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27th September 2019



St. John's Church taken in 1968



Dated 1907 and posted to Hounslow




The Church cricket team run by Cannon Norman Power.  It is Gerry Rigby’s last match (He is the one being presented with a tankard by Norman Power).   The match was at Metchley Lane (Q.E Hospital in the background). The pub gardens are those of "The Bell" in Harborne.


I look regularly at your great site but I haven't seen any references to St John's Church. This is a bit of a surprise because it played a big part in my early teenage years before my parents and I moved to Bartley Green.


After Norman Power became Vicar in the early 1950s he made an enormous effort to attract people to the Church and there were a lot of activities, including a lively youth club, a football and cricket team and a dramatic group.


I acted in three plays in the early/mid 50s,including "Hay Fever", "Sister Bonaventure" and a play about the Second World War.


I also played in the cricket team for a couple of seasons and this is the photo of the 1953 team taken when we played at Lichfield against the college for training Cof E clergy. The players are: Back row Mick Millward, Ron Davis, Vernon Millington, me, Charles Coates. Middle row: Harry Plevey, Mr Lander, Norman Power, his brother Alan. In Front: Gordon Callarman and Eddie Wheeler.


Does anyone have more memories of the Church and its activities?


David Todd