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St Andrew's C of E School


St. Andrews 4th Year Juniors 1959
Photo: Marlene Griffiths
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Item #: 17420
St. Andrews 4th year Juniors 1959

Comment by: fred foster on 29th March 2011 at 17:57

Is the teacher Cliff Harmer, ex WGS scholar?

Comment by: mygriffiths on 29th March 2011 at 20:59

Yes it is Mr.Harmer

Comment by: plumbob on 31st March 2011 at 21:06

5th from left back row Jennifer Leyland
Marlene are you 3rd from left back row

Comment by: mygriffiths on 31st March 2011 at 21:30

Glad you recognised a next door neighbour.I'll tell my mother you did.Sylvia Lewis is 5th from left on back row.If the girl next to her is Susan Burgess then I am sure of all the names.

Comment by: plumbob on 1st April 2011 at 12:12

nice to hear from you, hope your mother and your Geoff are keeping well
1st right on back row is it Christine Harmer?
lad 4th from right middle row came from Moorfield St but can't think of his name

Comment by: mygriffiths on 1st April 2011 at 15:44

back row: Virginia Calland,Christine Walford,me,Edna Grey,Sylvia Lewis,Susan Burgess,Sylvia Baldwin,Kathleen Holden,Janice Speakman,Sheila Crossland,Pat Smith,
Boys standing:Philip Green,Jimmy Taylor,Malcolm Jukes,Philip Atty(hope this is right twin)David Almond,David Cunliffe,Donald Clucas,Clive Atty,Edward Witherington (from Moorfield Street)Harry Abbbott,Ian Bannister,Tommy Parkinson
Girls seated:Christine Kenyon, Joan Stockley,Kathleen Gaskell,Judith Hatton,Anne Pearson,Susan Reid,Pamela Theckston,Janet Grimshaw,Maureen Priestley,Judith Weller,June Ryding(from 29,Ingram Street)
Front row:Joseph Leach(grandson of owd Kel Jones from no,49)
Marian Green,Gordon Winnard.

Comment by: mygriffiths on 1st April 2011 at 15:58

Plumbob My mother, 89 in June and still going strong is glad to hear from you and hopes all your family are well.My brother is fine but unfortunately one of his three granddaughters is not

Comment by: Frank Healy on 1st April 2011 at 16:56

Hi Marlene, I think it should be Ivan and not Ian Bannister.
Hadn't noticed that Pamela Theckston was on the photo; she and my youngest sister Elizabeth were life long friends. Unfortunately, Pam died a few years ago.

Comment by: plumbob on 1st April 2011 at 20:04

Marlene nice to here you mother is keeping well
i don,t know if your mother knows or not but sadly Jean passed away in2002, Barbara in 2004. and Arthur 2006 Harry John and Frank are all well

Comment by: mygriffiths on 1st April 2011 at 21:09

Thanks for the correction Frank and sorry to hear about Pamela.

Comment by: mygriffiths on 1st April 2011 at 21:26

Plumbob my mother and I are sorry to hear about Jean,Barbara and Arthur.My mother's last brother died last year. I'm glad I brought her to the street reunion that your Jean organised.Some very happy memories including the domino games for matches your mother and my grandma would have'Knock when you can't go' otherwise silence used to be quite scary in the dim gaslight .

Comment by: c.aspinall on 16th April 2011 at 19:55

Hi Marlene, great to see this old photo. I am second from left on the back row wearing those terrible National Health specs. You haven't changed a bit! I was chatting to your mum a couple of weeks ago, she is remarkable.

Comment by: mygriffiths on 17th April 2011 at 17:32

Glad you have enjoyed the photo Christine.My mother said she had seen you.She is still very independent and people often comment how they have spotted her 'power walking'.

Comment by: c.aspinall on 19th April 2011 at 07:53

Yes, because I don't seem to have any school photos. I am especially intrigued by the pre 1917 photo. I would love to find out the names of those children. Lots of my family have lived in St. Andrew's Parish for many years and perhaps one of them is on there. My dad even remembers Rev. William Wickham when he was a child.

Comment by: Anne Rose nee Crowther on 10th November 2011 at 20:13

Anyone know anything of Susan Reid(Barton)I was at WGHS with her.

Comment by: Phillip Green on 17th December 2011 at 20:35

To Marlene Griffiths (nee Robinson I assume )many thanks, I was so pleased to see this photo and so glad that someone has kept it safe.I cannot see a couple of people from this gathering- David Barlow (who lived in Gidlow Lane) and Elaine Holland (who lived in church house behind the church hall)I amm reliably informed that Elaine still attends St Andrew's Church.It would be interesting to see how each member of that class has fared in life. I believe we all owe a great deal to Charles Harmer. Up to a short time ago I used to bump into him on saturday morning shopping trips. Its quite funny how our paths have crossed a few times over the years. We,ll all be in the 63/64 age group now and most of us will be retired but it would possibly be a good thing to get together to reminisce.

Comment by: mygriffiths on 17th December 2011 at 23:27

Hello Philip,I also have the 1957 photo with David,Elaine and Philip Williams on

Comment by: Phil Green on 19th December 2011 at 12:01

I made a small error.I should have referred to Mr Harmer by his correct christian name,ie: Cliff not Charles.Apologies to him.

Comment by: Anne Genge (Pearson) on 2nd September 2015 at 09:04

I have only just seen this photograph. What memories! I think Mr Harmer would be surprised that I actually ended up as a headteacher of a school in Norfolk. Does anyone know what happened to Susan Reid?

Comment by: Pat Mayle on 2nd September 2015 at 23:49

There were 20 girls in the October 1966 Set of trainee nurses at Pendlebury Children's Hospital. We know the whereabouts of 18 of those original 20. We have lost touch with Judith Hatton (born 1948)from Wigan. In 2016 it will be 50 years since we started and we are trying hard to contact Judith. We have tried many routes including a radio appeal with no luck. We think the Judith Hatton on your photo just might be our friend. Can anyone help? I will respond to anyone who thinks they might be able to. Many thanks, Pat

Comment by: Pelly on 3rd September 2015 at 16:26

wondering if the Judith Hatton on the above photo is the same one who began nurse training at Pendlebury Children's hospital in October 1966? If so her set are urgently trying to contact her as of the original 20 who began that day she is the only one we have lost. It would be great to contact her before the 50th anniversary next year. I will respond to any information.

Comment by: Mike Royston on 18th January 2021 at 17:07

Would anyone know the whereabouts of Kathleen Holden, if someone knows I would be grateful if they could contact me, any information would be treated in strict confidence

Comment by: Stuart Parkinson on 2nd November 2021 at 13:58

Interesting photo. Tommy Parkinson was my uncle, he sadly passed away over 10 years ago. He and Ivan Bannister married sisters Carol & Sheila Anderton from Worsley Mesnes. When I attended St Andrews, Cliff Harmer was the headmaster.

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