Lewes Congregational Church
This photo of the Maids Brigade at Lewes Road Congregational church was taken in the early 50s when I was 7/8 years old (as far as I can remember).
Very happy memories
I have very happy memories of the time spent in this company which, I believe, was the only one of it’s kind, though it was similar to the Girls Life Brigade (now Girls Brigade) to which I also belonged for a short while when I first moved to Hove. It was a Church association so we were expected to go to Sunday school each week too and we also had church parades.
Worked towards our achievements
We started as Cadets then Juniors and as far as I remember progressed to Seniors. Our time was spent doing drill (marching) playing team games, doing exercises, dancing (I particularly remember learning the Scottish sword dance!) and working towards achievements such as singing, cooking (at home) and I think elocution too.
A very large company
We sang the Brigade hymn ‘O Jesus I have promised’ and paid ‘subs’ of 2d a week. As you can see we were a large company back then with a very suportive group of leaders who gave many years of loyal service – indeed Mrs Gee seen in this photo was also in the previous photo taken in the 70s.
Can you help?
As this was taken over 50 years ago my apologies to anyone incorrectly named, I am more than happy to be corrected – I hope someone will be able to fill in the names I have missed. It is a large photo but here goes:-
Reading left to right throughout.
Top row ?, ?, ?Russell, ?, ?Divall, Margaret Pelling, ?, ?, Mary Martin, ?, Meryl?,
2nd down ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?,
3rd down Mary George, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Valerie Gee, ?, ?, ?, Mary Triggs, ?, ?, ?, ?,
4th down ?, Mrs Richardson, Sylvia Finch, ?, ?, Miss Patching, Mrs Gatland, Rev Gatland, Miss Wilton, Mrs Gee, ?, ?, ?, ?, Audrey Norman,
5th down Susan Russell, ?, Janice Haste, Janet Aitkenhead, ?, Sheila Robbins, Marion Joiner, Me, Pauline?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?,
Bottom row ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Barbara Brown, ?, ?, ? ?, Christine Marchant, ?, Yvonne Guile, Yvonne Green
Can you fill in any gaps? If you can help please leave a message below.
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