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Fazakerley Cottage Homes

 


A picture taken at Fazakerley by Mrs. Roberts of the African Churches Mission. The occasion was the "Visiting Day" when friends and family were allowed into the Home to visit us. The playing field where the photograph was taken holds many memories for me. Some of the children on the snap are from left to right, Gladys the only white girl at the Mission who joined us at the Cottage Homes, Adrian who appeared in the Brown Babies film, and who I had not seen for 42 years until then. I am pictured at the far right front row, with Sylvia just behind me. I have never met either Gladys or Sylvia for in excess of 49 years. I am sorry about the quality of the picture but I have carried this snap about with me for many many years. 
Many children never received a visit from their real families, and although my mother unknown to me lived only 3 miles from Fazakerely, I never did receive a visit or a Christmas & birthday card from her. Shortly after I arrived at the orphanage I was admitted to the Fazakerely Hospital, and the doctors feared for my life and called for my mother. According to the Social Services of Liverpool my mother "does not seem to have been in touch with the department" Such behaviour from a mother leaves one wondering if she was suffering from dry rot of the soul. Certainly my mother seems to lack the affection that the mother Rudyard Kipling writes about.

IF I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!

If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine !
I know whose tears would come down to me,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine !

If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!

Emmanuel Church of England in Longmoor Lane Fazakerley where I and so many children from the Cottage Homes were baptised just prior to taking our first holy communion

Cottage No 18 Was my first cottage in 1949 

 

Cottage No 9 my last home at Fazakerley in 1958

From left to right Miss Warrington who was the assistant matron. Next to her are Mr & Mrs Phillips who were the head of the Home. The picture was taken at the marriage of Mr. John Griffiths a member of staff and a former resident of the Home. He is Chairman of the Cottage Homes Association which meets every year at Fazakerley. John can be e-mailed here 

Christmas Picture

You can see Mr.& Mrs. Phillips on the far right and left of the front row, and their daughter Daphne is the lady standing

A host of children being entertained at the Christmas party by the workers of        the English Electric on the East Lancashire Road, Liverpool. It was occasion that we all so much looked forward to, and we "Stuffed" ourselves silly. The children of the home would send the choir to sing  for the workers of the factory a few weeks prior to the Christmas holiday, it was our way of saying thank-you for the kindness they showed to us. Our great musical number was the "Lord's my shepherd " sang with the descant, and some of us boy sopranos sang our hearts out, and the workers would come and thank us after their lunch for our efforts. The factory is now closed, but I for one will always remember those very special times that we spent there. There are not a few children in the picture, but there are no prizes for spotting me.

Ken Greatrex and his dog

 

 

Children and staff waiting to be transported to the ferry for their holiday in the Isle of Man

 

This picture is taken of the Cottage Homes football team at Douglas on the Isle of Man. The soccer team would tour the Island in order to promote the game amongst the Islanders. On this tour the team never lost a game, playing about 9 matches, and winning by substantial margins. When the tour was over it ended in some of us giving a musical festival to the civic dignities in Douglas  the capital city. My inclusion in the tour was not down to my ability to play football, but in providing some of the music at the festival. Although I  do love to  play soccer, there were to many good footballers for me to get a game.