Colin Cadle

Here we are well into September and I hope that you have all been having a great summer. Holidays for most of us will be happy memories now, but of course the saddest thing was to lose our old friend Colin Cadle. The effect of his influence on many things, including this blog and the cvths website, will be felt long into the future.

You may remember that when Colin was very poorly a few years back with his first bout of illness, he organised a fundraising campaign to raise money for the hospital that was so skillfully treating him. It was a great success and for those of you who may not be aware, Colin’s wife Jan has been raising more funds for the same cause through a ‘just Giving’ page. I have to report that people have been very generous in their contributions but just in case you may still wish to contribute, the opportunity is still there.

The Just Giving page is at:

Thanks to you all on behalf of Jan for the generous donations already received. The ‘Ricky Grant and Turner Wards’ at Torbay hospital are incredibly grateful for the support and continue to give the same care to patients today that Colin and Jan were so grateful for.

Very best wishes and thank you ALL.

Colin’s Order of Service

A farewell to Colin

I had planned to be at Colin’s ‘Celebration of Life’ service in Brixham last Friday, but despite my best efforts and leaving very early, the holiday traffic in south Dorset and Devon beat me.

It was a huge disappointment for me not to be there, but Jan has kindly posted to me the order of service which I will try to share with you all.

Needless to say, Colin’s spirit lives on in this his Memorial CVTHS Blog.

I would just also like to confirm that donations in memory of Colin’s zest for life and great contribution to the website and blog can still be made at:

Donations will be made to “Ricky Grant and Turner Wards at Torbay Hospital”. These are the fantastic doctors and nurses who cared for Colin during his battle with illness.

As it says on the Order of Service: Per Adua Ad Astra

Through hardships to the stars

‘Just Giving’ for Colin

A few days ago I mentioned that Jan Cadle intended to set up a ‘Just Giving’ page in honour of Colin and she has now done this. I post this message from her, directly to you, the contributors of the Colin Cadle Memorial CVTHS blog.
Dear friends,
It was one of Colin’s last wishes that I set up a JustGiving page to raise money specifically for the cancer/haematology treatment wards at Torbay Hospital. You may remember that when Colin was receiving chemotherapy and stem-cell transplant last year, together we raised £6000 for much needed beside patient monitors – Colin did all of this from his bed in the hospital!
This time they are raising money for some specialist treatment chairs for the out-patient and in-patient chemotherapy/haematology wards Ricky Grant and Turner Wards.  These chairs are invaluable for those receiving intravenous drugs or blood as very often this treatment is done over many hours and then over many months. I know how glad Colin was when he managed to get a nice reclining chair when he was being treated on the day unit the first time he had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma all those years ago.
We do not wish for any flowers at Colin’s service so if you were thinking of sending some then please make a donation instead.
With love and memories of happier days.
Jan xx

Colin Cadle

It is one week now since we received the sudden and sad news that Colin Cadle had passed away, finally succumbing to the cruel illness that he had bravely fought.

It has been quite amazing to see all the wonderful tributes that have flooded in over the past week and I know that Jan has drawn much strength and comfort from them.

I know that many of you would like to have details of Colin’s funeral, but Jan has politely requested that there will be a small private family farewell on August 2nd and knows you will understand. However, she knows that Colin would be thrilled if we could use CVTHS to raise some money for the ward where Colin was treated and is going to set up a “Just Giving” page to this end. We will post details as soon as they are available.

You will all remember that when Colin had his stem cell transplant three years ago he raised £6000 for life-saving equipment for the Ricky Grant and Turner Wards of the hospital that treated him. Jan is hoping to do the same again with everyone’s support in memory of Colin.

Colin Peter Cadle

7th November 1946 – 13th July 2019

Colin Cadle

It is with great sadness and sorrow that I must let you all know that our friend and founder of the CVTHS web site and blog passed away at 10:25 in the evening on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Colin bravely fought Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma three years ago and made a splendid recovery, but in May this year contracted a gastrointestinal bug during a holiday. Despite the best efforts of his medical team this illness was it seems masking deeper health problems that could not be tackled.

I know our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to Colin’s wife Jan and his family and friends.

After leaving Cray Valley Technical High School Colin trained as a pilot at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell flying jets and qualified as a captain on Wessex search and rescue helicopters in the Gulf, but his professional career and future were destined to be firmly back on the ground…

In 1976 a chance introduction to Julie Andrews’ husband film producer Blake Edwards really kicked off his interest in photography after he was invited onto the set of the Peter Sellers’ classic film ‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’ at Shepperton Studios. Stills photographer David Farrell further fired his enthusiasm when, during a break in filming, he was offered a short photo shoot with leading fashion model and ‘Bond girl’ actress Maud Adams. From that moment on art and photography would always play a major part in his life.

Colin lived with his wife in Devon, England and more recently left commercial photography behind to further his creative interests in producing small sculptural assemblages and three dimensional collages as well as creative Limited Edition prints.

We all came to know Colin particularly for his untiring work over many years creating the CVTHS web site and blog. This became a truly mammoth job and now stands as a testament not only to our school but to Colin’s character and perseverance.

R.I.P. Colin Cadle


The Isaacs Brothers


Do you remember the Isaacs?

In 1954, amongst the 13 year old entry, there were two brothers by the name of Isaacs. One was called Richard. Does anyone remember the Christian name of the other?

Barry Jackson’s News

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Recently received from one our most prolific contributors, Barry Jackson (Warning contains medical references)
Please stop blowing this cold, wet and windy weather my way (editor). Well, the good old NHS or should that be in anticipation the NHUSA cancelled my last appointment on the Thursday before the Reunion so I would have been able to attend after all.

Anyhow, it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves, some even more so because of my absence perhaps. I do expect the landlord at The Bull (my old watering hole) would have been the only one financially put out by my non-show. I did get through my earlier visit to the Dermatology Department, however. they did several examinations of my skin and concentrated a lot of effort on my fingernails which have been steadily disintegrating, they took numerous photos of my hands to use as a marker against future changes. They concluded I don’t have any fungal infections and that the problem is probably a combination of Raynaud’s and my low Thyroid levels. You’re never going to guess how difficult it is to do simple things like pull on socks without complete hard nails. At least it doesn’t look like I’m going to lose any fingers or parts thereof which is great news, as at my age I don’t want to start learning to use a different hand to wipe my nether regions.

Anyhow, the outcome is another load of blood letting, I get the feeling they might have misplaced my earlier results or there’s a market for my blood in some faraway Chinese province. I don’t feel any worse in myself, I’m walking and bowling regularly but just feel so lethargic afterwards. I refuse to accept the theory that this is all due to the numbers on my birth certificate. I don’t know if I’ll get any treatment as I noticed that N.I.C.E have recently concluded much thyroid replacement treatment is either unnecessary or inefficient. I’m more concerned that they locate my missing white blood cells, I’ve personally looked inside the settee and down the back of the dog without success!

I did like the collection of reunion photographs from the CVTHS Archive and I recognised many of them, it’s just a pity some pictures lacked the names of the lads in view, however, many thanks to those who took the time to collect and submit the content.

One of the things raised in the subsequent Comments sections was the ability of many to reel off the names of the colleagues in their class. As you might recall Derek Ash and I have long debated if 1U -1959 consisted of 29 or 30 boys, we can certainly recall 29. I insist there was another but can’t name him. One of the exercises I would be willing to undertake is to collate a list  maybe class by class of all those attended who Cray Valley before, for obvious reasons it will soon become impossible. Well that’s all at the moment as I have get outside and chase the Polar Bears off the lawn before my own keeper returns.

Barry Jackson