- Page 29 - January thru February 2006 -
- Page 29 - January thru February 2006 -
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.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) unearths images of Croydon & London in the Sixties...
These black and white images were taken
the early-Sixties by
my father, James Lambert, an amateur and later semi-professional photographer,
pictured right. Sadly, I
cannot date them any more accurately than that, but I am sure that
Alumni can help out!
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, February 2006 Email
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds: As ever, you bring back lots of memories. I recall a sixth-form school trip to the building of the underpass one Saturday morning; it was for the scientists but us arty types were allowed along. Think it would have been in the school year 65/66.
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) adds: Having just had a look at the ["Bygone Croydon"] archive film again, the underpass seems to have been in place in 1964, while the flyover was being built in 1967 and opened in 1969.
Jim Thomas (JRGS 1959-65) adds: Seeing the photo of the underpass being built reminded me that we had an outing one Saturday - I think - to view it being built. It was deep mud down there and we walked through it all!
John Brigden (JRGS 1959-64) adds:
Thanks for sharing your Dad's pictures of central Croydon.
Derek Charlwood (JRGS 1958-64) adds:
The photo of Essex House stirred some memories. I remember some careers
advice from school, when I intimated that I would like a career in
Mel Lambert checks with Google Earth:
George Street runs from East Croydon
Station to the top of Crown Hill at High Street/North End. Wellesley
Road runs north-west from the underpass roundabout, while Park Lane runs
south from the same intersection.
Neil Graham (JRGS 1967-74) recalls Mr. Richardson's 2R class of 1968...
The attached photo was taken, I believe, in Autumn 1968. It is Class 2R, Mr. Richardson being the teacher. Click on the image to view a larger version.
I was at JRGS from 1967 to 1974, and moved to Canada later that year.
The last time I
was over was the Fall of 1990, and saw the school in its last year. I am
coming over in May and will be stopping by to see how it looks now.
I graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1978, but pursued a
career at sea. I am still in the shipping industry, but have been ashore
And there was an interesting connection between JRGS and University of
New Brunswick/UNB. At the time our soccer teams was called the UNBSJ
(for Saint John Campus) Red Barons, although they have long since changed it
to Sea Wolves. One strange coincidence: the football kit for the UNB
soccer team was identical to Ruskin, down to the manufacturer!
Neil Graham, Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada. January 2006 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) provides images from last year's Mill Heritage Day...
Last September, I attended the
Mill Heritage Day, held at the Shirley Windmill. Here, as promised,
are the images I secured during an interesting tour of The Mill. I
also met Kent Sadler (JRGS 1969-76), who was one of the guides.
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, January 2006 Email
Cliff Cummins (JRGS 1956-62) has located some unique images of the Shirley site...
Here are some colour photos of JRGS
taken shortly before demolition of the Upper Shirley Road location
Cliff Cummins, December 2005. Email
Keith Looseley (JRGS 1958-65) brings us up to date with his long RAF career ...
After I got my RAF wings, I flew Victors in Bomber Command, then Canberras for a couple of tours before becoming a QFI (Flying Instructor) on Jet Provosts. Then another tour on Canberras as Squadron Training Officer. My final eight years were flying Nimrods [a development of the Comet 4C] from Kinloss, Scotland. (Mike Etheridge's nephew might know some of my friends who went to do the flying to develop the Mk4 for service.)
I did 32 years of RAF flying before I finally grew
out of it - an event Jack Rhodes predicted would happen soon after
leaving school! Teachers! What do they know!?
But I'm not completely retired,
since I work as a simulator instructor for a helicopter company in
And Mr. Pearce didn't share our love of popular music. When I was in 5F, during the lunch break we used to play pop music while having our sandwiches or whatever. Whenever it got too loud, "Puncher" would wander down from the Sixth Form corridor and burst in with "'Ere! What's all this Jungle Music? Turn it down"... etc., etc. The phrase evokes a picture of the man.
Further to recent
comments about the 1965
Prefects Photo: mine is dated August
1965, and gives a flavour of the times in the way I've recorded the
Keith Looseley, Aberdeen, November 2005. Email
Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) adds:
Does anybody remember when the Upper Sixth class bundled me into the
cupboard in Classroom 4 next to the library and shut both doors? I had
just walked into Classroom 4 from a lesson when I think it was Reeves
who shouted (did we have a Reeves?) something like "Get him!" Of course
I resisted, knew it was a spontaneous but not serious attack, and looked
to pals in the class to come to my aid - did I have any pals? No help
was forthcoming and I was completely overwhelmed.
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