Roger Fuller (JRGS 1951-56) reports sad death of Vic Bivand (JRGS 1951-56)...
eldest son, my wife Anne and I attended the funeral on the third of this
month in Whitstable of Vic Bivand, pictured left at the
in September 2009. Vic and I were at Ruskin together from 1951 to 1956.
He was the most popular boy of our year and the best all-round sportsman
in the school. He starred at football, cricket, basketball and
athletics. He was, incidentally, popular with the staff, including Mr.
"Smut" Smith, Mr. Warne and others, in spite of testing them
and their patience further than one imagines possible.
Roger Fuller, Basingstoke, Hants, April 2019 Email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds: Back in September 2007, Roger Fuller shared some fond memories of his long-time friend. They related to music master Mr. Hancock who, because of his short sight and thick glasses, was nicknamed - probably by Vic Bivand - as "Squint." "Like a number of his colleagues, 'Squint' wore a gown in class," Roger recalled. "Some of the worst behaved class members, including Bivand and myself, would use chalk to play a game of noughts and crosses upon his gown as he moved around the room. Cruel sport, but daring as we saw it. That was over 60 years ago. Wrong it may have been, but happenings such as these were a part of what actually made schooldays the happiest of one's life."
Roger Searle (JRGS 1959-66) discovers two vintage images from the Sixties...
When I was sorting through my mother's house after her death last year I
came across these two photos from JRGS school days. One is a class photo
of 1959/60's Form 1H with Mr. Hancock, and the other taken in
1962/63's Class 5U by
Tommy Thompson. They brought back fond memories that I had completely
BACK ROW: Richard Humphries; Rodger Holcolme; Andrew Robertson; unknown; McKinnon; Francis Harrison (?); unknown; Paul Graham.
MIDDLE ROW: Roger Searle; Bob White; Derek Smith; unknown; Holding; unknown; Kenneth Collins; John Melton; Kenneth Grant; Malcolm Lyons; John Byford; John Shrimpton; Mr. Hancock, form master.
FRONT ROW: Donald McLeish; Stephen Rawlings; Roger Hall; Peter Wilson; Ian Knight; Robert Seward; Julian Smalley.
BACK ROW: Geoffrey Farmer; Mel Lambert; John Heslop; Michael Hollidge (?); Peter Tomkins; Stephen Lander.
FRONT ROW: Derek Smith; John Byford; Roger Searle; Julian Smalley; Paul Graham - all former 1H pupils.
Roger Searle, Newcastle upon Tyne, April 2019 Email
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds: Wow, never before seen! Not much help, but I have made a start with two full names, one surname and one possible correction on the 1H list. At least two more faces are familiar and will give it more thought. (And proof that we had to wear short trousers!)
BACK ROW: unknown; unknown; unknown; unknown; unknown; (Looks like Francis Harrison); unknown; Paul Graham.
MIDDLE ROW: Roger Searle; unknown; Derek Smith; unknown; unknown; unknown; unknown (Kenneth Collins); unknown; unknown; unknown (Lyons); unknown (John Byford); unknown; Mr. Hancock.
FRONT ROW: Martin Loveday; unknown; Roger Hall; unknown; unknown; Robert Seward (?); Julian Smalley.
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds:
Both photos are new to me as well. Thanks, Roger, for unearthing them. Could the missing 5U name be Michael Hollidge?
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds: The lower 5U image is charming and just as I remember several participants. Julian Smalley, in particular, had a wicked smile, I recall, while John "Biffo" Byford was always up to mischief! I also note that several of us are wearing the new-style school badge on our blazer top pockets, while Paul Graham looks to be sporting the older, square design. Also, one or two are sporting the newer, wider ties - Terylene? - and others (myself included) favour the older, slimmer version with a more narrow stripe. Does anybody recall who the photographer was? Roger mentions Tommy Thompson, which doesn't ring any bells.
(JRGS 1959-66) adds:
Absolutely fascinating! I was in 1G so not all the faces are familiar. I
agree with most comments so far. Definitely Francis Harrison, as
we were often confused.
Colin Taylor (JRGS 1959-64) adds: Looking at the top photo of 1H, I think the two tall boys either side of Roger Holcombe are Richard Humphries (left) and Robertson (right). Keep up the good work!
Roger Hall (JRGS 1959-66) adds:
Well, as we are already partially immersed in nostalgia looking at the
1H photograph, Mr. Grant Harrison with one sentence and a question takes
us all completely back into our 11-year old culture of 60 years ago.
Bob White (JRGS 1959-67) adds: I have more names to update the
which I have no recollection of seeing before.
Front row: Forth and fifth from left are Pete Wilson and Ian Knight. Middle row:
Fifth from left is Holding. Back row: Fifth from left is McKinnon.
(JRGS 1959-66) adds:
Front left with grey socks, on the opposite end to Julian Smalley, is
lived on Ballards Estate near to the path that joined it to Monks Hill.
I am 99% sure it is him.
Roger Hall (1959-66) is filmed by German TV for an unusual documentary...
Regarding the planned lunch in early May to discuss next year's JRGS Centenary Reunion - see entry
below - I may well pop
along from sunny Somerset. I’ll chat to my social secretary (Di!), and
let Ian or Tom know.
Roger Hall, Porlock, Somerset, March 2019 Email
RH Adds: And here are two images we secured during the documentary filming by Spiegel-TV.
Incidentally, just before the German film crew arrived at
our house, my wife, Di, asked me if we were going to offer them tea and
coffee. "If so" she said, "I had better put away your Dad’s Army
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1959-65) announces JRGS Reunion planning lunch...
An informal lunch to discuss plans for next year's
JRGS 2020 Centenary Reunion of ex-Ruskin alumni, staff and
friends will be held at the usual venue of
The Surprise pub, 105 Upper Shirley Road, Croydon CR0 5HF, on
Thursday, 2nd May 2019 at 12.30 for 13.00.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds: As many of you are aware, 2020 is the planned date for our next major JRGS Reunion. It marks the Centennial Anniversary of our school's founding at Scarbrook Road, Croydon, in January 1920, together with the 85th Anniversary of its move to Tamworth Road, the 75th Anniversary of the school achieving Grammar School status, and the 65th Anniversary of its relocation to the Upper Shirley Road site, close to The Surprise.
Ian Macdonald adds: The original link to Richard “Tom” Thomas included above was faulty and is now corrected. If you had tried that link to respond about attending the lunch, please use it again. Also note that we have extended the deadline to 23 April.
Your Webmaster recalls guitar-playing school chums from the Sixties...
The other day I came across a
on Facebook of American guitarist Neil
Levang playing "Ghost Riders In The Sky" on The Lawrence Welk Show
in 1960. I also remember a guitar version by The Ramrods, recorded in
late 1960 and featuring the sounds of mooing cattle, bronco cheers and
cracking whips. The song made it into the UK Top 10, and was covered by
UK band The Scorpions.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, USA; March 2019 Email
(JRGS 1959-66) adds: What an amazing old clip featuring an
original Fender Strat and what looks like segregated white musicians,
complete with statuesque chorus.
Robert Seward (JRGS 1959-63) adds: I remember it well and still have black and white photos of the trio! In fact, I can remember playing synchronised chords because we couldn't do all the chord sequences! One did C and Am, and another did F and G7. I've still got about 14 guitars - and rarely play them - but still do open-mic nights once a month. Good days!
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds: Great story! It brought back memories of Grant and Rob bringing the Sound City Five to play at the St Edward's Youth Club in New Addington.
Roger Hall (JRGS 1959-66) adds: Lovely memories. Sadly, I never played a musical instrument while at school - only pencils and biros on any object I could tap on when doing my homework ... or not doing my homework!
ML Adds: And here are the images I refer to above, taken at my parent's house. Grant Harrison is pictured on the left, and Bob Seward on the right.
Grant Harrison adds: Great photos. I don't remember what the make of my guitar was, but it tuned well. I then traded it for an Egmond bass guitar first used with the Sound City Five.
Terry Weight (JRGS 1959-66) reports on a BBC article about Roy Hodgson...
I have just
spotted an article on the BBC Sports
Roy Hodgson (JRGS 1958-65). Titled "The Premier League's oldest
manager - by those who know him best," the article by Simon Stone
recalls Roy's managerial career, and his current success as the Crystal
Palace boss - his fifth Premier League club.
Terry Weight, Herefordshire; February 2019 Email
Brian Weller (JRGS 1957-64) reports on a BBC article about John Ruskin...
I truly enjoy catching up with all the news of my old school from the
regular postings on The Mill.
Brian Weller, Willits, CA, USA, February 2019 Email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds: A new exhibition at Two Temple Place in London focuses on John Ruskin's influence on Victorian culture, while also exploring his contemporary legacy. According to the venue's website, The Power of Seeing, which opened on 26 January and runs until 22 April, 2019, "showcases significant objects from Sheffield’s Guild of St George Ruskin Collection whilst also drawing on the rich collections of both regional and national public museums and galleries." Newly commissioned works including site-specific installations by Timorous Beasties and Grizedale Arts, a new moving-image piece by Dan Holds worth; contributions from artists Hannah Downing and Emilie Taylor also will be featured. The exhibition will be complemented by a further exhibition continuing the bicentenary celebrations at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, from 29 May to 15 September. Formerly known as Astor House, the venue is located on Temple Place near London's Victoria Embankment, one minute's walk from Temple station on the District and Circle underground lines.
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