Memories of Billericay

From an Expat in the Netherlands
By Pieter Shaw

Pieter Shaw

I came across this site completely by chance today and have enjoyed reading many of the contributions. I was born in Billericay and lived on the corner of Mill Road next to the King’s Head pub.
I have memories of South Green School, not particularly happy ones and then on to Billericay Comprehensive as it then was. My time there was not particularly inspiring either apart from the music department of which I have many happy memories. My love of music and music making stays with me to this day.
I left senior school in 1975 and went on the retake my A levels at Chelmsford technical college and then got a place at the University of Portsmouth to read pharmacy. I graduated in 1980 and then registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as a pharmacist in 1981. Much of my career was based at Whipps Cross Hospital in London E11 where I eventually ended up as chief pharmacist. Following post grad study I gained a position as a part time fellow and reader in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at London University and also at the Rijksuniverstiteit Groningen in the Netherlands.
I moved to the Netherlands many years ago and now live in a leafy town in the centre of the country, in many ways similar to Billericay! I retired in 2018, It’s possible to retire a bit earlier here compared to the UK, I will be 66 in September. I now have the time to enjoy the things that I didn’t have the time to do whilst working.
My mum is still alive and lives in the same house where I grew up so I visit her quite regularly and a walk around the neighbourhood always provokes memories of my childhood. My last visit involved a walk along Coxes Farm Road and Outwood Farm Road leading on to South Green, goodness, many things have changed but reassuringly, quite a few have not. Billericay itself is busy and seems to be nothing but coffee shops these days! A far cry from the Billericay I remember from my early years.
I suspect that the folks I knew have left the area but if anyone does remember me then do get in touch, it would be great to hear from you.

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  • Hi Andrew, I remember you too. We were at junior school together. If I remember correctly you had an older brother. I think you lived at the top end of Ganels Road. If I recall correctly there were several other classmates who were your neighbours, I think John Elms and Sonia Patrick and also two sisters, Christine and Jennifer Flack? I suspect these people have all moved away. Back in the late 90s I did occasionally stand in as the pharmacist at the chemist’s on South Green which is now Day Lewis? Quite a few of the regular patients were familiar to me.
    Thanks for the comment and I hope you are keeping well.

    By Pieter Shaw (11/05/2022)
  • I remember you Peter, I lived in Ganels Road and still do. I have not moved away at all and have seen many changes in the area not many for the better, regrettable. There are not many old faces left in the area now sadly.

    By Andrew Treece (11/05/2022)

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