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red mail Heritage Open Day at Bisley School Chapel
BISLEY VILLAGE HALL GU24 9EE formerly the Chapel of the Bisley Boys School (the amalgamated Farm School & Shaftesbury School) are having a HERITAGE OPEN DAY in partnership with Surrey Heath Museum & Heritage Services. Time 10.30 - 1.30 p.m. A Blue Plaque is being presented at 12 midday to mark the significance of the Chapel and the fascinating history of the School and the boys who attended. There will be an opportunity to view many photos of boys at the school and hear stories from Old Boys of the school telling what life was like when they were there. Light refreshments will be served.
red mail Bisley School 1941
My father Basil John Arthur Perry was at Bisley School in 1941 - he would have been 15-16 years old. He enlisted in 1944 and was transferred to Royal Armoured Corps Tank Regiment. Does anyone know my father or have any pictures/additional information. Regards, John
red mail Bisley Boys School
I am after any information regarding the aboved named school. My father was supposedly a student there in the 1940's, early 50's. His name is Stephen Tivy. I look forward to hearing from anyone who has any information. Many thanks in advance.
red mail Shaftesbury Homes, Bisley School
I was a pupil at this boarding school, from about 1952 to 1955. I never knew my father, and my mother, in difficult post war times decided to send me here. Having read other entries on this school, some from people who know nothing about it, and need more information, I suggest the following : There is a HB book in existence called "The Chance of a Lifetime", author is Marion Bailey. This book tells the story of how Royston Hertfordshire, Fortescue House Twickenham, and Bisley Schools were founded in Victorian Times for destitute children by William Williams & Lord Ashley, who became the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury. They were known as "The Ragged Schools", and eventually were renamed after their main Patron, the Earl of Shaftesbury, hence the name Shaftesbury Homes and Arethusa (a Training Ship for boys). Later these schools were used to help children from difficult backgrounds, such as boys whose fathers were killed in World War II, (as in my case). I attended all three schools from the tender age of 5 (Royston), age 8 (Twickenham), and finally from age 12 (Bisley). This organisation still exists, although its aims are more modern, helping young offenders etc. and the book is produced by them for sale. I believe you cannot get this book in the shops, only from the Charity. I have purchased and read the book, and found it a wonderful read. It is an excellent piece of social history, much like Dr Barnados. Hope this helps those who need more information. Evan
red mail Bisley Boys School - Shaftsbury Homes
In about 1943, I had the misfortune to be incarcerated in Bisley Boys School because my mother had died and my father could not look after us three children and work. I spent six months of sheer hell there before being rescued by my father's second marriage. We all were known by numbers but I remember the name of one master (Burridge) and three brothers (Skogiol). Anyone else from that era please contact me John.
red mail The Shaftesbury School, Bisley, Surrey
My father, Baden Courtice of Kentish Town, Nth London, was an 'inmate' of The Shaftesbury School, and (according to a presentation Bible he received) left on 16th August 1915 at the age of 14 years. Are there any school records of this time which can shed light on when he went there & perhaps why? Thanking you in anticipation
red mail Bisley Boys Refuge
I believe my g.grandad, SAMUEL CUMMINGS, b.Hoxton London/Middx(?) was an 'inmate' at a refuge/orphanage/'remand' home in Bisley according to the 1901 census, aged 11. Both his parents & siblings were alive at the time, so, why, unless he'd broken the law, would he be there? I've heard that it may be something to do with helping the poor of London (Samuel's family were living in Fulham area by then) - can anyone shed any light, please??!! Thank you!
red mail The Shaftesbury School, Boys Home
My Great Uncle WILLIAM WHELAN was an "Inmate" of the Shaftesbury School, Boys Home (Orphanage), Bisley, Surrey according to the 1901 census. His occupation is listed as Tailor and his age as 12. The thing that puzzles me is the fact that his mum (LOUISA JANE WHELAN nee SEAGER) was still alive at the time. Was it a common practice to send boys to an orphanage while one parent lived on? Can anyone tell me 'anything' about the above school?
Coxhead Of Bisley
Anybody related to Edward or Elizabeth Coxhead, 1840 t0 1930.

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