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Welcome to the Home Page of Blunderbuss!


BLUNDERBUSS is aimed at former members of both Farnham Grammar Schools and Farnham College who attended between 1971 and 1979.


The website has developed over the last few years and aims to reach a wider audience through cyberspace which will (hopefully) prompt wider and faster feedback, and bring back happy memories.


Currently BLUNDERBUSS is masterminded by Mike Mehta and John Clarke, who just so happen to have been involved in the production of the original Roneoed editions of BLUNDERBUSS (courtesy of Mrs Brown).


From Sally Ann Barco (Dunkley) …


One of many wonderful photos that can be seen on Sally Ann’s Gallery.


This group photo is from Arnie’s 18th Birthday Bash and includes: Phil Hoegger, Geoff, Julie Bullock, Arnie, Georgie Heathcote, Kate Heathcote, Mark Foster, Kathryn Sturt, Jon Knight, Bridget Crouch, Susie McBride, Tony Lawrence, Judy Kimmis, and Caroline Gooding.

In front: John Wilson and Bryan Bellars.

Phil Hoegger, Geoff, Julie Bullock, Arnie, Georgie Heathcote, Kate Heathcote, Mark Foster, Kathryn Sturt, Jon Knight, Bridget Crouch, Susie McBride, Tony Lawrence, Judy Kimmis, and Caroline Gooding.


Our new Facebook Page!


Geoff Whiting kindly set up a new Facebook Group - “Farnham Grammar School Friends”. Unfortunately “Blunderbuss” has already been used by another group.


We hope the Facebook Group will facilitate easier posting & sharing of photos and other memories, although we aim to keep the website developing along its usual lines.


Jeremy Hardy 1961-2019Jeremy Hardy (1961-2019)


It is with great sadness we record the untimely passing of Jeremy Hardy, who died on 1 February.


The tributes to his comic genius have been widespread, and we provide links to a number of these below. Jeremy was in the final Grammar School intake of September 1972, leaving the fully formed Sixth Form College in the summer of 1979. Jeremy went on to study at Southampton University, before embarking on his career as a comedian.


Many of us will remember his mischievous sense of fun at Farnham College, and Blunderbuss records his many appearances in theatrical productions. Some of us remember him as a waiter at the 1978 Leavers Dinner.


You can read obituaries on the BBC Website, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Farnham Herald, the Guardian, Hello!, the Independent, the Irish Examiner, the Manchester Evening News, the Metro, the Mirror, the Radio Times, and the Sun.


Obituaries have also appeared in the Daily Telegraph and the Times, but these can only be read in full with premium subscriptions to these sites.


Jeremy’s obituary has been added here.


John McLaughlin (1935-2019)


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John McLaughlin, who died peacefully at home last night (2 April).


John was the last Deputy Headmaster of Farnham Grammar School (from January 1972 to July 1973) and served as Vice-Principal of Farnham College from 1973-1992.


John’s funeral will take place at the Park Crematorium, Aldershot GU12 4BP at 12.15pm on Thursday 16 May.


We share with you one of the last photographs we have of "Sir", sitting alongside Janet Jude. It was taken last December at the "Celebration of Achievement" awards evening held at Farnham College. John’s potted biography from 2007 may be found on Blunderbuss.


John McLaughlin and Janet Jude December 2018


Class of '71 - 60th Birthday Celebration BBQ - Sunday 21 June 2020


Your Entertainments Committee is organising a 60th Birthday Celebration BBQ for next summer. It will be held at the “Barley Mow”, Tilford on Sunday 21 June 2020 (Please note the date has now been agreed with the Barley Mow) from noon onwards with a BBQ from 1-1.30 pm.


This event will be open to partners/spouses.


We will have exclusive use of a BBQ run for us, together with the recently converted Coach House

(seating for 40) and use of the outside seating area leading down to the river.


The cost of the BBQ to include nibbles, is £20 pp. Please see attached BBQ menu, 'silver' option.

There will be a cash bar.


We appreciate this is a year away however, the venue is extremely popular and books up for the

summer months.


It would be great to see as many of you as possible, together with any former staff (who will be e-mailed separately) and we would be very grateful if you would e-mail back with any date preference(s) ASAP and indicate whether you will be bringing a partner/spouse, so that we can then firm up on numbers and arrange a deposit with the Barley Mow.


We will confirm details of payment in due course.


The menu can be viewed here (pdf file)