First up thanks to all for putting there two bobs worth into the subject of being proud or not of, being brought up in the NCH .
Hi Henry, Ken Grimes just putting my bit in, its great to here Royl refer to you as young Henry as I am the same vintage as you, feels good,
Being sent down south [Harpenden] from Bradford was one of the major turning points in our [Grimes family] lives, and have never ever regreted it ,and will be forever greatfull to Mr Shutt and Sister ( Winny) Winifred for their combined efforts to keep the Grimes family in the one unit, so any one who wants to know about our upbringing, I tell them with all the pride in the world about the NCH and what they did for my family, siblings, sure there were things that I was not over the moon about, such as most of the time i was hungry, in the winter the radiators in OGB never got above teppid and no matter whose job it was to stack the boilers did not make a blind bit of difference, and there was as some one pointed out, Saturday morning, Sunday morning,Sunday afternoon and last but not least Sunday evening church, now that was a shock to the system we had naver seen the inside of a church in our lives, but lucky for me Bert B lived upstairs with Sister Margery and he convinced me to join the Boys Brigade, thus giving us a leave pass from Sunday church, good on ya Bert, however we had to attend the church in the village. Mr Homewood was the main man there and he was a good preacher.
My take on religion taught to us at Highfield is that it gave us the grounding for us as individuals to make up our own minds which way to go when we left the home, as for me there is something far more powerfull than us down here, thank you Sister Winny for looking after us Grimes's when we desperately needed it ,
And just to finish off, people over the years have said that they feel sorry on hearing our story, and thats when i pull them up and say, that when you were a kid on a summers evening how many players could you round up in ten minites to fill two sides of a football or cricket here endeth the converstion, but more than that the pride I felt when we had a few altercations with the Redbourn boys and to a lesser degree the village boys , if they knew we were from the home they would think twice about any action they intended to take, it was all about keeping an eye on the younger ones.
There is just a few points why I am proud to be a part of the NCH . and to all keeping intouch take care we are all part of it wether we like it or not Cheers Ken