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Cadbury's Bournville Factory

mikejee

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The caption on the photo in " A postcard from Bournville" states In 1908 members of the gilr's athletic club could take part in morris dancing two days a week. In 1923 a folk dance society was formed . Not that that necessarily means anything with regard to this photo.
I suspect this photo was taken in the Girl's Grounds, near where the Bournvile Club is now
 

castalla

master brummie
Does anybody know if there are records kept of ex employees my great aunt uncle and grandfather worked there way back, think my great aunt retired late 60´s to early 70´s
 

farmerdave

master brummie
Scan_20171106 (2).jpg I must admit that I had never heard of Rowheath lake or the Pavilion, plus its association with Cadbury's, until I bought this undated postcard on Saturday. Some information on the Pavilion is provided below. Dave.

Rowheath Pavilion
heart of the community



Our History
Rowheath Pavilion was opened by the Cadbury family in July 1924 as a changing facility and clubhouse for the many acres of sports playing fields, the bowling greens, the fishing lake and lido. The Pavilion also hosted elaborate balls and dinners, and the whole area was designed for the benefit of the Cadbury workers and their families. It was a place to meet, to relax, to stay healthy and to enjoy some free time together, at the heart of a lively community.

Following the introduction, in the 1970’s, of more stringent health and safety regulations regarding outdoor swimming pools sadly the lido was closed. Over the years the Pavilion building itself fell into disrepair and for a while it was actually closed down. In 1985 it was re-opened by a local a management group and latterly the running of the building was adopted by Pavilion Christian Community, the church who meet here every Sunday. Since 2003 the Pavilion has enjoyed a new lease of life, seeing a community cafe and playground added to the main Terrace Room, the gathering room and the bar. The many and varied dance, arts, craft, children’s groups, sports and fishing facilities are available throughout the week and the building is, once again, a thriving cultural and social venue, hosting weddings, parties, concerts, pantomimes and craft events all year.

 

OldBrummie

master brummie
This is for "Castalla" and "Catherine Susans" and anyone else looking for similar information.

Hi. I may be able to steer you in a (hopefully) useful direction. Back in 2011 I had similar questions and had been referred to the Cadbury "Bourneville Works Magazine".
A cousin had found reference to a number of our common relatives in said magazine. Needing as much information as I could obtain I e-mailed Cadbury and was re-directed
to their "Information Assistant Archivist". One Jackie Jones came back to me with data on over a dozen relatives from numerous departments. As I said, this was in 2011 so I
don't know if Jackie is still there but her contact is (or was): [email protected]
Give this address a try and you might find what you're looking for.

Best wishes and lots of luck. OldBrummie.
 

mikejee

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Or possibly 40s. don't recognise the building as being at Bournville, though it would have been quite a while before I was there.
 

Vivienne14

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The Cadbury working conditions for women in the early 1900s must have made it the best workplace for women of its time. Viv.

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Vivienne14

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View from the station. No date for this postcard. I notice railway trucks have "M R"logo. Was this Midland Railways ? Viv.

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Radiorails

master brummie
That is correct Vivienne. The Midland Railway became, along with others, the LMS in 1923. The trucks are empties, might have been coal but I guess there were many things that arrived by rail. The Cadbury thread has some details, I believe, about the extensive system Cadbury had, Although the date of 1923 was the 'grouping' as it was called it could be some years before the MR lettering was over painted.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
There was a most interesting programme, Channel 5, this evening all about Cadbury's chocolate factory at Bournville. For anyone who missed it it will be shown again (if it hasn't already :D).
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Ladies from Cadbury's cycling in 1905. I had a go at identifying the road but can't remember whether I found it or not ... :)
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