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In 2001, I received my NCH file, in those days there were very little black lining done to the content, I believe I received my entire family content.
My mother having recently died, there had been no reason for any removal of her part of the content, nor had the early information by a living aunt and uncle that had been the original force for me going into a branch of the NCH been removed.
What was in the file did make me little angry, but much of it was looking at how things were talked about in the mid 1960s compared with the thoughts of today.
"Philip had not shown any unusual behaviour, although he is the only coloured boy in the school."
"He seemed a very likeable little boy, and is only lightly coloured."
This and other comments made me want to show others how times had changed in child care over a period of thirty years.
My answer was the site www.theirhistory.co.uk
Originally it just contained the content of each page of my file and a few comments from me as to how I saw each document, plus a few photographs.
After a little time I received contact with others who had been both in Harpenden and other branches, a few contact bits of information were added plus more photos.
That site now contains quite a vast history on the NCH and its various branchs.
I was then told of a small MSN (Microsoft) contact group on Ex NCH members, which I soon joined, and eventually took over the day to day running of.
This went on for several years until MSN decided not to run the groups any more.
Many of these talk groups moved to a new company, possibly overloaded with the hundreds of thousands of messages and all the old MSN data, we found the service grinding to a halt very often.
I found another NCH branch that had started on a group run by Lefora, the Alverstoke branch http://nchalverstoke.lefora.com/ seemed to be a good format for a site, so I added a new contact group, under the name http://growingupinthench.lefora.com/ from that point this NCH group on Lefora is how you all now make new friends and meet old ones again.
Thanks to you all for adding content and keeping our group going
Philip: A Strange Child - as the NCH thought of me.