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Memories of our Meeting, 13 September 2003
"Sport and Recreation" P3

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There was a board about children's games, which included skipping and clapping songs used in Blakenhall in the 1950s, provided by Ang Johnson. Here Sandra Aston demonstrates to another member the layout for hopscotch.  Interestingly, we came across two different payouts. Sandra Aston demonstrates to another member the layout for hopscotch Jim Speakman had done his usual good job in getting publicity for the event in the local press and we were very pleased with the response.  Across the middle of the room we had long tables carrying all sorts of games and toys which members had brought along. Across the middle of the room we had long tables
Assorted Toys and Games .On the far left you can just see the board Reg Aston had made for playing marleys (which is what we called marbles round here) and the wool, cotton reel and pins for corking (which is what we called french knitting round here).  You might also be able to spot the wooden hoop, the tin can telephone, a skipping rope, diabolo, cup and ball, darts, a catapult and some local sporting trophies. Further along the table are Reg's shove ha'penny board, a quoit, Kath's top, a yoyo, a tip cat made by Jim Speakman and a bagatelle table lent by Jenny Lupton  a display of medals awarded to local man Percy Richards We also had a display of medals awarded to local man Percy Richards and a very interesting account, with many photos, of sport at Bilston Girls' High School in the 1950s by Barbara Richards.  One of the score cards showed Barbara playing cricket against Wolverhampton Girls High School and bowling out (for a duck) a girl called Heyhoe.  Now who could that be? We hope to be able to get this story onto this web site one day.  (Sorry about the quality of this photo: the high contrast lighting conditions defeated your reporter's limited skills).
Other sporting memorabilia on show included this set of medals.  The one at the top was awarded for the Bilston Five a Side football competition as long ago as the 1920s. sporting memorabilia on show included this set of medals. This very large and very old photo was brought along by Angela Jones.  It shows the great grandparents of her late husband, Tony. They were from Darlaston and were photographed ready for the wedding of their daughter.  Angela is getting the photo professionally restored. This very large and very old photo was brought along by Angela Jones.

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