I have only just discovered this site so thought I would post something. I was in Holmwood from 1965 to 1969 and spent most of my time in Perkins House (although did spend a time in the main house). I also remember a wonderful lady called Som Williams who was a cook (based in the main house and came from Thailand) - After I left Holmwood I remember spending holidays with Som and her husband Glynn (who was a policeman).
I went to Embleton Road junior school and I fondly remember the home, grounds and staff. We had Sister Doreen (Boyce) when I was there - I can also remember a Miss Davis, Sister Gillian (Hurst), Uncle Frank and Aunty June ((Pascoe).
I also remember there was a family who lived in a house (behind Perkins House) which housed the groundsman and his family (they were called Sidebottom).
I can remember quite a few of the children I was there with:
The Harding Family (Ray, Jenny, Janice)
The Willis Family (Robert and Paul)
The Walsh Family (Carol, Helen, Tony..??)
David and Martin (brothers - can not remember their surname)
I also remember at Christmas we used to receive a special gift from a man called Bernard Ley who owned the Long Ashton Country Club (and we sometimes went there in the summer to use the swimming pools).
I remember playing in the copse and the watergarden (catching newts and tadpoles), also visits to Westbury Wild Life Park which was next door and picnics on the Downs at Clifton. I remember spending pocket money in a store called the Malt House at the bottom of Channels Hill
I spent a long time working in the public sector and after accepting voluntary redundancy went to work for NCH (Action For Children) in 2002 (until 2008) and then went to work for Barnardo's and became a strategic lead for children's services in Cornwall. In March 2010 I became a project lead for adult mental health.
It is surprising what comes back to you after so many years..!!
It would be really nice to hear from anyone who lived in Holmwood...