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7 years 8 months ago #203 by Holladay 111
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It seems many of the 'younger' element have gone over to Facebook - only the occasional posting by us of the mid 1950s era - maybe those of up to a decade later. I remember you, and Carruthers from 1955 - sixth from the right in the bottom row of the'55 School Photo. I,m neither good with names or faces but I seemed to remember hanging out with Shelmerdine,Westlake and Inman - that talented pianist that eventually ended up in an early grave brought about by mainly failing to achieve the predetermined standardst his parents set for him but he never achieved. It's not always a question of results. He became, so I am told, a particularly private person. He rang me once and we had a long talk - unfortunately I was slow off the mark following up on this and when I did it was too late. The drink hastened his early passing I,m sad to say.
I go off at a tangent.
I,ve never owned a Healey - an MG Midget once - my toy nowadays is an Austin A35 Van !!

Dig out some of those memories and put them here - I at least will probably find them interesting!!
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Richard
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7 years 8 months ago #205 by rgmbarnes
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thank you holliday 111 for responding! It may end up being a private correspondence between us if no-one else reacts!

Interesting but sad story about Inman (Was it Guy or Peter? Was there a brother?) I am fairly certain that Inman was my ex-wife's first boyfriend. I will ask her when she's back from a vacation (fortunately we remain friends). Quite how they met I have no idea but there might have been a Blundell's connection.

I also remember Carruthers who seemed to me rather advanced for a prep school boy. I recall he spent the night with Jens Brown, the 16 yr old assistant assistant matron -- I am not sure that she returned the next term. Mind you he was, I think, brought up in Asia which may account for it.

Other boys I remember include Martin Charlesworth. After a nasty fight on the floor of the changing room we became friends which was just as well as I then discovered he lived close to me in Cornwall. As a result my parents became close friends with his. I believe he went to Australia in the end.

One story I still tell today when conversation turns to education concerns me eavesdropping outside the headmaster's study window. I was aware that there was a visiting headmaster from a public school and the two were talking in the study with the window open. I heard the visiting headmaster say " Of course it's all over by the time we get them". The frightening thing was that at 12 yrs old I knew exactly what he meant.

Will try and think of more interesting memories and maybe get my daughters to return the sports team photos which I think they have. Naturally like all young people they are scattered to the winds -- HK and Australia. This year one of them, with husband and new baby, is returning to the UK. The parents are pleased naturally but I wonder whether life and opportunities aren't better out there.

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7 years 8 months ago - 7 years 8 months ago #207 by Holladay 111
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I've had a look throught the school photos and see that there was an H.B. Inman in 1963, he appears in sports photos in 1964 & 1965, I presume related to Guy Inman, (actually Ilbery Guy) the one you & I knew.
What I discovered about Guy Inman was through his doctor - he lived in Ash near Aldershot in his latter years and, reading through his doctor's letter to me (written after his death from Bowel Cancer and Liver disease ) - his doctor knew him for the last 10 years of his life but little about his past other than having been a music scholar at Kings College Taunton and from then on in life had many ups and downs. He never married. I,m surprised I still have his doctor's letter to me - I think it was because Guy (though I always remember him as 'Inman' as you do! - rang me completely and utterly out of the blue one day and we talked for ages.
Perhaps your ex, if indeed this is the right 'Inman', may be able to add detail, or indeed, any ex pupil who met up with him in later life. I know he died in March, I think the year was 2007.
Neither IG nor HB Inman went to Blundells.
Read somewhere that the Iron Bridge has been replaced - I certainly remember it well and throwing things out of the window (must have been an old coach!) on the way to Tiverton Station to catch the train home to Exeter I suppose.
I do a bit of metal detecting and came across the Snake S Buckle that we had on our belts - wouldn't mind being let loose on the old Cricket Pitch and the Copse by the gate - I'm sure one of my Dinkey Toys is still there!!
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7 years 7 months ago #208 by rgmbarnes
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I have just consulted the ex-wife and I was muddled -- she didn't know Inman.

Does anyone remember John Everett (not sure about the surname spelling and I think he may have styled himself Jon). He was a friend and he used to invite me (and others) for Sunday lunch at his home, which was a small farm not far away. His father was rather a strict disciplinarian and we would have to work on the farm for 2 or 3 hours before we got our lunch. His mother was much more indulgent and always packed the glove box of their car with chocolate bars

I recall having a small garden plot and trying to augment school food by growing strawberries and radishes. I remain a keen gardener!

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7 years 7 months ago - 7 years 7 months ago #210 by Holladay 111
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The Canvass Awning is over the area I had my Garden - it took ages to load this image !
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7 years 7 months ago #228 by Hugh Inman
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As I was planning a trip to Devon on Google Maps, curiosity made me look at Stoodleigh and, naturally, a further search for Ravenswood School. I discovered some mention of my brother, Guy, and a reference to myself in some school sports photographs - which i still possess!

I first went to Ravenswood for a term in September 1957 when I was 6 and my parents were on leave from Japan. I went again between 1962 and 1965 before going to Uppingham. I worked in Asia for all my career and am now in UK having retired. I work two days a week now.

I do remember a number of names, but if anyone is out there who remembers me, I would be happy to reminisce. I look forward to ant contact.

Hugh Inman

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