Your memories of Bob A Job tasks in Hartlepool

Bob-A-Jobbers in Hartlepool in the 1980s.
Bob-A-Jobbers in Hartlepool in the 1980s.

A penny for your thoughts, we said. Or maybe that should have been a bob.

That’s because we asked you to cast your minds back to the good old days of Bob A Job week and lots of you did just that.

Peter and Philip Iverson enjoy a well-earned lunch after helping to clear the Raby Arms car park in 1985.

Peter and Philip Iverson enjoy a well-earned lunch after helping to clear the Raby Arms car park in 1985.

We are indebted to Hartlepool man Alan Wilderspin who led the way with his reminiscences. He cast his mind back to when he did his own Bob A Job tasks in 1948.

He thinks he was one of the first people to do it and even remembered what the task was.

Alan said: “There was an unusual job to do and there were three prizes for the people who did it in the most interesting way.

“There was this man who lived near me and bred rabbits. He used to feed them dandelion leaves and he wanted someone to pick dandelion leaves.”

There was this man who lived near me and bred rabbits. He used to feed them dandelion leaves and he wanted someone to pick dandelion leaves

Alan Wilderspin

Alan’s task was judged to be one of the most unusual in his Scout troop, which meant he was one of three people chosen to win the free prize. But what was it?

“The prize was a trip on a coach to Darlington to see the Ralph Reader Gang Show.”

And the prize didn’t end there. The second part of it was fish and chips.”

Alan was a part of the 15th Hartlepool Scouts at the time and even remembers that Harold Peacock was his Scoutmaster. He last saw him at an international camp in Cleveland.

Thanks go to Alan for his wonderful memories.

And we are equally grateful to David Skilbeck for sharing his own memories.

“I can recall Bob A Job week in 1959,” he said.

“Myself and my pal Derek Steele got together and proceeded to seek for jobs. I remember we borrowed my younger brother’s pushchair to transport various items from and to.”

The plan worked a treat and David remembered: “We had crates of empties from Guthries and low picks lemonade which we were give the deposits back on crates and bottles.

“We even moved scrap from gardens to the scrap yard. The money we collected we had to log onto a card and a description of job. A very enjoyable week was had.”

We would love to hear from even more people with their own Bob-A-Job memories.

We recently featured pictures from 1985, showing youngsters from the Hart Village Cub Scouts who got a thank you lunch for the help they had given to Al and Marge Lucas, of the Raby Arms in the village.

The Bob-A-Jobbers had helped clean up the hotel car park just as they had been doing for a number of years.

Just as keen to get in on the act in 1985 where the members of the 40th Hartlepool Cub and Scout Group.

They cleaned cars for Bob A Job week and amongst those who were doing good deeds were Stephen and Philip Smith.

By the time the Hartlepool Mail photograph was taken, they had already raised £24 and were clearly doing a very thorough job.

To share your own Bob-A-Job memories, get in touch by emailing chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk to tell us all about it.