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1st December 2020

Memories of Kim McKenzie - nee Green

 

I went to Nelson Street School until 1974 my name was Kim Green back then. I remember Mr England being the Head Teacher - a real larger than life character, he kept rabbits and a gerbil at school - both kept escaping.  Miss Bates took over as head when he retired.  Mr Gill came out of retirement to be a part time Deputy Head, he was a very gentle caring man, quietly spoken.  I loved his assemblies listening to him read David Copperfield stories and tell us about Jesus. He would also tell us how during the war he would buy shoes for children who couldn’t afford them.

 

Miss Bottomley would play the piano and Mrs Kilby was a drama teacher, she gave me the part of John The Baptist (even though I was a girl) and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with Country Dancing.  Some other teachers I remember were Mrs Lamb, Miss Wetherall, Miss Jensen (all in the infants). 

 

In the juniors I was taught by Miss Redmond, I remember when she was teaching us about money, she set up a little shop. Amongst other things in the shop there was a packet of sweets which went missing one day and she was able to tell who had eaten them because of the colour of their tongue.

 

I had Mr Dawes for two years, he had our class gripped when he read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to us, he was very funny and would really get into character. Following in the theme of the book we each painted a Umpah Lumpah and he would move them around the wall in a race depending on how well we were doing with our spelling tests.

 

Mr Jones was my teacher in my final year there, I remember him teaching us the words to Mary’s Boy Child for us to sing for our final Christmas there. I also enjoyed a game he used to play with us where he gave us a letter of the alphabet and we had to think of as many animals as we could beginning with it.

 

Mrs Harris was the Secretary, but she also taught us needlework and she would tell us about her son who was a Canadian Mountie, she had a photo of him on the back of her office door.

 

The caretaker was Jack Wooten a lovely friendly man with a smile for everyone. We gave him our budgie who absolutely loved him, and he would walk around with him on his shoulder.

 

Children who I remember being there at the same time as me were Carmen Gaynor, Debbie Field, Elaine Johnson, Lorraine Moore, Lorraine Robinson, Amina Ahmed, Enid Gutzmore, Josephine Footes, twins Erica and Veronica Easy, Jackie Williams or Williamson, Jenny Edmunds, Carol Bolton, Jackie Allen, Stephen Ballinger (he was super intelligent. His Mum and Dad had the Sweet/Woolshop on Springhill), Troy Chapman, Carl Bailey, Brian Hibbits, Carlton Price, Trevor and Andrew Barnes, Michael Tieney who had an older brother Peter who lost an eye because of someone throwing a stone, Earle Steer, Ricky and Mark Codling, Kim Weaver, Julie Swingler, Malcolm Bird, Austin Bishop….

 

My Gran was a cleaner there for a few years and my Auntie Jane (Mrs Moore) later became a dinner lady there when my cousins Sharon and Merrill went to Nelson.

 

Some great memories of my time there.

 

There is also a photo on your Nelson Street School section that was put on 9th April 2017 asking if we know the names of anyone in the photo.

 

I recognise the twins who are both wearing a green dress.

 

The one second from the left without a cardigan is Veronica Easy and her sister fourth from the left wearing a cardigan is Erica Easy.

 

 

16th June 2019

Memories of Lorraine Williams - nee Giblen

 

Hi Mac, thank you for keeping your wonderful history going of Ladywood.

 

I was born in Barker Street - Lorraine Giblen - my nick name was Lol.

 

 I remember my first day at Nelson Street Infant School, my teacher was Miss Coupland, a lovely person and I loved her class. I remember the pink and white wooden house shaped bricks and all the things to play with, happy times, moving up through the school into Miss Cutlers class, she was my father’s teacher also.  I went into her class after dinner time talking and had to stand under the clock for detention, after a while I went home, I think she must have forgot I was there.  She would play with all the children in the playground, who's afraid of the big bad wolf.

 

Mr Lubbock was headmaster at the time, Mr Robert`s and Mr Brooks were teachers.  The school celebrated British Empire Day some children dressed in traditional dress representing some of the commonwealth countries. No homework every day was play time.  Mr Brooks was living in Sutton Coldfield a few years ago and asked pupils to get in touch.

 

Some of the boys and girls in my class at the time, Jeff Lawlor, David Hill, Archie Hunt, John Ashley, David Kempson, Terry Walton, Teddy Burke, Carol Barnett, Carol Biddle, Brenda Lewis, Jean Bolton, Jean Southall, Susan Plant, Veronica Gibbs Pauline Gaul, 

 

Regards Lorraine Williams

 

9th April 2017

 

 

 

Nelson Street School, possibly 1969 or 1971

 

Do you know any of the names?

 

Photograph copyright/courtesy of Lynn Fielding

 

17th March 2016

 

Newspaper cutting from The Ladywood Quarterly, 1985

 

10th November 2015

 

Nelson Street Junior & Infant School

 

 Middle Row, 5th from left, MAUREEN BATES

The girl on the middle row sixth from the left, I think that it could be Jean Ward

 

Stan Humphreys is on the back row far left

 

Photograph courtesy of Judy and Bryan Bates

 

24th June 2015

Please find attached an old photo of Nelson St School circa 1959/60 - I am front row second from left.

Alan Vaughan

 

Back Row – Peter Tuke, Timothy Higgs, NK, NK, Paul Gasby, Joseph Foyle, David Dunn, Michael Owen, Adalat Khan.

 

Front Row – Brian Crisp, Alan Vaughan, ? Butler, Robert Evans, NK, NK, NK.  I believe the teacher was Mr Griffiths

 

Thanks to Brian Crisp for this information

 

24th November 2013

Memories of Chris Bird

 

I went to Nelson Street School from 1946/7 until 1953. Mr. Lubbock was the headmaster and I remember Miss Coupland, Mr. Griffiths and Mr. Brett.

 

Mr. Brett taught Class 1, the final year. He always seemed to wear the same outfit: a tweed jacket, which had leather elbow patches, corduroy trousers and brown brogues. He was an excellent teacher and was responsible, largely, for enabling me to pass the 11+.

 

I went to George Dixon Grammar School in City Road, Edgbaston.

 

The school in Nelson Street had a timber yard as a neighbour, one day we found a finger in the playground! Someone had got too close to the power saw.

 

Fellow pupils I can remember are: Barbara Law, Harry Ward, Tommy Clutterbuck, Maurice Pemberton, Reginald Hall, Phyllis Luke, Harvey ?

 

Chris Bird

 

Memories of Jeff Lawlor

 

I went to Nelson Street School in 1953 and remember Mr Brookes, Mr Roberts, Mr Lubbock the Head, and the new Head John England who on one assembly gave everybody a Penny coin and tried to learn us how to flip it for heads or tails, after this lesson he sent all the teachers down the aisle’s to collect these coins, needless to say a few got lost (Jammie dodgers cost a penny at break time and times were hard!), needless to say he never tried the flip again!

 

Jeff Lawlor

 

 

18th June 2012 (Response 11th July 2012)

 

Nelson Street Junior & Infant School

 

 

This photo is Nelson Street School, about 1950-51.

My dad's name is Paul Ventham and is on the middle row third from the left.

He lived at 5/101 Nelson Street with his parents Fred Ventham and Doris Green, also living on Nelson Street were his grandparents, Paul Green and Florence Lacey

with their other children, Harold, Rose and Elizabeth.

Can anyone put names to the faces on the photo or do they remember the family.

 

RESPONSE

I often look on your Ladywood website.  Recently I looked at a picture of Nelson Street School with a message from the daughter of Paul Ventham.  My parents Joe and Win Raybone lived at l03 Nelson Street and my dad was a good friend of Fred Ventham.  I remember the name well.  Sadly my dad passed away 5 years ago and my mom passed away 2 months ago.  I was born at l03 Nelson Street in 1956 and have two older sisters, Pat born in l952 and Anne born in 1948.  As a small child I also remember the names, Rosie and Lizzie Green, who also lived in Nelson Street.  Dad always talked about our life in Nelson Street and up until mom died, she had a fantastic memory and used to mention other neighbours from Nelson Street.  I think your dad would remember our family.  Also my aunt and uncle lived at the top of Nelson Street, Alice and Harry Raybone.  Their son, my cousin Barry, who I think is about l3 years older than me, your dad would remember too.

 

Sue Roddis (daughter of Joe and Win Raybone)

 

12th December 2011

 

Nelson Street Junior & Infant School

 

 Middle Row, 5th from left, MAUREEN BATES

 

Stan Humphreys is on the back row far left

 

Photograph courtesy of Judy and Bryan Bates

 

10th May 2011

Nelson Street Junior & Infant School

1960

 

Attached is a picture taken about 1960 at Nelson Street School.

I am at the back far right.

 

Perhaps your readers can fill in the missing names and give corrections.

(Apologies for any names that I have got wrong)

 

I was brought up at 3/31 Shakespeare Road with my siblings George, Keith and Yvonne and after Nelson Street, I went to Follet Osler until 1963. when we were moved to Sheldon.

 

 

 

 Left to right

BACK ROW    ? ,? ,John Ward, Alan Timms,Me

FRONT ROW  ? , ? , Robert Sweet , ?

MIDDLE ROW  ? , ? , John Worthington, ?

 

Kind Regards, John Hodgetts

 

Nelson Street Junior & Infant School,1961

Back row - John Worthington, Graham Ford,  ?  , John Ward, Graham Waring, Alan Timms, Me, Teacher Mrs Ford

Middle row - Billy Shepherd, Alan Jones, Philip Hill, John Clouds, James Cruise, Alan Wakefield,

Front row  -Brian Hall, Robert Street, Robert Kempson, Dennis Bait, Michael Plant

 

Kind Regards 

John Hodgetts

Please find attached an old photo of Nelson St School circa 1959/60 - I am front row second from left.

 

Alan Vaughan

Memories of William Workman

Nelson Street School 1955

 

Memories of John Evans

The first two are for Nelson Street school taken in 1933 and are of my dad and uncle, Bill and Ron Evans

 

Memories of Chris Bird

 

I went to Nelson Street School from 1946/7 until 1953. Mr. Lubbock was the headmaster and I remember Miss Coupland, Mr. Griffiths and Mr. Brett.

 

Mr. Brett taught Class 1, the final year. He always seemed to wear the same outfit: a tweed jacket, which had leather elbow patches, corduroy trousers and brown brogues. He was an excellent teacher and was responsible, largely, for enabling me to pass the 11+.

 

I went to George Dixon Grammar School in City Road, Edgbaston.

 

The school in Nelson Street had a timber yard as a neighbour, one day we found a finger in the playground! Someone had got too close to the power saw.

 

Fellow pupils I can remember are: Barbara Law, Harry Ward, Tommy Clutterbuck, Maurice Pemberton, Reginald Hall, Phyllis Luke, Harvey ?

Memories of Jeff Lawlor

 

I went to Nelson Street School in 1953 and remember Mr Brookes, Mr Roberts, Mr Lubbock the Head, and the new Head John England who on one assembly gave everybody a Penny coin and tried to learn us how to flip it for heads or tails, after this lesson he sent all the teachers down the aisle’s to collect these coins, needless to say a few got lost (Jammie dodgers cost a penny at break time and times were hard!), needless to say he never tried the flip again!  

 

Photograph courtesy of Mrs. P. Kent

Photograph courtesy of Mrs. P. Kent

 

NELSON STREET CHOIR

Kenneth Collins who was born in Ladywood

Photograph courtesy of Mrs. P. Kent

Main specs

Title: Opera Choruses

Kompositör: Gioachino (Antonio) Rossini (1792 - 1868); Giuseppe (Fortunino Francesco) Verdi (1813 - 1901); Pietro Mascagni (1863 - 1945); Giacomo (Antonia Domenico Michele Secondo Maria) Puccini (1858 - 1924); (Domenico) Gaetano (Maria) Donizetti (1797 - 1848)

Main Performer: Biancamaria Casoni (Mezzo soprano); Ruggero Raimondi (Bass); Pauline Tinsley (Soprano); Kenneth Collins (Tenor); David Hughes (Tenor)

Orchestra / Ensemble(s): Ambrosian Opera Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden Choir

Releasedatum: 08/1992

Label / Distributor: Studio Plus / EMI

Antal delar i set: 1

Speltid: 1 hour 6 minutes

Genre(s): Stage works

Producent: Ronald Kinloch Anderson

SPAR Code: ADD

Catalogue Number: 764356

Alvaro is sung by Birmingham-born Kenneth Collins. He graduated from the chorus at Covent Garden to sing many Verdi roles with Welsh National Opera and English National Opera before debuting at New York City Opera and later at the Maggio Musicale in Florence as Radames in Aida. Whilst he has not the capacity of Bergonzi to ravish a Verdian phrase, he sings strongly and his Alvaro is suitably agonised in La vita e inferno at the start of act 3

 

THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Kenneth Collins (1958-60)

[Born Birmingham 21 Oct 1935]

Tenor Kenneth Collins served in the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus from June 1958 until July 1960, giving one performance in the small part of Francesco in The Gondoliers on June 28, 1960. After leaving the Company he went on to a long and successful career in grand opera, appearing in leading roles as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and at major opera houses throughout the world.

Collins has made numerous recordings and is featured as Manrico in the 1983 Australian Opera video production of Il Trovatore, opposite Joan Sutherland.

 

 

NELSON STREET CHOIR

Nelson Street School Male Choir, unknown date (Photograph by Birmingham Post and Mail)

Front row - Arthur Hands (3rd from right)

Second row - Bill Hands (first right)

Back row - Peter Astley (5th from right); Mr. Collins (6th from right);

Conductor and Pianist unknown

Photograph courtesy of Mrs. P. Kent

Nelson Street, 1896

Photograph courtesy of David Evans

Nelson Street, 1931

Photograph courtesy of David Evans

 

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