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St Barnabas Church Erdington

Vivienne14

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Staff member
On a completely different subject - in #319 photo you can just see an M&B sign above Dale Forty (middle right edge). This must have been for Mothers club above Dale Forty's shop. Viv
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
They're absolutely great Pedro. An excellent record. Thanks for letting us see them.

Do you know if the Girl Guides, Brownies and Scouts featured in the photos/slides were groups attached to St Barnabas ? Viv.
At a guess I would say not. My uncle was a Catholic and more attached to the Abbey.

I have a feeling it was part of a parade through Erdington. Did they ever have a Carnival?
 

Vivienne14

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Pedro. Think it's worth moving your photos to the "Scouts Girl Guides Brownies" thread if they're not linked to St Barnabas. The photos will be better placed there, if that's ok with you. Viv.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Pedro. Think it's worth moving your photos to the "Scouts Girl Guides Brownies" thread if they're not linked to St Barnabas. The photos will be better placed there, if that's ok with you. Viv.
I am searching for one picture that is from the same collection that actually shows the Vicar outside the Church.
 

Frothblower

Lubrication In Moderation
I noticed this grave stone today at St Barnabas church yard, I must have walk passed it hundreds of times but never noticed it. What a sad 15 months this family had.
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Vivienne14

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Church interior from a 1910 magic lantern slide. You can just see the organist (?) to the left. Viv.
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Phil Thack

Brummie babby
Hi to you all. I have only just joined this group. This is my first post.
Born and lived at Number 5 Church Rd in 1947 (now a car park) until I left home to join the Army in 1965. At some time my Dad worked at Hazels Funeral Directors and he rented a house from them (5 Church Rd). I had an older brother William (Bill) (Billy) and a younger sister Lin (Lindsey) also an extended family who I know nothing about . I was in the choir at St Barnabas from about 1958 - 1960. The organist/choir master was a Mr Brown. I have contacted St Barnabas regarding any record about payments to Choristers for weddings, yes we got paid. But no records remain? I know Mr Brown was also a member of the YMCA youth team at the building near six ways. I attended Erdington CofE School on the High St and went on to Moor End Lane SM. I was in a couple of Wm Shakespeare plays in the late 50s early 60s and some performances with Erdington Operatic Society. I'm looking for any contacts from around that time or any Photos from class groups or EOS?. Thanks.
 

Phil Thack

Brummie babby
Once you start its hard to stop.

I remember all the army groups and scouts forming up outside our house before entering the church. I often wondered why the odd one or two would be left outside looking after the drums? Why was that?
 

Frothblower

Lubrication In Moderation
Once you start its hard to stop.

I remember all the army groups and scouts forming up outside our house before entering the church. I often wondered why the odd one or two would be left outside looking after the drums? Why was that?
To stop anyone nicking the drums;)lol.
Welcome
 

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
The
Hi to you all. I have only just joined this group. This is my first post.
Born and lived at Number 5 Church Rd in 1947 (now a car park) until I left home to join the Army in 1965. At some time my Dad worked at Hazels Funeral Directors and he rented a house from them (5 Church Rd). I had an older brother William (Bill) (Billy) and a younger sister Lin (Lindsey) also an extended family who I know nothing about . I was in the choir at St Barnabas from about 1958 - 1960. The organist/choir master was a Mr Brown. I have contacted St Barnabas regarding any record about payments to Choristers for weddings, yes we got paid. But no records remain? I know Mr Brown was also a member of the YMCA youth team at the building near six ways. I attended Erdington CofE School on the High St and went on to Moor End Lane SM. I was in a couple of Wm Shakespeare plays in the late 50s early 60s and some performances with Erdington Operatic Society. I'm looking for any contacts from around that time or any Photos from class groups or EOS?. Thanks.
Hi Phil
My wife tells her father had use to play them up when they were youngsters.
When he took them shopping in Erdington he use send into Hazels to ask if they got any spare boxes
 

Radiorails

master brummie
To stop anyone nicking the drums;)lol.
Welcome
Drums are quite significant to military or quasi military bands in addition to religious or tribal music.
For the most part they mark the time with their beating. Military and quasi military drums often carry an insignia which, naturally, has meaning to the owners of the drum.
Like anything that is of value it should be guarded or kept secure
 
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JustJan

Brummie babby
Maybe it was associated with St Barnabas, and a Harvest Festival!

The Brownies and Guides of Erdington Division held a division church parade, I think it was annually. The three districts in Erdington Division took it in turns to arrange the service. We were Erdington district, there was also Stockland and Tyburn.
Each unit would practise marching for quite a few meetings before the big day but as we were not armed forces our marching was never too precise. The scouts band would play for us, they would meet up in a side road nearer six ways and wait there. The honour of being selected to carry the flag for your unit! The bigger honour of being asked to carry or escort the Division standard! The flag still exists today but is in storage. The division standard and colour party did not march, they waited by the division commissioner. I remember how heavy it was.
We would march from the church to the car park opposite the fire station, now the new baths. Flags paraded at the front of the parade, units marching behind the flags. Roads would be closed to cars to accommodate us.
The division commissioner stood opposite the church and girls would show respect as they passed. There was a sign either side of the Division Commissioner’s stand saying ‘Eyes left’ for the girls and the guiders saluted. After they had passed the DC another sign read ‘eyes Front’
After the parade was dismissed on the car park, most of us would run back to the church to find friends, coats and parents.
It was a huge day in the calendar. This photo is of that event.

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JustJan

Brummie babby
Once you start its hard to stop.

I remember all the army groups and scouts forming up outside our house before entering the church. I often wondered why the odd one or two would be left outside looking after the drums? Why was that?
It was girl guide event, not scouts. The guides did not have a marching band so the scouts played and led the parade, but the scouts I don’t think marched at this event unless they were in the band.
 
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JustJan

Brummie babby
At a guess I would say not. My uncle was a Catholic and more attached to the Abbey.

I have a feeling it was part of a parade through Erdington. Did they ever have a Carnival?
These are brownies and guides from all over Erdington Division at their annual parade.
 

JustJan

Brummie babby
It's possible then that the photos are 5 Oct 1975 - was a Sunday. Viv
I think the dates on the poster are 3rd and 10th of October, That makes it 1971 or 1976 as the parade was always on a Sunday afternoon. The poster is likely promoting future events so possibly the parade was just before then. It would not have been in August or early September as the units close for the school summer holidays. The long ties changed to short yellow cross-over ones in 1967, these brownies are wearing the old long ones but the photo looks newer than 1967. Girls who already had a long tie would not be expected to buy another one in the new style. I would guess then at 1971 as the Brownies with the old ties would have moved on by 1976.
 
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