Woodborough’s Heritage

Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

Woodborough Pioneer Club

The club was created at the end of the Second World War to provide a meeting place for the young people of the village to play cards, darts etc. with the occasional dance and film show.

The club was originally started at Chapel Lane, Epperstone, by Mrs Bingham, Michael Bingham (her son) and Betty Trickett (Epperstone); Percy Bingham worked at, and lived with his family, at Shelt Hill farm. The club moved to Woodborough Institute circa 1944. Tom Milner got permission from Sidney Savage to use it.

Our leader was Harold Crew, a Director at John E. Wright & Co., our first secretary was Carol Godfrey, and later Walter Limb took over from her. Members included Carol and Bernard Godfrey (twins), Tom and Margaret Milner, Doreen and Enid Hallam, Eric Ward, Arthur Foster, Norman Binch, Bob White, Mary North, Geoff Howell, George Lilley, John Knowles and Robin Sanders.

The above photographs feature members on trips in 1950 to Stratford and 1954 to Llangollen. They often cycled to dances in the neighbouring villages of Oxton, Caythorpe and Thurgarton and eventually hired Clarke’s Coaches of Epperstone for outings to Blackpool, Stratford-upon-Avon, LLangollen, Sutton-on-Sea and Skegness.



Left: Robin Sanders, Norman Binch, Mary North, Enid Hallam, Eric Ward & Bernard Godfrey.

Centre: Mary North, Bernard Godfrey, Enid Hallam, Eric Ward, Doreen Hallam, Norman Binch.

Right: Bob White, Doreen Hallam, Norman Binch, Bernard Godfrey, Mary North, Robin Sanders

& Enid Hallam.

Below left: Doreen Hallam, Norman Binch, Mary North & Robin Sanders.

Below centre: Geoff Howell, Walter Limb, Bob White, Barbara Bowmer & Hazel from Oxton.

Below right: Barbara Bowmer, Walter Limb & Doreen Hallam.

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