Searching for old friends – Karen Slade

I am trying to find my old friends, and one of these is Karen Slade. She lived a few doors away from me in Farm Hill and was a year or so older than me. We both went to Woodingdean Primary School and we would play together all the time.

Here are some photos of her.

Karen is on the right, with me behind her, next to my Dad
Karen is on the right, with me behind her, next to my Dad
Here I am sitting on a fence, my legs astride Karen!
Here I am sitting on a fence, my legs astride Karen!
Here we are in our Girls Brigade uniform, in my front garden. I am on the right, Karen on the left.
Here we are in our Girls Brigade uniform, in my front garden. I am on the right, Karen on the left.
My birthday party, with Karen standing at the back on the left. I am seated, second from left.
My birthday party, with Karen standing at the back on the left. I am seated, second from left.

Searching For Old Friends – Deborah and Marilyn Simms

Looking through my old photographs I have found some of old friends that I would love to make contact with again. Two of these are sisters Deborah and Marilyn Simms. They used to live in Suffolk Street, Hove and their parents were Vic and Iris.

I spent many happy hours playing with them as a child and went to stay with them overnight which was a huge thing for me back then! Here are some photographs of them taken in 1970.

Deborah Simms
Deborah Simms
Marilyn Simms
Marilyn Simms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are out there and want to make contact, please leave a message.

School Trip to France (did I go on my own?)

I have been looking through some old photograph albums that I previously took no notice of because the photo’s are not of the best quality! Going back to 1970 when I was 12 years old and in the first year at Westlain Grammar School, the pupils in our year went on a day trip to France. I remember the excitement of thinking I was going to another country!

My parents bought me a camera so I could record this monumental event in my life! Here are my photographs.

However, it would appear I went on my own, and no one was around in Calais on that day. Does anyone else remember going on this trip?

The subtitles are the words recorded on the reverse of the photos.

A big store in Calais
A big store in Calais
A fountain
A fountain
An open store in Calais
An open store in Calais
The garden where we had our lunch - Calais
The garden where we had our lunch – Calais
Another view of the gardens in Calais
Another view of the gardens in Calais
Flats in Calais
Flats in Calais
The Casino in Calais
The Casino in Calais
The Casino
The Casino
The Town Hall
The Town Hall
The White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover

 

Happy Birthday to Jack and Nancy

My father’s brother Jack and his sister Nancy had their birthdays two years and one day apart. Jack Douglas Dinnis was born on the 3rd of April 1920, and Nancy Dora was born on the 4th of April 1922. Jack was born in Basingstoke, while Nancy was born in Newcastle. Here are some photographs of the two of them

Remembering the happy times, and celebrating their birth.

Nancy Dora Dinnis and Jack Douglas Dinnis
Nancy Dora Dinnis and Jack Douglas Dinnis
Left to right: Jack, Nancy, Annie (their mother) and Ron, their youngest brother. Taken in September 1948
Left to right: Jack, Nancy, Annie (their mother) and Ron, their youngest brother. Taken in September 1948
3rd of April 1994. Jack and Nancy
3rd of April 1994.
Jack and Nancy

 

Easter Peace be yours

I have been looking through my collection of old postcards and greetings cards and I found this lovely one that was sent 98 years ago!

Easter cardIt is a postcard, and on the reverse it is dated the 29th of March 1918. Given that World War 1 ended some eight months after this date I was very interested to read the message. Would there be any news of the war? Family news? Here is the message:

“Dear Gertie, I should have sent this off tomorrow if there had been a post on Sunday at Hulland. How are you all and what news? I have been to the Dr with my cold, he told me the other day to go home and get to bed. I think it is a wee bit better. Love , Mary”

 

It was sent to Miss Gertie Smedley at Barrow Moor Farm, Hulland, Derby. Not even a ‘Happy Easter’ to go with the beautiful card! Although given the date I suppose celebrating Easter would have been low on people’s priorities.

The postage stamp is a halfpenny one, with King George V on it. I don’t know who the correspondents are, I can’t remember where I bought the card. I just really love the image of the lily of the valley flowers, the sheep and sheepdog.

And the message on the front of the card is still one I wish you today:

“Easter Peace be yours”

The Similarity Between my Mother and Grandmother

It has been noted before that my mother, Enid May Howells bore a close resemblance to her mother, Queenie Cockett. Here are another couple of photographs that show the continuing similarity as they grew up.

Enid aged 11
Enid aged 11
Queenie
Queenie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photographs I previously published on Mothering Sunday are these:

My mother, Enid May Dinnis
My mother, Enid May Dinnis
My grandmother - May Annie Doris Cockett, known as Queenie
My grandmother – May Annie Doris Cockett, known as Queenie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was three months old

I have been looking through a book of old family photographs and found some of me aged three months. At first I thought this would have been August 1958. But I’m wondering if it might have been a few days earlier, at the end of July of that year.

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Mum and me.

It has to be said they are not the best photos I’ve ever seen! The focus seems to be set on the background, leaving me and my parents a mere blur in the foreground.

My parents look very smart for a trip to the park, and it when I saw the tennis game in the last photograph that I wondered which park it was.

The only one I can think of that looks like this is St Ann’s Wells Park in Hove. I know this was the park nearest to our house, and we went there a lot when I was small.

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A blurry Mum and me with some very clear shots of the houses in the background!
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An even clearer shot of the houses in the background, with Dad and me!
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Me in my pram, although the photographer seems to be more interested in capturing the game of tennis going on behind!

I looked back at my Dedication Certificate to check the date and note it was on the 27th of July 1958. It was held at Holland Road Baptist Church, Hove which is within easy walking distance of St Ann’s Wells Park. So I wonder if the photographs were taken on this day?

Certificate of Dedication
Certificate of Dedication

 

Mothering Sunday

Today is Mother’s Day, and it makes me look backwards and forwards at the same time as I think of my mother, as well as my own children and being so thankful for them. I got out some old photographs of my mother and realised how much she looked like her own mother when they were both children. What do you think?

My mother, Enid May Dinnis
My mother, Enid May Dinnis
My grandmother - May Annie Doris Cockett, known as Queenie
My grandmother – May Annie Doris Cockett, known as Queenie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at these two photographs I see such a similarity between the two of them. And even when they were older, the likeness remained.

Enid
Enid

 

Queenie
Queenie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, today I remember my mother, and her mother and send love to them both.

In two days time it will be the anniversary of my mother’s birth, on March the 8th 1927, and I wish to remember that today, also.

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It can’t be Half a Century ago?

But time tells me it must be. Where does the time go? Thank you to Sheila for leaving a lovely message for me on here. She spotted herself in the nativity photograph I posted before Christmas. Here it is again:

woodingdean nativity play
Sheila is on the far left. I am third left standing, right.

Sheila recognised herself again in the photo of the violin group:

woodingdean violin group
Sheila is second from left, back row, I am first left, seated

There is another school photograph I have,

woodingdean music group - CopyYou can see me seated on the front row, second right.

And we can see Sheila in the row second from the back, seventh from left, holding her recorder.  She is in between Jennifer Williams and Carole Crossley.

I clearly remember Sheila as a lovely girl, I went to one of her birthday parties which I really enjoyed. She had older sisters, or at least one older sister, which made a great impression on me at that age.

Sheila in the middle
Sheila in the middle
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and here is me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I would love to say a ‘hello’ to Sheila, and I would love to hear from you again.

What’s on the Mantelpiece?

One of the things I don’t have in my house is a mantelpiece. It’s a comparatively new house, which was one of the things I loved about it when I moved in. But I do miss a fireplace and a mantelpiece.

When I think of a mantelpiece I always think of my grandmother and her lovely home in Blaker Street, Brighton. My cousin recently sent me a couple of photographs of the interior of this house, taken on Christmas Eve 1959 and it got me thinking again about what was kept on this shelf above the fireplace.

24 December 1959 Sue and Ian with our grandmother Annie Dinnis (Cleeve).
24 December 1959
My cousin Sue and her brother Ian with our grandmother Annie Dinnis (Cleeve).
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Sue and Ian with our Uncle Jack on the 24th December 1959.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our grandmother kept photographs of all her family on the mantelpiece and the shelf above it. You can’t see clearly, because of the Christmas cards, but there is a photo of Sue, Ian, their mother Nancy and either my father, Gordon or his brother Ron. There is also a photo of me, and Sue found the original photograph that used to sit on the mantelpiece. Here it is:

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There are more photographs of me that my grandmother kept, mainly school photographs taken at different ages. It is truly lovely to hold these photos and to know Nannie also held them.

I remember sitting in this room and thinking one day I would also keep family photographs on shelves in my own home.