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Written by Jacqueline Simpson (nee Lofthouse) on 8. Apr, 2012
I would love to see any photos of St Joseph's from the 1960's, does anyone have any? My all time favourite teacher was Mr Ford who made learning such an enjoyable experience. Remember how he made all his class members of the Man from Uncle Club? I remember all the names of my class from 1967/68 year and even where we all sat in the class, that was the year we were taught by Mrs Murtagh and Mr Goulden. Happy days!

Written by Jackie McGinnis on 4. May, 2011
I notice there are no photos from Oakworth School - are any available?

Written by Graham smith on 6. Oct, 2010
I came across this website by accident,and looking through the messages about st.Andews certainly stirred up some memories,the message from Marina did in particular.I atended school at the same time as marina, and i think the teachers names she couldnt remember are Mr wigan and Mrs Harper.Also i have to say that Mr pollard was a superb headmaster, and i remember that in addition to running the school he also used to take over the classes twice a week,we used to sit for what seemed like hours, writing and perfecting the alphabet!The art lessons i always looked forward to,i can still remember the subjects today.Can anyone recall the house names?Hope somebody remembers us,i attended the school with my twin brother Trevor,he remains in Keighley,i left in 1976 when i joined the forces and now live in shropshire.

Written by Haworth Boy on 16. Mar, 2010
I attended Haworth Primary School from about 1952 to 1958, my most vivid memories were of the savage hair pulling by Mrs Shuttleworth and the pump on the backside by Mr Stevens

Written by Brian R Moate on 15. Mar, 2010
My first school was Holycroft Infants where I started in September 1951. I had three years there being taughr by Miss Greenwood, Miss Haslam and Mrs Snowden.

Written by Brian R Moate on 15. Mar, 2010
I started Ingrow Juniors in 1954 in one of two classes based at Lund Park Meths with Edith Law as my teacher. Later by Mrs Harrison, Mr Prothero, Miss Whittaker

Written by Fsharpminor on 15. Mar, 2010
Written by Fsharpminor

Well I promised the story about the absconders. Int he early years of the school the punishment book shows that two boys Alexander Wood and Joel Vaughan often set off on 'Voyages of Discovery'. When he was 11 Joel was given three strokes of the cane for 'gross insubordination and cursing'. Aged 10 and 11 on their first journey they aimed for Liverpool, but having walked to Burnley they were picked up exhausted. Later they decided some form of transport was required, so for the next journey they took a train from Damens to Keighley, walked to Bingley, then a train to Bradford. They caught a train to Stanningley, and walked to Leeds arriving at 6pm. They slept in a railway carriage, then took a train to Hull (a shilling each).They left Hull late at night and got back to Leeds at 2.30 am, then to Bradford and slept again in a railway carriage used by Bradford Butchers in Manningham Goods Yard. Aleaxander was sent home by the police, and made some money selling matches. Both were back at school on Monday. Other excursions were to Tadcaster and York, where they fell asleep in a carriage and ended up at London St Pancras - they were taken to a workhouse and then to an orphanage from which they escaped, and joined an excusion to Mablethorpe, then another excursion back to Keighley. They were caught at Ingrow Station trying to avoid payment.
All these exploits were financed by theft. Vaughan was caught pickpocketing, and they also tried collecting 'house to house' for the hospital !. Wood received six strokes of the buckrod at police court for robbing the till at a pub, and 4 strokes of the cane for truancy.'

Many more of their felonious activities and excursions are recorded. Eventually, caught stealing again, Wood got 5 yrs detention on a training ship in the Mersey. Vaughan 6 strokes of the birch and 6 month police supervision.

Written by Parkwood Girl on 15. Mar, 2010
Written by Parkwood Girl on Mar. 14, 2010

Hello Jan - I've had a 'look' at your new Schools site. I couldn't see Long Lee Primary School. I started there at the age of three in 1935. Long Lee had very few houses before the war. I lived in Glen Lee in Hog Hoiles and Long Lee Primary was my local school. The headmistress was Miss Rhodes. I can still see her with her silver hair and pearl beads and ear rings. In the mornings we had a small bottle of milk which had to be drunk, like it or not! In the afternoons we toddlers each had a rush mat on which we had to have an afternoon nap. Miss Rhodes used to sit doing her knitting during this period. I wasn't keen on sleeping in an afternoon, and can still vividly remember getting a whack on my legs with a knitting needle because I was disturbing the class. I moved to Parkwood Infant & Juniors at the outbreak of the war when I had to move in with my grandparents. I have wonderful memories of my young days at Parkwood School. The headmistress there was Miss Hammond, I think most women teachers before the war were single ladies, it was during the war when married women came back into the classroom.

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05.09 | 05:15

Anyone know what happened to Ingrid M Harvey who started at KGGS in 1956 and left about 1960?

17.08 | 23:30

Hello David hope you are well. It's been a very long time. I very very seldom get onto websites. So sorry it has taken me so long to respond.

17.08 | 13:35

Hi Patrick, good to hear from you. Would like to catch up but not sure how to connect.