St John's C of E school Pemberton

Started by: kameras (453) 

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.

Started: 12th Sep 2011 at 23:20

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 

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

Replied: 13th Sep 2011 at 05:17

Posted by: badgerblue2 (40)

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.

Replied: 14th Sep 2011 at 12:31

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 

badger blue,colonel clark ,he did a lot for st johns , lived in the nunnery on orrell road ,lovely man

Replied: 14th Sep 2011 at 14:01

Posted by: jonty (69) 

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.

Replied: 15th Sep 2011 at 16:35

Posted by: spartacus (4) 

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.

Replied: 15th Sep 2011 at 17:05

Posted by: dodger (3414)

I went 1952 til 1957. I remember Phill Eatock, you lived across the road from the gates, your dad was a policeman.

Replied: 15th Sep 2011 at 19:59

Posted by: jud178 (244)

wasn't there a teacher named miss pythian.seem to remember phil eatock.i was there from 1952,lived in saddleback rd.

Replied: 16th Sep 2011 at 15:03

Posted by: erontquay (inactive)

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.

Replied: 24th Sep 2011 at 23:03

Posted by: kameras (453) 

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.

Replied: 25th Sep 2011 at 03:57

Posted by: kameras (453) 

Thanks for those comments. Im still hoping for more memories. Please.

Replied: 3rd Jul 2012 at 09:11

Posted by: fred mason (2832) 

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.


Replied: 7th Jul 2012 at 01:07
Last edited by fred mason: 7th Jul 2012 at 01:15:41

Posted by: kameras (453) 

Norman Rowley, A boy called Fairhurst,jennifer Jackson. Are some names that 1 recall

Replied: 17th Feb 2013 at 09:16

Posted by: rbilly (10582)

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...

Replied: 17th Feb 2013 at 18:48

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 

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 .

Replied: 17th Feb 2013 at 19:08

Posted by: rbilly (10582)

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

Replied: 17th Feb 2013 at 20:10

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 

haha lol ask scoop he knows ,you too young

Replied: 17th Feb 2013 at 21:19

Posted by: tommy c (592)

hi jonty i remember a young ernie clayton having a crush on you.

Replied: 18th Feb 2013 at 19:03

Posted by: fred mason (2832) 


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...

Replied: 18th Feb 2013 at 20:52

Posted by: neilrigby (27)

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!

Replied: 25th Feb 2013 at 21:30

Posted by: erontquay (inactive)

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

Replied: 25th Feb 2013 at 22:32

Posted by: fred mason (2832) 

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.??

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 18:55

Posted by: neilrigby (27)

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.

Replied: 27th Feb 2013 at 22:36

Posted by: fred mason (2832) 

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?


Replied: 28th Feb 2013 at 17:42

Posted by: rbilly (10582)

i dont remember having any photoes taken when i was there in the 60 s

Replied: 28th Feb 2013 at 20:56

Posted by: fred mason (2832) 

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....

Replied: 1st Mar 2013 at 18:10

Posted by: neilrigby (27)

fred, Michael Rigby is not a relation of mine.

Replied: 1st Mar 2013 at 18:52

Posted by: jonty (69) 

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.

Replied: 12th Mar 2013 at 20:59

Posted by: jonty (69) 

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.

Replied: 14th Mar 2013 at 22:11

Posted by: Platty (716)

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

Replied: 17th May 2017 at 20:04

Posted by: rbilly (10582)

I know the Burrows Family very well . Florence and I have been frends for over 55 years will pass on message

Replied: 26th Jul 2017 at 00:58

Posted by: Platty (716)

rbilly, I'd rather you didn't contact Flossie, could you e-mail me please and I'll explain why.

Replied: 27th Jul 2017 at 19:53

Posted by: joebloggs (6)

kameras think brian banks lived in church st.i went to st johns 55-61and remember lots of names mentioned.
rbilly where abouts in lamberhead rd did you 61 was my adress not far from the school

Replied: 4th Sep 2021 at 18:22


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