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« Reply #90 on: July 27, 2009, 07:18:56 AM »
  Even Bromley Gardens has been renamed.

I remember spending some Sundays running around Bromley Gardens playing hide and seek.  I just googled it, and it looks smaller than I remember, have they taken some of it away?  I don't think I could see the boating pond or the rose gardens at all.
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« Reply #91 on: July 27, 2009, 02:55:48 PM »
Bren,
If you Google 'Green Chain Walk' you'll get some details of the projected path. Believe me, Durham Hill, the road, is just as steep as it used to be! The path down towards the clinic still makes you want to break into a trot near the top.

Pauline,
It seems that a lot of space around the entrance to Bromley Gardens is now taken up with the Churchill Theatre, although that may have been there in your day. I'm not certain, but I think the Gardens are now called Church Hall Gardens.

Incidentally, I have now put captions to the photos I took last week.
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« Reply #92 on: July 27, 2009, 03:02:49 PM »
Further to my last about Bromley Gardens, according to Google they are named named, Churchill Gardens, Church House Gardens and Bromley Gardens!
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« Reply #93 on: August 02, 2009, 07:11:20 AM »
Bromley Gardens (as I used to know them) was a magic place in childhood.  It was like stepping into another world as soon as one went through the entrance.   I believe some of it was 'stolen' to make way for the new library.  I paid a visit to it just before we came out to Oz and one of the areas had gone. Still seemed like magic to me but it was far too tame for my girls (8 and 10).

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« Reply #94 on: August 04, 2009, 07:27:16 AM »
Bromley Flower Gardens eh?  jut inside the gardens on the left was a lovely large Goldfish pond , my other favourite spot was the "Odeon" where I could take the latest acquisition to See the latest Bing Crosby features or go Dancing at the "Bell"     dickey........
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« Reply #95 on: August 04, 2009, 09:15:33 AM »
Bromley Flower Gardens eh?  jut inside the gardens on the left was a lovely large Goldfish pond , my other favourite spot was the "Odeon" where I could take the latest acquisition to See the latest Bing Crosby features or go Dancing at the "Bell"     dickey........

Down the bottom was the boat pond.
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« Reply #96 on: July 30, 2010, 10:18:58 PM »
Something alike was discussed on the Yahoo! Answers last week, i can share a link if you want some
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« Reply #97 on: August 04, 2010, 02:46:10 AM »
Something alike was discussed on the Yahoo! Answers last week, i can share a link if you want some
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« Reply #98 on: August 04, 2010, 09:25:27 PM »
You mentioned "Ten for a tanner" but you guessed wrong with the Brand as Ten for sixpence would have been Players Mrdium, "Wild Woodbines" and "Players (Savage) Weights" were Ten for Fourpence (4d.), and I will go through my old papers Jane and send them on  dickie X.....................
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« Reply #99 on: August 04, 2010, 11:46:35 PM »
I remember reading on the back of my Nans packet of Weights that they were called that in the old days because they were sold by weight and not by the amount in the packet. Another piece of useless information i know !
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« Reply #100 on: January 18, 2014, 06:27:21 PM »
Sorry to reply to a topic that hasn't been touched for a while, but it seemed appropriate and I hope this might jog someone's memory! Can you help?

GARY BOYLE AND THE GOLDSMITHS COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Goldsmiths Community Centre is where it all started for guitarist Gary Boyle, whose biography I am researching and writing.

The Boyle family moved to Castillon Road in the early 1950s (between '52 and '54, it seems), when Gary was between the age of 11 and 13 (he was born in 1941). He would have been playing guitar at that time and was certainly playing it by the mid-late '50s. In the early 1960s, he became a professional musician, playing gigs in Hamburg, and later backing Dusty Springfield; after his stint with Dusty, he joined the Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll. Later, in 1972, he formed Isotope, a jazz fusion band and then pursued a solo career after Isotope disbanded in 1976.

I would be most grateful for any memories that Gary's contemporaries may have, especially if you played in a band or socialised with him at the community centre. When I mentioned the Goldsmiths Community Centre to him, he said: "That's where it all started!"

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« Reply #101 on: February 10, 2014, 10:23:12 AM »
Hello Jane,
Do I remember the Goldsmiths center well as a lad in the mid 50s I did some boxing there and had a great time with some good mates,, But in 1964 when I got married we had our reception there as it was the 11th Jan it was bloody cold and the caretaker had not put the heating on so we lit some fires with a load of broken chairs and such and soon got the party going