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Magazine available every month 28 pages of photographs, memories, letters and more 

Carl Writes Welcome to the new-style Brummagem. 

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It's almost two years since we began publishing this magazine and since then we have had a lot of good comments from our readers. But some of you have suggested useful changes that we have followed up. So the Brummagem will now be slightly bigger at a full A4 size, it will be printed on better quality paper to improve the photographic reproduction, and longer pieces will be broken up into columns to make them easier on the eye. We are grateful for these suggestions and hope that you approve of them. In this issue we have some cracking memories and a wide range of evocative photos. Norman Bartlam recounts the history of Tinker's Farm School in Northfield, and your thoughts Will also be stirred back to schooldays with tales and snaps of Ada Road School, Saint Peter's School and Hartfield Crescent Wants School. Going on a Mooch Round the Shops you Will be pulled back into days of personal service, quality and specialisation by recollections of grocers, general stores and the Co-op.
Back-to-back days in Sutton Street Aston are brought to mind by Brummie exile Norma Wooding. Now living in the USA, Norma declares did she has never since experienced the sense of community of Aston life in the 1940s and 1950s. Elsewhere, Sheila Westwood fetches us into her yard in Stanhope Street, Highgate; Mary Hill brings to the fore the Saturday matinees at the Coronet in Small Heath; and David T. Hall writes in praise of Welsh schoolteachers. Other writers focus on pinnies, the Wholesale Fruit Market and the determination and courage of Brummies during the Blitz. And there is a puzzle to solve: what were the Royal Warwicks doing in Saltley in the early 19OOs? 

Have a good read.
Tara a bit 


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