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30th November 2018

Milton Bolechala sent the following:

OK Tony, Thanks.

We have just finished the commemorations of the end of WWI & now that generation has gone, how many of the generation that fought World II are left ? They get fewer each year.

I was looking at the various Bude Facebook groups & was taken aback to see photographs taken in the late 1930s of members of a German NAZI organisation marching through Bude, complete with Swastika armbands & a groups photo of them as well.

Then a few year later photos of American Troops practicing on Bude Cliffs for their assault on the Normandy Cliffs on D Day. And latterly a Memorial to them. Bude has played host to some strange bedfellows.

Got me to wondering if our illustrious Teachers were homegrown from our area & whether they had played any part in World War II. Looking at the photos on the BGS from the 50s & early 60s the male teachers would have been of an age for service. Not sure if Teaching was a “reserved occupation” or not.

Any body know anything about our teachers past, as we too enter into a period when we know that we have had most of our birthdays?



Clive Purell 29th November 2018

I regret that I have heard from Dawn Purell, that Clive has died. These are the funeral details. Dawn can be contacted via Clive's facebook page.

His funeral is 30th November @ 1030 at Lincoln Crematoriam.

Family flowers only, donations in memory of Clive can be made to the Sir Bobby Robson Unit in Newcastle, they gave Clive almost 4 years of life with trial drugs.

They are national to other cancer sufferers too. I can provide details for donations if requested.

Dawn Purell


25th October 2018

The following emails bounced back on the last News run. If one of these belongs to you, please re-subscribe as these are being deleted. I have put # marks into each address so that it cannot be used by a third party, but it it is your address you should be able to identify it.










Many thanks, Ed.

Andy Watts1st October 2018

Jane, Aaron, Kelsey and Maya Watts are sad to announce that Andy Watts ("Wattsy") passed away, peacefully, aged 62 years, at the North Devon Hospital on Wednesday 26th September.

There will be a funeral service at Barnstaple Crematorium at 3 pm on Monday 15th October.

Following the service, the family welcomes friends to retire to the Bideford Running Club (The Blues), where Andy spent many a happy evening, for refreshments.

Family flowers only. Donations to the North Devon Hospice would be most welcome. Andy would like attendees to wear colourful clothing, especially red (for his beloved Manchester United).


Allan Vodden has sent me the funeral notice below for ex-headmaster Worrall:

Worrall Notice

images/1950s-sports-team.jpg 22nd September 2018

Ruth Knight has sent the following images from her monther-in-law's collection. Believed to be sometime in the 1950s, the football is marked 1956. I'd like to give them their own page so if anyone knows the year of the class picture and the names on both it would be appreciated.

1950 class group 1956 football team


19th September 2018

Roger Pike has sent me this image of the 1933 School Play - Royal Jester.

1933 School Play - Royal Jester


20th April 2018

A letter received from Graham Walker.

Hi Tony

Jill Carter 1957 Jill Carter 1957

Thanks for the updated information which I found interesting, especially the two 1908 photos from Ray Boyd in the 2017 Archive of the construction of BGS taken from Efford downs. In the photo you showed of the 1961 Speech Day I think I am on the right of the back row of three. Like Di Gurd I have a copy of the Devil's Disciple play programme, which I found last summer hidden in a trunk in the loft of my house in Bude. It brought back pleasant memories of all the people who participated in the play, including Mr Worrall the Headmaster at that time as General Burgoyne, who took on John Jone's part who had been in my year, and of Mr Perrin who ably directed us all in it and has humbly not been mentioned in the programme.

Attached are copies of two photos of Jill Carter in 1956 and 1957 that I found on the web that were mentioned in your update. The "escort" in the photo of her as the Daily Mirror debutante of 1957 I knew well, and is an Australian called Cliff Welsh who came to Bude as a lifeguard and worked with me on the beach in the early 60s. It was quite something at the time when I was only 12 to be told that the school had a pupil who was a debutante. She was the daughter of the late Nick Carter who used to operate a barber's shop in Belle Vue Avenue. My elder sister Pat, who sadly passed away last November in Bude, I recall had been in touch with Jill through one of her relatives living in Bude. However I have no records of that contact.

Kind regards,

Graham Walker


18th April 2018

A letter received from Pam Brewer.

Hi Tony

Thanks for the updates, site looking good.

My husband, John Brewer passed away on 6th March 2018.

He originated from Poundstock and attended the Grammar School 1949-53

He is in the 1952 school photo and the 1953 cricket team picture.

We attended some of the earlier reunions - the most recent being in 2013. Incidentally I also attend BGS and am in the 1967 photo.


Pam Brewer (nee James)


8th April 2018

Sorry about the new email programme. The punctuation went awry.

Also, sadly, over forty emails bounced back as spam or undeliverable. If you are on the list and didn't get the email you need to be sure updates@BudeCountyGrammar.org is on your safe list and/or not lost in a spam folder.

It is annoying how email programmes supposed to protect us, make a mess of what we'd actually like to receive.

Subscribe again (top index) if you have changed your email address. It is about time permanent email addresses were issued at birth!



8th April 2018

I think I have asked this before, but I'd really appreciate some help. There appears to be a missing Speech Day programme between 1965 and 1966. I know that sounds silly, but if you check the links on the top left side of the page, you will find that the 1965 Speech Day took place on 4th February 1965, but the 1966 Speech Day was on 24th November 1966.

However, if you look at the names in the classes for each of those two years, you will find that they have jumped a whole year. The only conclusion is that there must have been another Speech Day between those two dates and it would be nice to fill the gap.

The missing programme should have Mary Curtis, John Harris, Susan Wright and Margaret Cobbledick etc. in the Upper Sixth.

Does anyone have a copy of that missing programme?



7th April 2018

Laura Cornish has let me have this 'lost' photograph of the 1949 fifth form.

1949 Fith Form



My Dad, DAVID CORNISH, is the fifth on the top row! They have the full list of names at their house. I will see if I can get them to you.

Laura Cornish

If you would like to see a larger version, click this link.

15th March 2018

Now, this is an interesting communication. It is incredibly sweet, so I thought I'd include it here. Would Jill Carter please let me know (updates@budecountygrammar.org) if she wants to be put in touch with José. I will not pass any information on without expressed permission. These are the two reunion pictures which contain Jill and to which I think he is referring. Permission to put his letter on this page has been requested and granted. Ed.


2013 Bude County Grammar School April Reunion 2013 Bude County Grammar School April Reunion

Dear sirs,

A long time ago (1959) when taking an engineer degree at London University, I met and became friend of a lovely girl named Jill Carter, from Bude.

I came back to Portugal after resuming my studies in the UK, but later on, as I became managing director of ###### ###### plant in Portugal, I had to visit ###`s head quarters and plants in England quite often and whenever possible I tried to saw Jill for talks and lunch. She was then a sweet and beautiful girl I liked very much, and for a while we managed to keep in touch, seeing each other whenever possible.

After a while though, I don´t recall why, we lost track of each other and that was it.

Then, last week, looking at an old album I saw a picture of Jill and decided to try to find out her whereabouts, taking advantage of the modern tools at our disposal (i.e. Google) to do so. I wrote down her name and what I thought to be her birth`s place (Bude), and the miracle happened. There she was sweet, beautiful and fresh as I remember her - 18 years old – standing as 1956`s surf queen of Great Britain (!?) a “title” she never mentioned me to have achieved, by the way. Then, taking my research a step deeper, I had a look at the site of the Bude County Grammar School and there she was again, still fresh and still beautiful, 60 years older, in a reunion of former students organized by David Knight whom I’ve tried to reach directly without success. [Sadly David died last year - see archive news. Ed.]

I´m sorry to be such a nuisance and trust you´ll forgive me to bother you with details of a story which means nothing to you, but I would be much obliged if you could get me Jill´s present address (electronic address if possible) so I could get in touch with her once again, after all these years.

Yours sincerely,

(My English has become a bit rusty…sorry)

José Corrêa de Sampaio

[Unfortunately I don't have contact details for Jill, otherwise I'd have contacted her by email to ask if she wanted to be put in touch. If anyone knows her, please tell her to view this page. If she'd like this item removed she will need to conact me direct. As always, your data is not shared, even with Cambridge Analytica! Ed.]

11th February 2018

Does anyone have any images from the last reunion organised by David Knight? Surely someone must have taken a camera?



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