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Tabogganing at Cow Wood, Handcross
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Tabogganing at Cow Wood, Handcross

For generations the youth of Handcross gathered at Cow Wood on the Nymans estate to perfect their skills at tobogganing.
The photograph is not very clear and it is difficult to recognise anybody, made all the more difficult by the wearing of balaclavas! I believe I am in the middle of the picture wearing a pale-coloured balaclava and ready to set off headfirst down the slope.
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Picture added on 27 July 2015 at 11:22
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The present area in Cow Wood for winter sports is now restricted to the wide public footpath area between the hedgerow shown above and a ribbon of trees planted since the attached photograph.
The photograph, which can be viewed by selecting Open Document, is of a young Miss Christine Winsper in 1980, later to become Mrs. Pearce, white-knuckling on a toboggan. The ribbon of trees now grows on the spot from which the photograph was taken.
It is poor quality as it was taken with a Polaroid camera.

Added by David Pearce on 12 August 2015
Was the boy, full face on, standing to the left of the leaning man at the back called Lionel something?

The name you are searching for is Lionel Copeland, and I think you are absolutely correct. Please see the comments on picture #978.
Barry Ray
Added by Ron Cosens on 16 August 2015
Well, you may be right Ron, but for my money it's Christopher Zuidyk.
My cousin Carol identifies him on picture #1424 (just under the left-hand end of the middle window sill). Same ears, same hair, same chap?
Added by Laurence Ray on 24 August 2015
I don't think it is Christopher Zuidyk in this picture.
He would have been too young in 1956! I don't know who it might be.
Added by Carol Viner (née Ray) on 25 August 2015
As someone who did not know Christopher Zuidyk, may I add my twopennyworth by saying that he was born on 29th September 1947, just 14 days after Laurence.
Added by Barry Ray on 25 August 2015
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