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150th Anniversary Church Archives:

Joan key is the daughter of Prebendary Alan Barker, who was vicar of St. John’s from 1941 to 1952.  She has kindly donated these photographs to our archives. The notes with the photographs are mostly taken from  annotations on the back of the pictures.

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1. Miss Kathleen Bland
Ran the Sunday School

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1b. Miss Kathleen Bland
Ran the Sunday School

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2. Miss Pointon.
Helped to run the Sunday School with Miss Kathleen Bland. A very gentle and sincere person from what I remember.

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3. Garden Fete 1943
According to the newspaper report over 2000 people attended. – (Burton Observer 8 July 1943)
L to R — Mr Poole, Mr Fred Harrison (or vice versa), Alan Barker, Mrs Thompson, Councillor Mr Thompson, Gwen Barker (with me), Derek Knight (curate)

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3b. Garden Fete 1943
According to the newspaper report over 2000 people attended. – (Burton Observer 8 July 1943)

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4. Garden Fete year?
L to R — Gwen Barker, Mr Poole (vicar's warden), Mrs Stanley Yeomans, Alan Barker, Mrs Rider (Mayoress), Rev P. Mills (former vicar)

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5. Garden Fete. 1946, judging from my brother's size!
L to R — Mr Allcock (people's warden), Derek Knight (curate), me, Gwen Barker. John Barker, Alan Barker, Mrs Neville Thompson, Mr A. Kemp (vicar's warden), Mr Bert Sanders (chairman of the fete committee).

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5b. Garden Fete 1946.

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6. S.P.G. Garden Party at Tutbury Castle May 24 1952
L Alan Barker

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7. Sale of Work at the Town Hall probably Dec 1944 or Jan 1945 (by news article on the reverse)
 L to R — Mr Allcock, Derek Knight (curate) Mrs Manners, smallest girl, me, Gwen Barker, Alan Barker.

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8. Occasion?
 L to R — Derek Knight, ?, ?, Kathleen Bland, ?, Alan Barker. If the small girl is me, this would be in about 1943.

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9. Cubs and scouts.

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10. Brownies, cubs and scouts.

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11. Brownies.

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12. Brownies, cubs and scouts.
Many faces are familiar, but I'm afraid I can't put names to them (other than my father!)

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13. Mothers Union? Winter 1945/6
My father, mother, baby brother and I are R front

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14. Mothers Union/Young Wives in the new hall
Front row — 3rd from L Mrs Higgott?, far R Mrs Alice Cotton (verger's wife).
2nd row — 2nd from L Mrs Sanders
Back row — just to L of door with glasses and looking sideways, Mrs Betty Barge.

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15. Annual party of Mothers Union and Young Wives — some of the members Seated — far left, Mrs Alice Cotton Standing at back — Alan Barker, John Starkey (curate) Standing 4th from R — Gwen Barker

Key Photos 016.jpg16. Mothers Union and Young Wives 1952 for my parents farewell?
 Seated — centre, Alan Barker holding our cat Peter. 'He' wrote a children's column in the parish magazine each month as Peter the Parish Puss. He lived to a great age, living at West Bromwich and Brierley Hill
R of him, Mrs Betty Barge
L of him, Gwen Barker
Front seated row far L, Mrs Vera Wilson holding either Peter or Stephen Wilson
Middle row far L, my grandmother who must have been staying with us. Next to her Mrs Alice Cotton
Part row to R, 2nd from R John Starkey (curate)
To his L I think is Mrs Brenda Starkey
Back row far L, Mrs Edith Sanders

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16a. Mothers Union and Young Wives 1952 for my parents farewell?

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17. Choir, about 1951
Far R - Mr Bert Sanders (then vicar's churchwarden)
To his L Alan Barker
Men to his L Mr Allcock then Mr Bill Barge
2nd row of boys far R `Tubby.... 3rd from R John Atkinson
Far L — Mr Albert Cotton (verger)
2nd from L John Starkey (curate)
4th from R Mr Robinson (organist)
7th from L Peter Hirst (later ordained)

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18. Sunday School party about 1952
Seated on floor 2nd from L Peter Hirst's sister Betty?
Standing at back 4th from R with bows at top of head Margaret Loome
To her L Mary Barge
2nd to L of her with glasses, me
Far back just L of centre Christine Higgott

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19. Presumably a sale of work
Far L Mrs Betty Barge

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20. Visit of W H Auden 1966.

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21. Another party??
3rd from  L — Mr Albert Cotton
 4th from L — Mr Bill Barge

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22. Pantomime in hall about 1951-2
Kneeling — 2nd from L Margaret Loome
4th from L me
6th from L Christine Higgott
7th from L Mary Barge
8th from L Sonia.... Who kept us in control!
Back row to L of top hat, Peter Hirst

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23. Tennis courts outside the new hall.
These were very popular, and my parents sometimes played on my father's day off; there was a gate through to them from the bottom lawn of the vicarage garden.

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23a. Tennis courts outside the new hall.

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24. Albert Cotton, verger

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24a. Albert Cotton, verger

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25. Visit of Bishop Edward Sidney Woods, Bishop of Lichfield
I don't know for what occasion, but I remember that it was on a winter evening, and that as a small child I sat on his knee when he came to the house!

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25a. Visit of Bishop Edward Sidney Woods, Bishop of Lichfield

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26. Gathering of deaconesses
Back row L — Derek Knight (curate)
Back row L — Alan Barker
One of the deaconesses was known as Deaky; I'm not sure which one, but the one far R looks familiar.

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27. Darby and Joan.

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28. Christian Fellowship Brains Trust. It looks as though my father is chairing it.

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29. Mr Robinson
Organist, succeeding Mr Dove? It is dated 1952 so was probably given to my father when he left for West Bromwich

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30. L — Mr Bert Sanders, sometime vicar's warden. I associate him with plumbing and ships — for part of the war? He and his wife were both clever with their hands. She made a beautifully smocked dress for me when I was small. She also made a potent parsnip wine!

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30a. Mr Bert Sanders.

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31. Mr and Mrs Allcock I think in the vicarage rose garden on the level below the top lawn (removed by Fr Osborne, who succeeded my father.)
I stayed with them for about a week after my parents moved to West Bromwich to take my 11+ exam. He was vicar's warden for a time.

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32. Outside the new hall. Occasion?
Far L — John Starkey curate,
3rd From L Alan Barker
4th form L Kathleen Bland
6th from L Bill Barge
8th from L Bert Sanders
11th from L Edith Sanders
12th from L Mr Allcock

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33. Pageant c. 1952 A group from the Parish joined in a pageant which took place in the town, in the grounds of.....? I think it was something to do with St Modwen.
 Front row boys L ?Peter or Stephen Wilson
Front row girls/women, 2nd L me, 3rd L Vera Wilson
Middle row far R Albert Cotton, 2nd L Daisy Cotton?

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34. Occasion?
Below second banner's bottom L corner. Bill Barge

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35. Presentation of leaving presents to my parents 1952
L - John Starkey curate

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Church Hall in Rolleston Road

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Church pantomine

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