Madge Mitcham

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This is an interview with my aunt Miss Madge Mitcham who has lived on the Brentham Estate since she was born in 1914. She talks on the tape about the estate and particularly about the Brentham Club at which she spent many of her leisure hours both as a child and adult. Claude McCreadie, 3/9/96]
Club: safe area, children play safely. River Brent ran through estate. Tennis grass courts - later 2 hard courts. Early tennis rackets - children's rackets made of string - parents strung the racket. North Ealing School - about 12 first racket - won tennis tournament, prize was a gut racket from headmistress. First work at 15 - drapers, technical college in the evenings, learn shorthand typing. Job at Thomas Cook (Green Park), travelled from Ealing Broadway by train - open countryside - Sunday evening walks - Horsenden Hill, Fox & Goose pub - mother had a Guinness - 1924 - watched King George & Queen Mary open Wembley Stadium - waited ages. description of the house - built about 1910. Tap dancing, always something to do in the club - hockey, gym, running. WTA: Workers Travellers Association, South Wales, travelled Isle of Wight. Tap dancing, table tennis, cricket, football. She won table tennis tournament - club awarded cups - started as children. before the war everything revolved around the club. Committee run by volunteers - organised tournament, dance. Cards - billiards, snooker, chess for the men. Mother used to go down regularly to play bridge - women not allowed to play snooker because of ruining the tables. Couldn't afford to run a car. Winning tennis tournament "down the club".