It’s not often I do this, but these are special circumstances that I think merit it. I’ve had a request from the young David Evans to re-run some photos from a post I created in 2011. David has requested this as new reader and commenter Roger Mosedale has joined us in the last few days, and David feels that he may be able to help with the school photos here.
It’s a pleasure to re-run them and also to welcome Roger who’s already shed some wonderful light on the Friezland Lane Working Men’s Club history. Hello Roger, and thanks. Feel free to join in!
Please note I won’t make a habit of recycling like this, but these are wonderful photos and I don’t think they received enough scrutiny at the time so please, if you can contribute to the background, or name faces, please do.
Either comment here, or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.
A rare photo of pupils from Walsall Wood Primary School being presented with their certificates… in 1953! It is reassuring and encouraging to see that this scheme, or its modern equivalent, is being used locally
[That's correct, it's called Bikeability and is a fantastic thing indeed. Note the kids are clutching pennants which you attached to your bike to show your skill. - Bob]
Some readers may be able to identify their grandparents in the photo.
Readers may be interested to see this group of musicians in the making and may be able to name some of the group… perhaps their grandparents!
Note that the building in the background, the original primary school building, has a brick buttress..a sign of the area’s susceptibility to subsidence.
It was a good school and pupils from here went on to enter most of the professions and most of the trades , locally, nationally and internationally, taking their skills and interests in the arts and sports with them.
Please excuse the quality of this photo which is from a photocopy of a photo which appeared in a newspaper some years ago.
Caz mentioned a Mr Bampton, organist at the time, and his “full-blast” rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah which gave the poor old organ “bellows operative” an interesting time!
This is the choir, with Mr Bill Bampton sitting in the middle of the front row.
I hope some readers will recognise members of this joyful group. The building in the background is still there and is used as the Church.
I was pleased to see Trevor’s photo of the aspiring footballers and would like to add this photo which dates back to the squad of 1955 and hope that the team members and/or their children and grandchildren may find this interesting. The pre-fabs in the background have long-since gone and the building , adjacent to Oak Park is now a Youth Centre, I believe. Was the teacher a Mr Shingler?