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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Bethune Park
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Bethune Park

Changing hut in the background
Picture added on 11 November 2009 at 14:15
The building in the background was the cafe run in the 1950s by the Bradshaw family
Added by Dave Kelly on 29 December 2011
if I am correct, that is the club house not the cafe. The cafe is the next building up not in shot. They used to keep the lawn mowers and such in this, to the left, and the club house was to the right.
Added by Colin Hopkin on 11 June 2013
you're right changing rooms up the top by the cafe facing the running track, changed many a time there for a north met game. jim
Added by Jim on 21 June 2013
The long building in the background is definitely Jim Bradshaw's café. I know because I was his son Michael's girlfriend at the time. The changing room is not in photo, it is on the other side of the running track according to my husband, who used it many times in the 1950s and 60's
Added by Jane Davis. June 28th 2013 on 28 June 2013
I can say without a doubt that it isn't the cafe. I live here in the flats and am100 percent that I am correct. The cafe is not in shot. It also burnt down many years later too. The cafe is a much bigger building. My flat looks down on it. Sorry to correct you. This picture has been taken from where the tennis courts are looking towards beconsfield road. Where the golf course used to be.
Added by Colin Hopkin on 29 June 2013
yes the changing rooms were up the top next to the toilets,but later on there wasa little cafe there ,just before you went on to the kids pitch,the cafe down near the golf gates was as you say mr bradshaws.Totterige hamlets used to play on the pitch in front of it, north met also played there and down in the dip ( beconfields rd )
Added by Jim on 30 June 2013
The Football Pitch in foreground was used by Holly Park School teams, both House Teams and Senior Team
Added by John Selves on 02 March 2015
Remember it well, played on that pitch many times for Oakleigh Rovers (c1968/9). Tennis courts further up to where pic taken by the park entrance
Added by David Quick on 23 October 2019
I also played for Oakleigh Rovers with Eddie Dension Eddie Newbury, (Colin Hitchins rip), Johnny Mann (rip), Terry Oakley, Roger Angus, Robin Vale and sometimes Ricky Punt when we were short we used to meet up outside a sweet shop oppisite the Rising Sun pub proper football in those days

Added by Jim Keogh on 23 October 2019
I remember a lot of those names. Johnny Mann got me started with Oakleigh Rovers. Many a pint with Terry Oakley (he used to work for Express Motors). I lived in York Way so recall the sweet shop. Didn't we all go to Colin's CIU club as well?
Added by David Quick on 29 October 2019
Right again sadly the club has also gone. I think Brian was the one who used to be the secetery of Oakleigh - wore glasses

Added by Jim on 31 October 2019
That's definitely the Park keepers' building that they kept all their gear in, the café is up by the running track, I used to play on the golf course and the tennis courts and also football on the pitches there for Friern Barnet County School, but when I was at Holly Park we played on the pitch up by the café, I lived over the road in Chaville Court in Beaconsfield Road.
Added by PETER BROOKS on 09 May 2020
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