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Sunday, 1 March 2009

Lost and Found

 

56 comments:

Dot (Brantswalk) said...

Hi Tommy, Just thought you would be interested to know that I met my half-sister Ella for the first time in 50 years. After she left home we didn't see her again. When I did some family research I found her daughter online and discovered Ella had been looking for us too. Yesterday Ella and her husband Jules, my other sister Angie Wakenell and her husband Jim, myself and my husband Larry had a meal together at our house and spent hours catching up on each other's lives. There were happy and sad memories to share but it was lovely to be together again after so many years. Ella lived on the Cuckoo Estate on and off when she was a child and I believe a couple of people have mentioned her on the Cuckooites site, she enjoyed looking at the Cuckooites book while she was here too.

Best wishes

Dot Tessier

Maureen(Westcotte Cresc) said...

Ive recently been introduced to the web site@ its brought back so many emories. We moved to 38 Westcott about 1938' stayed untill I married 1955.We spent many happy evenings at the youth club when I should have been doing homework,it was a rush to get it done on the bus next morning.We went camping at Denham travelling on a flat back truck quite an adventure.Weekends were special at the creamery fare,@..dancing at the catholic hall. We also danced at Hoovers @ most times walked home across the golf links then up Cuckoo ave then to the top of Westcott not a good idea looking back.My best friend was Shiela Braund who married Dennis Crawley.We often spent saturday afternoons watching football in the freezing cold My brother Maurice formed a group with
Peter Brider and John Clark and others not from the estate , the were known as The Westcotts and played at a lot of dances a t the Old Cuckoo
and on saturday skiffle club on the BBC.

I was told about the site by Grace Redding who I met at the local bowls club and we realised we were from the same estate before coming to Aylesbury.We left London nearly 50 years ago and my family have all grown up here.My parents moved here in 1982 untill they both passed away .I moved house 7 yea rs ago when sadly I lost my husband after 47 years I found my new neighbour was also a cuckooite from Upfield rd , small world. I was very pleased to get a copy of Memories of the past and saw a letter from Beryl who lived opposite at 29 westcott she now lives a few miles from in here in Bucks.
,I s,aw an email from from Angela Wakenell, we lived next door to the Wakenell family Trixie was just a tot when I was a teenager there were brothers Charlie, @Jimmy sisters Gwen @Jean.Also letter from Anonymous who lives at Stoke Mandeville about 3 miles from Bedgrove where I live. I have some snaps Id like to send when I find out how to do it ,this all very new to me.but im enjoying going down memory lane.Looking forward to lots more .
Maureen Tutton [was Foley]

Joyce(Homefarm road) said...

Hi Tommy I have just joined the Cuckooites site but cannot seem to be able to make a comment. I knew Terry Bransfield even went to his house in Teddington but just could not make a comment.
also is there a list of people that we can look up. I lived on the estate from 1937 until 1979. Lived in Homefarm, Hillyard Road and Westcott Crescent, My three children also went to the same infants and junior schools as I did,.lovely to see
all the familiar places again, especially the recent snow one with the "Cucks" in the picture.
Are there any events planned for 2009.and yes I would like a book
thanks a lot
Joyce Glassock nee Hyatt

Del said...

I see that an Eggins has logged on. The name rings a bell, so can we have more details, please? Del

bob stevens said...

Maureen, welcome to Cuckooites.
I lived in 17 Upfield Road 1938-1959 and it would be interesting to know who your neibour is who also lived on Upfield.

georgek said...

Joyce from Homefarm.WELLCOME.Please tell us, how did you make your last comment? Did you know the Kennedy,s who lived in Homefarm?

John Eggins said...

Hi to anyone who remembers me.The Eggins family moved into 71,Upfield Road, April 1937.My parents lived in same house until they passed away in 1991 and 1992. I believe the first people to move into the estate was in 1936.I attended all schools on the estate. I left seniors March 1947.
Went into the R A F in 1951, came out 1955.I left the estate in 1959.I did notice that Del said one of his neighbours was Souter, Real name was Souster, lived at 54.
More memories to come.

John Eggins.

John Eggins said...

Hi to anyone who remembers me.The Eggins family moved into 71,Upfield Road, April 1937.My parents lived in same house until they passed away in 1991 and 1992. I believe the first people to move into the estate was in 1936.I attended all schools on the estate. I left seniors March 1947.
Went into the R A F in 1951, came out 1955.I left the estate in 1959.I did notice that Del said one of his neighbours was Souter, Real name was Souster, lived at 54.
More memories to come.

John Eggins.

Grace said...

Hi John Eggins remember me Grace Bolton you were a mate to my brother JOE i believe you taught my husband John Redding to drive when we lived in Gurney Road .MY Dad you & Joe were keen on fishing.in fact i saw Joe last Sat he still lives in Hayes.

grace said...

HI John Eggings sorry i muddle you up with another mate of Joe,s you were not yhe driving insructor who taught my husband [ i made a cock up]

yvonneh said...

Hi John; I lived at 62 upfield. I knew your brother Cyril, I used to run errands for your mum as she was friends with my mum I think your dad was poorly at the time. The Cargills lived on one side of you and the moons on the other.We lived next doot to the Webbs and had a side entrance. My mum lived there till she died in 1989. Dot it was me who asked after Ella
athieson as we wee in the same class in the juniors but she wasnt there long. I always wodered what happene to her. If she remembers me send my regards please. We lived at 11 Brants walk

georgek said...

Yvonne,I must say,well, I am shocked, that both you and Ella Athieson had a wee in the same class,no wonder she wasnt there long.

yvonneh said...

Hi george if its not Jimmy its you, it was Ella Matheson and The R disappeared it should have read weRe, but great joke,
I am still giggling

Del said...

John, yes, Souster, slip of the finger. Roy and younger brother Len. For some reasone they were known as 'Big Ben and Little Len.'They also had a sister but I don't remember her name. Del.

jim davis said...

Well spotted George, I saw that but I thought you would pick up on it so I would let you take some stick for a change seeing as she is always having a go at me.

georgek said...

Dear Yvonne ,we love you really

john eggins said...

Hi Grace,
Didn't sleep last night, thoght my old grey cells had gone to pot.I do remember you and Joe, I believe at one time Joe was a Telegram boy.I last saw Joe in the early seventies.The only fishing I did was off the sinking barges on the canal opposite J Lyons at Greenford. That was with a safety pin on a bit of string.I didn't pass my driving test till 1961.Never mind you found out that you made a cock up.Have you any idea what the Dormers christian names were and did they have any chidren?

Best wishes,

John Eggins.

john Eggins said...

Hello Yvonneh,

Thank you for your comments.I was talking to my brother Cyril and sister Doreen last night.We were trying to remember who was living in the next two houses down from you.number 60 and 58, couldn't come up with any names.It wasn't the Moons who lived next door to us it was the Toomeys.

Best wishes,

John Eggins.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

The sisters name was Joyce,I was engaged to her for some time but things didn't work out.My sister Doreen was your sisters best friend i believe.
Cuckoo School probably got it's name from being built on Cuckoo Farm which was there.

It was the Foundation stone that was laid in 1856 for the old Cuckoo Schools. The first inmates did not arrive till the end of 1857.In Chalie Chaplins autobiography he was there fromJune 1896 and left in January 1898.He was not a happy bunny there.He recollects harsh disciplne and corporal punishment.

John Eggins.

tags said...

Check out this workhouses link , then type Cuckoo in the search box, then click on the Hanwell's Central London District School, scroll down and see the original drawing of the school.
Go to...

www.workhouses.org

jim davis said...

CORAL WOOLSEY/KING I an so pleased you have made it to Cuckooites, and boy we do have some catching up to do. I have had a word with Tommy and he will give you my email address, he will give me yours as well. If you send an email to editor@cuckooites.org then you email address will not be shown publicly. I will look forward to us making contact, take care Jim Davis.

The editor said...

Just to let you know another success story.Jim and Coral have managed to communicte with each other thanks to this website and the number of Cuckooites who follow it.If you are looking for some one post a comment here in lost and found you just never know who you will find.Maybe that lost wife or husband who ran of with your best friend 40 years ago and you can now say keep him or her.If that is what they look like now.

Keith Harris said...

To the editor, good morning. My friend Bob Stevens has reminded me of the web site that is in existance for our birthplace in Hanwell. Please put me on your mailing list. My name is Keith Harris, and i was resident on the Cuckoo Estate from birth in 1939. My first house was a Flat in Homefarm Road, and then when my sister Hilary was born in 1944 we moved to a Two Bedroom house in Browning Avenue. When we were both getting older we then moved to a Three Bedroom House in Westcott Crescent. We stayed thereup to the late Sixties. My mother passed away in 1954 and my Father in 1973.
Most people remember the Harris Family due to the fact that both of our parents were blind and in later years my mother had a guide dog, a beautiful black and white Collie, named Jubie.
I would be pleased to receive any history that might remind us of our happy childhood, in some adversity during the war years and just after.
Best Regards,
Keith Harris:

The editor said...

Hi Keith welcome to Cuckooites,once you learn to navigate around this site you will find it is chock full of history and story's about the war years and other stuff.This site was formed in April 2007 and we started posting comments and photo's in May.You can go back to the very start and go thru the two years month by month it will take you some time but you will find out so much about the Cuckoo estate.

Anonymous said...

Surprised to see a message from Maureen Foley - my wife went to school with her and she actually introduced my wife to the Youth Club where we met - her name is Maureen Field and she married me George Sivers in 1956 at one time we lived opposite Sheila and Den Crawley in Lansbury drive Hayes.
We also remember Maureen's brother Maurice.

maureen tutton said...

hello maureen and george
love to knowafter all these suddenly finding all these friends from the past.Id love to know where Shiela and Den are I havent seen them since 1980 when they were still living in Hayes.We moved to Aylesbury 1962 just in time for that awful winter.My three children all grew up here and are still quite close as are the grandchildren, my first great grandchild is due end of March it makes me feel ancient.Lots of other names keep cropping up and photos that bring back so many memories and hopefully more to come.Love to here from you with more from the past and any more friends we knew.
Maureen Tutton [Foley]

maureen Tutton said...

hi Bob stevens my neighbour is Nora who is now MCNamara but that wasnt always her name. Even though were next door I hardly ever see her but will make a point of going in. Ill come back when I've more news.This site is certainly growing fast,Im seeing more and more names I recognise every time I switch on,and really enjoying it.
Maureen Tutton [Foley]

grace said...

HI Bob Stevens The lady Maureen is refering to lived in our gateway in upfield she lived no 6 we lived no 4 i cant recall her surename but Beryl may know it.

Eileen French said...

sign up new i was a cuckooites maiden name french 76 cuckoo avenue friends brenda fields kathleen kennedy adrian impiey my sisters linda kay brothers fred bob terry clive jack philip we new most of our niebours well markwells bennetts dyers richardson he was school caretaker to infant school jocks the mobil greengrocers and many more lovely memories eileen

Bob Stevens said...

That would be a Butler I think, her father could have been Peter as my mum was very freindly with Mrs Butler and back in the early
70s Mrs Butler told me that her son Peter had moved to Aylesbury.

Tommy said...

Hi Eileen, I knew your brother Freddy very well,we worked at baxters the butchers together.I lived at 67 Cuckoo ave left there in 1960.I remember all the folks you have mentioned.
Tommy Higginbottom

Tommy said...

Lost,where is Yvonne and Vale,gone missing in action,check in we miss you.

tags said...

Hi Eileen,
Your brother Jack and I were the same age and mates on Cuckoo Avenue and at Junior school.
Welcome aboard.
JohnB

George Sivers said...

Nice to have a reply from Maureen Tutton (nee Foley) George says do you remember Barbara Bonner's parties? Do we need to say any more. We lost touch with Den and Sheila years ago 1978 or so - Sheila is godmother to our son Richard (now 43)we understand from a neighbour in Hayes that they moved to Bracklesham but have tried to locate them on BT phone but no luck!. Who knows perhaps they may join the cuckooites one day!

Anonymous said...

hello to Maureen and George, Idont think Iever got to one of Barbara Bonners parties sound as if I missed something.I always had to leave parties early as my mum was a stickler for being home at a reasonable time as she called it.Ido remember a good party at Les Cheeseman[? spelling might be wrong] there was quite a crowd there, one night I was allowed to stay to the end, perhaps I was a bit older, I remember Roy Davidson and Reg Davis being there among others. I wonder if Shiela and Den are on a different telephone provider that would make it hard to trace them,Word may reach them via this site. Nice to be in touch.

Ted baker said...

Hi there does anyone remember. the readys who used to live near the bottom of hillyard road. i used to know the son we used call him ever ready like the batteries. i think he used to live next door to Teddy Arnold. who still lives on the estate, but as moved to cuckoo ave.I know he is still, well he was there last year, i used to work with him on the estate as gardeners.Where the old rent office was behind it.He is a great artist. He painted a picture of my the first dog in 1977. And i understand from his son who i met last year he is still painting and modelling.by Ted

George Sivers said...

Maureen (Foley) youmay be interested to know that Les Cheeseman died in Australia about 2 years ago, Reg Davis died also in Australia last year and his sister Joyce died only this week - I used to live next door to them, they lived at No 1 Homefarm - nice to see all the old cinema names mentioned - none of which still exist I believe the Forum has finally been demolished - haven't been back to Ealing for a few years.

Anonymous said...

Hi George sorry to hear about Les and Reg. I didnt know Joyce really but were all getting to that age when you hear more and more .I seem to remember thats what the party was for there were so many people there. I know there was talk of Les emigrating but that was a long time ago and the memory plays tricks.
Ive got a relative still living in Homefarm I'm trying to get up to see but I've not been back since mum and dad moved here in 1982 its going seem very different after all these years .Iwonder if I Could still find my way its not going to look the sameafter all this time.

Val B said...

Hello Keith, you won't remember me as you ignored me when we were kids, but I remember you singing in the choir at St Christophers and I had a big crush on you.
Unrequited love! Oh dear, the hours I spent walking past your house!

Val B said...

I noticed Adreienne Impey's name mentioned which is a bit of a coincidence as only last week I heard some news about her from my pal Val Eaton.She apparently has recently been widowed soon after moving from the south coast to Hayes.I have been given her address and she only lives a few roads away from me. I intend to call upon her soon although I haven't seen her since childhood and will probably struggle to find common ground.Come to think of it, we are Cuckooites and that is our common ground. I will do it soon!

Beryl Arr said...

Dear Keith
I thought you may be interested in this Photo. I lived above you in 46 Homefarm Road. I was Beryl Arr. Am still living Hanwell and would be interested to hear your news.

Regards

yvonneh said...

Hi john , sorry havent replied before but my computer was a write off and i have been waiting a replacement, facing you and on our right was Mr Mrs Webb he was the council carpenter we shared the same gate. Tey had Ronnie, Colin, Betty who died in her twenties, david and Michael, the twins, Brian and Adrian.He was a horrible man who used to beat them up, and called them some horrible nicknames. Then as I recall was a Mrs Mitchell, I have a recollection of Mr Mitchell jumping out of the front bedroom window and dying. on the left of us was Mr@Mrs Davis, with Ronnie, Alan, Brenda and Bernard, then Mrs Cobbold who had two daughters one was June, next to her Mr Mrs Hancock I dont remember their family only Doreen.If you look on the street outing picture you will see my mum and dad on the far right dad towering over all and mum in front of him

Tommy said...

Val,Adriean Impey is on the reunion list of people attending.She was a friend of Brenda Field who lived opposite her on Cuckoo avenue,she had a older brother but could I not remember his name.Welcome back Yvonne we missed you.

Tommy said...

Val,Adriean Impey is on the reunion list of people attending.She was a friend of Brenda Field who lived opposite her on Cuckoo avenue,she had a older brother but could I not remember his name.Welcome back Yvonne we missed you.

tags said...

Adrienne had a sister too, her name was Deidry (sp?).

Welcome back Yvonne.
Glad you are ok.

Val B said...

Glad to see that Adrienne is coming to the reunion but I will still try to visit her before then. Do we have many coming from overseas?

Grace said...

Hi Valb My sister is coming from Devon for the reunion also the one from Florida with her husband so i will have a housefull. This is our first reunion ,never found the site until last summer so we have a lot of catching up to do see you all then some i may not know but being all from the estate will soon have us chatting.

Tommy said...

I understand Ron Ratchford is coming from Australia,Eff and George from Alaska hope to be there,if they can find someone to watch their three dogs for the time they are gone,not a easy task.Tommy will be there from Seattle has not missed one yet,If any one knows any one else coming let us all know.This is the biggest response we have ever had so early ,usually a lot of folks wait for the last minute,I think they will be unlucky this time.

Ted baker said...

Hi George Sivers its not the forum thats gone its the lido two years.by Ted.

Ted baker said...

Hi Tommy i booked to go to the reuion. with the wife (Sarah) my brother (Roy baker)Well ive not heard nothing about if we got in.

Tommy said...

Ted yes you made the attendees,we do not send out confirmations as Jackie is very busy handling requests.Look forward to seeing you all/
Tommy

jim davis said...

Ted there is a demolition firm working on the Forum, I don't know what it is going to be though.

Anonymous said...

Is there any girls who went to St Annes School Hanwell from about 1947 -1952 out there

Anonymous said...

Is there any girls who went to St Annes School Hanwell from about 1947 -1952 out there

Anonymous said...

sorry made a mess up of above I was Sylvia Smith from Homefarm Road

Anonymous said...

Hi Sylvia I was at St Anns School from Sept 1948 until Dec 1951.I also lived in Homefarm Rd until1947 when we moved to Gurnell Grove.Hope to hear from you.Regards Beryl