Thursday, 29 October 2009

John Asquith Memorial Service

The memorial service took place for John Asquith on October the 29th, in Kingston, St Mary, Somerset. John was Head Boy in 1949.

The church was predictably packed with many of John's friends - some had come from as far as Australia and Canada to be there to pay their respects.

Colin Benson of 1956 vintage gave a tribute on behalf of the Old Boys and this was very moving.

Derek Akers, the former Headmaster of Purley, was also present.

Other old Purleians who were there included Nick Peaty, Colin Benson, Dave Shepherd (Head Boy in 1964 and Teacher), John Spider Web,b Martin ``Joe’’ Abbott, John Hall, John Lohan, John Hanson (also 1948 cricket 1st X1) Paul Rasor, Alan and Peter Budge and Mike Greensmith.

His son, Hugh, closed the service with John's closing words from his last speech  It can be seen here

"For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game."

Those of you who knew John will not be surprised to know that the service was closed with the playing of "Some enchanted evening" from South Pacific.

Friday, 23 October 2009

VR PHOTO - Alan Girling writes.........

Back row, L-R

Don’t Remember, Graham Pearce, D/R, Tip of my tongue, Len Kneller, D/R, Chris Michelmore, D/R, D/R

Middle row L-R

Brian Kunz, Dave Brown, Phil Underwood, Doug MacArthur (I think, something close if not).  Brian Dave and Phil were all good athletes, Doug a good footballer, as was Graham in the back row

Front row, L-R

Russell Ward, also a good footballer, Roger Butterfield (might be Butterworth, ‘Butters’ anyway), who was seldom seen without an SLR camera in his hands, and D/R.

Martin Jones’ note spurred the thought that we did have a VR (5 Remove) later than he suggests as the Len Kneller photo was taken in 1964-5 when I was in the 5th form, so these guys were in the same school year as me but would have been a year older.  VR was the opportunity to have another chance in the 5th year, usually because of O level results the previous year not achieving good enough grades, or for other reasons, such as Graham Pearce, (who was a friend of mine) who had missed a lot of school because of prolonged illness.  In reality, most didn’t go on to the 6th form, but I believe some did.  


Alan Girling

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Tony Trent writes ( seen with Martin Jones )

Tony Trent (1956-63) writes: "Great to see the photo of Len Kneller and 5th Remove. I think Basil Preuveneers is next to Len (right arm), he was a very good organist and pianist, whilst David Thrussell is one of the guys immediately in front of Len. Interested to see if this can be confirmed plus any other names. Have fond memories of Arthur Loveland, his comments in red in maths books were always detailed and spot-on; also George Winter's habit of striding into the assembly hall, pole in hand, to open the large windows, whatever the weather (and winters really were winters in those days), and the resulting muttered groans and shivers from the assembled masses. No fainting in the aisles when George was around!"

Martin Jones adds "neither of these two guys appear in subsequent Bourne mags so maybe 5th Remove was for boys who were expected to leave school at 15-16. By 1960-61, we had a 5th General but not a 5th Remove."

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Another satellite view summer 09

Building works are underway but no demolition started yet. More photos to follow in due course.

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Saturday, 10 October 2009

John Asquith memories

Following in the death of John Asquith, Keith Masters has sent in these great photos of him at the height of his powers. click the photo to see it full size.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

New Guest Book entries

There have been several excellent new entries recently - have a look by clicking here 

Thursday, 1 October 2009

1978 Prefects

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