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Birmingham Chat / Re: Birmingham
« Last post by bookworm on Today at 03:33:25 PM »
What a sad, sad image Garden Gerald  :( but so very true.
Old Birmingham / Rickman Drive, Lee Bank
« Last post by 80sthrowback on Today at 12:28:51 PM »
Hi All

I hope everyone is fit and well.

Is there anyone on the forum who lived or knew people living on Rickman Drive between 1980 & 1990.

I lived there and it was a great place to live during that period.

The local shops were vibrant on Rickman Drive, the fish and chip shop, the menís barbers etc.

I look forward to hearing your replies.

Stay Safe.
Old Birmingham / Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Last post by Janny O on Today at 12:17:29 PM »
Thank you for the 2 welcome messages from Bookworm and Roy. I'm ploughing through some of the old posts trying to find names that I remember from Sherbourne Road and Balsall Heath in general.  Will be in touch again.  This forum is a wonderful idea.
Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Hodge Hill
« Last post by castalla on Today at 09:21:21 AM »
Hi Oakdale.
Remember All those things you mentioned back in late 60's early 70's, the  greengrocers in the precinct run by a Indian  couple  and had my very  first Samosa from them, remember the outdoor selling beer from the pump when you took your bottle in, they  were some relation to ,my mother , there was also a barbers shop and he had all the TyPhoo photos  of football players on the wall
Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Hodge Hill
« Last post by oakdale71 on Today at 07:41:57 AM »
Lived in Oakdale Rd in the 70's, 80's and Early 90's and Chipperfield and Ermington were our local shops. We used them on an almost daily basis.

In my day the Chipperfield shops left to right were Garnetts (fruit & veg), Laundrette, Butchers (Preedy), Outdoor (Mitchells and Butlers), Gadd's Bakers (Hughes) and Dillons.

Remember Gadd's Bakers and their Creme Puffs with the shop window wasps in the summer. By the time it closed the business started to feel a bit run down sadly as times had moved on. I recall it getting swallowed up into the extension of Dillons.
Mitchells and Butlers or The Outdoor as we knew it soldiered on well into the 90's by which time it looked like a fortress with the shop assistants all behind plastic glass. It was a far cry from the friendly guy in the 70's and 80's with the moustache who'd let you choose your own 10p mix up.
The others also lasted into the 90's until I suppose the spread of local big supermarket chains.

The Ermington Crescent shops were L-R The Hardware shop, A haberdashers?, Another Dillons, A ladies' Hairdressers and The Chippy.

The hardware shop used to smell of wood and paraffin and was full of aisles of boxes and all sorts of ephemera. I was always asked not to touch. The Dillons I spent a small fortune in Airfix kits and paints and had a disused bubblygum dispenser outside for ages that I remember being fascinated with. Also had one of those plastic charity dogs outside you put your change into for a bit (remember them?) A Cypriot (?) family used to run the chippy which was always a treat for us. Exotic for the time - they were looked upon fondly by everyone and stayed there for as long as I can remember.

The Shawsdale Rd shops were known as "The Precinct" in my day and featured a Co-op and Co-op butchers (which my mum always used to complain about the steep prices) A Chemist, A strange electrical shop that sold records, Stephens, a clothes store and haberdashers run by a well-spoken younger man (many a school uniform was bought there), A butchers, A bookies and a Fruit & Veg shop. A Video shop opened up there in the 80's and did a roaring trade until technology moved on.
Old Birmingham / Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Last post by roy one on Yesterday at 09:20:24 PM »
hi Janny O

welcome to the forum enjoy  roy
Old Birmingham / Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Last post by bookworm on Yesterday at 08:40:32 PM »
Welcome Janny O. Nice to have you on the forum. There are lots of posts about Balsall Heath that you should enjoy looking through (might take a while  :) ) but it's worth it. Enjoy!
Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Birmingham & the Midlands Pubs
« Last post by nathan on Yesterday at 07:34:06 PM »
brades tavern
Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Birmingham & the Midlands Pubs
« Last post by nathan on Yesterday at 07:29:29 PM »
the wonder
Old Birmingham / Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Last post by Janny O on Yesterday at 05:30:48 PM »
Hi All,  I've just registered and this is my first post/reply so I hope I'll be forgiven if I've posted in the wrong place. (technology and me just about tolerate each other)  How all your comments bring back memories for me.  We lived halfway up Sherbourne Road, just two doors away from Lines or Lynes ? coal yard.  I remember Mrs Horner's chip shop very well, and I think the reason it wasn't obvious was because it wasn't a proper shop front.  She used her converted front room, which had a normal window.  My sister and I used to ask for what we called scratchings, which were all the crispy bits of batter floating on the top.  Lovely...and free!  Does anyone remember Smarts, the factory, which was also halfway up the hill.  It later moved to Moseley Road.  My Mum was born in Sherbourne Road, as were all five us of children.  We were moved out for the slum clearance and it broke my Mum's heart.  She always talked about Sherbourne Road and said she had her best times there with lovely neighbours. My name is Jan, by the way.  Would love to hear from any of you to share lots of other memories.
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