Monday, 29 October 2007


Hi Tommy,
Have just spent an interesting couple of hours going through our website, which I confess I haven't looked at for a while. Most of the memories are exactly like mine. However, you may recall me telling you a number of years back, that I had started a small reunion of my own called the HOGS. (Hanwell Old Girls, there are 12 of us). We met up for the first time in 2001 and have had an annual get-together ever since.
Anyway, I wrote a little story about us and still have the original copy on my computer together with photos. I obviously don't expect you to publish the lot but you may like to extract the odd item or two, so I am sending it unedited as an attachment. Photos will follow.
Keep up the good work.

Val (Bailey)        More to follow next month articles and photo's the editor Tommy

Friday, 26 October 2007

From Margaret Mills(Still living on the Estate)

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply but have been extremely busy since receiving your email.

I did forward it on to a couple of ladies and I believe Liz has been in touch.  I looked at the website and decided that when I got time I would give you the history of my connection with the Estate.  My late husband Roy and his parents moved into 68 Kennedy Road in February 1937.  His parents were Bill (William) and Emily Mills.

Roy went to school on the estate and then to Drayton Manor when his passed the 11 plus exam.  I understand that his parents were quite involved in the early days of the estate when the Hanwell Community Association started and his dad got involved with the boxing club.  Roy also joined the youth clubs.  When he left school he went to work as a Lab. Technician in the Biochemistry dept., of Glaxo Research.  He started to learn to fly at Denham Flying Club in 1953 and got his Private Pilot's Licence in 1954.  I met him in August 1954 when he came out to Uxbridge to the new Glaxo Animal Feeds Dept to blend an experimental food to go to a farmer.  We got married in 1958 and lived at 68 Kennedy with his parents until 1964 when we got a flat in the new Gurnell Grove estate.  His father died in November 1966.  We moved to Mayfield Gardens (the other side of Greenford Avenue) in 1970 and, because Roy was an only child, his mother, who still lived at 68 Kennedy, came to live with us and our two children, Joanne and Nigel, in 1971.  


Roy had a break from the Centre after being in the Youth Club until 1965 by which time his leisure time was taken up running a flying group.  The Group had started with a Tiger Moth at Denham, moved to Elstree Aerodrome in 1957. The Tiger Moth was sold and we bought a Miles Hawk Trainer (Miles Magister or Maggie for short).  We also expanded with a single seat bi-plane called a Currie Wot.  We were also very involved with the Popular Flying Association which Roy had joined in 1954, he eventually became Chairman of it for about four years.  All this while still  working at Glaxo.  We got involved with the Community Centre again after the Currie Wot had an accident and we needed somewhere to repair it.  We moved into a part of the basement around 1965 and have been there ever since.  Roy was elected on to the committee of the Association and also became Chairman of that.  He took redundancy from Glaxo in 1980 and became Manager of the Community Centre in October 1980 until his retirement in 1997.  He still carried on working at the Centre in a voluntary capacity (he was Voluntary Company Secretary and voluntary manager) until the day he died, 27th April, 2005 which happened to be my 69th birthday.  He had had a titanium valve fitted in his heart in 1995 and I think it just packed up.   


My relationship with the Centre, apart from the Flying Group, started with my being employed as an Admin. Assistant in 1974.  I took over being Voluntary Company Secretary when Roy died. Hanwell Community Association became Hanwell Community Centre Limited (a charitable company limited by guarantee) in 1992 when the Council gave us a 10 year lease.


The Centre is very busy.  Drayton Manor High School and Villiers High School (Southall) use both the Badminton hall and 5 Aside football hall every weekday as neither school has sufficient capacity.  We have classes in Upholstery and Pottery (3 of each per week) and have several organizations based here.


Last week I had an email from a Lee Abbis who lives in Canada asking if I was able to help locate family members who might still live on the estate.  His grandparents,

surname Traynor lived at 29 Hillyard Road and an Aunt and Uncle named Jackson who lived at 32 Brants Walk.  I know one or two people who are still on the estate and am doing my best to help him.  In case he is not connected with cuckooites his email address is:


I hope all this has given you the background to my connection with the estate. 


Best wishes.







From Del Southon(Greatdown road)

Hi Tommy, I've only recently been dragged, kicking and screaming,into the
21st Century and am still burning the midnight oil in my endeavors to master
my Apple. My parents moved from Battersea to the Estate when I was five, in
1936, and we lived at 48, Greatdown Road. I can still remember that the
pavements only extended as far as number 56, beyond which the houses were
still being built. At the start of the war I was evacuated to Wales but
returned after a year when my father decided to enlist in the army. Shorlty
after this the house was damaged from blast during an air raid and, along
with my mother and sister, Doreen, we moved to stay with an Aunt in
Hertfordshire. Eighteen months later we were able to return to Greatdown,
just in time for the Doodlebugs. Never a dull moment! I left Cuckoo Senior
Boys at Christmas, 1945, and worked as a van boy for Sanderson Wallpapers
for two years before winning a poster competition and being transferred to
their design department.When I was 17 I enlisted in the RNVR but, after a
period of continuous training on a destroyer with the RN, decided to
transfer to the army for my National Service and was posted to Libya during
the first Suez crisis in 1951. After demob I studied Fine Art at Hammersmith
College of Art, in Shepherds Bush, for four years. During that time I
married Yvonne Joyce, who lived at 22, Borders Road. Well, that's enough
about me for now. I have a few photo's that might be of interest but will
need to take some advice on how to send them. Carry on the good work, it's
nice to feel like a Cuckooite again.
Best regards, DEL.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Radio memory's from the past

Fw: Website

O.K. all you folks out there,
time to put on your thinking caps and send in those story's you remember from the past,every one enjoys reading them so much and the comments folks reply to them are just great.We have become in the first five months a very busy website.Well over a thousand folks have visited it and know if you look up the Cuckoo estate on Google or Yahoo we have become one of the top five websites in that search engines for folks looking up the Cuckoo Estate or Hanwell.Make our website even better with your contributions,every one has a story to tell and we all love reading them.The photo's you have sent in are amazing and the book being put together we hope will be available by the Reunion next year and every one attending will receive a copy if we can raise enough money to print the book called Memory's from the past.Remember to visit us Cuckoo Estate Hanwell W.7. and contribute by making a comment or contact me  at would love to hear from you.Remember to send in your registration for the reunion time is beginning to run out ,the first deadline is January 1st so time is very important.
Good wishes to you all Tommy.

Friday, 19 October 2007

The old drinking fountain,restored at the Old Cuckoo schools



Marriage Chicago Style.


Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given their new wives duties.

The first man had married a woman from Louisiana.

He bragged that he had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and house cleaning. He said it took a couple days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were done.

The second man had married a woman from Florida.

He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking .On the first day he didn't see any results, but the next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean, the dishes were done and he had a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a girl from Chicago.

He told her that her duties were t o keep the house clean, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything but by the third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye; enough to fix himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher and telephone a landscaper.

You just gotta love those Chicago girls. ....

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Retired and happy.


Here's something you could do in your spare time!

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.


Well, for example, the other day I went down town and into a shop. I was only there for about 5 minutes and when I came out there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.

I said to him, "Come on, man, how about giving a retired person a break?" He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a "Nazi."

He glared at me and wrote another ticket for having worn tires.


So I called him a "doughnut eating Gestapo." He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he wrote a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes.

The more I abused him the more tickets he wrote.

Personally, I didn't care. I came downtown on the bus, and the car that he was putting the tickets on had a bumper sticker that said ((I like George Bush))
I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired. It's important to my health.

Monday, 15 October 2007

A funny thing happened on the way to the Loo.

Hi everybody I would like your comments re' something that happened 
to me recently, I don't think I did anything wrong but my wife feels 
differently. A short while ago I got out of bed in the middle of the 
night, went downstairs and had my usual glass of milk and biscuits, 
(cookies for you yanks ) then went into the bathroom for a pee before 
going back to bed. I was sitting on the pot with no lights on, 
minding my own business when I heard my wife getting out of bed. 
Feeling pretty certain she was about to head my way I called out "I'm 
in here." There was no reply from her, and in the very dim light I 
saw her come out of the bedroom, and as I guessed headed my way. 
Again I called out, but louder this time " I'm in here". Still there 
was no response from her. Now as she got closer it seemed to me she 
was either half asleep, or sleep walking. My first reaction was to 
turn on the light, but then I thought no wait this could  become very 
interesting. I felt sure as she got closer she would see me sitting 
there. Closer and closer she came until she was nearly touching me, 
and it was all I could do to stop myself from laughing. She turned 
round pulling up her nighty as she did so then proceeded to sit down. 
Just as the back of her thighs touched my knees I tapped her on the 
back. Boy she could have won the Olympic gold medal for the high 
jump, and screamed an obscenity directed at me on her way up. The 
fact that I had called out to her "I'm in here" twice, cut no ice 
with her because she said she had ear plugs in as I was bloody 
snoring. Now I don't think this little episode was my fault, or am I 
being unreasonable in saying that?  Jim Davis.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

October newsletter

Hi to all Cuckooites where ever you may be.
Another month has passed and I must say the weather here in my part of the world has changed.It has turned cold and rainy and we have had to crank up the heat in the evenings.The trees are changing to those wonderful Autumn colors a sure sign winter is on the way.By the way did you now the Conker trees on the estate are dying.Liz Sarruco a new member of our group who lives today in Stephenson Road said they are in a bad way and if it continuous they will have to be removed.Can you imagine the Cuckoo estate without the trade mark Conker trees.Liz has sent me some wonderful photo's she has taken recently of the estate and surrounding sites.I plan to feature them over the coming months on our website.I have just posted some lovely photo's Liz has sent me please check them out Cuckoo Estate Hanwell W.7. Also there is a great article on Britain's famous Red Arrows and how they will not let them perform at the London Olympics in 2012.
As I have reported to you in previous months we continue to grow,folks are finding our website from all over the globe and letting us know how much they appreciate what we are trying to achieve.One lady wrote me it has made her day and she can not wait to read the comments and check out the articles that have been published.
Reunion registrations are coming in every week and Jackie tells me we are well on our way with only 30 days into the drive.Remember do not sit on yours you do not know how many folks have registered and will there be a place for you if you wait.Remember January 1st is our deadline.Also those folks who are sending in checks from outside the U.K. be sure and check with Jackie the banks are charging us a arm and a leg to convert to pounds.Sterling money orders are okay but no CHECKS.
Please remember to pass this information to all our friends who are not on the internet.
Remember to take good care, call a friend and let them know you are thinking about them.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Fw: Political Correctness - GONE TOO FAR AGAIN - The Red Arrows



        I trust this will be of interest to you all.


The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed "too British".
Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be "offensive" to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the display team "too militaristically British". Red Arrows pilots were said to be "outraged", as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a British-based event for being "too British" is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of Britain 
The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade, as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.
The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly spectacular.
It is to be hoped that common sense prevails
If you disagree with this decision, please sign the petition on the link below:

 Please do forward this on to everyone you can.


Pauline & Tim Holt