Meadows to Meaders

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Will Norma Meader be able to afford new stockings?
Will Peter Meadows ever pluck up the courage to ask his true love to the youth club dance?
And why is Annie, respectably married mother of two hiding in a hedge?

Come along to Ascot Road on Sunday, July 2nd to find out and meet the Meadows and the Meaders; two fictional families who were in Southmead from the very beginning!

The many fascinating stories provided by you have been woven into the Meadows to Meaders Soap Opera. People of Southmead will be performing episodes covering the 1930s to the 1960s, live on Ascot Road at 2pm and 4.30pm.

This is a FREE event, but booking is essential. Please book at

Lots of other activities will also be taking place throughout the day:

  • A chance to sample a taste of 1930s cuisine – just the way granny used to cook.
  • Watch films capturing memories of the early years of Fonthill Road School, the Baptist Church Youth Club and that take a peek inside some of the first houses to be built in Southmead.
  • Visit the Exhibition of Objects Past, that reveal another part of Southmead’s history and hear recollections of cows being herded along Ascot Road, memories of the first Teddy boys and Doncaster Road teacher remembering how cheeky children were tricked into owning up to stealing fruit from the school allotment.

The local community are working to create a booklet about the project and the history of Southmead. Other memories will be uploaded here.

If you would like to find out more or get involved with any of the free project activities, please contact Ruth Myers or leave a message in the SCART shop on Greystoke Avenue.

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