Friday, 29 May 2009

Letter from the editor

Hi Cuckooites,
summer must have arrived as things are starting to slow down after a busy first five months of this year.As of now for next month I have for the first time no photo's or postings that have been sent in by you who are our lifeline for this site.I can see as the weather improves we spend less time surfing the net and our favorite websites.I am hoping you will dig out those old photo's and memories to share with your fellow cuckooites,we all enjoy reading and looking at the photo's.Remember we all have a story to tell from where we came from and where we are now so please support this site to keep it interesting with fresh faces and new ideas.We will have all our usual subjects posted next month and one new one which I hope will be of interest to you.Take care and enjoy the summer.
Tommy your editor.

Friday, 22 May 2009

How Fights start,Posted by Sue Higginbottom

How Fights Start

My wife and I were watching Who Wants to Be a Millionaire while we were in bed. 


I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?"


She looked at me and said, "No."


I then said, "Is that your final answer?" 


She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes." 


So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."


And that's when the fight started …



How Fights Start

I asked my wife, "Where do you want to go for our anniversary?"


It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation.


"Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said.


So I suggested, "How about the kitchen."


And that's when the fight started …



How Fights Start

After retiring, I went to the Social Security Office to apply for Social Security.  The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age.  I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home.  I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.  The woman said, "Unbutton your shirt."  So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.  She said, "That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me" and she processed my Social Security application.


When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security Office.  She said, "You should have dropped your pants.  You might have gotten disability, too."


And that's when the fight started …



How Fights Start

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.  She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds."


I bought her a scale.


And that's when the fight started …


urgent message From Jackie (Lovell) Ferguson.




Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Reunion update.

Hi Cuckooites,
this is for all of you who are attending the 4th reunion in September.As you have known for a couple of months this reunion sold out in less than four short weeks.We want to remind you all if you need to cancel we will give you a full refund up until we order the buffet supper,normally we notify the caterer about three weeks before the event.We have a long waiting list for spaces we can not fill at this time.
 We want to remind everyone attending not to bring guests or family who have not been paid and registered for,we would hate to have to not let them in on the night and cause you to be embarrassed in any way.
Also so you can start thinking about the raffle gift you may want to bring,We have a raffle and the money from this event helps us lower the admission price to this reunion,We have usually charged 15 pounds to attend  but with book sales and the raffle we managed to lower it to 8 pounds for this event and we would like to continuo this way with lower admission prices,this way it is affordable for everyone to attend,so please bring a donation in the way of a gift for this event.Remember this years event is Bring your own beer,wine or liquor to drink, we will supply glasses,ice and soft drinks limited supply.Also we will have coffee and tea available all night long.
More to come as we get closer but we can assure you that it will be a fun night as as usual.
Thanks Jackie and Tommy.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Amateur dramatics,Tower Youth Club.

One of the activities at Tower Youth Club was, amateur dramatics

These two photos were taken about 1949.
The play was called,"Two Men of Verona" or was it "from" I am sure someone will put me right.
This play was performed at "The Questors Theatre" Mattock Lane, Ealing. I believe this may have been for a competition.

First picture,left to right,

Sylvia Tiffin,Then Dick, next John Eggins,then Pat.I cannot remember Dick or Pats surnames. I know Pat had a younger sister at the club and they lived halfway up Greenford Ave.

Second photo, left to right,

John Eggins, Sylvia Tiffin, Dick, Pat, cannot remember next one and last one was called Cyril.

All for now,

John Eggins

Friday, 15 May 2009

Old vidoes from a time gone by.

Recently I have started putting old songs and music from the past on to our website.I would like to know if you enjoy this type of entertainment and what choices you would like to see me include.You Tube has a vast library from the past and present and I thought it may be a way to share with you our music from our time.
Please way in and give me your thoughts and also I need your stories and photo's from the past ,you are what makes this website interesting.Every week we get more and more folks from all over the world logging into our Cuckooites site,they must be finding it interesting.Tell me what you think and what I can do to improve on what we have.
Thanks Tommy your editor.

Roy Baker sent in this Photo

Your description of the CLB camp you attended reminded me of the Hanwell Boy's Club summer camp to Deal, the conditions were pretty basic, we slept under canvas in army bell tents and I had a similar experience to yours when a maggot wriggled out of my dinner. I don't recall anyone suffering a dodgy stomach either, we must have been more immune in those days. We had a day at the Marine Barracks where we were given the red carpet treatment including lunch in the canteen and a dip in their swimming pool. Dave Prior from Westcott Crescent was our youth leader with his mate Albert, sadly Dave passed away last year but he ran a great club over the Community Centre for a few years and was a good role model. I've enclosed a photo from the camp and from left to right are Micky Prior, Dave (Podgy) Herring, Winkle Ray, Bill Page ( from the grocers) and Bob Walther. c1958.
All the best
Roy Baker from Ealing, London

Grace Reddings Mum and Dad.Taken in Upfield Road.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Easy access to past months features

nHi Cuckooites and guests of our website,
do you know how easy it is to go back to past years and months features and comments and spend time reading and reminiscing from your past growing up as a kid or teenager on the Cuckoo estate.
Follow these easy instructions and you can find many great memories and stories from our past.
To start left click on the arrow of past year you want to open ,this will then open the months of that year,all you do now is click on the month and then click on the posting it is as easy as that.
Give it a try you will enjoy what you find we have hundreds of features and stories and thousands of comments to discover.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope we have brightened your day.
The editor.

Two photo's Old Cuckoo Towers.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Westcotte Crescent outing around 1938.

Terry Finucine.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Thursday, 7 May 2009

The street where I lived

Carried over from April.
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

Visitors Page please sign in

Carried over from April.

Hi Everyone,
New feature we are trying.Every week we average around 1500 visitors to our website.It would be nice to know who is visiting.We are asking that you sign yourself into this page and leave a short comment about any thing at all.I will do a sample sign in to get us started.Please give it a try.


Tommy Higginbottom said...

Tommy Higginbottom,Seattle ,Wash,
U. S. A .Just love this site.

Derek Durbin said...

Derek Durbin,Perth ,Australia.I really enjoy reading the comments and seeing the old photo's from the past.

georgek said...

George Key,Haverhill Suffolk England.Cant wait to see you all at the reunion.

grace said...

Grace Redding [bolton] love the site looking forward to meeting old friends in sept living in Buckinghamshire

Anonymous said...

Eileen Venney (Connors) Chandlers Ford Eastleigh, Hampshire.
We'll meet again,dont know where,dont know when.!!

But we do know when.
26th September 2009,
Perivale Community Centre
See You There...

Maureen S said...

Maureen Sullivan.
Basingstoke,New to the site I am facinated with the old memories,I keep coming back.

Del said...

Derek Durbin, good to hear from you. One of my old army mates lives in Perth, he enjoys telling me about the Libyan type weather you get there, talk about a wind up. Del.

Pam Lait said...

Pamela Lait Ipswich Suffolk,
Ex; Borders Road Cuckoo Estate.
Yes I am a regular watcher of the
site. Looking forward to the reunion and maybe finding
someone that I know ???

bob stevens said...

Bob Stevens, looks in every day and enjoys the reading and finding long lost people.

Anonymous said...

hi i visit the web site nearly every day i realy enjoy reading about what people are doing now most of dont live in hanwell when i talk to my children about my child hood they cant imangin living in a place like hanwell. there will never be place like the cuckoo esate. it is a great idea to do the web site.

Sue Boyce[Shelvey] Cuckoo Ave

edna.B said...

Edna Robinson(Bailey), Essex
Love visiting the site, stirs old memories. Cant wait to see every body in September.

Anonymous said...

Angela & Jim Wakenell,just making another social visit to the site.
We settled in this area since 1963.
Nobody in London(including us)had heard of St Neots then. It used to be Huntingdonshire but is now Cambridgeshire. We now live in Little Paxton. Are you none the wiser!

yvonneh said...

great site, computer been out of action, didnt know what to do with myself, back now and all is well again. Mind you it will take me days to catch up with everybody.
yvonne Phipp nee Holt Crawley Sussex

John Corsham said...

Great site Tommy every time I log in I see so many new names ,I must have known many of them but putting names to faces after so long is a bit tricky . Best wishes to all.

John Corsham

yvonneh said...

ah! well John, its because some of us have grown, on account of nobody raiding their larder and eating their tea. Plus all the cakes my mum made. Thats why you cant recognise us,

Lynn Smith said...

Lynn Smith and Flo Boyce. We visit the site a couple of times a week just to see what everyone is up to. Now living in Colchester Essex. Looking forward to the reunion.

george&Joan said...

Hi Lynn/Flo,hope to see you at the reunion

Anonymous said...

Know that JD mentioned the site where you can see the London streets as they are now. Jim & I went onto the site yesterday.The road he lived in in Paddington had long gone. I lived in Tunis road,Shepherds Bush & although most of it was pretty well spruced up,brought back many memories.Jim went onto Westcot,they had lived at no.36. Of course it was again very different but the old oak tree that had been in the Kings back garden & we could see that!
We then went on to Brants Walk. I know several of you lived there as well.They have got posh front doors on the flats now.Lastly we went on to Ruislip Road East.Certainly recognised the houses,but the numbers that came up didn't tally.Really enjoyed looking back. Think it's a great idea for those of us that are away from home.Yes, we still call it home Tommy.
Regards to all Jim & Angela Wakenell

Anonymous said...

lived on the estaste for 44yrs how do i join.

jim davis said...

Anonymouse just by coming to the site as far as we are concerned you are a member, and you can make comments etc. But if You want a Post or/ and Photos put on the site you will do that by sendig the post to the Editor who is Tommy Higginbottom. If you scroll down the right hand side of this page you will see where it says contact the editor, click on that. You have found and used the comments page, but it would be nice if you would sign you name (it is safe to do so) that way we will know who we are talking to. The way you leave your name is. After you have made the comment just below that you can see writing and buttons. The only one you want is where it says NAME/URL click on the little button on the left so it is highlighted . Then in the box enter your name, then press the orange box. That is all you do, but if you want before pressing the orange if you click on the blue button you can see a preview and edit you comments first. Then if you are happy publish them.

Anonymous said...

though lived on the estate for 44yrs my mum moved here in 1937 and i live in the sam house she did

Editor. said...

Hi Anonymous,you seem like you have a lot to share tell us who you are,it is hard to communicate with someone who we do not know their name.We welcome you to our group share with us more of your family and where you live on the estate .


jim davis said...

It was a good idea of yours to carry some posts and comments on into the next month Tom. It makes some things flow better. I know ideas of any kind from our members will be welcomed by you/us. Everyone of them will be considered, though for technical reasons it might not be possible to do some things. But the input of all Cuckooites will be appreciated, and acknowledged.

jim davis said...

I forgot to say, when you do carry over Tom could you insert the month in large text. S0 that at a glance when folk scan down they will be able quickly see what month they are in.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

This is visitor Eff signing in. Great to be back in Alaska even though the snow is still piled high along the sides of the streets. Sun shined today though.

Eff said...

Strange that the time must be GMT as I wrote that last comment April 1st and it is 8.49 P.M. Alaska time.

Tommy said...

Yes Eff we are on U.K. time, you are nine hours behind them in Alaska I think.Glad to have you back .

tags said...

Hi Guys,
Just thought I punch the clock.
It's about 9.50am in Chi town and we are 6hrs behind London.

tags said...

Something is wierd, 'cos at 10am Chicago time it should be 1600 hours (4pm) in London??

JohnB said...

I think for security reasons in the USA our computer clocks are kept an hour off the actual time.

Anonymous said...

i live in whitton now moved from the cuckoo in 1982 loved the estate my brother still lives there

Anonymous said...

Margaret McTernan [Bolton]Florida USA.Great site Tommy,looking forward to reunion will be there with my husband and my two sisters Grace@ Beryl[Bolton].

Grace said...

Welcome aboard Margaret it,s about time you see it did,nt hurt there maybe people who remember you in your younger days i have found only four but that does,nt matter you can still send your comment looking forward to seeing you in Setember.

Angela Ware Kelling said...

It was about 1950 in the junior girls school & we had a teacher in training.She was from a seaside town in Devonshire that we"probably had never heard of". It turned out that several of us in the class had been evacuated to her town of Lynton & knew many of the same people.She just about fell over!

JohnB said...

You must have been about 6 or 7 then Angela?
Nice to see you on the site.

Tommy said...

Hi Angella ,from one Washington resident to another great to have you as part of our group.You being my neighbour from Spokane you are the closest Cuckooite to me even though you are over 200 miles away.I am so looking forward to meeting your sister Sally at the reunion and she is bringing her son,we love to have the second generation of Cuckooites attend it is really having a trickle down effect.Keep visiting and one day if you ever get to Seattle we must get together for lunch or dinner and really have a good old chat.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

Hello Angela, I take it from Tommy's comment that you live in Spokane Wa. My husband was born and raised a couple of hours drive from you in Brewster Washington. We visit there at least a couple of times a year, as his mother who is 91 still lives there in her own home.
Welcome to the site.

Angela Ware Kelling said...

Hi Ethel,Tommy & John B,
It really is a small world.I have been through Brewster on the way to Wenatchee.I used to have a friend on the estate called Sally Stevens.I also remember the Bataglia family.John,Tony & Maria.One of the married sisters used to let me walk her baby. I would stroll up & down Cuckoo with my the posh pram & my nose in the air. If anyone is in this area it would great to meet

JohnB said...

Hi Angela,
I remember that we all used to read books in your garden shed when we were little.
take care

tags said...

Angela...My guess is that the married sister who let you push the pram was either:
Carmela, Antoinetta, Maria, Philomena or Amelia.
There were kids, prams and brother-in-laws galore in my house back then.

tags said...

Not Carmela, she would have been a bit too young.

Grace said...

Nice one Jim Davis made me chuckle i sometime,s think your brain is always in first gear ,cant wait for Tommy,s reply keep up the banter [lovely].

jim davis said...

Whoops Grace don't get so excited you have put your comment on the wrong page again. SILLY BILLY.

Phil Sim said...

Just one thing thats spring to mind at the bottom of Beresford
over the fields was a club called The Elthorne Cricket Club
we used to go over on a Sat night, we made our own entertainment
it was great,but i wonder if anyone has told you about a superstar
we had called Terry Finucane.He used to get on stage and mime
to Jonny Ray singing "CRY" i tell you he was quite a star

will write again

Phil Sim

tags said...

Phil, Terry is still a star act and sings at our reunions.

Phil Sim said...

Hi Tommy
thanks for putting my coment on the visitors web page
am i classed as a cuckooite,because as Daph Lait says,iwas onthe other side
of the Greenford Ave,(the posh houses)i dont think.
is it poss to find out if Ken Buckland is on the net,i was Kens workmate on bt(G.P.O)
in those days,i'm now living in Reading,but would love to chat.Also does J im Davis
know of a Ken Bunting,Aiec Steadman,if he does he will know me.Also Pat Sibley
Pat will remember me i noticed her picture at your reunion,i'd love to talk.
If these guys are on the net,perhaps you could pass my email address on,thanks

as regarding you Tommy i'm not sure we met although you are only 2yrs older
perhaps we have it would be good to find out



tags said...

Phil, as far as we are concerned...
If you act like a Cuckooite, walk and talk like a Cuckooite, or even dance and sing like a Cuckooite, must be a Cuckooite, even if you did come from a nest on the other side of Greenford Avenue.

phil said...

Cheers tags i always classed myself as a cuckooite i was over that side most of the time in pete's cafe a lot.Years earlier i was won of the cubs(till i got kicked out)then done my stint with the church lads brigade(till got kicked out)not a very good track record.Then it was off to the schools with Ken Bunting for some fun and games.I dont know if any one remembers,we had a football team from the cuckoo schools,and we called ourselves TOWER because of the schools tower.We were bloody good mind you all the players had represented Ealing schools at some time,we were in the dauntless league div 7 won everything and after 2 yrs they put us in div 1 won everthing thing then.Happy Days

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

For Angela Ware:
You must ask Tommy for my email address so that we can keep in touch. I don't know that we will be in Washington again this year, as we are planning on attending the reunion in England instead, however we should be there twice next year, in January and also late March. It would be great if we could meet up. I think there is also a lady from the estate that lives in Vancouver Canada which is just above Washington State for those of you that do not know. It would be lovely if we could get a small reunion going for those of us from the West.