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The Communicants a folk music group comprising Tom Stephens VSO and my brothers Michael Anthony Rossouw and late brother Desmond. They wrote their own music and lyrics which comprised religious themes set to popular music. Together with Fr Bee Bop Clayton they toured Natal and the Eastern Transvaal in his caravan performing at local parish churches throughout the region. Despite Bee Bops connections and influence at the SABC Radio they never ever performed on the English service and were subtly banned by the conservative management of the day who felt it innapropriate to play popular music on religious programmes. Boy how times have changed which is such a pity as they were so good musically which anyone who ever heard them will attest to. Sadly the Red Rubber Ball clip I posted on the Radio St George broadcast is their only remaining recording as i wrote to Bee Bop at the time of Desmond s passing who confirmed that all his reel tapes had disintegrated over time. The three remained friends for years and often played various gigs in the early 70's one of which was our mom's wedding. Des owned a volksie beetle and they would pile their amplifiers and guitars into his car before heading off to perform. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi there you old cronies ,,what about Umtentweni. preperations before we went down, cutting our propellers for the train journey, the carrying the old tin canoe to the lagoon , standing in the little recess on the bridge when a train came past, tent inspections , hiking to Margate with your lunch packet that you had to order the day before, staple lunch of pilchards and a loaf of bread per tent. Oh and at Tweni station always rail truck with raw monkey nuts Stories by George Adams around the kitchen fire of his previous life , Lucien Lombard offering sixpence for and fish we caught, the lifesaver training from guys from Durban with the funny pull up costumes and on and on and on..

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Chris Human shared Rolling Thunder Washington, DC Inc.'s post to the group: St. Georges home for Boys. ... See MoreSee Less

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great to see this and recall all those wonderful memories. this is the only pic I have from those days. happy to include it here. very best regards to all. ... See MoreSee Less

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I have just been thinking about the milk run that we started in the Home when I was in Taylor House. Now this wasn't the normal kind of milk run where you go out and deliver milk to the people. No, in this milk run your go out early in the morning and you collect the milk that has already been delivered. Johnathan Cleote (Berty) Robbie Knowles and I jumped the fence behind Taylor House at 4 o'clock in the morning and headed for the neighborhood. In those days there was a night-watchman by his fire just near the workshop so you couldn't just sommer walk out the gate ! Before leaving we emptied all the books from Royden Crawford's school hava-sack so we could carry the milk in it. We went quite far past the bottom end of Wychwood School and then we worked only one side of the road and sneaked into the gardens of the houses and lifted bottles of milk from the verandah's. In some houses you had to be careful because some ouens had moersa big dogs. One oke put his verandah light on as I was lifting a bottle and my bum was going ticky-sixpence ! When the bag was full we headed back to the home. On the way we passed about a block away from a cafe and we could see some cops there. One of them shouted and they began chasing us. We legged it and then one of them fired one or two shots in our direction. Robbie was carrying the bag and as it was pretty heavy, he threw it over the fence into someone's garden and we made it back to the Home. We were acting all innocent just before breakfast parade when the Head Boy, Brian Campbell, said the Police had arrived and were looking for some buggers who stole milk. We had to own up as they had the bag with Crawford's name on and also written on it was "The Rolling Stones" We were taken to the Police Station and threatened with cuts and expulsion from school and all sorts. Eventually we were taken back to the Home and as were leaving the Charge Office, Robbie Knowles has the cheek to ask the Cops if we can take our milk with us ! When we got back to the Home, Mackie got hold of us and man did he tan our arses ! What gave us away that day is that some guys had broken into the cafe that night and that is why all the cops were standing around there and when they saw us, they must have thought we were the culprits. We did lots of milk runs from the Home and used to drink all the milk behind the workshop before 6 o'clock revellei. The thick cream on the top was just the best ! ... See MoreSee Less

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Did my fourth 5km park fun run(at this time of life walk not run)when at georgies we were fit walking to school and back and always on the go.my best time so far is 52 min will walk every sat to get the time down ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is the Beaton House pic of Steve Towse, blown up a little bit...Photographers....we have tricks...ha ha. Old Dekkie heading the charge. I can still see that spot in my head...on the left under the trees. ... See MoreSee Less

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Photo below was taken around 1940. These were the working boys in Taylor House.( They had completed school)My Father in law Kenneth Meyer who is 94 years old and in good health was there at the time and is in the photo. He was working for Rice Wells Stationers at the time. He left the Home in 1941 when he joined the Navy to serve in the 2nd World War. The housemaster was Mr and Mrs Rethman and are in the photo. Other names he can recall in the photo are; George Brett, Jimmy Miller,Sidney Drew,Eric Close. Also he recalls the additional surnames; McLean, Packer, Welthagen, Chapman. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi everyone is there anyone here from 85 to 90. Really would like to see some old friends again. I was in Simpson house. Or can't really remember the house name ... See MoreSee Less

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