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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.
Former John Newnham pupil Mike Cartwright asks about the school's fate...
I am an old John Newnham pupil, circa 1953-58 - one of
the original pupils that went to that school having passed my 11-plus.
Michael (Mike) Cartwright, Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia. January 2015 email
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99)
At the time when the second Croydon re-organisation of secondary
education was being planned because of a reduced demographic, there
were, I think, a total of eight 14-18 schools, from which it was planned
to form two sixth-form colleges and two sixth-form annexes to Croydon
College. This meant that of those eight - Lady Edridge, Selhurst Boys,
Selhurst Girls, Purley Boys, Purley Girls, John Newnham, John Ruskin and
Heath Clark - some would have to close and some merge.
Ian Lints (JRGS 1954-59) has unearthed a vintage image from the Fifties...
Here is another archive picture I found whilst sorting out some of my memorabilia. It shows the John Ruskin Soccer First Team circa 1957; click on the thumbnail to view a larger version, and a final list of player names.
Top: Bird, Bernard Maguire, Burton, Oliver, Ian Lints, Brian Hurn and Roger Courtiour.
Bottom: Fisher, Adams, Harry ??, Gilbert and Taylor. | A final list of first/last names appears here.
Another snippet: I tried to
follow up on a Wikipedia link about the late Liberal Party leader
which mentions two books: Rinkagate: The Rise and Fall of Jeremy
Thorpe, by Simon Freeman
and Barrie Penrose (Bloomsbury, 1996); and
The Pencourt Files, by Roger Courtiour and Barrie Penrose,
(HarperCollins, 1978) – probably the most comprehensive accumulation of
Ian Lints, Cape Town, South Africa, January 2015 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS
1959-66) adds: I recall
meeting Barrie Sturt-Penrose (pictured right),
who has enjoyed a distinguished career in art
criticism and investigative journalism,
during the 2009
Reunion. There is a
short biography of him on
page 25 of the
May 1970 School
Magazine. He was also, with John Rivers (JRGS 1958-65), one of the leading lights of Mr. Alan "Ego" Murray's 15 Society.
And here is a link to Barrie's
Peter Hurn (JRGS
A brilliant photo of that school team. I have no idea if my older
brother Brian Hurn (JRGS 1954-60) has contacted his contemporary
Ian Lints yet, but I’ll do my best to make sure he does,
specially after I send him this link.
The picture would have been taken at end of 1958/59 season.
Jeremy Clarke (JRGS 1951-57) adds: This picture brought back a particular memory for me because my contemporary, Bernard Maguire - pictured at the left end of the top row - was a school friend from our earliest days at Cypress Road Junior School in South Norwood. But we were separated into different forms at JRGS though did not really lose touch until completing our time there. I believe he went into the Health Service and rose to some prominence locally.
ML adds: According to a listing on
LinkedIn, the now-retired Bernard Maguire has a background in
the UK's National Health Service, with early days as a manager of
operating theatres, and latterly in health-care planning and as Project
Commissioning Officer for new hospitals at Orpington, Kent, and The
Princess Royal Hospital at Farnborough. His interests include singing in
the baritone section of Croydon Male Voice Choir. He also served as
communications and newsletter editor of a local church in Shirley, and a
Croydon Guide at Southwark Cathedral.
Brian Hurn (JRGS
I believe - it was a long time ago - that Roger Courtiour joined the
school to do A-Levels in the Lower Sixth, since I have no memory of him
in earlier years. He was a year - or two - older than me.
John Phillips (JRGS 1953-58) reports on reactions to former Ruskin teachers...
Firstly, let me thank
the webmaster for running and maintaining The Mill website. I do
something similar for a couple of unrelated organisations and know how
much commitment this can be at times.
John Phillips, Lewisham, South East London, December 2014 Email
Tony Hollands (JRGS 1952 to 1958) adds: Alumni from this period seem like hen's teeth! As a contemporary, I remember John Phillips. I wonder if he recalls a rather painful incident involving some steam graffiti and a rather sadistic PT master, ex-marine (he claimed) Mr. Murray?
John Walker (JRGS 1958- 65) recalls fellow Sixties pupil Alan Clark...
I recently came across the following extract from the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame about my good friend Alan Clark (JRGS 1958-65). Although we lost contact many years ago, Alan and I were both very active, politically, in our Sixth Form - CND, Labour Party Young Socialists, etc. - and we hitchhiked in Europe together at the end of the Lower V1th.
Born in Wales but brought up in Croydon, south London, Alan Clark joined Radio City in November 1965 after hearing an advertisement for disc-jockeys on the station. Radio City was one of the smaller stations, based on Shivering Sands fort in the Thames estuary, and in those days station owner Reg Calvert would often take on a new recruit for a week then pay him off with £5 “expenses”. Alan was not prepared to leave it at that and pestered the management until they gave him a full-time job. He stayed with Radio City for 16 months and became one of their most popular presenters. Along with Ian MacRae he hosted the much-loved comedy show The Aunty Mabel Hour and, with Tom Edwards, shared responsibility for the Five By Four Beatles and Rolling Stones request show. When City closed down in February 1967 he joined Radio 390 but changed his name to Christopher Clark. Here he hosted the station's very last programme. Since the demise of the pirates Alan has worked as a journalist for Radio Netherlands, Independent Radio News, TVS and Meridian Television. He is married to Helen Clark, the former MP for Peterborough who lost her seat in the May 2005 general election. This photo is taken from Who's Who In Pop Radio, published by The New English Library. All rights reserved.
(JRGS 1959-66) has
previously drawn attention to the school magazine that
Mock Election of October 1964 - yup, 50 years ago (gulp). I was the
victorious Labour candidate that John generously says had a professional
campaign. This was in no small part to Alan, who was my election
agent. We were helped by the fact that the Labour candidate for Streatham in the General Election was Croydon Councillor Jim Walker (no
relation). But we were able to acquire lots of his "Vote Walker, Vote Labour" leaflets and posters that we scattered around the school (very
John Walker, Forest Gate, East London. November 2014 Email
ML adds: As coincidence would have it, I was working in the late-Seventies at LBC/London Broadcasting Company, just off Fleet Street, while Alan Clark - pictured left - was employed as a freelance newsreader and programme presenter. I never knew we shared a Ruskin Legacy.
John Walker replies: Yes, it's the same Alan Clark. What a coincidence! The JRGS school photo shown above right is good and picks him out. Others in the photo include: to Alan's right is Jamie Reid, the artist (and former friend and associate of Malcolm McClaren), who is perhaps best known for the punk-era work he did for the Sex Pistols (album sleeves, pictures with safety pins through Queen's head, etc.). Immediately below Alan, slightly to the left is me; on the far end of that row is Roy Hodgson (JRGS 1958-65), currently England Football Manager. An interesting bunch!
ML adds: To the left of Alan is John "Sid" Young, and one row below and over to the right - next to John Walker - is George Strelczuk (JRGS 1958-66.)
Derek Charlwood (JRGS 1958-64) adds: Re: the photo of John Walker et al, I don't remember John at all, but next to Roy Hodgson is a boy called Noon(e)? And in front between Hodgson and Noon is a boy called Dunton. These names came straight into my head as soon as I saw the photo, but I have not seen either for 50 years, and was not particularly friendly with either!
Clifford Cummins (JRGS 1956-62) adds: The person to John Walker's right in the photo is Doug Edwards.
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) recalls two A-Level school field trips...
The latest memory-jogging entry on The
Mill has set me thinking about two of the highlights of my time at
JRGS. In September 1970, Mr. "Paddy" Peacock sent us off by train
from East Croydon and we caught a train at lunchtime from Paddington
Station down to Taunton where we changed trains for the branch line now
called the West Somerset Railway. (The line was closed by BR in the
following January.) We arrived at
Nettlecombe Court, Williton
- run by the
Field Studies Council - at about 7.30pm. This was the start of our
A-Level Geography Fieldwork week.
If only A-Level Economics had run a field experience like the
others! I wonder if any other Alumni can recall their Field Trips? Can
anyone who was on my trips add their memories? I still can't believe
that it was 44 years ago.
David Anderson, Hampshire, November 2014 Email
John Brigden (JRGS 1959-64) reports on his post-Ruskin education and career...
ML adds: Back on September I has asked Alumni that were in Class 5B from 1963 to 1964 if they recalled Doug Edwards (JRGS 1958-64), the brother of Barbara Room, who served as JRHS Library Resources Manager from 1976 until 2005. John Brigden did not remember his class member, but did promise to answer a question about his post-JRGS career. He left school in Summer 1964 and ultimately worked in the offshore oil industry, starting with an exploration company based in Croydon and then two years in Australia and then Canada. "What made you bypass the Sixth Form," I queried?
I left Ruskin at 16 because I knew what I
wanted to do for a career and was somewhat disillusioned with school
John Brigden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, November 2014 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: It is interesting to see what our old school colleagues got up to after we all left JRGS. Yes, for a few months in 1966 between school and university I worked for GSI International Ltd. in a much less exalted way than John Brigden: as an office gofer and London courier. It was a good firm to work for.
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99) adds: How aging it seems that what we used to call "new" Routemasters are now "old" Routemasters! [Mentioned in John Bridgen's Focus on buses above.] In the summer of 1959 my then fiancé and I travelled, turn and turn about each night, across London on the "new" Routemasters, from Highbury to New Cross. To me, whether old or new, they will always be the real Routemasters.
Introduced in the mid-Fifties, the original Routemaster, with its
familiar hop-on, hop-off platform, was withdrawn from regular service in
December 2005. The new, more environmentally friendly Routemaster (pictured
unveiled in June 2013, with two dozen vehicles taking over route 24
between Pimlico and Hampstead Heath; a prototype of the new vehicle,
commissioned by the Mayor of London, was seen in operation on route 38
between Victoria and Hackney for a year prior.
(JRGS 1954-59) adds:
Do you remember me John? I went on to study as an engineer at
Northampton College of Advanced Technology. During this period and the
breaks between three years of study I worked for various firms, such as
Decca Radar and the research labs of CEGB.
John Brigden replies:
The first thing I associate with Bill's name is a motorbike. I believe
he used to ride one to school and was a contemporary of Ian Green
(JRGS 1959-65)'s older brother. Is that correct?
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69)
adds: It was interesting to read the recent correspondence on
the subject of Routemaster buses. I
thought the Alumni might like the picture shown left taken at this
past summer's Big Parade at Finsbury Park, North London, to mark the 60th Anniversary of the first
Routemaster, seen here
nearest the camera.
Beyond that is RM2, newly restored to its original green livery, and RML
3 (later RM3), the prototype Leyland vehicle. The open-topper
approaching is one of a batch so converted for London Sightseeing in
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