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Shoreham Discussion / Complaints about children having a Poo in a back Alley
« on: September 29, 2018, 04:54:31 pm »
I read a complaint from an Adult reader that a 10yr old boy, had a Dump in a back Alley nr Adur Drive in Shoreham . The complainant had many supporters, against the attitude of some youngsters , who feel it's okay , to leave calling cards, without a flush toilet. I have called in Cowboy Joe , from Mexico , who can round up any Poo  boy, his horse, pongo,  can identify  the Poo
 with the person who left  it

Shoreham Discussion / W A Gates Builders
« on: September 29, 2018, 07:23:38 am »
 A rare image of WA Gates staff pre 1927 ..outside Marlipins

Several Fire Engines, were needed to quell the Fire at Mc Neills Builders merchants in St John Street , the Nursing Home next door, had to be evacuated, Paint stored in the Shop made the fire erupt with great ferocity, in the photo the lift shaft at the old Woolworth Shop  can be seen. Cannot give a date but maybe mid 1990s.

Shoreham Discussion / The last real Ship Yard in Shoreham ?
« on: September 28, 2018, 12:09:30 pm »
 At wars end in 1945 a firm called James Taylor was in Shoreham and located on Harbour Way  . The firm refurbished RN Minesweepers. When the contract ex[ired the work ran out, A new firm called Water Craft  established on the same site. Sadly it too folded up in 1987 ,It was then demolished to make way for Emerald Quay housing development.

Shoreham Discussion / The closure of RAF Scampton in Lincs
« on: July 24, 2018, 03:02:46 pm »
Many folk living across the land, will have heard of the latest Defence Cut. It is the RAF Station at Scampton, once like Shoreham in 1912  Royal Flying Corp base, a small field used for flying early aeroplanes. The daring deeds of the aircrews of No 617 Sqn which with several special bombs
breached the Rhur Dams, is widely known , not so widely known is the bravery of Sgt Hannah VC
who whilst flying a Hamden bomber, which had been hit by enemy gunfire, beat out the flames. with his bare hands, thus saving his other crewmens lives and a valuable aeroplane. During the cold war Scampton was home to three RAF Sqdns of Vulcan V bombers, each of which carried the Blue Steel Nuclear Stand Off guided missile , A Mighty force in the forefront, of the Nations Defences, In 1968 , a historic parade was held at Scampton to weld Fighter and Bomber Command, to meet the needs of Modern warfare. The Red Arrows RAF aerobatic display team , must once more, find a home. It is 54 years ago that the Reds, as they are known was formed, and since then have lived a Gypsy like existance, moving from Camp to Camp. The Station Badge symbolic of the need to extend the runway and allow motorists to continue using the Fosseway  the A15 a Roman Thoroughfare . The Arrow is the runway and the Bow is bent to show how the A 15 was curved to facilitate the extension. The Motto means An armed man , is not attacked....

Shoreham Discussion / Jacks Bargain Stores
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:33:08 am »
   The shop, formed part of Victoria Terrace, on Victoria Road
    It was next to Jock Hamiltons Garage, and faced the Ritz
    Cinema, which is now demolished, and replaced by the Rope
    Tackle development . Jacks Bargain stores extended it's trading
    space by setting several tables, out side onto the pavement.
    The tables, were covered with numerous boxes, of all manner
    of used domestic utensils, rusty meat mincers, lay alongside
   an old cribbage board, or some well worn eating knives and forks.
    A box of old cigarette cards, maybe next to some old well thumbed
    Post cards...just for collectors A heavy blunted, and rusted lawn
    mower, would often be laid flat on its side.The shop interior was
    a riot of ancient brown wood furniture, an out of tune Piano..with
    with it's candlebra of unpolished brass, pushed aside...A lady's bike
    with flat tyres...That Jack would say give me five bob, and it's yours
    and he would offer his hand, to shake on a possible deal. Jack obtained
    much from house clearances, he was a bigger than life individual
    he always seemed to be wearing a huge green sweater which had
    holes and covered with food stains..If he was out of the shop , a
    slim, long ginger haired lady looked after the shop, sometimes
    negotiating the sale of some old acetate film reels, or a glass jar
    full of marbles...Jack often spent his lunch break in The Kings
    Head pub, or Sid Pages pub the Arundel Arms, where Sid displayed
    family members Vellum Certificates when members of the Shoreham
    Life Boat... nowadays, ADC would object to use of the pavement
     trading, something back in the 40s and 50s, was tolerated.

Shoreham Discussion / Near Panic
« on: August 25, 2017, 01:08:19 pm »
   On 27th December 1950, my father, who worked at Crawley
   and travelled there by train, left for work at 0700 , and by
   0745, was back home. Brighton, was placed off limits by the
   health Authority. Apparently a Small Pox outbreak had been
   reported  by staff, at Bevendean Isolation Hospital. Later the press
   and radio, reported that a young lady, had been admitted to
   Bevendean, she was poorly,  her boyfriend, it transpired was a
   Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, he had just returned from duty in
   India. He thought he was suffering from Malaria , which he
   contracted whist in India, however, he had caught Small Pox.
   At Connaught Avenue, a temporary treatment table ,
    a table where residents might be Vaccinated was set up. I, along
   with others was vaccinated, treatment tables were set up over
   a number of locations in Shoreham.  As a result , of the outbreak
   Brighton was put off limits, and travel to and from was suspended
   Several of a local laundry staff, and a taxi driver, died of the dreaded
   illness. Isolation of Brighton continued for about three weeks.. The
   RAF Officer Flt Lt Hunter, was a carrier of the virus. His fellow Airmen   
   were all vaccinated... I still have the Vaccination scar on my right arm
    which is a reminder, of the time, when Brighton had a small pox
    outbreak... It's now something that  caused panic , among residents
    Could it return?   Maybe...



Shoreham Discussion / One off and old Photo Victoria Road
« on: August 20, 2017, 06:41:35 am »
    My grandfather, William Dowell White b 1875, was in the town band
    he played the Base Drum....I believe this is a photo of the band in
    seen in Victoria Rd  turning into Hebe Rd, a train puffs on the railway
    a large Marquee is on the Swiss Garden site. Taken about 1897 Victoria's
    Jubilee parade...

Shoreham Discussion / Brave Lady
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:42:16 am »
    Fifi Griffiths , was French by birth. With the outbreak of WW2 , Fifi, who once
    lived on the Old Fort Road, enlisted in the FANY , the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry
    She served at HMS Haslar, which was perhaps, the biggest Military Hospital in
    the World. Her skilled nursing services, esp as a French speaker, was much in
    demand, as more and more servicemen, needed hospital treatment. Posted to
    Malta, Fifi , was employed in the British Military Hospital Malta, this, was  during 
    the Siege of Malta, when the Axis Forces attempted to destroy the British Navy
    on the Island, which was pivotal to the success, of the Allies, in the Med, and
    North Africa. The failure of Axis, in the Med, to win complete control, was the
    beginning of the end of War . Fifi was posted back to Blighty, her husband
    was a Doctor Geoffrey Parker, a skilled Surgeon .was enlisted in the Special
    Operations Executive..Geoffrey was parachuted into France, and soon he met
    with senior Maquis Leader,  Commander Romain, and later operated on Maquis
    members and members of the SOE who had suffered gunshot wounds.A
    makeshift operating theatre , sometimes in a cave, or a farm cottage, served
    as a temporary measure, during dangerous times, in Axis Occupied France.
    Dr Geoffrey Parker, wrote about his experiences in A book, titled The Black
    Scalpel...I met Fifi, who was a customer of Royal Mail, when I had the Old Fort
    road, as part of my 'Walk'. Her French accent, endeared her to neighbours who
    knew Fifi, and her indomitable spirit in old age.A row of five medals, lay  in a
    sideboard drawer, was testimony to her wartime service as a member of FANY
    most female secret agents, used the cover of FANY training , when walking out
    in uniform. I wondered if our Fifi was indeed an agent...during dangerous times.
    Footnote, I was the postman for OFR during the 1990s...

Shoreham Discussion / Old Shoreham
« on: August 08, 2017, 06:40:36 am »
Growing up in Old Shoreham in the days after World War 2, and seeing all there
 was on the farm, was exciting stuff, very much so for a youngster.  The Framptons
 worked the farm caring or the Milking herd, which twice a day was brought to the
 Dairy at the bottom of the Street , from the Downs. In Springtime, the Ewes,which
had spent Winter on the Downs, were cared for in the Old Barn, which was opposite
the Farmhouse, and adjacent to the lambing field, where local people came year on year, to see the frolicking lambs..and Motherly ewes. It was a sad day, the farm
 was sold, and the Barn was dismantled, now gone forever, but not forgotten by
 those who remember Rural times, seeing the Combined Harvester in action. and
 local people helping out with the Harvest. Most of the world of Old Shoreham which sat in the  area just beside the Church is gone, the tiny Village that was with
a Blacksmith, Post Office, Garage, Farm, is only survived by the only Public House
the Red Lion, even the tiny infants school..was pulled down and the pupils were
transferred to other Church of England schools...all in the name of progress, and a more cost effective way of life.

Shoreham Discussion / Gammans Cycle Shop 1953
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:28:31 pm »
 The premier cycle sales, and repairs shop, in Gordon road , had a shop window
that displayed the latest in pedal cycle technology.It catered for young and old
and the staff, were au fait, with all aspects, of the bicycle.  I often lingered  gawping
into the shop with other boys, admiring the new racers, or a sturdy roadster. Three
wheelers for toddlers, were high on the top rack. Many a Christmas wish, was made
.In 1953, a popular hobby, was making your own dirt track bike, the forerunner
of BMX cycles. Mr Gammans had a range of saddles, handlebars, and a host of
spares, needed by the self builder. Along with the kind sales technique, came a
genuine interest in the needs of the customer.In addition to the cycles , a comprehensive range of Model aircraft, mainly balsa models, by Keil Kraft , who sold a range of kits, commensurate, with the latest military aircraft.When plastic kits, became available, a range of paints and brushes, were supplied to a buyer.
 Over several years in the 1950s, I purchased my first Raleigh Bike, and numerous
model kits, by Keil Kraft...which i flew from Mill Hill often losing a model, into the Adur, which swept it away..Mr Gammans, and his son Anthony ran, a great business.

Shoreham Discussion / Southern Strut
« on: August 01, 2017, 11:43:16 am »
 In the 1990s the Southern Strut, the owners of light aircraft, organised a 'Fly In'
 at the Airport, it was an assembly of De Havilland Moth aircraft..there was a good
collection of various Moths...Many were beautifully turned out, in immaculate
colours and markings..

Shoreham Discussion / Nicolson VC..
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:05:04 pm »
Many have seen the road sign Nicolson VC , at Nicolson drive. However, few have seen the Medals he won for his undoubted bravery during ww2. Whilst on Combat
Air Patrol over Southampton water,  James Brindley Nicolson, was piloting a Hurricane fighter aircraft. He engaged with enemy aggressor, aircraft, and in turn
his hurricane was hit, and the glycol, caught fire.Pressing home his attack, James
then pulled his Cockpit cover open, so burning his hands, he climbed out into the slipstream , and deployed his parachute. From a distance, a Home Guard saw the
parachute hit the ground. With his Lee Enfield .303  rifle he shot James in his buttocks. Following a long spell in Hospital,  Flt Lt J B Nicolson VC DFC , returned to flying. Whilst in the Burma Campaign, as a Wing Commander, James was a passenger in a transport aircraft, which was lost over the Bay of Bengal. Muriel his wife, decided to sell the VC and other medals. Their only son had been killed in a Motor accident...The buyers, was the RAF Museum  for 50,000, and so the medal was saved for the nation.It was the only VC awarded to a fighter pilot.

Shoreham Discussion / Veteran Aviator Cecil Pashley
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:32:03 pm »
 In the Summer of 1993, the Civil Aviation Authority, decided to recognise the
valuable contribution, that Veteran Pilot, Mr Cecil Pashley MBE , had made to
 the training of pilots. Cecil had served during both wars, as firstly a fighter
Pilot, in WW1, and during WW2 he served in Rhodesia, teaching flying skills
to the Empire training scheme pupils from South Africa, and Rhodesia. Pash
as he became known, was  Mr Shoreham Airport...and founder of a flying club
and chief flying Instructor. The photo shows Sir Peter Masefield , of the CAA
 He unveiled a brass plaque to the memory of Cecil Pashley, on the 100th
anniversary of his birth. The ceremony was attended by local Aviation enthusiasts
 Civil dignitaries, and the Airport Management..

Shoreham Discussion / Shoreham Character Jack(John) Hack
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:51:24 am »
 I first met Mr Jack Hack, in 1984, Jack lived with wth his wife in the little Cottages behind Ashcroft, in Kingston Lane.
 Jack had served in the Royal Air Force, and had been called up in 1940. He trained as an Aircraft Hand , to service
  front line Spitfire and Hurricane Aircraft. Following training, and after his 21st Birthday, Jack was posted to Malaya.
  Shortly after his arrival by Troopship Jack was sent up Country to Kuala Lumpur. When the Japanese invaded Malaya
they came down the Malay Peninsula, and  Jack along with numerous other Airmen ground crew, was made a Prisoner. He was held in the then Notorious Changi Jail on Singapore Island. He was then transferred to K2 a previously secret base
on Sumatra...A fellow  prisoner made a wooden wheelbarrow it had a hollow space below the base .When working off
the Prison at K2 , the prisoners worked in plantations..They hid food like Pineapples in the wheelbarrow..Being caught would mean execution...after a few Months Jack and his fellow prisoners, were sent by sea to NIPPON or Japan. Many died on the journey below a hold hatch , esp with little or no water, or air. Jack was made to help build his own  Prison Camp, Made of scrap timber Jack described it like Eureka Stockade...Like a Western Cowboy Fort. During his detention
Jack hid his Camera, a birthday gift from his parents, in the base of his water bottle.  Jack was rescued by American  Navy servicemen, he and the photos he took, came back to England via America...This was after the Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki... Later in England Jack joined FEPOW  the Far East Prisoner of War assn. He took
up his former employment as a Insurance salesman... Just after the War in 1947 Jacks wife had a severe stroke..and  despite his harrowing experiences as a POW He cared for his wife. His only child a daughter , went to live in the USA.
His claim to fame, was that he weighed more after his imprisonment than before.He thoroughly chewed his rice ration
 so he could share with others. Jack put down his survival to his Christian beliefs.. .

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