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General Discussion / Re: Downham memories
« on: March 16, 2011, 03:12:19 AM »
Hi Del  Welcome too Downham On line. The place where we can share memory's from the past. I lived on Churchdown Road so I did not know those living "up the top". Keep it up with your stories.  smiffy.

General Discussion / Re: Roll Call
« on: February 26, 2011, 02:19:56 AM »
I remember at Downham having a dinner at noon. We had a large kitchen, after the main meal we would have afters which was Prunes Rice or Semolina ( known as frogsporn) with custard. I think we where better fed than Schools are today. I elected to take woodwork over metal work, and had too go from Goudhurst road to Durham Hill to take the class, I think the teachers name was Mr Hancock does the name  ring a bell.  Smiffy  :)

General Discussion / Re: Roll Call
« on: February 22, 2011, 11:26:59 PM »
I remember eating a lot of Rabbit, Haddock cooked in Milk. On a Sunday we would have very small Lamb chops with veg & some mint picked from the garden. We could not afford Sausages so we ate chippolaters, probably with mashed spud, also Mince was on the menu but I can't remember what we had with it.  We are so lucky now.  Smiffy. :)

General Discussion / Re: Roll Call
« on: February 16, 2011, 01:54:46 AM »
John " Smiffy " Smith Present.  Although one sandwich short of a picnic. :) :) :)

General Discussion / Re: Pie and Mash
« on: February 04, 2011, 02:01:14 AM »
Quote// I hope that all the ex-Downhamites in Oz are safe and well and unaffected by the flooding.
Regards to all,
Sorry don't mean to change the main subject, but i was going to write and ask you girls down there how you are? Have you been affected by the floods or the cyclone, hope you are ok.  There was an illustration on the BBC web site which showed what would happen if the cyclone was over Britain, it covered two thirds of the island.So it must be Bl.... Big.  Smiffy

General Discussion / Re: Demolition of Prefabs
« on: January 17, 2011, 11:44:50 PM »
Thanks very much Jane for the U R L,s It was quite something seeing the old streets again. I was a Postman at Catford sorting office, and although I did not deliver to that area very often, seeing the road names with the numbers of the houses, reminded me of how you had too know the lay out so as that you would not spend all day trying to figure out the quickest way to do the walk. Without going around in circles. I hope they are not demolished. Smiffy.

General Discussion / Demolition of Prefabs
« on: January 15, 2011, 10:57:58 PM »
Just browsing through, and there is an article which looks like the prefabs on Boundfield Rd Catford are going to be knocked down. I thought they where going to keep some up as an Heritage program.. Have a look.  Smiffy   :(

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 02, 2011, 12:51:54 AM »
Happy New Year Mike. A Big THANK YOU for running this site so as we Downhamites can keep in touch.   :) :) :)

General Discussion / Re: Snow
« on: December 31, 2010, 02:17:17 AM »
Yeah  Happy New Year every one. We have no snow right now, we passed it on to the States & U.K.. Are'nt we so nice. Hope the rain goes away for you guys, it must be causing havoc!!!.  Smiffy

General Discussion / Re: Snow
« on: December 10, 2010, 08:35:55 PM »
I would also like to say Merry Christmas to all you Downhamites, and good health in the new year. It has been a great pleasure hearing from you all, and I look forward to many years of us keeping in touch.  God Bless.   Smiffy. :) :)

General Discussion / Re: Snow
« on: December 04, 2010, 01:36:15 AM »
There you go, our road crew here in Southern Ontario have no snow to clear so I will suggest we send them to the old Country to teach them how to handle it.   We are use to more snow than that. LOL.  Smiffy  :)

General Discussion / Re: What Made Us
« on: October 21, 2010, 02:14:28 AM »
Does Anybody out there think that coming from Downham made us into the people we are today. Just a thought!!!!!!!!!!

Absolutley; Not just downhamites but 40's 50's generation. Our parents did not care about keeping up with the Jones's, Mum stayed at home a least untill we where thought fit to look after ourselves. This is the problem in society today everybody wants to live big, but it is at the exspense of society on the whole. Oh God Smiffy thats what your parents used to say in their day.  Life goes on. You know I am glad I am 65, I do not like the look of the future. But don't get me wrong I am having a lovely life. :)The always philisophical Smiffy

General Discussion / Re: Ancestry
« on: September 11, 2010, 02:53:19 AM »
I once had a tooth removed from Skinners the dentist at the bottom of Downham Way,

I'm very proud of my Downham extraction... Moan, Moan. Sorry about that. Ken C.

Are you pulling our "tooth?"  ::) :) :P

General Discussion / Re: Ancestry
« on: September 06, 2010, 01:00:16 AM »
My Mum & Dad moved into Churchdown around 1936, after they where married they lived in Forest hill, but then managed to get the house, I think back then they where pretty chuffed to get a nice place, which they were. Unfortunately the war was not long time in coming so I suspect that rather dampen things for them after the excitement of getting the house.  I will always cherish that place as I was born in the front bedroom, and probably rather foolishly I still think of it as home even though none of my Family live there.  Frank you mention your ancestors, that is one thing I regret ,and that is not asking my parents about our ancestry, and with a name like Smith I am having a wonderful time collecting it  ???.  May I just suggest to all you dynamic Downhammites,  write down what you remember about your ancestors for your Children, they may not be interested now but it will be there if the interest arises. I have no family around now to get the info.  :'(.  Smiffy

General Discussion / Re: Where has everyone gone
« on: August 16, 2010, 11:33:59 PM »
But all in all she was looking well for an 85 year old. <Quote from splinter:>

Are you saying Downham is 85 tears old?.  Bless Her! Smiffy.

That was ment to be Years old, do I detect a Freudian slip?. :)

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