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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby Carl » Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:46 pm

canvey joe wrote:Hi, my name is Joe Knapp. I was born on Canvey in 1934. I will leave you to work out how old i am.I have lived on Canvey all my life but for the period when i was in Merchant Navy. I was born ina bugalow called "Ivy Mount" at the bottom of Rosbach Road of Maurice Road. I lived with my Mothetr, sister Grandfather Bill Lily and Grandmother. My Fathrer having died in 1935 through the effects of Mustard gas contacted during the 1914/18 war. My Great Grandfather moved onto Canvey around 1850. Im told he used to own a considerable amout of land whic he used to sell at £5.00 a plot 60 X 60ft. As a boy I attend school at the Point and later at the Long Road Senior School the Head Master was Bill Read. The school was later named after him. On leaving School I became a Merchant Seamen with many other local lads, Charlie Trevellion (Bonker) Sony Groves, Lol Palmer (Lolipop) Ray Marsh. Albert Saul, to name a few. I married Bab'e Burder in 1955 and retired as a Seaman in 1960 and Joined Ford Motot comp shortly after.
I continued to work for Ford in the Manufacturing Presidents Office and retired in 1991.


Hello Joe.

Sonny Groves and Lol Palmer are both uncles of mine. Sonny is my mum Marjories brother and Lol married my aunt Janet. Lol passed away earlier this year.
I lived on Canvey from birth 1970 til 1992 and come back 'home' as parents live in same bungalow in Denham Road. Great reading the stories of old on here with a lot of names I recognise!

All the best

Carl
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Re: Member Whittus and Church Parade

Postby Wamburg » Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:11 pm

Church Parade is still there although hardly recognisable from your Nan's day. If you go to Canvey again follow the road onto Canvey heading for the Town Centre keeping the Sports Centre on your right . At the next roundabout turn right into Link Road and follow that until you see Dinant Avenue on your right. Turn into Dinant and then take the second turning on your right - that's Church Parade. If you log onto http://www.multimap.co.uk and type in Church Parade you can check where it is.

Unfortunately, nowadays, wherever you live people who have lived there years will say how much things have changed. Progress is inevitable, but at least those of us who don't still live on canvey can enjoy the pictures and comments on this website thanks to Dave's hard work.
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby bmandmj » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:46 pm

Hi there, my name is mandy steadman i was born in orsett hospital in 1962 and went to Leight Beck Infants and Junior School and then up to Furtherwick Park School which i left in 1978. I moved up to nottinghamshire when i was 24 and have lived here eversince. i would love to come home but at the present finances are stopping me but i will one day return. Had so many good times as a kid on canvey and loads of happy memories. Hi to all you members. mandy x
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby Dave Bullock » Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:04 am

Hi Mandy

We went through School together - welcome to the forum!

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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby suenorman50 » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:44 pm

hi im sue and im looking for anyone whos father was in colonel fielders recruits in world war 2
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby franktalk » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:11 pm

:D hi my name is dan,my sister and dad live on canvey island,i spent,from around 10,going on holiday to thorney bay beach camp,up untill i was about 19 or so.still would go to the site after that but i had a family and commitments and so forth.me mum past away 15 years ago and since then theres a gulf between me and my sister/dad. my sister is called sarah tander and me dad is terence phillips. my sister is residing near the lobster smack,me dad in kings. i love canvey island,i love thorney bay ,the front,and the old fair and arcades.its such a shame and sad they demolished the old arcade and fair!! does anybody know of any private caravan owners wanting to rent there caravan out on thorney bay for future reference!! thanks for listening and i look forward to any responses.
all the best
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby wildmeadows » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:40 am

My name is Shirley Orchard and my father was Sidney Alterman. I noticed that Valerie Sparks is looking for my sister Josephine who moved to Turkey in April 2007. I can give her my sister's e-mail address if she would like to get in touch with me. I forgot to say that I am now living in Almonte about and hour away from Ottawa in Canada. My husband and I moved here in June 2007 to be near my son, daughter-in-law and grandaughter who is now two. I also have a daughter and two grandchildren living in Fremont, across the Bay from San Francisco. I was living with my parents and sister on Canvey in 1953 and remember being taken off by army lorry at two o'clock in the morning. Sadly, some of the customers who came to my father's General Store where I worked, were drowned in the floods.
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby lyndastott » Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:13 am

Hi , My dad was born on Canvey Island in 1930 and so I have lived with Canvey stories for the last 40 years !! My grandparents married on Canvey in 1926 - My grandad was the sub postmaster and ran the Telephone exchange (Oxford Road) and my great grandfather - John Stott owned the "canvey club" and a shop called "stott and bubbers". My great Uncle Reg Stott - Lived on canvey all of his life in a house on Stilts (fascinating when we were children) called Edith May Villa (unfortunately long since demolished).

My dad and his brothers (twin Nevil and younger brother Derek) lived on Canvey until the family moved to Shoebury in the late 1940's to run the Shoebury telephone exchange. He is still around with lots of memories of the !930/1040 so any questions - I will be happy to relate.

I have quite a few photo's of people and places from that time and will scan them for the forum.

Hope this helps someone.

Lynda
PS - My grandma put her address as "the Wigmam" canvey island on her wedding certificate - any ideas?
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby timhei » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:04 am

Hi, I lived on Canvey from 1954 to 1973 and find the site very interesting. I went to St. Joseph´s Primary School from 1956 to 1960 and wonder whether there are any other members who were there at that time?

My father was a doctor and knew about half the people on the island - unfortunately he died three years ago, so can´t help me with his memories.

I remember the Stuckey sisters that are mentioned on the site - but no details - shall ask my mother if she remembers anything about them.

I haven´t been back to the Island since 1973 - am reluctant to do so, because of all the changes that have no doubt taken place. For example, I hear that the Casino (a historical building) was demolished - what a crime!

Tim Heining
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby emma » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:29 pm

hi all,
Im Emma Cowcher and have lived on Canvey all my life (1980 to date)
I was so pleased to find this forum.
hope to chat to you all soon and get to know you all
XxX
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby Wamburg » Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:10 pm

Tim, I also went to the Convent but before your time. I do remember your father very well though, from when he set up a branch of his practice at the top of Baardwyk Road at Leigh Beck. I think it was the first doctors surgery at that end of the Island.

My mother was so impressed with his care and treatment that she told everybody how wonderful he was and that they should transfer to him. Your father had to tell her that she couldn't canvass for patients for him! Apart from a heart condition, from which she died in1957, she also suffered from severe migraines, which your father understood as I believe he also had them. He was a wonderful doctor.
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby timhei » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:45 pm

Hi Wamburg, I was amazed to receive your reply and it was very touching to read your comments about my Father - thank you very much! You are right about his migraines, he had them very badly and so do I!!

His practice was actually first at a house called St.Margaret´s on Long Road (corner with Runymede Road) and then at Akela, also Long Road (corner with Hawkesbury Road). My mother, who is now 87, still receives cards at Christmas from ex-patients. My parents moved to Cambridge in 1974 but always missed Canvey which was really where they started out in life.

I understand that St. Joseph´s still exists, but is no longer a Convent?? No more rulers over the knuckles from the nuns then!! They used to get fed up with us knocking down the fencing in the playground playing football. They were good teachers, though!

Best Wishes, Tim
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby colinbeale » Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:16 pm

Hi,
Colin Beale here. I lived on Canvey Island from 1951 (when I was born) to 1968. Went to school at longroad primary. First teacher was Miss Hicks. Then to Furtherwick park.
Now live in Cornwall, Partners with Sandra and her Quarter Horse and American Paint Horse Stud.
Used to live in Rose Road. with Mum: Anne, Dad: George, Brother: Roger and Sister: Linda.
Love to hear from anyone out there who might remember me..
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby timhei » Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:02 pm

Dear Wamburg, I spoke to my Mother yesterday and she tells me that my Father DID, indeed, have a Branch Surgery at Leigh Beck for a while, when there were no other doctors in that part of the island. He used to be there twice a week.

Someone was asking about the Stuckey Sisters - my Mother remembers Vera and Ida Stuckey but no details about them except for the kennels that they used to own.

I wonder if anyone remembers any of my classmates from St. Joseph´s - Geoff Paye (from Benfleet), Shawn McCarthy, Chris Brown and John Smith? Sadly Tony Jarvis who was my best friend passed away some years ago. And some of the girls: Linda Argent, Josephine Arends, Valerie Martin and "Titi" Whitcombe. Ring any bells with anyone?

Tim
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Re: New Member? Introduce yourself here!

Postby Wamburg » Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:54 pm

Dear Tim
I went to the Convent when it first opened and was in the old Sunnyside Hotel. There were only 14 in my class and the year of our 11+ we moved across to the top floor of the building where a couple of old Anglican nuns lived. The convent was rebuilt some time later as a modern school. I expect it was much more convenient but possibly lacked the charm of the old hotel!

I always remember the conker trees that used to line the walk between the hotel and the concrete playground and the nuns teaching us country dancing with their long skirts pulled up to show us the steps. It was always a happy place to be.
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