Oddfellows Hall

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Topic Originator: june
Post Date July 7, 2005 @ 8:36 AM
 Oddfellows Hall
 Oddfellows/what did they do?
 Oddfellows Hall/Miss Dilger
 Oddfellows Hall/Ben Painter Secretary
 Oddfellows Hall/Silent Movies
 Oddfellows Hall/Doddys
 Oddfellows Hall
 Oddfellows Hall

July 7, 2005 @ 8:36 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

When we were school age we used to go in the summer months  and collect rosehips from the rose bushes in the fields on Casterton Road. (Now a housing estate). We  were told  to collect  only the ripe hips.  When we had a large amount we took them to the Odd Fellows Hall where they were weighed and we were given 3d per pound in weight.  This used to give us a nice bit of pocket money to spend. I was a bit reluctant to part with all those beautifuly shiny red hips but I did want some pocket money.

Ed:  Did you collect rose hips?

Catherine: We used to attend meetings at the Odd Fellows Hall.  I think it was a sort of religious group (am not sure).  We had a song we sang
"Sunshine corner, oh its jolly fine,
Its for children under 99
All are welcome, seats are given free,
Stamford Sunshine Corner is the Place for me!"
Once I went to a concert there with a ventriloquist's dummy as one of the acts.
Editor's note:  anyone else remember Sunshine Corner?

November 16, 2010 @ 10:39 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

The entries on the Tin Chapel reminded me of a few parties at the Oddfellows Hall in St.Peter`s Street in the late 1940s - once again, there was a handy pub next door. Are there any Oddfellows (capital O) left in Stamford? Does anyone know what they did?

Kate:  Thanks for that Patrick.  There were 2 other postings re the Oddfellows to which I have added your posting.  Did you attend?

John Tyers
November 16, 2010 @ 11:23 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

As a boy during the war, while my mother was at work, my Saturday morning job was to take to the Oddfellows Hall, I think it was 6d for each of us to insure against any medical costs for the forthcoming week. This was before the advent of the NHS. I can remember how dark and gloomy it was in there with the blackout curtains up.  The lady who presided was I think Miss Dilger and I recall she always wore mittens and a hat and overcoat, it being freezing cold in there and all the cards she marked off after you paid, were piled up on a "desk" which was little more than a board on top of a couple of packing cases and illuminated by a Hurricane lamp.   I do recall a children's Christmas party in there about 1944? given by the National Fire Service and I qualified to attend as my dad was in the forces.
Kate:  Thanks John for that very interesting account of the Oddfellows Hall.
Anyone remember seeing Miss Dilger?

christine pattinson
November 16, 2010 @ 5:47 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Ben Painter my Dad was secretary of the Oddfellows branch in Stamford in the 1950/70's. It was a sick  club, started in the days before the NHS. You paid in so much a month and if you became ill and unable to work you recieved money to help with medicine and food bills etc until you could return to work . They also gave money to charities. I remember they raised a great deal of money for a new Sheringham Lifeboat. The full title was "The Independent Order of Odd Fellows". I think the Stamford branch was "Loyal Albion Lodge" Does anyone remember going to pay their monthly dues.
Kate:  Thanks Chris - useful information about the Oddfellows Stamford Branch and the knowledge that Ben PAINTER did important work for the Stamford Branch.

Oddfellows - Ben Painter -left (Secretary)
Just received this great photo - thanks Chris - Ben Painter receiving retirement gift.

November 17, 2010 @ 9:28 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I remember Miss Dilger and her younger brother, Peter. I think they lived in Stanley Street. They were regular attenders at St.Augustine`s
Church where Peter was an altar boy. Which reminded me that the Oddfellows Hall was built in the 1870s on the site of the first Catholic Church in Stamford. The Oddfellows must have been a prosperous Society then. When silent movies came to Stamford the Hall was rented by William Dodman to show them. From the 1950s for several years the Hall was the office of Customs and Excise and Social Security. (Credit to Ken Ford for this information).
Kate:  Thanks for all that info. Patrick.  Anyone remember the silent movies at Oddfellows?

November 18, 2010 @ 6:33 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

A quick afterthought! Thinking of Mr Dodman it was common to hear in Stamford in the 1930s to hear  people going to the cinema, long after the Picturedrome and the Central opened, to say they were going to `Doddys`. Anyone else old enough to remember this?

November 18, 2010 @ 9:17 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Yes I remember we always called them the Central Cinema and Doddys.
I can remember standing on a Saturday afternoon in a queue waiting for the pictures to open.

Angela Hirst
January 22, 2014 @ 10:31 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Just found this site - fascinating stuff - so much to read...
Oddfellows Hall: I moved to Stamford as a teenager in 1966, and worked at DHSS there. Miss Dilger (Mary) was still there, and I was terrified of her at first, but we became very good friends despite the age difference. Most of the staff were ancient (I thought) but I have happy  memories of working there, and can still remember lots of their names.
The manager and his deputy used to disappear for hours on end, but we knew they were next door in the Albion! I used to run round and fetch them if the Regional Office rang up asking for them.
The office closed in 1969 and we were all moved to the big new office in Peterborough.
Kate: Hi Angela - glad you found us.