Coffey Time with Chris Coffey

Can you name this St Helens soldier?

St Helens Star: Does anyone recognise this unknown soldier?

7:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

Over the coming weeks I am including a photo of a local unknown soldier, in the hope that some of his descendants will give it a good home. This one is a postcard image but unfortunately with no information. Can you solve the mystery?

Anger's words on bridge over the East Lancs Road

7:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

Around 1589 a woman named Jane Anger wrote a pamphlet for the protection of women: “To defend them against the scandalous reportes of a late Surfeiting Lover, and all other like Venerians that complaine so to bee overcloyed with womens kindnesse.”

Where were we?

St Helens Star: Someone, somewhere will know where this if even if they can't tell us the name of the dog!

7:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

Here’s a scene with a railway theme. Do you recognise the location?

Where we were.

St Helens Star: Where were we?

7:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

THE photograph printed two weeks ago brought a great response. Lots of you contacted me with the correct answer, and I enjoyed chatting on the phone.

Murder most foul

6:50am Thursday 24th April 2014

The Eccleston Smithy Heritage Centre is staging a fascinating Murder Most Foul exhibition each weekend until September 14.

Cleaning the grate was a dirty job.

6:50am Thursday 24th April 2014

The photograph of a woman blackleading a grate brought back memories for Geoff Sandford.

Blackbrook school photograph request.

6:50am Thursday 24th April 2014

Sheila Higgins is keen to locate a photograph of the industrial school for Catholic girls which was in Blackbrook. Not knowing much of Blackbrook, and having hardly any photos of the place in my collection, is there anyone out there who can help?

Tracing our unknown soldiers

St Helens Star: Tracing our unknown soldiers

4:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

IN coming weeks I aim to include a photograph of an unknown soldier, in the hope that descendants will give it a good home.

Sitting under the stairs as the bombs fell

St Helens Star: RAF Bombs, including Grand Slam (back right) and Tall Boy.

4:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Ann Johnson, nee Fishwick, writes from Australia: “I have just been reading your issue of a few months ago about the houses bombed in St Helens in the Second World War.

Easter events this week

St Helens Star: The ancient Friends Meeting House

3:46pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Sunday, April 19: A quiz-themed Easter egg hunt with children’s prizes at the Transport Museum (12pm - 4pm). Refreshments will be available. See www.nwmort.co.uk

A piece of St Helens history found in Mexico

St Helens Star: An industrial relic of St Helens found in Mexico

3:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

STEPHEN Wainwright, who compiles the Sutton Beauty and Heritage website, tells me: “To me the joy of having a heritage website is not knowing who will get in touch next.

The fallen heroes of war

St Helens Star: History group seeks help researching First World War display

3:14pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Butch Gilbart writes: “Last month school children from Eaves Lane and Sherdley Primary Schools cleaned up and planted poppy seeds on the graves of the First World War soldiers at St Nicholas’ Church on New Street.

Remembering the role of animals in war

St Helens Star: The Imperial War Museum North

3:05pm Thursday 17th April 2014

YEARS ago I caught a train to Manchester Victoria, and a tram to Salford in snow and ice, tough going on my own in a wheelchair, but I was determined to see an exhibition concerning animals caught up in war on display at the Imperial War Museum North.

Contact Chris

St Helens Star: Coffey Time with Chris Coffey

2:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

You can send me an e-mail at chrispcoffey@ gmail.com or ring 01744 817130 or write to 37 Holbrook Close, St Helens, WA9 3XH.

Where were we?

St Helens Star: Where were we?

6:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

The chimney in the background has gone along with the overhead power lines, but this will be a familiar view to many readers. Where is it?

WW1 medic’s mystery unravelled

St Helens Star: Not forgotten: The voices of World War I

6:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

  RAINHILL Civic Society committee man Brian Renshall tells us this year the Society will hold an event to commemorate the Centenary of the start of WW1.

Ghosts at the farm

St Helens Star: Ghost walk of Hereford Past

6:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

THERE’S nothing like a good ghost story and Sue Gerrard will provide some hair-raising tales on Saturday, April 26 at Fir Tree Farm Admission including a seasonal meal is £11. The event starts at 6pm. Top book a place call Edwina on 01744 894959.

Forthcoming events.

St Helens Star: Upton Little Treasures - Easter Special

6:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

Events coming up throughout April

Sutton connection with the 126miles per hour Mallard

St Helens Star: Sutton Oak loco driver John Anthony with Mallard

6:20am Thursday 10th April 2014

Dave Price tells me he was at the National Railway Museum at York last October for the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s record breaking run up the East coast main line where it steamed to a record 126 miles per hour.

Remembering the old cottages

St Helens Star: Rural cottages, but where are they?

7:20am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Alan Atkins was born in Garswood in 1937 and remembers the cottages. They were on Garswood Road.

Did you spot this bustling spot?

St Helens Star: WHERE WERE WE?

7:20am Thursday 3rd April 2014

WHERE WE WERE

CONTACT

7:20am Thursday 3rd April 2014

• Email chrispcoffey@gmail.com or ring 01744 817130 or write to 37 Holbrook Close, St. Helens, WA9 3XH.

100TH ANNIVERSARY

7:10am Thursday 3rd April 2014

BROWNIE Guides celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.

Ray's book should be with a rugby fan

St Helens Star: Memories...Ray French with senior library assistant Paula Keaton (left) and community library officer Mandy Brown.

7:10am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A couple of weeks ago Keith Jones from Earlestown told me he had won Ray French’s book My Kind of Rugby in a raffle at Newton Cricket Club and inside was the inscription that it had been presented to John B Hodgson at Geoff Pimblett's testimonial dinner in 1980.

Super knitters raise thousands for the Royal British Legion

St Helens Star: Sue Longworth has knitted hundreds of poppies.

8:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

Following my piece in the Star about knitted and crocheted poppies Anne Jones of St Helens branch of Soroptimist International tells me that members have been crafting such poppies for four years and have raised over £6,000 for the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Thanks for another mystery solved

St Helens Star: Foundry workers at Appleton and Howard Ltd

8:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

Kevin Finney writes: “Hi Chris, You’ve come up trumps again. For years I’ve seen and read articles about Salisbury Street and around the Raven. I have even put up notes myself about the string of premises in Salisbury Street.

The day the IRA tried to blow up electricity pylon

St Helens Star: The alternative?

8:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

Steve Wainwright, who produces the excellent Sutton Beauty website, writes: “In Coffey Time (Feb 13) John Howard recalled a conversation with a farmer called Smith who said he'd once been threatened by an IRA terrorist near Moss Lane.

Double Take

St Helens Star: This vehicle doubkled as holiday transport in summer and as a coal wagon in winter!

8:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

COFFEY Time reader Bill Coleman, now in his 84th year, appears in both of this week’s nostalgic photographs.

Sutton query answered

St Helens Star: Family history course in Ilminster

8:20am Thursday 20th March 2014

Gary Carr is wondering if the places still exist in the St Helens area where his grandparents lived.  

Parr shopkeeper solves name puzzle

8:20am Thursday 20th March 2014

A COUPLE of weeks ago CoffeyTime mentioned that John Kearns wants to solve a dispute about a shop on the corner of Ramford Street and Parr Stocks Road.

SHACKLADYS TRACED

7:20am Thursday 20th March 2014

A delighted Peter Harvey contacted me to say: “Your article about the Shacklady family struck gold."

Book case solved

St Helens Star: Book author Ray French

6:20am Thursday 20th March 2014

A couple of weeks ago I related how Keith Jones from Earlestown had contacted me to say he had a book, My kind of Rugby by Ray French with an inscription in it that it had been presented to John B Hodgson at Geoff Pimblett's testimonial dinner in 1980.

WHERE WERE WE?

St Helens Star: WHERE WERE WE?

2:40pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A busy work day scene from the early days after the Second World War. But where were these St Helens workers employed?

CONTACT:

2:42pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

• Email chrispcoffey@gmail.com or ring 01744 817130 or write to 37 Holbrook Close, St. Helens, WA9 3XH.

Local history events.

St Helens Star: This 50-year-old bus will offer free rides to the vintage rall

9:10am Thursday 13th March 2014

The Township’s Family History Society help and workshop evenings are held at the Local History and Archive Library, 1st Floor, Central Library, Victoria Square, on Tuesdays, between 3.45pm and 6.45pm.

Wood Pit coal got a ride to the washery, miners had to walk to Old Boston baths.

St Helens Star: Nostalgic photo generated a bag full of replies

8:20am Thursday 13th March 2014

Geoff Simm wrote to me after seeing the picture of the overhead coal buckets in the February 13 edition of CoffeyTime.

Where were we?

St Helens Star: Nobody is old enough to recall this view but I know somebody will be able to tell us.

8:20am Thursday 13th March 2014

Well none of us are old enough to recall this scene but the artist’s impression of a railway intersection should provide clues as to this week’s mystery location. Over to you readers!

Sutton boulder is one of three in St Helens

St Helens Star: The Sutton Park boulder is a candidate for listing

8:10am Thursday 13th March 2014

An item in a past letters page mentioned the boulder in Sutton Park that was brought down in the last Ice Age.

No more retreats at Loyola Hall

7:20am Thursday 13th March 2014

Last year, the Jesuits announced that they will cease to provide retreats and training at the Loyola Hall Spirituality Centre on Merseyside from Easter 2014.

RBL and Women's Weekly want you to get out the needles and create some poppies.

St Helens Star: Millions of poppies are made each year at The Poppy Factory

7:20am Thursday 13th March 2014

Reader Ian Griffiths has pointed out the Royal British Legion and Women’s Weekly are each promoting projects involving crocheting or knitting poppies to commemmorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Where we were.

St Helens Star: Quieter times at the M6 junction with the East Lancs Road and the A49 at Haydock

7:10am Thursday 13th March 2014

Geoff Almond was right.

Red Lion memories

St Helens Star: Incident between rival fans at pub

2:53pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

Gerry Ryder writes: “I saw your article in The Star re the Red Lion Pub. Although I don’t have any images of the original pub, I vaguely remember it, as a youngster who went to St Anne’s school.

Where were we?

St Helens Star: Rural cottages, but where are they?

11:05am Thursday 6th March 2014

A rural scene for this week's picture poser. Can readers tell me the whereabouts of these cottages with distinctive roofs?

Has anyone got a photo of butcher's shop?

St Helens Star: James Bodenham, fromLlandinabo Farm Shop on The Homend, with a mystery sausage which will be used during the Ledbury Big Breakfast event.

10:48am Thursday 6th March 2014

John Kearns wants to solve a dispute about a shop on the corner of Ramford Street and Parr Stocks Road.

Rugby book signed by sporting legends

St Helens Star: Ray French kicked off the heritage celebrations with a talk at St Helens' Archive Library.

10:35am Thursday 6th March 2014

KEITH Jones from Earlestown won a book in a raffle at Newton Cricket Club that turned out to be far more than can be judged by its cover.

Gang show is back in town

St Helens Star: Ogbourne Gang Show

10:26am Thursday 6th March 2014

A Gang Show with a cast of 110 consisting of Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Guides and Leaders will take to the stage on the evenings of March 27, 28 and 29 at St Helens Theatre Royal.

Happy days at town centre engineering works

St Helens Star: Foundry workers at Appleton and Howard Ltd

10:17am Thursday 6th March 2014

ST HELENS born David Webster has been in touch with me from his home in Gloucester.

Can you identify this busy junction in quieter times?

St Helens Star: Can you identify this busy junction in quieter times?

12:58pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Regular road travellers will be favourites to identify this road junction which is somewhat busier these days.

Gladstone and the 'Iron Duke' among those who have visited St Helens

St Helens Star: Casting glass at the British Cast Plate Glass Company in Ravenhead

12:42pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Fellow local historian Steve Wainwright, producer of the Sutton Beauty and Heritage website, tells me: “In your assessment of St Helens’ connection with innovation and the famous in Coffey Time last November, you said that Gladstone had visited Newton.

Rainhill Number 9

St Helens Star: That Rainhill number 9

12:36pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Looks like the wrong picture crept through last week...so, second time around, here is Geoff Sandford’s image of the trolley buses on service number 9 outside Rainhill Hospital. Enjoy.



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