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1  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Fishing clubs of the 50's, 60's 70's on: January 20, 2018, 05:24:24 PM
Anyone ever fish at Earlswood lakes? I can remember fishing there in the freezing cold, never caught much though.

Apart from a cold though  Grin

 Grin Grin
2  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Fishing clubs of the 50's, 60's 70's on: January 20, 2018, 01:41:36 PM
Anyone ever fish at Earlswood lakes? I can remember fishing there in the freezing cold, never caught much though.
3  Welcome New members to the Birmingham and Surrounding Counties Forum / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello from Essex on: January 19, 2018, 04:16:43 PM
RonD I've never made life easy or for myself. I should have put I've also worked in Barking and Romford (and I can spell them  Grin)

Take care Twm
4  Welcome New members to the Birmingham and Surrounding Counties Forum / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello on: January 18, 2018, 05:15:13 PM
Hello Molly and welcome.

I know (or knew) Solihull fairly well. As a young teenager I would be at the Ice Rink most Saturday and Sunday nights. When I got a bit older at the Masons Arms or the Crown Monkspath.

Was there a place in Solihull town center called the Captains locker, did a great chip butty at lunch times (Mid 70's)?

Best wishes
Twm Sion
5  Welcome New members to the Birmingham and Surrounding Counties Forum / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello from Essex on: January 18, 2018, 04:47:42 PM
Hello RonD and welcome.

I left Brum early 80's, I live in Wales these days. However I am a regular visitor to your part of the country. Mainly Basildon and was out in Bilaricky (? spelling) about two months ago and Shoeburyness. Essex and Ian Dury just go together well, if he had been my Geography teacher I would have known most of the towns (and Gals!!) in Essex.

I worked in Camberwell SE London  for 17 years and retired about 18 months ago.

All the best

Twn Sion   
6  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Chelmsley Wood on: January 18, 2018, 04:32:58 PM
Prince Hal was on one of the first areas to be built. In fact it may have been called Area 1. Buses for a number of years were just Midland Red. Numbers could have been 175 & 185 I think. I remember I had to pay for my dog to travel on Midland Red.

The Doctors surgery and Dentist at that time were situated in a couple of the ground floor flats of the tower block near the Prince Hal. GP's in 1968 were Dr Clowes, Dr Gill and Dr Leung.

There were 5 or six shops by the Prince Hal. I can remember a Butcher, Fruit shop and Paper/Sweet/Toy shop. The man that owned the paper shop was interesting to talk to. I bought an Air Fix model, a Junkers JU 52 (I think). The man who owned the shop told me a lot about the plane. He had been made prisoner of war, captured by the Germans and transported in one of these planes. They were shot at and by anti aircraft guns and hit by flack. He said there was a big hole in the side of the plane and the crew just shoved and riveted another piece of corrugated aluminium over the hole. They carried on.....

Can anyone remember the other shops by the pub?
Twm Sion   

Was having a think after my last post and my neighbours one side were from Kings Hurst and the other side an older couple with their son and Granddad were from Arthur Street or Road (which I think could have Been Small Heath), their house there was demolished. There were a couple of families that arrived directly from the Caribbean and Africa that were given houses too. 
7  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Chelmsley Wood on: January 18, 2018, 09:59:23 AM
I know a lot of them came from slum clearance, but which part of brum? Others had been sharing council accommodation with parents and thier own kids. My nan moved out of a three bed house in Hall Green, into a 1 bed bungalow, not far from Pine Square. We came from a council house in Kings Norton, with my brother, his wife, their two year old with another on the way. They were on the council waiting list and after about 18 months they got offered a new council house up by the Happy Trooper. He later (1972/3) bought his first house (new) in Cambridge Drive, Chelmsley Wood, a Semi for 2999. There were some new detached houses for 3999.   

Chelmsley Wood in the early days was a nice place to live. As in all areas you get good and bad. I lived in a council house just off Chapel House Rd. There were very few what I would call problem families in our vicinity in 1968. We all got on well.

As Chelmsley got bigger and they started to build the later areas it did seem to get rougher.

Where we lived, there was a mix of what I still call 'bought houses', many of these were bought by young families that wanted their first bought house. Three bed Semi cost 2500. There was also a 'Self Build' area, a dozen or so houses. I do think the social mix helped (at that time), as I could go and play with kids that had a bit more behind them, and I could see another world.

Interestingly though, there were not many unemployed on that part of the estate (in bought or council houses) in the 60's and early 70's. As the 70's wore on, we did start to get some troublesome families move in and it did get rough, sheds broken into, cars stolen, washing disappearing off the line and unemployment was rising in the area.

We moved away in 75/76 

Twm Sion   
8  Railways / Railways / Re: Memories of your Railway experiances on: January 16, 2018, 06:23:34 PM
Tysley station has happy memories for me as a nipper in the late 50's early 60's. This is the station we would set off from for our Christmas trip from Bakelite Sports and Social Club. All the kids would be on the platform chattering away. We were given a white paper bag which contained sweets, spangles, lollipop, small bar of Cadbuys' chocolate. Off we would go to a Panto one year we went yo the circus. Funny thing is I can never remember coming back by train....
9  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Rivers and Lakes of Birmingham and Surrounding Counties in Alphabetical Order on: January 16, 2018, 06:12:11 PM
Gerald, why not, it comes into surrounding counties. Let's go for Isis. Another I have found is Inkberrow Ford, in the village of Inkberrow.
Twm
10  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: CARILLION on: January 16, 2018, 06:02:02 PM
I bet a few government ministers have lined their pockets very well.
Good point townie, I was thinking it would be an embarrassment to the government. Never considered that there May be ministers and civil servants on the payroll or are directors of companies that are providing services and materials to Carilion

Twm
11  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Fishing clubs of the 50's, 60's 70's on: January 16, 2018, 05:56:18 PM
Edifi, I did a bit on the Blyth with a rod though. Caught a few minnows and gudgeon. We would cycle from Chelmsley Wood.

Twm
12  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Rivers and Lakes of Birmingham and Surrounding Counties in Alphabetical Order on: January 15, 2018, 08:14:40 PM
There is townie, I've been checking for it today. But do you think I could find it.......

I'm sure it's  in the counties

Twm
13  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: CARILLION on: January 15, 2018, 08:08:59 PM
I'm stating the obvious here but something was drastically wrong. My understanding is they had been back to the government several times for more money.  It does make me wonder that some projects should not fail, like HS2. It would be an embarrassment to the government, so they pump more in. I wonder if they checked where had money was going. Now the whole thing has gone bust! Who will pick up the pieces and who's head will be on the block.......
14  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Fishing clubs of the 50's, 60's 70's on: January 15, 2018, 10:37:41 AM
Between the 50's and 70's there were many fishing clubs in Birmingham. These fishing clubs were set up in the Factories and Pubs with good membership numbers. Throughout the season, there would be many contests on the Rivers and Canals in and around Brum. At the end of the season there would be a Dinner and Dance for members and Wives

Some of my family were members of the Bakelite Fishing club and the Greenwood Tree Pub Fishing Club.

What are your memories of these fishing clubs? What club were you in? Where did you fish? Where was a good fishing spot back in the day? What bait would you use to catch particular fish. Did you win any contests? Any stories of anyone cheating or bending the rules a bit?

My earliest memories of the fishing trips as a nipper in the 50's was being dragged out of bed in the dark, thrown in the sidecar or later the back of the van and a long walk when we got to the other end.

Sitting on the bank, bored, freezing and told to be quiet because I would scare the fish and a clip around the ear if I made a noise. Dad was worried about me falling in the river (so he said!), I had a rope around my waist which was tied to a tree, with a short length of rope for me to move but keep out of trouble.         

 
 
15  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: What schools did you go to on: January 15, 2018, 08:23:08 AM
That's a great story Gerald, the Bristle broom was a favorite weapon of mom's back in the day  Grin. I can still see them now, charging in, usualy still wearing the wrap-around apron

Twm Sion
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