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






Brian Strugnell


Very, very saddened to hear that my friend Brian Strugnell has passed away.

We go back a long way, in fact to Godalming Grammar School in the late 40s!Hardly seems possible, I think Brian was a year behind me – I recall him as a ‘tall tearaway’ in those days already taken up with his sweetheart Anne who he eventually happily married.

I left school Xmas 1950, got my first job with the Admiralty Signals Estab. and lo and behold, a few months later, Brian appeared!

After working together as good mates for a couple of years, (I remember a group going on a Youth Hostel trip to the Lakes), I did National Service as did Brian six months later.

Keeping in touch over the two years I recall towards the end letting Brian know about the famous BBC advert for TV PTOs & PTAs (pioneering days!) and again friend Brian followed me into the BBC, briefly I think in Shepherds Bush and then eventually to Wembley Outside Broadcasting. Jogging the memory at this point there was an appointment to Plymouth in the interim which suited Brian and Anne very well, particularly the sailing!

Sadly I had lost touch with Brian and Ann in recent years and I think my message is to continue to pay attention to your friendships, not to let them slip as I did in the last few years

Brian White 1945-1950



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