The bus is nearly full so if you want to go but have not yet booked contact us urgently.
Please be at the Millennium Centre by 8.45 on 22nd June as the bus will leave promptly at 9 a.m.
We have found out that Eden Camp hold items from WW2 in their archives which have been donated by members of the public.
If anyone attending has memorabilia e.g. documents, photos etc please take them along on saturday they will copy/scan them & give them back before you leave
This will take place during our meeting scheduled for 25th July 2013.
Nominations are invited for committee members.
If you have any issues you would like to raise use this site or attend our June meeting to let us know.
Please try & come along & have your say
We meet on the last thursday of each month at
The Millennium Centre
Childwall Valley Road
We start at 7 p.m. and finish by 9 p.m.
We have free tea & coffee and there is a bar in the centre for those requiring something colder or stronger!
We usually have several photo albums, maps of then & now & our new model prefab on display. It’s a chance to meet friends & neighbours old & new and to share reminiscences.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON
the dates of the next 2 meetings are
June 27th 2013 & July 25th 2013
I would like to share some of my memories of my early years of living in Belle Vale.
My name is Carol Griffiths (nee Grier) and I lived in Lee Park Avenue(from the age of about 12 months until I was age 8/9yrs) in a ground floor flat next to the ‘Police’ houses. Our neigbours in the flats included the Blackburn family, the Barlow family and our neighbours in the ‘police’ house next door were a family called Rance.
I always remember the play area over the road to our flat which was fondly called ‘the circle’ and also vividly remember the building of the tower blocks named after prime ministers (Churchill House, Atlee House etc).
I attended Belle Vale CP school from 1962 until we moved to a house in Woolton in 1966 – after much hassle from my mum who walked every day to the Council office begging for a house to acommodate our growing family of 3 children and 2 adults. TheCouncil office was inside an old building in Wambo Lane next to the Spam factory where Morrisons now presides. The school was surrounded by the prefabs and myself and school friends used to play in the playground and often reach through to a garden that backed onto the school to get caterpillars off the cabbages and let them crawl on our hands.
I had a friend called Elizabeth Carr who once invited me to tea in her prefab home, I was in awe of it everything was within reach it had everything that was needed. There was a playground within the prefab estate with swings slides and see saws and there was a ‘cocky watchman’ who had his own hut and kept an eye on things. The local Health Clinic I remember having iron mesh grilles on the windows and we used to go there with my mum to get my younger baby sisters weighed and buy milk and small bottles of orange juice. There are houses built on this area now.
I can always remember walking up Lee Park Avenue and crossing the road to the bridge to get the train to Garston where we used to visit the only big supermarket at the time called ‘Lennons’, then we would walk to Garston market and get the train home again.
Opposite the Bridge Inn pub there was a small little bridge at the side of a small garden nursery we often used to take a bottle of water and jam sandwiches to paddle in the brook.
I remember a lot of the women and children including my mum, myself and siblings being picked up at various stops on Lee Park Avenue by a flat back lorry and we would set off for a day to the countryside ( which I think was Halewood or Cronton) to pick potatoes. This was probably to subsidise their family income at the time.
I hope this triggers memories for other people.
Merseymart journalist Thomas Martin has written an article about the “Proud of
our Roots” project which will run in Belle Vale Shopping Centre this year. He has
given us a huge publicity plug, including our website, quotes from Sandra Sandland
and a photo of Sandra’s family showing the prefabs and St Stephen’s in the back
ground. He explains how to contribute memories – we have loads so we’ll talk about
this when we get together next.