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Below are the biographies of some noteable people from the Ranch.

John Goacher


DOB:  29 January 1950 - Earby

Schools:  Springfield, New Road Schools, Ermysteds Grammar, Leeds College of Commerce, University of Wales

Residence:    Emigrated to America 1972 returning to England in 1979.  Lived in Hull for 6 months.  Wellington New Zealand 1982.  Returned to Michigan 1985.

Occupation:  Computer programmer, folk singer/recording artiste.  Hosted radio folk song show for 5 years (tapes going cheap!)  

Marital Status:  Marries Rosy in 1972, divorced.  Married Elaine Bolton.  Four daughters, a son and two grandsons

Other:  Sails on lakes



Born 25-05-1944 in Crewe (Dad worked at Rolls there) moved to Earby ranch

1946. Kelbrook school, Left Earby to live in Kelbrook. Ermysted's grammar

school, Rolls-Royce apprenticeship. Rhythm guitarist and background singer for 4

years with a Crosshills group. Married Pauline Barnes 1964 went to live in

Barlick. 2 children, Mandy 1966, and Simon 1967.Left Rolls to work at Earby

Light in Kelbrook. Lived in Earby until1971. After the divorce went to Cologne,

Germany. Worked for Linde as a turner (couldn't speak a word of German at the

beginning). Got custody of the children and re-married 1972 (Local Cologne lass,

Gisela). Got the language problem fixed and now work for a Swedish company,

Atlas Copco, here in Cologne in the Quality Control (Technical documentation

and translations). Another daughter, Chiara, born in 1980. Been here ever since.

Still play guitar and keyboard and try to keep singing.

david priest



Born in 1944 on Warwick Drive, Earby (in a prefab). Moved into Earby itself in 1946 and returned to the Ranch in 1954 to Kenilworth Drive.


Attended Springfield Infants School, Earby New Road School, Alder Hill (for a couple of years) and then Keighley Tech. Sister of Avril (lives in Barlick).


Moved to Canada in February 1964. My husband, Derek, and I have three boys: Paul, Darren, Jason as well as five grandchildren. We live in Oakville on the shores of Lake Ontario. Love the summers when we go sailing as much as we can, and enjoy spending time in my garden. Not too crazy about our long, cold winters. Retired in February 2004 and now busier than ever.



Born Scunthorpe, Lincs.August 1941. Moved to Nelson. Moved to Earby

1946.Kelbrook school, Skipton Girls' High School.

8/58 - 7/63 Civil Service 1) Colne tax office 2) Keighley N.I.Office 3)

Keighley tax office. 12/61 m.Lynton Mason, computer programmer, Skipton

and Bradford. (no biological children, loads of "unofficial" ones ) 8/63 L's

job moved us to Stoke-on-Trent. 4/67 - 8/76 worked full-time with Jehovah's

witnesses (joined in 1962) in 1) Methil, Scotland 2) Barnsley, Yorks, 3)

Tipperary, Irish Republic. 8/76 onwards. Reverted to part-time voluntary work

with witnesses, picking up whatever work was available locally so we could

stay in Ireland (a poverty - stricken country then, unlike today) 1992 Lynton

early retirement due to heart trouble. I work a few hours from home.

1990. I had 2 cancer operations and I'M FINE!

kath nuttall



Born Bradford 1953. Moved to Earby (57 Kenilworth) 1964.

Alder Hill School 1964-1965. Barnoldswick Modern 1965-1969.

Earby Light Engineering apprenticeship 1969-1973.

Nelson College 1969-1970. Keighley College (Barnoldswick

annex) 1970-1973.

Married Linda Watson 1972. One daughter Sonja born 1973.

Divorced 1986. Married Janet Horsfield 1995 .

Moved to Los Angeles 1995 working for Haas Automation.

Moved to San Francisco 1996 working for Turnkey Technologies

Returned to Los Angeles 1999 working for Vortech Superchargers.

I'm a CNC programmer/setter.



Born in October 1951. My family were then living in one of the prefabs on

Warwick Drive. Moved into 52 Kenilworth Drive when I was approx two years old. Lived on the ranch until March 1967 when we moved to Barnoldswick.There were quite a few of us - in order: Jimmy, Marjorie, Eileen, Carmel, Me and Helen. Helen is 13 years my junior and was born at home .We had a dog Beauty, a small black crossbreed and later we acquired a more unusual breed -a Basenji. An extremely elegant, regal looking creature that didn't bark, who answered to the name of 'Mick'. He was totally unmanageable and was responsible, I think, for putting Les Ranson off dogs for life - when, one day, Mick rushed out and bit poor Les on the backside whilst he was running past our gate. (Sorry Les!) Actually I apologised for this many years later when we both lived down Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick.Married to Doug Boyd we have

two grown up sons, Matthew and Thomas, and live in Barnoldswick. We also have a dog Hollie the collie! Employed by Rolls-Royce plc as a

secretary/administrator. Hobbies: Art, travel (love Italy), walking, literature.Read the local news for Pendle Voice Talking Newspaper for the blind.

pamela gupwell



Lived on the Ranch until 1962; firstly on Warwick Drive in prefab; then moved to Kenilworth Drive. 1962-65 went to Charlotte Mason Training College in the

Lake District. Met my future husband in Ambleside. Came back to Kenilworth Drive in 1965. Taught at Foulridge school. Married Peter Wilson in 1965. Moved to Barnoldswick. Have two sons Craig and Glyn. Worked for

25 years at Pendle Nursery in Barnoldswick.



Born January 1942 in Southport. Moved to Earby at about six months old. Attended Salterforth Primary School, and still remember Miss Longbottom, headmistress, and the Christmas concerts, dancing around the Maypole in the large central room, rounders in the school yard, and the heavy iron gates at the front, I think they were green coloured and the brick wall all around. Started at Barnoldswick Secondary Modern School in 1953. No happy memories there, teachers were very strict and scary.


Brother Ian was born March 1943, sister Susan in April 1947, both born at home on Churchill Avenue. Moved to the new house at 77, Kenilworth, must have been about 1952. Shortly after that my dad announced we were all moving to Canada. Dr Morrison advised him to find a dryer climate as he suffered badly from asthma. He left in 1953 to get established here, and we followed him over in June 1954. Does anyone remember buying Ian's and my BSA bikes as we had to sell them.


Married in 1962 to Brian Brooks, a Canadian, separated in 1970, later to divorce in 1973. Have two daughters, Lori who is now 40 and Amanda (Mandy) who is 38. Have 5 grandchildren, two girls and three boys ranging from 2 to 10 years of age.


Recently retired after 33 years at the same company, but putting in a few hours at a new home site on the weekends to help out daughter Lori.


Accidentally came across Ken's Ranch site 3 weeks before I retired in November 2003, and have been on it ever since. Wonderful idea he had. I'm hearing from people that I haven't seen for 50 years.




Born 20-09-45 Earby, lived in John Street until 1952, moved to

33, Kenilworth Drive in 1952. Married Peter Laycock from Kelbrook

in April 1964 and moved to 64, Kenilworth Drive.


Son Adam born 01-10-70.


Moved to Winnipeg, Canada in November 1981. Still there despite long snowy cold winters, long hot summers make up for it. Working at The University of Winnipeg in Fundraising. Been there for 24 years, moved around the University. 1995 Diploma from The University of Winnipeg Continuing Education Division in Management Studies - majoring in

Human Resources.

Grandchildren, Dorian 7, James 6, and Jocelyn 6months.

Sister Pat Hustwick living at Klondyke near Salterforth.



Born 6-3-41, came to Earby and Ranch 1943 with parents Bill and Kitty from Liverpool. Lived at 1,Earlsdon Avenue until moved to 28,Kenilworth Drive. Went to Springfield Infants, New Road School, year at Alderhill and retook 11+ and then transferred to Skipton Girls High School.


Started work at Rolls-Royce and followed a secretarial position until 1964. Married Alexander(Sandy) Gibb in September 1963. Son Andrew born September 1964, daughter Catherine born July 1967. Grandchildren Ben 8, Rosie 5 and Chloe 4. Moved to Barnoldswick in 1972. Husband a financial advisor for thirty years, worked for him as secretary(general dogsbody), now retired.

Hobbies: Music, member of Ghyll Golf Club over twenty years, motoring holidays, dog/cat/horse lover, collecting fine wines, gourmet cooking, entertaining friends and family.

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