Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Tony Pickup has sent this of the 5th form 1953-54

5th Form 1953-54. I think 2nd from left F R is Hudd. Can anyone fill in the other ?s? 

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Reunion for Class of 68 (Pt 2) July 2019

Martin Jones writes

"We held our reunion (pt 2) yesterday at the Zedel in Central London. I am attaching a photo which I hope you can access. Seven of us this time - left to right in the photo, Neville Crofts, George Rattray, Peter Dewey, Myself, Mike Finnis (who was unable to attend the previous reunion), Terry Smith and Philip Odell. By a strange coincidence, four of us - Pete, Mike, Philip and I - also attended the Paris trip in 1965 with GP and AP and there is a b & w photo on Fas et Patria (Ed's note- see below) of us in full school uniform looking  extremely bored (which we were) in the heat at Fontainebleau. Perhaps it might be possible to publish this as well as my photo from 54 years later. The London underground reminded me of Fontainebleau! 

The big 7-0 next, will it be the Zedel Pt 3?  "


In the 1968 photo ( bottom ) L to R Dave Franks (standing), Pete Dewey, Adrian Fothergill (fair hair), me, Miles Chapman, Philip Odell and Mike Finnis. Those also in the 2019 photo at the Zedel are Pete, Philip, Mike and myself. Not bad going after a gap of 54 years!



Tuesday, 30 July 2019

TUDOR PARADE, COULSDON ROAD, OLD COULSDON, c1955

David Isted posted this photo and comment - 

Another image of Tudor Parade shops at Old Coulsdon, c1955.

Beyond the parade on the right is the top of Placehouse Lane, where the 190 bus terminated outside the Tudor Rose pub. 
Crews used to take their breaks in the Old Tudor Cafe, seen here.

During term time lunch breaks, this parade would also be frequented by boys from the former Purley Grammar School, next door to the Tudor Rose.
The school has now been replaced by Coulsdon College.
As a former pupil, I fondly remember the Tudor Bakery here !


NB - Geoff Todd writes 

Latest addition of the Tudor Parade shops brought back memories.

I left PCGS in 1955.   Every lunchtime the area was thronged with lads going to the recreation ground behind the War Memorial opposite Tudor Parade to play football.   Soccer and footballs had been banned within the school grounds.   No problem for us lads - Gordon Pirie's mother, who lived opposite the gates, allowed us to leave it in her shed.   Gordon, who ran with South London Harriers, had been encouraged by Mr. Baldwin a SLH member.   "Baldy" (he actually had a very full head of hair) took us cross country running, which I enjoyed.  He taught me German and the 6th for Russian.   I still remember the words of songs in German he taught us.  Dei Lorelei among them.

As stated the bakers was very popular, especially when school finished and prices were reduced.   I also remember the morning milk break when rock cakes were sold to pay for the cricket pavilion.   Great consternation when the price increased from a penny to one and a half pence!

Regards,





1964-5 Rugby Team

Alan Girling has a very good memory of this photo -

"There is no Mick Giradot in the photo,  who I think was in the First X by then, he had been our star player up until that time and played for Surrey Colts.

Back row L-R: Alan Girling, Chris Wakeman, Paul Catley, Phil Windley, Derek Jones (who incidentally was our first U15 basketball coach), Brian Allen, Steve Gilfedder, Geoff Pickerill, Alan Kennett.

Front row, L-R: Tim Harper, Bill Mathie, David Hughes, Rob Lane, Mark Potashnick (Captain), Keith Peraux, Alan Winder, Pete van der May, Ray Haynes

On the floor:  Steve Taylor.

As we know, Steve Taylor and Rob Lane are sadly no longer with us.  Geoff Pickerill was at the 2007 reunion.  I still exchange the occasional email with Steve Gilfedder who returned to Australia  after PGS and now lives in Melbourne.  I know Mark is still around"




Saturday, 27 July 2019

Geoff Charman RIP

Geoff Charman died recently from a stroke. 

Martin Jones has commented:

'Thank you and sorry to hear of the passing of Geoff Charman. 

Geoff was in fact two years ahead of me and left in 1966 with three 'A' levels including a distinction in History. I mentioned his passing to those who were at the reunion on Wednesday, and was told that he went into teaching after Purley and became Head of St Andrew's CofE High School in Croydon, although we didn't have any details or dates.

As you have intimated, Geoff was a fine sportsman, and successive Bourne's refer to his cricketing and rugby ability, for example 1964/5, Cricket 1st XI, "Furry Charman demonstrated considerable batting development and medium paced, pronounced in-swing bowler, hard to score off" and 1963/4, Rugby 1st XV, "Charman (full back) provided a perpetual menace to opposing onslaughts with his kicking and tackling, and his experience in this position will be of great value to the school during the coming year". Not sure why he was nicknamed 'Furry' and he must have been in the 1st XV in his fifth year which was good going.

I remember Geoff as tall and thin and unsurprisingly athletic in build, however, as he was two years ahead of me, I cannot recall any other details about him. My condolences go to his family on their sad loss." 

Here is Geoff - Number 12 Rear right. Thanks to Alan Girling for this photo and the names -

Back row, L-R, Derek Eneas, Mark Potashnick. Steve Taylor, Geoff Charman

Front row L-R, Colin Wood, Mick Giradot, Alan Girling, Roger Stansfield, Steff Simpson.



Wednesday, 24 July 2019

U14 Cricket Team 1969

Rear - Cox, Jackson, Thomas, Bealey, Castle, Wilkinson
Front Row - Cuffe, Tong, Simon Vicary, Chris Morris, Ken Rose, Tucker, Robert Moore-Jones












Saturday, 13 July 2019

TUDOR PARADE, COULSDON ROAD, OLD COULSDON, c1955 - who remembers Ruby serving in the corner shop?


Another image of Tudor Parade shops at Old Coulsdon, c1955.

On the left is the top of Placehouse Lane, and behind the left shoulder of the photographer would be the terminus of the 190 bus outside the Tudor Rose pub. Crews used to take their breaks in the Old Tudor Cafe, seen here.

During term time lunch breaks, this parade would also be frequented by boys from the former Purley Grammar School, next door to the Tudor Rose.
The school has now been replaced by Coulsdon College.

Former pupils fondly remember the Tudor Bakery !

Image courtesy of Scott's Series - first published by David Isted.






Sunday, 7 July 2019

Purley Boys Swimming team 1979 80






























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