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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

Gill Garner

posted 23 Jun 2018, 09:19 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 23 Jun 2018, 09:19 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We have received sad news from Geoff Garner who writes:   

"With great sadness, I wish to advise that my wife, Gill passed away on Monday, 11th June, 2018.  Many of my friends in Maersk Vessel Operations and P&O Nedlloyd ANZ Trade knew Gill and I would very much appreciate hearing from anyone of them if they wish to attend her funeral and/or Celebration of Life service on Wednesday, 27th June in Devon.  If so, can they please email me and I will provide times and location addresses."

With kind regards,
Geoff Garner

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membersip Secretary

Paul Curtis

posted 7 Jun 2018, 11:10 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 7 Jun 2018, 11:14 ]

David Curtis has written to advise of the sad passing of his father Paul Curtis.   

"I am writing on behalf of my Father Paul Curtis who sadly passed away last week.
We would like to pass on this news to members of SCARA and also make them aware of the funeral arrangements - anyone who knew my father is welcome to attend - please contact me either by email / or mobile.  (please contact Belinda McCormack for contact details).

Paul Curtis started his apprenticeship with P&O on the 15th October 1958 and then started working at OCL in 1969, working afterwards at P&O Roadways, P&O Containers and finishing his career in Sri Lanka between 1997 and 1999

The funeral will take place on 14th June (Thursday) at 13:00 at St James Church, Manorbier Church, Manorbier, 
Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7SZ.  Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Castlemead Hotel, Manorbier, 
SA70 7TA

David Curtis"

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

London Nightrider Charity Cycle Ride

posted 3 Jun 2018, 09:07 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 3 Jun 2018, 09:08 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We often wonder what our SCARA members are up to...……………..    The following message is circulated on behalf of Peter Snow.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary.     

Dear fellow member of SCARA,
I am Peter Snow, a former employee of OCL, POCL and P&O Ports, and now living in retirement in France and am participating in the London Nightrider Challenge on 9 June, a challenge that requires me to ride 50 kilometres through central London during the night and starting at 2330.
Why am I doing it?
  • To get fit after two bouts of hospitalisation last year, including intensive care for heart-related problems. I was passed fit by the hospital on 31 May, just a day or two ago, after an ECG stress test.
  • I needed motivation to take up cycling after 57 years without riding a bicycle. I am nearly 78 now.
  • To raise funds for Mission to Seafarers, with which I have been associated for decades as a volunteer, primarily in New Zealand but lately within France.
London Nightrider is one of three Nightrider events in UK during the year.  It is managed by Classic Challenges where entrants can nominate charities with which they are associated, and to raise funds for those charities. Over one thousand enter the challenge each year.
Mission to Seafarers is a world-wide organisation that provides welfare facilities to seafarers visiting ports around the world. Our OCL, POCL, P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk seafarers have used the centres around the world on a regular basis over many decades.
Please sponsor me on this ride to help me raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause.
You can donate by copying this into your web browser and following the “Donate Now” icon.
Many thanks in anticipation of a successful campaign.

Peter Snow

SCARA Golf Day 2018 - Report

posted 3 Jun 2018, 08:53 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 3 Jun 2018, 09:08 ]

Roger Brown has kindly provided the following report:

2018 maybe remembered for Harry and Meghan,   2018 may be remembered for the fact Beagle House was reduced to a rubble strewn Footprint of its former glory, 2018  may be remembered for England winning the World Cup…… however let’s keep it real shall we………….No, 2018 will be remembered for the fact that Adrian Malupa now has somewhere to keep his roses!!!! (until next May at least).
Always the bridesmaid, never the blushing bride, Malupa finally pushes aside serial rose buyers Barraclough and Shoesmith to lift Lady St Johnston’s coveted Rose Bowl after 9 years of trying.
A great day was had by the 32 attendees, the sun shone all day and it was not so much as making a decision as to whether the next shot was a six iron or a seven, but whether it was factor 30 or 50  applied  to the barnet.
The course was its usual magnificent self with  the wild life in abundance….. But enough about our work colleagues from trade division ;-) ,  but seriously, ducks and geese with their chicks all over the place, rabbits in abundance it was very nice to be out there.  Meanwhile, Adrian had no time for flying things except birdies and albatross’s on his card, as he carved out a respectable 32 points, only just beating Steve Barraclough on count back.
The Longest Drive was won by Steve Gawlers guest John Savidge. This must have been a massive  hit as Steve said “ I don’t travel that far on me holidays".

Nearest the Pin was out of Adrian’s 4 ball,  won by his guest Bob Harper. In his desperation to win  Adrian tried to buy the shot off Bob but Bob said he really had no need for £2.55 pence worth of luncheon vouchers (From your Customs days Adrian or Box Lane Barking?)
The Guest Winner of the Day with 36 points off a club handicap was a new joiner Russell Start, who was Roger Brown’s invitee. Russell being no stranger to the services of OCL/P&O as being the main shipping manager at Pickfords Removals for many years who was also instrumental in setting up a drop and pick up out of Barking container base to Enfield – Russell recently ending up as MD of the company.

Adrian and I look forward to welcoming our SCARA colleagues and guests at next year’s Rose bowl, which will be our 10th year.
Roger Brown

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Dates for the diary / Reminder

posted 3 May 2018, 14:08 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 3 May 2018, 14:37 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Just a few dates / reminders for opportunities to get together.    

1.  OCL/CJT get-together 
When: Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at midday
Where: Change of Horses, 87 High Street, Farnborough, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7BB.
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 8 May 2018. 

Please note future dates: 11 September 2018 and 8 January 2019

2. A Spring Get Together 
DATE: Wednesday 16th May 2018
TIME:  From 5:00 pm
VENUE: The Magpie, New Street, London EC2

This informal gathering has been arranged by some of our SCARA Committee Members. You can sign up 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.  So please "spread the word" to friends and ex colleagues and we look forward to seeing you there.

 3.  Bentley Golf Club-SCARA, OCL and Shipping friends Golf Day 22nd May 2018
 If you are interested in this event and have not yet registered please contact Adrian Malupa asap  ( (mobile 07870 429207)
BENTLEY GOLF CLUB Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex 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. 
4. SCARA 2018 Reunion
The 2018 reunion will take place on Thursday 1st November at the Park Crescent Conference Centre.  Full   details will be sent later in the year.

Kind regards
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Barbara Fry

posted 26 Apr 2018, 11:48 by Mike Chapman

Dear SCARA Member,   

We were very sorry to hear from Tom Fry that his wife Barbara died on the 13th April 2018.  

Tom says "many of my colleagues in Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Hong Kong had met Barbara and a good number of P&O shippers were entertained along with me.  She was a great asset for our sales endeavour."

Barbara's funeral is on 1st May 2018 at 1.30 pm at Haltemprice Crematorium, Willerby and afterwards The Wheatsheaf, Kirk Ella.  Donations to Humber Rescue, Hessle.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Spring Soirée 16 May 2018

posted 26 Apr 2018, 11:39 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 26 Apr 2018, 11:45 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

We are very pleased to advise details for an informal springtime 'get-together' in London on the 16th May.  We are hopeful that similar events can/will be arranged for other areas.  If you have anything planned and would like details circulated to the SCARA membership then please do let me know. 

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

A Spring Get Together 
DATE: Wednesday 16th May 2018
TIME:   From 5:00 pm
VENUE:  The Magpie, New Street, London EC2 

The sun has finally started to shine, so an informal gathering has been arranged by some of our SCARA Committee Members.  We have chosen a pub near to Liverpool Street station for ease of commuting. 

You can sign up 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. So please “spread the word” to friends and ex colleagues and we look forward to seeing you on the 16th.

Chris Phillippo
SCARA Committee Secretary

Vernon Rolls, Tony Doveston & Beryl Ratnayake

posted 8 Apr 2018, 09:16 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 8 Apr 2018, 09:20 ]

Dear SCARA Member,    

It is with regret that I have the following messages to circulate to the Membership.    

1. Vernon Rolls died  28 February 2018   

Vernon's son John has notified us of the sad death of his father Vernon Rolls.  The funeral will take place on Monday 30 April 2018.  

* 10.30am at Our Lady Queen Of Peace RC church, the Avenue, Braintree, CM7 3HY and then 
* 11.30am at Three Counties Crematorium, Halstead Rd, Braintree CM7 5PB
*  and afterwards at the Liberal Club, 106 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, CM7 9ES

2. Tony Doveston died 21 March 2018   

Alan Buckley, who joined OCL on the same day as Tony in December 1968 has sent the following message. 

“It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Tony Doveston on 21 March 2018 after a prolonged illness.  Tony was originally with Blue Funnel in Liverpool and transferred to Overseas Containers Ltd in December 1968 as the Freight Office Supervisor at Manchester Containerbase.  As the Company got under way, Tony moved to the Liverpool Office as Freight Office Manager where he remained before moving to Dart Line in Southampton and later to Royal Nedlloyd in Felixstowe.
Tony is survived by his wife Margaret and daughter Clare.
The funeral will take place at - Seven Hills Crematorium
                                                       Felixstowe Road
                                                       Suffolk IP10 0FG 
                                                       on Monday 23 April at 1330 hrs.

It would be most helpful for anyone wishing to attend to please advise me at”

3. Beryl Ratnayake died 12 March 2018 (details previously circulated)   

Barry Williams, who attended Beryl's funeral has sent the following message for circulation.

"Beryl Ratnayake, wife of Anton, was buried on the 4th April at Cheshunt Cemetry and local Family Graves.

Typical of Anton the array of guests was a range of interesting family and friends from England, Sri Lanka and worldwide.  Beryl was a tremendous support to Anton Ratnayake who was a senior and successful manager who made a major contribution to the growth of OCL / P&O Containers in those heady days where fun was almost as Important as work.  Aside from myself, P&O was also represented by Sue Johnson who worked for Anton as a senior IT Manager during those years."

Kind regards,
Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Lou van de Velde

posted 27 Feb 2018, 13:40 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 27 Feb 2018, 13:42 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Very sadly we have been advised of the death of Lou van de Velde on Thursday 22nd February 2018.  The funeral will take place on the 28th February.  Messages have been received from several of our members including Geoff Gower who has forwarded this lovely photograph together with the attached announcement of Lou's passing (in Dutch). 

Geoff says "For all the guys and gals who remember the formation of the Far East Trade and who came into contact with this charismatic guy. Sad loss but many happy memories of the ever irrepressible Lou".

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

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