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- Page 86 - Jan thru Feb 2018 -
Richard “Tom” Thomas (JRGS 1957-64) reveals plans for next JRGS Lunch...
Co-organizer Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) and I are planning
an informal John Ruskin Alumnus Lunch for the end of the coming summer.
Within a week
or two, we will advise you all of the date for that lunch. The
reason we did not organise
any event for 2017 is simple:
I have been ill since late 2016, but am much better now.
Richard "Tom" Thomas, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. February 2018 Email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds: As The Alumni may be aware 2020 - the planned date for our next major JRGS Reunion - marks the Centenary Anniversary of our school's founding at Scarbrook Road, together with the 85th Anniversary of the move to Tamworth Road, the 75th Anniversary of the school achieving Grammar School status, and the 65th Anniversary of its move to the Upper Shirley Road site.
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) reports on a BBC TV show with Roger Hall...
A recent episode of BBC One's Antiques Road Show programme featured our old classmate Roger Hall (JRGS 1959-66) and his oyster-farming project in Porlock, Somerset. The show, with host Charlie Ross, was shown on 28 December; you can view a five-minute clip here.
On the fourth leg of its Road Trip with Charlie Ross and James Braxton, Antiques Road Show presented a Somerset special from Glastonbury to Frome by way of Exmoor, including a taste of Roger's Porlock Bay oysters.
John Byford, Camberwell, London, January 2018 Email
Roger Hall adds: The BBC Antiques Road Trip is the latest of a few TV videos that we have been fortunate enough to have had broadcast. Rural West Somerset is a socially deprived area with few employment opportunities. In Porlock Vale, we have started a community business growing and selling oysters both to provide a small amount of direct employment and to raise the tourist profile of the area. So "free" national publicity like this is perfect. You can find out more about us - and see more embarrassing TV clips - at our website.
Bob Aldridge (JRGS 1951-56) finds himself in a vintage school photograph...
In the photo shown above of a maths
lesson - with an absent Mr. Charles "Smithy" Smith? - that was provided in 2004 by
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) and
referenced by Roger Fuller (JRGS 1951-56), I think maybe it
was me at the front of the classroom next to Les Peagam (JRGS
1951-56), in the centre of the image directly opposite Mike Marsh at
the blackboard. The boy behind me is Colin Neale – a star
footballer and cricketer – and very clever too. The schoolboy standing
at the window was, I think, called “Ginger,” for obvious reasons.
Bob Aldridge, Neuvic d'Ussel, Correze, France; January 2018 Email
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) adds: You could well be right, Bob. Surprising what one turns up years later. I went on to become a schoolteacher and probably, at some stage, teaching things about circles, diameters, arcs and the like!
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) adds:Could the ginger-haired pupil be Dave Larter, a star mathematician?
Bernard Maguire (JRGS 1951-59) adds:
I remember all the names mentioned, including the soccer team where I
played beside Vic Bivand. Years ago I had a card from Brian "Bones" Thorogood
(JRGS 1951-56), who was
living in the Isles of Scotland but, unfortunately, I lost the contact
details. I started at Tamworth Road and then moved with the school to
Shirley; I now live a stone's throw from The Windmill.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) updates the story of a downed WWII air crew...
Back in 2011, Roger Adcock (JRGS
about the wartime death of Flight Lieutenant William Leonard Powell
(JRCS 1933-38), aged 22. Powell headed the seven-man crew of JB701, an Avro
Lancaster bomber from 49 Squadron that was shot down over northern
France on July 29th, 1944, after bombing operations at Stuttgart.
"I never give up hope that other relatives will be traced," Janet adds. "By the way, the new International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln will be officially opened on April 12th next year? There is a large, lottery-funded project ongoing to digitally preserve records of Bomber Command personnel. If anyone has nay documents pertaining to JRGS old boys that were in bomber command, the centre would be thrilled to have them at its website."
Janet also received the following email from Susan Franklin:
Thank you so much for sharing your
original research in such an open way. You must have spent a great deal
of time and effort to trace your own father's startling adventure, and
it is a generous gesture to allow all that research to be freely
available. Thank you also for the photographs, the links and the copy of
the article. Thank you too for the help you gave in trying to trace the
remnants of our family. But in fact it is a very small family (as far as
I know), and Geoffrey - apart from marrying my mother in Lampeter (or
just outside it) - to my knowledge never did more than visit Wales. I am
very sorry that I did not hear about the ceremony in 2004, as my husband
and I would certainly have attended. I am now a widow.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA; January 2018 Email
Ben Crabb reports the sad death of his partner Cliff Cummins (JRGS 1956-62)...
I am very sorry to inform The Mill of the sad
passing of Clifford Royle Cummins (JRGS 1956-62), who was my civil-partner. He
died in September after suffering a massive heart attack whilst on
holiday in Italy.
Regarding Cliff's death, it was a dreadful shock. We were on holiday in
Sicily, having a wonderful time. Cliff was feeling absolutely fine,
better than he had in a long while. People commented how well he had
looked in recent months, not that he had looked ill or anything before -
he was just getting fitter from being more active than in recent years;
doing more walking, eating more healthily etc. On the morning of the
22nd September I awoke to witness him having a massive heart attack. I
did all I could but it was, of course, such a dreadful, shocking and
traumatic moment. For him, it was very quick and, despite my efforts,
I'm sure he had gone within minutes of the attack. I stayed in Sicily
until I could get him home - which was a complete nightmare due to the
dreadful insurance company "staysure" and their cronies).
Ben Crabb, Oxted, Surrey; January 2015 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: I wasn’t an exact contemporary of
Cliff Cummins at JRGS, but I got to know him at a couple of JRGS
reunions and at the memorial service to a much loved member of staff,
Mr. Alan Murray. I always enjoyed his company and will miss him. I’m
attaching a couple of photos from 2005 taken at the Murray Memorial
I remember that Cliff was a close or exact contemporary of Ralph May (now better known as Ralph McTell).
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds: Like Paul and our webmaster, I wasn't a contemporary of Cliff - he was three years older than us - but I remember him as an outgoing chap, keen on sports. He was at the 1991 Reunion and we spoke briefly. Many years later he was the source of many photographs that have appeared on The Mill website and this is one from that reunion, with attendees demonstrating agility on the parallel beam: John Carter (left), Ken McSteen, Cliff Cummins, Peter Maguire, unknown, Stuart Smith and Bob Hawkins.
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-66) adds: It is sad news about Clifford Cummings. Although I was not at JRGS when he was there, I do remember Cliff when he worked for Croydon Council. Just a couple of years ago my friend and former JRGS pupil David Guscott (JRGS 1963-65) also died of a heart attack. Anyone who knew David - pictured below - will probably remember that he was an excellent sportsman who played cricket for Surrey Schools and also football, I think. Just like Cliff, David was keen on model railways and won awards for his layouts, which included the area in Germany he visited as a bank manager, as can be seen from these photographs:
David and his wife Iris would attend and
demonstrate their model railway layouts at most of the model railway
shows, including those at Ruskin College and around the country. He was
booked for up to 30 shows each year and had been featured in the
Continental Modeller magazine. These photographs were taken at a
college in Erith.
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