February update

The Old Radfordians Association         

(Spes Mea In Deo)

Ken Potter.                              Tony Lethbridge                          Dave Collings.     

Hon. Treasurer                         Hon. President                            Hon. Secretary

(MRS 1945-52)                                 (MRS 1955-63)                                (MRS 1959-63)

Newsletter 27th February 2021

Trust you are well keeping fit and well. Also had your jab and looking forward to the warmer weather. On the first lockdown, I spent my time in the garden or down the allotment. Bit different for this one LD3

If you know of any ORA Member who is unwell, please let us know. Please do make contact with any ORA Member who maybe on his own.

With Regret  –  Michael James  EMERY on the 25th January 2021 Passed away peacefully at home with family. He leaves behind a loving wife Jacky and three daughters Julie, Lee and Lynsey, also very much loved grandchildren and great grandchildren. I will love you forever. Private cremation service. Donations if desired for Hospiscare c/o M. Sillifant & Sons. 19-20 Holloway Street, Exeter. EX2 4JD or online at www.sillifantandsons.co.uk

Thanks to Alan Stoyle and Bob Adams who informed me. Mike was an ORA Member, he was at MRS from September 1956 until December 1962. Also see Funeral Zone for the obituary. The Private funeral (limited to 30) was held on Tuesday 10th February 2021.

Hello Dave. I don’t know if anyone will be interested but this is a picture of  ‘The Secrets’ rock band taken around 1964 in St Georges Hall (Now the Corn Exchange). Mike Emery is the guy with glasses on the far left and the thin one on the far right is me!!

Kind regards.         Alan (Stoyle).

The Express  & Echo (11th February) carried a report and photo about Mike’s lifelong love of music and his playing days with The Cougars, who were well known in Exeter area. Great days. I met my wife Pauline at the Caprice Ballrooms situated under the Rougemont Hotel after returning from 2 years in Singapore/Malaya.. Great Memories

Dear Dave

I am extremely impressed to hear from you again during the prolonged lockdown. You say “Not a great deal to report”, but I’m sure many ORA members are very appreciative to receive your reports at a time when very few of us have more than a minimum of contact with others. I live in a lovely village and belong to eight groups, but only one of those groups is active at present and life does seem a lot less interesting than it was before Covid, so thank you for your contributions which remind me that there is still some activity going on and encourages me to think it will all return later.

I belong to our local Probus Club and that is my only active group….. We communicate as a committee and as a club via Zoom and whilst I now take that activity in my stride, it took me some time to build up the confidence to find out more about it and embrace it…… It really is a strange world we live in. Even in my minor capacity as press officer, I have found life so very different… I manage to average one article/photo almost every week in at least one of the papers, but one paper has closed down, another one has sold its extensive premises and staff work from home, and at the third paper, departing staff are not replaced. Newspapers are dated and the modern media are highly effective, but society’s changes alongside the massive effects and intrusions of Covid make the World seem so different than the lovely life that I can reflect upon !

Anyway, thanks for making an old man happy when you send your reports that remind us that there is still life out there and most people are surviving and at least a little active.

Kind regards – Nigel Darby

Tony Lethbridge writes:- The Golf Club contacted Graham Potbury with an offer of having the ORA dinner in June or July. He turned it down thinking that most members will want to get away for a holiday then. He is booking the usual date for 2022, Meanwhile I think we could organise an informal get together in the autumn perhaps with a buffet supper. What do you think?

With Regret.

From Devon Live -William Henry Lewis – more commonly known as Bill – sadly passed away on January 25, in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital at the age of 97.

Bill, who is a father of four and grandfather to six, was described as ‘a most unique character’ and attributed his general good health to a boiled egg every morning.

Bill’s oldest daughter, Rachel said: ”The care home had an outbreak of coronavirus around early January.

Sadly Bill contracting the virus around mid-January and passed away on 25th January.

Rachel says that her dad – who attended Mount Radford School in Exeter – was an organist, renovator of thatched cottages, and probably the only person ever to read the Western Morning News in the Sinai Desert.

Tony has searched the 1954 Summer edition of the Radfordian;  Bill  was at Mount Radford School 1934- 1940

Please forward this email to any former Mount Radford School colleague; (hope they will join the Association)

A further newsletter will be emailed in the end February so please forward any inputs to me’

Take Care and Stay Safe

Dave Collings
Secretary – 0752 858 3533
Old Radfordians Association.  http://theoldradfordiansassociation.co.uk