George Pulley

George Pulley was a member of the Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group way back in the 1950’s and rejoined again in the 1980’s.

He was a stalwart of the group until his untimely death on 31 January  and was Chairman and later Secretary for many years.

George supported the group fully by acting, directing, helping back stage plus always attending social events and as Social Secretary organised many unforgettable such events for us, including the infamous weekend at the Dover Harbour Hotel in 2004 (the screen rights of which are still available).

As regards the parts he took over the years, he will probably be best remembered for his portrayal of the Stationmaster in The Ghost Train, Roger in Outside Edge, the henpecked husband in the classic Abigail’s Party and General Schmelling in ‘Allo, ‘Allo. Also wherever there was a call for a part as a police detective, George usually fitted the bill (no pun intended).

He directed some of the best plays we have put on including Stepping Out and more recently Abandonment. His last role on stage was to read Noel Coward’s ‘Don’t Let’s be Beastly to the Huns’ as part of the Brief Encounter with Noel Coward evening in November, but he will be best remembered by me for his portrayal of Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, a part he was born to play, and where I first came to see him in my eyes as Old Chuffer, the actor/manager.

As Chuffer he featured regularly in my weekly Oxford Mail blog on life in an amateur dramatic group. I have received enquiries from far and wide, even Canada, as to what Chuffer had been up to of late, such was his fame.

George had only just returned from a month in Malta and we never did get the full story of how he got on.

He was a member of our Dramarama Sunday night pub quiz team and always volunteered to play for the group in the Oxfordshire Drama Network quiz, being very knowledgeable on geography, in particular the United States where he loved to visit.

As George exits stage left he will be sorely missed by many both here and in Faringdon where he moved to a few years ago. Cheers George, it was nice knowing you.

Lance Bassett

Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group.

Pic: George Pulley as General Schmelling in the Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group production of ‘Allo, ‘Allo.

3 thoughts on “George Pulley

  1. We were so lucky to have known George. He was a lovely and gentleman.

    He used to play Poker regularly on a Thursday evening at The Waggon & Horses with Steve, John Maloney, Graham Dawson (Landlord) and Ray Buckley and got to know Steve really well. He was a crafty player but, always saw the funny side of it too!

    We will miss him dearly and it was so nice to have known you.

  2. Ray and I called George – Gentleman George and he was truly a gentleman. I first knew George from his theatre productions and brought my friends from London to see
    the local shows which were very enjoyable.
    George was truly a professional actor. We got to know George very well when he played Poker on a Thursday night and was kind to take Ray home to Longworth after the Poker finished
    He will be sorely missed. George enjoyed life to the full and talked about his last holiday to Malta . We smiled when he said he met some ladies out there who enjoyed his company but got abit bored when they returned home and was pleased to return home .
    In honour of George the Poker team played Poker Monday night after his funeral – raised their glasses
    – Cheers to George – it was a privilege to know him
    – God rest in peace

  3. George was a really wonderful person and was always very welcoming to everyone. He was a great policeman in kill jill and it was great working with him. One thing that really made us laugh was when we had finished a rehearsal or a performance, he went straight to the pub still still with make up on his face (the rosie red cheeks hehe). Going to miss you george! Xxx

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