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Born And Bred

My parents were one of the first to move to New Addington onto the Boots estate from Peckham before I was born. I have very fond memories of growing up there attending Wolsey infants and junior schools, moving onto Fairchildes secondary modern school, (didn't pass the 11 plus) opting out of evening classes to go to the Hilltoppers club. I loved every minute of it. One of my sisters was involved in the Carnival and the organising of the begining of the Hilltoppers and the pictures (cinema) that was held at the community centre. I eventually moved away on marrying a thornton heath man, not a good move!! Visit NA occasionally and feel much at home, although some seem to think it not a good place, what is!!!

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A memory of New Addington in Surrey shared on Friday, 30th April 2010.

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RE: Born And Bred

I too remember the Hilltoppers even though I was very young, my dad used to work there. He was also the projectionist at the pictures both on a Thursday evening and Saturday morning for the kids. Both my parents were involved with the community centre for many years. Tombola was a major part as my mum became treasurer and sold the bingo tickets and dad called the numbers. Many many happy memories of all the activities at the ACA and the highlight of the year was the carnival in which I took part many times.

Comment from Barbara Willis on Monday, 9th July 2012.

RE: Born And Bred

You didn't say how old you were Barbara, but my mum and dad ran some of the activites at the ACA inc. Bingo, and dad was also a projectionist, in fact it started up in the early 60's along with Sunday discos, always with a live group. I remember New Addington fondly; it was a clean and safe place to live and I enjoyed Fairchildes School. It's kids having kids nowadays and nobody wants to put themselves out to organise activities. Shame, they miss out so much just watching TV or playing on the latest gadget.

Comment from Kay Richards on Sunday, 26th August 2012.


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