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Messages - dave twitchett

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 30 August, 2018, 07:57:04 PM »
 I am surprised by all the eulogies for the East Ham Coop. I recall they sold bicycles as well. Fine building admittedly and Santa was good but in general I despaired of the CO-Op for their habit of buying up excellent  stores and then closing them. Remember J. R. Roberts and Bearmans. They both became Co-ops and the standards dropped until closure. I was sad when Bearmans was taken over by Co-op and later closed it was a quality shop. Sincerely Dave T

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Historical Newham / The Variagated Puppy
« on: 13 August, 2018, 06:03:38 PM »
 Would somebody please update me re the current state of the Spotted Dog in Upton Lane. Is it still lying unheated and deteriorating or has the council actually removed digit and done something?  Dave Twitchett

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Historical Newham / Re: Place names
« on: 12 May, 2018, 04:33:12 PM »
 When living in Ling Road I exercised my dog there for some five years before  I moved away. There was a postcard of Beckton Park on eBay recently -probably still. Just  type in West Ham postcards and you might still turn it up. I also  have photos I took myself some 55 years go including one of the two park-keepers sweeping the plane tree leaves with besom brooms.   Dave T

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Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« on: 30 April, 2018, 09:49:35 PM »
Ken M. Have now had the Twitchett family History database checked  and find that Connie  a second cousin of mine. I never met her but I have met her brother Stan a couple of times. He is a supporter of our one name family history circle. Her father and mine used to get drunk together!!! One of the two cousins father kept in touch with.  Regards Dave T

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Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« on: 25 April, 2018, 03:53:14 PM »
No Ken M. Never heard of a Connie. T. But then my father had two dozen cousins none of whom I ever saw. Those two dozen will have multiplied  over and over again in different generations since. Don't give up though. I've asked our Twitchett GOON to check the database. I suspect she is descended from one of my Grandfather's brothers. Will revert Sincerely Dave T

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Historical Newham / Re: Street names
« on: 19 April, 2018, 07:57:12 PM »
Have just bought a postcard of Montpelier Gardens c1908 when I believe newly built.What a neat and tidy place it was then. No parked cars of course and no do it yourselfers to alter the porches and thus spoil the effect of the terrace. The London plane trees which line the street were newly planted saplings still with their  stakes. After being bombed out in Geoffrey I lived in Montpelier Gdns from 1941 -1958 .I often wondered why the French name, and whether the plane trees were meant to give the place some French ambiance. Whatever, every fall the leaves came in handy each November for stuffing  our guys. Everybody pronounced the word as though it were  English-MONT PEELIA. I never once in all those years heard anybody recite the name French fashion. I am surprised to see the Plane trees still there and pollarded annually which must be labour intensive and costly. Just as well though as when the water table was high the coal cellars flooded. How much worse would it have been had not those trees lifted a lot of moisture from the soil, which after all was reclaimed drained marshland. On the postcard in the dim distance I can make out  buildings in Geoffrey Gardens which must have predated the terrace where the bombs dropped  which looked interwar to me so would not have been there  in 1908. Anybody know what those buildings were? Sincerely Dave Twitchett

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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

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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

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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!!!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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