Sunday, 21 February 2010

Peter Jordon sent in this photo from his garden

Hi Peter,this is the first I have heard of Italian squirrels.can the rest of you tell us what animals you have in your garden,here in the Western states of the U S we get a lot of deer,bears and elk.They all seem to know when it is hunting season and move in to inhabitated areas where you can not hunt them.

Award ceremony C L B .sent in by Edna (Bailey) Robinson

Edna sent in these photo's of her brother recieving an award,The second photo has Val Bailey on the right ,the little girl with pigtails.Thanks Edna another part of our past.
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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Documents from the Past

How many of you have seen this document before,The Eggins family paid 5 shillings as a deposit for the keys to their new home in 71 Upfield road in 1937.The Bennett family paid the same ammount in the early 50's for their key deposit for
their home at 93 Templeman road.I wonder how many of you got your deposit back when your parents moved.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Happy Valentines Day February 14th

Happy Valentines day to all you Sweethearts, lovers and to your family and friends where ever they are. We as Cuckooites are thinking of you all where ever you may be.

Friday, 12 February 2010

V rocket bombings of damage to the Estate

These photo's taken at the time of the two bombings in Cuckoo Avenue and also Templeton Road.
These occurred in 1943 and 1944 at the hight of the German bombardment of London.Jackie Stringer obtained these photo's from the arcives of the Ealing gazette and we want to thank them for allowing us to show the damage occurred during these horrific times.Many of us saw the damage as we made our way to school that morning as we walked down Cuckoo Avenue on our way to Juniors.Tell us what you can remember of these dark hours.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Cuckooites sent you a video: "How great Thou art Harry Secombe"

Special request for Yvonne(Holt)Phipp.Just for Yvonne this is a lovely rendition of this song.
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Hi Cuckooites,lets do the sign in sheet again,with folks looking for old friends and all the recent publicity generated by the Ealing Gazette we should get to know you folks better.Introduce yourself ,if you are a girl who grew up on the estate or surrounding area please give us your maiden name ,school you went to ,what street you lived on and kids you went with growing up.We want to know all about you ,please help us.
P S okay you boys to, give us the facts.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Fw: brantswalk sent you a video: "Dusty Springfield - Goin' Back - Pop 45rpm"

Sally Weston February 7 at 9:20am
I hope it is ok to send you this on here but I can't get my computor to send my email at the moment dam thing. I would like to request a song for all Cuckooites. It is Dusty Springfiel singing Goin' Back. It is a slow song but if you listen to the words in an upbeat frame of mind I think it is what we are doing on Cockooites. love sally x x x x

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

One flew over the Cuckoo estate

Looking Back: One flew over the Cuckoo Estate

Hanwell's Cuckoo Estate

THE term 'Cuckooite' may not have immediate relevance to some readers of the Gazette, but it is a label that has definite meaning if your postcode is W7.

Cuckooites is the name given to residents, past and present, of Hanwell's Cuckoo Estate. The estate, which takes in Ruislip Road East, Greenford Avenue and Copley Close, has been a hub of Hanwell life since the 1930s.

In 1930 all the homes and schools controlled by the London Boards of Guardians were transferred to the London County Council (LCC).

Ealing Council's website says that the estate was built by LCC between 1933 and 1939, on 140 acres of land attached to the Central London District School.

This school, for Poor Law children, had been founded in 1865, and at one time housed more than a thousand children.

But the Hanwell school was closed by the LCC in 1932 because of falling enrolments and outdated buildings. By 1939 the new estate comprised some 1,600 houses and flats and 18 shops, with a population of about 5,300 people.

The site was attractive for working class housing because of its communications, having three railway stations within a mile of its centre.

Also close by was the tramway service to Shepherd's Bush and the new factories around Western Avenue could be easily reached by bus or bicycle.

What followed in the ensuing decades was a patch of west London with a rock-solid sense of community.

And it is this same sense of community that is being preserved, hopefully for future generations, on the website

What is most unique about the website is that it is a genuine labour of love for the people that contribute to it, most notably its editor, Tommy Higginbottom.

A former Cuckooite himself, Mr Higginbottom maintains and contributes to the site regularly, even though he now lives in Seattle, USA.

In a letter posted to the site, he said: "Over 4,000 people visited the site last month. We continue to find Cuckooites from all over the world and they are ecstatic about finding us. It opens a world most had forgot about - one that had become a distant memory. With our volumes of stories and pictures it has unlocked many of their own memories of growing up as kids."

The site regularly appeals for input from anyone who lives, or has lived in Hanwell, as all their memories are valuable, be they in the form or words or pictures.

Former Cuckooite Fred Reese, who now lives in the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, also contributes to the site. He said: "Any material, either written or in photo form, which you may feel is relevant and of interest from that era would be much appreciated, and would serve to keep this site buoyant and interesting to all concerned."

Any input is welcome, and the more people contributing and following the site, the better it will become.

For more information, visit

Fw: old enough to remember Sent in By Pat Routledge(SIBLEY)


 old enough to remember



1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's !

First, we survived being born to mothers who drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos .

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer..

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle...

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,

no video/dvd  films, 

no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms...........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on


Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bully's  always  ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'       

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO


And YOU are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.



Thursday, 4 February 2010

Our two books From the past

To all you new Cuckooites who are finding us every day,Jackie has a good supply of our Books,Memories from the Past,And all our Yesterdays.These books are packed full of photo's and stories from the Past.You will want to share these Books with your children and Grandkids.They are a must for all Cuckooites to own.Get yours today by calling Jackie at 02088683133 or email price is Eight pounds fifty each or two for sixteen pounds.Be sure and get yours today a wonderful read from your past.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Visitors to our site

Last year in February 2009 I attached a visitor counter to our website.In the last year we have had over 49,000 folks visit this website.These folks have looked at over 200.00 pages or comments such as photo's and features I have posted over the year .I find this amazing for a website that is dedicted to a council estate in Hanwell.Check out these stats for your self it is easy to do,Just left click on the View my Stats and it will allow you to see the same information I see from folks who visit this website on a Regular Basis from all over the word
The power of the Internet.

Special Requests for a special song for a special someone or special occasion.

If you have a special song you would liked played for a anniversary,special occasion just let me know at
This can be Cuckooites favorites ,just like Family favorites on Sunday morning,we can have fun with this.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Fw: buses

Hi Beryl this is very good thanks for sending this in .Tommy
Hi Tommy will you put this on the site, as some people might find it nice to see once again. The buses at Acton & Chiswick.
          Thanks Beryl Bradford. ( Bolton ) 

Ron Franklin from Stepherson Road

Ron as he is today,healthy and can still raise a good pint.
Ron and his friend Roy Parker days gone by.What a handsome man he was.
The football team from Hanwell comunity center see attatched comments for names of players he remembers.

Photo's from Cuckooites

Derek Applin and his wife Jeanette with one of his childhood friends ,tell us who Derek.Yvonne and Ken Phipps with her departed brother Tim (Brian) and his wife Paulene with their children .
Te Key family brothers and sisters who get together every year for a family get together.
Derek again taken in Stockholm I believe with the statue of Charlie Chaplin
Del Southon with the jaz player at Ronnies a jaz club in London
This was in his swinging days ,tell us more Del

White Hart patrons on a trip to Brighton

Derek Applin sent in this photo taken in the 50' you reconize your Mom or Dad ,Are your neighbours in the photo,let us know who they are.A good looking crowd of Cuckooites if I say so my self.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Relics from the past

The first relic is Peter Jordons report card from Cuckoo Senior's hope you can read it,The second was sent in By Derek Applin a ticket stub from the Park Hotel football dance ,Derek met his wife at the Park Hotel I think he told me.The third one is the slate number plate from my house 67 Cuckoo Avenue that my wife managed to obtain in 1995 and had it framed for me.Tommy

Church Lads Brigade

Charlie(Ron)Brown sent us these photo's from his time he remembers in the Brigade.The band and a photo taken at a camp at Ladram Bay in Devon.John Corsham and Charlie are in the photo,taken in 1948 I beleive. Charlie now lives in New Zealand another Cuckooite who flew the coop to seek his fortune and fame. Charlia is fourth from the left ,John Corsham is second from the right.

Freddy Reese from Down under

Freddy lived in Cuckoo Avenue before flying the coop and settling in Ausie Land.These photo's are of his wife and family at a party at their house looks like a lot of fun to me.Tell us all about it Fred. Where is your harem.

Sallys Gardening corner

Spring is just around the corner,share your gardening secrets and photo's with us.

Where was your favourite place to play as a kid and what where your favourite games

This months main topic,Sally's idea to do a garden section last month was a great success,lets follow up with this new topic and see where we can go with it.Have fun and keep commenting We Love It.


Angela Ware Kelling said...

The best place for me was down the Brent.We built forts, climbed trees & sold golf balls back to golfers.It was unusual to return without soaked shoes & a few nettle stings.

Chris Turley Nee Davis said...

Among the many games one was follow the leader.
And my Mum always use to tell me not to go over the Brent
Since we lived in Brants Walk it was so close how could us kids not go over there Well you guessed it \I was not the leader and the one who was walked right along the bank close to the water.and we was right at the bottom of Cuckoo Ave/at that spot was a big sewer,and that is where I fell in,to this day I dont know how I got out because I cant swim and.the other kids just stood there and watched,I was the only child then.
So I guess when Brother Jim came along he was sent to save me.or something,because after that I had to push him up and down Brants Walk
never got to play with any kids after that.and if I did stop and turn the jump rope.up went the window and was told to watch the baby
Sounds like Angela had a better time than me down at the Brent ha

yvonneh said...

We also used to play by the brent and were always getting chased off the golf course. We played in Pitshanger Park, Castlebar fields, we owned the streets, in fact everywhere we could play we played, Scotch common, the old cuckoo schools, the bunny park and the lane leading to it, churchfields, conolley dell, To name but a few places, in fact when the work was done and in the school holidays our mum and dad never knew where we were and didnt seem to worry, We didnt have a time to be in as we didnt have watches so it was dusk. We also used to go to Greenford to Ravenor park where we played and if you crossed the road by the fish shop and the catholic school there was a fenced off area, where Brian , friends and me used to go to play, and to look at the birds nests. we would climb through the fence and there was a river in a very wild area we called it the mill pond, can anyone remember it and exactly where it was. I think it is where they built the new estate but I could be wrong. Then we would walk to Southall Park and watch the storytellers, sitting in circles, I would love to have understood what they were saying but I believe that they were telling stories of their lives so the Asians would never forget their roots. My favourite games were skipping, hopscotch, whip and top, releaseo, handstands, cricket,football, climbing Trees, I could go on and on so I had better finish for now

Letter from the editor

Hi everyone ,just a follow up to my last letter in early January.
Thanks to all of you for the encouragement and the comments you left regarding our website.I have to say that last month was one of our best months for a long time.You folks got involved and we came on up with some interesting comments and stories from the past,Sally's gardening section was a great success and we will continuo with that for awhile,also our new found friends from Down under Freddy Reese from Ausie land and Charlie (Ron) Brown from Kiwi land kept us with others, contributing the escapades of Terry Bransfield our lovable villain about when he was a kid and what mischief they got up to growing up.
0ver four thousand people visited the site last month not to bad for a website about a place in time we have all come to call our home from the past,we continuo to find Cuckooites from all over the world and they are ecstatic about finding us as it opens a world most had forgot about that had become a distant memory but with our volumes of stories and pictures had unlocked many of their own memories growing up as kids.Our new theme for this month,(Where did you like to play and your favorite games ) I hoped you can get involved with, tell us about your friends and what you did for fun,we all have a story to tell and we all want to hear them.
You all gave me a lot of encouragement and by telling me how much this website means to you I can carry on hoping with your support to improve and give you some topics to keep you interested and coming back on a regular basis.

Please keep those stories and memory's coming and also the photo's

Thanks and I wish you all the very best .Tommy Higginbottom.

Febuary Chat room.


Lost and found

Tell us who you have found on this site and how you are looking for .If you are new to our site introduce yourself to us,tell us where you lived on the estate and who your family and friends where.What schools you attended and any other stuff you want to share.