The 1960s Old Boys' Group
The 1960s Old Boys' Group started in 2010 when a few North House Old Boys who were at the school in the 1960s got in contact after some 40 years. Our meetings since then are shown in reverse order - i.e. latest first, and a gallery of pictures from each event is at the foot of this page.
July 19th 2018 saw yet another successfull meeting - again at the Castle in Ottershaw. The weather was really kind to us again and seven new people turned up. Some people started early with lunch at the pub and were quickly joined by many others making a total of 24 people in all - we think! Most went on a trip around Ottershaw park where outside what was once the gym and underground passage, several of us started talking about Graham Reynolds and recalling some of his mannerisms - at that time little knowing that he had died that very same day.
At one point, three lucky members of our group, Ewen Summers, Richard Wilson and Pat Gibbon were spontaneously invited into the mansion by one of the residents. Pat recalls the following:
We entered through the main front doors, still impressive and walked up the marble staircase. It all looked grand. You will all probably remember Mr. Foot's or Mr. Dodd's Study at the top of the grand stairs, and the slow walk one had to make, and the wait outside his door, with your heart pounding, to eventually be allowed to enter before being belittled and punished for a serious misdemeanour. Those bloody stairs that I spent many hours during my House Duties in East House, French polishing and dusting it to pristine condition. We went up in the lift to the first floor but it was situated at the top of the stairs, turn left by the Headmaster's study and walk a few meters along the landing to our host's beautiful apartment. It was beautifully presented with modern opened planed kitchen, lounge and dining area and Oak Parquet Flooring throughout. Leading off this room, the doors opened up on to the balcony overlooking the formal gardens and a commanding view over the fields and trees towards Missen's Farm (now The McLaren Headquarters and Factory). Ewen Summers (former North House boy before being exiled and transported to the colonies, namely Tulk House, as I was. After enjoying the view, and with his big, beaming smile, he turned to his left and pointed out the window immediately to our left, as being the window to his dorm. We spent about 15 minutes with our charming lovely hostess whilst we quizzed her on her personal life and her life at Ottershaw, whilst relating a few school related experiences of our own. Just out of interest, she was wearing shoes with Killer Heals (please see picture). Knowing the prices of local apartments in historic surroundings, I estimate the property would cost over one and a half million with high maintenance costs too, a snip at the price!.
Those who attended included many regulars Nick Roberts, John Burrow, Khalil Lawry, Ewen Summers, John Young, Dennis Pocock, David Robertson, Stephen Turner, Pat Gibbon, Malcolm Alison, Nicholas Bennette, Josh Lovegrove and Byron Bogowski. -We also welcomed several new attenders including, Richard Wilson, Graham Deane, Roderick Wheeler, Roger Neil, Jim Pennington, Roy Pennington and Chris Blowers. However if we have missed anyone out, please let our IT manager know.
Missing this year were David Turner and his wife Eleanor, who were some of our founder members - David having sadly died ealier in the year. Glasses were raised to his memory.
27th July 2017. This time the event had been arranged by Khalil Lawry and John Burrow and attracted a record 22 people - of which four attended for the first time ever. The weather was not quite so kind to us as in previous year but it did not stop everyone having a great time. We were saddend about the death ealier in the year of one of our founder members, Roger King, and glasses were raised in his memory.
Those attending were from left to right - Khalil Lawry, Brian Stahelin, the photographer.s daughter, Geoff Ashcroft, John Burrow, Richard May, Robin Whyte, David Robertson, John Young, Josh Lovegrove, Bryan Bogowski, Dennis Pocock, Peter Mackay, Pat Gibbon, Nigel Ford, Kevin Harris, Brian Cockerill, Rob Ashcroft, John Chapman, Stephen Turner and Nicholas Bennette. Missing from the picture is Nick Roberts who had to leave earlier.
On July 15th 2016 we met for the seventh time - again at The Castle in Otteshaw. In the photo below taken by Colin Blowers, from left to right are John Chapman, Dudly Dixon, John Young, Stephen Turner, Kalil Lawry, John Burrow, Pat Gibbon, David Turner, Richard May, Josh Lovegrove, Andre Scruton and Colin Blowers. Arriving too late to be in the group photo was regular attendee Dennis Pocock. Also there was David Turner’s wife Eleanor and Josh’s two daughters Eva and Ana Lovegrove who had been forced to come along due to other family commitments back in Spain.
Our thanks once again to John Burrow for arranging the venue and the food and to OCOBS for footing the bill for the buffet.
Friday 17th July 2015. Our sixth meeting took place at The Castle in Ottershaw on - alas a number of our regulars were unable to attend but we did see several new faces and so our group eventually numbered 16 - a really good turnout Those there were John Young, David Robertson, Stephen Turner, Colin Blowers, John Chapman, Malcolm Alison, Khalil Lawrey, David Tuner and his wife Eleanor, Josh Lovegrove, John Burrow, Peter Mackey, Ricky May, Byron Bogowsky, Denis Pocock, Peter Gay, Andre Scruton and Pat Gibbon.
Thanks to the OSOBS footing the bill, and John Burrow arranging things, we all enjoyed a buffet lunch and one again the weather was kind to us.
Thursday 17th July, our fifth meeting was once again at The Castle in Ottershaw. This venue had been used two years ago and was regarded as highly suitable. Despite all our planning the day almost ended in disaster as there were so many delays on the motorways due to accidents that several people arrived more than an hour late and one was not able to get there until almost 6pm.
Despite the delays, we all soon settled down to an afternoon of fun and chat. The day was perfect again – so most of our time was spend outside. We were lucky to have Graham Reynolds with us who although an old boy was not of our era but he was certainly a member of staff of our era. It was clear the he enjoyed the day immensely and many recalled the PE and Geography classes he took – he even brought along his copy of the “Sketch Map Geography” which so many of us remembered from our school days. He also brought some photos of various activities, some of which will appear soon in the Gazette and on the website.
Our thanks must of course go to John Burrow for arranging sandwiches for us. Thanks also to those who arranged lifts etc for those unable to travel my themselves and to those who introduced more people to our group.
Those who attended were:
David. Turner(821). Ewen Summers(702), Nicholas Bennette(830), Roger Chesher(666),Malcolm Alison(742), John Chapman(841), Khalil Lawry(762), Brian Stahelin(819), John Burrow(749), Nick Roberts(695), Stephen Turner(922), Colin Blowers(947), David Robertson(590), Josh Lovegrove(812), Rick May(931), Graham Reynolds(47), Byron Bogawski(793) and Pat Gibbon ( 676).
Thursday July 19th 2013, our fourth year several of our original people were unable to make it but several new faces arrived - those who turned out at the White Hart in Godstone were: Malcolm Alison, Peter Gay, Khalil Lawry, Stephen Turner, Byron Bogowski, Richard May, Colin Blowers, Pat Gibbon, Nick Roberts, Gary King, John Chapman, John Burrow, Nick Parsons, David Turner and his wife Eleanor, Roger King and myself, Josh Lovegrove.
Thursday July 19th 2012. By our third year our numbers had increased to include people from all houses and this particlar year we met at The Castle in Ottershaw. We also enjoyed a visit to the old school at the invitation of one of the residents at the mansion - those in the the picture below formed part of our group but some people did not arrive in time to visit the mansion but those who met up that year included
Malcolm Alison, Geoff Ashcroft, Nicholas Bennette, Colin Blowers, Byron Bogowski, John Burrow, John Chapman, Peter Gay, Gary King, Roger King, Khalil Lawry, Jonathan Lovegrove, Nick Roberts, David Robertson, John Shillito, Brian Stahelin, David Turner, Stephen Turner and Tony Walker.
Thursday 21 July 2011. In our second year we met again at the White Hart at Godstone and the following people pictured below attended:
John Chapman OT 841, John Burrow OT 749, Roger Chesher OT 666, Roger King OT 882, Khalil Lawry OT 762, Nigel Coulson-Stevens OT 842, Nick Parsons OT 771, David Turner OT 821, Nick Roberts OT 695, David Smith OT 831 & Jonathan Lovegrove OT 812
Thursday 21 July 2010 The first meeting was quickly nicknamed "Oetts Boys" as all were from North House. We enjoyed a wonderfull summer afternoon and early evening chatting and recalling events of our school days and generally catching up with what we have all been doing since our school days. It was such good fun we decided to try and repeat the event on an annual basis. Those attending that first meeting are pictured below and were: Nick Parsons, Roger King, Khalil Lawry, Jonathan Lovegrove, David Turner, Nick Roberts and Garry King.
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