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I had happy memory in Pagham my dad was the steward of the club, all the railway carriages as our bed rooms, full size billiard table that i spent hours on when club was closed. All the visitors in the summer remember most of the were from London.

My late mum was part owner of the Funland Arcade and I worked there evenings, doing repairs to the 'Allwins' penny amusements and counting pennies etc. I worked on her deckchair stand on the beach and also sold ice cream on the beach and in her café. I crewed the pleasure boat The Pagham Queen, she kept me very busy (...Read full memory)

I first attended this camp in 1954 as a baby of 10 months of age and my first experience of the sea was with my father at that tender age. I attended for at least the next 10 years and learned to swim in the sea at Pagham and often played in the penny arcade and in the dunes behind the (...Read full memory)

In 1955, my mum owned the Beach Deckchair stand and the Penny Arcade named Funland. I worked on the beach chairs, and the Arcade in the evenings during the summer holidays. I recall that the bungalow next to the stand was called Laughing Waters and the elderly lady owner, had charge of her son's car in her garage; (...Read full memory)

Holidayed on Pagham beach as a young child in the late 1950s. Somewhat dilapidated bungalow with outside toilet called Sand Toy (now vastly different). Remember going to the amusements and paying 3d to ride on Muffin the Mule, and put pennies in the one armed bandits (some still there). Rode on trays down the dunes behind (...Read full memory)

I too have lovely memories of Church Farm, we used to take our daughter there in the 1980s, staying in a friend's caravan in the Salting. We made some good friends. My daughter had such fond memories of the place that she continues to visit there, and in fact this year my daughter, myself and my beautiful new granddaughter are (...Read full memory)

I have just booked a holiday to Church Farm Caravan Site for May 2011 and the reason for this is I used to holiday there every year from 1975 to 1979. My parents had a caravan on the Saltings I think it was number 11. We used to driver there in my dad's Ford Zephyr car and I can still remember the (...Read full memory)

As a child in the fifties I remember staying at 'Elasrofton' on West Front Road and getting very tired pedalling the pedaloes shown around the lagoon. For a small boy they definitely had 'windage' and the Lagoon often had lots of wind. I like the fact that the name of the bungalow I stayed in has not changed and I (...Read full memory)

Following on to the mention of Jessie Booth and husband who lived at Waverley in Lagoon Road - I had the pleasure of knowing husband George Booth (the General) as also called, whilst serving my apprenticeship with the Electricity Board at the Bognor depot, 1963 to 1968. George was a really nice guy, so easy (...Read full memory)

I first came to Pagham in 1965, we used to holiday at Church Farm Caravan Site and in those days it was run by John and Shirley Romaine. I have fond memories of Buster and Cocker from my Church Farm Days and I remember old Tom the gas man and the Jack, the guy who used to hire out the Social Cycles! My parents (...Read full memory)