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St Michael & All Angels, Swinley


Reception class, c1952.
Photo: Carol Coates (nee Brown)
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Reception class St Michael & All Angels CE Primary School, Swinley Rd c1952.

Standing: Teacher Miss Palmer who married that year and became Mrs Ratcliffe. Her wedding present from the school was a shiny new kettle. She kindly helped me through the horrors of being made to eat butter beans hidden in mashed potato by the school dinner ladies! Names I recollect are as follows, reading left to right: 1 ? 2 Denise?, 3 Jacqueline Cray, 4 Carol Brown (me), 5 ?, 6 Janet ?, 7 Carol ?, 8 ? Middle row standing: 1 ? 2 Brian Marsden, 3 Malcolm Fairhurst?, 4 David Chamberlain, 5 Peter ?, 6 ?, 7 ? Galloway, 8 Nicholas Granger, 9 ? Middle row seated: 1 ?, 2 Betty McCann, 3 Sheila ? 4 Mary Boardman, 5 Helen Cunliffe, 6 Susan Mawson (her mother taught the next class up), 7 ? 8 Gillian Cray (twin of Jackie). Front row: 1 Susan Richardson, 2 David Marr, 3 Mildred Holland, ?, ?

Comment by: Bob G on 9th December 2010 at 11:14

This was the year before mine, I think Andrew Simm was #9 middle row standing - keen rugby player in later life. Also here (though I can't spot him) should be Christopher Martindale, son of Grace who ran the chippy behind the Brocket Arms. I do remember Malcolm Fairhurst, bright lad, went to Oxford. To get to Mrs Mawson's class we had to go through the top class (Jean Noble's) room. One day I saw Malcolm's plasticine model of Santa's sleigh on the display table at the front, and in a fit of jealosy drastically altered its shape with my fist - for which I was soundly and deservedly walloped!

Comment by: Peter Eccles on 27th March 2012 at 00:56

While searching through old pictures of school life I came across this pic "Reception class 52 and can help you put a surname to Peter but afraid I am the 4th lad standing and not marked as David Chamberlain I cannot help with any other names but moved from Wigan to Nottingham in approx 54/55

Comment by: Carol Coates (nee Brown) on 10th November 2012 at 15:39

I remembered a few more names: L-R Back row standing: 2 Denise Gregson, 6 Janet Appleton, 7 Carol Harding/Hardman. Middle row standing: 5 Peter Hurst, 8 Nicholas Grange.

Comment by: Carol Coates nee Brown on 10th November 2012 at 16:07

Two more names I found on the other photo of this class are: Middle row seated L-R 1 Carol Hitchen and 3 Sheila Roscoe.

Comment by: Carol Coates nee Brown on 10th April 2016 at 15:29

See following names missing from my pic. Back row last two on right: Janet Appleton beside her on far end is Carol Hardman. Middle row seated: 1st left Carol Hitchen, 3rd left Sheila Roscoe.

Comment by: Hilary Wheale on 6th June 2017 at 15:57

Think the first child on the left seated is me Hilary Hinchliffe I lived in Coppull and travelled by bus. Philip my elder brother (born 1944) was 2 years older and attended the school, also my younger brother Andrew (born 1948). We all left in 1956 when we moved house.

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