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Jim Reo

posted 15 Jan 2019, 15:03 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 15 Jan 2019, 15:05 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

News has reached us via Tom Johnson in the Netherlands of the recent death of James Josef Reo (Jim / Jimmy) in the USA.  The funeral will take place on the 17 January.   I am sending this message because although he was not a SCARA member it is understand that Jim would have been known to a number of PONL European staff.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Louise Evans

posted 13 Jan 2019, 11:50 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 15 Jan 2019, 15:05 ]

Dear SCARA Member,

I'm very sad to be sending this message from Dave Evans whose wife Louise passed away in December.   

I have to sadly inform you that my wife Louise Evans (nee Craven) passed away on Friday 28 December 2018 following 4 years dealing with cancer. 

Many will remember ‘Loopy Lou’ from her time working at P&OC Felixstowe from the late 1980’s to mid 1990’s and then at Beagle House Estates up until late 1996. After that Lou and I married and she joined me in Mumbai up until I Ieft PONL / Maersk in April 2006.

Lou’s funeral will be at Colchester Crematorium on Thursday 17 January 2019 at 10:15. No flowers as all will be asked to instead donate if they wish to either Cancer Research UK, Macmillans or the local Hospice.

Dave Evans

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Dates for your diary

posted 3 Jan 2019, 06:55 by Mike Chapman

Dear SCARA Member,   

There will be a number of opportunities to get together throughout this coming year including the Annual SCARA Reunion, the Golf Challenge Day, and other smaller gatherings organised locally such as were held in London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Kent during 2018.  

If you are planning a reunion or have other news you would like to share with the SCARA Membership then please forward the details for circulation and for posting on the PONLHeritage website.  

The following are the 2019 events we currently have dates for, others will be circulated when known.

1. OCL/CJT get-together: 08/01/2019
Jean Treloar will once again be hosting the get-together at the 'Change of Horses', 87 High Street, Farnborough, Kent BR6 7BB  from midday on Tuesday 8 January 2019.  Confirmations or cancellations can be made to Jean on 01689 852040.  
2. Golf Challenge Day:  14/05/2019
The Golf Challenge Day will take place on 14 May 2019 at the Bentley Golf Club in Brentwood.  Please contact Adrian Malupa to book your place (
3. The Annual SCARA Reunion:  The Annual SCARA Reunion has been booked and will take place on Thursday 7 November 2019 at the Park Crescent Conference Centre in London. A little way off but please put the date in your diary.  May I also encourage you to take a look at the gallery of pictures posted on PONLheritage for the 2018 event - it was a lovely day.

And lastly, your Chairman and Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

SCARA 13th Annual Reunion Lunch

posted 10 Nov 2018, 13:34 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 00:22 ]


We could have asked for better weather Thursday 1st November 2018 but not for a more successful 13th Annual Reunion.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it such an enjoyable day.

If you have a story to share with us about the day please let’s hear from you.  

Unfortunately, a few people did experienced transport difficulties with cancelled or slow running trains.  Ray Andrews and his wife Lynn were delayed by both trains and a torrential downpour which brought the London traffic to a standstill!  Fortunately, there was plenty of food so nobody went hungry.  Others like Wendy Carr enjoyed a chat en route to the event with some good-looking soldiers collecting for the Poppy Appeal and got a lovely pic to prove it.   

I am also aware that some of our members extended the reunion with a trip to the pub – possibly to avoid the rush hour traffic?  

It was a pleasure to welcome Tom Boardley as our guest speaker.  Tom, gave us a brief history of his career in the shipping industry finishing with an update of his new role in the Cruise industry. Just like the container industry, cruise ship owners are intent on increasing ship size to gain benefits of scale. Unlike our container industry however, they seem able to make a consistent profit!   

We were very pleased to see Lady St. Johnston and Bob Bowen, SCARA Vice Presidents, at the reunion.  Lady St. Johnston made the presentation of the silver rose bowl to Adrian Malupa who was this year’s winner of the Golf Challenge.  And Bob, well he was his usual cheeky self and a pleasure to see.  

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

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Sec.

Mr John Adams 
Ms Myrtle Alexander
Mr Raymond Andrews
Mrs Lynn Andrews
Mr Stephen Barraclough 
Mr James Baxter
Mr Terry Bethell
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 Marilyn Braendeholm
Mr Lee Brewer
Mrs Wendy Carr

Mrs Rosemarie Cast
Mrs Sue Cessford
Mr Stanley Chalk
Miss Joan Chapman
Mr Mike Chapman
Mr David Charlesworth
Mr Trevor Chase
Mr Nigel Chew
Capt Bryan Chipperfield
Mr Ian Clark
Mr Tony Coughlin
Mr Peter Davies
Mr Ray Davis
Mrs Sandra Davy
Mrs Karen Diwell
Mrs Sue Evans
Miss Carol Fielding
Mr Edmund Filus 

Mrs Pam Garofalo
Mr Geoff Garner
Mrs Jane Gooch
Mr Bob Gooch
Mr Ian Grant 

Mrs Ann Guirey
Mr Danny Hallahan
Mr John Hallahan
Mr Adam Hedges
Mrs Jackie Honour
Mrs Sandra Isaacson
Mrs Agnes King
Mr Martin Lloyd
Mr John Loftin
Mr Ian Malcolm
Mr Adrian Malupa
Mr Philip Marks
Mrs Carol Marquis
Mr Tony Mason
Mrs Belinda McCormack

Mrs Erica Merrifield-Harris
Mr Clifford Miller
Mr Robert Milton
Mr Simon Moore 
Mr Todd Moore
Mr Patrick Moore OBE
Mr Stewart Moult
Mr Peter Nicholls
Mr Paul Nixon
Mrs Sylvia Norton
Mr Joe O'Brien
Mrs Tina Osborne
Capt Ken Owen
Mrs Debbie Paxton
Mrs Barbara Pease

Ms Hilary Perring
Ms Christine Phillippo
Mr Mark Poulter
Mr Derek Putman
Mr Anton Ratnayake
Ms Vicky Revill-Whelan
Mr John Richardson
Mrs Debbie Risbridger
Mrs Daphne Roberts
Mr John Roberts

Mrs Lynne Robertson
Mr Colin Rumble
Mr Graham Russell
Mrs Fiona Ruxton
Mr Trevor Ruxton
Mrs Susan Sellens
Mrs Lindy Seymour
Mr Michael Seymour

Mr Geoff Sharman 
Mr Stefan Sheriden
Mr Mike Shoesmith
Mr Roy Smith
Mr Stanley Smulders
Lady St Johnston
Mr John Stutely
Mrs Priscilla Stutely
Mr Ian Thomson

Mr Adrian Tucker 
Mr Edward van Dorp
Ms Jean Wheeler
Mr Nigel Wilks
Mr Martyn Willetts
Mr David Wilson

Mick Gander

posted 26 Oct 2018, 14:08 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 26 Oct 2018, 14:09 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We are sorry to advise that Mick Gander passed away on Tuesday 23rd October after a spell in hospital.  Mick was well known to many of the SCARA membership who will be saddened to receive this news.   

The funeral will take place on Thursday 1st November at 4pm at South Leicestershire Crematorium.
Followed by a reception from 5:30pm at Sketchley Grange Hotel. 

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Bill McConnell and Captain Iain Johnston

posted 26 Sep 2018, 12:12 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 26 Sep 2018, 12:13 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

More sad news passed on by members of SCARA.   

Very sadly we have been notified of the death of A.W.McConnell (Bill) on the 22nd September.  Bill was Fleet Technical Manager for P&OCL and retired in 1998.  

We have also had a late notification that Capt. Iain Johnston passed away early December 2017. Iain was Master on the Tokyo Bay and previously on Blue Funnel and OCL ships.  He retired to join family on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

SCARA Annual Reunion - Thursday 1 November 2018

posted 15 Sep 2018, 12:01 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 15 Sep 2018, 12:02 ]

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 1st November at the Park Crescent Conference Centre (International Students House) in London.  

Please find attached,

a) News letter / Invitation
b) Invite reply card

We are also very pleased to advise that Tom Boardley, who is currently EVP at Lloyds Register, will be our guest speaker this year. 

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 do get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the reunion.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Other SCARA dates

posted 27 Aug 2018, 03:11 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 27 Aug 2018, 03:11 ]

Dear SCARA Members,   

Two more reunions / get-togethers that may be of interest to you.  Please note that there is no need to book, just turn up on the day.   

Belinda McCormack, SCARA Membership Secretary.

1. OCL/CJT get-together
When: Tuesday 11 September 2018 12:00 – 15:00
Where: Change of Horses, 87 Farnborough High Street, Orpington, Farnborough, Kent BR6 7BB, UK 
Description: Jean Treloar will once again be hosting the get-together at the 'Change of Horses' in Farnborough High Street (Kent) from midday on Tuesday 11 September 2018. Please note future date: 8 January 2019

When: Saturday 10 November 2018 from 1pm
Where:  The Square Peg Corporation Street, Birmingham 
Description: Craig Bowen has sent notification about this planned reunion.

Liverpool Reunion 2018

posted 24 Aug 2018, 11:33 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 24 Aug 2018, 11:34 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We have news from Christine Jones and Joan Squires with details for this years Liverpool Reunion.  If you would like to attend please just turn up on the day.  No tickets required and no need to book.

Date :  
Friday 28th September from 6pm onwards

Venue :  
The Tower Building
The Strand
Liverpool L31LG

Please also note that the London SCARA REUNION will be taking place on the 1st November.  Details for this event will be circulated shortly.

Kind Regards,
Belinda McCormack,
SCARA Membership Secretary

Douglas Dudley-Ward

posted 25 Jul 2018, 09:13 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 25 Jul 2018, 09:13 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Pat Dudley-Ward called yesterday with the sad news of her husbands death on Friday 20th July 2018.  Douglas Dudley-Ward had many friends and colleagues within the company and will be remembered by many of them.   

Both Pat and Douglas attended the annual SCARA reunions until Douglas's ill health in recent years prevented them from doing so.

The funeral takes place on Tuesday 7th August at 3:00pm at St. John the Baptist Church, Great Rissington, Gloucestershire.

I do have permission to pass on Pat's contact details should you wish to get in touch.

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

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