KINNESSBURN REUNION 1998
JUNE 1997 NEWS : ISSUE NO. 2
Saturday 8th August 1998
WHOOPS! CLANG! Got the dates wrong! Kinnessburn didn't close in 1968 but in 1972. Ever since our paragraph was published in this month's Alumnus Chronicle the postie has been complaining about singed fingers. DAVE "ARCH" ANDREWS, in Bristol, does report that there had been "talk that Kinnessburn would-close [in 1968] but that idea must have died the death because I don't remember any concern in my first year", i.e. 1967/68. This is corroborated by BILL MacKECHNIE of Dumbarton.
GAVIN BREMNER writes from Lancaster, "I commenced my degree in1969 and spent three very pleasant (if somewhat eccentric) years at Kinnessburn. Just to make sure I had it right, I dug out the old photos." Gavin kindly sent us copies of these and it was cheering to see that they did keep up the old tradition of wackiness in those later days: in each of the photos is a bassett hound named Edward, who "was captured in the streets annually for the photograph."
And now for the rest of the confessions...
Professor HUGH BEGG tells us that he married JANE HARRISON of Saltspring Island, British Columbia, in 1968 and has two daughters, Mary (26), a lawyer in Paris, and Susan (22) who nurses in Cambridge. Until 1993 Hugh was Professor and Head of the Department of Town and Regional Planning at Dundee University: he took early retirement and became a "consultant" working mainly for the Scottish Office and Scottish Enterprise. In his spare time HUGH still walks the hills and trains Guide Dog puppies.
ROBIN BELL came up with interesting news. "After working in publishing and university teaching in New York and London, and picking up a Sony Award for Best British Radio Feature, I am General Secretary of the Poetry Association of Scotland and have two student-age daughters.” He goes on to say that he now leads an aimiable bachelor existence divided between Gleneagles and Cannes and writes the occasional book.
The Revd PETER BINNS is another of our bachelors. After graduation Peter was ordained into the Anglican priesthood and is now in his 30th year of teaching French at Dr Chaloner's Grammar School in Amersham.
Dr GEOFF CRAVEN and SHIRLEY are still going strong after 31 years. He asks, "Remember the first Kinnessburn Ball (in Major Mitford's debut year) with marquee and out-of-season strawberries? Nothing in thirty years of general practice matches that. We have a boy and a girl - both happily married and living in British Columbia. I can't hear Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude" without thinking of Tony Williams who hammered it into our brains." GEOFF and SHIRLEY are looking forward to seeing us all again in August 1998, as they intend to make the journey over from Vancouver
Older hands will be interested to know that MISS DURKAN (Domestic Bursar) is on the residence photographs of the early 'seventies. Miss Durkan is looking forward to meeting us all again at the reunion.
We hear from JIM GEEKIE that he is still burning chalk at Grangemouth High School.
After some years at Strathaven in Ayrshire, DEREK KENNEDY has been teaching in Edinburgh for long enough to have taught Phil Wheeler's little darlings. He married HELEN PATERSON (Abbotsford) and they have two little darlings of their own - Emma and Brian. Helen has for fourteen years been escorting tourists round the sites and sights of "Auld Reekie" and further afield in Scotland and providing commentary in every known language including English!
MRS MITFORD has agreed to be Guest of Honour at the Reunion.
The Revd JOHN NEAL writes, "After the order of the boot from StAndrews, I joined the Civil Service where I hounded those who didn't pay National Insurance stamps. LESLEY MUNRO (Chattan) and I married in 1967 and have two adopted children, Nicola 1971 and David 1974. Went to Lincoln Theological College in 1970, graduating (Nottingham) and ordained 1974. Have worked in South London ever since. Present job is vicar of St Barnabas', Eltham, from 1981: also Rural Dean of Greenwich South and Chairman of the Howerd Club (which I started), named after St B's famous ex-Sunday School teacher and in the running for CAMRA Club of the Year!”
JOHN STEPNEY's news is that, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972, he is currently self-employed as accountant/computer consultant.
TONY WILLIAMS took an M.Litt. at Edinburgh before doing teacher training at Bristol and teaching in Surrey for seven years. He was then appointed to Jordanhill College, Glasgow, and is currently Head of Language Education in the Faculty of Education at the Jordanhill Campus of the University of Strathclyde. Tony married in 1973 having three children, Desmond 1975, Helen 1977 and Matthew 1979, and a grandson, Daniel.
OUR "LOST" LIST - details of those below would be helpful. Don't leave it to someone else: phone me yourself and claim a pint at the reunion. (Some of these have been contacted but have so far not replied.)
TONY ASHWELL, DAVID BACHE, MA BARKLA, I BUTCHART, DON BRYDON, JOHN CAMERON, IMcT CAMPBELL, JIM CAMPBELL, RD CLARK, JCN CONNELL, TJ CONROY, JOHN COOK, JS CORDINGLEY, AT COULL, BRIAN CROWE, RJ CUNNINGHAM, PAUL DAVIES, JW DAWSON, SIMON DAWSON, MIKE DICKINSON, GW DOBBIE, FR DUNCAN, DAVE EGGELING, COLIN FERGUSON, DI FINDLAY, GRAHAM FLEMING, MJE FOSTER, MAURICE GARRETT, S GORDON, ANDY GREEN, PAT GRIFFIN, IN GUNN-RUSSELL, ASM HALLIDAY, TONY HANCOCK, SM HANNAH, SAM HARVEY, LENNY HELLING, PAT HEWINS, DAVID HORGAN, PETER INGLIS, BOB ISLES, DEREK JAMES, CR JOHNSTONE, TJ JONES, D LORIMER, JP LOWE, FRASER MacDONALD, JA McALPIN, CL MILLER, JS MOFFATT, PS MUMBY, JA MUMFORD, AR O’BRIEN, ROGNVALDUR OLAFSSON, SD OLLIVANT, JE PATON, ROB PERRY, MTPETERSON, BD PROTHERO, DE RATTRAY, SJ REID, JCW RICHARDSON, JEV ROSE, RG ROSE, GORDON ROY, JM SCANTLEBURY, CF SCOTT, SVEN SIGURDSSON, ALISTAIR SIMPSON, GRAHAM SMITH, BARCLAY STEWART, ST.CLAIR STEWART, KG TAYLOR, JOHN THEWLIS, WG THOMAS, M THOMPSON, PETER THOROGOOD, MLD TOUCHE, OWEN WHITE, RPN WILLIAMS, NS WILLIAMSON, DAVID YOUNG, DENNIS YOUNG
Keep the news rolling in. There must be plenty to fill another four newsletters before the reunion!
Published by Graham Robertson