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Shoreham Discussion / White and Company Timber Importers Manufacturers
« on: September 01, 2019, 06:09:56 am »
In 1952m, I started an Apprenticeship at White and Co. The trade I was to learn was that of Wood machining, It meant , travel to Brighton Technical College twice weekly for two evening classes, and One all day class, which combined with one of the evening classes, it was a long day leaving Shoreham at 8am and returning at 1030, all for One Pounds and Ten shillings weekly no assistance with train fares. The Hourly week was 44 , of course the evening classes from 7 until 9 pm were extra.  White and co were an old established Timber firm which also had a Box Making factory, which until a fire destroyed it was on Shoreham beach . The Firm was owned by a Mr J  White of Windlesham gardens, some directors were Messrs Trevor, Williams, and Travis. The Offices and factory were located on the LBR opposite Eastern Avenue. In addition to importing soft woods from the Baltic and Archangel , and hardwood from South Africa
regular ships from Holland delivered soft woods from Norway and Sweden and occasionally Canada. The timber were stored in measures of One Standard (By volume) The Mill had several machines and Saws
including Planers, Morticers, and Tenoners. The Sagar super Seven cutter could prepare 50, 000 ft of flooring per week, The 52 inch Band resaw, could cut 12X12 timbers for beach defences. In addition to the Mill, a Joiners shop and Box factory where Bench Joiners,up to Six men, and a Ladies workforce of 8 ran the box factory.  It may be worthy of note that all the timber used in constructing the Social Housing from 1947  were supplied from White and Co That included KGR Montford , Clarendon, Elizabeth, Wilmot, Mansel and Williams Road.  The cost of Timber and increased use of alternative materials , brought about the demise of the firm . 

Shoreham Discussion / The Cinemas in Shoreham
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:38:12 am »
 There have been several Cinemas in Shoreham The Bijou Empire, 1914 in the High St The Star in Church Street and The Coliseum on the Lower Brighton Road. Closed in 1970. The Norfolk opened in 1933 with talking  movies.  It later became the Ritz...

Shoreham Discussion / In 1985 the changing face of Shoreham
« on: August 29, 2019, 07:52:14 am »
The Adur District Council after years, of debate and possible plans to develop the Old ropetackle  were in discussion with yet another Building consortium .

Shoreham Discussion / The Great Hurricane of 16th October 1987
« on: August 27, 2019, 02:42:43 pm »
Mr Fish, the BBC weather man dropped a clanger . He failed to warn viewers of a Pending Hurricane.  Shoreham Folk went to bed as usual on the 15th of October 1987, but during the  night a wind seldom
 experienced blew up to speeds of 100 with gusts up to 120 MPH... I was due at work at 5am and awoke at 4 am to hear the sound of the wind outside of our house, I heard our fence break down , but had to leave it , Sigmund Hobden workmate called round to get a lift to work , and Mrs Christian the Office cleaner came too. On the drive to work from Kingston Lane to Western Road , roof tiles could be seen in the headlights of the car. The Car was buffeted by the wind . eventually after a frightening drive we arrived , Getting the car doors open was difficult against the wind. Standing up we had to link arms to remain upright , and when turning into Brunswick road an explosion occurred as a roof tile went through a shop window, and the flying glass went flying down the road, In the Post Office there was a power cut , and storm lanterns were lit. However the Mail did not arrive from the Brighton sorting Office.  Mr Fermer the manager told us to remain  until at 11 am the Wind abated.

Shoreham Discussion / The Turnpike house in upper Beeding
« on: August 27, 2019, 01:42:39 pm »
 In the 19th and 20th century there was a Turnpike Toll house near to the Rising Sun public house, It was on the opposite side of the road.  It fell into disuse, but later a Lorry came off the road and collided with the  Toll house .. It was decided it was too important historically , to demolish it. The Turnpike Toll house is now saved for posterity at the Weald and Downland museum at Singleton

 A few weeks after the Berlin Wall was demolished, a visitor arrived at Shoreham Airport in the shape of a Soviet MIG 15 , it was serviced, and given a new paint job, in the markings of the Polish Air Force. . Before it flew to Lydd, its exhaust melted the tarmac ,on the runway,

Shoreham Discussion / Old Shoreham Toll Bridge
« on: August 18, 2019, 12:53:19 pm »
As a child growing in Old Shoreham ,one favourite place was the river Adur on the North side of the Toll Bridge where at low tide in summer the water was clear and warm. The Bridge was built in 1781, and  was constructed by out of work Welsh coal miners. During its lifetime it has been refurbished  on a number of occasions , the wood being Jarrah a very hard wood from Australia, From the start of the Steam train line to Horsham a toll was taken for pedestrian and vehicular traffic , The toll being collected by the Signalman  in an adjacent Signal Box . During WW2 a railway line was bent like a hair pin ,and inserted into a hole on the West entrance to the bridge,A rail is still in situ on the embankment alongside the Ricardo Works  In recent years , the bridge was becoming unsafe A fundraising effort led by Lisa Mckinney saved the bridge , restoration was carried by Mackleys of Small Dole , and the Bridge was reopened by HRH Prince Andrew

Shoreham Discussion / Every picture tells a story
« on: August 18, 2019, 08:29:51 am »
 A photograph of our family members  was taken in n 1918. It was on the  occasion of the funeral of   Fusilier Leonard White, who died of wounds on the 16th of November 1918.  He lies in Mill Lane Cemetary   l Leonard was the youngest of my great Grandmothers sons. At the time, of the funeral his brother my grandfather William was still serving in France. The five boys in the photo are from left to right are George , William junior seated ,Ernest, Leonard sitting on his mothers lap, and Christopher , the  two youngest are wearing dresses, as was the habit of the  day ,for  boys under five yrs. If you look carefully the Cap badge of the Royal Fusiliers can be seen each of the older boys have one pinned to their jackets.  My Grandmother  Ellen nee Bareham , was to have another son James, who was born in 1921. The family lived at 41 West Street in Shoreham next door  to the Suter family, on one side and Doreys' on the other. At the time of his injuries  on the field of battle in France Leonard was age 31  Our family still has the Death Plaque awarded to my great Grandmother Caroline White who was a trained midwife in Shoreham. .   

Shoreham Discussion / Bonfire Night Remember the 5th of November
« on: August 18, 2019, 05:59:10 am »
 An event that, that most Shoreham folk looked forward to , was Bonfire night, Bonfire societies arranged for a big parade to march through the town , it was always participated in by other Bonfire Societies, esp from Lewes , Fancy dress , was worn by Marchers who all carried flaming Torches. A band would lead the way , A Huge Bonfire and Firework display was held at the Shoreham Rubbish Dump , now the Adur Rec.  Tableaux were mounted on local lorries usually depicting some event of that year. The crowds were enormous 10 and 15 deep on the pavements . Parade Marshals prevented idiots from tossing fireworks into the crowds and guarded the piles of prepared fire brands to replace those which were extinguished . The Route was from Connaught Avenue through the Town to Surry street when it turned onto the Brighton rd and came back along the High Street and over bridge to the tip The crowds by the Roundabout outside the Kings Head and High Street were big , The evening ended with some Maroons being fired at the Lifeboat Station .  I wonder there most be some Photos of the Parades somewhere in town My brother Anthony and his friend from Canada  Fleming ,won a fancy dress competition dressed as the Toni Twins It was a waving lotion  ,and was advertised as  the Toni Twins the boys wore Mops heads and were dressed in Crinoline. 

No 1440 squadron Air training Corps ATC ,was founded at Middle Road School in 1941, At wars end in 1946 the Squadron was given premises at the Dome on the Airport,there were a number of associated wooden Huts used as lecture rooms , When I joined in 1951, the meetings were Tues and Thurs 7  til 9 30 pm . The Commanding Officer was Flt Lt Sidney Cole a wartime RAF Officer Flight Commanders were Flt Lt Kenneth Winstone,Fg Off Norman Finch and Fg Off Kenneth Guest , the Squadron had three flights Shoreham Lancing and Steyning. at that time membership was approximately 60 , an Adult  Warrant Officer Wilfred Stephenson  and Civilian Instructors  Gerald Woolvern Alan Morgan and Thomas Pollington , Lectures on dress deportment, and drill were given , the squadron had approx. 25 .303 Lee Enfield Rifles of WW1 vintage. The Squadron members were taught Morse Code, basic Engine function , and map reading , hobbyists took part in model making on Sunday Mornings as did the Drum and Bugle Band ,The Squadron took part in Annual Summer Camps held at RAF Stations for one week  duration each cadet was given a flight in service aircraft and fired  on the weapons range ,The joining age was 13 years leaving at age 18.

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....

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