Sinjuns Guestbook - January 2003 ~ December 2003

happy new year old sinjuns from old sinjuns f.c ,you find as at
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london, battersea - Wednesday, January 01, 2003 at 11:28:57 (PST)

The man with the ruler was Mr Wadsworth, not Wordsworth. Dr Cavell was my Chemistry teacher also. (I learned the organic reaction between aniline, chloroform, and sodium hydroxide, which produces that truly awful-smelling poisonous compound phenyl isocyanide, which duly made the labs uninhabitable for a few hours). Perhaps Dr Cavell inspired me, because some 14 years later I ended up a "Mad Doctor" myself, as Professor of Organic Chemistry! Neil McKelvie (at Sinjuns 1945-9)
Forest Hills , NY USA - Monday, January 06, 2003 at 12:58:03 (PST)

added to old sinjuns website old sinjuns c.c
london, england - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 09:48:05 (PST)

old sinjuns f.c pool tournament at old sinjuns club house,IF you like to play please e.mail
london, - Thursday, February 06, 2003 at 03:41:39 (PST)

Attended Sinjuns 1959to 1964
WORCESTER PARK, SURREY ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 15:33:09 (PST)

- Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 11:02:24 (PST)

I have just looked at the various pictures of the old school in the 'Buildings' section. In 1959-60sh the houses opposite the school were demolished ( together with the bakers who sold the best jam doughnuts). At this time Dr Presswood suggested that people should have a look at the front of the school from a distance because the chance would not occur again for some years. Did anybody take pictures of the school at that time? If so can they be put on the website.
Richard Lee <>
Middx England - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 08:40:32 (PST)

Have just found the site with my son. Any body out there who was at the school between 46 and 51. THATS 1946 -51!!!
derek condon <>
dunstable, beds uk - Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 10:25:56 (PST)

come and see the old sinjuns f.c web site .
old sinjuns f.c
- Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 13:29:59 (PDT)

What a wonderful websight. I attended the school From 1957 to 1961 when my parents moved Hampshire and I had to reluctantly leave.
Steve Josiah <>
- Monday, May 19, 2003 at 14:17:53 (PDT)

I found this site over a year ago but didn't get round to adding a message. Remembered it again today and thought I'd leave that message. It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Chris Grant <>
Maidenhead, Berkshire - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 12:12:16 (PDT)

Excellent website, very informative. Keep up the excellent work.
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USA, none USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 15:16:04 (PDT)

Nice site - keep up the good work.
David Moore (school 1945-52) <>
Aldershot, Hampshire, UK England - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 01:32:00 (PDT)

46-51,though the exact dates a little hazy.SWSJS was for me a Prep school,and at 11 + was sent to Boarding School in Yorkshire.Originaly at Godalming.For some reason I recently developed pictures in my mind of the bombed wing which we returned to,and decided to see if a web site existed.Was very sad to see that School had sort of lost its identity then just gone.I fear the Old Boys did not do enough to stop this happening.Names like Bollingbroke,Lydiard,Tregoze Beauchamp (probably spelt incorrectly))linger in my mind and refer me to tradition,educational standards,and Men.(Of the Kipling varity)Does anyone know what happened to the Honour boards?,and Crests?Frankly such Tradition should not be lost,is there any chance of resurgam.I believe that at one time in the 1500's my "Senior School" was down to one pupil!When I was there the number was around 600. Is there any possibility of resurgam? from my quick flip thruogh the web site there seems to be enough Old Boys around to make it happen.Anyone like to email me and tell me about the last few years of the School?Please
Michael E.Bark <>
Wellington, New Zealand - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 19:00:11 (PDT)

Hi there, I was at our school from 1933-1938, with Cecil F. Rix and Jack Brand, Allan Appleby and Ron Pepper. We formed a quartet to play at dances etc. and eventually recruited a non sinjun to join us in joining the RAF at Central Band Uxbridge. I would be happy to hear from anyone that is still accessing this site. This year is my 50th wedding anniversary, and I am enjoying a happy life in the new world. Please contact me at All the best Don Rolfe
Frederick D. Rolfe <donveerolfe@hotmail .com>
Ojai, California, USA - Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 21:13:38 (PDT)

I regret to inform the school of the passing of an 'Old Boy' Michael Heath, formerly of Elsley Rd., Battersea, who passed away on Tues. 22nd July 2003. As I understand it he suffered a stroke but had been unwell for sometime and was in a hospital in putney. Michael attended the school between 1970 and 1976 ( I think ) and was a neighbour of mine as well as a friend ( he was in the year above me ). Although I have not seen him for quite some time it was a shock to hear of his death. I shall always remember his cheeky smile and pleasant and friendly manner.
sean sewell <>
london, england - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 12:28:46 (PDT)

Would enjoy hearing from any of my contemporaries. I was at the school from 1955-1962, with my twin brother, Bob. Have lived in the U.S. for some 23 years now. I know that a bunch of guys from what was the entry class of '55 meet regularly in local hostelries. Wish I could join them, but 3,000 miles is a little far to go for a drink! But, I'll defintely do so when I next visit "the old country" -- hopefully, next year. Would also like to hear from any guys who were at the school from 1955 to 1960/62, haven't joined the OBA, but nevertheless would like to hear what happened to some of us.
Dave Holt <>
Staten Island , New York U.S.A. - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 18:27:55 (PDT)

Greetings from the U.S. of A.! I was at the school from 1955 to 1962, with my twin brother, Bob. Would like to hear from any of my contemporaries who remember me. I've lived in the States for some 23 years and don't get back to the U.K. that often. A bunch of guys from the entry class of '55 -- my brother, John Towers, Dudley Skinner, Paul Reviere, to name a few, get together at one of the local hostelries from time to time. Wish I could join them, but 3,000 miles is a long way to go for a drink! Look forward to hearing from some of you.
Dave Holt <>
Staten Island, New York U.S.A. - Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 18:48:48 (PDT)

Sorry to hear about Michael Heath. Michael was in the year above me and although we're not related most people, including the staff, thought we were brothers. This came in extremely handy once when Michael had repeatedly messed about in one of 'Chippy' Smith's TD lessons. Chippy thought that a note sent to Michaels parents might make him buck up his ideas. Not trusting Michael to deliver it, he gave it to me to give to 'our' parents.
Derek Heath <>
Sutton, Surrey UK - Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 14:25:27 (PDT)

I am pleased to see the name of David Holt in the guest book. I joined the school in 1959 and the Holt brothers made the annual sports day a real event. The rivalry was intense and the races very exciting. The Holt brothers for middle distance and Dave Main for sprinting is how I remember my first sports day. Just reading a copy of The Sinjun June 1960 it states that you broke the Intermediate 880 yds record by 11 seconds. The time of 2 mins 5.8 seconds being only 0.8 of a second outside the Senior record. A 1963 sports program shows the Holt brothers holding 5 school records. Did you continue your athletics after leaving Sinjuns? 'Happy days', when we all had energy to spare.
Richard Lee <richard@tamagra.fsnet .co uk>
Ruislip, Middlesex England - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 06:55:25 (PDT)

I was one of the class of 55-61. Became a career railwayman (36 years) ending up as an accountant. Took early retirement in 1998 and now live a life of leisure in Swindon, Wilts, although the wife has an annoying habit of trying to find things for me to do. I actually live about a mile away from a hamlet called Lydiard Tregoze, where there is a 13th Century church (St.Mary's) and where the St.John family are all buried. Next to it is the old St.John family home (Lydiard House) and the surrounding grounds which are now a country park. Both are open to the public. Small world, innit? Best wishes to all who remeber me.
David "Sid" Barnes <>
Swindon, Wiltshire England - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 15:30:08 (PDT)

I was in the years of 1960-66 and have not seen much from those years. Are any of the chaps around? Peter Joss, John Bird and any of the lads from the CCF.
Peter Castle <>
London, England - Friday, September 12, 2003 at 07:12:04 (PDT)

For those who do not know, the school Reunion Dinner is being held this 3rd Oct at the school. Dave Emerson Thomas and Brian Williams have said they will be in attendance. Anybody from the 70's might well be interested.
Arthur Charuy <>
London, - Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 11:22:58 (PDT)

Im looking for an old pupil of yours his name is Roy Palmer.Please can you help me?
Eva Halldegård <>
stockholm, Sweden - Friday, September 19, 2003 at 16:32:52 (PDT)

I was at Sinjuns from 1966-73. Bumped into an OB who told me about this site while my son and I were waiting to have our haircut. Nice to see some familiar names on the site. Anyone who remembers me, please feel free to contact me.
Amit Sen <>
Surrey United Kingdom - Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 07:29:34 (PDT)

Attended Sinjuns 1967-74, seen a few familiar names, would like to contact anyone who remembers me or who was in the L(latin) classes or GB, can recall Phil Pearmain, Mick Gay, Robert Ainsworth, Dave Hampton, Richard Wiseman(?)Robert Mackay
Stephen Bransgrove <>
- Friday, October 03, 2003 at 15:48:17 (PDT)

Just got around to looking at the site again this year. Noticed Brian Goodwin's name - yes, I remember the badminton marathon and Susan Stranks. It's about all I do remember from Sinjuns. Also, saw Mike Powwer asking the name of the band Brian was so keen on. It was Stray and I've still got an old tape of theirs. I play it when I'm feeling nostalgic or when my ears need clearing out. Or if I want to annoy the neighbours - in the next street.
Grant Fry <>
Kent England - Friday, November 07, 2003 at 06:29:04 (PST)

anybody remember me? please contact
john donovan <denisedonovan1@btopenworld>
- Saturday, November 08, 2003 at 11:01:00 (PST)

old sinjuns f.c needs players if so e.mail or see web site
old sinjuns f.c <>
london, battersea england - Monday, November 17, 2003 at 14:19:26 (PST)

Roger Bennett at Sinjuns 1956-62. Bolingbroke House .Regularly see Paul Sharp ,Colin Pinnell , Dudley Holmes , Michael Hall Tony Keevill , Tony Ashby - all of whom are members of Sinjins Lodge No.3232 ( so why aren't you .........? ) it's one way of continuing the funtime we had at school . Hall , Holmes & Bennett were also at Highfield Prep. , Wandsworth Common ( very near the school field ). Alan Towers ,a much older! boy than me - he makes my (roller) blinds,Paul Sharp an excellent Chartered Surveyor (QS) and Mick Hall will always fix your Rolls Royce. Mostly very happy memories of Sinjuns , particularly CCF and especially the Field Days and Summer camps - Burgh Heath (Epsom) and Castlemartin , Wales / School dinners /trips to France with Semmons & Fritz . Many friends remembered but not seen for 40+ years - where are you now: Keith Greer,Vic.Collier,David Berkovitch(heavily into CND),Colin Firby,Larry Spearman,Keith(Carrots)Dean - a great goalkeeper,David De'ath,Peter Brett,Skomorovski?? Mostly good memories of the Staff - Semmons,Fritz,Connie,Trog,Allison,Williams,Gould,Dixon,Algy Alfie,Duckett. Never cared much for Presswood or Short and a couple of others - Sorry ! Do you remember the lunches with Presswood ?? What was that all about ?? Now that I am (nearly)old and (nearly)grey , but still fit. I work in Property Development in London with a Russian Principal and Russian money having spent the vast majority of my working life in the construction industry. Live in Coulsdon , Surrey married to Ann for 35 years . two Sons one an Accountant the other in HR - neither went to Sinjuns but are successful anyway
Roger Bennett <>
- Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 06:16:32 (PST)

Details of "Class of '67 XMAS Reunion" (those who joined the school that year): Just to confirm details of venues for our reunion on Friday 28th November (this week). The West End of London has been chosen as this affords most people with easy access to a variety of mainline stations. We will be meeting from 6:30pm in the upstairs bar of Waxy's Little Sister (20 Wardour Street, London). Leicester Sq and Piccadilly Circus are the closest tubes. We shall be staying in the pub until about 8:30pm and moving on to a Chinese restaurant closeby. Closest tubes are Leicester sq and Piccadilly Circus, both just a couple of minutes walk from Wardour St. We'll look forward to seeing you on the night!
Keith Roodenburgh <>
Londom, Wimbledon England - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 15:54:38 (PST)

LONDON, ENG - Saturday, November 29, 2003 at 11:26:57 (PST)

Today's history lesson can be downloaded from: Have sixpence!
John Walker (deceased) <>
Athena, Ancient Greece - Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 11:28:38 (PST)

Although interest in this site seems to be dying off (come on webmasters - the site got off to such a promising start - please try and keep it up!!), it's still good to look back through this guest book and read stories of the old school. It would be nice to see more of us post Billy Blake merger lot on here (alright, I know a lot of you "true" Sinjuns out there would disagree, but the merger wasn't our fault, and the school was still called Sinjuns!) so get typing you lot! Anyway, as it's Christmas Eve, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all you ex-Sinjuns, and an extra special seasonal wish to all those at the school between 1978 and 1983. I hope Santa brings you everything you wished for (do they still make Scaletric sets??!). Cheers. Andy.
Andrew Baker <>
Sutton, Surrey England - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 04:40:10 (PST)

come on old boys sunday 4th january 2004 10.30am k.o sunday sinjuns & sinjuns vets are playing so the clubhouse will be open,for more info go to the old sinjuns f.c web site .
sinjuns f.c <>
battersea, london england - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 09:02:16 (PST)

Sunday 4th January 2004 10.30am k.o sinjuns vets & sunday sinjuns are both playing at home this sunday so come down and see the game for more info go to the web site
old sinjuns f.c <>
- Monday, December 29, 2003 at 09:07:58 (PST)


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