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Sunday, 18 October 2015

FEAR HALL



Gosh this looks like a huge bundle of laughs, doesn't it?  !!!


Doesn't it conjure all sorts of grisly possibilities about what might be going on inside ~ the mind boggles!!

I was inspired to take this photo as I walked past the building recently in my home town.  I thought that to the uninitiated it might sound rather strange and a little funny.

Here, where I live, we take the name for granted  . .  and as completely harmless and in fact with affection . . . 

In fact the full name for this building is The JN Fear Institute.  It is a charity, founded in April 1937 and financed in his will by a prominent local businessman, John Nelson Fear, and built 20 years after his death for local clubs and societies from the proceeds of a wise investment of his legacy. Inside is a large hall to seat 120 people and a stage where would be actors can perform. Various craft groups and societies meet there, including our local chess and bridge meetings.


One of it's users is The Keyford Dancing School where young ladies learn the art of ballet, modern dancing and tap dancing and it is where my darling daughter learned all three disciplines about 25 years ago.  I videoed all my daughter's dancing medal performances all those years ago.  I still have them and I am in the process of getting them transferred to DVD.

I met Selina's dancing teacher and owner of the school recently and she recognised me straight away and we had a lovely chat.  She remembers me well and also my daughter; she has helped very many young ladies to gain poise and deportment which they will carry through their entire lives.

So for me there is no fear whatsoever attached to this building ~ just fond memories.


48 comments:

  1. This is amazing, Eddie, and yes, the first thing I thought of when I saw Fear Hall was Halloween! :)

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    1. Thanks Linda . . . I thought about Halloween after I posted it . . :)

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  2. The second photo is very pretty!

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    1. Yes, it is quite a quaint building as viewed from the High Street . . :)

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  3. I saw the top pic and thought you'd posted about my old school!
    Jane x

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    1. Lol . . . . my school was very strict and fearful too . . . with a lot of bullying when I was just a little boy . . .
      Eddie x

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    2. Yes . . . and boarding school . . . but it moulded our characters didn't it? . . . :) x

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    3. Moulded something!! Sent you a F/B request in Chris' name...Jane x

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    4. Got the F/B request and invited you into my inner sanctuary of merry band of happy bunnies. The name did not compute initially, hence no reply. Thought you might have been the KGB or Inland Revenue . . . lol
      In Facebook land I am known as Edwin, as you might have noticed but I am ok because I am still a Brit and come from Liverpool . . . lol
      Eddie x

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  4. An unfortunate name.... especially at Hallowe'en! The main building looks very nice, I really like the arched door.

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    1. Yes . . . an unfortunate name but nice building . . :)

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  5. An unfortunate name.... especially at Hallowe'en! The main building looks very nice, I really like the arched door.

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    1. Yes ate arched door is a nice feature . . :)

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    2. Twice... again! This happens on some blogs but not all. I can't figure it out.
      But it does give you a high comment count, so that's a good thing, right??????

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    3. Twice... again! This happens on some blogs but not all. I can't figure it out.
      But it does give you a high comment count, so that's a good thing, right??????

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  6. A bit of a strange name, but nice to hear such good things happen here.

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  7. The name is kind of fun... do they have a Hallowe'en social? One could go to town on that one!
    I will hide around the corner and when you least expect it...


    BOO!

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    1. Gosh Suzie, you made me jump . . lol :) x

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  8. "Abandon hope all ye who enter here!" was my first thought when I first saw the pictures. If Selina learned to dance there, then it can't have been all that fearful. I'm not surprised the dance teacher recognised you, you seem to be one of those people who are ageless (in the nicest possible way of course).

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    1. Yes it does give that impression seeing the back view . .
      Neither I or the teacher had changed much ~ must be the local water . . lol

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  9. "Abandon hope all ye who enter here!" was my first thought when I first saw the pictures. If Selina learned to dance there, then it can't have been all that fearful. I'm not surprised the dance teacher recognised you, you seem to be one of those people who are ageless (in the nicest possible way of course).

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    1. You are repeating yourself old chap . . . lol

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  10. Sounds a bit grim but glad it isn't!
    Good things go on there that's the main thing.
    Maggie x

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    1. Hi Maggie, I'll show you next tome you are in Keynsham . . :) xx

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  11. Why do my comments appear twice?

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  12. Why do my comments appear twice?

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    1. Hi Keith . . . . a good question . . . Shamickite's do as well . . . one way to get the comment tally up . . lol

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    2. It's got something to do with synchronized devices.

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    3. He's a twin really Blue but can't decide which he is . . . lol
      All this space and time travel . . . :)

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  13. Well there would be fear
    If I tried to dance with my rhyming rear
    Other than that it sounds swell
    And not a place that rings the scary bell

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    1. Well I expect there would be lots of fear
      If you decided to expose your rear . . . lol

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  14. Hahahaha! That's so funny, Eddie - not to mention scary and fear inducing to boot.

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  15. Thank you for sharing your fond memories of 'Fear Hall'! While I certainly would have LOVED attending a dance lesson in such a wonderful building, me thinks there might be a few young lads who would approach 'Fear Hall' with just that: FEAR...of dancing!! ;)

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    1. You make a very good point Monica ~ we (blokes) are not nearly as good on the dance floor ~ wonder why? Anyone any ideas?

      Thanks Monica and lovely to see you again . . :) x

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  16. Oh my.. Imagine going through life with Fear as a last night. That poor guy probably got a lot of ribbing about it. But boy-o-boy, he was a generous guy!
    Thanks for the smiles,
    xo jj

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    1. He probably used to say "Have no fear I an here"
      Thanks Joanna
      x

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  17. Hi Eddie....
    Here I am....as requested....and I am not scared at all!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Hi Linda
      I did not think you would be scared . . . . lol
      I'll be over to catch up at your place soon . . . . :)

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    2. Wait until you see him without make-up, Linda! :p

      Hi Eddie!

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  18. Interesting. My first thought was a church of some kind that I probably would not be interested in. The real story is much better. Good thing his initials were not 'I' and 'M' as in I.M. Fear.

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    1. Hello Bill and welcome.
      Yes good job he did not have those initials . . lol
      Glad you liked it . . :)

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