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Posted on Monday, November 06, 2000 - 12:27 pm:   

25th Anniversary of official opening

Planning for this has already begun and ideas for location, entertainment, duration, events on the day, would all be welcomed.

Since the college itself has gone we must establish whether or not the Abbey will be available or where the next geographically closest venue would be. Roger Taylor has suggested the college at Gravesend.

Please add your suggestions to this forum thread.

Posted on Monday, November 06, 2000 - 11:56 pm:   

The college at Gravesend sounds good - I remember doing my lifeboat ticket (CPSC?) at the NSTC years ago. The Abbey sounds interesting too - presumably its got a roof now?

Should it be a buffet style do or something more involved? My preference would be a buffet to allow people to mix and chat more easily.

If caterers were used, maybe they could run a bar too (as long as they don't take the mickey with prices!)

Probably a completely daft idea, but...
how about a marquee on the grounds of the old MNC as the venue, if it isn't a muddy building site!
Or hire a Thames river boat and moor it alongside by the playing field?
Simon Langlois.

Phill Grove
Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2000 - 03:45 pm:   

Those of us who survived their original training at Norwood would remember the time we were invited to the Nurses 'do' on a ferry on the Thames. A great night was had by all.

Well my memories are a little blurred but.....

Think Simon's idea is good about a boat moored, its probably the nearest some of us have been to sea since we left the MN!!

Don't forget that some of us will have to travel some distance and accommodation will have to bourne in mind.

Keep the ideas flooding in.

From an underwater Cambridge,


Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2000 - 07:07 pm:   

Newsletter update 18/11/00

We have a problem. Following a long conversation with Martin Howard of Bibby Line this morning and having earlier spoken to Simon and Gill White it is clear that the twin aims of having a large reunion which is also close to the college site, are mutually incompatible owing to the natural wish to avoid having to drive anywhere after a function. Because Greenhithe has no large hotels the idea of holding a function close to the college site becomes untenable and also because many people will be travelling long distances to the reunion. For example David Alcock live in Devon, the Whites in Northampton and Martin Howard in the I.O.M. and myself in Cambridge.

Looked at in those terms the M.N. Hotel at Lancaster Gate becomes a better option but is the furthest geographically from the site and so I am writing to you once again to seek a compromise. The Stakis Hotel at Dartford Crossing suggested by Peter Brown would be acceptable providing a reasonable group reduction could be obtained and if (big if) transport were organised from the reunion site (if on the college grounds) back to the hotel at midnight or 1a.m. unless the reunion itself were held at the hotel with a visit to Ingress Park either by river or by road the same afternoon with (possibly) tea at the Abbey orangery.

Looked at from an accommodation point of view the list of possible venues becomes inverted by hotel priority as follows:-

In order of geographical proximity to Ingress Park, I did some phoning around here are availability and pricing.

Residential venues

Metraro Hotel, Bean Rd, Greenhithe Kent DA9 9JB, Tel: 01322 383767 (next to the Bluewater turnoff)
14 rooms, £35 single, £32 double, small function room, seated 25, standing 40.

Stakis-Hilton Hotel, Dartford Crossing (suggested Peter Brown)
Welcome to the Hilton Dartford Bridge Masthead Close, Crossways Business pk, Dartford, United Kingdom
Tel:44/01322/284444, Fax:44/01322/288225
Located just off the M25, at Junction 1A, and overlooking the Dartford Bridge, this 176 air-conditioned bedroom hotel has a fully equipped Livingwell health club, and conference facilities for up to 240 guests. Extensive free car parking is also available.
£90b&b £70b&b group discount.

Holiday Inn Express, Dartford Bridge, University Way, Dartford Kent DA1 5PA
Tel: 01322 290333 max 30 rooms
£25pp double occupancy plus £12 s/supplement
£50per room on a weekend & continental breakfast.

Campanile Dartford Bridge Hotel, Clipper Boulevard West Crossways Business Park,
Dartford Kent DA2 6QN 125 rooms
Tel: 01322 278925 Fax : 01322 278948
£39.95 room only £4.95 pp
£group tariff closer to the date. 45 people seated is the maximum

Merchant Navy Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London (Martin Howard, Bibby Personnel)
Martin can arrange favourable terms owing to contacts in the industry.

Non-residential venues
Ingress Abbey (Orangery) - Available by September 2001depending on new tenants.
Marquee pitched in the new amphi-theatre being constructed in front of the Abbey.
British Legion Hall.
Boat moored off the site.
Gravesend Sea School (suggested by Roger Taylor)

It seems to me it comes down to the following on the basis that most people will be travelling some distance to attend and therefore wish to stay in a hotel.

1) Stay in a hotel and hold the reunion in their function room, i.e. dinner and bar facilities. This could happen in any of the hotels listed with the
exception of the Metraro which is probably too small. This precludes any
association with Ingress Park whi ch saddens me a little since I feel an integral part of the reunion would be to visit/view, catch up on the sites development.

2) If not held in central London then the possibility exists of having an afternoon function at the site in one of the non-residential venues listed with a site visit and refreshments followed by a return to the hotel for dinner and bar evening thus avoiding drink/driving issues. The possibility of a river
trip exists either to or from or both, landing at the site, visiting and returning to the hotel by boat, or one way by boat and return by coach.
Obviously given time constraints it is unlikely to be realistic to travel from central London by boat to Greenhithe and back the same day including a site visit unless starting unrealistically early which would mean staying the
previous night.

At this stage I would like to invite comments on the above as to the desirability of including a site visit in the above or not and how desirable
that would seem. It has become clear from speaking to Martin Howard that an early hotel booking would be advisable.

I look forward to hearing from you this week.

Best Wishes
Paul Bird
01223 701212

mark szymura
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2000 - 10:49 pm:   

Hi to everyone who was at Greenhithe with myself Mark Szymura and Dave Roberts. We did our phase 1and 3 at greenhithe and look forward to a re-union. Please email me with any further details.

Best wishes to Taffy the gnome, Plug, Howard Stone, Alan Segar, Chris Alden, Bob the dog, Jamie Yeardley.

Mark Croucher
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 01:36 pm:   

Dear All,

The idea of a re-union is excellent; I thought the 1999 one would be the last because of the amount of work involved, but as others are interested, I would be happy to help:-). As per my e-mail, I have a list of some 200
ex-students & staff, which is, of course, open to all.

The Pier Hotel is, in my experience, happy to help and make available such facilities as it possesses. I could also speak with the project director at Crest about the Abbey, as I was one of the unsuccessful bidders for the property, although I know them and worked with them quite closely, presuming it is still the same people in charge!

I would suggest first or second weeks in June, as the wedding season has not struck, and neither has the holiday season. It seemed the easiest when I did the last 3. Naturally, the float collected in the whip-round, which stands at about 100 quid, is available to any who need it, or could be used to produce commemorative t-shirts.

Let me know if I can be of any help:-)

Rgds & 73s

Mark Croucher

Geoff Kemp
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2001 - 01:15 am:   


Have just been passed details of this site and the planned re-union. Hope you can make it can be arranged before July as Sally and I are off to the US for three years and we would love the people we were MNC with some 19 years ago....

Geoff Kemp & Sally Kemp (Legg)

tim strickland
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2001 - 10:34 pm:   

Any further information?


Tim Strickland

Tim Waterhouse
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 - 11:32 pm:   

Cant believe this exists, I finished my phase 1 OND in april 77, and somewhere fell in love never to return. I will attend a reunion even if the Railway is now a Macdonalds. Up to about 3 years ago I kept in contact with Gareth Morgan, this will at least make me contact him again.

Peter Perry
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2001 - 04:53 pm:   

Along with Tim and Gareth I too attended MNC and am still in touch with Greg Atherton (ex OND) and would be interested to meet some faces from the (hazy) past. Does anyone remember the Muscle Factory in Dartford (long cold walks home) and those lovely (?) girls'who always made us feel so welcome?

Jackie Packer
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 - 04:22 pm:   


Its Jackie nee Bennell

Is there still going to be a reunion or did I miss it?

I am still living in Birmingham and still married but no kids

I would love to hear about any reunions that might be taking place

Gareth Morgan
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2001 - 11:17 am:   

Come on Peter, I know for a fact that you didn't always have to walk home on a cold Saturday night.

Peter Perry
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 11:22 am:   

Ha! Soaked in 'Hai Karati' and sporting a check 'Budgie' jacket, oxford bags and platform shoes, you didn't do so badly yourself you old rogue. Besides, sleeping rough in Dartford was sometimes preferable to the ribbing I'd get from you and Tim.

Gareth Morgan
Posted on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 04:44 pm:   

Tim Waterhouse, Peter Perry and myself are in the process of organising a get together for as many of the OND group (75 - 79) as we can find.

The venue will be the queens moat house hotel in Grays (across the river but advantageous rates!)with a very informal (ie no) agenda, probably a wander round old haunts on Saturday followed by drinks and a meal on Saturday night, or whatever everybody fancies.

The date is not yet set in stone but is likely to be weekend of the 12th, 19th, or 26th of Jan 2002.

Anyone who was at greenhithe and fancies a get together is most welcome to join us

Andrew Storm
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2001 - 06:24 pm:   

Definitely interested in a reunion. I was at Greenhithe from 1977 - 1981. If there is any news of Paddy & Phil Shrimpton, Mike Bailey, Taffy Walters, Dick Weston, Stuart Hobbs (Sloth), Richard Carlton (Tiny), Steve ...(Slack), Alan Morgan, Bob the Dog, or any others for that group please let me know. Also Peter Cooper and Paul Myers from the year ahead.

[I have a feeling I met Pete Perry around 1980. There was if memory serves an incident (probably one of many) with a lamppost, which apparently leapt out of the dark and caused GBH while Pete was negotiating his way back from Dartford. But I may have the wrong person.]

Peter Perry
Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 04:44 pm:   

I wish you hadn't of mentioned that Andy, a rather painfull memory of a lampost that was not fooled by my sidestep.Pleased to say that I have not been attacked by one since! Looks like there will be enough bodies for a get together in the near future. Gareth, I hope to be going to the bike shoe at NEC next month, will it be OK to drop by and say 'Hallo'?

Richard Dick Weston
Posted on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 02:56 pm:   

Gareth / Pete
I am also definitely interested in a re-union, but sadly won't be back in the UK until the 28th of January after a month in Mexico. Richard "Taffy" Walters is also working out here, albeit on another vessel - he will be due home (I think) on the 16th of Jan or thereabouts. I would favour a date in early February, although I realise not everybody will be able to be accommodated date wise. Would be mighty sad to miss a bash like this though!!! Any thoughts?
PS I was on the 77-81 course, but we overlapped during your Phase 3.

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 - 01:19 pm:   

Nice to speak to!you will very welcome, couldn't get in in January because of sales on in Lakeside and Bluewater so favourite dates are now 1st/2nd or 8th/9th of Feb. I,m going to try and block book some rooms, Will get back to you when done.

Mike Ackers
Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 11:43 pm:   

I'd be interested in a re-union. Did the big one happen? I was in Greenhithe 82 - 85 and again 87 til just before it closed.

Peter Perry
Posted on Friday, December 07, 2001 - 01:29 am:   

Looking forward to this 'do', the venue doesn't matter it's those that attend that will make it memorable and judging by some of the responses it's going to be a good one.How about hearing from the likes of 'Smudge' Smith a.k.a. Elvin Paisley or 'Demo' our token punk rocker, (never did know his true name)? Anyway look forward to seeing some of you in the new year, till then 'Merry Christmas'.

Paul Bird
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 12:24 am:   

Not now planning this before 2005 when it will be the 30th not the 25th. Many reasons, a few are the lack of readiness of the old site, the fact that so few people are in touch (three years will bring us more), at least 18 months required for planning etc.

Within this time I know other smaller reunions will take place but this is unlikely to devalue the major one later on.

Paul Bird

Terry Sammons
Posted on Friday, January 25, 2002 - 01:01 am:   

MRGC 1977-79 Remembering Steve (Glunk) Thornton, John Oliver, Phil Goldering, Demo (I think his dad owned the Black Prince in Abingdon?), Little Lee (4ft nothing, on the MRT entry), & yes the Muscle factory in Dartford, those barn dances were the business. Also remembering Chris?? Beattie (very tall & skinny), Jel Pye (I think) & Dick Weston on the Nav Entries

Jackie Packer
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 03:33 pm:   

Hi Jackie(Bennell)again

My email address has now changed since I posted the last message. (JPacker.telectronics@themail.co.uk). Would love to be kept up to date with any reunion news or hear from anyone in my year Electronic Engineering 1984 to 1987.

Paul Vickery
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 03:59 pm:   

I've just discovered the MNC web site. Many memories from such a long time ago (1975 - 1977). Such a shame that nothing remains. I'm still in contact with fellow reprobate Silvano Lopez who now lives in Sweden. Keep up the good work maintaining the web site.

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 09:53 am:   

Hi, Reg Coldman Here. Just discovered you M.N.C.website. Was in the Sea Training School at Gravesend in 1946. under Capt. McKellar. I now live in Australia after 18years at sea, after serving on the Queen Elizabeth, Andes, Asturias, Alcantara,Atlantis,Caronia,Scythia,Stirling Castle, Samaria,Carnaervon Castle,Edinburgh Castle,RFA Limol,and the Empire Ken in the Suez Canal operation. I've been very lucky to have enjoyed mt sea going life.

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 10:13 am:   

Hi, Reg Coldman Here. Just discovered you M.N.C.website. Was in the Sea Training School at Gravesend in 1946. under Capt. McKellar.I remember walking from the School to Charlton to watch Athletic play Liverpool and back again. I now live in Australia after 18years at sea, after serving on the Queen Elizabeth, Andes, Asturias, Alcantara,Atlantis,Caronia,Scythia,Stirling Castle, Samaria,Carnaervon Castle,Edinburgh Castle,RFA Limol,and the Empire Ken in the Suez Canal operation. I've been very lucky to have enjoyed mt sea going life.

Andrew Storm
Posted on Monday, June 24, 2002 - 04:07 pm:   

Trying to track down Alan Morgan and Dave Medley. Both left MNC on 2nd Mates 1981. Both ex P&O.

Conrad Broadley
Posted on Friday, August 02, 2002 - 10:16 pm:   


I'm doing some research into the follies at Ingress and along Eagles Cliff at Greenhithe for Dartford and Gravesend Building Preservation Trust, I wondered whether any body had any old photographs of these fine structures going back prior to 10/20 years ago. Historical information would also be of great interest.

If you have I would love to hear from you and perhaps recieve some scanned pictures if possible.


Conrad Broadley

Alexandra Offord
Posted on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 10:35 pm:   

Hello folks,
I was directed here by an old MNC friend. I studied Shiping and Transport Studies at the MNC and loved my 2 years there.

Will there be a reunion this year?

Alex Offord (nee Johnson)

Alan Turner
Posted on Monday, September 09, 2002 - 04:57 pm:   


Anyone still alive from winter term 1968 ?

May be interesting to meet up for reunion after
all these years.

Any venue - planet earth in preference.


Wurzel Graham Nicholson
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 11:19 pm:   

Good one, I'd be very interested in a reunion if still on. Dick Hemingway and Andy Hennel coming? Anyone else from 1973/6 still in touch?

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