FLICKS IN THE STICKS!
MADAM: I very much enjoyed the article about the Kinema in the Woods (“Cinemagic”, Autumn 2016) , as I was at school in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, towards the end of the war. We had just returned after being evacuated to Ingleton, Yorkshire, at the beginning of the war, due to the Army having requisitioned the school’s premises and grounds for an anti- aircraft base. Needless to say, they sited one of their three guns right in the middle of the lovingly tended cricket square!
I well remember three occasions, when we were taken to the Kinema to
see films, deemed to be suitable for our age range and they were much enjoyed by one and all. Hence the Kinema held a special place in our memories, but it was not known to us as the Kinema in the Woods. It was known locally as The Flicks in the Sticks!
Incidentally, with regard to your article about Chris Brasher ( Autumn 2016), his wife Shirley Bloomer, as she then was, and her brother Robin were contemporaries of mine at the school.
Shirley, of course, went on to great success in the British Ladies’ Tennis Team, while Robin, I understand, restricted his sporting interests to horseracing and, indeed, his betting record while still at his senior school was so successful, that a leading bookmaker offered him a job there and then! It was generally thought that, while the bookie wished to take advantage of his prowess at picking winners, their rules of employment would prevent him from placing bets with them. — TOM KING, CALNE, WILTSHIRE.
The class of 1932 from Easton Road School in Bristol. Were you among them? See letter below.