Maidstone We Do Remember it Well 3

Tram going up Tonbridge road .St Michaels' Church behind

Time for a new page .And who remembers the Tovil Treacle mines

lohttp://strangetalesfromthedollshouse.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/tovil-treacle-mines.htm look here

 

Historical records

Domesday Book

In 1086 the archbishop held the manor of 'Meddestane' (Maidstone). It comprised arable, meadow, woodland, a church; five mills and two eel fisheries. There were also some 25 villagers, 21 smallholders and 10 serfs. In addition, three knights held more arable, meadow, woodland, a mill, two eel fisheries and two salterns, and 32 villagers, 10 smallholders and 10 serfs lived there. The combined value was £35.10s.

Origin of Place Name

The place name of Maidstone first appears as de maeides stana and again as maegdan stane in Saxon charters of c. 975. It may mean 'the maidens' stone' (Maegoastan) or 'the peoples' stone' (Maegoastan). The latter may be the more likely as there seems to have been a megalithic tomb in the vicinity, which was used as a meeting place for the people of the surrounding territory. The name can be traced to its present day form thus:

c. 975Old English de maeides stana/maegdan stane


1086Medestan/Meddestane

1159Maidestan


1219Maidestane

1610Maidstone

 

Wes has said that if anyone would like to attend the Oldborough Manor

reunion Who did not go to Oldborough .They would be welcome .

You never know ,there maybe some old mates there

09/08/2013

 

Terry  McKenna


Maidstone I remember it well: Jennifer Garner: One thought about your 'friends' who lived on the Foster Clark estate. Go to your local library and ask about the famous Kelly's Street Directories. Not too sure when these brilliant directories ceased being published but I'm sure they were still around in the 50's and 60's. Failing that as you now know there were only 2 streets Upper and Lower Road then maybe take a look at the Electoral Register for these times. As in my day ALL my parents friends were known as Aunty or Uncle, related or not!! John Ford: Georgie Fame and the Blue flames were indeed regular performers at the Star. What a great place the Star used to be. Even the Mods and Rockers of Maidstone used to put aside their differences inside for a couple of hours!! My older brother Michael used to be known as Top Mod in Maidstone and often appeared in Kent Messenger as the epitome of the Mod movement. Which was good for him BUT meant I often became the Target of revenge for some of the local rockers. I remember one thing my late father advised me, even though he wasn't a violent man by nature: He said if you get confronted by any 'Gang' then take out the leader in front of his mates and they will think again!! Though not for one instance would I advocate violence (I really wouldn't) BUT I heeded his advice on a few occasions and guess what? The word soon got round not to 'mess' with me AND they didn't or my great friend Trevor Miles who was also targeted, albeit briefly!! Must stress I don't believe in violence BUT do believe in self preservation!! Having written that brought me to remember going down the top of the High Street towards the Canon with me and 6 other friends ALL piled up on my scooter and a local bobby stepping out in front of me with his hand in the air shouting STOP!! Well like an idiot I braked and all 7 of us fell in a heap on top of the copper!! We ended up at the Cop Shop next to the bus station where the immortal words of horror were said: "Wait until we tell your father" AND they did!! Strangely enough I never did that again!! Those were the days as Mary Hopkin used to sing!! 


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Thank you Terry.

And don't forget the bouncers at the star

on my first visit they came up to me and accused me of knocking over a girl's drink .

which I know I didn't .

so I offered to buy her an other a ask them to take me back so I could apologize as well.

They said ok there was no need for that(because the girl and drink did not exist imho)

Your experience on the scooter reminded m of a friend who had just passed his rest on his motorbike .He was giving another friend a lift .

but they were both crouching forward as if to gain speed but were going very slow.

Stopped by a policeman and told not to mess about.

they rode of then was stopped again a his number plate was different back and front numbers and letters right but the other way round

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 11/08/2013


 Kim  Littlewood
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I would like to share an exciting new project with you all. We just had a full page story in the Kent Messenger about us yesterday, too.
It's a community project to bring back to life, the old Granada Cinema in Maidstone!
Please check out our facebook page (link below) and like it to show your support, keep up to date with our progress and get involved, if you wish! :)
Many thanks
Kim

https://www.facebook.com/TheHartCentreCampaign

 

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Thank You Kim

 Desmond  Warren

Maidstone I remember it well: Tovil Treacle Mines ... back in the '50s I would go to the annual fete on the park area near The Wheatsheaf" pub at the junction of Sutton Rd and Loose Rd. There would be a tent there to allow you to go in and go down to see the Treacle Mines ! you'd get into a "lift" which would shake a bit with a scrolling window making it look as if you were really going down !  At the "bottom" you'd get out through the other side of the lift and walk around a passage with various scenes of the real mining process !! Strangely enough when you'd walked through all the passage way you came out at ground level again !!  Happy Days !!
Les - what do I have to do to post a photo or 2 on here ?


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Thank you Desmond

 

probably South Park

send photos to my email address les.swaffer@btinternet.com

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Wes Wooding

Maidstone I remember it well: Les I'm sorry but I have to correct you about Foster Clark Estate roads. there were as you say Upper and Lower Rds but also West Park Rd, York Rd and South Park Rd. I hope you don't mind me saying but you've reputation to live up to!! Regards Wes

 


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Thank you Wes
no I don't mind being corrected
Someone I knew lived near the roundabout said they lived on Shepway so thought it was part of Shepway

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Valerie Crawford nee Hosmer
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Have just read about the Beautridge's. I was friendly with a Susan Beautridge  late 50s


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Thank you Valerie

Was her dad a barber under the market buildings

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12/08/2013
Valerie  Crawford nee Hosmer
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I do not remember what Susan Beautridge father did for a living.  I remember she lived near the prison and I lived in Heathorn Street.  I think we went to Saturday Art School together.

Terry do you remember Carol Eborn who lived near you.  Have found an old photo with her on it when we were in the Girl Guides.

Also do you remember the little wool shop opposite your Fathers Bakery

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Thank you Valerie
I ask as a mr Beautridge who was the barber(any stile you like as long as it was short back and sides) moved in opposite us in Middlesex road.
his daughter/s got married not long after they moved in so would not know them.
but my dad told me one of his daughters ran the Cherry tree pub on the Tonbridge rd
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Jill Hinde
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Where is page 33? I'm also having problems following the items on this site. Re--the telephone exchange girls, I'm a friend of Joan Laming who worked there around 1965/66.

 


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Thank you Jill.

I may have jumped a page

I was not sure if this was page 33 or 34

so done it as page 34

This is titled Maidstone We Do remember it well 3

the one before Maidstone We Do remember it well  2

 Will have to look up the telephone exchange girls and get back to you

 

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-----Terry McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Valerie: The little "wool" shop opposite was Mankelows. My best friend Trevor Miles lived next door. Old man Mankelow just about fitted behind the counter and always wore a pin stripe suit. John was a good lad and I'm sorry can't remember his sisters names but they were OK. His Mum was a delightful lady, very proper and very warm. Do you know that they couldn't sell wool on a Sunday because of the ridiculous Sunday Observance Laws (The Church in other words!!) But we could sell Beer!! How stupid was that? Didn't Carol live in Hedley Street!! If not I do remember her name: A bit of trivia for you: There was a wool shop at the top end of Union Street, either next door to Hoods newsagents OR The Chocolate Box, with as we called him, Jake the peg cos he did have a wooden leg; just like the song. When we were well under age he'd sell you 3 ciggies (Craven A: I think!) and a free book of matches. Charlie Hood used to go mad at Jake!! but we got our fags didn't we.. The wool shop was called Betty Bluetts. I bought ALL my wool there!!!  lol

 


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Thank you Terry

----------13/08/2013
Steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I wonder if any one could help me in tracing where my mother used to do apple wrapping in the early 1960s. I remember as a very small lad, boarding the M&D bus with her and travelling through Sutton Valence, past the Horseshoe pub on the left, and getting off at a crossroads.
I have traced the field where we used to pick strawberries, but have no idea about the apple wrapping.
I remember that the foreman was called "Bill" with a wonky eye and the farm building was within walking distance of the bus stop.
A number of us youngsters who had to go with their mothers, used to play on surrounding ground but had to keep an eye open for the geese!!!
Any help would be appreciated


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Thank you Steve
The Horseshoe pub is at Langley think the full name is the Crown and Horses
but was called the horseshoes for a little while .but later than the 60's
the next cross roads is by the Plough Pub Leeds to the left Boughtmont Chelsea/Chart Sutton to the right.
After that there is the Warmlake crossroads we used to call that the Vangaurd.to the left Kingswood to the right Chart Sutton.
all before Sutton Valance
The next crossroads is at the top of Sutton Valance hill
by Sutton Valance Church and the Bull pub.
Then the Crossroads in Headcorn by the White horse pub
to the left leads to Grafty Green/Lenham
and to the right Fritterden

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 steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Many thanks Les,
The crossroads you mention as the vanguard, may well be the one I am talking about.
Through age related mists of time, I have a vague memory of walking toward Kingswood but I am not 100% sure of that. Thanks once again
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Thank you Steve
your welcome
As the road goes to Kingswood it turns to the right and thats Kingswood to the left is a very narrow road that leads to langley heath and joins up just with Graverly bottom Road
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14/08/2013
 Valerie Crawford nee Hosmer
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Terry
I remember the name now  Mankelows.  They seem to open all hours.  If I remember Carol Eborn had a spinal deformity and yes she did live in Hedley street.I remember Betty Bluetts but only after we moved and I used to visit my Aunt in Allen Street.


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Thank you Valerie
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Dennis Miah

Maidstone I remember it well: hey there Les
At the warmlake crossroads there are only two farmers who it could be. Edmeds or Suttons both are walking distance from a bus stop.

 


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Thank you Dennis

 

15/08/2013
 Boo Jones

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi all, not that this is a political memory post of Maidstone, how ever have noticed that there are quite a lot of our ex Maidstoners living abroad, same as me and enjoying ha ha joke, your state pension being frozen, for anyone who has to suffer that after paying stamps and taxes please read and blog on my effort to stop this victimization on O.A.Ps
pensionsforpieceofminds hosted by wordpress.com need all the help we can get cheers Boo.


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Thank you Boo
I have tried to get into pensionforpieceofminds ect
but it does not work I've tried putting www.and http/www. before
then I tried a search and that just brought me back to you submission

maybe you've left out something
Les

--------Steve Charlton

Maidstone I remember it well: Les
Reference the post from Boo on the pensions blog try http://pensionsforpieceofmind.wordpress.com/author/pensionsforpieceofmind/
You should be able to see it there.
I'm not quite at pension drawing age yet but I totally agree that it ahould not make a jot of a difference where you live to qualify for any pension enhancements - You've paid your taxes and in some instances, fought for your country - what an sad indictment.
Steve

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Thank you Steve

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Steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Thanks to both Les and Dennis for information on a farm where there was a possibility of apple wrapping taking place.
The next time I visit Maidstone from Wiltshire, I will certainly take time to try and retrace my steps and hopefully come upon the farm.


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Thank you steve
I think one of the farms is now a Golf corse

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Have you had a email from Terry McKenna saying he's been mugged well it not true had this email from him

Hi Guys

it appears that you have received an email regarding me and my family (that I don't have!!) having seemingly been mugged somewhere in Manila!! and am desperate for money!! It may surprise you to know this IS NOT THE CASE so please do ignore any such notice from myself. Still I suppose it makes a change from the usual rich Nigerian desperate to give me a share of his fortune just because of my surname!!!!

 

Terry McKenna IN Bristol: Uk.

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 17/08/2013
Boo Jones

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi everyone, regarding my blog against pensioners living abroad, and the fight for increases, someone or somehow it was taken off, think maybe touched a nerve with the Govt. anyway lobby anyone you can it all helps, including your local M.P. cheers Boo.


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Thank you Boo

-------Valerie Crawford nee Hosmer
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I have just read Page 7 of this wonderful site.  How nice to hear from Barbara Henman.  We used to walk to East Borough sometimes and the Technical
School.  I live in Heathorn street.  Yes  I do remember playing marbles in Allen Street.  Oh the memories of Miss Thomas and Pansy Price.  I was at the school 1956 to 1959.  I went to work at James Clifford in Bank Street.  Left in 1960  when we moved.

 

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Thank you Valerie
I'm not sure how old page 7 is ,that's why I started putting the date on

I worked for James Clifford in the early 70s but at the warehouse in Hart st

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19/08/2013
Peggy

Maidstone I remember it well: I aslo worked at cliffords from 1953-1960 in the offices in Hart St litmus


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Thank you Peggy
my late motmer in law worked there Mrs Daphany Swaffield nee Price before I did but do not know the dates
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peggy

Maidstone I remember it well: I worked in the offices with Mr William Mr Ted and Mr Brian  sounds antiquated  now but that is what  everybody had to call them  I worked at Hart Street where the factory sold imported carpets  matting and doormats which were made there  All that was necessary for the hopping industry  pockets  bins and horse hair cloths  for laying in the oast kiln  to dry hops on etc I remember the screening (which was put round the hop gardens for protection) being dyed yellow and laid in a field by the river bank to dry  They  also made coal sacks which were covered in tar by hand a cold and messy business    There is an error in your poster Clifford's in Bank St sold luggage and Leather goods Sanders the shop next door sold guns


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Thank you Peggy
When I worked there there was just Mr Ted and Mr Brian .
when 'are you being served' came out it reminded me of working there.
 They only did winding the hop string when I was there early 70's no coal sacks. Or screening.
 I've been corrected on Sanders sold guns but I seem to remember delivering to Clifford shop and leather goods also horse bridles ect and hunting stuff including guns
unless there was a joining door.
I was also told that Sanders would give free cartridge's for gun ownersto shot the pigeons

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Libby

 
Maidstone I remember it well: My mum and her family moved into the flat above the Beehive Stores around 1928/29 ? when granddad became manager of the Palace Theatre in Gabriels Hill.Their surname was Washington. Anyone remember them ? Mum was also a clippie on the buses. Moved back to Maidstone in the 80's and still lived there until she died in 2011.

 

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Thank you Libby
are you a descendent of George Washington as his grand parents lived in Maidstone and are buried in All saints Church yard.
They lived in Chancery house along knightrider street
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 Libby
 
Maidstone I remember it well: There are definitely tunnels under the High Street. I used to work in A.J.Rawlings opticians and there was a trap door ij one of the rooms that led under the road to the bank.....closed off for obvious reasons ! I also heard that the tunnels run to All Saints and the Bishops Palace.

 


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Thank you Libby
I know that the town hall has a dungeon and that there was a tunnel from what was the Gin palace(I think real name Red Lion) to the middle of the road and used as a workshop.

will have to find out about the tunnels to the archbishops Palace

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 Jill Hinde
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Difficult to link articles on this website, but I've just Googled 'Otham 500' and found a few references, linking in to these pages. I was a devotee in 1971/2. Not sure what happened to Colin Bennett, but fantastic memories of Maidstone's best nightspot in those days.


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Thank you Jill
Did not go there myself but does anyone got any news of Colin Bennett
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Graham Renwick
 
Maidstone I remember it well: As I was at the meeting when our dream died and rose again


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Thank you Graham

what dream was that?

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21/08/2013
 Valerie Crawford nee Hosmer

Maidstone I remember it well: Peggy must have been at Cliffords when I was there.  I worked in Bank Street  Office but had to go to Hart Street when anyone was on holiday. 
I remember having to pick up paper clips etc from the floor before I went home.  Mr William said that the cleaner had only to sweep up dust not money!  Mr Bourne was the Office Manager and there
was a Miss Bourne there as well but I do not think they were related.  There were 4 travelling reps  I think one was called Mr Butt.
I cant remember the 2 men whom worked in the shop.

 

 

 


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Thank you Valerie
when I worked there  was a Mr House
but I cannot remember the other mans name who dealt with the transport


and Bert Sands was  a foreman

 -----------Peggy

Maidstone I remember it well: Valerie  In office Mr Ward  Brenda Taylor  Shirley Bourne Mrs Hook Mr Bourne No relation to Shirley I recall he came into some money and bought loads  of suits so he would'nt have to buy anymore in the future and a bright pink car
  In shop  John  Hambrook  Alan (forgotton surname and another  man who name I cant recall at the moment  and Les I remember Bert  Sands very well he had blonde hair (well in my day anyway)Was Jack Brown still there 
 
 

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Thank you Peggy
yes he had sandy blond hair unfortunately I heard he past a way. Trying to remember the lady who told me.Big lady blond hair .was with a lorry driver from there called Ick last job I know she had was a cleaner for the toilets
by the river. Last time I saw her she was in Safeway's in Sutton rd. and using a disabled scooter.
yes Jack Brown was still there

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  Valerie Crawford nee Hosmer

Maidstone I remember it well: Thank you Peggy for remembering the names.  I remember Alan very well and John Hambrook.  I think some of the girls in the office were all ex Technical School Girls. 
Read about Howard House on one of the pages and that it was a childrens Home.  I have just found my Birth certificate and I was born at Howard Home. Lower Fant Road in 1943My mother told me that it was a private maternity home. 


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Thank you Valerie

The lady I was referring to was called Jessy

this is turning in to a Cliffords reunion

Do you know weather Jack Brown was related to Norman Brown he worked a reeds corrugated cases new hythe and they both came from Tovil

Les

---Valerie Crawford nee Hosmer

Maidstone I remember it well: Les  I do not remember Jack or Norman Brown  I remember that Alan used to call me Lorna Doone for some reason.  I was only there for just over a year so did not get to know people very well.

 

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Thank you  Valerie
I was not there all that long myself 2 years at the most

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 24/08/2013
Roger Banfield
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I am most concerned about the throwaway commentary regarding the Tovil Treacle mies.

I was born in 1943 and my father was a quarryman who, as part of his daily job digging out ragstone from Coombe Quarries was paid a bonus for uncovering veins of unrefined thick treacle and reporting location to his superiors.
The treacle which flowed through the veins was caught in metal mugs called Wumpers prior to distillation.
The Wumper system evolved from an idea invented by Fred Burgess Snr. who was a mate of my father that could have been worth £millions. Their discovery was ignored and they continued their  normal daily jobs.

My Mum told me that my Dad Tom bought a new pair of bicycle clips
Nobody told me what Fred Burgess got

Tovil Treacle Mines were very real.

We must not lose those wonderful stories
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Thank you Roger
There is a footpath at the top of Forest Hill estate that goes down to Bockingford (Forest hill is built on where the Quarry was but a lot of younger people might remember it as a rubbish tip)
so could be connected
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Grant Shep
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Les
This is a great site but is there any way you could get the dates of submission for each post automatically placed above each post?  That way, it's much easier to see how old a post is when reading through the hundreds you have!
Thanks.


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Thank you Grant
I will have to find out,That is why I started putting the dates not above every post but for the day

-25/08/2013

Marie Berg Ormerod

Maidstone I remember it well: To Les Huggins, wow your memory is outstanding! I remember some of the children's names.....but not the whole class. I have only just gone on this site, my brother (Will Berg) sent me the link from Australia. If any of the ex-children are on FB then it would by lovely to hear from any of you. I came to live in Maidstone when I was 10yrs and went straight to Northborough, then on to Vinters Girls, and then Tech College. Got married in Maidstone in 1965. If anyone remembers me, please get in touch.

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Thank you Marie

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27/08/2013

Ted Mordey

 

sent me this

 

http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/

 

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Please Note if you sent me any submission since 25/08/2013 and I've not

put them up it's because I have not receive them as had trouble with receiving/ sending emails

Les

 

now sorted

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Someone asked about the Police station in King Street

In this picture the Lamp outside can be seen opposite Church st

it closed in 1909 and moved to Wrens Cross 
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30/08/2013

Margaret Vicars

Maidstone I remember it well: Does anyone remember the Peter Preedy School of Dancing? It was in Market Buildings at the end of the 60s and was owned by Peter Preedy and his wife Anne Lingard. I seem to remember they had a baby girl who must now be approaching retirement! I used to thoroughly enjoy my lessons and when I heard on the radio the other day the tune "The Only Man on the Island" it made me chuckle as that was a tune we used to dance to.  I haven`t been to Maidstone for years as I now live in Devon (not far from Honeysuckle Cottage!)
Can anyone remember when the Medway flooded in about 1961? The Army was called in to ferry people over the old bridge. I was doing a secretarial course at Maidstone Technical College at the time and we thought it was great to be carried over the old bridge by the soldiers!
Also I remember going to Highfield House on a Thursday and Saturday night. Everyone was in awe of Miss Edwards!! Also, Mrs Cross and The Deli which had a coffee bar upstairs and a licensed(?) bar in the basement.  No fire exit though so the whole was closed down the day after President Kennedy was killed in November 1963.

 

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Thank you Margaret yes I remember but not that well.

do you remember the one in 1968 when the River Len to it's proper corse and flowed through the Granada .I was in a car being driven by a lady driver and it was really raining hard and we were coming down the loose road near sheals crescent and the road was like a river and the drain were that full that the water had pushed the manhole covers up and there were like little fountains along the road 

 

01/09/2013
Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Margaret Vicars: I most certainly remember going a few times to the school of dancing at Peter Preedy and Anne Lingard. As you walked along Market Buildings Preedy's was on the left and there were a row of shops on the right hand side underneath where we used to go roller skating and before the fire station. Pettits, which was a fishing tackle shop, was one of these and I can't for the life of me remember the names of any others!! The massive floods were I think about 1963 (though I could be wrong there!!) and all of Fairmeadow and The Palace became part of the Medway!!! I was still at the Boys Tech. at Oakwood and the army did carry mainly old folk and women to the other side both ways. Until they put duckboards up I used to run to school from my home in Holland Road to Week Street; then over the High Level Bridge up Buckland Hill to the London Road and then along Queens road to the Tonbridge Road. And I still got to school in time to play football every day (anything up to 20 a side) before assembly. I then had to be home by 4-30pm to do my shift in our family run business, the bakery/Off licence shop. Nothing stopped us in those days did it? When J.F.Kennedy was assassinated I was sat in the ABC cinema in King Street with my great friend Trevor Miles. The film stopped and scrawled by hand on the screen was the simple message: JFK shot and assassinated in Dallas Texas at 3-10. There was a huge intake of breath and some people even started to cry. Everybody was totally stunned. I don't like all the changes to Maidstone (I have lived in Bristol since 1968) but it has and always be home to me and I was last there in May of this year. I used to see and visit my lifelong friend Trevor Miles almost every year until he sadly passed away in 2011. So although my main reason to visit is sadly not around any more I will always pay visits. It's the place where I was brought up and holds so many wonderful memories for me. This site started by former fellow pupil at St Francis RC primary school in Week Street; Peter Capon and now Les is always worth a visit..

 

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Thank You Terry
 My danding leason was one st patrick's nights do at the star ballroom .
a lady ask me to dance And I said "I can't dance"
her answer was "come on dancings a delusion"

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02/09/2013
Rina Golhar
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I remember going to Allington castle in 1982 for our school journey, during our last year at our Junior School. We stayed there for a week. I remember walking across the great hall to one of the doors leading to one of the towers where we slept. I  remember the monks serving our breakfast and dinner, also walking through a long gallery, and playing in the court yard. Great memories. I'd like to visit it again.

 


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04/09/2013

 Graham Hughes

Maidstone I remember it well: I attended Southborough Boys school from 1958-1962 and sadly lost contact with all friends from that time when my family moved to Hastings in 1968. Remember the teachers, Gabby Lower, Tug Wilson, Terry Dove, Mr Vanstone and many others. Boys I knew Pete Waters, David Waite - he went back to South Africa I believe - Pete Emmens. Would love to get back in touch with any of the boys from that time. World was so different then

 


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Thank you Graham

anyone went to Southborough boys

 

Also It's the Oldborough Manor reunion this Saturday

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Graham Hughes

Maidstone I remember it well: John Hakeman! That was the name I was trying to remember along with Peter Emmens. There was also David Waite Daryl Marchant Alan Matthews and my late brother Peter Hughes who killed himself on his motor bike in 2007. Alan Matthews lived at Tovil Green his dad Ernie ran the forge garage with Harry Lawrence. My family lived in Old Tovil Road moving to Hastings in 1968 to run a guest house. I remember the lad with the Italian sounding name. I think we all left school at the end of 1962 and lost touch with everyone when we moved to Hastings, including the Matthews family. The mother Joan was my mums friend and she came over from Australia in the 1980's and visited but lost touch with Alan and his younger brother. Sorry to hear that Daryl Marchant has died. He came round to see me in 1968 just before we moved to Hastings. David Waite came into Timothy Whites where I worked just before he went back to South Africa. Don't know where he is either. If anyone who knew me wants to get in contact e-mail me grahamhughes47@gmail.com Look forward to hearing from you

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Thank you Graham

 --05/09/2013
 David Lawrence

Maidstone I remember it well: Les swaffer hope you escaped the philipines,recieved your hurried financial request on a recent trip to uk. Luckily had read your previous warning so ignored same


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Thank you David
It used to be some  wanted you bank details as they wanted to transfer money and give you half

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 06/09/2013
Jim Yarwood

Maidstone I remember it well: To Graham Hughes: You mentioned you were friends with Alan Matthews and his family ... well, Alan's been staying with me for the past month and has just gone back to Thailand (where he now lives with his Finnish wife). Alan and I go back since the early 60s when we started riding motorcycles together and then started to go around together with a great bunch of guys calling ourselves "The Maidstone Set". Anyway, Alan and his family subsequently emigrated to Oz as "£10 Poms" and we lost touch until he returned to the UK in the mid-80s and we re-established contact with one another and have been in constant touch since. I'll forward your email address to Alan and let him know that you've been enquiring about him.
Whilst he was recently in the UK we did a fair few miles together on our bikes and he's still as fast as ever and the best mechanic I've ever come across, his ability to diagnose and solve any mechanical problem is second-to-none!!!
Sadly his father passed away not too long after they'd emigrated to Oz, but his mother and brother are still alive.
I spent many, many happy hours at the Farleigh Forge Garage with Alan patiently showing the me innards of a motorcycle engine and how it worked which in due course served me well when I came to do repairs on my own motorcycles and cars.

 


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 boo jones

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi again, just a brief update on pensions abroad, as the original web/site somehow was taken off ? if you cant beat them join them, lets try and make a difference on Facebook, using my correct name John Jones feel free to contact me and air your views, cheers for now Boo.

 

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Thank you Boo
you could try 38 degrees as they have done a lot to stop the baboons(a gathring of Baboons=Parlement)
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/

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Anthony (Tony) Boys
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I left school at 15yrs of age, started work in 1948, on Bicknor Farm Langley,left there in 1950 to start work at Leonard Goulds, packing case manufacturers, working on the Machines after serving time in the RASC National Service from January 1952 to December 1953, went back to Leonard Goulds until 1955 when I managed to get a job as a trainee wood machinest at the Len Cabinet, making Arm Chairs, Settees, Cottage Suites also Bed Frames for Nestledown. They were happy days. My girl friend, Barbara, who became my wife worked in the office, we got married in December 1957 and our First Child our Son was born in January 1960 before our second child was born, our daughter, I left the Len Cabinet, 1961 to work at Aylesford Paper Mill, doing shift work, but my pay packet doubled to what I could earn down the Len. The Len Cabinet was owned by the Ambrose Brothers, who also owned the shop at the corner of King Street and Gabriels Hill, selling furniture.

 

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Thank You Tony
I started work beginning of 1961 at
Reed Corrugated case New Hythe

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Old Bough Manor reunion tomorrow

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Graham Hughes
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Thank you Jim Yarwood would be most grateful if you would remember me to Alan Matthews. I knew his dad Ernie had died of cancer, but after my mother died in 1993 had no idea how to get in touch with his mother Joan or his younger brother Nigel. Am pleasantly surprised that Joan is still alive. She and my mum were really close friends. He might like to know that Gladys and Arthur File of East Farleigh have both died. They lived near the Old Forge Garage. Their house in Gallants Lane was on the corner


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07/09/2013

Boo Jones

Maidstone I remember it well: Hello, for anyone that's interested, in changing pension policy's if living abroad, i.e. pensions frozen, my blog at www.pensionsforpeaceofminds.wordpress.com is now working, after some earlier problems, blog, blog away cheers Boo.

 

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08/09/2013

Yes today was the oldbourgh Manor reunion
click here to see some of the snaps I took
http://digital-image.proboards.com/thread/10196/allington-locks-malta-inn

And Thank you forthe book Ted and Wes
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Ken Allen

Maidstone I remember it well: Back to Foster-Clark Est. It did only consist of Upper & Lower Road. York Rd ( I was born at no.44)
West Park Rd etc was Mote Park Est.

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 John Robertson
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I have two photographs of groups of pupils at East Borough Union Street taken in the playground in about 1950, if they are of interest. At the time I was living at Bearsted travelling to Maidstone by bus for school.

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Yes thank you John I think someone ask for some
send them to my email address jpg if possible at I'll put them up

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10/09/2013
 Barry Joyce

Maidstone I remember it well: hello Barry Simson are you the one that lived in bower place in the early fifty's this is Barry Joyce i lived opposite you at 24 we used to sing if you ever go across the sea to Ireland while eating mums jam tarts


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Steve Handford

Maidstone I remember it well: I have just read on the internet a review of Maidstone which said for every decent person there is at least 20 "chavs". These so called "chavs" blight the life of ordinary people by mugging, robbery, and anti social behaviour.
I was dismayed to read about this from the town I was born and grew up in.
I moved to Wiltshire in the early 80s for work purposes but still try and get back to Maidstone once or twice a year, so perhaps I still look at Maidstone in the way I did in the 70s.It would be a shame that the town had degenerated into no go areas after a certain time, this must not be allowed to happen!!!
I am proud to have come from Kent and even more so from Maidstone, I find the true "stoners" to be friendly, helpful, and with a unique sense of humour. It would be a shame that Maidstone became the "chav" capital of Kent


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Thank you Steve
you must not believe all you read on the internet .
I have always lived in or around Maidstone
had no trouble myself
look up Maidstone's Blue Bus to help late night  revellers in trouble

also there is a system for trouble at the taxi ranks where the bouncers from nearby pubs sort out any trouble with people waiting for taxi's

 

oldbourgh Manor reunion 2013

last Saturday

next years reunion September 6th

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Brenda Jamieson. nee Wright

Maidstone I remember it well: Tom Dick Sheppard, your name seems familiar to me, would you have been around the heath in the earlier 50.s I remember so well that long swing and the boys at each end going so high to frighten us girls, from wheeler st where I lived I would go to the heath a great deal, what memories, Brenda (Wright)


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Thank you Brenda

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 Chris Collingwood

Maidstone I remember it well: Maidstone is my home town though I've not really lived there for many years. We lived in the barracks on Sandling  Road  and like many others I attended St. Pauls and Northborough schools. So many of the names mentioned on the site are very familiar. My family on my mum' s side were 'The Dann's of Kinsley Road and Springfield Avenue who were a family of printers and quite well known for their musical ability between the wars. My brother,Tim Collingwood, followed in their footsteps and was also quite well known from the times when he played with  Redwing and The Virginians in the 70's.  We both now live in different parts of Spain and one of our pastimes when we get together is to disagree about the names and locations  of the various pubs ( Many long gone) dotted about the borough. I was interested to see mention of 'Elvis' of The London Tavern fame. Tim introduced me to him whilst I was on disembarkation leave from Malaya in the 60's. If my memory (Dimming fast these days) serves me correctly the story was that he had won a substantial fortune on the pools and it was that which turned him into the eccentric he became. I well remember him standing on one leg with a cigar in his mouth and a pint of Courage balanced on his bonce! I came across this site quite by accident and have to say that I am so pleased  I did. Good luck to you all, Chris Collingwood.

 


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Thank you Chris  Elvis is still about see him walking along Palace ave a few days ago

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 Angela Waller (Nee Loft)

Maidstone I remember it well: In response to Graham Nicklin' post re Robert Loft - sorry Nick he was no relation to me although we were in the same class at Westborough Junior School. My two sisters are Valerie and Penny and we moved from the prefabs to Hackney Road in the mid-fifties. Fond memories though of Bob (ginger) Loft!!!


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Thank you  Angela

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John Robertson

Country: United Kingdom
Maidstone I remember it well: I have the two photographs taken at Eastborough in 1950 prepared but do not have your email address.Can you let me have it or suggest another way of getting them to you.I live in Maidstone.


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Thank you John

my emails address is on the thank you for your submision reply email
but I'll email you it

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14/09/2013

 Chris Collingwood

Maidstone I remember it well: Being a new on the  site I am still sifting through some of the earlier submissions and have just been reading about Goldings junk shop. It was right next to the barracks where we lived for several years during the early 50's. I used to spend hours glued to the shop window and I still have some genuine German army badges that  I bought for a few pennies ( nearly said pence)! from my pocket money. They will now be worth a lot more than I paid for them. Does anyone remember the other junk shop on the opposite side of the road, nearer the barracks gate. It was run by a guy called Mr. Marriot. His original premises ( a treasure chest but very run down) were bought up by Goodsells the builders I believe. After they redeveloped it Marriot rented a brand new shop from them. It was never the same and looked decidedly odd to see a load of old junk crammed into a pristine modern shop. Happy days! Chris Coliingwood


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John Robertson sent me these  photos from Eastborough school in the 50's

 

are you there?

 

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15/09/2013
 Barry Simpson
 
Maidstone I remember it well: many fond memories of Maidstone nice to hear the stories and memories of old names I recognise reading about the London tavern reminded me that everyone is supposed to remember where they were the night Kennedy was killed and me and a few mates were supping in the tavern so its always had a place in my heart.


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Thank You Barry

16/09/2013
 Barry simpson

Maidstone I remember it well: Yes Barry Joyce the same Barry I remember you well and Roger Brimstead.amazing lived in Maidstone for 65 years and didn't keep in touch and then meet through a Maidstone forum living now in Lincolnshire with my wife Margaret who used to live in Bower street with her family  opposite the Mays Arthur I think was his name .Nice to hear from you
 Barry Simpson

 

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Thank You Barry

John Bratley

Maidstone I remember it well: Attended Vinters boys (huntsman lane ) from 62-67) head Alf Read, deputy Ken Graham, other teachers surnames Huggins, Q Robinson, R Robinson, McKay, Dearn, Matthias, school sec Mrs Beale, site now occupied by Eastborough Primary, a tough all boys school, ruled with a rod of iron, corporal punishment freely administered! academically the school did well given the low esteem in which sec modern schools were held. Many memories any comments of that period welcome.


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Do you remember picking these

26/09/2013
 Jeff Wilson

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Jenny ( nee Williams )e

Granada Maidstone - I was the Jeff, who was the Assistant Manager at the Granada, when you worked there. They were good times, with live shows, with Herman Hermits, The Hollies, Bobby Vee, The Tremeloes, and loads of ------------------------------
other groups. Also there was the popular Fiesta Coffee Bar. 

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James Corbett

Maidstone I remember it well: I was born in a house in Sycamore Crescent, off Poplar Grove, in 1971. My mum was a nurse at West Kent Hospital. I remember being taken along alleys that smelt of dog poo and had orange berries on the ground to Palace Wood Infant school. I had a friend there called Martin Deadman. On Tuesdays my mum walked my sister and me down to the market. It was a scary place for toddlers. We went to Mote Park and watched the remote control boats on the lake and rode the minature train. We had an orange VW Beetle and after my mum sold it we would see it being driven around Maidstone. My mum would point out the registration plate. In 1977, we "left" Maidstone for the nearbye village of Leeds. I'm proud to say I was born in Maidstone.


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Thank you James
7/09/2013
 Peter Bennion

Maidstone I remember it well: The sand pit! I remember it well, playing there with Graham Beames (Bing), Noel Dearing, the Cowdrey boys and others - all of us living so close on Boxley Road, Faraday Road and Penenden Heath Road. Also firework time was, in those days, good "fun" when we would light a 2d Cannon and through it into the air raid sheltera. Grown up now! And I remember the Fremlins steam Sentinels that would refuel with water from the hydrant by the old bus stop, near The Bull and, sometimes, they would do likewise at The Sheepwash.

 

Maidstone I remember it well: Just found this site as result of article in Downs Mail and what a lot of memories come flooding back. Firstly, Les - are you related to Brian? If so, I last saw him back in 1996 at Bob Arnold's funeral and please give him my regards. Next, I was born in 1942 at The Howard Nursing Home in Fant Road which did, much later, become Howard House - a girls home - where, at one time in the early '60's, an Eve Butcher was the house mother. I started school at St Paul's (the old one in Lower Boxley Road), then onto North Borough (Mr Hopkins - Miss Rootes - Mr Wraight) and in 1953 went onto Sir Roger Manwood's Grammer School, Sandwich as a boarder. Since then done a plethora of jobs, including PDDD at Reeds (who remembers that department?) Maidstone Caravan Company and John Liddell Motor Accessories to name the local ones. Now, at 71, sort of retired with a home at Harrietsham and also, with my newly married 2nd wife (originally my teenage girlfriend from Sandwich), on Alderney in the Channel Islands. Do get in contact if you wish.
Peter Bennion (27th September 2013)

 


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Thank you Peter

Yes Brian was my Brother unfortatly he died last year.

I remember John Liddells, someone from there used the fisherman's arms opposite had a long holiday in France then came back and crashed his car because he was driving on the wrong side of the road and thought the other car was on the wrong side.
30/09/2013
Jim Yarwood

Maidstone I remember it well: To Pete Bennion: Yes, I remember the sandpit at Penenden Heath, likewise used to play there until they put the M20 right through the middle. Great, happy times; also running around the streets near to bonfire night letting off 2d bangers and jumping jacks. Do you remember the sawmill down at James Street? We used to go there and get wood shavings to stuff the 'Guy' we pushed around Maidstone collecting "Penny for the Guy" (PS: No offence but Grammar's spelt with an "a" when referring to schools - put it down to a 'senior moment'!!!)

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Thank you Jim .
Yes I remember the sand pit but not much as moved to Milton street when about 7
I remember my brother Brian playing on the pitch and put at Penenden Heath ad he hit a golf ball into the back of my leg ,left a bruise the shape of the ball
with little holes in it for ages

We used to get the bangers set them alight and throw them in the river Len along water lane  


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  Lynn Pack (nee Knight)
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I did my general training at the West Kent General Hospital.  It was hard work but I loved every minute of it.  I started my training in 1976 and went on to do midwifery at All Saints Hospital, Chatham, but returned  to the West Kent and worked there as a staff nurse until it moved to the new site.  I have many happy memories of that time.  But living in the nurses home with the cockroaches was not a great experience!  My husband also worked at the West Kent as a pharmacist and also moved to the new site when it opened. 


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 Peter Highams

Maidstone I remember it well: HI. Me Peter Highams. Mole Pattenden. Roger Eiffert. Chas skinner .Alfi Dent and a few others have started meeting up again and wonder if any of the others who went with us to the start ect are still breathing. Does anyone know the where about's  of Jango
Also Les Was your mum Mrs Swaffer who worked at Littlwoods store Week street


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Thank you Peter

No my mum would look after children for local people while they went of to work

does that mean you will be coming the the 'Old House at home' on the 15 th

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Peter Highams
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Bernie.I ran cavaliers  FC.My vivid memory was that semi at moat park. Four deep. Ten minutes before the start i only had nine men so i played up front and our linesman played. You came out to collect a ball. It bounced of my leg up and over you. You saw it going into the net and drop kicked me in the chest. Not even a booking in those days. Ref terry Franks. Or was it Bob Jefferys in goal. We won the game
Peter


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01/10/2013
Barry Simpson
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Pete Hingham's another name from the past talking about bob Jefferies do people remember when he played in goal for Maidstone in I think the Kent senior cup broke his collar bone went to hospital came back and helped set up the winning goal don't think that would happen nowadays .as an old coombe player I could relate a hundred different stories some good some a lot people wouldn't want to be reminded of .I  played for Maidstone dynamos when we won the Kent junior cup in 1968 I think would like to know if any of the other players are still about Saunders Paine Black Mannering Dunk Deane to name a few .

 Freddie Burgess reading your posts I hope your employees treat you better than you treated |Aggie Allen .

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 Peter Hinghams
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Roger.Are you the same Roger Banfield that lived next to Smiths fish shop if so i lived behind in Waterloo Street. Saw Bill Smith a few years ago and he remembered me. Sadley I think he's gone now .If you are the same Roger i remember your dad well Tom.
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I remember you Barry. Bob is still alive an kicking but has hung up his boots. I was at the game when he brook his collar bone. No subs so strapped him up and back on and scored with his head. I took him to hospital after the game .The old west kent.He told the doctor we had to be back at the reck for last orders and we made it. Also les about six of us are going on the 15th.

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Thank Peter

be glad to meet you

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someone on a site where I put my photos mentioned flooding in Maidstone

so I googled it 1968 came up with this site and this also this

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/6163244581/in/photostream/

the site where I put my photos is www.digital-images.proboards.com

 

Les

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02/10/2013
Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Les, hope you got my birthday wishes for yesterday on FB. Your reference to floods in Maidstone I'm sure there were floods much earlier in the 60's!! I remember the duckboards the Army put up as well as physically carrying women and children from one side to the other. I was still at school and was still at school and 62/3 sort of springs to mind. I left the Tech.(Oakwood) in 1966. In 1967 I was working in Canterbury before moving to Bristol in 1968 and I'm still here. Almost a 'local' now!! As has been on here before D.J.Stubberfield has some amazing photos of Maidstone and is well worth a look (I think that might be what we say in Bristol!!). I also bought a book by Irene Hales which has photos from about 100 years ago complimented by as near as possible the same view from this century. The book is simply called: Maidstone Through Time and is delightful. Lastly it's really good to see the "Stones" are doing so well since their move back to the town. My dear friend Trevor Miles would have loved that as would his Dad Ron too. Glad to see lots of "New" names coming forward Les.

 

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Thank you Terry I did not see it but thank you anyway(was not my birthday that was 68 years ago)
yes that was the thaw after the snow .
I work at Reeds then New Hythe and we had to go in on the day after boxing day as it started snowing then and my mate Said"It's good that the snows early means
it will be gone sooner "
was around till April

Yes David Stubberfield has been on and said I could use his photos I've put one up so far.of the palace gardens 1909 if I remember right

Yes I've got  Irene Hales book  given to me by a friend who runs the local coffee morning

a lot of the up to date photos are out of date now

You live in Bristol so does Wes Wooding who arranged the Oldbourgh manor reunion.

also good to see new Names and would be good to see more old ones

 

Les

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Fred Burgess

Maidstone I remember it well: To Barry Simpson, please refresh my memory as it was many years ago, who was Aggie Allen. Your name rings a bell were you from Tovil city?. its good to read all the memories from everyone.

 

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Desmond  Warren
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I well remember watching the Medway floods back in the '60s. Swans were paddling like fury in one direction near The Old Palace but were shooting backwards with the strong current ! One day I'll track down a photo I've got somewhere !


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Thank you Desmond

 03/10/2013
 Richard Staveley

Maidstone I remember it well: I remember Maidstone back in the early 60's. I too went to
Brunswick House School, until 1963, when we moved to
North Wales. I lived halfway down Buckland Hill, and
remember walking many times over the high level bridge in to town.

My father was the Head Chef at The Tudor House Hotel. Very fond memories of Maidstone and the surrounding area. I also remember Mrs Beynon who was Welsh and Mrs Foster.....my goodness I was 5 years old.
Now living in Royal Wootton Bassett.
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Thank you Richard.

I remember walking/almost running  over the high level bridge to get to the east station to see the Golden Arrow train go through as was on are way home from my Grandmothers.
Also remember going to the jazz night at the Tudor house see Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and Alex Welsh
and when I was told by a friend that Kenny Ball was at the White Horse Otham .I thought it would be crowded so did not go.
Only to find out from my late wife that he was living in Otham an went in there for a Drink.

The Tudor house burnt down a few years back and is now a Golf club
thank you Peter
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 Desmond Warren
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Where did "The Canon" come from in the first place ? When and why was it sited in the High street ? Where is it now ?

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Thank you Desmond

 

The canon came from Russia from the Crimean War.
if you know the poem the charge of the light brigade it sound like a loosing battle but the charge draw out where the Russian Canons were and the

Heavy brigade went in and knowing where the canons were wipe them out.

the light brigade were led my Captain Louis Nolan
here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Nolan
and a statue to him has been put up near the Trinity forum

formal the trinity church in church street

here
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent_messenger/news/2012/may/29/first_sight_of_new_statue_for.aspx

the canon is in storage until the High streets been revamped 

Les

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04/10/2013
 Desmond Warren
 
Maidstone I remember it well: My father - Dr. Alan Warren - was a long term member of Maidstone Golf Club and Captain for a while back in the late '50s. The 9 hole course in Bower mount Road has now gone. I well remember that for a number of years they had an annual dance at Tudor House Hotel and got Victor Sylvester and his well known Band Orchestra to play for the evening. My father was amazed that the band cost £60/hr to hire !!

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Thank you  Desmond

Did you father think it was cheap or expensive

 

Les

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 05/10/2013
Sonia Cumming h
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I lived in Shepway on Cumberland Avenue.  Went to Maidstone Tech school and came to Canads in 1968.  Still have fond memories of Maidstone and Highfield House.  My dad was a blacksmith at Reed's in Tovil, then Aylesford.  My mum worked evenings at Sharp's toffee factory.


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Thank you Sonia

Desmond Warren


Maidstone I remember it well: Back in the '50s/'60s a wage of £20/week would have been pretty good so to have to pay Victor Sylvester £60/hr (even though there were probably 20 players in his orchestra) was a lot of money ! Maybe by 2063 a standard salary will be at least £200,000/year !!  I'll let you know when I get there !!


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Thank You Desmond

Yes that what I thought ,but with a orchestra like Victor Sylvester probable covered by ticket only venues.

Look at todays prices to go and see a big name group/band

Les

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Richard  Sheppard

Maidstone I remember it well: Dick Sheppard . To Brenda Jamieson , yes I used to hang around on the Heath during the fifties , at that time I lived with my parents on Wordsworth Rd. Have fond memories of that time spent many happy hours on the big wooden swing. Spent hours and hours playing football on the Heath. Some names spring to mind from those days Mick Fuller, Paul Richardson, Noel Dearing , Tony Bathurst, Graham Beams, Nigel Bird and Paddy Barden,to name but a few. Well that's my little input to Maidstone remembered. Thanks Brenda for reminding me of so many happy memories from time spent on the Heath.

 


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Bernie Martin

Maidstone I remember it well: To, Peter Highams , Peter I remember the Cavaliers but I don't remember that game and certainly don't remember drop kicking anyone if you knew me well you would remember I was the most gentlemanly of players ask Terry Franks . I caught up with Tery amongst many other people when I was in Maidstone in 2011 a lovely man and probably the fairest referee I came across. Since my last submission I have had my 70th had my second knee replaced and am back fighting fires for my local Rural Fire Brigade [all volunteer's] here in Central Queensland  we are in the middle of a severe drought we have not had more than 5mm of rain in any one day since the 12th of June & probably won't get any till late November early December. Pretty scary. Take care, Bernie Martin.

 

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09/10/2013

-Ian Thorndycraft
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Tovil & Bridge Paper Mills brings back fond memories to me.  I transferred from Aylesford Paper Mills in 1972 when I got married and settled in Postley Road, Maidstone. I was at first a Work Study Engineer, then Training Officer and then the first Personnel Manager when like many others I took job redundancy in October 1982.  I believe the mill eventually closed in 1984 and was demolished shortly after with the chimneys falling in minutes.  I remember may friends who are now no longer with us.  I would love to hear from you if you recall the better times. 


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Thank you Ian

Peter Britton

Maidstone I remember it well: The photos look like East boro .in Vinter Park at the corner of new cut and Ashford Road, In 1951 used to watch the old steam trains from the playground


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Thank you Peter

When Senacre first opened they used the site ,is now the sports ground for Vinters Boy's and the Invicta girls grammar school but are now called by new names.

I was Groundsman there

 Les

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Peter Highams

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Bernie.
I think it was Bob Jeffreys in goal in that game.Good to here you are well and fighting fires.It was another top of the table clash between the Tavern and Caverliers and it was unfair to say you drop kicked me.It was more a kung Foo Kick.Those were the days.Only see Terry Franks at funerals now.Top referee for those sort of games.Good crowds around a council pitch in those days.
Regards Peter.

 


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Thank you Peter

Les

 10/10/2013

 Barry Simpson

Maidstone I remember it well: Fred Burgess, Alans was the newsagents in church st not a period in our lives to be proud of ,but some good memories. I was trying to remember some of the other boys who worked their Malcolm Alan did the Bockingford round but that's about it .I asked in an earlier post if you remembered Bob Ford and if you knew what ever happened to him .Interesting to hear that your still biking you were always dead keen on your bikes I remember your Norton 600 I think you took it back because it wouldn't go as fast as they said it would ,and you and the wall boys roaring around Maidstone. Well I hope I have jogged a few of your memories and it really is good to hear that your keeping well.

 


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Les

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Someone asked if anyone remembered the paddling pool at Mote Park

well I pop a round and took a few shots as Mote Park had a revamp last year This is what I always called he gate house

but it's the Deer Lodge

 Ann Beale

Maidstone I remember it well: Having lived here all my life one of my many, many memories are of the floods on and around the old and only Maidstone bridge. I was a schoolgirl at MGGS and my way home was through flooded Maidstone town centre and had to be helped over the duck boards that the army put down as a bridge because of the floods . They held our hands and guided us over the bridge to safety. Very exciting as a young schoolgirl

 

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Thank you Ann

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11/10/2013

Carolyn Plant
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hope this reaches Jim Yarwood ! Can you give me any more information on Marie and Divvy Hughes ? I was friends with Marie when we were young and knew the family well so was saddened to hear of their passing


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Thank you Carolyn

Les

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This is just inside Mote Park and the footpath goes down to Square Hill


12/10/2013
Freddie Burgess

Maidstone I remember it well: To Barry Simpson, as you say not a good time to be proud of, but hopefully we have learnt. John hunter was another paper boy there, his dad had a good job with Reeds & lived in accommodation in Tovil green. His brother was Michael who somehow got blown up in the quarry up burial ground hill he badly injured his leg. Regarding Bob ford he seemed to fall off the radar. I know he married Leonora Pallet, but I heard they got divorced don't know if that was true. We did have some good times in Tovil, happy days nobody had much, but good times

 


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Thank you Freddie
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the footpath down to square hill

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Barry Hynes
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Carolyn i also went to school with Divvy and Maria and i live opposite them in Hope street.Sadly Divvy died about 12 years ago with a heart attack and Maria died at home in Hope street  with cancer maybe 7 years ago
I see Marias daughter Brittany very occasionally  and believe she is living in tonbridge  now.
I used to see a bit of Charlie and Billy but been since Marias funeral when I last saw them.
All for now keep well carolyn x

 

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Thank You Barry

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13/10/2013

Brian

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Doug.  I'm not sure if you are still looking for anything regarding Maidstone Zoo and the narrow gauge railway.  I have a photo of the opening of the railway by the Mayor of Maidstone who owned the zoo and some famous actress who's name escapes me, doing the honours on that. day of it being commissioned. 
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Thank You Brian

I would like to see that photo to put on site .

I heard that the comedians Gert and Daisy opened the elephant house ,and got annoyed because the elephant's ware called Gert and daisy

can not think of their surname but their bother was the actor that played Dixon of Dock Green(evening All)

Les

This is Mote Park from the same spot I put up yesterday
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Jim Yarwood

Maidstone I remember it well: Carolyn: With regards to Divvy and Marie Hughes; Sadly I'm afraid I don't know any more than the fact they passed away. In fact I seem to recall that it was Barry Hynes who told me. Not too sure if he can give you any more info than what he's just posted on the site.

 

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Thank you Jim

 

Les

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Freddie  Burgess

Maidstone I remember it well: To Les, Gert & Daisy were Elsie & Doris Waters & their brother was Jack Warner as you rightly said played Dixon of Dock Green. The ladies lived in Steyning West Sussex which is 2 miles from where I now live

 


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Thank you Freddie

I think Jack Warner lived in Whitstable

 

Les

Roger Edwards
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Many in this listing recall the Kingfishers and claim Tony Bathurst as the singer however the original singer was Dave King hence the Kingfishers. Dave was in my class at Maidstone Tech College where we did apprenticeship day release. Does anyone remember the craze for 50 mile walks? before the day of the current marathon, Dave who lived at Yalding trained by running into work every day. I can't  remember but I think Dave worked at Roots. He subsequently went to Australia. Other local bands I remember were the Zeyphers, Whirlwinds who had an old ambulance as band van. I was bought up on the Granada package pop shows Tommy Steel, Russ Conway, Petula Clarke, Little Richard, Gary US Bonds who more recently had a second run at pop stardom under the direction of Bruce Springstein.Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, Marty Wild, Shane Fenton and the Fentones later to have a second career as Alvin Stardust. All the leading names of the late 50's and 60's played the Granada although strangely Cliff Richard and the Shadows never did nor the Beatles or Stones. I later went into Venue Management and over the years have staged concerts by many of the 60's bands including haveing done Billy Fury,s last concert to a ticketed audience a memorial fundraiser in his memory featuring many of the pre Beatles UK stars, PJ, Marty, Joe Brown, John Miles, ( guitarist for Tina Turner at her height) Clem Cattini Tournado's drummer and many others. Few ever note the name of promoters but many of the 60's package shows were staged by Arthur Howes , I still deal with his son Mark who remains an active concert promoter across the UK

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Thank you Roger
I that the Beatles and the Stones did appear at the Granada Seam to remember a work mate coming in a raving over the stones 
and there was a bit about the Beatles in the KM a couple of years ago about them in the Memories bit

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14/10/2013

 Terry  McKenna
:
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Les: Have to disagree with Roger Edwards with regards to The Rolling Stones NOT appearing at the Granada: In 1964 my elder brother Michael (Max) took me to Hastings to see this unknown R&B band called The Rolling Stones and they were just brilliant (Brian Jones who actually formed the group) and all. The following year 1965 or 1966 they were in Maidstone and turned up at Godfrey Holmes in a chauffer driven Oldsmobile car from the USA with a brake problem, which I fixed for them. This was at our brand new shop in Glanville Road just off Boxley Road. The guys came into the shop and chatted to staff and customers alike AND drank TEA!! Hardly Rock N Roll but they did give us tickets for the second show that night. Elsie and Doris Walters were the very famous sisters of Jack Warner AKA Dixon of Dock Green. This series came about in 1954 running for 22 years after Dixon had been shot dead in the film The Blue Lamp and that scene caused a major debate. The show always and closed with the same two words: Evening All. To shoot a policeman in those days, film or not was a No No in anyone's language. He also starred on the radio (the light programme) in: Meet The Huggets with Kathleen Harrison. Billy Fury was a particular favourite of mine and was a very talented singer/song writer. He suffered with heart problems ALL his life and died of a heart attack on his farm in Wales. Not sure if The Beatles did ever appear in Maidstone BUT I did see them twice at Dreamland Margate. The screaming was deafening and I never actually got to hear them singing or playing!! The KM 50 mile walks were the brainchild of J.F.K. to promote the good of the youth of the day AND it worked!! They started at Dreamland in Margate via Ashford and Canterbury ending up at the Army Barracks on the Sandling Road. I did manage to do all three and remember grinning at my folks in our shop in Holland Road as my great friend Trevor Miles and one year Anita Whybrew and myself went by. Some great memories of those walks and two very sadly missed special friends.

 

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Thank you Terry
I think I saw the stones not on stage but at Europian autos in Medway st they called in in a big America car and wanted it washed
but the girl on the till also washed the cars but had two others to do but I directed them to the one off Stone Street
 I did not know Jack Warner was in meet the Huggets.
 Did you know that in Liverpool there is a statue to Billy Fury  where he was born.
 I said before that there was a bit in the KM about the Beatles in Maidstone. I may have gone to see them as you mentioned all the screaming as one of the mates was a big fan but I never was but we went to most the shows together.
 Yes the 50 Mile walk went on it twice only finished it once My mate Dave Tree gave up at Ashford. Who I lost touch with
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Mote Park where the paddling pool was

This photo was taken at the opening of the narrow gauge railway at the old Maidstone Zoo. It was attended to by the Maidstone Mayor and a well know actress at the time who did the honours. (Does anyone remember her name?) The Mayor’s wife is standing on the left of this picture.

sent to me by Brian

Thank you Brian 

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15/10/2013
Dennis Miah


Maidstone I remember it well: Hey Les ,Yea the 50 mile walk was all the rage back  then although i never went on it . Chopper Tree died  fishing in Granada he was hand lining in a little row boat on his own and a wave got him , his wife was sitting on the shore and watched it happen how horrid. he was buried at sea off Portsmouth to his wishes, Was about 20 yrs ago now.


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Thank you Dennis
Never heard Dave called Chopper before When he started work he got the nick name twiggy as his mate's said he was to young to be a tree.
Had a invite to his wedding but received it to late .

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16/10/2013

Thank you to all of you who turned up at the 'Old House at Home' last night especially to Roger Smoothy from www.kentphotoarchive.org.uk
Les
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 21/10/2013
 Roger Edwards
 
Maidstone I remember it well: At risk of war breaking out Terry may remember the Stones having a car break down sorted in Maidstone but..................... they never played the town the nearest they got was Rochester Odeon bottom of the bill headed by The Everly Bros with Bo Diddley 2nd Top, this was their very 1st tour on a concert package, I was there and still have the signed programme. The Beatles also came nearest to Maidstone playing a dance hall in Chatham, I think called the Invicta? autumn 62

I have been interested to note the OLdborough Manor reunion in the listings. I also went to Oldborough 58-61 although I lived in Barming and would be pleased to hear from anyone from that period. Classmates came from all over Yalding,Farleigh and around.

 

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Thank you Roger
08/01/1964
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rolling_Stones_1st_British_Tour_1964

There was a artical in the Memories in the KM about the Beatle at the Granarda a few years back and there were several replies of people who went

if you look here swaff@gmail.com under Allington Lock some people from the reunion are there aroud 70 turned up

Les

 

Here's the OLdborough Manor reunion photo

not my photo but taken by a  OLdborough Manor reunionist  


 

Another shot of Mote Park Where the paddling Pool was

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Ted Mordey

Maidstone I remember it well: Perhaps this is an appropriate time, Les, to remind Roger Edwards, and other former Oldborough pupils, that the next re-union will be held at the Malta Inn on Saturday 6 September 2014. Pupils from all years will be most welcome.
The photograph that you kindly published was taken by Barry Duffield. Barry was a pupil at Oldborough during the 1950's and later worked for the Kent Messenger Group before opening his own photographic business.


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Thank you Ted

Roger, Ted and Wes Wooding organised the last reunion and used this site the publish it

Les

Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Guys: Hi Roger Edwards, final word on the Rolling Stones thing!! I keyed in a search engine on my BT Yahoo asking IF the Stones had ever appeared in Maidstone and it says on it that they did appear at the Granada along with The Ronnettes on 8/1/1964 and also in Chatham and Rochester...So it seems I got the year wrong (I thought 1965/6)but it was a long time ago and what ever is truth OR fiction they're STILL brilliant. Not too far behind are and were the Eagles and whom I have seen twice: Vocals absolutely outstanding... Alan Clark and The Hollies I think were probably the best vocal harmony group with of course Graham Nash and Tommy Steele's brother Tony Hicks. Of the Modern singers I have a DVD of Adele Live at The Royal Albert Hall, which is just superb. My ALL time favourite was Roy Orbison who I've seen 4/5 times and his voice alone was fantastic let alone his song writing.
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Thank you Terry

I did the same and put it up in my reply to Roger Edwards

Les

Another shot of where the Paddling Pool was Mote Park
25/10/2013

Jeff Wilson

Maidstone I remember it well
 Hi Terry

As a former employee of Granada Maidstone, and to follow on regarding your submission, regarding play dates of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, I can confirm the The Rolling Stone played two performances at Granada Maidstone on 8th January 1964. Also on the bill, were : The Ronettes, Marty Wilde and the Wildcats, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and The Swinging Blue Jeans.

The Beatles did not ever play Granada Maidstone, but did play other Granada Theatres, in 1963 ie: East Ham, Bedford, Mansfield, Walthamstow and Tooting.


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Thank you Jeff
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 David Lawrence

Maidstone I remember it well: is this site still working,very little news lately

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Yes David still running just had little in put the last week or so

Thank you
Les

another from Mote Park old paddling pool site

 Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Jeff: Thanks for the confirmation regarding The Rolling Stones and their Granada appearance. As for The Beatles I remember a massive headline in the KM which simply read: BEATLES IN SECRET FILMING... They were in fact filming the scene of them singing "I am a Walrus" where they ran from each corner of a big square on the airstrip at Malling doing silly things like forward rolls and silly expressions on their face. I think Richard Lester was the director and it was for the TV film Magical Mystery Tour in 1967!! I think. Funnily enough The Beatles appeared quite a few times here in Bristol where I live and at the seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare but had more or less stopped live shows by the time I arrived in the West country in 1968. Only meant to be here for about 6 weeks and STILL here 45 years later!! Les were you thinking of trying to do another reunion after the dismal showing at The White Rabbit? My hospital visit gave me a legit reason for NOT being there. Subject to further ops. (and there will be at least 3!!) I really hope to make the next one. Just a thought... You're right David Lawrence it has been very quiet on here recently but these sites do sometimes go that way. David did you go to St Francis primary school in Week Street by any chance? I seem to remember a Lawrence family. Mr Capoff (Capon), Hugh Shannon and even Jimmy Yarwood: I thought I was the ONLY quiet one!! That'll stir one of them up Les!! Keep up the good work and I love the photos of places like Mote Park and do miss those magical nights when the Fun Fare was in town. Lastly, what a great season the Stones are having again back at "Home" in Maidstone. My dear friend Trevor Miles and his Dad Ron would have been so happy:

 

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Thank You Terry

I think  some of the scenes from 'Help' were also shot at West Maling aerodrome

I had a Meeting last week .I did not call it a reunion as I thought some people might think it just for people who knew one and other.

Was a bit of a mix up
The downsmail printed a bit about me taking over the site
and the KM put in there paper but some how said it was to do with people who worked at the star
I did not see either

I also chose 15  of October the world cup qualifier was on TV

37 people left as we went upstairs and there's no bar upstairs

 

I meet Roger Smoothy who edits www.kentphotoarchive.org.uk

has load of photos taken from plate glass negatives

and a fellow called Fred who has help them preserve the control tower at west Malling aerodrome (King's Hill

The biggest do now is the River festival but the council with drew there backing but still had the fun fair in the Market area

put some photos of it up later
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26/10/2013
David Lawrence

Maidstone I remember it well: Thanks Les your rapid response reinforces my belief in this site. well done.


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Thank you David

Last one from entrance to Mote Park/Paddling pool area

anyone got any old photos of Mote Park so we can compere them

I mention the River Festival and found these pictures I took in 1983

any one got any from others

Les 

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28/10/2013

Roger Banfield

Maidstone I remember it well: Peter Highams I have just picked up your mail to MIRIW and of course I remember you,we were at school together, your house was on the corner of Waterloo Street and the path leading to the car repair shop later run by Rivand Brace whose Father was a hero Paratrooper in the Second War drop in Holland.
I would really enjoy meeting up with you and our South Borough mates.
I knew your Mum very well because I used to serve her in our Greengrocers and Fish shop.

Unfortunately all our Old Folks have left us but we should meet up to gather and pass on our memories.

By the way I think that Bernie Martin definitely fouled you.....he was always that sort of psychotic Goalkeeper...I wasn't there but I believe you.

Must meet up!
 

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Thank you Roger
Peter was at the meeting at the Old House at Home on the 15 with Roger Eiffert and a few more from Upper Stone Street /South borough were there

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29/10/2013
Roger Banfield
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Les, what about a page 35....my hand really aches !!!

 


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Thank you Roger
Think you mean head
I was not sure when I started this page of the number so put 36 as I did not the delete a whole Page

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Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Les. It's funny you should show a picture of River Festival in 1983. That was the year my Dad Mac was Mayor of Maidstone (1983/4) and he told me that was his favourite "Duty". Him and Mum Kath (Known as Mrs Mac) had a very busy time and thoroughly loved every minute of their tenure. I was the only one of his 3 sons able to make The Mayors Banquet held at the Royal Star. It was a very proud moment for ALL our family. My father himself was a brilliant speaker and did many a Roundtable function as the "Guest" speaker and as he was Chairman of the Master Bakers (least I think that's what they said!!) South Eastern Region he did a lot of them too. Leading the responses were a very humorous Vicar of Maidstone (Michael something!!) and the High Sheriff of Kent: One L.K.O'brien The Governor of The Bank Of England (Or chief cashier as the post was then known). As these two finished my Dad lent forward and whispered something to the Master of Ceremonies who promptly walked over with a hand held Mike!! and said I wished to say a few words. For a whole second or two I was stunned into silence at this unexpected and most certainly NOT planned event was thrust upon me. I know Jim Yarwood and Mr Capon may not believe I was silent!! albeit for a couple of seconds, but I was but I soon recovered. Unexpectedly it gave me the chance to thank both Him and Mum in Public for giving me a home and two brothers and a name. Can't repeat what I called Dad when off mike here except to say it was short and colourful. Les I have sent via email a picture of me and Dad and Mum and one of my wives!! Margaret.

 

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Thank you Terry
picture underneath

 

30/10/2013
Bernie Martin

Maidstone I remember it well: To Roger Banfield,  Psychotic mate ! I'll give you psychotic, you must have forgotten I know where you live. Once my parole finishes and I am sure that my tranquiliser medication is available in England I'll be there so look out mate. If I can find it I will email you my discharge letter from Broadmore which clearly states that I am not psychotic now. See you soon Banfield.
Bernie Martin

 


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Thank you Bernie

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01/11/2013
Mat Carter

Maidstone I remember it well: I remember visiting my grandparents on Sandling Lane near Penenden Heath and my great-grandmother above the model shop she owned in town.  I visited the town and location of the model shop after my grandfather passed away, it seemed so much bigger when I was a kid.


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Thank you Mat
Do you mean the one in upper Stone Street ?
I can only think of that one if so it did take over the shop next door and is now a office furniture shop which also took over the paper shop

and there is a building missing next to the Pilot pub used as a second hand car lot

Les
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John Hurkett
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Remember going hop picking with my friend Angie Brooker
Would love to be able to say Hello to her.... Angie was from Mangravet avenue and I think she went to Southborough school
can anyone help please ?
john Hurkett
j.hurkett@btinternet.com


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Thank you John
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I found out about what was opposite the swimming baths

Medway street was a narrow road and from the Baths was on the left a Pub and on the right was a row of houses
the road in front the road went to the High street to T junction and the other way tp the bottom of St Faiths street

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03/11/2013
 John Warner

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Brian Maidstone  zoo was owned by Sir Garrard Drake who was indeed the Mayor of Maidstone. The Star who was frequently seen with him in his black and yellow Rolls Royce, it was Petula Clark who I believe lived locally
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Thank You John
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John Warner
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Terry I worked as assistant Manager at the Star Ballroom and took over as Manager when that great character Stan Stanwell retired to the Canary Isles. The head doorman was named Bill and the others that I remember were Tony Cooper, Bob Town, Roy and Alan Gillam. We had some great nights there staring with the Big Bands then progressing to the Jazz ere and on to the Pop Groups. I was DJ on Saturday Afternoon, Compere on Saturday and Sunday nights and shared the stage with Kent Messenger reporter David Wigg who later moved on to become a top interviewer on national newspapers. I was born in Maidstone and lived for some time in Queen Anne Road but moved on to become Manager of the Witch Doctor in Hastings in the 60's

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Thank you John
We would go to the witch Doctor saw a unknown group there by the strange name of 'The Who'
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John Warner
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Wes Wooding. I used to run the Saturday afternoon session at the Star Ballroom. The company I worked for McKiernan entertainments had the Ballroom on Saturdays, Sundays,and Mondays. I was a session for the younger people and it was 10 pence (or 2 bob in real money) to get in. The first session drew 80 people but less that 2 months later  we had over 800. They were great times!
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Thank You John
John Warner
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Terry Tommy Steel's Brother was name Colin not Tony. I met him several times at Tommy's mansion near Richmond when I lived in Kingston. He lived there for many years having paid £50,000. for it I understand he sold it for 12 million, a good bit of business on his part.

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Thank You again John
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Hugh Squinter Shannon

Maidstone I remember it well:  Terry Mac. Think you might find Tony Hicks of the Hollies was only very distantly related to Tommy Steele ,being a human being.

Best Regards Squinter.


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Thank You Hugh

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Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Guys: John Warner glad to see you spotted my "Deliberate" mistake Re. Tony Hicks of The Hollies!! Tommy Steele was one of 7 siblings and did have a brother called Colin. Tony Hicks was from Nelson in Lancashire: I had never heard of Nelson until a guy called John Ratcliffe came to work for Godfrey Holmes next door to our bakery in Hedley Street. His accent was so thick (I mean that in the nicest way) it was difficult to understand him at first. John took over as the manager after John Stopher left and I think got involved with Hotels! after he eventually left many years later. Hugh (rainman!!) Shannon I guessed you'd know about Tony Hicks!! Hope things are good for you. I wrote a book (All my own work!!) about my early life including being adopted by the McKenna family and the inevitable search for my Birth family and am doing a follow up of sorts. Did you know kids were STILL being sent to Australia without the parents knowledge AND permission as late as 1967. Australia did apologise for their part in the terrible "Trade" of child labour (for that is what it became): The British government of course still haven't apologised, although Gordon Brown during his short tenure as Prime Minister did make reference to these dreadful acts. At one stage I too was on a list to go to Australia (Canada was another place) although my Birth mother did give her permission! Did you know that most of the kids put into these Orphanages/homes were told their parents were dead and still our government over the years are in denial. My story is not for sale BUT I can send it via a PDF file on line if anyone is interested in reading it. I called it: Welcome To Your New Home. You can email me on terrymckenna178@btinternet.com and I'd be happy to send it. Here's to the next "Deliberate Mistake"....
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Terry Burgess
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Old swimming baths, remember them well.

1st Maidstone Boys' Brigade used to hire the 'small' pool on Friday evenings. My dad was an officer and quite often my brother and I would be allowed to join in. (mid to late 60s)

Then, when at Aylesford Secondary School, we used to take a Cox's coach to the baths for swimming lessons on Tuesday mornings. We did life saving and personal survival. (1970-ish)

Took part in swimming galas for both school and Boys' Brigade in the 'big' pool. (late 60s early 70s)

Finally, my brother and I had lessons in the evening for all stages of personal survival. (early 70s)

And remember the vending machine, strong chlorine, rubber bands with basket numbers written in biro! A pity the building wasn't preserved.


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Thank you Terry

04/11/2013
 Brian

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi John.  Thank you for your input regarding the opening of the railway at the Maidstone Zoo.  This photo was taken prior to Petula Clark opened the zoo in March of 1953.  I suspect that the zoo was closed during the winter periods and opened for the summer season by different celebrities.  I know this is earlier because my brother who is the little guy with the cap on holding the wire fence in the photo was about 8 years old at the time and he was born in 1932 so this photo was taken around 1940.  The mystery deepens.  Brian


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Thank you Brain
been suggested that Ronald Whites may know so will give them  a try
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Michael Gifford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: the old swimming baths along fairmedow right next to the river Medway .always cold in their and the chlorine in the water was so strong it made your eyes sore ..afterwards we always went in the cafe for a slice of bread and butter for one penny or a piece of cake called a lord nelson. Then home on a Maidstone corporation bus ..still live in Maidstone since 1949 .


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Thank you Michael

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 05/11/2013
 Jane


Maidstone I remember it well: I lived in Maidstone from 1969 when I first got married until 1972,we lived in Longfield Place, Sutton Road. I worked at Tilling Stevens to do with Chrysler cars I think, in the office, the lorry drivers used to come in and get their paper work for their deliveries. I remember the smell of the Sharps toffee factory as I walked to work! I did various temping jobs in the area and also worked at Bowater Scott and Kimberley Clark in the office.I remember Fant lane Maternity Hospital where I had my first son, what a lovely place it was, quite a strict routine but that was good. They taught you all the little things that help when you have your first baby, how to do a 'Terry nappy' sterilizing bottles etc. I have lovely fun memories of it. I don't know how soon after 1971 it closed as we moved away in 1972. A few years ago we popped into Longfield Place to have a look after we had come back through the tunnel from France. I look forward to reading this site again soon


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Thank you Jane
Tilling and Stevens made lorry's and buses then the Root's veichles Humber, Hillman, Singer and Commer
Think they were taken over by a French firm that later became Peugeot

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 Hugh shannon
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Jane.Re Fant lane.My daughter Jen was born there in March 1979.Think it closed shortly after.


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Thank you Hugh
Googled it and came up with this

http://www.maidstone-i-remember-it-well.com/Weremember11.html

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Susan Palmer

Maidstone I remember it well: I was born in St Peter Street where Matalan and Lidl store  I remember the gas works containers opposite and the general store at the end of the old bridge, which is now part of the one-way system over the river Medway.
I was born over Maskells office and my parents worked for the firm. My father delivered the liquid produce to pubs in the Kent area, my Mother cleaned the offices - while I climbed all over everything. Or so I understand from my Mother.
I remember the pub a few doors along but do not recall the name although I remember the very buxom lady who played the accordion.
Around the corner in The Broadway was another pub with a cobbled courtyard where once they housed the horses - I cannot remember the name of this one either I'm ashamed to say.
Does anyone know what happened to the monument of Queen Victoria in the High Street.  Or the cannon further down the high street.
I still think, personally, they are a better option to a sheep and now it is mostly a pedestrian area they would fit in very nicely with adding a bit of historical interest to the town.
Although it is nice to remember the good things from the past, we must remember that we no longer have the smog like we used to have due to the pollution from the river and gas works.  Not to mention the rats. My Mum used to talk about them and the time she threw a dustbin lid over one to trap it.
My Grandparents and parents had a cycle shop in Tonbridge Road just opposite the Esso Garage.  My Grandfather used the back room as a boxing ring at one time but this was before my time.
If anyone remembers me or my family my maiden name was Emmett and I attende Westborough School for my first year, then went to Molehillcopse School followed by secondary schooling at Senacre School which, although the last of these to have been built, is now non-existent.  The land now being used for housing - nothing new there then.
Happy memories to all.


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Thank you Susan
The Queens Monument is still there
The Canon is in storage until the improvements are made to the lower high street

someone else asked about the canon and where it came from is you scroll back a few pages I put a bit up about it
There were 2 pubs next door to one and other one was the 7 greys not sure the other one but was a café for a while
the one in the Broadway was the Broadway not sure weather inn or hotel but was a courage pub on the other side there was the railway hotel which changed to
a courage pub when the Broadway was puled down
sounds like you followed me
as I went to westborough school juniors then moved to shepway  Mangravet juniors then senacre
my Brother and sister went To molehill corpse
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06/11/2013

For Jane

You were right about Tilling's and Stevens being taken over by Chrysler

 

his a history for you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilling-Stevens

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 David Stubberfield

Maidstone I remember it well: just to help jog your memories the web page below is a list of Pubs in Maidstone around 1040

http://www.djstubberfield.webspace.virginmedia.com/pubs.pdf
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92.232.74.80 (country unknown)
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Thank You David

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Lucy Steggals

Maidstone I remember it well: Hello
I am running a new project that launches in Maidstone this week called RECORD: an account of something. I bumped into Barry Hynes at the local library and he suggested you might be interested in getting involved. Please do take a look at the website http://anaccountofsomething.com/ and or call me on 07990 515 381 if you would like to find out more.
Best Wishes
Lucy Steggals

 

195.194.187.132 United Kingdom
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Thank you Lucy

I don't have anything but put it up in case anyone else might be intrested

Les

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07/11/2013
Barry Hynes

Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Lucy good to see you here and hope you make some useful contacts. I will be looking at your website later

.Good luck take care


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Valerie Crawford nee Hosmer

Maidstone I remember it well: To Terry  the photo of your mum and dad  brought back memories.. My mother told me that Mac was responsible for the crossing in Holland Road.  Made it easier to get to the greyhound..  Did you know that there is a book about the children sent to Australia written by Margaret Humphreys and called Empty Cradles.  Would love to read your book.
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88.104.101.170 (country unknown)
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Thank you Valerie

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 08/11/2013
Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Valerie: Many thanks for your kind thoughts re. my Dad Mac and the zebra crossing at the junction of Wheeler Street and Holland Road. My Mom Kath used to always say he had it put their so he could walk home safely to our house!! In truth it was a very busy junction and it took him nearly three years to get it through the Highways Planning before it was built. Some fool at the then M&D bus company also stupidly put a bus stop(the No.1 Hatherall Road) on the same corner!! If you email me on my email: terrymckenna178@btinternet.com then I would be happy to send you the story(Or phone me on 01179535594). The book "Empty Cradles" became a film and the newer prints and the film are called: "Oranges And Sunshine". Margaret Humphries uncovered an amazing story of skulduggery and deception that perhaps may have been better called: "Secrets And Lies"!! Although I knew about most kids in these various homes (more often than not actually known as Orphanages!) being told their parents were dead. I didn't know that kids were still being sent member countries of the Commonwealth namely Australia AND Canada as late as 1967!! Amazingly these kids were sent as young as 4 (yes four!!) on their own to the other side of the world "Without" their mother's permission!! This tough lady from Nottingham Social Services took on the might of the corridors of power and uncovered some terrible truths: If you do email me Valerie I will recommend 3 other books you might like to read. Don't wish to appear to be pedalling books for sale (although except my own they are available in your local library: If you still have one!!). I too like the photo I sent and Les kindly put up (thanks Les) although I look like a coach driver!! Look forward to your email Valerie and regards to you and your family.

 


217.42.24.14 United Kingdom

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Thank you Terry
Coach Driver!(yes a pair of 6 guns and 4 horses):)

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 Sue Davies
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I worked for Reed paper in the 70' and 80'. I remember the first time I saw the MG machine house, a line of 3 large paper machines in a line down one side of an impressively large building. Opposite them was I think another paper machine, making newsprint. The whole site was very impressive, with the r&d in a separate building. Its over 15 years sine I left the paper industry but I still gave happy memories, you can take the girl out of the paper mill but you cannot the mill out of girl!

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31.185.157.127 United Kingdom
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Thank you Sue

 

 

09/11/2013
Rosemary Skinner
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I used to live in Lower Boxley road, near the Hare and Hounds Public House. I attended St Francis in Week Street then St Simon Stock. I left st Simon Stock in 1980 so there may be others who know of me on here, i would love to get in touch. Had some good memories of Maidstone and have seen a lot of changes, especially around the prison area and Whatman Site where i also spent 10 years working. Did anyone on here work at Richard Shops in Week Street or The Stoneborough centre from 1982 to 1985ish?. Would like to get in touch also with former members of staff here?. They were good times.


77.102.98.40 United Kingdom
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Thank you Rosemary

Does anyone remember where they were when they hear about the Hare and Hounds being blown up ?

Les
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 10/11/2013


Jim Yarwood
 United Kingdom
Maidstone I remember it well: Les: Well remember the evening a small device was planted at the Hare and Hounds creating a small explosion. I was (and still am) working at the KM Group newspapers working the late shift (at Larkfield) when we heard that something had gone on at the pub at the height of the IRA campaign.
About 20 mins later a couple of journalists were in covering the story and an excited member of the public came in purporting to have pics of the incident. I can't remember if he did caputure anything on film (it was a long time ago!!).


86.147.208.182 United Kingdom
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Thank you Jim

I was having a meal in the Indian Restaurant in Medway street

heard it was not the IRA but a upset soldier but only heard

 

Les

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13/11/2013

A little while ago I put some photo's up of the entrance to Mote Park

and showed a footpath that leads down to square hill .

If I remember right this was a locked metal gate.

here's a photo I took down there


John Hurkett

John went to Old Borough Manor and would like to get in touch with some old Mates from there
j.hurkett@btinternet.com
14/11/2013
Kay Claiborn

Maidstone I remember it well: I went to Vinters in 1955 and left in 1957.  Remember Miss Brett.  She was shortish and fat....and hit girls with plimsolls if they misbehaved.  I was scared stiff of her.  The head was friendly with the Vicar of the C of E Church in Trafalgar Sq.  Goodness knows why one remembers such things.  We also had to listen to Gilbert and Sullivan...never forgotten The Mikado!!  Seems like a hundred years ago.  My maiden name was Kay Graham and had an older brother Bruce who also went to school in Maidstone.


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Thank You Kay

 17/11/2013

Re opening of train photo at Maidstone zoo

Was that Dame Sybil Thorndike?

Les 

Hugh Shannon
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Re Majdstone Zoo.Looks like Hattie Jacques.

 


176.26.243.65 United Kingdom

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Thank you Hugh

But Brian has said he thinks it was 1940
Hattie did not start acting until 1946

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hattie_Jacques

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 Barry Martin
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I was more a 70s Maidstone boy. And lived in queens rd. I was also a local DJ at the tudor house , hunting lodge., orchard spot plus many more . I went under the name of Barry" Lee" Martin . I went to Westborough secondary school up the tonbridge rd . I would love to hear from some of those who came to those clubs plus many more in kent

 


188.29.166.84 United Kingdom
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Thank you Barry

do you know when the Orchard spot stopped being The Otham 500 club?

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17/11/2013
First Name: Malia Rachele
Last Name: Santangelo Pescara di Diana

Maidstone I remember it well: Dear Peter, dear friends of Maidstone I remember It Well,
Christmas is coming and I think you.
Already start looking for gifts for your family and friends.
I will always remember with such affection and love for Maidstone and her children even the ones that have gone so far.
I am close to you while walking and when you make the shaft with the shiniest ornaments I will be behind the glass of your homes to look like Peter Pan.
See you soon, painter and poet Malia Rachele


95.74.144.108 (Italy)
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Thank you Malia

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19/11/2013

for Bernie Martin

Talk in to Roger Eiffert  yesterday and the conversion turned to Thailand

and I ask him if he knew Tony Buckingham and he said he was in Thailand

running a firm with a contract laying a big gas pipe in Russia.

 He also said that his mate had been killed in a accident and they had the wake in the 'Old house at home' about 5 years ago

 

Les

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20/11/2013
Maureen Finnis
Maidstone I remember it well: I lived in Boxley rd and went to vintners girl I remember going into penny pop shop in wheeler st st who made home made pop


94.175.25.54 United Kingdom
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Thank you Maureen

 

Les

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Stephen Warner
Maidstone I remember it well: Apparently Peter Dack who was the guitarist/singer in the band Krishna Kuda I played keyboards in did a posting recently and I would love to hear from him. I was born in Tonbridge Road Maidstone, my mother was Milly Warner who played the organ at St Andrews church for many years and my brother Richards still lives in Maidstone.


212.230.38.192 (Spain)
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Thank you Stephen

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24/11/2013
 Judith Bryce

Maidstone I remember it well: How lovely to read something about The Beehive Store by Janet Tye who must be my mother's first cousin. My mother was Madeline Tye- eldest daughter of Charles Tye who along with his brother Len owned the Beehive Store . It would be wonderful to make contact as sadly mum has now passed away!!

 

220.253.67.188 (Australia)
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Thank you Judith

 Barry Martin
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi back again , I wasn't quite old enough to perform at the organ 500 club but I believe it shut in the early 70 s . When I performed it was the Orchard Spot . The promoter was a Gerald Jeffries who also ran Jeffries and sons timber and do it yourself shop just off upper stone st . Thursday night were the main night there . We had some big radio djs at the time there. Ie : Simon Bates , tony Blackburn ,Paul Burnett ,"diddy" David Hamilton ( he was small) and capital radios Greg Edwards. . Wouldn't it be great to hold an orchard spot reunion . Hope to here from some of the regulars . Till next time Barry "lee " Martin . Ps does any one remember. Tony shades valence , Steve mated and more djs


188.29.166.83 United Kingdom
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Thank you Barry
 did Tony shades valence do the disco at the Corn Exchange before they called it a Disco

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25/11/2013

 Barry Martin
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi again.  Misspelt otham 500 on predictive text comes out as organ ( stupid smart phone ) tony shades valence was more well known for doing Friday nights at the Tudor house ballroom opposite me . The corn exchange used to be the Chinese laundry and the DJ was mick Clark ., I do believe he's still around. And I thought I was the oldest DJ in town .  Here's a few more popular venues in the seventies . Kempton manor near Charing . The bridge be Canterbury . Green ways at addington . The Warehouse Maidstone . The Wesley brewer st Maidstone . Steve Maxted also performed at the Tudor . Other DJ s that performed in Maidstone way before "Saturday night fever" we're Blend , tony dean Steve Caine , John de Sade , of course Pete tong ( grave send) does any body know any I've missed . See you soon Barry "Lee" Martin

 


188.29.166.78 United Kingdom
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Thank you Barry

My Late wife came from Otham and the number of times lorry drive asked me where some where was only to find out they wanted Ofham and not otham so your smart phones not the only one

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 27/11/2013
David Greenway
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I met a beautiful girl in 1976 Glenis or maybe Glynis J Bowles, I was in the Royal Navy at the time, I felt then as I do still some 37 years later that we had a wonderful relationship and understanding of each other. We parted through circumstances that should have been resolved much sooner than they were.  I understand she married an Ian Sparkes and possibly moved to North Yorkshire and that is were the trail ends, can anybody help in locating her, I would just love to know how she is today. My few times in Maidstone were wonderful although all these years later I can't picture the places we went together. If you can help locate Glenis please do let me know.



86.166.75.92 United Kingdom


Thank You David.
Is there any Spartes or Bowles know any think about Glenis?
I knew a David Guy Sparkes (yes bithday 5 november) lived down Marrian cressant but that was at junior school
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Geoff Allardyce

Maidstone I remember it well: All Saints from 1953ish to 1958 then to MGS. One teacher you missed was Mrs Large (aptly named as she was not a slim lady), who taught the remedial class in the room next to the fabulous Mrs Fittle. Mr Owen was the best - strict, but a brilliant cricket coach.
My best schoolboy mates - Peter May, Alan Matthews, Pete Wyman and my first love Valerie Hughes (but she didn't know it). Happy school days!


92.232.109.170 (country unknown)

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Thank you Geoff

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Malia Rachele Santangelo Pescara di Diana

Maidstone I remember it well: Dear Peter
Dear family of "I remember It well",
Thank you for your letters and your stories interesting.
Next weekend, all over the world, friends of "Maidstone I remember It well" will accompany and look bright shop Windows, simple or luxurious.
But in their hearts, there will be a corner of Maidstone with the antique stores, the old decorations of old houses and the faces of loved ones and their words of hope.
The memory of old gifts, never forgotten, even poetic memories will be easier. Good weekend,
greetings and best wishes to spare all the friends of this magical site.
See you soon
Malia Rachele,
(Poet and painter)
Sorry again for my English

95.74.176.222 (Italy)

Thank you Malia

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28/11/2013

Steve Charlton

Maidstone I remember it well: Geoff Allardyce
I remember Peter May - Wasn't he a good cricketer and lived in the Loose area? always seemed to remember bumping into him in and around the area 63-69'ish?


 
Maidstone I remember it well: Barry Martin
Was the Kempton manor near Charing you were talking about known as King Arthur's Court - Maidstone Road - A20 the other side of Harrietsham where Charing Hill joins the A20? That was always a good band and disco venue there along with The Star, Otham 500, Tudor House and Nero's in Ramsgate.
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81.151.168.98 United Kingdom
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Thank You Steve
Les

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 Barry Martin

Maidstone I remember it well: High Pete being a bit technophobic can you tell. Me how to download pictures or can this only be done on a computer and not a smart phone .


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188.29.166.89 United Kingdom
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Thank you Barry ,
on this site it's best to send them to me les.swaffer@btinternet.com
or have a look at my new site http://my-history.freeforums.net/

I've only just started it so it's in it's building stage but on this site there are a lot of contributors who have made their homes in other towns

and thought it would be good to have a forum where they could tell about where they live now

Les (I tookover from Pete in May)

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 Hugh shannon


 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Geoff Allardyce.Are you the same guy who rode a BSA Bantam in the 60s and lived in busbridge rd ? If so you will recall the bikers who met at the Café in coxheath.Mick Barney,Mick Bray,Doddy Thompson,Alec Spicer etc.As I recall,your nickname was Amos McShafter and your catchphrase was "could be I could".Regards. Hugh.

2.123.101.187 United Kingdom
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Thank You Hugh
The old Cafe is not there but there is a new one the old cafe is now a chinese take away

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29/11/2013
Graham Hughes

Maidstone I remember it well: Reading others comments took me back again to the 1960's. My first job was at Timothy Whites in Week Street, and there was this lovely Irish lady in her 50's Bunty Nolan who took me under her wing and pushed me in the right direction. We became good friends but lost contact when we moved to Hastings in 1969. I think she lived at 9 Hardy Street by the prison.We exchanged letters but then they stopped after a couple of years. I have wondered whatever happened to her and others I used to work with. The manager was Mr Dominey and Mr Whibley ran the chemist side. Came across some photos the other day. Anyone work there in the '60's?


78.144.238.58 (country unknown)
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30/11/2013

Mark McGiffin

Maidstone I remember it well: Our council house in Plains Avenue used to back onto Mote Park and I consider myself to have been a very lucky boy to have had such a huge and wonderful playground on my doorstep. 

It's where I would spend all my spare time, especially summer holidays. 

Particularly fond memories are of the Hollow Tree (now gone)that stood alone that we'd climb into. Boating on the lake using the roof cut from an old car, fishing for gudgeon, roach, perch and pike in the river Len and hiding from the ticket collector.

When the lake was dredged the terraces of soft mud made a whole new, if not hazardous adventure for us.  From the lake we would find bullet shells (I believe the lake was used as an army dump at some stage).

We'd make rope swings from trees, swinging out and making Tarzan noises.  My sister fractured her coccyx on one when she swung out and came back and hit the tree.  On another occasion I went skidding through the nettles when the rope broke, probably because it was just a thin washing line.

We'd make Dutch Arrows, play splits with our pen knives, sledging the winter if there was snow.

There used to be cows in the park and we'd have cow-pat fights, throwing them at each other.

Near school lane there were some caves (now filled in).  We'd crawl through the tiniest gaps to explore them. One of them led to a huge cavern (it seemed huge at the time) which must be under the Claygate housing estate.


Maidstone I remember it well: I started using the Westree Boxing Club back in 1975.  Back then Les Hope was the trainer and Mac was the cashier/manager and sat in a small office on the stage at St. Hillary's Hall, Mangravet. 

I believe it is no longer there but moved to Parkwood?

I'm please to hear Johnny Smith is still around. What a great guy, as is Eddie Henderson.  Fond memories of Bob Manito (not sure of the correct spelling) who died suddenly and tragically.

Westree is where I've encountered some of the hardest men around but all were gentlemen.


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Thank You Mark
Mote Park was part of my play ground too .I lived not on the doorstep but up  Middlesex road and would walk around the park most sunday's .
Get to the Golf and ask if they wanted me to carry ther clubs sometimes they would give me a tip do that a couple of times the continue around

watch the model boats then those cars then maybe a ride on the train then work my way past Mote House and back home through the gate in school lane.

Talking of the Caves there was a big one the other side of the Lodge gates with a big entrance(now covered in tons of eath) and one that was the bottom of senacre Woods a small entrance
and was huge inside roughly between the church in Mote Park and Otham church

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 Barry Hynes
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Mark I to used the westree boxing club for years and am lucky to be lifelong friend of Eddie Henderson who i still bump into now and then and what a gentleman he is to.
I remember Bob Manito well and we worked together for a good while another lovely man and yes what a sad ending but hes always spoken about in fact he came up in conversation yesterday
.Certainly were some tough guys there mark I loved getting in the ring many times with Eddie Henderson having a tear up then all going to the parkwood pub best of friends friends.
Westree is in Heather house now and Johny Smith still around and looking good what an influence he was to kids.
All for now good luck mark take care 
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176.251.195.252 United Kingdom
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Thank You Barry

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01/12/13

Mohammad Bayegan

Maidstone I remember it well: My Persian husband, Mohammad Bayegan , went to this college in 1964 and his friend, Aboud, gave him a silver salt cellar shaped like an English cottage while they were students there.  Mohammad still has the salt cellar, and when we married in 1990 and I asked him about it, he told me it was a gift from his good friend from school.  This morning, Mohammad said once again how much he wishes he could see his old friend, so I decided to look for him.

Does anyone know how to reach Aboud? 
Mohammad said he doesn't know Aboud's surname because he was related to King Hussein and had too many names to know which one came last.
 

70.138.113.125 (United States)
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Thank you Mohammad

This maybe a long shot my Fiend Mike Brookes had a mate called Peter

Then when Peter stopped coming to the Star Dances I asked Mike where he was

and he said that his name was not realy Peter but he was the crowned prince of a middle eastern country that he had came over here till the trouble died down

Les
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Christine Oliver

Maidstone I remember it well: Richard Emery I was to school with your sister Mary at South Borough would love to get in touch with her again.


86.150.24.121 (country unknown)

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Thank you Christine


Les

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05/12/2013

Sorry I've had no new submissions but been having trouble with my email

If you sent  any over the last week or please send them again


Les

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Time for a New Page

Maidstone We Remember It Well 4


25/04/2014
Linda davis

Maidstone I remember it well: My dad was a pool attended at the then Maidstone and we his children got a free swim



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Thank you Linda
 


30/04/2014
David Stubbs

Maidstone I remember it well: Reading the messages has brought back many memories, and I was in Maidstone earlier this month. I went to Maidstone Tech 1956 to 1960 and Michael Johnson's comments reminded me of walking to Oakwood campus, plus walking to the Sharps fields to sports once a week. I do remember learning to drive using a driving school using a Triumph Herald that I used to pick up on the Medway River bridge. Did enjoy the recent visit to UK, the daffodils were out and the Blue Bells came out while we were there.


121.74.105.97 (New Zealand)
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Thank you David
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If you want to put photos up then send them to my email address

les.swaffer@btinternet.com

as I have resize them and put them in a libary

x
xx


Picture of the Forresters sent to me  form David Stubberfield

he has more photos here

www.stubberfield.net/



04/05/2014
John Hurkett
 United Kingdom
Maidstone I remember it well: High Garry Kemmett- I worked at Oakwood Hospital with your dad - Ivor Kemmett !!!

86.158.53.180  United Kingdom
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Thank you John
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05/05/2014
Nick

Maidstone I remember it well: Dose anyone know the two boys who found the drowned man in mote park lake while thay were fishing.


92.41.109.82 United Kingdom
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Thank you Nick do you have rough idea when ?
tried a google but only recent deaths came up
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 Lesley White (nee Stanford)

Maidstone I remember it well: Les Swaffer, did you used to live in Middlesex Road?  I remember a family called Swaffer who lived the other side of the cut (top half of the road).  Dad was a painter and decorator.  We were one of the first families to move into the road when the houses were first built.  Think I was about 5 at the time so that would have been around 1953/54.  All us kids (and there were a lot) all used to play in the road together although above the cut and below the cut, didn't mix much together.  I left there when I was about 13 years.  I went to Eastborough, then Vinters and then the Tech.  Anybody remember me??


94.71.82.53 (Greece)
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Thank you Lesley

Yes I did we all used to play football on the Green at the top of the road.

50 or more each side from all over the estate.

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Corrinne Roach

Maidstone I remember it well: Re: Richard Emery in Australia. I remember Emerys forge so well that I can smell it right now!!! My dad worked for your lovely father. His name was Stan Wyles. I loved your dad. He used to let us all go on his boat moored at Allington. He was always friendly and I know my dad thought a lot of him. Anyone else remember my dad?


Maidstone I remember it well: Can anyone remember what the Larkfield Hotel was called in the 1970 s? We used to go dancing there but it wasn't called the Larkfield Priory Hotel like it is now.



81.155.48.183 United Kingdom
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Thank you Corrinne
The Larkfield Hotel was The Hunting Lodge ,think it was The Bull Hotel before that

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06/05/2014
Corrinne Roach

Maidstone I remember it well: The Hunting Lodge!!! Well done. Thanks for that. It was driving me mad. Lol.
I've had a great evening reading all these entries. Bringing back sooo many memories.
As I said,my dad was a blacksmith in Jack Emerys forge in Brunswick Street. I'd love to hear from anyone who knew him.
I remember Smiths fish and chips and Frouds. The doss house in Stone Street,St Phillips school,South Borough. Also I think Christine Thayer was my English teacher. Dear Miss Horsefield,I was sad to read she has passed but she taught my mum and two sisters before teaching me!!!
Oh I could fill these pages so maybe I'll come back and do just that.


81.155.48.183 United Kingdom
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Thank you Corrinne
Smith's fish an chips Roger Banfield who was related worked there and has made submission.I went to school with Micheal Froud who's dad owned Froud's Fish and Chips .
I often see Roger Eiffect who's dad had the forge along Waterloo Road.But he's is not on line


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08/05/2014
Diane Alldridge

Maidstone I remember it well: Gabriels Hill - Next to Cornell's Jewelers at i6 Gabriels Hill was The Chalet Tea Rooms owned by my parents, Ernest and Beatrice Alldridge. It must have been about 1945 when they started the restaurant there as I have an old photograph of some of my family at its entrance and I look to be about two and a half years in the photograph. Opposite was the entrance to the alley that led into King Street. Going up the hill, after Cornells there was a hairdresser, or as she liked to called, a coiffeuse, Estelle Houbigant, a friend of my mother. Mille Houbigant was a Frenchwoman of mysterious past. She was a also a scandal as she lived above her shop, without shame, with a another woman's husband. Above this was an excellent and popular shop selling giblings, savaloys, pies, sausages, bacon, you name it - it would horrify our darling dieticians of today. Tell me, how did all of our generation  manage to survive into our 70', 80's, and 90's?? Perhaps it was because the next shop after that was a greengrocer always filled with bright colourful fresh produce brought up from the Kentish market gardens each morning. I think I would back this diet against the mucky, pre-digested, over sugared, fast food with one lettuce leaf on top. Opposite all of us, across the hill below Ambrose the furniture store was, of course, The Bull. This ancient hostelry was so imposing, so busy, - remember the horse drawn drays delivering barrels there every day? - the beautiful Fremlin Greys with their bright harness - and they were so proud of themselves! Even as a child I loved those horses. Below the man that sat at the entrance to the alley was Maison Jean, another hairdresser. The next shop I recall was the Golden Boot on that side, and opposite that was the Playhouse. This was, as well as somtimes running as a cinema, a theatre for visiting repertory companies. The actors, if they were paid at all, were paid just pocket money. They were hungry people. My mother in her restaurant, The Chalet, a couple of doors away, liked the way they were dedicated to getting on. She herself had managed to climb to her place as restaurateur from an alley in the backstreets of Maidstone. She often gave them breakfast if they had no money. I remember two names from one of the companies, David McCallum and Neil McCallum. There was also a woman who made it into films but at the moment I cannot remember except that her first name was Jean. - was it Alexander?

The monumental masons at the bottom of Gabriels Hill was Beale's.

Lens and the Granada have been mentioned. Does anyone remember being taken to the yearly Pantomime put on there? Also other than the Pantomime, I was taken to see the Walt Disney film at Christmas. There was Snow White, Bambi, Jungle Book, and the one that made the most impression on me, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.I have had a love of that kind of music ever since. Wouldn't the children these days also love it?


I was a boarder at The Maidstone High School for Girls, St Michaels Road, Maidstone, 1945 to 1950

92.251.147.3 (Ireland)
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Thank you Diane
The actress who first appeared at the Palace as I have alway's known it was Joan Collings
The Alley way up to King street is still there

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Someone asked if Julia Finch served in the London Tavern .

I see her yesterday and she said that she had never even been in there

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 John Lavery
 
Maidstone I remember it well: loved the time i spent in maidstone between 1968 and 1970,the people where just great. Having just arrived from northern ireland. I lived in the nurses home in oakwood hospital, and spent some time in east farleigh. I have been back , but only on google street view, a lot has changed in 42 years.i would like to trace some old friends from that period.  Frank Neeve and John Furlong. both were nurses in oakwood. If any knows, would you let me know.  long live maidstone and it people.


86.171.9.213  Ireland
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Thank you John

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Pam higgins

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi corrinne did you live at muir road next door to the garages?
Does any one remember south park and how we all lined up on every step waiting our time to have a go down the slide and the witches hat.The park always seem to be full of children having a good time.The grocer in stone street was Mr Mercer he used to deliver our groceries ever week funny all the big supermarkets think they have come up with a new idea the only difference is we had a free and friendly service


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Thank you Pam

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Corrinne Roach
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Pam. I'm curious now?!? Yes I did live in Muir Road next to the garages. Tell me more. Lol.

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Thank you Corrine


Pamela Higgins
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi again well Corrine if I remember you had older sister Diane then Zena then you and did you have two younger brothers? your mum was a lovely lady can not remember your dad also in Muir road was Sheila Bichener Susan John Sparks you are younger than me would you  be about 57 I lived Campbell road my back garden could been seen from the garages had three older brothers my name was Pam nee Clark.I think diane is a year older than me I'm 62 .and in old tovil road was Jackie and Lyn can't remember there surname which is not good cause Jackie is my sister in law.so are you still living in Maidstone


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Corrinne Roach

Maidstone I remember it well: Well Pam,I'm not that old!!! Haha. Diane keeps in touch with Sheila. Maybe you knew Linda Pearce too?
Did you know Diane from school? No we don't live in Maidstone. I'm sorry I don't remember you but I am just going to ask Diane. Did you know the Tugwells in Campbell road? They must have been almost opposite you. Will let you know



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Thank you Corrinne,was one of the Tugwell's Colin
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10/05/2014

Corrinne Roach

Maidstone I remember it well: Ooo possibly. I know there were children but I can only picture Mr and Mrs Tugwell at the moment. I will investigate. I think they may possibly have moved down from London or somewhere but I'm not 100% sure on that.


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11/05/2014
Pam higgins
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi yes I remember the Tugwells their house looked up muir road Gary was same age as me had two older sister but was a big age gap we lived at no 6 John Cheeseman was nearly opposite us Susan Rogers no 3 I think I remember Linda she lived two or three houses down from Sheila I knew Diane through Sheila I  used to play with Sheila, my mum was a Nurse my Dad was a bus driver.Had 3 older brothers John went to the MGS the rest of us went to south borough.


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 Corrinne Roach

 
Maidstone I remember it well: OMG I'm really panicking now because I've just read on one of the pages that you want to stop doing it so I'm going to make the most of this opportunity just incase.
I've loved reading all the memories even though a lot of them are a little before my time. Although I've just read a post from Mole Pattenden. Now that's a name I didn't expect to see. I remember him well from the garage or car showroom in Stone Street. He was always so dapper. He knew my sister. !!!
Anyway while I'm here does anyone know what happened to the Hubbles and O'nions from Old Tovil Road. Kirk,Gary and Terry Hubble and Steven O'nions and his brother. Kirk was my age and in our "gang".
Also how about Karen Pearce my absolute soulmate from birth till age 11? 
Alison and Paul Flynn. Debbie Foreman. Kevin Waugh. Oh I could go on but that will do for now.
Look forward to hearing from ?????


Maidstone I remember it well: Just read an entry from Mick Shirley and someone mentioned his wife Babs. I bet she worked in Boots. Sooo glam. Well,I was at South Borough Juniors with  Simon and I wouldn't mind betting he's your son. I don't think he'd remember  me but I think I remember him mostly in Miss Divers class. Haha.

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Thank you Corrinne Don't panick I think you read Peter's post .I took the site over from him last May .
That makes it about year I've been doing this.
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Corrinne  Roach
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Phew! Thank goodness Les. Lol.
That's it! Gary Tugwell. Well done Pam. Haha. Ooo and Susan Rogers I remember. I think my dad rescues her dad one morning as we were passing when he had trapped all his fingers in the sash window. I seem to remember he was near to passing out and couldn't make anyone in the house hear him. My dad just happened to look up and realised what was happening,banged on the door and dashed upstairs to help him. Funny how these things come back to you isn't it.
Well I'll be sure to ask Sheila and see what she remembers Pam. I'll be back with some stories no doubt.
Did your mum possibly know Joan Flynn then as she was a nurse?


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Thank you Corrinne

Corrinne Roach
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Re: Roger Edwards. Hi,I remember your dad Alan. In the mid 1970s I worked in Norman Carter the jewellers next to Importers. The smell of the coffee was divine. Anyway,we had to wait to be let into work and your lovely father would often give us all a little wrapped chocolate to keep us going. I remember the wrapper was gold and red and it had an elephant on it I think. Ahhhh bless him! Always happy and cheery.


Maidstone I remember it well: I might be putting two and two together here and not getting the right answer but could Pat O'nion be Stephen O'nions father? Stephen was musical and it seems so was Pat?!? I also THINK I remember a tragic death (Pat) when we were teenagers. Such an unusual surname. Seems a bit coincidental doesn't it?


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Thank you Corrinne

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Pam higgins
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi well Corrinne if you can remember Sue you should remember me we was practically joined at the hip she even stopped at my house one Christmas eve spent more time at my house then she did at home we lost contact for the best part of 40 years but back in contact now.the other side of the garages was there a lad called Lee  about ten years younger than me?any way you never said have you got sister called Zena and which is the youngest

Maidstone I remember it well: Sorry Corrinne for got to answer question about Joan Flynn the only nurses my mum new from around there was a Mrs Stamp the far end off Campbell road she left there when I was 7 or 8 and the other person I can not remember but she had two little girls a good five years younger than me both went to south borough juniors.there was on several occasion road accident corner of Campbell road and hayle road my mum was a sister at the time at casualty and the police would fetch my mum if ambulance had not yet arrived then she worked at popular nursing home as she loved working with old people as she used to get very upset if a young person had died or been seriously injured


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Thank you Pam

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12/05/2014
Christine Oliver nee Stevens
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Corrine you probably won't know me but your sister Diane Wyles rings a bell. Sheila Bichener was in the same class as me at South Boruogh and I also knew Susan Rogers. I didn't know Mr Emery but his daughter Mary was one of my best mates at school. I also had spent time on their boat at Allington. The last I heard was that Mary and her brother were living in Australia. Isn't this a great site? I log on everyday!!


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Corrinne  Roach
 

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Christine. I will ask Diane if she knows of you. She meets Sheila regularly. How funny,maybe we even met on Jacks boat one day! Lol. I remember Mary,the secretary at Emerys. But was she Jacks daughter or daughter in law? My brother and I were trying to work it out yesterday. I remember Richard going to Australia so it was nice to see an entry on here from him.
I wrote earlier about Maurice Pattenden and it turns out my brother worked for you in the garage. He started washing cars and then went onto the pumps. John owned the garage didn't he? Hope I hear back from you Maurice.
Thanks for writing in Christine. I'll see what the girls (ladies) can remember.


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13/05/2014
Thomas French

Maidstone I remember it well: Has anyone heard of Freddy French ?


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Thank you Thomas,have you any more details ,age,where he lived and hang out
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Marion Hooker nee Davis

Maidstone I remember it well: Message to Corrine Roach ,you mentioned Mick Shirley & his wife Babs ,I am Babs 's sister & she is still very "glam", working  for BOOTS no 7 in Bournemouth ,sadly we lost Mick 2 yrs ago ,SIMON is living & working in USA ,he's been there nearly 20 yrs now.


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 Sheila Latuske
 
Maidstone I remember it well: what did we call the batter that float to the top of the fish fryer in the fish and chip shop we used to buy a pennys worth after swimming on a Saturday morning can anyone remember what it was called please


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Thank you Sheila ,We called that crackling I think up north they have another name for it
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14/05/2014
Corrinne Roach

 
Maidstone I remember it well: Ah thanks Marion. Sad to hear about Mick. Babs wouldn't know me but nevertheless please pass on my best wishes as she made quite an impression on me with her glamourous looks etc (if that doesn't sound too weird)  Simon wouldn't remember me I don't  suppose. I was a rather shy schoolgirl. Lol. Many thanks once again.


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 Mac
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Actually, I don't remember it as well as I'd like to. I was born there in the late 60's then my family emigrated south in the early 70's.

I've always had a piece of me missing and a sense of belonging to the UK.

This site has given me a great insight into the historical, beautiful and functional place I come from.

I'm 'coming home' in a few months for an extended holiday (my first time back since the 70's). I look forward to filling in some pieces of my personal jigsaw, sparking old memories and creating new ones.

It will be an emotional roller coaster but also a wonderful time to re-establish my roots with family ond old family friends.

I can't wait.

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Thank you Mac
what of lot of changes since then (a oneway system so you dissapear up your own exhaust pipe)
Les



15/05/2014
Maureen Rutherford(Rocke)
 United Kingdom
Maidstone I remember it well: Just a message to all those past pupils who remember Mr Pat Rocke who was a dedicated caretaker at this school and going on to St Simon Stock over a period of 32 years, from 1958-1990, when he retired back to Ireland. He died on the 5th May 2014 in Port Laois, Ireland, and is buried in his home village in Galway.
 R I P, Dad.



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16/05/2014
 Hugh shannon
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Maureen Rutherford.I remember your Dad from St Francis.A nice man with specs and I think a long haired Alsatian.Could be wrong about the dog.Best Regards and sorry for your loss.Hugh.



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20/05/2014

Jim Yarwood

Maidstone I remember it well: To Maureen Rutherford (nee Rocke). Sorry to hear about your father passing on. I was a pupil at St Francis at Vinters Park at the nissan huts in the early 60s. He was a great character!


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Thank you Jim
Les
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21/05/2014

Mark Price
 
Maidstone I remember it well: My grandfather help build the granada maidstone, my aunts worked there as usherettes for many years, also my mother who carried me when pregnant, rememember seeing the battle of britain there when i was a young boy, 1979 I left school started work at the Granada i was 16 yr old as a trainee projectionist, iI worked here for total of 20 yrs but was fortunate to be there when it closed in 1999, fond memory's of staff I worked with part of my life i cherish and often smile when I think of the Granada Maidstone :) thank you  Mark Price....

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 Cynthia

Maidstone I remember it well: Les is the photo you took of deer lodge at the plains avenue end I lived just up from some old cottage if it is someone really fixed them up.i also have good memories of playing in mote park the hollow tree rope swing and playing the splits were great fun.Can anyone tell me if there was a girls home in Bower mount rd ? I lived next to something like it for a few years.


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Thank you Cynthia
no it.s the entrance at the end of Mote Avenue the cottagges in Plains ave were occupied by the ground staff to Mote Park.
Mote park had a big revamp and the dirt paths have made into hard paths
have a look here under Mote Park  of a few snaps I took picasaweb.google.co.uk/swafflg

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Steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I visited Maidstone last weekend and strolled around Mote park. WOW!!! what a difference from when I was last there. Places to sit by the old cafe looking out over the lake as well as ornate railings it has tidied the old mud bank up that once was there. Walking around the lake, new paths have made the most of a route that was always muddy after a drop of rain. Well done Borough Council. (can anyone remember what we called the death drop by the cafe? It was a steep hill on which us lads used to go down one side and up the other on our bikes)


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Thank you steve
don't know what you called it.

but remember someone tried it on a motorbike and crashed into the dried up river bed.don't know where they servived or not
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Peter Jeffery
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Vinters boys school from 1956 to 1962 and remember the head Mr Read as a particularly nasty bully; there were some good staff Mr Graham and Mr Sheldon to mention two. Refugees from Hungary in 1956 and reading in the sun on the small school forestry plot are lingering memories


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Barry Simpson

 

Maidstone I remember it well: Just heard the sad news that Bob Jefferies (mutton) had passed away fond memories from an old Coombe player.




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Thank you Barry 

Sorry to here this not sure if I knew him 

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25/05/2014
Richard Sheppard
 
Maidstone I remember it well: just read the sad news of Bob Jefferies passing , am I right in thinking he was a very good goal keeper who played a few games for Maidstone Utd in the late fifties


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John Palmer

Maidstone I remember it well: I wonder if anyone in Civil Defence in the sixties remembers my Dad, Frank Palmer? At the time he was in his forties. Not sure what happened to his uniform. I remember as a kid attending a stage show that was put on at the HQ on Tonbridge road. A couple mimed a duet to the song "it's cold outside" which was a comedy hit. I thought it was hilarious.

Maidstone I remember it well: Has anyone heard of an old school friend of mine, Stephen Pullen. We both attended Westborough Secondary school in the late 60s & early 70s. He also had a younger brother, Ray. I can be contacted at johnp6122@gmail.com


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Barry Simpson

 

Maidstone I remember it well: For those who didn't know Bob Jeffrey he was a bit of a legend in his own lifetime he graduated from local football to play for Maidstone United .In the 1966 Kent Senior cup final played at the old athletic ground in the London road while playing in goal he suffered a dislocated collar bone this was at the time before subs were allowed so with his arm in a sling he came on to finish the game. He then went on to flick the ball on to Norton to score the winning goal.I could tell lots of stories some unprintable some really funny a lot of people will miss him RIP Bob.



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30/05/2014
Margaret Draper

Maidstone I remember it well: Loved Maidstone,garden of England,Gyspie tart we loved.open country side wonderful and we lived at Loose


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02/06/2014

Geoffrey Mills

 

Maidstone I remember it well: I cannot believe the critical comments I have read on "Nogger" Knight.  I was at MGS from 1963 to 68 and he was in my memory and wonderful man who was certainly a disciplinarian but devoted to his kids.  He helped me, out of hours, build a canvas canoe and was a great supporter of the CCF.  I have other fond memories of him and of most of the other masters - a wonderful time at a wonderful school.  I feel very privileged to have attended.



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Below allington castle you can only see it from the river now 

03/06/2014

 Boo Jones

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi All, sorry been off the air for a while, just made massive move from south to north Thailand, bought farm and have been building new home, its tough but rewarding, glad to see so many posts on dear old Maidstone, miss you all but got to go back to me farming haha, and still playing me guitars of course cheers Boo.

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04/06/2014

 Mary Bellamy (nee Cherrison)

 

Maidstone I remember it well: I used to work in Maidstone 1958-1959 at Chas Arkoll in Lower stone street.  I worked in the office with Beatty, Ivy, Gwen and Pauline.  My boss was Colin Ashby and the Newman brothers were the big bosses.

  I left in 1959 when I moved to Plymouth with my family.  I can remember getting off the train at Maidstone west, walking down to go over the Medway, on up to what I think was the high street, then right down Gabriels Hill.  I can remember a ladies hairdresses near the top on the right, cant remember much more until Pias Coffee bar, used to go in their most lunch times and have a chat to Tony and his dad, the owner.  I can remember the big building at the bottom on the left, perhaps it was a cinema.  Chas Arkcoll was a little way along and I think there was a car place nearly opposite. look on google maps of

Maidstone but it has changed so much since 1959 that I cannot work out where anything is.  Also used to go dancing in the Star Hotel and can remember an open air market near the bridge over the Medway.  Be nice to hear from anyone who might know me.  I never went to school on Maidstone as I lived in Halling 





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Thank you Mary.

the Chas Arkoll  I remember was in upper stone street .just below Chisholms motorbike shop

maybe there was one opposite Ansteys garage which is now a Kwik fix place next to the fisherman's arms. 

Opposite now is a Chinese Restaurant.

The big building was the Granada Cinema now a Bingo hall  .

Thank you Mary.

The Ganarda House whe Pia's was is still there, where Pia's was is a fruit and veg selling polish stuff,Water lane is now under a shopping centre that goes along king st to where the Ritz cinema was now Boot's and down to Romney place .
Where the Fiesta was is boarded up the Len Dairy has gone romney place has been widened as there is a sainsbury's supper store at the end .

from Romney place to the post office was demolished and a office block built  with shops underneath . 3 or 4 shops by the post office are still there.but not a post office any more.

the White Lion pub has gone another office block and Mote Road has been widened.To a Duel carrage way.

have a look at http://www.kentphotoarchive.com/kpa/about.php look under Maidstone.


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 Richard Shepherd

Maidstone I remember it well: I went to Maidstone Tech in 1953/55. Jimmy French and I were great buddies and we won the Young Farmer's Pig Judging Competition at the County Show in 1955.  Mr Russell was a great bloke and consequently PE and Sport were high spots of our week. I met Mr Russell in 1972 and he recognised me straight off and said that I would have made a good PE Teacher. I said that I wished he had told me at the Time!


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10/06/2014

 Freddie Burgess


Maidstone I remember it well: Les I think you are mistaken about Chas Arckol being in Upper stone st that was Jackson & Smith who did same as Chas Arckol . Am sitting in hotel near Salamanca in Spain with Brian Trigg having been riding our Harley's around Portugal & Spain all the best to all on site



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Thank you Freddie


I did work experiance there 58/9

the building behind the trolley buses in the first 3 shots



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Joan Lambeth

 United Kingdom

Maidstone I remember it well: Attended in1941 miss Kay was headmistress and Miss Purver form mistress, have good memories of both. Subsequently obtained a B.Ed degree from Manchester in my 40's!  Spent many hours in the air raid shelters whilst at Southborough 


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Les

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 Lloyd Chapman


Maidstone I remember it well: hi, my names Lloyd chapman and i was at southborough senior boys up to the day it closed.wish we had a reunion of those in 4b of that last year



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Thank you Lloyd

If you want to arrange a reunion I can always put it up on here

Les

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12/062014

Graham Hughes

 

Maidstone I remember it well: I attended Southborough Boys school and left in 1962.We lived in Old Tovil Road then and used to get to school via Postley Road,but I went back a few years ago - walked up Postley Road and found the playing fields gone and houses built on the site. Had no idea the school was gone.When did it close?




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Thank you Graham

Lloyd says around 71

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 Ian Simmons


Maidstone I remember it well: I left Bearsted school aged 10 ,went to Vinters school that was old army huts at Vinters Park, we then had to walk to the Horser huts at Lunsford lane called dog s**t ally, the main School was at the top of Union street. I think the head masters name was Mansfield, and a real old p***k took his place called Harris, who told me not to bother coming to school if I did not where a school tie, that suited me fine because I would get my gun and go cherry minding, back in Bearsted shot shells were provided. Good luck to all from that era



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 Helen Ryder-Smith


Maidstone I remember it well: I was then Joy Venn-Carr!!  I was born in Sandling Lane In late 1942 and remember Cuckoo Woods and the Sheepwash.  I - like some of you others - had tremendous freedom.  When I was five or six I caught a bus to Week Street and visited Woolworths and the toy shop at the top of Earl Street and had my dog, Tess, with me at all times.  I used to play on Penenden Heath:  the Bull is still there.  My grandparents kept the greengrocers at 321 Boxley Road.  I've every happy memories of that time.





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13/09/2014
Kevin Snell

Maidstone I remember it well: Does anyone remember the line dancing group at Maidstone post office and sports social club - is anyone still around - its was about 1997 ish


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Thank you Kevin.
did not know the Post Office had a Sports social club

Les

15/06/2014

 

Gerry Fortsch

 

Maidstone I remember it well: I remember John Watson,bass player, singer,keyboard player and nice guy from 1967. Can any one tell me what he has been up to since then? 



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Thank you Gerry

Les

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Steve Handford

 

Maidstone I remember it well: To Lloyd Chapman,

Hi Lloyd, I too went to Southborough school but I was one year above you in 4A, I have nothing but bad memories from that school with bullying not from the pupils but from the teachers, (namely Hodson and Wilson) I remember Pete Ayres and Dave Todd who took PE and who in later life I played cricket against. Dave Todd was responsible in persuading me to attend cricket net trials for Kent on the old sharps sports ground on the London Road at the back of Maidstone Uniteds old ground.

I now live in Wiltshire working for the ministry of justice.

I often go back to Maidstone and pass the old school, and I am tempted to try and see if I could arrange a tour of the old place.

Regards, Steve


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Thank you Steve.

not sure if there is anything left of it postly road end is houses

Les

 

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16/06/2014

Terry McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Steve Handford: I know you don't live too far from Bristol where I now live. We must meet up sometime. I remember Southborough School and the others: Westborough at the back of what was then a new school The Tech. Oakwood Park that I went to: Northborough up by the Heath (well nearly!!) and Eastborough just down the road from Holland Road where I lived: Vinters Road (I think!!). I remember Southborough being a big school with plenty of sports fields; a former pupil and former very good friend of mine Bob Dyer went there and then went to The Tech School. He used to live in Barton Road which of course led to the Grammar School. I met Bob for the first time in donkeys years about 3 years ago. I'd found out he owned (I think) private hire Taxi firm Cavalier Taxis in Church Street just off King Street and strolled in unannounced much to his surprise. Good lad was Bob and a pretty useful footballer for such a BIG guy. As usual schools like Southborough, Mangravet and Senacre no longer stand and are in the main houses. Still i'm sure there would be many of the former pupils who'd love to meet up again so go for it.


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Thank you Terry
Mangravet is still there under a different  name( oak trees) I think
les
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 Alison Bridger

Maidstone I remember it well: We lived in the ABC cinema! My dad (Anthony or "Tony" Bridger) was the manager, and we lived in the flat at the top (Behind the projection room). I went to the pics every day after school!


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Thank you Alison
never thought of anyone living in a cinema
Les


18/06/2014

 Don Cook


Maidstone I remember it well: I too remember the Alf Read broken glass incident at Vinters Boys. I seem to remeber the school was built as a primary school because all the toilets were very low. The teachers were Mr. Sheldon, Mr. R Robinson, Mr. Q Robinson, Killer Kirby. We also had a female French teacher who I thought was very attractive, I've forgotten her real name but I think we called her Fifi.





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Thank you Don


19/06/2014
 Steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Terry Mckenna,
Hi terry, a reunion of the collection of old schools in Maidstone sounds a sound idea but my time is tied up 100% to be able to organise it from Devizes. Perhaps Lloyd Chapman who mentions the same thing would be the ideal candidate for that.
I see you mention Mangravet Primary school, this was the school I attended when I lived at Grove Road on the Mangravet estate. I remember going to Mole Hill Copse school for football matches as Mangravet had no sports field.
Still miss the old place even though I left years ago



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Thank you Steve.
I also went to Mangravet primary school now called oak leaves I think.

We had to go down to South Park for football
Last year Oldborough manor school hada reunion at the Malta 70 people attended
also planned for this year 6th september from 12 o'clock

Les
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20/06/2014
Mary Bellamy
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi, this is for Peter Pia, whose dad ran Pias Coffee Bar at the bottom part of Gabriels Hill.  I can remember going in there most dinner hours during 1958/59 but can only remember Tony.  Was he your brother.

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Les

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22/06/2014
 COLIN EDWARDS
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Don Cook,Australia,wasn't Fifi's name Mrs Sandford her french lessons the only ones that the front of the class was best if only to get a glimpse of her stocking tops? Also do you remember Bournemouth 1968 with the Vince brothers,Brodders et al?


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23/06/2014


Richard BAILEY

Maidstone I remember it well: You make mention of a lady by the name of Julia Finch who states that she never entered the London Tavern. However I knew a young lady in the 60` by the same name who I met in what I believe was The West Kent Hotel.If this is the same Julia i would love her to contact me to discuss times past.


Maidstone I remember it well: Does anybody have fond memories of the Ropemakers Arms circa 1968? I can be contacted on Bombardierbailey1@gmail.com
Regards R bailey

Richard Bailey


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Thank you Richard
yes she is the same one served up the Royal Star Ball room
I don't think she is on line

 Not many of the Ropemakers name was changed to the coopers arms but is now closed.
and the pub around the corner the Anchor and hope has been pulled down.
Les

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Samantha Smith
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I remember Motley Hall being taken over by some Scottish bloke and changing its name to the Hop Inn?
then it was taken over by a different brewery, greene king I think.
It was changed to a music/sports bar, but then went downhill rapidly after the boss left & the last I heard it had shut down altogether,ANYONE know why?


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Thank you Samantha
The Motley  Hall was orrigonly the PaperMakers .I remember it as Motley hall but not the Hop inn it was changed backto the Papermaker .

Nice idea why it closed
Les



26/06/2014
Mary Bellamy
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Peter Pia.  Reargarding  Your Message above you must be the Pia I remember, although for some reason or other I thought your name was Tony. There were three or four of us came intothe coffee bar nearly every lunch hour from Chas Arcoll. There was Gwen,Pete Beasly and Myself.
I left in 1959 to live in Plymouth and unfortunately haven't been back to Maidstone since then but have fond memories.Now I live in Lincolnshire.
Would love to Hear from you.
Mary Bellamy (Nee Cherrison)



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Thank you Mary
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 Elaine Pullan
 
Maidstone I remember it well: yes I remember it well , I've known Babs & Mick for many years sadly Mick died 2yrs ago they are both my boys god parents . saw Babs a few weeks ago and we laughed about our memories at the ANCHOR PUB IN YALDING  many drunken evenings there

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Thank you Elaine
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Steve Handford

Maidstone I remember it well: I too remember the old Papermakers arms on the Loose road.
Frank and Jenny from the Kings Arms (now shut) at the top of Old Loose Hill bought the place and changed the name to Mottley Hall.
I drove past the place and noticed that it is gradually falling to pieces through neglect now with boarded up windows and overgrown weeds and trees. Is it on the market?


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Thank you Steve
I don't know if it's on the market ,But someone wanted to knock it down and make a Car Park a few years ago but the locals objected



30/06/2014
Nathan Denniston

Maidstone I remember it well: can any body remember a man called either Jeff Brown or Jeff Duffy he was irish please get in contact for info
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Thank you Nathan

05/07/2014
 Clive Sayer
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Sorry to have to report that Eric Snowball of ESE Music store passed away on Thursday 3rd July 2014 after his long battle with cancer RIP Eric.


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Thank you Clive
Not that I knew him but know of a few who prpbably did.
RIP Eric
Les

06/07/2014
Julie Copp
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Moved to Maidstone in 1973. St.Paul's, Northborough, St.Michael's and the Astor of Hever School. My father worked at the prison and we lived on the outskirts of Ringlestone before moving across town to Florence road, off of the Tonbridge road. I remember the shopping centre when it was called Stoneborough, the brewery before it was turned into shops and the peppermint sweet factory on the banks of the river. We use to walk to the Malta Pub, which was opposite Allington on the Medway and spent many a weekend in Mote Park with friends. Happy days!!


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Thank you Julie St Paul's was the top of lower Boxley Road when I went there ,St Paul's Church was next to it which burnt Down.
The peppermint factory was Trebor/Sharps orriganals Sharps Creamy Toffee works
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Patricia Sage nee Avis

Maidstone I remember it well: LOWER BOSLEY ROAD. Wig and Gown on the corner. Finnis Marine, then Gatwards Garage, where I lusted after a Merc.280Sl. Hare and Hounds pub which was bombed by the IRA. Daltons paper shop, then Nestledown. The barbers next door to butchers shop which became Mower maintainance

Maidstone I remember it well: EAST BOROUGH.  1954-60. Mr. Humphries was headmaster and very keen on nature. We had competitions during the holidays to see who could collect the most flowers, leaves etc.  I remember Miss Gransden class 1 teacher with much fondness


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Thank you Patricia
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Barry Hynes
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I bought my first guitar off eric a washburn id only recently heard he had been ill he had so much history behind him with his music RIP eric x


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Thank you Barry
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Jim Yarwood

Maidstone I remember it well: To Pat Sage (nee Avis); Remembering your memories of Gatwards along Sandling Road and your lusting after a Merc 280SL; Just had a quick look on ebay - anywhere from £54,000 to £80,000 now! Would have been a good investment - if only we had a crystal ball!!
To Clive Sayer: Really saddened to hear about Eric Snowball, he was a great character and his music shop was legendary. RIP Eric.
To Barry Hynes: Where are you?!!!!!!!! Haven't heard from you in ages on this site.


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Thank you Jim
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 Terry McKenna
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Jim Yarwood. I thought you had emigrated cos not seen you on here for quite a while either!! Can't remember if I told you but I have moved: All 20 yards or so!! into a two bedroom flat so plenty of room for VISITORS. You know me Jim always subtle!! Hope things are good with you and your family. I nearly had the first of 4 (yes four!) replacement ops. This was meant to be last Wednesday (admission 7am!!) but was cancelled the day before at 3pm!! Now rescheduled for the 30th July but not holding my breath waiting for this to actually happen!! Seems I don't do this getting lark all that well Jim; god knows what I'll be like when I get to your age!!! I too am saddened to hear of the passing of Eric Snowball (what a wonderful surname: Do you think he was ever teased at school about that?? Gatwards garage on the Sandling road. Now there's some memories of them and in particular Geoff Gatward. He was a real character and reminded me of Grisly Adams the TV programme OR maybe the father of the group ZZ Top!! with that full beard. Did a lot of business with Gatwards when i worked for Godfrey Holmes; just like the equally elusive Jim James (maybe it's a trait of those named JIM!!). Had a brief 'chat' with Peter Capon on Skype about a month ago and he keeps well (Well that's what he tells me!!). Once again Jim Bristol is STILL in the same place!!  Ha Ha 


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Thank you Terry
Hope the op goes ok
Les
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Jim Yarwood
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Terry Mac: Good to hear from you and your memories of Gatwards; sorry to hear about the upcoming operations, hope all goes well. I WILL come down to Bristol ... sometime!!!!
Jim James is a late contributor to the site, so I'll send him an email and see if he can stoke some more memories ... he's legendary!!!!

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Thank you Jim


07/07/2014

Malia Rachele Santangelo Pescara di Diana

Maidstone I remember it well: I remember It well:
Dear Friends of Maidstone, summer is here, in the beautiful Mote Park children play, mothers call them by name and watch over them.
Girls dressed in colors like the flowers of the gardens; the men dressed in white playing cricket. Applause! I can hear their voices.
I remember it well:
The hours spent in the beautiful gardens ... the boat trips on the river Medway
I have never forgotten Lady Godiva riding naked covered with long hair (the beautiful sculpture also look at the computer). Beautiful legend, the story always tell my friends!
I have never forgotten Maidstone. I remember the museum of ancient carriages. And I still remember the orders of the shops of High Street and Week Street are always elegant and beautiful, always kind.
It was nice to live in Maidstone with my family and with our friends.
I will return soon to this magical site, you remember the days spent in Maidstone. It was magical and green Maidstone, with beautiful churches where I prayed in solitude.
Greetings from Italy, dear friends Maidstone I remember-it well.

Malia Rachele Pescara di Diana


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Thank you  Malia






08/07/2014
 Christine Oliver nee Stevens
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Patricia Sage. Are you the Pat Avis that used to attend the Methodist Sunday School? You are slightly older than me but perhaps you remember my sister Rosemary Stevens.


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Thank you  Christine

09/07/2014
 Chris Howland
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I went to Boughton Monchelsea Primary School with the late Malcolm Farrow until I moved to Dover in 1955. I applied to join Kent Police in 1960 as a Cadet and did in fact join. At the interview I was pleased to see Malcolm there as well but he failed the eyesight test. The next thing I heard was of his untimely death on the radio news. I can remember going to his house in Coxheath for a birthday party. I think this was just after he lost his Dad.



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Thank you Chris
Was this the Malcolm Farrow killed in the fire engin crash ?

13/07/2014

Helen

Maidstone I remember it well: I was born in Campbell Road, which was just off Stone Street.  Have fond memories there, many friends and we all used to play in the streets til late at night and come in when we were called.  Remember "The Avery" which was a good meeting point.  There were so many families and had so many friends, such a good community spirit and no trouble.  My mum and dad were Betty and Brian Clarke, does anyone remember them? I loved my childhood living there, it was the best ever and wouldn't change it for the world.


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Thank you Helen

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 Jim James
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi terry mac.some of us are still having to work. Unlike  the easy life you have down in Bristol, Jim yarwood and I might just surprise you one day by appearing  in Bristol! Hello to Jill hinde! Have to go now , I'm not really  good at this so talk soon. 13 July 2014

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Thank you Jim

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 Corrinne
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Helen. We were in Muir Road. You don't say a year but maybe you know Diane Wyles? My sister. We also played in the streets from dawn till dusk. Great memories. Nice area to grow up.

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Thank you  Corrinne
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Sue Black nee Green
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Am I the only person from Senacre looking at this site? Is everybody else who went there computer illiterate?

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Thank you Sue
No I went to Senacre Dennis Miar, not sure about David Stubberfield has some photos on his site of he reunion at the school
http://www.stubberfield.net/senacre/ .
John Farmer sister has made some submissions. I was in the same class as John.
I was one of the first Pupils .Even remember when park Wood and Senacre were Woods and the police had the scid pan in what is now Morrisions once Safeways

15/072014

Steph Cooksley
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Pete Attrill, Really need your help, can you put me in touch with Monica Chambers. I'm over in the UK, not in Maidstone any more but urgently need to speak with her regarding Margery Skinner.

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Thank you Steph.
is there anyone who can help Steph


16/07/2014
 Tony Norman
 United Kingdom
Maidstone I remember it well: Freddie Burgess,I to have moved to sussex, I`m at the other end east in Bexhill.Do you remember rolling that Vanguard, happy days


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Thank you Tony


19/07/2014

 Dave Sutton

Maidstone I remember it well: I went to Senacre in the mid sixties and can get by with a computer some of the time.

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Thank you Dave


21/07/2014
: Malia Rachele Santangelo Pescara di Diana

Maidstone I remember it well: Dear friends of "Maidstone-I-remember-it-well"
I remember this:
The old kettles for tea ... whistled when the water was boiling, and brought joy into the house.
Yesterday my son came back from Kent, Maidstone and Cornwall.
My son has been twenty years away from Maidstone, saw and photographed the places dear to our hearts, our old house and all Maidstone.
He brought me a gift ... the new boiler (Kettle) very modern, but I remembered the old boiler house of the grandparents!
So many memories and tears can trigger the new and the old kettle.
Embrace all of you while I look at pictures of Maidstone in July 2014; I think you and I embrace you,
Happy holidays to those who leave and those who remain. With friendship, Malia Rachel

I remember it well: Dear friends of "Maidstone-I-remember-it-well"
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 9 am in St. Francis Church (126 Week Street) there is a Mass in memory of my mother and my father. Thank you for the prayers of any religion you are.
With friendship, greetings, Malia Rachel
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Thank you Malia Rachel

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 Kenneth Evans
 
Maidstone I remember it well: R.I.P. Eric Snowball  purveyor of musical instruments in Maidstone. Initially at The Broadway and then Upper Fant. Happy memories of trying out Band Gear  Ken Evans  Lead Guitar


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Thank you Kenneth Who do/did you play for?


22/07/2014

 Norm Gearing

Maidstone I remember it well: Norm Gearing australia
re Senacre secondary I started there when it was first built after spendind time at Vinters in Nissan hut classrooms I left in 1959 I was house captain of Medway house and a school prefect the Headmaster was Norman Evans.
Some of the pupils are remember are Michael Cogger ,Dereck Newell ,David George Dorothy Grayland Ann Trail Cherie Saxby Colin Hill ,Keith Chapman David Reed ,Raymond Crouch ,Jacqueline French. Also the teachers Mr Clark,Mrs Price and Mr Evans.
I lived in Essex Road right near the School which is now gone, great memories


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Thank You Norm
yes so did I. the year lower than you
Mr Clark the woodwork teacher Live near the top of Well st Loose' often had a chat to him if I went that way home.
remember Mrs Price and Mr Evans the welsh teacher ,He ask me if I was related to Hannan Swaffer ,I had not heard of him then so my answer was "I don't know .ButI have a welsh uncle"
Do you remember going down Nottingnam ave and the island where the bus waited for us had dissapeared down a sink hole.
Norman Evens with his trousers kept up with a tie .
And the games of football on the green Nottingham ave 50 or more each side

23/07/2014
John Newick

Maidstone I remember it well: A disco cant remember if it was sat/sunday night called the chineese laundry,along by the hazlet theatre,good stuff

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Thank you John

Think that may have been in the Corn Exchange .

did not know what it was called but think they called ita Disco then

Think it was then Mondays


24/07/2014
Pam Higgins nee Clark
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Helen I don't remember a Helen but there was another Clark family in Campbell road cause sometimes we got their mail and one would have to post it was stone street end we were hayle road end from 1954 to 1974 have lots of happy memories can anybody remember Jackie and lyn lived old Tovilroad we used to play at the garages on Muir road think our age group had a very happy childhood end of the war no money but always lots of love and laughter firms always did Xmas party days out in summer lots of community now you never see children out playing knocking on friends door saying asking if our friends can come out to play be wonderful if we could all turn the clock back just for one day 


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Thank you Pam
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26/07/2014
Colin Edwards

Maidstone I remember it well: John Newick,I think you might mean the Corn Exchange
at the other end of the arcade to the Hazlitt nearly opposite the Star Tap.{over the top of a fire station?)Some good nights there.Amen Corner in 1967 when they had their first hit with Gin House.The Coloured Raisins were frequent vistors.
2 bob for a short,threepence extra for a mixer.
Also remember seeing a Dalek there.How did he get up the stairs?


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Thank you Colin
I think the fire station had move by then

27/07/2014

Steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Like John Newick I remember the Chineese laundry above the old fire station in the old arcade. Pretty sure it was held on a sunday and I remember a large picture of aphrodite in a sea shell on one wall. It was indeed a disco and played a variety of music including a little ditty by Slade, "All right everybody". The management forbad any foot stomping to this record because the floor would literally bounce with the rythm. Pals and I would also see groups and I particulary remember Judge Dread miming over records. Great days


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Thank you steve

think I only went on a Monday

Sunday nights -London Tavern / or a  trip to the  witch doctor Hastings





28/07/2014

Malia Rachele Santangelo Pescara di Diana

Maidstone I remember it well: Dear Friends of Maidstone-I-remember-it-well, I remember all the times that are left from Maidstone to go on holiday in England
I've always been happy these trips with my family up, we visited museums and unforgettable cities such as Canterbury or the itinerary of the writer Charles Dickens, then tell them there! ...
I wish you all Happy Holidays to invigorate the mind and body with your families.
See you soon, best regards, Rachele Malia


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Thank you Malia Rachele

29/07/2014

Colin Palmer
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi I worked at tovil paper mill 1978 to 1981 when it closed down I have to say that was one of the best jobs i ever had I worked my way up to a dryerman on no4 m/c I went on to work for alabaster passmore next door up the hill until that closed down about 1992 approx even my wife worked at the KEF speaker factory and also tesco we lived in tovil for a number of years. I will always have fond memories of tovil. I have since moved on and live in suffolk but still visit tovil when i come to see family who still live in the maidstone area


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Thank you Colin

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