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Newham memories and nostalgia / Coleman the Milkman (COOP)
« on: 08 January, 2018, 04:00:22 PM »
Anybody remember od Coleman the East Ham Coop milkman

Books, Films & TV / Re: Dr Delva's Family story
« on: 07 December, 2017, 08:03:11 PM »
I see on Abebooks that there are four print on demand volumes in Dr Delva's  story. Which volume should I buy for the East Ham memories? My stepmother changed from Dr Ahern in Central Park Road to Dr De Joad,s practice where Dr Delva was. Coincidence no doubt but there  was a Joan Campbell amongst the kids with whom I played in the street in Montpelier Gardens.  Dave Twitchett

Two memories of Christmas birds. One was when father entered a raffle in the Boleyn pub for a Capon. Much to his surprise he won it. Problem was nobody told him  or mentioned that it was live!!!!   It spent one night at least in the dolly tub with some sort of a cover on it. Second memory is of me attending Butlins  butchers in the Barking Road for the weekly scrag. It happened that on that day the draw for the forthcoming Xmas turkeys was held., for that year Butlin had not enough to supply all his registered customers in those rationed days. As  my turn came to be served I was asked to pick a piece of folded paper from a large bowl. Some of these scraps had turkey written on them ,the rest being blank. I soon spotted that the writing could be dimly seen through the back of the folded paper so obviously picked such a one. Then the butcher with sharp observation   turned to the next lady in the queue and said. He' is lucky, why don't you ask him to pick for you? She agreed so I sorted through the bowl until I found a turkey for her. She must have been a good customer!!!

New Members / Re: Montpelier Gardens East Ham
« on: 27 November, 2017, 10:19:00 AM »
Many thanks for that Mick. All I need now is the number. Very interesting. Also pleased to see that Beckett had a connection to the Thames Barrier. By coincidence one o f my Norfolk neighbours was lead architect on that project for the LCC. Thanks again Dave T

New Members / Montpelier Gardens East Ham
« on: 26 November, 2017, 05:19:08 PM »
Have heard a rumour about the appearance of a plaque on a house in Montpelier Gardens. Anybody know the truth of that. If so which number and who to? Sincerely Dave Twitchett

About the Forums / Greek style hyroglyphic posts from "New Members"
« on: 02 November, 2017, 03:01:27 PM »
Do these translate as genuine enquiries for people who speak the same language? Are they translated at all? Or are we helping terrorists to communicate in code. Please advise. Sincerely Dave Twitchett

Names which readily spring to mind are Peter Hill. Pete Reynolds, Alan Paul, IAN HUNTER (very deaf),Jimmy Gentry,Kevin O'Sullivan perhaps just Sullivan.. Do you know them

I used to cycle regularly down Carpenters road en route from East Ham to Hackney in the fifties..The stench was appalling and helped me to develop a sprint which came in useful on club runs. The sprint was self defeating though as  although it got you through the smell quicker one needed a deep breath earlier. Dave Twitchett

Sporting Newham / Re: Fairbairn House Youth Club
« on: 04 October, 2017, 10:20:25 PM »
Some of my friends in the West Ham YHA  Group also attended Fairburn House and they told me tales of Old Bumble. Did you come up against him? Sincerely Dave Twitchett aka Miss Shopland'S Priest. Congrats on your 82nd Birthday. You are six months ahead of me.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Public Libraries
« on: 12 September, 2017, 07:56:50 PM »
Nice pic with the hossancart. My Grandfather's house ought to be in that picture but I do not recognise it. 108 The Broadway where the trolleybuses parked outside in later years.  The address was always 108 The Broadway as confirmed by many old postcards amongst the family   archives. All addressed to The Broadway. Had a lot of fun finding it on a census where it was listed as 108 High Street. Anybody familiar with the street know if 108 is there or perhaps out of pic. East Ham library once banned me for not taking a book back and they sent a  man to collect it and the fine. Father was not too pleased. Sincerely Dave Twitchett

Looking for a lost friend or relative / West Ham Yha Group in the 1950s/60s
« on: 11 September, 2017, 09:38:03 AM »
I'm very keen to trace any old members of the old West Ham YHA Group and their memories. Do step forward. Sincerely Dave Twitchett

Books, Films & TV / Re: Bombs, Stinging Nettles and Doodlebugs
« on: 10 September, 2017, 11:44:32 AM »
Mr Goymer does not mention the aftermath of the Geoffrey Gardens bombs so maybe I can expand the subject a bit.  I recall living in the Town Hall or one of the adjacent halls with the salvaged furniture stacked around us in our designated space. At first always somebody present to guard the belongings so meals were taken in shifts at Cassetaris or the other cafe adjacent to The Working Mens' Club in  the Barking Road ( Central Cafe??)  It was almost opposite The Central if memory serves. How long this went on for I cannot recall but eventually a very old slum cottage in Brentwood was rented, delightfully situated in Hart St. between The Gardener's Ams and a slaughterhouse. ( Behind the High Street and running parallel thereto)   How long we stayed there I cannot recall but after some difficult steam train commuting to the city for father  they evidently gave up and moved back to East Ham. WE were at Brentwood long enough for me to start school and be terrified of the nuns in their black habits and nasty habits of being fierce to young David  for various inadvertent misdemeanours, like swinging on the iron gate. Many of the houses in East Ham were empty and requisitioned so there was a choice but number twelve Montpelier Gardens was chosen- at the other end of the street from Mr Goymer and Geoffrey Gardens. I recall, as did Mr Goymer, the big rolltop bath in the kitchen with its zinc covered wooden top. Everything stored atop this bath had to be removed on bath night and later put back again. Curiously the bath was not plumbed in although fortunately  it was plumbed out. Water was heated in a copper and transferred by the bucketload!! Father remained there for something like sixty years until he eventually went on ahead.

Sporting Newham / Cycling George Bettis
« on: 08 September, 2017, 09:38:35 PM »
Not sure whether it is news on this site or not but George Bettis died just before last Xmas. He was a long term member of the old West Ham YHA Group, a decade I should think, before he started racing,. Subsequently he became National 24 hour time  trial champion twice. After retirement he took up running, completing two London marathons and being fastest in his age group at his second attempt He will be remembered by many members of his various Eastern clubs as well as by old school Friends and pupils.   Dave Twitchett

Tracing your family history / Twitchett Family History
« on: 08 September, 2017, 05:59:45 PM »
Father had two dozen East/West Ham cousins and they have all  since procreated for several more generations. Thus there are a lot of Newham Twitchetts about. Any who are interested in their family history may like to know that an informal Twitchett Family History Circle has existed since the 1980s. Suggest Google "". If you then click on " Fathers' Footsteps" you will see our newsletters. If any out there are currently researching their line  then the likelihood is that it has already been done  and is on  our database. You will be able to trace your antecedents back in a direct line to the Knight who came from Normandy with Willy the Conk. By branching off through a female line you will see your connection to several Queens of England and The Conqueror himself. You will, like me be proud to share relationship with our  two brave young Twitchetts who served with Nelson on the Victory at Trafalgar. And you will share kinship with the various Lords Audley through the ages. If any  Twitchetts who trace back to South London; The Medway Area; Durham :Yorkshire etc then we can tell you who was the first to migrate from our Essex/Suffolk border country heartlands and when.  Hope somebody finds this useful. Sincerely Dave Twitchett

Books, Films & TV / Re: Bombs, Stinging Nettles and Doodlebugs
« on: 08 September, 2017, 04:19:48 PM »
Just read this at last. Those others who have read it will recall the graphic account of the night Geoffrey Gardens got hit. I can confirm the accuracy for I was there- bombed out of no 35.  Father was out on ARP  or Firewatching. Stepmother and me were excavated from the Anderson shelter and then attention turned to excavating Grandfather from under the dining room table: thus I was forgotten.  Suddenly remembered! Where's David!! They soon found me of course standing on top of. the Anderson shelter wearing my toy tin helmet  and  shooting at the sky with my toy Tommy gun which worked on the football rattle system. That was my contribution to the war effort!!! I had just turned five.

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