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Through the decades

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Hilary MATHEWS (nee JONES 1962-69) hilary.a.mathews at  Life continues apace. Met up with Pru GRIFFITHS (nee COLES) at the AGM of the Bart’s League of Nurses. They remain firm friends as they trained together. Their set celebrated 35 years of nursing last year and made a pilgrimage to Bart’s – 25 of them. 1 from USA, and 1 from Mauritius. She was in Teignmouth in November 2005 visiting Mum and family.

Ann LINSCOTT (nee SHEPHERD (64-71) 5 Lodge Road, Tiverton, EX16 4HH.

Peter and Eileen (nee AXFORD) NICHOLSON (1961-68) Tor View, Veille Lane, Torquay, TQ2 7HA. 01803 612371, Eileen at

Pam JONES (nee PELL) (1960-66) 3 Buckingham Close, Alton, Hants, GU34 1QZ. 01420 86119. pam at It is always good to see Pam at the reunions.

Pam BETTS (nee BOOKER) (1961-63 – hostel) 4 Marecroft, Clipston, Market Harborough, LE16 9RG. Tel: 01858 525569. New address: pambetts at -  Pam is Chairman of Daventry District Council for the coming year. Pam would love to hear from former Hostel girls who remember her. Also wants to get back in touch with Eileen Axford now NICHOLSON (see entry above) and she wonders how Dr Thompson is and if she could give him a call.

Penny ASHLEY (nee KINDER) (1961-63 – hostel) 1 Scott Court, Patterson Lakes, Victoria, Australia, 3197. Is very interested in what is happening to the Mount Everest site now that the building has been demolished. (see photos)

Richard DLUCIK (1961-63) Left TGS at the age of 13 when family moved to Wiltshire. Now works for the Bible Society in Swindon.

Peter CRISPIN (61- 68): 5 Church Lea, Launceston, PL15 8QZ. 01566 773455. I still live in Launceston, North Cornwall - been here for over 20 years. I continue to work for Plymouth Local Authority as an education adviser, working mainly with primary schools on school improvement issues, and as music adviser to all schools. In this capacity I also line manage staff in the music service. My wife, Becky, has just completed her first year as headteacher of Horrabridge Primary School in Devon. Prior to that she was deputy head of a special school in Plymouth. I still enjoy hill-walking (off to Skye in August), photography and bird-watching - managed a week's birdwatching in Eastern Poland in May, which I can thoroughly recommend. Still relatively unspoilt country and very friendly people. I'm currently Chairman of the Cornwall Birdwatching and Preservation Society. We manage six reserves across the county and produce an excellent annual report 'Birds in Cornwall'. We're currently trying to increase our membership, so anyone interested please get in touch. Some 1960s TOGAs may remember me playing recorder and piano at Eisteddfods - well, I still play the recorder regularly. I belong to a local baroque music group that plays weekly - we have done so for over 20 years! I also attend music courses and masterclasses -still after that elusive perfect performance! My son and both my step-children from my first marriage all live in Exeter/East Devon, so still see them reasonably often. And now I'm a step-granddad, which makes me feel quite old! I still meet up occasionally with Steve LEDBROOKE for a Friday night pint (or several!). Steve (1961-1966) and Sue (was Sue SMITH) (1966-1971?) continue to live in Dawlish. Hope this is of use, Mary. I'm quite happy for you to include my contact details Tel: 01566 773455 peter.crispin at

Jackie TUCKER (nee HARVEY) (1957-62) 4 Pinewood Close, Dawlish. 01626 864026. rjtucker at  Married to Roger, youngest brother of Joyce (married to Ian Turner) and Nick Tucker (sadly died in a RTA in South Africa). Has three daughters and five grand-children all living locally in Dawlish so keeps pretty busy on ‘granny duty’. Joined ‘the bank’ when she left school, and has continued to work in banking in between having the children. At present she is the Clerk to Starcross Parish Council. Bumps into quite a few OGs including Pepy MUNSLOW, Michael CARTHEW, Brian KNILL, Nigel POOK, Gwen TAYLOR, Wendy BALMENT. She is in contact with Margaret (Clucky) McCLAUGHLIN, Roger BLOOMFIELD, Marion GALE, Pat LOVERIDGE (married to Roger ARNOLD), Marilyn HUNT (recently thanks to TOGA Newsletter) and she lives next door to Howard ALMOND (brother Mike). Would love to hear from anyone in her years please.

Kathleen HOLMES (nee McLaughlin 53-58) 17 Torr Crescent, Hartley, Plymouth. PL3 5TW and my address, kathyholmes at - I have been since in Plymouth since 1960. My brother Douglas (8 years older than me) lives in Exeter and my sister Margaret (4 years younger) lives in Taunton. We are all OGs. I would be interested in joining the TOGA. My father died in 1992. He was a much loved Dad. Station Master at Starcross to decades of us. When Starcross station was used only as a Halt he moved to Dawlish and then ended his working life as station master at Teignmouth.

Carol NIGHTINGALE (nee HARVEY) (1969-73) 41 Hornbeam Road, Stowupland, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 4DL. Started at TGS in the second year. She lived on Breakneck Hill first at Heathercombe Brake and then at Holcombe Down having been sent to Devon from her home in Peterborough as she was severely asthmatic – but is pleased to say she no longer suffers from it! Was sorry to hear of Roger Watts’ death as she liked him very much. Her main friend at school was Sally PARNELL who married Tudor DAWKINS and went to live in Nottingham. She would love to get in touch again, and also to hear from anyone who remembers her.

Jeanne HAWKINS (nee De Wymmer) (1960-65 – hostel) She has been trying to contact other hostel girls and has recently made contact with Penny WHITE and Veronica DALE so is telling them about TOGA in the hope that they will join. Jeanne has much better health since she left the traffic of Exeter for the rural delights of Cullompton. Address: 10 Culm Valley Way, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3XZ. hawkins_jeanne at (There is an underscore between hawkins and Jeanne). Tel:01884 841454. Jeanne sent some lovely photos of Mt Everest in its heyday to counter the sad ones of it being demolished.

Rod HUNT (1960-68) Further to the SS Nevassa cruise mentioned in the last issue of TOGA News. There were actually three boys – Clive MIEVILLE, Chris PRIEST and himself. In addition to the girls mentioned he remembers Linda HEARD and Marilyn GORDON. He was shocked and saddened to hear that Pat HOWELLS who was also on board died some years ago. His main memory is of discovering that he suffered from sea sickness, an affliction which caused him to spend a fortnight in Southampton Hospital on his return! The cruise however was a very interesting and worthwhile experience. One particular memory was in Antalya, Turkey – now of course a popular holiday destination, but then a place where visitors were virtually unknown. They had settled down in the town square to eat their packed lunches when they realized they were attracting interest. Within minutes a large crowd of people had stopped to watch, standing a respectful distance away but nevertheless rather intimidating and merely curious. New address:  rodhunt at

Ray BOORER (66-72) has been a Headteacher in Guernsey for many years. I have a new address. It's rboorer at . I'm still Head of Science at St. Peter Port School in Guernsey although I will be moving to Les Beaucamps School when ours closes, due to re-organisation, in 2008. My wife, Sara and I have been here for 15 years now and we have just qualifed as local residents and no longer have to live here on a housing licence. We have at least two Old Grammarians living in Guernsey, they are: Ray BOORER and Tony CLARK (70-75) Tony is nephew of the late Geoff (Nobby) CLARK (35-41) I believe these two may have made contact as their TGS years overlapped. Let me know if you find any more! Ed

John PHILLIPS (67-74), 5 Salmon Pool Lane, Exeter. For the last five years I have been working at Dawlish Community College as Head of Year. Other Old Grammarians on the staff include Ian JONES (Technology), Sarah DAVIS (nee BUTT 72-79) (Head of Year) and Colin MITCHELL) Education Welfare Officer). I am married with twin boys both away at University. My younger brother, Nigel PHILLIPS (7380) is Chief Financial wizard at the University of Huddersfield and my older sister Hilary (64-66) is a Mum of 4 and lives in Harrogate. I have often wondered what has happened to a former member of staff, Dr Paul WOOD (Head of Biology) who left to go and live in New Zealand. (John. Maybe Catherine SHAW nee GRIFFITHS (54-61 as a pupil), knows as she taught Biology at TGS from 65-75.) Ed.

Pauline WILMOT (60-67) I took early retirement last July after 37 years very rewarding and happy years with the old Ministry of Agriculture and it more recent incarnations. I am single, living at Kenton where I am involved with local Britain in Bloom efforts. Also am Secretary of Exeter Cats’ Protection League and organize its annual flag day in Exeter city centre. I enjoy Keep Fit and gardening, dog walking etc. I am only really still in touch with Christine BURTON (nee PELL and sister Pam JONES (PELL), Jenny SNOW nee BAULKWILL) and David BLOUNT who was at TGS in the 1970’s. He also lives in Kenton but does not yet belong to TOGA. I keep trying! Address: Cinnamon Cottage, 2 High Street, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8ND, Tel: 01626 890064.

Jackie BUTTERFIELD (nee CROSS Year of ’67) Jackie remarried in August 2005 to another old Grammarian, Chris BUTTERFIELD (69-72) Jackie still owns the Little Flower Shop in Teignmouth and is a qualified florist. We are both still having fun at Fifty!! Lives at 9 Deer Park Drive, Teignmouth, TQ14 9HE: 01626 776799.

CHRIS BUTTERFIELD (69-72) After leaving school he trained as an engineer working for GKN initially before doing contract work in Germany. Chris has always been a lover of fast bikes and had a bad motorbike accident in Germany so decided to come back to the UK. He’s still en engineer, recently moving from Kawasaki in Plymouth where he lived for many years to Centrax in Newton Abbot. Still a lover of fast bikes, boats and cars!!

HELEN HARLE (nee BUTLER 68-75): Lives in Torquay. Have moved on from garden design and am now building houses. We are developing a small site where we demolished an old garage and are building two flats and two bungalows. I am hands on with all the work, from digging foundations to, this week, putting slates on the roof. It's hard work but very exciting. My husband, Adrian, has left Telewest and is now working at Torquay museum. My daughter, Tanya, got her degree in Art and Maths from Wolverhampton University and is currently working for the health service in Coventry. Tom has one more year to go at Sheffield, studying Structural Engineering and Architecture. Look forward to receiving TOGA news and catching up on all the goings on.

Charmian TAUNTON (60-67) Thanks for your email - such a lot to take in! I would love to receive last year's TOGA NEWS - my address is:29 Clinton Avenue, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 0HS. . My maiden name is the one I use now -Taunton, and I was in Teign House. I used to be quite good at sports and once held the junior girls high jump record - 4' 6" -doing the old fashioned "scissors" If only I could do it now! started off with Miss Brice as form teacher, then moved on to Mr Nodder, Mr Bolt, Miss Gale - the rest I can't remember. But Miss Simon tried to teach me geography and Miss Stoodley, domestic science. Miss Stockley terrified me to bits but I was ok at gym, so found favour with Miss Preedy. We moved from Teignmouth at Christmas 1967 to live in Esher, Surrey. I went to the London College of Fashion in Oxford Street to study cosmetic science (Mr Jones would have been proud of me!), and once gainfully employed, formulated and oversaw production of the 70's Biba cosmetics range.Two children and one divorce later, I joined British Airways and worked with Trinity University, Dublin on the human factors element in airline accidents. After marrying an antiques dealer I began restoring and gilding French 18th cent. mirrors, and now my husband has retired, I teach Buddhist meditation. Quite an eclectic CV - but my report alway did say: "She finds it difficult to settle down..." Have visited TGS twice since leaving (have a piccie of me standing outside Hut 2 to prove it!) and still can't believe how incredibly lucky we all were to be taught in such beautiful surroundings. And as for the view over the sea - how wonderfully distracting. I have quite embarrassed myself with all of this information, but I think what you are doing is wonderful and as I do so love hearing anything about my school, its teachers and former pupils, it is only right to make a contribution. Dr Thompson was the head during my years at TGS and although I thought he was great - I'm not so sure he felt the same about me!I would be very grateful for any information about the history of the building and grounds as well as any details / pictures / etchings about how it looked before being converted to a school.

Father Kevin J ALBAN O.Carm (69-76 (Secretary General) Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani, Via Giovanni Lanza 138, 00184 Rome, Italy. Tel: +39-06-4620-181, Fax: +39-06-46201847. Has lived in Rome on and off for nineteen years. His current assignment is as Secretary General of the Carmelite Order which he commenced in 2001. The work is largely about helping the various parts of the order around the world to keep in touch and exchange ideas. He also has constitutional duties as the official recording secretary of the General Council and notary for all canonical acts of the Prior General. In addition, he has responsibility for organising and running all major international gatherings of the order and this has meant a certain amount of travel to North and South America and to Africa. In his ‘spare time’ he is also working on a doctoral dissertation on medieval Carmelite theology for University of London. Is thoroughly enjoying reading through his new TOGA DIRECTORY. He had no idea there was so much information in it! He particularly wishes to be remembered to Dr Peter Thompson..

Kevin remembers all these people who left in 1976, some from brother Andrew’s year, and wonders where everyone is now. Anita Ball;Ian Boothroyd (Boot); Penny Boothroyd; Steve Brumby;. Helen Butler;Kevin Carter;Andy Chapman; Richard Cummings; Shaun Desmond; Chris Dilke; Michael Elms; Jacqui Elsdon; Geoffrey Fitzsimmons; Rachel Folland; Paddy Harris; Moira Hamilton (moy); David Geeves; Jackie Hart; ; Cheryl Hollands; Stuart Houghton; Jackie Howard; Judy Jones ; Anne Hunting; Alison Jones (Ali); Rosemary Lang; Claire McCorquodale; Suzanne Meaker; Vayla Moffitt; Helen Morgan-Richards; Graeme Nicholls; Sandra Nosworthy (sanj); Gail Pedrick; Jane Pile.; Mark Pile; Kelsay Pollard; Steven Powell; Tim Powell-Gill; John Prince; Michele Purse. ; Liz Reay; Geoff Reed; Sylvia Sharrocks; Ian Shore; Tony Stokes; Gerald Taylor; Philip Walters; Stuart Wilson ; Shane Webber ; Peter Warren; Heather Wotton. Sadly, Jill Matanle, died last year. Kevin would like to hear from anyone who would like to be back in touch.  kevinalban at

A little boy goes to his father and asks "Daddy, how was I  born?" The father answers: "Well son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said: You got Male.

Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything foreign. Only in Britain can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance. Only in Britain do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescription while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. Only in Britain do people order double cheeseburger, large fries and a DIET coke