South Green Recreation Ground


I had many hours spent ‘down the Rec’  Football, Cricket & Rounders,or on the roundabout, swings or slide. In the early fifties they even held the Carnival on the Rec, I don’t know whether it was Billericay or South Green Carnival.

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  • My parents bought South Green P O and shop in 1948; I was six. Living opposite the park I spent a lot of time there. Children would assemble on the green to play Rounders in the summer evenings.
    Initially there was no play equipment but over the next few years more items were added. I loved the slide and found several ways of climbing without using the stairs. We used a candle to polish the slide to make it go faster!
    There was a small shop next to ours which repaired bicycles and charged glass batteries for the radios.
    I went to Gt Bursted County Primary and left when I was eleven. I failed the 11 plus but found out about Elmbridge State Boarding School at Cranleigh in Surrey. I had two happy years there – in the YFC pig section.
    But then I passed the the 13 plus and had to start working at KEGS at Chelmsford.

    By William (willy) Cole (09/07/2019)
  • I lived in Beams Way, South Green and well remember playing on what we called ‘The Green’. For many years it was bounded by a hedge which prevented many a cricket and football from causing mayhem to traffic on the main road!
    Like many at that time, also went to the chapel where Mr.Hewitt ran clubs and activities in what was little more than a large wooden shed with Mr.Butcher.
    Both of my parents worked in locally, my mother in Balls’ plastics factory and my father at Toolchrome. We used to have regular deliveries of boxes delivered to home containing items from Balls’ which had to have extra bits of plastic, called flashing, removed from them.
    My first school was in Laindon Road where Mrs. Arthey helped us learn to write on small blackboards with sticks of white chalk. Other teachers I recall were Mr.Doyland and Miss.Powell. From there I went to Billericay Seconday School where Mr.Goldwin was headmaster. I played trumpet in the school orchestra under Mr.Drage, and also recall the names of a number of the other teachers.

    By Ian Ashley (09/02/2019)
  • I broke my left elbow on this slide in 1959, when I was seven years old. I had sneaked out to the shops with older brother, having been told I couldn’t go lol.

    By Tony Stacey (20/07/2015)
  • Hi remember this  the equipment was moved to the Langham Crescent Playing field at the time alignment of Grange Road and Southend Road was changed to the present layout. Previously the Grange road was straight and went past Ben Curtis, the Green Grocers.  The present car park outside the fish shop used to be the road the building in the photograph would be sited in what is now the road. My sister Hazel Savage broke her leg on this roundabout once it had been re-sited at Langham Crescent. she used to sit on the middle post but on this day she caught her foot and ankle in the vertical spaces between the pivot casing and the central post. If you look carefully you can see a girl sitting on the middle of the roundabout in the photo.

    I can remember two events at South Green. One time there were Bagpipers marching on the green and the other was to do with the South Green Memorial Hall and that they had just built some raised up buildings at the back of the hall. These were later incorporated into the main bulding either side of the Stage.


    By Trevor Savage (02/05/2014)
  • Yes, it was me on that tricycle! I spent many happy hours on those swings too. Our dog even enjoyed using the slide. When the shelter was demolished I believe the playground equipment was relocated to the field inside Langham Crescent.

    By Terry Lockhart (23/04/2014)
  • Oh happy days! Health and Safety would have a fit if it was like this now. No cage at the top of the slide, no cushioned surface and a roundabout with open sides. But I do not remember any bad accidents. If I remember correctly, Billericay Carnival used to finish up on the field by the Archer Hall. South Green used to have a fete every year to raise funds for a hall. It was always well attended.

    By Roy Tampkins (21/09/2012)
  • I think the young boy with his tricycle by the swings is my youngest brother Terry Lockhart.

    By Robin Lockhart (13/09/2012)

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