SCARA‎ > ‎

SCARA Notices

SCARA Golf Day 2017

posted 5 Mar 2017, 10:49 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 5 Mar 2017, 10:51 ]

The following note from Adrian Malupa has been circulated to SCARA members:

It's golfing time again and Spring is in the air.

Please find below the final details for the event,Roger and I look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Ongar Road
CM15 9SS  

  • Cost £48 per person
  • Arrive for Coffee and Bacon rolls at 09:15am
  • First Group Tee Off at 10:15 for 18 hole Individual Stableford Competition Full Handicap 
  • There will also be a Longest Drive and a Nearest the Pin Competition.
  • Prize giving for members and guests during Dinner at 4.30pm approx. 
  • Buggies are available to be pre booked direct with the club at extra cost. 

Please send cheques payable to Adrian Malupa or pay on the day.

Kind Regards


Bill Gray

posted 2 Feb 2017, 03:55 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 2 Feb 2017, 04:39 ]

Bill's son Robert has very kindly provided SCARA with some very interesting information about his father's life and career.  

The first piece is the text of an introduction to Mr Gray which was used before he gave a talk to the Anchorites:

“Mr President, honoured guests and brother Anchorites,

“My guest this evening is a Scotsman although he has had the good sense NOT to have lived in that cold climate since he left University.

“As a very young RNVR Officer he saw war action operating landing craft around Sicily and Southern Italy.  The craft were later required for the invasion of France and were on tow back to England when a storm in the Bay of Biscay forced a decision to release the tow - so my guest found himself trading the beaches of Italy for those of Northern Spain and a permanent guest of the Spanish government.  Having been adjured via our diplomats that on no account were they to attempt escape – the group sat out the war in a local hotel and later in a Naval Base with generous opportunities for time out! [*** See note below]

“Post-war he traded the Royal Navy for the Merchant variety.  He joined the Union Castle Line, which later merged with the Clan Line, which later was merged with etc., etc.  Actually he came ashore in 1949 and pursued a progressive senior management career which also reflected all the changes in our merchant shipping over the last 50 years.  It is still going on.  He tells me that his pension now comes from a large shipping group that he never even worked for!

“Always a keen active sportsman and a very steady, reliable golfer my guest is my partner in our Winter League Foursomes – Bill Gray.”

*** Robert has added the family's explanation for this incident and what followed: "They managed to beach the landing craft near Vigo in Spain after being given the order to Abandon Ship, technically he 'came ashore' at this point but left the Navy in 1945 after the war to continue his education at University".

Robert has also provided us with Bill's CV which reads as follows:

Curriculum Vitae



13th October 1924 – Aberdeen


1930-36 Hilton Primary School, Aberdeen
1936-42 Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen
1945-49 Aberdeen University, Aberdeen


1941-42 Senior Leaving Certificate
Higher   Lower
English  History                
French   Mathematics

1945        University Matriculation

1949    M.A. (Hons. In French/Spanish)

War Service     

1942/45 Royal Navy
        O.D./Sub-Lieutenant R.N.V.R.
        (Active service in Mediterranean/Italy followed by internment in Spain)

Commercial career

1949/57 Union-Castle Line
        Trainee Manager in S. & E. African Trades

1957/67 Cayzer Irvine & Co. (Clan Line)
        Management Assistant in Australia Trade

1967    Overseas Containers Ltd    
        Assistant Manager   )   

1969    Conference Manager  ) Australian Trade

1971    Deputy Gen. Manager )

1973    General Manager     )

1977    General Manager Australian/N.Z. Trade       

Bill Gray, Derek Bowden & Christine Hartland

posted 1 Feb 2017, 07:09 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 2 Feb 2017, 04:00 ]

Very sadly we have been informed of 3 recent deaths.   
  1. Robert Gray  has informed us that his father William H Gray passed away on the 11th January 2017 at the age of 92. William (Bill) Gray was general manager for the Australian and New Zealand Trade; retiring at the end of 1983.  The funeral will take place at 12:30 on Wednesday 8th February at Kemnal Park Crematorium, A20 Sidcup Bypass, Chislehurst, BR7 6RR. 
  2. Jacqui Boots has notified the recent death of Derek Bowden from our Liverpool office who died on Saturday 21st January 2017.  The funeral will be held on 10th February at 11:30 at St.Mathews Church, Highfield, Wigan WN3 6BL.
  3. Keith Hartland has also been in contact.  His dear wife Christine passed away unexpectedly on the 8th November 2016.  Christine Hartland (nee Carter) worked in London HR before joining the Insurance & Claims Dept. which was where Keith and Christine met.
Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary
Robert Gray has provided us with some very interesting information about his father's life and career. Please see Bill Gray.

SCARA notices - 2017 Reunion, Golf, Committee meeting and a Retirement

posted 28 Jan 2017, 07:55 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 28 Jan 2017, 07:56 ]

Dear SCARA Member,  

Please note the following.   

1.  We are pleased to advise that the date has been fixed for our next SCARA reunion which is to be held on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, Great Portland Street, London.  Full details will be sent later.  A review of the 2016 event can be found on the PONLHeritage website.

2.  The golfing event - the Rose Bowl Challenge, will be held on the 23rd May 2017 at the Bentley Golf Club in Essex.  Please contact Adrian Malupa to book a place. 

3.  Our next SCARA Committee Meeting is scheduled for the 18th May 2017.  If you have anything you would like to bring to our attention for discussion at that meeting would you kindly contact Christine Phillippo.

4.  Lastly, I have heard from SCARA Member Owen McCann who tells me that he will be retiring from Maersk Line on the 31st January 2017 after 43 years, OCL, P&O Containers, P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Line. He joined OCL in 1973 following completion of his A levels.  On behalf of SCARA we would like to wish Owen a long a happy retirement.

If you can beat Owen's 43 years or if you have any news that you would like to share with your SCARA colleagues I would be happy to pass it on.  And if you have moved or there are any changes to your contact details please remember to let me know.

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary.

SCARA constitution

posted 28 Jan 2017, 06:41 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 28 Jan 2017, 06:42 ]

An updated version of the SCARA constitution (v2.2) has been uploaded to the SCARA docs page.

Report - SCARA Reunion Lunch 03/11/2016

posted 7 Jan 2017, 13:27 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 7 Jan 2017, 13:31 ]

The 3rd November was a bright sunny day and perfect for those making the journey to London for the 11th SCARA Reunion.  By popular demand we returned to the Park Crescent Conference Centre in Great Portland Street.  The venue has a bar with hand pump beers at student prices, reasonably priced wine and is ideal for our gathering.   

This year we had two tables displaying memorabilia.  One table, arranged by Ray Andrews displayed some very interesting magazines and pamphlets dating from the 70’s to 00’s.  Our thanks go to Ray for sharing a small part of his collection with us.  The second table contained promotional items; many of which had been in Ian Thornton’s care and were donated by his family following his death.  These items were sold and raised £140 which was paid into the SCARA annual reunion fund.  

It was our great pleasure to welcome Lady St. Johnston as our honoured guest.  She was sorry not to be presenting the Rose Bowl to the ‘Golf Challenge’ winner this year but was pleased to hear that the golfing event continues to be well supported.

A full list of members who registered for the SCARA reunion is printed below.  

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Sec.


Mr Andy Allan
Mr Clive Allen
Mr Raymond Andrews
Mrs Mary Anthony
Mr James Baxter
Mr Terry Bethell
Mr Tony Blumer OBE
Mr Mike Board
Mr Alan Bott OBE
Mr Robert Bowen
Mr Jens Peder Braendeholm
Mr Lee Brewer
Mrs Wendy Carr
Mrs Rosemarie Cast
Mr Stanley Chalk
Miss Joan Chapman
Mr Mike Chapman
Mr David Charlesworth

Mr Guy Cheeseman
Mr Nigel  Chew
Capt Bryan V Chipperfield
Mr Tony Coughlin
Mr Ian Court
Mr Mike Cunningham
Mrs Wendy Daniel
Mr Peter Davies
Mr Ray Davis
Mrs Sandra Davy
Capt Simon Dyer
Mr Colin Edwards
Miss Carol Fielding
Mr Geoff Garner
Mr Peter Goodfellow
Mrs Eleanor Grady
Mr Ian Grant 
Mrs Ann Guirey

Mr Danny Hallahan
Mr John Hallahan
Mr Adam Hedges
Mr Martin Hindley
Mrs Jackie Honour
Mrs Christine Hope
Mr Richard Hyland
Mrs Sandra Isaacson
Mr Brian Jeffery
Mr Andrew Kennedy
Mrs Agnes King
Mr Martin Lloyd
Mr Ian Malcolm
Mr Philip Marks
Mr Tony Mason
Mrs Belinda McCormack
Miss Diane Mill
Mr Clifford Miller
Mr Robert Milton
Mr Patrick Moore OBE
Mr Les Morris
Mr Peter Nicholls
Mrs Sylvia Norton
Mr Joe O'Brien
Mrs Tina Osborne
Capt Ken Owen
Mr Frank Palmer
Mr Michael Parker
Mrs Barbara Pease
Ms Hilary Perring
Ms Christine Phillippo
Mr Dave Potter
Mr Mark Poulter
Mrs Janette Preston
Miss Sheila Radford
Mr Anton Ratnayake

Mrs Jean Reece
Ms Vicky Revill-Whelan
Mrs Debbie Risbridger
Mr John Roberts
Mrs Lynne Robertson
Mr Vernon Rolls
Mr Colin Rumble
Mr Graham Russell
Mrs Fiona Ruxton
Mr Trevor Ruxton
Mr Michael Seymour
Mr Mike Shoesmith
Mr Peter Snow QSM
Lady St. Johnston
Mrs Jane Stephens 
Mrs Sonja Stevanovic
Mrs Priscilla Stutely
Mr Ian Thomson
Mr Adrian Tucker 
Mr Edward van Dorp
Miss Carole Waite
Mr Tim Walder
Mr Nigel Wilks
Mr Martyn Willetts
Mr David  Wilson
Mr Richard Winch
Mr Ashley Woollard


Mrs Lindy Seymour
Mrs Marilyn Braendeholm
Mrs Patricia Bowen
Mrs Pam Garofalo
Mr  John Stutley
Mr Andy Tatlow

Captain Michael Penny and Caroline Cobby

posted 12 Dec 2016, 12:48 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 12 Dec 2016, 12:50 ]

Dear SCARA Member,

We are sorry to advise that SCARA member Capt Michael Penney died on 2nd December 2016.
We are also very sorry to advise that SCARA member Caroline Cobby died in July.  Unfortunately it was October before this news reached us.

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack

Note: When Container Fleets Ltd. was established in 1968/69 to manage the OCL ships in the Australia trade. Captain Michael Penney OBE RD RNR was made General Manager.  Captain Penney is shown in the picture below which is from from British Box Business - A History of OCL, edited by Alan Bott, and he contributed to that publication (see pages 255-256).   


Golf Challenge Day 2017

posted 6 Dec 2016, 13:36 by Mike Chapman

We have been advised that the Golf Challenge Rose Bowl competition will be held on the 23rd May 2017 at the Bentley Golf Club, Brentwood, Essex. 

Please contact Adrian Malupa ( to reserve your place. 

Belinda McCormack

SCARA Annual Reunion Lunch - 3/11/2016

posted 20 Nov 2016, 12:20 by Mike Chapman

The 2016 Reunion Lunch took place at the Park Crescent Conference Centre on Thursday 03/11/2016.  A report will follow but in the meantime some photographs (with many thanks to Jackie Honour and Richard Hyland) can be found by going to the PONLHeritage Photo Gallery.

Howard Praag

posted 14 Oct 2016, 14:46 by Mike Chapman

Dear SCARA Member,   

Very sadly we have to advise of the loss of SCARA member Howard Praag who passed away on 24th September 2016 after a long illness.   

Howard spent many years in the London Head Office working in the Commercial Department.  He recently became a grandfather for the first time and was extremely proud of his grandson.

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Hon.Sec.

1-10 of 101