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Marypoppins

Brummie babby
I was in St.Johns from 79 until 82. Would like to contact anyone who was there at that time.
I was in st johns back then my name is Mary Sweeney i was on Aston view! What a crazy place took me the best part of 30 years to get over my childhood but i do have fond memories of some of the staff, paul blest paul jones one of my favs hilary the home ec tea her And so many more but cant remember names i remember unison movement, murder in the dark in the gym mr B spitting in ur face while he shouted An inch frim it lol crocodile lines and sooo much more xx
 

Marypoppins

Brummie babby
I would love to see some familiar faces from back then, my name is Mary Sweeney does anyone remember me xx i was in Aston
View.
 

Drew Lintott

proper brummie kid
Hi all,I would just like to say a thank you Jim for all your help with this site.I was in St johns chs in late 70s early 80s. I remember be taken up the drive and walking in that big front door,if you went left at the door there was a massive walk way with mesh above your head. Then if you went to the left was kitchen and unit called redlands,but if you went right there was adoor to the back of the building and when you go though that door, on the left was pentlands(secure unit 4beds. But just at the side of pentlands there was a door which went some steps,when I asked what the home was before I was told about the nuns and that little room below was where they sent when naughty. On the back wall was marks of days and other writing. It was astore cupboard when st johns was a chs. I remember them gates,and I can't believe they took tennis courts away and pulled down woodsong all for new secure unit. Which is now not in use. Always remember Mr b and Jones. I went back to visit afew times. I have aphoto of the main entrance but haven't aclue how to load to this site. Any help would be grateful,I'm not to good with computers lol. Take care all.
I was in there in early 80s. Spent time on all of the units. Good & bad memories.
 

Drew Lintott

proper brummie kid
I was in st johns back then my name is Mary Sweeney i was on Aston view! What a crazy place took me the best part of 30 years to get over my childhood but i do have fond memories of some of the staff, paul blest paul jones one of my favs hilary the home ec tea her And so many more but cant remember names i remember unison movement, murder in the dark in the gym mr B spitting in ur face while he shouted An inch frim it lol crocodile lines and sooo much more xx
SWEEEEEEEEENNNNEEEEYYYYY!! How you doing sweetie. You're one of my happier memories of that place. Always remember your mad sense of humour.
Hi bob was wondering thé punishment book was this relating to pentlands lornswood rédlands 1980+
Bob I suspect my name fills a lot of those pages
 

Drew Lintott

proper brummie kid
I was in st johns back then my name is Mary Sweeney i was on Aston view! What a crazy place took me the best part of 30 years to get over my childhood but i do have fond memories of some of the staff, paul blest paul jones one of my favs hilary the home ec tea her And so many more but cant remember names i remember unison movement, murder in the dark in the gym mr B spitting in ur face while he shouted An inch frim it lol crocodile lines and sooo much more xx
SWEEEEEEENNNNEEEEYYYYYY! You're one of my happier memories. In fact I think of you a lot when I think back. You had a wicked sense of humour! Never pass Bicester without thinking of you! I remember me on sanctions & scrubbing the floor & you decided to slide up it in one of those oh so flattering green skirts & because there was white bits on it had to do it again! Great to hear from you. Hope all is well in your world. Take care x
 

Drew Lintott

proper brummie kid
. I've been looking for yrs and everytime I hit a brick wall. He was always true to his word and honest,I used to visit him when he worked in the new sure unit and they had carpet on the floor,lol. In pentlands (old secure unit) we had wooden flooring and a scrubbing brush,bucket and on your hands and knees job. I don't know where eleas to look,I've call hundreds of p Jones from old phone books off the net,I've spoke to some lovely people and some not so nice,lol. He wasn't one for computers,think it was age ;-). Thank you bob for your help.
I remember Paul he was one of the better staff. Went to his house a lot it was in Sutton Coldfield
 

Drew Lintott

proper brummie kid
Good, you'll have lots of tales to recall now.

The St John's as you remember was gutted and rebuilt in 1996/7 or there abouts. It became a 100% childrens home, with the new secure unit doing what Pentlands did. After many changes, the whole site is now an administration block.
Can you send Paul my best please. My name is Andrew Lintott. He was one of the kinder staff there
 

Marypoppins

Brummie babby
SWEEEEEEENNNNEEEEYYYYYY! You're one of my happier memories. In fact I think of you a lot when I think back. You had a wicked sense of humour! Never pass Bicester without thinking of you! I remember me on sanctions & scrubbing the floor & you decided to slide up it in one of those oh so flattering green skirts & because there was white bits on it had to do it again! Great to hear from you. Hope all is well in your world. Take care x
 

Marypoppins

Brummie babby
Omg lol im not sure if i remember you or not! Im terrible with names better with faces, glad im a good memory yep still funny lol a lot f my memories are to do with getting into trouble for laughing, i literally just found out yesterday about Gil! Was shocked i Remember him Dragging down the corridor of Aston view and throwing me in he bedroom for swearing lol i had to do 500 lines... i must not say the word edit ******* are you on facebook are you in touch with anyone else Im chuffed someone remembered me, stupid really i haven't thought About st Johns for a long time And was watching long lost family and thought about trying to My records and started searching just the day before yesterday and found this forum x im great by the way took a while hope your doing well to x
 
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Drew Lintott

proper brummie kid
Omg lol im not sure if i remember you or not! Im terrible with names better with faces, glad im a good memory yep still funny lol a lot f my memories are to do with getting into trouble for laughing, i literally just found out yesterday about Gil! Was shocked i Remember him Dragging down the corridor of Aston view and throwing me in he bedroom for swearing lol i had to do 500 lines... i must not say the word Bastard are you on facebook are you in touch with anyone else Im chuffed someone remembered me, stupid really i haven't thought About st Johns for a long time And was watching long lost family and thought about trying to My records and started searching just the day before yesterday and found this forum x im great by the way took a while hope your doing well to x
I'm (edit please contact by message) on fb. Add me . I got my care files. VERY redacted but don't suppose they want you seeing their lies lol x
 
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Drew Lintott

proper brummie kid
Friends reguest sent i need to know how to get my file! I really really want it x
I'll message you with details on how to get your file. It's an easy process. Edit - link removed. Please make con act via BHF messaging - small envelope above on blue bar. Haven't received request x
 
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Marypoppins

Brummie babby
Hi all,I would just like to say a thank you Jim for all your help with this site.I was in St johns chs in late 70s early 80s. I remember be taken up the drive and walking in that big front door,if you went left at the door there was a massive walk way with mesh above your head. Then if you went to the left was kitchen and unit called redlands,but if you went right there was adoor to the back of the building and when you go though that door, on the left was pentlands(secure unit 4beds. But just at the side of pentlands there was a door which went some steps,when I asked what the home was before I was told about the nuns and that little room below was where they sent when naughty. On the back wall was marks of days and other writing. It was astore cupboard when st johns was a chs. I remember them gates,and I can't believe they took tennis courts away and pulled down woodsong all for new secure unit. Which is now not in use. Always remember Mr b and Jones. I went back to visit afew times. I have aphoto of the main entrance but haven't aclue how to load to this site. Any help would be grateful,I'm not to good with computers lol. Take care all.
. I've been looking for yrs and everytime I hit a brick wall. He was always true to his word and honest,I used to visit him when he worked in the new sure unit and they had carpet on the floor,lol. In pentlands (old secure unit) we had wooden flooring and a scrubbing brush,bucket and on your hands and knees job. I don't know where eleas to look,I've call hundreds of p Jones from old phone books off the net,I've spoke to some lovely people and some not so nice,lol. He wasn't one for computers,think it was age ;-). Thank you bob for your help.
Hiya, im not good on names but i was in st jonhs on Aston view my ne is Mary Sweeney, i also went to the house next door and got a job in the department store in Erdington, i have loads of memories from st jonhs do u remember me? I was in unison movement as well, i remember Mr Miles, Paul Jones, Hilary, gil Lewis (just found out about him! ) i remember so much more staff kids holidays just not good with names xx
 

Marypoppins

Brummie babby
Hello Curlyedna. I do remember Paul Jones. When I started there in 1991, he was the deputy manager in the new secure unit that had recently opened. I think he lived quite local to St John's, but where exactly I don't know.
Hi, i was in st johns for a long time i was so close to Paul, he tried to adopt me! Id love to find him he use to live in Sutton coalfield and look after pigeons lol but thats all i remember any help would be amazing! Thank yooou x
 
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