mesnes high school

Started by: ipter (4)

i was there for a while twenty seven years ago, (HELLO) to all that was there

Started: 24th Apr 2008 at 19:34

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

I was there - well - the Grammar School - 32 years ago!

Replied: 24th Apr 2008 at 19:37

Posted by: bella (799)

hi ipter i was there from 81 -84

Replied: 25th Apr 2008 at 00:16

Posted by: highfieldlass (342)

Well I never ipter, fancy meeting you on here!! I myself went to the Deanery ;-}

Replied: 25th Apr 2008 at 13:07

Posted by: dianne (826)

me and my sister went to the deanary and my brothers went to mesnes neil and david

Replied: 25th Apr 2008 at 22:30

Posted by: custard (6951) 

Hi ipter, i went to mesnes, i left in 1981,

Replied: 26th Apr 2008 at 00:16

Posted by: lizzy (512) 

i left in 1975

Replied: 26th Apr 2008 at 00:23

Posted by: bettyboop (232)

I left in 86/87

Replied: 26th Apr 2008 at 14:58

Posted by: judithnmalc (144)

Ian thanks for reminding us 32 years where have the years gone I left in 1975

Replied: 28th Apr 2008 at 10:32

Posted by: chickdrum (269)

does anyone remember the headmaster at mesnes high ? a chap called mr merryman. and the english teacher mr smith. who we called Grip lip.

Replied: 28th Apr 2008 at 11:40

Posted by: lizzy (512) 

hi chickdrum yes mr merriman and miss pillin mr morgan {music teacher}

Replied: 28th Apr 2008 at 19:21

Posted by: highfieldlass (342)

Did Mr Woodcock teach there in the 70's? Ipter . . where are you? You've posted a post and not replied to any of it :-{ x

Replied: 28th Apr 2008 at 20:59

Posted by: bettyboop (232)

I remember Mr Molyneux who taught Woodwork when I was there and I also remember Mr Wright who taught RE, Oh and just thought on Mr Forster think he taught French x

Replied: 28th Apr 2008 at 22:59

Posted by: judithnmalc (144)

mr gray, mr nolte, mr dyke, mrs parr, mrs simpson mrs hignett

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 00:01

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

I still see Mick Grey (Chemistry)and Mrs Jolley (French); also used to see Colin Taylor (French)and last week saw Dickie Dykes!!!

A while ago I went to pick up a friend's granddaughter from Mabs Cross and the teacher was Janet Hignet (nee Green) and she remembered me!!!

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 00:23

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Actually I think Griplip was Mr Hilton - poor old chap had had a stroke I think! Mr Smith had come over from Pemberton I believe, he came into the hall one lunchtime when I was playing the piano and asked if he could have a go: the music was " Dead Babies" by Alice Cooper!!!

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 00:32

Posted by: judithnmalc (144)

hi Ian my kids have been taught by mrs hignett at mabs ,do you remember gary herbert

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 12:06

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Can't say I do Jude - should I?

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 12:30

Posted by: paul b (70)

I left in 75 remember Merriman (gaffer) well but Jack Sherrat was the worst if you got sent to him it was four before he asked you why you were sent to him and another 2 if he didnt like what you had done

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 13:01

Posted by: chickdrum (269)

does anybody remember bill bradbury. (biscuit bill he was know as !)the best teacher in the school! and paddy burns the maths teacher, boy did i hate him ! My first form teacher was a french teacher called mr faugier, it might be spelt wrong. arsne wenger reminds me of him. and bioghraphy teacher bill gapes. who always wore a dead cat on his head !

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 16:16

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Bill Bradbury lived in the row of houses after Pemb Caravans near to Pemberton Station - I was a friend of his daughter Carol.

As for dear old Regis Fougier - he was fantastic! " I reaaly mean this now!" . . . the only Paddy I can remember was Gore - art.

I once opened the door near the lecture room for Jack Sharratt as he was walking along a corridor - I then closed it and trapped his dog in it!!!

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 17:44

Posted by: bettyboop (232)

Did the art teacher used to be called Miss Witherington? I think she was a hippy x

Replied: 29th Apr 2008 at 20:44

Posted by: highfieldlass (342)

I knew Carol Bradbury was friendly with her sister Susan {?} never knew their dad was a teacher!

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 10:20

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Hi betty

yep, The Art Dept was headed up by FAL - Frank Leyland, a lovely bloke - and included the very lovely and bizarre Moira Withington - I was a hippy too and so thought she was great!

There was also, later on, a guy from Canal Cottages Red Rock who always wore a turquoise corduroy suit! knew him really well but just cannot think of his name! Larry? maybe . . . he was often on another planet - sometimes literally! I once watched him roll a very large tin of dog food along the upper corridor . .. it went past me and as he walked by me to pick it up he just smiled and said " Cool sound!"

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 12:54

Posted by: chickdrum (269)

hi ianmcl. not sure if his name was paddy ! he was irish and had a look of kenny everett but with glasses & black hair.but not as funny !
going back to bill bradbury. in our last year ,i picked canoeing as a sport. guess what ! the school had none !
so every 2 weeks he would drop about 10 of us of at the bottom of parbold hill and make us walk back ! to wigan

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 13:25

Posted by: wink2 (179) 

ianmcl. how you doin. mr hilton was known in our year as issiah. due to his stroke one eye was higher than the other...cruel i know. i stil see mr. dicky dykes regularly. he lives a few doors from my sis in law.

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 15:32

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Hi Wink, bloody cruel kids aren't they - mind you I do like that one!!!

Before I went there I was "oxbridge" and v talented; I let you work out the rest!

Hated the bloody place as, I'm sure , did most of the staff!!!

JM HALL:"Today we are going to do Venezuela, open your atlases, pages seventy two - seventy tree!"

Billy Gapes: used to use a megaphone at sports days - made his voice quieter!

Robinson - he was PE and v weird; always used to check that we were NOT wearing underpants! Believe he was killed in a car crash in the US - hope so or I'm going to be sued!

Albert Wright: Latin and RE: ok except for the ever tightening tie knot 'til you turned blue!

Jim Ainsworth: Chemistry and my form teacher - now THIS one is THE one responsible for the last 30 years of pain . . . if knew where he was I would make sure he knew! Stupid sadistic and a crap teacher!

There are many more and all have ruined an entire generation of people . .

very very sad!

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 19:17

Posted by: sue.64 (6879)

i was there until 1980. i remember jem hall, frightrened the bloody life out of me in every geography lesson .. mrs simpson taught me english lit and taught me well. grade 1 pass does anyone remember miss williams [ diane] she taught drama and i think english

reet girls who remembers miss thomas [p .e] what a cow she was

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 20:13

Posted by: sue.64 (6879)

chickdrum i remember biscuit bill.. do you remember owd chip pon johnson with the jam jar specs. . i think he lived somewhere further down parsons walk

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 20:16

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

He lived in Scot Lane actually Sue!

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 22:42

Posted by: sue.64 (6879)

an all these flimmin years ian i thought he lived in parsons walk [honest onions]. did he teach you as well then

Replied: 30th Apr 2008 at 23:18

Posted by: bettyboop (232)

I remember Mrs Gillespie teaching Geography and she had a funny eye, she used to get called Jelly Eye, she was a right battleaxe x

Replied: 1st May 2008 at 09:17

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Aww! Mrs Gillespie was sweet! Yes mr Johnson took me for Latin - he had 2 suits ; I used to call them his winter and summer plumage!

Replied: 1st May 2008 at 21:18

Posted by: sue.64 (6879)

he taught me classical studies, int bloody clock tower ian , think i f i remember right the whole class consisted of 6 of us and yup he did have two suits. cant say i remember a teacher called gillespie though

Replied: 1st May 2008 at 22:26

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Sue I must know you!!! clock tower! remember it well !

Replied: 1st May 2008 at 23:33

Posted by: sue.64 (6879)

ian what years where you there. i left in 1980.. that blinkin clock tower were menacin, dont you think.
i was back there a few weeks back at the new out patients centre,, ohhh my gawd it was like going back in time

Replied: 1st May 2008 at 23:41

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

I'm obviously about a million years older than you - I left in 76 ...

Just trying to work out people you might know - you recall a Karoline Wilcock by any chance?

I go to the out patients with mi old mum . . . sit there thinking . . . I'm in the Art room now . ..

Replied: 2nd May 2008 at 00:28

Posted by: judithnmalc (144)

Ian who was your form teacher mine was mrs parr loads of lads and just 4 girls janet farrimond, linda heaton margie meekin and me

Replied: 2nd May 2008 at 11:29

Posted by: bennielechat (5762)


You said you still see Mrs.Jolley,she was the only decent French teacher I ever knew.She seemed quite old but she praps wasn't if she's still around today.Is she ok?
I left in 1973 and some teachers I remember are Mrs Makin,Jack Waz (Physics),Jasper who I delivered mail to as a postman in a previous,Paddy Gore,Taffy,Brian Boardman,FALeyland,Mr.Cooper(Tommy),Jack Shat,Mr.Holt,John Holland & Frank Taylor(both regulars in Beech Hill bookies these days)Gem Hall,Billy Gapes(little Hitler),Grip Lip who loved to slap faces,(Mike) Hailwood and his wife,Mr.Armstrong,Mr.Jones(biology)and of course Bill Merriman shortly before he died about 10 years ago.

Replied: 2nd May 2008 at 13:24
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Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Jude my form teacher was Jim Ainsworth - truly hated him. Obv remember you and margie very well . . . was there a girl you knew called Joan? and a very tall girl with floppy black hair? God it seems a million years ago doesn't it!

Bennie: yep still see Mrs Jolley; she comes to WLT the same night as Mick Gray, she seems ok.

That list of names caused waves of remembrance; esp Christine Makin! I think we were all in love or at least lust with her - didn't she leave to become an air hostess?
Cec Cooper was a really nice guy wasn't he,a real gentleman. John Holland still see him around odd times, was Frank Taylor Tech Drawing? and Jasper Melling - metal work - poor sod was always being locked in his cupboard as I recall!

Replied: 4th May 2008 at 11:52

Posted by: bennielechat (5762)

Legend has it that Jasper was locked in the metal cupboard one Friday and remained there till Monday morning.I know for a fact that he was set on fire by bullies in my year.
It was also said that Jasper was a former boxing champion but suffered a nervous breakdown and lost control of the pupils after this.
In the 1980s I delivered post to him in Shevington and found him to be a really nice bloke.

Replied: 4th May 2008 at 12:39

Posted by: ipter (4)

thanks to all who replied alot of the old teachers names made me smile,,not replied individually cos i dont know how to do it,bring back HB pencils and erasers,, these things are the work of the devil ;-)

Replied: 4th May 2008 at 15:46

Posted by: ipter (4)

thanks to all who replied alot of the old teachers names made me smile,,not replied individually cos i dont know how to do it,bring back HB pencils and erasers,, these things are the work of the devil ;-)

Replied: 4th May 2008 at 15:49

Posted by: judithnmalc (144)

Hi Ian you are thinking of joan heyes, there was liz turner, julie cullen joanne bradbury ,joan and joanne came to my and malcs wedding in december

Replied: 4th May 2008 at 23:19

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Ya Joan Heyes! yay! was Liz the tall one? we should exchange photies and see how old we all are - or maybe not!

Replied: 4th May 2008 at 23:54

Posted by: bella (799)

mr johnston (latin teacher) greasy hair, diry looking thing, looked like he could do with a good scrub. i always thought he was pervy, so i gave up latin (not that i found it too hard of course!!!!)

Replied: 5th May 2008 at 01:11

Posted by: blue007 (1056)

Paul Peakman, Keith Broadie, John Winstanly, Frank ? genious at maths-
memory is fadeing

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Posted by: highfieldlass (342)

Judith ~ I remember Janet Farrimond she used to scare me at primary school I was told she works in Asda now but could be wrong!

Replied: 5th May 2008 at 09:24

Posted by: judithnmalc (144)

was janet farrimond related to ann holden

Replied: 12th May 2008 at 09:27

Posted by: janey (inactive)

I left in '74, and I remember most of the teachers mentioned.

Replied: 17th May 2008 at 11:49

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

Frank Taylor and Paddy Gore ended up teaching at Whitley when I was there 1972/1975.

Replied: 17th May 2008 at 12:27

Posted by: lizzy (512) 

my form teacher was mr morgan music teacher i was the only girl an i used to sit with victor bragg n alan major any 1 no what they are up 2?

Replied: 17th May 2008 at 19:35

Posted by: wiganyankeeron (inactive)

Ian, Yes you are correct, Robinson got killed in a car crash in the U.S.A. He lived in Adlington. Gapes and Robinson, were teachers at the Thomas Linacre before it merged with the Grammar School.( A sad day) Gapes took Geography and as you said, Robinson was the P.E. teacher.

Replied: 18th May 2008 at 09:47

Posted by: willy.65 (6)

i left in school days and best mates ever.i remember our physics group flooding the classroom and most of the corridor.i was dragged out of chemistry to face the music,funny as hell seeing the class sat on the tables.andy watkinson did it cos he wanted a drink,the tap head fell off and it woulnt turn off so we scarpered.dave greenhalgh dobbed him best mates were paul bishop,michael fitzgerald,paul saxon,mark connelly lots of others

Replied: 28th May 2008 at 21:53

Posted by: willy.65 (6)

did any of you lot go on the army day out at fulwood barracks?what a superb day that was.if anyone can knows how to get hold of the video taken that day let me know.we can go halves with the money from youve been framed,they were my legs that got clobbered with the stick.if you saw it youd know what im on about

Replied: 28th May 2008 at 22:03

Posted by: daikler (77)

Lizzy,Al Major works at Heinz hes just become a grandad

Replied: 3rd Jun 2008 at 19:04

Posted by: lizzy (512) 

aww daikler thats great news al was a brill lad n a gud laff bet hes not changed a bit

Replied: 3rd Jun 2008 at 20:42

Posted by: daikler (77)

No hes still a good lad i know their tommy better tho

Replied: 3rd Jun 2008 at 23:24

Posted by: xbrit (2)

Left in 74.
Remember most of the names mentioned here but no longer in contact with anyone I used to know there.

Replied: 3rd Sep 2008 at 17:15

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Posted by: ann-spam (3470) 

i left in 75 who remembersmr naylor lived near wigan park

Replied: 3rd Sep 2008 at 20:17

Posted by: Meadowland5 (1)

I was there from 1970 to 1977. First two years as the WGS after that MHS. To this day I still say I went to WGS since I had passed my eleven plus.
Played on the 1st XV at rugby and the 1st XI at cricket.
Amongst those there, some of who I still see, were Phil Gough retired policeman see him regularly at rugby ,Mick Kearns retired teacher not seen for couple of years. Peter Layland worked for council and his older brother David was with one of the banks, Phil Charnock and his wife Gwen had their own photography business. Paul Rutter couple years above us but see him regular at golf club retired policeman his son ended up working with me for a few years. Simon Bennett went working and living in USA never came back, goughie keeps in touch. Ian chip Jeffrey played rugby for Lancashire and League for Leigh, used to play cricket at WCC with him and the Leylands
The teachers there when I was who I can remember, in no particular order

Wm (Walter) Armstrong - accounts
Sam Tarbuck - economics. Spent all time on parents evening talking to my dad about their days at WGS both there at same time.
Geoff (dicky) Dykes - history and form master. Still see him at rugby matches. Used to take rugby and once drop kicked ball down corridor into classroom.
Bernard (dilly) Stock - Latin organised train trips then disappeared to pub
Dave Johnson - Latin
Bill Gapes - xxxxhouse -geography. Used to barge in 6th form common room as though he owned the place. If you weren’t keen on geography automatically put you in cse group.
Jem Hall - geography. Dished punishment out with chair leg called Clarence and gym pump called Rupert
Ken Naylor -maths
Bill Morgan -music
T Cooper - woodwork
Jasper Melling -metalwork. Once got locked in metal workshop cupboard.
Graham (Dixie)Dean - physics. Saw him abt 18 mths ago at sportsman dinner at golf club. Still mad on cricket and heavily involved with Norley Hall CC
(Wormo) Worthington - physics
Paddy Gore - biology
Mick Gray - chemistry
Bill Woodcock - pe
Sue Thomas - p e girls. She was rumoured to have had a fling with another PE teacher can’t remember who but thing he played rl for Salford
Ma Jolley -french. best french teacher
Colin Taylor - french. typical Yorkshireman.
Reg Faugier - french typical Frenchman arrogant
Maggie Woosey - English
Janet Hignett - maths
Christine Makin - English
Wintersgill - English
Holland - English think he went to South Africa
Ma Edwards - English horrible little b@@@@
Withington - female hippy art teacher
Vera Pilling - girls dep head big fat woman didn’t want know ex grammar lot.
Jack Sharratt - dep head hard man dished it out sooner than look at you
George Merriman - head. Not over top on corporal punishment not bad bloke.
Bas Boardman. - decent bloke
Eric Jones - biology
Robinson - p e. Used to stand there watching you go through showers. Everyone thought he was queer. Graham Dean told me he’d had three kids and went living in U S A
Jim Ainsworth - chemistry
Ken Knapman - chemistry , once through board duster at someone because they asked was there a p in Litmus.

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