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


Peter Freeston




Peter was born in Lambeth on 3 July 1936, so prematurely that he was not expected to live and an emergency baptism was arranged. He was named Peter after the brother of the sister-in-charge, Sister Quennell. Perhaps Peter’s path as a historian was set from that moment as his namesake Peter Quennell went on to become one of the most eminent historians of the last century. The London blitz saw his family bombed out and they moved first to Abingdon and then to Godalming with his father’s fellmongering business.


Peter attended Godalming Grammar School from 1946 until 1955 and then read history at Birmingham University. He met Hazel White in the Vth form at school and they later married in April 1962 and had two sons, James and Matthew.


Peter began his long and successful teaching career at Goldsworth in Woking but in 1963 he joined Knaphill Secondary School, later the Winston Churchill School where he taught until retirement in 1994.


He enjoyed sport, playing club tennis and badminton, and became Treasurer and Chair of the Godalming Lawn Tennis Club. He later joined Holloway Hill Bowls Club and enjoyed golf at Broadwater. Until ill-health intervened. He and Hazel enjoyed travelling, with major trips to Australia, New Zealand, the Far East and South Africa as well as the USA and Canada, including meeting up or staying with ex-pat OGs, school friends that Hazel had tracked down when organising her 1997 re-union. Peter latterly suffered kidney disease and diabetes and died from a combination of these and a heart attack.

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