Category Archives: People

Steve Newnham – update

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

Nial Brown reunion

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

7pm-11pm

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: kneesupfornial@outlook.com

Or, RSVP on the facebook event page here:

www.facebook.com/events/690325971357897/

To stay up to date with all the KNEES UP FOR NIAL BROWN news check in at

www.facebook.com/brownsartauction/

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!

Frank Riches RIP

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

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.

Happy New Year – Updates

I trust that 2017 will be a good year for you all.

I’ve just made some additions to Obituaries – names many of you will remember working with in the past.

Jeremy Summers (thanks to Ian Williams for pointing me to the Guardian page), Rodney Bennett (whose obit I found on a Dr Who Fan page) and Claude Whatham (I was prompted to look him up having just watched the new “Swallows & Amazons” – he directed the 1974 version – and in the process I discovered he had died in 2008).

These are all people we “older” Oldboys worked with – it’s nice to discover what else they did in the past.

CB

Philip Saville RIP

Many of you will know or have worked with Philip Saville who died on December 22nd.  While I wait for a full obituary, here is an excerpt from his Wikipedia entry.

Saville began his working life as an actor. During the 1960s he directed television plays, such as Harold Pinter’s A Night Out (1960) for ABC’s Armchair Theatre anthology series. He directed over 40 plays for Armchair Theatre and helped pioneer the innovative visual style it became known for, including rapid and intricate camera movements during the often live productions.[1] He also directed Madhouse on Castle Street (1963) for the BBC. The (now lost) production was the first acting appearance of the folk singer Bob Dylan, whom Saville had flown over specifically to take part in the play. Saville’s production of Hamlet at Elsinore (1964) for the BBC pioneered the use of videotape for location recording.[1]

Other significant programmes on which Saville worked include Out of the Unknown (1965) and the Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) for which Saville received a BAFTA to add to his earlier BAFTA for Hamlet at Elsinore, and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986).

John Jarvie RIP

I’ve just heard of the passing of John Jarvie – many of you will remember him.

A long career in the BBC started with a spell at Norwich and took him on to become Head of Studio Capital Projects – involving him in the creation of a number of new local radio station buildings – and later engineering general manager at TV Centre.

Thanks  to Robin Hall for pointing me to this at the Forum for former BBC Staff