As I struggle to catch up with material sent in to the blog, here’s a great post for a Sunday from Pat Ward, who’s a long term reader and lady we’ve previously helped with family history matters here one the blog.
Pat ages ago sent me some local football pictures showing local football teams containing members of her family, but also a couple of crackers from Ogley Hay Girls School, an enduringly popular topic with readers.
Pat explains the football pictures:
The 1st Picture is of Walsall Wood football team around 1959.
2nd is The Brownhills West Y.C. which beat English Electric Apprentices by 1-0 in the Staffordshire Service Youth Final at Cannock Festival Stadium. Don’t know what date.
3rd is of Rose Villa (Locals called it the Goat) Hednesford Road, Brownhills. Don’t know that date either.
My late husband Harold Ward is on all of the above and 2 of his brothers are on the 3rd also.
The 4th Photo is 1936/7 Wimblebury White Star football team they are seen with two major trophies of the season, the Lichfield League Championship and the Lichfield Charity Cup. This photo has my husbands father Harold Ward on.
Hope the above will be of interest to you and your bloggers.
I hat no idea Rose Villa had a football team! There were so many local teams at that time: However, it’s good to see a recent resurgence in football in Brownhills in particular recently with Brownhills Colts and Brownhills West United teams doing well.
It would be great if someone cold locate a better quality copy of the above clipping if possible if it’s in the news archive: I believe this reproduction was a reprint from the Chase Post.
And on to the ladies…
After seeing your Blog on Ogley Hay Schools are thought I would write and tell you that I went to all three schools, Infant from 1945, Juniors then Senior Girls.
In the Senior Girls the whole school was split into teams Nightingale, Fry and Summerville I think there may have been another one but I can’t think what it was.
I have included two photos that were taken at the Senior Girls about 1953/4.
The first one was of a play that we performed on stage but they wanted us to go into the playing field attached to the school and act a scene from the play.
It was called the Bloaters this was about a family and the terrible smell in the room which eventually was found to be the fish (bloaters) in the piano stool.
From left to right is Marjorie Richards, Pat Smith, Me holding the fish ( I think it still had the wrapper on ) Yvonne Gough, Sheila Adlam, Madeline Westwood and Sheila Thomas.
Everyone in this photo would be 82 years of age this year.
The second photo is of the whole Nightingale group of the school I think there would be four classes in this picture the teacher on the right of the picture is Mrs. Strong she taught us needlework in the classroom behind us as for the other teacher I have forgotten her name, maybe someone will recognise her and tell us her name.
Hope this will be of interest to you and your bloggers.
Pat Ward (nee Hadley)
Have to say these are remarkable images and I hope they jog some memories. I love the one of the performance: Somehow very evocative of the period, but I can’t put my finger on quite why.
My immense thanks to Pat for lovely images and my apologies for the delay in featuring them here.
If these pictures have triggered memories or questions, do please get in touch: You can comment on this post, mail me on BorwnhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or hit me up on social media.