This sad news from Leo Hutchings
As you may have been aware, my father, Paul Hutchings, had been fighting cancer of the mouth for the last couple of years and sadly lost his battle on the morning of 5th February.
The funeral service, to which all are welcome, will take place at South West Middlesex (Hanworth) Crematorium, on Monday 4th March at 12.20pm.
those who can make it, the wake will be held at the Cabbage Patch Pub in
Twickenham after the service. If you
will be looking to attend the wake, it would be helpful if you could let me know
so that I can confirm the finer details with the venue.
have arranged two floral tributes, if anyone else would like to add to that I
would ask that they be delivered to the address below before 10.20am on the
morning of the service.
Brothers Funeral Directors
13 Market Parade
Hampton Road West
charitable donations that people would like to make are to be shared between
Clarendon School and MacMillan Cancer Care.
Donations can be made on the day of the service or via the donations page
on the Lodge Brothers website, www.lodgebros.co.uk. My father’s details should be available on
there from 19th February onwards.
If you think that anyone whose email address my father didn’t have should be notified or would like to attend, please feel free to pass these details on. Please also feel free to ask me if there’s anyone in particular you think I should try to contact who I might not have done already, albeit that I might not be able to reply immediately.
Following the dismantling of the Ampex sign (post below), Howard and I wrote a letter to the San Mateo Daily Journal which was published today.
As it seems to be difficult to access (unless you are registered) I have grabbed a screenshot:-
Email from Steve to Howard just before the weekend:-
I’m hoping to get home today.
Still a bit wobbly on my feet, but steady improvement. I should make the next oldboys. I look forward to seeing everyone.
Some of you may have heard of Steve’s ‘visit’ to Harefield Hospital back in June – he had to miss the Pyrford lunch.
It proved rather problematical with him finishing up up in Intensive care.
Martin Drake visited with him on Monday:-
I managed to get in and see Steve in Harefield on Monday. He’s making progress slowly but has had a few set backs. The work on the heart is now all good but he has suffered from fluid on the lungs so been back into theatre for that and also now fluid in the abdomen which is draining slowly. This was causing him some quite severe stomach cramps when I visited but fortunately Hilary (his wife) rang to say that this problem was a lot better the next day so hoping for continued improvement. He’s on the normal ward now and hopefully transferring to Wycombe as soon as the drains are out but its going to be a long road to full recover as he has been so weakened by all the surgery and length of time out of action. He was grateful for the visit ( I took Hilary over with me which worked well she left us for an hour or so and then stayed on and got a taxi back) I’ll let you know when he gets transferred but in the meantime if you could pass this on to the old boys along with Steve’s greetings that would be great. I have got a mobile for Hilary now if you wanted to check about visiting.
To contact Martin who has a new email address click here
Knees Up for Nial
A few of his friends are organising a reunion event for all who have had the pleasure of knowing Nial Brown – VT Editor.
The evening will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and will feature live music and a fundraising auction to help Nial’s ongoing rehabilitation following his severe stroke.
Monday 21st May 2018
The Monarch, 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8BG
(nearest tube Chalk Farm or Camden Town)
Please let us know if you can come by dropping us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, RSVP on the facebook event page here:
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If you can’t come along but would like to contribute, please send us an email and we will let you know how. Thank you!
Denise Sissons has passed on the sad news that Frank Riches passed away last week. He had been very ill with a brain tumour since the end of 2017.
His funeral is on the Thursday 22nd at 14:30 at Winford, Somerset, Church, BS40 8EU. He wanted to be buried in the church yard so no crematorium. As far as we know it’s then tea back at the house, before hot food arranged at the local pub. No flowers donations to charities yet to be decided.
If you would like to come please let me know and I’ll tell Gwyn or email her gwynriches@ Hotmail.com.
More information to follow
Robin Hall has pointed me to a links which will bring back many memories.
I’ll add subsequent posts.
Do remember to check Future Events on Vtoldboys – 2018 will see our 2oth Anniversary as well as, of course, VERA’s 60th Birthday!
Following the closure of “The Black Bison” which had reverted to “The Cricketers” after Christmas, it has been decided to try a new venue for the mid summer lunch on June 22nd.
Annie & I have just returned from lunch at “The Anchor” at Pyrford near Ripley, Surrey. It wasn’t too busy – we had a minimal wait for a hot lunch – and there’s plenty of car-parking. Very handy for the A3 and M25. I asked about a ‘large number’ (25) of attendees and it seemed to present no problem. As you will see there is plenty of outside eating space – the website claims 400(!) I will update after the weekend when I have emailed them and made a booking – their online booking system will only cope up to 20, it certainly coped for the two of us!
In <Links> we have <A History of London’s Television Studios>. Ian Howlett has just sent me the following direct link to the TV Centre pages, which are well worth a look – I think they have been expanded since I first saw them. A nostalgic read!