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- Page 78 - Jan thru May 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.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports on a recent visit to a Shirley landmark...
During a trip earlier this month to the UK
following a trade convention in Warsaw, I paid a brief visit to New
Addington, travelling through Croydon and Shirley. Stopping off for
lunch at The Sandrock pub, just south of the former JRGS site on
Upper Shirley Road, I discovered that the establishment is now under new
management, and offering a revised lunch menu. Sadly, the pub staff had
only had few days to come up to speed with the changes, with the result
that there were a few miscommunications with the kitchen and some
revised menu options.
I plan to return in week or so with further news of the planned Fifth Ruskin Grand Reunion, scheduled to be held at the John Ruskin College on 5th September.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA, May 2015 Email
Karl Smith (JRGS
1945-51) adds: I was delighted to a receive an update about
The Mill; thanks so much. Also, mention of The Sandrock
conjures up memories of Scouting on Shirley Hills in the late 1940s. It
seemed far more remote back then.
1959-66) adds: Glad to hear that our webmaster
had a good lunch at The Sandrock. I havenít been down that way since the
last reunion and Iím very much looking forward to the
Peter Townsend (JRGS 1947-54) reports on retired life in Middlesex...
In spite of having the flu jab, I'm fine now having
recovered from the Flu over Christmas! I also had my 79th birthday in
January, and hoping to get to 80.
Dr. Peter J. Townsend, Hatch End, Pinner, Middlesex, March 2014 Email
Doug Ford (JRGS 1966-72) reports on plans for taking early retirement...
At the end of
February, and just ahead of my 60th birthday, Iíll fulfill a long-held ambition to take early retirement!
Doug Ford, Marin County, CA, USA, February 2015 Email
Sean Devlin (JRGS 1970-77) discovers website and has fond school memories...
I was just
messing around on my iPad and thought I would tap in John Ruskin School,
which took me to The Mill website.
I attended the school from 1970 to 1977 - part of the last grammar school intake
in 1970 - and ended up as Head Boy in my last year. My sister Maeve was one of
the first girls to arrive from Shirley High School and was Head Girl at
Sean Devlin, London, February 2015 Email
Peter Eades (JRGS 1963-69) discovers a vintage image of Tamworth Road...
I stumbled across this picture,
shown right, while reading online about something else. Click on the
thumbnail to view a large version.
Peter Eades, Phrae, Thailand, February 2015 Email
Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) adds: A very interesting item about the JRGS schoolboy. I might suggest that, as he was out on a Saturday afternoon in school uniform with some sort of kit-bag, he was going home after playing football for the school It's only speculation but it may help narrow down the options a bit.
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69)
wonderful photo and, as correctly stated, trolleybus route 654 ran for
the last time on Tuesday 3 March 1959, to be replaced by new bus route
154 (Morden-Crystal Palace) and an extension of the 157 from Wallington
to Crystal Palace.
Tom Shaw (JRGS 1957-61) adds: Around about that time I used to regularly travel from Clapham Junction to the school in Shirley; this entailed me alighting at West Croydon trolleybus stop. The schoolboy isn't me because I would be going the wrong way, but the time frame is right. I went down that way occasionally to meet Roy Burton or Ralph May - better known at Ralph McTell - but never in school uniform.
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-71)
adds: The recent
entry about the trolleybuses at West Croydon got me thinking, as the
website often does. I recall the trolleybuses at West Croydon where
Station Road met North End, there was a spiders' web of wires over the
junction. Sometimes a pick-up would come off the wire requiring the crew
to get out and re-locate it with a pole so progress could continue! They
were quiet and eco-friendly, and ahead of their time. That only went on
a few times - perhaps some enthusiast could shed more light on what the
crew did for heating, or were they like the RT diesel buses; there was
Colin Peretti (JRGS 1955-60)
sports ground was originally located at Duppas Hill and was still in
use until at least 1956, because the Oaks Road facility had not been
completed. I often travelled from New Addington to Duppas Hill via the
130 to West Croydon and then by 654 T/Bus to the ground on Saturday
morning for JRGS (home) football matches.
ML adds: My parents moved to the New Addington housing estate in 1951, when I was three, from council housing on Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood. I joined JRGS from Rowdown Junior School in September 1959, together with Michael Hollidge (JRGS 1959-66); others in my intake year came from Overbury School and Fairchildes School, including John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) and Jim Thomas (JRGS 1959-65).
Graham Donaldson offers: Well, this
discussion seems to have set quite a hare running!
John Byford (JRGS 59-66)
adds: One piece of
information was completely new to me - that JRGS [in Shirley] used
Duppas Hill as its sports ground before the Oaks Road facility was
opened. The news was of particular interest as the football team I
played for as a teenager had the occasional away game at Duppas Hill. It
brought back memories of interesting Saturdays: our home ground was the
playing fields at North Downs in New Addington but the league we played in had teams from
across South London. The nearest away matches were in Addington Park but
we went as far afield as Peckham Rye (where the goal posts had to be
carried out) and somewhere in Streatham where the home side had nets (the
height of luxury). Fortunately, our manager knew someone who drove a
small van for work and he, a Mr. Kimnell, would drive us to most
Lastly, the route of 130 bus changed a few days ago. Previously, it had terminated at Norwood Junction; now it continues to Thornton Heath Clock Tower. Unfortunately, the buses remain single-deckers!
Karl Smith (JRGS 1945-51)
trolleybus pictures reminds me that two such routes ran past JR in
Tamworth Road: 1. Route 630 from West Croydon to Hammersmith Broadway;
and 2. Route 654 from Crystal Palace to Sutton. I'm not sure about the
630 origins, but the 654 replaced trams in the 1930s. My grandparents
lived in Carshalton and used the trams for shopping in Croydon.
ML adds: To wrap up this thread, here is a image from David Bradley' excellent website showing a 630 and a 654 trolleybus crossing London Road/North End at Station Road, close to the West Croydon BR station. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version.
David recalls that the photograph was
secured in early 1959 from a barmaid's bedroom at The Railway Bell Hotel
pub on the south-west corner on the famous junction, "with no thought of
alcohol; [we] simply asked if we could take some photographs from one of
the upper floor windows.
Geoff Boyce (JRGS 1958-65) unearths two vintage images from the Sixties...
I've retrieved these vintage images from an old photo album in the loft.
In the left-hand image, Mr.
Rees was teaching us in 4U the Ablative Absolute. It was in Mr. Alan
Murray's classroom on the first floor that I was daring enough to take
this snap in July 1961. What would have happened if he had turned round
at that moment I dread to think. His nickname was not "Rhino" for
Geoff Boyce, Croydon, Surrey, January 2015 Email
ML adds: The Ablative Absolute is a noun in Latin grammar defined as: A construction not dependent upon any other part of the sentence, consisting of a noun and a participle, noun and adjective, or two nouns, in which both members are in the ablative case, as Latin viā factā, ďthe road having been made.Ē More
Maurice Whitfield (JRGS 1959-66)
adds: What a great photo of the old educator at the chalk
face. I would like to acknowledge Mr. "Rhino" Rees for the fact
that today, half a century later, I can still tickle myself pink and
simultaneously induce torpor in friends by declining for them all six
cases from nominative to ablative and conjugate tenses from the future
perfect to the past pluperfect.
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: It must be the 1960/61 prefects because this same picture appears on page 4 of the April 1961 school magazine. Sadly, there is no list of names, as was usually the practice with school magazine prefects photos.
adds: Many thanks for posting these photographs from Geoff
Boyce. Since this was my year - graduating in 1961 from the Third Year
Sixth - I ought to be able to recognize many of the faces but, to my
shame, I can only pick out a couple. In the back row, ninth from the
left, is David Robinson and in the front row, second from the
left is Tom Craggs.
Roger Hall (JRGS 1959-66)
adds: Gosh, I am so impressed with our webmaster's knowledge
of the Ablative Absolute Ė now I know why I got only two marks for my
Latin mock. I got my name right but the date wrong and no marks at all
for the timetable of the 130 and 130A buses that were going by during
the exam! Happy days.
Cliff Cummins (JRGS 1956-62) adds: Spotted in the JRGS school prefects photo: Back row - fourth from left is Drake (first name unknown; played the piano); Front row - second from right Alec Davies (or Davis).
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