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  • Birthday 24/08/1954

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    Crosspool
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    St. Vincent's Church History - Records of Rivelin Cemetery
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    Graphic Designer

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  1. Hello, I am trying to trace some history on the life of Louis Jennings. My friend is a retired builder (aged 85) and he used to work for Louis on her house on Abbey Lane. His name is Joe and he was devastated to be unable to attend the funeral and would be delighted to obtain any interesting information about Louis. If you think you can help us, please contact me any time. My name is Martin, I live in Sheffield. Text or phone: 07885 909451. Many thanks in advance.
  2. I used to see the rough sleeper regularly because I use the sports centre. He was in a terrible state and slept in the open sided area under the swimming pool. As I never saw him beg or approach the public, it appeared as though nobody else seemed to notice him.
  3. I didn't check the forum for months and was saddened to hear Jim has passed away. I would have gone to the funeral if I had known.
  4. Sorry, I can't make it to John Lewis as I'm working all day on Monday. I'm not surprised Doreen Scotton can't remember me. It is such a long time ago. Please give Derek my regards and enjoy yourself talking over old times. Martin
  5. Thank you. I knew that George committed suicide. This news was an awful shock as George used to teach me the tricks of the trade and I always admired his funny distorted points of view on life. He was a great inspiration to me in his own rough and ready kind of manner. Life in the comps would have been a lot more boring without George's songs and accurate type flicking antics! I lived a few doors down from Phil Short in Crookes from 1987 to 1988. I haven't seen Phil for a few years but I guess he is still at the same house. Dan was a very generous Uncle to me and good friend of my Father. I still visit his two daughters (my cousins) Bernadette and Margaret. Dan is interred with his wife Margaret at St. Michael's RC cemetery, Rivelin, where I work part-time as an administrator. I found Derek's Facebook page and left him a message. It looks as though he doesn't login to Facebook very much so please do pass on my regards when you meet him in the pub.
  6. Thanks very much for the info. Much appreciated. Please pass on my regards to Derek Boucher. I think he will remember me. Agreed, Fred Smith was a very witty man with a dry sense of humour and good to hear he lived to a ripe old age. I liked Fred, he taught me how to impose pages on the stone. Glad to know Doreen Scotton is still alive. Her husband Nobby was one of the best - very generous too. Once in the Heeley Social he won about £10 on the fruit machine and I happened to be passing. He reached into the tray and handed me £2 of his winnings (a lot of money in 1974) as I was only getting paid about £12 a week as an apprentice comp. He was impulsive like that. I once accidentally gave Nobby a black eye. We were pretending to spar and I swung a punch and my knuckle caught the side of his eye. It came up as a shiner and the other comps gave him some right stick about getting a slap from a kid. Wish I could go back in time and buy him a few pints. Nobby and Doreen were just about the last residents of the old houses on Broadfield Road before demolition until they were granted their wish to move to Totley. George Frost was another bloke that enriched my comp work experience with a cart load of laughs singing his Al Johnson hits at full blast. I was desperately saddened to hear that he took his own life. Also remember Stan Bodds and Mark Neylan very well and enjoyed playing quite a few practical jokes. Good old Stan was never shy to voice his opinion and it almost always involved some laughter. Mark was just a year younger than me. He worked for a printer in Handsworth when he fell ill suddenly and died aged 54. I was shocked to the core to get the news. He is buried with his parents near the entrance at St. Michael's RC cemetery in Rivelin. I worked with Mark after he left Loxleys at Slater Printing and he always had a smile on his face. I used to be on friendly terms with Geoff Russell too and saw him a few times when he worked for the Council printers in Darnall. That was about 18 years ago so I guess he must be retired now. Very sorry to hear Jim May has parkinsons. It's really sad to hear he is confined to the nursing home. Jim was a Blades fanatic, very argumentative about football and when United had lost all the Owls fans were waiting for him on a Monday morning to give him what for. If you worked for Sheffield Newspapers, I wonder if you knew Phil Short and Graham Goodwin? Also Dan Cummings who was my Uncle? Phil lives at Crookes and I think he is a postman. Graham sadly contracted multiple schlerosis and we lost touch as he lived out at Bolton-on-Dearne. I knew Phil and Graham from the Print College at Psalter Lane. When I reflect back to the 70's, for the most part I disliked the tedious job of setting up type, it was so slow and cumbersome and was pleased to escape into the world of computers and litho to the University in 1976. When I handed in my notice to Jim May, Ron Thomas the works manager summoned me to the office and told me I was a fool for leaving. Nevertheless, I knew it was time to bail out as letterpress was dying a slow and painful death and litho was taking over. Still often think back to my days at Loxleys when I was young and green as grass. Thanks again.
  7. Remember Derek Boucher very well. He loved his horse racing and at a quarter to every hour he would sneak into the toilet to tune into Radio 2 and get the latest results from Kemton Park or wherever. All the comps that had a bet would surround Derek when he came out pumping him for race details. He could whistle a tune in a kind of hilarious warble so the tune was only half recognisable. Derek worked alongside Fred Smith on the "Stone" way back in the days (I was there as a compositor from 1970 to 1976). Left to work at the University printing department. Had some huge laughs along the way with Stan Boddington, George Frost (my mentor) and Mark Neylan --- all three very sadly no longer with us. They used to make the day go by much faster with the jokes and larking about. There was some damn good accurate "type flickers" in those days. It would be interesting to learn how the ex-comps are doing that are still breathing. I went to Nobby Scotton's funeral and was very saddened because he was a great bloke. I wonder whatever became of Dennis Gregory, Tom Shaw, Steven Guy, Neil Mackley, Jim May, Frank Gavins, Geoff Russell, Terry Cartwright, Steve Tims, Pete Addy, Jim (Eric) Brough -- quite a rebel was Jim!, plus Roger Bentley and the very likeable and eccentric reader Bob Edworthy. At aged 61 I'm still in the print trade as self-employed ,,,,, hanging on by my finger nails. Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks. Martin Fenwick.
  8. Lucy, you could contact the author of a new booklet "The History of St. Joseph's Home and Hospital Howard Hill, Sheffield 1860 - 2002. His name is Bryn David and his email is : michelin21@hotmail.co.uk --- I am in the process of printing his book and designing a new website. Bryn has a detailed list of the staff and patients that were interred at St. Michael's RC cemetery in Rivelin, Sheffield. Martin. ---------- Post added 22-07-2014 at 18:59 ---------- Jo, you could contact the author of a new booklet "The History of St. Joseph's Home and Hospital Howard Hill, Sheffield 1860 - 2002". His name is Bryn David and his email is : michelin21@hotmail.co.uk --- I am in the process of printing his book and designing a new website. Bryn has a detailed list of the staff and patients that were interred at St. Michael's RC cemetery in Rivelin, Sheffield. Martin. ---------- Post added 22-07-2014 at 19:00 ---------- Dianne, you could contact the author of a new booklet "The History of St. Joseph's Home and Hospital Howard Hill, Sheffield 1860 - 2002". His name is Bryn David and his email is : michelin21@hotmail.co.uk --- I am in the process of printing his book and designing a new website. Bryn has a detailed list of the staff and patients that were interred at St. Michael's RC cemetery in Rivelin, Sheffield. He worked there for three years in the seventies. Martin. ---------- Post added 03-08-2014 at 21:24 ---------- For all interested in Sheffield history. Care and refuge for severely disabled patients dating back to 1860. A new booklet about to be printed with illustrations and excellently written by author Bryn David who taught in the home in the 1970's. Available from September 2014 at a subsidised cost of £3 from St. Vincent's Catholic Church, 40 Pickmere Road, Sheffield S10 1GY. Alternatively email the author at michelin21@hotmail.com or visit the website: http://www.saintjosephshome.weebly.com ---------- Post added 03-08-2014 at 21:25 ---------- For all interested in Sheffield history. Care and refuge for severely disabled patients dating back to 1860. A new booklet about to be printed with illustrations and excellently written by author Bryn David who taught in the home in the 1970's. Available from September 2014 at a subsidised cost of £3 from St. Vincent's Catholic Church, 40 Pickmere Road, Sheffield S10 1GY. Alternatively email the author at michelin21@hotmail.com or visit the website: http://www.saintjosephshome.weebly.com
  9. I am about to design and print a new well researched illustrated booklet and website on the history of St. Josephs Industrial School. There will be a new tombstone to mark the 200 or so people that are interred in St. Michael's Catholic cemetery. A short blessing will take place after the monthly Mass in the beginning of October. The book and website may take a few weeks to assemble, but if anybody would like a copy of the book or the website link, please PM me, or email : martin1print@yahoo.com
  10. My sister in law is Thai and well educated. PM me.
  11. A & M Printing, Sanderson Street, Attercliffe. I've been in the business over 25 years and they are the cheapest and friendliest service in Sheffield. Phone Anne or Rachel : 0114 2610008.
  12. Agreed. Of course, finding the right venue and the funding would not be at all easy in these times of austerity.
  13. - - - NEW BOOK OUT - - - "The Forgotten Irish" by Sean Carney. Sean's book with illustrations looks at an Irish Community in South Yorkshire which numbered just a few in 1911 but by the 1950's had grown to almost 2000. Details of the book available at fergus452@btinternet.com. Copies available £13.50 post paid from Maltby Catholic Club, Leeds Irish Centre and The Wakefield Mining Museum.
  14. Could anybody help me locate the descendants of the Fosters family who own a very large monument at St. Michael's cemetery, Rivelin. We intend to make some repairs and would like to consult with the owners of the plot. Please contact me: martin1print@yahoo.com or telephone: 07885 909451.
  15. If there are any descendants of the famous Walshes family reading this please contact me as I would like to discuss the upkeep of their magnificent monument at St. Michael's cemetery, Rivelin. Thank you. Email: martin1print@yahoo.com
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