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Graham Smith
Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Sunday, October 12, 2008 07:19
11 plus(youth) club (1975-80)
i would love to hear from anyone who has any memories or old photos of the 11 plus club(youth club) which ran every sunday evening in st thomas hall(village hall)
from 75 until i think 1980
a great evening for all the local kids every sunday with music.pool.various games
and yearly competitions
2 sets of parents used to watch over the kids every week
and the kids could take turns every week to dj . the weekly attendance would be around 30 kids aged 11 to 16
would be great to hear from anyone regarding this club
Graham(now 44)
Graham smith
Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Monday, October 13, 2008 20:08
hi web master
i have just emailed you a pic of sutton 11 plus club taken in may 77
if anyone wants any names or can provide names for people on the picture please write in to this forum
many thanks
Graham Smith
Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Monday, October 27, 2008 20:12
thanks web master for putting the photo in the gallery
these are some of the names of the people on the photo
Gary williams.Graham smith.Joyce sessford.andrew sessford. carl cook. ken hill.jeremy fox(the vicar) .jack sessford.sandra robinson.tim oakman.nona hill.glenys smith.betty Green. simon smith.paul williams.darren Green.ian lloyd.darren wild.paul harrison.andrew briggs.john turton,stephen turnball.stephen smith.lee duxbury.james mccormack.jonathan broughton.
managed to remember 27 of the names.7 i cannot remember inc the 4 girls on back row next to me (Graham in the blue jumper).two lads in red tops i cannot remember names of also.
the adults who ran the club were
Alan and Glenys smith(my parents) ken and nona hill .mr and mrs Green. and mr and mrs sessford. photo was taken by Alan Smith
Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:38
after posting the pic and having no replys i take it most of the kids on the picture have moved away from the area
i only see one or two of them in the village occasionally
i know all the adults in the pic still live locally
Michael Halstead Swan
Monday, November 17, 2008 07:50

The girl directly next to you is Suzanne Briggs I believe, sister of Andrew Briggs who is also in the picture and my old next door neighbours for some years. Lee Duxbury became a professional footballer at Bradford, Huddersfield, Oldham etc. That is a rare picture of Jonathan Broughton I think - didn't he and his sister move into the cottages opposite the Airey's farm near the Pinnacle ? I remember him and his sister mainly from the YPF at the Baptist Church run by Messrs. Barsby, Mitchell and Birtwhistle (all really nice guys). I cannot remember if you attented the YPF - did you ? The 11 Plus Discos were good (disco era I think - Catherine Oakman was a very good dancer). Do you also remember the Glusburn Institute Discos ? Those were in the days when we all believed we were either John Travolta or Olivia Newton John.


Michael Swan
Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Monday, November 17, 2008 17:39
hi michael
thanks for the feedback on my posting.
yes that was the girl now you mention it.her brother andrew became a local postie.
im afraid i didnt go to the YPF.
i remember the institute discos very well thursdays in the small room round back of institute. fridays in main hall.
here are some names you may remember Graham scaife. craig wilkinson.Graham harrison. dane middleton. bruce walker. john turton.
webmaster can you supply michaels email address for me please
Michael Swan
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 07:43
Thanks Graham.....I definitely remember Graham Scaife and Craig Wilkinson (who I think formed a Punk Band), Graham Harrison (who was very tall as a 11 year old whereas I was very short), Dane Middleton (whose father was the Sutton Park Warden and we used to play footie for Steeton FC), Bruce Walker and John Turton (who was as small as me !). Are they all still local ? There was some rivalry between the CP and CE Schools and so I tended to pal around with the likes of Mark and Alan 'Lordus' Lord, David Pettit, Richard and David 'Tombo' Thompson, Peter 'Bopper' Riley, Neil 'Maggot' Marklew, Robert 'Robbie' Raby, Andrew 'Geordie' Porter, Graham Wild, Russell and Raymond Golson, Andrew 'Kirky' Kirk, Martin Airey, Andrew 'Sharpie' Sharp, David Brown, Ian 'Finnie' Finlayson, Ian Duggan, the Longbottom Twins, John and Rupert Smith, Stephen Walton, Neil 'Robbo' Robinson and, occasionally, my brother Jeoff who still lives on Baxter Wood in Cross Hills. Do you remember this mob ? I wonder how many of them are still living locally ? I am sure I can see Maggot wearing a wig on one of the Fun Day pictures from last year.

On your picture, I confused Jonathan Broughton with the Forsyth's I think who moved into the cottages opposite the Airey's Farm - dementia set in with me several years ago ! Do you still live in Sutton yourself ? Strangely, I live in the London Borough of Sutton, Surrey - must be in the blood.


Michael Swan
Darren Green
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 18:41
What a role call from the remnants of my youthfull memories. There are names there that bring memories flooding back.
Michael was right about the rivalry between the schools, I attended Sutton C of E and was taught by Mrs Mellon (thats probably not the way to spell her name), Mrs Bell, Mrs Preston I think, Mr Davies definatley in the attic room. Was there a Mrs Ackroyd?
The institute discos at Glusburn were great but my loyalties have to be with the 11+ club. I remember Catherine Oakman and a girl called Alex Binns , I'msure they use to hang around together. They were all older than me but were in the same year as my older brother Steven. Raymond Golson was his best man.
I always remember watching Gary Leach with fascination when Northern Soul came out and he would dance non stop.
Keep the memories of Sutton in the 70's & 80's coming it does your soul good to look back.
I'll get my mum to dig out a photo or two next time I am over Crosshills way and scan them onto the site.

Darren Green

Lisa Guest
Monday, April 27, 2009 14:38
Message for Graham Smith: I have to disagree with Michael Swan I believe the girl next to you is Mandy Palfreman from Park Ave. I too remember the youth club just can't remember who I went with !!!!
Jonny Broughton and his sister Claire lived in the cottages on the High St. My brothers Joe & Mick Matthews see him from time to time in Leeds. My cousins the Longbottom twins still both live in Sutton. Can you also remember my other cousin Liz Brown who also lives in Sutton and is still in contact with Hazel Lee and Zoe Taylor.
Regards Lisa Guest (nee Matthews)
Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Monday, April 27, 2009 19:20
cheers lisa. you are correct it was mandy on the photo
there were one or 2 names i could not remember. i know all the names you mentioned in your post
Great times at the 11 + club .i joined in 75 when it started. i think it finished in 1980?
i remember kids taking it in turns to dj every sunday with their boxes of 7" singles
jeremy stones was into the band queen. ian lloyd had the punk stuff.mine were darts and whatever was in charts at time.
i liked the yearly games cometitions which i remember bruce walker being very good at
nice to see the replys to my post
thanks Graham
Sue Robinson
Thursday, May 28, 2009 17:45
Hello Graham

Lisa is right it's not me next to you. (well done for spotting that Lisa) I'm not sure where you are on the photo but I know I'm not on this one (thank god) I was a few years younger than you lot, but I did join the club later....does anyone remember the Panto we did for our Parents & the locals ??? "Snow White and the seven Dwarfs" my brother played the part of Bashfull...I was in the Chorus and did a dance routine along with Alison Falshaw, Ann Dewhurst, and Lizette Cookson.
Michaels memory isn't all that bad though cos we were neighbours when we lived on Rowan Garth... and Robbo who he recalls as being one of his mates in now my other half
Reguards Sue Robinson (nee Briggs)

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