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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

2015 Annual Reunion – Change of Date

Due to a Rugby World Cup match in the city on the 3rd Saturday in September, this year’s reunion lunch will now be held on Sunday 27th September, with the Admission of Old Choristers part of the Sunday Eucharist Service. There will also be a less formal gathering hosted by the Association on the Saturday evening. More details of the weekend’s arrangements will follow shortly.

2015 Federation Festival

This year’s FCOCA Festival is being hosted by Exeter Cathedral between the 3rd and 5th July. It will be one of Andrew Millington’s last formal engagements before he retires as Director of Music.

2015 FCOCA Federation Booking Form

Andrew was Assistant Organist at Gloucester under John Sanders from 1975 until 1983, and in those years played a huge part in the formative years of many of our members. The Association expects we will be well represented at this year’s FCOCA Festival, so if you’re already signed up, or if you’re considering it please get in touch.

Federation Magazine Orders

With a new Federation Secretary in place on the committee, I’m happy to announce that contrary to the information we released in the annual newsletter, we are now in a position to take orders for Once A Chorister magazines.

The price for this year’s magazine is £5 plus £1.40 p&p for postage within the UK.  If you require overseas postage the p&p will be £4.50.  The deadline for receiving orders is Monday 24th February 2014.

If you would like to order a copy please contact the Association Secretary (