Although I am retired and no longer living in the village of Mayland, I have joined in the Community Café which is run on each Friday morning at the St Barnabas Family Centre, Imperial Avenue, Maylandsea from 10-12noon. In spite of the cold weather the café has made a promising start in its aim to serve the community with a weekly attendance of twenty folk. In the comings and goings over a couple of months around fifty people have made a visit for a mid-morning cuppa , toast or pastries at no charge but voluntary donations accepted.
One Friday I took along this forty-year-old photo of children who formed the ‘Salt and Mustard Club’ held at the Centre when it was first acquired in 1978. It was an informal Sunday school and great fun? The family centre had previously been the Riverside Social Club and was constructed and run by Herby Bowmer before there was a pub in the village. It was the scene of social events and dances to a live band until Herby became too old to look after it and the pub next door was built. As the new Vicar in the village I approached him to sell it to us as a Church Community Centre and Emmy, his wife, persuaded him to let me have it.
It hadn’t been used for five years, needed rewiring and lots of TLC. Half a dozen dads in the village helped get it ready over a number of months which was a great help. It is hard to believe it is the Ruby Anniversary of the centre this year. My how time flies.
– Laurie Blaney –
Who’s Who ??
Are you one of the youngsters sitting on the stage and taking part in the action song at The Salt and Mustard Club in 1978, or do you recognise anyone you know? Please let us know at The Mayl and we will add your name to the photo. We would love to hear your memories of the time, or indeed what became of you, such as what do you now do for a living, what are you interested in etc.
SEE WHO’S BEEN SPOTTED SO FAR (Click Photo to Enlarge)
The girl in the back row sitting next to the girl in yellow is Samantha Jenkins. She now lives in Chelmsford with twins Paige and Callum. Paige is as an apprentice at The Barbican Theatre, Callum is studying Forensic Science and is a Special Constable. Samantha is the Learning Development Consultant at Braintree Council and is also Fund Raising Officer and a Trustee at Hospital Radio Chelmsford. She recently was awarded a Bronze Award in The National Finals for Best Female Presenter. On April 29th 2018 she ran her first half marathon and raised £760.00 for Hospital Radio to help put the system into local Hospices.