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Class of 1952

Brian de Kock (1952,O) sends us us a lovely write up about his reunion last year.
19 Apr 2023

People in the photograph taken back in 2002  shown above: 

Standing, left to right:  Jeremy Lawrence;  Bobby Trew;  John Twiggs;  David Bridgman;  Theo Heye;  Alan Bramwell;  Philip Le Feuvre;  Vice-Principal Peter Westwood, guest speaker;  Francis Thompson;  James Butler;  Oliver Purcell.

Seated:   Brian de Kock;  Jeremy Ractliffe;   Charles Lipp;  Peter Penny;  Chris Williams

Brian De Kock (1952,O) was one of the special guests at a recent 60th reunion of the class of 1963.  He mentioned that he had a write up about his own reunion the year before and we asked him to please share it with us.

We are very grateful to Brian de Kock for sending this to us:


During the first week of May 2022, the Class of ’52 celebrated their seventieth year since writing Matric.   On Wednesday 4th May we held a ‘Meet and Greet’ cocktail party at the Mitre, attended by most of the group, together with wives and partners.  The OD Chairman at that time, Wilbur van Niekerk, was our guest and he addressed us on the current OD Union and the differences between the past and present  nature of the Union.

Our main function next day, attended by fifteen class members, together with wives and partners and our special guests Peter Westwood, Vice-Principal of Bishops, and his wife Cora, was a lunch at the Westlake Golf Clubhouse.  After the Rt Revd Philip Le Feuvre said grace, we enjoyed the starter before Alan Bramwell proposed a toast to Absent and Departed Friends.  Of the 74 who wrote Matric, 41 have passed away, nine of them since our 65th Reunion.  Greeting messages had been received from a number of the eighteen who were unable to attend, including special emails from Basil Sgoutas, Jeremy Gibbs (who has sadly passed away since), Ian Barron, Patch Glennie, Mousley Faure, Murray Hough, Ronnie Napier (a last-minute withdrawal, owing to an injury) and a particularly long and interesting one from John Brettell.

Our main course, which, like the whole meal, was excellent, was followed by our MC, Brian de Kock, introducing out guest speaker, Peter Westwood, who gave us an enlightening and entertaining account of the impressive and comprehensive education that the Bishops of today affords. 

The function ended with a vote of thanks to our guest speaker, proposed by Charles Lipp.

On Friday 6th May, a small group of us enjoyed a fine lunch and  the spectacular views at the beautiful Constantia Glen restaurant.  Our host, Gus Allen, OD, gave us a full and interesting account of the development of the wine-farm over the past twenty years.

Those who attended at least one of the functions were:

  • Alan Bramwell (1952G) and guest Lucy Howse (in the absence of Mary Bramwell, attending son Duncan’s wedding in the UK);
  • David (1952F) and Janina Bridgman.         
  • James Butler (1952S) and partner, Mary
  • Brian (1952,O) and Gill de Kock                    
  • Theo (1952F) and Elke Heye
  • Jeremy (1952F) Lawrence                             
  • Philip (1952S) and Charmian Le Feuvre
  • Charles (1953F) and Patti Lipp                     
  • Peter (1952,O) and Shirley Penny
  • Oliver (1952,O) who sadly passed away on 4th August 2022 and Jean Purcell                   
  • Jeremy (1952,O) and Gail Ractliffe
  • Francis (1952,O) Thompson                           
  • Bobby (1952F) and Ann Trew
  • John (1952,O) Twiggs and partner, Jean     
  • Chris (1952,O) Williams and partner, Jackie




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