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Title: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: nellanhoj on 21 October, 2015, 08:17:38 PM

I'm using this section because it allowed to be used for other topics!

Now the point being is that if you don't use the forum and only try to keep topics strictly related to Newham then it's going to dry up and the board will prove to be uneconomical to the sponsors.
Yes. These sites don't come free so what I say is . . . Use It Or Lose It?  Or as a classified advert used to read in the "Stratford Express" in the 'seventies: You've tried The Rest, Now try the best. 
Keep posting . . . I enjoy reading the forum. Mrs Olleys, Manor Road Buildings, Stratford Town Hall, Ilford Palias [oops. Just testing!] Raffy, Abbey, Luckins, Larkins, Bacon Bills, The Denmark  . . .    oh, and the working man's club in Barking Road nearly next to the Alex pub on the corner of Star Lane. there's a lot of subjects to be discussed. There must be memories of the Bridgehouse's entertainment, the club on the corner of Trinity Church, East Ham working Man's Club. Some of the cheerful chatty  bus conductors,  tally men, milkmen, bread roundsmen. 
The list goes on, Yes. More than I Do!

Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: ron copus on 21 October, 2015, 10:11:33 PM
HI Nell.
Was the club at trinity church on the corner of hermit rd? if it was ,it was the old canning town labour exchange .where we used to sign on.

Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: ron copus on 22 October, 2015, 10:14:41 AM
I remember electricity board on the corner. but cant remember the  club.. I do remember signing on though just around the corner from the electricity board shop. in around 1951.
Then it closed ,& we got moved back to freemasons rd.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: nellanhoj on 22 October, 2015, 11:04:56 PM
Yep, that could even have been the same building. I never trod foot in Canning town till 1959 and that was to get a bit of Lillian Gish from Thakes.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: emdee on 23 October, 2015, 05:54:36 PM
The Bongo Club entrance was on the Barking Road somewhere between Boots? Morris's? or W E Norris's? It was just a doorway that led into or up to the club.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: ron copus on 23 October, 2015, 07:49:19 PM
Hi emdee.
I don't remember it. I left canning town around fifty six.. & went back to  custom house area.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: emdee on 23 October, 2015, 10:23:25 PM
Hi Ron, there is a thread about Club Bongo on this site under Newham Memories and Nostalgia, (which is where this thread should be). You could also Google it - a number of references to it pop up.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: ron copus on 24 October, 2015, 03:43:29 PM
Cheers Emdee.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: KenM on 18 April, 2018, 03:26:08 PM
What has happened to this once busy & friendly forum?
I have tried to start several posts, but little to no response.
Is there another forum? Am I missing something?
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: ed styles on 18 April, 2018, 06:41:49 PM
Ken mate , your doing nothing wrong, its been like this since it started up again about 6 m0nths ? some members have switched to face book sites  ,don't have the answer mate , theres enough history and subjects going back to when I first joined over 10 years ago to keep everyone interested ,but you know what they say about leading a horse to water///////

All the best Ed
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: MickG on 19 April, 2018, 08:59:18 AM
 I found out quite by accident that this board was online again. I also found out the automated email system that sends messages to people when further comments are made was also working.

The only way I had of contacting people was via existing messages and I chose a number of topics that had been well contributed to in a effort to spread the word about the boards revival. That did attract numbers back but unfortunately not enough. When the board was taken down I know lots of members switched to alternative social media like FaceBook. I know FaceBook can be very seductive due to it's instant rapport nature but most contribution there lacks the depth of knowledge expressed through this board. I actually believe their is room for both.

I also managed to find a way of adding new images to this site which I did in quite a number of new articles in a attempt to stimulate conversation, but unfortunately most of this was limited to the few members that had returned. It is possible to tell from the "Who is online" feature at the bottom of the main page that the board is still well viewed throughout the day, but so far few viewers have taken that extra step to register for an account to contribute their knowledge and memories to the board.

I would take this opportunity to once again appeal to viewers to register for an account and share their knowledge. This board does contain a wealth of social history from previous contributors and personal contributions no matter how large or small, are vital to keeping the board interesting. After all, conversation is a two-way process and good conversation attracts more contributors which in turn leads to even better debate.

So if you are someone that has enjoyed viewing the topics and memories on this board, please come and join us. It is free and simple to join. We would love to hear from you.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: KenM on 19 April, 2018, 12:35:05 PM
Hi Ed & MickG, many thanks for your prompt replies.
A great shame that the once lively forum appears to be on its knees.
Come on you Hammers, log in & register (IT'S FREE) there must be a wealth of interest & cockney humour that will kick start this forum.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: linda co on 21 April, 2018, 07:58:51 AM
Hi Ken
When the forum returned I was so pleased and did start to post but like you I found it was very slow as members seemed to only be finding out by accident that it was back.
While it was closed I joined the Facebook Memories of East Ham, Memories of Manor Park and East Ham and Newham History Society, and have found some very good posts and photos on each of these sites.
I think it's a shame that the most of us still can't post photos on the forum as it makes it so much more interesting but hopefully in time this problem will be resolved.
In the meantime I'll try to get more involved again and hope that other members will do the same after reading your post.

Best wishes
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: KenM on 21 April, 2018, 02:36:28 PM
Hi Linda, its nice to hear from you. I will give the Facebook memories a try, but as you say the losing being able to post pictures, is a blow to Newham forum. As they say, a picture maybe better than  a thousand words.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: ron copus on 22 April, 2018, 01:27:46 PM
In January I wished mick a belated birthday wish , as it was also my birthday in January,, It  was completely ignored ..he decided to jump over my post & answer someone else ..So I have not posted since , & deleted the post .I will not post  in the future.. No point if you are going to be ignored..
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: MickG on 22 April, 2018, 03:51:34 PM
Ron, My sincerest apologies for not wishing you happy birthday, it certainly was not deliberate, that is simply not my way. The only thing I can assume is I saw your message, filed in away in my mind as something to do later amidst probably many other things I might have been doing at the time and simply forgot to get back to you. I don't know what else to say other than play the age/memory card.

Once again Ron, my deepest apologies.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: DougT on 28 April, 2018, 05:01:14 PM
It is quire interesting to look at the Membership List for the site which extends to 157 pages at 30 members per page so in excess of 4700 members. 1 member (Mick G) has posted over 1300 times and then there are 2 members with over 800 postings each, followed by 3 with over 700. 1 Member has made over 500 postings, 4 members over 400, 3 over 300 and 8 over 200. There are the 50 members who have made between 50 and 199 Postings. At the other end of the list there are 118 pages listing over 3500 members who have not made a single post between them. The remaining 30 or so pages list those members who have made between 1 and 49 postings with the vast majority being in single figures.
It probably proves that most peoples' interest wanes after a short while and I guess that this also happens with the Facebook Groups which some of us, myself included, now belong to and contribute to.
Perhaps us oldies have exhausted our memories, perhaps the site needs to be publicised more, do memories only occur once you reach a certain age?  Has the living in Newham now got to the stage where residence is seen as "Temporary" and no one stays long enough have memories?
So far as the current situation is concerned I did try to post a photograph of East ham Railway Sidings in the 1950s showing the lines going behind Shakespeare Crescent to St Pancras and also a train in the sidings at the old Underground Depot but the site would not allow me to post the photo even after reducing it to the required size.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: MickG on 29 April, 2018, 10:45:06 AM
Hello Doug, As usual your posts can hit a lot of nails on the head and you can be quite profound in your insight. One thing I think you are right about is people as a whole tend to be much more mobile than our forefathers, or possibly even ourselves in not necessarily laying down long-term roots in any particular location. Upwardly mobile I think the phrase is.

I suppose in term of individual memories, a lot depends where each of us are on the timeline of history. I know for myself being born just after the end of WW2 and for many others born around that sort of time, many of us were conditioned in our childhood by our elders wartime experiences. However one could hardly blame what is now called the millennial generation born between 1981-1986 to necessarily have the same sorts of memories or interests. It is sometimes difficult to appreciate that generation are now fully fledged adults with their own families, careers and aspirations. They are no better or worse than preceding generations, simply the next generational link in the chain.

I suppose history and consequential memories are something like a sliding scale. While 'ancient' history is probably the same to all generations, for many of the younger generations, our wartime(ish) memories, through the 1950's and Beatles eras must seem really old hat to them, just as our parents talking about things like 'The black-bottom' dance or 'Flapper Girls' may have seemed to us. Millennial generation history may seem newish to many of us, but to that generation it is rightly now their past history, the sort of history they have personal knowledge of and can relate to. I think that probably some of us have to appreciate that a time-shift has now occurred. I for one would welcome contributions of more recent history on this board. I for one have often said that Today, Tomorrow, is history.

I find it disappointing that photographs still cannot be added to the board unless fed via another website which is how I put my pictures on. My guess is that when the board was restored it was done in a hurry, and many of the electronic links necessary to make it fully function properly were overlooked. It does sometimes make one wonder just how important to Newham this board is, or not.

Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: ed styles on 29 April, 2018, 11:44:47 AM
      We have all enjoyed Mick's contribution to the forum over the years , also your own, don't remember much about this posting but I'm sure it was an oversight , having over the years been guilty of thr same thing even by being ignored by the moderators  ( off with their heads ) . On a lighter note my Birthday is 11 May in case anybody is interested .
Happy days 
All the best Ed
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It & Happy Birthday Mr Styles
Post by: DougT on 11 May, 2018, 06:33:33 PM
Happy Birthday Ed.

"Roses are red, Violets are Blue, I laugh like hell, Because I'm younger than you"

Hope you are having a good birthday and the missus (Marilyn) is treating you well!

Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: MickG on 11 May, 2018, 08:00:52 PM
Happy Birthday Ed, Have a pint on me tonight.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: Essexgirl on 07 August, 2018, 07:19:35 AM
Hello Ron.
I hope you are well and get this message.
Sorry to hear you felt you were ignored.
I wanted to catch up with you as you have been so helpful to me with regards to valuable information about the area my family are from.
I never forget a kindness.
Warm regards,
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: KenM on 07 August, 2018, 04:36:03 PM
Hi Essexgirl, its nice to see another name on the forum.
I noticed that you lived in Hornchurch, my old hunting ground, were you anywhere near Ravenscourt Drive?
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: harry on 07 August, 2018, 08:52:56 PM
Hi Ken I believe that Essex Girl is a previous poster .I have noticed on this forum that by reading between the lines you can get a good idea where people live through their messages. Mick I think lives in the Weymouth area yourself Bournmouth Christchurch area me from Thundersley in Essex on the forums there have been posters from America(Limey) Bill Sharpe Florida postings from Australia.
Looking back on the old postings you can find which school people went to what they did for a living where they were born where they served in the services as you can see there is guite a lot of info on the forums.
Regards Harry .I
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: KenM on 08 August, 2018, 01:11:06 PM
Hi Harry, I gathered from Essexgirls reply to Ron that she was a previous poster, but I had not seen her name for a while.
It seems many of the earlier posters are reluctant to start posting again; shame.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: MickG on 08 August, 2018, 02:59:38 PM
Welcome back EssexGirl.

On the point of previous posters returning to the board. It could well be that as yet many are still unware that the board was reinstated. I think I might have been by chance the first person to have found out the board was operational again. As there was no way I could email previous subscribers as email addresses are not shown, I chose a past subject that many had contributed to, (High Street North), and guessed that the auto email notification system might be working too. I made an announcement there about the board reopening hoping that previous subscriber would get messages which numbers of them did.

It does seem to me that one way of spreading news that this board has risen like the Phoenix from the flame, is to contribute to past topics and hopefully many more will get automated messages about the board.
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: DougT on 17 November, 2018, 08:06:06 PM
It is obvious that many of us who have been members of the group for some years do not post as frequently as we used to and that applies to me as much as anyone else. I just happened to glance at the Home Page when logging on a few minutes ago and was very surprised to see that the most people on line, 233, was achieved as recently as October 23rd 2018. It would be interesting to know why people are happy to view and perhaps not join and contribute!
Title: Re: Use It Or Lose It
Post by: KenM on 18 November, 2018, 12:08:55 PM
Hi Doug, I do believe that not being able to post or view  photos is one reason that some members lost interest. We were promised on several ocaisions that this facility would be restored, but only promises.
Many of MickG photos were very interesting & did get a good response, creating much needed traffic on the forum.
There is a way to get photos in the forum using a free photo hosting programme named postimage but it isnt as user friendly.