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Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports on the sad death of Anthony Hasler ...
have just heard from his oldest son, Andy, that Anthony John Hasler (JRGS
Schoolmaster 1960-72) - pictured left - sadly passed
16th September 2017 "having been suffering from dementia over the past
two or so years, with a significant decline over the past nine months."
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA; September 2017 Email
Colin Taylor (JRGS 1959-64) adds: Very sad news - I remember him as a nice guy.
Brett (JRGS 1959-66) adds:
I was sad to hear of the
passing of Anthony Hasler. He had a great impact on the direction of my
life. In the sixth form when the school got a trampoline he spent many
of his lunch hours coaching myself and another pupil - I believe it was
David Orange - and this motivated me to become a physical
education teacher. A previous pupil had gone to Madeley College of
Education, one of the 10 wing PE colleges, and Mr. Hasler recommended
this to me. He was very encouraging and allowed me to assist him in
teaching lower form classes during the year in my free periods.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports on Palace appointment for Roy Hodgson...
News broke yesterday/12th
September that Roy
Hodgson (JRGS 1958-65) (pictured right) has been named as the new manager at
Crystal Palace FC, to replace Frank de Boer after just four Premier
League games in charge of the club. As The Independent reported, the former England manager is ready to step in after being
out of work for 15 months, and "is set to become the latest former England manager to take
over at Selhurst Park after chairman Steve Parish's patience with
Dutchman De Boer wore out." According to a news item, "De Boer was working with limited resources and a squad that had been
thinned out by those above him."
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA; September 2017 Email
Karl Wingett Smith (JRGS 1946–1951) adds:
Hmmm! I reckon Roy has quite a task ahead for him. The last time I
attended a Palace game was during my time at JRGS; at that time they
were at the bottom of the Third Division with likelihood of relegation
to the Fourth. Is history repeating himself?
Cliff Preddy (JRGS 1963-65) recalls schoolmasters from his time at the school...
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) and I
were in touch recently. I mentioned that we were fortunate to have been
taught by three particular masters - Messrs. Pearce, Chaundy
and Cripps - when we were A-Level students together at JRGS
in the two school years 63/64 and 64/65. Paul agreed and suggested I
write down for The Mill a few fond and grateful memories.
I played football for the First
Eleven in both of my years at JRGS, and was team captain in the Upper
Sixth. Ian Paye was captain during my Lower Sixth, and I found
myself playing alongside other older boys such as Michael Noakes,
Stuart Smith and Rod Simmons when they were taking a term
of third-year-sixth (for Oxbridge entrance exams?). During my time in
the Upper Sixth, quite astonishingly with hindsight, the First Eleven
that I played with on Wednesdays included Roy Hodgson, Bob
Houghton, Lennie (Rob) Lawrence and Steve Kember.
(Steve was the stand-out player. He was younger than the rest of us, but
debuted for the First Eleven whilst a fourth former! Barry Tyler,
an outstanding athlete and games player in the year below me, was a first-team regular from fifth form onwards.)
At 18, I mostly fantasised
about playing for England at football, perhaps occasionally about
becoming a renowned academic - but my working life took a different
direction. I gave up Maths after taking a BSc and MSc at Bristol
University, and was taken on as the first graduate recruit by a start-up
software company called Logica. This was a case of being in the right
place at the right time; when I left in my late-Forties Logica employed
thousands and operated around the world. The last 15 years or so of my
career were spent in what has come to be known as “portfolio mode”,
acting in non-executive roles at a number of IT companies. I retired
completely from business in 2013 and am enjoying a quieter life that
doesn’t involve putting on a suit most mornings.
Cliff Preddy, Maldon, Essex; May 2017 Email
John Walker (JRGS 1958–1965) adds: I don't really remember Cliff, but what a great piece he posts, rekindling many a memory in an affectionate and accurate way!
Karl Wingett Smith
(JRGS 1946–1951) adds: Elsewhere on The Mill I have
written some of my JRGS
about being taught Pure Maths by Mr. "Puncher" Pearce and Mr.
Ronald Alexander; Physics by Mr. Chaundy; Applied Maths by
Mr. Stanley Evans; English by Messrs. "Wally" Cracknell and
George Manning; French by Mr. Jerry Myers (later head of
John Newnham School); and History by Mr. "Stinker" Cresswell
(so-named because he wore that rare thing in those days, a men's
David Larman (JRGS 1953-60) recalls his schooldays and time as a teacher...
well as attending John Ruskin Grammar School during the late Fifties, I
also taught mathematics there whilst I was waiting to go to University
College, London. I also came back to give the speech at prize-giving day
in the 1970s. I remember the fund raising campaign to obtain an organ
for the school. Is it still there?
David Larman, London; May 2017 Email
I found the above image of David Larman on his Facebook page.
Bob Hyslop (JRGS
After reading this new website entry I went checking using a 1958 Speech
Day Programme I've kept since then. I noticed The Mill doesn't
have a copy on the site and so I'll forward a scanned version. [It is
here - ML.]
Nick Anderson also supplied the following images taken at the Biggin Hill
Airshow in the mid-Sixties. And, yes, I was also an avid "Aircraft
Anorak" during that period, constructing many Airfix and Revell models.
And finally, only because it's such a good
image, here is a Sixties color slide from Nick Anderson of a Bristol Bloodhound
surface-to-air missile - "Blokes with binocular cases and interested
boys, often clambering over equipment to get up close," as Nick points
out. Developed during the 1950s as the UK's main
air-defense weapon, according to Wikipedia it was in large-scale
service with the Royal Air Force, and the forces of four other
countries, including Australia.
However, Biggin Hill Festival of Flight returns on the 19th and 20th of August, 2017; the fourth year of the show in its new guise has been extended to two days, and this year celebrates the airport's centenary. The flying display line-up includes the Belgian F-16 and the Patrouille de France aerobatic team, together with participation by the Czech Air Force, The Red Arrows, Typhoon and Wingwalkers, the Great War display team. More
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) reports on his post-Ruskin teaching experience...
In response to a recent enquiry from
Carole Roberts (JRHS 1974-78), who joined the school in its first
year of the comprehensive intake and, incidentally, was looking for more
information on music teacher Mr. Vernon Rees, I have been
thinking back to my time as a teacher in a secondary school, and the
role we played prior to and during the examination process.
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks; May 2017 Email
Ian Butterworth (JRGS/JRHS master 1963-80) reports on sad death of Dr. James...
As reported in a recent edition of The South Wales Evening Post, Dr. Thomas Terry James passed away on 22nd October, aged 83, in his native Wales, with a Service of Thanksgiving held on 5th of November at St. Peter's Church, Carmarthen. Dr. James joined the school in September 1965 from Selhurst Grammar School for Boys, and departed in July 1973. He lived in Los Angeles for several years, writing film music, but returned to South Wales in later years.
Born in Kidwelly, Dr. James lived on the outskirts of Carmarthen at Cwmffrwd and in Ferryside, along with London - where, reportedly, he lived at The Savoy hotel for almost 15 years - along with time in Los Angeles. His later years were spent living in Bolahaul Road, Carmarthen.
This is the front page of the
Order of Service for his Memorial
Service held after a private funeral; I hope that The Alumni can make out the wonderful caricature of Terry
conducting. We had kept in contact over the years and I know that he had
been unwell for some time.
Ian Butterworth, February 2017 Email
Colin Peckham (JRGS 1967-73): A Channel Four Wales/S4C video tribute in Welsh can be found on Facebook. It contains various silent video footage from TV interviews, plus Dr. James playing the piano at home.
Paul Johnson (JRGS 1965-73) adds:
I was really very sad to hear the news, as "Docco" was ... well ... just
"Docco", a massive character and a quite unique person and teacher.
ML adds; The Latin motto on the Order of Service included above - "Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis" - translates as follow: "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them." A fitting tribute, I suggest. (Incidentally, for the Latin translation I used Eprevodilac.com.)
Paul Johnson replies: Have been further Googling Dr. James, and I don't think I'd realised just how fortunate I'd been to be taught music by this man, who many thought had a screw or two loose. I found this entry from The University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the occasion of his receiving a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa degree in May 1988, and which includes a tribute: "For some composers, and Terry James is one of these, music is a reaching out in love. This helps explain why his composition for Julius Caeser: A Work in Progress is more than a supremely effective piece of theatrical music: it is eminently capable of standing alone, as are all of his compositions. Just one of the many amazing things I found. He also has a Wiki entry ... but it's in Welsh!
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