Royal British Legion Village
Royal British Legion Village maps
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Memories of Royal British Legion Village
I moved to 71 Hildenborough Crescent, Allington, Maidstone, Kent in 1973 aged 10 years old.
In the nine years I lived there I saw many changes. Parts of Allington were still being built. There were no houses built in between the frontage of the Mid Kent shopping centre ... it was just waste land later to become Foyle Close. There were no houses built lower than than Lullistone Road down Castle Road. The Quarry was there but still easily accessable down the path behind Fordwich Close. I collected many fossils there. Before the Community Centre was built during the 70s it was just an orchard we used to play in. I remember the swimming pool being built at Allington County primary school and the sadness we all felt when told by Mr Williams the Headmaster of the school that one of the soldiers helping to build the pool was killed in an accident there.
Allington Castle was still open to the public then between 2pm and 4pm and there was... Read more
Growing up in Eccles, 1951 to 1968
I lived in the Red Bull from age 6 to 23. I have so many good memories, from playing in the surrounding countryside - the chalk pits, the clayhole reservoir, the woods, the ruined cement works etc. The village infants school down Eccles Row ('Ticklebelly road' - there's a story to that), and I think it was called Sears, a shop on the corner of Eccles Row. The pub used to have a small third bar for off sales, and every Sunday the Winkle van would turn up so you could buy a pint of winkles. It had an Air raid siren on a tower at the edge of the car park and we used to fire catapults at it to get the blades to turn so it would start wailing! I remember the Furniture (?) shop, Reids, Coggers and Southwells farms, fighting Maybugs with cricket bats on the Rec (recreation ground) and so much more. As I grew up, I helped with the pub work, and I remember a... Read more
Lots of Past Memories
I grew up in Eccles, descended from two of the original families to first come into the village when Eccles Row was built. Everyone knew everyone in Eccles in the 1950s and 60s. The local school, St Marks, had two rooms - one for the first years and the second larger for the 2nd year and also for assembly, PE (if raining) and dinner time. My parents, Benny Collins (who only passed away in Jan 2012) and Mary Jenner were born next door to each other in Eccles Row, the first two little 'brickies' huts that were next to the infants school, they had one bedroom, on main room, a kitchen area, wash outhouse where the copper and mangle were kept and an outside toilet. In both there were two adults and three children. Saturday nights they used to go the the Working Mens' Club, or Stoot as my gran Jenner called it, where there were dances and in the 1970s they even had discos there. During the summer, Andrews... Read more
Bunting's Estate, New Hythe Lane
Our first house was in River Way and we moved in in January 1964 with our baby son.
It was cold and being "brand new" the house was still drying out, so condensation was a problem.
Place of Birth
I was born at 27 Larkfield Estate (crescent) in 1937 and lived there until 1949. I went to school first to New Hythe Lane, then to Teapot Lane schools.
I have memories of the war years, watching the dog fights overhead during the battle of Britain, waking up one morning to the sound of 100s of planes flying towards the coast. We did not know it then but it was "D" day.
After the war I remember the Ice cream parlour opening for the first time and all the kids around queuing for our first ever ice cream, then joining the end of the queue to buy another one while still eating the first one
I lived in Larkfield but have very fond memories of Clare Park Secondary School. I only went there up to 4th year as in July 1980 we emigrated to Australia. I can remember the cross country run in the middle of winter and trying to not slip on the ice. I can remember Mr Derfell as a teacher, and old Mrs Potters? gardening hut. And sneaking off to the chippy at lunch time to get hot chips instead of school dinners.
The Barming Boys
The Barming Boys hang around at clair park they are very nice people. Alot say they are the toughest around because they are if they get in to a fight they will always win. The Best one Is Matt he is cool, he cheers people up when they are down.