Whitehawk

Welcome to Whitehawk

By Ariel Bilangel

Your editor for Whitehawk is Ariel Bilangel.

"I first came to Whitehawk during my first few days upon arriving in the country. I used to live in Kemp Town, and in order to familiarise myself with the place I walked around, and I happened to find myself in Whitehawk. I visited several shops and shortly afterwards I found the Library. I spent some time in the library, read some basic information of the place and then I walked a little bit farther northward before I returned home. My first impression of the place was that it was quiet and with nice view to look at. The typical English houses in two opposing hills were so pleasant to look at especially for one like me who is just new to the place.

Came to Brighton in 2000
I am a Filipino who is married to a nurse who works in the County hospital. My wife came here first in 1999 and a year later, I joined her. When the Home Office granted us with permanent residency in 2004, we decided to get a mortgage and buy our first ever-owned house. We were then looking for a 3 bedroom house with at least a garden either in front or at rear. We have two children and such would be ideal for us in terms of size and 'function'. After viewing several properties 'for sale' from different agents, my wife found one which is just perfect relative to our requirements - and it was in Whitehawk.

Friends tried to discourage us
We told some of our friends about our plan and when they found out about the location, they tried to discourage us. They told us that Whitehawk has a 'not so good reputation'. At first, we were hesitant to go ahead with the purchase, but having found one that is perfect for us and within our budget range, turning back was very difficult. Thus, we studied the socio-cultural situation in the area.

Quiet and safe
We visited the place in the evening and we found that it is quiet and safe, we tried to have a chat with our 'future' neighbours and they appeared friendly, we noted the make and registration of the parked cards nearby and most of them were relatively new. We also liked the place for its proximity from our work and from supermarkets. Having gathered all the relevant data, and weighted the pros and cons, we decided to buy the property.

Never had a problem
It has been more that a year now since we moved to Whitehawk and so far we never had any problem about the place. Nonetheless, I was intrigued to know as to why this place is very 'unpopular'. I researched through the internet and I found some information about its history. I learned that the place was first developed in 1930 and was intended for the people from slums areas. Many residents then were unemployed and some antisocial behaviour was commonplace. But those were things of the past now.

Lots of different people
Whitehawk today is home of many decent employees from different sectors of society. It has facilities that are helpful to human development, e.g. the Library, Computer Learning Centre, and schools for primary and secondary education. Anyone who has a first hand knowledge of the place today can tell that it is a much-organised community and a peaceful and quiet place. It may not be the most peaceful place in Brighton but I don't think it deserves its reputation."

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
I was born in Whitehawk Road in 1934 and I was evacuated for five years. Returned aged 12 and joined the WRAF when 17. Lots of lurking memories and an awareness that so much must have changed.
By Thelma Berry (14/09/2004)
I was born in Whitehawk in 1947. I went to Whitehawk School and I lived at 88 Whitehawk Avenue, on the corner of Lintott Avenue, for 29 years - opposite the shops which were there. There were four: the end one was Mr Gilbert's who had the butchers/greengrocers. Next door was Mrs Sulley who was the grocers. I was her grocery boy - I used to ride a carrier bike and take shopping orders out. I used to get about 17/ 6d per week. Next door was Mr Novis, he had the chemist. The next shop was the sweetshop/newsagents. My dad grew up in that house and married my mum who used to live in Fletching Road four doors up from the church.
By Richard Groves (11/04/2005)
I was just wondering if you know where the names Whitehawk and Black Rock come from?
By Katy Morse (18/08/2005)
In 2003, I went to EF School. The homestay area is the Whitehawk - that place it will not be able to forget, so far. The Whitehawk is the too much beautiful place, is the place which is the possibility of seeing the hill and the ocean together health club of circumference and the Wilson Avenue - it will put across the vicinity and to remain forever in my memory inside it is. Actually I was returning toward our country now, when being chance, if again once certainly will visit the Whitehawk. When I was in Language school student, Whitehawk neighborhood warm and kind and it leaves a gratitude in the residents to be right.
By Rachel (18/08/2005)
I have many happy memories from my childhood, spending holidays with my maternal grandparents (George and Nelly Williams) who lived at 234 Whitehawk Road between 1966 and 1974.
By Louise Cleaver (02/10/2005)
I grew up in Whitehawk and lived at 94 Twineham Road between 1965 and 1977. I went to Whitehawk Junior School, passed the 11-plus and went onto Varndean Grammar. What a pity the old 1930s-built houses were demolished and when the estate was rebuilt they did not retain the same street layout.
By Bob Taylor (11/11/2005)
I was born in Whitehawk at 44 Twineham Road and still remember the air cracks in the plaster walls from the bomb blast at the church on the corner. They were some of the best days of my life. My friends and I spent endless evernings playing football on Whitehawk pitches and then went on to play with them for Whitehawk Boys' Club and then Whitehawk Old Boys. And I agree with Bob, it was a pity that all those houses had to come down - it tore the heart out of the estate. I still remember the funny little triangular islands where one road met another.
By Michael Soutter (07/12/2005)
I'm only 21 years old and have lived in Whitehawk all my life. People say that it's tough growing up here, that the kids will either be bullied or be the bully, and that the adults on the estate are either as bad as the children or terrified of them! I just wanted to say that, yeah, I had some tough moments growing up here but I've got friends who live elswhere (places with the best reputations), who've had a much tougher time than I did. I absolutly love living here and have no intention of moving on anywhere else in the future. I know everyone and feel safe walking around outside late at night. Everything that I need is here on the estate (apparently one of the worst in Brighton!) and I'm very very happy living here. Not to mention the views on a clear day.
By Sabrina Francis (22/03/2006)
I lived in Whitehawk right through the 1950s to the early 60s and lived in Whitehawk Road, opposite the coach park, which is now old peoples' homes. My friends and I used to clean the coaches out for 2 shillings a time (10p) and some of the parents made tea for the drivers. I had brilliant times with a laugh every day. I totally agree with young Sabrina's comments - Whitehawk was great for me and I'm glad it's great. It's nice to have someone praising the old place for a change.
By Bluey Attkins (24/04/2006)
My parents moved to Whitehawk in 1947 not long after I was born. We lived at 7 Wiston Close till March 1958 when we emmigated to Australia. I have very fond memories of my childhood there. Playing in the wheat fields the other side of Wilson Avenue, trips to Blackrock Pool, catching newts in the disused Saltdean Lido, scrumping in the back yard of the little church at Ovingdean. The summers, the winters - all wonderfull. I have several photographs of the area at the time. I wiil submit them to this site. However, I would love to find any maps of the area as it was then, plus more photos. If anybody knows where I might find some please let me know.
By Eric Cook (30/04/2006)
I left Whitehawk in 1987 and now live in the States. My parents still live in Manor Hill and I keep in touch with some of the guys back there but would like to find some of the old kids I went to school with at Whitehawk Secondary, Class of 1975, and if someone has got any old photos. Whitehawk is what it is but it will always be home to me.
By Tony Mitchell (30/05/2006)
I was born in Brighton and moved to 204 Whitehawk Avenue in 1947 with my parents. Then to 114 Whitehawk Road in 1950. I went to Whitehawk Junior School where the headmaster was Mr. Taylor. My father was the scoutmaster at St Cuthmans Church (21st Brighton Troup). I have many happy memories of Whitehawk. I emigrated to New Zealand with my husband and family in 1974.
By Barbara Eke (06/06/2006)
I was brought up in Whitehawk from 1961 until I left in 1977. My Dad built our house in Desmond Way and I went to Whitehawk Infant, Junior and Senior Schools. My time living in Whitehawk was the best time of my life and I stiil go back home regularly and see my mates even now. To me Whitehawk is the best place in the world.
By Andy Rogers (07/06/2006)
I lived in the Broadway Cafe ('Stan's cafe') Whitehawk from 1956 to 1970. That was a real community! When Big George the policeman roamed the streets, he knew everybody and almost everything that went on in Whitehawk. Good days - like to hear from anyone of that era.
By Tony Miller (14/07/2006)
Whitehawk either makes or breaks you. I live in Spain now and love it here. My memories of Whitehawk will never leave me though. It was a great place to grow up - if I ever really did.
By Paul Hubbard (29/07/2006)
I was a regular customer at Stan’ s. I can remember some of the lads that used the cafe trying to get the pennies out of the clock machine. One bright spark drilled a hole in the bottom of it and every time you put a penny in it, the money came back out! I also remember that one evening someone went outside the cafe while Big George was inside, opened up his saddle bag and poured vinegar in his sandwiches! He found out who did it and gave him a Chinese burn on his wrist. Great times.
By Bluey Attkins (30/07/2006)
It was great reading these comments. I lived in Fetching Road from 1948 until when I left to get married. I agree it was a shame that the houses were pulled down. We had such fun making games up in the jungle [our large back garden]. The neighbours were always there to help and us kids always knew we could go to them if our mum wasn't around. I love the years when I grew up in Whitehawk.
By Barbara Bishop (nee Perry) (13/08/2006)

I read with interest Tony Miller's comments. I also remember the Broadway cafe and, in the 50s, was a regular teen layabout in the cafe. I also remember Stan the governor. My girlfriend at the time used to tie her donkey up outside the cafe when we went inside for a long drawn-out coffee. They were good days and not nearly half as violent as today. And you didn't lip the big copper either.

By Mick Peirson (10/10/2006)

My family moved to Whitehawk in 1932, into a brand new four bedroom house. We lived at 58 Nuthurst Road. Yes, life was quite tough in those days as a lot of the people in our street came from the slum areas. I remember some of the women fighting with hat pins and some of the little ones ran around with no shoes or pants. There was one thing you could rely on, there was always someone to lend a helping hand when needed, especially in war-time. I am an old lady now but I shall never forget living in Whitehawk.

By d e morris (30/11/2006)

I lived in Whitehawk (Wiston Road )from 1942-1966 and went to Whitehawk infants, junior and senior schools. My recollection of the order of the buildings is, from the top of Whitehawk Road/Lintott Avenue as follows: the senior schools (boys and girls) first, then the infants school in the single storey building with the library attached. Then there was the junior school before the church hall (junction Whithawk Road/Avenue). I am in dispute with members of my family about this,can anybody verify this, if so it would be much appreciated.

By Ray Vincent (04/12/2006)

Ray, You are correct in your memory of the location of the buildings you mention. I have a 1950s map of the area which bears this out. If you get in touch I could email you the relevant part. TCS. ...tim (at) permanden .co.uk

By Tim Sargeant (10/12/2006)

Happy 2007 to all in Whitehawk. I have heard such negative comments about the estate but when I was kid I loved it! I was born in 7, Whitehawk Road in 1934. My Mum was Daisy and my Dad was Percy Brooke and I had one elder sister,Eva, and five older brothers, Norman, Ted, Ron, Bert, and Reg. Norman, Ted, Ron and myself are the survivors. I carry such memories of rolling down the bank onto the football field in East Brighton Park; of picking winkles at Black Rock and jumping of the groynes to the horror of onlookers. I went to St. Mark's school, was evacuated to Yorkshire, then attended Whitehawk Senior Girls on my return. Engraved on my heart are the comments of Miss Harrison (Domestic Science) who said it would be a dreadful tragedy if ever I considered marriage and a home. I have five married children, 11 married or attached grandchildren and eight great grandchildren...poor Miss Harrison ...she got that one wrong because I fostered 45 children as well and they have ALL survived!

By Thelma Berry (nee Brooke) (02/01/2007)

A very encouraging reflective journal by Mr Bilangel. What are the residents doing there to promote a sense of "community"? The area had an excellent IT facility called the Whitehawk Centre a few years ago, is it still open? It is very unfair and hugely damaging for an area to labelled "bad". It is disadvantageous to the residents and deters people from moving to the area. I wish Mr Bilangel and his partner a happy life in their new home and life here.

By Sean Carr (20/01/2007)

I found this site by accident and I thought I would add to the other comments. I lived in Whitehawk from 1958 until 1969 and I too have some fond memories of school and my free time in the holidays. I worked abroad for many years and I came back one year and sat at the top of the racecourse and could see the path from Whitehawk Road to The Avenue. I lived at 50 Whitehawk Avenue for all those years. People are right - they should have modernised the houses instead of pulling them down. I used to enjoy Black Rock swimming pool, used to swim round the break water and sneak in for nothing.

By George Pearcey (23/01/2007)

I was born in Whitehawk in 1966 and lived there untill 1985. Having lived around the world, it's a amazing place to grow up. The steep hills and racecourse gave it great character. I remember riding motorbikes all over the hills and the tip and playing football on the pitches till sunset - such fun.

By Skin + Blister (16/02/2007)

I am 16 and I have lived in Whitehawk as long as I can remember and, just to verify, Whitehawk Centre is still there on the corner of The Broadway. However, it is now a learning and development centre and is now called 'Whitehawk Inn'. I am doing my GCSEs now and I decided to use Whitehawk as a subject in my ICT coureswork. So if anyone has any old pictures or stories please could you write back or email me at stead204@hotmail.com Thanks to everyone.

By S.Stead (28/02/2007)

I was born in Brighton and moved to 109 Whitehawk Crescent in 1958 at the age of 3. I attended all 3 schools,Infants,Juniors and seniors when it was just for boys, and when it went mixed.Those were the days when people could leave their doors unlocked and kids could go out to play without parents worrying. I remember the old boxing club run by Tony Brazil opposite the seniors near the pitches, and of course the old German school Dentist aaaarrrrrggghh. We also used to hang about around the Broadway cafe. Race days were brilliant as there was a bookmaker called Nobby that would get the kids together and do a scramble,he would throw pockets of loose change for the kids to pick up.The one thing that does stick in my mind about Whitehawk is the fact that it was a very close knit and safe community, and even now I still get homesick.

By Steve Standring (03/04/2007)

Looking at the comment from Tony Mitchell, I wondered if he was any relation to the Mitchells that lived in Manor Hill. I went to school with Bobby Bliss who had a nan and granddad living in Manor Hill. He had a cousin called Gene Wilson, and an uncle who was also called Tony Mitchell, I am sure. This was in the 50s when the trolley buses used Manor Hill. If it is the same family I remember Mrs. Mitchell (the grandmother) being over the moon when I was there one Sunday Morning as there was a request for her on Forces Favourites from Tony Mitchell who was serving abroad on his national service. I hope it is

By Mick Peirson (16/04/2007)

I must be getting slow in the head, I have just noticed Steve Standring's comments. I too remember Tony Brazil and the work he did for boxing and the youth of the day. Is Tony still around?  I lived in Bennett Road which was sort of on the border of Whitehawk, and being roman candle I had to go to school miles away. I would much rather have gone to St. Marks or Whitehawk as many of the kids I knew were at those schools. I get a bit frustrated sometimes because I think that there must be hundreds of people out there that would love to contribute to the website chatting about earlier times, but for some reason or other you only see comments from them once in a blue moon. When you do it is like finding a diamond. It would be lovely if there was an advert that would get to all the folk of Brighton from the past and the present so we could chat even more, or am I dreaming. Anyway the Broadway cafe was a haunt of mine when I was a teenager, and I must say that Stan was a great bloke that loved kids as well as his own, not only for the business either ( as we usually made a cup of coffee last all afternoon). This German dentist, was she the big fat German woman that also did the Nitty Nora bit?  As Steve has said, it was a close knit society and we did leave our doors unlocked. We had our arguments but those days are longed for now. Maybe one day when some jerk wakes up, the society we live in will instil some discipline and respect back where it belongs. My grandkids hardly believe the freedom we had as kids. Nice piece of nostalgia Steve.

Good luck to all Brighton residents past and present.

By Mick Peirson (25/04/2007)

Me and my sister (we were Pat and Chris Marshall then) lived at 80 Whitehawk Avenue from 1955 until 1958. We lived with our grandparents Mr and Mrs P Turrell. We lived next door to the Bradfords and I remember Nanny's very good friend Mrs Marriot. I also remember the Groves family - we could see their back garden from ours. Nanny used to have a big old mangle out the back and we all had to help on wash day, holding the sheets as they went through the mangle. We also had Auntie Betty and Linda living there. I went to Whitehawk Senior School, but only for my last two years. Mrs Evans was headmistress and I had the cane. We used to play on the racehill a lot, we used to slide down on pieces of cardboard. When it was Brighton races, we would go and collect all the race tickets. I remember June Chapman, David Cage, Ronnie Coggins, Micheal Hussey and the Didcotts.

By Pat Richards nee Marshall (18/08/2007)

Ray Vincent - sorry to disappoint but you are completely wrong about the whereabouts of St Cuthman's Church / Hall. It was, and still is, located near the top of what was Lintott Ave with the junction of Twineham Road. One road down from Wiston Road. I remember this because I lived in Whitehawk before the devastation of the estate took place and I walked past the church every day on my way to and from school.

By Colleen Parker (nee Tutt) (08/10/2007)

I also was raised at Whitehawk.We lived at 88 Wiston Road next to the electricity building. In front of our house was a large green where the kids would congregate to play. I only ever knew the new St
Cuthmans church. I was there as a brownie at the dedication. Was one of the first group of kids to be
confirmed there on March 24th 1954 on a Wednesday evening. Before the church was built we had Sunday school every Sunday afternoon at St Davids. We used to take home plaster of paris money boxes modeled as a church to collect money. I was educated at all three of the Whitehawk schools where I received a first rate
education. We had 44 children in our class and we still managed to learn (I did go on later to do a university degree). Life was hard after the war, but we were a bunch of hard working proud people. I am still proud to say I am a 'Whitehawk girl'.

By Mary Ingham-Law (24/10/2007)

183 Whitehawk Avenue. When my grandmother remarried she and her new husband moved into a brand new house - 183 Whitehawk Avenue sometime about 1937. Their surname was Rubidge and they had moved from a very overcrowded house in Cambridge Street followed some years later with a move to Parkmore Terrace.

By Judi Swinsco (15/11/2007)

My parents moved to Whitehawk around 27 years ago and still live there in Whitehawk Road. They brought up five children, the youngest being 20 years old now. None of us ever brought the police to the front door. It upsets me that just because I live in Whitehawk, people label me as trouble or scum. Growing up is tough no matter where you are from, and I wouldn't hesitate to bring my children up in Whitehawk. Only a percentage of residents don't work and we all shouldn't all be labelled as lazy.

By A Jarvis (03/12/2007)

I've lived in Whitehawk all my life and loved it. It has always been a friendly place to live with a good community spirit. When I was small I lived in Fletching Road. It was great. I had my nan and uncle up the road, one uncle across from us and another around the corner at Twineham Road. Everyone looked out for each other so your mum could always know where you were. I'm bringing up my own children here now and I still love it. I'm proud to be from Whitehawk

By Helen Burtenshaw (01/01/2008)

This is to Tony Mitchell (if he still checks in on this site). I too lived in Manor Hill at No.47. Is this the Mitchell family who lived at No.49? I too now live in the States but would like to get in touch and catch up! keeblergirl@hotmail.com

By Deborah Hoad (03/02/2008)

Tony I know your cafe well; best coffee i ever tasted. I also remember big George and your sister Ann from the old school days. Good memories.

By Roy Sargeant (09/02/2008)

Many comments and memories about my dad Tony Brazil and my Mum Connie. It's good to know that people still remember all the good things that went on in Whitehawk and the boxing club my dad and granddad Bishop ran together. I still have the original books they kept for the subs each week and all the money that was spent on the boxing club. Many stories were told to me as a kid by my mum Connie and Dad Tony about the good old days and war years,especially about the Odeon cinema when it got bombed and the doodle bugs that were dropped by the German pilots. How they used to go over Wilson avenue and find live ammunition and set fire to them. Any way I could go on and on, but I shan't.

By Andrea Paddick (30/03/2008)

Does anyone know an old lady,by now,called Gladys Jackson? She lived (lives) in Whitehawk she had 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl. Can anyone help me I would be grateful.

By Ian (04/04/2008)

I remember Gladys Jackson; she died some years ago from my memory. Good luck in your search for info, but sorry no comment from me, being an ex neighbour ...

By Georgina James (06/04/2008)

I lived in Woodingdean at the Warren Farm Cottages and went to Whitehawk Senior Boys School from 1952 to 1955. Bill Scaines was the Headmaster and Joe Randell was the deputy. I now live in the redeveloped Whitehawk and its nothing like the old place. I attend St Cuthman's Church and remember the service of Carols and lessons which all the school had to attend. Whitehawk is not a bad place to live.

By R. Horne (17/04/2008)

Message to Pat Marshall: Hey Pat, this is Georgina, I do hope you remember, you were like a big sister to me. I loved seeing you when you were at your grand parents. Please do put a message here as it would be very nice to get in touch.

By Georgina James (nee Didcote) (20/04/2008)

Hi Georgina. I couldn't believe it when I saw your letter. I do remember you and your brother Ernie. Chris and me always used to call for you and Ernie to go up the racehill with our sandwiches. We used to sit up there nearly all day. Do you remember the goats up there? And I remember I used to brush your hair, you had quite thick hair and it got very tangly. My Gran and Grandad both died a few years ago and Auntie Betty. Do you remember her? Her daughter was Linda. I still miss them all. I loved it there in Whitehawk, I didn't want to leave but we had to go and live with our mum. She's gone as well now. We ended up in Somerset where I am now. I am married with two children: a boy and a girl and four grandchildren. What happened to you? Are you married with children? I just can't believe I am writing to you. I often think about my childhood there. Have you looked at the site East Brighton Bygones. There are some good photos on there of Whitehawk. There's one of the shops over the road. Hope to hear from you soon.

By Pat Richards (nee Marshall) (23/04/2008)

Hello my dear Pat, I'm over the moon that you replied to me. Yes I remember all that you have said. I still have thick hair short but well groomed. Do you remember Tony James that lived over the road? Well I married him and I have 3 daughters 7 granddaughters and 1 grandson. Sadly I lost my Tony 12 years ago this year we would have been married 38 years, so now I'm living in Shoreham. I have my youngest daughter living in hove and my young brother living in Portslade, so I'm not on my own out this way. I hope to here from you very soon.

By Georgina James nee Didcote (17/05/2008)

Does anybody remember the Mears' that lived in Lintott Avenue or the Boyles'? I am Julie Mears' daughter and I am doing my family tree and collecting old photos. Can anybody help?

By Emma Lewry (10/06/2008)

I too have lovely memories of Whitehawk Road: the toy shop, the bus garage, the pub at the bottom of the road which we visited on a Sunday while lunch was cooking. I was born in Scotland but my father came from Whitehawk Road and I have a lovely Aunt Thelma. Hi Thelma!

By Thelma Higgins (nee Brooke ) (08/07/2008)

Hi all. I was born at 79 Whitehawk Road in 1947, went to Whitehawk School (all of them!). I remember my mispent youth at Miller's cafe with Brian Eason and Harold Johnson playing on the footie machine in the back room. It was a great place to live - nobody was well off but we all got through OK - out in the street playing games from dawn till dusk, cleaning coaches for money and doing our best to avoid a clip around the ear from George the local copper. He knew everyone and everything that went on! Anyone remember me drop me a line. Howdo Bluey! I rememeber you from Whitehawk and the RASC/RCT.

By Keith Macdougall (15/08/2008)

I was just doing some research about my youth and was pleased to have found this site. Its brought back many happy memories. My family moved to Sadler Way in 1960 - Dad having been part of the self-build scheme. Mum still lives there. I attended Whitehawk Senior School. Bill Scaines was the headmaster and, I recall, very handy with the cane! For a couple of years I was a choirboy at St Cuthman's Church - in truth I was more interested in the 2/6d (about 12p) we received for each wedding than the religion. Whitehawk was a good training ground for life and I enjoyed the people. Like some of the previous comments, I also have fond memories of Tony Brazil. Andrea, you may remember that in about 1962 your father Tony spent several months in hospital. My father, who was recovering from a serious road accident, was in the next bed to Tony and they became very good friends.
Mention has been made of the local policeman Big George. That was George Ickeringill (PC 180). Me - I added to my Whitehawk education by obtaining a university degree and eventually returned to the town as Detective Chief Inspector, Head of Brighton CID (now retired and living in Horsham).

By George Smith (30/08/2008)

To ian, re Mrs Jackson. I knew David and Dorian, only saw his sister a few times but David lives in Uckfield Close Whitehawk hope this helps.

By Peter Bridger (25/09/2008)

George Smith - didn't you have a brother called Graham and you lived next door to the Bryces? I'm pretty sure you remember me and may be surprised to know that I too improved on the many things I learned growing up in Whitehawk and am now working as a teacher in an InternationalSchool in Spain. It's a funny old world isn't it? I have to say that without Whitehawk the rich tapestry of my life would be totally incomplete.

By Paul Hubbard (02/10/2008)

Blimey I see some real names from the past, I remember going to school with Colleen Tutt, don't know if she ever knew that I was in love with her when I was 12 but she fancied my best mate David Robinson, I still see Michelle Moore who was Colleens mate but have been happily married now for over 30 years. I had some fantastic years at WhitehawkSchool, I remember seeing a fight after school on the playing fields between Bruce Colhoun and Glenn Scrase - the teachers just stood and watched. The head at the time was Mr Hodell, I remember a lot of the teachers, how sad is that? After I married I lived in Maresfield Road right opposite Tony & Connie Brazil, I will never forget their white boxer dog.

By Jon Walls (02/10/2008)

Hi Jon, I don't know if you remember me, Geoff Spragg and my mate john bysh? We used to knock about with Dave as well. It's great to see so many names I remember on here. Married 27 years, 2 kids and all that! Seaford has been home for many years now; whitehawk will always be part of me.

By Geoff Spragg (30/10/2008)

Geoff, were you the same age as Glenn Coulson, Kevin Harmer and possibly Martin Rogers? I am a bit younger but I seem to remember you and Jonn Bish (Bysh) being a year or so older.

By Paul Hubbard (04/11/2008)

Hi Paul, yes I was in same class as Glenn and know the other two guys as well. I left school in June 1975. I think I know you. I lived in Linchmere, one of the small brick flats right at the top of the estate. Did you have a sister? What year did you leave paul?

By Geoff Spragg (06/11/2008)

Hi Geoff, I remember you and recall John as well. Other names that are getting clearer are Kevin Harmer and Glen Coulson after seeing their names on here. I still live in Whitehawk, we are buying a bungalow in the Manor. We've got seven grandchildren now. Our oldest grandaughter will be a teenager next April, how old do I feel? Are you related to Darren Spragg? He played football for me a few years ago. You can email me if you like on jwallscmd@hotmail.com

By Jon Walls (07/11/2008)

I've just found this site, wonderful! I lived in Whitehawk from 1950 to 1967, our first house was on Twineham Road and then we moved to Whitehawk Road across from the school. I and sister Jean and Frank all went to that school. I live in the USA now, I look back on my childhood and it was the best time of my life. People were real back then and everyone helped each other. I used to work at the Broadway Cafe in my suumer holiday and play at the Blackrock pool if any one out their knows me, I would love to chat with them .

By Shirley King (09/11/2008)

Hi Tony, I remember you. I used to work in the Broadway cafe serving all the people that came in on the coaches on a day out in Brighton. I live in California, USA. What a small world, Would love to hear from you.

By Shirley King (09/11/2008)

Emma, I did know the Boyles. My last name is King and I do remember when I was small we used to visit the Boyles family. The one one I can remember is Tony, but I remember my Dad saying we were related. I live in the USA but all my family still live in Brighton and Whitehawk. I will try and find out some more information for you.

By Shirley King (09/11/2008)

I lived in Whitehawk from 1950 to 1966. I lived on Twineham Road and Whitehawk Road. I went to all three schools. I have a sister Jean who would love to hear from any old school mates. I also worked at Millers Cafe and Ann was a good friend of mine. They were the good old days.

By Shirley Hawes (09/11/2008)

I was a smartarse and passed my 11 plus so I went on to Varndean and only did infants and Juniors at Whitehawk. I lived in Sadler Way opposite Glenn Coulson (he lived 5, I lived 6). Most of my mates went to Whitehawk though and my age group was Kevin King (RIP), Steve Rhodes, Dougie Greenland, Eddie Riley, Chris Newington. Tommy Murray was a bit younger. Mark Smeaton must have been around your age too. I also remember someone called "Biff". I can't remember his real name. Paul Bowley and Kevin Tubb also spring to mind, purely because of football. Neil Bryce was another.
Peter and Mark Baker I remember lived in the house next to the police box in Whitehawk Avenue opposite the boys club.

By Paul Hubbard (09/11/2008)

Blimey Paul, these names bring back memories. Paul Bowley and Kevin Tubb both played football for me. I know Mark Smeaton well too. I used to run teams for Whitehawk Under 10s then Under 16s before running Black Rock FC where Paul and Kevin both played for me. Oh happy days.

By Jon Walls (10/11/2008)

Wow! What a shock. Seeing all these names and comments from old school friends. Apologies to Jon, I didn't realise you felt that way. I too am happily married with five (grown up) children and nine grandchildren. I have now relocated to Newhaven. The good old days!

By Colleen Parker (nee Tutt) (07/01/2009)

I remember classmates' names that I was in school with: Pauline Higgens, Jennifer Hopkinson, Rhona Chate, Tamira Bartelles. Would love to hear from them and catch up. I live in Malta now but loved living in Whitehawk: 158 Wiston Road. Attended all three schools - I am now 58 years old. Also remember George Smith in Art class with his mate.

By Barbara Zammit (nee Dawson) (12/02/2009)

Nothing like nostalgia. I lived up on the Manor Farm estate. Went to Whitehawk Boys Seniors 62-66. My Aunt Pat lived in the house right opposite the school entrance, on the corner of the path up the hill. Names I remember are Joe Wibley, Richard Smallman, teachers were Symonds, Yeates, Bertwhiste, Darling, Dance, Trace.

By David Gillam (13/02/2009)

Does anyone remember the McDonald family at 98 Whitehawk Avenue: Daniel was known as Paddy and was a builder? His wife was Mary. His older brother Thomas lived in Woodingdean. Also James & Eileen Botting (nee McDonald) at 12 Whitehawk Avenue between 1931 and 1939 with their children Lorna, Sheila and Stanley? James was also at one time a builder but was for some time also one of the Volks Railway drivers.

By David Ward (01/03/2009)

Hi Tony. I remember the Broadway Cafe - used to go every night - those chip butties were great. My juke box favourite was 'Running Scared' by Roy Orbison.

By Thomas Vic Fulker (17/03/2009)

I used to live at Nuthurst Road in the 1950s with a family called the Lorman's, they had two sons- Roy and Robin. I have since lost contact and would like to catch up with any living relatives. if you are able to help with my search I would be most grateful- (Mr Lorman had an aviary in his back garden)
Thanks in advance

By Deborah Parry (15/05/2009)

I Grew up at 135 Whitehawk Avenue, with the Chapmans as neighbours on one side and the Voiyces on the other. I lived with my Nan. Dolly Slater, my mum and other family members. I left there, after going to all the Whitehawk schools, when I was 16 in 1966. I was best friends with Gloria Colley and had a boyfriend called Mickey Baker and then Ted Burtenshaw, who I later married - that ended in divorce after 12 years. Have been with my present husband for 29 years and have a son, a daughter, and 2 grand children. I remember all of the things that Les Knight remembers including him and his twin brother and other brother - do you remember me? I have fond memories of growing up there, I've just found a picture of the shops at Lintott Avenue and remembering spending 6d in the sweetshop and coming out with loads of stuff. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I live in Hove, so nowhere exotic, - keep the memories going.

By Jennifer Breslau (19/05/2009)

Hi Jennifer:Of course I remember you and Gloria. I also remember you and Mick, who I see him now and then and we both live in Hove! Also at the later end of senior school Ted and I were great mates who spent a lot of time together. Do you remember going to Tiffanys coffee bar in Kemptown as I certainly remember you going there once or twice? It's amazing what memories are brought back by reading these comments. Do you know what Ted is up to now? I twice married and my second wife is a dream. We have been together now for 17 years and married for 11. I have twin daughters (wouldn't you just know it!) and three grandaughters and a bump on the way. Both Bob & Jeff are still local. Say hello to Gloria if you are still in touch. It is lovely to hear from you, keep in touch, I now live at 22 Hangleton Manor Close. Cheers!

By Les Knight (23/05/2009)

Hi Les - yes I do remember Tiffanys very well, spent loads of time in there. I tried to get in touch with Mick through friends re-united but he never responded!. Good to hear you and your brothers are OK. I haven't seen Ted for about 10 years but still in touch with his younger sister Sue, and she tells me Ted is not in the best of health at the moment, quite seriously poorly I think. I keep in touch by e-mail with Gloria occasionally. I live in Lark Hill, so not a million miles from where you are, perhaps we should try to get as many old friends as possible together and perhaps meet in the Hangleton Manor for a bit of reminiscing. I think we have all reached an age where looking back is so far away its very nostalgic and interesting. Good to make contact: my email address is: jennybreslau@hotmail.com if you want to contact me direct.

By Jennifer Breslau (24/05/2009)

Can anyone tell me when (what year) the first occupants moved into the Whitehawk estate? Also whether Wiston Road was there at the start? Carrying out family tree research currently and my great grandmother and her family lived there. I would welcome any signposting info for further information on the beginnings of the estate. Thank you in advance.

By Rachelle Howard (04/06/2009)

Hi Everyone- Fantastic to read all this -  great website. I was born in Maresfield Road in 1959, I'm one of 6 (Peter, John, Sally aka Janet, Chris then me) and I know many of you here. I went to WH Infants, St Marks Juniors, WH Seniors; I left school in early 70's and moved back to Whitehawk in 1986-2000 next to the football pitch and oposite my old school! I'm now in Southwick. I miss Whitehawk - it's been 9 years! I found some very old pics on Facebook of Whitehawk, but it's not the same as before they rebuilt it, the church is the only original building apart from Wiston Road and Whitehawk Road houses where I was. I remember the cafe in the Broadway!  The good old days!

By Sue Burtenshaw (07/06/2009)

Hello Jen (Breslau), can't wait to see you, as arranged, on the 24th July, with Glor, Les and Bob. If it's not on the 24th, then anytime soon. Absolutely brilliant to catch up on the last 40 years! My e-mail is brookesbaker@btinternet.com.

By Mickey Baker (26/06/2009)
I was born at 16 Whitehawk Ave in 1950. It was the semi-detached house on the corner of Findon Road with the police box attached to the front. My father was PC 92 (also Bob Young). I was one of six children. I had two older sisters (Carol and Patsy) and one younger. My two younger brothers and I, along with the older girls, attended Whitehawk Infant's. I was there from 1954 until 1960 when we migrated to Australia. I returned for the first time in 2005 and visited Whitehawk. Very disappointed to find so many of the old houses vanished - even the road layout changed. I remember the great times we had as children - Blackrock pool, Peter Pan's playground, walking along the seafront with my grandfather, topless double decker buses. I was a cub-scout at St. Cuthman's and attended the church in uniform every Sunday. The scout hall was directly across Whitehawk Ave from our house. Would love to hear from anyone that remembers my family or me. Only names I can recall are Trevor Elliott and Derek Fox. Tony Anscombe was the son of the constable that lived next door and was the same age as me. His mother was Mary and he had a younger brother. I am now 59, live in Wagga Wagga in southern NSW, and have been in the NSW Police since 1975 after spending 10 years in the RAAF - nearly retired.
By Bob Young (08/07/2009)
I was a regular visitor to the house on the corner of Findon Road and Whitehawk Avenue in the late 60's. My best mate at the time was Peter Baker who lived at No. 16. He had an older brother Mark and we spent hours playing in the by-then discarded Police Box. A sign of things to come unfortunately. I loved growing up in Whitehawk in the 60's and 70's. By the 80's things had changed and will probably never be the same.
By Paul Hubbard (13/07/2009)
Hi All. Just discovered this great website - can't believe all the great friends' names from the past. I was also born in Twineham Road from 1948 until married in 1970.  My mum lived there until she had to move out for the redevolopment - one of the last to be moved out. Do you remember the old gang 'Shirley Hawes/King'? How long you been in States?! John Shaw last I heard was living in Coventry. Ray Pullen after serving in the Coldstream Guards qualified as a physiotherapist and is with Shrewsbury F.C. The Gregories are still in Brighton, Barry Goodwin in the fire service, John Whiting still around Brighton. I see Pat Bishop now and again, Ann Kelly still lives local, not seen Pat Smith for a number of years. A few of my great mates are on here as well: Mike Baker, Les Knight, Mick Soutter, very true boys: the best football team and friends anyone would want to have. Must get another reunion sorted. Keith Macdougall - long time no see, I've got an old school photo Class of 1952 I'm sure you are on there. The Purser twins Yan Znishow, Ray Rushman, David Pockney, Raymond Chitty (any relation to Colin Chitty?!), Peter Bundock. Don't recognise the girls, silly me.
By John Brown (20/07/2009)
I moved to Whitehawk in 1956. I would like to say hello to all my old friends, who attended Whitehawk school. I remember Gary Field, Trevor Anderson, Colin Chitty, Ronald Bowley, Gregory Foat, and Johnny Inkpen. I moved from Whitehawk in 1967. I can remember Mrs Fox and Derek Fox, also Linda, who were my next door neighbours. We used to play cards by candlelight some evenings. I still remember George the policeman, and the headmaster of the school Bill Scaynes; I used to sort out his stamp collection for him. I shall carry on looking at this site. Take care all.
By Lennie Twyman (25/07/2009)

Sue Burtenshaw (7-6-09) - did you live down the bottom of Maresfield Road? Was your brother Chris known as Billy? I used to live with my nan up the top, and remember people like Vonny Britt, Pat Flynn, Roger Packham, Dot Woolgar and her family. I also remember Mrs Day - was that her name - and her toffee apples. And there was a chimney sweep with tons of soot in his garden.

By David Gillam (26/07/2009)

My Mum used to lived at 69, Marefield Road,  her name was Sheila Moore. She used to lived two doors away from Mrs Day - we used to help her make Welsh cakes when we were little. Mum had three daughters: me, Shirley and Wendy. Then she remarried, to a Thomas Saunders, then she had my brother named Wade. Does anyone remember us? We used to know Mrs Woolgar as well, and Gino, Leda and John who used to live across the road from us. Leda joined the R.A.F - does anyone remember them?

By Denise Shops (nee Moore) (04/08/2009)

Yes I remember Leda, you must have lived next door to the Britts - Colin, Vonny etc. I remember walking up to the shops on the Bristol estate for a packet of Park Drive fags (you could get a pack of 5 for 9d), then going down to the park at the junction of Maresfield Rd and Manor Rd, where the play area was, to smoke them. You had to be careful as the police house was right at the corner.

By Dave Gillam (07/08/2009)

Hi Sue, Just like to say that although you don't know me, I was a very good friend of your brothers Peter and Johnny, we were mates for years. Your dear brother Peter died on my birthday, March 7th, so I will never forget him. Incidentally, your mum used to stay with us when your dad was away in the navy, in Lavender Street, which is now no more. That was a long time ago. Your gran had the cafe up at Gloucester Road, near Frederick Gardens - many a happy hour I spent up there.

By Harry Atkins (20/09/2009)

Hi Keith Mcdougall, I'm glad you mentioned me. Great days - me, you, Ginger Pumphrey, the Lowers, Andy especially. All the Johnsons, Peter and Brian Eason - remember we used to clean the coaches opposite for 2 bob a time? I can see your Mum now, calling you in for tea. Happy days.

By Bluey Atkins (23/09/2009)

Hi, I went to Whitehawk Secondary School and Mr Hoddell was head, Mr Hodgson was my tutor,  I also remember a Jill Osmond, a Miss Christopher, Mr Dance and Mr Hunt. I must say those were great days at my school, my brother Jon also went to Whitehawk School, and my cousin Jeff Walls., I would love to hear from anyone who went to our school; my memories of school are of the little tricks we would play on the teachers, but we always got found out in the end.

By Gwen Walls (29/09/2009)

The more I sit and think of my days at school, the older I feel ha ha’ others I remember in my class were Sandra Hider, Andy Gumbrill, Kevin Norris etc. I still have contact with Mr Hodgson my teacher, and I’m holding another reunion on the 21st November 2009, at the New Bush, Arundel Road, so all who went to our school please pop along it’s from 7pm till closing. You can e-mail me at mikeandkatie2@msn.com

By Gwen Walls (30/09/2009)

Re Gladys Jackson - I read a comment from someone called Ian regarding my nan Gladys. I am Dorian's daughter. Sadly my nan did pass away but I hope I can help with any answers you may be looking for.

By Zoe (16/10/2009)

Hi Ian, I am Dorian's sister, Sue. Please email me if you get to read this. Many thanks.

By Sue Jackson (21/10/2009)

Hi again Ian. Sorry I forgot to add my email address. Beegees4mes@aol.com

By Sue (21/10/2009)

Hello everyone. What a surprise to see familiar names from the past. Sue Burtenshaw, I don't know if you remember me - Beverley Sutton, my family lived at number 24 Maresfield Road. We were great friends at the time and I have a couple of photos of us playing in the street. You also came with us on a day trip to Butlins and I have a photo of us both standing by the outdoor swimming pool. I also have fond memories of your dog, Pluto, who used to howl his head off when we started to sing. I remember the nice old lady that made the toffee apples every year and also the Woolgars, Leda and Vonnie Britt used to be my sister, Sally's best friend. Does anyone remember Sally Sutton? She had a group of friends that used to meet up. Does anyone remember my cat, Snowball? He was a white cat and always sat on the wall by my house. He was quite famous at the time and nearly everyone in the street knew his name. I moved to the new flats in Swanborough Place in 1966 and went to all the Whitehawk Schools.

By Beverley Higgs (nee Sutton) (05/12/2009)

Me and my brothers and sisters used 2 live at 22 Manor Hill - Mum was called Marion and my dad passed away in 1997. Billy went to infants, junior, and senior schools with brothers and sisters; Teresa, Christopher, Angela, Katie (me), Paul, Marion and my baby sister Julie Connors

By Katie Connors (16/12/2009)

Katie - remember me? Somewhere along the line we are related. I remember all the family.

By Roy Sargeant (22/12/2009)

Paul was a couple of years older than me. I remember him being quite small? Julie used to hang about with the same crowd as us for a while and if I remember she was very petite and dark with a lot to say for herself LOL. She would be around 48 now?

By Paul Hubbard (23/12/2009)

Hi Roy, I do vaguely remember you, memory not so good as it was. Yes to Paul Hubbard, Julie is 48 now. Sorry Paul, I don't remember you. Roy, I'm not sure if we are related, get back to me on that one:katieconnors1@hotmail.co.uk

By Katie Connors (30/12/2009)

Julie was friends with Tracie Novis, Lorraine Stevens, Tina Bassett, Jill Griffiths, Debbie Dyke, Sue Craker if I remember. I was a bit older. I'm 50 this year.

By Paul Hubbard (03/01/2010)

Like many people I found this page by accident. I never lived in Whitehawk but went to the secondary school from 1971-75 after moving down from London. I recognise so many of the names here, Colleen (of course) John Wall, Kevin Harmer, Tony Mitchell, Geoff Spragg, John Bysh and more. Mr Hodell was the head when I was there and I ran into him last year in Burgess Hill - he hasn't changed much, I think we've all caught up with him. I went to a couple of the reunions held a few years ago, it was fun to see everyone. I agree that although they may have improved the housing when they rebuilt, the place doesn't seem as friendly as I remember, rose tinted glasses maybe.

By David Robinson (15/01/2010)

Hello to Bluey Atkins and Keith MacDonald. What a blast from the past. Just came by this website by accident. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from the old days.

By Dennis Tharme (07/02/2010)

I have just read a message from Bob Young and, yes, I remember the family very well. The policeman on the corner of Findon Road, I lived at No.7. I remember going to his house and used to play with Jackie and ride her bike because my mum could not afford one for me. What a lovely family. I married Derek Baker from No.21 Findon road. Derek had brothers: Brian the eldest, then Michael, then Kenny, the one 'Big George' always clipped round the ear, and Stan 'the man' from the Broadway Cafe where we played the juke box and I always remember the sausage sarnies Stan made - mmmm - never forgot the brown sauce. My family: Cedric Fox, Pat, June, Derek, David, me Linda, and Alan and Tony the baby. More about school etc later. By the way Brian baker now lives in Australia.

By Linda Baker (nee Fox) (20/02/2010)

Hi Linda. Don't know if you remember me? I lived at 9 Findon Road, I lived with my gran and grandad. I used to come in your house and play cards in the candle light with your brother Alan. I live in Hastings now. Speak soon Linda. All the best.

By Lennie Twyman (21/02/2010)

Info for Ian Grant. When I lived at 62 Nuthurst, the Holmes family lived there. Their son Eddy was called Prof by the lads. He did all sorts of chemistry in his shed. Above you were the Mathews and below you were the Morrises. Opposite were the Blows and Ovetts.

By David Christie (24/02/2010)

Denny Tharme:  Are you still living in Spain?

By Paul Hubbard (17/03/2010)

Bob Young: I would have been at Whitehawk School at the same time as you. I also live in NSW, Australia not far from Wagga. Come May I will be going to Wagga to do some locum work. Would you like to catch up?

By Mary Ingham-Law (17/03/2010)

Hi Paul Hubbard. Nice to hear from you but mistaken identity - you are talking about my brother Derek Tharme who lives in Spain. Me, I live in Eastbourne.

By Dennis Tharme (21/03/2010)

Sorry Denny. Of course I remember you both from Whitehawk. Derek was my youth manager at Burgess Hill. I think I always got you mixed up even before the sun addled my brain. I hope you are both well.

By Paul Hubbard (15/04/2010)

Hello Paul nice to hear from you, glad you remembered me, a bit long in the tooth now but still going strong, I popped over to see the Hawks play Wroxham- not much to shout about as the Hawks were terrible. Apparently even worse in the 2nd leg going down 4-1 overall, so the Wembley dream is over. But we need two more wins to clinch the county league plus our also ground has been passed for Ryman League, I hope I have not told you anything you already knew- speak again soon.

By Dennis Tharme (21/04/2010)

Michael Soutter, did you have a sister called Kathy, who married, Edward Ingham-Law. He was called Ted and had a daughter Susan. If it is you then your niece is my cousin. Could you please let me know?

By Denise Shops nee Moore (21/04/2010)

Must be getting more nostalgic as I get older! Found this during a quiet night in, and it bought back some lovely memories of growing up in Whitehawk! Having lived in Whitehawk from 1962 'til I left home in 1977, although it's always had a 'reputation', my time there certainly did me no harm! We lived in Fletching Road before moving the 'vast' distance around the corner to Lintott Avenue, right opposite St. Cuthman's church, two doors up from the public phone box which we used to use as our own phone at times! Many times friends would call the phone (I still remember the number!), and ask whoever answered the phone whilst they were passing, to knock on no. 24 Lintott and ask for either Don, Jessie, Adrian, Donna (me!) or Lynn Croucher! In those days people were so 'obliging', and certainly DID knock! (Can you imagine the response you'd get these days?) Sadly, Don (my dad) died in 1975 at a very young age, and Jessie (my mum) died in 1999. Adrian (my brother) and Lynn (my sister) and myself are all in our 40s (and 50s respectively!) and live so far apart from each other, but Whitehawk will always evoke fond memories! If anyone remembers any of us, please get in touch. donna.evans474@o2.co.uk

By Donna (29/04/2010)

Hi Dennis, haven't been on the site for yonks. Of course I remember you. You were my rival at Whitehawk Athletic, don't forget I only lived down a little from your house - 'Mother' Mavis looking after everybody. I seemed to remember that you either lived or worked in Queen's Park Road later on, almost next door to The Queen's Park Tavern. I am still involved in football; run an adult sunday league team. What about you - are you still interested in footy?

By Bluey Atkins (11/05/2010)

Hi Bluey, nice to hear from you. Yes I do remember where you lived in the old, but not forgotten, Whitehawk Road next door to the Freemans/Washingtons and 2 doors away from Terry Dunk who sadly passed away recently. And as for mother Mavis she passed away about 5 years ago now. I have moved on from Queens Park Road have remarried and now live in Eastbourne. As regards to the football - just a watcher now occasionally at Whitehawk or when they play in Eastbourne. Lovely to hear from you keep in touch.

By Dennis Tharme (16/05/2010)

Denny. When I bumped into Derek at the airport, I'm sure he said he lived in Benijofar. Does that sound right? I'd like to pop out to have a chat with him as I am only around 20 minutes away.

By Paul Hubbard (20/06/2010)

Hi Paul. Haven't been online for a couple of weeks so have just got your message. Yes - you did hear him right - it is Benijofar and I am sure he would be pleased to see you.

By Dennis Tharme (03/07/2010)

Thanks Denny. I was in Benijofar today! I know it's difficult as some people wouldn't want to put their phone numbers etc on an open forum. I can give you my e-mail address though and you could maybe pass Derek's details on to me? My e-mail is paulhubby43@hotmail.com

Hope you and the family are well. I was in Benimar/Benejuzar today visiting another ex-Whitehawker.

By Paul Hubbard (05/07/2010)

Just came across this site and felt all nostalgic. Even saw my brother's name on here from a couple of years ago! Dave Robinson, I remember my brother bringing you to our home and I had the biggest crush on you LOL. I used to hand out with Margaret Sweetman, Donna Smith, Sharon Scantlebury & Susan Bartlett. Paul (Hubbard) I'm thinking I probably know you, but can't place you. I was in Miss Tavender's class in 1970/1 and then went to Varndean. I was Carol Spragg back then.

By Carol (04/08/2010)

I am trying to contact my old school mates. I went to all of the three schools in Whitehawk. I lived in Twineham Road from 1950 to 1960 and then we moved to Whitehawk Road. My single name was Shirley Hawes, also my sister Jean Hawes, and my Brother Frank all attended school in Whitehawk. Maria Clark if you're out there, I'd love to hear from you. They were the best days of my life growing up there, so much fun, and great friends.

By Shirley King (15/08/2010)

Hi John Brown. I haven't been up on the site for a while and was so pleased to see your e-mail. I remember every one you mentioned. Barry, Ray, Anne what days they were growing up, we had so much fun. Well I moved away back in 1966 I got married and moved to Canada, then 13 years later moved to California, USA and still live here. Are you still in Brighton? My sister Jean still lives there and all my other brothers and sisters but they're a lot younger than me.  I would love to hear from you, here is my e-mail Shirley.Terry@bbraun.com also any of the other guys if you see them .

By Shirley Hawes/ King (15/08/2010)

Dear Whitehawkians, if you left Whitehawk Girls or Whitehawk Boys school in 1965/66, or if you know either Jenny Breslau, Gloria Colley, Mick Baker or Les Knight, we would love to hear from you. The reason being, we are planning a big reunion sometime next year, and it would be great to see our long lost school friends. For further details, contact Jenny Breslau at jennybreslau@hotmail.com.

By Les Knight (20/08/2010)

Wow! all those memories. I grew up in Whitehawk too, 178 Wiston Road, two doors away from the Watts, then the Whites, then the Inkpens. A few doors down were the Dawsons and yes I think I remember you Barbara, with your brothers. My eldest brother Peter's friend was Micky Drip. I was nearer Robert's age. I am Patricia but called Tisha (nee Wragg). I went to the junior school and senior school and remember Miss New, Mrs Lamb, Mrs Bloomfield and even Mr Burtwhistle from the boys school as Peter said he was an ok teacher. I do recall those trendy loud socks he wore too. My best friend was Sandra Laycock who lived at Whitehawk Road, next to my Uncle Tucker. My nan and other members of my family had stalls at the barrow street. My sister was Frances and her best friend was little Cathy. I loved Black Rock, swimming at the pool there, Peter Pan's playground and Saturday morning pictures. My sister has just informed me of this site, and wow what a find. I was in Wiston Road from about 1958-1965. I also knew Ray Legget. Well lots of kids really but hey I'm older now with a memory to match. I would love to hear from anyone and would love so much if anyone has any school photos of the years stated. I'm sure others would love to take a peek too. That would be wonderful. Best wishes to you all.I now live in Surrey with my daughter and my beloved dog, Jessie. Anyone remember the "come to Whitehawk'' song?

By Patricia Matthews (25/09/2010)

Message for Shirley Hawes; having problems sending you e-mails on address that I have, if you still have my e-mail address please contact, would like to keep in touch.

By John Brown (29/12/2010)

I would like to wish all the old Whitehawkers from from 1957 to 1967 which is when I lived in Wiston Road a very happy new year! It was made extra special by my best friend Sandra Laycock and other friends of which there was many. Little Cathy, Janet and Carol three doors along. What times. Have a great year all of you. Regards - most people called me Tisha (Wragg).

By Patricia Matthews (nee Wragg) (05/01/2011)

Wow, came across this site, how good to hear some nice things about Whitehawk. I was only there a couple of years 1969 to early 70s. I went back not so long ago and didn't know that Findon Rd had gone. I went to WH school. When I was there too busy up the Lintott bunking off. I lived in Findon Rd next door to a deaf family, my step father was an ex-policeman of Brighton used to ride a horse called Kim but then became a milkman. I had sisters called Sharon and Stephanie and a brother called David. I don't remember any names but I do remember spending time across the road at the house on the corner of Findon Rd.

By Beverley Foster-Brown (05/02/2011)

I lived in Fletching Road from 1966 to early 1980's. I made some life-long friends in Whitehawk and although none of us still live there we all have some great childhood memories.

By Tracy Jeffery (09/02/2011)

Does anybody remember anything of the Streeters who lived at No 2, Lintott Ave?

By Dave Corbett (25/02/2011)

Like many others I found this site by accident, quite a shock to see names from over four decades ago. I went to live with my grandparents in late 1960, they were Alf and Vi Elmes at 29 Fletching road. I went to Whitehawk infants and juniors from 1965-1971, I have many memories of Fletching Road, one of these was when my father was the mechanic to the French racing driver Jacques Maglijaie and parked the Formula three car on the drive at 29 Fletching, nothing stolen from it or vandalised but he had the devils own job the next day polishing the sticky fingerprints off it thanks to small boys daring each other to touch a "real racing car". Wonderful days gone but definitely not forgotten.

By Chris Elmes (03/04/2011)

Hi, I lived at 32 Hervey Rd and went to Whitehawk Girls School. The last year I was there was the year they mixed girls and boys schools together. Does anyone remember Janet Potter, Linda Burton, Janet Dale or others from that year?

By Brenda Watson / Cox (29/05/2011)

Does anyone remember Joy Jackson ?

By alison (13/08/2011)

Hi Brenda. I remember Linda and Janet and lots of others from those years. Somehow, I don't seem to remember you though

By Barbara Etherton (nee Sutton) (07/09/2011)

Hi Barbara. I was in the same year as Janet and the others and used to go around with them; we were in Mrs Yates and Mrs Denby's classes. Do you remember June Cusack, Beryl Hyder, Crystel Griffiths to name a few? I don't remember you either but we must have been there at the same time.

By Brenda Watson / Cox (08/09/2011)

I was in the boys' school when they mixed with the girls' school for the first time in my first year. I definitely remember Mrs Denby as I had a big crush on her. I believe she taught French, but left within about a year. Mrs Yates was lovely and I think she taught History, one of the best teachers at Whitehawk. I do remember Linda Burton and think she may have been in my class, 1ax?

By Les Knight (14/10/2011)

Hi Brenda - sorry to have been so long in posting something on this wall, but have recently moved house and had a string of visitors to enjoy the sun! How odd that we can't remember each other as I used to be in the crowd with Linda and Janet too. I also remember the names you have listed and what about Elizabeth Blunden, Mary Blunden, Carol Bowles, Linda Howard, Elspeth Gibbs, Sue Cobbett, Janine Edwards? My form teacher was Mrs Van der Heile (think that's how it's spelt) and I was in the Ax classes. Where did you live in Whitehawk? I lived in the Avenue close to the bus stop at Nuthurst Road.

By Barbara Etherton (nee Sutton) (24/10/2011)

Hello Les. Although I can't recall you, we were apparently in the same class! What an upheaval merging the boys and girls together and I really disliked some of the male teachers - Mr Herbert and Mr Simpson coming readily to mind! However, I can understand why you liked Mrs Denby, she was lovely. I'm in touch with three of the lads from our year; Terry James, Les Carter and Michael Beal and I'm sure they wouldn't mind catching up with you if you'd like. Just let me know.

By Barbara Etherton (nee Sutton) (24/10/2011)

Hi Dennis Tharme, Bluey Atkins, long time since been on site didn't realise anyone would remember us who lived at the lower end of Whitehawk Road! I hear there is a Whitehawk reunion, know when? Would like to attend only I now live in Cambridgeshire so would need time. I have great memories of growing up in "The Hawk". Remember Margaret Lewsey and Raymond Stapleton, Linda Washington, Brian Eason and many more names from the distant past.

By keith Macdougall (03/11/2011)

Hi Denise Shops.Nee Moore - I'm sure we have spoken on here before. I remember Freddie and me painting his mums front room in Maresfield Road while listening to the top ten "ON A WIND UP GRAMAPHONE" I must have been about 10/12 At the time he used to go out with my sister Iris when we lived at 79 Whitehawk Road. A larger than life fellow; great guy full of fun. I have still got a photo of him and me when he's lifting my mum off the ground in my back yard. God we all looked rough and ready but great memories!! I also met him again later in life when he worked for Seetyres in Eastern Road. Keith Macdougall

By Keith Macdougall (03/11/2011)

I've just stumbled on this site reading all the comments. What happy happy days. I had a great time growing up in Whitehawk. I went to St Marks junior school, and then up to the senior school. I had my two older brothers at the school and was called little Lol,  after my brother Laurence. I soon got in with a great bunch of lads. Steve and Russel Newland, Terry Francis (Tez),  Willy Fox, Mike Mountford, Dave Morris (Mad Doz) and John Snell. I know I've forgotten a lot of you and I'm sorry - that's old age creeping up! It was very sad when Doz took his life; he had a good turn out for his funeral. I remember all of us going over the tip to roll the cars when they used to dump them up there. We all got in this car and started to roll it. Everybody jumped out except me and Doz. He was heading for the bank and the cliff down to the camp site. I jumped out and went all over the place. When the dust settled Doz was still sitting in the car laughing his head off. And when we were all wearing our Parker coats (we all got them from the Army & Navy shop) Doz walked in to the playground with a Parker from C&A. We all took the p.... and he was well p... off. Still he came up trumps with a great crombie with a red velvet collar. And the great times at Black Rock swimming pool. And all those lovely girls I fell in love with; I have it on one of my school reports. "If Andrew spent more time on school work rather than his lady friends, he would do better" And I would like to meet Miss Christopher (English teacher). She hated me. I remember her banging my head on the desk. I would just like to say sorry to her now for being a pain in her neck. Sorry. And the cane never done me any harm! All the best to you all who knew me. I hope I was not that bad.

By Andy Gumbrill (04/11/2011)

Hi Barbara: I lived in Hervey Rooad near the bottom, I remember the people you said. Linda Howard almost always wore her hair in a long plait. June Cusack, Carol Gunn, Lesley Wake & Ruby Stanbridge all lived in my road do you remember them? Miss Harris used to take needlework & Miss Green cookery. Do you remember going over the fields in Whitehawk Road to do P.E and the berets we had to wear?

By Brenda Watson (07/11/2011)

Does anybody know of my old friends from Whitehawk from the 1940 times - they were Violet Berret, Joyce Warnham and Joan Prior?  It would be nice to hear from them or their families.

By Colleen Long (nee Maynard) (09/11/2011)

John Brown: Still trying to contact you. My new email: antiquesoflaguna@att.net

By Shirley Hawes (21/11/2011)

I used to live at number 14 Findon Road up until 1979 when we moved to 'posh' houses with central heating in Albion Hill. I lived there with my Mum Geraldine, two sisters Karen and Andrea. I have great memories of living on the estate and also rather too many memories of being chased by police (especially PC Smith on his bike and occasionally by 'Buttons' as he was driving about in his old Capri) as I rode my motorbike about the estate (still ride motorbikes, just a bit bigger thesedays!) I used to hang about with Kevin and Peter Bertenshaw (who lived in the old police house on the corner) Darren and Steven Whittington, Shaun Gumbrill (was always jealous of how easily he could wheelie his 'Fizzie'), Dave and several other lads who's names I can't remember but oddly I can remember what bikes they rode! Good times, meeting up on our bikes and riding to the Wimpy by St Peters Church for a hot chocolate and a buttered toasted teacake and then home. I now live in London with my partner Lilli who's Finnish.

By Dave Miller (26/11/2011)

Hi Brend - yes I do remember the names you've mentioned and I was also friendly with Susan Brown who lived close to the Whitehawk Road end, but lost touch with her when she went off to Westlain. Miss Harrison was also the other cookery teacher along with Miss Green and then there was Mrs Van der Heile, Mrs Welstead, Mrs Bloomfield who was the most unlikely swimming teacher ever. Oh the mortification of having to walk over to the playing fields in just navy knickers and t-shirts - and those awful berets. How did we ever come away unscathed?

By Barbara Etherton (03/12/2011)

Hi my name is Bob and I lived at 12 Nuthurst Road before moving to 22 Twineham Road. My father was the group scout leader in Whitehawk for many years. I can remember how cold the brick built houses with the metal window frames were in the winter time. You had just the one open coal fire in the living room to heat the whole house. My brother and I were lucky as we slept in the bedroom above the living room so at least in the winter the room was warm in the evening at bed time. But in the morning in the winter you had ice inside of the window. The people who lived in the prefabs where the lucky ones. I, like my brothers, went to all three of the Whitehawk schools, Mr Bert Whistle being my last teacher in 1963 before I joined the army. I cannot remember there being any trouble in Whitehawk other than the normal day to day events - ie someone breaking into someone else's home. Not that any of us had anything to steal. I can still remember my first girlfriends from Whitehawk: Wendy Wilson, Shirley Crookshanks, Mary Mcdonald, Emily Smith. I cannot understand why they had to take the estate down the way they did. The gardens and green areas were that big they could have built the four hundred new homes on them with no problems.

By R H Scott-Spencer (18/12/2011)

Hi Barbara (Etherton). Sorry to say I do not remember you or the people you mentioned. I started in 1ax in 1960(?) and left in during 1964 whilst in the fifth year. Were you in the year below? All your comments about the school make sense apart from the names. Do you remember people like Les Irvine, Colin Banks, Ray Ditch, Barry Sheppard, Alan Clark, Mick Baker to mention just a few of my old class mates. A couple of the girls names were (from memory) Marian Bilbow and Linda Rhodes, do any of the names ring a bell?

By Les Knight (19/12/2011)

A message for David Miller. You must have moved into 14 Findon Road when we moved out, All I can say is that it was a great house and garden and I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst there.

By Les Knight (19/12/2011)

Does anyone remember the Rolf Family living at 57 Wiston Road, Whitehawk -1960s onwards?

By Lee Rolf (28/12/2011)

Hi to everyone, my name when I was at school was Kim Newington, my family used to live in Fletching Road - no 24. What wonderful years. I lived with my mum and dad and three brothers. Very happy times, be lovely to hear from anyone that remembers us. I left Fletching Road in 1981 and my family moved to Henfield Close, again - happy times. Then six months later left to get married. Looking forward to hearing from you, Kim x

By Kim Ayres (05/01/2012)

I lived in 101 Twinham Rd from about 1938 when I was about two years old till my mum moved to Hollingbury in 1954. Then I went in the army. I went to all three schools at Whitehawk and a lot of friends to name a few Ray Grant,  Billy Ford, Jonny Kent and Billy Ford. Played for Whitehawk football team.

By John Jeffery (08/01/2012)

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By Claire Colwell (20/03/2012)

Message for Linda Baker nee Fox. Hi Linda do you remember me? I used to go round with your brother Derek for quite a while. Love to hear from you. Terry Marchant.

By Terry Marchant (28/03/2012)

I have been reading all the past comments on this page, it has been really good reading about everyone I used to know. I lived at 9 Findon Road in 1960 with my grandparents. I visited the other week and saw a lot of changes. I could not see Whitehawk Secondary School or the house we lived in. I went over to Lower Bevendean and had a lovely breakfast there at the Lecca Cafe, 8 Leybourne Parade - so, many thanks to them, lovely people there. And all the best to everyone.

By Lennie Twyman (08/04/2012)

I lived at 9 Findon Road from 1966 to 1977 with my mum, dad, sister Helen late brother Michael. It was a great place to grow up had lots of good times. I was motorbike mad still am. My mum and sister still live in Whitehawk. All the best to the great Whitehawk bunch.

By Tony Brachman (24/04/2012)

Hi i have three children,13,3 and 1 years old. We are looking to move to White Road from London. I would like to hear from any one who knows what it is really like today.

By Nick (13/05/2012)

Hi Terry, how are you keeping? Nice to read your letter, please leave a message on this email address livijoelfox@hotmail.co.uk. I would love to hear from you and anybody else who remembers me. I used to live at number 7 Findon Road.

By Derek Fox (21/05/2012)

I lived at 206 Whitehawk Road from 1962 - 1980 with my mum and dad, Joan and Dick and my two brothers Ricky(Dick) and Steve. A few of the kids I remember from my childhood are: Jackie Godley, Jackie Newman, Julia Parkes, Hulya and Ali Hasan, Kerry Brand, Charlie, Lulu and Anna Harris, Janet Laycock, Nicky Bliss and Delia Robinson. I have so many fond memories from 'back in the day', in particular the many hot summer days we spent at Black Rock open air swimming pool, or if we didnt have the entrance fee we would go to Paston Beach. It would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers the Scott family.

By Ann Scott (10/06/2012)

Dear All, how lovely to hear all the familiar names, I am new to this site having just been told about it. I see some old classmates- Kathy Kirby from Whitehawk Road in Holmbush Tescos occasionally. I remember George Smith in our shorthand typing class before he left school to join the police, there were two other lads as well but cannot remember their names- might have been a Peter but not sure. I see that Barbara Dawson as was wrote I lived next door in Wiston Road at 160, then moved to the flats in Albourne Close. I would love to contact Barbara as we lost touch years ago.

By Jennifer Hayler (Hopkinson) (10/06/2012)

It's been over 3 years now that Barbara Zammit put a message on here and I am a bit late but if anyone is in contact with her can they let her know that I saw her message. I went to all three schools and left in 1966.

By Jennifer Hayler (Hopkinson) (10/06/2012)

Hi Jen, what a lovely suprise to see you on this site. I would love to catch up with old times and new. My e mail is zammitb@hotmail.com

By Barbara zammit nee dawson (10/06/2012)

Jen, would you please say Hi to Kathy Kirby. She was a good friend and we lost touch when she left school to get married. Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is zammitb@hotmail.com

By Barbara Zammit nee Dawson (10/06/2012)

Anyone remember any of the following who came from the Warren Farm cottages Valerie Treherne, her brother Dereck, Robert Kent, Fred Burtenshaw Stephen Attrell Terry Watts Eileen Townerand the Ayres family who lived in Whitehawk and Beryl Plank who lived in Whitehawk Road in the 1950s Reginaldhorne40@gmail.com.

By Reg Horne (22/06/2012)

I have lots of memories of Hervey Road. We lived at 63, myself, my sisters, Debbie and Sharon and our little brother Andy. Our nan also lived in Hervey Road at no 89, the Blunts. I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers us.

By Theresa Bibby (01/08/2012)

I just want to say hello to past and present residents of Whitehawk. The Newinghton family had such a wonderful happy time living in Whitehawk. We will never forget it. Everyone helped each other- we were all a proper family related or not. I wish we could turn the clock back so our children and grand children could experience what we had and what everyone who still lives there experiences. We will never forget all the happy times we all had. Why they knocked the houses down in whitehawk  where my family lived in Fletching Road I will never know. They say it is progress. Enough of me moaning. I'd love to hear what you think.

By Kim Newinghton now Ayres (02/08/2012)

Hi guys, it is great reading all the comments  - I had a few tears. By the way its Glenda Whatman. I lived in Hervey Road and used to go out with Robert Pearcey and we had a son together. Mr Hodell was the head at that time. Wishing you all love, Glenda.

By Glenda Whatman (25/08/2012)

Hello, this is for Theresa Bibby. This is Mick Baker, I lived at 91 Hervey Road, next to your Nan, Alan, Jennifer and Maureen. I would like to get in contact with Alan or anyone else of the family as we would like to have a reunion sometime in the future and it would be great to 'add another one to the list'. Please ask them to contact me at brookesbaker@btinternet.com. Many thanks, Mick

By Mick Baker (27/08/2012)

Message for Derek Fox:  I have tried to contact you on the web site you gave. Please contact me on my email at terrym@tesco.net  Anyone else who remembers me, contact me on the above email.

By Terry Marchant (29/08/2012)

Message for Glenda Whatman. I remember someone at St. Bartholomew's School with your name so am guessing it's the same person? If so, it's good to see you on here and hope all is well with you.

By Rosemary Mitchener (nee Faulkner) (30/08/2012)

To Mick Baker - I live in Canada and have not had contact with the Blunts for years. However, my sister still lives in Brighton and I sent her an email as she sometimes talks to Maureen/Jenny. Nice to read stories about the past in Whitehawk, some good memories. Terri Travers (Theresa Bibby)

By Terri Travers (04/10/2012)

I'm looking for anyone who knew my mother and family - the Robins - my nan Katie Ivy Robins and Mick, Pauline, Joe, Eddie etc. My Mum's now 70, she lived in Whitehawk Road 1944-1960s. darianshane@sky.com many thanks.

By Jane Lewis (16/10/2012)

Whitehawk - best days of my youth and I could not have asked for a better place to live. I lived in Twineham Road opposite the church with my first wife Shirley and Paul and Karen. When we moved to Pankhurst Road we had Tyrone. I used to sing Elvis songs in The Whitehawk Inn. Still singing them today. I remember a lot of names and that brings back memories. Best days were before they took the old Whitehawk down. I still have an old Reggae record I bought from a record shop that used to be down the Broadway for 14/6. Fun times.

By Alan Campbell (21/10/2012)

Hello Brightonians. Does anyone have any memories of Wiston Road, Whitehawk, from 1963 to the 1970s? Or photographs? Please send to lrolf9@me.com. Warm regards 

By Lee Rolf (11/11/2012)

I have only just found this site- how wonderful to read so many comments from people of Whitehawk. It brings back so many memories. I lived with my family in Whitehawk Avenue from the  mid 60s until the early 80s, although my mum, step dad and sister Vicki still live in Whitehawk. I moved out of Brighton in the 80s, married and raised two boys in Milton Keynes. My husband and i now live in Spain, not far from Paul Hubbard. What a small world. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

By Tina Webster(nee) Bassett (09/12/2012)

What a great little site I have stumbled upon. I lived in Fletching rd, no. 70 from early 60s right through to early 70s, went to Whitehawk infants, junior and senior schools. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Again great little site and it bought back many memories of a lost youth Cheers Chris Tiplady

By Chris Tiplady (02/01/2013)

Hi, my name is Julie Mears,  I lived in Lintott Avenue and also Wiston Rd. Went to all 3 schools in Whitehawk, where I grew up with older sister Jane, brother Andrew,and younger sister Lisa, who is no longer with us. We had horses in our gardens. I remember Tony Mitchell, his dad had a butchers shop in Broadway and Sue Short, who I haven't seen for many years. Whitehawk was a great place: Blackrock pool, Youth club, Brownies at St Cuthmans. We next door to Mivk and Barbara Woolgar, whose kids are David, Steven and Tracey. Remember Janet Holden, Gary Dellow, Keith Boyce, Ray Talmey, Glenda Whatman, Kathleen Souther, Sue Pifther, Anna and Christine Harris, Jenny Jones, Sandra Jones, Sandra Taylor, Richard Boyle, Tony Stevens , Billy Packham and Tracey Gearing. My Nan lived at 105 Whitehawk Avenue and I've moved back to Brighton after 20 years - just can't keep away!

By julie mears (14/01/2013)

I lived in Manor Hill and went to all schools was in Whitehawk Secondary from 71-76. My name was June Pilbeam - I still have family in Whitehawk.

By June Hayward (27/01/2013)

Does anyone remember my family, the Jackson's? My mother was Winifred, my father was James, my brothers, Andrew, Tony, Robert and my sister Pat. I was wondering if anyone was still in touch with them as I've lost touch with everyone. I live in the States and have no way of finding them. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thank you

By Tracy Jackson (16/02/2013)

I remember Katie Connors. We were both in Miss Tavender's class at Whitehawk Juniors from 1964-1966. I think I remember all my classmates (certainly the girls) from junior school, but have lost touch with almost all. Someone was asking about Joy Jackson. She was in our class, too, although I thought her surname changed (to Jupp?) while she was in Junior school. I got lost last time I went to Whitehawk, the whole street layout had changed and all the green spaces had gone. A great shame.

By Gill Wales (02/03/2013)

I lived at 26 Maresfield Road and before that Wiston Road - can't remember the number. Sue Burtenshaw lived a few doors away from me. My mum was Diane and my nan was Mary Hubbard

By Gina Charmaine-Gibbs (01/04/2013)

Whitehawk. Lovely place to grow up - we lived at 1 Nuthurst Road, next door to Alan, Dave, and Linda Campball.

By Dave Williams (27/04/2013)

Does anyone remember the "Holloway's" who lived at 182 Whitehawk Road? It would be great to hear from anyone that did.

By Donald Holloway (31/07/2013)

I remember the Holloways. Mr was a bus conductor for many years and there was George Roy and Don the sons and Pat was the daughter. I lived around the corner in Lintott Avenue.

By colleen long (04/08/2013)

Yes I remember you too - you lived at No4 next to the Sreeters! Hope you are well and enjoying all the stories on here. Best Regards.

By Don Holloway (05/08/2013)

Hallo everybody! I lived at Whitehawk from 1942 until 1965. I see that a couple of people have been asking about the Streeters of Lintott Avenue. Here goes: Bill Streeter (Dad) 1907-1990, Emma Streeter (nee Tettersell) (Mum) 1908-2002,Ronnie Streeter 1927-1950,Jean ,Joan 1935-1976,Joyce - now lives in Australia,Gordon and Judy. I recognised quite a few people I went to school with. To Donnie, I will get back to you as I have some photographs somewhere. To Dave Corbett, which Streeter were you enquiring about? Gordon

By Gordon Streeter (29/09/2013)

I attended Whitehawk Secondary School from 1966 to 1971. I have tried in vain to find anyone who attended the boys school and the mixed school from 1969 thereon. Despite not ever having lived in Whitehawk (I came from Woodingdean, along with few others), I still have many fond memories of the old estate and school. I remember some of the old teachers like Yeates, Herbert, Trace, Simmons, French, Bertwhistle and Crawford. I also remember Nick Schildcamp who guided us 15 year old boys to the Football League Title in the 1969/70 Season. That was a great time. We won the title on the last match against Stanmer. I cannot find any of my old football mates. People like Ian & Donald Bowley, Norman Hitchins, John Stevens, Brian Holden, Patrick Green, Keith Mitchell, Colin Davies, Dave Wickenden, George Powell, Michael Kipling (hope I spelt their names correctly). Is there anyone still alive out there from this period/location? Does anybody remember me? If so please get in contact. It's been over 40 years since I had contact with anyone from the old school. It would be great to chew over those old times with anyone from that period. Cheers, D.Alexander (always known back then as Alex!)

By Dennis Alexander (06/10/2013)

Hello all, so nice to read all the comments from people. My memory is a bit sketchy but I grew up in Whitehawk, #47 Whitehawk Crescent until we moved to a modernized house at 18 Manor Hill when they tore down the houses on Whitehawk Crescent to build the new estates. I went to all the schools, infants juniors, seniors and Stanley Deason. 

By Sandra Richards (07/10/2013)

I was not born or come from Whitehawk but have been reading what a close knit place it was and is. Does anybody remember the Shaws at 126 Whitehawk road?  There was a few of them,  the mother being Kate. All deceased now except for Marjorie Shaw. This is a part of my family tree. I hope somebody can help. Thank you very much for reading this.

By Paul Cook (18/10/2013)

I remember Ann Scott and your brothers. I used to take you and Christine Harris out around the estate. People have mentioned Peter and Brian Eason. They are my cousins and lived with Aunt Kate who I think was their Grandma and also Aunt Laura. Aunt Laura was my Dad's cousin as was Peter and Brian's Mum. I lived at 128 Whitehawk Avenue until I was 15 and we moved to 71 Whitehawk Avenue. My sister is June and my brother is Keith. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers us. We all went to the three schools. We used to roam all over the Race Hill and spent our holidays down at Black Rock swimming pool. Great times.

By Susan Pendergast(Crittenden) (22/10/2013)

Sorry Susan, I'm looking for the Shaw family at 126 Whitehawk Road. You were talking about a family in Whitehawk Avenue.I don't know any of the people you know. Thank you very much anyway.

By Paul Cook (24/10/2013)

This is a message for Paul Cook. I lived at 128 Whitehawk Rd from 1939 up to 1957. I remember the Shaw family, there was Mrs Shaw, sons Lionel and Ben, one daughter who married a Pilot in the R.A.F. I can't think of her name, Margery (who had a son) and twin girls Jean and Joan. This is probably not much help because I don't know what happened to them after I got married and left the district. Kind regards

By Derek Piper (25/10/2013)

Thank you very much Derek. Marjorie is still alive being 90 years old. Her son is Richard F Shaw (Ricky) - all the rest are deceased. Ricky is 70. Ricky was that son you spoke about. I know Marjorie's father died in a cycle accident when very young. It would be nice if you could remember the sister who married the pilot. You have been a great help. I thank you very much.

By Paul Cook (26/10/2013)

Hi, does anyone know the Barbers? We lived at 84 Whitehawk Road from 1957 until 1966, when we emigrated to Australia. There was Brenda, Robert, Susan, Valerie and Stephen. I have been back twice, once before the demolition and once after. What a change.

By Sue Kelly (26/10/2013)

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Does anyone remember the Card family from 22 Fletching Road? Steve, Andy and Linda Martin? Martin joined the army when he left school and went to war in the Falklands in 82. He came back a different guy. He's a nice guy - I saw him in 2005 in Spain - he was on his hols with his wife Lucy. They ran a bar and restaurant in Thailand for 3 years then Martin became a merc.

By Johny Davies (21/11/2013)

This is really interesting to read all the comments about old Whitehawk. I am interested a few posts mention George the policeman, would that be George Boxall? He was my grandad.

By Elaine Wilkinson (24/11/2013)

Gordon Streeter: re post 29.9.2013. The photos you referred to wouldn't be of a camping trip would they? Would love to see them!! Hope you are well - Regards

By Don Holloway (13/12/2013)

To Donnie Holloway: Great to see your message. Yes they are of the camping trip. My e-mail address is wag.streeter@ntlworld.com. Please get in touch and I will be glad to send you copies. Gordon

By Gordon Streeter (15/12/2013)

This is for a Paul Cook I have recently contacted my sister who remembers the missing Shaw daughter who married the pilot her name was Molly and apparently there was also another named Phyllis, I hope this helps. Kind regards Derek Piper 

By Derek Piper (29/12/2013)

Does anyone remember my wife's family, the Tharmes? There was: Teddy, John, Harry, David, Derek, Dennis, May, Pat and Frances my wife.

By Gibb nee Tharme (21/05/2014)

I knew all the Tharmes. Most of the boys played for Whitehawk: Johno, Harry, Dennis and Derek who went to Spurs. Harry was my manager at Whitehawk Athletic and Dennis played in the same team. Tell Francis my sister's name was Pearl Atkins and we lived at Number 80.

By Bluey Atkins (23/05/2014)

I lived at 88, Hervey Rd and my name was Bishop. I went to all 3 schools in Whitehawk and would love to hear from anyone that went to school with me or lived in Hervey Rd or Whitehawk Crescent (I lived at 95, Whitehawk Cres).

By Dorothy Brown (07/06/2014)

Does anyone remember me, Paul King? Left school in 1976. Went round with Colin Francis, Terry Stevens, Biff and Tony Mitchell. Got my sisters Debbie and Sue King. Like to hear from anyone in my year.    

By Paul King (11/09/2014)

I bet no one remembered the White family from Wiston Road and then Nuthurst place, 1950s. I went to all three Whitehawk schools plus the nursery.

By Brenda White (02/10/2014)

Dear all, it's so good to read about Whitehawk. I grew up at 216 Whitehawk Road from 1937 to 1958.  There are so many good memories of the three schools and friends how everyone was only to ready to help at all times when a bomb took the roof off. And yes, no locked doors. All the best, Terry Thurston.

By Terry Thurston (27/11/2014)

My wife's mother grew up in Whitehawk; her name was Joy Jackson, then Joy Jupp. Her father was Jeff Knight, he also grew up there. Tracy  and James Jackson and Winifred were her grandparents; she remembers them from the flat. Jim was her mother's father and there was Betty, Geoff, Roger and Steven; she also remembers Pat.

By David Tongs (01/01/2015)

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By Millie (05/02/2015)

Brenda White - are you related to Peter?

By Gary Palmer (01/04/2015)

Hello, Brenda, Paul and Dorothy. I don't specifically remember you, but I grew up in No.7 Wiston Close. My dad often had his railways lorry parked in the street. Also we had a little old Austin 7, which was the only car in the street for a while. Also my maternal grandmother, Alice Pattenden, lived in Nuthurst Road, No.15 I think.  My paternal grandmother, Sarah Cook, lived at No.15 or 20 Hervey Road. I went to both the Junior schools.
Have you looked at the Whitehawk School or Coronation Street party photos?  You may recognize someone from the era.
Anyway I would love to hear from anybody who remembers any of my family.

By Eric Cook (03/04/2015)

Sorry I don't remember you Eric, but I do have two brothers - Russell and Peter, and three sisters - Janet, Carol and Angie. My oldest sister Janet died last year. We all grew up in Whitehawk. My partner was Terry Calway, he died 7/03. Some of you might remember him. It is really nice to hear from people of the past. 

By Brenda White (09/04/2015)

Hi Brenda, just been reading posts on this site. I think I was in Janet's class at school, sorry to hear about her passing. Just wondering if anyone remembers the Fish family from Fletching Road? I was Jennifer Fish. Quite fascinating reading this stuff, although I do not have such fond memories of growing up in Whitehawk. But I can relate to the freedom experience and innocence of the times. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers us. jennyanddavid@hotmail.co.uk

By Jenny Freeman (nee Fish) (15/07/2015)

Hi, Jenny I remember your family. Do you have a younger sister if so, she was in my class at school in the 1970s.

By Brenda White (15/08/2015)

Lived at 115, Whitehawk Rd and went to school 1970-76. I had friends called Derek Rhodes, Gary Nobbs, John Cruttenden, Mark Farley, Mark Beard, Mickey Livingstone, Ian Coulson, Wally Sweetman, Tony Godden, Kevin Atwood, Jimmy and Kenny Jamison, and Tony Tattersall. Living in Whitehawk at same time were Sandy Greenland, Steve Foster, Mr Hunting, Leslie Beecham, Kevin Ditch, Phil Ogle, Steve Naylard, and Susan Rogers. I lived there for forty eight years and made lots of friends. I will never forget Whitehawk.

By Steve Croucher (06/10/2015)

Hi! So interesting to read this page which brought back so many memories. I lived in Wiston Road opposite the big Green, near the junction with Lintott Avenue, next to an elderly lady called Mrs Arnold. My best friend was Trevor Anderson (now sadly passed away). Names I remember are Trevor Strutt, Dave Betts, Georgia Lawrence, Georgette Beard, and Angela Elms. I went to the Junior school, then Brighton Secondary Technical school. All this would have been in the sixties. Would love to know if anyone remembers me.

By Kevin Eaves (15/11/2015)

All these comments about Whitehawk bring back good memories to me. I remember a lot of the names. I moved to the Hawk in 1989 and then in 1970 married Shirley Nichols. We both lived in Nuthurst Road, then moved to Twineham Road. Shirley has now recently moved back to Whitehawk (Wiston Road). I started my singing career at the Whitehawk pub and have since those days been on tour supporting American country singers. I loved Whitehawk and remember nearly all the names that have been mentioned. Some of you may remember Paul and Karen who went to Whitehawk School. To me they were all fun days and I would like to live them again.

By Alan Campbell (19/12/2015)

Hi. I haven’t looked at this site for a while, good to see that it’s still being used and updated. I guess the untimely death of David Bowie got me thinking of my school days. I remember Vanessa Blunt lending me Ziggy Stardust and from that day on I was a huge fan. He may have had a bit of a dip in the '80s but his last two albums were right back there with his best. Hard to believe it’s over 40 years since I left, still remember so many names mentioned here although with the passage of time I’m not sure I’d recognise so many faces. Carol, I remember coming to your home very clearly! Paul King, I think you were in the year below me (I left in 1975) but I think we met at a Schweppes works do a few years later. Towards the end of school, I used to hang around with Paul Douglas who lived in Pankhurst Ave, we both worked part-time at Fortes Café opposite the pier before we left school. Haven’t heard from him in years, I know he went abroad to Scandinavia, but don’t know if he ever returned. Still live and work in Brighton and occasionally drive through Whitehawk, a lot’s changed but a lot is exactly as I remember. 

By David Robinson (15/01/2016)

I've just found this site, wonderful! Oh what happy times. I lived at 128 Whitehawk Avenue then moved to 71 Whitehawk Avenue and my name back then was June Crittenden. I went to all three schools and left the senior school in 1968. I have an older sister Susan and younger brother Keith. I remember quite a lot of the names, especially Ann Scott (10/06/12). I remember her parents Joan & Dick and her two brothers Ricky & Steven. I went to Ann's wedding which must have been in the early 80s. I remember Molly Ramsey who had 3 children, Bobby, Brenda & Yvonne, who lived Whitehawk Ave. May Godden who had Lesley, Ian, Pauline and Tony. Tina Bowley and her brothers Ian & Peter who all lived in the Twitten. The Harrisons: Gina, Jonathan, Mary and John Boy, who lived opposite me and I'm still in touch with Gina. The Nicholsons: John, Paul, Sandra and Teresa. And many more families. One of my school friends was Sandra Breeds who lived at 81 Wiston Avenue and it would be really nice to hear from her. I look back on my childhood with very fond memories. If any of you remember me you can contact me on juneandpeter@btinternet.com

By June Reed (08/03/2016)

Hi guys. I was brought up in Whitehawk and lived in Twineham Road, No.100, from 1955 to 1962 then we moved to Kemp Town for a while, then to Moulsecoomb then came back to Whitehawk 1967 when we lived at 84 Whitehawk Road. I remember the barbers we used to get the mail for a while I lived next door to the Stevens. I worked in the butcher shop with Tony Mitchell - that was my first job. I went to school with John Stevens and I was freinds with Keith Crittinden, Tony Allen, Micky Onslow, Keith Soutter and Steve and Dave Davevport - they lived in Freshfield Road. I had a girlfriend, her name was Kim Reid and she lived in Hervy Road, but my dad wouldn't let me see her so we used to meet over the park at the manor. Oh and Peter Bridger and William Parker - I played football with him in the school team. Also Chris Coomber, Barry Salis, Biz Russell, Tony Plant and someone called Humphrey - I nicked his place in the team when I came back - sorry! If any of you that I have mentioned are on here, please get in touch (colinbowyer@hotmail.co.uk). It's been great reading all the posts. Happy days - wish I could go back.

By Colin Bowyer (12/03/2016)

Hi. I used to live at 47 Hervey Road then in 1969 we moved to the flats in Swanborough Drive, Whitehawk. Went to the infants, juniors and senior schools there - very happy memories. I now live in Poole, Dorset but Whitehawk will always have a special place in my heart.

By Gwen Phillips (nee Stephenson) (21/04/2016)

Hi, I lived at 84, Whitehawk Road till 1966 when my family migrated to Australia. Does anybody remember me?

By Robert Barber (09/07/2016)

Hi Everyone, blimey, good old Whitehawk, those were the days. I used to live in Wiston Road, with my mum and two brothers, Luke and Craig. Manor Hill chippy, blinding place, Black Rock swimming pool in the summer, brilliant. Does anyone remember the beer colt 45 at 14 yrs old? I can and I was sloshed. John Cruttenden, Eric Pratt, Dave, Steve Woolgar, Andy Mountford, Tim Delaney, Chris Elmes, Martin Card. Thinking of Martin Card - he was a brill mate, he went out with Donna T from Wiston Road before he joined the army.

By Steve Morton (20/07/2016)

Gwen, I used to be best friends with your sister, Maureen. We went to Whitehawk School together and were always in the same classes. I used to call for Maureen every morning. I think you were the same age as my sister, Sally. Hope you and the family are well.

By Beverley Higgs (nee Sutton) (09/09/2016)

I lived at 62, Hervey Road. I remember you Gwen Phillips (nee Stephenson), my sister Val was a friend of one of your sister's. Hope you are well, and take care. 

By Alan Granville (27/10/2016)

I went to Whitehawk school in the mid-60s, with Jennifer Hopkins, Linda Bowley, Rhuie Hill.  Took shorthand/typing there with three boys in the class with us: George Smith, Peter something, a Dutch boy called Pfenning or something like that.  The music teacher was Mrs. Wellsted and English teacher was Mrs. Van der Hilde or something like that and Miss Benson was RI teacher.  Had some good times and some great laughs in and around school.  Didn't live on Whitehawk but near the train station in Brighton.

By Tamara Bartels (24/12/2016)

If anyone is interested in contacting Martin Card.....

Dear John, we are not able to give out the email addresses of 3rd parties. If Martin wishes to give out his email address and contacts us we will be happy to do so.

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By John Davies (19/02/2017)

I stumbled across this site like many others here. I went to all three Whitehawk schools from 1965-1976. The worst part was the school dentist - a German woman with a huge grudge and I'm convinced had no qualifications. I've seen a few names I remember from way back then. The teachers: Miss Lamb, Miss Dunderdale, Mr Hodgson, Mr Simmons, Mr Fitzpatrick to name a few.  Some names from classes over the years I remember are Peter Jackson, Graham Rhodes, Peter Clifton, Mark Nicholson, Brian Williams, Martin Hughes, Malcolm Wells, Steven Rhoades, Anthony Adams, Donna Smith, Beverley Smith, Sharon Scantlebury, Tina Cager, Maureen Coomber, Julie Stevens, Carol Spragg and many others. I've no idea if there was ever a school reunion for the leavers of 1976. it would be good to hear from others.  stevemorley1936@gmail.com

By Steve Motley (03/05/2017)

I grew up in Whitehawk and went to all 3 schools. I left secondary school in 1972, I used to hang about with Yvonne Stevens, Christine and Carol Marten, Susan Tidey and Helen Washington. I hated school, the only good thing was I had a massive crush on both Andy Gumbrell and Chris Allen.

By Angela Martin (nee Page) (13/06/2017)

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