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General Discussion / Re: Goldsmiths community center
« Last post by Ken Catlin on August 03, 2015, 10:56:24 AM »
Hi All. Have not posted for some time, but as an ex-`Downhamite (Southover 1940-60 approx.) I should be ashamed of myself. I went to Downham Central from 1951-4, didn't get on with headmaster Mr Dorrington at all. Happy memories of Goldsmiths - I belonged to the G.A.D.S. and did several plays with them. The "star" and producer at the time was Ken Loveday - anyone remember him ?. Plays that come to mind include "Dial M for Murder" and "See How They Run" among others. I still have photos. A good mate from those days was Ron Gibbons. We went on to form a singing group "The Three Personalities", managed by Eddie Bubbly - the best boy in Catford. Oh happy days.
General Discussion / Re: Robertson's Jam Factory
« Last post by Frank (hutchsky) on July 31, 2015, 11:48:47 PM »
My ex's sister was working there about that time, Adi Smith (Davies Russell) lived in Brownhill Road Catford. Frank H
General Discussion / Re: The Splendid Theater
« Last post by Frank (hutchsky) on July 31, 2015, 11:40:51 PM »
Sold Newspapers out side around 1955-56 "Star News Standard get your paper here" Frank H.
General Discussion / Re: Bromley Court Hotel/Jazz Club
« Last post by Frank (hutchsky) on July 31, 2015, 10:25:22 AM »
Hi, I was into Jazz, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball etc, the Bromley Court Hotel, Tigers Head and Chislehurst Caves, complete with a Triumph  Motorcycle, was full on in the early 60s Regards Frank H.
General Discussion / Re: Robertson's Jam Factory
« Last post by billbaker on July 30, 2015, 02:25:52 PM »
Hi Joanie, I was working on the forecourt of the petrol station (The Car Mart Ltd) across the Bromley Road from Robertsons in the years you mention, my wife worked for a while at the Glennifer Laundry which was next to Robertsons.
General Discussion / Re: The Splendid Theater
« Last post by billbaker on July 30, 2015, 02:16:33 PM »
I remember in the late 40s when some of us kids on Saturday mornings would turn up with air pistols to fire at the cowboy baddies, the screen must have been full of holes, it became so bad that the frustrated manager told us if we handed in our air pistols with our name on a label we could collect them on the way out, the following Saturday lots more boys than usual brought air pistols in just to be seen handing them in.  ::)
General Discussion / Robertson's Jam Factory
« Last post by joanie on July 30, 2015, 01:14:45 AM »
Any of you Downhamites ever work at the Robertson's Jam Factory in Catford? I worked there for a few years between 1959 and 1966. Made a lot of friends and had a lot of good times. Anyone remember me from so long ago?

Joan Ruby
General Discussion / The Splendid Theater
« Last post by joanie on July 30, 2015, 01:07:32 AM »
I will always remember the Splendid. Sometimes one of the kids from our group would get his ticket and after the show began, they would open the side door so we could crawl in and find a seat. This was great fun and an easy way to see a free show, provided we didn't get caught! The only thing worse was if my Mother found out, then it would have been hell to pay. I seem to remember seeing the "Smallest Show On Earth" starring Peter Sellers. It's ironic isn't it, to see that particular movie at the Splendid. Anyone else recall those good ol days?

Joan Ruby
General Discussion / Bromley Court Hotel/Jazz Club
« Last post by joanie on July 30, 2015, 12:59:26 AM »
It's been many years since I used to go to the Bromley Court Hotel/JazzClub to hear good music, dance and mingle with friends. I remember seeing several groups in the early sixties: to include the Davey Jones Band (of later fame as David Bowie), as well as the Spencer Davis Group (to include Little Stevie Winwood) who was too young at that time to even buy a drink, just as I was! Does anyone remember seeing Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen? Saw many other groups and indiviuals who also became famous later. Had a great time back in those days. I'm sure other "Downhamites" from my time can remember other shows at this club.....

Joan Ruby
General Discussion / Re: Goldsmiths community center
« Last post by Brenda on July 26, 2015, 08:21:15 AM »
My sister and I were evacuated with my mother to Fleetwood from Catford (just off Verdant Lane).  I was just a baby so obviously don't remember.  My mother couldn't stand the people we were boarded with.  She said she was expected to keep me and my toddler sister quiet and used to say, "So, I came back home because I'd rather put up with the bombs that those miserable sods."

I've still got the identity card showing the move.

She remembers the plane that bombed the school coming over.  She said she was cleaning the windows in the 2nd floor flat at the time and looked out to see what the noise was and said she saw the pilot's face clearly.  I used to think she was imagining it but with the advent of the Net, I've seen quite a few reports of the same from other people.

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