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Balshaw's Grammar School
18-May-2002, 10:11 AM
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Balshaw's Grammar School
I attended Balshaw's from 1957 to 1964.
Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.
If you look at the Friends Reunited website you will find Bill Elliot, Sue Nixon, and me.
What happened to Rodney Blackhurst, Stan Turbett, Peter Baldwin?
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18-May-2002, 12:37 PM
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I was at Balshaw's at the same time as you Tosh. Joined BTR after school life became a polymer chemist never looked forward since 8-)
Stuart Parker is the only old school mate I kept in touch with though
I live in Lostock Hall ( or Farington Moss not sure, right on the border line)
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21-May-2002, 06:40 PM
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I was at Balshaw's at the same time as you Tosh. Joined BTR after school life became a polymer chemist never looked forward since 8-)
Stuart Parker is the only old school mate I kept in touch with though
I live in Lostock Hall ( or Farington Moss not sure, right on the border line)




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21-May-2002, 06:48 PM
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Thank you for replying to my message. I have to confess that I do not remember your name but I remember Stuart Parker. There was one occasion when a girl called Carter was absent from school and when the teacher was calling the register it came out out as "Carter away and Parker here."
I haven't heard my school nickname since I left Balshaw's.
Were we in the same form? I am racking my brains trying to remember you?
The names I remember were Bill Elliot, Stan Turbett, Rodney Blackhurst, Peter Baldwin, Sue Nixon, Susan Baxendale. If you look on the Friends Reunited website you will see information about some of these.
I would be interested to hear any of your memories about Balshaw's and if you have any information about former pupils.
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21-May-2002, 08:30 PM
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Thank you for replying to my message. I have to confess that I do not remember your name but I remember Stuart Parker. There was one occasion when a girl called Carter was absent from school and when the teacher was calling the register it came out out as "Carter away and Parker here."



Like that one Brian I actually lentyou a pair of cricket whites on the last day at school we had a game first team against second I think can you not remember that? I was in 1b,2a,3a,4a,5a,LIV and UIV . Best friends with Robin Bourne Mick Gray , Barry Chilton, David Blundle ( the big swat!! ) Remember Lucille Wilford . corr.
I married Margaret Iddon who used to know you. I recall you had a yonger brother but can't remember his name . I was in Worden House . I 've just looked at the school photo we had taken in 1957 remember that great big photo and you are within touching distance of me.
I used to play for the school second at cricket, opening bowler . Pop Brown was games teacher, you can write direct on neckton@blueyonder.co.uk my addy.
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06-Jun-2002, 05:06 AM
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Hi Brian if you're still there.My brain has been working overtime and can vaguely remember Forshaws living on Station Rd ,Bamber Bridge.Florists?
It's a very Lancashire name and probably there are thousands of you.
At least your mates remembered you though.
As for this Pop Brown.There was a very young and handsome teacher name of Brown when I was there at the old school.Surely not the same one.Mad on cricket.
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06-Jun-2002, 09:50 AM
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Hi Brian if you're still there.My brain has been working overtime and can vaguely remember Forshaws living on Station Rd ,Bamber Bridge.Florists?
It's a very Lancashire name and probably there are thousands of you.
At least your mates remembered you though.
As for this Pop Brown.There was a very young and handsome teacher name of Brown when I was there at the old school.Surely not the same one.Mad on cricket.




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Don't know what's happened to Brian he didn't reply after I told him I lent him my cricket whites on the last day. Don't think they'd fit me anyway now. Pop Brown, yes he was the PE teacher Rugby and Cricket must be the same one. Brian lived at Forshaw's Farm I think it was along Leyland Lane. My wife used to know him and his family from her younger days.
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06-Jun-2002, 05:57 PM
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"Pop" Brown was the PE/sports teacher all the time I was at Balshaw's and then some. His son Graham was in my class through Fox lane Juniors and Balshaw's There was a younger son (Tim?) and a daughter. They lived in the top part of Crawford Avenue. Pop died several years ago. Mrs. Brown still lives in Leyland, I think.


Frank Damp
Anacortes, WA, USA

Frank Damp (wife Eileen, nee Nixon)
Leyland resident 1941-1965, emigrated to the US in 1968,
retired to Anacortes, Washington State, USA in 1999.
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06-Jun-2002, 09:10 PM
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"Pop" Brown was the PE/sports teacher all the time I was at Balshaw's and then some. His son Graham was in my class through Fox lane Juniors and Balshaw's There was a younger son (Tim?) and a daughter. They lived in the top part of Crawford Avenue. Pop died several years ago. Mrs. Brown still lives in Leyland, I think.


Frank Damp
Anacortes, WA, USA




Yes that's the one Frank. Tim was a couple of years below me and a useful left handed bat ( took great delight bowling him when his dad was umpire in a inter-house cricket match). Sorry to hear pop Brown's died, I thought he may still be alive. When it was my dad's funeral back in the eighties I was in the cortege with Mackenna's undertakers and we passed Daddy Bull's old house on Canberra Rd. complete with it's window full of books, a real literary character was Mr Bull. I pointed his house out to Mr. Mckenna and told him it was my old English teacher from Balshaws. I remember saying he seemed to live in another world. He does now was the reply, I buried him a few weeks ago.
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07-Jun-2002, 05:29 AM
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Well at last someone that I remember from way back.Mr Brown was in his first year teaching I think when he took me for history.I was 10.
He had a great sense of humour and the girls especially thought he was a bit of alright.So much so that we would scrap to see who could stay behind after school to chase the cricket balls.Sorry to hear the news.
There were many real characters in those days.You mentioned A.J Bull.I still have a book of his poetry somewhere.He was my English teacher too.A great contemporary of C.S Hilditch who once stood for Parliament I think in Blackpool.Hiditch came out to New Zealand on an educational tour and I met him briefly in Wellington when he retired. He and Wilkie- B.L Wilkinson- were also there for a long time.Wilkie gave up on me where Maths was concerned .He said girls could never master the subject.But he did teach me a fair bit about Classical Music and took a group of us to the Concerts in Preston.Wilkie played the piano for Assemblies many will remember.
Miss Whewell was the Art teacher who offered 5 shillings to any cricketer who could break a window in the top storey of the teaching block.
Miss Probert was the girls'PE teacher-used to make us hang from the wallbars until our arms nearly popped out of the sockets.I hid when it was time for PE and got away with it for a while.There was a little room under the stairs which was quite a success sometimes.Also John Willie -WJ Downer -Classics who produced many of the school plays.
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