Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Cross Country team under George Herbert Nicholson

Thick and fast. That's a reference to the Cross Country team under George Herbert Nicholson. Incredibly, he was still alive in 2007 - if he is still with us now he is 97 years old. Well Really.!  Boys names and year? Suggestions in the box below.Robert Sales says - " I was in same year. Bottom left is definitely Mark then Toby McDaniel and then Neil MacPherson. Pete Bachelard was more of a footballer, captain of school team I think. He played in same Sunday football team early 80's then disappeared. Recognise top row but can not place names"

Friday, 27 October 2017

1971 Rugby Tour to South Wales ? UPDATED

Can anyone help Chris Cuffe who wrote 

"In 1970 or 1971 there was couple of rugby matches organised, I think, by Hugh Thomas against a school in South Wales. I would be very interested if anyone on here can remember anything about the tour - I know I stayed with a family just outside Cardiff and their son stayed with us for the return - or maybe it was the other way round, I really can't remember - I mentioned it to Tongo at DGSA's memorial and he thought one fixture was called off due to frozen pitches."

UPDATE -Dave Edge remembers it  - We travelled to Caerphilly for rugby and were hosted by pupils families. I also remember they paid a return visit to us but the matches were cancelled due to frozen pitches. A long way to travel and not play!  …   

Clive Bealey  rememebers it too - I remember they were far too good for us when we played them there so Steve Goulder decided to ‘clothes-line’ their winger and knocked him clean out. It just so happened it was the lad who he had stayed with overnight.

Any assistance? Please add to the comments box below....

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Advertiser feature on the Speech Day in 1969

John Carr, John Hall ( not Hill ) Peter Jeffrey, David Jolly and ? Clark

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pirate Radio prosecution at Purley 1968

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

190 Bus part 2

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Monday, 9 October 2017

The 190 Bus - " bud bud ding ding "

Original buses were the RT version that could barely get up the hill.

You could catch the 409 or 411 from Croydon as well. The 409 was a bit quicker than the other two because it took the Stoat's Nest route instead of all that mucking about up Chaldon Way and Meadway. It did drop you off round the corner rather than on Placehouse Lane itself, though, which could often make that crucial few minutes' difference between arriving at school on time and being yelled at by Akers.

Kirstan Capel recalls "One of my funniest memories was someone ringing the bell on the bus while the conductor was still sitting having a cigarette - the bus drove off with him running behind, someone rang the bell to stop and rang it again to start and we managed to get down as far as the Brighton Road before the driver realised....very funny"

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UPDATED Biology teacher - Peter Openshaw, Purley Teacher wins award, Age 29.

UPDATED BIO - Peter Openshaw was a keen environmentalist and taught Biology. 

He lived in the Edenbridge area. Strongly opposed to the then Channel Tunnel rail link through Surrey/Sussex. Actively promoted the use of video in teaching. Drove a tiny A40 which was far too small for a man of 6.5".

Sadly, he died of a heart attack aged 56 in Dec 1999. 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Fas et Patria

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