Soham Grammarians - 2015 Reunion Luncheon

Who booked for the 2015 Lunch

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This year we welcomed two SGs who had not been since at least 2002.
Three former SGS staff were present: Mr Dick Bozeat, Mr Peter Scott and Mr Alan Mason.
Our MC this year was John Dimmock 59 who is also our Box Office manager. John's wife Sue and daughter Emma assisted with the drinks.

Guests of Honour
Dr Carin Taylor - Principal of Soham Village College since 2006
Mrs Ann Jarman -
daughter of Mr CJ Ford
Mike Petty MBE SG57 - our speaker

Introduction: John Dimmock 59

Grace Gwyn Murfet SG56


Ardennes pâté and toast with salad garnish
Main Course
Roast pork
Roast potatoes, carrots, green cabbage,
honeyed roast parsnips, peas, apple sauce


Lemon drizzle cake with lemon sauce
Cheeseboard and biscuits

Tea or Coffee, with brandy snap twirl

* a vegetarian alternative was offered when booking

The meal was followed by the Loyal Toast: John Waller SG47

Then came 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: John Dimmock 59.  John was standing in for our usual MC, Chris Bent 53, who we were pleased was present following his recent heart surgery.

John welcomed the non-SGS guests, present. Our numbers were up on last year. He particularly welcomed fellow SG59er Stu Porter, formerly of Littleport and now in Pennsylvania, USA, and that redoubtable globetrotter Mike Barningham SG60, who had dropped in on his way to Mexico from Nigeria!

John later presented bouquets to Dr Carin Taylor, Mrs Ann Jarman and to Sara Coutts who was in charge of the excellent catering for our lunch. As customary, 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.

Welcome to Soham Village College: Dr Carin Taylor, the Principal - who has attended all our events during her tenure - reminded us that the SVC family now includes two primary schools. She stressed the important role we have in the heritage of SVC.

Toast to Absent Friends: Peter Nicholls SG39. Those known to have died since our last Lunch were: Albert Edwin Peacock SG30?, Lewis Heavens SG44, Ronnie (Ronald James) Southgate SG45, Cedric Fretwell SG48, Barry Jelleyman SG49, John Gammon SG63, Bernard Anderson SG65, Robert Medlock SG68.

Reflections on Eight Decades of Looking Back at Cambridgeshire History, by Mike Petty MBE, SG57 (see via link below)

Those sending apologies were:

Alan Bray 60
Anthony Payton 53
Arnold Tomalin 39

Barry Bartholomew
Brenda Bott 47 Cook

Brian Lane 48
Bryan Lythell 56

‘Dinks’ Palmer 37

Eric Simper 51

Geoff Fernie 59

Jerzy Kiebuzinski 49
John Ansell 47

Leon Kitchen

Mark Curtis ‘66’
Mike Yeomans 60

Neil Munro, 67

Patrick Faircliffe 48
Peter Deasley 54
Peter Smith 59

Reg Brown 47
Rodney Brown 48
Roger Johnson 59
Roger Logan 57

Simon Curtis 67
Stan Darby 38

Wilkes Walton 36

Some 2015 Reunion Luncheon photos

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Michael Payton 51 - Barry Lowe 55 - Gwyn Murfet 56 - Stan Harley 53 - Alan Hill 53 - Chris Bent 53, during pre-lunch drinks served in the Foyer

John Dimmock 59, our MC

View of the hall, food being served. On the screen, an ever changing display of photos, in this case from the last Prizegiving in 1972

Ann Jarman - Carin Taylor

Dave Angood 55 - Gus Goad 55

Michael Turner 47 - John Waller 47

Tim Dickinson 50 - Irene Dickinson - Elsie Detheridge - Alan Breeze 54

Peter Scott - Dick Bozeat

Mike Petty 57 - Peter Nicholls 39

Albert Ware 52 - Ken Purchase 52

Vernon Peacock 62 - Terry Peacock 61

John Lester 65 - Fred Eden 44 - John Brown 51

Mike Goodchild 51 - Gerald Gillett 51 - Mike Barningham 60

Vince Gudgeon 66 - Simon Thornhill 66 - Anthony Nix 65

Anthony Nix 65 - Ralph Barker 65 - Simon Thornhill 65 - Mike Petty 57

working back: on L: Stu Porter 59 - John Dimmock 59: on R: Dannie Nicholas 59 - Ralph Dunham 59 - Vaughan Moll 59 - Peter Scott 59
(taken by Frank Haslam '59')

The 59ers again, this time with Frank (2nd from right)

Our thanks to Caretaker Merv Peachey and SVC Liaison Matt Muldoon, who make sure everything is in place and working.

Mike Petty's talk
Reflections on eight decades of looking back on Cambridgeshire history

images: unless otherwise stated, Frank Haslam
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