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We are pleased to announce that the following have joined us recently



At the school 1956-1965

At the school 1963-1970

At the school 1955-1961


1st June 2017

School Captain's Blazer Badge
(Boys' School)

Our thanks to Roger Hill (1956-1964) who was School Captain from 1963-1964 for supplying this rare badge!

Click here to email Roger


25th May 2017

Members' Magazine 2017

All UK members who have paid the subscription for 2016-17 will be receiving a copy by 2nd class post no later than Thursday 1st June.

Overseas deliveries will take longer according to distance & quality of service. We hope you enjoy it.

12th April 2017
School Play - 'Rehearsal'

Roger Hill (1956-1964) sent in a series of photographs from the Play - 'Rehearsal'. They include: the Programme cover, Cast list, Names behind-the-scenes and 3 photographs from the Play itself (one courtesy of Peter Wright 1957-1964)
Click here to email Roger


AGM 2017
The 2017 AGM & REUNION will be held at the BRIT School in The Crescent on 29th July from 12.00 mid-day.

Please note the date. Full details will be circulated in late April/early May.

Members who have paid the Annual subscription will receive full information with their copy of the 2017 Magazine.

Other members will receive their information by letter or email.


21 January 2017

Beryl Ann Johnson

We learned today, via Peter Juniper (1941-1946), that Beryl (known as 'Ann') passed away on 13th December 2016. The Service was held on Monday, 9th January at St John's Church in Shirley. Donations may be made at


10 January 2017

Peter N Knight
At the school 1941-1949

We have been informed by Peter’s wife Elizabeth
that he died on 17th December 2016

Peter Elwyn Langford
At the school 1954-1959

Peter’s son Allan has informed us that Peter died on 16th December 2016

John F G Pile
At the school 1934-1939

John’s daughter Joanna has informed us that he died on 19th November 2016

Leslie William Olive
At the school 1939-1944

We have been informed by Leslie’s daughter Vanessa that he died on 24th April 2016


Thursday, January 5, 2017
Brian Wildsmith

Member Tony Teal, has informed us that ex-staff Member, died on 31st August 2016 in Grasse, France. He was 86. A full obituary can be found at


Sunday, January 1, 2017
Peter Follett

We have been informed of Peter’s death on 22nd December by OCA Member David Hambridge.

It was recorded in The Daily Telegraph on December 29th 2016 with notice of the Funeral to be held on 10th January 2017 at Randall’s Park Crematorium, Leatherhead (3.30pm).

Peter joined Selhurst in 1952 and played rugby for The Old Croydonians in the 1960s

Monday, November 21, 2016

Graham 'Tom' Steele (1956-1963) sent us a couple of photographs from his days at the School. These also appeared in the 2016 edition of the Members' Magazine.

Colts XV team from 1959
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Science Lower VIth from 1961.

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Members are very welcome to attend a Remembrance event this year at either The Crescent Primary School (Boys’ Building) or the BRIT School (Girls’ Building).

Both are next Friday – 11th November 2016 starting at 10.30. The Primary School event involves attending an assembly followed by a short ceremony at the Commemorative plaque. The BRIT School event involves the Act of Remembrance followed by participation in a discussion with some students.


IF YOU ARE ABLE TO JOIN US at either event please let committee member Margaret Ziolek know by email no later than TUESDAY 8th November.


Monday, October 3, 2016
Thomas Pharoah

At the school 1944-1952.
We have been informed by his son Keith that Thomas died in September last year (2015)


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Colin 'Tub' Davies

We have been informed of the death of the above who was at the School 1944-1951. He died on 13th August 2016. We do not have any other details at present.

UPDATE 22/9: His funeral will be held at 2.15 on 4th October at Beckenham Crematorium


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Roy Setter
At the school 1938-45.
His wife Joy has informed us he died in February this year (2016)

Eric Lucas
At the school 1947-53.
We have no other details – our August letter was returned & marked “Deceased”.

Patrick Gorman
At the school 1934-40.
His son has informed us he died peacefully on 24th August (2016)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Action Points/Minutes
Action Points/Minutes from the AGM held on Saturday, 30th October 2016 are now available to view/download
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Roger Eburne
We learned today that Roger Eburne died on 25 November 2015. He attended Selhurst Grammar School from from 1948 to 1955.

Friday, August 19, 2016
Peter Heartfield
We regret to announce the death on 8th August 2016 of Sustaining Member, The Reverend Canon Peter Heartfield (formerly Chaplain and Prior of Canterbury, St John's Hospital and Harbledown, St Nicholas Hospital). He was at the school 1939-44

Peter's Service will be held at Canterbury Cathedral on Tuesday, 30th August at 2pm.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
WW1 and WW2
Roll of Honour Databases

Volunteer Brian Roote (1944-1949), has continued his research into the staff and pupils who gave their lives in both World Wars. As a result, the two Roll-of-Honour databases have again been updated. If you would like to know more about the names that appear on the memorial brass plaques in the Boys' School, head over to the webpage by clicking on the link below
Click here to email Roger

ATC 714 Squadron Reunion 2016

The annual reunion of 714 Squadron will be held on
Sunday, 2nd October 2016
at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, Purley Way after Midday onwards. If you would like more details, contact Mike Gay-Cuming by email or
phone him on 01622 738825

Membership News
In recent months we have been pleased to welcome the following new members





(nee Boswell)

(nee Presnail)

Sunday, July 31, 2016
2016 AGM - Committee Changes

At yesterday's event, Ian Herbertson (1965-1972), Committee member was elected Chairman and Treasurer. Ian will also be looking after the Magazine with immediate effect. We are also pleased to announce that Elaine Price nee Stewart (1964-1972) has also been elected to join the Committee.

Sunday, July 31, 2016
2016 AGM - Voting Results

At yesterday's event, existing postal votes were added to those who were eligible to vote on the day. 'Option 2' was preferred by a 15% margin. All Members will be contacted in the coming months explaining the proposed next steps.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
OCA Annual Accounts 2015-2016
The 2015/16 annual accounts are now available to view/download usng the link below. As usual, the Accounts will be discussed at this year's Reunion/AGM.
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

OCA Deceased Database
Roger Hill,
Membership Secretary
has updated the
Database of Deceased Members.

Members may access it for FREE using the link below

Click here

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Edward Budden

We were informed today by letter that Edward Budden passed away last November. Edward attended the School from 1951 unil 1956.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Remembering OC Maurice Furse

Old Croydonian Maurice Furse (at the school 1905-07) served during WW1 and fell at Gommecourt on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Maurice is being commemorated on the 100th anniversary of his death, on Friday 1st July at All Saints church, Banstead. A short service of remembrance will be held from 11:50 during which a bell will be rung 100 times at noon in his memory. All are welcome.

Monday, June 27, 2016
"Remembering 1916" Exhibition

Update: The Exhibition has been extended to April 2017

Our thanks to Julian Hornby (1957-1964) for bringing this to our attention.


Croydon has opened a major First World War Exhibition

for more information
Open Daily: 10am - 5pm

Friday, June 17, 2016
School Calendar 1959-1960
by Peter Mundy
Ex-pupil, Peter Mundy has digitally reworked the original 1959-1960 Calendar supplied in 2008 by Dr. Alan. W. Russell (1955-1960, Alpha) and Jake Jacobson (1955-1961, Gamma). The result is a single pdf with a much smaller filesize (making it quicker to download and view).


Sunday, June 12, 2016
Our recent communication to all Members has resulted in us being made aware of the following:

James Hambling (at the School 1941-1945) died in February 2013.

We have no further details about these Members, but are happy to add information if other Members can help:-
Arthur Charles Law
(at the School, 1928-1936)
Pamela Kathleen Nason nee Collins
(at the School 1942-1948)
Aubrey Gerald Scrase
(at the School 1939-1942)

June 2015
Membership News
We are pleased to welcome the
following new Members

Ian Leggatt 1965-1970
Alan Biswell 1953-1958
Victor Larcher 1955-1963
David Bright 1970-1977
Christine Thomas 1965-1972


Monday, May 30, 2016
Dr. Anthony 'Tony' Kaeser

We are sad to announce the passing of
Anthony 'Tony' Kaeser who died last Tuesday/Wednesday aged 84. He attended the School from 1945 until 1950. The Service will be held at Guildford Crematorium on the 8th June at 11.15am.
Guilford Crematorium
New Pond Road


Wendy, Tony's widow and family, hopes that those attending might join them afterwards at their home in Farnham.

4 Waverley Lane

The family are providing flowers, but if anyone would like to donate money to the Charity which was involved with for treatment of Tony's condition, it is:
National Amyloid Centre,
UCL Research Fund based at the Royal Free.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Members' Magazine 2016

This year's Members' Magazine has now been sent to the Printers. Allowing for the May Day Bank Holiday, UK Members who have paid their annual subscription should receive theirs middle-to-late May whilst our overseas Members will receive theirs shortly afterwards.

For a preview of the cover, click here.

Questions or queries relating to the Magazine?

Saturday, 23 April 2016
Colts and 1st XI Photographs
Alan Weedon (1946-1951)
Alan sent us four photographs - Colts 1948, Colts 1949, Cricket Ist XI 1950 and Cricket 1st XI 1951. The downloads contains Alan's hand written legends for each team.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Dedicated to Geoffrey John Hutton
Alice Lee, daughter of pupil Geoffrey John Hutton (at the School 1939-45) got in touch recently. Her late Father was good friends with Members Maurice Isaac and Norman Benbow (who also both passed away this year).

Geoffrey died on 14th April 2015 at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, aged 86 and Alice has spent some considerable time designing a website
in memory of her Dad. Members may like to visit it as it contains a wealth of Selhurst-related material. You can see the site at


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bernard Woolnough

We are sad to announce the passing of
ex-Chairman, ex-Treasurer & ex-Editor, Bernard Woolnough, aged 89, on Tuesday, 5th April. The Service for Bernard was held at
St Peter's Church, Croydon
Tuesday, 19th April at 11.30am


Friday, April 1, 2016

John Pocock

We learned today that John passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016, aged 81. He attended the School from 1944-1949. At this time, we do not have any further details.

Thursday, 31st March 2016

Harriers 1929-30

Our thanks to Philip Jones who whilst searching through his late Father's school photographs (Philip Henry Jones born on 1 March 1910) supplied us with this photograph.


It perfectly complements the three photographs sent to us in January 2014 by the late Reg Whellock
(1926-1932) showing The Harriers from
1928-29, 1930-31, 1931-32 and,1932-33

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tony Weeks-Pearson

We learned the following sad news today
from Trevor James (1958-1965)

"My friend and former English teacher, Tony Weeks-Pearson has died at the age of 84. He was an accomplished teacher of English, for which some of us are especially grateful; a highly successful coach of cross-country runners at Selhurst Grammar School; a playwright; and an athletics historian – and he was also a an international cross-country runner. RIP"

Tony died on 12th March 2016.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Members' Magazine 2016

This year's Magazine is nearing completion and will be sent to proof-readers at the beginning of March. Allowing for printing time and collation, delivery to Members (who have paid their annual subscription of £12) is likely to be during late April/early May, as usual. If you have any queries about your subscription status, please use the link below
For a preview of the cover, click here.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Doodlebug in The Crescent 1944

Brian Roote (1942-1947) sent us this photograph of the damage caused to houses opposite the Schools by a V1 in 1944.


Monday, January 25, 2016
Professor Anthony Mellows

His death was reported in the Church Times on 15 January as follows:


THE vice-chairman of the HM Tower of London Chapels Royal Foundation, the academic and lawyer Professor Anthony Mellows, died last weekend, aged 79. Professor Mellows chaired the Archbishops’ Review of Bishops’ Needs and Resources, and was appointed OBE for services to the Church. He served as a Reserve Army Officer in the Intelligence Corps, and on the General Staff, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. He and his wife, Elizabeth, worshipped at the Chapels Royal for 40 years.

You can also see a notice about him at:

Read more using the link below

Monday, January 25, 2016
Malcolm Muggeridge Remembered

Our thanks to Sally Magnusson for allowing us to link to this audio download

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Blake Mansell
(at the School 1937-1943)

We learned today via his son, Terry, that Blake passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 17th November 2015 at the age of 89 years.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Beryl Teresa Stevens
(at the School 1944-1948)

We learned today that Beryl recently passed away in a local Nursing Home.

Saturday, December 19, 2015
John Ronald Munday
(at the School 1962-1969)

We are sorry to announce the passing of our Honorary Treasurer, John Ronald Monday. John passed away peacefully on the evening of 18th December 2015, where he was in the care of the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher. The family, Trisha, Chris, Ian and Louise were with him. The funeral will be held on the 14th January 2016, there will be a short service at Croydon Crematorium for family and close friends, from 12:15pm, this will be followed by a thanksgiving service at St Peters Church, Woodmansterne at 2pm which everyone is invited to join. After this we invite you to join us at Woodmansterne Sports Club. Please no flowers, if you would like to make a donation in memory of John you can donate online via the Tributes and Donations button at for the charities chosen by the family or send a cheque to c/o W.A. Truelove and Son, 121 High Street, Banstead, SM7 2NS made payable to either PRINCESS ALICE HOSPICE or THE ROYAL MARSDEN CANCER CHARITY.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Denis Cattle
(at the School 1948-1954)

We learned today that Denis passed away on
21st October 2015.

Monday, October 19, 2015
Marjorie Chandler nee Upton
(at the School 1932-1940)

David Upton (1934-1942) informed us today that his sister, Marjorie Chandler, died on the 10th September 2015.
Remembrance 2015

The Crescent Primary School
There will be no formal Service this year at the Crescent Primary School. Key messages are being woven into School Assemblies, leading up to the 11th November.

The Headteacher of the Crescent Primary School has made provision for any ex-Selhurst pupil wishing to pay their respects.

Chairs will be available in the Reception area of the School during the same period, for those wishing to view the brass plaque.

Please try and avoid busy periods for the school when this area will be in use.
Avoid visiting between 8.30 and 9.30 in the morning and between 2.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon as these are the drop-off and pick-up times.

The BRIT School

The School will be observing a 2 minute silence on the 11th and they will be arranging an assembly of Remembrance for Key Stage 4 students on Friday, 13th.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Jean Brant
(at the School 1932-1936)

We learned today that Jean passed away over two years ago.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Membership News

We are pleased to welcome the
following new Members

David Eaton, 1945-1949
Alan Weedon, 1946-1951


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

OCA Deceased Database
Roger Hill,
Membership Secretary
has updated the
Database of Deceased Members.

Members may access it for FREE using the link below

Click here

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Annual Newsletter 2015
We are preparing to dispatch the annual Members' Newsletter by email/post. All UK Members should receive their copy by Friday, 18th September. Overseas Members should allow slightly longer. Any queries and/or questions, please contact the Chairman.
Click here to email Roger

Sunday, September 6, 2015
Reginald Whellock
(at the School 1926-1932)

We learned today that Reg passed away on Friday, 4th September, aged 100, just shy of a week before his 101st Birthday. Details of the Service are:
Wednesday, 16th September, 2015, 12.30
United Reformed Church
(The BOTTOM of Sanderstead Hill)
3 Sanderstead Hill

Thursday, August 27, 2015
ATC 714 Squadron Reunion 2015

The annual reunion of 714 Squadron will be held on
Sunday, 4th October 2015
at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, Purley Way from 1100 hours onwards. If you would like more details, contact Mike Gay-Cuming by email or
phone him on 01622 738825

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy 11th anniversary
to us!

The Old Croydonians' association
on the web since 20th august 2004

Membership News

Over the past 12 months, we have been delighted to welcome the following new Members:

Ronald Marsh, 1942-1948
Anthony (Tony) Stelling, 1945-1953
Anthony Clark, 1959-1966
Peter Wright, 1957-1964
Alice Atherton, 1952-1958
Graham ‘Tom’ Steele, 1956-1963
John Cook, 1959-1966

Friday, August 14, 2015
Peter Francis
(at the School 1937-1940)

We learned today that Peter Francis has passed away. Peter also served on the OCA Committee until 2010. The Service will be held at Croydon Crematorium (East Chapel) on Thursday 27th August at 11.15 a.m.

Friday, August 7, 2015
Geoffrey Sprigge
(at the School 1943-1947)

We learned recently that Geoffrey passed away in Australia around 2003.

Monday, August 3, 2015
David James Bare
(at the School 1941-1947)

We learned today of the passing of David James Bare. David died in May 2014 - if you have any additional information, please contact us.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Professor John Hull
(Staff: 1962-1966)

We learned today of the passing of Professor John Hull. He died on 28 July in Birmingham, at the age of 80. He was Head of Religious Education at Selhurst from 1962 until 1966 - if you have any additional information, please contact us.
You can read the Obituary in The Times

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
OCA Annual Accounts 2014-2015
The 2014/15 annual accounts are now available to view/download. Please note that this is a 'short' year to bring the accounts into line with their presentation at our new 'Summer' Reunion and AGM.
Click here to email Roger

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Geoffrey John Hutton
(at the School 1939-1946, Delta)
We learned today via his Daughter Alice, that Geoffrey died on 14th April, 2015 at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, aged 86. Geoffrey was great friends with the Late Maurice Isaac and the Late Norman Benbow. Courtesy of his Alice, we hope to bring you a link to another website containing various school related memerobilia of Geoffrey's, in the not-too-distant future.

Saturday, June20, 2015
"Turn over your Papers Now!"
Our thanks to Roy Willis (1968-1975) for providing us with extracts of his collection of O and A Level exam papers from the 70s.


Thursday, June 18, 2015
"The Return of the Magi"

An ex-pupil from the Girls' School got in touch. She is trying to locate a copy of a poem, that she believes is called 'The Return of the Magi', printed in a Selhurst Grammar School for Girls' Magazine of the early 1950s. It was written by a friend of hers: Mary Scott nee Ireland, also in the 50s. She was at Selhurst with her from 1946 and Mary went on to Cambridge University (Girton).

if you can offer any assistance with this query, please contact the Chairman

Reunion/AGM 2015

This year's event will be held on Saturday 25th July at the BRIT School (the former girls school) in The Crescent and following many requests will start, from 12.30pm, with an optional tour of the old girls' buildings. This will be followed by the AGM and then a social gathering. We would especially like to hear from, and meet, any ex-pupils who started at the Girls' School in September 1966 - we have already heard from a small group from those years, who are planning to attend - and who are now turning 60. We would also be delighted to renew our acquaintance with former members of staff too!

Non-members are also warmly invited to join us for the tour and reunion on payment of a pro-rata membership fee of £2. Afternoon tea (savoury and sweet) is available for an optional additional payment of £12.50.

If you are interested, please contact the Chairman for more details.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We learned today of the passing of the following members

Teresa Rose Favelle (nee Knight)
(at the School 1947-1952)

Died: 12th March 2015

Dennis M Middleditch
(at the School 1936-1941)

Died: 18th September 2014

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Malcolm Moore
(at the School 1924-1927)

We learned today that Malcolm has passed away. Most recent address: Christchurch, Dorset. We do not have any further details at this time.

John Hamer
(at the School 1943-1950)

We have been informed by John's daughter, that John 'passed away last year'. We do not have any further details at this time of writing.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Bernard Black
(at the School 1940-1943)
We learned recently from OCA Member,
Paul Dahlhoff (1938-1943)
that Bernard passed away on
23rd April 2015. Bernard's most recent address was in Hatboro, USA

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Annual Magazine

There has been a slight delay in the printing and dispatch of this year's Magazine. We anticipate all copies being delivered to Members by the end of May. This year as a 'one-off', the Magazine is being distributed FREE to all Members by post (therefore, there will be no downloadable version for 2015)
Update: 4 June 2015
All Magazines have been dispatched

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Norman Benbow
(at the School 1942-1946)

We learned recently from Norman's daughter, Kay, that Norma
n sadly passed away on 5th March 2015. A celebation of his life will be held on 29th May in Beaconsfield. If you would like to attend, please contact the Membership Secretary, Roger Hill, using the lnk below

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Beryl Harmer (nee Smith)
We are interested in hearing from any Member regarding the above. Beryl was at the School from 1942-47 and we believe she passed away in 2010. Ideally, in order to update our records, we would like to know whether the information we hold is correct. If you can help, please contact the Membership Secretary - contact details are in the front of your Magazine - or use the link below

Friday, April 10, 2015
Members - Whereabouts Unknown

The recent letter sent by post to all Members was returned to sender from the following members last known addresses.
Does anyone have any information about them?


Please contact
Roger Hill, Membership Secretary



Monday, March 23, 2015

OCA Deceased Database
Roger Hill,
Membership Secretary
has updated the
Database of Deceased Members.

Members may access it for FREE using the link below

Click here

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
"Memories relating to Selhurst Grammar School for Boys 1958-1965"
by Colin Easton
(at the School, 1958-1965, Alpha)

Colin has provided us with two items for the web-site. The first, a self-penned recollection of his time at the Boys' School. Second, his blazer badge
(minus the blazer!)

for Colin's recollections (pdf file)

for his Alpha badge

Monday, March 9, 2015
Alan Batham
(at the School 1941-1945)
We have been informed by Sheila Batham, Alan's widow, that Alan passed away in November 2014

Thursday, March 5, 2015
OCA Annual Accounts
The 2013/14 annual accounts are now available to view/download.
Click here to email Roger

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Members' Magazine 2015
Please note that as we approach the deadline for articles, no further submissions will be accepted after the 28th February. This year's edition will be the largest ever, and our thanks go to Members for their varied and numerous contributions. For 2015 only, ALL Members will receive a copy by post at no charge and you can expect to receive your bumper edition in May.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ex-Pupil D. S. Rockcliffe
We are anxious to learn more about ex-pupil (and possible OCA Member), Donald Sydney Rockliffe. Initial research by OCA Member, Brian Roote (1944-1949), tells us that he was born in Lewsiham and attended the School in the 30s. If you can help, please contact us, using the link below

Friday, February 20, 2015
We learned this week, that the following Members have sadly passed away. We do not have any further details as yet. If other members can help, please contact any Committee member

Dudley Woodget
(at the School 1937-1943)
Dr. John Hunt
(at the School 1942-1948)

(died in 2014)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Website Visitor Summary
Website visists are up 8.6% year-on-year and up 103.4% since we began measuring in 2007.
Thanks for being a visitor!

for a summary

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Chris Morley
(at the School 1956-1962)
We learned yesterday, that Chris died on 20th November 2014 just before his 70th birthday.
He had been suffering from ill health for sometime but died peacefully.

Monday, February 9, 2015
John Williamson
(at the School 1945-1950)
We learned today, that John Williamson
passed away on 30 December 2014

Chris Rand
(at the School 1959-1966)
We learned today, that Chris Rand
passed away on 2 January 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Letter to All Members
Members will receive by post in the next two weeks, a summary of the agreed changes to membership subscription, together with other member-related activities. if you have not received your copy by the beginning of March, please contact any member of the Committee.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Maurice Laurence Reginald Isaac
(at the School 1939-1946)
Maurice Laurence Reginald Isaac, died
peacefully on 11 January 2015 at Hoar Cross Nursing Home, aged 86. He was
the much-loved father of Susan, Penelope and Catherine, father-in-law of
Nick and Brien, grandfather of George, Harriet, Rupert and Henrietta and
great-grandfather of Alfie.

If anyone who knew Maurice would be interested in attending a memorial service in London, please email Penelope at

Monday, January 19, 2015
Iris Hadden nee Holmes
(at the School 1931-1936)
We learned today that Iris passed away, aged 93,
in June 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Informal Get-together - London
The OCA held its first informal get-tgether for ex-pupils and members at The Parcel Yard, King's Cross today.

It was a great atmosphere, sharing recollections of days-gone-by - and lunch! The group incluided repesentation from the 40s, 50 and 60s..

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Website Navigation
Over the past few years, this site has grown considerably. In February 2013, we added a bespoke 'search engine' to help OCA Members find what they are looking for more quickly. At the same time, as a trial, we introduced the blue 'floating' menu bar that 'followed you' as you scrolled down the page. This was to save visitors time scrolling back to the top of the page to use the menu. The feedback received, although minimal, was consistent in that the floating capability was considered a hindrance rather than a help. Therefore, we have removed the floating capability and the menu is now fixed at the top of the page.

Saturday, 11th October 2014
New Committee Members
We are pleased to announce that Bob Smith has joined the Committee after a unanimous vote at this year's AGM. At the same time, John Munday who was caretaking the role of Honorary Treasurer, has now been voted-in as Honorary Treasurer. Both positions are with immediate effect

Friday, October 3, 2014
Plans - Remembrance 2014

There will be no formal Service this year at the Primary School. Key messages are being woven into School Assemblies, leading up to the 11th November.

The Headteacher has made provision for any ex-Selhurst pupil wishing to pay their respects.

Chairs will be available in the Reception area of the School during the same period, for those wishing to view the brass plaque.

Please try and avoid busy periods for the school when this area will be in use.
Avoid visiting between 8.30 and 9.30 in the morning and between 2.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon as these are the drop-off and pick-up times.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

OCA Deceased Database
Roger Hill,
Membership Secretary
has updated the
Database of Deceased Members.

Members may access it for FREE using the link below

Click here

Monday, September 8, 2014
Kim Watt nee Mason
(at the School 1972-1977)
Date of Death: 26 February 2014

Peter Baker
(at the School 1937-1941)

Date of Death: unknown

We learned today of the passing of the above Members. Their Newsletters were 'returned to sender'. If anyone has any further details, please contact us

Thursday, 4th September, 2014

Nicholas Lumsden
(at the School 1948-1953)
We learned yesterday, that Nicholas sadly
passed away on 6th November 2011.

Tuesday, 2nd September, 2014
Annual Newsletter

The Annual Newsletter has been dispatched by post/email to all Members. If you haven't received yours by Friday, please get in touch using the link below

Tuesday, 2nd September, 2014

Missing Members

We have lost touch with the following Members, whose magazines have been returned to us by the Post Office.

Beryl Harmer (42-47)
George Henson (48-55)
Peter Mayes (40-47)
Anthony Moyes (41-47)

If you have any further information, please contact Roger Hill, Membership Secretary, using the link below

20th August, 2014

Happy Birthday to us!
The Website is 10 years old today!


Monday, 4th August, 2014

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WW1 Commemoration

"We Shall Remember Them"
As part of the OCA's contribution to remembering those who fell during WW1, today, we make a very special announcement

With major assistance from Brian Roote (1944-1949), his reasearch colleague, Reverend Hilary Fife and Ken Harman (1945-1949), Steve Palmer (1968-1975) has created a special web-page for the older pupils of The Crescent Primary School. This page offers a range of resources related to the pupils and staff from Selhurst who gave their lives during WW1 and also includes a range of photographs of both schools as War Hospitals. The web-page will be complemented later this year, by a reprint of the special 1920 'Croydonian' booklet being given to the older pupils of the Primary School.

You may view the page by clicking the link below


ATC 714 Squadron Reunion 2014

The annual reunion of 714 Squadron will be held on the first Sunday in October
Sunday, 3rd October 2014
at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, Purley Way from 1100 hours onwards. If you would like more details, contact Mike Gay-Cuming by email or phone him on 01622 738825

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Form Photographs
1959 - 1V, 1961 - 3A1 and 1963 - 5A3
Colin Jannaway (1959-1964, Alpha) sent us three Form photographs from his schooldays - 1959, 1961 and 1963 - complete with full legends

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Leonard Owen Worsley
(at the school 1939-1944)

We learned today that Leonard died suddenly on 29th June 2014.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Boys' Speech Day Programmes
1953 and 1954
Brian Dowling (1946-1954, Beta) sent us a couple of Speech Day Programmes form the 50s - specifically, 1953 and 1954


Thursday, July 3, 2014
Mystery Mug
Brian Dowling (1946-1954, Beta) sent us this photograph of a Selhurst 'Mug'. He used it in the Prefects' Room, but thinks it may have originated from the Staff Room. Does anyone have any more details?

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Air Cadet Picture
Brian Dowling (1946-1954, Beta) sent us this Air Cadets photograph dated, he thinks, 1949. The download contains the full legend, so maybe other members can help?

Thursday, May 15, 2014
OCA Annual Accounts
The 2012/13 annual accounts are now available to view/download. Sorry for the delay in posting these.
Click here to email Roger

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Annual Magazine

The annual Members' Magazine has now been delivered to all postal subscribers in the UK and abroad. If you haven't received your copy, and you have paid your subscription, please get in touch.

If you have any questions and/or queries relating to the Magazine, please
contact Steve, the Editor

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Annual Magazine

Downloadable Edition ONLY
For those of you subscribing to the downloadable edition, we've discovered a glitch that corrupted the layout of page 3. We have now corrected this.

if you have already downloaded the Magazine, you may wish to RE-download your edition using the link below. We're sorry for the error, and hope it hasn't spoilt your enjoyment of this year's publication.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Website Spring Clean

Over the next few days we are making some changes to the main menu structure (above) to make it easier to locate the growing archive of materials. You may find that a few links are temporarily unavailable whilst we make these necessary adjustments. If you have any queries, please contact, Steve, the OCA WebMaster. Normal service should resume by the weekend.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

World War 1 and II 'Roll of Honour' Databases updated

We are pleased ot announce that Brian Roote (at the school, 1944-1949) has continued his research into the staff and pupils who gave their lives in both World Wars. As a result, the databases have now been fully updated and you may download them, free-of-charge, using the link below. Our thanks to Brian for his work on these two important reference documents.

Click here to email Roger

Monday, March 3, 2014

The BRIT School at the Ashcroft Theatre

Students from the BRIT School are performing at the Ashcroft Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday 7 May. It is called, "Through Flight" and is "a diverse evening of dance entertainment. Showcasing a range of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and musical theatre,
Adults £10, concessions £5.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Derek Lindley
(at the school 1936-1943)

We learned today that Derek Lindley
passed away in October 2013 aged 88

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Geoff Hastings
(at the school 1935-1940)

We learned today that Geoff Hastings
passed away on September 4, 2013, at Worthing Hospital

Wednesday, January 21, 2014
Two photographs of the Colts XI from 1946 and 1947, courtesy of David Juniper (1944-1950)
Click here to email Roger

Tuesday, January 20, 2014
A set of four photographs of the Harriers team spanning the years 1928 to 1933.

Sent to us by Reg Whellock (1926-1932)
Click here to email Roger

Friday, January 17, 2014


John Clark
(at the school 1934-1939)

We learned today that John Clark passed away on 18th October 2013 aged 91 years

Thursday, 19 December 2013
Action Points/Minutes
from the AGM held on Saturday, 5th October 2013 are available to view/download
Click here to email Roger

Friday, December 6th, 2013


We are pleased to announce that BOB SMITH (1956-1961) has volunteered to join the Committee. Bob will assist with day-to-day duties relating to the OCA, and will attend the next committee meeting in March 2014. Bob is becoming involved with immediate effect.




We have a vacancy for the position of AUDITOR. Your primary role will be to check our annual financial accounts each year (normally around September). This is a voluntary position and we estimate you would spend a total of approximately two days per year carrying out this task. Previous experience of accounting/book-keeping is desireable but not essential. Interested? Please contact the Chairman HERE


We have a vacancy for the position of HONORARY TREASURER. Your primary role is to maintain our financial accounts and present them at the October AGM. Previous experience of accounting/book-keeping is essential. Interested? Please contact the Chairman HERE

Monday, November 25th, 2013


Peter Howland
(at the school 1935-1940)

Peter Howland passed away on 16th November 2013 aged 89 years

Monday, November 11th, 2013




"We Shall Remember Them"

Monday, October 28th, 2013
Lacrosse Team 1966/67

Our first lacrosse photograph for this website. Thanks to David Meader (1960-1967) for supplying it.

Click here

Friday, October 18th, 2013
Remembrance 2013

Should any member wish to pay their respects at the The Crescent Primary School this year, please note the following timings:


- Avoid between 8.30 and 9.30 in the morning and between 2.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon as these are the drop off and pick up times which can be very busy in that particular area of the school


- Reception staff finish at 4.00pm so it may take some time for someone to come to the door if the arrive after that time.

"We shall remember them..."

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
ATC Materials

We're pleased to announce that thanks to the co-ordination skills of Pete Skinner (1948-1955) and John Wallace (1945-1950), we have a significant amount of ATC-related material that we are going to be adding to the website over the coming weeks. For updates, watch this space and this link -

Saturday, October 5th, 2013
New Appointments
Resulting from Saturday's AGM, we are pleased to announce the following appointments:

Jane Fairbourn (Headteacher, Crescent Primary School) and Stuart Worden (Principal, The BRIT School) join Bernard Woolnough as Vice Presidents of the OCA.

Richard Chatterjee is appointed Committee Officer and joins the Committee.

All appointments are with immediate effect.

Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Annual Reunion and AGM held at the BRIT School

Thanks for a great turnout! Thanks too to MIke Fleet and Roger Bing for entertaining us - we also raised over £100 for the Charity: CRY

Friday, September 27th, 2013
Official Opening Ceremony
The Crescent Primary School had its official opening ceremony today. Reg Whellock, one of our oldest members helped cut the ribbon. The event culminated in the release of hundreds of balloons from the playground.

Friday, August 30th, 2013
Annual Newsletter
The annual newsletter will be distributed in the next seven days. Those members where we hold email addresses will receive theirs by Monday 2nd September. Postal copies will arrive towards the end of next week. Overseas postal recipients will take alittle longer. We hope you enjoy this latest edition!

Monday, August 12, 2013
Croydon Archives
For those of you planning to visit Croydon Archives, please note there will soon be a significant change to its location and hours of business
Click here
for more information

Monday, July 29, 2013
ATC 714 Squadron Reunion 2013

The annual reunion of 714 Squadron will be held on Sunday, 6th October 2013
at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, Purley Way from 1100 hours onwards. If you would like more details, contact Mike Gay-Cuming by email or phone him on 01622 738825

Friday, July 19, 2013
John A Featherstone
(at the School 1934-1938)
John died at 9.30 yesterday morning - he had been suffering from stomach cancer. We will post more details here as we learn more.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Ray Weller
(at the School 1942-1950)
We are sad to announce the passing of Ray Weller, who died on Tuesday 18 June. We do not have any furhger details at this stage but we will update the website as we learn more.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

OCA Deceased Database
Roger Hill, Membership Secretary has updated the Deceased Database.

Members may access it for FREE using the link below

Click here

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A History of Norbury and Thornton Heath
A talk by Raymond Wheeler on Friday, 7th June at 2.30. Contact Norbury Library beforehand if interested - 0208 726 6900.

Monday, June 3, 2013
Anyone have any information about
Eric Llewellyn Ryall Williams?
He was a pupil at the School in 1913. If you can help, please contact the Chairman

Click here to email Roger

Saturday, May 25, 2013
Derek Clark
(at the School 1939-1948)

Derek Clark died on Saturday after many months of suffering following a fall in the street. Edna, Derek's wife, has asked that the funeral should be a private family affair.

16 May 2013
Geoffrey Basil Pitter
(at the School 1935-1942)

We were sad to learn today that Geoffrey has passed away. We do not have any further details at this stage.

9 May 2013
Members' Annual Magazine
The 2013 Members' Magazine has now been signed-off and is with the Printers.

It will be dispatched to all postal-subscribers next week and we would therefore expect all UK copies to have been delivered by Friday 24 May
, 2013. For our non-UK subscribers, please allow a further week.


Those who have opted to DOWNLOAD their copy, you will have received your download link today by email.

contact the Editor, Steve

22 April 2013
Can you help trace
Robert John Hancock?

I am writing on behalf of a Kathryn Stafford in Australia, she needs help to trying to locate a distant relative, who she believes attended Selhurst Grammar School for boys around 1942 - 1945, his name was Robert John Hancock, known as Bobby and he had an Australian Mother, Kathleen. I know there are still former ‘Selhurst Boys’ who might be able to remember him, would it be possible for a request to go out please?

Regards, Louise Howell

If you can help Louise, please email the Chairman
Click here to email Roger

15 April 2013
Members' Annual Magazine
We are now at the proof-reading stage. We anticipate this year's edition will be available for download at the begiining of May, whilst postal versions will be posted towards the end of May.

10 April 2013
Brian Spalding (1938-1945) passed away on 29 March. The funeral will be on Friday 19 April. If anyone would like further details call 07814 190560.

9 April 2013
The Croydon Local History fair, the first since 2010, is taking place on Saturday 20 April.

Croydon Local History Fair: Imaging The Past
(Presented by East Surrey Family History Society and Croydon Local Studies Forum)

Saturday 20 April 2013, 0945 – 1600hrs.
Admission: Free, drop in.
Venue: East Croydon URC, Addiscombe Grove, CR0 5LP

Stalls and talks from local history societies. Come and find out about local history in Croydon.

Refreshments available.
For more details, see
Click here to email Roger

6th February 2013
Improved Menus

Menu example
As the final part of our tidying-up of the web-site, we have updated and simplified the main menu - and added a few new links too

5th February 2013
Search Me!
We're pleased to announce a much improved search facility for this site. Why not try it out?
Look for this seach button on the top menu (or click on the button below)

Seach button

We think you'll be impressed! if you have any feedback, let us know by clicking HERE

21st January 2013
Site Makeover
We're giving the site a small makeover during the next two weeks. All of the content is still available, but you'll notice that the headings are clearer and we're hoping to fix the 'search' function to make it more thorough. Watch this space!

21 Janauary 2013
Deceased Database
The list of deceased members has been updated and is available FREE to Members.
Click here to email Roger

8 January 2012
John Bernard Kane died peacefully on 8th December 2012. The Service was held at Worthing Crematorium on 20th December.

1 JANUARY 2013
Nick Williams, formerly Principal of the BRIT School has been knighted as part of the Queen's New Year Honours.

1 JANUARY 2013

4 December 2012
Deceased List
The list of deceased members has been updated and is available FREE to Members.
Click here to email Roger

4 December 2012
Membership List
The OCA Membership list has been updated and is available to Members for a small donation. For details, click below to contact Roger Hill, Membership Secretary

Click here to email Roger

28 November 2012
Record of AGM + Action Points
Minutes from the AGM held on 12th October 2012 are available to view/download
Click here to email Roger

22 November 2012
Advanced Notification:
Next Committee Meeting

The next OCA Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, 9 March 2013. This is a committee members only event but if you have ideas and/or suggestions for the agenda, please communicate them to the Chairman no later than 31 January 2013 - thank you.

20 November 2012
New Facebook Page

Selhurst Girls of 1965
Lesley Wells (nee Battershill, 1965-1972) has launched a page on Facebook for girls who attended the School in 1965

Click here to email Roger

18 October 2012
Member's Book
'Sanderstead Servicemen and Civilians'
Brian Roote's (1944-1949) book outlines the histories of many soldiers and civilians who died in each of the major conflicts of the 20th century. For more details
Click here to email Roger

16 October 2012
Useful Link
If you are interested in the plans behind the refurbishment of the Boys' School that became the Crescent Primary School, Ken Harman (1945-1949) pointed us to a useful link on the Croydon Council's website
Click here

6pm: 12 October 2012
New Committee Members
The OCA is pleased to announce that John Munday has been appointed Committee Officer and Roger Hill has been appointed Membership Secretary. Both appointments are with immediate effect.

Our grateful thanks to Wendy Gilbert and Isabel Macleod, who have stepped down after many years service.

10 October 2012
Eleanor Laverack (nee Price)
We are sad to announce the passing of Eleanor Laverack (at the school from 1936-1941) who died on 26 September 2012.
4 October 2012
John C Speller
We are sad to announce the death of John C. Speller (at the school from 1943-1950) who passed away on 28th September at the Royal Marsden. He leaves His widow Gerda and daughter Cara. John’s Memorial Service was held on 12th October at St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, Barbican

26 September 2012
Jack Botting
We have just learned that Jack Howard Botting (who attended the school from 1943-1951) died on 12 July 2012

25 September 2012
Member's Book
'I Also Ran by MIke Who'
MIke Fleet, who was on the school staff in the early 60s (and who, on 23 July, carried the Olympic Torch) has published his first book. Entitled 'I also Ran', it charts the ups and downs of his athletics career.
For more details

Click here to email Roger

23 September 2012
Member's Book
'One Soldier and Hitler, 1918...'
David Johnson's (1963-1970) has published his book:

'One Soldier and Hitler, 1918: The Story of Henry Tandey VC DCM MM'

For more details

Click here to email Roger

20 September 2012
Our thanks to Mike Oliver (1953-1960)
who has provided us with some additional nicknames for our ongoing list
Mr Spratt - "Spratty"
Lt Col Hughes - "Hotty"
Tony Weakes-Pearson - "Weak-Person"

To see the complete list:
Click here to email Roger

16 September 2012

Our thanks to Stephen Browne (1951-1958) for adding to our list of teacher nicknames
"Holland was 'Penguin'; Winyard was 'Grapes
'. To see the complete list:
Click here to email Roger

16 September 2012
OCA Annual Accounts
The 2011/12 annual accounts are now available to view/download
Click here to email Roger

14 September 2012
Annual Newsletter
The annual newsletter will be distributed in the next seven days. Those members where we hold email addresses for you will receive theirs by this method. Postal copies will arrive toowards the end of the week.

6 September 2012

World War I
Roll of Honour Database
Brian Roote (1944-1949) has updated the World War I Roll of Honour Database.
You can view/download it using the link below
Click here to email Roger

3 September 2012


Ex-pupil Andrew Kearley writes:

"I have been trying to remember the name of the lady who taught us maths in the sixth form years 67 to 69. Was it Mrs Edwards, nickname "Nanny?"

If you can help, please get in touch by clicking HERE

9 August 2012
Teacher Nicknames
Danny Houghtonn (Gamma) added Charles Oakley to our growing list of teachers with nicknames
See the list HERE

5 August 2012
Boys' Class 3H in 1949

Arnold 'Robbie' Robinson got in touch. If anyone was in Mr Hore's class - '3H' taken on 15 July 1949, would they contact Robbie. You can email him, by clicking HERE

The reverse of the photograph contains the signatures - click HERE to view them. This is a slightly different version compared to the original sent in by Brian Rollinson - you can view the original photograph and signatures HERE

Sunday, 22 July 2012
The Olympic Torch

Mike Fleet, former Teacher from the Boys' School, will be carrying the Olympic Torch tomorrow, at approxiumately 12.21, on London Road from Bensham Lane to Chatfield  Road.
Any photographs appreciated for the next Magazine

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Form 1P 1950
Our thanks to Revd. Canon Graham Derriman (1950-1955) for sending in a photograph of Form 1P from 1950. Graham has managed to name most of those appearing in the photograph.

If you can name the other, please get in touch

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Dr. Roy Clive Boud
We're grateful to David Boughton (1943-1951) for letting us know:
"For those with memories that go back to the 1940's, I am sorry to report the passing of another original member of Form 1T. As in last Thursday's Daily Telegraph, Dr. Roy Clive Boud died on Monday 21st May. A private cremation service is being held tomorrow and a Thanksgiving Service has been arranged for 11.30 am on Wednesday, 27th June at Lidgett Park Methodist Church, Leeds."

Monday, May 14, 2012
ATC Camp - Upwood 1947

Ernest O.E. Knight (1942-1947, Alpha) recently re-joined the OCA. When looking around the website, was moved to provide us with some ATC related materials and details of his classes (45-47), 'IVS' and 'VS'


Sunday, May 13, 2012

2012 Magazine (update)
The 2012 Magazine has now been dispatched to all subscribing Members by post, so please allow a week-or-so for it to arrive. If you haven't received yours by the end of May, contact the Editor, Steve

Saturday, 28 April, 2012
2012 Magazine

We plan distribute the Magazine to postal Subscribers during mid/late May.

UK Members who subscribe to the downloadable version, are invited to renew their subscription now. We have emailed those Members individually with the details.

Overseas subscribers may download their copy now and have been emailed with the appropriate password and download link.

22 March 2012
Teacher Databases
Due to some significant changes in the Data Protection Act, we have removed access to the two Teacher Databases because they do not comply with current data protection requirements.

If any member is willing to offer their time to modify these databases, we'd love to hear from you. You will need a rudimentary understanding of Excel software. Please contact the Chairman using the link below.

28 February 2012
Happy Birthday!
Anthony (Tony) Burden got in touch
"Just wish to pass on my birthday wishes to all those boys and girls of the Sept 1963 intake who either have or will be celebrating, like me, their 60th birthday.
Those boys I remember are (from the boys' school) Steve Daccombe, Stephen Glover, Marcus Ducker, Michael Wilson, Robin Wombill, Colin Holloway, Donald MacLeod, Simon Turner and (from the girls' school) Jean Gough & Jennifer Allbrow (both ex-Gonville Road Primary School)."

Tony is now living in North Wales not far from Chester, having done so since 1981. He moved from Croydon Land Registry to Birkenhead Land Registry on promotion

16 February 2012
1970s: 7-a-side
Neal Bumford got in touch. He has identfied some names in the Staff v Pupils seven-a-side from the 70s


30 January 2012
JFE Stringer - Sports Medals
Malcolm Stringer (1968-75) sent in this newspaper scan, probably from the Croydon Advertiser, of his Father John F E Stringer (1933-37) winning the first year high jump in 1934, along with photos of the medal that was presented.
(click below to read and see more)

29 Janaury 2012
Teachers' Database (Boys)

5 December 2011
Photographs from our Centenary Celebration
Click HERE to see the photographs from the Centenary Lunch held on Saturday 12 November 2011 at Selsdon Park Hotel.

You may also download a list of all those who attended by clicking HERE

15 November 2011

Action Points from the 2011 AGM available HERE

13 November 2011
Teachers' Database (Boys)

13 November 2011
Teachers' Database (Girls)

12 November 2011

Thank you
Thank you to all of you who attended the Centenary Lunch at the Selsdon Park Hotel.Over 100 of you attended, and talking to many of you afterwards, you enjoyed the event. Our special thanks to the BRIT School for their entertainment - we loved your singing and choices of songs!

A list will appear here shortly showing those who attended.

11 November 2011
Due to ongoing building works at the ex-boys' school, there will NOT be a Remembrance Service on Friday 11 November

13 October 2011
Annual Accounts 2010-2011
Audited annual accounts for 2010-2011 are now available for download



9 September 2011
Teachers' Database (Boys)

15 August 2011

RIP updated!
We're sad to announce the
(at the School 1948-1972),
who passed away on the
13th August 2011.
Barbara, his widow, has agreed to us placing her email address here, if you would like to contact her

If you would like Barbara's postal address, and don't have it, please contact
Steve, the Chairman

Our thanks to Julian Worley for
letting us know.

From the Daily Telegraph, Thursday 18th April 2011

"Douglas Edwin died peacefully aged 98 at Yorklea Nursing Home, Chorton, on August 13th. Dearest husband of Barbara and the late Margaret. Beloved father of Chris and grandfather of Tom and Nick. Funeral at Manchester Crematorium at 2pm, August 24th. No flowers please, but donations, if desired, to the RNLI"

1 August 2011
Teachers' Database (Boys)

21 June 2011
Teachers' Database (Boys)
Teachers' Database (Girls)

5 June 2011
The OCA Cenentary Booklet

£12.99 + p and p = £15 (UK only)

Contact Isabel for more details (including cost for posting to you overseas)

Contact Isabel to place your Order

Book details


26 May 2011
OCA Magazine
The annual OCA Magazine is now at the Printers. You will only receive it by post if you have already paid your magazine subscription. Please contact Roger Hill, Membership Secretary, if you have any queries. For subscribers, this centenary publication will arrive with you by post on or around the second week in June.

23 May 2011
'Recently Deceased' database updated
Queries/Comments? Please emai Roger Hill who co-ordinates this database
Contact Roger Hill, Membership Secretary

3rd May 2011
We're sad to announce the
passing of JOHN GENT who died on the 2nd May, aged 79.

A Service will be held on 24th May at Noon - Shirley Methodist Church, Eldon Road, Shirley. Thereafter at Croydon Crematorium then at the house

20 April 2011
Croydon Archives
New hours from 4 May 2011

Mondays 10.00 - 13.00 then
14.00 to 19.00

Tuesdays closed

Wednesdays 10.00 - 13.00 then
14.00 to 17.30

Thursdays closed

Fridays 10.00 to 13.00 then
14.00 to 17.30

Saturdays 1st and 3rd monthly only
10.00 to 13.00
then 14.00 to 16.30

We're sad to announce the
passing of JOHN GOODING who died on the 20th March, aged 96.

18 March 2011
Presentation of Colours, 1922
John Gent (1942-1950) sent us a postcard-sized photograph of the Selhurst Cadets' Presentation of Colours, dated 8th July 1922

Can you help?
17 March 2011
Who Are They?
As part of our ongoing project to identify and catalogue all the teachers who taught at the Girls' school, Croydon Archives has provided us with three rare photographs. The first of these features the teaching staff from 1925. Others to follow soon.
Can anyone out there help us identify them?


17 March 2011
Teachers' NIcknames

We are grateful to Steve Burke (1966-1973) for adding 'Nanny' Edwards to our growing list of nicknames


10 March 2011
Girls' Panoramics
The girls' panoramics has undergone a digital 'makeover' to enhance them. Use the link below to visit the 'Project Visio' page

5 March 2011
2 - Roll of Honour Database
Brian Roote (1944-1949) has updated the World War 2 Roll of Honour Database.
You can view/download it using the link below
Click here to email Roger

2 March 2011

Army Cadets 1955-57
Paul Bennett, (1953-1958, Beta) sent us a photograph of Army Cadets taken in Folkestone between 1955 and 1957.
Click here to email Roger

WWI - Roll of Honour Database
Brian Roote (1944-1949) has updated the The Great War Roll of Honour Database.
You can view/download it using the link below
Click here to email Roger

28 February 2011
Girls' School Teacher Database
Today, we announce the launch of another major new initiative.

Following on from the success of the Boys' School Teacher Database, we are pleased to make available the Girls' School Teacher Database for your perusal and enjoyment. The database contains the names and details of Teachers who taught at the Girls' School from 1904-1983.

24 February 2011
Form '4A' Photograph
Allan Hallett (1961-1968, Beta) supplied us with an alternative version of Mike Elsden's photograph of Form 4a (1964/65)

10 February 2011
The funeral service for John Hunsworth (1932-1940) was held on Thursday 17th February at 3pm
Sanderstead URC Church,
4 Sanderstead Hill
CR2 0HB.

4 February 2011
Teachers' Database (Boys)

22 January 2011
Barry Martin (1967-1974) sent us a number of Rugby, Cricket and Harriers photos from my era at the school. There is also a rare Staff v Pupils 7-a-side photograph from the 70s

18 January 2011
After a vigorous campaign, of which the OCA was part, we learned today, that the Local Studies Library (housing the Selhurst Archives) will NOT be closing. The threatened closure was part of a cost-cutting proposal by Croydon Council

11 January 2011
Meeting Dates:
The next Sub-Committee date is:

6 April 2011

The next Full Committee date is:

Just when you thought that the Boys' School had closed for good, we have learned that the building will live on
- as a new Primary School!
It will re-open its doors in September 2011.
For more information, visit their web-site at

or click on the button below

January 6, 2011
Ernest John Croxford
We have been contacted by Steve Croxford, grandson of Ernest who attended Selhurst Grammar School from Autumn 1917.

"I am interested in finding out whether any of your members have any information about him or indeed recall the company for which he worked after he left the school. Ernest became a commercial artist working for the Abbey Publicity Service (a Croydon firm) between 1930 - and the late 1950s. He specialised in drafting maps which were published in local guides relating to town councils across the UK. I am in the process of researching his work and have a small number of examples of his original drawings."

If you can assist Steve, please contact the OCA or email him directly by clicking

December 9, 2010
Informal Meeting
Brian Roote (1944-1449) has been invited to a short informal meeting next week about the future of the Local Studies (Archives) Department at Croydon Library. If you have questions, or wish to have your point put across, please contact Brian.
email him HERE

6 December 2010
Teachers' Database (Boys) updated

17 November 2010
Local Studies Library to close?
The Croydon Guardian reports that there are plans to possibly shut the Local Studies Library. This department also houses the Selhurst Archives. Follow the story using the link below.
Croydon Guardian

Please note that the date for the OCA Centenary Exhibition (at the BRIT School) has changed. It is now Saturday, 2nd July 2011 from 1pm until 4pm

25 October 2010
OCA Annual Accounts
These are now available for you to downlaod and/or view. For our financial year 2009-2010, you can access the information by going to our new 'Annual Accounts' page HERE

24 October 2010
Photograph: 1st Cricket XI (1943)
Supplied by:
Bernard Woolnough (1938-1944)
at the 2010 AGM

3 October 2010
Teachers' Database (Boys) updated

28 September 2010
A while ago, we began interviewing some of the most senior Old Croydonians for their recollections; these then featured in various OCA Magazines. To give members access to these articles without the need to refer to their magazines, we're pleased to announce, we've now added an additional menu item here, under 'stories', where you can download, free-of-charge, those same articles combined into single documents. We hope you enjoy them.


18 September 2010
Form '4A' Photograph
Mike Elsden (1961-1968, Beta) sent us this form photograph of '4A', taken he thinks, in 1964/65. The photograph includes 'Dickie Bird', one of his teachers.

6 September 2010
Teachers' Database (Boys) updated

1 August 2010
Teachers' Nicknames
Brian Stevens has added two additional nicknames to our Teachers' Names page.
Mr Tyner and Mr Weeks-Pearson


25 July 2010
Life after Closure
As Members will know, the Boys' School is now closed. However, just as in previous years, the building refuses to die. The latest news is that there will be a Primary School in the building called (imaginatively), 'The Crescent Primary School'

Can you help?
24 July 2010
The Roll of Honour

On the Croydon Roll of Honour, there is a Gwenda Maud Alton b Portsmouth 26 Feb 1921 Educ SELHURST GRAMMAR SCHOOL. Employed Croydon Electric Co until 1940 then Admiralty Bath. Killed with her parents by Enemy Acton in Bath in 1942. She would have been at SGS in the 1930s. Does anyone have any additional information for us? Contact us by using the 'click here' below

19 July 2010
Teachers' Nicknames

Nicknames page updated - our thanks to Keith Phare

1 July 2010
Annual Reunion
The annual renunion lat night. Between 50-60 ex-pupils attended, plus many new faces.

27 June 2010
Teacher Database (Boys) updated

20 May 2010
of pupils and staff from
the Girls' School

Our thanks to Croydon Archive Services for supplying us with this rare treat!

2 May 2010
Teacher Database (Boys)

30 April 2010
Handel Kardas, Geography teacher
Dean Maisey (1978-1982, Beta) sent us this photograph of Handel Kardas, who taught Geography. In Dean's words: "I think it captures his personality perfectly"


26 April 2010
Air Cadets Summer Camp - RAF Locking, 1976
Hitesh Amin (1975-1979) sent us this high-quality scan. It was taken on Sunday, 8th August 1976. Hitesh can name around 75% of those featured. Can you help with the others?

19 April 2010

Teacher Database (Boys) updated

29 March 2010
Rugby Photographs
from 1933-34 and 1938-39
Two Rugby XI photographs sent in by Daphne Tregear. Her Dad was Thomas Llewellyn Davis. Thanks Daphne!


28 March 2010

Teacher Database

8 March 2010
Chris Morgan (1955-62, Delta) sent in a photograph of form 5C from 1959-60 - Thanks Chris!


7 March 2010
Teacher Database


2 March 2010
Spring Magazine 2010
now available for download

OCA members only

Why wait for the post? OCA Members can download their copy of the forthcoming Magazine using the link below


4 March 2010

Deceased Database updated

RIP - Ray Carter MBE
Raymond G Carter MBE died peacefully on 5 January 2010 aged 95 years.

Service was at 1pm, on Friday, 22 January, 2010, at St Ambrose, R C Church, Warren Park, off Chapel Lane, Warlingham.

Followed by the burial at Green Lawns Cemetary, Chelsham, a short drive away.

7 February 2010

Teacher Database updated

8 December 2009
Due to an overwhelming number of articles received on the editor's desk, we are not accepting any further articles for next Spring's Magazine - thanks for your contributions!
27 November 2009
Peter Francis (1937-1940) has announced he is to retire from the Committee at the next AGM.

Thanks for your many years of service Peter!

21 November 2009

Teacher Database updated

2 November 2009
Bob Lister contacted us:
"My great-aunt was Hannah Lister, headmistress of the girls' school from 1931 to 1960. I am particularly interested to find out about her period as head as I myself am a teacher - and, in fact, a classics teacher just like her."
If you can assist Bob, click on the link below to email him. We will also put Bob's request in the next Magazine.


1 November 2009
Teacher Database (Boys) updated today


24 October 2009
Members' list updated. OCA members can apply for a copy (small charge applies) using the link below

Can you help?
20 October 2009
David Charles Boughton (1943-51) is undertaking a mammoth task to collate the names of all the pupils who attended the Schools with the help of Croydon Archive Services. If anyone is willing to help with transcription part of the data, David and the OCA would be very grateful. Contact David by clicking below.


17 October 2009
Valerie Heathorn (1956-1962) and Mike Gay-Cuming (1958-1965) have been appointed as Committee officers with immediate effect.

10 October 2009
Jeff Armstrong provides additional names for the Harriers photograph dated 69/70

8 October 2009

The database covering deceased

Members has been updated

29 September 2009
David Boughton asks "Just read about Peter Bennett, Kenny Edmonds and Brian Toomer here. Interested to find out how many SGSfB lads flew while in the RAF and would like to extend a welcome to those who were in 49 Squadron and suggest they join the 49 Squadron Association."
David Boughton, 49 Squadron July 1952-53, Air Engineer, Lincolns

If you are interested, contact David through the web-site by clicking here

28 September 2009
Today we launch TWO new databases
Brian Roote (1944-1949) has electroncally catalogued both Rolls of Honour (WW1 and WW2) from the Boys' School. Both databases are in Excel format and can be viewed/downloaded using the link below.

Click here...

27 August 2009
Winter Magazine now available for download

OCA members only

Why wait for the post? OCA Members can download their copy of the forthcoming Winter Magazine using the link below


24 July 2009

PIlot Officer Edward Dudley Dear
Can anyone assist Brian Roote (1944-1949)
Brian asks: "I have just embarked on the mammoth project to do the Roll for WW2. I have just arrived at Edward Dudley Dear a Pilot Officer Missing in Action 12 March 1941. It seems he was in the 1st XV Rugby 1937/1939. Do we have any pictures of that team do you know? Maybe there are other OCA members who might remember him?

5 July 2009
The digital makeover of all the boys' panoramic full-size images has been completed

Click here...

13 June 2009
Guildford Museum has an Exhibition running from July 18 through until October 2009. If any ex-girl pupils have photographs from their time there, when the School was evacuated, please get in touch

19 May 2009
Full-size Panoramics added
Peter Juniper has acquired on loan two additional panoramic photographs for our growing collection.

1930 (Boys)
Click here...
There is a slight tear in this one, but given its age, it is in remarkable condition

1944 (Girls)
Click here...

17 April 2009

Production of 'The Mikado', 1935
Malcolm Stringer (1968-1975, Beta) sent us this photograph scanned from his Father's collection of Croydonian Magazines (Volume XVI, No 2, Summer 1935).
Click here...

8 April 2009
'The Bill' on the site of the Boys' School
ITV1's popular police drama series is on the TV tonight filmed in the Boys School

Click here...

(external link to Croydopon Advertiser)

.28 March 2009
Assembly Staff 1946 (Boys' School) - originally dated 1945
This has been 'cleaned-up' from the original scan of this photograph.The download contains the pre and post clean-up versions.

Click here...

Staff 1949 (Boys' School)
This photograph has been tidied up from the original scan of a Staff photograph dated 1949.
Click here...

15 March 2009

Photographs of teaching staff

One from 1925 and one from 1951(copyright Croydon Archive Service)
Click here...

11 March 2009
Croydon Archives' Hours


new Can you help?
8 March
2009 - News of 'Kenny Edmonds'
Would Peter Bennett get in touch with us ASAP as we have (good) news about Ken(ny) Edmonds
Click here...

25 February 2009 - News of Kenny Edmonds?
Peter Bennett got in touch. I attended S G 1946-1951 Having just discovered your Web Site there is reference to RAF 49 Sqn. I myself finished flying on 207 Sqn another V Bomber Sqn. Does anyone have news of Kenny Edmonds who flew as a Navigator on 49 Sqn during the Atomic bomb testing programme? Kenny was a year ahead of me but being a close neighbour we often walked to school together. I believe he reached the rank of Wing Commander.
PS. another RAF navigator I met was Brian Toomer who may have been a year later than me. We met up when working as Air Traffic Controllers at London Airport. If you can help
Click here...

24 February 2009 - Spring Magazine now available for download

OCA members only

Why wait for the post? OCA Members can download their copy of the forthcoming Spring Magazine using the link below


1 February 2009
Three stories from Anton Coy (1958-1965), Delta
Three humorous stories from Anton recounting his time at Selhurst in the baby-boomer years

Can you help? 13 January 2009
Raymond V Fooks
Urgent message for students and colleagues  remembering Raymond ( Ray) V. Fooks a teacher at Sellhurst in the late 50's leaving in 61/62 who taught Economics. Ray has just been awarded an MBE for over 25 years of voluntary service to many clubs in Rye, East Sussex where he was headmaster for 15 years before retiring. The Rye Old Scholars are holding a celebration evening on Tuesday 20th January 2009 and want to present him with a book of messages from throughout his past.  Please send as soon as possible to Richard Moore

5 January 2009

Cricket Blazer 1932
Roger Oliver (1956-1962) sent us a photograph of his father's cricket blazer

15 December 2008

We are sorry to announce the death of Norman James Smail after a long illness. He was an OCA Committee member and was a strong contributor to creating the revised rules for the Association. Norman was the last of three brothers (Sidney (1935-39) and David (1937-43) who all attended Selhurst.

3 December 2008
Various Sports Photographs + A visit from HRH Princess Margaret
Four photographs sent in by Sent in by Rod Turner/O'Donoghue (1969-1976, Gamma)
Photo 1 - Rugby Team under-12s (1969-1970)
Photo 2 - Athletics Team (1969-1970)
Photo 3
- Cricket Team (1969-1970)

Photo 4 - HRH Princess Margaret's congratulating boys at Fairfield Halls on collecting money for one of her charities c 1975

24 November 2008
Class of 1959

Alan Hook (1956-1960) added some initials to the 1959 photograph of Class 4a (originally supplied by Dennis Candy)

Update: 25 November 2008. Dennis, inspired by Alan's contribution has now almost completed the legend

Can you help? 18 November 2008
Butcher's Shop on Norbury/Streatham border trading as 'James Uff'
Can anyone help Colin Marsh (1959-1966) trace more information about his Mother's family Butcher's shop.
click_here to read the story
click_here to email Colin

8 November 2008
Full-Size Panoramics now available
for download
Thanks to a collaboration between Chris Bennett (Croydon Archives), Peter Juniper (OCA), John Horton (Photogenics of West Wickham) and numerous OCA Members from both Schools, we are now able to offer full-size downloads of the panoramic (whole-school) photographs covering many of school-years.
click_herefor the Boys'
click_herefor the Girls'

Can you help?We don't yet have a COMPLETE set of ALL the photographs and a few are in a poor condition. If you can help, we would love to hear from you!

7 November 2008
Photograph of Teachers from the Boys' School circa 1936

Malcolm Stringer (1968-1975, Beta) provided us with this excellent scan (front and back) of the teachers at the Boys' School c1936. Malcolm found it in his father's (John F E Stringer 1933-37) photo-box.

20 October 2008
Bernard Woolnough, Treasurer, steps down
As many of you know, Bernard has now stepped down from the position of Treasurer for the OCA. At the recent AGM, he was presented with vouchers for Fairfield Halls on behalf of the Committee and Association. If you would like to make a donation, please send cheques made out to "The Old Croydonians' Association" to either Isabel MacLeod or Peter Juniper - their addresses are in the front of your OCA Magazine.
Please attach a note to your cheque reminding us that it's destined for Bernard's gift (and for obvious reasons, do NOT send the cheques to Bernard)

Can you help?
19 October 2008
Ernest Lewis Simmons
DOB 22.9.1926
David Boughton (1943-1951) needs your help to track down friends and family of 'Ernest Lewis Simmons'. Further details can be found by click on the link below
16 October - Prefects 1958
Edward Thomas (1951-1958) emailed us with an updated legend for the photograph of 'Prefects 1958'
13 October 2008
OCA 'Rules'
We've updated the OCA Rules (pdf format) in preparation for their acceptance at this week's AGM. Comments? Let the Chairman know by Friday, 17th October, latest

Can you help?
8 October 2008

Mystery Photographs x 2

Isabel MacLeod came across two photographs at Croydon Archives whilst researching into other school memorabilia. They both feature photographs of a group of girls and there is no information about either of them. Isabel remarks: "It must be something to to the SGSG but we don't know what. It looks like an outing and obviously something to do with music. It's not the school building and it's not the Beeches either."
click_here Picture 1

click_here Picture 2
If you can help, please get in touch with Isabel

Can you help?
8 October 2008
James Robinson (born in 1957, currently a non-member) got in touch with us. " I'm trying to trace an old relative who was a trainee Air-Lingus pilot during 1956 at Croydon airport. His name was Harry O'Donnell from Dublin. I know I'm clutching at straws but I wondered if you would know of any body involved around the airport at that time.
To email James


15 September 2008
The Archive section at Croydon Library has just announced that they are having to restrict their opening hours. Click on the link for details

5 September 2008
Isabel took a few photographs at the recent visit to 'The Beeches' on 3rd September


Can you help? 2 September 2008
As part of the digitisation process of the panoramic photographs, we've discovered one from the GIRLS' School has no year on it - if you can help, please contact Peter Juniper

31 August 2008

OCA Members only. Why wait for the post? Download your own copy of the 'The Old Croydonian' Magazine for Winter 2008 before they're posted in the next few weeks!

19 August 2008
Coming soon...

We will SOON be able to offer FULL-SIZE downloads of many of the School panoramic photographs. This means that you'll be able to download them to your PC, copy them to a CD or DVD , take them to your favourite photo developer and in return for a modest fee, acquire a full-size print of the year or years in question.

Can you help? 2 August 2008
Lady Gym Mistress

Can anyone out there assist Brian Roote?

"I have a vague recollection that towards the end of WW2 we had a lady gym mistress. My report of Spring 1944 shows the comment of the PE teacher but I can't decipher the initials although it does look like a female hand.From autumn 1945 it was Mr Stanswood. The school photo on the web for 1943 has several ladies? Any help gratefully received.
click_here to email Brian
UPDATE: 11 August 2008. Brian says 'thanks' to those who got in touch. Mystery now solved!

25 July 2008
'Pre-War' pupils - Reunion 2008
We've added a photograph of a number of boys and girls (17 in toatl) who were at the Schools prior to WWII. The download includes a full legend and a high quality download suitable for printing .

10 July 2008
We've added a number of nick-names for many of the teachers from the Boys' School. These have been provided by various OCA Members and will feature in the Winter 2008 Magazine

6 July 2008
Final Photographs of the Boys' School (June 2008)
Using the link below, we present some interior and exterior shots taken a few weeks before the Boys' School officially closed in 2008
1 July 2008
Scarbrook Road - 1959

Austen C Shapcott (1959-1964) has identified the majority of boys from his 1959 photograph previously uploaded in November 2006

28 June 2008
School Play - The Rehearsal

We’re grateful to Colin Marsh (1959-1966) for unearthing this photograph of the play ‘The Rehearsal’, dated c1961/62. It illustrates an alternative to the annual school play. ‘Alternative’, because the annual school play was normally based on a ‘set book’.


See also HERE (Dennis Candy also supplied the picture in October 2006)

25 June 2008
Return to The Beeches

On Wedenesday, 3rd September 2008, Peter Juniper is organising a visit to 'The Beeches' in Guildford. If you are interested, please contact Peter or email him HERE

We will leave the playground at 10am on the 3rd. If you would prefer to make your way using yor own transport, that's fine, but please let Peter know so he can co-ordinate numbers on arrival. The day will finish around 4.30. See a few photographs taken by Isabel HERE

Can you help? 6 June 2008

This is probably the oldest photograph we've ever acquired. It shows a Class from the Boys' School and was taken in May 1927. if you can help with identifying anyone, please get in touch, email us HERE

To view the photograph

30 May 2008
Iain Gordon (1957-1962, Alpha) got in touch with an old school chum, John Failes via Friends Reunited and they sent us this photograph from 1960. Iain has also attempted to list the Houses too.

Can you help? 23 April 2008
'Joey' Taylor
Does anyone out there know the above's full name? We know his initials are 'JH'. Please email me - Thanks!
13 April 2008
Selhurst Grammar School - First ever winners of "The Advertiser" trophy
Iain Gordon (1957-1962, Alpha) sent us this rare photograph. The School won the cross-country event for schools and youth organisations at Fairchildes School on Saturday 10 February 1962. The photograph shows the winning team receiving the Trophy from Jack Lisney, secretary of Croydon Harriers

Can you help? 12 April 2008
Information about 'Joey' Taylor
Terence 'Terry' Godwin (1948-1953) is interested in finding out more about 'Joey' Taylor. If you have any information please email or write to the Editor and I'll pass on the information
11 April 2008
Addressing errors - Spring 2008 Magazine
It has been brought to our attention that some new Members haven't received their Spring Magazine whilst some of you have moved home and your Magazine was sent to your old address. Finally, some details were wrong in the some name/address lines.

We're sorry for these errors - and thanks for alerting us to them. The fault lies with the printing company we use NOT with the OCA. Rest assured, Isabel and I are working hard on your behalf to put things right and replacement Magazines will be sent to those affected shortly

On a separate note, please ensure that if you are coming to the Summer Reunion, that your cheque is made out to 'The Old Croydoians Association not 'Society' as stated in the Magazine
16 March 2008
The Colts 1942-1943
Leslie Olive (1939-1944) sent us this photograph. The download includes the signatures (except Leslie's and Michael Bird) and a full legend.

10 March 2008
The Boys' School Song as a 'midi' file' - Variation on a Theme
Matthew Fisher (1957-1964, Beta), has revisited the Boys' School Song and re-created a 'variation on a theme' of the last verse as a midi file. (See 24 January below for Matthew's original midi file creation). The latest can be downloaded from the 'Music' (School Song) section of the website.

1 March 2008

OCA Members only. Why wait for the post? Download your own copy of the 'The Old Croydonian' Magazine for Spring 2008 before they're posted in the next few weeks!

22 February 2008
Cadets in Action 1958 and 1959!
Another interesting contribution from Dr Alan Russell (1955-1960, Alpha). This time we have four photographs from 1958-1959.

22 February 2008
Boys' School Calendar 1959-60
We're grateful to Dr. Alan. W. Russell (1955-1960, Alpha) who, via Jake Jacobson (1955-1961, Gamma) provided with almost complete Calendar from 1959-60. The only parts that are missing are the Rugby fixtures and the School Rules - the latter, we probably still remember by rote!

14 February 2008

Various Exam Papers

If you are of the view that "exams these days are easier than in our day...", why not download a selection from 1946; courtesy of Henry Overal (1941-1946). Henry has provided us with his GSE Papers from that year covering: French, English Literature, Geometry, English, Geography, History, Latin II, Arithmetic and General Science II. Currently, we've only scanned the front page of each, but if any of you would like to see the rest, before we return them, please contact Steve, the WebMaster
Now turn over your papers... :)

24 January 2008
The Boys' School Song as a 'midi' file' For For those of you that are interested in digital music, Matthew Fisher (1957-1964, Beta), has created a midi file from the Boys' school song. It can be downloaded from the 'Music' (School Song) section of the website. Alternatively, use the link below

20 November 2007
Reg Whellock's reflects...
Reg, who was at the school from 1926-1932 reflects on his life at Selhurst. This is the latest addition to the 'Recollections' section of the Web-site

28 October 2007
Record turnout at the AGM on October 6, 2007
We had a record of 71 acceptances to the above (plus and extra five on the day).

The Council and Committee wish to acknowledge the generous donations prior to the meeting and on the actual day.
Thank you Peter Juniper, Hon. Secretary.
25 October 2007
Future of the Boys' School
Thanks to Brian Roote for spotting this short piece of information in the Croydon Guardian. (Note: This may not be a permanent link)

13 October 2007
New section launched on the web-site - 'Tuck Shop'

Today, we launch another new section on the web-site. You'll remember the Tuck Shop at school. It sold things that made you feel good and got you through the day. We've adopted the same principle for a growing range of (non-edible!) Selhurst items that you might like to buy. Why not take a trip to the 'Tuck Shop' now
12 October 2007
New section launched on the web-site - 'Recollections'
Today, we are pleased to announce a new section on the web-site. We've entitled it 'Recollections.' This will be an on-going series of transcribed interviews with various OCA Members. They originally appeared in previous OCA magazines dating from 2005. Click on the link below to access the page. In future, you will also be able to access the page from the main menu
- choose 'School History' and then click on 'Recollections'
11 October 2007
A Plea from Julian Hornby

Member JJ Hornby (1957-1964) contacted us with a plea for putting the Boys' School to a new use after August 2008. Click the link below to read the pdf file

22 September 2007

We are sad to announce the death of Doreen Juniper, wife of Peter Juniper (the Honorary Secretary). Doreen passed away on Friday 21 September at 6.30 am.

Can you help? 20 September 2007
OCA Rules
A draft of the 'Rules' for the OCA has been uploaded. It is based on the original document from almost 100 years ago. We are planning to update it in the near future and if you have any comments, please email The Chairman

31 August 2007

OCA Members only. Why wait for the post? Download your own copy of the 'The Old Croydonian' Magazine for Winter 2007 before they're posted in the next few weeks!

9 August 2007
Class 4a in 1959 (or 3a in 1958)
Dennis Candy adds the elegend for his previously supplied photograph of Class 4a in 1959 but suggests it might be 3a in 1958

Can you help? 23 July 2007
David Potter Form 4A c1965-66
David Potter (1962-1970, Gamma), sent us this photograph of Form 4A from either 1965 or 1966. The download contains a detailed legend containing most of the names. If you can help naming names, please contact us

8 July 2007
David Potter's
converted cine film (1968)
David Potter (1962-1970, Gamma) has converted his colour cine film from 1968 showing Masters leaving the Dining Hall and runs for approximately 1 minute 22 seconds. Click on the link below for more details.

Girls' Reunion, May 5th
A Reunion was held at the BRIT School on Saturday, May 5th, for ex-pupils of the Girls' School who attended from 1965-1972. You can view some photographs by clicking on the link below

There is also a permanent link in the main menu (above) under 'Pictures'

Summer Reunion 2007
Are you coming to the Summer Reunion? (Friday, 6th July 6.30 onwards)

As at 1st June we have only 17 tickets left.

Contact Peter, the Honorary Secretary, if you are interested in attending

click_here to email Peter

22 April 2007

We are pleased to announce that starting today, we will begin to offer full-size downloads of school panoramic photographs. This means that you can download them, save them to a CD and have them printed full-size from a photo-processor like Boots or Jessops.

The first on offer is from the Boy's school in 1946. To access the panoramic photographs page

The rate at which we can offer these depends on borrowing (again, in some cases) the originals from existing owners, so if you already own any panoramic photographs, (unframed please) please contact the Honorary Secretary.

2 April 2007
Four photographs from Walter Currie 1950-1958 (formerly Walter Snook)

2nd. Form
4th. Form? (1953/54) click_here
Cross Country (1956/57) click_here

1 March 2007

OCA Members only. Why wait for the post? Download your own copy of the 'The Old Croydonian' Magazine for Spring 2007 before they're posted in the next few weeks!

17 February 2007
Robin Slade (1946-1954, Delta, married and residing in New Zealand) came across the OCA Web-site by accident and has now supplied us with a wide range of photographs from the 50s. His photographs feature Athletics, Rugby, Cricket, Basketball and Prefects in formal (and slightly informal) mode!

1 February 2007
Legend updated by Julian Worley (1956-1964, Alpha) for the photograph of Prefects (Boys' School) in 1963

13 January 2007

Sports Day at Waddon c1961?
Five photographs


714 Squadron Air cadets at RAF Marham, August 1960
Four photographs - Chipmunk

One photograph - Avro Ansen

8 January 2007
Andy Parry (1962-1970) emailed us. I am almost certain that the unnamed player on the left next to Charles Oakley is Brian Ford, who taught (me) A level zoology and I think O level Biology.

28 December 2006

Form Photograph 1954

Harriers photograph 1959-60

Various Photos of ATC Summer Camps
1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961

13 December 2006
Pauline Hannah (1947-1955 ) adds some names to the 1955 Girls' Panoramic photograph

11 November 2006

Representatives of the Boys and Girls Schools attended the Schools' Memorial Service on Friday. Derek Mauri, Chairman of the OCA with Committee Offficer, Peter Francis for the Boys; Hazel Damiral with Valerie Heathorn and Peter Juniper for the Girls.

11 November 2006
Austen C Shapcott (1959-1964) sent us a photograph taken in 1959 from his years at Scarbrook Road.
6 November 2006
Press Release from Croydon Council that discusses the theoretical closure of the Boys' School in 2008
24 October 2006
John C S Hibbert (1948-1953) sent us a photograph of him modelling the Summer Boys' uniform

23 October 2006
I've mis-placed some precious documents sent in by one of our Members. Please read the list of what is missing HERE and drop me an email if you can help. Thanks, Steve - WebMaster
21 October 2006
The AGM at the Boys' School today - over 50 ex-pupils expected

14 October 2006
Dennis Candy, now residing in Sri-Lanka sent us a couple of pictures of a School Play from 1960 or 1961. Dennis cannot remember the name of the Play written and produced by A J Weekes-Pearson, an English Teacher. If you can help, please click HERE

14 October 2006
Dennis Candy, now residing in Sri-Lanka sent us this photograph of Class 4a in 1959 but suggests it might be 3a in 1958

5 October 2006
Leslie Olive (1939-1944, Beta) has added some names to Jeff Farrance's (1939-1947) front cover of the Croydon Advertiser photograph, dated December 27 1940

19 September 2006
Anthony Austin and Elizabeth Henderson would like to thank all those who attended the Service of Thanksgiving on 29th August for their Father, Eric. Unfortunately, it was not possible to speak to everyone but I know from John Elkin that there were several OCs there and we very much appreciated them coming. It was a fantastic turnout - with over 150 people in church. Dad would have been amazed

18 September 2006
Project Visio - Rodney J West provided us with the Boys' panoramic photograph from 1943 and Pauline Hanna (1947-1955), the Girls' panoramic from 1955

17 September 2006
Dick Sellwood (1954-1961) lent us his copy of the 50th Anniversary book for the Boys' school where we discovered it had photographs of all the Headmasters to-date. We've scanned them and added them to the 'School History' section

14 September 2006
Julian Hornby (1957-1964) sent us a legend for the Prefects photograph from 1963/64 (Photograph previously supplied by Julian Horley 1956-1964)

26th August 2006
OCA Members only. Why wait for the post? Download your own copy of September 2006's 'The Old Croydonian' Magazine before they're posted in the next few weeks!

9 August 2006
Peter Taylor, who taught at the Boys' school from 1962-70 sent us two photographs

The Staff Cricket team c. mid/late 60s
Staff performance of 'Twelfth Night' from the 60s


27 July 2006
Denis Woosnam (1936-1940) sent us a formal photograph of F W Turner MA, MSC, Headmaster from 1939-1945

26 July 2006
Jeff Farrance (1939-1947) sent us two very interesting photographs. The first is a copy the front page of 'The Croydon Advertiser', dated Friday, December 27th, 1940, showing evacuated Selhurst staff and pupils at Bideford Grammar School. Photo used, courtesy of Croydon Advertiser.
The second, shows a Prefects' photograph taken we think, in 1947.


25 July 2006
Two photographs, courtesy of John Gent (1942-1950) showing Army Cadet Bands from 1920 and 1938.

14 July 2006

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William Eric Austin, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, 6th July 2006 at Kingston Hospital. For details of the Thanksgiving Service.

14 June 2006
Brian Rollinson sent us this photograph from July 1949 of Form 3H (he thinks). The download contains the reverse of the photograph signed by many of those there..and some who were not! There are still some gaps in the names. If you can help, please download the file and get in touch

10 June 2006
Similarly, a large number of panoramic photographs of various years from the Boys' School, thanks to Ray Carter, Derek Silverton, John Hamer and the Croydon Archive Service

9 June 2006
A large number of panoramic photographs of various years from the Girls' School, thanks to Pauline Hanna and the Croydon Archive Service

26 May 2006

Jean Glassington, long time supporter of the Old Croydonians' Rugby Club, died peacefully on Monday 22nd May, aged 87, after a short stay in Mayday hospital. She and husband Dick used to follow the rugby team to places far and wide including many Easter Tours abroad and is fondly remembered as a "fun lady" who was partial to the odd gin & tonic (she was sometimes affectionately referred to as "Jean & tonic!"). Dick is still going strong and would welcome anyone who remembers the good old days to come to the funeral which is at Croydon Crematorium on Thursday 1st June at 11.15. All enquiries to J B Shakespeare, Croydon - 020 8688 1447 or 2003

23 May 2006
The Old Croydonians' Cricket Team from 1937, sent in by John Gooding (1925-1933)

22 May 2006

The 1st XI Cricket team from 1932, sent in by John Gooding (1925-1933)

22 May 2006
LInda Ralph - née Titterington (1959-1965), sent us a short video of the Commercial used by Friends Reunited featuring her and some school chums - Anne Sandison, Linda Titterington, Pat Holdsworth, Julia Hoare, Rose Cuff, Hazel Hunt, Margaret Johnson, Janet Couchman and others.

21 May 2006
John Gooding (1925-1933) sent us a photograph of himself (1st left) and three colleagues, W Harvey, ATG Ford and Reginald B Whellock taken after they had sat an Exam in July 1932.

9 April 2006
Boys' School - Prefects from 1947 courtesy of Dr. Gordon Clifford Gould (1943-1947)

4 April 2006
Were you a Selhurst Girl evacuated to The Beeches'? You may be interested in attending an exhibition on 20, 21 and 22 April at St Catherine's Village Hall, Guildford. The exhibition will focus on local history including schools that were evacuated there in WWII. Admission is free. For more information contact Roger Nicholas. Email him HERE. To see the poster...

31 March 2006
Maurice Isaac (1939-1946) contacted us and added names to the photograph of Prefects in 1944 . The legend is available when you download the photograph

17th March 2006
Can you help us track down the following ex-pupils?. If you can help, please contact Roger Hill, Membership Secretary

Mr C Charlton 1979-83
Mr R E Davies 1929-34
Mr J A Gray 1958-65
Mr K Lambert 1950-56
Mr R W Lloyd 1955-60
Mr A D Sloan 1961-67

Mr D Wright 1942-45

2nd March 2006
Eunice Clement (née Horsley, 1939 - 1947) has sent us a class photograph from the Upper Sixth taken in 1946 or 1947. Eunice has supplied some of the names as has Pauline Sinclair (née Schindler, 1941-1947). These are contained in the download. However, we still have a few gaps - Can you help?

1st March 2006
OCA Members only. Why wait for the post? Download your own copy of April 2006's 'The Old Croydonian' Magazine before they're posted later in March!

8th February 2006
Photograph of Prefects dated 1922. recognise anyone?

7th February 2006
Keith Phair adds some names to the 1969 Athletics photograph

28th January 2006
Thanks to Derek Silverton (1935-1939) for providing us with one of our oldest Panoramic photographs - 1937!
See it on the 'Project Visio' page - Thanks Derek!

27th January 2006
Thanks to John Hamer (1943-1950, Beta) for providing us with the Panoramic Shot of the whole Boys' School from 1946. See it on the 'Project Visio' page - Thanks John!

24th January 2006
If you have submitted an article for April's magazine, please let the Editor have a recent(ish) 'head and shoulders' photograph to accompany your piece

10th January 2006
Today is the deadline for submitting articles for April 2006's Magazine. Any articles received after this date will go forward for consideration for the September edition. Deadline for SEPTEMBER's edition is June 30th 2006
3rd January 2006
Keith Whitham (1946-1952, Alpha), sent us a copy of the Boys' School Magazine, 'The Croydonian' from 1952. In it, there are some photographs their production of Shakespeare's masterpiece, 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

1st January 2006
Happy New Year! Thanks to your generosity, we're currently over-run with material for the next OCA Magazine (due for publication in April). Therefore, we're bringing forward the closing date for articles. All articles should be with the Editor no later than 10 January. Any received after that date will be automatically carried forward for consideration for September's edition
19 December 2005
We've been promised some panoramic photographs in the new year, courtesy of Chris Bennett at Croydon Library Archives. For an updated list

10 December 2005
The perfect Christmas gift for the man who has everything! We still have a few OCA silk ties for sale. Contact the Secretary

9 December 2005
Daphne Clark (1936-1941) sent us a photograph of her with three friends taken in Hove in 1940

22 November 2005
An anonymous donation. The 'Save our Selhurst' lapel badge commissioned by
R A Smith in 1987

21 November 2005
Reverend Alan Thomas (1948-1955) sent us a couple of photographs of the staff vs. school cricket match in 1952

19 November 2005
Many new photographs added to the Girls' Project Visio page, courtesy of Marjorie Chandler, Marion Nixon and Margaret Ziolek (Glover). Come on chaps, we're getting left behind!
Current score: Girls 9, Boys 3

17 November 2005
A photograph of Selhurst Grammar School Colts XI c1952 sent in by John Robertson (1948-1953)

15 November 2005
Legend updated of the Athletic's team photograph 1965, courtesy of John Wade (1962-1969, Delta)

11 November 2005
Representatives of the OCA Committee attended the Service at the Boys' school. Those attending - John Gent (1942-1950), Norman Smail (1936-1939) and Keith Whitham (1946-1952). To see a copy of the Remembrance Day Programme

11 November 2005
A small party from the OCA attended the BRIT school where the commemorative War Memorial Plaque has been placed in the Main Hall. Those attending - Pauline Sinclair, Doreen Juniper, Anne Johnson, Isabel MacLeod and Simone Willoughby (Ex- Staff) - Thus spanning the 40s to the mid 80s. To see a photograph of the plaque

7 November 2005
New sections added - 'Army Cadets' and 'Air Cadets'. Click on 'Pictures' in the main menu

31 October 2005
We received confirmation from the copyright holder Roy Fraser, that we can have unlimited use of the Panora Panoramic School photographs

30 October 2005
LOST - Can you help?
A cassette recording of a BBC Radio programme, "Other Peoples' Voices" dated 3rd Feb 2002 relating to the late school master Mr G.H.Vallins who taught at Selhurst Grammar School for Boys. If anyone has any information about the whereabouts, let us know...

20 October 2005
Prefects from 1944 added

19 October 2005
Alice In Wonderland c1936 added

1 September 2005
OCA Magazine now available for download - (OCA Members only)

August 2005
'Project Visio' launched. Click on 'Pictures' in the main menu

May 2005

New section added 'School Plays'. Click on 'pictures' in the main menu

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