Twenty-Four Hours in Didsbury

My last day at Ewing School with the Middle Group

If you read the previous article entitled Seven Go Camping in Crowden, you might enjoy the latest Ewing School themed article. As the previous one took us back to the Dark Peak, this piece takes us back to a less forbidding part of the world. It is set in Didsbury and Cheadle, and covers my last twenty-four hours as a Ewing School pupil.

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Longdendale from Woodhead, Dave Dunford (2004)

Seven Go Camping in Crowden

S.V’s night under the stars along with six others from Ewing School

As I write this entry, it is exactly thirty years since my last breakaway with a few fellows from Ewing School. In addition to the Middle Group’s annual holiday, yours truly with four other pupils (who left Ewing School the following month) had a weekend away in Crowden.

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Ewing School Minibus Image

On The Road With Ewing School: Midweek Minibus Trips

A look at the weekly environmental excursions that were part and parcel of life at Ewing School in the 1980s

With the start of a fresh school year and an online reunion with a former fellow pupil, I too have ‘returned to school’ with this post.

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A Late 1980s Ewing School Christmas

The joys of Christmas at the Ewing School, West Didsbury, as recalled by yours truly 28 years later

Back in 2010, a post entitled The Ghost of Christmas Discos Past took an affectionate look at junior school discos and other Christmas activities. Most of which was inspired by my brief spell at Yew Tree Junior School during the fag end of 1986. There was also the odd reference to my time at the Ewing School in there, though some part of the nostalgia fest could have applied to any primary school in England during the 1980s.

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Central Road Site Approved for New Didsbury School

New free school set to open in September 2015

Ewing School sign
Back to my old school: St. James’ and Emmanuel’s new school, from September 2015. This is a picture of the school from November 2013, whilst in temporary use for Birches School.


Ewing School is back!

I wouldn’t have thought in 2012 I would have said this. I would have thought the site of my old school from 1987 to 1990 would have been houses by now with cul-de-sacs. With streets like Ewing Drive, Goldsack Crescent and Petrie Place. Continue reading “Central Road Site Approved for New Didsbury School”

Driving Away From Home: My Return to Ewing School (07 November 2013)

Back to the old school, literally.

One tweet I made on the way to work, more than anything set the tone for this post:

I was sat on a 330 bound for Bredbury, quite a far cry from passing Levenshulme on the second of the four most important days of my life. Instead of the dulcet tones of James H. Reeve on Piccadilly Radio, my soundtrack was the roar of Enviro400 engine and the odd bit of chatter. Continue reading “Driving Away From Home: My Return to Ewing School (07 November 2013)”

In Praise of Withington Baths

East of the M60 on the swimming baths’ proposed closure and replacement

My old swimming baths
Doomed: Withington Baths. Also the place where the creator of East of the M60 went for his swimming lessons whilst at the (now closed) Ewing School.

Whilst I attended Ewing School, I used to dread Tuesday mornings, so much so that I called that day of the week ‘Tragic Tuesday’. At 1000, each morning, a Smiths Shearings coach would ferry us to Withington Baths. We would then spend the best part of an hour there: stronger swimmers went to Pool Number 1, and not so stronger swimmers would go to Pool Number 2. I was firmly in the latter category as my coordination was substandard. Continue reading “In Praise of Withington Baths”

Ewing School: a History and an Appreciation

A Fond Farewell to a Fine School

Farewell Old Friend: The Ewing School, former school of the creator of this blog, 1987 – 1990.

The story of Ewing School begins in 1913 with Irene Goldsack. She became the teacher-in-charge of the Royal School of the Deaf, a residential infant school for the hard of hearing in Manchester. Today, renamed and relocated, it is now part of the Seashell Trust’s network of special schools.

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The End of an Era for Ewing School

West Didsbury special school closes doors after 44 years

Farewell Old Friend: The Ewing School, former school of the creator of this blog from January 1987 to July 1990.

22 years ago, my last day of term at Ewing School was most memorable. After a leavers’ party at the school gardens the previous night, I stayed overnight at one of the teacher’s houses in Didsbury village. The following morning saw me walking with two of her dogs before my last day there at Fog Lane Park. Continue reading “The End of an Era for Ewing School”

The Dinner Party (Contact Theatre, April 1990): Past of the M60

remembering an inclusive theatre project which resulted in a show one Wednesday in April 1990.

Working with ten special schools in the Manchester City Council boundary, the Contact Theatre undertook an inclusive theatre project which took place between January and April 1990. Known as The Dinner Party, each special school was represented by a colour chosen at random. A little sketch was produced by each school in cooperation with members of the Contact Theatre.

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