Recent Posts

Pages: 1 ... 7 8 [9] 10
81
General Discussion / Re: The Splendid Theater
« Last post by Brenda on September 10, 2015, 11:10:10 PM »
I will always remember the Splendid. Sometimes one of the kids from our group would get his ticket and after the show began, they would open the side door so we could crawl in and find a seat. This was great fun and an easy way to see a free show, provided we didn't get caught! The only thing worse was if my Mother found out, then it would have been hell to pay. I seem to remember seeing the "Smallest Show On Earth" starring Peter Sellers. It's ironic isn't it, to see that particular movie at the Splendid. Anyone else recall those good ol days?

Joan Ruby

The occasional visit to the Splendid with my parents is a great memory - and an indication of how so many of our parents did their best to provide pleasant interludes even though money was very tight.  Another favourite outing was Peter Pan's Pool and another was a visit to Bromley Gardens.  If Mum and Dad decided to see a film in Catford or Lewisham, we always got there early so we saw the end of the first showing before we saw the beginning of the last showing. This was so they could get out before the crush and avoid the long queues waiting for the bus home! 
Brenda
82
General Discussion / Re: Robertson's Jam Factory
« Last post by Brenda on September 10, 2015, 11:02:25 PM »
Any of you Downhamites ever work at the Robertson's Jam Factory in Catford? I worked there for a few years between 1959 and 1966. Made a lot of friends and had a lot of good times. Anyone remember me from so long ago?

Joan Ruby

My mother worked there for a while but I can't remember the exact years.  I think it may well have been in the early to mid 60s.  Her name was Elsie Hand.

Brenda
83
General Discussion / Re: New Topic
« Last post by Brenda on September 10, 2015, 11:00:38 PM »
Hi All. Can't help noticing the inactivity on Downham Discussion compared to a few years ago. An idea - what if all who are interested were to take a page each of email addresses of members and send out a message to re-ignite interest. The same message to each would not take long. Let me know what you think. Regards to all. Ken Catlin.

Perhaps the idea should be run past Mike.  Mike - what do you think?

Brenda
84
General Discussion / New Topic
« Last post by Ken Catlin on September 05, 2015, 12:07:22 PM »
Hi All. Can't help noticing the inactivity on Downham Discussion compared to a few years ago. An idea - what if all who are interested were to take a page each of email addresses of members and send out a message to re-ignite interest. The same message to each would not take long. Let me know what you think. Regards to all. Ken Catlin.
85
General Discussion / Re: Newcomer!!!
« Last post by grindlestonker on August 10, 2015, 08:05:26 PM »
I remember Clive Garthwaite and his reputation. I'm sad to say the my elder brother John used to hang around with him. Especially at the Bal Tabarin. Happily brother John turned into a well balanced and responsible citizen
86
I never knew Joe Mudele, but certainly knew of him. I sang regularly at the Tavern with Charlie Goodacre with the other Charlie on drums from about 1951 onwards. Is Geoff Banks the same Geoff who was involved with the boxing club at Valeswood Road ?. I knew him well at the time - remember he was a brilliant pianist. Lodged with the boxing club Chairman opposite the club if I remember correctly. (Sorry, forget the Chairmans name, but he kept the club going) Boxers were big news on Downham at that time. Names that come to mind are Peter Mahoney, Freddie Reardon and his brother and of course Eric Mc Quaid who held a British title at one time. Good memories. Ken C.
Further to the above quote, I now remember the boxing clubs chairmans name - HARRY CONDON - What a legend, many a Downham lad had Harry to thank; otherwise they may very well have "gone astray". Talking of legends, how about a "Downham Legends Hall of Fame". I would include Harry. Another nominee would be Mr Jarvis of Brook Lane Mission. (hope this counts because technically it is (was) in Bromley). Many a Downham lad have Mr Jarvis to thank for the same reasons as Harry Condon - myself included. We used to go from Brook Lane Sunday school straight to the Splendid Cinema usually armed with a bottle of lemonade and a packet of Spangles. Let us have your nominees for the "Downham Legends Hall of Fame"  . P.S. to geoffbates. Do I remember correctly that Joe Mudele changed the spelling of his surname because originally it sounded like "Muddle" and was not very showbiz ?.
87
General Discussion / Re: Goldsmiths community center
« Last post by alf on August 04, 2015, 10:04:25 AM »

 I think it was about 1951 that at the Saturday night dance at Goldsmiths ,Johnny Dankworth was the band,and he introduced Cleo Lane. I dont think we knew
of her ,and I think she was being auditioned by Johnny Dankworth.The rest is history !
                                                         Alf
88
I never knew Joe Mudele, but certainly knew of him. I sang regularly at the Tavern with Charlie Goodacre with the other Charlie on drums from about 1951 onwards. Is Geoff Banks the same Geoff who was involved with the boxing club at Valeswood Road ?. I knew him well at the time - remember he was a brilliant pianist. Lodged with the boxing club Chairman opposite the club if I remember correctly. (Sorry, forget the Chairmans name, but he kept the club going) Boxers were big news on Downham at that time. Names that come to mind are Peter Mahoney, Freddie Reardon and his brother and of course Eric Mc Quaid who held a British title at one time. Good memories. Ken C.
89
General Discussion / Re: Goldsmiths community center
« Last post by Ken Catlin on August 03, 2015, 10:56:24 AM »
Hi All. Have not posted for some time, but as an ex-`Downhamite (Southover 1940-60 approx.) I should be ashamed of myself. I went to Downham Central from 1951-4, didn't get on with headmaster Mr Dorrington at all. Happy memories of Goldsmiths - I belonged to the G.A.D.S. and did several plays with them. The "star" and producer at the time was Ken Loveday - anyone remember him ?. Plays that come to mind include "Dial M for Murder" and "See How They Run" among others. I still have photos. A good mate from those days was Ron Gibbons. We went on to form a singing group "The Three Personalities", managed by Eddie Bubbly - the best boy in Catford. Oh happy days.
90
General Discussion / Re: Robertson's Jam Factory
« Last post by Frank (hutchsky) on July 31, 2015, 11:48:47 PM »
My ex's sister was working there about that time, Adi Smith (Davies Russell) lived in Brownhill Road Catford. Frank H
Pages: 1 ... 7 8 [9] 10