LIKE so many Bugle readers I was extremely sad to hear of the closure of Cradley Forge Chapel. I was born during the war and lived at the bottom end of Evers Street adjacent to "Ommer Bonk". This chapel played such a huge part in the lives of the community.
I remember attending the youth club there and being allowed to play football in the church hall using a small wooden block as a ball to ensure that no windows were broken. We were also taught woodwork by Mr Bucknall. Ron Capewell was a leading light then. He had this booming voice and rehearsed us meticulously for the Nativity plays. The anniversaries were always well attended too.
I well remember the party to celebrate the Coronation in 1953 which was held in the back room of the chapel. We all received a Talaware money box as a memento.
Everyone from back then will remember the musicals put on by Ernie Webb which were always a sell-out and continued for years. I remember my mother telling me that she had appeared in a show many years before I was born. Then one day a new minister took over and he was not having singing and dancing in his chapel. Such a shame but the shows did carry on since the Quarry Bank Operatic Society was formed as a result. I hope that Cradley Forge and the hard-working people behind it will live long in the memories of local people.
Roger and Maureen Hutt.