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Trying to find an old friend or relative from the Stourbridge area? Simply e-mail us and we'll put it on here for you.
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I am helping a friend whose father went from Stoke Mandeville to a Ministry of Pensions Hospital in Stourbridge.  John George Whiddon b.1910, in Devon was a member of an RAF plane which crashed in Alexandria, Egypt in WW2.  John (Jack) was the only survivor and was given compassionate leave.  On his way home to see his family he suffered a brain haemorrhage and spent the remaining ten years of his life in hospital. My friend's mother was also unable to look after their son, Albert, who was fostered in Scotland.  He is now anxious to regain contact with any members of his birth family.  Albert remembers being taken to visit his father in hospital in Stourbridge.  I have searched for Jack's death and think I have found it in Chepstow.  Jack's mother Susan may have lived in Stourbridge too.  There is also a connection with Bath and a family called Pepperell. Albert has told me what he remembers but has lost the address of the only cousin he was in touch with.  He, and I, would be most grateful for any help.  
Regards, Frances Sharp (Rec'd 24 Feb 10)

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Looking for info on Nigel and Sue Hemming! They were both artists in Stourbridge. Any info would be GREATLY appreciated! Gene Sheets (Rec'd 17 Nov 09)
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I am looking for Kevin Francis Pickering, son of Herbert and Mary, born 1948, wife Susan Joy Pickering. Would like to pass on information on Atkinson family tree. atkinson@dcsi.net.au (Rec'd 27 Oct 09
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My English penfriend Sarah Jane Charlwood lived in Stourbridge during period 1974-1982 and I visited her several times when I was young. My name is Patricia Legland, I'm a French woman of 47 years old now, divorced and I would like to get in touch with Sarah Jane but I
know she is no more living in Stourbridge. Her mother Dorothy died in december 1980, her father was a teacher in Stourbridge and retired in Morton in March. Does someone in Stourbridge know where Sarah Jane is now living and can help me to find her somewhere in England ? I investigated several times without any reply. Do not hesitate to contact
me at the following address : legland.patricia@orange.fr

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I am trying to find anyone that knew Muriel Whitehurst who lived at 92 Belmont Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, she lived there from 1940 to 1963. She possibly worked at Beatties Department Store in Wolverhampton. Can anyone help please? baz.whitehurst@btinternet.com (Rec'd 4 July 09)
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Hi, I am deaf, I am trying to find a long lost friend , her name is Sandra Page, she used to live at 65 Murrayfield Drive, Leasowe, Wirral, I have lost touch with her, she is my best friend, I don't know where she is now. Hope you understand this message.
Kind regards, Diane Hurrell
(Rec'd 26 March 09)
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Hi, I'm trying to trace any persons that RENTED a house on Ladysmith Road, Cradley Heath between 1938 and 1952.  I know the house was owned by a certain family but they lived elsewhere.  It is a family who rented pre/post war. They had a boy aged approx 5 yrs, who unfortunatly died and a daughter, approx 2-3 yrs, who is still living, to my knowledge.  The father was a carpenter of sort and owned a motor car. Any help in finding a name to go with these details would be very greatfully received.  Thank you, mandy.maguire@hotmail.co.uk (rec'd 13th Mar 09)

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Hi,  I have researched the 49 names of the men of Lye and Wollescote Stourbridge listed upon the beautiful stained glass window in the Memorial Chapel of Christchurch the Lye and have the records of all but one. The name of D HART is listed but I have not found any information about this man other than in the Church magazine of June 1950  where the list of the voluntary contributions for the purchase of the window shows a D Hart making a contribution.
During the course of this project I have discovered a further 9 men of the district who lost their lives and are not on the window.  5 of these men are buried in the local Lye Cemetery.  A Memorial Book was recently presented to the Church and now includes the records of all 59 men. Should anyone know of the HART families who lost a loved one during WW2 would they please contact Raymond Griffiths at rwgriffiths@blueyonder.co.uk   or 01384 392647. (Rec'd 13th Mar 09)
Looking for info on Nigel and Sue Hemming! They were both artists in Stourbridge. Any info would be GREATLY appreciated! Gene Sheets (Rec'd 17 Nov 09)
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I am looking for Kevin Francis Pickering, son of Herbert and Mary, born 1948, wife Susan Joy Pickering. Would like to pass on information on Atkinson family tree.
atkinson@dcsi.net.au (Rec'd 27 Oct 09
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My English penfriend Sarah Jane Charlwood lived in Stourbridge during period 1974-1982 and I visited her several times when I was young. My name is Patricia Legland, I'm a French woman of 47 years old now, divorced and I would like to get in touch with Sarah Jane but I
know she is no more living in Stourbridge. Her mother Dorothy died in december 1980, her father was a teacher in Stourbridge and retired in Morton in March. Does someone in Stourbridge know where Sarah Jane is now living and can help me to find her somewhere in England ? I investigated several times without any reply. Do not hesitate to contact
me at the following address : legland.patricia@orange.fr

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I am trying to find anyone that knew Muriel Whitehurst who lived at 92 Belmont Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, she lived there from 1940 to 1963. She possibly worked at Beatties Department Store in Wolverhampton. Can anyone help please?
baz.whitehurst@btinternet.com (Rec'd 4 July 09)
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Hi, I am deaf, I am trying to find a long lost friend , her name is Sandra Page, she used to live at 65 Murrayfield Drive, Leasowe, Wirral, I have lost touch with her, she is my best friend, I don't know where she is now. Hope you understand this message. Kind regards, Diane Hurrell
(Rec'd 26 March 09)
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Hi, I'm trying to trace any persons that RENTED a house on Ladysmith Road, Cradley Heath between 1938 and 1952.  I know the house was owned by a certain family but they lived elsewhere.  It is a family who rented pre/post war. They had a boy aged approx 5 yrs, who unfortunatly died and a daughter, approx 2-3 yrs, who is still living, to my knowledge.  The father was a carpenter of sort and owned a motor car. Any help in finding a name to go with these details would be very greatfully received.  Thank you, mandy.maguire@hotmail.co.uk (rec'd 13th Mar 09)
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Hi,  I have researched the 49 names of the men of Lye and Wollescote Stourbridge listed upon the beautiful stained glass window in the Memorial Chapel of Christchurch the Lye and have the records of all but one. The name of D HART is listed but I have not found any information about this man other than in the Church magazine of June 1950  where the list of the voluntary contributions for the purchase of the window shows a D Hart making a contribution.
During the course of this project I have discovered a further 9 men of the district who lost their lives and are not on the window.  5 of these men are buried in the local Lye Cemetery.  A Memorial Book was recently presented to the Church and now includes the records of all 59 men. Should anyone know of the HART families who lost a loved one during WW2 would they please contact Raymond Griffiths at rwgriffiths@blueyonder.co.uk   or 01384 392647. (Rec'd 13th Mar 09)
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Oldswinford Primary School football team, 1952

Can anyone help with the the names of the Oldswinford C of E Primary School  football team 1952-53? My name is John Smith and I was at school with the boys pictured here. The problem is, although I can remember each face as though it was from just yesterday, I cannot remember their names.


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Maybe the boy back left is Geoff Raybould ??? and the blond haired boy, kneeling front left, was called maybe --- Foxhall  ??? ..........I really do need your help !! I attended Oldswinford C of E School from  1947-8  to  1954 and came from nearby Heath Lane. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions.....Maybe you recognise yourself, or one of the lads. Names that come to mind are Graham Sprosen, Kenneth and Roger Willets, Michael Griffin,  Roger Shilvock, Roger Tandy, Reggie Howell, Geoff Raybould, Martin Harris and Geoff Thompson. Many thanks for taking time to read this. Regards John Smith (Rec'd 12 Feb 09)
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Hi, my name is helen ann sears-stewart, i'm 17 and trying to trace my biological father. from what my mother has told me he left her before i was born, but i still would like to know why he left and if i have any half-brothers/sisters around. so i don't have any clue if he stayed in the area of ramsgate, kent or if he moved away. the information i have is that his name is Tobin Bailey, born in 1971 and he has blue eyes. If anyone knows any information could you please let me know. Helen Ann Sears-Stewart

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Hi, I am trying to find a long lost friend from the Stourbridge area. Her name is Sabina Taylor and she would be approx, 43 years old, Fathers name is Ken; Mothers name is Jane; Sisters name is Andrea. Last known address is 17 Junction Road , Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands. She would know me by the name Debra McMillan. Any help in finding her would be wonderful.
I can be contacted at dstamant@shaw.ca. Thank you! (Rec'd 4 Aug 08)

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After years of searching for some friends, I've only just found your site and I am hoping you or someone might be able to help? My name is Dawn, living in Leicestershire - I have 3 brothers. During our childhood we had family holidays in Barmouth, Wales .... this is where we met our friends. We were camping on "Williams" site. We met a family, which I'm sure were from Stourbridge ..... cannot remember the parents names, but the two brothers were IAN and NICK WOOD (WOODS) We had fantastic holidays there and I now take my 2 sons on holiday there. I am now in my 40th year and we are trying to arrange a reunion, maybe meet up in Barmouth. I know it's years ago but somewhere in my mind, I keep seeing this address on a scrap of paper they gave me - I'm sure it was Cherry Tree Court OR Cherry Tree Lane??? I am so hoping this might jog someone's memory?? PLEASE PLEASE if anyone knows the family or the boys (now men of course) I would love to hear from you and maybe we can organise that reunion. My e-mail address is Funkyfooty68@hotmail.com (Rec'd 1st Aug 08)
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hi there i am looking for a old penfriend of mine who was stationed in germany in 1984 we lost touch he came from pedmore in stourbride in be nice to get in touch. My name then was sandie yarnall but am now nidd. My email address is sandranidd@blueyonder.co.uk
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Hello I looking for an old friend from the mid fifties, maiden name Cleone Ashford, who lived at 145 Parkfield Road Stourbridge. Would appreciate any information.
Thank you, Alan Ryder amryder@shaw.ca Vancouver Canada (Rec'd 13 Mar 08)

To let you know, that my post of March '08 re Cleone Ashford resulted in a reuniting of old friends after fifty three years. Thank you for your good work on this site. Alan Ryder.
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Hi my name is John Smith. I lived in Heath Lane Near the Plough & Harrow pub I attended the Grange School 1954 - 58 I would like to hear from anyone who was there at that time, Names I remember are Roger Perkes, Trevor Edwards, Geoff Reabould, Ian Wood, John Boswell, John Stokes, Brian, Eric & Bert Chance, Martin Harris, Ken Willets, Roger Shilvock, Fred Westwood, Ian Coss, David Clewes.............Many more would come to mind, in time, I am sure, I would also like news of old old Friend's I had outside school in particular John Nutting and Wilf Moore who both attended the Catholic school . Wilf Moore joined the Junior Leaders Regiment (Army) a musician. John Nutting worked for a time at Helix in Lye Graham Haywood and Malcolm Harper both went to Brook Street school, Graham lived in Hill Street, Malcolm in, or near Enville Street. They worked as apprentices for a firm of builders and decorators also in Enville Street. Myself and several of the above mentioned used to hang out around Mary Stevens Park during summer holidays and later at the "Ravello" coffee bar, we sometimes went to a youth club in Wollaston ( near the Cottage pub ?) There were three brothers Cliff, Ray and Mike Harris who lived behind the Savoy cinema. Cliff at one time ran a small weightlifting and body building club in Amblecote that John Nutting and I attended (John went on to become a junior champion body builder) Ray Harris was a lorry driver but was very interested in horses and may have married a girl from Kinver or Enville..Mike Harris was a projectionist at the Savoy cinema . One of my older brothers Basil Smith and some of his friends started a football team in the mid 50s, which i think was called Swinford Rovers, They played their home games in Stanley Road, opposite the park, on what was known locally then as "The Bogs" and they often travelled to away matches on the back of an old lorry, whatever the weather. Please, if you can help with my search re. any of the above names.. Or if you were around at the same time , please get in touch.
I promise to answer anyone who responds .... rjohnsmith@mail.com

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Hello, I am trying to find Dr. Richard Artym, l found an address in Stourbridge, DY8 3BT and for that reason l contacted stourbridge.com. Richard lived in Montevideo, Uruguay, South America, exactly in front of my house, with his parents and sisters. We used to travel together to work all days because our offices were located very close. Around 1972 he decided to go to England to study, and we lost contact. T
hank you for your help.
Best Regards, Ricardo da Rosa. (Rec'd 3rd Oct 07)

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I wonder if anyone could help me find my brother fred holdham he lined in langley with me david and our dad fred[taffy ] holdham, my brother married a woman called gale who came from handsworth, they had two children steven and lindsey.the last time i heard he was living in whitehall rd cradley at work he was a painter.i would be gratfull if anybody could help. dholdham@msn.com (Rec'd 22 July 07)

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I am trying to locate a psychologist called Lynne who was 26 and living in Stourbridge in 1995, she is a catholic and I met her on a weekend away at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick Derbyshire in July 1995. Prior to 1995 she had been travelling in Thailand (backpacking on her own) and reported it as "really scary"! In 1995 I was living in Enfield, Middlesex. Please contact info@stourbridge.co.uk Regards from MARK.
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I was “born and raised” in Stourbridge; Esther Shaw, - what a thrill to find this website! My parents, Lal and Noel SHAW, had a toyshop at 156 High Street, “Shaw's of Stourbridge”, right across from King Edwards Grammar School. Then they bought 157, and started a sideline business, the “Dolgar”, making dolls’ clothes . (sadly, this died in the war in 1939.) I went to Alexandra House School, in Enville Street, Head Mistress Mrs.. Brady. In my teens I was a student at Stourbridge School of Art and Design, right at the top of the High Street. My Aunt Babs Sheward at that time also had a toyshop in the Lye. I remember so many friends from my childhood - Daphne Hingley, Paul Eggington, Joan Bevan, Sylvia Lloyd, Ron Taylor, Marion Deeley, Mary Seabourne (nee Eccleshall), Ron Underhill, Tristram and Olwen, and many, so MANY more - what happened to us all? I’d love to hear from ANYONE who knew me when I was young (ahh! happy days!) I married Leslie Davies (Brettell Lane), we moved to Canada; divorced; remarried; I’ve lived in five different countries; I am now Esther Martin, Sarasota, Florida. I PROMISE to answer every response I get - if any!
Esther Shaw-(Davies) Martin, jandemm@verizon.net.
(rec'd 2 May 07)

Hello again, You posted a message for me, in May 07,seeking friends from my childhood; Esther Shaw (Davies) now Martin. I have not heard from friends, but made some new ones - got an e-mail from Mark Webb who knew the people NOW running the premises where I grew up. It's now Tanners Hair Salon. We exchanged e-mails and I sent photos and a "History of 156 High St." - and they have made a special window display! Not only that, but the Stourbridge News contacted me, and published a wonderful article too! Thank you so much your help. I am still hoping old friends will find your website and contact me. Sincerely, Esther Martin
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I am trying to find someone called Gary Gibbons from Stourbridge, he works for BMW, who i met in benelmadena in april , he was on a stag weekend , if anyone knows him can they give him my email address. thankyou, Mary Crombie (rec'd 2nd May 07)
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Dear sirs, I would appreciate it if you can kindly help me to find a correspondence address of my old pen friend in Stourbridge. I was writing to Ms. Rebecca Ford between the years 1986-1989. However I lost the contact since that time. Since I come to the UK occasionally for business, I would like to call her and inform her about my self. Although I do not remember the precise address it might be Valley Road. She is probably 35 years old. Thank you in advance for your kind interest. Best regards, Mehmet Bostan Istanbul, Turkey (Rec'd 6th Apr 07)
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Hello. I'm trying to find Brian Attwood and his sister Brenda. In the 1950s they both lived with their parents,Mr and Mrs Arthur and Alice Attwood, at 44 Westwood Avenue, Norton Estate.At that time Brian was a Loco. fireman on BR at the Locomotive sheds, and Brenda worked at Tala works and later at a shop at Norton shopping centre, Brian later worked for the GPO. Brenda later got married but I do not know her married name, and went to live at Lye, they adopted two boys.Myself I worked on BR as a fireman at the Loco sheds from 1953 to 1956, and then I joined the RAF, during that time I lodged at 81 Brook Street, with Mr and Mrs Scott. I have fond memories of Brenda and I would love to get in touch with her for old time's sake. I can be contacted at eiredwa178@tiscali.co.uk (Rec'd 25 Mar 07)
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The friends I would like to contact are; Elaine Mitchell , Pamela Bevan, and Gillian Meeson. My name then was Patricia Morgan. To each other we were known as Muggins, Mitch, Bev and Meeson. We started at the County High in September 1954 and I left in 1959. None of us lived in Stourbridge, we were all in outlying areas. I moved around the country and met Mitch again when I lived in Evesham for a while and she was in Cheltenham. I moved and lost track. I have been in Wales since 1971 and rarely go to Stourbridge although I do occasionally visit relatives in Halesowen. trish.brohordy@virgin.net
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Hi, I attended St Joseph School 1933 to 1947,my name Betty Wooldridge does anyone remember me? I worked in the George Smith Shoe shop in the High St, it was between the Fresh Fish Shop and Mark and Moody's. I used to dance at the Town Hall. I Married Reg Hand from Wordsley. Now live in Queensland and would love to hear from anyone. hbhand214@hammondvillage.net
Thank you I really enjoyed exploring you site. Betty
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Hi I used to be at Hob Green Infant then Hob Green Junior followed by Grange County Secondary School. I was at the Grange from about 1970 to 1975 when I then with my twin brother Christopher joined the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Artillery in Nuneaton in October of '75. From there I was stationed in various towns in Germany. I am now living and working here and come home as and when I can.
I am looking for any one who may remember the Wiley twins from the Pedmore area, and visited the above schools with us.
Terence Mark Wiley (Rec'd 20 Nov 06)
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17 years ago I met Jeff Whalley, living in Stourbridge, at work in Belgium. For several years we wrote letters to him and his family and came to each other's country (Belgium) for holidays.
Since a few years we lost contact somewere. Can anybody get me in contact again with Jeff? His mothers name was Irene, his fathers name Les. I think they lived in Bank Farm Close. Jeff worked at Durmech. Filip.goethals@telenet.be (Rec'd 16 Oct 06)
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My name is Pascale Jeandenand, I'm writting from France and i'm trying to find two of my English cousins: Paul and his sister, Nadine Stevens. They lived in Stourbridge (43 St Peters' Rd, Pedmore) when they were children. They should be about 40 now. If anyone can help me, thank you very much! Pascale.lefranc@wanadoo.fr - SUCCESS!! Pascale is reunited with her cousins!
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I am looking for for the Mcanenay family. I managed to trace them down to Stourbridge.
I am looking for Belinda, Jimmy or Kathleen. They are family friends that I would love to get in touch with as they left South Africa many years ago and we never kept in touch.
I would really like to find out how they are doing. If anyone knows how I can get in touch with them can you please email me on lee.howells@hotmail.com
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My Uncle Harry (E.H.Q. Smith) was Vicar of Amblecote in the 1950s. I have fond memories of spending Christmases at the wonderful old vicarage (long since demolished). My parents were quite distinctive characters: my father Charles (Harry’s brother) and my mother Olga (a vivacious Spanish lady), are not easily forgotten by anyone who met them, I’m sure. I’d love to hear from anyone who remembers my family or anything to do with parish life at that time.
Dr. Charles Smith, Bridgend, South Wales (Rec'd 16th Feb 06)
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Does anyone know the present whereabouts of Beryl, Sylvia and Margaret Godfree? Their father, my uncle, owned the cafe by the station in Stourbridge in the 1950's/60's. His name was Ted Godfree and he married a lady called Cissy - but I do know her maiden name. I believe she married again after uncle Ted died. Their cousin Margaret would like to have news of them - after all these years. Margaret Godfree. (rec'd 24th Jan 06)
SUCCESS!! Read Margaret's response below:

I found them! The web message was picked up by a relative and passed on and I have had an e-mail from one of my cousins - now living in Spain. Great - Thank you for your help. This is the first contact since the late fifties - I think. Yours truly Margaret Godfree
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My name is Angela Stoelwinder & my maternal grandparents lived on The Broadway in Norton, Stourbridge for 17 years until their deaths a day short of 2 months apart in 2004. Previously they lived in Lady Grey's Walk, Wollaston. Their names were Charles Winston Parkes (born 1.11.1914) & Mary Elizabeth Parkes (born 2.9.1915) My mother was born Winifred Jean Parkes (born 11.11.1938) her brother's called Robert (always been known as Bob though). My mum's always been known as Jean & I know in the past, she attended the Grange school & they also lived "up the Grange".
If anyone sees this, I'd just like to hear from anyone that knew my mother or her parents, pass on any comical stories etc. My e-mail address is stoelwinder@btinternet.com (rec'd 31st Dec 05)
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I would like to contact a friend I lost contact with over 30 years ago.
He lived in Stourbridge at 29 or 30 ? Elizabeth Road and his name is Geoffrey Lacey.
If you can help, or direct me to someone who can, I would be most greatful.
Thank you. M. Lyon
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Could anybody give me news of my old friends, Ron and Maisie ANDERTON, Walnut Close, Red Lake Road, Pedmore ,STOURBRIDGE ? Last letter from them : march 2000. Thank you for help. My email address is : varnat.alain@wanadoo.fr (Rec'd 3rd Oct 05)
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My name is Thelma Cumming(nee Blakemore), I attended County Highschool for Girls in Stourbridge from 1935 to 1939. My mother and father were the proprieters of the Queen's Head Pub on Enville Street, just before and during the second war. I now live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and would be very happy to reconnect with some of my old school chums, if they have time. My email address is delzie7@shaw.ca (Rec'd 8th Aug 05)
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Hi my name is Natacha. I'm writting to you from France. I'm searching to contact a penfriend I had in 1985. His name is Peter Keay. He should be 40 years old now. he used to live Perrins lane. he came to visit me in l'Aiguillon sur mer in Vendée. I will be very pleased to know how he is. You can e-mail me n.pasquali@voila.fr.
Thanks a lot for your help. (Rec'd 4 Aug 05)
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Looking for Melanie Hill (or Smith) from Prescott Road, Stourbridge, had relationship with Roy Green from Murcroft Road, they have daughter 24 years old. We need to contact Melanie or her daughter URGENTLY. Please if anyone knows where she is contact us at : jfy8fy68f@yahoo.com
thankyou. Pat Butler (Rec'd 13 June 05)
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Check this - Longlands School 1912 - 1990, lots of old photos, names of pupils/staff etc.
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My name is Robert Unitt. My family emigrated to Canada in November, 1956. We'd lived at 43 Dunn's Bank, Quarry Bank, and I'd attended the Catholic school in Stourbridge. I'm interested in finding out what happened to some of my classmates. I'll always remember the following people: Gary Compson, Roger Parker, John Cunneen, Eileen Sowerby, Jane Alsop, Maureen McConnologue and Patrick Feeley. Some of our teachers, no doubt, long gone by now, were Miss Heinz, Caggy Shiner and Mr. Farmer. How about it? Does anyone have any warm leads for me to follow up on? Thanks in advance, Bob Unitt, Burlington, Ontario. (Rec'd 28 May 05)
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Hi There, I am desperately trying to find my real Grandfather, His name is Edward Williams born around 1920/1925 and was last known to be living in stourbridge. He was once married to my Nan ( Muriel Gubbins) and had a son called Edward John Williams ( my father) when my dad was about4/5 years old my nan and grandad divorced and my nan re-married a mr James Gardener.unfortunatley i am unsure if my grandfather re-married.
If anyone has any information, no- matter how small please could you contact me asap, as my brother and I would love to meet him.
Many Thanks Mrs Melanie Prescott (Rec'd 19 May 05)
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I am trying to find my mothers relatives in England, she came to New Zealand in1950 as a child migrant. She was born Phylis Emily Smith on the 22 August 1934 and was adopted by Alfred Smith and Violet Gladys Smith from Parkfield Road in Stourbridge they changed her name to Diane Smith. I know she had conections to Grange County Modern School Stourbridge and St John's Vicarage Stourbridge, under her adopted name. The only other thing i know is that her mother died having another baby around when mum was eight they were sent to a aunty and then she was adopted from there. I think she had a brother Gordon and a sister Wilma not 100% sure of the names i think there my have been another sibling not sure. The sister had lost a eye in a accident in the home relating to a gas fire. Mum found her past hard to talk about as it must of been hard loosing her mother and then being taking away from the rest of her family and to have no contact at all from then on. I have always wondered about them and now that mum passed away in January i would like to know about them. I hope someone will be able to help me in my search mum never went back to England i think the memories were to hard for her she was only 15 when she came here. Thank you Annette Owens (rec'd 13 May 05)
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I attended Enville Street Junior School, Stourbridge, and left in 1953 to go to Longlands, Brook Street. I would very much like to get in touch with Sheila Poole who was a special friend at Enville Street. Sheila lived in Kinver and I remember visiting her house with her once when we were about ten years old, but I don't remember where it is. If you know Sheila's whereabouts please would you contact me, or ask her to contact me. I lived in Summer Street, off Enville Street, until I was twelve years old, when we moved to Queensway, Pedmore Fields Estate.
I have written a story about my Summer Street years, which I felt I wanted to do for my sons, so that they will know what life was like back then. I am thrilled to have found this Stourbridge site, and will be logging on every week. Joan Bracebridge - nee Baggott (Rec'd 8 Dec 04)
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I am looking for my relative Malcolm Leatherbarrow who was from Stourbridge, can anyone help? lyndaheron@tiscali.co.uk, thank you (Rec'd 11 Nov 04)
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My name is Geoffrey Westwood and I was a student at King Edward's school up to mid 39 and I would be very interested in meeting old friends, as I left to take an Apprenticeship with the Bristol Aero Engine Co. at the age of 16 . I lost contact with my friends as the War began as I arrived to start with the Company which later became Rolls Royce Aero Engines , and had a wonderful career. Cyril Attwood and Claude Wellings may still be around but I am now 82and it would be wonderful to make contact after all these years . A wonderful School.
gw007q7513@blueyonder.co.uk (Rec'd 11 Aug 04)
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I would firstly like to congratulate you on a wonderful website. I was stunned to see the 1939 photo of King Edward's. My father is pictured on the fourth section from the left, bottom row second boy in from the right. He unfortunately died in 1970 aged only 42, I was 9. His name is Clive Dawes if anyone out there knew him or any of his family I would love to hear from you. I have recently been researching my family tree. My Father's Mother's name was Gertrude irene Kelley before she married Edward Dawes. She was known as Rene Kelley. Her father was Frank Kelley, he had a brother called Henry and as far as I know they kept the Spotted Cow pub in Enville Street. Indeed, there is a memorial to Henry Kelley near Clifton Street in Stourbridge. There is more information but probably too confusing to write here! if anyone knows any more or is interested to know any more from me then please contact me.
janefrostuk@yahoo.com (Rec'd 26 July 04)
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My name is Margaret Smith.I am trying from Lethbridge,in Alberta, to contact my cousin, Mrs. Valerie Drinkwater, whom I last saw in 2000, at 85, Dudley Road, Kingswinford.The telephone there was in the name of her son-in-law, Alan, but I have mislaid my note with his surname,so I can't get the number from British Telecom.
She doesn't use a computer,so the telephone is the simplest way to contact her. My e-mail address is smithmeg@telus.net My telephone number is 403-320-6393.
Thanks for any help anyone can give. (Rec'd 29 July 04)
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Hi, anybody know of somebody called Charlie (female) who recently returned off holiday from Kavos (Corfu.) I think it was a Monday. She's about 19/20 and I think works in a bank in Stourbridge (perhaps Yorkshire although not certain). (Rec'd 22 July 04)
Anybody know anything please e-mail me on: Danny_safcmackem@hotmail.com
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I would love to trace Anne Press who lived across the road from me in Deakin Road, Erdington, Birmingham in the late 1930s & early 40s. We lost touch after her family moved to Lye, Talbot Street to take over a newsagents. She would remember me (I hope) as Margaret Hampton from across the road and from Brownies!

Thanking you very much for all your help - Margaret Robinson (Rec'd 26 June 04)
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Looking for Meriel (Walters at that time)
Greetings from sunny Finland. Back to 1972 I was working in Minehead (Butlin´s). Meriel Walters also worked over there at the same time. Anybody know something about her now?
This is nothing special, but I would like to hear how has life treated her etc..
My name is Jouni Heikkila e-mail jone.heikkila@suomi24.fi (Rec'd 12 May 04)
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I was born at 122 Enville Street opposite the Somerset House pub and lived there until my mom and dad moved to Bowling Green Road. My best friend Sylvia's auntie owned the shop opposite.I went to the two Enville Street schools and then to the high school and did my nurse training at Corbrtt Hospital where I worked until joining the army in 1967. If anyone out there remembers me please get in touch. Rose Hihhs (Nee Pearson )
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I am wondering if there are any descendants of the YATES and BOURNE families still living in the area. According to the 1901 Census THOMAS YATES and his wife RHODA (nee ELCOCK) lived at 11 Bridgenorth Road, Wollaston. Thomas' occupation as that of a Furnaceman in the Ironworks. He had 5 children - Ernest aged 26 Occ. Iron Roller, Richard age 24 (my husband's grandfather) Occ. Glass Beveller, Robert age 21 Occ. Grocers Manager, Harriet age 19 Occ. General Domestic Servant and Sarah aged 17. WILLIAM BOURNE Occ. Engine Fitter married CAROLINE (nee HILL) his first wife and had 4 daughters - Roseta, Phoebe E, Phoebe L, and Laura (my husband's grandmother). William's second marriage to SUSAN LUTHER according to 1901 Census - he had 5 children - Lily, Mona, Victoria, Cecilia and William. His address was 6 Ridge Street, Wollaston. I am hoping there are some descendants still around who may have family photos I could copy and who could fill in the gaps in the family tree for me. Many thanks. Jean
email: AlkerWARRIOR@aol.com

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Greetings from the frozen plains of central Saskatchewan, Canada!! I am searching for some young men who were evacuated to Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada during WW II. There were three brothers who came there under the auspices of the Chrildren's Overseas Reception Board (CORB). The oldest lads were twins, Horace and William Fox who were born on July 10, 1931. Their brother was Derek Aston Fox who was born April 19, 1934. They were born in Darlington and their father's name was William Fox. I was in the same class as the twins in the 1941-42 school year. To my knowledge, they were only in Swift Current one year. Their younger brother Derek attended a different school and he apparently remained in Swift Current until sometime in the 1944-45 school year. I did not know him. My curiosity about what may have happened to these lads was stimulated during a visit to the U.K a while ago. I have been
pursuing the matter through the Public Records Office, The Imperial War Museum and finally through an organization known as Traceline. I have been able to determine only that Derek died in the name Derek Aston-Fox during the September quarter of 2000 in the registration district of
Stourbridge. I am hoping that there may be someone hwo can give me some information about William and Horace and also Derek. I should indicate that we were not close friends during their stay in Canada but I do recall them clearly and their experiences in Canada and their exploits
following repatriation are of interest. I would appreciate any information which readers of this may wish to share. I will definitely respond to any correspondence. Thank you!!!
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I would be interested in anyone who has connections to Stintons, especially in the West Midlands. I know that there is a family in Quarry Bank and another in Old Hill and one or two Stintons in Cradley (Heath?), whom I know nothing about, but feel sure that they are connected somehow. I have a James Stinton married to two ladies, AT THE SAME TIME (Married Eliza Jones Sept 17, 1882 & Fanny Vernales Apr. 16, 1896. Eliza Jones was still alive in 1901 Census) - simply because these people insisted on naming their children after their favourite brother or themselves!!! (James, James Henry, John!!!) and they all live in the same area. (Lye- Beefeaters or Wollescote) Need to look into it. Have sent FT to several Stintons and wait for them to reply and correct my mistakes!!! Keep smiling and thanks for all your help. Joan Houken nee Stinton, USA
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Hi, My name is Luiz Antonio, from Niterói/Rio de Janeiro/Brazil. I´m looking for an old friend, which I know only by letters. I would like to find out something about her. I´m looking for Mrs. Belinda Baylie, her daughter´s name is Lousie Marie - she´s about 13 years old, her husband´s name is Mr. David Baylie. All the best and God bless you. Email - pu1mll@bol.com.br
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I'm looking for info on the Powell family that lived in Stourbridge. In a 1881 census my ggg grandfather Henry Powell lived in stourbridge with his wife Hannah (young) and their kids Mary, Emily, William, Eliza. Henry was a Butcher, I have a bill that shows that his store was on HIgh Street in 1874. In 1903 his son in-law Robert Tottey took over the Business. If you have or know anyone that has info on the powell family please email me.
Thanks, Shawn Powell (Canada)
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Brierley Hill Grammar School - Two years ago, we organized a reunion of two fifth form classes from the year 1959. There were 66 people listed to find. We found 64 and are missing a Norma Brettle/Brettell and a Anthony Harrison. Norma married shortly after leaving school and live on or near Amblecote Road, Stourbridge. Her married name is unknown to us. She has since divorced, but we believe that she kept her married name. Anthony was only at the school about two years. He came from the Wakefield, Yorkshire area and was believed to have emigrated to Australia. Again, we do not know where. Having written over 500 letters to different people with the same names, nothing has turn up.(Except wonderful replies from Australians and New Zealanders) New Zealand was not left out, neither were sheep associations, cricket associations and many Harrison businesses. I even had one sheep shearer call me at 3.45 in the morning to ask why I had sent him a letter!!!! I still correspond with his teenage daughter!!! Unfortunately, we are no closer in finding either of these individuals. Norma was thought to have lived in the Stourbridge area, but Tony was believed to have lived in the Gornal area. I would love to hear from anyone, who might be able to help in this quest. We are having another reunion on May 17th 2003 at Himley House, and it would be wonderful if I could relay where these two missing persons can be located. Keep smiling, Joan Houken. (Nee Stinton) USA stinnie@swbell.net
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I lived in Stourbridge through the 60's and 70's. Attended Gig Mill School and Longlands school (left in 1978). Worked at Ashfords of Stourbridge - not sure what they are called now - left the area in 1981 and apart from trips back to see my family I have not lived there since.
I have contacted Julie Davis, Janet Checketts and Alan Bond plus loads others all through Longlands website which was set up by Paul "Tango" Gardner. Where are the rest of you? I am about to turn 41 and amazed I have survived this long on the planet!
There was a reunion at the Stewponey a few years ago but I only saw my sister's ( Joann Cornock) old friends. Penny Medlicott contacted me a few years ago after we exchanged phone numbers in the Merry Hill Centre!!! Sadly I have not been able to find her since.
If anyone would like to organise a reunion, let me know. I live in Gloucestershire now. Contact me at siroxsirox@yahoo.co.uk.

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Looking for Anne Bridgewater,met in early 70s in llandudno,were good
friends,lost touch about a year later.she lived at 37 Western Road.can anyone
help.e mail crownreiver@aol.com Bert Dykes, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire
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I have been researching my maiden name(Allchurch) and have discovered that many of my father's relatives came from the area of Stourbridge. My father was Geoffrey T Allchurch and he had a brother Sidney(1914) and a sister Kathleen(1913). I believe that I probably have cousins that I never met. My sister and I were the 2 daughters from my father's first marriage and he remarried in 1945 and had 2 more daughters Jane and Susan. We did come to England in 1962 after being sent to Canada in 1954 to live with relatives. In 1962 we met my father and his new family but lost touch with them. We are planning a trip to England next year as we will have been in Canada for 50 years. We would love to trace our step sisters or any relatives in the area. Could you please tell me how to contact any living Allchurch's who are in the area or anyone who may think that they could be related to us. We thank you for any help you can give us....Anne Lesnick (nee Allchurch).
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An American named James Casebeer would like information on a pen pal by the name of Francis Beddall that he met during World War II.
Her address at that time was: Grenville, Perrins Lane, Wollescote, Stourbridge.
Please send any information to ref@zoominternet.net. (California USA)
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Hi, Im hoping you can help me. Im searching for an old school friend who's last know address was in Stourbridge. Her name is Claire Greenhalgh, and went to Rossmore Primary, South Wirral (approx 1978-81?). Lived in Queens Road Little Sutton at that time. Her parents Malcolm and Jill Greenhalgh have had several restaurants and residence in Golf Clubs in West Midlands since 1981. Last known was Sandwell Park Golf Club, Birmingham Road (left there 1996, have already contacted them to no avail.). Claire's last address to me was Corser Street, Oldwindsford. She has had a baby girl in March 2002, named Mia Olivia. My predicament is that Claire has written to me and sent me her good news, but has not given me her new address, and so I can not reply.... I would be very gratefull of any help and suggestions you might have in helping me find me find one of my best friend. Its even harder for me now that I live in New Zealand!!! Yours Susannah Lanyon (nee. Roberts)
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Hi I am desperately trying to trace the whereabouts of Anthony Roland Stone, whose last known address was: 72 Brook Crescent, Wollescote, Stourbridge. His mother was Rosalind Ethel Stone, nee Huckvale. Please help asap! Many thanks, Sarah James, Hull, UK sjames@catholic.org
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Hi, I am trying to find a long lost friend - Dorothy Mchale. She was living at Halfway St Kingswinford. In 1940 she was in the ATS during the war. I have searched now for her ever since. I am a former royal marine. My name is Jack Willoughby, Auckland, New Zealand
My Email address is: ocallahan_nz@hotmail.com
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Hi, Greetings from Hamilton, Ontario Canada. I was wondering if you could help me out. I have a cousin, James Merris who lives in the Stourbridge area and I was wondering if you could give me a web site that I can use to find his address and phone number or mail it to me. My email address is jackieboros@hotmail.com --- RESULT: WE FOUND HIM!
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I'm trying to locate an old colleague of mine - his address is listed as stourbridge - Can you help? Dr. Peter Leslie Riley - a surgeon.
From: Steven Myles RN, CEN, MICN Trauma Program Manager St Mary Medical Center Long Beach, California Tel: 562 491 9174 Fax: 562 491 9209 Pager: 562 462 5766
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Myself and a friend have decided that as it has been fifteen years since we left High Park School Wollaston it is time we tried to get everyone back together. To this end we are looking at organising a re-union at an unknown place and a unknown time next year. Probably early July 2002. I would be grateful if you could mention this on your site as I need to get up an running on this now. I have since moved to Manchester and lost touch with everyone. Cheers. Bari Pollard
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I would like to contact ex members of Stourbridge Grammar School circa 1950-52, can you help? Regards Richard Davies. (Dick)
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Great to see the site - I was born and raised in Stourbridge, but now live in NE Scotland, following a period of world travel. I went to King Edward's School from 1968 - 74, and finally left the area in 1984. Do you hear from any other KE alumni from that time at all ? - I've otherwise completely lost touch.. Tony@yates51.freeserve.co.uk
Regards, Tony Yates 25 Keithhall Road Inverurie Aberdeenshire. AB51 3UA

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