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Kirk Hallam Memories With Links To Mapperley
A FormerTownship In Kirk Hallam Parish
Esther A Collington (Editor)


KIRK HALLAM YOUTH CLUB  By Bob Attewell
Kirk Hallam Youth Club began after a bunch of football-mad youngsters had the idea of forming their own team. I don't know how it came about, but we were pointed in the direction of a Mr Cyril Goodman of St Norbert Drive, who was then the secretary of the Ilkeston and District Youth Football League. He not only helped us to form a team, but also started up a youth club where we could meet in the evenings.  If ever a man lived up to his name, this former Portsmouth goalkeeper did. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He got us a ground, a manager and a kit - albeit a very old one. The shirts were far too big for us and full of holes, but we felt like First Division stars wearing them. He coached us, took his turn washing the kit (or rather Kath his wife did), consoled us when we got thrashed and generally kept our spirits up. More than that, he taught us high ideals and was like a second father to us.  This was in the very early sixties. In the ensuing years the youth club was held in several places: the wooden hut beside the church, the old church school on Ladywood Road and the church hall on Kenilworth Drive. Then in 1968 a dream came true when a brand new purpose built youth centre opened adjacent to the Windsor Crescent playing fields. The driving force behind this facility was, of course, Cyril Goodman.  A full-time youth leader was appointed to run the club, and Cyril began to fade from the scene. The new man at the helm was Alwyn Morgan, who was to prove to be an inspired choice. He was very different from Cyril but his qualities made him one of the great personalities of Kirk Hallam.

By the way, the new youth club was opened by actor Eric Porter, who was well known at the time for his part in the Forsyte Saga on TV. Not long after that, the club was visited by HRH, the Duke of Gloucester, on what was another proud day for everyone. In the late 1970s
I found myself running the junior section of the club, which was a very enjoyable experience. Activities included: football (indoor and out), netball, pool, table tennis, quizzes, discos - all the usual stuff!  And then there was ‘The Owl’. Well, no write-up about Kirk Hallam Youth Club would be complete without mention of' ‘The Owl’, which was our magazine. It started in 1976 and continued for an amazing ten years! Over 60 issues were printed on the club's duplicator and they were snapped up not only by club members but many people outside. Yes, we had a mailing list! The Owl's mix of club news, photos, competitions, stories, poems, jokes and pictures by members (and outsiders) made it very much part of the club's success story - and also a gold award winner at the NABC Arts Festival.  However, all good things come to an end and eventually, following the departure of Alwyn Morgan to take up the post of organising secretary of Boys Clubs of Wales, a rough element infiltrated the club and after much vandalism, it was forced to close. But it was good while it lasted, and many people will, I'm sure, have fond memories of their youth club days in Kirk Hallam.

There are many more people who deserve a mention in connection with the club, people such as Bill Crooks, Bob Ancliff, Dick Ball,
Jack Henshaw, Mike Chapman, Olwyn Cousins, Pat Chatwin, Tony Benniston, caretaker Beth Hicking and 17-year-old club member Chris Sisson who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in 1982. I know these names will bring back memories to those who knew them. No doubt some readers will think of others, and I apologise for not including them here. Sadly, Cyril Goodman died in Jan 1998, aged 80. Early football team manager Bob Ancliff died quite a while ago at a young age. All played their part in a story as good as any ‘soap’ on TV! 

Taken from the Programme of:-
KIRK HALLAM YOUTH CLUB OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW CLUB BUILDING by ERIC PORTER, Esq. on
FRIDAY, 19th APRIL, 1968  at 7.00 p.m.
It was the Kirk Hallam Junior Football Club which really gave birth to the Kirk Hallam Youth Club for it was the keen interest shown by the players and their leader, Mr. C. Goodman, that caused the Club to be formed in 1961.  Initially the kindness of the Rev. H. D. Prout gave the venture a roof over its head (the meetings were held in the Parish Room) and Mr. Goodman became leader and secretary of the Club.  Eventually a full management committee came into being and the Club was affiliated to the Derbyshire Association of Boy’s Clubs. It was this Association which prepared tentative plans for the re-housing of the Club in a new building.  The new Kirk Hallam Youth Club became more of a possibility and less of a dream when Stanton and Staveley Limited, promised to donate £3,500 over seven years and the first meeting of the Sponsoring Committee was held on 25th January, 1965, with Mr D. J. Drake as its Chairman. This Committee was formed of representatives from organisations in the Ilkeston and Kirk Hallam area, including members of the Club’s Management Committee; advice being freely given by the National and Derbyshire Association of Boys’ Clubs. 

The Department of Education and Science approved the proposal to erect new premises and agreed to make a grant of £9,730 towards the total cost of £19,460. Derbyshire County Council, Ilkeston Borough Council and South-East Derbyshire Rural District Council agreed to provide a quarter of the total amount and the remaining £4,865 has been raised by voluntary subscriptions.  Ilkeston Borough Council leased 2,680 square yards of land in Windsor Crescent for 28 years at a rent of £30 a year. Plans for the building were drawn up by
T. H. Thorpe and Partners of Derby and the Construction work began in July, 1967. The Contractors for the building were D. E. Clegg Limited of Ilkeston.  Now the building is complete it offers the youth of Kirk Hallam a centre in which to develop spare time interests, to keep fit and to enjoy their leisure as members of a community.


KIRK HALLAM 1985-1996  By Revd. Derek and Sheila Peet
It was almost exactly thirteen years ago last New Year’s Day when the then Bishop of Derby asked me to go and look at the
Parish of All Saints, Kirk Hallam. So, Sheila and I travelled from Sheffield to meet the Churchwardens, Jack Langley and Charlie Lawson. We immediately “gelled” and we liked what we saw. We met the P.C.C. and I was invited to become Vicar. Kirk Hallam proved to be our happiest parish. Great love and friendship were shown to us. Our family thought it to be a beautiful place: the church, the house, the lake and the swans, and they loved to come. Here are some of our memories.  During those eleven years we were involved in three
Billy Graham evangelistic missions. We remember also Easter Eve, 1986, when Bishop Henry Richmond confirmed seventeen people at Kirk Hallam Church. We remember also the coming of Derek Vogt to Kirk Hallam for a ten week placement with us as part of his ministerial training. We remember informal choir practices in the Vicarage kitchen. We remember with appreciation our relationship with three Kirk Hallam organists: Ron Carrier, Alistair Butterfield and Dorothy Wright. We remember the instalment of the Aumbray for the Reserved Sacrament.  We remember with appreciation Michael Perkins, who shared in altar service, the administration of the chalice, early daily morning prayers, and Confession, and who became sacristan and churchwarden. We remember services in the Church Hall, fellowship with the Methodists, and in particular Geoff and Daryl Shirtcliffe, and Andrew and Christine Fletcher, who led the Sunday School for as long as it lasted.  We remember Colin and Terry Garley who worked so hard to maintain good ecumenical relations. We remember Sunday evening visits to homes and hospital. We remember the annual Vicarage garden parties. We remember the Flower Festival, and all the hospitality and help of Bill and Evelyn Johnson.  We remember various anniversaries, including the Golden Wedding Anniversary of the Reverend and Mrs Douglas Prout (our predecessors) on Sunday, 15 May, 1994.

We remember Alan Boswell’s discovery of a Second World War bayonet in one of  the Vicarage outhouses, an incident which drew the interest of the Derby Evening Telegraph. We remember with gratitude the setting up of “The Friends of Kirk Hallam Church”, which transformed the Churchyard.  We remember our happy relations with the day-schools of Kirk Hallam. We remember the 40th Anniversary of the 21st Ilkeston (Kirk Hallam) Scout Group on 26 November, 1994, and our close relationship with the Kirk Hallam Guides and Brownies.  We remember John Rollisson and his chairmanship of the Kirk Hallam Social/Fund-raising Committee. We remember the creating of a new vestry and bell-ringing platform to deal with the problem of the “kamikazi bells”.  We would like to have mentioned many, many more people who were stalwarts of Kirk Hallam and still are. We remember them personally. Thank you, everyone, and God bless you and be with you, including our successors, John and Mary Goldsmith.


1298: What’s happened since then?
1322 Robin Hood is first mentioned.
1415 Henry V wins at Agincourt.
1429 Joan of Arc defeats the English at Orleans.
1485 Landowners begin enclosing their fields with hedges.
1498 The toothbrush is invented in China.
1533 Church of England breaks with Rome.
1536 Henry VIII executes Anne Boleyn.
1539 Dissolution of Dale Abbey
1642 English Civil War begins.
1753 British Museum is founded in London.
1798 Nelson destroys Napoleon’s fleet at Abukir Bay.
1848 California Gold Rush begins.
1849 Amelia Bloomer publicises baggy trousers.
1888 Jack the Ripper kills seven in London.
1948 Gandhi assassinated. Large scale housing development at Kirk Hallam.
1998 The 700 year book is published! Church Hall becomes Community Hall.

The Editor has taken great care to set down contributions in the manner of receiving them; however any cuts or alterations have been made in the interests of space and readability.

Grateful acknowledgements are made to all the contributors, to all our generous sponsors, to all those who kindly helped in so many ways, and in particular to Andrew Knighton for photographs, Ilkeston Library, Ilkeston Museum, Revd. John Goldsmith for access to the Parish Box, Peter Stevenson and to Melvin Draycott of VC12 Printing.

Matters relating to copyright of any item should be discussed with the contributor concerned.

You may wish to express your appreciation of this free text in the form of a donation to The PCC, c/o The Vicarage, 71 Ladywood Road, Ilkeston, DE7 4NF.


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