Saturday, 21 January 2006

Peter Symonds 400th anniversary

Hi,
I have received this message from Mike Conlan who runs the Old Symondians Society. I expect that most of you are already members of that society but if not, how about joining?
regards,
 
jim wishart, list manager.      
 
 
"In 2007 it will be the 400th anniversary of Peter Symonds and as such I am liaising with the College in February to discuss what events we can hold.
 
As such, I am trying to enrol as many new members to the Society as possible and wondered if you could either mail your members or post a message on your messageboard for those who are not members who may like to join??"
 
Thanks
 
Kind regards

Mike Conlan
www.oldsymondianssociety.co.uk
21 Borough Fields
Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
SN4 7AX
Tel: 01793 849050 Fax: 01793 849550

Peter Symonds 400th anniversary

Hi,
I have received this message from Mike Conlan who runs the Old Symondians Society. I expect that most of you are already members of that society but if not, how about joining?
regards,
 
jim wishart, list manager.      
 
 
"In 2007 it will be the 400th anniversary of Peter Symonds and as such I am liaising with the College in February to discuss what events we can hold.
 
As such, I am trying to enrol as many new members to the Society as possible and wondered if you could either mail your members or post a message on your messageboard for those who are not members who may like to join??"
 
Thanks
 
Kind regards

Mike Conlan
www.oldsymondianssociety.co.uk
21 Borough Fields
Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
SN4 7AX
Tel: 01793 849050 Fax: 01793 849550

Tuesday, 3 January 2006

Welcome to John Briggs

John has just joined. I welcomed him by email and he wrote back with these memories of his time at Peter Symonds and later---
 
Jim,
Attached is a photo of my Rival 41C.
As you see it is junk rigged, that  has turned out to be very successful for effortless sailing. Unfortunately, now I am slowly moving ashore as my health precludes life afloat now, so I have put the boat on the market, not very vigorously though, I might add. One gets so attached to the boat, although I am fully aware that one shouldn't.
The other picture is the view from the flat looking south. The village name, "Ta Ho Tun", means the oyster fishing village, no oysters now though, at least not edible.
Where did you have your Moody ? Why did you pack up with it. ? Did you do much sailing with it ?
You mention "Doc" and his lectures. Yes, I too was greatly influenced by his lectures, and enjoyed them greatly, when he went into geology and paleontology and various life forms and how they evolve. Even though they were only black & white slides in that day and age they opened my eyes to vistas that have never dulled my enthusiasm over the years. As you say they were very wide ranging and the ones about the bible were THE lectures I dreaded the most. The slide show lectures I enjoyed immensely.
Is there anything on the Internet about him as a person ? A biography or the like ?
What do you do now for a living ?
I started on a farm, as I told you last time, then because of the pressure of National Service,  on joining  the RAF I became a male nurse as I felt that it was the nearest to dairy farming that I had done up until that then. Later after about 2 years, I studied to become a radiographer and medical photographer. The radiography then brought me to Hong Kong, where eventually I became an administrator.
Strange as it may seem,  I disliked working in hospitals so I found a niche in the local Chest Service, where surveying people on location for TB, gave me a wide and detailed insight into Hong Kong society, from factories to universities, from government departments to hotels.
All that ended in 1976 when I became a full time administrator behind a desk looking after a number of sub departments,where there were many aspects of the administrating  I was none too keen on doing. Gradually however, I collected a wonderful team of staff working immediately with me, shielding me from much of the mundane work.
During this time in Hong Kong, my terms of employment, gave me 10 -11 months holiday every 4 years with a travelling budget that was geared to sea travel even after the air age came in. This enabled me to be able to travel widely around the world in a style that not every one could do, from the luxurious for short periods to the back packer style for longer stretches.
Now, I am contentedly enjoying a simple life overlooking the sea.
Hoping to hear from you further
Regards
 

Welcome to John Briggs

John has just joined. I welcomed him by email and he wrote back with these memories of his time at Peter Symonds and later---
 
Jim,
Attached is a photo of my Rival 41C.
As you see it is junk rigged, that  has turned out to be very successful for effortless sailing. Unfortunately, now I am slowly moving ashore as my health precludes life afloat now, so I have put the boat on the market, not very vigorously though, I might add. One gets so attached to the boat, although I am fully aware that one shouldn't.
The other picture is the view from the flat looking south. The village name, "Ta Ho Tun", means the oyster fishing village, no oysters now though, at least not edible.
Where did you have your Moody ? Why did you pack up with it. ? Did you do much sailing with it ?
You mention "Doc" and his lectures. Yes, I too was greatly influenced by his lectures, and enjoyed them greatly, when he went into geology and paleontology and various life forms and how they evolve. Even though they were only black & white slides in that day and age they opened my eyes to vistas that have never dulled my enthusiasm over the years. As you say they were very wide ranging and the ones about the bible were THE lectures I dreaded the most. The slide show lectures I enjoyed immensely.
Is there anything on the Internet about him as a person ? A biography or the like ?
What do you do now for a living ?
I started on a farm, as I told you last time, then because of the pressure of National Service,  on joining  the RAF I became a male nurse as I felt that it was the nearest to dairy farming that I had done up until that then. Later after about 2 years, I studied to become a radiographer and medical photographer. The radiography then brought me to Hong Kong, where eventually I became an administrator.
Strange as it may seem,  I disliked working in hospitals so I found a niche in the local Chest Service, where surveying people on location for TB, gave me a wide and detailed insight into Hong Kong society, from factories to universities, from government departments to hotels.
All that ended in 1976 when I became a full time administrator behind a desk looking after a number of sub departments,where there were many aspects of the administrating  I was none too keen on doing. Gradually however, I collected a wonderful team of staff working immediately with me, shielding me from much of the mundane work.
During this time in Hong Kong, my terms of employment, gave me 10 -11 months holiday every 4 years with a travelling budget that was geared to sea travel even after the air age came in. This enabled me to be able to travel widely around the world in a style that not every one could do, from the luxurious for short periods to the back packer style for longer stretches.
Now, I am contentedly enjoying a simple life overlooking the sea.
Hoping to hear from you further
Regards
 

Monday, 2 January 2006

welcome to new member-- Gordon Edwards

hi,
I am pleased to welcome new member Gordon Edwards. We swapped emails and here is his to me. It includes quite a few names that might jog some memories--
 
 
Hello Jim,
 
    Thank you for your welcoming message.
    I attended the school from September 1949 until the middle of the 1957/58 school year when I joined a company knowh as English Electric and developed a career in Nuclear Power culminating at Heysham Nuclear Power Station when I retired as the Maintenance Branch Head.
    Whilst at school I went through the Science stream and have fond memories of my Maths teacher, Mr Cousins, the Physics teacher "Biffer" Smith and the Aplied Maths teacher "Harry" Hawkins. I was very friendly with the Michael Cox the son of the Biology teacher ("Pongo" Cox). Doc Freeman was the Headmastervery nearly the whole time I was  there. I was a keen member of the CCF and was in the RAF section with CAN Yates as the officer in charge "Hetty" Hammond was the CCF Commanding Officer at that time. I think that I have still got some photographs taken whilst I was at school which I will try and find. Some of the people I knew quite well were/are Roger Coombes, Bob Hinds, Michael Cox, Ian Clinton, Roger Beetham, Geof. Butt. I did join the Old Symondians Association but unfortunately let my membership lapse and have lost touch with pretty well every one now.
    I recently made contact with Mike Conlan of the OSS and am still to follow that up.
 
    Best Wishes and a Happy New Year,
 
            Gordon Edwards.

welcome to new member-- Gordon Edwards

hi,
I am pleased to welcome new member Gordon Edwards. We swapped emails and here is his to me. It includes quite a few names that might jog some memories--
 
 
Hello Jim,
 
    Thank you for your welcoming message.
    I attended the school from September 1949 until the middle of the 1957/58 school year when I joined a company knowh as English Electric and developed a career in Nuclear Power culminating at Heysham Nuclear Power Station when I retired as the Maintenance Branch Head.
    Whilst at school I went through the Science stream and have fond memories of my Maths teacher, Mr Cousins, the Physics teacher "Biffer" Smith and the Aplied Maths teacher "Harry" Hawkins. I was very friendly with the Michael Cox the son of the Biology teacher ("Pongo" Cox). Doc Freeman was the Headmastervery nearly the whole time I was  there. I was a keen member of the CCF and was in the RAF section with CAN Yates as the officer in charge "Hetty" Hammond was the CCF Commanding Officer at that time. I think that I have still got some photographs taken whilst I was at school which I will try and find. Some of the people I knew quite well were/are Roger Coombes, Bob Hinds, Michael Cox, Ian Clinton, Roger Beetham, Geof. Butt. I did join the Old Symondians Association but unfortunately let my membership lapse and have lost touch with pretty well every one now.
    I recently made contact with Mike Conlan of the OSS and am still to follow that up.
 
    Best Wishes and a Happy New Year,
 
            Gordon Edwards.