Sports Day

I’ve posted lots of other people’s memories of Edge Hill, but what of my own? I’ve worked at Edge Hill for almost four years but it’s influenced my life for much longer than that.

I grew up in and around here – I went to Ormskirk Grammar School for seven years and one of the annual rituals was walking up Ruff Lane to hold the Sports Day at Edge Hill College (or EHCHE as is was known then). It may not surprise you to learn that I wasn’t my form’s best athlete but even then I was a bit of a geek so for five years one of my friends Craig Rigby and I ran the score keeping.

This was advanced stuff! We didn’t have Excel or Access – we wrote software from scratch to log results, show a running total and work out top girl and boy within minutes of the last race.

The first few years we were locked in the entrance to Stanley Hall, barely allowed out into the sunlight but eventually Sporting Edge was built and we got stationed in the gym before it was fully finished with a view across the events below.

The opportunities I got to develop my skills while at school stood me in good stead for my working life.

Back in the mid-nineties Edge Hill played a role in connecting up Lancashire’s schools to the internet and that included providing dialup internet and email access to Ormskirk Grammar.  Originally the Grammar was connected through Demon Internet but Edge Hill was able to offer a similar service for free.

This involved a SLIP connection (pretty rare because most ISPs only provided PPP) and email queue.  Our original Demon addresses ended @ogs-net.demon.co.uk but Edge Hill didn’t support dashes in subdomains so my email address had to change to nigel@ogsnet.ehche.ac.uk. A few months after I started at Edge Hill I got to take a look at the DNS configuration and was far too excited to see ogsnet.ehche.ac.uk still at the bottom of one of the files!

Massey Ferguson 230?

Massey Ferguson 230

Bernie Williams worked on the Edge Hill grounds from 1972 until his retirement last year. During his time tending the grounds he took many photographs which he has kindly agreed to share with us.

The above photo appears to depict a new Massey Ferguson 230 but according to TractorData.com (yes, really) that model was only produced between 1976 and 1983. It’s possible the photo is missing a 1 and it’s actually a Massey Ferguson 1230 but I’ve not been able to find many photos of one to confirm. Maybe a reader could assist further? It is possible to see the tax disc so we know that it was bought in 1995.

More photos from Bernie soon!

The North West – Region of Contrasts

Last month I posted some text from the 1985 prospectus describing Ormskirk and the local area. Let’s see how things had changed by 1991:

Seaside towns, city lights or rural life – as an Edge Hill student, you’ll find them all close by. Ormskirk is well-placed for motorway and rail links so there’s plenty of chance to get away from it all whenever the mood takes you.

A short walk away from the College, Ormskirk has everything you’ll need on a day-to-day basis. It’s large enough to offer all the usual amenities yet still retains the friendly atmosphere characteristic of so many busy market towns.

Catch a bus from outside the campus and in half an hour you’re in Southport. Funfairs, nightclubs and restaurants all add to the town’s seaside flavour, and if you’ve an eye for a bargain, check out the indoor Markets and ‘junk’ shops too!

For a taste of city life, take a trip to Liverpool. Visit Anfield or Goodison Park; take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey, or explore the city’s two impressive cathethals. Manchester is well worth a visit too – especially if you enjoy the theatre, cinema and the Arts.

If you’re a country-lover, the Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is only three miles away, whilst the Trough of Bowland, Lakeland and Peak District National Parks are well within striking distance. Make the most of your time at Edge Hill – the best of the North West awaits you!

Always good to have a dig at Southport and its “junk” shops! The descriptions aren’t so far off what we say today, but what is it you like about the local area? Have your say in the comments!

A personal message from the Director #4

Ruth GeeEdge Hill College has been providing high quality education for many years, well over a century in fact. We pride ourselves however on meeting the needs of the future, whilst building on the best of the past.

We recognise that students want opportunities to develop their knowledge and scholarship to higher education level whilst at the same time acquiring the transferable skills to best equip them for the demands of the next century.

Every student, regardless of their sex, race, age or class and despite any disability they might have is offered that opportunity at Edge Hill. Whatever your background, however you have spent your life up to this point, you will be assessed on your ability to benefit from the course you select.

If after reading this prospectus you remain uncertain, come and look for yourself. You would be most welcome to come on your own, with a friend or in a group. Contact the Access and Equal Opportunities Unit and we’ll do our best to meet your needs.

I am confident that Edge Hill and its attractive 45 acre campus with just over 3,000 students is large enough to provide a wide variety of relevant, flexible learning opportunities, but small enough to meet your individual needs. Our record speaks for itself. If you decide to come to Edge Hill, I’m confident you will complete your course, acquire the qualification you wanted and go on to find a rewarding career. In the process we hope you’ll be stimulated by a rich teaching and learning experience.

The choice is yours. We hope you’ll decide to join us.

Director/Chief Executive

We’ve had Majorie Stanton and Harry Webster but now it’s the turn of Ruth Gee to welcome readers of the 1992 prospectus.

The Principal

There is no doubt that Miss Hale was a very great lady; to most of us a remote and powerful presence, yet to anyone in real distress she could be infinitely kind. Her mental capacity and her ability to deal with the many difficulties that wartime brought were without parallel. She was really an old lady, 66 years old when I left College but neither her demeanour nor her dress showed it.

There was never any doubt that she was “The Principal”.

A.M.E. Walker, student 1915-17.

From a letter written in the 1990s about one of Edge Hill’s most loved and respected Principals.