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Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Then and Now Bob Stevens




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bob stevens said...

The photo taken in 56 was taken on a Hawkins day outing to Margate with the warehouse workers, I remember the day well, stopping half way for rolls and bottles of beer all supplied by the management.
The second photo was taken at my 70th birthday party last October, this was held in the village where we now live Sulgrave the ancestrial home of George Washington's Family
Since marrying in 59 we have lived in Cheam in Surrey, Slough Berks, it was the Bucks, Padbury in Bucks and now Sulgrave.I don't do much nowadays, have just had some work done on the old heart veins, little more to do later in March.
Enjoy the company of the great grandchildren and as Tommy said at least they can go home when one tires of them.
Today 6th February, like a large part of the country we are competely snow'd in, over 12 inches has fallen overnight and it's still coming down.
I have to say it's great to open the pages of the Cuckooites and find new readings, Joy laughs when I read and tell her what's happening, I hope the magazine editorial will find old friends and get them conversing.
Come on push yourselves with the photo's, it's great to try place faces from way back.
Whenever you read this have a great day, remember today is the first day of the rest of your life, don't let anyone louse it up.
Cheers.

Tommy said...

My Mom did all her shopping at Hawkins Bob.I think they used to let her run a bill untill payday.I remember a real cute girl who worked there I allways liked her and I think she had a thing for me but nothing ever come of it.

Grace said...

Hi BOB Last year i went on a coach trip to Sulgrave Manor with the widows club they made us very welcome ,we went into the manor and round the gardens then had a meal in Banbury.The staff in Hawkins new most of the children by name ,being a shorti i could never reach the cashier who sat high up at the end of the shop i am not much taller now.[a shrinking violet]

bob stevens said...

Grace, nice to hear you visited the Manor, you will have passed the drive to our house, right next door to the manor, I held my 70th. there last October, a lovely setting. Should you have the chance to re-visit ask for me at the Manor and they will direct you to our house.
As for Hawkins, most of the shops had cashiers, we used to shout four and sixpence, ten shiilings, when we got to the desk the change would be waiting. Mr Stoddard was the manager I worked under, he was moved to Shepherds bush and a Mr Grimes took over, that would have been about 1956 cause I went in the army in 57.
Eggs, butter,bacon etc. was still "on the rashion books) I used to pretend to mark these if I new the person and they would then get the allowance from Saunders or the co-op.
Well the way snow is falling right now I shall spend more time remembering th epast.
Have a nice evening.

Del said...

Bob, interesting to see that you live in Sulgrave. Last year I traced one of the officers that I served with in Libya and he lives there. He was instrumental in developing the BSA Gold Star motorbike, and was also a TT champion. An article about him appeared in one of your local magazines. Really nice guy. Del

bob stevens said...

Del you must give me his name, I can't, off hand think of a gentleman riding a motorbike in the village but would probably know him by sight.

bob stevens said...

Del,I looked at the history of the Gold Star Bike, a Wal Hanley was a TT racer and was the first to ride at over a 100 mph at Brooklands. Would this be the officer youu served with?

Del said...

Bob, no, his name is Eddie Dow and these days you will most likely see him bombing around in one of his Porches or other classic cars. Another of his claims to fame is that, as a trainee officer, he shared a room with Roger Moore, 007, who ended up as a major in the RASC before getting ambitious. Eddie is eighty four now and still skiing every chance he gets. Del.

bob stevens said...

Yes, I know Eddie he lives in the old manse little street which is accross the field from me.
You are correct he drives a merc DOW 1 and has recently purchased a vintage Porch, when he is not away in his austrian hideaway I see him nearly every day when I walk the dogs.
I wonder how the conversation will go when I relay this to him.
Will keep you informed.
Thanks

Del said...

Bob, the magazine with the article about Eddie is, "Oxford Times," and was published last June. It was done by David E Langdon, an artist who has done a series on Oxfordshire motorsport heroes, and features a picture of Eddie and also a painting of him winning the 1955 clubmans TT. If you can't get hold of a copy I'll try to send the page via email. Del.

May said...

Hi Bob,Do you remember me May Gilbert. I lived in Lile Crescent We used to play together, a group of us Janet Walker Tony Demby my sister Pat and a few other that I can't recall.we would all go over the Cuckoo Schools and play for hours. I have been living in Spain for 3 years. I had seen your name on the site, We used to call you Bobbie so I was not sure if it was you until I saw your photo taken in 1956. So I thought I'd drop you a line . Keep well.regards May

bob stevens said...

May, Hi. yes I do remember your name and your sister, how about a then and now photo. Do you remember the incident with a fire work exploding and burning either you or your sister, or have I got you wrong.
Did you live half way up Lile on the right hand side.
Isn't it fabulous to make contact with friend from 50 odd years ago.
Whereabouts in Spain are you living?
So nice to hear from you.
Look forward to seeing the photo.

may said...

Wow! I,m so thrilled you remember me.Yes we lived at no 14.so you do remember right. the incident you mention happened to my sisters friend Phyllis Racey at Janet Walkers house. lost touch with Phyllis. Janet live in Canada and I correspond with her, unfortunately she does not have a computer, so we write now and again.
I live inland Andalucia,in a village called Mollina, we have just had the wettest winter for 6years I'm stuggling with the Spanish language hopefully I will get there in the end . The sun is shining today so we are off to the local market. I have yet to work out how to send a photo.

bob stevens said...

May our brains are sometimes better than computers, it's unbelievable how we remember thinngs, it really doesn't seem 58 or even 60 years ago since our childhood adventures.
Do you remeber my sister Sally? she went to St. Annes she is now 68,
I turned 70 last October.
What family do you have do they also live in Spain.
Joy and I married 50 years have 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, it's great and I hope life is great with you. It's so nice to re-live our past.
Last years re-union was fantasic so nice to meet so many old cuckooites.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards

bob stevens said...

May our brains are sometimes better than computers, it's unbelievable how we remember thinngs, it really doesn't seem 58 or even 60 years ago since our childhood adventures.
Do you remeber my sister Sally? she went to St. Annes she is now 68,
I turned 70 last October.
What family do you have do they also live in Spain.
Joy and I married 50 years have 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, it's great and I hope life is great with you. It's so nice to re-live our past.
Last years re-union was fantasic so nice to meet so many old cuckooites.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards

may said...

Bob, No I don't remember your sister Sally, she is younger than me, I will be 73 this October, the years seem to flash by. I have 2 children and 3 stepchildren, and 10 grandchildren.I have been married to my second husband for 32 years , his name is Robert[Bob] too. All the children live in the uk. we are lucky as they visit often.

Del said...

Bob, I can send you the Eddie Dow article as an attachment if you haven't been able to find the magazine. Del.

bob stevens said...

Thanks Del, I have been searching the Oxford Mail June issue but cannot locate the article, my e.mail address is bob.stevens@btinternet.com will be an interesting read I've no doubt.

Grace said...

HI BOB I belive you know a Donald Smith who now lives in your part of the country ,i used to play with his sister Patsy when we lived in Greatdown my brother Joe still keeps in touch with him. Do you know what happend to the Corbin,s Mary and Frddie they lived near us at the bush.

Tommy said...

Hi May and Bob,isn't it wonderful that you can find a friend after so many years.Cuckooites from around the world tell me this is the thing they like about this website,no gimmicks.You have shared a true success story with us.I hope you get to meet one day soon.All the best Tommy.

bob stevens said...

Hello Grace, yes Donald Smith lives next house to a friend of ours in Towcester, Don and his family lived in Greatdown and the back garden backed onto ours, we lived at 17 Upfield they must have lived at about 18 or 20 Greatdown.
I have met Don and his wife a couple of times, they were the couple I wrote about early last year, they were friends of the Wilkinsons who owned the greengrocers in Ealing, retired to Towcester where the family lived and Don and his wife followed, then I have in Mind the Wilkensons moved on, I think I have that right.
I have asked Debbie our friend to make a date fro Don to come over for lunch one Sunday, we could then set the record straight, I did give Don a Cuckooite book, no feed back as yet.

Tommy, you are right It's great to find people after so many years, let's hope as time goes bye many more "surface", May and Pat I,m waiting to hear from you with tales of the past,(clean) ones I ask.
Kind regards

Grace said...

HI BOB we lived 76 greatdown so Donald lived opposite us so he would have lived the odd numbers between 69/81 his house was one down from borders road. Beryl and i are going for a tour of the estate later this year .

bob stevens said...

Grace, will be seeing Don and his wife over the next 2 or3 weeks and will confirm, I may have the wrong person cos we only met once.
When you and Beryl decide to trip down memory lane on the estate send me a message and perhaps we could meet up in theWhite Hart or Jox box cafe up the top.
Have a nice weekend

Del said...

Bob, sorry, but I think that I led you astray on that magazine. I've just noticed that the one with the article was in a limited edition. Anyway, the photocopy is on its way today. Cheers, Del.