Chil­dren’s clubs

In our Fe­bru­ary 13 is­sue of Meet­ing Place we in­cluded a let­ter from Polly Kitchen about chil­dren’s clubs. Here are just some of the let­ters and emails we re­ceived about your mem­o­ries of chil­dren’s clubs

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Badges of pride

I was a great fan of chil­dren’s clubs – es­pe­cially if they had a badge I could wear with pride. I was a keen mem­ber of the Cad­bury C Club and also of Girl, sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion to The Ea­gle. In fact, I liked badges so much that I made sev­eral from the foil caps I saved from my bot­tles of school milk. On each one I etched with a pen­cil the words Se­cret So­ci­ety and dis­trib­uted them among my class­mates!

Mary Cook, Gains­bor­ough

On song

I be­longed to the Cliff Richard Fan Club and Tiger Tims Club. I still have the badges! Does any­one else re­mem­ber these?

Pauline Fisher, Telford, Shrop­shire

Prize sur­prise

I won a prize in Colin Cad­bury’s C clubs of a small packet of choco­late or­ange creams. To this day I have never eaten any choco­late or­ange creams that were so tasty and de­li­cious but then again, treats like this were in very short sup­ply in 1949.

Lil­lian Shel­don, West Mid­lands

Mak­ing head­lines

I re­mem­ber the Ebb and Flo club in one of the daily news­pa­pers. I was about nine years old – I’m 95 now – and it was very ex­cit­ing. I re­ceived a badge and a se­cret pass­word, and also up-to­date news of other mem­bers, with a newssheet. I al­ways looked for­ward to Dad pass­ing me ‘my own’ page in the news­pa­per which fea­tured club news. Dorothy Stone, Sh­effield

Here come the Ovaltineys!

I re­mem­ber be­ing in the Ovaltineys when I was young. I lis­tened to their pro­gramme on the ra­dio on Sun­day nights. We used to have an Ovaltineys badge and a book­let which I re­mem­ber in­cluded a se­cret code!

Dorothy Marchant, Hereford

Gloop­ers were all smiles

Way back in the Twen­ties I was a mem­ber of the Gloops Club that ap­peared in the Evening Chron­i­cle, a daily news­pa­per in the north-east. Gloops was a cat that had such ad­ven­tures. The motto of the club was, ‘If your face wants to smile, let it. If it doesn’t, make it’. I had a mem­ber­ship cer­tifi­cate, a hand­ker­chief with the badge em­broi­dered in one cor­ner and still have the tin badge. Edna Ralph, Northumberland

Odeon mis­chief

Ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing, aged ten, I used to go the Odeon cin­ema in Rhyll. We used to sing, ‘Ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing where do we go, get­ting into mis­chief, oh dear no, to the Mickey Mouse Club, with our badges on, ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing at the O-DE-ON!’ I had a bot­tle of pop and cream­crack­ers with lemon curd! El­iz­a­beth Ste­wart, Northants

Tiny Tot hon­our

I had the hon­our of be­ing able to put ini­tials af­ter my name as I be­longed to the Tiny Tots Or­der of Merit! When I was about six I re­ceived the Tiny Tots comic ev­ery week. My cer­tifi­cate had Tiny Tots Or­der of Merit at the top and said, ‘This is to let ev­ery­one know that Carolyn But­ler has this day been awarded a cer­tifi­cate for her clever let­ter. Un­cle Jack is glad to con­fer this hon­our. Mem­bers of the or­der may use the let­ters TTOM af­ter their name’. Carolyn West, Isle of Wight

Se­cret let­ters

Colin Cad­bury of the Cad­bury C Club would send mem­bers ‘per­son­alised’ let­ters! Liv­ing near the docks in a wartorn area it was won­der­ful to re­ceive club mag­a­zines, com­pe­ti­tions and your very own let­ters and be­ing able to prac­tise writ­ing the replies.

He­len Walker, Liver­pool

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