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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.
I have only just
discovered the website - an absolute delight to renew acquaintance with
many of the teachers I knew, and to look back at the events and people who
shaped the school. Secondly, I have to say my computer has no truck with
Outlook Express, hence my sliding in from the side rather than making a
Jeremy Clarke, Chislehurst, Kent, October 2012 Email
Jeremy Clarke adds:
I'm still slowly working my way through the various sections of the
website and have come upon two quite significant - to me! - pieces of
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) reports on this year's Sunbeam Alpine rally...
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) discovers a quartet of vintage school images...
While roaming through the Internet, I located these images on the Friends Reunited website. Click on any thumbnail to view a full-size version.
So far, consulting with Paul Graham
(JRGS 1959-66) and John Byford (JRGS 1959-66), we think that
we have identified Martin Loveday and Steve Kember in the
Can The Alumni help with any other names?
Mel Lambert, Burbank, California USA, October 2012 Email
Terry Weight (JRGS 1959-65) adds: You may be right about Steve Kember but I am not sure about Martin Loveday. In the summer of 1962 we would all have been 14-15. I don’t think these guys look that old; Steve would have been 13. It would have been strange for Martin to play with the younger year. If it had been our year, then I would recognise most of the players, and I do have a cricket photo of many of them.
Grant Harrison (JRGS 1959-66) adds: I like the picture of the front of the school. You can see our old classroom of 2C very well - such memories!
ML adds: Anthony Crowe was our 2C form master from 1960/61, prior to a year with Alan Murray in 3M and then David Rees in 5U. Mr. Crowe's room, with the Junior Library at the back, was directly above Mr. Lowe's office over the formal school entrance lobby/dinner room.
An Alumnus who prefers to remain
adds: Sorry but it's not Steve Kember on front-left,
since he is too old for this team. I can tell you it's taken at
Westminster Bank Sports Ground in Norbury.
Geoff van Beek/Downer (JRGS 1962-69) confirms: The mystery photograph from left-to-right: Top #1: Mick Ford (one of our celebrities, now an actor) Top #5: Peter Wilmer | Bottom: #2: Vince Simeone #3: Christopher Ford (who later became head boy).
Richard Winborn (JRGS 1961-68)
I am sure that the boy in the centre of the front row is Chris Ford.
I think he was in the year below me, though I can't quite remember,
since I knew him through Crusaders and not just at school. He is wearing
the Crusaders badge in the photo.
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) adds: The building is on the Nat West sports ground, which may still exist in Stanford Road, Norbury. As for the cricketers, I do not recognise any of them!
Peter Eades (JRGS 1963-69)
adds: Thanks for the wonderful memories that The Mill
Martin Loveday (JRGS
1959-66) adds: Regarding the
recent snap of a cricket XI, I can only say
that I hardly knew myself and certainly didn’t recognise
Steve Kember. As for the others, I didn’t know either
names or faces. This seems strange as I think I may have
been the Captain! I do remember a chap called
[Colin] Holcolme who was an excellent cricketer
but I certainly don’t see him there. Time has obviously
not treated me kindly regarding memory!
The cricket photograph that has
caused some debate was discussed among a couple of contemporaries of mine
Hills|JRGS 1964-70 and Andy Hosking|1964-69 - and we can
assist by clarifying the identity of the chap in the front row, bottom
left. It is Dave Gridley, who was also a very good footballer and
athlete. I seem to recall he broke the record for the 880 yards at the
Croydon Arena. We played in the same Croydon Sunday League team,
Tamworth F.C., which was started primarily by students at the College of
that name in 1972 - and which was, of course, the former JRGS location in
Note the lace in the football. I get a headache just thinking about it. If anyone wants to share any of their JRGS sporting memories it would be great to read them on the site. Age Quod Agis.
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) reports on the Fourth John Ruskin Grand Reunion...
The fourth John Ruskin Grand Reunion was held on Saturday 6th October, 2012, at its usual venue with tours of The Shirley Windmill. As before, the event at The Surprise pub function room was open to Alumni, teaching and other staff members who attended at Tamworth Road or at the Shirley Windmill site up to 1991 - plus their spouses/partners.
A full report with more
images from Frazer Ashford and others can be found
Ian Macdonald, Shirley, Surrey, October 2012 Email
Clifford Cummins (JRGS 1956-62) reports on memorial service for Charles Smith...
On the 11th August 2012, around 80 relatives, friends and former pupils
and staff from the John Ruskin Grammar School gathered at the Parish
Church of St John the Divine, Selsdon, to celebrate the life of Charles
Edward Smith. Click on the thumbnail
right to view the cover of the program.
After the service we were invited to join the family at Selsdon Park Hotel for afternoon tea, where there was an opportunity to meet Charles’ wife Elisabeth and the rest of the family including daughter Helen, her husband Peter Turner and their children Bridget and Joseph.
The John Ruskin contingent was as follows:
It is fair to say that this was a joyful celebration of a man whose life began only a few months after the sinking of the Titanic and when aviation was still in its infancy.
Clifford Cummins, August 2012 Email
Mike Beaumont (JRGS 1955-60) meets up again with two school pals in France...
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