OT News 2000 – 2009

OT News from the Past: 2000 – 2009

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2000

Jim Sutherland 66-71 had been in the Navy for 14 years, leaving as Weapons Engineering Technician. He was a member of the Society of Environmental Engineers.

Paul Shewry 73-78 was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army; Cdr Tim Frazer, Cdr David Lilley and Lt. Col Steve Lincoln were all working in Whitehall; Andy Dean 77-84 was also in the Army.

Mark Brown 74-81 was a Higher Executive Officer in the Civil Service and working in IT.

Georgina Russell -82 was working as an Operations Manager for a comic and card accessories firm. She lived in Milton Keynes and was married to OT Steve Newman.

Davey Leaning married Elaine.

Kate Neal was engaged to John, and Mathew Jenkin was teaching history in South Wales – all 82-89.

Lucy Fowler 85-92 was teaching at Epsom Primary School. Catherine Fursman 85-92 was finishing her PhD in Chemistry at Oxford.

Chloe Lafferty 90-97 had graduated from Liverpool University as an Orthophist.

John Fulkes gave the Founder’s Day lecture: Lord Williams’s in the Community: A Personal Reflection.

Both Geoff Cornish 1950-57 and Jon Polden 1950-57 had contacted the OTs on the same day.

Mark Brown 1974-81 first joined the Civil Service but then moved into IT and was working in Didcot as Higher Executive Officer. He was a boarder (some of his peers included John Bryan, John Cook and Simon Lambert), and was lucky enough to have recently returned from a guided tour with Mike Shorthouse his tutor for some years.

Kendra Simpson 1985-92 had given birth to a son.

Claire Rich 1985-92 had travelled to Australia and Africa for a year.

Ian Maughan died suddenly. Brian Page 1940-47 also died – he was well-known for his sporting prowess and on several occasions represented the RAF at Lords.

Kirstan Holmes was a primary school teacher.

Alan Osborn 47-52 was known at school as Osbourn 1 as opposed to John Osborn was was Osborn 2. After taking retirement he was now heavily involved with geneaology and the University of the Third Age.

Andy Arnold 67-73 is working with Hunting Aviation in Lincolnshire. Tony Yates 68-75 was a member of the Systems Group within Brunel’s computing service.

Jo Rycroft-Malone 77-83 was living in Haddenham and working in the R&D function of the Royal College of Nursing. She was also trying to do a part-time PhD.

Kathryn Taylor 77-83 had spent the last 8 years teaching in Kenya but was now living in Surrey with husband Richard and four children.

John Crouch who also left in 1893 had started student life late and had just gone-up to Oxford to read history.

Thalia Simpson 82-89 had a second child, a daughter called Jessica and was still living in Paris with husband Sylvian Lescop.

Davy Leaning 82-89 was getting married, as was Dominic Calder Smith, and Chris Shaw 82-87.

Catherine Head 84-91 had studied American and Commonwealth Arts at Exeter, and after graduation worked for Kingfisher becoming Ad Manager for Woolworths. In 1997 she married Jonothan, who’d she met in her first year at University, and after several more years working in London decided life was better outside and were now back in Exeter where catherine was now working as Marketing manager for the University.

Bob Hewson 89-94 was Captain of the 1st XV and Deputy Head Boy. He went to Exeter and whilst there ran the Student Radio Station. After graduating with two degrees he joined Barclays and was working on their Graduate Development Programme. He was still playing rugby for both Barclays and Phoenix, his village team. He wrote to say he was still in contact with a number of ’94 leavers, including Sam Jordan (working in marketing in SW London), Tom Payne (farming in Wales), Liz Trew (marketing in Covent Garden), William Luther (had just passed out of Sandhurst and had joined the Coldstream Guards), and John Holman. Eddy Young was living in Mexico with his wide Pippa and daughter Joanna.

Stuart Green was living near Witney and working for TWR.

Keith Barnes had left Oxford-based engineers Young and Webb to join as a partner with enginnering consultants Hill Cannon based in Harrogate. However, Keith was working out of Reading and offering structural and civil enginnering consultancy services. He was living in Chalgrove and in regular contact with a number of contemporaries.

Clare Turnball was working for Kyocera Electronics, a Japanese printer company, and living in Reading.

Harold Purser 36-43 died at his home in The Elms after many months of ill-health. He was 74. After leaving school, he trained as an electrical engineer, then worked at Farnborough before joining EMI for 40 years.

The Golf Day took place at Studley Wood; there was also a second golf day to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the death of Roy Holland, owner of Holland Sports in Thame. A reunion was held in the Spread Eagle for those who left the 6th Form in 1978.

Graham Thomas 66-73 had opened a new Saatchi & Saatchi office in Tokyo, along with an art gallery.

Roger Nixey -61 was living in Cullompton, Devon where he owned the golf store at Padbrook Golf Club and was also selling and repairing sewing machines. Robert Banbury -61 had spent virtually the whole of his career in and around the book publishing and printing industry and was now running a company providing publishing services for conference organisers. He moved to East Anglia in 1977 and now lived with wife of 35 years, Kate, on Norfolk/Suffolk border near Harleston. Married daughter, Helen, in London and son, Alastair, in Tokyo with Miho and their daughter, Hannah.

Peter Timms, after some 38 years working for NatWest Bank was offered and took early retirement in 2000. Now spending most of his time playing golf, watching Kent and the village side play cricket, and visiting France. Married to Sandra Kinch for all but 27 years with a son (Richard) who is at Manchester Univ. and a daughter (Lucy) who works for P&O/Stena in the personnel dept. Michael Barrett -1963 took early retired from DiverseyLever (Unilever Group), as Food Hygiene Specialist / Training Manager. Now he was part-time Company Secretary for his brother’s business (Primary Designs – racing exhausts) and Deputy Chair of Training Committee of Society of Food Hygiene Technology. Hobbies were mountain walking, gardening and photography.

Mark Haynes 1958-64 was Managing Director of The Wheelchair Lift Company based in Long Crendon. Lived in Chearsley with Wife Jana (Cowler) and two grown up sons Howden and Russell.

Missing Members at the time included: Richard Abram, Philp Andrew, Paul Ashford, Alexander Birch, Mathew Birch, Alistair Calder, Rebecca Calrk, Dean Clarkin, Adrian Collins, Terence Connor, Michael Cook, Rowland Coobes, Philp Cram, Debra Crook, Clive Dickenson, Ian Dillamore, Stuart Edwards, Janet Ford, Ben Forster, Stuart Gibson, Paul Glenny, Ruth Good, John Grammar, Paul Gratwick, Lorraine Gurney, Louise Halstead, Robin Harrison, Chris Heap, Fiona Hockaday, Ann Holroyd, Martin Honour, Paul Houghton, Stephen Hunt, Julia Irvine, Ingrid Jeffreys, Bernard and Dominic Jones, Anthony Joslin, Hubert Keys, Nigel King, Janet marsh, Robert Mitchell, Dominic Oakeshott, Dawn Preweitt, Rolf Provan, Jill Roberts, Nicola Rudd, Robert Shankey, Ian Smith, Lyn Tremlett and Peter Yeomans were all listed as ‘missing’ from the address list in 2000. (If you’re reading this now, and have not yet contacted the OTA please do.)

2001

David Price (1966 – 1973) who had been living and working in Taiwan, died of cancer at his parent’s home in Towersey.

Gerald Beere 43-50 had, after 29 years service, retired from the European Space Agency. He’d been living in The Netherlands for nearly 32 years but had now returned to the UK to live in Yorkshire.

David Green 50-57 (and also a teacher 93-94) was recovering from a hip operation.

Dr Cliff Nixey 50-58 had been awarded the Rupert Chalmers-Watson Trophy for services to the UK turkey industry. Mike Barrett 56-63 took early retirement from Lever. He had studied at Brighton College of technology and then began a career in industrial detergents, mostly in the UK but also in Scandanavia and the Middle East. He and his wife plan to travel, and also to publish some walking booklets on the ‘web. He was also a qualified trainer in Food Hygiene.

Sandra Rutson 76-83 had gained a PhD in Chocolate Rheoplogy sponsored by Rowntree and had spent 5 years processing fats with Unilever. She was now a housewife and had been married to Rob Cryer 76-83 for ten years. Rob had spent 10 years with ICI and was now with PPG as their European IT Manager.

Andrea Walker 80-86 had got married in 1999 was was now living in Warwick and teaching in Banbury.

Mathew Jenkins 82-89 was married in Cowbridge with many OTs present including Davey Leaning, Neil Yates, Vicky Schofield, Gavin Ebeling, Mathew Wagstaff, Charottle Fraser, Richard Newman and Oliver Vass.

Imogen Sellers 82-89 got married in 1998 but since the birth of her daughter had left her job with no to look after young Freya.

Deborah Walker 82-89 studied English at Middlesex and then went on to complete a PGCE at Exeter. She was now teaching English as a second language at Astor School, Dover, and living in Maidstone with John.

Helen Patterson was a full-time student at Brunel studying Occupational Therapy, and also a mother to 7 year-old Zach. Brother Rob was a science teacher in Hereford, having gained a PhD in Geology.

Keir Thorogood 91-99 having taken a gap year was now on a four year degree course in Event Management at Leeds. Elder brother Joel was working as an IT consultant for CMS and living in Aylesbury. Inga Thorogood 83-90 finished her degree in Maths with Russian at Durham in 1993. She then spent a year au-pairing in Paris and then worked for PWC for six years becoming a chartered accountant. She was now working for First Quench, a drinks company, as their Financial Accountant, lived in Hertfordshire and had got married in 2001.

Katherine Ellis 84-91 was awarded a PhD in Molecular Paristology working on the malaria parasite. However she was now training as a Patent Lawyer with Williams, Powell and Associates.

Jemma Paton 90-97 graduated from East Anglia in 2000 and was undertaking a PhD at the University of Buckingham, researching Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Andy Lambert had left advertising and was working for Visa in Singapore.

James Petts 94-98 had completed a law degree at Reading and was now at The Bar.

Oliver Vass was doing very well as an osteopath.

‘Beefy’ Burrough 37-43 died earlier this year playing golf. He played for Saracens after leaving the school.

Richard Albury-Bennett, formerly of the Royal Agricultural College, died on his farm in Kwa Zulu Natal. Bev Bevan and Herbert Nicolle, the OT President, also both passed away.

Jane Bugg, David Munson and David Youens were made honoury members of the OTA.

Paul Boddington -62 lived in Ashby-de-la-Zouch with his wife Irene (married for 35 years). He worked for the Coal Board after leaving school then went to Zambia for 4 years where he worked in the copper mines. Then back to Coal Board before being made redundant on 1990 He was currently a Project Manager in the NHS in Leicestershire.

Brian Goodger – 62 was teaching at the University of Greenwich. He lived in Tonbridge (in Kent), and married to Helen with two sons, aged 18 and 13.

2002

Using a gift from Graham Thomas, the OTA funds the restoration of Lord Williams’ tomb.

Jon Banks 1966-73 runs his own engineering company from Hertfordshire.

Morley Slade 1955-1962 Now retired after an interesting career in defence systems engineering. I have three married children who are now producing grandchildren. Avid reader of the Old Thamensians Newsletter.

Peter J Allen 1957-1962 I left Lord Williams’s in 1962, did A levels at Ranelagh School ,Bracknell then worked for two years before going to Stockport College and then on to Bradford University for an MSc course in Marketing. My work has mostly been connected to export and in particular to Africa. In 1980 I started my own company which I still run from a base in Cardiff assisting a number of international companies with their sales to English speaking Africa. I still live in Lisvane, Cardiff with my wife Jennie. We have three grown-up children, Julianne, Jamie and Heidi. Nothing has changed since my school days. I am still mad about sport and play cricket for my village and golf as often as possible. It has been my pleasure over recent years to meet some of my contemporaries at the OTA golf day, so ably organised by Barry Yates and I attended our year’s reunion when Barry was OTA President. I would be delighted to meet any of my old friends if they ever come this way or if they happen to live in the African or European countries I still visit.

Gordon Jones -1964 Leaving school I became the very last “A” level Student Apprentice at RAE Farnborough. Spent a few years developing Flight Simulators and Avionic Systems, before joining the then fledgling Digital Equipment Corporation. There I helped germinate the seeds of what has become the Software Industry. For the past 12 years I have been helping provide you all with mobile phones, more specifically the development of Radio Data Services. Along the way we have produced 4 daughters, which over the years seriously involved me in figure skating; currently enjoy fast cars and motorbikes, occasionally ski, and race off-shore yachts (which included Fastnet 97 and 2003). Now almost universally known as Don, How do nicknames stick ? No answers from Old Thamensians please. The latest update (Aug 2002) is my recent early retirement, I thought this was very early until I found many of school mates have already made it! Now what are we all going to do.

Steve Hunt -1966 Spent 22 years at sea and moved ashore into port management in the late 80s. Transferred to Australia in 1993 to run cruise operations for P&O in the South Pacific until made redundant in 2000. Currently running operations of Sydney Ferries and doing some consultancy work as well. Married to Jan ( 26 years this year) and have two sons Ben and Sam 21 and 18 respectively. Live in Sydney with plans to retire to Vanuatu in about 5 years subject to plans working out.

David Stringer -1966 First career in financial services, latterly in training & development, until 1992 when I set up my own consultancy. Work now varied and fun, including the Far East and Middle East. Also have some connections from the 6 years I enjoyed dabbling in the music business, in the seventies. Still crazy, after all these years…

Greg Holliday 1960-65 Self employed travel agent. Married with two kids, 24 and 20 Live in Weybridge, Surrey Still in regular contact with classmate Ian Golding.

Malcolm Wright -1964. Still working – 25 years in Further Education as teacher and Vice Principal. Now living in Cornwall. Married with 4 sons (all left home). Spare time is used up birdwatching, listening to Bob Dylan (still after all these years) and wearing anoraks.

Peppi Talylor’s rings were recently featured in Vogue.

Martyn Read 1956-63 I have been an actor for thirty years [thanks to Gerard Gould, whom I still see] surviving on the breadline. After career as jobbing actor in Rep, TV, Film, Radio and Gas Board Training Films, I am currently to be seen advertising fish as Captain Birds Eye. This vindicates Headmaster Nelson’s leaving report: ‘It is difficult to see what he’s going to do with his life’. It would be good to hear from any of my year.

Ken Hathaway 1970-1977 After leaving in 1977, I had a year out doing absolutely nothing of any significance, then went to the University of Southampton, gaining a degree in English Literature. Decided against further study, and entered the world of publishing, where I still am. I am managing director of a small publishing company based in Ramsbury, Wiltshire. I have been married since 1981, and have two children aged 17 and 15.  Despite my woeful athletic performances at Lord Bill’s (contemporaries will confirm) I now keep active by cycling and mountain walking, and have a keen interest in photography. Some of my efforts in the latter field can be viewed on www.hathaway.org.uk, mostly photographs of a recent safari to Kenya, not quite matching the globe-trotting exploits of some OTs, but fulfilling a long-held ambition nevertheless. I rarely see mention of my particular year entry in the Newsletter, but it would be great to hear from (or of) anyone who remembers me, especially boarders of the era.

Jon Polden 1951-8 (I think!) After 9 years’ semi-retirement during which I continued to work part-time with pupils who have Statements of SEN at the school where I was SENCo for 20 years, I have now taken up full time work there. But I have finished teaching altogether, with considerable relief. 130 sheets of paper used to report on the progress of 5 pupils to people who will probably never even look at it, seemed a complete waste of time and resources. I am now the Receptionist instead – and really quite enjoying myself. It has forced me to curtail some other activities but I’ve only 18 months to go so what the hell. Thanks for all that you do and best wishes to everyone.

Christopher Staples (1954-61) Hampden House, School Prefect, Senior Cross Country Champion 1959,60 &61, Athletics Champion 1960, 1st XV Rugby, School Tennis, Oxon Schools XV Rugby, N.F.U. Scholarship, Reading University 1963-5. 36 years in the grain/agriculture business in Scotland retiring this year. I would be interested in any 1961 leavers’ reunion in the future.

Tony Yates (1969 – 1975) Currently working as Head of IT for Friends of the Earth.

R H Thomas 1949 – 1952 Dear Mrs Trueman, thank you very much for continuing to send me The Old Tamensians Newsletter which I find most interesting in spite of the fact that It was 50 years ago that I left to become Head of History at Solihull. I had been at LWGS only three years, Mr Mullen having given me my first job in 1949. Few people could possibly remember those days but I still hear from Fred Seal, Dan Woolley and Julyan Bunney. Those were very happy years for my wife and me. We continued to live in Oxford: I commanded the CCF at LWGS, though having served in the Navy during the war, I knew little of Army manoeuvres which were introduced into the CCF by the visiting soldiers from Bicester. Anyway it was a very happy time & I owe a great deal to Mr Mullens with whom I corresponded until his death a year or two ago.

Lorraine Woodley (Left mid 1990s) has played ‘Lady Anne’ in an adapted version of Richard III. An independent film company produced a short version of the play, setting it in Brighton in the present time, using the Shakespearean language. She has also taken part in a ‘Sprite’ advert on TV. She is also dancing, recently performing at the Lucin Bayliss Theatre as part of the Islington Dance Festival. In between her theatrical activities, she is doing freelance teaching.

A W Higgs 1929-34 was clerk to the School Governors & Lord Williams’s Almshouses Trust 1951-78, has moved from Suffolk to Fleet in Hants.

Andrew Skinner 1972-1977. After initially working for King Harry Foods in Thame, I moved to Bristol (in 1985), I got married (one son) then divorced, and worked in the Meat industry. I then did a couple of years each with Safeway and Tesco travelling all over Europe as a Food Technical Manager for Meat and Dairy products. During my time with Tesco, I was also part of a team that managed GM foods out of the business and got to spend a short time in Canada looking at Non GM products. In early 2000, I returned to manufacturing Industry as Technical Director for a meat products company. Along the way I have also served as Chairman for ‘The Society of Food Hygiene Technology’ (SOFHT) through which I met another OT wearing his lapel pin at one meeting, Mike Barrett (1956-63) who now assists in the SOFHT work as Examiner for the Food Hygiene training arm !! During 2001 I realised that the calling to work for myself was finally too strong to resist any longer and so decided to leave the ‘corporate rat race’ and set up my own Food Safety and Hygiene, Advisory and Training company (checkout  www.t-q-s.co.uk for more info). Life is good here in the South West of England but I do still return to my roots as often as possible to see the rest of the family who stayed in the Thame area (Brother Stuart left LWS 1979, Sister Anita left LWS 1982). If there are any of my year in the South West feel free to get in touch.(andrew@t-q-s.co.uk)

John Russell 1941-48. My years at LWGS were ‘Dyer years’ 1941 to 1948- as a wartime evacuee day boy for most of that period, -aged 10 to 17 years old,- I am particularly appreciative of both the education and the shelter received at Thame. Like Desmond Slay, I have some understanding of the enormous task Dyer had: both masters and pupils arriving and leaving overnight… and with little or no warning ! -the former having their ‘weaknesses’: -the latter, having God-alone-knew what recent memories of the German-occupied Europe that had been their homeland. A wartime history of life at LWGS would make interesting reading…. there was even a little ‘Black Market’ trading going on in such goodies as eggs and chocolate !… and that’s only the pupils! And the Thame milkman who very occasionally stepped over the threshold to deliver the midday milk: then we had super farm fresh butter!

Clare Pearson [nee Markus] 1978-1980. I left in 1980 and went on to train as a Physiotherapist at Kings College London. After qualifying in 1983 I worked in Oxford, London and Berkshire until 1998 when we moved to Ottawa Canada where we still live. I married Neil in 1989 and now we have 2 children Ben and Anna[11 and 8]. I would love to get in touch with anyone who remembers me particularly Helen Johnson and Kate Baker. I have been in sporadic contact with Carmel Tildesley who is in New York and Ali Shaw who when last heard from was in Bristol and has 2 boys.

Peter Clarke 1977-84. You might like to know that I’m currently working as a shift manager at Pharmacia (a multinational pharmaceuticals manufacturer, in process of being bought by Pfizer, the world’s largest) in Morpeth, Northumberland.

Peter Torrs 1940-45. I was at the school for your records from the beginning of 1940 to the end of 1945 when the war was on it must be history to you. I didn’t go to the last gathering as I was away, and do not remember many of the pupils I was at school with, only the ones I used to travel with on the train from Princess Risborough. I have been retired now for 7 years now and find I don’t have much time to sit as the family always find things that need to be made or repaired, that’s enough for now.

Rebecca Ireland 1992-1999. Has moved from Chinnor to Nottingham.

Bridget C. Trueman nee Thompson 1971-72. Lives in Thame with her husband and two boys, James (16) (year 12) and Mark (14) (year 10). They both attend Lord Williams’s School, studying for their A2 and GCSE exams respectively. Bridget teaches at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow. She teaches A and AS levels in Computing and Biology, GCSEs in ICT, Biology, Physics and Chemistry and is Key Stage Three co-ordinator for Year 8 Science. She also writes material for the School Intranet, specifically for learning skills. She has full responsibility for KS3 Science, and is about to take on full responsibility for Year Head for Year 9 and SENCO for KS3.   www.waitrose.com/~bctrueman

Jane C. Vaucher nee Thompson left in 1974. Until recently lived in Fontainbleu near Paris, with her husband, boys David (17), Christopher (15) and daughter Sophie (11). Jane combined being a mother and a secretary at a language school near her house. The family is now living in Houston Texas where David has gained a place to study at Rice University.

Liz C. Reece nee Thompson 1976-78. Liz lives in Tackley with her husband and two small boys. She has one of these ‘portfolio’ working arrangements – self employed for the majority of time, providing careers consultancy in such things as guidance, training, writing materials, and assessing across a wide geographical area; and employed for a small amount of time, with the local careers service to provide training and curriculum development for schools. She would love to be contacted by anyone who remembers her (or even who wants careers help!)

Oliver Mott 1990- 97. I’m currently working in Nottingham trying to get a job in forensics, something along the line of scenes of crime.

George Edwards Left the then LWGS in 1960 and retired at end 1999 after just over 39 years in banking. Married for 35 years with two children – son 32 and daughter just nudging 30. Now dedicating his life to visiting all those places and countries that have been on his/his wife’s “must see” list for many years. Achieving this, neatly coincides with the other ambition of spending the childrens’ inheritance!

Jonathan Archer 1966-1973. I travelled for a year with Martin Corrall to New Zealand and Australia before going to University. I then took a Business Studies degree and 20 years later took an MSc at Sheffield (part time). I have worked in Logistics (Distribution and Warehousing) since leaving University and I am currently employed with Exel as a Commercial General Manager within their Retail Sector. I have been married for 22 years with two children aged 19 and 17.

Alison Jefferey Left 1995. I graduated from Warwick University, with a first in a science degree with qualified teacher status, 18 months ago. Since then I have been the Year 4 teacher in a small primary school in a deprived area of Leamington Spa. I am now job hunting for teaching post number 2, which could, potentially, take me anywhere, but is likely to keep me round the Leamington or Coventry area, or take me to Sheffield or York!

Tom Crampton Smith Property developer, living near Oxford.

Mark Crampton Smith Prep school teacher at a school close to Brill.

Neil Yates 1984 – 89. Married Vicki Schofield (85 – 92) in Carlisle April 14th 2001.

Helen Ferris (Nee Radwell) 1985 – 91. Married Phil Newport on 18th December 1999. Helen trained as a nurse at Addenbrookes in Cambridge after completing her degree at Hull.

Andrew Goldsmith 1982 – 89. Married Nicola Colley June 2nd 2001.

Sarah Rothwell (Nee Ross) 1984 –1991. Spent 2 years as an administrator at Thame Community Hospital then went on to Tring as Senior Administrator for the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home www.irhh.org

Dr Claire Sheppard 1984 – 1991. Married Squadron Leader Matthew Lewis in Shabbington on 11th March 2001.

James Sheppard 1983 – 1990 and his wife Polly have one daughter Mollie, and her sibling.

Mark & Carolyn (Nee Chaplin) Warner 1982 – 1989. Had Jacob in February 2000, a brother for the elder child Benjamin.

Michael S Collinson 1956 – 61 is interested to know whether there is a reunion for his year group. He lives in Gloucesteshire.

Eddie Bishop 1959-1966. And still alive ! he says.

Martin Corrall 1966-73 Managing Director BIGwebshed Limited trading as imediat Unit 1 George Street Industrial Estate Huntingdon PE29 3BD tel 01480 411176 fax 01480 413789 mobile 07785 760182 email corrall@BIGwebshed.com

Norman S. Good. At Lord Williams’s as a pupil: Entry date – Sept.1937. Leaving date – July 1944. As teacher: Entry date – Sept.1959. Leaving date: July 1983 Semi-retirement-Sept. 1983 to July 1997. Total teaching period – 50 years! Lives near Shaftesbury.

Adam Lazaruk is working in his parent’s newsagents, the Chocolate Box in North Street, Thame.

Lynne Trasler is now Lynne Heard, living in Bicester, with husband Phil, expecting their first baby in August.

Sarah Minchin (nee Harvey) 1988 – 1995. My news is that I’m living and working as a teacher in Milton Keynes with my husband, Mike (we were married August 1999 at St Mary’s, Thame) and our 17 month old son, Rhys. I can be contacted through the Friends Reunited website.

Rachel Paton (nee Hussey) 1986. Living in Haversham. Dan Wooley I taught with Mr Bevan and was Mr Mullens’s first teaching appointment, your report brought back many happy memories.

Andrew Skinner -1977 has moved to Stoke Park in Bristol.

Chris Hargreaves is living in Booragoon Australia. (A number of other OTs are in Australia too including Paul Glenny, Stephen Castle, Angus Crampton-Smith, Roger Allen, Ian Benn, Mike Kingston and Sean Johnson – Ed).

Lynne Trasler (nee Heard) Is living in Bicester with husband Phil, expecting their first baby in August.

Mike Barrett I was most excited to see on the OTA newsletter that we have a website, He found the school site for me which I found of much interest. Good luck with the site, and I hope it will facilitate contact between “older” members. I have lost touch with the 56-63 year group to which I belong.

Peter Douch I left in 1968 and have long been settled in Colchester, Essex. Nowadays I am employed to help Essex County Council and Essex people win more bids from the lottery good causes and from other sources of external funding. My brother Mike, the leading sportsman of his era at school, continues his successful PE teaching career by running the school-based PE teacher training course at Thomas Telford School in Shropshire.

Helen Dutton (nee Moss) 1972 – 1978. Married in April 2001. She and her husband are expecting their first baby in April 2002. Christine Moss 1975 – 1980 has just had her second child, a son called Jack. Christine & her partner live on the edge of Dartmoor, in Mary Tavy. Laura Moss 1980 – 1985 lives in Cardiff where she went to university. She is a consultant specialising in cancer.

David Hayter 1967-1969. I have just come across Lord Williams’s website. Very interesting and extremely well presented. Since leaving, I have spent most of my time overseas (Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh), working in various non-government development organisations (VSO, OXFAM, Terre des Hommes, Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi). I currently run the Mines Advisory Group (Manchester based) landmine action organisation in Cambodia (www.magclearsmines.org) and was formerly in Laos. We have about 500 Cambodian personnel working on clearing land-mines in four provinces. Wishing the school continued success.

Roger Allen 1953—58. Lives in Western Australia. “I have lived in Australia for almost 30 years. From the Lord Williams’s School internet site, the school has radically changed from my days when it was boys only. I would love to hear from any of my contemporaries if they are available. I was in the same class as Peter Jordan who last time I talked to him about 4 years ago was the Butcher of Thame.”

Stuart Earley 1984 – 91. Now living in Reading with wife Jo, nee Withey (84 – 89) and daughter Olivia.

Christopher North1951—1956. I am married to Elizabeth and we have two grown up daughters. I have been retired for 10 years and spent most of my working years with IBM.We currently live in Milton Keynes.

Jane Lucas (nee Good) left ’77. I would like to catch up on some old friends. At the moment you have 2 of my nieces at your Lower School (Hannah and Kelly Good) where Mr Harding is. (He used to teach one of my brothers but not me, and apparently he hasn’t changed).

Greg Dickinson 1986-1990. After doing a Law Degree and Legal Practice Course I’ve worked in IT (who hasn’t!), practised law for a while, and am now in Legal Publishing. I’m married to Vicky and we have a lovely (if noisy) 7 month old baby boy called Henry! I am now Platinum Account Manager, Lexis Nexis Butterworths Tolley USA.

Pete and Jan Merrow-Smith At the end of this year we are considering a move. I wouldn’t mind coming back to the UK if I could take up a teaching role at Lord Bill’s but otherwise I think we may travel to some other remote part of the globe instead and so continue with our adventures. We hope Jan can finish her BMus in Music Education from the University of Pretoria first. Then perhaps we can get jobs in the same school. Presently she teaches in a private primary school while I teach in the government secondary school. If we do decide to stay I will have to be working for someone other than the government. It has been a real eye-opener working in a developing country! We do enjoy life here and have had a few OTs out to stay. Eddy Young came out for his honeymoon and Kev Laxton has been a couple of times. My brother Nic came over a few years back too. They’ve all enjoyed the bush travel and fine weather, the wildlife and the wide open spaces. I think if we do move on it may have to be to Oz or NZ, just so we can find a similar climate and the open space. Of course, we won’t be employing a maid there like we do here, so it would be back to the graft of washing, ironing, washing up the dishes and emptying our own garbage! But then perhaps we won’t be walking in to find a spitting cobra on the lounge floor either.

Joanne Heydon I left Lord Williams in June 1998 and went straight on to do a 3 year degree at Bristol University. I now hold an unconditional offer to study for an MSc in Management Science at Warwick University.

Derek Stoakes 1966-1973. Has a vet’s practice in Ledbury.

Richard Smith 1966-1973. Runs his own very succesful hi-tech engineering business in Worcestershire.

Graham Thomas 1966-73 Having left Saatchi & Saatchi after nearly 20 years, is now a writer, a political activist, Trustee of several charities, and a founding partner in the innovations company Visionary Thinking.

Peter Douch: I left in 1968 and have long been settled in Colchester, Essex. Nowadays I am employed to help Essex County Council and Essex people win more bids from the lottery good causes and from other sources of external funding. My brother Mike, the leading sportsman of his era at school, continues his successful PE teaching career by running the school-based PE teacher training course at Thomas Telford School in Shropshire.

Helen Dutton (nee Moss) 1972 – 1978 married in April 2001. She and her husband are expecting their first baby in April 2002. Christine Moss 1975 – 1980 has just had her second child, a son called Jack. Christine & her partner live on the edge of Dartmoor, in Mary Tavy. Laura Moss 1980 – 1985 lives in Cardiff where she went to university. She is a consultant specialising in cancer. Christopher North 1951—1956 I am married to Elizabeth and we have two grown up daughters. I have been retired for 10 years and spent most of my working years with IBM. We currently live in Milton Keynes.

Jane Lucas (nee Good) – 1977 I would like to catch up on some old friends. At the moment you have 2 of my nieces at your Lower School (Hannah and Kelly Good) where Mr Harding is. (He used to teach one of my brothers but not me and apparently he hasn’t changed).

Greg Dickinson 1986-1990 After doing a Law Degree and Legal Practice Course I’ve worked in IT (who hasn’t!), practised law for a while, and am now in Legal Publishing. I’m married to Vicky and we have a lovely (if noisy) 7 month old baby boy called Henry! I am now Platinum Account Manager, Lexis Nexis Butterworths Tolley USA.

Sally Bailey, 1980-87 Galaxy 101’s former breakfast show presenter has defected to GWR Group to present the Mix-networked CoreControl countdown show.

2003

New President Boards are mounted in the Old Refectory.

Bruce Finch 1950 – 1957 I am a general medical practitioner in Suffolk where I have been in practice since 1970.

Louis Busuttil. Though I remain a Cranfield lecturer (Senior Lecturer, Air Transport Group College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University) running the Air Transport Group’s Statistics, OR, and Forecasting courses I will be working for Cranfield part time from 1 Jan 04 allowing me more time for Revenue Management consultancy. Please keep in touch, best regards, and Seasons Greetings.

Adrian Goodall who left in 1978 writes, ‘With an energetic & demanding family and a young business to support, it isn’t easy to make time to come up to Thame for school events or reunions. I’m sure there are many more like me! But I have been in touch with a few old friends recently and that has been fun, and I’ve recently managed to play a bit of cricket again and wondered how the OT team is picked each year – I could be interested.

Paul Evans, who up until last year taught at the school, is now teaching English at Cranford House School in Moulsford.

Recent leaver James Buchanan is at Bath University studying a four year degree course in International Managment and German.

Alan Bushnell 1948 – 1956 Having read in your last newsletter the contribution from Ian Todd and his reference to Paul Rich, together with the separate item about John Maxton (all three of whom I remember well), I have been inspired to submit these few lines about myself. I too was privileged to be at L.W.G.S. during the headship of H.G. Mullens to whom l owed a tremendous amount for my eventual place at St. John’s, Oxford, to read Greats. I also remember with affection Messrs. Bevan, Guest, Miller, Bancalari, Anderton, Bunney, Moore and Seal, amongst others, as well as Mr. Mullens’ sister, Ruth. In my last two years I was entrusted with challenging parts in the School Play, namely ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear’. Coping with the youthful Dane I found exhilarating (strange to relate?), but playing the old man put years on me! After Oxford I taught at Burford School for 27 years, becoming Head of English) and Latin and also Senior Master. Extra-curricular activities included being in charge of 1st Xl cricket and producing plays and musicals. After taking early retirement in 1988, 1did some further A level teaching, private tuition, and some proof-“reading for Blackwell’s. Nowadays I enjoy life in the village of Ducklington, just outside Witney; as well as involvement in Church and Village Hall affairs and being on the Primary School Governing Body, my time is spent in gardening, playing bridge and, together with my wife, helping to amuse and follow the progress of our six grandchildren, three of whom live just around the corner! The other three live in Durham where our son has followed in my footsteps and is a master at Durham School. I send my best regards to anyone who may remember me from those happy days of fifty years ago.

Victoria Smith 1989 – 96 graduated from the University of Wales and is working in PR.

Reed Cutting is now a retired secondary-school science teacher. He taught on Nantucket Island (MA) for 5 years, followed by 33 years in the Marblehead (MA) public school system. He was an early pilot teacher for IPS starting in 1964 and has continued teaching the course and its sequel, Energy, for 30 years. He has been active in IPS teacher-training for more than 35 years, including eight summers as an instructor at SCI’s national workshop at the Colorado School of Mines. He has been a member of the writing team since 1993. For two summers, Mr. Cutting was responsible for bringing IPS to teachers in Caracas, Venezuela (under the auspices of USAID.) He was a Fulbright exchange teacher at Lord Williams’s School in the 1980s. Mr. Cutting holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from Colgate University.

John Balance is Coil. Their next gig is on May 14-16, 2004 at Camber, East Sussex, England Venue: RE-TG Festival at Camber Sands Holiday Resort.

Sean Franklin 1977 – 1982 trained as a chef. In the past he worked at The Jolly Sailor and the Spread Eagle in Thame.

Kim Love 1988 – 1995 took a degree in Imaging and Media Communications at the University of Bradford. After working in Manchester with ScreenFX, recently moved to London.

Adam Courtney 1988 – 89 is currently working for Eurocontrol in IT.

James Meek 1980 – 1987 is an IT and communications expert currently working for Energis in Reading. Previously he worked for Cable & Wireless and the BBC among others. In 2001, he took a year off and travelled around the world.

Geoff Branner 1965 – 1972 is Oxfordshire Secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, and is a teacher at the school. He is also responsible for keeping the old Cadet Hut in use.

Colin Stoakes 1964 – 1971 is still farming in Tetsworth.

Andrew Logan 1956-1959 has had a busy year with a significant number of shows including “Alternative Miss World Filmshow”, University of Hertfordshire, St Albans; “Universe of Smiles” – sculptures and jewellery, Flowers West Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA; Workshops, Newtown Festival, Newtown, Mid Wales; “The Heart of the Matter” – sculpture for About Face Theatre Company, Leominster, Herefordshire; Commission and Workshop: “Water feature” – large outdoor sculpture for Oldford Community First, Welshpool, Powys; “Simplicity & Splendour” – sculpture for Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire; Jewellery Workshops, Berriew Show, Berriew, Montgomeryshire, Mid Wales, and performances at the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture, Berriew, Montgomeryshire, Mid Wales.

Bev Roebuck (now Godfrey) left in 1977 and went to Stratford College to do a Travel & Tourism course.  I left after several three terms, as being out of area (living in Oxford and college in Warks) didn’t qualify for a grant and it was impossible for Mum and Dad to fund my lodgings and everything else. After a short spell at ‘Molins’ in Risborough, landed lucky in the Purchasing Department at Rank Xerox in Uxbridge. Stayed there until I married Dave Godfrey (also ex Lord Bills and whose Dad taught at School) and moved to Lancaster with Dave’s job. Moved around the country but are now very settled just outside Chesterfield in Derbyshire.  I am running Sprint Sports & Leisure, the company my Dad set up while I was at school and Dave has set up his own business supplying and calibrating instrumentation that measures water flow and quality. We have two teenage daughters, an aged (19) cat, one house rabbit and an aviary of birds. My brother Steve Roebuck was a couple of years behind me at school and is a policeman living just outside Milton Keynes.  Would love to hear from anybody who remembers us. I am in touch with Teresa Cross who lives in South Africa and visits the UK occasionally. She is married to a South African and now has two lovely children.

A number of last year’s leavers are currently studying at Sheffield including Mark Ansell (Social & Political Studies), Isabel Heafey (French and History), A.P. Stevens (Engineering and Architecture) and Ellen Ward (Linguistics). Elsewhere, Claire Barron is at Queen Mary’s & Westfield studying History and Journalism, Ellie Issac, Physical Education in Brighton, and Isobel Noy, Footware Design in London. Helen Jones and Helen Lee are studying Medicine at Birmingham, Naomi Heydon is studying Management Sciences at Warwick, Richard Moore is at Plymouth studying Engineering, Julia Morrow at Liverpool studying History, Polly Steiner is studying Fine Arts at Hastings and Gemma Watts, Medicine at Southampton.

Paula Knall who left in 1998 is currently doing an Open University degree in Biology.

Judith More 1971-1973 is working for a publishing company in Lewes, and living in central London.

Ben Forster 1969 – 75 Very interesting to read the recent letters – particularly the one paying tribute to Gerard Gould. I would very much like to echo the writer’s sentiments. Gerard Gould had a terrific influence on me. His infectious enthusiasm and encouragement never wavered. He had the ability to nurture potential where lesser masters had long given up. It was his encouragement that helped me apply to Drama School, and go on to have a successful career as an actor. I shall always feel grateful to him and remember him fondly. I hope he reads this. There are so few teachers who have the patience, kindness and understanding of men like Gerard. There is one other from my time at Lord Bills though…Colin Brookes (Bones) Whether it was teaching Biology, directing the Musical or as a Housemaster, Colin was always dynamic, witty enthusiastic and encouraging. A more balanced individual one could not hope to meet. Thank you for your work Bridget. I determine to come to next years OT’s.

Cameron Naish 1965-1968 After leaving Lord Bill’s, I worked for a few years for Oxford solicitors, Morrell, Peel and Gamlen. On 10 November 1975, I started a casual clerical job in the Civil Service – just notched up 28 years service – not bad for what was to have been a temp job. These days I am based in Sheffield, working for Dept for Education and Skills. For the past 15 years I have mainly worked in IT training and support.Until a couple of years ago, when DfES decided to have training delivered by external firms, I managed the departmental IT Training Team. Since then, I have spent the past two years on loan to a number of different public sector bodies helping them rollout new IT systems. I am currently seconded to NHSU, the new corporate university set up to serve the learning needs all levels of staff in the NHS. Great to see you have the website up and running – recognised a few names as I browsed through. Sadly I only found it today. Making Founder’s Day might have been a laugh.

Peter Garner 1963 – 1971 is a Global Account Manager working for Vodaphone. He lives in Wiltshire, based in Newbury but still travels abroad frequently for work. He reported once spotting PE Master Dave Burgess in the Falklands but we don’t know whether this was before or after DB was in Nepal!

Tim Daplyn 1964 – 1970 is a vicar with the Church of England, a rural Canon and a broadcaster on religious matters. He has kindly agreed to lead the next Founder’s Day service.

Brian Robb 1967 – 1973 has spent many years living abroad -including the Far and Middle East. But now he’s back in the UK and runs his own business in the Lake District.

Steve Moles I couldn’t make Founders’ Day, too much going on right now, I’m off to Brussels on Monday so I owe it to the kids to be home.Would you please pass a message to Gerard Gould for me? As you may know from my note on friendreunited, I spent the first twenty years of my life as a roadie travel the world with rock bands. Now I write for a living. Two factors contribute to my success in the writing field, and both emanate from Lord Bills. The never ending stream of 500 and 1000 word punishment essays I received for my countless misdemeanours has given the me confidence to never be undaunted by deadlines. And the ardent promotion of written expression that Gerard Gould imparted to me – I can still recall now my Damascene moment; when suddenly I understood I had the ability to make a direct connection between my subconscious imagination, and the tip of my pen. He more than anyone, did that. A charming, elegant and urbane man, I remember him most for his indefatigable sense of style; while all around him boys clamoured to grow long hair and look scruffy. He kept his own council and never wavered. Great stuff for the impressionable.

Geoff Goodall was a great headmaster too, even if he did ‘invite me to leave’. It was unquestionably the right decision for me and for him.

Thank you for organising such an excellent Founders’ Day – it was a memorable event in so many ways. A good service in St. Mary’s, an excellent lunch, some bracing fresh air at the matches and being able to renew lost contacts. I urge all OTs to come next year, it was great fun! Regards Andy Arnold

Dear Bridget, thanks for all your hard work which is making it possible for us all to catch up with our happy past again. You’re a star! In spite of driving for six and a half hours I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. 35 years is a long time not to visit the school and I fully intend to be back next year. It was wonderful meeting Gerard Gould, Peter Moore and Norman Lilley again, as well as my contemporaries – George Edwards. Peter Traies, Danny Hedge and Ross Menham. I look forward to more news from you. Many thanks, David Martin (who’s currently teaching in Exeter).

 

Saddened to hear of Ivor Shrimpton’s recent passing: he used to live just round the corner from me in Thame. Best Wishes, John Russell. (1941 – 1948)

 

Just a quick note in case any of my contemporaries are at the reunion and ask after me (I left in 1972). My name is now Chris Hargreaves, but when I was at school it was Chris Heap. I’m living in Perth, Australia, not far from John Higgs, who was a couple of years ahead at of me. Feel free to pass on my email, or my phone number, (61) 419908550. Regards, Chris.

 

On attendance at Founder’s Day: I’m coming – probably with Tony Buckle, Colin Shurrock and Nick Woolfrey to the Service – we were 1951-7. Regards……..Gordon Wells

 

My name is Andy Butler and I left in 1972. I definitely plan to attend next weekend, although probably only until mid afternoon or so. But I will be there for the service and the lunch. This will be my first real contact with the school for upwards of twenty years, so I am looking forward to it.

 

Malcolm Bloomfield here. Alison and I will definitely be attending on Saturday but will not be in Thame in time for the Church service. Where will the coffee be served?? Do you still require raffle prizes?? Look forward to seeing you again, Malcolm.

 

Dear Bridget, thanks for your reply. I don’t know how you find the time, especially as I gather you are a techer. Many thanks for your wonderful work! Just to let you know that I have sent John Fulkes a cheque for £9 for Nov. 8th. and that Danny Hedge (left 1961) is also intending to come. What is the venue for the events listed on the programme? As I haven’t been to Thame since 1968 I don’t know where things are going to happen. Best wishes David Martin

 

Norman Good It may interest OTs that I have recently been entertaining Dudley Witney (Witney i ) 1937-42. He was a classmate of mine at Thame Grammar School throughout the war years. He moved to Canada after the war, where he has lived ever since. Dudley and I came up to Thame a few days ago and visited John Dance who was another of our contemporaries. Sadly, John is severely handicapped, suffering from Parkinson’s disease which confines him to home and wheelchair. Later we shared a pub lunch with Geoff Osborne at Towersey – altogether a day of reminiscences.

 

Really enjoyed visiting in May but unable to get over for the reunion in November. Have a great time and maybe catch up with you all in 2004. Best regards. Steve Hunt, Sydney, Australia.

 

October

 

Richard Walker trained as a chef and has worked in Tring before taking over the Six Bells in Thame this year. (See full story in News and Events).

 

Janice Bowles 1971 – 1975 is living in Thame and is running her own successful business. More details on her web site.

 

Steve Castle1968 – 1975 I will be in England for Founders’ Day this year, but don’t know if I will be in Thame at the moment. As I left school in 1975, I would be interested in knowing who else from around that time has indicated they will be attending. I will be out of e-mail contact from Saturday, 25 October, but can be contacted at my mother’s house in Thame. I live in Australia.

 

Roger Allen 1953 -1958. There is mention of another Roger Allen on the website but it is not I. My namesake attended Thame Grammar (we knew it as this rather than Lord Williams for everyday use) much later than myself but would be interested in hearing from him. Would also be interested in anyone who went to Sandhills Primary School – I left there in 1953. (Roger, the Editor went to Sandhills from 1959 – 1966).

 

I live in Perth, Western Australia and maybe we should start an Australian Chapter of OT? Anyone interested? (Contact via ota@waitrose.com with permission to forward your e-mail address).

 

Dawn Roper 1971 -74 has now returned to London after living in Italy for some time.

 

Paul Robertson I arrived from S.A. in July 1977, along with 2 brothers and two sisters. My older brother, having already left school in SA then attended Aylesbury College for a year. Now in partnership in civil engineering in Maidstone, Kent. The others, Mike, Jane and Bridget – all went through Lord Bills. I am in glass and framing in the UK construction industry. Mike has worked in high finance in the city for many years and is still traversing the world. Jane and Bridget both in London, married with families and combining sales / marketing roles with home life. Mum still lives in Thame.

 

Dr Cliff Nixey 1950-58 has been elected chairman of FAIP, a European organisation representing the interests of farm animal breeding companies within Europe. He is in his 41st year of working for British United Turkeys Ltd who produce more than half the world’s turkey breeding stock.

 

David Robertson 1959-1962.  After leaving I spent a couple of years in London and then moved to Spain. I ended up doing a degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool and a few years later took up a Lectureship in Spanish at the University of Stirling. In !998, and after twenty five years, I took early retirement and moved back to Spain. I am in touch with a number od old classmates, particularly Peter Hawkins, David Dillamore, Paul Boddington, Ray Boxall. I had some contact with Danny Hedge and Andrew Goldsworthy in the sixties and Andrew has reappeared from time to time. When I last spoke to him about two years ago he was living in Almeria, Spain but was comtemplating a move.

 

Helen Beazley 1971-4 We will finally be moving into our new house next week. It is only 15mins off M4 Marlborough/Hungerford Junctions so we are hoping for lots of visitors! Love Helen and Marc xx

 

Geoff Goodall 1964-79 Having seen the year groups targeted for Founder’s Day on 8 November, I thought I would try to come along. I will be picking Gerard Gould up at 2.00pm and should be around by 2.30pm. I enjoy reading all your emails, but have not until very recently had any time to visit. I have now given up full-time work and do part-time educational training sessions, and school inspections. I hope that you are in good spirits. I admire your energy and drive. All good wishes, PS. I’m now the oldest surviving previous Headmaster!

 

Alan Friend 1963 Seeing Gerard Gould’s comment on David Martin’s Petruchio brought back a vivid memory of one performance when he was due to enter stage right but for some reason was delayed (a visit to the Rising Sun perhaps). After a hiatus which seemed to me as prompter to go on for ever, he appeared stage left and with great aplomb pulled up his tights, looked at his watch and apologised to those on stage that he had been delayed in the marketplace. Brilliant improvisation. David might also be interested to know that the words of Hannibal Rock which must have come from the 1960 boarders sketch night still echo round my befuddled brain.

 

In 1963, on leaving Lord Bill’s I studied Chemical Engineering at Imperial. I had a wonderful time there and just scraped a degree. Having proved that I was not going to be a very good Chemical Engineer, I decided to try my hand at Personnel Management, first in the Chemical industry, then in Electronics and finally, with J. Lyons in the Food industry. The last few years were particularly good as I moved into a role in Training and Management Development. In 1995 Lyons was broken up and sold off. I was redundant and can truthfully say that it was one of the best things that have happened. I moved into another Training role with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea where I enjoyed myself enormously. However, after five years I decided that I could retire and move to Spain to fulfil an long held dream of doing up an old house in the sun. I suppose in part I have John Aylward to blame for this ambition as I was captivated by the lifestyle I saw his parents living when he invited Martyn Read and me to their retirement home in Tarragona in the summer of 1962.

 

As far as family are concerned, I married Catharine, whom I met whilst at university and we have three sons; Stephen, bass guitarist with The Vessels – next record due in November, Matthew, a strategic planner in the drinks industry – good perks, and Chris, currently taking a year off to travel the world.

 

I have had a lifelong interest in jazz. Kindled, I think, by David Martin, Danny Hedge, Spider Noon and the other members of the Cell Block Five. Thanks guys. Sorry I shan’t be able to come to Founders Day, its a long way from Antequera. Now isn’t that a song………

 

Mike (Spike) Thomas 1984-1990 After leaving Lord Bills I soon found myself in London working as an antique camera specialist (not a joke). After a year or two I moved on to imaging licensing for the advertising and publishing trade, then Internet and IT consultancy. At the peak of the .com boom I relocated to Stockholm, Sweden to establish the Nordic operation,two company acquisitions, 150 staff and 18 months later I quit as the bubble burst. Now 3 years later I’m Senior Account Manager for a software company, still based in Stockholm, no plans on leaving as I now have a wife, 18 month old son and another due January 2004. I have absolutely no contact with anyone I went to school with. If you did know me, drop me a line.

 

Peter Parker 1935-42 Would like to contact Joe/Joss/Josh Wedgewood, who previously lived in Chinnor.

 

Gerard Gould says:- Thank you for the OT Newsmagazine. I will try to come to the Founder’s Day on November 8th and I am greatly looking forward to seeing David Martin again. I vividly remember his wonderful Feste in ‘Twelfth Night’ and his virile Petruchio in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ when we had to fend off nightly queues of adoring fans all wanting their glimpse of David. Please publicise Nigel Cooke’s appearance October 7th – 25th. Nigel is not only appearing in it, but he is also producing the play – so much is at stake. It’s a wonderful play and was the hit of the Paris season 2 years ago where I saw it and recommended it to Nigel.

 

Dan Healy 1984-1991 After School I took a year out and went to France where I did a ski season in Les Deux Alpes and worked on a campsite in St Tropez. I went to Bournemouth University in 1992 where I studied Financial Services. In my four years at University I managed to fit in another ski

season in Meribel, placements in a couple of stockbrokers in Perth and Melbourne and a placement in Barclays International in Poole (- not quite so glamorous!). I graduated from University in 1996 and, having enjoyed the seaside so much, decided to make my life in Bournemouth. I have been working for JPMorgan (formerly Chase Manhattan Bank) for seven years now where I am currently a Project Manager. I have extremely fond memories of Lord Williams and am still in touch with Ian Green and Steve Bell. Keep up the good work with the Newsletter – it is always makes fascinating reading !

 

Geoff Cornish Thank you for sending me the most recent newsletter. Those of us in far-flung places certainly appreciate the work that you and others do to keep us in contact. There were several references in it which brought back memories. I was saddened to read of the death of ‘Mouse’ Dawson, a contemporary of mine. He was often kind enough to share his lunch with me, a great treat for a “deprived” boarder! Tony Tomlyn’s reference to Mr More’s BSA struck a chord – I think I must have been on the other side pushing! I once cleaned it (not too well, I confess) for a Scout Bob-a-Job and accidentally spilt some very precious petrol! I remember all the people in David Martin’s note (46 years down the track – ouch!) – as David intimates, they were indeed good times.

 

September

 

Andrew Arnold 1967 – 1973 Left LWS in March 1973 and went to work for Lightfoot & Lowndes solicitors in Thame’s High Street as a temporary stint before joining the RAF.  After completion of training he was posted to the RAF Communications Control Centre at Stanbridge near Leighton Buzzard and a year later to the infamous RAF Gatow in (then) West Berlin, some 120 miles behind the Iron Curtain where he spent his time annoying the East Germans.  He met his wife Carole whilst serving there and they were married in 1976, returning to North Yorkshire the following year where their daughter Natasha was born. Posted as an instructor to St. Athan in South Wales in 1980 and to the old HQ Fighter Command at Bentley Priory in North London in 1982 where he worked with Air Vice-Marshal Ken Hayr, his final overseas tour was to Sek Kong in Hong Kong’s New Territories where he also worked for the British Forces Broadcasting Service as a presenter, scriptwriter and programme producer.  Returning to the UK in 1987 he went initially to RAF North Luffenham and finally to the RAF College at Cranwell for nine years before retiring in 1996.  Currently working at “another RAF station”  the family have recently moved to a new house in Lincoln and share their neighbourhood with low flying aircraft and equally low flying (and noisier) geese and swans. Old Tamensians passing through would be made most welcome.

 

David Martin 1953 -1961. I’ve just had a great couple of days when Danny Hedge (1954 to 1961) came to stay with me. He contacted me through Friendsreunited and we got back together for the first time since 1969. We’ve had a nostalgic time reminiscing about our time at Thame and looking at all my old photos. We’ve decided that we will go back to Thame on Founder’s Day this year. We are very keen to contact our old mates and wonder if you have contact addresses for any of the old boys who left in the 1960 to 1962 period. We are particularly keen to contact our close friends Nick Crew, Pete Savin, Alan Noon, Andrew Goldsworthy. Also do you have contact details for any of the staff from that period, especially Gerard Gould and R.F. ’Peter’ More, both of whom had a real influence on our life? (We have both contacts, which were passed on – Ed).

 

Brian Robb I left in 1973 and being in the same year as Andrew I would be interested to hear more and to understand if you require any funds. FUNDS??? – always!!!

 

John Cooper 1969- 1977 married to Sandra with 2 lads, Andy 13 and Jamie 10 living in Tauranga, north island of New Zealand. working as a psychiatric nurse on an in-patient unit.given up playing rugby, back playing football!!!

 

Alice Overton left in1978 and was recently in touch.

 

Angus Crampton Smith I left the school in 1980 to Join the Royal Navy.  I transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1992 following a 2½ year exchange posting where I met my future wife.  Now working as an IT consultant in Canberra.  Still happily married with 3 children and having a ball. More details available at www.crampton-smith.com

 

Nigel Cooke 1968 – 1975 Acting succesfully and recently produced and starred in a new production in London. Married with two children and lives in London.

 

Keith Bowley 1967 Happily married, and living in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, with wife Linda and two lovely daughters. Have worked with Windsor Life Assurance ever since leaving Bristol University. Resigned from position as Executive Director in 1988 and have worked as a systems consultant ever since, still with Windsor Life 3-4 days per week.

Also heavily involved with various Christian ministries and Trusts – mostly relating to the Renewal movement which has flowed from Toronto and other places over the past 10 years.

 

Mike Cook writes from Perth: Just to let you know that four of us from the 60’s are living in Australia:

Michael Cook. ( Head boy in 1970) living in Perth. Housemaster at Guildford Grammar School. Retired from Rugby. Still passionately English. Big game against the Springbocks in four weeks here in Perth.

John Higgs.(1970) lives close to Michael Cook. Daughters are best friends. What a small world. Works in the mining industry.

Richard Paterson. 1964 – 1970 lives in Victoria. He is in touch with us in the West. I met up with Richard in Cairns, Queensland last year. Hoping to meet up with him over the World Cup.

Willie Paterson 1966 – 1971 is over in Melbourne, working as an agricultural consultant.

 

Dave Higgs 1965-72 Works for the British Council currently lives in South Africa.

 

Greg Pugsley 1966 – 73 Photographer and mini-cab driver based in London.

 

August

 

Lucy Pearce I was a pupil at Lord Bills from 1980 – 1989, maiden name Lucy Williams.

 

Recently we have heard from Vicky Brackley who left in 2000, Alison Smith at the school from 1980-1987, George Wright, Robin Clark from 1989 to 1996, Rosalind Blackhall (nee Hearne) who left in 1987, Mark Ashton, who left Lord Bills in ’89, Tim Wagstaff ’96 and

Andrew Saunders who left in 1987, Liz Brawn whose year of leaving was 1996, and Sue Curryer who left in July 1982

 

Derek Witchell 1961- 68 I am still living in Thame with Debbie (nee Sladden), Chris and Sarah. But not for much longer. I’ll be making my bid for freedom on 27th September at Oxford Cathedral where I will be ordained Deacon in the Church of England after three years part time training on the St. Albans and Oxford Ministry course. So it’s goodbye to my career as an Architect and hello to a curacy at Bloxham (just south of Banbury). The family will be staying in Thame till June next year so Chris and Sarah can complete A and GCSE courses at (where else) Lord Bills, so I’ll be a commuting curate, a motorway minister for a while.

 

Heidi Tipping 1989-96 I have 2 younger brothers, Paul 22, and James 14 who is still at Lord Bills.

 

Andrew Butler I started at Lord Bill’s in September 1965 and left in July 1972.

 

 

Imogen Sellers (nee Harrison) I left Lord Williams in 1989, moved to Newark in 1990. I worked at ntl (Midlands) from 1995 until 2000. Married Mark in 1998 and had a daughter, Freya, in March 2000. I now work part-time as an administrative assistant for Notts County Council’s Youth, Community and Play department and am a voluntary Parent Representative with the Children’s Fund for my local estate and committee secretary at my daughter’s pre-school. I am expecting my second child towards the end of September 2003.

 

I recently attended the reunion at The Spread Eagle hotel in Thame with Andrea Walker. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and visited some old haunts, although we were disappointed that we didn’t meet up with more people. Maybe in another 15 years or so…………………………..

 

James Buchanan left in 2003 I’m going to Bath University at the end of September to study International Management and German

 

Ben Delo Ieft in 2002 with four As at A-Level and is now studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

James Trueman I’m going to Loughborough University at the end of September to study Joint Hons Chemistry & Sports Science

 

July 2003

 

Graham Thomas 1966 – 1973 is far too old to be a Dad but none the less Kai-chan was born on 31st July.

 

Peter Clarke 1984 has been living in Durham for several years, working in the chemical industry. He is now taking a year out in Hong Kong organising the music for Shatin Anglican Church.

 

Stephanie Clarke 1990 lives just outside Cambridge and works as chief computer nerd for St Catherine’s college. Last year she & a friend put in an entry to Technogames. They made the final but unfortunately their robot, called ‘Not the headless chicken’ got stage fright on telly and failed to finish the course. They plan to enter again next year.

 

Mary Clarke 1991 lived until recently in Cambridge and is a member of the Territorial Army. In February she was called up and spent several weeks in Iraq helping to crew an ambulance, coming under fire more than once. She is now temporarily back in Thame seeking a new job.

 

Judith Clarke 1990 recently got married for the second time. Her new husband was formerly the choir master of Clifden Cathedral. Judith has 2 children from her first marriage – Victoria (7) and Benjamin (2) and works in Bath in direct mail marketing.

 

June 2003

 

Jackie Keirs the school’s first dance teacher is still active on the Oxford theatre scene and has recently directed productions for the Oxford Dance Company and the Oxford Operatic Society.

 

Graham Corney who taught Geography in the 1970s is now a research doctor at the University of Oxford’s Department of Educational Studies. His research is into issues focusing on geography teaching and learning, and on teaching and learning for environmental education and sustainable development, especially teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and understanding, and classroom practice, and student learning.

 

Geoff Hayward 1966-73 is also a research doctor in the same department; a university lecturer in Educational Studies, co-leader of Theme 3 of the ESRC  Research Centre on Skills Knowledge and Operational Performance (SKOPE) and co-ordinator of the Educational Policy Research Group in the Department of Educational Studies.

 

J.M Goodger and his brother B.C Goodger remain leading figures in the academic study of judo. They have published a number of books and many papers for academic journals. Both were members of the British Judo team.

 

Robin Harrison had a wide experience of the concert platform from a very early age, both as a soloist in recitals and concertos and as a member of many varied chamber groups. During his vast career he has been heard in frequent broadcasts for the BBC and other European and South American radio networks. His concerts include several appearances at the Cheltenham Festival of British Contemporary Music and the Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London.On the occasion of his long awaited New York recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall the New York Times observed “Robin Harrison is an impressive pianist.” Born in London, England, he studied first with Frederick Bailey of High Wycombe and then won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he studied with Harold Craxton. After being presented with the Silver Medal and Albanesi Prize he was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship for further studies in Rome where he was offered a place in Maestro Carlo Zecchi’s class at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Later, he studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and ultimately, he returned to London to work under the guidance of the late Ilona Kabos. Former Head of Piano in the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan, Mr. Harrison has made guest appearances with leading Canadian orchestras and is well known to the Canadian audience for his many recital braodcasts on the CBC. He has performed at the Centre D’Arts Orford in Quebec, and has been a guest artist for the American Liszt Society Festivals in Canada and the United States. Now retired, Mr. Harrison resides with his wife, Marilyn, as owners of Harrison Hill Bed and Breakfast in Margaree, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and would welcome OTs to visit. He has continued to be very active in music, giving concerts and recitals, examining for the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, adjudicating festivals, presenting workshops, and also teaching privately. In addition, he has taught music history at the University College of Cape Breton. His hobbies include reading, bee-keeping, cooking, wine-making and, of course, music! In April 2002 the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, elected him an associate for his career in Music.

A 1995 on-line interview with Tom Hassall can be found here. His many positions have included CEO of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and he is currently President of the ICOMOS-UK. Some of you might have seen recent letters he wrote to The Guardian and Independent on the need to protect Iraq’s treasures.

 

Gayle Grove-Palmer wasn’t at Lord Williams’ but attended Headington Girls School until 1971. However, she will be well-known to some, as she helped in a number of our drama productions. After spending ten years abroad, living in Africa and Hong Kong, she’s now back in the UK, and this year is celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary.

 

Ashley Goodall 1970s is a Director at the brand and retail consultancy Market Place, based in Abingdon www.marketplace-consultancy.co.uk

 

Mike Burrows 1961-68 has recently contacted us. He still lives in Norwich.

 

May 2003

 

Ralph and Tim Kiggell 1970s Ralph is a succesful artist and lives most of the time in Bangkok. Tim writes textbooks for MacMillan, and lives in Dublin. Mother Phyl, who taught at the school in the 1970s, still lives in Oxford and paints. Both Ralph and Phyl held exhibitions as part of the recent Artsweeks, the Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival.

 

Elizabeth Willis (nee Ross) 1986-1993 and Michael are expecting twins in October/November 2003.  Elizabeth is being very sick, but looking forward to the arrival of cousins for Erin Rothwell, Steve and Sarah’s (’84-’91) baby who arrived last September.

 

Craig Tostevin 1975-80 (Boarder) asks ‘by the way, when did the boarding side of the school close & why?’ Regards Craig.’

 

Mike Barrett 1961 would like to contact anyone from his year group

 

Graham Thomas 1966 – 1973 I’m writing – but discovering that the moribund publishing world demands patience – and setting up a global innovations and leadership practice with three friends. (Visionary Thinking has its own web site). A new project is my involvement with politics, and the setting up of the Peoples Alliance, a radical political party. Locally, I’m helping with a conservation charity, and a children’s charity (with Karen Draisey from Holton Park School, and one of the three Maids in the Colin Brookes’ production of The Mikado). Perhaps the most surprising news is that a baby is on its way: delivery is scheduled for 31st July 2003.

 

Peter Clarke 1977-84 I’m now based in Hong Kong, working as a full-time director of music at an Anglican church here.

 

Helen Beazley 72 – 74 Just to let you know that we are moving on Wed 7 May to Hungerford, Berks.

 

Janice Bowles 1969 – 1975 Living in Thame and has set up her own, highly recommended hypnotherapy and alternative medicine practise.

 

Russell Kilmister 1966 – 1972 Cutting a CD, and setting the local music scene buzzing.

 

Bridget C. Trueman (nee Thompson) 1971-72. Lives in Thame with her husband and two boys, James (17) (year 13) and Mark (15) (year 11). They both attend Lord Williams’s School, studying for their A2 and GCSE exams respectively. Bridget teaches at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow. She teaches A2 and AS levels in Computing and Biology, AS level in ICT, GCSEs and KS3 year 9 in ICT, Biology, Physics and Chemistry and is Key Stage Three co-ordinator for Years 7 & 8 Science. She also writes material for the School Intranet, specifically for learning skills. This academic year she has also taken on full responsibility for Year Head for Year 9 and SENCO for KS3.

Gerald Beere 1943 -1950 Reading, with interest, the Newsletter and, in particular, the section “OT Member’s News” has prompted me to mention that I am now retired. After nearly 32 years as expatriates in The Netherlands my wife and I returned to the Old Country in January this 2001.  We now live here in North Yorkshire in a new house attractively designed on the lines of a converted Yorkshire Barn.

I retired from the European Space Agency (after 29+ years’ service) at the end of November 1997 shortly after my 65th birthday.  Believe it or not but my wife and I delayed our return to the UK for a couple of years or so until our much loved very old cat passed away. The delay was due to the quarantine laws still being in force where an 18 to 20 year old cat would have suffered greatly with 6 months in kennels.  Anyway, being retired, not much has really happened since the autumn of 2001 that is worthy of a news update.  My wife (Elizabeth) and I live on a new estate of 80 houses surrounded by very pleasant undulating North Yorkshire countryside on the edge of the Vale of York.

I must say it is difficult to believe that I left LWS over half a century ago…

Andy Harrett became the new Headteacher of Langtree School, Woodcote, Berkshire in January. He had previously been Deputy Headteacher at Lord Williams’.

Hal Fowler left in 1985 and later married Kim Wilder pop star and garden expert. Hal has worked extensively in film, televisio and theatre. His film work includes the lead role of Bunty in Terrance Ryan’s “The Brylcreem boys” with Gabriel Byrne and the lead in Roy Oxlade’s “Plato’s Revenge”. On television he has appeared as Corin Purdon in “For Valour”, “Alas Smith & Jones” and “The Bill”. His theatre credits include the title role in the Rock Theatre of Budapest’s “Dorian Gray” at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, Alex in “Aspects of love”, Filch in “The Threepenny Opera”, Billy in “The Gambler”, Snout in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and David in “Godspell”. He created the roles of “Yusopov” at the Sydmonton Festival and “The Minotaur” in “The Challenge”. He also regularly records and performs in concert in Hungary. Hal played “Cousin Kevin” in the English musical version of ‘Tommy’ alongside Kim Wilde. They met during this production. Hal proposed to Kim in June 1996 in France, and he became Kim’s husband on September 1st, 1996. Hal subsequently starred in the musical “Martin Guerre”. In 2001, he started working in the musical comedy “Under the Doctor”.

Dr Catherine Hood is the face of Discovery Health and presenter of a regular strand on BBC1’s 999 programme. She also fronted the popular programme Evening Surgery, a six part series on medical issues for Meridian Television, various programmes on BBC Knowledge and Second Opinion on Granada Talk TV. She also appears regularly as an expert guest on programmes like BBC Breakfast News, BBC Heaven and Earth Show and Open House with Gloria Hunniford on Channel 5. Catherine is also an experienced writer, she is currently the health columnist for M, the award winning Mirror Magazine having previously done the same job for Be magazine. She has written articles for many of the best known women’s magazines in addition to her academic publications. All of this work has made her the ideal choice as medical adviser and consultant to a number of PR campaigns, involving giving presentations to journalists and hosting and appearing on radio and television programmes. Dr. Hood is qualified to present on all areas of General Medicine. Her special areas of interest are in women’s health and sexual health as well as in aspects of medical ethics and communication. As a young and enthusiastic doctor, she particularly enjoys working with younger people and is interested in all aspects of their health, but she has a sound knowledge of many difference areas of medicine and healthcare. During her medical career, she has been a Senior House Officer in General Medicine and in Genito-urinary medicine, worked in surgery and spent a while specialising in haematology. She now works regularly in Genito-urinary medicine and General Practice. She is Honorary clinical lecturer at Oxford University and Fellow of Ethox (the Oxford Institute for Ethics and Communication in Health Care Practice). Her work focuses on the development of communication skills reaching, with the aim of helping doctors develop skills that will improve their communication with patients, help them share information effectively and allow individuals to become active participants in their medical care. She is Medical Consultant to Oxford University Press and Project Director of the Image Resource Scheme to produce audio-visual material for the first edition of a multi-media version of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Specialities. These are two of the most consulted textbooks in medicine and the project to put them on CD-ROM is the first of its kind. She studied medicine at St Anne’s College Oxford, producing and presenting educational medical videos while she was there and has gone on to gain several prizes and awards for her medical work. Catherine used to work as a professional actress,so is well used to performing and very at ease in front of the camera or behind a microphone in a radio studio. She is an experienced public speaker and corporate presenter and host, particularly in the field of medicine and medical ethics.

Jane Tewson Has been one of the UK’s leading lights in developing new forms of charity. In the space of fifteen years she founded Charity Projects, Comic Relief, Pilotlight and One20. She has been awarded the CBE, advised the UK government, sat on the Princess of Wales Memorial Committee, and in 2000 was named by The Times as one the UK’s Top Ten innovators. Currently, she lives in Melbourne with her husband and children.

Andrew Millar 1984 – 1991 I briefly taught ICT, but am now back to just English & Drama.

Ian Todd 1948-53 I was at LWS during the headmastership of H G Mullens, a splendid chap with a lot of style, who got me my first job as a junior reporter on the Thame Gazette.Not on merit you understand, the proprietor /editor John Castle was an Old Boy! I ended up as a journalist on The Sun for 25 years. I was particularly interested in reading members’ news on the Website, to learn that R C Thomas, who was a history master at LWS from 1949 – 52, still keeps in touch. Another charming man, who, in his notes, failed to mentioned that he coached an unbeaten Colts rugby XV. After years without contact, I now have an urge to catch up with news of the school and my contemporaries.I recently met up with Paul Rich (1948-54) who was a padre in the Parachute Regiment for many years and is now a vicar near Farnham, Surrey

John Maxton 1947- 1954 was MP for Cathcart Glasgow before stepping down in 2001. John won the seat in 1979 when he defeated the Conservative incumbent Teddy Taylor. At the time this was a shock defeat.

Richard Priestley writes: On leaving UCL, I trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education, London, before taking my first post in a grammar school in Winchester. Three years later I became Head of Classics at Lord Williams’s School in Thame, Oxfordshire. In 1984 I moved to Newport Free Grammar School as Deputy Head, and in 1991 I was appointed Head of the same school. I still teach classics and am very keen to keep it going in my 11-18 comprehensive (in spite of the name!).I still manage to take groups of children to Rome and Pompeii to try to enthuse them with my passion for the classics.

Jerry Green 1966 – 1973 has set up an on-line gourmet food company and has asked us to publicise it. Of course!

Gourmet Selections Ltd. 161a Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, Herts  WD3 7DW Tel: 00 44 (0) 1923 776100. Fax: 00 44 (0) 1923 776487

Gift baskets for all occasions, Truffles, Foie Gras, Terrines, Cassoulets, Confits and much more. We don’t know whether alumni get a discount…but you can always ask.

Emma Dixon -1983 may well give a discount to Old Bills at her garden centre near Brighton: Quercus, the urban garden centre, 54 Station Road, Portslade. Tel: 01273 411901

Adam Dodwell 1984 to 1991 is now working as the MIS/Registry Manager at Rycotewood College, Thame, Oxfordshire.

Jennifer Morel (Youens) 1981 – 1987 Married Tony at St. Mary’s Church Thame on 31st August 2002. They now live in Wooburn Green. Jennifer is Events Manager at Baker Mckenzie Lawyers in London.

David Kenningham was Head of Physics at RGS from 1968-1972. He went to Kenilworth as Deputy-Head, became Head of Oxford School, and finally Head of Lord Williams, Thame. He has now retired and is working on special projects for Oxfam.

Gordon Wedgewood 1934 – 42 is slowly recovering after a replacement valve operation to his aortic artery. Unfortunately he suffered a stroke as a result. He would welcome phone calls from anyone of his era. ota@waitrose.com will supply the phone number, if you give his nickname.

Tony Tomlyn (Anthony) 1948-1954. I have now fully retired and moved away from Thame, even though generations of my family lived there. I read the Tamensian with interest knowing a great many of the people of all ages. This is also due to my daughter Lucy having attended. My performance at the school was of little merit, nevertheless it has proved a good foundation throughout my working life. Having finally retired I can look back with satisfaction that I have had most interesting and enjoyable careers. In many ways I thank Julian Bunny for inspiring me in his science lessons especially where electrics were concerned. I note in the newsletter that Mr. Wooley was mentioned. I thought he was Donald Wooley and I remember his old car called Nelly or something like that. We often had to give him a push after school to get it started as in fact we did with Mr. Moore’s BSA Bantam after which he disappeared in a cloud of smoke towards Oxford. After leaving school to the relief now doubt of many masters I became an electrician. I then wanted to improve on that so I obtained a post with the Ministry of Defence at the Rocket Motor Research Establishment Westcott. Fortunately I managed to get a government concession for further education. I finished some years later at the Oxford Polytechnic which enabled a number of promotions. There are lots of stories I could tell about my career at this point, suffice it to say wind tunnel testing at Pyestock work at Farnborough, water projects in Scotland and working with WW2 German rocket scientists to name a few. Then came Mrs Thatcher with her hand bag and spoiled it all with privatisation. Morale was at a low ebb so I looked for another job. I took a post with The Mobil Oil Company as their wholesale electrical engineer. Off to the Thames estuary and the oil installations where I set up new HSE electrical safety standards. During this time I served on many Committees, Associations and Institutes where we compiled HSE and British Standard regulations. Having then completed this for the Mobil UK terminals I was asked to look at the electrical installation standards of the petrol stations. We took samples in and around Birmingham and drew up the requirements to update all Mobil Stations. So that was the UK petrol stations covered. Then I was asked to look at some of the European stations. This was an interesting time with lots of travel covering areas from Norway in the north to helping to design and build a petrol station under the rock of Gibraltar. Fortunately I have always worked with a superb bunch of people and that has made working life so enjoyable. Then along came BP, who more or less took over Mobil. I then took early retirement and moved in to what could be called my fourth career.

I took a post lecturing in electrical engineering at Aylesbury College from where I have finally retired and coincidentally have handed over the electrical section to a colleague from my Westcott days. Finally I say thanks to Lord Williams’s and those long suffering teachers. I have now learned first hand the problems they endured.

I have two children and two grandsons. Lucy who also went to Lord Williams’s lives in Oakham with her husband Richard, they are just a few miles from where we live. They have one son Freddie. Our son Hedley is a Major in the Army. Having started out in the Navy, he is married with one son Hector. My wife Rhona retired as an Oxfordshire head teacher and enjoys the tranquillity of this area of the country.

I am a local church warden and we belong to a number of associations, we have a dog and so we are both keeping fit and busy.

Richard Meyrick c1970 Now an internationally recognised concert pianist. His extraordinary playing has been lauded by the international press, and by such acclaimed musicians as Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has recently given recitals in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and this month will play the Wigmore Hall. He is also director of the Piano Studio in London.

2004

Michael Spencer the current Headteacher will be retiring in August 2005.

Kate Curtis who used to teach at Lord Williams’s as Head of Modern Languages, has been appointed as the new Headteacher of Wheatley Park School.

John King 1949-1955 is a retired music teacher and now lives in Norwich.

Ian Borsing who left in 1978 is running a pub in Taunton and would be love to see some old school friends across the other side of the bar.

What news of more recent leavers…? April Spary -2004 is at university in Canterbury; Simon Gray -2003 writes, ‘Am off travelling the world shortly then going to uni studying law, better late than never.’ Thomas Kendall-Smith, ‘I am in my last year at uni studying Sport with Media. Am planning to go around the world with my girlfriend (Sam) when we have finished.’ Kate Kendall, ‘In the final year of my Theatre and Media Degree. The weathers bad in Wales, the accents strange but still having a good time. I’m now off to Australia for a year away.’ Ruth Butler, left in 1999, ‘I live in a village near Bicester, am married and work in the disabled aids industry.’ Steven Tracey left in 1995 and is now in the pub trade. ‘After Thame, Chinnor and Stone, got myself a cracking pub in a tiny village near Brighton after a brief jaunt up north. I don’t know how I ended up in the pub trade because as you know drinking and pubs have never really interested me that much. Funny old world.’ He still plays rugby and now enjoys shooting as well. Suzanne Robinson is studying veterinary medicine at Emmanuel College Cambridge, and Simon Bates is reading English at St Annes, Oxford.

Ian Beverley is happily married with 2 kids, living in North Yorkshire. Left the RAF after 22 years, now working in Northallerton as Director of Procurement for the Northern Procurement Group.

Jason Shipperley left in 1990, Studied at OCFE for 2 years and have gone on to work for a few airlines and corporate business houses with relation to the travel industry. Currently work in Medical Repatriation in SW London as an Account Manager. Married to my beautiful Italian wife and very happy.

Anton Keyte ‘Having left Lord Bills in 1994 before finishing my A levels, I never did go back to study, I did finally get my hair cut short though! I have done a number of different jobs since dropping out, from care work with autistic pupils (the reason I dropped out), to retail store management for a computer company. I am now a Sales Account Manager for Databiz, a CD and DVD duplication company in Kidlington near Oxford.

Chris Giles 1966-73 I’ve been living in Orkney for 15 years with Gill, my wife of 27 years and my two children Kate (22) and Harry (18). I’ve been teaching for 26 years in London and now here after studying at Trinity College, Oxford. I’d love to hear from fellow ex pupils.

Bryan Clayton Joined Royal Fusiliers 20/6/1950 as National Service intake. Transferred to the 2nd Battalion Queens Royal Regiment at Iselohn, trained and served as a drummer in Corps of Drums, Discharged June 1952. Served in TA after the colours in 262 Regt. Airborne Royal Artilley until 1956. Returned to the City on demob working for stockbrokers. In 1974 went into the banking industry until retiring in 1989. Heavily involved in amateur motor racing from 1959 to 1992. Own a 33 foot motor cruiser and a classic MG.

Graham Thomas’ extraordinary new book Extremes: Contradictions in Contemporary Japan is now on sale (just in time for Christmas). You might have seen some rave reviews in the national press – it takes an original perspective on his life and travels through Japan. Stocked by both Waterstone’s and Ottakars.

Nicola Barton (now Roche) left 1986 Hello there! I have just looked at the website for the first time and see that I am on the missing list. My name then was Nicola Barton. I am now Nicola Roche and am living near Pontypridd in South Wales. I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the upper sixth in 1986.

Andy Arnold. This is a note to let everyone know that from the end of February 2005, Carole and I will be moving from Lincoln to the Isle of Man. We are travelling there again at the end of January to finalise jobs and somewhere to live (temporarily) before finding exactly what we want.

Dr Cliff Nixey 1950-58 has recently been awarded the BOCM-PAULS Cup for outstanding service to the British Poultry Industry. He recently retired as Technical Director of British United Turkeys Ltd who are responsible for the breeding of more than half the world’s turkeys, having been with them for 41 years after leaving Reading University. He has formed a consultancy company, Poultry Xperience Ltd, to maintain his contacts with the industry.

An invitation: an OT is mounting an art show with recent graduates from Goldsmiths’ and is inviting all OTs to the Private View. Who knows, you might discover the next Damien Hirst or Sam Taylor Wood.

Private View: Monday 29th November 7-9pm

Show Runs: 30th November – 12th December, 10-5pm Mon – Sat, 11.30-5.30pm Sunday.

Place: St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA. Nearest tube: Euston or Kings Cross.

J W Fountaine 1934-39 I was a day-boy for the first three years then a boarder for two. I enjoyed the friendship and loyalty of the latter. We were ruled by a rod of iron by A.C. Dyer (Headmaster). I passed School Cert. in ’38 (with 5 credits) and left LWGS after one year in the 6th. We were taught cricket and rugger by R Miller and this he did very well. I played rugby for Aylesbury RFC until I was 33, badminton at Thame until age 63, and a little tennis. At School I played 1st XI cricket in 1938 & ’39 (wicket keeper and vice captain) and 1st rugby in 1938 & ’39. I have met and chatted to 5 of that 15 this year 2004: H Cox, J Smith, F Fowler, H Smith and H Lear. We are all in our eighties. I first played for the OTs in 1939 and played for the last time for them 20 years later in 1959. I joined my father on a mixed farm at Ashendon. I continued this until I sold my last livestock in 2001. This was a very enjoyable and rewarding way of life. I have 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons

Charlotte Partington left 2003 Charlie from the Thame Leisure Centre. I have left the Leisure Centre to go off to university. I am studying Hospitality and Leisure Management at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham. Take Care, Charlie

Gerard Greenway writes, ‘Geoffrey Rushton left 1981, a.k.a. John Balance, has died after an accident at home. Details and e-mail for a book of condolence can be found at the website of his band Coil. As electronic bands go, Coil’s pedigree is nearly flawless; they can trace their ancestry right back to the very band that gave ‘industrial’ music its name: Throbbing Gristle. Coil were formed in 1983 by vocalist and percussionist John Balance, a member of the Throbbing Gristle offshoot band Psychic TV. However, the band really kicked off a year later when Balance began a creative and personal partnership with Throbbing Gristle co-founder (and fellow PTV member) Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson.
Coil have always been about exploring the nether reaches of electronic and ambient music. Their approach to composing and performing has always revealed a fascination with the occult, with live shows often taking on a ritualistic aspect. Coil’s full-length debut, ‘Scatology’, found them working with another titan of industrial music, Jim ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell, and established their basic sound: unsettling mood pieces, with the strongly implied feeling of an altered state of being. This psychedelic aspect of Coil has stayed with them ever since, and perhaps reached its peak with their album ‘Love’s Secret Domain’, their 1991 take on acid house and the ecstasy-fuelled UK dance culture at the time. While not exactly danceable, it certainly showed that they could get a groove going when they put their minds to it.
The band has always had a fascination with the visual arts as well, and unsurprisingly, their forays into that area have been in keeping with their musical interests. They accompanied their cover of ‘Tainted Love’ with a controversial video starring Mark Almond (naturally) as an avenging angel, and it found its way into the New York Museum of Modern Art’s collection. 
And although none of their music ever showed up in the film, they were commissioned to contribute music to the movie adaptation of Clive Barker’s ‘Hellraiser’ (the tracks were subsequently released on a mini-LP). Coil also worked with cult director Derek Jarman on his film ‘The Angelic Conversation’.
In ’92, Coil signed to Trent Reznor’s Nothing label (the Nine Inch Nails headman has been a lifelong fan) and have continued in a more ‘Love’s Secret Domain’-styled beat-orientated (but no less sinister!) direction, both under their own name and under the pseudonyms ELpH and Black Light District. For the past few years, the core of Coil has consisted of Balance, Christopherson and fellow fringe-dweller (and frequent Julian Cope sideman) Thighpaulsandra; together, with the occasional collaborators, they’ve continued their explorations into the inner depths of the id.

Karen Dodwell 1973-1978 My father, Maurice Dodwell (a Wenman schoolboy himself) recieves a copy of the newsletter which I saw at the weekend and has prompted me to write. Friends will know me as Karen Dodwell. I have fond memories of Jo Evendon, Belinda Robson, Melanie House, Alison Shaw, Lynn Shurrock, Stephanie Broom, Tony Cozzi, Adam Carey, Brett Clemo, Paul Robertson – this names only a few, but loads of people come to mind. Good to see news on the site from so many names I remember, including Pete Merrow-Smith (ex brother-in-law) and Jan. I am now married to Robin Osterley, with two grown-up stepdaughters, and sons of our own, Jonas 6 and Dominic 2. Apart from being a mum, I am kept on my toes with a challenging job at Pearson Education as Product Information Manager, having previously worked various jobs in the publishing industry including a long stint at Pergamon Press working for Robert Maxwell, and then for Prentice Hall as Inventory Manager of academic and professional publications. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Clive Dickinson who left in 1970 is an author living near Ledbury in Herefordshire. He has written many well-recieved children’s books including The Lost Diary of Tutankhamun’s Mummy. He is part of the Complete Editions team with Gyles Brandreth and Michele Brown, who between them have compiled many books ranging from crosswords to jokebooks; from fact books to fiction. He currently edits many of the Manchester United titles for Madcap Publishing, and also ghost-writes celebrity autobiographies. His sister, Claire Dickinson, a founder-member of the Lower 6th Removed class, is married and lives in Dorset.

Jane Andrews (now Amies) 71-73 has written to us from Oxford.

Professor Anthony Taylor 1940-47 who had a long and distinguished career in neurosciences, retired in 1995 but is a Professor (Emeritus) at Imperial College, London.

Margaret Evans who starred in several School plays during the late 1960s – but who attended Headington School – has her own company producing audio tapes for the blind.

Jane Hussey (now Wells) is living in Bedfordshire and working as a nurse.

Stephen Tofts now has his own company specialising in management training and development.

Valerie Morris, the OTA’s first female President, finally succumbed on 5th November, to a brain tumour after a long, brave and gallant fight. Howard Goodall writes: ‘Valerie Avern nee Morris died of a brain tumour in the first week of November. She had been seriously ill for a long time. She leaves a husband and children and her funeral was in Slip End, near Luton, Beds, on Tuesday 9th Nov at 2pm. Those who were at Lord Bills’ in Val’s time will remember her amazing energy, good humour, warmth and friendliness. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a kinder person than her. She always put other people’s well being before her own. She did well at everything she got involved with – which was most things – but especially music. She lived in Chinnor and others a little younger than me may remember her sister Yvonne, another key member of Robin Nelson’s chamber choir of that period. Val will be greatly missed.’

During the course of the year, the following OTs and staff – not previously noted in our News – have sadly passed away during the last year: Tom Martin, Bethany Surman, Rory Anderson, Tim Roberts, Matthew Hughes, Nadine Smith and Jo Henderson.

Quick snippets on recent leavers: Philip Alcock is studying for a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Manchester; Clare Gallagher is in her final year studying Fashion Design at De Montfort; another Manchester student is Rachel Moore who’s in her 3rd year studying Psychology; two alumni are both doing teaching training at Gloucester: Sarah Reeves in her 3rd Year and Michael Smith who hopes to become a primary school teacher. Emma Steedman is studying Beauty Science at Aylesbury on a two year BTech, and Fay Warwick History and Politics at Oxford Brookes. Stephanie Howes is in her 2nd year of training to be a physiotherapist; Julia Morrow is reading History at Liverpool; Ellie Isaac is studying Physical Education at Brighton with the goal of becoming a PE teacher at Secondary level, and Alexander Stevens, Architecture and Structural Engineering at Sheffield. Ed Britton started studying at a Music Theatre college in London but has recently left. Jack Law is at Nottingham University. Hannah Redwood is in her 2nd year of a BA (Primary Teaching with Design specialism) at Brighton University. Louise Holmes graduated from Birmingham with a 2:1 and is now reading for a Master’s in Publishing at Oxford Brookes. Helen Jones is a 3rd Year medic’ having returned from a year in Tanzania. Lisa Freeman who gained a Masters in International Human Rights Law is now training to be a barrister. Tim Hewitt is reading Maths at Nottingham. Isobel Heafey is in her 2nd year reading French at Sheffield. Paul Turner, who has battled with leukemia for the least five years, is doing a part-time Level 2 NVQ in carpentry and joinery in Aylesbury.

Steve Quartermain 1966-73 is Chief Planning Officer at Hambleton District Council in North Yorkshire.

David Taubman left 1975. I am teaching music in Sussex having just started at Eastbourne Technical College. I’ve written a novel about jazz and made several records. I’m married and have a son, Max, aged eight. Living in the Sussex countryside, happy, getting fat (can you believe it?)

Petrina Kingham 1975 – 1979 Please add me your long list of members. I was originally at Lower School West untr School West until moving to the Upper School in 1975/6. I remember David Carr as Headmaster of LSW and was lucky enough to perform as Mrs Beaver (don’t laugh) in Howard G’s &quotn Nelson’s Chamber Choir during the ‘golden era’ and was the angel Gabriel in the not much mentioned musical ‘Star’. I love your idea of a reunion concert in 2009. I might be on my zimmer by then, but count me in! I’m currently living in Lewes, East Sussex (quite near Simon Lambert in fact) with my son, a dog and a flock of sheep! After a long and stressful career in brewing, I have taken time out to read Law at Sussex University. I remember my days at Lord Bill’s with great affection. Among the more musical of us, I recall Josie Dixon and Karen O’Brien (both I think went on to Oxford). John Green and Richard Simpson also stand out in my memory as being exceptional actors. What ever happened to them? Many people may not remember me but may remember our shop in the Buttermarket, ‘Kinghams Records and Tapes.’ I loved visiting the website and hope to come along to a reunion before your grand event of 2009!

Anna Webley, who left 24 years after Petrina – in 2003 – is also studying law at Sussex.

Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World is, as he puts it, ‘a surreal art fair for all-round family entertainment.’ It will be held on Friday 22nd at Cirque in London’s West End, starting at around 9.00pm. Julian Clary will co-host the event and judges include Peter Blake, Brian Eno, Zandra Rhodes and Boy George. It’s returning after a six year absence and, as Time Out says, ‘there is nothing quite like it.’ OTAs will be especially welcome and the bigger the wig the better.

Mary Limbird I taught biology at Lord Bill’s from 1970 until 1972. I lived in the boarding house for the first term and was one of only three female members of staff. I am amazed to find so many people I remember on the website, especially in the photos. I would have loved to have come to the reunion for Colin Brookes but unfortunately am unlikely to be able to get there. Do please pass on my email address and give him and other contempories my good wishes. I am still teaching – most recently deputy head of a school in Somerset, but it’s not too long until retirement.

Jeremy (Jim) Kershaw 1973 -1979 I was a boarder at Lord Bills from 1973 – 1979. I’ve read a few notes from others that boarded at the time, and hope that my memories are happier than some. I was never a great scholar, although I did manage to rake together a reasonable bag of “O” levels before launching myself on the great wide world! I never had my head flushed down the toilet, and I seem to remember the bashings were more idle threats than actual events. I was certainly called a pleb, but this was rather standard boarding school vocabulary and many carried the title, handing it down to those in years below in due course. I certainly think that life as a boarder was fairly easy, and I wonder if in today’s litigious society boarders would be given the liberty and freedom that we were then. Certainly we were allowed into Thame on a daily basis, and permission to travel further afield to Oxford was readily granted at weekends, a blind eye was turned to our hitching, (thus saving precious cash). Some may remember me because I was always playing with model aeroplanes. The staff were very understanding of this, and a few of us were even given a room to ourselves (when the smell of balsa wood glue, aircraft dope & model engine fuel became too evasive in the dormitory!) After leaving school I joined the construction industry and for the last few years have been a director of a major house-building company based in the Midlands. I still live just outside Oxford and pass through Thame from time to time.

Ann Matthews I was at the school in 1950-52 doing science in the 6th form. I was taught physics by Mr Bunney. Would like to hear if anyone remembers her.

John Sanders 1937-40, I now live in Australia.

Tony Denson who left in 1965 Did computer science degree at Leeds University followed by a PhD at Leeds. Then spent 20 years in the computer industry before becoming a flying instructor. I now run Leeds Flying School at Leeds & Bradford airport.

Peter Banbury -1962 Have spent virtually the whole of my career in and around the book publishing and printing industry. Now running a company providing publishing services for conference organisers. Moved to East Anglia in 1977 and now live with wife of 35 years, Kate, on Norfolk/Suffolk border near Harleston. 
Married daughter, Helen, in London and son, Alastair, in Tokyo with Miho and their daughter, Hannah. 
Trying to trace ‘best man’, Morley ‘Gurney’ Slade last heard of moving to Egypt for Plessey in 1977. Anybody in touch please let me know.

Daniel Lindenbaum 1979 until 1984. I was a boarder. I was in some of the “Old Time Music Halls” that Colin Brookes used to put on.

Peter Timms who left in 1962 After some 38 years working for NatWest Bank I was offered and took early retirement in 2000. I now have a part time job (couple of days a week). Spend most of my time playing golf, watching Kent and the village side play cricket, visiting France (we are 5 min untes from the channel tunnel terminal) and generally relaxing ! 
I have been married to Sandra Kinch for all but 27 years. We have a son (Richard) who is at Manchester Univ. and a daughter (Lucy) who works for P&O/Stena in the personnel dept.

Neil van den Broek, I left Lord Bills in summer 1997. Just quickly browsing the Friends Reunited site, I saw the Founder’s Day reunion and tribute to John Fulkes (JF). Finally finished my degree! Man alive, I’m not gonna be a student anymore! Argh! What am I gonna do? Get a job?!?!?! Still swimming just been selected to swim for Great Britain in the European Champ’s just before Xmas so am training really hard for that. Lifes all good!

Esther Matthews (now Hunt) 1973-1979 I have recently enjoyed reading all the news on the website. Deborah Mathews who also left in 1979…After a few years of doing nothing much I trained as a nurse at the John Radcliffe in Oxford. As soon as that was done I went off travelling and worked in a bar. I moved to London in 1989 am still here. After doing a degree I am now a manager in the NHS. I would never thought it possible…and Simon Mathews also 1979. Having resided in various parts of the country, now trying to put roots down in South Lincolnshire – my wife is originally from hereabouts! Have been married 3 years now & have 2 terrific kids – Samuel, aged 4 & Ellie, nearly three. I am firmly embedded in the food industry, suppling top quality hotels & restaurants with top quality foods.

Steve Gardiner who left in 1977 is another alumni living in Western Australia. Married to Mandy Joiner in 1987, have 4 kids David (14), Emily (12), Jack (4), Adam 3 as at October 2004. Living in Western Australia. Visting UK in June 2005! Looking to contact the following people from days gone by: Mike Burr and Paul Bartlett (Gonger). Now enjoying the sunny climes of WA and no UK rat race!

Richard Groom 1960-67 I work in Leeds as sports journalist puttting out commentaries, stories, videos & data on the Orange phone network. Live in wilds of North Yorkshire with Maggie. Stopped playing football, cricket, rugby because of injuries. Still running (just); still climbing (slowly); still writing my first novel (even more slowly).

Martin Corrall 1966-73 is a financial advisor in Wales. He writes to say he is still in regular contact with John Saunders.

‘Sadly, Colin Brookes cannot now attend the planned ‘Colin Brookes’ reunion on 6th November. But if you were planning to be part of it, please still come and enjoy the company of other OTs and have a ‘non-Colin Brookes, Colin Brookes’ reunion.’ Colin himself writes: “Sad news I’m afraid! My proposed visit to Thame for the reunion has been sabotaged already. Unfortunately the weekend in question corresponds with my ‘coming of age.’ It’s official – the time has come for me to fulfil my destiny and join the ranks of the wrinklies. Apparently the family has arranged a ‘secret’ celebration that weekend. I feel obliged to go along with anything that’s been decided but must admit to mixed feelings. There is no doubt that it will be a delightful occasion but the fact remains it would have been great to see you all again. Ah well! The summer musicals meant so much to me, and still do. There were trials, tribulations, heartaches and frustrations but I like to feel that in the majority of cases the end justified the means. I have always regarded the latter part of the summer term to be the happiest and most rewarding part of my school year. It was always so heartening to see the response not only of the cast but also of the audience. I consider it a privilege for me to have been allowed to escape the confines of the laboratory every year and enjoy a world of fantasy in the company of so many terrific pupils and friends….well once again sorry! My thoughts will be with you. In the meantime – I suppose I must apply for my bus pass, arrange for a free eye test, enquire about a Saga Holiday and join the militant blue rinse brigade as they march in protest to Downing Street. Have a great day. Fond memories, Colin.’

David Smart writes: Dear Bridget, feel free to give our e-mail address to anyone who is interested. My first memory of boarding school was the first night as soon as lights out, the tallest 2nd year leaned over the partition with words to the effect that we first years were ‘plebs’, if we were cheeky we would get beaten, and if we sneaked, we would get beaten badly. As my brother had been cheeky, the same was expected of me, unfortunately, I rose to the challenge and for the next 4 years the ‘die’ was set for me. The climax physically was Matron calling me in and asking how I had collected 40 bruises aged 12 years. I remember being tied up to hot radiators, head flushed in the toilet, spread eagled on a table and painted, locked in a wardrobe and basically becoming a punch bag. I had 40 bruises on the outside, but the bruises inside lasted longer. I believe it was when I was 30 years old that I knew I was free. I had a vivid dream, I saw Jesus on the cross and knew that he had suffered and not been able to defend himself. Through that, I was set free. Up to 30 years of age I had a fear of authority figures, it was as if I carried (spiritually) a sign that said ‘if you abuse me, I won’t fight back.’

Three years after my dream, I was involved in an evangelistic outreach to Glastonbury Festival. I saw a 20 year old man with his girlfriend, I thought God was telling me he had been bullied at school, so I walked up to him to share this spiritual insight! It was spot on, he was quite distraught and immediately broke down in tears, his secret hurt revealed. I told him I had experienced the same. I asked where he was from, when he answered Thame. 10 years between us, same boarding school, same pain. I don’t know how many thousands of people were there, but our paths crossed and the topic was healing of an abused past. I knew again that God cared that much for him and for me. I wasn’t the only one.

I believe that some may be able to shrug off and move on, personally at 30 years old I was struggling. I know that there are others like the guy at Glastonbury for whom it hasn’t been that easy. To some extent, I must have replicated the same behaviour to younger pupils, so its not for me to stand in judgement, but 30 years later, its important to break the silence. David.

(Editor’s note: David originally included other allegations of serious abuse but we decided jointly not to include these. This contribution has certainly provoked thought. Not all complimentary. There are some who feel that these things should be kept private, that it hardly helps the reputation of the School, and that it is likely to generate bad feeling. When we discussed it at the OTA Committee Meeting in September, the conclusion was that we should not be shirking these issues. Was there bullying at the School? Of course there was. Bullying is a problem that won’t go away within our education system. Much of the time it is minor and transitory but it is undeniably true it can also lead to serious consequences. Bullying will not disappear but if we ignore it, then we side with the bullies. In addition, we should not deceive ourselves that everyone’s school days were wonderful. Many of us harbour only fond memories, some couldn’t care one way or other – it was just a period in their life – but for a few it was more traumatic. One ex-pupil I know resolutely refuses to come to any event as he says his school days were the worst period of his life. Another OT reported talking to a lady in Thame who became very upset when she recalled the bullying that afflicted her at what was then the Wenman. The OTA could, of course, ignore reality and present only happy memories. It was our judgement that such censorship sits uneasily with the founding principles of the School.)

Dale Russell 1972 – 1979 Just thought I’d drop you a short(-ish) line to share a few recollections of my spell at Lord Williams’s and give you an update on how I’m getting on. First though, let me start by adding my condolences at the recent death of John Fulkes. He was an inspirational English teacher and did much to encourage me to read as wide a variety of literature as possible; something I maintain to this day. He was also generous by nature and, when he learnt that my parents had moved to Dorset, took it upon himself to chauffeur me home for the holidays without any thought of accepting the petrol money on offer. Last October I popped into the School to give my partner a quick overview of where my formative years were spent. This fortunately coincided with Founder’s Day – I was delighted to meet John again after some 23 years and he seemed to be as full of good cheer and boundless energy as when I’d seen him last. His death must be a great loss to both Lord Williams’s and the Old Tamensians. As a boarder I have some abiding memories of the school; most good, although some perhaps not so. In the latter category, I would definitely have to include walking through town to the old Lower School after missing the bus on numerous occasions – and I see, from scanning your Members News page, that I was not alone in having had the dubious pleasure of my head immersed in a toilet. I also still shudder when I recall the too- frequent cross-country runs on Sunday’s that were an abomination to one so tender in years.

Overall though, there were certainly more good than bad memories. Being the school 1st XI cricket scorer during an unbeaten run stretching over many years until 1979 was one of them, although I suspect Neil Jenkins has still not forgiven me for dropping that catch when he was on a hat-trick at Witney! I remember Gerald Howat taking over the reins of the cricket team and immediately organising the construction of an excellent pavilion so that I could scribble away in the dry. I also remember the drawn match against one of the county sides (Sussex or Surrey I believe) that Gerald arranged to celebrate the construction. I’m not sure he was ever aware that there was another ‘secret’ competition among the team to see who could be the first to slog a cricket ball straight through one of the windows. Fortunately this never happened during my tenure as scorer although Ade Collins did send one ball whistling over the top of the roof. Other memories include the debating sessions that were held during lunch-times, visiting the Oxford Union and, ultimately, going on to win the Syson Speaking Prize. Taking part in ‘Cavalcade’, appreciating the many Chamber Music Concerts, square-bashing with the CCF and, of course, Harris becoming almost perpetual House champions.

As for life outside of school, I moved to Gloucester and joined Royal Mail where I remained for 23 years, most of that time spent as their Communication and Press Manager, until redundancy last year. Finally, I’ve begun to develop a new career in web-based animation.

Alan Brewer After an abortive move to Spain, I am now working for the Fire Service and living at Tiverton, Devon.

Neil Davies 1973 – 1980 writes to say he has moved to Kingston, Surrey.

One of our oldest members, Richard Duke 1920-1924 died on August 17th 2004 aged 96. His son writes ‘I believe that he was President some time in the 1970s. He was very active onto his 90s and was driving until he was 91! His education at LWGS stood him in good stead throughout his long life and he had fond memories of his time there. Michael Duke.’

Matthew Hall 1990-1997 Fortunate enough to be Head Boy in my final year. I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing on John Fulkes this year. Unfortunately I was away in Nigeria when this happened and with great regret was not able to attend the funeral. He was an enormously influential figure in my life and in so many of my fellow pupils and his contribution can’t really be put into words. After discussions with a few of my contemporaries, we feel it would be nice (and a fitting tribute) to get as many of our year together as possible. This would be during the weekend of Founders’ lecture November 5th, and celebration evening: and Founders’ Day November 6th to catch up and have a pint or two in memory of JF and all that he gave to us. Many of my year, like myself, were unable to attend the funeral and feel therefore that some kind of re-union would be appropriate. I would like to have the contact details of anyone who left the school in either ’97 or ’98 so that I may go about organising what is hoped will be a very informal, yet special re-union.

Gloria Brown has contacted us with news about her new business development company: ‘I started targeting electronics companies, as I have an electronic distribution background in sales, after working for MEMEC PLC. But funny enough the word got around and I was approached by a lot of different companies, for example I won a contract from a vintage music company called Past Perfect who offer music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Also, I have been doing work for a local company called IT Solutions, pushing their server support and services’. So if you need some proven telemarketing to develop new business, please contact Gloria. On a personal note, Gloria is still living near Thame with a wonderful husband – she married when 19 – and she has one son.

Bonnie Dawn Roberts (Dawn Roper when at school) has created a web-site to promote her business Power Presentations. This is aimed at two markets: executive and schools – where she’s had great success. All enquiries for business are welcome.

Robert W Harrison 1942-48 passed away on Sunday 5th September aged 73. His funeral was held on September 14th at St Thomas Church, in Simpson, Milton Keynes.

I was most sorry to learn of the death of Bob Harrison in September. Enquiries at our last reunion had revealed that he had for long been unwell. My memories of him both at school and at his Father’s farm, are of a warm and very good-natured soul amongst whose friends I was glad to be counted. My belated condolences to his sister and wider family. John Russell.

Barry Mott 62-69 I am now living and working in the Lake District – Windermere, running a guest house with my wife, Anne. I found the move from Thame quite traumatic but we are feeling much more positve about life. Windermere was a good choice for a thriving business.  We would welcome any O.T’s at ‘Holly Lodge’, open all year (except Christmas and when we decide to take a break!!). See our website: www.hollylodge20.co.uk Our daughter Laura is getting married in January to Harry (she is a Physiotherapist in Tunbridge Wells), and our son Oliver is a Scenes of Crime Investigator in Nottingham. They are both OT’s and we can pass any messgaes on for them. I would like to have Michael Cook’s e-mail address if possible { MC sent a message in August.} We played rugby together and have not seen each other for about 20 years!!

Martyn Read 56-63 can be often heard narrating audiobooks. He has recorded for Isis, including The Tesseract by Alex Garland, In the Heart of the Country by H E Bates, Winston Churchill by Robert Blake, Ben in the World by Doris Lessing and Tales of the Old Countrymen by Brian P Martin. Have only just caught up with OT news. Phil Quartermain & Gerard Gould malign me in accusing me of being the member of the cast of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ who forgot his entrance & came on as Petruchio looking at his watch & saying ‘Sorry I’m late, I was delayed in the Market Place’. This dishonour actually fell to the Head of School House [Head Boy?] David ‘Dean’ Martin who was Petruchio. I played a humble servant named Tranio, on stage at the time & trying not to laugh, and I recall the incident well. I also recall P. Quartermain and one Peter Ruygrok looking extremely fetching in drag as serving wenches/romantic leads. Their secret is safe with me. DOES ANYONE HAVE A CONTACT FOR ROBERT SANKEY [1956-1963] now living in the Bath area? I’d be most grateful for any info. It goes without saying what I feel about John Fulkes. Thou good and faithful servant. John Aylward 1958-1963 In July, he & I went on a tour of the school – his first visit since leaving. He has lived in Nigeria for 20 + years, is married to Esther and has a daughter Faith. Will pass on his e-mail address to anyone interested.

Nick Newton Fletcher is a behavioural ecologist and an expert in wild chimpanzee behaviour. He is currently Assistant Director and Leverhulme Research Fellow, Budongo Forest Project, Uganda.

Rick Strodder 1975 G’day Bridget I’d love for you to pass on my email details to any others now living in Australia (I’m in Melbourne) and of course, add my email address to any I love getting the updates keep up the good work… love to make it to a Founder Day one of these days. Warm Regards Rick

Sometimes gap year students in Australia would like a friendly face to visit. Would anyone like to be on a list for such students?

Gordon Wells: Hampden House 1950 – 57:- Exact contemporary of Flaps Nixey, Nick Wolfrey, Casa Whitehouse, Drin Tarr, Ray Hawes, Tony Buckle, Stan West, Mouse Dawson (who sadly died last year), Tony Arber, John Goodyer, Fuse Shurrock, Perry Lock, Brian Porter etc etc. I played Cricket and Rugby for LWGS and was in the 1st.XV when each of the 3 Maxton Brothers were Captain in turn. I managed to get into the Oxfordshire Schools XV in my last year at Thame playing Wing Forward – (we didn’t have “Flankers” then !!). Like several other people who have put pen to paper, I feel a large debt of gratitude to HM (Hugh Mullens) for his guidance and influence on me and particularly in my case also to Mr. Bunney and to Mr.Lilley for getting me into Physics. On leaving Lord Bill’s, I worked at the Atomic Research Establishment, Harwell for 10 years during which I had a Bursary to attend University in London. A short spell at the RMCS at Shrivenham followed but sadly I didn’t finish my Ph.D. I joined Pressed Steel Fisher (part of BL in Oxford) and had several years in various Research Depts. in the Motor Industry in Oxford and the Midlands including running the Anti-Corrosion Consultancy for BL at Gaydon, Warks. The last 14 years of my working life was as Laboratory Manager in one of the Jaguar Cars sites, working as a Materials Engineer specialising in Painting and Body build techniques. I married whilst at college to Chris and we have two children – Anne is a Physiotherapist with her own practise in Coventry and Peter works in Wilmington, N.Carolina, both are married and have two children each. Having moved house several times around the Oxford area, we have lived in Kenilworth since 1981. The only school friend I see regularly is Tony Buckle, although I do swop news and meet Cliff Nixey and Nick Woolfrey on occasions.

Several of our year met and attended Founder’s Day Service last year but I found it a little disappointing with the severely truncated form of service compared to the one we had in the Mullen’s years and there didn’t seem to be any school representation except for the Headboy and Headgirl. I retired a little early in 2000 and spend a couple of days each week in the local Primary School as a voluntary Helper on IT and I’m also on the Board of Governors. .

I still do a little consultancy work in the field of Paintshop Solvent Emission measurement and control which keeps the brain active and I spend some time mending and building PCs for friends. We travel a little and visit the USA to see our son and family there and until recent trouble with my knees we regularly walked in the Lake District.

Philip Jones 1975-1981 I loved my time boarding at Lord Bills. Did very badly in the class but enjoyed all the drama and sport. Contemparies include Richard Kershaw, Simon Lambert, Jon Cooke, Matthew Briggs, the Lougher brothers, Rupert Vessey, Gary Few, Cato from Norway and many others. Great memories of Drama and in particular Howard Goodall’s first musicals (The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, and Oliver). After leaving in ’81 I did a number of jobs and some travelling before joining the Army. I’m still serving after 17 years. I was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers and have since served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Cyprus, Canada, Belise, Germany, Zimbabwe, S Africa, Zimbabwe, Congo, Iraq and a few more besides. I am now stationed in Brecon, Mid Wales at the Infantry Battle School where I am the Chief Instructor, Major. It is excellent to hear about you all.

Peter Arnold 1960-1967 President OTA 1986 News – firstly I was deeply saddened by the news of John Fulkes’s untimely death. John and I used to play together as very young children (i.e. 5-8 years old). I only have to smell baking bread to be transported back to Park Street, Thame, where Mr Fulkes was a baker and Mrs Fulkes ran the Post Office. Secondly I have suffered from Sarcoidosis for 12 years, which has tended to limit my dynamism and capacity to involve myself in OTA business. Sorry! Thirdly I was able to get up to Yorkshire and take part in Mike Fethney’s funeral service. I spoke on behalf of the Tamensians.

Georgina Hubbard who left in 1995 is currently working for the Oxfordshire Healthcare Support Services as a Web Developer. I am responsible for maintaining “OxWeb” (Oxfordshires’ NHS intranet), setting up best practice – research/justifing cost of making a piece of technology/software standard, and any additional public facing web sites.

Kendra Simpson is organising a meet in the evening at Murphy’s Craic (behind the Abingdon Arms) on Saturday 2nd October 2004 for all those who will be 30 this coming school year. (‘Tell any school friends you’re still in touch with.Following uni’ I taught for three years then gave up to become a mum! Pete and I now have two children, Luke and Emily.’)

Hooray! Even thought the Independent said ‘it was a surprise’ Simon Burnett made the final of the 200m freestyle “race of the century”. Congratulations.

Anton Dudnikov Moved away after GCSEs due to parents moving, now at Oxford University.

Mark Brown 1977-1981 (I was one of the Boarders) Having looked at the OT Website today, I find you have me down as a missing member. I am still about and would very much like to be added to your mailing list if possible. After leaving school I joined the Civil Service, and now find myself providing IT/Network Support (Still in the Civil Service). I live not far away in Bicester. I am married to Arianne and have a 14month old daughter called Tia.

Michael Cook 1963-70 was in touch recently from Australia. (If all the OTs in Australia want each others’ details, Bridget can pass them on but, she says, ‘I need your permission before passing on such info though.’)

Patrick North left 2001 Am currently in my 2nd year of a drama studies degree at King Alfred’s College Winchester.

John Maxton a former head boy has been created a life peer.

Teresa Dodd (now Butler) left in 1980. ‘I have twin girls who are now 4. I’m married to John and I live in Ludgershall, near Brill. We’re into Land Rovers and classic cars and I’m just about to start doing some music again – pre-kids I was writing and recording with 2 other musicians and it’s been too long since I did any serious singing! I’m currently studying to become a life coach, which I love.’

Rebecca North 1993 – 2000 daughter of Patrick North 1964 – 1971 was engaged to Gavin Beckley of Headington on 15.02.04 – the wedding is planned for May 2006 – and has just achieved a 2:1 in Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies following three years at Oxford Brookes University.

Nona Hawkins-Smith 1971-1973 married John Baker last July in Bexhill on Sea. ‘We met on a course in Sussex but John was living in Wheatley so I have come ‘back home’. Having just completed the Certificate in Christian Counselling we are setting up a practice based locally’

Mark Ansell who left in 2003 has just started a placement with BBC Oxford writing for the website on youth arts in Oxfordshire.

Jon Banks is living in splendid isolation in deepest Hertfordshire under the shadow of the Black Mountains. He was recently visited by Graham Thomas – the two of them had last seen each other in 1980 at a party in Blackheath, London. Jon has his own building renovation business so if any OT needs work done on their house, Jon can be contacted via the OTA.

Another OT from the same era is also living in one of the country’s more isolated communities – Chris Giles is a schools drama advisor based in Orkney.

Howard Goodall is advising the 2012 Olympic Bid on developing a cultural programme that will run alongside the Games.

Tom Spencer – 1999 Still at uni in Bristol doing an MSc in International Relations which finishes in September. Have started looking for post uni jobs and might be off to the big smoke soon to seek my fortune (via Thame though…) Recently became an uncle. Nice.

Stuart Gregory – 2001 I’m now working in Thame at the Brothers Hair Salon as a stylist. Have just returned from working abroad in Cyprus in a hair dressers over there. All fun and looking forward to doing more travelling in the next year. Don’t really spend my nights out in the area. Can usually find me in London or Brighton. Oxford is my home town though and thats where most of my friends are. Do still see some of the old school lot and have met up with a few for drinks and chats. Just came out of a long relationship (3 years) long for me. And just wanted to see what everyones up to now. I can safely say that I’m nothing like the short fat spotty school boy I once was.

David Mosely – 1972 is a flute player in Opera North, Leeds. Married since 1981. Son aged 21 daughter aged 18. David lives in a village north of Leeds, and also manages and plays in the Empyrean Ensemble.

Paul Shewry 1973-78 I am still in the Army and have recently finished commanding 6 Bn REME, a busy 2 1/2 years which included tours in Kosovo and the Gulf and a stint providing emergency fire cover in Newcastle during the Firemens’ strike. Following command, I was promoted to Colonel and I am now at HQ Land in Wilton as DACOS Logistic Plannning.

Roger Allan 1976 is currently living in Thame but is thinking of moving to the US; Neil Davies 1980 is living in London, working part-time in IT at Canary Wharf and spends the rest of his time as a house dad. Nigel Nicholson 1980 spent a long career in the RAF and now works as an engineer with British Airways at Heathrow Airport. Robert Nicholls 1983 is living in Phoenix, Arizona, Director of Finance for a US based Electronics and Telecommunications firm. He is married to Wendy for 12 years and have two boys 11 and 8 who love soccer (sorry football!) He keeps in touch with Stuart McRae, Andy Mcstay, Roger George, and Jeremy Lowe. Penny Diffley 1987 writes: I’m now a Doctor (God help them) and start work in August as (almost!) the oldest junior in town. Currently experiencing a curious mixture of excitement and sheer terror… Plus relief at finally getting a wage again to pay off my enormous student debt. Kelly Surman 1989 writes: I am currently living in Warrington and have two small children. I have been working in Basingstoke, Leeds and now Sandbach for a Chemical Company. My daughter is starting school in September so it has prompted me to think about Lord Williams’s. Vicky Noy 1995 is living in London, working for a law firm and running marathons.

Philip Burnham is attempting to break the Blind Folded Land Speed World Record, later this summer. Philip, who lives in Thame and currently teaches in Leigh-On-Sea, hopes to raise £3,600 for the Blind Sport Charity, by breaking the current record, that stands at 144.7 mph. Philip’s feat will take place at Elvington air base, near York, in a Formula One car, loaned by racing driver, Matthew Mortlock and any individuals or businesses (whose company will feature on the body work of the car) who would like to make a donation, can phone 01702472410 and leave a message. The record-breaking attempt will be filmed by the BBC, and an independent company who makes films for Sky Sports and Channel 4.

A number of teachers familiar to many OTs will be leaving Lord Williams’s School this month. Judy Basford will retire having worked at the school since 1971. Sally Ibbett will be leaving the Art department after 18 years, and the School’s SENCO, Lucy Mettyear, leaves her post after 5 years to work as an Inclusion Consultant for Oxfordshire LEA.

Mary Clarke 1984-1991 After graduating with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science, I spent some time travelling before ending up in Cambridge where I worked for the MOD and joined the TA as a medic. In Febuary 2003, I was called up to serve in the Gulf to work on ambulances. We started in Kuwait and finished outside Basra. I returned home in May and started a Sports Massage course in Oxford. I am now qualified as a personal trainer, nutritionist, body and sports massage therapist, and currently working in Oxford. I would be glad to hear from anyone who knew me.

Nona Hawkins-Smith sends news that she is now living in Wheatley having recently moved from the south coast.

There are now four OTs on the School’s staff: Pete Daplyn, Geoff Branner, Rachel Vickers and Kate Walkinshaw.

David Dillamore 1956-63 is MD of his own management consultacy Quality Quest who provide a wide range of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, Reliability and Information Security System services. He lives in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.

Helen Beazley 1971-74 writes under the name Helen Carey and is the author of LAVENDER ROAD, SOME SUNNY DAY and ON A WING AND A PRAYER. She also paints and writes short stories, articles, film and TV.As a former management and HR consultant, she runs ‘creativity in management’ courses for companies wishing to develop innovative thinking in their staff. She is an experienced and eclectic reader, and is on the judging panel for the Harry Bowling Award, The RNA New Writers Competition, The Greek Experience Short Story Competition, The SW Magazine Short Story Competition. She has close links with a number of publishers and literary agents for some of whom she also reads and assesses manuscripts.She runs a number of writing courses some of which she developed in conjunction with Louis de Bernières. These have been highly popular and successful in bringing writers to publication sometimes for the first time.More recently as a result of the courses she has become involved in private coaching and mentoring of writers providing support and advice as they progress through their individual projects.

Patricia Head (nee Foster, PGCE 1987-88, MA Education 1991-93) has been appointed Head of The Grove School, Balderton. She was previously Deputy Head at the School.

Charles Boyle 1964-71 is now Director of the Architectural Studies Programme, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, PNG. he is an Australian registered, UK trained architect and spent 14 years in the Solomon Islands. Ran architectural practice Pacific Architects. Established local NGO Hybrid Technology. Wrote the book ‘Disaster Resistant Construction for Traditional Bush Houses.’ Presented numerous conference papers (notably) in Beijing and Oxford. Now completing a Doctorate in Tropical Architecture. Member of the Baha’i community for 25+ years. Extensive theatrical, media, exhibition experience, trained fireman. Former: Samaritan, member of Lions Club, Spanish Honorary Consul to the Solomon Islands.

Dear Bridget I was saddened to read of Mike Fethney’s death. He was perhaps an unsung hero of my generation of LWGS’s youth, but definitely a hero. I remember his Yorkshire accent and very down-to-earth Christianity – the sort I could have subscribed to if I had had an ounce of spirituality. Mike had also propped for the United Services, Portsmouth and beneath the unforced gentleness there was a no-messing firmness. Perhaps a ‘school boy’s story’ but a local farmer discovered this to his cost when he fired some lead over Martin (alias Myrtle) Griffin’s head; Martin was filching apples from what used to be the orchard behind Highfields, and the orchard belonged to the farmer. Unfortunately for the farmer, the entire scene was witnessed by Mike, who duly leapt over the Highfields fence into the adjacent field, raced over to said farmer, and flattened him with a single blow. The ensuing warning was gruff, and the dazed, supine farmer did not see fit to offer any opposition ….Nor did Greenacres/Highfields residents ever have cause to fear repercussions from subsequent apple-filching. Nigel and I annually filled our games lockers to bursting with illicit fruit, until the orchard made way for the new Upper School’s games fields. And that we did so with impunity was down to Mike Fethney. Just for the record, Dave Tomlinson and I reckon Mike left LWGS (as it then was) in the summer of 1966 to return to Yorkshire. Best wishes Willy Cooke.

Simon Burnett has been selected for the Olympic Swimming Team and will travel to Athens with the team in August. He is currently National Champion for the 200m freestyle and it is this event that he will compete in both as an individual and as part of the relay team. Simon’s brother, James, is still at school in Year 12.

Desmond Slay has died from cancer.  He was recently a devoted President and Chairman of the OTA.

Dr Stephanie Halford 1974-81 is a Lecturer in Molecular Genetics at the Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London.

Dr Stephen Andrews 1968-76 is the Senior Prosthtist at Southmead Hopsital, Bristol.

Brian Digweed 1953-62 is the Accounts Officer for the Refugees Study Centre at the University of Oxford.

Sally Bailey 1980-87 is now presenting a radio programme on Mercury 96.6, which covers north London and Hertforshire.

Michael J Fethney who taught history at the School in the early ’60s has recently died.

Sarah Greenwood 1980-87 (now Wilkins) is running her own kids fashion shop in Thame – Fish Kids Wear.

Adrian Jackson 1968-75 is founder and Artistic Director of the Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company. As well as the deviser of a large number of plays for the company, Adrian is a well-travelled teacher and translator. He has worked as Augusto Boal’s translator on four books – most recently Hamlet and the Baker’s Son, Augusto Boal’s autobiography. Adrian has taught Theatre of the Oppressed work in many contexts, throughout Britain, in Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and India. Adrian was previously Associate Director of London Bubble, where he directed a punk rock musical Too Much Too Young by Catherine Johnson and a number of Forum Theatre projects for communities including Irish Travellers, Deaf people, and adults with learning difficulties.

Andrew Goss 1959-67 is this year’s Honoury President of Weymouth Rowing Club.

Annabel Overton, Dawn Roper, Andy Arnold, David Lilley, Katie Overton, and Liz Reece, were among those at the Spring Lunch. Following lunch, it was decided to put together a Reunion built around – though not exclusively – those involved with ‘La Vie Parisienne.’

Robin Nelson Dear Bridget, Very good to hear about your plans. It is a pity, but I can’t do your lunch in May, as I am organising a Birdwatching event in Gloucestershire that day. I’d be happy to conduct the choir, but I wouldn’t know how to get them together. Please keep in touch but bear in mind I’m still v. busy as I’m acting D.O.M. at Sherborne School until Christmas though retired from Marlborough College.

Robin was educated at Calday Grange Grammar School,Wirral. He gained an Honours degree in Music at Christ’s College, Cambridge where he was also Choral Exhibitioner. Then he started teaching at Lord Williams before becoming, in 1982, director of Music at Marlborough College, a position which involved directing the accomplished Chapel Choir. For the last twelve years Robin has been an Examiner for the Associated Board both in the UK and Abroad as well as a member of the Association of British Choral Directors. Robin composes mostly choral music. Much of it is published by Banks Music Publications and has been performed by prestigious choirs including the National Youth Chamber Choir, the Choir of Clare College Cambridge and the Cathedral choirs of both Winchester and Wells. Marlborough College Chapel Choir have made two recordings featuring several of Robin’s ompositions. I sing of a Maiden appears on the CD Anthems & Carols from Marlborough College Chapel Choir (Priory Records), Out of your sleep, Lute Book Lullaby and Tomorrow shall be my dancing day all appear on the most recent CD, Advent to Christmas (Priory Records).

(You can buy CDs of Robin conducting the College choir at a number of sites on-line.)

David Swan is an internationally acclaimed pianist whose been living in Canada since the early ’70s.

Chris Clements 1966-1973 has been working for many years for rm.plc the leading supplier of software, services and systems to UK education. He played cricket for the Oxfordshire senior team until he was 35, and now coaches and manages them. He lives in Wheatley.

Graham Thomas 1966-1973 was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

John Fulkes died unexpectedly on 19th April. John had been the School’s Head of Sixth Form since the mid 80s and a member of staff since 1975. He’d also been on the OTA Committee for nigh on 30 years, serving as President and Secretary during that time. His death leaves a void as he was dedicated to to the OTA and did much to keep it flourishing. As Gerard Gould wrote: “Dear John – my farewell to you must be Horatio’s to Hamlet: “Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Robert Banbury 1955-1961 as a boarder, following which I had my final year in the sixth form as a day boy leaving in the summer of 1962 to study in London. Reading the website revives many memories and I would appreciate regular updates. A contemporary of mine was Morley Slade who I see has provided a note about his current activities. Morley was our best man at our wedding and I lost touch with him and Nicky when Kate and I moved to Norfolk and he took a posting to Egypt in 1977.

Jeremy Drew 1970s ish These days I am running a successful record company which owns its own studio and mobile recording facility. 2 years ago we recorded the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens for a CD that was released through Classic FM.

Phil Quarterman 1959-65 I was in England in November, and paid a wonderful visit to Gerard Gould, to whom I owe so much. As it happened, he was about to attend the Founder’s Day service, and there was to be a reunion of my year, but unfortunately, I had a trip to North Wales planned with my brother. My nephew, Jonathan Quarterman, who is an OT, along with his brother Thomas, pointed me to the Website. I took A-levels and the Oxford entrance exam in 1965, with Gerard’s encouragement, and went up to St. John’s College, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English, where I had the distinct privilege of studying under John Carey (later Merton Professor). From there, to Newcastle, for a post-graduate diploma in Town and Country Planning (1971), with support from the city of Manchester. I spent the summer of 1970 researching inner-city housing conditions in Manchester, then returned after graduation for a spell as a planning assistant (1971-74). I’d spent part of the summer of 1971 in the U.S.A.. Things were stagnating in Manchester (even United were going through a bad spell), so I applied to graduate school in North America and shipped out for a summer in Massachusetts, staying with a group of artists at a farmhouse in the woods. Luckily, in the meantime I was accepted into the Environmental Science Program at Washington State University, and was able to continue my big adventure. WSU (affectionately known as “Wazzu” to its alumni), was a fun place, and life in the Pacific Northwest suited me. I graduated in 1977, and found a job as a rural planner in Oregon. I married that year, and have lived in Oregon since. My career continued to describe a broad curve, from rural planning to coastal resources, then to wetlands. After 17 years in the public sector, I joined a consulting firm (W&H Pacific) in Portland in 1995, where I am now Senior Wetland Scientist. I get back more frequently now, as my parents are alive, but not in the best of health. Gerard is at present my only contact with the school, though I did drop by a few years ago, and met with Peter Daplyn (whose brother Mike was my exact contemporary both at LWS and Oxford). I spoke with John Harwood a couple of years ago on the phone. He’s been in New Zealand for many years. I hear news of Andrew Gibson from Gerard and other contemporaries at St. John’s. I read through the web site with great interest. Two items noted there I recall vividly. One was Martyn Reed as Petruchio making his belated entrance, checking his watch, and apologising for being held up in the marketplace (his story anyway). Gerard related this one to me in November. I witnessed it from the wings! I played the part of the Hostess (at age about 12, the only time I played in falsies, true to the Shakespearian practice). The other item, more mundane perhaps, yes, I do remember the huge model railway layout for the 1959 celebration. I contributed some pieces. I still have my old set stored in the basement, with my initials scratched on the pieces I lent out. I am still a steam freak, by the way. The CCF photo posted features my classmates: Eric Dyball, Alan Townsend, Mike Matson and Dave Smith. What do I do for fun? Music mostly. I play keyboards and sing (rock, folk), and occasionally write a tune or two. I played football for many years. Hiking, river rafting, gardening, botanizing. Keeping up this ol house I bought recently. Well, I hope you’ll forgive my long silence. I owe so much to my old school, and would welcome contact from my contemporaries.

Hans Helmut Aris 1939-1943 and Ernst Gunter Aris 1939-1944 We came to England from East Prussia on January 6tb. 1939 by “Kindertransport”and under the auspices of foster parents, including A.C.Dyer. the then headmaster, we were soon deposited at Lord Williams Grammar School, as boarders. It was very difficult at first, as we knew no English language, but we were soon made to feel part of things there. Although I was far from being the best pupil at LWGS, the discipline, training and teaching stood me in good stead in later life. I shall always be grateful to my foster parents, 3 wonderful families in Long Crendon, and Mr. AC.Dyer, for giving my brother Helmut and me an excellent start in life, which our parents were unfortunately not able to do, because of Hitler. Helmut left school in 1943, and after due appraisal of my educational prowess, it was decided that I would not benefit from another year at LWGS, so I left there in 1944.

Having a great interest in motor cars, it was decided that Birmingham, the centre of the motor industry at that time, was for me. I began training as a motor mechanic, by day, and studied at Technical college 4 evenings a week and attained Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. I then went into engineering and worked my way up to become Works Director in a small engineering company employing about 200 people. I retired in October 1993 when I was 65.

Helmut will be 77 in August and I will be 76 in October. We have attended several reunions of the Old Tamensians over the years, but both feel that our contemporaries are fast fading away! And so we will not be attending any more. The above is a short summary of my life in this country to date, which you may wish to print. I send my best wishes to all.

Keith Wright 1949-54. I took over Wright’s Bakery after my father’s death in 1968 and retired in 1998. Have lived in Chearsley (near Thame) with my wife Beryl for 41 years. We have 4 children, all married, and 6 grandchildren scattered around the country which keeps us busy visiting them all. I am still enjoying retirement after 5 years, spending time in our large garden and travelling at home and overseas.

Gordon Josiah Wedgwood 1934-1942 At Lord Williams School I was no academic but I excelled on the running track. I was in the Air Training Corps at L WS and was mad about aeroplanes. I had hoped to join the RAF as aircrew but was unable to pass the eyesight test. Instead I joined a Government sponsored Engineering Cadetship scheme to train as an Engineering Officer. I was drafted to Northampton College of Technology for a 2 ½ yr course in May 1943. The course finished after the war had ended and I spent my two years of National Service in the Army. The Cadetship Diploma was approved by the three Engineering Societies which enabled me to take up a post in the Scientific Civil Service at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) Farnborough. I couldn’t believe my luck! The RAE (originally called the Royal Aircraft Factory) was Britain’s foremost aeronautical establishment. It began in 1908 when Cody made the first flight in the UK and it produced all the aeroplanes for WW1. Between wars the RAE built several Wind Tunnels and started aeronautical research for the embryo aircraft industry. In WW2 RAE was responsible for several inventions which helped the war effort. Post-war, RAE built Supersonic Wind Tunnels to discover how aeroplanes could cope with supersonic airflow, which contributed to the aerodynamic success of Concorde. Among the areas of work in which I was involved were:

a) Major strength testing of wing fuselage assemblies of aircraft

b) The problems of use of “Perspex” for cockpit canopies at high altitudes

(differential contraction)

c) The problems of survival of pilots who had to eject at very high speeds

d) A short period in the Accident Section. There were three others from L WS working at the RAE at this time. From 1944-1983 Peter Forsyth made a significant contribution in the Metallurgy Dept. where he was a leading authority on metallic fatigue and stress corrosion. His brother, John Forsyth, worked in the Metallurgy Dept., the Airworthiness Dept., and in the Accident Section. Then I met Danny Norman in the early 1960s. He was a Naval Commander in the Air Service and was Commander Flying RAE for several years. When I retired, I designed a model aircraft to carry a camera and with a unique device to determine the position of the aircraft, made about 200 panoramic photographs, over 5yrs. I photographed Sites of Special Scientific Interest for the Nature Conservancy Council. I am currently helping the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust to produce a Museum to record the work of the RAE, which was disbanded in 1983. My particular contribution is preparing displays to commemorate the work of the Accident Section when investigating the cause of the Derry crash during the SBAC Show in 1952, and the two Comets in the Mediterranean Sea in 1954. I’m also preparing a display illustrating how an ejection seat works. Over the last few years I have been restricted by Cardiac problems and a recent minor stroke; however I am improving.

Alan Bushnell 1948 – 1956 Having read in your last newsletter the contribution from Ian Todd and his reference to Paul Rich, together with the separate item about John Maxton (all three of whom I remember well), I have been inspired to submit these few lines about myself. I too was privileged to be at L.W.G.S. during the headship of H.G. Mullens to whom lowed a tremendous amount for my eventual place at St. John’s, Oxford , to read Greats. I also remember with affection Messrs. Bevan, Guest, Miller, Bancalari, Anderton, Bunney, More and Seal, amongst others, as well as Mr. Mullens’ sister, Ruth. In my last two years I was entrusted with challenging parts in the School Play, namely ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear’. Coping with the youthful Dane I found exhilarating (strange to relate?), but playing the old man put years on me! After Oxford I taught at Burford School for 27 years, becoming Head of English and Latin and also Senior Master. Extra-curricular activities included being in charge df1st XI cricket and producing plays and musicals. After taking early retirement in 1988 I did some further A level teaching, private tuition and some proof-reading for Blackwell’s. Nowadays I enjoy life in the village of Ducklington, just outside Witney; as well as involvement in Church and Village Hall affairs and being on the Primary School Governing Body. My time is spent in gardening, playing bridge and, together with my wife, helping to amuse and follow the progress of our six grandchildren, three of whom live just around the corner! The other three live in Durham where our son has followed in my footsteps and is a master at Durham School. I send my best regards to anyone who may remember me from those happy days of fifty years ago.

Norman Good 1937-44 and 1959-83 My wife and I have just returned from a holiday in Tallahasse, Florida. We spent a wonderful fortnight as guests of Dudley Witney (O.T.1937-42) and his wife, Melanie. Dudley sends his greetings to all OTs who were at LWGS during the war years. While we were over there we telephoned Tony Joslin, another one of our contemporaries, who now lives in Manitoba, Canada.

Bob Thrussell says ‘Please tell Gerard Gould I am glad he is still alive and kicking, same to Mr Lilley thanks.’

Rick Strodder I don’t know why I didn’t think of this years ago. I was delighted to find your web site. Please add me to you data base and send anything you have. I attended Lord Williams Grammar/Comp in the early 70’s, as did my sister, Sarah Strodder.

Michael Syson 1944-1952 I have been reading with interest all the news of contemporaries and others. I am still working as a locum solicitor although I left the City where I was a partner with Kennedys in 1991. I married Lavinia in 1963 and we have one married son. I have seen reference to Paul Rich and would very much like to make contact with him again. I would also like news of Michael Bolton who left around 1951 when he was living in Twickenham and Ian Cooper who left around the same time and later emigrated to Australia. He went to Sydney and we corresponded for some time and then we lost contact. I read French at school with Dr Woolfs (who died in the late 80’s or early nineties) and we remained good friends virtually until his death. I used my French extensively in business and for some years was a Counseller at the French Chamber of Commerce in London. Recently, I have spent some six months in Nice and am returning there shortly. It has been difficult keeping in contact with the School and any news from contemporaries would be most welcome.

From Amanda Brunt I wonder if anyone could help me with some research into my family history. My great uncle was Derek Edmund Teden (1916-1940) and I have seen his name in the OTA members’ archives. He attended LWGS in the 1920/30s. I do not know if his brothers (Basil Leonard Teden and Frank Collingridge Teden) were also pupils. Please could you let me know if there are any documents, photographs of Derek and/or his brothers that I might be able to see? I noticed a small number of possible contemporaries still contributing, if anyone remembers any of the Teden boys I would love to hear from them. Thank you in advance, Amanda. Dear Amanda, I have looked through some of the records of the School around the mid-late 20s, when Derek was at the school. (I’m afraid it is unlikely that there is anyone left in the OTA who was also at the school at the time.) There is one complication and that is I believe that both Derek and Basil were at the School but many of the records give no initial, just the surname. Some of the records include: 1) In 1926 ‘Teden’ came 2nd in the Junior 25 yards. 2) in 1926 again, ‘Teden’ played for the 3rd Junior XI Cricket against Dragon School and was out for a duck. 3) In 1927 ‘Teden’ was awarded House colours (Harris House) for combined sound work in work, games and societies. 4) In 1927, ‘Teden’ came 10th in the Paperchase. 5) In July 1927, D Teden won the Form 2 Prize for Natural History. 6) In the same month ‘Teden’ came 2nd in the U13 100 yard and 1st in the U13 High Jump and Long Jump, and another ‘Teden’ came 2nd in the Junior 220 yards. 7) In 1928, ‘Teden’ was still scoring ‘stars’ for Harris House. 8) D E Teden appeared in HMS Pinafore as a ‘Sailor’ in Feb 1928, and later that year ‘Teden’ won the U13 High Jump. In the swimming, ‘Teden’ won both Junior 60 and 20 yards and came second in the breaststoke. 9) Mrs Teden donated 10 shillings to the Swimming Bath Fund. 10) In 1929 ‘Teden’ was 2nd in the 100 yards for the U13 and first in the Long Jump. 11) That year, ‘Teden’ came 2nd in the Junior 60 yards swimming and first in ‘Style’ and he passed his swimming test. 12) He also started to play for the soccer 2nd XI. 1928-29 D.E Teden won House Colours for Harris. 13) In 1930, ‘Teden’ played one game for the 1st XV. 14) B L Teden left the School at the end of 1930. Thereafter, there are no further mentions of D.E Teden in the School Magazine until his death is recorded whilst fighting in the Second World War.

Mark Hassall is a much published Reader at the Institute of Archeaology, University College London specialising in Roman inscriptions, Roman army and classical technology, particularly Greek and Roman catapults.

Keith Hawkins has published numerous books on law and in particular the parole system including Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-making in a Regulatory Agency in 2003; The Uses of Discretion 1995; The Parole Decision, A Guide 1977; Parole: A select bibliography with especial reference to American experience, 1971; Deprivation of Liberty for Young Offenders 1967. Keith is a Fellow of Oriel College Oxford and, among many distinguished positions he held, was on the Parole Board for England and Wales.

Joanne Wood – 1998 is working as a dancer after going to Swindon College, Milenium Dance and working as a Beauty Consultant for Estee Lauder.

Do you remember Lament, the band formed by ‘A’ level students two years ago? OK, I know they only left the School last May. Well Dave Vine, Thom Mills, Alex McCredie and Matt Ryan are still going strong, living and studying in Brighton and gigging across the UK.

Everything you need to know about James Webley – who was at the School in the 1990s and then went to Sussex University -can be found on his Live Journal blog. Another alumni blog, this from John Peacock, can be found at Grangousier. Also he has another site dedicated to his music. Are there other OT bloggers out there?

Message from Sarah Rothwell 1984-91, who joined the LWFC choir committee in January 2004. Lord Williams’s Festival Chorus has a new Musical Director, John Gibbons, MA Cantab FRCO Hon ARAM, and a new rehearsal night – Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm in the upper school hall in term time. The next concert is on Saturday 27th March in the Thame Sports & Arts Centre, performing an Opera Gala and Karl Jenkin’s Mass for the Armed Man Suite, accompanied by Ealing Symphony Orchestra and soloists Susannah Andersson and Adrian Thompson. Tickets cost £8.50, concessions £7, under 16s £1. Available from Thame Tourist Information or Sandra Claridge on 01844 208629. If you would like to join the choir, next term we will be singing an updated version of G&S Iolanthe. In the autumn term, we will be singing Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, and Alan Hovhaness’s Magnificat. Please come and join us – the choir is a mixture of Lord Williams’s parents, pupils, teachers, former pupils and others who just enjoy singing. Annual subscription £45 – membership is free to Lord Williams’s pupils, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Jonathan More – the bearded one – and Matt Black – the mean and lean one – form the UK’s most ancient duo of dance music producers : Coldcut. From their debut EP Say Kids What Time Is It? to Ninja Tune’s current triumph, Coldcut have focused on bringing the best possible dance material to their audience. They refused to take part in today’s massive commercial recuperation of dance and rave culture and focused instead on producing classic breakbeat, tapping into the broadest possible array of influences. They own the label Ninja Tune.

Sadie Burchmore who in 1979 was selected to represent Britain in the Junior Show Jumping team is still show jumping and taking part in British Eventing.

Peter Logan who boarded at the school in the 1950s is one of the UK’s finest artists. He was born in Witney, Oxfordshire, in 1943 and studied at Oxford School of Art (1961-63), Camberwell School of Art, London (1963-66) under Robert Medley, and the Slade School of Fine Art (1966-68), specialising in theatre and film studies. Peter has made kinetic sculpture since 1968. Early pieces, which performed aerobatics, were powered by electricity and controlled electronically. From 1978 he has worked on outdoor sculpture using wind power, the character and strength of the wind determining movement. The success and control that the artist has in the way these sculptures work depends largely on their technical excellence, and Logan has built up a high degree of skill over the years, learned mostly from the engineers with whom he has collaborated. This is a highly demanding way of working, as the elements of chance have to be harnessed positively, and any weaknesses in the design can result in the sculpture being destroyed. Peter exhibits his work against architecture and in wild places, locations as diverse as London’s Economist Plaza in St James’s and the beaches of Neeltje Jans in Holland.

Paul Reeves 1985 – 1990 continues to flourish as an opera singer. Over the last year he has appeared as Parson and Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen in Bruno Czechoslovakia – Jan 2004; Commendatore (Don Giovanni) Cover for Welsh National Opera – June 2003; Zebul (Jeptha – Handel) Cover for Welsh National Opera – May 2003; Colline (La Boheme) for Diva Opera – July-Dec 2003; Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Diva opera – April-Dec 2003; Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Scottish Opera (Cover) – Jan 2003

Dr Catherine Fursman 1985-1992 is now a researcher in chemistry in Berlin. Among her recent published research papers is ‘Pulsed ENDOR studies of short-lived spin-correlated radical pairs in photosynthetic reaction centres.’

Graham Stowell I used to teach at the school – 1982-88 and would be interested in keeping in touch. Pleased to see you have a thriving association.

Gareth Williams I joined the OTA in 1976 when I left school and returned to Cardiff to live. Since then I have kept up with news through the regular newsletters from the association. Despite only returning to Thame a couple of times in the last 28 years, I have recently been in touch with a few old friends via the Friends Reunited website. Now that the OTA website has brought back further memories, I must make the effort to make the relatively short trip to revisit. I am currently working at a steelworks in Cardiff as an Engineering Team Leader, specialising in Instrumentation and Control. I have been married to Becky for 18 years and have two daughters, Laura aged 14 and Kate 12. I would be pleased to hear from any of my old schoolfriends, or indeed anyone who remembers me, I’d be especially pleased to hear from anyone who has any photos from those increasingly dim and distant days, as I have very few. Keep up the good work.

Kate Robson 1991 – 1998 is a digital artist based in Nottingham and London. She completed a BA in Contemporary Arts at Nottingham Trent University, setting herslf the task of interrogating the relationship between the audio and visual senses by creating audience interactive installations that included aspects of phtography, sound, video, web design, performance and text. University work placements created opportunities for working directly within the industry at Nottingham’s Now and Expo Festivals, and a love for working with others saw collaborations with people as far afield as Byam School of Art in North London, a theatre company on Manchester, the genetics laboratory of Leicester University, and a small farming village in Buckinghamshire. Kate is currently studying at the London College of Music and Media for her Masters in Computer Arts.

John Sanders (1937 or 38) I joined LWS as a boarder and so was a contemporary of R A Bennett and his cousin Joe Lidington. I lived in Thame since my late mother ran the Abingdon Arms. George was a very fine athlete and ran extremely fast in the 440 yds – my very best wishes to him. My time at LWS was seemingly average. I played rugby, swam in the pool, joined the Scout troop under Mr Purvey – he also doubled as a French master – a good one, too. I was a member of Harris House and proud of the green flash on my cap. All the other Houses wore their appropriate colours on their caps. I am finding it hard to recall the names of my contemporaries, and after all I am approaching 80 and have not enjoyed great health for some 12 years. But I am eating, breathing and here – so every day is a bonus. I particularly remember one A R P Shields coming to LWS from Chard in Somerset – sat next to me in fifth form. I understand he was killed while serving with Bomber Command. My very dear friend was Joe Castle, of Castle’s newsagents. All the Castle boys went to LWS and I count myself fortunate to have known them, particularly John – eldest, was a sergeant V.R. pilot – 1938 and finished up – 1945 as a wing commander. Henry was in oil, Joe served with OBLI and young Peter was in the Navy. I had a great regard for Ivor Shrimpton. We had a boy Cooney from Chinnor and another Nottage from Watlington but that is my total recall. I served in the RAF in the ’39 to ’45 war in a very minor role – did a little time overseas and ended up in Italy from where I was demobbed in 1946. Spent the next 20 years in earth moving and then emmigrated to Australia with my wife and family and am still here. Good place and great climate, gets warm at times but the winters aren’t too bad. If you want snow, you’ve got to travel interstate to get it. My youngest daughter – then aged 11 years – had never seen snow when we took a trip to Cooma and surrounds; back in 1985. She really had no comprehension but it didn’t stop her skiing. I would really like to make one more trip back the UK and then I could have a last look around the old place but I don’t think this will happen. Thank you for all the good work in collating and distributing the Newsletter, and have a great 2004.

David Bradnack. One of the icons of the teaching staff (German) during the late 1960s through the 70s, David is still rambling and orienteering in the Bucks and Oxon area.

Jonathan Quaterman 1990 – 1997 studied a BA in Fine Art at Plymouth University and is now living and working in Brighton.

Richard Coutts 1989-1994 went on to study A-Levels at the Royal Grammar School and is currently studying architecture at Nottingham University.

Pat O’Shea, formerly Head Teacher at the school, is currently Education Officer in the Oxfordshire LEA Schools Branch and was recently appointed as an Advisor to the Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee.

Greg Pugsley has an on-line gallery with a small selection of his photos. These are exhibited in various locations in London and if anyone wishes to hold an exhibition (including in wine bars and restaurants) or wants to buy a print, please e-mail Greg.

Jamie Manger 1969-76 Have just found the OT website and found it very interesting to read the news and try and recognise old colleagues in the photos, particularly the ‘1972 all school rugby photo’ where I can spot myself, brothers Ady & Phil and several others. I remember my year as having a very strong rugby side, being unbeaten for three seasons as Under13’s, 14’s and 15’s. I used to meet OTs whilst playing cricket for Tiddington, rugby for Wheatley and living in the Thame area, but that was some time ago now. I still play the odd game of cricket. My academic prowess at Lord Bills was summed up by Mr More on the day I left commenting that “I would be missed on the sports field”! For the last ten years I have been Head of Finance for a Property Management Company (a subsidiary of the Hanover Housing Association) in Hemel Hempstead, and live in Tring.

(Editor’s note: Wheatley RFC started in 1971 and a number of LWS players were recruited that first season to swell its ranks: Jerry Axford, Chris Clements, Graham Thomas, Ady Manger, Bill McGowan among them.)

Chris Williams Just seen the website and thought I’d add myself to the list. I’m now Communications Manager/Press Officer at Oxford United FC, writing and editing the programme and website, travelling round the country with the team and enjoying the feeling of being at the top of the league after a couple of seasons of being rubbish! I quite often appear on local TV and on the radio, talking nonsense about the mighty U’s, and anyone coming along to games runs the risk of hearing my deep manly voice making the announcements! Check out www.oufc.co.uk Given that I never made the first team, I just made the first team laugh, my continued involvement in professional sport will come as a shock to those who remember me as a willing but unable striker for the very underrated Etheridge first team circ 1980!! Chris Williams Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium Grenoble Road Oxford OX4 4XP tel: 01865 337500

(Editor’s note: I sent an e-mail back to Chris mentioning that Mickey Way was the first (and only?) LWS student to make the United squad.)

Nigel Cooke is appearing in David Hare’s The Permanent Way at the National.

John Woodvine has become one of the country’s most distinguished actors since the early 1960s.

Peter Daplyn appeared in the Channel 4 series That’ll teach ’em.

Simon Burnett is one of the country’s top swimmers and competed in the 2003 World Swimming Championships.

Laura Bowley is a succesful dancer.

Richard Priestly who taught Classics at the School until 1982 and was Commanding Officer of the CCF is now Head Master of Newport Free Grammar School in Essex.

David Robertson 1959-1962 Calling Old Tamensians who finished school in the early 60’s. I am organising a Coast to Coast walk across the Pyrenees to take place in June-July, 2004. The idea is to start on the Mediterranean and finish on the Basque coast. About eight weeks in all but people can slot in and out along the route. I am looking for a small group of experienced walkers. One aim of the project is to raise cash for cancer research and any help in this area would be appreciated.

Tristan Beeley Hello people of, and formally of, Thame. Hope all is well out there. I lived in Thame up until 1994 when I moved to San Diego, California. I still miss the place. I would love to hear from my fellow classmates that went to school with me at John Hampden and Lord Williams. I’ve got quite a lot to tell about whats happened since I moved. So please contact me if you can.

Simon Briggs (finished A levels 1996) and Mari Walters (finished A levels 1995) are travelling together in New Zealand at the moment. We have just finished 9 month jobs in Hamilton, NZ as Biomechanics lecturer and consultant, and Intensive Care doctor respectively. Having a wonderful time, on to Oz soon. Best Wishes to all from our years at Lord Bills.

Sarah Minchin (nee Harvey) 1988 – 1995 Moved from Milton Keynes to Irthlingborough in Northamptonshire last April. Still commuting to jobs in Milton Keynes but housing a lot cheaper! Our son, Rhys, turned 3 last October. I am now about 5 months pregnant with his little brother or sister who is due mid-May. A very exciting time! My sister Claire Graham (nee Harvey) 1990 – 1997 is coming up to her 2nd wedding anniversary. She is living in Southampton with her husband and their baby girl, Eloise, who was born in October and all are doing well.

Jemma Way left 2003 My first term of university at University College, Northampton has gone extremely well. I’ve made loads of new friends, my course ‘Sport and Exercise Science’ is brilliant and I’m obtaining high grades, which I’m pleased about. I’m really fitting in, and enjoying getting back into doing work. It’s hard at times with very few books available to a lot of people, so the internet has been my saviour!! You would think for the amount of books you had to buy and the loan you get, they would be slightly cheaper, mine have added up to around £150-£200 with more still to come, it’s crazy, but hey!! Exams have already begun and before I knew it, it was the Christmas break. I made it into the 1st team rugby, playing full back, which I’m enjoying a lot – although I did break a rib a few weeks ago, which has put me out of sport for 3 weeks. The campus is really nice, not to big, but not to small, with all halls situated on campus which is good. I’ve been lucky enough to get into the newly built halls, they’re rather lovely with an en-suite, you couldn’t swing a cat in the rooms but they’re cosy. I’ve decorated it with photos of everyone from school. My flat mates are also very nice and I’ve even managed to rope a few into playing rugby, they haven’t had a game as they’re too scared, but I’m slowly toughing them up! hehe. For a supposed sporting university the facilities are not what I imagined: the girls usually get the short straw with changing rooms and equipment etc, but we’re better at our sports, being top in our leagues and boys failing badly at the bottom! Not sure what else is left to tell you really. Thanks for a lovely evening at the OT’s reunion, I was very pleased with my Mary Jane Bugg ‘Contribution to girls’ sportsmanship’ trophy. It meant a lot and I felt much appreciated. I really enjoyed myself and it was nice for most – if not all of my year – to get back together in the same room, which probably won’t be happening for a while.

Nicola Haynes 1981-1988 After a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, I spent four years at Sellafield with British Nuclear Fuels, starting in Commissioning Engineering and moving into adult training for THORP Chemical Plants. I retrained as a Primary teacher at the University of Manchester in the mid-nineties and then taught in Macclesfield for 6 years, mainly Y3 and Y4 (first and second year Juniors in old money!), falling into a maths co-ordinator’s role. Two years ago I took up a post as Numeracy Consultant for Halton LEA, where I work as part of the Advisory Service to raise standards in primary schools in Runcorn and Widnes. This has been a dream job, combining adult training with teaching maths to many children in the 4-11 yr age range, and has been full of many “magic moments” where I can literally see understanding dawning due to the use of practical activities instead of the deadly worksheet or textbook. For this evangelical zeal, I need to thank Alan Cook, first for teaching me in LSE, then allowing me back as a sixth-former to work in his classroom and discovering for myself how important it is to provide a useful mental model of a concept, but above all “Alfie” Bradley, for a dedicated four years at the Upper School, including two brilliant years in double Maths A level (how sad does that sound?!) – if I can impart half of his enthusiasm to the children I teach, I’ll have done well.

Chris Bagley 1949-1954 I’ve recently retired and live in Cheshire, after a wandering career as a sailor, journalist, medical researcher, and university professor in Britain, Canada and Hong Kong. I am keen to have news of Harry Cowan, my contemporary at LWS. I was part of the experimental language stream under Dr. Wolf, learning German – this was a useful skill to acquire since my first job after graduating was translating scientific German in a medical research centre. I later met Dr. Wolf in London where he was teaching adult education students – doubtless a more receptive group than the bolshy kids he used to teach!

Alison Jeffery left 1995 I have taken the plunge to apply for VSO and have been accepted, with a placement in Pakistan, where I will be helping local colleagues to provide in-service training. My departure date is in early March and the placement will be for 2 years. So having got the vaccinations out of the way I am now attempting to learn the basics of Arabic script before I go!

David Higgs 1966-72 After school and a gap year in Oxford I did my higher education at the Universities of Wales, and Manchester before spending a few years teaching in the Middle East. After that I joined the British Council and have spent 20 years with them managing programmes in Europe, Africa and South Asia. I am currently Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa and live in Pretoria with my wife Alex and my youngest daughter Olivia. Her older sisters Amy and Molly are at boarding school in Taunton. My brother John was also at LWGS now lives in Perth Australia and works in materials management.

Frances Wood (Nee Tickner) left 1981 Recently returned to Thame after many years as a missionary with her family in Africa. Husband Geoff is training as a bricklayer / plumber etc with a view to returning to build in Africa. People in Thame are very pleased with his excellent kitchen fittings.

Morley Slade 1955-1962 I have been looking at the OT website, in particular the OT News from the Past for 1975, which must have been the last time I communicated with the OT! In those days it was probably all handwriting, hence my appearing as Morley Slater instead of Morley Slade. (Now fixed – Ed.) Anyway, I moved on from Plessey ( who were later taken over by Siemens and the name lost) in 1986, and joined Racal in 1988 after a brief spell with the infamous International Signal and Control (who were later taken over by Ferranti and the name lost). I rose to the dizzy heights of a Technical Director with Racal before they too were sold (to Thomson-CSF, and the name lost). Shortly after this event, in 2001, I took early retirement and am now enjoying a relaxed but busy life doing voluntary work, enjoying my growing hordes of grandchildren and making things in my workshop. One of my voluntary occupations is working in the loco shed at the Mid-Hants Railway, on full-sized steam engines. This follows a life-long interest in railways which started at Lord Williams’s. Does anyone remember the gigantic Hornby Dublo railway layout we built for the Quatercentenary fete in 1959, under the guidance of Bogy More?

Ashley Goodall (1974 – 79) I have a new job at Fitch in London- development director for worlds leading design group- now part of Martin Sorrell’s WPP empire- so very pleased to hear from anyone keen on getting their identity, communications, annual reports, website, brand and retail environments sorted.

Andy Deans, Jonty Pawsey, Dominic Byrne, Richard Robey, Joff Trott, Richard Travers, Steve Fairn, James Tewson, Pete Cogram, Dave Steen and Jessica Collins met on Tues 16th Dec 2003 in London. We were all from the 1977-1984/5 era. A great time was had by all and all were in good form. Many of the above are going to be meeting and racing in the ‘Round the Island (Isle of Wight) Yacht Race’ starting June 26th.

C.J.Staples 1954-61 Hampden House, 1st XV Rugby,Oxon Schools Rugby,Senior Athletics Champion 1960, Senior Cross Country Champion 1959, 60 & 61 (crossing the River Thame in flood was no fun ), NFU Scholarship, Reading University. Lived in Edinburgh since 1966 working in the agri-business sector retiring as Chairman of Grainfax Ltd in 2002.

Liz Reece (Thompson) 1976-78 I am still self employed as a careers consultant – my work varies from providing career guidance to writing curriculum materials for publishers, from researching the benefits of guidance activities to assessing school careers programmes. Recently I have been training staff in a prison which really opened my eyes. I live in Tackley, North Oxon, with my teacher husband and our two boys now aged 11 and 9. I still sing – a recent trip to Norfolk reminded me of the Lord Williams’ trip many summers ago to that part of the world, stopping at Cromer and Wells – any of you out there remember it? Robin Nelson and Graham Corney were the star staff from then – any news of them?

Michael Brown 1943-50 For those of us not strongly personally motivated, and brought up to V form level under the austere but not wholly unsalutory regime of A C Dyer, life was always going to be too easy following release therefrom. I was, however, lucky enough to glean sufficient scraps of information in the VI form to enable me to read medicine at Oxford, where I acquired a first class facility with a punt pole. There followed several years in various grades of junior hospital doctor – very hard graft but some of the best times. Later came general practice in Watlington, – the place where, some years before, I had daily caught the bus to that institution that is our common bond. Others will remember those buses: the A. J.s and Commer, always offering the joyous hope of breakdown; and the drivers; the one ludicrously ill-humored; the other cheerful but quite unable to complete a phrase without an obscenity. I wonder if anyone ever hears of David Welch, an able collaborator in time wasting during the year. May I also send best wishes to Fred Seal whom I remember with affection and respect.

 

2005

Sam Coggins came to Lord Williams in 1988 and then in 1995 went on to Sparsholt College in Hampshire. Then he went to the University of Wales, Bangor but now, as he writes, ‘I’m still healthy and full of life and living in glorious Vancouver, BC, Canada. I’m engaged to the wonderful Angela, due to be married in 2007. I’m just finishing off my undergrad – a few years of working life were enough – and then I’m starting my Masters in entomology and remote sensing, all at UBC here in Vancouver.’ Another 1995 leaver is Zoe Rebecca Allen, now living in Leighton Buzzard. She writes, ‘Hello all, I simply can’t believe it’s ten years since leaving school I coudn’t resist but to take a sneaky look at what everyones been up to. I’m getting married in a few weeks to Jake Morgan (another Lord Williams decendent) living it up and working hard. Great Ormand Street is my latest venture which I am loving, great position for shopping. (Still my favourite hobby) Hope you are well and not too wrinkly !! LOL Zoe Allen xx

Peter Stanford-Davis left in 1978 and is now running The Riverside Inn, a seven bedroomed pub that overlooks the River Severn in Shropshire. He’s married with 2 children. A description of the pub can be found on Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay. Still on pubs, Katie Austin who left in 2003 is working at the Cavalier Pub Company in Chinnor as Admin/Accounts Assistant. This is my third job since leaving school. Been with Dave (Crooky) my older man for over three years now. When I say older I mean 43!!!!!!!!!!

Andy Arnold is settled in the Isle of Man.

The Government have contacted us regarding the artist Sebastian Carr who was at the School from 1940-45. They own an example of his work and would like to contact his Estate so they could obtain permission to reproduce it. If anyone has any contact with his Estate or surviving relatives please let us know.

A reunion of the class of 1947 is planned for May 2006 most likely taking place in Wheatley. Would the following kindly make their whereabouts known to Alan: Barnet, Cook, Fantham Finney, Goldsworthy, Ian Gordon, Griffin, Harris and Arthur Triggs. Editor’s addition. Notes from Sept 1947: Form II joiners – P D Alsworth, A R Barnett, A W Cherry, M T Clark, R Cripps, C D Cross, B G S Doman, E W E E Fantham, B H Finney, A T Gillard, I G Gordon, R S Griffin, A C Harris J J Howes, A C Kingston, P J Martienssen, J A Maxton, A E Morton, P F Murphy, A R Osborn, J E R Osborne, E C Pym, L E Semour, P B Shewry, K E Surrage, A P Triggs B L Wallis, R W Williams. In total 30 new boys started that September including 11 boarders. By the end of the term they had this to say about their first impressions: ‘All members of the Form have had quite a successful first term in work and games and we can provide some good scholars and sportsmen. We are impressed by the School grounds, which we think are very well kept and the gymnasium. We have none of us such a good gym before and have enjoyed our work there and particularly the games conducted by our PT instructor. Our favourite subject is Science – we like doing practical work in the Chemistry Lab – but some of us are linguists too and a few even enjoy Latin, though we have yet mastered the school Hymn. We are proud of the fact that one of our members sang two solos at the Carol Service (Finney ‘who though his pace was slow surprised us with by the volume and purity of his voice.’) and we are all agreed that the cases of stuffed birds in the Form-room look nice.” Alsworth and Morton seemed to have got off to a good start by achieving high alpha scores in their first term. Thursday 18th Sept was a half holiday to visit Thame Show, and later in the term the school was closed to install a boiler. A Taylor was the Head Prefect with P Mirams as School Prefect. P Mirams was also captaining the 1st XV and they had a mixed season, winning 4 and losing 4. One of the matches lost was 0-24 to the OTs. School and Harris did well in the House matches. And by the end of the Term School was leading the House Challenge Shield. On 18th December the 3rd Carol Concert was held in the Parish Church. The weather was reasonable if showing both wind and sun rain and snow – though the first frost was on 23rd September. Fog was also frequent and snow fell on 18th November.

Caroline Smith. After leaving Lord Williams’s, Caroline first went to Rycotewood to do a Foundation Course and then on to Buckingham Chilterns. Now she is studying an MA in Jewellery Design at St Martins. She is available to undertake jewellery commissions.

News of recent leavers: Alexandra Allen is studying History and American Studies at Swansea. Edward Atkins is in his 2nd year studying Mechanical Engineering at Bath and is Chair of the Sailing Club. Emma Baston who was Head Girl in 2004 has just finished a Clincal Placement and is now back at Bristol reading Medicine. Emily Bryant has taken up a place at the London School of Theatre and Music. Amy English is reading Psychology at Derby. Helen Evans is taking a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Reading College. Tom Grellier (who’s younger brother is Head Boy) is reading Life Sciences at Manchester. Harrison Hillier is studying Sports Science at Gloucester and is playing rugby for the University. Daniel Issac who was Captain of the 1st XV is in first year at Portsmouth studying Sports. He too is playing for the University’s Ist XV. Lorna Jones is reading American Studies at Nottingham. Jason Lang is on a 4 year Mathematics course at St Andrews. Patrick Maydom, a former Head Boy, studies Chemistry at Sheffield. Lauren Michael studies Politics and International Relations at Dundee. David Miller is in his 3rd year reading Archaeology at Southampton. Rachel Moore is in her 2nd year at Manchester reading Psychology. A former Deputy Head Girl Sarah Normington spent the earlier part of this year in Australia and has now started German at York. Kimberley Osborne first did a Foundation course at Oxford Brookes, and then went onto Portsmouth where she is in her final year of a Communications degree course. Elizabeth Parsons is studying Mathematics and Economics at Bristol. Jennifer Pillinger is taking an Art Foundation Course in Abingdon. Her brother Stephen Pillinger is reading Theology and Biblical Studies at Sheffield. Gregory Price is studying Law and Security Sciences in Hull. Former Head Girl Rosie Ryan is studying Politics at Sheffield. Samuel Smith spent a year travelling before going to Newcastle to read Ancient History and Archaeology. Alex Stevens is a Structural Engineer at Sheffield. Clare Stone has been acting since she was 8 and is now doing a 6-month drama course at the Oxford School of Drama. Peter Stratton is taking a gap year and working as a Christian Youth Worker for Grapevine in Bridgewater. Mark Trueman is studying Biology at Glamorgan; William Eason Sports Studies and Megan Roberts Photography. Philip Alcock is in his 3rd year reading Aeorspace Enginnering at Manchester. Bernice Chapman is also in her 3rd year – studying History at Manchester. Emma Steedman who is qualifying as a Beautician hopes to go to the London School of Fashion next year. Paul Turner is both working and studying for an NVQ2 in joinery. Fay Warwick is in her final year at Oxford Brookes reading History and Politics.

David Karsten who taught Classics at the School in the early 1960’s came to Founder’s Day. Having studied at Reading University, he joined the School in 1959 on a wage of £600 per annun, . He also taught some English and Scripture. He left in 1964 to take a Diploma in Education at Oxford and was replaced by Henry Blyth. Norman Good was also in attendance and he and David remembered the time when they had both led the Scout Troop. When teaching at Thame, David had lived in digs first at Kingston Blount and then in Thame itself. He was a member of Thame Players and regaled us with stories of life as an amateur actor. On a tour of the School, Norman was able to note that the original Periodic Table that he’d pasted to the wall of the Chemistry Lab sometime in the 1960s was still there. David is now living near Reading and Norman in Dorset.

Bob Champ 1961-67 has been teaching and living in Weston-Super-Mare since the early 70s.

John Turner 1960-67 is teaching and living in Lutterworth. He teaches politics at Lutterworth Grammar School, a non-selective Leicestershire 14-19 Upper School providing education to around 1900 students.

Paul Dore who was Head Boy in 1966/7, is living in Thame and works for Bucks County Council.

Henry Blyth MC was selling poppies on Thame High Street on Founder’s Day.

Robert Peacock who left in 1965 for a Royal Navy Officer-Cadetship is now a senior manager in air-traffic control.

Charles Boyle has been in regular contact recently. As we explored themes at School, it was perhaps no surprise that eventually yet another torried bullying story should emerge from the late 1960s. As we did with David Smart last year we highlight these issues as bullying is still a national problem at schools and we hope that by recounting these stories it may help others understand. My twin brother Richard’s bullying was worse than anything I can imagine: continuous and often violent bullying, not just cold showers and apple pie beds, but being locked in a laundry basket and skittered down the steps in the boarding house, hung upside down by his feet from the first floor dormitory window and being the target for grouped towel flicking. I didn’t always realize how bad it was for him, but should have had the courage to stop my parents off-loading us after an out-Sunday: the first glimmer of the lights of the school after we had passed through Watlington and Richard would go silent, and my body would tense up. We would be dropped off by parents not wanting to believe that they might be leaving their children in such a state. On out first morning my brother came down to breakfast with his tie just tied as one might a piece of string, because neither of us had worn ties before, and mine was a bit neater than his. The refectory went drop-dead silent and everyone watched him come in. My heart still quivers when I think about it.We had been at Joscas where there were two places available – one a year ahead of the other. On the toss of a coin I was given that place, and Richard my twin brother the year below: at the time it was crayons and stuff, and the difference gradually unfolded over the following years. We both failed the common entrance exam, but were borderline, and when there were 2 places in the 3rd form at LWGS, we were offered them, even though I was only at the 2nd form level, and my brother a year behind me. When the School realised the mistake, he was put back to the 2nd form, and this evidence of intellectual incapability, coupled with his dressing skills made him the target for everyone who could spit. My pleadings to the prefects and the house masters fell on deaf ears and I copped it for dobbing people in, and for trying to get others to protect him instead of sticking up for him, and letting him fight his own battles. In the end I could do little, and he suffered incredibly, eventually leaving and undergoing many months of psychological rehabilitation before re-enrolling in the local secondary modern school from where he went on to study to be a teacher at Milton Keynes. He was brilliantly creative, even wrote to and had tea with JRR Tolkein when he was 12. For some LWGS was great, but not for my brother. He could not understand why he was being punished when he had done nothing wrong. I have forgotten much of those who turned their backs on him when he called for help, and I cannot now find a way to forgive, for each little act in its own way seems almost trivial now, but when put together they were a torrent that fell on his head.

Sarah Laughton (nee Bell) gave this year’s Foundation Lecture”Maidens, Fine Legs, No Balls – an insight into Women’s Cricket.” She attended Lord Williams’s between 1987 and 1994, in her final year was Head Girl. Sarah is a prominent figure within the world of Women’s Cricket, which has recently been in the spotlight when the England Women’s team successfully took the Ashes this summer. Since her time at Lord Williams’s Sarah moved on to study at Oxford and was awarded a Cricket Blue.  Since then Sarah has represented her Country and has played for the MCC Women’s XI. Sarah is married to Nigel Laughton, who is the current manager of the ECB National Cricket Academy at Loughborough University.

Gerard Gould: an evening celebrating the ‘fantastic and unstinting support Gerard Gould has given the actors, and to the Oxford Playhouse’ was held on Sunday 30th October. A report of the evening can be found at Gerard Gould and among the audience were several OTs, and others that had come into close association with the School. Geoff Goodall (with wife Marion) gave the key speech. Geoff of course is now retired and lives off Cumnor Hill in Oxford. Another retired teacher (and looking years younger) was Robert Wilson who taught English in the late ’60s and early ’70s. His last post was as Head of 6th at Merchant Taylor’s. Jackie Kiers also belies her age. Still living in Oxford, she often directs and produces and currently is rehearsing a play on Sherlock Holmes that will be performed at the Old Fire Station in Oxford during December. She asked after many students – if you want to meet up with her get along to the production. Peter More was another distinguished teacher who was present. Nigel Cooke was one of the alumni that took to the stage that night. He is currently performing in Stratford with the RSC, will tour in the next few weeks and will be performing in London during the New Year. Ben Foster is, as he informed us in his hilarious skit, living in Chiswick, is married to a Swiss/Spanish lady and most of his time now appears in commercials. He did tell us how many children he has but this was lost in the laughter. As he said, ‘Gerard would never approve of all the commercials I do – sorry Gerard but needs must.’ Cate Fowler has been successfully acting for 34 years and now lives in South London. Another actress living south of the Thames is Maggie Evans, more precisely in South Norwood. Her parents (her father was Headmaster of Wheatley Junior School) still live in Tiddington and Maggie has been doing much work recently with audio books for the blind, and is starting to work with a comedy duo. Hal Fowler was there with wife Kim Wilde and impressed the audience with his singing. Meg Davies first met Gerard in 1964 and appeared in War and Peace and Post Mortem. She went on to The Central School of Speech and Drama and this was followed by a varied career in the profession. She now lives in Norfolk with her husband Brad and two dogs. And finally Martyn Read. He first met Gerard in 1957 when he was 12 and Gerard had come to the School to teach English. The highlight of Martyn’s school acting career was, he says, playing Maria in Twelfth Night when he had to sit on the knee of the Head Boy playing Toby Belch. Now he is often seen (and heard) as Captain Birds Eye. (Indeed a radio commercial was heard that very same day.) Also among the guests were Sir Roger and Lady Bannister, and Tish Francis, Director of the Playhouse who came on stage to tell the audience how unstinting has been Gerard’s support for her work.

Richard Baker – has a business selling stage equipment and designing for corporate events.

Martin Hutchings was recently encountered casting for a new TV programme. Recent programmes he’s directed include episodes of The Bill and Waking the Dead.

Rex Thomas was a member of staff from 1949 -1952. This may well seem a voice from the past, but I am writing to thank you and all those associated with the OT newsletter for continuing to send it to me without fail. I live many miles from Thame and am now in my 82nd year, so you would have every reason to believe that I cease to exist. I did write to your predecessor years ago, when I was Princpal of the Sixth Form College in St Austell but I am now long retired and many of my contempories at LWGS are no longer with us. Thame was my first teaching post and Mr Hugh Mullins appointed me to teach history and run the CCF. I remember that Mr William Guest was Head of History and I can recall the names of Miller, Bagretim, Seal, Anderton, and dear old Dr Wolfe. There was also a young man named Peter More who took over the CCF from me, and of course, my great friend Don Wolley (who visited us over the summer), and a Cornishman Julyan Bunney, who taught physics and gave me very good advice so far as discipline was concered. I expect you have never heard of these people but they helped me to begin my very happy life as a schoolmaster and LWGS remains a very happy memory, which your magazine has done a lot to preserve.(Also on the staff in this period was A J Simkin of Loughborough College who took charge of PT when Don Wolley took a year’s sabbatical to take a course at Carnegie College. A Miss Mary Hamlin taught various subjects to the juniors having taken over from Miss J Hoole.) Boys who joined in 1950 included G D Arber, A R Bagnall, A E Buckle, R Cadle, G V G Cornish, R Dawson, J M Goodger, D R Green, T A Harryman, D M Hawes, R W Hawes, M J Howells, I H Hurdle, P L Lock, W M Logan, C K Lewis, D P Nappin, C Nixey, J R Polden, C R Shurrock, M J Stevens, A R Tarr, D P Tysoe, G A Wells, D A West, R K Whitehouse. There were 174 on the school roll. In 1950, notes on the CCF reported the following: At the end of the Autumn Term we once again experienced an almost 100 per cent pass rate in two Certificate ‘A’ exams. The examining body congratulated us on the high standard of drill but we recieved some criticism on the map reading, which was rather weak throughout the whole company. During the Christmas holidays Cpls Blunt and Maxted attended a PT course at Figsbury near Slaisbury. Both came back fighting fit and later Lieut. Thomas received excellent reports of their physical prowess. Many congratulations to Maxted who has been accepted for Sandhurst. Dare the Force claim any credit for his success? This term has seen regular parades on Monday and Thursdays, and help from Bicester has also taken a more regular turn. The Bren has been covered reasonably well but map reading still presents difficulties. What, however, must be watched is the Drill, which, lately, has not been up to the former high standard. Mr Vye has given some very useful lectures on the ‘Section in Attack’ and his instructions were put to the test in the Field Day Exercises. In very wet and muddy conditions, three sections practised attack and defence. At last cadets seemed to have a much better picture of what was taking place, and consequently the schemes were less riotous. In past terms it has been difficult to know how to maintain the interest of post Cert ‘A’ cadets. Therefore these people lectures have been gieen on Jungle Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Chemical Warfare. The last of these was kindly given by the Headmaster. We have still found difficulty in arranging .22 shoots owing to the incalculable movements of the regular army but we are hoping for better luck in future. We are happy to say that Cadets Beecham and Poole are going to Malvern for a fortnights Engineering Course.)

Kristina Morey 1992 -1999 At uni studied Social Work. I wasn’t looking forward to getting a job, so went travelling after uni to get myself in more debt, why not!! Travelled round the world in 2004 and then went back to Thailand this year, really good fun everyone should do it. Now I work in High Wycombe as a Social Worker in the Team for Older People, really enjoying it. Pretty much the same person I was when I was younger. Still live @ home but it’s not so bad.

Mike Gray came from Barley Hill School in 1994 and left in 2001. He then went to the Kent Institute of Art & Design where he recently graduated with with a BA in Photography. Melanie Mullard was also at Lord Williams’s until 2001. She left to go to the Oxford College of Further Education and then Abingdon College of Further Education. ‘Now I’m studying Buisness and Dance at Bath Spa University and I’m curently studying Education and Language at Barcelona University for a semester. Adiós!’

Gabriele Mair – First let me introduce myself: My name is Gabriele Hoiss, formerly Gabriele Mair. I was a pupil at “Peter Doerfler Gymnasium” resp. Gesamtschule Marktoberdorf from 1965 to 1972. In May 1970, I visited LWGS together with 11other pupils. Although this visit to Great Britain was one of the most important events in my school career and helped me to develop and to find my place in life I had completely forgotten about the details. Thank you, Klaus, for reminding me of it. I feel the same about the visit. Especially the headmaster, Mr. Goodall, and Mr. Bradnack will never be forgotten. How did I hear about this website and Klaus Binko’s letter? Unlike Klaus, I have kept in touch with my host parents and their children throughout my life. My host family were the Goods – Valerie and Norman (chemistry teacher at LWGS) and their children Michael, Stephen and Sue. The long-lasting friendship with the Good family has been very precious to me, as it has to to my parents and, later, to my husband. After the exchange and especially during my time at university I was always welcome at their house when I spent some weeks travelling around England: even bringing friends was no problem. Their hospitality was incredible. The Goods have visited me quite often – also the children and their families. This August Norman stayed with my husband and me in Munich, where I live. I had not seen him for 22 years, but as we exchange Christmas letters regularly we felt there was only a short period of time between his last visit in 1983 and the one in 2005. Norman Good forwarded Klaus’ letter by e-mail so that I became curious: Could it be possible that Klaus had been on the same party in 1970? I found an old album covering my “early years” and – yes, he was. Sorry, Klaus that I had forgotten you: I was already 18 years old and the 16-year-old boys were not of much interest to us girls, who tried to draw the attention of either the older pupils or even the young teachers to us. I have to add one thing that the LWGS pupils who visited Marktoberdorf might not know: The reason why some of us were older than the British pupils was not only “Durchfallen”: The “PeterDoerflerGymnasium” had a branch that supported older, but gifted children, who otherwise would not have had a chance to enjoy higher education. We did the syllabus in 7, not in 9 years. Latin was our first foreign language, English the second one. Apart from the academics like maths, science and languages the emphasis was put on music and the arts. I was 14 years old when I came to Marktoberdorf for my first year at Grammar School and took my finals when I was almost 21. In our exchange party were the teachers Herr Bauch (Maths, Physics), Herr Roy (Sports?) und Fraeulein Weber (English), and pupils Klaus Binko, Theo Christoph, Angela Dornacher, John Glueck, Heidi Klarwein, Alexander Koerber, Roswitha Lederer, Georg Mahler, Siegfried M(?)ahlhofer, Gabriele Mair, Wilhelm Renner, and Theresia Schmoelz.

Laura Currie went to Southampton Solent University where she graduated in 2003. She was really impressed with the attitude and motivation of the course leaders, which made Southampton Solent University her first choice. The location was also great, not too far from her home in Oxford, yet near the sea. The course itself seemed ideal and put her in a good position with regards to what she wanted to achieve in her career. Within a week of finishing her degree, Laura was offered a job with Blazepoint, a project and product-based rugged engineering solutions company. Initially she worked as a design junior to help detail drawings but after six months she began working with the design engineers to project manage the range of printers and computers that the company produced. Laura has been with Blazepoint for over two years now and has just started as a defence business analyst, where her role is to interact with the client to investigate and determine user requirements in the project life cycle. In future she would like to work as an interface between the business development and design teams in helping develop logical concepts and practical solutions for Blazepoint. Laura says, ‘When I graduated from Southampton Solent University, I had no idea that I would be working within the defence industry. I really enjoy the challenge and am keen to continue to work within the defence market.’

Teresa Dodd (now Butler) 1973-80 I was interested to read the message from Rob Bridgman in the Newsletter. I was at School at the same time and remember Linear Motion well. I was a singer in an other band with fellow student (and boyfriend at the time) Robert Fell who played bass. We played a gig at the School with Linear Motion (can’t remember whether we then called Private Enterprise or Adaptor!) Would you please pass on my e-mail to Rob to see if he remembers me and so that I can find out more about the get-together.

Catherine Meek It’s good to hear news of members from my old tutor group from time to time. I would welcome any other news. I left LWS to help my husband run an engineering business. Following his death and various jobs – including Parish Clerk – I ended up teaching Applied Business at Rycotewood College. Now thankfully retired I do voluntary work and look after grandchildren.

Greg Price (year of 2003): Left School two gap years ago, firstly to do a couple of A-Level retakes and secondly to decide which University course to do. I also worked full time before taking two trips to Australia, one in each year. The first to visit relatives in Cairns and Adelaide, whilst the second was with Thame Youth Theatre as part of an international youth theatre exchange called MIDAS. This exchange also turned out to be my first acting experience, performing on the stage of His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. Up until July 2005, I also spent time at 594 Sqn Air Training Corps in Thame, where I held the rank of Instructor Cadet Warrant Officer. In September, I started at the University of Hull as a student of the politics department, studying for a BA Hons degree in War and Security studies. Currently living in a hall of residence and making many new friends. I’m also taking a refresher course in scuba diving ( UK Diving ) before taking an advanced diver course in the Spring. After the end of my three year course, I hope to join the security services, however I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. I hope all my old friends and acquaintances are doing well at Uni; I’m sure most are in their final years. If you would like to contact Greg please drop the OTA a line at members@oldtamensians.info

Malcolm Behenna went to Chinnor Primary before joining Lord Williams’s in 1968. In 1974 he left and tried to be an Actuary but then became a DJ. ‘Gave that up when I got married, became a Pensions advisor and then worked in IT. The great Equity & Law / Sun Life / AXA machine eventually spat me out with a redundancy cheque at the end of 2004. Took a little sabatical and did a little bit of this an a liitle bit o’ that. Currently living back in Chinnor and working in Thame with MGR Aircraft Refurbishment. Still married with 3 kids who refuse to leave.’

Cameron Naish 1965-68 has recently been in touch with some thoughts about the Peter-Dorfler exchange.

Kate Spanchak:  Left LWS in 1988. I have just returned from a week on an Arvon Course in Devon (which I thoroughly recommend.) The guest speaker was the author Helena Drysdale and we were given an insight into the lives of accomplished writers. I am still tapping away at completing my doctorate, when I finally finish it I am considering embarking on creative writing course and then hoping to undertake some global travel.

Dawn Roper (now Roberts) is holding another of a highly regarded Power Point presentation courses. We will soon be holding our next combined PowerPoint and personal Presentation skill course. We find, more often than not, that presentations can fall flat and be counterproductive because the presenter  (experienced or not!), does not fully understand how to stage manage themselves with the technology and ‘the set’ whilst at the same time command an audience with a real and powerful presence. What we offer is an ‘end-to-end presentation solution’ where creative and expert PowerPoint training can be combined with personal presentation skills to enable people to give  professional, practised, effective and dynamic presentations every time. It is being held on Saturday 12 November at South Hatch, in Epsom from 10 – 5 pm. It is fantastic value with a 10% discount if booked before 30th October. Moreover we provide a money back  guarantee if people do not see demonstrable results following the training (providing, of course, all advice given on the day has first been followed!). Maybe you might be interested too? (If this date is not free then please register interest with us anyway and we will let you know when the next open course will be run).

Caroline Cunningham-Oakes went to Barley Hill Primary School and came to Lord Williams’s in 1989. She left in 1994 to go to the Oxford College of Further Education and then she went on to do art first at Winchester School of Art and then at Camberwell. Now she’s working for the Thames Valley Police.

Wesley Brookes came to Lord Williams’s from Icknield Community College in 2000, studied A-levels and left in 2003 to go to Buckingham Chilterns University College. Now he’s studying for a PhD at Liverpool University. He writes. ‘Met Katie in May of this year and have now been very happily together since. She’s been back with me to Chinnor once for a week but only managed to catch up with a couple of friends, and only briefly at that! Studing has just become work now. Up until the begining of this week I was getting closer to the start of my third year in my PhD, now I’m a Research Assistant, which makes me a full time member of staff here at the University of Liverpool. My studing will continue on a part time basis and I still hope to complete around the same time which will be around twele to eighteen months from now. This will should be possible as the project I’ll be working on is very similar to my PhD project. On the subject of my studies it has allowed me to get out of the country again for the first time since ’98 with two trips to the states, one for a meeting with sponsors and the second to present in a conference in Texas. All very enjoyable, however I really did suffer with the jet lag when your only stopping for three days!’

Amy Walker 1998 I am currently still living at home and single. Working with my mum in her cake decorating shop in Thame.

Nigel Dix 1968-75 NVQ Assessor in Care. Living in Pembrokeshire in the cottage we have spent a year restoring. Married with 2 boys aged 4 & 6.

Andrew Cottrell -1989 Living and working in Dubai, UAE (for the last 9 years.) after 1 1/2 yrs. working in Vietnam & Egypt. Working as a Chartered Construction Surveyor & Builder. Married to Debbie. Proud Dad of Matthew Laird, born on 10/09/04, No.2 due in Jan.’06 !!

Laura Hounslow who left in 1994 is Mrs Laura Green. ‘Ed and I finally tied the knot in August 2005. It was a really great day and we had a lovely honeymoon in Rome.’

Chloe Owens, of Haddenham, a 14 year-old Lord Williams’s student was fatally injured on September 30th after being hit by a car whilst crossing the Thame by-pass. Her many friends held a candle-lit vigil near the Aylesbury round-about where the accident happened, and where a sea of flowers now covers the ground near the scene.

Chloe’s family issued the following statement:

“Chloe was a girl who brought an enormous amount of joy to all who knew her. She was a wonderful daughter to Suzanne and Stephen and a close sister to Natalie and Rachel. Her death will leave a very large hole in our extensive family.

Chloe was a very friendly girl who had no sense of barriers when making friends. She was a kind and forgiving person who could see no wrong. Her sunny personality will be remembered by all who were fortunate to come into contact with her.

Chloe will also be remembered for her “dry” sense of humour and how she would often mimic others. She adored children and wanted to work with them in the future. She attended Lord Williams School in Thame, and it was in Thame that she loved to spend her leisure time with her close friends.

We could not have wished for a better daughter and sister, she made all of us very proud. She had a beautiful, smile that could light the world, and often did.

We will miss her so much. We are honoured that we had time to be part of her life.”

 

Graham Thomas recently helped organise and spoke at a seminar hosted by the Prince of Wales. I only write this, he says, as the seminar touched upon issues that face all of us who have children at school. The seminar was set-up to discuss the lack of skilled craftsmen able to preserve and maintain our built-heritage. This lack of skills also impinges on our ability to build quality buildings in the future, including housing. One of the many topics discussed was the problem of educating children to believe that craftsmenship and vocational qualifications are as valued and ‘excellent’ as academic criteria. This is increasingly difficult as schools have done away with workshops and craft-based training and the focus is on paper qualifications. It was also highlighted that working with one’s hands was a certain way of improving the pyschological health of the nation and that it was a way of getting the most socially disadvantaged re-engaged with society. Sadly, I was hopeless at woodworking, though the Saturday morning lessons at what was then the Wenman were a welcome respite from our usual diet. When these stopped after the 3rd Form, I remember that my Saturday morning lessons somehow managed to be the worst imaginable – to rub salt in the wound of having to do lessons at the weekend. Graham is a Trustee of Woodchester Mansion where the seminar was held.

Jerry Green 1966-73 has recently moved to Tonbridge, Kent and is starting a new job with a French company.

Clive Hurst is Keeper of Rare Books at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

John Polden went to Goldsmiths College after Lord Williams’s and then started teaching at Gable Hall School in 1965. Then he taught at Bush Elms and then, for almost thirty years, at Chafford School until retiring this year. He’s been married to Margaret since 1975 and has one son, and he and his wife live in Hornchurch. He works with the local Talking Newspaper. ‘Also member of 2 accordion groups and play out with them quite frequently. Enjoy gardening. Hope to spend more time reading and visiting places that I’ve never had the chance to go to – long time member of The National Trust. Also want to take a more active part in our local Twinning Assoc.’

Klaus Binko has written a follow-up to his first e-mail (further below) and the notes that were added by the Editor. First of all thank you very much for submitting the names of those who were in Germany between 69 and 70! In exchange at the moment I am not able to provide such a list too, but will try my very best using private networks.

Theo Christoph who was together with me when we visited LWGS in 1970. As far as I remember, Theo’s hosts lived in or near by Crawley and did ran a building enterprise. Theo later studied law in Frankfurt and than worked for his father’s enterprise in Canada. A long planed reunion between us in 1983 failed as Theo was tragically killed in a car accident leaving his wife and a baby! Good bless your soul Theo you are always in my heart! On your site Ian Waite in some way sounds familiar to me. Is it possible that his father was in the RAF and deployed in Akrotiri, Cyprus at this time? Also thanks for the honest comments in the Editors Notes! It was very astonishing for me how different but also how precise your students perceived and described the German school system. Please allow me some remarks too! We were proud of our school because the facility was new, teachers on the average were young and progressive, and this made us believe that our school was something special in comparison to others in the neighbourhood. We did not see other schools like, for example, LWGS. Well the sad and boring routine which was described was true but was endured only by the boarders. About 40% of the pupils lived in the boarding house and 60% stayed at their families in or in the surrounding of Marktoberdorf. Those were the lucky one’s who had their afternoons and evenings almost to their own disposition.Now in retrospect, I tend to the opinion that your impressions not only are right but also characterising succinct the school system in Germany. I think most of us when being a pupil never thought about an alternative to this system. Front teaching with little communication between teachers and students seems to be a typical German kind of the art. The teacher plays the role of an infallible entertainer and the student mostly remains in a passive consumer position as a believer of that what has been taught. German teachers especially at this time were persons of respect, without any private aura. We could never imagine that Mrs. X or Mr. Y would have another life as a mother or father, as an individual with normal emotions and also failures; for us they were institutions.

I remember very well Mr. Gould’s lessons using the instrument of theatre to transport his ideas to the students. And I was astonished about the enthusiasm and implicitness of the students acting on stage. A similar feeling we at home had only when working with Mr. Arthur Groß in the choir. Only very few teachers like Mr.Groß teaching music, Mr.Renner teaching arts and Mr. Gergler teaching German revealed themselves as human beings in inviting students to their homes and thus allowed us to achieve another more holistic relationship between students and teachers. Later in university I found this same experience that people gather to live and learn for a certain period of time and then say, ‘O.K. that’s it let’s say good bye.’

We do not have an alumni association yet, neither in school nor at the faculty of veterinary medicine in Munich, but recently there were endeavours to found those and this give me some hope.

As you also know the school in the past was named Peter-Dörfler-Gymnasium to remember Mr.Peter Dörfler, a well-known Bavarian writer. In the early seventies the name was changed to Gesamtschule Marktoberdorf, which literally translated simply means comprehensive school Marktoberdorf. What a great idea! It took only about 35 years to come to the conclusion that it might be more charming to rename the school after a meritorious person – discussion is still on going.

I was telling my sons about my correspondence with the Old Tamensians and by this way asked them about their impressions of their current teachers. The two elder ones who now attend a grammar school too confirmed my observations. So what has changed within 35 years? A rather hedonistic way we continue to walk on?

We seem to have a school system that has the appearance of a teaching machine, the machine does have faces and names someone can remember and let it look human.

You might have brought it to the point in your description: ‘Durchfallen’ expressed admirably the bitter anti-climax of failure and the need to resit exams.

Then and now students very soon have to learn that the machine will do no harm as long as you strictly obey to the operating instructions.

Isn’t it an irony of fate that the most exceptional and lucid careers often are made by those who almost did not meet the requirements?

There is to mention for instance Ellen von Unwerth a famous photographer now living in Paris and New York who was one of my class mates. Further more Dominik Graf now a well known film director, son of Robert Graf who was a famous member of Vienna Burg Theatre, and many others who often had quite a hard time at school. Say Hello to the results of the PISA Study for Germany! I like to clarify that it is not my intension to betray my former school; things mentioned above are only an unemotional and personal balance of what has happened to me when being a pupil and student and how I do think about this today. They did not know better- didn’t they really?!

Some additional information for those who might be interested in:Headmaster until 1966 was Dr. Hennemann succeeded by Dr. Schmauch. Both are no more with us; Dr. Schmauch died approximately ten years ago, also Mr. Muller one of the English teachers has gone far too early about twenty years ago.

Finally, as everybody today is outing himself with something very important that the world has to know I would like not to stay behind and to do so also! Well I do confess I dislike sauerkraut too, especially if it is prepared alla cuisine de boarding house Marktoberdorf.

Fellow students of Klaus from the Peter-Dörfler-Gymnasium can contact him via the OTA Membership Secretary – members@oldtamensians.info

Ellen von Unwerth was born in Marktoberdorf in 1954. After leaving the she worked in a circus and then as a model. When this career ended, she turned to photography and is now one of the world’s foremost photographers known for her erotic photographs of brothels and her work for fashion and editorial features.

She has published several books (the latest being Revenge that came out in 2003) and has made videos with the likes of Duran Duran.

Dominik Graf – a list of his films can be found on IMDB.

Mike & Sarah Minchin So here’s what’ve been up to. In July this year we moved from Northamptonshire to live in the Pays de Gex, France as I have a new job teaching at an international school in Geneva (which is just across the border). After a few months living with my husband’s family we are now in our own flat in a lovely little town called Thoiry, we have stunning views along the Jura range and into Geneva. On a clear day we can even see Mont Blanc. My job is going well and our eldest son, Rhys aged nearly 5, is enjoying his Reception year at the same school. My husband is looking after our youngest son, Jamie aged 16 months, while he looks for a job too. Fellow students can contact Sarah & Mike Minchin via the OTA Membership Secretary – members@oldtamensians.info

Bernard & Dominic Jones Following a lunch with Julia Castle and Andrew Lawrence and their families a few weeks ago I was inspired to look on the OTA website and was glad I did so. I, along with my brother Dominic, were boarders and I well remember some of the names (all older boys) in the members names list. While Boarding wasn’t always a barrel of laughs, in the end it did me no harm and I greatly enjoyed most of time at Lord Bills, all aspects of it. Sadly, but not entirely surprisingly, I am not in touch with any of my fellow boarders from my time like Andrew Deans, Tim Bebbington (the only other two from that day in Sept. 1977 to have stayed the course) and Jonty Pawsey, Richard Travers and others of course. Dominic is now living in Boston, USA and can be contacted via the OTA Membership Secretary – members@oldtamensians.info

Katie Wales – 2002 I’m still living at home, going into my final year of uni. I am doing a BA (Hons) in Textiles and Surface Design at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe. I’m hoping to pass with at least a 2.1 and go into fashion design or the buying side of fashion. I still do Irish dancing and compete when ever I can. This year, I came 10th at the All Ireland and International Championships and hope to do even better next. Have made lots of new friends but miss the old crew. If any of you want to get in touch, please do so.

Richard Foster-Turner 1978 Living in small Oxfordshire town not far from where I grew up in Brill, though I have been further away and come back as I lived in the US for a couple of years. Now married with 2 teenage girls. For a job, I’m a Company Director working in a high growth technology business selling instruments for scientific research. As a result I’m travelling the world (far too much).

Klaus Binko To the Old Tamensians! First of all congratulations to this wonderful website! I wish my school would have such a fine support in information and records of school history! According to a private move from Bavariato the Baltic Sea I was sorting my personal long forgotten treasures and by this occasion dug out some pieces that I have kept from my stay as an exchange pupil at Lord Williams’s Grammar School. This led me to try an Internet search and so I found your website. Let me briefly introduce myself: I am a guy from Germany, to be more precise from Marktoberdorf, Bavaria and I was a pupil at the Peter-Dörfler-Gymnasium until 1973. After studying veterinary medicine in MunichI lived and worked in Mainz, Munich, Leipzig, Koblenz, Bonn and currently I do so in Kiel at the Baltic Sea. I am Colonel in the German Armed Forces Medical Corps. In 1970, I visited with a group of other pupils Lord Williams’s Grammar School as part of an exchange pupil programme. Probably it was 1970, April and May because we all were introduced to the then school sensation, the only female pupil, Miss Carolyn Ward, who had finished a 400 years lasting period of male dominance at Old Bill’s For us she was a sensation too but more as a nice girl to look after, as we were all accustomed to comprehensive school systems in Germany, and at home single gender schools, even at this time, were likely looked at as a curiosity. Only one girl at school, what a desperate, unfavourable condition! All our (male) hopes, dreams and plans of learning more about the British way of life by actively practising friendship and understanding between our nations were smashed to the ground! But beside this little disappointment, the fact that school started at 9 a.m. convinced all of us that the British school system is second to none in the world. After 35 years to dig for memories is a pretty hard thing to do, especially if these things happened in a surrounding I was neither accustomed to by language nor by routine of daily life. But on the other side travelling abroad, visiting school in a foreign country at this time was not implicitness but more an exceptional exciting and unique experience we were all happy to share with. Therefore some details remained in my memories still until now. My hosts have been Mr. and Mrs. Jackson who lived with their sons Julian and Adrian in Brill. I read in the chronic that Julian recently was appointed as a professor at Queen Mary’s in London and Adrian is director of a theatre company there. Due to the fine links you provide, I have contacted Julian by email and I hope he will send me an answer.

The cordially and warm hospitality of the Jackson family gave me an unforgettable time; I still remember the wonderful evenings, sitting after dinner in the living room and discuss politics, social life and culture themes until late in the evening. I have never learned so much about the British point of view again! In 1971 Adrian came to Germany as a member of the LWGS theatre group’s Macbeth Tour and as far as I was able to oversee essential parts of ‘Mission Macbeth’ I do confirm the ‘terrible truth’ is true!

Among others two teachers of this time are still at present in my memories. First the sports teacher from Wales who sounds to us Germans like if he was coming from an outer galaxy and of course Mr. Bradnack the German teacher. It was his secret that we never discovered how to manage always being dressed in the same cloth. Probably he had numerous jackets, trousers and shirts of the same kind we supposed. At another time when we were invited to his home we saw in his bathroom the used dishes from minimum a week piled up in the bath trunk, a very distinguished method doing the household work. At least while I was sitting in a physics lesson I looked upon the desk in front of me and saw a carving in the wood: ‘Bradnack eats people’. The physics teacher probably still today is wondering why a German pupil did find his lecture so funny that he was unable to stop laughing. Mr. Bradnack please forgive me, you have cared for us inexperienced guys like a father with always an open ear for our minor and major problems and being an original surely is nothing bad!

I tried to hold contact to the Jackson’s but after some time lost it for reasons I do not know. One day, when I tried to phone them, someone other was in the line and letters kept unanswered.

As my parents were both very focused upon Italy and Greece I had either to join them or stay at home on my one during their holidays, but never could convince them to travel to UK. And as most of all other pupils or students too at this time I had to spend the little money I made with some jobs to keep my rotten VW Beatle alive, buy some drinks in the pubs and discos  (like the Apollo11 in Marktoberdorf) and all in all no money was left to travel to Great Britain on my own.

Thus my personal connections to your wonderful country in general and especially to the LWGS faded away.

Later in 1984 and 1992 I came back to UK for professional reasons but stayed only in London. In 1993 I took a 3 weeks holiday travelling through Dorset and Cornwall but had no idea for the reasons mentioned above, to go to Brill or Thame. Between 1994 and 1996 I have been quite often in UK as the German Army used Castlemartin training range in Wales. I allays flew in and on my private excursions I went all through out Wales, to the West Coast, to Manchester and up to Snowdonia.

When in 1996 decision was made by the German MOD to give up tank shooting training in UK, I planned my last mission there by using my own car and thus having another holidays after I would have had performed duties.

By this occasion I suddenly got the idea to drive to Thame and Brill to search for old and long forgotten tracks.

The school looked rather different, no one was there to give me some information, the house of the Jackson family was sold to someone else but through the window pain I could see that the carpet on the stairway to the first floor was still the same. I stood captured in melancholy when a neighbour offered me her help. So I heard that the Jackson’s had moved to Cardiff, a town were I have been there so often within the last years and the neighbours relatives do own a hotel in Pembroke which I knew very well – the circle was closed in a different way I had expected.

I do not know if and how the story will continue but I want let you know as the keepers of Old Bill’s history that there is someone living in Germany who has good and warm memories of a time years ago as a guest of your country and Lord Williams Grammar School!

All the best to you, if someone does remember me I would be happy, if not I do understand this. I apologize for mistakes in diction and grammar; of course I am a native speaker too, unfortunately my native language is German!

With cordially greetings from Germany Yours Dr Klaus Binko

(Ed Notes: Every year a party of boys – usually 5th formers studying German – would visit the Peter-Dörfler-Gymnasium Marktoberdorf at Easter. One group did this in 1970 with these impressions: the Peter Dorfler school had the appearance of an army barracks from a distance but our fears were soon dispelled as the pupils and staff were friendly and the school modern and comfortable. Many could speak excellent English and the headmaster Herr Muller was very hospitable. We felt totally lost in the lessons we attended. The German meals were not everyone’s cup of tea and even some German’s admitted they disliked sauerkraut.

A year earlier in 1969 Mr Bradnack had taken another party there and he returned saying ‘that the trip was a disapointment in that too many of the party were not prepared to make a proper contribution to the success of the trip. Several seemed to do nothing but mock at everything and everyone and wanted to only to be released from certain restraints they found irksome in England.’ Over the two years those studying German and who may have been in the parties visiting Germany included Baxter, Chris Borsing, Michael Good, David Jowett, David Parrett, Sturley, Eason, Drew, Clive Dickenson, Tony Bambrough, Martin Hutchins, Lawrence, David Moseley, Graham Rogers, Ian Waite, Julian Jackson, Steve Newbitt.

An account of an exchange visit to the School in 1966 described it thus: the day began with breakfast at 7.30am and lessons at 8.00am with the morning session not ending until 1.00pm, which was fatiguing. One trick though was to eat sandwiches under the desk to kill hunger pains. The first part of the afternoon was free but then prep started at 3.30pm and would continue until 6.10pm when the bell sounded and the evening meal began. Having said that, there were those who had perfected the art of avoiding prep and going into town. Work would then continue until 7.30pm and then the first pyjama-clad youngsters were shepherded to their rooms by a usually harrassed duty master. We found that pupils tended to be preached at in lessons rather than being given something to discuss, though we found Dr Schmauch in his lucid and forceful lessons on 17th century European History and Catholic dogma to be an ardent and quite entertaining lecturer. Overall, the atmosphere was less familar and easy-going than at Lord Williams. Here, pupils were taught in larger groups and there was less of a close relationship between teacher and boy. For most in Form 12C Abitur – the school leaving exam – loomed a year distant. Durchfallen expressed admirably the bitter anti-climax of failure and the need to resit. Most students are 20 or 21 when they leave. Drinking coffee in town during the afternoon was a favourite past-time and we found our German friends had high stamina – often burning the midnight oil to do prep if they’d been out. They could also drink much more alcohol than we, and the Faschings Ball, where everyone including the Masters dressed up in fancy costume, saw many dancing and drinking until after 5 in the morning.

Deidre Connor left Holton Park in 1962. Not quite an OT but one of the girls who was brave enough to be in the first group of girls who performed in a LWGS play (Cyrano de Bergerac) in 1961. ‘I’m now living back in the UK having spent almost 13 years in Canada and then 5 in Paris. My life seems to have been an incredible journey since I left Holton Park and I often wonder what happened to everyone.’ News of other Holton Park girls who took part in either plays or in the Colin Brookes musicals include Karen Draisey artistic director of CIAO and works out of Oxford; Karen Bowles lives in Maidenhead and is married to a pharmacist;

Owen Hughes Holland – 1999 Catch my band ‘First Signs of Frost’ on tour with Enter Shikari

05/10/05 – ‘The Garage’ Islington (London)

08/10/05 – ‘The Pioneer’ St.Albans (Herts)

09/10/05 – ‘The Cellar Bar’ Bracknell (Berks)

10/10/05 – ‘The Fighting Cocks’ Kingston (Surrey)

11/10/05 – ‘Purple Turtle’ Reading (Berks)

13/10/05 – ‘The Park’ Peterborough (Cambs)

20/10/05 – ‘Silks Bar’ Basingstoke (Hamps)

03/11/05 – Volume City@The Cobarna (Stevenage)

16/11/05 – ‘The Haygate’ Telford (Shropshire)

21/12/05 – ‘Railway Inn’ Winchester (Hambs)

Mick Hayward -1982 After leaving Lord Bill’s I studied Electronics at Hatfield. I now work in the London office of a large Engineering Consultancy, after having designed car electrical systems at Jaguar and roads at W.S Atkins. I am married with two sons (11 and 9), and near Sutton, Surrey. I still support Chelsea.

Sandra Hawkes -1982 Been married since 1986. We have 3 children, Stephen 18, Lianne 15, and Kelly 8. I have been living in Cowley, Oxford since leaving Thame around 1984 time. I work mornings in an office at a Security Installation Company doing admin work. I still go back to Thame now and again to visit family still living there.

Jamie Sutherland -1971 After nearly 14 years in the RN I left as a Weapons Engineering Artificer/Mechanician, and during the last 20 years I have worked as a test engineer invoved in Environmental Test Engineering. I am currently at TUV Product Service in Titchfield, Hampshire where I am involved in a variety of work from testing to calibration etc. I have only one lovely daughter Katy who will be 21 this year and has started a career as a singer. I recently divorced after 20 years of marriage and am now with my partner Jane who also has only one daughter chloe, she is an accomplished dancer. In my spare time I teach Karate at a local college and recently have started to learn to jive, (great fun and highly recommended). I would be interested to contact anyone else from my era.

Anton Keyte -1994 I have been married for 2 years to Lucy and we live just outside Banbury. We have 2 cats, but no kids and I am very happy with my life. I sell books to schools all over the south of England, which means a lot of driving, which I love. Things couldn’t be better. It would be good to hear from any old friends….. antonkeyte@hotmail.com

Gareth Evans -1998 Currently living in Florida, running a property renovation business. Loving life with a beautiful American lady.

Joanne Williams -1982 Live in the beautiful Cotswolds not far from where I grew up in Oxfordshire – although only returned here after 17 years in Kent where I got married. Now have 19 month baby after years of trying. Have had lots of careers: first in the travel industry, then in the City for a firm of accountants, housing for people with special needs, selling fridge magnets and now self employed trading mainly on the internet selling studio pottery, ceramics and collectables.My beautiful baby takes up much time, hubby, bootfairing as sell on-line for a living. I enjoy collecting 20th studio/art pottery, love the art of people like Joan Miro and Kandinski. We try and buy art whenever can afford. We bought a limited edition signed Miro pouchour in Spain a few years ago -this is our pride and joy!

Aimee Braginton -2001 Currently working as an Events Organiser for a marketing agency in Thame whom I worked for for 3 years until I left last year to work as a Recruitment Consultant for Hays Accountancy; which was awful!! So have now returned to the world of events and unsociable hours! Living in Berkhamsted with my partner Mark.

Gemma Terry -1999 I now have a degree in Sociology and Criminology! and I’m currently working for Microsoft. Still living in Portsmouth.

Rebecca Slack -1995 Hello…for those of you who don’t know, I’ve had a year out from medicine due to illness but will rejoin the 4th year in Jan 2006. Counting down the days! Living in central Oxford still.

Kim Harris 1982-1989 On leaving school I spent 6 years in the Royal Navy (brilliant!) starting first at HMS Raleigh before moving on. Then moved into the Personnel/Recruitment field for the next 8 years. I’m currently the PA to the Managing Director of a large national food manufacturer. I’m married to Alan – who still serves in the Navy – with 6-yr old daughter Lauren and 2-yr old son Fraser. Last year we returned from living in Portugal (on a 2.5 yr posting with NATO) and now live in Swinton, South Yorkshire.

Steve Gaskin -1984 Married to Michelle for 9 years, with 3 children and 4 cats. We were living in rural Lincolnshire surrounded by fields and funny smells, but now living in Northamptonshire surrounded by fields and funny smells. I can still be found hanging around the Thame area due to working all over the south east. Interests include walking, fishing, motorcycling.

Sam Lincoln -1977 Left the Army in February 2004. Now a qualified private investigator, running my own company. (The International Protection Security Agency promotes professional standards in the UK – Ed.)

Lisa Parker -1988 Living in Bicester with my husband David Moore who was in my tutor group throughout Lord Bill’s. No romance between us at School if you are wondering?? It was 14 years later it all began!! I work as a Home Support worker for a Private Care firm based in Bicester. No Children yet!!! But we do have 2 cat’s who we have just adopted. I still keep in touch with Michelle Tappin.

Alexandra Buckle 1995-1999 Alexandra creates contemporary silver head adornment.  To complement her headpieces, she has developed a range of smaller scale jewellery items. The motifs for her designs are developed from drawings of architecture and structural objects such as chess pieces, churches and geometric window designs. These motifs are carefully pierced from silver, creating delicate structures reminiscent of the play of positive and negative shapes formed by wrought iron. Some of the structures are then distorted varying amounts using a rolling mill, to produce tall shadows of the original shape. If rolled very thinly, they take on a tactile, feathery quality when layered together. Alexandra was born in Oxford in 1981 and came to LWS in 1995. Then she completed a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Oxford Brookes followed by a BA (Hons) in Design and Crafts at Stafford University, Stoke on Trent. She graduated in 2004. Web Site.

Rupert Kirkham 1966 -1972 The Hon.Rupert William Tyrwhitt Kirkham is the son of Captain Michael Kirkham and Pamela Williams – who became the 16th Baronness Berners in 1995. He was born in February 1953. In 1994 he married Lisa Lipsey and they have a son Edward. Before coming to Lord Williams’s, Rupert was educated at New College Choir School and after leaving LWGS, he went on to Plymouth College of Art and Design. He and his family are now living in Bath where he works as a film and video producer. In 2004 he drove in the Plymouth-Dakar Charity Rally to raise money for a nursery.

Andrew Broadway 1993-2000. Since 2004, a PhD student at Edinburgh University in the School of Geosciences and studying ‘Development of methologies for soil metal bioaccessibility and human health risk.’ Before transferring to Edinburgh, Andrew studied at the University of Surrey and gained a 1st in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. At Lord Williams’s his A-Levels were Chemistry (A), Physics (B), Biology (B) and Mathematics (B).

Following this year’s A -Level results: Rosie Ryan achieved four A grades, which has secured her a place at Sheffield University to study politics. Charlotte Goodwin, who also achieved all As, is going to Bath University to study business studies. Chris Daniels achieved four A grades and a place on a course at Cambridge University.

Zoe Jaques -1989 Am working as a swimming teacher at a girls school in Northampton. Have just passed my ASA Club Coach certificate. I am Head Coach for the girls swimming club and run a swim school of 350 children – am just to start the ASA tutor course. Enjoying being single and having fun whilst looking for my ideal man. In the meantine I enjoy swimming, riding, watching films, parrots, Stargate SG1 and now Stargate Atlantis. And now spending time with Christian friends.

Cathryn Brannan -1998 Director for DRA Communications, a PR agency in Hogshaw, Buckinghamshire. Still live in Thame (although now opposite Unwins!) but try to get out as much as possible!

Paul Davis -1993 Very happily married – now known as Paul Lewis, living in Ascot, contract Project Manager…. currently working at BP in Sunbury. Looking to get a retail website up and running by end of the year. Spending most spare time Wakeboarding at Princes in Ashford.

Mathew Piercy -1986 Left school to work at Ratners Jewellers shortly before the company Chairman stood in front of the IOD and declared that everything we sold was total crap. Having learnt public relations at Ratners I have been able to apply my extensive skills to a variety of roles since, currently a Northern European Sales Director for a US software corporation called VMware. I live the life of an international superstar (solely in the High Wycombe area) and share much in common with both Damon Hill and James Dean – although thanks to a cruel twist of fate I look like Damon Hill and have the driving finesse of James Dean. Needless to say it was a struggle to find a spouse but one day something great happened and I really landed on my feet. We’re happily settled in Naphill, nr High Wycombe with 2 great daughters, Emma & Katie, and a Springer Spaniel called Dodger. Life continues to baffle me but at 35 I’m starting to feel quite resilient and have learnt a lot about survival from my dog. Always believed I was destined for great things, still believe I am. Hope everyone is well and enjoying life.

Graham Clarke -1995 I’m now enjoying life living in Australia, working out at sea with no plans of moving back to England. Also have a baby daughter named Scarlett.

Mark Brown -1981 I live with my wife Arianne in Bicester (have been in Bicester since leaving school). I have a two year old duaghter by the name of Tia. Having spent the best part of 20 years working within IT (in the MoD), I’m now retraining to be a Health, Safety and Environmental Advisor. Our interests include Latin and Ballroom dancing.

Malcolm Abbott 1939-42 Dear Membership Secretary. As I have been rather busy for the last 63 years you will probably not have any record of my existence but I came across the 1940 edition of the Tamensian recently and attach the copy of the page announcing my arrival, amongst many others. I was evacuated in 1939 from Tiddington and left in 1942 after gaining my School Certificate to start an Aircraft Engineer Apprenticeship at General Aircraft in Feltham. If you would like any further memories I would be happy to oblige. Reading through your web pages a few names of my contempories spring to mind but there seems to be very little information regarding the teaching staff, except the reference to A. C. (Rod of Iron) Dyer. More like Captain Mainwaring if I remember.

Sophie Lodge -1986 I’m living in Cornwall with Dom and our four sons Josh, Ned, Theo and Monty. We have recently set up our own boat sales company in Plymouth; I’m working there part-time and rushing round after the boys the rest of the time.

Jenny Cornish -1996 After graduating from uni with a 2:1 in Business Studies I went travelling for six and a half months. I live in Muswell Hill, north London and work as a trainee chartered accountant.

Graeme Dyer -1997 Living in Bristol, still working for SIG. Was living in Stoke for a while after Uni but transferred over to the west country and developed a taste for cider. mmmm. Recently moved to a really nice flat with a few other people, at the edge of the downs (for those of you who don’t know Bristol, next to a big park) and I hope I can afford foreign holidays and stuff before too long.

Robert Jones -1985 Married in 1998 to Ameila. Our son, Thomas was born in December of last year. We’re now living in Dorking, Surrey.

Warren Churms was teaching at the School from 1982-85. ‘You will remember me as “Wally”, no doubt! Ex-PE Teacher, having trained at St Luke’s College (Exeter University) and now selling document management and scanning services. Married to Cal (whilst at St Luke’s!) since 1981 with two sons aged 18 and 15 (Sam and Leo). Still involved in sports coaching (rugby and football), living in Cambridgeshire and still enjoy a social drink!’

Caroline Snodgrass -1999 I finished my law degree in 2003, and after a year working at home I came to Bristol to study to become a Barrister. I am now in my final 3 weeks of the course (having accumulated almost £20, 000 worth of debt “yikes”) and hope to undertake pupillage in September 2006 – hark at me I am all grown up haha. For those of you who have been trying to get in to contact, please call me on my mobile (same old number) I would love to speak to you all again.Sadly my social life has ground to a halt since being in Bristol (post grad life is v different to “proper” student life) so when I get the chance I like to do some serious drinking and generally have fun. Still a big rugby fan – although if I am honest it’s all about the men in tight shorts.

Rob Bridgman and Linear Motion 1973-1980 I am writing to arrange a reunion of Linear Motion and friends. Dave Sharp and myself were in the band while at the school and would be keen to fix up an evening to gossip over old times and perhaps strum a few chords! We would like to hear from? past members of Linear Motion and other bands and friends of those times. We will fix up a date and a venue when we have an idea of numbers and suitable locations. I was a boarder at the school from 1973 to 1980 which was good fun, I then went on to get a degree in Philosophy (and a bit of Pure Maths) at Leicester University. Since 1983 I have been in computing. On the music front, I have released an album with a band called Dangerous Age, which was with a German rock label and has been sold in Germany and Japan (but not in any sort of numbers that would give Robbie Williams any sleepless nights!).

Ross Liversidge -1997 These days I’m a consultant – I do a lot of freelance work for several multi-nationals as a graphic designer. (Guess all the drawing in class paid off!) I’ve moved back up north, and live in Ripon in a loft apartment by the river. I still visit Thame when I can, if you see me around come and say hello. (Anime fan as well.)

Layla Byant -2001 Graduated with a degree in TV Production and am now working my arse off in several rubbish jobs in an attempt to earn enough money to get me the hell out of here! Planning to move to the big smoke some time soon when i’ve bagged myself a ‘proper’ job in TV!

Graham Bradshaw -1996 Currently married with one daughter. Working for a Mexican company called CEMEX as a mechanical engineer. Now doing NVQ level 3 then NVQ level 4 towards more technical engineering skills and people management. Ive been playing guitar for years now and i must say im a bit good at it, but then i should be after the price of the lessons. My fav’ bands are Greenday, Foofighters, Snowpatrol, Keane, U2, James Blunt, Radiohead, Idlewild, Killers. Starting five a side footie with my bro. Just got my full motorbike licence, and yes 1000cc’s are scary.

Cher Copcutt -1992 No longer Cher Copcutt but Cher Warne, I married the lovely Paul Warne in Barbados on a beach in 2001. I am working in Milton Keynes for VW as a Administration Manager and no longer live in Thame. I have recently (30/06/05) given birth to a beautiful baby girl (Roxy) so along with Homer & Marge (our 2 staffies) we have a perfect little family.

Caroline Palmer -1994 Working for Reuters in Nottingham as a software tester which I really enjoy. Got married last year, marrying Andy my bloke of over 8yrs, now expecting our first baby in January so exciting time for me on the way.

Melissa Burton -1989 I now live in Deal, Kent with my husband Carlos. We met in Ecuador, South America, where I was teaching English as a Foriegn Language and we now have a 5 month old daughter called Isabella. Also leaving in 1989 was Michelle Patterson – ‘I have never managed to settle down, despite having tried on a couple of occassions! I have recently returned from travelling through India, Asia, Oz, NZ and South America and am currently working towards a teaching course so that I can go and live and work abroad on a more permanent basis….honestly, it has taken me this long to work out what I want to do with life. I’m still a bit of a chatterbox and consequently I love meeting new people and going to new places and catching up with old friends.’

Ruth Sheppard -1985 I am happily married with 2 children and living in Aylesbury. Still in touch with Greg and Katie May, Louise Milcoy and Caroline Wills. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and do any baorders know what happened to Dominic Jones? I am a teaching assistant at a junior school. David Picot who also let in 1985 is an IT Manager for an American bank, working in central London. Married for 14 years (Faith), with three children; Holly (12), Megan (9) and Lauren (6). Currently living in Stoke Poges, Bucks. Another 1985 leaver Carie Ledley lives in Aylesbury with Anthony and two daughters, Talia aged 11 and Olivia aged 7. ‘I have always kept in contact with Karen Wyatt, Joanne Gower & Claire Chadwick, who were my best buds at school. Lived in London for a while and raved myself around the M25. Excellent time. Now feet on the ground (and head) being a mum to my girlies.’

Anna Cundall -1986 After leaving School from 1986 to 1992, I worked with children and adults with special needs/disabilities in England and USA, travelling around Europe and the USA between jobs. Then took off for a year in 1992 to travel around the world. On my return, I gained a Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education, and then continued in higher education by going to university in London, to gain a degree(2:1) in Education and Community Studies. I am currently working as a project worker with adults with disabilities in East London, supporting people with housing, employment, advocacy, welfare benefits and independent living.

Andrew Laxton 1987 Living in Hong Kong for the last 12 years, married to Pippa and have three sons – Ollie, Harry and Archie. In the corporate communications industry covering the Asia/Pacific region.

Nicola Bates -1981 I live in Dinton and have done for the last 9 years where we converted a squash court that was in the middle of a field into a house. We lived in a mobile home whilst doing this for 2 years but it has been worth all the hassle and the house is great now. Am married to Philip Healy and have been since 1984 !! I have two children, Liam 18 and Jemma 16. Still mad on horses, bought my own horse 8 years ago when my daughter decided she was dedicated enough to have her own pony – she has been mad on horses since the age of 4 when she started to learn to ride. I have now bought a 7.5tonne lorry and can now compete, which I really enjoy – only on a local level though, nothing major. My other half and I run a developing company, converting old barns or spec building between us. We have been ‘doing up’ or converting our own houses at the same time but this last one we have settled in and I have no intention of living in that much of a mess again! Still keep in touch with my Lord Williams School (West) friends, Joe Gregory, Diane Godfrey, Paula Fox, Louise Driver, Ann Pargeter and Sarah Applegarth – every year we go to Centre Parcs for a long weekend, which is brilliant. Am in touch with Alan Mathews as he married a work colleague and went skiing with him in a big group last year.

Sue Richards – 1981 have a 3yr old daughter called Georgia and am single. I am moving back to Chinnor next month. I still keep in touch with a couple of my school friends but not on a regular basis. I’d like to say I’m older & wiser but I’m just older & wider!!!

Caroline Seaman -1981 moved from Chinnor in 1983. I have lived in Bicester for the past 14 years and have been married to Tony for 11 years. We have 2 children, Isabella 9 and Harry 4. Clare Crean also from 1981 is living in Bucks, married with 2 children (Oliver & Gemma) and works in the film industry based in Central London.

Claire Anderson has just leaving School and ‘I am just about to finish sixth form, and have a year out and go to Australia before going to university in 2006.’ Another leaver Mark Stiles is going to study aeronautical engineering at Loughborough.

Paul Cossey who left in 1995 says ‘I’m doing really well and completed my 5 year engineering apprenticeship. Now continuing at the same company… I’m off to Australia in December for a month then will decide wether it would be a good choice to move over there…I hope it is!’

Richard Wagstaff 1991-1998 Since leaving school I spent four years at Trinity College of Music, London gaining a BMus (Hons) 2:1 in music performance, with the French horn as my first instrument. I then spent a couple of years working in public relations as an account executive. I have now left that field of work and am a motoring journalist working and living in London. However, my main love since leaving school has been training and teaching kung fu. I have recently opened a club on Clapham High Street, where I teach two nights a week. I am aiming to become a full time instructor within two years, quit my day job and make it my career.

Sophie Cockayne -1992 Hi there, I’ve recently returned from working abroad in the Middle East with my husband Richard. I trained as a careers adviser in 2002 and did my postgraduate in London. Travelled quite a lot, much of it whilst I was cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic. I still love dancing and keeping it going one way or the other. I’m still in touch with Jane Cornish and she is my best fab mate. I’m hoping there might be a full school reunion for us all one day in sunny Thame.

Rob Foster – 1995 Been busy… Got a degree in music production at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, have been DJing for quite a few years all over the place. Have promoted several club nights (still promoting one, now in its 7th year), making tunes, had a radio show, done some travelling around, started an event company (Enhanced Events), slowly delving further into the dance music industry…Half living in South London, half living in Oxford. Not getting much sleep…. Got an amazing girlfriend who puts up with me despite not being able to see each other as often as i’d like, indulging far too much and generally living life to the max……..

Gemma Binstead – 1997 After travelling around Australia with Anna Taptiklis, I achieved a 2 (1) honours degree in Psychology at Gloucestershire University. Since then I worked as a veterinary nurse and currently work as a dog trainer for Hearing Dogs For Deaf People. I am also running my own puppy training classes and studying towards a Masters in Companion Animal Behaviour counselling. I compete in agility and flyball shows with my Springer Spaniel, so look out for us at Crufts!

Angela Drury – 2002 is studying for a degree in Human Organisations at Northumbria University in Newcastle. Charlie Taylor -2000 is about to start his final year at uni on a graphic design course and has started doing animation. At night, he works in a rock bar in Leeds. Ben George -2002 was awarded a First in his undergraduate degree in Physics and Computer Science at University of Kent and is now set to start a PhD in Applied Optics in Canterbury. Ben Johnson -2000 is working in London as an interior architect. Elspeth Bucanan – 2000 is now Morgan as she married in April of this year. She finished her degree at Bristol in the summer of last year, and for the past year has been working in sales in Hertfordshire. Now she is starting a PGCE in September, and wants to teach languages. Ruth Atkinson – 1999 is working as a service co-ordinator for a small telecommunications company in Stockton, works part time as a beauty therapist and is also training as a make up artist at college. Daniel Hall – 1993 has just qualified as a commercial pilot and is looking for work. Currently, he’s living in Shabbington.

Two OTs live in Texas, Jane Thompson -1973 and Vanessa Bonner-Davis – 1976. Jane is married with 3 children – 15, 19 and 21 and living in Sugar Land, near Houston. Vaneesa has 4 kids (age 13 – 21) and works full-time as office manager for a small engineering company.

A Reunion for the class of 1988-1995 Anyone who completed their ‘A’ levels in 1995 might have worked out that we’ve been away from Lord Bills for 10 years. For those who left before A-Levels, it’s been even longer and therefore it’s high time we had a reunion. Come along for an informal gathering at the Six Bells in Thame (our old haunt) on Saturday 6 August 2005 from 3pm onwards. All invited, with partners, and children too where applicable! Please contact Margaret Ridgway (M.H.Ridgway.96@cantab.net) with any queries. In case you’ve forgotten: The Six Bells, 44, Lower High St, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 2AD , Tel: 01844 212088 (The Six Bells recently won the coveted Thame Festival Best Pub or Club competition, which came to its climax in June, with a Tug-of-war.The Star and Garter was 2nd, Towersey Sports and Social Club was 3rd, The Cross Keys came 4th, Thame Snooker Club 5th and the Nag’s Head came 6th).

Graeme Dyer – 1999 I played in the Old Tamensians rugby match in 1999, got my A levels at Henley College and went to Leeds Met’ for a BA, before moving to Bristol to start a job.

Stephen Hutton 1961-1968 I am a Director/shareholder of a firm of Insurance Brokers, Underwriters and Pensions Consultants based in Leeds, and have been for the last 20+ years. I have been married for 34 years, in July, with two boys age 30 and 29. I played rugby for Huddersfield for 20+ years playing for teams 1 to 6 (plus Vets), making many friends and thanking Lord Bill’s for the introduction to the sport. I have also been heavily involved with local tennis, still playing and enjoying district league tennis, men’s doubles only (!!!!). We have travelled the world watching tennis tournaments and wished I had taken up the game earlier. Overall do I enjoy life, yes, am I happy, yes, do I wish I had worked harder at school, well…!! Maybe.

Paul Calow 1988 – 1992 I was one of the last few boarders at Lord Williams’s and was around to experience the boarding house’s sad demise. I was fortunate enough to experience living in the main building, Greenacres and Highfield and have fond memories of all three houses and resident staff. I’m now living in Oxford with Sarah Tokeley, another former pupil at Lord Bill’s.

Geoffrey Cradock – 1942 Started at the Royal Veterinary College (evacuated to Reading University) where I met up with Derrick Hester who was studying agriculture, in January 1943. Qualified in Dec 1947,and went into practice in Basingstoke, subsequently Stow on the Wold, and finally Camberley Surrey where I had my own practice until retiring in 1983. I now live in Dorset with my wife, dogs, and other animals. We have one son who is a teacher working in Switzerland.

Jairo Zaldua – 1980 living in London as an artist. He’s kept his passion for music and films. Until the beginning of 2000, he was part of the Colosseum Project of artists until relaunched ourselves as Luna Nera, continuing the project of site-responsive/site-specific art in disused urban spaces. Jairo has been working with Nicole Green. Jairo studied at the University of Hertfordshire, specialising in printmaking and painting. Nicole studied at the Roehamptom Institute, specialising in ceramics and painting. They both are also involved in musical projects. They are also film-makers, and have completed a video film I’m Not Like Everybody Else. In their visual art, Jairo and Nicole combine their range of skills to work in an experimental fashion, in 2D and 3D, on a variety of materials. They print onto burnt wood, scrap metal and various fabrics, in addition to etching, collographs, monoprints, linocuts, silkscreen and woodcuts. They have exhibited their distinctive work in many group shows in London, and Jairo has exhibited his work at the National Theatre at the South Bank Centre.

Tim Sumner – 1968 who was in Wykeham House, played for the Colts cricket and the tennis team, now lives in Macclesfield. He’s married with 2 adopted children from China and is a dry stone waller.

Laura Herbert – 2002 I’m still living at home with the folks and currently working at a printers. I’m working on a book keeping course which is nearly finished so hopefully soon I’ll be on double the pay and working on becoming a fully qualified accountant. The last year has been majorly hectic. The best bit to happen was my Mum and Richard getting married. There’s been a lot of downs too. I had a car crash that nearly killed me, my mum and dad have both been ill, and my nan has just died of leukaemia. Other than that life has been pretty good. I have made some great new friends over the last few months, one in particular being my ex. Anyone who has known me from a long time ago would probably see me very differently now as I’m much louder, confident and outgoing. My accident made me look at life differently so I appreciate so much of my life now!!

Karen Lewis -1985 Been living in Lincolnshire for 2.5 years after 15 years in Milton Keynes. Been married to David Mumford for 16 years and we have 3 lovely girls, Hannah, Emma and Sarah. It’s great to see what some of you have done since school. Still keep in contact with Amanda Kensett and have seen other people when I’ve been down Chinnor/Thame way.

Chris Borsing -1971 I am living very happily in County Wicklow, Ireland. I am married, and we have two adult children. Ireland has suited me for seeing everything at a different angle to the usual line of thought. I am now, after one career shut down, starting up where I left off after school: I am an English Studies undergraduate at Trinity College, Dublin, utilising all my years of deviation from the norm to enrich cultural life! This year I was elected, halfway through the course, a Trinity Scholar – an early opportunity to wear silly clothes, swear in Latin and dine as in Hogwarts, while chatting intelligently with young rocket scientists (well, they sound intelligent).

A message from Claire Whiting…I wonder if anyone can help me. I’m trying to find out the results of the CSEs and ‘O’ levels that I sat in 1979!!!!. Can anybody who may have a certificate please tell me which exam board Lord Bill’s was using at the time.Many thanks.

(If anyone has the information please let us know but we think that O levels might have been the Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations, and CSEs the Southern Regional Examination Board.)

I read Will Cook’s description of Mike Fethney. It is exactly the same Mike who taught me History at Rishworth School where Mike became Head of History in 1966. He had to cross the quad to get to the 6th Form room. We used to stand at the window looking down at him singing, “Dun de la dun dun dun dun, dun de la dun dun dun dun” to the James Bond theme tune. Why we did this I have no idea but we found it hysterical.You’re certainly right about his muscular christianity, to coin someone else’s phrase. I was completely taken aback by his combativeness during the school masters v pupils rugby match. Nontheless I am sure I speak for many at Rishworth in saying that Mike was by far my favourite teacher. A true “Mensch” as Yiddish speakers say. Finally, I always remember Mike saying that he found men’s kneecaps more aesthetic than womens’!! Perhaps this should be discussed further in say, 250 words! Yours Edwin Holland, Rishworth School (left 1967 in time for the barricades in ’68, Mike always knew I would be a Trot!)

Dave Owen 1964-71 Divorced, have a beautiful daughter of 26.Old friends from Lord Bills include- Ray Allinson (he who bought the first Lambretta on the block), Nigel Young, Crispin Thomas (Crispin, I ask you!) Norman Taylor (handy having a mate whose dad ran a pub). I went to Westminster Teachers Training College but I lost contact with everybody when I moved to Norway.

Karen Dick – 1989 Went onto Oxford College to study ‘A’ Levels, then to High Wycombe to do Nurse training. I met Andy, now my husband, and we have two daughters, who were born in March 2000 and October 2002. I currently work part time at one of Oxford’s hospitals. Now live in Witney and very happy!

Amanda Lewis -1987 Hello everyone it’s Amanda here just to let people know I’ m still living in Aylesbury. I got married again in May this year to Dave -I met him through Friends Reunited after 14 years apart so it does work for some people. I work at Stoke Manderville Hospital as a care worker and love it. I still see a few people from school around Thame, Chinnor and Aylesbury.

Jamie Hazeldine – 2001 I have just finished university and in the process of looking for a job in sports development.

Charles Boyle who is living and working in Perth (the Australian one), is working for Colliere Menkens Pickwell Architects. He would like to make contact with any OTs in the area and can be phoned on (08) 9328 8833.

Chris (Cameron) Poole -1992 At Lord Bills I was known as Chris Poole which isn’t the name on my birth cert, not that I knew or cared at the time, I was having too much fun. I am single having recently come out of a relationship with Danish girl I met in Phuket when I was working as an English tutor. We lived together in Bangkok for almost two years and now I am in Scotland having just quit smoking and boozing, and hoping to get a script commissioned for Channel 4

Graham Ducker -1980 DJ/Radio & TV presenter. Use my middle name for a stage name, so I’ve been Graham Charles since leaving school! Still travelling all over the world! 22 countries so far. Switzerland the best, New York 2nd, Malta 3rd. I speak 5 languages now. (Here’s a diary of a week in Graham’s life from Malta Today.)

Sarah Charles – 1984 I am living in South London, married to a GP and we have three lovely children. Two girls and a boy age 16, 8 and 6 years.

Paul Ashford 1966-73 I’ve spent the last 30 years working for the Blood Transfusion Service – originally as a medical laboratory scientist and more recently as IT Director for the Welsh Blood Service. After a couple of false starts, eventually did my degree in maths through the Open University. Married with three children and one grandchild, and living in Cardiff.

Adam Courtney – 1989 Work in computers (surprise) as a consultant, contracted to HP. Have been self employed for the last 4+ years, kind of tired of the IT world fancy a career change but hey it`s a living. Bought a house in Bury, then built a house in Bury where we still live.Getting married in June to my fiancee Claire…she’s the best thing to ever happen to me. (I’m being watched).

Susan Lowman – 1976 My family moved from Chinnor in 1973 to buy a hotel in Lostwithiel, Cornwall. I met my (now ex) husband, Steve, when I was 13 and we married on my 20th birthday. We moved to Somerset in 1981 where Steve joined the Police service and our first daughter was born. Stacy is now 23 and works in the film industry in London (currently working on Little Britain) and Dean, 21, is a very intelligent new-age hippy who works with people with learning disabilities and is about to bundle up his possessions and travel the world in his camper van…Steve and I divorced 3 years ago and I now live with Mike in the beautiful village of Stogursey in Somerset where we enjoy a really peaceful life walking the fields and making wine…I work in admin for Bridgwater Social Services. I am still best friends with Brigitte Crome (now Brundle). We used to live next door to each other in Lower Icknield Way but she now lives up Chinnor Hill. I still regard Chinnor as my spiritual home and visit when I can….well that’s about it really…bye.

Sean Johnson 1971-73 B.A. Dip. Arch. Oxford, MSc (Arch)(Cons) is an associate of Clive Lucas Stapleton and Partners, architects and heritage consultants in Sydney. He has worked as a conservation architect in Sydney and the UK for the past 18 years and has been involved in projects such as the conversion of Somerset House, London, and restoration of the Railway Institute Building, Surrey Hills in Sydney. His recent work includes the restoration of two landmark Victorian mansions, Swifts at Darling Point, and Rona, Bellevue Hill.

Graeme Dyer 1992-1997 I left after GCSEs, went on to get a degree in 2004 and now live in Bristol.

Adele Fowler -1994 Still alive….just! Lived in Thailand for four years – perfecting my beach bum talents.Worked in Oz for a bit and been back in Blighty for about the same…..how depressing…. ! I am now a mum and have a beautiful baby girl called Amelie. So I have now given up work (hurrah!!), and am full time mum for the moment. It’ s great – now cooking like a demon – Mrs Rowland will be pleased. Hello to all!

Robert Sankey 1956-1963 I was at school as a boarder and am keen to find contemporaries after all these years.

Alison Jeffery -1995 Although I have been in Pakistan for over a year as a volunteer through VSO (www.vso.org.uk), it took me 6 months to get to a permanent placement, due to problems with the one I accepted before I left the UK. I am now living in the middle of the stunning Karakoram mountain range in northern Pakistan, where I work as a teacher trainer. I am working in three schools and with a small teacher-training centre. The teachers’ skills are limited and many of them have had little or no previous training. Small changes will, hopefully, make a huge difference to the education they offer. One of my schools is literally at the foot of 7000m Rakaposhi! There aren’t many better views in this world than the ones I see every day! Blossom time has just finished and the valley is once again green after the barren greyness and endless cold of winter.

Bev Godfrey (nee Roebuck) 71-77 Thanks for your latest email which mentioned putting our profession on the website – would it be possible to do this and if so how? I now run my dad’s company (Sprint Sports & Leisure Ltd – started in Chinnor while I was at school) offering corporate and leisurewear with embroidered logos. Thanks.

Roger Holland 1968-73 Living just south of Bristol. After about 24 years being married, I am now divorced. I have 3 children aged 22, 19 and 11. Still working for Lloyds TSB, my first job started at 16, although last year I was seconded to the Bankers Benevolent Fund (a charity for bank employees and their families) to help them set-up a new support service to beneficiaries.

Hannah Green I am of the class of 2005 , I am just finishing my A-level course. I am hoping to attend the University of Southampton to read history. I particularly enjoyed my time at lord Williams’s owing to two things. Firstly the fantastic team that makes up the history department at the school, and secondly my role in the debating society. I was the first female president of the debating society and while I was president, we were glad to welcome distinguished politicians such as Boris Johnson to the School and also hold a regular selection of debates that I hope continues further. The history team at Lord Williams’s was brilliant and has thus inspired me to read history.

Mark Trueman Mark is part of the Senior Student team at LWS. He has a place at Glamorgan University for Autumn 2005, and hopes to study chiropracty. He was influenced in this decision because there is an excellent Tang So Doo coach in that area. Mark began to train for this martial art less than 2 years ago. He gained silver & bronze in the Southern area championships in 2004, followed by 2 bronzes in the Nationals. This year he gained gold & bronze in the Southern area championships and a bronze in the Nationals – narrowly missing the bronze in free-fighting.

Pamela Lloyd -1999. Having graduated from Bath Uni in June 2003, I went for a bit of a look round the world, came back to the UK and am now working for an environmental consultancy in Abingdon and living in Thame.

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Kirsten Johnson 1983 – 90 Live in Kent with partner ‘Singe’ (Stjohn) and our three cats: Huskie, Missie and Cleo. Not married, don’t want kids. I manage basic skills, ESOL and special educational needs for a very large company in Kent, Sussex and Brunei. It’s a very interesting job, I get to travel a great deal. After school went to Sunderland Art College and got a fine art degree, a PGCE and various other qualifications. Have been on one course or another since school! Taught art for several years until I fancied a change of environment and matter subject. Like to ‘dress up’ and spend all my wage on clothes from different eras especially ’40’s and ’50’s. Seem to have got quite heavily into burlesque, militaria and folk. Don’t want to look conventional but have ditched the matted hair, big boots and holey clothes… kept the piercings and tattoos however! Currently learning to fly and working on getting my Private Pilot’s Licence. Still friends with Jude Ford, Jo Hutch, Jo Scriv, Liz Grof, Lisa Taylor and Adam Kirkman. Have recently met up with Emma Ayres.

Catherine Coe (nee Head) 1985 -1991 A quick update from me to say that I’m still living in Exeter (very happy here) and had a little daughter, Amelie, last November. I’m back at work (for the NHS as a project manager) on a part-time basis and enjoying juggling work and motherhood!

Pete Stratton left in 2005. I’m volunteering on Youth For Christ Film Team. How’s work and things going for you? Thanks for keeping in contact.

Gemma Slator 1988-95 My husband and I left London in April and moved to Marlow. I gave birth to a son, Freddie, at the end of August and am enjoying having a break from work to bring him up!

Tom Gregory 1990-97 I live with my girlfriend in Thame and work as an IT consultant based in Maidenhead. Play footy for the mighty Chinnor Exiles and still hang around with the same old people doing plenty of drinking and rocking out.

Michael Wootten 1989-1997 Now runs Wootten Luxury Travel and lives in Chinnor. ‘After my wild gap year I gave University a miss and continued the fun! I joined the coach \ bus industry and soon ended up working for myself (the truth is nobody else seemed to want me!). I now run a fleet of my own coaches from a depot in Chesham and can still occasionally be found driving routes to Lord Williams’s School – some things never change!’

Daniel Smith 1992-9 came to LWS from John Hampden. He then spent a year at Oxford College of Further Education and then studied Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He is now working for NatWest in corporate banking.

Natalie Webb who left in 2002 has just got engaged. ‘I am working in a firm of Accountants. Studied an AAT now going onto do ACCA course, which hopefully I will soon be a quilifed accountant! Living with my boyfriend of 31/2 years everythings is going great. Hope everyone thats knows me is ok!’

Ian Smith -1968 After leaving LWGS Ian went to work for Midland Red Buses. ‘Running Ian Smith Consulting Ltd, my own management consultancy business advising clients on document management; am also one of the organisers of the UK Bus Awards. After 23 years in south London, moved from Beckenham, Kent to Chalfont St Peter, Bucks in 2003 and then to Hazlemere, near High Wycombe, in 2005. Married 24 years, to Doreen; one 22-year old daughter (Caroline) who was married in April 2005 and now lives with her hubby in the same village as us.

Bill Middleton -1959 One of many OTs living in Perth Western Australia since emigrating 1969. Now semi-retired after many years of construction work. Last 7 years he’s owned & ran successful take away food shop. As he says, ‘Australia is great.’

Hi, just checked out the OT web site and saw that you’re still the Secretary, so thought I’d drop you a line. Hope all’s well with you, good to see you’re still part of the OTA team! Firstly, I (we) are Pete and Jan Merrow-Smith (nee Rowe, ex OT president just after Valerie Avern, nee Morris, and Pete was also at LWS, about 1974-1981ish). Don’t know if you will remember? We’re still living and working outside of the UK, and have been 2 ½ years in Spain now, via Botswana and Portugal. I was at LWS between 1971 and 1978, and it would be so good to have the chance to sing with some of the old choir members and under Robin’s baton again. Jan PS: I have photos of the chamber choir somewhere, and other musical bits and pieces from school, from around 1976-1978, all in black and white, but if I can scan them, would anyone be interested?

John Cohen 1957-1964 After being out of touch with the school for many years, I have in the last 2 or 3 years met up with a few ex class mates–Martyn Read and Harris, as well as John Roberts from Bicester from time to time, and paid a couple of visits to the school. I have more time now I’m not commuting daily to London to work in the Dept of Trade & Industry–though setting up my own business is surprisingly time consuming! I’ll send a longer message about what I’ve been doing as it would be good to re-establish contact with others there during my time such as John Aylward, Euan Kidd, Alan Friend, Peter Ruygrok, Barry Yates as well as former teachers.

Grayson Cattle 1959-1965 Unfortunately getting old enough to reacquaint myself with friends who were at LWGS between 1959 and 1965-ish. Greatly saddened to read of the tragic early death of J.Fulkes. If I may add to the obituary notes – he was a contemporary in September 1959 and sat at an adjacent desk under the supervision of our Form Master, Mr N.S Good. Even in those early days when we were all of eleven years, John was an academic in the making. 1959 was a peculiar year for those who had to get through the 11+ and those in charge of who went where had to move the goalposts a little bit to ensure that such a small school as LWGS didn’t get overloaded! I do hope that I may be able to reconnect with some of us from that era. Seriously, thanks for your time in keeping a site like yours up and running.I attended between 1959 & 1965 so am an old wrinkly, but I do enjoy the special something that goes with talking to people who developed there.

Isobel Heafey left 2003 has just started her final year of French studies 2006-7.

Suzy Robinson 1997-2004 Some news about what I’m up to. I’m currently in my third year at Cambridge doing Vet Medicine. This year I get to study alternative courses so I’m doing Zoology and History of Medicine, which makes a bit of a change from all the pure science over the past few years. I will graduate at the end of this year and then start my clinical course next year, which should be really good and much more practical based. I’ve been rowing for my college for the past two years and this year am attempting to take it to the next level and am trialing for the university lightweight squad, which involves 12 training sessions a week and is pretty exhausting but good. Am doubtful of making it in, which would involve taking part in the women’s Oxford-Cambridge boat race at Henley, but if nothing else it’s a great experience and great training! Considering I didn’t do much sport at school, I’m really loving taking it seriously. That’s about it!

Cliff Nixey organised a reunion of his form (“O” level 1955) to coincide with the pre-1960’s reunion organised for July 6th. It took the form of a dinner at The Spread Eagle, Thame. Guests of honour were 4 masters, Tony Evans, Gerald Gould, Norman Lilley and Peter More. Julyan Bunney presented his apologies. “Boys” present were Bob Bagnall, Tony Buckle, Ray Hawes, Colin Lewis, Ross Menham, Jon Polden, Brian Porter, Colin Shurrock, Gordon Wells, Stan West and Robin Whitehouse. Bruce Finch and John Goodger came for the lunch-time event but were unable to stay for the dinner. Adrian Tarr, Nick Woolfrey and David Green had to cancel at the last minute because of various crises. The latter was over from New Zealand but was taken ill on the day of the event. The hub bub in the bar and later in the dining room was testament to the good time that was had by all. Ray Hawes was over from the USA and stayed at the Spread Eagle along with Cliff Nixey and their long-suffering wives. Reminiscences went on until late at night and continued over breakfast ! A sad postscript is that a few weeks later, Bob Bagnall died suddenly.

John Douglas – 1961-1969 I attended Lord Williams’s Grammar School from 1961 to 1969. Like many at the University of Sheffield, I stayed here after graduating, working firstly in the Accounting Profession with Coopers & Lybrand as it then was (now PwC) and then in Engineering locally for over 25 years. I now work for myself in Consultancy and Design. I am married with 2 children (daughter graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2005; son graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2006; both currently work in Sheffield, as do my wife and myself). Thanks for forwarding the latest OT Newsletter, which I received by post this morning; it made interesting reading, as did the OT website. Both my wife and myself attend a ‘class’ reunion organised by Tim Maloney and others quite a few years ago and also came down more recently a Founder’s Day. We’re looking forward to the 2009 Celebrations, which may perhaps bring some of my former classmates ‘out of the woodwork’ so to speak, to reminisce and, just as importantly, to see how the School is progressing. I would be quite happy to help in some small way with 2009: LWS 450 / OTA 100, even if it’s only creative thinking regarding events, ‘drumming up’ attendance, etc. In the meantime, thanks to all for your efforts in putting the newsletter and website together, both are greatly appreciated.

Peter Holt we have just had a call from Trevor Cook informing us that sadly Professor Holt (1930-1937) passed away last Thursday after a brief battle with cancer. The funeral is to take place this Friday, 11th November, at 11.30am. There will be a brief service at Harris Manchester College, Oxford; followed by the cremation at Oxford Crematorium.  Refreshments will be served at Harris Manchester College afterwards.

Pete Voght 1966-71 Left to train as a nurse working in mental health and spent many years working at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford. Now a local government officer. Married with a daughter and living in Great Milton.

Pete Garner After Oxford & a short stint in S Africa, spent 17 years in the Army. Worked for EU in Yugoslavia on refugee aid programme, then settled into mobile telecoms – Vodafone & now KPN in Netherlands. Married with 2 daughters & a son. Still involved in drama (Billy Flynn in amateur production of Chicago) & rugby (Coach, Bath RFC Minis). In touch with Tim Daplyn & Paul Squires. Would love to hear from old pals.

Alex Mackenzie 1997-2004 I am in my final year at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College in High Wycombe studying a BA Hons. degree in Music Industry Management & Marketing. Have recently finished working part time for a hard house & dance record label (Nukleuz Records) in London. Have a couple of ideas for future plans: either to carry on studying somewhere else in Music Law…and specialise in contractual law. Or get a job working with bands or at a record label. Preferably in the live side of the industry…like tour management. Music I like includes Cartel, The Early November, THe Sleeping, Hit The Lights, Goo Goo Dolls, The Higher, The Academy Is, Midtown, I Am The Avalanche, Hidden In Plain View, Say Anything.

Sam Smith 1995-2002 I have just finished a music degree from Southampton uni. If you like, check out my band’s website ‘Policy Briefs’ we play kind of jazz rock funk fusion.

James Simmie 1952-57 is the Professor of Innovation and Urban Competitiveness at Oxford Brookes University. Since the late 1980s his work has focused on the relationships between innovation, productivity and the competitiveness of urban regions. This has been developed within the context of learning endogenous growth models and evolutionary economic theory. More information can be found on this Oxford Brookes page.

OTs attending the reunion on 6th July included: Malcolm Abbot, David Austin, Ken Bailey, John Bennet, John Bishop, John Boughton, Richard Boughton, Dr Michael Brown, Joe Brown, Prof Neville Brown, Gerald Bukley, Robert Cadle, Trevor Cook, Alan Curryer, Geoffrey Curtis, Tim Dodwell, George Edwards, Tony Evans, Dr Michael Fenwick, Dr Bruce Finch, John Fountaine, Brian Goodger, John Goodger, Derrick Hester, Patrick Hinton, Donald Holland, Prof Peter Holt, John Hussey, Edward Jones, Alexander Laidler, Eric Lambourne, Henry Lear, Colin Lewis, Norman Lilley, John Maris, Richard Mole, Peter More, Cliff Nixey, Brian Porter, Henry Read, John Russell, John Rust, Michael Saich, Cliff Saunders, Harold Sellar, John Sharpley, Prof James Simmie, David Smith, Paul Sturgess, Prof Anthony Taylor, Jim Walker, Keith Wright.

Paul Volley joined Quins from French side Castres in the summer of 2006 and made his club debut in the pre-season friendly against Bourgoin on 11th August. Prior to joining Castres, he spent 16 years with London Wasps and was part of the side that won both the Zurich Premiership and Heineken Cup in 2004. Earlier in his career, Volley represented England at Under 21 and A level.

Geoffrey Cram -1964 Living in Chepstow. Married, 2 children ages 30 and 28. Worked in the steel industry and then in electronics/computing. Now retired.

Steve Hunt -1966 Spent 22 years at sea and moved ashore into port management in the late 80s. Transferred to Australia in 1993 to run cruise operations for P&O in the South Pacific until made redundant in 2000. Currently a Director with a Marine Consultancy and a Maritime Recruitment Company. Married to Jan ( 30 years this year) and have two sons Ben and Sam 25 and 21 respectively. Live in Sydney with plans to retire to New Zealand in about 5 years subject to plans working out.

Alastair Paterson 1976-1981 Working in the Music Industry and have been for the past 20 years. Currently working for Universal Music International as a Commercial and Logistics Manager. Married for 19 years to Sarah. 3 Children, Camilla, Imogen and Freya. Live near Oxford, originally from Brill.

From Wikipedia. John R. Barberio is currently living in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. His personal interests range from Film to Sociology, Art to Publishing. Unfortunately, he suffers from CFS, a debilitating condition for which there is no known cure as yet. He was previously employed by Torex Health, as a systems administration consultant for major hospital trusts and individual hospitals. During the late 90’s he studied at Lord Williams’s School and then Rycotewood in Oxfordshire.

Pamela Lloyd 1992-99 is single and living in Thame. ‘Having graduated from Bath Uni in June 2003, I went for a bit of a look round the world, came back to the UK and am now working for an environmental consultancy in Abingdon and living in Thame.’

Elizabeth Vella-Grech -1999 I have just finished my 2nd year at Liverpool John Moores University where Im studying Health…finally made it after quite a few years out!! I moved to Oxford after leaving school and lived there for 4 years. I had a few full-time jobs and then decided to go back to college. I then moved to Shropshire with my family for a year before going to uni in Liverpool! I have stayed in touch with most of my school friends and still try to get down to Chinnor and Thame when I can to see everyone but would be good to hear from anyone who I have lost contact with!

Neville James is living in Pulborough West Sussex, has two children and is MD at Octopus Accounting Solns Ltd. They can be found at Octopus Accounting Solutions Ltd, 41 Chestnut Walk, Pulborough, West Sussex  RH20 1AN Tel: 01798875141. He left Lord Williams’s in 1980, went to Aylesbury College for two years and has then worked at BP Oil( Hemel), Multicore Solders (Hemel), Loctite (WGC) and BASF (Slinfold).

Richard Foster-Turner’s dad (Jim Foster-Turner) was one of the early leaders of Thame Youth Theatre back in the first years of the 1970s. Richard came to Lord Williams’s in 1973 and left in 1978 and went to North London Poly. For many years, he worked for Oxford Lasers but ‘Now living in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, where the weather is warmer and the taxes are lower.’ He is Sales Director for Oxford Diffraction and a press release about the tie-up with Virginia Tech can be found here.

John Gardiner who left in 1968 managed to attend seven school before arriving at LWGS in 1965. He is divorced, living in Chichester, West Sussex, and involved in property development in the UK, Med and West Indies. He has 3 daughters Vicky, Anna and Maddie. Interests include flying small aircraft, boating, oil painting, airbrush art and photography.

Gordon (Don) Jones -1964 is living in Thame. Leaving school I became the very last “A” level Student Apprentice at RAE Farnborough. Spent a few years developing Flight Simulators and Avionic Systems, before joining the then fledgling Digital Equipment Corporation. There I helped germinate the seeds of what has become the software industry. For the past 12 years, I have been helping provide you all with mobile phones, more specifically the development of Radio Data Services. Along the way we have produced 4 daughters, which over the years seriously involved me in figure skating; currently enjoy fast cars and motorbikes, occasionally ski, and race off-shore yachts (which included Fastnet 97 and 2003). Now almost universally known as Don, How do nicknames stick ? No answers from Old Tamensians please. I took early retirement in 2002; I thought this was very early until I found many of school mates have already made it! Now what are we all going to do ? Should add a reference to ND, QMC and MDI, so that none of these friends and colleagues feel left out.

Peter Arnold: Thanks for putting the stuff about Aunt Jill in to the August edition. It keeps the oldies on their toes! I’m keeping my head well down at the moment, after The Times published my letter in the week of August 1st criticising both the Israelis and Hezbollah for failing to adhere to their religious principles!My Cousins (non-OTA, but both sons of an OT) are trying to trace details of this man:

‘TRUM’ FROST Peter Arnold asks if any older members can fill in biographical details of ‘Trum’ Frost. He was a boarder at LWGS during the 1920s (probably 1924-1929), a contemporary of Jack Arnold, Peter’s Uncle. He stayed with Jack’s family in Nelson Street, Thame, during at least one school holiday, rather than returning to be with his parents, who were “abroad”. During the 1950s and early 1960s he was a visitor to Thame, meeting up with various members of the Arnold family – he probably worked (capacity unknown) for the Daily Mirror in London, and used to travel down to Thame from Marylebone (weren’t railways valuable then?!) We think ‘Trum’ was a nickname (short for Bartrum? Bertram? or…?) Are any contemporaries still around (in their early 90s)? Can anyone shed any light on ‘Trum’? The older generation of Arnolds who knew him well have, alas, expired (and the next generation is well on its way, too!)

Charles Boyle: I thought you might be interested to know that my wife Sholeh, daughter Anisa and I have just returned from a trip (a “pilgrimage” in the old money) to the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa Israel, and wanted to let you know that I remembered the school, old friends and staff at the Baha’i shrines on Mt. Carmel and outside Akka by sitting in a quiet corner and calling to mind names and faces that they might be with us, and so it was! Don’t worry, nothing wildly esoteric – I was just thinking happy thoughts of everyone. One of our taxi drivers remarked that the buildings at the world centre were for him “a symbol of hope in the future of Israel”, and indeed they have catalysed a range of municipal initiatives that have seen planting beds and clean-up all around the bay. The Baha’is working at the World Centre are themselves well known for their neatness, cleanliness and courtesy and are a welcome presence in Haifa because they transcend the divisions of Christian, Arab and Jew. The Baha’i gardens, in particular the terraces which embrace the shrine of the Bab are, according to the Ministry of Tourism, now the most visited religious site (other than the wailing wall) in Israel. (See photos at www.bahai.org/) When it came to leave (a couple of hours before the bombs began to fall on the Lebanon) it was as if we were leaving a giant reunion of all those we have known and loved, and for me, the old school included… Other friends who came after us spent much of their time sheltering in bunkers (a requirement whenever the sirens flared). The train station from whence we left was stuck by rockets a couple of days later, killing several, so we were very fortunate to have been there when we were.

With fondest remembrance and the happiest of thoughts* as always, Charles Boyle *”Prayer need not be in words but in thought and attitude.” –‘Abdu’l-Baha

Shaun Beckett I left in 1982 and went on to study agriculture at Writtle, Chelmsford. After managing several farms in the UK moved to the United States in the autumn of 1993.After working instates, finally settled in S.E Colorado were I have specialised in setting up outdoor pig farms including my own. After a short spell in an engineering company I am now back managing pigs. n 1998 I married a local girl (Terri) making me a step dad to 3 and now we have 2 of our own; Ian 6yrs and Anna 3yrs plus 2 grandkids.It is good to see from the site that despite all the “abuse” we got as boarders Old Boys have been very successful in their lives and professions moving all over the world.Until recently I had contact with Jill Bosenger (formally Howard) whose father taught history at Lord Bill’s if I remember correctly.

OTs resident in Thame may have seen the recent coverage of two former LWS pupils – Chris Mitchell and BenTowers – in the Thame Gazette. Chris and Ben have, with three of their college friends from Brighton, have formed “The Wailing Jacks” Earlier this year they released a three track EP and their music will feature in a new British made film “We’ve got the Toaster”.

Dear Editor I confirm that the Examinations Boards in 1979 were GCE: Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations, and CSE: the Southern Regional Examination Board as I took mine in 1979 too although I am afraid I can’t help with Claire’s results! Mrs Billie Johnson (nee Chadbone)

Greetings from OT David Green 1950-1957 & LWS economics teacher 1993-4. Brief news resume: Residing in New Zealand since 2003 though back in UK this summer (2006) for various celebrations / reunions including the village of Ambrosden’s (near Bicester) 900th celebrations. This is a village which figured in a local history (In the Wake of Ambrosius) I wrote & published 2000/1. I was much impressed with the local primary school’s contribution to these celebrations,(which included Time-Team style ‘digs’ in their school grounds and a highly realistic enactment of a Victorian schoolday) and, at the same time, their own education. I presented the school with a pictorial themed edition of my book. An on-going project is to make a documentary film, ‘The History Detective’ using research techniques and content from this work & subsequent research (interesting revelations from the Alchester excavations, for instance) to show how history has to be discovered & created and does not exist per se. I intersperse time at the computer with the familiar post workforce-usefulness g-activities – gardening, gastronomy & grandchildren. Gardening allows one to establish paradiz (space around – the original notion of a garden) while savouring crab au gratin & a fine wine. Gardening also keeps modern grandchildren at bay lest they be asked to take part in non-button-pushing tasks like mowing, digging or weeding. Just kidding, my soft undertone has found room for a mini-golf course, outdoor badminton court & spa pool. Always pleased to greet any OT coming my way. David Green

Melanie Williams (nee Cryer) I attended Lord Bill’s from 1979 – 1986. Melanie has recently joined the e-mail newsletter.

James Trueman left 2003 Gained a 2:1 in Chemistry and Sports Science from Loughborough University this summer 2006. He will be working as a Learning Assistant for a year at a school for pupils educationally troubled for a year and then returning to Loughborough University for a PGCE in PE from autumn 2007.

Mark Trueman left 2005 Passed the Foundation Year in Human Biology for chiropractic medicine at Glamorgan University with a first, and has therefore been accepted on the 4-year course in chiropractic medicine at Glamorgan University.

Hayes Verey -1990 Living back in UK in West Sussex. Married, three children and working as a Trader for Simmons and Co International.

Dominic Deacon -1993 now living in Wallingford…Left school went to Uni in Hull and then moved to London, it’s all a bit hazy but apparently it was fantastic. A similar story for most of the uni crowd. Still work in London, occasionally, but live back in country now with Kirsti and Oli, my boy. Still love motorsport and race my kart when ever I can. Although I seem to be getting far too sensible and responsible, I had to change my car so the engine was in the front and it had seats in the back. Life is perfect 🙂

Thomasin Pritchard – 1999 I live in Central London with three friends and work for an MP. Would be great to hear from old friends – mail here.

Alison Hulett 1996 – 2001 I am currently preparing to study at Redcliffe Mission Training College in Gloucester where I will be taking a degree in Applied Theology. The course lasts a total of three years. I have been given a list of six books to read before I attend the college, including ‘Theology, a History’ and ‘First Advance’ which is about the history of the Christian church.

Tod Duncan, Ph.D I ran across the OT website looking for someone from years back, so I figured I’d just send my tuppence worth on what I did since leaving Old Bills back when I don’t remember. Maybe 1992/1993. Since then I got a BSc in Cell Biology at UEA in Norwich, then went on to get a PhD in Biochemistry at University College London through Cancer Research UK. That was 2001. I spent a couple of years as a researcher and in Nov 2003 moved to Boulder, CO where I’ve been living since. I’ve left research and now teach a range of Biology classes at the University of Colorado in Denver. I’m well settled here, working 2-3 days a week and spending the rest of my time road biking, climbing and skiing in the winter. I can be reached at tod.duncan@cudenver.edu and welcome visitors to this outdoor mecca year round. I am happy to offer help to those looking to move from the UK to the US, particularly those interested in academic careers out here.

Ken Hathaway 1970-77 I’m sure Gordon Wells’ comments in your last Newsletter regarding the ‘George Plummer’ night will awaken many memories amongst former boarders, and I can certainly confirm the tradition continued into the 70s .I don’t know the exact date of the ‘event’, but I’m sure it was always done in the autumn term.The key to a ‘successful’ night was secrecy, and our intake (1970) was certainly not forewarned of the coming events. This in spite of the fact that my older brother, Roy, had presumably been subjected to the same terror a few years previously (thanks for warning me)!The first I knew of it was when I awoke to a ghostly figure (it later turned out to be Jerry Green, I think) standing over me holding a candle. I was wet through from what I took to be sweat, but I think we had been syringed with water (not blood-red thankfully) from the hatch to the loft. There may have been some background screaming too, but maybe my imagination added this later! Anyway, we were all (Chaudhuri, Dickens, Hathaway, Kiggell, Lambert and Nichols) well and truly terrified! Afterwards the lights came on and things were calmed down. I don’t think anyone suffered any long term after-effects though.I recall the whole thing was to do with the suspicion that George Plummer had murdered someone (his wife? the Matron? maybe a pupil?!) and hid the body in the loft above dorm 1? Someone will no doubt know the full story. For some reason, it was always down to Year 5 to commemorate the grisly deed, and although it was of course ‘unofficial’, I believe went on with the tacit agreement of the powers that be. That is, until it came to our turn. By then (and we might have been the first year) it was definitely ‘outlawed’, presumably as potentially too dangerous, and although there was some discussion in our year group about going ahead anyway, we were all terribly well behaved so let it pass. As far as I know, that was that.It would be interesting to hear other boarders’ recollections of this odd ritual.

The Witchells are moving on: Debbie (nee Sladden 78-80), Derek 61-69, Chris 97-04, Sarah 99-04 and Tess the dog (never made it) will be moving to Wing (Beds) in the autumn when Derek takes up his post as Priest in charge (that’s what you call a Vicar who doesn’t have a freehold – freehold? phone a friend) of the parishes of Aston Abbotts, Cublington, Wing and Wingrave. We’ll let you know when the timing is firmed up and when my ‘licensing’ will be (sounds like I’m a car eh? – now, now! no speculating!). The time-scale isn’t finalised yet but it will be announced on Sunday (2nd July) that I have been offered and accepted the post of Priest in charge of Aston Abbotts, Cublington, Wing and Wingrave! Look out Bucks/Beds the Witchells are coming! We’ll probably finish here at the end of Sept and start at the end of Oct but we’ll let you know when we know because it would be good to have folks from Thame to the licensing. Hi to all who knew us, apologies to those who suffered us.Nice to hear from Petrina Kingham in the last issue (how I miss record shops like that!) and Andy Arnold – hey, I’ve got a tent you can borrow if they keep chucking out. Shalom! Derek Witchell

Peter Arnold writes: My grossly unfair suggestion in a recent Newsletter that my Aunt was a spy has brought an interesting set of reactions. One correspondent indicated that a less likely candidate would be difficult to find (lifelong Thame resident, lover of lawn tennis and ladies’ bowls, dedicated bicycle rider, et cetera). Others commented on the proximity of Thame not only to Oxford (i.e. the Cambridge of the West) but also to Chequers, which led to reminiscences of World Leaders’ visits of the 1950s and 1960s. Certain Nikita (sorry! Mr.) Khrushchev was seen passing through Thame on a number of occasions – it is entirely possible that he stopped off at Castles’ shop to purchase his Thame Gazette, thereby encountering Aunt Jill, who ran the said establishment. Notwithstanding, I apologise unreservedly for any awkwardness I may have caused to the Security Services (who would like me to point out, I’m sure, that they no longer make visits wearing dark overcoats).

Andy Arnold I have had sight of Peter’s e-mail to you concerning Aunt Jill, Castles of Thame and Spying. It isn’t widely known that Thame Park was commandeered by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the war and was another “outstation” in the Vale of Aylesbury – there were quite a few. Aunt Jill’s love of her famous black Elswick bicycle with its almost silent operation was seen doubtless on many occasions in the district and very possibly used in a training roll as SOE agents were adept at stealing bicycles behind enemy lines.My first posting in the RAF was to the former RAF Stanbridge, the RAFs Communications Control Centre (alas, no more – it is now a housing estate on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard). This was followed by a move 120 miles behind enemy lines – to RAF Gatow in the former West Berlin. Here we were watched 24 hours a day by the ever-attentive Stasi and East German border guards. Jill was always very interested in our life over there and appeared to be very knowledgeable about it – information not gleaned from the pages of Woman’s Realm and Caravanners Monthly sold in Castles, I feel. Questions asked by her were frequently not answered owing to the rather entertaining security situation prevalent at the time. Journies home to Thame by car involved running the gauntlet of being followed through the “corridor” linking West Berlin with West Germany by all manner of “narks” and stopping was certainly not recommended. If you exceeded your allotted time en route, questions were asked and people sent to look for you. Jill was intrigued by this, needless to say.

We will never know what role she held during those dark days, unfortunately.

Gemma Bryan 1994-99 Came to Lord Bills from John Hampden but finished A-Levels at Henley College. Currently working for a charity in London but starting a PhD in nutritional cancer care at Manchester in September.

Aaron Batterby Finished university last May and have now been working full time for a year. Am currently working for a company called Oxford Instruments in High Wycombe testing software for the new machines that they bring out. Would be good to hear from some old school friends so get in touch.

Kim Hillsdon who left last year says ‘I now live in Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan, South Wales with my fiancee (of nearly 4 years) Darren, looking at getting married next year! I have a beautiful son named Bailey Rhys, born 26th April!!! Given up smoking and only drink on special occasions, my only vice is swearing!!!

Gordon Wells writes The 1881 Census in the June Newsletter (also in the School’s Past) has the Plummers very prominent at the top. I was a Day Boy at Lord Bill’s 1950-57 and have a very vague memory of the boarders having an initiation ceremony for new boarders called George Plummer’s Night. “Blood” (red ink I suppose) used to be dribbled onto sleeping(?), frightened 10 year olds from a walkway over the Dormy 1 or 2 beds (can’t remember which). Presumably to re-enact the murder. Could any boarder enlighten me– or am I just going ga-ga and remembering things, which never happened?

Rebecca North 1993-2000 married Gavin Beckley of Headington on 20th May 2006 at St Andrews Church, Chinnor. Rebecca was given away by her father Patrick North (1964-1971) with one of the bridesmaids being her sister Tina North (1992-1999).

Geoff Branner. I’ve just received an e-mail from another OT, David Hayter. David has spent most of his time since leaving LWS in the Far East and for the last few years working on mine clearance operations. He is currently managing such work in Sri Lanka.

Andy Arnold We are all well and glad that the annual extravaganza called the TT races are over for another year. (I don’t appreciate being overtaken at about 140mph….) We will shortly be moving yet again, this time to a small village on the Northwest side of the island called Kirk Michael. This is because our current property in Castletown is up for sale and as they want a price akin to our telephone number I am unwilling to part with money! We are still looking for a permanent place to put down roots over here.

Petrina Kingham I was at LSW from 1975 until I left to go to Swansea University in 1981. My family ran ‘Kinghams Records and Tapes’ in the Buttermarket, Thame for many years. Good friends included Karen O’Brien, Josie-Dixon, Jenny Mould, Jane Cadle and Ian Daniels. I also played the part of Mrs Beaver in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and Mrs Cratchet in ‘A Christmas Carol’ I am on the database somewhere! ‘Star’ was not a documentary about the school it was a musical nativity written by Robin Nelson and another (whose name I cannot recall). It was filmed in Thame church on two freezing evenings! I remember very little about it except ITV made a mistake on the sound recording on the first take hence the second church visit (there were angels crying everywhere!!). I was the angel Gabriel and I think the other two angels were Rachel Collins and Emma Lansdale(?), as for the others, once again I do not recall! The video I recorded has long since died. But I would imagine Robin may have something? Good luck in your search…but some things are better consigned to history!

Gerald Beere who was living at Wisley Gate in Yorkshire died after a short illness on 11th April in a local hospital. He was 74. Peter Forbes writes, ‘We both spent our boyhood years together from the age of 7 when we lived with our families in Princes Risborough and remained in touch ever since – he was the brother I never had. He started at Thame LWGS I think in 1942/3 and was a boarder. I believe he was a life member of OTA and left LWS about 1952, just after I left in 1951 to do my national service.I was with the group of boys who travelled by train to Thame including Pat Davison who I see several times a year who lives close by at Clyst St Mary. I think Michael Syson and David Barnikel were boarders at the same time and will remember he had asthma and did a “Charles Atlas” fitness course to help improve his breathing and general fitness. He went to university in Newcastle on Tyne and did his degree in engineering before working for the European Space Agency in Holland as a senior project engineer. He returned with his family to the UK in February 2000 where he has remained. His wife and son agreed I should advise you of his death.

Patrick Roberts was only at the School for a year, leaving in 1957. ‘After being in the chemical industry, and then a teacher and school administrator for many years mostly in international schools, I’m now a freelance editor and proofreader living in North Wales.’

Mike Collinson came to LWGS from Sandhills County Primary School in 1956. ‘Left LWGS in 1961. Career settled eventually in the world of business and commerce. During the 1970s worked for Rentokill. For the past 18 years have owned and operated a head-hunting and management consultancy in Glos. Divorced with 2 grown up sprogs. For many years have been finding missing people, particularly those who have become separated from their loved ones by force of circumstance. A specialist in helping those whose lives have been touched by adoption to be reunited with their birth families. Acknowledged as a leader in the field of worldwide adoption-searching. Partner of 6 years is ex-Holton Park girl whom I had known when we were 14/15 years old. Hadn’t seen each other for more than 40 years! She lives in Essex – I’m in Glos – really convenient! We meet in Essex two weekends out of three. Like to hear from any LWGS Old Boys out there. Kind regards – Colly.

Kate Wales 1995-2002 ‘I’m still living at home, I have just finishedmy degree, BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College in High Wycombe. my results are out on the 23rd of June, so fingers crossed. I want to go into knittted fashion design with an a top haute couture name. I’ve been with my boyfriend, David Bray, for 1 year and 8 months, he’s the most perfect person I have ever met and a glider pilot – what more could you ask for.’

Elizabth Vella-Grech 1999 I have just finished my 2nd year at Liverpool John Moores University where I’m studying Health…finally made it after quite a few years out!! I moved to Oxford after leaving school and lived there for 4 years. I had a few full-time jobs and then decided to go back to college. I then moved to Shropshire with my family for a year before going to uni in Liverpool! I have stayed in touch with most of my school friends and still try to get down to Chinnor and Thame when I can to see everyone but would be good to hear from anyone who I have lost contact with! Anyway hope everyone is Ok and things are going well.

Carole Eggleton – 1991 I’m still living locally and I have two children. Last June, I was diagnosed with cancer… so I spent the next few months being treated with chemo and radiotherapy which you really wouldn’t wish on your worst enermy but we got through it and life goes on. I’m now in remission and fingers crossed thats all behind us .

Claire Richardson – 1992 ‘Since leaving school, I had a spell of working at Waitrose in Thame, bought a house, sold a house, went travelling around Australia and New Zealand, did my nurse training in Stoke Mandeville hospital, worked there for a while, then moved to Leamington where I worked at Warwick hospital, the moved in with my boyfriend Steve in Leicester, bought another house, got a dog, got a cat and now work at Glenfield hospital in Leicester as a cardiology nurse…..phewww!! Next will be…….get married and have children…..will keep you posted!!

Vicky Robain 1994 – 2001 I graduated from University of Hertfordshire and now live near St Albans with my boyfriend. I am currently working in a showjumping yard where I am training to become an instructor. I am a raver so enjoy techno, hardhouse, D&B , happy hardcore and anything else I can bounce about to all night!

Charlotte Partington 1996 – 2003 I’m at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, studying Hospitality and Leisure Management. I’m currently on my placement year in America for a year! I’m working for the Seapines company on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I’ve got a great group of friends around me, and many of them are those who i went to School with but it would be great to catch up with those who i’ve lost touch with.

Paul Master 1998-2004 ‘Well I’ve finally left ‘the bank’ after about 2 years. Phew! I’m concentrating full time on my business at the moment, Gold Pebble Galleries www.goldpebblegalleries.com Check it out, feel free to buy, hehe..um live at home with the parents, did move out for a while, but am back (I know where I’m looked after) Single again, and loving it.

Oliver Hennesy 1985- 1991 Studied at Aylesbury College and then University of West of England in Bristol, graduated with an HND in Electronic Eng. I currently work for Hewlett Packard, worked in Hungary for 3 years and now back in Blightey.

Kate Elliot -1988. Went to Exeter Univeristy and now ‘living in Wimbledon and working in the ‘glamorous’ world of Forensic Accounting (fraud investigations etc) in the City. Travelling a lot with work and to sporting events around the world (Rugby World Cup, Ashes etc). Mega hectic!’

Isobel Dickenson. After leaving in 1981 went to St Georges Hospital School of Nursing. Married to Rob G.P. working as a community midwife in North Cornwall. We have 3 daughters Emily 15, Alice 13, Grace 10 and live in Bude. Also leaving in 1981 was Vincent Harridine, ‘Now living in Sydney, Australia with my wife Chelsi. No kids. Loving it! Previously lived in Maidenhead. Working in the print trade.’

Richard Earl -1980 Since leaving Lord Bill’s, I did an HND in Agricultural Engineering (A’levels weren’t up to a Degree) but got he bug and followed this up with an MSc and PhD in soils (yes, I can bore for England) – amazing when I think back to the days when Ed Kershaw and I sat in the back of maths lessons designing motor bikes. For the past ten years I have been an academic at Cranfield University mainly involved in supervising doctoral students. In April, I got a proper job and I took up my current position as Technical Director of TurfTrax Group Limited which specialises in the design and construction of sports pitches. I am married to Kim and have two children (Lucy 8, George 3) and we live near Woburn in Bedfordshire.

Brian Wallis: The reunion of the 1947 intake. I’m attaching the group photo of the reunion of the 1947 intake. In addition to the 16 shown, there were 4 last minute dropouts and 5 unable to make it. This was held at the Harvester, at Wheatley on May 4th and was very successful. 16 members attended.This was the third we have held. The first in 2004 had an attendance of 7. Last year this had grown to 12 and this year an attendance of 16. From left to right starting in the rear :- Eric Fantham, Bob Williams, Brian Wallis, Jim Howes, Roy Cripps, Paul Martinessen Tony Kingston, Leggy Seymour, Ted Shewry, Alan Osborn, Mike Clark, Ken Surrage, Arthur Triggs, Jim Clarke (half hidden), Alan Morton and Alan Bushnel. Jim Clarke and Alan Bushnell were not members of the original intake (joined LWGS in the ’48 intake), but were promoted into our group in their 3rd year – thus qualifying. During the year we located 5 more of our original intake. Of the original 28 we have still to locate the last 4 – Ian Gordon, Brian Finney, A. Harris and A Barnet. Next year will be the 60th anniversary of our group, and we are already thinking that we move our reunion to early September – to coincide being the start of our journey. We will keep you updated on this. We were wondering if there are any old School records that may tell us the actual date? You may have noted that we managed to get our September 1947 form photo into the new publication ” The changing faces of Thame” if there is any further info you might like, please contact me Regards

Adam Dodwell (1984-1991) and his wife Amanda welcomed Baby Jack in March. They are very happy living near Huddersfield.

Emma Charnock (’84-’91) & Scott Walkinshaw (’83-’91) welcomed Amelia Winnifred Walkinshaw – ‘Millie’ on 6th May.

Rebecca Austin (’85-’92) and Paul are delighted at the arrival of Amber Lily on Tuesday 2nd May, a sister for Josh, Suzie, Leah, Jacob & Holly.

Adrian Goodall – left 1978 – The musical tradition continues in the Goodall family with Adrian’s sons, Olly and Barney, having released a CD with their rock band, LiquidMetal. Based in Wiltshire, check out their music at www.myspace.com/liquidmetaluk

Howard Goodall Am finishing off my new musical (see below), and filming my new Channel 4 series (see below) at the moment, as well as writing 3 other musicals (all for 2007). Am Chair of the National Vocal Strategy on behalf of Youth Music and The Music Manifesto and presenting the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year (May) and the first of the BBC2 Proms in the summer. Am being honoured with a Doctorate in Music from the University of Leicester in July, for services to music.

TWO CITIES

A new musical by Howard Goodall, Joanna Read & Charles Dickens

Salisbury Playhouse 5th – 30th September 2006

www.salisburyplayhouse.com/

HOW MUSIC WORKS

A new 4-part series written & presented by Howard Goodall

Directed/Produced by David Jeffcock & Francis Hanly

Tiger Aspect for Channel 4

Autumn 2006

Gerard Greenway Here’s a little item…Those of you at the school in the early 80s will no doubt remember Cultural Amnesia, the best (and best-named) band to come out of Lord Bills. In recent years CA have been active again and you can hear tracks recorded in 2004 and (shortly available) in 2006 at their website. 2006 will see the release of Enormous Savages, an LP of early 80s material on the specialist Anna Logue Records label. See the CA site for details and drop a line to the contact e-mail on the homepage if you would like to be informed when the album is out. http://www.culturalamnesia.com/ Nice to see Robin Nelson making an appearance shortly. A lovely man.

‘STAR’ LOST I have been trying to track something down for a while now. In 1979 an ITV documentary was made about the school, it was called ‘STAR’. I have spoken with ITV Central but apparently it does not appear to be within their database. Perhaps somebody from the OT’s may be able to throw some light on the matter. (Somebody may even have a copy of it somewhere!!!) Many Thanks. Mark Brown 1977 – 1981

(Indeed we do have a copy – the orginal Ampex. We’re trying to find someone to transfer it to DVD. If anyone knows of a facility please let us know. The tape is an Ampex cassette with a 3/4″ tape but we don’t know what system it is e.g. A, B or C. Contact Graham Thomas if you can help.)

I have built two brick walls in the last month. It’s ironic, and perhaps reflects interestingly on a non-practical Grammar School education, that I have had to wait until my late-50’s, and retirement from Deputy Headship and Latin teaching, to learn how to lay bricks in a straight line! But what fun!! When I’ve finished, and I’ve written the biography of my Aunt, the spy, I’ll let you know… Oh, to be really newsworthy!

Thanks for the regular news from really interesting OTs!

Cheers! Peter Arnold

Tony Joslin. Born 31st March 1926 – died 5th April 2006 Born March 31st, 1926, to Jack and Madge Joslin at Stoke Talmage, Oxon. He attended Lord Williams between 1937 – 1942. After leaving, he worked for Lloyds Bank in Thame for 2 years, before doing National Service in Egypt. Afterwards, he attended Aberdeen University, from where he graduated with a BSc in Forestry. He then worked for the Forestry Commission before retiring in 1986. He moved to Canada in 1998 when his son took up farming there. He is survived by his wife Mary, and his two sons, Oliver and Mark (who is an aerospace engineer).

Graham Thomas is Chairman of CIAO! (The Children’s International Arts Organisation.) Their annual festival of theatre, with acts from around the globe, will take place from 7-10 June at the South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknall. There will be dance, music, art, puppetry, circus and performances and on Saturday 10th June, from 10am until 8pm, the Park behind the Centre will be full of activities: story-telling, a circus, a fantasy maze, workshops, samba, dance, food and, as they say, ‘much much more.’ Further information can be found at the CIAO Festival web-site. The Artistic Director is Karen Draisey who was a pupil at Holton Park.

Richard Meyrick is still performing to acclaim both on the concert stage and in his role as Pianoman – inspiring schoolchildren with his piano playing. More details can be found on his website…and for those reading this living in Oxfordshire, he can be heard on 11th June at the Trinity Church, Abingdon.

Anna Kinch 1983-1990 ‘Moved up to Shropshire a year ago with my husband and now 3 year old son- Samuel! Still working for an airline as cabin crew but now only part time.’

Robert Austin -1994 Went on to Aylesbury College. ‘Hi all, I went into the care industry and now manage a Kingswood Trust care home in Oxfordshire. At the moment I’m living in a flat in Abingdon and still keep in contact with some of my year from Thame. I’m still stuck with my motorbike for those that knew/know me, or may have perhaps recognised me on the news!? (A couple of years back I got caught going fractionally too fast up headington Hill Whoops!? Still lesson learnt. 🙂 I’ve a boy who lives in Germany now who was two in March this year (Long story!?).

Tom Gregory 1990-97 I live with my girlfriend in Thame and work as an IT consultant based in Maidenhead. Play footy for the mighty Chinnor Exiles and still hang around with the same old people doing plenty of drinking and rocking out.

Sarah Reeves 1995-2002 After leaving Sarah went on to the University of Gloucestershire. Now she’s living in Aylesbury and teaching at Bierton CE School as a Class 3/4 teacher. ‘Working hard in a full time job,’ she writes. ‘Shock to the system! Love the kids though and the money’s great! Saving for a house now! Still with Aaron but he’s still got a year left of uni but we’ll be back together soon!’

Jane Andrews 1971-74 Part of the first intake of girls into the School. ‘I went to Durham University to read Zoology, worked in research labs in various hospitals and married Peter, an Australian psychiatrist. We went to live in Australia for 3 years, had 3 boys (now 21 and 18 year-old twins). I re-trained as a Relate counsellor and mediator, had 2 rounds of breast cancer (now well, fingers crossed!), re-trained (yet again) and now work as a Dyslexia Support Tutor at Oxford University and Brookes University. I am in touch with Janet Ford (now Everett). At the moment I’m endeavouring to train for the Race for Life for Cancer Research, which is in June this year. It would be good to hear from any contemporaries. I now live in north Oxford. Please remember me to Jane (Vaucher), when you next speak to her. I think of her every time you send a newsletter!

Richard Stevens 1966 – 1971 I played The Fairy Queen in Iolanthe and Lady Jane in Patience of Colin’s productions at LW in 1970 and 1971 or was it 1969 and 1970? These productions were very important for me and as a result I now earn my living as a professional singer – Male Alto.

Sarah Harvey now Minchin. Not much news on my front really, we’re still living in France and I’m still working at an international school in Geneva. We’ve just signed up for another year. Rhys will be 6 in October and Jamie is 2 next month. Although I have recently discovered that one of the women I work with also used to attend Lord Williams’! Small world! My sister (Claire Graham – nee Harvey – OT 1990 – 1997) has just had her 2nd daughter; Katherine Amy was born on the 13th of March. Her eldest daughter, Eloise, will be 3 on October and the family is living in Chatham, Kent.

Martin Peattie 1984-1990 Having spent the last few years trekking into London to earn a crust, finally working locally in Aylesbury in operations for Packpost Int’l. No pets, no kids, no hassle, just a large dvd collection and a hairline thats receeding further as the days pass… Recently split up with the girlfriend from hell so back on the hunt for the future Mrs Peattie. Since leaving LWS Martin has also worked at Tring International Group, Point Group, and Deluxe Video Services.

Katy Bower left in 1984. She is now a single Mum having divorced, and lives in Thame. ‘Hi, am single parent with two children, Emily aged 10 and Thomas 9. Work for local firm of Solcitors. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me!’

Cultural Amnesia – if anyone remembers them from the late ’70s and early ’80s they’re still alive and kicking and now have a web-site here. Ben Norland is now living and working in Cambridge, married with two children.

Jo Mace left LWS in 1998. ‘Living in Torquay with Si, we now have a Retirement Hotel in Paignton which is keeping us busy, love working for myself though. Isabella is 14 months old and totally gorgeous, loving being a mum.’

Chris Smith came to LWS from St Joseph’s and left in 1999. Initially he went to the University of Stirling but then transferred to the University of Brighton. Graduating last year, he’s now living in East London. ‘Waiting for a lottery win! bloody student loans. suck you in with rumours of low interest rates, before you know it you’re into them for fifteen g’s.’

Andrew Broadway – 2000 ‘Finished my undergrad chemistry degree in 2004 at the University of Surrey. I’m now half way through a PhD research degree at the Univerisity of Edinburgh. I play a lot of badminton having played for the University team for the while doing my undergrad, captaining it in my second year. I’m also into climbing and mountaineering, having gotten into it during a year out in New Zealand. I’m a very keen rock climber, so beening based in Scotland is amazing.’

Louisa Holmes -2001 ‘Now working in publishing with Imago Publishing (as a Production Assistant), following an MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes (was at uni’ in Birmingham before that). Living back at home for the time being, keeping very busy, but enjoying life and making the most of it!’ The Imago Group is the world’s largest print management organisation working for the international book publishing market. Founded in the UK in 1980, they now have over 100 staff working from nine offices in four continents and worldwide sales of more than US$50 million. In the UK their offices are in Thame.

Charlotte Bartholomew 1995-2002 ‘I’m now living in Bristol at the moment, working full time (office admin!) after graduating from UWE last summer.’

Hayley Williams – 2002 ‘About to graduate from the Arts Institute in Bournemouth where I am studying fine art.’

Samantha Jackson attended the School in the 90s before going on to the University of Plymouth. ‘I’m a mum of 4, all under 6 and run two businesses from home. One of my businesses is selling designer cloth nappy products that I make internationally so finger crossed its onwards and upwards.’

Nicola Lappin 1991-1998 Up until March I was working as a nursery nurse at a local day nursery in Warwickshire. I’d been there almost 3 years and really enjoyed it. Since then I’ve been on a trip round Australia for 4 weeks, which was great fun. I’ve taken some great pictures, one of which is going to be published in the New Year. Now it’s back to reality, and I’m working at a new children’s day nursery. I”d love to catch up with anyone who remembers me, it would be great to hear from you.

Heather Gough 1989-1997 Hi there. I am now living in Reading with my husband Rob – we have been married for 3 years – and I have 2 children – James who is 2 and a half and Isobel who is nearly 1! I was working for Whitbread until I had Izzy and now I am at home ‘working’ (eg looking after the kids!!) I am planning to start teacher training next year – teaching English at secondary level (god help me!).

Alan Richardson 1963-1970 Now living in Gosnells, Western Australia, working as an actor and living with his partner and two step-children.

Rex Powell – 1971 Happily married, two kids, boy 15, girl 12. Live in Steventon, Oxon. Work for Thames Water. Season Ticket holder at London Irish Rugby Club and still a keen Oxford Speedway supporter. Very keen gardener. Now is this sad or impressive, in our hall we have a three feet long, framed, 1970 Lord Bill’s school photo!!!

Martin Gass 1998 Martin Gadd attended Barley Hill Primary school from 1992, representing the school at football and becoming a foundation player in the Thame Boys football team for his year. He moved up to Lord Williams’s School in 1998 and regularly represented the school at both Football and Rugby. His success with Thame Boys continued, winning trophies and regularly topping leagues tables. His ball skills, determination and work ethic always making him not only a success in teams but also a popular member of any squad. Success in Lord Williams’s Sixth form has taken Martin to university in Canterbury, where he is studying Sports & Leisure Management. Being a physically agile person it was always Martins view to go over or through rather than round anything. Sadly on Wednesday the 11th of January he didn’t make it over a fence, getting his trousers caught on the top and falling. He landed on his head and knee and broke his neck and knee. He was taken to Kings College Hospital in Brixton where they have initially stabilised him and have started the physiotherapy to help him breath and control his airway. The Consultant has said that Martin is paralysed from the waist down and will not walk again. His broken knee has be treated and is no longer a concern. His hands continue to function but with little strength. Picking up a tissue remains a challenge .

Iain Galbraithe – 2002 After school studied for a Diploma in Art Foundation at Abingdon. Went on to do Graphic Design at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth but changed after one year to the Photography course. So I am now currently in my 2nd year studying for BA Photography at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

Michele Lister 1997-2004 I’m at uni in Portsmouth doing the ever popular psychology degree… just finishing my first year, as I took a gap year and travelled.

Kirsten Johnson. After leaving School in 1990 went to Sunderland Poly and then Sunderland Art College. Live in Kent with partner ‘Singe’ (Stjohn). We have no intention of getting married or having children; I’ve found that I’m a feminist and he likes collecting motorbikes too much! I manage basic skills, ESOL and dyslexia education for the army, their dependents and civilian personnel throughout Kent & East Sussex + deployment areas abroad. Really enjoy my job, get to travel a great deal and meet very interesting people. After school went to university and got a fine art degree, a PGCE and various other qualifications. Have been on one course or another since school! Taught art for several years until I fancied a change of environment and teaching subject. Like to ‘dress up’ and spend all my wage on clothes from different eras especially ’40s and 50’s. Don’t want to look conventional but have ditched the matted hair, big boots and holey clothes… kept the piercings and tattoos however! I take Karate lessons. Like a good swim. Unfortunately I have never developed a passion for sport. Like watching motorbikes zoom up a very steep hill to see how far they can go…that’s usually fun to watch! And my interests include Art of course. My motorbike and going on runs – esp. Brighton Run. Spending lots of money on clothes, shoes, boots… have a penchant for handbags! Also collect compacts. Burlesque. Watching Morris dancing. Drinking a good red wine. My imaginary cat Horatio. Music.

David Radwell -1989 ‘Been working for Lloyds TSB since leaving school, now as a Senior Financial Planning Manager. Got married in May 2002, to Sarah and currently live in Bicester. Had Jessica last year and she was 1 in March 06.’

Rebecca House – was at Lord Williams’s for a couple of years, leaving in 1985. ‘Married to Dave and have a daughter Alice who is 12. Have two step children Oliver who is 22 and Amelia 18. Still in contact with Janet Mawby, Angela Gibbs, Gill Ashby, Kim Stacey, Anne Marie Baker. Can anyone help with a contact for Anne Everad she went around with Anne Marie Baker (Dilly) and Amanda Dix? Now a piano and class music teacher at Bloxham School near Banbury.’

Maureen Pullen -1975 Some of you may remember me being married to Andy Butler we split back in 1980 but still keep in touch. Now married to Peter, we met whilst working at Halls Oxford and West Brewery in Park End Street in 1989. Married only 3 years ago – must be one of the longest engagements in history! We have no children but I’m a grandmother – no pain but all the gain – to Jessica and Jools. I work in Camberley for the Live Organisation as an HR Manager – really enjoy it but my long term ambition is to own a farm shop – strange but true. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me – Christine Wrench, Angela Kingswell, Julie Outram, Kevin Hookham, Andy Talbot the list goes on. Now living in Bourne End in Bucks.

A little while back we had a request from the Government for information on Sebastian Carr…Our thanks go to Geoffrey Craddock who has supplied an address for Sebastian’s daughter. Hopefully we’ll be able to link her up with the Government Art Collection. This should enable Sebastian’s art to be shown to the wider public.

Paddy Hinton 1940 – 1944 I was friendly with Sebastian Carr, who was younger than me. I guess he would have been born about 1929. He showed me a letter from his father who was an official war artist. The letter said he was on a destroyer, followed by a neat pen and ink drawing. The simple drawing was alive! One could see the vessel moving! While walking with Sebastian along the Aylesbury road after school, at the foot of Scotsgrove Hill we were overtaken by a girl on a bicycle. Both she and Sebastian seemed surprised. Both said ‘hello’. The girl didn’t stop but pedalled laboriously up the hill. Sebastian explained she was his sister. She attended the Girls Grammar School daily and was returning to the wartime family home at Ford.

Prof. Anthony Taylor 1941-1948 I was interested to read your paragraph enquiring about Sebastian Carr. We were together in the sixth form leaving in 1947 or 1948. He was really bright and I still have the clearest memories of his facility with drawing and his wit. He visited me at home in the holidays (near Watlington) and shared interests in amateur science, especially making explosives. This would not be tolerated nowadays, of course. He had frequent clashes with authority in the form of Mr. (Pin) Brown. On one delightful occasion Brown was upbraiding him for not completing some piece of work, and asked what was his excuse. Sebastian said he hadn’t had time. Brown said “That’s no excuse”. The reply was “No, it’s a reason”. He was of course a boarder. I met up with him several times after he was studying art and I Medicine in London. His father – Henry Carr – had a studio in Flood Street, Chelsea and was apparently very successful. We only met once again in about 1955 and then lost contact. I was appalled to learn of his tragic death. I am still doing research in Neurophysiology (aged 76) at Imperial College, but will retire to Wendover in the Summer.

(Henry Carr RA 1894 – 1970. Henry Carr was a successful portrait painter both before and after the 2nd World War. He painted London scenes throughout the blackout, including such public spaces as St Clement Danes, St Pancras Station, and the Underground. Following a number of portrait commissions, he was employed as a war artist in North Africa. A photo of Henry can be found at this link http://www.mersey-gateway.org/server.php?show=conMediaFile.26233 )

Jon Cooke 1974 – 1981 I am writing with news of Tim Fraser (1974 – 1981). Tim left after A Levels and went straight into the Royal Navy as an officer cadet. He is still in the Navy and is now a Full Captain which, I am reliably informed, is in itself a great achievement for someone of his age. However, the point of my mail is to inform you that it has recently been officially announced that Tim will be taking command of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious as from late July 2006. I know very little about military matters but from asking around it is obvious that this is a great appointment for Tim and one which he should be heartily congratulated upon.  To compare it with the world of football, it is the equivalent managing one of the top three or four sides in the Premiership (although the salaries might be a little different!). Knowing Tim, he would have been far too modest to have let you known this information himself although he consented to my role as “informer”. In civilian life Tim is living in Southsea and has 2 teenage sons.

My other news concerns David Cryer and Stephanie Halford (1974 – 1981) who, after 27 years of getting to know each other, got married recently in London. My own news is that I am one of two partners in an estate agency in the French Alpine resort of Megève, married to a local girl (Solange), have a 16 month old son called Joe and we are expecting our second child in early August.  Also nearing completion of the restoration of a typical Savoyard farmhouse after nearly 2 years of work. It featured recently on French national TV (evening news) in a report on how to turn old buildings and materials into new and vice versa.

John Howard Brown -1967 I’m living in London, working as a medical microbiologist at King’s College Hospital since 1984. Also, I’ve been ordained Priest in the Church of England since 2003, what a lark. Have been doing a few funerals, weddings and baptisms, hopefully not like Rowan Atkinson in “4 Weddings & A Funeral”. All this is part-time due to need for £££ from main job. I look exactly the same as I did in 1972, but I have finally recovered from the hangover after the very-last-day-of-school party.

Sarah Mann left in 2000 ‘Hi anyone reading this… I’m now living in Carterton and have just bought a house here with my fiancee Leigh and we’re getting married in December. I haven’t changed: I still talk to much and I’ve got a lot fatter! But I’m happy.’

Amy Terry ‘When I left in 2002 I did a Foundation Year at Buckingham Chilterns University College. Now in the final year of my degree – ‘Silversmithing and Jewellery’ BA (Hons) – at Loughborough University. Living with my long-term boyfriend Andy, and planning to stayi in Loughborough for the time being. Favoutie music includes PJ Harvey, Zero 7, Sufjan Stevens, Maximo Park, and The Kooks ‘

Claire Haines – 1985 I’m living in Kingston Blount and married to Phil. I have a daughter Emily and I’m a director of a market research agency based in Oxford. Another 1985 leaver is Karen Lewis…’Hi all Been living in Lincolnshire for 2.5 years after 15 years in Milton Keynes. Been married to David Mumford for 16 years and we have 3 lovely girls, Hannah, Emma and Sarah. It’s great to see what some of you have done since school. Still keep in contact with Amanda Kensett and have seen other people when I’ve been down Chinnor/Thame way.’ Mike Partridge also left in 1985. He went onto Aylesbury College and then Birmingham Poly. Currently living in Brackley, is divorced and had two children.

Lesley Jackson 1974-1980 after leaving Lord Bill’s I went to the Oxford College of Further Education. Recently got married in Australia and now live with my new husband in Thatcham with my son Simon who is 18; my daughter Laura is 21 and lives in Norfolk. I work in the construction industry after years in the catering trade. My brother Martin is married with a daughter and a son and lives and works in Aylesbury and Sarah is married and lives in Stockton-on Tees and my little sister Sam lives in Cornwall.

Andy Vickery 1975-78 I currently run a design and advertising company in High Wycombe. I’m married to Joanna who also works with me. We have two children Ethan and Chloe. I also have three daughters, Sabrina, Alicia and Ella – all grown up adults. Was at Lord Williams’s from 1975 to 1978 and before that at Castle School, Taunton. The company is called Blazon. ‘What’s at the source of any successful business? Cash, sales and marketing…often in reverse order. Inextricably linked, each stream runs into the rest. Harness and direct their power and business flows naturally, building momentum towards long term success. Creative marketing – what’s that? Creative marketing embraces the ideas, concepts, strategies and tactics that are applied to a set of resources e.g. brochures, advertising, direct mail, web design etc and are stepping stones towards successful promotional marketing. At Blazon, a team of seasoned professionals and exceptional resources combine to deliver the kind of creative input that has enabled our clients to reach their goals. Time and again. Of course, marketing is all about investment. Get the marketing right and sales and cashflow will follow.’

Gerard Gould 1956 – 1977 First of all, I want to thank you and the Association for such a splendid and detailed account of that wonderful celebratory evening given to me on 30th October in the Oxford Playhouse. I was very touched by it all; above all, there was such a warm atmosphere of good will and affection among all those present. An unforgettable evening. It was good to see so many LWS people there, among them John Charleywood whom I hadn’t seen for nearly 40 years. In 1968 he nobly took on the important part of Brutus in a production of “Julius Caesar” which was played by John Fulkes on the tour of South Germany in July. As John Fulkes was not available to play the part in October when we were to present the play at the School, John Charleywood took over the part and, with his fine speaking voice and good presence, was very impressive and a worthy replacement for John Fulkes who was going to Trinity College, Oxford. Another reason for writing today is this: I am much concerned about a proposal to realign the admissions area to the School. This would in effect mean that pupils from across the “border” in Buckinghamshire would no longer be able to come to LWS. This scheme has worked successfully for well over 35 years, and its disappearance could have some serious effects, not only for parents and pupils in that area but also for the School itself. This is an issue with which the Old Tamensian Association might usefully concern itself. There is, I believe, a period of consultation in March before the proposal comes before the Oxfordshire Education Committee. So, if you are an OT who resided in Buckinghamshire or an OT who made great friends with people from across the County border and are concerned by this proposal, why not help LWS now by writing to the Oxfordshire Education Committee at the address above

Rev. Jim Clarke (1948 – 1955) I well remember still the 400th celebrations, marked particularly by the world premiere of Clemence Dane’s play “The Lion and the Unicorn” and coming back from University to see the spectacle which was put on in fact in Wheatley!

Geoff Goodall 1974 –1989 The 2009 anniversary of the School will be 450 years … that is quite a rare landmark. I hope I live long enough to see it and to attend. With John Nelson and Hugh Mullins now deceased, I am the oldest surviving former Headmaster.

David Smart (left 1974) Could you please pass my thanks on to Charlie Boyle, for his recollections on the boarding house.My own experience was that it wasn’t easy looking back, I’m very sorry for his brother’s experiences.  To some extent we all got caught up in some of the negative legacy.  It was good to read that Charlie had stood up against the abuse to some extent he did that for all of us.As a 13 or 14-year-old boy, he was put in a situation of responsibility that should never have been on his shoulders, I can understand the negative aspects of that situation that he still holds.I also have been working in Friar Park and got to know George Harrison quite well.  The garden has changed to an extent where most of it has been landscaped.  Rachel is still there, Harry and Peter have both retired, and there have been numerous gardeners since Charlie’s employment.  It is believed that some are still in the Matterhorn somewhere!

Julian Merrow-Smith (left 1976 A sort of Press Release! Now living as a painter in the south of France was featured in the Thursday 23 February edition of the NEW YORK TIMES. Julian’s project ‘Postcards from Provence’ – a daily postcard sized painting posted at http://shiftinglight.com is a year old this week and in this time Julian has painted nearly three hundred paintings which have been dispatched to collectors all around the world. The project has been a phenomenal success with the website now averaging more than thirty thousand page views per month.

Dr. Klaus Binko I write from my net account but am currently deployed since 15.02.2006 on the Isle of Rügen to support the civil authorities in their efforts to fight the Avian Influenza and hold liaison between the civil and military forces. Currently there are 845 personnel (civil and military) deployed in the operation. German Forces are on hand with a total strength of 302 including 4 Veterinary Staff Officers. Our main goal is to save as much fallen birds as possible out of the wild population and to dispose them correctly according to European Law in order to disconnect the infection chain and to control the situation.The Isle of Rügen is one of the main German National Parks and a rest and protection area for water- and other wild birds. Every winter about 65.000 birds do stay here and with the beginning of the bird migration from Africa and the southern parts of Europe this number will increase up to 5.000.000 in May. Since I’ve started my mission to until now, there are continuously incoming birds and the estimated wild bird population by end of March will be about 1,000,000. We (civil and military forces) are on duty 24 hours a day.There is clearly to say that the situation is under control as there is no spreading into farm kept birds. 1234 clinical examinations have been done within the about 1000 farms here and clinical supervising and control is continuously on going performed thru the civil veterinary authorities. 2692 fallen birds have been collected until now. Within this number 110 wild birds were tested positive in the National Reference Laboratory for the virus subtype H5N1. I will stay here together with my Vet Officers until 06.03.2006 and than there will be there other Veterinary Officers from GE Forces Joint Central Medical Service until mid-March to support the civil veterinary authorities and to protect and assist our own military forces which will perform air reconnaissance, logistic support, disinfection support and support in collecting and proper disposal of fallen wild birds.We do not know when we will achieve an end state but the German Government, the Government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the County Government of Rügen do really their best and are fully aware of the situation.Greetings from the ditches. Yours Klaus.

The BBC recently interviewed Klaus as part of their coverage of the ‘Bird Flu’ incidents in Germany. The link will take you to the story.

Rex Thomas, a member of staff in the early 1950s has written from Fowey in Cornwall, enclosing a photo of the 51-52 rugger team. ‘I have just come across the enclosed photograph and am sending it to you just in case you haven’t a copy. I suppose it’s because I am growing old, but as you probably know I began my teaching career at LWGS and I owe it a great deal. Last summer we had a visit from Don Wolley who was House Master when I was there and it was great to see him. I am also in touch with Julyan Bunney but others – Hugh Mullens and Fred Seal for example – have died. I also intend to write to Peter More.’

Stuart McCaighy -1994 I’ve been living in East London (Shoreditch/Bethnal Green) since coming home from Oz in June 2004. I’m now working as a senior radiotherapy radiographer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea. Currently studying for a masters and am now a magistrate. Also an active member of Amnesty International and part time writer for www.thisisfakediy.co.uk Happily gay, happily single. Feel free to get in touch.

Madeleine Hutchings – 1975 ‘Married with four children. Living in Henley on Thames and nursing.’

Rachel Killick was at Brill Primary School. She left Lord Williams’s in 1994 ‘I’m married to Paul and living in Waddesdon. I’m a teacher in a special school, but not for long. I leave on maternity leave in May and don’t intend to go back. Looking forward to being a stay-at-home-mum!’

David Scott 1995-2002 is now studying music at the Colchester Institute.

Charlotte Priest – 2001 Hi all, I graduated as a women’s wear designer and have spent the last few months working for Bruce Oldfield, one of England’s leading designers. Im loving my work and meeting fantastic people, hoping to move to New York soon( but thats everyones wish). hope you are all well and see you soon.

Barbara Joy/Denny studied nursing after leaving in 1982 ‘Still working at the JR but have recently moved to Nr Northampton. I have 3 children aged 12, 10 and 8. Married to Martin who is a head teacher of a local primary school.’

Tracey Holman 1976- 81 It’s now nearly 25 years since leaving school and I don’t look a day over 16 (yeah right!), blimey how the time flies. At school I was a goofy, spotty, back-chatting kid who never really knew what to do with her life – and although I’m now 41 I still don’t know what direction to follow, however I’m not goofy and spotty any more. I’m living in the Southwest having left Thame at the age of 16 and moved down to Plymouth with my parents. I married a Royal Marine and we were together for some 12 years but divorced 10 years ago (no children). I’m now working in the NHS as a PA to a Neurosurgeon, and although the job is demanding I really enjoy it. Weekends are taken up with water sports or drinking – take your pick I’m quite good at both. I’ve fritted in and out of relationships but fortunately I’ve never been pinned down for too long since my divorced. I have child substitutes called cats, but they never really get in the way of my life. I travel abroad 2 to 3 times a year for holiday and weekend breaks so this year I have decided to buy a property abroad, some where in the sun to warm my bones now that I’m getting older. I miss the opportunity of bumping into people who I knew from school, the chances of that are pretty slim and although I have a fantastic circle of mates I still miss the people I grew up with and went to school with.

In the run up to last Christmas many OTs shared their experiences of the cultural exchange with a school in Germany. We have been contacted by Paul Lloyd, who was teaching at LWGS, and was part of the team which instigated this link. He shares his memories with the OTA. Shortly after I joined LWGS in the Autumn Term 1963, the Head, Jon Nelson, received an invitation to a meeting at County Hall in Oxford called by the Director of Education. I think his name was Chorlton. I was asked along too. The meeting was to launch an initiative to link Oxfordshire with the Allgau and to introduce the man who would coordinate efforts to link individual schools. If my memory serves me his name was Wyn Owain. I had some useful discussions with Wyn about what sort of school we would be looking for and there the matter rested for a little while. In the following summer the Wenman School had a visit from the Realschule in Kaufbeuren. I laid on a short course in basic conversational German after school for pupils at the Wenman in which the new Head of Lord Williams’s, Geoffrey Goodall, also took part. I believe it got some publicity in the local press. My wife and I put up the leader of the German group, Herr Weise and this led to his inviting us to stay with him the following year.

By the summer of 1965 we had our link school, the Peter Dorfler Schule in Marktoberdorf and I decided to take up Herr Weise’s offer in order both to have a family holiday and to meet my opposite number, Roland Muller. We had a lovely trip and were made very welcome by everyone. The result of our discussions was that we set up two initiatives. Firstly we arranged for two pupils from Lord Williams’s, Horne and Quarterman, to spend the Spring Term 1966 at the Peter Dorfler and secondly for a party from LWGS to travel to Germany at the Easter. In this we were helped by Wyn Owain who arranged for us to borrow a County Minibus. On this first trip my co-driver was Henry Blythe who taught Latin.

We received a party from Marktoberdorf in the summer of 1966, I believe, when the county made another minibus available to take our guests on trips. I remember going to Stratford and Warwick, for instance. The pattern was repeated in 1967 when Smith and another pupil whose face I can see but whose name escapes me spent three months in Germany and I made another minibus trip, this time with Norman Good as my co-driver at the Easter.

My memory is vague about German pupils spending time at LWGS, but I’m sure such visits did take place.

Colleagues in Germany whom I remember well, apart from Roland, include Dr. Schmauch and Gerd Rockl. I also have fond memories of a lovely lady who worked in the kitchens and looked after us very well, Frau Schmidt.I think that covers most of the points I can remember, It was certainly a most stimulating and rewarding time. I am delighted to hear that the link continued to flourish after I moved on to teach in Essex.

Louise Perry -1973 is now teaching in Warwickshire.

Reunion for circa 1950 to 1970 leavers (those who might have a little more time on their hand and wish to pass a barmy summers day hearing the thwack of leather on willow.) 6th July 2006 at the OTA cricket match.

The format is similar to that used in our 3 previous events:

– Meet for coffee etc at The Barns Centre, Church Road, Thame (between St Mary’s Church and the old grammar school)

– Informal buffet lunch at 12 noon, pay bar available.

– The School v OTA cricket at 14:00, venue to be decided nearer the date when the condition of the school pitch is known. If unsuitable the game will take place at Thame Cricket Club.

– Tea provided at 16:00

All are welcome!

It is with sadness that we record the passing of Ken Hermon (1936-1940) on Friday 3rd February at his home in Burham-on-Sea, Somerset.

Jon Polden (left 1958) Following Founder’s Day 2005 Jon wrote to say : ‘I realise now how much I regret that I have not visited for so many years. The changes to the school and town are remarkable. One thing that I did notice was the politeness and obvious enthusiasm for the school from those students who were present and took us round. Another was the appearance of the place itself.I saw no litter bins and yet no litter! No graffiti, superb displays in classrooms and corridors and the generally high standards of cleanliness, all, I am afraid, a stark contrast to what I have been used to in schools around here.’

Helen Jones (left 2000) I am an ex pupil of Lord William’s school Thame and live in Chinnor. I am currently a 4th year medical student at the University of Birmingham. As part of my course I get the opportunity to complete a practical placement in a hospital abroad to widen my perspectives of healthcare around the world. I am planning to complete work in a community hospital on the south coast of Sri Lanka. This is in order to investigate the psychological impact the tsunami has had on health and the physical manifestations as a result in a society that does not recognise psychological disorders. I was wondering if an Old Tamensian would be willing to help support me in this educational placement?

Cliff Nixey (1950 – 1958) The pieces on Willy Howe have brought back a vivid memory of that time.My last memory of him was playing for the 1st XV on the last Saturday of the Christmas term against City of Oxford School, a much bigger school than ourselves. As wing forward I bound against Willy who was second row so it was a shock to hear at the start of the next term that someone who had been so alive only 3 weeks before was dead. That particular match stands in my memory also because it was the last match that Mr Julyan Bunney, an inspirational teacher and rugby coach was in charge as he had been poached by Carmel College. As a result we played like boys possessed and won. The team was captained by Jake (now Lord!) Maxton. Others in the team photo were Henry Westbury, Ernie White, John Wilson, Nick Wolfrey, Gordon Wells, Ben Bradnack, Terrance Barnard, Wilf Newman, Peter Read, Drum Maxton, Jim Maxton, Arthur Harris and John Goodger. Why is it we can remember names from 50 years ago but not that of the person you met yesterday! My regards to anyone of that team reading this. I hope it also brings back memories for them.

Peter Franklin (1940 – 1945) Is there anybody out there who was at the school then, I see little snippets but they are always much later, when I first turned up at the school coming from a council school to the 1st. form in the square down near the swimming pool with a round iron stove at one end for heat in the January of 1940 how different it is now! I followed all the others when it was the first break out into a large field with slit trenches down each side of the gravel path to the flat area at the bottom. I, with four others (David Davidson, Pat Davidson, Ronald Goodearl, And David Walsh), we all travelled on the train from Princes Risborough this meant not getting to morning assembly, as the station was the other side of Thame.

Memories (1) the year it snowed on and of for several days until one day the snow was very heavy with a strong wind, on getting to the station were told that the cutting along the track had filled in completely so we decided that the only way home was walk the 7 miles along the track, on the way we found the cap that David Walsh had lost out the window I wonder who threw it? An-way just to let him know we had seen it we walked all-round it and walked on, so when the train did run in a couple of days there it was still with the foot steps around it, a thought would the children of today walk the 7 miles of course not just use a mobile. (But there was no petrol for cars or any other transport) Memories (2) the incident at lunch time on the last day of term, when in those days if you didn’t have school dinner you were supervised in the assembly rooms by a six former, in those days the school Hymn was sung at the end of assembly before going home, only on this occasions as the science master (Old Ping) sat to play but which ever key he tried the sound was terrible, as it had been tuned with a pair of pliers, so the Hymn was sung without music, A C Dyer dismissed the hole of the school except the early dinner boys in order to find the culprit, with no success I would love to know if the one responsible is still alive I can see him now with the pliers in hand.

If anybody is interested I have more memories. Contact Peter via members@oldtamensians.info

Michael Cook  (1962-70) Living in Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia. My wife Carolyn and I have just completed a 17 week trip around the World and we met up with several Old Boys. We had a wonderful stay in Toronto with Graham Broadhurst and his partner Kay. Having spent a week in Toronto, we all went to live the high life in New York for 4 days. In England I met up with Pete Daplyn and enjoyed an afternoon tea with much talk about rugby and cricket.  A real highlight of our holiday was to stay with Barry Mott and Anne in the Lake District. We were the best of friends at School but had not really met up for 30 years. They have a wonderful B&B in Windermere and we were overwhelmed with their hospitality.  We are looking forward to their trip to Oz in the near future.

Koon Hung Chan (1979 – 1985) Consultant Urologist at York District Hospital since April 2005.

Koon Loong Chan (1981 – 1987) Consultant Obstetrician / Subspecialist in Fetal Medicine at Nottingham City Hospital since October 2005 and then from February 2006, will be at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester.

Ian Wallace (1983 – 1991)I have never provided any information on what I am up to in the past, so if you are short of things to include in the next edition, the following tries to summarize the last 15 years into as few words as possible……I Left school in 1991 and spent 4 years studying for a Masters degree in Electronic Systems Engineering at the University of York.  Since University I have been working for BT in their Broadcast & Satellite division.  2002 was an interesting year!  – 4 months working in the US and then being diagnosed with cancer towards the end of the year.  Surgery, Chemo and more surgery seems to have sorted the cancer!!!At the end of 2003 I got married to Ruth.  In April this year our first child (Matthew) was born.  We are currently living in Aylesbury but looking to move back towards Thame.

Anthea Wawryka. ‘Just graduated from UWE, working for UK Trade & Invest.’

Joe Ryan left in 1996 and then worked for Welcomm Networks and Canon. ‘I live and work in Japan as an English Teacher. Having an amazing time here and will be staying another year. Next going to cycle across China.’

Francis Osbourn left in 1976 ‘Hi, I’m living in a lovely little village in West Oxfordshire, near Witney (our house is an equal distance from each of the 2 village pubs!) and work for a management consultancy. Did the marriage thing (twice!!), gave up on that and now live in unmarried bliss with Pete. No kids but two gorgeous chocolate labs 🙂 I’m sure it can’t be that long since we left school – how come I still feel 25??

Emma Horwood 1988-1995 is a single Mum with a daughter living in Weymouth and working as a nursery nurse. Rebekah Ross – also of the same years – went to Durham University and now works as a Planning Consultant. She’s married and lives near Basingstoke with her husband and three cats. Another 1995 leaver is Richard Walker.After leaving school he started working for Beefeater…’Married since 2000, had my first child in May 2004 a beautiful daughter. Ran the Six Bells in Thame for 2 and half years – also a Thame town councillor. Now running a pub in Ealing London. Still a mad Newcastle United fan so much so I am a season ticket holder at St James (I must be mad!!!)

Everyone should visit Steve Bingham’s website and buy his first solo album. Steve was at the School in the mid 70s and proceeds from the sale will go to Cam Sight – the Cambridge Society for the Blind. He hopes to raise at least £1000. Please support him. www.stevebingham.co.uk After leaving Lord William’s, Stephen studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music from 1981-1985, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 Stephen formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire. The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. The group has toured in Europe, the Middle East and Australia and has worked with distinguished musicians such as Jack Brymer, Raphael Wallfisch, Michael Collins and David Campbell. The Quartet’s educational activities have included residencies at London’s South Bank Centre, for several UK festivals and at Radley College. The Quartet is also known for it’s many performances of new works by some of the best young composers in Britain.Stephen has appeared as guest leader with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. He has given solo recitals both in the UK and America and his concerto performances include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Bruch, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Sibelius, given in venues as prestigious as St. Johns’ Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. In recent years Stephen has developed his interest in improvisation, electronics and World music, collaborating with several notable musicians including guitarist Jason Carter and players such as Sanju Vishnu Sahai (tabla), Baluji Shivastrav (sitar) and Abdullah Ibrahim (piano). He has appeared on two World music CDs with Jason Carter and the fusion group Ragatal. Stephen’s debut solo CD “Duplicity” was released in November 2005.

Bob Overell was visiting from Seattle. He met with Jerry Axford in Wheatley and Jerry suggested that another reunion of the Class of 1966 be organised – any thoughts? He also met Martin Corrall who’s living in the wildest west reaches of Wales and sells financial packages (pensions, life assurance etc) to doctors. Finally, he plundered the larder at Graham Thomas’s home in the Cotswolds. Graham – after four years of being a house dad – has now returned to full-time work with a marketing services company and heading up a global operation with a brief to develop a communications and media business.

John Clibbon who taught art and was responsible for some memorable sets for School productions can now be found living in Churchgate, Bury St Edmunds. He came to the School in 1967 and left three years later having made a profound mark on many pupils. He organised a trip to Florence; played rugby for Chinnor and cricket for Thame. He taught both sports at the School. In addition he had both CCF and Pioneer duties and was known to be undinting in his enthusiasm to throw himself into many activities.

Douglas Hawes who left in 1955 is retired and living in Munster, Germany.

Susanna Gale has stayed on to do a third year in the 6th form: ‘Living in Aylesbury, I’m currently in my third year of Lord Williams’s sixth form, re-taking year thirteen to get the grades to go to uni in September 2006. I’ll either be at Portsmouth studying Travel Management and Hospitality or Chester studying Tourism Management and International Development studies. I’m hoping it’ll be more interesting than it all sounds…Chester’s my first choice.’

Lisa Tooke was at Lord Williams’s from 1990-1997. She graduated from Chester in English and Dance and lives in Hemel Hempstead and working as a Web/Graphic Designer.

 

2007

Ashley Cooke and Bonnie Cooke, Head Boy and Head Girl write:

We had a great day and are really happy to have attended and been involved in Founder’s Day. The weather was brilliant as we gathered at St. Mary’s Church and were delivered an entertaining and poignant service by Rev. Daplyn which was respectfully received and allowed us to have sincere remembrance of those passed. We were charmed with brilliant performances by Steph’ Caulfield on flute and a song from Charlotte Smith. The congregation sang the hymn terrifically, well done to all those who sang in Latin (we were completely lost!).

Later at school as we drank tea and coffee, it was great to see Old Tamensians catching up with each other as well as engaging in friendly conversation with current students of the school. The visitors’ genuine interest was apparent during the tours of the school, especially as we showed off the brand new science block. The art installation was both thought-provoking and fitting to the occasion. Maybe it would have been nice for some paintings to be put on display in the buttery as well?

Joan and the team did a fantastic job providing us with a delicious roast, which we enjoyed with a glass of wine from a generous OT and great tunes struck up by The School Jazz Band. Although upon hearing of the cooks’ approaching retirement a collective heart sank and naturally Joan, Vera and Kath will be sorely missed. Fingers crossed they will return for next year’s event.

Despite being very disappointed at not winning anything in the raffle(!), we admired the Committee President Aisling Begley’s ticket-selling skills as well as, of course, her invaluable involvement in the event. Special mention goes also to Mrs. Kendall and Bridget Trueman for their contributions to the day.

We left with our bellies full and our hearts warmed by the overwhelming sense of community, pride and tradition. It was nice to meet some of the Old Tamensians as they shared their schoolboy stories with us and no doubt a great time was had by all. We certainly hope that we can enjoy such an event when we are older.

Hannah Kroll 1999 – 2006 I live in London and study Journalism at the University of Westminster. I share a house with 4 friends and am having a ball! Hopefully i will make some money after studying to buy and complete a photography course, and then I can pursue becoming a Photojournalist – something I have recently realised that I would like to do!!

Rachael Hayward 1999-2006 I am now studying Management Studies at Aberdeen University. Bit of a change of plan due to a change in circumstances. My mum and younger brother are still in the Isle of Skye but my dad has just recently moved to Dubai with his girlfriend.

Michael Way 1961-68 After leaving School, Micky Way played for Oxford United until 1973. He now lives in Abingdon and is married with two kids.

Sarah Dixon 1971-78 Gwilym (Husband Gareth is Welsh) was born on 15th April and I am now enjoying maternity leave – better late than never. I expect to go back to after a year, probably part time. I was able to hand my job as Innovation Process Director to a good friend who was well qualified for it – just hope she doesn’t mind giving it back next year! I have also worked as a trained counsellor in my spare time for the last 9 years and will hope to go back to that too, if I can find the time. Sarah is now living in Epsom.

Barry Savage was at the School from 1973-78. Eventually in the 1990s he went to university to study veterinary science and now practices as a small animal vet in Waikiki, Western Australia. He is single with one child…and looking for a soulmate.

Piers Mettrick I am an actor and now live in Halifax West Yorkshire. I’ve been lucky enough to have been in Emmerdale. and the 3rd series of No Angels plus a loads of other things. 
Well I did it: got married to someone who wanted me.
2006 was been a good year with work: Where the heart is, Frost, more Emmerdale, Vincent, Dead Clever, The Chase, Strictly Confidential, 
2007 has been a so-so year: good work-wise but bad wife life and I am now separated.
I have worked on the Royel Today, Cold Blood 3 – playing Karl Jenkin – and a movie called wild child, The chase, blue murder, and just finished on the new shameless playing Fat Todd.+ other stuff 
Looking for to 2008 to see what it brings and wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy new year.

Karren Gardner –1981 Moved away for a while but now live in Hazlemere, High Wycombe. Married to Dave have a son, Matthew aged 9 and now a baby girl, Amelie, born in July 2005. Working from home part-time and running round after the kids is my life at present. Have three lovely grown up stepsons, one of which has made me a step-grandma (note the step!) to a lovely baby boy. Unfortunately don’t see much of them as they live in Barcelona, thank god for easyjet! Hoping to get back to ‘proper’ work as a Medical Secretary in the future after the potty training and nursery school trips. Working from home isn’t all its cracked up to be and after 10 years struggling to maintain the enthusiasm. Have embarked on a major keep fit campaign so watch out for me in forthcoming marathons! My son is also into ice hockey in a big way so I spend a lot of time ferrying him back and forth to Bracknell ice rink and now we’ve started touring Europe following the GB team. For someone who hated sport when I was at school, I now spend my week either hanging round ice rinks, on the touchline of football pitches, rugby pitches or at the dojo as my son is also a junior karate black belt. Not sure where he got this sporty nature from – certainly not me!

Jake Morgan 1986-93 Life has come on fast in the last year (2007). Zoe and have a beutiful daughter, we have named Scarlett. 
Living in Leighton Buzzard, no plans to move away. I’m continuing my career in financial services, spreading my time between London and Berkhamsted during the week, chilling out at the weekends! (if Zoe and Scarlett give me the chance). 
Still in contact with Taff (Matthew Wright) and Nikola Upson, don’t really speak to anyone else from Lord bills these days. Enjoying life being a dad, wouldn’t trade it in for the old days….??? nahhhhh!!

Heather Gough 1989 –1997 Hi there I am now living in Reading with my husband Rob – we have been married for 5 years – and I have 2 children – James who is 4 and Isobel who is 2 and a half! I was working for Whitbread until I had Izzy and now I am at home ‘working’ (eg looking after the kids!!) 
Still don’t know what I want to do when I ‘grow up’ – just doing numerous courses until something takes my fancy!

Peter Arnold May I recommend to OTs a new book, just published? The Changing Faces of Thame, Book Two is a follow-up to the sell-out Book One. Its author, Marilyn Yurdan (an old girl of Holton Park, but we’ll forgive her for that) has produced another highly interesting record of old Thame, and it includes lots of mentions of Lord Williams’s. The best photograph is undoubtedly that of Headmaster Goodall, half way up the Church tower, back in the 1960s! I understand that the Thame Bookshop will be well stocked with the book, but it is also available from the publisher, Robert Boyd Publications, 260 Colwell Drive, Witney, OX28 5LW. Warm regards:

Brett Chowns – 1981 I am the Development Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Slough.

I grow my business through referral. If you know someone who would benefit from the way I work then please let me have his or her name and number. All referrals will be followed up.

Jon Cooke 1981 Thank you for the continual good work you do in keeping former pupils of the school up to date with news/events. Regards Jon, Partner Allard & Associés

Dear Folk, Since I left Lord Williams’s School (about 1940) I seem to have lost almost all of my old school mates. We have recently been flooded and are living in rented accommo-dation. I have many happy memories of the school and of Thame, and many thanks for your past newsletters. I wish you all the best for the future. Yours sincerely Jim Plater (J R Plater) aged 82

More Snippets: Alexandra Allen is studying American Studies at Swansea; Edward Atkins, Engineering at Bath; Holly Brown, Maths at Oxford; Amy English, Psychology, Nottingham; Helen Evans, Photography, York; Jonathan Fairey, Music, Guildford; Sam Fitzpatrick, Business, Sheffield; Lorna Jones, American Studies, Nottingham, James Key, PE, Brighton; Jason Lang, Economics, Aberdeen; Lauren Michael, Politics, Dundee; Sarah Normington, German, York; Lizzie Parson, Psychology, Bristol; Corin Rea, Surveying, South Bank; Amy Smith, Sport, Sheffield; Sam Smith, Ancient History, Newcastle.

Snippets: Esther Adams is studying English at Sheffield Hallam; Rachel Adams Sociology at Sheffield; Natasha Alliston Sports at Birmingham; Emily Baker, Physiotherapy at UWE; Max Bayley French in London; Hannah Buggey Neuroscience at Manchester; Jack Castleman, Economics, Kent; Victoria Chaplin, Pharmacy, Manchester; Eloise Covill, Events Management, Bournemouth; Madeleine Croydon, American Studies, London; Simon Cyna, Politics, Keele, John Dennis, Engineering, Wrexham; Dionne Edwards, Drama, Nottingham; Michael Gedge, Engineering, Southampton; Robert Griffiths, Maths, Surrey; Joanna Hanks, Psychology, Nottingham; Phoebe Henry, Art, Abingdon; Thomas Hyde, Geography, Birmingham; Michelle Lang, Maths & Philosophy, Birmingham; Allan Maloney, Sports, Salford; Lewis Martin, Maths & Business, Kent; Rebecca Mawby, Medicine, Birmingham; Jeremy Shott, Medicine, Southampton; Henry Smith, Sailing, Plymouth; Oliver Smith, Art, Newcastle; Edward Tarlton, Psychology, Nottingham; Philippa Taylor, PE, Edinburgh; Adam Thorpe, Middle East Politics, London; Hannah Wiles, Fashion Retailing; Sarah Witchell, Education, Bedfordshire.

Jonathan Jessup I went to LWGS (as it then was) in 1952 and left in 1960. I was a contemporary and friend of George Edwards (I dimly recall going to his wedding many moons ago) of whom I see frequent reference in the OTA news. You also featured another of my contemporaries Richard Sherwood recently. Like him I became a solicitor. After reading law at LSE I then spent my time in local government, training with the Town Clerk in Oxford and ending up as County Solicitor and Monitoring Officer in Surrey. Hence our address in Guildford.

Louise Evans I started at Lord Williams in 1991 and left in 1998 after doing my A Levels. I then went to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and gained a 2.1 in Environmental Earth Sciences in 2001. When I left University I returned to Thame and somehow ended up becoming an accountant – qualifying earlier this year. I now live in Longwick with my partner Tom who is a dairy farmer.

Nadine Redman Thank you so much for sending the OTA e-Newsletters to Chris Redman my son. He and I have loved reading them, especially the World War II memories. Leslie and I were at the Grammar Schools in wartime – I was at Miss Hockley’s – you may have heard of her! I wouldn’t imagine our boarders would have attempted to get out – I must ask Olive Hussey who is a great friend of mine, if she knows. Of course, as I was friendly with Leslie, and a few others, when we were at school, I used to hear a lot about the masters and Miss Dearing, quite a character I believe. I’m sorry that Leslie isn’t here to read about them, and also Paddy Hinton’s (before my time) and Peter Arnold’s letters, which have been lovely to receive.

Gerald Howat, former member of staff at LWS, cricketer and archivist of the school had died. The funeral will be held at 10.00 am at North Moreton Church (near Didcot) on Friday, 19 October. Most of the national cricket world will be there, I guess. Would you kindly publicise the date please.

Ralph Hoddinott 1921 – 1929 Sadly I have to tell you that Dad passed away during the morning of Saturday 29 September. He was 94. Following a fall in his home during the night earlier in the month he was admitted into the Charing Cross Hospital. It was the intention to move him into a very nice nursing home in Chiswick upon being discharged but after just a couple of days he was readmitted into hospital with a chest infection where he died very much at peace with himself. Thankfully I was able to spend some time with him the day before he died. Dad was suffering from dementia though in a way it was fortunate that it didn’t really take hold till quite late in his life. The live-in carers, who had also looked after Barbara, have been marvellous and it is very much thanks to them that Dad was able to live in his own home until the last month. The funeral will be at the Mortlake Crematorium at 11 a.m. on Monday the 29th of October. Should you so wish, in lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Alzheimers Society, c/o W.S.Bond (Funeral Directors) 127 Chiswick High Road, London W4 (tel: 020 8994 0277).

Daniel Bailey 1982-1989 Having left Lord Bills, went to agricultural college for three years, met first wife and moved around the country farming for a couple of years. Eventually got fed up of smelling of cow muck and silage, divorced first wife and started work in an office selling computers to schools. Soon got bored in an office so joined the RAF in 2000, also got married again and have two great children. Currently spending a lot of time away in unpleasant sandy places.

Anna Kinch 1983 -1990 Just moved back to the Thame area, after living in West Sussex for 10 years & more recently Shropshire! – am still working for an airline (Thomas Cook) but only part-time these days. My little boy was born in 2002, and has just started attending St Josephs School in Thame.

Mark Ansell – 2003 I finished a successful year as the Education Officer at the Students’ Union at Sheffield University in July. One of my main projects was to create a media hub with 2 new radio studios and a big newsroom for the diverse media groups set up by the students. I am heading to Cardiff next week to start a one year masters in Broadcast Journalism

James Trueman – 2003 I am back at Loughborough University studying for a PGCE in Sport and PE. I completed a year as a Teaching Assistant at a Special School near Loughborough and then went to work at Supercamps this summer in Aylesbury

The Class of 1947 celebrated their 60th anniversary We started in Tuesday 16th September 1947 and held our reunion in Tuesday 18th September. As close as we could get it. This was held at the Fox Inn in Tiddington, with an attendance of 19: Allan Gillard, Jim Clark, Mike Clark, Brian Doman, Roy Cripps, Jim Howes, Ted Shewry, Bob Williams, Alan Osborn, Brian Wallis, Ken Surrage, Jake Maxton, John Osborne, Alan Morton, Charlie Cross, Leggy Seymour, Alan Bushnell. It was all very informal and went well.

(A photo of the reunion can be found at the OTA photo album.) 

In the Tamensian, Salvete for September 1947 had the following names that joined what was then known as Form II:
P D Aldsworth, A R Barnett, A W Cherry, M T Clark, R Cripps, C D Cross, B G S Dorman, E W E Fantham, B H Finney, A T Gillard, I G Gordon, R S Griffitn, A C harris, J J Howes, A C Kingston, P J S Martienssen, J A Maxton, A E Morton, P F Murphy, A R Osborn, J E R Osborne, E C Pym, L E Seymore, P B Shewry, K E Surrage, A P Triggs, B L Wallis, R W Williams.

James Buchanan -2003 I graduated from the University of Bath back in June and have just started a voluntary Gap Year placement for Christian Aid in Birmingham, which will last 10 months. I am doing youth and student work in the West Midlands area – quite excited about it already!

Gordon Wells 1950-57 Regarding the Sept. news letter…..I was at Lord Bill’s 1950-1957 and we still had Stars and Stripes awarded for exceptional Good or Bad actions/work/etc. These were in additional to the Weekly Alphas/Gammas (Good/Bad) – awarded for each subject. We had on the form’s door each Monday for a House Mtg. prior to lunch. The termly total (Alpha =1. Gamma = minus 1) for each house was proportioned against 30 points for the max. number and then pro-rata. A Star or Stripe was worth a whole point – so very important. Each term had a main sport, which had house matches also worth 30 for the Champions and pro-rata for the other houses. In my day, Hampden were the best academically, and School were usually best at the sports; Wycombe were a good second at most things. Swimming was the most embarrassing as School house won everything and got the 30, Hampden might get 3 and Wycombe much the same.

Mike Bull 1939 I much enjoyed “the brief view of the school and Thame” attached to the Newsletter. It was news to me that the new Lord Bill’s on the Oxford Road was modelled on Teddies in Oxford. That was where I went on leaving Lord Bill’s in 1939! I did not think it was an improvement!

Dear Graham, Many thanks for your letter. I am very happy to be reinstated as a life member of the OTs.  Many thanks to you and all concerned. 
It was very interesting to look at the links on this web-site.  I see that Desmond Slay died recently. I remember him well.  I remember him on the rugger field in
School and House matches and I remember him winning the 440 sprint when my brother Patrick Harrison pulled a muscle and lost to him ! I remember Dodd very well, too. He was in my class and pulled Mr. Bevan’s leg (the Mr Bevan who taught me Latin and early Greek and Roman History in Form 1 in 1940 !) on one occassion . On this occassion, Mr. Bevan was hitching up his pants a bit and Dodd ,in a loud voice, said (in front of the whole class) …”Woe is me, I am undone” !!!  A  little smile came over Mr. Bevan’s face and he said “Dodd ! that is quite enough of THAT, thank you!”.  Many names I remember in the obiturary list, alas ! Purser, for
instance. Eric Syson was very good to me when I left school and was enormously helpful and encouraging. I think he was instrumental in my being one of the first recipients of the John Hampden War Memorial Scholarship.
My brother, Patrick is still going strong, nearly 80 and living in Edinburgh. I expect you know he got the CBE. when he was running the R.I.B.A.  He’s not crazy about getting old ,as indeed I’m not, but he’s still very active and I, too, am playing lots of concerts and teaching lots of students in my very ‘semi  retirement. I have formed a Piano Duo / Duet team with a very talented young pianist.
We plan to visit him in May, 2009 and with any luck might make it down to Thame as I have an old girlfriend living near High Wycombe in Haslemere,that I’m still great pals with after 60 years who has invited us to stay. We might be able to come and give you all a concert at that time if the dates pan out.
Contemporaries of mine that I have lost touch with and would love to contact are :
Anthony Savin, (he became a Headmaster at Frilford ? )…….Michael Maxted (from Hitchin originally) and Timothy Dodwell who was living in Long Crendon then in Chalgrove for quite some time.  I once came to play a concert at the school and Timothy Dodwell actually got someone to take his cattle to market for him so that he could come and hear mke play. I think that was one of the most touching compliments I ever received and I have never forgotten it ! All three were my contemporaries (and sparrring colleagues through the forties : the War years and just after.)
Lucy Flower, from Thame itself, came to visit while I was running the B&B in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia . She won my Music Prize and has been in touch ever since . She now has a baby and is living with her husband in Wimbledon. I took her on a whale cruise and she played for us all, very nicely.
A year ago I moved back to Saskatoon, on my own and have picked up my Prairie connections again and have been teaching at the University of Regina all last Winter and will be teaching Music History for the second semester from Christmas to Spring at the University of Saskatchewan , here in Saskatoon……(.from 1750 to the present day)….for the students in the Music Programme. The great thing about teaching is that you carry on educating yourself in the process !!!
I think , on looking around , that I have been incredibly lucky to spend my whole life doing what I love doing most, i.e. performing and teaching Music, and I have met truly wonderful people in this field , many of them very famous.  It is wonderful to be able to trace all one’s teachers at least all the way back through Liszt, Beethoven Haydn,Mozart etc. all the way back to Bach , and while it doesn’t make one play any better (!) ,at least one feels part of a bigger process and picture : a small piece of the puzzle ,so to speak !
And coming back to the Prairies and seeing my former students doing wonderful teaching all over Western Canada ( and also in the East), is very gratifying and heart-warming.
I send you all and anyone who remembers me, my warmest greetings.

Charlie Boyle – 1971 Re August Newsletter – and thanks for the photographs. It left me both maudlin for old friends (one of the three witches in Macbeth, Dave Parrott, was terminally ill this time last year and I haven’t heard any more of him) and re-assured so see things familiar (the refectory now a library), and to read names of those half-forgotten yet tenderly remembered. 

Don’t suppose anyone has any idea about what happened to the three pictures that Rui Petersen and I painted in 1970 that were commissioned by the Coach and Horses? One was of the 6 Bells, one of the Coach and Horses as it was in 1920 (or so from a photo), the third of the pub in 1970. I don’t know if they are still there, or if anyone remembers them, or could ask what happened to them? Just curious.

Leonie Seymour 1992-99 Living in Nottingham, single with one child and working for Nottingham Trent University as a Buyer. Hi, I have been living in Nottingham for 6 years now and I love it, a bit of a culture shock from Thame!! I have worked mainly in the Public Sector, NHS, Council and now Education all in Procurement roles and i am hoping to study for my CIPS at some point. 
I also have lovely little girl, Chloe who is 4 1/2 years old and starts school in Jan which we are both very excited about

Elizabeth Willis nee Ross 1986 – 1993 & Michael were delighted to welcome 8lb 9oz James William on 8th July, a brother for Susannah, David and Miriam.

Sarah Rothwell nee Ross 1984-1991 started working for Aylesbury Vale District Council as Community Chest Grants Officer in April 2007, managing a fund of £5m over the next 10 years for Community Projects in Aylesbury Vale. If you’re at the Bucks County Show on 30th August, pop in to the AVDC tent and say ‘hello’! Chair of the Grants Panel is AVDC Cllr Janet Blake – you might enjoy the link below of her other role as professional fundraiser for Age Concern. Sarah is also treasurer of the Lord Williams’s Festival Chorus; the choir had a wonderful evening at the Wycombe Swan on 22nd July, performing in a Gala Proms event for the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home. The choir start rehearsing the full version of Karl Jenkin’s ‘The Armed Man’ on Monday 10th September, 7:30pm in the Upper School Hall, all singers welcome, no audition. The choir’s musical director, John Gibbons, will be working with the LWS Music Department on a major percussion project in conjunction with the concert on December 1st at Thame Leisure Centre.

Stephen Cox – 1971 Hi Guys sorry I haven’t kept in touch …those reunions at the Six Bells would be difficult for me as I live in Hamilton , New Zealand .See www.innovations.net.nz for details on my background and consultancy company; Innovation Associates Ltd. I left Lord Williams’s Grammar School the year it became comprehensive -1971. I have some great memories of the school, which have recently been somewhat focussed by the series of archived photos. I attach one for the record of the 1967 Cricket Colts Team. Not sure whether we were unbeaten or never won… the memory was that I bowled leg spin but was always hit for six due to the short boundary down by the bank on the lower field.

Further to Stephen’s memories of the 1967 Cricket Colts’ performance, this is taken from the 1967 Tamensian:

By and large, it was a successful season and even though we started slowly and badly, we rapidly picked up so that by the end of the season many of the rudiments of cricket had been mastered.

Our batting was adequate without ever reaching great heights; our bowling often needed cooler heads – a question of stopping to think about the situation, of bowling to the filed, of making the batsmen fight for their runs; in short, a more mature approach. The fielding was often excellent, though there were glaring gaps in concentration if the opening bowlers did not get a quick wicket.

Batsmen played the off-drive with the greatest confidence but were bemused most often by the well pitched-up ball on the leg or middle-and-leg. There should be emphasis on leg-side playing next year.

On the positive side, however, there was an increasing will to fight and win, coupled with much clamorous self criticism at a poor performance. Next year’s team should be a very good team. Those who played this season were: Richard Baker, Cooke, StephenCox, Martyn Bourgein, Richard Paterson, G Davis, Peter Daplyn (Captain), Tim Daplyn, Jonathan Wynn, Mike Smith, Colin Stoakes, Witney, Tom Eason, Nigel Young, Tunna, Ady Manger, Greg Pugsley.

The above was written by R P Smith, who had joined the LWGS staff that academic year on a part-time basis to teach French and help with sport. He’d gone to Midhurst Grammar School, from which he’d won an Open Scholarship in Modern Languages to Wadham College, Oxford in 1962. He’d spent a year teaching in Tunisia and gained a 2nd in French and Italian in 1966. He was well-liked by the students particularly as he rode a motor bike to school whilst wearing leathers. I suppose today, we would say he was ‘cool.’

Brian Wallis. Just to bring you up to date regarding our Class reunion. This year is the 60th anniversary of our first coming together in September 1947. We started at Lord Williams’ Grammar School on Tuesday 16th September 1947. We have tried to make the reunion as close to that date as possible. the 16th being a Sunday, we have gone for the Tuesday 18th, to match the actual day. This year we are holding at the Fox in Tiddington and already have had 15 positive replies. We are still awaiting a few more. We have finally located Brian Finney, but are still looking for Ian Gordon, Arthur Harris and Barnet. Also trying to locate Nick Goldsworthy. Peter Cook and Brian Ackroyd who joined us later. I will send a report of the reunion with pictures (I hope) after the reunion.

I visited the school a couple of years back. Came away very sad and depressed. There appears to be no history of the school. It’s as though someone had deliberately set out to wipe out the school’s Grammar School’s past. No photos any where. One felt the school was ashamed of its history. A few of the old Headmasters and the window boards in the current library with the Headboys’ names. John Maxton (above) being the last. It’s good to see that the Old Tamensians site is keeping the history alive.

A few months back (2006), the then Head Girl wrote in the magazine that she had heard and sung the School Hymn for the first time. She said it was beautiful and that it should be sung more often as well as teaching the history of the school. The hymn was sung at each Founder’s Day. The whole school attended in those days. We also knew the history of the school. I think, after 60 years, the turn out at our reunions tell something of the spirit that was imparted to us.

D J C Wood – Hampden House 1942- 47 I was a pupil at LWGS from 1942-47. I recall paying £5 to become a Life Member of the OTA in 1950 or ’51, and I would be grateful if you could tell me whether any record of this still exists.

In 1953 I went to the Gold Coast, as it then was, as an expatriate ‘trading assistant’ with The United Africa Company, a subsidiary of Unilever. I subsequently spent 37 years in various countries in west and central Africa, (about 35 years more than was originally intended!), and retired in 1990 as CEO of a group of companies in Malawi.

During the early years I was abroad I received The Tamensian regularly, and attended several Founder’s Day functions when I was on leave, including the Quatercentenary in 1959. However, my parents left Thame in 1956, and with my many moves around the dark continent, I regret I lost contact with Lord Williams.

I recently discovered the excellent OTA website, and I would be very interested to know whether my membership is still on record. Yours sincerely Donald Wood. Whilst there is no historical record of Donald paying to become a life member he has been reinstated to the OTA membership.

David Vickers: As some of you may be aware, I moved to Spain in November 2005. Having spent time working within the Spanish property market, I have now set-up my own estate agents. Our office is based in Garrucha, near Mojacarin the Costa de Almeria.I am an agent for Polaris World and having been on a tour of their latest development –Condadode Alhama–thought I would drop you all an email as I believe it will be awesome. There will be 3 Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, 2 of which will be the Bear´sBest.Prices start at €83,000 (£56,000)! It is possible to secure a property for 30 days with a €3,000 fully refundable deposit. I believe this resort will be the next La Mangaand is a great investment, especially as these are off-plan prices –see attachment for more info and prices. Should you require any further information, please don´thesitate to either call or email me. Regards CalleMayor 141 Bajo04630 GarruchaAlmeriaOffice: (00 34) 950 133 703Mobile: (00 34) 616 760 409 www.indalorealestate.com

 

OT VETS vs Chinnor VETS 20th October 2007 There is probably one last opportunity for some of us to play together. It’s quite as simple as that! I have organised a game against ChinnorVets on 20 Oct 07. It will kick off early afternoon and the rest will be history! The sharper amongst you will have realised thatit is the Rugby World Cup Final that day, however, the general consensus is that it will not involve England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland seem to be running out of puff.It is an excellent opportunity to celebrate some vintage years of rugby that were played at Lord Bills and for us to all get together. It would be great to invite DaveJones, Wazza, and Tony etc. If anyone knows their address or any other potential attendee could you please circulate this to them.Could I ask you reply to me to confirm your willingness to play,watch or help. Obviously there will be a rigorous training schedule to build up to the big day and selection will be a contentious issue (Dave and Eddie are already squabbling).As I get a feel for numbers I will then start looking at accommodation, hosting etc. Kit, admin etc will be sorted out at a later date.Again, please distribute this to potential players and attendees. I plan to circulate a monthly update to tell you whom we have got for the big day.Yours in rugby Jimmy Deans andydeans@hotmail.co.uk

Hi Bridget, I’d really like to help out in some way with the celebrations and decided that you would be the person to contact! Perhaps you could let me know if you’d like some more help. Jane Vaucher (1973) may have mentioned that we met up after probably 30 years, which was really lovely. She didn’t seem to have changed one bit. It turned out that she was good friends at Durham with one of my neighbours. I gather from the OTA website that you’re very busy these days, but it sounds interesting work. I do something slightly related, which is 1:1 tutoring with dyslexic students at both the universities in Oxford. Hope to hear from you. Best wishes. Jane Amies nee Andrews (1973)

Nonny Tiffany I have been given your address by David Kenningham, whom I knew when he was the Head of Cheney School and I was a Governor of the School. I have been meaning to find out more about your association for a number of years, ever since I met a lady some years ago, who told me about a meeting that had taken place a year before, of old girls who had been at the Girls’ Grammar School in Thame. I was at the School from January 1940 until December 1942″as one of the younger full time boarders, when Miss Hockley and Miss Messenger ran the school. It was right after the beginning of the war when people did not know what to expect. My home was in Stockport, just south of Manchester; my mother had recently died, and my father wanted me to be safe! He chose well: Hitler wanted Oxford to remain intact and sure enough while I was there in Thame, I can remember only one stray bomb falling on the town! But as a result of this, all the boarders had to sleep downstairs in bunk-­beds in the lovely front hall. I was very upset on first visiting Thame after we had settled in Oxford in 1974, on finding that the whole building had been pulled down!

I do not remember many local girls who were at the school, an Austin girl from the outfitters’ shop across the road, who I think was called Gloria, and a weekly boarder whose name was Dorothy and whose home was Holly Bush Farm near or in Bledlow. I was known at the time as “Nonn Adams”, and I have many happy memories of my time at the school. There was very little to tell us that there was a war on, and that there was such a happening as Dunkirk or the Battle of Britain! We really were almost completely cushioned from the war. By the time my father and I moved down to Surrey in January 1943, I was completely blasé about it.

Perhaps you would be kind enough to let me know if there are any other reunions in the offing: it would he nice to meet the girls who still remember the old buildings and especially the swimming pool where I first learnt to swim!

(If any OTA’s or ex-members of Thame Girls Grammar have memories of Thame Girls Grammar School please send them in – little seems to be recorded and searching the ‘net reveals very little. It would be good to have some record.)

Edward (Yed) Jones 1938-43 It was nice talking to you at the Luncheon, and making the acquaintance of the OTA after so many years. I am one of the oldies at LWGS  which dates me, 79 a few weeks ago. I am not good at writing long letters or e-mails and my writing is not very readable but I felt guilty at only ever having paid one membership fee many years ago. You may send me newsletters etc on E-mail, which a lot of people do and I then print them out myself but I am not used to sending them out myself. Perhaps someone could give me a ring. It was nice of you to get in touch.

Paul Houghton 1979-1986 I left Lord Bill’s at 18 in 1986, went to Loughborough Uni. followed by The University of Nottingham, worked for a number of years for South Oxfordshire District Council and moved to Scotland in 2001. I now run a planning consultancy in Glasgow. I have now been married for 9 years and have two children – Jack who is 7 and Megan who is 5. Would love to hear from some of my fellow classmates who, like me, are in their 40th year.

Richard Sherwood 1952-1959 Thank you for the recent newsletter, seen following our return from Spain & Portugal. It was interesting to see the Thame Show photo including a young Eileen Price – in fact I did not recognise her. Sadly she died some years ago but her husband Eric (OT) still lives in Thame and is an active golfer. At the age of 81 he plays two or three times a week – on the course at Henley by 7.30 a.m.

Since the last newsletter Geoffrey Osborne (of Towersey)who was at LWGS in the early 1940s has died. Also, on 9 June, Joan Lilley died after a long fight against cancer. Norman is going to miss her enormously but he has wonderful support from his three sons and their families and from his and Joan’s many friends. St Mary’s was packed for the memorial service on 22 June, attended by amongst others Peter More and Gerard Gould. I did not get the chance to speak to Gerard, but had a long chat with Peter who is quite evidently still enjoying life. He has had to give up driving (and therefore his VW Camper) but joins his family on their Gites holidays.

I retired at the end of April and Shirley and I took the caravan to Spain and Portugal for six weeks. It’s a totally different and very relaxed way of life, with many Brits buzzing off there in caravans and motorhomes for months. It is not just them but also people from all over Western Europe, mostly retired but some just taking a year off and intending to go back home eventually and find jobs. Look forward to seeing you later in the year.

Many OTs will have been deeply saddened to hear of the death of Joan, beloved Wife of Norman and Mother of Stephen, Martin and David. A splendid and very fitting service of remembrance and thanksgiving for Joan’s life was held at St Mary’s, Thame, on Friday 22nd June: the Church was filled, and many attending were wearing Lord Williams’s ties. Joan was a marvellous lady, full of charm, grace and good humour, and the key words used in the service, “Faith, Hope and Love”, pointed beautifully to her character. Needless to say, her passing leaves a huge and unfillable gap in Thame’s life, and our hearts go out to Norman and the family.

It was a pleasure – under other circumstances, it would have been a delight – to encounter so many OTs and Masters. Peter More read one of the lessons at the service, and brothers John and Gordon Hussey acted as ushers. Gerard Gould (looking younger than ever!), and Henry Blyth (more distinguished than ever!) were there, and – for the first time in forty years – I met Ben Kerwood, who somehow managed to get me through A-Level History! I also met my 1960s contemporary Derek Witchell, now ordained and ministering to four parishes in the wilds of Buckinghamshire. Peter Arnold

Margaret Fulkes, John Fulkes’ mother now lives in Thame at Meadowcroft and would like to thank the OTs at Thame Cricket Club and all of the members there for the wonderful meal at Thame Cricket Club and promises of visiting her in Meadowcroft, after the birthday anniversary for John. She is still overwhelmed about the effect John had in the town. Margaret is also delighted to see Carol Kendall regularly, and enjoys the Sunday afternoon services in Meadowcroft. She would like to supply the reading for all to enjoy, which she read at Meadowcroft in June after John’s birthday

Annabel Edwards (nee Overton) 1971-73 Having gone as far away as London to train as a Speech & Language Therapist in the mid-70s I have found myself living and working in Aylesbury for the last 20 years. Despite various forays into the independent sector I returned to the good old NHS again earlier this year. Currently work as a Speech & Language Therapist managing staff across Bucks in the Learning Disability Service. Really enjoy this job with its balance of service development demands while still having some contact with service users.
Married for nearly 23 years to Alan and have two sons, who are spookily around the ages I associate most with my years at Lord Bill’s. I still sing with local choral societies and ensembles. Like to go for ‘proper’ walks when time allows, otherwise rely on yoga and pilates to fight off the advancing years.
Enjoying involvement with LWS on the OTA committee after too many years away. Volunteered to co-ordinate events for 2009 celebration. Hope this wasn’t a big mistake!

Snippets: Gordon Hannah left in 1971, went to the University of East Anglia and is now living in Ipswich, married with two children. Cindy Gower left in 1978 and says ‘I now live back in Long Crendon, and have the children are now aged 18, 16 and 6. One just off to University, and one off to College. Where does the time go. I am currently single and working as a marketing manager for a health and safety consultancy in Aylesbury.’  Debbie Abbott 1980-87 is working as a Prison Officer in Bicester. Nick Haynes is living in New York.

Alan Dix 1972-79 Hi, well at the moment i live at home with my 2 youngest children who are just great. My other 2 live with their partners.I have 2 girls and 2 boys. i’m currently going through with a divorce owing to my ex having an affair. 
I have suffered ill health, so not working at present. I’m looking for friends and perhaps more if chemistry is right of course. 
Meet some new friends aswell as old, hope to get a new partner, that would be great for me and my kids. 
would like to be happy again as life has been a bit cruel to us. 
I would hope to live for quite a few years, because my health has not been good the last few years. 
It’s great just to still be here. 
I want to be able to see my family grow up and have all the happiness and good health and success that they deserve.they are so lovely.

Andy & Carole Arnold We are extremely relieved to announce that we will be moving in to our new house on the Isle of Man by Saturday 16th June, come hell or high water. We will be having a ceremonial Burning of the Boxes to symbolise the end of our travels round the world and the unveiling of the new combined office & recording studio (executive shed!) will take place at a later date to be announced.

Norman Lilley: sadly Norman’s wife passed away earlier this month. They’d first met when Norman was still at school – at Bedford New in 1942. They had been married for nearly 60 years and came to Thame with a young family in the mid 1950s.

Ben Kerwood: now lives near Salisbury but has been poorly for many years since he picked up a virus when visiting Burma.

Marie Shipperly 1967-74 o.k it’s been a while since i updated you all, grandchild no4 is a girl, Amiee May, she really is a darling!!!!! Now nearly 4, dont know if she will ever reach 4 though!! thought i’d found the right man WRONG he decided i wasnt the right woman after 19yrs (21 if you count the nice going out bit!!) I have a nice flat in Thame now, all mine and paid for so thats a bonus. Chef at the old fisherman in Sabbington, so you can thank me for the starters and puds if you liked them, if you didnt it was my day off. Joking guys if you read this from work. anyway how about some of you lot getting in touch? would be great to see some of you again.

Angela Wyse 1973-80 I live 40 miles from New Orleans Louisians . I’v been Married 23 years. Have one daugther Naomi 21. Two dogs and two Cats. All surived Hurricane Katrina . 
Mum, Dad and Andy all still in Thame and all doing well. I come visit every year or two. 

Andrew Padley Smith 1975 -81 Having given up teaching and I’m now lorry driving and have just left a company delivering ladies clothes and am now delivering for Bicester Beers and am bored. I have split up from my wife after 7 years of marriage – I guess we just drifted apart. I have a 5 year old son who I still see regularly and although I have moved house I still live in Buckingham. Still go with my son to see Oxford United at all home games and a lot away. I get to Chinnor regularly to see my parents. Thats it boring, normal and nothing interesting to write.

Kate Lazenby 1975-82 Left University of Sheffield in 1985 with a BSc in Materials Technology. Worked for IBM for a long time, married Russ then had three children. gave up work, then started working for myself painting and decorating between looking after the sprogs. We now live down near Southampton and enjoy being green, growing veg on an amateur scale in our allotment.

Also leaving in 1982 was Roger Murray, Just relocated to England after 16 years in the States, working in the museum field. Married for 16 years and have two kids, a daughter 5yrs old and a 4 month old son. Living in Pinner.

Sandra Mills is living in Buckinghamshire with a partner and working as a PA with Uniq Plc.

Julie Truran 1976 – 83 I live in Barnstable Devon with my husband and three children. Andrew is 19 and in the army, (currently serving in Afganistan), Steven is 16 and about to go to college, Eloise is 6 and beautiful. I am deputy head and Year 1 teacher at Appledore Primary School.

Hayley Quaterman 1999 – 2006 I work within telecommunications, but am hoping to get a new job as a researcher for a company around this area. Just enjoying having freedom to do as I wish that you get with being this age-up for having fun and doing anything really! Want to move up to London and get my own place, either with friends or a boyfriend. I also have plans to go travelling (hopefully next year) with some other people – you only live once, so I’m just concentrating on having a good time at the moment! Oh and pass my driving test lol!

Well love going clubbing with the girlies-and raving (coz thats the bloke’s preferance) – obviously music as well. Love going out to dinner (not too fussed where as long as I’m having fun) with my friends and more than anything……SHOPPING!lol.

Alexx MacKenzie 1997 – 2004 I have just finished my degree at BCUC in High Wycombe studying Music Industry Management & Marketing, so will be set to graduate in September if all goes well. Working part time for Orange whilst on the look out for a job in the music industry. Love gigs, Hanging out with mates or bands, travelling round the country, playing badminton, having a laugh, random road trips.

Penny Patrick 1994 -2000 I attended Lord Williams’s from 1994-2001, and went on to read Drama Studies at Winchester University. I have now formed a theatre company – Wet Picnic, with two others, which has been successfully running for nearly two years. I am now responsible for the education department, and as such am often running workshops for children of all ages. I am hoping to take a one-day St John’s Ambulance course.

David Tomlinson 1966 – 72 Re: Ron Miller I was amused to read about the memories of OTs in the late 40s mid 50s.  By the time I arrived at Lord Williams’s in 1966, Ron (affectionately k/a Yubba – goodness knows why) was a mellow old boy, some years past normal retirement age, and universally popular. The great trick in a double Biology lesson was to get Ron talking about 19 year old Prince Obolensky’s brace of tries in England’s 13-0 drubbing of New Zealand at Twickenham on 4th January 1936.  Warming expansively to this admirable theme, he was usually good for the first half-hour.  Then he would somehow manage to make up for lost time in the next 50 minutes.  He was kind and gentle.  So of course we all loved him. Ron had only one real shortcoming, and that was when he umpired house Cricket games.  There was no question of bias, but he seemed to have forgotten “the presumption of innocence” i.e. the gentle art of giving the benefit of any doubt to the batsman.  “Sledging” hadn’t really taken off in Test Cricket and Ron, whose eyesight may have faded a bit, just wasn’t capable of questioning the integrity of any bowler who could make a loud appeal sound sincere. So low scoring by both sides. Ron Miller’s last assembly was apparently a very moving occasion.  I say ‘apparently’ because I missed it as I was one of the lucky ones to get a part in Gerard Gould’s 1968 export of ‘Julius Caesar’ to Germany, or was it ‘Macbeth’ in 1971? Either way we left a few days before the end of the summer term. Suffice to say I was told that after Geoff Goodall expressed the heartfelt thanks of generations of pupils and teachers alike Ron got a standing ovation, which lasted at least five minutes.  Of course he was overcome, and like all really nice men couldn’t understand why he was so well liked.

David has been called to the bench since 1977 and is attached to 5 Kings Bench Walk Chambers. He appears for the Crown Prosecution Service and Defence teams in Crown Courts throughout London, the South East and the U.K. In the vast majority of work undertaken, he appears as Lead Counsel. He has also been appointed a Recorder.

His career at the Criminal Bar has seen him appear in many cases involving serious fraud including VAT, diversion, Inland Revenue, mortgage, advance fee and other commercial fraud, together with fraudulent trading and DTI prosecutions. 

Other criminal work undertaken has been large scale conspiracies involving drugs and gangmaster cases, money laundering, murder, cases which involve undercover police operations, armed robberies and all forms of sexual crime.

Jonathan Tipping 1993-2000 ‘Hello, I have just got back from travelling around australia, indonesea and thialand with my girl friend Jen…..it was amazing, loved it, ..want to do it again!! at the mo i am working hard as a industrial roofer and buying a place in bicester, hope fully i will rent it out in a year or so and go to New Zealand for a year…..I have got the travel bug..!! 
I am still well in to my water sports and did my scuba dive courses on the ningaloo reef in oz and done my advanced on the great barrier….lots of pretty fishes haha and big sharks!! 
I love big nights out at the festies dancing and having a good lough…..av it …haha .global gathering any one?!!’ 

Ken Taylor 1985 – 1992 joins the long list of OTs living in Australia. He’s currently living in Pitts, NSW and working as an Engineering Manager with Resmed. Before Australia, Ken had spent 2 years living and working in China. He;s been married since 1996 and has two children.

Larissa Kingham 1987-1994 is working happily in the NHS as an intensive care nurse.

Sarah Haworth 1992-99 Had a baby girl! I would just like to say that, on reflection, East was much better than West 🙂 
I graduated from Essex Uni in July 2002 with a 2:2 in Psychology (BA). I’m now hoping to complete a years diploma in couselling (if work will pay for it!!). Oh yeah: I’m a big grown up person now and Jodie Burnham can’t pick on me any more! 
I’m working as as Assistant Manager at a care home, and I’m living in Exeter with my husband- we got married in May 2006. Now just waiting for the sprog to drop in December! 
If anyone can remember the tall clumsy girl with the odd hair from Lord Bills, please get in touch! Do any teachers ever read these??

Steve Alden 1961-69  Steve went to Margaret Road Primary School before joining LWGS in 1961. A renowned rughy player, he went on to St Lukes. After teaching for thirty odd years I am now retired and enjoying life. The kids have just about grown up and flown the nest. If any old school friends that I have lost touch with wish to drop me a line I would love to hear from you.

Malcolm Bloomfield 1966-73 I am living with my partner Alison and have two children from a previous relationship, Sam 17 and William 15. I worked in Oxford until 1986 when I moved to Wales where I lived in a smallholding in the Black Mountains and worked in the Universtiy in Cardiff. When my contract there finished I had to move away for work and ended up in Cambridge where I worked for fourteen years all on short-term contract!! In 2004 my contract was not renewed so I moved into property-developing in a small way, converting a derelict barn in Wales which I sold last year. I am now looking for a business to run with my partner who is a high-flying PA and conference organiser.

Roger Allen -1976 After Ieaving Lopemede Farm Long Crendon I lived in Bicester for 3 Years – and for the last 25 Years been back in Thame. I’m now Working as a Production Manager for a company in Headington called Unicol and have been with them now for 3 years 
Still being a disc jockey in clubs / Mobile at week ends; still have not hung up those headphones yet !! My favourite music is Motown and Northern Soul.
Now married to Annette who I have been with for the past 8 years. In time, we still want to up and move to the United States which we go over the a least once a year! going to Las Vegas been there 6 times now such a fun place non stop for 24 hours a dayand set up a buisness selling autographs.My interests remain Star Wars, Star Trek and getting that all over sun tan in Fuerteventura or Lanzarote.

Sarah Dixon – 1978. Living in Espom, Surrey and my first son Gwilym (Husband Gareth is Welsh) was born on 15th April and I am now enjoying maternity leave – better late than never. I expect to go back to after a year, probably part time. I was able to hand my job as Innovation Process Director to a good friend who was well qualified for it – just hope she doesn’t mind giving it back next year! I have also worked as a trained counsellor in my spare time for the last 9 years and will hope to go back to that too, if I can find the time. 
Have really enjoyed being in contact with a few OTs (Chris, Ade, Rob) in the last few years – please feel free to get in touch.

Paul Neighbour -1980 Hi everyone After finishing at Lord Bills, I landed up at The Chelsea School of Chiropody & Podiatry. I have been in practice since 84, and have surgeries in Abingdon and Chinnor. I married Miranda in 1987 and have five sons, Oliver Allister Paul Tom and Ollie. Am still playing tennis for the local club (soon to join the veterans – “my god”)

Rebecca Reaston Brown -1989 I am an artist doing private comissions and commercial work using glass and acriyllic – also selling realestate in Caribben. Have 2 beautiful children and polocrosse pony – (cool sport). 
Spend my time living between Thame and Turks and Caicos Islands in Caribbean. Spent a lot of time working in Motorsport and many years running corporate event company which was great experience – lots of late nights and partying – miss it.

News of two more deaths of OTs has recent reached us: Thank you for sending the Newsletter.  I should have told you before that my husband Leslie Redman has died, but I always love reading it, especially when there is news of ‘boys’ that we knew when we grew up in Thame. We were able to discuss items with my brother, John Quartly, who lives in Colchester. It is interesting to see Peter and Andrew Arnold writing in there. They were very young. When I worked with their parents for Thame Show. In fact they and Peter were at our wedding. We both had happy memories of our time in Thame when several boys and girls from the grammar schools paired up. As I can’t receive e-mails, my son Chris would take them.

Many thanks Yours Sincerely, Nadine Redman.

Steven Summersbee was also at LWS, and died in March 2007.

Anthony Taylor 1948 I was interested to read the note from Kim Miller referring to his father Ronald who taught Biology and Art during my time at LWGS (I left in 1948 to study Medicine). Ronald was an excellent teacher, approachable and imaginative and I found him helpful and encouraging. My memories of the other science teacher (Pin) Brown were quite different – my ears still ring from a fearful blow.

Ian Todd LWS 1948-55 Kim Miller’s father – aka ‘Squit’ – somehow enabled me to pass my school certificate in biology in 1955 despite describing me as the most disruptive boy in the class. Matters came to a head in 1952 when, returning to the labs from a violin lesson, I was told some riveting news by one of the kitchen staff. I couldn’t wait to tell my friends, Sewell and Woodward, on the back bench. The “news” spread around the lab like the proverbial wildfire and, as the din grew, your father’s ruddy complexion deepened until he exploded: “Todd, you confounded boy, how dare you disrupt my biology lesson once again?”  Before he could give me a gamma black mark, I slipped off my stool, stood to attention and said solemnly: “But, sir, the King is dead!” And so he was. King George V1 had died in his sleep. I can’t remember what your father’s reaction was, but I didn’t get the dreaded gamma; and my news sense eventually got me into Fleet Street via the Thame Gazette and other provincial papers. In my day your father was a popular master with a generally sunny disposition but who, when riled, would tweak boys’ ears hard between his thumb and forefinger. His form of instant rough justice always achieved the desired result – his undivided attention – but would probably land him in court on assault charges in 2007. I also remember him as a decent and enthusiastic cricketer who gave up lots of his own time to coach House and School teams, and he probably improved my batting more than my knowledge of sepals and stamens. I think he played for Thame, along with another contemporary, Mr. Anderton, who taught geography.

P Harris 1949 I have been receiving the News Sheet from Chris Clements (county cricketer). I left school in 1949 and went as an apprentice engineer (toolmaker) with John Allen and Son at Cowley Oxford. I did my National Service in RAF as an Armourer working on Valiants at RAF Gaydon Warwickshire. After National Service I went back to John Allen’s later to become Grove Cranes working in several Middle Management departments. When Grove moved to Sunderland I was made redundant. I got a job as groundsman with Oxford Poly later to become Oxford Brookes Uni. I worked there until I retired. I have now been retired 10 years. I am enjoying WER shooting and beating in the winter months and showing Parson Russell Terriers in the summer.

Maurice Stone 1941-45 Dear O.T.A, I write in the first instance to ask you to remove my name from the database and thus save unnecessary postal expense. As my swansong I make the following comments on my year’s at Lord Bill’s which were not particularly happy ones but not unhappy. I was not the brightest of pupils which may have coloured my outlook for I thought Dwyer was a tyrant! On the other hand Howard Brown (Pin in my day) and George Guest (Gus) were good. I am sure many ex-pupils will remember the remarkable speed with which Pin’s hand could reach your cheek, it didn’t hurt physically but it did dent your pride. The rest of the staff appeared to change very frequently during those war years. These failings did not however prevent those more academically capable to rise to great heights. Whilst the school was not able to help me in my chosen calling probably some little bits rubbed off. I did attend Founder’s day on two occasions, played in a rugby match once and the meal in the Old Barn at the Spread Eagle once, thus are the sum totals of my support for the OTA over some 60 years. In subsequent years I did manage a Nat. Cert. in Electrical Engineering at Cowley Road Tech although long since incorporated into Brookes. I am in contact with and have been for many years with all of the ’Old Boys’ in Thame.

OBITUARIES It is with regret that we announce the passing of two Old Tamensians John Raymond Dance Attended LWS during the war, and died in December 2006 aged 80. Geoff E.T. Osborn Also attended LWS during the war, and died in March 2007 aged 79.

Oliver Mott 1990 -1997 I have been living in Nottingham for ten years now (give or take) and work as a Crime Scene Investigator for Nottinghamshire Police, so as you can imagine pretty busy! Still playing rugby, for Nottingham Casuals RFC though don’t get to play every week because of work. I got married in January this year to Steph in Suffolk and am still missing the honeymoon to Hong Kong and Thailand. No plans for children yet, more concerned with moving house and going on holiday! Still in touch with a few of the boys though as Mum and Dad have moved to the Lake District don’t go back to Thame that often. Hopefully will make it back for OT’s this year and maybe even play in the match!

Kim Miller 1955 -1961 My father, Ronald Miller was a  teacher at the school from 1933 to1968 and taught me(or rather tried!) Biology and Art. I worked for 40 years for the Ministry of Agriculture(later DEFRA), firstly at Oxford and latterly at Reading; where I still live. Happy to hear from anyone who knows me or knew my father.

Anna Webley – 2003 After leaving LWS Anna went to University of Sussex to study law – and is still studying.

Lisa Brooks – 1977 I live in Shenley, Hertfordshire, I have two children, James aged 12 and Lauren aged 11, I was in recruitment for 20 odd years, a couple of years ago I changed my career path and became an estate agent working in my husband’s compnay locally, I love it, always did like looking around people’s houses!!!! I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me, especially Jullia Williams and Wendy Head.

Sorrel Stuart – 2001 ‘I’m living in the south of France, working for a boat rental company near St Tropez and doing an office management degree. Be great to hear what everone is up to try with a hot male com.’

Aimee Braginton  1995 – 2000 ‘Currently working as an Events Organiser for a Marketing agency in Thame which I love, I’m on my second year of supporting a well known sports car manufacturer which takes me to Italy for five days at a time. Still living with my partner Mark in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire; who I’ve been with for three years after meeting him at work! Currently moving from a flat to a house which is amusing, stressgful moving house..never! Hope you are all well and happy!’

John Birch taught at Lord Williams’s for a short time in the mid 1950s. ‘When I left School I undertook somewhat undistinguished National Service in the army for two years before proceeding to train as a Physical Education Teacher at Loughborough College in 1951. During my army service I was stationed in Preston and recall visiting a Wells contemporary M.J Minett who was 1st X1 scorer when I was Cricket Captain and who lived near Cheadle Hulme a delightful hillside country retreat on the outskirts of Manchester.  Where is he now?
While at Loughborough I achieved some success in Rugby playing for the College 1st XV who were a very strong side including many County and International players, indeed I usually came into the side when they were away playing for their Country(County).  During this time I recall playing at famous grounds such as Welford Road against Leicester and Iffley Road against Oxford University.  I also played in the College Cricket side.
On leaving Loughborough I taught at Lord William’s where I was also House Master for a small boarding house for 50 boarders.  On getting married in 1954 I moved to London and transferred to teaching in a large Comprehensive in SW London where I taught for some ten years before, in 1965, moving into Sports Administration with an organisation called the Central Council of Physical Recreation. The role of this organisation was to promote sport throughout the Country and shortly after I joined it was annexed by the Government of the time to become its main agency for promoting Sport and called the Sports Council (now known as Sport England).  I worked for the Sports Council at its Headquarters and London and South East Regional Office for some 9 years before leaving in 1974 to become Chief Leisure Officer for the Surrey District of Waverley where I had responsibility for Sport the Arts and Countryside activities in a delightful area of Surrey stretching from Farnham in the west, to Cranleigh in the east and also encompassing the delightful towns of Haslemere and Godalming and a vast swathe of the Surrey Hills which was countryside of the highest quality. During this time I settled in Farnham and have remained there ever since.
In 1979 I rejoined the Sports Council as Regional Director of its Greater London and South East Region and working out of an office in the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. For the last ten years of my working life until my retirement in 1994 I was Director of Regional Services, where I was responsible for the work of the Sports Council’s 10 Regional Offices, a staff of more than 200 and budgetary resources of around £15 million.
Beyond work I have always maintained my enthusiasm for the sport. I played County Rugby for both Sussex and Buckinghamshire and Club rugby to a good standard for a number of clubs, Aylesbury, Saracens, Horsham and Old Wandsworthians. I was in the Saracens 1st XV for two seasons in the mid 1950’s at a time when they were emerging as a first class side. I played a good standard of cricket for both Horsham and Bromley before retiring to play Village Cricket with Rowledge, for whom I was Chairman for more than ten years, and during which time they managed to get to Lords – and lose, albeit narrowly on a countback – in the final of the National Village Cup.  As I became to old and frail for the rigours of Rugby I returned to Hockey, a sport I had to drop when I left Wells, and played lowly grade club Hockey for many years for both Bromley and Haslemere Hockey Clubs. In 1993 at the age of 62 I decided to give up both Cricket and Rugby and to take up golf which I continue to play fairly idifferently but with moiderate success at both Blacknest and Alresford Golf Clubs.  I was Captain of Blacknest Golf Club in 1996.
Married twice, my wife Jean and I share 12 grandchildren which keeps us pretty busy and we live in a delightful bungalow which has an appropriately memorable address:
Second Innings, 1 Wicket Hill, Bat and Ball Lane, Farnham, Surrey.’

Jeremy Cockcroft was educated at Lord Williams’s where, in 1977, he won a scholarship to St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, where he read for a degree in Chemistry and obtained a 1st class BA honours degree. In addition, he took quantum chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical pharmacology as supplementary subjects, obtaining a distinction in the latter. This was followed by a DPhil at Oxford University with the experimental research being carried out at the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France. The research involved the use of powder neutron diffraction to study phase-transitions and orientational disorder in hexafluorophosphates. He was then fortunate to be offered a research position in the group of Prof. Arndt Simon at the Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany, to carry out neutron diffraction experiments of interest to the group. It was at this time that he became involved in the powder diffraction of magnetically-ordered materials. Following marriage in 1989, he and his Chinese wife, Xiaoling, decided to return to the United Kingdom. In 1991 he was offered a temporary position by Prof. Judith Howard in the Department of Chemistry, Durham University. One year later he was offered a permanent lectureship in the Department of Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London, where he now works. He has taught symmetry and powder diffraction on the MSc Crystallography course for several years. Together with Dr. Huub Driessen, he has developed the symmetry course material for the Advanced Certificate in Protein Crystallography on the Web. More recently, he has been involved in setting up an Advanced Certificate in Powder Diffraction on the Web. He is actively involved in many research projects that involve experimental and computational powder diffraction, both in the laboratory and at central facilities. Many of the research projects have strong industrial support. He has recently set up a powder diffractometer in the laboratory for low-temperature work and is heavily involved in the CCP14 project at Daresbury.

Stephen Stewart – Assistant Headteacher & Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator at Henry Box School, which he joined in September 2005 from Lord William’s. (He had been Head of the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty) In 2005-06 he was Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator with responsibility for the welfare of students in Years 7-9. From September 2006 he has assumed similar responsibilities for students in Years 10 and 11.

William Jaundrill MA (Cantab) MSc Head of Department. William graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge and took up his first position as an assistant Mathematics teacher at Lord Williams’s. He then moved on to become second in the Mathematics department at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford and subsequently held the post of Head of the Mathematics at Sir William Perkins’s School, Chertsey for 13 years. He moved to Caterham School in 2002 as second in the department. He is also master in charge of badminton and has a keen interest and involvement in choral music.

Tony Halliwell has been Principal at Wellbech College since 1999. Educated at Penlan School, Swansea, and at universities of Swansea (microbiology, biochemistry) and Lancaster (education management). Previously Headmaster at Bentham Grammar School, Senior Housemaster at Rossall, and various posts at Lord William’s School, Thame, and Lancaster Royal Grammar School. BSA training provider; member of York Boarding Research Group, of SHMIS Professional Development Committee, of Institute of Traffic Management Administration, and of Army Regular Commission Board. Publications: In Loco Parentis – Management Issues in the Residential Environment.

Michael Saich (1942-47) After leaving school at 16, having spent one year in the sixth form, I went off to London to work for Lloyds Bank in Victoria. I stayed there until I did National Service in the RAF, spending most of my 2 years at Hullarington in Wiltshire. I had decided not to return to the Bank, and joined the Anglo-American Oil Company (subsequently named Esso Petroleum).I stayed there working in both Purchasing and Computer Departments until the opportunity arose for me to take early retirement in 1985. This proved to be an excellent move, and gave my wife and I the chance to indulge in travelling – and in recent years to spend much time with our three young grandsons.

Greg Price (year of 2003) I recently received news that I was awarded an internship placement at the Houses of Parliament. it is for a period of 4 months being attached to an MP of my preference, hopefully being the Conservative Shadow Minister for Homeland Security or Shadow Home Secretary. This placement is due to start at the beginning of my 3rd and final year of my degree next September.

Claire Anderson 1998-2005 is in Australia.’ Hi i have just finished my year out having been to Australia and i loved it so much that i am having another year out and going to university in 2007. OZ is the best…. Samantha Quaterman 1997-2005 I am a full time mum now with one child and expecting another on the way 🙂 i am also engaged in a serious relationship 🙂 Living in oxford building a great life for myself ;)…

Lydia Pritchard 1993-2002 I have just finished 3 years at University, where I have gained a degree in Performing Arts. Now I have to face the big bad world and try and get some work! I’m an out of work actor!! Aargh!! I’m also a solo singer songwriter and recently went into a recording studio to record a demo album. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a living from doing what I love…performing. In musicals, on stage with my band, on TV, I’m not sure where I’ll end up but fingers crossed I won’t be eating bread and water forever!! Apart from that I’m going to train to be a teacher so that I have something nice and cushty to fall back on if it all goes tits up!

Helen Holden 1995-2002 Its still only 4 years after i finished 6th form, i wasted 6 months before getting a ‘proper job’ and have been in my current job (sales) for about 3 years now. It is going well and because of it I have a nice car, can afford to go out when ever i want and most importantly shop!!! 
I still live at home – hopefully not for much longer!! (i can’t deny how nice and cheep it is, why ruin a good thing!! esp when i come and go as i please) 
I have changed a lot since school.

Laura Hilsdon 1995-2002 I got married in June (2005) to my wonderful husband Adam, in Warwickshire where we now live. It was an amazing day – the hottest i can remember!!! (Pic included) Me and my Twin Vanessa are starting to look different – as much as two identical twins can really! Little sis Kimi and her partner had a beautiful baby boy – Bailey Rhys Thomas in April 2006 and i only missed the ‘event’ by 15 odd mins!!! But the most amazing experience of being the first to greet such a bundle of joy into the world 🙂 Hope you are all wellsmates are ok, i’m here to get in touch with now if u want to, i’d love to hear from u xx Am applying for the RAF as an Officer after Christmas so hopefully get excepted so i can start to earn as soon as possible!!! Automatic promotion from my degree!!! whooooo hoooooo!!! Hoping to move further south nearer home, better RAF Officer Housing down there 🙂

A few months ago, we were asked a question about Arthur Jesse Briars. Since then Trudi, the Schools archivist, has been able to find out more information. Arthur was born 8th February 1891 and joined the School on 19th September 1902 as a day scholar.
He left seven years later in July 1909 taking up the position as a School Master at the British School in Thame where his father, George Briars, was Headmaster. At the outbreak of the 1st World War he joined 4th Battalion Light Infantry. 
When studying at Lord Williams’s, he was recognised as a Pupil Teacher when in the 6th Form – this suggests that the older boys some times taught the younger ones.
During his time at School he took Public examinations annually (so an onerous exam schedule isn’t anything new) His Public Examinations or Certificates:
1903 Preliminary : Oxford School (Pass) 
1904 Preliminary: Oxford School (Ist Class Honours) 
1905 Junior: Oxford School (3rd Class Honours) 
1906 Senior: Oxford School (Pass) 
1907 Senior: Oxford School (3rd Class Honours)
1908 Senior: Preliminary School (3rd Class honours)

David Munday 1960-67 is living in Sydenham with his wife Val nee Whittle. They have two children, Tom and Peter who both went to Lord Williams’s. David has been in and out of work for a number of years but is trained as a draughtman. He is also has an avid interest in folk music. Val’s sister and brother, Wendy and John Whittle, were also pupils in the 70s and 80s. So quite a dynasty.

Christina Citrone 1974-79 I trained as a nurse then went to college to study psychology. I now work in health research. I’ve just gone back to work after taking a career break to look after my three children, I’m married to Des and now live in Hertfordshire.

Fiona Tompkins 1984-91 I am still in Princes Risborough with partner Colin and have three lovely children, Alexandra aged 8, Jessica 6 and Thomas 3. Worked for eight years as a P.A and then had children. Would love to hear from anyone from the good ole’ days.

Jerry Green 1966-73 is working in procurement for Green Cell. They are suppliers of fresh produce and, in the UK, are based in Dartford.

Martin Corrall also 1966-73 is working as a financial consultant for Wesleyan Medical Sickness.

Paul Wheeler 1958-65 Living in Woodstock. ‘After leaving school spent 30yrs+ as a police officer. No longer serving officer but still work for the Thames Valley force as a civilian, must be mad! Married Maureen in 1970 but sadly she died in 1993.’

Melanie Orrow-Whiting 1972-79 I am now living in Gloucestershire, with two children Amy (17) and Nicholas (13) and work for Marks & Spencer.

Sally Whittle 1980-87 went to Westminster College in the early 1990s and now lives in Lincoln and is married with two children.

Tanya Sellwood -1989 ‘I am married with 4 kids: a girl, a boy and twin boys. I married my boss {Ronnie} who I love so much. I am now living in Newport Pagnell in a five bedroomed house and as from this January I’m Deputy Manager of Lathbury Manor, the care home where I work. It’s lovely: a 24 bedroomed set in five acres af land out in the countryside. I am also an assessor and iv for nvqs in health and social care.’

Richard Smith 1966-73 A news story from the BBC: Richard Smith whose company specialises in aircraft technology has launched a ‘designer’ wheelchair that was originally made for his daughter. Richard Smith was so frustrated by the lack of suitable wheelchairs that he decided that he could do a better job himself. “A lot of companies aren’t prepared to put in much production investment, but I also think there’s a lack of imagination,” Mr Smith told BBC News Online. Mr Smith, from Leominster, Herefordshire, hired two graduates in industrial design and worked with them to produce the Chunc. ‘I started working on this three years ago, when Sophie, who was then 12, started to have to use a much bigger wheelchair. And I frankly found the products that she was using too heavy, too cumbersome, not really fit for the purpose and quite stigmatising as well.”

The HR Smith Group has come up with a wheelchair that uses bold colours and lightweight composite materials resulting in something that has a similar appeal to a Swatch, a Smart Car or a Dyson vacuum cleaner. ‘All the parts are individually designed even down to the nuts and bolts, so when you put it together you have a wheelchair that actually looks as though someone’s thought about it,’ said Mr Smith.

The chair is designed to ‘grow’ with the user, and will require periodical adjustments as the child develops. It folds so that it can be carried in the boot of a family hatchback. The Chunc has been crash-tested for people weighing up to 54kg and has just been put on the NHS list of approved wheelchairs. The next stage, according to Richard Smith, will be to refine the design and increase the maximum weight to 75kg. “We’re hoping to complete that work next year,” he said. Asked whether he has his sights on other areas of the disability market, Mr Smith said a lot of interest has been expressed in a powered version of the Chunc. “Let’s get this one right first though.

Richard along with his wife Sarah started The Martha Trust, a charity in the mid-1990s that opened a home for the severely disabled. Recently, he wrote a paper for the Policy Studies Centre on the charity sector and the problems it faces.

Greg Pugsley wrote that he is currently in Phnom Penh and will be there until February, when he will return to Chiswick. Bob Overell was visiting the UK from Seattle and met up with Derek Stoakes and Graham Thomas.

Mark Ansell (left 2003)I graduated from Sheffield Uni (BA Social Policy and Sociology) in July 06. Since June, I have been working as the Education Officer of the Students’ Union having been elected in March. Despite the very hard work and testing nature of the job, being the sabbatical officer of the Students’ Union has been thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling. The skills gained from being Head Boy have certainly come in handy. I’ve been working on an incredible range of issues affecting students. A highlight has been working hard to engage students on the Keep The Cap On Fees campaign. We have met with, written to and hassled MPs from all of the three main political parties on the issue and were delighted to get 150 students from Sheffield Uni down to London for the national demo in October 06. I have also engaged with postgraduate students and ensured that we have a full and active postgraduate research committee and thriving postgraduate society.

Bridget Trueman (nee Thompson) (left 1972) I graduated this December from Reading University with my MA in Inclusive Education with management and ICT. I was very pleased to get a first in my dissertation, and three of the six modules. Overall I achieved Merit. I have been working in Reading since September 2006, as Head of Inclusion at Prospect Technology College. The post includes that of SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). Various items under my remit include English lessons for non-speakers, self-esteem and life skills classes. The school has just been moved from special measures to satisfactory with aspects of good – a huge achievement from staff and pupils alike. For those that understand teacher jargon, my year 7 class (28 pupils) has 7 statemented pupils, 8 School Action Plus and 8 School Action along with others that can barely speak English. Reading has a large population of workers from Poland, among other nationalities. (Statemented pupils get money from the borough to support wither their behaviour difficulties or special educational needs or both. The other 2 categories are for pupils with specific needs that are not as great as those of statemented pupils.) James Trueman (left 2003) Following in Mum’s footsteps! He is working at an EBD (Educationally Behaviourally Disturbed) school outside Loughborough as a TA (Teaching Assistant). This is rather challenging as some of the statemented pupils can require three adults to look after them; their statements are for both behaviour difficulties and special educational needs.He has a place at Loughborough University to study for a PGCE in PE during 2007 – 2008.

Peter Stratton: Am training with YFC, in media techniques. As the guy who was training us had to start the course late because his wife had a baby, our training was just quicker and more intensive and honestly I prefer it that way. A lot of my editing learning however was done by trial and error, as we needed to produce a music video and a promotional video in a very short space of time, hence I’ve seen a lot of 3ams in the past weeks. Our training however isn’t just those couple of weeks, we will be trained and reviewed every few weeks throughout the year, that way of learning works really well because it means we get an opportunity to be actually doing work whilst we learn.

Kath Stratton – 2002 Hi everyone. Well if it had been a change of lifestyle I had wanted, I couldn’t have come to a better place. Where last year I spent days longing for things to do, this year it feels strange to get an evening off. Where before I felt like Miss Anonymous in huge East London, I’m now recognised by vast numbers of school children as I walk down the street here in Nottingham. Finishing working at the drug rehab in August was really sad, but at the same time I felt ready to move. I felt at home as soon as I arrived. The church for which I work is really involved in the community and I’ve listed the work I do in a typical week. Schools work: Christian clubs, self-esteem club, life skills workshop, classroom support.Church work: Youth Club, Sunday morning kids club, students work, Parents and Toddlers, addiction support group and (once or twice a month) prison ministry.

Frances Wood (nee Tickner) – 1981 Dear Friends. We wish you a very happy New Year. We have been on the move once again! This time just two miles up the road from Thame to Long Crendon Village. Our home church is just 5 minutes’ walk through the village. Some people thought we were slightly mad buying such a run down old 50s property. It certainly has been hard work, long hours and plenty of frustration into the bargain but having the extra space has been well worth it. Then there is the 100-foot garden, which we have enjoyed this summer with lots of barbecues and space for the children to play games. I have been dashing from pillar to post with a variety of jobs in the school and out of it as well as doing some study in order to qualify as a nursery nurse. Geoff continues to be self-employed knocking peoples’ houses about, fitting kitchens and bathrooms and lately sub-contracting for Magnet. He passed the big 50 this year! English life continues to be very different compared with Africa, where we worked as missionaries with AIM.

Fiona Webb (nee Hockaday) 1972 – 1979 Working in Milton Keynes – Headteacher of a First School. Still happily married to Andrew Webb 1969 – 1974. We have two daughters Eleanor (15) and Alexandra (9). Still in contact and have fun with: Jane Fewell, Stephanie Butler, Nicola Holland, Ianthe Brownrigg, Helen Moss and Rose Poulter.

John Sharpley -1950 Wrote recently to say that he’d attended an OT luncheon on the 27th October at the Five Bells in Clyst Hydon, Devon attended by four OTs: Patrick J A Davison – 1948; Peter W Forbes – 1951; Michael J Brown – 1950; John E Sharpley – 1950. Due to the success of this event another is planned for 2007.Are there any other OTs in the area who would be interesting in meeting up? ‘I also attended Peter Holt’s funeral in Manchester College on 10 November. Only discovered two other OTs. One chap named Harris who left in the mid 1950’s and Bob Eaton. Bob was a contemporary of Peter Holt. They vied to be top of the form, but Peter usually won.However Bob did win the Victor Ludorum twice in the mid-1930s.He continues to play the organ at Manchester College from time-to-time.’_

2008

Snippets: Brief update on recent leavers. Harry Allen is studying Maths at Warrwick as is Lucy Burgess; Pascall Ansell English/Music at Leeds; Lucy Arthurs is reading English and Media at Nottingham Trent; at Brunel, Parminder Baines is studying Financial Computing; Robert Banham is studying Business at Birmingham; Jasmine Coll is studying Maths at Birmingham, Stuart Dossett, Economics at Sheffield, Frank Dunn English and History at Leicester, and Fred Dunn is studying Chemistry at Bath. Alice Emerson is reading Music at Middlesex; Pia Grieg is doing a PGCE at Brighton; Louise Hall is studying Decorative Art at Nottingham Trent; Two former students are at Portsmouth: John Holland is studying accountancy and Stephen Maloney Geography. Both Eleanor Webb and Peter Vine are in their 2nd years at Manchester studying Maths and Finance. Suzie Watson is reading music at the Royal College of Music. Stephen Lawrence is learning how to be an Entrepreneur at London Metro; Belinda Bridgman is reading Geography at Plymouth, Stephen Thorpe, Chemistry at East Anglia, Laurence Stern, Politics in London. Alison Yarrow is reading Psychology at Sheffield Hallam; whilst Susie Wilson is studying Illustration at Loughborough, Sarah Kirk, Illustration at Westminster,  and Hannah Whittaker Graphic Design at Kingston. Both Alex and Lucs Schmidt are reading Economics at Sheffield; Emily Shriver is studying to become a Radiographer at Hertford; Rebecca Collins-Smith is doing Education at Brighton. Also at Brighton is James Rowe studying Retail Management, and Daniel Korn is there studying Medicine. Sam McIver is reading Accounting at East Anglia; Scott Rosseter is studying Computer Games at UWE. Michelle Lang is reading Maths and Philosophy at Birmingham.

Andy Smith is studying Sports at Sheffield Hallam; at Sheffield University Esther and Rachel Adams are reading English and Sociology respectively. Max Bayley is reading French in London; Holly Brown, Maths at Oxford; Vicky Chaplin, Pharmacy at Manchester; John Dennis, Broadcasting at Wrexham; Thomas Hyde, Geography at Birmingham. Jennifer Pillinger is reading Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Henry Smith is Sailing in Portsmouth. Further along the coast, Helen Evans is studying Photography at Falmouth.

Please count me in for the 100 year OT dinner at New College in September 2009. I was a boarder at Lord Bills’ between 1974-1981. I look forward to receiving confirmation. Many thanks. Simon Lambert

Neil Hewitt; 1982-89 I spent the first 10 years after leaving school in the joinery trade. i then met my wife Lindsey a PA from Oxford, we have two lovely children together, Lucy 8 and Mason 6 and live in Bicester. I then decided on a career change and went to night school and qualified as an electrician. Since then I have worked in various places including Windsor Castle. Whilst working at Windsor Castle and the adjoining barracks I gained an interest in the army and from there I joined the TA where I progressed to a Det. Commander and spent four years with the TA . I am currently in the engineering profession working in London.

Lesley Blaine 1980-87 My divorce hs finally come through! I am very happy with the new love of my life Mark and my three great kids George Alice and Sophie. Living in Oxfordshire and in the past worked at Harwell.

Katie Wales 2000-07 Having finished school, earned a place at Warwick Business School where I am now studying towards BSc in Management. Pretty demanding at times, but never too busy to go out with friends and have a good time!! Also been working in between University and School times in the operations team at company called Oxford Instruments which is all good, helps me to pay my way and hopefully stack up some cash to pay off all these student loans I’m going to rack up!!!

Ian Vallender was up until recently Policy Director at the NCVCCO. He has spent all is working life in the development of policy with regards to children and their care.

Keith Hawkins, is a Reader in Law and Society, and Fellow and Tutor in Law of Oriel College, Oxford. Keith Hawkins (LL.B Birm., Dipl Criminol., MA, PhD Cantab.) retired from active teaching in October 2006. His research interests are in the sociology of legal processes, and are concerned with legal decision making and the workings of governmental regulation in such areas as environmental control, and occupational health and safety regulations.

Greg Green -2003 Here is an update on my status. I have recently graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in War & Security Studies from the University of Hull Department of Politics and International Studies. I have also completed a 3 month placement in the House of Commons, and am back in Oxford going through the rigors of the graduate recruitment process for the Civil Service and other Government Agencies.

Alan Townsend 1958 – 1966 Having just joined the OTA, I was interested to see in my first Newsletter the message from Barry Yates about Eric Dyball. I had just returned from a week in the Lake District which always brings back memories of Eric. In 1963 Eric, who I seem to remember was Junior Athletics Champion, and myself went on a 10 day cycling tour up to The Lake District.
We organised this ourselves, planning the route and staying at Youth Hostels including Damson Dene near Windermere, Coniston, and Cockermouth. In total we covered some 650 miles and with much mutual encouragement I can only remember having to walk up one hill, near Settle, but as my t-shirt says “The older I get the better I was”. One reason for the trip was to explore the area which had inspired Wordsworth whose work we had just studied for O Level English Lit. A by-product was to form a relationship with the beers of the area which continues to this day. 
After leaving LWGS, I believe Eric did a years VSO in Borneo. Then our paths crossed again at the University of East Anglia. However after I graduated we lost touch and the next I heard many years later was of his tragic accident.
So my memories of Eric are very positive and are always recalled on my many subsequent visits to the Lakes.
With kind regards

John Keith Lear (1926-2008), has died and was buried at Puttenham 29th August 2008. He attended Lord Williams’s as a boarder from late 1930s to early 1940s. He was a very hard working farmer and a tough scrum half. He had a long illness, starting with a heart attack twelve years ago. His wife Betty looked after him at home.

It’s a small world!… Whilst in the Isle of Man for my brother’s funeral, I was introduced to Mr Paul Bregazzi – himself a retired principal, I believe – who knew of ‘Thame School’ through a number of associations. Its Senior Classics Master, Hugh Mullens, who moved to become Headmaster of Lord Williams’s in 1948, had taught Mr Bregazzi, as a pupil of King William’s College on the Island. Mr Bregazzi knew David Carr (later Head of LWS Lower School West), and was familiar with the name of Geoff Goodall. Best of all, Mr Bregazzi had taught in Cheltenham with a young man called Henry Blyth, whom he remembered fondly for his principles, his intelligence, and his early promise as an inventor. Warmest regards, Peter Arnold

Don J C Wood 1942 – 47 After leaving LWGS in 1947, my intended career in the army ended abruptly through an accident playing rugby. I had a successful interview for the Hong Kong police, but recruitment was suspended for economic reasons, so in 1953 I joined The United Africa Company, a subsidiary of Unilever, as an expatriate trading assistant in West Africa. UAC was the largest commercial operation in West Africa, engaged in a wide range of activities including produce buying and general trading, and many specialised ventures such as vehicles, building materials, timber, shipping, and cold storage. After a four-week induction course in London, my first posting was to a remote area in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, as assistant to the District Manager, a European. I was just 22 years old. All the other managers and staff were African. Our district covered a large area along the border with Togoland, and was one of the principal cocoa growing regions. Responsibility came with indecent haste, and soon I found myself in charge of our fleet of 20 lorries, the explosives magazine, the petroleum business, and several other specific activities. I dealt with the African farmers who brought their cocoa for us to grade and purchase, and with the traders who bought from us everything from drums of petrol to textiles, bicycles, cement, iron sheets and all types of provisions. Credit control and the reconciliation of cash and stocks became important features of my life. Once a month I went to Accra, the nearest bank, with a cashier and an armed police constable to pay in up to £200,000 in cash. The only other Europeans in the area were the District Commissioner and the government officers in charge of departments such as health, roads, education and agriculture. Social life consisted of dinner and tennis parties, interminable weekend curry lunches, and crocodile hunts on the nearby River Volta. This was one of the most exciting and memorable periods of the time I spent in Africa. A year later I was transferred to Kumasi, the largest trading and cocoa growing centre in the country. My boss was nearing retirement, so I had to get to grips quickly with the administrative side of the merchandise business so that he could spend time improving his golf handicap. I also had to become adept at haggling with the African traders who bought salt, rice, sugar and flour by the ton, and a wide variety of provisions such as barrels of pig’s feet and salted beef, and cases of gin and rum, all in large wholesale quantities. We had many up-country branches in our district, which covered the northern half of the Gold Coast, and I was sent regularly to some of the furthermost areas to carry out administrative checks and to report on trading conditions. After two years I had nearly five months UK leave. I persuaded the girl friend with whom I had corresponded energetically during the time I was away, that West Africa was no longer ‘the white mans’ grave’, and Pauline and I were married in Hereford in November 1955. My appointment as a manager was confirmed, and we went to Dunkwa, a busy town in a forestry, gold mining and cocoa growing area, with a European population of about 100, as Sales Manager. While we were there, the Gold Coast achieved independence and became Ghana in March 1957. Initially this had little impact on our lives, except that Ghanaians replaced many of the Europeans working for the government. Pauline and I had our own fully furnished bungalow provided by the Company, and we enjoyed a pleasantly social and adventurous life. Nearly all the European police officers had departed at the time of Independence, and when political unrest developed, I was one of several UAC managers “volunteered” by the General Manager in Accra to be sworn in as a supernumerary Assistant Superintendent of Police. After another two tours and leaves in the UK, I became a District Manager, and held this post in several up-country areas before being appointed DM in Accra, the capital, in 1961. Our daughter, Penny, was born in Hereford in April 1959 during one of our leaves. Five years after Independence, the economy of the country had deteriorated badly. UAC had already withdrawn from produce buying and was winding down the trading business. In 1962, after several months of in-house and external courses in the UK, I was transferred to Nigeria to be Marketing Manager of a division within a UAC pharmaceuticals company. This was a complete change in every way, but the economy of Nigeria was also under threat from mismanagement and corruption since gaining Independence in 1960. There was also political unrest resulting from the less than ideal constitution imposed by the British government at that time. Our son, Andrew, was born in Lagos in April 1964, but in view of the prevailing uncertainty, I resigned at the end of that year.

Back in the UK, I joined a division of the 3M Company, with responsibility for business with the motor and aircraft industries. Again, this was a complete change, but immensely interesting and exciting. We lived in Dunstable, and began to live a normal UK family life.

My fears regarding Nigeria were realised by the military coup and the subsequent civil war in 1967. However, Africa had got into my system, and in 1969 I accepted an offer to return to Nigeria with Lonrho, who had recently taken over John Holt Ltd, an old established West African trading company based in Liverpool. Penny was settled at Ellerslie, a girls’ boarding school in Malvern, and Pauline, Andrew and I went to Kano in the far north of Nigeria, where I became Regional Manager for my new employer. This involved overseeing the activities of the various companies within the JHL group, and travelling to all points in the northern half of the country.  Communications of every kind were poor or non-existent after the civil war, and my normal method of contact with Lagos was via the telex link with Liverpool. There were several occasions when life was made easier by pulling the plug out of the wall!

When the ‘Biafra’ war ended in 1970, there had been no contact with any of our operations in that area for more than two years, and we had no idea what had become of our staff or property. The few expatriates had been evacuated as soon as the war began. As I had travelled extensively in the Eastern Region (Biafra) while I was with UAC, a European colleague and I made a fact-finding trip from Kano to assess and report on the present situation. We assumed, correctly, that accommodation and food would be virtually unobtainable. We loaded his elderly Mark IV Zodiac (no new cars had been imported for sale to the public for five years) with mosquito nets, provisions – including fresh water, and as much petrol as we could carry. We set off with a somewhat reluctant driver on dirt roads that had seen little maintenance before Independence, and none at all after it.

Between 1 and 2 million people died as a direct result of the civil war, the vast majority being civilians, and we encountered some appalling conditions. The plight of the women and children was pitiful, but some international aid organisations were already trying to bring some relief. Our main purpose was to make contact with any senior Nigerian staff we could locate, assure them of our intention to re-establish operations as soon as the situation permitted, and to instruct them to compile as much information as they could obtain regarding staff and property. We were fortunate in finding in Enugu a senior Nigerian manager, well known to my colleague, who was anxious to get back to work. After briefing him, we left with him as much of our food as we could spare, and a supply of legal currency – (‘Biafra’ had issued its own currency, now worthless) – to assist him in his task. We were away for about 10 days, and by the time we got back to Kano, the Zodiac was on its last legs. I have never been more grateful for a hot shower!

After four very pleasant years in Kano, I moved to Lagos as Managing Director of a pharmaceutical company within the John Holt group. We held sole agencies for many leading international manufacturers, and had wholesale and retail branches throughout the country.

By this time, Andrew had joined Penny at boarding school in Malvern, where we had established our UK base. My work pattern changed to tours of five months followed by a month’s UK leave, and the company paid for both children to travel to Nigeria twice a year, so family relationships did not suffer.

As the economy of Nigeria developed during the 1970’s oil boom, JHL expanded into a group of 15 diverse companies, ranging from heavy engineering to boat building, Pepsi-Cola bottling plants, and motor cycle assembly. In 1979 I became responsible for the companies engaged in general trading, merchandise distribution services, shipping services (clearing & forwarding, air freight, and the Maersk agency), air-conditioning and refrigeration, pharmaceuticals, and the manufacture of trade toiletries, under the title of Chief Executive – Trade and Services.

This continued until 1984 when I was moved at short notice to Malawi, (formerly Nyasaland), and seconded as Chief Executive of a group of companies owned by the Malawi Development Corporation. Lonrho had taken a minority equity interest in this company, in return for a profit–related contract to provide management services. I learned that I was to be the ‘management services’. That was the way our boss, Tiny Rowland, did business. It was a loss-making operation, and the involvement of Lonrho was at the direct behest of the President, Dr Banda, who took considerable interest in our efforts to improve this situation. Conditions were not ideal as we had lost our main seaport, Beira, due to the civil war in Mozambique, which surrounds Malawi on three sides. All our imports and exports had to be routed through Durban, thence by road through Zimbabwe, across the Zambezi at Tete, and by armed convoy via a narrow militarised corridor in Southwest Mozambique. This added greatly to the cost of imports, and made our exports of tea, tobacco, and sugar uncompetitive. However, selective disposals and acquisitions, plus some organic growth and improved administrative control, returned the group to satisfactory profit levels.

I remained in Malawi for 6 years, and returned to the UK when I retired in 1990 aged 59, already 4 years over the normal retirement age for Africa.

In 1991 we bought a house in Castlemorton opposite the village pub – just in time for the 1992 ‘hippy invasion’. Rural life was very pleasant, but with two acres of fruit and grassland to care for, we moved back into Malvern in 2003. We spend our time walking the hills, seeing old friends, driving around the Loire and the Dordogne, and visiting Penny, who has lived in Connecticut with her husband and two sons since he was headhunted in 1998. Andrew also has two sons, and is a director of an American-owned printing company.

Andy Arnold 1967-74 We are sad to have to announce that Andy Arnold died last week on the Isle Of Man. The funeral will take place on Thursday 9th October in the Isle of Man at 1245, The Old Church, Ballaugh, then onto the crematorium for 1400. Tea to be held at the RAOB club Ramsey.  Andy was a great supporter of the OTs, often coming to events or writing in with news. More importantly, there will be a brief service of thanksgiving and the interment of his ashes at St Mary’s Parish Church, Thame, at 3.00 p.m. on Thursday 16th October. All welcome. Norman taking the service.

Tina Merrilees 1968-75 living in Bicester with my 2 dogs that I rescued from Spain, where I used to live for 14 years, I have a great job which I enjoy.

Paula Hawkins 1983-90 Living in Risborough – married with a houseful of pets. Competing in Dog obedience and Agility. Working as a Diversity Development Manager. Writing training courses.

Tim Hogston 1976-83 I am married with twin boys now age 13 and a daughter age 15. I am a firearms police officer with Thames Valley Police, for the last 7 years, previously a marketing manager 15 years. Still playing football for local side and golf, still living in the area a little village near Aylesbury, Westcott. Known to my wife as peter pan the little boy who never grew up.

Carol Babbington 1979-1986 Hi, Married to Pete (a fire officer), four kids- Emily 22 living in Lancaster, James 17 doing A levels and Luke 13,Tom 5 and Bart the cat two rabbits, 3 giant snalils & stick insects! Live in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Last year of degree & work full time for Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Keep in touch with several people from school still.

Barry Yates Further to this month’s OTA newsletter I noticed you were asking for contact for Eric Dyball. Tragically as far as I can remember Eric was killed in a mountaineering accident either in Snowdonia or the Brecons many years ago. I cannot recall exactly when but it would have been circa 1970. I have spoken to Ian Dillamore & he has the same recollection. It was not long after we left Lord Bill’s in 1964.

Liz Whitaker: I was recently given two books relating to Lord Williams’s School  by an antiquarian bookseller who knows  that I taught at the school for many years. They were purchased form the library of Professor Holt. Inside “A Short History Of Thame School” by J.Howard Brown was the Oxford Times article of 1980 concerning the fate of the old grammar school in Church Road. “Reminiscences of Lord Williams’s School” by Herbert Nicolle  contained two compliment slips from the author and, more interestingly, the correspondence between him and Professor Holt concerning the 17th century historian Anthony Wood. Professor Holt was reassuring Mr Nicolle of Anthony Wood’s attendance at Lord Williams’s as a pupil, and providing the evidence for this. It would seem that the enclosures could be of interest to the archivist and so I am sending them to her. Incidentally, if anyone would like either or both of the books after I have finished with them, they would be very welcome to them.

Neville Brown 1950 Yu-Ying and I hope to see several from my decade at the OT dinner in 2009. It is our wedding anniversary, and particularly apposite as I was a student at New College.

Arthur Stevens 1940 I came to the school in May 1936 as a boarder but had my stay cut short just after the fall of France in 1940. Father decided that all the family should be together in Suffolk. He had business contacts in both Germany and Austria prior to the outbreak of hostilities in September 1939 and was probably better informed than most as to events.

When I was at LWS the boys in the junior classes knew everybody’s name, there were all of 120! Looking at the 2009 dinner list I should recognise the name of Mike Bull but regretfully I don’t. Three names I do remember are Craddock, Gomme and Rowley. Also Pope, who was the head boy. I wonder who of my contemporaries have kept in touch with the OTA ?

I still live in Suffolk so getting to events would be difficult and it seems unlikely that I would meet any of my contemporaries. I see that the Princess Risborough – Thame – Oxford railway is no more. I used to be put on the train at Paddington to get to school at the beginning of term and go home that way at the end of term.

Please keep me on your mailing list as one of my old mates might crawl out of the woodwork, (as the saying goes).

D J C Wood 1942-47 I hope to be at the New College dinner on 21 September 2009 which, incidentally (and d.v.), will be my 78th birthday. Would you please add my name to the list of those interested.

Micheal Syson, David Barnikel and I are trying to rustle up as many as possible of our years (1945-52) to come to Founders Day this year. See you on the Day

Steve Moles -1970 I left LWS in 1970 end of first year Sixth, or rather was asked to leave by Geoff Goodall. He made the right decision, I hold him blameless. Following a year at High Wycombe Tech College I stumbled into rock an’ roll thanks to gig at the student union hall by a little known group called Genesis. Seventeen years of debauched travelling ended with my (second) marriage to a wild Hungarian women called Biscuits. We’re still together almost 21 years later; adopted three kids at the turn of the century, and now reside in the wild flat lands of E. Yorkshire. That’s enough for now.

Richard Willoughby (1950s) had sadly died. He lived in Bude on and off (more on than off) for 55 years and was interested in and committed to local government for thirty-five years. He was elected first to the former Bude-Stratton Urban District Council in 1969 and then served on North Cornwall District Council from its inception in 1973/4 until 1991. He had no specific political allegiance and always stood as an independent. In 1994 he went back to university and read for a degree in Landscape & Heritage gaining a First Class Honours award. An MA in the Management of Industrial Heritage followed this. He chaired Bude-Stratton Heritage Trust which – apart from keeping a watching brief on what is left of the local heritage – is the vehicle for the restoration of the Castle and its development into a heritage and local culture centre.
For thirty-five years he was involved in the surfing industry and was many years chairman of Bude Surf Life Saving Club and the now defunct Widemouth Bay Surf Association. His other main sporting interest from 10 years old was rugby union and athletics. He was a playing member and former captain of Launceston RFC and represented both Oxfordshire and Cornwall at athletics. He was a member of the Museum Committee. He was also one of the Town Council’s representatives on the Bude Area Tourist Board.

Mark Ansell -2003  I’m coming to the end of a two-week placement as a Broadcast Journalist at BBC Radio Derby. The highlight has been contributing to the coverage of the Arsenal match where Derby were thrashed 6-2. Earlier in April, I did the same placement at BBC Radio Oxford which was a brilliant experience. You can hear the stories I covered by going on www.markansell.co.uk The placements are part of my Broadcast Journalism Diploma at Cardiff University, which ends at the beginning of June.

Bernard Jones 1977-84 The Goodalls’ recollections were quite incredible in their level of detail of dates and names. Fancy remembering Phil Colwell (“Phil the Cook”) and Nancy! Reading through them brought back many memories and reminded me of how much I had forgotten. As a former boarder I was particularly pleased as the later years of LWS Boarding House tend to get overlooked. It was very much how I remember it. I was only at the school for two years before the Goodalls left but recognised much of what Geoff, and in particular what his wife Marion, wrote.

Matthew Wells – 1983 Please add me to the list of those interested in the reunion event at New College in Sept ’09… I am also an old member of New College, so that makes it all the more unmissable! After New College, Oxford, I went into journalism, starting at the Northern Echo in Darlington. I joined the BBC soon afterwards, working in daily current affairs, on programmes like Newsnight, and The World At One on Radio 4. In 2000, I joined Channel 4 News as one of the programme editors, but went back to the BBC in 2002, and moved to New York, as the radio features’ correspondent. After years of serial monogamy, I got married in 2007 to an American woman called Heather, and currently, we live in Brooklyn, New York. For those who know them, my brother Adam Wells, and sister Becky Wells – both OTs – are thriving with three children each, and living in London.

Bruce Finch 1952-57  I am a general medical practitioner, still full time at the age of 69 years. I intend to write my memoirs of my life at school and subsequent career. The book I will call “Surviving Lords Williams, the Curate’s Egg!” I was known as “Bruce “at school, although that is my 3rd Christian name.
I have several interesting hobbies, one of which involves the production of art tutorial DVDs see www.artdvds.com

Kim Ambrose I left at the same time as Katy Buswell, Leo Campbell, Tom Crampton Smith, Nigel Cook, Tim Trodd and was at the school for 2 years. I have a 6 yr old son and am living with his father but not married.

Cate Fowler -1973 is currently shooting some episodes for The Bill. She is still in touch with a number of ‘old’ staff including Richard Adams, Gerard Gould and Richard Wilson.

Nick Birch 1974 I am a senior research biologist at SCRI (Scottish Crop Research Institute) and spend my time working round the world on novel crop protection systems, GM crop biosafety and deployment (developing countries and EU), insect ecology and now climate change…pretty diverse! See:  www.scri.ac.uk then staff pages, then Nick Birch for more details.

I’ve just read with great interest the e-Tamensian for the first time and found it very exciting to catch up on news of old friends and teachers. I’ve contacted a few friends from my year (Ashley Goodall, Jack Davis, Ruald Colman, Barry???, Baz ????, Paul Sargeant, Nicholas ??? ) but still trying to trace others, like Matt Black. I left LWS after 3 years there as a boarder, but sadly lost touch with most of them soon afterwards…so the 2009 dinner will be great! I look forward to hearing more news from OTs. Many thanks for keeping this going.

Ian Benn and Sean Johnson, who both left in 1973 and who now both live in Australia – in Newcastle and Sydney respectively – have been in touch. Ian is teaching Maths at university and Sean is an architect specialising in the renovation of heritage buildings.

Samantha Coburn 1989-1993 travelled around Australia for a year after leaving School. When I came back to England I worked my way up to Food and Beverage Manager in the Hotel industry and then decided to travel some more. 
I was working in New York, USA as a Catering Manager in a country club and had the opportunity to travel around Europe to recruit. 
I worked there for 17 months, saving money, and then left to go and see more of the world with a friend. I went all around the USA, mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Belize, Chile and Argentina. Then I returned home to change the direction of my life. I have now just finished my degree at Brighton University, studying English Linguistics and media Studies – I got a FIRST!!!!. I absolutely love life in Brighton. Have some great friends and an amazing fiance and a lovely seafront flat. 
I hope that you are all happy with whatever you are doing…I know I am!

Laura May 1982-88 Used to be “May” until I met my now husband Garry Hearn, who apparently was a year above me at Lord Bills??? Have now moved to Trowbridge in Wilts, via Dorset. Now have 2 boys Nathan and James. . 
Still in contact with Jane, and occasionally with Sam and Linda Stallwood. Would love to hear any goss from anyone who remembers!!!!! 
I now have another member to my family, Garry has finally let me get my dog, and a Dalmatian at that. I rescued her, and it turns out her name is Mya, fate ay, she is sooo naughty though, so between her and James I need quite a few large glasses of wine in the evenings!!! 
Working 2 days a week for a lovely couple who import wine, tough job but someone has to help out, hic!

Claire Richardson 1985-92 Since leaving school, I had a spell of working at Waitrose in Thame, bought a house, sold a house, went travelling around Australia and New Zealand, did my nurse training in Stoke Mandeville hospital, worked there for a while, then moved to Leamington where I worked at Warwick hospital, the moved in with Steve in Leicester, bought another house, got a dog, got a cat and work at Glenfield hospital in Leicester as a cardiology nurse, working part time.
Had a little baby boy, Henry, end of May 2007 and enjoying every second of motherhood so far! 
Got married in March this year to Steve, and life is pretty good these days!

Tara King 1980-87 PLEASE QUIT EMAILING ME RE RE-UNIONS NOT ONLY HERE BUT NOT SO MANY MESSAGES ON LWS GROUPS ON FACEBOOK (Err what’s Facebook for? That’s why it’s called a Social Networking site. It’s for messages and news. Ed.)

For those interested, Tara King now lives in Spain, taking a career break and lives with her partner Karl Edmonstrobal and young son Tyler Jake.

Fiona Hockaday 1972-79 is teaching at Welwyn St Marys Primary School in Welwyn, Hertfordshire.

Ian Brabbin was recently quoted in The Times on article about tea and rising prices: “One hundred million kilos of Puerh was sold in China last year. The stuff is so popular they are struggling to keep up,” Ian Brabbin, head of buying at Taylors of Harrogate, said.

Indeed Ian is regularly quoted in the media as he is one of the UK’s leading tea experts.

Catharine Meek My son – Julian Meek, past student of LWS, (1979 – 84 then Rycotewood College) teaches Design Technology in Plymouth. His team of 4 students yesterday won the World Schools F1 Championship in Malaysia. See link below to BBC website when they won UK championship and press release from students about the win.

If you input Website: http://www.pulsef1.co.uk/School/F1/results – up comes the results page with 2 pictures. Julian believes the students should take all the credit and he ensures that, under guidance, they do all the research – finding sponsorship – everything themselves.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/community_life/features/devonport_cars.shtml
Newsflash from Malaysia…
Pulse are delighted to announce that after three days of intense competition, we have been crowned as F1 in Schools World Champions! We also achieved the Fastest Car Award, as well as winning The Ashes for beating the Australian team in the finals of the Knock Out Racing – we have been overwhelmed by the Malaysian hospitality and it has truly been a once in a lifetime experience. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for their continued support. An article about our success can be found on the Official Formula 1 Website: http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2008/3/7523.html
John Ware Team Manager PULSE

Gloria Brown nee Eele: I started my own telemarketing business in 2004 called My Way Marketing .

Simon Lambert who was a marketing director for Nestle and then Marketing Director for Coffee Republic now heads Pointactive his own marketing consultancy business that he runs out of Lewes.

Dr Tim Trodd is a highly regarded GP living and working in Hong Kong. One of his specialisms is autism.

Dr Koon Loong Chan trained at St. Mary’s Hospital, London and completed his subspecialty training in Fetal and Maternal Medicine in Nottingham. He specialises in obstetric ultrasound, including nuchal translucency and detailed fetal anatomy scanning.  He has extensive experience in prenatal counselling, diagnosis of fetal abnormalities, invasive diagnostic procedures (amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling) and high-risk pregnancies.  Mr Chan has a special interest in multiple pregnancies. He currently works at St Mary’s Hosipital, Manchester.

Janice Bowles 1971-75: We’ve recently acquired business with a local firm training their staff in our equine experience programme and are in discussion to extend it further.  So although the business has taken time to set up properly we’re getting there!  We’ve finally found excellent facilities at the Witney Equine college and have changed our company name to The People Whisperers Ltd. We’re running a complimentary demonstration evening in April, inviting businesses to come along and see first hand what we do. Click on the Taster Day link on the home page. I’m also still running various hypnosis courses and seeing clients for hypnotherapy.

Snippets: Judy Wood 1977-84 is living in Jo’burg, South Africa, is single and has two children; Andrew Standen is living in Falmouth, Cornwall; Debs Hamilton 72-79 ‘I’m now divorced & starting to enjoy my life. Moved into my new house near Towcester nearly two years ago, just one daughter left at home…she is a total nightmare at the moment ha ha!  Would be nice to hear from any of my old school friends. I’m still in touch with Denise Barnett from Chinnor, we meet up two or three times a year, which is nice. Kim Birch, I left school in 1985 and worked for Cargo or Carpenters as it was then and made some good friends. Left there in 1987 to work for Alexanders in Haddenham. I married Clive in 1988. Left Alexanders in 1989 to work for a photographic production company and settled in quite nicely and I’m still there, part of the furniture now I guess!! No kids just one wonderful dog.

Bob Overell. From a recent press release

Biotech Startup PhaseRx Wins $19M Pledge 
2/28/2008

SEATTLE, WA – February 28, 2008. PhaseRx Inc, a new biotechnology company focused on developing novel approaches to the delivery of siRNA and other macromolecules, today announced the closing of its first institutional financing totaling $19 million. The investment is in two tranches, with an up front investment of $4 million and the remainder being invested upon the achievement of certain research and business milestones.

The financing was led by ARCH Venture Partners, 5AM Ventures and Versant Ventures. In connection with the financing, Steven Gillis of ARCH Venture Partners, John Diekman of 5AM Ventures and Brian Atwood of Versant Ventures will join the company’s board. Dr. Gillis will also become the company’s Chairman.

PhaseRx was formed by Robert Overell of Foundation BioVentures, together with cofounders Professors Patrick Stayton and Allan Hoffman from the University of Washington’s Department of Bioengineering; Professor Oliver Press of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Clinical Research Division; and Dr. Paul H. Johnson, the company’s Chief Scientific Officer. The company has exclusively licensed novel polymer technology from the University of Washington from the Stayton and Hoffman laboratories that enables the effective delivery of siRNA. “We are very excited to see this technology move from the academic setting into the commercial realm” said Professor Stayton.

Steven Gillis, the Company’s new Chairman, said “as investors, we see siRNA delivery as a very important area, and believe the PhaseRx polymer technology represents a potential platform solution for issues associated with delivery of not just siRNA but other types of therapeutics that have proven difficult to deliver to intracellular targets”. “We are very fortunate to have such distinguished venture groups and individuals to help us develop this technology” said Robert Overell, President of PhaseRx, “the initial financing will allow us to reduce this technology to practice, and the $15 million will be used to develop it into a truly robust system for important clinical applications.” Dr. Johnson, the Company’s founding Chief Scientific Officer, said “I am very excited about the PhaseRx technology, which I believe has significant promise based on my extensive prior experience in the arena of siRNA delivery.”

Dr Stephen Castle is Director of the Substance Use Section in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, which is part of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Steve is responsible for the management of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Substance Use Program and the development of Indigenous drug and alcohol policy in conjunction with the Department’s Drug Strategy Branch.

He’s been in the Department of Health and Ageing since 1992 and has worked in a number of areas including: primary care, mental health and acute care. Prior to joining the public service in 1988 Dr Castle worked as a molecular geneticist for five years after graduating from the Australian National University with a Ph.D. in human genetics.

David Shrimpton 1966-73 It is with sadness that we report the death of David Shrimpton (1954-2007), who died on Saturday 29 December 2007 in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. David was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas and bile duct in January 2007, and throughout his illness was remarkably positive about his condition and his circumstances, and was very much helped in this by his wife Terry and his children Ian and Hannah. After a first career in mental health nursing, David studied Computer Science at Oxford Brookes University, remaining there to complete his PhD and subsequently to stay on as a member of staff. In 1998 David joined the University of Kent’s Computing Laboratory as a Lecturer, and in his nine years in the department he contributed hugely to its life and work. In his most recent role as Head of Teaching, it was David’s task to negotiate and agree staff teaching loads, and he always accomplished this onerous task smoothly and with great good humour. The reason that it ran so well – and this was something that he brought to all his interactions with students and staff – was his uncanny ability to understand other people, and what made them tick. This empathy made David an excellent teacher, on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as an outstanding PhD supervisor, who will be very much missed by his present and past research students. When David joined the Lab his main research interests were in distributed systems and support for multimedia applications, particularly the convergence of digital television and Internet technologies. This led more recently to interest in many aspects of the World Wide Web. David played a key role as evangelist for new web technologies, and had taught a number of tutorials for the World Organization of Webmasters. Its Executive Director, Bill Cullifer, said “David was an amazing man and he’ll be missed.” David was also the Computing Lab’s representative on the World Wide Web Consortium; the Chief Executive of the W3C, Steve Bratt, also extended his condolences to David’s friends and family.

In tribute to David’s life and work, the Computing Laboratory will be planting a tree on the campus later in the spring.

At LWS, David passed only one A-Level in Maths. It goes to show that with tenacity it is possible to still do great things in later life and that people should never write off their potential even if at first it doesn’t flourish.

Paul Hyland 1966-73 Paul is now CEO of AIXTRON AG, Kackertstr. 15-17 52072 Aachen Germany.

Kate Young (nee Bunston) left 1987 Well I’ve ended up not too far from Thame. I’m living in Shipton-under-Wychwood in West Oxfordshire with my 2 kids, Ruby (12) and Will (8). I’m currently working for a small company involved with licensing electronic journals, near Witney. Past employment has included retail management, film extra work (including ‘The Madness of King George’}, secretarial work and a Tour Guide at Blenheim Palace. I’m a keen tennis player with my local club and heavily involved with my local drama group, the Wychwood Players. Ruth Parry (nee Kirtland) (left 1987) is currently living near Bicester and is a Teacher of Physics at Didcot School for Girls. She leads a very busy life including plenty of outdoor activities such as mountain biking and climbing, mostly due to having a husband in the Army and 2 very active teenage boys!

Ashley Goodall – 1974 is now MD of Saatchi Design in London. He still lives in Oxford.

Jerry Axford 1966-1973 is now working for Mouchel in Oxfordshire.

Amy Walker 1991-98 Hi all i hope everyone is good and life is treating you all well. Here is a little of what i have been up to since leaving school.When i left school i went and worked in Glynswoods in Thame worked there for 5 years was good fun. Decided to move on and went to work in an office but felt a bit claustrophobic i enjoy meeting new people and in that environment u dont so i left there after a year. Now i am back on home turf working for mum in A Piece Of Cake which in fact is great fun been there for 3 years lol. I now am a proud mummy of a beautiful baby boy called Charlie he was born on the 8th May 2007 we are so proud he is now 8 nearly 9 months old driving us mad crawling about and chattering. We hope to get married this year (2008) i am so excited. I thought it would be nice to catch up with some old pals so if anyone who reads this remembers me and fancies catching up plz get in touch. Ta xxxx

Katie Wales 2000-07 Having finished school, earned a place at Warwick Business School where I am now studying towards BSc in Management. Pretty demanding at times, but never too busy to go out with friends and have a good time!! Also been working in between University and School times in the operations team at company called Oxford Instruments which is all good, helps me to pay my way and hopefully stack up some cash to pay off all these student loans I’m going to wrack up!!!

Laura Bowley – 1992 Just finished a Take That tour. Got engaged at the end of last year and expecting a baby in July.

Nicky Hienl – 1991 Worked in Didcot in market research for a couple of years and then left to work in my husband’s firm. We got married in 2001 and we have two dogs and two (very very small) shetland ponies who are naff-all use to anyone (but keep the grass short). We live between Newbury and Reading in the middle of nowhere in a lovely old cottage. We have a daughter who is five and a little boy who is three. I am loving not working although looking after my family (a cliche, I know – but it is true!) takes up all my time. My husband definitely has more spare time than me!!

Ruald Colman – 1974 Currently a Police Inspector with the Met Police at Fulham London running a Safer Neighbourhood Team , working in partnership with the local authority, am also regularly covering Duty Officer, Bronzing or Silvering football-mainly QPR , and other aid as required. Living in Worcester Park, Surrey, married with two children.

David Hawes 1951-1956 died in the John Radcliffe hospital on November 30th 2007. Thank you to Colin Lewis (1952-1957) for the information.

John Cohen  1959-1964 I got a lovely surprise just before Christmas when an old mate Euann Kidd contacted me out of the blue, my details having been passed on to him by Mark Haynes, another contemporary. It was great getting back in touch so thanks for making it possible. Last time I contacted you I promised something of what I’ve been doing since leaving Lord Bill’s in 1964. So here goes.

I retired from fulltime work in the DTI in 2003, and am busy doing various things now, such as keeping up with the family, being Business Manager (and singing in) the Tunbridge Wells Male Voice Choir + off road biking & long distance walking. Most recent were Hadrian’s Wall and half of Offa’s Dyke, the other half about 90 miles I aim to finish in a few months time.

Although I had mixed feelings about the CCF, hating the uniform and drill but liking the fieldwork & tactics, I decided to join the army when I left Lord Bill’s, but failed the medical with my short sight. Hadn’t a clue what to do, as my only experience of working up to that point was helping with the harvest, and delivering bread and rolls to schools around Oxford! Careers advice was non-existent for me, and i’m not sure it’s improved much since.

So I joined the Govt dept for business (old Board of Trade, then Dept of Trade & Industry. now Dept for Business & Regulatory Reform). I moved to London, and did a lot of jobs mostly with colleagues in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office helping UK companies develop their export markets. I worked with US & Canadian companies to promote the UK as a location for their European expansion.

I worked in the 70s with UK companies in many sectors organising UK govt supported group participation at international exhibitions, conferences & seminars in Japan, HK, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Europe. I got to travel to these countries quite a bit which was very interesting. It was generally very good fun and I recall getting chucked in as a youngster at the deep end a few times, chairing meetings of upwards of 60 bolshy and hard-bitten British export sales managers.

I then spent 5 years as a training manager in the Dept, running management, staff appraisal & workskills training, and then did a secondment outside to do a supply sourcing project. After that I got a job in DTI helping the IT sector get to grips with the opportunities of the then new single European market, and then had my job cut by the Conservative Govt wanting to reduce the size of the civil service.

In the 90s I switched to working for a joint DTI/FCO unit promoting the UK as location for foreign investment to US & Canadian companies, leading an excellent team in London while working with Foreign Office mates in N America, and colleagues in the UK development agencies. It was very rewarding work, and we had a lot of success, thanks to the economic growth in the US & Canadian markets which encouraged many companies to look to Europe to expand their world-wide business. I got to know NA pretty well, which was nice because it meant I could more easily visit my family in Texas (my mother was Texan, and I have a lot of relations there).

I had the good fortune to work at a senior level with a lot of major and middle sized American companies in most of the hi-tech sectors, and see them set up in the UK in some cases growing to v large operations. It was great because there was always a result to our efforts–they either chose the UK or they didn’t–always a specific result. We were in fierce competition with other European locations like Rep of Ireland, Netherlands,& France. But like any job it had its challenges– I recall one morning presenting to half the US Board of MBNA the bank after they had flown in to the UK on an overnight flight . Within 10 minutes, most had fallen asleep! God, I was worried as it was a major project we were pitching for! Eventually, I’m glad to say MBNA decided to set up here, and now employ about 5,000 people near Chester.

I was v surprised to be given an OBE in 2003. One of its highlights was chatting to David Beckham as we shuffled forward in alphabetical order to meet the Queen.

From 2003–6 I worked as DTI’s point man with the bioscience /pharmaceutical sector to encourage greater investment in R&D and high-value operations. It was v interesting getting to know more of the top 20 big pharmaceutical companies pretty well, and helping to influence development of Govt’s business policy in Whitehall to keep the UK competitive for global companies when other countries are also doing their best to attract the same international investment.

In all these jobs, especially since the 90s, I had a lot of contact with Ministers, briefing and advising on policy and company contacts and going with them on visits to companies and meetings.

Enough of that. As for job no 2…

As I’d failed to get into the regular army, I decided to join as a part-timer in 1967 and found myself in the Queens Royal Rifles, based in Victoria, soon after part of the new Royal Green Jackets regiment (which Euann Kidd was in as a regular). We trained at evenings and at weekends. I had great fun as a rifleman, which I put down to Norman Lilly introducing me to the delights of crawling around in the mud on field days. And another seminal experience was going on a visit to an army depot organised by Lt Col Douch whose sons were at the school. The explosives demonstrations were incredibly impressive and I remember watching open-mouthed as a thin strip of det cord wound around a railway sleeper was set off, sending the top end of the sleeper 20 ft into the air.

I found the infantry section commander job one of the best, and then got made up tp Platoon Sgt.     But I wanted my own command again, so got a commission and had fantastic fun as a rifle Platoon Commander setting up exercises all over the place and doing lots of shooting. After one particularly enjoyable weekend culminating in a rather noisy defensive battle using a lot of plastic explosives as simulated artillery fire, I got back to the desk job to be contacted by Bn Hq wanting to know in minute detail what I’d been up to and where. Apparently a disgruntled householder on Salisbury Plain near the training area had complained to his MP who had asked a question in the House of Commons claiming that his house had been damaged by explosions. I was not responsible!

Then I was made Bn Anti/Tank Pl Cmdr, another great job, with great blokes all part-timers like me. We charged around in open topped Land Rovers with vehicle mounted recoilless guns, just before the introduction of the Milan missile, providing the Battalion’s main defence against the expected hoards of Soviet tanks. Then I got made up to Capt and given the Coy 2ic job. Although I had a great Coy Cmdr, and enjoyed the training, all that admin was not to my liking (I had enough of that in my fulltime job). With young children now, I felt I should be around when they grew up, so resigned in 1978. Though as a reservist in the following years I took part in some fascinating mobilisation and reinforcement exercises, finding myself variously defending Dover Eastern (commercial) docks from attack by “Soviet spetznaz”, and taking part in exercises reinforcing the regular units defending Germany near the E German border.

I had no experience of live action thankfully, but did get caught on Cyprus as a platoon commander with my company when the Turks invaded out of the blue in 1976. Suddenly the exercise we were in turned real. After hiking across the Troodos mountains we ended up putting up tents for the refugees coming into the Sovereign Base area to escape the bombing and shelling of Nicosia. The political situation was very uncertain as following the coup, the Turks installed a new head of state Nicos Sampson who had been imprisoned by the Brits as a terrorist a few years before.

Throughout my time with Green Jackets, one of the things that stood out was working with blokes from all sorts of backgrounds and jobs. Most were east Londoners where we were based and were plumbers, drivers, solicitors, civil servants, warehousemen etc as well as some unemployed. I was delighted to meet some of them again after many years being out of touch at the Remembrance Day service and march past in London this year.

As for family, I have 4 four kids all adults, and married my 3rd wife in 2002. Carolyn still works, as a Hd Teacher, and wd love to get out early. She’s still got 3 or 4 yrs to do. My eldest son Rob has a family so I have 2 grandchildren aged 5 & 2. Dominic a software developer married a girl from Beijing last year and we had a fantastic 2 weeks in China earlier this year. Claire manages 2 branches of KallKwik the business design & print shop, where she is doing v well. My youngest Marc who graduated from UCL 2 yrs ago in Stats, Op Research, Business & German, has now (after going to cook school) become a chef de partie working for one of Gordon Ramsay’s places in London–the Narrow in Limehouse. I am immensely proud of them all!

By the way, I saw my brother Jim’s name on your list of those with whom you have lost contact. He still teaches in NE London and has two teenage sons who are doing very well. Well that’s more than enough. I hope to meet you & more other OTs this year.

Helen Dutton nee Moss 1972-1978 I should have written this a long time ago but couldn’t. It is with great sadness I write to inform the OTs of Jenny Butler nee Blaine (1972-1977) death. She died in May having lost her husband, her soul mate, a few years before. She leaves behind a son and daughter.

Cloe Whitcombe nee Tibbitts 1972-74 I have just read the OT newsletter Sept 2007 issue and should really have written sooner but families being what they are ….. kept busy running a business and taxi service!!!!!! I left school in 1974 and now run a business with husband Mike. We have 2 teenage children and live in Kent. Hello to Annabel we were at school together, and met up in Geneva after A levels; since then little news. Jane and Bridget (nee Thompson) will remember me also – hope all are well. Would love to get to the 2009 celebrations so will keep reading!! Regards to those who remember! I did attend an OT lunch in Westerham in the last 12 years or so … also I have been busy on various school committees over the last 19 years.

Colonel Martin R Lilley MBE left 1972 Sorry to have missed Founder’s Day. My thanks to all from the OTA who have been so supportive during this difficult time as Father comes to terms with the loss of Mother – she was such a grand supporter of the school throughout the years of the three of us brothers and father! I am currently in Baghdad as Chief of Staff of the NATO Mission here. A challenging time for everyone here but with the hope and indicators that things have started to improve and may this continue. Singing carols under palm trees to the background of occasional gunfire and rockets was a little bizarre at the British Embassy – shades of the closing scenes from “Carry on the Up Kyber”! Fear not they would never have found three wise men to follow the tracer rounds!!

Professor James Simmie left 1951 is the Professor of Innovation and Urban Competitiveness at Oxford Brookes University. His work is focused on the relationships between innovation, productivity and the competitiveness of urban regions. This has been developed within the context of learning endogenous growth models and evolutionary economic theory. He worked on the ESRC Cities: Competitiveness and Cohesion programme analysing the reasons for the innovative performance of some of Europe’s most successful cities. Subsequent work includes research with the European Institute for Urban Affairs on an ODPM funded project analysing the reasons for the relatively poor competitive performance of the English core cities when compared with many of their European counterparts.  This was followed by more detailed work on the reasons behind the relatively weak economic performance of some of the UK’s largest cities. James Simmie has just completed a major study of English cities for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. This includes a detailed analysis of the competitiveness of English cities for the State of the Cities Report.

Anthony Weightman left 1972. Recently returned to live in South Oxfordshire. My work for a private environmental laboratory mainly takes me in & out of London. Fulfilled a long term ambition in passing the ‘National Council for the Training of Journalists’ exams. 
My wife Dee is an ex Head of Science. I have a son, Joss. 
Ex Parish Councillor. 
Member of ‘Tight But Loose’ (Led Zeppelin information service) 
Fond memories of adventurous post ‘A’ level trip to Turkey for a month with three other students (still after the photos!). 
Good Lord Williams memory: the stimulation and encouragement. 
Worst Lord Williams memory: that educational psychologist who was as nutty as a fruit cake. 
Still can’t believe that ‘To be or not to be’ came up as a question in ‘A’ level English.

David Sulley left 1979 Married for 24 years now with 2 children. Have worked at the bank for 28 years!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoying life. My wife is French and we also have a house in France, right on the coast.

Jo Taylor 1981-88 Happily married to Neil for nearly 2 years. Have 2 children aged 11 & 13 and 2 stepchildren. Still living in Chinnor and working as an Adminstration Manager for a company in Thame.

2009

Phil Quarterman ; I am interested in the possibility of organizing a reunion for those of us that are still around from the class of 1965. I spoke recently to Robert Peacock, and old friend I had lost touch with. He contacted me by phone, having found me on Google.  I have also been in touch in a similar way with Mike Matson, also class of 1965.  I spent a wonderful evening with Mike a couple of years ago reminiscing, that actually continued until 5 am! I may be able to get over for the 450th Founder’s Day in November from my home in Portland, Oregon, USA.  At least, that’s my plan.

Robert Peacock: I would love to see folks from our year, but is it class of 65, or class of ’58 when we all started? I think that might be more appropriate as quite a lot left after O Levels in ’63. (Bob Lewis and 2 of the Smiths for starters). I saw Slush Lilley a couple of years ago, but I, like so many others, have been bad at keeping in touch. Haven’t heard from Ian Ayres, although I posted a letter on Friends Re-u. I have some old copies of the Tamensian, I am sure the new class lists are in there.

Colin Quartly (1960-65) just a few lines to say still farming at Thame, taking life a bit steadier now – running suckler cows, instead of dairy and converting some of the buildings into industrial lets. Enjoy a bit of golf and a lot of shooting. I am in touch with Pete Arnold, Richard Groom, Alan Lewis, Chris Brookes, Jim Cohen and Barry Mott plus I sometimes see DJA Smith(last week).

Son Phillip is living in Australia near Canberra, project manager for a firm called  Designcraft, fits out a lot of museums with their display cabinets. Phil and his partner Meg have a boy, Fergus, and are expecting again very soon. Other son Peter lives on the farm with his family wife Janet and children Isabel and James, he is a physiotherapist, and last but not least daughter Joanne teaches history and sociology at Cardiff High, she is to marry next year.

I organised a reunion for our entry year 1960 twenty years ago. Chris Brookes who lives in the USA and was unable to attend that  one wants me to do it again now that we are 60. I am keen, let’s do it. Stuart e-mailed me a few addresses to get started.

Barbera Lazenby 1971-78 After college in Bath, (teacher training), married Rob Perry (from School), and now have four children, 11,13,16 and 18. Eldest has just started at Bristol Uni. Living in Woodley, just outside Reading. Now working during school hours and when weather permits as a gardener and loving it. Rob now at a school in Bracknell. Would love to hear from anyone out there who knows me!

Paul Houghton 1979-1986 I am currently living in Dunblane, Scotland, and work in Glasgow for Alliance Planning. I am married to Lee (who is Scottish) and have two children Jack (9) and Meghann (7).

Philip Quarterman 1958-65 I emigrated to the US in 1974. Got Masters in Environmental Science at Washington State Univ., Worked as a planner, then as wetland scientist in Oregon. Been with the same firm now 14 years (WHPacific Inc.) in Portland Oregon. Married and divorced, one son (Colin, 27). Also musician (keyboard, vocals) and occasional songwriter. Dabble in jazz too. Life is good, but being single gets old sometimes. Luckily, I have my son (with whom I play music: he writes and sings), and good friends. Plus the wonderful outdoors. What more could I need.

Nicholas Moore 1983-1990 After Lord Bills I studied for a HND, then finally a Degree in Surveying at Nottingham. I returned to the Thame area having completed the Degree and worked for a few surveying companies in the Oxfordshire/Berkshire area. 

In early 1999 I met an American girl, by the end of the year I moved over to the States. I married in 2000, and lived in Denver Colorado until 2003 then we moved to Charlotte North Carolina, and have since moved back to the wonderful state of Colorado. I work from home as a Professional Land Surveyor & CAD coordinator; am also a part time professional photographer (landscapes, wildlife and portraits).

Sam Carey 1978-1983 Just met the love of my life. Met in Nov 06, engaged last month and aim to get married at Easter. Have followed various career-paths and am now self employed, contracting myself out to two very different clients. Still living just outside Wycombe in a gorgeous little cottage. Would love to receive updates from anyone who remembers me.

Imogen Harrison 1982-89 Living in sunny Newark since 1990. Did a BTEC ND in Business and Finance (with music) and have since worked at a Garden Centre and Landscape company, Sheriff Tool Hire doing admin, ntl doing routing, and NCC doing admin for Youth, Community and Play. Started part-time work again as a creche worker for Newark Children’s Centre Otherwise I’m busy doing voluntary stuff for local child orientated schemes, and being a governor at a local infant’s school. Married to Mark since 1998 with three beautiful daughters, Freya, born on 24th March 2000, Siân born on 30th September 2003 and finally 2 pushes Amelia (Millie) who arrived very quickly on 14th August 2005 also step-daughter Leah born on 23.10.90.

Susan Orchard 1972-76 Doing the John Cleese thing but in Blackpool, not Torquay. One lovely daughter 23, now working in London. Still working in the Expressive Arts and at present hoping to open a new centre in town within 12 months.

Lorraine Peake 1980-86 When I left school I worked as a dental technician for 14years. I married this fella called Ricky in 1996 (goodun!) and have three fantastic boys aged 11yrs and 4yrs and 2yrs who keep me very busy. After having my eldest I worked as a Credit Controller in a Laboratory but now I am now working in a private pre-school. I am living in Chinnor, Oxfordshire. It would be cool to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Jerry Green 1966-1973 started L.W.G.S. in the dark days of STOSH (1966) and left in 1973 at which time I recall he was still Principal and the school under his guidance had gone from 360 pupils to a 3-sited conglomerate with numbers in the thousands. 
From there I managed a degree and a post-graduate Cert. Ed., taught for 3 years before entering the world of fruit importing which saw me through 22 years in various capacities. 
I have many fond memories of my time at “Lord Bills'” and would be delighted to hear from anybody who might like to meet up some time for a couple of beers and a chat, just as much as I would from any luminaries from Hatfield Polytechnic as was in those days and those who survived my teaching methods in Harrow.

Andy Benn sadly died. He’d attended the school from 1967 until 1972 after this family moved down from the Manchester area. Graham and Ian were his two brothers who also attended the school.

David Green 1950-57 I am well into a project with other OTs of my ‘Salvete’ year (1950) and others to produce a booklet (possibly a .pdf file for the Website. It looks as though it will get too big for that) presenting a portrait of a 1950s grammar school education based on LWS. For my sins I have landed the job of pulling it altogether, providing a background matrix of relevant historical, educational and cultural material and assembling the fast-growing collection of resources (everything from a Conway Stewart marble-green barrelled fountain pen to an extract from Thucydides’ Melian Dialogue in Greek) and anecdotes. Contributions to date have come from about 12 OTs, 3 former staff members and others. In order to get the widest possible representation of material I would appreciate more contributions from anyone who received their education at LWGS, as it then was in the 1950s.“If you knew any of these masters you are sure to have something to say about your time at school during the 1950s. What we are looking for is interesting anecdotes, memorabilia or scanned resources (please keep resolution to a high enough level for printing), that is: – school exercises, e.g. a written-up experiment on Boyle’s Law, worksheets, texts of essay or speech competitions, interesting page from school textbooks, drama production photos, school sports and other activity photos. All this is for a booklet that is currently being prepared to present ‘a portrait of a 1950s grammar school education centred around what was then LWGS’. David Green (1950-7) has landed the job of writing the background matrix of relevant historical, educational and cultural material and assembling the fast- growing collection of resources. He is well under way with the project with contributions from a number of OTs, staff and others and can be contacted on drgreen@paradise.net.nz . He will be attending the Founder’s Day events on 6 & 7 November by which time the booklet should be available. Now is the time to rack your memory, write down your anecdotes, check your archives in the attic for resources and email David.”

Paul Shewry 1974-79 I am still serving in the Army and I left NATO HQ in Mons, Belgium, in December after almost 2 years. I was lucky enough to be running the Strategic Direction Centre there during a particularly busy time so in addition to monitoring operations in Afghanistan, I watched over Kosovo’s independence, the deployment of NATO ships to the Horn of Africa to tackle piracy and the Russia- Georgia conflict.

I now have a much more relaxed 12 month posting as the British Army representative at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra. The focus of the course is South East Asia and apart from all the academic work we get to visit the militaries in China, Cambodia, Korea, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam so a lot to look forward to.

David Austin (1940s) has recently died.

Alan Niven 1965 –71 … living in the desert mountains of Arizona, away from the madding LA crowd. Clear clean air and a view over Northern Arizona from Prescott [old territorial capitol and onetime home of the Earps] to the San Francisco peaks behind Flagstaff.
Worked at Virgin/Caroline 74/79. Did a stint as a dj on WINZ-Zeta 4 in Miami 78/79.
Moved to Sweden, 80/81 working at Volvo. Moved to LA 1981 and joined Greenworld. Started Enigma records and signed Berlin in 1982. Moved to management with Great White in 1983. Learnt studio and composing craft from room-mate Don Dokken. Took on Guns n Roses in 1986. Produced my first album in 1987, which eventually went double platinum. Finally burnt out on the LA rat race in 1995, when I moved to Arizona. 
Still composing and guiding music careers – most recently penned four discs for Australia’s Brewster Brothers.
Slowly working on a manuscript describing some of the events of the Guns n Roses, Great White, Enigma Records days. Not all are suitable for publishing but there are many hilarious tales to tell from the days of touring and doing shows with the likes of Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, The Rolling Stones, Motorhead, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, The Scorpions, The [Australian] Angels, and the ever preposterous KISS.
Appetite for Destruction remains the best selling debut record of all time, 17,000,000 sold in the US alone. Great White sold a little more than half that for Capitol. Stunning. Who’d have imagined. Both bands sadly spiralled away to non-productive notoriety after we parted ways in the 90s, but for a while the flames of creativity and adventure burnt as fiercely as for anyone.
I retreated to the desert, as all seekers do, to make sense of what I had seen and experienced, and as seekers do, I found what I needed to find in the desert …
… a soul mate and a sense of spiritual peace. Been married to a Southern Belle, Heather Lou for five years. Between us we have four children, Corey 22, Chelsea, 19, Brier Rose 14, and Thorin 9. We all go quest for that which we eventually find where we started – at home.
Working with some exceptional talent [the state of the music business does not reflect the state of talent and creativity] – Noctaluca, from Cincinnati; Mumtaz Morris [Stevie Wonder’s son]; Inanna’s Brother from LA; Nic Martyr. Check them out. Was the featured interview in Classic Rock in March – strange tales that prove only fiction must be probable.

Robin Nelson and Jackie Keirs who both taught at the school in the 1970s have recently retired. Ben Kerwood, who taught in the 1960s, has broken his arm.

Cliff Nixey This winter has been a bad one for OTs of my acquaintance as I have three deaths to report:

John Stanmore 1942-47 He lived in Watlington. When he was younger ,he was a useful cricketer. I played with him for The Lamb C.C. at Chalgrove. For many years , he suffered with MS and a few years ago also had a stroke.

Johnny Hill 1949-1954 He came from Lewknor. I remember him as a lively character on the Walls bus. I played in the same Colts rugby team as him where he partnered Drum Maxton in the centre. For several years, he had suffered from a brain degenerative disease.

Des Nappin 1950-55 We were in the same form. He came from Oakley but lived most of his life in Brill. He was not in the top flight of the form academically but he was on the sports field. He captained the Colts cricket team and was full back for the Colts rugby team. I still have a vivid memory of him dumping the Henley centre who was much heavier and taller and going at speed, into touch. I was not surprised to hear that he had been a prominent sportsman for Brill. He was one of the most popular members of the form so his loss will have saddened the form.

Nicola Eggby 1997-2004 Im working and living in Spain cant speak any spainish who needs to…. I working sales in Benidorm and live in the Moutains about 45km away so i have peace and quiet at night now. i drive a *@&*$% old car lol its the best car iv ever had actualy its lasted the longest anyway! i miss my family from back home in the UK my brother has his second kid on the way 3 mnths a little boy i believe. my mum is in wantage area and my dad in Bicester. Me and Trevor has been together for 3 years and have a beautiful house here in spain thats all…. I intend to move away from spain its now begining to bore the hell outta me!  Everything manarna! (2moro) so slow pased even more than the isle of wight. Bulgaria is the nest stop hopefully. been doing my research very good very cheap! also becoming an estate agent have 5 propertys at the mo woohoo! anyone interested in spian let me know!  Have alot of work to do before i can go unfortunatly not as easy as id like…….

Sarah Harvey 1988-1995 Married Mike in 1999 and moved to Milton Keynes. Our first son Rhys was born in Oct 2000. Our second son Jamie was born in May 2004. We lived in Milton Keynes for 4 years and Northamptonshire for 2. We moved to France in 2005, I am working at an international school just over the border in Geneva. Our contact address is Residence les Escrochats, Chemin des Escrochats, 01710 Thoiry, France E-mail is michael.minchin@wanadoo.fr

Samantha Liles 1989-96 Went to de Montfort University and now eight years of marriage coming up. We have been living in Warkworth, NZ for almost two years. Best move we ever made no regrets. Loving every minute. Not working at the moment.

Graham Thomas 1966-73 has invested in an Australian company and now plans to take it global. KeyWay is a leader in developing software for on-line and digital marketing and promotional activity for brands. Recently, he was in Sydney and caught up with two OTs: Ian Benn and Sean Johnson.

Kate Daleki after leaving school in 1994, Kate went to the Swansea Institute of Higher Education for three years. ‘Moved from Thame to Watermead (Aylesbury) last year. Living with my partner who has his own structural & civil engineering company. Leo is now 6 and Emily is 4. Not working but am kept busy looking after the kids, house and crazy dog!’ Last month she got divorced.

Darren Dixon 1981-88 STILL down south – just can’t seem to pull myself away from it! Love it down here!! 

Been putting my FA Level 1 coaching to good use, with a couple of young teams, one of which have great potential – they’re awesome! 
Also been reffing now for a couple of years in the Dorset League [Under 15’s]. I’m currently a Level 9 ref, but should raise to Level 7 in a few weeks time! 
It’s still the greatest fun. Hell, why wouldn’t it be – something I enjoy, & it keeps me feeling young! [Always a plus, that one!]. 

Was nominated for the Bournemouth 2026 Unsung Heroes award for my contributions in the community in the “Crimebusters” section, & whilst only managing runners-up it was just good to be recognized for the contributions & good we’re trying to do. Besides, to make 2nd out of about 1200 nominations ain’t bad going is it?! 

Single again! Yet another relationship not destined to be! Oh well, if it happens, it happens. [Weird that I have so many more female friends than male, yet can’t seem to make a relationship last?! Oh well!]. 

Still ain’t been drunk [10+ years], tho I do still pop out from time to time for the occasional one or two. 
The 3 months giving up smoking went pear-shaped, & since then managed a further 7-week period, followed by a couple of weeks. Maybe I’ll get there one day… 

Hair’s in-between styles at the moment – too long to spike up – too short to tie back! [Can’t make my mind up 100% whether to cut it short, or grow it again. Hmmm…]. 

Talking of in-between styles – for some strange reason I have this recent urge [or am I just fantasizing at my age?] to go gothic! We’ll have to see on that one…

Of the future? Same as ever – to learn from my mistakes & to take from what I’ve learnt in order to be able to give back to society & help those that need help! 
When I eventually retire I want to be able to look back on my life safe in the knowledge that I did something with it. Working in factories served a purpose, but working with people (especially young people who hold our futures in their hands) is so much more rewarding! 
Then I guess it’s time to get the passport out again & start travelling again before it’s too late (especially to all those little known places, & those less fortunate too)

Kirsten Johnson 1983-90 Live in Kent with partner ‘Singe’ and our three cats. Not married, don’t want kids, but we do have a very large, well stocked fish pond. Less hastle! 

I manage basic skills, ESOL and special educational needs for a very large company in the UK; I am responsible for Kent, E. Sussex and Brunei. It’s a very interesting job, I get to travel extensively in the UK and abroad. 

After school went to university and got a fine art degree, a PGCE and various other qualifications. Have been on one course or another since school! Me? Who disliked school with a passion?! Taught art for several years until I fancied a change of environment and subject matter. Yet more training! 

Like to ‘dress up’ and spend all my wage on clothes from different eras. Don’t want to look conventional, but have ditched the argh! hair, big boots, old clothes and piercings…the tattoo’s seem to have stayed though!! 

Still listen to music, still appreciate art and all things arty. Stay clear of art galleries these days though, as tend to bang on about being able to do better! Still jump about in fields whenever the mood gets me, but complain about the aches and pains days after. Singe has a tank and lots of vintage vehicles, so tend to spend a lot of time in fields, there’s a pattern forming, at the ace cafe or on the road. Have a HUGE collection of handbags and jewellery, I was a magpie in a former life. Go to many folk dancing, militaria and flying events. Like sleeping.

Hazel Gelson went to Barley Hill School and then joined Lord Bills in 1997. ‘Still living in Thame with my partner Rob. Working near High Wycombe for a small company as a customer service administrator. Just living every day as it comes – nothing to exciting going on!’ But she hopes to get married and have children soon.

Ian Fowler was at the school for five years after he left John Hampden. He left in 1998 to go to the London College of Fashion. ‘Living in Essex with my boyfriend Adam. Been together for 13 years! Work as a Costume Supervisor for TV. Currently on Holby City & Dancing on Ice.’

Pete Fowler 1983-91 Now living in Northamptonshire with the lovely Jodie. Still making music and now the proud father of 2 boys, Jack aged 6 and Joe aged 4. Working as a copywriter and marketing strategist for a small firm in sunny Wellingborough.

Graham Corney: It is with much sadness that – albeit belatedly – we announce the death of Dr Graham Corney, Fellow of St Anne’s from 1987 until his retirement in 2006. For nearly twenty years, Dr Corney took charge of St Anne’s PGCE students and Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies. He was a valued member of St Anne’s Governing Body and will be remembered with great affection. Before that he had been a lecturer at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford, where he authored many academic papers and books. Graham taught Geography at Lord Williams’s during the very late 60s and into the 70s where he was a much admired teacher. He himself was educated at Dame Allan’s Boys’ School, an independent school on the western edge of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He died in June 2008 after an illness.

Ben Kerwood who taught history at the school in the 60s and 70s has been living for many years in Salisbury. He is a member of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra where he plays piccolo, was Chairman of a local school governors school and, for a number of years, was Chairman of the South Wiltshire branch of the CPRE.

Helen Beazley is married..an event that happened not that long ago.

Dawn Roberts is running Power Presentations and is also starting up some new businesses in the area of executive coaching and training.

Katerina Spanchak is a molecular biologist.

Sexpert ‘Dr Cath’ in the Daily Mirror is Catherine Hood.

Theresa Allen -1988 My my aren’t we getting old!!!! I am married (second time) with 2 lovely kiddies, a son who is just 10 and a 4 year old daughter. Living in the Midlands but would love to go back down Oxford way again one day!! 
Had an eventful time since leaving school, as whoever may know me through secondary school I hated it, and have made up for it since! I listen to anything (except C&W) but anything dynamic, different and original gets me! My absolute favourite band is CARDIACS, though. Can’t beat ’em!  Sports: I really enjoy cycling and swimming for myself, but I like to watch all kinds of sport. Not too keen on football though. Cricket is much more fun and interesting to watch!

Tim Brookes 1974-81 is living in Milton Keynes and is working as a technical consultant for Holchem. He is married with two children. Wendy Thomas who was at school at the same time is separated with two children. Georgina Hearn is still living and working in Thame. ‘Been married to Alan for 25 years. Have two children, Simon 21 and Lisa 18.’ Angela McCoulloch celebrated her 25th Wedding Anniversary ‘I live 40 miles from New Orleans Louisiana . I’ve been Married 25 years. Have one daughter Naomi 23. Two dogs and one Cats. All survived Hurricane Katrina .Mum, Dad and Andy all still in Thame and all doing well. I come visit every year or two.’