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- Page 69 - Nov 2011 thru May 2012 -
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.
Reg B. Whellock (JRGS Teacher 1946-56) recalls his successful career...
like the staff picture on The Mill website for 1954,
right. I am seated in the
front row on the extreme left-hand
side. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger venison.
Reginald Baldwin Whellock, BSc, MA, CBiol, FSB. Listed in Who's Who
Reg Whellock, Sutton, London, May 2012 Email
Tony Hollands (JRGS 1952- 59) adds: Congratulations to Mr. Whellock on his longevity. He was the only master I managed to avoid during my school career. I hated the smell of formaldehyde or whatever it was permeating the biology lab. It served to confirm my concentration on the Arts and languages, so in a perverse way he contributed substantially to my career path as did many of the staff of fond memory.
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) reports on Roy Hodgson named as England manager...
Most of the UK media had taken it for granted that Harry
Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, was an automatic choice for the
post and there was surprise that someone the media - and, in
particular, the tabloid press - had not considered as a successor
for the previous incumbent. But unlike Mr. Redknapp - or indeed
every English manager -
(JRGS 1958-65) comes with international
experience. While manager of Finland he was often seen at
Selhurst Park watching one of Crystal Palace's players.
John Byford, Camberwell, London, May 2012 Email
Peter Oxlade (JRGS 1940-44) adds: I was pleased that
England has appointed Roy Hodgson as their football manager. I
do remember a contributor to The Mill making some comment
by a fellow alumni who had met with Roy Hodgson outside Selhurst
Park and at that meeting Roy asked if "Old Smithy was still
about"' (or words to that effect).
John Walker (JRGS 1958-65) adds:
I'm attaching a
snatch from the 1962 JRGS School Photo. Roy is pictured far left, middle
row, while I am far right. Others in the clip include
Clark, top row, far right, and John "Sid" Young, immediately to
his left. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) adds: I have scanned a profile of Roy Hodgson published in the Sunday Times issue of 06 May. Click on thumbnail shown right to view a larger version. Text and layout ©Times Newspapers Ltd 2012. All rights reserved.
Jane Garland (JRHS 1976-80) is hoping to reconnect with former school mates...
I am an ex-student of John Ruskin
High School (1976-80) and I have recently returned to work at
the present John Ruskin College as Careers and Employment
Adviser. I am keen to make contact with other alumni to involve
them more closely in the life of the present college, inviting
them to attend events and possibly tap in to their
career knowledge and experience to benefit current students’
Jane Garland, South Croydon, Surrey, April 2012 Email
Mel Lambert (1959-65) reports the sad death of Roger "Wally" Walters...
Sadly, Roger "Wally" Waters
(JRGS 1955-60) passed away on Wednesday, 18th of April, in
Australia. As his family members write: "Even though we knew the
day would finally come, it is still such a shock to us that we
will never see him again, hear his voice of encouragement or
feel his enormous warm hugs."
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA April 2012 Email
The Walters Family in
Australia adds: Thank you all so much for all the
kind words, condolences and funny stories that you have sent
through to us. Dad has been a part of so many lives, it has been
wonderful for us to share in them over the last few days.
Mel Lambert (1959-65) reports the sad death of former teacher Charles E. Smith...
It is with a very heavy heart that
I report the passing on Sunday 11th of March of former JRGS mathematics
and senior sports master
Charles E. Smith, aged 99.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA March 2012 Email
Peter Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) adds: So many of us will have
our own memories of Mr. Smith - he gave us "standards' which we
could live by in later life... and we did.
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69) adds: Very sad news - the end of an era indeed. I'm sure we'd all hoped that it would be "X = 100" in November, but it was not to be.
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99) adds: Very sad
news; somehow one thought Mr. Smith would go on for ever. My thoughts
are with his wife Elisabeth.
Tony Hollands (JRGS 1952-59) adds: My abiding memory of Mr. Smith - and one I have shared with family and friends many times - was as a first former shivering at the Croydon Baths. He pointed at the water and said "SWIM" and, by God, I did. He ranks as one of the major influences in my school career and life following.
Clive Whitehead (JRGS 1950-52) adds: It was with great
sadness that I received the news of Mr. "Smithy" Smith's death
at 99. I visited him with Peter Oxlade some five years ago and
it was a most pleasurable and
unique experience. No doubt there will be many kind things
said about him at his funeral.
adds: No doubt The Alumni will be surprised to hear
from me. Peter Oxlade has been so wonderfully helpful for a long
Roger Fuller (JRGS 1951-56) make an appeal for a very worthy cause...
Roger Fuller, Basingstoke, Hants, March 2012 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) recalls Geoff Boyce, now an educational activist...
I received a clipping from the Winter 1995 issue of Croydon Reports
sent to me by a Croydon friend about Geoffrey J. P. Boyce (JRGS
1958-65). Click on the thumbnail shown
left to access larger
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, February 2012 Email.
John Cobley (JRGS 1958-65) adds: I remember Geoff Boyce well.
We were in the same form for four years: 1P, 3U, 4U, and 5U. Geoff,
Dave Pearce and Peter Goulding were always in each others'
Ian Castro (JRGS 1958-65) adds: I remember Geoff quite well - as well as I remember anyone! We were in the same U-form for several years.
John Turner (JRGS 1958-65) adds: I remember Geoff very well,
as the tough guy in 3U to 5U, along with Pete Goulding. I think
there were a number of playground brawls - bundles? - but I don't want
to slander him.
Bob Hawkins (JRGS 1959-65) adds: I too remember GB quite well
in much the same way as John Turner - as one of the tough guys - and also as
one of the victims of Mr. Rees' physical abuse of erring Latin
scholars. I remember him too as the first classmate to turn up with a
copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover when we were in Alan Murray's
class, and also as a raconteur on the subject of an adventurous
girlfriend of his called Theresa from New Addington. (The last two
recollections are not unrelated.)
Geoff Boyce (JRGS 1958-65)
I retired from teaching in December 2009, having clocked up exactly 40
years' service. I now work part-time from home in Addiscombe as
the Senior Casework Officer for the Croydon Teachers' Association (NUT),
representing teachers in trouble and negotiating on behalf of Croydon
NUT members with the local council.
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99) adds: I remember finding Geoff
Boyce and Pete Goulding's names in the Ruskin Punishment Book
when I only knew them as teachers at Ashburton; they were beaten in the
second form for some crime that does not exist today - it was either
"horseplay" or "tomfoolery"; I forget which. No wonder both went on to
become much loved teachers!
Rosemary Crabb reports the death of her brother David Martin (JRGS 1954-61)...
There’s a lovely photo on The Mill website of my late brother, David Martin (pictured left), taken on a field trip in 1960/1961.
Since The Mill seems to be well supported by former JRGS pupils, it may be of interest to some of David’s old school friends to know that, sadly, he passed away earlier this year aged 67, leaving behind three daughters and two granddaughters.
Rosemary Crabb, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. November 2011.
Cliff Cummins (JRGS 1956-62) adds:
I remember Dave Martin very well. He was a couple of years older
than me, but very kind and friendly, and I have never forgotten that. I
believe he was involved in the ACF.
replies: I’m 10 years younger than David but I remember some of
his friends from school, the army cadets and the Olive Tree (where he
worked in the evenings in his late teens) – Tom Shaw, Ian
MacDonald, Duncan Smith, Ralph May, etc. All knocking
on now - aren’t we all? - but they remain teenagers in my mind’s eye.
(JRGS 1958-65) adds:
I remember David Martin, who lived near us at Compton Road,
Addiscombe. I also know Rosemary and Liz, David's other sister (and a local JP
until she retired last year).
(JRGS 1957-61) adds:
I am sad to hear of Dave's death. (Yes, to us he was Dave, as opposed
to David.) I lost touch with him some time after leaving school but
remember him for his great personality and cutting sense of humour. He
was a bloody good shot too!
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