Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) reviews a new book about our Summer Game...
Former JRGS pupils who played for Streatham cricket club - and other JRGS Alumni members - may be interested in a new book written about cricket in Streatham. The following summary of Streatham and The Summer Game, written by Colin Hutton, was sent to me by John W. Brown of The Local History Committee, The Streatham Society; included below is a short historical extract.
John Brown writes: "I am a member
of the Local history Committee of the Streatham Society. Colin Hutton has
advised me of your interest in his book Streatham and The Summer Game
- A History of Cricket in Streatham 1731-2010 and the Streatham Cricket
The image shown below dates from 1885; click on the thumbnail to access a larger version.
Streatham and The Summer Game
Cricket has been a popular game in
the town since at least 1731 when a local Streatham side challenged Clapham
to a game on Streatham Common with a prize purse for the winner of 11 guineas
ISBN 978 1 873520 79 6 | 148 pages with 230 illustrations and three maps | Published by The Streatham Society | Priced at £15, plus £1.25 postage and packing from The Streatham Society, 125 Thornlaw Road, West Norwood, London SE27 OSQ. Cheques should be made payable to The Streatham Society.
The JRGS pupils I remember who played for Streatham Cricket club in the Colts and Senior teams are as follows:
• Steve Kember (JRGS
There may have been other JRGS
cricketers from different eras that also played for Streatham without my
I had no idea that former prime
minister John Major had played for the Colts team in the Sixties,
and was not aware of W. G. Grace playing at the Streatham cricket
ground, presumably when it located in Brigstock /Frant Road in Thornton
Heath where Streatham Croydon Rugby Club are the sole users. That said,
Croydon Korfball Club has played summer tournaments there in recent years.
I was certainly aware when I worked for Lewisham Architects that W. G. Grace had played cricket at grounds located in Catford, which is not surprising since his family lived in Mottingham after moving from the Bristol area where W. G. was born. There is an extensive cricket pavilion now used as a children’s crèche located on the site of Catford County Primary School in Penerley Road, Catford. The school was built on what must have been an extensive cricket pitch where I understand W. G. played in the past. In 1975, when I joined Lewisham Council, we played our inter-departmental cricket games on the Council’s sports ground at Marvels Lane, Mottingham, another ground where it was reputed that W. G. had played in past and, of course, was very near to where he lived.
Sadly, in 1979 it was decided
to build over 300 council houses on the site and I was given the job to
carry out the electrical design. The council architect was Robert Owen,
and John Laing and Partners were the builders. After the houses and flats
were built a community centre was constructed on the remaining land and
this was later called the ‘W. G. Grace Community Centre’. Eventually, the
management of the building was taken over by Lewisham Housing and I received
a phone call from a senior manager who wanted some minor extensions to the
building’s security system to be added.
On one specific evening one of
the cleaners (Cathy Webb) complained that her colleague had passed her without
saying anything, but her colleague claimed she had not passed her! It was
at this stage the cleaners decided to involve the senior housing officer
in the proceedings. The senior officer explained to me that she was invited
over after dark into the kitchen of the building by the cleaners, where
they made themselves coffee. After a short while the shutter between the
kitchen and the hall started to rattle violently even though there were
no windows or doors open, so the three women ran out of the premises!
Mike Etheridge, Sanderstead, Surrey, March 2011 Email.
Steve Saunders (JRGS 1968-75) recalls the 1976 school production of Salad Days...
mentioned in a recent
contribution from Dave Preston (JRGS 1968-75), Salad
Days was produced in the summer holidays of 1976, and featured
most of the main cast members of the previous year's successful
Oklahoma! stage show.
Below is a collection of images from that 1976 performance of Salad Days. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version.
Jeanne Perrett is the girl on the phone (playing "Lady Raeburn"), but she didn't attend JRGS/HS - I think she was a friend of Vernon Rees. So too was Peter Leach ("The Inspector") in the bottom photo.
The girl with the Gussett Creations bag (with "PC Boot") and in the family scene near the bottom is, I believe, Lindsay Medhurst (playing "Aunt Pru" and "Rowena"). The father with the FT is Richard Mayer ("Timothy's Father"). The hairdresser and mum with the teapot is Joanna Dunn (playing several parts, including "Timothy's Mother," "Heloise," "Bishop" and "Anthea"). The girl at bottom left could be Trudi Kimish (playing "Fiona," and "Assistant"). Can anybody help identify other cast members?
And here are some additional black and white images from the 1976 production of Salad Days. Again, can anybody help identify cast members? Click on any thumbnail to view a larger version.
Steve Saunders, Twickenham, Middlesex, March 2011 Email.
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99) adds: These images certainly bring back memories! I taught Julian Chenery and Richard Mayer, and remember Paula Cook and Joanna Dunn. Hey ho!
Jeanne Perrett (JRHS 1974-75)
have just seen the wonderful photos of Salad Days - brilliant!!!
ML adds: I located Jeanne Perrett (pictured right)
after a Google search of the internet, and an email to her literary agents.
As I discovered, Jeanne has a BA Hons degree in English Literature from
the University of Sussex, and has taught English for over 25 years. She
is also the author of several international course books for children, as
well as EFL material. Currently, Jeanne lives in Greece with her husband
and their four children.
I recall that we did a matinee for the lower
school, who came over from the old Shirley Secondary site, and three evening
performances. I was "Jud Fry", the (terribly misunderstood) baddie. He only
wanted to be loved. Julian Chenery as "Curley" started
the show wandering from the back of the school hall singing "Oh What a Beautiful
Morning'. (Julian now runs a travelling drama company called
Kidz. Maybe he has more memories.) Jeanne Perret played "Aunt
John Graney (1962-67) reports the sad death of Eric Webster in New Zealand...
On 2nd Feb 2011 Eric Webster (JRGS 1962-67) died in a tragic accident on his land in Aongatete, New Zealand. He was my friend for more than 55 years. We both came from New Addington and started at Castle Hill Infants School on the same day. We went through Castle Hill Juniors and JRGS in the same class. We played up, played the fool and we laughed and laughed and laughed usually at the silliest things (like the sounds of words spelled backwards). 1965 image.
Neither of us excelled at school. I left without applying to join the Sixth Form. Bill, as I have always called him - and can't remember why - left the Lower VI after only two terms.
We both served as officers in the forces. I was a lieutenant RN an a short service commission and he finished an illustrious career in the RAF as a Wing Commander having joined in the ranks. After coming off flying duties Eric specialised in Air Traffic control and at one time was the manager of the Red Arrows aerobatic team.
We were both at the 2009 Reunion, where Eric missed out on the prize for Furthest Travelled Alumnus because we were in the yard quaffing ale and yarning with Danny Moore (JRGS 1966-67) when it was announced.
John Graney, Brading, Isle of Wight. February 2011 Email
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) catches up with the football careers of four Alumni...
A quartet of former John Ruskin Grammar School boys have been in the football news recently.
Steve Kember (JRGS 1960-65) was appointed Chief Scout of Crystal Palace Football Club in December 2010. He'd been working in a part time scouting capacity for the club for several years.
And Steve has been joined at Selhurst Park by Lennie Lawrence (JRGS 1959-66), who was appointed Assistant Manager in January 2011. Lennie Lawrence is one of a select few managers to have managed over 1,000 games.
Not such good news for Roy Hodgson (JRGS 1958-65), who parted company with Liverpool Football Club on 8th January 2011 after a less than successful period as manager.
And the current Indian team manager, Bob Houghton, is an old JRGS schoolboy - he came to Ruskin for A-Levels, either 1963 to 65 or 1964 to 66. There is more about Bob's career on Wikipedia. If I remember correctly, it was Bob that recommended Roy Hodgson for a coaching role in Sweden.
Crystal Palace FC's new owners have also announced plans to move back to Crystal Palace from Selhurst Park, which was the club's original home when it was formed in 1905. The team played at Selhurst Park until the outbreak of World War One in 1914, and have been there since 1924.
At the start of WW1, the club was evicted by the government - to make way for the Admiralty - and Palace was offered several locations, eventually electing to play war-time matches at the Herne Hill Stadium, then the home to West Norwood FC. Much better known as a cycling track, Herne Hill Velodrome is still in existence, although threatened with closure by its landlord, the Dulwich Estate.
In 1917 CPFC moved to The Nest, when the previous occupants, Croydon Common, folded. Palace played there until 1924, during which time they won the Division 3 championship in its inaugural season (1920/21).
John Byford, Camberwell, London, January 2011 Email.
(JRGS 1963-65) adds: Just to confirm that Bob Houghton
joined JRGS from Ashburton school in 1964. He was at Whitehorse Manor Junior
School at the same time as me, but a year younger. He played in our school
football and cricket teams a year early in 1957/58, and then probably captained
both teams a year later.
Here are two images taken at
Whitehorse Manor Junior School of the 1958 football and cricket teams. Click
on either thumbnail to view a larger version.
John Byford replies: Cracking photographs, Mike. I haven't seen one of those old footballs for years. They were awful when wet; head the ball and you'd be out cold for a minute or three.
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