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Wood Norton Pictures
Feb 20th, 2011, 8:30pm
 
A web-site has recently posted some pictures taken around Wood Norton Hall and its environs.

The pictures are here...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39746360@N06/5459290488/in/set-72157626088991102/

With an introduction here:-
http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?t=17878

This is posted out of interest.

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Reply #1 - Feb 21st, 2011, 4:38pm
 
Does the BBC still run courses there?
Some of it looks pretty run down.
I know that WN hall was sold to a hotelier but went bankrupt soon after leaving the BBC in the lurch with the plumbing and such.
Someone told me a number of years ago that there were portaloos situated outside the accomodation blocks.
What a shame the BBC had to sell.
I have Fond memories of the many courses I attended there. Cry
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Reply #2 - Feb 22nd, 2011, 1:46pm
 
Thanks for giving us access to these pictures but what a depressing sight it now is.............whatever will become of this sad memorial to a great part of the BBC's history from wartime broadcasts to 'bunker' by way of the great age of the training of engineers..........thank goodness we have good memories of activities and friends made there.
I vividly recall TA 16 being the only engineers group to be allowed to put on a full production in the Gym Studio.........I was floor manager.
We had a chap from Belfast (ashamed to admit his name is lost in the mists) who built a proper vision mixer especially for the show. I recall him and a group setting off on a trolley at the top of the hill near the garrison sheds that were classrooms and as the thing got out of control as it passed the main building yelling 'opt out everybody' as they all leaped off.
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Reply #3 - Feb 23rd, 2011, 12:21pm
 
I also remember TA16 and was one of the cameramen on the "production" in the Phoenix.  If only we'd had VT then - it was a hoot.  I remember the presenter, Sir Brian Beau-Locks and a lot of school boy humour that would probably seem very childish today.  But we all enjoyed it, and most of us passed the exam too.

Was the NI chap with the vsion mixer Davey Dillon, who passed away a while back?  He was a great guy, spent some time in Libya too.  We were both there when Quadaffi came to power.  If I remember right, we all got good wishes from the (then) 2nd Lieutenant for our efforts with an OB unit when he made a speech at Benghazi University....
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Reply #4 - Feb 23rd, 2011, 8:05pm
 
I was much later at WN (TA32) but I reckon you are correct re David Dillon.  I worked with David in Belfast VT for many years after his return from Libya.  I know he built a few more vision mixers!
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Reply #6 - Feb 24th, 2011, 8:39am
 
Ah memories!
Must have spent almost a year there on various courses (TA22 onwards). WN must have trained so so many people all over the UK (and the world - The chief engineer of Kenyan Broadcasting was on my C course - which would have been VERY useful to know when I was setting up an OB there).
One only has to look at the output now to see what is being missed!
So sad to see the piles of rubbish outside "A block" Common Room and in the pathway outside the Warden's Flat (Mr B D Oldman - and his doggie - it says in my "joining instructions" - still kept in the garage of course.
And the filled-in swimming pool (sorry Bear Pit)
Amigo's ones showing the old BBC Green bus bring back memories of returning late from (Reg's) BBC Club.

Who remembers sneaking in to look at this
http://www.bmanor.co.uk/pics/WN_Shower_3s.jpg
and where we trained
http://www.bmanor.co.uk/pics/WN_control_room.jpg
and how much it cost up per week to stay in "D" dorm sheds
http://www.bmanor.co.uk/pics/WN_receipt_2.jpg
to be paid at the cash office up the back stairs in the main building!
Someone posted this as well - Canteen used to be really busy once - with that "Special" room only for lecturers
http://www.bmanor.co.uk/pics/WN_Menu.jpg

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Reply #7 - Feb 24th, 2011, 9:21pm
 
Thanks Micro.......that's right Dave  Dillon...............sorry to hear he had passed away.
Do you remember anyone else on that course and the production.........and are any of the others from TA 16 in this Forum, John Hartshorn (sound),Alistair Cameron...I think directed, and other names.....Dennis  the Yorkshireman..........Pete Dunkley and Peter Dunkley,John King.......of Wimbledon fame,......................................
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Reply #8 - Feb 25th, 2011, 8:40pm
 
There are a few of my pics of BBC ETD WN here - early 1980s.
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Reply #9 - Feb 26th, 2011, 3:30pm
 
It almost sounds as if you are about to organise a TA16 reunion Roundabout!  Heaven forfend!

It would be good to hear from some of the chaps again though.  Pete Dunkley however died in a scuba accident some years ago.

Mustn't be morbid......  I'm sure there's lot if us still around
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Reply #10 - Feb 28th, 2011, 4:14am
 
Thanks Micro!
A re-union?.........heaven forbid!
Would you care to identify yourself ...as a TA16-er?
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Reply #11 - Mar 3rd, 2011, 4:44pm
 
Hi Roundabout.  No secrets  -  Andy Hughes.

And I wonder if you are P****  S******?
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Reply #12 - Mar 3rd, 2011, 8:03pm
 
Well guessed! Pete it is.
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Reply #13 - Mar 5th, 2011, 2:54pm
 
alanh wrote on Feb 23rd, 2011, 8:05pm:
..I was much later at WN (TA32).......


Me Too!  Do you remember the exact starting date of TA32, Alan?  For some reason I had it fixed in my mind as 31st December 1968, but checking with the WN office last year their records said not!

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Reply #14 - Mar 7th, 2011, 3:08pm
 
Richard, had a look at 1968 calendar. I would say you are a day out, assuming we started on a Monday it was 30th Dec 1968.  Cannot imagine how we put in New Year's Eve! Probably special canteen meal on New Years Day. The date is definitely correct but it does seem a strange starting date.
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