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Wythyboy

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STYAL RESIDENTIAL OPEN AIR SCHOOL
« on: 20:34:51, 16/02/19 »
Hi. Were you a boarder at Styal Residential Open Air School ?
I would like to hear from anyone who boarded thete. I was there between 1957-59 in Peter Pan House. It would be great to hear from anyone regarding their stay and experiences. Girl or Boy. Thanks Barry.
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Roy

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« Reply #1 on: 12:04:49, 12/07/19 »
I spent time at peter pan and later robin hood had agreat once over home sickness

Wythyboy

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Re: STYAL RESIDENTIAL OPEN AIR SCHOOL
« Reply #2 on: 16:13:14, 12/07/19 »
Hi Roy
What years were you at Styal Open Air School ?

Roy

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« Reply #3 on: 18:36:41, 25/07/19 »
Hello sorry I was in Spain when I first found your request and phone died. in answer to when I was at styal  it was around 1954/5 in peter pan second time 1960/1 in robin hood I remember Scott's emulsion cod-liver oil and malt, wash rooms and dorm's with pots in for the toilet Breakfast cart sister steel and nurse Lyons, communal baths and nit checks and school across the yard morning exercise and Sunday church

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« Reply #4 on: 01:36:57, 13/08/19 »
Hello again Roy.

What a shame we were not there same time. I loved it in Peter Pan House and never saw any of the abuse that I have read about. I do know once it became The Bollin cross School there was a great deal of documented abuse.
Nurse Lyons took a shine to me which was a good thing as although no abuse she would give some of the kids a really scary stare! Once during her bible story Sundays I sat with my finger over my lips so as not to be seen talking! She walked over and gave me a brand new bible with pictures Ha Ha. Sorry Nurse Lyons but I never got past the first few pages!
Yes I remember all you have put plus being a breakfast monitor. One bowl of porridge, one round of white bread and a heaped spoon of Lyons Golden Syrup. Great stuff. Sunday visits to the local church with our one penny piece for the collection plate. Had to hold hands with the girls from Wendy House all the way there and back. Do you recall Nurse Jones she was Welsh. She was a softy and loved all us kids. Mr Potts or Potter the teacher with the false leg. Cut off by the Japanese or so he said, but could have been true and Miss Deacon and Critchley. Talking of Nurse Lyons. I visited her after she had retired and living in Ashton or Ashton Under Line. Invited her to my wedding. She couldn't come due to arthritis I think but sent us a card and a ten shilling note. My parents lived close by in Woodhouse Park and visited every Sunday. I felt really sad for all those who never got a visit. Remember the forced sleeps after lunch in the main hall on those camp beds listening to Mozart or similar LPs ? I was placed there because of my really bad asthma which kept me away from school for long periods. Glad to say that although I have always needed a spray it almost cured me and made school each day after I left. I have recently retired from the NHS where I worked as a Theatre Technician so managed to make up for my absences by  achieving five O Levels. Immediately after leaving school I joined the RAF for six years in a chopper squadron. Are you on FACEBOOK if so I could befriend you there  if you give me your Facebook name. Mine is HARRY PLANT A few may pop up but you cannot miss me as its a photo of my eldest son wearing his Flight Sergeant Uniform embracing a pretty blond girl! Well I have probably bored you to tears but so pleased to have received just one reply. Yours!!!!!  I suppose some of the kids want to forget but I loved every minute. Especially messing around in the dormitory's after lights out and roller skating round the playground at great speed not to forget climbing over the fence into the Orchard of Oak Farm and nicking the odd apple. Happy Days my friend. Take care. Oh, where were you from and where are you now ? I am living in North Devon close to Barnstaple. Bye

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« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 14:25:48 »
I was sent to styal being very underweight( Nickname bones)  i lived in Monton street moss side I  remember

  breakfast's  of bacon and sausages which i hated tried to flush them down toilet they were unsinkable and the sweet pantry with tins with your name or number I never heard of any sort of abuse unless you count the camp beds in the after noon and overall look back with good memories of my time there, I also spent time at St. Annes and LLandudno convalescent homes and they must have done there job as I was not expected to live past twenty one, did they get that wrong as i am know approaching seventy two. Catch you again
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Roy