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Bugle letter led to Oldbury reunion

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

Pictured at the reunion on November 21, 2013, are left to right: A. Hales*, J. Stout, K. Green, A. Element*, J. Morris*, M. Cox*, A. Stout*, B. Goodwin*, J. Spencer*, K. Horton*, J. Sullivan*. Ones without * are 'other halves' and friends

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THREE years ago, Anne Element (nee Collins) spotted my letter in The Bugle and contacted me to say she had lived in Jarvis Crescent, Langley, over the same period as I had.

Following on from several letters, old photographs, and phone calls, four people met at the Valencia Wharf Cafe, Oldbury.

The other two people were Anne's husband Ron and my friend Kath on November 21, 2011.

Both Anne and myself knew of other people who had spent their childhood (and beyond) growing up in the crescent from late 1930s/40s and 50s.

We therefore agreed to arrange a reunion at the same venue, a year later, on November 21, 2012.

On this date, together with the four people from the first meeting, the following attended: Ray Reagon, John Spencer, Bruce Goodwin, Ken Horton and Adrian Stout with his wife Jocylen.

Everyone was very enthusiastic, so much so that another reunion was arranged, to take place on November 21, 2013.

This reunion duly took place. This time we met at the Crescent, with more people: Janice Morris (nee Bagnall), and John Sullivan. John had lived nearly all his life in the Crescent and is a well known Langley/Oldbury personality.

During a 'sightseeing' tour, a refreshment break was taken at No. 17, the home of Alan Hales, a widower who was married to Anne's late sister, Lilwen.

The photograph, top right, was taken at the junction of the Crescent with Titford Road, before we all re-assembled at the Valencia Wharf cafe for a very enjoyable lunch where the nostalgia flowed.

Another reunion will doubtless take place later this year.

More people are expected to turn up, for instance: Malcolm Gregory and his sister Jean and Michael Mellor.

Interestingly, Michael's father with his company of builders built the Crescent of 40 houses, around 1936.

Some of the people on the photograph moved into the houses with their parents as soon as they were completed.

Mention must be made of John Spencer who came from Ilford, and Bruce Goodwin, from Southampton. Both drove up just for the day on their two reunions.

Hopefully, even more people may be found. For instance: The Harrison Brothers, Paul Binfield, Eric Perry, Tony Burford may see this letter.

Michael A. Cox,

45 Hart Road,

Old Harlow,


Have you ever had a reunion in a road where you used to live? If you have email your memories to editor@blackcountrybugle.co.uk

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