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Neil has been back in the UK since mid-2000, after a few years teaching in Spain. He's now living and working in the South of England where, we are pleased to observe, he appears very happy and settled with the lovely Kelly, in their new house. Twins were born to Neil and Kelly in December 2012 - congratulations!! The naming ceremony for the twins in July 2014 was a happy family occasion, enjoyed by all. The twins are doing extremely well and now at nursery school, which they seem to enjoy. Kelly and Neil got married in October 2015 - a very happy occasion for all the family.
Stephen, who has a BSc (2.1 grade) in Geography from Southampton University spent a long time teaching English in Cali, the third largest city in Colombia. Steve's been over to see us many times (once every year or two) but sadly had to come over twice in 2010 to see his terminally ill mother before she died. He's recently been biking in Cuba (click to read his fascinating blog with photos) and has also toured parts of of South America with his girlfriend, their pet cat and their pet dog (both in trailers behind the bikes). The sanity of this escapade is a matter of opinion - but they'll have been filming and blogging the trip (watch this space for the link). He's now thinking of becoming an organic farmer and is now offering accommodation in the house he owns near San Agustin, Colombia - watch this space!!
Helen, who has a BSc (2.1 grade) in Social Psychology, having studied at the University of Kent in Canterbury, is now a mother of two and seems happy with Simon. Both children are doing well and Jonah is now at secondary school. Leo is maturing well!
Margaret, tragically for all of us, contracted a terminal brain tumour in mid-2009. She died in October 2010. It was good that she was able to see all her close family and friends immediately before she died. OBITUARY FOR MY SADLY MISSED WIFE/BEST FRIEND OF 40+ YEARS - MARGARET CLARKE
A few things from the more distant past - I've left them on the site for reasons of nostalgia and family interest:
*** CLICK ARROW ABOVE to watch The Great Birthday Cake film!! (You need to allow ActiveX controls in your browser for it to work)***
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** Click here for the photographs taken in UK- Spring 2008**
**Click here to view some shots in Photobucket of our holiday in Spain - March 2008** (there are various selectable viewing options including slideshow)
** Click here to VIEW some of my photos on the FLICKR photo-sharing website!** (there is also an option to view as a slideshow)
** Click here for photos taken at our 30th Wedding Anniversary family 'do' in August 2005**
Visit by grandson Jonah in April 2008 (photo taken by Margaret)
Margaret out walking near Penistone May 2008 (sad that she died in 2010 - we can no longer enjoy long walks together)
See below photographs relating to my former primary school - All Saints Church of England Junior Mixed School, Sutherland Road, Sheffield 4 - which opened in 1872 and (sadly) closed in 1969. The class photograph of Junior 4 was taken in 1954, when we were about to leave for "higher things". These photographs were kindly supplied by my very good friend and fellow pupil (since the age of five!), Eric Aston.
The buildings of my old school ('alma mater') on Orchard Lane, Sheffield, have now become part of the prestigious Leopold Square wining and dining development.
Of interest are : OMNES AMICI - the Sheffield City Grammar School Alumni Website. and also Friends Reunited (which has a section covering the school). The only very well known 'old boy' is Roy Hattersley, the former Labour MP (now Lord Hattersley). However, other contemporaries of mine have done particularly well (though I've not seen many of them for 50 years) - such as Roger Singleton, who recently became 'Sir Roger Singleton CBE'! There are many other contacts and items of information on the Omnes Amici and Friends Reunited websites. .I've been in touch all the time with Eric Aston, Jeanette Attwood, David Seton and Chris Linskill (indeed Chris was the best man at our wedding in 1975).
During 2003/2004, thanks to the power of the internet, a lot of the 'old lags' were traced and an excellent gathering of the clans took place in Rotherham (well, it had to be somewhere -so why not?) at the end of April 2004. Christine Brown, Valerie Duckworth and Philip Wright (Lord Wright of Kelham Island, as we affectionately refer to him), together with others "too numerous to mention", did lots of hard work to bring this about and we are enormously grateful to them all. Details of this 50th anniversary reunion (1954 - 2004) are on the Omnes Amici website, including various photographs.
The Sheffield City Grammar School Phoenix badge/logo - worn on the bottle-green caps and blazers!
Holmfirth Choral Society - a local choir to which we belong (I also do the website).
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus - an excellent choir also based in Sheffield, to which I belong.Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome group's website (I'm the webmaster)
The Ramblers Association's National Website (working for the interests of walkers and lovers of the countryside).
Denby Dale Parish Walking Group, a local organisation of which I'm webmaster. The site includes walk dates/details.
Some other interesting musical links are:-
The Sterndale Singers,an excellent chamber choir based in Sheffield, of which I was a member during the 1980s and have rejoined in 2014.
Gerontius Net - Another excellent new music-related website, including a music-hire database, concerts database and much more.
The Choral Public Domain Library - an incredible database and library of freely-downloadable and freely-performable non-copyright music.
John's downloadable mid-file Choral Music Site - an excellent source of FREE rehearsal aids for choral singers, with links to some other similar sites.
The Music Room - a further excellent musical events/listings (etc.) website run by Chris Tradgett (a choral singer/composer) and well worth exploring.
Also some interesting non-musical links:-
The Campaign for Real Ale ; CAMRA is a cause very dear to my heart (excellent 'traditional' British ale is one of the most important things in life)!!
What Pub? - Database of real ale pubs, fully searchable (an excellent aid when you're away from home)
Amnesty International (UK section)
The Coffee-Beer Home Page. A fascinating website run by an American who now lives in Sheffield, England and appreciates our Good Beer, Good Pubs, Good Coffee and even Good Marmite!! Interesting, amusing, witty, informative and well worth exploring.
MY YORKSHIRE (Celebrating all that's best in God's County)!!
GEOGRAPH - a fascinating website which has photos of just about everywhere in the British Isles.
The George Pub in Upper Denby - my exellent local, which is now in the CAMRA National GOOD BEER GUIDE.
Denby Village Conservation Group - working to make Upper Denby and Lower Denby a better place to live
Further details follow as time allows!
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Thank you for visiting - please call again! Site last updated 13th Nov 2015