Founded in 1939

Spondon Church Boys' Club

In memory of our great Vicar and friend TEM Barber

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Anonymous Tribute sent by an Old Boy

Posted by StephenRBeet on April 7, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

  I've just received this tribute by e-mail from an old boy who asked me to post it on his behalf:   

                                   A Great Man I shall Never Forget

   It had been a long time since I had thought about the Vic until this site was set up some months ago.  At first I ...

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Tribute by Dr. Pete Meakin

Posted by StephenRBeet on January 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

                                                          Rev. T.E.M. Barber


   The fly continued its buzzing. Undaunted, it searched and scoured the car windscreen, intent on finding an exit...

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The Boys Club

Posted by Albert Bennett on December 13, 2011 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (2)

My fondest memories of Mr Barber go back to the very early years of the Boys Club when he opened up the back half of the vicorage to be used for the club rooms, that included the kitchen with its big cast iron range that we used for making fried bread, a real treat in those days. We also had the stable or garage for indoor foot ball and two rooms up stairs for table tennis. Club nights were always something to look forward too and Mr Barber let us borrow his radio gram to play records and mos...

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From Bill Frearson

Posted by StephenRBeet on November 20, 2011 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

   My first camping holiday with the Reverend Barber was to Coombe Martin in Devon.  The last one was in Wales at Llanfairfechen.  I'm not sure of the dates now but it must have been 1943--45.

   I can remember running for Spondon Church Boys' Club in Nottingham and playing football for them on our home pitch up Locko Road.

Bill Frearson

Tribute by Dave Carruthers

Posted by StephenRBeet on November 20, 2011 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

   The Reverend Barber certainly was the person I consider as the most influential factor in my formative years. He, and the Boys' Club he created, sustained the message my parents were trying to transmit to me that hard work and integrity, applied to all equally, would yield many of life's benefits.

    I loved the Sidmouth camps. I loved the Boys' Club nights but most of all I loved the football and cricket teams.



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The 'Vic' - A Tribute by Ian

Posted by StephenRBeet on November 18, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Twenty-Five Years On


    It hardly seems possible that it is getting on twenty-five years since that terrible day when the whole of Spondon seemed hushed and a vast crowd gathered in St. Werburgh’s church to say “Farewell - but never forgotten,” to the man many of us regarded as our hero throughout our childhood years.   Now a whole generation in Spondon has grown up never knowing what it was like to come under his in...

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A Tribute by the Late Phillip Whitehead

Posted by StephenRBeet on November 16, 2011 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)


The Vicar of Spondon - An English Worthy - by the late Phillip Whitehead, former Labour MP for Derby

(published 14th March 1979)


Domesday Book tells us what it was like in the beginning. "In Spondune Stori had 5 c. of land taxable. Land for 5 ploughs. Now in lordship 3 ploughs ... 14 villagers and 2 smallholders have 4 ploughs.  A priest and a church; 1 mill, 5s 4d."



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Memories and Tributes

Posted by StephenRBeet on November 13, 2011 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (1)
    Mr. Barber's diminishing number surviving old boys are now scattered througout the world, and it is the aim of this site not only to bring them together in this virtual world but to share with others just what the club meant to us all those years ago. It is our determination that Mr Barber's great work should never be forgotten.  At present it lies buried in the hearts of all whom he knew and helped, but it seems appropriate that we should share some of ou...
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