read full memory
My brother and I attended the Convent as boarders from 1958 to 1961 after the death of our mother. We were pretty traumatised on our first day there but were gently looked after by the wonderful Sister Edith. I later remember serving at her funeral. The discipline could be quite harsh at times and I do ...Read full memory
I remember playing at Happy Island with my brothers and sister, and friends, having a picnic, and watching the trains pulling out of the station. Happy days. Now I have eight grandchildren and I want them to see life as I grew up in Bridport.
CHAPTER TWO School Years - Convent of the Visitation 1939-1945 One’s school years leave an indelible impression on one for good or bad. My views over these years in this regard, have modified considerably. The older you get, the more you tend to look at your youth with rose tinted glasses. So in ...Read full memory
Several of my younger brothers attended VC Bridport in the mid-1950s to early 1960s, all with mixed memories, before moving on to join me at the Salesian College in Chertsey when reaching 11. Strangely we have no photos of the Convent in our collective and rather extensive collection of school ...Read full memory
This is me, pushing my daughter Allison, with my mother Phyllis Carey. I was staying with my parents prior to joining my husband at RAF Muharraq, Bahrain in the summer of 1966. Recessed next to Hoskins the Butchers is the Congregational Church (now the United Reformed) where I was christened, attended Sunday School and Junior Church and was married. Our three children were also christened there.
I was at the convent 1955 and loved it ,the nuns the wagon wheel's at teatime and even the walks .Gave me great emotional strength for the rest of my life and sister Magdalene was not that bad!! my favourite was sister Ann ,then sister Edith.If anybody remembers a le french boy i walked around with i would be a very happy bunny indeed if you could let me know!!
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