Founded in 1939

Spondon Church Boys' Club

In memory of our great Vicar and friend TEM Barber

                         Spondon Church Boys' Club.
           
 
Watch for new Updates and photos in July 2019.  We are still having problems with the soundfiles and I am trying to fix them.

 

                   

                          The Reverend T.E.M. Barber M.A.

                                           Vicar of Spondon 1939 - 1988

                      Founder and Leader of Spondon Church Boys' Club 1939 - 1988

This site is dedicated to the memory of The Reverend T.E.M. Barber who was the longest-serving ever Vicar of Spondon, Derby, from March 17th 1939 until his retirement at the age of 79 in May 1986.  Immediately after arriving in Spondon, Mr. Barber began a Boys' Club which flourished until his death at the age of 81 in 1988.

 

                                                                          Welcome 

  We hope all ex-members of the Cub will actively support this website and submit information and reminiscences, photos, videos etc.  Please click on the contact page to submit material.

                                                                      Members' Area

Everyone is welcome to view our general site, but we have a Members' Area exclusively for members of the Club.  Membership was conferred in person in every case by The Reverend T.E.M. Barber following discussion in the Club Committee.  The club closed shortly after the Vicar's death in 1988 and the Committee disbanded a few years later.  However, ex-members of the Committee and other Old Boys have subscribed to the idea of creating a website in memory of the Reverend Mr. Barber and to act as a focus for former members.  We therefore recognise that membership of the Club has not ceased and all members from 1939 to 1988 are encouraged to register in the Members' Area.

Thanks to your support, we have upgraded this site to enable the loading of large files and many pages.


                                        

              Camp-Fire & Bar-be-que  Saturday 13th July 2019 

                                     The Old Vicarage 

                                                                        80 Years On!

This year  marks the 80th anniversary of the Spondon Church Boys' Club founded by the Vicar the Reverend T.E.M. Barber  Richard Ledger has kindly invited all ex-members of the Spondon Church Boys' Club to a camp-fire and bar-be-que at the Old Vicarage. He has bought it and restored it to its former glory. The proposed date is Saturday 13th July, so put it in your diary. Also, we need helpers to cop-ordinate the food and camp-fire songs. Hopefully Peter Meakin will be on hand with Jim Stringer to lead the camp-fire! What we need now is some indication of support for the event. I'm posting this in our Facebook page also. Let's get a good turnout to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first camp!   Song sheets will be provided, so start practising.  This will be a great opportunity to attract some of the younger members who have been unable to attend our recent reunions.

                                     We hope there will be bangers and mash, like in the old days!

                                                                           

   

 

 

                                                                Inside the Club Room!

                                                              Recent Updates

 

                                        New Photo Album:  Opening of Lord Byron's Tomb

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                                                           A Tribute by Ian Penman

 "Mr Barber was one of those rare people who, on first meeting, would command instant respect and trust. I can recall that he appeared to have instant faith in me and, indeed, negotiated my first job for me when I was about 14 years old."

 

                         Read Ian's full tribute in Memories/Tributes section.

 

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                       Nottingham Evening Post  - Sat 29 Jun 1935

       " LINCOLN CURATE AND SISTER IN AMAZING CAR ACCIDENT
  The Rev. T. E. M. Barber and Miss Sylvia Barber, son and daughter of Canon and Mrs. Barber, Hucknall Vicarage, were victims an extraordinary accident at a camp near Lincoln ..."

      Read the full report of how Mr. Barber was seriously injured in Press Reports section.

 

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                     1940 - The Camp that almost never was

"Can we go to  Camp?: We certainly hope so!"  How Mr. Barber overcame all opposition and insisted on taking camp despite the onslaught of the Blitz, and with the special permission of the new Churchill coalition government.

 

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           A Tribute by Dr. Pete Meakin  Artistic Director of Derby Live.

 "And words were never wasted with the Vicar. They were used sparingly, but always to the utmost effect. A word of criticism from the Rev. Barber, only ever given with the greatest care and consideration, would cut deeper than the sharpest knife."

                     Read Pete's full tribute in the Memories/Tributes section

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                       Forthcoming 2015 Updates

 -  The Reverend T.E.M. Barber: Curate-in-Charge of St. Nicholas'   Church,  Lincoln. The pre-Spondon years and the St. Nichols's Church Boys' Club, complete with photos of camps from 1933 to 1938.  Including:-  The 1930's.  -  The opening of Lord Byron's Tomb in Huckall Torkard Church by the Vicar's father, The Rev'd Canon T.G. Barber M.A.  The account given in Canon Barber's own words and not based on the false rumours prevalent on the internet.

 

The Blue Lady and other Ghost stories.  Send in your recollections of Mr. Barber's famous ghost stories!  Somewhere, someone has an audio tape of the Vicar telling a ghost story!!!   Where is it?

 


    

 

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The Vicar in the early 1980's