BLUNDERBUSS is aimed at former members of both Farnham Grammar Schools and Farnham College who attended between 1971 and 1979.
The website has developed over the last few years and aims to reach a wider audience through cyberspace which will (hopefully) prompt wider and faster feedback, and bring back happy memories.
Currently BLUNDERBUSS is masterminded by Mike Mehta and John Clarke, who just so happen to have been involved in the production of the original Roneoed editions of BLUNDERBUSS (courtesy of Mrs Brown).
Geoff Whiting kindly set up a new Facebook Group -
We hope the Facebook Group will facilitate easier posting & sharing of photos and other memories, although we aim to keep the website developing along its usual lines.
Class of '71 -
It is with great regret that we have to announce that the '50 Year Party' has had to be postponed, further to the recent government announcement on extending the present restrictions.
Despite our best efforts and discussions with the College, we find ourselves unable to hold the event on the 4th July.
People who had purchased a lunch ticket will be e-
We are now looking at a date later in the year. We will be posting update(s) as early as possible.
2021 marks 50 years since the Classes of 1971 began at FGS and FGGS.
We are counting down to a party event to be organised on the Sunday, 4th July 2021. Tickets cost £20 per person and those who have expressed an interest in attending should have received an email from Julian Walden with details of how to pay.
Helen Murray (Pratt) has kindly designed this illustration for the special event.
List of Possible Attendees
(as at 1 March)
Alison Armstrong, Arnie Arnstein, Patricia Atkinson, Sally Barco, David Bathurst, Richard Bayliss, Kathryn Beesley, David Bowsher, Mark Bravery, Linda Brien, Sheila Brinkworth, Charlotte Brown, Chris Chapple, John Clarke, Helen Collett, Martin Collier, Jenny Commerford, Roger Costin, Georgina Crawley, Roger Dutton, Gill Elliott, Chris Fitch, Linda Fox, Jill Goddard, Jim Goddard, Phil Hambly, Chris Hand, Keith Harvey, Paul Hobbs, Rev. John Innes, Janet Jude, Marianne Matthews, Mike Mehta, Heather Noddle, Simon Oelman, Ian Parker, Norah Pepper, Gill Picken, Martin Pratt, Carol Pritchard, Rupert Pullan, Gill Richards, Helen Saint Kelly, Chris Stacey, Peter Stevens, Sandor Szarvas, Heather Truslove, Andy Vincent, Lesley Voice, Julian Walden, Peter Wicks, John Wilson, Helen Winton, Karen Worcester.
This logo had been designed for the commemorative balloons which are being supplied courtesy of Martin Pratt.
Stella Bolt RIP
We are sorry to report the death of Stella Bolt, a former President of the OGA. She had been unwell for a few weeks and was admitted to Frimley Park Hospital. Her health deteriorated further and she finally slipped away on 2 February.
Pamela Harding RIP
We regret to report the death of Pamela Harding at the end of 2020, aged 94. Further details will be posted in due course.
Mrs Harding was appointed as one of the Vice-
Janet Jude tells us that Mrs Harding remained as Vice-
Any further information is welcome.
Betty Morris RIP
We regret to report the death of Betty Morris on 14 March 2021. Her funeral will take place on Friday 9 April at 10.30am. Due to Covid restrictions her funeral service will be for the family only, A celebration of her life will be arranged at a later date.
If you would like to receive details of how to access the Webcast of the funeral please contact the editors.
Betty’s family have requested no flowers please but
charitable donations are welcome in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
Betty Morris joined the staff at FGS in September 1971, “to teach Biology [and] to augment our female staff” in the words of the Farnhamian (December 1971).
She was a much valued and fondly remembered member of teaching staff who also regularly attended reunions and similar events over the years.
Betty was born in Blackburn, near Pendle Hill. She attended Clitheroe Grammar School, and was offered a place at UCL but went to Manchester University to study botany.
Betty taught biology for thirty-
Betty at the “400 Fete” in May 1978.
Mike’s photo (below) shows a staff room scene with:
(Front row): Mr R Grogut, Mrs B Morris and Mr P E Larby.