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General Discussion / Farewell
« Last post by mike on January 20, 2022, 11:03:15 AM »
The name is expiring shortly, and after a 22 year period of the site and forum, which became just the forum a number of years ago, I plan to let the name expire and the site will go offline. I will keep an offline backup for posterity as there were some great and interesting threads over the years. If you want to reach me in the future use

In these days of social media, traditional forums like this are somewhat redundant, so it felt the right time to let it go

Thank you to all who have participated, or read, the forum - you made it a great place to be for present and past Downham-ites over many years. I wish you well!

General Discussion / Downham Central School for Boys - Goudhurst Road.
« Last post by Ken Catlin on February 27, 2021, 08:16:50 AM »
Hello Mike and everyone. So sorry to hear that the site is being "mothballed". I have contributed in the past but must admit that I am guilty of having deserted in recent years. I have come across a photo of our year (1950/51) and with an old mate have managed to recall a large percentage of the 50 or so names. I don't think it is possible to insert it here any more and wonder if you can recommend a site where it could be shown. I am now 85 and would love to hear from anyone who is still around. Regards to you and yours, stay safe. Ken Catlin - Cornwall.
General Discussion / Re: Christmas again??
« Last post by Brenda on January 01, 2020, 09:11:04 PM »
Hallo Mike,

Bournemouth eh?  You must have itchy feet!

I have to say I felt such a pang of sadness to see that Downham online will soon be a thing of the past.  I cannot begin to describe how excited I was when I first found it and how much pleasure it gave me to find old friends and make new ones and to share in nostalgia for the Downham of my early life.  I do thank you very sincerely for your work in keeping the site going and for so long.  I don't suppose any of us really expressed the appreciation we felt. 

I am not a fan of Facebook. I registered only to be able to keep in touch with the children of a dear friend of mine who passed away many years ago but I never put anything on there and feel a lot of bad stuff comes up on it.

Anyway, I do wish you and your family a wonderful 2020.  May you all keep happy, healthy and safe in what seems like a fraught world at times. 

Thanks again, Mike, thank you.

General Discussion / Christmas again??
« Last post by mike on December 20, 2019, 09:36:29 AM »
I hope you have had a wonderful year, and if not, I hope 2020 will be a new start full of hope and peace.

Sue and I, after a few years in central London, followed by New York City, Houston, central London again and a few months in Downham, now find ourselves in Bournemouth. No, we have not retired!

The time has, maybe, come to mothball this forum - I am thinking of keeping it online as an archive for posterity, but closing it for new posts and members, as that should keep it secure and free from the bad guys who still like to hack these things from time to time.

Before I do that, one last chance for faithful friends who have been here over the decades, as well as new friends, to have a "final" say on this forum, and also to maybe recommend some alternatives. I know not everyone likes Facebook or other social media (I blow hot and cold on them for sure), so let's see what other sites are out there where we can keep the spirit of nostalgia alive, but also look with optimism to a bright future for Downham and the surrounding area.

In the meanwhile, I wish a very Merry Christmas to you and those you love.

Mike & Sue
General Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas!
« Last post by Brenda on July 02, 2019, 11:47:29 PM »
I confess that what with one thing and another, my visits to Downham Online have been few this year.  Coming back to it this morning gave me the great pleasure of seeing you here, Vic.   I shall take a look at that video and will, no doubt, be horrified by all the changes I see!  In my memory, I can still walk the streets of Downham as they were but I know it's unrealistic to expect  things to stay the same as they once were.  I looked at a short  YouTube video of Lewisham recently and the only thing I recognised was a short clip of the fruit and veg stalls of the market.     

I hope all is well with everyone.  The years take their toll but I trust you are, as am I, still enjoying life! 

General Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas!
« Last post by Vic on March 09, 2019, 09:13:36 PM »
Dear Mike and Brenda,
I, too, have not been on line here for a very long time. However, I wish everyone a belated Happy and Prosperous 2019. As always, I sit and ponder - When shall I go and visit dear old Downham again! The nearest I've got to it is to go to You Tube and 'cab ride' a train from Charing cross to Sevenoaks and back. I was surprised at all the changes en route - New Cross station unrecognisable, high rise flats where there were allotments near St Johns (where I went to school), all the housing at Grove Park which used to be carriage sidings. I enjoy a glimpse of the Downham Estate between Hither Green and Grove Park just past the footbridge, which we called 'the footer', and the backs of the line of houses in Reigate Road just beyond which I was born at No 10, Ballamore Road 87 years ago! I hope that all that read this remarkable forum are well. Long may it continue.
Warmest regards, Vic Dabin
General Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas!
« Last post by Brenda on December 30, 2018, 10:29:22 PM »
Too late to wish everyone Merry Christmas but I hope you all had a good one.  I do wish you all a happy, healthy and safe 2019.

General Discussion / Happy Christmas!
« Last post by mike on December 24, 2018, 06:58:37 PM »
This forum has become very quiet, but I do get messages from time to time from new people asking to join, and you never know, it may pick up again one day. Social media has largely taken over from forums like this, but fashions come and go, so anything could happen...

In the meanwhile, if you have found your way here, then I wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas - all the best.

General Discussion / Re: News Shopper
« Last post by Brenda on June 21, 2018, 10:05:12 AM »

Thanks for that, Tony, I'll follow that up.


For those interested I have just come across a UK website called News Shopper it covers up to date news from the following areas.
Bromley.Bexley.Greenwich.Dartford.Lewisham.Southwark. etc.

Cheers Tony Cross.
General Discussion / News Shopper
« Last post by adcross on June 05, 2018, 04:47:25 AM »
For those interested I have just come across a UK website called News Shopper it covers up to date news from the following areas.
Bromley.Bexley.Greenwich.Dartford.Lewisham.Southwark. etc.

Cheers Tony Cross.
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