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From: "Tim Thorogood" <tim@essenceduo.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 08 October 2002 13:59

Hi Ralph

It's Tim Thorogood here, friends with your brother Steven.

I thought you may be interested - I visited Hockerill earlier this year and was given permission to walk around at leisure. I took loads of decent photographs showing all the new developments. It was quite a sad day because many teachers had left under clouds and the RS department is no more. You would not recognise School House Boys anymore as not only has the staircase gone but also the access is now a new building called "the Millennium staircase". All of SHB are now classrooms. The old maths block is the 6th form common room and there is now a wonderful astro turf playing field.

I took over 60 hir-res pictures, too many to send by email but I am quite happy to run copies off to anyone who request them. Maybe they could send an SAE or jiffy bag with a £1 in it to cover the CD.

If this sounds of interest give me a shout.



From: "Simon Burdett" <simon_burdett@hotmail.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Wonderful
Date: 26 September 2002 14:29

Dear Ralph

I think I remember you, not 100% sure... you were in the year below me I think, probably highly intelligent as this website shows, so we probably made out that you were crazy instead!

I left in 83, from Roxwell, my biggest claim to fame I think was being the last one to be allowed to wear a black blazer (left over from Fyfield) and will not mention being "allowed" to wear full uniform on Saturday afternoons some C or D list thing!

Great site and amazing to remember the past.

Well please register my email for all who wish to contact me, all the best and hope to contact some of you too!

I am now an overseas charity/aid worker, living in Belgrade for the moment, but back in UK, hear Cambridge/Huntingdon quite often

Simon Burdett

From: "Liz Parkes" <lizparkes1@hotmail.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: you old bastards!!!!!
30 August 2002 16:38

Well wot the F*** can one say....I'm amazed Ralph at your FAB site!..........took me down memory lane...........nice to see the year of 1985 as slack as ever and hardly anyone one is in contact!!!!!
I'm not even gonna ask if you remember me..............'cos I know you will!!! .....I'll just say Blackwater Sailing Club!!!!!

Hope everyone is well ........and its great to see some FAB photos.......I'll send you some....I've got loads, as you can see I'm still the same........but been up to a hell of a lot since then!....would you believe it.....for anyone who knows me.... that Phil Stubbings and I are now married with 3 kids.......mad eh?

I'd love to here from anyone out there who was in my year..........take care Love Liz (Parkes)

P.S......only joking about Phil, but we're still in contact and great friends xxxxx

To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 08 August 2002 14:50


I wonder if you could help me. I'm trying to contact an old friend that I grew up with. Her name is/was Sam Nichols and she joined Hockerill School in about 1982 as a 1st/2nd year. I have found her name on your year list. She was in Roding.

I would appreciate it if you could let me know if anyone knows of her whereabouts.

Thank you.

Regards - Gillian Thomas

From: "kirsty29_uk" <Kirsty29_uk@btopenworld.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 01 August 2002 00:14

Dear Ralph
What a brilliant site.Im so glad i found it.I went to Hockerill from 1984-1989 and would love to hear from my old class mates.Thames Girls especially.
You may also remember my brother he was at Fyfield too.Ian Pearce do you remember him or does anyone else?
I look forward to more updates and more pictures.
Kirsty Pearce

From: "don boxall" <dondot@uniserve.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 24 July 2002 22:48

My name is Don Boxall, and I currently live in Hope, British Columbia, Canada.
I attended Hockerill School around 1944, which seems to be before you and your associates started keeping records about the school.
But I thought you might be interested in a real "old boy" I'm now aged 66.
When I went to school in Bishops Stortford I lived at Great Hallingbury, and usually rode to school by bus, or walked in good weather, or hitch-hiked.
The only name of a friend that I can remember now is Wilfrid (Wilfred?) Partington - I wonder if he still lives in the area? Perhaps you could check your 'phone book?
Thanks for listening!
Regards, Don Boxall (dondot@uniserve.com)

From: "Theresa Marriott" <gtrkd@fivemarriotts.freeserve.co.uk>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 08 July 2002 08:00

Hello Ralph,
Hope all is well with you and yours. I was hoping that you could post this message for me in the hopes that it will help me to track somone down. I heard from Andrew Mullett Merrick (aka Hammer) a short time ago but unfortunately lost his e mail address. I woukd love to get in touch with him again, so heres hoping
Take care Terri (Theresa Marriott nee Squire.)

From: "Jim Wilson" <jswilson@genie.co.uk>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Boarding School Site
Date: 04 June 2002 19:22

Hi Ralph,

Have to congratulate you on a fantastic site, brought back so many memories from the place. Terry Southam told me about the site and I finally found it, also shocked to see about the re-union that was held at the Jack & Jenny and the Albert pub's in Witham as I live about 4 minutes from each !!!

Any old scholars living in the Witham area, would love to get in touch with you !

I have attached a few photo's for use on the site, hope they are of help. I have included one of myself and my son (If you couuld put it with my message)

I will definately check back often to keep up to date, in the mean time, keep up the good work.

Take care all,

(James Wilson - Class Of 87)

From: <DelaneyAliDee@aol.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 26 May 2002 02:59

Hi Ralph

Please would you include my email address in your directory. I think you have done a marvellous job on the website.

Best Regards
Alison Palmer
Thames 1986

From: "Chris Butters" <chris@ctbutters.freeserve.co.uk>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 15 May 2002 23:19


I dont know whether or not you remember me but I think and hope you do. I was in the same year and as you did, spent a year at Fyfield then moved to Hockerill.

I was pleased to find your site, however I think your later, 30 something, photo is more how I remeber you than the earlier one. I apologise now if this offends you, it certainly isn't meant to.

Needless to say Iam over 30 and have been a long way and done a lot since the best days of my life at boarding school. You may recall I left at the end of my 2nd year and I am sad about that even today, it would have been good to stay on and finish my schooling at Hockerill. Although living in the Florida Keys for 8 years wasn't all bad.

I would be interested in any reunions etc that may be planned, it would certainly be good to hear from you and anyone else who remembers me. I recognise a lot of the names but less I can put faces to. However I found an black and white photo that "Chubbs" gave me before we left Fyfield and I was able to identify most of the faces. Have you ever heard anything about him?

If you are ever in the area of Hull let me know it would be great to catch up with you, presumably you no longer live on a boat or do you? I dream of it but currently inhabit bricks and mortar, I suspect my girlfriend prefers this form of accomodation. Do you still reside in Essex, my parents and brothers still do.

Anyway I'll leave it there for the time being.

Chris Butters

From: <RYKER001@aol.com>
To: <ralphcrich@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Website
Date: 17 April 2002 21:58

Hi mate.
Long time no see. I doubt if you remember me from school, but I'm the only one in the Roxwell boys photo 1982/83 who not only isn't named, but doesn't even have a "?" where my name should be. (For the record, that's back row, third in from left, between Tony Mead & Norman Bates... er, I mean Briggs)By the way, my name is Paul Cowley, but I was better known as Tigger back then.
I'll have a look round for any other old photo's I can find and scan them/e-mail to you as soon as I get a chance. In the meantime have you heard anything from any of my old crowd? (Mainly Tony "Tree Trunk" Mead, Justin "Jaws" Dear, Simon Perrott, or Nathaniel "Neuf" Spens) You probably had the same intentions as me when you left school - that is you meant to keep in touch with everyone you met there - but as time goes by, you slowly lose contact with all of them one by one, until you suddenly realise you haven't heard from any of them for years.
Anyway, it's good to see that someone's set up an old scholars website, so well done for that, and if you or any of the other old scholars who were there at the same time as us are ever in the Clacton area, tell them to look me up for a drink. It'd be nice to see any of them again after all this time.
Also, please let me know of any reunions planned for our year.

Thanks a lot, and once again well done for setting this contact point up.

Best regards,


From: "selinaa" <selinaa@supanet.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Selina Avery
Date: 26 March 2002 13:56

Hi Ralph,
Please let everyone that knows me (mainly 1982's) via the website that I had a baby girl on the 18th March, (I was the one with a football up my blouse at the reunion in November!!) and we have called her Megan Jade. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at future reunions!!
Keep up the good work!!
Love Selina
(nee Fowler)

From: "Lesley Kanaley" <lesley@wby.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 20 March 2002 11:22

Hi to anyone who remembers me. I was known as Lesley Cheale and spotted my ugly mug in the photo of Thames girls 1982. I was in the top row 12th from the left. 11th from the left is Jeanette Hancock with who I am still in contact with. In the bottom row 3rd from the left is Hazel Briggs who was 2 yrs below me and attended with my sister Natalie.

We are hoping to attend kennylands reunion in October and currently live in Grays Essex and Chigwell

Look forward to hearing from any one


From: "HEIDI CLARK" <heidiclark17@hotmail.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: the good old days
Date: 19 March 2002 18:28

Greetings Ralph,
GREAT JOB on the website all looks great and very pleased to see some familiar names,I had the pleasure of attending hockerill, 86-91, Roding Girls, The only girl i keep in contact with is LISA COLLIER, I was very pleased to arrive at your site and be able to contact a few from my year, there are still many more i would like to contact,AS FOLLOWS;

The list could go on.
Please could you add my email address to the site,

From: "Dolly Hewett" <dollyhewett@hotmail.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: FAO Ralph (pics enclosed #1)
Date: 16 March 2002 11:51

Dear Ralph!

I've only just found this site having joined the School Reunited web site and being totally blown away to see so many there I recognised! I have to say, you've done an awesome job here, Thank You so much for all your time and effort to preserve so many memories!

I was at Hockerill between 1982 and 1987 (Chelmer Girls) My maiden name was Dolly Harland. I'm ashamed to say I've lost contact with everyone from my year, something I thought I would never do. I recently bumped into Shane Howard, at college where I am studying, he was booked in to be our class support teacher for the session! (He hasnt changed a single bit!!!)

A little bit me I guess... Im now single and separated from my husband, whom I met through Sian McCarthy some 10 or 11 years ago. I have a son, Oliver who is now 7 and is my absolute world. Ive done various jobs over the last 12 years, from fast food management to running a pub & owning my own business. Currently I'm at college on an Access to Health course and am awaiting the results of my interview to University (APU) to train to be a midwife (My life goal)

I would dearly love to make contact with friends from Hockerill, so please feel free to add my name to your email list (under the name of Dolly Harland please)

I have a batch of photo's to send you, which will probably be best sent in 3 batches, most of them are from my year ('87) although there are a few from '86 & '88.

Again, thank you Ralph for this wonderful site! Great stuff!!

dolly xxx


1) Amanda Charles ('87)
2) Claudette Bernard ('87)
3) Dominique C, Melissa K, Ludy D (School House Prefects)
4) Gayle R & Jason W ('87)
5) James W, Seth W, Sam N ('87)
6) Joseph G & Steven W ('87)
7) Amanda C & Matther C ('87& '88)
8) Melissa Klimcke ('87)
9) Steven A & Jon G

To view photo's click on Pupil Photo's on the Photo's page

From: "Alex Heffer" <alexheffer@hotmail.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 22 February 2002 09:50

Dear Ralph,
May I first congratulate you on a fantastic website, it certainly brings back a lot of memories. I was at Hockerill from 1991-1996, and was in Thames House. Looking back, it was a tremendous and enjoyable experience to be at hockerill and I certainly miss some aspects of being there.

Currently I am in my final year at APU in chelmsford, studying accounting. I finish this summer and expect to be unemployed real soon!

I would just like to say hi to anyone who remembers me, feel free to drop me an email.

Thanks again for putting in the effort to produce a great website

Alex Heffer

From: "paul crich" <paul@kooky1.freeserve.co.uk>
To: "Ralph" <ralphcrich@ntlworld.com>
Subject: class of 1985 reunion
Date: 14 February 2002 22:24

Hi Ralph,

Please can you update the reunion details for me. It will take place on 27th April 2002 at The Albert, Chipping Hill, Witham, Essex. from 7pm onwards.

The following have mailed me saying they will be there Keir Donald, Jimmy Edwards, Kathy Legros, Paula Clarke, Rachel Salmon, Lynda Wylie and Sophie Roe.
The following have yet to get back to me but will hopefully make it Jo Coulson, Angela Swift, Nick Fisher, Justin Platt, Denise Newman and Jackie Dennis.

If anyone else is interested then please feel free to come along.

I can be contacted on the above email address or paulcrich@msn.com

I look forward to meeting up with everyone.



From: "Rachel Tan" <rachellkt@hotmail.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 08 Feb 2002 14:39:45

My names Rachel Tan and I've just looked through your website. I obviously don't know you as I was part of the class of '98. I thought it was a great website although I couldn't relate to a lot of the photo's as they are of a different generation. Anyway I'm currently at Loughborough university studying Engineering. I'm in my 2nd year and still I'm reminising about the good old days at Hockerill! I probably had some of the best years of my life there.

Anyway congrats for creating the website.
Love Rachel.
Ps. Could you please put my name on the website under 1998. Thanks
PPS I've attached a photo of myself and my current boyfriend steve.

From: "Graeme George" <Graeme.M.George@btopenworld.com>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 31 January 2002 00:21

I just had to email you to say what a great site, looking at it as made me think of & remember so many things, thanks.
It was also good to find email addresses for people I have not see after leaving.
I have some where a pic of the football team from 1981 4th year, I will try to dig it out & send it to you.

Graeme George

From: "Ian Laurence King" <pipey.king@catchthemoments.demon.co.uk>
To: <hockerill@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Hockerill Old Scholars
Date: 11 January 2002 18:47

I have been a member of Friends Reunited for a while but have just cotton'd on to the fact that I could also tap into the Hockerill site.
I think my phone bill is about to soar as I have found so many pupils I would like to hear/read more about, mainly those who went through School House Girls and latterly Thames Girls (I moved from School House to TG in 1988).

As I was Housemistress of School House Girls for 8 years I have many memories of the "New Girls" and what's more I have an album of photos for each year! Are you interested? I suspect you could inflict a substantial number of embarrassments on a significant number of what by now must be Mums! I would love to share some of these photos with you if you think others might be interested.

I left Hockerill in 1995, went to Chelmsford College for a year (much to the embarrassment of pupils who also joined that year) and then moved to Goring on Thames (not far from the old Kennylands site) in 1996 when I married Ian. I have not returned to teaching but am now a civil servant working in Oxford.

Would be very pleased to provide as much (or as little) input to your site as you think fit.

Best wishes
Margaret King (Johnson)