Sunday, 1 November 2009

New to Site ,Introduce yourself here.



Keith Williams said...

Good Morning from West Sussex

l discovered your site yesterday by accident after seeing and contributing
to the "Southall Knowhere" site for some time.

My name is Keith Williams and I too am a Sagittarius, born 30 Nov 1947. My
parents had lived in Templeman Road, but were in 73 Hillyard Road (in the
"banjo") in 1947 when I was born. Thus I went to Cuckoo Infants and
remember Miss Armitage, and the other 2 teachers names I remember were Miss
Dye (who became Mrs Tilney whilst I was there), and Miss Crouden. After
that I went to Brentside Juniors, (headmaster Mr Heatley), and Mr Griggs who
was very strict and an avid 'Luton Town# supporter. Whilst I was
there, we moved to Elfwine Road in either '58 or '59. Brentside was an
exceptionally good junior school and I remember that the majority in our
class passed the "11 plus" exams, 8 going to Drayton Manor (as I did), 8
going to Greenford County and 1 (Roger Amiss) getting accepted by a very
posh school somewhere near Hammersmith.

I continued living on the Estate until 1972, when I bought a house in
Drayton Avenue, W Ealing, then moved to West Sussex in 1976 where I have
been living ever since. I am still in touch with another ex-Cuckooite,
John Smith, who now lives in the USA. He and his parents lived in Kennedy
Road ever since the 39-45 war (I think his mother still does), and they were
very good friends with the Alvey family who lived on the southern corner of
Kennedy & Hillyard

I have lots of fond memories of the estate. I don't mind if you want to
publish this or want to make contact

Keith Williams said...

Thank you Tommy

I am delighted to hear from you

Unfortunately, I still have to work for a living and time is very limited.
but I will try and contribute in time. I am amazed that you are using the
name "Cuckooite", as when we were kids, we used to have 'wars' with
"Greenfordites" across the river Brent from Bridge Avenue, and I didn't
think anyone now alive would remember the name. I lived on the Estate all
my life until I bought the house in W Ealing 35 years ago and have always
wondered so much about it. I was in the 8th Hanwell cub pack based in what
were then called "Cuckoo Schools", and I know many people did leave the
Estate and have ended up around the world such as John Smith from Kennedy
Road now living in Peoria USA I remember even in Brentside JUNIORS there
were "Rodney, Nelson, Frobisher & Drake" for the four team colours. I
remember so much trivia like that. You wouldn't get that in a junior
school today. I remember the old steam trains at Castlebar and LOTS of
open fields in the area - even a riding school on the east side of Castlebar
station until about 1953.

I did various paper rounds for "Douglas's" and also worked as a Saturday boy
in the Co-Op greengrocers. It was an excellent place to grow up with
plenty of fresh air and no fear of being outside.

I went through Hanwell Broadway a few weeks ago for the first time in 30
years. It is now a tip, and the old Trolleybus depot is now just a
supermarket and car park. All the old shops such as Barnikel's bike shop
must be long gone. I'm glad I was around to see it when it was there.

I will try and log on again over the next few days. I tried yesterday but
didn't find it easy to navigate so will try again soon. And again, if you
want to "post" any of the above, feel free to do so

Very best wishes to you


Keith Williams

Grace said...

Glad you found us Keith you may have known my young brother Brian Bolton he was born 1946 in greatdown i also have a brother Joe in 1948 we moved to Upfield rd you will find many long lost scool friends here im sure.

jim davis said...

Hello Keith you do not need to send your comment to Tommy every time you want to say something. If you look under where posts are, you will see where it says Make a comment. Click on that you will the be taken to a page where you can clearly see where to enter your comments. It only looks like a small area but it is not it will take anything you want to say. Then when you have finished, below you will see three white buttons. Click on the button on the left of where it says Name/URL then just enter your name do nothing else, then press the yellow Publish Your Comment button and that is all you have to do, it gets published automatically. Oh yes welcome to the site.

Charlie Brown said...

Cannot believe just looking at old school football team photo cuckoo school with a very young Tommy Higginbottom in the middle!!!!!!! next to you John Corsham, and Peter Teirney ? the rest of the faces I know but my memory will not put names,plus 2 teachers.Im at the end of back row the only one without a team shirt I think I was the reserve.dated 1949.Anyway I decided to look up Cuckoo school and up comes Tommy,what a shock,a very pleasent one I must say.ME? Im Charlie Brown.(maybe known as Ron then) Have been in New Zealand for over 35yrs with my wife Gwen. I will now get back to your site for more info on CUCKOOITES Look forward to hearing from you Tommy.Regards Charlie

Anonymous said...

New to this, just this month but I am amazed to learn that so many people share the same memories > >Miss Armitage and Miss Crowden at Cuckoo infants in the early 50s, and the horses that were kept in the fields on the Ealing side of Castlebar Station. Who remembers the "ups and downs" on the corner of Ruislip Road and Greenford Avenue where there was a small wood we played in - until the developers cut it down and re-aligned the Ruislip Road

John Corsham said...

Hi Charlie (Ron) nice to read you are still around,have not heard or seen anything of you for must be 55 years or so.I remember you well from our school days and years at C.L.B. If I remember you played the side drum and I think you also became the mace bearer. I can tell you most of the 1949 cup winning football team names, you & me Tommy-Kenny Hayhurst-Pete Tierney-Ronnie Baker-Mike Berry-Syd Hopton-Georgie Gorge-Alan Stone -Roy Weston.We won the Ealing Schools cup final 1-0 against Stanhope I think!!!. Regards John Corsham

Charlie Brown said...

Hi John(regards to brother Eric)Great to get your message,and the fact we won the cup.
I also remember Tommy winning the west London boxing cup, I was fighting a David Tarsey and lost on the same event.I think it was at Wembley stadium.David went on to represent England for the olympics in Australia not as a boxer but as a diver.
CLB yes I did play the drums and was mace bearer after Johnny Thompson a hard act to follow,after some advice from Terry Finucane I was ready to march around the couckoo estate (those were the days).Charlie

Tom Higginbottom said...

We had a great team John and Charlie ,do you remember the pro football player called Ron Greenwood who came and coached us ,he taught us so much ,made us work on our passing and ball control.I think he played for West Ham.Nobody could touch us we where so good ,Do you remember the red badges Mr Griggs gave us for being on the team,I was so proud of mine and I lost on the railway embankment by Perivale golf course hunting grass snakes.I was afraid to go to school in case he asked me what had happened to it.

yvonneh said...

Hi Keith, Welcome to the site, my brother Paul Holt has been searching for a Cookie and Raymond Williams who lived in Upfield Road, any chance that you are related. Paul also went to Drayton Manor after brentside which was at that time the cuckoo junior boys.
Charlie Brown you must have known my brother brian holt he went to school with tom and was in the boxing club he fought many matches at the old cuckoo schools, we used to go and watch him, he was also in the boys brigade. I remember hanwell bus depot I was a conductor on the 255 and 207 route, it was sad to see the back of the trolley bus I worked on the routemasters. Hanwell broadway has always been a dump, I remember the flea pit, the Tudor picture house in cherrington road,
always used to come out itchingAnyway welcome to the site

John Corsham said...

Hello Tom,
I dont remember the red badges you talk of , but I do remember the red faces and red behind when griggsy gave you the slipper.We did get a medal for that cup final in 1949 the only medal I ever won and I lost it between the floorboards in 9, Laurie Rd and never did find it again.Hope you and Sue are both well and looking forward to Christmas with your families.

Best wishes John C.

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michael scuffil said...

Keith, we must have been near contemporaries. I remember Miss Dye, Miss Armitage, Miss Cummings (the latter being 'two ladies sharing' who always came to school together in smocks) and the headmistress Miss Crouden.
In the Junior school mine was the first class to be taught by Mr Griggs for two consecutive years, and the result was the number of 11+ passes almost trebled (to 28). I won a place at Christ's Hospital (Bluecoats) on a Middlesex County Council scholarship.

Keith Williams said...

I have just rediscovered this site after a gap of a few years. Am now retired and have more time, have recently discovered Hanwell Facebook too. Sorry for those who left messages for me which I have missed. Let's try and get this back again, but is Hanwell Facebook the place to be now for future corresponding? Keith