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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Fw: The Street where I lived on the Cuckoo Estate.

 

Hi Cuckooites ,do us a favor and tell us where you lived on the Estate,We have had so many new members visiting the website we thought this would be a way for folks to introduce themselves.You can mention your family and your Neighbours.Give it a go we would love to know more about you.
Editor.

14 comments:

Tommy said...

Tommy Higginbottom,
67 Cuckoo Avenue.I lived there from 1937 to to 1962.Our neighbours where the Daleys,Weeks,Bigerstaff and the Dyers.My friends where Maurice Field,Lenny Dyer,Alan Markwell,Robbie Bruce,Brian Bellemy,Charlie Biggerstaf,Freddy French.Girls where Sylvia Lewington,Francis Culver,Joanie Woolford,Junie Culver,Eileen Shelley.

Del said...

Del.
Derek Southon.
Lived at 48 Greatdown road, 1936/64.Neighbours were, Andrews, Marks, Jenkins, Knight and Souter.

john corsham said...

John Corsham
Born at 9,Laurie Road youngest of seven,twin of Eric and broher of Dennis,Doris,Vic, Vi, & Bill.
Lived there until 1962.
Neighbors were-Jeffries-Moons -Robinsons-Jordons-Byfords -Stredders -Finnimores-Wellans-Rays & Jobes.
Remember many happy times with all the boys & girls in the Church Lads & Girls Brigade.Have been in touch with a few thanks to Tommy & The Cuckoo`its web site,anybody that remembers the Corshams it would be nice to exchange a few memories.

Regards to you all.

John C.

grace said...

Grace Bolton 76 Greatdown Road from 1936/7 to 1948 neighbours Dormer Makepeace Woodwood Hrrington,Garrets Price Haley Redgrave Hemmings there were more boys than girls in our part so my friends came from other streets , but there was Patsy Smith Eileen Harrington Olive Hemmimgs .We moved to Upfield when i was 18 so i was,nt a sreet Urchin any more. My younger sister,s would know more about who they had as friends.

Grace said...

Grace again I new Dell sister Doreen and new of Dell and some of his neighbours.

Val B said...

Val Brooks, nee Bailey.
Lived at 4, Hillyard Road,sister Edna and brother Ken. Parents moved there in 1936, I was born in 1941. Mum still lived there until 1991 then she went into a nursing home.
Neighbours were Manley, Hart, Blanchett, Scarborough,Michael, Richards, Perry, Eaton.
My best friends were Val Eaton from No 23 and Margaret Ansell from 45 Westcott Crescent. We still see each other to this very day.

bob stevens said...

Bob Stevens,
17 Upfield Road, 1938-1959
Neighbours were.
13 Lillians,
15 Ferns,
19 Landrigans,
21 Kelly
23 Neat's
25 O'Leary
27 Palmers
I know Grace and Beryle "Bolton" Number 4 are contributors, does anyone know where Brian O'Leary is nowadays.?

yvonneh said...

Yvonne Phipp nee Holt,
Sister Joan,Brothers Brian and Paul. Born 1940. Lived at 11 Brants Walk till 48 then moved to 62 Upfield Road, neighbours, Davis's, Hancocks, Webbs, Cobbold, Crush, Clements, Eggins, Allens, Cargills and Bevans. Friends Ann Jones Upfield, Margaret Webb Templeman, Ann Williamson, bordars, marjorie spiller harp road,Ethel walker Lyle crescent, helena rogers and dorothy prior Wescott crescent. To name but a few, lots of friends were also boys

Maurice Field. said...

Maurice Field ,91 Cuckoo ave,
neighbours,Haynes,Shelveys,Woolfords,Bataglias,Culvers,Olivers.

Anonymous said...

sus boyce{shelvey}
we lived in Wakling Road from when i was about 5 or 6 untill i was 16
when we lived in wakeling owe neighbours were Win Grainger and her familyat no.10, then the Beennets at no 8, the Holts, the Thomas Family and at no. 2 was the Mcneils on the other side of the road the moors not sure who loved next to them , then the Bunce family not sure the name of ther nerghbour the there was an old lady called kate who enjoyed a drink then the last house was Mrs. Willett,When we were kids we had such good times we often upset kate and mrs willet by making to much noise, but we all helped each other out we would often do gardening for the older neighbours or we would do shopping if they could not get out one day kate broke her hip every one in the street would take it in turns to make sure she always had a hot meal and a cup of tea this is somthing people dont do any more

Ted baker said...

Ted baker. lived at No 73 westcott crescent 1940 to 1960 moved over the road to 94 bigger house, the foxes lived here till they moved away. neighbours in the same gate the murphys 71. 75 the Healeys 77 the bakers. not same as me.i moved away in 1968 to norwood green middx.

tags said...

I lived next door to Maurice Field's family, the kids I knew were:

Alan(Ginger)Fields, Paul&Peter Culver, Janet,Sylvie&Brenda Fields,
Ray&Flossie Shelvey, The Impys, Bellamys,French's,Alan&Roy Markwell,Philip&Mary Morris,Eddie(Flappers)Woolford & Nancy, Gracie Oliver, Maggie Ditch, David Conquest, The Haynes family, The Chapmans, The Kennedys, The Clancys, Yvonne Holt, Ronnie Dews,
Tony Moody, Tony Munday, Terry Sullivan, Sidney Moore, Sally & Angela Ware, Norman Bridle, Nobby Wooley ....oh and lots and lots more of 'em too.

tags said...

and ...Brian Jones of course.

Anonymous said...

My family all have lived on the Cuckoo Estate... My Mum Daphne Hennessy nee Taylor and her brother Peter lived at 157 Framfield Road in the 1940's and both went to Hobbayne School on Greenford Avenue... My Mum & Dad David Green lived at 97 Westcott Crescent with my little sister Dawn in the 70's then Mum and Dad divorced and we moved to 12 Laurie Road opposite the Corshams....Mum knew them quite well and Im still in contact with Vi and her husband Tom who still live at number 9...Unfortunately Mum passed away last year but she would have loved this website and Im sure she would recognise a lot more names than I do.....Be good to hear from people that remember Mum & Peter...x

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Tommy said...

Was Framfield a part of the Cuckoo estate or was it the last street over from Stevenson .I can not remember.

tags said...

Tommy, I've even read that the whole area was considered to be the Cuckoo Estate, even roads across the other side of the Greenford Avenue. Although technically speaking the privately owned houses were not council houses and looked a lot different in style.
I think Framfield looked different too and Homefarm was the last council house street and was just before it, but it's certainly close enough and well within our bounderies to be considered Cuckooite territory.
What are our bounderies anyway?
There are many Cuckooites living on the old Racecourse in Northolt and some have even cross bred with Kiwi's and are hanging about upside down in Ozzieland.

Ron Ratchford said...

Our family lived in Bordars Walk from around 1947. Neighbours I remember were the Bransfields o'course, the Douglas's of paper shop fame, the Romans, the Stannards, much later came the Mitchells, who moved in one side of us with their drummmer son the late Mitch Mitchell, the Rafferty's were the other side, the Conlons were further down.

Linda said...

I lived at 76 Cuckoo Avenue, I am Linda and my sisters are Eileen and Kay and our surname was French. It would be nice to contact my friend Brenda Field (as she was known)I also had brothers, Philip, Fred, Jack, Terry, Bob and Clive.

John Eggins said...

John Eggins, Upfield Rd,
These are some of my neighbours in the road.
74 Carpenter 79 Searle
72 Palmer 77 Hughes
70 Pearce 75 Lawrence
68 Camm 73 Toomy
66 Mitchell 71 Eggins
64 Webb 69 Cargill
62 Holt 67 Allen
60 Davis 65 Bevan
58 Cobold 63 Crush
56 Hancock
54 Marshall

Sadly Robin Crush No 63 died in a swimming accident at Burnham Beeches swimming pool.
Further down the road was a Mrs Raynor who read the cards.A few more houses down there was a Mrs Lally.
Opposite the railings there was a Francis Ayres, She was a singer in a band, she had a brother.Anyone know about them?

John Eggins

bob stevens said...

Yes I remember too well Ronnie and the accident at Ruislip Lido, think I was about 11 at the time, the boys brigade arranged the day which turned out to be really sad.
Ronnie lived almost opposite Yvonne.

bob stevens said...

John, sorry I was not contradicting your recollection of the accident, in my memory bank I was sure it was Ruislip Lido,please forgive me if it's wrong.

Eileen Connors said...

Eileen Connors

Lived 61 Upfield Road.really brought back memories reading about Ronnie Crush.he lived next door to us at 63,and had gone on a day trip with the Boys Brigade. to Burnham Beeches.as far as I knew. he was never a swimmer.I remember the police arriving. with the news that "Ronnie's body was found on the bottom of the pool.his mother just could not accept the news, she had already lost "Ronnies" elder brother. who had been killed
in the Army. that was such a terrible day. one that I will never forget.

Editor said...

Hi Linda,if you want to send me your email address to editor@cuckooites.org I will send you Brenda Fields email address she will be at the Reuion in Seprember if any of the French family can make it.I worked with Fred at Baxters the Butchers in 1959.Please say Hi to him for me.
Tommy Higginbottom.

Anonymous said...

Maureen Tutton[Foley]
Lived at 38 Westcott our neighbours were the Wakenell family Bucklands Carpenter, Kings,Coral is now contributing.Down the dip as we called it the Barr family who moved and then the Patch family came. Brooks, Shiela Braund and family, opposite were the Triggs, Briders, Gibson Hebdon, Martin, Simpson and Masters the man with the sweet barrow that went around the estate.

Del said...

JohnE and Maureen, was the Cargill a Stephen, and was the Hancock a John? Jim Patch,from Westcott was my brother-in-law. Del.

Val B said...

Maureen, you mentioned the Carpenters. The youngest, Jack, was a very good friend of mine all his life. I don't know the number that he lived at, only know that it was the low numbers of Westcott. Sisters were Renee and Lil, I believe. Jack died about five years ago followed two years later by his wife. They didn't have any children. His only surviving relative is his niece who I am in touch with still.Jack was a wonderful friend to me and I miss him still.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

You are right about the names. It was John Hancock, he had two June and Joyce.

Stephen was also right, he had brothers, Brian,Clem,Malcom and Robin.

John Eggins.

Del said...

JohnE, I remember John and Steve from school and I think that John went into the Merchant Navy. Del.

John Eggins said...

Hello Bob Stevens,

I know what you mean when you try to remember things from the past.I rang my brother and sister over the weekend. All I said to them was Robin Crush and both of them said, he's the boy who died at Burnham Beeches.Still who's to say we are right.

John Eggins.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

My sister Doreen was a friend of your sister Doreen.My sister used to go round your house and sing with your sister Danny Kaye songs.All the very fast ones which your sister knew all the words.

John Eggins.

Del said...

Sure JohnE, I taught my sister all of those Danny Kaye songs. I'd seen all of his films and even saw him live at the Palladium. Every time that I learned the lyrics from one of my 78s I'd show off to Doreen and she picked them up. When she was much younger she entered the talent show at the Granada Saturday morning rush. She won a bag of Dolly Mixture for singing, "You Are My Sunshine." I seem to remember making short work of them when she got back to her seat. Del

bob stevens said...

Sorry John, I stand corrected.

Anonymous said...

Hi Val B
The Carpenters lived at 34 Westcott next to the King family .Jack was known by his nickname as a youngster but I remember his sisters, they were that much older so didnt mix with us as teenagers.M

Del said...

JohnE, I spoke to my sister Doreen today and she told me that your sister had lived on Hayling Island. Now she would like to contact her, what do you think? Del

yvonneh said...

Hi there, very interested to hear about RONNIE crush it was a really sad time, I remember sitting on the kerb with him in Upfield road and drawing pictures, that is when he told me he was colour blind, I didnt know what that was and puzzled over it for days. It wasnt long after that he got killed and my mum and a few others went around for a street collection, his mum never got over it,John did you have a brother Cyril? Malcom and Robin Cargill I heard passed away at a fairly young age, I always remeber Robins blonde hair and Malcom being a very large chappie. I also remember that one of the Hancocks was a seaman and one night we heard my mum scream from the front bedroom we all woke up to watch my dad catch a little monkey who had climbed up the ivy and into her window, from that day she would never go to sleep with the window open, oh! and the monkey came from the hancocks he had bought it back from abroad.

cyril eggins said...

Hi Yvonne
This is Cyril Eggins
Just been on the site and thought I'd let you know I'm still in the land of the living. I see my bruv John has been in contact. By the way. I remember the mo nkey the Hancock's had.
More later
All the best

yvonneh said...

Nice to hear from you Cyril, remember your mum and dad well. I dont know if you remember our sister Joan, she used to stand at the gate and talk to everyone who went past. I always remember the elderly lady always dressed in black with an old fashioned hat on,who used to stop and have a chat with her. She lived at the bottom of the road, never did know her name. Do you remember Roy England whos parents moved in next door to you in the same gateway. The paymans who lived next to them, I remember violet and lil all the lads were after lil as she was stunning. Im running away with myself again speak to you soon

Anonymous said...

yvonne yes l do remember your sister, l think she enjoyed being at the gate so she could see what was going on and chat .Sadly Roy next door passed away some years ago. Yvonne was it your brother Brian who could turn his eyelids up and make them stay up? No dont remember the Paymans. Do you remember these nick names? MICKY RAT. TUSKY RAT. and NOBBY.

tara said...

does any1 remember the clancy family that lived at number 40 cuckoo avenue, my nan was 1 of the youngster that grew up there,doris or lilian clancy later known as ellingham.my mum now lives there susan hickey aka known as ellingham.if any1 here remembers my family from the good old days pls let me know.

Tommy said...

Tara,everyone remembers the Clancey's so many of them,two of the girls still live in Luarie Road and where on the site a lot last year.Not sure what happened to the boys I do know Joe is in Australia,Tell us more about your family.

yvonneh said...

hi Cyril
You forgot bighead, Adrian was turned out by the council when his mum died, I helped him to stay in the house he had been born in. As he didnt know what to do. I dont know whether he is still there. but Brian, his brother, was keeping an eye on him.
Yes it was Brian, he used to chase the girls when he blinked his lids up. They all used to scream and run. When we lived in Brants walk my mum put him outside the door in his pram, he was about 10 months old.the persons on the top floor threw their ashes over the balcony and he had to have his eyes washed
out and ever since then he could turn his eyelids inside out. Sadly he died a couple of years ago, he had a lung removed about 12 years ago so he did get an extra lease of life. At least he made the first reunion, as you can see dressed as charlie, he never stopped larking around, the proverbial Peter Pan but he was a super brother. We also lost Joan she had a brain tumour. If you look at the initial days of the site you will see photos of her brian and myself.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

I will get in touch with my sister Doreen tomorrow who now lives in Fareham.She doesn't have a computer

John Eggins.

Del said...

That's okay, neither does my sister Doreen. Looks like snail-mail for them. I knew Fareham quite well as my old army buddy lived along the creek. We used to take part in the Fareham Chase, which involved every pub and a fast pint in each before the chasers caught up. I seem to remember that there were a helluva lot of pubs there back in the fifties. Del

jim davis said...

Hi Tara I knew all of the boys quite well. Terry, Roy, Joe, Paul, Dickie and Jimmy. I knew them all but Perhaps Paul and Dickie more than the others. The last I heard they were all alive and kicking except Paul, as you know he died a few years back. Paul was in my class at school and we were friends. Whenever we had an argument he used to say to me, "I am older than you so I must be right" He was only 12 days older than me and yet he said that time and again. It got up my nose somewhat, but I had to smile as I do now whenever I think of it. What makes me smile more though, saying that backfired on him in a big way. After which he never said that again. In those days all young men had to do two years National Service in the army after becoming eighteen. Paul and I were fast coming up to that when the Government decide to stop the call up. People that was born up to and including 30 Sept 1939 were the last group to go in. Poor Paul that day was his birthday. Me 12/10/1939 I missed it by 12 days. Boy did he moan, but I at last was able to say. " That is only fair Paul because you are older than me." he did not see the humor in that at the time. Now Dickie and his first wife Ann, I used to see them quite a lot, as my wife at that time Wendy, was and still is a close friend of Ann but that is another story. Finally I must mention Paul Ellingham, I knew him well and it was sad when he passed away.

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hcar71 said...

Terry Woods
Lived at 71 Greatdown Rd from 1937 to 1959. Nieghbours names I remember are Inghams (73), Grant(75), Fullbrook(77); opposite were Soster, Quinn and many more whose faces I can vis ualise but the names escape me.

Grace said...

HI TERRY We lived at 76 greatdown our name was Bolton maybe these names will jog your memory.
Smith,Price Garret Makepeace.Harrington Hemmings Redgrave Parker Haley and many more and not fogetting Del who is a regular on the site he lived 48

Del said...

Terry, am I right in thinking that your dad was a member of the St' John's Ambulance Brigade? I"m Del, (Derek) Southon from 48 Greatdown.

Terry said...

Thanks Grace for the names - Now I have to fit faces and names together!
YesDel, my Dad was in St.John's

Del said...

Terry, I seem to remember that your dad was also diabetic? For some reason he told me what the proper medical term was for that condition. I remember Rudolph Grant, and of course, the Quinn brothers. Then, Roy and Lennie Souster who, along with Eric Knight, John Jenkins and Mike Moran, were my running mates when we used to gallop off to Horsenden Hill and back, racing up Greatdown to see who could touch the oak tree, opposite your house, first.Look forward to hearing more from you, welcome to the site, Del.

Lynn Smith said...

Welcome Terry. My family knew your mum and dad very well. My mum and dad, Flo (nee Shelvey) and Bernard Boyce were great friends of theirs. I recall visiting them as a child, throughout my childhood (being a younger member of the site!!)My parents were also in the St, John's Ambulane Brigade and we have photos here of them all in very smart uniform. My dad and Freddie were often on duty together at events such as the changing of the guards and performances at the Royal Albert Hall. Dad is sadly no longer with us, but mum says hello.

Tommy said...

Hi Lynn,you must send on those photo'st o me would love to put them on the site.Hi Flossie hope you are keeping well Tommy.

john eggins said...

Hi Del,

Do you remember a lad who lived at maybe 58,Greatdown Rd, He worked for Lamertons of Ealing.Lamertons had a beautiful coach and horses and he would get all togged up and standing at the rear played the Post Horn,Fanfare Trumpet or Straight Trumpet, whichever you like to call it.
I know I left school 15 months after you but I remember a Mr Williams who was Welsh and Mr Courtney for woodwork, He was old and he wasn't amiiss at throwing a piece of wood at the pupils and it has been known for him to throw a chisel. No health and safety problems there.

John ( eggo ) eggins.

Del said...

Hi, Eggo. I think that I remember the kid who worked for Lamertons, he lived next door to the Petty's. As for old Courtney, I was in his class when he threw a chisel at pone of the lads, frightened the life out of us all. I think that he had retired and then got called back as there was a shortage of teachers. Then a Mr. Tye, who was a sadist, Mr. Holmes who was my last form master, and Mr. Hall who refused to shake hands with me when I bumped into him on Ealing Broadway Station three years after I'd left school, because I was wearing my Naval uniform. Taffy, Mr, Williams was the youngest of the teachers because he'd been invlided out of the RAF. He was a really a music teacher, but had to take the Art lessons as well, which he didn't know very much about. Very nervous guy who used to have some kind of fit every now and again. I think that I was in the last year that could leave school at 14 and was offered the chance to stay on for another year. I couldn't get out of there fast enough but, six montha later, enrolled for evening classes at a school in Greenford. Del.

Tommy said...

Does anyone remember Mrs Watts,she was a large breasted woman and her blouses where never large enough and she looked like they where about to burst out to the delight of us boys.She also liked to sit on her desk with her legs spread showing of her bloomers.I had her in 4A just before I left school at fithteen.

jim davis said...

Would you care to re-phrase your comment Tom. Or did you really have her in 4a. I can't say I ever fancied her myself.

Tommy said...

Good one Jim,you got me there.She was my teacher in 4A.At 14 I am not sure I knew what to do with it anyway.

jim davis said...

She was mine when I was in 4A as well Tom. At lunch time she always went into the science teachers room, I think we called him Jock Anderson. She stayed there long enough each day for us young lads to think he was having her. That might have been wishfull thinking though.

Grace said...

Sorry Jim Davis Think i need new specks also a new brain,was sure i stayed on the same page if this goes astray i will give up [only joking] if i put this in all of them i,m bound to get the right one.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

Your sister Doreen has been in contact with my sister.
Glad you remembered the lad at Lamertons. When I tell people about him they laugh at me an say, I didn't know you was that old and was around with the stage coaches.
I was one of the last people to leave the seniors at 14.I left on my birthday, 28/3/1947.Les Cheeseman and I went to the same firm on that day to see personel Manager and we did not go back to school to say our goodbyes.

John ( eggo ) Eggins.

Phil Sim said...

I class as a cuckooite my name is Phil Sim i was born at 93 Beresford Ave on 9/10/41
i went to all the cuckoo schools infants ,juniors and seniors.
I remember all the Finucanes,Bransfields,and many more.
I must have been at the seniors in1952,was inthe same class as George Perry
Roy Adams Derek Wilkinson,Graham Boulter,Tony Cressy.etc
We had Praggy as our maths teacher come football boss,there was,Pickering the PE teacher
Lock music.Bartholomew was art.Great days,great fun.I remember the lunchtimes also
going up the chippie,getting half a loaf filling it with chips,if i remember Mr Oliver gave us a
rocket though walking along the road back to school eating our version of a chip buttie.
I played in the school football team we were preety good as i remember that always got
Praggy excited.Mon mornings we would get one of the boys to ask Praggy what the game was like
on the Saturday,he would start his report and we then new maths would go by the board that morning
because he would go on through the lesson.
This looks a great site i bumped into by mistake and hope towrite again soon

yvonneH said...

Hi Phil, welcome to the site,dont run off again as it is nice to read of the new memories I was born in 1940 so we are not that far apart my brothers name was Brian Holt although after a play at school he got nicknamed Ben Gunn
hope to hear more from you soon.

Eddie said...

Hi Phil, dear Old Reg never told us anything about footy, if only we had known he had such a great interest, there would have been no maths lessons, we had to ask him about the bloomin' war, boring boring!

How long was he at the school?

Eddie said...

We, the Maguire family, lived at 263 Greenford Avenue but there were no kids living in or around our area, mainly lots of retired old folk, really nice people though.

I was at Brentside from 1969 to 72 before leaving to join the Underground. But at school I can remember from memories, Derek Sweeney from 131 Greatdown Road, Steve Williams from 62 Wescott Crescent, Steve Golds from 77 Mayfield Gdns, Bob Simpson from 70 Bridge Ave, Naresh Shah - a really good friend who moved onto Julien Rd in Ealing....I think. Would be great to make contact again.

Tommy said...

Hi Eddie,he was there when I left in 1952.I played football for Cuckoo seniors also Ealing borough school team when I was 14 .Praggy was the team manager or coach at the time and him and Pickering did not get along as Pickering was the school coach.Allways remember Praggy would have his hair plastered with Brylcream and he would have danddruff all over his jacket but must say he was a good teacher and the boys liked him a lot.I was head boy or head prefect for Mr Oliver for my time in 4th year,(Sorry Jim) I left at Christmas time just befor my 15 birthday.Have great memories of my years at that school and all the friends I had.Great hearing from you are you in Australia.

phil said...

Hi Eddie i've no idea how long he was there,but we soon sussed him out mondays was easy lesson day with him, did you know his full name was reginald alan pragg initials R.A.P i wonder who carved the C in front of the other initials on his leather brief case,er by the way it wasn't me

phil said...

Tommy great dicription of praggy hair smoothed back and covered in dandruf,by the way dose anyone remember a Mr Fry he was a teacher in the juniors.i went to france to my uncles when i was 10 and brought back a swollow tail butterfly not seen in this country very rare,i took it to class and Fry stood me out in front of the class to tell the class what i'd got.He stood behind me(i'm sure you know whats coming)with BOTH hands on my shoulder.I think it was then i new i liked girls

tags said...

I remember Fry the music teacher...he was always scratching his own butt in assembly.

phil said...

Quite right tags,its a wonder he wasn't scratching someone elses,do you remember Mr Griggs and his pipe he was a great teacher,and he used to keep the TWIG as he called it above the blackboard,he used to ask if we would like if we kept talking,you could hear a bloody pin drop,pity there arn't more of his kind now,instead of these tosspots who make the rules that you cannot cane kids of today it never hurt me(IT DID AT THE TIME)but i didn't want it again and it taught me RESPECT a word that is no longer in our vocabulary

Zac said...

Dear Mr. Jim Davis,
My name is Zac Ellingham, I am Paul Ellingham's son, one of your childhood friend's. I just read your stories about my dad and it brings me mixed emotion. Some of sorrow because we miss him so very much and some of joy because people remember him and he has left his mark on this world. Although it may be 40 years since you saw him last, the stories that you tell make me feel as though you saw him only yesterday. We reside in Canada where dad moved to when he was 26 years old. We comeback to Hanwell often. I have heard many stories although vague, your name rings a bell. I would love to hear any other stories you may wish to share with me about the boy who grew up to be my dad.
With all the love my heart can hold Zac Paul's son

Les said...

Hello again, I've been away from the site for quite some time, and have just re visited it. After reading some of the comments and names of teachers etc. i just had to post a comment. I lived at 29 Hillyard rd. from '37 through '54, i went to the cuckoo schools on Laurie, Brants Walk and Greenford ave. i left the seniors in 1952. I know a lot of us must know each other, went to the same classes, played sports with each other etc. back in those days, ducked flying blocks of wood etc. from Mr, Courtney, or "Corky" as some of us called him, got a whack on the butt from Pickering with a plimsol, used to sting like hell, got sent to Mr Olivers office a few times, got our name in his book along with a few on each hand from his cane, but all in all he was a good guy, not like that vicious little bugger from the art class, think his name was Fry, short guy, always wore a brown smock. Some of us got hung in the railings as we started our years in the seniors, but all in all, some pretty good years, and i'm sure lots of us went to see Dr. Lasnick on Greenford ave when we needed his services. Val B. mentioned the Scarboroughs on Hillyard rd. Bill married my Aunt Rose from number 29, they had two kids, Sue and John, I was back in Hanwell in 1966, but haven't been in contact with them since. It's too bad that when some of us move to different countries, we lose contact with each other, and it's only because of people like Tommy that create websites like this, that we are able to re-connect with each other, thanks again Tommy, keep up the good work. Talk to you all again soon, all the best to you all,
Les.

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maag said...

My Dad, Ronald Parnham and his 6 siblings (Jim, Harrold, Clifford, Ivy, Peggy, Dolly) lived at 76 Cuckoo Avenue from about 1936 - 1942 then they moved to no. 105. Their mother was Isabella and thir father, Harold. He worked on the railways. Does anyone remember the family? Dad is 80 this year and I woud love to be able to give hime some news about childhood friends. Please leave me a message if you have any information. Thanks, Mandy

AshleyVhFM said...

HI TERRY We lived at 76 greatdown our name was Bolton maybe these names will jog your memory. Smith,Price Garret Makepeace.Harrington Hemmings Redgrave Parker Haley and many more and not fogetting Del who is a regular on the site he lived 48

Brownie said...

Interested to see the post from Maureen Foley as was. Did you have a brother called Maurice? Ballroom dancer? I think I went out with him a couple of times! I'm Evelyn Jones, sister Jen, lived at 12 Hall Drive?