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2007 Old Uffingtonians' "Bus Pass"
Reunion at South Hampstead
CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR OF THE
The above school reunion took place on Saturday 24th November at South Hampstead
Cricket Club from 6.00pm. The reunion was primarily to mark the fact that
those in the 5th Form in the school year 1963/64 had or were about to reach the
ripe old age of 60. The reunion was of course open to other years but was
attended mostly by those in the aforementioned year and those within a few years
above or below that year.
There were some 70 or so attendees over the course of the evening and various
‘pupils’ flew in from abroad for the event namely Martin and Liz Roche from
Germany, Graham Warren from Vienna and Linda Edge from Mallorca.
Star guests were former teachers Brian Fuller and his wife Alison, herself a
former pupil, Bill Madin and John May. They were all no doubt surprised to
learn just how popular they had been as eager former pupils took turns in
chatting with them about school days and later.
John May, our favourite Art Master, brought along miniature versions of
portraits that he had drawn of pupils from our years and asked us to identify
those that he could not. Many remain unidentified and these now appear on
the Old Uffs website.
The evening went very well. There was an excellent buffet, which all
enjoyed, and no shortage of beverages available from the bar. A music
system was engaged for the evening and sixties music was played exclusively.
Indeed towards the latter part of the evening certain persons were seen dancing
including our erstwhile Art Master.
A quiz containing 20 excellent questions about the 60’s was set by Brian Wright
and there were many 'oohs' and 'aahs' as the answers were read out by him.
CD’s of 60’s music, of course, were presented to the winners and runners up.
This had been the first such reunion for that age group since April 2003.
The previous reunions were very much the inspiration of George Witham, who sadly
died last year. However knowing George’s enthusiasm for reunions both big
and small, he was no doubt there with us in spirit.
This time it was Richard Willey, who managed to persuade enough of us to form a
committee. He along with Graham Burt and Judith Bruni were the real
workhorses but sadly Graham could not attend as he was abroad with his family,
celebrating his, er, 60th birthday! Others involved in meetings were Ron
Bergin, Ray Pearl. and Bob Holder. All live in different locations
stretching from the Cotswolds to Colchester and it was my task to try to arrange
meetings for all to attend in a hostelry in Watford, which was considered a
However it was all worthwhile in the end and we look forward to the next one in
a few years, when someone new decides to take it all on!
Some photos, shown below, from the Old Uffs'
"Bus Pass" Reunion were provided
David Swayne, Martin Roche, Judith Bruni and Brian Wright.
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|1) David Swayne, John May
and Terry Yason
|2) Rachel Cottis nee
Warburton and Bill Madin
|3) David Swayne and Peter
|4) John May and Judith
|5) ? and Richard Willey
|6) John May,
Sheila Smith and William Madin
|7) Geoff Bardell and ?
|8) Ray Pearl, Peter Wale and Bob
|9) Linda Cording and Carol
|10) Paul Lefrere, Valerie Karran and
|11) Bob Holder, Valerie
Karran and Norma Oliver
|12) George Hayes and Jo
|13) Peter Wale, Linda
Cording, Carol Reynolds, Martin Roche and Brian Wright
|14) Martin Roche and Mike Clarke
|15) Valerie Karran and
|16) ? and Norma Oliver
|17) Claire Goldschmidt