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SCARA Annual Reunion - Thursday 2 November 2017

posted 30 Aug 2017, 12:34 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 30 Aug 2017, 12:41 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We hope that you will be able to join us for the annual reunion which this year will be held on Thursday 2nd November at the Park Crescent Conference Centre (International Students House) in London.  

Please find attached,

a) News letter / invitation
b) Invite reply card
c) Latest Membership List (***Email only.  Not published here)

At the event last year Ray Andrews organised an interesting display of just part of his personal collection of company related memorabilia.  If anyone would like to do something similar this year please let us know.

The SCARA committee will again be organising a table of memorabilia items which will be for sale.  All monies raised will go towards future SCARA events.  If you have items that you would like to donate for this purpose please get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Belinda McCormack

Patricia Bowen

posted 6 Aug 2017, 02:11 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 6 Aug 2017, 02:11 ]

We were so very sorry to hear that Patricia Bowen passed away last week.  Anyone attending recent SCARA annual reunions would have seen Pat at the side of her husband Robert (Bob) Bowen, our former chairman and co-founder of the SCARA organisation, giving him her support as she had done throughout their 65 years of married life.

We offer our sincere condolences to Bob and his family at this very sad time.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday 9th August at 1.00 p.m. at Gravesend Crematorium/Cemetery, Gravesend Road, Shorne, Kent, DA11 3JH.
Afterwards at the Best Western Manor Hotel, Singlewell Rd, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 5UQ.
The family have requested that anyone wishing to make a donation in Pat's memory should send it to The Ellenor Hospice, Coldharbour Rd, Gravesend,Kent, DA11 7HQ.  It's a registered charity where Pat passed away. The family say that it is a marvellous place where Pat was treated with dignity and the utmost care.
Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary 

André Tanniou

posted 15 Jun 2017, 12:47 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 15 Jun 2017, 12:47 ]

Dear SCARA Member,  

The following message was received on the 14th June from Jim Baxter brings very sad news of the recent death of André Tanniou.   
"Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph carried the announcement that André Tanniou died at the hospital in Le Blanc last Thursday 8th June, after a long illness ‘bravely borne’.  The funeral was yesterday.  This is very sad news for everyone who knew Andre."
Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

SCARA Golf Day for Lady St Johnston's Rose Bowl Trophy

posted 30 May 2017, 14:08 by Mike Chapman

Yet another great and successful day at this year's challenge for the Rosebowl.

Once again held at the Bentley Golf club in Brentwood  Essex, the  venue once again did not let us down, Course in fine condition and food was its usual fine fare.  

This year’s Fair Weather was sponsored by David Fairweather…just as well Adrian invited him as it was glorious, there was factor 50 being rubbed in everywhere, as well as the usual Voltarol and Deep Heat for all the Ageing joints.

Thanks to the  SCARA coffers under Geoff Sharman’s safe keeping who kindly sponsored the Bottles of Wine trophies, as well as Neil Longman (Guest) from Kuehne + Nagel who kindly sponsoring 4 dozen golf balls, last but not least of course our thanks to our own Lady St Johnston’s very kind donation of a personal family Heirloom, the Silver Rose bowl, which we fight for each year.

Most of the usual reprobates turned up, although the car park was a “Vauxhall Cavalier” short of being full, in that Ian Malcolm decided to sun himself in the USA….either that or he has joined the USPGA Seniors Tour???

Once again Adrian “always the Bridesmaid, Never the blushing Bride” Malupa was bemoaning a Squirrel must have molested his ball and strategically placed it at the bottom of a tree on the last. This action stopped him from being a New name on the trophy, instead of the “Serial” Rose Bowl Champion Mike Shoesmith ;-)… however to be fair Mike’s 36 points off of his club handicap was a very good score on the day, especially with the Greens being “like lightening” in the morning and slowing up in the afternoon.

Peter Taylor won the Guests Competition.

We  look forward to hosting the 9th Rose Bowl next year.

Adrian and Roger

Liverpool Reunion 2017

posted 30 May 2017, 13:21 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 30 May 2017, 14:11 ]

The following invitation to a Liverpool Reunion has been received from Christine Jones (nee Croft).  Please contact Chris if you require further information.

We have at long last arranged our second Liverpool Reunion if you would kindly post the details on the SCARA network details as follows : -

Date :  Friday 30th June 2017 from 6pm onwards

Venue :  Ma Boyle's Alehouse & Eatery (Blast to the past!)

             The Tower Building, The Strand, Liverpool L3 1LG

If anyone requires more information you can email me at

Looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it.


Kind regards
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

A Summer Get-Together

posted 21 May 2017, 02:55 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 21 May 2017, 02:59 ]

An informal gathering has been arranged by some of our SCARA Committee Members.  You can sign up to it by logging into the PONL Group on Facebook or you can just turn up at the specified date and time.  It is completely informal and you do not have to be a SCARA member to go along.

DATE: Tuesday 13th June 2017
TIME:   From 5:00 pm

Please note that one of our colleagues is planning a similar 'northern' get-together. Details will be circulated when known.

David Charlesworth has posted on Facebook:

'Too long to wait till the SCARA reunion lunch so meet up for drinks and greet former colleagues and catch up on the news at the Duke of Somerset from 17.00. Will Beagle House still be there?

Pass the news around and ask your friends and colleagues who are not on PONL Facebook. Don't need to be a SCARA member.'

Best Regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Veronica Mooney

posted 25 Apr 2017, 12:55 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 29 Apr 2017, 08:01 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We have just received news from Christine Jones concerning Veronica Mooney who sadly passed away on the 12th April 2017.  Veronica had many friends both in Liverpool and London where she worked as a Secretary.    

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 3rd May at 2.40 pm at Thornton Crematorium, Sefton, Merseyside

Christine has kindly said that if anyone wants further information they can email her at

Kind regards

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Veronica's friend, Christine Jones has kindly provided the following summary of Veronica's career with the company:

Veronica joined OCL in Liverpool in 1972  when we were based at Aintree Containerbase and became Ken Merchant's Secretary. As a sporty person and Netball player she was heavily involved in the inter regional competitions at most of the OCL gala weekends and would be remembered by many of our colleagues for that reason as she was very competitive! 

When we relocated the Liverpool Office to Silkhouse Court (and Ken had moved on to Beagle House) Veronica was Secretary to Bill Moore. In the mid '80s she was looking to relocate to London and when a vacancy arose for a Secretary to assist Ken in Beagle House she jumped at the chance to work with him again. F
ollowing Ken Merchant's departure Veronica stayed in London working with Dennis Greenland and Belinda McCormack before leaving to join Gillette.  

Veronica moved back to Liverpool for good in January 2016 and we still had plenty of catching up to do with her. We will all miss our dear friend.

Chris Jones

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.

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