This commodity adulatory the memories of accomplished pupils and agents of Hilden Primary Scol, abreast Lisburn, took on a added aating bulletin with the adver that the academy is beneath blackmail of closure. (May '06)
Article contributed by: Pat MackellHilden Primary Academy and The Wee Man
I lived in the apple of Hilden amid 1950 and 1965. My ancestor John Mackell was a foreman in No. 4 Agee Allowance at the Barbour Accoutrement factory. The academy had originally been set up to brainwash the accouchement of workers. The academy was additionally non-denominational with both Catlic and Protestant pupils.
The arch abecedary was a Mr Alexander Woodend, a abundant admired and feared man by pupils, parents and s. A man of huge intellect, activity and presence. He bedeviled any allowance he entered. Naturally accordingly his appellation was artlessly "the Wee Man." He was a angry autritarian and aated a buried attenuate bamboo pikes bottomward the central of his larboard trouser leg. At the aboriginal urance of any percieved amiss doing, buzz in a becloud of Musketee movement the baleful weapon was in his duke accessible to allotment out punishment.
Once I was beatific to his appointment by addition abecedary for bedlam in chic during "Sing forth with the BBC". He lectured me for several account as I stood abashed in advanced of him. Eventually the alarming pikes was uced and he told me to autrity out my hand: wosh, bang he hit his covering lath six times while I stood in amazement. "Now boy," he said, "go out of this appointment and autrity your duke as if you are in pain. Do not actom anybody abroad that I let you off or you will get six of the best for real. " As I absolved out, several dry lipped boys waited their turn.
My mother Bridgid Mackell was the cleaner for the academy which now has a aggregation of arrangement workers to do the job she did single-handed. Afterwards academy aback I backward abaft to advice her mop the connected red tiled anteroom I was adored by actuality actomed chargeless administration to yze the scol. One of my favourite spots was the e shute into the boiler use: lift the animate manle awning and there was a accessible fabricated accelerate into the aptic e pile.
The academy additionally had a abundant acceptability in that it had a 100% success amount in acceptance casual the eleven plus. About it suld be added that "The Wee Man" abandoned actomed the brightest and best pupils to sit the exam. Afterwards the 11 additional the alleged few went to their cosen grammar scol. The blow were aperture into two sub groups: the Protestant pupils went on to the accompaniment absolute and the Catlic pupils backward at Hilden appearance time until they went briefly to the Lisburn Technical College at 15 (there was no Catlic accessory academy at that time). Amid 12 and 15 the "last cl" was aggregate by altered age groups oldest at the back, youngest to the front.
After The Wee man retired I met him already in Lisburn. I was by that time an administrator in the Merchant Navy. He remembered me and said he consistently knew I would end up in a boiler allowance actomed my training on the e shute. He told me he was accomplishing some lecturing to the admiral at Army Headquarters. He winked at me and said he admired to acquire them abashed in their seats ... "unfortunately," he added whistfully, "I'm not actomed to use the cane."
Donald Watters - Mar '07Hallo Jackie,nice to apprehend from you, Sorry I can,t advice you with the Lambeg bodies you appee to trace but maybe some of the added appointment readers can help. I abandoned bethink Freddie Dixon faintly, he was a chic or two college .His sister Margaret was in my cl, she affiliated addition acquaintance Eddie Hughes wse Gran lived in Arch St. You additionally mentioned Sunnymede, a babe from there was additionally in our cl, Rita Shaw. I admiration what became of her. She sat in advanced of me beside Lily Assistant and larboard about 1955 to go to Grammer scol. . I acquire she is additionally a Grandparent now. I still ane of all the clmates I bethink as adolescent boys and girls and sometimes aback I acknowledgment to Lisburn comedy the academic game, attractive at bodies about my age ( 63 ) and aggravating to abode them by cerebration of their mothers and fathersDonald
Pat Mackell - Mar '07Hello Marbeth. Nice to apprehend from you. I accomplishment your mother and ancestors are all befitting well. Hilden seems a connected way aback in time now; but it was a ablaze little apple to abound up in. We had abundant times there. My own accouchement acquire been aloft on the yarns I recountfrom my youth. No bloom and urance worries in tse days...Shalom, Pat
Jackie Wood - Mar '07Donald, I apprehend with absorption your bulletin but I was abashed to see advertence to the blow with Freddie Dixon. My brother Bobby was with Freddie that day it was Bobby's kite. da brought it aback anatomy the war. The blow happened on a Sunday I bethink it like yesterday, it was the aboriginal fifties, my ma had commited the abominable sin of putting abrasion on the band on a Sunday yes a Sunday. Poor body she consistently abrrent herself, the blow was avengement for putting her abrasion out on a Sunday. In tse canicule we lived at Sunnymede afresh we came to Lambeg ,Carisbrook Gardens I would adulation to acquaintance names anatomy tse canicule (I now animate in England) some of the names John Morrison poor John died afterwards pond in the
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