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Started by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
EX DOWNALL GREENERS 8


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Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Here we go sorry about the delay Enjoy the new thread

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Uncle Joe please read my comment on previous thread. I didn't realise bambam was starting a new thread.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
sorry about that the other thread was getting too long all previous threads are available to click at top

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
erwick, I did read your comment on the previous thread. Could the other sisters name be Joan?

bambam, thanks for starting the new thread.

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse




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Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Thanks bambam..

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
BamBam nice one mate, you must have the longest thread on Wigan World that's for sure

Uncle Joe, I promise the next light day we have over here I'll ride round the places you know with my Dash-cam switched on and upload some on Youtube

This is part of one I uploaded to show the quality of the Dash-cams that they were selling in Aldi for 19.99, can anyone name ---this place--- and where was I coming from

Just seen I've name it if you watch it go full screen

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi uncle Joe Billy did have two sisters they were Joyce and Joan.Joyce married Tony Fagan.idint know who Joan married.Dougie that was a good buy .

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
Tumtingle, Thats a Belting Dash_ Cam, are they still on sale?

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
No, not seen any had mine a few months now, it's so easy to use

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Uncle Joe, yes it was Joan. I think she married a photographer. I seem to remember meeting her some years ago at a wedding, where she was with her husband.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
I couldn't watch it, was making me dizzy...

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
dougie, I drove along that road every day for 6 years, and still had to look on google maps as to where it was!

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi Jouell are you sure it is the camera making you dizzy.i have met you before ha ha .I hope you are a lot better now.and have a better new year.

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
Returning to the Collier family. In the Album on here, under North Ashton Holy Trinity CofE School, there is a photos called Class 5 1961?. Joan Collier is on that photo.

Does anyone on here know what happened to the others in the photo? I've never seen or heard from any of them in over 50 years!

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
Barry Davies sat at the front,Colin Macpherson second on the right second row.remember a couple of faces but no names.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
isee Barry Davies passing my house regularly.ging to his sister Lyns.Bernard Rigby lives in Scotland after a spell in the army.Stephen Prescott was at Dannys funeral he said he had just retired worked in Vauxhall garage sales for years.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Bert. I suffer with motion sickness, that kind of stuff makes me dizzy and sick to my stomach.. Plus I am in bed with Pneumonia, that isn't doing me any good either....I'll call when I feel more up to it....

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi juell I am sorry to hear about your motion sickness.i thought it would improve when you had your second operation.and as for your pneumonia I have never known as many people over here with pneumonia you must be the ninth or tenth I have heard of in the last month.i don't know whats going on.it is frightening.speak to you soon .

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Bert, I've always had motion sickness, I can't watch home videos or anything unless I take a motion sickness tablet.. Same thing here Bert Re Pneumonia, so many people with it... I'll call when I feel more up to it...

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
To Kevin Duffy,hope you are ok mate this is your old pal Dave Lewis,i aint seen you in a while but would love for you to join us on here where all your old and new buddies are,as you know downall green was and still is a popular place with good memories, hope your business is still busy and you and carl are doing well,please join us on here pal I miss you so much.

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
I agree bambam.Kevin is one of dg characters,don't know his reason for joining us but it would be great to hear from him.

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
I may be already too late with this question, but does anyone know Keith Fox's funeral details?
One or two who knew him are asking me.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Hi Trixie, it would be good for the thread if kevin joins us his knowledge and info would be a great boost on here.

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
Can someone jog my memory as to who Kevin Duffy is? The name rings a bell, but nobody is answering!

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
lives near the car park bluebell. lived in hawthorn ave & tracy 1 of his sisters still lives there.

Posted by: PeterP (5864) Report abuse
Uncle Joe Kevin has the garden centre next to Blue Bell car park

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
If you remember mr Griffiths the school teacher on the end,his family lived next door..I think it's Mr Griffiths if not I'm sure somebody will remember.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Mr Hughes is the one I think you mean Trixie..

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
Yes thats who I mean..thanks jouell.

On the top end of Hawthorne Avenue.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Erwick Wigan Crem Fri 27th at 3 or 3:30.

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
whups/PeterP thanks for your answer. I found a couple of videos of him on Youtube.

On one of them, he mentioned that Rectory Nurseries are on what used to be a bowling green. I dont remember one there, only allotments. Did it belong to the Bluebell?

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi uncle joe it was owned by the blue bell when we were kids there was still a lot of old wooden bowles what we used to play with on the croft .Billy Seddon put afence up once and made a running track.we used to make huts or dens as they say now up in the roof of the building where I think they used to stand out of the rain.i was talking to Pat Daly about us when we young in the hut .

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Bert, Pat Daly from Leyland Green Rd.. does he still live local?

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi jouell yes he stll lives local.i worked with Pat at kwik save for years as well as being a good friend with him and there Edddie. eddie has not been very well lately.but hopefully he is getting there.

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
U-Joe, I was going north on the M6 out of Ashton these are two clips,
Going on at Liverpool Road
Coming Off at Liverpool Road

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
Thanks for posting those dougie. So many changes, I did not recognise much.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Erwick did you see my post...?

Posted by: PeterP (5864) Report abuse
Jouell have you spoke to David since Sunday?If not Ask him about a certain bingo win when you do talk to him

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
Was it the Jackpot Peter, 100-000

Posted by: PeterP (5864) Report abuse
Bentlegs don't get Jouells hopes up 100 for jackpot +10 for house

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
No I haven't Peter... good for him....

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Janet,
Yes I saw your post, thanks for that. Please send me your email I've lost yours

Eric

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
I just tried Eric, but your's is changed from what I had... Ask Ron in Admin, he can give it you.. I don't like to put it out on here....

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Thanks Dougie, I enjoyed videos of Liverpool road and ashton brings back good memories.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
I had a nice surprise went to Wigan Infirmary and as usual there were no parking at the main hospital .so I had to park at the lower car park down the road.as I was parking up I heard someone shouting my name when I looked round it was BamBam what a nice shock to see him looking good again .I parked went to my appointment and when I got back it was free parking because I had not been ther long enough to charge me.what a lovely surprise.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Hi Bert, it was good to see you I've got to say I was surprised to see that your looking so young, you do not seem to have aged any I would love to know your secret, hope family are all ok and all you Bryn lot, do you ever see earthworm these days.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
Hi BamBam not seen him for awhile ,His son David had a bad illness a little while back but he is better now.and I hope he stays that way .belting young man.sorry I did not get more time to speak to you ,I had not seen you since jouell came over.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Thanks for info Bert, I work at A&E now so next time you go for check up I may bump in to you mate.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
To Tina M Lynaugh, Hi sis I have not heard from you in a while hope you are all ok I miss you so much please keep in touch hope you are still viewing this thread, please reply Love Big Brother.

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
Have you tried Facebook bambam.she usually answers me but not seen her on for a while

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Hi Trixie, I don't go on face book these days I know she aint been to well lately, I have asked my mother next time she rings tell her to come onto Wigan world it will cheer her up.

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
.i will send her good wishes..

Just sent her best wishes. She is on Facebook now.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Dougie, I keep forgetting which Island your sister lives on.. But is she alright after the earthquake ?

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi jouelle and Trixie.its nice to see you on here .I was talking to bam bam at the hospital last week and he was saying where has all the greeners gone again.i hope you are back cruising again Trixie and things are getting better.and I hope you are better now jouell.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Hi Bert, I am getting there, almost there,, I did have another chest X-Ray a couple days ago and no sign of pneumonia on it..so it's all cleared up, that's good news..

I'll try give you a call in a few days Bert.. I have been out of commission for 6 weeks, I have a lot of catching up to do.. All the best to you and family.. and all D Greeners...

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
Hi jouell, Thanks for asking about my sister , she's on the south island in Christchurch where the fires are, luckily the fires are on the hills on the other side of the city we have been in touch with each other,

Don't bother about anyone else you just look after yourself like I do

People may call me about my short breaks with Shearings holidays, we have been on two since Christmas and going again in two weeks, it's costing more than the usual 99 this time (5 Days plus 4 free drinks a Day 139) So I've had to save hard for this one

PS got something booked March,March, April,June,July,

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Dougie, Good to hear you have been in touch with your sister and she isn't in any danger...

Why would anyone be calling you about your Holidays, I , well I was going to say I don't understand, but I do.. those people, or person must be very unhappy, to say things they do..or think they are better than you, or maybe they have more than you, so think they are better than you... but ignore them and get on with it I say, and have a great time... March, March, April, June, July..

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
Dougie,sorry if you have had problems with your holiday posts,I wondered why you had stopped putting Travelodge dates on,
They must lead very boring lives if they can find fault with you going away on coach holidays,nothing wrong with being active and seeing the country why sit at home vegetating life is for living so enjoy it.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
Dougie I don't know who is doing the moaning about you going on these holidays .my brother Gordon started going on those holidays when he became ill and could not fly .he loved them my sister as well.me and my wife tried and we never stopped laughing .the people on these trips were brilliant.just keep enjoying them life is for living.

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
The only month we missed going somewhere last year was October.
This year so far I've said we have booked Jan/Feb/March/March/April/May/June/July, the second one in March is only a long weekend Fri/Monday in a premier inn at Coventry for Mothering Sunday plus to see the wife's family ,we will be going down by train on this one (14 return each)

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
good for you.and enjoy every single day of them.

Keep us posted ?

I am off tomorrow for 2weeks.and I will enjoy it.😀

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
hi guys , ernie fithian the farmer from garswood has passed away yesterday.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Thanks for info bri,I remember name and just trying remember where farm was, RIP Ernie.
.

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
across from the garage dav.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Got it thanks bri.

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
No one other than DG'ers have commented about this photo so could you also upload any good photos you upload here as well for us Photo and comments --Here--

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi Dougie I left some remarks on the photo when it come on the album photographs.th e chap who is putting all the photos was a good friend when we younger who came from garswood.he was always a little bit daft/or thinking back a lot daft.ha ha .

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Hi Bert I am working with a lad who lived in Bryn Chris Hughes, his mother lived on landgate and his father was a Downall greener do you know him.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi bam bam is his grandmothers name Ellen and grand dad Ronnie.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
No Bert, his mothers {Carole} parents were Lillian and Cyril, his fathers {ste} were florrie and tommy.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi BamBam yes I know his mam and dad very well his mum lived near me on landgate when she was young.and ste lived next door to where you lived at downall green.along time ago.iwas with earthworm last week .his son in law had a accident and finished up in Manchester eye hospital.he is having a rough time lately with his family.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
I knew you would know him Bert, thanks for info on earthworm feel so sorry for that lad he has had no luck lately hope things get better for him.

Posted by: bambam (1620)  Report abuse
Hi Bert, nice see you tonight sorry I could not stay to talk to you as I was ending my shift and just wanted get home to chill, however next time you visit there and I am working I will look after you.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi bam bam delete your number .iwas there till 1030 pm.he has a infection which is causing the numbnes and severe temperature changes.iseem to spend all my time at hospitals lately.it was nice to see you there.i an now relaxing watching the demolition of the oddies.another one bites the dust.

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
the park lane wont be long behind it bert.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi whups is the park lane coming down we where told it was turning it into flats when it shut.but nothing has been done.

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
i heard the same about the oddies bert but look at wots happening to that.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi whups it is looking rough now the roof has gone .I bet they find that tanner I lost in 1967 the first time I went in .ha ha .so far they are just using hammer and chisels.it will take them along while because it is a big building.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
There is nothing left of what we grew up with, DG, Bryn, Ashton and Wigan.. all gone...

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
The only thing recognisable must be the Bluebell.i dont know how long that will be standing.and the Church of course.
Even St Peters has gone now.

Posted by: PeterP (5864) Report abuse
Have they pulled the Village Club down yet

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
I think the DG Methodist building is still there, but don't know if it is still a Chapel or not...

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
They have closed the bowling green at the village club, there will be a load of houses on it next week,

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
Some good memories of the very old Village club as a lad, going to the band practise with my big brother listening to you all playing can see it as if it was yesterday and the smell of disinfectant(Ipcal I think it was)

Saw you walking down to Ashton on Tuesday morning not looking bad for an oud-mon

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Glad I have pics of my Dad on the bowling green..
Wish I had pics of the Annual Village Club Trips...I got lost on one of those trips at Southport.. I ended up in the town watching a Carnival.. some other people watching told a policeman about this little girl on her own and he came and took me to the Police Station..

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
Hey, Tumtingle, Who are you calling an OWD mon, Tha not far behind me thanows

Posted by: broady (12183)   Report abuse
bentlegs, My Dad's Uncle lived in Downall Green for a long time. His name was Billy Job. Do you recall him??

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
broady, yes i did know bill, he had a lorry & earned his living with it.

Posted by: broady (12183)   Report abuse
That's him. He lived in Downall Green a long time. A very nice man.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
Bill Job lived across the road from us he lived next to the Deans he was a very nice man .he had a pen near the church yard it is funny nobody built on it.it was near slaters pen.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
I think it's being built on now Bert... Asking price for that land a couple years ago was 100.000 pounds...

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi jouell I thought you would have got the land and built a house as your English base.they have finaly started building our extension.i spoke to dave in the club he has been ill with shingles but he is alright now.then I saw him again and he said he had a card of you.

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
In 1950, Bill and Gladys Job lived at No.3, Rectory Road, which was behind the bus stop is now on Billinge Road, next to the White House, and I don't mean Trump's abode!!

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Bert, yes I did send him a card.. it is the only way I can keep in touch with him... I am so sorry to hear about him having Shingles.. I had that once, one of the most painful things I've had to deal with..but glad to hear he is feeling better now..

erwick do you mean the small row of cottages? There's nothing there anymore, Cromptons, Cottages, the White House, British Legion, the Old School, everything we grew up with has gone.....

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
To be totally clear, Janet...if you're coming from Simms Road and round Crompton's corner, there were cottages, then the White House, Bill lived in these cottages.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Those are the ones I meant Eric...

Posted by: PeterP (5864) Report abuse
Jouell opposite were you lived on Leyland Green Road there is still a vacant plot at the side of the terraced houses which I am surprised has never been built on. Houses are now being built on what was Slaters pen.

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
Peter, Would you build a house on pit dirt? Windy arbour tipped loads of shale on Slaters pen, if you can remember it used to be a very steep incline from the road,

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
Tumtingle help me out he please that's if you can

1, what age would this Bill Job be as I live at DG in the 40/50/60 but I don't know him

2 the land at the side of the graveyard was also tipped on for some reason in the 40s with pit dirt as was the top part of Slaters Pen also the school playing field , the rest of the pens was never touched,

3 Bert Davis lived in the end house before Tommy Aspinall and the big pen next to the field went with the house, there was also a duck pond at the bottom of this pen in them days

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
Tumtel, Bill Job would be well over 100 by now if he had lived, cant give you his exact age,

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
Thank's

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Dougie, Bill would have been 99, he was born in 1918. I had done some family research and came across Bill's marriage to Gladys Cooper at Holy Trinity in 1942.
Gladys' grandmother was a Singleton and there is the connection to my family tree.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Dougie,

#3 I am lost on your #3 , big pen with a duck pond next to a field went with who's house ? or was it all before my time cos I'm not as old as you

Posted by: britboy (6705) Report abuse
dougie

In my wandering around WW, I came across your excellent videos around Ashton, Golborne and Leigh.
I lived in Church Ln , Golborne for several years before emigrating to the USA , your vids have been very good reminders and how places have changed over the last 17yrs, thanks for posting them.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Eric... would you do me a favour please, if it is possible ...
My Great Great Grandmother was a Mary Barton, daughter of Thomas Barton and Mary Ashurst...

Mary my G G Grandmother was born 27th Sept 1827 in Rectory.Rd Downall Green.

Mary married my G G Grandfather Henry Lomax 16th Aug 1857.. That's all I know for sure.. I have been told they are buried at Holy Trinity.. I looked for graves when I was last over, but couldn't find anything.. I assume they married at Holy Trinity,but don't know for sure..

So do you have access to Records of Marriage, Death and where they may be buried at Holy Trinity.. Thanks....

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Janet, I don't think they were married at Holy Trinity,as I have marriages for this period and they are not there, albeit I have a marriage ref. Sept.Qtr 1857, Wigan 8c 71.
I'll follow that up.
As regards their burials, they are in Holy Trinity.
Henry Lomax was buried 29/03/1900 aged 76.
Mary Lomax was buried 27/11/1906 aged79.
They were both living on Wigan Road, Bryn at the times of their deaths.
At this moment I don't have access to the grave refs. but I will try to find them for you and then find the graves, if possible.

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
bill job lived in poplar ave until the 80s i think, then he moved.

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Janet, I've found their marriage. They married 16/8/1857 at St. Catharine's,Scholes, Wigan.
Henry Lomax 33 Labourer Bachelor of Ince, father James, deceased.
Mary Barton 29 Spinster of Scholes, father Thomas, a labourer
Witnesses James Brindle and Margaret Leonard
Married by Edward Wynne curate.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Thank you so much Eric... Is it possible for you to find out where on Rectory Rd Mary's parents, Thomas and Mary Barton lived.. If you can't it's no big deal, but if it's no trouble, I'd love to know... Thanks again...



I should say I was surprised they got married in Scholes, quite out of the area of all the Lomax's, although in the end they did end up in Bryn,, So many generations of Lomax's lived between Pemberton / Park Lane and Bryn...

Also,getting married age 33 and 29 was pretty old for those days, wasn't it ? !


Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
I know some Lomax's came from Billinge.

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Hi Trixie,
I'm related to the ones from Billinge.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
From what I have been led to understand.. Every single Lomax around the world, originated in a Hamlet, in what is now Heywood / Bury about 1100... There is Lomax Farm, Lomax woods, Upper and Lower Lomax Lanes, .At one time, most of the businesses around the area were all Lomax owned...

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Janet,
I've gone back to the 1841 census but don't see them in Rectory Road. They are in and around Park Lane and Landgate.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Back then there wasn't much else other than Rectory Rd and Spindle Hillock around Downall Green was there... I have it written somewhere that it was Downall Green.. You are looking for Bartons aren't you ?

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
Erwick,Are you related to Allan and Ethel from Downall green road?

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Hi Trixie,
Interestingly enough Ethel ne Bold is a very distant cousin. I haven't researched Alan's Lomax line, but if they are from Billinge then there's every chance I will be some distant cousin of his as well.
Do you know Alan's father or any other information on him?

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
No sorry I don't .both from Billinge..
Sadly Ethel passed away a few years ago now.
Allan has a brother Keith I do know,but nothing else.

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse

Dougie,

#3 I am lost on your #3 , big pen with a duck pond next to a field went with who's house ? or was it all before my time cos I'm not as old as you

You know the last house that Tommy Aspinall that had the coaches and chippy lived going down the brow, well the last pen across the road just before the the field started had a pond at the bottom and Mr Davis kept ducks so that what we called a duck pond

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
About Allan Lomax,his Dad was also called Allan if they are the same people from Landgate, ALLan the son ran the bar in the Bowling Club for a spell and his dad was a regular in the club for years I should have photos of them both

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Dougie..

I remember Aspinalls in the last house,I went in a few times when playing with Christine, the coaches and the chippy, even though the chippy changed hands a few times..as did Sudworths shop..but I only ever remember Jack Slater having the pen...

Thanks for the explaining it all.

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
No Dougie different Lomax,Allan worked in the mine up windy Harbour before it closed.

I don't remember a duck pond down there.dougie.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
the pen at the end. and the one up the clough belonged to father slater who was jacks father when I was young because we used to feed his hens and ducks for him when I used to go helping with my brother.so father did not need to walk from brcstedes.

Posted by: broady (12183)   Report abuse
Bill Job had two brothers Charlie and Tommy and I think they both worked for Jack Case. His sister Florrie was my Grandma. I think they lived in Stubshie at some stage.

Posted by: broady (12183)   Report abuse
I never knew how old Bill was but I never realized he was only three years older than my Dad but he was his Uncle. I think there was a family connection to Brogans that had a betting shop in Gerard Street.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Eric... a friend in Spindle Hillock wants to know, will there be a Easter Service on the Green this year? Thanks for your input, either to me or my friend...Evelyn....

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
On Good Friday at 11.00 there is a Joint service on the Green.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Thanks Eric..

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Wishing you all a Blessed Easter...

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi jouelle I hope you manage to get back to us .bentlegs says your having trouble with your passwords .so I hope to see you back soon.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Bert, it was all due to my having a Massive Senior Moment ... I can't believe I could have been so stupid.. Two days after, I look again and immediately I see what I did wrong. it was simple, but two days ago I couldn't see it.... My family are going to be looking for a 'HOME ' to put me in now... I'm so embarrassed ......

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi jouelle my kids don't call mine senior moments they just call me stupid and laugh . but they are coming more often.the doctor says she will give me a memory test if iremember to go.my room is already booked at garswood house so they keep telling me.

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
Bert and she calls me an old man the young of today

I can understand you saying that, the only place they need to book you in for is Garswood Hall Bowling Club under the telly

Posted by: PeterP (5864) Report abuse
Dougie please give the club its proper title. Garswood Hall Bowling and Community Club

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
Name will never change to me Peter , Peter remember the first Garswood Colliery bowling took place across for your old house on the green,

Frank Walford lent me a paper back all about the old Garwood Hall Insinuate, you will know it was also the only library in Ashton till 1906,

Hope your keeping OK, been up to pay my subs

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
How many Bowling Greens were there in DG? I only remember the Village Club one.

Posted by: PeterP (5864) Report abuse
Uncle Joe one at the village club and the other nearest ones are at Garswood LC and there was one at the side of Simms road pubDougie I am in fine fettle and still go in the club on Sunday EveningPeople still ask about you and your Ralph.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
What about the Bowling Green across from the Blue Bell, where Kevin Duffy now has his Garden Centre...

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
more sad news guys. johnny halliwell has passed on today.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
R I P Johnny..

Posted by: suesa (515) Report abuse
Such sad news ,,,,, R I P Johnny

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
RIP Johnny I did not know he was ill.not seen him for a long while.

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
Likewise, Bert. I found out that he had a bad stroke and was in a Manchester hospital when he passed away.
Another good friend has gone. I will miss him.
I last saw him in the Bell awhile ago, when residents of Downall Green and Church parishioners met to look at old photos of the area and people of the parish.
We should have more. It was a good night including a speech from Johnny.
RIP my friend.

Posted by: kenee (1943) Report abuse

Sorry to hear about Johnny, a real gentleman and a character.
He will be sadly missed.
R.I.P.

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
johnny halliwell's funeral is at holy trinity on wednsday @ 10-45.

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
R.I.P, Johonny

eawick, As a 77 year old that's lived in DG and the area all his life, I know there's people that's still around older than myself that could talk about old DG and things they remember for ever , so if you ever have another meet-up get the word out like you did with the school reunion

Posted by: erwick (122) Report abuse
I will Dougie.

By the way Whups, I was told Johnny's funeral was 11.15 on Wednesday!!

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
it,s not what i was told in the bell on sat erwick ? .

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
It is 11.15.

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
just been & it was a bit early & started at 11-10. anyway it,s over now. RIP johnny i,ll miss you.

Posted by: brynkiwi (658) Report abuse
Brian. Did johny Halliwellgo to aston central school.. Was he 73. 74. Johny Halliwell was in the same class as me,very good runner in cross country

Posted by: whups (2191)  Report abuse
yes he did brian. he was well into sports & a decent footballer. there are a few pics on here in school photos of ashton s.modern.also he was into the scouts .he was indeed 74.

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi whups Jonny was in the boys brigade when I was in.he was a very good footballer.good hard tackler.

Posted by: brynkiwi (658) Report abuse
Thanks for that Brian. R I P Johnny

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Just say Hello to everyone and Happy Wednesday.. Hope you are all well..

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi jouell hello but whats so happy about Wednesday.i suppose we can be happy as we are still alive.i spoke to dave last week he sends his best regards.he says he will write to you.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Bert, Wednesday is Hump day, as in the middle of the week, so over the hump and on toward the weekend

Next time you see Dave, please give him my love.. I'll try call you in a few..

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi jouelle my mother used to call it bally ann day when we were kids because nobody had nowt left on a Wednesday.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
I remember not having money, but don't recall my Mam having a name for it, apart from 'broke'..

Hope you and all D Greeners have a good weekend..

Posted by: RobinG (434) Report abuse
Good afternoon Downall Green. So sorry to read about Johny Halliwell passing away, remember him well when he was in the Boys Brigade, he was a very good drummer in the band. I do look in on the site occasionally, unfortunately, I have not been too well this last year, have been visiting hospital on a regular basis for tests and I had a heart monitor fitted at the end of March, just have to learn to keep taking things easy, not as young as I was. Best wishes to you all.

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
Glad to hear from you Robin.hope you are felling much better ,I think most of us on here are feeling our age,I know I am.😀.but the summer is coming so hopefully give us all a lift to get out and about in the sunshine..
Take care.x

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi Robin sorry to hear your health as not been very good .hope you get better .just keep going now that summer is here.you will get used to taking your time and living with your illness.good luck.nice to see you posting on here again.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
Best Wishes to you too Robin.. They are the lucky few who get to grow old without health issues.. I have had my share, I know others on here worse than I am.. We all live to the best of our capabilities..
So just follow Drs orders and take the time to smell the roses...

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
Happy Bank Holiday ,
What a change in the weather, yesterday 30 deg,today 15 deg.
Thunder storms this Morning lots lightening and rain.but good for the gardens.

Hope you all have a great weekend regardless.

Posted by: jouell (4327) Report abuse
30 here in the shade and very humid.. I hate the summers here, but it is what it is..

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
so hot and stuffy this morning not good for people with breathing problems.can not plan to do anything.threat of every weather available with chance of floods.but we will grin and bear it .we are never satisfied.

Posted by: trixie (4823)   Report abuse
That's the British spirit bert..

Posted by: uncle joe (592) Report abuse
Do any of you remember the names of the two women that used to have the window cleaning business that went round the estate in the '50's?

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
Joe,I'll start in off I don't know their first names but they were sister and sister-in-law of Tommy Wynne,

Anyone remember Tommy Winne, Roy Steel,and Stan Tattum a rum set of lads in their younger days that never changed as they got older, Tumtinge will remember Tommy and Roy from his days working on the yard mine face with them at Stone's

By the way today 24th July in 1898 the first man killed at work by electricity in the Wigan area, was killed down number 1 shaft at Stone's, Bet you didn't know that Tumtingle

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Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi Dougie was one of the women window cleaners Derick Wynnes mother.and his auntie.Tommie Wynnes daughter was Jennie if you mean the Tommie who was the road sweeper at downall green.

Posted by: dougie (3514)  Report abuse
No Bert your on the wrong Winne family but would have been related in some way

Posted by: bentlegs (4144) Report abuse
I remember the Lady window cleaners & their names were Wynne but Cant remember their first names, Re_ Roy Steel & Stan Tattum, When they were at Central school they were having Religious instruction, Teach said to Roy, give me one of the ten commandments so with his name being Steel he "Though shalt not steal" very good said Teacher, Tattum , you give me one, Stan said "Though shalt not Tattum" Bum Bum

Posted by: bert (572) Report abuse
hi bentlegs these jokes are getting worse.

 
 
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