Sunday, 26 July 2009

More from the archive of Brian Meadows-Smith

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Thursday, 23 July 2009

Brian Meadows-Smith RIP

Brian Meadows-Smith was married to Ruth for 54 years and had 4 children, Tim, Nicola, Marcus and Tessa, and 12 grandchildren (the 12th born a few days after his demise). He worked his entire career at Coates Brothers (Printing Inks) beginning as a chemist and ending as Personnel Director. In retirement he became an accomplished musician. Friends gathered at his home on July 5th to remember a larger than life and generous character, noted for his garden, his building work, his music and his very close family.

Old Purleians may remember his much loved brother, Mike Smith who is 4 years Brian's junior and a longer serving Old Purleian's rugby player. Brian was a member of the first XV rugby with colours (second row) captained by BR Allen with G Rees, J Hurley, J Hanson, R Jones, P Harris, B Gilding, R Wilson, J Lines, R Springall, D Gravette, G Wilson, J Smith. From earlier teams he fondly remembered, J Smythson, J Asquith, G McAlpiine.

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Saturday, 18 July 2009

A fine specimen of a Badge

Sent in by Colin Robinson - thanks.

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Sunday, 12 July 2009

In the words of REM "It’s the end of the world as we know it! "

A sad note from Graham Tong

Attached hereto are a few photographs, taken this morning, showing results of the building (or should that be demolition?) works currently taking place at the school. The first three are effectively taken from on top of the extension to the old dining room and pan round from left to right to show – a)where the old woodwork/metalwork shop used to be, b) the building which has replaced the original gym and c) a view towards the playing fields. The last one is taken from alongside the old dining room and again looks toward the new building which replaced the gym. Those whose grey matter has not been fuddled by the passing of the years (or alcohol) will appreciate that the tuck shop is no more!

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Thursday, 9 July 2009

1988 Scout Photo

"Not strictly the school, but this photo taken at scout summer camp in 1988 features a number of Purley boys including Robert Byatt, Robert Hosker and Graham Southwell. The camp was held at Goathland in North Yorkshire, a village that was shortly afterwards to gain fame as the setting for ITV's 'Heartbeat' series. The boys belonged to the 20th Purley Scout Group, a popular choice over the years for Purley HS boys in Coulsdon, but which sadly closed in 2007."
Thanks to Martin Jones for this.
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Sunday, 5 July 2009

More cricket- writes Martin Jones

"Continuing the cricketing theme, Martin Jones (1960-68) and Bruce Middlemiss (-1962) pose for the camera in freshly laundered whites in 1970. Both played for many years for the St Andrew's Coulsdon Cricket Club, based at Higher Drive, Purley, a club to which a number of young and not-so-young Purleians belonged, including Mike Bett (of later basketball fame), Phil Morris, Stephen Kelly and the Hall brothers, John & Keith. From 'The Bourne' of 1961-62, it was evident that Bruce enjoyed his amateur dramatics as much as his cricket, and his performance as the Judge in the play 'One Way Pendulum' drew much praise from no less a person than R P Maynard of the School VI."

Thanks for this Martin - click the photo to see it full size.

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