Sunday, 31 August 2008

Martin Jones 2008

How good is it that nearly 45 years on Purley Old Boys can still be found clutching their Latin Primer......?

Martin Jones clearly does....

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Sunday, 24 August 2008

Cricket Team 2nd X1 1947

Many will have seen the famous 1st XI of 1947 but the second XI is pretty powerful - see the names of legendary players below the picture. John Hanson continues to prosper and is still playing Tennis and Badminton regularly.
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Pirates of Penzance 1987

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1988 The Gondoliers

This is the last summer opera performed at Purley Boys - here is the only known surviving programme. click the photo to see it full size.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Peter Smith 2008 and 1970

Now living in Perth WA , Peter was visiting the UK recently.

Here you can see him playing bar billiards in the Brickmakers Inn, South Godstone 1970 and now......

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Worcester Tour 2008

59 years on the Purley Grammar School Cricket tour of Worcester still survives. Only 3 regular OP's still play many support and umpire. Here you can see Roger Maynard ( celebrating 60 years of cricket for Limpsfield Chart CC next summer- he played his first game at 7 ) at the top. John Asquith, John Lohan and Alan "Fred" Bridges can be seen here have tea whilst watching at Bromyard CC. Bottom pic is the 2 John's walking around the boundary.

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Monday, 4 August 2008

Dave Roberts writes -
"Hi fasetpatria - Attached is another cutting from The Times. This one is 2nd January 1919. My father-in-law was at Purley in the 1950's and he says that the school always had a reputation for excessive discipline. But we both had a good laugh about this one. It seems that headmaster Lietenant-Colonel R.B. Wight had the idea for dressing schoolboys in army uniforms fully 20 years before Hitler came up with the same wheeze. I thought that the army's official line that 'training in schools was not regarded by the War Office as of any military value whatever...' and that Mr Wight must be 'prepared for opposion' were wonderfully enlightened given that WW1 had only just finished. All the best " click to see full sized

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