Sinjuns Guestbook - January 2001 ~ December 2001


Great to see lots of contributions in the guest book but not too many from my era of 1962-69.I am in touch with another three of my contemporaries who are scattered around the UK or even further.Three years ago we celebrated with lunch at a nearby restaurant then went and sang the school song outside the school gate. Locals must think we were barmy...our families/friends were convinced of this. Chris Dring , now in Norwich.
Chris Dring <>
Norwich, UK - Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 08:06:20 (PST)

Hello all, Nice to see all this stuff about the old place! I was around from 1948 to 53 or so, boxing for Beauchamp and enjoying myself in the school plays. I went off flying around the world with Coastal Command, and lost touch. Any one who knew me why not mail me. No interesting California home, unfortunately, just dear old Farnham in Surrey.
Terry Potter <>
Farnham, Surrey, UK - Friday, January 19, 2001 at 14:38:18 (PST)

I was at Sinjun's from 68-73. Must admit I do not recognise any names so far. This site looks as if it is going to be great. Be nice to see some "reminders" posted on here. I have moved away from the area and do not even know what has happened to the old school. Any news on this would be welcome.
Robin Foreman
Bexleyheath, - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 09:27:39 (PST)

I just found this web site with School photographs from Teachers to Pupils from 1951 to todays date. You should have a look at it. The address is
john Waltersaint
- Thursday, February 01, 2001 at 05:03:07 (PST)

I just found this web site with School photographs from Teachers to Pupils from 1951 to todays date. You should have a look at it. The address is
john Waltersaint
- Thursday, February 01, 2001 at 05:03:27 (PST)

I made my first entry in this Guest book on 31st August 2000 and I must say I am rather disappointed that to date there have been no other entries from Old Sinjuns who were my contemporaries (1934 - 1941). I am only 77. Surely I am not the only Old Sinjun with pre-war memories and memories of 'the great evacuation' who is now computerised and using the Internet. However, it is good to see the many other entries indicating that there is still a healthy interest in the Old School. May this website go from strength to strength.
Joseph Sharpe <>
Northampton, England - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 13:55:32 (PST)

Anybody at shool from 54-60, apart from the usual two that turn up at each reunion dinner! What happened to John Bridges, Ron Girle &co?
Roger Price
- Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 05:16:12 (PST)

I was at Sinjuns from 64 to 71. Love to catch up with any from my era who are now living in the me... ps Seems like fate caught up with Alan Short the sadist later rather than sooner....
Richard Webb <>
sydney, NSW Australia - Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 04:26:17 (PST)

Great Idea. I don't recognise any names yet, but we appear to have spread all over the world. I was at the old school from 1958-1965, starting off in Mr Banks form. Love to hear from Old Boys anywhere.
Roger Albon <>
Chiang Mai, Thailand - Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 03:29:54 (PST)

Entered sinjuns in 56 left in 63. Recognise many names from the web site would like to meet up with or hear from sinjuns from that era.
Dennis Rowe <>
Newcastle upon , UK - Friday, March 16, 2001 at 14:29:29 (PST)

I was at school from 1945-53 and my brother David Trevor Morgan from 1945-51. Spent most of my life working in the Caribbean/USA/Canada etc and am now retired in Jersey but still retain Directorships in the Bahamas and Cayman Islands.
John G Morgan <>
St Ouen, Jersey, C.I. - Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 02:03:31 (PDT)

I was at school 1947-55. I am in touch with other sinjuns via the lodge and chapter, but have lost contact with my year except Peter Dixon.Anybody heard of Tony Hammersley and Mike Cox for example. I have just retired after 40 yeatrs in the electronics industry, particularlt IFF.
David Henry Mehrtens <>
Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex, UK - Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 11:08:42 (PDT)

Just read about the site from the Gazette. Well done Tony Butler (1962-1967)
Tony Butler <>
Cheam, UK - Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 12:43:39 (PDT)

Picked up the information on this web site from the latest edition of "The Gazette"!! Great idea for all Old Boys!! I moved down to Alton in Hampshire on 20th October last year Would like to hear from anyone who attended during my era of 1968 - 75?? As most people will know me for sport in particular football Now working as a Sales Manager for a timber importer in Andover namely "Snows Timber". Can help anyone requiring softwood and sheet materials!! You can contact me on Tel No: 01264 735371 at work or on my mobile tel no: 07770 867 270. Look forward to hearing from old colleagues!! Well done sinjuns!! Regards Alan Penfold
Alan Penfold <>
Alton,Hants, England - Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 14:05:02 (PDT)

At school 1954 - 1960: like to find out what happened to contempories: Mike Jones, Ian Alexander, Nobby Clark and all those who remember Dr Presswood, Algie, Harry Cox, Fritz Taylor, Soapy Semmons and the School trip to Leysin in Switzerland in 1958: I have aphotograph of it somewhere, beware I might dig it out.
Morden, Sry UK - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 11:45:24 (PDT)

Just got my copy of the Gazette and seen the news of the Website. I think it is great idea, and I would love to hear from any contemporaries of mine. I attended Sinjuns from 1971 to 1977. and have many happy memories of the pupils and staff. I still talk about Ronnie Walker now as a defining influence in my life, along with John Peleg-Williams, who helped develop and interest in Literature and Music that continues both in my life and that of my children. I moved down here to Kent shortly after the birth of my first daughter, as they still had (and have!) a Grammar School system! I`m a school governor now, still working for Sainsbury`s, currently in Tunbridge Wells. I still have acopy of the School Journal from 1977, and I will scan a few pages in and add them to a message some time in the future. Hope to hear from someone soon!
Terry Wildman <>
Gillingham Kent, UK - Monday, April 30, 2001 at 09:33:58 (PDT)

I attended the school during 69-76. I was in Angus Hardens' class.I still see/occasionally bump into a few of the old firm Graham 'G' Smith,Terry Pointer, Kevin Buzz Bias, Benny Humphry, Jimmy Gibb, Rob Jennor, Maurice Blackburn, Peter Weeks. It would be interesting to hear from anybody else from that year if they get to read this message.
Arthur Charuy aka Cheroy <>
London, - Monday, April 30, 2001 at 14:02:59 (PDT)

at school 1939-1947,mostly in godalming.
brian Pike <>
clevedon, som uk - Friday, May 04, 2001 at 12:59:09 (PDT)

At school from 1975 - 1979. So was my brother Pete. Reading the postings here brought back quite a few memories. I don't know about referring to Bob Taylor by his nickname though, the thought of him in one of his rages is still, 22 years on, enough to wake me screaming in the night!!
Dave Crerar <>
Oxford, UK - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 12:42:53 (PDT)

hello, was at school from 1945-1950. Could not fing details of web site in 'The Gazette', would suggest it be printed on page 1 of details of officers for other people who wish to track you down.
George Brum <>
London, England - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 13:06:10 (PDT)

1971 Beauchamp Bolingbroke register....Amos, Armstrong, Barnes, Bland, Busby, Clayton, Doe, Edwards, Howell, Moses, Ormisher, Smith, Wildman.....anyone out there fill in any gaps? From Tutor was Kelvin Meredith...lovely bloke from the West Country, always seemed bemused!
Terry Wildman <>
Gillingham Kent, - Sunday, May 13, 2001 at 04:07:07 (PDT)

I've just come across the web site and noticed a posting from one of my contempories, Robin Foreman '68-73'. Hi Bobby, we shared forms 2x - 5x with a gang of psychos, remember. I remember having to wear shin pads at school in the 3rd year and having a 3 week waiting list for detentions. I've still got the scars from the 'wall of death' and encouters with Richard 'The Chin' Green. Who was it who kicked the chair away when we hung Steve 'Gnome' Beardall from the the screen cord in room 16? I had my suspicions that it was either George Bishop or Ronnie Grey.
George Shaw <>
London, England - Monday, May 14, 2001 at 02:20:02 (PDT)

What a site! See old George Shaw didn't take long to get on there, but Robin Foreman, still remember him getting me out twice in two balls (strange rules) and good ol' Big Al Penfold, remember our duel in the mile at Hurlingham. Unfortunately I was knackered after one lap and you went on to win by a distance. Somehow I can't imagine 'Big' John Hayward using a computer but if you read this John it would be good to get in touch. I would also like to hear from my old German master Mr Ashby. I saw the German assistant(74-75) Fraulein Schermann last year. She is well. ALso good to see Trevor Orpwood, can still see a glaring miss for the old boys away at Tiffs I think. You were standing on the line and managed to blast it over the bar. Anyone else from 68-75 out there then drop a line eh.
Richard Neville <>
Zürich, Switzerland - Monday, May 14, 2001 at 04:41:12 (PDT)

Forgotten when I was at Sinjun's - It's just that I don't want to remember how old I am and how fast time goes by. Great to see so many old familiar names. Hope all is well. If anyone wants to socialise and be a boring old fart and remember those "good ole days?????" contact me. I live in Central London but I do commute nationwide - at the moment am in North Wales. Regards Steve
Steve Cantello <>
London, UK - Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 03:44:56 (PDT)

I expect to be in London Aug 7-10. I'd like to ask about a few contemporaries from 1945-49. PDWingfield? Squires? Other names will come back to me....
Forest Hills, NY USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 23:15:03 (PDT)

I enjoyed your site very much - excellent. Actually made very nostalgic, in fact I'm going to ring one of my old buddies from the school right now. Incidentally, I was a pupil at the school from 1973 - 1980.
John Jenkins <>
Bathford, England - Friday, May 18, 2001 at 07:19:30 (PDT)

Birth date: 30.3.1915. At school: 1931-1934 (5th and 6th forms). Lydiard House. Monitor.1st 11 football colours. Founded Boxing Club 1933. Career: in Hospital Administration (eventually House Governor of Moorfields Eye Hospital). Secretary of State's Fellow Kings Fund Hospital Administrative Staff College. Retired 1975. War Service: T.A. 1939-1946. O.C.T.U Shrivenham (same Battery at same time as 2 other 5A Old Boys (Norman Chivers and Peter Barton). Finally Major in HQ 21st Army Group. Service France and Germany. Married with 3 daughters, now 6 grandchildren and 1 g/grandchild. Rotarian before retirement. Retirement interests: Guide and Steward Canterbury Cathedral.
Arthur Gray
Hythe, Kent United Kingdom - Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 08:21:34 (PDT)

Ref. my earlier entry, I forgot to add this email address!
Arthur Gray <>
- Sunday, May 20, 2001 at 01:15:49 (PDT)

Always remember innovative music. Groff Gray are you there.. Hot Buttered Soul , Isaac Hayes. Pupils always uesd to bring in albums to impress, this one did!!! Phil Rumley 1968 '74
Phil Rumley <>
Exeter, Dev - Sunday, May 20, 2001 at 12:24:48 (PDT)

'56 - 61- Bolinbroke. I am taking early retirement from the UK TV industry as from 31st May 2001 and my new home web address is-
Steve Waring <>
Worcester Park, Sur England - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 02:04:11 (PDT)

At school 1941- 1946/7, mostly at Godalming, living in Holloway Hill House and Lockites. When we had to leave Lockites, some of us commuted between Godalming and London for a couple of terms before the school returned to Battersea. Anyone out there remember those train journeys? Having moved around quite a bit I have lost touch with the OBA. I believe that I am a life member and would like to resume contact. Particularly interested in the whereabouts of Percy Luxon (last heard of somewhere in Australia) and Ginger Woodrow. Can anyone help plaese?
Len Grantham <>
- Saturday, June 02, 2001 at 03:03:07 (PDT)

At school '67 to 73. Went into computers @ NatWest in the City. Qualified as both an Operations and a Systems Analyst. Now work on contract basis at different companies in and around London. Played 'in goal' for the Old Boys for 4 years, before moving on to senior football with Banstead, Malden Vale and Springfield until '92. Revisited the school 2 years ago with my children, Charlotte (now 12) and Tom (now 9). Changes had been made, but it was far from unrecognisable. Does anyone remember the first (of many) slipperings that 'The Moth' received, and the cheers that went up when the name 'Oscar' appeared chalked across his backside ? What about the tapeing of the Latin teacher Powesland's lesson, by the unlikely villians at the front of the class ? (No names - to protect the innocent). What about De Caux's rantings during every French lesson for 4 years, when anyone didn't pronounce the acute 'e' at the end of a word ? Remember 'The Graduate' shown in the school library ? Test Match cricket in the Lecture Theatre at lunchtimes ? The Sweeney Todd school play ? Geography Field Trip to Slapton Ley in '72 ? Skiing in Leichtenstein in '68 ? Sports Days at Hurlingham Park ? Smokers' corner by the Fives court ? All great memories. Now for the obligatory role call : Ainsworth, Barnes G, Beale, Bransgrove, Brocking, Burton, Chalet, Downer, Eady, Francis, Fry, Fuller, Gay, Grant, Hardy, Hearn, Hendricks, Hickey, Hickman, Hutson, Johnson, Lemon, Lonegan, Masterson, MCCorry, Neate, Payne, Pearmain, Price, Roe, Sphikas, Warren, Wearmouth, Wells, Whyman, Williams and Wright. Apologies if your name is missing - was it really 28 years ago? It would be good to hear from anyone who shared the Sinjuns experience. Warmest wishes to all.
Keith Roodenburgh <>
Wimbledon, Lon England - Friday, June 08, 2001 at 18:52:46 (PDT)

Hi all, 77-82 I was at Sinjuns/W.Blake... a lot of good memories... saddened that a school with such heritage is no longer being used.. I can remember endless teachers names... Miss Wild.. Mr Marty .. Lwarence.. Thomas.. Doyland.. Elsgood.. Flatt.. Brailsford.. Beanland.. yes.. even the pedophile Ackers... Lissenden.. I can go on... feel free to contact me.. incidentally.. I was living in Richmond Hill for about a year... and I see there's an Old Sinjun living there... small world...
Graham Blandford <>
london, ON Canada - Friday, June 08, 2001 at 21:51:11 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns between 1954 and 1960 and have many fond memories
Mick Gray <>
New Malden, Surrey - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 12:12:36 (PDT)

have had trouble keeping in contact - don't think my mail has been sent to the correct address for some time!
mike kelson <>
westerham, kent england - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 12:54:18 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1966 to 1973. Anybody else out there who may remember me?
Roger Gilford <>
- Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 05:23:59 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1959 - 1964. Never got expelled. I remember Dr. Presswood quite well. He used to have 3/4 boys for lunch every day in his office. I loved that - used to get large portions. Does anyone rember the two teachers at that time both named Mr. Walker. One taught history (nick-named Trog) and the other taught English and looked like Acker Bilk (Acker).
Michael Gilford <>
St. Germans, Cornwall U.K. - Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 07:47:30 (PDT)

I was there 68-73/4. Alumni inc. Guyon, Gilford, March, Ray, Scott, Harrison, Mercer etc. etc.
Chris Borasinski <>
Croydon, Surrey UK - Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 08:40:26 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns during period 1971-76, just before the merge with W Blake. Tutors that spring to mind are Taylor (Fritz), Barnet, Gardner, Decroix, who can forget Miss Campbell (ART), Greenup, Barrett, Noggin the Nog Norman, Thomas, Williams, Meaden, Pope but to name a few. Peers of mine would be Lawrence Armstrong (pegleg), Duncan Brett, John Eastland, Paul Hamilton, Vince Fuller, Andrew Horne, Robert Prior, Sean Sewell, Dave Turney, Aamir Zuberi, Howard Taylor, Roy Codrington, Philip Brown, Stephen Walker. They were great times !! Still keep in touch with S Sewell and I now live in Kingston. Is there anyone out there who can remember me...........
Anthony Russell <>
London, England - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 06:28:01 (PDT)

1961-1967, Does anybody Know where a Doug Brown is now. At School the same time
Colin Shimell <>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 05:38:43 (PDT)

HORSHAM, WEST SUSSEX ENGLAND - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 05:41:54 (PDT)

I remember Chris Borasinki. He was known far and wide, but not to his face, as either 'that bastard Borasinki', or more predictably, 'Boris'. He gobbed in my ear once. I am prepared to believe he has moved on from this hobby and wish him all the best. Meanwhile, I am still hard at it with the cotton buds!
Gary Williams <>
London, UK - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 06:27:39 (PDT)

Whew! Like many others I discovered this site by casual lunchtime browsing. I was at Sinjuns 1965-1972... the guestbook brought up many old names - REW Walker (Acker); Trog; 'Thunderguts' Roberts; Charlie 'Pig' Dixon in the Art room; awarding 'Oscars' (didn't he have a smart convertible?); Ducket shouting 'sing you bastards!' as we collapsed in giggles at one of his special assemblies: memories of the 6th form Common Room thick with smoke (of various sorts!) and feverish games of three-card brag and poker; lunchtime drinks at the Raven (oops!) or two hot pies at the Golden Bells. Ah well, all moved on since then, but would happily hear from any of my contemporary reprobates - especialy 6th form 1970-72.
Greg Irvine <>
London/Oxford, UK - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 09:07:52 (PDT)

1973 1977ish. Really touching to see us savages tamed by time. Very nostalgic indeed. Good memories and pals I remember are Tim France/Barry Sheeeeen, David Noyce, Tim Scale, John " I don't even know if I know" Gale, Ian Byles, Kirby, and others that beer has killed off. I remember arriving at the school a reading Tiley is a **** spray painted on the playground wall, amongst many thousands of other impressions. I remember Pink Floyd's escaped inflatable pig, from the cover shoot for Animals, flying over the playground one lunch time and vowing to give up the weed. Loads more like this and 5's court related antics. Cheers all. Sorry those I forget. I am a lecturer in Theatre Studies and still can't spell.
Paul Lawford <>
London, - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 19:22:33 (PDT)

I retain nothing but fond memories of my time at Sinjuns. Formative years, indeed. This website is a real bonus. Sadly when I left in 1973, I never went back.
Steve Guyon <>
London, England - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 06:01:49 (PDT)

Found this site purely by accident, but glad I did. To Michael Heath, my brother Ian is now living in Auckland NZ. If you contact me I will gladly pass on his e-mail address. To those of you who attended Sinjuns between 69 and 75. Hello, and I hope you're all well.
Graeme Crump <>
Hants UK - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 09:21:47 (PDT)

Just came across the Sinjuns's a great idea. I was at Sinjuns from 1959 until 1964...I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who was at the school during that period.With best wishes, Chris Aked
Chris Aked <>
Hudson, Ohio 44236 USA - Friday, June 22, 2001 at 11:05:40 (PDT)

i was at the school from 1966-1972.
terry dougan <>
rainham, kent england - Friday, June 22, 2001 at 13:58:07 (PDT)

I am in Sydney now.... Sinjuns from 64-71. Would like to hear from anyone of that era.
Richard Webb <>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 13:47:37 (PDT)

Sinjuns! Great memories. Anyone from GB between 75/80 cannot forget Alan Chidwick, form master and all round good guy. Rumour is he left teaching to study theology......
david james <>
- Monday, June 25, 2001 at 06:22:12 (PDT)

Stumbled across the site one lunchtime. At Sinjuns 74-81 - recognised a few names, Leigh Robinson, David North, Mark Yexley, Mark Breen. Others it would be good to hear from: Alex/Anthony Hutton, Steven Burman, Ian Bolton.
Ian Dunstan <>
Surrey - Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 04:32:40 (PDT)

is there anyone from my time at Sinjuns that remembers me? i would like to here from you
Christopher Howard <>
London, streatham England - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 04:31:29 (PDT)

There is a picture of a boxing team with Sammy that I believe is from 1955, on the sports page. I am in the front row on the left hand end. Dave Hedger.
David Hedger <>
Welwyn Garden C, Herts UK - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 13:43:20 (PDT)

Just spent an happy hour reading and remembering a great time between 53 -59. Anybody remember those awful lunches with Doc Prestwood, and the standing joke about white wine. Think the site is great and well done to its founders. Would love to hear from anybody around during the Algie Haywood, Trog Walker, Connie Gibsom era. Up Tregoze.
Ken Welch <WKenwelch>
Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales - Friday, June 29, 2001 at 04:19:57 (PDT)

Attended Sinjuns 56-62. My brother Roy,another OB,who lives in Canada found the site - GREAT MEMORIES. Is there anyone from that period,especially those who attended Riversdale Primary in Southfields. I will see if I can find my old 'Sinjun' magazines.
David Andrews <>
Yateley, Hampshire England - Friday, June 29, 2001 at 05:24:39 (PDT)

Having recalculated my real age, the caption is correct. My apologies. Dave Hedger
David Hedger <>
Welwyn Garden C, Herts UK - Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 11:47:43 (PDT)

Miss Highton [= Mrs Gibson] was nicknamed `Connie'. She is alive and well and, although frail with a leaking heart valve, lives in the old people wing of a convent (ST Katherines House. Ormond Road) in Wantage, Oxforshire. She was a sort of surrogate mother whenm we were very samll boys (I was 9) at Goldalming during the 2nd World War.
David Moore (school 1945-52) <>
Aldershot, Hants, Hampshire, UK UK - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 00:13:36 (PDT)

Miss Highton [= Mrs Gibson] was nicknamed `Connie'. She is alive and well and, although frail with a leaking heart valve, lives in the old people wing of a convent (St. Katherines House. Ormond Road) in Wantage, Oxforshire. She was a sort of surrogate mother when we were very small boys (I was 9) at Goldalming during the 2nd World War.
David Moore (school 1945-52) <>
Aldershot, Hants, Hampshire, UK UK - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 00:15:20 (PDT)

Great to see the old school virtually brought back to life again! Terry Mahoney
Terry Mahoney <>
London, England - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 04:46:42 (PDT)

Congratulations again on the site, just one quick story for you. From Sept 73 onwards, the 1BB to 5BB class register, midway through, would sound like this:- Jenkins (John), Johanson (Paul), Jones (Kirk), KING (Peter), KONG (Steven), Mahoney (Terry), etc. At which point the whole class would erupt into raucous laughter. We kept this up for five years, twice a day! This would annoy successive form masters almost to the point of physical violence (Maureen McCarthy, Bob Cousins, John Beanland, Phil Thomas, et al). The exception to this ritual was when we had a relief or stand-in form teacher taking us for registration. As they approached KING, KONG, they would often break out into laughter having seen this for the first time, only to be confronted by a sea of thirty blank faces pretending not to see the joke. It was very funny at the time but perhaps you had to be there! I am still in touch with Stuart Price (GB), Gary Watkins (LT) and Steve Begley (LT). By the way, are there any survivors of World Record 'Sinjuns in a toilet cubicle' attempt in about 1976 in the Science Block? Unfortunately the attempt was tragically cut short on the verge of success by the intervention of 'Fritz' (RGC Taylor) fully armed with slipper. His opening salvo after entering the toilets of "Come out the pair of you!" was greeted with muffled squealing and suppressed laughter by the SIXTEEN of us who were actually wedged in the cubicle! I think the would-be record breakers included Tony Philpott, Dave Piotrowski, Colin Morgan, John Rushworth, Dean Elliott, Marc Copeland, Darryl Turner, Vic Garrick, Chris Holland-Skinner, Stuart Price, Steve Begley, Mark Newman, Tim France, John Gale, Paul Hammond and myself. Apologies for any errors or omissions. (Sadly no photographic evidence exists of this attempt owing to the fact that the camera ended up down the bowl during the loading process). Terry Mahoney (1973-1979)
Terry Mahoney <>
London, - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 06:12:42 (PDT)

a fabulous blast from the Terry Wildman -I read your contribution and was transported back to the old place ,I can smell it now ! I would love to hear from anyone in my old form BB 1971 to 76. Get in touch Terry ! Also if anyone remembers my two brothers Steve Ormesher (68-74) , Andy Ormesher (76-81) please feel free to use me as a go between.
paul ormesher <>
london, england - Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 07:45:33 (PDT)

I just looked back at this site after discovering it about a month ago and after passing the details to a couple of other OBs that I am in touch with (messers Guyon and Borasinski, not to mention my own brother) and I see they have added their comments to this page. I recognise a few other names from the 1966-73 era although not in my own year. I love some of the stories and all my suspicions about Alan 'Winky' Ackers were confirmed by the paedophile link. I even searched through my loft to discover some old copies of the Sinjun. I was involved in a rival during my misspent 6th form days, alongside my two aforementioned friends. Orb was the name of a best forgotten newspaper which was suspended after the second issue by Mr Tilley following some possibly libelous material. I would love to hear from any of my Sinjuns comtemporaries.
Roger Gilford <>
Cornwall UK - Friday, July 06, 2001 at 05:03:54 (PDT)

What a brilliant use of the internet. I was at Sinjuns from 1960-65. Love to make contact with anyone else that was ther with me.
Keith Mintern <>
Chilton, Oxfordshire England - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 11:27:16 (PDT)

I'm trying to contact anyone who remembers John Fisher as he is 50 in September. His age not his IQ.
Bob Mercer <>
london, surrey gb - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 03:24:48 (PDT)

I've only just found this site - it would be great to hear from anyone who was at Sinjuns 1960 - 68. Best wishes to all - Phil
Phil Whalley <>
Meopham, Kent UK - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 12:43:25 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns between 1959 and 1964. Bletsoe House. I see Barry Sullivan has added a comment. On main site I note Michael Weatherall, Bob Walker,Chas Gould have added their names. Many years ago I used to see Ray Whensley - he used to work for the old GLC in London. What became of Fred Welch, Ray Shepherd et al. Reading back through the names it doesn't seem long ago but when you think it was some 40 years past!!!
Alan Spooner <>
Hampshire England - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 16:21:50 (PDT)

Keep up the good work !
David Moore (school 1945-52) <>
Aldershot, Hants, Hampshire, UK UK - Friday, July 13, 2001 at 14:42:12 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1956 until 1959 when my parents moved house to South East London and I had to change schools. I still have my school reports and see that I was in Connie Gibson's class in my first year. My only claims to fame were winning the William Taylor Memorial Prize for Bible Knowledge in 1958 - I may have won it more than once but I can't find any other prize books in my library; and after I left Sinjuns I won a joint prize for redesign of the gardens but sadly I can't find the letter which I received at the time.
Martin Robson <>
Diss, Norfolk United Kingdom - Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 15:01:12 (PDT)

attended school 1956-1960
derek smith <>
epsom, surrey uk - Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 11:45:13 (PDT)

First went 'Over the Bar' in the Quad as a young GB'er in 1972. Remember:- Ray Rayner, Neil Chadwick, Micky Summers, Micky Wade, Lloyd Ridgeway, Freddie Steer, Pete Haynes, Carlye Marshall, and others. Masters:- Steve Farrow, Paul Meaden, 'Razzie-Azzie' (Maths), Fritz, and an English mistress that used to leave one to many buttons undone on her blouse! Where are you now? Great Site, Great Idea. Thanks
Mick Lister <>
Falmouth, Cornwall UK - Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 12:20:01 (PDT)

Just thought I'd add another memory of my time 73-78.I was LT. I remember a Miss Stilling who fell down the stairs during a class change and never came back. Who could ever forget Nobby Norman the deaf English teacher? And poor Mr Valenio the Italian English teacher who bribed us with sweets, poor man. Thunder guts Roberts "BYYYYY GOD!" Good site keep adding those memories. I may write a script about it all.
Paul Lawford
- Friday, July 20, 2001 at 01:14:13 (PDT)

Here's some more material for Paul Lawford's script! There were many rites of passage during my time at Sinjuns. One was to bunk out of the school at lunchtime and forego a nutritious two-course school dinner all for 15p and instead spend 80p on two rounds of toast, a wafer thin slice of Birds Eye Arctic Roll and a half a cup of stewed tea topped up with hot water from the 'Golden Bells' cafe, a few doors away from the school. One lunchtime, me and the usual suspects; Philpott, Morgan, Piotrowski, Rushworth, Elliott, Turner, Garrick were sitting in the cafe on the long bench seats when the unmistakable silhoutte of Mr Farrow, clipboard in hand, appeared through the net curtain at the window. Like synchronised swimmers, we dived under the table banging heads and burning each others blazers with cigarette ends as we disappeared out of view. The door opened for us to see Farrow's highly-polished shoes marching towards where we hid like a Regimental Sergeant-Major's. He marked time and came to a halt inches from the long table that hid us. He clicked his biro to 'on', removed the clipboard from under his arm and said in his precise, clipped, nasally tone, "OK boyz, pleaze come out from under there." The game was well and truly up as the eight of us tried to extricate ourselves from the smokey huddle below. But just then, like an angel of mercy, out came the owner from the kitchen area (we called her Doris but we never did get to know her real name) and said in her gruff west-country accent, "Yes Sir, what can I get you?" The suave and smooth Steve Farrow's face broke into a broad smile, and like a tiger just before he he sinks his teeth into his hopelessly trapped prey, said, "Oh no thank you Madam, I have just come here to retrieve my boys. This won't take long!" The proprietor, hands on hips, looked up at him indignantly and replied, "Well sir! They may be YOUR boys but they are also MY customers and if you are not having anything to eat or drink, then I must ask you leave my establishment now, thank you!" Farrow's face turned crimson, frozen for what seemed like minutes, he attempted to answer but nothing came out. He looked back at the table concealing the eight bodies beneath, and then stared back at his challenger. With Farrow still in shock and stunned into silence, Doris went on the offensive again, "Well sir, what's it to be?" With that, he clicked his biro 'off' did an about turn and marched double-quick time across the tiled floor to the door and made his exit. Having witnessed all of this from below knee-height we came out from underneath the table to a chorus of clapping and cheering from the rest of the customers in the packed cafe who had witnessed the whole incident. But it was Doris who had been the real hero, whose actions belied the contempt that she had always treated us with before. Perhaps she still hated us but just wanted to retain our custom? Anyhow, it was lashings of wafer-thin Arctic Roll, flagons of stewed tea and Players No.6 all round to celebrate our victory. Nevertheless, Farrow had the last laugh though. From that day on, none of us ever got better than a 'D' from him for anything after that! Post script: I am told that Steve Farrow is currently teaching at the ADT School in West Hill, Wandsworth (formerly Mayfield Girls School). Coincidentally, he teaches Marc Watkins, the son of another ex-Sinjun Gary Watkins (LT 1973-78). No hard feelings Steve!
Terry Mahoney (BB 1973-79) <>
London, - Friday, July 20, 2001 at 10:36:52 (PDT)

Great stuff Terry M. I shall dig deep to remember more gems to compete.
Paul Lawford
- Monday, July 23, 2001 at 11:56:15 (PDT)

At last, I have found the Elephant's graveyard for the 60's generation...! Despite the best efforts of staff, I clung on to attend between 1958 and 1964, left with a massive three '0' levels, and emigrated to Oz in 1969. The only ex-Sinjun I have been able to keep up comms with is Dave Talbot, who lives in Milton Keynes. I'll let him know about this site, on the times I get to UK the second sound after the ring pull on the Tetleys is one of us saying "I wonder what happened to .....?"
Gerry Doyle <>
Perth, Western Australia Australia - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 18:08:08 (PDT)

it has been fun trawling through some of the information here on screen, some not remembered but fun anyway
nigel handyside <>
shepperton, middx england - Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 11:35:17 (PDT)

attende sinjuns from 1963 - 1968 and have some good and bad memories,beauchamp was the best house as i remember, alan short the P.E.MASTER ( PERVERT ) i ended up going to court to give evidence against him, i believe he got a suspended sentence ?. BARRY BURTON he was the hardest guy in our year and several others, i wonder what happened to him ( nick name of bummer never knew why )who could ever forget TROGG giving his history lessons by crawling round the floor on his hands and knees, showing us how the british army conducted themselves behind enemy lines, while we all smoked in the back row of class. what great funny memories, and so many more.
nigel handyside <>
shepperton, middx england - Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 12:02:04 (PDT)

Pupil between 68 & 75 starting in John "Pegleg" Williams class 1C. Bolingbroke was the House to be in even after it merged with Beauchamp. Fond memories along with others of the bar and the ATC Hut - who did burn it down? Regards to all. Steve.
Steve Waspe <>
London, UK - Friday, July 27, 2001 at 12:49:10 (PDT)

Just stumbled across this site whilst looking at, hope to return at a later date to input my memories etc.
Paul Barnett <>
London, England - Friday, July 27, 2001 at 13:55:22 (PDT)

Attended Sinjun's from '55 - '61. I found the site last week and have just browsed through the guest book. Excellent site and brings back many memories. Who remembers the school performance of "Ahmal and the Night Visitors" in about '57 I think. One of Ed Semmons' masterfull productions. I remember Alex Todd sang the lead role and I was his understudy (can't sing now though). Memories are vague now but I vividly recall the school journey to Switzerland in '58 and one, I believe, two years later. If anyone rembers me (for good or bad reasons!), do drop me an e-mail.
Stuart (Jim) James <peastu@lineone.nrt>
Ilford, Essex UK - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 04:32:21 (PDT)

David Hedger tells us that he found himself in the Boxing Team photograph, but the date was certainly 1952 or 53, as I was in the RAF by 1955, and I'm certainly in this pic -the lanky one middle row fourth from left (why did they put the littlest Benn between Alan Winstanley and me?). Sorry David.
Terry Potter <>
Farnham, Surrey - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 14:17:08 (PDT)

Funny Sinjuns episode No. 28 circa 1977 During an assembly one day John Rushworth, Dean Elliott and Lloyd Ridgeway were all asked to go to the headmaster's office at lunchtime. No doubt to be lectured on the error of their ways by Mr E.W. Crook. During the grilling Mrs Parrish, the school secretary, knocked and entered the room to give the headmaster his lunch and dessert which were concealed beneath metal lids to keep them warm. 'Crooky' thanked 'Betty' as she left the office. The head continued with his speech as to how the three of them should buck their ideas up. Fatally, he made the mistake of staring out of his window for long periods, looking out onto the quad and the science block while continuing to lecture the trio. While he rambled on, John, Dean and Lloyd proceded to take handfuls of meat, vegetables and apple pie out from underneath the lids on his lunch tray and stuff them into their mouths. Finally, Crooky finished his lecture, asked them to leave and told them to think very carefully about their future conduct. They left his office before he removed the lids which concealed what was left of his lunch, which amounted to two plates smeared with gravy and custard. Priceless!
Terry Mahoney (BB 1973-79) <>
London, - Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 10:11:19 (PDT)

I feel like I am back at school.Wow is it realy still there. Amazing.Hope the Science block is still there and they are still letting exstinguishers off in the cloakroom.Bye for now.
Martyn Fisk <>
Surrey England - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 11:18:36 (PDT)

Sorry all, discovered when I eventually got an e-mail from Colin Pinell that I typed my email address incorrectly. It's .net not .nrt!
Stuart (Jim) James <>
Ilford, Essex uk - Friday, August 03, 2001 at 18:53:10 (PDT)

Was at Sinjuns from 1957 to 1959 before moving to Bracknell in Berkshire. My brother Peter was also there but from about 1954 to 1959
Tony Racher <>
Brisbane, Queensland Australia - Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 01:21:06 (PDT)

AT SCHOOL 1965-72.
Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA - Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 08:00:02 (PDT)

Good to see on or two names I recognize - including my brother, Hilary, and Barry Sullivan, who was at the OBA dinner I attended just a few years ago. I was at school from 1958 to '66 and am now a Canon of Durham Cathedral. Anyone out there from my year?
Martin Kitchen <>
Durham, UK - Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 02:49:05 (PDT)

At school 1945to1952 Greetings to all old Sinjuns
Peter Everett <>
Nr.Chester, Cheshire England - Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 11:49:21 (PDT)

Hello to anyone that I was at school with from the year 1955
David R. Ellis <>
London, England - Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 14:52:26 (PDT)

ummm need some new up to date picys:)
Mark Waller <>
Purley, Surrey England - Friday, August 10, 2001 at 12:02:28 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 55-60. Had to leave when my parents moved out of London. Seen a few names I recognise, but where are John Nye, Donald Roe and Ray Jenner?
Alan Wardle <>
- Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 03:07:02 (PDT)

A really impressive site - certainly brought back many memories of my time at the school.
Denis Jones <>
Dover, Kent UK - Monday, August 13, 2001 at 05:50:41 (PDT)

Anyone who remembers me (with affection or otherwise!) I'd like to hear from. For those who's memory may be affected after all these years, I'm the guy who walked in a really funny way ...
Martin Wale <>
- Friday, August 17, 2001 at 16:32:28 (PDT)

1976 til 81-2 anyone got anybrains after my last party:)and do you remember my cousins hahahahah (richard long(dicky mint ...polo boy married one)I remember antony foy,ben maclean,francis(BB),darren bradshaw,andy plant, acktar,allans paul gough,dave welch, john harrop, carl zieder(aka parsons ),wale, bates(mastty), tudour,shipley,and i could go on good times where are you all now ....I also remember mars bars, unwise, I see he was finally caught!!!!! tank out
Mike Taylor (MICKY T) <>
london, - Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 14:26:02 (PDT)

I was a pupil up to 63, now in Sussex teaching special education, anybody remember me? well e-mail me cheers
Martin Pearce <>
Hastings, East Sussex Uk - Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 14:46:42 (PDT)

I see some of the usual suspects have turned up, but where are the "characters" from the classes of '76-'81 (for those of us who didn't stay for the sixth form)? Are you out there Brett "Dead Cat" Mckee, "Brainy Steve" Viney, Martin "Footski" Taylor (younger brother of Victor "The Giraffe"), Anthony "Chopper Tone" Foy, Guy "Ski-Jump" Fallows, Nigel "Masty" Bate, Darren "Paintpot" Bradshaw, Rohan Lachmansingh (the most accomplished cigarette scrounger I've ever met!), Ben "Trampus" Maclean, Paul Shipley, Graham Steer, Godfrey Donker, Iftiqar "Ifty" Sharif, Simon Treadwell, Adam Glasman, Dom Barette, and last and least, Alfred Wheeler? I also wonder what happened to some of our teachers, not so much whether they're thriving, but in a few cases whether they're burning in the lake of fire down below!!! I mean of course such great educators as Jones the P.E. and Chippy Smith the woodwork teacher, who seemed to prefer torture to teaching, and where oh where is The Rev? Later.
Andrew Plant (aka Tank) <>
London, England - Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 04:11:45 (PDT)

I'm still alive pending court martial (old habits die hard!)Why haven't any of you toerags bothered to contact me since 83? Done an awful lot of things since - prepared to share experiences subject to administration charge of one bottle of Scotch per person - I don't expect replies!! God bless
Anthony Philpott <>
Rye, East Sussex UK - Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 10:37:26 (PDT)

OK, time to come clean... to whom did I lend ALL six copies (i.e. the complete run) of Gandalf's Garden magazine c.1970...? A safe return after all these years will suffice. Anyone else out there from 65-72?
Greg Irvine <>
- Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 08:05:23 (PDT)

Hi everyone I only recently found this site, which is great, and i cant wait to see how it grows. I was also forgotten in Neils 'Class of 75' list...was i that forgettable? Fritz never forgot me when i was due for the cane or report!! Anyway its great to read all these names, even though i havent managed to put faces to all of them yet. If anyone does remember me, then send me an e mail. I moved to Thornton Heath from Cedars Road (near Clapham Common) in my last year of school and sadly lost touch with the likes of Jumbo Taylor, Graham Griffiths, Jimmy Collender etc etc. It would be great to hear from anyone who knows me. My older brother Colin Taylor left Sinjuns in 1973, and now lives in West Wickham with his wife and kids, and spends his time pretending to be busy at Barclays Bank. Bye for now all!!
Brian Taylor <>
Worthing, West Sussex - Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 16:14:52 (PDT)

I remember a terrible stunt we played on Nobby Norman the English teacher with the dodgy deaf aid. We used some scant knowledge gained from a physics class to disembowel and reconstruct a small transistor radio in such a way that it produced oscillator noises at frequencies that were only audible to dogs, bats &#8230; and Nobby Norman. When the nameless operator used the device, Nobby would start to twitch and fumble about the room anxiously searching for the source. To everyone, but the operator, this would appear to be the unexplained beginnings of a nervous breakdown, as the sound could not be heard by anyone but poor Nobby. He would then take out the aid out and adjust it. The operator would then have to retune. This would go on until he switched off his aid and all hell would break loose as he was as deaf as a post without it. What B**tards teenagers are. Funny at time though. Sorry Nobby it just had to be done.
Paul Lawford
London, UK - Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 06:04:45 (PDT)

I attended Sinjuns between 1959 and 1966. I now live in Orpington and work in the City for a major financial services company.
Jim Gunner <>
Orpington, Kent UK - Friday, August 24, 2001 at 13:55:43 (PDT)

good morning mr obrien not lol joke
john finnigan <>
london, uk - Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 08:18:14 (PDT)

My son put me onto the site, brought back memories saw a few names from the past
Dave King <>
Orange, NSW Australia - Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 14:11:41 (PDT)

Found this website last weekend.Well done Terry Mahoney and Paul Lawford,I had a right old laugh.I was present in the toilet world record attempt that was so cruelly terminated with glory within reach.I'm glad you became a drummer, Paul,I remember you doing a 40 minute drum solo during one of Nobbys lessons.Spud.
Steve Edmonds <>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 05:50:55 (PDT)

Just read the Guest book and as you have all said it just comes flooding back. anyone from 71 to 76 in LT around?
Nick Reeves <>
Egham, Surrey UK - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 10:00:55 (PDT)

Just wandered onto this site by accident (honest). Inmate: LT 70-76. I see a few familiar names here, bet the mandatory 'Alan Hudson/Charlie George' hairstyles have changed, though...
Dave Knight <>
Battersea, London England - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 15:02:32 (PDT)

Great to hear from you Spud. Yes the 40-minute drum solo paid off in the end. I remember you as one of the first mates I had at the school. Your Cozy Powell antics drew us together. I seem to remember you on the first day asking me for a biro. Not because you didn&#8217;t have one but because you needed another for a second drumstick. I also seem to remember breaking your arm one afternoon. I knocked you flying into a wall, without malice I'm sure. They took you off to the nurse. The next day you waltzed in proudly sporting a sling. It put paid to your percussive completion for a bit. I recall fondly your dad's fine collection of "Anatomy" Magazines hidden in the bottom of his wardrobe. What an education. How's OZ?
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, UK - Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 00:57:54 (PDT)

Sorry Spud for omitting you from the 'Sinjuns in a Toilet Cubicle' world record attempt! Good to hear from you. Paul Lawford's and LT's Nobby Norman deaf aid story is a classic. BB had a similar attempt at driving him mad but it was far less technical than that. We simply arranged during the lesson BEFORE Nobby's English lesson, not to say a word or make a noise for the early part of the period. This was the lesson during which various pupils would be asked to read passages from 'The History of Mr Polly' by H G Wells. Instead, of 'reading' from the book, the first person Nobby selected would only 'mouth' the words while the whole class remained absolutely silent. Nobby pointed to Jon Rushworth to kick it off, who proceded to mime the words in the book. After a few seconds, Nobby demanded "Well start then!" and Rushworth mouthed backed silently, "I have, sir!" and carried on miming the passage from the book. At which point, Nobby removed his deaf aid and frantically twisted and turned every knob on it to get some response. This carried on for some time. Eventually, Nobby sat on Rushworth's desk, put his deaf aid back in and said "Speak up boy, will you?" At which point Rushworth, at the top of voice bellowed, "MR POLLY WENT TO THE SHOP TO GET SOME ......" Poor old Nobby, he fell backwards off the desk, specs went one way, his hair went the other. As Paul said of the LT version, it had to be done!
Terry Mahoney BB 1973-79 <>
- Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 11:35:33 (PDT)

My brother pointed me to the site, and thought I would drop you all a line. Its Taffy Howells - now going under my designated first name Mark! I live in Maidstone, Kent, married to Gill, have 3 kids Nicola 20, Mathew, 15, Lucie 7 and a bloody hound we rescued 2 moths ago (he's lovely really) I shot people for a living. With a camera that is!! I remember my first experience in the new darkroom, Chippy built. 6 boys and Chippy in a stuffy room, trying to load a film in to a canister for processing. I was in charge of the light switch. After about 10 minutes of fumbling with the film, I got restless, and in my boredom, leant against the wall. Just where the light switch was!! The air turned blue. Glad to say I was not put off by the experience, although Chippy didn't ask me back! How memory gets a big jog when pushed. Saw mention to Spud Do you have his email address?
Mark Howells <>
Maidstone, Kent UK - Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 17:59:09 (PDT)

To Mark "Taffy" Howells, Spud's e-mail address is posted about 5 posts below yours in this Guestbook. Good Luck and send him our best wishes.
Paul Lawford
London, - Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 00:40:17 (PDT)

Nicholas Reeves, do you remember me ? If I remember you correctly you were known as one of the "hard men" of the year and in regular scapes with the likes of Patrick Lonigan and Tony Anderson. Although I always got on quite well with you as I recall. In your first year you were sitting next to Robert Prior always at the back of the class... Please confirm my memories or otherwise....
Anthony Russell <>
London, Kingston-upon-Thames England - Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 01:27:09 (PDT)

Just found the website site for the first time. Great to see and read about so many "famous" people. I could try and arrange a beer if there is enough interest, just let me know what you think.
Tony Howell <>
- Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 12:20:35 (PDT)

Paul. Thanks for that. I had ignored that address previously, as it looked like it was in Australia, and nothing to do with Spud - maybe a friends email? Apologies for the spelling in my previous posting - Thunderguts must be spinning in his grave!!
Mark Howells <>
Maidstone, Kent UK - Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 17:29:33 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns between 72-77.Reading Mark Howells comments about Chippy's darkroom bought back many memories of that depressing area. Myself and Colin Whyman both went on to become proffesional Photographers after using and abusing the facilities and materials for our own gain. Dick Cousins used to get very depressed when he saw us tucking into his precious supply of paper and tried to ban us much as possible. We repaid his support when we left Sinjuns with a 'drink' which turned out to be a teabag in a plain brown wrapper.'Dickie' was not impressed with our little jape and gave us a sour look. Does anybody remember my comic rivals to the Blob ? I still wonder if Miss Jones was really shagging Mr.Williams as portrayed in 'Superfrenchman'. Can anyone shed any light on this subject ?
London, England - Friday, August 31, 2001 at 11:06:49 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns between 72-77. Reading Mark Howells comments about Chippy's darkroom bought back many memories of that depressing area. Myself and Colin Whyman both went on to become proffesional Photographers after using and abusing the facilities and materials for our own gain. Dick Cousins used to get very depressed when he saw us tucking into his precious supply of paper and tried to ban us much as possible. We repaid his support when we left Sinjuns with a 'drink' which turned out to be a teabag in a plain brown wrapper.'Dickie' was not impressed with our little jape and gave us a sour look. Does anybody remember my comic rivals to the Blob ? I still wonder if Miss Jones was really shagging Mr.Williams as portrayed in 'Superfrenchman'. Can anyone shed any light on this subject ?
London, England - Friday, August 31, 2001 at 11:07:11 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1971-78. Terry Wildman's BB register brought back many memories and I've got a few more names to add. Stockton, Ronald, Fisher, Cooper, Twaites, Hammond, Proderick, Macey. There's still a few names left out maybe someone can complete the list. Anyway, Tony Howell (that's H.O.W.E.L.L.) we must arrange that beer.
mitcham, surreyI - Friday, August 31, 2001 at 13:32:45 (PDT)

Do you remember...... The benefits of being in LT, rather than BB (the brainy ones) or GB (the not so brainy ones). Well thats what LT thought anyway. The introduction of different colour tokens for school dinners on different days and their black market. The Fives Court - for smoking and the 5th year beating up the 1st year. The Tuck Shop - there were some who whilst queuing would wipe bogies on the blazer of the boy in front, you know who you are. School journeys - Swanage, Ilfracoombe, (religious) camping. The playground - playing football with tennis balls and the bundles around fights. "Noot" - new boy. Teachers : Charlie Barratt (maths) banging that bloody stick on his desk and saying "sit down and shut up", nice syrup though. "Piggy" Dixon (art) was rather fond of using the slipper and throwing the blackboard duster. I wonder if there was anything going on with that young female assistant he had. "Nobby" Norman (english) apparantly finally cracked and went on to sell second hand books in Tooting Market. We all used to whistle, to imitate the noise his deaf aid made and it used to drive him barmy. Miss Still (history) was a stunner! Black rimmed glasses and a pointed nose. Miss Jones/Mrs Allen (english) had a lot of sexual attraction for us young boys. I wonder if anyone ever actually saw anything looking down her blouse. Mr Doylan (geography and Form Master) was Neil from the "Young Ones", wasn't he ? "Dopey" Dave de Piro (history?), how did he ever get a job? Mr Ackers (biology, News of the World, etc.) was obvious, how come we all knew, yet it took the authorities so long? Will anyone ever own up to going to his caravan? Mr Farrow (physics), hello boysssssssssssssssssss. Fritz (Mr Taylor, deputy head) wasn't one of my favourites whilst I was there, but with hindsight, wasn't a bad bloke. Do you remember any of this or me? If so, please feel free to get in touch. LT 1972-77 were (I think) Adams Stephen, Bailey Colin, Barnett Paul, Bricknell Mark, Bushell Tony, Cserjen Richard, Duckett Mark, East John, Goodwin Steven, Hampson Mark, Heath Alex, Ireland Terry, Jenkins Mark, Judd Ian, Khan Imran, Mason Richard, McTernan Donald, Mukerjee Andrew, Parry Mark, Pierce-Williams Jason, Powell Clifford, Quinquinnell Pierre, Relph Clifford, Runciman Alistair, Saqi Monsieur, Selway Paul, Smith Alan, Stuart Brian, Ullett Graham, Wakeling Gary, Whyman Colin, Wilson John.
Paul Barnett (LT 1972-77) <>
London, England - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 03:50:30 (PDT)

LT 73 to 78, yes halcyon days indeed; First Year boys for goal posts. The only purpose of wearing those caps in the first year was so that you could identify and tortured, as custom requires. That corner bar in the quadrangle, what was that for? Not to protect the grass surely? It was put in place so as to facilitate &#8220;accidental&#8221; falls; first years boys being more accident prone than most found it almost impossible to negotiate it successfully. Cured of this affliction by the second year, with all memory erased of their hardship they would then innocently assist the new batch of accident-prone lads over the bar. The influence of Keith Carradine&#8217;s Kung Fu and Johnny Rotten&#8217;s little band had a profound effect on the school around 77. Erm &#8230;yer, that&#8217;s right society&#8217;s to blame. I never did nothing, honest.
Paul Lawford
Clekenwell, - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 10:08:01 (PDT)

Sorry about making a mess of mylast post, the line should read "So that you could be identified and tortured" or along those lines. Too much beer this afternoon.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 10:12:10 (PDT)

STEVE ADAMS - Would be interested to here from you, as to what type of photography you do. I think you must have been in the year below me.
Mark Howells <>
Maidstone, Kent UK - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 18:42:17 (PDT)

Getting back to Chippy. Tip: If you are having a bad day, and you walk in on a class waiting noisily for D&T, its inadvisable to bellow out "SHUT UP, AND DON'T RUB ME UP THE WRONG WAY!" to a class of 14 year old boys! Also on the skiing trips. He would ski over the front of your ski's, and you never saw him fall over. Until a pact was drawn up one night over a glass of Coke and Fanta Orange (mixed!). The next person he would ski over, they were to lift the lower ski, so that he went over one and under the other. And yes, you guessed it, it was me! we both went flying, but boy was it was worth it.
Mark Howells <>
Maidstone, Kent uk - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 18:59:40 (PDT)

Thanks for the reminder of the register Paul, brings back memories. Does anyone still have contact with John East ? If so I would like to meet up with the old chap and would appreciate a contact. I last heard he joined Spinal Tap.
London, England - Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 03:39:47 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns '67 to '74 and would love to hear from anyone at the school at the same time
John Eady <>
- Monday, September 03, 2001 at 12:20:40 (PDT)

My dad, Colin Simmonds (probably from 1951 to 1955?) has driven me mad for the last 25 years singing the old Sinjuns tune - how does it go?
Charlotte Simmonds <>
Croydon, Surrey UK - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 14:07:09 (PDT)

You poor thing charlotte, your dad must be a sadist. Since 1975, I have tried my hardest to forget it, and so far have managed to forget it all except the first line....'Sinjuns past and Sinjuns present'.....I am still working on that line........
Brian Taylor <>
Worthing, West Sussex - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 14:15:16 (PDT)

Sinjuns was a great school to go to, I think looking back that at the time I didn't appreciate that, (left in the 4th year) Dr. Clarke and I didn't see eye to eye! My friends were Barry Burton, Del Collins, Barry Weatherall, Simon Dale, Bob Gaylor (apologies if spelling is wrong) plus loads more – can't remember their names. I remember Dr. Presswood as one the nicest blokes in existence – really sad when he died. Mr Short the PE/RE Master – surely one of the most evil blokes ever. Chas Wright the American "Math" Master – 7 different stay-pressed suits. Anyway – it's great that I found this website! Anybody who knew me drop me a line. Dave Warren
Dave Warren <>
Worcester Park, Surrey United Kingdom - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 11:19:53 (PDT)

at sinjuns 78 - 84. great memories but lost touch with everyone. now in contact through hopefully a reunion for the TA class is imminent.any old mates get in touch.
steve mayle <>
worcester park, surrey - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 15:17:31 (PDT)

Does anyone here have any contact with or know anything about Old sinjins 3232 if they do I would very much appreciciate an E-mail at S&F ..Mike
Mike Taylor (MICKY T) <>
london, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 02:51:12 (PDT)

Well, well, well. About time we had a modern system for old boys who were at the school in the late sixties and onwards to keep in touch, as the old boys who are running the association seem to be in a time warp that ended in the mid fifties. I attended a function at the old school in 1998 and felt that because I hadn't gone to the school in the fifties I was a second class Sinjuns. On a lighter note, it's great to see so many old names on the guest book and I hope that some of them will be contacting me.
Tony Francis <>
U.K - Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 06:47:15 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1974 to 1980 (incl 1 yr in 6th form). Would like to get in touch with rest of 1974 intake to see what you're all up to, especially those in LT - you know who you are! I've seen a few names here that I recognise from then: Ian Dunstan and Leigh Robinson to name a couple. What about the rest of you? I can put you in touch with Chris Hale, Andy Franks, David Potts, and (from the 1975 intake) Paul Naylor. Another good source of contact is the following website: Friends Reunited Hope to contact some of you soon.
Ian S. Bolton (aka "Billy") <>
Wolverhampton, West Midlands UK - Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 03:24:03 (PDT)

Saw Website on Friendsreunited. Was at the school from 1972-77, noticed note from Micky Lister. Good to see all the old names from GB.
Michael Summers <>
London, Surrey England - Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 06:20:56 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1955 to 1960. The names of the teachers and ex pupils bring back so many memories. I was in the first year with Mr Semmond as the form master when he wrote the music for The Lady of Shalot. I was in the choir and took part in the production in the hall. I also went to the Royal Festival Hall with all London choirs for a concert. I remember my english lessons with Mr. Roberts and always enjoyed his readings of Brigadier Gerard, I think he should have been an actor. I met John Bates about 3 years after leaving when he joined my cycling club and he eventually moved to Nottingham. I remember Paul Riviere who joined a law firm when he left Sinjuns and then went on to sell insurance. He was keen on Tottenham Hotspur and persuaded two or three players including Jimmy Greaves to sell insurance as well. He went on to become an associate of Terry venables and his nightclub. Another old boy who was a friend of Paul's was Moses Ashby who became a financier. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Peter Johnson or Douglas Taylor ?
John Cooper <>
- Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 07:07:23 (PDT)

I gotta confess that it never occured to me to search for a Sinjuns website. It was only when I registered on that I found out. I was there between 1970 & 1977. Having scoured through the Sports bit, I was pleased to see that my valiant efforts with the cricket ball for the U15's in 1975 didn't go unrecorded. Briefly, I got myself a pair of degrees from LSE, and have been working in the City since 1981. Am now head of bond strategy at Aberdeen Asset Managers. I'll pass this web-site discovery onto my brother, Iqbal (a.k.a. Eggy, prob), who has got himself some notoriety recently by opening a new restaurant called the Cinnamon Club.
Rabbani Wahhab <>
London, - Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 07:27:30 (PDT)

Attention all ex-pupils who were in the 1974 intake! BB, GB and (especially) LT-ers, are asked to view the following website: Sinjun74 I'm in the process of trying to contact you all with a view to organising a reunion. Don't groan - it might be fun! Anyone with views on this subject is free to e-mail me. All the best!
Ian S. Bolton <>
Wolverhampton, West Midlands UK - Friday, September 07, 2001 at 07:39:53 (PDT)

At Sinjuns from 64-71...Live in the most beautiful city on Earth...Sydney....That should start a war of words haha... Talking of battles...does anyone remember the fight between Pete Welch and Fauhimni...?
Richard Webb <>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 04:31:38 (PDT)

Attention Sinjuns 1974 intake ex-pupils - website URL for "Sinjun74" group is as follows: (See post 2 below this one for details.) Alternatively send me e-mail direct. Thanks.
Ian S. Bolton <>
Wolverhampton, West Midlands UK - Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 13:08:41 (PDT)

Sinjuns74: "System Error.You do not have permission to access this item."
Mark Howells <mark@level>
Maidstone, Kent UK - Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 17:01:18 (PDT)

I was known as Fry from 1972 to 78It's good to see some names from the past - Mick Summers, Mick Lister from the GB fraternity.
Francis Jones <>
Mill Hill, London England - Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 05:24:42 (PDT)

SINJUNS74 Group is an invite-only group. If you are a member of the 1974 intake please e-mail me for an invite to this group. Apologies for the previous confusing message.
Ian S. Bolton <>
Wolverhampton, UK - Monday, September 10, 2001 at 05:04:15 (PDT)

LT 1973 &#8211;1978: I remember one traditional summer just after lunch customary false fire alarm drill. We all assembled in the playground to be counted and shouted at. Spike (Fritz) was soon joined by Crook they then both proceeded to gaze upon us with the usual disdain. Crooky ordered us to be silent for two minutes. It was King Canute all over again. After about 15 wasted minutes we all stood mumbling but still. The register-ticking, slipper- wielding Gestapo began to beam the smirks of self satisfied victors. As Crook entered into one his long and monotonous drones on the subject of &#8220;placing your used chewing gum in the appropriate receptacles provided,&#8221; I began to ponder the true reason for the existence of the desk underside. Suddenly from a house that backed onto the playground a large hi-fi speaker was pushed onto a window ledge. It then exploded into the violent opening bars of &#8220;Schools Out&#8221; by Alice Cooper. Crook was blasted out completely, and as the song reached the momentous and climactic chorus of &#8220;SKOOL&#8217;S OUT FOR EVER,&#8221; the whole school was in the grip of uncontrollable hysteria. I don&#8217;t remember what happened after that. I don&#8217;t think the whole school got detention. Maybe some of you remember it. The sight of those poor balding men in black capes sweating it out with Alice Cooper and us in the afternoon sun I will never forget.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, UK - Monday, September 10, 2001 at 13:57:19 (PDT)

Left school around 1943 to go to Harry Thornton Grammar.Love to hear from any old class mates. Great website, found through Friends Reunited by one of my sons.
Alan Clay <>
Marlow, Bucks England - Monday, September 10, 2001 at 17:14:51 (PDT)

More funny stories please. Like.........What about when "Nobby" Norman lined us all up outside Crooks office and whilst he was inside with Crook, Doylan (our form master) came along and took us all back to the classroom. I wish I could have seen Nobby's face when he opened the door from Crooks office to call us in and no one was there. Once we were teacherless for a lesson and someone dropped a match into a desk, then 2 or 3 boys pissed in the desk to put the fire out, "allegedly ". "Piggy" Dixon chasing Donald McTernan around the art class, trying to give him the slipper and us lot cheering on Donald. Who can remember my cousin, Philip Goodson, falling through the skylight, whilst on the roof trying to retrieve a football. If I remember rightly his fall was cushioned, because he landed on top of a couple of unsuspecting 1st or 2nd years. When in the 1st year, being rounded up by the 5th year into the Fives Court. Then being released one by one and given a good kicking as you tried to escape through the tunnel of waiting 5th years. (I can't remember inflicting this tradition on the 1st years when I was in the 5th year. Did we?) Anyone else remember anything similar????????
Paul Barnett (LT 72-77) <>
London, England - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 06:18:10 (PDT)

Attended Sinjuns from 1982-1987 Class S1-5 6th Form (Battersea Park School)After Almagamation with Battersea County Hope to hear from some 'old' friends
Alexander James McLaren <>
London, Enfield, Middlesex England - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 07:46:46 (PDT)

I was the bad boy of the school. Was in Grandison House and attended from 1959 - 1962.
Mick Flack <>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 06:15:12 (PDT)

Just read through the guest book and don't recognise many names. I was only there for 4 years and decided to leave in my interest & the schools. Remember 'Fritz' when I went to my 1st french class and he said "Fermez la Porte" I closed the door as I was last in and he presumed I could speak french. Many visits to Presswoods office, but unfortunately not for lunch (the cane usually). Dixon was great as he let me go to paint pictures around the area, great for a quick smoke! West for chemistry was good if you knew it, I actually learnt a lot there and still love the subject. Short, the most evil bastard at the school, got belted by him many times, because I couldn't do a frigging handstand. Anybody remember 'The Order of the Golden Slipper' that he ran. Perverse bastard. I was definately one of the bad boys of this era 1960 ish. So bad I still cannot remember most of it.
Mick Flack <>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 06:40:03 (PDT)

A date has been "set" for a drink in the Wetherspoon's pub above WHSmith's on the concourse of Victoria train station for friday 2nd November at 1930hrs for all pupils who attended the school between 1971 & 1978. If you didn't attend during those years, don't worry turn up anyway,you'll be made welcome. E-mails awaited, if you have any questions.
Tony Howell <>
- Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 12:29:36 (PDT)

Anyone out there from those misty years from 61 to 67 Where is everyone??
Peter Sallett <>
West yorkshire England - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 15:42:52 (PDT)

Attended 1982 - 1987. I would like to hear from anyone else who was there. I can even remember being sent to the Battersea County Sixth Form. A sad decline.
Lee Roots <>
London, - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 13:03:43 (PDT)

Lockites resident from 1941 to 1945.Looking for fellow students from that time. Where are you all?
Rex F Priddy <>
Bristol, UK - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 13:08:14 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1976-1983 (GB). I have to say I've rarely thought about the school in the intervening years, other than to reflect on one of my proudest achievements still - a whole school career without a trip over THE BAR. It was only through a recent look at the Friends Reunited website that made me aware of the Sinjuns site. This message board more than anything has brought back memories, particularly as linked to the memories and names provided by Messrs Plant & Taylor earlier on this page. I'm embarrassed to say I can't remember everyone's name. Perhaps future contributions to the site will result in full pupil and staff name lists? However, those I do remember in my GB class include: Michael Taylor (sell you another sarnie, Micky - 5p as usual?), Andy Plant, Jamal Acktar (who still owes me 25p or 30p -it'll be good to find him, esp. for the accrued interest), Tony Foy, Paul Shipley, Nicky Wale, John Harrop (the human Hyena), David Lister, Paul Gough, Sushil Samant, Rohan Lachmansingh, 'Stick' & 'Smithy', Darren Bradshaw, Alfie Wheeler (in prison now I should think), Martin Allen, Ben Maclean, Nigel Bates, David Welch, Carl Parsons, Richard Long, Adrian Uttley. [Somewhere, I have a print of the 3GB class photo (c.1978) which I will try to send in soon.] Then, for LT, BB and WB: Julian (Richard) Honeywill, 'Pan-face' Richard Tracey, Nye Harries, Jones, Phil Viner, Watson, Sherif, Perry, Donker, Edam (the year's 'top swot'). On the staff side, I remember Alan Ackers (Biology. Hmm, enough said), 'Fritz' Taylor (a strict but good man, I felt, who truly loved the school), Chippy Smith, Steven Farrow (Physics and first year form master), Chidwick (French), Cunningham (Maths. A multiplication tables sadist and Marilyn Monroe fan who had a brother, he told us, called Tam who used to demolish policemen and telephone kiosks), Edwards (German), Gary Doyland (Geography/Geology - who helped set my course for a Geology degree - thanks Gary), Paul Meaden (History), Beanland (Chemistry sadist who mis-used crocodile clips (attached to pupils' ear-lobes), acid (who was the kid stretchered off to hospital one year?), and gunpowder. Safely in an institution now, I hope), Elsgood ([Graphic] Art - William Blake), Cathy Ayres (English. How could anyone forget her?!). And what about Mr Hadjigeorghiou and triple maths on Wednesday mornings, 3rd year? Or poor Miss Omesu, whom 3GB drove to a nervous breakdown in a space of weeks? Well...Undoubtedly there's a lot more to dredge up. Next time, maybe.
Sean Tudor <>
Maidstone, Kent - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 19:30:01 (PDT)

Oh, I forgot to add Guy Fallows (Blondie/Debbie Harry fan back then, who owned a pink vinyl Blondie LP), who e-mailed me yesterday, and won't forgive me if I don't make correction here.
Sean Tudor <>
Maidstone, Kent - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 19:36:02 (PDT)

Ive had a few emails from old sinjuns whom are petrefied to think that some people still remember there nick heres a few more from the years 76-82; Icky,Chopper,Ski slope, Pan head, Pen head,Tank,Foot,God fried ears,Franny,Dickie mint,Polo,Duck,Masty,paint pot,Persil,Rat,Cat,Smit,Cider,Stick,Cornelius,tap head,Steve the hatchet and many more, some too rude for this fair place, but I bet you know many more, so why not remind me and maybe even show me how it wasnt just our years!!...Oh and none of those bill blake obcenities after all Im sure none of us knew the other's parents that well.(well maybe some did !!!!)
Micky.T <>
LONDINIUM, Surrey Angleland - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 03:56:56 (PDT)

Ah Sean my ole mucker that would have been Alfred Wheeler(A.K.A The Scrotum)who decided to deep breath a jar of chlorine gas, at my request of course! do know it turns to hydrochloric acid in the lungs?...ah seems he didn't, well at least he got a ride home in an ambulance and no lasting damage, well not as much as the volcano experiment to my face or Andrew Banfields(ex lead singer of The Passedenas) acid to the trouser region or darren Bradshaws Mars bar insertion or last but not least Hewits Human Biology lesson in the Biology store cupboard,(one finger one thumb keep who did assist him)!...Ah the good old days .....well time for my medication and the rubber truncheons!!
Beanland <room101@springfields .secure>
Chemical Heaven, LSD.ddddd LaLa Land - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 11:01:31 (PDT)

Ah Sean my ole mucker that would have been Alfred Wheeler(A.K.A The Scrotum)who decided to deep breath a jar of chlorine gas, at my request of course! do know it turns to hydrochloric acid in the lungs?...ah seems he didn't, well at least he got a ride home in an ambulance and no lasting damage, well not as much as the volcano experiment to my face or Andrew Banfields(ex lead singer of The Passedenas) acid to the trouser region or darren Bradshaws Mars bar insertion or last but not least Hewits Human Biology lesson in the Biology store cupboard,(one finger one thumb keep who did assist him)!...Ah the good old days .....well time for my medication and the rubber truncheons!!
Beanland <room101@springfields .secure>
Chemical Heaven, LSD.ddddd LaLa Land - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 11:02:36 (PDT)

Sean Tudor? That wouldn't be Sean "Apeman/Ape" Tudor, who had the long and involved middle name beginning in C and ending in S, would it? I think Micky T preferred to buy his sandwiches from Sushil, who apparently had a better quality of cheese! BTW, wasn't Tracey's nickname "Panhead" rather than "Panface"? I've been trying to list out all the nicknames from our class and year, although I'm not sure about some of the ruder ones (such as L. Heavy's one applying to his discoloured dentition, or L. Hewitt's applying to his underwear markings!), or the names people got called referring to their parentage and/or their mother's alleged bedroom habits with large amounts of rastas!!! I also just got reminded, on the phone to Micky T, of the time you had a fight with him (2nd or 3rd yr?) tomato-nose city! Pity it wasn't little Alf who got a bloody nose, what a thief, what a git, what an audacious thing to do, sticking a mirror to his shoe so he could attempt to look up Cathy Ayres's skirt! Later!
Andy Plant <>
- Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 12:50:10 (PDT)

Dear Mr Beanland I remember the way you welcomed us William Blake Boys into the heart of your old gradma skool. You showed us how to "Keep Brittan Tidy", everytime time we gobbed on the floor you made us pick it up and put it in our pocket. You ensured understanding of the properties of concentrated ammonia, by encouraging us to inhale deeply from the bottle. You always managed to catch the bottle before we hit the floor. You were my inspiration and a have devoted my life to the study of chemicals. Keep up the good work Mr E
Mr E <>
A, Town By the Sea - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 13:00:43 (PDT)

Just found the site tonight, Brilliant. I was there 76-81, Yexly Potts North Waller Romain Clarke Salusolia Wells Cotton Chisel The Khalsi brothers etc etc good to see so many reprobates still around will speak to any one out there. Dicky Singh
Dicky Singh <>
- Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 14:12:26 (PDT)

I've just found the site, -great! I was at Sinjuns 74-79 and left to become an apprentice telephone engineer. I've been a pro musician for the last 10 or so years (Does any one remember the music teacher called D.Flatt?!), and also teach at Wellington College, Reading Bluecoat School, and Brunel University. I'd love to hear from any of my contemporaries.
Pete Cook <>
Twickenham, Middlesex England - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 16:02:30 (PDT)

Yes I remember the Music teacher called D. Flatt. One of his finest pupils was in my class, Tim Scale.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, London UK - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 03:02:10 (PDT)

Actually on the subject of Tim Scale and music, I remember Tim bunking off his proper lesson in order to attend the frivolities that took place in Nobby (Deaf) Norman&#8217;s Shouting English Class. Nobby began to call the register in his hoarse Wednesday afternoon manner when suddenly, as he was not visually impaired beyond his bottleneck glasses and the sweat that permanently dripped from his balding pate through the wiry silver antennae eyebrows into his bloodied Johnny Walker soaked eyes, he spotted Tim. Nobby pushed the ink-stained elastoplast holding together his wilting lenses further up the bridge of his nose with trembling index finger until his eyeballs made contact with glass. &#8220;You boy, what is your name?&#8221; Tim hesitated for a moment then smiled, &#8220;Plant Sir &#8230; Robert Plant Sir&#8221;. Plant was not on the register and so Tim was encouraged to say a little more about himself. He did so, at length, talking enthusiastically of having formed a band with another pupil at the school called Page. The class kept relatively cool at first but the volcano of suppressed laughter erupted with the force of Mount Etna when Nobby asked the name of the band. Alas poor Nobby for he knew not Led Zeppelin.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, London UK - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 05:23:48 (PDT)

Is that the Pete Cook of the blue draped jacket, brothel creepers and large quiff who spent most of his time preening in any available reflective surface?
Spikey <>
- Monday, September 24, 2001 at 11:07:09 (PDT)

Aah.. the memories come flooding back. As a part time teacher now, some of my fondest memories are of some of the masters, in particular Ronald Walker. He scared the crap out of us at age 11, but in hindsight was probably one of the softest men on the staff. I remember his cloak being immaculately pleated at the 'sleeves', and his insistance on us using fountain pens. He revealed in an interview (for 'blob' I think) that he did agricultural work during the war as he was a pacifist and refused to fight. I always looked forward to those lessons where we would read books like 'Moonfleet', and have to this day a passion for books. I expect he's no longer with us but I'd have liked to thank him personally. A gentle man and a gentleman. Ken Duckett. - another fine teacher who seemed to have a pair of eyes for every boy in the class, and would ask you a question the minute your mind wandered. Rumour had it that he was the hardest caner that ever walked god's earth, but I can't remember him punishing anyone, merely ask them to "preshent yeshterday'sh homework to me in room Y". He was a good nut. Does anyone remember how the members of the science dept. used to take tea in the science block with several bunsen burners under a steaming kettle? Was it just me, or did certain members of the faculty appear somewhat 'over-refreshed' when they took us for afternoon lessons? By the way, I was prompted to look for this website when, on entering a classroom in a school at which I teach, all the boys stood in silence. -I'd forgotten all about that protocol and the sound of chairs scraping floor as they stood was very evocative. Great site. - Keep it up!
Pete Cook <>
Twickenham U.K. - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 11:54:12 (PDT)

Yes, spikey, 'tis I of Edwardian persuasion. Don't remember your nickname though, who are you?
Pete Cook <>
- Monday, September 24, 2001 at 12:00:02 (PDT)

STREATHAM, - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 10:50:00 (PDT)

Well !! reading through all the recollections and comments it is clear to me that either other people's grey cells have deteriorated at a slower pace than mine or their schooldays were more memorable that mine. Some names and incidents have stirred vague recollections but then again I might just be filling the gap with imagination. I was a Sinjun 1959 - 64. I was in Beauchamp and remember Dr Presswood, particularly for some reason his sex education talk which I believe I have recovered from now. I also recall (or invented) when he invited an amateur operatic company to perform the Barber of Seville to the whole school and during the performance someone unscrewed the radiator valve and let of a stream of hot water. I remember some of the teachers mentioned. I was in the CCF (I think the teachers who ran this were Mr Williams and a South African Mr or Dr Tait) but can't remember much about it except I could never get my boots shiney enough or my belt spotless (the word blanco pops into mind here??) anyway I only joined so I could use the rifle range. OOh a sudden recollection here, Harry Hawkes and someone Collyer who marched out of step and both who were as untidy as me in the Army uniform. I remember the fives court and the tuck shop. The fellow inmates I remember are Alan Spooner (here I think of Mod haircut, pac-a-mac and road biking), Vic Bushell, Jim Ward, Keith Walker (who I would love to make contact with again - I was best man at his wedding and have lost touch), Micky Weatherall, Mick Flack, Ray Sheppard, "Harry" Andrews, a couple of Wheedons ( one Tall the other not ). A Webb (Brian I think). It all gets a bit blurry now. Oh yes and of course Martin Amis son of Kinglesy who came and went. I recently looked up Sinjuns in his autobiography and found out that he considered Sinjuns to be an extremely violent School perhaps thats why I can't remember anything I must still be concussed.
Chas Gould <>
Malmesbury, Wiltshire UK - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 04:25:31 (PDT)

Chas, I remember you vaguely. Definately remember Harry Hawkes for who could forget that scruffy skinny bugger.The Wheedons ring a bell so do Barton,Myers, Tim Hudson, Alan Badcock. I can remember it being very violent at times especially the riot at the old science block. All I can remember of this was getting swiped round the head with a cricket bat. Arding & Hobbs was a favorite haunt in the lunchhour. I seemed to remember that I got caned for passing off old pennies as Half-a-crowns after dipping in Silver Nitrate to make nice & shiny. God I loved chemistry.
Mick Flack <>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 05:36:07 (PDT)

ian ralph lightfoot <i.lightfoot@TALK21.COM>
WORCESTER PARK, SURREY ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 06:48:04 (PDT)

I had happy years at Sinjuns between 1958-65. Does anyone remember the incident in 1959 or 60 when a group were trapped by other pupils in the old Science block for the whole morning. There were water bombs flying everywhere as people attempted escape. I seem to remember that Escudier was a prime target. Has anyone heard from Tony Woon Sam. I had an incorrect e-mail address for him, and would like to get in touch. Finally, does anyone remember someone called B. Filkins in the 6th in 1964-65. Apparently he bore an uncanny resemblance to me.
Chris Collins <>
Ashford, Kent UK - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 05:37:30 (PDT)

moved here 20 years ago
Ian Crump <>
Auckland, new zealand Newzealand - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 17:44:36 (PDT)

moved here 20 years ago
Ian Crump <>
Auckland, Newzealand - Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 17:45:14 (PDT)

Brilliant the best hour spent on the net. Loved the picture of 'Fritz'. Memories of Trogg. How about Mme Lenoire 'French oral'. The day the armoury burnt down.Mr Meredith "Privet Hedges" and "Nijinsky" the assistant sports master to Mr Thomas (very nice wife if I remember clearly).Will visit again.
John Hammond
- Monday, October 01, 2001 at 14:38:49 (PDT)

Left Sinjuns in 1970. Interested to know if any ex-classmates are still out there. Whatever happened to Chris "Lung-Cancer" Lancaster? Did he ever pack up smoking or did he die early?
Lester Stuart <>
Stafford, - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 11:47:27 (PDT)

MIke Grace Old Boy left 1959, loved the place so much called my youngest son Sinjun much to the myrth of his friends. Anyone remeber me drop me a line
LONDON, UK - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 13:43:55 (PDT)

I attended Sinjuns from 1963-1969. Not an academic child! Spent most of the time having a quick one in the Rugby Fives Court or in the CCF hut if I could get away with it. Having just found the site and read through the entries many memories come flooding back. Some good and some not so good. Simon Dale - where are you? I still remember Erwen! To all of you guys out there that shared those years with me a very big hello. Please get in touch. Can anyone remember the name of the master that had the DB5. I now believe what my parents used to say to me that schooldays were the bestdays. For me they were. Looking forward to hearing from some of you.
Barry Maxted <>
Sidcup, Kent UK - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 12:40:49 (PDT)

I attended Sinjuns from 1963-1969. Not an academic child! Spent most of the time having a quick one in the Rugby Fives Court or in the CCF hut if I could get away with it. Having just found the site and read through the entries many memories come flooding back. Some good and some not so good. Simon Dale - where are you? I still remember Erwen! To all of you guys out there that shared those years with me a very big hello. Please get in touch. Can anyone remember the name of the master that had the DB5. I now believe what my parents used to say to me that schooldays were the bestdays. For me they were. Looking forward to hearing from some of you.
Barry Maxted <>
Sidcup, Kent UK - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 12:40:51 (PDT)

Calling all pupils who started in 1974 (or joined the 1974 intake in later years) and finished in the years 1979-81 (or who left before then): Please visit Sinjuns74 Reunion website at: I am compiling a contact database, with a view to organising a reunion (or two) and the distribution of a "news"-letter. I've had a few positive replies from... Kevin Clarke, Ian Dunstan, Tony Hutchison, David North, Richard Forshaw-Singh, Andrew Boucher, Peter Cook, Graham Hatchard, and Alex Hutton to name a few. Add your name to the list now.You know it makes sense!
Ian S. Bolton <>
Wolverhampton, West Midlands UK - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 15:08:25 (PDT)

Started looking through the guestbook for familiar names and thought that most of my intake (66-73) must have died. Then suddenly Gilford, Boris, Eddy appeared and all those memories you thought you'd managed to get rid of came crashing back.
Peter Chapman <>
Worcester Park, Surrey UK - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 16:27:24 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns 1973-80. After Imperial,Stanford and Cambridge went into the City and moved over to the US. Now a managing director of a large financial firm. Any one from Form LT, give me a shout. Still in touch with Dave Uttley
Zahid Mannan <>
Manhattan, New York US - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 12:42:26 (PDT)

Hello again. This is my third attempt to coax other pre-war Sinjuns on to this site. I was at Sinjuns 1934 - 1941. Anybody out there remember me or are you all dead? The nearest I have come to making any connection with the past was the note from Rex Priddy who was at Lockites 1941. I'm afraid I don't remember you Rex, I was in Lockites for a spell but I think it was 1940. Those were the days, weren't they!
Joseph Sharpe <>
Northampton, Northants - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 09:39:35 (PDT)

I cannot believe that there are ex-sinjuns out there who STILL remember me with (possible) affection? After all the e-mails I've got, all I seem to be remembered for is kicking people constantly and painfully. Possibly I was mis-understood child (this is of course total crap). If I ever hurt you, please let me know ( and I'll apologise profusely!
Martin Wale <>
- Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 16:54:40 (PDT)

I cannot believe that there are ex-sinjuns out there who STILL remember me with (possible) affection? After all the e-mails I've got, all I seem to be remembered for is kicking people constantly and painfully. Possibly I was mis-understood child (this is of course total crap). If I ever hurt you, please let me know ( and I'll apologise profusely!
Martin Wale <>
- Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 16:55:21 (PDT)

I did not go to Sinjuns but am trying to trace a friend who did. Does the name Lewis Rich, Lou to his friends mean anything to anyone? I guess he would have been there late fifties early sixties. Any help would be appreciated. Geoff
Geoff Lambert <>
Epsom, Surrey England - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 05:03:01 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns between 68 and 75. Does anyone remember the fabulous Blizzard pop superstars of 74? Spiny Norman, John Murphy, Les Moir and myself on drums, and their self-styled manager and roadie, Clive 'Wif' Smith. How in tune with the spirit of the times we were: Brian 'thank you' Davies murdering Slade's Get down and get with it and Paul Meaden hollering a splendid version of Summertime blues.Or were you also there on the day Mr Ducket uttered the immortal question in maths: ' What dou you do with Pi, Pooley?' To which Pooley cheekily replied 'Put it in the oven, Sir!' Needless to say Pooley was immediately dispatched. Who DID delve into the bottom drawer of DeCaux's desk in search of his slipper? Who lobbed it out of the window into the corridor, just as the man himself was striding towards us? And who was punished for this impromptu performance. Perhaps you also remember Mr Ashby leading Chris Plant by the earhole across the front of the class presumably as a lesson on how not to speak to a German master. What a great site. All the names simply come flooding back. A warm greetings to all of you.
John Greenway <>
- Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 09:49:16 (PDT)

Attended in the halcyon 60's (62-69) and played in the finest soccer team ever at Sinjuns with Clive Taylor , Paul Benjamins , Pete Hicks , Jon Osborn Peter Buckett among others . Good to remember the excellent staff like Dolly Rhodes and Dougie Wingfield who were always happy to see you in the Woodman provided you paid . Good to hear from anyone of my era .
Malcolm taylor <>
Suffolk UK - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 06:39:19 (PDT)

My second foray into this site. Seem to be lots of comments from the 1970's group but very few from my era (53-58) - were these years the dark ages? I was "persuaded" to play the oboe in the school orchestra and spent several years apparently playing in various performances but, actually, never played a note! Push came to shove when I was required to play a solo in "When you wish upon a star" but some guardian angel played it on the flute instead and Semmons never even noticed. Also in the choir and was the "server" at one Founder's Day service at St Mary's. Cheers to everyone from Canada.
Barry Hill <>
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 12:10:54 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1976-1983 (GB). Wolud love to hear from anyone that remembers me!..... Great idea for a great site!
David Lister <>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 15:45:59 (PDT)

Don't the Teachers look young!
Nigel Breckon
- Friday, October 12, 2001 at 13:26:46 (PDT)

To John Greenway and the band. I was at Sinjuns 73-78. I saw the band. I remember (History Man) Meaden on drums at some point, is that true, or was that a subsequent gig, or was it all a dream? If I remember correctly John Murphy played Bass? I bumped into his brother Paul in Taybridge road a couple of years back. He had moved abroad, he had a bar in Goa or some such place; I was drunk at the time. Anyhow he was over in London having treatment for a tumour on the brain. He was pretty unwell. He was in good humour though, he said stoically that he didn’t mind going so long as they gave him intravenous whisky.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, UK - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 06:27:10 (PDT)

great stuff!
victor garrick <>
tooting, london england - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 06:07:37 (PDT)

get in touch.we'll be out for a sherbert v soon.still hanging with steve price,dean elliott.look forward to hearing soon and for some true yarns from people who actually did these things "terry maphoney and you lawfy
vic garrick,darryl turner, <>
tooting, london uk - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 10:15:48 (PDT)

does anyone know what happened to richard gibbs.73-78?imagine!
vic garrick <>
tooting, london uk - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 04:54:54 (PDT)

LONDON, SURREY UK - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 06:52:58 (PDT)

"Sinjuns raise your voices!" I'm afraid that my memories of school life between 1971 and 1978 are not very rosy - mainly fear and dread (bit like the present in fact). A principal recollection is of the strangeness of some of the assemblies (hippy/pupil power hangover)- "Saucerful of Secrets" played on the school organ - emotional political speeches from 6th formers - being asked to read out random words from a hymnbook. The "Schools Out" incident (see Sept 10 below) was memorable. Pseudo-public school atmosphere gradually dissipated - impact of punk, drink & drugs c.1977 (Nick Peters are you still alive?) Interesting to see that Inspector Knacker has finally caught up with Ackers. Maybe I should use this opportunity to mention my book "Subterranean City" in all good bookshops (and Waterstones)- any excuse for publicity. Guest Book is an interesting idea - but we mustn't get too nostalgic - a good thing the old place has gone - did it get used as a School Disco-type club for a while after 86?
Antony Clayton
Sarf London, - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 10:31:47 (PDT)

Finally there is a contribution or contributions that have prompted me to add an entry (Victor Garrick & Steve Begley) Well all you nearly or already 40 year olds HOW YOU DOING? I was told about this site by Laurie Dempsey a few weeks ago and have visited on a few occasions to see who was contributing to this guest book. But apart from Mssrs Mahoney (the cat) & Lawford ,a couple of Martin Wales ,one Wayne Scott and (An)Tony Philpott there seems to be a lack of voices from 1973-1978 . So as the official spokesman for the F.E.N.S (yes Victor we know who gave us that tag)I would like to say this guest book is a great read and we will return. regards FRECKY,ECKY,NECKY&SPECKY
Geoff Hopkins <>
worcester park, surrey england - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 14:29:44 (PDT)

Does anybody remember the Geography Field Trip to Swanage in 1976.(Taken by Gary Doyland and 'Pikey')? From the start to finish it was one hell of a laugh with the likes of Dean Elliott,Tony Philpot,Dave Piotrowski,John Rushworth,Vic Garrick and Darryl Turner (The legend of Corfe Castle himself ).If anyone remembers this Momentus week and can recall any of the goings on it would make great reading.PS Whatever happened to Brian Williams (BTW) The Sports Teacher in the '70'S ?
WORCRSTER PARK, SURREY ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 02:27:09 (PDT)

Would love to meet up with sime old faces, How are you Mr Sutton? You can't forget me
Neil Stewart <>
london, England - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 03:43:25 (PDT)

for the upto date people i went sinjuns 83 - 88 Would love to meet up with some old faces, How are you Mr Sutton? You can't forget me
Neil Stewart <>
london, England - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 03:55:24 (PDT)

WORCRSTER PARK, SURREY ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 06:10:14 (PDT)

Great to see Geoff Hopkins on board! Another member of what Brian Williams said was the best school team he'd ever seen...... Mahoney, Tella, Atkinson, Gale, Price (Stu and Steve), Begley, Mehmet, Hopkins, Elliott, Copeland, Stephenson, Watkins, Wheatley, Diamantis, Hatt (when I couldn't get out of bed!) and later on, Chris Young. No wonder we rarely lost - we had 17 players on the pitch, who all went home in Pete Begley's Rover! What a team, what a car! Our first team never ever lost a game at home throughout our whole school career. Great days, hmmmmm, young boys, jumpers for goalposts, marvellous, eh! Anyway, talking of the FRENS, I must correct Paul Barnett's recollection of some weeks ago when he said that his cousin, the sleek-necked Phil Goodson, fell through one of those skylight roof windows by the cloakroom, landing on some first formers. I am sure that he actually fell on his best friend, Neil Eccleston. A classic case Necky on your Ecky! For those Swanage field-trippers circa 1976, I was down there last year and can confirm that the borstal that we stayed in is still there as well as The Black Swan and The White Swans pubs. Who remembers, when about a dozen of us bunked out to go to a disco only to be confronted by about 40 local inbred kids who wanted a ruck, or was it to pinch our double-breasted jackets and high-waisters? Only for Phil 'Taffy' Thomas to intervene and try to diffuse the situation by saying to us "Don't worry lads, I remember a similar confrontation, Swansea v Wrexham 1962, there were three of us......" all this while beer bottles were raining down around us! Luckily, 'Dog' Doyland appeared and saved the day. He was about 6 foot 10 and had a big length of lead piping down his trousers. Handy that!
Terry Mahoney <>
- Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 12:17:12 (PDT)

Are there any reunions on the horizon? It seems that a couple of the old LT boys from my year have done well for themselves. Zahid Mannan's got his own company in NY and I know for a fact that Gary Watkins is a multi-millionaire because he lets me clean all of his cars. Couldn't they 'sponsor' it? And perhaps Ray Rayner could lay on the catering, I see his his vans all over the place. He must have more lorries than Eddie Stobart. Come on lads, put your hands in your pockets!
Terry Mahoney <>
- Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 12:44:16 (PDT)

To Terry Mahoney. Are you sure Goosie Goodson, my cousin, landed on one of his mates. I could've sworn my recollection was true. You mentioned reunions, apparently theres one on Friday evening, 2nd November in the Wetherspoons at Victoria station. See you there ?
Paul Barnett LT72-77 <>
Thornton Heath, Surrey England - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 14:47:41 (PDT)

Message to Tony Clayton. Interesting comments on Sinjuns. I always thought you would grow up to be a librarian or an accoutant. I see that two years of A-level english with Mr Walker and Twaites stuttering through Antony and Cleaopatra has totally and utterly warped you. I am living on my ill gotten gains from the string of women that I ran in darkest Soho. Would love to hear from you as we (Tony Howell [BB]) are organising a reunion for US boys who joined in 71, at Wetherspoons at Victoria Station on the 2nd of Novemeber at 19:30.
Tony Francis <>
Hawaii, USA - Friday, October 19, 2001 at 02:15:59 (PDT)

Period 73 – 78. The water bomb that we had known and loved to lob had lost its edge in the urban punk infected modern world into which we had been dumped. Something new was required. New weapons of destruction had to be developed. The most ingenious psychopaths amongst us went to hermit away in our workshops filled with stolen chemicals and sharp things from all the school departments. After many days off sick we emerged with some of the following. The most powerful was the elastic band catapult. This was not new of course, but the ammunition was deadly the deadly steel staple. If you were unfortunate enough to get hit you would be left with two puncture marks as if inflicted by a crazed mini-vampire. On our away from school trips to historic sites, no pigeon or pensioner would be left unscathed. Then came, thanks to possibly, Tim France, and maybe David Noyce, and allegedly myself, the medical syringe! No needles thank Christ. We would fill these with water and shoot the blackboard or anything else or anybody we hated. If the grudge was great then ink would be used. Then came the peashooter/biro. Paper would be chewed then shot through the tube at the ceiling; the accumulated mash would form hardened papier-mâché stalactites that hung majestically for years. Then one day a stoke of genius came in shape of the CONDOM. They could be filled with huge amounts of water and dropped from high places or thrown long distances with shattering effect. They could be stretched over doorknobs. I did Crooks. Lighter fuel was next but self-injury was all to often the result. I look back at all this in with sheer horror, which then gives way to a half smile. We were just kids after all. However, if we could have produced Anthrax we probably would have used it.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, UK - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 07:31:06 (PDT)

I apologise profusely my post directly below if it causes any offence due to: A.Being poorly written, I didn’t check it before I sent it, the beer again. B. The Content whish may alarm older boys who have rosier memories of the school. C. I can’t think of anything for C but feel free to ADD.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, UK - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 13:10:02 (PDT)

I have clearly lost my marbles as the post below also contains terrible typing mistakes. Nevermind, true to school form I suppose.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 13:12:01 (PDT)

Just discovered the website. At the school 1954-1961. Anyone who remembers me after 40 years let me know please! Whatever happened to those teacher characters - Whitmore, Sharrock, and many whose names I've forgotten?
Phil Starr
- Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 11:00:03 (PDT)

Has everybody dried up? Or have my ramblings stunned you all into embarrassed silence? Should I continue to spill out recollections or shut it? Answers on a postcard please.
Paul (Syd Barrett) Lawford
London, - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 03:57:03 (PDT)

To Paul Lawford. Paul, you must have been in the year below me, but to be honest I can't remember you. However, to answer your question, please carry on with your rambling recollections of school life at Sinjuns. Maybe see you on 2/11 to put a face to the name ??
Paul Barnett LT72-77 <>
Thornton Heath, Surrey England - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 04:05:37 (PDT)

I was with Paul in LT and I think he is doing an excellent job of enumerating our childhood excesses. More power to your elbow, Paul
zahid mannan
- Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 08:50:53 (PDT)

I was with Paul in LT and I think that he is doing an excellent job of enumerating our childhood excesses. More power to your elbow, Paul
zahid mannan <>
- Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 08:52:18 (PDT)

I remember you Zahid, and my mate Zuberi, excuse the spelling, who was just after you in the register call. Thanks for the encouragement. To all others, including Barnett, I shall dig further into the void to recall further things Good Bad and Ugly.
Paul Lawford
Loondom, UK - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 09:19:57 (PDT)

Well, actually Paul you were after me in the register since it was by last name. Lawford, Mannan, Muchmore etc. Zuberi was the last
zahid mannan
- Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 09:25:34 (PDT)

The asylum won’t let me out this evening, due to the alphabetical errors I’ve made, Sorry Zahid for mixing things up; time can do so much &ldots; and so little. Yes you are 100% correct about the register. Thanks for the support despite my incapacitation.
Paul Lawford
London, Clerkenwell UK - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 09:49:10 (PDT)

No Problem, Paul, after all, we are all getting on a bit. Download MSN messenger so that we can chat with online. My hotmail address is below. Would love to talk about old times.
zahid <>
- Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 10:08:42 (PDT)

Thanks for the invite Zahid. I shall follow it up very soon. I tried to e-mail you but the address is wrong. Should the dash be a dot? Paul
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, - Friday, October 26, 2001 at 04:11:39 (PDT)

Thanks for the invite Zahid. I shall follow it up very soon. I tried to e-mail you but the address is wrong. Should the dash be a dot? Paul
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, - Friday, October 26, 2001 at 04:11:53 (PDT)

Paul Lawford
Nut-Hatch, - Friday, October 26, 2001 at 04:13:18 (PDT)

Looking forward to chating to you. Its Its an underscore.
- Friday, October 26, 2001 at 06:56:53 (PDT)

Look forward to chat. My email is ( its an underscore)
- Friday, October 26, 2001 at 09:59:06 (PDT)

Attended Sinjuns Summer 1962 -Summer 1969 always glad to recieve any mail from friends, colleagues and Form Masters of the era or thereabouts.
Laurie Swepson <>
`Sutton', Surrey England - Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 14:54:22 (PDT)

Had a fantastic re-union night at a Wimbledon pub with Roy Eddy, Rich Bennett, Steve Guyon, Chris Borasinski, Steve Daley, Kevin Carson and Peter Chapman. Most of us had not seen each other since we left Sinjuns in 1973. We talked and laughed non stop about the characters and stories from 1966 to 1973. Kevin could even remember the entire 1A register! ..Aplin, Bagwell, Borasinski, Brookes, etc. Well, thanks lads, I have not enjoyed myself so much for a long time and certainly worth the trip from Cornwall to Wimbledon. I will try and get the photos to you somehow. The next time there will be a lot more there. Come on Mumford, Spevock, Osbourne, and any others, we must have loads more memories to unload. All the best to you all. PS. Can Paul Lawford have his own personal guest book?
Roger Gilford <>
Cornwall UK - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 02:16:23 (PST)

Sorry Roger. Should I shut up?
Paul Lawford
London, UK - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 06:33:22 (PST)

I would like to contact Arthur Austin 1959-1963
Coulsdon, Surrey UK - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 21:42:16 (PST)

when are the'coming soon'parts of this site to be updated. why are people using the guest book for conversation the forums would be much better as a particular topic can have it's own threads rather than someone answering to a post way back in the guest book. you must try harder!
- Monday, October 29, 2001 at 06:50:59 (PST)

when are the'coming soon'parts of this site to be updated. why are people using the guest book for conversation the forums would be much better as a particular topic can have it's own threads rather than someone answering to a post way back in the guest book. you must try harder!
- Monday, October 29, 2001 at 06:53:06 (PST)

Attended sinjuns 1985-1987 last 1st year at sinjuns. I still play football for the old boys 1st team,not many old boys still playing?. P.S sinjuns club house is still open at weekends ,so if you still play football e.mail me. playing field
LONDON, MORDEN,SURREY ENGLAND - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 07:20:32 (PST)

Hi to the guys who started in 1974 (and who joined the '74 intake in subsequent years). Please go to for the Sinjuns74 Reunion webpages. Register your details online to join the contact database. Contact me (Ian "Billy" Bolton) at or say "hi" here.
Ian S. Bolton <>
Wolverhampton, UK - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 09:41:21 (PST)

Greetings from Somerset from the third longest serving Sinjun - 1945-1956 - now currently semi-retired-doing bar work and the lone Liberal Democrat District Councillor - West Somerset. At least 4 Sinjuns in the area - Geoffrey Bannister, Tony Hunt, ...Best and myself. Attended 2000 dinner much nostalgia - some interesting perceptions - I guess my views have moved steadly leftwards as the years go by ! I enjoyed the history of the school - will become a very useful intro to history of education - I felt much was missed !
Peter Humber <>
- Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 10:59:31 (PST)

Hi to BB from 1972-77 - Barraclough, Brodie, Carlton, Clapson, Davis, Dwyer, Edmunds, Handley,(me),Hopkins, Johansson,... can anyone complete the register? Memories - Purple FS1-E's (except Elwyn Dawkin's yellow DX, Graham Maddox's Puch GP and Alan's mental Garelli) The skylight incident referred to earlier - was in the cloakroom below... C F Townsend "Bernie" after his resemblance to Bernie Winters of Schnorbitz fame... One of many Alan Ackers "News of the World" incidents prompting an attack on his Morris Minor traveller by a mass of kids pushing an industrial-sized wheely-bin... Rocking the tuck shop shed so violently it nearly collapsed Pushing 1st years over "the bar" at the corner of the quad Organised mass runs across the same... Paper aeroplanes from the church balcony during the annual carol service...
Jim Hamshaw <>
Norwich, Norfolk UK - Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 13:00:30 (PST)

Just seen a message from Tony Clayton on the site...some of us STILL like Saucerful of Secrets Tony! I have to thank you for introducing me to Floyd, ELP etc (my Wife and Daughters would probably not echo my thanks!) and I have to say my pleasure in listening is not diminished by the years. An author....can`t say I`m that surprised...Ronnie would by proud of you. I`m writing this looking forward to the forthcoming re-union tonight at Victoria Station...hope to see you there! Please get in touch if you can`t make it tonight...I`d love to go for a beer and catch up.
Terry Wildman <>
Gillingham, Kent Erm??? - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 00:10:32 (PST)

Pooleys back in town,out of the country for years,at Sinjuns 1968/72,Lydiard house,the ATC hut was nothing to do with me!!! what happened to Jarvis,Waterman,Casey etc,like to hear from anybody that knows me.
LONDON, - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 00:20:33 (PST)

Attended from 1982-1987.Hello Alex & Lee you old tossers. Alex, do you still look like Beaker from the Muppets? Only joking!! Lee say's you still can't spell!!!
Michael Mc Donald ( Minimac) <>
u.k - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 14:53:48 (PST)

WHERE WERE YOU ALL? I attended the reunion at Victoria station tonight. There were a couple from the 73 intake, a few from the 71 intake and me and Gary Wakeling from the 72 intake, about 15 in all. I was a bit dissapointed to say the least! Maybe next time? If there is a next time????
Paul Barnett LT72-77 <>
Thornton Heath, Surrey England - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 15:36:44 (PST)

Great to see some old faces last night, especially from the 1971 intake. Great to see some other familiar faces from other years too. Our small 1971 roll call was: Bridgeman,Fisher,Knight,Ormesher,Proderick,Webb. It was only a mini register but a delighted and happy one none the less. Howell and Francis I hope you have a letter from a responsible adult explaining your absence (laughs). Where were you all? Next time maybe?
Tony Bridgeman <>
Surbiton, Surrey - Saturday, November 03, 2001 at 02:21:10 (PST)

We turned up at the station and by 7.45 it had been evacuated due to a bomb alert...I reckon Simon Amos set off the fire alarm again! About 11 of us ended up at a pub a way away from the station, where we stayed until more or less closing time as we were told that the station had not re-opened. the role call was: Howell, Gale, Wildman, Stockton, Francis, Webb, Russell, Steve and Gavin Brooker,Taylor (Howard not Bob!), Mann and another chinese guy who wasn`t in our year but runs a restraunt in Gerrard Street that the whole Sinjuns population is apparently welcome to visit! I`m gutted that we didn`t all meet up and there are clearly some very upset people out there who may have travelled quite a distance. We want to do it again...maybe in Battersea, possibly at the Woodman/Original Woodman/Castle? What do you all think? Contact me if you like at work...0207 695 2555. We even had a chorus of Rather Death than False of Faith...very quietly mind you...altogether now, SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSinjuns, Sinjuns, Sinjuns raise your glasses!
Terry Wildman <>
- Saturday, November 03, 2001 at 05:04:24 (PST)

Just to set the record straight, I didn't attend both pubs on Friday night's 71-78 reunion and would be interested to find out who was impersonating me! I arrived at the Victoria Station Wetherspoons at around 8.30 and there was no indication of the problems others had experienced and after fighting my way through the hundreds of deaf people met up with a few old boys including Tony Bridgeman, Adrian Fisher, Dave Poderick, Nick Knight and Paul Barnett. There were others from different years including Gary Wakeling - is he really in the porn industry? Paul Ormesher and Tony Clayton turned up later and between the different groups from varying years we enjoyed recounting old times. I did not however sneak off to the other pub without telling anyone and meet up with the likes of Tony Francis and Howard Taylor although I would have loved to have seen them and the many other names I recognise. So if anyone knows who it was pretending to be me then let me know! On a serious note, I would be keen to attend another reunion although Battersea would not be ideal - somewhere more central, away from a mainline station if preferred, would be my choice and I hope that we can all manage to get to the same point at an agreed time in the near future. It would be good to see other old friends like Perry Barnes, Duncan Brett, Simon Amos etc. etc. if they can make it.
Nick Webb <>
East Sussex - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 11:09:22 (PST)

Attended 75-80 in GB.Alan Chidwick was last seen in a vicars uniform at church in eaton gardens,chelsea about 8 yrs ago.He attended my wedding in 1991.Great memories of classmates,especially jimmy sherrington,rod weaver,alan wade,david james,micky cleaver,paul flavell.Who could forget miss ayres///ENOUGH SAID
Nick Greenland <>
solihull, west mids - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 12:06:08 (PST)

It was great to see all those that made it to Wetherspoons and a bloody shame to miss the rest of you, from the moment of the alert i kept trying tonys mobile but the answer phone was on otherwise we might have found out where you all were. I hope that somrthing else can be arranged pref before xmas central is best for me but i will come anyway if anyone wants to contact me u can on 07966 190428 or 01892 664791 hope to hear from you soon. cheers Dave P
Dave Prodrick <>
kent\sussex - Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 15:23:15 (PST)

Was Friday's night reunion surreal or what? It could have been a scene from a Paul Lawford film! Had a drink in nearby pub to meet Gary Watkins. Heard 'big bang' at about 7.30 pm, took no notice. Left pub at approx 7.45 to go over to Wetherspoon's in the station, only to find station closed. Eventually let in about 8.05, Wetherspoon's still not open. Queued outside with about 150 deaf people (obviously a regular meeting place for them because when the place eventually opened about 8.15 the staff weren't phased and even demonstrated an understanding of sign language (or was it 'tic-tac'). It did make identifying Sinjuns very easy though. Basically everybody without an hearing aid was an 'old boy'. Good job Nobby Norman didn't go, he would have been as confused as hell! Those listed below (plus Gary Watkins, Vic Garrick, Steve Price, Darryl Turner and me) award yourselves an "A+.... Excellent effort" for attending despite the difficulties. Those who were there early but did not come back when the station reopened.... "C- Good early promise but must try harder". Those of you who didn't bother.... "E- Poor effort." It was good to see all of you on Friday. Hope to see you again sometime.
Terry Mahoney <>
- Monday, November 05, 2001 at 04:31:18 (PST)

Richard Gibbs? Did someone say Richard Gibbs??? Thanks a whole lot for reminding me of yet another reason for why I am so sick and twisted in adult life!! I am now off downstairs to explain to the wife why I just let out a blood curdling scream!
Dave Crerar <>
Banbury, Oxon UK - Monday, November 05, 2001 at 05:12:42 (PST)

Having read all the notes on "both" last friday's reunions it was good to see that a sense of humour is starting to emerge from the mess. For those that met old friends at both pubs, great. For those that had a wasted journey, don't give up as plans are being put together already for the next bash. With hindsight, things could have run more smoothly and NEXT time they will. Various dates, times and venues are already being discussed. I would like to arrange another do before xmas and must admit I think Central London is probably an easier venue to get to than most. However, let's kick some ideas about before a decision is reached. On a personal note, I wished I could have been in 2 places at once last friday and would ask anyone who I did not get to meet to email me direct. Regards to all. Tony
Tony Howell <>
- Monday, November 05, 2001 at 13:05:37 (PST)

I was at Sinjuns between 1967 and '74 and have just come across the website. Brought back alot of memories of staff and fellow pupils - who remembers Ken Duckett's immortal phrases "You're an oaf, aren't you?" and "This is elementary first/second/third/fourth form work"? Sad to see that Bugs died recently, and also old Trog. Anyone else of the '67 intake out there?
Phil Pearmain <>
Dartford, Kent - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 01:15:44 (PST)

WORCESTER PARK, SURREY UK - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 03:42:15 (PST)

Hi to all who Know me. I hated School. I remember always being caned Monday mornings and continually being on a report card. Bunking off,Tuck shop burgalary,Tormenting teachers (Mr Townsend),locking people in various rooms,asked not to come back to school except for exams and more. In fact I never did go back. I would like to hear from anyone who knew me especially John Smith, Jimmy (pink mini) Collender, Paul (asda) Weems, Stephen (Alton Est) O'neill, Barry (selsey) Oliver. If your wondering what happened to me after SWSJ I worked for my dad who was a builder,formed a punk band,done loads of drugs,gigged for years,done loads more drugs went to America,grew grass wrote some songs,More drugs,came back,Hydroponics,formed Society of Angelic Potheads,more gigs more songs,had some kids,Started and now its 2001. Life after school was much better for me
Dave Norman <>
- Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 08:33:56 (PST)

The 71-78 reunion was a bloody disaster for anyone who wasn't there on time. I got there about 8.30, spent way too long looking for anyone familiar and not deaf, left, came back, looked again, asked the bar staff (who knew nothing about it0, went to the other Wetherspoons, looked agin, gave up and went home. Next time - (a) don't do it at or very near a mainline station (it will have way too many people in it), (b) if plans change, leave a message with bar staff and (c) give everyone a contact number just in case. To say I was pissed off (having travelled halfway across London) is a bit of an understatement.
Edward Higgins
- Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 09:30:05 (PST)

Just read Ed's comments below. Sorry you missed us mate. We were all stood by the entrance inside the station by the top of the escalator that came up from the concourse. In fact I was mistaken for "door security" at one stage (should have tried to charge admission). Have we all changed that much that you did not recognise any of the old gits stood by the door? Gutted that anybody made a journey and failed to meet anyone. Hopefully we can all get together next time. Let's hope that something can be arranged very soon.
Tony Bridgeman <>
Surbiton, Surrey - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 16:32:12 (PST)

BB 71-77 I found this site after running into Richard Mason and then a visit to "friendsreunited". It brought back some great memories. I would be glad to hear from anyone who remembers me. Are there any more reunions coming up? Who was it who wrote TILLEY IS A **** on the playground wall in two foot letters, and who painted all the piano keys black just before assembly, and why did no one offer that poor librarian a bottle of Listerine?
Ian Smith < >
Epsom, Surrey - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 03:48:10 (PST)

Class of 71 et al, After many phone calls,emails, discussions and by popular demand the next re-union has been "set" for Friday 30th November 2001 at 1930hrs in the Wetherspoon's pub on Victoria BR Station concourse above WHSmith's. This date was chosen to miss as many as possible of the xmas do's you may have already planned. All efforts that are humanly possible will be put in place to make sure that there will be no wasted journeys this time. If you have any questions, then email me asap so that we can contact each other more directly. Contact phone numbers will also be made available to eliminate any problems. Regards, Tony.
Tony Howell <>
- Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 12:08:11 (PST)

I would like to meet my friends from Sinjuns, class of '66 who left by '73. I read roger Gilford's entry and would love to be part of any further reunions. Whenever I pass the school, I think fondly of all the teachers, classmates and the local pubs. I didn't realise that THE SWAN by the river had been demolished and looked for it in vain for years. Call me on 07956-583-285. Look forward to hearing from you.
Ovais Kadri <>
Kingston, Surrey ENG. - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 13:10:21 (PST)

Re:'71-'78 Reunion (2nd attempt). No disrespect, but are you just a little bit lamebrained? If you have the reunion at one of the busiest train stations in London, it will be very, very crowded and ripe for all sorts of confusion. Don't you remember what happened last time? I think I might give this one a miss. Good luck to everyone else!
Edward Higgins
- Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 12:49:54 (PST)

Edward Higgins, Are you a whinging git or what ? Take a fucking powder mate and chill out. If you think it's so easy, you arrange the party next time.
London, England - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 15:01:48 (PST)

Edward Higgins, Are you a whinging git or what ? Take a fucking powder mate and chill out. If you think it's so easy, you arrange the party next time.
London, England - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 15:02:08 (PST)

Steve, nice to see you've still got the same sense of humour. Sock it to the whinging git!!!
Jerry Coleman <>
Uckfield, East Sussex - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 19:22:13 (PST)

Maybe I will come after all, if only to say hello to Steve Adams.
Edward Higgins
- Friday, November 09, 2001 at 09:20:27 (PST)

Nice to see I persuaded you Eddie.
London, England - Friday, November 09, 2001 at 09:51:05 (PST)

Does anybody remember returning after the holidays to find all the wooden floors in the Chemistry labs undulating like an LSD induced sea? It was because they had laid new parquet flooring that had warped in the fierce summer heat of that hellish greenhouse. I have fond memories of leaving the gas taps on at the end of every lesson in the faint hope that one day Mr Ackers would take up smoking and light up in break time. Sadly it never happened, but then time caught up with him in the end. I remember failed chemical experiments being deposited in the tropical fish tank. Poor fish. Alas not the eco-friendly chaps we have hopefully become now. Sorry to hear some of the bickering in this wonderful Guest book. Let’s be nice to each other. It’s more fun. Cheers all.
Paul Lawford
Clerkenwell, UK - Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 05:27:41 (PST)

Hello. I have just discovered this site through friends re-united. I was at the school from 1953 to 1961. I have worked as an airline pilot for the last 40years. I am trying to contact Eddie (E.C.Bell) and Dennis Giles, who were both friends and l lost contact with them a very long time ago. You may not have heard that Paul Whitmore (Mr.P.C.Whitmore) who taught French and set up the RAF section of the CCF died last March. An inspirational teacher and a great friend and mentor to me, at least.
Nick Carter <>
West Midlands Englands - Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 06:44:02 (PST)

to me mr emerson thomas was a great inspiration to me, and made my time at sinjuns worth remembering.
london, surrey ENGLAND - Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 15:52:03 (PST)

worrying those sheep?? How's that 'wheeler dealer' brother of yours (is he still putting it about, hasn't his big end gone yet? Lee Roots tells me you are looking for one of those females (or thereabouts) to settle down with and bread some micro mini Macs? Tut-tut-tut, your only 30 man, get a grip ... (oh sorry, I expect that&#8217;s the problem). Anyway, I hear you doing well for yourself. Whereas I went on to the sixth form (as did Lee - later to become solicitor, and a household name {well, amongst the dead- beats and clinically insane})then on to do a degree in biotechnology and a job in the Dept. of Health -- you had the bright idea to leave and get yourself an job - now you have the specialist skills, can call yourself a consultant and can make them pay through the nose. Oh well, my little White Dwarf - keep in touch Alex (Beaker)
Alexander James McLaren <>
Enfield, Middle, - Monday, November 12, 2001 at 06:54:41 (PST)

I am trying to get in touch with John Wilson who was in LT between '72-77' If anyone can help, please let me know.
Gary Wakeling <>
- Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 14:59:27 (PST)

Have just spent the last half hour reading the recent comments of the past few weeks, haven't stopped laughing nor has my young colleague. Sorry Ed that you missed us, but, I have given you my mobile number, home number and reminded you of my mums number, none of which you have rung. This e-mailing is a farce, you send out loads of e-mails and no replies, but then again twenty five years is along time and maybe we've changed too much, I hope not.
Tony Francis <>
- Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 03:44:52 (PST)

Staff Nicknames...Richard Cousins was called "Paulus" after Paulus the Gnome, a character in a cartoon who had a similar beard. Paul Meadon was also called "Cozy" after the drummer Cozy powell, following a school production in which he did an imitation of Animal, the drummer from the muppets. Not sure he was meant to be doing that though!
Terry Wildman <>
- Friday, November 16, 2001 at 09:53:33 (PST)

Anyone know of email addresses of following poeple who left around 1968. Chris Dale, Rob Turner, Jim Baker and Rob Millar. Thanks, Graham
Graham Hillson <>
Suffolk UK - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 14:56:02 (PST)

Anyone know the email addresses of Jim Baker or Chris Dale. Both listed on friendsreunited but I'm too mean to pay the fiver to get the info
Graham Hillson <>
Ipswich, Suffolk UK - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 15:10:30 (PST)

Alex, were you on drugs when making your last entry? Just wondering.
Lee Roots <>
Battersea, London - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 16:15:39 (PST)

Happy memories now, maybe not so at the time. An absolute treat to come across this site and see the old building in the photo section.Having left in the 1970's period my strongest teacher memory must be TROGG ,for history. How did he manage to do that with his tounge all of the time!. And one more comes to mind, Mr Semmons, Music and Choir, he really did need an ashtray! Happy days not forgotten.
Keith Wills <>
Whitstable, Kent U.K. - Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 03:24:17 (PST)

Great site - brings back memories of Trogg, Dolly, Chalky White (Biology), and of course the unforgetable Acker and John Short whose demise I noted. I couldnt wait to get out when I was there and make my way in the big world outside, but looking back they were good times. I left in 1968 and see some of my old friends have logged on to the Friends site. Love to hear from anyone that remembers me.
Graham Hillson <>
- Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 04:45:12 (PST)

Having just made my first post on here after just finding the site I feel like I have just had a memory injection!!.Some other memories coming through now: Freda in the Tuck Shop, as I remember a benevolent grey hair lady with never a cross word, (The Tuck Shop, aka the wooden shed in the corner of the Quad. Break times cakes,'long un's'(iced buns),and at lunchtime the usual array of sweets(Mars Bars were 6d at the time).The toilets at the back of the Music Room, approached from the rear of the Stage, then down the steps, perfect for that lunchtime 'drag'.Always remember dispensation for members of the Choir to be able to float around that area during lunch break.And talking of the Choir, it would be good to know what happened to PAUL JONES, in the period 64 to 69, then the head treble of the choir, a lad with perfect pitch, and Mr Semmons' pride and joy. And remember Mr Semmons either on the Grand Piano in the Hall or on the Organ, a lit Hamlet cigar perched on the edge of his lips at all times, ash just waiting to drop, looking out over his half moon specs' Well back to the memory injections and looking forward to seeing what other memories rear their heads.Happy Days!!
Keith Wills <>
Whitstable, Kent U.K. - Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 06:18:44 (PST)

My brother and I were at the school in the sixties,I have seen a few names in the guest book,Min Mercer,Barry Maxted and Nigel Handyside .Anyone who may remember me,it would be great to hear from. Mick & Chris Curzon
mick curzon <>
san diego, california usa - Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 10:26:17 (PST)

I thought all contact had been lost with the "Lockites" contingent at Godalming. I was delighted to see from the Guest Book that at least Rex Priddy has surfaced! I was at Lockites from 1942 to 1945 (and at Battersea subsequently) but, I am sory Rex, I don't remember you. Are there any more around. Off the cuff I recall John Baxter, Dennis Johson, Glynn Evans, Mickey Reed, Ginger Woodrow, and probably others if I think hard enough.
John Andrews <>
Streatham, London - Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 14:14:38 (PST)

I attended the school 1981 to 1986. any one remember me?
gary holmes <>
carshalton, london uk - Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 09:21:24 (PST)

I was just reading the Assistant Teacher list in the Staff section of the site. Keith Blackburn (Rev) also taught principles of Accounts (his first calling was as an accountant). He must have done a good job, it was the only "O" level I got an A for.
Lester Stuart <>
Staffordshire UK - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 15:02:39 (PST)

Just found this site, via Around
Jimbo Clarke <>
- Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 09:17:16 (PST)

Calling all 1974 intake ex-pupils: please visit the Sinjuns74 Reunion webpages at: I shall be at the reunion on Nov 30 at Weatherspoons, Victoria Stn (details elsewhere here and at Friends Reunited site) so make it worth my while travelling from Wolverhampton please :) Regards, Ian S. "Billy" Bolton
Ian S.Bolton <>
Wolverhampton, West Midlands UK - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 05:19:28 (PST)

Lloyd Ridgeway told me about this site, it's great to see some familiar names and to read the old stories (Terry - you could always tell a good yarn mate!)The tale which is still told to a disbelieving audience today is when Elwin Dawkins (Sorry about this Elwin) offered to fight the entire 4th year! As I turned the corner to the 5's court all hell at let loose with seemingly 100's of 1st & 2nd years mauling each other to get a better veiw of what was taking place inside. As I appeared at the door I will never forget the look on Dave Piertroski and Tony Philpot's faces(these were the only 2 4th formers to take up the challenge) they slowly shuffled around Dawkins like boys that had slipped and landed in the bear cage,eyes fixed on their would be predator. "You coming in John?" "err,I'm err" before I could answer the bell rang & back to class we went making plans for retribution after school. The meet was Notrianis cafe in the High St where the legions of the mighty 4th form amassed (Terry Mahoney, Victor Garrick, Steve Price, Darryl Turner ,Dean Elliott, Tony Philpot) and waited ... Price was on look out "He's coming" said steve shaking & panting, we all looked at each other in turn, what do we do? without a word we simultaneously ducked under the tables and hid! Dawkins passed and we were safe. Then suddenly there was a strange rallying of the troops & with renewed bravery we marched out, by the time we arrived at the bus stop Dawkins was on the bus, we gestured and screamed at him telling him how lucky he was to be on the bus in safety - Showing no emotion he slowly got up and pressed the emergency button on the door and got off! Ive had better days, we scattered and made half hearted attempts at being brave but eventually Dawkins got bored and got another bus and went home as we did with our tails between our legs worrying about the next day and having to face the man mountain again. (On another occasion Dawkins managed to persuade me that his Grandmother could pick up Capital Radio on her gold tooth - but thats another story). Sorry if that was a bit long winded but I was on a roll!! hope to meet up with some of you boyz soon. Cheers
Jon Rushworth <>
Worcester Park, - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 02:22:53 (PST)

Good to read some Sinjuns nostalgia. I was at the school 1970-77, now vicar of Holy Trinity, Redhill. My brother, John Jenkins, also an old Sinjun told me about the site
Gary Jenkins <>
Redhill, Surrey UK - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 11:00:28 (PST)

WOW! What a shock to the system in remembering the wonderful past! I was at Sinjuns between 1970 to 1977 and for all my sins Iam now an accountant.I have kept in regular touch with 4-5 school friends since leaving, and my thanks to Gary Jenkins ,who called me tonight about this website.A few of us visited the school again in Jan 00 after 25 years and it was something! Well done Neil Storer for setting this web site!
Vinit Kuplish
Ripley, Surrey UK - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 13:20:26 (PST)

ReUnion still on for this Friday Night...November 30th at Wetherspoons Victoria Station, 7.30 onwards. Anyone who wants to ensure that we meet up this time (regardless of Bomb Scares!) can E Mail me and I will give you my mobile number. The deperate groups seemed to have a good time when we met up last (well nearly everyone managed to enjoy it!) so give it another go!
Terry Wildman <>
- Monday, November 26, 2001 at 23:55:24 (PST)

WORCESTER PARK, SURREY UK - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 04:39:02 (PST)

Can't make the 5th, hope it goes well - Count me in for the next one. (Missing name from the toilet Cubicle world record attempt: Terry Ward!!!)
Jon Rushworth <>
- Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 15:04:27 (PST)

on behalf of steve[trembling]price & darryl(leg-end of corf castle),we will indeed attend the clap junct piss-up.u missed a large chunk of the 4th vs dawks big dawks was boarding said bus,tony philpott whacked him square in the chops with an iron bar wrapped in chippy-loaf day the big one asked,with only mild curiosity,who was it may have slapped him wearing a ring!does that not speak volumes. ps.john u should be getting the hang of spelling your own name by now geez.respect 2 the f.e.n.s. beanland?????do u still twitch uncontrolably when u get excited?imagine the calories consumed;if u get my drift!roll on the 5th.
vic garrick <>
tooting, - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 15:32:18 (PST)

Hi there. Attended 71-78. Have eventually got round to visiting the site after many recommendations from Tony Francis, Gary Jenkins & Mark Dennis. Just spent an hour reading and bringing back memories. I remember our first day. We were all taken into the gym and sorted into the three forms BB, GB & LT (not quite as unusual as the sorting in Harry Potter but just as traumatic). Sods law that the 3 of us who came from the same Primary School Ian Ross & Paul Barnes were all put into seperate forms. Was at the 1st 71-78 reunion in early nov but only 3 of us from LT (me, nick mann & nick reeves), sorry I missed you Ed (Higgins) and Anthony (Jack) Russell. Anyone in touch with other LT members - Pat Lonergan, Steve Walker, Duncan Brett, Paul Hamilton, Jayesh Patel, Dom Barlow, say hi and drop us a line
Howard Taylor <>
Wimbledon, London England - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 01:32:51 (PST)

My God, I can't believe this site. I was at Sinjuns from 1967-1971. I was also probably the bane of all the teachers, especially Mr Robert Taylor, Mr Duckett, Mr Willis and many others. My buddies were Roger Gilford, Norman Maidment, Steve Guyon, Chris Borisinski and many more whose names are on the tip of my tongue. Any of you guys reading this, contact me. I'd be interested in an old boys reunion!! Rgds Alan
Alan D Collins <>
Alpharetta, GA USA - Sunday, December 02, 2001 at 04:59:12 (PST)

Nice to catch up with a few old friends Friday night. Good to see Jerry Coleman, Gary Wakeling, Paul Barnett, Ian Smith, Raymond Clapson, Graham Maddox, Tony Howell ect; Well done to those that organised a really enjoyable night and without any bomb scares or deaf conventions. For those that were there check out for the photos. Look forward to the next party in the new year with hopefully even more old faces.
London, England - Sunday, December 02, 2001 at 13:22:54 (PST)

Howard Taylor, where were you on Friday (30/11). It would have been good to see you. Seeing your name reminded me of the school trip to Swanage. Do you remember Tony Anderson ? He used to wait for his fellow colleagues to fall asleep in the dormitory that we all shared, and than proceed to find a victim. On this particular occasion you were that victim. He then tried to set your hair alight, but fortunately the burning smell provoked a cough and splutter from Patrick Lonegan who was on the top bunk. Tony panicked and ran back to his bed, leaving your hair in place albeight a little singed. Happy times.......
Anthony Russell <>
Kingston-Upon-T, London England - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 01:26:01 (PST)

A reminder to any old Sinjuns who remember me from 1948-52 (ish): you're getting quite old now. Thinking about the joys of retirement? I passed the school recently and was amazed at how trendy the area has become.
Peter Mosley <>
Manaton, Devon UK - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 04:24:42 (PST)

I had the shock of my life when I came across this site and found you all. I haven't seen or spoken to any of you since I left school in 1975 at the ripe age of 16 to enter the Hairdressing industry. I'm now older, wiser and with far less hair but I often think back to the times at Sinjuns and a few old mates (Steve W, Jack R, Rob P, Bill B, Aamir Z, Robert E and the rest of you horrible people from LT. Howard, did you follow in your dad's footsteps and join the force? Love to hear from any of you
Laurence Armstrong <>
Maidenhead, Berks UK - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 03:32:13 (PST)

at sinjuns from 65-71
alan corfield <>
maldon, essex uk - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 04:13:20 (PST)

John Rushworth's comment below brings memories of Elwyn Dawkins flooding back - apart from his Yellow FS1-E DX (the only one in the row with the front disk brake!) who remembers the end-of-term review in 1977 where an impromptu group was formed that week with little or no rehearsal - Elwyn said he'd play drums and no-one was prepared to argue... Expecting fireworks, we turned up, played Free's "Allright now" and he was brilliant!! We played some other stuff as well but I can't remember what - can anyone else?
Jim Hamshaw <>
Norwich, Norfolk UK - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 05:26:09 (PST)

Tonight at Christ Church, Croydon I met Clive Penfold (197075)- a member of that church. It was great to see him. He keeps in touch with among others Philip Ayres, Terry Beardall, and Barry Oliver. Anyone else out them from a similar era?
Gary Jenkins <>
- Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 15:50:24 (PST)

LT 1972 1978: Do you remember the Dictionary of Slang in the library?
Paul Lawford
London, UK - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 16:09:15 (PST)

LONDON, SURREY UK - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 02:58:48 (PST)

Gary Jenkins Your mail address doesn't work
Dave <>
Sarf London, - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 04:18:57 (PST)

Dave Norman? Thats a name I havent heard for a while! How are you mate? Still on report? I used to be in the queue with you in front of Mr Crooks door or Fritz getting my white card signed as regular as clockwork.
Brian Taylor <>
Worthing, England - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 04:28:55 (PST)

Further to Steve earlier message, good to see Messrs Begley, Dempsey, Gale, Goodson, Hopkins and Robinson at the Windsor Castle P.H. in Clapham Junction on Wed 5th Dec. Excuses were accepted for Gary Watkins but not for the 'Three Amigos' namely Garrick, Price and Turner who were last sited banging on the door of a big castle on the Thames in Berkshire demanding to know what time the reunion started!
Terry Mahoney <>
- Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 10:38:47 (PST)

Further to the recent reunion at the Windsor Castle at Clapham Jct. It was a particularly poignant venue for me and Steve Begley because that the pub where he and I used to have a few snifters on a Thursday lunchtime before we traipsed up Lavender Hill to the Battersea Art's Centre for an afternoon life class with Roger Elsgood and a model who I used see stark naked every week for the best part of a year but can't remember her name? Fellow Art student Dominic Cortizo nearly got slapped by her one week when he tried to get familiar and introduce himself to her during the half-time tea break. He had got the wrong end of the stick when he earlier overheard me and Steve tell someone that 'we love Art on Thursdays because we get to see Fanny!" Anyway, back to the original story.... one day we had more than one too many in the Windsor Castle and during the class that followed, Steve knocked a pot of paint all over his picture that was stretched out in front of him. All the colours ran into each other and the whole thing looked like a big psychedelic puddle on floor, nothing like the model in front of him. Hiccupping and trying not to be sick, Steve desperately tried to mop some of the mess and eventually dried most of up when Elsgood turned and walked over to him. "Stop your work everyone and gather round over here now!" he demanded. (Even the model wandered over). Steve with his eyes glazed over, looked up at Elsgood like an old labrador looks up at a vet awaiting a lethal injection. And just as I was thinking that it was a bit cruel of Elsgood to humiliate Steve over the painting in front of the whole class before eventually expelling him for being pissed, he then proclaimed.... "This is fantastic, this is what I'm looking for. It's dynamic! It's got depth! It's got soul! It's got this and that, etc, etc..." It was shite, that's what it was! How Steve got away with that I'll never know. From that day on he never painted while sober again and became Roger Elsgood's favourite pupil. My Art O-level certificate probably still lies discarded in the loft of my old house in Fulham, having been made meaningless by the events of that day. One week when the usual model didn't show up he was so drunk that posed nude for the class which included sixth form girls from Battersea County and Notre Dame! Meanwhile, I continued to paint and draw like an old master and was accused of being 'too mainstream', 'lacking creativity' and 'being unimaginative'. Steve on the other hand spent the following weeks alternating between throwing up, sneezing, urinating, and defecating on various canvasses and remained Elsgood's prodigy!
Terry Mahoney <>
- Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 11:08:47 (PST)

LONDON, SURREY UK - Friday, December 07, 2001 at 01:07:22 (PST)

What a great site, a few familiar names although not too many from my year,1969,only Arthur Cherouy and Gary Williams I think, but recognise some from other years ie Derek Heath (what did happen to Peter Hudson). Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Russell Milton <>
Crawley, West Sussex - Friday, December 07, 2001 at 10:51:59 (PST)

At last! somebody else from the intake of 69. Have you seen how many names there are on that "other" site. I recognise most of those names from my brother's year 73. Nice to see you're all alive and kicking. I have got 2ndXI team photo from the tour to the IOW in 74? Maurice Blackburn,Jimmy Gibb, Paul Winstanley, Sebastian Batson,? Jeff Burgess, Kevin Taylor, Steve Dempsey, Peter Weeks, John Frawley and Graham Granville and a couple of others whose names I don't remember. When I've got some time I'll try and work out how to post it on this site. For your information the OBA reunion dinner at the school was quite a good crack (my first time this year) I went along with Graham Smith, amazing how all the memories come flooding back and don't! Anyways regards to all and Up the Sinjuns!
Arthur Charuy <>
Upper Tooting, - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 02:15:47 (PST)

Where is every one from 1964-71? Anyone remember canoeing on the Thames at Teddington on Wednesday afternoons, brag sessions in the sixth form common room, maximum bet 3d, - Abbey Road on the mono record player in the corner - Mr Dixons art lessons, collecting washed up junk from the Thames embankment, dragging it back and sticking it together to look like...washed up junk from the Tham..blimey am I really that old
Mike Power <>
Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 12:02:39 (PST)

Just discovered the site. Did not think the old school would be on here seeing as it is now a prep school! (can you believe that- it is true). I was there from 1967-1974. Would be good to hear from anybody who remembers me.
John Payne <>
High Wycombe, - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 08:19:40 (PST)

Any "boys" from the 1972 intake may be interested in some photos I have posted on the friendsreunited site.
Paul Barnett (LT 72-77) <>
Surrey England - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 15:52:00 (PST)

Attended SINJUNS 57 to 59 when family immigrated to the United States. Went to Riversdale primary school from 54 to 57. I recall the interview for admission with Dr. Presswood and how the return address on the envelope was an unbeknownst test I recall the boxing in the gym. The chess team and how late we would get back. The underground workers strike and seeking alternate transport including British Rail if that's what it was called then. Of course, it would have been easier just to walk to the school than all the finagling around. I also remember the urgency to get out of shorts and into long pants. I was dismissed from music due to "weak pitch". I still remember woodwork. Talk about a well rounded education. I was in charge of the bulletin board. How proud I was. Recently I saw a photograph of the prefects and it all came back to me. I rather regret that I left the Union Jack because I had a wonderful time in my five year stay in London. My daughter went to summer school in London three years ago and I visited London for the first time since 59. How things have changed. I'm glad that the buildings are still in use. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers. Rashid Choudhry
Rashid Choudhry <>
Moline, Illinois USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 21:53:35 (PST)

Paul Barnett, you are a cad.
London, England - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 12:33:01 (PST)

Paul Barnett, you are a cad.
London, England - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 12:33:12 (PST)

Paul Barnett, you are a cad.
London, England - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 12:34:14 (PST)

Merry Christmas. God bless us one and all.
Paul Lawford
London, - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 16:00:36 (PST)

I guess Steve Adams didnt want his picture on show? Merry Christmas to Paul lawford and any other Sinjuns who are out there. I think that this site should try and arrange some registers or something so that those of us with bad memories can figure out who is who!!
Brian Taylor <>
Worthing, England - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 16:46:43 (PST)

Attended 1945-1952, just after the school returned from its war-time period in Godalming. I have lived in New Zealand since 1970; now retired. Sad to read that the School has closed; now a private prep-school. Greetings to all Sinjuns!
Ron ("Dick") Durham <>
Auckland, New Zealand - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 20:25:37 (PST)

i wonder why there are not more people from my year have seen this site,my last class was 5b and the form master was mr roberts ,some people in my class was riley,sheehan ,turner ,other people from my year were andrew prescott ,richard howarth ,terry ferguson .I left in the 5th year in 1970 ,i have visited the school several times over the years . I look forward to hearing from anybody from those years
ian lightfoot <>
worcester park, surrey england - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 02:32:54 (PST)

Sinjuns 69-75 I was very surprised when Gary Williams phoned me to see if I was interested in a reunion and even more surprised to find out that a Sinjuns website existed. And those names in the guest book! Here are a few questions for you what happened to Mick Heath and Simon Robinson? Did Neil George become the greatest guitar player in the world? What about Jamie Glass? Reading through the guest book brought back many memories. Remember Jimmy Gibb turning all the furniture upside down in a bid to drive his French teacher mad?! Greenup! So accurate with his black board rubber (throwing it)! Thanks for setting this site up.
Gary Nava <>
Whitton, UK - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 07:07:18 (PST)

Sinjuns 69-75 I&#8217;ve just scanned a copy of my old prefects photo. Can&#8217;t remember all of the name and please forgive the spellings, but the following are in it; Mick Hampton, Ray Leary, Steve Lenard, Jimmy Gibb, ME!, Bruin Roberts, Barnes?, Kevin Downy, Andy Clapp, Viv Gregory, Stuart Runciman, Simon Robo Roin/ertson, Raymond Hill Arthur Charuy, Chris Knight, Rob Jenner, Mick Richardson + others. If you are one of those guys and you want a copy, email me. All the best, Gary Nava.
Gary Nava <>
Whitton, UK - Friday, December 14, 2001 at 04:34:35 (PST)

I Started at Sinjuns 1965. Does anyone remember the American exchange Latin teacher. Her stock threat was " I'm a going to paddle you " Needless to say her classes were bedlam.
alan corfield <>
nr Maldon Essex, UK - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 05:19:19 (PST)

I was a student at Sinjuns from 1952 up to 1959 under Mr. Melbourne for 3 years and later on, Mr Allison. Do you have the address of Mr. Allison because, thanks to his tuition, I have worked in International Transportation for 40 years and I would love to tell him how well he taught me. Thanks, Ray Soper.
Ray Soper <>
Brampton, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 13:42:17 (PST)

Alan, I remember her and you. I remember that she was from Minniapolis but I can't remember her name. I also remember that we used to collapse laughing when she said it which was not the response she was looking for.
Chas Gould <>
Malmesbury, Wiltshire UK - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 05:03:04 (PST)

another does anyone remember!! I started '65. Does anyone remember the flats behind the playground where there were a couple of girls who used to hang out of a window and lure us up to "see" them.One day their mother came home & caught us there. We all hid under beads and in cupboards. She went to the headmaster next day to complain. At the next assembly he asked for the boys concerned to own up. Needless to say no response!!!!
alan corfield <>
nr Maldon Essex, - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 06:17:43 (PST)

Gentlemen the name of the American Latin teacher was Vesta Cohee from Indanapolis ( I think that the spelling is correct ). Reading the entries in the guest book bring back many pleasant memories. If anybody has any photos of my time at school, especially any taken of the CCF, I would be interested in seeing them.
Dave Talbot
Milton Keynes, UK - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 09:48:33 (PST)

Seasons greetings to all, especially those I knew at school from 1954-1960!
Roger Price <>
Oxford, - Monday, December 24, 2001 at 09:09:28 (PST)

I,ve found a picture of the 1977 Basketball team, members included Paul Johanson, Chris Young, Gary Muchmore, Nick Diametis etc..We were a top team played 26 lost 24 won 2 (Emanuel failed to show up twice!!)I will scan the photo into the site-check out those hair cuts. Happy New Year Vic G: when did you become sarcastic??
Jon Rushworth
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 07:43:06 (PST)

I have been reading and re-reading the entries from the 1973-78 intake. Yes (Ecky) still lives. Terry Mahony you had me in stitches especially with the Science Block! How many you can get in a bog story! Yep I was there when Fritz turned up with his trusty slipper. To confirm, it was me on the receiving end when Phil Goodson decided to do his swallow dive out of the 1st floor window. I remember he was walking around with a fractured ankle for two weeks after being given the all clear at the local hospital. I ended up with 3 stitches! Does anyone remember Stephen Beames (Beano) he was the Sinjun's open champion for eating roast potatoes, I think he got to somewhere in the 20's before turning a strange colour. I also remember him getting knocked down by a Police car right outside school, he was ok but the copper was shaking like a leaf and practically arrested Beano in an attempt to make him go to A&E for a check-up. Good to see some old names, Geoff Hopkins, long time no see hope you're doing well. Jon Rushworth vaguely remember going with you and Phil Goodson and Lloyd Ridgway? to Arsenal, Boxing Day 197? when Sinjuns' took the North Bank! I think the mighty Blues lost 3-0 Wish all the 73-78 crew a happy New Year perhaps catch up with you all at the next reunion.
Neil Ecclestone
Cambs - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 05:57:21 (PST)

Strange distant memories... I left in 1969 and would be interested to hear from anyone who remembers me. I am now a lecturer in electronics at Exeter university.
Jim Baker <>
Exeter, Devon UK - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 04:48:02 (PST)

Found site through Friend Reunited. Attended Sinjuns between 1970 and 1975. Moved to Norfolk in 1987 and hadn't been to Battersea for more than 20 years. Parked outside last month when I travelled down to watch the Blues beat Ipswich. Horrified to find that Sinjuns is now something else but relieved that outwardly has not changed at all. Found battersea Church but couldn't find Devonshire House. Is it still there? The Old Swan where we used to look for jetsom on the foreshore has gone and is now some swanky apartments. Amased at the transformation in the area. "Memories like the corners of my mind" (Barbara Striesland in the background). Best wishes to anyone who remembers me - Would like to hear from Tom Williams, Mark Chadwick, Sheriff. (I've still got Tim Arrowsmiths Sheldon Book of Verse!) Kim
Kim Leonard <>
Kings Lynn, Norfolk England - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 14:32:35 (PST)

LT 1970-1975 Have just been told about this site and was amazed to see so many names from the past. The were two Steve Wells in this year, one playted the flute, I was the other one! I am still in contact with Phil Moore and Dave Hampton and will pass on details of this site too each of them. Dave Norman, have you ever thought about a film of your life? I always remember sitting in Maths class one day with Charlie Barrett scribbling away on the blackboard when, from the back of the class came a ball crashing on the blackboard, just missing Charlie barrett. I can remember his screaming in your direction and you trying to convince him the ball came through the window. It was closed! I can't say I'm surprised about your life, but great to hear your enjoying it. What about the other hooligans? Where are McKenzie, Penfold, Oliver and co. What happened to Hudson (can't remember first name, but wrote T.Rex and Roxy Music all over the place). What about the teachers; McCarthy (Geog), Farrow(Physics); Smithy (TD/Woodwork). Where are they now, feet up in some cosy place?
Stephen Wells <>
Rochester, Kent UK - Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 13:16:52 (PST)

A happy new year to all ex-inmates of Lockites 1942 to 1945
Len Grantham <>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 02:14:20 (PST)

Happy New Year to all of you...don`t get too wrecked tonight!
Terry Wildman <>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 03:55:06 (PST)


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