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Old Birmingham / Re: Industrial Birmingham
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 10:34:57 PM »
My dad, a South Wales Miner, came to Birmingham to escape the pit in the late 30s but ironically the only work he could get was down the pit at Hampstead Colliery although he did get a job later in a non-ferrous rolling mill (Earle & Bourne). As a miner in WW2 he was not called up as mining was a reserved occupation, but he did do his bit on fire watch duties, he told me he was sited on top of a factory near The Lad in the Lane, Bromford, Erdington.
Peg.
P.S. Hampstead Colliery was the scene of a national disaster in 1908 when 26 miners died in an underground fire.
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Old Birmingham / Re: witton lakes boating accident
« Last post by maggieanne on Yesterday at 08:32:51 PM »
Thank you Mike, that 's very kind
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Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by mike mancott on Yesterday at 07:28:47 PM »
As mentioned previously, during a cycling holiday (1952) using English Lake District Youth Hostels, I developed a feeling for hill-walking.
The following year I went again to the Lakes, staying at a Holiday Fellowship site in Great Langdale.
A stand-alone central common room hut, female-use dormitory huts stretching left, and male ones to the right.
During the week, of good weather, we walked up many of the surrounding peaks.


Has anybody else HF holiday memories?
Mike
 
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Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by Ian Dalziel on Yesterday at 04:45:38 PM »
What a fantastic spot!
Peg.


Yes, the nearest tarmac road was 1 mile away.


It's funny that some events stay in our memory forever. There ought to be a little alarm that rings in our brain to tell us to make the most of the experience because it is special.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by Peg Monkey on October 18, 2019, 08:58:32 PM »
Early 60s Trainspotting - I lived in Erdington but went to senior school in Hockley (it's a long story) and often I would break my journey home for a visit to Snow Hill Station where I would stay until I had seen the 7.00pm northbound Pullman from London, probably heading for Chester - can anyone confirm the destination?
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by Peg Monkey on October 18, 2019, 08:49:28 PM »
My favourite Youth Hostels were the small simple ones where the Warden did not live in. I'll always remember Nant y Dernol near Rhayader in the summer of 1955. Having cycled around the Elan Valley dams that supply Birmingham with water, my mate and I arrived at the hostel on a miserable wet evening. A group of other lads were there so, after getting the water from the spring and lighting the gas lamps, we made a log fire and chatted into the small hours with no Warden ordering us to bed at 10.30. This may seem nothing for today's youngsters but for a couple of 14 year olds, it was freedom.
What a fantastic spot!
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by Peg Monkey on October 18, 2019, 08:46:09 PM »
Nice pic;
did you use the mallet to make an indentation in the ground for your hip?
Mike, we didn't have the luxury of a mallet, our pack weight was stripped down to the bare essentials, care was taken with our food: dry where possible for re-hydration at preparation time - Vesta Beef Curry with rice was a favourite.
I remember a paragraph from The BB's Expedition Guide:
Wash and shave as normal - there is no need to revert to a sub-human existance just because of unfamiliar surroundings.
In reality we didn't even take a bar of soap, so at the end of the expedition we were well capable of scaring old ladies and young children that we chanced opon suddenly, in truth it didn't matter, we only came into contact with a few sheep and the odd expedition official who was charting our progress.
Peg.
P.S. I was in the orange tent - no prizes for choosing a level spot.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Ward End Park
« Last post by Sidecarsid on October 18, 2019, 02:36:14 PM »
It's not just Ward End park, Small Heath park and probably others in exactly the same situation, all being rubbished by louts who have nothing better than to destroy our once beautiful parks.
 This was where our family spend the Sunday afternoon walking around the park, for both myself and big brother it was the highlight of the week spending it feeding the duck and collecting conker that had fallen and watching people messing about in what looked like punts on the boating lake. Not that I ever saw anyone fall in, if they did fall in they certainly wouldn't drown as the lake was only about 2ft deep.
Even during the school holidays we would pest our mum to go to Cannon Hill park as it was only a short walk from the ABC Bristol road cinema as we lived in Bell Barn Road near the five Ways island until 1954 when we moved to Tile Cross. Then it became a walks to the Chelmsley Wood.
Now that too has long gone.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by JudithM on October 18, 2019, 01:04:22 PM »

Phil pic 2 a real improvement I don't think

 ;D  ;D  ;D
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Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by mike mancott on October 18, 2019, 09:22:55 AM »
Nice pic;
did you use the mallet to make an indentation in the ground for your hip?



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