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Memories of Ormskirk
My First School
My family moved to Ormskirk in 1960 when I was three. My father was starting a teaching course at Edge Hill and we lived in a flat over the coal board (next door to Clarks Shoes) in Church Street. Our surname was Byard back then. I started school at Greetby Hill, early, when I was only four, in January 1961. From the beginning I hated school - when mum and I got to the school gate (we used the path that crossed the whole of the playing field, from the back), I would start dragging on her arm and screaming not to go. My teacher was I think, Mrs Jackson. I remember she was kind and had a big nose! She taught us to knit and I remember having to drink warm milk with straws out of 1/3 pint glass bottles; they had been left in the corridor next to the radiator - to this day, I still cannot stomach warm milk! For some reason, one day we had to... Read more
Hello does anyone remember myself and my two sisters, Maureen, Joan and Susan Humphreys? We lived at Minster Lodge, Ruff Lane, Ormskirk. 'Ada' was the nickname for the headmistress! In the 1970s... Let me know, please. Regards, Maureen
I was baptized, made my first commmunion and was confirmed, at St Anne's Church. I was chosen to be May Queen. I crowned our Lady on May 7, 1961. That same year I went to St. Bede's School in September 1961. I then joined the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Anne's Church. I also sang in the church choir. My brother Mario and sister Rosetta where also baptized in St. Annes Church.
I was born and bred in Ormskirk and attended St Anns School in Hants Lane. When I was 12, St Bedes School opened and I went there. I remember it being very big compared to St Anns. Mr Collange was the Headmaster, other teachers were Mr Croft, he went on to be Head years later, Miss Beasley, Mr O'Conner - they were both pe teachers - I really enjoyed my stay there. I did go to a reunion for St Bedes about six or seven years ago - met quite a few old faces from my school days.
1959-1963 - I remember my teachers - Miss Newall, Mr Parkinson, Mr Glazer and finally Mr Hesketh (class 4A1); and the Headmaster, whose name I thought was Harrison, but others remember him as Henderson, so perhaps I am wrong. He taught us country dancing, which I loved enormously. I also loved singing in Mr Sellary's choir (home-made pink check gingham frocks for the girls), and we won a few competitions, I think. I didn't use the entrance pictured, but the one down the road nearer to the station. We lived in Ruff Lane then, near Ruff Wood.
Greetby Hill School.
I moved to Ormskirk in the 1960s from St Helens. My name was then Whitehead - one not to be forgotten! I remember Mr Henderson, he was a gentle man. I loved my class teacher Mrs Sykes, she read lovely stories at the end of each day - I looked forward to this time, which is maybe why I adore reading now. I wonder if anyone remembers our Christmases there? We'd polish our desks with polish we had bought from home, and we we would have a party - the dinner ladies used to come round to the classes with huge pots of tea and sandwiches and jellies in little paper dishes. After we had eaten our fill we would all go to the hall and watch a film - my favourite was Norman Wisdom, still a favourite! Oh how I would laugh. We had 'times tables' and spelling tests on Fridays - how I dreaded this, I would always find an excuse to go to the toilet and would try... Read more
Early School Years
My name is Andrea Parkinson. I was born in 1962, I went to Greetby Hill Primary School until I was 9 years old. The swimming pool was not ready when I left. My headmaster at the time was Mr Pilkington (I think). My family moved to South Australia under the 'ten pound pom' scheme. I now live in Western Australia but have fond memories of my early school days. I use to live at 12 Elm Place, Ormskirk.
The Roar of The Motorbikes
I was one of a group of motorcyclists (the Lilacs) from Ormskirk who used to ride up Church Street, together there would have been 12-15 bikes, these were loud to say the least with the echo from the buildings in this narrow street. Now I think the residents must have been not amused. If anyone else sees this and was a member check out my homepage, or anyone that knew me. www.familyfinch.com