Maddiston’s Joyce was a day tripper

From left, May Bisland, Joyce, Irene Penman and Susan Pender on a day trip wih Maddiston Evangelical Church circa 1950
From left, May Bisland, Joyce, Irene Penman and Susan Pender on a day trip wih Maddiston Evangelical Church circa 1950
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Following last week’s memory from May Bisland about trips with Maddiston Evangelical Church, Joyce Brown contacted the Falkirk Herald.

Joyce was one of the four girls pictured in front of a bus before they headed off on a Sunday school trip. Joyce, nee Anthony, now lives in Whitecross and remembers the church trips fondly.

Joyce (73) said: “The two pastors at the church made the children feel really special on the trips and there must have been a lot of organising before hand.

“Burntisland seems to stick in my mind – we may have went there several times – and we would be given a packed lunch for the trip with sandwiches, sausage rolls and maybe a slice of cake. It was a real highlight for the children in the village.”

Joyce remembers the church pastors, Alex and Jimmy Smith, were two of the only people in Maddiston to have cars at that time.

“In the early 1950s only the farmers had cars, but Alex and Jimmy had a great big, black Humber Hawk. It was quite a car and I remember the children used to get excited when they took it for a run.

“I think we would all have been about 12 in this picture.

“I stopped going to Bible study when I was 14 or 15.

“At that age going to the pictures or ice skating seemed much more important.”