OldCiren - Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK
I’ve often heard that there’s nothing much to do in Ciren for teenagers but in the mid to late 1960’s there was a great deal of things to do and places to go. The Corn Hall was the venue of choice when it came to Saturday nights in town. Bands or “Groups” as we called them back then, regularly played and were well attended. It was the STAX club however which opened in 1967, which lives on in the memory of many of us from that time. The stax club (named after the Record Company of that name) specialised in Soul music and every week a different Soul band played to a packed hall. Bands such as Desmond Dekker and the Aces and the ever popular “Pyramids” attracted the teenagers, many of which, like myself, had to work extra paper rounds to get the 7/6pence to get in. Once in , drinks were pub prices. These were the days when the licencing regulations weren’t always strictly enforced.
Upstairs in the Corn Hall at this time were the “adults” – members of what was known as the RAFA club – but more about this another time.
At the bottom end of Dyers street at number 53 was the house know to as “Adam’s Pad”, a house owned by the Church in which the Curate - Reverend Adam Ford, held open house for Ciren teenagers affectionately known as “The Herd”. Later, under the guidance of the next Curate, Rev Richard Munn, the name was applied to the football team of the same name. Adam’s Pad was a fun place – full of music and good natured fun. The photo here shows some of the “Herd” with Adam Ford, embarking on a walking and camping Holiday in 1968. It was never quite the same when Adam left for different things, but it soldiered on for a while with “Dick Munn” Boyed up by the Football interest