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Apr 17 11 5:05 PM

Roy I have a few copies of Our News,I think they were printed every quarter,they have news from all the houses written by the Sisters,(from all the Homes)and photos,they were sent to us when we left the Home.The very first magazine from Harpenden was called The Oval children wrote little articals for it,it was dated 1946.take care Audrey.

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Apr 18 11 7:37 PM

Hi All,  It was great to have a visit from Lynn (Cornell) & her husband Fred last week.  We were able to compare lots of memories & as Malcolm says the age difference (I'm 4 years older than Lynn) just didn't count.  We both agreed as to how lucky we were to have been brought up in the NCH at Harrogate.

I also had a lovely long chat with Turilani (thanks Shel) & even though Turi had just finished working all night (nursing), she instantly recognised my name & we could have carried on talking all day & great news Turi & her husband are coming to the reunion along with Lynn & Fred.

Cheers Di


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Apr 26 11 7:48 AM

During the 1950s there used to be huge great barrage balloons hovering above the Stray from time to time.  I don't know if perhaps it was demonstrations by the army or practicing against another invasion ?  We used to watch it all the way from the girl's dormitory in number seven, and the pinnacle of excitement was when we saw little figures with parachutes leaping into space   ......   I never really appreciated the view from that window at the time, but I remember once when Mr Roycroft was escorting a group of vistors around the house, he told them that you could see York Minster on a clear day.
Jennifer 

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Apr 26 11 1:29 PM

Hi Jennifer, you would be too little to remember the Coronation in 1953, the girls from all the schools in Harrogate did country dancing on the Stray.  First we practised in our own school, then when all the schools got together to practise it was pandamonium, but it all worked out on the day. There was balloons & bunting everywhere & great excitment.
love Di

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Apr 26 11 3:10 PM

I DO recall Di, that the queen came to Harrogate once, and we all went to stand on the edge of the stray to wave our little flags as the car went by.  It was probably later than 1953 by then, because I remember I was wearing my uniform for junior school.  Are there still coloured lights around all the trees on the stray, that used to look so pretty at night ?


Honestly !   Anybody would think I've got nothing else to do than keep popping back to have a look at this site !  The first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night I drop by to see what people have had to say.  Not to mention all the times in between   ......     I'm supposed to be converting a barn and helping to lime-render the exterior.  That's without attending to all the run-of-the-mill housework and gardening & veggi plot.  Whenever I've disappeared for five minutes, my husband always knows where to find me.
love Jennifer

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Apr 26 11 3:25 PM

Hi Jen,
I recall the balloon and your right, it was the army paratroopers practicing thier jumps and a recruiting drive at the same time. I got so fired up watching them I was raring to leave and join up until one feller let out a scream and his leg was dangling funny. I gave up on that, I could do that playing football!.. Yes the view from the branch was something wasn't it.

Di, I was ten at Coronation time and recall all of us crammed around a little 12" Tv in the sitting room. I can recall the country dancing you girls did too.
Stay well all
Malc

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Apr 26 11 7:21 PM

Hi Jennifer,  Yes the trees still have the coloured lights all the year round & certainly do look pretty. 
There was a gang of us girls walking home from school, all older than me & Teresa Wilson (Wellfield) had spent hours polishing silver paper over, I think it was a penny.  I was nominated to present it to the shopkeeper at the sweet shop next to The Salt Box, whilst they all chose sweets to the value of 2 shillings.  I spent ages trying to pluck up the courage to hand over this coin amid nudges & whispers, in the end I did & I'm sure the shopkeeper twigged.  I never dared go in again.  What a wimp.
love Di 

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Apr 28 11 8:37 PM

Hi Dot, sooo sorry, no insult intended, I was told the pics were from the 40's

Hi Malcolm, Iv'e posted a pic of Western for you, hope you like it. Also I think the girl [choir photo]in the middle row 1st on the left is Margaret Henderson.
I remember the fair it was the event of the year, I was only allowed to go when I became 14 though.

Hi Jen, I remember the Queen's visit and the barrage balloons on the Stray. I alos was dared to pinch a stick of hard liqourice from the shop on Otley Road, I never dared go in there again after I'd done that. Iv'e posted a pick of the tuck shop, I never pinched from there though!

Hi Pat, thanks I did have a good Easter, sounds like you did too!

I hope the pics of the Branch just before it's demise don't upset anyone, sorry if they do.
 Have a brilliant bank holiday [UK] We intend to go as far away from a TV set as possible{ Robin Hood's Bay}
Hope you all enjoy the pics, and if your'e into weddings.. that too!
Suex

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Apr 30 11 10:28 AM

Harrogatodians, Ashfield Baby Home at Harrogate Branch open in 1942, (as I was taken there according to my files) officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on Saturday June 26th 1943 with Lady Lloyd, the Mayor & Mayoress of Harrogate & Lady Mackintosh in attendance.

Shortly after this event, Fairfield acquired Wellfield House & in 1946 Barton House was built, taking its name from the former Barton-on-Humber Branch.  Situated opposite the Police Training College.
Cheers Di


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Apr 30 11 12:43 PM

Thanks for the confirmation about Ashfield Di.
That confirms something I referred to in an earlier blog - that I can recall the opening ceremony at Ashfield. If it was June 1943 it would be when Stephen and me were living in Number 8 with our brother Johnnie and Sister May Teare who was a native of The Isle Of Man. I once visited her there many years later when on a holiday on my own before 1962 when Janet and me were married.
Anyway I recall the opening ceremony with Rex Wray on his bugle and music such as Elgars' Pomp and Circumstance. I think I had a liking for nationalistic music ever since!!! We would only be 6 years old so I am quite chuffed that I can recall such early memories.
I also remember the opening of both Barton and Wellfield.
It is an interesting fact Di that you arrived at Harrogate in the same year as us. Our date of arrival was 30th May 1942 and I can still recall standing on the steps of the Governors or Superintendants house waiting for the door to be answered. There were wallflowers growing in the garden border near the front door and that has always stayed in my memory. I also remember being upset because we were separated from Cynthia and Lena. We joined them in 1945 shortly after the arrival of Pop Roycroft when he changed from all boys or all girls in each house to 6 girls and 6 boys.. Johnnie protested about the change and was allowed to stay in number 8. I wonder how he would have faired if he had come with us under the care of Dear Sister Edith.
Just see how you have stirred my memory Di.

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May 1 11 10:22 PM

Hi Jen,Ive just put some photos on Harrogate pics,Ive got some more somewhere,a group photo of all in no.7 and one of you leading one of the donkeys,must dig them out,and you giving Marie a piggy back on the field.Take care Jen xx Pat

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May 4 11 8:39 PM

Hi Jennifer,
Just remembered how Rosie Henderson used to teach us geography, she used to write reams on the blackboard copied from a book held in one hand & we used to have to copy it in our exercise books.  That was it. Although I still remember the 5 great lakes in Canada & all about the wells in Harrogate, so some of it must have sunk in.  I got on okay with her because I was in the netball team.  Rosie coached the Harrogate team too, which I was in & remember playing Sheffield & lost 16 nil, she accused me of ballet dancing around.
 
I'm also always backwards & forwards to the computer to see what's been going on, I'll be getting accused of neglect shortly!  Take Care,
love Di 


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May 5 11 8:22 AM

Hi Di I to have very vivid memories of Western & Wheatlands  First it was Lefty and his bat then there was Greenaway he threw a hammer at me once then there were the other ones some better than others i got on well with trelfor and Sutton as far as Henderson was cocerned she always reminds me of St Trinians ( I wonder why ) as for Gill he never had any time for me it was mutual on my part
I was always very good at sport and can remember being the junior sports champion one year while at Wheatfield . What year was it when we first went to Wheatfield was it before the coronation or the same year ?.
Love Terry

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May 5 11 8:30 AM

Di I remember Lizzie Lister to  and she did use to drink hot water with lemon every day i cannot remember her caning me and i think she was some sort of actress or something along those lines.
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May 5 11 1:30 PM

Hi Terry, I'm sure it was 1951 when we first went to Wheatlands, we were in the 1st year & it had just opened, so it was before the Coronation.  Do you remember we had trifle for pudding on that first day, we were overjoyed, but it didn't last & was a question of 'a new broom sweeps clean'.  There has been a message on here from Mr Telfer's son, which was nice as it seems all us 'home kids' had great respect for him.  Lizzie Lister also used to take poetry & we had one about a rough dog, a tough dog etc. On a night, if June didn't want to talk in bed, I used to tease her with 'I'll never be a lap dog licking dirty feet, I love to sit & bay the moon & keep fat souls from sleep'.  How mean was that, but we were best friends. 

Are you managing to plough through all the messages put on whilst you've been away?  What a task, I know if I miss a couple of days, it takes a while to catch up. 
Love Di

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May 9 11 5:36 PM

Hi Terry. Hope you are keeping well. I have recently moved to DARLEY in Nidderdale  Nr Harrogate,having returned from living in Bournemouth for the past 13 years. Last week I was talking to Peter Blackburn,his family owned Blackburn and Swallows, Electrical shops in Harrogate. I think he was in your year as he is slightly younger than me. He recalled George Gill, Headmaster at Wheatlands, chasing you across the stray. Apparantly he caught you, he was very fit played cricket for Pannal Ash, and returned you to school.Do you remember?.    Kind Regards Peter Peachman.  

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May 9 11 6:37 PM

Hi Peter,
I remember Darley quite well, beautiful Village, fantastic scenery. Mr Taylor used to take us that way to get to Pateley Bridge. Isn't there a village called Birstwith nearby?. Lots of sheep around there as I recall, he got us to wind the windows down and shout, "Mint sauce" at them as we passed.
Take care
Malc

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May 9 11 6:54 PM

Hi Peter I certainly do remember Gilly chasing me across the stray and he was puffed out , i got to the railway bridge and i knew i had nowhere to go it would be back to school next day regardless. I wrote on this site a short time ago that i was junior sports champion at Wheatlands so i was playing a little with Gilly I let him nearly catch up with me then i spurted. He was pretty good to me after that day, I still have a good chuckle about it all.What made you move back to Harrogate?
Best Regards Terry

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May 9 11 7:50 PM

Hi Peter, I thought it was Billy Blackburn in our class.  What do you think Terry?  Billy had M.S & his wife used to push him in a wheelchair, when they visited our office on occasions & I know his family owned Blackburn & Swallow, so maybe he had a brother called Peter or I could be wrong.
love Di

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