Founded in 1939

Spondon Church Boys' Club

In memory of our great Vicar and friend TEM Barber

                         Spondon Church Boys' Club.
           
 
Club Reunion Spondon Village Hall, 7pm until 11pm - with bar! Friday 7th September 2018. More details from Pete Meakin asap. Watch this page and the Club Facebook page.

 

                   

                          The Reverend T.E.M. Barber M.A.

                                           Vicar of Spondon 1939 - 198

                      Founder and Leader of Spondon Church Boys' Club 1939 - 1988

This site is dedicated to the memory of The Reverend T.E.M. Barber who was the longest-serving ever Vicar of Spondon, Derby, from March 17th 1939 until his retirement at the age of 79 in May 1986.  Immediately after arriving in Spondon, Mr. Barber began a Boys' Club which flourished until his death at the age of 81 in 1988.

 

                                                                          Welcome 

  We hope all ex-members of the Cub will actively support this website and submit information and reminiscences, photos, videos etc.  Please click on the contact page to submit material.

                                                                      Members' Area

Everyone is welcome to view our general site, but we have a Members' Area exclusively for members of the Club.  Membership was conferred in person in every case by The Reverend T.E.M. Barber following discussion in the Club Committee.  The club closed shortly after the Vicar's death in 1988 and the Committee disbanded a few years later.  However, ex-members of the Committee and other Old Boys have subscribed to the idea of creating a website in memory of the Reverend Mr. Barber and to act as a focus for former members.  We therefore recognise that membership of the Club has not ceased and all members from 1939 to 1988 are encouraged to register in the Members' Area.

Thanks to your support, we have upgraded this site to enable the loading of large files and many pages.

                                              

                                             September 2018 

                                                                        Thirty Year On

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the last Sidmouth Camp and the death of the Vicar.  A Grand Reunion is taking place and Pete Meakin has  booked Spondon Village Hall (via Dave Borrington, the Hall Manager) for Friday 7 September 2018, 19.30 – 23.00 for a Spondon Church Boys’ Club Re-Union. It’s 30 years since the last SCBC Camp and 30 years since the passing of The Vic.

We are planning a fish supper, so have your orders ready for Pete and do spread the word

Hope you can make it.  A lot of the younger members (youngsters in their 40's and 50's!) were unable to attend on that occasion.    If you know any members already not on our lists, please put them in touch.


There is also going to be a running slide and video show of various camps, so please bring all your photos and material.


Contact Steve Beet   [email protected]



                                                                             FaceBook 

One of our members has created a FACEBOOK page which has already attracted over 40 members.  Please do visit it. 

  

   

 

 

                                                                Inside the Club Room!

                                                              Recent Updates

 

                                        New Photo Album:  Opening of Lord Byron's Tomb

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                                                           A Tribute by Ian Penman

 "Mr Barber was one of those rare people who, on first meeting, would command instant respect and trust. I can recall that he appeared to have instant faith in me and, indeed, negotiated my first job for me when I was about 14 years old."

 

                         Read Ian's full tribute in Memories/Tributes section.

 

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                       Nottingham Evening Post  - Sat 29 Jun 1935

       " LINCOLN CURATE AND SISTER IN AMAZING CAR ACCIDENT
  The Rev. T. E. M. Barber and Miss Sylvia Barber, son and daughter of Canon and Mrs. Barber, Hucknall Vicarage, were victims an extraordinary accident at a camp near Lincoln ..."

      Read the full report of how Mr. Barber was seriously injured in Press Reports section.

 

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                     1940 - The Camp that almost never was

"Can we go to  Camp?: We certainly hope so!"  How Mr. Barber overcame all opposition and insisted on taking camp despite the onslaught of the Blitz, and with the special permission of the new Churchill coalition government.

 

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           A Tribute by Dr. Pete Meakin  Artistic Director of Derby Live.

 "And words were never wasted with the Vicar. They were used sparingly, but always to the utmost effect. A word of criticism from the Rev. Barber, only ever given with the greatest care and consideration, would cut deeper than the sharpest knife."

                     Read Pete's full tribute in the Memories/Tributes section

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                       Forthcoming 2015 Updates

 -  The Reverend T.E.M. Barber: Curate-in-Charge of St. Nicholas'   Church,  Lincoln. The pre-Spondon years and the St. Nichols's Church Boys' Club, complete with photos of camps from 1933 to 1938.  Including:-  The 1930's.  -  The opening of Lord Byron's Tomb in Huckall Torkard Church by the Vicar's father, The Rev'd Canon T.G. Barber M.A.  The account given in Canon Barber's own words and not based on the false rumours prevalent on the internet.

 

The Blue Lady and other Ghost stories.  Send in your recollections of Mr. Barber's famous ghost stories!  Somewhere, someone has an audio tape of the Vicar telling a ghost story!!!   Where is it?

 


    

 

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The Vicar in the early 1980's