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James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by lewis (Member 10138738) on 27-Nov-2004
I am trying to contact to find out about James 'Sammy' Shields who was at Stalag VIIIB as a POW during the war, and remained a prisoner for 5 years. James Shields was in the Royal Foot Scots and was from Winchburgh, Scotland. From what I have worked out from the web, he was the brother of William Shields, who emigrated to Australia in the 1920s. I understand James sent a postcard to William from S... more >>   
  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 30-Nov-2004
    Hello,
    You seem to be well briefed on James's life after the war.I am aware of the details the episodes you mention but I do not think it fair to recount any further detail. Unfortunately James was another example of soldiers who were badly let down by society after the war and never received the assistance that they well merited.
    James had a son and daughter, I understand the daughter, Irene, i... more >>

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by lewis (Member 10138738) on 2-Dec-2004
    Dear Alec

    I really appreciate this, thanks. Lewis

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 6-Dec-2004
    I have spoken to Irene and have her details.
    If you would like to mail me at AlecWPettie@aol.com I will pass them on.
    Irene has a brother John who lives in London who apparently has received an e-mail also requesting details of their father. Ironically James is buried at Bexhill-on-Sea which will not be far from where you reside.
    Regards, Alec Pettie.

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by ann dickson (Member 10124352) on 17-Jan-2005
    Alec, I've just read this correspondence and wanted to say that you handled this query with kindness and sensitivity. I too remember the very sad events and have often thought about Irene and hoped she was well and happy.

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 17-Jan-2005
    Ann, Thanks. My brother Andrew visited Irene last week in Bo'ness, she is very well.Regards, Alec

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by gavin (Member 10017807) on 23-Jan-2005
    I SAW THIS STORY AND THOUGHT THERE MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE A FEW WINCHBURGH MEN TAKEN PRISONER DURING THE WAR,THIS IS A SUBJECT THAT SADLY DOES NOT GET GET RECORDED ,IF ANYONE KNOWS OF ANYONE ELSE WHO WAS IMPRISONED DURING THE WAR OR STORIES OF THESE BRAVE LADS I WOULD LOVE TOO HEAR OF THEM AS I DO ALOT OF STUDYING ON WINCHBURGH AND THIS IS A GREY AREA

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 24-Jan-2005
    The others I know off are-Ben Gorman, Alec Aitken,
    and Rabbie Dixon, though I think there may have been another.I remember Ben and Alec being driven thru' Millgate on a decorated lorry after their return home and then a ceremony where they were presented with a sum of money collected in the village. As a side note Willie Thornton the Rangers centre forward of the 50's and 60's was awarded the Mil... more >>

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 24-Jan-2005
    Alec If my memory is correct every serviceman/woman who returned to the village after the war were gifted one pound? from St Philomena irrespective of their church connections.
    Also one of the Harrison brothers from Niddry who was in the Merchant Navy was killed when his ship was sunk by a submarine. He worked in the garage before the war with my Dad.His brother moved to Philpstoun and developed... more >>

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by gavin (Member 10017807) on 27-Jan-2005
    thankyou for the names of winchburghs pows some of these guys i knew already i am trying too research more into theses guys but sadly not alot of background on regiments these guys serve under but am working on them sadly the forgotten men

  • Re: James Shields, Royal Foot Scots, from Winchburgh by gavin (Member 10017807) on 21-Aug-2005
    NOW WE REMEMBER VJ DAY MIND CAST OVER ALL THE WINCHBURGH LADS IN THE FAR EAST AS POW,S WHAT THEY HAD TOO ENDURE,AM STILL LOOKING FOR INFOR ON POWS FROM WINCHBURGH AND WHAT UNITS THEY BELONGED TOO

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Clootie dumpling by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 15-Nov-2004
Has anyone got a recipe for foolproof dumpling. I would love to make one but every time I try I end up with a gooey mess.   
  • Re: Clootie dumpling by Jean Glendinning (Member 10071368) on 16-Nov-2004
    I have a recipe handed down from my granny. I have made it a few times and it works. I'll type it up and e mail it to you.
    Jean

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Computer crash by Bill McMaster (Member 10107681) on 20-Oct-2004
Alan Scott, Danny Pace, Alec Pettie, Bill Glendinning. Please send me an Email, I had a computer crash and lost your addresses. Everybody else is welcome too......Bill McMaster.   
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Gala Day memories - help by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 17-Oct-2004
Can anyone please let me know : Has the queen has always been crowned by a woman? Does anyone have a list ? If this role has always been carried out by a female is there a reason we have not given this honour to a man ?   
  • Re: Gala Day memories - help by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 18-Oct-2004
    Nan, as far as I can remember, the crowning has always been done by a woman, but I have no idea why.

  • Re: Gala Day memories - help by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 5-Nov-2004
    Nan and Gwen

    I would assume that the tradition of having a lady crown the Queen stems from an age of old fashioned courtesy. The ladies in question were usually the wifes of respected men of the village.
    eg. Mr and Mrs Goerge, Schoolmaster. Mr and Mrs Peutherer, Works Manager.Even my Mum through my Dad.
    I like the idea of a role reversal now that we have arrived in the 21st. century. Go on pr... more >>

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gala day 1942 by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 16-Oct-2004
I have found that a copy of a film exists for the 1942 gala day. I think for the reunion it would be a good film to show on the day. I copied this from the site :
A parade in the streets of Winchburgh, West Lothian. The Amateur Fire Service war units demonstrate fire fighting equipment. 1st. August 1942.

Pipe band in Home Guard uniform. Large local Home Guard unit in the area due to most men ... more >>
  
  • Re: gala day 1942 by Danny Pace (Member 10127238) on 25-Oct-2004
    nan I am almost positivethat the manager of 'The Regal'in broxburn in '42 was a guy calle Major Walker. I also think that during the fire fighting display one of the hoses, they weremade of woven canvas, burst and the gallant Major was unfortunatly standing ajacent to burst. I'll leave the result to your imagination.

  • Re: gala day 1942 by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 30-Oct-2004
    The film is already on Video and was shown in the church earlier in the year. A second showing is scheduled for November along with some other old gala day films which were originally on 16mm and have been rescued and re-taped.
    Margaret Meikle and my brother Andrew have been active in these restorations and viewings for the last couple of years. There will be no problem in having a showing at any... more >>

  • Re: gala day 1942 by drew mutter (Member 10125104) on 2-Nov-2004
    FAO of Alec Pettie,

    Having read your e mail on the viewing of the film of the gala day of 1942 in November,I was wondering if you have the date and location which I would consider attending if possible.

    Drew Mutter
    andrewmutter@blueyonder.co.uk

  • Re: gala day 1942 by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 7-Nov-2004
    Drew.
    Wednesday 8th November in the Parish Church at 7pm.
    Apparently there is a lot of interest even from people ouside the village and a full house is anticipated.
    I believe they have 1942,1952,1953 and 1954 galas plus some other events.
    Regards,
    Alec

  • Re: gala day 1942 by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 8-Nov-2004
    Another piece of news.
    An enthusiast from Whitequarries has a source for recovering the old 16mm films onto Video. The cost is around 500. There will be a request made on Wednesday for advance orders to be placed at around 10 a time to buy copies in order to finance the Project. Any money raised over the 500 cost will go to the Gala Day funds.
    Alec

  • Re: gala day 1942 by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 8-Nov-2004
    Have a great night ! Wish I could be there.

  • Re: gala day 1942 by Callum MacLeod (Member 10136913) on 8-Nov-2004
    Hi, are you sure you mean Wed 8 Nov; today is Mon 8 Nov. I hope you mean wed 8 Dec; I am very keen to attend. Could you clarify this please?

  • Re: gala day 1942 by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 9-Nov-2004
    Sorry, my mistake should be Wed 10th
    Alec

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winchburgh by norman landells (Member 10134059) on 12-Oct-2004
hi everybody out there im origanaly from edinburgh but stayed in winchburgh for over twenty years i married a girl from winchburgh sandra cannon you might know her mother and father scouse and jessie cannon if
anyone would like to chat with me about any thing from winchburgh i would be happy to chat with them
  
  • Re: winchburgh by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 2-Nov-2004
    Hi Norman,
    I remember the cannons actually Mary Davidson married Sandra's brother (I think) she was my cousin. I remember Sandra, knew her Mum And Dad very well. My Aunt Anne used to go about Jessie. I don't remember you tho however you are probably much younger than me. I moved to Canada in 1963. Nice to hear from you.

  • Re: winchburgh by mabel chambers [nee crichton] (Member 10143173) on 21-Jan-2005
    Hi everyone: I am Mabel Crichton, from Millgate. Left Millgate 1955 and have lived in Canada ever since. Through the years I have met a few people who lived in Winchburgh. Would love to attend the re-union. Trying to book flights, so a confirmed date would be great. My brother Jim is also interested in coming. Kitty Smith and I still correspond and have visited back and forth ober the years. ... more >>

  • Re: winchburgh by sheena short (Member 10142405) on 26-Jan-2005
    Hi, Mabel, do you remamber me,sheena paterson,we lived downstairs from you in Millgate. It will be good to be in touch with you if you are interested. I now live in Norhtumberland and have done for the last 18 years.Am married to Jim and have two daughters Fiona and Linda who are both married. We will be having our Ruby wedding this April. It will be good to hear your news. Sheena

  • Re: winchburgh by mabel chambers [nee crichton] (Member 10143173) on 28-Jan-2005
    Hi Sheena: Yes I remenber you, how could I forget after living upstairs from you for 14 years. I haveso many memories of Millgate, most of them good. We have retired to British Columbia. We have four married sons living in Alberta and 7 grandchildren. Wanted more!! but I will take what I get. I am in contact with Kitty Robertson[Smith] They have been here for or five times. Kitty has never... more >>

  • Re: winchburgh by sheena short (Member 10142405) on 28-Jan-2005
    Mabel, it's so good to hear from you. Can you imagine what it will be like at the reunion. Wonder if we will be able to recognise each other.
    Bill my oldest brother still lives in winchburgh, in fact he is over the way in the house the Young family lived and above the Smiths. Lots of changes in the old "village". About my family, Jim was in the navy when we got married so only stayed in one place... more >>

  • Re: winchburgh by mabel chambers [nee crichton] (Member 10143173) on 15-Feb-2005
    Hi Sheena : I am looking forward to the reunion, but would like a little more info. We would like to book for a months holiday, we plan on booking a Motor Home, but would like to get some more details. My brother Jim may come with us. He lives in Calgary, close to my Mom. We are thinking if all is a go, we would come around the middle of June. Yes, I can't imagine the changes in everyone. Whe... more >>

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Any Ideas ? by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 30-Sep-2004
It is so good to see so many people with a passion for the reunion. There are many of us who will not be able to make it home at that time but would like to be a part of things. How about setting something up with the site www.winchburgh.org.uk ? Photos taken at the reunion would be great and messages for our overseas Winchburgh people. Anyone got any other ideas so that we can all share in the re... more >>   
  • Re: Any Ideas ? by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 1-Oct-2004
    Hi, Nan. What a great idea. Alan has posted a notice about the reunion on thta site, but I'm sure that there wouldn't be a problem re photographs, etc. The idea is brilliant.

  • Lorraine Davidson by mabel chambers [nee crichton] (Member 10143173) on 15-Feb-2005
    Hi Lorraine : This is Mabel Chambers. You were talking about Agnes Quate. I was going through some old pictures the othe day and I came across a picture of Agnes and a bunch of us at Nethermill [one of the many picnics we had there]. I am not sure who was all there other than Agnes and Kitty Smith and some of Kitty's siblings. Would love to see some of my old classmates of 55. I think Miss Bev... more >>

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Reunion by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 26-Jul-2004
Sandra, I know where Agnes quate is and can get in touch with her. Her Sister is married to my cousin, so I will let her know about this. No problem. I am getting excited about it already. Hope it comes off.If I can help let me know.   
  • Re: Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 26-Jul-2004
    Hi Lorraine, I am so pleased to hear from you, I hope that Agnes and her sister can make it to the reunion, she will probably know how to contact more of my former class mates, Gwen and I are looking forward to seeing everyone there, so the more the merrier ay !

  • Re: Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 6-Sep-2004
    Where is everyone?, I am missing your messages, now that the olympics are out of the way lets get back to communicating, hope you all had a lovely summer holiday, we have ours to look forward to, can't wait for the reunion.

  • Re: Reunion by Danny Jamieson (Member 10115796) on 8-Sep-2004
    If anyone knows about the school reunion and if it is a go could you please give us more information so that others in Canada can make plans to attend. Thanks

  • Re: Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 8-Sep-2004
    Hi Danny, the reunion will be in the last week of June 2005, at the moment it will be held in the Tally Ho Hotel, it will be great to see you there, quite a few people are interested and Gwen(White) Sturgess and I will definitely be going

  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 9-Sep-2004
    Hi, Danny

    Further to Sandra's message. I have just come back from the UK, and i am going to email Alan tonight to see if I can get his help to organise things. Watch this space!!!!!

  • Re: Reunion by Danny Jamieson (Member 10115796) on 10-Sep-2004
    Hi again! If this reunion does happen it will be great. I saw Jim Young over the summer holidays and mention it to him and he said he would be interested in going, and also saw Mabel Crichton and she said she would love to go so hopefully it all works out. Keep in touch

  • Re: Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 23-Sep-2004
    Hi everyone, It seems that the Tally Ho Hotel is now not an option for our proposed reunion and it has been suggested to have it at the bowling club, if anyone has another venue to suggest please let us know, also when would the best date be, I think the gala day is the last Saturday in June but we could have it after then,also what format could we have, a lunch, a dinner a trip somewhere or just ... more >>

  • Re: Reunion by Ken Reid (Member 10117973) on 23-Sep-2004
    Have been knowhere for a long time. Still interested in the reunion although Winchburgh may not provide a venue. I live in Armadale and between Armadale and Whitburn there is a fabulous Chinese restuarant providing a buffet and bar that is exceptional. It can cater for a lot of people either in conservatory or private rooms and the staff are brilliant. It has a bar and comprehensive eaterie. Cater... more >>

  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 24-Sep-2004
    Hi, all. Alan has suggested the bowling club in Winchburgh, and Andrew said he would be happy to show the Gala Day films on their big screen. I guess a lot will depend on numbers. Ken, your idea sounds really good, too, so does anyone else have any other ideas. It's a bit difficult for Sandra & I being so far away, but Alan has been great, and I am sure there will be heaps of other suggestions forthcoming.

  • Re: Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 24-Sep-2004
    Hi Ken, I lo.o.o.ve chinese food, but I think the reunion should be somewhere in Winchburgh, personally I think just a few nibbles to eat a few drinks and just mingling with friends, but I will go along with the majority, looking forward to seeing a few more suggestions.

  • Re: Reunion by Danny Jamieson (Member 10115796) on 29-Sep-2004
    Hi everyone, I am throwing some suggestions out which is what you asked for. First I think you should find out what kind of numbers you are looking at that will be attending this reunion. If you can put it on the web-site or something so that people can reply to it. I think you might be surprized at the people who are interested. I also think there should be a cost of some kind that is money up fr... more >>

  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 29-Sep-2004
    Hi, Danny. I agree. Alan has been in touch and has posted notice of the reunion on another website. Do you think we should set up some sort of email facility (or something similar) where people can leave a message to express their interest. I'm not quite sure where to go from here. I can get my son to set up a web page if that is the way to go. Help!!!!

  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 7-Oct-2004
    Hi, Lorraine. Do you have any dates for your trip home next year, so that we can perhaps organise the reunion for then.

  • Re: Reunion (May Crawford) by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 16-Nov-2004
    Re-union

    Now that I have retired I have more time to look at the noticeboard - fascinating!! I now live in Stewarton in Ayrshire after living all over Britain and abroad, but my sister and brother are still in Winchburgh and another in Linlithgow. I would love to attend the re-union when it is set up and if I can do anything to help in achieving this, please let me know - I still visit Winch... more >>

  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 28-Nov-2004
    Hi, May. I'vejust returned to Oz from UK last night. I spent some time with Sarah Tait & her husband, and from what they were saying,it would appear that a lot of the 'oldies' still live in Winchburgh. We'll keep you posted about the reunion

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Auldcathie by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 22-Jul-2004
Someone enquired about Auldcathie recently. Put
www.cyberscotia.com in your browser and you soon find a photo and some history.
Another good site is SCRAN. just put this inyour normal search engine and this comprehensive site will appear. Type in your area and you will get preview photos and script which can be read at leisure. To take full advantage there is an additional yearly subscription wh... more >>
  
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Auldcathie by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 22-Jul-2004
Someone enquired about Auldcathie recently. Put
www.cyperscotia .com in your browser and you soon find a photo and some history.
Another good site is SCRAN. just put this inyour normal search engine and this comprehensive site will appear. Type in your area and you will get preview photos and script which can be read at leisure. To take full advantage there is an additional yearly subscription w... more >>
  
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Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 27-Jun-2004
Can anyone tell me when the last function was held at Duntarvie Castle. I have tried researching it from here but cannot find any information. This is to do with the fact that the castle may be haunted. I am looking for a date of about 1953.   
  • Re: Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by Danny Pace (Member 10127238) on 28-Jun-2004
    I can vaguely remember a function at Duntarvie Castle back in the fifties. I think that the farmer at Duntarvie Farm held something there and everything was under canvas.Has anybody else any recollections?

  • Re: Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 29-Jun-2004
    Danny, I am so glad to hear you say that because all of my life I have wondered what I saw that day. It makes me feel a lot better that what I saw was real ! It will be even better if someone remembers what it was all about. I really thought it was in my imagination or something not of this world. Phew !.....

  • Re: Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 29-Jun-2004
    Hi, Nan. I vaguely remember something being held in Duntarvie Castle long beofre I came out here. I have asked my Dad, and he seems to think he knows someone who would remember it, so as soon as I hear anything I will let you know. Did you think you had seen ghosts or something???

  • Re: Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 30-Jun-2004
    Gwen, I am waiting to see what type of function was held there, before I reveal what I saw that day. I am keeping an open mind. After all I have waited 50 years, why did I wait so long ? I am not sure.

  • Re: Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 30-Jun-2004
    Nan
    You could try the Curator at Hopetoun House. I have found her useful in the past.
    Alan

  • Re: Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 30-Jun-2004
    Nan

    I tried Sybil Cavanagh but nothing showed up on the newspaper search.

    Alan

  • Re: Last Function at Duntarvie Castle by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 2-Jul-2004
    Hi Nan, I read with interest your concern at Duntarvie Castle being haunted, I know my brother Tom saw something there and it would have been about the same time, I remember how frightened he was, there was someone with him at the time, it was Frank Chapman or Jack Corstorphine I think, if someone knows how to contact them, they might remember, all the best, will you be at the reunion? Sandra.

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Reunion by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 29-May-2004
Hi Gwen,

Just read your message re a reunion in 2005, Jim & I are supposed to be coming home next year for a wedding so hopefully we can arrange something. That would be great. I will get the proper date for the wedding and take it from there and get back to you soon.
  
  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 9-Jun-2004
    Hi, Lorraine

    Sandra & I are trying to organise things around Gala Day time, so keep us posted. Hope it all works ot. Gwen

  • Re: Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 15-Jun-2004
    Hi everyone, I hope this reunion becomes a reality as Gwen and I are really looking forward to it, god knows how we are all going to recognise each other, I would also like someone from my class at school to be there, there is a new Winchburgh site at www.ukvillages.co.uk , it may help to post a message there, so if anyone knows the whereabouts of Alex Turnbull, Eric Crombie, Margaret Reid, Agnes ... more >>

  • Re: Reunion by James (Member 10122865) on 20-Jun-2004
    You can post details of the reunion on the Winchburgh web-site - see www.winchburgh.org.uk or email webmaster@winchburgh.org.uk

  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 23-Jun-2004
    Thanks, James. I will get on to that. Gwen

  • Re: Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 24-Jun-2004
    Hi James, thanks for your info. re. the new
    Winchburgh site, you dont give your surname,!!!Will you be at the reunion??? all the best Sandra

  • Re: Reunion by ann dickson (Member 10124352) on 10-Jul-2004
    Hello Gwen, Haven't been on this noticeboard for months, had computer trouble for a while then we're quite often away. Was interested to read about the reunion - hope it's for the auld yins of both schools. I, for one, would love to be there and I know my friends would too. Let me know if it all gets off the ground. Hope you and family are well and enjoying life. We loved Australia when we were t... more >>

  • Re: Reunion by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 11-Jul-2004
    Hi,Ann. We are hoping the reunion is for anyone who has lived or still lives in Winchburgh.!!! Keep watching this site.

  • Re: Reunion by ann dickson (Member 10124352) on 19-Jul-2004
    Thanks, Gwen, I'll look forward to hearing any arrangements and pass the word on. Just back from Holland where the weather was as horrible as it is here.

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The Niddry Rows by drew mutter (Member 10125104) on 26-May-2004
I said my farewells to Glass Crescent tonight when I sold my late mother's house.It caused me to try and think of who is still alive from the residents of the Niddry Rows where my mum and dad set up home in the late fifties. Gerald and Cathie McKeown and Johnnie Barratt also resident in Glass Crescent are the only ones I know who were from Niddry Rows and are still here. I class myself as second g... more >>   
  • Re: The Niddry Rows by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 28-May-2004
    Drew,
    Hi,
    My brother Andrew, who was a baker with Haig's and knew your mother very well, has an excellent cassette tape recorded by an old resident of Niddry. In the tape he names and reminisces, in poetic style, every family who lived in Niddry from the turn of the century until the rows were demolished. If you cannot contact Andrew forward your details to me and I will get you a copy.
    Regards, Alec

  • Re: The Niddry Rows by drew mutter (Member 10125104) on 29-May-2004
    Alec

    I know your brother very well through my mum's association with Haigs. I spoke to him recently and told him she enjoyed looking through the cuttings he has. He effectively is the Winchburgh historian,he could set up a website on his own.
    I will contact him and I am keen to see the video as well.
    The scenes from the demolishing of the Shale Works in particular the chimneys, come floodin... more >>

  • Re: The Niddry Rows by James (Member 10122865) on 20-Jun-2004
    You can send old photos, articles, news items etc to webmaster@winchburgh.org.uk - They will put them on the web-site for you - see www.winchburgh.org.uk

  • Re: The Niddry Rows by John fradley (Member 10129175) on 28-Jul-2004
    I grew up in Niddry Rows. I also know the Barrat's Ginger and Johnny. I was only made aware of the website by Danny Pace. Website makes very interesting reading. Lived there from 1945 until I moved to Winchburgh. Now living in Edinburgh.
    John Fradley

  • Re: The Niddry Rows by gavin (Member 10017807) on 4-Oct-2004
    When talking about haigs i remember was there a Mrs ledgerwood and a Mrs Mary(black) Dalton who worked in haigs not sure how long they worked there as a was a nipper then are any of there relatives still in the area as these were two big families with mining connections.

  • Re: The Niddry Rows by Ellen McCormack (Member 10133649) on 7-Oct-2004
    Gavin, just to say that there are quite a few relatives of the Ledgerwood's and Dalton's still living in Winchburgh.

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the 51 year olds from Winchburgh JS by drew mutter (Member 10125104) on 24-May-2004
Billy Glendinning and I are classmates from the class that left in 1968. We are by the look of things the young kids on the block and attempting to generate a reunion of some kind maybe next year. Gordon Crooks ,currently living in exile in Cheesetown has suggested putting on a doo at Kirkliston Bowling Club.Billy and I have spoken to a few diehards from our year and I do not think it would be too... more >>   
  • Re: the 51 year olds from Winchburgh JS by Harry Macpherson (Member 10140972) on 22-Dec-2004
    Looking for the email address for Billy Glendinning in Canada.
    Mrs Macpherson.

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Gala Day Video by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 24-May-2004
Just viewed a Video of the 1952 and 1953 Gala Days.
It was put together from old films taken by Mrs Haig. Very comprehensive everybody is in it bar none, either in the cast, the parade or in the sports.Gwen you are very prominent as queen of the fairies. Unfortunately it cannot be copied as the copyright is reserved but a special showing is arranged for Thursday 27th May, in the Church, in aid of... more >>
  
  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 25-May-2004
    Hi, Alec. Re the Gala Day video, and also the above reunion. Sandra Easton & I were talking at the weekend about trying to organise a reunion for 55-65year olds in 2005 (perhaps near the Gala Day). Would there be anyone interested other than Sandra & I

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 26-May-2004
    Yes I would.Always interested in the life of the village past and present.There has already been several meetings of the Girls Club and from the feedback they had a riotous time. They and I are slightly older but young at heart. I could round up a dozen or so to get the party going.
    Good Luck

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 26-May-2004
    Good on you, Alan. So, Jim, Lorraine, Nan, etc,etc, let's have your ideas. I am still in touch with a few people from Winchburgh, and I will see Sandra on Monday, and we'll see what we can come up with. Gwen

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 26-May-2004
    Not so old, Gwen.

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 28-May-2004
    Hi,
    I spoke with Helen Taggart, Eleanor Harper, Aidian Wilson and Nanette Taggart last night after the Gala Day Video presentation and mentioned your proposal, they were very keen. Also Davie Gibson was up from England staying with me last week and he would definitely make every effort to attend. Incidentally the show in the church last night raised 180 for the gala day funds and was a resoundin... more >>

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 30-May-2004
    Alec

    Sorry to have missed the video presentation, but heard all about it from Adianne including your side bet with Andrew.I had seen the 1942 video when I visited Andrew last year.Adianne may have mentioned that I was at the hospital till late on Thursday otherwise I may have made it.

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 13-Jun-2004
    Alan or Alec, since both of you seem to have a fair bit to do with the Gala Day, can you find our when it will be next year, so that Sandra & I can set the wheels in motion. We are lunching again tomorrow to discuss things further. Gwen

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 13-Jun-2004
    Will do. Also log in to
    www.winchburgh.co.uk for lots of interesting info. which includes a diary of village events.

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Jim Davidson (Member 10096922) on 16-Jun-2004
    Gwen, I spoke with Lorraine at the weekend, and would be most interested in the suggested reunion. I will be in Winchburgh from July 16 until August6 this year, I would love to talk to someone about how I can help make this happen. As Lorraine says we are both coming to England for a wedding next year and if the dates coincide, we'll be there with bells on!

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 16-Jun-2004
    Jim, That would be great. Alan is going to find our the date, so keep looking, and we will let you know when anything happens. Gwen

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 18-Jun-2004
    The Gala Day this year takes place on the 26th.June. Have made enquiries as to the exact date. Will post it as soon as I get a reply.
    I would assume that next year will be around the same time in June as this year, it is normally towards the end of June.

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 19-Jun-2004
    Thanks, Alan. I'll wait for your notice. Gwen

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 21-Jun-2004
    Gwen
    My contact has confirmed that the 2005 Gala Day will definitely be held during the last week in June. The exact Saturday is still to be confirmed. I hope this will help at present and allow preliminary arrangements to be made.There is a lot of interest at this end. Lets push on and make it happen.

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 23-Jun-2004
    Thank you so much, Alan. I will email you through Friends when I have spoken to Sandra, because we will need help from your end to organise things.

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 23-Jun-2004
    Gwen
    The proposed reunion 2005 has been posted on the www.winchburgh.org.uk site with a link to the knowhere site. I mentioned it to them and they have kindly helped to publicise it.

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 25-Jun-2004
    Thanks, Alan. You're a legend

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 25-Jun-2004
    Gwen
    You are making me older by the minute.
    Alan

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 26-Jun-2004
    Alan, I didn't say you were an OLD legend!!!

  • Re: Gala Day Video by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 25-Aug-2004
    The copyright to the Gala Days video belongs to the Scottish Film Archives. I would not publicise your copy for this reason. We cannot get a copy in the U.K.They are very strict over their copyrights.

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Duntarvie Castle by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 22-May-2004
Hi Everyone, have the builders finished work on Duntarvie Castle and if so what is it like, also has anyone heard of the castle being haunted? have just had lunch with Gwen Sturgess, I bet your ears were ringing, it was all very fond memories though we had a great time, regards to all Sandra (Easton)   
  • Re: Duntarvie Castle by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 22-May-2004
    Sandra, you obviously found out how to start a new message!!! Gwen

  • Re: Duntarvie Castle by Ken Reid (Member 10117973) on 22-May-2004
    The castle is still being 'developed'. It has been surounded by scaffolding for, well a long time. The latest idea is to create a shop for the well to do, landing by helicopter, to buy highland dress.That's what they tell you in the press. Have a look at the very distinguished Niddry castle at www.henniker.org.uk.
    Regards
    Ken Reid

  • Re: Duntarvie Castle by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 23-May-2004
    Thanks Ken, they must have run out of money, that scaffolding was there when I was back in 2000, I heard it was going to be a hotel, maybe they were frightened off by the ghost that walks on the ramparts of the castle, and yes Gwen as you can see I now know how to enter a new message, cheeky.

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Website by James (Member 10122865) on 20-Apr-2004
There is a new Winchburgh website at
www.winchburgh.org.uk
  
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Hi again by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 1-Apr-2004
I have to add a bit, Danny you said you still see Mabel Crichton, next time you see her tell her I said Hi. I would really like to get in touch with her. I could give you my Email add. if she is online. Let me know. I am also on Friends Reunited. Thanks   
  • Re: Hi again by Danny Jamieson (Member 10115796) on 7-May-2004
    Hi Lorraine..... I gave Jim Young the e-mail address of Mabel Crichton for he said he was in touch with you lots. Talked to Mabel and she said she would love to hear from you.

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Hi to All by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 1-Apr-2004
Hi Everyone,
I am back, long time gone. I see some new names which is a good sign. Remember most of them. I just love this site it brings back so many memories and so many people. Gwen and Nan you are doing a great job. Talking about the Gala Days are so much fun, as we were all in them as one thing or another. I must try and get home for one. My sister Irene and I are coming next yea... more >>
  
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Winchburgh Info Site by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 23-Feb-2004
Hi, all. Sandra Easton & I have been trying to get into the Winchburgh info site for a couple of weeks, but without any luck. Does anyone know what is happening. Gwen   
  • Re: Winchburgh Info Site by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 25-Feb-2004
    The site has been down for a while. Nan was in touch with them last year and was told that it would be back soon with more info. Perhaps we can persuade Nan to have another go.A few of us were prepared to contribute towards the running costs.

  • Re: Winchburgh Info Site by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 10-Mar-2004
    Hi, Nan. Have you heard any more about the Winchburgh site? I am more than happy to contribute if that's what it takes.

  • Re: Winchburgh Info Site by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 11-Mar-2004
    Hi Gwen, I have been on holiday, only arrived back today. I will see if I can contact someone about the site. I would love to see it back online too. Meanwhile why not check out the West Lothian library site where there is a link to old newspapers from the courier and gazette.

  • Re: Winchburgh Info Site by James (Member 10122865) on 20-Apr-2004
    There is a new Winchburgh website at www.winchburgh.org.uk

  • Re: Winchburgh Info Site by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 16-Nov-2004
    Still no sign of the Winchburgh.org.uk site - any further news on this

  • Re: Winchburgh Info Site by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 16-Nov-2004
    May

    The winchburgh.org.uk site is up and running. I have had no problems in accessing it. Are you getting confused with the winchburgh old news site which is not available.
    Alan

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