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New Entry by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 13-Feb-2004
Hi, I have just entered the site for the first time and spent about 3 hours reading some really nostalgic memories.
I have recently returned to Scotland (Blyth Bridge in the borders) after 30 years spent overseas and in England. Look forward to hearing from any old acquaintences.
I ran the Albion from '66 until '74 during which time we won everything except the Scottish Cup, we won the Scottish ... more >>
  
  • Re: New Entry by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 13-Feb-2004
    Hi, Alec. Welcome to our very exclusive club. Say Hi to Davie Gibson for me, and also on behalf of my Mum & Dad and my brother Barry who knew Davie really well. Davie would have known me as Gwendoline White.

  • Re: New Entry by jim young (Member 10073245) on 6-Mar-2004
    Hi,Alec good to see your name up on the board .Just come off the phone with Richie Johnstone talking about old times when we were kids in Millgate.Rich has a great memory and can go away back.I keep in touch with Danny Jamieson and of course your uncle Jim Pettie in Chilliwack.It was sad about Margaret passing two weeks before her 80th. birthday she was a very good friend of Elspeth and I and we ... more >>

  • Alec Pettie by Danny Jamieson (Member 10115796) on 7-Mar-2004
    I was talking to Jim Young tonight. I believe I was at school with you, Davie Gibson, Jim McMaster and Ronnie Bird. I heard that Jim McMaster was in Vancouver area somewhere. I still see Jim and Mabel Crichton and their mother Alice {who is 88 yrs now) My brother Jimmy lives in Vancouver. Jimmy and I were in Winchburgh 2 summers ago.Saw some old school friends while we were there.
    Nice to read a... more >>

  • Alec Pettie by Danny Jamieson (Member 10115796) on 7-Mar-2004
    Error in my message and it was Bill McMaster not Jim,sorry about that.

  • Re: New Entry by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 7-Mar-2004
    Alec

    Bill McMaster is currently off line. He has been moving house, lodging with his daughter until the new house is ready. He will be back once this has been achieved.
    Did I send you the photos from the Golf Club opening? If not give me a push and I will arrange.

  • Re: New Entry by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 8-Mar-2004
    Talk about raves from the grave. Jim Young I last saw you in Chilliwack in 1983 at a BBQ at Uncle Jim's. Good to know you are still in touch with Ritchie I well remember the great times we had as youngsters in Millgate give him my regards.
    Danny Jamieson I tried to contact you when I was in Calgary in 1976, spoke to Jim Crichton senr but you were away on holiday. Danny and Ronnie Bird the stars ... more >>

  • Re: New Entry by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 9-Mar-2004
    Hi,Alec I have a copy of that same photograph. Give my regards to Margaret.

  • Re: New Entry by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 10-Mar-2004
    Alan Scott - Alan I got the photograph , thanks.
    Will be interested in communicating with Billy McMaster as we were in the same class at school and were fellow Yeoman of the Guard in the Gala of '52 along with Norrie Johnston, Bert Muir, Alec Scott, Jim Paterson, Jack Gibson and Davie Chapman. Ella Gibson was Queen and Nan Parker one of the Ladies in Waiting.
    Regards,
    Alec

  • Re: New Entry by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 11-Mar-2004
    Alec, I have the programme for the Gala Day in 1952,and according to that, Billy McMaster was the Queen's champion, and you were the chief yeoman!!!(I was queen of the fairies!!!) God help us all. Gwen

  • Re: New Entry by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 13-Mar-2004
    Alec Pettie

    As soon as Bill McMaster is on line after his move I will let you have his new e-mail address.

  • Re: New Entry by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 22-Mar-2004
    Alec Pettie
    I had a message from Bill McMaster today. His move has been delayed until the end of April.
    Bert Muir, my cousin, is in Birmingham.I have his address somewhere.Norrie Johnson married Eleanor Harper. They are in Bo-ness. Alex Scott is in Grangemouth. Moira Hogg tracked him down but he has not responded.I spent a couple of hours with his mother last year.Still in the village and remark... more >>

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Searching Relatives by Phil Law (Member 10116071) on 29-Jan-2004
I'm trying to locate long lost relatives, in particular an uncle by the name of Stuart White, last known address was 3 Arbercorn Place Winchburgh. Any replies would be greatly appreciated from his nephews in Adelaide, South Australia.   
  • Re: Searching Relatives by Bob Duncan (Member 10118700) on 1-Mar-2004
    Hi,my name is Bob Duncan and I am also a nephew of Stuart.How do you do cousin.You were pretty small when you left here and I missed your leaving.I did meet your dad on his visits here when he was staying with Stuart but missed your mum as I was in the RAF and didn`t have leave.I did my 22years and got a job with the local hospital as a biomed and I now run the department.
    Stuart will be 76 on hi... more >>

  • Re: Searching Relatives by Phil Law (Member 10116071) on 3-Mar-2004
    Hi there Bob. Well, what a surprise to have a reply so soon! I have so much news for you from Australia, so if you can send me a short note to my email address which is lawphil@arcom.com.au I will be able to fill you in on what has been happening im the last 41 years. In the meantime, please give my regards to all of the family in Scotland, both immediate and extended and I hope to hear from you soon.

  • Re: Searching Relatives by gail rennie (Member 10127298) on 28-Jun-2004
    hey there everyone, my name is gail rennie and im looking for any help you could give me i am doing my family tree and wondered if you knew anyone in my family or any gossip about them my father is james patterson rennie son of peter rennie and beatrice patterson who i would like lots of info on if poss my mother is ina long and her parents are james long and isabella dempster henderson(bella) any... more >>

  • Re: Searching Relatives by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 13-Jul-2004
    GAIL,
    Can you give a little bit more information.
    I used to deliver Sunday papers to Pete Rennie who had sons Tommy, Peter and a daughter Mary.
    They were cousins of Davie Gibson who I keep contact with. Where do you live?.
    Regards,Alec

  • Re: Searching Relatives by Bill Glendinning (Member 10076496) on 13-Jul-2004
    Hi Gail
    Jim Rennie and I grew up together we were neighbours and also best friends, have not seen Jim since I left Scotland in 1972. I knew Peter,Tommy and Mary they were a wee bit older than Jim and I. Would like to here how Jim is. My email at work is bglendinning@tsi.bc.ca

  • Re: Searching Relatives by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 9-May-2005
    Hi to Phil Law and Bob Duncan! My maiden name was Crawford and my Dad (Hugh) was a cousin of Stuart White. I don't know where the connection came in (my grandmother was Mary Morrison, married to John Crawford from the rows and then Millgate). My Dad and Stuart were good friends and one of my earliest recollections is the day that my Dad took me to The Braemar Games to watch Stuart run in the s... more >>

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Postcards by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 22-Jan-2004
Does anyone have any old Winchburgh postcards? If so I would love a copy. They used to be sold at the Post Office. If anyone can scan them and send them to me I would be grateful, or if you know where I could buy them even better.   
  • Re: Postcards by Ken Reid (Member 10117973) on 21-Feb-2004
    Have a postcard showing Winchburgh a long time ago, but don't know where to send it

  • Re: Postcards by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 23-Feb-2004
    Ken, you can contact Nan through Friends Reunited
    Gwen

  • Re: Postcards by Ken Reid (Member 10117973) on 23-Feb-2004
    Thanks Gwen. Hope you are well.

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2004 by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 31-Dec-2003
A guid New Year to one and all.   
  • Re: 2004 by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 1-Jan-2004
    Happy New Year to all Winchburgh and ex-Winchburgh residents from Sunny Australia ! I hope 2004 brings good things for everyone.

  • Re: 2004 by Bill Glendinning (Member 10076496) on 1-Jan-2004
    Hi Nan,
    do you remember Gavin Smith and his sisters May and Pam. Gavin lives in Farney Hills in New South Wales are you anywhere near there. I spoke with his sisters on the phone a couple of years ago and since then lost their phone #. Would you like to trade places for a couple of weeks as we have just had about 6" of snow fall and it is expected to get colder. I also would like to say Happy and... more >>

  • Re: 2004 by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 2-Jan-2004
    Hi Bill, I think you must mean Ferny Hills which is actually in Queensland and I believe near Brisbane. I have checked the phone book and there are 6 G Smiths in Ferny Hills listed. If you would like those number contact me through the schoolfriends reunited site and I will email them to you. A couple of the Smith family used to live near us in Wollongong New South Wales. Kenny and David. David c... more >>

  • Re: 2004 by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 21-Jan-2004
    Hi and a good new year to one and all - have just found this message board - imagine Winchburgh being on the web!!! I am May Piggott formerly May Crawford, known as Wee May and daughter of Wee Shug of Millgate. 59 years old now, mother of two and grandmother of two and living in Stewarton in Ayrshire after years of lving everyhwhere having married a sailor!!! But still visit Winchburgh quite of... more >>

  • Re: 2004 by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 22-Jan-2004
    I remember you. Your brother Robbie was in my class at school. Our Primary 1 photo is at the friends reunited site.

  • Re: 2004 by Gwen Sturgess (Member 10108129) on 22-Jan-2004
    Hi, May

    I remember you. You lived at the topf of Millgate, didn,t you. My Dad knew your Mum. They used to go dancing together at Doaks' in Falkirk.

  • Re: 2004 by Joe Russell (Member 10070937) on 6-Mar-2004
    Hi May

    I remember wee shuggie, i worked with him at Duddingston Mine, he used to drive the engine and we worked with John ( Steamboat) McGreggor. Shug taught me to drive his engine so he could have a holliday.

    We used to go swimming togeather to Portobellow Baths in the... more >>

  • Re: 2004 by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 9-May-2005
    Message for Joe Russell - I must admit to struggling with my memeory - the only Russell that I knew who was a friend of my dad had the nickname 'Broonie'!! Also I wonder if you have the correct Shuggie! My dad worked in Totley Wells not Duddingston before he went to Kinneil Colliery, although he was a great pal of 'Steamboat' McGregor. I am fascinated by people's recollections - tell me more

    May (Crawford)

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Merry Christmas 2003 by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 5-Dec-2003
To Alan, Nan, Bill, Jim, Lorraine, and everyone whi has contributed this year. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to each & everyone of you. I hope the New Year brings you all everything you would wish for yourselves. Gwen   
  • Re: Merry Christmas 2003 by ron bird (Member 10072807) on 12-Dec-2003
    Hi All

    don't know if you remember me I went into the Navy when I was 21 more or less the last time I stayed in Millgate now married to Phoebe from Pumpherston I really enjoy the NB though some of you are slightly youger the memory is opening up Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All

  • Re: Merry Christmas 2003 by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 17-Dec-2003
    To all friends, old and new, best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.We have one of the best sections on this site due to all contributors.Keep it up.

  • Re: Merry Christmas 2003 by Brian Frater (Member 10101286) on 19-Dec-2003
    Hi Everyone
    Just a quick word to wish a merry xmas and a happy new year to you all. This site has opened up a good friendship between myself and Alan Scott through a mutual interest in our village in times gone by, he is a wealth of information.
    This should be enough encouragement for anyone to share their memories on the site no matter how important or trivial they seem, it will always interest... more >>

  • Re: Merry Christmas 2003 by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 7-Jan-2004
    Hi Ronnie Bird you probably dont remember me, I think you were in my brother's class at school, Tom Easton, do you have a sister Mollie, if so she would remember me, Tom died in 1987, but I remember you well you were so good looking all the best Sandra (Easton)Macdonald

  • Re: Merry Christmas 2003 by Joe Russell (Member 10070937) on 6-Mar-2004
    Hi Ron

    From Joe Russell (Memb No 87793)

    I finaly got on the site and am having a great time reading about all the folks I remember from years ago

  • Re: Merry Christmas 2003 by Jim Davidson (Member 10096922) on 24-Apr-2004
    I've been out of touch for a while again. Ron, are you Ronnie bird from the same suare as Joe Russell? Secondly is Pheobe's maiden name Pickett by any chance?

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No News Is Good News ? by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 27-Sep-2003
No-one seems to be posting these days. I hope all is well with everyone.   
  • I'll see if I can add something. by Bill McMaster (Member 10107681) on 15-Oct-2003
    I found this site by accident and I have read every post. Rather than reply to every post that that I am interested in I thought that I might ramble a bit in one post. So here goes. Lets start with the beating. If you went to the beating on Hopeton estate and you were hired in Winchburgh I hired you. Everybody wanted to go to the beating, it was hard to make the choices. You would have been hired ... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 15-Oct-2003
    Hi Bill
    How are old pal. I was showing the scout photogragh to a couple of my grandchildren only yesterday. They are doing a project on the fifties.
    I also posted the photo on the Friends Reunited site. Have a look. You can send me a message from that site. Would love to hear what has happened to you over the years. Your Dad was always good for a rabbit or few as was Drysdale.
    I keep in touch w... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Bill McMaster (Member 10107681) on 16-Oct-2003
    I won't send an Email yet since we are moving and the Email address might change and I would have to become a full member twice. I will keep it simple for now and upgrade after we move. I liked Bill Drysdale, a very gentle man. I believe that he retired in Swineburn. He had a daughter Margaret and a son Donald. They must have wanted him out of the Den so that they could build on it. I saw it up fo... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 19-Oct-2003
    Hi, Bill I remember you from the Gala Day where Nan Parker was Queen. I was Queen of the Fairies, & Jim Davidson was also a leading light in hat particular day. Time sure does fly!!!

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 19-Oct-2003
    Bill

    Danny Pace sends his regards. I will be seeimg him next week. Also met Jim Cairnie ast year, remember the camp at Ballywalter and travelling there on the cattle boat from the Broomielaw.Moira Hogg says Hi. She recalls Jean leaving her bike at her house so she could go home from school.
    Does Rae remember Andrew Kellock, Ted McCabe, Alistair Scott from the Academy. I keep in touch with them... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Bill McMaster (Member 10107681) on 19-Oct-2003
    You are right Gwen time does fly. How is Fairyland now? I'll never forget that Gala day. I'll never forget that old horse either, it was nearly deid!! I also will never forget when they showed the film in the Legion Hall. When it got to the bit where I was walking down the steps I looked like a pansy and all the boys in the audience were shouting 'wwwooooo'. I'll never forget that in a hurry. But ... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 19-Oct-2003
    Snap- I also still have my ship in the bottle.We got them from the lightship off St. Abbs Head?. I met up with Gladstone last year at the opening of the extension to the golf course at Winchburgh.Now named Niddry Castle Golf Club. Gladstone who now prefers to be called Bill is the current President. He and I are preparing a short history of the club including the previous
    course at Faucheldean.

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Bill McMaster (Member 10107681) on 20-Oct-2003
    The bottle I have came off a lightship that was anchored off Ballywalter. The name of the ship was "The Comet". It eventually became the pirate radio ship "Radio Scotland". You could chose between a Haig's dimple bottle or a square bottle. The square bottle was 10 shillings and the Haig dimple was 15 shillings. Here is a couple of paragraphs on "The Comet"

    New year's eve 1965 brought another ne... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 20-Oct-2003
    I must have had a senior moment. Moira was referring to Irene.I think you are right about the custard and the riot. Your detailed memory is better than mine. Keep the stories coming.

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Bill McMaster (Member 10107681) on 20-Oct-2003
    I can remember starting the catholic scout troop. There were two of the the 33rd there to help them out, me and I think George Mabon. Through that I went camping with Bill Canon, Jim Canon and Michael Canon. Michael would have been about fourteen at the time. We went to Reston.

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Jim Davidson (Member 10096922) on 15-Nov-2003
    HI EVERYONE, I'VE BEEN OUT OF TOUCH FOR A WHILE, BUT I'M BACK BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!
    BILL, WASN'T ANOTHER "GEMMY" AT HOPETOUN DRYSDALE? I SEEM TO REMEMBER BEING SHANGHIED INTO TAKING HIS DAUGHTER TO THE HOPETOUN BALL, MY UNCLE WAS THE GRAVEDIGGER/SEXTON AT ABERCORN AND THE DRYSDALES LIVED IN THE ROW OF HOUSES AT THE TOP OF THE HALF MILE BRAE.
    YOU MENTION THE 1952 GALADAY, I REMEMBER IT WEL... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by may piggott (Member 10112395) on 21-Jan-2004
    Wow - 1952 and I was a fairy having just been beaten by Christine Simpson for the place of fairy queen!! And wee May Crawford is still wee! - never did make it to 5 feet but have to admit to being a couple of stone heavier than I was at 18!! But still enjoying life having retired to Stewarton in Ayrshire two years ago after 36 years as a "naval wife". Now enjoy all the things I wanted to do in... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Joe Russell (Member 10070937) on 6-Mar-2004
    Hi Jim

    I remember you from school days and going to visit your uncle at the auld kirk in Abercorn.

    I was introduced to this site by Roni Bird and this the first time I have posted any m... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Ken Reid (Member 10117973) on 9-Mar-2004
    May Crawford, from Millgate many years ago? I am almost sure that we were in the same class at school. Winchburgh JS. Miss Millar, Wee Annie, Miss Pringle and Mr George. If I am correct, it's a sma' world. I now live in Armadale WL with my wife and dug. The three kids have flown the nest.

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Alec Pettie (Member 10117228) on 10-Mar-2004
    Hi. Ken.
    I am one of the older brigade but I remember you when I delivered the Sunday papers for your dad,
    I covered the New Rows and Davie Gibson the Old Rows. We used to stand at Quates corner at the top of the tunnel reading all the football news before we started delivering.
    Regarding the GALA DAYS I still have access to some programmes for the fifties and can clarify names ofg participants... more >>

  • Re: No News Is Good News ? by Jim Davidson (Member 10096922) on 24-Apr-2004
    Hi Joe, Well I remember the fun we had as wee boys. I remember getting both elbows dislocated, I think it was something to do with big Frank Chapman and fighting, anyway, my father didn't take me to the hospital, he took me to your house to see "Daddy Russell" and he fixed me up in two minutes! I have lived in Canada now for 28 Years,
    married, with one girl. I go home to Winchburgh every year, ju... more >>

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Hi to All by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 23-Aug-2003
Hi All,

Just to say Hello to everyone, haven't been in for a while as I have been busy. I see some new names which is good. How was your wedding, Gwen? I will be in touch soon. I have a good school photo, if anyone who was in my class wants a copy, contact me and I will send you one. Take care.
  
  • Re: Hi to All by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 24-Aug-2003
    Hi, Lorraine. The wedding went off very well. I hope there are no more for a while. Is the photograph you have the same as the one I have - taken in the gym hall??

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Hi from a new member by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 11-Jun-2003
Have just discovered this web site.I dont know if anyone will remember me, I have been in Western Australia for 40 years I recognise quite a few names, is'nt technology great for cutting the world down to size..regards to all Sandra macdonald (nee. Easton)   
  • Re: Hi from a new member by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 11-Jun-2003
    Sandra

    Whereabouts in WA are you. I am in Rockingham
    Gwen

  • Re: Hi from a new member by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 12-Jun-2003
    Hi again Gwen I think this message was put in the wrong place , my fault, I am completely new to this technology, I am in Mt, Pleasant, you will know my sister Marie, she is in Lynwood, I think you went to school with Evelyn, unfortunately she passed away in 1985, great to hear from you.

  • Re: Hi from a new member by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 12-Jun-2003
    Sandra,can you contact me through Friends Reunited so I can catch up on all your news. Gwen

  • Re: Hi from a new member by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 18-Jun-2003
    Hi Gwen I will send you an e mail and we will take it from there, I have been in Bunbury for a few days and I just got your message Sandra

  • Re: Hi from a new member by Jean Glendinning (Member 10071368) on 19-Jun-2003
    Sandra
    Did your sister Evelyn go to The Lindsay High School in Bathgate?

  • Re: Hi from a new member by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 27-Jun-2003
    Hi Jean, Yes my sister Evelyn did go to the Lindsay High did you go there also?

  • Re: Hi from a new member by Jean Glendinning (Member 10071368) on 27-Jun-2003
    Yes I did. Evelyn was 2 or 3 years older than me. Your father and my father were friends. They used to go fishing together to Loch Tay with Jimmy Litster.

    Evelyn looked after me when I went to The Lindsay as I was the only one from Winchburgh who went there from our class and was very lonely at first.

  • Re: Hi from a new member by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 28-Jun-2003
    Hi Jean, I remember your dad,are you still in Winchburgh? I have been back quite a lot up till my mother passed away, that was in 2000, I have not been back since then, I think I've been away too long to recognise anyone, Gwen White has been in touch, she doesn't live too far from me maybe if you are on icq we could have a chat that way. regards Sandra.

  • Re: Hi from a new member by Jean Glendinning (Member 10071368) on 28-Jun-2003
    You can e mail me from the friends reunited website and we can catch up there. I live in England now.
    Regards Jean

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Hi from a new member. by Brian Frater (Member 10096053) on 13-May-2003
Hi to past,present,& future residents of our wee village.Just felt i had to say how interested i was reading some of the messages.An earlier message made mention of the allotments on the site of niddry view where i now live.I have tried to find photos of these from local sources but to no avail.Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Also,anyone who would like to share old stories of my gran... more >>   
  • Re: Hi from a new member. by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 13-May-2003
    Brian
    When were your grandparents at Lampinsdub. I assume that it would have been after 1950 as I was born at Lampinsdub and did not leave there until 1950.

  • Re: Hi from a new member. by Brian Frater (Member 10096053) on 15-May-2003
    Hi Alan. I've spoken to my Mum about dates for Lampinsdub. My Grandparents moved there in 1952 and stayed until 1965/66. She reckoned that a shepherd was housed there from 1950-1952. During our conversation it turns out both of you were in the same primary school class, her maiden name was Doreen Johnson. She stayed in Faucheldean back then.

  • Re: Hi from a new member. by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 15-May-2003
    Brian
    I remember. If you can get access to Friends Reunited site you could show your Mum her scool photo.Also if you get in touch by e-mail we could have a longer chat.

  • Re: Hi from a new member. by Brian Frater (Member 10096053) on 15-May-2003
    Alan.I would like to e-mail you but don't know your address or how to find it-I am rather new to all this technology.Visited friends reunited but wasn't sure whether it was going to cost me.

  • Re: Hi from a new member. by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 15-May-2003
    Brian
    I will drop you a line at Niddry View with my details. Try not to give any personal details on any of the sites.

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Niddry Castle Works by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 13-May-2003
Rhoda Pettie has passed to me a list of the empolyees at The Oakbank Oil Co. Niddry Castle Works. Winchburgh from 1858. I am trying to work out the best way of posting this info. In the meantime if anybody out ther wishes to have a copy please just contact me and I will gladly pass it on. There are around 158 names!!   
  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by Donna (Member 10077478) on 13-May-2003
    Hi Alan

    Wondering if you could send me a copy of the employees list of the Oil Works.

    Trying to find out more info about this as we stay close to the o... more >>

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 13-May-2003
    Donna
    If you log onto the Friends site and send me a short message I will send you the info.as at the momen I do not have your address.

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 14-May-2003
    11th October 1958.
    THE OAKBANK OIL CO. LTD., NIDDRY CASTLE WORKS, WINCHBURCH

    List of Men Employed At Niddry Castle Works

    James Boyle David Cowan Matthew... more >>

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 15-May-2003
    Thanks for posting the list Alan, My dad is on it, Sam Beattie. Thanks again

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 15-May-2003
    Alan, Do you know if Rhoda has the list of office staff ? The office staff do not seem to be on the list. Do you know who the manager was at that time ?

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 15-May-2003
    Nan
    I will ask Rhoda. Her father was the Union rep. and the names came from the list he used to collect the dues. The original info. is with her brother Andrew.

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by Caroline (Member 10020100) on 29-May-2003
    What a lot of faces were brought back from the past just reading the list Alan, thanks for the posting. Two of my uncles (Micheal Mullin and Peter Mullin) and two of Johns (Wilson Crawford and Hugh Crawford) are on it.

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 3-Jun-2003
    Thanks Alan, for posting all these names. I haven't had a computer for the past few weeks, so I haven't been able to visit the site. There are so many names there that I remember my Dad talking about. They bring back so many memories.

  • Re: Niddry Castle Works by brian mcleary (Member 10032327) on 16-Dec-2007
    hi there,thats interesting... i have just looked and my grandads name is on there
    fasinating

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Winchburgh Info Site by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 16-Apr-2003
I have received an email from Tom's daughter who is pleased that we have all shown an interest in Tom's work. Together with her sister and brother they have got the site back on line. At this stage there will be no further entries added to the site. However that may change in the future.   
  • Re: Winchburgh Info Site by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 15-May-2003
    Thanks for posting the list Alan. My dad is on it. Sam Beattie. Thanks again

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Winchburgh Website by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 5-Apr-2003
Hi Nan Caroline Alan & Gwen,

If you need any help or money to save the Winchburgh site I will be more than willing to help or donate. I can be reached at lorraine.davidson@sympatico.ca just let me know. I agree, it would be a shame to lose it.

Regards Lorraine
  
  • Re: Winchburgh Website by Caroline (Member 10020100) on 6-Apr-2003
    Hi everyone, just read all the posts re. info and was excited to see yours Alan saying you had gotten into the site and I thought I'd try again and Hey Presto there it was. Wonder what happened? No matter as long as it's back for a wee while longer. Thanks to all who replied.

  • Re: Winchburgh Website by wendy (Member 10094180) on 15-Apr-2003
    HELP,
    Did anyone record the documentary on sky tv (living )I think 2 weeks ago re Paddy Higgins quarry .It was called black museum.I did and my husband recorded over it !!!!I wanted it to show my family who lived next to it .Please contact me if you can help .
    Thanks Wendy

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Info site by Caroline (Member 10020100) on 4-Apr-2003
Hi folks, have any of you been in the Winchburgh info site recently or had trouble getting into it as I have not been able to get into it for the last week and have a couple of thing I wanted to read about again.   
  • Re: Info site by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 4-Apr-2003
    Caroline
    I suspect that the site will no longer be available. Tom who set up this site passed away last year. In anticipation of this I downloaded and saved to disk all the articles relating to my family, the home guard and the silver band.
    I have heard that all the original material had been handed over to Andrew Pettie. I will ask when next I see him.

    Alan Scott

  • Re: Info site by Caroline (Member 10020100) on 4-Apr-2003
    Alan, thanks for your help. It seems such a shame as it was a great source of local knowledge and history at my fingertips. I am going to miss reading about people I knew or had heard my parents speak about.

  • Re: Info site by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 4-Apr-2003
    Hi Caroline, I have just been on the Winchburgh info site, it is still there. Maybe I will copy it all on to one of my websites..........Alan, Do you know if I would be allowed to do that so that this information is not lost ?

  • Re: Info site by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 4-Apr-2003
    I've just checked out who owns this site and it is registered until December 2003, so I would not think it will be removed before then.

  • Re: Info site by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 4-Apr-2003
    Nan
    I am experiencing the same as Caroline.The site not available. I will persist in the hope that it comes back.Good for you tracking the ownership. I would not know how to do so. Well done. Could you follow this up to determine whether someone else could take the site over. I assume that it would involve an annual fee of ??? We could have a whip round.
    I have quite a lot of it on disk which d... more >>

  • Re: Info site by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 5-Apr-2003
    Alan, Nan & Caroline. I have problems with the Winchburgh site, too, and I agree it would be a shame to let it go. So, if there is anything we can do to retain it,I think we should, and I will be more than happy to help pay for the costs. I will watch to see what happens. I can always be emailed through "Friends" Gwen

  • Re: Info site by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 5-Apr-2003
    Hi Folks
    I got the info. site this morning after at least a week of nothing.

  • Re: Info site by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 8-Apr-2003
    I contacted Sybil Cavanagh for advice on maintaining the info. site. She explained that a website is subject to copyright laws similar to an author and a book. She advises that the rights to the site would pass to Tom's heir. They would have to give permission if we were to look after it.
    She feels it would be worthwhile to keep it going as Tom did an awful amount of research and work in setting ... more >>

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Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 29-Mar-2003
Hi Nan,
I didn't know there was a reunion. Can you fill me in on the details? I would imagine it would be too late now, but I would like to know.
Thanks,
Lorraine
  
  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 30-Mar-2003
    It is mentioned on the schoolfriends reunited page. The date of the reunion is 01.04.2003 which I take as being April first. I think it was organised by John Crawford. Caroline hasn't been on this board for a while maybe she will read this and get something happening. So for all expats out there it still is not too late to send best wishes.

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 30-Mar-2003
    Hi Folks
    I know of another reunion arranged for June of this year by ex members of the Girls Club. However I had better get permission from the organiser before posting any details. The answer is NO I have not been invited11

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Caroline (Member 10020100) on 30-Mar-2003
    Hi Folks, the reunion was actually planned for 17th May this year, but due to lack of interest from posters put up by John in Kirkliston and Winchburgh last June at Gala Day time and articles in the Courier, it has been cancelled. We did have a few people interested but these were mostly people we see around in the village from week to week. Of course thats not to say it still can't go ahead at a ... more >>

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 31-Mar-2003
    Caroline, Sorry to hear the planned reunion was cancelled. Let's hope you can arrange one in the future. I have missed reading your input on the board.

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Caroline (Member 10020100) on 31-Mar-2003
    Thanks Nan, I pop into this site now and again and see a lot of names I know but not sure if they remember me.

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 1-Apr-2003
    Alan, Ok, how do you know of the girls club reunion if you have not been invited ?

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 1-Apr-2003
    Nan
    Moira Meek keeps in touch with me on a regular basis.She was asking me to contact my cousin Adianne Wilson to get her to contact some of the girls she keeps in touch with. I am just the postmaster which is good as I get to hear all the gossip. Margaret Meikle is the prime mover in this reunion.
    Also one or two of my generation are getting together at the end of May when the formal opening of... more >>

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 5-Apr-2003
    Transcript from Local Newspaper.
    GIRLS CLUB
    Mrs L Wilson and Betty Cairney would like to invite all past members of the Winchburgh Girls Club to a reunion in Winchburgh Parish Church on Wednesday June 11 at 7-30pm (club night).Please come along for a chat over tea and titbits' about the good times spent together and catch up on what everyone is doing now. For more information , call ... more >>

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 13-May-2003
    Latest news from Adianne= the numbers are now around the forty mark for the girls club reunion.
    She and two friends(winchburgh) went along to see that alterations to the church at an open day.Antbody have any comments on what has been done.

  • Re: Winchburgh Primary School Reunion by sandra macdonald (Member 10098489) on 12-Jun-2003
    re.New Member Hi Gwen I am in mt. Pleasant it's really good to hear from you I think you were in my sister's class at school Marie is in Lynwood, or maybe you were in Evelyn's class unfortunately she passed away in 1985

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School Reunion by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 28-Mar-2003
I hope the planned reunion at Winchburgh Primary School scheduled for early next week goes well. I cannot personally be there but I send Best Wishes from Australia to organisers and attendees. Have a good day ! .............It would be good to see reminiscent messages on this page.   
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Winter Blues by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 23-Feb-2003
Hi Billy,

I know BC gets good weather, we are in the middle of a great snowstorm right now, this year has been terrible. I only don't know too many Winchburgh people who live here, John & Theresa Horner,Sconey can't remember his last name and that is about it. I haven't recd. any pictures yet from James, however, looking forward to hearing from him. Never mind, soon be spring. See Ya.
  
  • Re: Winter Blues by Bill Glendinning (Member 10057063) on 23-Feb-2003
    Hi Lorraine
    Try sending me an email to my office. bglendinning@tsi.bc.ca I sent you some pictures of Winchburgh that I received from James on Friday. Maybe I never attached them, I will check tomorrow. I remember John Horner and I am sure someone from the site will be able to tell us who Scone is. One of my friends Gavin Smith had that as a nickname but he is in Australia. Talk to you later.

  • Re: Winter Blues by Jim Davidson (Member 10096922) on 15-Nov-2003
    Hi All, "Sconey" is Steven McEown who now lives in Toronto. He is Maggie McEown's (married to welsh Trevor} brother. He is a legend ,he once climbed the Tally Ho and stuck a Celtic scarf on the T.V. ariel. he came to Canada and married Debbie< who is canadian, and lovely, and we see him now and again when he comes up to the pub I sing in.

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Winter Blues by Lorraine Davidson (Member 10072307) on 19-Feb-2003
Hi everyone who reads this board. Winter in Canada has been severe and long, so I thought i would just say Hi to everyone. I have found a few Scottish sites and I am enjoying them as well as this one. Actually, I have been reading this one from the beginning, I could have answered a few people especially when they were asking "does anyone know___ ". Hope you all had a good Christmas & New Year. Gw... more >>   
  • Re: Winter Blues by Bill Glendinning (Member 10057063) on 22-Feb-2003
    Hi Lorraine did you get the pictures from James, and I hate to remind you but it has been a excellent winter here in BC. We have had snow only the one day, but the local mountains have had a bit more which has been great for skiing. Today is Saturday and the sun is out again and the forecast is for another 4 days of sunny weather. You can't beat the west coast for the weather. How many people do y... more >>

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Old Penpal. by graywolff (Member 10086566) on 3-Jan-2003
I was just doing some "beginning of the year clearing out" and I came upon a VERY old envelope from a penpal I had perhaps 40 years ago. Unfortunately I cannot read the post mark to determine exactly when it was sent. However her name and address (way back then)was :
Edith Taylor
56 Millgate
Winchburgh,West Lothian

If anyone in Winchburgh actually READS this board I would LOVE to know if tha... more >>
  
  • Re: Old Penpal. by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 4-Jan-2003
    Edith Taylor is registered on the 'Friends reunited' site under Winchburgh Primary School for 1965. You can log on at www.friendsreunited.co.uk
    Hope this helps and good luck.

  • Re: Old Penpal. by graywolff (Member 10086566) on 8-Jan-2003
    Thank you so much!!! I've sent off an email...it appears it could be the right "Edith". The wonders of the internet!!

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2003 by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 1-Jan-2003
A guid new year to all the Winchburgh world wide family. May 2003 be happy and peaceful with good health and prosperity for everyone.
Keep the messages coming.
  
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Christmas 2002 by jim Davidson (Member 10061970) on 14-Dec-2002
To all winchburgh exiles all over the world, may you have a wonderful christmas all of you. I remember when I was a boy going to the church every Christmas eve with my neighbour Doreen Porteous who was the same age as me, and after the service we would all stand around the big tree at the church door and sing carols, and even, sometimes,go down millgate and sing carols in the street. I wonder if a... more >>   
  • Re: Christmas 2002 by Nan Johnston (Member 10021590) on 14-Dec-2002
    Christmas in Winchburgh of years gone by. Wonderful memories of walking around the village in the snow stopping under a lamp post and singing Christmas carols. It was snowing so hard one year, a lady in the rows brought us all inside and gave us a nice warm drink (can't rmember what it was) and a piece of fruit cake. Well Jim, you know how to make a person homesick. Here I am looking forward to sp... more >>

  • Re: Christmas 2002 by Alan Scott (Member 10060878) on 14-Dec-2002
    Nan and Jim
    It seems like only yesterday.
    Have a good Christmas and a prosperous 2003.

  • Re: Christmas 2002 by gwen sturgess (Member 10055532) on 15-Dec-2002
    Jim, Nan, Alan, Ann and everyone else who reads this. Merry Christmas & a happy New Year to all of you and your families. I remember the Christmas carols at the Church, Jim. It is cetainly different having Christmas in the middle of summer, as Nan says, but like her, we have a traditional Christmas, except for the snow!!

  • Re: Christmas 2002 by Ann Dickson (Member 10074544) on 18-Dec-2002
    I wish all of you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Take care.

  • Re: Christmas 2002 by jim young (Member 10073245) on 23-Dec-2002
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone on the "board" also we would like to thank the folks who made the board interesting and entertaining in 2002.... Jim and Elspeth Young

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