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Marian did you know a little girl was killed in the bus museum when she fell of the r,s,j in the roof round about 1943?
Hi Ben, Although you probably don’t remember me, as I was few years younger, I remember you and your Dad very well. I thought you worked for the Gas Board as well. One story you might be able to confirm was that you lost your head of dark, curly hair and became completely bald but then miraculously it came back, just as luxuriant, dark and curly as before! Is this true and if so have you still got any left? Regards Graham Stevens.
I lived in Edina bungalow, Westcliff Gardens,from 1942 till 1957. My family were MR AND MRS B,T, Cook. My father worked for the gas company and I can tell you the truth I lived on the mud flats as a boy they were my playing fields.
My grandparents lived at May Avenue close to the amusement arcade , although my home was at Hawkesbury road ,I stayed with them several times and spent many hours at the amusements
I lived in Grafton Road from 1952 Being so close to the Casino I spent many hours there In 1962 my last year at Furtherwick I worked selling candy floss for a Mrs Smith who had a hot dog stall I also worked on hook the duck but the lady who had the stall also wanted. me to clean her caravan so that did not last The Duke box played Cliff most of the time I was not keen as I preferred Elvis Remember when the fair can to town One year the only record they played was Speedy. Gonzalez It was so loud I could hear it in bed Brilliant days
Faces and the teacher look so familar
I used to go to St Anne’s Girls Brigade in the late 1950 early 1960 It was run by a lovely lady named Mrs Gilbey She had a daughter named Judith She was helped by Mrs Dulys Had such good fun Church parade in the old church on Sundays I went with my friend Margaret Grant Lots of good memories and learnt a lot
I recognise the lady third from the left in the photo with Rev. Fleetwood but I can’t remember her name. I think she worked in a shop.
Hi Julia , Another coincidence in the summer of 1961 I started working for the family bakery business and used to deliver hundreds of rolls to Mrs Smith’s kiosk. I had keys so they were usually there before 11 am but our paths might have crossed when I came back later to pick up the empty trays. Graham.
On lots of the early 20th century maps it was Thorny Bay without the ‘e’. The creek there was Thorny Creek. When or why an ‘e’ was added I don’t know. But definitely Thorny for the first half of the 1900s.
I noticed that in the first advert for Fielder Estate, it mentions Thorny Bay. I have only ever known this as Thorney Bay?
In 1961 while I was still at Furtherwick I worked part time at the Casino on the hook a duck and also I worked part time at the weekends for a Mrs Smith who had a Hot dog stall I made the candy floss for her It was fun and I got some pocket money 💰
I remember these bonfires really well We moved from Tilburg Road to Grafton Road in 1952 So saw them for many years Sure mybrother Bill Goillau and some of his friends helped build the fires I remember he was friends with Dave Collins and Chris Roberts Meynell Avenue One year I can remember one of the boys putting a firework in my coat pocket Not very nice at the time but it never stopped me from going again Good childhood memories and good friends on the Labworth eastate Lived there for fifteen years Julie
Eddie Stacey Fred monk Betty Edwards
Sandra Springall Mentioned she knew Rodney Gardiner, He was a good friend of my brother Graham Brown, they were in the ATC together. I wondered if she remembered Graham.
It was some time ago Maureen.
Well deserved. The website gives newcomers and old Canveyites an insight into the Island from its first inhabitants right up to today. Thank you for all your hard work.
Looking at the steps and the bridge on to Knightswick road which was built on the old central wall thats why its elevated, i lived opposite at number 10 in the early seventies.
I was Head of Estates for TAVRA (now RFCA) East Anglia 1979 to 2009 and thus was responsible for demolishing the old drill hall and providing the ATC and ACF with their modern home and rifle range.
Hello Graham Yes that was my Dad. He loved to train the boys and sometimes my mum and I would come to the church to watch. Dad passed away about 28 years ago. He was a very proud man and a good dad Julie
Hi Julia , I’m guessing your Dad was Bill Goillau who was our PT instructor at 10th Southend Boys Brigade company at the Canvey Baptist Church. Our Captain was Wally Kingsley who was at that time (50s) also a Fielder’s employee. Your Dad was really great, he even got me doing various somersaults over the horse and box. I think he was ex army PT instructor, strict but very encouraging. Graham.
Sorry Tony Belford is on the left!
In the late 60s my first bungalow was at the bottom of Atherstone Rd amongst the other police houses so quite a few of the faces I recognise but can’t put a name to. However two I am sure of: standing 2nd left is my then good mate Fred Nichols who used to live opposite and kneeling on the right is Tony Belford who later became a Detective Inspector.
My dad worked at the camp for Col Fielder from about 1946 until he retired in about the 1980s. As a child in the 1950s we would regularly go to the camp and watch stage shows put on by local groups. Fun times. Mum would take us in the cafe. It was a bit like being on holiday ourselves. Our relatives from London (Walthamstow) would come to Canvey many weekends during the summer. Remember Mum saying “keep clean your Aunt’s and Uncles will probably come today”. No phones for us those days. What Fun
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