Category Archives: Events

John Wilson RIP

The funeral and committal for John Wilson has been arranged for 11:30 on
Thursday 9 February at:-
St Mary’s Church,
Haddenham,
Bucks.
HP17 8AH.

This will be followed by a reception at:-
Thame Barns Centre,
Church Road,
Thame.
OX9 3AJ.

This is about ten minute’s drive from Haddenham, and there is plenty of parking at both places.
John’s wife Rosemarie says, ”I will be very pleased to welcome John’s BBC friends, I might even meet a few people who have just been names in the past”.

No flowers please, but if anybody would like to donate to a charity it can be done through the Funeral Directors (FJ Wilson, Greenway, Haddenham, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP17 8BJ) to one of the following:-
Florence Nightingale Hospice
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Medecins Sans Frontieres
RNLI
Or send it directly, or leave a donation at the church.

60th Anniversary of the VR1000 launch

Keith Graham has just commented:-

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Ampex VR1000. The Santa Clara (California) chapter of the IEEE, in conjunction with the San Francisco section of SMPTE unveiled a Historical Milestone plaque at Stanford University, where there is one of the first VR1000s on display.

Here is the link to a 30 minute documentary I made with footage of the event and reminiscences from people, including Fred Pfost, the last surviving member of the original development team.
Please forgive my “stealing” John Naull’s animation from the Christmas tape so many years ago.
You can find the video on YouTube here

(Keith is the originator of our photograph of the Ampex Sign)

Lime Grove Reunion

Change of date for mid Summer Lunch at Guildford

Janet Bone RIP

Many of you will remember Janet Bone – for years the PA to Yvonne Littlewood and later her FM. I am sorry to tell you that Janet died recently. Details of her funeral are below :-

I’ve just had confirmation that Janet’s  funeral will be held on Thursday 7th January.
There will be a private cremation at 10.40 followed by a service for Janet at 12.00 at the St Mary with St Alban Church, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN and afterwards at The Park Hotel, Park Road, Teddington, TW11 OAB.
Everyone is welcome to the church service and to the Park Hotel.

The church have asked for an idea of numbers so could you please let me know if you are able to come.
Lesley Begley.

Peter Massey RIP

From Neil Eccles,

Sadly, I have to tell you that Peter (Massey) died on Wednesday. I had the news from Bob Corps-Reader and phoned Shirley Massey in Scotland.
Peter was a lovely man and incredibly generous to all his colleagues.  He was a superb instinctive director and very popular with the crews and his lads and lasses (I was one). He will be sadly missed.

The following is from Shirley and Peters  daughter Caroline

Dear Neil
Thank you so much for your phone call and your very kind words about Daddy.
The funeral is taking place on Friday 25th September at 11am.  Location is Gatehouse Parish Church, Castramon Road, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway.
I know it is short notice and quite a distance but if there are any of Daddy’s colleagues who would like to attend then do let me know at this email carolinemassey2002@yahoo.co.uk.  Telephone is 01557 815088.

Any letters or cards can be sent to Mrs Shirley Massey and family, Lakeview, Cally Drive, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2DJ.

We will be sending donations to the RNLI and the Parkinsons UK charities.

Lawford Thomas RIP

From Verena Clark of the Chiltern Open Air Museum Museum where Lawford has been working recently.

Lawford died peacefully at 12.15am on 15th May 2015 at Buckingham House Nursing Home.  I am pleased to say that he did not suffer in his last days
and the staff at the home looked after him very well. He was pleased to be there and not at home alone.

His passing will be a big loss to us all as we all knew and respected Lawford for his immense talents and practical capabilities.

The funeral will be on Monday June 1st at 2.30pm  at Chilterns Crematorium, (Postcode HP7 OND), in the Milton Chapel.

Afterwards, everyone is invited back to the Chiltern Open Air Museum (post code HP8 4AB in Chalfont St Giles) for tea and the opportunity to see the place which Lawford loved and where he gave so much of his time.

Please pass this invitation on to as many people as you wish to who knew Lawford from his BBC days.  .

I would be grateful if you could reply to siteandfarm@coam.org.uk to let me know if you are coming to either the service and/or the tea as I am catering for the event.

Verena Clark


Before joining P&ID where he worked until his retirement 20 years ago, he had been in Telecine. His “Brief History of Telecine in the BBC”, written in 1993 in association with Geoff Rowlands, is reproduced in full under Telecine & FR on the main website.

CB

Ian Smith’s Funeral

What goes round……..

Keith Palmer (FR) recently gave John Warner a very old file marked A HE Tel Rec (takes you back – was that Tony Cheal?). Inside was a ‘fragile’ copy of the December 1936 Television Magazine. John scanned this, and, by the miracles of email and Adobe Acrobat Pro, we’ve produced a copy which you can find in Downloads.
However, the introductory page, reproduced here, passes a comment about the state of TV in 1936 that could be appropriate today!

TV-01a

Tom Corcoran RIP

Please could you let everyone know that very sadly the wonderful Tom Corcoran who directed Late Night Line-Up, The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Live Aid concert in 1985, Wogan and Eight Days A Week amongst many other BBC studio and OB programmes, died last Thursday 23rd October after a short illness.

His sister Cathy is arranging for the funeral to be held at Mortlake Crematorium so that as many Beeb people as possible can attend, on 12th November.

More details see here:-Funeral of Tom Corcoran