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Thursday, 1 October 2009

October chat room

62 comments:

JohnB said...

Hope Yvonne's Ken is on the mend and feeling much better by now.

yvonneh said...

Thanks John just got in from the hospital and have enviously read a few of the comments from the reunion. Ken is still in there fighting, they think they now have his anemia under control,with the two litres of blood and the packed cell transfusion. but then his potassium levels shot up so they are now tackling that, so we wait and see, thanks for thinking about us.

jim davis said...

You was not forgotten on Saturday yvonne. At least one person said to me, " where is she "? I enquired, "Who"?I was told, " You know err! what's-her- name. " It is nice to be remembered isn't it ?
Oh dear I can't believe I am saying this, so let us keep this to ourselves, don't tell the others. It would have been really nice had you been able to attend, but perhaps next time. There is not much I can say re' Ken except keep fighting.

Del said...

Yvonne, the last time that I was in hospital, with a fractured femur,my potassium level suddenly dropped. The lovely Charlotte arrived with my clothes, to take me home, but I had to stay for two more days before they sorted things out. Let's hope that they can fix Ken as quickly.

bob stevens said...

I have a book published in 1930 A History of Greater Ealing by Cyril Neaves he was the headmaster of Oaklands Senior School, (not that I would remember him).
"However" as Ronnie Corbet would say,
it's a very, very interesting book, sadly rough at the edges and a number of loose pages.
Page 38 has a letter sent on November the 12th 1810 which reads,
"A letter was received from a Mr. Herinshaw of Brentford Mill, complaining of an obstruction in the river Brent by reason of stanks erected in the said river; when it was agreed to apply to the steward of the Manor to convene a jury for the purpose of investigating the same"
The matter was adjourned for a week, but nothing seams to have been done with regard to it.
A stank was a weir, and this particular one complained of was near Greenford Bridge. The weir would have effect of holding back the water in the river.
How many of you Cuckooites remember this?, walking from Greenford towards home on the left side of the bridge there was an enormous iron pipe, we used to dare each other to walk accross, the green moss that grew on the pipe made it almost impossible and we would "get a booty"
I don.t know how to send a picture of this weir but will email Tommy and ask him to place on the site.
If any one would like to borrow this book I will willingly send it by post with the proviso IT COMES BACK or posted to the next recipient.
Did you know how St Annes School got it's name? I do, just ask.

JohnB said...

Interesting comment Bob....

Well, how did St.Anne's school get it's name?
Anyone know?

Beryl Nairn said...

Dear Bob Stevens
I would love to borrow your local history book.I love the history of Ealing and Hanwell.Some years ago went to evening classes on local history it included Brentford Chiswick and Southall,They dont seem to have them now only classes that give you o's and a levels.Somewhere in the back of my mind I seem to remember that near St Ann's school building was a well called St Ann's well,that seems to easy to be true.Please let me know right or wrong
Regards Beryl.

Beryl Nairn said...

Last bit of my comment should be for JohnB thats the bit about the well
Regards
Beryl

b ob stevens said...

Beryl got it in one, St Annes school was built over or adjacent to the well know as St Annes Well.
Do you know how Connely Dell got it's name?
Tell me where to send the book then consider it done.

Grace said...

Yvonnhe Hope Ken is still improving,i did leave a message the last few days in sept maybe you missed it but if you like will post photo,s to you if i can have your address, reunion was a great night some say the best ever.Beryl returned home Fri Margaret leaves Thurs but i will catch up with them 25th Oct for 2 weeks There have been 4 of us trying to get on the computer it opend my eye,s as to why some households need more than one.

Grace said...

Jim I was hoping to win your book in the raffle but someone beat me to it and i have just found out that you had some for sale at the reunion .I would like to purchase one, do you still have any left ?would you please let me know.

Beryl Nairn said...

Hi Bob, Conolly Dell part of the garden of the Lawns the home of Dr John Conolly who was superintendent of Hanwell Asylum now St Bernards hopital.
regards Beryl

Beryl Nairn said...

Bob
Address for book
45,St Dunstan's Road
Hanwell.W.72EY.
Thanks.Beryl

bob stevens said...

Beryle, you know everything!!!
Your right.
Book in mail on Monday.

Beryl Nairn said...

Bob
Ask me another!!!!!was that a quizz programme???
Beryl

yvonneh said...

Grace I am so sorry to have missed the reunion and was looking forward to meeting you. Ken is having two more litres of blood tomorrow, he is getting quite confused and depressed, hopefully this will help he will have had 5 litres so thank you to all those blood donors out there and to the best NHS in the world. I would love to see the photos. Flat 4 Symonds house, Braeburn Ave Ifield Crawley west Sussex RH11 7GQ or better still send them through my E mail yvonnephipp@hotmail.com

jim davis said...

Hello Grace someone must have purchased my book and put it in the raffle which was nice of them as I knew nothing about it. I am out of the books at the moment, but will be ordering more on Monday. They usually take a couple of weeks to arrive, when they do I will let you know. If you send Tommy an email, he will give you my email address. I will need your home address so I can send a book to you. It is wiser to do it that way rather than putting your details on the website. x jim

jim davis said...

Grace a few people are putting their addresse's on here, so if you want to do the same it is up to you. But it is safer doing it my way.

bob stevens said...

Beryl,not a quize but could be, just extracts from the book.
Where are the Hanwell Stones then?

Beryl Nairn said...

Hi Bob
I think you may have stumped me.Only stone I can I can think of is the ice age boulder in Elthorne Park.

yvonneh said...

Bob are they rolling or standingor head stones? give in
Jim thankyou for those very kind words much appreciated

jim davis said...

Oh that's alright Yvonne I must have had a silly few minutes when I wrote that.

bob stevens said...

Beryl your right again, no more questions, have mailed the book to you.
Enjoy.

Beryl Nairn said...

Thanx Bob I'll let you know when it arrives
Beryl

georgek said...

As I said to Lynn,Yvonne, daily reports please,hope Ken is on the mend

Lynn (Boyce)Smith said...

Thanks for your kind words Tommy, yes please do tell the Cuckooites. You cannot believe what a new lease of life finding the site and all of her old friends has been for her over these past few years. The day after our first reunion, I took her to the bunny park to see some of dad's handy work- the pond and the animal enclosures etc. As she got back into the car she said, if I die tomorrow I will die a happy woman, this has been one of the best weekends of my life. Thankfully she didn't die the next day she has lived on and thoroughly enjoyed a further two reunions and had more good times over these past few years than she can remember. So my thanks go out to you and Eff for setting up the site and giving her the opportunity to re-live some of her youth. As far as her current situation goes, she is unable to speak although she is trying desperately and getting frustrated when she can't. She was beginning to develop an infection as we left last night which isn't good and she looked very tired and worn out. It is heartbreaking to see her like this and I know from discussions we have had that having a stroke was one of her worst nightmares. The visiting times on the stroke ward, although for good reasons are difficult for family as they are 3-5 and 7-8.30, so until three o clock we are all sitting around worrying about her but not able to do a damn thing for her. I will keep you informed of any changes and may not have much time for logging onto the site, but wish everyone well from me. Take care, yours in peace and friendship, Lynn xx

yvonneh said...

Hi George I hardly know what to say after Lynns sad news, but like all cuckooites I am sure Flossie is a fighter. Ken is still hanging in there, waiting for the blood results, he has got very confused though. It is so boring for him thats why I spend most of the day there as he cannot see to read, So I read all the papers to him. and the sports argus.

georgek said...

Yvonne,Ken and Flo have the whole cuckoo estate shouting their get well messages at them,through this excelent web site, we are as one,a great big family,who will not stop shouting untill they have both made a full recovery.Flo was so happy at the reunion it just dosnt seem possible and is unjust that this should happen.We were all sad that you could not make the reunion,why did these thing happen now?.Jim and I were the only Brants Walk reps there,it would have been nice to have met you,and Joan sends her love and best wishes.

bob stevens said...

Congratulations to Sue and Tommy happy grandchildren,ing

Beryl Nairn said...

Hi Bob
Book arrived this morning.Just going to have my lunch and a read of it.I seem to remember seeing a copy of it in Hanwell Library.I will let you know when I post it back.
Thanks again.
Regards
Beyl

bob stevens said...

Beryl, thanks for letting me know you received the book.
This was given to me by a past vicor or curator of churches in Hanwell and Greenford, his name was father Omen, his last church was the one at the bottom of Oldfield lane, he retired to Sulgrave many years ago and when we moved here I used to meet him when I took our dogs for a walk, sadly he died a couple of years back aged 92,
Enjoy the read.

jim davis said...

Grace I took delivery of my books I that I ordered just on Sunday. I was expecting it to take 10 to 15 days. So If you still want one of them I need your email address so we can communicate and I can get your home address to send the book to. Jim.

Grace said...

Thanks Jim have just replied to your message by em-mail,not sure how the post is at the moment i will be away in 2 weeks time so no rush if you are busy regards Grace

yvonneh said...

Hello to all our friends, the good news is that all your wishes worked, \\\\\\\\ken is now home, he has to have fortnightly blood tests and transfusions if needed. But he is fighting as usual, the Doctor told me not to build my hopes up, but I knew with the support of my friends and kens fighting spirit we would win through, I do hope flossie is ok, no news from Lynn yet . We are all thinking of you Lynn, when you get time let us know. George hope you didnt lose your voice, but it worked so keep shouting for Flossie. Thankyou all once again for your support. Bob you didnt tell us about the stone. I did give in, so please tell.

georgek said...

Great news Yvonne,we all hpoe and pray that Ken gets stronger and stronger.

georgek said...

That should be hope!

Tommy said...

Great news Yvonne,so glad to hear Ken is home let us hope that Flossie makes good progress and will be home soon.We are a ageing species and we must take care of our selves so every one out there take heed walk a little every day and push yourself away from the table we can all get by with less food.

Eff said...

I just wrote a comment and it disappeared, where it went is a mystery. So I will try and remember what I said. Here goes....
Yvonne, I am so glad that Ken is back home and as my mother would say "you are a brick for taking such good care of him"
Now all we need is some good news from Flossie.
I then went onto say to Lynn, that I needed to give credit where credit was due, and it was Jim Davis and his son that showed Tommy how to start this site, and not me.
My connection to the Cuckooites, started in early 2002 when I contacted a bunch of folk on the Friends Reunited site, and we started emaiing each other back and forth with our memories of the early days. I contacted Tommy and got together in Seattle with him and Sue and we had a delightful time talking about the past. We contacted everyone and asked if they wanted to get together for a reunion, and they were all in favour of the idea. We started looking around for a venue and Jenny Jones came up with the Sports club at Castle Bar and she arranged for the reunion to be held there. It was very successful too and a great time was had by all.
Hope I have managed to set the record straight.
Missed you all at this year's, but maybe George and I can make it to the next one, as they say over here "Lord willing and the Creek don't rise"

Val B said...

Hi Yvonne, I am so pleased that Ken is home again.He is certainly a fighter but I am sure that it is all your tender loving care that pulls him through.Keep smiling x

bob stevens said...

Yvonne, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, you and Ken are such people, good on ya.
The stone is at the entrance to the park on Boston Road it is an ice age stone unearthed when house were being developed locally, the full details are in the book currently with Beryl, when it comes back I will transcipt to you.
All the best and keep smiling.

Eff said...

If any of you are wondering what has happened to John B, he told me that he injured his hand about a week ago so is having to type with his toes. He will be back, on site, when he gets better.

yvonneh said...

Thanks for the info Bob. Is that Boston Manor park, I seem to recall an Elthorne park in Hanwell.
They used to have the carnival there every year, the day Carolyn our eldest won the best baby, a little girl was snatched from the other side of the roundabout to her mum, She was 4 and was later found attacked and murdered that would have been in 1961/2 I cant remember a stone. I will try and get the book from the library.
Eff thats priceless about John B what has he done to his hand? does he have to stand on the table to use his toes? I have a vivid picture in my mind of him dancing on the computer.

Beryl Nairn said...

Yvonneh
the stone is in Elthorne park right at the front as you go in the main enterance.dont think it has any info about it now like it used to.The carnivale is still held in every June but it's not like it used to be hardy any floats this year I expect it's to do with health and safety.In the late 60's early 70's everybody went to the carnivale you saw the world and his wife there.There was always something in the evening like boxing ,dancing on the tennis courts and fireworks,a really good day out solong as the weather was good

Eff said...

Yvonne, John told me it was his index finger of his right hand. I was so pleased it wasn't his middle finger as he would be in dire trouble living in Chicago and not being able to do that gesture.

He thinks it might be the big 'A' setting in, in his old age. Hope not.

Beryl Bradford ( Bolton ) said...

Hi Yvonnne,
Hope Ken is doing well, I see it Ladies v Gents again in bits & pieces, that Jimmy stirring again. Well I got to be cindrs? as the ugly sister are comming to stay from tomorrow. this will get Grace going. ha ha.

yvonneh said...

Oh now I know what the cinders bit is. I have only just got to this page, please put your comments on the right page Jim as it gets confusing. But then I would expect nothing else from you
na na ne na na

jim davis said...

Excuse me Yvonne it is you that is on the wrong page. Cinderella was a development to a discussion on the bits and pieces page. Seeing as you are a woman I don't suppose I will be getting an apology.

yvonneh said...

you are absolutely spot on Jim, I dont suppose you will be getting an apology. If Beryl wants to be Cinders I dont mind.

Grace said...

Have not been on the site for a while but my name was taken in vain first by my sister Beryl who thinks i am 1 of the ugly sisters ,i will have you know i am the Fairy Godmother and in future your wishes will not be granted ,by the way you was on the wrong page CLEVER DICK ::::

yvonneh said...

Thankyou Grace I knew he was on the wrong page but he never apologises just wriggles out of it, by throwing it back at you, and expecting you to apologise for his error. I think you would make an excellent fairy godmother, do youy think you could cast a few spells (nasty ones of course) on Jim and a gentle put him in his place one on George.

Johnb is your hand any better?

jim davis said...

Oh! Yvonne, You are wrong again Grace was talking to Beryl not me, when will you ever learn. Cinderella started on the bits and pieces page by me not on this one. Beryl made the mistake of mentioning it here. Never mind deary.

Beryl Nairn said...

Hi Bob
Finished your book also my husband had a good look at it.Sorry we've been so long wih it but have had the decorater in so not a lot of spare time to look at it.Will see what is happening in the post office tomorow and send it off to you.Will let you know hwn I've posted it.
Thanks again.
Beryl

john eggins said...

Grace could you please tell me again, what was the christian name of Percy Dormers wife, who lived next door to you.By the time I left the party, I had forgotten it.Must be my age.

John Eggins

Beryl Nairn said...

Hi Bob
Posted your book off this afternoon.
Please let me know when it arrives back.
Regards,
Beryl.

Grace said...

John her name was Alice their son Percy married a girl called Beryl she came from West Ealing hope you are both ok .

bob stevens said...

Beryle, thankyou the book arrived yesterday Sat. pleased you enjoyed the contents.
Kind regards

john Eggins said...

Thank you Grace for the info.

Maureen and I are keeping well.

Remember me to Joe and Maureen Foley.

john Eggins.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

Jackie, my book and pin arrived in yesterday's mail. Thanks so much, only took about six weeks to get here! Must have come by wagon train.
Eff

yvonneh said...

I cannot believe what I have just read in the paper, its health and safety gone mad. A primary school in Cheshire had a conker contest, and pupils were asked to bring in conkers to play as the school wanted them to have some old fashioned fun, but the poor little mites weren't allowed to play unless they wore goggles to protect their eyes against chips when the conkers smashed. As I recall it wasn't the eyes that were a problem it was the broken fingers and bruised knuckles when kids like Jimmy smashed them instead of the conker hoping you might drop it. But the poor little loves of today cant cope with that, I am surprised that they use string as they may strangle themselves with it. What arrant nonsense they are instilling into kids these days.

bob stevens said...

Yvonne what about the school in Watford banning parents in case they are pedophiles.from watching children in the closed off adventure area, as you said these overpayed beaurocrats are making life intolerable.

Val B said...

How is your hand now JohnB? Hope it is getting better and you will be back on the site soon.

yvonneh said...

Hear! Hear! come on Johnb we are missing you, How is Flossie now! keep saying a prayer for her. Ken seems to be getting better and better, his latest bloodcount is 10
and his kidneys are better than they have been for a long time. So come on cuckooites you have done it once, now lets get Flossie well. Ken says thankyou for all your thoughts and kind regards.