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THE BLACK COUNTRY MEMORIES CLUB

ST.VALENTINE'S DAY, 2001

On this page we show some of the people who were there and some of the things which happened. There are lots of photos, so it might take a while to download!
Bilston Baptist Church Our meeting was held at the Baptist Church in Prouds Lane, Bilston. We are very grateful to the Rev David Evans and everyone at the Church for letting us hold the meeting in their fine facilities and for all their help. Group of People We are not sure how many people came - we lost count - but it must have been well over 100.  Anyway, our Secretary,Alma Darby, can be seen in red at the front of this group.
In keeping with St. Valentine's Day, members of the church's congregation provided a display of wedding photographs taken at the church. Wedding Photos Mary Mills, from Wolverhampton City Archives, put on a display of a few of their enormous collection of old photos of the city, answered all sorts of questions - and asked a lot too, as part of a survey to find out about people's interest in the Archives. To visit the Archives' web site, click here. Wolverhampton Archives Display
John Hughes Display Somewhere in here is John Hughes, who displayed some of the large collection of photos of the old Black Country which he has collected, and carefully preserved and copied, over many years.  We hope to be able to put some of them on our web site in the future Kath Kiely 's remarkable collection Kath Kiely brought along a remarkable collections of her family memorabilia.  We hope to get her story on this web site quite soon.
Copies of the Club's first book, Black Country Lives, compiled by Tom Larkin, were on sale at Eileen Morgan's table.  But we did not sell them all!  You can still get copies, at only £2.99, direct from Tom or from many local bookshops and newsagents. Eileen Morgan Geoff Brown (Right was showing his three books, which are wonderfully evocative of life in the last century.
Geoff Brown
  Derek Simkiss Chatting
Whilst Derek Simpkiss (Left), seen chatting to Bill Comer, put on a fascinating display about the old Black Country sport of cockfighting.  For more about it, click here. Derek Barratt  Our Treasurer, Derek Barratt (left) enrolled more than 40 members - and we very gratefully received more than £20 in donations.
Tom LarkinLeft Tom Larkin Right Jim Speakman
Two of  The Founding Fathers of The BCMC
Jim Speakman
Mrs Speakman

Following the St. Valentine's Day theme, Mrs. Speakman showed several christening robes, including this one, which has served five generations of her family. For more about it, click here.
Modelling a Coat
For the story of this coat, seen here being elegantly modelled on the lawns outside the church, click here.
Alf & Irene Coburn
Alf and Irene Coburn, two stalwarts who have attended from the very first meeting
A Packed Audience Elaine Gamston  
Trevor Genge gave a laid back slide show,
to packed houses in the both the morning and the afternoon,
 showing slides of old Bilston, Dudley and Wolverhampton.
And definitely not least, Elaine Gamston provided tea, coffee
and snacks all through the day, keeping everyone going through long
sessions of chatting.

THE PEOPLE FROM THE EDGE


Everyone below once worked at Edge Shoes, Bilston.  They were photographed at the Club meeting in Bilston on 14th February 2001
Edith Matthews
Edith Matthews
  Betty Stuart, Joan Vernon, Mary Duggan
Betty Stuart, Joan Vernon, Mary Duggan
  Mary King, Linda Dickson, Rita Henefer, Anita Frumenzi, Mary Hawkins, Sheila Skitt, Bill Barratt
Mary King, Linda Dickson, Rita Henefer, Anita Frumenzi,
Mary Hawkins, Sheila Skitt, Bill Barratt
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