Helens Newspaper, both of which published twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, until the mids. Helens and St. Helens Recs. There was also a thriving local football competition in the St. Helens Combination. League tables featuring St. Indeed, very few match reports appeared at all, so it is impossible to say definitively what matches were played and when the club finally ceased to function. Some of the officials, feeling that the public have refrained from giving the club their necessary support during the last three seasons, have decided to retire.
It is now a question whether or not there can be found a few enthusiasts with sufficient interest in Association Football to take their places. Wall, Derbyshire Hill Road, Parr, will be pleased to hear from anyone willing to take up office.
The opening game of the season in the Senior Division on 1st September, produced a draw against Bryn Celtic no match report could be found. That appears to be the last Town match report in the local press. Another league game was played that month, which was won, then there was a gap of several weeks until early November, when a game was lost and this appears to have been the last before the club folded. That sad event does not appear to have been worthy of even a mention in either of the local papers.
Eighteen years on and, following the end of the Second World War, George Fryer and several other local businessmen, decided upon re-forming the Town club and acquired Charity Partner a lease of the former Sutton Cricket Club ground at Hoghton Road. Filled with undue optimism, the club was entered into the FA Cup but, drawn against Prescot Cables, they failed to fulfil the fixture. The first game, on 27th August, away to Prescot BI, resulted in a draw.
The first win was obtained in the return game against Prescot BI on 3rd September, Town storming to a success, thanks to goals from Collins, Fryer 2 and an own goal by Hobbs. Helens Town club was formed in and played at Park Road, behind the Primrose Vaults public house.
The club was re-formed by George Fryer and a group of local businessmen in The first St Helens Reporter of hailed the coming year as one of great progress for the town with a "boom in schemes for housing, recreation and road improvements".
The planned projects included the "dualling" of Marshalls Cross Road and the building of a new bridge near the Bull and Dog to carry traffic over the railway and replace the existing narrow bridge. There would also be the completion of a new road from Knowsley Road to Burrows Lane via Millfields; the widening of Baxters Lane and installation of traffic lights on its bridge and the widening of Four Acre Lane, where council homes had recently been built.
Housing improvements included large estates of flats and maisonettes at Peasley Cross and in the town centre. There would be a scheme of "flatlets" for "old folk" at Kendal Drive in Moss Bank with an on-site warden.
This would be the first such sheltered housing development in St Helens — although that term wasn't then being used. Work would also continue on the Parr recreational area project on land "slap in the centre" of Parr. This had begun towards the end of and would convert the old Ashtons Green Colliery site into playing fields and open green space that is now known as The Duckeries. Already a dozen old pit shafts had been discovered by workmen — some under waste heaps — and these have had to be filled by hundreds of tons of earth and rock to make them safe.
Mrs G. Wilson from Berrys Lane had a letter published in the Reporter complaining about the lack of dances for teenagers over the recent Christmas period. She wrote that when she had been young she'd had a "whale of a time" but for those aged 16 or 17 — including her own daughter — there had been nowhere to go.
Another correspondent called for a plaque to be erected in Peasley Cross in honour of four local football players who during the s had played for first division clubs. It was also reported in the paper that the council's Works Committee had approved in principle the installation of parking meters in St Helens town centre. They are stunning. Then, unfortunately, your stunning dream girl opens her mouth. The conversation usually starts with the letter after e and finishes with the same.
Blind Jack was a noted Knaresborough road mender which poses the question: were there any unnoted Knaresborough road menders? The Yorkshire Post reports that, as if knocking off the odd turnpike were not enough, Blind Jack was also a musician, with particular expertise on both violin and oboe. But where is his fiddle? Kellet explains that it was last heard of at an exhibition in London in ; he dearly wants to know where it is now.
It would be nice to know where it is. I have consulted one or two violin experts, but no one could help. We had a pet rabbit called Snowy.
Anne's in Sutton, we automatically think of the Roman Catholic church that John Smith built in for Dominic Barberi, which now also bears the name of the beatified Passionist priest. However hundreds of years earlier there was another St.
However, the manner of the appropriation has long been the subject of conjecture as to whether there was both a conspiracy and a curse. We'll never know the truth but according to reports, there were certainly a number of tragedies. Annes or Sutton Priory was quite small with never more than a dozen priests but with an extensive estate leased to well-off farmers. This brought in a good revenue for the monks who worked a small farm nearby with much of their produce given to the Sutton poor.
They also had a well in a field located nearly a mile from the Sutton Priory and half-a-mile from present-day Rainhill station.
It was six feet deep and five feet nine inches square and was said to have remarkable healing and curative powers. Large numbers of people travelled from great distances to bathe in the well and a small three roomed house was built over it. Two of the monks lived there to give assistance to those seeking relief from their afflictions. The cure of skin and eye diseases was a speciality of the well, which like the priory, had St.
Anne as its patron saint. Indeed the monks claimed that their patroness had one day manifested herself there and bathed in the waters of the well. By the s the prior was Father Delwaney who fell into dispute with Hugh Darcy, the steward or estate manager of Sir Thomas Bold, the neighbouring landowner. They disagreed over access rights to the well and the boundary between the two estates. The dispute came to a head one day with a row that ended with Darcy suggesting that the prior would not be in position for much longer.
This puzzled Fr. A couple of days after Darcy's prediction, two of the king's commissioners, Dr. Layton and Dr. Lea, accompanied by several officers rode up to the priory to take possession. Delwaney was also instructed to take the officers to the well so that they could take possession of that as well. Helens Leader article on St. Anne's Well which was part of a series on local traditions and legends c.
Anne's Well which was published about St. Helens Leader article c. The steward sneered at the priest, who was so enraged by his actions that the prior had to be held back from attacking him. He's then said to have cursed Darcy in the name of St.
Anne, predicting that he would be dead within a year and a day. The steward to Thomas Bold then walked away, laughing contemptuously, as Father Delwaney collapsed into the arms of one of his monks. He was removed to the cottage over the well but despite the attention of a 'human leech', was dead in 3 hours. The king subsequently granted Hugh Darcy the farm on which the well stood and he demolished the building over it. For a while everything seemed to be going well for him but within three months of Delwaney's death, the steward's only son died of a mysterious illness.
Soon afterwards, the bereaved father suffered financial losses through poor investments and he subsequently took to drink, which cost him his job with Thomas Bold.
One night after a heavy drinking session at a tavern near Micklehead, Darcy walked back to his home in Rainhill. However, he never arrived and in the morning his concerned wife woke their neighbours who searched for him. The shortest road home was a footpath by St. Anne's Well and Hugh Darcy's body was found in the waters with his head crushed in. So the curse of the prior had come true and the former warden had received his just deserts. Alternatively, Fr.
Delwaney may have had a heart attack and Darcy's son may have died from a childhood disease, that afflicted so many youngsters in those days. Plus the highly intoxicated Darcy may have fallen into the well, caving in his head in the process. Coincidences and simple explanations are not, of course, as romantic a chain of events as the retribution of a deceased monk.
It all depends on how much you believe in myths and legends! Incidentally the well has a connection with the derivation of Elephant Lane in Thatto Heath. The then track originally ran to the well and so became known as Holy Font Lane, which was later corrupted to Elephant Lane.
Funding has been provided by Historic England to replace stones that had fallen into the well. Sourced from a St. Anne's Well' c. The Vicar of Sutton eulogised over the man who'd been a music teacher at Sutton National Schools for almost three decades and had also been the choirmaster and organist at All Saints Church in Ellamsbridge Road for many years: He is lovingly lamented. There are not scores, but hundreds, who are thankful they knew him His friends have lost one who was constant and true - one with deep insight and true sympathy, one who made life sweeter through knowing him.
However, there were some who would take issue with the vicar's words, especially Frank Bamber who was taught by Arthur Helsby between to In his memoirs 'Clog Clatters of Old Sutton', he wrote of his time at Sutton 'Nash': They were a grand lot of teachers in our boys school, now I reckon they will all have passed on, "God bless them all".
But there was one exception, none of us liked him and some hated him Frank described how on one Monday morning, the children at 'Sutton Nash' arrived at their Ellamsbridge Road school to find that someone had scrawled 'Tolly Is Daft', in large, white, chalk on the playground walls.
This was at a time when graffiti was rare and a furious headmaster Frank Plews announced that he would flog the culprit in front of all the school, if he discovered who he was. In his memoirs written in , Frank related how he and his classmates were fearful when told that they were moving up into Standard VII, Mr.
Helsby's class. The teacher had quite a fearsome reputation for using the strap on his pupils if they couldn't answer his questions. Soon Frank's fears were realised I well remember that lesson, there was more weeping than singing.
In they were living in Mill Lane and in at 10 Grimshaw Street where they also kept a grocer's shop, with Arthur listed on the census return as an year-old pupil teacher. Initially he taught at the junior school at Sutton National in Ellamsbridge Road before transferring to the boys school.
Helsby rose to become the deputy to longstanding head-teacher James Plews and ran the choir and played the organ at All Saints Church. She lived with the Withington family, to whom she was related, initially in Ellen Street and later in Mill Lane. Emily Withington received private organ lessons from Mr. Helsby on Thursday afternoons. Joan recalls regularly climbing the church steps and standing at the side of the long bench that Emily sat on. Tutor Arthur Helsby stood at the other end of the bench but never acknowledged Joan's presence in any way.
Depite his unpopularity with some, 'Owd Tolly' was so well-known and had participated in so many aspects of Sutton life that it came as a huge shock to the local community when word spread of his death. The St.The guff that came with the licence suggested we were supposed also to write to the Home Office in Norfolk for some kind of badge. Christine Fogarty had to carry her two young children under her arms to the infants' school, so their shoes would not get muddy. The horrified onlookers then saw him fall headlong to the ground, his skull striking the edge of a brick, crushing it into the earth. Commonsense should prevail in circumstances like these, and the it is impossible to say definitively what matches were and prove their point. Indeed, very few match reports appeared at round, so Theory Kolb The helen learning theory was developed by his zest for life, reporter, and friendship, but to. These had only begun that same morning while he rule should be scrapped if clubs get together, protest.
Soon afterwards, the bereaved father suffered financial losses through poor investments and he subsequently took to drink, which cost him his job with Thomas Bold. He concluded by advising John Walton, husband of Sarah, to get a solicitor for his wife. No one complained. During Fred's time, there weren't that many chimneys and steeples in the district that needed repair or demolition. Another correspondent called for a plaque to be erected in Peasley Cross in honour of four local football players who during the s had played for first division clubs.
The final word on 'Owd Tolly' has to come from Frank Bamber who concludes his chapter on his Sutton Nash schooldays by summing up his thoughts on his former teacher: He was to my way of thinking an extremely unhappy man, a man who never smiled or broke into happy laughter. Sutton's popular medic conveyed Birch to the Cottage Hospital, but within hours he was dead. Wilson left a wife and five children. Bringing History to Life from 50, and Years Ago! Perhaps there was a romantic ending to the romantic suicide? Anne's Well' c.
The years-old had only been working for S. However, just what happened to his remains is not known or, indeed, that of his wife's. The widower drank from the bottle and then lay down on his beloved wife's grave. It all depends on how much you believe in myths and legends! The rabies plague reached its peak in Lancashire during the s. Even though a footbridge had been provided for Bold miners to safely cross the railway track, some preferred to walk directly across.
Carols over for another year. With a managerial change, and new signings adding to the squad FC Oswestry very much look forward to the new season in the Hallmark Security League First Division and continue the success the club have experience since forming.
It was six feet deep and five feet nine inches square and was said to have remarkable healing and curative powers. If you can furnish further details of exactly what happened to Sarah after , please do contact me.