Saturday, 29 September 2012

Peter Woodward writes

Peter Woodward writes - I am really trying to find some memories of my time at Purley high school for boys 1983 - 1985,  can you help.

I seem to be missing a lot of mates, i recognise some teachers, especially Wozniak !!

Peter Woodward

If you want to get in touch let me know - I will forward you his email address. If it's put on here he will get spammed.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Steve Dawe's Funeral Details

I can't believe that I have just typed that title ;-(

Stav's funeral is next Wednesday 3rd October at 12 45.

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium
Balcombe Road
RH10 3NQ

No flowers please. Donations can be made to St Catherine's Hospice.

Drinks and food afterwards at The Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road, Reigate. It is next door to Reigate BR Station. And then the Nutley Hall in Nutley Lane for the really thirsty...

Sure I will have missed people so if you think of anybody obvious, spread the word...


Monday, 24 September 2012

Steve Dawe RIP 05/10/50 to 24/09/12

Dickie Bird has told us the sad news that Steve Dawe passed away this morning, 24th September, after a courageous and long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and he departed peacefully.

Many of you will remember Steve from rugby, cricket and basketball at school and obviously from Purley RFC and the Old Purleians CC in later years.

A terrific guy with many friends, he was a man with fantastic humour and humility. Always understated but with an uncanny ability to entertain people with a multitude of stories, comments and ultimate one-liners, we shall miss him and feel privileged to have been touched by his friendship.

Help needed from the Ash family

Martin Ash had a father at Purley in the 1920's along with his many brothers. They are researching family history and want to find out more. He was Sidney Ash along with Martin's uncles Cyril Ash, Peter Ash, Lionel Ash and Mervyn Ringer. 

As you can see from the Honours Board < long gone > there are no mentions of anyone pre WW2. If anyone has any information let me know and I will pass it on.

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Friday, 14 September 2012

Mr Davis - a sighting

I seem to remember someone asked if Mr Davis (Davies?) – sorry don’t know his first name – who I think taught Geography when I was at PGS in the mid 70s (he also offered encouragement during cross country running as I recall) – was still alive.

Happy to report that I just passed him as he was walking at fairly high speed in the other direction in the subway at Purley station about ten minutes ago.


Andrew Wilson

 Editor's Note  - I believe this is him in 1975 sitting alongside Jack Godwin (RIP) - him- Bill Rainforth & Derek Akers. 

Monday, 10 September 2012

Alan GIrling - then and now

The man who once scored 50 points in a basketball match is now retired.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Bill Mathie part 2 - Rugby 1967

Rugby c1967 – 
? Sharman, (Cliff! CLOSE – CHRIS!)) Michelmore, Sorry rest of the back row is a blank.  Second from the right is ANDY ROGERS
BRIAN Watters, next three can't remember, ? Lamont, Sorry, PHIL Jack, TONY Merry, Self

Fas et Patria

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