Gary Baldy

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Hello - been a lurker a few times on here, and decided to bite the bullet!  Born & bred in Forest Fields, was at FFGS between 1967 & 1972.  Lived in various parts of Nottingham all my life, now settled in Mapperley Park.  Committed Forest fan since 1967.

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Welcome Gary. The bullet takes some biting, but well worth the effort. You'll find loads of info here, and also Reds supporters too.

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Hi all from a not so young newby!

Just found this great forum for all from  Nottingham. Just joined and have enjoyed reading so many posts.

I was born in the Meadows (Briar Street) and went to Bosworth Road Primary and then dare I say Mundella,.

Spend half my time in Nottingham and the other half in Spain where we have a place.

Have wonderful memories of the Meadows and its people, places and especially the great feeling of community, which sadly, seems to be missing today.

Here's a bit of a memory jerker for some of you. I  worked at various FINE FARE branches in Nottingham - do any of you remember or worked at Fine Fare the old advertising line was "

Fine Fare - we're on your side" Branches I worked were Radford Road, Clifton, Wollaton, West Bridgford and Alfreton Road.

Also wonderful memories of Wilford Road, all the old boozers, The Embankment and many more places .

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Welcome Roy, I'm certain you'll find plenty of interest on here, especially from ex Meadows residents.

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Welcome Gary Baldy (Really like your user name) I am an exiled Forest fan down under. Looking forward to your memories.

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Welcome Roy, out of interest, I worked for a shopfitting firm years ago & travelled all over the UK refitting Fine Fare stores, great times !

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A big welcome from me too hope you enjoy reading all sorts of interesting things and sometimes not so interesting but thats what we're about. So many different topics. Enjoy.

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And a welcome Gary and Roy from me as well, look forward to reading your posts, no doubt you both have got some interesting contributions to add.

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Eyup Roy.

 

I went to Monkeydella an’all! Learnt me ‘ow to talk proper

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9 hours ago, Roy Hardy said:

Here's a bit of a memory jerker for some of you. I  worked at various FINE FARE branches in Nottingham - do any of you remember or worked at Fine Fare Branches I worked were Radford Road, Clifton, Wollaton, West Bridgford and Alfreton Road.

 

I remember the Fine Fare at Clifton, near the roundabout on Southchurch Drive.

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There was one near me on Bramcote Lane in Wollaton.  I believe hippogirl worked there as her Saturday job.

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Welcome Gary and Roy. I lived just by Trent Bridge and also went to Mundella, Roy. As denshaw mentions, I remember the tiny Fine Fare on Arkwright St/Radcliffe St corner, formerly a Marsdens I think, ben will know.

 

I worked at the Fine Fare on Central Ave in the evenings when I was at school, be around 1970. The manager was a short red-faced old misery. The assistant manager was ok though, a bit of a laugh, tall bloke called Jim who went on to manage the Hyson Green store.

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcomes! There was a small branch on Arkwright Street, but I never got to that one. The Central Avenue  store was managed by Mr Ashton when I was there

and yes he was a bit of an old grump. Jim the Assistant Manager was also at Radford Road when Terry Brooks was the Manager. He did indeed go on to manage Alfreton Road before moving nearer to home to manage the Eastwood store.

The biggest grump I remember was Mr Bowler at Wollaton - he used to get a siesta every afternoon in the office! That was until the butchers deliberately dropped a metal tray or two:flyswat:!Good old days. I was at Mundella from 62 until 66 when I walked out after having had enough of the elitist attitude of some kids who thought we poor kids should not be there.

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Welcome, Roy.  Many years ago, 1977ish, I worked with a lady whose husband was some kind of manager with Fine Fare. Possibly an area manager. His name was Clive Broome.

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I had a couple of mates who were educated at Mundella, and neither were "posh" typical working lads they were, lost contact with one of them years back the other's in Canada these days, I found him on FB several years back. We all served our elec apprenticeships together with the NCB.

 

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Used to deliver Birds eye etc to all them there fine fares in my day. That was when I worked at SPD..I used to go to alfreton road branch when it worra cinema ! The OrionthumbsupAnd I've probably handled your chest xrays Ayup.

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3 hours ago, Roy Hardy said:

I was at Mundella from 62 until 66 when I walked out after having had enough of the elitist attitude of some kids who thought we poor kids should not be there.

You were at Mundella a year or two before me then, Roy. It's a shame you left feeling that way. Personally, I found all sorts there, a decent proportion were kids from the poorer backgrounds and not so many I'd call especially 'posh'. Some of those lads were a bit snooty but most of us ignored them and took them for what they were, arses. In contrast, as I think back, the 'posh' girls didn't seem to have airs and graces, some lovely ones as I recall.

 

Yes, that was the West Bridgford Fine Fare manager, Ashton! Peculiar bloke, didn't use folk's actual names, for some reason called everyone 'Sab'.

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TBI there were many poorer kids there when I was there and some felt the same as I did .Perhaps it was the rebellious side of me coming to the fore lol. I had a massive crush on a girl in my form called Hilary but her pop was an accountant and she was not so interested in the son of a manual worker from the Meadows working at Raleigh, even though he had been a fire fighter right through the war. But hey ho, life has been good to me so I don't regret my decision and everything I and my good lady have is due not to anyone else but ourselves.

Ashton was a bit peculiar that sums him up. When a customer in WB would ask for some obscure product like lambs tongues in Aspic he would order a case and it would sit on the shelves for ages - bearing in mind that Burtons of Smithy Row as well as Fortnum and Mason were all part of the same group as Fine Fare.

 

The one branch I forgot to mention was Sherwood (which is now Wilko's). I was working there in 71 and used the travel agent ZES Worldwide Travel over the road to book a trip to Venice for us both so that was 71-72.

We very often go for a drive to the Embankment to have a walk and I always drive past what is left of Mundella and it brings memories which are not all bad. St Faith's church next door was where my sis got married in 54 ( I was too little and disruptive to be taken lol) and they used to have a youth club called the Santa Fe - anyone remember?

Beekay - SPD - Speedy Prompt Deliveries if I recall correctly? I remember filling those blinkin freezers without any gloves!! If you had your mitts on my X rays keep the results  safe :mellow:

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Roy Hardy, as your specialist subject seems to be shops in Nottingham, I hope you've found a couple of old threads which cover the subject in considerable depth, courtesy of our resident expert(s).

 

https://nottstalgia.com/forums/topic/8783-farrands-marsdens-maypole-dewhurst-etc/?

 

https://nottstalgia.com/forums/topic/15416-vanished-shops/?

 

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18 hours ago, Roy Hardy said:

We very often go for a drive to the Embankment to have a walk and I always drive past what is left of Mundella and it brings memories which are not all bad. St Faith's church next door was where my sis got married in 54 ( I was too little and disruptive to be taken lol) and they used to have a youth club called the Santa Fe - anyone remember?

 

Have you noticed this old thread about Santa Fe ?   https://nottstalgia.com/forums/topic/19-santa-fe-st-faiths-club-mundella-road-the-meadows/?

 

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HIya Cliff Ton

Thanks for pointing me in the right directions. As a newcomer here it is taking some time to get to know all the various postings and threads. Hope I don't appear boring by bringing up threads which have been on the forum for a long time.

There is so much on this great site to take in so I hope you and the rest of posters will be patient lol. I read the thread about the Santa Fe and remembered an old work mate of mine called Steve " Spud" Tainton who was known as The Blue Beat Boy by our West Indian mates as he had a fantastic collection of ska and reggae.

Thanks again Cliff - appreciated.

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