Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Letter from the Editor

Happy New Year Cuckooites,

I am reporting to you from my position as Editor of this website.We are now ending the third year we have been on the web,we have had great success sometimes but lately we have started to falter and in my words become very boring and mundane.The life blood of this website is when Cuckooites send in old photo's and story's they remember from the past and engage in the postings they find interesting.Sadly this has stopped happening and I have nothing to work with to keep this site vibrant and exciting to visit.It needs chat and conversation from you all not just a few who have tried hard to keep it going but I think will agree it has become harder and harder.What happens in early 2010 will decide our fate as I for one are not interested in spending my time for a loosing cause.We have a good thing and it will be missed by many as we have up to 1500 visitors a week at our peek ,but in the end it will be up to you if we survive and become the vibrant site everyone wants.Our work is not done as we continue to find old friends and neighbors all over this world who are excited to find old friends from their childhood.

I hope we get the response we need to carry on but if we should fail I want to say it has been fun.

Your Editor Tommy

Friday, 25 December 2009

How on earth did our Mom's cope

yvonneH said...

How on earth did my mum cope,
In days of only sunlight soap,
No detergent making foam,
Just wash boards skinning knuckles to the bone.
Soda crystals in the tub,
For clothes so hard and thick to rub,
The copper tubs with wooden lids,
Turning the dolly is what they did,
Cold water carried across in pails,
Sore, chapped hands and broken nails,It really was the thing to do,
To rinse by hand in Reckits Blue,
Then outside to turn the handle.
Of the heavy wooden rollered mangle
We sure have come a long ,long way,
When we do the washing every day,
No drying clothes round open fires,
today we have the tumble drier,
No damp rising to the attic,
Thank goodness we've gone automatic,
But what a nightmare it would be,
If time turned back, quite suddenly,
Should we be plunged into that sad plight,
Then I would be washing half the night.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

To all Cuckooites around the world

Wishing all Cuckooites a very merry Christmas and a wondrous,joyous and happy New Year.

Friday, 18 December 2009

This has been posted before but seems so appropriate at this time of year


Lest we forget, we are the lucky ones, we were born under the shelter of the spreading chestnut trees.
Like spreading branches of a Horse Chestnut tree, our arms and hands like conker leaves, now continue to reach out throughout the world. Many of us through the use of this site may have found a long lost friend, neighbour or fellow Cuckooite.
I know in our old age we sometimes seem unappreciative or forgetful, but there again, some of life is just as well forgotten, we eventually remember the important and joyous things.
Sure, over the years our hearts have been broken or we have suffered a traumatic incident. How can you go through life and your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or when a beloved pet maybe gets hit by a car?
Like a chestnut tree that has had so many big sticks thrown at it, hopefully with the right attitude, one can still stand tall with pride.
And like some conkers that get smashed in a game, our hearts also get broken, but broken hearts are what give us the strength, understanding and the compassion we need. A heart never broken is too pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect, or be able to spread out it's arms like branches touch someone in need of a hug or a few kind words, or touch a friend after a falling out and be warm and forgiving over a cuppa.
And like a conker it's really ok to be a bit tough and prickly and maybe unshaven on the outside, life can do that to you, but unlike the conker we don't need to become too hard, or uncaring on the inside.
We are so blessed to have lived where we did and played hard and long enough, and like our beloved Horse Chestnut trees, we should have grown strong, spread our seed, blossomed and matured, into adults and loving parents.
Autumn leaves will certainly fall and our silvery hair will shed, our teeth may fall out and some poor unfortunate soul, (no one in particular thought of here and not to even mention anyone by name) may have their things drop off.
However, we will still have those youthful laughs forever etched into wrinkles on our faces.
So many have never, played conkers like we did or really loved, or seen things sag and really laughed.
Tragically so many have died, some for you and me, before their hair could turn silver or become a sixty-er or seventy-er conker or more.
We truly have much to be grateful for.

Monday, 14 December 2009

A young Fred Reese as we remember him

Fred now lives in Australia,many of us knocked around together as kids in School.So many memories.Please read Freds email to me under comments.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Jimmy Boyd the original version

How many of you remember this version of I saw Mommy kissing Santa Clause,left click on this link to play recording.

Val Bailey Seasons Greetings

Wishing all my freinds and fellow Cuckooites a Merry Xmas and a wonderful happy,healthy and prosperous 2010.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Sandra Thorn sent this photo in.

Sandra Thorn from Mayfield Gds,she attended Brentside Jnrs,St Anne's .This was a Coronation photo taken at school do you reconise anyone.Sandra now lives in Inverness Scotland for the last 24 years.

A younger Jim Davis from a time gone by.

Here is Jim wishing all Cuckooites a wonderful Xmas and A joyous healthy 2010.May your glass never run dry.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

D V D s

Hi All you Cuckooites who have ordered the D V D's of the four reunions.We ask you to be patient if you are wondering why you have not received them.They where mailed from the United States on the 1st December,they had to clear customs and between the British postal service who I believe are having strike problems and the U S Postal service they have yet to arrive.We are keeping our fingers crossed they will arrive safely but who knows right now.
Thanks for your patience and it is not to late to order your copy if you are interested.
Thanks Tommy

Monday, 7 December 2009

Merry Xmas from Upfield Road.

Happy Xmas everyone,
I really believe that all of our forbears would be proud of this site, so I am including their photo, so many of the offspring of their friends and neighbours are getting together at the reunions and on the site. Looking at the age of my brother Paul this was taken around 1958
Perhaps someone knows who some of the people are on the outing. My dad is the tall one on the right and my mum is in front of him This picture has previously been on the site but a lot of cuckooites have joined us since then, So happy Xmas from them and us to cuckooites everywhere.
Best wishes and thanks to everyone who makes this site possible, I would be lost without it. Yvonne(Holt)Phipps.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Tommy and Sue Higginbottom

Seasons Greetings from Seattle Washington,U.S.A.WE wish all Cuckooites the world over where ever you are a wonderful Xmas and a happy, healthy 2010.It is great to know so many wonderful People I have met thru this group we all call Cuckooites.We love you all.


Chriss is from Brantswalk and now lives in Florida U S A ,she wishes everyone a Merry
Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Jim Davis sister she is the quiet one in the family.

Your Cheating Heart for all you Cuckooite Girls

Enjoy this one girls Elvis vintage 1958.Left click on Elvis photo for recording.

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Your cheatin' heart will make you weep
You'll cry and cry and try to sleep
But sleep won't come the whole night through
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

When tears come down like falling rain
You'll toss around and call my name
You're gonna walk that floor
the way that I do
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

When tears come down like falling rain
You'll toss around and call my name
You're gonna walk that floor just the way that I do
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

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Friday, 4 December 2009

Your favourite Christmas Present

Tell us what your favourite and best Christmas present you ever recieved as a kid and who it was from.Let's have fun with this posting everyone get involved so easy.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Relics from the past.

Peter Jordon,sent in these relics,the bottom one is all that is left of the Pallidiam Cinema and the fasage of the Walpole in Ealing Broadway.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Letter to the editor

I am allways looking for ways to improve the website.If you have ideas to share please post them here.The more we are involved the better the website is for everyone.

D V D's and Books for Christmas giving

Hi Cuckooites,Jackie will be recieving this week a shipment of D V D 's,these are exceptional quality you will want to own if you have attended any of our four reunions,They are all put to music with great pub songs from the past.Our first D V D we are offering combines the first three reunions,2003,2005 and 2008,the second D V D is from our last Reunion in September 2009.Over 500 of you Cuckooites attended these Reunions and I am sure each one of you will treasure owning your very own one.
The normal cost of buying just one of these would be around sixteen pounds each but we have produced them in volume and can offer them to you at our cost plus the shipping for just Six pounds each.These D V D's will play on your T V or on your computer,I have a 42 inch T V and watching all my friends who attended these events is Great.These D V D's are a one time limited addition and when they are sold we will not have any more as we have bought in bulk.Jackie allready has a lot of orders and you can get your copy by emailing or phoning in your order.
Our two books Memories from the past and All our Yesterdays are back in stock ready to ship before Christmas,these make wonderful presents to family and friends who are a part of the Cuckooite Family.Order your copies today.
Contact Jackie at
Phone  0208 868 3133 
Order early so you will not be dissapointed.
Happy holidays  Tommy and Jackie.

Battle of the Sexes,A war on words

Join Yvonne,Val Brooks,Eileen Bolton and sister Barbara Bradford as they battle Jim Davis,George Key, Paul Holt and myself Tommy to see who can be the superior SEX.

December chat room

Looking for someone,Lost and Found.


Just Joking Enter your Jokes here.


Odds @ Sod's Bits and Pieces


Just a Thought Suggestion Box.


Food for Fun and Recipe Page