Socram

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About Socram

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  • Birthday 02/26/1946

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  1. Snap! Teesdale took over from Smith. A group of us got grassed by a class member, for nicking one grape each out of the harvest festival baskets due to go to local pensioners. Only time I ever got caned. - at school anyway, though Mrs Williamson did whack me across the shoulders during a basketwork lesson, though I can't remember why. What was worse was that one of the class, who shall be nameless, told his mother about the 'stolen' grapes, who, when at our house, told my Mum that I was one who got caned. Mum exploded (she was very anti theft) and dragged
  2. That would have been Lynne Mason and you must have started with the cubs just after I'd left - for the second time. Pete Mason was awarded the George Medal for rescuing a child from the water at Mapperley Brickyard. Eric might have been Eric Braham and I think he worked with Pete at the garage on Mansfield Rd. A K Austins? Happy to be corrected on all counts as the memory is fading, probably due to advancing years.
  3. Called Bullrush in NZ and yes, banned here. As Paradiddle points out, many a memory, including cubs - climbing a rope attached to the ceiling - and thinking it odd at senior school, that most lads couldn't climb a rope. Derek Ringer, Akela for my time at the 110th - until I got conned into 'helping' him in 1964 - and about two months later, he moved on and left me holding the reins! Once a month Church Parades, and like Paradiddle, an honour to carry the cub flag and later, the scout flag. Some good family friendly sermons - and some terribly bo
  4. Christmas here in NZ - and no Pork Farms pie, which was always a tradition in Nottingham. Slightly salty jelly and peppery pork filling. Ho hum. Dec 27th 1989 dad passed away in his favourite chair - Plains Rd.
  5. I have posted the Eastwood panoramic photograph earlier (March 14th 2018) and Arthur Salmon was on that. I'll scan the teacher section and publish it again later and also the Bramcote teacher section with Eric Fenwick.
  6. I remember Arthur Salmon well and yes, tall and a pipe smoker. I never had him as a teacher. (Eric) Fenwick was Roosevelt housemaster (I was in Roosevelt). He must have had a free period on our games afternoons, as he would often help out the other Eric - Flint, with rugby, certainly that first year. Like most of our year, having grown up in a soccer household; played soccer at junior school; supported Nottingham Forest (or Notts County in my case); the first games lesson at Bramcote grammar in 1957 was rugby What? Teacher's name I think was Hayman. Hated rugby from
  7. Good story Paradiddle! Probably why you never graduated to be a coach. Walking home from Digby Avenue covered in mud and probably cold and wet, wasn't much fun either. Having to replace the leather nogs on the boots, cleaning the boots and then giving them a coating of Dubbin and Dubbin the leather football - lost arts? Mending a puncture in the football and lacing it up again wasn't much fun either. As a goalkeeper, at least heading the ball and getting the lacing on the forehead wasn't an issue, but holding on to a wet slippery ball was. Remember the goalkeeper's w
  8. Not sure of the year but I only recognise 3 faces plus Mr Heal. Back row 4th from right - Simon Wood. Youngest of the Wood clan. I'm guessing at 1960 but would welcome a confirmation. Front row, second left Timothy? lived at the top of Gorse Hill. Front row 7th left, Lynne Mason, younger sister of Pete Mason. Lynne helped me with the 110th Cubs. Parents were very supportive of the scouts.
  9. Elizabeth Bramley's shop as I recall, was not only a doll's hospital, but think she also sold knitting yarns and patterns, but she was also a stockist for Dinky Toys. Back then, Dad used to have the 'Meccano Magazine' monthly and Dinky would produce a new model each month. I think I'd peer in the window, at least once a month just to see the latest offerings. Some were released at the same time as the full sized car. Although they were effectively pocket money toys/models for some, they were out of my price range. Not sure if she also stocked Meccano and Hornby train
  10. Just remembered, Rev Tom Cawthera (sp)was probably the minster after Jones. Amazing what randomly pops into your head. Not sure if we mentioned it before, but Russell's bakery was on the corner of Robinson Rd, opposite Judges. Here n NZ, I long for decent sausages (and Pork Farm's pies!) and remember that we had exclusively, pork sausages, but Judges also used to sell the lesser, beef sausages. Local sausages here are more expensive than skinless chicken breasts - so much or them being a cheap meal. Judges also did massive home made pikelets, tasty Chelsea
  11. What staggers me is coming 6th (out of 20) with just 43 or 44%! That isn't a pass. At GCE time, we subsequently found out that the pass mark had been raised, nationally, so as to limit the number of pupils passing and then presumably wanting to stay on into the sixth form or go on to university. Remember we were post-war boom babies and Uni places were very limited in those days so the same would have applied a year or so earlier and afterwards. According to JHH, Brian Smith was indeed a good youngish maths teacher, but was miffed that when Dr Austwick opted to take
  12. It has gone rather quiet in here lately. I would have thought that with lockdown, maybe a few more ex-pupils would have found the site. Teachers today have it much tougher in many respects than back in 'our day', particularly in terms of reporting. (My son is a teacher in Nottingham and has to do something like 400 reports each time...) This is my Summer 1960 report from ACHS - which makes interesting reading as out of 13 subjects, only 3 teachers added a single word plus one sentence from our form teacher and one from JHH. Subject
  13. I think Rev Widdows followed J B Peet - by far and away the best minister we had. Before that, it might have been Rev Jones, and the Manse back then was on Hazel Grove (23?). Rev Jones had an Austin 10 (?) and occasionally, if he was passing, gave us a lift to Spring Lane Chapel, where we went to Sunday School for too many years - I was introduced by Andy Wood, as they lived at the top of Gedling Lane, before they moved to Imperial Ave, off Westdale Lane. Rev John Peet made his entrance at the annual men's concert, dragging his trousers.... The normal term
  14. Prior to Roy's acquisition of the two double deckers, as I remember, he had 1 Bedford OB coach, on which we travelled to Bramcote 1957. (Maybe he had another for the Eastwood run?) He must have bought the double deckers ready for the 1958/59 school year. Out of the area, but on the way past Wollaton Park on Derby Road, there was a fair sized strip of subsidence in the road and there were a few banged heads, morning and night. Coming home to Mapperley, the drivers opted either for a run at Woodthorpe Drive - steep at the bottom, or Breck Hill, steep at the top. Only Roy himself see
  15. We used to use that route for cub/scout 'tracking'. Tying knots in clumps of long grass, arrows from twigs or stones. Such simple pleasures. One memory is of a Scout open evening, when I was still in cubs, about 1956, held on what was the old railway station area in Woodthorpe Park. I remember either Beverley Abel (son of the butcher, Albert from Mapperley) or Derek Savage, giving a cowboy style rope spinning demonstration. Most impressive. I had two wedding photos with pics on those steps Margie. Neither were blessed with black cats, so maybe we were doomed from t