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About Socram

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  1. Most of you will have a school photograph, taken by 'H Tempest Ltd'. Reputed to be the most successful and largest schools' photographers in the country. Although they had offices/photographers all over the country, head office was the Mundella Works, next to Mundella school and employed well over 100 staff. They also had a small satellite processing unit at Radcliffe-on-Trent I seem to remember. Dad started working for Horace Tempest May 1946 and was there until he retired. (He would have been 105 today, bless him.) They also did Industrial and Aerial photography as Horace was a keen pilot and was still flying at 80. In January 1958, Horace moved the main processing from the Mundella Works, down in the Meadows, to a mansion at Hayle, Cornwall - complete with his own golf course and airstrip. Whilst many of the Nottingham staff also moved to Cornwall, Horace failed to persuade dad to run the Cornwall operation, (the family voted against it!) so he stayed in Nottingham with a skeleton staff. One of Mr T's favourite employees (say no more) and ours, eventually married well to a local coach company owner I think. I thought he was destined to be the Mayor of St Ives, but I can't confirm that. Lovely lady though and certainly our best looking baby sitter! Dad was effectively Production manager so here's a bit of trivia for Nottingham Forest fans. On the front of the Forest programme was often an aerial shot of the City Ground. When they produced their Centenary book, that aerial photograph was on the front cover. If you put on your reading glasses or take a magnifying glass, in the terraces at the bottom of the photograph, you'll see a tiny white cross. That is where dad usually stood - when he wasn't at Meadow Lane that is...
  2. After celebrating the Queen's Coronation, June 2nd 1953, there was a fancy dress line up at Mapperley Plains School a day or two later. We were all presented with a small bible to commemorate the event. I can name a few: 2nd left - Ballerina Jean Lightbown I think. They moved away before finishing school. 4th left - Nurse 1 - Judith Severn, I day younger than me... 5th left - Nurse 2 - may be Janice North? 8th left - Tahitian maid - Sasha(?) Osborne 9th left - 'Little Boy Blue' - Green... 12th left - Cowboy - Pete Scales Far right - Pirate - Alan Marks
  3. Dr Foy's daughter Vivienne was my Scottish Country Dance partner at ACHS. I believe she also became a GP and married another ex ACHS Pupil. A regular attender at the occasional mini-ACHS reunions. Before the newer houses were built on Maltby Road, at the Somersby Road end, we used to dig build dens, build little fires in them and try and cook baked potatoes - with very little success I might add...
  4. As we never did metalwork at Bramcote, (the metalwork shop wasn't ready) just woodwork with Mr Laker, so I don't think Tomlinson had much time for us at all as 3rd years, knowing nothing and I never did get a grasp of metalwork of any sort. For our 4th and 5th year, at ACHS, I don't think we even had the option - in fact, our choices seemed to be irrelevant and we just took the subjects we were told to do. From memory, Tomlinson was the only teacher heard to swear, when one hapless pupil instead of cutting a square piece of copper from the corner of a larger sheet, for some strange reason, cut it out of the middle! Rather baffling that in those final 2 (GCE) years, the Arts side were denied music (not that we were too bothered), but those studying sciences could do it. We never did technical drawing either. Having scored my best science mark in Biology, in the 3rd year, (a rare pass!) quite why it got dropped in favour of Physics with Chemistry as my 1 science subject, for the 4th and 5th is yet another ACHS mystery.
  5. Went several times to see Chris Barber's Jazz band. His long time clarinet/sax player, John Crocker was from West Bridgford. Several recordings were made there too and are still available such as of the Ken Colyer Band.
  6. So sad to hear about the passing of Jim Briers. This is an extract of the book I started so many years ago, regarding French at Bramcote: The comedians in the class and those who were a bit more cheeky than I dared to be, would see Jim Briers in the distance and at the top of their voices would yell out "Jeeeem", or use one of those funny noises that teenaged boys seem to delight in. Ours resembled the squawk of a half strangled duck. Having delivered this yell, (commonly referred to as "wick, wick, wick....") the guilty and one or two innocents not wishing to be caught would then duck (how appropriate) or hide. Poor Jim probably knew roughly who the culprits were but couldn't really do much about it - normally. During our second year, we were waiting in a fairly orderly group, waiting to enter the locked but now functioning physics lab just after lunch, whilst Jim was teaching in an adjacent classroom. One or two of our number would sidle up to the door and adapting a line from the Everly Brothers song, would yell out, "Jimmy is a joker - he's a bird......" and then scamper back to the main group. After about the fourth instance of this cheek, an irate and red faced Jim came steaming out of the classroom, just as one of the stragglers arrived at the group. This unfortunate straggler, my pal and buddy of many years, Dick Warsop (again) was of course one of the known cheeky ones. Despite his protested innocence and much to the delight of the group, young Warsop copped a clip around the ear with the words, "Warsop. I might have known it was you...." It probably made up for the many times that it was him. **** We really did think a lot of him and many years later, he admitted that whilst our mob were cheeky, there was never any malice and he could probably recall all our names, but he wasn't too impressed with the pupils he had to put up with in later years.
  7. Hillside Garage/Sharpes, looking across to Somersby Road. Difficult to date this but a giveaway might be the right rear mudguard of the pre-war car, painted white, which was a wartime requirement as cars couldn't use lights. The overalled figure with petrol hose in hand is Jack Horde, so this could be post war. Petrol at 1/5 a GALLON!
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    Chris Ashley

    Just tripped over this. Graham Knight was best man at my (previous!) wedding in 1978; so sad when he passed away not too long ago. I left Nottingham for NZ, January 1983. Imagine my surprise when I switched the radio on, the day I started work in NZ, to hear a familiar voice. However, 'Chris Ashley' wasn't the name he used in NZ. If I remember correctly, he was known as 'Barnsy' and shared a programme with 'Loosehead Len', who is still around in NZ as a sports journalist and under his real name of Phil Gifford. I'm not sure how long he stayed, but I'm sure I may have met him once. Back with Radio Trent, I remember Chris Ashley being very disparaging about motorsport not being a sport at all, with guys just sitting down and pressing a pedal or two, twiddling a gear stick and occasionally steering (he was an avid Brighton soccer supporter as I recall). As any real enthusiast will know, the level of fitness demanded of a top racing driver is often way above that of most other sports, so a local driver (it might have been the late Mick Hill?), took him for a few hot laps at Donington - and scared him witless! He had a lot more respect for racing drivers after that - which is a typical of sports commentators who have had a similar experience. Small world, as Alex Belfield is one of my son's buddies.
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    60's wireless memories

    I seem to remember Mondays at school, that between us, we could just about put together Round the Horne! Nothing however, could ever equal the Goon Show, which was probably as much a 1950's as a 1960's programme. Probably also 1950's rather than 60s, was 'Smokey Mountain Jamboree' a genuine Country & Western programme, complete with the occasional yodel.
  10. Thanks Paradiddle. That is where your mum first met your dad as she needed the tyres pumping up on her bike and he helped out there! I think that before Roy Sharpe took over, it was managed by Jack Horde, who lived in the house shown. Roy Sharpe had a new house/bungalow built to the left of the garage - demolished when Speeds (Volvo) took over. I think they went to live in South Africa. His parents lived next door to Beardsley's of fish and chip shop fame.
  11. The Doctor's surgery (Carson & Lock) was right on Woodborough Road itself and probably the only house we spared from 'doorbell ringing' on the way home from cubs. Oh what little rascals we were! Didn't really enjoy going to the Docs, not because of the problems, but of the long waits. It was shock to get to NZ, as Dr lock was always immaculately turned out with dark three piece suit with white shirt and sober tie. My (current!) wife introduced me to her GP, who was dressed in shorts, open necked shirt and sandals. He used to live on Private Road Mapperley and had a practice in Hyson Green or Radford! Needless to say, he lapsed into Nottingham speak and we always got on like a house on fire. The surgery was almost opposite the new KFC which was initially the site of Frank Sytner's first garage/showroom, before he headed into the City as a full time BMW dealer. Seeing a Ferrari Daytona (BTV 4 K) outside his place in Mapperley was a lift from the usual Vauxhalls, Austins and Fords and I managed to grab a pic. Dr Lock performed my 1982 medical for entry to NZ - but not at the surgery. Dr Foy's daughter, Vivienne, went to ACHS and was my Scottish Country Dance partner. I think she too became a Doctor (should have retired by now!) and married another ACHS pupil - and I have caught up with them at mini ACHS reunions. I collected my weekly copy of Motoring News from Twigdons for my last three years in the UK, plus the monthly Motorsport, Classic & Thoroughbred Cars.
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    Another Police Series?

    Read all of the Charlie Resnick books. Most I have read twice - which is a rarity for any fiction. Having left Nottingham 1983 (though I have been back many times) John Harvey's writing always brought back much of the feeling of the City. They need to be read in sequence but all are extremely readable. He's a Notts County supporter too, though his love of jazz is the more modern rather than my preferred traditional.
  13. Some of the shops and establishments on Woodborough Road, north of Porchester in the 1950's. Not all and I know there was at least one other green grocers. Reg Leafe the butchers - football referee I believe Frudd's - plumbers? Dr's Carson, Lock etc. Was it Twigdens newsagents or was that the one at the top of Westdale Lane? Judges - bakery and groceries and the Post Office The 'Clinic' - where we all got our pre school smallpox jab and that disgusting cod liver oil - and small bottles of orange juice to avoid rickets. A Vauxhall garage corner of Breck Hill? Elizabeth Bramley's toy shop - where I'd gaze monthly at the brand new Dinky Toy releases that I couldn't afford, but were in Dad's Meccano Magazine. Russells cake shop/bakery The barber. Brown coat, miserable as sin, slow, short back and sides only. Yuck. Hated that regular visit. Albert Abel - butcher. Lovely chap and stalwart of Mapperley Methodist Church. Beardsleys Fish & Chip shop. Cooked in lard and Mrs B did the best mushy peas. Beautiful haddock (straight from Grimsby) or plaice to order. Bailey's green grocers Dry cleaning shop A builder's yard Gilberts Tea Gardens - before the self service Co-op. Fresh fish shop Burrs the Opticians A C Butler - builder. (Gordon Butler's sister married Jim Briers of ACHS). There might have been a Co-op grocer's before the supermarket, but I'm a bit hazy about that. Dewhirst butchers Marsden's Grocers Trustee Savings Bank - still there Scales, Green Grocers - Pete Scales was in our class at school. Jewellers - can't remember the name Pickerings - who ran the chemist's shop. Dentist. Doctor (Foy?). A violin teacher - sounded like torture. Then there was a sweet shop almost next to the school - aniseed balls ten for 1d, or 4 blackjacks for a 1d. MIss Wrath - piano teacher - or another torturer depending on your love or otherwise of classical music. The police house. Remember the Glenn's, a bit later on. Dewsbury's newsagents and bakery. Best fresh wholemeal bread and hot cross buns ever. What was Butlers (Jill was also in our class at school - a fellow Pinks Disease survivor) then to Wainmans - yet another green grocers. Roys Motors, or better known as (Roy) Sharpe's garage. (If anyone has any photos of Roy's buses, would dearly like a copy.) Piano tuner opposite the garage - but can't remember his name. Worsley's dairy - run out of what could best be called an outhouse. Tiny one person outfit, right next to... Wardles garage, then to Chick Wheelhouse, garage and car sales. Tree Tops - but used to be a (Spencers?) farm alongside who grazed his cattle on Crossland's fields, behind. Our playground. Gedling Miner's Welfare - where several of us used to get chased off by the groundsman - or we played football on the practice pitch. No doubt there are a fair few gaps in that list and hopefully, someone will fill them in, but as this relates back to the 1950's, memory lapses are acceptable. Maybe I should also post it in the 1950's thread?
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    Which Photo Shop?

    And when you were younger when the Nottingham air was smoggy, before anyone other than a pro had a zoom lens, when fatties were a rarity, you can now make those perfect photographs even better!
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    Analogue Camcorder

    Not sure, but I think there are devices that take the tapes directly and will convert to digital without needing to use the camera. Try a Google search. I have 2 Sony camcorders, but they take different sized tapes! The problem is recording in real (analogue) time, which obviously takes forever in this digital world - then you have to edit.