Downham Online Discussion

Forums => Where are they now? => Topic started by: smiffy on September 05, 2003, 03:28:15 AM

Title: Hi Brenda Dickie & Graham
Post by: smiffy on September 05, 2003, 03:28:15 AM
The four aerial photos of Downham, the only one I recognise is the one of Durham Hill showing Churchdown , perhaps one of you will enlighten me. Fancy forgetting the old place. keep seeing reference to Berys "idealhome" how can i see it. Yup you guessed it I have not been on the site for a while, that's bad. Johnny Smith:(
Title: Re: Hi Brenda Dickie & Graham
Post by: Anonymous on September 05, 2003, 12:40:09 PM
Quote from: smiffy
The four aerial photos of Downham, the only one I recognise is the one of Durham Hill showing Churchdown , perhaps one of you will enlighten me. Fancy forgetting the old place. keep seeing reference to Berys "idealhome" how can i see it. Yup you guessed it I have not been on the site for a while, that's bad. Johnny Smith:(
   Well we have been getting all those hilarious e-mails Smudge,the picture of Churchdown and part of Durham Hill, the left hand side used to be allotments !I had one irate old geezer come racing across because he thought I was after his cabbages, I had to point out that my interest was in far finer things,such as the Downham Central beauty who resided in No.30. My Eva.   St Barnabas stands out in the aeriel view too. Hope you are wearing your LPTB badge with pride mate.    Dickie..............
Title: Allotment
Post by: smiffy on September 05, 2003, 11:51:39 PM
Hi Dickie    Yep my Dad had an allotment on Durham Hill it was by the 3 or 5 trees that stood in a row closer to the Churchdown Shroffold entrance, it's some of the other pics that I cannot place, yes I have the LPTB badge you sent & looking after it thanks. Is there any one who lives in Downham still,  on the site, I am wondering if Downham Central school is dust now & what have they built instead?  Smiffy :)
Title: Re: Allotment
Post by: mike on September 06, 2003, 12:33:29 AM
Quote from: smiffy
I am wondering if Downham Central school is dust now & what have they built instead?  Smiffy :)


Where was Downham Central school? My guess is it's what is now Malory school, on Launcelot Road.
Title: Downham Central
Post by: smiffy on September 06, 2003, 01:38:48 AM
The school was on Goudhurst rd back to back with Rangefield school. Goudhurst off of Glenbow, Glenbow off Downham way opposite Churchdown! no it was'nt that was further up it was opposite Shroffold, ok, now we have a guy talking to himself on an e-mail!!!!.  Smiffy. :shock:
Title: Re: Allotment
Post by: Anonymous on September 06, 2003, 08:45:56 AM
Quote from: mike
Quote from: smiffy
I am wondering if Downham Central school is dust now & what have they built instead?  Smiffy :)


Where was Downham Central school? My guess is it's what is now Malory school, on Launcelot Road.
                                Mallory is on the site of what was the old Launcelot Road Infants and adjoined Junior School. Very close to the shops "Up the Top" and opposite the "Tavern".I think the Central was nearer Rangefield :cry: In 1931 I was one of the Angels in the Christmas Nativity Plays at Launcelot. My chum John Lindzner was King Herod and for the rest of his life I always called him "Herod",even on his Christmas cards ! His sister Claire worked in Boltons.          Dickie..................
Title: Hi Brenda Dickie & Graham
Post by: Keith on September 06, 2003, 01:19:10 PM
:lol: G'day Smiffy,
Have sent you an email about Downham Central School' will send pictures to your email address as soon as I receive it, it was knocked down and a Collage put in its place, I lived in 57 Goudhurst Road and used to climb over the fence, where the boy Roy Kastle used to live backcing on to the toilets, instead of walking down to the entrance oposite Butts Road.
All the best Keith ( K9 )
Title: Downham Central School.
Post by: Graham on September 06, 2003, 07:13:54 PM
Greetings Keith,

My 'old school' of Downham Central was also know as Downham Secondary Modern for Boys. It was located on Goudhurst Road behind Rangefield Road Primary School. I attended between 1953 and 1959.

My understanding from photographs posted by  Norman Sells and John Smith on the www.friends reunited site.co.uk that it later became an adult college for a while. It was then demolished a few years ago and houses built upon the site as the pictures show.

The 'friends site' lists the school as Downham Boys and  Downham Central. It seems the past pupils knew it as different names.

I notice from the above site you also went to Rangefield Road. My next door neighbour was a teacher there....Mr. Davis.

I hope this information stops Smiffy talking to himself.

Regards,  Graham Allen.
Title: Downham Central School for Boys.
Post by: Graham on September 06, 2003, 07:20:12 PM
Greetings Mike.

In reply to your question "Where was Downham Central School?"

The answer lies in my post to Keith and on the friends reunited site where pictures have been posted.

Regards,  Graham.
Title: Talking to yourself
Post by: smiffy on September 06, 2003, 11:59:50 PM
:( I realise this going of the subject gang, but I don't think I will ever stop talking to myself because I never get an argument back!.  John [Smiffy ]Smith. :shock:
Title: Re: Talking to yourself
Post by: Anonymous on September 07, 2003, 05:32:48 PM
Quote from: smiffy
:( I realise this going of the subject gang, but I don't think I will ever stop talking to myself because I never get an argument back!.  John [Smiffy ]Smith. :shock:
  Smudge mate, I thought you were talking to yourself because it's the only time you can have an intelligent conversation     Dickie..................
Title: Re: Talking to yourself
Post by: smiffy on September 07, 2003, 11:14:39 PM
:[/quote]   Smudge mate, I thought you were talking to yourself because it's the only time you can have an intelligent conversation     Dickie..................[/quote].   :)   Thanks Dickie, what a kind thing to say. When I log on to Downham on line I know I will get some intelligent conversation, all those people that lived in Downham, now spread all over the world, get together,  you make new friends & some old memories come back. Where's me 'anky?.  :cry:  Smudger
Title: Re: Hi Brenda Dickie & Graham
Post by: Brenda on September 08, 2003, 12:28:49 AM
Quote from: smiffy
The four aerial photos of Downham, the only one I recognise is the one of Durham Hill showing Churchdown , perhaps one of you will enlighten me.
Hallo Johnny,
Give me a couple of days and I will enlighten you via your email address.  It took me a little while to get my bearings too but once they are pointed out, you'll see the old places clearly in those maps.  
Brenda
Title: Re: Hi Brenda Dickie & Graham
Post by: Brenda on September 08, 2003, 12:29:10 AM
Quote from: smiffy
The four aerial photos of Downham, the only one I recognise is the one of Durham Hill showing Churchdown , perhaps one of you will enlighten me.
Hallo Johnny,
Give me a couple of days and I will enlighten you via your email address.  It took me a little while to get my bearings too but once they are pointed out, you'll see the old places clearly in those maps.  
Brenda
Title: Friends reunited..... address error!
Post by: Graham on September 08, 2003, 01:25:31 AM

Apologies to all re the Friends reunited site address given in my letter 06.09.03, to Keith.

It should have read www.friendsreunited.co.uk

I know you all know that because I see most of you are registered but I had to put the record straight.

I hope you all enjoy the 'Friends' site as much as I do.  I have made many contacts from my school and works days in England including a fellow London workmate who lives within fifty miles of me here in Canada.
It is a small world!
Title: Re: Friends reunited..... address error!
Post by: Brenda on September 09, 2003, 12:19:31 AM
I hope you all enjoy the 'Friends' site as much as I do.  I have made many contacts from my school and works days in England

Yes Graham, it's a great site.  I was the first on both Churchdown and Pendragon Schools and just look at it now.  I have been enjoying regular contact with a "girl" from both schools for some time now.  Unfortunately, other old students I have written to have not bothered to reply.  I wasn't special friends with them but had, as far as I remember, got on well with all of them.  Even if people don't remember me, an acknowledgement of the email would be nice at the very least.   Perhaps it's just me they don't want to know!
How is the fire situation out there at the moment?  News of it seems to have died down over here?
Title: Aerial photographs.
Post by: Graham on September 09, 2003, 07:00:48 PM
Since arriving home from a great motoring vacation I see that the above topic has sparked interest amongst board members. Would someone please let me know where I can find these pictures so that I can join the discussion....Thanks.

My wife and I just completed a circle tour holiday of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. The weather was hot and the the B & B's were a great way to stay for a night.  They were very comfortable and clean but quite expensive. On average, about $120. per night. We wished we could roll back the clock to the days when B & B's in Britain were a QUID!

Regards.....Graham.
Title: Aerial Pics
Post by: smiffy on September 09, 2003, 10:46:51 PM
:arrow: Graham   Glad you had a nice Holiday I hear B.C has some rain at last should quell the big fire, go to downham on line home page scroll down to where you see Danielspropertys & Click aerial Photo's   John :)