Memories of growing up.
I have many memories of Bothwell growing up,including playing at my Grans farm, Bothwell Bank, my first paper round with Darrochs, School trips to France and Wales. But one I wanted to share as I am sure I am not the only one of the Bovis kids to have great memories of the "Muckies". The "Muckies" was the large field off of Olifard Avenue. Many a day was spent playing football and cricket on the field with friends. Nearly every kid in the estate would be involved. We had large games of football with folks from every age playing. The games were often organised by Mr Aitken ,who was Stuart Aitkens dad and a preacher at the Asher Hall. He would referee and participate in the games involving all the kids regardless of age. So many kids including Craig Reid, David Bennie,Johnny Macleod, Niall MacAuley, Malc and Mike Hall, Taher and Zahead Hussein, the Farr brothers,Crawford Brothers, Alan Cadden,Gordon Welsh, Steven Cunningham, Dom Sherry, the Buttery brothers to name a few took part in these games. There was also Us v Them games which is entirely PC but was essentially Ranger supporters v Celtic supporters. However if you were like me and supported Aberdeen you could end up playing for both. The cricket matches were also great fun with many sixes being hit into Kirklands Hospital. I still regularly talk with friends about the games we used have on the "Muckies".
My parents still stay in the Bovis and I regulary visit ,unfortunately the field is no longer used as it much as it used to be. I no longer stay in Bothwell but looking back it certainly was a great place to live and be brought up. Well thanks for the opportunity to reminisce.
Sister Mary Gabriallel was the head mistress when i was there from 1958 to 1962, my maiden name was Magdalene Smith I was on the sports team, the choir , and other activities , it was a great school had many fine traditions, my mother had gone there years before I did, Miss MGrory remembered her, she was my math teacher, Mr Canavan and Killer Dempsey were our latin and Greek teachers.
I went to Elmwood for two years before going to Muiredge. We weren't if the catholic persuasion but my Mother sent me because she said I asked too many questions! Lol I was only three and a half. I remember Miss De largie, sister Mary antonette, miss brown and the young priest who visited at the time was Father Winning!, the last time I saw him was at the opening of the new Chapel. I got to sing Father Alison was dark and plump then, the name of the other father escapes me, he was tall and thin, rather gaunt, eventually died if lung cancer I think ......gosh what was his name.......Houlihan, that was it. I loved him he was always so softly spoken , Father Alison used to scare me a bit with his loud voice.
(Old) Bothwell Primary
It was a huge real old school. Coal fired boiler with huge stack of coal always in middle of playground. Very high ceilings, white ceramic lights and enormous rooms. Quite a gothic place. The separate dining hall and gym room were all the more quaint. The whole place had not been touched since the war. It closed around 1987 but its still there entirely untouched and unused. What a place!!!
Remember the red brick block at the end of the sheds.
Toilets froze in winter.
I was in the old building from P1-P3 (1977-80) and have fond memories of huge big rooms and high ceilings. I remember the cloakroom and we each had a peg with our name and a little piccy and the sandpits, waterwheels and painting and water troughs out in the big hallway (sad, I know). You had to go into a seperate building for gym and school dinners, yuk. Why was the milk always warm? There were also some huts. The girls used to play a "days of the week" game out on the main steps.
For the school sports day, I remember all walking down 2 by 2 to Green Street Park.
(New) Bothwell Primary
I started there in 1980 for P4-P7. I remember most of the classrooms had bendy folding partitions between them and there was a separate music and TV room (Anyone remember watching "How we used to live"?). We had tables for desks arranged into groups and we each had our own tray to put our books etc into at the end of the day. Does anyone remember "SRA" some reading thing and you had to get up the colours or something?
Outside the classrooms there were long thin sinks and remember ducking for apples at Halloween. There was a large area outside known as the "open area" and a library. In P5 I think I had Mrs Abercrombie or Mrs Thomson and remember that myself, Jacqueline Stuart and Barry Pollock got to make good use of the open area as she sent us out there to work as we talked so much.
There was a big dining/gym hall which again had a large partition to close it all off and the dining tables were fold aways things with small blacks seats.
There was also a school field and the girls & boys used to get to use it week about.
I was in the netball team in P7 playing "GA" coached by Miss McEwan.I also remember being in the production of "Oliver" in P7 and was one of the dancers. My best mate Jacqueline Stuart was Nancy.
I also remember that in P6 & P7 there was a mad phase with everyone playing "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Brothers".
I can't forget Davie Smith, the Janitor - what a darling he was! And the tuck shop which was beside the cloakroom area, thruppeny biscuits and quenchie cups that made you even more thirsty once you had drunk them (but made great jubilees). Overall, a brilliant school and was sad to leave BPS!
The Asher Hall
the "Asher Hall" the Bretheren church and Sunday school. I went to Sunday School there with the Crooks Family, Nellie was in my class in primary school, Mr crooks was a teacher at the Sunday school ( big tall fellow). We used to have outdoor "meetings" in the summer down Fallside road somewhere. Mr and Mrs Blair were "in charge" he worked at the water treatment works where the SPCA home was at the bridge.
i used to stay in the old cottage at the end of the bridge in 1962 to about 1967 ,there used to be another cottage across from us both were demolished after we left, but the old gates still get used for the new house which is built there. in those days the lido was busy and icecream van used to sit outside the gates lol great days.
What great memories I have of this park, Easter Mondays & school holidays with the Kelly's, Browns? & Dunns. All form Castle Square then Woodlands