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03:52 AM ET (US)
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Terry Martin
03:01 PM ET (US)
Hi all, I'm not really a Rainham boy but I served my apprenticeship at Masters Machinery, at that time in Ivy Street between 1961 & 66.
I married Jill Chapman from No.47 just across the road from the factory in 1966 at the beautiful St. Margarets Church on the top road as it was called. We now live in Devon & her sister Christine lives in Cornwall, while Jennifer still lives in Rainham. I have fond memories of my apprenticeship days especially the two people who tried their hardest to teach me, they were Brian Shepherd & Derek Norris, I think I must have driven them nuts, they would have had more chance talking to the wall. But good times nevertheless. Does anyone know if the boys are still around? Jill still has two very close friends in the area one in Rainham & one in Newington both still in weekly contact. I often pop onto the site to see what's going on & calling out to Jill "do you remember" this or that & any names that come up. As is often said this is a brilliant site Kind regards, Terry
Elvin HoltPerson was signed in when posted
10:59 AM ET (US)
Please visit Rainham from time to time. It is good to reminisce when we were still young. social security card replacement
Colin Macgregor
08:32 PM ET (US)
Hi Christine,
It was nice to hear from you, actually I did see you a few months ago when I was shopping at Hempstead Valley but I think you were busy or something. I still live in Hempstead but for the last few years I have been spending more and more time overseas. I am in Thailand now and believe or not I am meeting today an old Rainham boy who lives here Peter Heath, you may have known him or his brothers Ray and Allan, he also had some sisters too. You mentioned my brother Bill (Binky) well Bill sadly passed away a couple of years ago . I think you also know my sister Helen who is about a year younger than you . Anyway it was nice to hear from you, how is your brother? I used to see him around but not for a long time. Another one of my mates from where you lived passed away, Steve Barratt, do you remember him? Your brother certainly did. Anyway you take care and best regards

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Christine nee Sultana
06:28 AM ET (US)
Hi Richard,
I fully understand your feelings of nostalgia and having lived in Rainham all my life I honestly cannot imagine living anywhere else.
I think you are right about Colin living in Australia at one time.
I don't know how to publicise this website to maybe reach out to any of our contemporaries. I have Colin to thank for telling me about it after meeting by chance one day. So many now days use Facebook I suppose. I might try that to see what happens.
Kindest regards
Richard StevensPerson was signed in when posted
04:52 AM ET (US)
Hi Christine,
It was a nice surprise to get such a quick response, firstly from Colin and then you.
I was at the school long before you and Colin and then went to Orchard Street, (boys) I hasten to add.

I guess I'm too sentimental, but my memories are still so vivid remembering most of the teachers you've both mentioned and many, many more names and incidents. Several times I've tried to rustle up any of my contemporaries with little success. One guy I did find through the site was Brian Vale who wrote an excellent article "Growing up in Rainham in the 1940's and 50's. Brian and I have emailed each other regularly ever since. Later another mate David Smith joined us.

I emigrated to Australia the year you left primary school Christine, and although I've been back (last time 2017) I remain so very nostalgic for home. I think Colin may have lived here once and hence understands.
Thanks so much to you both!
Kindest regards

Edited 08-29-2019 04:57 AM
Christine nee Sultana
03:14 AM ET (US)
Hi Richard and Colin,
Hi hello to you both, I totally agree with you and think that this site HAS become an advertising platform.
How are you Colin ? Since I left Hempstead Valley I don't think I have seen you about and wondered if you had moved away.
I attended the school age 7 from 1959 to 1963 and then moved to Rainham Girls in Orchard Street. I certainly do remember Miss Evans, Mr Turton I was in his class along with your young brother Binky "Billy?" Macgregor, Miss List, Mrs King (who was at one stage my "form teacher" if that is what they were known as then) and Mrs Dalton who was my first teacher there and I absolutely loved and of course the headmaster Mr Turner. It was a shame Colin that the building was allowed to be demolished as I wonder now if this wouldn't have happened in todays world and maybe it would have been incorporated into part of the shopping centre something like the old Dockyard did with Dockside Shopping Centre in Chatham, leaving the building represented as a historical record along with our beautiful old church. HAPPY DAYS !!
Best wishes to you both
Colin Macgregor
09:21 PM ET (US)
Hi Richard,
I attended Church of England School from 1952 until 1957. I remember my first teacher Miss Wayne who taught me when I was five. I can also remember Miss Evens, Mrs King, Mr Turtain, Miss List and Mr Turner the head master. It's a shame that this great old building was allowed to be demolished but I did notice that some of the flintstones have been built into the outside walls around the Rainham Shopping Centre.
I now live in Hempstead just a couple of miles away from where I was brought up in Quinnell St. Most of my friends from this area went to the school and many including my own family (there were eleven of us) .
Like you mentioned, it's very sad that this site is being used for advertising!
Richard StevensPerson was signed in when posted
05:09 PM ET (US)
How very, very sad, that this once brilliant site has sunk to becoming yet another space for advertising.
Is there ANYONE left in Rainham area that attended the old CofE school at the top of Station road?
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07:46 AM ET (US)
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