My Time In Ash - a Memory of Ash Vale.

I lived on Longacre estate. I was born in 1951 and stayed there until I was about 8/9 years old when my parents moved to Preston. My dad worked at the bakery in the village, and then for a milkman called Bill Bugden. My gran/grandad lived at canal villas, by the side of the canal. I also had aunties and uncles living next door as well. I would sometimes help my dad deliver the milk after meeting him at my grandparents house. If my memory serves me right I went to three schools while I lived there. First was Ash Vale, then onto a school called Mansfield I think, finally St Josephs in Aldershot. I had to go to this school because being Catholic, the priest at the Church of Holy Angels of which we attended told my parents I should be at a Catholic school. I hated every single day I was there. I even hid in the gas work grounds next to the bus stop one day to avoid going to school that day. I used to dread bus number 35A coming. I remember a boy, he was called Alan Cook, we went to same school, we were the same age; funny really me being a Baker and him being a Cook with the same first names. I hope things turned out well for him? I go back to visit Ash Vale every few years to see my old house, also where my grandparents lived. I would love to knock on the door to ask to see inside to see how things have changed. One other memory which sticks in my head is that when we walked to school in Ash we would walk over the railway bridge and wait for the train to come and pass underneath so that we would be engulfed in the smoke coming up from the train. I can still smell the smoke to this day. I still miss Ash Vale.

A memory shared by Alan Baker on Nov 22nd, 2012. Send Alan Baker a message.

 Comments & Feedback

Thu Sep 11th 2014, at 5:13 pm
Alan Baker commented:
does any one have any old photos of ash vale infant school
Sat Mar 25th 2017, at 1:38 pm
nemeton2 commented:
Hi Alan, I remember you Dad very well. I member one time when he was driving his milk float and was hit by a motorcycle as he turned into Glenmount road.
Wed Nov 1st 2017, at 4:19 pm
Alan Baker commented:
Hi to the person who new my dad ,Bill Baker, thank you for posting your message.My dad has been dead for some time now,he lived into his 80s and died peacefully at home.He missed his life in Ash and he missed his sister .Glad someone remembers him.Thank you once again for your memory.Alan
Mon Oct 29th 2018, at 6:52 pm
johnygrady commented:
Hi Alan do you remember me John O'Grady and my brother Barry, we lived in the flat on the corner about 4 doors down from you next to Brian and Norman Hersey. When I got married I lived just round the corner in Ewins Close next door to Steve and Margaret Baker I believe Steve was your cousin.I remember you guys well..Billy, Gerard, you and your dad...didn't see much of your mum me if you see this look forward to hearing from you Alan.

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