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Postby Joseph » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:13 pm

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Hello, My name is Peter Clark, and I have found this site via good old Google whilst trying to flesh out some of my family history. I have never been to Canvey Island, nor am I ever likely to, however the name is very familiar to me as my parents often spoke of it when I was a child. Which brings me to the reason for my joining the forum. Several generations of my family domiciled in the East End of London and from Essex generally, even as far away as Colchester. My Clark grandparents lived in their house in Leyton from around 1910 up until my grandmother's death in 1943, however my grandfather, Joseph Robertson Clark died on 2 April 1934 at Ethelbert Bungalow, Canvey Island. Which begs the questions, what is, or was, Ethelbert Bungalow and what was he doing there ? Is/was it a hospital of some kind, or a hospice for the terminally ill ? A holiday cottage perhaps, although April seems a little early for summer holidays. Maybe it was the Easter Weekend in 1934.
Ethelbert Bungalow is mentioned on the Canvey Island website, but only in the most oblique way, which gives no clue as to the building's function, only the origin of the name.
Is anyone able to shed (pun intended) some light on Ethelbert Bungalow, Canvey Island ?
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Postby CanveyAdministrator » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:32 pm

Hi

Ill people used to be encouraged to go to Canvey, away from polluted London, for the fresh sea air "full of natural ozone"

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Postby muddyfeet » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:55 pm

Hi my maiden name was Shirley Dennis. I went to the convent or our Lady and St Joseph from the age of 5 when it opened until I passed the 11+
Left the UK circa 1960 lived in many countries had loads of adventures now retired been back in the UK quite a few years now.

Remember so many different things about Canvey - anyone recall Miss Kitty Linden who lived in a round house called The Polders. Or Joe Overs and his wonderful stories? I also remember the 'birdman' the Rose cafe. The magic of the reeds rustling, some good memories. Love to hear from anyone who remembers me and of course to catch up on Canvey news.

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Postby stanley hierons » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:36 am

Dave Bullock wrote:Hi

:idea: Once you have joined say hello here!

Welcome

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Hi All,my name is Stan Hierons,n i moved to Canvey from Leytonstone, East London in 1947,attended Long Rd Primary School, and in due course Long Rd Sec. Mod.was on the island during the 53 floods,i was 1 of a twin, n hoping to be able to talk to old school friends etc, i now live in Basildon, and am 73 this year, remember many teachers from both schools,like "SLASHER" Eales, Mr Evans,Mrs Skinner, Mr n Mrs Benson,Mr Gregory, Mr Free, Mr Potter n Miss Seamen,Mr Cummings, Miss Hair,Miss Williams,Mr Elison, Mr Vickers, Miss Gosling, Miss Wigg n Mr Cairns, n still remember all the subjects they taught.Hope there are still loads of you out there, perphaps scattered all across the world, that will be able to communicate,i shall look forward very much to hear from you all!!!
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Postby Colin Letchford » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:55 pm

Hi, My name is Colin Letchford.
I am chairman of Friends of Concord Beach, a new charity hoping to preserve and maintain the beach and paddling pool for residents and visitors alike. I would be interested in any photos of the pool and beach on Concord Beach. I know Concord Rangers started training there a long time ago?
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Postby ljgrimsey » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:01 pm

Hi,
my name is Lionel Grimsey, I was born on canvey island on Xmas day 1948.
Hope to find out a bit more of my early life there.
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Postby Harty » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:28 pm

Hi All

Was just tracing my roots on Canvey. I moved to The Beach House Caravan site from the East End of London in 1954, moved to a bungalow in Holbeck Road, Leigh Beck a few years later. Moved away 1969 and now live in Wiltshire.

My Father worked at the Casino.

Went to Leigh Beck Primary School (1957-1963 ) then Canvey Comprehensive (1963-1969).

School mates that I can remember: Robert Ullman, Bob Lailey, Jimmy Oriel, David Hayden, Victor Harding, Freddie Burdett.

Holbeck Road Neighbours: The Curtis's, now in Australia, and the Ketleys.

I hope to add to the memories on this website very soon!!!!!

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Postby kentfields » Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:17 am

Hello - Steve here - found this forum after looking for Prout Catamarans only to find out about the recent sad loss of Francis - it brought back happy days on the Island where I was born and bred - so I thought I'd join in - here's my tale:

I was born 1952 in Leigh Beck - Winterswyk Ave - we were flooded out from there and then lived on a houseboat for a while in Benfleet Creek - until that caught fire! - we got rehoused in Urmond Road and later moved to Meynell Avenue, my last address on Canvey. I left Furtherwick Park School (Comprehensive by then) in 1969 and a year later moved to East London and beyond after that - my Parents moved back to London not long after as well, but my Nan stayed on until she died there a few years back, so I have been back and forth over the years -

It was good growing up on Canvey - happy days then - but I'm glad I moved away and saw the world too - I've got some pics and things I'll share in due course - when I can find 'em! - TTFN
- send it on a Postcard please! -
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Postby alantray » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:57 pm

hi, my names tracey, ive looked at this site a few times and today finally plucked up the courage to join. i lived on canvey in the 70's with my mum and dad in a cavavan behind the casino......my dad worked on the dodgems. his name was paul and he was one of the twins, his brother being peter.... just wondered if anyone knew them or anything about them as i know very little having not seen my dad for over 30 years....... was brought up in southend on sea finally moving up to leicester, i havent been back down that way for nearly 20 years, although hoping to get my hubby to take me down soon to show him where i grew up...........i broke my leg when i was 4 in the casino toilets i can remember it like yesterday..........
anybody remember me or my dad etc would be nice to hear any stories.....many thanks
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Postby Isis » Wed May 18, 2011 12:20 pm

Hello at long last, we are hopefully fingers crossed and everything else to moving to the Island, I have a cousin who lives on there and been for visits and absolutely loved it so as soon the opportunity arose to move down there we grabed it, still a way to go re moving, but at lest our survey is being done today and we don't need a mortgage, so just waiting for our buyer to get moving. :( Oh by the way I am living in Grays at the mo but oringally come from Romford.

So just wanted to say Hi and pleased to meet you all. :D
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Postby Sparrow » Mon May 23, 2011 11:21 am

Hi Isis
I also live in Grays [Blackshots] but grew up on Canvey and still visit now and again.
You won't regret moving there. Unique environment and nice people.
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Postby Lindachin » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:21 pm

Hi all.
I would like to introduce myself, my name is Linda Chin and i live in Barry, South Wales. I am so pleased that i found this forum by accident.
I am asking if there is anyone out there who can give me information regarding my late Great grandmother Mrs Agnes Simpkins who lived on Canvey Island but sadly lost her life in the 1953 floods. I would love to know where she lived and with who if anyone and how long she resided in Canvey Island. Is there anyone who remembers her? Her famliy lost touch with her after her late husband Patrick Simpkins died, he is buried in West Lulworth Dorset.
Her name appears on the plaque outside the library however her surname is mis-spelt Simkins.
My husband and myself alongwith our two adorable Yorkies will be visiting Canvey Island next year. Look forward to hearing from anyone.
Regards to you all
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Postby job shop sylv » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:28 pm

I lived and worked on Canvey Island for just over ten years in the 70's/80's. Like most people who lived there and moved away, memories of the times spent there was usually amusing and fond ones. I played netball for local teams and my husband - Kevin Lovell - captained the local rugby team. That was when the club house was built and Mick Norris was also in the team. Just thought I would check this site out and have a bit of a trip down Memory Lane. Love to hear from anyone who was around at that time. Thanks, Sylvia.
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby Isis » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:45 pm

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Hello at long last, we are hopefully fingers crossed and everything else to moving to the Island, I have a cousin who lives on there and been for visits and absolutely loved it so as soon the opportunity arose to move down there we grabed it, still a way to go re moving, but at lest our survey is being done today and we don't need a mortgage, so just waiting for our buyer to get moving. :( Oh by the way I am living in Grays at the mo but oringally come from Romford.

So just wanted to say Hi and pleased to meet you all. :D
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Just to let you all know we made it and on the 8th July moved in and absolutely loving living on the Island. :D
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Postby Smith60 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:18 pm

Hello, I was born at 20, West Crescent, Canvey Island 1960. My name then was Angela Smith. By 1963 I was living at 39, North Avenue. I have five brothers John Smith, Peter Smith, Paul Smith, Joe(Joseph)Smith, Andy(Andrew)Smith, and two sisters Chris(Christine)Smith, Janet Smith.
My mothers name was Janina and I am told she could'nt speak alot of english (she came from Poland). She died when she was 39yrs old in 1963. My father was Roderick Smith . My mother, grandfather Roderick Mitchell Smith and grandmother Helena Smith are all buried on the Island.
My question is does anyone remember the police turning up outside our house in two mini cars and take all my brothers and sisters away to the court house. I was three at the time but still remember a policeman crouching down in front of me and giving me reassurance. My father had been arrested for violent behaviour towards us and was sent to prison. We were all taken into care. All us girls went to Basildon childrens home and the boys to Billericay childrens home. I was then fostered by Vera & George Wright at 66, The Parkway , Canvey Island (I have lost touch over the years) Who gave me wonderful memories to pass on to my own child. My eldest sister Christine lived with the Banks family next door to me. My brothers Andy and Joe were also fostered on the Island. We all went to St. Josephs School and Furtherwick. My sister Janet stayed with the Keneally family(not sure if I have the correct spelling) at North Avenue. I have loads more to talk about but I think this will do for now, I would love to hear from anyone who know of the court case or was that policeman or was a neighbour at any of those addresses I have mentioned. Can I just say what a great this is.
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