A Wibsey childhood
Some of my Memories, by David Bland
I went to Wibsey nursery school - Mrs Dobson I think was the teacher and Wibsey Junior School. That was back in 1953 or thereabouts. My best friend was John Moulson who lived next door with his sisters Barbara and Rita. We climbed every tree in the school yard and I shinnied up the drainpipe to get all the tennis balls that were stuck in the gutter
There was an old mine shaft at the bottom of the field behind the nursery and you could drop stones down the edge where the slab that covered it didn't quite reach.
I lived with grandparents Medley and Edith for some time when my dad Arthur (their son) was ill and again after he died. Their cottage at 63 North Road Wibsey had a shared outside toilet, and I think the house was built in 1768, there were initials and a date over the front door. The walls were 3 foot thick in places. Grandad kept chickens in a hut in the back yard that later became my play house. I think many families kept chickens in the forties and early fifties because of the rationing from the war. Apparently every year, the government would give people with the appropriate facilities, fertile eggs to incubate. I remember grandad had a contraption, made from a piece of aluminium suspended on a wire from a wooden handle, that was supposed to tell the sex of an egg by the way it rotated or didn't rotate when held over an egg. I forget which and I never did find out if it worked but grandad believed that it did.Click for More Details
Friends of Scaley Hills have made real progress on improving footpaths and keeping the area clean this last year.
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The group are now looking for volunteers to train as local walk leaders, in order to help more people get out and enjoy the green space on their doorstep between Wibsey Bank and Brownroyd Hill Road.
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