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St Barnabas Church Erdington

Phil Thack

Brummie babby
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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
If I remember correctly, the coffins were made in New Street off the High Street. I used to go there for wood shavings for my Dads pidgeoin lofts, always seam funny how a 8 year old could look at coffins, but only there for the wood shavings.
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Phil Thack

Brummie babby
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
Thank's for that. Yes I do understand the significance of Drums. Having spent 12+ years in the military. My Regimental drums were stolen/captured from the Russians (Sherwood Foresters 45/95 of foot). There are not many of us left who actually marched behind their own band. Last pre amalgamation parade was in Minden Germany.

My enquiry was about the Choir at St, Barnabas, 1957-1960. Any photos?
 
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Phil Thack

Brummie babby
Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm posting in St Barnabas?

Some of the 70 year olds must of been in the choir!? about the late 50s. It was an all male choir. The organist was a Mr Brown! he also had connections with the YMCA at Erdington. I remember him from the sports hall.

There must be some records of payments made to choristers for weddings etc. Or from the YMCA in Erdington, regarding youth leaders. I just need to know I existed.
 
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Ray Griffiths

master brummie
Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm posting in St Barnabas?

Some of the 70 year olds must of been in the choir!? about the late 60s. It was an all male choir.

There must be some records of payments made to choristers for weddings etc. I just need to know I existed.
Hi Phil
This is photo of my wedding at Erdington Parish Church 7th Feb 1959 don't have any choir details but I believe the late George Goldingay was a member of the choir he was a mate I later met working at the GEC Witton.
As you might have noticed from the date next month we will be celebrating 60 years of marriage our Diamond Anniversary.
The weather on this day 60 years ago was terrible it was thick freezing fog the trees looked like they had been sprayed silver it was like a Xmas grotto
Ray
 

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Ray Griffiths

master brummie
Hi Folks
I thought I would like to share thoughts for my Diamond Wedding Anniversary and have a laugh at my expense next months the picture above was the day.
The weather was shocking freezing fog but it had it's bright side the two pictures show my mother in laws sense of you ain't getting away with it,
The newspaper article wasn't true I can assure of that, and she didn't change me.
After this leg pulling, went off on honeymoon to Brighton we had a week in a boarding house 7 days Bed, Breakfast & evening meal and the bill £11. 13 shillings it wasn't plush but at least it gave us memories.
Thanks for share this momentous event

Ray & Brenda
 

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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.
 

Fentham

master brummie
This is the worst news for me today. St. Barnabas was my anchor while I was growing up and I knew all the scenes from the stained glass windows in the church. Plus, all the important school services were held there. The marvellous Christmas- Nine Point Carol Services, Easter, Harvest Festivals,
Remembrance Days, Children's Anniversaries over the years. They are all precious memories and I hope that there will be plans to rebuild the Church. The High Street wouldn't be the same without the church.

Does anyone have any photos of the fire wreckage at all? Also, has anything been said about how the fire started?
Hello Jenny Ann, It is a long time since we were in touch. I h ave been reading about your time at St Barnabas and Discoveres etc. I was also at Fentham, Sunday School Discovers and Cradle rolled at The Baptist Church Erdington I believe you also wend to Moor End Primary.I have two photos of two classes in 1946.When were you there. Best wishes Jean (Fentham)
 
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