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Lack of space prevents our including the following
items on the main News Page, but here are some interesting
events/comments from the past several months.
Roy Wilkes (JRGS 1960-65) unearths an interesting item of memorabilia...
I thought the Alumni might be interested in this image of my cycle pass that I came across a little while ago. I had it from my start at JR; it's not exciting but just a memento. Click in the thumbnail to view a larger image.
I was at the school from September 1960 to April 1965, when I left from LV1ScA to Mr. "Sam" Chaundy’s supportive comment that “… industry is crying out for tea boys.”
The Mill is a good site. I'm so sorry about the demise of the Shirley site and the changes thereafter that have destroyed what was there.
My current base - and for the last 30 years - is a village called in Norfolk where my second wife, our daughter and I have a small equestrian property/business.
Roy V. Wilkes, Filby Norfolk; September 2016 Email
Roger Hall (JRGS 1959-66) reports on reactions to his oyster-farming project...
Further to my recent
item about oyster farming, and my becoming a director of Porlock
Futures, a community interest company that we hope will harvest and sell
between 300,000 and 500,000 oysters per year, it looks likely that in
the very near future I will become a famous national oyster personality!
Roger Hall, Porlock, Somerset; September 2016 Email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports on a Ruskin Reunion in San Francisco...
On Thursday of last week my partner Merelyn Davis and I traveled north
to The City by The Bay to celebrate my birthday this past Saturday, and
to visit the re-opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/SFMOMA, while
spending time with two alumni: Martin Preuveneers (JRGS 1958-65) and John
Cobley (JRGS 1958-65) with their respective wives, Maxine and
On Sunday we journeyed into the city to visit SFMOMA, and lunch with Evelyn and John Cobley, together with
Martin, who travelled across the Bay by ferry from Alameda.
Evelyn, John, Merelyn and I had time before lunch to tour some of
the interesting photographic exhibits in the enlarged galleries,
sharing impressions of vintage images from the museum's permanent collections, together
with iconic shots from the past several decades. We also found time to
wander through a couple of rooms containing abstract paintings and
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA; August 2016 Email
Colin Taylor (JRGS 1959-64) reports on a recent reunion with Tony Charles...
This picture was secured at a recent
reunion with - on the left - Tony Charles (JRGS 1959-65) plus our
respective wives Dorn and Sandy in Rotorua, New Zealand, on 12th of August, 2016. Tony and I both
grew up in Norbury and went to Norbury Manor Infants and Juniors
together, before joining Ruskin in 1959.
Colin Taylor, Rotorua, New Zealand; August 2016 Email
Bob Hyslop (JRGS 1953-60) recalls our school masters and The 15 Society...
I was a pupil at JRGS from 1953 until
1960, and sincerely owe much of what I've achieved to that school. Below
I offer fond memories of The 15 Society, of which I was a founding
member. I also found The Mill interesting as a former editor of
the school magazine - remembering with affection the patience and
kindness of Mr. "Wally" Cracknell in that regard.
An Appreciation of The 15 Society
Life after JRGS
"Don’t dare interrupt me again,
Forbes. I don’t want to hear about your so-called thinking!”
Bob Hyslop, Chichester, West Sussex; July 2016 Email
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) follows the fortunes of two former schoolboys...
So a famous ex-JRGS pupil and former England manager Roy Hodgson
(JRGS 1958-65) has disappeared from sight after the football
calamity, but up pops another alumnus.
David Anderson, Southampton, Hampshire; July 2016 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: I enjoyed Ralph McTell's performance of the song "England" at Glastonbury 2016 shown on BBC Two, as mentioned above, but I doubt very much whether he and Mr. "Spike" Hancock had anything in common, musically. Certainly the impression given in Ralph's autobiography is that he disliked virtually everything to do with John Ruskin Grammar School.
Graham Dewey (JRGS 63-68) adds: How strange life is. One minute you are talking to your wife about getting real bread from Anderson's across the road back in the Sixties. Then, next minute, up pops David, whose father was the baker!
David Anderson replies: I think that Graham has the wrong Anderson. My Dad was a printer!
Karl W. Smith (JRGS 1946-51) adds:
Being somewhat older than either Roy Hodgson or Ralph McTell, I'm
getting a bit muddled in some of my memories. This is in part anno
domini and part through having attended two grammar schools:
Pontypridd during the latter years of the war (when my father was sent
there from Croydon Airport); and JRGS after we returned home in November
The image shown above was taken
shortly after my 80th birthday when my wife Pat and I went around the
Pacific a bit, starting with Santiago, Easter Island, Pitcairn (on
Christmas Day) and so on, ending up in Tahiti. The trip was a mix of
fascination and boredom - the latter when sailing an empty ocean, with
no aircraft, no other ships and very little wildlife. Otherwise, these
small islands were very similar and we often got very wet, passing
through gaps in coral reefs in inflatable Zodiacs when the waves
allowed. All of which is totally irrelevant to JRGS but we do enjoy that
sort of holiday!
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