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    Fr. Riley’s “Cathedral Parish Church,” his wonderful carillon of bells and the incidental publicity which both have evoked, must not permit us to forget that in St. Helens is also the active, well-served parish of Holy Cross, in which Fr. Bateman worked from 1911 to the day of his death in 1928. To-day we associate […]

  • 1939-1944 A little girl in Paris

    I was 6 years old in 1939. My father was mobilized and I stayed home with my mother and my brother who was 1 year old. We received gas masks and we were allocated a shelter because our house had no cellar. But life went on as far as I was concerned as usual… I […]

  • The Yawn

    I sat on the bench to wait for the 185 bus. One lady sat there already and yawned. She smiled and said Sorry. “Life is hard” I replied. “No its not that, its because I stayed awake painting 5 pictures last night.” “Wonderful” I replied. She fished in her brief case and pulled out a […]

  • Davies / Patrick timeline

    Thomas Davies family search Earlier The Davies may have run B&B at Sutton house ? is this the davies that he later marries? 1821 Thomas Davies christening: 3 February 1822 Whitchurch, Shroshire, England birth: Weston, Shropshire, England. father: William Davies, mother: Elizth 1881 census: Billingsley, Shropshire, England spouse: Eliza Davies, children: Matilda Davies, Cecil Davies, […]

  • Sutton House

    BACKGROUND AND PRECIS Sutton house and 25 Acres bought by James Patrick (retired Police Inspector) about 1909. 1933 Laura his daughter leaves Sutton house with her husband and children both born in Sutton House. 74 yr old George Breakwell ‘befriends’ James Patrick in 1935. In 1936 Breakwells move in with Mr Patrick. In 1935 Mr […]

  • Paleolithic cave paintings at Lascaux

    A story for today which links past and present. Today I heard on France Culture a programme about Lascaux and it set me thinking. In 1949 I was teaching history to a class of 11 year olds in Paddock House Grammar school, Oswald twistle ( the very name of the place is redolent of English […]

  • Tony 1973 Letter

  • Millie & Andy make BBC news for school


    Like many people here today I have known Eric all my life, and it is difficult to imagine the world without him. He was a man who had a real gift for friendship, and gave generously of himself to his friends. That makes it difficult for anyone person to say what he was to all […]

  • Banking Ombudsman FORMAL RECOMMENDATION on passbook

    bank ombudsman recommendation PDF version I recommend that the complaint by MRS. S. E. COADY (“Complainant”) against MIDLAND BANK PLC (“the Bank”) be withdrawn without the payment of any money or the provision of any valuable consideration by the Bank to the Complainant. Following the issue of an Assessment on 11th October 1993, I have […]