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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

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

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