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General Discussion / MERRY CHRISTMAS
« on: December 24, 2004, 04:01:15 PM »
Season's greetings from Canada..... Wishing you all Peace, good health and happiness now and for 2005..... Graham

General Discussion / Whistle Down The Wind.
« on: August 02, 2004, 05:15:36 PM »
Greetings Gary,

I replied to your enquiry about the the film in the 'Photograph' section of 'The latest download' which will give some information about the film and a website you can visit.... Check it out.   Regards Graham A

General Discussion / Genealogy.....Henry Morgan
« on: February 06, 2004, 05:40:09 PM »
Greetings Keith,

Enter the following into your browser....  Denver, Norfolk, England

Once there....scroll down to find the local Denver Genealogy site.

You will find other people looking for Morgans too!

Denver is just south of Downham Market in Norfolk and if shortened to Downham can be confused with Downham, Kent.

I hope this is of help.

Regards,                 Graham Allen.

General Discussion / LINEHAN. (Surname) ....AUSTRALIA
« on: January 04, 2004, 06:17:33 PM »

One of my interests is Genealogy....I pass on this info. which you may or may not know?

James Henderson Linehan. Born 1910.. Died 1986 is buried in Terang Cemetry. He was husband of Marie and father of Michael and Damian.

The surname spelling is not the same but these errors happen when entered by the recorder.

I wonder if he is a relative of yours?

Regards...   Graham Allen.

General Discussion / Dickies rant and rave
« on: November 02, 2003, 02:14:05 AM »
I thought this would be a site to exchange the common ground of general interest in Downham, it's people, lifestyle and to keep memories alive.

At least, that's why I joined.

Let's keep in non-political and racial. I find your remarks better kept to yourself. My dear mother always taught us kids that "If you don't have anything nice to say...Keep your trap shut"

I recall you saying in the old style Chat room something about "Japs." Take a look at my pictures and see a wonderful Japanese woman.

No offense Dickie...Just had to get it off my chest.

Regards,     Graham.

General Discussion / MIKE.... MISSING PERSON?
« on: November 01, 2003, 09:12:50 PM »

Are you out there in the 'Wild blue yonder' for I have e-mailed a couple of times and not heard back?

I can, sometimes, log in to the 'Picture Gallery' to add photographs and when I try again, using the same details as my original registration, I cannot. Hopefully, you can fix the problem your end.

I am also curious as to where my messages for the General Chat have gone. They are not appearing after being sent.

I heard from Smiffy who is also having problems logging in to the Picture Gallery.

Hope to hear from you soon....   Graham Allen.

General Discussion / PICTURE GALLERY
« on: October 26, 2003, 07:39:53 AM »
Greetings Mike,

I like your latest addition....Picture Gallery.

Have added three pictures but when I came to log in a second time I was not accepted using the same details as before... Help!

Suggestion: It took me a while to discover how the new system works after much trial and error.... Perhaps you would be so kind and  post printable instructions fo first timers like me who forgot the steps..Thanks!

Regards, Graham Allen.

Where are they now? / Aerial photographs.
« 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!


Where are they now? / Cricket.
« on: September 08, 2003, 01:53:18 AM »
I wonder if kids still play some of the school games that we did during our secondary school days?

The game of cricket played with a text book was a favorite of mine and often got me and others into trouble during class for not paying attention.

If I recall, to play, each player listed his best eleven team players on a piece of paper. The opposing player turned the pages of a text book and read the letter of the alphabet on the first line on the top right hand page as a play... ie. L= LBW, C=Caught, S=Stumped, B= Bowled etc. etc. A letter was designated for four runs and another for six. All other letters were one run each.

The object of the game was to 'Get out' the other team by randomly openeing the text book and recording the score on your piece of paper. At the same time not getting caught by the teacher!

Happy Days!   ............   Graham.

Where are they now? / Friends reunited..... address error!
« 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

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!

Where are they now? / Downham Central School for Boys.
« 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.

Where are they now? / Downham Central School.
« 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 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.

General Discussion / Attachments....photographs
« on: September 03, 2003, 07:40:03 PM »
Greetings Mike,

When will it be possible to add attachments to our letters for all to see?

Enjoy this site and thanks for the effort you put into it!


General Discussion / Catford Police Station
« on: September 01, 2003, 11:20:01 PM »
Hello Brenda.

I lived in Catford and I do not recall a Police Station in Catford for a very good reason!!!!

As a very small boy I use to visit a toy shop in Rushey Green to look at all the fascinating toys on display in and outside the shop. One day I was standing next to a big kid whom I did not know. Suddenly! he took something from the stall and walked away. I walked away too because I did not want to get into trouble. The shopkeeper thought we had both stolen a toy. I tried to explain that I was not with him and did not know the big boy. It did not make any difference to the owner as he took us back to the shop and telephoned the police.

The 'Black Maria' to us both to Ladywell Police Station and not to Catford Police Station. When my parents arrived I was shaking in my boots.  The boy owned up to his crime and said I was not with him then I was taken home by my parents. It was a scary event for an eight year old boy and the only 'Nick' I have ever been inside.

I do remember a Police Station across the road from 'Peter Pan's Pool' and the Territorial Army Building when I went on the motor boats. Perhaps that was the Catford Police Station?.......Graham.

Where are they now? / Fresh bread and warm doorstep milk....
« on: August 14, 2003, 08:58:15 PM »
Dickie..... You seem to be the 'All seeing, all knowing' one amidst us.

My mother purchased bread from the Groom's Bakery and the horse drawn cart. She also had milk delivered from the Express Dairy horse and cart. Sometimes she gave me halve an apple to feed the horses. I think it was to help the garden!

I know where my Grandfather got our garden manure from but do you know where the bakery and the bottling plant was located?

When I was a young man at school I delivered meat on Saturday mornings on a bicycle with a wicker basket over the small front wheel. In the winter months the bike became top heavy with meat and I would often fall off turning corners. I worked for the butcher at the South Suburban Co-Op in Brownhill Road, Catford.

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