Where are they now? - Saturday July 21, 2012

Ben Chudley''Ben Chudley warming up for his double event

Meet the runner ‘raffling off’ his body - with the winner choosing words for tattoo

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Helping people locate friends and family they’ve lost contact with.

GOSPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL: The 1950 and 1951 intakes of the Gosport Central School have arranged an informal get-together, which will take place in Portsmouth on October 12.

Members of this group, or anyone closely associated with it, are invited to contact me for further details.

In connection with this event the whereabouts of Valery McCullen, Moira Brannon and Norman ( Bobby ) Street are sought.

Mick Simmons

01428 724470


HMS ANDROMEDA: My husband Allan South was in the Royal Navy and his first ship was the HMS Andromeda. He was on 3k mess from 1971 till early 1974 and he is looking for old mates. From that time he is in touch with three mates that he met at the reunion early this year. He would love to hear from people that he lost touch with. Some might have settled in Portsmouth after they left the navy. He has happy memories of his time on the ship.

Mrs Lesley Ann South,

19,Crossbeck Way,





BALCH: I have been researching my family history for about six years. On the paternal side of my family there is a John Balch b 1780 Barnstable in Devon who moved with his parents to Gosport in the early 1800s.

He married twice and raised a large family ( I have 13 names). John Balch and two of his sons i.e Thomas b 1810 and William b 1818 were in the tailoring business in Gosport and Southsea.

Another son Alfred Balch b 1841 married Ann Adams in Gosport in 1865 and were my great grandparents.

Is there anyone researching this family name? I would like to hear from you and perhaps share research.

Ivan Johns

5 Funtley Lane


PO17 5EQ




AT DYMOTT (nee KING): I was searching on the Internet and found an interesting article about a photo that was taken in the 1950s about the Metalbox Cricket team. In that article, it was mentioned that a Pat Dymott (nee King ) added some information about the photograph. Pat King, as she was known to me then, was a good friend of mine and I would love to reconnect if there is some way of doing that. My name was Yvonne Palmer, from Compton Road, during those years, and I worked with Pat.

I moved to Zambia in 1967 and now live in South Africa, although am holidaying in New Zealand.

Yvonne Ahern