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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Brenda Fountain n'ee Avery

 

Brenda was born in September 1932, the eldest of three children. She lived in Shalford and attended school there before going to Godalming Grammar School in 1944. and leaving in 1950. Here she made several lifelong friends. 
 
Her first job was with Barclays Bank but she was later to achieve her ambition and became a teacher. She met her future  husband Ivor Fountain at the local youth club and they married in May 1955 and had two daughters Alison and Julia Ivor and Brenda both retired in 1982 and enjoyed several years together. Brenda was a founder member of the local U3A and was later made Honorary President. She was very involved with the local twinning Association and also did voluntary work in her parish, supporting lonely people and working with those with terminal illness.
 
Ivor died in 2011 and Brenda died on Mothering Sunday the 26th March 2017 - , a sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a friend to many. Her funeral took place on Wednesday 12th April at  St Katherine's church Exbury a place which Brenda felt was her spiritual home.

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