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Jun
17
nicholas brannon
Sad news about Alfie, i joined Roan boys in 1979, and Alfie was old school proper teacher you would not cross him, a great story teller and person, sadly missed
May
2
David Clifton
How sad that Alfie Knott passed away. He made such a difference to my education, and my life.

I was just looking at "History of the Roan School" published in 1927 which my father Gerald Clifton left to me.
It was fascinating to see that Mr Binnie taught my father as well as me.
Apr
28
Rob Poole
Sorry to hear about Alfie, a really fine teacher. He got me started playing blues piano and I was the last person who saw him before the IRA shot him 1974 (I was a porter at the Brook Hospital and I was leaving as he left having dropped off Beryl for a night shift). I went and saw him at the school when I heard he was back...on sight he said 'who the hell did you phone that night?'...a joke, though, as someone one heavily connected with the left at the time, I'd waited to get hauled in for questioning...no one ever did, though he'd told the police about seeing me...incredibly lax investigation in retrospect...old school, but none the worse for that....
Apr
6
Andy Murphy
I was very sad to hear about Alf and Beryl Knott. Alf was one of the 'stand out' characters during my time at Roan (1972-79) - a great teacher and Vice-Head who (as Bob Hearnden reminded me just last night) seemed to be able to dip his toe into any subject with real knowledge and confidence. He was a great bloke too and real inspiration for later life. I was good friends with his son, Paul and remember being welcomed into their house in Maze Hill on many an occasion, including spending a few Saturday nights on their sofa after drunken parties at other nearby friends' houses. Beryl was always very understanding! RIP
Mar
30
Ian Brown (1951-59)
I am pleased to be in touch with Roan again after receiving an invitation to the Painted Hall Dinner which I hope to attend. I should be pleased to hear from any friends of my era.
Mar
30
DAVE BRYDEN
ALF AND BERYL’S FUNERAL : ELTHAM CREMATORIUM : 28 March 2011

It was a warm and sunny spring morning and more than 100 Old Roans , family and colleagues crowded into the chapel. It was a humanist ceremony, the simple caskets being made of basketwork and decorated with spring flowers.
The chosen music was Two Sleepy People by Fats Waller and Riverman by Nick Drake. Alf’s sons, Christopher (the actor) and Paul (the property developer) narrated tales of their Mum and Dad then after the committal we filed out and met up and chatted with colleagues and family. Chris confirmed that despite a) being shot by the IRA b) a heart by-pass operation and c) a stay in hospital before Christmas 2010, ALF would choose the time to go and (according to Chris) it was when he heard that Beryl had died ; “he just gave up” spoke Chris.
A fine tribute to a fine gentleman and a real lady.
Mar
30
Malcolm Royer
As one of Alf's nephews, i would like to say thank you to those of you who attended the funeral on Monday. It is good to know that he was so well liked and respected by his students. As an uncle he was a great influence to us as well and will be greatly missed as will Beryl. I have read some of the stories here but i am sure there are others.

Regards
Malcolm Royer
Mar
28
John Dennis
Just returned from the funeral of Alfie & Beryl Knott. I was pleased that so many Old Roans had turned out to pay their respects. Alfie has been and will be an inspiration wherever Roan boys are building up the light.

Very pleased to see Bill Ellis who is still teaching part time!
Mar
26
Mick Peacock
RIP Alfie & Beryl Knott.
Mar
20
Dr John Rawstron
I've just noticed Alfie Knott's sad demise in the Times. I was at Roan's from 1946-1948, ending as School Vice-Captain. Alfie persuaded me to play for his rugby team, Park House. I used to sing with his sister, Audrey May. I remember Mr Gilbert and Mr Whiffen. I think Mr Kirby came back to teach Latin. How lovely to know there is an Old Roan Association.
John Rawstron
Mar
11
Kevin Jacques
VERY SAD NEWS - The Old Roan Association are saddened to post the fact that Alf Knott died yesterday, 10th March 2011 just 15 days after his Wife Beryl on 23rd February!

Alf was at Roan as both a pupil and member of staff and Deputy Head for many years and would be known to thousands who passed through the School. He was also the Association's president 1989/...90.

RIP ALFIE!
Mar
7
Derek Carter 45-52
This in reply to Colin Hooper (Nov 16). I think that 'Gus's R.H. man with the cane was Tommy Holt, Vice-Head before Lionel Berry. I was never one of his 'victims' (he was in fact a really nice man, if somewhat demanding). I did once get caned on the hand by 'Hank' Hankinson for failing a geography test - and I was not alone! Despite that I had the greatest respect for Hank. On one occasion I was suffering terribly from hives & he was most compassionate. On another occasion, when in the 5th or 6th form, I went to the London School of Economics for an evening lecture. Hank & Tommy Holt were both there & treated me royally afterward by taking me out for tea & cakes! Ah! the memories!
Mar
4
Kevin Jacques
Old Roan on FacebookWe are now on Facebook to encourage current along with all Ex Staff and Pupils to contribute to our community!
Jan
29
Paul Dexter 76-81
The message i left below didn't have my email address so here it is

paul.dexter2@btinternet.com
Jan
28
Richard Thomas
Gents,

Firstly, a happy new year to you all. I am pleased to say preparations are well on their way for our summer event which will be hosted by this years VIP Captain Mr Bernard Turner.

We have managed to secure an excellent rate for a full days golf at Wildwood Golf & Country Club in Surrey on Thursday the 30th of June. Please put the date in your diaries and pass the details on to your guests.

http://www.wildwoodgolf.co.uk/

Full details will be sent out to you all in the coming months, meanwhile I will be sending you all invitations to join me on our Golfshake Group page.

Regards

Richard
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