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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The Clippercard Makes a Comeback!

Clipper ticket resurrects spirit of the Clippercard on Metrolink trams

The Clippercard is dead… long live the Clippercard! Well, that’s how we may have reported on the self-cancelling ticket’s demise if East of the M60 was around in 2004. Years after the original ticket’s demise, Greater Manchester Transport’s ten-trips-for-the-price-of-nine tickets still carry fond memories. You might have travelled with a Clippercard by fair means (with a black plastic wallet) or foul (by boarding and passing the card on to your friend).

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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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EM60's Metrolink Zonal Map

A Beginner’s Guide to Metrolink Zonal Fares

How Transport for Greater Manchester’s zonal fares for Metrolink trams will work

Travelling by rail-based transport in and around Greater Manchester can be a pain in the you know whats at times. On Network Rail metals, walk-on fares, advance purchase fares, and peak hour restrictions add to the confusion. If you take a Metrolink tram, another set of fares again but help is at hand, thanks to changes to its fare structure.

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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)”

When Routemasters Ruled the Wilmslow Road Corridor

A look back at GM Buses’ Piccadilly Line

Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Wilmslow Road and Palatine Road corridors were awash with the colours of numerous bus operators. Many of which were trying to compete with the main company which was GM Buses, later GMS Buses and now Stagecoach in Manchester. They included local coach operators like Walls and Finglands. Former National Bus Company subsidiaries like Ribble would join in. Then there was the Bee Line Buzz Company’s minibuses, and low cost independents with secondhand buses like UK North. Continue reading “When Routemasters Ruled the Wilmslow Road Corridor”

Today, St. Werburgh’s Road… Next Thursday, East Didsbury

South Manchester Line extension to open three months ahead of schedule

Flexity Swift M5000, St. Peter's Square, Manchester
Soon to be extended to East Didsbury: the South Manchester Line.

Since the end of this February, Rochdalians and Oldhamers have enjoyed a direct tram link to Chorlton-cum-Hardy. From next Thursday, a day before Whit Friday, the South Manchester Line will be extended to East Didsbury. East of its current terminus at St. Werburgh’s Road, there will be five new stops. Before reaching its terminus at East Didsbury, they will call at Withington, Burton Road, West Didsbury and Didsbury Village. Continue reading “Today, St. Werburgh’s Road… Next Thursday, East Didsbury”

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”