I received the
following e-mail (edited in parts) from Alison Elliot in January 2011.
She mentions a number of things from the Manchester Christian scene of the
Catacombs (Christian coffee bar)
Christian Business Mens' Committee
Barge Inn Coffee Bar, Cheadle
(Christian coffee bar)
Ford's Lane Evangelical
I stumbled across
your website by chance, and am absolutely amazed by it! It brought my teenage
years flooding back! I was 14 in 1963, and remember seeing the Crossbeats in
the Manchester area several times. In fact I think I remember you being called
I went to Ford's Lane
Evangelical Church in Bramhall, and you played there at least once (see
Bookings Page 12 September 1969). The CBMC
(Christian Business Men's Committee) used to put on monthly events in
Manchester, and I think you may have played at one of these "for young people"
(see Bookings Page 21 November 1964).
My friends and I used to go to Barge Inn in
Cheadle, and helped set up the Catacombs (coffee
bar in Manchester) - I remember going to paint walls(see page on
Val Grieve), and being trained in counseling
before it started! I think when it opened it ran for a week with maybe Alan
Godson as speaker (my recollection is Stuart
Briscoe - Alan came much later)? Then it opened weekends, until it
increased to full time opening.
Crossbeats were our first experience of a Christian Music group that were in
any way comparable to secular bands, and that gave us a huge amount of
encouragement - that Christians could be "modern", and did not only play folk
music! We also thought you were all very good-looking!" (I couldn't bring
myself to edit that out).
thank you for the site, but thank you more for you input into the lives of many
many Christian teenagers who were struggling to be Christians in the world of
My husband was not a Christian at that time, but since has
been heavily involved in Christian music - he is fascinated by your page on the
equipment you had, because that is just how it was
when he started playing!
Thank you and God Bless .
If you can help in any way, please get in touch.