Colin Coulson's memories and pictures of my school days

Me Jumping


Merchant of Venice


Mr and Mrs Messam




Johnny and Suzie


Hi Peter, I'm thrilled to find your website. I was a pupil at the school for a while in the 1955/57,
I think!! I remember quite alot about my time there, although like many, I lost touch after leaving. Tom and Ethel Messom were in charge then and I remember Mr Roberts, who married Marjory Packwood, whilst I was there.

I arrived at Whiteness Manor from a sister school just outside of Margate, called Coney Hill School for Boys. I think the term "for crippled boys" was used then, not PC these days!

We were made to go outside to lie in the sun many times on green deckchair type loungers and were given the job of folding them up afterwards.

There were many pupils at the Home with various disabilities. Mine was a reaction to what was then deemed as Infantile Paralysis, now called Polio. My day's there were mostly happy and was aware of the encouragement of staff toward sporting activities. We often played against outside schools to add to the fun and I might add, we did very well. I have some photos somewere, if I can find them, I will send them via e-mail, but one has to so careful today as to what one sends or receives. I have so many memories flooding into my mind as I recall them as I'm writing this and would be thrilled to know if any of my old pals are still with us. 

I did visit the Manor on one occasion but found things had changed so much. Even though Mr Roberts was still there, the other personnel were not familiar and, in truth, I did not feel a welcome visitor. There was Alan ???, odd job man, who recognized me and he said things had changed, so I never returned or thought about it until finding your website. Referring to the bird aviary, that was at the bottom of the lawn, ie toward the golf course referred to as the links, I believe, There were quite a few budgies in the aviary and I had the lovely job of helping feed them. There was also a flock of chickens which I used to feed on Sunday, as a good excuse not to attend church, which was always the case. I do remember the morning prayers, hymns and a reading from the Bible before breakfast. The boys were divided up into houses and if my memory serves me right, they were as follows: Mountbatten, Roosevelt, Livingstone and one other who's name escapes me, colour's yellow, red, blue and brown come to mind. Ted Day, who was an old boy, returned to work there as an odd jobber.