Mick Reed 1953-1959

Those who remember me from school, will not be surprised to know that my pursuit of my career options after leaving the School was as desultory as my pursuit of academic excellence whilst there.     So, after my last day in 6AL in 1959 and heading off to the Nursery Arms with Len Norman and others, I became a …

Jim Snelgrove 1957-1964

 The Young Jim Snelgrove On leaving school I was a cub reporter for the Chichester Observer. Quite soon I was asked to write a weekly pop column “Flatspin”, under the name Jim Andrews – very first ‘tip for the top’ – Tom Jones ‘It’s not unusual’. This led indirectly, and through a girlfriend, to regular visits to RSG in London where …

Dr Robert Bearman MBE BA Oxon Ph D FRHS

Dr Robert Bearman MBE B.A. (Oxon) Ph.D.  FRHS A Tribute by Jane Howells of the British Association of Local History: In one of those unplanned, but welcome coincidences, Warwickshire featured prominently in the awards of 2012, demonstrating again the well-known strength of local history in that county. The personal achievement recipients profiled in this issue have another connection that has …

Patrick Hastings 1955-1963

The photograph I attach shows Tom Jeffers, David Wood and me at a recent luncheon at the now absurdly renamed “Chichester Harbour Hotel”, formerly, for years known as “The Ship”. I now live in happy retirement, still in Bognor Regis.  I keep in touch and meet quite often with Old Cicestrian friends, Tom Jeffers and David Wood, also with Paul Taylor …

Philip Collins 1955-1961

I quit VI Arts Lower around May 1961 under a somewhat hazy cloud; something to do with being reported to KD by a new young German master who had yet to shave, but had a good eye and ear for disdain. I left as a rebellious schoolboy, and happily, the rebellious schoolboy never left me. Becoming a young Head of …

Des Hoare 1952-1958

When I left school I had only completed two terms in the Lower Sixth. I had met my wife to be and decided to seek a ‘quick fortune’ in order to get married. It did not quite work out like that, of course. Anyway, after a selection of jobs in Accountancy, HM Inland Revenue and self-employed in my Dad’s Landscaping …

Jim Snelgrove – suite

I have selected a couple of stories involving cricket and our early time in hospitality when we were very much ‘hands-on’. Also some non-commercial memories from my export days. A cricketing memory from about 1964 – this was a Priory Park 2nd X1 away game at Wisborough Green. I had gone in at No3 joining the surviving opener Vic and …

Jeff Collier 1959-1966

I left the School in 1966 having achieved 8 O levels, 3 A levels and an S level. I thoroughly enjoyed my schooldays and have fond memories of the school. I joined the CCF and rapidly became the store-man so I could have a smoke in peace at break times in the air raid shelter used as a store. I spent the first …

Chris Parr 1953-1961

My wonderful teachers at Chichester, Mr Gahan and Mr Smart, would have been mortified to hear that, in Doug Murgatroyd’s words, I “got bored” with Latin and Greek at Oxford. Languages, including dead ones, remain a passion of mine (I got GCSE Irish a couple of years ago). But I had an existential crisis at Oxford, right down to the …

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 …