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This hospital played a big part in my childhood. My sister spent several weeks there after suffering a severe cut to her knee in the 1960s, her godmother worked there as a physiotherapist, and not long before it closed, my mum was there as a patient after breaking her hip in 1989. I went there for an X-ray and (...Read full memory)

If you look closely, just behind the R.A.C. sign, you can see a sign for The Green Room, which was a delightful little tea room run by two sisters I think. It was very elegant and seemed to belong to another time altogether. I have a very distant and cherished memory of having a morning coffee there with my mother around (...Read full memory)

I LIVED IN Scotland Bridge Road, New Haw, just down the road from West Byfleet. I attended WB primary school and then briefly the secondary school before I went to Woking Grammar. These were very happy days. I worked from the age of 11 at Dix and Normans butchers in Station approach where I earned a shilling (...Read full memory)

Not exactly a memory, but I can advise you that I was born at Highfield Maternity Hospital in Highfield Rd on Saturday, 28 September 1946. As the local hospital at Rotherhithe, in London's docklands, had been war-damaged, parts of it were not in use, and there were, of course, many expectant mothers in 1946. My (...Read full memory)

My first "job" in England in July 1966 was at The Rowley Bristow Hospital! I remember very well when Mr. Graham Apley came to the station to pick me up in his Jaguar. I worked there for the next 18 months or so also doing work at the Woking Victoria and Chertsey Accident Center. I have been a surgeon (...Read full memory)

I am currently collecting records of memories of members and relative memorabilia of those people who attended the youth club at West Byfleet. If there are any members out there who would like to contribute to the exhibition that will be held sometime in April onwards, please contact me at arfairlie@ntlworld.com or phone me on 01932 343618. Thank you. Alan Fairlie

I don't know the exact year the library was built in West Byfleet, only that it opened the flood-gates for me & I would be the first to campaign against closing libraries, thanks to this inclusion to 1960s West Byfleet. The fact that it was circular encompassed that feeling of 'modernism': I was able to wallow in so (...Read full memory)

I started at West Byfleet CS in 1963 when Fred Goodger was the head master, and a more paranoid man I've yet to meet, but some of the teachers were great! I remember the school very well and so many pupils. I came from Pyrford and West Byfleet was a long way in those days! I remember the shopping centre and Camerasports (...Read full memory)

In 1961 I remember starting West Byfleet School and waiting by this bus stop for the bus to take all the Byfleet pupils home. Straight opposite the bus stop was the school uniform shop 'George C Wenn', everything had to be perfect and we had to wear hats, white ones in the summer and maroon and gold in the winter, we all (...Read full memory)

St John's Church has its own peculiar smell which I used to appreciate during "the long kneel" (communion). Once a month, (or every week) an army of children would be frogmarched from The Langsmead School to attend Sunday Worship. The Langsmead Room now is the only reminder of the now defunct (...Read full memory)