Ken in his
schooldays in Brierley
Ken & Lorna (Cavanagh)
Meet the Waters family
who emigrated to
The family home in Oshawa,
Lorna in her schooldays in
lived in Brierley at 15 Hillside Crescent from 1959 until 1967.
I attended St Paul's School for 1 year, then
4yrs at Brierley-Grimethorpe Secondary Modern School (now Willowgarth).
I started my apprenticeship as a fitter at Grimethorpe Colliery in 1965.
In 1967 I moved to the Rotherham area, working at Treeton Colliery.
Lorna lived at 10 Hilltop from 1963 until we
were married at St Paul's Church (Brierley) in 1968. We then stayed in
the Rotherham area until we emigrated to Canada in1974. We have lived in
Oshawa, Ontario since then.
I work at General
Motors (Automobile Maker) as an industrial mechanic. Next August I will
retire with 30yrs of service. Lorna works at the local hospital as a
Purchasing Manager for the Pharmacy Dept. We have 2 sons, Craig aged 30
and Shaun aged 28. Also a granddaughter Angelica aged 2yrs.
I only lived in
Brierley for a short time, but I have many fond memories. One of my
memories was playing football in the park for Brierley Boys. This team
was run by Ken Elvidge, who was probably one of the finest men I
remember. At the time we were playing, it wasn't appreciated how much
time and effort he put into organising things, but looking back, he was
truly dedicated to the sport. Also, I recall working for Mr. Nunn on his
farm. There was myself, Geraldine Scott from Regina Crescent and Steve
Bristow who lived on Barnsley Rd. We did planting, weeding and
harvesting. Being teenagers, we lazed about as often as we could, but
when we saw Mr Nunn driving his Landrover down the lane to check on us,
we worked like slaves to save us from a verbal BLAST which he was famous
The house on Hillside where Ken once
Seen here in 2008
Ken and Lorna with their children
Craig aged 30 and Shaun aged
Angelica aged 2
The house on Hilltop where Lorna
once lived. Seen here in 2008.
Lorna's mum still lives here
Names that also come
to mind are: - Dave Makings who died in a car crash at the bottom of
Grimethorpe hill, John Lomas, Dave Miller, John Draper, Grant Smith,
Alan Bray. There was also Pat Dye, Denise Williams (very sad to hear she
lost the fight to her illness) Angela Loring, June Ralph and many many
others from the school and village.
Lorna and I still try to return to Brierley
every year for a short visit. I have a brother living in Great Houghton
and Lorna has 2 sisters and a brother living within a couple of hours
drive from their mother, who still lives on Hilltop.
We would like to say
MANY MANY thanks to you Gary for all the work you've done (and are still
doing) in keeping the Brierley Village website going. It's
& Lorna Waters.
Where R U now?