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Bob Davis  wrote about S.E.18: Impressions of a London Suburb:
“Re: St. Mary’s Church.

Correction to Dierdre’s last post – Bob Hughes was not the brother of Ted Hughes the poet. He was the son of the author Richard Hughes (A High Wind in Jamaica; The Fox in the Attic). Bob’s father had a holiday home, a remote Welsh farmhouse in Snowdonia, up a valley from Penrhyndeudraeth and at the foot of a mountain called Cnicht. A large party of St. Mary’s youth spent a great holiday there in the summer of 1963. David Still, myself , Michael Moore, and the Rev. Bob Hughes and his wife Sheila were the advance party, and one of our major tasks was to dig the latrines in a field. I have a few slides from that holiday.

I can add to some of the names in St. Mary’s Church (some have already been identified, so sorry for any repeats). (Numbers are reasonably accurate timing from the time line at the foot of the screen).
20.18 to 20.40 - In the choir procession – the first choirboy (nearest camera) is Colin Wills. I don’t know the next two rows of small boys but the older two in the 4th row are Alan Copsey (lhs of screen) and Bernie Portis (in glasses, rhs – the younger son of Mr. Portis the organist and choirmaster). The first two female choir singers (wearing caps) are (rhs) Linda Allen (later Curtice) next to my sister (lhs) Ann Davis (later Chalk) who was also the deputy church organist.
20.40 to 20.44 - The next sequence – the procession of the altar servers etc. – leading it carrying the cross is David Still; behind him, carrying the candles, are Richard Maynard (nearest camera) and Paul Cockerill.
Behind them carrying the bible is Will Efford, the verger; the two altar servers are Rod Leighton (lhs) and Bob Davis (rhs) (me). And behind, bringing up the rear is the Rev. Bob Hughes.
20.44 to 20.49 – In the congregation we see a group of three, on the lhs of the screen is Mr. Webb and his wife Mrs Webb is on the rhs; right behind Mrs. Webb is Margaret Cooper (née Maund) and her baby – she was married to Rev. Brian Cooper, and also taught at one time at Mulgrave School. Right behind her is the Rev. Jeremy Hurst and baby. In a pew on the left side are Bernie and Kath Widdowson with 2 small children.
20.49 to 21.00 – More clearer shots of the altar servers previously named.
21.00 to 21.23 - When the film cuts back to the choir procession, standing (not moving) in the aisle, I can make out a few more faces. Right at the rear are two of the team of clerics, the Revs. Richard Garrard (lhs) and Brian Cooper (bearded, rhs). In front of them are two taller young men, Dennis Dixon (rhs) and Derrick Hodgson (lhs). In front of them are Peter Beecroft (lhs) and Graham Portis (older son of Mr. Portis).
At the end of this sequence, a man comes in from the back and takes his place next to his wife. This is Mr. Jack Maynard, one of the church wardens .
21.37 Congregation leaving the church – Rev. Richard Garrard; also Jack Maynard at the back.
21.42 Small group inc. Dierdre Webb and Jeremy Hurst and baby.
21.45 Close up on Brian Cooper.
22.56 Close up on Mr Webb. Then follow much clearer images of various people, especially the servers and some choir members, e.g. 23.30 to about 24.34, including 23.56 to 24.04 where we see Derrick Hodgson, Peter Beecroft and John Webb and Richard Garrard as the cross is carried through the choir stalls, and down to where Brian Cooper reads the lesson (at about 24.54 and on to 25.12).
The communion sequence (at about 25.53) opens with a close up of three priests – lhs Brian Cooper, centre Bob Hughes, and rhs Richard Garrard. There’s a clear shot of Margaret Cooper (Maund) going up for communion with her baby.

The earlier commentary on the film says “We hear that Nick Stacey wears blue jeans under his cassock, but see, in close-up, that he has neatly pressed trousers”. In fact, on hot summer days he sometimes wore nothing but his underpants – I was there once with a few other witnesses when he flashed a leg from under his cassock to prove it.

When he died in May last year (2017) I had a letter published in The Guardian in response to its obituary of 15th May. A somewhat edited version appeared in The Guardian online on 21st May: and then an even shorter version in the printed paper (27th May p40). Nick’s daughter Caroline, who I remember as an infant in the Rectory in Rectory Place, contacted me and encouraged me to attend the service at Canterbury Cathedral, saying she really wanted some Woolwich people to be there, but I couldn’t make it.

At about 30.15 - the sequence of a wedding party outside the registry Office in Market Street – the car leaves and turns into Calderwood Street, and you see the William Street Wesleyan Methodist Church and at the top a short section of John Wilson Street, the street in which we lived (at the Wellington Street end).

At about 31.52. Herbert Morrison; amongst many other key political posts, in Parliament and at the LCC in the inter-war years, he was Home Secretary during Churchill’s wartime coalition government, and after that Deputy Prime Minister to Attlee in the post-war Labour government of 1945-51. He was MP for Lewisham South from 1945 to 1959. For many years he lived in Archery Road, Eltham, where there’s a blue plaque on the house; after 1960 I think he lived over near Crown Woods School. At the time this film was made he was in the House of Lords, sitting as the Rt. Hon. Lord Morrison of Lambeth. As such he was the guest of honour at the Shooters Hill Grammar School Speech Day in July 1964. A photo of him presenting me with the Upper Sixth Geography prize appeared the following week in the Kentish Independent newspaper. He is Peter Mandelson’s grandfather.

Beginning of film. The Arsenal workers demonstration of 1906 and Will Crooks. I am certain that both my great-grandfather Thomas Harry Renville Snr. and my grandfather Thomas Harry Renville Jnr., would have been present. Both were long-serving boilermakers in the Arsenal, and the latter was an active trades unionist who, for a number of years, was President of the London No.2 Branch of the Boilermakers Society.

“Interesting film showing Hornchurch back in the day. Hornchurch is now one of the largest towns in east London.”
ajay  wrote about Cherry Lane School:
“i go to this school im now in year 6 and its nice to look back at my school 60 years agontruthfully i do indeed go to this school”
Chris Brown  wrote about Newman's Butterfly Farm:
“I remember visiting Hugh Newman's house with my father I think around 1963, near Bexley Kent. We walk from the station to his house which was easily identified by the muslin sleaves attached to tree branches in his front garden which I had seen in his books too. He welcomed us in and he spent a generous amount of his time showing us his live specemins of butterflies and moths at all stages, sizes and species all over the house and outside inside the muslin sleaves. We bought some chrysalises of some of the rarer British hawkmoths we gad not been able to find where we lived and with the advice he gave us were able to hatch them out and rear the progeny”
Alan Blunden.  wrote about Beauty in the Borough:
“Such memories. Born in Rathcoole Avenue in 1936; moved to Canon Road (no longer there) in 1937.The opening shot of the clock tower reminded me that I, and later my two younger brothers, did a paper round starting from Jim Saxon's newsstand opposite. Happy days.”
“Fascinating stuff.
I worked at Oak Lane service station in the late 1960s, and remember going to see the odd film at the Gaumont which was on the site where the garage was built. I am afraid we called it the Flea Pit.
Next to the service station is now the Eel Pie Island Museum which features as the theatre at the very start of the film clip, although its façade has changed rather. When serving petrol at Oak Lane I remember it was a casino and the doorman was a mixed-race chap with slurred speech. He was Larry Gaines, a former boxing champion.”
Bill Griffiths  wrote about St Mary's Bay:
“I was there with a year 6 party from Lammas School Ealing in 1950. There was also a party there from Lionel Road School Brentford. I remember we had to bring our sweet coupons with us as they were still rationed after the war. Remember also visiting a farm on the coach journey to the camp and a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. The journey on the RH&D Railway was a highlight.
Ken  wrote about Beauty in the Borough:
“Ah, nostalgia!
Born 1945. Lived in Linzee Road, went to Campsbourne nursery/infant/junior school then on to Stationers. Belonged to the Army Cadets in the Drill Hall. Remember Priory Park, especially when the occasional funfair visited. Swimming Pool was a great place, inc its cafe.

Seeing the youngsters scampering around reminds me of what freedom we had to get bruised, grazed, nettle-stung or whatever without adults fussing over us.

Saturday morning pictures at the Ritz or the Odeon was enjoyable and in teens for evening films. There was also a glimpse of the entrance porch to The Atheneum dance hall and of our lads' local, The Bird in Hand.”

Dave Buckley  wrote about Traction Engine Rally:
“I worked on this film when a member of what was then known as Pinner Cine Society.
I owned a portable reel-to-reel tape machine (as used by BBC reporters at the time - the film was made in 1965) and went to a traction engine rally at Woburn to record sound effects for the film. The sound track was originally on ¼ inch tape, but has probably been lost.
As it happens I still have the sound effects I recorded all those years ago, and I am still in touch with a member of the group who a few years ago sent me a digital copy of the film to which I added a new sound track from the original effects tape and sent the end result back to the group (which is now known as Harrow film makers).”

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