No 30 March 2005

 

Kinnessburn

News No 30

Barrel-Rolling 1963

MARCH 2005

BARREL-ROLLING 1963

Derek ‘Rajah’ James, Maurice Garrett, Mike Bridges and Jim Geekie

 

KINNESSBURN NEWS No. 30

The Revd GARY DOBBIE writes, “ You were kind enough to contact me two years ago and I fear that responding slipped my mind. I was a housemaster at Christ's Hospital in Sussex when we were last in touch, and since January 2003 have been Chaplain of Shrewsbury School.

A recent visit to St Andrews, the first in many years, awoke nostalgic feelings and I felt that I should write with the possibility that I could help shed some light on a few of my contemporaries and offer some memories of my own.

I trawled through the various news letters and found it a curiously melancholy business. Don't know why. Must be the time of year or time of life. Perhaps also because in one photo I am sitting beside my good friend Donald Findlay who died of cancer a couple of years ago in his late forties. Ah, The Dance to the Music of Time! My other close friends were Simon Ollivant and Iain McTaggart Campbell. Anyway I would be happy to write a little piece and help you get in touch with these two at least.


On 17th January BBC1 Scotland news ran an item on the Scottish “offers over £n” system of house purchase which was in question. One of those interviewed was Dr DAVID BACHE. Mind and send your new address!


The Revd JOHN NEAL is pleased to say that he has now graduated MA, thirty-eight years on. Well done!


James Dunbar says he might be able to help find DAVE PATTULLO – “I think he has retired to some sunny clime but will endeavour to find out from those who used to work with him in DATOUR - you might have seen their coaches around Scotland.


Was also amused by Graham Fleming's description of the piano and the neighbours. I recall a madcap idea - methinks emanating from FRANK BURNET (who else!) - of a Christmas Party in Midsummer with all the trimmings including the Christmas Tree and "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" belting out in the garden - Oh happy days! Mind, I don’t think the neighbours were over happy!”


2005 REUNION

The Winchester reunion will be on Saturday 4th June. Partners and friends are welcome and the programme for the day is –

10.30 a.m. Rendezvous at King Alfred’s Statue for a Blue Guide conducted trip of the city.

12.30 p.m. Lunch at Winchester Royal Hotel, St Peter Street.

3 p.m. Afternoon free for reminiscing or early purchase of Christmas presents. A guided tour of the Cathedral can be arranged for those wishing.

 

Prices per person -

Blue Guide Tour @ £4 ……

Lunch @ £25 each ……

For vegetarian or special diets, tick and give details on rear of booking slip.

Cathedral Tour @ £1 ……

 

Total  ________

 

Please indicate in box numbers attending and pay by cheque to “Graham Robertson Reunion A/c” at the address opposite to arrive by the end of April.

 

Keep this copy to remind you.


BOOKING SLIP

 

Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

WINCHESTER REUNION Saturday 4th June.

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

10.30 a.m. Blue Guide conducted trip of the city.

 

12.30 p.m. Lunch  at Winchester Royal Hotel, St Peter Street.

 

3 p.m. Afternoon free or guided tour of the Cathedral.

 

Prices per person -

Blue Guide Tour @ £4 ……

Lunch @ £25 each ……

For vegetarian or special diets, tick and give details on rear of booking slip.

Cathedral Tour @ £1 ……    

 

Total  ________

 

Please indicate in box numbers attending and pay by cheque to “Graham Robertson Reunion A/c”

Send this copy + payment to reach Graham Robertson at 12 Garden Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire DG7 2JU to arrive by the end of April.


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Greg ‘Noggin’ Newman writes, “I noted that two of the recent obituaries of Douglas Mason named him as one of the founders of the Three Bears. Douglas was not a Man of Kinnessburn but was a frequent visitor. I remember on one occasion MALCOLM BAKER (who was resident for a year but does not seem to be on your list) had borrowed a tape-recorder and was trying to get Douglas to say something incriminating. Douglas would only say "No" which required some creative reporting of the "Have you stopped beating your wife?" variety. The tape recorder was also the subject of DEREK KENNEDY's quest after he had over imbibed as that was the only way he could recall his Irish accent.”


Phil Wheeler reports that some curlers have identity problems, to the extent that they have their names printed on their sweaters to remind them. At Murrayfield Rink he observed a Watsonian club sweater claiming to be JOHN STEPNEY. Closer examination revealed that it did indeed contain Mr Stepney who was alive and well.


Anyone have any news of Malcolm Baker? Yet another Lost Boy waiting to be discovered in Neverland?


Produced for the Men of Kinnessburn by Graham Robertson

 

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