Great Changes Occurred in April 1922. when the first Barnardo's Boys Arrived Two hundred and sixty boys from Stepney '
Led by their own band marched along the road from the rail road and took up Residence.
Latter that year the Prince of Wales (latter Edward V!!!) came for the official opening of William Baker Technical school,
As it was called.
The large stables of the mansion were ideal for work shops, and in fifty acres of ground there was plenty of space for
Swimming pool and other Sport in the ground,s and Green Houses, Church, other facilities and buildings including a
All the boys found a happy Home at the fine house great mansion house Goldings.
Once the home of the banking family the house was built by the late Robert Able Smith.
The boys attend some Basic Schooling after schooling ended The boys were giving fall time trade Training Carpentry.
Sheet metal work. Landscape gardening. Shoe Making and Repairs, Painting and Decorating, Printing. I was sent to the
Painting and Decorating Department
After work the option to Join the Army cadets, including an Option to join the cadets. Band, the Band' was very Popular
choice Sundays the Band Marched in their cadet Uniforms, to The School Church, the Band was led by the Drum Major
followed by the boys Marching Behind. Often the band would be required to Play at public Events, open days at
Other Barnardo's Homes,
Wimbledon tennis Weeks. The Older and fittest boys trained as ball boys,
Barnardo's closed the School in 1967 but the apprentice printers continued to live at the Vemey for a number more years.
The Verney is now used as a residential home for the elderly.
Golding,s was brought by the County Council, and used as Highways Department,
Later Golding,s was sold to a property development Company. And now Golding's is renovated remodeled into Private
Flats including the Sport ground and Green Houses Church other buildings including a delightful park and the River was
dredged and runs free.
Fitness and hygiene were important part of our Health and Discipline
and We had regular swimming. Boxing Matches' in the gym Cross country running football and Cricket matches and sports
Days. Also, I recall film night on Friday night in the gym In the Summer we all were taken to Dymchurch' St Mary' Bay in
Kent for two Weeks. Morning inspection continue And Assembly attended by all Masters and Boys
There we played Baseball and Physical Exercise. After dinner completed, the afternoon's we were free to go Dymchurch
town or the beach.
The Rommey Hythe and Dymchurch light railway ran past the St Mary! Bay Many of the boys took delight in taking a ride
on these Trains I recall we had a day trip we visited Dungeness old light house and the new Atomic-power station. We all
had Happy time and when we returned back to Goldings Normal days routine continued
Every Morning the boy polished the Wood Floor and Folded the Blankets on their bed for inspection. The Head Master walked
Through the three Dormitories on each floor took place. After an inspection the boys went the Dining room for Breakfast.
At 9 am we attended morning assembly. All house Masters were required to attend.
On many occasions The Head Master informed us a boy is Leaving Goldings to day after completing their Training. Lodging
and employment have been arranged.
The boys applauded and the boy was escorted from the room often very tearful
As for myself I felt very alone and upset after completing Training as a painter and decorator.
I came to Goldings in May 1 960. to September 1 964 When my time at Goldings ended.
Entering in to Life outside in the Real World Was for me traumatic experience Having Lived in institution Environment from
an of early age.
There was uncomfortable Jolt.
I had no concepts or Knowledge of how to live Life out Side Dr Barnardo's Homes.
the feeling was my new life in the real world was not my normal range of directions with hands on in my short time working life
as a painter and decorator, and lacking in social skills.
I was very gullible in embracing large elements of illusion.
In my desire for personal growth I changed my family name, Perches self Help CD.
To prepare me, in order to satisfy my subconscious mind for change.
However, I'm very proud of being a Goldings Boy,
I have to Mention David Blower and His Wife for Arranging Golding Old boy Reunions
After the closure of Goldings for many years. I have Attended Golding Old boy Reunion whenever I can,
I hope Readers have Enjoyed reading my Biography and may recall their time at Goldings.
Yours sincerely Alfred Nerman.
Tuesday, 31 March 2020