Hi Old Boy, they are lovely memories of times gone by when kids could roam around and we often did. Our family often walked to Chelmsley woods and picked bluebells and had picnics there. Wow you walked a lot farther than we did , we lived in Sheldon and went through the King George the 5th playing fields and past the end of elmdon airport to Marston Green. The family often stopped at the Bell for lemonade and crisps, wonderful memories before heading home with armfuls of bluebells. No, days like that will never return I would never have let my kids go off for the day alone, the world has changed so much. Oh, just noticed what you said, I didnt know it is now against the law to pick bluebells! That is just silly....such an innocent enjoyment!Ah, The Bell, Marston Green brings back memories. As children we would walk from Carlton Road, off Green Lane, Small Heath, up Green Lane. We passed The Samsom pub with tjhe large clock on the wall and then down Yardley Green Road to the Fever Hospital (now East B'ham Hospital) We dallied for a while to read the list, posted on the gate, of patients who could not be visited giving their latest state of health. Then to the bridge over the River Cole. Sometimes that was the end of our walk as we paddled or tried to catch stickleback. Many a time we carried on through The Dingle and thence to Old Yardley Church. We carried on through the park and along The Radleys passing under the narrow railway bridge and reaching The Bell at Marston Green. Here we wouild rest for awhile sitting on the wall outside and then off, over the fields, to Chelmsley Woods. Sometimes we picked bluebells (now against the law) or juat played in the woods. We then made our way home over the same route. At home we got told off by Mum for being out all day without her knowing where we had gone. Such happy days. Will they ever return? I fear not.
Oh that is a shame. not that I dont like and indian curry but a shame such a nice pub has now gone ...but that is change I guess. Thank you for the update Gary.Hi Wendy, it's now an Indian restaurant unless that is closed which I don't think it is! I personally have fond memories of The Bell. I used to go there early eighties with my cousin Mark and it was always a happy, busy place especially in the summer. I really don't know why it went downhill and, if anyone knows, I'd be interested to find out. This resulted in it being boarded up for some time. BTW Wendy, I agree with the way the world has changed. So sad. It's now a much dangerous place and so different to how I imagined how the future would be when I was young. Oh well ....