More from David Knight about the upcoming reunion - will attendees please remember to take cameras and then remember to take pictures with them and then remember to send them to email@example.com Thanks, ED.
Note I have removed phone numbers and emails from this post for privacy reasons. Use the firstname.lastname@example.org address if you don't know someone's email or phone and I'll forward it.
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To class of 1948 and adjoining, and younger, classes
2nd Announcement: this year's reunion on 28th April
The reunion will be in the Carriage Room at the Falcon Hotel, Bude (as last time), starting at 7.30pm on Friday 28th April 2017. Dress: informal.
June Crispin has arranged a buffet like last time's, and the price of 15.00 pounds will include a soft drink. Drinks generally are left to people to buy at the bar. Any amount left over will first go to help defray the treasurer's postage costs.
Cheques for 15 pounds per person should be sent to Mrs June Crispin as soon as possible, and as far as possible by 14 April, to give us an idea of numbers. June's telephone number is ##### ######, and her email is ######@#########.###. Please tell her any special catering requirements, such as vegetarian or gluten-free.
We have had a good response since I sent the first notice on 31 January, some 12 of us are already coming, and we are telephoning some people not on email. In the Bude area you can contact Jackie Adams (##### ######) or Trevor Lashbrook (##### ######).
Please pass on the information to anyone you think might be interested, even those ten years younger than we 48-ers, and there are quite a few who are older who still come. Partners and friends may come as well. Thirty of us came in April 2015, and it would be good to see more this April: the room should hold up to 60.
We hope people from the Bude area will come, as well as some of us from further away. The whole point is for people to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening.
I understand that the Falcon Hotel is fully booked over the reunion date, but there will be rooms available in Bude. The Bude Tourist Information Centre in the Crescent is on tel. 01288 354240. They are open 10-4, 7 days, and will book free of charge.
Best regards to all,
David J E Knight
Jackie Adams has sent me the following:
It was with great sadness to hear yesterday that ELIZABETH COLWILL (nee Marston) passed away on Friday February 17th 2017. Following a fall about three weeks ago certain complications arose and there were several trips to and fro to Barnstaple Hospital. Elizabeth and family ran 'Wooda' Caravan Park at Poughill and she and all the family worked so very hard to maintain the wonderful standard and service they provided. Our thoughts go to her family and to Dick (her brother) and his wife.
Allan Vodden is sad to report that his sister, Shirley Baker, who is in the 1952 photograph, died in July 2016 in Sherborne, Dorset. She moved there a few years after leaving the Grammar School and lived there ever since.
Pete Watts thinks he's identified the cross country runners. See the page under features in the left index.
David Morgan has sent me copies of his sister's speech day programme from 1953. It is quite interesting to see how formats changed during the life of the school. You'll find it in the left index - scroll down to the SPEECH DAYS index. Most programmes are are large images which you can download for your own family histories
David Knight is organising a reunion for 28th April 2017. This is his first preliminary announcement for it. To prevent spam etc. I have removed the phone numbers and addresses from David's notice, but if you write to email@example.com with REUNION in the subject I will forward your emails to David.
I hope you have a great time and can someone remember to take a camera!!
Bude Grammar School Reunion
To class of 1948 and adjoining, and younger, classes
1st Preliminary announcement: this year's reunion on 28th April
Following on from our series of reunions started in 2002, I have booked the Carriage Room at the Falcon Hotel in Bude on the night of Friday 28 April next, two weeks after Easter. We plan to have a buffet, starting round 7.30pm, broadly as before, keeping the cost per head to the region of 15 pounds.
We hope for a good group of attendees: last time, in 2015 (I had been unwell), we were just under 30, but we had a good time. It will be an informal evening, and it is not necessary to have attended Bude Grammar School to come along, nor will it be necessary to take the buffet. Partners and friends will be welcome. We also hope progressively younger groups, to years of 1955 or so, will join in. It's an occasion for groups of friends to meet and talk.
As before, I will send out the emails, June Crispin (tel.: ######) will negotiate with the Falcon and collect the money, and Trevor Lashbrook in Bude (tel.: #######) will act locally, and telephone people.
In the nature of things, fewer of us are now left: in the past year Mary Preston nee Wonnacott, Brian Tondeur and Colin Hoskin have died. I also expect to have lost a few contacts on email. Last time, Tony Harmsworth who runs the www.budecountygrammar.org web site, was kind enough to post news of our reunion, and 4 new people joined us that way.
The Falcon Hotel tell me that, with the event discount, staying there will cost 105 pounds per night for two sharing a double room, and 72 pounds for a single person, B&B. Falcon Hotel: tel.: 01288 352005.
At this point, please note the date in your diary, and, if thinking of staying at the Falcon, consider booking early, mentioning our event, because people may be booking for other weekend events run in parallel.
Please also contact friends who may be interested, and I should be grateful to hear if you contemplate coming.
David J E Knight
PS I should also point to the existence of the _Nostalgic Bude_ Facebook group, which Mike Whitaker and Trevor Lashbrook and others use, and Colin Hoskin suggested I tell you about.
I had an email from Sue Upham who gives some news and has helped correct more of the errors on the 1971 photograph.
Hi Tony (I gather you are the one curating Bude Grammar info),
I had a good look around the BCG website for the first time today - what fun to see old pictures and speech day info etc. I have been out of touch for decades, as my family moved away from the area (actually way far away; we emigrated to Canada), so I have missed reunions and so on ever since, unfortunately.
Anyway, I noticed a couple of individuals you marked as unknown, or with incomplete names in the 1971 photo, and I can help you out. In the back row unknown 25 is Jacqueline Stewart. Also, you have a Russell there. I'm pretty sure his name was Clifford; we were in the same form.
And a correction to my name; I am in the 3rd row between Jane Murphy and Carolyn Robinson. My name is Susan Upham, not Upton. And I'm incorrectly listed as absent below the photo.
Anyway, I am retired now and I often come back to England and spend time in the west country (I still miss the old country a lot), and I would love to be kept informed about reunions; it would be great to get to one some day.
Sue Upham (married, but kept my maiden name)
Jackie Adams writes with some sad news. I guess this column is going to be peppered with such items over the years to come. Makes you think.:
I had an email from Jeanette Rundle today (from New Zealand) and she told me that sadly Geoffrey had died on October 18th 2016 after a prolonged illness. I don't know whether anyone , other than Trevor House and myself remember him but we corresponded for many years, he was about 2/3 years older than me which would put him in the 80s.
I remember him from when he and his family lived briefly at 'Red Gables' Killerton Road, Bude back in the very early 50s although we had never met ! I thought you would like to know this for the website.
Hope you are well, I think I see that you are retired, would I be right? which gives you more time to look for Nessie I suppose.
Love to Wendy and yourself
Jackie Adams, Bude
Well, sort of retired. The Nessie thing is dead and did my bit to pull the plug on it. I've been writing science fiction recently and that is why this site hasn't had the attention it deserves for some time. At a writing conference in London on 4th March and hope to get to Bude as soon as we're able. Will look you up when we're down. Never did get that coffee!
Bob Coombe has sent me four images from a trip to Coventry in 1971. Any more info anyone? You'll find these in the School Groups index on the right where you can click them and then zoom in as normal.
An email from Mike Hutchins:
Have just spent an interesting hour looking at old photos of classmates. I was at Bude Grammar School from 1952 to 1958 and am in the 1956 school pictures.
Would be very interested in hearing of any future reunion.
With best wishes
Mike Hutchings (sister Barbara in the same photo).
Ray Boyd has sent a photograph of the school under construction in 1909. I've put larger versions of the image under 'Demise of the School' in the Features index on the left.
I thought your readers might be interested in the attached photo, from September 1908, which shows the Grammar School main building under construction at the top of King Street.
I've also attached a zoomed in detail.
Ray Boyd (1961 - 68)
I've had this thank you for the reunion email from Joanna Kalusinska.
Just to say , I do appreciate receiving your mails, even if some bear sad news.
I haven't been in touch earlier as I've had a broken wrist & other problems to deal with.
I enjoyed last year's reunion very much (can't remember if I already thanked you for organizing it).
I've had this query email from John Beksa about seventies' headmaster Graham Bacon. If you can help then email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll forward your reply.
I am trying to contact Graham Bacon, who I believe became headmaster at Bude Grammar School in the early 1970s.
He taught me English at Tupton Hall Grammar School in the mid 1960s.
If anyone has any idea of his current whereabouts please contact me.
Peter Watts has made a stab at some of the missing names from the 1966 teachers' picture. See the staff index on the right. Still some gaps and also in the Staff Hockey team on the same page. He's also suggested names for the 19xx sports day picture. Gill Cole has also sorted out a few names for us. Can we not sort out what year this is, please? See under staff on right. Andy Watts suggests it might be 1971 - does anyone disagree? He also says his father Rev Watts is in the background.
Adrian Abbott has sent me some Cross Country pictures and I've put them in the features section in the left index. If you go there you can click on them to enlarge them. I've also put them below with Adrian's email.
I came across these photos recently of one of the last school cross country races. I have no details of the date or who the athletes were as it is after my time. We used to finish on the towpath but here I see the finish was at the bathing pool.
Tim Bridgeman has sent us some more photographs of the Devonia cruise trip in 1965. You'll find the cruise page in the index on the right and much larger clickable versions of the images. I reproduce his email here as it gives some information which will be of interest to pupils who knew him or his father.
I have been sorting out some things and came across some slides of the 1965 School Cruise on the Devonia, not many of them seem to show people but a few are attached here. Couldn’t tell you who the people are!
I am also looking for a picture that I am sure I still have of the play ‘Inherit the Wind’ in which I was Mr. Meaker. It must have been in 1965 or 1966 as I left Bude in 1966.
I was at BGS from 1961 to 1966. My father, Rev. Len Bridgeman, was minister at Bude Central Methodist Church and many of us attended the youth group there. My father died age 94 last year and my mother age 91 in 2014. They were living in Shetland where my sister, Sue, and her family still live.
When we left Bude in 1966 we went to live in Sidmouth and from there I went to Westminster College, Oxford to train as a teacher. My family moved to Slough while I was there and after getting my B.Ed. I started my teaching career in Slough.
In January 1976,after a term training in Birmingham, I went to Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific as a teacher at Goldie College, a United Church school on a small island in the Western Province of the Solomons. I was mainly teaching maths and R.E., although expat teachers were expected to teach whatever there was no local teacher available for. I was involved in the development of Solomon Islands School Certificate and many other things in the islands. I married Wendy, in 1979. She is from Northern Ireland and we met in Birmingham. We had a stillborn son in 1983 and eventually left Solomon Islands at the end of 1987 after 12 wonderful years and returned to Birmingham for a year. Our time in Solomon Islands was very precious and in 2013 we returned for a short visit which was a wonderful experience as we met up with many former students who are now in positions of responsibility in the government, church and business there.
In 1989 we went to live in Rotherham where I taught Religious Studies at Wickersley Comprehensive School. While there we adopted 2 brothers who were aged 4 and 3 at the time.
In 1997 I became Head of R.S. at Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe, Lancashire where we still live. I retired from teaching a few years ago and am now working part-time on the meat, fish and deli counter in Sainsburys! Our boys are now age 30 and 29 and we have 3 grandsons and 3 sort of step-grandsons age 9, 8, 7, 5, 4 and 18 months.
It is very interesting to see all the BGS info you are gathering for the website and I occasionally come across names I recognise from my time there. Wendy and I visited Bude whilst on holiday in Cornwall in 2008.
If I find any more pictures or info on the play I will try and send them to you.
Tim Bridgeman 4th February
4th February 2016
Can anyone help Kate Compston's memory?
I have a hazy memory from early childhood of a man with a dancing bear, seen on at least one occasion in the Strand. Am I imagining this - or was it perhaps someone else in a bear suit? I remember being distressed to see a bear on a chain being made to dance, which suggests it might have been real. But surely not? Any time from 1950 onwards ....
Roger Cobbledick has sent me some corrections to the 1956 picture names. I have corrected the ones he is
sure about, but he is also querying the following as possible errors. Can anyone shed any light on which might be correct?
Also I have suspicions about W. Clocke (sixth row), B. Clocke (sixth row), R. Clocke (second row) Cloke?
R. Soby in the fifth row (Sobey?)
J. Barett and T. Barett in the fourth row (Barrett?)
P. Stadden in the third row (Staddon?)
Also I have doubts about Roda, Croisdale, and Tucher