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Gee, the photo on this page is Mr Harris, our teacher and headmaster at St Michaels. I've still got(somewhere) the class photo taken in 1947. I'm still surprised that he taught sex education to 11 year olds. Anyone remember those? Brian Ayres, Eric Daniels, Nigel MacLeod, Dorothy Hefford, Joyce Ryder, Kathleen ??, where are you all now?? Jim Swift, Port Alberni, BC, Canada
To Raymond Bolton. You must have attended Hindley Green secondary modern about the same time as I did. Do you remember Trever Ramsdale who also attended St.Johns and later came to Hindley Green Sec Mod.He married Carol Aspy? who was his girl friend at school. I can`t remember the names of other people who moved to Hindley Sec Mod.My nickname at school was nelly and all my brothers were called the same. Graham, Hindley Green, Lancs
Does anyone remember Pem Middle in the late 70s? Loads of memories to choose from but a couple stick in my mind. I remember Mr Clarke setting the first year block on fire with his cig. I also remember a stink-bomb being let off in our Art class - we all hung out the windows to get fresh air and Mrs Brown whacked us all across our backs with our handbags - I'm sure she locked us in the room with the smell too! Does anyone remember the Friday night discos? God, they were brill. Then, I left at went to the holy sanctity that was Whitley High School. There I met my inspiration. Mrs Turner was my English teacher - never did find out how she knew I went to the Arndale when I wacked it. She was fab. I heard recently that she'd died after a fall. Excellent teacher - I decided to follow in her footsteps and teach English myself. Some of the stories I'm reading on here about the cane and rulers and the good bashings the kids got are hilarious - bring it back I say!! Lorraine Paton (nee Harrison), Wigan, England
Does any Ashton or Brynites remember A-in-M Sec Mod School late40s/early50s (Now Cansfield High)At that time Mr Hartley,Mr (Beaky) Milner,Mr Simister,Mr Pennington,Mr Heaton & Headmaster Mr (Old Tommy)Moore,then new Headmaster Mr Lester Alan Hunter, Tamworth Staffs, U.K.
does anyone remember miss lawson she was mrs mcdonalds sister it was 1965 istarted does anyone remember the foster family iwas in class with carol foster happy days angela richardson nee roscoe, rimington lancs, england
To Barbara Molyneaux I remember my Rose Bridge School Maths teacher name as Mrs. Ormerod, I think you you may have been in my brothers year. His name is Alan, I also have a sister older than me Susan and two younder sisters Brenda & Carol. Regards Dorothy Regan nee Sumner. Dorothy Regan (nee Sumner), Wigan, England
St. Andrews Mort Street Sept 1939 when I started school. I remember Clifford Jenkins and Harold Rothwell who started school with me. Teachers - Ms. Hilton - a terror. Ms. Nicholson an angel but on reflection both excellent primary school teachers. They don't make them like that anymore.... something this current government could learn. I went to All Saints - now Deanery High School 1945 - 1949. 'Mr. Rigby is a good man - he goes to church on Sundays. He prays to God to give him strength to belt us all on Mondays'. In hindsight it was to give him the patience to put up with us on Mondays. Teachers - Davis in Room 2 would enthral us with his war time experience- and teach Maths and Geog. Walch the Wood tried hard butwas not a born teacher. Nicholson the 'tin man' put on my report 'Too easily satisfied' I think about that every day as I strive for perfection... and I am now 73! Hudson - Science- was brilliant and was in the wrong job - a university post was his true role. Fellow pupils - where are you now? Brian Lever - George Humphreys - John Earl - the Stott brothers. Also 7th Wigan Scouts - who has been back to Brynbach? I have several times and experienced ghosts and memories. In those days I wore 'clogs with irons' and could make sparks. I remember the school song 'All Saints for God and right... this be your battle song... etc.. etc.. Sounds 'corny' these days as we battle with drugs, guns etc. Peter Hesketh, Garstang, UK
Yes, Janette of Adelaide (coincidence!), I remember Sacred Heart, Springfield very well though I was before your time - in the 50s. I was baptised and married at Sacred Heart church. I remember a Miss Veasey, Mr Mannion the headmaster, but other teacher's names escape me at the moment. I was sad to see the place was for sale when I went back for a holiday in 1997. Is it still standing anyone, if so what is it used for. Elizabeth Chadwick (Harrison), Adelaide, Australia
I went to Holy Family in New Springs, I remember a teacher called Miss Satisfield, who wore long johns and we used to drop our pencils on the floor to see what colour they were that day. Our headmaster was Mr Palmer he was very strict, canning me a few times for misbehaving... Such happy days. Also our family priest, Father Conway, he was a lovely man, sadly he died a few yeard ago. Angela Lea nee Unsworth, Wigan, Lancs.
does anyone remember mr rigby from cardy i used to call him skin tight leather coz he wore a brown tight leather coat.wonder if he still wears it. catherine coyle, hr ince wigan, lancs
i rember all of the old woodfield primery the big long field the flower path it was the best jordan wilson, wigan, uk
I remember my English teacher Miss Smith. She was from the school...Hindley community high school and arts collage. I missed her a lot wen she left. She left wen i was in year 9. I onli had her for 1 year but she was reli gud. She day she left me n mi m8z went up to see her n to give er a hug. I remember her cring and seyin.."dont make me cry gurls my makeup will run" lol. We all gave her a hug and took a picture off her to remind us of her lol. Miss U Lucy :'( Hope ur having fun in ur new school. :'( :'( :'( :'( Emma, Wigan, England
pem senior on norly ,bil bradberry the science teacher if did wrong he would make all the class hold hand then tell the first boy to hold a wire turn asmall generator and give us all a electric shock good days not! jimmy lomax, wigan, lancashirei
RE:Does anyone remember Miss Whittaker from Mornington Road in the 70s? Yes she was the pain of my life. Always telling me to get my hair cut (I was the one with hair down my back) Yep its all gone now except on the sides. I also remember chuffey sending me around the school field several times whilst I was gasping for breath. I since found out I have sports induced Asthma thanks chuffey. I remember Alan Jones setting fire to his desk in an art lesson; I can’t remember the teacher's name though. They had also just built the new porta cabin building when I was there. My maths teacher should have been put out and shot. I luckily survived and went to Wigan College to become an electronics technician and got a career. Mr Greenwood (French teacher) had is 10 minutes of fame on the tv show Family Fortunes (They lost).I remember catching Miss Woosey (French teacher from Argyle St) in her jammies at a friends house. She was dating his older brother at the time. Waterloo Rd (tv) has nothing on Mornington Rd. Dave Collier, Christchurch, New Zealand
my great memory of st james c of e poolstock was getting ready for dinner time and lining up to walk over to a poxy hut on the canal in all weathers to have our dinner we would get a white tray with a hole for your dinner one for your puddin and your drink to,i can smell the place now and moving to a newly built school st james in worsley mesnes were mrs bostock made my life hell,getting the small bottles of milk with a straw,great memories wish i was there now.my mum was actually the lollipop lady there helen from about 1975 to 1983.then i was scared to death of moving onto whelley middle because of hearing stories of your head being put down the toilet and allsorts.lol. gary swindells, poolstock, england
Remember marsh green primary so well,I too was among the first pupils after it's opening.I was in junior 3 and our teacher was Mrs Farrimond [lovely lady] also remember Mr Green [another nice person]and then Mis Grass who was the teacher for junior 2.I remember Mr Woods so well he was a truly dedicated teacher who after I had passed my 11plus invited myself along with other pupils who had also passed to go along to school after the summer hols [as we didn't start High Shool until approx 2 weeks later]and help out ie sorting nothing of importance looking back now but we felt SO important at the time Ha!Ha!Miss Gardner on the other hand.... aaarrrggghhh!!!!a formidable woman!they should have people like her in the present day high schools and she was in charge of the infants!!!!!!my younger brother started infants while I was still there and of course I'd been given my orders from my mum to look after him so at breaktime [playtime as we called it then] I waited to see him and was helping him on with his coat when she came came out...."WHY ARE YOU HELPING HIM IS HE A BABY???"she yelled ans I mean yelled, needless to say I never did it again! I remember Lesley Shaw [her younger sister was Susan] Kay Moran and Mary Gaskell although they were in the class above me.All in all I can truly say that my time at Marsh Green Junior would rank among the happiest times.We moved to Marsh Green when it was a "young" estate the school was in the process of being built and for a few months I had to attend another school [Scot Lane which I positively hated with passion probably because I'd had to leave St Andrew's which I'd loved]Anyroad happy memories such a shame kids of today can't experience the same eh!! Glenys, Wigan, England
Remember my time at rose bridge girls school Remember going out at dinner times to a little shop on rose bridge were the owner used to sell spare cigarettes for 3p each.We would then walk up the canal bank puffing our heads off.Shop owners today would be hung drawn and quartered these days for doing that. p.s by the way i dont smoke anymore. J.P, Wigan, Lancashire
Lamberhead Green Infants was my first school. I remember my teacher, Mrs Kelsall. There was another teacher, Miss Ishmael, (spelling?) who had the longest finger nails I had ever seen. If you had been 'naughty' she used to dig her nails right in your back. Still gives me nightmares!!!!! Barbara Barbara, Orrell, Wigan, Lancashire
Evans County Infants, then Juniors, then Ashton Secondary Modern...and Wigan Tech. Good schools, even though they had their faults. Mr Kay the music teacher taught my Dad, as did McKenzie, the psycho who ran the garden. I still remember the infants, must have been 1959 /60...I sat next to Gillian Cunliffe.....that was a long time ago! David Maltby, Ashton in Makerfield, UK
I too loved my time at rose bridge school.was in the same class as barbara molynuex,viv parkinson,etc..Looking back it was the happiest time of our lives. Jean Holcroft, Wigan, Lancs
Hi Edwina Fairhurst did you use to live in Spring View Linda Housley Nee Higham, metung, Australia
I remeber miss Stott and miss Reynolds and Mrs Hurst they went to teach at Spring View after Brittania Bridge went to being an infant school Linda Melbourne Linda Housley Nee Higham, metung, Australia
Does anyone remember Sacred Heart at Springfield? I was there from 1961 to 1967. I have great memories of the school. It's gone now, of course. Janette, Adelaide, South Australia
I remember Miss Dunne. She made my life a misery because I never went to Church! I lived in Winchester Grove , Lower Ince near the Labour Club. I went on to the Convent of Notre Dame in Standishgate when I left St Williams Pat Turner nee Murphy, Westhoughton, Bolton
did anybody go to the wigan girls high school in the 60s miss holland was the headmistress they were very strict detention fot not wearing you hat or eating sweets in the street. Also remember mrs tattersall miss bennett mrs cole male english teacher cant remember his name what a character dewigelle, wigan, england
I remember Mr Hardman at St Johns Hindley Green. I think he is still alive! He was a lovely man. horrible school girl, leeds, yorkshire
Re Sheila, Mike and Rose and Cardinal Newman. I attended Cardy late 70's early 80's. Can't recall Mr Birtwhistle but agree that Mrs Winters was a great teacher, have the class firmly under control but kind and had a glint of mischief in her eyes. I recall once dying with embarrassment as she held up my 'wonderfully detailed drawing of the male reproductive tract'. I'm useless at remembering names but I also remember a Scottish maths teacher who every lesson used to send a pupil 'round the school to turn off lights, Mr Doyle demonstrating diffusion as an excuse to have a fag whilst we watched the smoke spread out, Mr Eyes (Chem) making a fire extinguisher which exploded and broke a window and who was the RE guy with the 'Jesus saves' badge whose lessons were about the satanic messages heard when u play rock music backwards? Anyway it a same it closes, I guess not having a 6th form didn't help. julia, Newcastle, England
I attended Woodfield Primary School in Wigan Lane in the early 50s. It was a lovely school . I remember Miss Dunne who always encouraged me and gave me some great roles in the school plays. This was in the days of the 11+ which I failed so off to Allsaints Secondary Modern in Frog Lane with the other factory fodder.There is a great photo on this site taken in 1950 of all the teachers I remember there though I can,t say with any great affection. The cane was applied pretty liberably and with little discrimination. We had a female who tried to teach us French and used a ruler on your knuckles frequently. One hero snatched it out of her hand one day mid punishment, broke it in half and threw it out of the window. This kind of rebelliousness was unknown in the 50s and Rigsby the Headmaster caned him on the stage in front of the whole school. Happy days. frederick howarth, truro, uk
There was a Mr.Hardman, headmaster of St. Johns C.E. School in Hindley Green in the 50/60s Raymond, Bolton, England
Anyone remember Mr John Stevenson Headmaster or Mr Hardman at Hindley Green Sec Modern School 1940's Jim, Wigan, UK
edwina fairhurst i remember you from school,just thought i would let you know alan did not marry barbara he married susan shawcross.still see plenty of school friends as they still live in ince ellen heaton (poole), ince wigan, lancs
it seems l went to the same schools as mary o'neill at more or less the same times. st josephs was off caroline st and the building was very old and run down. the playground was a dirt brew and from memory for pt the boys went off to play rugby and the girls went into the hall. we then faced the prospect of searching thru a large container to find two pumps that matched, then whilst the teacher played the piano we did exercises on rubber mats. l also remember scully brown, he once chased me thru st josephs church and he was told off by father cronin. going to st edwards was a culture shock because everything was new! but i always missed st joe's. anybody who went to thomas more school must remember the nuns (usually with a shudder). but do you remember miss price, miss horrocks and miss phillips? even the parents were scared of them. but even so they were happy times. maureen, wigan, england
Does anyone remember Mr Daniels, Maths teacher at Shevington high school in the 80's??? I remember he was a really really short guy but was such a cool teacher and really funny! Also Miss Mottershead from the same school, same time, home economics teacher?? She was frightening!! Big bruiser of a woman with tight blonde curly hair. Sends shivers down my spine when i think of her. Nicki Holden nee Dowbekin, St Helens, UK
hi glenys dwyer,is that the little girl i used to take to the mission every sunday rita carruthers, wigan, england
Poor old Mr Heap getting some stick .I think if someone let the tyres down on your old ford pop every day you would be angry .But this does not excuse his behaviour. Also does anybody remember the headmaster Mr Wood who would give you a whack with a stick and if it broke he would send you to the woodwork class to get another one .Ho happy days?NOT Graham, Hindley, England
Having read two views concerning the abysmal Mr. Heap, a former tutor at Hindley Green Co. Sec. School in the 1960s, I was minded to liken him to a child abuser, not sexual, but physical. This guy was evil incarnate, a personification of the devil himself. Often, he'd walk past you as you were doing some reading, often, at the same time, he would bash you round the head for no apparent reason. He'd be hauled before the courts now and probably imprisoned. Sometimes, one or two pupils would fight back, when this happened, you could see the terror in his eyes. He couldn't handle his own behaviour, very afraid if anyone fought back, a sadistic bully by any other name. Just a shame that these school teacher bullies can't be prosecuted for it now. Raymond, Bolton, England
1949 - 1953 OUR LADY'S RC PRIMARY HAIGH ROAD,HAIGH,NEAR WIGAN. RELIGION, RELIGION, RELIGION! We couldn’t believe our eyes as we gazed in awe at the peculiar looking man standing before us. Tweed suited and would you believe smoking a fag held between two fingers that were more black than brown. “Good morning children. My name is Mr Michael Flynn, and I am your new teacher. I do hope that we’ll get on well together. But I must warn you all, if any of you step out of line at all, at all! I’ll come down on you like a ton of hot bricks, and that’s a promise.” He mouthed his words forcefully in a strong Irish brogue and we soon found out that his threat was by no means an idle one. In spite of him having to wear glasses, with lenses as thick as the glass from two early Victorian cod bottles, he seldom missed his target whenever he threw his wooden-backed duster at some child who wasn’t paying attention… usually me. Occasionally some other inattentive or talkative kid would find it parting their hair or maybe worse. Flogger Flynn’s biggest thrill of all was whenever he felt the need to use the cane. An evil smile would play upon his lips as he made his selection from the two dozen or so canes that stood alongside a cupboard in the right hand corner of the classroom. A cold winter’s morning was the worst time to receive six of the best, especially straight after half an hour spent at play in the icy- yard. Getting caned on frozen hands was guaranteed to render anyone almost incapable of holding or using their dip-pen, as a consequence your work suffered and so too did you, as after marking, a further taste of the cane would ensue. Not many children escaped the wrath of that vengeful sadistic master, although one or two kids always seemed to do just that. These one or two whom we called ‘the teachers pets’ always excelled at their religious studies, if nothing else and would never ever dream of missing their Sunday Mass. But woe-betide any other child who did. Those saintly little cherubs, while holding on tight to their halos, were only too willing to run and tell the tale to teacher, “Please sir, John Mather didn’t attend Holly Mass on Sunday.” To miss Mass without a good and valid reason is a Mortal Sin, and so penance had to be imposed forthwith. Punishment was swift, format always the same. Caught by the collar I would be dragged off into the adjoining room and ordered to kneel down on the dusty and gritty floor boards. With my arms out stretched, palms uppermost, gazing up in abject supplication at the statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph; standing as they did on the high windowsill. Oh! I was so thankful when lunch-time came round. Yet even then I wasn’t allowed to forget that he still considered me to be a religious miscreant. To hammer home his message the dinner ladies had been told. “Do not give this wicked boy a sweet after his dinner.” Suffering as I did for four years such draconian measures; is it any wonder whenever I am asked the following question? “What religion are you.” I always answer loud and clear, “I am my friend by choice, a lapsed Catholic Mr:John Ralph Mather., Bolton, Lancashire., England.
On reading the comments about Hindley Green sec mod school.I attended that school from 1955 to 1965 and remember mr Heap very well.I wore N.H glasses at the time and I had to straighten them nearly every day before I went home.You are right he was Luny Tunes graham purnell, hindley, england
mrs howgate at ince central she was a witch and haveing to take 3 pennys every week till u payed half a crown to pay for abrick to biuld the new school whitch is biult on what used to be the red reck where they held the may qeen and carnivals she mercer nee wittle, hindley nee ince, wigan
ROSE BRIDGE INFTRS AND JUNIOR sCHOOL TO FRANCES EDWARDS (NEE RICHARDSON) 'GREEN JELLY GIRL' Dear Frances please accept my very belated apologies for making you eat green jelly. I love jelly of any colour. Sadly my friends and colleagues Mr Lancaster and Mr Hurst are no longer with us. I enjoyed working at this school but I must admit that the school-meals at this time were not very appetising as I found when on dinner duties. Thanks Frances for your thoughts. Best Wishes, Jim Preston. JH PRESTON, WIGAN, UK
Evans School was where I started school and I even taught there briefly as a Supply Teacher in 1964. The "slope" was so dangerous!! My favourite teacher was Mrs. Norcross who trusted me to do all kinds of personal things for her even though Iw as only 9 at the time. I think she gave me most of my confindence which has helped me through the next 60+ years. My mother was the Mrs. Pilling who served some of you old Evans pupils their lunches.5 Nancy A. Bridson(Pilling), Vancouver Island, Canada
i remember my first school rose bridge infant,s teachers i remember well are mr hurst english mr preston top class he took PE and other subject,mrlancaster head master i remember the canteen were you had scool dinner,s .5 bob a week or 5 old shilling,s i remeber mr preston standing over me until i ate this foul green jelly never ate jelly from that day to this here are some mate,s i remember agnus thompson christine harris joan hougton michal ferney gwen taylor a few more but cant think at the moment . so if ther is anyone out ther who went to this school plaese let me know the school was on rose bridge with the church in front with allthose steps at the front .here are the date,s im talking about.1955/1958 frances edwards [nee] richardson, wigan, england
I remember Attending Gidlow Secondary Boys.I have fond memories of many teachers there. Mr Brown our Tech drawing techer, Mr Ward who did physics, I remember he would get a magnito and ask us to all hold hands so he could sent a shock through us all. He had a wierd sense of fun. Mr Holland, Mr Lester, Mr Sharrock , Mr Price the Head in fact all I think are dead, except for Mr Piggot and mr Radford at last checking. Makes it very sad that even the school has been demolished and is now a housing estate Them wert days john, Auckland, New Zealand
St. Peter's in Hindley - Rathbones bakery backed on to the school yard and the smell of freshly baked bread as it came out of the oven - Mr. Hindley, Mr Scarborough, Miss Rothwell, so many good, good teachers....... Gwen, Guérande, France
Does anyone remember Lamberhead green Infants being in the hall which belongs to Trinity Methodist Church, Queen St. Orrell though it was called Wesley Church in those days. Mrs. Calderbank in reception, Miss Stopforth, Miss Yarwood, MISS ROSSS! & Mrs. Moorfield. Maureen, Wigan, England
I was at St. Andrews between 1975-1981. I remember Mr. Purdy well and he became my favourite teacher there. We had him for music throughout most of my time there and I must admit, I found him scary and dreaded going in on my first day of J3 as I knew we'd have him as our form teacher. But it turned out to be a great year, my best there, and I was sad to have to leave St. Andrews. I'm so sorry to read that he's recently died. Gareth Valentine, Wigan, UK
i attended st. andrews school in the eighties, and i am left with the most terrible nightmares of being taught by mr purdy, just reading all your comments about him leaves me cold. awful sadistic teacher. gail o,conner, chorley, england
attended hindley grammer school, and loved it, mr holt was my absolute favourite, everything about it the lessons the games, even the school dinners were fab. happy happy days. lucy ann smith, blackburn, england

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