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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Facebook Cuckooites

Did you know Cuckooites now has a following on Facebook,we are finding new people everyday.just check into your  Facebook account and click on Groups,then type in Cuckooites.We are every where.Maybe you will find a old lost friend
 

Further adventures of Sir Rustalot By Del Southon


Our brave knight is up to his old tricks.What do you think it is.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Hobbayne centenary

liz said...

Dear Tom,

Long time no speak.

I don't know if you are aware but Hobbayne Primary celebrates it's Centenary this year. We are encouraging former pupils to get in touch. I have just put a link on the Cuckooites Facebook page but thought maybe you'd like to post something on the website also.

The Hobbayne Centenary Website is http://www.hobbaynecentenary.com/

On Facebook, we are Hobbayne Centenary (open group) and also Hobbayne Centenary (Education).

Our PTA Summer Fun Day will be Centenary Themed and it takes place on Saturday 2nd July between 11am-3pm - everyone welcome! If former pupils get in touch beforehand, they can book a tour of the school during the Fun Day.

To contact the school office: 0208 567 6271 or admin@hobbayne.ealing.sch.uk.

I personally look after all e-mails that come in to the school.

Kind regards,

Liz Sarucco

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Fw: FW: Second smile of the day


 

 




 

 

 


 


 



 

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER WHEN:
All the girls had ugly gym slips


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It took five minutes for the TV to warm up

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Nearly everyone's Mum was home when the kids got home from school

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Nobody owned a purebred dog

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You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny

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Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces


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All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels


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You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time..


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It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

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They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year. . . And they did!

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When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car...

And people went steady

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No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

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Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?

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Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game

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Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger

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And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

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When being sent to the headmasters office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home

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Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.


Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?


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I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on, and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

Send this on to someone who can still
remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko
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How Many Of These Do You Remember?

Coca Cola in bottles.

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Blackjacks and bubble gums.

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Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops

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Hi-F'is & 45 RPM records.

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78 RPM records!

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Adding Machines.

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Scalextric.

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Do You Remember
a Time When..
Decisions were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?

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It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?

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The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
'chickenpox'?
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Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a slingshot ?

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War was a card game?

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Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

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Taking drugs meant orange - flavoured chewable aspirin?

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Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

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If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived DURING A GOOD TIME!!!!!!!


Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life.

Double Dare
You!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, 11 June 2011

Spring in the Pacific N W

Spring has finally come to Seattle Washington.We are about one month behind with the wettest winter we have had for a long time.The Rhody's and azaleas are in full bloom but they are only around for a very short time so we must enjoy them while they are here.Tommy

Monday, 6 June 2011

Trouble posting comments

I have heard from many Folks they are having trouble posting comments to articles or pages.This has happened to me using Windows 7 on my laptop but I have no trouble with my desktop which has windows 2000,you figure.WE get no help from Google as they will not let you contact them directly and I have to try and resolve the problem thru their troubleshooting page ,which I have with no luck.I will post your comments if you wish to send them to me  at sthiggy@comcast.net.I know this is frustrating and hopefully the issue will be resolved soon

Tom Higginbottom
Seattle, Washington
Tel (206) 937-3127

What year where you born

Just click on the sentence below, and then type in the year of your birth And watch!

 

Tom Higginbottom
Seattle, Washington
Tel (206) 937-3127

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Cuckooite website

Remember the more you put into this website the more you will get out of it.I need your old family photo's or story's from you to post.Give it a try .

Tommy


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Letter from the past posted 2007

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply but have been extremely busy since receiving your email.

I did forward it on to a couple of ladies and I believe Liz has been in touch.  I looked at the website and decided that when I got time I would give you the history of my connection with the Estate.  My late husband Roy and his parents moved into 68 Kennedy Road in February 1937.  His parents were Bill (William) and Emily Mills.

Roy went to school on the estate and then to Drayton Manor when his passed the 11 plus exam.  I understand that his parents were quite involved in the early days of the estate when the Hanwell Community Association started and his dad got involved with the boxing club.  Roy also joined the youth clubs.  When he left school he went to work as a Lab. Technician in the Biochemistry dept., of Glaxo Research.  He started to learn to fly at Denham Flying Club in 1953 and got his Private Pilot's Licence in 1954.  I met him in August 1954 when he came out to Uxbridge to the new Glaxo Animal Feeds Dept to blend an experimental food to go to a farmer.  We got married in 1958 and lived at 68 Kennedy with his parents until 1964 when we got a flat in the new Gurnell Grove estate.  His father died in November 1966.  We moved to Mayfield Gardens (the other side of Greenford Avenue) in 1970 and, because Roy was an only child, his mother, who still lived at 68 Kennedy, came to live with us and our two children, Joanne and Nigel, in 1971.  

 

Roy had a break from the Centre after being in the Youth Club until 1965 by which time his leisure time was taken up running a flying group.  The Group had started with a Tiger Moth at Denham, moved to Elstree Aerodrome in 1957. The Tiger Moth was sold and we bought a Miles Hawk Trainer (Miles Magister or Maggie for short).  We also expanded with a single seat bi-plane called a Currie Wot.  We were also very involved with the Popular Flying Association which Roy had joined in 1954, he eventually became Chairman of it for about four years.  All this while still  working at Glaxo.  We got involved with the Community Centre again after the Currie Wot had an accident and we needed somewhere to repair it.  We moved into a part of the basement around 1965 and have been there ever since.  Roy was elected on to the committee of the Association and also became Chairman of that.  He took redundancy from Glaxo in 1980 and became Manager of the Community Centre in October 1980 until his retirement in 1997.  He still carried on working at the Centre in a voluntary capacity (he was Voluntary Company Secretary and voluntary manager) until the day he died, 27th April, 2005 which happened to be my 69th birthday.  He had had a titanium valve fitted in his heart in 1995 and I think it just packed up.  

 

My relationship with the Centre, apart from the Flying Group, started with my being employed as an Admin. Assistant in 1974.  I took over being Voluntary Company Secretary when Roy died. Hanwell Community Association became Hanwell Community Centre Limited (a charitable company limited by guarantee) in 1992 when the Council gave us a 10 year lease.

 

The Centre is very busy.  Drayton Manor High School and Villiers High School (Southall) use both the Badminton hall and 5 Aside football hall every weekday as neither school has sufficient capacity.  We have classes in Upholstery and Pottery (3 of each per week) and have several organizations based here.

 

Last week I had an email from a Lee Abbis who lives in Canada asking if I was able to help locate family members who might still live on the estate.  His grandparents,

surname Traynor lived at 29 Hillyard Road and an Aunt and Uncle named Jackson who lived at 32 Brants Walk.  I know one or two people who are still on the estate and am doing my best to help him.  In case he is not connected with cuckooites his email address is: leeabbis@hotmail.com.

 

I hope all this has given you the background to my connection with the estate. 

 

Best wishes.

 

MARGARET MILLS

ADMIN.SERVICES/VOLUNTARY COMPANY SECRETARY

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply but have been extremely busy since receiving your email.

I did forward it on to a couple of ladies and I believe Liz has been in touch.  I looked at the website and decided that when I got time I would give you the history of my connection with the Estate.  My late husband Roy and his parents moved into 68 Kennedy Road in February 1937.  His parents were Bill (William) and Emily Mills.

Roy went to school on the estate and then to Drayton Manor when his passed the 11 plus exam.  I understand that his parents were quite involved in the early days of the estate when the Hanwell Community Association started and his dad got involved with the boxing club.  Roy also joined the youth clubs.  When he left school he went to work as a Lab. Technician in the Biochemistry dept., of Glaxo Research.  He started to learn to fly at Denham Flying Club in 1953 and got his Private Pilot's Licence in 1954.  I met him in August 1954 when he came out to Uxbridge to the new Glaxo Animal Feeds Dept to blend an experimental food to go to a farmer.  We got married in 1958 and lived at 68 Kennedy with his parents until 1964 when we got a flat in the new Gurnell Grove estate.  His father died in November 1966.  We moved to Mayfield Gardens (the other side of Greenford Avenue) in 1970 and, because Roy was an only child, his mother, who still lived at 68 Kennedy, came to live with us and our two children, Joanne and Nigel, in 1971.  

 

Roy had a break from the Centre after being in the Youth Club until 1965 by which time his leisure time was taken up running a flying group.  The Group had started with a Tiger Moth at Denham, moved to Elstree Aerodrome in 1957. The Tiger Moth was sold and we bought a Miles Hawk Trainer (Miles Magister or Maggie for short).  We also expanded with a single seat bi-plane called a Currie Wot.  We were also very involved with the Popular Flying Association which Roy had joined in 1954, he eventually became Chairman of it for about four years.  All this while still  working at Glaxo.  We got involved with the Community Centre again after the Currie Wot had an accident and we needed somewhere to repair it.  We moved into a part of the basement around 1965 and have been there ever since.  Roy was elected on to the committee of the Association and also became Chairman of that.  He took redundancy from Glaxo in 1980 and became Manager of the Community Centre in October 1980 until his retirement in 1997.  He still carried on working at the Centre in a voluntary capacity (he was Voluntary Company Secretary and voluntary manager) until the day he died, 27th April, 2005 which happened to be my 69th birthday.  He had had a titanium valve fitted in his heart in 1995 and I think it just packed up.  

 

My relationship with the Centre, apart from the Flying Group, started with my being employed as an Admin. Assistant in 1974.  I took over being Voluntary Company Secretary when Roy died. Hanwell Community Association became Hanwell Community Centre Limited (a charitable company limited by guarantee) in 1992 when the Council gave us a 10 year lease.

 

The Centre is very busy.  Drayton Manor High School and Villiers High School (Southall) use both the Badminton hall and 5 Aside football hall every weekday as neither school has sufficient capacity.  We have classes in Upholstery and Pottery (3 of each per week) and have several organizations based here.

 

Last week I had an email from a Lee Abbis who lives in Canada asking if I was able to help locate family members who might still live on the estate.  His grandparents,

surname Traynor lived at 29 Hillyard Road and an Aunt and Uncle named Jackson who lived at 32 Brants Walk.  I know one or two people who are still on the estate and am doing my best to help him.  In case he is not connected with cuckooites his email address is: leeabbis@hotmail.com.

 

I hope all this has given you the background to my connection with the estate. 

 

Best wishes.

 

MARGARET MILLS

ADMIN.SERVICES/VOLUNTARY COMPANY SECRETARY

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

2012 Cuckooite reunion

As I mentioned last month we are planning our 5th and last reunion in the Fall of 2012.Hoping everything goes to plan and nothing pop's up to stop Jackie and I from going ahead it looks like it will be held either the last Saturday of September or the first or second Saturday of October.Jackie will be looking to book the hall this fall 2011 as soon as I get final confirmation from our home exchange visitors who live in Dorset.We have had this planned for over a year now and I see nothing that should change that other than bad health or other unforeseeable reasons I have no control over.This will be a big event and I hope as many of you as possible will try to attend,Once we announce the time and place we urgeyou to book your place as soon as possible as places will be held to the first 120 bookings .after that we will have a waiting list to see if we have cancellations.If you have attended one of our Reunions and this will be number 5 you will know what a great evening of fun it is,a great buffet ,good music and the best darn raffle around.Put these tentative dates on your calendar and watch this website for future news.
 

Tom Higginbottom
Seattle, Washington
Tel (206) 937-3127

Cuckoo Seniors ,Ealing Track and field champions 1952

This is our track team coached by Mr Pragg a great teacher.Some of the boys I can name Back row far left Alan Fowler,big kid back row John Day.Center row third from left ?Reynolds Center Tommy Higginbottom,to the right of me Allan Stone,next John Spence Brian Holt.Front row far left John Emmery can any one name the other boy's in the photo.Left click to enlarge.Photo sent in by Allan Fowler.

Winter is slow leaving ,Taken in May

May we took of on a 2000 mile road trip to visit the grand kids in Utah.On the way we stopped and Visited Ron and Angela Kelling (Ware)who grew up opposite me on the Cuckoo estate.
Wonderful visit as you can see we run into snow in Idaho,Montana and Utah Salt Lake city.It has been one of our longest winters on record.I do not believe this global warming thing.Any way send us your photo's of finding old friends so we can post







Further adventours of Sir Rustalot


Del Southon is our talented artist who has brought us our very own Sir Rustalot.Give us your thoughts on what you think our brave Knight is up to.