Mo Clougher recalls her childhood in Wavertree
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 5th January 2012 by Jenny Porter
Mo Clougher recalls St Thomasâ€™ Church in Ashfield, Wavertree, and Miss Connie Sharp a Sunday school Superintendent. Mo also recalls the neighbourhood and her school. Mo passed a scholarship and went to Childwall Valley School while her friend Jean went to Lawrence Road, Secondary Modern.
Interviewee: Mo Clougher
Interviewee Gender: Female
Date of Interview: 17th August 2011
Mo: We had a marvelous teens there. We belonged to a church there in Ashfield, St Thomasâ€™, it was such a homely place and lively, and they had a marvelous youth club, â€¦ didnâ€™t they, and a lot went on, and of course we used to go dancing a lot too,â€¦ didnâ€™t weâ€¦, and the Church. We had Miss Sharp, was a Sunday school superintendent , er, but eventually she was a friend because we ended up Sunday school teachers there at St Thomasâ€™. Oh god love her sheâ€™s still alive now how old is sheâ€¦?
Mo: 93, sheâ€™s in a nursing home in Woolton and sheâ€™s fabulous, and we still go and see her and sheâ€™s wonderful, and sheâ€™s got wonderful memories of Wavertree if you wanted to go and talk to herâ€¦ ? Sheâ€™s fantastic, and she did a lot for the young people in, you know, in Wavertree, and Iâ€™m trying to think what else, else, I donâ€™t know it was just a magic place.
Jenny: So who isâ€¦Connie? Is it Connie?
Mo: Connie Sharp
Mo: She was the Sunday School Superintendent at St Thomasâ€™. We had a Church Hall down in Bishopgate Street wasnâ€™t it? No its not, Iâ€™m telling a fib, because Iâ€™m thick! Grosvenor Road (laughs) which is now a block of flats. But everything on earth used to go on at that church hall, it was wonderful. We had a youth club there, lots of social events, werenâ€™t there, lots of social events and lots of societies used to use it and it was a very popular place, and also they used to hold weddings there. In fact one of our gang, Graham, was married there. Iâ€™d say the gang I got to know at the church weâ€™re still all pals now. Weâ€™re all spread out, but we all keep in touch and have get-togethers, each others, erm, parties and things, donâ€™t we..?
Jenny: What street did you live in in Wavertree?
Mo: I lived in Salisbury Road
Jenny: Salisbury Road
Mo: And my friend Jean lived in Ashfield andâ€¦
Jenny: And were they close to one another?
Mo: About three roads away, there was Alderson then Kempton and then Ashfield â€¦wasnâ€™t there?
Mo: And Connie Sharp she lived by the Church Hall didnâ€™t she, on Grosvenor Road.
Mo: It just was a fabulous place wonderful people.
Jenny: What school did yous go to?
Mo: I used to live in Huyton-with-Roby before I lived in Salisbury Road, I used to go to Dovecot school. I lived there and then moved here and lived here since I was 11 but I, I passed a scholarship then so I was going to go to Childwall Valley. I moved here in the summer and so, erm, I went to Childwall Valley in the September. Jean went to Lawrence Road schoolâ€¦
Jean: (interrupts) I went to Lawrence Road which is a Secondary Modernâ€¦Its still there but
Mo: Whch is still there butâ€¦
Jean: Lawrence Roadâ€¦
Mo: Itâ€™s a new building now.
Jean: (trails off..)
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