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It’s Not All Carnage Since Form 4A’s Christmas Party In 1959

May 31, 2015 1 comment

By carnage I mean the sad deaths of Allan Dunn, John Hall, John Mole, Dennis Pinkney, Brian Wilkinson, Tom Patterson and Ruth Atkinson. The photo is on this site and shows bright eyed young things that were very much living and breathing and wondering about their futures. There is an obvious and personally worrying trend: the reaper seems to like working with a particular sex.

Almost a quarter of the class are known to have uprooted and moved away from County Durham: variously to Kent, Nottingham, Yorkshire [two of them], Australia, Surrey, and Europe.

At least two of the form, Arthur Snaith and this writer, decided to work for undergraduate level qualifications and succeeded. There are probably more than that because Lorna Bone and some others were more than capable of achieving it.

Ruth Atkinson taught hairdressing at Durham Technical College and Pat Bowery also gained experience of teaching [art and craft or similar].

A few of you will be aware that I have had a lot of back pain in recent months; in was so bad that I could not sleep much more than an hour or or two each night. The situation has improved and now I am a six hour man. A back injection is due soon so I feel the situation is under control. No more recordings of Law and Order at three in the morning with Call The Midwife for dessert.

WB

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A Very Merry Christmas from Ushaw Moor Memories

December 23, 2014 2 comments

Lots of good wishes to all the contributors and readers of Ushaw Moor Memories.

Your contributions are highly valued and hope they keep coming.

A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you all.

Thanks

Paul ūüėČ

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Members of Ushaw Moor Women’s Institute – Christmas party (1960’s)

March 20, 2014 4 comments
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Ushaw Moor Women’s Institute_1960s

Submitted on behalf of Margaret Thomspon :

Members of Ushaw Moor Women’s Institute, looks like their Christmas party (1960’s). Elsie Clegg in the middle cutting the cake and a very young Lilly Sowerby (nee Grayson) back row first left. Lots of local faces to bring back memories.

 

Comments from Ushaw Moor Memories GROUP

  • Paul Clough Great photo. My gran Bessie Ayre was good friends with Elsie Clegg. And spent quite a few holidays with Elsie. Thanks for sharing.
  • Margaret Thompson Paul Clough I remember you gran Bessie Ayre she was a lovely person.
  • Paul Clough Yes she was indeed. Sadly missed.

 

 

Your Favourite Christmas Memories

December 10, 2013 3 comments

pressies_bWhat were your favourite Christmas memory of your life growing up in Ushaw Moor and Deerness Valley ?

Share your Christmas Memories with us here.

How has your Christmas changed ?

 

Some Christmas Quotes :

 

  • Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge
  • Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
    Charles Dickens
  • Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.¬† ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Look back at some old entries on the BLOG with the Christmas theme https://ushawmoormemories.wordpress.com/?s=christmas

 

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year Paul Clough

Your Favourite Christmas Memories

December 23, 2012 4 comments

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What were your favourite Christmas memory of your life growing up in Ushaw Moor and Deerness Valley ?

Share your Christmas Memories with us here.

How has your Christmas changed ?

 

 

Some Christmas Quotes :

  • Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge
  • Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
    Charles Dickens
  • Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.¬† ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Look back at some old entries on the BLOG with the Christmas theme https://ushawmoormemories.wordpress.com/?s=christmas

 

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year Paul Clough

 

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Your Favourite Christmas Memories

December 13, 2011 1 comment
Christmas Candle

Christmas Candle

What was your favourite Christmas memory of your life growing up in Ushaw Moor and Deerness Valley ?

Share your Christmas Memories with us here.

How has your Christmas changed ?

 

 

Some Christmas Quotes :

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.  ~Charles Dickens

Some people find Christmas cards a chore but I don’t. They are an opportunity to say hello and best wishes, or some similar sincere message. Colourful cards can brighten up many a living room during the dark days before Christmas. ~Wilf Bell http://is.gd/YOjY72

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.  ~Author Unknown

Merry Christmas  and A Happy New Year ~ Paul Clough

The Christmas Card Ritual

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Some people find Christmas cards a chore but I don’t. They are an opportunity to say hello and best wishes, or some similar sincere¬†message.¬†Colourful cards can¬†brighten up¬†many a living room during the dark days before Christmas. That is my take on cards but I know that others will wheel out words such as chore, pointless, expensive, time consuming and even a¬† lost¬†opportunity to fund tigers and leopards.

That is not to say that the card ritual is without problems. Take my half-sister; I love her dearly [even though I seldom see her owing to geographical considerations] but she is forever sending us a card with a drawing of a  robin or robins on it. Is it the case that she likes robin cards and thinks we will feel the same way?  Whilst I am always thrilled to spot a robin in our garden  the predictability of the robin card, post marked Stanley, can be a bit monotonous. 

Another dilemma can crop up when suddenly we do not get a card from a couple. Was it postal negligence or a case of being wilfully struck off their list of favoured people? Are they ill?  Was it something I said or did not do? And do I send our card to them anyway? I usually do! I send cards to people because I like them and whether or not they send me one is more often than not irrelevant to me.

Then there is the moody blues problem. It is my family job to deliver cards to the neighbours [defined as anywhere within five hundred yards of our home] but if I am so mentally tired that I do not want to engage in conversation the delivering might well be done in the dark. But what if it’s snowing or raining? What if I disturb a pet dog or cat¬†and¬†as a result find myself engaged in a conversation,that is not of my making, with the owner? I grin and bear it and give of myself anyway.

Then there is the task of matching people to card design. Some feedback last July suggests that I do not always get it right. Evey year I send a jolly card to an esteemed and lovely religious couple; invariably my card has a drawing of a Victorian stage coach, or perhaps a snow laden village in late afternoon, but neither drawing acknowledges the Christian message. I need to reconsider that problem.

What about timing? Well this year our plan is to post the cards in the second week of December. I do not want to send them too early and be labelled a Christmas nut.

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for 2011.

WB

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Early Planning – Christmas Cake 1947 Style

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Rationing did not end until almost the middle 1950s. The 1947 Christmas Cake was therefore not quite the version one could enjoy a few years later!

Ingredients:

85 grams sugar – soft brown –¬†then – let me think – let’s have a few bullet points!

  • 2 ¬†eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 225 grams plain flour
  • 2 1/2 grams Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 5 grams cinnamon ground
  • 5 grams mixed spice
  • 450 grams dried fruit mixture
  • 3 tablespoons tea cold and well strained
  • 1 pinch salt and finally
  • 115 grams of margarine

Instructions

[1] Line a 7″ (18 cm) cake tin with greaseproof paper.
Preheat the oven to 150C 

[2] Cream the margarine and sugar and gradually add beaten eggs, then the syrup.

[3] Sift all dry ingredients together Рadd to the creamed mixture along with the fruit and  tea.

[4] Then spoon into the cake tin  Рthen make a hollow in the centre so the cake will stay flat on top.

[5] Bake for 2 hours until firm to the touch and the sides have shrunk away a little from the sides.

[6] Cool in the tin. When cold remove from the tin & store in an airtight container

This receipe is at your own risk: the writer cannot be held responsible for wrecking your Christmas or dampening your spirits.

WB

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One Christmas Bell And A Funeral

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Back in c1957 one of my fellow pupils as Ushaw Moor County School was selected to sing a Christmas carol solo in Durham Cathedral. Although his surname was Bell  he was not related to me. Has anyone got any memory of this? Does anyone know what happened to him thereafter?

Moving on, an elderly and lovely member of our family died recently. Although he had  an interesting and eventful life his loss  is still painful for all who knew him well. We can easily laugh and feel good when remembering him, but then the knowledge that we are not going to see him again kicks in.

When I was¬†about 14 I recall a warm and cloudless day of adventure. There were two of us out for the day¬†and eventually¬†we came across a graveyard.¬†Most of the graves looked old and not in their best state, but one of them stood out. It had a shiny look about it and was full of green ‘chippings’. I imagine that the person had died recently and I recall to this day that he was 66 when he met his demise. I suppose that was my first feeling of serious vunerability. It certainly made a big impression upon me because 66 became my unlucky number. Superstition kicked in and perhaps I was going to die at 66! That is the thing about superstition; it is mindless rubbish. Even if I go at 66 it will be pure coincidence. I do not buy fatalism. Although I am sure that none of us¬†entirely have the free will that some religions go on about –¬†we still have a good measure of it. Life is short. Life can be fun on a sixpence. Life can be great and¬†often much longer for those that see a half full glass, rather than a half empty one.

My goodness that funeral has has an effect! Still there is Christmas to look forward to. There will be mince pies, holly and goodwill. Also I must not forget the Christmas Bell.

WB

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Like Tinsel On The Christmas Tree

June 18, 2009 Leave a comment

I spoke to my aunt Doreen earlier today. The main purpose of the call was to see how she was but in passing I threw a few names at her; would she recognise such names as: Nora Jackson, Jacky Watson, Billy Nattrass, Barbara Shuker, Angela Wilson, George Graham, Phyllis Mountain, Ruby Watson, Noreen Dixon and Dorothy Elliot? Well the short answer is no, apart from Barbara Shuker. Barbara is mentioned briefly elsewhere on site and there is a photograph of a Ruby on site Рsame one?

Doreen could recall Joan Thompson as well as people called Clark and Rothwell – all of whom lived opposite her,¬†that is over the road from the pit. She also recalled a lady called Milly Mountain as living opposite the Working Men’s club in Station Road – possibly in Ushaw Villas. She could also, just about, remember a Brough’s employee called Jackson. Was the person who owned that store called Brough or Broughs? I never know where to put the apostrophe¬†when writing the name. Obviously I have guessed the name was Brough!

In passing, Doreen mentioned that she had recently¬†spoken to Maureen Peel in a local store. I was in the same class as Maureen; ¬†she was like tinsel on the Christmas tree, that is, a lovely girl – not noisy but certainly an¬†attentive scholar. That reference to tinsel¬†is not meant to be a sexist comment –¬†in the manner of a Victorian gentleman¬†treating a¬†women as¬†decorative chattel! I¬†would not describe Edith Smith as tinsel but she was also a lovely girl and a very good scholar. Yes Edith,¬†Pauline Newman and Maureen were good scholars. Edith and Pauline were full of chatter, chatter and more chatter. They were smashing girls¬†– once seen and heard, never forgotten!¬†¬†¬†

As it stands at the moment I have three articles planned for the site – one for each of October, November and December. So between now and October it would be nice to have a brand new ‘author’ on site.¬† Just think, a nice new shiny site for your imaginative articles or musings about Ushaw Moor.¬†Have a laugh or shed a tear –¬†bring it on for all to hear. Groan.

WB

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