Recent Clove Club News
The Clove Club announces the loss of LEN WILKINS, a boy at the School 1944-1949 who became School Secretary for three years 1955-1958 and will be remembered by many as quiet, yet efficient, and always approachable.
Our condolences have been expressed to his family.
GEOFFREY REIS (at School 1945-1952), has died. He was a long time friend of Jo Gollow and two years his junior.
MAURICE PESTON, ennobled as Lord Peston, father of the well-known Robert Peston, and a Labour Economic Affairs spokesman in the House of Lords, has died. He attended Hackney Downs School 1942-1949 and was a friend, at the School, of the late Harold Pinter.
The Clove Club is saddened to learn of the passing of Stuart Moss (HDS 1956-62) whilst on vacation in Morocc0. Stuart was a member of the Royal Institute of Architects and had recently retired.
Following health problems associated with age and additional to prostate cancer, Eric Albany, who was Secretary of The Clove for some years in the 50s and 60s, lost his battle yesterday. Anyone who new Eric would recognise that his stocky frame concealed a true fighter.
Eric was a maths teacher, but alongside teaching his students he could claim to have introduced what was known as Nuffield Maths into the curriculum. HIs fame to us, however, is that he was one of the founders of the new cadet force (allied to the Royal Berkshire’s) whilst at King’s Lynn in 1942 (only a few short years after the Battalion had been disbanded by a government which could not have foretold the future at that point!).
In Eric’s day there was a triumvirate with Jimmy Norton as City correspondent and social secretary (!) and Gerry Burke as Treasurer with some assistance from Bill Riley I believe. The main organiser was Eric, who enjoyed working along side his old Headmaster, T.O.Balk, and forged a relationship with V.B. Pye after the former’s retirement. It was from Eric that John Larter and the undersigned took over the reigns starting around 1962, when Eric moved north to the Bolton area where he was able to keep his friendship with Ken Day who retired to nearby Cumbria.
Pipe smoking Eric, always of jovial disposition, will be sadly missed by his family and friends but is now at peace from his ailments, and is probably – even now – entertaining residents of his new abode with jokes and songs quoting from his wide knowledge of the music hall. Keep going Eric! God Grant Grace.
The funeral of Eric Albany, one of the founders of the Cadet Corps in 1942 and later a Secretary of The Clove Club, will take place at 1pm on Monday 18 April at Howe Bridge Crematorium, off Lovers Lane, Atherton, Manchester
It will be a Humanist ceremony with Eric’s widow Ann wishing that it be kept as light-hearted as possible./ No flowers by request but donations to Cancer Research or Alzheimer’s Society.
Ken Day (1954-1959), a lifelong friend of Eric’s, has kindly agreed to represent The Clove Club at the ceremony.
It is with sadness that we have recently learned of the passing of John Barden (1956-1961)
The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of The Right Honourable Sir Stanley Burnton as Interception of Communications Commissioner. Read more….
It was with great sadness that the Clove Club learned of the passing of Mr Ormond Uren – July 2015.
He taught French to the 59ers from their first year up to O Level. Comments from his former pupils – http://www.cloveclub.com/1959-2/
30th July 2015
Received this news today:
LEW HARCOURT, Schoolkeeper at Hackney Downs who did so much during his reign to facilitate the School Plays of Hackney Downs, access to the School for Fives Players, Badminton Players of the Clove Club and others, sadly died on Saturday, 25th July, 2015.
Our condolences go to his family, widow Rose and their two daughters.
Clove Club Website – Making Additions
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Latest personal page updates –
David Stanford – Congratulations to David who has been elected Vice President of CIMA. Thank you David for this update. August 2015
Charles Minter – Wrote an interesting song before WW1 – submitted by Willie Watkins 6th August 2015
Stanley Bloom – http://www.cloveclub.com/stanley-bloom/ July 2015
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