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Hi Marilyn – I never understood how you and Margaret, as two mod girls, got to be associated with all us scruffy beats who inhabited the Mermaid hotel? You both seemed to be fairly constant presences around there but equally you obviously had homes to go to! how did you come to be connected to the place?
Hi Dave, I worked with you at C.P. Designs in that little office in the Lanes I have often wondered where we all ended up. I too stuck with tool design up to my retirement. I am still fit and well , and hope the same for you.
I was a woodmachinst apprentice at Jaycee from 1970 to1975 .names I worked with Bob Valsher,Brian Cook,Ray Blaber,Fred Kennard,Fred Covey,Bill Watts,Peter Knight,Les Dawe, Dave Shelley, Harry Bellringer,Sean Geoghan,to name but a few. Happy days. First job from school. So lucky.
This is for Anne Veronica Wall/Tumber? please contact me, I would like to meet up? My details are near top of this page, you have commented just underneath my comment. Heres hoping…Vincent
Saw a picture of you on Facebook and you still have that lovely smiley face I remember. Teds cafe! I haven’t thought of that in 50 years 🙃. Loved the basket makers and the cheap scrumpy and can remember the police raiding it and I didn’t even know what was going on, I was sitting on some barrels and Ginger Bob came over and took my scrumpy and changed it for his orange as I was under age, Margaret was in the ladies and the barman helped her climb over the wall. I was always being threatened with being in need of care and protection, but I don’t think I did anything wrong. I was very naive! You sort of inherited us when you took that room on. I am on Facebook but don’t really use it much, as my maiden name Marilyn de Lacy. Keep well and safe Marilyn xx
I attended Aryeh House School between 1953-1957. Strangely enough as an adult my wife and I moved from London to a house virtually next door to what was the school, subsequently a housing estate. I was involved with the first reunion when a lot of charming people came from around the world to reunite at my home after approx 50 years. I was/am distantly related to Peter Taylor whose whereabouts has been lost in the fullness of time. It was his parents who were responsible for my incarceration at that penal institution which almost certainly coloured my future life. Some of the people described in this article I have met and others like Peter Taylor, Rita Shear and the Hannah and Simone Baruch sisters have not been found. Reunions are a way to satisfy needs and expectations. However long ago relationships don’t always offer what one expects. I found the momentary connection pleasant but not enduring and the strange feeling I had all those ago about one specific person was exactly the same a life time later ! Memories flooded back to the locker room where ones tuck was stored. There was also an unexplored bomb discovered in a field that had to be disarmed. That was particularly scary , as was being beaten for minor infractions by sadists regularly I remember the sports field and the bathroom with 3 baths in parallel that all us 7 year old boys washed in simultaneously whilst jumping and splashing around everywhere like mad frogs. Then there was Mr Fleming and Miss Maguire who were Irish and particularly nasty to us tots. Mr Eliasoff was the Principal of the school at the time I was there. He may well have been the headmaster prior to my arrival. I have met some who loved that place and other older generations who had the opposite opinion. I still have my blue blazer badge with the Aryeh House logo ….heaven knows why! I also have my childhood tiny Tzsus which gathers dust with a handkerchief with my name tab sewed onto it. Strangely I have retained memorabilia from an unpleasant time in my life , but the strangest irony is that I bought a house that virtually backed onto the old school. All I can think is that I subconsciously needed to exorcise the demons. My best wishes to all whose path I have crossed.
Have just discovered this site and had my memory jogged ( now being 82 years young!) thanks to Sylvia Watts….. who commented on the 2nd of May of last year. Sylvia…I really do remember SO well…Woolvens tuck shop….that was possibly the highlight of our school days…if we were lucky enough to have any pennies to spend!. Miss Neate is one of my favourite memories…..I loved her cookery classes. The only bad memory I had of the cookery class was when we had to “chop off” the head of a trout for a dish named “Trout Almondene”. There was no way that I could do this and eventually she did it for me…..saying that I would never be a good cook!!. Otherwise she instilled in me a love of cooking which I have to confess I have relinquished now, to heating up in the microwave, ready prepared frozen meals ,purchased from a supermarket!. We all loved Miss Trist and I was so sad when she married and moved to Australia. It was then that Miss Mitchell (the geography teacher) temporarily took over the P.T. lessons (until a qualified P.T. teacher could be found) and I went from an “A” student in P.T. to a “D-minus”. The reason being that Miss Mitchell had failed me, in geography that same year, because I was unable to point out Paris on the displayed board map!!. Teachers today are so important ….they leave lasting impressions for the rest of young peoples lives!!. Sylvia….I’m not even sure that we were together in the class of 4A senior girls school……but I certainly do remember “The Tuck Shop” and I thank you for the wonderful memory. A few of the names that I do remember in the class of 4A Senior Girls school are….Rita Pollard (my best friend in that class), Celia Curry, Jean Skinner, Jean Young, Pat Kilby,Joan DeFuszard and the talented twins (whose names I cannot remember) acknowledged for their amazing acrobatics and artistic renderings of horses and other subjects.
Hopefully you are doing well and coping with the Corona Virus….life has changed….once again!. Would love to hear from anyone who has memories of “The Good Old Days”!.
I may be the girl in the photo with glasses. My name was Sandra Tribe and I lived at 14, Fernhurst Crescent. I was born in 1946. I have been living in Canada for the last 50 years.
I remember the Woolworth shop on the corner. It had two floors, and I remember the lighting dept used to be upstairs, which you got to by climbing the staircase at the back of the shop. Don’t know why I remember this!! I also remember that they had wooden floors which creaked when you walked on them. There also used to be a newspaper man standing outside at a kiosk. I remember the old Sainsburys shop too,and the new one being built. My Mum Ciss Baker worked there until she retired in the 70’s.
Hi I’m Lisa Hyde , now Lisa Burton. I lived in the basement with my mum and grandma for a lot of years .this hotel was owned by my family. Please get in touch as I remember very little about my childhood xx
Hello,I have also just come across this website. My name is Janice Baker and I lived at no 3 Staplefield Drive from 1955 until 2001 with my Mum & Dad, Wally & Ciss, my brother Stephen, and my Nan Mrs Warner. We were the first family to move in, and our house was originally the show house, and was one of the first flat roofed houses to be built by Brighton Council as an experiment. I recognise so many names on here, although they were not our immediate neighbours. Who were the Moss’s,& Farrants (No. 1), Dodds(No.5), Humphreys(No. 7) & Funnells(No.14) plus many others. To Adam Dowds – I remember your family well. Your grand parents, and your dad and his brother Tommy, who used to hang out with my brother Stephen, and the Mears family, who lived next door to them. To Cassie Driver – I went to school with your dad Keith. He was in my class at Stanmer School. I remember all the teachers names mentioned from Moulsecoomb Primary & Juniors as well. Wow this takes me back a bit. I think I could write a book about growing up in Staplefield Drive, as they were such happy times, (for most of the time anyway until the latter years), which is another story I won’t go into here! I am sure we can share many more memories dont you?
I started in 1951 in the first year. I was in Fleming house, red, and wore a tassel on my beret. I was taught Spanish by Mr Whitehead and history by Mr Baldry, who would throw chalk at you if you were not paying attention. When King George 6th died it was the first time the main hall was used for the headmaster to break the news. Mr Neesham was the music teacher. The houses were red Fleming, yellow Britton, grren Hepworth and blue Trevelian.
Hi Kelly so much time gone didn’t even know u had children Pete and I ended up with four! best thing I ever did I’m Joni Cadwaladr on fb I tried to find u ! HI Marilyn I do remember u that office was my first job I kept falling asleep at the typewriter You used to meet me every fri pay day and we would go to Teds cafe for a feed and on to the basketmakers no money left by the mon want to thank u I think you used to feed us xxx.
Aubrey Whitehead taught us Spanish, and was replaced by Jack Toogood.
Oh! Marion how lovely to hear your name again I lived at no: 12 Hertford Road. Gina Sands
Oh! I do remember going to St Luke’s & coming out to hot chips & a bus ride home. So many lovely memories. I am still in contact with Des Ost so get all the news from him. Great to see these photos.
Did you attend St Mary’s RC Primary School? I was there between 1951 and 1958 and there was a Denise Elliott in my class. I lived with my mum in a sweet and tobacconist shop in North Street.
Michael Doyle, I was in your class 1970/74 have a photo of us in group school sponsored walk, David Larkin.
Hi Geone You probably won’t remember me but I used to hang about with a girl called Margaret and I had ginger hair. I have very fond memories of you and Betty and I remember one of you used to wear a fabulous leather sleeveless jacket and you got a job in Edwards and Hope in New road by the Royal Pavillion. I now live in Shoreham close to where the Ruppipa was. Hope you are keeping safe Lots of love Marilyn
I remember you Micheal Doyle I was in your class 1970-74, David Larkin.
I met a young lady through this website, she has contacted me and she used to live as a child and Woodside at least someone has tried to contact me we having a few text between one and ever so far seems to be going well at least there is someone contacting me which is very appreciated and it is fantastic to actually get contact with the living person who was a child at St Anne’s Convent Brighton Lanes download home so if there is anyone who would like to contact me I would like to find out if anyone on this website or their friends or family have photographs of the building of St. Annes conference internal and external and photographs of all our young memories of children who live there I have asked for this request a number of times but got no response.It is easy to respond to the website you can even send personal information through my email address so don’t be shy, stand up, be proud, be happy and send some information as soon as.
I have just seen messages about Stanmer School. I was there from 1968 to 72. I was in the GCSE stream and I do remember you Wendy Ford. In the class was Linda Cornford, Tina Hammond and Brenda Jarratt and I am still in touch with them. Also in the class was Laura James, David Eke, Clifford Maskery (sorry if spelling not correct) Sandra Coleby, Gina Gower, Tina Baldcock, Tony Adams, ? Budd, Alan Tanner who was killed in a motorbike accident in the first Christmas after we left. The first couple of years I was friends with Jean Cockram (not sure if correct spelling) but like you do had a bit of a fall out. Jean left in 1971 at the age of 15 and have never been able to contact her or have heard of her since. I went into commercial class the last two years and we were taught by Mrs Arnold who was a lovely lady. Would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers me. I also remember the Lumsden twins who went in the nursing course as they have said.
Hello Julie Marriott – I was sure I knew the name Chatfield &asked my mum last night, (she is 92 now) & Mrs Chatfield used to babysit me at 25 Park Street – I have a memory of her wearing a coat with a big fur collar. As per previous posts my Godmother who was also my Aunt was Mrs Ivy Barnett who had the sweet shop which I believe was more or less next door to your Nan’s house. We lived in Park St until 1959, I was born there in 1954. My Mum remembers you nan well, she used to enjoy coming to our house & apparently used to get me up to play so that when mum & dad got home I was wide awake ! Long time ago now.
Hi Geone, my son visited Mumbles about three years back – he was at Uni’ in Bristol and visited a mate at Swansea Uni’.Ironic given that all the time I was in Swansea I never got to the Gower at all! On f/b but account little used – no picture, let me know if you can’t find me. x
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