Mike Hancock (1962-1965)

On Being a 1960s / 1970s Drummer Chapter One I suppose it all started in the 1950s when I first discovered music – Buddy Holly, Elvis etc. came later in the decade – but early on I remember ‘drumming’ with two dinner knives on the kitchen stove in our RAF married quarter to Jimmy Shand, Johnny Ray and others who …

Maurice Puttick 1953-1960

Short summary of my life since leaving the School just after Christmas 1960: First I worked as a junior clerk at Graylingwell where I met our friend Gregson who was under treatment there; then I went up to Sidney Sussex, Cambridge to study Classics specializing in Ancient Philosophy in Part Two of the Tripos. Just before Finals 15 kilogrammes of …

John Smale 1949 – 1956

I went up to University College London to read Economics. Big disappointment! The degree course was much about every subject, but Economics; London an inhospitable place for a country bumpkin and academe not really my world. I graduated with a modest 2ii – more than I merited! I worked as a builder’s labourer to get fit for National Service which …

Dick Francis 1963-1970

Dick Francis – Episode 1 – My seven years at School  I joined in September 1963, complete with bright green blazer, cap and tie and found myself in the first form of Ken Murch (“Bogue”). I travelled to and from school daily on the train which meant that I was allowed to leave at the first bell whereas others had …

Marcus Wigan (1957-1960)

On 30 January, 2016 the membership secretary, John Child, received this email from Marcus Wigan in Melbourne, who is keen to join us: Old Cicestrians’ membership – proof of student status: “Anyway the costs and complexity of trying to pay an annual fee from Australia are sufficiently challenging to dissuade me otherwise”. Details 1957-1960 State scholar in mathematics 1960  Hertford …

Ian Barry Walters (at School 1954-1962)

I’m still not sure about writing this. But Doug Murgatroyd asked me (again), this time from hospital, to write something along the lines of ‘where are they now?’ Where I am now is Hong Kong. Twenty-two years retired from a twenty-year career with the Hong Kong colonial government. Most of that retirement time has been spent in Hawaii. My apologies …

Vic Harris 1954-1961

I had planned to read Mathematics at university. I did not make it and read mechanical engineering instead via a London external degree at Portsmouth. There followed a two year graduate apprenticeship with British Aircraft Corporation (now British Aerospace) at Filton, Bristol. On completion I was appointed to be a shop floor supervisor, working on the Concord(e) prototype final assembly. …

Colin W Snook (1947–1952)

It all began for me in 1936. What a year with the Abdication and Jesse Owens winning four gold medals under Hitler’s nose at the Berlin Olympics.  Dark clouds of World War II were gathering and in 1941 my family fled Portsmouth following two massive raids by the Luftwaffe.  My dad, a Petty Officer on the destroyer HMS Vanessa, was …

John (Jack) Hardy 1954-1961

John (Jack) Hardy attended Chichester High from 1954 to 1961. He was not among the top academics, but contributed in sports, perennially coming second to Jamieson in the Sports Day mile. He played rugby for the school, West Sussex and Sussex at the colt level. His main sport was football and he was top scorer for the First XI during …

Colin St. John Walters 1954-1961

I left the School in 1961 and immediately went travelling in northern France with class mate Sean Irwin. We got on well together – the only discord being over whether to boil our night time Nescafé in front of the tent or whether to drink it lukewarm; statesmen have let less significant issues escalate into all-out war. In the case …