|Memories of Fazeley, written by Joseph T. Hunter in August 2008 when he was 88 years old.
Bonehill Golf CoursePre war Bonehill had a 9 hole golf course and if lads were big and strong enough and prepared to carry a golf bag for 2 miles, they were employed as caddies, a well earned source of pocket money.
Our 'gangs' interest in golf was finding golf balls. The public footpath and spinney around the Slack walk bordered the golf course and as the golfers teed off from the canal area towards Bonehill House, a lot of balls would go astray. Sometimes they would land in the 'Dutch Canal' which ran parallel to the course and we would retrieve them and chase after the golfers. We usually earned twopence for that service.
One Sunday morning straight after Sunday School I took up my usual vantage point to look for balls. I lost sight of one ball, I thought it was on the fairway, but it suddenly struck me on the chest. A big red mark appeared but otherwise I was ok. The golfer enquired how I was, he was a one armed man named Moseley and I think was the brother of one of two pilots when the Duke of Kent's plane crashed near Oban, killing all the crew with the exception of Flight Sergeant Jacks.
The following Sunday that same golfer, at the same time landed his ball just in front of me, thereafter I moved to another spot.
The course entailed crossing the Tamworth to Mile Oak road to complete the nine holes and eventually the club moved to a new 18 hole course at Drayton Manor.
The old clubhouse which was near the canal bridge was placed on trailers and moved to near Mile Oak crossroads. It became a home for Mr Fred Davis, who kept a turkey farm on land there.
When I used to go on the Sunday School canal trips to Fisherwick and Tamhorn Farm, the golfers would find it fun to throw heaps of coppers to us, we found it fun too, scrambling for them.