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Going back to Downham
« on: August 17, 2009, 10:44:57 PM »
Does anybody Know who has travelled the furthest just to revisit the estate.
Born in Pendragon Road 1954 Family lived in house since 1935 Bought in 1970/1 Still own it.

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Re: Going back to Downham
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 02:52:17 AM »
Does anybody Know who has travelled the furthest just to revisit the estate.
I came from Perth Western Australia in 1994, but not JUST to visit, I had other things to do.
Born 1944 in Geraint Road.  Launcelot and Churchdown Schools.  Moved to Western Australia in 1988.
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Re: Going back to Downham
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009, 02:19:57 AM »
I went back from Perth WA for my 50th, in 1992, I was surprised that I could still find my way around the estate, the main change for me was the large amount of cars parked in them narrow streets, my parents were still alive then and had moved from the Brangebourne flats to Gravesend, so it was a day visit only. My old street Keedonwood Road was a roller coaster to drive along.The Durham Hill school was still there then, but boarded up with every window broken.
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Born 1942 at Farnbrough Hospital Kent now living in Rockingham WA been in OZ since 1968. Ex Durham Hill School left 1957 lived at 84 Keedonwood Road 1948-1960

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Re: Going back to Downham
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2009, 07:27:01 AM »
The other big change are the speed humps all over the estate. The ones in Shroffold even at walking pace will take your sump off.
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010, 10:42:12 AM »
I would like  to make  a documentary film with the children as a memory of the school for them and the local community and perhaps even prevent this criminal waste  millions of pounds by the local authority lead by government to demolishing this school and build a modern plaster box probably painted in crazy colours and finished off with wooden cladding , this the latest craze to give it that garden shed look on the pretence of being ECO whilst importing the wood.  The school is brick built in keeping with the houses built around the school. It has parquet floors throughout, each classroom has been modernised with an interactive white board in every classroom and a computer for each teacher, new double glazed windows and doors, new internal doors and a catering kitchen for cooks to prepare lunch for the children on site. For the some 130 children on school role  we have 2 fully equipped science laboratories, 1 food tech. room ( cookery) even an adpted station for  wheelchair users, DT room ( woodwork), music room, fitness suite ( all those machines to do exercises on ) huge equipped gym, 2 changing rooms with showers, bathroom facility for wheelchair users,  large dinning room, library, 2 computer suites, 1 specialist computer suite, art room and a specialist recording studio and lots of large classrooms for English maths, MFL (foreign language), etc. Lots of outside space which  includes a caged football arena, basket ball court, small garden with a pond and many other features. I have lived in Grove Park for over 30 years and have been teaching at Pendragon School in pendragon Road for some 15 years. I would welcome some advice re the site.