POINT REUNION in LONDON
Saturday, June 30, 2007
For post-reunion report, click here
UK NORTH POINTERS’ NEWSLETTER
From Phillip Khan-Panni,
35 Hillbrow Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 4JL
T: 0845 165 9240 F: 0845
165 9241 E:
Dear North Pointer,
I have pleasure in attaching the notice of this year's North Point
Reunion in London.
As before, it will be at the Bombay Brasserie, and I hope to have some
pics to show you, taken on our visit to Calcutta and Darjeeling in
March. The International Re-union there was a great success, and I
really enjoyed going back to India for the first time since I left, a
If you ever want to be cured of complaining about traffic in England,
take a ride in a Calcutta taxi!!
We really need to increase our numbers. Do you know of any North
Pointers in Europe? Where are all the younger ones? A few, such as
Cyrus Mistry, Jurek Pinches and Julian Lefevre have bravely turned up,
but let's get more of their generation and even younger.
This year, for the first time, the (US) Alumni Association decided to
give Distinguished Alumni Awards for significant lifetime achievements,
and a couple of them have still to be handed over. I plan to present
them at our London gathering. Think about whom you'd like to nominate
next time around.
Evelyn and I went to Mungpoo to see the Bamboo School that Fr Van is
having built. For those who do not know about it, the Mungpoo School is
called St Joseph's. It is being built out of bamboo, which is treated
to make it durable. Cheaper than concrete and a renewable material.
The site is a former cinchona plantation -- quinine is now synthesised,
so cinchona bark is no longer needed. It is the first secondary school
in the area, and locals have been asking the Jesuits to build them a
school for the past 35 years. Fees charged are ludicrously low -- and
the school is up and running with three classes, even though
construction is incomplete, and managing on a slender shoestring.
I am also attaching a small pic taken at Mungpoo, and hope you will
forgive me for overloading you with attachments.
If you are joining us on June 30th, please print out the
and post it to me, completed, with your cheque. I'm
looking forward to a good crowd again this year, and hope to see you
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report (Submitted by Philip Khan-Panni on July
to some, last Saturday’s London Reunion at The Bombay Brasserie was one
of the best. The rains came and London was on bomb alert, but almost
all who were expected managed to turn up. Only Jurek Pinches
could not make it, because he had been taken ill, but he very generously
asked for his money to be added to the collection for Mungpoo school.
were received from:
Peters, G E
Swatmans travelled from Toronto, Canada, to be with us, and the
Sahas likewise from the US, while the Faruque brothers came
in from Pakistan, and Charlotte Dunne from India. Others who
made long journeys to be with us included Ken and Paul Staynor,
Orlando Antao, Bob Leeming and his sister, Yvonne Newton, and
the Fords, the Prossor/Bhutia clan, the Rosambeaus,
the Keymers and Edwardses, Ian and Gerry Taylor, and
I gave a
brief account of the International Reunion in March. Jules Delespino
wanted to know if Queen’s was still in business just outside the school
gates, and did they still serve unda-parathas. Noel Simon added
a serious note. A full account, with photos, has been posted at:
for St Joseph’s School. Mungpoo came from:
(not a North Pointer), Michael Brady, Peter Rosambeau, Orlando Antao,
Peter Cameron, John Barrington, Bob Leeming, Jurek Pinches, Winston Pais,
Ranjan Sen (who did not attend), Ian Taylor, Raj Thein, Noel
Simon, Jules Delespino, Peter Lodrick, Richard Ashby (did not
attend), Albion Gee, Robert Taylor, Dhrubo Gupta (from India),
myself and a number of others who handed Evelyn a total of £266 cash at
the end of the reunion.
generous donations totalled £1,256.62 (the 62p being part of
Dhrubo’s contribution when converted into sterling). That should
convert to just over one lakh (Rs.100,000) – target achieved! Thank
you all very much. You may never realise how much can be done with
every single pound you contributed, and what the Mungpoo school is
already doing with your support.
with great sadness that we learned that Frank Ainslie had gone to
the Big School in the Sky. Apparently a heart attack took him away.
The assembled company stood in silence for a minute, to pay their
respects, before singing the NP Chorus.
been a regular at all such events, and we were puzzled as to why we had
not heard from him. Now we know. He was an enthusiastic North Pointer
and Calcuttan, and we shall miss him.
of course, hold our annual reunion on the last Saturday of June next
year. But we have just received early notice of next year’s Hill
Schools Reunion which will be held at the Clay Oven Banqueting
Suites, Ealing Road, Wembley on Wednesday 28th May.
This is a
change of date. The event has always been in March, but next year will
be in May. The cost will be £29.50 per person. There will be a limit
of 500 for the event, so if you’d like to be there, make your cheque
payable to HSR and send it either to me at the above address (so I can
arrange for us all to sit together) or to the Treasurer: Paul
Dickson, 4 Gilman Crescent, Windsor, Berks. SL4 4YN. Questions to
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS
As I said
at the Reunion, this year’s awards were just the start of the scheme,
and the list of awardees was by no means comprehensive.
give some thought to which North Pointers you would nominate for an
award at the next International Alumni Reunion in 2009.
INTERNATIONAL REUNION, 2009
gathering of worldwide alumni will be at Koh Chang (Elephant
Island) which is at the eastern part of Thailand, near the border with
Cambodia. It’s a holiday paradise with white sandy beaches and
magnificent hotels. Look it up on the internet. I’ll send you details
as they become available … but start saving up now! It will be a
fantastic holiday in 2009. Probably March of that year.
please let me know if you change your address, phone number or email
address. Also, if you know any North Pointers, do ask them if they
received this Newsletter. If not, ask them to email me at:
For further information and to confirm
attendance , please
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