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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.
Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) reports the death of Sixties alumnus Roger Taylor...
I have a sad and
untimely passing to report: Roger Taylor (JRGS 1959-64) died
peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 23rd May. He'd been suffering from
severe medical problems for months and had been in Mayday Hospital since
Peter Hurn, Wallington, Surrey May 2010 Email.
Paul Graham (JRGS
1959-66) adds: Very sorry to hear about Roger. He was a friend of
mine from early days at South Norwood Junior. I seem to remember
that our mothers were work colleagues. In those days the Taylors
lived in Carmichael Road, just yards from the Junior School.
Although he was with several of us in 2C, 3M and 5U, Roger must
have been in a different form at JRGS in the first year, and we
werenít particular friends after 1959.
(JRGS 1959-66) adds: I was very sorry to read about the death of Roger. He
was one of a small intrepid band of brothers in 5B who spent
many lunch hours up on Shirley Hills trying out the latest brand
of cigarette on the market, debating the merits of the different
versions of Under My Thumb and generally having a good
time; Roger Hall, Grant Harrison, John Holden
and yours truly were the other escapees.
Paul Graham has more
background: An old South Norwood Junior School friend of
mine and Rogerís - Heather Harris nťe Parks (she
lives in South Croydon and attended the funeral) - has drawn my
attention to another cricketing connection of Rogerís which I
have followed up and discovered the faintly amazing truth. Be
careful - some of the stuff on the internet about Don Bradmanís
ancestry is a bit wayward.
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) reports on a refit to the Shirley Windmill...
came across an article in a recent edition of Croydon Guardian about
a £45,000 refit to the Shirley Windmill to repair damage from rot and attack
by marauding parakeets. The local landmark has come under threat from rose-ringed
parakeets that like to sharpen their beaks on the wooden sails.
Ian Macdonald, Shirley, Surrey, May 2010 Email
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69)
adds: It's not funny, this business with the parrots, though I have
to say one is tempted to send for John Cleese of Monty Python fame!
They're not dead, just a damned nuisance.
Rodger Holcombe (JRGS 1959-64) fondly recalls his sporting schooldays...
My parents were delighted I was to
go to Ruskin, as otherwise they had to pay for me at Whitgift; also
my father had been at the school when it was down Scarbrook Road.
Rodger Holcombe, Burgau, Western Algarve, Portugal, May 2010 Email
Steve Warr (JRGS 1964-70) struggles to remember his schooldays...
This is a great website - very detailed,
slick and wide ranging - but missing many potential contributions.
(As always, what hasnít yet been said is probably more interesting
than what has). Iíve found my name twice already!
Steve Warr, Aberdeen, Scotland, April 2010 Email
Peter Eades (JRGS 1963-69) adds: I remember Steve Warr, if he is the one who lived in Shirley Way and had a Scaletrix set. He also passed 10 O-Levels - the highest score that year (1968). [more]
Steve Warr replies:
To my embarrassment I donít remember Peter - but I did live in Shirley Way.
(Mr. "Rhino" Rees and Mr. "Joe" Lowe used to kindly stop and give me a lift
into school if they saw me walking up the road.) And I did have a Scaletrix
set. For Peter, remembering must be one of the benefits of (spectacularly)
early retirement! But why should he remember me?
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) responds: My only recommendation to potential contributors is that they make it interesting for other Alumni members, and refrain from being too vitriolic towards teachers and other staff members who quite often cannot - sadly - defend themselves. Sure we were sometimes bullied and, in rare cases, physically abused by one or two masters. But, on the whole, these were men (and women) dedicated to the teaching profession and who worked steadfastly to make us better individuals. Any editing I may do to a submission would be to ensure a fair balance and to gently tone down any potentially offensive language. Let's hear from you, Steve.
Anne Smith (JRHS/JRC teacher/principal 1970-99) adds: I should like to go on record as saying that I never physically abused a pupil in my life, and do not think I bullied anyone either, although the latter is subjective.
Colin Wood (JRGS 1961-68) hears from a former school friend via the website...
I recently received an email from one James
Chapman, son of Colin Chapman (JRGS 1961-67), who was best man at
my wedding in 1973 and with whom I had lost touch around 1985. Despite the
proliferation of sites like Friends Reunited, Facebook etc., my attempts
to trace Chapman Senior had been fruitless.
Colin Wood, Bicester, Oxfordshire, April 2010 Email
Raymond Young (JRGS 1950-55) reports death of Fifties alumnus Robert Sageman...
It is with
much sadness that I report the death of Robert Sageman (JRGS
1952-55). He died of stomach cancer at the end of 2009,
aged 71, at his home in Ludlow, Shropshire. Bob and I were two
of a kind. We played football in the 5th XI (first form) to
the 1st XI (fifth form) and became life-long friends. [more]
Raymond "Sprout" Young, Hurst Green, Etchingham, East Sussex, April 2010 Email
(JRGS 1949-55) adds: It is always a sad moment to hear of one's
school mates passing away even if they were not a particularly close buddy
at that time, especially as Bob was the same age as myself.
Steve Tyler (JRGS 1966-74) recalls a Varsity football match in the mid-Sixties...
I was at the school from 1966 to 1974, but
wasn't one of its star pupils, by any means. I was too lazy!! If I put my
mind to it, I could be capable but I was too easily led astray and, in the
last two years, was too interested in playing football.
Steve Tyler, Selsdon, South Croydon, April 2010 Email.
Maurice Whitfield (JRGS 1959-66) remembers school friends from the early-Sixties...
Theses images from life on the Monks Hill estate and Gilbert Scott Infants School date from 1953 onwards, and contain some Ruskinites of year 1959 onwards. Click on any thumbnail to view a larger image.
The photo of myself on the cart, pictured
above left, is the only example I've seen of a Monks Hill prefab
- no.65 in fact. My family lived at 63, and I am positioned here in this
photo between the two adjacent to the alleyway with the pylon. Incidentally,
Monks Hill estate is in Selsdon, adjacent to Littleheath Woods, between
Selsdon Park Road and a slightly less-near Gravel Hill.
Maurice Whitfield, Woodside Green, London SE25, March 2010 Email
Richard Thomas & Ian Macdonald announce details of upcoming Ruskin Reunion...
second John Ruskin Grand Reunion will be held on the afternoon of
Saturday 11th September 2010 at The Surprise pub function
room, with tours of The Shirley Windmill. A hot buffet will be served
and some short films of pupil and Army Cadet Force activities from the 1960s
also shown. The reunion will be open to Alumni, teaching and other staff
members who attended at Tamworth Road or at the Shirley Windmill site, plus
Co-organisers: Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958Ė65) and Richard "Tom" Thomas (JRGS 1957Ė64).
Richard "Tom" Thomas, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. March 2010 Email
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