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hi caroline I know your family especially maria who has sadly passed away. you may remember me brian smith also francis blake , Patrick mcnulty and once again sadly john kerns who recently passed away, his sister mary, Maggie and nora are still good in health I believe I pass greenfield convent at least once a week flashing back memories of which were all good I am in contact with some of the above and occasionally have a get together please make contact if you have any interest the girls I remember apart from maria , ann stock ,alice Sutton,mary McDonald.atherton twins and frances burkitt. frances mcardle and recently bumped into ann Atherton who went to school with us (st marys) birchley

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Hi everyone I was in greenfield house approved from 1968-70, the school was opened in 1963 don't know when it closed but I had a good 2 years there and the disco open in 1969 we painted the walls in the disco and I got home every weekend any one who was there between 1968-70 let me know,we named it sloopys and it was up stairs facing the church the teacher Mr mcgrin let us smoke in there and all the teachers in the school was great with us .

Every time I came back of weekend leave Mr Ashcroft always seem to be on duty some times he use to search me and found my fags so I had to hide them when I came back off leave next time jimmy greenwood

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I've been reading the posts on Wigan World site about Greenfield Orphanage that used to be at Billinge and I was moved to tears reading about how the children were treated by the nuns in there. I thought it was bad enough when I was at a Catholic School, but we at least could go home at night.

 

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My mother was at greenfield house from about 1928 to about 1941,she says she was treated really well,never experienced any abuse,she recall's really happy experiences She went to the village school were she received a very good education,in fact when she left at 15 and was placed as some sort of maid at the archbishop of Liverpools house'Downy"she returned to the home,and was given an unofficial teaching position,untill she found more suitable work.She's now in her 90's living at home independently.She often talks about the place in great detail"routines of the place,the layout,characters all in a positive senses.

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I have just read the posts on greenfield house and remember it well.. I was there 76-78 I remember both smells of the pipes. Sloopy's was the highlight of the week, and playing murder ball in the hall.. Can anyone please remind me who the member of staff was that bent our fingers.. Thanks

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i was in greenfield house when it was an approved school in 1963 t0 1966 when mr mccarthy was the head master there was mr ashcroft mr morris ,cant remenber the wood worker teacher there where other members of staff but cant remenber there names hope there is someone out there who was there at the same time i was

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On 18/11/2016 at 19:39, jimmeys5 said:

i was in greenfield house when it was an approved school in 1963 t0 1966 when mr mccarthy was the head master there was mr ashcroft mr morris ,cant remenber the wood worker teacher there where other members of staff but cant remenber there names hope there is someone out there who was there at the same time i was

Mr daws woodwork teacher, mr Duffy class room  and mr Morris classroom teacher mr phelan sports teacher mrs McCarthy use to give us fags because we use to let her  disabled son hang around with us at play times.and there was mr connellly and a mr conroy and we used to get the Liverpool echo paper and save it for the night watchman who kept his eye on us at bed time them who took the paper to him allwas got a fag of him lol good times  and I hope this helps jimmeys5 are you on face book if so make me a friend jimmy greenwood   Burnley fan 

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I was in Greenfield at the same time Jimmy; we must have known each other. My name of john graham. I used to go to Wigan on Saturdays to get the discs for the record player and smuggle fags back in. I recognise all the names of the staff you mention; and Mr Walker, the cook. 

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One of my stepsons was in there in the 80's and I believe the abuse was terrible, from what he told us, he was in there because he was out of control, social services said it was the best place for him because at the time his mother had 4 kids and her husband had run off and left her.

On a lighter note, it was a bain of my life for a number of years due to the phone number, you see, their number was 892551 and our was 892251, there would be people ringing up for them all day, usually when I was on nightshift. the number of people who'd get the number  wrong, then ring back again, after I'd given them the correct number.

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On 16/03/2018 at 11:15, Grabbo1 said:

I was in Greenfield at the same time Jimmy; we must have known each other. My name of john graham. I used to go to Wigan on Saturdays to get the discs for the record player and smuggle fags back in. I recognise all the names of the staff you mention; and Mr Walker, the cook. 

No don’t know you I was there 1968 to 1970 I got outt on my 16 th birthday which was 1969 nearly 2 days before 1970 did not know the cook mr Walker

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I was at greenfield house from 1976 to July 1977...unit A..There was unit B.and unitC (in the main house)...big D..was unit B...Mr mcglyn unit A used to enjoy squashing our fingers..he ran the disco on a Tues evening..Mrs cadman was the cook..Most or nearly all the scouser were in for nicking cars ..I remember  a Stephen white  he was a talented car nicker. .mainly escorts rs mexicos.and was a good snooker player...I have a books worth of memories about the place..I was in for truancy .Aidan mchale 

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I was at greenfield house from 1976 to July 1977...unit A..There was unit B.and unitC (in the main house)...big D..was unit B...Mr mcglyn unit A used to enjoy squashing our fingers..he ran the disco on a Tues evening..Mrs cadman was the cook..Most or nearly all the scouser were in for nicking cars ..I remember  a Stephen white  he was a talented car nicker. .mainly escorts rs mexicos.and was a good snooker player...I have a books worth of memories about the place..I was in for truancy .Aidan mchale .hang on sloopy .  By the McCoy's. Was played before the disco started.i to used to go with a list of the new chart records. To Wigan record  store to buy Mr mcglyn would give me the money to purchase them...

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My father was housed at a school in Billinge together with a few other Basque refugees in 1937. I've recently found out some Spanish Civil War child refugees stayed at Greenfield House, Our Lady's Convent, for some time so I guess that's where he and his sister stayed. They lived in Billinge for only a few months but my father's account of their stay there was always positive, and we'll always be grateful to everyone who helped them and all the other children.

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On 16/03/2018 at 11:15, Grabbo1 said:

I was in Greenfield at the same time Jimmy; we must have known each other. My name of john graham. I used to go to Wigan on Saturdays to get the discs for the record player and smuggle fags back in. I recognise all the names of the staff you mention; and Mr Walker, the cook. 

Hello John Graham did you wear glasses are you from Carlisle who do you remember from liverpool 1964/5

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On 18/11/2016 at 19:39, jimmeys5 said:

i was in greenfield house when it was an approved school in 1963 t0 1966 when mr mccarthy was the head master there was mr ashcroft mr morris ,cant remenber the wood worker teacher there where other members of staff but cant remenber there names hope there is someone out there who was there at the same time i was

 

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On 16/03/2018 at 11:15, Grabbo1 said:

I was in Greenfield at the same time Jimmy; we must have known each other. My name of john graham. I used to go to Wigan on Saturdays to get the discs for the record player and smuggle fags back in. I recognise all the names of the staff you mention; and Mr Walker, the cook. 

Hello John Graham are you the same jg from raffles Carlisle   greenfield 1965ish                 Jimmy do l know you also

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On 18/11/2016 at 19:39, jimmeys5 said:

i was in greenfield house when it was an approved school in 1963 t0 1966 when mr mccarthy was the head master there was mr ashcroft mr morris ,cant remenber the wood worker teacher there where other members of staff but cant remenber there names hope there is someone out there who was there at the same time i was

 

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On 18/11/2016 at 19:39, jimmeys5 said:

i was in greenfield house when it was an approved school in 1963 t0 1966 when mr mccarthy was the head master there was mr ashcroft mr morris ,cant remenber the wood worker teacher there where other members of staff but cant remenber there names hope there is someone out there who was there at the same time i was

Mr m ccarthty Mr Ashcroft Mr Morris Mr Palmer Mr teasdale Mr lynch Mr walker 

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I remember @SaintJeff carrying Mr Drapers Dinner from the canteen as he collared me on my way out.

Anyway i went for it and it seemed huge,a proper blokes dinner..Mrs Owen and him used to sit on a table together looking out at the hall.

Anyway walking to them i dropped it about 2 yards from them,honest.

The hall went quiet and you could her a pin drop,i don't want to think of it now what happened but that's the truth. :beak:

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Sorry Matthew,just a memory.

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