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A NEWSLETTER FOR OLD ELTHAMIANS

JANUARY 2017 ~ ISSUE 19

Specialising in Robotic Training and Minimally-Invasive Surgery I am currently a Consultant Surgeon at University College London Hospital (UCLH) and a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences at University College London (UCL) – the hospital’s affiliated university. My undergraduate and subsequent postgraduate training has been quite varied and allowed me to take on a variety of roles throughout UCL. It perhaps demonstrates how a traditional medical degree can lead to other opportunities not just being restricted to clinical work. Clinically, I am a specialist in minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) for bowel cancer, which is often colloquially called ‘keyhole surgery’. The operating theatres and facilities at UCLH are some of the best in the World allowing us to use the latest technologies to offer our patients optimal treatments. The skills involved in this further allow me to operate on a variety of non-cancer conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Endometriosis with other colleagues. UCLH is considered a ‘specialist’ or ‘tertiary-referral’ centre, which means many patients travel from other parts of the country to have their treatment. This is a huge privilege for those of us that work here. In addition, my clinical role involves undertaking endoscopy, outpatients’ clinics and periodically acting as the Surgeon-on-call for the hospital and surrounding region.

At the medical school, I am the GI Surgery Lead and coordinate the delivering of the curriculum for the clinical students in the hospital. Whilst most of my commitments are based around postgraduate training, it is important that we ensure medical students are being offered the best of education and receive a truly immersive experience in Surgery as they progress through their studies. Finally, I have recently been asked to write a novel and unique Master’s Degree for UCL in Advanced MIS Surgery. I am Director of this course and we hope to offer a hugely exciting programme starting in September 2017. I have produced this in conjunction with colleagues of mine from the US and Europe. I hope this short summary of my various roles gives a glimpse of how taking an undergraduate degree in medicine can lead to many other affiliated responsibilities. It is a long and difficult degree to complete but can often be very rewarding and lead to many opportunities. Manish Chand MBBS BSc FRCS MBA PhD Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

From a training perspective, I am lead for MIS and Robotic training. We are very fortunate to have fantastic state-of-the-art simulation training facilities including two Da Vinci robots. This role also includes arranging ‘Masterclasses’ where surgeons from around the World can learn the latest techniques from surgeons such as myself. This role is combined with management responsibilities in the hospital particularly centred around how we continue to deliver the latest technologies. One such example is the current business case I am conducting to purchase the latest generation of robots consolidating our position as one of the leading centres in the country. I run my own research programme at the university and currently supervise two postgraduate students aiming to complete PhDs. My research interests are in colorectal cancer specifically, the use of technology in surgery, image-based therapies, and the use of Virtual Reality in surgery. We are recipients of several grants and bursaries, and hope to continue to conduct meaningful research in these fields.

Manish in Theatre


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What does the OEA mean to you? It gives me great pleasure to write to you as Chairman of the Old Elthamians Association. Almost a year has passed since my inauguration and many may wonder what I have been doing with my time in office. The answer is a lot of soul searching on behalf of the OEA. I shall explain. The arrival of the School’s Development Office in the mid-2000s has led to a sea-change in the way former pupils liaise with the School and others in the Elthamians’ network. The Development Office has been a great success in many ways but as a result the OEAL, as the traditional former pupil community liaison, suffers from a fundamental lack of purpose. (It must be acknowledged that many former pupil associations and societies are facing similar realities). So what do we do about it?

Chris Brain

At present, the OEAL is run by a group of four committed Elthamians and we have developed the following brief for ourselves going forward: • •

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Simply to raise better awareness of, and engagement with, the OEAL as your old school network; Provide support to you by way of business and employment contacts, whether you are entering employment for the first time, changing careers, or you are more experienced and would offer mentoring opportunities to others. Provide specific industry events for former pupils directed at various ages and levels of experience. Deal with and attempt to remove the baggage of being an “old” pupils’ association which creates the wrong impression; Promote our female Elthamians and provide a dedicated network, to reflect especially the approaching 40th anniversary of girls joining the Sixth Form; Provide more attractive reunion events that are appropriate and wider ranging in their appeal, not just the sport-focused events currently offered. To ensure the Elthamians network appeals to and is meaningful to not just those London-based former pupils. Our network needs to follow you wherever you go. There are regional reunions but are they good enough? The OEAL and Development Office should work in partnership combining the employed staff of the Development Office with the volunteers of the OE network to deliver you a great service.

In This Issue... Specialising in Robotic Training and MIS What does the OEA mean to you? Old Elthamians Flickr Building Plans Approved! Welcome Class of 2016 BOEHC on the Up! A New Logo for Eltham College OEFRC Settle into College Meadow A Life in Public Service A Golden Day at St James’ Palace Career Forums at Eltham College Focus on the Legal Profession Adam joins Raleigh International on Expedition Autumn Term 1966 OEs Join Eltham College Teaching Staff From International Paediatrics to Pastoral Geriatrics Class Representatives 2016 Winter Reunion Class of 2006 Reunion OE Appointed GMC Director of Education and Standards Annual Fund 2016 Annual Reunion Dinner A Visit to Georgia New Beginnings In Memory - January to December 2016 Eltham College Remembrance Service Oldest OE Remembered Memories of Lester Martin Barry Sutton 1937 - 2016 Keeping in Touch 2017 Events and Reunions

Old Elthamians Flickr Each month we load new photos onto the Old Elthamians Flickr page, creating an amazing online image archive. Photos are placed into albums of years, occasions and events. All images can be downloaded, just right click on your chosen image.

However, these are our ideas and sound great to us. But have we missed the mark? We need your help to move forward. I pose some questions for you below and I would be pleased to receive feedback via email at chris. brain@hotmail.co.uk: 1. Do you want the OEAL to exist? 2. If yes, what do you want it to do for you? Have we proposed anything above that is good for you? Other ideas are welcome. 3. If no, the solution is that we wind up and dissolve the OEAL to leave the running of the former pupils’ network and all associated liaisons between former pupils to the School’s Development Office. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017. Chris Brain (1998) The Old Elthamians Association (OEA) has been officially divided into two bodies. The OEA Limited and the OE Charitable Trust. The OEAL is the social and former pupil community side of the organisation. The OECT advances education with a preference towards but not limited to pupils and former pupils of Eltham College and promotes amateur sport. The OECT’s income is the rent from Foxbury and charitable donations. In its short existence it has provided bursaries for pupils at Eltham College and made grants to improve the sporting facilities at the school.

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Building Plans Approved! We are delighted to announce that after almost nine months of protracted discussions, Bromley Council have approved our planning application for a new Sixth Form Centre and for new language and Maths classrooms on the site of the old Jubilee block and Tuckshop. The planning officer’s report commended the high quality of the design and the way that the buildings relate to both existing buildings and the sports fields. Although we agree that the architects have designed a superb set of buildings, we are equally excited about the opportunities that these buildings will provide. With lecture rooms, seminar spaces, as well as new careers and universities offices, we will be able to provide even greater support for Elthamians as they prepare for the next stage of their education and for future jobs.

Aerial view from the playing fields

The delay caused by planning has allowed us to add an additional facility, with a new medical and wellbeing centre to be built along the path to the Junior School. The new centre will house the school nurses, a student counsellor, SEN offices and student rooms. Again the intention is that the building should underline our commitment to providing the very best care in facilities that are fit for purpose. The next stage in the process is to tender the building work and then for the governors to review these before making their final decision in the spring. Our hope is that demolition will then start on 7 July 2017, when the school has broken up for the summer. A fly through of the project can be found on the landing page of the school website: www.elthamcollege.london

Welcome Class of 2016 Over the summer of 2016, we welcomed 84 new Old Elthamians. During their Graduation Chapel Service, the students all received a Bible as is tradition. The boys were also presented with an OE tie as a leaving gift from the OEAL, whilst the girls were given a sliver pendant of the Plane Tree. Following the Service, Headmaster Guy Sanderson hosted a champagne drinks reception before students, parents and staff spent the evening dining and dancing in the marquee. Images from the evening can be viewed on the Elthamians Flickr page.

View from Old Quad


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BOEHC on the Up! Following promotion back to the South Premiership, Blackheath & Old Elthamians Hockey Club has gone from strength to strength in the 2016/17 season. After eight games the 1st XI found themselves in fifth place and all the other BOEHC teams remained in healthy positions in their respective leagues as the season approached Christmas. The 1st XI knew it would be a tough task having been promoted back to the big time, however, they have more than held their own with thrilling victories against Ashford, Bournemouth, Lewis and a sumptuous 5-0 win away at Staines. Many OEs regularly appear for the 1st XI with Captain Chris Harden (2011) amongst the goals with 18 in eight games. He was well supported in attack by the Lawrence brothers, Mike (2007) and David (2014), along with Eddie Forshaw (2011) providing solidarity in midfield alongside Tom Archer (2010). The defence was boosted by Chris’s brother, Tom (2010), and Ben Stafford (2011) all of which grew up through the ranks at Eltham College. Chris Harden: 18 goals from 8 games

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A New Logo for Eltham College Headmaster, Guy Sanderson, explains why the time was right for a new school logo. “Eltham College has had several different crests or logos since the school was founded in 1842. We were originally known as the School for the Sons of Missionaries and the first logo showed a double S intertwined around the letter M; a version of this can still be seen in Central Hall above the main doors and on various honours boards and photos from that time. By the 1930s Eltham College, as we had become known since our move to the present site in 1912, had gained recognition by the Headmasters’ Conference and was granted a coat of arms in 1935 – the official Warrant for this is still displayed at the end of the corridor off Central Hall with the cricket and rugby photos. Linked to this, a new crest was developed with the central motif of the Christian cross, representing the faith at the heart of the school. Behind this were a crossed pair of staves (or pilgrims’ walking sticks) suggesting the spreading of learning by missionaries, in particular the four after whom the houses

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are named: Livingstone, Moffat, Carey and Chalmers. Since then the logo has comprised various simplified versions of this coat of arms often using the school colours of blue and gold. A crisper, more modern version of this logo was introduced in September 2016 which still retains the familiar features of the cross and pilgrim staves. In the same way that the Centenary building work is changing the physical heart of Old Quad without affecting the ethos and culture of the school, the new logo has been designed to retain the heritage and values of Eltham College but in a more contemporary format to reflect the school’s continued evolution. The logo now also draws together various parts of the school, such as the Eric Liddell Sports Centre, Gerald Moore Gallery, Elthamians, Junior School and Sixth Form under one, shared brand. The school motto Gloria Filiorum Patres, The Fathers are the Glory of the Sons, familiar to many generations of Old Elthamians remains the same, and will appear with the logo on publications and documents.”

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OEFRC Settle into College Meadow It would not be an exaggeration to say that Old Elthamians RFC are a Club transformed thanks to their long awaited move to College Meadow in September this year. After three nomadic years without a home, the Club was in real danger of losing its identity. Despite playing fortunes continuing to follow an upward curve, the Senior section was split between two venues and the absence of a clubhouse robbed the teams of any form of social existence - traditionally the heartbeat of rugby clubs up and down the country. However, the move to the ‘Meadow’ has revitalised the Club at every level. The first team embarked on an exciting new chapter in their long history on 17 September 2016, christening their new home with a 45-19 thumping of Clifton in front of their biggest crowd for three seasons. Indeed, any concerns that Elthamians supporters would not follow the Club once they had left their traditional Chislehurst, stronghold have quickly been quashed. Home attendances have doubled as the Club have recorded their best start to a season since the leagues began in 1987, winning their first nine games in National Two South. Four of the six pre-match lunches so far have been filled to capacity, and many former players and supporters have returned which has contributed to the general feel-good factor currently permeating throughout College Meadow. Significantly, the Club have been able to field a Veterans’ team, containing several former Eltham College alumni and OEs Junior coaches, for the first time in their history this season. An even more exciting development was the announcement at the end of November that Elthamians have signed former England Women’s captain Catherine Spencer, arguably the most iconic figure in the global women’s game, to set up and run a new women’s section at College Meadow. This demonstrates the far reaching extent of the Club’s ambitions as they look to create a true ‘Club for all’ and sporting centre of excellence as the focal point of the local community. Perhaps the greatest benefit of the move to College Meadow, has been the forging of even closer links with Eltham College. Elthamians Head Coach Sam Howard is the Head of Rugby at the College and he has a number of first team players coaching with him in the sports department. Burgeoning players at the College who have ambitions of

playing the sport at a higher level once they graduate, now have a clear and obvious pathway in to a progressive National League rugby club on their doorstep. A number of former pupils have already made great strides in the senior section including the likes of lock Tom Scorgie (2010) and winger Ollie Vidgeon (2010), who have several first team appearances under their belts. Elthamians Director of Rugby Gavin Lach believes the symbiotic relationship between club and college will pay huge dividends in the future. “The relationship between Elthamians and Eltham College has never been so strong and it will only get stronger with our move to College Meadow,” he said. “As a Club, we rely on an influx of young talent from the College each year and now players there can see a progressive pathway into senior rugby at a National League club – their own Club - playing alongside several players who are coaching them at the College. It is an exciting time for Old Elthamians RFC.” Eltham College 1st and 2nd XV were guests of honour at the Club’s recent pre-match lunch before their league game against Barnes, further cementing the relationship between club and college. While the Senior section has quickly adjusted to their new surroundings, Old Elthamians Youth Rugby section, run by OE Matthew Watkins (1981), has been firmly ensconced at Eltham College since September 2014 and are now happily into their third season at their new home. As much as the parents and players loved being based at their former home at Foxbury, there is no comparison in terms of quality and quantity of pitches, looked after by professional groundsmen and the excellent changing facilities. OEs now undoubtedly offer the best playing experience in Kent and probably beyond. The one area that has been missing is a clubhouse to call their own and use as a proper base, but that has been addressed with the move to College Meadow. The Academy squad has joined Senior Rugby in using it as their base, both for matches and midweek training. As of next season, the entire club will be based at College Meadow with the Mini Rugby section & Youth sections making the move. Due to the outstanding facilities, playing numbers have increased every year since the move and although the Club gets good numbers from most of the local rugby-playing schools, unsurprisingly Eltham College is the main provider of young talent. The school also gets the benefit of the coaching at OEs, with many of this season’s outstanding school 1st XV playing regularly at OEs from minis onwards. With the move to College Meadow, the Club expects still more players to join and would like to see even more players from the school, particularly the Junior section. In addition, OEs will be making particular efforts to grow in the local non-rugby schools especially the primaries. Elthamians are also seeing an increase in number of girls joining at the younger age groups, possibly off the back of the success of Great Britain’s Women’s team at the Rio Olympics. This is an area the club are very keen to encourage.

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Jon Edwards and Matthew Watkins


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A Life in Public Service New to the careers forum carousel for 2016, was Public Service and Administration. We were delighted to welcome back three OEs, Matt Costello (2009), Rebecca Ross (2005) and Charlie Baker (1985) who were joined on the panel by current parents Andrea McMahon and Susan Caldwell. The panel covered a broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities, and all were great advocates for working within the Civil Service and Police Force. Each of the panel spoke about what their current role entails, their career path to date and advice to the students on recruitment policies and procedures. Matt is an Assistant Economist with the Department of Work and Pensions, Rebecca is currently a Private Secretary to the Minister for Universities and Science, and Charlie is a Metropolitan Police Office specialising in road traffic forensics (and is very much looking forward to his retirement next year after completing 30-years of service!) Thank you to all our speakers for such an informative and interesting evening, it was great to meet with them all back at Eltham College. The next careers forum will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 January and will focus on Engineering and Technology. This is always a very popular choice of career at Eltham College and we generally have a really good turnout at this forum. If you would like to join the panel for this forum, please contact Helen.

A Golden Day at St James’ Palace Giles Brennand-Roper (2013) and 2015 leavers Scott Baker, Sam Cryan and Emma Drake were all awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards on Monday 22 November 2016. The OEs received their awards from chef Tom Aikens, who at 26 became the youngest British chef to be awarded two Michelin stars. Prince Edward was also present at the ceremony which was held at St James’ Palace. Congratulations Giles, Scott, Sam and Emma!

Scott and Sam at St James’ Palace

Career Forums at Eltham College We will be hosting a Forum for students interested in Engineering and Technology at the College on Tuesday 24 January. If you would like to join the panel, please let Helen know.

Charlie Baker, Matt Costello and Rebecca Ross

To celebrate International Women’s Day, there will be a Forum for the Sixth Form female students on Tuesday 7 March, following the IWD theme #BeBoldForChange. If any OEs would like to speak at the Forum, attend as part of the networking event or would like further information about the evening, please contact Helen.

Focus on the Legal Profession A forum for Eltham College students wanting to learn more about working in the Legal Profession was held at the school on Tuesday 4 October. The panel, which was made up of six Old Elthamians and two Parents, spoke in detail about their careers to date and the decision points along the way. They also gave advice on gap years, A level and degree subjects, work experience and what Law firms are looking for in their Graduate applicants.

We welcomed back OEs Russell Dellar (1987), Chris Axford (1995), Narind Singh (1996), Michael Hillman (1991), Kavi Mayor (2006) and Rob Dunk (1989). Pictured are - Chris Axford, Denise Wells (Parent), Kavi Mayor, Andrea McMahon (Parent), Michael Hillman, Russell Dellar, Narind Singh and Robert Dunk.

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Adam joins Raleigh International on Expedition Adam Bowes, who left Eltham College in 2015, recounts his trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Raleigh International this summer. “I undertook a seven week Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with over 60 other volunteers from all over the world. The voluntary work was split into two distinct projects, the first in an indigenous community and the second in a national park. La Montana is an isolated rural community of 150 people situated in the North West of Nicaragua, the goal for the project was to provide the inhabitants with clean and accessible drinking water. This was crucial to the development of the community as the only source of water was over 40 minutes away and this was contaminated, so it was far from ideal. After three weeks of intense work alongside our host families we managed to: build a filter; dig several kilometers of trenches where we laid pipes and installed taps so that the 150 residents now had clean and accessible water. The second project was in Piedras Blancas National Park in Costa Rica. This work had a two pronged approach, the first element was to clear 6km of trail within the national park and build a new path along it for tourists so that they can access the park and generate income. The second was in the form of education days in the local town to try and raise awareness and promote the national park given that it is such a fantastic resource.

After seven weeks in these two wonderful countries and with such wonderful people it was incredibly hard to say goodbye as it was such a phenomenal experience which I could not recommend enough to anyone who is even contemplating something similar. Especially with opportunities like the DS Moss Bursary at school and charities like the Jack Petchey foundation (who fully funded my trip) I can’t see why you wouldn’t want to have a truly life changing trip!”

Adam during his expedition

Autumn Term 1966 Even just one term at Eltham College can have a lasting impact, OE Thomas Schöck explains why. “It is now exactly 50 years that – having successfully applied for a British Council program - I spent the autumn term 1966 at Eltham College. And, up to these days,this has been one of the most important times in my life. Not only that I acquired a command of the English language that accompanied me – after graduating in law and economy – all the years in my professional life as a public servant with the Bavarian State administration - in the Ministry of Finance, the State Chancellery and - for the last quarter of a century (1988 – 2014) - as head of administration of one of the big German universities (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) and finally responsible for a branch campus in South Korea (2009 – 2016). My stay also was of high importance for me from the point of view of culture: Mr. Williams and Mr. WHO Chambers (due to his signature we called him “WHOCCY”) both developed my notion for classical music considerably: We went to Covent Garden, the London Philharmonic and even the Royal Albert Hall – many unforgettable experiences, including the world premiere of Malcolm Williamson’s “The Violins of Saint Jacques”. And Peter Aubusson in the study next door got me acquainted with the music of Gustav Mahler, which in Germany at that time was widely unknown, but has gained great attention throughout the last decades. On the other hand, room mates like Robert Collins and Timothy D. Yeadell or study mates like David Sanders and Richard Pollock made me acquire a very intense feeling of the late Sixties in London. I remember well a visit to the vivid market on Portobello Road – a jacket bought there is still in use.

In sports, I got acquainted with rugby, a sport that I still think to be one of the most original ways to play in a team, and I was glad to be a member of the 2nd XV, the shirt of which has accompanied me over all the years. And playing basketball with Andrew Yates as a trainer is also a good memory. Thomas pictured in 2013

Of course, and very important, I also took advantage of the way of scientific working that was at that time much more usual at Eltham College than I knew it from my school in Germany. Even reading Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Leben des Galilei” was an important experience – discussing German literature from the English point of view and explaining the German sight. Looking back, these three months contributed a lot to my personal development and implanted an understanding of as well as a favour for the British way of life. And, although the time spent at Eltham College was very short, much too short, this was the basis of a kind of “family tradition” - all of our three children went to an English-speaking boarding school, however - due to the increasing globalisation - in the United States.”


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OEs Join Eltham College Teaching Staff Four OEs have joined the teaching staff at Eltham College. We spoke to them about why they have returned to the College. Ajit Hindocha is Head of Physics, Becky Bevington nee Clegg (2003) joined the Mathematics department, Jamie Owen (2000) is and English teacher and Head of Academic Scholarship, and Helen Reed (2006) is a General Studies teacher in the Junior School. Where did you go after Eltham College? AH: I left Eltham after Year 11 in 2003 (not my choice!) to go to St Olave’s for Sixth Form. I then went on to study Physics at Loughborough University. BB: I went to Nottingham University to do a degree in Physics with Astronomy and then I stayed there to do my PGCE. JO: I went to St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge to study English Literature. It was a tough experience in terms of workload and deadlines but I now miss the libraries a great deal! HR: I studied Geography at The University of Bristol. Then I spent a year working in different Media roles in London. Once I decided to be a teacher I completed my PGCE at The University of Greenwich. Why did you decide to be a teacher? AH: I’ve always enjoyed Physics and wanted to continue working in the field but I knew that I didn’t want to work in an office or go into research. I also enjoy discussing and explaining Physical concepts and working with people so it felt like a natural path for me. It always seemed like a fun job, and there are some definite perks – school trips and still having school holidays spring to mind! BB: I’m not quite sure when I decided I wanted to be a teacher but I think it was when I was at University. I knew I didn’t want to work in an office and do the same thing every day and that I wanted to work with people/children so I decided to do a PGCE and ten years later I’m still teaching! JO: It was not something I ever planned. In fact, it was a somewhat begrudging last resort when other avenues I explored after graduation hadn’t worked. I was resistant to the idea and my PGCE training year was very tough and I doubted whether I would have a future in teaching. However, I finished the training and once I found a job in a school that suited me I absolutely loved it and have never looked back.

HR: I decided to be a teacher when I realised that working in an office was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Teaching is a job where every day is different. I wanted a job where I could do all the things I enjoy – be creative, be active, work with people of different ages, continue to learn etc. I love the variety of subjects/clubs I get to teach but most importantly I like the responsibility that a teacher is given so early on in their profession. What was your dream job when you were at Eltham College? AH: Definitely an astronaut or a pilot. I would still like to do one of those one day! BB: I really don’t think I had one! But I know that when I filled in my year book I had a boyfriend at the time who was very much in to wrestling so I think I saw myself being a wrestling wife... oh how things have changed! What was your most memorable moment as an Eltham College student? AH: Setting alight to the gas taps in Dr Bligh’s lessons was always good fun. Not that I would condone this behaviour now. The trips we went on were also great, especially the trip to Salamanca and Mont St Michel on the French Exchange trip. JO: I once scored the winning goal in House Football, poking out a right leg to get on the end of a corner and score for Chalmers against Livingstone. I was not particularly good at football and was only ever used as a bit-part substitute, so it felt very much a rags-to-riches story for me. HR: The Geology/Geography trip to Iceland with Mr McCartney. What’s it like being in the Common Room? AH: Initially, it was very strange. I’m not sure what I expected to be behind the door as a pupil really, but it’s just where I go to for a coffee or empty my pigeon hole now. Not as glamourous as people might think! BB: It doesn’t actually feel that strange! JO: Initially strange but I am getting used to it. To be honest, it is less weird than inhabiting other parts of the school that I used to know very well, since I have no childhood memories of it. We were allowed in the common room on one occasion though: every Sixth Former looked forward to a one-off invitation to drink sherry with the staff before attending formal dinner. Are any of your teachers still around? BB: Yes, a few - Mr Howls, Mr Watts, Mr Cheshire, Mr Pringle, Mr McGrahan... I’m sure there’s a few more! JO: Yes, probably around a dozen, although few who taught or remember me. Mr Grinstead and Mr Beattie taught me and Mr Thomas was my form tutor in Year 8; many staff have officially left but are still in school fairly regularly, such as Mr Barron and Mrs Galloway!

Ajit Hindocha, Jamie Owen and Becky Bevington

HR: I was taught Geography by Mr Cotterill and Mr Beattie. Mr Bacon supported me with my A level D&T project.


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From International Paediatrics to Pastoral Geriatrics Eltham 1946-1952. Those were powerful formative years for me, with good friends and inspiring role models. For many of us, with missionary parents overseas, the Eltham Boarding House and Scout Troop formed our extended family. The Scopes brothers, though orbiting way above most of us academically, were a good gang. Others I remember for leadership, sportsmanship, enthusiasm and spiritual direction were Stephen Smith, Noel Shepherd, Arthur Wyatt, JAD Northfield and Stan Gregory. Mr Occomore didn’t think I would get to University, so I was happy to surprise him.

Helen Reed in the Junior School

What was the most surprising difference for you working at the school vs being a student at the school? AH: It is obviously very different being on the other side, but I am pleasantly surprised at how respectful the pupils are. Holding doors open for teachers and being engaged with what they are learning makes it a pleasure to teach here. The other thing I’m (less pleasantly) surprised about is that the temporary hut, that was once my form room, is still here 13 years on… Although, I believe this is its last year before it’s finally removed! BB: I haven’t actually found there to be many differences. When I was in the Sixth Form we were treated as adults and with respect and therefore the transition to being a teacher and ‘on the other side’ has been quite easy. I had a good relationship with the staff when I was at Eltham and therefore being their colleague now has been very straightforward! JO: Technology! It feels strange seeing so many boys glued to their phones in break times and lunchtimes. Mobile phones were just becoming commonplace when I was in Sixth Form in the late 90s but I don’t remember anybody ever having one in school. And there were no interactive whiteboards back then; even standard ones felt fairly innovative! HR: As I work in the Junior School, it’s very different because I didn’t have any involvement in the Junior School whilst in the Sixth Form. Also I now get to see what goes on behind the scenes. I would say that there are more similarities than differences. The school is still as friendly and welcoming as it was when I was here, there are still so many different opportunities on offer for the children and the school buildings and grounds are just as impressive. Ajit, Becky, Jamie and Helen join former pupils Peter Swaffield (1972), Will Schaper (1993), Amanda Carey nee Wicks (1992), Peter Cheshire (1976) and Peter Howls (1998) on the teaching staff at the College and Katie Gleeson (2003) who is part of the College Enrichment team.

I was fortunate to study medicine in Edinburgh. In that era our teachers were both characters and world famous figures. There I met and married Margot, who was also committed to Christian service abroad. It’s been a good partnership, now pushing 60 years! We worked in a rural Christian hospital in South India (1961-1973). The hospital needed a paediatrician, but I had little experience of this specialty, so I had a lot of learning in order to be effective. Two years in the middle of that time we were back in UK, and I worked frantically to get my specialist qualifications. More important, I fell under the influence of the dynamic and innovative international paediatrician, David Morley, who had worked in West Africa, but was then Prof of Tropical Child Health at the Institute of Child Health in London. He was a lifelong inspiration. In 1973 I amazingly, no, providentially, went from a small rural hospital in India to the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and as part-time Hon. Consultant at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. It was a great privilege teaching some Post Graduates from around the world who became leading doctors. I was also expected to work overseas for at least three months a year in developing countries. This included WHO and UNICEF consultancies in a number of countries, especially in South Asia. In 1979 we returned to Edinburgh where my job was in the University and at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. My main responsibility was supervising the many international PGs who came to study paediatrics. But at the same time I continued my international work, including two small research teams on HIV infection in children in Zaire and on catchup growth in malnourished children in Bangladesh. My life was a challenging and rewarding international experience with the gift of many great contacts and good friends. I had the opportunity to develop and promote several types of service that had roots in developing countries but relevance to developed countries. After retiring in 1998 my clinical and pastoral interests turned to the many and varied needs of the elderly. I metamorphosed from paediatrician to simple geriatrician. I collected and wrote stories, biographical glimpses, poems, jokes, and practical advice with Christian devotions about health and wellbeing for Seniors. I did few notable things at Eltham, but one was to win the gymnastics prize, the Achilles Cup, at age 14 in 1948. Now as my frame shows serious wear and tear, I have to try and live by the encouragement and advice I have written for others! William A.M. Cutting (1952)

William Cutting


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Class Representatives

2016 Winter Reunion

The question is often asked how OEs are placed into years and therefore invited to reunions. Every OE is assigned a ‘Class of’ year which is the year they would have left the Upper Sixth. Even if someone leaves Eltham College prior to the Upper Sixth, we keep them in this year to ensure that they are invited along to reunions with former classmates.

There was a great turnout for the 2016 Winter Reunion at Eltham College on Sunday 18 December. The OE First XV won against the school and one of the OE teams was victorious in the touch rugby tournament. Sadly, the OE ladies were beaten by the Eltham College staff netball team but both OE teams played very well. OEA committee member Nick Byers (1980) awarded the cups during afternoon tea in the KGH at the end of afternoon, with captains Scott Baker (2015) and Adam Calderwood (2013) collecting on behalf of the OE First XV and an OE touch rugby team respectively.

To assist with organising reunions, and to help spread the word about relevant events, we are looking for a couple of Class Reps from each year. If you are interested in becoming a Class Rep or would like to find out a little more about what’s involved, please contact the Development Office.

More images can be found on the OE Flickr site under 2016 Winter Reunion.

Adam Webb (1998) and wife Lucy

2015 & 2016 Leavers

OE Touch Rugby Captain Adam Calderwood & Nick Byers

OE XV Captain Scott Baker & Nick Byers

2012 & 2013 Leavers

Touch Rugby Teams


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Class of 2006 Reunion On Thursday 15 September, the Class of 2006 were invited to a drinks reception in London marking ten years since leaving Eltham College. It was a great turn out and joining the OEs were teaching staff Adrian Thomas, Mark O’Dwyer, Elaine Galloway and Development Director Simon McGrahan. Former teachers Peter Richards and Ben Pollard also joined us for the evening.

Lauren Newton, Tom Campbell, Becky Arnheim and Shauna Patel

It was good to catch up with all the OEs and learn about what they have been up to since leaving. Many 2006 leavers are working in the City, whilst others are starting to move away from London as thoughts are turning to the next stages of their lives. Lots of memories of Eltham College were discussed including ski trips, the 2006 Leavers’ ball and the rugby tour to California! Images from the evening can be viewed on the OE Flickr page. OEs who attended were; Tom Campbell, John Corlett, Peter Levy, Simon Martin, Kavi Mayor, Guy Heskins, Justin Houlton, Gwilym Jones, Joe Keeper, Michael Roberts, Shovik Sarangi, Roland Slade, Christopher Thompson, Ed Velasco, Jack Wakeling, Alex Wort, Lauren Eastwood Hancox, Louise Warman, Lucy Watkins, Charlotte Seymour, Caroline Amos, Oli Baggaley, Lauren Newton, Shauna Patel and Andi Hoffman. The next ten-year reunion will be for the Class of 2007, in London on Thursday 14 September.

Ed Velasco, Jasmeer Renoo, Guy Heskins, Lucy Watkins and Becky Arnheim

Alex Wort, Chris Thompson, Guy Heskins, Gwilym Jones, Simon Martin, Shovik Sarangi and Kavi Mayor

Annual Fund

Class of 2006

OE Appointed GMC Director of Education and Standards Congratulations to OE Dr Colin Melville (1977) who has been appointed as the new Director of Education and Standards at The General Medical Council (GMC), from January 2017. Dr Melville is currently the Head of Medical Education at Lancaster University and Head of Lancaster Medical School, where he has led the development of an innovative undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programme. He has been a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine for over 20 years and held a number of senior education and NHS leadership roles. Dr Melville said of the appointment: “I am delighted to be joining the GMC and look forward to working with colleagues within the organisation and all those with an interest in this area to build on the reforms of recent years. The GMC is an independent patient safety organisation and I share its ambition to work closely with doctors at all stages of their careers to promote the highest standards of professionalism, practice and education.”

Dr Colin Melville

A huge thank you to all OEs who contributed towards to the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign in September. The recent leavers really enjoy sharing experiences with all OEs, whether you chose to support or not, during the threeweek campaign. Overall we raised £122,000, of which £80,000 goes towards the Bursary Fund. The remaining funds support extracurricular projects at Eltham College, chosen by the Annual Fund committee. Projects that have been supported so far this year are: 3D Ceramic printer including workshops for teachers and students; Two UV Light boxes for Art; Stevenson Screen weather station for Geography; Mandarin Club games to promote learning and understanding; Resin printer for DT and the Green Power project; Four DMX Transceivers for Tech Crew and co-curricular events; Ski tuning equipment for Ski Club; Coding Club equipment and software; A Jazz Workshop. The Annual Fund Committee is made up of staff, pupils, a governor, former and current parents and OEs. If you would like to be considered as a member of the committee, it is only a commitment of one evening meeting a term, please do drop Simon an email.


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2016 Annual Reunion Dinner 1956

130 OEs and their guests gathered at Eltham College on Saturday evening for the 2016 Reunion Dinner. Joining the OEs were teachers, both past and present, for an evening which marked leaving dates from 1956 through to 1996. The Class of 1973 also attended the dinner to celebrate 50 years since joining the school. The evening commenced with tours of the school, taking in the Chapel, Science Block (or New Block as it was referred to until the 1960s!), Tuck Shop (swimming pool and gym for some OEs), the main school building, ABH theatre and Music (previously the Boarding House). Headmaster, Guy Sanderson, joined the OEs for drinks in Central Hall, where pictures of each year group were taken. Sadly, the Class of 1986 were missed, apologies for this and let us know if you do have a picture of the 1986 group. Dinner was then served in King George’s Hall, which for many OEs had doubled in size since they had last eaten there.

1961

All the images from the evening can be viewed on the OE Flickr site. Memories of each year were displayed in the Old Library, and many OEs brought in pictures from their own collections to show. The sports team photos in the passage between Central Hall and the KGH, are always very popular with both OEs and their guests. A great evening was had by all and many OEs told us that they were delighted to return to the school and catch up with classmates and teachers alike.

1966

Many OEs took the time to tell us how much they enjoyed the evening, and encourage other OEs to attend their next reunion. “It was a great evening and good to catch up with old friends.” “Just wanted to say a big thank you for organising last night. Much fun was had by all... great to catch up with everyone and see the school looking so smart”

1971

“It was good fun going back 45 years, in some ways as if nothing had changed! Sorry my friends were a bit unruly still… I couldn’t really control them. Good to visit the toilets we flooded out, and the staff room where a boarder once sneaked in at night to steal a set of Chemistry books as his grades were not good. The official line was that they were stolen from a car.” “Thank you again for the invitation and the opportunity to go down memory lane. Thanks also to the staff, the refectory and all who made it such a great evening.”

1973

The 2017 reunion will be for the Classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002 and will be held at Eltham College on Saturday 7 October 2017. Invites will be sent out in the spring, but if you would like to let us know you are interested in attending, do get in touch!

1976

1981

1991

1996


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A Visit to Georgia I thought I knew about volcanoes, how they erupted without warning and spewed molten lava over the side and threw up clouds of volcanic ash. I didn’t know that ash clouds could rise many thousands of feet and be blown hundreds of miles. I was about to find out. “Just pop over to Georgia for a week, please Malcolm” said my boss. “You can fit it in before your trip to Turkmenistan”. I had not been to Georgia, so was not unwilling to have a look at the place. After all, it has a bit of history, being Stalin’s birthplace. Our interest in Georgia was due to our sales people selling a small, experimental air traffic system to Tbilisi airport, to gain a foothold in the country and hopefully do some bigger business. My job was to tune it the way the customer wanted it. A few days, maybe a week, was probably going to be enough to sort it out.

by next day, and everything be back to normal barring a few delays, but it was not to be. The airlines were scared witless that their aircraft would be damaged beyond repair if any stray volcanic ash found its way into the engines, so they grounded the lot.

Unlike many of the former Soviet states, and indeed a lot of places round the world that I’ve found myself in, you can just walk into Georgia without any form of visa, or indeed any money. Just show your passport, they stamp it and you’re in. No queueing for visas, “$100 please”, or sending your passport away for a few weeks to an embassy and hoping it comes back with the appropriate visa. Georgia is fairly pro-Western, and not a fan of Russia, and in fact have had a few small wars in recent times with Russia. One street is named George W Bush Street, and they even go so far as to put a large photograph of Mr Bush above the street name so you know who they’re talking about.

Now if all I had to do was sit it out in Georgia for an extra week, I wouldn’t have minded, but in a week I had to be in Turkmenistan. Unlike Georgia, Turkmenistan is somewhere that really does make it difficult for the traveller. You need a Letter of Invitation which expires three months after issue, so it’s use it or lose it. Once you have the Letter you can fly into the country but must pay an extortionate number of US dollars for a visa, then you’re in. My problem was that I had the Letter, but it would expire one week after I was meant to return home from Georgia. With the ash cloud about, it was starting to look uncertain whether I’d get to Turkmenistan in time.

But cutting to the chase, I was working my way through the list of requests without much trouble when the chief technician casually mentioned that there weren’t many aircraft flying over Europe that day. “Have a look at the radar screens, if you like”, he said. I asked the reason and he told me that a volcano had erupted in Iceland, the wind was blowing ash all over the continent and consequently no aircraft were flying. I was surprised that something so far away as Iceland was affecting aviation right across Europe, but he assured me it was true, and the BBC news bore him out. I assumed that it would all blow over, in both senses,

History records that the skies cleared and that global aviation eventually recovered. I managed two days at home before leaving for Turkmenistan, and arrived there on the last day of the Letter’s validity. My bag didn’t, though: it was left in Istanbul between flights and only caught up with me three days later.

New Beginnings I had the pleasure of returning to Eltham College in November 2016, my last memory being in summer 1994 getting my A level results. I was successful at getting to study law at Queen Mary & Westfield College. Following the completion of my legal studies and securing a training contract, I took a gap year and travelled to South East Asia and Australia. I trained in a local firm and then moved to London and worked in a variety of legal firms dealing with litigation. After 12 years of practice I decided that I wanted to pursue my love of Psychology. In my mind, Law and Psychology complement each other. I was fortunate to be accepted at the University of Surrey where I am currently in my final year of the Psychology BSc. This is a brilliant degree and I have enjoyed every minute of it, even learning statistics. Surrey is very keen to encourage work experience and I spent last year working in the NHS as a psychology assistant in a Children and Adolescents Mental Health Unit. I have gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience in research and have worked as a research assistant throughout the course. This has proved handy as I am currently working on my dissertation which is in combination with a nationwide project to understand

Malcolm pictured in 2015 at Lusaka airport in Zambia

Moral of the story: All human wisdom, knowledge and skill (God-given anyway) are no match for God’s power. Malcolm Jones (1972)

adolescents reasoning of legal rights and freedoms to asylum seekers. It was very kind of Eltham College pupils and their Head of Psychology Ms Pokorny for providing us with their input into this research. I shall be in touch with the findings! It was great to see the school doing so well and I was very excited to hear about the forthcoming developments that are about to commence! Sophia Coltart née Punwar (1994)

Sophia in the Eltham College library


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In Memory January to December 2016

Oldest OE Remembered

Brian David ADCOCK (1947-58) died 1 September, aged 77 Stephen Christopher BARNES (1981-90) died in January, aged 42 Peter Geoffrey Rumbold BINGHAM (1956-67) died in April, aged 67 Keith Raymond BRADLY (1947-55) died 17 April, aged 78 Darwell John CHARLTON (1939-45) died 1 July, aged 85 David CORNISH (1941-48) died in January, aged 85 Antony ‘Tony’ Michael COWIE (1945-52) died 19 October, aged 80 Anthony ‘Tony’ EARL (Teaching Staff 1973-2002) died 29 December, aged 74 Brian Charles Richard EMLY (1945-51) died 25 December, aged 83 David John Aston GILLBORN (1947-54) died 2 January, aged 79 Elizabeth GURTLER nee OWEN (1979-81) died 28 November, aged 53 Carl Nigel HEWSON (2000-07) died 16 November, aged 27 Eric Fredrick MCCAFFREY (1935-40) died 11 June, aged 91 Brian ‘Mac’ MCCARTHY (1942-47) died 5 April, aged 85 John Edward PENDOWER (1940-45) died 8 February, aged 88 Edward (Ted) Leigh PHILLIPS (1919-30), died 8 September, aged 104 Vernon Kenward SHARPINGTON (1940-47) died in January, aged 84 David SKELTON (1953-57) died 25 February, aged 78 Francis (Frank) Robert SOER (1937-42) died in January, aged 89 Barry Bridge SUTTON (1946-56) died 15 September, aged 79 Colin David THOMAS (1942-50) died 13 May, aged 82 Douglas (Doug) Percival THOMPSON 1942-50 died in May, aged 84 Edward ‘Ted’ WARD (1949-52) died 26 June, aged 82 Geoffrey Bryan WAYWELL (1954-62) died 16 February, aged 72

Ted Phillips (or Bill as he was known after he left school), who died in September 2016 at the age of 104, is one of the towering figures in the history of our school. A total superstar in sport and life. Incredibly, he wrote to me at the age of 97 with memories of Mervyn Peake and of hearing Eric Liddell speak to the school after he had won gold in Paris in 1924. Four pages of neat handwriting. Quite amazing. I have an attendance register from 1919 with Liddell and Phillips on the same page - one was 17 and the other seven - and Phillips was still alive until September 2016.

Those in bold have obituaries on the website www.elthamians.net/news/in-memory-0

He moved to Gloucestershire in 1935, when he became Chaplain of Dean Close School, Cheltenham. He is well remembered at Gloucester Rugby Club, where he was one of the “Three Clergymen” who played there in the late 1930s; he also played for Gloucestershire when they won the Championship in 1936-37.

If you would like to inform us of the death of an Old Elthamian or place an obituary onto the Elthamians website, please email elthamians@elthamcollege.org.uk or call the Development Office on 020 8851 9840.

Eltham College Remembrance Service On Friday 11 November, it was lovely to be joined by three OEs at the Remembrance Day Service in the Chapel. It is always a special day at Eltham College, with pupils and staff pausing to remember not only the OEs who fought and those who died whilst on active service, but also OEs who are members of the Armed Forces today. After the service, OEs Leonard Lovelock (1937), Ron Dungate (1945 - Ron was also the Premises Manager at Eltham College) and Keith Bradshaw (1946) with Mrs Bradshaw joined Headmaster, Deputy Head Mr Cooper, Head Boy Nick Smith and Head Girl Yinka Eseku for refreshments in the school.

He was by some way the outstanding sportsman at Eltham College between the wars, Captain of Cricket, Captain of Rugby, Head Boy, Blackheath Cup, Bayard Prize for best influence on other boys – he did everything and won everything. Then he won an Oxford Blue at Rugby.

When the memorial tablet on the back of the Chapel, dedicated to the OEs who fell in the Second World War, was unveiled at a special service in 1947, it was Phillips who gave the address. Such lives, he said, were not wasted. These and their like played their part in keeping for us our cherished freedom. He knew what he was talking about, as a Padré to the Paras who had been taken as a prisoner of war at Arnhem in September 1944. At a church service in Gloucestershire about ten years ago, Bill keeled over while preaching and fell to the floor. Oh well, the congregation thought, he would have wanted to go like that, and 94 is a good innings. But then he got up and carried on. He leaves five children, nine grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. A truly outstanding man. We will not see his like again.

Keith and Shelia Bradshaw, Leonard Lovelock and Ron Dungate

Mark Stickings, Eltham College Archivist

Ted at Gloucester Rugby Club on his 100th Birthday


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Memories of Lester Martin Lester Martin was my lifelong childhood friend when we both lived in Petts Wood in the 1950s, our homes were just a short walk apart and we went to the same small primary school at the end of the road. We did everything together, our main interest, like many schoolboys then, was collecting birds’ eggs and butterflies and any other wildlife we could find in the small wood at the back of Lester’s house and naturally Petts Wood itself. Then came Eltham College, which back then was very academically oriented during our time, the gold standard being Oxbridge which was never going to be the way for Lester or me, because even at the early stages, LM seemed to know precisely what he wanted to do, don’t ask me how, but he got his handful of O-levels and at sixteen went straight into an old established commercial property business, Browett and Taylor. He then applied himself to the professional exams with such diligence that he rapidly passed everything and became at that time the youngest person so to do, and obtained his professional qualification. By now our commercial careers were starting to diverge alarmingly, Lester’s upwards, mine erm, not, however we made up for all that by discovering the attractions, both bibulous and feminine, of the local pubs, firstly the Daylight Inn Petts Wood then the Tiger’s Head Chislehurst being our main ports of call. Lester had also polished his musical talents and for a short while was the frontman for a group called The Ides of March, which was sadly short lived and did not trouble the chart makers. By 1977, Lester was ready for the marital plunge, and I was his best man at St. Nicholas’s Chislehurst, and afterwards at a generous reception at the Royal Artillery barracks Woolwich.

Things moved on and I think it must’ve been early 80s when he emigrated with his young family and, without losing touch, we didn’t see much of each other for a good few years, during which time Lester had scaled the heights and become Richard Ellis’s main man for Australasia. Coming up to date, Lester started returning to England every other year, when he’d always take in the first day of the Lord’s test and the OE southern area lunch at Wildernesse Golf Club – he liked to play a bit too and picked up one of the trophies at Adrian Baulf’s OE golf day at Chislehurst, summer before last.

Foddy and Lester at Eltham College

So, it came as a terrible shock back in December 2015 when I learnt from Sandy, his partner, that dear old Lester, who barely had a day’s sickness that I can remember, was stricken by this rotten illness which he fought against so valiantly and for so long. If ever a bloke deserved a long and happy retirement with lots of cricket, golf and red wine, it was LDJM, so sadly not to be. I know that all in attendance at his funeral will have given him a fine and proper OE sendoff in good style raising numerous glasses to ‘absent friends’ my dear lifetime’s pal, and pal of a lifetime, Lester. Richard ‘Foddy’ Foster (1967)

Barry Sutton 1937 - 2016 Old Elthamians who had the good fortune to know Barry Sutton will have been greatly saddened to learn of his death last September. Professionally he was a very successful schoolmaster and Headmaster. He was a fine historian, a graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge, the university’s oldest college. He was very knowledgeable and widely read. One of his admiring pupils once remarked, ‘The trouble with Mr Sutton is that he knows everything!’ His first appointment was at Wycliffe College and his first headship at Hereford Cathedral School where he served for 12 years. Then, in 1987 he was appointed Head of Taunton School. Here Barry served for 10 years. In 1991 another OE was appointed Head of a neighbouring independent School, Queen’s College, Taunton, and Barry and Margaret typically went out of their way to make the newcomer and his wife most warmly welcome.

church to which they gave much time and loyal service, Barry being a church warden. One further good deed for which OEs are profoundly grateful to Barry and Margaret was their willingness to welcome a goodly gathering of South and West OEs to their annual summer reunion held in the beautiful grounds of Taunton School. Happy days!

Far from addressing the needs of Taunton School alone, he took on numerous challenges. These included serving the Scout movement at national level, the Headmaster’s Conference as one of their most capable lead inspectors of HMC schools, the local branch of the English Speaking Union for which he was Secretary, the Magistrates Courts for which he served as Chairman of the Bench, the twinning of Somerton and Licciani Nardi, with Margaret sharing over the years in a number of greatly valued exchanges.

We as Old Elthamians can be proud of all that Barry contributed in so many ways to so many people. He will be greatly missed and by none more than his devoted wife, Margaret, and their now grown up children Mark, Clare and Jane, their spouses Jo, Mike and Dermot and the grandchildren: Anna and Jono; Tom, Ewan, William and Angus; and Sean and Georgia. To them all we express our sympathy and warmest good wishes.

Barry and Margaret were also very committed to the local

Chris Bradnock (1961)

Barry Sutton 1937 - 2016


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Keeping in touch If you would like to update your contact details, you can let us know via the Elthamians website, email, telephone, post, Twitter or the Elthamians App.

Development Office Development Director Simon McGrahan sjm@eltham-college.org.uk

www.elthamians.net elthamians@eltham-college.org.uk

Eltham College Archivist Mark Stickings mws@eltham-college.org.uk

020 8851 9840 Development Office, Eltham College, Grove Park Road, Mottingham SE9 4QF

Database Co-ordinator Penny Waterson pw@eltham-college.org.uk

There are many ways to keep in touch and up to date with the OE Community including our Elthamians Facebook page and Twitter, as well as a group on LinkedIn, which can be joined once you are signed into your LinkedIn account. The Elthamians website is updated with details of future events and reunions, news and announcements, including information on how we can assist with organising a reunion for your year.

Alumni Relations and Careers Engagement Helen Wilson htw@eltham-college.org.uk Development Officer Alexandra Zdunek aaz@eltham-college.org.uk

www.facebook.com/oldelthamians

OEA Officers

www.twitter.com/elthamians www.flickr.com/photos/oe-reunions/sets

President: John Willis - elthamians@eltham-college.org.uk Treasurer: Adrian Baulf - adrian@baulf.com

www.linkedin.com/groups/Old-Elthamians

Chairman: Chris Brain - chris.brain@hotmail.co.uk

2017 Events and Reunions Tuesday 24 January

7:30pm to 9pm

Engineering & Technology Careers Forum

Eltham College

Tuesday 7 March

6:30pm to 9pm

International Women’s Day Forum

Eltham College

Thursday 23 March

6:30pm to 9:30pm

Central London OE Drinks

London – Venue TBC

Saturday 20 May

12:30pm to 3pm

South West Lunch

Taunton School, Somerset

Friday 16 June

8am to 5pm

OE Golf Day

Sundridge Park Golf Club

Sunday 2 July

11am to 7pm

OE Cricket Day and Summer BBQ

Eltham College

Thursday 14 September

6:30pm to 9:30pm

2007 Leavers’ Drinks Reception

London – Venue TBC

Saturday 7 October

6:30pm to 11pm

All the 2s and 7s Reunion Dinner

Eltham College

Friday 10 November

10:30am to Midday

Eltham College Remembrance Service

Eltham College Chapel

TBC

TBC

Bristol Drinks

TBC

TBC

TBC

East Anglia Dinner

TBC

TBC

TBC

South East Lunch/Dinner

TBC

We are always happy to assist with organising reunions. It may be that you wish to meet up with a few classmates, or would like to arrange a reunion for your whole year. We can help with the organisation of the event or simply put you in touch with other OEs from your year. Please contact Alex or Helen via email or phone.

Keep in touch www.elthamians.net

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