- Page 23 - April 2005 -
- Page 23 - April 2005 -
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.
Mike "Jack" Horner (JRGS 1959-64) fills in the gap - after 41 years...
Finally my conscience has caught up - and
a promise I made to Mel Lambert about three years ago has cornered me!
Life after JRGS
Mike "Jack" Horner, New Zealand, May 2005 email
Kent Sadler (JRGS 1969-76) offers updates from "Friends of Shirley Windmill"...
As you may know, I am now Honorary
Treasurer of "Friends of Shirley Windmill", and can be reached at the
email address shown below. Tony Skrzyp is the new Secretary [email],
although I am quite happy to stay in as amended.
As the tours take a minimum
of 45 minutes, the last tour is usually at, say, 4.15pm. Admission is
free; refreshments also are available.
Kent Sadler, May 2005 email
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) shares fond football memories from the Sixties...
Shown below is an article I wrote originally for the Crystal Palace fanzine on the 1963-64 season. Not surprisingly, it brought back plenty of Ruskin memories!
Glad all over
There were two momentous events during the 1963-64 season and every Palace fan should know about the first, which happened on 21st November 1963 and had nothing to do with football. Columbia released Glad All Over by the Dave Clark Five (DB7154), which quickly went to number one and stayed in the charts for 16 weeks. If you were around then you would have probably played it on a Dansette Bermuda record player which, if bought new, would have set you back 16 and an half guineas. (A guinea was 21 old-style shillings so, £17.325 - a lot of money in 1963.) The second took place on April 22nd at Wrexham where we gained a point in a 2-2 draw to confirm promotion back to the (old) Second Division after a 39-year absence. (We could have won the championship that evening but gave away a silly penalty near the end.)
It was also my first season of
watching Crystal Palace Football Club, and that was an achievement.
No-one in my family was interested in football and it took some
persuasion to get my mother’s agreement to let me go with a friend from
John Ruskin, and more importantly his dad who had a car, something of a
novelty in New Addington in 1963. Little did my mother know that the
opponents on 12 October 1963 were Millwall and it was a classic victory
over our nearest and most bitter rivals.
This piece was first published as Up the football league we go, in Palace Echo, 67, Summer 2005, pp.30-31.
Camberwell, South London, April 2005; email
John Murray, son of Mr. Alan Murray, unearths some fascinating photographs...
ML writes: John Murray has scanned
for us a number of fascinating images from his late father's archives.
Mr. Alan Murray taught at JRGS from 1952 to 1977, and witnessed first
hand the move from Tamworth Road to the Upper Shirley Road
In early 1955,
just after the new school site opened on Upper Shirley Road, and later the same year, a photographer
from Keystone Press - Chris Ware - visited the new location to take a series of images that capture many aspects of the
new buildings and its occupants.
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) visits Croydon and the Tamworth Road site...
had been waiting for a day that was forecast to be fine, together with
when I had nothing else scheduled, to make a trip down to Croydon - which
I had not really seen since leaving there in the early Sixties. Thursday
last week (this is mid-April) was such a day, so I caught the 09.00
AM train from Sudbury and set off on my little adventure.
Those of you reading this who still live in or near Croydon, or who have visited the town recently, will not be at all surprised at what I saw when I got off the train at East Croydon station - Tomorrow's World was nothing to what I felt when I stood on the pavement outside the station. Buildings up to the sky, trams in the roads and such way-out structures everywhere, I had a job to recognise the roads that used to be there - George Street, Wellesley Road, North End, Crown Hill and so on. That is not to mention the station façade itself, which has become an agglomeration of pipe-work and girders. And yet there were several of the older buildings still around when I looked closely enough, although I always thought that Allders shop was on the other (west) side of North End along with Kennard's, which latter has disappeared altogether.
Those trams - wow - the old ones I knew used to run along North End
(which was then surfaced with wooden cobbles) and I forget where else. But these new trams seem to run just about everywhere else. I marvelled
at the logistics and disruption that must have ensued in Croydon whilst
they were building the new system! They even go down Crown Hill where I
was "donged" at by one when I was standing in amazement but too close to
the track with the tram coming up behind me. Hewitts of Croydon, the
clothing and school uniform shop, is still there too but looked a bit
dowdy somehow, maybe the graffiti had something to do with that. My
favourite tool shop, L H Turtle, used to be on Crown Hill; it was
long and narrow and very exciting inside. I found that not far away in
The school in sight...
Then across the road to the school itself, which also has not changed at
all, and is still absolutely recognisable (to those who went there anyway) as
the school it once was. There is a new entrance to the playground
though, just a few yards away from the old gate, into what is now a car
park. My attention was drawn to someone putting up a sign board across
the other side of the playground. Could it really be? Yes, the old
toilets were still there with the stand-up glass skylights!
A wander around Croydon
Mike Marsh, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk, April 2005 email
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) adds: Reading Mike Marsh's piece, a couple of things struck me. One, how fascinating it was to read his impressions of a Croydon he has not seen before. (Especially to those of us who see it regularly; for example, I was there only yesterday afternoon having a drink in The George with my son.) And two, how interesting it must have been for him to see his old school, and so much of it looking as it had been when he last saw it.
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) recalls Mr. Murray's comments on a history essay...
Reviewing my O-Level History exercise
books I came across an essay I wrote in May 1962, entitled "Croydon
1800-62." As you can see from the pages reproduced below, Mr.
Murray provided some constructive comments during his marking of the essay
and added: "I would have liked a little a more about World Two and after
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