letsavagoo

Were you at Berridge?

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letsavagoo    212

I am sure this is in the wrong place but when I message Mick2me but I get a message saying he is not taking new messages. Basically I wondered if we could have a new forum in the school section for Berridge. At on time an infant, junior and senior school. Sue Pollard, Peter Bowles and best of all me were all ex pupils. One of Radford/Hyson Greens finest schools.

Pretty please

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letsavagoo    212

Well I asked for it (thanks Mick) so here it is. I was born in Radford in 1955 so started at Berridge when I was 5 in 1960 (see how they taught me maths).

From the infants I went on to the junior school. At this time there was a senior school but this was being phased out so every year, new children didn't join so eventually the eldest boys left and that was that. I am pretty sure that the senior school was boys only but perhaps someone out there can perhaps help on this. I will post some class photos when I get time. Lets here from some ex Berridge guys and gals

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plantfit    3,557

Went there in about 1959, can't remember much about it though, what I do remember is being in the playground which I think was on a bit of a slope,some buildings on one side of the playground that housed some outside activity equipment such as balls, bean bags, and some type of stool to either sit on or step on, also remember having to stand in classroom lines at the end of breaktimes(playtime) usually sounded by a hand bell, when everyone was in line the bell would be sounded a second time and we would make our way to the classroom. Remember the "clay bins"? where at certain lessons (probably art) selected children would be allowed to make clay models with the stuff while others could paint using water colours,at the end of the lesson all the surplus clay would be put back in the bin and covered over with a damp cloth to keep it usable, if anything else comes to mind I will post

Rog

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letsavagoo    212

Hi Planfit. I started at the infants in 1960. There was a bit of a cock up as I had been there for a few months when I was pulled out of class and moved up a year. I think I should have started before I actually did. Can,t say I remember clay bins but the hand bell for sure. In fact in a fit of nostalgia the wife (also ex Berridge) and I went to Berridge the other week and introduced ourselfs to the Head who was a really nice man. He took us all round. I was pleasantly suprised as it is a very nice school. The green huts at the edge of the playground are now all gone. Some of these huts were actually used as classrooms and not just for storing stuff. Only 10% white british with a diverse population now. Perhaps not suprisingly the actual buildings have not changed a deal and it was all very familiar after almost 50 years. I was by coincidence clearing out some stuff this weekend and found all my school photos plus the program for the 1964 Christmas play 'Aladdin' where I played a street beggar and my wife, who I didn't know then was a 'jewel dancer. Nothing changed there then!!

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Jill Sparrow    4,331

Berridge Road School...it brings back memories: many of them not very happy ones.

I started here at 4 years old: my parents had had enough of me at home I think!

Miss Smith top infants and Miss Smith the headteacher were there when I began (1962).

Best two years were Mr Gerald Chandler (brilliant teacher and fearsome disciplinarian) and Trevor Williams- lovely man, wonderful teacher. I owe them both a great debt.

I, too, have lots of school photos and other snaps, so will look them out.

Worst thing about my education at Berridge was being sent to Manning Girls' Grammar as a result. Now...there is something I am NEVER going to forgive!

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plantfit    3,557

I was vice chair of the board of govenors at Manning school in the late 80s early 90s, brilliant school with excellent pupils

Rog

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mick2me    2,953

Welcome Jill Sparrow.

We look forward to seeing photographs :)

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Trevor S    1,992

Knew a girl at ACHS by the name of Anne Berridge, red hair, freckles and very nice. Dated once or twice so would that would qualify for this topic as well????

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Jill Sparrow    4,331

Have looked out some old class photos of Berridge Road School There are others but these are the earlier ones.

Er well...tried to upload them but wasn't successful. Can anyone tell me how to upload images from a flashdrive. It'll be worth it, I promise!

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Cliff Ton    5,807

Er well...tried to upload them but wasn't successful. Can anyone tell me how to upload images from a flashdrive. It'll be worth it, I promise!

Jill, you need to have an account on something like Photobucket or flickr.

Get there, then come back for more details.

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pidge pie    8

hi old berridge onians, i was at berridge from erm a long time ago till about 69 i think, hi jill sparrow, we spoke the other day, i will add a few bits on when have more time

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mick2me    2,953

Welcome Pidge Pie :)

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Jill Sparrow    4,331

Good to see Pidge Pie made it onto Nottstalgia. Look forward to hearing his memories. We were at school together right through the Berridge Years. I could tell some tales about him...but I won't!!

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pidge pie    8

hi old berridge onians, i was at berridge from erm a long time ago till about 69 i think, hi jill sparrow, we spoke the other day, i will add a few bits on when have more time

many a great time spent in those wooden shacks, or were they classrooms, lol, chandler,parr,kempy { could give you a good rap on the knuckles with his cellotaped double ruler} anyone here ever get that treatment ? mr baugh, headmaster, mr tt williams, brill teacher and great games master, noel james, colin hudson,trev huddlestone, jane topham, susan mcdermott, bernice bond, sabhjit gill, mickey brennan, me best mate, jane humphries,jill sparrow, loads and loads of good times there, rennie carruthers, brill athlete, chris riley, kevin burgin, kev green, kenneth williams, colin simpson, etc etc, i joined berridge when i was 4 back in 62 i think till 69, great years

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Bubblewrap    3,661

Just been going through some of my old maps.

There was a Berridge Secondary School Annexe on Nuthall Road April 1954.

By August 1970 it had become Trent Polytechnic metal annexe

Map SK5441NE

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Jill Sparrow    4,331

Well done, Pidge Pie. All these names bring back warm memories.

I once punched Noel James on the nose (look out, it's confession time) because he was irritating me in the playground. His nose poured with blood which was a slightly different colour from what was usually escaping from his nose! (Do you mind, I've not had my breakfast yet!) He ran off to Mrs Platts who was on duty (and we were all terrified of her) to report what I'd done and she refused to believe him. You see, I had the reputation of being so well behaved that I couldn't possibly punch a little boy on the nose...see what you can get away with when you look angelic?

I am still in touch with Jane Humphries who was my best friend through Berridge. Also spoke to Mr Williams a few years ago when he retired from teaching. I was amazed that he remembered me!

So come on, Pidge Pie, let's have some more memories out of you. What about Miss Smith (top infants), I remember you and she had the odd run in but by no means as regularly (or as painfully) as some.

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pidge pie    8

i saw old TT Williams a good few years back ,i think he went on to Seely school, he remembered me and micky brennan, i must have a memory lapse as cant remember many of the teachers,i remember jane humphries, janice clark, dean bradley,little eric {cant remember his surname,doh}my best 2 experiences whilst at berridge was taking the footy team to a tournament somewhere in the meadows,we were a right bunch of scallies, me, mickey brennan, rennie carruthers chris riley{i think} to name a few, we were not given much of a chance but got beat in the final,i think, old tt williams was impressed, and going on a trip to ireland with the berridge lot, mr parr came along with the then,miss mcdonald, who i believe he later married, i was mates with her brother, and one particular night we went to their cabin, where without knocking,her brother opened the door, and there was miss mcdonald in a black basque, stockings and suspenders, WOW, what a sight for a 10 year old to witness, it will never leave me, but i wasnt traumatised by it at all, lol

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Jill Sparrow    4,331

Thought Pidge Pie would have a few interesting memories!

Yes, Miss MacDonald did marry Mr Alan Parr.

Don't remember anyone going to Ireland but if it was sport related it wouldn't have involved me.

Was little Eric called Eric Taylor? He's the only Berridge Eric I can remember. He's on my very earliest Berridge photo but Pidge Pie isn't and if he started at 4 then he should have been.

I've heard horror stories about Mr Kemp and those rulers. He never taught me but he seemed absolutely ancient: he retired in 1967 at 65, so to us children he would have appeared very superannuated. I'm told he rulered those who were left handed in a bid to make them write with their right hand...very very traumatic and certainly wouldn't happen today. As we now know, it can cause all kinds of problems, including terrible stammering (George VI was a prime example of this kind of treatment). TT Williams rose to be a headteacher at Claremont I believe and also taught in a school at Clifton after he left Berridge...Whitegates, I think.

He was a good teacher with a wonderful sense of humour and my older sister thought he was gorgeous. He was never short of girlfriends either. Whenever we went on a school trip there was always some young female in tow. He used to tell me they were his cousins and even then I didn't believe a word of it!

Good to know that Pidge Pie wasn't traumatised by the sight in the cabin. Children can withstand a lot...including some of Pidge Pie's antics in Miss Smith's class but I'm not going into that...and I bet he can't remember!

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pidge pie    8

Thought Pidge Pie would have a few interesting memories!

Yes, Miss MacDonald did marry Mr Alan Parr.

Don't remember anyone going to Ireland but if it was sport related it wouldn't have involved me.

Was little Eric called Eric Taylor? He's the only Berridge Eric I can remember. He's on my very earliest Berridge photo but Pidge Pie isn't and if he started at 4 then he should have been.

I've heard horror stories about Mr Kemp and those rulers. He never taught me but he seemed absolutely ancient: he retired in 1967 at 65, so to us children he would have appeared very superannuated. I'm told he rulered those who were left handed in a bid to make them write with their right hand...very very traumatic and certainly wouldn't happen today. As we now know, it can cause all kinds of problems, including terrible stammering (George VI was a prime example of this kind of treatment). TT Williams rose to be a headteacher at Claremont I believe and also taught in a school at Clifton after he left Berridge...Whitegates, I think.

He was a good teacher with a wonderful sense of humour and my older sister thought he was gorgeous. He was never short of girlfriends either. Whenever we went on a school trip there was always some young female in tow. He used to tell me they were his cousins and even then I didn't believe a word of it!

Good to know that Pidge Pie wasn't traumatised by the sight in the cabin. Children can withstand a lot...including some of Pidge Pie's antics in Miss Smith's class but I'm not going into that...and I bet he can't remember!

hi jill, no wasnt a sports thing, a trip was set up to go to a holiday camp in ireland,cant remember the name of the camp, but it was in a place called Balbriggan, Skerries,in ireland, beautiful place on the coast,first time id actually seen real seals,and will always remember it till i pass by, hundreds of jellyfish on the beach in the mornings, we were allowed to go to the village and actually allowed to go to the pubs there,i think chandler went as well, yes it was eric taylor btw, thanks for letting me know, we went to dublin zoo, dublin airport,which was not far from balbriggan, gary walker i think went as well as i have a vague memory of him getting a fish hook caught in his hand on the ferry going over there from holyhead,the mrs smith theme, i dont recall at all jill so if you could throw some light on the subject i dont mind,as long as its not too revealing though, lol

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pidge pie    8

hi jill, no wasnt a sport thing, a trip was set up to go to a holiday camp in a place called Balbrigga,Skerries, in ireland,a beautiful place on the coast,first time i had actually seen real seals,hundreds of them,and will remember that time till the day i pass and will hopefully go back there one day,we were actually allowed by ourselves to go to the local village,and in the pubs, tho accompanied though,chandler i believe was also there, and yes it was eric taylor, ty for letting me know, we went to dublin zoo,dublin airport,do you remember Gary Walker he was there too, he caught his finger on a fishing hook on the crossing on the ferry from holyhead, the mrs smith thing, i dont remember much about at all, so if you want to shed some light on the matter as long as its not too revealing , a few names have cropped up since i last posted, kevin green, ian munro,sharon gayle ,who now lives in usa and has spoken to my sister now,peter withey,john passam,alex smulkowski,but cant remember too many teachers names, semolina and strawberry jam, and caramel tart, with toad in the hole were 2 fav meals in the old wooden shacks they called the dinner room, oh and that yucky fish and parsley sauce i think we had on fridays, happy days

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Jill Sparrow    4,331

Pidge Pie...thanks for some more memories of Berridge. Yes, I remember Gary Walker. He used to tell my mother he was going to marry me when he grew up. Even then I could have told him he wasn't!! Prefer my chaps without the green candles under the nose! He lived near The Wheatsheaf pub...houses have gone now as has the pub I'm told, though I haven't been in that area for years.

I remember Kevin Green and Ian Munro- someone was asking me what happened to him only recently. I thought he went to Mundella but realise now that he didn't. I think he went to High Pavement.

I always went home for lunch so never had school meals. The smell was enough! We had a long lunch hour, didn't we, compared to these days?

Mrs Smith? Hmm well...it has to do with what you kept putting on the desk in front of the other three girls who shared a table with you (including me). Mrs Smith saw you on one occasion and brought down her ruler with some considerable force next to it. Could have given you a complex- and I often wondered if it had - but you've obviously blocked it out!!

Don't want to go into too much detail about that.

You lot had a fair amount of freedom on your trip to Ireland. You wouldn't get that these days either. Everyone's paranoid now. We had the best days to be children, Pidge Pie. Wouldn't want to be born now.

Do you remember Richard Sewell? Dirty knees and little short trousers. Curly hair and always looked as though he was suffering from constipation? Perhaps he was. Obviously didn't get dosed with syrup of figs like I did!!

So come on Pidge Pie...have a trawl through your memories and let's be hearing them.

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mick2me    2,953

Prefer my chaps without the green candles under the nose!

Nearly spit Miller draught over the keyboard!

Thought I would have a beer tonight.

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pidge pie    8

i think ian munro did go to high pavement,i was at mundella and dont remember him there, there was trevor huddlestone ken smith,col hudson from berridge, yes gary walker lived not far from the wheatsheaf, near to the old gran shan pop place, nr our old nuthall road playing fields we used to go football training on and play our home matches there, i saw him on tv many years ago on banged up abroad, where he got into a problem for being drunk and disorderly in either lanzarote or tenerife, i often used to see him down at the forest home games as well, i kept putting something on a desk eh, well that intrigues me,lol, i can only guess what it was as i honestly cant remember,you would of gone home and missed the school dinners yes as i think you only lived across the road from the school, and you wudda missed the lukewarm bottles of milk we had to drink in the summer then, with the cream on top ? any idea if chandler, williams are still alive and well ? no i dont remember richard sewell, but colin simpson i remember, who sounds like richard sewells twin,the way you descrbed him

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