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Re: Chatham Tech/Chatham Grammar School For Boys
« Reply #59 on: May 04, 2016, 09:53:54 »
Hi Smiffy - I've just found the KHF site and was interested to see several mentions of my old school Chatham Tech. I was there in the 60s and have fond memories of Holcombe. Re Bill Killen - what a character: his arrival riding up Chestnut Drive all prim and proper on his motor bike with sidecar; his first lesson for new boys writing his name on the blackboard and hesitating after 'Kill' ("luckily for you, it goes on."); his marvellous command of the subject and classroom - a born teacher; did you ever see his 'dance' when he recited "There is no dance in independence"? - who could ever forget the correct spelling after that? I made a visit to the school some years later and was pleased to have a brief chat with him. Lovely guy!
I'd be interested to share any similar recollections.   

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« Reply #58 on: August 16, 2015, 20:19:33 »
For those who remember the Luton Arches annex, you can see behind the lower new walkway pillar the metal/woodwork workshops; with the canteen running parallel to New Road.

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« Reply #57 on: October 11, 2013, 22:00:14 »
Hi Jim Bell.  Loved your memories listed below.  I remember you very well, as you know (I am Sandra Harrod) but you bought to mind a few old names I remember from when I lived in Borstal.  Although I am older than you, I remember well the following;  Dave Beadle and Michael Finn,  oh and of course Maurice Harrod (my brother in law now).  The school as you said was at that time the Technical School.  My grandson goes there now, it`s the Chatham Grammar School for Boys, he is in the sixth form. He loves it.  Hope he realises these are the BEST days of our lives...  All the best to you and yours xx

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« Reply #56 on: June 30, 2013, 20:13:33 »
 :) Sorry Smiffy, I don't recall that name.
Possibly in one of the other classes in the same year.

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« Reply #55 on: June 25, 2013, 19:51:49 »
First letter's right - but it was Bob Smith.

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« Reply #54 on: June 25, 2013, 19:17:08 »
Hi Smiffy.
What is your brother's name?
Barry Smith was in my class....Am I close ?

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« Reply #53 on: June 24, 2013, 14:56:57 »
Jim, your last year was my first. My brother would have been there the same time as you though, probably one year below.

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« Reply #52 on: June 23, 2013, 20:00:26 »
FACES FROM THE PAST

As I gaze into my bathroom mirror,
Staring at my ageing reflection,
I think of my school days, and the boys I knew,
Before wrinkles and greyness, changed my complexion.

Prior to the Pentagon Centre being built,
Military Road was where the buses stopped;
Boys with hockey sticks, and muddy boots,
Assembled in front of the parade of shops.

“Margerums” sweet shop attracted those with money,
Selling cigarettes singly, to the kids that smoked :
While groups gathered round “Waltons”, selling surgical aids,
Pointing out “Durex”, and making smutty jokes.

“Boots” the chemists, could be entered in Military Road…
…had copies of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”:
Boys would cut through, to the High Street exit,
Stopping to read the book, cover to cover.

In those days I went to Chatham Tech.;
Between 1959 and ’65.
I wonder what’s happened to the other boys…
How many are still alive ?

Mark Pickett was famed for his looks, and fair hair;
Terry Lowe came top in his exams;
Mick Chapman played hockey for the school,
Colin Self was a tennis fan.

Paul Antwiss, Terry Bowles and Stuart Donaldson
Played football, on the hard tennis courts,
With Dave Bennett and Malcolm Webb, in the mornings,
Making sure they didn’t get caught.

Dave Beadle and Mickey Finn lived in Borstal,
There was Terry Powell, Mick Hope, Rod Macpherson;
Mick Kiernan lived in Chatham’s Maidstone Road,
Dave Tucker and Mick Best, came from Burham.

Chris White and John Killien had ginger hair,
Barry Hunt, Mickey Allen, and Stuart Petchey,
Mick Burford, Barry Smith, John Hinkins, Ian Wells,
Now my memory is becoming quite sketchy !

Maurice Harrod, Terry Hewitt, and a boy called John Clark,
Many others, I’m finding it difficult to recall,
Yet, I see them when I look in my mirror,
And I recognise them all.

Unfortunately, 50 years have passed,
And I know they would all have changed;
So I apologise, to any I may have missed,
I just can’t recall their names.

The teachers names would be recognised, though…
Bill Killen had been at the school for years !
Percy Surman, and Mr Brading
Helped us sort out our careers.

Mr Rowley for music, and Mr Gaunt
who taught woodwork; and Barry Clout,
Mr Gosling, Ray Turner and Mr Pepper,…
There are several more, no doubt.

I may I have jogged a few people’s minds,
And hope they will aspire,
To think back, to that time in school,
…before we all retire !



Jim Bell...   Canada House (Red) 1959 - 1965

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Re: Chatham Tech/Chatham Grammar School For Boys
« Reply #51 on: February 15, 2013, 16:31:02 »
Great picture, I seem to recall that the building in the centre was used by the 6th formers.

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« Reply #50 on: February 15, 2013, 13:49:15 »
Here's a picture I found taken in the 1990's after the East End was gone and before the rest was demolished. You can see the entrance to the alley on the far left.

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« Reply #49 on: February 15, 2013, 13:24:32 »
Mikeb

Yes, I got those around the wrong way. Rarely had Wilf Tidswell until the latter years, found him scarey!


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« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2013, 12:13:37 »
You're right Lutonman, the main doors were not normally used, but there was a small side door at the Arches end of the building.

I think that perhaps Paddy O'Hara took woodwork and Jim Gaunt / Ralf or Wilf Tidswell took metalwork when I was there. Mr Tidswell was very handy with a 2ft. metal rule, his little corrector! Paddy was most upset when the workshops moved to Luton Arches as he lived down Pattens Lane.

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« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2013, 11:57:29 »
As far as I can remember the blue doors straight out to the High Street were not ever opened. I had Alan Spencer/Jim Gaunt as woodwork masters and Paddy O 'Hara for metal work.

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« Reply #46 on: February 15, 2013, 11:54:40 »
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It's nice to know that that ugly old Technical Institute building has been replaced by something so much more beautiful and full of character.... :-)

I take the point Scrumdown, but in fairness, it could have been worse. I don`t know when the old building was demolished as I had moved away by then. The new buildings (I presume apartments?) look well kept. The two halves at Luton Arches were separated by the East End Hotel and the workshops etc., fronted onto where the bus stop is, a little further down. There was a doorway into this block by the stops but the main entrance for vehicles and bikes was off New Road, as somebody has noted, opposite Ottway Street.

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« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2013, 11:38:01 »
It's nice to know that the ugly old Technical Institute building has been replaced by something so much more beautiful and full of character.... :-)

 

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