Childhood - a Memory of Balham.

I lived in Balham from the year I was born until 1963 when my family moved. I went to Henry Cavendish School and remember the swimming pool being built after a lot of fund raising. Mr Bassett was the music teacher and wrote many musicals performed by pupils. I lived in Rossiter Road, my maternal grandparents lived in Cavendish Road and my paternal grandparents in Kate Street. I used to go to the swings on Tooting Bec common from where we'd wave to train drivers. There used to be a TV repair shop caled Roberts in Bedford Hill and the repair man would often be needed to repair our tv set. Our dlctors had a surgery in Boundaries Road: Dr Jocelyn and Dr Fleischer. They were lovely doctors. I saw Bambi at the cinema and remember sobbing when Bambi's mother died. I used to visit the markets with my grandmother and go to Sainsbury's in the high street where we had to go from counter to counter to buy things. A treat was being taken to the tea shop on the corner under the dancing school. Happy memories.

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Wed Sep 6th 2017, at 9:17 am
Michael commented:
hi there my name is MICHAEL and i used tiiio live at 147 tooting bec rd opposite the rose and crown pub from 1940 to 1968 and i used to work as a porter at wandsworth common railway staion from 1957 to 1960 and im trying to find a ANN JAMES who used the staion to go to streathm hill school she lived at 143 nightingale lane HELP NEEDED the danceing school was NINAS on top of the ABC CAFE if ANYONE has ifo on ANN JAMES please text 07951 200972 and thahk you
Fri Sep 8th 2017, at 10:01 am
Michael commented:
did you know a ronnie and slivia collier who lived in rossiter rd
Fri Sep 8th 2017, at 10:53 am
sue_price1 commented:
Hi Michael

Sorry I didn't. I used to live at the Cavendish Road end of Rossiter. Regarding your request for information about Ann James, your comment is unlikely to be seen by anyone but me.
Wed Dec 6th 2017, at 5:15 pm
Mick Matthews commented:
Hi Michael. Your request for info about Ann James was also seen by me but unfortunately I can`t help you either.
I know how you feel as I`ve been trying to find "old" friends from the Balham area (and other areas) on and off for some years with no success. In the early-mid sixties I lived on the corner of Fernlea Road and Cavendish road.

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