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A Fantastic Place To Grow Up In

A Memory of Bulford

I Lived in Bulford Camp from 1942 - 1958 and attended Wing School. The street the school was on was Bond St. A street of terraced corrigated iron houses, inhabited by civillian workers. My family and I returned in 1989 to see the street but it had been cleared, as had the blocks of houses A-E. The thing I remember most about Wing School is that I received the cane each Friday morning due to my inability to spell. The head taught by just reading a list of words out; no list to learn back then. I moved to Durrington Secondary Modern from 1951-1955. I joined the Boy Scouts and assisted in the weeding of the Kiwi as aerial photographs were being sent to the New Zealand military (their men dug the Kiwi out during 1914-1918 training). Barry Blewden and myself received permission to run a youth club in one of the Army tin huts. The OC stated the only proviso was that the members attended the local church at least once a month. The youth club was really good, we hired coaches from the Silver Star motor company of Porton Down and had trips to Sandbanks near Bournmouth. I met my wife of 51 years at the youth club and remember the names of some of the military and the civillian children. Some of them were; Roger Belsham, Ian Barrett, Kath and Pat Littlejohn, Tommy Phillips, Len Kirtland, Alistair Andrews, Richard Jewell (chico) and Juliet Skeels and many more from the great days and times. I remember that the picture house was 3p to get in as was the swimming pool at Tidworth. Does anyone remember the youth club? It would be lovely to hear off anyone who remembers it all!

A memory shared by Brian Williams , on Oct 19th, 2013.

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