OLD TENISONIANS

Est 1875


The Association of former pupils of Archbishop Tenisons School

Dear All, hope you're well .

This is the 20th issue of the Mumblings under the current ownership. After I’d, perhaps foolishly, stated my aims and ambitions for the magazine in my first effort in 1996, it didn’t take me very long to realise that my aspirations had been wildly optimistic and perhaps a little foolish. However, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to contribute over the years. To the rest of you, if you have often thought you might like to write something, there is still an opportunity but who knows for how much longer. I hope that a number of you still enjoy reading this ‘drivel’, so while I would prefer one of today’s active members to step forward and claim the Mumblings for ‘today’, I will do my best to keep things going for a little while longer.

There can only be one place to start this issue. It’s the first weekend in April, England have just won the series against the W'Indies, three consecutive Test Match victories. After the insipid efforts against Sri Lanka, who would have thought it? But pride of place must go to Millwall. I’ll admit they were dealt a good hand but you still have to win the matches. The OTA were well represented up at Old Trafford for the semi-final, loads of Addlingtons, a couple of Browns, Simmons, Hoys ( yes, Harry and Fred. You don’t see one for years, then two come along together. Boom boom! ), John Johnes and if Keith Joiner didn’t go, I’ll eat my typewriter. I went down to The Duke’s Head and watched through a tearful eye as Millwall reached their first ever Cup Final and will also qualify for Europe (I’ve heard that neither Grozny nor Galatasary fancy coming to the Den ). Dreams really can come true.

I don’t get down to the pub quite so much these days but on the last two occasions, there have been some strange goings on. A few weeks ago, as a known Millwall fan, I was accosted by a drunken Crystal Palace supporter. You don’t have to be drunk to support Crystal Palace but I’m told it helps! Boom boom! After several minutes conversation with the aforementioned drunk, he snogged me on the cheek and meandered off, to who knows where. On the semi-final day, another Crystal Palace regular came over to me and said ‘he would prefer a London team to win rather than a northern one,’ and offered me his hand. What is going on? The world is facing many problems at the moment but when Crystal Palace supporters start being decent to Millwall supporters, something very strange is afoot.

For more than a year now, we have all heard a lot about H.M. Government’s ‘dodgy dossier’. About a month ago, I was doing nothing in particular one morning, when I decided to have a rummage. Out came a load of old photographs with all the attendant memories. Tucked behind the photographs was my own dodgy dossier, my school report! I can’t think why I would have kept it. It would have taken a team load of Alistair Campbells to put any positive spin on this damming document. I have decided to burn my record of shame at this year’s first barbecue, although I expect the food to taste a bit sour. I suggest the Government does the same.

Dear Bob

I am getting quite a bit of feed-back about the new e-mumblings!

In the past "Professor F W O'Grady" was simply a name that I wrote on an
envelope two or three times a year!

AB.

Not only……

>From: "Francis and Madeleine O'Grady" <fogmog@mceuk.net>
> To: "Alan Baker" <alanbaker13@hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Mumblings
> Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 21:23:21 -0000
>
> Dear Alan,
> Congratulations in your first electronic Mumblings; you've done a great
> job.
> All good wishes, Francis
>

But also……

Dear Alan,
>
>
I am very impressed by your ability to send the Mumblings
> electronically.
> My Dad being not quite so competent receives his emails, when I print them
> off for him. The good thing about that is that I get to read them all
> first. Particularly this edition with Ken Langford's letter about Fred
> Hall, both of whom I remember well.
>
> I thoroughly enjoyed reading this edition, having spent the majority of
> weekends of the first 16 years of my life, on the boundary or touchline
> with
> Dad. They are very fond memories and reading the many names I recognise,
> reminds me of these.
> My 8 year old son, plays Football on Saturdays, Rugby on Sundays, trains
> for football, rugby and hockey midweek in the winter, moving to cricket and
> tennis in the summer, so nothing much has changed. I still spend every
> weekend freezing on a boundary or touchline.
> Please keep sending the Mumblings in this fashion, so I can catch up as
> well as Dad.
> Best Regards
>> Faye> (Daughter of Roger Parker)

Sometime after Roger packed up playing I was captaining a 4th XI. Well. I call it an XI but really it was usually an X and sometimes an IX. (Oh, the benefits of a classical education!) One rotten Saturday afternoon at Guildford we were an IX. Somebody said that they’d seen Faye. Being two players short I immediately started looking for Faye’s dad, whom I hoped would not turn a deaf ear to my entreaties, especially as he would undoubtedly have been in similar situations himself many times in the past. But there was no Roger. Faye, much to the disappointment of some of our younger players, was on a date with a Guildford ‘rugger bugger’! The IX lost, rather gallantly, as I recall.

It’s about about a month a long the road, the May bank holiday weekend. No other contributions have arrived at the moment but ‘hope springs eternal’ etc.etc. I have however just had a few days walking in the Yorkshire Dales with the memsahib, thoroughly enjoyable. There’s always good beer to be found in Yorkshire and if you are fortunate enough to find yourself in a Black Sheep pub, you know you will always get good baaaar snacks! Boom boom!

Millwall have not won another game and Surrey look like they will face a difficult season. Last Saturday, the 6th XI lost in the LOB final 0-3 to Glyn who are a couple of divisions higher than them in the league. On the same Saturday, Millwall lost, so did Surrey. Joan and I went to the theatre that evening, the hero died, just after finding out that his love may have been reciprocated, if only he had declared himself. Sheer misery!

I don’t feel moved to comment on England’s performance in Euro 2004,although I am reminded of an old Monty Python Sketch. I don’t remember it too clearly but I hope you might get my drift. John Cleese is telling another character about a cricket match. ‘So I stepped up to bowl, the batsman takes a step down the wicket, crashes the ball straight at me, hits me right between the eyes! Knocked me sparko! I pull myself together and turn my arm over again. Exactly the same thing happens, bosh, straight between the eyes! Everybody gathers round me, they help me to my feet and off I go back to my mark. I run up to bowl and what do you think happened? The batsman takes a stride down the pitch and gives the ball an almighty crack, hardly saw it until it hit me, right between the eyes again.’ ‘What happened next?’ Cleese is asked. ‘Well, I was getting used to it by now!’ That’s pretty much the way I feel about our football. Its like Groundhog Day, I suppose but writing the day after Greece have beaten France, it looks as though there will be some unfamiliar names in the final stages of the competition which I am sure some will welcome.

To make matters worse, we hope to be moving later on this year and this means having to do some work around the house and the garden (for the first time in a decade, anybody know how to get rid of Japanese knot weed?). Being a fairly useless type of a fella, I am totally ill equipped to do any of these things. So what could possibly bring a smile back to my face under such depressing circumstances? Yes, it was Eddie Boyle’s 4th School Dinners!

Eddie has always been a totally committed Tenisonian. Unlike so many, after Ed’s own sporting career finished, he continued to serve our Association. Years of committee work, several years as President, all whilst managing family matters and a successful career. I am sure, however, that I am not alone in suggesting that Ed’s efforts in bringing the concept of “School Dinners” to fruition and repeating it on an annual basis might be the pinnacle of his efforts and one that brings immense pleasure to any that attend. The President, Micky Vaughan would, I am certain, have paid at least twice the cost of the ticket because unbelievably, Mick was the youngest of us there, even though he is fifty-two or three. As ever, Ed makes it seem so effortless. Don’t just take it from me; this is what Harry Waddingham had to say about it all.

33 Sutherland Avenue

Bexhill-On-Sea

East Sussex TN39 3QL

My good friend John Addlington invited/instructed me to attend 2004 “School Dinners” on Friday 30th April at the St.George’s Hotel, just off Oxford Circus. I am so grateful to him. Until I was actually involved in the incredible atmosphere of good fellowship, tradition and reminiscences – I did not realise the importance of the occasion. 310 years of Archbishop Tenison’s Grammar School was being upheld and maintained. I believe that “The Old Tenisonians Association” is one of the oldest of its type in the country – I may be wrong, but that is nothing new, I often am. It was a privilege to be included amongst the 60 gathered to commemorate their time at the School.

What an assembly! There were gentlemen, businessmen, rapscallions and downright “bloody Herberts” – who all contributed to the mosaic of ‘characters’ that always distinguished Archbishop Tenisons, from the Headmaster, Staff and boys to the newest intake of First Formers. If they did not arrive as characters, many soon attained that status will forever remembered by their contemporaries.

It was extraordinary and rewarding for me to experience the phenomenon of introducing one “O.T.” to another because though they had attended the School at different times and had never met – they had both known the trauma of my peculiarly gentle manner in the gym and Cadet Corps.

I had the pleasure of sitting beside President Micky Vaughan and was fortunately able to unload huge slabs of beef onto his plate. (This action alone does not account for why Harry looks like he does and the President looks like he does. BB. ) Mick took lots of photographs, which I hope I get the chance to look at sometime in the future.

To all “O.T’s” present, thank you for the friendship and affection that I was most touched to receive – especially bearing in mind the many alarming anecdotes and accusations regarding my physical training methods during the years 1946-1959.

I cannot congratulate too strongly Eddie Boyle; who shoulders the onerous task of organising this important annual event and I would encourage all Old Tenisonians to support him in his efforts to preserve this excellent memorial to our days at such a fine old school.

As the only member of the teaching staff present, I had intended to keep a low profile but it soon became apparent that this would be impossible. Boys from the Dean Farrar Street and Queen’s Western Rifles Drill Hall era; The Cadet Corps; the Belgian Invasion Party; the P.T. Display Teams and many other facets of Tenisonian life, ensured that I could not stand quietly in a corner.

I was sad to have to leave. There were many familiar faces that I saw across a crowded room but there just was not time to speak to everybody. I shall certainly arrange to stay longer next year.

Thank you all for a momentous and memorable day.

Best wishes and kindest regards

Harry Waddingham.

And now from the horse’s mouth. Yes, it’s Mr.Ed.

The lunch was held on Friday 30th April 2004 at our usual venue of the St Georges Hotel, Langham Place. What a fantastic day! We had 56 OT's sit down to lunch, the best turn out yet.

Harry Waddingham was present for the first time, looking fantastic. We look forward to seeing him again next year.

We had 12 first timers, and there's no reason why next year we can't break the 60 barrier.

The food was excellent and the service very attentive, even to the extent that the banqueting manageress Yong Sun (Korean and very pretty!) modelled a blue courtelle jumper with OTA mitre for the Ground Company Appeal. The jumper was donated by Tommy Rix and Keith Cathcart managed to raise £140 for it in his auction mode. The lucky owner is now doubtless wearing this fine garment as we speak. We discovered afterwards in the pub that he thought Yong Sun came with it! No such luck, I'm afraid - hey ho!

As usual, we all repaired to the Cock boozer for an evening of drinks and inane banter - nothing changed there then!

Once again, it was a wonderful day and the feedback I've received has been great. The essence is that people should enjoy themselves, and they are!

Keith Cathcart and I ended up back at the hotel drinking cocktails at 10pm as he'd left his umbrella there. We got home very late, very mellow and very pleased that we know such a great bunch of people!

See you next year and if you haven't yet made it, then be there next time!

Your social secretary.

Eddie Boyle

Just missing the last edition was-

69 Mayfield Road

Thornton Heath

Surrey CR7 6DN

Dear Bob

Out of the blue, just before Christmas, I received a telephone call from Israel (of all places) shortly followed by a letter from Mike Cohen (known to us at Tenison’s as Mike Connor, who was at School from 1946-54). He was, I think, School Captain for a time, and was a great favourite of George Lewis (who taught him in the 6th form). I had written to him at the time of George’s death to tell him the sad news. It seems that Mike had been going through old correspondence and had unearthed my letters and decided to renew contact.

In his letter among other things he suggested he would like to get in contact with his school contemporaries, so here are his details:

Mike Cohen

1, David Zadok Street

Holon 58-679

Israel

Tel 03-553-1579 E-mail mikeconn@inter.net.il

On a sadder note, I also heard just before Christmas that Joan Arnold, Cedric “Charlie” Arnold’s widow, had died. More sad news came from Alan Gibbs that Vivienne his wife had been hospitalised with some form of dementia. This may be of interest to some of her old music pupils when she taught instrumental music at the School.

Best wishes

Alex Robb.

I had occasion to write to Alex on another matter shortly after I received this letter. In his reply he wrote some complimentary things about the Mumblings and said what “a comfort to see I am not included in the Obits!”

All Rounders

This brings me back to the passing of Fred Hall and Bernie Johnson. Several of you contacted either Alan or myself with fond memories of these fine OT’s. They were two of the many excellent all-round sportsmen that this Club had produced during my time with the association. Just look at this partial list, in no particular order: Andy Bettell, Stewart Cartwright, Derek Hazell, Jack Hewitt, Peter Leberl, Alan Ewart, Gary Kedney, Gary Jupp, Dave Sadler, Ken Langford, Roger Parker, Ian Dawes, Stuart Courtney. Fred and Bernie would both have made the list. Even though I never saw him play either sport, I must give a mention to Dennis Bartlett, so many people have told me over the years what an outstanding player of both games he was.

All of these players played both games to a very high level. Several of them were all-round cricketers to boot! There would certainly be a much longer list of OT all-rounders who played both sports to a very decent standard. But the above, I think are our elite. It would be great to debate their individual merits in some boozer, it would require a monster session. When I first thought about this topic, my thoughts often returned to Derek Hazell, a really fine all-round sportsman. He was a good centre-forward and an excellent centre-half. I was also fortunate enough to play cricket with Derek for a year or two when he was partnering Bob Clifton, the best new ball attack this Club ever had and some have suggested the best throughout the level of cricket we were playing in at that time. Derek’s sharp left armers were a perfect foil for Bobby’s pace.

Then I thought of my old mate ‘Tadpole’ (Dave Sadler). For years, he was a very good 1st XI goalkeeper, whenever it was required, he would also play centre-half or centre-forward. The Cricket Club’s best ever slip fielder (he could actually field anywhere with equal facility) as a skipper, he was always positive and all his team would have walked through walls for him, not to mention his batting and occasional bowling.

Another old mate, Pete Leberl, probably the first name on both team sheets for a decade or more. Speaks for itself! Andy Bettell, briefly captained both 1stXIs.

The saddest thing about the list is that there is not one current player amongst them and hasn’t been for about a decade, the Garys and Zippy, the last of the line. That reminds me. Gary Kedney made his London Marathon debut this year and put in a very respectable time. Well done son!

I could go on but I won’t. Although I hope some of you will. Have I left anybody out? Jim Butcher would certainly have been in my list but he played his younger football elsewhere and so doesn’t qualify. The same has to be said of Peter Langford . I know some on my list did not play all their football or cricket for the OTA but it’s my game and I judge that they all qualify Right, you know the criteria, very good at both sports. If I can’t get some of you sports fans to respond to this, I really might just as well join Piers Morgan in looking for a new position. Now you know why I won’t have photos in this magazine!

Almost the end of May and still waiting for all your stuff to flow in, luckily, I’m a patient sort of a chap and I know that you won’t let me down.

Well, the final was as bad as many people imagined it would be. When I turned the telly off at the end of the game, it was a huge relief. Denis Wise and Ray Wilkins have forgotten more about football than I’ll ever know but I played long enough to know that if you defend 25 yards from your goal line, you won’t win many games. It was like watching your favourite fighter. He finally gets a chance at the title but he knows he has got to step up in class, big time! He hardly lays a glove on the champion and his trainer has left his towel at home and can’t stop the fight.

I spoke to my Mum (who was a Bermondsey girl before striking out for the greener pastures of Camberwell) the day after, looking for some consolation. She thought, no matter what the game was like, or the result, Millwall had done themselves and the area proud and was delighted that they were going to parade down the Old Kent Road for the fans. Good old Mum!

Of course amongst many other OT’s, Mick was there and met up with Johnny Moore and his former Millwall buddy John Seasman after the game. John couldn’t believe he’d lead the singing, chanted the chants and abused the United players at any and every opportunity, but he had!

Worse was to come! Whilst I am pleased to see another London club join the Premiership, don’t any of you Crystal Palace supporters think you can gloat for too long!

Football Club

When I started this edition, for the first time in many years, I thought I was going to report that the Football Club had won nothing! Years ago, this would have barely been worth a mention but for many years the Club have been fortunate enough to pick up a cup or three on a regular basis. Right at the very end of the season, I heard that the 5th XI had won their League in the London Football Combination. Quite a triumph as they seem to rely on a core of 5 or 6 regulars. However their cast of extras would cause Cecil B de Mille’s eyes to water. Congratulations to Mick Keating and his cohorts.

The end of the season also saw the Club lose all of its senior administrators, Chairman Mick Keating, General Secretary Barry Ashford and Fixtures Secretary “Taff” Evans. Like many before them, it would take more space than I have here to do justice to the efforts of the aforementioned OTs, who have given of themselves so selflessly for so long, that so many of you can enjoy your game of football on a Saturday afternoon.

Although the Club AGM was not particularly well attended (14 or 15), I hear that everybody there was very positive. Next season we will run five teams (at one stage we feared that we might be down to three) and we have captains for all of them. John Barnes has taken over the fixtures but at the time of writing we do not have a General Secretary or a Chairman. Both positions are of paramount importance to the running of any Club. I sincerely hope that somebody steps up to the plate quickly. It would be possible to limp from one problem to another but unless you have committed people running the Club from the top, another disaster could be in the offing.

1st XI

"After the excitement of the previous 4 years at the club for the group of
players currently making up the 1st team, this season proved to be a real
anticlimax.

Three 1st round exits from cup competitions, together with a run of losses
in the league left our season in disarray as early as October. Mixed availability
caused by injury and unavoidable commitments were key factors, but there
was also a general expectation that all we had to do was turn up to win.

That said, with injuries clearing up, a fighting attitude saw us embark
on a fine unbeaten run through December and January and got us back in contention.

Unfortunately, a defeat at Beals and a draw, clasped from the jaws of victory,
at Southgate cost us dear and the final nail in the coffin was hammered
home by a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of our old foes Woking, having played
them off the park for an hour.

The remaining games were nothing to write home about, except to report our
only sending off! Needless to say for anyone who knows us, it wasn't for
anything other than backchat and the only surprise is that it's the first
one!

On to the awards and the one which most typified the season was Tworty, winning
the golden boot with a meagre 5 goals! Dom Caisley was the much-deserved
winner of Player of the Year and Matt Sellick picked up the Clubman of the
Year for playing at every opportunity. Further awards were won by John Whelan
(F*ck-up & Cliche awards), Dom Caisley (Dummy Spitting), Paul Stuart (Sicknote)
and Tworty (Goal of the Season). Wheelo suffered most as he spent the evening
wearing a fetching Barbie tiara and earring set.

All in all a fine, drunken end to a disappointing season, but everyone is
looking forward to putting this one behind us, getting fit and giving it
our best shot in September when it all starts again." Dave Brewis.

Thanks very much Dave and good luck for next season.

Let me just give some of you younger chaps a snapshot of how the Club used to work years ago. Firstly injuries were unacceptable! If you had to get married or have an operation, or visit a sick relative, all of that had to be done in the week between the end of the football season and the start of the cricket season. There was no such thing as a snowboard and skiing was generally thought of as for the idol rich, so nobody ever went away in winter. There just wasn’t anything anybody wanted to do, other than play football. Today, there seem to be a lot more distractions, no wonder squads of a couple of dozen seem necessary these days. Much earlier teams would only have had eleven players and of course the lower teams could be left short if anybody was required by the higher elevens. One or two essentials seem unlikely to change. Love of the game and enjoying the company of your teamates.

Author! Author!

As regular readers know, our various committees are always worrying about attracting new and hopefully talented members to join our sports clubs. So it was against this backdrop that, surprisingly, the Club might be about to establish a new section, “The Theatregoers Club”. Earlier this year, I received a phone call from a fellow OT inviting me to the theatre. You may have heard or read of a one man performance by a previously unheard of actor, Richard Dormer, of the life of Alex “Hurricane” Higgins.

I think there were seven of us, plus one guest, that met in a Soho pub, prior to making our way to the theatre. A fairly small studio type theatre with no set to speak of, just a lit rectangle of space at the front of the audience, every seat taken. It was perhaps the most physically intense, seventy minute performance I have ever seen. Mr.Dormer, rushing around his stage as Alex at various stages of his life and career whilst also playing significant others in the story, one man, perhaps ten voices, incredible. Long before the end, the actor was saturated in sweat, it was no surprise that he is so slight. If he performs the show too often, he might disappear completely.

Our next foray was a matinee, which meant that those in gainful employ wouldn’t be able to join Gerry Reardon, Brownie, “Taff”, who joined us for research purposes and myself. Many older readers will remember with affection, the radio programme, ‘Round the Horne’, although many of today's active members will not have been born when these programmes were broadcast.

Joan and I have particularly fond memories of ‘Round the Horne’ from our days spent in the desert. Fridays’ are the Muslim weekend, so that was the main day off for most of the expatriate community. Whatever we were doing, we would always do our best to get back to our apartment by 6.30pm for it was then that we would tune in to Radio Doha (Qatar) for ‘Round the Horne’. This had the dual effect of both tickling our ribs whilst somehow helping with feelings of home-sickness. As ever, I digress.

This production was from a script cobbled together with bits of old shows, held together by some new writing by the only surviving member of the original writing team. The actors in the show looked just a little like the original cast but sounded a lot like them, ‘Kenneth Horne’ in particular was marvellous. It really was like stepping back in time. Gerry and Taff were happy to be there if only because they were the youngest people in the audience by years. Gerry had not heard any ‘RtH’ and couldn’t believe how bawdy these shows were. If you remember these programmes with affection and this production happens to come to a theatre near you (it’s still in the West End at the moment), I would urge you to go and see it.

Cricket Club

I managed to catch up with the 1st XI at Motspur Park as they took on the league leaders, Woodmansterne. A magnificent victory was set up by our terrific total 248-8 off 50 overs, Graham Butcher showing his true ability with 122. Our visitors could only manage 143 in reply, Grant Hubbard taking 5 for 33, Jim Butcher 3 for 14. Jim will report fully on the season in time for the next issue but he did tell me that his squad are delighted with the decision to take the Club into the Fullers League and I know Micky Vaughan’s 2nd XI would echo that sentiment. Some of the older guys are only disappointed that we did not make the move earlier.

With a quite few 40 plus to 50 plus year olds, this was always a brave decision and I for one am delighted that this bravery has been rewarded, although it is of course early days. It is essential that we build for the future. Much as they might want to, the older guys will not be around forever and they will leave a massive gap and not just in terms of their abilities on the pitch.

The wickets at Motspur Park have been the subject to a fair amount of criticism over the last few years. After a lot of work by Alan Baker and groundsman Alan Landymore, the wickets seem to be picking up in pace quite nicely. To my eye, the bounce still looks a little low but on my visits I have not seen a bowler of sufficient pace with a high enough action to put them to the test.

2nd XI

The 2ndXI played their first game in the Fullers Surrey County league on May Day at Godalming. Surprisingly so, as all the matches were cancelled due to rain and very wet pitches.

On losing the toss, T’s were asked to bat and were soon in serious trouble at 29 for 8, Chris turner and Jeremy Borgust batting very well to ensure at modest total of 89.

Godalming still needed plenty of overs on the better of the wicket to win by 7 wickets.

I’d put money on their groundsman being none too pleased with the strip afterwards.

The second match the following week was cancelled because of the weather.

The first game at Motspur against Horley saw Barry Mercer bowl 20 odd overs and Paddy Blewer take 7 wickets, we finished up with a winning draw.

Away to Southbank the following week saw us post a meagre 100. However some excellent bowling (another 20 odd overs from young Mr. Mercer) and good fielding we bowled out the opposition for 73.

The next match at Motspur saw us well beaten by Staines and Laleham, who proved too good a side for us.

The first Saturday in June we went to Croydon M.O. and allowed them to score their highest total of the season, 158, Paddy Blewer taking 6 wickets. After a poor start, the top four batsmen scoring just 13 runs, Will Lingard batted extremely well to score 72 and help us win by 2 wickets.

A reasonable start to the season, played 5 won 2, lost 2 and a winning draw.

Micky Vaughan.


80th ANNIVERSARY APPEAL

Dear Old Tenisonian

As you may know, 2004 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Sports Ground at Motspur Park.

In order to mark the occasion, we launched an Appeal earlier this year for funds to undertake two much needed improvements to the pavilion.

The first project is to replace all the old dressing room windows (original 1930’s!) with new double glazed windows. The second is to extend the limited shower facilities for the car-park end changing rooms.

The total cost of the work is expected to be in the region of £8,000.

I am delighted to say that we have already received sufficient donations to commission the replacement windows. This work will take place in August during the School holidays.

I have been astonished at the generosity of individual Old Boys, who have already donated over £2,600. This is worth over £3,300 with Gift Aid reclaimed from the Tax Man. Many other Old Boys have pledged to make donations before the Appeal closes at the end of the year; and the OTA itself has made a marvellous donation of £1,000. Donations have also been received from former members of staff of Archbishop Tenison’s School.

Applications for funding towards the extended shower facilities are being made to the Football Foundation and the Surrey Cricket Trust.

If you are one of the Old Boys who has already made a donation, may I thank you most sincerely for your generosity. If you have not yet done so and would like to make a donation, please send your cheque (payable to “AT Sports Ground”) to our Treasurer Alan Baker: it’s not too late!

I should also like to take this opportunity to invite you to joins us at the sports ground on Saturday 4th September at 3.00pm to celebrate the 80th Anniversary and to see the new windows; and, hopefully, the showers as well. The OTA Cricket Team will be playing there on the day, so do come along for what promises to be a great opportunity to meet old friends. Note your diary now!

With many thanks again for your support.

Ronald Forrest

Chairman

Archbishop Tenison’s School Sports Ground

July 2004

ATS 80th Anniversary Appeal - Donors at 19 June 2004

Alan Baines, Dennis Baker, Dennis Bryant, Micky Brown, Eddie Boyle, Glenn Cain, Brian Carlisle, David Carr

Keith Cathcart, David Clack, Bob Daws, Alan Ewart, Bill Giles (former Staff), John Gulliver, Jack Hewitt, Jack Hobbs

Ken Howlett, Bobby Johnson, Mick Keating, Ken Kierven, Jeff Lamb, Ken Langford, Geoffrey Leberl, Peter Leberl

Ken Odell, David Orchin, Derek Page, David Preston, Brian Puttock, Tommy Rix (shirt for raffle)

Alex “George” Robb (former Staff), David Sadler, Micky Vaughan, Harry Waddingham (former Staff), Dennis White


150 Club

You will find a list of 150 Club winners on the last page and I am not going to ask you to buy more shares on this particular occasion, because so many of you have been so very generous in your response to 80th Anniversary Appeal. Normal badgering will resume as soon as possible but just in case you need reminding of Mick Keating’s address, for those of you that pay by cheque, here it is.

Mick Keating

58 Feering Hill

Feering

Essex

CO5 9NL

By the way, the Mickster’s golfing society is off to Tipperary this summer and its well known that you have to go a long way to get there. This will be more than compensated for by the highest quality craic and companionship.

Well that’s the lot, not a massive missive but our own. Those of you that have read Tolstoy’s War and Peace (those of you that finished it, that is) will have read approximately 660,000 words. I reckon we could be getting close, at least in terms of number of words, if not quality. We’ve used a lot of the same words as Mr.Tolstoy but I suppose we just put them in a different order. It’s true that worldwide acclaim has thus far eluded the Mumblings but who knows, perhaps in a hundred years time it will be recognised as a masterwork. On the other hand it might still be regarded as ‘drivel’.

As I mentioned earlier, Joan and I are hoping to move at some stage or another over the next six months. I will try to advise you of new names and numbers and things as soon as they become available but until then please send all your comments, stories and complaints to the usual addresses. I also have to find the time to visit a surgeon for a worsening patella problem. I believe in the trade it is known as ‘Austin Powers Syndrome’. It requires a ‘mini knee’ operation. Is this a joke? I am not certain.

Thanks to my associates, Patrick, Brian and Alan, without whom,etc.etc.

Whatever you’re up to this summer, enjoy yourselves and with a ‘hey nonny nonny’, he was gone.

Bob Blewer Tel. No. 0208 647 4760

286 London Road

Wallington e-mail: blewerfamily@AOL.Com.

Surrey

SM6 7DD

Please make a note in your diary for the OTA AGM, 20th September 2004, 7.15pm to be held at Motspur Park. Turn up, join in, do a job. We always need more bodies.

150 Club Monthly Draw Results     2004
 

January  February  March  

1st £25 14 G Cain
 
1st £25 34 D Clifford
 
1st £25 50 L Dale
 

2nd £15 9 G Kedney
 
2nd £15 111 E Boyle
 
2nd £15 189 G Lamb
 

3rd £10 28 A H Baker
 
3rd £10 29 D Sadler
 
3rd £10 84 B E Lester
 

    Special £50 16 M Lack
 

April  May   June  

1st £25 18 N Tonks
 
1st £25 97 Mrs B Clark
 
1st £25 56 R Garcia
 

2nd £15 174 D Evans
 
2nd £15 94 M Vaughan
 
2nd £15 154 T Smith
 

3rd £10 79 E Sharp
 
3rd £10 46 B E Lester
 
3rd £10 2 K Joyner
 

    Special £50 134 R J Blewer
 

July  August  September  

1st £25 118 K.Joyner 1st £25 58 D.Sadler 1st £25 10 Mrs B Clark

2nd £15 127 D.Orchin 2nd £15 84 B.Lester 2nd £15 103 K.Joyner

3rd £10 59 I.Lines 3rd £10 121 B.Mercer 3rd £10 91 R.A.Daws

    Special £50 28 A.Baker

October  November  December  

1st £25 111 E.Boyle 1st £25 130 M Brown 1st £25 67 J Smith

2nd £15 124 Mrs J Daws 2nd £15 72 S.Gillespie 2nd £15 94 M.Vaughan

3rd £10 66 E.Mercer 3rd £10 105 A.Sharp 3rd £10 46 B.Lester

    Special £50 69 Peter Langford  






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