Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham



Trip to Ireland


The school camp was in Ireland this year, in the charge of Mr. Nicholls, Mr. Handforth and Mr. Wild. 

We left Oldham two hours late and, making a quick journey, arrived at Liverpool in time. Travelling by boat on the "Minister," which was quite big, was new to us.

We arrived, after a calm sea passage, in Dublin early the next morning.  After walking to the station where we had to wait about half an hour, we travelled by diesel to Skerries Station.  The camp was half a mile from the station.

The camp consisted of fifteen tents, four being big marquees. There was a rustic archway leading to the dining hall, with shop, kitchen and camp office.

Meals were extremely good with an ample supply of everything, including butter.  It was a mixed camp consisting of four schools, which made two sittings for meals.     Each school had fatigues which were washing up, serving, cleaning and scrubbing.

Sleeping was rather cramped and earwigs were frequent visitors.  Our school had two of the large tents.  The sea was 100 yards away, being very cold at that time.  The cinema was frequently visited as well as the amusement arcades.

There were enough grounds on the camp for playing cricket, football and rugby, as well as the camp's special game, non-stop cricket.  We visited Dublin three times.  On the second visit we travelled by coach there.  This coach also took us to the Guinness factory where we were conducted around by a guide.  Everybody wanted to try the free samples, but we were not allowed to have any.  Then we travelled to the zoo, which was well equipped for animals. (We nearly left some of our party in the monkey house).  Photographs were taken with Sarah, a well-trained elephant.  We also visited Dublin Airport and then wandered about round the centre of the town.

Towards the latter end of our stay various competitions and events took place in the camp. Prizes were awarded for the neatest bed in the camp, a fancy dress competition, a table tennis competition, and a talent competition  One of our party, Jeffrey Lawton, obtained second prize in the talent competition for his singing, and also he won the table tennis competition.

On the rainy, thundery day that we left, the prizes for the competitions were distributed.  This was typical of the weather that we had had that week.  Leaving the camp, we travelled by train to Dublin where we had a short stay.

Our journey home by boat was rough, however, but we had got over the novelty of sailing and some of the party slept during the journey.  We had our breakfast in Liverpool and after a short stay there we returned to Oldham by coach.

Everyone arrived home safely on the Wednesday dinnertime, happy but penniless after a very enjoyable holiday.



Over Helvellyn

On May 10th, several members of the school joined a party led by Mr. Wells, on a day's visit to the Lake District, including an ascent of Helvellyn, one of the highest peaks.  Members of the school present were Herr Baldauf, James Marsh, John Wareham and Fred Brook.

We set off at eight o'clock on a rather dull morning and travelled north through Rochdale and over the Belmont to Preston.  By the time we reached Kendal the sun had broken through, but it rapidly disappeared as we reached Windermere, where a halt was called for coffee and to eat our lunch.  We arrived in Grasmere about half an hour later and then, divided into our parties.  The first one was to do a short stroll along the shores of Grasmere and over Red Bank and thence into Grasmere village.  The second, consisting mainly of older people, was to look around the village, then join the first party and go on a tour via Keswick to Patterdale.  The third and fourth parties were to climb up Great Tongue, a large spur, till they reached Grisedale Tarn, where the third party was to cross the saddle and descend the long valley into Patterdale, whilst the fourth party, to which I belonged, was to climb Helvellyn.

We left the third party at Grisedale Tarn and proceeded up the steep side of Dolly Waggon Pike to the plateau of Helvellyn, some 1,000 feet above us.  We attained the plateau after a stiff climb, and then there remained only a gradual incline to just below the summit.  Here we stopped above a great corrie, the walls of which dropped sheer some 600 feet below us, and gazed across at the knife-like ridge of Striding Edge, which we must traverse to reach Patterdale.  After a rest, we climbed to the summit, where we rested before making the descent.  As a summit, Helvellyn is not spectacular, but the view around is magnificent, and the clouds fortunately breaking enabled us to see the surrounding peaks and look down on Thirlmere, some 2,000 feet below us.

Next, we had to do a rather tricky scramble of about 100 feet to Striding Edge, which we reached without mishap. The Edge itself is very spectacular.  Walking along it is rather like walking along a pavement, or to give you a better idea, a table-top.  But if you step off a pavement you land in the roadway, whereas if you step off Striding Edge you fall either some 500 feet into Red Tarn on one side, or some 600 feet into the corrie on the other side.


However, we traversed Striding Edge, after which there was only a long descent into Grisedale Valley and finally into Patterdale.  Here we had a meal, and then met the coaches which had come from Grasmere. Then we went over ihe high Kirkstone Pass into Windermere and so hack home to Oldham.

F. BROOK, Via Lit.