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Happy Memories Of Bexhill

posted by Julee on 26 Jan 2009 at 2:58 am

Enough of the bexhill bashing , having lived in bexhill 20yrs I have good memories of the pool at egerton park, the hurriccan(1987 I think) :). And living in a town that I knew a lot of people. Yes it has it's bad points, everywhere does!!!

What's your happy memory of bexhill??

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posted by andrea on 26 Jan 2009 at 5:30 pm

i grew up in bexhill and also had lots of fun at the pool, on the beach and at the sidley house disco. no where on earth is without some problems.

Happy Times

posted by dave on 27 Jan 2009 at 1:17 am

I was born in bexhill and we had great fun playing up the old railway and the surrounding woods,pictures on saturday mornings,the swimming pool in the park was so packed in the summer that often you had to wait to get in, up on the top floor for an ice cream from the little cafe at the end,there are many good points to bexhill, the press only ever publish the sensational stuff after all thats what sells papers,many happey memories indeed,I no longer live in england and I can tell you that the 2 main things I miss in life are the country side and the beach so come on bexhill make the most of what you have and enjoy it.

Happy Times

posted by Eve Kiff on 09 Aug 2009 at 7:49 pm

I was born in Bexhill and loved it...
When I was very small and there wasn't a lot of traffic about, a little gang of us would go onto the Bexhill Down and play by the cricket ground and pick blackberries and play in the ditches. We caught newts and played with slow-worms. Later on - we played on the old air-raid shelters that were almost buried in gorse, leaping across the concrete gaps and climbing the metal ladders - singing songs down into the air-pipes. We loved to swim at the Baths at Egerton Park. In those days, people were even allowed to DIVE. Later still, as a teenager - rock and roll at the Athletic Club, Square Dancing at the De La Warr Pavilion, and flirting with the students, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, and French. A really lovely and axciting place to grow up. I now live in New Zealand, but Bexhill will always be in my heart.

Searching Family

posted by Dr. Christa Rogge on 17 Aug 2009 at 10:58 am

My cousins moved from Germany to Bexhill after the war. My Mother died recently, and my sister and I found letters from 1959 written by my cousins who lived in Bexhill and Hooe then.We want to find them, because we don't have much family left.
They are both women, living in 1959 in Sackville Road 28a in Bexhill, one called Ingrid, the other Renate.Renate was married then, her name was Pont and she lived in Orchard House in Pont.
In germany, their name was Brast, but I don't know if they adopted the name of their English Stepfather.
My sister and I would be very happy if someone could tell us about them.
Christa Rogge

Ingrid And Renate

posted by Eve Kiff on 18 Aug 2009 at 9:02 am

I went to the same school as both Ingrid and Renate.

Both were really stunning and beautiful girls. Ingrid married Ray Crouch. She was still living in Bexhill when I left to live in New Zealand almost twelve years ago.

I believe their name before marriage was Freeman.

Ingrid And Renate

posted by Dr. Christa Rogge on 22 Aug 2009 at 6:22 am

Thank you so much for your advice.
Now I am looking for Ingrid Crouch and Renate Pont or their children.


posted by Maureen Measures on 29 Aug 2009 at 8:03 pm

I know both Ingrid and Renate very well and their parents Mr & Mrs Freeman too. Renate Pont lives in Hooe, near Battle and her sister Imgrid did live in a property opposite to Sainsbury's car park in Bexhill, although I am not sure if she still does now. I can get a message to them if you want me to as Renate was married a relation of my family. Ingrind did marry Ray Crouch who is also related indirectly to my family but they are not together now. Just let me know if you havent contacted them and I will let them know that you are looking for them.
Maureen Measures

Ingrid And Renate Freeman

posted by Dr. Christa Rogge on 31 Aug 2009 at 4:12 am

Dear Maureen Measures,
It would be very nice if you could tell Ingrid and renate about me searching for them, because I didn't have any possibility yet to contact them.
My e-mail-address is rogge.dortmundATgmx.de (replace AT with @)
Christa Rogge


posted by Maureen Measures on 13 Sept 2009 at 9:22 pm

Dear Christa,
I have made contact with Renate for you and she is delighted that you are trying to find her and Ingrid. Renate doesnt have an e-mail or a computer but Ingrid does although between us we dont have Ingrids e-mail address. Its too late to call her now and I am off on holiday at 3am tomorrow morning. Renate is going ask Ingrid to look on the Discover Bexhill website and hopefully she will see your message and get in touch. If by any chance you havent caught up I will ring Ingrid when I get back home in 10 days time and put her in touch with you.
Kind regards and good luck with the reunion.
Maureen Measures


posted by Ingrid Crouch on 17 Sept 2009 at 5:41 pm

Hi Maureen, Thanks for all your messages regarding our cousins, it was a real suprise I can tell you ! Hope you had a great holiday, be in touch ! Ingrid.

Dancing Girl

posted by Margaret Lewis on 01 Dec 2009 at 11:49 pm

I also grew up in Bexhill and had great fun
with the students and Dancing at the A
theletic club and the De la warr and also so polo at the pool and I used to exersize horses on the beachfrom a stables in Sackville Road.
we used to spend a lot of time at the A musements across the road from Forte's
ice cream Palour'and the Continental
with the students for a coffee,
great Memories I still go to see my Familt there.

Fond Memories

posted by Derek Taylor on 04 Dec 2009 at 7:24 pm

I moved to Bexhill in 1946 and remember at the age of 5 sitting in a Spitfire outside the Drill Hall on he Downs. I moved away to Boarding School but spent very happy holidaysin the town; I seem to remember the summer to be constantly sunny and hot durning the 50's. I met and married a Bexhill girl, unfortunately it didn't last! we used to go dancing in Hastings and Eastbourne starting and ending our evenings in the Continetal Club; so many happy times. I visit from time to time as my daughter still lives there. I suffered a stroke 2 years ago but still get down when I can. To people living in Bexhill I would say, enjoy every day, it's a great place!
Derek Taylor

Memories Of Bexhill.

posted by jane dorsett on 30 Oct 2012 at 1:59 pm

i was born in bexhill, and lived there till 1982, they were very happy times, i worked at the continetal club when i left school [the downs], and worked at longleys,i havent been back for a long time,and do miss it, would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.


posted by dave on 03 Nov 2012 at 11:39 pm

As with any town it's the people that make a difference,bexhill has many good and bad points same as any town really,I grew up there, It used to take me an hour to do a 10 minute walk down town because I always would bump into someone I knew and stop for a chat, I miss that. cuppa tea good chat catch up on all the news, good memories .

Willard Family Lived In Bexhill

posted by GillIan Sims on 18 Mar 2014 at 4:51 pm

I'm looking for my family who lived on Cliftonville Road in Bexhill.
My gran lived there.Her surname w as Willard.
My cousins surnames are Whitcombe Jackie Jane And Jimmy.
I was born in St Leonards but moved to Nottingham in 1959.
Please email me if you know or have heard of this family.

Searching For Family

posted by Gillian Jane Sims formerly Poole on 19 Mar 2014 at 11:54 pm

If anyone does have information regarding the Willard/Whitcombe family please let me know at; poetreecreations[AT]yahoo.com
I come to Hastings every year for my holiday and would love to see my family again.

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