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  1. As a child in the early to mid 50's, I lived on Wilford Road at my Grandparents House (Hickling family) -- Number 230) right outside the Trolleybus Terminus and fascinated by the Vernons / Littlewoods Pools adverts on the side. My other set of Grandparents lived next door at Number 228, just along from Headon Terrace?? At the time of the Coronation, I remember being invited with some family members, to a House on Headon Terrace where we went to watch the Ceremony on the only TV that I knew about in that area.... Very small screen and grainy pictures, which seemed like 'magic' at the time as there were no comparisons. Can't remember the name of the family there but seem to recall there was someone named Pamela! Can recall the Cobbled stones on Colliery Road and the corner shop down there that had a ‘jangly’ bell and my Granddad coming home from Clifton Pit still with his Miners head lamp and very dirty Face. The very large Advertising Boards on Wilford Road, which I could just about see from my Bedroom window…..The double sided large red postbox at the Terminus …. Other recollections of the Road are, the Site of an old Fairground opposite my house,and the Bus Clock at the Terminus …. Small Steam Engines crossing in front of the Embankment Gates from the Great Central Line en route to Clifton Pit … The rather scary statue of Colonel Clifton just through the Embankment Gates, ….. The Police Box near to the entrance of the same Gates (Dr. Who style) …. The overhead travelling Crane on the Railway sidings, which was visible from our top floor window …., Chimney Sweeps brushes sticking out of Grandma's Chimney after it had caught fire. ....Hearing in the middle of the night Trains rattling over the Bridge, just down from the Toll Bridge also, The Imperial Cinema, a little further down the Road .... Mr Reckless, the milkman, delivering to most of the houses and also Morleys Coal Merchants who delivered bags to our Coalhouse at the rear which was approached via Headon Terrace... and down a very narrow alleyway and through the backyard gate.( I was told to count the bags that had been ordered to make sure the correct delivery was made) Grandad had an allotment over the Toll Bridge and had rather hazardous trips to the Plot riding in his wooden \Wheelbarrow. I spent a lot of time recording the Bus numbers by peering over the yellow and green privet hedge in the front garden and on one occasion was set the task of 'Timing' how long it took the Trolleybus to complete the return journey to and from Wells Road / Ransome Road .... Numbers 40 / 47? .... No idea now what the result of that exercise was. Used to walk to Kings Meadow Road to go to the Barbers (Think it was called 'Henry's) and being fascinated by the nodding Guinness Toucan on the shelf and whilst waiting for my traditional ‘short back & sides recall Tanks rumbling by on way to the Gun Factory. At this time I attended the Welbeck School, which was at the top of Queens Walk, a tree lined Avenue, passing the Police Station on the corner of Kirk White Stree, also an expanse of grass area surrounded by very rusty iron railings, which may have been used for Bowls. The school building, I believe, is still there, but now used as offices.
  2. Some memories which cover late 50's and early 60's. Relating to recentish posts on Clifton All Whites and David Pleat. David Pleat lived on Farnborough Road (no 10 or thereabouts) and I went to Mundella School with him. The nearest I got to playing football at his level was in the School team, I cannot recall him playing for any team at Clifton. As I have mentioned before, I played for a Youth team 1962 - 64 (Clifton Y.C. who were based at the Youth Club that was opposite St. Francis Church and we played Home games in the Notts Youth League at Farnborough Road. I was a pupil at Brinkhill and somewhere in the household archives I have a photo of myself and a few other pupils (none of the names I can remember, apart from John Ingram??) plus a teacher, I think was Miss Wright, taken at Harvest Festival in the mid 50's. At Brinkhill, I managed by some incredible piece of luck to pass the 11 plus exam to get to Mundella in 1957 and remember the very long queues of traffic as we were on the Bus towards Wilford and Trent Bridge in the days before Clifton Bridge was built.... Soon learnt to get off at Wilford Corner and walk to school across Toll Bridge... it was quicker than staying on the bus! Did the reverse journey back home, sometimes calling in at my Grandparents who lived in the Meadows, opposite the Toll Bridge gates, next to the Wilford Road Number 40 / 47 Trolley Bus Terminus. This was very convenient in my latter school days when Clifton Bridge was opened to traffic, as the NCT Clifton Bus virtually stopped outside, as it travelled from the Broad Marsh bus station down Queens Drive (now called Queens Walk and the tram route) en route to Clifton. Seem to recall at that time that there were three different Companies operating buses from Clifton... City Transport, South Notts and West Bridgford U.D.C. (They were painted in a brown / cream colour) .... Clear memories of running to catch the bus which had moved off from the stop by jumping onto the open rear entrance and being told off by the Conductor... difficult when carrying a school satchel stuffed with Homework books which should have been completed overnight. Both my younger brothers went to Fairham School, one of them being a fairly regular contributor to Nottstalgia. Sorry to have strayed from the original topic, but I thought I would relate them as I remembered.
  3. Seeing the Memorial Gardens mentioned on recent previous posts made me recall my school days down the Meadoows (Mundella 1957 - 1962). Monday mornings Gym 'lessons' .... First thing we had to do was the so called 'Cross country' run from the school past Trent Bridge school, through the Memorial Gardens (we called them the 'Rock' Gardens) across the Suspension Bridge, turn right, running the gauntlet of the rival school pupils at Becket. carry on at side of theTrent to the old Great Central Railway Bridge at Wilford .... and return. Ok if you were 'sporty' (as I was lucky enough to be) but as I rememberr only half a dozen of us actually completed the weekly course... some of the others only managed to reach the Memorial Gardens, hiding in the arches under the main gates until the rest of us returned and they tagged along. Well they did this until the Sports master of the time (George Hunter) caught them... They didn't do it again!!
  4. Can anyone recall what amounted to a makeshift Cinema at Clifton in the mid fifties? Vague memories of a Large Wooden Hut, situated near to what is now the Tower Block of Flats opposite St. Francis Church, which at that time was a work in progress. (the Church that is). I remember going as a Child to see a Film.... I know it starred Alan Ladd and was about the Canadian Mounties. Must have been the first proper Film I had seen. I don't know whether this was just a 'one off' but I can't remember going again. Lived at Clifton 1953 to 1969 and never knew whether there was any other Cinema on the Estate during that time.
  5. Probably an automatic random dialling system. I get them and I'm an ex Directory number. Cliff ton has the best idea.... If you've got the time play game with them ... tell them anything, they eventually ring off.
  6. Jill Look on Google under Little Theatre, Nottm... Details and picture are there. this is possibly venue you are seeking.
  7. For anyone needing injections in an eye, I can put your mind at rest. I have over the last year had a series of injections in my eye for a retina problem. Like most people probably would be, I was worried about this but the experience was absolutely painless.... A quick swill of anaesthetic in the eye and then an injection, very slight irritation like grit in eye, but that was all. All over 'in the blink of an eye' as it were.
  8. Re: New Manager. How about a consortium of Davies, McLaren, McLeish and Platt?
  9. Lived on Colleymoor Leys Lane 1953 to 1964 .... then Bridgnorth Drive to 1969., both not too far from Rivergreen!
  10. Paul, I remember going to see a concert at Nottm Albert Hall in March 1963. On the Bill were ...Gene Vincent -- John Leyton-- Jet Harris & Tony Meehan -- Patti Brook -- Johnny Temple -- Sammy King & The Voltairs Advertised as 'Popular Concert' .. Balcony Tickets 7s / 6d .... Can't remember the Balcony, I sat in the stalls. Done a bit of research on on Pattii Brook... Apparently she duetted with Cliff Richard on 'The Young Ones'. Can't find anything on Johnny Temple. (apart from an American Blues Artist... assume it wasn't him!! Sammy King from West Yorkshire, regular support artists on Package Tours in early 60's, with such as Beatles, Stones and Roy Orbison.
  11. Cliff Thanks for posting the aerial photo of building. Have recently been seen the renovated building while on Tram. St .Francis Church looks a bit rough, windows broken or boarded up... is it still an active Church? .... Was a choirboy there in 50's, on duty when it was officially opened.
  12. Hi TRD .... Next time you see Dave, ask him if he remembers Malc ... Used to call Him 'Bomber' Heard quite a while ago that Ray had emigrated to Australia. Sorry if in wrong thread, as I said, new to this Site and not fully aware of negotiating around Site yet. Benjamin ... Can't remember playing against Coop Pathfinders but school field you refer to would be the Farnborough School which was separated from Council playing fields by a wire fence.
  13. As a recent member, I have been ploughing through past posts and was interested to see Clifton Youth Club mentioned a few times. I remember The Club which was opposite St Francis Church and adjacent to the site on what is now the High Rise Flats. Behind the Club was an illuminated concrete / tarmac sports area where we played 5 a side football as part of training for the Clifton YC Junior Football team, who were members of the Notts Youth League upto under 18's. (1963 /64) Our home games were played on Farnborough Road playing fields on the pitch immediately opposite the changing rooms. The Team was organised by Bert Perkins and Ken Dudley, the 'trainer', who took great pleasure in running on with the Cold water sponge and bucket to treat any injuries... You didn't stay injured for long!! The cold sponge treatment couldn't have done us any harm as we won the League in 1964. Names I can remember from that time are ... Andy Watt -- Arthur Redgate -- Ray West - Charlie Burrows - David Watts -- Mick Devonport Bob Woolley - Bob Abdy - Trevor White.
  14. Yes, remember the entrance on the corner. I went to Greencroft and Brinkhill .... Don't know why I went to each of them ... Didn't have far to go from Home as we lived on Colleymoor Leys Lane, near to the Park. Left in 1957 to go to Mundella.... Can't remember any of classmate names of that year, although my Brother once sent a photograph of me in one of the classes, taken at Harvest Festival. Would be very interested to learn of any names from that photograh or that era.
  15. Reliably informed by 'er indoors' no relation ....Uncle Alan was from Arnold.