Hi Marlene. I was at Lycroft house about the same time as you. My name is Jennifer Manton and had a little girl called Elizabeth who I am in constant touch with. Did your surname bag in with B, if so I remember you very well. After I had my baby I was Captain Smiths 'fairy', I also had to get the coal from the basement of thd house, a job I hated, it was so dark and creepy down there lol, I live in Solihull and would love to hear from you. Take care xxxHello, I am Marlene and was at Handsworth Wood September 65 to March 66 and would be delighted to share my experiences of this time as the social situation was so different to that of today. Happily, my son has made contact and all is well, pity he lives in Southampton and I am in Brierley Hill.
Please let me know how to contact you as I am not sure how to give addresses or numbers on this site.
Hi Marlene. It's so good to hear from you. Elizabeth, (they kept her name) got in touch with me when I was 40 so it's a long time ago now, so I've known her since before she had her two children, Emily and Josh. She lives in Crewe now but was raised in Hereford. Emily now has a little boy so I'm a great grandmother lol. Fancy you remembering my brother Doug, he moved to Devon about 3 years ago but unfortunately he had quite a bad stroke about 2 years ago, he won't ever fully recover, it's very sad. I had 5 more children. Another girl called Christine and four boys Daniel, Richard, Gerald, and Gordon, I'm really lucky, they're great kids and really look after me. Everything hasn't always gone smoothly with Elizabeth but we're ok now, I'll tell you that story later. I very often think of those days, I can look back now but for years I buried it deep, I still don't feel comfortable talking to other people about it so it's nice to be in touch. It must be wonderful living on a longboat, the grand union canal is just a few hundred yards from me, it runs under Damson lane and a couple of minutes away it runs under Hampton lane in Catherine de Barnes. Please keep in touch it would be lovely to meet up one day. Take care xxxHi Jen, how lovely to hear from you, of course I remember you and your baby being named Elizabeth. You had a suede coat the same as mine and didn't you live in Erdington with a brother named Dougie or have I got that bit wrong? So pleased you have made contact with Elizabeth, is she near by and does she have children, I have two granddaughters by Sam, previously David, 21 and nearly 19 and we have Chloe nearly 20 and Joseph 10 by our son James. I married Pete you may remember he used to meet me some days on his scooter when we went for our mid day walks, gosh how strict were those days but in a strange way I feel pleased to have had such an experience sad and devastating as it was. I live on our narrowboat at the waterfront, Brierley Hill and look forward to hearing from you