The Old Godhelmian Association (OGA)

Keeping in Touch



New Committee Update


We are pleased to announce that the OGA now has a new and enthusiastic committee.


After an extremely enjoyable reunion back at the school in Sept 17 many of us were eager to be back in regular touch with old friends, and with much support we are actively picking up where the previous team left off.


We plan to:


  • Organise regular reunions
  • Refresh and enhance the website.
  • Circulate regular newsletters.
  • Gather and provide access to as much archive material as possible.


An informal reunion is planned for 19th October 2019, followed by a major reunion hopefully at the school in October 2020 in honour of the 90th anniversary since its foundation. More details to follow.


We have contacted as many old pupils of GGS as we had records for, and are updating the membership list with confirmed current information. If you have not heard from us and would like to be included please be in touch.


Email our membership secretary


Would you like to volunteer to join us?


If so:


  • Do you have any particular relevant skills?
  • Do you have any suggestions for improvements we could make?


The OGA bank account was empty when we took over. Many have very kindly already donated to help us get things off the ground again, and our grateful thanks go to all of you who have done so. We have not yet reached the target of what is needed to fulfill all the goals.


  • If you have not done so already could you support us to create the new website with a donation, possibly £10?

If you would like to donate also please send cheques to Caroline Brooks at 2 Treloar Road, Hayling Island, Hants, PO11 9SE. or contact her: for bank details.





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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