John visited with Hayley Robinson, Local Marketing Manager for Audley Retirement recently, to take a look at plans for the new development at Coopers Hill. She also showed him some scale models of the building. We have some of their photos on our site and also a couple of links to Audley showing what the final interior should look like. There will even be an indoor swimming pool in the old Pillar Hall for the lucky residents! www.shoreditchcollege.org/pages/sold.html
Clifford (Cliff) Jones 1945-47 has kindly shared his memories of his time at Shoreditch with us, see the Reminiscences page. He also provided a 1947 Final Year Photograph, plus a photo of his College badge.
More photos of the beautiful "Quartet" have been uploaded and linked from the Craft page.
Here is a direct link to the new Quartet photos page.
Jill has changed her email address to: email@example.com
Many of you will be interested to know about and to explore a new website based on a comprehensive panoramic photographic tour of the Cooper's Hill/Runnymede Campus: http://www.runnymedecampus.com/
This website has been created by Tom Hostler, a former Brunel student, who has spent hours photographing the campus in great detail using equipment enabling him to capture 360 degree views, and he has also done a tremendous job of work putting it all together in a website, as much for Shoreditch as for Brunel folk. If you have time, do take a look - it's well worth it.
Ray Rappel is organising a Reunion for '65 Year. Tentative date: April 27-29, 2012
More information on the News and Views page.
Some more reminiscences, from 1957 Year, and from the Brunel years in the early 1990s
69 Year 40th Anniversary Reunion September 12, 2009
Photograph and report on the day, see the News and Views page
A photo of the Nissen Huts
Quentin (Joe) Lyons has sent us a copy of the 1964 Pass List
Also take a look at the photos he has provided - Coopers Hill 1950s, early 1960s, a Spring Fair, National Willy Bobs Week!
A glimpse into the past - memories of the 1940's from John Akhurst, on the Reminiscences Page.
Don Spencer, 1959 year, is visiting the UK in September and will be in London from September 17-21.He hopes to visit the college on one of those days. If anyone from 1959 Year would like to join him please contact him by email:
Don Spencer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (new email address November 2017)
If you attended Shoreditch Technical Institute Cabinet making school you will be interested in a message from Fred Connington who would love to reminisce about old times.
A link to Mike Marsh's Picasa album from our Albums page. This album contains photos from the Final Goodbye Tour on April 19, 2008
John Bailey is hoping to organise a reunion on the day of the Goodbye Tour, for 1960 Year
"It is the 50th anniversary this year for my student year, 1960, to arrive at Shoreditch. I would like to make every effort to find as many as possible to attend the visit on April 19th. At the moment about half a dozen look possible."
email: John Bailey email@example.com
We have a new section called "After the Goodbye Tour" where people can share their memories and photos from the tour. John has taken quite a few photos of the buildings and campus that you might like to look at.
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Naturally I am interested in local developments but, in particular, those in Coopers Hill Lane due to the existence of the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial.
In May, 2007 the college site was sold by Brunel for £46.6m to Oracle Homes who have yet to decide on future plans. Currently the Campus is rented by Royal Holloway College as student accommodation and other industrial tenants who, I understand, have been given notice to quit by October, 2007.
There is already an approved planning application for extension to the Campus and was passed approximately 3 years ago but only includes land occupied by existing buildings. The remainder is Green Belt land so if Oracle plan to erect homes on the site as expected they will need to apply to have this status changed as well as the use. In fact, with demolition of all existing buildings, it has been estimated that approximately 800 homes could be erected on the site.
Developments are currently being monitored closely by the Englefield Green Village Residents Association and the local authority representatives. Obviously they have strong support from the membership but I think it would be helpful if this were assisted by former students and others with past interests in the site.
Yours faithfully, MR. M.S. WELLS
Some more information on the sale of the College buildings:
A link to a web site containing the first in a series of articles about Brunel's Runnymede Campus, with lots of photos and history of the campus. Scroll down the article to see links to many photos. This is an interesting web site, very well worth a visit.
We have added a new page – Royal Indian Engineering College – containing a biography of General Sir Alexander Taylor (the Chapter on Coopers Hill), and some internet links that John has found relating to the RIEC. This page is also linked from the History page. Lots of background information indicating the importance of the site.
1960 and 1972 Shoreditch Training College (and A French Mistress) A collection of 42 photographs taken by Mike Marsh, 61 Yr. Some great pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/Mikeg4ggc
Thanks Mike for sharing them with us!
Added to the News Page — an article on the Radio Telescope Project (1961 - 1963)
written by Neville Webb (1961-64)
1975 Year Formal and Informal photographs, submitted by John Cross
1968 Year Men photograph, submitted by Colin Cory
1975 Valedictory Menu, submitted by John Cross
Your assistance is requested!
The Shoreditch College Archives are currently being catalogued as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Heritage Builds Bridges Project’
Please visit the News and Views page for more information ...
You might like to check out the News and Views page. There is a message from Chris Salt (1979 year), with a photo of Elton John in the Chapel in 1978.
Please go to the News and Views page to read a letter from Maurice Hann (1960) regarding the recent reunion at Coopers Hill. There is a list of ex-Shoreditch students who attended, plus some photos.
Alf White (1940 yr) has kindly forwarded us a list of ex-Shoreditch students killed during WW2. This list was found by Pip Shrives, and written by Avigdor Cannon. See the News and Views page
Please visit the News and Views page. A current student at Brunel is hoping to organise a collection of images from around the campus and would like your input.
For many wonderful photographs of the college and grounds, please see Lost Touch Page 4 for a link to Tom Hostler's web site. He has very kindly forwarded links to his photo albums. Thank you Tom!
Additions to the following pages -
There is another alumni organisation that should be worth looking at, www.alumni.net. Alumni Net has over 2.2 million members and is a free service.
Two people have drawn our attention to an interesting site you can join. The idea is that you look up your old school (or schools), enter your name etc. and see if anyone you know has also signed up. The section for Shoreditch includes several names. Check it out at ....... http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/
April 6 2000
Does anyone remember the building of the replacement capstan for HMS Foudroyant?
See the notice on the News & Views page
There's a section for e-mails we've received on the News & Views page
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