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- Page 81 - Oct thru Dec 2015 -
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.
Dave Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) reflects on schoolday odours and aromas ...
"Another year over and What have you
done?" sang the late John Lennon.
David Anderson, Southampton, Hants, December 2015 Email.
Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) reports the sad death of Richard Inman...
Richard Fred Inman (JRGS 1967-73) sadly passed away last April, aged 59,
after a long battle with cancer. His old schoolmates discovered this
very recently by way of a Christmas card from a mutual friend. It’s almost as
sad that none of us was in his address book – but then Rick probably
never had an address book – he certainly didn’t have a mobile phone and
was a very reluctant user of his kids’ computers. He was a great bloke,
always fun to be around, and one of those guys who you always heard
before you saw. He was always at high volume.
I first met Rick in September 1967. We were in different
JRGS classes but were both
in the football team and then the cricket eleven, in which Rick was slow
left-back and slower left-arm, respectively. We also both reached the
U-stream so were in the same class from there on, and with shared
interests in Palace, a decent pint, a curry, Python and loud music.
Peter Hurn, Wallington, December 2015 Email
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69) sends seasons greetings to the Alumni...
Here's what the
weather sometimes looks like in the UK at this time of year, although the photo -
taken in January 2013 - represents the last time we had a substantial
snowfall in this area. The 403 bus depicted is one of Arriva London's DAF
Lowfloor Alexander bodied vehicles, which in 1999 represented London's first
foray into fully accessible double-deckers. The last examples
came out of passenger service this year, so it's (sort of) historic now!
Graham Donaldson, South Croydon, Surrey, December 2015 Email
Malcolm Reid, son of Frank Reid (JRCS 1921-25), unearths a letter from 1925...
Having recently come across The Mill
website, I thought the Alumni might be interested in the attached letter
from former headmaster Mr. William Field - shown above
left - regarding my father, Frank
Reid (JRCS 1921-25), when he left John Ruskin Central School in
1925. My father was at the school from the age of 12 to 16. Although I
was born in Croydon, our family moved away when I was 4 years old.
Malcolm Reid, Danbury, Essex, December 2015 Email.
ML adds: In his original correspondence, Malcolm Reid has suggested that the vintage badge shown above right was a school badge from that era. As we have learned from recent discussions here on The Mill, it was a Prefect's Badge, whose inner color scheme - in this case red - signified the house to which the pupil belonged. In subsequent years, red indicated Alpha House. Does anybody know if that as the case back in the first decade of our school's founding?
Karl Smith (JRGS 1946-51) adds:
I don't think the comment about house colours applied to prefects'
badges. Mine from
also has the red "J". Admittedly, I was in Alpha House but I don't
recall any differences from those of my colleagues. Of course, memory
could be fading with old age (83 next week) - maybe someone else knows
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) discovers artwork from an Alumnus member...
recently came across
The Art of Typewriting, a new book that features leading artists in the field of typewriter art,
including several examples of the best work that Michael Gibbs (JRGS
1960-67) created in a distinguished career.
John Byford, Camberwell, London, December 2015 Email
Karl Smith (JRGS 1946-51) recalls several school friends from the Fifties...
When browsing the JRGS website this morning I inadvertently discovered a posting by the late Terry Morris (JRCS 1942-50) of our old school prefects' photograph taken at Tamworth Road. I can add just a little to that.
He mentions Philip
"Flapper" Bamford, and says that he doesn't know how that nickname
arose. Well, it came in 1946 or '47 when Philip and I - among others -
were in the Forth Form under Mr. C. E. Smith as form master. We
had Mr. George Manning as our English teacher and he encouraged
creative writing. One of our favourite scribes was a schoolboy named
Alden (sorry, I can't recall his christian name) who wrote several
radio-like commentaries on boxing matches between "Batty" Butler
and "Flapper" Bamford (two of the most peaceable lads in the
class). These stories were always hilarious and had us in fits. The
names just stuck.
Fate of Avro Vulcan XH558
Karl W. Smith, CEng., FRAeS, Heckington, Lincolnshire October 2015 Email
ML adds: Here are two recent publications that might appeal to Alumni interested in the fate of the classic Avro Vulcan.
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