I Worked At Violet Ayres Lodge In 1977 Prior To Closure

A Memory of Buckhurst Hill

My name is Julie Stephenson, I worked as a care worker in 1977, and Hilary and John ran the home. I worked with Barry and eight children still lived there, Ricky, Sharon, Annie Mcnally, Brian, Carolyne, Jackie, John and Paul. I worked until the closure as the borough sold off the property. Although everyone was due to stay just another year, unfortunately people had to be rehomed. We fundraised and gave the kids the best Christmas we could, and did memory books etc to take with them.
The home was demolished - it was 8 Epping New Road, Violet Ayres Lodge, is now replaced with luxury apartments. My contact details are juliestep1@yahoo.com and tel number 07960 479 496 and I will try and give you any info I have. Newham council should make all files available to people who were in their care.

A memory shared by Julie Stephenson , on Sep 27th, 2012.

Comments & feedback

Thu Jul 17th 2014, at 5:54 am

shazzap12 commented:

My name is Sharon, and I am one of the kids who were living at Violet Ayres in 1977 as Julie has mentioned.
I loved Violet Ayres and still talk about my time there with great fondness. I have often wondered what happened to John & Jackie, Adrian, and Carolyn. Annie and I lived together at Romford Road for a while and I used to see Brian around when I lived in Newham.

I can still clearly remember John and Hilary, and John's moustache still makes me laugh. Everytime I see Jumaji, the hunter in that film reminds me of John.

And I remember all the kids thought the old man next door had murdered his wife and buried her in the garden, and we would dare each other to sneak into his garden and take a fruit from one of his trees to prove we had been there

I will forever treasure those times and the fact I got to live in such a grand and wonderful house.

I hated having to leave, and missed everyone terribly for a long time.

Fri Sep 12th 2014, at 10:45 am

Lenus Sadoo commented:

I beg to differ about this place when I was in there same time as you I remember Jackie Ahmed I remember Brian who use to make busses and had a collection of old spice billy Rolland Anne McNally jerry a guy called terry remember quite a few ppl who was in there I had contact with some of these ppl when I left years later but over the years it's contact the staff was horrible they use to sit outside your room and listen if you talked dragged you down the stairs and make you stand up all night scrubbing pots and pans with a brillow pad or peel a massive sack of spuds to feed everyone I had my arm broke in there in three places and they covered it up saying I did it myself I had boiling milk spilt knocked over on me by a staff and they said I did this myself was in hospital for this and I ran away nearly all the time I had Hilary Adams try drag me out of bed when I was asleep to go church late or early in the morning as this was Easter I was always on the run from the place and my brother terry by the way my name is Lenus I also went St. John's school and there was a pond near it the place was horrible I'm having therapy now because of what those sick b-rstards did to me in there I wake up have bloody night mares sweating and have been on anti depressant for years I remember john ppl use to call him uncle john his breath stank as he always ate a big bag of KP peanuts I remember staff restraining kids but putting them in choke holds I have no fond memories of that place the only memories I have is that the kids was nice in there

Sun Sep 14th 2014, at 2:04 pm

Lenus Sadoo commented:

Oh and also john he stunk the home out with his pipe he use to smoke as well as his peanut breath hated the lot of the staff in there and do did a lot of the other kids that left there who I had contact with years later when leaving there.

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