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 day, regularly appearing on BBC TV and radio. He was also Chaplain to the National Theatre and was a vociferous opponent against the views of Mary Whitehouse.

There was a large congregation that morning, among those present were T G Wenman Chairman of Thame Urban Council, members of the LEA and representatives of other schools – as well as pupils, staff and parents.

The Headmaster Mr Nelson read the lesson and singing was led by the school choir. An anthem was sung ‘Lead Me Lord’ under the direction of Mr Barrett with Mr Fethney at the organ.

At the Act of Commemoration, Mr C T Cope, President of the OTA and I M Dillamore, Head Boy laid wreaths and read the Rolls of Honour.

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