Digmoor School Fete




A while ago I included the above photo in this blog, knowing that it was some occasion at Digmoor School and that my Nana was in the picture, but left wondering about any further details.

Recently I was looking through an old scrapbook that had belonged to my mother and found a photo copy of a newspaper report which describes this occasion in full.

I think it was the Observer of September 9th, 1937. The headline is:


Successful effort for Upholland Church funds.

It was the third annual exhibition and bazaar, and it seems to have been organised by Mrs R.G. Mack, who was praised for her hard work and organisational skills. (I am assuming that Mrs Mack is one of the ladies wearing a hat in the photo above.)

The opening ceremony was performed by Dr Shirlaw of Hall Green, and presided over by the vicar, Rev. Ivo Keown-Bond.

There is a list of all the prize winners. The thing that I found quite interesting here was that a Mr. T. Watson won a total of 9 prizes for tomatoes, apples, chrysanthemums, roses, asters and most tasteful flower arrangemant. So of course I am wondering – is this the same T. Watson that so many of us were familiar with as an ice cream vendor?  Was horticulture just another of his various talents and interests?

I also note that my Nana, (Mrs Coulshed who had a little grocery shop in Spencer’s Lane and then later in Grimshaw Lane) was names as one of the helpers who ran the grocery stall.

I’d like to upload the whole article, but it is an old photocopy, and not very clear so I don’t know if it would be readable.





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About Edith C

Born in Tawd Bridge, attended Digmoor school and chapel. Migrated to Australia in 1958, but have been back to Upholland for visits on several occasions since. Was a teacher, now retired. I would like to keep in touch with the people of Tawd Bridge, Upholland and Skelmersdale, I still have a fond and deep connection with the home of my childhood.

3 thoughts on “Digmoor School Fete

  1. Mrs Gertrude Mack was a teacher at Digmoor school in the 1920s, 30s & maybe 40s. Her husband Mr Mack was also a teacher at the school and probably the headmaster before Mr Bamforth. I don`t know if he was a lot older than her or just had poor health but I understand he died around 1926/7. Mrs Mack`s maiden name was Lawrence and lived in Moss Cottage that was situated in the field west of the River Tawd and about 400 yds upstream of Nipe Lane bridge. Mr & Mrs Mack later lived in a house on Ormskirk Road on the opposite side to Upholland Moor school and around 100yds on the Skelmersdale side. It must have been considered a prime position at the time because Mr & Mrs Williams lived either next door or a couple of doors away. Mr Williams was Upholland Moor School`s headmaster.

  2. Thanks for the information Jim. I have a much earlier Digmoor school photo which I have placed in this blog and on this website. The photo dates to approx. 1900, and my Gran and her sister (Lizzie Halliwell) are in it. Well the teacher in that photo is Mr Mack. I had been wondering if there was a connection between him and the Mrs Mack of the 1930s fete photo, but I thought that the dates did not match up. But according to your information, maybe the Mrs Mack of the fete is the widow of the Mr Mack the Digmoor school teacher.

  3. Hi edith was great to read your comments, i remember you moving to Australia all those years ago indeed i shook hands with you. I lived in Grimshaw lane near the coop mentioned and remember all the old shops and pubs that we were blessed with. What about all those walks through the beautiful countryside around us. Tawd road, back lane , down to the Ras ! and delph, through the fields to
    ashurst beacon via elmers green. wonderful memories. also happy days at Digmoor school being taught by Fred Holmes, the finest teacher i ever came across. Hope you are all well and would love to hear from you.

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