Thursday, 31 January 2008

Recap January Bulletin Board


Del.. said...

Tommy, an hour ago I watched the celebrations in Rome via Rai Uno, so nostalgia is the order of the night. Just watched the display in London so didn't have time to tune in on Seattle or Boston, but guess they had their moments, too. Anyway, to Cuckooite's wherever they are, have a great time and and even better 2008. Keep the flag flying, Del.

Tommy said...

Hi Del,glad you are enjoying your evening,we are 8 hours behind you and we are still in 2007.We still have 5 hours to go to ring in the New year.I will raise a glass or two to all my fellow Cuckooites around the world.Let us hope for peace thru out the world in 2008.

TAGS said...

Hello ,hello ,hello...can anyone translate the previous message?

Happy New Year from snowy and freezing cold Chicago.
Keep warm Cuckooites...all the best for 2008. PEACE and GOODWILL.

JB said...

Not sure what the "Spanish"?? message is....but never click on a link if you don't know anything about it or who sent it to you!!!!!!
Happy New Year Everyone.

jim davis said...

Doesn't time go quick Only 359 shoping days till Xmas.

JohnB said...

I see our Tommy is on the ball and wisely deleted that strange post...
Happy New Year Folks

TERRY said...


TAGS said...

Jim it's a leap year mate, you get an extra day for shopping.

Tommy said...

Welcome back Terry and Yolande ,you have been gone to long.How was France ,must be nice to have a home on both sides of the channel.Looking forward to seing you both at the Reunion,hope Beryl and Paddy make it.Have a great New Year.Your cousin Tommy

Beryl (Howell) nee Gibson said...

Hi Tommy,

Have just discovered your website and would like to introduce myself.

My name is (Mrs)Beryl Howell (nee. Gibson) and I now live at Chalfont St. Peter, in Buckinghamshire. Together with my twin sister, (Mrs)Audrey Day, we moved in to 29, Westcott Crescent, at the age of three, with our Mum & Dad in 1937 and we lived there until the 1950's when we both got married. My younger brother, David, was born there in 1944. My mum, Clara Gibson, passed away there in 1974, but my father, Alan, continued to live there until about 1980, before moving in to sheltered accommodation.

My sister now lives at Andover in Hampshire and we would very much like to attend the 'cuckooites' reunion in April but fear it may be too late to register our interest as I see the closing date was today.
However if it is not too late perhaps you would be kind enough to
e-mail me with details of the exact date and what the procedure is to register. If a deposit is required how do I pay this?

I learnt about the web site from Val Brooks, a friend of mine, who, I believe is one of the original contributors to the site.

Look forward to hearing from you, and hope it is not too late for the reunion. Keep up the good work.
Regards Beryl Howell (nee Gibson)

TAGS said...

Hi Beryl, welcome aboard and a Happy New Year to you and yours...
matbe you should email Tommy at the editor address on this site, he can then forward you the reunion forms etc.
Good Luck and all the best for 2008.

John said...

Hi Beryl, welcome...the reunion deadline has been extended to mid February...but
editor @

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

Happy New Year to one and all from snowy Juneau Alaska.
We have about a foot of snow on the ground and the trees are covered with snow and look just like a pretty Christmas card. Temperature not bad either, in the mid 30's, farenheit, that is!
Hope Cuckooites everywhere have a prosperous and healthy 2008.

Editor said...

hi all you folks who are using a mac,it would be easier for me if you post your comments here and I will pick them up and change them to a posting if I think it should be done.P.CS do not like to work with a Mac for some reson that is why you see they are distorded when I post them not making much sense when you try to read them.

Editor said...

Never said I could spell,I wish this website would correct me loke my P.C. does.Would have loved it when we where going to school.

JohnB said...

One can always write the comment or story in your word processing program, spell check it, then select it and copy it to the clipboard, then paste it into the comment box on this site. It takes time, but could be worth it for lengthy comments when spelling may be important. Otherwise don't worry about spelling correctly, we can all usually guess what was intended and we are not competing for any best seller or Pulitzer prizes here.
We are just very interested in everyone's memories and what they have to say and not judging anyone for any spelling mistakes. We all make them now and then.
I just tried this method with this comment and it works.
Cheers everyone.

Tommy said...

Ken great to have you as part of our group.My sister seems to think that your Mom and mine may have been second cousins as they both came from the same areas of London.My niece is doing a genealogy study of the family if she sends it to me I will pass it on to you.What does that make us?.
Cheers Tommy

Jim Davis said...

A couple of old Farts comes to mind.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

I saw on CNN where a tornado hit just north of Chicago yesterday. Hope John didn't get blown away or have any damage done to his property. It hit the town that George and I stayed at for a couple of nights in October. We stayed at the Naval Training Base there.
Let us know if you are AOK, John

Patty said...

This site never ceases to amaze me.The photo's from the C L B are great and when some one can go back that far and remember the names it blows my mind.We are so lucky to have a site like this and I hope we will keep it going by contributing with comments and posts.I tell all my family about it and I am looking forward to meeting all those who attend the Reunion.Thanks for brightening my day.Patty

JohnB said...

Thanks for your concern Eff,
as you can tell we survived the tornado OK.
Wisconsin got hit, not too far south of my Rock River cottage, and a bit further north of the naval base where you stayed, some folks got hit pretty bad though.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

It's a relief to know that you and your family are safe, John.
Those tornado's sure are scarey. When we lived in Wichita Kansas, I would tremble with fright when the sirens would sound to signal a tornado alert. Sounded like the blitz and would send me scurrying for the basement.

John said...

Thanks Eff,
Actually I saw a funnel cloud go right over my house last summer. It got so windy I ran inside to the basement. Later on the news I heard it touched down a few miles east of me did some damage and uprooted some trees before heading into Lake Michigan. There is a corridor from about Kansas right through Illinois and Wisconsin it's known as Tornado Alley.
So you lived in Kansas uh??
Isn't that where Judy Garland ended up after being blown there by a Tornado in the movie The Wizard of Oz?

Tommy said...

Hi John and Eff,we had a rare twister tornado hit Vancouver Washington Yesterday.So rare for this part of the world did some damage but nothing what you get John in the mid west.Glad to say no one was hurt but the weather seems to get crazier every year.

JohnB said...

Hi Tommy, yes that is unusual for Washington state to get Tornados, especially this time of year. I saw that on the news tonight and noticed that fortunately for you guys they were south of Seattle.
But I see a lot of states south east got hit yesterday too.
I think it has something to do with global warming and the El Nino (warm Pacific near Mexico and monsoon like weather from near China). It creates a lot of moisture, if it hadn't got so warm we would have had snow instead of this rain and Tornados. It's caused a lot of flooding down state, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping my Wisconsin pier doesn't float away.

John said...

Hi Eff...hope you guys are keeping warm in Alaska. I saw that it was minus 30 farhenheit in Fairbanks yesterday. We are supposed to get more snow then the Arctic cold stuff by Friday.
Stay well....cheers John.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

Hi John, we are in southeastern Alaska also known as the banana belt!!!!
We had about 6 inches of fresh snow on the ground and it looked beautiful outside and then it started to rain. Now the driveway looks like a skating rink. Wish I was a kid so that I could enjoy it!!!!
It doesn't get as cold here as it does in the interior. Most of our winter temperatures are in the 20's and 30's, and there is seldom a wind chill.

johnb said...

I'm glad you are both ok Eff.
It's minus 4 farhenheit hear with wind chill factors of minus 26 so Alaska sounds pretty warm by comparison. We are expecting highs of only about 8 degrees today.
take care...cheers john.

JohnB said...

Just to let those in England degrees fahenheit is about minus 20 degrees celsius.
The coldest January was 1985 I beleive. In Chicago the temperature was minus 26 degrees farhenheit with wind chill factors of about 40 below.
My poor old Mum came to visit us from London that winter.

jim davis said...

I hope your not expecting sympathy, because guess what? You aint getting none..Just Wrap uo well and stop moaning.

Anonymous said...

I have just come across your web site.
I am Elaine Alderman now McCallum I Live in Australia. Cairns north Queensland.Fancy finding a note from Ethel Stevens . Hi hope you remember me.Its good to see the pic of places . I left UK 1964 and find it hard to remember names of the roads but a few are coming back to me. I would like to say hi to Pat Porter if she reads this.
what a good idea. sorry I will not be at the reunion but look forward to hearing all about it.

JohnB said...

Hi Elaine, welcome aboard....

Hope the weathers nice in OZ.

JohnB said...

I hope you read this bulletin page as I accidently deleted your email addy from my contact list along with some of your emails.
In other words I can't find your email address. DO NOT POST IT HERE,
just please send another email and I'll retrieve it from my spam folder if it ends up there.
Sorry mate, I hope you solved the technical problems you were having.

Elaine said...

Hi Tom This is my 2nd go last one disapeared in to thin air.
You asked about the weather .
Its summer, here in the tropics not the best time. 30-32ce it rains a lot so it all lovely and green.
Big floods south a bit.
Now winter is lovely so we have to take the rough with the smooth.
Guess its a bit chilly in UK.
Summers just around the corner.
cheers Elaine

JohnB said...

Hi Elaine,
JohnB here...I think everyone is on the first page now.
Still it will soon be February so we'll get a fresh new monthly bulletin board.
Take care, I hear the daffodils are popping up in England, we won't get 'em for another month at least here in Chicagoland. We are supposed to get dumped on by more snow tonight and tomorrow, I can't wait for Spring.

jim davis said...

Hi Elaine welcome to the website, you happen to have signed up at a very busy time so It has taken a little time to find your entry. Word will soon get out, are you a sister of Jack by any chance?

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Fw: This article has been sent to the Ealing Gazette for publication.


The Cuckoo Bird  -    No Longer Endangered!

At last the rare Cuckooite Bird, which was once thought to be extinct is now known to be alive and well.  It is thriving so well and it's numbers are increasing every season that it is to be removed from the endangered species list. In fact ornithologists say that many Cuckooites will be flocking to their natural habitat "The Cuckoo Estate"  this coming Spring in April and it's not too late to join them. This occurrence will be their third such reunion, and many of these migratory Cuckooites will be returning from overseas and from far Beyond the Brent. 


The Cuckoo Estate – a residential community in Hanwell.   This estate was build around 1937 and a portion of the residents were from other parts of London who were made homeless by the bombing.


During the war years in particular the residents grew into a very close community, so much so that the "community spirit"  has continued on……….and on…………and on…….


Here we are in 2008 and the past and present residents (around 120 people) are meeting up for a third reunion at the Perivale Community Centre (Saturday 12th April 2008 – 7.30 p.m.) coming in from the Cuckoo Estate, coastal and country resorts, and from the United States and other lands.  There is no limit to their travels in order to attend this very special reunion. They have not lost their old Cuckoo Estate spirit  and are all meeting up to chat to old friends and family members.   The bond grows stronger and stronger…………..


The Cuckoo Estate community now have their own website

and so many have sent in their special memories of their time on the estate.  It is hoped that we may make a book containing all these wonderful stories. 


In this day and age, it is quite extraordinary that there is such a community spirit still

continuing – long may it last.


Saturday, 26 January 2008

Posts this month

So far this month we have had 306 posts on this site.I have got to tell you all that is amazing how this Cuckooite website has taken of.(Who needs Friends Reunited) when we have the great people who subscribe to this site.And guess what it is free ,no one to hassle you for money.Remember to tell tour friends and family about this site and keep sending in those story's from the past we love to hear them.Can you think of a theme from the past we can post on this site .Please send them to me at and I will post them .I also would like any unusual photo's you may have please send them in J Peg format.
The editor Tommy.

Friday, 25 January 2008

Fw: 50's Movies


Does anyone have a favorite movie or film star from the 1950's?
Eff worked at the Granada Greenford, she must have seen a lot of films and
probably has some memories of her favorite film stars too.
I remember Bridge Over The River Kwai with Alec Guinness, who also starred
in many old Ealing Film Studio movies.
Liz Taylor was another big English born star.
There were the On the Road To movies with Bing Crosby and comedian Bob Hope
who was another ex Brit.
I'm not sure but I think Sir Alfred Hitchcock was English born also.
Kenneth Moore starred in Genevieve and also The 39 Steps.
Well that's just a few, there are I'm sure many other stars from England
that made it bigtime on the big screen…and oh yes don't forget Dianna Doors.
Well if you can remember more English stars or even if you have a favorite
American or other star, or if you just want to share some memories of the
films or musicals you had seen let's hear 'em.
I thought this may make a nice change and something we can all talk about.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Rules to remember when using this site.

Internet Rules and Advice for Cuckooites.


No member shall….


  1. Use objectionable swear words
  2. Make comments under the guise of an alias or anonymous
  3. Use politically correct terminology when speaking to someone
  4. Do not be abusive to one another
  5. If you make an incorrect post name or use anonymous, correct your mistake.
  6. Do not talk to suspicious strangers until the editor has approved them.
  7. It would be wise not to post your email address on the site.
  8. Do not post your current home address on the site.
  9. Only send any personal details to the editor.
  10. Do not post your date of birth on the website.
  11. Do not click on any strange links or email addresses.


Old People are great

Someone who teaches at a middle school in Safety Harbor, Florida , forwarded the following letter. The letter was sent to the principal's office after the school had  sponsored a luncheon for the elderly. An old lady received a new radio at the lunch as a door prize and was writing to say thank you. This story is a credit to all humankind.

Forward to anyone you know who might need a lift today.

Dear Safety Harbor Middle School:

God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent Senior Citizens Luncheon. I am 84 years old and live at the Safety Harbor Assisted Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away. I am all alone and I want to thank you for your kindness to an old, forgotten lady. My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio; but before I received one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping.  The other day her radio fell off the nightstand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. She asked if she could listen to mine, and I told her to kiss my ass.  Thank you for that opportunity.


Tuesday, 15 January 2008

The famous Cuckoo Bird.

Cuckoo Bird

 No Longer Endangered!
At last the rare Cuckooite Bird, which was once thought to be extinct is now known to be alive and well.
 It is thriving so well and it's numbers are increasing every season that it is to be removed from the endagered species list.
In fact ornithologists say that many Cuckooites will be flocking to their natural habitat The Cuckoo Estate this coming Spring in April and it's not too late to join them.
This occurrence will be their third such reunion, and many of these migratory Cuckooites will be returning from overseas and from far Beyond the Brent.
 You may even hear their distinctive call or spot one of these colourful creatures as they gad about visiting various old haunts and frequenting such watering holes as The White Hart. 
This rare photo of one near it's favorite habitat, (The Old Cuckoo School, where comedian Charlie Chaplin was a pupil), shows just how comical these birds can be. They are not to be confused with the more common variety which have a less appealing plumage and song, nor do they share the same sense of humour.
 And one more thing......Arry, whoever you are mate, please feel free to stick this photo up your ornithology album.


Hi Cuckooites,as you can see the last post has set of a whole bunch of negative comments,some how it starts of as fun and then some one takes offence to a comment that is posted by Anonymous.I believe that if you can not sign your name to a comment you should not put it on the site.As of today I am going to remove all posts that do not have a name attached to them.This way we can carry on corresponding in a adult way.I think the banter between folks is good but let us all remember to try and not offend any one in the process.We do not want to turn folks away from our site we have worked to hard to build it.
Signed The Editor.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Ken Bunting remembers how about you.

Hello Tommy,thanks for the welcome.My name is Ken Bunting,I was born in Mayfield Gardens (quite near to Rosie and Pat Gadston)wonder if they remember me?I lived with my Mum and Dad upstairs in a one bedroom flat and downstairs lived my aunt and uncle who had 3 children.Pam and Brenda Green who now live in Tennessee with there mum my aunt Flo who is still going along very well at the age of 88.The third member was Ray who lives in Canada.It was to a lot of cuckooites at the time the (POSH)side of the Greenford Ave,in fact,I had to wait for my parents to go to bed and would then pull down the front of what seemed to be a chest of drawers to find a fold up bed.On lots of weekends my mates sometimes,3 or 4 would end up sleeping there,it always suprised me that my mum would never show any shock at finding so many bodies in one room.Among my mates was my oldest and dearest friend Jim Davis,we have known each other for more years than I care to remember.We were in the same class right from the infants through to leaving school.I married Jan who lived in Browning Ave on 4th JUNE 1960. We now live in KENT a lovely county with some of the most gorgeous scenery going,Jim and and his lovely wife (another Jan) came to see us,we hadnt seen each other for the best part of 20 years so it was lovely.Another great mate was TERRY FINUCANE,I remember his dad was at one time the manager of the QUEENS CINEMA at Brentford,we used to go and get in for nothing.Do you remember Terry?While writing this,I suddenly remembered the PENNY POP SHOP in HANWELL BDY I dont if its been talked before.anyway,hope someone finds this of interest,and hope to see people at the reunion I have known cheers TOMMY

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Fw: Reunion update

Here Ye,Here ye,Here Ye.
I am glad to announce with three months to go to the Reunion on April 12th 2008 we have reached our minimum amount of registrations.I am know confident that we will go on and sell this event out.I have booked my airline ticket today and I am so excited to be attending our third Reunion.The plans we have made are to make this the best one so far and the bar is set high after the last one.I want to thank all of you who have supported this event and have got out the numbers of people we needed so early ,it makes everything so much easier for Jackie and the other folks who have pledged to help with this event.Our theme for this Reunion will be (Beyond The Brent )so get the word out to all your friends who have been sitting on the fence waiting and let them know not to wait to long to get their reservations in.There will be no pay at the door this Reunion.
Thank you all for your support and roll on April.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

A word from Jim davis.

Jim davis said...

Hi Tom, I know maybe more than most how much time and effort you have put into running this website in its first year. It is clear also how much people enjoy visiting it. We have a good core of people that contribute regularily and long may they do so. But this message is for those that enjoy the site, but as yet have not taken the bull by the horns and told us a little about themselves.I can assure them we WILL be interested. So If you are still alive you do have a story to tell, but of course if you are now dead you will be excused. Jim

John Corsham Story.

John Corsham said...

My name is John Corsham the younger half of twins John & Eric.We were born at no 9 Laurie Road in September 1937.we were the last children of Flo & Bill we had three other brothers Bill-Vic and Dennis plus two sisters Vi & Doris,sadly Bill Vic and Doris have all passed away in the last ten years.We had what I would describe as a very special childhood growing up on the cuckoo estate during and long after the war,we went through all the periods of rationing and food shortages but we kept smiling and looking forward to better days,they did come quite quickly and before we had time to enjoy anymore childhood days we were 15 years old (grown up) and started work which when you look back now was quite young.We did our national service in the drivers and spent our two years in Fleet in Hampshire attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps traning establishment,it all went well but we were glad to get demobbed and get on with our lives.I married in 1957 and had three sons,Eric married in 1965 but had no children.We are both enjoying our retirement I live in Dorset with my partner Jill and Eric is widowed and still lives in Greenford.
I must just add that while we were growing up we had many friends in the C.L.B and many others who I can still remember with affection and we were a very contented bunch.Eric and I are looking forward to our next reunion in April,see you there.

John Corsham

Monday, 7 January 2008

Life in the 1500's

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the1500s:
These are interesting...
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water.
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying It's raining cats and dogs.
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.
(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.
They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.  Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old..
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon.  They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom of holding a wake.
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ..dead ringer.
And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !


Saturday, 5 January 2008

Fw: Shrapnel

> Tommy, I was thinking about Yvonne's guess that the green's in the picture
> that gave us so many headaches were in Upfield. I don't remember any there
> but we did have one at the bottom of Greatdown, although the railings had
> been removed to build aircraft carriers, or so we were told. In the latter
> days of the war our green was used as a market place where pieces of
> shrapnel, or any other bits of stuff that we picked up after an air raid,
> could be swapped or purchased. The monetary units were cigarette cards
> and,
> as the hostilities ended and we lost interest in bits of land mines and
> bombs, we started card fairs. The idea was to play darts, marbles and coin
> tossing, usually three cards to play and six if you won. I remember having
> an almost full set of Stars of the Silver Screen and using them to ante up
> the three that were missing. I never was a gambler and ended up with only
> three left. Recently I wrote a short story about hobbies and collecting
> and
> used that memory as part of the tale. We also used to visit the tip in
> Greenford to scavenge for pieces of cinema film. Any film that shed a few
> pieces of footage from shows at the Granada or Playhouse would end up
> there
> and were used as collateral for buying cards. If you found a few frames
> from
> one of the rare technicolour films they were like gold dust. How simple
> our
> achievements were in those days. Del.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

St Christopher's

 My parents were very friendly with neighbours Father and Mrs Russell, and dad told me many a story of Father Russell who enjoyed a pint and was to be seen often in The White Hart. However, he was always there with a collecting tin for the church and only used to have one drink.  He was very highly thought of in the community for the way in which he mixed with the locals.


The Church Lads Brigade was formed round about 1947/48 and my father, Jim Bailey, was very much involved in this as my brother also joined. Dad used to do door to door collections and raffles, always fund-raising for the CLB. Mum used to be there as well making tea and other refreshments for them.

Jack Annis was the officer in charge, Len Weedon was bandmaster and Sid Barr was PT instructor. At a later date John Stone was involved.


The CLB held lots of displays, in which they drilled and marched and then demonstrated their PT skills. They also went to regular camps at Worplesden, Nr Guildford and I remember all my family used to go. Mum did the cooking!

Names of some of the lads that spring to mind are Roy Lovell, Sid Hooper, John Thompson, Colin Murphy, Peter Todd, and oh yes – a young Terry Finucane.

We also went to Devon for camps and Father and Mrs Russell came as well with their two children Carol and Peter.

When my sister got married at St Ann's Church, Limehouse, Father Russell travelled with us to carry out the marriage service and then came back to the reception afterwards. The family considered him a friend.


About 1949 or so I remember a musical production of Sleeping Beauty being put on, which was directed by Mrs Russell. I starred in this together with my friend Valerie Eaton, who lived at 23, Hillyard Rd. (She was also christened at St Christopher's on the same day as me). We took the part of cheeky pageboys to the King and had to somersault and cartwheel around the stage. I remember it being reviewed by the local newspaper with lots of photographs in the paper. Mrs Douglas from the newsagents in Bordars road, was in the audience, and we thought of her as a VIP.


By about 1950/51 the Church Girls Brigade had also been formed and of course I joined!

Len Weedon taught the girls and I can remember band practice in the back room. Then once a month after Church parade, we marched around the streets, eventually teaming up with the boys. I played the drum.

Mrs Cowlin, the mother of twins John and David, who were in the CLB, was our tea-lady. I think my mum had given up her tea-making duties by then.


Father Russell left and went to a church in Ruislip and Father Walker then took over. He was known to us all as "Willy" and was not so popular.

The clubs started to go down in membership as we all got older and eventually they finished.


Other memories of St Christopher's are of my mum and dad going to Whist Drives which they helped to run, and of the loan club which collected money on Fridays in the back room. On payout day in December there was always a Christmas Bazaar in the hall.

St Christopher's played a large part in my life and I have many special memories of it.


Val Bailey with some of the lads from the estate.

Photos of Church lads brigade

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

January 2008 Newsletter

Happy New Year to all Cuckooites around the world,
another year has come and gone and as I reflect back on this past year I am blessed to say that it was a wonderful year for me and my family,we had two new grandchildren both healthy and perfect in every way to bring our total to ten.We introduced our new website in May and it has been a great success over 2000 people have visited the site in the first seven months,what a great way for Cuckooites to communicate with each other,you need no email addresses just log on and post your comments.
As I have told you we are growing in leaps and bounds ,folks find us all the time and remark what  a difference it has made to their everyday life just by being able to visit many memories from the past that others in our group have shared with them.Yvonne Holt told us her husband ken is a invalid and she has to take care of him but knowing she is in contact with so many friends from the past it helps her get thru the long days she has so often.Hope you make the Reunion Yvonne,Jim wants you to wear those lovely blue flannel knickers from your school days at St Anne's.
Liz who lives in Stephenson Road and has no memory's from our days keeps us informed with great photo's and what life is like on the estate in the 21st century.Keep those stories coming we love to read them,we are trying to put a book together with all the memories from the past that would make a great part of history for our group.Remember we are special we survived a horrible war and grew up to be very good folks who cared for others around us.I believe this came from what our parents taught us.
Well we never reached our target of eighty registrations before January  one, but the good news is we are at sixty and we feel we can make up the number by February 15th.Many folks have contacted me and said they want to attend but we have not seen those registrations yet,if we reach eighty by the 15th Febuary we feel we can go on and sell out this event like we have in past years but we must reach this count to cover our minimum expenses and allow to go forward. All you folks who have registered we thank you ,those who are still waiting please send them in .Tell your family and friends about this event and spread the word.We can do it and we will,remember your money will be returned in full if we do not make the eighty by February 15th.Jackie Smith is waiting to hear from you and I will be sending out the registration form for those who need them.
Have a great 2008 and I hope we do not have to many hang overs out there.
All the very best Tommy.