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Two male voice choirs in Warley during WW2

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

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I READ, with interest the article about Warley Male Voice Choir which appeared in The Bugle (November 28 edition).

In actual fact there were two Male Voice Choirs formed from ARP wardens' posts in Warley during the Second World War.

The other one was based at the warden post in Bleakhouse Road, Oldbury.

The post was in a building behind Bleakhouse Library and next to the Health Centre that was there. The choir was based there, which later became a Social Club after the war, and was named Warley Wardens' Male Voice Choir. The choir gave concerts for local groups and churches and even gave a concert at Winson Green Prison.

My father, Walter Simmonds, was a member of the choir, the conductor was Charlie Wilson, and I am preparing an article about the choir.

I was wondering if your readers had any information about the choir, its members and its activities.

I believe the choir performed until the end of the 1950s, and regular socials were held in Bleakhouse School up to that date.

I do hope that you and your readers can help me complete the article which, of course, will be sent to The Bugle for publication.

Colin Simmonds,

4 Sunningdale Drive,


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