- Page 63 - September 2010 -
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.
Tony Hollands (JRGS 1952-58) recalls school chum Geoff Forbath from the Fifties...
It was interesting to see the entry from
Geoff Forbath (JRGS 1952-57) and his
recollections of school discipline. We knew him as "Ferdy". So far,
he is the only member of the JRGS Alumnus that I can recall on the
website. Maybe the musical connection will revive some memories of the
skiffle group that we used to rehearse in the Art Room. It was Ian
Hamond on tea-chest bass, Freddie Rebello and myself on
guitars, "Stomp" Colin Miller on drums and Dickie Wilcox
on banjo. We had some semi-pro gigs and developed a technique for
getting a full-size double base upstairs on London buses. We went on to
make record and actually broadcast on Radio Luxemburg.
Tony Hollands, Longframlington, Northumberland, September 2010 Email.
Paul Johnson (JRGS 1966-73) reports the sad death of Chris Greenhalgh...
Whilst browsing the
internet I discovered news of the sad death of Chris
Greenhalgh who, I believe, would have left JRGS around 1968.
He will be well remembered by Ian Butterworth as an
active member of the music department, and who regularly played
the school organ at assembly.
Paul Johnson, Haywards Heath West Sussex, September 2010 Email.
ML adds: According to
material gleaned during a web search, Chris Greenhalgh
died on 29th of June and was also a member of St Peter’s
committee and examiner for awards.
(JRGS/JRHS teacher 1963-80) adds:
Chris Greenhalgh’s sudden death came as a tremendous shock to
everyone, especially as he had overcome major health problems about 10
years ago. For many years he was Head of Music at Riddlesdown High
School, where he directed several successful musicals, before moving on
to Virgo Fidelis in Upper Norwood. He was also a leading light in the
Croydon Schools Music Association and played the piano and organ at
numerous Fairfield concerts. He had also been organist and Director of
Music at St Peter’s Church, South Croydon for many years.
Dave Talks (JRGS 1968-75) looks back on the recent Ruskin Annual Reunion...
I secured these four images during the recent Ruskin Reunion at The Surprise pub; click on any thumbnail to view a larger version. Mr. Brian Cook was physics and mathematics teacher at JRGS from 1959 to 1972.
I was delighted to visit the
changing room at the playing field site on the way home from the
reunion. I thought the area on Oaks Road had all been built on,
too! I fondly remember knocking out mud from football boots
against this wall - and memories of heaps of dried mud with
holes in on the ground underneath!
Dave Talks, St John's Colchester, September 2010 Email.
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99)
adds: I recall
working on school timetables with both Dennis Green and
William Patterson... and working on them alone too. The secret was
to ignore everyone else's requests/caveats and to shut himself in his
room and rarely to come out.
Paul Graham (JRGS
enjoyed my experience of secondary school timetabling at Evelyns
Comprehensive, Hillingdon, London, in the Eighties; the method was
essentially the same as that shown in these photos. However, I found it
profitable to talk to as many people as possible to find out what they
wanted and to explain the constraints. The staff ended up much happier.
Steve Tyler (JRGS 1966-74) runs into an old school master from the Seventies...
Recently, I went to The Oval where I met
John Robertson, who taught at the school around 1969-73 - he
would be better known as "Muttley" to the herberts attending Ruskin at
I finished playing for the club in 1983
to take up refereeing seriously and lost touch with most of my
contemporaries. We must now leap forward to 2010 and Surrey playing a CB40
game on the Getty Estate at Wormsley near High Wycombe and who
recognised me straight away?
Steve Tyler, Selsdon, South Croydon, September 2010 Email.
Steven Tyler's reference to John Robertson
brought back pleasant memories of his excellent teaching. For A-Level
History, he gave a fascinating class on the United States, my first
introduction to the country where I have lived since 1987. It could have
been an undergraduate-level course because John always emphasised the
different ways to interpret the causes and significance of particular
historical outcomes, rather than presenting what happened in a dryly
factual way as if it were inevitable.
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) looks back on Saturday's Ruskin Annual Reunion...
Mike Marsh, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk, September 2010 Email.
Reunion was very good again and the organization well managed.
This is the personal message from CES that I read out at the JRGS Reunion last Saturday:
"I had hoped to be
with you all at the John Ruskin Grand Reunion to be held at The
Surprise pub’s reception room. Unfortunately, my
health has not
improved enough for me to be able to achieve this event , so I
am sending this message to let you know that I am still - and
will remain - a very committed member of the John Ruskin
last! A contemporary from 1935-39. The name Ken Woolston
does stir the memory just a little, but that's all. We would
appear to have been contemporaries - and I left Ruskin in 1939
for the same kind of reason! Can we exchanges addresses or phone
numbers via email? I hope we
can encourage Ken to add his memoirs. I look forward to hearing more on The Mill web site.
Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) discovers a connection with The Rover comic...
One of the items of memorabilia I plan to have for the upcoming Annual Ruskin Reunion is a Rover comic, dated 4th October, 1952, with a front cover showing 20 school badges, including our own.
Click here to see the full Rover front cover, from which the image show left is extracted. By the way, I bought this copy of The Rover a few weeks ago from a stall trader on the Thames South Bank - for a whole £1!
Inside there's list of pupils who nominated the badges; ours was sent in by a J. Simmons of 203 Harrington Road, Croydon, as shown above right.
Peter Hurn, Wallington, Surrey, September 2010 Email.
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