History in Kent => Life Writing => Topic started by: Invicta Alec on November 17, 2014, 18:20:07

Title: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on November 17, 2014, 18:20:07
If you are asked "where are you from?" I suppose most people will answer with the name of the town or village they were born in. In my case I answer "Kent". Kent is my home, let me explain why, and with apologies if I ramble on too much!

My home town is Chatham. I grew up on the Wayfield Estate in the 1950s. My little world consisted of our house in Bader Crescent, Mum, Dad and three younger sisters. These were the days of National Dried Milk and four black jacks for a penny. Being a "big boy now" meant being entrusted with a small amount of money wrapped up in a paper note marked "P" for the paper shop or "C" for the chemist and being allowed on my own (probably around 5 years of age) taking the note all the way to the parade of shops on Wayfield Road. Triumphantly returning with maybe a 3d bundle of wood for the fire, a bottle of Lucozade and probably the Daily Mirror.
Schooling at Wayfield Infants and later onto Luton Junior School as my universe expanded. The bus fare from Eden Avenue to Luton Road was 2d, but the bigger boys showed me how to walk along past the top of the allotments on Street End Road past the old air raid shelters (which I was afraid of) into the top of Pheasant Road and go into the school via the forbidden gate (penalty two strokes of the cane). Teachers remembered, Miss Goad at Wayfields and from Luton, Mr. Steer, Mr Pine, Mr Stearn, Mr. Tomlin and a Welsh sadist Mr. Jones. Pick-a-back fighting, fag cards and those dreadful toilets with no roof.
Your truly passed his 11+ and mum proudly sent me off to Sir Joeseph Williamsons Mathematical School for Boys in Rochester, wearing a second hand ill fitting uniform. This was partly deliberate since it was already known our family would shortly relocate to St.Paul's Cray.

I had just two terms at the Math before we left Chatham. Dad worked for the gas board, had got himself promoted to foreman and was put in charge of the Orpington/Bromley area. Our new home was a revelation after living in a three bed semi council house. This huge ancient house stood on gas board property. It had an awful address..."The Cottage", Gasholder Station, Sevenoaks Way, St.Pauls Cray. I'd open my bedroom window and could see nothing but a huge green cannister in front of me. I could see neither over, under or around it. The house must have been all of fifty yards from this monstrosity. The house was entirely gas lit and was by now on its last legs. The ground floor was damp and we lived only on the upper floor. We stayed there for only eighteen months during which time I schooled at Bromley Grammar. Bromley was an ok school but, as young as I was, I realised that it was inferior academically to the Math. Its saving grace being it was a football rather than a rugby playing school.

Our time in St.Paul's Cray was only a stop gap while the gas board built a new house for us in Sevenoaks. We moved there in 1963, a brand new but tiny house complete once more with a gas holder just over the fence. Different green colour but even closer at about 30 yards I'd say. Not wanting to interrupt my schooling once again I was allowed to remain at Bromley and took the train to school for the next few years. Sevenoaks was a desperate place to grow up in as a teenager in the 1960s. Apart from the youth club very little else for youngsters to do. Plenty of football though and yours truly played all over the region for Sevenoaks Town. It was the town that the Swinging 60s seemed to overlook, thank goodness for transistor radios and being able to listen to the beloved Radio Caroline. Family difficulties meant I left school straight away after "O" levels and took my first job at 16 years of age. Henry Hope & Sons sold steel windows, and I was sent off on day release to the building college in Tunbridge Wells.

As an eighteen year old I moved back to Chatham and lived for three years with my grandparents. Marrying young, I purchased houses successively in Chatham, Walderslade, Cliffe Woods and then Herne Bay. During this time workplaces were in four different places in Medway,in  Ramsgate, Riverhead and  Herne Bay. Then it happened....I got marooned in Hertfordshire for twelve years and from there another three in the south west of France!

But now I'm back home. Back to my beloved Kent, Folkestone this time (well Hawkinge actually). So you see, having lived, worked or been educated all over the county, I claim to be a Kent rather than a Chatham lad. In my mind I know every corner of the place, since I've also kicked footballs or whacked golf balls all over the county too. Reality though is telling me different and its here I'd like your feedback. Being out of the county for 15 years means that I remember places as they used to be. A few examples.

I stood for five years on Bromley South railway station listening to the announcer saying, " Maidstone East, Bearsted, Lenham, Charing, Ashford, Wye, Chilham, Chartham, Canterbury West, Sturry, Chislet Colliery, GroveHFerry and Minster train on platform 4". It`s like a poem. Once learned its ingrained. When did those stations meet their end folks?

I used to be a driving instructor in Medway for more than seven years. I knew every street from Darnley Road Strood to Long Catlis Road in Parkwood. It was somewhat of a shock to find you can't drive down Railway Street any more, well at least not all the way. When did that change?

Is the parade of shops still there in Wayfields? I know the seven oaks of Sevenoaks on the Vine cricket ground were ripped up by the hurricane of '87, but do the High Street shops still close on Saturday lunch time? A bit tongue in cheek that one, but I kid you not. That was the situation in 1963. Oh, and you were not allowed to go to the cinema in that fair town on a Sunday unless accompanied by an adult in those days. Bromley Grammar school no longer exists. I wonder if they pulled down the gasworks in St.Paul's Cray? I really must do some revisiting. I have a sat nav, to counter any roads that I remember but no longer exist.

Times change, but oddly my memory of the county with a 15 year gap may just help from time to time, compared to a life long dweller who has seen things only change gradually.

Alec Ludlow.


 
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Rochester-bred on November 18, 2014, 07:49:57
Welcome Invicta Alec, I`m sure there are some things that have stayed the same and either way I hope you will enjoy your finding out what has changed here on the forum  :)
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Post by: ann on November 18, 2014, 10:35:57
Welcome Invicta Alec.  Enjoyed reading your reminiscences.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: smiffy on November 18, 2014, 15:58:44
Hi Alec,

I too, grew up on Wayfield Estate in the 1950's (Burma Way) and can definitely remember Miss Goad!

Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Lutonman on November 18, 2014, 19:13:40
Hi and Welcome Alec,
I too was born in Bader Crescent on the Wayfield estate, I know the Gas Holder at Sevenoaks Way, I'll be there in the morning! I knew two other Ludlow's, another Alex who worked at the time I knew him at Sevenoaks and his brother Fred at Gillingham.

Hope you enjoy your time on the forum.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on November 18, 2014, 19:39:01
Hi Alec,

I too, grew up on Wayfield Estate in the 1950's (Burma Way) and can definitely remember Miss Goad!

Hi Smiffy,

Thanks for your reply. Being born in August 1950, I probably started at the school in either May or September latest in 1955. Maybe we were classmates?

While Burma Way meant home to you, to me it was the name on the bus destination board! There were 14 houses on Bader Crescent but only two of those had a car parked outside and one of them was a three wheeled invalid carriage (as they were called then). No car for us and I can remember many a time standing outside the Regent cinema with mum, laden down with shopping waiting for the bus home. Checking other threads here on the transport section, it seems that Maidstone and District alternated the service. (Was it numbered 141?). A Burma Way bus was followed by a Wagon at Hale bus throughout the day.
To this day I can remember the anguished cries from my mum as the bus approached "Oh no. Its a Wagon!" as we stood there patiently waiting in the rain, holding paper carrier bags with string handles, hoping the bottoms didn't fall out of them as they got more and more soggy.

I was always glad to see "Burma Way" on the front of the bus. Happy days eh?

Alec.
 
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on November 18, 2014, 19:50:38
Hi and Welcome Alec,
I too was born in Bader Crescent on the Wayfield estate

Lutonman, I've sent you a PM.

Alec.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Lutonman on November 18, 2014, 20:00:38
Good to hear we have some connections
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: smiffy on November 18, 2014, 23:59:35
Hi Alec,

You've got four years on me so you probably left as I was starting. Bus was definitely 141, and we didn't know anyone that had a car either!
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: oobydooby on December 02, 2014, 16:42:40
Hi Alec, I guess like you I too am from Kent, having started in Rainham then Gillingham to Southborough and Manston.  If you peruse my story there are a few more places yet to be revealed; Herne Bay, Dover and Folkestone in turn followed by a brief return to Gillingham before moving away from Kent altogether.

oobydooby.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Oldbob on November 03, 2017, 15:48:02
Hi Invicta Alec and Lutonman

I too lived in Bader Crescent from 1951 to 1967 at and attended Rochester Mathematical School. To answer a couple of questions. Yes the parade of shops on Wayfield Road is still there and the two cars referred to stood outside number 3 and 6. An occupier of number 3 was a talented snooker player and even appeared on black and white TV playing none other than the legendary Joe Davis. Sad to say, he lost.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Lutonman on November 03, 2017, 17:06:27
Hi Oldbob

Welcome to KHF, I lived at No 1 which has now been demolished and a Doctors surgery in its place.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Sentinel S4 on November 04, 2017, 09:36:49
Hi, it is strange that we remember things like the railway station order. For me, catching the 16:12 at Canterbury West it was , "Chartham, Chilham, Wye, Ashford, Charing, Lenham, Harrietsham, Hollingbourne, Bearsted, Maidstone East, Bromley South and London Victoria."... Chislet has been closed for many years but as there are plans afoot to build around 2,000 houses at Hersden, Network Rail have given assurance that the Halt will be re-instated.

Welcome Home.

Sentinel S4.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: DGM on July 24, 2018, 20:56:53
Hello Alec,

I'm afraid I have very slowly been working my way through all the interesting threads and have only just reached this one.  Would your home in Sevenoaks have been the brick built detached house in the corner of the gasworks site in Cramptons Road ?  My family moved to The Moor Road in 1962 and I have a very vague recollection of the house under construction, I was only four at the time !  If this was your home the view is about to change as the two gas holders are about to be dismantled.

Kind regards
DGM
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on September 08, 2018, 19:41:27
DGM,

Apologies for a late reply but major health issues have prevented me from being on the forum of late.

Yes, you are correct about Cramptons Road!

Thanks for the update about the gas holders. It'll be strange seeing the place without them.

Alec.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: DGM on September 12, 2018, 21:55:38
Alec,

Thanks for responding and I hope your health is improving.

Demolition of the gas holders has been underway for a couple of weeks now and the (hopefully) appended photo shows Holder No.4 this afternoon, your former home is just visible on the right.

Regards
DGM
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on January 01, 2019, 14:45:00
DGM,

Thank you so much for this photo!


Alec.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Roseann on January 01, 2019, 23:01:25
Alec enjoyed your memories of our local places ,I'm a Rochester Girl through and through have watched for years the changing places around me and sadly miss the good old haunts we used as children , I cant ever imagine what it must be like to live anywhere else and in fact when asked where I have been by a recent friend who had just come back from holidaying abroad I was only able to say the only Islands I had visited where the Isle of Grain and Isle of Sheppey to which they were amazed although it has never bothered me before but I hope to at least once leave these shores before my number is up. Welcome to the forum and enjoy your stay here.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: AlanH on January 02, 2019, 10:43:17
Hi Alec. Nice to read your story and I admit to being a bit late doing that. I wonder if the Mr Jones the Welsh sadist you mention from your school days was the same Peter Jones who was at St Margarets primary in  the street of the same name in Rochester back in the 1950s early 60s?
Hit me over the head once with the edge of a wooden foot rule for being sarcastic although I didn't know what that was then. Of course he wasn't the only one to chastise me over the years but that's another story. :)
AlanH.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Dozydog on February 13, 2019, 15:07:00
Hi Alec,

Welcome to KHF.
I grew up in Wayfield Rd ... just below Eden Avenue, we moved there in 1957 and we were there until the mid 1970's.
I went to Wayfield Infants and remember Mrs Goad. I used to frequent St Mary's boxing Club in Luton where Barry Ludlow taught us and I was also involved with the Theatre Royal, Chatham alongside Alec Ludlow who was formerly of Chatham but at that time resided in Riverhead by Sevenoaks.
Alec was one of the nicest (and funniest) men that I have ever known. It was lovely reading your post which invoked a few memories.
P.S - It was the 140 and the 141 bus that went to Burma Way
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Chas on February 26, 2019, 11:15:06
Hi Alec,
Although slightly younger than you, pretty much academic though at our ages I guess! I too went to Luton School and can well remember Mr Jones, who by my recollection won WW2 on his own and lived at the top of Magpie Hall Road .I particularly remember his fondness for caning miscreants [me] on the hand with disturbing regularity. Mr Sterns was, in my recollection, a gentleman of the old school who rode a motorbike [and sidecar?] which, on occasion, we boys were permitted to kick-start for him. Happy days indeed and I too went to the Match School.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: pr1uk on February 27, 2019, 07:16:58
I particularly remember his fondness for caning miscreants [me] on the hand with disturbing regularity.

When you get older I think myself and probably others back in the days some caning was done because of their own perversion, at Highfields we had Mr Belton the head who would patrol the school all day looking for boys to send to his office for caning. A true believer in discipline no as I got older I realised he was a sick pervert who got his highs caning boys on the hand.

Sorry for going off subject and welcome to Alex sadly this forum as since stopped due to no one being able to give their time and willingness to run it.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: AlanH on March 05, 2019, 10:31:25
I think you're right pr1uk. Many on here remember Jack Marchant a Maths teacher at Troy Town who caned for anything he could think of. He used to blow his whistle out of a top floor window of the school and woe betide the last one out. You were for it.
He then used to send his victim over to the corner shop with a threepenny bit and tell you to ask the shop keeper for his whippiest cane. That old bastard used to take great delight in playing Jack's game and would open the cupboard and try out a few of his bamboo canes... then take the threepence and send you back to school.
Nearly always it was at least 3 strokes on the hand you didn't write with.
Timmy Hoare and myself got caught talking one day during his Maths lesson and he belted both of us. I heard that Timmys dad went down and bashed him but I'm not sure if that was true.
Complete sadist who would never be allowed near a school these days.
Enjoy what we have left of KHF, absolute shame it's no longer a really functioning site but if Kyn has personal problems I can understand why she hasn't got time but wish her and her family well for the future.
AlanH.
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Post by: pr1uk on March 08, 2019, 10:20:21
The post on here were always so interesting and I can understand how Kyn would want and need to retire from running the forum just a shame she never lets others take over. So so sad to see such an interesting forum run down and well ended
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Post by: redge on March 08, 2019, 18:50:28
Hi Alec,
Kyn, Bless her started this forum out of her own good wishes and hardwork, Passing her driving test and other battles in life she persereved, I personally 
loved Guess the Place and Drinking Estabishments and Hotels
Kyn  to my knowledge asked for some help in running the site (adim)  to no avail.
Last October I received an e-mail from some cyber idiot from the eastern block about this site (deleted without opening)  and that seemed to end this site as we knew it.
So if there is some computer whizard out there that can pm Kyn with help , hopefully this site can return to normal.
Good Luck. (from a (73.5 year old)
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: pr1uk on March 09, 2019, 08:12:14
Such an interesting story and the kind of post that this one great forum would get, shame it's now been run down.
It's sadly missed
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Post by: Bilgerat on March 09, 2019, 09:36:57
Hi Alec,
Kyn, Bless her started this forum out of her own good wishes and hardwork, Passing her driving test and other battles in life she persereved, I personally 
loved Guess the Place and Drinking Estabishments and Hotels
Kyn  to my knowledge asked for some help in running the site (adim)  to no avail.
Last October I received an e-mail from some cyber idiot from the eastern block about this site (deleted without opening)  and that seemed to end this site as we knew it.
So if there is some computer whizard out there that can pm Kyn with help , hopefully this site can return to normal.
Good Luck. (from a (73.5 year old)

Hi Redge,

This is off-topic, so I'll keep it short. Kyn has got a lot of personal stuff going on right now and doesn't have the time or the inclination for the KHF. Until something changes, we're just going to have to bear with her. She knows there are people out here with the time and skills to help out and hopefully, the KHF will be back to it's former glory before too long.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: smiffy on March 09, 2019, 13:09:27
Bilgerat,

Also off-topic, but do we know yet who was responsible for the cause of the forum "modifications" that precipitated this?
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on March 09, 2019, 17:54:44
Alec enjoyed your memories of our local places ,I'm a Rochester Girl through and through have watched for years the changing places around me and sadly miss the good old haunts we used as children , I cant ever imagine what it must be like to live anywhere else and in fact when asked where I have been by a recent friend who had just come back from holidaying abroad I was only able to say the only Islands I had visited where the Isle of Grain and Isle of Sheppey to which they were amazed although it has never bothered me before but I hope to at least once leave these shores before my number is up. Welcome to the forum and enjoy your stay here.

Roseann,

This thread of mine is way more than 5 years old now and I'm astonished to find a little collection of 2019 replies. Thank you for yours.

I have travelled widely, Anchorage in Alaska, Tokyo, Melbourne, USA and many European countries. I even lived in France for three years. I can tell you though that the more I travelled the more I realised that people are pretty much the same everywhere. We all have our hope and aspirations but its friends and family that are most important. Part of me wishes that I had never stepped out of Kent. Its home.

All the best.

Alec.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on March 09, 2019, 17:59:45
Hi Alec............I wonder if the Mr Jones the Welsh sadist you mention from your school days was the same Peter Jones who was at St Margarets primary in  the street of the same name in Rochester back in the 1950s early 60s?


Could well have been the same bloke Alan! Do I also remember he had a scruffy moustache and halitosis also? Hahaha!

Alec.


Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on March 09, 2019, 18:10:09
Hi Alec,
................I used to frequent St Mary's boxing Club in Luton where Barry Ludlow taught us and I was also involved with the Theatre Royal, Chatham alongside Alec Ludlow who was formerly of Chatham but at that time resided in Riverhead by Sevenoaks.

Dozydog, thank you for your recollections. Just to correct you a little.... it was my much loved and respected uncle Fred Ludlow who for decades was the trainer at St.Mary's ABC. My uncle Barry lived in Weeds Wood. Alec was my father, we left Chatham in 1963 making our way to Sevenoaks via St.Pauls Cray but as you say, he maintained his links with the Theatre Royal in Chatham. His father (also named Alec!) worked there during the pre and post war period.

Alec.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on March 09, 2019, 18:13:54
Hi Alec,
Although slightly younger than you, pretty much academic though at our ages I guess! I too went to Luton School and can well remember Mr Jones, who by my recollection won WW2 on his own and lived at the top of Magpie Hall Road .I particularly remember his fondness for caning miscreants [me] on the hand with disturbing regularity. Mr Sterns was, in my recollection, a gentleman of the old school who rode a motorbike [and sidecar?] which, on occasion, we boys were permitted to kick-start for him. Happy days indeed and I too went to the Match School.

Chas, Mr Stearn was indeed a fine and respected gentleman and teacher. The memory grows dim now but his motorbike was a BSA Bantam although I don't remember it having a side car. Maybe you are right!

Alec.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Invicta Alec on March 09, 2019, 18:20:29
Hi Smiffy,

I can see you are reading this topic. Its not clear to me if the forum is operating fully or not?

Alec.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: smiffy on March 09, 2019, 22:46:34
Hi Alec,

The forum is now mainly read-only, apart from two or three threads you can still post in (this one included). This means that if anyone wants to post something, they haven't much choice but to go off-topic, so sorry if this thread has got a bit messed up. It's all a bit frustrating but hopefully it won't remain permanent.

 However, getting back on-topic a bit, I saw a St.Mary's ABC van the other day so it looks like they are still going strong.
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Post by: AlanH on March 11, 2019, 09:33:56
Hi Alec. I never got close enough to smell his breath but yes he did have a little "MO". Real weirdo who was definitely deranged. When the sun shone (rarely from memory) he was just as likely to walk us up to the playing fields at Fort Pitt? for some cricket practice.
So many memories I really do wish Kyn well and maybe one day she'll be able, with assistance to, to keep KHF running. If only I was more competent in computing. :(
AlanH. 
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Post by: Invicta Alec on March 11, 2019, 22:16:56
Alan,

When Kyn put out the call for help in running the forum I was staggered that nobody volunteered. I wrote to her by private message and made my excuses. While I'm reasonable on the computer skills front, at that time I really could not help.

My health deteriorated and I ended up having triple heart bypass surgery last year. I stopped using the forum and it was only out of curiosity that I recently logged on. It is so frustrating that this great forum will just wither and fade. Now I'm (hopefully) on the mend I would offer assistance, but I don't know if its still possible to contact Kyn.

So frustrating! Maybe someone will read this and contact Kyn.

Alec.

Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: pr1uk on March 12, 2019, 06:04:01
It is such a shame that this fabulous forum as been left to die
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: AlanH on March 13, 2019, 08:47:50
I agree. Absolutely the best forum for gaining knowledge about our towns and bringing back those memories. Let's hope Kyn gets over her problems and someone with time and knowledge makes the effort to keep it going and help her out.
If it shuts down entirely in the near future, my best wishes to all.
AlanH.
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Post by: Mickleburgh on March 13, 2019, 16:10:37
I agree. Absolutely the best forum for gaining knowledge about our towns and bringing back those memories. Let's hope Kyn gets over her problems and someone with time and knowledge makes the effort to keep it going and help her out.
If it shuts down entirely in the near future, my best wishes to all.
AlanH.


Echo those sentiments, the forum has been so useful it would be sad to see it just fade away.
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Post by: Signals99 on March 13, 2019, 17:24:30
Hi all,I suppose some one has to say it,this wonderful fourum has to go one way or the other.
We all have our memories of highlights and wity banter over the years,but in all fairness to Kyn and the membership,is it worth going on the way it is,.?my opinion is it would be kinder to close it completely than continue speculating,will it ,won't it ,with all the ramifications of running a thing such as this,Kyn has obeusly reached the end of her tether.lets give the lady a break and call it a day.
Sorry if this offends any one,,it's my opinion honestly held,let's hear your comments ladies and gentalman
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Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on March 13, 2019, 23:34:33
Hi all.
    As I understand it the reason the forum was closed 25/11/18 was because a fault developed that allowed some posts to be altered by anyone.
To reopen the forum 24/12/18 Kyn had to remove posts made between 15/10/18 and 25/11/18. At the same time many non-active members were removed. Unfortunately members can only post on two topics.

As Bilgerat notes Kyn has a "lot of personal stuff going on right now and doesn't have the time or inclination for the KHF".

I think it is best if we avoid any speculation at this point.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: AlanH on March 14, 2019, 10:26:45
Well spoken those men. I feel the less pressure put on Kyn the better. Although it's not vindictive pressure I'm sure from anyone on here. Close it right off Kyn if you want to and be assured we all wish you and yours the very best for the future.
AlanH.
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Post by: pr1uk on March 14, 2019, 10:41:09
This keeps popping up as unread yet any messages added are never added ?
We know that the forum as been closed down because the people asking to run this once great forum have been denied
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: DaveTheTrain on March 14, 2019, 21:23:16
It is a great pity that KHF is more or less defunct.   I used to check in most days, and there was, most days something of interest.  If KHF rises again it would be great, if not it has been a great forum... and just two last questions, who was the eventual winner of guess the.place, and why did that landing craft fall off of the trailer in Railway street, Chatham.
DTT
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Post by: Signals99 on March 15, 2019, 01:35:41
Well,there you are a crossection of answers,all good points of view,sorry Herb collector but I can't subscribe to the"leave it alone and maybe it will get better" view.Kyn, God bless her,has created a wonderful thing ,that we have all enjoyed over the years,,remember the landing craft in Chatham thing?
I personally will be for ever grateful for the help I received from the members on locating my lost brothers grave in Sheppy,plus all the information I wanted.
Don't want to see our beloved fourum just fade away,let's give it the send of it deserves.dont want to watch it disappear into the mist of time.i have given much thought to this,please no one get offended ,I think of you all as friends with whom I have spent many happy times and threads.
It would be fair and proper if Kyn gave us her opinion,but it appears the lady can't be contacted?
Shuley that alone indicates the way she would want it ti go.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: AlanH on March 15, 2019, 09:20:03
I'll still check in hoping things have changed, but if not and I don't get the chance again, farewell to all especially Kyn. Here's hoping for long life and happiness for all.
AlanH.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Lyn L on March 15, 2019, 15:01:28
Let's give Kyn some time and space to decide what she would like to do with the forum. It's only a few weeks since she had a bereavement and still has personal problems. I'm sure most if not all of us know how losing someone close has all sorts of affects and may take a good while to come to terms with. I'm sure we will find out at some point whether it will continue. I hope it does .
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Bilgerat on March 16, 2019, 16:58:23
Let's give Kyn some time and space to decide what she would like to do with the forum. It's only a few weeks since she had a bereavement and still has personal problems. I'm sure most if not all of us know how losing someone close has all sorts of affects and may take a good while to come to terms with. I'm sure we will find out at some point whether it will continue. I hope it does .

Just to echo Lyn's point, I'm aware that Kyn has just had a bereavement in the family, something that's been coming for a while, but tough to deal with nevertheless. I'm more than happy to give her the time and space to deal with it in her own way. I've also offered to take over the Forum (temporarily or otherwise) as I have the time and skills to do it, but lets just bear with her and let her come to a decision in her own time.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Signals99 on March 16, 2019, 19:10:59
Bilgerat ,that's a very generous offer,thank you,as you so correctly put it lets hope things improve for  Kyn in the not to distant future
I will look in on the fourum from time to time,but just in case I miss out  ,in my abcense.i will wish you all a
Long life and a happy one ,be good ,
Bilge rat,fair winds and following seas my friend .
Signals99
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: pr1uk on March 18, 2019, 09:16:36
This thread keeps popping up yet replies are never added, what a great forum that does not deserve to die like this
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: pr1uk on March 27, 2019, 09:22:49
The forum is now dead not seen any new posts apart from my whinging since last year and no new subjects still it was great while it lasted and I doubt if any other forum can or will replace it. Time for me to stop whinging and delete the once used everyday link
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: smiler on March 27, 2019, 11:04:01
Sorry to hear you say that pr1uk. I, like I'm sure many others live in hope the forum will continue and definitely not be deleting
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: AlanH on March 28, 2019, 09:30:42
I still check in most days in the hope Kyn or a trusted competent member has revived the site. No such thing yet but I live in hopes.
AlanH.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Signals99 on March 31, 2019, 00:36:45
Hi Pr1uk,yes time to wake up and smell the coffe,the fourum is dead,shuffled of this mortal coil,gone,defunct,time to deleat the link.
By' all you guys and gals thanks for your company along the way ,been some good blogs,and some rubbishy ons,all the best to Kyn and family hope things improve for our lady,thanks to all those who have PM me over the years,we lost some good friends along the way,we gained some as well.time to move on.
May god bless you all ,each and every one,
Signals99 signing off.

Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: filmer01 on March 31, 2019, 11:50:22
I have also been keeping watch in the hope that the Forum will be revived. Some of us who had been helping with some minor "housework" for the Forum did offer to take on its running, either temporarily or completely. I have sent a couple of PMs to Kyn with such offers, and I know others have also done so.  Kyn's last message that she had temporarily reopened the Forum infers that she did not mean for its functionality to be effectively disabled. The problem for us is that Kyn is not responding at all, and without her assistance and co-operation no rescue will be possible.

So unless someone has a means to contact Kyn we can only watch and wait, and the longer this limbo continues the more members will be lost.

I regularily check the activity counter at the end of the menus, and am amazed that at 7am on a weekday there can be as many as 100 guests, so it is clearly a popular source, but without fresh posts and new members it will slowly fade. I would like to prevent that, but have no means to do so without Kyn's help and permission.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Lutonman on April 01, 2019, 18:19:21
Hi Filmer01,
I am still keeping a watch on the forum but agree with what you say sad as it is. Things don't look good for the future.
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: lutonman1 on April 08, 2019, 19:00:07
I have noticed  a  ` REPLY ` has been added. Thank you.
I have learnt of your loss, Kyn. May I offer my condolences, as a fairly new --- Luton Born lad..
Title: Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
Post by: Stewie on April 09, 2019, 15:21:27
I too miss my daily drop in the KHF to see if any new or interesting topics had been created / added to. I have some great memories of the forum including attending several of the meet ups at forts Luton, Horstead and Amhurst and the talk by 'Leofwaine'  (I think) on early Anglo Saxons in Kent and even some of the working parties to Forts Horstead and Luton.

I can remember the thorough and in depth analysis of problems by the late 'peterchall' and particularly in the 'runaway lorry in Chatham' and the 'Slip coach' thread there was a gentleman with a well adjusted mind. 'Walking with Angels' challenged us with their mysterious photos in the tunnels of Fort Amhurst and 'Bilgerat' with his very interesting 'cradle to grave' stories of Chatham built warships.

Although there was usually something interting to read on the forum, my favourite threads over the years were the 'Guess the place' though latterly I chose  not to compete, the 'Faversham Creek Road branch line' and the absorbing 'Slip coach' thread which rumbled on for some time and in the end came to some very interesting conclusions as to slip coach operations at Herne Hill, Chatham & Faversham.

I am not sure if the forum is now no more or merely mothballed, but what I would say is that there is a tremendous amount of 'good quality' information contained on this website both researched and anecdotal and it wold be a terrible loss for this collective wisdom to be lost to later local historians.

Many thanks to Kyn and god bless for the future, for creating something that was truly loved by its contributors, not many people will create something of this magnitude in their own lifetime it is a credit to her.

That's all from now, perhaps we will meet once again in the future on a revamped KHF but if not I am glad to have had the opportunity to have participated with you all.

Stewie