We are arranging a trip during the summer to Eden Camp which is in North Yorkshire. The date is 22nd June 2013. The trip will cost £13 for the coach & £5 entrance (£4 for concessions).
The Camp is a museum dedicated to all things connected to the Second World War. It includes a prefab. Although this is a different style to the Belle Vale prefabs it was one of many erected to ease the housing shortage at the end of WW2.
More information is available at www.edencamp.co.uk
If you would like to join us please contact us by email reply as soon as possible
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 3 meetings are
April 25th, May 30th & June 27th 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.
I remember the day the boy died in the sand in Belle Vale. I hope my memory is not all togther gone but I remember seeing a boy who lived next to Childwall Vally rRd. at the top of an avenue near to Hedgefield Rd but just past the Church, (Our Lady’s old church). I was going to the shops at Hedgefield about 2o’clock on a Saturday. The boy was digging in the sandy bank which was a feature of that part of the fenced bank on the edge of the field where the school was eventually built. I remember him
so clearly. I think of what happened to him just a short while after I saw him. If there was another accident involving two boys then it may have been earlier when Lee Park was built or the new estate , but I do remember this one accident well. He was an only child too.
clearly digging it out by himself. He was about nine years old I think.He lived across the main road from that sandy bank at the top of the avenue, as I said. Later that afternoon when I came back home the news was out tht he had been killed when the sand collapsed on him. I always remember him. He was
I am searching for more informtion about Hedgefeild road. My mother , auntie, and grandparents lived there from 1950 to 1953 at number 24. Was this on the Belle Vale estate? Their surname is Byrne , Susan , John, Linda and Valerie.
My mother remebers a police station at the end of the road as well as the barbers and a small parade of shops just around the corner.