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General Discussion / The closing of favourite shops.
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:41:19 PM »
Well, now Woolworths are closing down... I have very fond memories of the one situated in Downham.  I remember it opening about 60 odd years ago, and I used to work there as a Saturday girl. :o Belx

General Discussion / Doggies and Vets
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:31:39 PM »
My dear little crossbred (collie/lab) five years old and from a rescue centre - she had five places of abode before she was 14 weeks old - has just been diagnosed with Addisons Disease which is apparently  very rare (my vet has only had one more case in 10 years). This means she will be on medication for the rest of her life and in two weeks has already cost me 600. having to stay at the vets overnight as well as being on a drip. Unfortunately I have not got her insured .However her drugs will be affordable once she is stabilized. We all love her dearly and are lucky that we can afford this.   On talking to the vet however, I was dismayed to hear that people are bringing in their pets to be put down as they cannot afford the vets fees. Rescue centres have a waiting list of 6 weeks to 3 months and although there are centres to take sick animals (a small charge is asked for) such as R.S.P.C.A. and P.D.S.A. you have to be on certain benefits .There is a waiting list for appointments as well.  Bel

General Discussion / THE CIRCUS IS BACK
« on: October 10, 2008, 03:04:04 PM »
The Moscow State Circus is on Blackheath next week. When my son was little (he is 53 now) it was part of his birthday treat every year  to attend and a circus still arrives on Blackheath on his birthday to this day.  Of course you had the elephants, lions and tigers  etc., then but now it is just trapeze artists, clowns etc.On mothers day this year my youngest son took me to a circus and I was thrilled to bits and thoroughly enjoyed it (just a big kid at heart). The candyfloss went down a treat and the smell of the big top and the sawdust brought back many happy memories.  Belx ;D

General Discussion / chickens
« on: October 05, 2008, 02:13:17 PM »
 ::)I  dont know why, but suddenly I was thinking about how most people who had gardens on the Downham Estate where I lived kept chickens in their garden. My dad used to go "up the lane" and purchase these day old chicks which were kept warm in a box by the side of the fire. A few of them died (and I shed a few tears for them) and as the remaining ones grew they were put in a pen in the garden and eventually we had new laid eggs for breakfast and a fresh chicken for Christmas dinner. Both my grandmothers kept chickens as well (no foxes about then as I can recall).Next door to us they had two turkeys running around the garden (one of them got out and got run over).The remaining turkey made a lovely Christmas dinner for them.

General Discussion /
« on: August 09, 2006, 09:49:08 PM »
what has happened to this site?

General Discussion / small World
« on: December 12, 2005, 09:33:51 PM »
Just come back from a holiday in Spain (nr. Saville) and got chatting to another holiday maker who lives in Worthing.  Turns out he lived  in Roundtable Road Downham and used to go to Durham Hill School. Only got his first name which was John but he was very interested in Downham Online so hopefully when he gets a computer we can look forward to a new member.  Best wishes to you all.  Bel

General Discussion / Whatever Next!
« on: August 10, 2005, 07:13:11 PM »
It  would  now  seem  that Primary  Care in  Lewisham has decided that  owning  a dog would help  to keep prospective  patients with  depression out of hospital, and therefore save money. To enable this scheme to go ahead they would give an allowance of  1,000 (which  would  be  available via  a doctor's referral )for the purchase and upkeep of a dog.I  know that we  are having showers here today, but it  is  not really April 1st. Bel

General Discussion / Mike
« on: May 19, 2005, 11:08:26 AM »
I hope your well,

I sent you (via email) a recording that keith sent me so that you could put it up on the site, so that anyone who wanted to could listen to it.

That was a couple of week ago and I have not seen it on the site so was just making sure that you recieved it OK.

Thanks Mike


General Discussion / POLLING DAY
« on: May 05, 2005, 11:06:16 AM »
:roll: I remember going to Rangefield |Road School to listen to the late Herbert Morrison speak ( as being only a little girl at the time I stood on a table at the back) The hall was packed and the crowd clapped and cheered and I came away with the impression that this man could change the world  :roll: Being of voting age now (72) I am a little more unimpressionable  and undecided  where to put my cross today. Bel

General Discussion / THE wedding
« on: April 04, 2005, 09:55:06 PM »
just wondered if you had an invite Dickie living in WIndsor??

General Discussion / Old Mates
« on: July 26, 2004, 09:24:07 PM »
Took in a parcel  for the people who live next door but one, and noticed that their name was Kingdom. Asked if they were related to the Kingdoms who used to live in Keedonwood Road Downham, as I used to go to school in Rangfield Road with a girl called Janet Kingdom. Turned out to be their Aunt, and I even have a photo taken at the Tower of London with us both in it on a school trip in about that then...Bel

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