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Old Birmingham / Re: andys coaches
« Last post by Wain1 on August 17, 2018, 09:28:38 PM »
Unfortunaly Lwinwood .Spidersmith hasn't been active on the forum since July 26, 2013 so your chances are slim but there may be others on the forum who can help.
Good luck townie.

Hello Lwinwood

Old Birmingham / Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on August 15, 2018, 11:11:20 PM »
My wife was 7 when she had her bible,she's 75 this year
Old Birmingham / Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Last post by Peg Monkey on August 15, 2018, 09:39:03 PM »
Hockley Pentecostal Church - I have a family connection with Judith wife of Miles Witherford, former long standing Pastor, now retired but I've no doubt still active. Judith gave me a bible when I was aged 5 and living in Heaton St - that was 64 years ago, my mother kept it and I retrieved it from her possessions when she died some years ago. I found a leaflet therein, I have no strong religious beliefs but reproduce it here for the sake of posterity.
Old Birmingham / Re: Clubs of the 60's and 70's
« Last post by Snooks on August 15, 2018, 07:45:26 PM »
Hi Edmund FYI - I stayed on in school to do A levels..... But I didn't go to the Cedars...
Old Birmingham / Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on August 15, 2018, 06:59:27 PM »
The good lady as informed me it was in Park rd up from the pub.Must say it was before we met.
Old Birmingham / Re: The Flat, Lodge Road, Hockley
« Last post by Peg Monkey on August 15, 2018, 05:26:24 PM »
My future wife's AuntyBetty Overy had the fish& chip shop for many years on the Flat on the cross road by Ford St.
The Flat Chippy - Hi Ed, I have to confess to not knowing the chippy you refer to, obviously a gap in my education, my parents always used the chippy on Key Hill (about half way up on the Norton's side) but it does appear the other chippy was closer to where I lived in Heaton St., I can imagine they enjoyed an upsurge in trade when the Key Hill Chippy increased its price for a bag of chips from 4.1/2d to 6d.
Was it near to The Abbey Vaults pub?
Old Birmingham / Re: Re: villa street hockley
« Last post by Peg Monkey on August 15, 2018, 05:17:22 PM »
I was at Farm St School and about aged 9 when my career as a carol singer really took off.
It all started just before Christmas 1958 (my best guess) when my cousin. a few years older than me, invited me to join him and Jim (can't remember his real name) to form a trio of carol singers, Jim was a fantastic spoon player and I have to say even at aged 9 I thought  the plan to have the spoons as a musical accompaniment to Silent Night and the like was fundamentally flawed.
Anyway my cousin said it was tried and tested so I agreed.
When I saw Jim on the night of our first performance I felt really sorry for him, his family was very poor, wich was reflected in the state of his clothing, he was cross eyed and wore NHS wire-rimmed specs (yes I know John Lennon turned these into a fashion ikon but that was much later).
Anyway I thought we were just going door to door singing our carols but my cousin pointed out we would be much more productive if we sang at pub doors, which we did, all over Hockley.
Jim played his spoons like a demon, completetely drowning  out the dulcet tones of me and my cousin, which was just as well.
After a few bars we sent Jim in to take the collection, the sight of poor Jim brought tears to most people's eyes and this was reflected in their contributions, we made a packet.
Ah! Happy Days,
Pubs on Farm St. - A historical question, but still one of considerable importance: Does anyone remember how many pubs there were on Farm St in the late 50's? My elder cousin, Ray, King of the Spoons, Jim, and myself were the gang of 3 carol singers who had their maiden gig at The Duke of Cambridge, late 50's. Ray chose the venue and I have to say looking back it was not an obvious choice. I don't remember there being many, if any, other pubs in Farm St at that time. We all lived near The Flat so a much better choice would have been to have that as the centre of operations, then the world would have been our oyster: The Bulls Head, The Brown Lion, The Abbey Vaults, The Great Western and The Hydraulic (don't know precisely where that was).
A national charity are looking for disabled people who are willing to speak  about their experiences of losing government financial assistance (such as Personal Independence Payment) due to being active. Or individuals who fear losing their payments as a result of being seen as active.

People who would be willing to share their story with the media should be over 18 and live in the following English city regions - Greater Manchester, London, Sheffield and the West Midlands.

Old Birmingham / Re: Harry Lucas School
« Last post by Peg Monkey on August 15, 2018, 03:00:11 PM »
Book stand - The most useful item I made in my HLS Woodwork classes (4th year, I think) was a book stand, I was flattered when Mr Watson offered to buy it but I'd lavished so much love and care on it I wanted to keep it, I'm disappointed I don't still have it - can't remember the circumstances but somewhere it's got lost along the way.
Birmingham Chat / Re: Tommy Godwin, cyclist.
« Last post by cocacolakid on August 15, 2018, 02:07:24 PM »


Thanks again for your help, the info is helpful & appreciated, as always.                                    Malc.
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