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  2. The 'nail.'

    I have never seen the Blue Plaque that used to be on The Nail.Finally found a photo of the Blue Plaque on The Nail - An Adam Hogg posted on the Bygone Bedlington Facebook sitea video, published on May 2, 2012, he found on YOUTUBEexplaining how Tesco were going to help regenerate Bedlington and this shot was in the video.
  3. Westridge 1962 MrCook's Class.jpg

    From the album Westridge School - End of term class photos

    Update to the previous posting of this photo. The photo originally from apost in 'Bygone Bedlington' Facebook group by James Wilkinson.
  4. St Cuthberts School

    Yeah. Whatever .............
  5. St Cuthberts School

    People sign anything there like a flock of sheep. Bet half of them didn't even care they just signed to get the have ago heroes out there face.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Westridge - End of term class photos

    Cheers Bluebarby never knew they did that. So where the Bedlington Station Secondary Modern late developers sat the 13+ and had the chance to join the Grammar School,the Westridge school saved the 'Remove' pupils having to move school. Pity today's education secretaries can't see that what was done in the 60's - 13+and Remove forms etc. is a good way of allowing kids to develop at their own pace. Don't think I would ever agree with the current system offorcingkids at 6 years oldto sit SATS (Standard Assessment Tests). Can you imagine if they take that a further level and the junior schools have A, B & possibly C streams!
  8. Westridge - End of term class photos

    No problem Eggy. It was an attempt to show that all the smarties had not ended up at grammar school. At first there was straight forward A,B and C classes in all years. Then they realised that kids don,t all mature at the same age and the ones that showed potential as they got older were "removed" above the A kids. Finally sraying on at school for an extra year and ending up in form five and took GCEs. Which I did in 1961 and really owed Westridge a lot as it set me up for life.
  9. Westridge - End of term class photos

    Will one of you ex Westridge lot please explain - 'the remove/upper remove'. BGS classes were, from the 11+ take in,1A & 1Alpha, 2,3,4,5A& B forGCSE OLevel grade,then Lower sixth & Upper6th for GCSE A Level grade. After the first year, 1A & 1 Alpha, were divided into Excellent, the A stream, andthe Not so Bad, the B stream. For those that passed the 13+ and therefore started in year 3 they were 3,4 & 5 X then merged with the Lower 6th.
  10. Westridge - End of term class photos

    No 4 is not Mike Riley, Mike and I were good friends at Guide Post school before going to Westridge. Can we agree that Westridge opened its doors in September 1957, my leaving certificate says I attended from then and I was there the first day! I would say that his is an A class possibly 3A? That would date it 1959 I don't think that is John Wright either as he was in the remove along with me. BB
  11. Westridge - End of term class photos

    HPW - Iv'e passed on your info to Joan Muckian, on the Bygone Bedlington site, and I will update the nameslater. A Colin Sim ('not myclass but same year' he says) named 24 & 25 and is asking if No 4. is Mick Riley.
  12. No 2. Morgan Dawson ? - added
  13. Last week
  14. Bedlington Village School, Church Lane - old phot

    Number two is the spit of who I think is Morgan Dawson.[Had a younger Brother called Ronnie ] went to the Whitley Memorial School after the Infants School,as we all did.
  15. St Cuthberts School

    For my sins, I wasn't there either, however I did take the time to add my name to the petition. Two thousand and odd signatures must surely have been around 10% or more of the Bedlington population. Maybe if they'd had more time, the organisers could have built up a force to be reckoned with. They did a wonderful job though and deserved more respect from Lidl and the powers that be.
  16. Westridge - End of term class photos

    Noo,thas summik funny happening wi this,cos aa didn't put any different font in,and it was okay when a proof-read it!! Same thing happened t'otha neet,me greet lang story had half of it crossed through with continuous lines! Is it my Laptop,or a glitch on the site ?
  17. St Cuthberts School

    Thanks for the info Webtrekker, although there were Two Thousand Four Hundred and Forty Four supporters ( I don't dispute the figures) where were they at the photoshoot? I counted nineteen. Two of them didn't want their photograph taken!
  18. Westridge - End of term class photos

    Hi Eggy! This is a 1958 photo all right,these lads and lasses are too mature to be 12 years old!,which was the age we started,with 500 pupils gathered from all the senior classes in the towns schools. Some of these pupils are on my Bedlington Village Infants Class 1 of 1950,which I posted somewhere else on the site. No 15 looks like Derek Wales,21 is Lillian Moore [ Sadly Deceased R.I.P.Lillian],30 looks Margaret Thackeray,an old childhood friend of mine. Noo,Westridge had these classes wi [to me anyway!],stupid class names,Aa went into the "Upper Remove",after the first year,which was streaming pupils to sit G.C.E. Aam thinking that this might have been "Middle Remove"...[then there was Lower Remove....],and wat has me puzzled is the presence of Janet Hayes,cos her older Sister [Lynne] is the same age as me and was also in Upper Remove. I said in the original discussions about when Westridge was first opened,in 1956,[remember?],that for the first few weeks,we wandered around the school getting to know the lie of the land,and also it was a long period of trying to get a curriculum organised for 500 pupils,with new teachers,all at once! It seems that this class is a mixed bag of ages,with Lillian,Margaret,and Joan Wilkinson,Derek,and No 25,,all my age. In the beginning,we from the Whitley School were put into the same class en-block. Then as time went by,they started shifting us around,cos I ended up with a mixed class of Guide-post,Council and Whitley pupils. I'm noo thinking the idea was that of integration rather than segregation! I wonder if Vic's better half,and her Friend Maureen,now both in Canada,can remember any of this happening,to bear me out! I can remember 70% of my classmates out of 40-odd of them,where they sat,and who each one sat beside!,mainly cos we all moved up through the classes from the infant school,sitting beside the same mates![at the Whitley i.e.!] Hope the names keep getting added to! Cheers Eggy!
  19. Daniel Gooch Bicentennial

    I see where he finally settled, and later died, in Windsor also have a Blue Plaque to honour him. 16 Oct 2015 - A BLUE plaque to commemorate a legendary locomotive and telegraph pioneer has been installed near Windsor Central Station. The plaque in honour of railwayman Sir Daniel Gooch was unveiled yesterday (Thursday) by the Royal Borough's mayor Cllr Dee Quick at Windsor Royal Shopping just outside the station. It is installed on the wall of the former Great Western Railway station building - an appropriate place, as Sir Daniel was once chairman of the company. The former Windsor magistrate who lived in Clewer Park, Windsor and died in 1889 worked for world famous railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He played a major role in laying the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable, using the SS Great Eastern. _________________________________________________________________________ I wonder if they will be doing something to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth on 24th August 2016? Born in Bedlington, in1816, he died at his country estate near Windsor on 15 October 1889. He was buried at the Church of St Andrew, Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire. Does anyone know if Clewer & Bedlington joining together for the 200th anniversary?
  20. St Cuthberts School

    I think it's only right and proper to post here, in its entirety, the last update regarding the petition on change.org ...... PETITION UPDATE Chopped. Nickaila Arnold Bedlington, United Kingdom 30 APR 2016 —It is with great sadness and upmost disappointment that I write to you all today to announce that our beloved tree no longer stands. It was removed early this morning without any notice to the public. A few days ago, Lidl issued a statement in which their reasons for the felling of the tree seemed fair and we were willing to accept the compromise. Though it would mean losing the tree, at least we were assured that its loss would be justified. However, I would like to note that nobody involved in the campaign, including myself, received any personal response to emails and the statement we received was exactly the same as the one put to the public. Any reply received has simply been a link to their public statement. To acknowledge the person behind the letter is not much to ask and is just another example of Lidl's lack of respect. We do respect that fact that Lidl have taken cuttings from the tree which are currently being cultivated and will be replanted. Despite this, we feel that Lidl have let us down in a bad way. To deny us the opportunity to give the tree 'a farewell' as such is downright disrespectful. To continue with the killing of our beloved landmark willow tree shows a tragic lack of understanding and care for the community they wish to be a part of. As it stands, Lidl's decision to press ahead and fail to engage and liase with locals is entirely alienating. I would like to take this opportunity to thank, with all my heart, everyone who has stood by and supported our cause, all TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR of you. The fight has come to and end but we have not failed - they have failed us. The campaign may not have saved the tree but what it has done is show what a community can do when they pull together over something they are passionate about. Members of our community who had never met one another are now joined together as friends as a result of the campaign. We have raised awareness for Bedlington and further awareness of the little respect that corporations have for nature. It is a real shame. The arrogance and disrespect shown towards the local community is appalling. A large firm stamping it's mark on a historical and close knit town with absolutely no regard to the sentimental value the tree held. I hope that this campaign will, at the least, encourage other corporations to consider and respect the feelings of the public when pursuing future ventures in the communities that they will be part of. You can read Lidl's statement below. Again, my many, many thanks to all of our supporters, on behalf of the Willow Tree Supporters of Bedlington, Nickaila. "As a responsible retailer, the team here at Lidl have given much consideration to the willow tree that is currently located on the site of the proposed new Lidl store. To remove the tree is not a decision that has been taken lightly, so much so that we have ensured that information on this has been reflected throughout the planning process, including the public consultation day. Subsequently, the council approved plans and chose not to put a tree preservation order on the site. We have been delighted with the positive response received to date from both the council and the local community. We are very much aware of the demand that is in place for a supermarket within the area, which we are looking forward to fulfilling. We have fully explored every other option to bring this development to fruition whilst being highly conscious of its proximity to the neighbouring homes. To leave the tree in situ wouldn’t just compromise a few parking spaces, due to the size of the canopy and the structure of the roots, it would compromise the majority of the car park. Additionally HGVs, which deliver our fresh produce daily, would not be able to turn in the car park. Due to the sentimental value that has now been expressed, we have taken cuttings of the tree so that they can be replanted, and are currently keeping them in incubation in a local nursery. We would like to invite anyone who would like to take a cutting, to get in touch withnewtonaycliffe.property@lidl.co.ukand we can arrange this. We would also like to reassure those who have concerns, that the tree will be removed respectfully by a fully qualified arborist. We also plan to plant 29 new trees in suitable spots around the site. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks and gratitude for all of the support received to date. We pride ourselves on providing customers with the best quality produce - two thirds of which is sourced from Britain –at the best possible prices, and look forward to serving the community in the very near future." - Lidl
  21. Ground Floor Shop Unit Parking to the Rear Central Town Location Close to Local Amenities Close to Bus Routes Available Now Variety of Uses Subject to Consent Situated in the town centre of Bedlington on the popular main street with ample public parking at the rear of premises. This property is closely located to all local shops, amenities and bus routes leading to neighbouring towns/cities. Anyone interested in this unit should contact Andrew on 07545 623423
  22. Westridge - End of term class photos

    Some more names added
  23. champions

    Refreshing change from the Super-Powers that have monopolised the Premier / Champions League in recent years.
  24. SuperGroups

    Quite simple, the Band was put together for one special performance at the 1987 Grammys. If you look at the musicians behind the featured, front-line singers & players you'll see the likes of Ry Cooder.
  25. champions

  26. champions

    I will second that Monsta, its good to see a team win thats not part of the supposed top four and to win it in style. Just hoping the Toon can stay up.
  27. SuperGroups

    But confused it says super "groups" and your listing solo artists
  28. champions

    Nice one Leicester A dream end to a fantastic season
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