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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.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) shares a postcard from the Shirley Windmill...
Graham (JRGS 1959-66) recently attended the JRGS Mill Heritage Day, held
at the Shirley Windmill, 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday, 18 September. As a
souvenir, Paul sent me a postcard, the front and rear of which I share
with you here; click on either image to access a larger version.
"The ladies in the tea room - try their flapjack when you go - knew
Martin Nunn very well. Apparently he helps in the tea room most months
and tells everybody about him teaching there for years.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA, October 2005 email
Kent Sadler (JRGS 1969-76) is looking for anecdotes about the school...
many JRGS Alumni will know, the Windmill stood for many years in the
grounds of John Ruskin Grammar (later Comprehensive) school and visitors
have often been former pupils or teachers who never had the chance to
explore The Mill when at the school.
Kent Sadler September 2005 email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) has been researching the fate of two masters...
Because the school magazines sadly ceased being published after 1971 we are a little short of later information about some of the staff at the school who were still teaching around that time. So, after a little research I can reveal the following.
Does anybody have information about when Mr. Gee left, or indeed about any of the other long-serving members of staff, most of whom were still there in 1971, such as Mr. Woodard, Mr. Tryon, Mr. Cripps, Mr. Maggs and Mr. Pearman?
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, September 2005 email
Dudley Wolf (JRGS 1943-48)
adds: I was interested to read Brian Thorogood's
recollections of Vincent Gee.
Kathryn Vincent (JRHS
1982-89) adds: Regarding information on teachers from JRGS
Martin Preuveneers (JRGS 1958-65) adds: My parents, who lived in Shirley, knew Kenneth Maggs and his family. Sadly, I recall that he passed away in the mid-Nineties. [Reportedly, Mr. Maggs died on 28 July 1994 - ML.]
Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) adds: Mr. Maggs originally taught
Latin at JRGS. As this subject became less popular - there were four of
us sitting at A-Level in 1965, one only in 1966 - he showed his
versatility and switched to Religious Instruction and Italian at
Stuart Frier (JRGS 1952-56) remembers an Easter Field Trip to Wales...
I recall attending a School Field Trip to North Wales during Easter 1955 with Mr. Peacock and Mr. Smith. Click on any image to view a larger version.
A Story to Remember... Climbing from the A5 Llyn Ogwen up to Carnedd Dafydd (1044m asl) - Mr. Peacock decides to do a head-count. "All Stop." Count, re-count, re-count again. One missing. "Who is it?" Could be Syd Mark. "Is he behind us?" He's always last! No - nowhere to be seen. Time to report a Missing Person. "Right, Frier, Goring and two others - walk back to Idwal Cottage YHA and report to the warden."
So off we went and on our way we heard
shouting. We looked left and upwards to people on a shelf halfway up
Tryfan (917m). "Come up and help us, we have a climber with a broken
leg." I think our reply was quite polite, but we did say we would report
He was pleased to hear that I was involved in County League Football - Secretary and Treasurer of our local club here in Sussex, Crawley Down F C. He receives most of his news of JR Old Boys from Ron Montague.
Stuart Frier, September 2005 email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) provides scans of the March 1958 school magazine...
This edition of
JRGS School Magazine
results from a visit in August 2003 by myself and Nick Goy
(JRGS 1963-70) to
the Local Studies Library and Croydon Archives. Each of the images are
offered as individual JPEG files.
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, August 2005 email
Robert Sageman (JRGS 1950-55) finds himself in various school photos...
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) writes: "I have been in contact with Robert Sageman
(JRGS 1950-55; I don't know
about sixth form at the moment) who was a year below me but caught up when
I did the second fifth year. Below are some extracts from his emails to me,
which he says can be added to the website; he threatens
to write some more!
I attended the school from 1950 to 1955, in Forms 1C, etc. to 5A. Form 3G became 3N (with Mr. Neale) because Mr. Griffiths became ill or left the school. In the 1952 School Photograph, I am in the front row, to the teachers left, next to George Saunders. In the 1954 School Photograph I am in section 2, back row, seventh from the left, between Burrows and Willshire.
On leaving school I worked for CU Assurance Group and moved to South
Devon in 1965. I had a complete change of direction in 1976, working in the
bus and coach industry. I worked part time for two years before retiring
fully in 2003 and moving to Drumnadrochit by Loch Ness in the Scottish
Highlands. Because there were no transferability of pension rights when
I left the CU, I had to forego 20 years of pension, and had to wait until I
was 65 to fully retire. That's part of life, I'm afraid; just one of the
knockdowns you learn to deal with.
The image that Mike Marsh supplied recently (shown left), and which he refers to as 1955 VA leaving year, is in fact of 1955 VF leaving year. George Saunders can be see in the middle row, second from right, showing the "V" sign.
Like Mike Marsh, I did my National Service in the RAF from May 1957 to 1959, within the Equipment Section. Being promoted to corporal after 12 months I had a relatively easy passage during my second year. I recall square bashing at West Kirby where Roger Hebb (Ruskin pupil from 1956) arrived about a month later. Trade training was at Credenhill, Hereford, and my first posting to Church Fenton, Yorkshire; final posting to 71 MU, Bicester, Oxfordshire.
In the 1952 photograph we are to the teachers' left i.e. on the right looking at
photograph. My facial expression is of complete boredom. I remember Mike
from 5A. I suppose my best mate then was Tony Coker, who is living in Northern
Ireland and I have been in contact with him by mail and telephone having
discovered his whereabouts after 30 years.
Robert Sageman, Drumnadrochit, Scotland, June 2005 email
Peter Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) recalls meeting Donald Campbell and his Bluebirds...
When I was about 15 or 16, I found myself
sitting next to Donald Campbell in the Victoria Palace Theatre in
London, where the Crazy Gang (no, not Wimbledon FC!) had a
show on. (The Crazy Gang held shows there continuously from 1947 to
1962.) I talked with Mr. Campbell during the whole interval. What an
I believe the owner of the garage was a friend of Donald Campbell, who was also there at various times; I recall talking to him again. Even later the Bluebird Boat (the K7 one) was sited on a trailer outside that same Gravel Hill Garage. This time both Donald Campbell and Leo Villa were there. (Leo was Chief Mechanic to Sir Malcolm Campbell and then to Donald Campbell when Sir Malcolm died.)
I remember my late father having a very long chat with Leo Villa - maybe because Dad was a professional engineer who, in his early days, had worked for both Triumph and then Riley, where he designed the Riley Nine's steering-gear and worked on some of the "Racing Rileys" too. So maybe Dad had a few thoughts to share on how to get the most power out of an engine?
I talked both to Donald Campbell and to Leo Villa. When Donald wasn't around Leo allowed me to sit in the boat - the very same one in which Donald died on 4th January, 1967, on Coniston Water. I remember thinking how small the cockpit was and the poor visibility - just straight ahead really.
Some years ago the BBC ran a '"docudrama, "Across the Lake, which told the story of Donald's last weeks at Coniston. (Anthony Hopkins played the part of Donald Campbell.) In the film, a girl journalist tries to get a child to sit in the boat. Campbell erupts, telling her that no one but him sits in that boat. I remember jumping up when I saw this on TV, saying: "That isn't right, because I sat in that boat!" Maybe I am one of very few people ever to have sat in that boat?
At the time Leo Villa told me that the cars and boats - as they were with Sir Malcolm - were Leo's until he told Donald or Sir Malcolm that they were ready for them to get into and drive.
Visit to Coniston and Ruskin Museum
When I visited Donald's grave
in the churchyard at Coniston, there is an outline of a bluebird -
coloured blue - engraved on the
headstone and bunches of fresh flowers all over the grave. (As I suspect
there are every single day of the year.) Someone described it to me as
"The man died... and the legend began".
Gina does not want Bluebird
displayed as a wreck; she says it looks like a motorway crash, and that
would be too upsetting for people to see - especially children.
Peter Wilson, Guernsey, June 2005 email
Ian Castro (JRGS 1958-65) adds:
Interesting to see Peter's piece on Donald Campbell. He might be
interested to know that my first paid employment was as the "Donald
Campbell Research Fellow" in the Aeronautics Department at Imperial
College. (This led to my PhD and I was very fortunate to be paid a
salary to do it - I could afford to get married!).
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