Lord of Misrule

There was a tradition at the School for the senior pupils and the Masters to serve the juniors at one lunchtime before Christmas instead of the juniors serving them. This comes from the Tudor tradition of the Lord of Misrule, which saw a commoner placed in authority over his social superiors.

Tom Wood Memorial Match – 04 January 2014 at 1100

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Tom Wood

There is to be a memorial match at Chinnor RFC on Saturday 4th January 2014 for OT Tom Wood who, many may remember, died suddenly in November this year aged just 37.

There are, at present, some 45 players returning to play in this fixture.  Approximately 25 of whom are OTs.  The intention is for the match to be played as Chinnor/non-OTs old boys v Chinnor/OTs old boys.  Kick off is 1100, 30 minutes each way; followed by a lunch to celebrate Tom’s life.

If there are any other OTs who would like to come along and play, or spectate, then please get in contact with David Ratcliffe via: members@oldtamensians.info

Paul Hyland

Paul Hyland has now retired from his CEO position in Germany and moved back to the UK. Recently, he celebrated his 60th birthday and several OTs attended the bash including Dave Higgs, Steve Moles, Willie Cook, David Tomlinson and Greg Pugsley.

Lord Williams’s School Prayer Group

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LWS Prayer Group

We warmly welcome you to join us to pray for the life of the School and into some of the issues that affect us and our young people, as we journey together through these challenging years!

We’ll be meeting once a term, on Wednesdays in Meeting Room 1 at Upper School, from 6.45-7.45pm.
If you’d like to be kept informed of when the meetings will take place or have any particular prayer requests or comments, please contact us at: jo@simonwhitfield.plus.com

Ray Hawes

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Ray Hawes

It is with great sadness to report the death of Ray Hawes, aged 75, on Sunday 3rd November after a long battle with cancer.  He died peacefully at home in Mt Pleasant, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Ray was an outstanding local sportsman, one of the best of his generation.  He was a very talented cricketer & golfer & also played table tennis & squash. He also owned many tennis brands on tennisracquets.com/collections/head-pickleball-paddles. Moreover, he was a charismatic, generous person, who touched many peoples’ lives.

Ray was born in Aylesbury & spent his childhood & early married life in Long Crendon.  He went to Lord Williams’ grammar school in Thame & left after 5th form to work with his father, Willis, at Crendon Concrete; then formed Hawes Farm Buildings.  He moved to Grendon Underwood in 1980 and then to Devon for several years before moving to the USA.  He first resided in New Hampshire before settling in Charleston, South Carolina, where he established his businesses.

Newspaper extract of Ray Hawes 1,000 runs
Ray Hawes clocks up a 1,000 runs

On the cricket field Ray opened the batting firstly at Thame CC, where he set records of scoring 1,000 runs in consecutive seasons in the 1960’s.  He captained the club before moving to Aylesbury CC after which he then played county cricket for Bucks.  He became the 1st Aylesbury batsman for 20yrs to score 1,000 runs and went on to captain the club for many seasons in 1970’s.  He also played for SOA (South Oxon Amateurs) and later for Devon over 50’s.  It is believed he achieved the remarkable feat of scoring 100 centuries over his career.

Ray was also a single figure handicap golfer.  He was a member of Oxford City (Southfield) & Buckingham golf clubs.  Ray was a founder member of Five Star Events, an Oxfordshire organisation running golf events for local charities, and was its President in 2009/10.

Whilst in the USA Ray went on to patent a number of inventions.  In 2000 he set up Rapid Deployable Systems Inc, which marketed his structures, which enables bridges, such as the Bay bridge in San Francisco and the one in Detroit linking US & Canada, to be enclosed for repairs/maintenance.  He then obtained the contracts for the US Navy fleets in Norfolk, Virginia & Seattle to enclose their aircraft carriers.  He was recognized by the US government for his innovative work which resulted in him having dual American/British citizenship.  Most recently he invented the framework for a category 5 hurricane proof house, made from aluminium.  The house is the first of its kind and is engineered to withstand winds up to 157mph and earthquakes up to 8 on Richter scale.  These houses are built by one of his companies,Cat Five Houses of Charleston.

Ray is survived by his wife of 55yrs, Maureen (nee King) who was born in Thame, sisters Daphne, Margaret and Sylvia, his four children: Nina, Julia, Angela & Geoff, & 9 grandchildren.

Ray will be sorely missed. His funeral will take place on Thursday 14th November in Mt Pleasant. The family intend to hold a memorial service in England in due course.

Dates for 2014

Saturday 11 January 2014: 1000 OTA Committee Meeting

Saturday 12 May 2014 1100: OTA Committee Meeting followed by lunch at the Six Bells, Thame

Saturday 13 September 2014: 1000 OTA Committee Meeting

Friday 07 November: 1900 6th Form Students’ Awards

Saturday 08 November: 0900 Founder’s Day : Service of thanksgiving, OTA AGM and other Founder’s Day activities

January 2014 Committee Meeting

The next OTA Committee Meeting will take place on 11th January starting at 10am. It is held in the Foundation Centre on the Oxford Road, Thame, and all OT members are welcome to attend. If you wish to become an active committee member that would be even better. If you have anything you would like us to discuss, please send an e-mail to:  secretary@oldtamensians.info

The new web-site is launched

This is our very first blog post to record that in December 2013, we finally started to rebuild the OTA web-site.