Soham Grammarians - 2012 Reunion

Who booked for the 2012 Dinner

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This year we welcomed nine who had not been since at least 2002.
Four former SGS staff were present: Mr Dick Bozeat, Mr Peter Scott, Mr Chris Wain and Mr Gareth Wood.
Chris Bent
53 was again our MC and John Dimmock 59 was our box office manager.

Guests of Honour

Dr Carin Taylor - Principal of Soham Village College since 2006
Mrs Ann Jarman -
daughter of Mr CJ Ford

Introduction - Chris Bent 53


Rev (Rtd) Gwyn Murfet 56, using his old - now virtually loose-leaf - SGS service book.

Loyal Toast : THE QUEEN (Mrs Ann Jarman): Ann recalled the well deserved warmth and affection shown to the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee events of this year.

The ‘Roll Call’ – when each stood in turn, using the microphone, to tell us their name/SGS years/where they lived ‘then & now’

Welcome to Guests by the MC - Chris Bent 53
Welcome to Soham Village College - Dr Carin Taylor
(Wilkes Walton, 36)



Prawn Cocktail served with Homemade Bread Roll

Steak, Kidney and Mushroom Pie
Served with Creamed Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Garden Peas and Braised Red Cabbage*

Bread and Butter Pudding,
or Fresh Fruit Salad served with Cream

Cheeseboard with a Selection of Biscuits

Coffee and Mints

* a vegetarian alternative was offered when booking

Chris Bent 53, was our MC for the evening.

After welcoming our guests - Dr Carin Taylor, Principal of the Village College, Mrs Ann Jarman (née Ford) - Chris said he had the best seat in the house, sitting with Carin and Ann. This year he kindly forbore from describing some of the rest of us as grey haired old men.

Chris spoke of some having wondered whether we might find a lunch time event more acceptable than coming in the evening as in recent recent years.

Obviously we would still like to be in Beechurst. He said that we would look into it and then consult before making a decision about the timing of next year's event, which will be on Saturday 5th October 2013.

Later, he presented bouquets to Dr Carin Taylor, Mrs Ann Jarman and to Sara Coutts who was in charge of the catering for our evening.

He also presented the cash from the silver bowl that had been passed round to a representative from the very smartly turned out SVC senior pupils team that so capably served us.

Chris Bent 53

Guest of Honour
Dr Carin Taylor BA PhD CertEd NPQH

Principal of Soham Village College since September 2006

Dr Taylor thanked the Grammarians for their invitation to once again attend the Dinner.

She said it continued to surprise and delight her that the Soham Grammarians meet in such numbers, and that we had such evident fellowship with each other and remembrance - of different kinds - of our time at the school.

Soham Village College continues to thrive and much of the ethos of our time continues.

There is an application form for any SGs who wish to become a 'Friend of Soham Village College'. Many may have had family who attended the College after their own days at SGS.

Dr Carin Taylor

The pre-Dinner announcements on-screen included the following

The Official London 2012 Olympic torch stopped at SVC on 8th May as part of its tour of the United Kingdom.

Soham was the only College visited in Cambridgeshire by the iconic symbol of the Olympics.

The London 2012 logo is beautifully embossed onto the torch that features eight thousand small holes, each representing one torch bearer.

with thanks to SVC's Summer 2012 edition of Snapshot

The Toast to Absent Friends - Wilkes Walton 36

Wilkes said he had been invited earlier in the week by Frank to step in for this Toast, usually proposed by George Dann 33. George had been present earlier in the evening but as planned had left early to look after his wife who was poorly.

He said for those of his generation Absent Friends particularly meant the dead of WWII, old SGs like the athlete Johnny Norman and Fred Hockley, executed by the Japanese, whose photos had been among those on-screen during the meal.

He asked us to note that he was wearing the Sneesby Memorial bow-tie, given to him by the late Pat Sneesby in memory of her husband Norman Sneesby 36 who wore it to our Dinners.

Those whose deaths had been notified since our last Dinner were listed in the programme for the evening [Colin Blackwell SG60, Graham Chambers SG61, Peter Eland SG44, Keith Fuller SG40, Peter Herod SG51, John Humphreys SG'50', Bryan Lowe SG60; Mr Norman Sherrington.]

Wilkes Walton 36

Those sending apologies were:

John Ansell 47
Alan Barber 59
Barry Bartholomew PE 67-68
Philip Bobby 44
Brenda Bott, Cook 46-52
Jeeps Brown ‘36’
Rodney Brown 48
John Browning History 47-51
John Butcher 47
Richard Carter 38
Nigel Faben 59
Oliver Fyson 35
Al Gunn 70
Geoff Griggs 60
Mike Hawes 69
Bryan Hollamby Biology 66-70
Kathy Howells Biology 68-69
John Humphry Geography 65-72

Kenn Hunter 67

Roger Johnson 59
Leon Kitchen History 51-57
Brian Lane 48
Bob Leonard 41
Brian Lythell
Chris Mason 68
Robert Medlock 68
John Middleditch 53
Dannie Nicholas 59
Charles Peacock 44
Bill Rennison History 61-67
Geoff Rouse 56
Steve Salisbury 61
Stephen Seymour 68
Roger Smith 56
Clive Taylor 55
Jane Taylor (RAT’s daughter)
David Warren 51
Tony Willenbruch 62
Denis Wilkins 53

A get-well card for Mrs Brenda Bott, School Cook 46-52 was passed around for signatures.

Some 2012 Reunion Dinner photos

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Some tucking in, some looking at the stream of images on the screen, most having a good chat

Dr Mike Yeomans 60, over from New Jersey
Did anyone get a group photo of the other SG60s?

David Woodroffe 60 - Andrew Smith 60

Wilkes Walton 36 - Roy Palmer 37

Chris Wain (Maths 1966-70) - Dick Bozeat (Woodwork 1959-72)

Derek Murton 53 - Stan Harley 53 - Terry Lupson 55 (over from Cyprus)

Terry Rule 55 - Graham Bye 53

Malcolm Coe 57 'emigrated from Burwell to Exning' - Roger Logan 57

Barry Lowe 55 - Reg Brown 47

Fred Eden 44 - Brian Leonard 49

Michael Turner 47 (not 45!) - David Sparkes 47 - John Waller 47 - Malcolm Lloyd 58

Mrs Ann Jarman, née Ford, seated opposite ...

... Dr Carin Taylor

Chris Bent presents flowers to Sara Coutts who was in charge of our catering for the evening

A report on this talk is being prepared

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