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General Discussion / Re: remember the winter
« on: June 08, 2010, 11:23:06 AM »
Well i was in Cornwall last week and it was great. It normally rains when i go there but last week, not a cloud. You have to admit that the UK in summer in good weather is still the greatest place to be. It`s just getting the good weather. I am sure that our expats remember lovely summers in blighty.
Splinter i am pleased you got the weather on your visit to the west country.

I head that way at least once a year,The better half likes to go abroad,(ME) i have taken to Cheddar caves,and longleat,If any of the forum folk have not been to these wonderful places,I reccommend you do,Fantastic days out when you have the weather.

Another great place to visit is plymouth,took a tour by boat around the harbour,a great day out.

I am hoping to get down that way myself soon.not cornwall (although) very beautiful

Possibly Burnham on sea.

Then a few days out in the car

Picnic in hand


General Discussion / remember the winter
« on: June 03, 2010, 12:30:17 PM »
Good Afternoon to all forum folk.

Remembering the very poor winter we have just had.

The rain and wind came.

The snow was a massive issue,Trains left us stranded,too and from work.

It was cold,wet,and very windy.

Now we have sunshine.

And what a wonderful site this is,People seem full of life.

Smiling, happy, bubbly, people.

With weather like this it is very hard to feel sad.

Enjoy it my forum friends.

Lets have a few posts on here about what you have got up to during this warm spell we are having.

I have always said that if you have the weather in the uk there is no better break than in the west country.

Me thinks i will head that way if the weather keeps this good. 

General Discussion / Re: New Grandson
« on: June 03, 2010, 12:09:48 PM »
Thank you for your wishes. He seems to be doing OK at the Mo. THe next few weeks will tell, but i have got all my fingers and toes crossed (its hard walking and picking up things but i will cope).

Splinter i get the feeling you will cope.

It will be a case of none stop picking things up when the baby gets home.

Lots to look forward too.

Our thoughts will remain with you.

My downham forum friend

General Discussion / Re: New Grandson
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:55:03 PM »
Sorry i have not been on this site much but i had a new granson born 3 weeks ago and he was 13 weeks prem. Had a few probs at first but got threw them then now he has got a small MRSA bug that they are dealing with. He is so small its unbelievable. But fingers crossed he should be out of hospital mid July.

Hope he's Ok, will be thinking of you...

Sorry too here about the little one.

You no what they say about small babies / He will grow into a big bonnie lad.

We are all thinking about you, mother, and baby.

Keep smiling

Whats a torney or am i being stupid ( ive just been screemed in my left ear you ment tornament, is that right)
Yes i meant tournament,sorry for my short hand spelling (lol) i hope you donot mind me useing the forum
as it is a bit cheeky,but it is free /thanx for your responce.If i can find just one player who is ready for a challenge
from this forum i will be more than happy.

Croydon football club are looking for under 15 players for season 10/11

We are looking for dedicated players who are willing to train on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Our goal is to try and make you better players and have a greater understanding of team play.

The management set up are second to none CBR checked level 1+2 coaching badges.

The team itself have won back to back championships,But with success comes more success for the lads themselves as we have lost 2 players to pro clubs.

We are not looking for the best just dedicated players who want to play football and give there all to the setup.

The side have played in the Holland Cup and will play in a torny this Easter for team bonding within the UK

If any of your (gran) children are interested then drop me a line @

p.s i hope you don,t mind me using this forum for this post


Where are they now? / Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« on: May 12, 2010, 12:43:02 PM »
Novotna. Have you heard anymore about the situation at the school.
I passed the school last week,There is now a new section to the school that i had not seen before.

Nursery i do believe,I also took a walk back down memory lane,Downderry school (does it really ever change)
the woodland walk (same except for the crate yard ?? at the bottom end of downderry road,

wonderful a walk and a smile believe it or not all in the sunshine of good old downham town

Where are they now? / Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« on: May 12, 2010, 12:35:02 PM »
Does any one remember the Sandhurst road School Getting bombed..It happend about 1.PM dinner time just a lone german plane flying just over the roof height Machine gunning several schools he then dropped one bomb in Harrises steam roller yard in Sangly road and then dropped another on the school..i can remember going down on my cycle to help hand pick the bricks away to get to the children out, with my dad i must have been 13 or 14 years old If you look in the cemertary Verdernt lane ,they have the children and teachers grave in there..even the cemertary had a V2 rocket hit it to..and it blew out lots of graves, and stones fell over several houses and garden etc..when the bombing was heavy i use to go and sleep in Chislehurst caves..that was good fun for me.Bit damp but ok..(( Just tell me if i bore you folks..))... Bill ...
Bill you could never bore us with your amazing storys of the past.I could not claim to of been around at the time (hence) born 1966,But the pain you all saw and were touched by during the war is what makes you all so very special,Bored never my friend,You keep posting and i will keep responding.

Your friend on the forum


General Discussion / Re: introduction
« on: April 28, 2010, 04:19:17 PM »
Anthony where do you live now?
i have not long moved back into good old london town after 7 years in margate

General Discussion / Re: introduction
« on: April 28, 2010, 10:48:40 AM »
Don't get me started on children having babies.  It seems I am going to become a great-great aunt due to my sister's 16 year old grandson and his 15 year old girl-friend's stupidity.  Nuff said!

Pauline, I can't remember a record shop at Grove Park - but then, I've discovered a few more holes in my memory I had not known were there! 

Anthony - your school had a pool?  Blimey!

Life can be a struggle when having babies so young / All you can do is give them guidance/Congrats to you and your family when the baby arrives.

Yes i was lucky / The pool at the school treated me well

General Discussion / Re: introduction
« on: April 28, 2010, 10:43:24 AM »
I played in the road. had to stop once an hour for a car. our game was you put a flat stone down in the middle of the road and with the ball you tried to hit it pushing it towards the other kerb HOURS of fun at no cost.
Yes the simple games did seem to give me the most enjoyment,Not quite a car every hour for me,Now it would be impossible to play such games as the roads are way to busy,Still glade i played them,Cowboys and indians was another
game we used to play (as you said hours of free fun)not everything in life as changed for the best (mind)it was innocent

General Discussion / Re: Downham Schools
« on: April 28, 2010, 10:31:25 AM »
You have reminded me of being chosen to wash up in the staff-room for a period.  With a bit of luck, one could make the chore last quite a time and you might even find a bit of leftover cake.  Mind you, it used to stink of smoke in there.


Bren - do you remember the 'flat' in Churchdown school where we learnt home economics, and how to iron a sheet properly?  Who irons sheets?  But if I have a table cloth I still iron it the way we were shown by Mrs Ellis (?).
Wonderful,Your storys put a smile on my face,something from the rag trade (tv show) lol

General Discussion / Re: introduction
« on: April 28, 2010, 09:57:39 AM »
A school with a pool?  Wimby bars.  eeekk!  I have been away a long time.Downtham Baths for us .... what a terrible place that was.
Children with babies - yes local mentality - if you're not married by the time you're 17 you're on the self.
Yes i guess i was lucky being born in the 60s.I have never seen active service,You wonderful people went through that for all of us,And for that i thank you all.

Although the government seem hell bent on destroying everything that you believed in.

I am not sure when the pool was built at Downderry school but it was there in the 70s.

The wimpy bar / I had many a milkshake in there.Downham baths was OK,I remember passing my silver there,Treading water with jimjams on,The only problem i saw was the old wooden seating.not very comfortable.

I would go to Bellingham baths,Fantastic if you had the weather,Cold in the water though.But always a good days fun.
buying a cup of soup, trembling in the cold the good old days (and i can say that as the baths as long since disappeared)

I believe there is only one open baths in the SE London now and that is in Charlton,Still nice memory's of Bellingham baths and all its glory.

General Discussion / Re: Bombing of Downham
« on: April 28, 2010, 08:42:39 AM »
I have got to find it. But last week i was watching a old newsreel about the bombing of the school it might of been on You Tube!!! i will find it and report back.
I found information @

There is also a couple of good reads on this story on the newshopper web site.

Go to newshopper home page and type in sandhusrt school bombing

Hope this helps

General Discussion / Re: Bombing of Downham
« on: April 27, 2010, 05:45:00 PM »
Thank you Pauline that was very interesting reading
Yes thank you Pauline for pointing this out to us.

My mother is buried in Hither green cemetery,On my next visit i will pay my respects to all who died at Sandhurst school.The read brought tears to my eyes

We owe it all to those who served and fought for the right to be where we are now the young and the not so young

I thank you one and all

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