Monthly Archives: March 2013

Steve Mills – Coley

Hi Robert – I lived at number 1 Dover Street untill we moved to Wolseley Street in 1956. I got married in 1985 and moved to Tilehurst also, I now live in Romsey Road. and Hi Marcia – I remember … Continue reading

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Robert Neale – Coley

Hi Steve, Thanks for your info, my two elder brothers were teddy boys and I remember them buying trousers and taking them to your mum who took them in to 14″ widths. We moved from Dover Street in 1961, to … Continue reading

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Steve Mills – Coley

Hi Robert. The lady you are thinking of who did the trouser alterations was my mother. We lived at 127 Wolseley Street and her name was Irene Mills. She was married to my father Alfred who used to like a … Continue reading

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Robert Neale – Coley

Hi Marcia. Do you remember the Beardmore family?  I think they lived next door to the Jenkins, but I’m not sure. Cheryl used to frighten the life out of me, coz I always thought she was going to smack her … Continue reading

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Robert Neale – Coley

Hi Pauline, you are right of course, it was Pam, Joan is her elder sister. Their dad, my uncle, was G.H. Marshall who had the oil fired central business in Carey Street. I also have another brother called Cyril, who … Continue reading

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Robert Chapman – Coley

Hi – I was born in 1956 in Reading, my mum was from a Reading family, her name was Rita Cook who married my dad Raymond, always known as John Chapman. They will both be celebrating their 80th birthdays this … Continue reading

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Pauline Winterbourne – Coley

Yes Robert – your brother was at school with me – I thought the head girl was Pam Marshall. My husbands auntie lived next door to that corner shop in Field Rd, and she was married to my father-in-law’s brother, … Continue reading

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Marcia Tegg – Coley

Hi Robert – I remember those steps – yes there were 52 and those bars – Cheryl Fowler used to go over and over on those holding her ankles and Laurie Fowler went from top to bottom of Stoney Hill … Continue reading

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Carole Gardner – Coley

Hi John, My father Leonard Fullbrook cannot remember Geoff Weller, and he was with Spring Gardens Band from soon after the war in mid 1940s and throughout the 1950s. He remembers playing in national comps in London and Belle Vue … Continue reading

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Robert Neale – Coley

To Pauline Winterbourne – my brother Alan was a Prefect at Katesgrove and my cousin was head girl – her name was Joan Marshall. Alan was born in 1939. We all lived in Dover Street No.27. Also – were you … Continue reading

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Juliet Green (Hewitt) – Coley

These memories are amazing to read 🙂 It’s hard to believe this community spirit existed in Reading once upon a time. You’ve done a great job in pulling people together here on your website 🙂 Hope all is well in … Continue reading

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Brion House – Coley

My Dad Bertie House who lived at 72 Wolseley St also played for the Spring Gardens band with Ted and George Watkins. Do you remember him? In the band he used to take us to the Forbury Gardens on Sundays … Continue reading

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Geoff Weller – Coley

I have just found a photo of Coley School Coronation Celebrations in 1953,  where we are dressed as Elizabethans.  Back row from left –  Veronica Pyke, Ann …., Wendy Smith, Pamela Hathaway, cant’ remember, Janice Watkins, my Sister Wendy Weller,  … Continue reading

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Geoff Weller – Coley

Hi Carole What instrument did your Dad play?  I must have known him.  I included a picture previously of myself and Derek pictured in Bright St.

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Geoff Weller – Coley

Hi Dez I used to play the cornet in the Spring Gardens Band, along with Derek Watkins and his Dad. His Dad Ted taught me in order to encourage Derek to learn to play.  They lived with Ted’s Wife’s  Mum, … Continue reading

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Pauline Winterbourne – Coley

I wonder if one of Bob’s brothers went to Katesgrove school, a boy called Neale, (whose christian name escapes me) was a prefect there when I was.  He would have been born in the late 1939 or 1940s.I do have … Continue reading

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Robert Neale – Coley

I was born in Dover St. in 1947 and lived there until 1961 when we were reallocated to Tilehurst. There was a woman who lived in Wolseley St, can’t remember her name, she used to take in the trouser legs … Continue reading

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Geofrey Weller – Coley

A couple of photos that might provoke some memories of other Coley School people. First picture – 1952-53 Primary ‘B’ League: Back from left: Alan Jenkins, …….Fowler, Teddy Lock, Clive Upton, Joey Gibbs, Barrie Harris. Front from Left:  Geoff Weller, … Continue reading

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Marcia Tegg – Coley

Hi there – I believe there were 2 brothers- Robert and Ronnie Chapman who went to Coley school I don’t know what became of Robert but I think Ronnie used to sell papers in Broad Street – Marcia

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Robert Chapman – Coley

I have fond memories of growing up in the early to mid sixties in Heron Way. The community spirit was strong and every one in the close knew each over. Although in my mid 50s now, I do remember the … Continue reading

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