The Old Godhelmian Association (OGA)

Keeping in Touch

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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

Secretary/Treasurer

Old Godhelmian Association

E:  oga@theoga.org;  W:  www.theoga.org

58 Upper Brighton Rd, Worthing   BN14 9HT

T:  01903 239753

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Brian Johnston
 
The following was submitted by David Muscotts.
 
He played second eleven football as did I. I don’t recall what O levels he took.  After he left school he worked for a chartered accountant in Woking but left after a few years to join his Father’s business. This business  had two main trading titles. Guildford Autos and Premier Supplies.Both businesses were started by his Father,Dan in the early 1950s. The Guildford Autos dealt more locally I believe but Premier Supplies remanufactured car and lorry parts,mainly clutches and brake pads which were sold nationwide.  At one time they were the second biggest employers in Guildford. Later they expanded by buying up smaller businesses in the Midlands before turning to the growing market in Singapore .  Brian made many trips out there. I was told that they were major rivals to Brown Brothers who were the largest motor suppliers of many transport items that had been reconditioned. The business continues today under his younger brother,Alan.
 
We became close friends actually after leaving school in 1957 and he was my best man in 1964. Brian married Maureen Bisbey (possibly Bisby) in 1965 and they had three daughters. Their first home was in Hawthorn Way,Burpham and about 1975 purchased ‘Crubie’ in Nightingale Road,Guildford. This was a large and very fine house which has since been altered and now belongs to the Guildford High School.

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