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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:46 am
by whitevanman
There was 4 yrs, with a, b, c classes in each year, so that makes 12 classes. I can't rememer (yet) were they all were.

Mr Skinners classroom was on the Woodland Grove side nearest to the front entrance.
The woodwork room, with Mr White was on the same side at the other end
I think the classrooms on the Apps side were, Mr's Bellamy, Worley and Fenton.
Mr Stokes's metalwork room was in one of the prefabs on the opposite side of the road
Mr Brewin although taking PE most of the time, also had a classroom in one of the prefabs.

That's it for now until i can get the grey matter working a bit more :D

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 3:31 am
by m8tey
Hi AVO,
I had the privelage of being taught by Mr. Brewin at the Meden school, I can remember him hanging a lad out of an upstairs window by his legs. If he caught you smoking he used to take a fag out of your packet then give you the rest back. That was better than being caned. :lol:

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 3:33 am
by m8tey
When i was at the meden Mr Brewin taught math and was a reserve PE teacher.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:19 pm
by Rossi
I wondered if it was the same Mr Brewin at both Birkland and Meden. It's strange to note quite a few of the teachers from Birkland went to Meden. Didn't realise it before.
Miss McCarthy had a class in Birkland, woodland grove side right at the end. It was the remedial class and I remember being very scared of her and of the pupils in there :shock:

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:05 pm
by whitevanman
Mr Brewin was the very same one at both schools. God knows what we would have done if there was two like him :D

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:15 pm
by AVO
It's me again hoping to shed a little more light on Birklands School. I attended there between 1954 and 1957, blimey 50 years ago (not quite the Jurassic period). The ground floor was the boys school and the first floor was the girls school, "never the twain shall meet." On the Woodland Grove side of the boys school starting from the bike shed end of the building was the woodwork class, then class 1B, Mr. Sheils, Class 1A. RAM Tucker, across the playground to the Appleton Street side of the school, in the playground was a seperate building which was the metalwork class run by Mr. Hatfield, the first class inside the school, 2A, Peter Skinner, next class, 2B, Mr Brewin, next to that class 3A, Les Worley and finally, class 3B Mr. Spencer or Spencely (Science), round the corner towards the main entrance, on the left was the stairs to the headmasters office and next to that the cloakroom. On the opposite side of the road were 2 prefab buildings with 2 classes in each, one for the girls and in the other class 4B, sorry but I cannot remember the teachers name. 4A was the other class and this was taught by Tiny Johnson.

RAM Tucker (affectionately called Ram) his name was, Rex Alan Maurice Tucker and nothing to do with any nefarious activities.

A pint of interest, both Tiiny Johnson and Les Worley taught my Dad and his brothers when they went to that school

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:42 pm
by whitevanman
Ive been trying to work out were all the classes went, but i've still not sussed it.
If there was 4yrs with 3 grades in each year, that made 12 classes each for the girls and boys, making a total of 24 classes.
I can only remember 16 classrooms (including the prefabs) and the two halls.
Were did the rest of the classes go....I can't remember? :?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:13 pm
by AVO
Hello Whitevanman, there were 2 grades or streams, A Stream & B Stream, hence the classes 1A - 1B, 2A - 2B etc. therefore we only needed 8 classrooms. I hope this explains it OK. Regards

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:20 pm
by whitevanman
I looks as if i was wrong on two things then, the number of grades, although i could have sworn blind they were three. Also the number of classrooms. I hought there was 6 on each wing, 3 up and 3 down. I've just been out so decided to drive past and there are 8 on each wing, 4 up and 4 down so the total should be 20 rooms and not 16. Probably Mr Mustard can put me right.
I think i got mixed up with Sherwood St school, which as only got 6 rooms on each wing.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:30 pm
by AVO
Hi Whitevanman, you may well be right because dont' forget I am talking about the mid fifties and the school may well have changed by the time you went. The boys and girls schools were completely seperate and the girls classrooms never figured in our education, so I am just counting the classrooms in the boys school. Regards

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:37 pm
by Caz
Sherwood had three grades for each of the four years making 12 classes in all. Six classrooms on each wing, three upstairs and three down. You did the first two years downstairs and the third and fourth upstairs.

I remember Birklands being a senior school with the two classrooms on the other side of Appleton Street, but I never went there as Meden opened and I started there in its second year of opening.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:55 pm
by Jacqualine
This ia all very intresting :D

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:53 pm
by AVO
Hi, it's me again. I noticed that one or two of the contributors came from Church Warsop and that sparked off some more memories, nothing to do with school. My cousins Grandma lived in Church Warsop and occasionally I would go with them on the family visit, In the back garden of the house next door was a swing boat and I would play for hours on this but, the most appealing thing about the whole visit was, whoever lived next door,played the vibraphone, and I would listen while he played. Unfortunately, it seemed he only played on a Sunday afternoon. In fact it seemed that everyone who was a musician or singer practised on a Sunday afternoon, I remember walking down Clumber Street and hearing, trumpets, xylophone, trombone, violin, a man singing popular songs of the day, pianos. it was brilliant. I also remember watching and listening to Warsops Male Voice Choir in the Working Mens Club. I often wonder who those people were and if they ever made the professional ranks. Does anyone remeber Leungs cafe, it was opposite the Strand. He had a juke box and we would hang around outside listening to music. He had a monkey in the cafe called Cherry.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:05 am
by whitevanman
Although born in Church Warsop, i didn't move back till many years later, so never heard the "music".
I can just vaguely remember the cafe and monkey.

Walk down Clumber Street now and you can hear todays equivalent of the choir coming from above the chip shop accompanied by the drums and guitar, even the cats disappear and don't stay around to listen :D

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:54 pm
by AVO
Hello again Whitevanman, I remember that chip shop, we would sometimes get a bag of chips and fish bits (batter bits) when leaving the scouts on a Friday night. The Scoutmaster at the time was Cyril Ilett (I think) ASM was Ron Moore and the scout meetings were held in the back room of the Methodist Church on Clumber Street. I attended a funeral there a couple of years ago and I could not resist a peek into the old scout room, it was the still the same after 45 years. The scout troop was 2nd Warsop Methodist. Regarding the music thing again,