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This section is a collection of old news items- if you miss your FEP hits then come to this page to catch up.

STEVE KISS - writes in Jan 2003 with lots of news in the GUEST BOOK - an extract here
"Great website, sorry to have missed the last reunion- we ought to have a 30 year bash this year for the 66-73 boys !!!
On a sadder note, Geoff Kippen died some 3 months ago from a massive heart attack. Should any of you avid readers fancy a pint, do give me a ring on 01737 769188.
PS. Any 66-73 ex PGS 'boy' or staff qualifies for free parking when they fly out of Gatwick on their hols- contact me on www.gatwickparking.net"
His email address is on Where are they now?
A cold winter's morning at Tollers 67/68? Pete Irwin (scrum half) Paul Mathews at front (me) then Steve Paine, Paul Masters (hidden), Trevor Muckenbeck, Peter Smith, then no idea!
Thrower? answers to Message board-my best guess is Paul Berry. Opposition? the Glynn scum?(that's not meant to be scrum!)

Please click the picture to see it in its full gory glory. This is the only photo of Toller's Field mud in existence

Photo by Paul Mathews

 
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Sept 1 2002
M
artyn Hoffman
reports on Paul Bradshaw. " He has been in the RAF from 74 to now. Got his wings ca 78 was in Rhodesia (medal) for the handover in 79 , then instructor on Jet Provosts, then Hercules Captain (Falklands Medal), then Andover captain (Northolt to RAF Germany daily service) Then Sentry at Waddington Lincs then Dominie and now back to Sentry.
 

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Simon Keen lives in Winchester and is a computer big-wig for BT to do with office block wiring/programming for phones/internet.Seems a very good job. Married to PGSG girl and children at Winchester college!

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Steve Kiss lives in Salfords in a very grand house. Was until recently Sales Director of a Vitamins Co. Not sure what he is upto now. 2 boys at Reigate Grammar. Still mad keen on cars has a WW2  USA amphibious Duck which he takes over to Normandy annually for D-day reunions at ca 205mph!
 

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Nigel "Bernie" Green was spotted by me in Croydon today leading a CND remembrance of Hiroshima. I wanted to tell him about your web site but it wasn't appropriate. Not sure what he is doing -was selling Socialist Worker in Croydon for most of 80s and 90s..."  Thanks for the news Martyn.
 

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Niel Caddick - last seen in 1975 playing basketball for the old boys < see the man with glasses pounding the wall HERE > . He now lives in Maidstone and can be contacted on email at niel.caddick@btinternet.com.

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Aug 24 2002 - A bit of change with the way the website works. A certain Mr. Jack Godwin from Room 15 started to tell me about cascading menus but then floundered hopelessly when asked to explain what he actually meant. He then simply tugged his earlobe hard and insisting on talking about British Battle Tanks in the Ardennes Offensive and pig farming in Tatsfield...

bulletINCREDIBLE BUT TRUE ...A pristine recording of part of the 1973 Sports Concert has been acquired. It contains several sketches and the most appalling school band playing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". The highlight is Whicker's World in which Alan Whicker travels back to Elizabethan England to investigate the failure of the Spanish Invasion. Drake, known as the "Iron Fist" because he had one "Armada than the other" wins the day. VERY Blackadder II indeed !
The cast is Stuart Tunstall, Richard Cox, Diana Hewett, Tim Davis, Nick Peaty, Phil Jones, Nigel Bowles, Paul Blake and Phil Whittaker. A downloadable snippet will be here soon and CD's are available from the webmaster for a donation. K.H Gregory narrates as he puts on make up prior to the show. A real gem. By the way - his staff record shows his middle name was Hudson not Horniman. How apt for head of Geography!
August 2002
bullet DEREK AKERS NEWS!!!  - John Davis <see pic> discovered that he lives nears DOGS on the South Coast. He wrote to him on 5 July to ask for an interview for the website. Here is the latest news from our intrepid reporter < with exercise book down trousers and hair behind his ears > .

"As at today, I hadn't got a reply, so on a visit to Battle this afternoon I took the bull by the horns and went and knocked on his door!

Well...! The old chap was most affable and had penned half a reply to my letter which he gave to me. He's not 'up' on computers, but was dead keen to have a look at fasetpatria and friendsreunited. I attempted to log on for him but his freeserve account hadn't been used for a few months, so it wasn't possible. I agreed to go back and get him set up online.

He's now 76 and well immersed in various local good works in the community, including being Vice President of Battle Museum.  He's still in touch with a few teachers, notably Ananin, Dicky Mant, Snake ("why did you call him snake" he asked me!!), Appleton, Crosskey.

I couldn't stay that long as they had their grandson down, but as I say, I'll see him again in the next couple of weeks. I'm sure he'll be up for a reunion in the autumn. I've taken a couple of photos, and will take some more next time."

Oer Missus-- what a treat to come ! Forget a Reunion - how about a Staff vs School Paintball Day ?

 

 

 

 

 


John Davis 1971

Derek Akers 1971

Derek Akers 2002

May 2002

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Croydon's Central Library are now allowing access to the Vaults, writes Chris Gibson -
they have 10 Boxes of stuff that may be of interest - he came up with the following:-
 

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Admission registers - all hand written and including the names of all boys enrolled.

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Photographs - our 1970 photo is there along with others such as 1927. 1935, 1937, 1952 (with Jewitt & Nick as youngsters, Opening Ceremony Photos , school staff photo from circa 1962 with Gilbert, Taffy, Stachak, Jewitt, Nick, Pongo, Cringe , Fagin.

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Brochures - hundreds of them  Purley High 1971, Visit of Birchall To Cyprus RAF 1960, Peter Jenkins Memorial 1976

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Sports Day Programmes 1974 1973 1972  - with NHB as record holder for U16 100m   11.4 secs    U17   11.8 secs    O17 11.4 secs
P Masters as shot record holder 1973   9.51 m  (I think) 

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Corp Punishment Register  -Complete up to 1971 - Extracts include P Whittaker - 2 strokes for 'fooling in assembly'
Laurence James Ralph Martin  -  'attacking a prefect' Jepson Peaty & King - 'Insulting a physics Master ' March 1969
PD Berry - Disturbing Mr Waters lesson P Mathews also appeared (can't recall what for).
All the other favourites were there Howship D  Shepherd T, Flegg M, Tucker , Fox , Moss, Perry. Wilson. Elson - great reading.

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School plays - Programmes include:-Rosencrantz & Guildenstern  Starring Nigel Morris & Nick Sorenson
(title roles) Rod King as Hamlet Mark Jarman as The player Paul Botting and Phil Whittaker as  Courtiers Dave Fitzgerald as Claudius Mr & Mrs KH Gregory did the make-up Mr Lunn - responsible for the Box Office.

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Speech Day Programmes - loads  here 1973 the prog includes prizes for :- Peaty - Cricket Barnes - Basketball Tong -
French Masters - Services to the school.
Staff Register  complete with Comments on Individuals  - These were the actual comments:-
Openshaw - Not a strict disciplinarian. Thomas - Fine 3/4 back Shepherd - Interests are Rugger, Cricket

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Staff meeting minutes - One entry from Jan 30th 1969 included:- 'Vending  machine -  Mr Steele to continue his investigation.  
A suggested compromise was for Vic Gilbert to sit in the machine and dispense tea'.