Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Badminton Team 81

Mark Blanchard says

Front tow from left, me, Steven Casbolt, Mark Peters, Adam Smith, Simon Blakeney, Justin Best. Don’t know the top row other than it being Mr Savage. Must have been my first year there so 80 - 81

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Summer Fete 1968

199 St. Andrews Road,

May 1968

Dear Parents,
Arrangements are well advanced for the Summer Fete l6th July.
During the next fourteen weeks we require your support in supplying LARGE QUANTITIES of the following goods-

Groceries and preserves, books old records (NOT 78's), tinned goods, bottles, plants and cut flowers, cakes, perfumery, cosmetics and toiletries, white Elephant.

These items may be sent to the School at any time but in particular may I emphasise the following weeks -
Commencing the w/c
6th May - bottles
13th Mav - perfume, cosmetics and toiletries
20th May – tinned foods and goods
27th May - groceries and preserved goods
17th June - bottles
24th June - tinned goods
lst July - plants
Friday 5th July and Saturday morning 6th July cakes and cut flowers
Books and records at any time. If you have appreciable quantities of these and want them collected, please contact. Mr.Banks at Sanderstead 6692.
Plants and cut flowers can also be collected by arrangement with Mrs Masters at Upper Warlingham 4189
Looking forward to seeing you on 6th July.
Yours sincerely,
F. T. Rowe

Paris school trip 1968

As promised here is the report from the Bourne - thanks to the author, Martin Everett, and to Martin Jones for tracking this down.

THE PARIS TRIP 1968 By M Everett. U.6.M.1On the morning of July 19th, 44 people struggled out of bed at the unearthly hour of 6.30am and made their various ways to Victoria station. Bleary-eyed they huddled round the Golden Arrow platform entrance and only awoke from their somnolence when some girls appeared in the same train compartment.
After a smooth Channel crossing and a three hour train journey to Paris, the party, consisting of 41 boys (including six prefects) and three members of staff arrived at Gare du Nord at 4.30. The party settled into the Lycee Louis Le Grand, situated opposite the Sorbonne in the Rue St Jacques, the street where riots had flared only a week before; and after dinner the main party took a stroll along the Champs Elysees from the Place de la Concorde, while the prefects sought the amenities of the nearest bistro.A late night was followed by an early rising, and having sampled a typical French breakfast of coffee, bread and jam, a Metro journey took the party to the Eiffel Tower. The ascent to the top was made by lift, and once there, the consumption of plastic replicas outpaced that of ice-creams. This state of affairs did not, however, last long.A coach tour of Paris followed in the afternoon after a delightful lunch of chicken and chips, a stop being made in the artistsquarter of Montmartre to view the Sacre-Coeur church and for souvenir hunting. The party caught glimpses of the Elysees Palace, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre before adjourning to the largest store in Paris, La Samaritaine (a sort of high class Kennards) for more shopping.
Dinner over, four of the prefects were drawn by the bright lights of the Moulin Rouge, whilst the rest of the somewhat footsore band enjoyed a trip up the Seine from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower, the return being made by Metro at around midnight.On Sunday, the temperature climbed into the eighties. Two groups were formed, one visiting the Louvre to ogle, in the company of countless Americans wearing garish sports-shirts and carrying expensive cameras, at the Mona Lisaand the Venus de Milo, while the other group visited the Musee dArt Moderne, near the Eiffel Tower, where over 20 of Picassos works were on show. In the afternoon, with the temperature still rising, the party made the half hour train journey to Versailles and spent a pleasant but extremely fatiguing three hours or so wandering round the magnificent Palace gardens. As luck would have it, this proved to be the one day in the month when the fountains were playing. The intrepid voyagers returned home for an early night at about 9pm, whilst the sixth formers again sought solace in a bistro.
On Monday morning, the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame, situated on an island in the Seine, was visited; the famous Rose Window, all of 800 years old, is breathtakingly beautiful. The eerie singing of the clergy reminds the tourist that he might as well be in 1268 as 1968, and for a moment, he may forget the modern world and lose himself in mediaeval Paris. The ascent of the towers of Notre Dame was made by most, but, alas, Quasimodo was conspicuous by his absence.For some of the group, the ascent was replaced by a visit to the Sainte Chapelle, a two-tiered church containing some of the finest stained glass in the world; after which everyone had time for some last minute shopping if they had any money left. Au revoir was said to Paris at the Gare du Nord at 1.40
and the party struggled off the Victoria train seven hours later. All in all, the weekend was of necessity a hectic one, but nevertheless enjoyed by all; our thanks are due to Mr Pettitt and Mr Payne (by now experienced campaigners) and to Mr Rainforth, a newcomer who stood the rigours of his baptism well, for their faultless organisation, unflappable calm and slow tempers. A very successful weekend. "

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Cringe Loveland in his WW2 POW camp...STALAG VIIIB 344 LAMSDORF

Our Maths master, Mr A.C "cringe" Loveland spent some of the war in a POW camp.

You can find out more here -

He was involved with many camp activities - see here.....

Thursday, 6 September 2018

The origins the House names at Purley Boys

"Having read the history of PGS on Fasetpatria, curiousity led me to a Google search for the names of the early Headmasters etc. The wonders of the internet... immediate results which prove that therewas life outside of PGS for those old codgers.

Whilst at Purley, I was vaguely aware that the House names of Wight, Sergeant etc were associated with some old dead people who may or may not have been guilty of founding the establishment where I was currently being tortured.

The search found no traces of Messrs. Sergeant and Milner... (the FEP history reveals that Milner died in action in 1916).

However, in this 1910 photograph you will find Mr B.J Dorsett in his Edwardian glory displayed on the website of the City of Norwich School. The founding staff, no less. (Very grand it looks too if you go to their home page. Coming to Purley as it was then must have been something of a comedown).

Mr. Dorsett can be found in the middle of the middle row with the walrus tash.

This was four years before Dorsett joined Purley at its original site on Godstone Road.
As for Wight, (whom I learn was the original headmaster of PGS, which I never knew before), the FEP History reveals that he left in 1920 to go to a Nottingham school. Our search takes us to 1930 where RB Wight is found mentioned as Headmaster of Mundella School in Sheffield."

Cricket Ist XI 1960

Monday, 3 September 2018

Update on the Paris school trip 1968

It is very unusual to have an update on a story that took place 50 years ago.

In 1968, at the height of the riots around the Sorbonne in Paris, a school trip took place. The report from the Bourne magazine will follow shortly. More importantly for ephemera collectors, here is the very railway reservation notice for the train that left Victoria with 36 boys and 3 masters. all those years ago

However,  an anonymous pupil has now broken his sillence to confess that he stole the BR sign below from the railway carriage and the guilt of this act has remained in with him all these years. Pray for his soul ! 

This was originally published on the 1970 Fas et Patria website which still exists. However, over the coming years this will be retired and the archives are going to be gradually moved to this website. Apologies if you have seen it before.

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