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posted 22 Feb 2018, 12:08 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 22 Feb 2018, 12:08 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

SCARA Committee Member Chris Evans has received sad news of the death of C.K.Ho who passed away on the 17th February 2018.  C.K.Ho was ex Swire Shipping Hong Kong and P&O Hong Kong and would have been well know to many of our members.   

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary 


posted 13 Feb 2018, 04:19 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 13 Feb 2018, 04:19 ]

Dear SCARA Member,    

Janette Rawlinson has forwarded the following message from Kijima-san with sad news of the death of Kochi-san who will be remembered by many of our members.     

"Kochi san passed away on 22nd January 2018. He really enjoyed his life of golf followed by gin and tonic and also great fan of Sumo wrestling. He is an Orange Nassau medal winner that is a great honour for all colleagues here.    

"A family funeral was held on 29th January which limited participants to family and close relative only. We all colleagues will have remembrance gathering on 28/2 with offering drinks. Please join me in offering heartfelt condolences to his family. Kochi san will be missed dearly."

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

New Year SCARA update

posted 6 Jan 2018, 09:39 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 6 Jan 2018, 09:39 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We hope this message finds you well and not too exhausted from the Christmas time festivities.  We have just a few messages / reminders for you.

*** If you attended the SCARA Reunion in November, or even if you didn't you might like to check out the review and pictures from the event which have been posted on the PONLHeritage website.  If you have any pictures to add to the gallery please do let us have them.

***And would the golfers amongst you please note the date for the 2018 Rose Bowl Challenge is 22 May 2018. The event will again be held at the Bentley Golf Club in Essex.  

***The date for 2018 SCARA Reunion will be confirmed soon.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

[Message sent to my members by email 31/12/2017]

John Rimmer

posted 5 Dec 2017, 14:12 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 14:13 ]

Eddie Wipperman has given us the sad news that John Rimmer, formerly with OCL / Containerbase Barking, passed away on the 24th November.

The funeral will be on Thursday 14th December at Upminster Crematorium at 12:20 and afterwards at the Huntsman & Hounds,
Ockendon Road, Upminster.

For catering purposes please advise Eddie if you will be attending the funeral.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

SCARA 12th Annual Reunion Lunch Report

posted 17 Nov 2017, 13:26 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 18 Nov 2017, 09:39 ]

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A great day weather wise for our get-together this year on Thursday 2 November.  Thank you to all those who braved the hustle and bustle of the big city and made our 2017 Reunion such a memorable day.   

The turnout was a little down on last year but there were a few new faces including Michael Denchfield, Tom Boardley, Pat Boyle and Stan Smulders, all of whom we were very pleased to welcome.  It was also a great pleasure to welcome SCARA’s previous chairman Bob Bowen who was accompanied by his daughter Jane.

For the first time in 12 years we invited a guest speaker to the event.  The Reverend Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General, Mission to Seafarers entertained us with anecdotes and delivered a summary of some of the work undertaken by the mission.  A great speaker – we all agreed.

We were also pleased to welcome our Vice President Lady St. Johnston who made the presentation of the silver rose bowl to Michael Shoesmith, this year’s winner of the golf challenge.

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

Mr John Adams 
Mr Andy Allan
Mr Ray Andrews
Mr James Baxter
Mr Terry Bethell
Mr Paul Blanchflower
Mr Tony Blumer OBE
Mr Mike Board
Mr Tom Boardley

Mr Alan Bott OBE
Mr Bob Bowen
Mr Pat Boyle
Mr Jens Peder Braendeholm
Mrs Sue Cessford
Miss Joan Chapman
Mr Mike Chapman
Capt Bryan Chipperfield
Mr Tony Coughlin
Mr Peter Davies
Mr Ray Davis
Mrs Sandra Davy
Mrs Jennifer Denchfield
Mr Michael Denchfield
Mr Chris Evans
Mrs Sue Evans
Miss Carol Fielding
Mr Tom Fry

Mrs Pam Garofalo
Mrs Jane Gooch
Mr Peter Goodfellow
Mr Vincent Gorny
Mr  Ian Grant 
Mr Ben Hackett
Mr Dan Hallahan
Mr Adam Hedges
Mrs Christine Hope
Mrs Sandra Isaacson
Mr Bob James
Mrs Christine Jones
Mrs Agnes King
Mr John Loftin
Mr Ian Malcolm
Mr Adrian Malupa
Mr Tony Mason

Mrs Belinda McCormack
Mrs Erica Merrifield-Harris
Miss Diane Mill
Mr Clifford Miller
Mr Robert Milton
Mr Patrick Moore OBE
Mr Les Morris
Mr Stewart Moult
Mr Paul Nixon
Mrs Sylvia Norton
Mr Joe O'Brien
Mr Arthur Oliva
Mrs Tina Osborne
Capt Ken Owen
Mrs Debbie Paxton

Mrs Barbara Pease
Ms Hilary Perring
Ms Christine Phillippo
Mr Dave Potter
Mr Mark Poulter
Mrs Janette Preston
Miss Sheila Radford
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
Mrs Susan Sellens

Mr Trevor Ruxton
Mrs Susan Sellens
Mrs Lindy Seymour
Mr Michael Seymour
Mr Geoff Sharman 
Mrs Hazel Sharman
Mr Mike Shoesmith
Mr Stanley Smulders
Mrs Joan Squires

Lady Charlotte St Johnston
Mrs Jane Stephens 
Mr John Stutley
Mrs Priscilla Stutely
Mr Ian Thomson
Mr Adrian Tucker 
Mr Andrew Tutlow
Mr Edward van Dorp
Mr Tim Vaughan
Miss Carole Waite
Mr Tim Walder
Mr Nigel Wilks
Ms Angela Willcox
Mr Martyn Willetts

Mr David Wilson
Mr Robert Woods CBE
The Reverend Canon Andrew Wright

Barry Diggle

posted 26 Oct 2017, 12:29 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 26 Oct 2017, 12:29 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We have received this sad news from Keith Axton.  

Barry Diggle died on the 11th October at the age of 87 after a short illness. His funeral has been announced in Lichfield Mercury Newspaper.

He was a Master Mariner, FICS, Managing Director of the B'irmingham Containerbase and he was also ex-Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield.

The funeral service will be held at Lichfield Cathedral on the 31st October (Tue) at 2.0 pm.  Family flowers only, donations if desired payable to R.N.L.I.  through F M & J Watt Funeral Directors, 25 Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PW.  .

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Photograph of Barry Diggle (right) from the Lichfield council website (news item Market Trader Bids a Fond Farewell After 42 Years)

Dream team...

posted 26 Oct 2017, 12:16 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 26 Oct 2017, 12:19 ]

We've received then following news update from SCARA member Roger Brown about a reunion between four former members of the Barking sales team:

   Probably the Hardest working Sales Team ever- the Fab 4 from Box Lane Barking region, who called on Freight forwarders back in the 70’s and 80’s. Sales Manager Ralph Langstaffs men were Chris Parker, Steve Bowen Roy Smith and Roger Brown.  The four met up due to a fleeting visit to the UK by Chris Parker who is now an Australian. It’s a well worn phrase but the boys all agreed “we probably worked at the best time in Shipping and for the best Company in OCL/P&O Containers,it was sad to see its demise in our lifetime

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Ted Nichols & Alan Brewer

posted 17 Oct 2017, 12:25 by Mike Chapman

Dear SCARA Member,

Sadly we have been advised of the recent loss of two of our Membership.

Jackie Worwood writes:  'I am writing to inform you that my dear dad, Ted Nichols, passed away on 10th October after a short illness.  He didn't quite reach his 94th birthday (21st October).   Dad had not attended the SCARA reunions for the past few years, but he was a regular attendee for a number of years.  He had such a fantastic memory and was still so mentally alert, amazing for 93!  He had fond memories of his days at OCL/P&O, Barking and Beagle House.' 

The funeral will take place on Tuesday 24th October at 2.30pm at Tonbridge Parish Church, Church Lane, Tonbridge TN9 1DA and afterwards at Rose & Crown, High Street Tonbridge TN9 1DD

If anyone wishes to attend the funeral would they please email Jackie at

June Brewer has also kindly written to tell us about the death of her husband Alan Brewer who passed away on the 29th August, 2017.  Alan worked in the Insurance & Claims department in Beagle House and would have been well known by many SCARA members.

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

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 

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