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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last post by pr1uk on March 12, 2019, 06:04:01 »
It is such a shame that this fabulous forum as been left to die
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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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.

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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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.
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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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.
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Life Writing / Re: My name is Alec. I'm a Kent lad.
« Last 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.
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