As I suspected, the article and photos of the old Meols Infants School has jogged a few old memories!
The above photo is of a 1938 Meols School football team – click on that photo for the names of the players. Many thanks to Charles Colcutt for sending in the photos.
Additionally, Katy Kidd writes in:
We moved to Meols in Summer 1981, and our daughter Barbara, who was 4 years old, started in the first class in the old school. Her brother Alex started two forms above her, in Elwyn Road.
I could not believe that such a building was in use as a school….outside loos, and rain dripping through the roof when it rained. However, I did think that learning how to position a bucket to catch drips was a useful skill to acquire…. ( it was, for camping holidays !)
Barbara had a lovely teacher, I think she was called Mrs Baker, who somehow managed to cope with the conditions. I think the second class were there also.
Things got really bad during that winter, 1981/ 82. There was a lot of snow and ice, and I think there were frozen pipes and no water at the school at times.
Anyway, I am sure that it closed the following summer, 1982, and the children transferred into the main school in Elwyn Rd. The building was used for a while as a hall…..I am sure we went to several birthday parties there, before being demolished for the new development.
Pat Johnson (nee Kerr) writes:
Your Meols school photo brought back many happy memories of Miss Cochrane, Miss West and the unforgettable Mrs Smout when I went there in the 1930’s.
When I was about five, my grandma had proudly made me a new dusky pink dress with a flared skirt. One day I stood too close to the open schoolroom fire and can still recall the smell of scorching wool that resulted. I was more frightened of going home with the charred result, than any of the more severe consequences that might have occured – can you imagine the uproar that would have caused with ‘Health and Safety’ today?
(I think the only consequence was that my grandma had to buy more wool and re-knit the damaged panels)