1 July 2020

Following a discussion with Julie at the Masonic Hall, the Reunion Committee have made the decision to postpone Reunion 2020.

While lockdown restrictions are generally easing, social distancing will remain for a long time to come. This means large gatherings, such as our Reunions, will be very difficult to maintain.

Because of this, it was decided to cancel Reunion 2020 for everyone’s health and safety. The event will be rescheduled for October 2021.

We know some of you will be disappointed, but it is the right thing to do. It will give us all something positive to look forward to in 2021.

More details will be announced in due course. In the meantime, please continue to stay safe and remember to keep social distancing.

17 April 2020

In March, we reported Mark Vincent had started a project in September 2019 making a replica of the school inside the Minecraft video game. This has now been completed, and Mark has sent in some photos showing what it looks like.

Thank you, Mark, for sharing what you created.

16 April 2020

An update about this year’s Reunion:

The Reunion Committee hopes it will go ahead as planned on 3 October. However, we are all living in uncertain times and many events have already been cancelled. The Reunion Committee feels it is wise to start selling tickets for the event when it is safe to do so. The advice is to keep an eye on here for any further announcements.

Keep well and stay safe.

We heard this week that ex-pupil Daffyd Howell passed away last year on 12 August. Daffyd was 65 years old. Some of you will know him as Goronwy Jones.

3 March 2020

Almost a year and a half since it was announced developers got permission to transform the school site into a retirement village, it looks like work has finally started.

The modern Senior School building and gymnasium are being demolished as can be seen in the following photos recently taken by Mark Vincent and his friend Dave Davies.

On a happier note, Mark says he started a project in September last year making a replica of the school built inside the video game Minecraft. It is not finished yet, but Mark has shared this photo of what it looks like so far:

Thank you to Mark and Dave for sharing and sending these photos in.

19 January 2020

We are sad to hear ex-pupil Eunice Haworth (née Guest) has died. According to our records, Eunice left Birkdale in 1961. She regularly attended the Reunions.

Update 25.01.2020: Eunice’s funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Friday 7 February at the crematorium on Burnley Road in Accrington. Anyone attending does not need to wear black as Eunice loved colour. No flowers have been requested but donations for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People will be appreciated.

2 January 2020

Former pupil Paul Gore passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday (1 January). Paul left our school in 1994.

Update 07.01.2020: Paul’s funeral will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 22 January at Holy Family R.C. Church on Brompton Road, Southport.

2 October 2019

Here’s a date for your diaries – the next Birkdale Reunion will take place on Saturday 3 October 2020. It will be held once again at the Masonic Hall in Southport.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for this event, please use our Contact Form. The committee of Bob Bayley, Mike Fahey and Tony Wright will consider any ideas put forward, and they will aim to make this event a memorable occasion.

Further information will be announced in due course.

22 July 2019

Yesterday former staff and pupils attended a Memorial Service for Morag Clark at Scarisbrick New Road Baptist Church in Southport. Morag’s nephew Robin Scott was also present with his wife Liz.

Led by Elizabeth Rothwell, there were a number of speeches and a slideshow which included photos of Morag in her younger years and several taken during her time at Birkdale School.

Robin recounted some of Morag’s early years with the family. Two ex-pupils, Victoria Haynes (nee Sefton) and David Walker, gave their own tributes to Miss Clark. Victoria’s father, Chris Sefton, talked about meeting Miss Clark for the first time and how reassuring she had been about his daughter attending the school.

Elizabeth gave an overview of Morag’s work at Birkdale School and around the world. So many things were learnt from this, including the moment Morag met Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Extracts from the numerous messages received from professionals in different countries were read out.

Thanks were given to the minister of the Baptist Church for allowing his church to be used for the service. Tea and coffee was served afterwards, which gave people a chance to catch-up and chat. It was nice to see among the ex-staff Mrs Janet Mulcahy (nee Morris) and her mother Mrs Morris, Mrs Margaret Dutton (nee Crowley), Miss Angela Baron, and Miss Baldwin.

Particular thanks must go to Elizabeth Rothwell for organising this lovely Memorial Service.

A condensed form of the speeches with some photos will be put online in due course for everyone to see.

3 July 2019

News has just been received that Maureen Howe (nee Walters) passed away on Tuesday. She was known by many as ‘Little Moe’. She was involved with Southport Centre for the Deaf for many years as Treasurer of the Tuesday Morning Club until her health worsened in 2014.

RIP Little Moe.

Update 17.07.19: Many people attended Maureen’s funeral at Southport Crematorium today, including about 10 members of Southport Centre for the Deaf, some of whom are ex-pupils of the school.

26 June 2019

Following the sad news of Miss Clark’s death in April, a Memorial Service for her has now been arranged for Sunday 21 July at Scarisbrick New Road Baptist Church in Southport at 2.30pm. (Postcode for Satnav users: PR8 6PU)

Please indicate here or by using our Contact Form if you are able to attend so that we have an idea of numbers.

The Hereford Times recently reported on Miss Clark’s career in deaf education.

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