Aveley Secondary School

A Memory of Aveley

Omg, I remember so many of you. I started at Love Lane in 1965 and left in 1970. I was friends with Susan Harvey, Carol Head, Jackie Kirk, Karen Harman, Barbara Cox, Lesley Davidson, Libby Campbell, June Tyler, Liz Knapp, Christine Havis, Sandra Glendenning; Janet Hobb, Deborah Daly (these are the few names I can remember). I can remember having two fights on the green outside the school with Susan Harvey and another time with Kevin MaGregor. Then another fight was on the way home to the Kennington Estate with Stephen Wood. You will be glad to know that I have since calmed down and have had a career in the Legal world so couldn't really carry on with 'the bundles'. I also remember Micky North who we were all in love with! Do you all remember the 'catwalk' over the school hall! God help anyone that crossed it whilst a class was in progress! I remember both the Merediths, Miss Close (Library/English) Miss Norman - Sports (we all hated showers when she was around); Miss Austin (History); Mr James (Biology); Mr Keable (Maths) - he gave up on me as I was totally useless; Mr Sidebottam (I think he was RE) and the oldest typing teacher who I think they must have brought out of retirement! I remember Mr Rice who, when the class got too much for him, just stuck on a film probably about coffee beans which is the only one I can remember from our geography lessons. I remember going to the fish shop for lunch. I can also remember being useless at Netball and was in the reserve team for the reserve team so it was very rare that I ever played. The reserve team was me, Lesley Davidson and Libby Campbell. (Libby became a nurse at Orsett and looked after my dad before he died).

I lived in Ravel Gardens on the Kenningtons Estate and my mum's friend was Vi & Bill Appleton who lived across the road with their son. They did later buy the Vicarage in Mill Lane but we moved away shortly after I left school as my dad died and we went to be near mum's family in Dagenham. Never heard what happened to Vi & Bill but there are now new builds where the Vicarage was. I had a brother Kevin Brown who went to St. Cedd's but sadly he died 4 years ago. I can remember the McGregors in Ravel Gardens and the Goldings next door. The Clarks the other side - so many happy childhood memories there when we all played out in the street - it was a different time wasn't it. Mum, Maureen, was the doctor's receptionist at Usk Road surgery.

Well after working abroad for a while I came back and ended up working in London in a legal company. Can't believe I never married or had kids but ended up with a career. Been working as a paralegal for the past 15 years but due to retire this coming February. Life has now gone full circle and I am back living in Aveley Village. Had a walk down Love Lane recently it was sad to see the old school gone. Mind you, there were times between 1965-1970 when I hoped it would just disappear! Big Hi to those who remember me.

A memory shared by Christine Brown , on Feb 4th, 2014.

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Tue Sep 6th 2016, at 12:27 pm

glen.bull commented:

Hi I used to work for Bill Appleton he owned the last house in aveley with the swimming pool he lived there with his wife vi and his son was the caretaker in a school in south ockenden he had a engineering company in west Thurrock called lodge engineering where I worked he had a brother Lenny Appleton who lived in a flat above post office in aveley bill was a good governor a nice man Lenny had lots of stories and was a good character and was always up to something

Tue Sep 6th 2016, at 12:28 pm

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