A message from the bishop in 1956 – and a taste of things to come

Some nice hats. The opening of the new Chturch Hall in Brownhills in October, 1956 Click for a larger version.I used to love the Walsall Observer. Click for a larger version. Original clipping from the John Sale collection, via Bill Mayo and David Evans.

It’s nice to get back to a bit of history on the blog and now I’m feeling a whole lot better it’s a delight to see that the young David Evans, Bill Mayo and John Sale have been excavating the collection for some wonderful news clippings containing a whole tranche of gems and surprises – including a young, dashing Aer Reg Fullelove – but more on that later.

John Sale has shared the articles from his archive via Bill, who’s Kindly lent them to David to scan – and this is just one. I don’t have time to transcribe it today, as I just want to give readers a taste, but this really is wonderful – the opening of St. James Church Hall in Brownhills, as reported in the Walsall Observer of Friday 12th October 1956.

The great and good of Brownhills are there – some very familiar names that people of today will recognise as street and building names, people recorded in their day by the Council they served.

Nice to see the engineer getting some recognition for once, too…

What’s great in many of these scans too is the preservation of surrounding adverts and articles. How many of us remember going to Fentons? 59½ guineas for a three piece suite. That was posh!

Cheers to John, Bill and David for more local history gold: I’d really like to make clear here my gratitude to the senior historians of the community who help me with donations and other material – it is truly on their shoulders I stand doing this thing and the hard, pioneering work they carried out – before the internet made it easier – really cannot be underestimated, and I’m so very thankful for it.

Anything to add? Recognise anyone? Please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

I used to love the Walsall Observer. Click for a larger version. Original clipping from the John Sale collection, via Bill Mayo and David Evans.

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3 Responses to A message from the bishop in 1956 – and a taste of things to come

  1. Julia Willett says:

    I think that is Jean Bishop, front row third from left. Wife of Clive manager of The Midland Bank Brownhills.

  2. aerreg says:

    the gengle man standing by the window i think is george pountly he had a confcectionry shop by the old regent the vicour seated rev reece davies if i remember right an identical hall at that time was built in norton canes

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