Soham Grammarians - Mr RJH Makin HNC, Science 1961-

Soham Grammarian Spring 1962

In September 1961 we welcomed to the Staff four new masters: Mr DA Clark (Biology), Mr PR Grover (English), Mr RJH Makin (Science) and Mr JG Speed (Geography).

Already their presence has invigorated the life of the School, and we hope that their stay at Soham will be long and happy.

Mr Makin was not on the 1970 School photo.

from the 1965 School Photo

from the 1972 School Photo

Andrew Makin (son) wrote in 2004: RJH stood for Randall John Hewitt. He was known as John by everyone, except his immediate family who called him Randall [editor - for some reason I think we called him Reg at school - Andrew later reminded me that of course another nickname for his father was 'Arthur Mo' as 'Half a mo' was a well known saying of his.].

Dad left school and did a time-served apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. After working in the motor trade he worked as a draughtsman for Rolls-Royce in Hinckley (Leics). He attended Loughborough Teacher Training College (before it became a university) and started his teaching career in Lichfield.

After the Grammar School closed he taught at Ely Sixth Form College and also Bedford House in Ely until he finally retired from teaching. Then he became a self-employed driving instructor. He was a Lay Reader in the Church of England. He passed away on 9th February 1986 aged 62 years.

Andrew wrote in 2008 that his mother Mrs Edith Makin (Betty) died on 7th December 2008.

See also:
Amahl and the Night Visitors 1961 - Make-up
The Winter's Tale 1962 - Lighting
Memory be Green 1964 - Lighting
Pirates of Penzance 1965 - Directed by the Makins
The Shoemaker's Holiday 1965 - Lighting
Merchant of Venice 1967 - Lighting
Importance of Being Earnest 1970 - Lighting
Arms and the Man 1971 - Lighting
HMS Pinafore 1972 - Producer
Lighting was usually done with Mr PD Scott.

Frank Haslam '59' writes: He took us for Physics until the year before O Level. At some point he had a lengthy period of sick leave but returned and was still on the staff until July 1972. As Andrew Makin says, his father was a Lay Reader and I recall him coming to take a service at Burwell.

He and his wife Betty were keen G&S fans.

If you can add memories of Mr Makin, his obituary, or provide further photos of him, please contact the editor.
page last updated 14 Jan 2009