The Old Godhelmian Association (OGA)

Keeping in Touch


As circulated by email (but with many bounces):


Dear OGA member


We are sorry to inform you that the officers and committee of the Association will be unable to continue as from now, due to ill health, relocation and advancing years.


We are conscious that this is the year for the biennial Reunion, with the college provisionally booked for 20 October, but this will not be possible unless a new committee can be formed. That said, Judy Stoker and I are very happy to advise as to past procedures.


We therefore invite your thoughts as to how take 20 October forward, and indeed on the future of the Association. We look forward to hearing from you and are very hopeful that a new committee can be formed. It would be a shame if the Association has to be archived.


Talking of which, I am in contact with Surrey County Council’s archivist who is keen to explore the possibilities of gathering items about GGS together for the sake of posterity.


I am assured by the Information Commissioner’s Office that we will be exempt from the requirements of the new Data Protection Act (effective 18 May).  This email is going to every email address we have, though I fear a number will bounce where mailboxes have been changed or are no longer in use. A few OGs have requested postal notification, and we shall accommodate them.


Yours in anticipation


Mike Brayshaw


Old Godhelmian Association

E:;  W:

58 Upper Brighton Rd, Worthing   BN14 9HT

T:  01903 239753




Victor May
May 8th





Clipping from Surrey Advertiser
submitted by Hazel Freeston



Dear friends,
In case the news has not reached you, I learned this-evening that Mr Victor May has died at the age of 91 and his funeral will be at Guildford Crematorium at 10.30 am on Thursday 21st May 2009.

The OG website confirms this sad news and shows a photo of Mr May at a reunion of OGs during the summer of 2008.

Mr May also attended the OG reunion at Godalming College on October 18th 2008 and seemed happy to be there, but he was very frail and was unfortunateley unable to stay very long.

I personally appreciated his teaching of mathematics in the early 1950s.

He joined the staff at Godalming CGS in 1947 and - apart from a 3-year period when I believe he was in Africa - he returned and taught again at Godalming until his retirement in 1979.

After his retirement Mr May remained domiciled close to the school, and he became one of the most faithful members of the OGA.

His family has suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA, England.

(In Oz this is The Returned and Services League of Australia Ltd.)
































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