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65 Responses to “Memories”

  • Dave Watts:

    I was born & brought up in Rodbourne at 17 Jennings St, I found this site looking for family information for the family tree that I have started.
    Gillian Spencer (10 Nov.2012)talks about Edith White who was my mothers (Gwen Gough)aunt who came from Bugg family.
    I too remember the concerts,i always got roped into them, in one I had to dress up as a Scotsman & wear a kilt !
    I will leave more comments when I have time.

  • Alan Clark:

    I was interested to read Marilyn Beale’s comments, Although I am one year older I also went to Even Swindon and Percy Street Chapel plus the youth club with Bernard & Philip Mabberly. Anybody else remember them. Alan Clark

  • james prior:

    Quite intresting web site, i attended even swindon junior, westbourne seceondary, schools. and lived in groves street, i do have a newspaper clipping taken by the evening advertiser of the rodbourne mannington football club the team trying on there new kit in morris street. rodbourne not changed much.

  • Your right there pal i was in the front row happy days still see one or two of the players from time to time , do you recognise many?

  • gordy:

    Hi James & Andy. Thanks for your comments. If you can get back to me on secretary@rodbournehistory.org to let me know if you still have the newspaper clipping James and if both of you have any photos of your time in Rodbourne that we can put into our Archive.

    Gordon Shaw-Secretary

  • I think I went to school with what must have been your brother John, Raymond.
    I used to go with my gran who lived in Montague St. and visit your gran,her house backed onto my grans backyard.
    Mr Martin’s son David was also in my class.

  • Lorraine Brown nee Hills:

    I have just found out about this site from Facebook. I was born and bred in Morris Street and my parents lived there all their lives. It was just when I was looking thought the photos of Summer Street that I recognised Sheila Hazell. She lived opposite us ‘across the backsies’ and I had the hots for her brother, though I was probably only about 6. I remember going to stand outside the church to see her get married and she was always so pretty I wanted to be like her. Then I got the shock of my life in a photo taken in their family back garden, there was my old home! I have not lived in Swindon for many years but what lovely memories this brings. I may be able find some old photos as my mothers family the Dixons lived all over Rodbourne and my dad Bernard Hills used the working men’s clubs. Thank you so much for the memories.

  • Alan Hazell:

    Hello Lorraine, nice to read your comments, I am that brother of Sheila’s.
    If you look at the Morris Street Club section of photos you will see a photo of your Dad

  • Lorraine Brown nee Hills:

    Thanks Alan, I left Swindon when I was 17 and wondered if anyone would remember our family.

  • Alan Hazell:

    Hello David, I have just received my Jan. copy of The Brick Wall and noticed your “Seen on Facebook” entry referring to Lorraine Hills visit to Rodbourne. I cannot give you a number for the house in Morris Street but I can tell you that it was directly opposite our old family house, 26, Summers Street as you will see mentioned in the above memories from Lorraine Brown nee Hills

  • Alan Hazell:

    It’s nice to see this website is now up and working

  • gordy:

    Thanks Alan I know you’ve been waiting a long time to at least communicate with us but this is not the end of the story. This is an interim measure whilst our new site is being developed. We’ve managed to track down a web designer who has got the old site working to a fashion to allow people to comment. Our new site will be completely different and more user friendly. We’ll be launching it in the next few months and would welcome any feedback from you.

  • Clive Wilson:

    My Gran bought me into this world April 1943. And I’ve just found this site,yes I’m an old Rodbourneite,although Move out 58,but as said you can leave Rodbourne but it in your blood, me 9 Charles street Gran Mrs Edmonds,mum Ivy Wilson dad killed in war at Arnhem Holland & is in war cemetery in Oosterbeek,but that never stopped me growing up & enjoying life in Rodbourne Even Swindon then Jennings St. Schools where mum,aunts uncles went, St Augustine church Cubs & scout (7th Swindon own) even the army cadets,not to forget the Palladium, Mannington rec, the shops choice of chip shops It was a village in town, old sayings where going on holiday, Purton pebbley beach, there were treacle mines, or snuff quarries there, that’s what we were told as kids?as I’ve seen here names I know & grew op with Ron Jennings, Christin Jones, went to school & knocked about with them, like one big family,the Rodbourne Rockets cycle speed way, always football down the rec, swimming in the river Ray??no laptop,mobile phones how did we survive, school holidays Wednesday afternoon going round the works, or walking across the fields to Lydiard Manor, before it was done up,can’t do it now Housing estates or get a bus!!! Or go fishing at Saddler lake,that brings me up to date my last place I worked it was drained & used as landfill all soil from Thamesdown Drive was tipped there for topping out I retired from working for the council 20yrs 2005 early 62, now in full time retirement, All the best, as I’ve been call Rodbourne Sewer Rat, joys of living near the sewer farm.

  • gordy:

    Thanks Clive for your memories. That’s what makes this site so useful. As you can see we have an extensive photo archive with many photos to add so if you have any family photos or documents of your time in Rodbourne we would love to include them in the archive. I’ll contact you via your email for more information.

  • Trevor Sealey:

    Hi Lorraine Brown (nee Hills) do you remember me I used to go drinking with your dad?

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