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Paul Narramore
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« on: February 23, 2011, 03:59:23 PM »

Alumni of Chatham House are known as Old Ruymians.[5] Chatham House has the sixth highest number of Who's Who entries for state schools.[1]

Well known Old Ruymians include:

Iain Aitch - author and journalist
Doc Atherton - broadcaster formerly on Invicta FM (now known as Heart Kent) then KMFM Thanet and can now be heard on Academy FM
Allan Butler, Ambassador to Mongolia from 1984-7
Rear-Adm Timothy Chittenden, submariner and Director from 2000-3 of the Warship Support Agency
Keva Coombes, Leader (Labour) of Liverpool City Council from 1987-90, and Labour candidate for Hyndburn in 1987
Matt Corker - professional rugby union player for the London Wasps
Maj-Gen Patrick Crawford GM, Commandant from 1989-93 of the Royal Army Medical College
Jamie Davies - racing driver
Marc Gascoigne - fantasy writer
Prof Peter Gregory,[6] Director since 2005 of the Scottish Crop Research Institute at Invergowrie near Dundee, and Professor of Soil Science from 1994-2005 at the University of Reading
Geoffrey Colin Guy CMG CVO OBE, Governor of Saint Helena from 1976-81, and Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1958-9 and 1959-65
 
Former Prime Minister Edward Heath was an Old RuymianSir Edward Heath - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974[7]
Peter Hermitage, Director from 1996-98 of National Police Training, and Chairman from 2004-6 of the Security Industry Authority
Stewart Jackson - Conservative MP for Peterborough
Sean Kerly - Olympic field hockey player
Prof Andrew Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy since 1994 at the University of Edinburgh and Head of Physics from 2003-8
Lieutenant Marc Lawrence,[8] Sea King observer of 849 Naval Air Squadron, killed on 21 March 2003 in a crash in Kuwait
Ali Marchant, radio DJ
John Marek Labour MP for Wrexham 1983 to 2001
Desmond Misselbrook CBE,[9] Chairman from 1972-8 of Livingston Development Corporation
David Muir - television presenter
Frank Muir - humourist[10]
Rev Dr Edward Norman, gave the BBC Reith Lecture in 1978
John Ovenden, Labour MP for Gravesend 1974 to 1979, and Leader of Kent County Council from 1994-7
Geoff Parsons - Olympic high jumper
Charles Robson (1859 – 1943), Middlesex and Hampshire wicket-keeper, and secretary (manager) of Southampton Football Club[11]
Sir John Tavaré CBE, Chairman from 1986-2000 of Luxonic Lighting, and of Whitecroft Lighting from 1976-85
Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry, Station Commander from 1968-70 of RAF El Adem (in Libya), Governor of Gibraltar from 1985-9, and targeted by the IRA on 18 September 1990 which severely injured him
Air Vice-Marshal Henry Thornton CBE
Hugh Tunnell, Ambassador to Bahrain from 1992-5
Nik Turner - founder of the spacerock band Hawkwind
Most Rev Gregory James Venables, Bishop of Argentina since 2002
Geoffrey Wales, wood engraver
Air Chief Marshal Sir Bill Wratten CBE CB - Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of RAF Strike Command during the first Gulf War, Station Commander from 1980-2 of RAF Coningsby
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2011, 04:00:50 PM »

I tried to mention that this list was found on Wikipedia, but for some unknown reasonit wouldn't allow me to.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 07:43:21 PM »

Paul, you've missed off one very important former pupil - Me! Best not go into that though, I don't think I would be classed as a Star Pupil!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 08:42:10 AM »

Phil
In your time as a pupil did you come across a teacher by the name of Mitchell? We used to rent out a top floor flat to a Mr Mitchell from Chatham House. I seem to recall hearing there were two Mitchells as teachers, 'Little Mo' and 'Big Mo'. Our tennant was Little Mo. He was a batchelor, liked sailing and had a collection of orange covered Penguin books including 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', all the rage at that time and a cheap thrill for a teenage boy.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011, 11:16:01 AM »

I remember the name Mitchell, although I can't recall anyone of that name teaching me. He was probably for the higher acheivement levels. I don't think they could get away with calling a class "Lower 4th" nowadays!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 07:12:25 PM »

Oh dear.....
The number of times that I .....well, a lot of us boys, actually!....had to be reminded that the spelling is "GrammAr"!
Detention.   Write it 100 times before being allowed to go home!
Ah!  Happy, happy memories!

Attended CHS from 1958-1964 (after passing my 11-plus at Christ Church, in Royal Road)

'Bill' Pearce....a skeletal dead-ringer for the Giles' (Daily Express) school teacher 'Chalkie' White, was Head.
Also remember
Ron Lane (maths);
thommo Thompson (French....and the stationery cupboard!);
Davies (German);
Thomas & Maharry (P.E.);
Boniface (English); 
Harold Millstead (music);
Mrs Hall (secretary); 
Delaney (Deputy Head); 
Bill Peppiat (history); 
Cable (maths);
Weeks (woodwork)

......those were the - good ol' - days!

"Mac" (yes, THAT one!)
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2013, 07:30:35 PM »

Not the cartoonist?
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2014, 06:36:47 PM »


...Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry, Station Commander from 1968-70 of RAF El Adem (in Libya), Governor of Gibraltar from 1985-9, and targeted by the IRA on 18 September 1990 which severely injured him
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I remember hearing a rumour around the mid to late 1970s, that several IRA were chased in Ramsgate by police, but they disappeared at Ramsgate railway station.  Is that true?
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2014, 02:54:26 PM »

I have never heard of that rumor before. can anyone check on that?
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2015, 06:59:59 AM »

Former Prime Minister Edward Heath was an Old RuymianSir Edward Heath - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974[7]

                       

Ted Heath boarding the hovercraft Sure at Ramsgate Harbour in 1966.
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