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Sep 10

Founders Day 5 November 2016

The timetable for the day: 0845: St Mary’s Church opens 0915: Service 1015: Coffee (it seems people always like to have a good chat at the coffee break) 1115: School tours and art installation 1200: We hold the AGM in the school hall and keep it to 45 minutes. Present sculpture video on a loop, and …

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Mar 05

Golf 2016

Details for this year’s OT golf on Friday 27 May at Studley Wood GC. Start time from 12noon depending on entry numbers. Bacon bap & coffee/tea on arrival; 18 holes of golf followed by 2-course meal. Entry cost is held at £48 visitors £20 members Those of you who brought guests/new OT players last year …

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Mar 05

Reginald F E Rhodes MC

Lt R Rhodes, recorded in the Tamensian as being awarded the MC while serving with the 12th Hussars in WW1. He was born 28 Feb 1891 and the census of that year taken 5 April records him as one month old. His father John Rhodes owned or at least managed the Lamb and Flag in …

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Mar 05

School Numbers early 1900

Numbers on roll according to Howard Brown and Terminal lists from April 1906 (autumn term unless otherwise stated) 1899 22 (6 boarders) 1900 72 (36 boarders) 1901 ?? (39 boarders) 1905/1906 Apr 65 1906/7 Dec 60 1907-8 Dec/Apr 59-69 1908-9 Dec/Apr/Jul 67-76 1909-10 Dec/Apr/Jul 78-73 So it seems that after a big jump in numbers 1899-1901 …

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Sep 16

OT Committee Meeting

Will be held this coming Saturday 19 September. Please email us if you wish to have any items discussed.

Jan 30

Arthur Dye Headmaster 1938 – 45

A previous archivist, Gerald Howat, gave a lecture on the history of the school from 1866 to 1944 and this has some balanced comments to make about Arthur Dyer. When he succeeded Walter Bye as headmaster he was actually older than his predecessor, who went on to another headship. The two men were quite similar: …

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Nov 12

Founders Day 1963

Founder’s Day back in November 1963: the service was conducted by the Rev R H Faulkener (one of the longest serving vicars of St Mary’s, Thame) and the address was given by the Rev Eric Mathieson – an Old Boy of the School and formerly of Chinnor. The Rev Mathieson was a ‘star’ in his …

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Aug 13

A description of Thame Grammar School from 1828

When there were six boys in the school.

Aug 06

Harold Lambourn Franklin

In July, we came across this postcard dated 1908 and sent to Harold Franklin at the school. This being the summer, we decided to see if we could find out a little more about him. Firstly, we knew he was an OT. That was the easy bit. The rest took a little bit of digging. …

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Jun 19

I’ve got a little list

Memories of the 1970s ( with thanks to ‘I’ve got a little list’ The Mikado).   Those pubs we used to hide in and never could be found I’ve got a little list–I’ve got a little list Six Bells and ancient Birdcage our sorrows there we drowned We were always bloody pissed—were we always bloody …

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