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My wonderful memories of Malvern Wells Open Air School

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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RE Mrs Christine Twining's letter in The Bugle (November 7, 2013, edition).

The Convalescent Home, Malvern Wells, was St Wulstan's for people with TB. The Open Air schools were for children who had either asthma, bronchitis or were considered to be under nourished and were in West Malvern.

When the lady was a pupil there and she wrote weekly to her parents did she put her address as from West Malvern Girls Open Air School or did she abbreviate it to W.M.G.O.A.S?

I was a pupil at the Boys School in March 1948, March 1949 and September 1951. Each term was of 12 weeks' duration.

When I went to see the doctor in Lye, which was my home town then, he said I was fit enough not to need to go again. I was very disappointed.

Boys I remember going there were Eddie Cochrane, Graham Taylor (no relation), Roy Foulkes, John Green, Trevor Argent, Alec Crowther, Michael (surname unknown), who lived in Birmingham Street opposite Foster Street, Stourbridge.

There was also a boy named Derek, who had blonde hair. He is in a photo of some of the ones there. The photo was in a book about West Malvern and was taken in either September or October 1951.

Another boy was from Redditch, David Morrall or Morrell.

He was a brainy boy and he was given an affectionate nickname.

If I say they called me his assistant, he may well remember what it was.

I have wonderful memories of the West Malvern Boys Open Air School.

Gary Taylor,

119 Pound Bank Road,



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