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Charles (“Charlie”) Lowe
Enfield Grammar School
Head of Music 1944 to 1981
As Chairman of the Old Boys Association I have been passed by Chris West (Former EGS Maths teacher) the following letter from Robert Lowe:
I am writing to let you know that Dad died last Saturday (28 July) at the grand old age of 96.
He drifted away, having been admitted to Hereford Hospital with a chest infection, two days earlier. Stuart was with him earlier in the day and I saw him the previous Wednesday at Waverley House - he was wheezing then and the GP was awaited.
There is to be a Service of Thanksgiving at Leominster Priory on 22nd August at 2.00pm. We will have the organist playing some pieces I remember when I used to sit by him on the organ bench when I was 7 or 8.
Stuart is writing a tribute for the service which we will circulate to all his friends.
We would be grateful if you could pass this news on to others who knew him.
Addition from Enfield Grammar School Old Boys Association:
We have already received appreciative memories not only of Charlie’s organisation and promotion of the Music in EGS, but also of Charlie’s teaching, his Pastoral Work (he was Housemaster of Uvedale House for 25 years) and his general participation in the life of the School.
The Service of Thanksgiving takes place in Leominster Priory at 2pm on the 22 August. This has led to several enquiries about the possibility of attending the Service of Thanksgiving. With this in mind, the Old Boys have decided that they will arrange a coach to travel to Leominster and back so that anyone able to attend will be able to travel in comfort and relax during the day’s travelling.
This coach travel will be open to anyone who remembers Charles and would like to attend the Service of Thanksgiving with us as past friends of him – students, staff, Old Boys and musicians, friends etc.
The cost of the trip depends on the number of those who would like to attend and take up the offer. If sufficient friends travel to make the trip viable, the maximum cost to those who travel will not exceed £15 each.
In the meantime, if you are aware of someone else who would like to attend, please encourage them to contact us.
Peter Gross MBE
The 2018 Association Dinner will be held on Saturday 7 April. Dinner will be served at 19.30, with a bar open from 18.30 run by the Friends of Enfield Grammar School.
Full details of the dinner, how to apply and make payment can be found pdf here. (16 KB)
Newsletter November 2017
Here is the latest news from the Association.
Newsletter April 2017
The latest Newsletter, giving news of staff, Old Boys and the Annual Dinner and Older Old Boys Lunch has been issued and can be downloaded here:-
Postponement of Annual Dinner 2017
Dear Old Boys,
The Annual Dinner has, much to my regret, had to be postponed due to a number of circumstances - I know this will come as a great disappointment to you.
I hope to advise of a new date, which will probably be towards the end of the autumn.
Please accept my sincere apologies.
Old Boys Annual Dinner 2016
Details of the 2016 Annual Dinner, to be held on Saturday 23rd April are now available using the this link: pdf Old Boys Annual Dinner 2016 (31 KB)
Kim Mathews Commemoration, EGS, 5 December 2015
On Saturday 5 December, Enfield Grammar School hosted a special 30th anniversary commemoration for Old Boy Kim Mathews, who was the sole British victim in the JL123 plane accident in Japan in 1985. A number of Kim’s relatives and friends, as well as a few local residents, gathered together in music room C12 at Enfield Grammar Lower School on 5 December to listen to speeches, live music, and recorded music and to watch a commemorative plaque (pictured above) be officially unveiled by headmaster John Kerr.
In addition to the unveiling of the plaque, the event also included some speeches by Kim’s father Peter Mathews and by Enfield Grammar Old Boy Ralph Silverman - who is an old friend of Kim’s from Enfield Grammar and currently the headmaster of nearby Honilands primary school in Enfield. There was also some live music from Kim’s former bandmates, Terry Etheridge and Les Cole, as well as Kim’s old friend Julia Findon. Julia Findon played a trumpet-keyboards duet together with her husband Andy Findon - a renowned flute player who has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder and The Beach Boys and who performed at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony with Mike Oldfield.
In addition, messages were sent by Steve Perryman MBE, Joan Ryan MP, Ian Mitchell (former member of the Bay City Rollers), and Ian Telfer (former manager of the Marquee Club) and these messages were read out/displayed during the event.
Kim Mathews was a pupil at Enfield Grammar School between 1971-1975 and represented the school at both football and cricket. In particular, he was a talented musician and played bass guitar and sang for the North London bands Saros and Terry Vision & The Screens - the latter of which played regularly at the famous Marquee Club in London during the early 1980s.
Sadly, on 12 August 1985, Kim died together with his fiancée Masako Nishiguchi in a JAL plane that crashed in Gunma, Japan, after taking off from Tokyo on a flight headed towards Osaka. The plane crash was an accident and is still the world’s worst ever single plane crash in terms of the total number of fatalities. 520 people died in the plane crash in total.
In addition to the music and speeches at the event on Saturday, a Fender CD-60 acoustic guitar was donated by Kim’s father Peter Mathews, on behalf of the group of attendees, to the school, in the hope that future Enfield Grammar pupils might feel inspired to learn the guitar, just like Kim Mathews did all those years ago.
E.G.S. Older Old Boy’s Lunch : Wednesday 14th October 2015
The congratulatory comments, which I have received from so many OBs, convince me that our Luncheon really was a success. Our thanks are due to the Golf Club Caterers and their good natured waitresses for our enjoyment of the meal; although I have noted a criticism that I should not have chosen a menu containing two Pie Courses. I am grateful to Burt Edwards for his chairmanship, Ralph Maslin for being Toastmaster, Peter Gross for replying to Burt’s Toast to the School and Roger Linford for responding with a closing speech. The Attendance (55 paid applications) is a record, for the ten years that I have been organizer and, I believe, justifies the change of format; but I do recognize the point of view of a few non attendees, who were not prepared to face a rush hour return around the M25 to their homes in Sussex or Kent. Of our usual two, 1928 Vintage OBs, Owen Jolly sent us kind best wishes (but said he had attended his Last Supper); whilst Cyril Ellis was prevented from attending by a “Fall”. And so, Thomas McLachlan (1938) was the senior OB; and, at the other end of the range, half a dozen present were of nineteen sixties vintage; giving us a hope of a continuation of this event.
I have booked 12th October 2016 for our next Luncheon.
Kind regards, yours sincerely,
Brian J Laming