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Anyone remember the very innocent social dances at churches like St.Patricks, St.Thomas Mores and St Charles atAttercliffe? They also held them at a little chapel on Herries Road, which is now a funeral directors.

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I do remember our next door neighbour on the Manor going to St Theresa's school hall once or twice a week to a whist drive and or a beetle drive, I never understood it.

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It seems surprising but back  in the 1930's & 1940's , apart from cinemas , chapels & churches were the centre of most  social activity. As well as weekily activities many put on  a show each year such as light  opera (Gilbert & Sullivan) . My family attended Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform Chapel & the photos show productions of HMS Pinafore & Iolanthe probably taken 1930's wirh my mum in dad Jim & Marjorie Moore (nee Morris) in them. THe standard of these shows was quite hight too.. In the 1950's & 1960 there was an active youth club there who put on shows too.

GWRC hms pinafore with mum & dad  late 1930s.jpg

GWRC Iolanthe probably Les Cusworth Jim Moore Ken Morris late 1930s.jpg

GWRC late 1930s mum & dad.jpg

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This church community activity extended into the 1960/70's with Shiregreen Congs, for instance, producing at least one play a year, having regular dances and socials as well as pea and pie suppers. A deal of fun and with not a drop of alcohol in sight! Sadly, we all seem to be too "sophisticated" to enjoy such simple pleasures these days.

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We had regular socials at Handsworth Methodist.  The men of the church always put on a concert on New Year's Eve, great fun for us all.

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