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Reunions

 
 
 
The Infamous Class of '66 - Reunited?
 
1959-66 Reunion News March 2016 Update
 
Again not much to report this month, though the highlight is we’ve found Bob Byrne and Peter Scoging since February. The updated list of those in our year we have found now contains 42 email addresses, so again some progress, but again not enough. Keep looking.

Music
 
Time to start planning a few details. We’ll need some background music at OW’s. Sounds of the Sixties and so on. Does anyone have a compilation, audio or audio/visual?

Or do any of you have premium subscriptions to YouTube or Spotify which we could use to make our own ad-free compilation? Call me on 07711 454 117 or email.
 
Can't Do 22nd July?
 
We now have nearly 10 Names who for one reason or another can’t make our 22 July date. Bryan Tully has suggested we facilitate organising another date for those thus inconvenienced and for any others sufficiently masochistic to want to go through the “I-can-remember-your-face-but-not-your-name-thing” a second time.

If this applies to you tell me, and tell me where you live. Might make more sense to have this alternative event outside the London area. Or we could do as the Class of ‘65 do, and have an Annual session at a suitable hostelry. Comments welcome on all this.

But for the rest of us, check the date is in your diary. Spread the word if you can. Practise your alternative to the School Song. Watch out for the Formal Invites in mid-April, and when you get yours please respond as soon as you can to help us plan Your Day.
 
Old Photos or Movie film (no video back then)
 
Most of you must have old photos of the 59-66 vintage lying around somewhere. Please have a hunt around and email them to the News Editor (Henry Gordon Ruffell) so that we can add them to the Archive and perhaps create a collage (or is it montage) for display of the 22nd.
 

See you in July if not before.

Tony Palmer

 
1959-66 Reunion - February update
 
Again not much to report this month, though the highlight is we’ve found Bryan Tully and John Sheaf since January. Once again, attached is the Latest List of those in our year we have found: 40 email addresses, so again some progress, but again not enough. Keep looking.
 
When this Odyssey started last July, I had kept in touch, on and off, with only Paddy Weston from our year. And I’d met up with Harry Groenen occasionally. But seeing what Gene Hartfield was doing in setting up a reunion for our older brethren made me think we should do the same. So Paddy, Harry and I talked through what we might do, and now we are in touch with around 40 from our year about doing it, with a bunch more from years above and below, and even a select few teachers from our era.
 
The point of all this is that along the journey I have swapped notes with a whole bunch of people I haven’t seen, heard of, or in many cases even thought about, for fifty years. I’ve talked to or met up with over 20 of you. And it has been an uplifting and gratifying experience, seeing how life has treated us all and how well we’ve SURVIVED those Fifty Years. It’s as if I’ve come full circle. Not Back to the Future exactly: more Forward to the Past.    
 
So if there are any of you who may be wondering whether it’s worth the effort to show up on 22 July, don’t even think. You have to do this. Not just because you will almost certainly never have another shot at a Fifty Year Reunion. But because as far as the kids from Wimbledon College in the ‘60s are concerned, as I have already realised, these are great guys. They were then. They are now. Enjoy their company, maybe for the last time. It will be a special day, and you will regret it only if you miss it.
 
Check the date is in your diary. Spread the word if you can. Watch out for the Formal Invites in mid-April, and when you get yours please respond as soon as you can to help us plan Your Day.

See you in July if not before.

Tony Palmer

PS    Henry Ruffell has brilliantly managed to get the whole of the 1960 School photo in one place on the OW’s website.  Here’s the link:
                                                                  http://www.oldwimbledonians.com/1966%20Reunion/1960%20full.html
 
The 1959-66 50th Anniversary Reunion
 
Biographies Auto or otherwise

If any attendees to this event would like to provide a potted biography of themselves (including pictures) please send to news@oldwimbledonians.com the News Editor (Henry Ruffell) or Tony Palmer (The Event Organiser)


Links to your Facebook or Linked in pages would also be helpful.

At least then there will be a basis on the day for a conversation with long lost classmates.

The Organiser

 
Posted 19th February, 2016 FromThe News Editor
 
The 1959-66 50th Anniversary Reunion
 

Lost Sheaf Returns to the Flock.

In the course of intensive research to track down members of the 1959-66 fold, Henry Ruffell found evidence of the whereabouts of John Sheaf. This article from the Hampton Hill website was invaluable and will also give you some idea of John's whereabouts, background and expertise.

Here you will find an example of John's scholarship, and here a list of some of his publications.

It took a while to make contact with John but now we look forward to renewing acquaintance with him on 22nd July this year.

You can see a list of those we have made contact with so far but we are still a long way short of a full house. If any of you are aware of the whereabouts of any of our missing bretheren the please provide us with any clues and we will do our best to track them down.
Find out more about the reunion here.

 
1959-66 Reunion News Jan 2016 Update
 

Tony Palmer 1962Here’s the update on progress in the last month with arrangements for our Reunion next July. Not that much to report through the haze of seasonal celebration:

NAMES
Below is the latest list of those in our year we have found: 38 email addresses, so again some progress, but again not enough. We’re not half way yet, so do please search those memory banks and electronic little black books for email addresses. Or even postal addresses. Even better, convert addresses to phone numbers and we will follow up. Is this something you could help us with?

We are finding quiet a few in foreign parts, especially North America: Michael Marshall in Washington DC, Robin Kuhl in New York State, Lawrence Trickey in Ontario Canada, and Les Fortuna in Florida. I’ve suggested a charter flight.

BROTHERS
More seriously, if you want to invite a brother who attended the College, please just do so but tell me his address so we can inform and cater accordingly. On that note I’m sure you will be pleased to know we will be joined on the day by Nick O’Connor, Charlie’s brother, coming from Australia and incidentally eclipsing Peter Mildner’s long-distance travel plans.

FORMAL INVITES
We’ll send out the formal invites in April, (so we have as much time as possible to find our classmates), enclosing a form on which you can indicate which of our spectacular Agenda Items you wish to opt out of – if any.

We are now in 2016. The 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup triumph, Hovercraft, Centre Point, the height of Beatles and Swinging Sixties. And it’s also our anniversary. See you in July if not before.

All the best for now
Tony Palmer

PS. Stop Press: Friends Reunited announced yesterday that they’re closing down their website. I doubt this will take long. Maybe time for one last sweep for friends you’d like to see in July



 
You can also finds regular updates on our facebook page
 
1959-66 Reunion News Dec. 2015 Update
 
My Dear Boys, as Gus was wont to say
 
As promised this is to update you on progress with arrangements for our Reunion next July:
 
CLASS OF ‘65 REUNION
The big kids in the year above had their 50th Anniversary Reunion on 1 December: College Tour and Hand in Hand. A great day: around 40 celebrated their survival and defied the onset of Alzheimer’s in relatively unraucous reminiscence. Harry Groenen helped Graham Turner in guiding many through the College grounds, very successfully by all accounts as no one ended up in the old swimming pool. Peter Helms, Mick Radburn and I gatecrashed on behalf of our Year.
 
Gene Hartfield did a great job setting it all up, and we should recognise and applaud that if he hadn’t taken the initiative to get his gang together, we wouldn’t have an example to follow.
 
COSTS
I talked to Old Wimbledonians’ Catering Manager on costs for our Meals on the Big Day: now fixed at £15 for our 3-course Celebratory Lunch, and £5 for the evening BBQ for those with stamina and strong stomachs. 
 
AGENDA ITEMS OPTIONAL
I’ve been asked to make it clear that all Agenda items are optional. Even the Lunch, which is really the centrepiece of the day, is not obligatory. So in theory it’s quite OK for you go round the College for an hour, then go for your afternoon power nap, and decide only when you wake up whether to come back for a beer and BBQ later on . This is your day: you decide what you want from it.
Download the latest iteration of the agenda here
 
NAMES
Attached is the Latest List. We now have 35 email addresses, so again some progress, but again not enough. As before, here are those for whom we’re fairly sure of location. The associated info may not be current so don’t hold us to it. Changes in blue:
 
Roy Barnett in Okehampton   found
Robert Byrne in Gloucester    found
David Fisher in Pangbourne, Reading.
Joe Flynn in Pyrford, Surrey    works for RBS  (2005 info)
Les Fortuna in Miami  no longer with Florida Light & Power, but Henry contacted on Facebook
Barry Greene            may be ex-RAF
Mick Kelly               found
Geoff Kistner in Ipswich
Bernard Knight in Sale, Cheshire
Paul Lohr in Roehampton
Nigel Meyer in Wimbledon      found at  5 Lower Downs Road!
David O’Driscoll  in Eastbourne  no longer with CPS
Maurice Ployé                            read Medicine at Middlesex Hospital
Paul Sanders in Wales?    Teacher?
Peter Scoging in Brighton
John Sheaf in Hampton?
Andy Shepherd in Leeds    Teacher
Peter Stow in South of France    Lloyds Broker
Peter Tuggey in Sutton    IT Consultant
Bryan Tully in Richmond    was Clinical Psychologist
Paul Weller in Battle       Dental Practice
Wojtek Wozniak              Dentist   
 
And that still means there are around 40 of our year of whom we have no trace. Please look at the List again, and let me know if you have any idea how we might get to them. Better still, have a go at finding one: LinkedIn/Facebook/Friends Reunited/Ancestry/Electoral Roll. Michael Marshall, who plans to come over from the USA to be with us in July, has given us another avenue: University Alumni Departments: if you know the College or University attended by any of those in white on the List, please tell me and we’ll try that route. And once again, if you want to contact any name shown in green on the list, just tell me and I’ll send him your email address.
 
NAME TAGS
We may avoid considerable embarrassment on the day if we each wear our Name on our Heart. Tags will be supplied at the College and the Clubhouse
 
ENTERTAINMENT
As promised, here’s the School song, words and music, which the Class of ‘65 did indeed sing at their Reunion on 1 December. As a reminder, there will be a prize for the most amusing rendition performed on 22 July next year. The translation does not have to be literal, or even close to the original.

You can download a copy of it in a choice of formats. See below.







HAPPY CHRISTMAS
As a little seasonal present, we thought we would send you a memento of next year’s Great Occasion in advance. To be sure you get it! It is a series of scans of the 1960 School Photo, with which to regale and amuse your nearest and dearest. Tony Hughes laboured long and hard to produce this masterpiece, and we hope a blown-up version will appear again in July: meanwhile it may help you put faces to the names in the Class Latest List. To be sure it gets through, being quite bulky in electronic communication terms, I’ll send it separately in three emails, early next week. Yell if you don’t get it before Xmas. I should warn you now that some scenes are of a disturbing nature, as evidenced by the attached extract, so please be prepared for this when they come through, in case of shock. Really it’s more of a surprise that most of us still hadn’t had the smiles wiped off our faces by the end of our Figures Year.

Your News Editor has, with acknowlegement to Tony Hughes' magnificent efforts, stiched the whole thing together. It can be viewed online here or downloaded in a choice of two formats. For the links and details see below.
 
I do hope this doesn’t spoil your Turkey.
 
Compliments of the Season, and a Ferula-free New Year! 
 
Tony Palmer
 
PS   You might want to take a look at this BBC News article.   Newly-retired 'wealthier than under-45s'. Unexpectedly it actually gives the real reason for this gap. We worked harder. Keep it up!
 
Downloads
 
The proposed Agenda for the day - click here
 
The School Song - .jpeg version - click here pdf version - click here
 
1960 Panoramic School Picture - click here (4MB)
 
 
November 2015 Update

As promised this is to give you the latest situation on progress towards our Reunion next July:

NAMES

Attached is the Latest List. We now have 31 email addresses, so some progress, but not enough:

There may be one or two who can’t get to Wimbledon next year because of ill-health (I hope no-one will cry off because it’s too far to go, after fifty years – Peter Mildner’s going to try to get here from Papua New Guinea!). But there is a greater concern: I’m sure none of us wants to get an email the day/week/month after 22 July 2016 asking why we didn’t tell them the Reunion was on. We have to find them beforehand to tell them beforehand. I can’t do this - but we can. We must aim at contacting 90 of the 92, and maybe settle for 85. Colour that Class List green!

Paddy Weston has found many of our year on Friends Reunited. But few have replied to his blandishments, either because they’ve given up that sort of thing or changed email addresses. But we do have enough info on location to find phone numbers. Does anyone know a magic way of doing this without spending a lot of time and money on 192 or BT?

Here are the Names, including those Paddy found, for which we’re fairly sure of location. The associated info may not be current so don’t hold us to it:

Roy Barnett in Okehampton
Robert Byrne in Gloucester semi retired GP
David Fisher in Pangbourne, Reading.
Joe Flynn in Pyrford, Surrey works for RBS (2005 info)
Les Fortuna in Miami works for Florida Light & Power
Barry Greene may be ex-RAF
Mick Kelly brother Barry is a bookbinder in Cornwall
Geoff Kistner in Ipswich
Bernard Knight in Sale, Cheshire
Paul Lohr in Roehampton
Nigel Meyer in Wimbledon Lower Downs Road 5?
David O’Driscoll in Eastbourne solicitor
Maurice Ployé read Medicine at Middlesex Hospital
Paul Sanders in Wales? Teacher?
Peter Scoging in Brighton
John Sheaf in Hampton?
Andy Shepherd in Leeds Teacher
Peter Stow in South of France Lloyds Broker
Peter Tuggey in Sutton IT Consultant
Bryan Tully in Richmond was Clinical Psychologist
Paul Weller in Battle Dental Practice
Wojtek Wozniak Dentist

And that means there are still around 40 of our year whom we have no trace of. Please look at the list again, and let me know if you have any idea how we might get to them.

MAKE CONTACT

And once again, if you want to contact any name shown in green on the list, just tell me and I’ll send him your email address.

INVITEES

Our latest expectations of numbers involved mean that we will have to be very sparing in inviting guests/pupils from other years, and at this stage we have to rule out anyone who does not come into any of the categories on the Agenda (which has gone to everyone I’ve emailed, but is attached again for easy reference).

COSTS

I’ve asked Old Wimbledonians what we should expect in terms of costs for our Lunch on the Big Day, but they too are showing signs of Alzheimer’s. My best guess is around £14 for our 3-course Celebratory Lunch, and £8 for the barbecue for those with stamina and strong stomachs.

WORLD CUP 66 FINAL
Mark Draper has kindly offered to bring his DVD of the 1966 World Cup

ENTERTAINMENT

Rumour has it that the Class of ‘65 will be singing the School Song at their Reunion on 1 December. We thought we should follow suit, but not copy. There will be a prize for the most amusing translation (I’ll get the Latin version and music to you) performed on 22 July next year. The translation does not have to be literal, or even close to the original.

All the best for now

Tony Palmer


PS In case you were wondering what the afternoon session of a reunion looks and feels like, the photo below was taken a couple of winters ago at one of the Class of ‘65’s annual sessions in London, which Harry Groenen and I gatecrashed. From left: Dickinson, Gomez, Burrows, Willson, Palmer, Hartfield, Groenen, Eddington, Clements, Michelmore. Expect these and many more next July, so don’t miss it. Harry, Gordon Ruffell and I will be going to their 50th Anniversary in December, and the next Update will tell you how it went. If we can remember...(See below)

 
 
October 2015 - The Initial Plan
Tony Palmer and others from the year of 1966 are organising a 50th Anniversary Reunion on 22 July 2016 for those who started at the College in ‘58 and ’59 or who subsequently joined the year group, featuring an optional nostalgic visit to the College, before attending an afternoon and evening of festivities including a meal at the OWA Clubhouse in Coombe Lane.

In spite of exhaustive detective work Tony and Paddy Weston have managed, so far, to track down only around 11 others of the 90 in that year to let them know about it. Please email Tony with your details if you would like to be part of this, or if you are in contact with people from this era so he can send you/them the details.

And tell your friends! All OWA members are welcome at this stroll down memory lane.

A list of those who were in the year can be below . Those we have established contact with are highlighted. If you are one of those listed or you are in contact with one or more of them please let Tony know.

Here are several pictures that include some or all of the people from the year group, including a rare teaching action shot taken by your news editor.
 

Panorama picture of the entire College circa 1962

Rudiments 1 1961?

Redmond Mullin SJ, 7th May, 1964

3rd XV 1962


Boxing Club 1960


Click on the pictures for a link to a larger image


The Current Names Database

 
If any one can help with contact info please contact Tony Palmer
 
The first of a number of regular email updates on progess

Dear Fellow Alumni

This Update is intended for and addressed to all in our Year for whom we now have email addresses (23) plus a few others who need to know. I’ll do this every month to let you know progress, particularly in our List of all we have contacted, so you don’t keep chasing those we’ve found.

Would you please check your junk mail, even before reading this: there’s a chance you think you’re hearing from us for the first time, while in fact lurking in your email recesses is prior correspondence! And do add tpalmer@marplepartnership.com to your Contacts list to ensure these updates get to you in future.

NAMES
We’ve done pretty well so far in making contact, but with 66 to go out of 92 Names we are not complacent. Many of you have already worked wonders with memory and records, but please don’t slow down. Take another look at the list to see if there’s someone you know now whom we haven’t contacted. Even knowing a relative, or the last sighting, will help us, but ideally we would like email address and phone number. We really want to have the vast majority in the email bank by early Jan, so we can send out formal invites that month and get the date in diaries early. Some of you have a long way to come, and travel arrangements to make.

AGENDA
Quite a few of you have been contacted only recently, but very few will have seen the latest significant changes:

Wimbledon College have confirmed our Tour is welcome and booked, including the Chapel.

Travelodge have confirmed they will be able to accommodate large numbers next summer. Bookings should be made in February or thereabouts.

Fr. Philip Gilbert (started Figs lll 1959) will celebrate Mass for us in the College Chapel on 22 July.

We’ve added LUNCH into the Agenda. More than that, the Lunch has become by popular demand the focal point of the Agenda at OW’s. Not all will go on the College Tour, not all will stay for the evening session, but all are expected to get to the Clubhouse around 13.30, so we can sit down together at 14.15.

I haven’t had many comments on the Agenda, although I realise Rugby/Football aren’t too popular so they’ve disappeared. But what else should we do? Should we have a raffle with profits to a worthy cause? (1st Prize: 2 Ferulas. No prize for guessing what the second prize is!) Would you like a speaker? World Cup related or just eminently eminent? If you know someone who fits either bill please tell me.

We will have an area where those interested can watch the World Cup Final of 30 July 1966, and the film of major events in 1966, and there will be Sixties music, not too noisy, as a background to our reminiscence. Who has a CD of the Final? (Last resort is watch it on YouTube) Anyone want to organise the Sixties music?

COSTS
At present I’m not aware of any costs which might arise that aren’t wholly within your discretion, i.e. your food, drink, travel and any accommodation costs. It’s just possible the College will ask us for a donation for allowing us to use the premises, but as we won’t trouble or inconvenience them significantly it’s unlikely. Next update will include a rough guess of meal costs, but this won’t be finalised till Spring, when we have a much better idea of numbers.

OWA WEBSITE
I’ll keep Henry Gordon Ruffell (OWA News Editor) up to speed regularly on changes I get/make to both attachments so that he can amend the details on the website, but failing that the changes given in future updates will be reflected in a new posting. We are still hoping that the OW’s database will produce some leads for us, but we haven’t got any yet.

ERRORS
Please forgive us in advance for any errors you may spot in names, details etc. We’re dealing with growing numbers of people we haven’t talked to for decades, and it is becoming difficult to keep track, but do tell me as you see a mistake – or tell me what we can do better in communicating all this.

CONFIDENTIALITY
We are conscious of the need for confidentiality, which is why all addressees for this note are included as blind copies. But if you particularly want to contact a contact, let me know and I’ll send him your email.

THE FUTURE
We are already thinking about how to maintain the data we are collecting. When we send out the formal invite it will include a form for saying what if any meals you want, and also whether you want your email address and phone number held on the OWA website (you don’t have to be a member for this) and/or College database. Amongst other advantages, it will simplify the task of arranging the 75 year Reunion in 2041, for which I for one will be most grateful!

All the best

Tony Palmer (contact Tony)

PS I will be in Spain for two months from Tuesday, and if I get any emails before then I probably won’t be able to answer them quickly, but please don’t stop sending me those email addresses!

(Please copy them to Henry/Gordon Ruffell so that we can act on them quickly)
 
We will also be posting updates on the OWA Facebbook page
 
 
 
The Year of 1958-65
 

The Class of 65 will be holding a 50th anniversary reunion in the Hand in Hand on Wimbledon Common on 1st December, 2015.

Here is a reunion pic from a couple of years ago

Dickinson, Gomez, Burrows, Willson, Palmer, Hartfield, Groenen, Eddington, Clements, Michelmore
Tony Palmer and Harry Groenen were interlopers.

The Year of 1955-63
 
This is how the class of 55 kept in touch and up to date (ish) link
This was the result