First of all my Biggest Thanks goes to Phillip the Founder, With out this fantastic forum I would not be able to Track some Very dearest Friends.
My Name is Andrew Harrison (Formerly Known as Andrew Lane)
I Lived At Gyde House in Painswick in the Early 70's to Early 80's. I have Fond Memories Of this Wonderful Home. I also Remember the Musical that we performed in the Royal Albert Hall in London Which was carried out by the Children & Staff of Gyde House, If anyone can't remember It. It was Called "For Love Of Children".
I still have The LP record, (Which I have Converted To MP-3).
Every time I Listen to it I get quite Emotional as I can hear very prominent Voices like Laurence Norman, Unc, Blackwood Family (Eric, Joey, Wickham, Yanic & Simon), Heather, Stephen Lane, Louise Lane, Carol, Linda Sobey etc. The Musical was about Dr. Thomas Bowman Stevenson who Helped in Starting of the NCH.
I loved Playing on my bicycle around the grounds and also playing on the Adventure Playgroung which had the Name "Hello Sailor" painted on the concrete tunnel, and the Zip Wire which was great for the Children.
I went to The Croft Primary School in the Village and to the Church on Sundays.
If I am not Mistaken The Home was in 3 Parts. I lived in "Weslyan", which is were all the children painted the Corridor wall with Various Pictures. I painted The Ship & Rabbit, My Brother Painted Steve B Truck, I also Remember The Dreaded Fire Alarm Drills which Laurence Norman Prepared Joanna Timpson and Staff, Because I used to get very Histerical when they were set off. They did move me from the Third Floor to the Second Floor so I did not Have far to Run Out of the Building.
There was also "Ingram" & "Somerville" Which was changed later to "Stepping Stones". Anyone else Remember This?
I can also remember Singing in Laurence Norman's Folk/Choir, Which we did get to Sing with the Wurzels. Laurence Norman was a very good Guitar Player. My favorite song was "I Have A Dream". I also Have a Single Record that was Recorded in Bristol by the Children & Staff of Gyde house and that was called "Long Ago & Christmas Magic" Which I also had the Privilege to be on.
Can any one Remember Mr Hunt. I can always remember every time i saw him he had a Ciggy Hanging out of the corner of his mouth.
The Last time I saw my Friends was a Reunion Bonfire many years ago.
The Last time I visited Painswick & Gyde House was about 2006 only to find out that Gyde House has now been converted in to Flats. I also managed to track down the Gardener, Ron Lamart who Lives very close to Gyde House and kept the ground's in a pristine condition. He Informed Me with some Tragic news About Eric Blackwood Passing away and This is what I found in the Obituary "Fredrick Garfield BLACKWOOD (ERIC) Formerly of Painswick and Stroud. Passed away on 30th July 2006. Sadly missed by family and friends". R.I.P. Eric He was My best Friend when I was living at Gyde House, and My Sincere Condolences to the Blackwood Family.
I left Gyde House in the 80's and Moved to another Children's Home In Dinas Powys called
Ardwyn. I lived there until I was 16.
I am Now Married to a Wonderful Woman called Sally Harrison and I have a Son called Thomas Harrison and he is 8 Years old.
My Ex-Brother Stephen Lane and my Current Sister Louise Lane also Formerly known as Louise Edwards also Lived at Gyde House for a Brief time.
I would also like to mention a Big Hello to Heidi and David Richards.
I Have posted Private Messages to you Both.
I would Love To Hear from anyone who Remembers Me.
Andrew Harrison (Formerly Known as Andrew Lane)