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Handcross Youth Club
The Slaugham Archive
Handcross Youth Club

The smartly dressed cream of Handcross youth pose for a photograph in the field behind the Red Lion.
Back row: Hedley Botting, Judith Fenn, Sid Biggs, Bob Verlander, John Sprigge, John “Jack” Jupp, Albert Tayman, Unknown, Evangelical intruder who sponsored the photograph.
Middle row: Ivor Verlander, Sheila Faulkner, Percy Faulkner, Megan Rice, John Gratwicke, Daphne Rapley, Arthur Shopland.
Front row: Michael Green, Godfrey Nice.
I am of the impression that Percy Faulkner and John Gratwicke may have been prisoners in WWII, and from self-induced fitness exercises they dedicated their time and experience to run the Handcross Youth Club with the aid of a pommel horse, parallel bars, and Indian clubs. We had regular use of the Wesleyan Hall and once gave a demonstration at Roffey Youth Club, travelling there in “Bunny” Carter’s cattle truck.
We ought to pay tribute to Percy Faulkner and John Gratwicke for services to the youth of Handcross. Also to John Jupp, such a good-natured boy, whom everybody looked up to as a leader. He died of a blood disorder so unnecessarily at the age of 19 while playing football; he would have become a much-respected member of the community.
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We had an Albert Tayman in the family...I wonder if that is him! Will have to try and find out the connection.
Names that may be linked are Nell, Daisy, Fred and Louise.
Added by Cathrine (née Tayman) on 31 July 2013
That's my dad, Hedley Botting, top left.
Added by Lena Schriever on 05 July 2014
Unfortunately my dad, Ivor Verlander, passed away on 9th November 2014 after a year-long battle with cancer.
I am Ian, his son, and with my three sisters and his wife, Pat (née Tomsett), sorely miss him, and his brother, Bob, who passed away some years ago.
It is good to see this picture as he retold stories of the youth club on many occasions.
Added by Ian Verlander on 12 November 2014
Ivor Verlander (1934–2014).
To follow up on Ian's moving tribute above, Ivor Verlander passed away on 9th November 2014 aged 80.
Ivor married Pat Tomsett from Truggers, Handcross in 1959, and they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this summer. They moved to the Isle of Wight 43 years ago in 1971.
Click on “Open Document” to view a copy of the eulogy which was read out at his funeral at the Isle of Wight crematorium on 24th November.
He had such an interesting and, at times, dangerous life, particularly when he was riding Surfury, the iconic off-shore powerboat, powered by two 525hp turbo-charged Daytona engines, at up to 70 mph.
A youthful Ivor is pictured above with other members of the Handcross youth club.

Added by Barry Ray on 31 December 2014
Thanks for this Barry.
I really love seeing all these old photos although I can't always put names to faces. It keeps us Truggersites who left Old England for ever as 10 pound poms (not even a pound sign on this keyboard) feel we are still part of the loop.
Condolences to Pat and family.
Added by Penny Smith (née Sargent)(Australia) on 06 January 2015
I was recently going through the pictures on the Slaugham Archives website. I was so sorry to hear about Bob Verlander but it was lovely to read his name again.
I knew him from my stay at Nymans in 1943-1944. I looked up to him as an 11-year old.
Also in the picture it was lovely to see Judith Fenn.
Added by Terry (Mousey) Coble on 12 September 2016
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