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Re: turners court
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 04 May 08 19:18 BST (UK) »
Sorry Rabbit- but Diggit has one or two threads running at the same time here,see this one for further info http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,302759.msg1846520.html#msg1846520

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« Reply #10 on: Sunday 04 May 08 19:27 BST (UK) »
Sorry if i am confusing people.  I am new to all this and still trying to learn how it all works. I really do appreciate the help. i am without IT support today as my granddaughter isn't here!

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« Reply #11 on: Sunday 04 May 08 19:33 BST (UK) »
Don't worry Diggit,you're doing fine  ;)

Some of those answering your questions on one thread will not have realised that you have two running alongside on different notice boards.

Just provided the link so everyone can see what's what  ;D

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« Reply #12 on: Sunday 04 May 08 19:40 BST (UK) »
Thank you Carol8353 - it's all cabbage to me, but i am learning.


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« Reply #13 on: Sunday 04 May 08 21:44 BST (UK) »
Thanks Carol,

I wondered if I had lost it at last! ;D ;D

Nice to know that I am still with it! Cheers me up no end!

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Re: turners court
« Reply #14 on: Monday 25 May 15 13:23 BST (UK) »
 ::) I used to be a resident of T.C.. I was in Grove House.
Had many memories of my four and a half years there. Some good but many bad too!!
I was there approx between 1982 - 1987.
Staff in Grove house during my stay included: Jill Palmer, Mark Whitehead, Fran Hunt, & Mark Evans.
Turners court was run like a workhouse (NOT a prison), & it's actual name was "Turner's Court Vocational Training Centre".
                              Adrian Pattenden - Resident

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« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 10 January 17 02:01 GMT (UK) »
This post has been here a while so I don't know whether anyone is still following it, However, I grew up at Turners Court, I now live in NZ.

Turners Court started life as the Oxfordshire Colony in 1911 and the Wallingford Farm Training Colony. It was set up to essentially put to work 'idle hands' from the cities in an experiment to stem vagrancy and petty crime.

In WW1 it was then used to put 'conscientious objectors' to work on the land as part of the war effort.

at this time and through to the 70's it was run along similar lines as a military style training centre, but training rural activities rather than military ones.

After the 70's it changed it's focus from agriculture (although the training farm was still there) to other 'trades' like mechanical engineering, woodwork, catering, painting & decorating, horticulture, etc... and introduced classroom curriculums.

Throughout it's history boys were placed here by the authorities if they were deemed to be on the 'wrong path' or at risk. In the early days it was boys and young men, I believe after WW2 it was just boys, generally between the ages of 14 to 18.

Especially in the early days these colonies were set up to teach Rural trades with a view of giving them the skills to take to and populate the New Worlds, therefore you should find many people in Australia and New Zealand whose great grandfathers and grand fathers will have passed through these colonies.

Here are some photos of Turners Court and some of the people who lived and worked there.
http://www.benson-village.co.uk/Localities/Turners-Court/

A good book on the history of Turners Court is on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Oxfordshire-Colony-Turners-Wallingford-1911-1991/dp/1452077290

I hope this helps with someone's research.

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« Reply #16 on: Saturday 16 September 17 08:43 BST (UK) »
https://www.facebook.com/Turners-Court-School-Wallingford-286035761815096/
i was there 1987/88 it was nothing like it was pre 70/80's by the early 80's it wasn't for underprivileged boys or at risk,a lot of us were there because we just didn't go to school and were petty criminals.There wasn't much control by staff over us and pretty much done as we liked,it was closed down in 1991 and left empty for 10 years demolished and redeveloped it is now called oakley court all that remains is the clock tower  https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17098558_286037495148256_8872840461285971119_n.jpg?oh=460044b563242049a5df85ac8ed9c430&oe=5A1682CA this was taken a few months ago