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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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

 

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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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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!!).


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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.

 


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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

 


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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


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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


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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

 


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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!


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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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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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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.

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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?


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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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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.
 

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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



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14/01/2014
Terry Mckenna

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Les: The tall guy (3rd in from the left) is my older brother Michael. He was for a long time
"Top Mod" in Maidstone and often appeared in the KM as the epitome of a Mod. I would suggest the photo is a little earlier than suggested probably about 1967: As for the St Francis school children again I think that may have been right at the beginning of the 1950's For well over a decade the priests were Messrs' Moore, Toughy and Cannon Simmons and I don't recognise the priest at all. No doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong!! 


86.180.55.107 United Kingdom
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Thank you Terry

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 Hugh shannon
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Terry Mac.Re St Francis photo.You are right about the Priests,but in addition there were Fathers Wren and Bannan,the latter being fairly fluent in guttural Anglo Saxon.I do not recognise the Priest shown but the uniforms indicate a later time as I recall them being brown.Hope this does not indicate my increased dementia output.Best Regards Hugh.


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Thank you Hugh

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15/012014
Lyn Page

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi to Margaret Lidyard we were best friends back in the 60's what great memories we have.  The Royal Star especially where as you say my Mum n Dad worked, my Dad died 1989 and my Mum is 92 !  This site has brought back so many names and places it's great to read about them all.  Do you remember Jimmy Dawkins, Mick Judge, Mandy Calloway, Stevie (can't remember her surname) Ronnie and Angela from the Star, Ernie Watters (head barman)  I remember when you got your 1st car ( red mini) you were 18.  We went to Margate, Hastings, London, Chatham.  I remember your Mum n Dad how they always let me stay over at yours they were lovely people.  There's so much to remember maggie (as you were called then)  hopefully we can meet up and carry on with the memories.


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Thank You Lyn

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16/01/2014
Lyn Page ( Harman)

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Roger Chapman I remember your sister Pauline we were at South Boro school together I also remember your Mum and Dad can't remember your sister but remember you Paulines younger brother.  Also living opposite you was the Brooker family, Peter and Rosemary.  Give my regards to Pauline next time you're in contact I remember that she was into archery


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Thank you Lyn

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Bernie Martin

Maidstone I remember it well: Re the photos I posted the one taken at St Francis is a Communion photo, my brother Paul is actually second right of the priest, bigger than the other kids & wearing a tie.  He says as it is first communion he would be around 11 yrs old which would make the picture 1959. Surely someone out there recognises someone from these photos.
To Barry Hynes, did you get my email ?
Cheers,
Bernie Martin...

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Thank you Bernie

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Terry  McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Guys: I sent my brother Michael the photo of the "Mods" and he replied: OMG Colin Judge: Roger Eiffert: Wendy Paine: Davy Lloyd: Little Mo: and Pat; as well as himself (the tall guy). He didn't sadly put the names in any particular order but reckons it was taken on top of the Kent Messenger Offices in Week Street opposite St. Francis Church and School (where The Society Rooms are) and probably 1963. If any of those guys are still around email me at terrymckenna178@btinternet.com and I'll pass on messages to my brother who lives in Nova Scotia and is now a Citizen of Canada. I was still at St Francis in 1959 (last year); made my first communion and we did have our photo's taken outside what was then the most popular entrance into the church: Sadly don't recognise anyone at all including the priest, which makes me think it was a lot earlier than 1959. Thanks to Bernie Martin for the photo and Les for putting it on line...

86.180.55.107 United Kingdom
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Thank you Terry

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17/01/2014

David Buffin

Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Roger Chapman! Believe I was in the same class as you at Southborough,('60/'66) along with Bob Walker,Swannie etc. Hope to go back to prowl round sometime soon. Also remember teachers such as Mr Webster(library),Granger(eng.)Blackman(history)Tug Wilson(maths), Earnshaw (science),Nash(P.E.)the geography teacher who couldn't keep his hands to himself & "Jack" Russel(Tech.Drg.) But my fondest memory of the school was the daily line of boys and girls who stood at the playground fence looking at each other across the dividing primary school playground, and whose inmates would run from one side to the other carrying messages. Happy days. Good to know you're still up and running.   

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Thank you David
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Hugh shannon

Maidstone I remember it well: To Bernie.Re St Francis photo.As I recall,First Communion took place at age 7 or thereabouts.at least it was for me.Good Wishes Hugh.


90.203.182.106 United Kingdom

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Thank you Hugh
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18/01/2014
Shirley  Roome(nee)Trussell
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Shirley Roome( nee)Trussell. Fond memories. I lived in Salisbury Road off Boxley Road from 1956 until 1962then moved to Canterbury.
 My Dad was a Prison Officer. I went to Northborough primary and then on to Vinters girls in Union Street. I remember Miss Brett(PE teacher)Miss Dibble,
 Miss Collins, Miss Dowding(scary). My best friends at the time were Julia Harris, Jackie Shardlow, would love to know if any one remembers them and me.
 Used to frequent. Fiesta coffee bar, my Nan lived in Romney Place, and she used to walk past on a Saturday to spy on me,
if she saw me in there she would don me in to my Dad, as I was't allowed in there. Teddy boys bad influence. Ha,ha. Those were the days.


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Than you Shirley

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19/01/2014

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi all, have to say I am thrilled to have found this site. I can recall some of the names that are on this site. I have been thinking about Vinters for girls and can remember a lot of names that maybe of interest to any one that looks at this site. So here we go: these girls were all in my class, Teacher Miss Burnett. Julia Harris, Jeanie Robinson, Georgina Johnson, Ann Dearlove, Kathleen Duke, Shirley Saunders, Elaine Burr, Barbara Funnell, Christine Hughes, Patricia Carr, Wendy Manering, Christin Gilbert  ---- Springet? Bridget Bell, still a few more I think, but mind has gone blank(old age). Girls that we're not in my class, we're Jackie Shardlow, Pauline Tuck, Dawn Shoebridge. I hope those names jog someone's memory. Hope I hear back from any one of them. Fingers crossed. Regards Shirley Roome (nee) Trussell.

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Thank you Shirley

Les

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 21/01/014

sorry abouot the delay having trouble with mydesk top

Laurence  Mitchell
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Does anybody remember the record shops in Maidstone.The Longplayer in High Street,Sight and Sound in Bank Street,Harlequin in Week Street and 2 branches of Challenger and Hicks,spent many hours in all and I bet now all gone
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24/01/204


Terry McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Guys: Bernie Martin re the photo on top of the KM building opposite St. Francis school and church. Had an email from David Lloyd who is on the photo and was a great friend of my brother Michael: He gave me the line up as follows: L -R..
Mick Tilby: Patricia Martin: My brother Max (Michael) Judy Wreedon: Paul Martin: Bev Bock: Colin Judge: Roger Webb and David Lloyd: David and my brother both reckon the photo is from 1963:
Thanks to Les for putting up the photo from Bernie and thanks to David for his email to me.



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 Fri Jan 24 13:17:44 2014,

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 Hugh shannon

Maidstone I remember it well: To Terry Mac,Jim Y etc.Names I recall from St Francis.Mary Wright,Ruth Simmons,Maureen Baverstock.Roberta Mullen,Stan Kinnel,Henry Koren,Joyce Nolan,Damian Kenna,Steven Sepula,Jackie Smith,Paul Goodfellow,Glen Rose,Paul Sabine,Elizabeth Collins,Brian Hynes,Malcolm Hammond,Ann Walsh,Shirley WDave Millenilmshurst,Kathleen Bull,David Ledger,Robert Clegatt,Paul Stone,Kevin Devlin,Tony Oleary,Derek Jones,Terry Horton,Terry brian Marks (Yank),Desmond Sturgeon,John Langley.It should be understood that this list was compiled during a brief respite from early onset dementia. Hugh




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On Sun Jan 26 2014


 Freddie Burgess

Maidstone I remember it well: Reading about teachers at south borough school, when I first went there in 1954, in room 1, was Gerry Watmore, followed by mr Bernand. In 2, was Gandy Webber. In 3 was Gabby Lower. In 4 was skipper vanstone who was commissioner for scouts, and he was the one who used to keep touching the boys bums. In 5 was Jack Hodgeson,, and 6 was Stan Blackman. In 7 was Lofty Evans and C. J  Evans. In 8 was Jimmy James the music and RI teacher, in 9 was Mr Mills the woodwork teacher. In new buildings No 10 was Tug Wilson, no 11 was Percy Grainger. No 12 was Ernie Henshaw science teacher. No 13 was Basher Beynon the metalwork teacher.
There was also a lady teacher who joined, but cNnot remember her name.
For sport we had Don Andrews, and Frazer Nash.
The headmaster was Mr Graves followed by Mr Rawlinson.
Just a few memories for old pupils who remember them

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 Terry McKenna
:
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Hugh Shannon: The list of names from St Francis is quite impressive! You must have given the nurse that list ages ago!!! Ha Ha A couple more to maybe add to your list: Tony O'Leary (Whom i am in contact with on Facebook). Bryan Hampshire who i would love to find again: (We have spoken about him before!). Paul Imgrams (older brother Peter)who i last saw working in the Stone Centre (or whatever it's called these days!). And Jimmy Beale who i foolishly told J Y (Jimmy Yarwood NOT Jimmy Young!!) i'd find for him! I actually did find him and an email address AND his older (sister who lives in Bearsted and who i spoke to) but he hasn't responded to either me OR Jim. Lastly Andrew Woodward who lived in Boxley Road at the County Road end in a shop. Capoff (former leader of this site)is his cousin and told me that Andrew's mother had just passed on and he was going to the funeral service only a few weeks ago. Hugh hope you realise you "STILL" live in Maidstone and not Suffolk!!! lol Got to now cos i gotta send an email to someone called Hugh Shannon!! 



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Thank you Terry hope you find them

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27/01/2014

 Terry White

Maidstone I remember it well: i worked as a apprentice fitter n turner at Rootes ltd in MILL STREET Maidstone in 1959-1966.Mill st, had two way traffic then as did Palace ave, in our dinner hour we used to sit n chat up girls outside.

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Maidstone I remember it well: 1959-1966 apprentice at Rootes, remember Foster Clarks by maidstone market on fire, also the flooding about 1960, could not get over Maidstone bridge with my bike, had to  use the High level bridge
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Thank you Terry

I worked at Reeds at New Hythe and rode my push bike through Aylesford and the dip by the Malta in was flooded so I went across the field by the motorway and up the slipway to the running Horse roundabout 1963

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Peter Honey

Maidstone I remember it well: Dennis Gibbons.Nice to hear from you.Yes we did have the bonfires at bottom of west park rd.Can you remember the other lads?Barry wood,kieth amy, David Munn, Kieth Drury.Are you still in Maidstone,and what about your brother lenny.I had a walk up York Rd a few months back nothing like it used be.Did you use to live next door to Ray Jefferies.I will close now,do hope to hear from you again.


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Thank Peter

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were you one of Vic Gash's friends?


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28/01/2014


Jill  Wilkie nee Acott

Maidstone I remember it well: I recall being admonished by my Dad for using the term hop fields, he said that hops grow in gardens. I have never forgotten
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Thank you Jill


Thank you for reminding me

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Peter Honey

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Cyril i remember you standing at the top of Maidstone high st selling newspapers.
I was bus driving at the time around 1968 1970s for Maidstone Corporation nice to here you are still about.


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Peter Thank you


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Terry White


Maidstone I remember it well: I was an apprentice fitter n turner at Rootes Group in Mill st, 1959-1966.we had to attend tech college one day a week n evening til 9pm. at the broadway, next to Drake n Fletchers, was a pie shop from which we bought our meat n potato pie before returning to the college for evening classes.





Maidstone I remember it well: I used to make parts for new fire engines which were made at Rootes in mill st in the 1960s.



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Thank you Terry

The grandson of the people who ran that Pie shop has posted on here

The building was The Elepant and Castle pub at the start of the 20th centenary


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 Andrew Lawrence

Maidstone I remember it well: I can safely say that n ot many boys had such an exciting time growing up in Shepway as I in the 1950s and 60s,with friends like Terry Hills Dave Small,John Bolding among others.We explored willington caves,started fires in the woods,used bows and arrrows ,went scrumping for strawberries,pears,cherries,got caught,slapped and sent on our way..did paper rounds and collected the money on a Sunday having to face grumpy old gits stil half drunk from their Saturday night excesses,with "I wanna be Bobby`s girl"playing on the radio in the other room.So much more I could write a book!



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Thank you Andrew

Did Terry Hills live somewhere  behind the one and only ? if so we were in the same class at Senacre

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04/02/2014

Phillip Wood
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Looking for a Micheal O`Cock any news
re Adrian Pointer nova scotia have heared nothing


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 Freddie Burgess

Maidstone I remember it well: Reading what Shirley Roome wrote about her early years,
I recall her friend Pauline Tuck I used to see her sometimes & take her on my motorbike.
 Her dad was a prison officer as well & she moved up near Cumbria. I met her again when
she was staying with you in Canterbury, and gave you & her a lift to Canterbury in my
Ford 100e vanwith George hall, do you have any recollection of this, many moons ago,about 1962?


 
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Beverley Collett

Maidstone I remember it well: I lived in Hillary Road Penenden Heath  for most of my life until till I got married.
 My maiden name was Sisley. I attended St Paul's, Northborough, and Vinters Girls. I remember from Hillary road ,
 the Scott's, Budds, Kent's, and Thomas's and the Henleys amongst others. And the 2 shops at the bottom of the road.
I loved living there.


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Maureen Hart

Maidstone I remember it well: In 1953 I went from St. Francis Catholic School to Maidstone Girls Technical School.
I just loved my time there.  I'm so grateful to the teachers who, as a great team, gave us such a wonderful
This was a time when speech had a prominent place in the curriculum, particularly vowel sounds.  My cousin Fiona
found this site for me, what a treat. To John Warner..I went dancing at the Star Ballroom several times a week.
The big bands, rock n'roll - FANTASTIC !!



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Thank you Maureen
you will find a lot of contribiters went to St Francis.

and went and/or worked there
If Hart is your Married name if you let me know your Maidern name you may find some old pals


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08/02/2014


Maureen Stephens

Maidstone I remember it well: I remember how I enjoyed my time at Saint Francis school. Eileen Keiley, Maureen Hughes,
 Danny Moriaty, Joseph Micalef ( thought I would Marry him) unfortunately didn't see him once he left school,Maria Hickey,
 Linda Dayson ( Harry O'Donell married her sister I believe, Teresa
Gamble, Sheila Law. Good times, happy days. 


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Thank you Maureen knew Danny Moriaty his brother Vic and Mother

Bryony


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Yvonne ( nee Nicholls ) Trafford

Maidstone I remember it well: Just read this site for the first time,really lovely remembering things about my school etc. I went to West Borough Sec left in 1959 I remember Mr Diamond,Daisy Price, Mr Meade,& the others Pat mentioned,my favourite was Mr Harris at Oakwood Park I loved it there as we had to walk from the main school, I also liked Mrs Lloyd the cookery teacher. I also went swimming near the gas works and didn't learn to swim, I taught myself when I was 15 years. I went dancing at the Star Hotel, Sat nights, Sun ( Jaz )Mon nights, dancing at Peter Preedy's, Roller skating.  I think I know Paddy Barden( Australia Maidstone) who wrote in, if his wife's name is Cheryl, we used to keep in contact via Christmas cards but lost contact when they moved to Australia,we used to live opposite each other in Hackney Road Maidstone, my daughter moved to Australia in 2009 and she tried to get me Cheryl's email address via one of Paddy & Cheryl's sons, who is into sport like my daughter, she is a fitness trainer in Mandurah Aus. It would be wonderful to be in contact again. With the never ending storms outside reading this site today has been a ray of sunshine.

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Thank you Yvonne

There is school photo of Westborough on site

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10/02/2014
Angela Price nee Stevens

Maidstone I remember it well: I also went to the methodist Sunday school with my two older sisters Rosemary,Christine
and my younger one Nina,and remember Miss Burgess. We all went to All Saints school with Mr Parslow as head master and
 then Nina and I with Mr Fulljames (a great headmaster) South Borough we had Miss Pethybridge as headmistress.
Those were the days. Just found this site and its great .


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Yvonne ( nee ) Nicholls Trafford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Yes Ruby I remember swimming in the river Medway at sandy bay. I went for a walk along the
 river one day with my younger sister and on the way home police divers were dragging out a dead body of a man face white
as milk, I was told by police to hurry along home, I never swam there again, and never forgotten seeing a dead body.


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Thank You Yvonne
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Michael Gifford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: maidstone i remember it well . i was brought up on shepway estate .and when we was about
10 years of age we my brother and a few other friends would all take our jam jars and nets and catch a loose road trolly
bus to the top of old loose hill and spend the day padling in the streams catching anthing that looked intersting..
we had no idea of the time as we allways went home when it started to get dark ...being a child in the 50s was allways
 an adventure ...


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Jimmy J James


Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Bernie Jim year wood told me about this great site,so are you in Maidstone in February?
 If so would love to meet up for adrink. I read somewhere that someone said Pete dean was good at football, don't know
where he got that idea from, Pete used to say only one thing got past him, the ball or the player, not both.
Only joking Pete!regards Jim James


Maidstone I remember it well: Hi terry mac , have been following your comments for sometime now ,you seem to know so many
people!john Radcliffe is still going strong two children married to Judith and very successful in same business as
 Godfrey Holmes. Nigel Dilnot-Smith doing very well same as gh. I went to gh reunion last October 2013! Met lots of
 old colleagues. I see Jim hardwood quite a lot and I have slightly more hair than him. Regards to Bristol . Jim James

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Thank You Jimmy


Peter Stevens

Maidstone I remember it well: Ahhhhhhhhhh - the smell from the coffee shop. This is a great site. Thanks very much.
 Any Vinters old boys out there '66 - '70? - remember Cat Stevens?(that's my nick name). I'd love to get in touch.
 Living in the Philippines now after 22 years in Hong Kong. email me on divemonster25@yahoo.co.uk or facebook under my
real name.

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Yvonne Trafford ( nee ) Nicholls
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Jill Smith,my mum Gwen Nicholls worked at your dad's bakery as I did a few times
it brings back lovely memories as my mum really enjoyed working at the bakery, is it still in business?
 I also worked with you Jill at Springfield,Sandling Road.


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Peter Stevens

Maidstone I remember it well: This is a great site. Thanks. I lived in Grace Avenue, on the London Road from 1965-1976.
 Went to Westboro School 65-66 then Vinters Boys 66-70. My brother, Martin, followed me there in 1970. Howard de Walden
youth club and the pub at the end of the road (the Rose and Crown?)were regular haunts. Canoed,
 fished and swam at Allington. Worked weekends at Tescos and the green grocers (?) in Week Street.
My dad worked at Reeds in Aylesford and he and my mum were both in the Civil Defence club that gets a mention elsewhere
 on this site. I learned to sail on Mote Park and now teach sailing to local school kids here at the Puerto Galera Yacht
Club in the Philippines. The Little Gem in Aylesford was a favourite too. I'd love to get in touch with friends from that
 time. I'm at divemonster25@yahoo.co.uk or facebook.
 
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Terry McKenna
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Jimmy James: Well well a very long time no hear: How are you my friend? Jim Hardwood (as you
 called him!!) did mention to me that he saw you occasionally and i think he said you live in Bearsted!! I met NDS and
Angela a couple of years ago and he still looks the same (really annoying that!!). I think i have asked before if anyone
 from G.H. is still around and next time you hear of a reunion please let me know. My hair grows at a pace everywhere
except on my head!! Last time i was in Maidstone was sadly for my late and best ever friend Trevor Miles funeral in 2011
(he lived opposite out shop in Holland Road). I have known Jim Year Wood!! since we were at St Francis primary school and
 he and his Mom lived in Wheeler Street in the mid 1950's. Blimey just writing that makes me feel really old. My own
sporting days are long gone and the ravages of time have not been that good to me. Of course i'm STILL devilishly handsome
and smooth tongued!! Valentines day is due soon so i better start writing some cards to myself: lol Jim my email is
 terrymckenna178@btinternet.com  Skype is  terry.sean.mckenna I may be passing through Maidstone in April en route to
Peter Capon's home and also visiting a soon to be 85 years young lady and her 83 year old sister in Cliftonville.
These two ladies are the daughters of the lady my BIRTH mother brought me and her to London from Scotland in 1949
 (when!!) to work for and live in. If you email me i'll send you on line the little book i wrote of my early life and
subsequent adoption by the McKenna's in 1954. Yes i do know a lot of people even after all this time living in Bristol
(well over 40 years now!!). Of course my Mum and Dad with the bakery and shop: Elder brother Michael was Top Mod in
 Maidstone (look earlier on this page at photo): Dad and his politics and eventually becoming Mayor of Maidstone 1983/4
and my own footballing prowess (well i'll say it if nobody else does!!). The Godfrey Holmes days were great too and the
 likes of yourself: Martin Roberts: The late Micky (Noddy) Holder: The original J. R. The lovely Joyce who did the stock
 records: NDS and the other Nigel, Chillingworth, who lives in Ireland and others were a good team. Didn't G.H. get taken
 over by GKN and then Kerry Partco? Look forward to your reply. I wish you and your family well. Terry Mac.
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Thank You Terry
Les
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Jill Hinde

Maidstone I remember it well: Good to see Jimmy James entering the field! There are a few references to you on these pages
 Jim (as we'd expect!) I was a Medway girl but knew a few Maidstone people and often came here for the clubs and discos!
Now doing some work with elderly people who have wonderful memories of old Maidstone.
 
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Thank you Jill
maybe you could ask if you could put them on site
Les
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Stan Phillips
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Les, as it the 30th anniversary of the closure of Chatham Dockyard, I wonder how many
of Maidstone people, travelled to work there !
Maybe a relative was a Dockyard apprentice !
nt


 
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Hello Stan(you xray) thank you Stan
Not as far as I know here,but radio Kent where running a reunion with limited tickets
logon to there site for details

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12/02/2014
Bernie Martin

Maidstone I remember it well: To Jimmy James, good to see you on this website, not sure if you meant me but no I won't be in Maidstone in February. Did you guys who worked at Godfrey Holmes remember Robin Brown anyone know where he is ,what he's doing.  How's the wifes vodka bar doing ? My bar { The Riggers Arms} & my homebrew are very popular with the locals. What are you doing with yourself these days. To Barry Hynes : Barry I have sent you two emails , no reply ? Take care everyone. Bernie Martin.

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Christine Webb
 United Kingdom
Maidstone I remember it well: So pleased to know someone else remembers the Elephants walking through the town, I have just seen your message Neil thanks.
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 Christine (Chris) 
Maidstone I remember it well: Maidstone I remember it well - Joyce you will remember me I lived next door to you for some time. Also remember you from Vinters School as well as the teachers you mentioned, didn't remember the names of Miss Dibbles geese but I think you are right now I have read the names.

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Thank you Christine

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15/021014

 Peter Honey
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Dennis Gibbons.Hi dennis would like to have a chat with you so will leave my e mail adress:    peter.honey123@btinternet.com


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Thank you Peter
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Jimmy James


Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Jill Thorogood! Will be glad to catch up with you sometime,my email is jimjames48@hotmail.co.uk


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Thank you Jimmy

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Michael Ocock
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Philip Wood wants to contact me. (message 04-02-2014) Please pass on my email address


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Thank you Michael ok  will do
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Shirley Roome nee Trussell
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Freddie Burgess. Regarding my best friend Pauline Tuck, she died 25yrs ago from Cancer, we remaind friends until she died. Still see her brothers a lot, they still live in Cumbria. I can't remember you bringing us home from Maidstone, but as you say a long time ago. Do you still live in Maidstone?  Regards Shirley ( nee ) Trussell .

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Thank you Shirley .Sorry to hear about your friend Shirley

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Ches
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I arrived at Howard House Fant Road in 1959 I had just turned 15yrs old and had just left Doddington childrens home. Howard House was then owned by the KKC and was a girls hostel for girls in care until the age of 18yrs. I loved it there and my first job was at Dunnings the Departmental store in Weak Street, what a laugh we had there, I was the telephonist and the store was run just like the one on "Are you being served". There was two of us from the hostel that worked there Jackie the other girl worked on the shop floor, we used to belt hell for leather in the mornings to catch the trolly bus as we were always late. My next job was at the Len an Upholstery factory at the bottom of Gabriels hill I worked in the office there. I also worked in Danish Bacon Company in the office and really enjoyed that job too. I left there to get married in 1961 as I had met a guy from Burham a right Ted in those days. We are still together and it will be our 53rd Wedding Anniversary this year. We have since over the years been to Maidstone, only passing through in the car and have fond memories of our younger days. The Wig and Gown,the Star, there was a cafe near the river we used to get a fish and chip meal in there, I think it was called the Green door or something similar. The last time that I googled Howard House it said that it was an Unmarried girls home, I was unaware that it was also a childrens home until I read it on this site. Happy Days.


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Phil Wood
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Would like to thank Les Swaffer for helping me couldn`t get through on your e-mail address
Phil Wood

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Freddie  Burgess

Maidstone I remember it well: To Shirley Roome, sorry to hear Pauline died, she was a nice girl, what was she about early forties? I no longer live in Maidstone as I moved to West Sussex in 1967. I also remember her brother Phil, but don't think he would remember me. Brings back happy memories


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18/02/2014

Tony Skinner

Maidstone I remember it well: The list of names of St. Francis pupils was so far up the page I can't find it to see who wrote it now but here are a few more that come to mind: Eric Twynam, Terry Skinner (my brother - he married Ann Walsh), Yvonne Shoebridge, Christine Fitzimmons, Shirley Wilmshurst, Ann Russell, Pat Chapman (she was Head Girl at the same time I was Head Boy !!), Ronald Copley, Christopher Morgan, Pauline Delaney, Terry Groves, Diana Flynn (she married Joseph Pointer),John Jones (brother of Derek), Jim Beale (my cousin). Thanks to Jim Yarwood for reminding me about this site which I haven't visited for some years. And Thanks to Peter for keeping it going. I live in Melbourne Australia now - about to retire - and would love to hear from any old school pals. wine2000@bigblue.net.au
Oh, and I would have been in Bernie's communion picture near Paul Martin as he was one of my best mates !


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Thank You Tony

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20/02/2014
Christopher Woolgar
 
Maidstone I remember it well: i was on reed transport 1969-1997 1-2 bay 97-2006 a long time a great time made so meny good frends terable to see it all go so menny peaple worked there .


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 Robin Beames
 United Kingdom
Maidstone I remember it well: Lovely reading so many well written pieces about our local bands. I was drumming for Autumn Vine in late 70s with Malcolm on bass guitar. Do you remember the Johny Young 4? Great country band, of course "Elvis" always there as you say with wine glass on his head !Just seen Trev Cradduck's contribution, I hav'nt seen him for yonks !!


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 21/02/2014
Richard Sheppard
 
Maidstone I remember it well:  To Robin Beams I've just read your piece on the site ,brings back memories from shall I say a lot of years ago (approx. 50).I remember you being nearly joined at the hip with a pair of Drumsticks . If my memory serves me right you had a brother Graham sisters Elizabeth and Hannah .I remember the house you lived in being opposite the entrance to Wordsworth Rd where I lived .Your father I seem to remember was a dental mechanic (if that's the write term),making false teeth. I did put piece on the site under the heading Penenden Heath .    Richard Sheppard (Dick).



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Crown and Horseshoes Langley

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23/02/2014

Max (Michael) McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: M.G.S. The head of #A was not wacker Cayley, later to be Head, rather W**ker Cayley a name I gave him and wrote on the board for the entire school year after being caned for squirting him in the eye with a water pistol aimed according to my dimming memory at one Julian Partis. The first person (W**ker) that I truly despised in life, and one who reciprocated my feelings with interest.



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Thank you  Max

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http://my-history.freeforums.net/thread/30/submission-miriw-23-02-2014

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Someone mentioned the elephants parading through the town

if you click on pervious and next for more 


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25/02/2014

Desmond Warren

Maidstone I remember it well: I did ask this question before some time ago but thought I'd try again to see if I get a few more replies.
My father was Dr. Alan Warren who had his surgery on Loose road through 40s/50s and 60s. His 3 brothers were also Drs in Maidstone (Uncle Bill, Uncle George and Uncle Harry) through a similar time. My Grandfather was also a Dr at the top of Rocky Hill (Brosely House on the right - now gone) Any memories out there ?
Have we ever thought about putting this site on Facebook ?


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Thank You Desmond

have put it on facebook a few time

and put your submission here

http://my-history.freeforums.net/thread/33/submission-miriw-25-02-2014

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Christine Oliver nee Stevens
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Desmond Warren I remember your uncles George and Harry. I remember being very unwell with yellow jaundice as a child in the fifties and dr Harry coming out to my home regularly to check on me. I also remember sitting in what seemed at the time a very large waiting room in the house at the top of Rocky Hill.

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Thank you Christine

put this here http://my-history.freeforums.net/thread/36/submission-miriw as well

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Angela Price nee Stevens
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Going back to the days of going to the Methodist Sunday school l remember the great outings to the sea side especially Broadstairs(still a great favourite)also the wonderful picnics held at Tovil scouts field sadly no longer there and the sing song sitting around the scouts camp fire but l don't remember it ever being lit.
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Thank you Angela
The scouts flied is still there at the top of Straw Mill Hill opposite the fire brigade HQ unless there was another one


also here http://my-history.freeforums.net/thread/37/miriw

a reply on http://my-history.freeforums.net/

Tovil Scouts.


When Reeds paper mill closed, the field the scouts enjoyed from Reeds was no longer available, now a housing estate. As I understand it, Reeds offered the Scout Association the land Tovil Scouts now enjoy in Stockett Lane, opposite the cricket ground which is next to the Godlands (Fire Brigade HQ).
This occurded just prior to my involvement with Tovil Scouts.

Alec Spicer

Read more: http://my-history.freeforums.net/thread/37/miriw?page=1&scrollTo=119#ixzz2uqGEMHpG

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 Brenda Jamieson nee Wright

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Terry, what a lot of names and yes I certainly do remember quiet a few of them, sorry I have only just replied but I don,t get on the
jolly old comp that often, must change my habits a bit. I remember Pam Otterway, Pat Dodd The Garrot family and of course your Auntie Beaty and Uncle Stan. You know
It was a shock to me when we moved as I was in the opthalmic hospital for a couple of weeks and when I went home it was straight to the other house in Bower Lane.
It is so lovely to  go back all those years, I remember getting on my bike and riding down James St to see who was about. Yes I did have a twin sister, she died when we were 9 I can't help wondering if I would still have come to Australia to live. Hope to chat again  All the best, Brenda Jamieson, nee Wright.

 How well I remember Peneden Heath, the swings in particular, the long one was great until the boys came along and tried to get it so high it frightened us girls I
used to play there a great deal but can't remember the names of the other kids I was with, I know I used to ride my bike from home, Wheeler st, and would always find
 someone to play with at the heath,  anyone remember best wishes to all I know, Brenda Jamieson, nee Wright


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Thank you Brenda, there was a Garrot family that move in up Middlesex rd.think they moved to East Malling 

also put this here http://my-history.freeforums.net/thread/42/miriw

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Steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Trying to trace any one who i knew from the old YMCA at Loose in the early 70s, John Adams,Alan Whent, Paul Carmen, Valarie Ransom,
 Stuart Gallard.
Any help would be great.


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Graham (Jamie) Jamieson

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Les Swaffer,
Have just read page 36 and have come to the end to see the list of names, can I be added to this list. I have read a lot of the pages and have been very interested in them,
 unfortunately have not seen any of my friends,except for one, who used to be in my class at East Borough School,that was Brenda (Wright) now Jamieson. I  would like to
 hear from anyone who remembers me. I am now living in Calne Wiltshire.


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Pauline Chapman

Maidstone I remember it well: Hello Lyn Page.  I remember you very well.  I used to come to your house quite a lot and enjoyed being with your family.  I remember your Dad had a small black car - one that I think is now quite collectable.  I knew from your Mother that your surname is Page - I spoke to her when she and my Mother were in the same hospital.  Yes I did do Archery.  Mum and Dad took me with them to the field/park behind the Walnut Tree Pub on the Loose Road.  Do you remember Miss Filmore our English teacher?  I often saw her when we were shooting there, I think she lived close by and I saw her walking her dog around there.  Later we used to shoot somewhere at the top of Postley Road near South Park.  In the winter we would shoot indoors at Sharpes Toffee Recreation centre along the London Road (Dad worked for Sharpes in their London office.  I think I can remember most of the Southborough teacher's names - can you?  Which primary school did you go to - was it St. Philips.  I went to All Saints from 1953 onwards and prior to that it was a primary where I lived in East Malling.  This is a great site and I've still got a lot to read.  Will probably come back later.

 

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07/030/2014

Terry McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Tony Skinner: I saw your list of former St Francis pupils (some names there that I'd forgotten!) and I notice you mentioned Jimmy Beale is your cousin!! Jim Yarwood who i have known since we were about 5 years old and am still in touch with, was for a long time Jim B's best friend and I've been trying to contact him on Jim Y's behalf for ages. Jim lived at 78 Holland Road (Sittingbourne Road end) and I lived at 19 Holland Road (McKenna's Bakery/Off Licence) and was also a friend of Jim B!! I have spoken to Jim B's oldest sister Pat Doidge who lives in Bearsted. Ironically i live in Bristol and have done so for over 40 years!! and Jim B. also for a while was in Bristol and holds exhibitions at the Bristol Royal Academy of Arts on a regular basis. As you appear to know Jim Y well any chance you could have a chat about your cousin? Jim Y would be delighted to make contact with his "best friend" from all those years ago. Thanks in advance. Terry McKenna... Hi Les; i notice my brother has made a comment earlier up on this page regarding his former Head Master at Maidstone Grammar School. As you may have guessed he didn't think much of him!! My brother Max is a decent guy though and has many good and long term friends BUT is outspoken if needs be!! Nice to see you're still getting "New" people writing on this site which is just great and long may it continue i say..


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 Jane Rylands
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I lived on Holtye Crescent off Loose Rd from my birth in 1953-1976. I wonder if anyone remembers my friend Linda Coppin. She and I went to Plains Avenue Infant School. She was killed by falling masonry at Maidstone School of Music, around the age of 6 or 7, I guess. I also remember my heartbreak at our teacher Miss Hills' death from a car accident. Does anyone remember? It seems odd now that such an accident to kill a child; apparently Health and Safety was not such an issue ...

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10/03/2014

 Neil Foreman
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Cor - loads of memories on this site. I was born in Oak Tree Avenue in Mangravet, in March 1954. My Dad (Owen Foreman) was born in Yalding and my Mum (Joyce Cox) in Sutton Valence. I went to Mangravet infants school for a while then we moved to Bell Meadow opposite the (then) Blue Door pub. I was in the very first class at the newly built Bell Wood School. My earliest friends were Robert Frith and Steven and Roger Rawlings. We played in the woods at the back of Park Wood - what is now Bicknor Road and the Industrial estate and south of Willington Street which is now Senacre Wood. I rode my first motorbike there - a BSA Bantam 125cc. before any of the houses were built.
Many weekends were spent with my Aunt and Uncle in Wheeler Street - in one of the few original Wheeler Street houses that are still standing today -  just over the road from The Rose pub. I recall my Aunt buying knitting wool in Mankelows shop in Holland Road. On the corner of Wheeler Street and James Street was another little shop called 'Prudence'. I'd buy penny Bangers for bonfire night and sweets from the shop window - you had to open a wire cage door to get to them. Highlight of Saturday evening was roasting Chestnuts on the coal shovel on the fire and watching The Billy Cotton Bandshow on the little black & white telly. Sunday dinner time I'd walk with my Uncle, through the cut at the end of Bluett Street to The Dog and Gun in Boxley Road and have a lemonade in the corridor while my Uncle had a pint or three in the bar.
When I started at The Boys Grammar in (I think 1964) I'd catch the trolley bus from Wallis Avenue. The bus went down Stone Street which was then a two way street. I'd get off at Knightrider  Street and walk back up the hill to school with my friends. The Art College on The Tonbridge Road was a popular night out at weekends. I saw lots of great bands there - The Groundhogs, Stray, Edgar Broughton Band, Status Quo, Gentle Giant, Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and even Skid Row with sixteen year-old Gary Moore.
When I reached sixteen I formed a rock band called 'HYDE'. Dickie Judd was the Drummer, Micky Holness, the Bass player and Ryan Beeching a brilliant lead singer. The last two worked at Charles Arkcoll. David Bowie, The Sweet, T Rex, Status Quo, Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones were all popular at the time. We played all over Kent but in Maidstone it was at The Mitre, The Albion, The London Tavern, The One and Only and at Youth Clubs in Parkwood and the one in the basement of The Congregational Church in King Street.
I remember 'Elvis' dancing with a pint on his head in The Mitre and there was another feller always there. He always wore a floppy leather hat and danced on his own. He once got picked on and beaten up for no reason at all in The Mitre by an infamous local Scumbag who, I'm told, is still around.
My first motorbike was an AJS 250 then a Tiger 90 then a NORBSA 650cc cafe racer - the first bike I ever built. We'd all meet at either the Fiesta (under the Granada cinema or over the road at Conti's coffee bar - later Hubble and Freeman. The bikes were parked on the corner opposite and there was always one or two of them in pieces on the pavement.
Dickie Judd and I later formed a band called 'JET' with Terry Brown and Dave Rosewell originally from 'TALES'. Terry and Dave were replaced by Pete Giles on Bass and Micky Hewitt on Keyboards. We always seemed to be playing at The Star Ballroom, Tudor House, Great Danes or Greenways. Sooo many memories, I could go on forever.



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Thank You Neil
I moved into Middlesex Road about 1955 on shepway

Conti's was next door to what was Hubble and Freemans

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11/03/2014

DAVE KING
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Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Jane Rylands
You  mentioned my cousin Linda Ann Coppin who you went to plains avenue school with, my cousin John spotted your story.
It happened on Saturday 11th Jan 1964, they were building Bishops Way, Linda had just come to the end of her lesson when a crane caught a telephone  wire attached to a chimney and puled it down through the roof, a terrible day for us.
my email address daveking42@live.co.uk 


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BARBARA COURT

Maidstone I remember it well: I lived five doors down from sharps fish and chip shop use to go to ottaways and mr mckennas bakery for mums bread my dad was window cleaner well known in maidstone he used to clean all the big shops like times furnishing and dunnings week street  mum and dad were very good friends of mack mckenna


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12/03/2014

Terry McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Barbara Court: I remember your dad the window cleaner. Didn't he at one time have a push bike that he used to carry his buckets and ladders on. He used to sometimes get clean water from the bakery and always had time for a chat with dad Mac. Sharps the fish & chip shop was great and always busy especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Were you related to the Court family that lived almost directly opposite our shop in Holland Road? They had a son Bob who i think was a policeman (detective i think) and his mum used to love dad's custard tarts made with real eggs (not powdered) and was often waiting in our shop for the hot fresh bread to arrive at 10am. Your dad was always up for a 'chat' when working BUT never actually stopped. As you say he was a regular sight in Week Street; one of the many characters in those days. It's good you have found this lovely site and if you haven't done so take a good look at the previous 30 pages where there are many great memories too. Although i have lived in Bristol for well over 40 years Maidstone will always be my home town; full of mostly good memories. I don't like all the changes and the traffic seems worse, a lot worse with all these one way systems but i suppose that's called progress isn't it.



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14/03/2014

BARBARA COURT nee HARMER
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi terry glad you remembered dad he was very well known and talked alot about your mum and dad /ll good of course .my sister Jean is in harritsham Linda still in maidstone and I live in sittingbourne .but remember lots of good times growing up in Wheeler street going to Ma Wades for sweets before school .
Ottawades you could get a penny chocolate cup cake coming to your mum and dads bakery for mums bread playing in James street hop scotch  and skipping with Janice Gill Marion Ring Sadie Mathews Jean Stevens and her sister Christen  sad we had to move as the houses were condemed and our family moved to ringlestone but never the same .hope you can remember some of these names , funny you never seem to forget .I dont think my husband is related to the Court family you mentioned as he is originaly from Dagenham essex  nice hearing from you


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15/03/2014
Rose

Maidstone I remember it well: First time I've written on this great site but have read it often,I started work at boots after leaving St Francis at the old Vinters site, and now work a few doors up in M&S. Lovely seeing a few names I remember well, My 4 sisters and myself were the original Nolan Sisters


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And I thought the Nolan Sisters were from ireland

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17/03/2014

Eileen Noble
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I lived in .Curzon rd from 1945 to 1961 and Peneden Heath was our local playground. We often went for a Sunday afternoon walk up th hedges to the Heath where we would watch bowls or play on the putting green. I often went up with friends on my own and played tennis and on the swings. I remember it before the motorway and there were a lot of chestnut trees and I used to love collecting them and eating them. Great memories

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 BARBARA COURT nee HARMER

Maidstone I remember it well: I remember going to Penden Heath with my sisters and friends walking up though the hedges to the Heath this was a passage way from the very top of Wheeler street  up to the Heath also going to the sheep wash as it was called then to catch newts in a jam jar.
 I remember the Danish Bacon yard opposite our house the Broom factory in james street Ottawades sweet shop , Sharps fish and chips Dog and Gun Pub and the Greyhound Pub where we used to go with mum and dad and have a vimto and a packet of crisps,
Going to the pie and mash shop with mum to get pease pudding and faggots just further down wheeler street.
 Getting the bus at the sessions house to go hop picking in the school walking down wheeler sreet to go to school picking up friend on the way with my sisters.would love to hear from anyone who went to Eastbourgh school and then went on to Vinter girls .

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Thank you Barbara

I remember the Peel street Hedges that went to the sheep  wash did not the foot path at the top of Wheeler street was also called he hedges


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20/03/2014
 Christine  Oliver nee Stevens
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I was born in Peel Street in 1951. I remember walking through the hedges to Penenden Heath and once or twice sitting in the children's room with my sisters at the Bull while mum and dad treated themselves to a quick drink. I went to St Paul's school before it was burnt down my first teacher was Mrs Hughs a very nice teacher indeed. I remember Mrs Lingham's shop on the corner of Peel Street and John Street and further down was Packhams. I enjoyed many a fish and chip Friday night tea from the chip shop which was and I think still is in Peel Street. 1958 we moved to the other side of town then I with my sisters attended All Saints school the teachers I had there were Mr Owen, Miss Judge and Mrs Fittal. The headmaster was Mr Parcelow. In1962 I started South Borough Girls I remember Mrs White, Mrs Macmillan, Mrs James, Miss Horsefield, Mrs Slaughter and Mrs Pritchard.
 This is a great site long may it keep going.


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It was St Paul Church that burn down but the school was damaged from the heat so they pulled it down

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 Hugh shannon
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Re Picture.Could be The Vatican or the Granada Maidstone.


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21/03/2014
Terry McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Hugh: The picture looks like the Granada when Des O'Connor was singing!! instead of comparing the brilliant "Pop" shows we used to get and I saw in the 60's... I also remember "Disc Jocks" as they were once referred as: David Jacobs, Pete Murray and even "Diddy" David Hamilton AND Jimmy Tarbuck as well as "Deaf" O'Connor, as the brilliant long running joke from Morcambe & Wise suggested. Although we did get to see most of the BIG stars of the day, in reality they usually only sang their last hit and the hopeful next one!! I remember my Mum and Dad taking me to the Drill at Chatham to see David Whitfield; commonly known as "The Voice" {long before Russell Watson} His PA system such that it was in those days broke down and he could be barely heard 3 rows back!! Mind you i was in my pram!!! Really good to see ALL the "newcomers" to this brilliant site.


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Duncan Button
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I still live in Maidstone, not Canada, but cannot scroll down to UK. I am pretty certain that the picture of the cinema is not of the Granada, but of the second Ritz in the town. This one was in King street, and had 3 frescos around the top of the screen, of dancers I think. 2 of these can be seen on this picture, but not very clearly. A better quality picture can be found if you google "Old Maidstone cinemas", and look on images of. Hello to Christine, must be the one I know. (K.C.M.). Duncan.


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Sorry Duncan but it is the Granada Hugh is right  .

Hugh's reference to the Vatican is to the paintings near the celling

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22/03/2014
Pamela Higgins nee Clark
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Christine your name rings a bell maybe remember you from South Borough.
 I also went to all saints left school in 1967 used to love cookery had Miss Wood upstairs was Miss Goddard,
 Mrs Slaughter was my form teacher in my last year Miss Petherbridge the head was larger than life and was quiet scarry .
Had three older brothers used to play south park and in the summer my favourite place was loose Stream
Was visiting Maidstone last summer so we went there was no children paddling so sat there remembering happy days with my mum knitting.
 Us four playing looking for tiddlers and stopping for our picnic sitting with our feet dangling in the water eating sandwiches there was
always children there always some one to play with lovely happy days

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24/03/2014
 Steve Charlton
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Definitely a photo of the Granada Cinema. In the late 60’s early 70’s, whilst working at Rootes Maidstone in the day, worked evenings at the Granada as an usher (complete with braided shoulder pads jacket, peaked hat & torch!) you could walk along the raised corridors where those balconies were with those cut out panels behind and look down on the audience in the stalls. Remember movies released a that time The Dirty Dozen, Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service & The Love Bug to name a few. My fiancée Hazel Jones worked there as an usherette and so I had to get in on the act!


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25/03/2014
Christine Oliver nee Stevens
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Pamela like you your name is familiar but I can't put a face to it at the moment. If you left school in 1967 you were probably a year behind me unless you stayed on to do the 5th year. I also had Miss Wood for cookery she was a very easy going teacher she used to let us make coffee with our school milk on the mornings we had her. Do you remember Miss Hobson? She was the science mistress she was also a bit deaf rumour had it that one of her experiments blew up and left her hard of hearing. Probably why her room was the furthest away from the main building!! I also spent a lot of time in South Park and Bockingford, occasionally at Loose Valley still a very pretty place to visit.


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I came through Bockingford on sunday and the road still has water running across it from all the rain we had

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27/03/2014

Pamela Higgins nee Clark
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I do remember Miss Hobson she was hard of hearing I loved Mrs Pritchard even though I hated history she was a lovely teacher and yes I was a year younger than you if your the person I think you came from tovil way was always kind to me and I always thought you was tall but maybe that's just because you was older than me I used to be friends with Teresa Bond was trying to think who our art teacher was quite small and if you ever see her out would be dressed in leather jacket.
 Maidstone has changed a lot over the years but still love to visit from time to time especially down at medway all saints church love it around there

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Bernie Martin

Maidstone I remember it well: Haven't seen any input from Barry Hynes lately & he is not answering his emails anyone seen him recently.
Still trying to find a couple of old mates : Tony Buckingham & Robin Brown anyone with any information please let me know. Cheers from a very wet Queensland, first real rain since February 2013 just in time as my dams were empty & I am buying hay for the cattle at $10 a bale.


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30/03/2014

Marney Friend

Maidstone I remember it well: Wow I see a lot of my family names being spoke about here some info I didn't know , MY GRANFARTHER Was a traveler , maidstone Lenny Friend


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 Christine Oliver nee Stevens

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Pamela I remember your friend Teresa Bond she had a sister Penny and I think two older brothers. Yes I did live in the Tovil area in the same road as Teresa. Where did you live? Yes I suppose I am a bit on the tall side!
I must agree with you Mrs Pritchard was a nice teacher, about 20 years ago when I was working in the village shop on Bearsted Green she would come into the shop to buy her Tiptree jam on her way to the golf course. She said she remembered me from school (I'm not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing)
I think the art teacher you are trying to remember was Mrs Wilmshurst, another very nice teacher very patient with me as I can't draw a thing!

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Barry Martin
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Does any one remember the discos in the seventies ie: Hunting lodge Tudor house Orchard spot . I was Barry lee Martin one of the dj's love to chat


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Thank You Barry .I remember them but did not go to them went to the Tubor House when they had live jaz bands there and did they not call the Orchard Spot the Otham 500 so they could stay open till the early hours Was nice to meet you the other week
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02/04/2014
Steve Handford
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Christine Oliver nee Stevens,

Hi Christine, it may be a long shot, but are you the Christine Stevens who used to go around with a Dianne Turk and others who I can remember?
If it is, can you remember meeting a gang of boys on a regular basis at the top end of South park around the old pavallion. The boys names if I can remember were Paul Hebditch, Charlie Murrell, a strange boy named PePe, John Adams, and myself a very young secondry schoolboy. Would be nice to remember if it was you



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03/04/2014
 Angela Price nee Stevens

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Steve l do remember you but Christine is my sister. It was way back in the summer of 1968,there was me Diane and Lynne. It was a great time messing about in the park going to Loose valley and Bockingford.There was also Andy Brett and a Tom Fuller. Diane and I also used to go to the Y Centre skating on a Wednesday and Saturday evening. It seems such a long time ago but how nice to remember those days. Lovely to hear from you.


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Richard Warner

Maidstone I remember it well: What a truly fascinating site this is! So many places and people, that even if you didn't know them personally, it is all about Maidstone. I was(am) a Barming Boy until I left in 1971 to get married, and there is not too much about that locality, despite the memories of the Longleys shops and of course Lampards bakery. Between these shops was the newsagents  known as Wellers and even many years later, the shop was still known by the same name long after the original proprietors had moved on. Oh, the hours spent on the Heath playing football (the "coats for goalposts" days with people like John Webb, Dave Leek, Dave Hooker, Dave Brown, Paul hackney, Brian Horton etc etc. Do I remember a café in Heath Road just a couple of doors along from the Duke or is that my imagination? Mr Milligans shop at in St Andrews Road sold penny lollies. Another shop at the top of Farleigh Lane and all this when Beverley Estate was just an orchard...... And what of all the people who attended St Andrews Church when Keith Chare was the Vicar. The Rulers from Farleigh lane, Barry Rose, all the Comforts from Bramble Close, Carol Sunnucks. Jean Wells, Ann Pettit, Irene Shepherd, Jane Gibson. The longer I sit here, the more names come to mind.
keep up the good work on this site


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Sid Kidd

Maidstone I remember it well: Talking about Lenham.
I remember playing for Wrotham Secondary School football team away to Lenham Secondary School.
Now both Wrotham and Lenham have state of the art 3-G pitches.
In those days (early 50s) Lenham's changing room was a chicken house and Wrotham's a cow shed.
How kids are spoilt rotten nowadays!


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Maidstone I remember it well: To Richard Warner.In early 70s,did you work at the Leek and Westbourne in King street?


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 Steve Handford

Maidstone I remember it well: To Angela Price nee Stevens,
Apologies about the name mix up, should have thought more about christian names DOH!!!
Great to hear from you and as soon as you mentioned Lynn, I remembered her (long hair I think) As you said, great times at Loose and Bockingford, not many cares in those days. I have been living in Wiltshire for the last 30 years but still have to have "my fix" in coming back to Maidstone 3 or 4 times a year.Only problem is that I still think that things would remain the same and was shocked when areas I knew as farmland, have been turned into housing estates. The old YMCA is no longer there so I guess you will have to go roller skating down teasucer hill, Ha Ha
If you are on face book look us up, im under BrendaSteve Handford.
Take care
Steve


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YMCA still there http://www.maidstoneymca.org.uk/
Did close down but reopened don't know the situation though

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05/04/2014

Brenda Jamieson nee Wright

Maidstone I remember it well: This site is wonderful I love it. I lived at 140 Wheeler St for 18 years it is terrific to see names pop up that I remember, Alan Hale do you remember me, you should do I would  love to here from you


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John Hurkett
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Grew up at Mangravet - Grove Road.
Went hop picking at Chambers - and Bett's Farm with me Mum and also Cherry Picking .... Went to Oldborough Manor School - left in 1958.
HELP ... I'm still trying to find my friend ANGIE BROOKER - and I believe she now lives in Linton... Can anyone put her in touch with me please so I can say hello !!!
Thanks
John Hurkett
j.hurkett@btinternet.com



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06/04/2014
John Webb

Maidstone I remember it well: Good to see Richard Warner's memories of Barming.
Although having lived in Bristol for the past 35 years I still think I'm a Maidstonian at heart.
Some more names from those dawn to dusk days on the Heath -  Brian Aiston,Ralph Cheeseman,Peter Young and Chris Davies.
My brother Bob sang in the choir at St Andrews with your brother Stephen (a talented keyboard player who went on to play in several Maidstone bands), Peter Harris and the Buss brothers. Bob continued with his singing and has had a 40 year career in entertainment still performing on the Warner's hotel circuit as well as cruise ships.
We lived on the Tonbridge Rd in one of the cottages just along from the Cherry Tree opposite the trolley bus depot.
As well as the shops mentioned I can recall the Co-Op at the top of Fant Lane with the Grocery on one side and the Butchers complete with sawdust on the floor on the other side.
Not sure if the shop in Heath Road was a cafe but might have been a cake shop at one time. No doubt someone will put us straight.
Congratulations on this site - long may it continue.


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 Jim Yarwood

Maidstone I remember it well: To BARBARA COURT nee HARMER: I also lived in Wheeler Street (No 175) in the late 50s and like other correspondents once the house was condemned moved up to Shepway. Well remember hanging around  with Marion (Topsy) Ring and her brother Malcolm. Anyone know if they're still around? We lived virtually opposite Mac's fish and chip shop and a corner sweet shop on James Street - can't remember the name of the shop. It's hard to imagine how it was all those years ago especially now there's a very busy Aldi's on the corner. My kids still look at me as though I'm stupid when I say we used to play football in Boxley Road virtually where the Esso petrol station is (just up from what was the Royal George). Happy Days!!!


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Thank you Jim

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07/04/2014

Angela Price nee Stevens

Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Steve it's Angie funnily enough John came in my place of work a little while back have told him you were asking about him ok



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Thank You Angela

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 David Bellchambers
 
Maidstone I remember it well: I remember Willington woods. As a boy I kept canaries and finches, my Dad and me visited the woods many times to study the birds and wild life. I went to Senacre school and lived at46 Westmorland Road Shepway. Happy days.


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Thank you David

Willington woods the proper name  Senacre woods  as we also called it Willington Woods as it was behind Willington street
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Kim Yardley

Maidstone I remember it well: I remember Maidstone I used to go to the Maidstone College of Art.

I've been looking for an old friend called Angela Stuffins who attended the Technical School. I was amazed that another contributor (Barbara Benedict nee Mellor) mentioned Angela(Angela's father had the pork butchers shop in the high street) in her article. It would be wonderful if anyone has any news of Angela.


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Thank you Kim
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Clive Maskell


Maidstone I remember it well: Fant Lane hospital 1957 polio


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Thank you Clive does this mean you had Polio?
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Have you seen the new plans for Maidstone

Moving the bus station along Mote road

and  knocking down the Granada

the plans are in the Mall /stoneborough  or what ever they call it now

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 MARION HOOKER nee DAVIS

Maidstone I remember it well: To  LYN PAGE HARMAN ( Spain ) are you the same Lyn ,married to Brian , ex GPO TELEPHONIST ,??


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Thank you Marion

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09/04/2014
Paul Stevens
 
Maidstone I remember it well: My wife's great grandfather was the keeper of The Foresters Arms in Knightrider Street between 1911 and the late 1920's. We visited Maidstone recently to try and find more but the pub seems sadly to have been demolished. We were hoping to find somebody that remembers The Foresters Arms and it would be wonderful to find a photograph. We have some second hand memories from my wife's late father who remembers visting as a young boy and being impressed by a large brass knocker and his grandfather's well kept garden behind.
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Thank you Paul

The Forester Arms was next door to Chancery House

Think it may have been bombed during the war

as what I remember of it ,it was a wooden building looked like a cricket provilion

Les

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Picture of the Forresters sent to me  form David Stubberfield

he has more photos here

www.stubberfield.net/



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11/04/2014
Richard Warner
 
Maidstone I remember it well: This just gets better and better! To Hugh Shannon,you must have a phenomenal memory. I did indeed work for the Leek and Westbourne right up to 1989 by which time it was called the Britannia. After some two weeks of thought, I still can't place you - more info please?
 Also really good to hear from John Webb with some real Barming memories. I had a feeling your parents moved from Tonbridge Road to Cherry Orchard somewhere opposite the Langs(Andy, Ross, Dickie). Also your birthday was the day after mine (Nov 27th) a fact which I remember for some unfathomable reason every year. How sad is that?
Glad to hear Bob is still on the go and my brother is now living in Spain and just about to pack up the keyboards. I still see Brian Aiston about and also Frank Wright. Graham Nicklin submitted a message some time back on this site. I remember our first day at MGS when you Ray Mannering and I caught the bus at the Cherry Tree for the seemingly long trip to the other side of town. Will put some more on here in due course


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Thank you Richard
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Amy McLeish
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Dave and I left Maidstone 69 for South Africa. We both remember Maidstone well. I wonder if there is any=one out there that remember us.  We lived 49 Tonbridge Road. That was a bad road in the winter when it snowed.  The cars went backwards more than they did forward. 

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Hugh shannon
 
Maidstone I remember it well: To Richard Warner.I remember you as a fairly tall chap with a mop of fair hair.I got my first mortgage from the L&W back in 1972,when a Mr Marshall was branch manager.I also recall you playing football either with or against me.I played for Linton,Sutton Valence,Tovil&Bridge on sats and Hunton sundays.Best Regards Hugh.

P.S.I played in goal.Hugh

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Thank you Hugh
-------------------Steve Charlton
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Hi Hugh
Must have played football against you many times back in the late 60's early 70's - My Saturday team was Beverley Sports and on a Sunday, San Pablo Utd - I remember many encounters against Hunton. If memory serves right, I seem to remember two midfield/defenders with very, thick set beards?? - Probably wrong!
My father as manager, and I along with a couple of others - Dave (Ollie) Holland who's father ran the Kings Arms at the top of Loose Hill by the terminus, Brian Bush and Tony Merrick, formed a Maidstone Minor combination team Loose Eagles - played for them whilst young enough, for a few seasons. We took a full thrashing every Saturday in our first season. They did quite well after a few years (not during my time there!) Played against loads of teams incl Sutton Saints, Maidstone Casuals etc  - Happy Days.


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Thank you Steve

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Hugh shannon
 
Maidstone I remember it well:  Steve Charlton.Re Hunton beardys,the only one I can recall was one Harry Quested.Best Regards Hugh.

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Thank you Hugh

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14/04/2014
 Terry McKenna

Maidstone I remember it well: To Steve Charlton: Hi Steve once again "Memory" Man Hugh Shannon is right about the bearded Harry Quested. Although I never played for the likes of Beverley Sports or San Pablo Utd one team I did play for was Tekkol, at Allington in the Sunday league in the 60's. Tekkol and The London Tavern were the best teams in those days AND at times all four of the Quested Brothers and i think a cousin Tony Brown (another youngster like me!!) all played for Tekkol. And if I remember correctly they all worked for Loder & Payne in Bank Street at times!! No doubt someone will correct me if i'm wrong won't you Hugh!! Johnny Owen scored loads of goals (mainly set up by Tony and I) and I scored quite a few too. I think John went on to be a Liberal councillor on Maidstone Town council just like my Dad Mac McKenna. Really great bunch of lads who looked after "Babes" Tony and I. We all sat up in 1968 watching Chris Finnegan win Middleweight Gold at the Mexico Olympics into the wee hours of a Sunday morning. This included several beers; lots of shouting and laughing BUT sadly we played a team from Marden (I think!!) and lost 3-1 in the league!! A week later we played them in the cup and won 13-0!! Including myself 5 of that team represented Kent Sunday League many times: Happy days... I also played for Frittenden Football club and believe I was the first "Foreigner" (Non local) to play for said team. Fellow work colleague Nigel Chillingworth at Godfrey Holmes was related to a Land owner/Farmer (a member of the Hambro banking family) and whose field was our pitch invited me to play for the team: Would you believe after a massive debate I was allowed to play for the team and thoroughly enjoyed myself for two or three seasons and was made very welcome. Mind you our grass cutters (The Sheep!!) had to be moved before each game AND put back afterwards. Again Halcyon Days...

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Thank You Terry

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15/04/2014
Tony Norman
 
Maidstone I remember it well: Tony Norman, are you the same Freddie Burgess that worked at Paddock Wood for Seimens and lived at Tovil.I seem to remember you had 600 Norton Dominator


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Thank you Tony
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16/04/2014
 Freddie Burgess

Maidstone I remember it well: To Tony Norman, yes it's me. Remember you well from Southborough school, if I remember you used to do a fair impression of Elvis, how are you keeping? Lot of water under the bridge since. Do you still live in Maidstone, i live in West Sussex now. Be nice to hear from you on this site again. Still biking 55years now still in one piece.


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Thank you Freddiie
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Hugh shannon
Maidstone I remember it well: To Terry Mac.I recall playing at Frittenden.Changing room at the Jorrocks,across the road,down a track to the pitch.The far side of the pitch had a deep ditch about a yard from the touchline (no long throws possible).Was this legal?The sheep were pretty poor at returning the ball as well.Halcyon days indeed.Best Regards Hugh.



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Thank you Hugh




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