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  1. Hello Zakes, my father drove Neville Watts’ van in the early fifties. I see that you worked there yourself and would be delighted to know the make of the van and the colour, to satisfy my nostalgia. I was very young and my memory is unclear, but I seem to remember that the van was cream coloured in the top half and orange in the bottom half with mid-brown coloured mudguards. Can you (or anyone) help.
  2. I’m wanting to contact Gary Parker the son of Barry Parker who used to run this haulage company, (formerly of Malin Bridge) which, I believe, folded in the early nineties. Can anyone out there help?
  3. Hello Brian Powney. My father Harry Gill was a driver for Tempered Spring Co. Around the mid-fifties and I note that you started there in 1953. I wonder if you remember him or another driver call big Sam? I have very happy memories of travelling with my father when I was a boy to a few of the main car makers of the time such as Austin, jaguar and others which used the springs for their cars. Also do you have (or anyone) any photographs of the vans or lorries used by TSCo Ltd in the 1950’s as Dad never took any as this would satisfy my nostalgia.
  4. Can anyone out there tell me about Crookes WMC Cricket club during the 1940's. Where did they play home fixtures? I hold a diary of fixtures games reports in 1949 written by my father Harry Gill and it seems that Crookes won the Gunstone Shield in that year and had a terrific Season in the Norton and District League. Team heroes mentioned at that time are Jack Schofield, Fred Brammer, Ted Stevenson, Cyril Arnold, Alf Greaves and George Pagden as well as others. Does anyone know about these people and whether any are still alive and/or whether the club members would be interested in seeing the diary?
  5. Hi Claire76, I've only just seen your post about your mum, Blanche Grubb. Your mum was in the same class as me for a short time at Foxhill Junior School way back in 1955. I'm sorry to hear of her passing at such a young age. I'm afraid I didn't know her very well, but I do have an old school photograph taken of the class in 1955 and I'm pretty sure she's on it. I'd be delighted to send you a copy if you would like to email me. My address is jgill506@hotmail.co.uk. I hope you see my post, or someone else does, who knows you to pass on information..
  6. Regarding Fairhurst, I'm sure that he was the one who used to sing/speak to himself in class: the words went something like this 'scrag my brappers and scrupledinch'. I never really knew what it meant but could only guess!! I know it sounds crazy but can anyone remember or confirm this, or am I going mad in my old age?
  7. Hi Sandysim. I was at Meynell from 1960 to 1963 when I left for Hartley Brook School following house removal. See my earlier posts for names of people who were there at that time with me - as you say, we may well have been there at the same time! Where did the time go?
  8. I was in Mr Fairhurst's class and he once caned the whole class because no one came forward admitting to having thrown used milk straws in a basket. I'll explain: In those days (very early sixties) all pupils were provided with a free bottle of milk. Classrooms were provided with a bucket and a basket for the purpose of disposing of the bottle foil tops and straws. The class rule as far as I can remember, was that after you had finished your milk you had to put the bottle tops in the basket and the used straws (usually still dripping with milk) into the bucket. Milk in baskets would leave a nasty smell. At the end of one particular day, the basket had used straws in it with milk residue and Fairhurst asked for the culprit(s) to come forward. No one came forward and he kept us in the classroom for ages saying that we would have to remain there until the guilty person came forward. No one did, so he caned us all. Imagine schools exercising that sort of discipline today! Does anyone recall this? Did it happen to anyone else?
  9. Hey Padders, thanks for your post. Its good to know that 'Big Al' Foers is still alive........ he was the finest full back I ever played against !!! and he was always a stubborn so and so... Anyway send him my regards. Going back to the nobbly knees competition, I'm pretty sure that Big Al entered one year although he'll definitely deny it! However he might remember Dennis, who, when he'd had enough beers, would come from the Tap room in the Penguin to "the stage" and perform his version of Al Jolson's April Showers song. He never knew the words properly and he had a shocking voice, but it was all harmless fun. You might ask Al if he knows whether the other guys I mention in my post are still alive also, as after all, we are talking of a time some 44 years ago. It seems like yesterday! ---------- Post added 26-08-2016 at 09:48 ---------- Hey Padders, thanks for your post. Its good to know that 'Big Al' Foers is still alive........ he was the finest full back I ever played against !!! and he was always a stubborn so and so... Anyway send him my regards. Going back to the nobbly knees competition, I'm pretty sure that Big Al entered one year although he'll definitely deny it! However he might remember Dennis, who, when he'd had enough beers, would come from the Tap room in the Penguin to "the stage" and perform his version of Al Jolson's April Showers song. He never knew the words properly and he had a shocking voice, but it was all harmless fun. You might ask Al if he knows whether the other guys I mention in my post are still alive also, as after all, we are talking of a time some 44 years ago. It seems like yesterday!
  10. I remember Landlord, Colin and Sheila Goddard and Ian McKellan. I played football for the Penguin Sunday league team which finished runners up in 1972. Other players I recall at that time were Jack and Peter Bullivant, the Billau brothers, Alec McCauley, John Colville and Alan Greatorex. I've had many a pint of the lovely 'Magnet' beer and the bottled Old Ale, but sadly, neither of these are available now. In those days the pub was thriving and there were regular 'turns' arranged by the Landlord, in fact I'm pretty sure that Paul Shane appeared at some point. There also used to be a nobbly knees competition each year around Easter, which was a great laugh. Other names of people frequenting the pub at the time were Mick Crapper, Kevin Smith, Ray Kelcher, Alan Foers, David and Roger Bacon and Barry Rayner. The football team manager at the time was Charlie Glaves. Does anyone else remember these times and people?
  11. Neville Reed on Haymarket. I think they then became John Temple.
  12. Hello johnb60, I remember you in my year, good to hear from you and enjoy your retirement, as I am doing! Doesn't life fly by. I also remember you, Keith (Nicklin) and wish you all the best. Have there been any HB re-unions? Funnily enough, I was looking at some old "clock tower" school magazines recently - great nostalgia!
  13. Hello Jean, I have only just seen your thread and I remember you from Hartley Brook. You might not remember me because I only came to the school in May 1963 (from Meynell Road) but I'm sure we were in the same class/year. You may remember Eileen Smith who is a neighbour of mine. You also mention John Colville who was with me in the football, cricket and tennis teams. I was Head Boy after John left school - I had stayed on in the fifth year to take RSAs. Ironically,I then came across John again when we both played football for Penguin FC in the early seventies. Great memories and glad to hear you are ok.
  14. Hello England, although he did not drive a tram to my knowledge, my father Harry Gill drove Sheffield Corporation Buses in the early 1950's and knew a good few conductors. Do you recall that name?
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