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St John's C of E school Pemberton
Started by: kameras (444)   Report abuse
Did anyone else go to this school? If so do you remember the teachers around the mid to late 50's Are any of them still with us? Id love to know.
From my memory:
Mrs Redfern ( a darling)
Miss Marsden
Mr Starkey the headmaster.

Posted by: ecmdj (8186)   Report abuse
hi kameras/mr starky is no longer with us ,doubt very much ,mrs redfern and miss marsden still living . im 71 so its very unlikely they are still around . did you know nora anderton ?she as passed away,did a lot of good work for st johns and the church .i dont think i have ever heard of this happening before , but norah on her death was put in st johns church ,sopeople could pay their respects , a fitting tribute to her

Posted by: badgerblue2 (40) Report abuse
I went to St Johns in the 70/80's and remember Miss Anderton well, also remember a chap they called Colonel, maybe her father?

Best school i went to that, loved it there.

Posted by: ecmdj (8186)   Report abuse
badger blue,colonel clark ,he did a lot for st johns , lived in the nunnery on orrell road ,lovely man

Posted by: jonty (69)  Report abuse
I went to St Johns from 1949 -1956 .I am now 67 so i presume all the teachers from that time are long gone. My name was Barbara Johnson. Anybody remember me,I lived in Woodford Street.

Posted by: spartacus (4)  Report abuse
I went to St Johns, About 1954 to "59 ? my name is Phil Eatock lived @ 99 Lamberhead Rd. I remember Miss Anderton (nora) Mr Starkey,etc.Left there and went to Lamberhead Green school for a few months then on to Abraham Guest. and the rest as they say is history.

Posted by: dodger (3414) Report abuse
I went 1952 til 1957. I remember Phill Eatock, you lived across the road from the gates, your dad was a policeman.

Posted by: jud178 (238) Report abuse
wasn't there a teacher named miss pythian.seem to remember phil eatock.i was there from 1952,lived in saddleback rd.

Posted by: erontquay (inactive) Report abuse
Mrs Aldridge,Mrs Miller,Miss Starkie, Does anyone remember the bell in the corner that you had to hit with an iron bar. I went from 1956 to 61. Some names I remember were Dorothy Winnard,Susan Creed, Phillip Heys,Janet Birchall,Ann Hall,Sandra Fisher,Harry Walls. Flippin eke they,re all coming back now.Oh and Geoffrey Ashurst and William Hammond. David Barker.

Posted by: kameras (444)   Report abuse
My friend was named first name not sure, but his surname was Banks he lived in the street just near the entrance to the church . Oooo this first name is haunting me now cant remember, There was a boy names Addington he hogged the cricket bat when we played cricket.

Posted by: kameras (444)   Report abuse
Thanks for those comments. Im still hoping for more memories. Please.

Posted by: fred mason (2659)   Report abuse
There are some photos under schools, (St John's, Pemberton),with a lot of comments from 'us lot'.

Still in touch with Phil, and some of the girls on St John's 1953-54 who are now in sunny Hindley and sunny Spain, as well as one of the lads now in US of A. We are now around 66 and loving it...but the more the merrier. Good luck, kameras.


Posted by: kameras (444)   Report abuse
Norman Rowley, A boy called Fairhurst,jennifer Jackson. Are some names that 1 recall

Posted by: rbilly (10581) Report abuse
i went to st Jons school in 61 untill i left to go to Pemberton GIRLS School some of the names i remember are Florence Burrows .Elizabeth Tickle. Susan Holmes . Thomas Bridge . John Penk . Neil Tickle ..Alan Shalicker .Joe Bragg.Ann Surtherland .Jillian think it was Winstanley .Christine Whittle . A girl called Hidey Elizabeth Snowchsner or some thing like that some forign sounding name..Joyce Preshaw. Dorren Parkinson Elaine ?Gough not sure of first name Colin Burgess i remember him having a bad accident at school one of the walls that were between the small and big playground fell on to him crushing him quiet badley. Carol Fisher those are to name but a few i will be racking my brains now thinking about who was in my class.. i remember some of the teachers Miss Phithian ,, did not like her she used to frighten mw with one of her looks she was from what i can remember her quiet stern .. miss Anderton Miss Starky she was headmistrees of the infants ..and her Brother Mr Starky was the Headmaster of the Juniors MISS Anderton seemed to be a Giant of a Lady but i liked her dont remeber the names of any others.. I DO REMEBERE WE HAD TO GO TO THE Church once a week for assembley i can just see us all now in our long lines trapsing through the school yard to go next door to the church . we did not have to go far can stil remember sitting in our lines in the pews having been warned we had to be good...

Posted by: ecmdj (8186)   Report abuse
was transistion there then rbilly ? in other words for dunces was on the stage in hall ,probally not there when you went ,miss anderton was nice ,she used to call for her petrol when i worked at the petrol station ,would allways ask politly would i put her petrol in when it was raining allways got a 1 off her ,miss marsden she had her classroom leading off the hall .

Posted by: rbilly (10581) Report abuse
never heard of transitions ecmdjmany a time walking up lamberhead road dilly dalliying taking our time and hearing the School bell go of and have to run our little socks of so we would be not to late

Posted by: ecmdj (8186)   Report abuse
haha lol ask scoop he knows ,you too young

Posted by: tommy c (588) Report abuse
hi jonty i remember a young ernie clayton having a crush on you.

Posted by: fred mason (2659)   Report abuse

Mrs Redfern was indeed a darling, as you say. I remember being so comfortable in her class, she had a farm which was delightful to me. I think it was in her classroom that posters from Shell were around the walls showing different seasons in Britain, birds , animals and plant life. Many years later when I emigrated to Canada and was homesick I wrote to Shell books and they informed of a book which contained those scenes from the posters. I bought it and I still have, and look at that book today.

What happy times, what...

Posted by: neilrigby (27) Report abuse
I was at St John's from 1953-1959 then moved to Abraham Guest. I was in the same class as Phil Eatock (mentioned previously in this thread) both at St John's and Abraham Guest.

Some memories:-
-separate Girls-Infants and Boys playgrounds, Girls chasing boys in the girls playground until boys sent back to their own yard.
-Playing "Skilly" with the girls.
-Marble season on the dirt area in the boys playground.
-Daily morning assemblies.
-Regular trips to St John's church.
-School and Church choirs.
-Prefects at the age of 10/11 years.
-Learning times-tables by rote, whole class chanting. Hearing other classes doing the same.

Happy Days!

Posted by: erontquay (inactive) Report abuse
The shows put on by travelling theatres

Dancing in the hall with Miss Anderton and the wind up gramaphone

School Dinners in the hall yum yum

My first day at school,in Miss Starkies class,she wore a gray suit and smelled of lavander. We soon learned to be good in her class,she was very strict.

Only seems a day like yesterday

Posted by: fred mason (2659)   Report abuse
Yes, eq, school dinners, yum..

I remember you Neil Rigby...I believe you are sat next to Chris Dennis on the school photo on the St John's thread.??

Posted by: neilrigby (27) Report abuse
hi Fred, I did not think I was in any photo on WW, but my elder brother Graham Rigby is.
Some people in my class were Philip Eatock, Roy Cottom, Kenneth Ashton, Billy Pennington, Christine Kirk, Steven Brimilow, Derek Ishmael.

Posted by: fred mason (2659)   Report abuse
Hi Neil,

Yes, I am getting my Rigby's mixed. How the mind fades. I think now that it was Michael Rigby. if so, any relation?


Posted by: rbilly (10581) Report abuse
i dont remember having any photoes taken when i was there in the 60 s

Posted by: fred mason (2659)   Report abuse
That's a pity, rbilly. I am so pleased that we did have photos taken in the fifties because we have something to look back on.

I took many photos of my kids and grandchildren when they were small and they always complained when I pointed the camera at them, but now we look back and say 'Ahhhhh'.

Wee monkeys....

Posted by: neilrigby (27) Report abuse
fred, Michael Rigby is not a relation of mine.

Posted by: jonty (69)  Report abuse
Hi Tommy c Barbara johnson here.I think you are wrong about Ernie Clayton having a crush on me. He was lovely though. Did you know he had died.Very Tragic.Who are you TommyErnie was part of a gang that we all knocked around together.

Posted by: jonty (69)  Report abuse
I remember when we all had toqueue up for cod liver oil and orange juice. We all used the same spoon and never caught any harm from it.

Posted by: Platty (126) Report abuse
Does anyone remember Phillip Burrows? Was there 1963 - 1969, lived on Helvellyn Road, Norley. His sisters were Florence and June. Please could you contact me if you do, at bradder.ab@gmail.com.

Posted by: rbilly (10581) Report abuse
I know the Burrows Family very well . Florence and I have been frends for over 55 years will pass on message

Posted by: Platty (126) Report abuse
rbilly, I'd rather you didn't contact Flossie, could you e-mail me please and I'll explain why. bradder.ab@gmail.com


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