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- Page 71 - Nov 2012 thru Feb 2013 -
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.
Jonathan Sindall (JRGS 1955-59) reports the sad death of teacher Desmond May...
Many alumni will be
saddened to hear of the death
on 14 February, 2013,
of Des May,
pictured right, who was JRGS form master, French
teacher and sportsman from 1956 to 1960. A
small group of us had taken to
visiting Des over the last few years - arranged by the late, inimitable
Roger Walters - and had much enjoyed his and Sybil’s hospitality.
Jonathan Sindall , Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, February 2013 Email
Alan Maynell (JRGS 1957-62), adds:
I have fond memories of Mr. May. My favourite will always be of him
loosing his patience with one of my fellow pupils. "Don't be so childish... er... Childs! The lad's surname, of course, Childs. Somehow the
impact was lost!!
Anthony Hasler (JRGS Teacher 1959-72) adds: I remember Des - we overlapped by a year at JRGS.
Brian Dyer (JRGS 1959-66) reports on an alumni reunion of four old school chums...
is of four old boys at their recent second reunion (left-to-right):
Terry Weight (JRGS 1959-65),
Peter Baron (JRGS 1959-66), Tony Charles (JRGS 1959-66)
and yours truly. We were all in the same class from 1959 until 1963,
including 2C, 3M and 5U,
when the Sixth Form separated us. Click on the thumbnail to view a
Brian Dyer, Smarden, Kent, February 2013 Email
Terry Weight (JRGS 1959-65), adds: The four of us met both times at Porters near Covent Garden, for a long lunch, and then repaired to a bar for further amusement, beer and friendly chat. We talked of old friends, some of our JRGS sporting experiences and our lives now and since JRGS. It felt like the same four people who we all knew in the 1960s – do we really change? In many ways, during our chats my conclusion was: "Not that much, even if we have had lots of developmental experiences".
adds: Having attended a couple of mini reunions with Terry,
Brian and Tony, I have been shamed into supplying The Mill with
my potted history since leaving JRGS in 1966.
ML adds: Both Brian Dyer and Peter Baron are pictured in this image of the JRGS Cricket XI from August 1963, while Terry, Tony and Peter appear in this image of the JRGS Football XI from about 1961/62.
Anthony Hasler (JRGS Teacher 1959-72) adds: I joined the staff at John Ruskin in 1959 so these four ex-pupils were there when I started. I will not pretend to remember their appearance but the names are all familiar.
Stephen Turner (JRGS 1957-62) recalls school life & masters from the late-Fifties...
I have been reading some of the latest
reminiscing with interest, particularly how we selected John Ruskin in
preference to other institutions.
I remember the form that had to be completed but not any interviews. My
parents chose JRGS as it was a new school and nearest to our home in New
Addington. The next I knew was a letter telling my parents that I had
passed the 11 Plus and was going to JRGS. Could I have forgotten the
interviews? Surely not. My intake in 1957 contained several boys from
New Addington, all of whom I think were in the same class - 1G (for
Stephen Turner, Mossman, Australia, January 2013 Email
Rodger Holcombe (JRGS 1959-64) is seeking pals from School of Church Music...
A very good friend of mine is looking to
locate some JRGS Alumni from late Fifties/first half of the Sixties,
with whom he attended the Royal School of Church Music at Addington
Palace. Peter Hood is hoping to make contact with David Lewsey,
Raymond Brett, Malcolm Ford, Graham Telfer and
Rodger Holcombe, Burgau, Western Algarve, Portugal, January 2013 Email
Peter Hood (Selhurst Grammar Alumnus) adds: Many thanks for The
Mill's help with my search. I was not a JRGS pupil; my secondary
school was Selhurst, but boys in the RSCM Addington Palace Choir came
from all over Croydon and most secondary schools were represented. I
have known Rodger Holcombe since our youth-club days in Shirley so,
knowing that JRGS had an excellent Alumni site, I sought his help in
tracking down those of my former chorister colleagues who, as I recall,
Raymond Brett (JRGS 1959-66) adds: I went to the Royal School of
Church Music for about three years. Malcolm Ford and I went together a
couple of times a week, and were friends through school; we played a lot
of table tennis in the bike-storage area. But I have not kept in touch
with any of these fellows.
Andrew Robertson (JRGS 1959-65) adds:
I see that Rodger Holcombe is looking for ex-RSCM boys, of which I am
one. I started in 1H, Mr. "Spike" Hancock's class, progressing
through Mr. "Rhino" Rees' class, then Mr. "Beaky" Cornwall
and then Mr. Tony Davey, finishing off with Mr. John Adkins
- need I add more?
ML adds: The School of English Church Music (SECM) was inaugurated in December 1927, to consist of a training college for church musicians and an association of affiliated churches who committed themselves to attaining high standards. Housed at Buller’s Wood in Chislehurst, Kent, the college opened in 1929 and continued until the outbreak of war in 1939, when most students were called up for military service. In 1945, the SECM became the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) within the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, and in 1954 moved to Addington Palace, the former country residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury. In 1996 the RSCM moved its administrative centre to Cleveland Lodge, near Dorking, Surrey, and then to Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 2006. More
Karl Smith (JRGS 1946-51) recalls school chums and life in the Fifties...
As one of the "bodies" in Terence
Morris' Upper VI photograph from 1950 I was most interested to see
although disappointed that, originally, he couldn't spell my name; Karl,
Karl W. Smith. CEng., FRAeS.,Heckington, Lincolnshire January 2013 Email
Terence Morris (JRGS 1942-50)
recalls the 1952 Farnborough Airshow and other aeronautical memories:
I was fascinated to read Karl Smith’s recollections, including those of
Croydon Airport and the Farnborough disaster when the De Haviland 110
piloted by John Derry broke up during a run over the airfield. I well
remember going down to Hampshire on the back of his motorbike. We were
both taking photos of the aircraft at the time and the whole thing
appeared surreal. The image that has stayed in my mind is that of one of
the wing sections fluttering down and turning over and over like a great
piece of cardboard blown by the wind.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports on a recent alumni gathering in Richmond...
In what seems to be
a repeating pattern, I was only able to squeeze in a last-minute gathering
during my recent trip to London, which ended earlier this week.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA November 2012 Email
John Brigden (JRGS 1959-64)
adds: None of you
look a day older!
ML adds: I recall
that John Brigden, Paul Graham, John Byford and your webmaster spent
three formative years together in 2C, 3M and
5U between September 1960
and June 1963; John Brigden and John Byford spent the following year in
5B while Paul and I transitioned into the sixth form. (That was a
bizarre period for the 3M/5U class, when we were cramming 30 months of
lessons into 18 and an accelerated transition to the sixth form a year
earlier than planned. Not all of us in 5U secured the necessary five
O-Levels required to enter the sixth form, hence the two JBs having to
repeat their fifth year, together with Roger Hall, Grant Harrison,
Roger Taylor and others.)
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