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Mbeya / Re: Mbeya School
« Last post by BrianTownson on 07 October, 2017, 16:41 »
Hello Val,
Just a quick note to see if you are still in touch on this Site. Very interested in your postings about Mbeya. I remember you well and you brother also. I am in regular contact with Alec Wight. I expect you may remember my brother Keith who is a couple of years younger than I. We did, as you say, used to get off the school bus with Brenda & Diane Watkins, amongst others, at Ifunda (between Iringa and Sao Hill). Others were the Irvines, Maclachlans, Jones, & Ephgraves. You were the star of not only the Nativity play but also a production called Pere Marlot I believe! Hope you get this and others get to read it.
Arusha School / Re: Arusha School
« Last post by PaulC on 07 December, 2016, 16:40 »
Re: tunnels by the river; my family lived at Spring Vale, which was a short way up the river from the school (past the prison).  The soil on the riverbank was very sandy and friable, which made it very easy to dig tunnels, and also unfortunately very easy to collapse...  On one occasion my brother John and I dug one which was luckily near the surface; it collapsed and I had a scary minute getting out.  There were lots of cape gooseberry bushes around there (physalis) which made for a pleasant afternoon otherwise.
This forum / Re: Introduction
« Last post by Froggy on 30 November, 2016, 17:18 »
I'm delighted to see that the forum has returned refreshed.  I've missed it and had just about given up hope that it would be restored from the backup.

Film, Music, Books etc / Despatches from Kilimanjaro (David Pomfret)
« Last post by PaulC on 28 November, 2016, 14:33 »
This is well worth a read for those who lived in Moshi during the past half-century.  KCMC had changed significantly from earlier times, but Dr Pomfret's, and similar figures' input have ensured that its work continues.  From the title description: a series of thirty emails sent to family, friends and colleagues between 1996-2000. It depicts the adventures and life of the author and his wife, in their mid fifties, who left the comfort and security of their privileged Boston lifestyle to serve in Tanzania. The story depicts the beauty and one of Africa's most peaceful and beautiful nations and the sharing of language, culture, and lifestyle of its gracious people. It shares in the sadness of the HIV-AIDS pandemic, poverty, the founding of the country's second medical school, and our own misgivings of acquiring the skills of a new language, vocation and culture at that stage in our lives. It also shares the authors personal view of himself and the fulfilling nature of the work and faculty of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. In short, it is a brief journal of our adventures and love affair with one of the world's most beautiful country and people despite the significant handicap of poverty and rampant disease.
I was lucky enough to be treated by Dr Pomfret in the 90s following a heart attack, and his expertise and professionalism kept me going.
Get in touch / Re: Njombe - 1960 - where you in the area?
« Last post by PaulC on 28 November, 2016, 14:18 »
I was born at the German Mission near Njombe (Uwemba) in 1952, so I assume that it was the local centre of excellence in these matters!  Their website is at
My parents were living in Njombe at the time (John and Dorothy Carlin).
Film, Music, Books etc / Zanzibar Uhuru
« Last post by Anne Smithyman on 15 August, 2015, 12:56 »
HI, I thought some might be interested in the novel I have written about Zanzibar - It's an historical novel covering 50 years from the Revolution of 1964. I lived in Zanzibar with my parents from 1956-1964. Zanzibar Uhuru is available on Amazon as a print or kindle version. It is also available through Book Depository. In the novel I have tried to tell the story of Zanzibar through two protagonists, one an English girl, the other a young Arab Zanzibari girl. I think, anyone who lived in and loved Tanzania, might find this interesting. Regards Anne Chappel (Mbeya School 1955-1959)
Arusha School / Re: The tortoise (kobe)
« Last post by Naomi Wilson on 13 August, 2015, 22:42 »
Our father, Rev'd.William Wynn Jones, inaugural Headmadter of the school brought the two tortoises to the school initially and they were our pets. From where he procured them we do not know.
Sir Alex's mate - my brother Tim informs me, dad gave away, purely and simply because the two tortoises munching were ruining the gardens! To whom the second tortoise was given we do not know. Naomi Wilson (née Wynn Jones)
Youngest of the WJ children
This forum / Re: New Look. 12 August 2015
« Last post by Simon Watson on 12 August, 2015, 19:06 »
Hi David,
The new format looks really good!!Well done!
Many thanks for your answer of today as regards my post of last week, but both seem to have vanished off my screen.I guess this is a temporary thing.
By the way the forum spelling of Soa Hill should read Sao Hill.
Keep up the good work.

Very best,
This forum / New Look. 12 August 2015
« Last post by nTZ on 12 August, 2015, 18:16 »
After six years the old theme was looking a little tired.  This should be a bit clearer, and should work on tablets and phones.

Let us know of any problems you find. Post a reply here, or use the email or message button under my name on the left.

Comments, good and bad, are welcome.
This forum / Re: Introduction
« Last post by David Marsh on 12 August, 2015, 15:33 »
Just posted this in the Soa Hill section, in response to an open post from Simon Watson.  Worth repeating here:


David here - the one and only administrator.  I couldn't agree with you more.

As you may have found I set this site up in 2009 to help handle all the enquiries that were coming from the first (circa 2000) website about northern Tanzania ( in the hope that it would look after itself.....

It's not help by being swamped by trolls, and you will have noticed a lot of spam postings and a members list full of strange people.  At the new year, I think, I cleared them all out, and hope that all the members are now genuine - but many still "hide" behind nicknames making it hard to recognise people that you might know.  Not sure what to do about that.

Still get about 5 people a day trying to sign up, ignoring the advise to choose a username which is not a jumble of letters and numbers, and to make sure your dates in TX make sense. 

I suspect that the forum is not so easy to use, especially for people of our generation (school in TZ in the 1950's), and I have to say that the look and feel of the site is a bit dated.  Your post is an incentive to me to see if I can freshen it up with a new look.  These days it has to work on everything from big screens to small phones, with tablets in between.  I'm stuck a little with the system I committed to 6 years ago (Simple Machines Forum software) so am constrained by what is available.  Similarly I need to update - the software behind that has totally broken!

I'm tempted to take them all down, but as you will see from the stats the Forum gets about 70 thousand hits a months. 1.8 million in 2014.  And had just under 100 thousand vists last year, which is not bad for a website that hasn't been updated for nearly 10 years (the history and the content is all still good!).

Any suggestions you, or anyone else, might have about how to regenerate interest in our past, and help encourage contact between people with that past in common, will be very welcome.

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