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|St James Church|
|Local Quarries 2|
|Glimpse of the Past|
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|St Peters Conisbro'|
THE CAWTHORNE FAMILY
By Stevie Marsh (previously Stephanie Cawthorne)
Including memories from Fred and Doris Hartle
I have been doing my family history, which involves Ravenfield, for a number of years. I too am a retired Headteacher - forty years in the profession and twenty years as a head. Got my bus pass last year.
I was born on Reasby Avenue and went to Ravenfield school too. Miss Ward was our head, we all loved Mrs Littlewood (her husband Geoff was a good friend of my dad's, as was Tom Bashforth - they were all at school together in Ravenfield), Mrs Ryback and Mrs Hobson were also at the school.
My great grandparents and parents all lived in Ravenfield but died before I was born.
What an interesting site on Ravenfield. Is John Waller's sister Sandra Hardisty by any chance? I was born on Reasby Avenue and went to school with her and played with her when I was young. I thought she was fantastic. Sandra had charisma and had great ideas. We played with Mickey quite a bit too. Janet was that bit older and Eric was doing his own thing. I remember her father, who was killed by falling down the pit shaft at Silverwood and my father coming home and telling us how he had had to deal with his body after the accident. His wife was called Kath Hardisty and later became Mrs. Waller I think.
My father went to Ravenfield School and was awarded a County Minor Scholarship to Rotherham Grammar School in 1927 - one of the few children to manage this at the time. He was very active in the school PTA and I remember the first meeting my Dad set up in our front room when he had a plan to fill in the first quarry and build a tennis courts over the top. There was enough interest in the plan and a club was formed with the intention of building some tennis courts over the quarry. He arranged with Mrs. Morton, down the common, to buy and donate the land. He also arranged wagons from the steel works, or was it the 'pit' to fill in the quarry with slack and clinker. Then the group built the courts with help from other volunteers. I used to be sent with water and sandwiches to the men working on the tennis courts. It became a wonderful amenity and people used to sit on the wall watching the tennis players after they had had a walk in the woods.
My dad's hobby was tennis and he started another successful club when we moved to near Bradford and we played Ravenfield on several occasions. My parents met playing tennis. I became my school and college captain and won a prize for the best junior player in Leeds later (under sixteens). It's sad to see the Ravenfield Courts have disappeared. They played a great part in my childhood.
I do remember them telling me about the
unexploded bomb at Hellaby and the man who lived there opening the door
and falling down the hole on to the bomb. Fortunately it did not
Fred' I remember Ravenfield Hall after Dunkirk. A Staffordshire regiment were
based there and some of them used to go to Sunnyside Club.'
page and transcription John Doxey
Footnote by John Doxey.
Herbert Cawthorne aged 171/2 was living at New Bungalow Ravenfield signed on at Silverwood as a Driver on October 14th 1925
|My gratitude to Stevie Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org Fred Hartle and Doris Hartle|
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