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


Valerie Bland (Sheppard)     
School Years 1947 - 1952      Died Sunday 4th May
                                        ValerieBland                      Valerie OG
Valerie died of cancer early on Sunday 4th May. She been diagnosed in February and was given some hope of a cure, but then went downhill quite quickly and an in-depth scan showed very advanced and terminal cancer.   
Her funeral will be at Chichester Crematorium on Monday May 19th at 1.15pm and any donations for St Wilfred's Hospice in her memory should be sent to Reynolds Funeral Directors, High Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1RR
Valerie married David Bland in 1956 and had 3 sons, a daughter and 4 grandchildren. They lived in Chichester where they ran a smallholding and Bed and Breakfast business. Valerie was a regular at OGA Reunions and ’47ers Reunions and will be greatly missed.

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