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General Discussion / Re: Robertsons Jam Factory & Glennifer Laundry
« on: February 15, 2008, 04:03:43 PM »
Thinking back now, the grey cells have really started to kick in since joining the site, what wonderful memories!!! my sister used to work at Robertsons Jam Factory think she was possibly 16??? and my husband Steve when he left the Forces he was a Bus Driver for a while and he worked from Catford Garage and did the route through to Sydenham!! then we left and moved to Norfolk.

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General Discussion / Re: Local history
« on: February 15, 2008, 03:58:35 PM »
Perhaps someone can help me, whereabouts was the Bromley Court Hotel ??? did you go to the bottom of Downham Way turn left as if you were heading to Bromley???

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: February 15, 2008, 03:56:10 PM »
Hi Brenda, it was nice to hear from you, yes I was a little bit behind you, perhaps as you say there may well have been 2 warty teachers!!!he he, Mrs Loveless ruled with a rod of iron and had a face to match!!!always stern looking but apart from the odd couple of teachers names I have really struggled to try and remember them!! after all it was a long long time ago now!!. I remember when at Ballamore School my mummy worked full time so I used to go to a rather sweet elderly lady in Reigate Road and she was called Nanny Jack!! God I am really digging deep now!!! Brenda do you remember the Rose Queen event they had at Pendragon or it mat have been Ballamore cant remember now........more nostalgia to follow

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: February 14, 2008, 06:24:03 PM »
Hi Snowdrop
Had a little chuckle at your memories.  I always thought it was Mr Wallace who had the wart on his nose but you may be right - it was a long time ago - and yes, I remember the canvas beds.  You are about ten years younger than me so I am surprised that they were still around when you were at Ballamore.  A friend of mine from way back ended up as head teacher at Pendragon and may have been there during your time - Pat Powling - mean anything to you? I cannot remember the number I lived at in Dagonet but it was a ground floor flat.  I had a school friend who lived there as well - did you know Ann Woodgate - again she would be the same age as I am now - goodness where have the years gone!
Hi Christine, WOW how cool is that somebody else remembers the canvas beds YIPPEE!!!!! I don't remember a Mr Wallace but I do remember Mr Large Wart Evans he was welsh rather short and had a disgusting habit of nose picking!!!!UGH too much info is not good hehe!!  Do you also remember another teach there Mrs Henderson !! she was evil and she used to hit you over the back of the hand with a ruler!!. Never felt the wrath of it!! but there was plenty who did!!. I do remember the Woodgate family they used to live at No.2 Boy the old grey cells are really kicking in now, the Peaks lived at No.1, The Taylors at No.3 and I remember the Italian family The Mariners who had a very feisty mum, Oh Christine I am on a roll now!!!! The Willoughbys lived in the flats as well.

More nostalgia to follow ......

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: February 14, 2008, 02:24:39 PM »
Hello I am a new member, 1st Post and certainly not the last!!!, I was born in Dagonet Gardens and I went to Ballamore School then Pendragon and then on to Mallory School, spent a very very happy childhood in Downham. Then I moved away to join HM Forces and now I live in Norfolk. I still have 2 brothers in the area, 1 lives in Peckham and 1 in Abbey Wood. Still have a childhood aunt, who lives in Moorside Road, lived next door to us in Dagonet Gardens and I grew up with them all. Don't really know what to write about on the 1st post..... I am just so grateful to have found a link with the past.
Welcome Snowdrop - I'm an old school friend of Brenda's (well, not that old!) and also went to Ballamore, Pendragon and then on to Churchdown Girls. I lived for about ten years in Woodbank Road as a child, moved away briefly in 1959 and then back again to Dagonet Gardens for a couple of years before moving to Lee Green.  Don't live anywhere exotic like the girls from Oz or Smiffy in Canada - just West Sussex - but we do all have the Downham link that keeps us together.  Looking forward to hearing your memories.............
Hello Christine, nice to hear from you, thing I remember about Ballamore School is the afternoons we all had a little canvas camp bed and had them set out in the playground and the nursery teacher sat on a little chair and watched over us while we had a sleep and she was a white haired sweetest natured person and her name was Mrs Ward, lovely lady. Then Pendragon School had a grumpy teacher called Mr Evans who had a very large wart on the end of his nose(funny the things we remember!!), and would always throw blackboard rubbers!!! OUCH!! then on to Malory School, I loved living in Dagonet Gardens cos I was born there and remember lots of very good fun on the large green playing cricket etc!! I was born in 1954 and lived in No.19 but had lots of mates in the flats... Sussex is a lovely county I am so pleased to have found a link with the past and I hope we will continue to become good friends xx

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: February 14, 2008, 02:14:26 PM »
Hello I am a new member, 1st Post and certainly not the last!!!, I was born in Dagonet Gardens and I went to Ballamore School then Pendragon and then on to Mallory School, spent a very very happy childhood in Downham. Then I moved away to join HM Forces and now I live in Norfolk. I still have 2 brothers in the area, 1 lives in Peckham and 1 in Abbey Wood. Still have a childhood aunt, who lives in Moorside Road, lived next door to us in Dagonet Gardens and I grew up with them all. Don't really know what to write about on the 1st post..... I am just so grateful to have found a link with the past.

Hallo there - good to see another old Downhamite has found us.  You will see that we all have good memories of a happy childhood on Downham so you are in good company.  I, too, attended Pendragon School.  What years did you attend?  I lived on Durham Hill which intersected Moorside Rd.  Look forward to hearing more of your memories.  As for not really knowing what to write about ... well, some of us just call in to say "Hallo" from time to time.

Hello Brenda its lovely to be made welcome, yes I did have very happy memories of Downham, I went to Pendragon School after Ballamore not very good with dates but I do remember the headmistress being very strict Mrs Lovelace? Loveday ?? and Miss Doubleday who had a bubble car that she used to turn up in schooltime this car opened up and this incredibly tall women got out she had high legged boots on WOW how cool was that!!!. Also at Pendragon School they had a thing called Rose Queen??where we all had to dress up in pretty dresses and take roses to school bit like a May Queen, my friend Sheila Dabin was chosen how did I envy her!!! well the memories are flooding back now!!

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: February 14, 2008, 02:05:51 PM »
Well hello again everyone, it was so nice to be made so welcome and at least we all have one thing in common and thats good old Downham!!!. Smiffy I used to have a very good childhood friend from school she lived in Churchdown Rd, No 27 I think (now the old grey cells are working he he), there name was Siddle and their dad bless him had a motorbike and sidecar, they were a big family.

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General Discussion / Happy Memories of Downham
« on: February 11, 2008, 09:44:40 AM »
Hello I am a new member, 1st Post and certainly not the last!!!, I was born in Dagonet Gardens and I went to Ballamore School then Pendragon and then on to Mallory School, spent a very very happy childhood in Downham. Then I moved away to join HM Forces and now I live in Norfolk. I still have 2 brothers in the area, 1 lives in Peckham and 1 in Abbey Wood. Still have a childhood aunt, who lives in Moorside Road, lived next door to us in Dagonet Gardens and I grew up with them all. Don't really know what to write about on the 1st post..... I am just so grateful to have found a link with the past.

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