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Lydbrook Onward Silver Band at The Beeches, Lydbrook.

Lydbrook Silver Band

Lydbrook Onward Silver Band

Row 3: 1 Arthur Matthews , 2 , 3, 4.
Row 2: 1 W Smith, 2 , 3, 4 Alfred Lewis , 5, 6 Albert Matthews, 7 , 8 Neville Barnett, 9 , 10 .
Row 1: 1 , 2 Bill Penn, 3 Maynard Childs (conductor), 4, 5, 6.

Gavin added (Sept 2007): "Maynard Childs was Gavin's mum's uncle. Maynard was known in the family as 'uncle Effy'".

Joanne Lewis added (Sept 2007): "My great grandfather Alfred Lewis (1892-1979) of Hillside Cottage, Upper Lydbrook was a euphonium player and was the treasurer of the Band in 1932".

Thanks to Reuben Reeve who added (Sept 2007): "This picture was taken at The Beeches, Upper Lydbrook. It is on the lawn. I grew up at this house, my father bought it from the Coal Board in 1964. This was formerly the house of the managers of Waterloo Pit".

Patricia Handy wrote (Sept 2014): "... I'm so glad to see an early picture of the Beeches. I believe my father (Bill Handy) was the last Coal Board employee to live there. He was senior Mining Surveyor for the Forest of Dean, based in Cannop Colliery. To my great sadness, we were moved (back) down to South Wales in January 1963. This was a wrench for us all, but particularly for my sister and myself, whose only memories were of the Forest and Lydbrook school (just down the lane from The Beeches). I'm now further afield in Florida, but still dream of the gardens surrounded by this brick wall!".
"Dad's full name was William Hailstone Handy -- his second name was my Scots grandmother's maiden name. But Dad was always known as Bill; he trained a generation of mining surveyors in the Forest, some of whom came down to Pontypool for his funeral in 1977. I have all kinds of memories of visiting the Cannop offices (and Dad making copies of maps for me on the huge machine in the office so I could practice drawing in rivers etc. for Geography exams). I have less agreeable memories of the ten days or so that the Arthur & Edward mine in the village first burned and then flooded (the expected outcome in the Forest pits). My recollection is that it never reopened. But Dad was underground recording the damage with the manager throughout; he would come home, pitch black, to shower, grab something to eat, and then return to the pit. I was probably about 7 or so, so I'm guessing this was about 1957 or so. And being a surveyor is supposedly a white collar job!! I wonder if anyone else recalls that period -- the beginning of the end for the Forest mines".

A very similar photo appears in "The Musical Tradition of Dean Volume 1" by Maurice Bent, 1997, pub. by M. V.Bent publishing.


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