Founded in 1939

Spondon Church Boys' Club

In memory of our great Vicar and friend TEM Barber

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People of Spondon will never forget

Posted by Albert Bennett on June 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Yes I am still here at the age of 88 and just enjoyed reading the memories of Mr Barber by Carolin Ferguson ( my Cousin Len Dickins Daughter ) and the memories of Shirely Hitchcock, I don't know Shirley  but both brought back wonderful memories of my time as a founder member of Spondon Church Boys Club. Thank you both very much for  bringing back memories of happy simes .Albert Bennett

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Reply Albert Bennett
8:45 AM on May 16, 2016 
Reply to John Earnshaw's Email May 16th 2016. The Spondon Girls Brigade and the Girl Guides were the only organization that I remember before Mr Barber came. During the early days of the Boys Club and during the war I have no memory of girls having anything to do with the club. Should anyone wish to contact Margaret her telephone number is 01332 720210 and Aileen's 01423771911. Aileen is married to my brother Ken and lives near Wetherby York's ........ I wonder if any other founder members are still with us ? My regards to all old members. Albert
Reply John Earnshaw
7:23 AM on May 16, 2016 
Girls Club.
My recollection is the Girls Club started long after T.E.M.B. arrived in Spondon but had little or no impact as the Boys Club did much to the regret of some of the girls attending Church. I cannot pin point the exact date but think it was between 1955 and 1960. I used to help my friend Valerie Wright (nee Deaton) to decorate the pulpit at varying times of the year - she was an advocate of starting a Girls Club - on one of these occasions she discussed it with the Vicar but I do not remember the final outcome. There was never any joint meeting to my knowledge but I wonder if Carolin's mum, Margaret or her Aunt Aileen may add any light on the subject as they had contact with Valerie as their families were quite close.
Being in my 79th year my memory is not so good as it was and perhaps the conversation was the result of an aspiration for the girls to have the same opportunity as the boys attending the Church and the Girls Club Came much later.

John Earnshaw
Reply StephenRBeet
2:29 PM on July 3, 2015 
Thanks, Albert! There seems to be some confusion about the Girls' Club that ran in the early years. Can you remember if it was founded before Mr Barber came, or after? Did the boys and girls ever meet together for club nights?