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Rhythmic dancing by employees at the Bournville Works. There is no date or stamp on this postcard but I would guess it is late 20s to early 30s. There is an upright piano being played on the lawn. Dave.
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
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 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.
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.
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.