CHIT-CHAT ~ 2018


Newsletter No 2 of 2018
Our "Main Man", Christopher Bean, may have handed over organising the reunions but he continues his Newsletters. He does a great job keeping in touch with us and in the picture with the latest news of our Association. Please feel free to contact him should you have any news or information for possible inclusion in his future missives.
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Webmaster - June 2018

There will be the usual raffle at the Reunion this year with a variety of prizes (initial collection pictured left) on offer and you may notice some unexpected additions! You have to be there to win though and the more tickets you buy the better your chances ~ all proceeds to Nypol funds.
Webmaster, June 2018

COLIN BAKER (1929 - 2018) ~ RIP
It is with great sadness to report the passing of Professor Colin Baker on 13th May. Colin had maintained a close contact with the Association since its foundation. His books of "Life & Work in Nyasaland" brought back so many memories for all of us - he will be sadly missed but well remembered as a true gentleman, a friend to us all and to the Malawi people during his service in Nyasaland and since. He had been suffering a worsening heart failure over the last month or so and although, after a few weeks in hospital, was able to return to his son's house in Bushey for the last seven weeks he became very short of breath on any exertion but in no pain right up to the end. As he was throughout his life, he passed peacefully with great dignity and calmness.
Webmaster, May 2018

Our man down-under, Tony Drynan, a keen student of life, be it human or animal, forwarded this picture taken in the Kruger National Park of an elephant carrying a lion cub some two miles to water after its mother became exhausted. Amazing, to say the least, so animals can, and do, help each other on occasions, and further he draws our attention to an article which sets out that, like them or not, the predators in the animal kingdom are mostly very beneficial to humans. This appears in "THE CONVERSATION" an independent, non-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community and publishes a variety of content to a reach of 35 million people.       Click here to read all about it
Origin Tony Drynan, May 2018

Alison McLennan (nee Tomkins), with some reluctance, felt that she should comment having read the May contribution to page 1 of the NYPOL website wishing our main man, Christopher, an enjoyable evening with Kenya Police Association which sounds quite exciting, she thought. She could only be sympathetic to his declared sad start to the UK Summer and thought a few pictures of the start to her Autumn in Brisbane with sunny days and temperatures just perfect at about 13 - 25 degrees might just brighten his day.

Origin - Alison McLennan, May 2018

David pens yet another shortie
David O'Neil, in addition to his prolific production of novels (see below), has put together another short story for our easy reading. This time it's suggests that even the most ruthless of con artists can be swayed by true romance. To access it click here to visit his section in the "Items of Interest" page from where there is a link to read, download or print it.
Origin - David O'Neil, May 2018

"Post Nyasaland"
Where did folk go, what did they do and what happened to them after they left Nyasaland? The answer given by many can be found in the "Then & Now" page of this website but Alison McLennan, daughter of Fred Tomkins, has taken it a step further with a detailed and descriptive article of life for the Tomkins family back in Wales and beyond.
Click here to read and enjoy
Origin Alison McLennon, April 2018

Vanessa is on a quest
Vanessa Farmery (there she is - a chip off the old block!) is on a quest with her mother to put together some memories of their life, their time in Nyasaland and of colleagues and friends including Paddy Adair (on the right). Who can forget him, one of our Irish contingent who greatly enriched our Nyasa community. Vanessa asks "For any anecdotes about Paddy Adair please - dates, places and rank etc would also be useful."  If you can help then contact Vanessa direct at vlfarmery@hotmail.com - or the Association for any further information.
Origin: Vanessa Farmery - March 2018

David's latest
"Chateau du Lac" - Following on from the best selling duo of 'A place in the Sun' and 'Seasons', this third episode of the Grape Growers of Provence introduces by David O'Neil is about a most intriguing set of characters with new friendships, new enterprise and business in the continuing background of the wine industry. However, all is not a bed of roses when criminal elements in the area joust with each other to establish their credentials.
Click here to visit his section in the "Items of Interest" page for David's CV and his books.
Origin - David O'Neil, March 2018

Reunions Supremo Ken Wilkinson now has the organisation for the 2018 Reunion well in hand. Accommodation details including the menu for dinner has been added to Newsletter 1/2018 by Our Man, Christopher. Most of you will have received this by personal email or by snailmail to those without internet access. The hotel has looked after us well in the past - it has good facilities too, a pool for instance - but for all of us maybe the exercise room could be more beneficial!
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St Andrew's International High School (SAintS)
This is the Website of the St. Andrew's International High School in Blantyre, edited by Ian "Witty" Whitfield, open to all pupils and staff. The main focus is the opening years of the High School which was "The Federal Period" (1956 to 1964). However free participation is now open to any St Andrew's pupil or staff member, past or present, or any other interested persons. A large, comprehensive and well maintained website, it includes details and contributions some of which you will recognise as being those of our Association members or of their children. (See also "Remember this place?", origin Greg Tomkins, in Chit-Chat 2015)
Click here for more

New Year's Eve in Nyasaland
Mary Brill (left) continues her support for the Association with her regular contact and now in her nineties is as sharp as ever and possessed of a memory to which we all surely aspire. In this piece she recalls when and where she was during the New Year celebrations in Nyasaland and how she spent them. Thank you Mary for bringing back so many good memories to all of us.
Click here to read and enjoy
T Young, February 2018

From Zomba Plateau to Rotorua & Beyond (Update)
Claire's Charm: Following on from Ray Punter's entry in Chit-Chat 2014 it was inevitable that Ray would design his own trout fly although he didn't get round to this until 1977. He calls it Claire's Charm and why - well those of us who remember his family and in particular daughter Claire then it was cuttings of her hair that inspired Ray to use some of it in the make-up of the lure pictured left.       Click here for further details
Webmaster - February 2018

Gallery addition
Sheila Lowes (left) has kindly sent in a collection of slides taken during her time in Nyasaland - they are now posted into the Galleries section - "Sheila Lowes Collection". Sadly time has ravaged the quality but they are of interest featuring both individuals and scenic views. Not all have been identified and readers are requested to assist - so please email in your identification details.
Click here to view Sheila's Collection
Webmaster, January 2018

Ken Wilkinson takes over as Reunions Supremo
Ken Wilkinson takes over the organisation this year of the annual reunions from Christopher Bean. He has been otherwise active in the Association since its inception and, in due course, will contact all members with details of our get-together at the Holiday Inn on 12th July. It is of interest that Ken joined the Nyasaland Police on 18th March 1959 finding the country in something of a political turmoil following the State of Emergency which had been declared on the 3rd March. With previous experience in Africa during the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya he was quick to adapt and during his service he was employed variously in PMF, General and Special Branch duties throughout the territory. It can be said that Nyasaland produced some new challenges for him and a few of these he recorded in 2014.    Click here to read again
Webmaster - January 2018

Heather Dwyer (nee Morrison)
Heather Dwyer, younger daughter of Danny Morrison, passed away on or about 13th January 2017 in Australia. She was a strong supporter of the Association and of the Nyasaland community generally which included written content for Prof Colin Baker in his books "Life and Work in Nyasaland". She was 68 and faced a brave battle against cancer during her later years. Her elder sister, Mary Abela, has forwarded the picture on the left taken in about 2003 with the comment that "she enjoyed nothing more than a glass of bubbly and a fodya". Fortunately, she was a good writer and her mother being a member of the well respected Bishop family in Nyasaland she recorded her own memoirs in the article "Bishops in Africa". Of her father, Danny, she says "I believe he was liked and respected by all he came in contact with" and that is certainly very true. However, it is sad to read in her piece that Heather Hale, daughter of Binnie Hale (Comms Branch), committed suicide at the age of 21.

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