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  1. Sheffield & District Battalion of the BB is still active & has 15 companies. It has a website at http://sheffield.boys-brigade.org.uk/ I recall all prospective 4th District officers had to be interviewed by George Winslow. I remember spending an hour at his house for that around 1962/3 - his house was on Hereward Rd I think.
  2. I went to Hinde House when it opened in September 1956 - then it was a Secondary Modern school. I was in the first group of only 15 to stay in to 5th Year & take RSA School Certificate exam in 1960. Geoff Hook, our form teacher in 4th & 5th year was later Headmaster at Myers Grove I believe.
  3. My wife Chris Moore was on the old ITU at NGH (ward 2a ?) which transferred to a new Cardiothoracic Post Operative ITU around 1970; the Cardiothoracic consultant was Geoff Smith, a really nice man who I think finished up as Cardiothoracic Professor at Guys. Chris was a Sister there until we left Sheffield in 1976.
  4. My gtgrandparents lived at 75 Verdon street in 1881. Prior to that they were at 11 Handley Street which was nearby.
  5. Anything particular you are waanting? I have a map which I think is from around 1950's. I know the area - used to go to Reform Chapel
  6. We had an outside toilet at our house in Hinde House Lane & used a paraffin lamp to try to stop freezing in winter often unsuccessfully ! The back boiler behind our back room fire blew up on 6 Feb 1956 ; thankfully dad was defreezing the outside toilet at the time otherwise, if he had been inside he may have been killed. Fire Brigade came & boarded up the windows etc including using my trainset board on a window which upset me! It turned out to be a good thing as we finished up getting an inside toilet from the insurance.
  7. I think Creswick Greave BB was 62nd Sheffield. I was i 53rd at Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform but Dave Bennett Captain of 62nd was a good friend. In 1974 he asked me to go & help as he was on his own so I did & enjoyed it at Creswick Greave - great bunch of lads with good NCO's . In 1975 Dave's job moved from Sheffield so I kept Company going until July 1976 when my job also moved away & the company sadly had to close. Was Dave Bennett there when you were? I suspect your memory could have been of a 4th District Sports cometition which was held annually. Around that time venues used were Firth Park Grammer school playing fields & Hinde House school. Can't remember others but someone else might. Best wishes, John
  8. Hi Brian1941, glad you enjoyed the photos. Not yet found anyone who recognises anyone we didn't already now. Best wishes, John
  9. Hi Jack, Hope you are reasonably well & have enjoyed seeing the photos. John
  10. Here are photos from all Sheffield Battalion Boys Brigade Camps between 1935 (Hawthorne Tower, Easington, Co Durham) , 1947-1949 all at Bridlington (Shffield Battalion's own site) & 1950 Beaumaris, North Wales. The photos were in the album of the late Eric Foster, boy & Officer in 53rd Sheffield Company, Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church, who attended all the camps pictured. I am indebted to Alan Foster, Eric's younger brother for donating the album to me. https://www.flickr.com/gp/160182105@N03/5Tr85G
  11. I was at school 1949 -1960, Owler Lane Infants, Grimesthorpe Junior, 1 year at Hucklow then to Hinde House when it opened. During that time I had my hand writing style changed twice started with loops then first change get rid of the loops then second change put loops back in - any surprise that since then my handwriting has been rubbish !! I hardly do any handwriting now thanks to computer - probably a good job !!!
  12. I remember in 1968 when we were getting married you had to go round the Building Societies every month to see if they had money to lend. We were in Leeds Permanent but they didn't seem to favour customers. Got one eventually though for house costing £2695 at High Wincobank.
  13. Worked at ESC in the 1960's & loved the sports ground. Played tennis once or twice a week for free (6 courts inc one grass if I remember right). Watched cricket there & played inter-departmental indoor games tournaments. Great place!
  14. Looking through some old books yesterday I came across a hymn written by Amy Wise who was Leader of Reform Chapel Life Boys from 1937 to 1968 & was wife of Charlie Wise, Boys Brigade Captain 1947 - 1961. The hymn is a good one & worth recording: Christ has no hands but our hands, To do His work today; He has no feet but our feet To lead men in his way; He has no tongue but our tongue, To tell men how He died; He has no help but our help To bring men to His side. What if our hands are busy With other work than His? What if our feet are walking Where sin's allurement is; What if our tongues are speaking Of things His lips would spurn? How can we hope to help Him, And hasten His return. Jesus our Lord and Master, Before Thee now we bend, And pray that Thou wilt help us To serve Thee 'till life's end; Use us and all our powers Our best to Thee we bring; Oh take us, Lord, and make us True servants of our King. Sung to the tune Penlan. Many of us on here have much to thank Amy & Charlie Wise for !
  15. Hi Fleetwood, It would be her but she became an accredited local preacher & in fact baptised me. She died a few years ago well into her 90's I think.
  16. Hi Fleetwood. Hope you are reasonably well. I am sure Rene Marriott would ring a bell with you. She was a Girls Brigade leader & I think she took over from Kath lynch as Captain. She also played the organ for many years. She didn't live in Grimesthorpe though - somewhere other side of town I think. Best wishes, John
  17. AS an old ESC man I really enjoyed that memory. Thanks Peter
  18. I found out the other day that Rene Marriott who was leader of Girls Brigade at Reform Chapel for a time & also organist passed away last week. I think she was in her mid 90's. Yet another Reform Chapel stalwart gone ! RIP
  19. I love this Yorkshire grace - many thanks to Elaine Pickard of Sheffield Indexers. Thank you God and make us able To eight as much as what’s on’t table Then God if thy bounty beckons We’ll leave room enough for ‘seconds’, and after the meal. Thank you God for what we’ve getten If moor ‘ad been cut moor ‘ad been etten
  20. Maybe contact the solicitor who handled the purchase ?
  21. Jennifer Hague was in my class at Hinde House school 1958- 1960. I think her family had a shop on Bellhouse Rd probably fruit & veg. Anyone remember it?
  22. Thanks Voldy. Its worked : http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;arc01201&pos=4&action=zoom&id=102444 Secret is to copy the url not the photo !
  23. Can I put a photo on here without having to put it on Photobucket? If so how can I do it please? Copying it doesn't seem to work - tried it with photo of Grimesthorpe Rd chapel.
  24. Hi cat631, Here is the Grimesthorpe Rd Primitive Methodist Chapel (courtesy of Picture Sheffield) Taken in the 1960's I think. I recall going there once or twice when we had a visit there from our Sunday School at Reform Chapel. [
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