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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.
|Cliff Cummins (JRGS 1956-62) has been raiding his photo album again...|
Firstly, my apologies for not being at the
London reunion in late November. Unfortunately, my mother has been unwell
and I have been in Herefordshire for some time.
A photo about 1960 of myself, John Carter and another boy during Sports Day at Croydon Arena.
Photo of Mr.
Woodard scrutinising long jump at same venue. The jumper
A 1961 picture
of a School Play cast.
A photo of me, John Carter and David Short at the demolition re-union held during the early-Nineties
A photo of one of the Shirley Road corridors showing those lockers.
|Andrew Simmons (JRGS 1965-71) recalls his school days with affection...|
I've been browsing the Ruskin site with
interest. I was there from 1965, starting in 1N, and went on to study
physics at Cambridge, ending up with a PhD. I'm now living in Auckland,
New Zealand, and earn a living in the IT industry.
Andrew Simmons, December 2002 email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) comments:
When you joined JRGS in 1965, I would have been a prefect in the Upper
Sixth. We can still remember certain prefects from our own time of joining
the school. At the time they seemed terribly important, almost minor
deities! But then, it was the late 1950s, and I expect times changed.
Interesting that you don't recall any prefects if your first year. That
chimes with my own feeling that the nature of the prefects, and in a way
the whole hierarchical structure of the school, subtly relaxed between
1959 when we joined and the mid-60s when we left. In 1959 the Head Boy
seemed a terribly important person. (And I had a reasonably successful
academic career and kept my nose out of trouble too.) As Head Boy myself
during Sept to Dec 196, I feel faintly relived that you DON'T remember me!
Roger Searle was Head Boy after me until July 1966.
I also recall Mr. Smith with mixed emotions. He was stern, without a
doubt, but could be kind and considerate, as Andrew stresses.
|JRGS Alumni Meeting in Victoria, London|
Six ex-JRGS pupils met on Saturday, November
23, 2002, at Pizza Express Restaurant, Victoria, London.
Left to right: Paul Graham, Julie Graham, Mel Lambert, Jim Thomas, Mike Marsh, Ian Macdonald, John Byford and Merelyn Davis.
Click on the image to download a larger version.
|Roger Adcock (JRGS 1963-67) recalls Mr. Lowe's School Rules...|
I have put other photos on www.friendsreunited.com site but you might like these too for the excellent and growing Alumni web pages. Cliff Cummins lives near me in Oxted, Surrey, and has a super restored vintage car he drives around the town on high days and holidays.
The image left is the School Rules that my Dad was sent to sign before Mr. "Joe" Lowe allowed anyone to start.
centre is a
photo taken in Easter 1967 of Form 5G with Mr. Smith preparing the board
for pre-O-Level lessons. The heads of Minter (left) & Ashley (right) can
also be seen.
Roger Adcock November 2002 email
|Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) recalls a famous Alumnus...|
the week of the sad death of Lonnie Donegan, what better way to celebrate
the music of our generation than to publicize JRGS' own great musician:
Ralph May, better known as Ralph McTell? I have just finished Streets
of London - The Official Biography of Ralph McTell, by Chris
Hockenhull, published by Northdown Publishing, UK. I would recommend it
but, better still, go and see him live if you get the chance.
Since Ralph May was born in
December 1944, he would normally have attended JRGS 1956-61 (years 1-5).
However, he arrived in the second year (1957) because his family moved
home. He then left at the end of the 4th year in 1960 (pre-ROSLA!) to go
into the army.
ML adds: Ralph McTell's autobiography
Angel Laughter is the first volume in of his early life as Ralph
May, spanning the years from infancy in the late 1940s to his time in the
Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion of the army at the age of 15. As the
blurb says: "For Britain, the period immediately after the Second World
War was a time of reconstruction both of buildings and families, the
bleakness and austerity of life being tempered by relief that the conflict
was finally over.
|Norman High (JRGS 1928-33) has unearthed some fascinating cuttings...|
you for your message re: John Ruskin. As suggested, I have checked out
[the JRGS Alumni] web site, and this confirms the impression I have that
it is extremely unlikely that I am going to link up with old friends at
the school. Indeed, the gentleman who opined that he might be the oldest
member is way out. I actually joined the school in 1928 and left in
February 1933 (I did, in fact, leave before I should have done due to the
untimely death of my father and my desire to earn a living).
|Peter Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) updates his future chess commitments...|
Living here in Guernsey
means that trips to the UK [for possible Alumni Reunions] have to be
planned well in advance if one is to avoid paying almost £400 return for a
couple of 30 min flights! By choosing the right time of day and going on
mid-week days and booking well in advance I can get prices down to c£70
|John Dearing (JRGS 1955-60) vividly recalls his first day of school...|
I came to JRGS in 1955, from
West Thornton Primary School, Croydon. My mother thought it was a "posh"
school, and made me take elocution lessons prior to attending. (I took one
and spent the following weeks dodging them, spending the cash elsewhere.)
|Trevor Neckles (JRGS 1966-72) recalls dramatic changes...|
I’ll try and give you a
quick synopsis of the last 30 years, although deteriorating brain cells
(age- and vodka-induced) may work against me.
|Peter Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) discovers www.friendsreunited.co.uk...|
Peter Wilson sent the following interesting email to Paul Graham, which we reproduce here with their mutual permission.
Paul: I found your interesting page by accident - on the famous Internet
- while looking up
Barrie Sturt-Penrose (who had a recent TV programme on Jeremy Thorpe and Norman Smith).
Paul Graham replies -
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