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Haydn

Memories of Six Bells Park

Its been several months since I last looked at the forum and reading the latest posts from dragongirl and others I am prompted to ask if some of you remember the park in Sixbells during the 60's?
I was a mere 10 yr old in 1964 and an abiding memory is sitting in the wooden hut behind the tennis court playing 'Truth or dare' with a mate and a couple of girls.
I was so shocked to hear that the 'man' has taken away the slide, swings, etc from the park that I had to go on google maps to see for myself. Wow, what a difference Six Bells is today.  My favourite play area is now a medical centre...the chapel seems to have gone to make way for it too. Can anyone tell me what the structures are next to the nursery school in the corner of the park...that is betwen the bowling green and Llwynon Road?
Does anyone recall that before the school sports pitch was there at the top of Windsor Road there used to be a huge hole in the ground with a derelict house in the bottom of it? I remember the hole getting filled in by using the huge slag heap that lived further up the valley. From google maps it looks like the playing field has been moved now?
Anthony Earl-Williams

Six Bells Park

Hello Haydon.
                       I am 3 years older than you and certainly remember Six Bells Park with great affection - many fond memories, I am sure, for everybody from Six Bells who left for pastures new over the years.
I agree about the removal of the swings, shoot and roundabout!  "Health and Safety" of course. The little darlings mustn't graze their knee, of course! How did we all live then, before the great interference!
Do you remember how we used to wax the shoot to make it really shiny, and then sliding down at great speed?  Also the little compartment at the top of the shoot!  And the wobbly roundabout which went 'in and out' as well as round!  Lovely memories of our innocence!
I had a big shock in 2009, when last in Six Bells Park, to see how it had changed. But the nursey school, opened by Princess Margaret, was still there.
I think we had the best of it - the park, and then playing in the mountains.  I have said elsewhere how disgusted I was to see that the waterfall up on Farm Road had been enclosed by a house. If that got planning permission, I should dearly love to know why!
My father played bowls in the Park - well, at least the bowling green and the tennis courts are still there. I thought the old tennis pavilion was still there. Or is it a new structure?  I am sure someone will know. Quite a number of Six Bells youngsters perfected their tennis skills in those courts, and then proceeded to serious junior championships. You might remember Nigel Thompson of Richmond Road? He got into serious tennis via those courts.
Happy memories,
Anthony
jeffthomas

Six Bells Park

Ah, the memories that you have brought back. It's well over thirty years since I was in Six Bells park, but what great times we had as we were growing up. Yes, many happy hours were spent on the swings, slide and roundabout, and I well remember our games of "outings". hiding from other kids in various favourite spots around the park, often in the shrubs by the tennis courts or, if we felt really brave, through the hedge and down the slope to the greenhouse. All the time we had to keep our eyes open in case the park-keepers caught us and then we'd be thrown out of the park. Mr. Cook was particularly strict, Mr. Matthews was much more friendly.
As I got older, tennis became a big interest, and I played doubles with Clive Bourton for Six Bells tennis club for several years. We never made the first team....that was a far higher standard with people like Bob Wallace, Tony Jones (from Windsor Road) being memorable names I remember. One younger player who did particularly well was Ray Mapp from Richmond Road. Then there was the mixed tennis....Ruth Williams, Liz Evans (who still lives close by and plays there), Pat and angela Wallace, etc.
Great times....thanks for the memories
dragongirl

six bells park

Hi Jeff
       That`s three posts from Richmond Road Boys !!!  The good old days when the sun always seemed to shine and we never got bored.
I was actually in that Guard of Honour for Princess Margaret
the day she did the  cutting the ribbon etc. We were guides and brownies and could not get over how small she was.Really tiny.
   I haven`t visited the Park for many years, are  the Bowling Green
and Tennis Courts still there or have they found another reason to
get rid of them
Haydn

Here are some more memory joggers for you all.....
bonfire guarding against sabotage by Arral St boys,
nicking spuds from Barrels warehouse,
playing truth, dare or torture during the childrens instruction downstairs in the Presby Chapel.
The pop lorry on a Sunday morning
getting a goldfish off the rag n bone man
playing the grand piano up the 3 sisters
very dangerous games in the Vivian
the lovely mam in Bryngwyn Road who gave us all toffee apples.
Drawing a hopscotch ladder in the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!!
Stop me when your bored Smile
I had a look on Google earth the other day and discovered lots of changes I hadnt expected. Still I guess thats progress.

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