Were you at Berridge?


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Through this door...and it's the original, although painted black in my day...I walked with my mum one cold morning early in 1962. I was just 4 years old. The door led to Miss Smith's office and my mu

Lovely visit to Berridge yesterday and nice to put faces to names. Planning a few things I could talk to the children about and sort out my school photos it made me realise that it was 59 years since

Yes, it was emotional. I stood outside the Brushfield Street gate earlier in the morning and the memories came gushing back of my mum who passed on 9 years ago.   Oddly, I've discovered that

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The Nix family were from Hazelwood Road, Hyson Green. Bernard and Alice Nix of Grimston Road were my wife's great uncle and aunt, Bernard being the brother of Alf Nix her grandfather. Bernard worked at Players all his life and had no connection or relation to the hardware shop. Bernard's dad, also an Alf was a full time soldier and one of the first over to France and took part in the retreat from Mons. He wrote a long and moving account of this which I have a copy of. No connection we know of to the Nix builders at Oxton Phil mentions.

 

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Last name: Nix SDB Popularity ranking: 3268 This uncommon and intriguing name is of early medieval English origin, and is a patronymic form of the surname derived from a short, pet form of the male personal name Nicholas.

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The surname of Nix also appears in the world of Nottingham History and old photos. There was a Paul Nix who died around 10 years ago and had a considerable involvement in that subject.  By coincidence, an article on the subject has appeared very recently.   

 

https://www.leftlion.co.uk/read/2018/december/nottingham-hidden-history-team/?fbclid=IwAR2ZrF8z8q0DzOvBISA7mm4cxU6KAKp5CqNPQYPGh9L8Ci86P7o4NiTlOhw

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I have heard from the year 5/6 team leader at Berridge who tells me that weeks commencing 18 or 25 March 2019 are the periods when Berridge history will be covered and a visit at any time during that period would be welcome.  A request has also been made for an informal question and answer session in each of 3 classes as to what the school was like years ago.

 

Anyone who wants to participate, please let me have date preferences so that I can liaise with the school. Ta muchly.

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Perhaps Jill can comment on this. I've just been watching Univesity Challenge, the Christmas sessions that I recorded, unsurprisingly over Christmas. One of the questions asked to name the artist of various paintings with a harvest theme. One that came up was this...

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I'm sure this used to be a picture displayed somewhere at Berridge. I'm not sure why I should recall this but does it ring a bell with you?

I recall that another print displayed at school was 'Bubbles' as used in the vintage soap advert.

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Sorry, letsavagoo, I don't recall either of those prints being displayed at Berridge, nor any other pictures. The only picture I recall seeing was the one presented to Miss E A Smith, the infants' Headmistress on her retirement and I can't recall what it was.

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In conversation with a friend over lunch today, he mentioned a David Juggins who, apparently, attended Berridge. He would be a few years older than I but the name Juggins rings a bell. Letsavagoo may be around the same age. Ring any bells with you?

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School colours were black and amber, not black and gold/yellow as has been mentioned. I have tried searches for a black and amber scarf to wear for the school visit that Jill has organised, but no luck.  A long shot, but does anyone still have a Berridge scarf?

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To be honest, PP, I can't recall anyone wearing uniform when I was at Berridge. All my school photos bear this out. Yet I was aware of the uniform colours and on some older photos, girls are wearing gymslips but that may or may not be part of the uniform.

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Only a couple of lads wore uniform = black blazer and grey trousers. Mum bought me a blazer and sewed the Berridge badge on it - but it was to good to wear for school! When I was awarded the school colours she was very proud of me and sewed the 'Honoris Causa' {sp) badge under the school badge. Trouble was I had grown out of the blazer and had to stop wearing it - got embarrassing walking around with my arms stuck out like a scarcrow and sleeves ending at the elbows :biggrin:

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On 25 January 2019 at 3:51 PM, Jill Sparrow said:

In conversation with a friend over lunch today, he mentioned a David Juggins who, apparently, attended Berridge. He would be a few years older than I but the name Juggins rings a bell. Letsavagoo may be around the same age. Ring any bells with you?

Only just spotted this Jill. I was at Forest Fields GS with Dave Juggins although I cannot recall him being at Berridge. I've bumped into him a few times over the years but haven't seen him now for 20 years or so. He's still around, in fact I exchanged messages with his wife on a FFGS Facebook group a couple of months ago.

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Does anyone remember Mrs Platts from Berridge? She never taught me but I was terrified of her. Dark, curly hair and seemed quite old. Often did playground duty. I can see her now standing there with the brass bell, wearing her brown lace up brogues and woollen coat with a shawl collar. She lived in one of the Victorian cottages on Prospect Street, just round from Radford Boulevard. They are still there and rather nice. Years later, my sister, Julie, worked with a lady who was married to Mrs Platts son. She was at Berridge when Julie was there so Julie remembered her. I never thought of Mrs Platts as having children of her own but she did, apparently.

She was on playground duty the day I hit Noel James on the nose and it poured with blood! He was bothering me and I hit out at him. He told Mrs Platts I'd hit him and she didn't believe him! 

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Today was our Berridge visit. Along with PP Terry, David letsavagoo, my old friend Jane and myself, we had a wonderful time. There have been changes to the old place but it still felt very familiar. The highlight, for me, was going into the former infants' Headmistress's office..which is now the caretaker's domain and finding that the fireplace was still there, along with her Victorian desk, now shoved ignominiously into a corner.  Took me back to my first visit when I was 4 years old. A blazing fire in the grate, whilst the stern Miss Smith peered at me over her desk and decreed that I should start school immediately!

 

 

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1 hour ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Today was our Berridge visit. Along with PP Terry, David letsavagoo, my old friend Jane and myself, we had a wonderful time. 

 

Any photos ?   Of the people...or at least of the building.

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We took quite a lot between us so will post a few.

 

Also had an early wander round the old streets. Bobbers Mill Road, where I was born. Oakland Street, Berridge Road, Brushfield Street, across Alfreton Road and up Radford Boulevard, Wordsworth Road, Prospect Street, Churchfield Lane and a wander round the exterior of St Peter's Old Radford where my parents were married 70 years ago this June.

 

Both change and familiarity but I was dismayed by the apparent habit of dumping rubbish, especially furniture, outside houses, parking all over the pavements and, generally, the tattiness of everything!  Spoilt my memories.

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Approaching Berridge from Oakland Street. The old iron railings have been replaced by modern mesh. The school has recently been re-roofed which gave staff the opportunity to venture into the roofspace which is extensive. Berridge was built in 1884.

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The Brushfield Street entrance gate and, beyond it, the door to what was my first classroom.  The room is now the kitchens and the gate a replacement for the original.  As I stood here yesterday, I remembered the feeling of dread as I crossed that threshold every morning with my break time biscuits, wrapped in paper, clutched in my hand.  My mother stood at this gate every lunchtime and home time to collect me. Very powerful memories. She passed through this gate herself from 1930, with the same sense of dread, whilst her own mother collected her at lunchtime and home time.

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Looking down from the first floor onto the wall that separates the old infant playground from the juniors. The brick piers of the old gate in the wall can be made out. That gate and the steps leading to it were removed in 1968 and the ramp installed. I was surprised to find it is still there.

 

 

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This is the classroom where I spent my final year at Berridge. Our teacher was Mr Trevor Williams.  In 1968, every classroom had a walk-in stationery cupboard built. All are still there. This one is on the left.

 

We all agreed that there is much more wall display today, all over the school. Personally, I felt it was way over the top. Not a tiny space that wasn't adorned with bright colours and information. Even the classroom doors!  I found it confusing and overwhelmingly 'loud' but perhaps today's children thrive on it.

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One good thing was discovering that the outside toilets had been removed. I've written about my very distressing experience at the age of 4 years in the self-flushing toilets in the corner of the infant playground. The playground is now a car park but, in the corner where the loos once stood, I found evidence of their previous existence in these glazed tiles!

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Interesting comments on your photos, Jill.  I'm pleased you were able to revisit your old school.  One thing that stood out for me was when you said about your mother going to the same school having the same sense of dread as you did.   I wonder if she passed this fear on to you...... maybe not directly, but subliminally.   Just a thought.....

It's very easy to pass  our own feelings on to our children - both positive and negative.   I remember deliberately overcoming my distaste of worms by digging in the garden with my children, picking worms up and putting them on the other side of the garden .... we pretended they were going on their holidays!   I'm still not over fond of them (worms, not the children!) but they (the children not the worms) don't share my feelings.

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9 minutes ago, MargieH said:

wonder if she passed this fear on to you...... maybe not directly, but subliminally.   Just a thought.....

I doubt it, Margie. Not until many years later did she tell me about it and she always tried to make school a positive experience.

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