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New Members / Re: Introduction
« Last post by ed styles on 22 March, 2018, 05:31:07 PM »
Hi Ken ,why have you registered again ?  we emailed each other a couple of years ago because you mentione Tate Lyles Apprentices and do you remember me asking if you remered a guy called Reg who was also a Carpenter and in the RAF . Well I went onto say I worked with Reg us both being Carpenters ,on a couple of Building projects in the East End , I remembered he lived near the Bolyen and found out he was no longer with us .
Did you also work for Cork Insulation, I had a spell with them mid 60,s working in the Docks on the Ships I believe you were in the workshop near the Boleyn , we were taken on by Joe bituno?at his call by the Steps Pub, Happy Days.

All the best Ed
Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: MONTY
« Last post by ed styles on 22 March, 2018, 04:47:51 PM »
Indolman, just picked your post up, loved to have been there when he sorted out scouse , did he do a dance for you all, loved to have seen the judges face when he said Bobby would speak for him ,and remembering Bob when we were kids I,m sure he would have done . There was a good photo of Monty a relative posted a few years ago of him with is beret on in Raffy market ,but cannot access it now on the forum , shame .

All the  best Ed
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by KenM on 19 March, 2018, 04:19:51 PM »
Hi Harry, thanks for your reply,its good to hear from you.
I lost touch with most of my school pals when I went to start my apprenticeship at Tate & Lyles.
I did bump into George Hobbs after he had completed his National Service, I believe in Kenya.
Tommy Smith moved down here to Bournemouth some years ago, sadly he died last year.
I cannot recall many of the class names, but I do have a tatty photograph of the group taken in the playground by Mr Davey.
Looking at that will I hope prod the old brain cells into life.
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry on 19 March, 2018, 01:56:16 PM »
hi Ken I was one of your classmates at shipman road and like you I often remember old classmates and wonder how life treated them over the years.
I remember some names Stanley Whinne George Hobbs bob brooks winkle Waite harry Dodds  prof Bavins  Colin Nichols  Jhon Chapple David Stone  Joyce Angel Elaine Mutter Lillian Stone Madge Bridger Rosie King Doreen Harvey Valerie Walker,and others that don,t come back to mind .
I believe Harry Dodds became a publican Colin Nichols I remember standing at the traffic lights at the junction of Becton road and Prince Regents lane in his police uniform complete with his sergeants stripes on view.
You gave a resume of your life perhaps others can fill in bits of some of the other ex pupils
Anyway nice to see another old name from the old site back in the fold as it were .
Regards Harry I
Sporting Newham / Re: Did you race in those days?
« Last post by KenM on 18 March, 2018, 03:51:20 PM »
The track on the old Vernons sports field was of crushed cinder & was constructed to provide access for the heavy lorries that delivered the gases necessary for the WW11 barrage balloon which was located on the site. At one time it was surrounded by several coils of barbed wire, these were removed before the cyclists moved in. The entry/exit was via  King George Ave.
About the Forums / Re: Silence
« Last post by KenM on 18 March, 2018, 02:22:00 PM »
Thanks Mick, its great to hear from you. I agree, Newham Forum had a certain buzz about it that Facebook & others seem to lack.
About the Forums / Re: Silence
« Last post by MickG on 18 March, 2018, 12:45:52 PM »
Hello Ken, Welcome back to the forum.

Sadly the forum is not as active before it was suddenly taken off-line. In the intervening period, many contributors clearly looked for other social media outlets and attracting them back has been difficult. Still as they say, Hope springs eternal. I know other social media like Facebook can be very seductive in their allure, I have a account myself. However although the have various attractions like instant response, many of the groups there do seem to lack the in-depth knowledge and comment that contributors to this board made.

Any board is only as good as its input from contributors which in turn generates more discussion and new contributors in the process. I know by looking at the 'Who is online' facility that topics on this board are well read. I was in the process of framing in my mind a message to all users of this board not only to read, but to contribute as well, but this is as good a place as any to ask people to join.

Everyone who either lived or worked in Newham has knowledge that is well worth while contributing, be it something in-depth or perhaps something much less. This board helps to record the social history of the borough, the sort of history that would otherwise go unmentioned. It might be were you worked, played or communities you lived in or associated with. No matter how large or small your contribution, all would be welcome.

So if you are a reader of this board, but have not yet become a member, please do so. The registration process only takes a few minutes and does entitle you to make your own contributions from there on.

I hope to hear from you prospective new members soon
About the Forums / Re: Welcome Back
« Last post by KenM on 18 March, 2018, 11:01:49 AM »
Hi everybody,after having been away for twelve months it was nice to discover by pure chance, that Newham Forum was up & running again.
About the Forums / Silence
« Last post by KenM on 18 March, 2018, 10:51:56 AM »
I have just rejoined the Newham Forum after being away for twelve months, & find that it is not as active.
Where is everybody?
Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: MONTY
« Last post by indaloman on 17 March, 2018, 08:08:18 PM »
Monty's real name was Percy Sparks, I was a PC at Forest Gate nick and often helped police West Ham matches. Percy was outside the Boleyn Arms having  a pint when a Everton supporter crushed peanuts into Percy's beer. As quick as a flash, Percy picked up his wooden rifle and pole axed him, unfortunately this resulted in his being arrested. On appearing at court the following Monday, Monty said it would be ok as Bobby (Moore) would speak for him. I cannot remember Monty's fine but all the PC's at court took a collection and paid his fine. He was about 75/80 when he remarried, when a local newspaper journalist as him why he got married Monty said it helped to pass the time. What a character he was.
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