Monthly Archives: August 2015

John Bowdler. 1929-2015


It is with real sadness that we have learned that John Bowdler, friend and fellow Gloucester Old Chorister, passed away on the 18th August. John devoted so much of his life to the work of the Gloucester Association – he was Secretary for many years, and to the National Federation, which he served as Secretary and Vice President. Many of us will have our own wonderful memories of John and he will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty, his wife, and his family.

John Balsdon
Chairman, GCOCA

2015 Newsletter and Reunion

The 2015 Reunion and Admission of Old Choristers is being held on Sunday 27th September. Full details can be found in the newsletter (which is available on request).

The booking form should be returned by Monday 14th September. It can also be returned for membership renewals, ordering Once A Chorister (the FCOCA magazine), and ordering replacement Association ties.

If your contact details have changed, or you would like to help us save money by receiving the newsletter electronically please email me at

There is an informal plan to meet up in Gloucester on the evening before the reunion. It’s not a formal GCOCA event, but many of the Committee will be in attendance. It will most likely be arranged through our Facebook Group. If you aren’t on Facebook and would like to be updated via email please email