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Started by: andee (78) 

did any of you go to gidlow sec' mod' school, and were any of you brave enough to climb the ropes in the gym - then turn upside-down and put your footprints on the 'pretty high in the sky ceiling' - i used to watch in amazement at some lads, up in a flash, turn upside-down hold on with just one hand and put two prints on the ceiling, strewth i could just about manage half way and then, blaming my 'grip' would come down somewhat embarrassed,then watch others up again, can't remember what teachers j. sharrock or t. higham thought of it at the time, blimey look at the time, must go i'm on 'milk duty'

Started: 26th Jan 2008 at 21:00

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

I went to Gidlow 1970 to 1972 then I had to leave as the education authority changed it to a middle school. I then moved to Whitley and left in 1975. PS I remember the gym at Gidlow,it doubled up as the dinner hall, badminton court assembly hall etc!! The headmaster at the time was Horace (corky) Price.

Replied: 26th Jan 2008 at 21:30

Posted by: lisalee (12155) 

I went to gidlow in the mid eighties before going to the deanery. The gym doubled up as pretty much everything.

Replied: 26th Jan 2008 at 22:09

Posted by: maddy (1698) 

i went to gidlow 1967 to 1970 when it was all girls and wed morn when we had joint assembly was the only time you got to see the lads. The head was mrs Lowe and deputy Miss Dickson how i hated the latter one and she hated me!!!!!

Replied: 27th Jan 2008 at 18:01

Posted by: mamacass (1089) 

My dad went not sure what year but he's in his 60's now

Replied: 27th Jan 2008 at 18:24

Posted by: andee (78) 

hi 1934granada, hell's bells, (giving a bit much away here) but i left in 19 er um er 55 (strewth that was painful) and h price was the head' - i think even then, he was about 110yrs old, we had "music" lessons in the room below h. price's room, teacher by the name of curry, big chap, always had a thick piece of 'dowelling' in his hand ready to 'tickle' your knuckles if caught 'neddying about',- you could tell when price was about as we would start singing in tune (well almost)

Replied: 27th Jan 2008 at 18:53

Posted by: andee (78) 

hi mamacass - you never know your dad and me may have sat together - i liked to sit at back, these desks were up to wall and when curry wasn't (or we thought wasn't) watching we could push everybody in front of us almost up to the board, my knuckles are still sore

Replied: 27th Jan 2008 at 18:59

Posted by: busy bee (631)

hi Andee do you remember anyones name from school.i know its a long time ago but my cousins went to gidlow school i went there myself and i left in 1969

Replied: 27th Jan 2008 at 19:16

Posted by: karen39 (81) 

hi
i went to gig middle in 1973, then onto whitley. i remember miss dickson very well.

Replied: 28th Jan 2008 at 09:21
Last edited by karen39: 28th Jan 2008 at 09:22:25

Posted by: mamacass (1089) 

Hi andee my dad was called eddie lloyd he had brothers called geoff and peter sorry not sure what years he went and he is on holiday at the moment so cant ask him lol

Replied: 28th Jan 2008 at 09:37

Posted by: yattyray (2)

Too early for you to remember, but my brother, Gordon Yates, taught there all around 1962.

Replied: 28th Jan 2008 at 09:57

Posted by: andee (78) 

lo - busy bee - some name sspring to mind, dave leather, freddy leyland (his dad used to have the haredware shop on gidlow lane that is now a dentist's - hardware shop was always known as 'little man's shop', for obvious reasons) a dennis hindley, lived on a farm at red rock, his dad would let us tear around in his land rover, just avoided canal a few times,a d,foster, norman owen, rob' green,and frank brindle, i remember a lad, a pretty big lad, kevin foy a quiet lad not to be messed with, and alan brightcliffe, always seemed destined to be involved with motor cars, and of course the well known john oaks, one of wrlfc biggest fans,of micron fame.

Replied: 1st Feb 2008 at 19:36

Posted by: busy bee (631)

i remember the hardware shop on gidlow lane.i lived in fir grove beech hill. my cousins last name was hulse dont know if you know them.

Replied: 1st Feb 2008 at 20:25

Posted by: maddy (1698) 

hi there Busy bee are you related to the hulses of beech hill i went to school with a john hulse i think he has a sister although i didnt know her i think she was older than me,

Replied: 2nd Feb 2008 at 19:16

Posted by: busy bee (631)

yeah thats right maddy they are my cousins.his sister Liz is older John is the youngest of the family.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2008 at 18:34

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

I remember John Hulse. Didn't him and his mate save a lad from drowning out the canal 30 odd years ago? I think they got a bravery award for it. John was at Gidlow when I attended he will be about 3 years older than me.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2008 at 19:03

Posted by: busy bee (631)

yeah thats right 1934granada he id save someone from drowning and i think he walked away after the lad had been seen to.he works at wigan baths now and been there for quite a few years.



Replied: 3rd Feb 2008 at 19:28

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

Busybee. The other lad that helped to save him was Billy Lynch from Beech Hill.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2008 at 20:13

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

'53, when I left

Replied: 3rd Feb 2008 at 21:28
Last edited by ©art©: 3rd Feb 2008 at 21:29:31

Posted by: mollie m (6400) 

1965 when I left Gidlow. I remember Mrs Lowe and Miss Dickson, who was my form teacher. Most people disliked her very much, but she was a bloody good teacher. It was very strict when I went there.

Replied: 4th Feb 2008 at 17:36

Posted by: busy bee (631)

i remember miss Dixon and mrs Lowe and i disliked miss Dixon but i have to say its surprising how you remember things she taught you.so she must have done some good.
does anyone remember when people said the lab was haunted how we were all scared to go up there on our own.

Replied: 4th Feb 2008 at 20:33

Posted by: maddy (1698) 

i remember that busy bee they used to say if you stood at the bottom of the stone steps and looked at the top you could see the ghost of one of the teachers daughters i cant for the life of me think of her name, i remember she was a maths teacheri think she had red hair,it`s weird but i still have dreams of that school and in it im lways trying to find the correct class, my fav teacher was mrs green.Do you remember the old sun dial, wonder who`s garden thats in now.

Replied: 4th Feb 2008 at 22:53

Posted by: mollie m (6400) 

I liked Mrs Green, and Mrs Gaskell as well. Gosh! That old sun-dial. I'd forgotten about that till it was mentioned. I used to love that lab upstairs - it was me favourite room.

Replied: 5th Feb 2008 at 17:34

Posted by: busy bee (631)

hi maddy the teacher was mrs.gill think her daughters name was heather i believe she died of leukemia. she was always spitting at you when she spoke to you. i liked mrs green and mrs gaskell too.i liked Wednesday morning assembly when we could look at the lads we fancied.talking about the sun dial do you remember we would sit on it in the summer the lads sat on one side and the girls on the other because we weren't suppose to mix with each other. what would the young ones say if they did that today?

Replied: 6th Feb 2008 at 19:26

Posted by: 1934granada (inactive)

I remember that sundial. Rumour has it that the girls had an option of a sundial or a swimming pool and they opted for the sundial. Is there any truth in that rumour?

Replied: 6th Feb 2008 at 20:21

Posted by: thiek c (1093) 

hi busy bee
are you the same ms that works at ts in wigan if you are you know me and my sister
i went to giglow school 1953 -1957 if you look on ww at schools you will see a photo which i a on along billt dickinson etc

Replied: 7th Feb 2008 at 15:39

Posted by: busy bee (631)

hi thiek c yeah its me your old pal.how you and Edie doing?hope your both well.just looked at your profile didn't know you'd learned to read.maybe you could get your job back and be like the organ player and read the paper all day

Replied: 7th Feb 2008 at 20:08

Posted by: thiek c (1093) 

hi busy bee no thank you im ok reading my book with pictures in at home,all ok see you some time in the moon or anvil

Replied: 8th Feb 2008 at 00:19

Posted by: margaret hegan (80)

One of my mates used to go to the Gig late 40's early 50's - Roy Berry, he lived in Acacia Crescent, Beech Hill. I lived in Laburnum Grove also in Beech Hill and at that time my name was Dawson.

Replied: 8th Feb 2008 at 10:55

Posted by: busy bee (631)

theik c don't blame you not coming back wish i had finished.Brenda retires next week and June does part time.the place is going to the dogs all on short time

Replied: 9th Feb 2008 at 18:45

Posted by: mollie m (6400) 

1934 said: I remember that sundial. Rumour has it that the girls had an option of a sundial or a swimming pool and they opted for the sundial. Is there any truth in that rumour?

Absolutely true!

Replied: 11th Feb 2008 at 12:33

Posted by: plumbob (187)

I went to Gidlow Sec Mod was there from 1955-59 teachers there then were Jack Sharrock Tubby Thomas ? Topping(woodwork) Ted Ward Billy Baron (metalwork),Ted Holland Ted Higham.Lads in class Dennis Winstanley,Dave Lyon,Dave Smith, Roy Whalley,Colin Higson,Keith Hulse Arthur Baker.lester Brown, Colin Bragg,Neville Horribin,John Finney ,Bob Fisher,Eric Green

Replied: 11th Feb 2008 at 15:47
Last edited by plumbob: 11th Feb 2008 at 19:09:52

Posted by: busy bee (631)

i know Colin Higson not seen him for years he use to live near me in beech hill and Keith Hulse is my cousin

Replied: 11th Feb 2008 at 19:22

Posted by: old8350.fsnet.co.uk (1)

I went to Gidlow 1957-60.At the time I lived in Standish. Reading some of the above comments brings back memories. Anyone remember the 4A gang of 59/60 both sexes? who remembers Eric Redrobe went onto to play football at Southport early 60's?. I visit Wigan often as part of my job.Ted Higham-didn't he go out to Rhodesia?
"Baz"

Replied: 11th Feb 2008 at 22:21

Posted by: plumbob (187)

busy bee, sadly Colin Higson passed away a few years ago, where is Keith Hulse living now,is Ronnie Hulse (aged about 70)related to you as well see him sometimes in the Beech Tree pub

Replied: 12th Feb 2008 at 14:43

Posted by: busy bee (631)

yeah plumbob i remembered to day about Colin i was getting mixed up with his brother Brian.i haven't seen Keith for years last i heard he was working on the ambulances not sure if he lives in hindley.no Ronnie is not related to me.

Replied: 12th Feb 2008 at 21:39

Posted by: plumbob (187)

Brian lives in Standish it's a couple of years since i last saw him,he has something to do with Standish Labour Club

Replied: 12th Feb 2008 at 21:44

Posted by: evian12345 (48)

Colin is my uncle he died suddenly about 20 yrs ago, he came of some scaffolding , and Brian is my dad he's still a plumber and helps out at standish labour. Club

Replied: 23rd Dec 2013 at 23:55

Posted by: evian12345 (48)

Colin is my uncle he died suddenly about 20 yrs ago, he came of some scaffolding , and Brian is my dad he's still a plumber and helps out at standish labour. Club

Replied: 23rd Dec 2013 at 23:55

Posted by: evian12345 (48)

Colin is my uncle he died suddenly about 20 yrs ago, he came of some scaffolding , and Brian is my dad he's still a plumber and helps out at standish labour. Club

Replied: 23rd Dec 2013 at 23:55

Posted by: lesleyw (31)

I went to Gidlow about 1976. My dad was there around mid 40's he remembers that there should have been a pool. There was a classroom in the middle when I was there. Apart from meeting boys it was the worst time of my life

Replied: 27th Dec 2013 at 11:17

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Baz, not seen Eric Redrobe (big red)for a while, but he's still knocking about

Replied: 28th Dec 2013 at 00:56

Posted by: rf22vul (171) 

eric the red as he was known at southport fc, on a sunday after noon a group of lads played football in the the park eric was one along with joe egan jn.cannot remember more names.

Replied: 2nd Jan 2014 at 13:56

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Eric played for Hereford after Southport, I believe, Ronnie

Replied: 3rd Jan 2014 at 01:05

Posted by: momac (11783) 

How sad but at the same time nice that Andees thread has been resurrected...2010,he had a heart attack while driving on Walkden Avenue and died instantly..he was my Brother-in-Law..God rest his soul.

Replied: 3rd Jan 2014 at 15:01

Posted by: mollie m (6400) 

I am so very sorry to hear that, lass.

Replied: 6th Jan 2014 at 02:23

Posted by: momac (11783) 

Thank you Mollie.

Replied: 6th Jan 2014 at 08:54

Posted by: christine marsden (712) 

so sorry to hear the sad news.i went to gidlow at same time as Eric and. Howell .his brother. twins weren't they?although they weren't identical!didn't they have a sister Joyce?

Replied: 6th Jan 2014 at 18:55

Posted by: christine marsden (712) 

still have the autograph book. with all names. in from gidlow.
teachers as well. 1959

Replied: 8th Jan 2014 at 11:11

Posted by: miss ellie (49)

Christine, l was at Gidlow in 1959, left in 1960, was in Miss Dixon's class, Helen Mckenzie. We must know each other.

Replied: 18th Jan 2014 at 15:45

Posted by: christine marsden (712) 

Don't recall the name Helen.iwas born 1944 was in class with Julie worth.christine melling .jean Taylor.To name a few. X

Replied: 18th Jan 2014 at 17:42

Posted by: verdus (3)

Dear Mollie M
I can't find the original post when you replied but I have written to an administrator asking about email addresses.
Anyway I'll try to write it here jean dot blewitt at sky dot com. I have been reading lots of names and teachers names that I totally remember from my time in Miss Dicksons class when you were there too.
Regards
Jean

Replied: 8th Apr 2018 at 16:42

Posted by: mollie m (6400) 

Hi Jean

I replied to you in the post called Gidlow Secondary Modern 1960 - 1966 further down this section by Latics77.

Please remove your email address from here by using the edit button at the bottom of your post.

I will be happy to hear from you.

Replied: 9th Apr 2018 at 04:56
Last edited by mollie m: 9th Apr 2018 at 04:58:54

 

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