visitors to the Acorn Centre

Acorn Centre

Audio recollections from those who attend the drop-in centre in the Baptist Church Hall in Union St. Stroud.

track description time Play
Barbara-Clarke-Small Barbara
1 Babara’s dad, his name and various jobs in Stroud 1:00
2 Barbara as a member of the Crazy Gang 0:41
3 Attending Youth Club & a German POW as a goalkeeper 0:51
Betty-Townsend-small Betty
1 Betty’s father at the Gas Works 2:13
2 Betty’s work at Woodchester Saw Mills 1:52
Ida-small Ida
1 Ida from Austria as weaver and driving instructor in Stroud 2:52
2 how Ida (sweet as apple cider) met her husband. 0:49
Imelda small Imelda
1 Imelda delivering sandwiches to Tom Neil her bargee grandfather at Wallbridge lock. Aged 6 or 7 in 1932 1:39
2 Imelda and local religions 0:38
3 the ladies room in the pub 0:34
4 Granny as cleaner in the Police station and the drunks’ breakfast 0:54
5 buying cheap meat in the Shambles Market 1:04
6 Imelda’s mothers’ household water arrangements 1:45
7 Imelda’s father volunteered for WW1 at the age of 16. He told her about the mud and privation. 1:47
8 her father couldn’t find work after WW1, until he worked for the GWR and traveled to Stroud. 1:06
9 Kid’s street games – reciting a rhyme in chorus and what sounds like a hide and seek game without the hide bit. 0:21
10 Street game – hide and seek with a pile of stones. 0:33
11 Schoolyard games – Tin-I-Aki. Girls/boys call and response song game. 2:07
12  More street games, hide and seek variation. Sounds like it should be called ” kick-a-brick “. Curfew was 7pm. 1:26
13 Snow was deeper in the 1930’s. More of the ” knocking on doors ” wheeze. 1:19
14 Imelda talking broad Strouward 0:20
15 Grandparent as a lamplighter, and great grandparents who came to Stroud from Ireland to escape the famine. 1:01
16 Imelda meets Laurie Lee twice. 0:56
17 Imelda remembers the way they bought milk, and the Coop bread deliveries by horse and cart 1:26
18 Winstones ice cream deliveries by motorbike and sidecar 2:26
19 Imelda is frightened of the canal after a neighbour’s jest 0:56
20 describing the alleyways they call, locally, a churn 0:22
 21 as a child – Christmas carols and easter egg painting. Pace eggs 1:38
 22 and summer outings to Weston-super-Mare 1:23
 23 and a school trip to Cheltenham to ride the helter-skelter 1:22
 24 how she met her husband 1:01
25 a clearer version of ” Three Dukes “ 0:47
24 Imelda and Joyce singing a rhyme they sang as kids. 0:17
26 Imelda singing rhymes used for skipping, and reciting another rhyme. 1:00
27 another day, another version or Tin-I-Aki 1:41
Iris-Burfordsmall Iris
1 Iris working in the ARP control room & the sound of wartime bombs 1:50
2 Iris’s family members in Old Bisley Rd and shop there 4:17
3 Characters in Stroud  – Dorcas Juggins and her husband George 1:14
4 Iris at Christmas and grandfather’s christmas presents. 0:32
5 Iris and how she sees horses 0:17
6 Iris’s father-in-law and his taxi firm 0:34
7 Iris remembering her school now made into a Registry Office 0:20
8 Iris remembers her schooldays and her teachers 3:52
9 the Railway Station announcer at Gloucester Station 1:20
John Manns small John
1 John’s grandfather (Bill Hunt) collecting coal in a horse & cart at Dudbridge 0:51
2 grandfather’s horse stops and won’t move for grandmother 0:59
3 John and his time as a musician 2:22
4 John’s schooldays and school leaving 0:50
5 John’s ‘snobbing’, jobs and time as an army conscript 2:32
6 when John was young 1:25
JoyceHart Joyce
1 Thrupp boat building and trips on boats 0:33
2 Granny Ball’s sweet shop and scrumps 1:04
3 husband Ken working on the buses 0:34
4 Joyce telling about places and names 1:11
5 Joyce talks broad Gloucestershire. 0:35
6 more words and pronunciation of Gloucestershire 1:38
7 The Workhouse inmates near Summer St & how it got its name 1:16
8 games in the school playground 0:21
9 Joyce recounts a skipping rhyme. 0:44
10 Joyce recalling 2 different milk sellers in the Stroud area 0:44
11 remembering the “Cwop” (aka Coop) horse and cart bread van, as a child 1:58
12 as an adult working in the “Cwop” shops 0:34
13 how they coped with a mother’s depression, in those days. A struggle! 0:33
14 As a mother herself, determined to give her kids cuddles and treats – a trip to Winstones 0:13
15 Joyce recalls working at Hill Paul building and clothing firms there. And how work was organised 1:29
16 working at Bensons where they made ring binders 1:36
17 collecting cigarette cards, and similar sales inducements with tea 1:33
18 Childhood dance games, Oranges and Lemons 0:24
19 familiar phrase for the Births, Marriages and deaths 0:06
20 Sliding down the winter road and the farmer who did also 0:50
21 Carol singing and being recognised for your voice 0:35
Tom+Lillian-small Tom & Lillian
7 Tom & Lillian Jones as farm hands and living on the farm 3:12
Madelaine Stinchcombe small Madelaine
1 Madelaine at school and work 1:59
2 swimming in a pool near the Walbridge lock on the canal 1:38
Peggy-Deutron-Small Peggy
1 Peggy Sunday School teacher at the age of 13 0:56
2 Peggy’s Grandfather after 9 children left home & his fine new house. 0:35
3 Games in the school playground 0:52
4 How the influx of evacuees during the war affected Peggy’s school 1:19
5 Songs she sung at school. “Come to the Fair” 0:53
6 how Peggy’s father & mother met. And he uncle in Frampton on Severn 1:10
7  how she met her husband, with the help of a pen-friend 0:43
8 dances in the Stonehouse Sub Rooms and the kinds of dances they did there. 1:06
9 Peggy learning dance at the Waverley Dance School and performing in concerts around Gloucestershire during WW2. 1:28
10 some of the main shops in Stroud Town centre 2:43
11 Taking the train from the LMS station in Stonehouse to Stroud when the buses stopped due to snow. 1:57
12 the railcar, the buses and trains to Bristol from Stonehouse. 0:34
13 seeing the Bristol Brabazon flying over Stonehouse and laughing at Lord Haw-Haw get the facts wrong. (He broadcast from Germany during WW2 and was an Irish citizen) 1:44
14 when Peggy got her first TV – by 1953 – certainly. 0:34
15 houseboats on the canal and a time before WW2. Plus Stonehouse Ocean. 1:13
16 a couple of old sayings, not that peggy believes them. Hopscotch explained a bit. 0:56
17 Bradley’s shoeshop in Stonehouse 1930s & 40s, the Prudential & horses & carts. 1:16
18 Raggy Smith the rag & bone man 0:49
19 Peggy talking about her mother’s work 0:43
Christine-Miller-Small Christine
1 Christine’s father – shoe repairer 1:28
2 Christine’s School days 1:02
3 Christine’s first job & first boy-friend 1:12
Hilda-Blackwell Hilda
1 Hilda’s first job, and then her second 2:22
2 Hilda’s husband and what he did for a living. Can you guess what a heyward is? 1:15
3 Hilda’s school days in Minchinhampton and Brimscombe Polytechnic, and does a bit of running 1:18
4 two houses to home a family of 10, and filling the bath with buckets of hot water. 0:55
5 Game as a child, and Minchinhampton Youth Club. 1:19
6 Minch Chapel, and the vicar. Car journeys with him. 0:59
7 helping her friend’s dad mow down ant hills. Riding on the mower is a bumpy business 1:44
8 Saturday dances in the Market Hall. 0:53
9 Playing in Gatcombe Woods and singing in the church. 1:56
10 Courting in Minchinhampton, dances and country dancing at the youth club. 1:44
11 Shops in Minchinhampton and Doctor Brown. 0:58
12 the well in Tetbury St, the Forge, Sweet shop and Cobblers. 1:06
13 Working as assistant to a second hand cum antique dealer. 1:27
14 remembering Brimscombe Port when she was at Brimscombe Polly. 0:32
15 using the rotating arms in the sewage farm as a funfair ride 0:49
16 a couple of old sayings about rain. 0:09
Roy Roy
1 Roy’s father and his schools, and trips abroad 2:04
2 Roy’s memory of shops in Stonehouse and Stroud 1:01
3  the cinemas, local transport and working in the petrol station 1:09
4  some of the places Roy worked at 0:23
5 Roy is the focus of attention from the police because he owns a car at 17! And he remembers the Hot 8’s gang. 0:23
6 remembering Granny Balls sweet shop and the Coop on the Cross 0:23
6 school uniform from Mullins, Roy & Peggy describe a Providence Cheque used to pay for it. 0:49
6 Milk cart provides manure for the rhubarb. 0:25
ValerieWest Valerie
1 Valerie’s schooldays, as a child & adult. And her husband working 2:04
ValerieCullimore Valerie
1 Grandfather worked on the Sharpness canal boats, carrying chocolate 1:04
2 Father does some jallopy racing 1:32
3 Boyfriend Ian Stone 1:34
MaryStark Mary
1 Sunday school in Nailsworth 0:50
2 growing up in Newmarket in the 1940s. Schools and cinema. 1:50
3 her first job in Nailsworth making paper car parts, and the next one in Stonehouse 0:48
4 country dancing in Nailsworth Town Hall, 1:07
5 rock & roll dances in Stonehouse Community Centre 0:53
Rose Rose
1 what brought Rose to Stroud 1:04
2 2 houses in Landsdown to house 6 children 0:52
3 without enough money couldn’t afford buses & trains. Rose did dressmaking to make ends meet 1:34
4 going to the Salvation Army when the kids were small. 1:19
5 shopping in Stroud for groceries etc 1:16
6  motorbiking lodgers meet up at Rose’s house. 0:44  
7 going for walks along the canal, because buses cost too much! 1:03