Bandley Hill and Donkey Park

By Christian Tam

I went to Bandley Hill Infants 1978-1981, and Juniors 1981-1985.

Great memories (see entry for Shephall that I made).

Mrs Fife

Mrs Fife was my Headmistress for Infants, and the photo you see was taken around 1980 I think, with Mrs Sargentson as the teacher. I’m in the back row, furthest left. Middle row furthest left is Gary Savage, and next to him Stuart Johnson. The little girl in front row (4th from left) is Faye. I’m sorry to say I don’t remember the names of the others. But my friends from junior school I remember (as well as Stuart and Gary), were Andrew Thomas, Robert Burlinson, Mark Ades, Lee Varney. Some girls I remember are Claire Platt, Jo Perry, Natasha, Andrea. If any of you were in my class, please add a comment about your memories!

At Junior School,Mr Revell was the Headmaster. My teachers were Mrs Felstead (1st year), Mrs Samuels (2nd and 4th year) and Mrs Lake (3rd year).

We used to play at the Donkey Park (I’ve added a couple of pictures of this). The first is me on my silver Rayleigh Strika! And the second is of my mum with my younger brother (Matthew). These photos were probably around 1979. We used to play at the Donkey Park all the time. I remember an endless summer of 1982 where the school holiday seemed to last ages. Playing cricket and football, pretending to be the fantastic Brazil team of 1982 (Zico, Falcao, Socrates etc)

Chertsey Rise

The next photo is of 23 Chertsey Rise where we lived (Circa 1978).

The final photo is me in my Alleyne’s School Uniform, 1985. Probably my first day there. I left Alleynes in 1987 as my parents moved to Westcliff-on-Sea.

Christian Tam, born 1973, now aged 41!

This page was added on 23/01/2015.

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  • Dear Sally
    Yes I remember you!
    Yours son’s name was Jason?
    We used to play in the field/wood behind your house. Seem to remember we had a “camp” there circa 1984!
    Can’t beat those times.
    Best wishes to you

    By Christian Tam (20/05/2023)
  • I remember you Christian and your mum Maria and Mathew I used to be friends with your mum I lived in Bandley Rise I was also a dinner lady at Bandley hill now Featherstone wood school for 25years hope your all well .

    By Sally Lucey (14/01/2022)