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A tough but happy childhood

Wild Park
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Living in the 1950s

I lived in Moulsecoomb at 99 Ringmer Road in the 1950s. I went to Moulsecoomb Infants, then onto St Joseph’s in Davey Drive, then Fitzherberts School in Woodingdean. We were the Bonners a family of 7:  Andre, Katrina, Carlie, Lorraine, Semone, Sonia and Marcel. That was small compared to most of the other big families.

Playing in Wild Park

I remember the Hargies, Boxalls, Buldogs, Swallows to name a few. There was always fights going on and lots hair pulling. We used to spend hours playing over the Wild Park making our own fun; those were the days. I remember going to a youth club at Moulsecoomb run by Mr Nibblets. I remember singing on stage to Needles and Pins I was very out of tune may I say. And my mum used to make and sell toffee apples from our house.

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Being a child again

I also remember the fair that used to come every year to the little green at the bottom of Moulsecoomb Way where there are now houses. Great memories of a tough and sometimes happy childhood. My Mum loved to play Bingo and used to go the Gaiety which was next door to Cox’s pill factory. So glad I have found this site; it is lovely reading and remembering things like the adventure park in Moulsecoomb.  It feels like I am back there again as a child!

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  • I can remember the Wild Park very well. My brother Michael, sisters Joan and Janet Upton lived at 61 Chailey Road in the 40s and 50s. I remember the build-up for D-day with all the Canadian soldiers at Stanmer and the Wild Park. We played with bows and arrows and used cardboard to slide down the hill near Woolvens the sweet shop near the railway bridge. We went to school at Moulsecoomb Infant, Junior and Senior. That was when we got back from being evacuees in Waleswood near Sheffield. Tough times but loved it.

    By Barry Upton (12/12/2016)
  • I grow up in Moulscoombe in the seventies, many a happy memories there, hard life but good community spirit. Good place to grow up.

    By Carol Jacquemai (03/01/2018)
  • l’m Betty Scott, nee Weller. I was born at 5 Birdham Road, April 1943. My mother and father were the first tenants in that house. I went to Moulsecombe school from infants, the head mistress was Miss Tidy, her hands frightened the life out of me! Her fingers were all folded over to the palm of her hand the older kids told me that was so she could hold the strap better … I ran home at playtime telling me mother they had enough down there and they didn’t need me. Needless to say I was marched back down there. Next we moved to 6, Friston Close, still at Moulsecoomb Junior school and just got through that. My best friend was Margaret Bushby we met up after 40 odd years and had a meal. Sent Christmas cards up to last year when my card was unfortunately returned to me. Then to Senior school. Remember playing the recorder and violin, my partner for the violin was Veronica Pickett who lived in Moulsecoomb. We actually played the violin at the Dome in Brighton twice – whether we were good or not, we got lost in a crowd ??. I worked at Allen West and married Bob Scott; we are still married 54 years later. 

    By Betty Scott (nee Weller ) (14/08/2018)
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    By Graham Kelly (16/10/2018)
  • I can remember Mrs Edmonds who sold us toffee apples from her house, they were huge and just on chopped firewood ,I can remember having to wait sometimes for them to be ready,
    us Hodgkinsons lived in Chailey road I think 37,Dave,Lesilie ,Janet and Sheila, we lived opposite the Streeters and an Irish family but I can’t remember their names.
    Happy days. Dave Hodgkinson.

    By Dave Hodgkinson (24/09/2020)
  • I grew up living at no 2 Moulscoombe Way up until 89, babes in the wood’s murders, hurricane of 87, I was there, Moulscoombe is a massive part of me, and I would hope if I returned scoombe would accept me.

    By Tomsett (30/11/2022)
  • It was my nan who made the toffee apples !! I remember the jubilee party in 77 and playing by the cinder path had the Hensbys Josie and Dave one side with the twins can’t remember the name of the family on the other side ? Does anyone remember the grass skiing at wild Park? Good days and memories.

    By Eddy Edmonds (14/01/2023)

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