I live in Bahrain and have
worked here almost 20years, I am the Production Control Manager.
My name is William Edward Griffiths ( Bill ) and attended Winton Senior
as it was then from 1958-1961 4 years.
My two sisters Pat and Jean also attended much earlier than I. Jean from
1944-1947 and Pat from 1947- 1951.
My years at Winton were happy years where
I must have spent more time in that Gymnasium first under Mr Ward and then under my best and favourite
teacher Mr Bennet than anyone else.
Mr Bennet helped me develop and I spent every dinner hour in that Gym
I did not particularly like school although for some reason I liked
Winton school, both my son and daughter, Craig and Heather also attended
although not for the full 4 years.
Mr Jolly in room 18, end of the corridor upstairs was brilliant, young
and relatively new into teaching
(Geography) was a breath of fresh after
the previous lesson with Dan Sarsfields science lesson followed by what was
then called music with Old Mar Coot , she had a big gold ring on her right
hand and I still have the scar on my head where she clouted me as she did
many before and probably after but usually we deserved it.
Mr Sarsfield lived
in Newon-le Willows and could be seen stepping from the train at
Patricroft at 8.45. am then running the walks and Worsley road to be in time for
Mr Rimmer was good to me as
I was at that time the second fastest
freestyle swimmer at Winton after Alan Hooper whom used to swim the 25 yards of
Eccles baths in 15 seconds dead, while I were 15.5 seconds, Bill O`Donnell, the
Olympic swimmer used to do it in 11 seconds but was older than us.
Mr Rimmer lived down Verdun Rd near Hope Hospital, just off Wilton Rd. He
also owned a bran new black baby AUSTIN car which was real posh then.
Another new teacher whom came whilst we were in our second year was Mr
Javi a maths teacher whom was a good teacher but we pulled his leg a lot and
he eventually made a good impression at the school especially on our
posterior`s as he used to slipper you with the heel of the pump which I
can tell you hurt. Mr Javi though was a gentleman and we usually deserved it as he was at
the end of his tether with us.
Mr Whetton also joined I think during this 4 year era and stayed some
while as Craig our son was taught wood work by him some 22 years later.
Mr Whetton had time for everyone and his explanations and practical
advice were spot on, we used the coffee table I made with the help of him until
recently as it was a piece of Winton sentimentality.
Mr Barnes was his
predecessor in the end room downstairs next to the admin and Charlie
Only ever visited Charlie Adam`s office once when he caned me and
Christopher Hubert for playing truant one Monday afternoon.
His old flexible rubbery cane no more than 14 inches long rattling your
We should have gone to Metalwork at Green Lane but watched them fishing
at Trafford warehouse instead.
I can remember also a tall older teacher called Mr Butterworth but only
vaguely , what I do know that both he and a teacher called Alan
Warrington from Beech St were at school with my father, Green Lane school in the
Alan Warrington of course famous for founding the Eccles Boys Choir and
organist at Eccles parish church along with Mr Foden.
Later in life we met and became very good friends with Mrs Bradburn the
school secretary at the time I was there and her husband whose name was
Charlie, a lovely man.
Better than average footballers came from Winton Senior to join Ranks in
their teens to play for the local teams and do really well. Playing for
EX ROFFIANS in the ECCLES and DISTICT league then and playing on cleavleys
big pitch outside the dressing rooms was fabulous.
DAVID BENISON, BILL GRIFFITHS, GEORGE GASKELL,HARRY GASKELL, DAVID
DITCHFIELD STEWART CROMPTON, IAN McCORMICK are but a few whom did very
The smartest teacher without doubt was Mr Grimshaw whom taught maths and
how to shoulder charge, as he barged boys daily from his path if they were in
his way. He still retained and brought with him his military training( RAF ). He
was feared and revered and had a twinkle in his eye. Mr Grimshaw lived near my sister on Oxford Rd, Pendleton.