- The Delanoy family have updated John Delanoy SG42's entry on
our In Memoriam page.
- Do you have any EHS connections? The EHS Luncheon Club has
announced that their Annual Luncheon will now not take place this year
but look forward to holding it in May 2022, all being well.
- Pauline Ogden (née Ward), ex-EHS, corrects two IDs on the 1965
School Photo - Glyn Taylor and Phillip Wright. Glyn Taylor SG61 has
just also made contact!
- John Dimmock SG59 writes: Sara Coutts, ex-SVC, who
has been responsible for organising, preparing and serving the food
for our reunions for the last ten years has decided to move on to
pastures new. At a farewell event held appropriately in Beechurst
Hall, Dr Carin Taylor, Executive Headteacher of the Staploe Trust, who
many of you will know, praised Sara for her loyal service as well as
her willingness to go well over and beyond her job description.
As the local SGS 'boy' Dr Taylor had invited me to attend. On behalf
of the Grammarians I offered Sara our sincere thanks and knowing her
love of gardening gave her an appropriate voucher. It comes as no
great surprise that she will not be working in the catering trade but
has secured a position at Simpson's Nursery in Fordham.
- John Gammon SG63's death in 2015 was reported at the time.
Thanks to Peter Smith SG59 and further research a full obituary is now
available on our In Memoriam page. It makes for interesting
reading especially if you were into the music scene, in which John was
a respected observer and operator. He was the subject of a BBC Heir
Hunters programme in 2016 but it is currently not available via
- Ian Hobbs SG48 and Brian Knott SG57 have heard that Fred W
Thurling SG48, a Littleport boy, has died. No further details at
present but please contact the editor if you know more.
- This photo of SG Old Boys was found by Brian Knott SG57. He
had it from Robin McLaren, who died in 2009 aged 93 and was at SGS in
John Dimmock SG59 reports it has appeared in Ely
Old Photos on Facebook. John recalls that Robin ran
a garage in Haddenham and that John Chapman was the father of Peter
When and where was it taken and what names can you add? A
1937-40, 1948 list of OBs
may jog your memory.
standing: John Chapman - Walter Sparrow - 3 - Robin McLaren - 5 - 6 -
7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16
seated: Les Read - 2 - 3 - John G Unwin - 5 - 6 - Gothard - 8 - 9 - 10
- Daniel Woodroffe in Norfolk is a grandson of the late Barry
Woodroffe SG50. "He sadly passed on 23rd February 2013 after a
short illness. During the times we spent together whilst I was growing
up he spent lots of time speaking of his time at Soham Grammar school,
growing up in Ely and moving to Norfolk at the age of 15. After
watching a program recently, I have been spurred on to find out more
about his time in Ely and at Soham Grammar School."
Daniel hopes that someone reading this may be able to provide memories
of Barry, including photos. He has no photos of his grandfather about
the time he was at SGS and so has not been able to spot him on the
1952 or 1954 School Photos. For more information to jog memories about
Barry please see In Memoriam and if you can help Daniel please
contact the editor.
- John Fordham SG47 died on 27 January 2021 aged 84, writes Ian
Hobbs SG48: John was a gifted mathematician and sportsman - SGS's
first Soccer Blue (Oxford) and continued to play with Soham United for
several years. He was also in the school cross-country team and
continued to run long distance for many years in this country and
abroad as a veteran. Diploma in Education, Oxford University; taught
at Newmarket Grammar School (his wife Pauline taught at Ely High
School): more information when available - also see In Memoriam.
Chris Wain (Maths 66-70) writes: I played with John a couple
of times, at left-back for Soham United including in 1966 against
Soham Town Rangers, a keenly anticipated local derby! The last time I
saw him was at the funeral of Bob Chapman, father of Colin Chapman
whom I taught at SGS.
- Dannie Nicholas SG59's daughter Wendy writes: It is with the
greatest sadness that I inform you of the death of my father Dannie
John Nicholas. Following a long battle with
[severe non-alcoholic] cirrhosis and COPD, he
unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 mid-January. He passed away
peacefully on the evening of Sunday 31st January 2021.
Funeral arrangements are uncertain at present and in current
circumstances will be required to be small and private. It saddens me
that we can't necessarily honour all of my father's wishes regarding
his funeral but for anyone who would like to make a donation to
charity in his memory, he expressed a wish that donations be directed
to Bipolar UK [click
here to make a donation]
If you have memories, photos etc of Dannie to share with us and his
family please contact the editor.
- Darren Tebbitt updates our In Memoriam page with an entry
on Desmond Gutteridge (1934 entry, believed died 1999): "Des
was a gentleman's hairdresser with a barber's shop in St Mary's Street
Ely, known for his eclectic taste in bow ties - he never cut without
- A Happy and Healthy New Year to all - keep well
- Lorna Delanoy (ex-EHS), widow of Michael SG48 informs
me that the last of the Delanoy boys, John SG42, died on 4
January 2021. Don SG40? died in 1988 and Michael last year. It
is hoped to have a full obituary in due course - for now see In
- Norman South SG46, born and raised in Littleport,
died on Christmas Day 2020 at the age of 85. As reported in the Ely
Standard, 5 January 2021, he was a well known figure on the
local sporting scene: via Chris Bent SG53 - see more in In
- Darren Tebbitt's grandfather Les Tebbitt worked with a cousin Douglas
Joe Heaps and Douglas's father Joe Heaps on the family farm in
Haddenham. Darren has identified Douglas on the 1935 School Photo.
Douglas was taken ill during the 1942 Harvest and diagnosed with
Leukaemia, dying six weeks later aged 22.
Darren has this photo of Douglas (right) with his friend Maurice
Waddelow (left, d 1976), also from Haddenham, at Hunstanton in 1936.
Maurice served in the Royal Artillery in WW2. Is it Maurice standing
next to Douglas in the 1935 School Photo? Haddenhamites please report.
Darren's former neighbour Geoffrey JA Newell SG51 b 1940 d
March 2015 is in the 1952 and 1954 School photos.
- Mr Leon Kitchen (History 1951-57) died on 2nd December
2020, aged 93. His funeral was on Thursday 17 December at 2.15pm at
the West Road Crematorium in Newcastle.
His daughter Rachel writes: As you know he was a very special
man and I’m privileged to have had him as a father for so long. My
mother Barbara and I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Through his son Mark, Leon held The
National Autistic Society particularly close to his heart
and donations in Leon's name are welcomed by the family.
Leon attended many of our reunions, the last in 2009 and thereafter
sent his apologies. He kept in touch via our website and contact with
some of those he taught. In due course we will add his order of
service and tributes celebrating his life to his page.
If you have messages to be passed to the family/recollections of Leon
to add to his page please contact the editor: with thanks to Ian
- The death of novelist John Harding SG62 in 2017 has been
noted by Peter Smith SG'59'. John, who was from Prickwillow, was Head
Boy in 1968 and read English Literature at Oxford - see In
Memoriam and Pages by/on SGs
- David Bryan SG66 regains contact from New Zealand
- Lees Donaldson SG'59' has provided news of the death of Jeremy
David (Wayne) Fisk SG58 - see In Memoriam
Lees also writes: Although I have lived in Newmarket since the mid
seventies, my visits to Ely diminished after my father died and my
mother moved to Shelford. She died last year on Christmas Day at
the age of 99 so another link with Ely and the Scotch Home Bakery
which my parents ran has gone. I remember sometimes travelling
to school on the bus with a box of freshly baked rolls which Mrs
Jarrett had ordered. I never did find out what they were for.
- It has taken ten years for us to be reasonably confident that this
is 'our' Andrew K Bailey SG60: Ely Standard, 16th Dec
2010 - BAILEY Andrew, sadly passed away on December 7th,
2010. Much loved and loving son of Joan and the late Don, brother to
Debbie and Dave, loving uncle to James and Ben. Thanks are due
to Lees Donaldson SG'59', Pete Smith SG59 and Nick Cave SG60 - see In
Memoriam for the full story.
- 24 Oct: The reporting on our 2020 Reunion via Zoom two weeks ago is
now available. As it was recorded we all shared the many stories
that were being told. There are three sections linked to each
1. Reunion Report (including Roll Call)
2. The talk Some Funny Goings On at Soham Grammar School
3. A collection of anecdotes.
It'll take you a while.
Either go to it via the Annual Reunions link or click
here for the reporting on our 2020 Reunion via Zoom.
- 11 Oct: Our 2020 Reunion via Zoom took place yesterday and a report
is being prepared. A third of those who registered had not attended
before in this century (that's called historical perspective) for
various reasons - distance, health, event clashes etc. We had many
long distance faces on our screen - among them Australia, Thailand,
We were delighted to be joined by Mrs June Lawrance and her
daughter Gaye and by Mrs Carol Morton, widow of
Michael Morton SG'54'. JROT (as we were reminded of John
O'Toole (English 63-66)'s nickname) and Peter Scott (Maths 60-72)
joined us. Not all who registered were able to turn up, the most
dramatic being Eric Pearson SG60 in Kuujjuaq, Canada whose
internet connection was knocked out by a blizzard.
As Dr Carin Taylor of the Staploe Educational Trust said to us, let's
hope that she will be warmly welcoming us back in October 2021 (date
to be arranged) to our usual Beechurst Hall to be fed by Sara and her
team and served by the senior students.
- It's 18 years since this website was launched. We have
had getting on for 104,500 visits. Thank you to all who have
contributed material. The editor looks forward to hearing from those
who may have more - stories, memories, photos, Soham Grammarian
magazines etc that we
do not already have.
- In response to the 2020 Reunion letter sent to those for whom we had
no email address, more have now provided one. If you'd like to be in
touch with any of them please let me know: Kevin Brown SG63, Geoff
Double SG68, John Drake SG52, Terry Jordan SG48, Bruce King SG64,
Ranjit Kurrie SG61, Terry McHugh SG65, Chris Dubas-Pearce SG'65', Bill
Peters SG48, Chris Wain (Maths 66-70), Michael Whymer SG52.
- Ted Bullman BEM SG48 writes that he was sorry not to attend
this year. After long service in Comms in the RAF and MoD dealing with
sophisticated technology, followed by a long stint in electrics, he's
left that all behind and is telephone only these days. He enjoyed 5
years supervising the Sandringham Flower Show. If you wish to contact
him, let me know.
- Bernard White has written to inform us of the death of his brother Terence
William Wright MBE SG37 at the age of 91 on 29 September 2015 -
see an interesting account of his life and involvement in sail
training for schools in In Memoriam.
- John Woodward SG58 has made contact, thanks to his old friend
Denis Wilkins SG53. He has enabled us to provide a more
accurate Form 1T listing for the 1958 entry - see via School Lists
> Entry Year Guide
John's family moved to Hertfordshire in July 1960, the same time as Mr
Rex Waller (Latin 49-60) departed SGS for Somerset. John
completed his education at St Alban's Grammar School for Boys, which
he compares unfavourably to SGS. He went to sea and became a Ship's
Rex Waller was a churchwarden at St Mary's Bruton where John's wife's
uncle was the Vicar - John's wife and family were friends of the
Wallers. John had planned to drive Rex up to Soham for our 2008
Reunion but Joan Waller had been admitted to hospital and not long
afterwards, Rex died. For John's recollections of SGS see the
1950s section of our Scrapbook page.
This year's Reunion - how to join in this invitation only
1st October all Soham Grammarians in email contact were sent an
invitation to this year's Reunion. This is being held via Zoom
on Saturday 10th October, 2.15 for 2.30pm London time. If
you can't find that invitation email (and have checked that it was
not routed to your spam or junk email folders) please
let us know by clicking here.
If you wish to join in please carefully follow the guide points in
the invitation email and then click the registration link provided
to register for our reunion (even if you have already told
us you'd like to attend). You will then receive a confirmation
email which has the link and passcode you will use to join us on
If you have any queries then as usual please contact John Dimmock
If you are unable to join us but wish to present your apologies please
click here and send us a message.
A letter to those Grammarians not in email contact was
posted on 1 October informing them about the Reunion, asking if
they are now using email or if someone in their 'bubble'
who is on the internet could facilitate their joining in.
We already know a number of Grammarians who for reasons of age or
health, or living in foreign parts (i.e. even further away than
Cambridgeshire, including beyond these shores) are looking
forward, on this occasion, to being able to join us.
We're giving it our best go. Dr Carin Taylor will again
be attending to bring us up to date on the past year at Soham
Village College and the challenges they are now facing. There will
be a short illustrated presentation on Some Funny Goings on at
SGS. We hope you will join us. Bring your own food and
Registrations as of 12:45 on
10th October - name and year of entry.
Plan to attend but not yet listed? Please register NOW
* one of 20 new attenders
- David Beale 62*
- Richard Berney 68*
- Kevin Brown 63* Germany
- Martin Brunt 66
- Chris Bull 53
- Bill Chilcott 50* USA
- Michael Clark 55* Australia
- Kenneth 'Sam' Clift 50
- Malcolm Coe 57
- Martyn Davies 66*
- Richard Dean 56
- Alan Dench 67
- John Dimmock 59
- Susan Dimmock
- Alan Diver 40*
- Keith Diver 70
- Geoff Double 68
- Ralph Dunham 59
- Keith Essex 69* Canada
- Patrick Faircliffe 48
- Geoff Fernie 59 Canada
- Richard Formby 68*
- Alan Frost 54
- James Gilbert 65
- Phil Green 68*
- Frank Haslam '59'
- John Hill 48
- Ian Hobbs 48
- Roger Human 46
- Ken Hunter 67
- Peter Jeffrey 49
- Douglas Jones 71*
- Terry Jordan 48
- Bill Kelly 55*
- Ranjit Kurrie 61*
- Mrs June Lawrance f (AEL)
- Brian Lythell 56
- Vaughan Moll 59
- Donald Monk 50
- Mrs Carol Morton (Michael 54)
- John O'Toole (English 63-66)*
- Barry Parr 62
- Christopher Dubas (Pearce) 65*
- Eric Pearson 60* Canada
- Stuart Porter 59 USA
- Terry (Eric) Scannell 66*
- Peter Scott (Maths 60-72)
- Brian Smith 63*
- Peter Smith 59
- Roger Smith 56 South Africa
- Trevor Smith 62* Thailand
- Carin Taylor SET
- Brian Thorby 49
- Simon Thornhill 65
- Piet Walton-Knight 52
- Michael Whymer 52*
- Denis Wilkins 53
- Tony Willenbruch 62
- Michael Yeomans 60 USA
- You can do a different kind of zooming - in and out and all about -
the SVC website has a fascinating 360 degree aerial view of the Soham
Village College campus and the surrounding town and countryside. See
how much it has grown since SGS days - we have a direct link to the
aerial view in Scrapbook > Other
- Back in contact or making contact: Nigel Haslop SG66 in
Cambridgeshire, Brian Smith SG63 in Kent.
- This year's Reunion
- see August - keep the afternoon of Saturday 10th October free!
- We have heard from his daughter Diana that John Butcher SG47
died on 12th September 2020. Further information is awaited.
- Bob Sculthorpe SG63 and his brother David SG65 have been in touch
with the news that Charlie Maschke SG64 died on 12th September
in Addenbrookes Hospital after a short illness. He was a boarder
during his time at SGS. The funeral is on 29th September
2020 at Cam Valley Crematorium, Saffron Walden - family only mourners
due to COVID restrictions. More information on Charlie's life in due
- Michael Smith has been in touch to say his father Trevor William
Smith SG61 died on 30th August 2020, a month short of his 71st
birthday. The notice in the Ely Standard on 10 September
called him 'the Rock of the family'. His funeral was at St Mary's Ely
on 24th September and it was planned that family all over the world
would be able to view it. For much more see In Memoriam.
- Geoffrey Glover's father Albert Glover SG22's best friend
was Professor Leslie Audus
who left SGS in 1929. He has identified his father, next to Leslie on
the Late 20s School Photo (see via School Lists/Photos), of
which he has a copy, alas undated. His father has been added to our In
Memoriam page (he was the first Little Downham boy to go to
Cambridge University) and recollections of Leslie have been added to
- Mike Yeomans and Eric Pearson, both SG60 musicians, add memories of
Greg Holt SG60 - see via In Memoriam
- Charles Peacock SG44 has informed us of the death earlier this year
of Chris Strawson SG44 from Ely. He was in both the Football
and Cricket 1st XIs. He became a Squadron Leader in the RAF, retiring
to the Isle of Wight. For much more see In Memoriam
- Simon Curtis SG67 had a new book published in August. The
Farrier is a photo-book: Dr Curtis says "Wherever
there are horses there are farriers. My photo-book celebrates the
farrier's role, the environment they work in, and the variety of
horses they care for. It is the culmination of a 10-year project with
one purpose: to share joy and pride for the craft of farriery.":
thanks to Ivan Whymer SG56, who provided a cutting from the Newmarket
Journal, 13 August 2020 - see also Pages on/by SGs
- A letter sent to friends by Edward Armitage advising of
their move from The Moat to Cambridge Road, Ely reveals some
of his early thoughts about the new Sixth Form Centre in Ely - see via
Annual Reunions > 2012 > Report (end of) > Talk (end of)
- Brian Jackson SG50 has made contact from Australia and put us
in touch with his brother Gordon Jackson SG52. They were
Fordham boys - Gordon has not moved as far as Brian, who has had a
career in aviation. Brian says he was sad to hear of the death of Clive
Bray SG50 who lived at the top of his street and did quite a lot
"One SGS memory that is indelibly embossed on my brain" says Brian "is
that trackway with tractor ruts and freezing cold muddy water that I
'accidentally tripped' Mr Foster into during a cross country run. BOY
did I pay - he picked a long whippy stick and I copped it across
the back of my legs until we made the road. We had a love/hate
relationship." Another teacher taught Geography and was a Chelsea
F.C fan and loved twisting your ear and in his words 'I'll give
you a bit of ginger'. Who could that be?
year's Reunion: Following discussions with Dr. Carin Taylor at
the Staploe Educational Trust about our Annual Reunion Lunch,
scheduled for Saturday 10th October 2020, we have decided that it will
have to be cancelled:
are looking into holding an online reunion on Saturday 10th October
at 2.15pm via the widely used Zoom service. If you have
not already used it yourself you will almost certainly have seen it
used by tv News and other programmes such as the BBC One Show:
- many of us
are in the 'at risk' age group
catering team for the Village College have been furloughed
and no meal planning has been possible
- the Village
College is very unlikely to be accepting bookings for the
Beechurst Hall for our kind of event
You won't have to travel and it'll be free (well, not quite - you
provide your own food and drink).
We can do
quite a lot of the usual things, though perhaps not (as someone once
said) necessarily in the same order:-
to the Queen
to Absent Friends
from the Village College (Dr Carin Taylor)
- A short
Question and Answer time
"But I really like being able to chat even if they were
not in my year" One idea is to list those registering to attend
here on our website so you can let us know who you might like to talk
to. After the event we can email those who wish to be in touch
and are happy to share contact details. We'd leave it up to you
whether you phone each other or set up your own Zoom meetings. See
Trevor Smith's report below on a Zoom chat with four SGs recently,
mainly to celebrate joint 70th birthdays.
How to join the 10th October Reunion will only be provided to
those who register for it.
So that's how our thinking goes at the moment. Please let us know if
you'd like to give it a go (or not) and if you have any ideas to help
make it work.
We will do all we can beforehand to help those who have not yet Zoomed
to get up to speed if there are no friends or family able to help.
look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible on our ideas.
If the feedback is broadly positive we'll be in touch with
registration information in due course. We will then also
contact those who have not provided an email address, to check if they
now have one or have someone who can help them join in.
information was sent on 5 August to all SGs in email contact.
- The 75th Anniversary of V-J Day is also a reminder of the
anniversary of the cruel death of Fred
Hockley SG34. We remember him and all who did not return
from WW2 or, particularly in the case of the Far East, returned from
terrible captivity. For the application of learning in that kind of
adversity perhaps also look at Leslie
Audus, who left SGS in 1929.
Bobby SG44 adds his Kodak 120 photo of the 1947-48 Football
1st XI. RAT had departed for Canada. Mr CJ Ford reported "So far
the 1st XI has not lost a match and has defeated some strong
school sides. Fortunately, most of last year's team, so ably
coached by Mr RA Taylor, was still available at the beginning of
the season, and with the increased experience has welded into a
very strong side." - see via Sport > Football
- News from his partner that
Greg Holt SG60 has died. He was the son of Ken
Holt SG (left in 1938) who had distinguished wartime service
in Bomber Command before entering the teaching profession. He is
warmly remembered by those (including Mike Rouse) who were at
Silver Street school in Ely. For more about Greg see In
- We have also heard from Alan Dench SG67 that Ed
Kisby SG67 died of complications from the flu. His
funeral, close family only,
was on Friday 27th at St Mary’s Hitchin, the church with which Ed
was closely involved. The family are planning to hold a memorial
service when the situation improves. Ed was a speaker at our 2012
Reunion as part of the 40 Years On talk. We hope to have
more from the family in due course
- From the Ely Standard 23 July 2020
DELANOY Michael Ewart MBE. [SG48] Beloved husband to
Lorna, father to Kevin, Craig and James and grandfather to Jordan,
Joshua, Carlotta, Scarlet and Zak, died suddenly on July 9th 2020.
Private family funeral. Donations in Michael's memory if desired to
The Farmland Museum or British Heart Foundation c/o A.G. Carter
Funeral Director, 6 Froize End, Haddenham, Cambs CB6 3UQ - see In
Memoriam for a family tribute.
Mike's contributions to local life (and those of his wife Lorna) will
be well known to many of you, notably The
Farmland Museum. His funeral took place on 31 July. With
thanks to Lorna Delanoy, to whom our condolences; Ian Hobbs SG48 and
Brian Knott SG57.
- Trevor Smith SG62 writes: I trust this finds you happy,
healthy and free from all 'outside threats'. Here in Thailand we seem
to have gotten off very lightly when compared to the UK.
I thought I'd drop you a quick line to let you know that thanks to
your prompt efforts in putting us back in contact, 5 former SGS pupils
enjoyed a 2-hour 'reunion' Zoom chat a few days ago. It was mainly to
celebrate joint 70th birthdays, but all 5 of us thoroughly enjoyed
this 'international' chinwag: myself (SGS62) Thailand, and former
classmates of SGS61 (or at least of that age group): Tim Ewer New
Zealand, Nick Grainger Australia, Ranjit Kurrie Cambridge UK, and Doug
(Fred) Neate in Leicester UK. Among other things we talked about the
occasion of Tim, Fred, Nick and myself performing at the 6th Form
dance (not sure what year!)
- For those of you with EHS connections Ely High School Luncheon
Club have postponed their Annual Reunion to Saturday 22 May
2021, in the hope that it will be safe to go ahead by then.
- Malcolm Brooks SG51 is one of four St Andrew's School
Burwell boys who gained County Scholarships to come to SGS in 1951.
His daughter found a photo of them, one of whom was Michael Goodchild
- see via Scrapbook/Burwell
- Ivan Whymer SG56 has provided Clive Bray SG 50's obituary
published in a recent Newmarket Journal - see via In Memoriam
- Shirley Fuller writes of Colin Fuller SG51: "Sorry to hear
about Michael Goodchild. A good friend of Colin’s. I am sorry to have
to let you know that Colin passed away on the 17th June 2020. His
funeral is on 9th July, West Chapel, Cambridge Crematorium."
Another Burwellian 51er. He will be added to our In
- Brian Thorby SG49 writes: Sorry to report that Michael Colin
Goodchild SG51 died on 12 June 2020. He was originally from
Burwell, later Exning. He was 79 and had wife Gwen and a son and
daughter. His funeral was on 23 June at West Suffolk Crematorium - for
more see In Memoriam
- Brian Knott SG57 writes: Rodney
Fretwell's death was in the Ely Standard - died 31 May
in Kettering aged 89.
Born in Ely, educated at Soham Grammar School [entry year 1942], lived
in Witchford, Little Thetford and Ely. Only child of Florence and Jack
Fretwell of Stuntney - see In Memoriam
- Mike Hallam SG51 perhaps resolves the mystery
of the girl in his photo from the 1957 outdoor production of The
Taming of the Shrew by observing that such photos were posed
specially as a record of the actors rather than being of the play as
performed - see via History > History 2 > Productions
- Mike Hallam SG51 provides a photo from the outdoor
production of The Taming of the Shrew by the Sixth Form and
EHS in July
Is anyone in touch with Jeremy Franklin? - see via History >
History 2 > Productions
- On 29 April Martin Kyte SG'69' wrote:
Sadly I have to tell you of the sudden passing of Chris Sangster
SG63 of Burwell last week after a major stroke. Chris was at the
last reunion and can be seen in the photo report. I knew Chris from
way back although in recent years we became much closer though our
shared interest in model engineering and clockmaking. Along with
another of our friends we met every Monday night to talk of workshops
and eat cheese. Soham Grammar School often cropped up in conversation.
Further information will be added when available - for now see In
- Jon Evans SG'61' has provided a photo of the coach that lost
its windscreen on the joint trip to Europe with EHS in Summer 1964. He
wasn't on the trip but his future wife Jean (née Williams) was one of
the EHS girls who took part. We asked 'Who is the boy in the photo?'
He has now been identified - see via History > History2 >
School Visits ... 1964
- Ralph Dunham SG59 has provided a warm recollection of the
late Bill Jethro Rennison, History 61-67, which will
also interest the SG Scouts of that time - see via In Memoriam.
- Phil Green SG68 is in contact: He says he was one of
the unfortunate ones to lose the good teachers because of going
comprehensive between the Fourth and Fifth Forms leading up to O
Levels. In 1975 Phil joined Spillers Milling in Cambridge and followed
a laboratory career across the industry, culminating in Quality
Management roles before retiring early in 2017.
He has added a few names to the 1972 School photo and added a
colour photo of some of his friends walking in the procession to Soham
Parish Church on 28 July 1972 for the service commemorating the
end of SGS - see via History (at the bottom of that page).
- 16/4/20 Frank Haslam writes: Earlier today I heard from Alan Bray
SG60 of the death of his brother Clive Bray SG50, on Tuesday
14th April, in West Suffolk Hospital. Clive had been there for 17 days
suffering from pneumonia and another infection before being
additionally diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Clive and Alan
have been great supporters of the Soham Grammarians. They can be seen
sitting together, as usual, at the 2019 Reunion. Our thoughts
are with Alan, and Clive's family and friends.
If you have recollections of Clive or condolences to pass on,
please send them to me via email - for more on Clive see In
In these troubling times, you will understand when I ask you to
let me know if you learn of a Grammarian's passing.
Keep well, you and yours.
- Chris Bent SG53 has informed us of the death of Terry Day MBE
SG57: "Terence Robert Day - Terry passed away Thursday
16th April 2020, aged 73. Much loved husband of Julie, father to
Sarah, Stuart and Joanne. A celebration of Terry's life will be held
later in the year." - Ely Standard, April 23, 2020 - see In
- Stephen Martin SG62 was browsing the Staff pages, including
Bill Rennison, History 61-67. He followed the link to the
Tewkesbury History Society (THS), of which Bill had been Treasurer and
found that Bill had died in 2017. Our recent Reunion letters
to Bill's residential home in Reading were not returned so we were not
aware of this. The editor last saw Bill at Gordon Hemmings' funeral in
2011 and had been in letter and phone contact thereafter.
Bill's page on this website has been updated with the THS tribute. If
you have memories or photos to add to those coming in please contact
the editor -
see Bill's page via In Memoriam
- Peter Nicholls SG39
adds Mr Turner (39-40) to those who taught English - "He was a
graduate of Magdelene College, Cambridge, and was called up" - see
Staff Timeline via School Lists > Staff
- The Staploe Educational Trust has
kindly alerted us to a compilation of films on YouTube made at SGS
mostly if not all in 1961 (not 1963 as stated on YouTube). It includes
events at the School Garden Party (July 1961) such as: the cast of School
& Crossbones performed by Form 2H under the direction of Mr
Hemmings; the Chess Club; the performance of the Toy Symphony under
the direction of Mr Ades; classroom scenes including Mr Hart and
others; athletics and gymnastics scenes; visit to London/Heathrow;
Scouts; winter snow scenes; demolition of the Conservatory.
We believe the original source to be old cine films of SGS
activities found when the late Mr Lionel Hart's bungalow was being
cleared. For some time we have had what looks to be the same
material on DVDs but for technical reasons had been unable to do
anything about publishing it. Hence the YouTube link is very
welcome. Some of the content relates to other pages in the 1960s
section in Scrapbook
The nearly half an hour long compilation will probably take
some of you longer to watch as you freeze frames and rewind to
check faces and scenes from long ago. In an age of the amazing
image quality delivered by camera technology in mobile phones the
compilation is a reminder of how far things have advanced.
The editor welcomes any publishable 'commentary' or images
of your own to add to our knowledge of what is shown, including
The compilation can be viewed via this
or via the 1960s section in Scrapbook
There is no sound track.
- Via Brian Knott SG47, news of the
death of Cyril Prior SG44, on 9th February 2020 at the age of
86. He was living in Chettisham - see In Memoriam
- The official opening of Soham
Grammar School at Beechurst took place on Tuesday 22nd February 1927.
Thanks to John Dimmock SG59 and Mike Petty MBE SG57 the Cambridgeshire
Times report of the event can be seen via History >
- Dannie Nicholas 59 is among
the SG59ers would like to make contact with Dana Curtis, who
spent the school year 1959-60 at SGS in Form 1T. We believe he
was the son of an American stationed at Lakenheath who thought his son
would benefit from being in a British school rather than the one on
the base. If you can help us to trace Dana please contact the editor.
- Mrs Marie O'Gorman taught
Maths at SGS towards the end of WW2. She died in her 100th year on
December 20th 2019 and her Requiem Mass took place at Newmarket Roman
Catholic Church on 20th January 2020. In later life she taught
privately and at St Louis Primary School in Newmarket.
Peter Nicholls SG39 spotted that she had died - she was among
the incoming wartime staff that he remembered. John Dimmock SG59
has kindly provided the obituary that was published in the Newmarket
Journal on 30th January 2020. This may be of particular
interest to those with Newmarket connections or know a thing a two
about horse racing (the O'Gorman family being significant trainers) -
see via In Memoriam.
- Alan Bray SG60 adds names to
the SGS 1962 Scout Troop Photo on the Scouts 1961-62 page - see via History
>History 2 > Scouts
of change of date of Ely High School Reunion:
For those of you with EHS connections the date of their date of
their Reunion this year has been changed because the planned date -
9th May - was in the middle of the National Celebration Holiday to
remember VE Day.
postponed EHS Reunion will now be held on Saturday 19th September at
Ely Golf Club.
- A Happy and Healthy New Year to you
all. At our last reunion, and subsequently by email, we sought
opinions on the idea of trying out holding our Annual Reunion on
the second Saturday of October (10/10/20) rather than
the first (3/10/20). This came up because some who had long wanted to
come found that they always had other events happening on the first
There was not much feedback but it was 2:1 in favour of trying out the
second Saturday this year. So please
put Saturday 10th October in your 2020 diary/calendar - and also a
month earlier so that you will be in good time to make a booking.
We are sorry if the new date is not to your liking. We hope to see
early bookings from those who hoped for the change! It's only by
trying out the change that we can plan ahead, and time is not on our
- Flight Sergeant Keith Alan
Johnson RAFVR was part of the 1930 entry at SGS. His family
lived in Fordham. His Hampden bomber suffered failure of both engines
shortly after taking off from RAF Waddington near Lincoln on 14th
April 1942 to bomb Germany. Of the four crew he alone survived, but
died the following day in hospital. He is buried at Fordham Parish
Church. A plaque in memory of the crew has just been unveiled at North
Kesteven Academy, North Hykeham, the present day location of the crash
site - see press report via In Memoriam > WW2 Roll of Honour
- Ken Purchase SG52 has died.
This announcement was noted on the day of publication by Chris Bent in
the Ely Standard of 9th January 2020. PURCHASE - Kenneth Ellis
'Ken', sadly passed away on 30th November 2019, aged 79 years. Beloved
husband to Ruth. A private family funeral has taken place. Ken had
been a regular at our Reunions. More information when available.
- The 2012 Reunion talk 40
Years On is now available. This talk covered the end
of SGS and the merger with the Village College in 1972. Both
Staff and Old Boys took part and more material has been added -
see via Reunions
- Mr Denis Tokley's family knew Mr Peter Askem (Art & Pottery
54-72) in his childhood and has provided some photos - see
at the end of Peter's page via In Memoriam
- The Rev Christine Sindall has informed us of the death of Denis
Sindall (1940 entry) on 2nd January 2020. He would have been 91
in early March. He had developed a rare cancer and Alzheimer’s but
until the last weeks could remember life in Ely and Soham especially
during the war years. In 2008 we reported that the Sindalls had
recently moved to Northumberland when the Revd Canon Christine Sindall
retired as Rector of the Cheveley Group of Parishes near Newmarket.
Denis had been Health and Safety Officer for East Cambridgeshire
District Council until his retirement in 1996.
His funeral will be on Monday 20th Jan at 1 pm at St Peter and St
Paul’s Church Longhoughton, Alnwick, NE66 3JB: more to be added.
- If you know anyone who was at Ely High School they might be
interested to know that the EHS Annual Reunion Luncheon will
be at Ely Golf Club on Saturday
September 19th 2020 - see the EHS website via the link
on the left of your screen for further information when it becomes
available. [this has been updated from the originally published date
in May 2020, which might have clashed with the VE Day 75th anniversary
- Beth Lane writes: Eric Simper SG51 died on 19th December
2019. His very well attended funeral was at St Mary's Church, Ely on
Wednesday 22nd January at noon, and afterwards at Ely Football Club,
Downhams Road,Ely CB6 2SH.
He had been a frequent attender at our reunions but had been unwell
for a while. Our condolences go to his family. He was a Littleport boy
who spent much of his life in the area. He was a notable footballer at
school and with local teams - see https://www.elycityfc.co.uk/news/eric-simper-2497597.html
- Kenneth Herbert James Holliday (1939 entry) died on 5
January 2020 aged 91. Much loved and missed by family and friends. His
cousin Heather Smith (ex-EHS) writes: He was born 24 December 1928 at
Stretham. I don’t expect many people remember him as he joined
the Navy straight from school just after the end of WW2 and hasn’t
lived in the area since. His funeral will be at Earlham
Crematorium in Norwich on 29th January at 11am - see also In
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