Nora Lodge, a lived and worked in the community(Newtown). She worked at Holte School as a caretaker and also Played for Bidgley Power Badminton Club. She relived her moments of playing and working in a vibrant Community Leisure Center where people would come to use the gym, have grand Asian weddings and use the astro-turf for football. “All that’s gone now. she said – the school was demolished in 2010 and we lost all the facilities, community usage and all the other cultural and community events that took place there”. She also lost her job, which she was really saddened by. We sports Hall was demolished and badminton club and other sports and social clubs that the that had been also lost. Bidgley power had been playing there for 30 years.
She remarked on how important venues and facilities for communities were to enable play to happen and opportunities to be created. “Those were the good old days” There was unity and the club was a place where people could all meet and play. She remembered a vibrant club full of members from predominately made of Afro-Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani players. Read more about the Holte School in the Memories of Play page.
She spoke about the award and presentation evening they had in 2008 in a venue in Rupert Street, Nechells, Birmingham for all the players. Below are some of the picture she took.
Badminton Presentation and Social Party in Rupert Street, Nechells Birmingham.
She was Kind enough to talk to me about her memories and gave me pictures she took on the night of the celebration where players were presented with awards and prizes.
She remembered having social get together and playing dominoes at her house with other fellow players after the club has finished. ‘ We had social events and loved being a part of Bidgley, I wish that I could go back and play again”. She also participated in and volunteered at many of the events including setting up coaching for new and emerging players.