Sinjuns Guestbook - January 2002 ~ December 2002


From the class of 1970 to 1975. Also recall the day some bright spark started to take Charlie Barratts books from the front desk and throw them out of the window. We always got detention after double maths. And was that a syrup he wore!! Whenever I see the Tom and Jerry cartoon where the cat loses the middle of his hair in a shooting accident and has a wig reminds me of Charlie. I would have thought that teachers like Chippy Smith, Charlie Barratt and Thunderguts are now in the staff room in the sky as it was more than 25 years since I left an I agree it would be interesting to find out where they are. I recall it was Pete Hudson. Others I recall were Jumbo Taylor, Bolter, Barber, Lavin, Dave Knight, Storer,Dave Norman, Tim Arrowsmith, Chadwick, Sheriff, Piotroski, Norman, McKenzie, etc etc. Remember Jitendra and Yogesh Mehta. Best wishes to all for 2002.
Kim Leonard <>
Kings Lynn, Norfolk England - Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 12:56:42 (PST)

Thunderguts, I'd almost forgotten him. what a miserable, pompous old bleeder, and if I never read Nada the Lily again it'll be too soon. What was the name of the nutty professor in chemistry, Ian somebody who promised to have my hide if I ever called him Ian again?
Laurence Armstrong <>
Maidenhead, Berkshire England - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 07:41:43 (PST)

For four years [from 1969 to 1973]I attempted to teach Geography at Sinjuns - it was huge fun and, reading other comments in the guest book, I remembered lots of faces - Maurice Blackburn, Graham Smith and many, many more! And is anyone reading this who went on the memorable student exchange visit to the States in 1973? One afternoon I didn't have any lessons to teach and I walked past the archway through which staff drove their cars - this was closed with a steel roller shutter during school hours to prevent the student inmates from 'escaping'. Just as I did so, four sets of knuckles appeared at the bottom of the shutter and a voice said, "One, Two, Heave" and the shutter started rolling upwards. I decided to position myself as close as possible to the door so that my feet [and distintive shoes - known by one Roderick Mackay as "Moonboots"] would quickly become visible. The shutter rolled up a few more inches, then suddenly rolled back down again, and four sets of knuckles rapidly withdrew! I've now been living here in Hong Kong for the past 20 something years - would the knuckle owners like to make themselves known - I have detention slips still waiting for them! If any ex-students from Sinjuns are ever out this way don't hesitate to look us up! We visited Battersea a year or so ago and barely recognised the High Street - it looked more liked St. Mark's Square in Venice!
Angus Hardern <>
Hong Kong, China - Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 21:35:23 (PST)

I was at Sinjuns from 1942 until 1953. This is a great site! I have just found it and email addresses for Dick Durham and Pete Everett. Are there any more of us out there? Please contact.
Robin (Bob) Ryder <>
Del Mar, California USA - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 23:28:34 (PST)

LT 68-75. Have just found this site from Friends Reunited. Rapidly engulfed by a rosy glow of nostalgia. Reading the email from Angus Harden - I was on that trip to Marshville NC. Any others ready to admit?
Paul Brown <>
Gloucester, Gloucestershire - Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 15:16:27 (PST)

It was great seeing the names of all my old masters, some I remember clearly others I had almost forgotten. The picture really were most evocative - great site.
Ron Parish <>
Shropshire England - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 08:14:32 (PST)

sutton, surrey ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 11:27:02 (PST)

First posted some time ago now, but have been racking my fuddled brain and with some help from prompts on the site have managed to recall the following from the 1968 intake: Adkins,Aggy?,Archer,Beadle,Bishop,Brockelbank,Brookes,Burgess,Cantello,Casey,Cox, DeBenedictus,Dempsey,France,Green,Greenway,Gray,Hathaway,Hayward,Ibbotson,Jackson,Lapper,Lyster,Miris (?),Neville,Oliver,Ormershaw,Parham,Penfold,Roberts,Shaw,StapletonStride,Treadwell,Trosky (?),Vowells,Waterman I'm sure I have missed many so apologies to those I have missed. Can anyone add any more.
Robin Foreman <>
Bexleyheath, - Friday, January 18, 2002 at 05:19:52 (PST)

The 1969 intake reunion took place last night (18/1/02) at the County Arms, Trinity Road, with a fine cast of handsome old boys, who demonstrated their ability to drink until closing time and still recall Greenup's vast array of teaching methodss (ie lobbing blackboard rubbers onto the heads of recalcitrants). Forgive me if I've omitted anyone (short term memory problems combined with Young's ordinary) but I think I remember seeing: Saggar, Pui Tsui, Stephen Leonard, Chris and Nick Knight, Jimmy Gibb, Maurice Blackburn, Ray Leary, Gary Nava, Stephen Roberts, Graham Smith, Peter Stebbing, Paul Grant, Arthur Charuy, Mick Richardson, Stephen Ibbs, Russell Milton, and Graham Granville. Make no mistake, while hairlines may have receded and waist lines expanded, we all looked so much better than in those ancient days. Except Graham Granville. Huge thanks to Jimmy Gibb who contacted many of those who attended, and also to Neil Storer who runs this website, and Friends Reunited, both of which made it possible for me to track down a few others. We are hoping to have another reunion with an even bigger crew in early October this year, the excuse for which is that Stephen Roberts is emigrating to the US later that month. If you are one of the people who missed out on last night, get in touch and I will pass on details as they emerge. All the best.
Gary Williams <>
Tottenham, London UK - Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 00:59:57 (PST)

To Roger Price, who posted a greeting on 24 Dec - are you the elder brother of Nicky Price who was at Sinjuns for a couple of years around 1960? If yes, please pass on my regards and ask him to contact me. Some ex St Marys types need his help in identifying some of the others in a photo of the delectable Miss Stacey's class of 1958
Gerry Doyle <>
Perth, WA Australia - Monday, January 21, 2002 at 22:48:24 (PST)

I attended from 1951--1955 I welcome anyone to get in touch
Ken Osborne <>
Victoria, British Columbia Canada - Monday, January 21, 2002 at 23:37:25 (PST)

Have stumbled across sinjuns web site.great to see some old names from the past.attended Sinjuns 1967-74.Anyone from Mr Greenups 2b to 5b class out there?
Romano John McGuire <>
Worthing, ChristChurch Barbados - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 07:20:33 (PST)

Message for Kenneth Osborne, at school 1950s. You e-mailed me, but my reply to you was retuned marked undeliverable, of words to that effect. Colin Pinnell has the message I tried to send and we will attempt to get in touch with you via those who have old boys names and addresses. Sincerely, David Moore
David Moore (school 1945-52) <>
Aldershot, Hant, Hampshire, UK England - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 08:34:39 (PST)

WORCESTER PARK, SURREY ENGLAND - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 06:18:15 (PST)

school between 1951/6. The only name I recognise so far is Peter Humber.
Philip Rowling <>
Yateley, Hampshire England - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 10:26:30 (PST)

I was at Sinjuns for two years 1957-1959 before going abroad to Cyrus with my parents. Anyone around from the 1957 entry class?
Brian Lewis <>
Oxford, UK - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 02:15:10 (PST)

Further to the meeting on Wed Mar 6th(mentioned below).Unfortunately this will have to be cancelled as Chelsea are playing Fulham that evening and it appears that a significant number appear to be season ticket holders !!I will try to organise somthing again in the near future.Apologies to everyone.If anyone else would like to take the helm at organising a meet up please do so as my use of the internet site is not as accessible as was.
WORCESTER PARK, SURREY UK - Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 06:36:02 (PST)

GB 70 -76. Great site - just stumbled on it from Friends ReUnited. Parents moved out of Battersea in 1996 & haven't been back since, though still make frequent journeys back to Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea. Speaking of Chelsea, I was interested to see so many other Blues fans attended Sinjuns - can anyone remember bunking off with me on the afternoon of 13th March 1974? All mid-week games had to kick off in the afternoon, cos they couldn't use the floodlights during the coal strike. Chelsea beat Burnley 2-1 in the old first division, Osgood & Houseman scored. I remember running most of the way there & going in the Shed End at half-time. Would be great to hear from any of the following Sinjin/Chelsea fans; Trosky - met him at Liverpool away May 1985 - Chelsea lost 3-4 Davies, Dixon & Spackman, Robert Watt & Franco Laino - used to see them both by the Bovril entrance at the Shed End, before the Bridge was all-seater), John (can't remember your surname - 2 years below me at school, you got me a ticket for Man U at home about 1993, you used to drink in the Matthew Harding Lower after home games, Budgie Norman - met him at Coventry away Jan 2000 - Drew 2-2, Flo got both, told me he'd moved to the West Country! I recently swapped e-mails with Mark Ponticelli who is now living in the U.S.A, he sometimes watches the Blues on cable. Definitely don't want to hear from any Spurs fans (I'm still stressed from our Worthless Cup exit a fortnight ago), might make an exception for Chris Wilkinson! Other names I remember are Neil Storer, Vinit Kuplish, Chris Grant, Brian Taylor, Philip Ayres, Jumbo Taylor, Kim Leonard, Phil Moore, Kenny Wells, Barney Wahab, Jimmy Collander, Gary Jenkins, Del Heath, Steve Wells, Dave Hampton & the Mehta twins. Apologies to anyone I've forgotten or who used to beat me up & push me over the quadrangle! It would be great to hear from anyone that remembers me - we don't have to talk about football honest! Cheers - Tom
Tom Williams <>
Hertford, England - Friday, February 08, 2002 at 03:47:57 (PST)

I was at the school from 1953 -1960
Roy West <>
Bristol, UK - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 14:26:02 (PST)

Having made my first entry in the guest book without reading previous entries I now see a long lost name from the past - that of Nick Carter. I am sure you used to attend rallies in Trafalgar Square when you were at school. i also remember messrs. bell and Giles and of course Paul Whitmore. I keep in touch with Paul Stalder, Steve Roy, Mike Spencer (though not recently) and Dave Snelgrove who is also posted on the Friends Reunited site. I also keep in touch with Roland Allison, the old geography teacher from 1953 - 1960. Also would you believe that when I moved house a few years ago in a small Somerset village my next door neighbour was Jack Gilder who was two years my junior at school and also became friends with Tony Toms his best mate.
Roy West <>
Bristol, UK - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 14:47:09 (PST)

Just discovered the site through friends united. Left sinjuns c.1960 to go to St Martins School of Art. Spent the next 30 years wasing away in advertising. Love to hear from anyone who can help jog my memory. Sorry to read about Mr Lanch, great guy as was Alan Short. Remember Sammie Broadbent too. Anyone rember what happened to Reg Gutteridge?
Colin Dobson <>
Midhurst, West Sussex England - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 11:24:48 (PST)

This is my third entry in the guest book, previous entries Aug 2000 and Feb 2001. This entry is just to keep my name in the current guest book in case there are any of my contemporarys looking at this site. At school 1934 to 1941 when I left to do a year at the Northampton Polytechnic (not in Northampton but a spitting distance from the Angel underground station and now called, I believe, City of London College) after that the Army (REME). I keep looking at this site but as there has been no response to my earlier entries I am beginning to think that all my old mates, particularly those in the sixth form with me in Godalming must either be dead or computer illiterate.
Joseph Sharpe <>
Northampton, - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 12:21:01 (PST)

Although I did suspect some fellow students of habitual indulgence in solitary vices and/or a tendency to get in touch with the feminine side of their psyche, I didnt actually realise that Sinjuns was a co-ed school. There is an entry on the Sinjuns friendsreunited site for a Susan Donovan for 1965. How did he/she/it hide their disability/attraction/ambiguity from the rest of us? Anyone got any theories on who this 'Dono' could have been?
Gerry Doyle <>
Perth, WA Australia - Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 23:36:02 (PST)

This is my new email address - sorry if anyone has left a message on my old address but it crashed and I haven't been able to pick them up.
Roy Eddy <>
- Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 07:50:36 (PST)

Quick quiz question; who was the guy who played Sweeney Todd and did he go into acting? Going to Just Hair was never the same after seeing that.
Richard Neville <>
Dübendorf, Zürich Switzerland - Friday, March 08, 2002 at 04:41:45 (PST)

if any old boys out there still playing football,come back to sinjuns we need some old faces back at the clubhouse. if you no longer play come down anyway.
LONDON, MORDON ENGLAND - Friday, March 08, 2002 at 09:55:42 (PST)

Found this site via Friends Reunited last week when I was trying to help my mum trace her schoolfriends. Have had a good laugh reading the guestbook (although given the volume of postings it needs restructuring). So Tony Clayton is a novelist(?) - I will be reading your book on holiday at easter so it best be good! Terry Wildman - I hope Lord Sainsbury knows the extent to which you are misusing his PC and time !! Good to hear about the other BBers and the outsiders like Nicky mann and nick Reeves. Do you remember nick we were the only two on the french exchange to get to the top of the Eifel tower and were late back, buggering up the rest of the day's timetable....... I think I can fill in, maybe belatedly, our form's register started by Terry. Si Amos, Steve armstrong,paul barnes, seb barnes, carl bland, tony bridgeman, serge busby,tony clayton, tim cooper, martin doe, dave edwards, adrian fisher(tank),kev gale, chris hammond, mark hearn, tony howell,nick Knight, kev lark, mike macey,kieth moses, dickie markowicz(apologies for all mispellings in this list),paul ormesher, dave prodrick, mickey ronald, dave sene,kenny smith, graeme stockton, rupert trueman, kieth twaites, jon ward, terry wildman. Maybe not quite all but not far short. Having lived in or near manchester for 23 years it is odd reading all the chelsea/blues comments without the words rent boys attached! So for anyone who may remember my football leanings from school it should be no surprise that my season ticket is for the stretford end. Kev Gale will remember me keeping quiet in the "shed" a couple of times in the 70's. If anyone wants to contact me I'd be glad to hear from you. Best e-mail is and mobile is 07799032626.
chris hammond <>
Manchester, - Saturday, March 09, 2002 at 10:17:54 (PST)

Had another splendid re-union with the 1966 entry, at the Wibbas Down in Wimbledon. I came up from Cornwall specially for the momentous evening and there were 13 others at the pub; Roy Eddy, Tony Cotter, Kevin Carson, Steve Daley, Peter Chapman, Mick Mumford, Les Spevock, Roger Standing, Rob Watson, Steve Guyon, Chris Borasinski, Ovais Kadri and Sunil Saggar (hope I have not left anyone out. Some of us had not seen each other for nearly 30 years. Before returning home I visited the old school for the first time since I left in 1973. Ovais Kadri and I were able to wander around unhindered. The Fives Court has disappeared but not much change elsewhere. It seemed a lot smaller, especially the classrooms. But the Great Hall, the Library, the main stairs, the gym/dining hall, they are all much as I remember. Even the bell at the front of the quadrangle is still there. I took some photos which I will try and get on to the website (or the friendsreunited site). The area has changed quite a bit; Its called Battersea Square, gone is greasy Lill's cafe and even the Raven is now a trendy wine bar. Devonshire House still stands but is now privately owned. There were such memories for most of us from the time we were there. There is Mick Mumford's barbie in the summer but I hope there is also another re-union but in the school itself. In the meantime regards to all my mates from Sinjuns.
Roger Gilford <>
Cornwall UK - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 12:07:43 (PST)

roger shut up
kook <jikj>
;;, .l;l ,,;, - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 16:31:28 (PST)

roger,you are dull as dishwater.i'm surprised you are still at large.please have gone to another school.
vic < >
ruritania - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 16:38:47 (PST)

Registered as pupil 1959-1963. Attended as little as possible. I remember the debacle at the old science block and the mob marching through the playground chanting ' debag Escudier'. Who was he and why bebag him? All very Billy Bunter. I recall the incident of the pennies dipped to look like half crowns. Tried to pass them off to some old people. Dr Presswood was so obviously disappointed when he announced it at the assembly next day. Does anyone know what happened to Beakie Williams who went to live in Spain only for his wife to be killed in a car accident on the way out? I have recognised some names in the guestbook. Alan Spooner, Keith Minterne, Phillip Whalley. Also i saw mention of one of the Buckett brothers. I remember there were two. During a trip to Battersea Park athletics track Reg Gutteridge said to the elder brother " are you alright, you look a little pail ". Had probably been waiting ages to use that one. Anyone remember Jimmy O'Brien who was so cruelly flogged every day for a week in Alan Short's private office. Short stuck Jimmy's head into the cupboard to stop him coming up with each stroke of the cane, ( so it is alleged ). Still proud to have attended Sinjuns even if it was briefly. Just remembered Dollie made up a poem about my abscences, something that manged to rhyme 'Balham and jam'.
Richard Lee <>
Ruislip Middx England - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 09:23:39 (PST)

Great to see names from the 73-78 crowd. How you doin Vic, Stu Price,Steve Wheatley etc. Any future reunions planned??
EWELL, - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 16:12:54 (PST)

Just discovered this site today, via Friends Reunited. What a trip down memory lane! I'm Barry Jobling, I was at Sinjuns from 1958 to 1964, some of you may also remember my brother James (Jim) Jobling (Sinjuns 1954-1960/61). Looking at the FR & Sinjun's sites I see some names I recognise: Gerry Doyle (I bought your orange bicycle the summer we left school, it was nicked soon after (did you get it back OK?). I also wrecked the front forks of your moped by driving it at full speed [15mph] into the drainpipe at your flats behind the school). Ralph Lilley, a good friend, went off to join the Army (after being Colour Sgt & senior cadet in CCF). Derek Gould (is this the same guy as Chas Gould in Guest Book?). Woon Sam and several more whose names I recognise but can't put a face to. Somewhere around I have some old photos of the CCF and Bolingbroke form, including Fritz (my favourite master, along with Gerry Lydon), I'll dig them out and put them on the site somehow, if someone can explain how. Other guys I remember, Richard (RAF) Ward, Paul Harris, both these joined the RAF. I must look through some old Sinjun magazines to find more names. I've spent a mixed life, BP, merchant navy, company treasurer, 21 years in Canada, returned to UK 10 years ago and now work for the MoD. I now remember Sinjuns very fondly although don't recall enjoying it much at the time. (Who could have dreamt of the Internet and e-mail when we left?) Would be delighted to hear from any of you, regards, Barry Jobling (
Barry Jobling <>
Huntingdon, Cambs. - Friday, March 15, 2002 at 06:29:20 (PST)

I attended Sinjins from 1980-1985
Paul Grant
Thoenton Heath, Surrey - Friday, March 15, 2002 at 14:57:04 (PST)

Left in 1972. Would very much welcome contact from old friends. Escaped from Medicine and took a boring Maths degree, then drifted thru various workaholic jobs before starting my own company. Now planning escape to warm climes with a hot woman.
Keith Boniface <>
maidenhead, Berks UK - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 07:17:12 (PST)

Paul Grant.Call me old fashioned,but SINJUNS 'GRAMMAR SCHOOL' ended WAY before people from Bill Blake arrived.I fear you arrived too late to belong to the school that I am proud to have been a pupil of.Every teacher of any note,left when you lot arrived.I remember Wingfield(you won't),saying "You lot were tiresome enough,but these people cannot even read.My teaching days are over".The end .PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE?
Legit gram school boy <uhuhuhuhhkokoo>
battersea, london england - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 12:35:06 (PST)

Barry Jobling it was me...God knows where you got DEREK from. I would be very keen to see the photos of the CCF you have. I was in Beauchamp but would be interested to also see your photos of Bolingbroke as I am sure I would recognise many faces. Hope you are well and life has been kind to you since marched up and down out of step with everyone else !!
Chas Gould <>
Malmesbury, Wilts UK - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 23:04:14 (PST)

Legit gram school boy - Had they abolished English lessons by the time you arrived? You cannot have possibly attended Sinjuns and now be coining phrases such as, "I fear you arrived too late to belong to the school that I am proud to have been a pupil of." We were beaten within an inch of our lives for less.
George Shaw <>
West Sussex England - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 05:38:30 (PST)

LONDON, MORDEN - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 06:12:17 (PST)

Anyone around from the 1958's to 60's that can recall I was in "Tregose House" awful yellow colour? Remember Short and his big slipper? Dr Presswood and his renditions at assembly of Blakes poems? Can remember Colin Taylor, Alan Mayes (dad was a rag and bone man), and lurgey Lawson. Those were the days!
Charlie King <>
Sutton, Surrey England - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 11:21:50 (PST)

Chris hammond. updating earlier entry. Impressively remembered one other classmate, maybe thats the full list Steve George (A whizz on the piano at lunchtimes) sorry steve if you ever read this. Very unimpressively entered in erroneous e-mail address. Now corrected. Great to hear from those of you Who have been in touch since my last posting.
Chris Hammond <>
Republic, Of Mancunia - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 15:04:09 (PST)

Stumbled upon this site through friends reunited. I was at Sinjuns 1949/1956, a pre-computer era which is probably why so few of my contemporaries appear here (or have they darker things to hide - they can't all be dead). I am in contact with Den Weatherley. Geoff Clark, Geoff Gibson, & Doug Franks. Anyone out there know the whereabouts of John Robertson, Arthur Hudson. We lost contact after National Service. Peter Hatton
Peter Hatton <>
- Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 08:37:36 (PST)

G (Pompous not Bernard)Shaw.Please feel free to correct the phrase that so offended you (if you can).The sentiment will remain the same.It would seem that you were beaten to within centimetres of your life.You clearly had more than just a few beatings,judging by the brain damage that now manifests itself.Pipe Down Boy!Try to get out more!
Legit G S B <ookokokkok>
- Friday, March 29, 2002 at 05:34:18 (PST)

Chas Gould, yes it was you........and it wasn't! I do remember you but can't quite put an accurate face on you (sorry, the memory plays vicious tricks). Your comments about the parade ground, read playground, are sadly unfounded; being your RAF corporal and adjutant (I also put the weather forecasts on the school notice board in the cloakroom, exciting times, eh) it was I who was in step and the other fine cadets who were out of step! There was a chap called Derek Gould, same year as me a good friend, lost touch after Sinjuns. Went to Montreux with him and others (lead by Fritz & Semmons)in Easter 1963, have some amateur photos of same. Shall put them on this website when I hear back from Neil in California as to how to do this. OR.... if there's any one else out there can tell me how it would be appreciated. Great to hear from you Chas, please keep in touch; it would be really neat to have a then and now gallery of photos on here, too. Regards.
Barry Jobling
- Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 03:47:54 (PST)

petervoice - 48 woodside leigh on sea essex ss9 4qu tel.01702524194- fax 01702420432 or email
peter voice <>
leighonsea, essex england - Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 12:37:01 (PST)

Legit! I've had a few run-ins with this Shaw character myself. I don't take what he says too seriously. By the way as you probably remember Thunderguts went apeshit if you finished a sentence with a preposition, especially when it was in a sentence containing a defining relative clause. I suppose that is what the 'pompous' old git is harping on about. Maybe you two should meet up.
Richard Neville <>
Zürich, Switzerland - Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 11:25:59 (PST)

(in response to a query from Colin Pinnell in the latest Gazette which arrived today) . I was the Sinjuns Sixth Form representative on our "Top of the Form" team. As I recall, we won our encounters at least twice, but the last match ended in a tie. At this point, now off the air, we were told that the match would be decided by ONE question to be given to the two Sixth Form representatives. The opposition boy received a VERY easy question on elementary Science. I forget what it was, but it was received with sarcastic comments from my younger team-mates. I was then asked what is "Picking Oakum"? I didn't know! We were out. I think what was said in the school paper of the time was "Unfortunately McKelvie was innocent of the occupation of convicts!" I cannot remember the names of the younger boys on the team. One amusing question to me: "What do the initials NBC mean in America?" My answer: "The answer you probably want is National Broadcasting Company, but many Americans would say National Biscuit Company." On another subject; does anyone know what became of my classmate Doug Wingfield? I met him on a visit to Sinjuns, shortly before the William Blake developments. He asked me lots of questions about life in the USA, so I'm guessing that he was thinking of emigrating. He'd be over 70 now, assuming that he is alive and well. I can find no "P. Douglas Wingfield" in either the UK or the US phone directories.
Forest Hills, New York USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 14:40:46 (PST)

the good old days!
paul ricklesford <>
portsmouth, hampshire england - Saturday, April 06, 2002 at 05:14:31 (PST)

Hi, found this site through F.U. god it's odd to see the old names. Gary Doyland - best Geology teacher ever, I screwed up the exan TWICE but went on to pass it later. I was one of the First intake from Bill Blake.
Gerald Gray <>
Rochester, Kent UK - Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 12:53:39 (PDT)

So sorry to hear of the closure in 1986
Vic Philbey <>
London, North England - Monday, April 08, 2002 at 09:50:06 (PDT)

There was I, obviously sadly deluded in thinking Gary Doyland taught Geography (when you could see the blackboard past all that hair!). I remember we lost a lot of decent teachers just before the amalgamation with William Blake, and a couple left after testing the water. IIRC one of the history teachers (it could have been "Moose" Tanner) got stabbed with a screwdriver by one of the "over-energetic" Blakeys.
"Leon Deith"
- Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 09:30:53 (PDT)

Saw the article on the 1955 reunion in The Gazette (passed to be by my brother John who is a life member of the OBA). Am not in contact with any of the others but those who remember me can contact me vi e-mail.
Dave Northey <>
Stevenage, Herts England - Monday, April 15, 2002 at 04:21:13 (PDT)

Fancy finding you lot here,pity I didn't find you earlier I could have been at the reunion.Great to be reminded of the old stories.lost contact with Tony Philpott does anybody keep in touch with him.Also would like to hear from anyone that remembers me. Dave Piotrowski
Dave Piotrowski <>
- Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 14:53:34 (PDT)

A couple of friends from the 1970 intake are meeting in the Barrow Boy and Banker on London Bridge. 18:00 17th May 2002. Any one from that era in the area please feel free to join us.
Kevin England 1970-75 <>
Worcester Park, Surrey England - Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 14:43:30 (PDT)

I have just finished reading a book about growing up and attending a Grammar School in the Seventies, and I have not laughed so load at a book for ages! Highly recommended! The Rotters Club, by Jonathan Coe. Published by Penguin, ISBN 0-140-29466-x
Terry Wildman <>
- Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 01:20:39 (PDT)

If you attended Sinjuns between '72-79' or '71-78', we are having a few beers at the Princes Head Pub in Falcon Road on Friday evening 10th May 2002. Please try to make it. The more the merrier...
Gary Wakeling <>
- Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 05:21:38 (PDT)

Any of you Sinjun Blue Boys going to Cardiff, I'meeting up Dave Emerson Thomas. Drop me a line nearer the time and I'll let you know details etc. By the way the OBA Reunion Dinner in the autumn is a good way of meeting up again. Anyways Up the Blues and Up the Sinjuns!
Arthur Charuy <>
London, - Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 12:46:27 (PDT)

Arthur,where is tony,the main churoy?& Dave piot.... say hello.vic,dean,steve,darryl.And you,tony philpo...get your webbing out.
vic <>
- Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 14:50:33 (PDT)

Arthur:We have arranged 2 caoches for the final in Cardiff leaving from North Cheam, then we're picking up the boat in Portishead @ 10.30 Am and sailing into Cardiff Bay!!! Nice to see your name spring up Dave P. get together for a beer soon. Up the blues!!
Jon Rushworth <>
- Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 09:37:16 (PDT)

looking for anybody who attened sinjuns between 1980-1985 knowing the whereabouts of pupils such as richard bright,paul blagrove,paul hay,robert hodges,micheal braveboy,ian chapman.or anybody who went on the school trip to ardche in 83,84
martin strong <>
bicester, oxford england - Friday, April 26, 2002 at 17:37:47 (PDT)

Vic, send me a mail, there appears to be a problem with your email address. For all of those who attended during the 70's, and who can still put one foot in front of the other in quick succession the idea of a football match at the school playing fields for late Sept/Oct.has been suggested. Any takers please make contact.
Arthur Charuy <>
London, - Friday, April 26, 2002 at 23:54:11 (PDT)

Think we've hung our boots up,Art....How about bar football?
Steve Price
- Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 03:31:18 (PDT)

Calling the intake of '68. A number of of old boys are meeting for a pint or six on Monday 13th May. The venue is undecided, somewhere in the West End, probably near Charing Cross station. Anyone wanting to reminisce about that fateful day in September thirty odd years ago when De La Rue turned up in shorts drop me an email.
George Shaw <>
Crowborough, East Sussex En-ger-land - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 04:35:07 (PDT)

Hi! I have asked before but with no success anybody remember a guy called Howard Lewis, Lou to everybody? He was at Sinjuns between 1955 to 1958. He went on to be a musician working with groups like Sounds Incorporated, The Herd, Emile Ford and Cliff Bennett's Rebel Rousers amongst no doubt other groups. As I said I have been asking for several years any information no matter how vague might help me. Thanking you in advance, Geoff
Geoff Lambert <>
Epsom, England - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 15:39:18 (PDT)

Hi you wonderful bunch of chaps. Just met up with steve george and nigel eggleston. Super night. If anyone remembers me, send me a mail. I would love to hear what's goin'on
Simon Amos <>
bamberg, germany - Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 00:26:53 (PDT)

I recall my register , started Amos Armstrong Barnes Bland anyone remember ,especially trying to contact Nick Knight
Paul Barnes <paul.barnes@culture,>
london, - Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 04:52:15 (PDT)

this site is starting to stagnate, "coming soon" pledges for sport etc. web pages never happen. no one is using the forums, which would be a much better place for contacting others and re-laying memories. a guest book is only good for comments on this web site. so come on sinjuns get your act together and send in all your old pictures/information and come on web master update this site with the pledges you have made! it could be so good, instead it is boring.
mark peake
surrey england - Friday, May 03, 2002 at 06:51:18 (PDT)

Now retired from a career in electrical engineering.
Malcolm Simmons <>
Salisbury, Wiltshire UK - Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 12:44:23 (PDT)

Further to an early posting, a venue for a get together of the class of '68 - the venue is now confirmed. The Griffin in Villiers St, WC2. Meet c6.00, Monday 13th May. Possible suspects include; Prof Jim Barlow, Muff Connolly, Derek Pooley, John Murphy, Robin Foreman, Big Al Penfold, Quasi Goldthorpe, Polly, Japser Waspe. My mobile is 07860 695555. All welcome.
George Shaw <>
London, - Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 03:04:49 (PDT)

Would love to contact anyone from the class of 55 - 62. Must be getting old, the nostalgia bug is taking hold!
Richard Hazlewood <>
Perth, WA Australia - Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 08:23:38 (PDT)

Not a lot to say - fond memories of roving the area, daleks coming out of the river up the road. Good bunch of friends, and yes even the masters are remembered kindly (with exception of 'Uncle Alan')
Gerard Francis Manley <>
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 03:28:50 (PDT)

Hi we were just exploring the enernet and found your sight. It really cool. Chantal
Chantal Crawley <>
Columbia, Missiouri U.S.A. - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 11:24:20 (PDT)

Hi we were just exploring the enernet and found your sight. It really cool. maggy
Maggy Rhein <>
Columbia, Missiouri U.S.A. - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 11:25:45 (PDT)

Hi girls! Welcome aboard! Geography was never my strong point. Where is Missiouri?
Richard Neville <>
Zürich, Switzerland - Friday, May 24, 2002 at 00:41:52 (PDT)

Hi all you sad gits aint you got nothing better to do!
Raymond Clapson <>
richmond, surrey uk - Saturday, May 25, 2002 at 07:02:46 (PDT)

I attended Sinjuns from 1952-1955
Ken Osborne <>
Victoria, British Columbia Canada - Monday, May 27, 2002 at 22:56:22 (PDT)

Richard Neville!! For someone who was also at Shaftesbury Park as well as Sinjuns, you should know better! Mind you, as you were in the year below, I'll let you off!
Phil Pearmain <>
Dartford, UK - Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 10:00:54 (PDT)

I've tried to reply to Ken Osborne regarding Miss Heighton/ Mrs Gibson. Unfortunately I ran into the usual crop of error messages. DTM 1 June 2002
David Moore (school 1945-52) <>
Aldershot, Hants, Hampshire, UK England - Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 03:14:47 (PDT)

Met up with Geoff Hopkins, Phil Goodson, Neale Robinson, Lol Dempsey and Steve Begley before Xmas and said we'd do something again in the New Year. Typical GB and LT, all talk. Let's have a quiet BB reunion somewhere like we did in the old days just me, Garrick, Price, Turner, Rushworth, Copeland and Gibbs! Good to see 'Troski' on the site, where have been? I've been standing behind this tree holding your Kensitas dog-end for almost 26 years now!
Terry Mahoney (BB 1973-79) <>
- Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 11:03:34 (PDT)

Hello to Brian Goodwin, saw your comment on Friends Reunited. You probably did see me in Sutton, I lived there until 1989 and have been back a few times. I now live in Harrogate North Yorkshire. What was the name of that Rock Group you were so keen on that you persuaded some of us to see them at a bar in Wimbledon Broadway. My hearing hasn't been the same since!
Mike Power <>
- Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 09:10:52 (PDT)

I'm up for it Tel, let me know where & when.
Jon Rushworth <>
- Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 13:56:23 (PDT)

Hello fives court smokers, and Tel.Does Steve Wheatley still have his tapes of the first Clash and Stranglers albums on tape? God Save the Queen.
Colin Morgan <>
brighton, - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 14:54:14 (PDT)

Hello Colin,how am ya?I hear you're a lawyer.Do they allow steel toecaps in court? Tony philpott,why have you dissapeared into the ether?Maybe you're in need of Colin's legal skills.Get in touch! Do you all remember Hendrix.Scary upper sixth prefect?Well I saw him in Tooting a few months ago.Stubbed out a perfectly good cigarette & looked around for Terry to stash the evidence.Terry,Me,Darryl,Steve pr,Dean are well up for a drink,however,I think Gibbs and Copey are probably banged up in a Japanese concentration camp after various world cup pissy eyed punchups.I'm sure you remember what they were like after a few Cinzanos. THREE LIONS TO ONE AND ALL.
vic garrick <>
tooting, london england - Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 09:52:18 (PDT)

It is the the eve of probably the most monumental game of football in our nation's living memory.I hope no one's working tomorrow.Call me jingoistic!I've been called worse, Sinjuns days included. THREE MORE LIONS. Bobby is reincarnated as Rio Ferdinand. Shove it up'em.
vic garrick <>
ENGLAND - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 14:42:02 (PDT)

Well, I'm over the football now. Is everyone on their holidays or what?
Gary Williams <>
London, UK - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 00:48:48 (PDT)

Took a while to finally have a look at this guestbook and was surprised to see a few names from the past. It made fascinating reading and it is nice to know that some people have kept in touch. I was at Sinjuns from 1966-1973 and it would be great to hear from and perhaps meet up with anyone that remembers me, even if your memories of me are vague or not that good. Time changes us all.Bryan
Bryan Hyman <>
coventry, W.Midlands England - Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 12:24:49 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 78-84. Would like to hear from others of that year including David Bellenger, and Guy Bamfeild. Great website, it has brought back some memories of teachers including Beanland, Doyland, D Flatt, Mad Rev John Francis, D E Thomas and many more (there was even one who lived Monday to Friday in an old 'Commer' camper van outside the school - cant remember his name, taught physics or chemistry and cooked his breakfast on a bunson burner). Love to heare from any one who remembers me, my mother (who was a cleaner, my sister in law who was a lab technician up to the 1980, or my sister who looked after Devoshire House (mid 80's), and was affectionatly known as HITLER by all the boys that loathed her (one brave soul even locked her in a cleaning cupboard one day, she still tells me how much she would like to meet that boy). Shame that when the school became a Prep School they changed its name, a little peice of history fallen by the wayside. Still at least the old coat of arms still hang above the doors still bearing the motto 'RATHER DEATHE THAN FALSE OF FAITH'. Doug Carrington
Douglas Carrington <>
London, Battersea England - Sunday, August 04, 2002

Laughing at happy memories!!! I have read some great stories and memories on this site and someone might have mentioned before, but does anyone remember the French teacher who took us (GB I think) in third year. When we all (well most of us) took a snowball into the classroom (and two bags of snow for further ammunition - started to melt when Fritz came in the room) and then when he turned his back to the board we pelted him, and you could see his outline on the blackboard where some of the snowballs missed him - happy days.

In response to Laurence Armstrong the name of the mad chemistry teacher was Dr Grant - does anyone remeber him blowing up the front of the classroom in one lesson - a nutcase. I remeber the trip to Swanage as well and Howards hair..but who else was with me the first night when we escaped from the dormitory and tried to sneak back in and got caught and slippered. Does anybody know the whereabouts of Doug Stewart... Memories of him when we got caught by PE teacher playing cricket with a shotput (God only knows why!!!) on a cricket pitch at the school grounds - didnt quite make the boundry with one beautiful cover drive!! God that was another slippering!!! Anyway if someone is soing a reunion for the 71-78 years Id try and be there.
Ian Ross <>
Epsom, Surrey England - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 06:00:59 (PDT)

Thanks for all your messages lads. Please note that my e-mail address has changed slightly and any messages sent to the old one wil be lost. Keep writing
simon amos <>
bamberg, germany - Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 05:51:31 (PDT)

My dad was at the school from 1930-38. His name is Tom Hill, and was school captain in 1937. He went into the Army (RAOC) and after the war went to London University and then became a French teacher. He remembers Buster Merrifield, who played "Uncle Albert" in Only Fools and Horses - apparently he was famed at school for his boxing. Dad is really pleased to hear about this website, as he has often wondered what happened to the school. Unfortunately, he is not computer literate! He would love to hear from anyone who remembers him, via my e-mail Alison Elliott
Tom Hill <c/o>
Bramhall Cheshire UK - Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 14:49:53 (PDT)

FAO Gary Wilson (1975) I see that you have added your details to Friends Reunited. When you eventually find your way over here get in touch! Hello to anyone else who remembers me...That'll be nobody then. :-) Its a shame we havent got a photographs section on here yet, it would make it much easier putting a face to a name. It's still a great site though. Adios amigos.
Brian Taylor <>
- Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 01:41:55 (PDT)

Have just found this site. Wonderful. Would like to catch up with anyone who was around from about 1959-1966. Peter Todd, Alan (Alex) Alexander, or anyone who knows of them.
Doug Kiddell <>
Brisbane, Qld Australia - Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 04:58:13 (PDT)

Nice site.All G men take not.
meno <>
Ng - Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 13:21:01 (PDT)

The Old Boys' Reunion dinner at the school is this week, Friday 4th October. 7.30pm - 10.30pm. About 130 people are going this year, some dating back to the 1700s. Tickets @ £35 from Charlie Clements 01883 345713. People meet in the Woodman from about 6.00pm
George Shaw <>
Frant, E Sussex, - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 04:25:17 (PDT)

Just found this site from using Friends Reunited on Internet. Its great to see so many Old Sinjuns are in contact. I was at Sinjuns from 1970 to 1977 and recognise many names on this message board. I still have the photo of us 1977 leavers taken on the Quadrangle and will put it on this site to amuse you all so watch this space. I would like to see all my old mates again, Gary Jenkins, Mark Dennis, Geoff Bruce, Chris Grant, Alex Payce-Drury, Howard Taylor and Paul Dunstan. I remember Kim Leonard, Philip Moore, David Hampton, Vinit Kuplish, Kamal Alam and many others from Schooldays. Time just flies by, its 25 years since we left Sinjuns and all went our separate ways. Its good to see that some of our old teachers are in contact ie Angus Hardern and Bob Taylor (Fritz). I would imagine that Thunderguts is no longer with us but if you know different put a message on this board. I would like to hear from anyone who wants to contact me and it would be great if we could have a get together of the leavers of 1977. Best Wishes to Old Sinjuns and Staff members.
David Gradley <>
Morden, Surrey UK - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 04:39:18 (PDT)

Hi! Can U tell me if there are any Arsenal supporters at St.Johns. Thanks.
- Monday, September 30, 2002 at 14:16:05 (PDT)

was at sinjuns early 60's - remember well such luminaries as Trog, Dolly, Perry White (nice line in suede jackets), Dr Presswood's famous sex lecture, Soapy Semmons and there was also metalwork teacher Battie with his hush puppies and sports car and, while I'm on the subject what about Crawshaw, Acker and I notice that nobody who was there has ever forgotten the dastardly Mr Short - I well remember him standing at the door of the changing room with slipper in hand giving the countdown of the 30 seconds needed to get dressed and out of the changing room or get a thwacking. (and if you couldn't do a headstand he'd stick his hand in your shorts and tweak your bollocks - and if he was in a really good mood he'd get the whole class to hang from the wall-bars and torture the first boy whose arms gave out (usually a rather portly boy named Chris Dern as far as I remember). He was the main reason I started some professional stints of bunking off and then got out as soon as I could. What a bastard, shame to waste all this space on him but I hope it's out of my system now. Anybody remember me, do get in touch. and it's green grow the rushes-o....
Colin Bass <>
Berlin, Germany - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 13:59:10 (PDT)

Phil Star re: Arthur Castle. I have found a last address in Australia plus phone number. E-mail me at and I will pass them on. Otherwise contact Dave King on friendsreunited who can probably help. (I tried leaving a message on `where are they now?` but can`t seem to register).
Roger Price <>
Oxford, - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 14:38:21 (PDT)

Wow, some of those guys who went to the re-union must be really old now. From 1700's you say ? Amazing......
Steve Adams <>
London, England - Friday, October 18, 2002 at 11:18:07 (PDT)

Left in 1968, visited the site after meeting Roy Eddy at a party hosted by my brother Brian he left Sinjuns about 1962-3.Scanned the guest names and picked out a few from my year Colin Bass,Graham Hillson,Chris Ainger and Malcolm Taylor, hope you all still have the same E- mail adresses.Would be nice to hear from others around that time.All the best rather death than false of faith, is that correct?
Chris Dale <>
Basingstoke, Hampshire - Friday, October 18, 2002 at 15:41:26 (PDT)

have a look at sinjuns f.c new web site
barry wigley <BARRYWIGLEY>
LONDON, - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 10:26:36 (PDT)

At school 1964-1971. Disappointed to see so few postings from my era. Hello Mike Power and Richard Webb - have emailed you both seperately. Is anyone out there from our world record breaking badminton marathon team of Easter 1971 - whatever happened to Susan Stranks and Magpie? Would be good to hear from anyone that was around at that time - I was useless at 3 card brag then and still am -:)
Brian Goodwin <>
Carshalton Beec, Surrey - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 13:21:51 (PST)

A reunion for the Gibb/Jenner/Milton/Leonard/Charuy year crew will be held on Saturday 16th November at the Duke of York pub, adjacent to the Apollo Theatre (currently showing "Buddy") at the beginning of Victoria Street, just across the road from the main entrance to Victoria Station London from 6.30pm onwards. Please do your best to encourage/publicise this to others I have been unable to contact by forwarding this message to them. My mobile phone number is 07815 602277 in case we move on from there to a dive recommended by those who know better, as I cannot actually recommend the Duke of York or the beer, never having been in there before. Still, after a few, I stop caring. Let me know if you can make it by e-mail or phone! Cheers The as-ever distracted Gary Williams
Gary Williams <>
London, UK - Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 00:44:51 (PST)

I was at (with?) Sinjuns in Godalming from late 1941 to early 1945 when I fled to sea to avoid the certainty of failure at the School Cert exams. I left the Merchant Navy two-and-a-half years later - just in time to do teo years National Service. On the day of my 'demob' in Aldershot I glimpsed a couple of Sinjuns at a distance -Doug Saunders and (I think) Roy Squires. That was my last contact with the schoo; until I came across George Rude lecturing in History at the U of Adelaide.
Allan (Peter) Walker <>
Adelaide, South Australia Australia - Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 05:35:50 (PST)

Sorry about the typos. For "Allan" read "Alan"; for "teo" read "two"; for "unti;" read "until".
Alan (Peter) Walker <>
Adelaide, South Australia Australia - Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 05:41:52 (PST)

old sinjuns f.c new web site
london, wandsworth england - Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at 10:28:27 (PST)

new on sinjuns f.c web site old sinjuns f.c legends & a new sinjuns f.c forum , and please sign the guestbook. cheer
sinjuns f.c <>
london, wandsworth england - Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 08:00:57 (PST)

Consider it signed g
Graham Granville <>
London, England - Monday, December 02, 2002 at 10:16:10 (PST)

Hello, I was at Sinjuns 1953-1961. Anybody on this site remember/can put me in touch with Bob Hine. he introduced me to Jazz and a lifelong passion for the music.....despite school I play trombone and am able to add to the sum of human misery. By the way the episode in the science block was Peter keal and I conducting experiments on the combustion point of brick - thats bunsen burners and air bricks. Marcel Escudier happened across to get me for some reason or other and Pete managed to get us locked in. I prefer the legend of holding Marcel hostage though, shame its not true. Anybody from the RAF section of the CCF around from that era? Remember how we defeated the Army section on a field day ( we'd all read about guerilla warfare from Che Guevara's book. Real laugh! Gissa Line. Nick
Nick Carter <>
W.Midlands UK - Sunday, December 08, 2002 at 12:56:13 (PST)

sinjuns f.c old boys football web site ,and sign the guestbook.
sinjuns f.c <>
london, battersea - Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 09:06:43 (PST)

I have photograph of the under XII football team 1960-61. Taken at the playing fields. The team is: Anderson, Hammond, Jarvis, Smith (goalie), Brock,Best, King, Walker, Usher (capt), Razvi, Corfield. Where are they now? If anyone would like a copy then pls email me with address etc.
alan corfield <>
nr chelmsford, essex uk - Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 05:14:56 (PST)

I dare say over the Christmas Holidays there will be some newcomers to the site as they get a new pc etc...Happy Christmas to all them...and to all the regulars! It's about time we had another reunion! All the Best. Terry Wilmdna (71-77)
Terry Wildman <>
Gillingham , - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 06:47:54 (PST)

ENGLAND - Friday, December 20, 2002 at 04:20:48 (PST)

I was at "Sinjuns" from '54 to '58 and can well remember many of the staff from those days;"Algy" who tried to teach French; Stripp the maths master famous for his terrific geometric drawing;"Conny" the lady Latin teacher; Wordsworth the French master who loved to tap you on the shoulder with his little ebony ruler. Not to forget of course Mr Edmund Semmunds the Music teacher who wrote a musical version of Camelot. There was also the "Mad Doctor", Dr Cavelle the science teacher who showed us how to make an explosive. Dose anyone remember the day that myself and Tony Sharples blew up the old toilets by the chemistry block? What about that great stalwart of the building, Mr Tanner the caretaker? And what about that great big plimsole that "Banksie" the English teacher used to dole out punishment. What about poor old "Coxie" the maths master, finally driven potty by the likes of 5T! I was not the great of academics,having moved around with the likes of Tony Sharples, "Fritz" Cunningham, ML Jones and the likes. My leaving was "not of my choosing!" CCF on a Friday afternoon was a great excuse to miss some lessons, as well as to get a few "field days" during term time, and "Camp Weeks" in the Summer. A good friend of mine was little Kenny Welch who lived in Fulham. Like myself, he came from the ranks of the "Eleven-plus oiks!" I finished in the CCF as Quartermaster Sergeant and loved every minute of it, especially as it gave you access to the Tuck Shop that was situated in the new CCF block at the back of the Science block. having left "Sinjuns" in 1958, I started work in reinsurance in the City. This soon stopped when I left home in 1959! I then entered the world of printing and lamination and worked my way to MD by 1997. We were taken over by a much larger organisation in 1989, and I continued in a management/sales roll. I have just decided to take early retirement(28.11.02) and am currently looking for something to keep me occupied. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me or those good times, such as turning the spare classroomes on the 2nd floor above the main arch into a "Casino". This was done with the help of the new metalwork lessons that enabled us to make some spare keys.
Charlie Foulsham <>
Sutton, Surrey England - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 08:40:26 (PST)

My turn to keep the office manned today so thought I would get round to saying hello to you all. I was at Sinjuns from 58 to 66 or thereabouts. Not many names that I recognise, but I do remember you, Barry Jobling. I was Flight Sergeant when you were Corporal. Seem to recall a weekend gliding course at North Weald, not so much for that but our (unsuccessful) attempt to chat up the local young ladies in Harlow!!! As I mentioned on my Friends Reunited message, it is interesting to see what happened to some of those I recall, from my days as a prefect, as being a bit rebellious. One such (Eber Kington) even became a Mayor. Others were "poacher turned gamekeeper" (ie became teachers....). Better stop at that before I get sued for libel!
Ian Lawson <>
Southampton, Hampshire UK - Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 06:01:11 (PST)


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