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Joy's Café

Joy's Cafe, Falmer Road
From the private collection of David Pope

Returned to Woodingdean

Having retired and recently returned to Woodingdean, I was pleased to come across this web site, and read with great interest of all the memories of others from the fifties and sixties. I grew up in the village before marrying a townie from Brighton (Josephine Miller) in 1969 at the Church of the Holy Cross and then moving away.

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Remembering Joy’s Café

My parents moved from London in 1946 after the Second World War, and ran the café in Falmer Road for a few years with help from Dolly Chapman. It was called Joy’s Café then after my mother. I was born in 1947 and I can just about remember Ridd’s our neighbours. I also remember the old garage, Robinson’s store and the Post Office in Falmer Road. I also had an adopted Aunt and Uncle (Mabs and Arthur Tingey) who lived at the south end of Down Valley Road, and had a chicken farm on what is now the Batemans Road area.

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  • Was Arthur Tingay in the building trade? I’m sure my dad (Harry Corthorn) was apprenticed to him in the early fifties. He still lives in Woodingdean, built his first two houses and practically rebuilt his third. Lovely to see the photo of Joy’s Cafe, I just about remember it. Oh, how I wish we could put the clocks back to those days!

    By Cheryl Felix (07/02/2017)
  • Yes Cheryl, Arthur was a carpenter by trade and he made me my first cricket bat. I believe that Arthur or Mabs had two brothers that lived next door. When I was about six we moved closer to them in Crescent Drive North when my father Albert Pope (John to most people except family) joined our new neighbour Cyril Kitson as a business partner at Warren Fruiterers and Fisheries along Warren Road, now a carpet Shop.  Two others, Ivy Bradshaw, wife of coach driver Jim, and Eva (Powell?) also worked at the shop. Cyril’s father, Samuel Kitson, lived in a little bungalow with a dog called Prince at the top of Crescent Drive North.

    By David Pope (11/02/2017)

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