Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) looks back on the recent Ruskin Reunion...
Reunion was a very successful event, and mentally extremely
stimulating. The organization was very good thanks to both
Richard "Tom" Thomas (JRGS 1957-64) and Ian Macdonald
(JRGS 1958-65) and his family - an inspired idea. Luckily,
The Surprise was significantly larger than I remember it from
about 1965 when I had my first pint of bitter (Double Diamond,
regrettably - but it didn't put me off) in the small front bar.
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, September 2009 Email.
Colin Bateman (JRGS 1957-63) adds:
It's more than 45 years since I was at Ruskin, but I have followed
The Mill entries with interest. Great to see such an active
involvement - I regret missing the Reunion.
Mike Noakes (JRGS 1957-63) adds:
I remember Colin Bateman very well from our days playing football and
cricket together. He was an excellent goalkeeper - Croydon/Surrey, at
least - and ditto for his wicket keeping. I remember our
respective fathers coming to watch us in all weathers and locations and
in mid week fixtures too.
Paul Graham adds: Colin Bateman and Mike Noakes are shown together a school soccer photo together on page 30 of the July 1962 JRGS school magazine, with others like Peter Baron. The duo also feature heavily, with more photos, on page 32 and page 33 of the April 1961 school magazine, as shown below.
Colin Bateman adds: It is good
to see Mike Noakes' comments.
Tony Skrzypczyk (JRGS 1968-75 & FOSW Secretary) adds: Seen below are further details of damage to The Mill sails and the culprits caught in the act after the Reunion.
Tony Skrzypczyk (JRGS 1968-75 & FOSW Secretary) is looking for school photos...
Reunion was a very enjoyable day; I look forward to meeting you all
Tony Skrzypczyk, Croydon, Surrey September 2009 Email
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69) recalls some favourite teacher sayings ...
I'm pleased to hear it went well for the
Incidentally, I attended JRGS from 1962 until 1969. I was in the "U" stream but, because I didn’t quite get the grades first time around, had to return in September 1968. More below.
Graham Donaldson, South Croydon, Surrey September 2009 Email
Peter Hurn (JRGS 1967-73) adds:
I remember when I was in the first year, playing cricket in Mr. Smith's
team. We were against the Croydon Schools Under-11 team and got them out
for about 45. I went in with five or six wickets down and still 20-odd
to win, Croydon had a "fast" bowler on who was skittling us out.
About a year later we were in
a Surrey semi-final and I was fielding in the deep. The ball went up in
the air quite a long way, I ran in towards it and realised I'd have to
dive and maybe get a finger under it. I decided to let it bounce and
fielded it cleanly.
Chris Mann (JRGS 1967-73)
I still have nightmares about some of the inquests during my time as
cricket captain. They mostly started with the command "Stand up, Mann"
as CES entered the room to deliver his verdict on the mistakes made in
the latest game.
Anne Smith (JRGS/JRHS teacher & principal 1970-99) on fate of the school organ...
understand that when the college moved to Selsdon many alumni were
disappointed that the organ - shown
before the demolition of the Upper Shirley Road site in 1991 - was not
moved as well, but apparently was just left to moulder, especially as it
had been funded from school funds raised by the parents, not by the
local authority. May I therefore set the record belatedly straight?
1. The organ was too high for the hall in Selsdon and would have to be lowered at great cost;
2. An organ expert whom we employed to advise us on this matter told us that organs don't like to be moved, leave alone cut down in size, and that
3. It was an old organ, having been secondhand when bought for the school, and not worth the money we should have to spend on the project, and indeed
4. Even if we spent the money it was unlikely that the organ would function properly after being moved.
So we passed on to Plan B:
find the organ a good home. This did not work, possibly because all the
places which want organs of this height have one, and possibly also
because of 2, 3 and 4 above. So we were reluctantly driven to the
conclusion that we would have to abandon the organ. Until...
Anne Smith, Croydon, Surrey. September 2009 Email
Terry Procter (JRGS 1953-60) adds: Sorry to hear this, as I well remember the organ being built and the unfortunate parents being hounded for contributions. What a terrible waste, since it was a fine instrument. I am totally mystified as to why it was not salvaged.
|Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds to his growing collection of books about Croydon...|
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69) could not make Reunion but recalls school life...
I only recently discovered this site
through my involvement with the Croydon Local Studies Forum. I would
have liked to come on Saturday 5th to the
Reunion but as it happens I'm already committed to a family "do" on
that day. In the 40 years that have elapsed I have managed to migrate no
further than South Croydon, so attendance wouldn't have been difficult!
Life after JRGS
Graham Donaldson, South Croydon, Surrey, September 2009 Email
Geoff Forbath (JRGS 1952-57) recalls school discipline during the Fifties ...
"There will be no talking during lunch" - Mr. Rees' instruction
not only silenced us boys for the whole of the meal, but it also had the
curious effect of silencing the ladies serving lunch... and the staff
sitting at their tables along the side of the dining hall (or was it a
Geoff Forbath, South Lincolnshire, September 2009 Email
Ian Macdonald & Richard Thomas say there is still room for Reunion late-comers...
Fire and Health & Safety requirements restrict us to a total of 120
people in the Reception Room. Currently, we have 101 people confirmed
and another 8 awaiting confirmation - so there is still room for
Richard "Tom" Thomas, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. August 2009 Email
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