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21st March 2017

Memories of Alan Beet

 

RESPONSE TO THIS POSTING -

Hi

I've just been looking on the web page Old Ladywood.

 

I clicked on Barford Road School and photos of a reunion 2006 came up. I remember my dad attending this.

 

My dad Don Newport (who sadly passed away last April at the age of 86) is the gentleman wearing a white shirt and grey trousers holding a walking stick.

 

Don Newport was born in Grosvenor Street West in 1929 and he and his family moved to Camden Street. Dons grandfather was James Barrett, also known as Professor James Ware... A self-taught professional conjurer also lived in Camden Street with his wife Sarah.

 

Kate Newport

 

 

 

The two men are Roy Edwards on the left and my uncle Al Henderson on the right.  They were born in 1932 and attended Barford.

 

They constantly bragged of their lifelong friendship.  Both born within months of each other, grew up very close to each other (Al in Marroway Street and Roy in Icknield Port Road opposite).

 

Ironically, they passed away also in months of each other during 2014.

 

 

Photographs courtesy of Alan Beet and are copyright

 

If you know the names of any of the other people, please let me know?

 

18th February 2015

 

 

 

Just found this photo of Barford Road School 1955.

 

Twins Brian and Tony Dean, 2nd row from bottom, from left Brian and Tony 4th and 5th.

 

Top row Terry Bach 5th.

  

Regards

Tony Dean

 

31st October 2014

I would to find some old school friends from Barford Road Boys’ School, I was there from 1959 to 1963

 

Ron Gibbs

 

30th December 2013

 

 

29th October 2012

Courtesy of Harry Swain

 

 

11th September 2012

 

I came across your site while looking on the Internet for photos of the area I lived in as a child.  I was born in Dudley Road Hospital (now known as City Road Hospital).  I lived at 6/42 Coplow Street and I went to Barford Road Junior and Infant school.  There is a photograph on your site taken of some of the Reception class pupils in 1961 (sent in by Alan Beet I think).

 

I am the girl with the short dark hair sitting down on the left.  My name back then was Angela Smith. I remember Miss Johnson well.  I also remember a teacher by the name of Mrs. Kershaw and a Mr. Williams.  I think the girl sitting with her back facing the shot was Julie Henderson.

 

A brilliant site - brought back a lot of memories!

 

A. Bryan

 

 

23rd April 2012

Barford Road Intermediate XI

Do you know anyone on this photograph?

 

 

Do you know anyone on this photograph or the date it was taken?

 

 

12th December 2011

Barford Road Infants' Group

If you look at the earlier photographs, were all the classrooms the same or did they just use one classroom for the photographs?

 

 

26th March 2011

Barford Road 1948-49

 

Football Team 1948-49

Photographs courtesy of Alan Pointon

 

 

Barford Road Infants School, Group 13

 

 

Barford Road Infants School, Group 8

 

 

Is this the same group as the one below from Maurice Sheppard?

 

Some of the children look the same, but are they?

 

 

Around six years ago, my late wife borrowed a photograph album that belonged to her cousin Derek Dorman, who also passed away in his 80th year two weeks ago.

 

Amongst the many photographs of people that I don't recognise was this one of Barford Road Infants School, taken I think around about 1910. I'm pretty sure that amongst the pupils will have been Ambrose John Dorman (1903-1990), the aforementioned Derek's father. However, so far no other identification has come to light.

 

Kind regards,

 

Maurice Sheppard in sunny Crete

 

16th June 2010

This photo was taken in 1961 of Reception Class of Barford Primary School

 

 

Mrs. Johnson was the teacher.

 

I am the boy with the specs and I think to my left is a boy called Frank Lyons.

Alan Beet

 

 

This photo was taken in 1961 of Reception Class of Barford Primary School.

 

Mrs. Johnson was the teacher.

 

I think I am the blonde boy 2nd from the left with his back to the camera.

 

Alan Beet

 

Around six years ago, my late wife borrowed a photograph album that belonged to her cousin Derek Dorman, who also passed away in his 80th year two weeks ago.

 

Amongst the many photographs of people that I don't recognise was this one of Barford Road Infants School, taken I think around about 1910. I'm pretty sure that amongst the pupils will have been Ambrose John Dorman (1903-1990), the aforementioned Derek's father. However, so far no other identification has come to light.

 

Kind regards,

 

Maurice Sheppard in sunny Crete

 

 Barford Road

Teacher - Mr. Martin

Back row from left - Moutney Williams, Peter Marriner, Causer, Welsh, Morrise, Keith Bennet

Next row from left - Peter Humphreys, Leigh, Martin, Walton, Terry Charles Theo Hughes, Evans, Morby

Next row - Archer, Dukes, Powell, Raybould, Keedwell, Maurice White, Gibbs, Harrison, Davis

Front - myself, Stan Humphreys, Wane Ward, Carpinter, Green, South, Bailey, Roberts, Bailey

 

This photo on your website of Barford Road, has my uncles on the front row.

They were the twins seated in the middle.

Their names were Peter and John Hodgetts from Marroway Street,

unforunately they have both passed away.

 

All the best George Hodgetts 

Barford Road Infants School

What a shame they aren't smiling!

1954

Can you identify the missing people?

The person seated extreme right is Dave Avery he has his hands clasped between his legs

 

Back Row left- right

First three unknown then Dave Parry, Ken Lloyd, Bob Beard, Bill Whelan, Barry Tenby

 

4th row left-right

Phil Jordon, next two unknown, John Merriman, John Underhill, Willmot Richardson, Brian Timmings, Francis Northall, Pete Bennett

 

3rd Row right-left

First two unknown, Mike Smith, unknown, Tom Mcgarry, 3 unknown, Ken Green, Ron Bird, John Whitehouse, Brian Clarke

 

2nd row seated

John Francis, 2 unknown, Mr Peasnall, Barry Welch, Frank Thornhill, Mr Kingscote, John Newby, Dave Avery

 

Seated on floor right -left

Gordon Phillips, the rest unknown

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Frank Thornhill

 

Barford Road School - Staff photograph 1967-68

Photograph courtesy of Hazel Claridge

The Head teacher was Mrs Dovey and she is in the centre of the front row, Mr. Neville Amos is directly behind her.  Second to Mrs. Dovey's right is Mrs. Kershaw and 4th right from Mr. Amos is Mrs. Jackson, Dinner Lady (additional information courtesy of Alan Beet. The man to her left is the deputy head Mr Partridge.  I was Miss Dodson and I am front right one from the end looking very prim in my first teaching post! 

I think the woman at the other end of the row is Miss Rose and I think the man behind Mrs Dovey is Mr Neville but I can’t be sure. 

 

In the background you can just glimpse some of the flowers and trees that Mrs Dovey was responsible for introducing to the school.  She was president of the Birmingham rural studies association and was responsible for building up a sort of city farm at the school.  We had large numbers of animals including my classes’ gerbils which escaped and lived free range in the school and a large number of chickens which all turned out to be cockerels and caused mayhem! 

The school also had a very large and enthusiastic brass band in those days.

 

Picture courtesy of Michael Spittle

Football Team 1954

Cricket Team 1953-54

1954

Photograph courtesy of Frank Thornhill

 

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