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A Memory of Banstead

My brother Alec (12) and I (11) were at Beecholme from January to December
1956 we were orphans our parents died 7 months apart in 1955.

We were in myrtle cottage changed to Willow cottage by the childrens vote
I choose Willow and was very excited they picked it.

We had 2 house Mothers that we called Auntie.
We went to school outside the home.
We have mostly very good memories, but a few bad.
The children I remember are Terry & Josephine Patterson.
Joyce Bray. John Woods.

I would love to hear from anyone that was there.
Thank you.

A memory shared by Kathleen Jones , on May 27th, 2014.

Comments & feedback

Thu Mar 12th 2015, at 7:46 pm

roger-armstrong commented:

I was at Beechholme from February 1956 until September 1962 but with a gap between May 1956 and September 1957 when I was in hospital. I have written an account of my Beechholme experiences in the book Beechholme a Children's Village published by Banstead History Research Group. I am sad that the village where I grew up has been wiped off the map in its entirety. Although life in the home was tough in many ways, it was a great place to grow up.

Tue Feb 14th 2017, at 3:50 pm

sergeantgraeme54 commented:

I was at Beecholme with my elder sister,where we were ill treated.We were then moved to a Boarding out home. Gayfere House.Tollers Lane. run by a Miss Quigley. We were battered,Abused and ill treated.London County Council and Wandsworth Council destroyed most of the records from Gayfere House.This property was owned by a Greek Shipping Company. Could anybody with any information please get in touch.

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