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Junior Youth Fellowship... With Thanks to Bill Dancer

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The Junior Youth Fellowship wasn't just an inward looking organisation and it laid on entertainment for the local people as Bill Dancer explains..... 

  

The JYF put on a Christmas Pageant in All Saints Hall every year. This was Directed by Miss Pickford who lived with her parents in the house that used to be situated adjacent to the Coastal Road (aka Thanet Way) and the SE corner of the Church Street Playing Fields. It was demolished to make way for the improved Coastal Road (which has yet to appear) and, with it, went a wonderful Walnut and Medlar tree - the fruits of which we enjoyed for years. 

The photo below shows the pageant.....

 

 

Junior Youth Fellowship Pageant - early 1950s

I can't recall all the faces in the angels/crib part, I can name some....

  • Angels (left to right)... Coral Wainforth, Jennifer Jackson, Unknown, Jennifer Stiff and ?Annoot. 
     

  • Mary... Susan Macara supported by Madelaine Buckner and Margaret Jordon. 
     

  • To the far right... Doreen Austin ,Gary Lucas, myself, Christine Laudy and Heather Macara. 

 

Bill

Bill Dancer
Victoria
British Columbia
Canada

 

It also took an active part in some of the town's main events. Bill Dancer's comments below elaborate and he also mentions the name of a clergyman who served for Whitstable for many years....

  

    

The photograph below shows the JYF entry "The Local Rag" in the carnival I would guess 1949....

 

"The Local Rag" - Carnival 1949

Bottom left to right: Sister Pickering in Church Army Uniform, Bridgit Fitt, Susan Clift, Hal Jones, Roger Collinson. 

Top Left to right: Bill Dancer,Angela Locke,Peter Waite,Janet Rye,Terry(Birdie) Wright,Robin Ross(hat and head only),Tony Camp,Anne Boorer and Peter Follenphant.

 

The "Swiss Admiral" mentioned on the side refers to Mr.Donovan the Town Beadle who paraded in full uniform along the promenade and was known to us by this grand title .

The second photo and prize winner from the year of Kon Tiki is another entry with much the same cast except Madelaine Buckner is the attractive young lady sitting bottom centre on the raft and Canon Cyril E. Wainforth is standing behind the float.....

 

  

 

Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of my favourite which was entitled "A Hole in the Road" featuring several WUDC employees above a hole "studying the situation" and one down the hole apparently "actually" or, at least, "appearing capable" of productive movement .

 

Bill

Bill Dancer
Victoria
British Columbia
Canada

   

Now, it's possible that you are scratching your head and wondering which year was Kon Tiki year. Well, six men set sail on their balsa wood craft at Callao in Peru and landed on the island of Raroia in Polynesia just 101 days later. And it all happened in..... 1947! 

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