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


Brenda Evans (nee Stevens)

05/03/1918 – 27/02/2012

Attended Godalming Grammar School 1930 - 1934

Brenda was one of the first pupils to attend the new Godalming Grammar School in 1930. She was very happy there, feeling it a privilege to be one of the first pupils. She matriculated well and left to take up a clerical post with a coach building firm near Farnham. She married William George (Bill) Martin in 1936 and moved away and their daughter Sally was born in 1938. Sadly Bill was killed during the war and so Brenda moved back to Haslemere where Sally became the first "second generation” child to attend the Grammar School. Brenda later married David Hastings Evans and they remained together for 61 years, until David’s death in 2010.

Brenda had a lifelong interest in the Grammar School and was the first president of the Old Godhelmian Association. She regularly attended re-unions, most recently in 2004. Brenda had many interests and hobbies, keeping herself active on retirement with charity work, gardening, sewing and letter writing, especially to the OGs many of whom she maintained a lifelong friendship with, as well as doing puzzles and crosswords. She cared for her husband with enormous dedication and gained huge pleasure from her family, including recent great granddaughters.

She came from a background of hard working country folk and Sally writes that she was “forged in hard times which influenced her character and attitudes and formed a tough little package. She left us with something of an enigma. How could such a small package leave such a large void



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