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No 89 / July 2019

The Old Stationer

Number 89 - July 2019


The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in memory of Geraint Pritchard - see full article on pages 21 to 26


T h e O l d S t a t i o n e r - N o 8 9

The Old Stationer

Number 89 - JULY 2019

OLD STATIONERS’ ASSOCIATION

LIST OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2019/2020

President

Peter R Thomas

107 Jackdaw Close, Stevenage,

Herts. SG2 9DB ✆ 01438 722870

: peterthomas561@outlook.com

Vice-President

Stephen P Collins

85 Love Lane, Pinner,

Middx. HA5 3EX ✆ 0208 8687909

: spc@woodhaven.me.uk

Past President

Peter Winter

5 Oakways, Warrington, WA4 5HD

07795 450863

: prcwinter1@btinternet.com

Honorary Secretary

Tony C Hemmings

5 The Mount, Cheshunt,

Herts. EN7 6RF

01992 638535

: hemmingsac@hotmail.com

Honorary Treasurer

Michael F Hasler

8 The Glebe, Weston Turville,

Aylesbury, Bucks. HP22 5ST

✆ 01296 614352

: mikehasler.oldstationers@gmail.com

Membership Secretary

Roger Engledow

118 Hertswood Court,

Hillside Gardens, Barnet, EN5 4AU

07817 111642

: osamembers@gmail.com

Honorary Editor

Tim Westbrook

7 Goodyers Avenue, Radlett,

Herts. WD7 8AY ✆ 0845 8724001

: tim@timwestbrook.co.uk

Website Off icer

Peter Gotham

58 Humberstone Road, Cambridge,

Cambs. CB4 1JF

: peter.gotham@gmail.com

Honorary Archivist

David D Turner

63 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans

Park, Herts. AL9 7QG

✆ 01707 656414

: d.turner12@sky.com

Event Managers

Roger Melling

43 Holyrood Road, New Barnet,

Herts. EN5 1DQ ✆ 020 8449 2283

: melling@globalspirit.net

Peter A Sandell

11 Maplecroft Lane, Nazeing, Essex,

EN9 2NR ✆ 01992 892766

: peter.sandell@hotmail.co.uk

Ordinary Members

Andreas H Christou

22 Woodgrange Avenue, Bush Hill

Park, Enfield EN1 1EW

07722 117481

: andreashchristou@yahoo.com

Peter Bothwick

52 Hither Green Lane, Abbey Park,

Redditch, Worcs. B98 9BW

✆ 01527 62059

: pedrotres@hotmail.co.uk

David J Sheath Ksg

12a Bolton Crescent, Windsor,

Berks. SL4 3JQ

✆ 01753 855021

: davidsheath@hotmail.co.uk

Honorary Auditors

Chris Langford, Dave Cox

Clubs & Societies

Football Club

Liam Gallagher

38 Hadley Way, Winchmore Hill,

London N21 1AN

07793 220472

: liam@network-stratigraphic.co.uk

Golf Society

Roger Rufey

07780 450369

: rrufey@gmail.com

Apostles Club

Stuart H Behn

l67 Hempstead Road, Watford,

Herts. WD17 3HF

✆ 023 243546

: stuartbehn@hotmail.com

Luncheon Club

Roger Melling

Details as previous column

SC School Lodge no. 7460

Michael D Pinfield

63 Lynton Road, Harrow,

Middx. HA2 9NJ

✆ 020 8422 4699 07956 931174

: secretary7460ugle@gmail.com

Magazine

Publishing Adviser

Tim Westbrook

Details as above

Design & Production Manager

Ian Moore

Homecroft, Princes Gate,

Pembs. SA67 8TG

✆ 01834 831 272

: ian@outhaus.biz - www.outhaus.biz

Printed by Stephens and George

Contents

Regular features

Editorial 4

Dates for the Diary 4

President's Address 5

Correspondence 16

Special features

Annual Dinner and AGM 2019 6

May Lunch 11

The Oldest Surviving

1949 Old Boys Cup winner 14

Reunions 14

Carruthers Brothers in Arms 20

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge 21

As fast as you roam

Roger Mansfield on Concorde 27

Peter Thomas: My favourite walk 28

David Turner: Southern States 30

Sixty years on... Steve Trew 31

OSCC - Whitsun Tours preamble 35

The Rules of Cricket 36

Botany Bay CC extension 37

Stationers' Crown Woods

Academy meeting notes 38

Clubs & Societies

Golf Society 12

OSFC End of season report 13

Obituaries

Robert Brown 39

Alexander Grogan 40

Peter Jollie 41

Alan Mills 42

Alan Drake 42

Varia

Puzzle Corner 33

Membership Report 38

Minutes of the AGM 43

President’s Address 43

Treasurer’s Report 44

Balance sheet 45

Funds summary & General fund 46

Photographic Competition 47

Supplying items for publication

Text: Please supply as Word or typed documents if

possible. Images: Supply as original images or hi-res

(300dpi) digital files in tiff, jpeg or eps format.

Post or email to the Acting Editor, Tim Westbrook.

See Committee page for address details.

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EDITORIAL

Welcome to issue 89. I

had intended to allocate a

dozen pages to reviewing

the Brexit debacle but

since David Winter, our

guest speaker at the

March dinner, covered the

last three years of political

pontification in excruciating

detail, I have

resisted the temptation to

revisit this subject and I

can declare this, another

Brexit free issue.

I am pleased to confirm

that with the committee’s

approval, I have created a

small editorial board comprising Tony Moffatt, Peter

Thomas and myself in order to plan and contribute to

content development. This increase in intellectual

horsepower has already borne fruit with the introduction

of “Puzzlers Corner”, “A walk to the pub”, and the launch

of our first photographic competition in this issue.

Undoubtedly, the most significant OSA event to take

place in recent months has been “The 3 Peaks

Challenge”, conceived and organised by Roger

Engledow as a fitting tribute to Geraint with his

penchant for hill walking and exploring the countryside.

Congratulations to all those who took part and well

done on raising over £4,000 for Macmillan Nurses

Cancer Care.

Also in this issue we discover a traitor besmirching the

school name; an athletic hero with Olympic pedigree;

an Old Stationer who regularly broke the sound

barrier; plus a nostalgic recollection of the OSA

Norfolk cricket tours established in 1971 by Peter

Bullen which bring back wonderful memories of my

baptism by beer among the elders of the OSCC.

At our AGM in

March we appointed

Peter Gotham (right)

as Web Site Officer

who, with support

from Ian Moore will

help to improve the

saliency and timeliness

of our web

content. I am sure you

will join me in

wishing him success

in this important

communication role.

I hope you enjoy this issue and please remember it is

your publication so do provide feedback to ensure the

magazine retains interest and entertainment in the

years ahead.

Tim Westbrook

Editor

DATES for the DIARY

Presidents Day

Sunday 25th August 2019, 48th Annual cricket match,

Botany Bay Cricket Club EN2 8AS,

Lunch 12.30pm, Match 2pm.

Contact Peter Sandell for lunch bookings.

Luncheon Meeting

Tuesday 10th September

at The Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way,

Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.

Contact Roger Melling

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 4th December 2019 at Stationers' Hall

See insert in this issue for booking details.

OSA Carol Service

Just to remind you that the annual Carol Service will take

place on Sunday 8th December 2019 at Hornsey Parish

Church, St Mary with St George, Cranley Gardens, N10

3AH at 4pm.

Attendance at last years’ service was very good, so please

continue to support this event. It would be a shame if we

were forced to drop it from our calendar of events.

We are very grateful to the Rector of Hornsey for

accommodating us and once again, we will welcome a

visiting choir, Voxcetera (pictured below) who were

excellent last year. As well as leading the congregational

carols they will also sing a number on their own.

Refreshments will be provided after the service.

Peter Sandell Past President

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PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

It is my personal honour to serve the Old

Stationers’ Association and you, its Members,

as your new President. When I joined the

School over 50 years ago, I never imagined

that one day I would sit on your Committee,

let alone receive the opportunity to become

President of this wonderful Association. I

would like to thank you all for this great

honour. I can assure you that over the coming

months I will serve you to the very best of my

ability.

I would like to thank Peter Winter, our Past

President, for his hard work and leadership during his tenure and

to your Committee in their commitment and efforts in striving

to deliver the very best for our Association.

My Presidential year ‘kicked’ off with the opportunity to watch

the OSFC football match against old rivals, The Warren at our

home ground in Barnet. An impressive display took the Old

Stationers to a 2-0 win, guaranteeing them a place in the Senior

Division 2 of the Southern Amateur League. I congratulate

them on their efforts and wish them good luck for next Season!

In May, I had the honour of witnessing a remarkable event - the

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Organised by Roger Engledow

and Ian Blackmore, 18 inspiring ‘Old Boys’ took on the challenge

of climbing all three peaks whilst raising money for Macmillan

Nurses, in memory of Geraint Pritchard. We all had an enjoyable

few days, with great camaraderie and banter. We are all indebted

to the remarkable contribution Geraint made to the OSA over

many years. The very last conversation I had with Geraint, just a

few weeks before he passed away, was when I received a telephone

call from him the day after the 2018 AGM to congratulate me

on becoming Vice President - he was very supportive of his

ex-pupils, even to the very end!

From the questionnaire circulated late last year, you have

confirmed your expectations from the OSA and provided us

with some interesting ideas. I am happy to report that we have

now put your views and wishes for the future of our Association

firmly on the Committee’s Agenda! This is not to make change

within the Association or to alter the core fundamentals of what

we provide, but to expand on the services we offer to our

Membership. We are looking to broaden our appeal and make

the Association more inclusive and accessible, this we believe will

make us more sustainable for the future. In an effort to create

additional activities, Peter Winter and Stephen Collins are

looking to offer interesting city walks and have suggested

starting this event with a guided walk on the history of the

neighbourhoods surrounding the School. Whilst, Peter

Bothwick is investigating days out to major sporting events for

us to attend. We also want to reach out to some of the regions.

We know it is difficult for some of you to get down to London

for our events and return home in the same day, so perhaps we

could bring some of our new events to you. We all look forward

to taking part in these new activities.

Our events are the lifeblood of the Association, not only in

providing a platform for Old Boys to meet, catch up on news

and renew old friendships but to make new friends. If you have

never been to one of our events do come along you will receive

a very warm welcome. The lunches offer good food and wine at

an affordable price. The Golfing Club provides keen players the

opportunity to visit other courses where

perhaps they would not normally get the

chance to play. It is open to players of all

levels, where you will be able to meet in a

friendly atmosphere. It is important that we

all do our bit, no matter how small, in

supporting our Association whether it is

taking part in events, organising a reunion or

offering support to others who do.

The reunions are an important source for

bringing Old Stationers’ back in amongst us.

We are currently speaking with ‘Year

Champions’ to help them search for old classmates and organise

their own reunions. If you have organised a reunion for your year

in the past, I do urge you to continue holding reunions to avoid

losing touch with your fellow school mates.

Peter Gotham has been appointed to manage our website by

keeping it up to date and ensuring that it remains both relevant

and responsive. Our website is now a fresh, interactive and

inspiring digital window into our Association. It allows you to

keep up to date with our events and catch up on news. You are

invited to come on in and see our new space.

I had the honour of receiving Freedom of the Stationers’

Company at the Hall in March of this year. The Ceremony was

a very uplifting experience with its roots steeped in the

Company’s history and traditions. The OSA have always had a

very close relationship with the Company and many of our

Members support their work by sitting on their Committees. I

do encourage you to consider joining the Company and

supporting their inspiring work. They offer their members a full

and diverse programme of events throughout the year. Should

you wish to join, please contact Tony Mash for further details.

In August we have the annual President’s Day cricket match

against Botany Bay Cricket Club. I would like to invite you, your

family and friends to be a part of a truly wonderful day. Our

other events include the September lunch at our new venue in

the Royal National Hotel. We do struggle to achieve the

minimum numbers for our lunches, so I urge you to give them a

try and come along to our September lunch. Our Christmas

lunch is always a popular event so don’t forget to reserve your

place. Details for all these events are listed in the ‘Dates for the

Diary’ section of this Magazine. I look forward to meeting you

on one or hopefully more of these occasions.

The OSA offers real benefits

to our members in fun and

friendship and I do

encourage you to get involved

with the various activities on

offer, where I am sure you

will have a very enjoyable

time and meet new friends.

Peter Thomas

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ANNUAL DINNER 2019 - Stationers’ Hall – Friday 29th March 2019

The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and the Old Stationers’ Association

President’s speech - Peter winter

Master, Clerk, Executive Principal, fellow Old Stationers’...

First I must thank the two previous speakers for their entertaining

and informative speeches…I did not realise the bar would be set

so high!!

Gentlemen, As I know many people have said before, but it is

nonetheless true, it is a great pleasure and an honour to have been

your President for the last year. The year has gone by extremely

quickly and I’ve enjoyed it enormously. Despite living in the

north-west of England and the travelling it has involved: it was

worth it. It is great to see so many people here tonight in this

splendid setting which we are very privileged to be able to use.

Thank you David for the Company’s continued support and

engagement with the Old Stationers’ Association; it is very much

appreciated and valued.

I first came to the Hall in 1969, invited to dinner by the

Company, as head boy of Stationers’ School: it was my first black

tie event. However, after university at Birmingham I adopted

and was adopted by the north-west of England and consequently,

although I had and still have a core of friends from Stationers’, I

had very little day-to-day engagement with the Old Stationers’

Association until Steve Bensley, (who is here tonight) organised

a reunion of my year in 2013 to mark 50 years since we started

at Stationers. It was in coming to that lunch that I engaged very

much with the people from my year and then subsequently with

the Association: it has been a very good part of the last six years.

I have always had a deep affection for the school, as indeed has

my whole family…apart from Ed and me, we have our brother

David, who is somewhat older and lives in deepest Norfolk;

David was at the school from 1948 to 1955…. Stationers School

was extremely good to the Winter family: it changed our lives

completely. It is therefore really good to see David Miller here

tonight from the Stationers Crown Woods Academy: a new

project a generation on from the closing of the Stationers’

School, but nonetheless an opportunity to be a beacon that

changes young peoples’ lives for the better for good. David, our

recent survey of Old Stationers’ shows that there is significant

support for assisting you and those at the Academy: we are open

to help you in whatever way you may feel is constructive.

I recently sent out to all members, that I have an email address

for, a summary of the findings of a survey of members which we

carried out at the end of 2018. The findings provide a significant

number of choices on ways in which we can develop our

Association. If we are to continue as a thriving and lively group

it is important that we develop activities and events which meet

your needs; and this we will be doing. Peter Bothwick and I,

with the support of the committee and the incoming President,

will start to develop new activities as indicated by the survey and

we would welcome your support in doing this.

In terms of membership, as I touched on earlier, although I came

to Old Stationers late, it has nonetheless been a really good

experience. The survey revealed that many of you know old

stationers who are not members of the Association. It is not

clear to us yet what the critical mass is for the Old Stationers

Association to continue to both survive and thrive. We have

managed, because of the efforts of Peter Sandell and Peter

Peter Winter

Thomas in particular with the reunion groups, to maintain

numbers around the 500 figure for several years now, despite the

sad but inevitable loss of some of our older members. I really

would encourage you all to seek new members from the old

stationers that you know, bring them along to dinners like

tonight, or the lunches or any other event, maybe you are golfers,

whatever, but do try to assist the two Peters and the rest the

committee in maintaining a critical mass for the Association

going forward for decades to come.

In December we had the annual Carol service at Hornsey parish

church: this was a special occasion in which we rededicated the

war memorial window that had come from the School. The

service commemorated a hundred years since the end of the First

World War when so many old stationers died: 154 in the First

World War and 119 in the Second World War: it was an

excellent occasion with a fine choir and an excellent organist that

made it a pleasurable occasion, not just a duty.

This year has seen a number of people from our membership

pass away. Notable of course was the very sad loss of Geraint

Pritchard. We have what is, effectively, the final commemorative

action relating to Geraint’s loss when a number of us, organised

by Roger Engeldow, will be trying to complete the Yorkshire

Three Peaks challenge in May. This involves climbing Whernside,

Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough in a day, some 24 miles and

more climbing than I like to think about. Foolishly I’ve agreed

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to take part in this, there will be about 15 of us. I think in my

head I’m still a cross-country runner, but when I look in the

mirror I know that probably is not true. As part of my training I

was up Mount Vesuvius on Monday….a good place to seek

inspiration. We are collecting donations towards Macmillan

Cancer on this charity event; Roger has set up a just giving site

for this which I am certain he’ll be making sure you all know

about, indeed you will find details at your table.

Your Association has once again at tonight’s AGM elected an

excellent committee. When I agreed to be President I was

assured that the committee would be extremely supportive and

they have been absolutely true to their word and I know they will

continue to do so. A special mention to Tim Westbrook who has

seamlessly picked up the Magazine editor role (no small task) on

Geraint’s passing. You have, in electing Peter Thomas as my

successor as president, a committed member of the Association

who I’m sure will lead us extremely well in the coming year.

May I please record my thanks to those of you who have

attended any of our functions during the year, particularly the

Christmas, spring and autumn lunches, the presidents day and

the Carol Service. As I said earlier we will be adding to the range

of events, guided by your inputs. Let me also thank Peter

Bothwick for his excellent role as our MC for tonight.

The links to the company are important. I joined the company as

a freeman when there was a special scheme set up a few years ago

to give preferential terms to OSA members. That scheme has

been reopened in order to encourage you: so please consider the

many benefits of taking up this offer. I have found the number

of additional opportunities to socialise, dine and network within

the company very worthwhile.

I’m sure that many of you want to progress onto the Cockpit for

the less formal part of the evening. We have had two very good

speakers…. I do not intend to hold you longer so let me finish

by thanking both the master and our guest speaker for their good

wishes to the Association on this special night of all nights when

the direction of the UK is so much in the balance. It is good to

have stability and tradition amongst friends. Can I just reiterate

what a privilege and an honour it has been to be your President,

as I now, without delay, hand over the presidency to Peter

Thomas, knowing that, with the committee, your Association

will go from strength to strength. I look forward to communing

with you and being an active part of this Association for many

years to come.

Please note that the next lunch is on Tuesday 10th September.

Please let Roger Melling know if you are joining us.

Fellow Old Stationers’, may I wish you all good health, happiness

and prosperity in the years ahead. May I toast you all…

Thank you!

Peter Winter

Guest speaker

Ed Winter, the President's brother and Old Stationer (1958-65),

rather than giving the expected speech on his airline career

(including BA, Go and Easy Jet) surprised us all and decided,

given that the AGM coincided with the original 29th March

Brexit date, to give a topical speech. Ed, using many of the best

political quotes, gave a sometimes amusing, cynical and at times

quite shocking account of how our politicians had spent 3 years

reaching a total impasse on Brexit. Unusual and thought

provoking, it somewhat polarised the audience!

More wine Sir?

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New Vice President Stephen Collins receives the "Loving Cup".

David Winter, Guest speaker in full flow.

New President Peter Thomas tries the blazer for size.

More loving!

A galaxy of top table dignitaries pose with the President.

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Alan Palmer, Phil Geering and Tony Mash.

Winos holding their drink.

I think that's enough!

Mike Hasler and Peter Bonner swapping golf stories.

John and Michael share a joke.

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Attendees

Geoff Aanonson 1964-71

Nigel Adams 1963-70

Hugh Alexander 1964-71

Keith Allen 1961-68

Robin Baker 1964-70

Stuart Behn 1947-53

Stephen Bensley 1963-70

Don Bewick 1951-56

Marco Bittante 1972-79

Geoff Blackmore 1965-72

Ian Blackmore 1967-74

Peter Bonner 1955-62

Peter Bothwick 1962-69

Toastmaster

Michael Brady 1951-57

Adrian Broadbent 1977-82

Martin Brown 1954-61

John Cater 1956-63

Frank Clapp 1963-69

Paul Claque 1973-80

Peter Clydesdale 1949-54

Stephen Collins 1962-69

David Cox 1953-60

Nigel Dant 1963-71

John Dent Botany Bay

Anthony Eade 1973-80

Geoff Edis 1963-68

Richard Edis 1961-68

Roger Engledow 1954-61

Ivor Evans 1947-51

Michael Facey 1951-57

Richard Forty 1965-72

Bob Fry 1965-71

Douglas Fussell 1954-59

John Geering 1953-60

Michael Geering 1955-62

Phil Geering 1961-68

John Gray 1962-68

Peter Hames

Michael Hasler 1953-59

Zaki Hassan 1977-82

Michael G Heath 1961-68

Tony Hemmings 1954-59

Richard Hersey 1951-58

Brian Howlett 1955-62

Raymond Humphreys 1954-60

Peter Jarvis 1962-68

Alan Johnstone 1946-50

Michael Kahn 1964-71

Keith Knight 1955-63

Peter Knight 1953-58

John Lane 1973-80

Chris Langford 1957-64

Martin Lawrence 1963-70

Dave Lincoln 1956-63

Tony Mash 1961-68

Roger Melling 1954-62

Derek Mitchell 1961-68

Tony Moffatt 1954-61

Mike Mote 1955-60

Keith Mullender 1956-63

Colin Munday 1956-63

Alan Palmer 1961-68

John Partridge 1952-58

Frank Pearce 1955-62

Richard Phillippo 1954-62

Russell Plumley 1956-64

Nigel Powell 1961-68

Steve Presland 1965-72

John L Rowlands 1961-68

Peter Sandell 1965-72

Roy Saunders 1943-48

David Sheath 1955-62

Jon Stern 1963-70

John Taylor 1951-56

Peter Thomas 1967-73

Ross Thompson 1962-68

Michael Ttofi 1973-80

David Turner 1951-56

Kevin Waller 1967-73

Mike Weatherlley 1954-59

Tim Westbrook 1962-69

Andy Wick 1954-59

Chris Wilkins 1957-63

Chris Williams 1971-79

Mark Willison 1973-80

Dr Richard Wilson 1951-58

Peter Winter 1963-70

Chris Woodhams 1956-63

guests

The Master: David Allan

The Clerk: William Alden

Guest speaker: Edward Winter

The Executive Principal

Stationers' Crown Wood

Academy: David Millar

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May Lunch

On Tuesday 14th May, 32 Old Boys gathered at the Royal

National Hotel for our May Lunch. The Royal National in

Bedford Way, London, is part of the Imperial Hotels Group and

now serves as the new venue for our May and September

Lunches. Our lunch comprised of a starter of Thai Chicken

salad, followed by a main course of Steak and Kidney pie with

creamed potatoes. This was rounded off with a dessert of Bread

& Butter Pudding and custard, washed down with Champ de

Grenet Merlot and Richebaron wines.

Our new President, Peter Thomas then welcomed those present

and outlined the programme of events planned during his

Presidential year.

Those that attended were:

Behn, Stu

Engledow, Peter

Mote, Mike

Bewick, Don

Engledow, Roger

Mullender, Keith

Blackmore, Ian

Evans, Mike

Munday, Colin

Bonner, Peter

Hemmings, Tony

Pearce, Frank

Bothwick, Peter

Humphreys, Brian

Sandell, Peter

Brady, Michael

Knight, Keith

Sparrow, Sir John

Broadbent, Adrian

Linford, Alec

Thomas, Peter

Butler, Terry

Margree, Bob

Waller, Kevin

Clydesdale, Peter

Melling, Roger

Wilkins, Chris

Collins, Stephen

Metcalf, Sir David

Winter, Peter

Cox, David

Moffatt, Tony

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Old Stationers’ Golf Society

The society has met twice this year so far and due to clashes of

commitments and medical misfortunes we have been struggling

with numbers and availabilities. That having been said, we have

enjoyed two meetings as reported below.

We played a match against Old Tollingtonians at Aldenham in

April but sadly lost by 244 to 217. The prizes for Nearest the Pin

in both 1 & 2 shots went to OT’s and only Tim Westbrook with

33 points challenged a good OT’s side. We know that to beat

OT’s next year we need our strongest field of players as well as

some luck for those less talented.

The golf was however enjoyed by everyone and the course was in

good condition.

In May we held our Pairs Cup competition at Redbourne. Again

we were fighting to get enough players up until the day but the

ten who played enjoyed a very good course on a beautiful sunny

& warm day.

The winners were Bruce Kitchener & Alan Nowell with 40

points with Tim Westbrook and Colin Walker coming in a close

second with 39 points.

Colin Watkins won the nearest the pin, and Tim Westbrook won

the nearest the pin in two with a superb second shot that finished

up no more than a few feet from the pin.

And so we move on to the summer months with a meeting at

Brickendon on Tues 18th June and our annual match against the

Company at Aldwickbury on Tues July 30th. I do hope that we

will have a good turnout for these fixtures. here is a full summary

of remaining fixtures:

Bruce Kitchener and Alan Nowell.

Tuesday 18th June Brickendon *

Tuesday 30th July Aldwickbury Park Company match

Thurs 22nd August Knebworth *

Friday 11th October Mill Green Three ball comp

* denotes cup matches. Best two scores count.

Roger hands over the trophy to Old Tolly’s captain.

Competitors dining after pairs comp.

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OSFC End of season report

Back Row L-R James Keenan (Captain), Jimmy-Joe Lavelle, Danny Breen, Tom Jackson, Perry Langley, Ciaran Power, Steve Watts, James Chalk, Max Batram

(ex-player) - Front Row L-R Bradley Mace, James Phillips, Sean Derrick, Simon Jones, Matt Hennigan, James Elsey, Callum Anderson

You may recall that the Mid-Season report in the previous

magazine painted a fairly rosy picture of the early season fortunes

of the 1st XI (the only side the Club are now running).

Over the past few seasons similar optimism has unfortunately

proved to be largely overstated. However this season the early

promise shown by the group gathered pace in to the second half

of the season and a well deserved Runners-Up spot in SAL

Senior Division 3 was secured with a victory over The Warren in

the last game of the season. So OSFC will be playing Senior

Division 2 football next season for the first time in 15 years! We

will be joined by local rivals Crouch End Vampires who proved

worthy winners of Division 3.

Great credit must go to all the players, the majority of whom are

under 25, with a special mention to James Keenan for his

guidance and organisation as captain, ably assisted by his two

experienced lieutenants, Perry Langley and Tom Jackson. The

success was built on a great team spirit and work ethic, with all

players playing their part.

This season's improvement in the 1st XI's performances and

strength can perhaps be best illustrated in two games that we

actually narrowly lost in early Cup rounds, against much higher

ranked opposition.

Firstly a 1-2 away defeat to Old Carthusians in the Old Boys

Senior Cup......Carthusians would go on to win every competition

they entered this season including the AFA Senior Cup, The

Old Boys Senior Cup and the Arthurian League. Secondly a 3-4

home defeat to West Wickham in the AFA Senior Cup.....

Wickham ended the season as SAL Senior Division 1 Champions.

We hopefully proved with those two narrow set backs that we

can compete well against the strongest teams in AFA football.

The season's success was celebrated by the players, family, friends

and ex-players, at a 'Presentation' BBQ (formal end of season

dinners now seem to be a thing of the past). Trophies were

awarded to the following

Players' Player of the Season... Bradley Mace

Captain's Player of the Season... James Elsey

Long Service Playing Award... Tom Jackson

Supporters Player of the Year... Steve Watts

There was one final trophy given by the players to their Supporter

of the Season, which went to a richly deserving, Dick Hersey,

who followed the team in most games, home and away.

The team are fully aware that playing at a higher level next

season after so long in Division 3 will be a big step up, but we're

sure that with the same application and determination they will

relish the challenge.

Finally, just a reminder that the Annual OSFC Ex-Players

Re-Union Day will again take place in early October (last

October over 40 ex-players attended...we hope to see more next

October) please check out our website (oldstationersfc.co.uk)

nearer the time for exact details and to keep up to date with the

Club’s fortunes.

Ian Meyrick

ian.meyrick1@gmail.com

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Tim

ian.meyrick1@gmail.com

Sun Jan 28 2019

We recently received an email via the OSFC website from Ken

Rickards (see below) I have forwarded the email to Gordon Rose

to ask if he remembers Ken.

However, his message together with the Matchday Teamsheet

(which I have attached) may be of use for the magazine under

the Football Club section.

Vince Wallace, our Secretary, did send a reply to Ken thanking

him for his message and confirming that OSFC beat Old

Thorntonians 3-1 in the 1949 Old Boys Senior Cup Final.

I would have thought Ken must be one of the oldest, if not the

oldest, surviving ex-OSFC player, unless you know differently?

Is he even a member of the OSA?

Regards

Ian Meyrick

The oldest surviving 1949

Old boys cup winner?

k.rickards123@btinternet.com

28 January, 2018

I was delighted to access this website and discover in the Gallery

the team sheet for the 1949 Old Boys Cup final in which I

played. I'm afraid I can't remember whether or not we won. I am

now 97 and remember my days at Old Stationers fondly. Long

may it continue for another 100 years.

Ken Rickards

from the archives

Class of 1962 - From left: Copleston, Lucas, Cutts, Shaw, Smith, Jarvis, Gamester, Sloma, Hudson, Westbrook, Bone's arm.

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And they are off.... but where and when?

Reunions

CLASS OF OF '44

In 2018, the class of 44 again held their annual reunion at the

RAF Club Piccadilly which was generously sponsored by one of

our members. Eight old boys attended: Brian Cranwell, Bill

Croydon, Arthur Field, Brian Kill, John Miles, John Sparrow,

Ernie Stone and Stan Ward.

The usual conviviality prevailed, no doubt partly due to the

excellent meal and the good wine which flowed freely: most of

the stories had some basis in truth. We left the RAF Club with

hearts and stomachs contentedly full.

Seventy five years is a true landmark and deserves special

celebration, the more so because time will inevitably take its toll

on us. Please, would all who joined the class of 44 make every

effort to attend this significant reunion, which be held in the

RAF Club on Wednesday 4 September 2019 and, once again,

will be generously sponsored by one of our members.

More details from John Miles (johntmiles18@sky.com or

01480465777).

Call for class of '51

at The Old Manor, Potters Bar, Monday 28th October

2019 12.30 for 1.00 or thereabouts. Please contact Don

Bewick at don.bewick@hotmail.co.uk.

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CORRESPONDENCE

Hello Tim

Thanks very much for remembering this.

In the last edition of the magazine I wrote

a summary of our reunion lunch, which

you were kind enough to describe as

"amusing". Part of that amusement was

recollection of our Form 1 Outing in July

1964 to the Isle of Wight. I attached a

photograph (which included some of the

reunion attendees) taken at Carisbrooke

Castle. I attach it again with this email.

You included the photo with my article,

but without explanation or the names of

the pupils shown. Readers must have been

baffled!

The photo was taken around a cannon at

Carisbrooke Castle on the aforementioned

form outing. The boys in the photo are,

from back to front: Jim Butler, Rob

Bloomfield, Dave Clark, Chris Bell (right),

Frank Clapp (left), Alan Burgess, Steve

Bensley, Nigel Dant.

Thanks for taking time and an interest in

this, and for your work on the excellent

magazine

Steve Bensley

b. c.howlett@btinternet. com

1st March 2019

Dear Tim,

The Old Stationer - Januarv 2019

Having just returned from four weeks in

South Africa, I got round to reading the

latest edition of the Old Stationer

magazine.

I read with interest the article entitled

'The Seoond Best Job in the World' by

David Hudson.

I was fascinated by all the activities he had

taken part in, but my attention was grabbed

by his reference to Bridge Sessions on

cruise ships.

Last October my wife and I cruised with

P&O on Oriana to the Mediterranean

having enjoyed previous cruises with them

as well as other lines. As usual, I availed

myself of the Bridge sessions that were

offered, and consequently I met David but

did not have any idea that he was an Old

Stationer too - perhaps in future I should

take my OS tie on my holidays!

Having taken up Bridge on my retirement,

I felt in need of a much additional practice

as possible. David was an excellent tutor,

and ably assisted by Sandra provided me

with a lot of ideas to use with my regular

bridge partner on my return home.

Once again it shows that 'as far as you

roam' is very much in evidence.

With all best wishes.

Yours sincerely

Brian C Howlett

(1955-62)

Hello Tim,

rogermansfield@btinternet.com

13th July 2018

I have had today this e-mail from Cedric

Steet which you wanted to have for

inclusion in The Old Stationer Magazine .

I dont suppose that you will want to print

all the correspondence, but I am sure that

you will be able to pick the bones out of it

to make an interesting entry. I of course

wish to add my condolences to Geraint

Pritchard's family at this very sad time for

them all. He gave so much of his energy

and enthusiasm to editing the magazine,

which in turn gave so much happiness to

all its readers.

Best wishes,

Roger Mansf ield

ian.steet@icloud.com

13th July 2018

To: Roger Mansfield

A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Hi Roger,

Saddened to hear the news of Geraint

Pritchard. Although I never had the

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pleasure of meeting him, I was in

correspondence with him only a few

months ago and had no idea he was in bad

health.

I have several postcards he sent me

picturing the Yorkshire Dales and North

Wales which were obviously very close to

his heart. I don't know whether you have

received the latest magazine but the

tributes tell us that he was a very special

person.

Believe it or not he was quite a bit younger

than us, so keep taking the pills, there can't

be many of us left.

Hope you had a good wedding anniversary

and that you are keeping well.

With best wishes

Cedric Steet

From: Paul Bateman

12th January 2019

To: george_copus@btopenworld.com

Cc: tim@timwestbrook.co.uk

Class of ‘33

Dear George,

I’m a fellow Old Stationer (1965-70) and

in the latest edition of ‘The Old Stationer’

I have seen the ‘Welcome’ of the new boys

from the 1933 school magazine. Your

name is of course there as is my father’s.

He was Eric Bateman and if things were

done alphabetically, as in my day, he may

well have been in your class. I don’t expect

you to remember him from such a long

time ago but the name may ring a bell.

Sadly he died in 1977 a few weeks before

his 55th birthday of a sudden heart attack.

He had worked for many years for the

Electricity Council at Millbank but for his

last 9 years was much happier as a grocer

and sub-postmaster in Lymington,

Hampshire where he was very popular and

was President of the local Chamber of

Trade.

Of course, one of the reasons that I went to

Stationers was because he was an old boy.

In the last few years it has been good to

catch up again with several of my old class

mates, most of whom have retired, but as a

classical conductor I shall carry on as long

as I am able.

You’re obviously still very active and I am

delighted to know of someone who may

have known my father at Stationers.

Warmest wishes

Paul Bateman

Dear Tim,

Richie Tyley

19th January 2019

Firstly, thanks for your prompt attention in

sending “A History of Stationers’

Company’s School” which I received this

morning.

Secondly, as requested, I enclose

photocopies of the relevant pages from

Richard Davenport-Hines book entitled “

Enemies Within” published by William

Collins (2018) which focuses on the Blunt,

Burgess, Mclean and Philby spy-ring but

makes myriad references to the similar

treachery of Wilfred Vernon who attended

Stationers' School presumably from 1893

onwards being born in 1882.

Wikipedia entry for

Wilfred Foulston Vernon 1882 – 1975

Wilfred Vernon was a labour Party

politician in the United Kingdom who

served as Member of Parliament between

1945 and 1951. Educated in The Stationers’

Company’s School and the City and Guilds

Technical College in London, Vernon

served in the RNVR during the First World

Way, before becoming a squadron major in

the RNAS and was a major in the RAF in

its early days.

During 1918 he worked in the flying boat

section at Felixstowe air base and after the

war became a draughtsman for the British

Aeroplane Company. From 1925 – 1937

he worked at the Royal Aircraft

Establishment from which he was

dismissed for failing to take proper care of

classified information. He had been earlier

implicated in encouraging sedition at the

Aldershot army camp. In 1952 he admitted

having been part of a pre-war Soviet

espionage ring.

Finally should you require any additional

information please do not hesitate to

contact me.

Wishing you the very best in your time as

editor.

Yours Sincerely

Richie Tyley

R.A. Horne

SA205 30 Ruakura Road,

Hamilton East, Hamilton, 3216

17th February 2019

Greetings Tim and congrats on another

great edition stirring the brain again. In

particular pages 30-31 on the Hogs Back.

I spent many many hours along the

footpath collecting engine numbers from

7-12 years of age and followed up by

visiting Kings Cross, St Pancras and

Euston stations on weekends to pursue my

collection and chatting with the engine

crews.

Thanks for publishing my letter of last

year despite my error in line 3 on page 81.

I am intrigued by the Welcome para on

that page. Does it refer to new members or

members of my era that I referred to, there

are many familiar names there and I see

George Copus has been in touch. I wonder

how many are still around. Are there any

other OS members in New Zealand I

could share experiences with?

I read the credits given to Geraint that I

share. I had the pleasure of visiting him at

Dunstable on one of our visits home and

thoroughly enjoyed his company.

Best wishes for the New Year ( a bit

belated) to you and all your readers,

Ron Horne

Tim Westbrook

21st February 2019

Hello Ron,

Thanks for your email.

The Welcome paragraph is lifted from the

1932 School Magazine and lists all the new

boys that joined in George Copus' entry year,

1932. I scanned it for publication so George

could look at his class mate names as I thought

he might struggle to do it himself.

There is only one other name on our members

database that started in 1932, ( your entry

year) and that is Alec Lindford.

There is also only one name of a member in

New Zealand - Tony Turner School years

1955-62 living in Aukland.

Best regards, Tim

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Hi Tim,

usukok@aol.com

31st March 2019

I sent this photo to you. I believe (my

memory is bad as well) it was taken on my

phone by Peter Sandell.

This was our gathering of 61/68ers in

memory of Stephen Jeffreys whom we lost

earlier this year as you know. From left to

right, Tony Mash, Richard Edis, Phil

Geering, Del Mitchell, Alan Palmer, Keith

Allen, John Rowlands and Nigel Powell.

Mike Heath had sadly already left the Hall

before the photo was taken.

Best regards

Tony Mash

usukok@aol.com

31st March 2019

Dear Tim,

I know you have plenty of material on

Stephen Jeffreys for the OSA magazine,

but John Rowlands has just reminded me

of a piece Stephen wrote, very tongue in

cheek about the Tiddlywinks Society, in

the last school magazine before the 61-68

year left the school.

You will find his humorous piece opposite.

Best regards

Tony Mash

Dear Tim

Congratulations on an excellent edition 88

of the Old Stationer. Among many

interesting articles, I particularly enjoyed

Alex Fleming’s on Impresssions of a Young

Trainspotter. It revived happy memories

of my own brief period as a trainspotter,

starting in my final year at Stroud Green

Primary School and extending into my

first year at Stationers’ in 1962/3. My own

forays began on the Finsbury Park

trainspotters’ platform, just across the East

Coast main line from Stroud Green

school, and, also locally, at the end of

Dagmar Road, N4.

I do, however, have a quibble with Alex on

his recollections of sightings of A4

‘Streaks’, which may reflect my relatively

late arrival on the trainspotting scene. He

says that the rarest in the south were

William Whitelaw (60004) and Kingfisher

(60024). Whilst I agree that William

Whitelaw never showed up (despite the

grandson of the locomotive’s eponym

becoming Margaret Thatcher’s deputy in

later years!), I do recall seeing Kingfisher

on several occasions. Much rarer, however,

was Union of South Africa (60009), and it

was the greatest thrill of my young life

suddenly to be able to “cab it” at King’s

Cross station on one of its very infrequent

runs south of York.

Of the 34 Gresley A4s, only six now

remain, all in private hands. In 2013 the

National Railway Museum brought them

all together for an exhibition entitled ‘The

Great Gathering’, some in original blue

livery, others in British Railways green

livery. The star of the show was of course

Mallard, the world steam record holder.

But also there was Union of South Africa

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– see photograph. Sadly, William Whitelaw

and Kingfisher are no more. [The railway

nerds among your readership may like to

know that the other survivors are Sir Nigel

Gresley (60007), Dwight D Eisenhower

(60008), Dominion of Canada (60010)

and Bittern (60019).]

Best wishes

Stephen Collins

osamembers@gmail.com

26th March 2019

To: OSA Committee

This has been sent to me by the wife of

Ron Richardson who was a teacher at

school and played for OSFC. He would

like to join the OSA so I have sent him the

appropriate forms.

Roger Engledow

ritar405@gmail.com

Riverline article : Wisbech evacuees

Dear Roger,

I'm attaching a transcription of the article

which includes the photograph of Geraint

Pritchard. Please could you circulate to

suitable recipients?

Any problems, please get back to me.

Regards

Rita Richardson

mikehasler.oldstationers@gmail.com

26th March 2019

Brilliant! I can remember Ron and also

his twin brother Len. He played for

OSFC for many years in the 50s, 60s and

possibly 70s but moved to East Anglia, I

am not certain, but about the time he

married Rita and we lost touch. I assumed

(wrongly) that Ron has died as she does

not mention him. I don't know whether

anyone would have a photo of Ron playing

either for one of the OSFC sides or on

Easter tour which he supported rgularly.

Kind regards

Michael Hasler

d.turner12@sky.com

26th March 26 2019

It may be interesting to add a bit more info

on the evacuation episode before everyone

connected with it passes away or no one

can remember what happened

But we do know that the school went up

there on the 1st September 1939 and a

photograph appeared in one of their local

papers of a coach and a line of boys under

the Headline “Boys arrive from North

London school “

Of particular interest to me is that we still

have that paper in our archives and one of

the pupils in the picture was Alec Linford

who Mike Brady and I knew from the

Calthorpe tennis club on the Crouch End

playing fields in the later 1950s. If anyone

wants to see the paper or would like a pic

of the article do let me know before Friday

and I will arrange it whilst at the Hall

Looking forward to Friday evening.

Regards DT

Taken from Wisbech Grammar School Magazine :

RIVERLINE 2012

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prcwinter1@btinternet.com

10th December 2018

See letters and mementos

relating to two Old Stationers'

(brothers) who died in the

First world war. Their father

donated a chemistry prize,

which I think continued at

least until my time at school

Their great niece was at the

service on Sunday.

Peter Winter, BSc MBA CEng

FIMechE MIoD FHEA

imogenlevenson@yahoo.com

10th December 2018

Dear Peter,

It was very nice to attend the Old Stationer's Carol Service.

I am glad Richard Hughes rang me to let me know it was

happening. I had the letter from my great grandmother

scanned and the research done by one of my late father's

friends on my two great uncles who went to Stationers.

I have copied them to my brother and three Carruthers'

cousins.

Hope you can use the information for your newsletter.

Yours

Imogen Levenson (nee Carruthers)

T h e O l d S t a t i o n e r - N o 8 9

Carruthers' brothers IN ARMS

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Yorkshire three peaks challenge

in memory of geraint pritchard

Letter from Bethan and Marj

Dear Old Stationers,

How lucky we were to be invited along to this memorable day - in

memory of Geraint. How proud and touched he would have been!

We would just like you to know how delighted we are that we could

be present to witness your achievements – you are all winners and our

heroes!

With our very best wishes and thanks,

Bethan & Marj

The many tributes received in the July 2018 Issue of the

Stationer Magazine (Issue no. 87) stand as testimony to the

popularity of Geraint Pritchard as an inspirational teacher. He

motivated his students to get outside and explore the natural

world and in doing so many of us attended his legendary field

trips. One popular trip, which resonates with many ex-students

was a visit to the Yorkshire Dales and the Three Peaks – Pen-y-

Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Those that joined Geraint

all those years ago accomplished a 24 ½ mile walk over

approximately an 11 hour period, including 5,200 feet of ascent

to cover all three peaks, leaving them with a sense of exhilaration,

and achievement. An experience that many still fondly recall

after more than 40 years!

Following Geraint’s passing, Roger Engledow came up with the

idea of repeating the famous expedition, inviting ‘Old Boys’ to

meet the challenge and at the same time raise money for

Macmillan Nurses through sponsorship, (Marj, Geraint’s partner,

was a Macmillan Nurse). Eighteen courageous ‘Old Stationers’

took up the challenge on the 21st of May of this year to complete

this memorable walk in under 12 hours, some of the walkers

completed the walk at a more leisurely pace over two days.

Geraint was obviously smiling down on the walkers that day as

the weather was near perfect for a marathon walk, warm with

reasonable cloud cover. The starting point, from the car park at

Horton-in-Ribblesdale and an early morning start sent the

walkers in a large group to attempt the climb up Pen-y-Ghent.

They would soon disappear from the road and into the distance

and would not be seen by the support group until they exited on

to the main road junction at Ribblehead, some 10 miles and 4

hours later. From here the walkers took a short break to take in

the spectacular view of the viaduct before their ascent up

Whernside, disappearing again for a further 7 miles and

approximately 3 hours. The support group were then able to

meet them again at the next crossing on the Ingleton road. After

a brief stop to replenish their water bottles and take on board

further snacks, the walkers attempted their final climb to ascend

Ingleborough. This final push would take in a 7 mile stretch in 3

½ hours to complete their circular course back to the start at

Horton. The supporters also took the opportunity to replenish

their reserves and visit the Old Hill Inn after an exhausting

morning of cheerleading. The support group later ‘staggered’

from the pub and gathered at the entrance to the car park in

Horton to cheer the walkers on to the home stretch. Towards the

end of the course the walkers had strung out, over a distance of

approximately 5 miles, finishing up to 2 hours from the leaders.

The walkers could be seen by the support group following the

footpath down the hill towards the village and the finish line.

The youngest were the first to cross the finish line, Liam

Gallagher and Steve Atkins finishing in an amazing, 9 hours and

40 mins! These were shortly followed by Peter Winter and Roger

Melling sprinting together for the last 20 yards to the finish. All

ten that finished were within the 12 hour target for completing

the course including those that were in Geraint’s year, 1954,

Roger Melling, Roger Engledow and Geoff Dawes.

Interestingly, Roger Engledow observed that 7 out of the 10 that

completed the course previously played for the OSFC - obviously

a good grounding for strength and endurance! Thankfully no

injuries were reported except for a cut to Ian Meyerick’s head

despite being explained to him beforehand that the challenge

was a walk and not a Caving expedition!

The support team included Marj (Geraint’s partner), Bethan

(Geraint’s Sister), Kathy Gallagher, Heather Melling and Peter

Thomas (Timekeeper). The Walk would not have been possible

without the sterling efforts of Ian Blackmore and Roger

Roger ready for the off.

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From Left: Chris Williams, Ian Meyrick, Ian Blackmore, Dave Gilligan, Peter Winter, Steve Presland, Roger Engledow, Roger Melling, Peter Bothwick,

Geoff Dawes, Keith Allen, Ray Humphreys, Steve Atkins, Liam Gallagher

Engledow’s meticulous planning. The walkers were extensively

briefed beforehand, with maps, time schedules and route planning

and eagerly supported along the route by Ian.

That evening everyone enjoyed a celebration dinner at a local

pub and swapped stories of the day’s events. Surplus cash of

£100, left over after payment of the dinner bill will be donated to

the justgiving fund and an additional £36 to the Yorkshire Dales

Charity for the upkeep of the paths. A raffle held amongst the

walkers on the night, for a Y3PC tie, raised a further £160. The

tie was fittingly won by Peter Winter who had “called in a few

favours” and generated over £1,500 on a separate website. So, the

total donated (including gift aid) now stands at around £4,000

and is still open for further donations. If you would like to make

a donation please go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/OSA-

Y3PC. Alternatively you can send a cheque payable to the OSA

to Roger Engledow who “will do the necessary”. Everyone

agreed that the past two days had been thoroughly enjoyable and

that maybe we should consider similar events for the future.

Peter Thomas

Reflections

by Ian Blackmore

Having been seen as an ‘experienced’ 3 Peaks’ walker, I appointed

myself as Roger’s main walking adviser for this challenge. Prewalk,

numbers fluctuated but finally settled on the 18 brave OS

souls who descended on N. Yorkshire in the third week of May.

Not knowing the extent of most people’s walking knowledge and

experience, I circulated what I hoped were useful suggestions on

route, clothing, equipment and, not least, training, but would

they be heeded?

With four of our number making the eminently sensible decision

to not attempt all three peaks in one day, it was with some

trepidation that I was one of 14 OS - with an age range of 55–76

- assembling at 07:30 hrs in Horton-in-Ribblesdale car park.

Obligatory group photo completed, we cheerfully set off together.

Although it was expected, we had probably gone barely a mile

Those that attended the walk included:

Keith Allen 1961–1968 Steve Atkins 1974-1981

Ian Blackmore 1967-1974 Peter Bothwick 1962-1969

Geoff Dawes 1954-1959 Roger Engledow 1954-1961

Liam Gallagher 1974-1981 Dave Gilligan 1971-1976

Tony Henfrey 1956-1963 Richard Hersey 1951-1958

Ray Humphreys 1954-1960 Alun Jeffreys 1966-1972

Roger Melling 1954-1962 Ian Meyrick 1966-1972

Steve Presland 1965-1972 Jim Townsend 1959-1966

Chris Williams 1971-1979 Peter Winter 1963-1970

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and the group was already strung out over a distance of about

200 yds. After that, things settled down and people found their

own ideal pace and natural walking partners.

Even walking with the rearmost groups, it was encouraging to

note that no-one was grumbling (well, maybe a little!), despite

the physical shock that many were experiencing on the hills. For

most of the day, I barely had sight of half the four 76-year-olds,

let alone the speedy front runners.

During the day, four of our number succumbed to injury or

fatigue and chose not to tackle the whole route. However, no less

than ten walkers did complete the challenge, all in comfortably

less than the target 12 hours. Special mention must be given to

the class of ’54 which saw three of them amongst the ten

finishers in their first ever attempt. I only hope I can be as fit as

them when I’m 76! In the end, the results far exceeded my

conservative expectations and the whole trip, involving 18

walkers and splendid support teams, was an unqualified success.

Ian Blackmore

one walker’s perspective

When Roger put forward the idea of doing the Yorkshire three

peaks challenge I was both interested in doing it but also a little

concerned that I had not walked anything like 25 miles in a day,

let alone including over 5000 feet of climbing, for many years (if

ever). However as the then President there felt like an obligation.

It turned out to be a major challenge but also a very memorable

couple of months building up to the walk on 21 May.

I think some OSA members recalled me as the cross-country

runner. However, I now carry something like 40 pounds extra

and it is a long time since I did any cross-country. I regularly do

walks of seven or eight miles on the flat areas of Cheshire and

have done some major multi day walks (Kilimanjaro and Macchu

Picchu).

At the beginning of April I went with Gillian to do each of the

three peaks at one per day. With hindsight I can strongly

recommend this as the best way of doing the three peaks. We had

different weather each day, but it was a great three day's walking.

We finally had to duck out of completing Ingleborough when it

became very misty and wet on some quite difficult rocks…..

Ingleborough was to become my “challenge”. In parallel to this

Ian Blackmore had suggested we should go and do some

“practice”. So at the end of April three of us met up at Ingleton

youth hostel; my first experience of a youth hostel since 1973

(they have improved). To my horror, Ian’s idea of practice was to

do the three peaks….. We had good weather and all went

reasonably well until the top of Ingleborough. Those last 5 miles

back to Horton, mostly downhill, but including limestone

pavements, were horrendous, by the end Ian was carrying my

rucksack and I was swaying from side to side, but we were well

under the 12 hours. That evening it took a considerable effort to

get to the Indian in Ingleton (across the road from the youth

hostel). Lessons learnt.

On 21 May, with some considerable trepidation I was back in the

Dales to do the challenge. Ian got me going by asking me to lead

off; very quickly a group of seven of us, later six, pressed on at the

front. By this time I knew the route well and map reading was

not needed, which speeded our progress. The weather was a

delight with about 30% cloud cover; fortunately the clouds

hovered over us much of the day which gave ideal walking

conditions. In my rucksack I had much in the way of rehydration

and energy bars and gels, more than you would see Federer have

at Wimbledon. I was strict with myself in making sure I took

energy, liquid and salts on board at regular intervals… By the

time we left the top of Ingleborough there was one pair in front

of me and I was walking with Roger Melling, we kept each other

moving and although my legs were weary I had dispelled the

problems of the practice run, indeed at the end Roger suggested

we should run to the finish….. Well I can never resist a challenge

View of Ribblehead Viaduct from the first rest point.

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The first Challenge - Pen Y Ghent.

and we did, crossing the line together in 10 hours 31 minutes,

over an hour quicker than I had done at the end of April.

One day I may do this walk again but not against the clock…. It

was a truly memorable day and one for which I will be forever

grateful to both Rogers, one for organising and cajoling us to

take part the other for being a great walking buddy…… The

following weekend I had promised Gillian a walking weekend in

the Lakes for her birthday…..will I never learn…

Peter Winter

A PERSONAL VIEW

from Roger Engledow

(but not of the scenery)

This article relates only to the time from 7.30 on the morning of

Tuesday 21st May 2019 until late that afternoon. All that I did

getting us all here has no place in this report (or in any other).

I’m impatient to get started. Mainly because the sooner we start

the sooner we can finish, whenever that might be. Also I’m cold

standing around even though it’s a gorgeous day for walking.

The sun is shining, there are fluffy clouds to stop it getting too

hot and little wind. OK I know there had to be a group photo

but why is that car boot still open? Eventually (at 7.32) Ian

Blackmore suggests to Peter Winter that he should “lead on” as

he knows the way.

Peter sets a fast pace from the start. I can keep up but wouldn’t

want it any quicker. It’s close to 3 ½ miles per hour but only a

gentle incline. My first disappointment comes when the incline

becomes steeper. I’ve always enjoyed walking up and can often

stride out to obtain full enjoyment. Not today though! Uphill is

a struggle. The pace has been such that we have split into two

groups very quickly. I turn round at one point to see how spread

out we are. When I turn back I’ve lost at least 20 yards. I steadily

lose more ground and start to do what I had said no-one should

do – walk on their own. OK, there are 6 ahead and 7 behind me.

(I end up spending much of the 24 miles walking alone.)

I now reach the steep part of Pen y Ghent. It is becoming a

relentless struggle. Geoff Dawes and others are now catching me

near the top where the path up is indistinct. We all scramble up

different routes with Geoff first. Now it is not far to the top.

Geoff persuades me to take a photo of him by the trig point. I

decline his offer to return the “favour”.

Geoff has been told by another group that our front 6 are (only)

4/5 minutes ahead. I now feel good (1 of the 3 peaks climbed)

so I don’t rest but set off in the (vain) hope of catching those

ahead of me. Fairly soon I can see a group in front but as I close

on them I can’t identify who is who. That’s because this is the

group that spoke to Geoff. As they let me pass I ask if they are

attempting all 3 today. They are, so I respond “might see you

later then”. To which I hear “not if you’re going at that pace”. (I

was to be proved right though.)

I feel good now that it is downhill and a reasonable surface and

after some time can see the group ahead. Of course, I don’t stand

much chance of catching them as they are the leading group for

a reason. However, it is very helpful to be able to see them

regularly (the footpath twists and turns with undulations so they

aren’t always visible). Walking is easy (for most people). You just

pick up one foot and move it forward. Then you do the same

with the other foot. You then repeat this process regularly and,

today, relentlessly. Being able to see those ahead enables me to

keep up with their pace which would have been difficult without

regular sightings.

Often my most creative thinking used to be achieved when

walking. I probably came up with the idea for this venture on an

HF Holidays walk (but don’t actually remember). There are no

specific new projects to think about so I let my mind flit across

many happy memories in order to stay as positive as possible. I

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can drink water from a pouch on the move and am nibbling on

various nut/energy bars, sometimes out of boredom. Now

another small group is between the leaders and me. I’m not sure

where they came from. Not a problem though until the correct

footpath is not quite as obvious and a signpost doesn’t help. I’ve

seen Ribblehead Viaduct so know the direction in which I

should be heading but there is only one group ahead now. What

happened to the other one and am I following the right one?

Peter Winter’s green Y3PC T-shirt in memory of Geraint is a

useful clue. I know that the last mile to the Ribblehead rest point

will be on the road. This is helpful as the path twists more than

usual and leads past farm buildings. Instinct tells me I am going

in the right direction even though I don’t see the leading group

again until I reach the refuelling point.

I had intended to try to use an 11 hour schedule (that Ian

Blackmore had circulated from the Internet). To my delight I

am 10 minutes ahead and 30 minutes has been allowed here. A

quick sandwich, some coffee (replaced with more water) plus

removing some grit from one boot and I am just about ready to

set off with the leading group again. The support group are

helpful and encouraging and I now have 20 minutes in hand.

Whernside starts with a flat walk beside the railway line before

crossing it and then begins a long, steady, relentless uphill stretch.

We seem to be going in the wrong direction in order to swing

round onto the top. Again, uphill does not suit me today. As soon

as we reach a tricky uneven part I have to let Peter Winter and

Roger Melling pull away from me. Stevie A, Liam, Ian Meyrick

& Gillie are ahead of them. Whernside is not as difficult from a

climbing point of view, but, because of that, it is a long, relentless

uphill struggle (for me, at least). For a number of reasons I have

to stop a few times which slows me down even more.

Those of a squeamish nature may prefer to ignore this paragraph

on the basis that it is “too much information”! I’d used the loo at

the hotel before leaving but am now feeling the urge to go again.

I hate doing so in the open and have only ever failed to resist this

urge a couple of times before today. Remarkably I am on a long,

straight(ish) path but can’t see anybody in either direction. I can

see a wall to my right which acts as cover and a back support

while I search for the loo paper in my new rucksack. I do feel

better for that! One of the side effects of radiation treatment (for

prostate cancer) is very occasional bleeding from the back

passage. Long walks can set it off and soon after restarting I stop

again to fit an absorbent pad, as I think a problem might be

starting. (At the end there is very little actual blood but it still

makes walking uncomfortable.)

Someone is coming towards me but only at the last moment do

I look up enough to realize that it is Tony Henfrey with his dog

Bobby. So, I stop for a short chat. I am getting near to the top

now but the cloud has thickened and the wind is stronger.

Another stop whilst I get out a bright yellow sweat-shirt as I

don’t want to get cold. Whernside flattens out on top so I’ve still

got some way to go before the trig point. I stop only long

enough to get out my watch (if I wear it I will look at it too

often) and the schedule. I can’t quite believe that I am now a

further 5 minutes ahead of schedule.

I push on and this first part of the decline is not too steep but a

problem has developed. My left knee is starting to hurt. As this

is the one that was fully replaced 10 years ago I am thinking that

metal and plastic don’t have nerve endings but stop again anyway.

I put an old elasticated support on, as a precaution. This also

allows me to shake out the grit from this boot. I’m walking

slower now and using my walking pole to take some of the

pressure off of the knee. The pain is still there but not a big issue.

I do decide that I won’t be playing walking football on Thursday

but am able to resist more negative thoughts. I am still expecting/

determined to finish. I shrug off thoughts about longer term

damage as the pain is fairly low.

Now I have reached a much steeper decline with large solid steps

that look recently laid. My daughter Fiona completed this

challenge on Easter Saturday (a very hot day) in 11 hours 48

minutes. She said that Whernside was the worst of the 3 peaks.

I didn’t fully understand why, other than it was the 3rd for her.

Now I am starting to understand. The Challenge is described as

24 miles and 5,200 feet of ascent. There is no mention of 5,200

feet of descent and this is the worst of it! I know I’m slower than

ever coming down this section, partly to protect the knee (which

is behaving itself ), and not really enjoying myself. Eventually I

reach level ground although it’s a tarmac road with about a mile

to go to the 2nd rest point. I am a 3 meals a day man so my

system is not used to this nibbling all day. I move over to find

a secluded spot again, which proves to be unnecessary. This

allows Keith Allen to overtake me without either of us being

aware of it.

At the Old Hill Inn rest point the supporters are encouraging

but I am asked if I’m sure I want to continue. I sure do. I am

now back onto the 11 hour schedule. Steve Presland joins Keith

and me. He asks what is involved in the next leg and decides that

it isn’t for his (legs). Keith does want to continue, so I now have

someone to walk with. I haven’t looked at my watch when we

restart, but Keith tells me we’ve been there nearly ½ an hour (the

schedule, bless it, allowed 10 minutes). I remembered that the

next stretch to the base of the climb up Ingleborough will be yet

another relentless uphill section, although the surface is often

grass (a blessed relief ). To my surprise and delight the knee is

free of pain, the stop must have helped.

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The really steep part of Ingleborough is going to decide success

or not, although the latter has still not been an option as far as

my mind is concerned. I’m going to have to use hands for

balance and assist the muscles and knee joint in pushing me ever

upwards As long as that works the only thing that can stop me

now is the knee collapsing such that I won’t be able to put any

weight on it. This happened every 5/6 years (often for no known

reason) after I was forced to stop playing 11-a-side at the age of

40 – until I was told that an arthroscopy was no longer possible

– and a full replacement operation carried out (2009). 6 years

later is still collapsed for no reason (apart from a good memory)!

I take a short rest before attempting this climb/scramble. Still no

knee pain so up I go, but steadily. I let the group I had spoken

to on the downward side of Pen y Ghent pass me but I was

starting to feel confident. It’s not as tough as I had anticipated.

Before I reach the top Ian Blackmore and Geoff Dawes catch up

with me. So there are now 4 of us for the last uphill slog to the

trig point. As we pass the path down to take us back to Horton

I leave my rucksack as I know we will have to backtrack after

reaching the top.

The feeling that I really am going to finish starts to grow. The

early part of the descent is steep and uneven and therefore

unpleasant. Geoff and I take this very slowly. Keith has already

reached the flatter part of the path but is waiting for us. The 4

of us are standing together when Ian says to me “you can go on

if you want Roger”. I do want, so set off on the last leg. Much

of this path (but not all) is soft earth with only a few stones. No

pain in the knee and I feel energized so am able to set myself a

good pace. I doubt my ability to keep this up, so expect the

others to catch me, but think that the nearer I am to the finish

before any problems arise the better. My feet are getting hot,

sweaty and sore, but no blisters. Geoff has told me that he has

changed his socks twice. I have a spare pair but am going so well

I don’t want to stop. If I have to because of another problem I

will change them.

No problems arise, although I have slowed enough for Keith to

catch me again. So we walked the last 2/3 miles together. A

signpost pointing to Horton shows 2 miles. Unfortunately the

last 2 seem to be the longest (real “country” miles). I check my

watch. I’m going to finish well within 12 hours but am behind

the 11 hour schedule. Eventually we can now see Horton station

where we cross the railway line. Now that wonderful support

team is in view. Keith waves to them and they start to clap and

cheer.

It has been such a lovely day for walking. I am told later that

from at least 2 points Morecambe Bay was clearly visible.

Unfortunately, not just in front of my boots which is where have

been looking for most of the day.

We stop walking! Peter Thomas tells me a time of 11 hours 22

minutes. As we don’t cross the bridge to the car park immediately

maybe that should be 11 hours 22 minutes and 33 seconds. But

who’s counting?

How do I feel? I’ve known for a while that I was going to

succeed so euphoric is too strong. Maybe exhausted is too; but

very tired, in urgent need of a shower and pleased with myself.

This pleasure grows as it’s mixed with pride. Not just for what I

have achieved this day, at the age of 76, but how successful the

whole event has been now that Geoff and Ian have also finished.

I’m delighted for Roger Melling for the time in which he

finished too.

What a memorable day! We all took part because Geraint was

such an inspiration to so many. Perhaps I should have entitled

this article “When Perspiration meets Inspiration”.

Roger Engledow

P.S. The one thing I didn’t plan about this trip was to write this

article. It has been very much an afterthought written for my own

benefit, not for publication, but it now seems churlish not to offer it to

Tim for publication.

From left: Ray Humphreys, Roger Melling, Heather Melling, Peter Thomas, Liam Gallagher, Bethan Pritchard, Cathy Galagher, Marj Laundon, Geoff Dawes.

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as Fast as you roam

roger mansfield

on concorde

Before finally leaving British Airways, I arranged to have a

trip to New York and back on Concorde. I travelled in

uniform as extra crew and sat in the cockpit for the whole

journey. Before departure I did the walk around inspection

with the Flight Engineer and was taken with the beauty of the

aircraft from close up. The geometry of the wings was very

complex with slender variable curves flowing over the surface

in several different planes and directions.

Taxiing out was fairly normal, with the cockpit height rather

similar to the Boeing 757, except for a rather noticeable

bouncing motion from the long undercarriage legs whenever

we went over a bump in the taxiway. The droop snoop nose

cone was of course in the lowered position for take-off and

initial climb and the forward visibility was good.

Once we had lined up on the runway and had been given take

off clearance, the brakes were applied and the four Rolls

Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 Mark 610 engines advanced

to take off power, the brakes being released during this

process. It was then just like a giant hand pushing you in the

back as Concorde accelerated to its take off rotation speed of

192 knots. A fairly smart pull back on the stick got the nose

moving upwards counteracting ground effect and then was

eased off to settle at a take-off attitude of 13.5 degrees. As we

passed 205 knots the aircraft left the ground and the take-off

safety speed V2 of 221 knots was soon passed. We now aimed

for our initial climb speed of 250 knots. When we got there

the captain increased the aircraft’s pitch attitude to 18 degrees

to hold the speed.

At 90 seconds after releasing the brakes the afterburners were

switched off and the throttles retarded to their noise abatement

setting and the nose was lowered again to 8 degrees to hold

250 knots, giving a rate of climb of about 1000 feet per

minute. All this time the noise abatement routeing was being

followed over the ground by use of radio signals picked up

from ground navigational transmitters.

At 4000 feet the aircraft was levelled off and we were handed

over to the outbound controller who gives the crew a course

to steer to keep Concorde away from any other inbound and

outbound traffic, then once the way ahead was clear we were

given further climb clearance up to the initial cruising altitude

of 31000 feet. Once so cleared the throttles were advanced to

full power and the aircraft accelerated to its normal climb

speed of 400 knots. The nose and visor had now been raised

and the rather agricultural rumbling and vibration which had

been noticeable until now ceased, and a smooth quiet climb of

3000 feet per minute was achieved.

Once clear of the Cornish coast we were further cleared to go

supersonic and climb to our final cruising level of between

55,000 feet and 60,000. The afterburners were ignited, two at

a time, and the speed rapidly builds passing M1 and on

towards M2 as the aircraft continues to climb. As the Mach

passed 1.7 the afterburners were switched off as the drag

above this speed actually decreases as the aircraft enters the

upper part of the performance envelope that it was designed

for. There is no one else up at this height except Concorde so

it is up to us to use the most economical level which is done

by holding M2.0 at 55,000 and allowing the aircraft to do a

cruise climb as the weight of the fuel decreases.

The crew were very friendly, and the engineering officer gave

me a running commentary during the climb, cruise and

descent, explaining the engineering systems in use and the

flying procedures which were somewhat different to those of

a subsonic aircraft especially in the acceleration and

deceleration phases. They had to make sure that no sonic

booms were heard over land and so the timings of these

phases were critical.

One interesting fact was that by watching the altimeter and

vertical speed indicator you could see exactly when the aircraft

went supersonic as there was a marked jump in the indicated

height and vertical speed indication as the supersonic shock

wave moved across the static plate on the outside of the

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aircraft which measured the static air pressure used by various

of the aircraft’s instruments. We were covering a distance of

almost twenty-two miles per minute and even at this height

the rearward movement of shipping below, as we overtook

them, was quite marked, whereas it is normally almost

imperceptible at the normal cruising speeds of subsonic jets.

Another impressive factor was the complete lack of vibration

whilst travelling at twice the speed of sound, which spoke

volumes for the wonderfully crafted wing shape which allowed

the supersonic shockwaves to leave the aircraft without

upsetting the smooth flow of air across the lifting surfaces.

The cruising speed of M2.0 or about 1350 miles per hour is

an awful lot of kinetic energy to lose when you have to slow

down to less than Mach 1 for the descent and landing phase

and this must be achieved before transiting the coast line so as

not to cause a supersonic boom over land. This is all worked

out beforehand but does require the deceleration to begin way

out in the Atlantic, holding level with the throttles closed

gently to the mid power position until the speed decreases, at

M1.6 the throttles are retarded further and the nose pitched

down to commence the descent which is now carried out at a

constant indicated airspeed of 350 knots. As the altitude

decreases at this constant indicated airspeed the Mach

number continually decreases until below M1.

The distance taken in the descent to reduce the speed below

Mach 1 is critical if you are not to infringe the sonic boom

restriction over land, but a useful rule of thumb is available

which is that whatever the decimal Mach number is behind

the 1 then this will be the number of miles required for the

aircraft to slow down to sub-sonic flight. For example, if you

are travelling at M1.47 then it will take you 47 miles to reach

M1. The sonic boom footprint also extends ahead of the

aircraft, so an extra allowance has to be made for this fact as

well. Once subsonic, the descent is continued at M.95. From

now on the speed will be reduced as required to conform to

local air traffic requirements and Concorde is handled much

like all the other jets approaching New York’s JFK.

Approach speeds are faster, however, with the final approach

carried out at somewhere around 160 knots depending on

weight. The angle of attack on finals is high, (13 degrees)

giving an attitude of the aircraft compared with the horizon

of 10 degrees compared with about 3-4 degrees for conventional

jet aircraft. This gives the impression that

you are getting too high, but as long as the

touchdown aiming point stays in the same

place on the windscreen you are coming

down a nice 3-degree glide path.

The height of the main wheels is called

from the radio altimeter by the flight

engineer in ten foot steps from one hundred

feet down, and at forty feet the auto throttle

is disengaged and a slight backward

movement of the stick raises the attitude by

about one degree to 11.5 degrees to arrest

the descent, at fifteen feet the throttles are

closed and shortly afterwards the main

wheels touch the runway. At this point the

pilot is still about 75 feet up in the air, about

the same height as a Boeing 747 pilot on

landing. After closing the throttles the pilot

has to hold the nose up, but once the aircraft

is on the ground he will need to ease the control column

gently forward to hold a constant high drag attitude initially,

and he then has to ease the stick further forward to fly the

nosewheel onto the runway and apply the brakes and reverse

thrust.

Our outbound flight to New York took 3 hours 46 minutes

chock to chock and the return flight 3 hours 33 minutes. The

Captain was Roger Dixon the First Officer Bob Winter and

the Engineering Officer Tim Smith. The aircraft was

G-BOAC (What else!) and the flight numbers BA19I/2. The

date was Saturday/Sunday 29th- 30th March 1986. And I

had a WONDERFUL trip!!

My Favourite Walk –

Nazeingwood Common

Distance 5½ miles

Time 2½ hours at a moderate pace

Nearest postcode EN9 2RY

OS Explorer Map 174

To coincide with ‘National Walking Month’ I joined Peter

Sandell, in early May, on one of his favourite local walks in the

County of Essex. The walk would take us on a five-and-ahalf-mile

circular route around Nazeingwood Common

taking in Bumble’s Green, Epping Green and Broadley

Common. The route consisted of established and well-known

footpaths that skirted mainly arable farmland and Common

land which has been laid to pasture. Some of the low-lying

areas can get muddy after heavy rainfall so it is important that

you take with you, suitable footwear. When we attempted the

walk, it was a dry sunny day with a slight fresh breeze and

fortunately for us the ground was firm. We began our walk at

the King Harold’s Head Restaurant in Bumble’s Green on the

outskirts of Nazeing situated on Nazeing Common. There is

limited parking in the area, but we were able to park in

Belchers Lane beside the restaurant. The footpath is well

signposted and begins on the opposite side of the road in a

gap in the hedgerow. The path leads along the back of some

houses and gardens where you eventually reach Nazeing Gate.

Here you take an immediate right turn to take you up a steady

incline towards Harold’s Park Farm and Stud. At the brow of

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The route does not have many marker posts and can be

confusing in some places, so it is essential to take an Ordnance

Survey map with you to ensure that you stay on the correct

path. The walk is moderately challenging but there is an

upward climb for about a quarter of a mile at the beginning of

the walk, after that the ground gently undulates for rest of the

walk.

It is our intention to have ‘My Favourite Walk’ as a regular

feature in the Magazine. If you have a favourite walk that you

would like to share with our readers, please contact Peter

Thomas at peterthomas561@outlook.com for further details.

Peter Thomas

the hill you get a good view across the fields. To the North

West you can see Hoddesdon with Broxbourne in the

distance. If you look towards the North East, you can see

Harlow Town in front of you. Here you are at the highest

point of the walk at about 300 feet above sea level. Turning

left you carry on through Copy Wood crossing a small

footbridge over a gully. Beyond the wood you pick up Epping

Long Green footpath which takes you towards Epping Green.

Here we came across a small group of volunteers building a

replacement footbridge across an open ditch. We turned left

here and followed the path towards the village which takes

you between some farm buildings and cottages.

The path then terminates at the Epping Road (B181) next to

the Traveller’s Friend Pub. This is a convenient stop for

refreshments. The pub is managed by McMullens and stocks

a good range of their real ales and lager. Their menu offers

traditional fayre with Starters averaging £6.50 and Main

Courses from £11.95. Turning immediately left from the pub

you will find a footpath next to a house which runs alongside

its garden. The marker post indicates that this is Three Forest

Way which will take you up towards Lodge Farm to meet

Stort Valley Way footpath. We turn left here and head

towards Harknett’s Gate, crossing Nazeing Common road.

The footpath then commences on the other side of the road

towards Church Farm and joins Betts Lane. Some very

impressive large houses line the Lane. You can re-join Stort

Valley Way further down the road which then takes you past

Nazeing Park. In the middle of the park is a group of small

trees and a standing stone. These are the Millennium Oaks,

where there is a handy bench for those needing a short rest.

The footpath then crosses over Back Lane and enters the edge

of Nazeing Golf Course where a neatly clipped grass path

leads you past the fairways and exits into Belchers Lane next

to the King Harold’s Restaurant where we began. The

restaurant is owned by the Yiacoumi brothers (both Old

Stationers’) and offers an extensive menu of British and

Mediterranean dishes in a pleasant and modern atmosphere.

We chose from the Specials Menu at £12.95 for three courses.

The portions were very generous and the food delicious,

rounding off a perfect morning.

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We flew to Atlanta and arrived in the late afternoon so too

late to do anything there. There were 31 people in our party

none of whom were particularly lively so no opportunities for

jokes etc. as per OSGS. Anyhow we were taken the next

morning to Chattanooga of Glen Miller’s Choo Choo fame

and learned about the strategic battle which took place there

towards the end of the Civil War and went up the steepest

cable car railway in the whole of the US to see the magnificent

view of the land which used to be farmed by the Cherokee

Indians.

The next day was on to Lynchville and a tour of the Jack

Daniels whiskey establishment and then to Nashville and a

tour which included the Country Music hall of fame and

Elvis Presley’s pink Cadillac. Then an evening visit to a

famous theatre called the Old Grand Opry for a concert of

country music.

Then on to a poor area called Tupelo where Presley was born

in a 2 roomed house which we saw and which in those days of

1935 had no electricity or running water . We saw the small

Chapel where the family would attend on Sundays and where

Elvis would sing in the choir and take on board some of the

negro and African rhythms which would define his style in

later life. He also learned the guitar from the pastor of the

church before the family moved to Memphis to try to get

away from their impoverished state at Tupelo.

We were shown the balcony of the motel where Martin

Luther King was shot and learned a great deal about the

causes of the Civil War which was basically brought about by

the abolition of slavery which was welcomed in the North but

bitterly opposed in the South where they still relied on that

source of labour in the plantations.

Then on a lighter note we saw the Sun Studio where Elvis

and a number of others including Johnie Cash cut their first

records . The studio was owned by Sam Philips who charged

4 dollars for a two sided recording . Anyone could and did go

and the idea was that if Sam heard anyone of promise he

would try to promote their career.

At that time Elvis was concentrating on singing the gospel

songs he had learned in the church although he had picked up

a few others just by hanging around the streets of Memphis.

Anyhow Sam asked him to record some songs along with 3

backing musicians who he had never met and after a while

Sam suggested test they stopped for a while and Elvis

immediately sensed that things were not going well and

something must be done.

So he picked up a guitar and without saying anything went

into a solo upbeat version of “that’s all right Mama”.

whereupon Sam declared that this was the best rendition of

that song or any other song he had ever heard. He arranged

for recording contracts to be set up and the rest is history.

The thing which strikes you us that the studio is so small and

when the guide said that I was standing on the very spot

where Elvis made his first recording Lady Turner said that we

should dance and so we went into our 1960s jive routine.

Whilst in Memphis we also visited the house which he owned

from 1957 to his death in 1977 and called Graceland. Most

people’s initial reaction on seeing it for the first time is that it

is not very big but I did calculate that it is at least seven times

the size of our house so it contain lots of space. Also on

display in the grounds were 2 aircraft owned by him and

which he flew. There is in addition a collection of exotic motor

cars including a few Rolls Royces, Jags and a pink Cadillac.

Another feature of Memphis is Beale Street where reputedly

you can walk from bar to bar to take in the music but we

found it a bit seedy and departed fairly quickly.

Then on to Natches and the Oak Alley Plantation with its

beautiful house and history of making lots of money on the

back of slave labour. After leaving Natches we saw the State

Capital building which is impressive and then on to the final

major stop New Orleans where we went on a traditional

Mississippi River boat with dinner and a jazz group. It is also

possible to visit bars etc offering jazz although not quite as

much as we had thought. The city was once part of the French

Empire, hence its name, and has an area called the French

Quarter which is quite attractive and where we did not feel in

any danger. There is obviously wealth in the city because just

outside there are properties which would not be out of place

in Bishops Avenue.

Then on to Birmingham with its history of Civil Rights

followed by an overnight stay in Atlanta before flying home.

David Turner

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sixty years on...

I have these memories of sitting in the 6th form common room

(grand name….) filling in my University application forms and

thinking that – unlike all my academic mates around me who

were filling in the top half which wanted exam achievements and

expected grades at ‘A’ level – that my top half of the form was

pretty much blank, while the bottom half (“Have you any

interests?”) was taken up by swimming and running. So it was

then, so it has been pretty much all my life.

Any running success that I had was based on aerobic fitness

gained through swimming; I'd swum at National level in the 60s,

and then when I started teaching in 1969, I met a charismatic

coach teaching in the same area who persuaded me to take

running a bit more seriously. I took a silver medal at the AAAs

indoor Championships over 800 metres in 1974...... I had had a

few good years running and then started moving up the

distances, eventually getting caught up in the ‘marathon bug’ in

the eighties.

I decided to do a triathlon after racing in the Wolverhampton

marathon in March 1983. From the gun, this guy started telling

me that he was running the marathon as training for something

called a “triathlon” that he was racing in later that year…… I

really got quite thrilled at the idea and asked questions for the

first 20 miles of the marathon before being so buzzed that I ran

the final 6 miles as my fastest of the 26.

The idea of triathlon wouldn’t go away and on the 18th

September 1983 (how sad that I remember the exact date!) I did

my 1st ever triathlon, the big K in Knowsley, Liverpool. Life

changing? It was for me, absolutely. The Big K; a thousand metre

pool swim, 20 mile cycle and 6 mile run. I actually won, (I have

this memory of dismounting from my bike and then literally

falling down as I tried to get change my shoes for the run!) I

raced a lot in 1984, including doing the London to Paris

triathlon relay. We had teams of four and had to split a 100 miles

running from London to Dover on day one, swimming the

Channel 20 odd miles on day two, and then cycling the 200 miles

from the French coast into Paris on day three…………. . I won

my age group at European Triathlon Championships in 1986

and had my best finish of 10th at the World Champs in Avignon

in 1989.

Coaching

With my teaching background and coaching experience in

swimming and running, I got myself involved in triathlon

Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006

with Chris Jones, Wales Head Coach

coaching; pretty much a natural progression. With such a new (at

that time) sport, I was fortunate to have a few coaching/training

books published.

Working with the Great Britain squads and teams led onto being

able to coach all over the World; Mexico, Yugoslavia (as was),

Malta, Bermuda, India, Hong Kong, South Africa. The British

team used Stellenbosch in South Africa as a winter, warm

weather base in the run-up to the Sydney Olympic Games.

Books and stories

When I was writing the first training book, I also started my first

novel, “Triathlon. A long day’s dying”. What got me going is the

fact that I’m an absolute sporting fiction junkie, particularly

running novels…. It’s that empathy with the emotion, the pain,

everything that goes with being an athlete… the training and the

racing but also all the bits that go along with it; relationships,

particularly with your coach –or, as a coach- with your athletes.

Loads of people ask, “Do you put people you know into the

books?” Sure, ‘course you do. But it’s not one real-life person

transported into fiction; it’s bits and pieces of people and

characters jumbled up and mixed together to make the fictional

characters, at least fiction gives you that option. There’re loads of

the athletes that I’ve raced with,

swimmers, runners, triathletes,

coaches I’ve known, but with

fiction you can squeeze that

extra bit out of the character, go

that little bit further.

Memories

Being involved very early on in

triathlon in Great Britain gave

me some amazing opportunities

including commentating and

broadcasting for the sport both

on-site at races and for BBC

TV and commercial channels.

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The school swimming team with Steve 4th from left, back row.His younger brother Gerry is second left front row

The Olympic Games, Sydney

Sydney was just the best thing! Coaching with the British team

and also part of the race commentary line-up was a once in a

lifetime! The absolute thrill and the excitement, the sheer buzz

of being there. My second novel, “Moment of Suffering” climaxes

in Sydney at the Olympics and being there made it real! The

British team were up on the Gold Coast for three weeks going

into the Games and there’s a lot of truth in the novel about the

final preparations and the athletes’ feelings before- what is, let’s

face it- the biggest sporting event in their lives

One particular athlete I was coaching going into Sydney was

Sian Brice, and we knew that she had a realistic chance of a

medal. She’d just won the European Cup final in Alanya, Turkey

and was getting consistent top ten places in the ITU World Cup

circuit. Then she took 6th

place at Worlds in Montreal

in ‘99 with the five in front

of her all Australians and

only three athletes from any

one Country can race.

So to the race itself… Sian

crashed.

I’ve been very privileged as a

race announcer at the major

championships. Apart from

anything else, you’re there on

the ground seeing all the

action and being a part of

it…. And being part of it in

Sydney; triumph and

disaster, all that stuff, yeah? When Sian crashed out in Sydney, it

was a very difficult thing to deal with. I was in the commentary

box with my very good buddy Marc Dragan of Australia who

was probably the first Australian pro-triathlete, we’d raced each

other in Europe in the eighties, we were co-commentators and

he knew exactly how I felt when Sian went down with Carole

(Montgomery) and Mariana (Ohata). Sian’s husband had flown

out literally the day before, and the first that Paddy saw of Sian

was her crashing. It was a very emotional few moments after the

event, believe me.

The World stage

We moved directly into then Commonwealth Games in

Manchester, and a first multi-sports Games medal for the Brits

in the guise of Leanda Cave representing Wales. Sydney of

course led to Athens, Beijing and then London. Athens, Beijing

and Rio. London was where it happened; Gold and Bronze for

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, up to a Gold and Silver in Rio

where Vicky Holland also took bronze for Great Britain.

For me, TV and on-site commentary work were getting bigger.

The triathlon commentating led to other sports commentaries;

swimming at Commonwealth Games, BG open water swim

series, a lot of City Centre road races and, of course, the London

Marathon. Calling the triathlon, race walking and Marathon

swimming at the London games were fantastic, as were my

efforts as Stadium commentator at the track and field of the

Paralympics 2012. Watching Alistair Brownlee moving away

from everyone in the Olympic Games triathlon, wow! And that

a part of my job. Unbelievable! I love commentating……. It’s

almost as good as competing! Not a bad old life, is it? is it?

Steve Trew

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PUZZLE CORNER

Word search

DOC O'CONNELL

DICKY DASH

SYD HOLMES

FLICK LLOYD

JIM MORRIS

BEAKY DAVIS

SAM READ

PEANUT BARTLETT

DONK BRAY

WACR REES

JOHNNY GORE

KEN SOUTHALL

JOSH NUNN

RON BURGESS

FOUR LEAF CLOVER

LEN TOPLEY

RAZ HALLS

JOE SYMONS

GUS THOMAS

Anagrams

The following are all anagrams of members of the

OSA Committee.

1 DR GEORGE L OWEN

2 GHOST MINE MNY

3 WE INTERPRET

4 AD NUT DRIVER

5 DINOSAURCHESTRA

6 ATMOSTPHERE

7 SEMALKHERI

8 GREG R O’MILLEN

9 KISMET W ROBOT

10 WHITE ROCKET PB

Chemical Sudoku

The Sudoku puzzle below is rated “Easy” but, to make it more

interesting, has the numbers 1 to 9 replaced by the first nine

chemical symbols in the Periodic Table: H, Hydrogen; He,

Helium; Be, Beryllium; B, Boron; C, Carbon; N, Nitrogen; O,

Oxygen and F, Fluorine.

To solve the Sukoku Puzzle, fill the grid so that every column,

every row and every 3 X 3 box contains all the symbols.

Good luck. The solution is on page 47.

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Quo vadis - Identify the stops

Being a once avid follower of a

weekly ‘Where was I?’ newspaper

competition, I wondered how an

account of my recent travels in

this form might go down in the

pages of The Old Stationer. The

word ‘journey’ of course may be

used in different ways and the

question ‘Where are you going?

can be just as interesting as

‘Where was I?’ (This may help

people immediately see a linking

Geoff Arnensson

thread in the clues.) Unfortunately,

there is no Caribbean Cruise for the first set of correct answers

but the article does finish by looking forward to a prize.

This particular journey began at stop 1 with a statue: a writer is

depicted with broken fetters at his feet. The picture is an apt one

as he both did time in the town’s jail himself and wrote of a

character who was freed from imprisonment at a town fair.

My love of maps, itineraries and location games all started in Stan

(‘Sam’) Read’s Geography Room. The skill of drawing a floor plan to

scale and using all those coloured symbols of the ordinance survey

obviously took deep root in my young mind. Stan Read will never

know how my thirst for travel developed over the years to the point

where research before the journey became almost as enjoyable as the

actual journey itself!

Heading in a generally north westerly direction, stop 2 was to

visit the King of the car parks. He lies now in a newly designed

tomb, the top of which is deliberately set at an angle in order to

turn thoughts to the resurrection.

I think of John Young, our patience-of-a-saint RE teacher, who calmly

fielded pupils’ verbal opposition and then invited us to tea with

Audrey before church. It was in his Christian Union that I truly saw

Christ in the lives of fellow Stationers.

The double thread of my present journey and my life story now

becomes apparent.

Too easy? Stop 3 is to enjoy the society of some very friendly

people who keep a hall, said to be the birthplace of their

movement. Quite how they got their nickname is debatable,

though many point to the time a judge mocked their founder

who, on trial for blasphemy (a convenient charge for anyone who

dares question the establishment), had told the judge he should

“tremble at the word of the Lord”.

This much jailed man would unfortunately not have been impressed

that I am at present training for lay ministry in The Anglican Church;

he strongly believed himself that qualification for ministry came from

the Holy Spirit and not study.

I enjoyed the sheer fun of ‘studying’ with John Leeming and Mike Fitch

at Stationers so much that I went on to study Chemistry at University

and then train as a Chemistry teacher myself. This was despite having

supplied some of the entertainment in Stationer’s lessons. After

breaking yet another piece of equipment, I was shown by Mike Fitch

to the equivalent of an all rubber early learning station specially set up

for me! How many will remember the literary heights achieved in the

breakages book: ‘Lament for A Lost Test Tube’ was but one. I did briefly

work for a pharmaceutical company in Germany, but the prospect of

helping mould young people’s lives (as our own teachers had done) held

a much greater attraction. My teaching career began at one of

Stationers’ footballing rivals: Christ’s College, Finchley and ended,

significantly, at a school in Leyton, East London, where two alumni

had been awarded the VC, the first: a boy who very famously stayed at

his post on board ship. I stayed there too long and was invalided out

– but that begins another chapter in my story.

North of the border now on my itinerary, stop 4 achieved fame

after Ninian founded a church there. Its museum houses the

Latinus Stone, Scotland’s earliest inscribed Christian monument.

The Chi Rho symbol on it has all but faded away over the

centuries, though Christians in the town bear witness to the fact

that Christ Himself is not at all faded.

Back to my own life story: after Secondary Science teaching, I worked

as a London Tour Guide and then a Primary School Teaching

Assistant before finally retiring. Predictably I guess, the primary school

kept me doing some teaching – but of French? Anyone who taught me

modern languages at Stationers would never have believed it!

The word pilgrimage might come to mind for my journey but that

would not be quite correct- I’m just being selective in describing the

places visited in this ‘Tour of the North’. The journey of my life

however and where it is going is another matter.

For forty years now, I have been blessed with a travelling companion

- who while definitely not ‘navigationally challenged’ as to final

destination, does say when it’s time to stop for a sit down in the sun

and a cup of tea. Theresa, bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, has

followed me through leech infested Vietnamese jungle and up

Norwegian mountain – but drew the line at diving under the sea.

The adrenaline rush of edging forward in full scuba gear on the back

of a boat to giant stride into the water, hoping the current doesn’t

separate you from everyone else on the drift dive, is something I can

now live without. Instead I gaze in wonder at the beautiful fish in the

tanks of Colchester Zoo with our little granddaughter and our only

concern is whether we are allowed an ice cream today. Our ten-yearold

grandson however has greater things on his mind. Already

thrashing me at chess, he just has to wait until his arms get a little bit

longer before he is able to do the same at fencing.

Turning more north easterly now (and somewhat paradoxically

crossing back into England) we arrive at stop 5. We actually

began our visit to this place when we looked at a ‘masterpiece of

medieval European book painting’ at The British Museum. It

was Aidan who set up a priory on the island in his mission to

evangelise the Northumbrians.

I shudder at the thought of the austere lives of those early missionaries.

A week at a time on visits to train teachers in Ethiopia was all I could

manage. Cold showers (if the water was working) and electricity when

the generator was on, certainly make you appreciate all the comforts we

now enjoy. I still see our bathroom as the ultimate luxury in a

millionaire’s palace.

But now we are heading back south and home: just time for

stop 6; one final call at a place that achieved fame in 664 with a

decision on the date of Easter.

Seems like a load of palaver today as the meaning of Easter is

justif iably more important to us than its date. Christ rose from the

dead having made it possible for us too, to have everlasting life. This

present holiday comes to a close but a new phase in my life is just

beginning. Second lease on life, second career; our journeys of life

continue. The prize of eternal life at our journey’s end is there for all

to receive.

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In 1971, the Old Stationers Cricket Club embarked

on its first Whitsun cricket tour to Norfolk,

initiated by Peter Bullen, which proved so popular

that it became a regular annual event for many

years afterwards. Even in those days, equality was

prevalent in the Club and the fairer sex was

welcomed as OT (official tourists), although their

participation was strictly off-field and frequently

OTT (vocal encouragement).

With the passage of time, I cannot recall how it

befell me to produce a tour report but, since it was

the practice for team captains to write up weekly

match reports during the season, I presume it was

for this reason that I was given the task of recording

the significant highlights of the weekend.

Whilst I can vouch for the accuracy of the Tour

match reports and individual batting and bowling

figures, the remaining text is open to conjecture,

but not to litigation.

I understand that our Magazine Editor has also

unearthed my tour reports for 1972 and 1973,

before increases to my family interrupted my

involvement, so this article might become the first

of a magazine mini-series.

Tony Hemmings

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OSCC Whitsun Tours Preamble

1. Mike Saunders opens the batting; 2. Tim chasing the runs;

3. John Rowlands playing for the draw.

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Good evening Tim & Tony,

I have attached the articles from The Stationers'

School Magazine on the "Rules of Cricket" as

requested. I have scanned them as best I can but

the magazines are in a very fragile state, being 135

years old, therefore, I am wary of handling them

too much. If you are unable to reproduce them for

the Magazine, do call me and we can have a chat

as to how we can improve on the scans.

Regards

Peter T

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Botany Bay Cricket Clubhouse Extension & Refurbishment

opened by Mike Gatting

Old Stationers who have attended our annual President’s Day

cricket match at Botany Bay C.C. (East Lodge Lane, The

Ridgeway, Enfield EN2 8AS) may be interested to know of the

considerable extension and improvements made to the facilities

there, including 2 brand new changing rooms; refurbishment of

all former changing rooms and provision of a large machinery

shed for grounds equipment: a very worthwhile enlargement and

improvement of facilities funded both by the Club itself and

through grants obtained from (inter alia) the English Cricket

Board and Sports England.

On Sunday 28th April the club held an Open Day to bring all

club members together and attract new ones. Events took place

throughout the day as shown in the timetable below, and at

4:00pm Mike Gatting OBE assisted with the unveiling.

The programme for the day was:

10:00 to 12:30 Under 15s Colts' Cricket Match

Tea and coffee available

10:30 Petanque and Montessori School – facilities viewing

before trying out the petanque piste from 14:00

12:00 Bar Opened

13:00 Fresh Baguettes From The Kitchen

14:00 T20 Cricket involving guests, current & former club

members

14:00 Ladies Rugby Match - Cuffley Rugby Club took on an

invitation XV

14:00 Cricket Coaching For Juniors - coaching and fun cricketbased

activities for boys and girls (members and visitors) from

5 years upwards who joined in, had some fun and hopefully

learned a little from qualified coaches

14:00 Petanque - visitors were welcomed to try their hand at the

wonderful game of boule

14:00 Mg Owners Club - Club members showed off their cars

16.00: Opening Ceremony by Mike Gatting OBE - The ex

England Captain and current chair of WCC officially opened

the new changing facilities

16.15: Resumption of T20

and

Barbecue Opened

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Stationers Crown Woods

Academy Meeting notes

Monday, 3 June 2019

Present:

David Miller Academy Executive Principal

Martin Randall SCWA Governor and Company Court member

Sue Pandit SCWA Chair of Governors and Company Court member

Peter Winter OSA Past President

Gillian Winter Educational Consultant

David made us very welcome and took some time to show us around the

Academy. The Academy is divided into four schools; one of them being the 6th

Form and the other three being parallel years 7 to 11 schools. One of the Y7-11

schools is seen as teaching at grammar school standard. This small school model

has been adopted in a number of locations and is generally successful. The

physical facilities at the school are excellent, although there are some lingering

problems hanging over from the PFI structure, which restricts the use of certain

areas of the grounds. We met a number of staff, all of whom were responsive and

helpful. It was particularly noticeable at break time and lunchtime that the

pupils and students were cheerful, well-behaved and polite, with good courteous

relations with staff.

David said he would be happy to host a visit(s) from a larger group of OSA

members.

In terms of the alumni group the multi-academy trust (LAT) has been clear that

the schools within the LAT should develop alumni groups and they have been

keen to press various software which they think may be helpful in developing

this. We were introduced to Mick Willmott who has been drawing together the

names of alumni who are interested in attending events in and around the

Academy. He has 390 names recorded, although there are varying degrees of

commitment. There is no formal membership application or fee payment.

David Miller said there were five areas in which he would particularly welcome

support from the OSA:

1. Mentoring, especially from the 3rd term of Year 10 through to the 2nd term

of Year11

2. Opportunities for work experience placements at the end of Year 10

3. Talks at one off events, particularly career talks about the career paths of OSA

members

4. Careers support, e.g. scholarships and apprenticeships

5. Participation in Question Time type panels

The other area that was particularly attractive would be an annual prize at the

November prize-giving. Note this would need to have some definition of what

the prize is for and the nature of the prize.

Not for the OSA particularly, but David thought it may be useful to have a route

for SCWA alumni to become members of the Company.

MEMBERSHIP

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Paying members at 6th Oct 2018 485

Life member 1

Honorary members 11

New members 5

Deaths (1)

Resignations 1

Deletions (for non-payment) (4)

TOTAL 498

New member applications have been

received from

Andrew Clark 69-71

Costakis Yiacoumi 79-84

Nigel Adams 63-70

Ron Richardson – teacher from 67-73

Bob Margree 56-63

I have been informed of the death of John

Platford, who died late last year.

There are still 7 debtors owing a total of

£105 from members with whom I have

lost communication.

If anyone knows the current contact

details for David Ford, Brian Harris,

David Hartwell, Peter Hodgson, Andrew

Myers-Nobbs, George Sprosson &

Graham Young please let me know. A

stop will be placed on their next magazine

until payment is received.

I also need a phone number for Anthony

Tight. I believe he is living in a hotel in

St Albans but do not know which one.

Although a subscription was received

from Hugh Stockwell his last magazine

was returned. Again I have no contact

details for him.

Any information on any of the above

would be gratefully received.

Roger Engledow

11 June 2019

Discussion

We have here a list of possible ways in which we can engage with SCWA.

Within the questionnaire responses we had a number of members who were keen

and supportive of us being closer to SCWA. We need to identify someone from

the committee, possibly with non-committee support, who will take a lead on

this or it will drift as previous examples have done.

Peter Winter

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT BROWN

(1941-2018): A Memoir

For reasons which will appear towards the

end, this cannot be a proper ‘obituary’ of

Robert, only a ‘memoir’. From mid-life

onwards he seemed to prefer being known

as ‘Bob’; but I always called him ‘Robert’.

Whenever I visited his parents at 38,

Rosebery Gardens in Hornsey, his mother

would pronounce the first consonant of

the word with a strongly guttural Geordie

‘r’. She and his father, who in the 1950s

was the headmaster of a secondary modern

school at Crouch End, had come down to

London from Northumberland.

Counting both boys and masters, I regard

Robert as having been one of the most

remarkable people I got to know at

Stationers’. I can still hear the hearty

laugh in which all his great enjoyment of

life (especially its oddities) was so often

expressed. It seemed to fill his entire

frame, and in the 1950s this was rather

large. I think his later wish to slim down

arose about the same time as other

decisions that made him appear less extraordinary,

more ‘of the people’, so to say. To

be called ‘Bob’ was one of them; to become

more sporty was another.

At school in the 1950s it was hardly ‘done’

for a boy of one year to be friendly with one

of another. Robert was a year below me, and

we did not become friends until we were

both in the sixth-form – therefore not before

September 1957 at the earliest. We were

drawn together by a common love of music

and literature, but often he was the teacher

and I the learner. Teaching was probably

what he loved doing most in his life, and he

had unique gifts for communicating and for

getting you to share his enthusiasms. From

him I learned to appreciate the beauty of

Tudor church music, and I remember that

once during break-time he and I stood at a

high window in one of the school buildings

and sang something by Tallis or Gibbons for

the benefit of the boys in the playground

below. He was passionate about Chaucer,

Shakespeare, the Book of Common Prayer,

the Bible, Dickens, Eliot and many other

writers; later he enjoyed more contemporary

ones such as Barbara Pym and Anthony

Powell. He loved the sonorousness of

Milton, and he would intone with great

feeling the opening lines of Paradise Lost,

looking at you with keen interest, to make

sure that you too felt the impact of the words.

He was always likely to be gripped by

something he had come across in his reading,

such as the power and beauty of St Paul’s

words in Chapter 13 of the First Letter to

the Corinthians: ‘And though I bestow all

my goods to feed the poor, and though I give

my body to be burned, and have not charity,

it profiteth me nothing’. He made you feel

that if you did not relish such words you had

missed something tremendously important

in your life. He was quite right.

Clearly much of the music and literature

that Robert loved expressed Christian

faith and, then at least, I felt that his faith

was deep and strong. It was at the same

time broad and tolerant, and he disliked

certain things that he encountered at the

Evangelical church which had been a great

influence in my life and which he

sometimes went to with me. Thus he was

once indignant at a lay reader and English

graduate there (briefly also a teacher at

Stationers’) who argued that no art could

be regarded as art if it was not morally

uplifting. His was also a very English

Christianity, and perhaps for him its

greatest embodiment was Dr Samuel

Johnson, for whom – and for whose

dictionary – he had an immense reverence,

at a time when I had barely heard of him.

Robert loved paradoxes, and with his usual

hearty laugh he would tell you that towards

the end of his schooldays Mr Gore was

hostile to him because, although good at

Latin, as at all languages, he did not have

it as one of his sixth-form subjects. His

were English, French, and German, and

they secured him his place to read English

at Oxford. At Oxford a new passion

overpowered him – Old English, which

was then a compulsory part of the English

syllabus. When I once visited him at

home he came down from upstairs with

his eyes tired from poring over Beowulf.

The language he came to be most

immersed in apart from English of any

sort was Finnish: and this was the outcome

of the decision he made, soon after

graduating, to go to teach English in

Finland, first at Jyväskylä in the more

southerly part of the country, later at the

University of Oulu in the far north, close

to the Arctic circle. In the end he lived at

Oulu for more than half his life. Sometimes

in the middle of winter even his great

spirit was worn down by the cold and the

darkness, but I have no doubt that he was

very happy there. He once complained

that the Finns were too serious, but he

clearly did his best to make them laugh. A

story he told, with typical relish, was that

when the Finnish telephone directory was

Caption. Robert Brown - centre holding minutes of the Debating Society.

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being revised, everyone to be listed was

asked to add a title before his or her name

(the Finns, like the Swedes, being

apparently addicted to titles); Robert’s

contribution was ‘Frogman Robert Brown’.

I forget whether or not he got away with it.

Robert’s love of paradox was allied to his

constant contrariness, which in turn was

linked, I believe, to his true teacher’s desire

to make his students think and not to rely

on unexamined assumptions. So he

claimed that he preferred Handel to Bach,

held in high esteem Mozart’s last opera

La Clemenza di Tito, which is generally

held to fall short of masterpieces such as

Don Giovanni, and regarded Jane Austen’s

Northanger Abbey as the best of her

novels, when others would point to Emma

or Pride and Prejudice. If you expressed

love of the Authorized Version of the

Bible, he wanted to know if you had read

the Preface to it addressed to King James

I, which is not usually included in

published editions.

Delighting in Finland and the Finnish

language was certainly an important way of

being contrary, since Finnish does not

belong to the Indo-European family of

languages to which most European

languages belong. Robert became a highly

fluent speaker of it, and translated literary

texts from Finnish to English. Here I

could answer his contrariness with my own,

for as he made his life as a teacher in

Finland, I have made mine as a teacher in

Nigeria. I first came to Nigeria in 1963,

and I remember him saying to me before

my departure, perhaps rather disapprovingly,

that I should not stay there too long:

because ‘here’ – which meant England –

was where ‘it’ – which meant teaching –

‘mattered’. I did not heed his call. Nor,

however, did he. Although in the 1960s he

taught for a while at Malvern College, he

confided in me that as a teacher at a

boarding school in England he had no life

of his own; hence he preferred a university

in Finland. I understood him perfectly.

In the 1970s and 1980s Robert and I met

in North London whenever we both

happened to be there on holiday. In 1988

his parents decided to move back to

Northumberland, but we continued after

that to talk on the phone and to exchange

air-letters. He provided me with a good

reference when I applied for my first

university post in Nigeria, and was in other

ways very kind: by this time he was buying

CDs of all the music he loved, but he began

posting to me in Nigeria the tapes of the

same music, which he no longer needed.

Tim,

Richard Phillippo

18th December 2018

I am very sorry to advise you that I

have just learned that Bob passed

away in August this year very shortly

after lung cancer was diagnosed.

He joined the Association fairly

recently after an approach from

Geraint Pritchard and Bob and his

Finnish wife Piiastiina met up with

Geraint and Marj several times in the

Newcastle area where he had a second

home, the main one being in Finland.

Bob was at Stationers’ from 1953 t0

1960/61 and was a contemporary of

Tony Taylor, Charlie Cruden, Dave

Cox, etc and ended his days at the

school as Head Boy. Music was his

great love and he was involved in

many high quality choirs throughout

his life.

He got a coveted state scholarship and

went to New College Oxford where

he read English. In his time there were

3 ‘English’ courses – the standard Eng

Lang and Lit which nearly everybody

took, a course with a bias, I think, to

Middle English and an extremely

difficult course which only a handful

of people chose concerned with

English Language (syntax, philology

etc) and Bob opted for this. It included

having a working knowledge of

several European languages and Old

Norse as well as Anglo Saxon, of

course.

After university he taught in various

English schools but then moved to

Finland. He taught at a University

there and settled, marrying Piiastiina

who amongst other attributes loves

cricket which she both plays and

watches.

I am sad to report this news,

Richard

With Finland and music occupying such

large spaces in his life, it surprised me that

Robert did not seem to have any interest in

Sibelius; but to give surprises was of his

essence. He was also enigmatic: you were

often not sure what he was getting at. In

the mid-1980s I was for a while a candidate

for Anglican ordination, and I was accepted

by a selection conference. When I told

Robert, he looked at me with the hint of a

smile and said: ‘Well, you will never be a

bishop’. What did he mean by that – that

I was the kind of person who in holding

any post would be interested in promotion?

Robert surprised many people when, about

the time of his retirement in 2006, he

married one of his former Oulu students,

Piiastiina Tikka. I learned about it from a

third party – because by then our

correspondence had long since ended,

along with our chances of meeting: at the

end of 1990 he seemed not to wish to

continue our correspondence. This

explains why my reminiscences of him

pertain to the comparatively early part of

his life. When the Internet arrived I

occasionally received Christmas greetings,

and it was typical of his humour that the

first part of his gmail address, ‘smorltork’,

was the name of a character in Dickens’

Pickwick Papers. I would often ‘Google’

him, feeling that, although as far as I know

he never published any book, there must

be something about him out there. It was

while doing so again in January that I

happened to learn of his death in August

last year.

As I also learned, also in recent years, other

Old Stationers had suffered the same kind

of sudden dismissal as I had. I am sure,

however, or at least hope, that we all

forgive him. And I believe that all those

who knew Robert, or Bob, in Finland and

in Britain, regard him as one who added

great lustre to the name of teacher. It was

no surprise to learn from Piiastiina that

among students at Oulu he was ‘wildly

popular’. Many Old Stationers may also

agree that his working life was a tribute to

the many teachers at the school through

whom his life, like ours, was blessed. I am

also sure that he is happy to have said of

him what Dr Johnson said about the actor

Garrick:

I am disappointed by that stroke of death,

which has eclipsed the gaiety of nations

and impoverished the public stock of

harmless pleasure.

Peter Jowitt

Alexander

Michael Grogan

Hi Tim

tony.e.powell@gmail.com

7th February 2019

Just before Christmas I was informed of

the death of Alexander Grogan on 22nd of

December 2018 at the age of 64.He had

been ill for some time and was in care.

He attended the school between 1965 and

1972. A funeral service was held in Bruree,

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County Limerick, Ireland at the Church of

the Immaculate Conception on the 23rd

of January followed later by a cremation of

Alex and his Arsenal shirt.

I attach the short reading given by Alex’s

sister Maria, which could perhaps be used

as the basis for an Obituary.

Regards

Tony Powell

Alexander Michael Grogan was born on

1St May 1953 at Paddington Hospital to

the proud parents of James and Mary

Grogan of Crouch End, London. He

attended Rokesley Junior School where he

passed his 11+ and went on to Stationers

Grammar School also in Crouch End. He

had a large capacity for academic studies

for which he gained high grade

qualifications, this enabled him to attend

further education in Essex. However, after

a year or so he realised that he was not

happy at the University and returned home

to his family.

He settled back in Crouch End working at

an Insurance company and doing well, but

there was another calling for Alex by way

of him noticing there was a charity for

disadvantaged young adults which he

passed every day. After a short while he

spoke to our mother, asking her for advice

as to what he should do as he felt he

wanted to help the young adults who had a

bad start in life, our mother told him to

follow your heart and shortly afterwards he

joined the charity as a Community Worker.

Alex stayed for several years helping raise

awareness of the charity, suffice to say he

was very successful, using his academic

skills he persuaded many people to support

this charity, which included fundraising

ideas which helped raise the much needed

financial muscle to carry on the good work.

He also made sure the money was directed

towards helping the kids as much as

possible so admin costs and wages were

kept under control. He was dedicated to

his work and in turn the young adults who

came to the centre in Finsbury Park

respected and liked Alex immensely, he

was an honest man with a big heart.

Alex’s next challenge was Director of The

Huddlestone Centre in Hackney, London

which is a charity for disabled children and

young adults. Once again Alex gave total

commitment to his work and again raised

much needed funds.

I, Maria, was witness to his dedication

towards both these charities as he would

often call me to volunteer whenever he

needed an extra pair of hands. He was

loved by those who knew his true worth

and a great advocate for both the children

and their parents. He stayed for many

years and made many friends through his

hard work and deep commitment to those

with disability.

Alex was also a good friend to his Mum

and Dad and indeed after the death of our

mother became very helpful to our Dad,

one of his happiest times was going to the

Cheltenham Gold Cup with Dad, and he

would make all the arrangements every

year until Dad passed away. He was also

travelling back to Tipperary on a regular

basis to help both our Uncles who were in

failing health. They both died having spent

good times with their nephew Alex.

Alex loved music and reading and both of

those interests served him well during his

lifetime. He was a great cyclist and was well

known where he lived in Highgate, often

to cycle to a park with some sandwiches

and binoculars to look at the wildlife and

relax. He knew that simple pleasures gave

the most reward. He followed Arsenal

Football Club and was a season ticket

holder for some considerable time, he

enjoyed the atmosphere of a pub and

would frequent the local ones in Highgate

discussing his passion for literature and

poetry. Alex was a member of the Labour

Party and would campaign on behalf of its

members especially around local elections.

He was a man who had many interests and

these are just a few examples.

With the passing of Dad he decided to

move to Tipperary and left London for

good, which was the right decision for him

as it was time for another life, he attended

Limerick University gaining a bachelors in

Social Science which was a great

achievement for him. He travelled

extensively and would often write to our

sister Sheila and her family with his news.

Alex leaves behind a wonderful legacy of

hard work for what he believed in, the

children and young adults he encountered

were his family and for that he certainly

demonstrated God’s love for all. We will

miss him and remember him for who he

was and for the love he expressed to those

most in need. God speed Alex to the

rightful place you deserve and we hope,

when the time comes, we will meet again.

Love you Alex, your sisters Maria and

Sheila, brother Kenny, brother-in—law

Adrian, sister-in-law Barbara, nephews

and nieces, Kieran, Catherine (Goddaughter),

Robert, Ben and Claire.

Tony Powell

Peter Edward

John Jollie AM

14th July 1940 – 8th December 2018

I met my friend Peter one September

morning as like us all we started not

knowing where our grammar school place

would lead and I remained in touch over

the years latterly meeting up with him in

Sydney in the Winter of 2017 and lastly

over lunch last Summer at the Auberge du

lac in Brocket Park where we celebrated

his birthday – Bastille Day!

Peter died suddenly on the 8 December

2018 but I was sadly unable to attend his

funeral or memorial service in Sydney but

through my godson Guy Richards, son of

a mutual friend, I am lucky to have a copy

of Peter’s daughter Tania’s Tribute the

photograph above and the words spoken

by a Clinical Genomics colleague.

Peter and I did as we all did at Stationers

worked fairly hard and played very hard.

He was great fun and hugely humorous

belying his surname - an all round

‘Jollyman’. Coming from Farrer Road it

was inevitable that he played cricket for

North Middlesex where his lovely generous

parents were stalwarts of the clubhouse.

Am told by Dick Hersey that Peter’s father

Leslie umpired the occasional Colts game

in a truly biased fashion.

While Peter played cricket and golf I

played tennis so we were rarely on the

same pitch/course or court at the same

time but on the serious side we were

usually to found at the same pubs most

frequently The Flask in Highgate clubs or

church halls following the natural persuits

of healthy young men and both even

converted briefly to Methodism and

holidayed in Guernsey with the Methodist

Youth club in the same cause.

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Then leaving school Peter to take up

accountancy and me architecture. And

though our studies were our focus fun

remained a goal. Peter started work with

Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and

qualified in 1962 not your quintessential

Chartered accountant for all that. He then

met and married his lifelong love Valisia

an Australian model at a perfect English

wedding at St Andrew’s church in

Highgate opposite The Flask appropriately

with a reception at The Ritz in Piccadilly.

And equally quickly from their flat in

Highgate he set off to be a manager at

Peat’s office in Enugu Nigeria.

Following two successful Nigerian tours at

a time of tense African volatility some

adventure and two successful pregnancies

later daughters Tania and Giselle joined

the Jollie band. Peter having been

appointed Managing partner of Peat’s

office in Ghana in 1967 became the

youngest partner in Peat Marwick

Mitchell’s history.

Our path infrequently crossed thereafter as

whilst he travelled to the other side of the

World to Valisia’s homeland I travelled in

the opposite direction to Bermuda and the

West Indies before returning to

Hertfordshire. For Peter commerce

beckoned and in 1971 he took up a job as

CFO in Australia of Hawker de Havilland

and later of Overseas Containers Australia

Limited (OCAL) project managing the

CTAL container terminal at Port Botany.

And, when P&O took over OCAL they

looked no further than Peter and between

1987 and 1997 he became a director then

CEO and finally Chairman of the company.

But he kept his feet in the profession and

in 1989 was made chairman of the NSW

Institute of CA Australia and then in 1993

President of the Institute of Chartered

Accountants in Australia and the first

President from commerce. During his

term of office he was proud to present

Giselle his younger daughter with her

Certificate of qualification as a Chartered

accountant. A truly enviable pleasure.

I am told that one of Peter’s particular

prides was his role in bringing the 2000

Olympics to Sydney, As a member of the

Finance and Communications committees

for the bid it is said that having listened

politely to the finance submissions and

complimented the presenters he quietly

asked ‘could someone send me over the

‘real’ figures’. His trademark approach – no

spin, no statistic just the real numbers.

Another battle Peter took on was the

independent directorship of the Medical

Research Compensation Fund created by

James Hardie. He had been assured that

the Fund for the compensation of victims

of Mesothelioma an asbestos related

disease was ‘fully funded’ but weeks into

the role he found otherwise and in a very

high profile case Peter was the catalyst in

successfully taking on a blue chip

Australian company and via a Special

Commission of Enquiry of the NSW

government/bitterly fought litigation in

the Supreme Court/Court of Appeal

James Hardie agreed to contribute a

further A$1.7B to the fund.

From 2000 Peter moved on to many

Independent directorships and was

Chairman of a multitude of ASX and

smaller companies but specifically of

Downer EDI with it’s 56000 employees

and interests around the Pacific in South

America and South Africa whilst at the

same time he chaired two syndicates of the

CEO Institute mentoring current and

prospective Australian business leaders.

I must mention his directorship since 2011

of Clinical Genomics an Australian

company bringing diagnostics for the

detection and monitoring of cancers and

latterly Peter was chair of their audit and

risk committee. Announcing his death the

Chief Executive wrote to the staff saying

in part ‘Peter was a strong voice of ‘think

outside the box’ and was a champion

challenging the CG management to be

‘bold and disruptive’ .A description with

which I identify particularly when I think

back to our not entirely innocent youthful

activities.

Peter was elected a Life member of the

ICA, was a Fellow of the Australian

Institute of Directors and the recipient of

the Order of Australia having become a

citizen no doubt on Valisia’s advice.

All a very very long hard fought way from

that September morning in Mayfield Road

to a life rudely cut short but a life full of

fun hard work and success and a family left

with the happiest of memories of shared

family adventures whether in Balmain or

at the farm at Oberon complete with it’s

cold showers in the early days brown

snakes cattle sheep and horses. Peter

clearly exported the values learned at his

loving family home in Farrer Road from

his very humorous father Leslie Company

secretary of a Mayfair advertising agency

and his ever welcoming mother Gerda a

lovely Danish lady to Australia…..our

loss…. Australia’s gain.

We have all heard the phrase ‘once met

never forgotten’ often for all the wrong

reasons but in the case of my old friend

and fellow Stationer Peter those privileged

to have known him will hold his memory

close.

Always…..

Michael Brady

Don

Alan MILLS

calpe6@sky.com

17th November 2018

I was sad to hear of death of Alan. I new

Alan from the time we joined Nursery/

Infants at Woodlands Park School

Tottenham then into Juniors. Thence to

Stationers.I also remember being in the

Wilderness chatting to the girls and also

watching them in their dance classes in the

hall next to it. I also walked home with

Alan his wife her friend Hazel and also

another friend of ours Roy Savage.I was in

the school ATC with Alan and also at 16F

ATC at Alexandra Palace. I lost touch

with Alan when he went into the Forces.

But I can still remember playing in the

street with him, the many adventures we

used to have as youngsters and visiting his

house which was just round the corner.

Les Reardon

Alan Drake

bakersilverfox@aol.com

5th April 2019

I first met Alan on my first day at school ,

we were both in the same form , we

quickly became friends, both sharing in

our love for sports especially football an

cricket, its fair to say we were among the

best players in our year in both sports , and

in that moment grew a mutual admiration

which turned into fierce competition ! I

think we pushed each other to a much

higher standard , and for that i will always

be grateful to him.

As we got older i was still spreading my

time between football cricket and golf ,

however “drakey” decided to concentrate

on one and that was golf, so much so that

he was a scratch golfer, and ended up

playing for the county of middlesex.

After we left school we lost touch ,but did

meet up now and again for lunch he never

really changed in looks and was always in

good shape, so it was a shock to hear of his

passing . He was one of the good guys, a

good friend and a good competitor. He

will be missed.

Robin Baker

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Minutes of the AGM OF THE Old Stationers’ Association

Stationers’ Hall, Friday 29th March 2019

Present: Peter Winter (President) in the chair

Tim Westbrook (Hon Secretary), Michael Hasler (Hon Treasurer), together with 39 OSA members.

The meeting was called to order at 5.30pm.

1. Confirmation of Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at Stationers' Hall on 23rd March 2018

(Circulated in OSA Magazine issue 87 Summer 2018).

The minutes of the AGM held at Stationers' Hall on Friday 23rd March 2018 were unanimously adopted as a true

record on a vote taken on the proposal of Roger Melling, seconded by Peter Bothwick

2. President's Address See attached report.

3. Hon Treasurers Report See attached report.

The report and accounts for the year ending 31 st December 2019 were approved unanimously on a vote taken on

the proposal of Tony Hemmings, seconded by Peter Sandell.

4. Election of Officers and Committee

The Chairman invited nominations for the Association’s Officers and Committee for 2019/2020.

The following members were duly proposed, seconded and elected with no assenting voices from the floor:

Elected Proposer Seconder

President Peter Thomas Peter Winter Tim Westbrook

Vice-President Stephen Collins Peter Thomas Tim Westbrook

Hon Secretary Tony Hemmings David Turner David Sheath

Hon Treasurer Michael Hasler Roger Melling Tony Hemmings

Hon Membership Secretary Roger Engledow Peter Borthwick David Turner

Hon Editor Tim Westbrook Peter Thomas Tony Hemmings

Events Managers Peter Sandell Peter Winter Roger Engledow

Roger Melling Peter Winter Roger Engledow

Hon Archivist David Turner Tim Westbrook David Sheath

Website Officer Peter Gotham Tim Westbrook Peter Borthwick

Ordinary Members

Andreas Christou

Peter Borthwick David Turner Mike Hasler

Dave Sheath

5. Election of Honorary Auditors

Chris Langford and Dave Cox were unanimously elected Honorary Auditors on a vote taken on the proposal of

Roger Engledow and seconded by Tim Westbrook.

6. Other business

Tony Hemmings commented on the quality of the two recent OSA magazines produced by the new Editor.

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 17.45 pm.

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

Good evening. Welcome to the Old Stationers’ Association’s annual general meeting for 2019.

The past year has gone very quickly. It has been another successful year for the Association, through the continuing

friendship and teamwork which makes our Association so strong.

We have had the normal calendar of events: the lunches which have been well attended; and the President’s Day which was

also well attended, even if completely rained off, thus securing our best result for a number of years. The next lunch is

Tuesday 14 May; please contact Roger Melling.

An important and I believe potentially long-lasting benefit for the Association has been the survey of members which we

carried out towards the end of 2018. I will touch more on that after dinner but it is important to say that we now have a

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OLD STATIONERS’ ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

good indication of what events people value and what events they might welcome in the future. A small group,

reporting to your committee, will develop events over the coming years to extend the range of activities within our

Association.

Of particular note this year was the Carol service to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War

in which 154 Old Stationers died; a further 119 died in the second world war and they are also commemorated .

This service went particularly well, which was important given that the previous year’s service had been cancelled

due to heavy snow.

You will hear during the Treasurer’s report that your Association continues to be in a strong financial position; this

is due in no small part to the tireless efforts of your committee in ensuring that events take place and are properly

managed so that we may continue the Fellowship of our Association.

I would like to record my personal thanks to the committee who have been enormously supportive during my year

of office. Your association would not exist without their continuing efforts on behalf of us all.

Fellow old stationers I’ve been honoured to have served as the association’s president for the last year. Thank you

for electing me. Thank you for supporting me. I sincerely wish our incoming President every success for the coming

year and promise my full support to him and the Committee.

Peter Winter President 2018/19

Honorary Treasurer’s Report

For the year ENDED 31st December 2018

The audited accounts for the year ended 31st December 2018 were approved at the AGM are reproduced in the

following pages..

The Income and expenditure account for the year 2018 show a surplus of £1,828 last year a surplus of £1,507.

Ordinary activities of the Association show a surplus of £1,982, last year ££1,513. This year the surplus includes

a legacy of £1,000 from the late ‘Dickie’ Rundle. Magazine costs have reverted to 2 magazines, last year only one

was included. Website costs are now running on a maintenance basis. The carol service included a commemoration

of the centenary of the finish of the First World War and a booklet was reproduced for this purpose. Last year the

carol service was cancelled due to adverse wearher conditions on the day and a donation made in lieu thereof.

Other activities produced a deficit of £154 (last year a deficit of £6). The Christmas lunch was attended by 105

people and the 2018 annual dinner 98 people (93 paying+5 guests). The 2 lunch clubs at The Imperial Hotel

during the year and the annual dinner a deficit of £185 and an equivalent amount has been transferred from the

contingency reserve to cover this deficit. The Christmas lunch at the Stationers’ Hall produced a surplus of £63.

The balance sheet is still in a strong position with a healthy surplus and cash balances increasing to £19,982 from

£18,769 last year.

The magazine costs will increase due to the rise in the printing costs. The subscription to members remains the

same for the current year and barring exceptional circumstances I see no reason to increase it for 2020 even if

ordinary activities were to run into deficit for a year or two.

I would also like to thank the membership secretary, Roger Engledow, for all the work he does in collecting and

chasing the subscriptions. I would like to thank the President who has travelled down from the north-west regularly

to chair the committee meetings and also for his work on the questionnaire looking for ways to enhance the benefits

of membership of the OSA. Also the members of the committee who have assisted me over the year and for their

conservative demands on the funds. Finally I wish to thank the auditors David Cox and Chris Langford for their

work and advice. They have indicated their willingness to continue as auditors for the coming year.

Michael Hasler Treasurer

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OLD STATIONERS’ ASSOCIATION

Balance Sheet

As at 31st December 2018

ASSETS

31.12.18 31.12.17

£ £ £ £

Cash at bank on current account 7,017 5.816

Cash on deposit account 12.965 12.953

Total cash at bank 19,982 18,769

Stock of ties & badges (note 2) 776 930

Stock of books and programmes (note 3) 563 230

The Carpenter Painting 1,077 1,077

Display Cabinet 200 200

Debtors 895 424

Less Creditors

Christmas Lunch -4,978 -4509

Other -289 -4,372 -703 -4,788

TOTAL ASSETS 18,226 16,418

FINANCED BY:

Memorial Fund (Embleton) 1,701 1,721

Accumulated General Fund 14,296 12,283

Contingencies Reserve (note 4) 2,229 2,414

18,226 16,418

NOTES

1 The OSA also has in its possession a number of items of regalia and cups.

It is not proposed to show these on the face of the accounts, but the value for insurance

purposes is £2,950.

2 Stock of ties and badges

Stock 31.12.17 930 1,158

Less sales at cost 107 190

Less presented to The President 32 22

Less presented to The Master 15 16

Stock 31.12.18 776 930

3 Stock of books and programmes

Stock at 31.12.16 230 297

Purchases 525

755

Less cost of sales 76 67

Less stock written off 116

Stock at 31.12.17 563 230

M F Hasler Treasurer

Auditors Report

In our opinion the above Balance sheet and related Statements of Income and Expenditure, Accumulated Fund

and Memorial Fund present a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Old Stationers’ Association as at

31 st December 2018 and of the surplus of income over expenditure for the year.

C Langford, D Cox

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OSA Funds Summary

Year ended 31st December 2018 31.12.18 31.12.17

MEMORIAL FUND (EMBLETON)

£ £

Balance per Accounts 31.12.17 b/fwd 1,721 1,721

Less Stock of Old Stationers' President's XI

40th Anniversary book written off -20

Accumulated Surplus on Memorial Fund 1,701 1,721

ACCUMULATED GENERAL FUND

Balance per Accounts 31.12.17 b/fwd 12,283 10,686

Surplus on Ordinary Activities 1,982 1,513

-Deficit on other activities -154 -6

Transfer from contingencies reserve 185 90

Accumulated Surplus on ordinary activities 14,296 12,283

CONTINGENCIES RESERVE (note 4)

Balance per accounts 31st December 2017 b/fwd 2,414 2,504

Transfer to General Fund, re Dinner and Lunches -185 -90

Total Contingencies Reserve 2,229 2,414

TOTAL OSA FUNDS AT 31.12.2018 18,226 16,418

Note 4: The contingencies reserve has been created from past provisions for luncheon and annual dinner

costs no longer required. It is to be used to subsidise these events, this year £185, and in future years.

GENERAL FUND

Income & Expenditure Account Year ended 31st December 2018

31.12.18 31.12.17

ORDINARY ACTIVITIES £ £ £ £

Income

Subscriptions 7,514 7,452

R Rundle Legacy 1,000

Bank interest 12 1

8,526 7,453

Expenditure

Magazine costs (see note below) 5,734 3,255

Stationery, Postage & Web expenses 316 2,585

Carol service 494 100

6,544 5,940

Surplus/-Deficit on Ordinary Activities 1,982 1,513

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Tie, scarves and blazer badge sales net-cost/income 14 31

Past President’s badge and tie at cost -32 -22

Baynes book net Surplus/-Deficit -14 75

Net -Deficit/Surplus on dinner and lunch club -122 -90

-Deficit?Surplus on other activities -154 -6

SURPLUS INCOME OVER (EXPENDITURE) FOR YEAR 1,828 1,507

Note: It was agreed by your committee that as the twice yearly magazine is now being produced in February/March and

July/August that it was no longer appropriate to provide for the cost of the earlier issue in the accounts of the previous year.

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OSA Photographic Competition – “Sport”

Whether you are an experienced photographer,

or just one who takes the occasional photograph

with your mobile phone, this is the photographic

competition for you. As this is the inaugural

competition, we are making the theme “Sport” as

this is always a popular OSA topic.

Any OSA member can enter up to three

photographs which they should have taken.

They should illustrate the theme, “Sport” -

which can be anything you interpret this to

mean. However, it would be great if it relates to

either School or OSA activities.

To Enter: Each photograph should have an

“interesting” title, relevant to the theme, and be

accompanied by the sender’s name, postal address

and telephone number.

Send your digital or scanned photographs

(colour or black and white – or even sepia), as a

300 DPI JPEG file, to Tony Moffat at: a.

moffat@ucl.ac.uk

For those of the “old school” without access to a

scanner; send hard copy photographs, which will

be scanned and then returned to you, to: Tony

Moffat, 1 The Fairway, Bar Hill, CAMBRIDGE,

CB23 8SR. Please use a piece of cardboard in

the envelope to protect the photographs.

Closing date: 31st October 2019. Entries will be

acknowledged by email, telephone or post.

Image editing: Images may be digitally enhanced

to optimise a photograph, remove scratches etc,

but significant elements of the picture should

not be added or removed.

Judging: Judging will be carried out by a panel

of judges who will be using the following

criteria: composition, originality, interpretation

of the theme, technical quality and most

importantly – how does your entry stand out

from the crowd. Like referees, some people may

disagree with the judges decision, but their

decision is final.

Prizes: The winner will be announced in the

January edition of the Old Stationer and will

receive a bottle of champagne at the AGM in

March 2020 when some of the entries will be

displayed.

Publication of Entries: By submitting an entry,

you agree that the photograph(s) may be

published in The Old Stationer and on the OSA

web site.

Queries: Any queries, please contact Tony

Moffat at the email address above or by telephone

on 01954 782366.

Go on - have a go. Looking through your old

photographs will be fun anyway. If you don’t

have anything suitable, why not go out and take

some.

PUZZLE CORNER ANSWERS

Quo Vadis

1. Bedford. John Bunyan.

Christian in The

Pilgrim’s Progress.

Vanity Fair.

2. Leicester. Richard III.

Leicester Cathedral.

3. Swarthmoor Hall (near

Ulverston). The Society

of Friends (Quakers).

George Fox.

4. Whithorn, Galloway.

5. Lindisfarne (Holy

Island). The Lindisfarne

Gospels.

6. Whitby. Synod of

Whitby. Whitby Abbey.

Anagrams

1. Roger Engledow

2. Tony Hemmings

3. Peter Winter

4. David Turner

5. Andreas Christou

6. Peter Thomas

7. Mike Hasler

8. Roger Melling

9. Tim Westbrook

10. Peter Bothwick


The Old Stationers’ Association

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