Sunday, February 28, 2010

football and discos...

Mr Hollows was a lovely man. I knew him as he was my teacher in lower juniors about 15 years ago. He was very well respected by the students. In fact, he was like your cool uncle, you wanted to be a good student for him. Mr Hollows was in charge of the school football team which I played for. He was brilliant at motivating the team and consoling us when we lost!

I was able to stay in touch with Mr Hollows after I left John Hampden as he was in charge of organising the school discos which I ran. I remember fondly, as I was setting up at one of the parties, he was showing a new Swedish colleague round the school - Towe! My way of welcoming her was to play Abba's 'Dancing Queen'!

Rest in peace Mr Hollows.

Mark Ansell

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Calling all runners ...

On Sunday 27th June 2010, Thame will be holding it's annual 10km run.

A few people have already suggested that they would like to run in memory of Graham, and we are looking to assemble a team to run in his memory and raise money for the charities that Towe chose. The race is popular and has a good turn out (about 1000 runners of all ages, shapes and sizes). Extensive running experience is not a pre-requisite (but it helps if you have done a little training in advance!). The course is flat, and largely traffic-free.

So if you are a keen runner, or even a not so keen runner, and would like to keep Graham's memory alive, why not join the team on June 27th?

If you would like to register, follow this link:

and use the search facility at the bottom of the page to find the event: Thame CPM 10k. The fee for entering is £14.00.

We recommend that you don't delay as the event is popular - entry will close when they have reached a fixed number and there is no entry on the day. It would be great if you are also able to raise some sponsorship, but the important thing is to run for Graham. Even if you don't feel you can raise sponsors, or have already entered and are raising money for another charity, you can still join the team.

Once you have entered, simply contact Rick and Becca Bolt at to confirm that you will be part of the team, and to coordinate sponsorship. On the day we will issue you with an official team t-shirt to mark this exciting event. Towe is delighted that this is possible and we hope you will be keen to run for Graham and to support Towe and the family, on the day after Aila's 6th birthday.

Friday, February 5, 2010

graham's birthday...

As many know, today - February 5th - is Graham's birthday. Towe and the girls are marking the day by remembering him, and having a meal of some of his favourite things to eat.

Why not join them in remembering Graham today with a takeaway curry, a glass of champagne or by just setting some time aside to recall some happy memories...