Martin Preuveneers (JRGS 1958-65) meets up with a fellow Alumnus ...
Last Friday [January 23], John
Cobley (JRGS 1958- 65) and I got together in San Francisco.
John hosted a Burns Night Party at his house, and invited his
circle of ex-pat friends. There were poetry readings many with
musical accompaniments, along with haggis and whisky - all of
which made for a most enjoyable evening.
Martin Preuveneers, Alameda, CA, USA, January 2009 Email
Mike Blamire (JRGS 1956-57) unearths his parents' School Welcoming Letter ...
I found the following document while digging through the "stuff" that keeps growing in my basement. Click on any thumbnail to view a large version.
It is the school welcoming letter that was sent to my parents in July 1956. Pretty standard fare, but it may interest some of The Alumni. The most noticeable thing is that, although my parents are addressed in the letter, my name is not mentioned; I can't imagine that happening these days.
Mike Blamire, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, January 2009 Email
Norman Day (JRGS 1960-66) adds: Many thanks to Mike for that letter –
fascinating. I suspect it probably remained unchanged for a decade!
However my admittedly imperfect memory has the name of the school
outfitters in Surrey Street [mentioned on
page 2 of the document] as "Hewitts" rather than "Howitts" though I
can’t see how such a mistake could have got through. [Maybe the "e" of
Hewitts has been distorted to an "o," either during the original
duplication process or during scanning? - ML]
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports on a recent Alumni Meeting in Croydon ...
During a brief trip to London over the
Christmas Holidays, I managed to journey to the Croydon Archives - more
details below - and to meet that evening with Paul Graham (JRGS
1959-66) and John Byford (JRGS 1959-66), first at the Spread
Eagle pub, located at the corner of High Street and Katharine Street,
adjacent to the Croydon Town Hall, and thence for dinner at The Pizza
Express, South End, close to Coombe Road. The resultant conversation was
wide ranging, and of many topics, including schooldays and the current
economic climate in Europe and North America.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scanned images shown here are Copyright Croydon Council, and are reproduced by permission of Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service.
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) has unearthed some interesting photos & postcards ...
I recently came across a series of images taken during a Geography Field trip to the Slapton Ley Field Centre, Devon, from 2nd to 9th of March, 1966, along with a number of postcards of Croydon Views that I secured on eBay. My thanks to Paul Graham for scanning these images. Click on any thumbnail to view a full-size version.
The left-hand image shows Clive
Poole, back to camera, and me, along with a group of
uninterested donkeys, while the centre image (left-to-right)
shows Paul Rayner (JRGS), Phil
Bailey (Prince Henry's Grammar School),
George Strelczuk (JRGS) and Ed Howell (Harrow
Clive Poole (JRGS) and myself in front. The right-hand image
shows the Slapton Ley Field Centre.
John Byford, Camberwell, London, January 2008 Email
George Strelczuk (JRGS 1958-1966) adds: The chap to my right in the central image from the Geography Field trip to the Slapton Ley Field Centre is John Bailey from the (then) Prince Henry's Grammar School, Evesham, and on my left is Ed Howell from Harrow School. Unfortunately, like John, I don't recall Phil.
Terence Morris (JRGS 1942-50)
adds: With reference to John Byford’s interesting
photos of bygone Croydon, the one of Church Street has a
connection with John Ruskin School. On the right hand side of
the picture is Carters Menswear shop, which was the official
School outfitters and the only place from which the compulsory
blazer badges and house ties could be bought when I started in
1942. No-one else sold the black blazers. And you needed clothes
coupons, of course, for everything except ties. Provided,
however, that they were grey, you could get the trousers
anywhere, and the best value was at Marks and Spencer in North
End, just by Station Road. They also did the best shirts.
Grant Harrison (JRGS
1959-1966) adds: Thank you so much, John, for your latest
contribution to the JRGS website. Apart from those amazing
pictures of you on the field trip (that is just how I remember
you!) the pictures of Croydon are fascinating.
Mike Marsh (JRGS (1949-55) adds: I noticed that in a the above recollections, John Byford states: "Sadly, no
other photos exist, otherwise there would be one of the
magnificent steam engine that hauled our train from Paddington to
Kingswear. (The line from Paignton to Kingswear is still in existence as
the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway.)"
Alan Maynell (JRGS 1957-62) recalls his prank-laden school life and fellow pupils ...
I started at the school in 1957, class 1H
with Mr. Hancock, the music teacher. Next I drew the short straw
and got Mr. "Rhino" Rees. Third year is a blank, but Mr.
Robertshaw was my form master in both the 4th and 5th year. I gave
up studying as a bad job at that point!
After leaving Ruskin, I went into a not as
boring as it might sound career in banking. I spent may years as a
"trouble shooter" and eventually was lucky enough to be posted to Jersey
where my love of sailing became irresistible and one day I cast off the
mooring lines and went Blue Water Sailing.
Alan Maynell, Sierra de Bedar, Almeria Province, Spain, January 2009 Email
Alan Wilson (JRGS 1957-62) recalls his school days and some influential teachers ...
I joined in 3M from Weymouth Grammar in
1957 and left for Reading University in 1962. Our family moved to
Weymouth from Ilford in the East End of London in 1949 as food was poor
as well as rationed. I was not a strong lad and the countryside was a
great attraction. We lived in and around Weymouth until my parents could
stand the slower pace of life no longer. Both obtained work in the City
of London and we moved to Croydon in November 1957.
Alan Wilson, Box, Wiltshire, December 2008 Email
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