- Page 62 - June 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.
John Jackaman (JRGS 1949-51) recalls his schooldays and military career...
I recently came across a JRGS
School Christmas Play Program dated 1949, a scanned copy of
which is shown below. The cast
of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde included familiar names of fellow students in the upper-sixth,
including Owen Everson, Anthony Nye and Derek
Howes. Click on any thumbnail to view a larger version.
I joined JRGS in 1949 and entered the lower-sixth from Heath Clark Central
School. I moved on to the upper-sixth form in 1950 and was
appointed captain of my house and vice-captain of the school. I
left JRGS [with A-levels in geography and history] and decided to do my
national service before going on
to further education. After completing my national service I
emigrated to Canada and finally decided to make the military my
career. I retired in 1987 after 36 years of service.
I am now into my 22nd year of retirement and active as a ham-radio operator in emergency communications for my local
Fraser Valley Regional District. Unfortunately, since my wife is now
very disabled with Parkinson's Disease and an associated dementia, I
am also busy as a full-time caregiver. However. we continue to
enjoy life here in beautiful British Columbia.
Military Service, October 1951
to December 1987
John "Jack" Jackaman, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada, June 2010 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) walks the Addington Hills; what spectacular views...
Last Sunday, 13th June, I was
walking a 20-mile section of the London Loop long-distance route
in glorious sunshine – highly recommended – see this
As can be seen, the view from the top was
stunning. Wembley Stadium was a different shape in 1960, and Canary
Wharf etc unheard of. But the BBC and ITV television transmitter towers
at Crystal Palace are unchanged. Way down in the right hand corner you
can see the sails of the windmill in the former school grounds.
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) reports on this year's Bromley Motoring Pageant...
annual Bromley Pageant of Motoring was held on Sunday, June 13, at its
traditional venue, Norman Park, Bromley. As in previous years, anyone
with a pre-79 car was allowed to bring their vehicle to the site and
park for free.
Mike Etheridge, Sanderstead, Surrey. June 2010 Email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) discovers our Summer Game alive in Los Angeles...
While journeying last summer through the
San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, I came across a cricket game
in progress close to the Sepulveda Basin reservoir. Although I had heard
that Woodley Park was a favorite setting for our Summer Game, in close
to 30 years of living here I had never checked it out.
The setting was perfect. In
fact, the trees surrounding the park looked not unlike those bounding
the Oaks Road playing fields from my JRGS days, although I think the
school grounds staff were probably able to keep the wicket in better
shape. The LA temperature earlier that week has been in the
mid-Nineties/35C, making the already sandy ground dry and unresponsive -
the ball was coming up high during the several overs we observed.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA. June 2010 Email
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