The Wright Family Thames Street - a Memory of Weybridge.

My mum was then known as Angela Wright and was one of 8 children. Her mum was called Olive and they lived at 32 Thames Street in Weybridge. My mum went to St James Secondary Modern in 1958. Does anyone remember them? She would love to hear how her former school friends are. Some names she remembers are Carol Ugle
Angela Baxter
Carol Smith
Victor Beale
Roy Benstead
John Alderman
Ivan Higgs

Many thanks, Amanda

A memory shared by amanda.berringer on May 23rd, 2020. Send amanda.berringer a message

 Comments & Feedback

Wed Mar 24th 2021, at 8:30 pm
Roy Dadge commented:
Hi Amanda,

I remember both Doreen Wright and Doreen Welland who was her close friend, they always seemed to be together. Doreen Welland's younger brother took my brother to Weybridge hospital when he cut the indide of his knee on the diamond link fence that ran down Thames Street to the Ship Inn. My brother had 15 stiches in his knee and I was always very thankful to I think it was David Welland. It was so sad, that I beleive that he unfortunately died as a very young man.

I have assemblied the 1953 to 57 class which may bring back some more memories.

St James Class September 1953 to July 1957

Rosemary Bryant (left in year 2)
Christine Cox
Janet Chalkley
Bunty Elderton
Doreen Greenwood
Christine Melling
Katherine Pitcher
Ann Powell
Janet Reid
Doreen Squires
Kay Tamsett
Doreen Welland
Irene Witherington
Doreen Wright
June Wines
David Allison
Dave Ayling
Brian Bailey (Bucket)
David Beale
Roy Dadge
Michael Gardener
Michael Gabb
Eddie Edwardes
David Hart
Eric Hopkins
Denis Humphreys
Chris Kates
Dave Madison
John Phillips
John Purcell
Clive Sorrell
John Stevens
David Williams (past 13 plus and left) Fast Bowler
David Williams (with Glasses)
John Stevens

I have also tried to include a photo of St James but it dosn't work. If you would like a photo send me an email to


Thu Feb 11th 2021, at 6:39 pm
Hi Roy my mum loved hearing your message thank you. She’s going to share it with my Auntie Doreen (Wright) who lives round the corner from my mum. Doreen will be 80 this year and I know she’ll love this trip down memory lane. All the best, Amanda
Wed Feb 10th 2021, at 2:01 pm
Roy Dadge commented:
Hi Amanda,

I was a little older than Angela and Victors class but Doreen Wright and David Beale were in my class. They left St James in the summer of 1957 and I left at Christmas 1957.
Others in the class that lived in Thames Street were Eric Hopkins and Dave Ayling. Unfortunately, Dave Ayling died in 1971 of cancer. Very sad, David was a lovely lad. I would often go into David Beals Dads shop, in Thames street and buy a penny ice lolly, sweets etc. on the way down to swimming in the Desborough Cut at the swimming huts. Sometime Jackie Charnler would be there diving of the bridge into the cut, beautiful to watch, but way above my abilities.
Also because I was slow at reading my mother sent me to a tutor, retired school teacher who's house was just above the Beale Shop on the same side.

Kind regards


Tue Jun 16th 2020, at 5:23 pm
Hello I was at St James in the late 50’s and early 60’s and was in school with all the people you have named with exception of Vic Beale who I think was a bit older but didn’t his family own the Stores in Thames Street
Good to hear all of the names from the old days
We lived at Broadwater Farm
Regards Stephen Telling

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