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With John’s retirement this has given us the opportunity to take stock and review all aspects of the magazine and the changing requirements of its readership, being mainly Club members. To this end we set up a Magazine Committee consisting of Anthony Phillips (Gibbs’), Anthony Eland (Second’s), Angus Ross (Second’s), John Hall (Second’s), Catherine Reeve (Sanderson’s) and the new Editor.

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ohn Selmon has now retired as Editor of The Lancing Club Magazine after many years of outstanding service and excellent publications. We thank John for his devotion in carrying out this role and wish him and his wife Gia many years of more peaceful retirement.

We are delighted that John Clifford has accepted the role as Editor of the Magazine. John although not an OL, has worked with John Selmon on previous issues and has been involved in many other publications. He is freelance with over thirty years’ experience within the publishing profession and therefore has the skills to manage the design and layout of our magazine and add suggestions regarding its content. We wish him well in his new role. There have also been changes to the organisation of selling advertising space and we thank Rob Black for his commitment in carrying out that task last year. Roy Kemp of Synergy Group Media, based in Wallington, Surrey has been appointed as Sales representation for the magazine. If you are interested in advertising in future issues, or know someone who might be interested please contact Roy by email We are keen to make the magazine 'a good read', with plenty of pictures, stories from OLs and others on topics relevant to OLs in the News, stories from the Archives. This is your magazine and we would appreciate feedback of what you think of this issue and how we can continually improve it. We need news from all OLs and if there are any “budding” writers who would like to contribute a topical article for the next issue we would like to hear from you. All contributions may be sent by email to or to the Lancing Club at I hope you enjoy it! Anthony Phillips Secretary

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Introduction from The Secretary & Contents Directory From the Editor & Dates for Your Diary From The Club President The Minutes of The Annual General Meeting of The Lancing Club Lancing Club AGM Chairman’s Report Chairman’s Update Communications Committee Report The Chairman of Governors Report From The Head Master The Development Director’s Report New Club Members Lancing Club Events Committee Report Summer Reception The Lancing Club Dinner 2011 The Lancing Club Carol Service & Christmas Party Over 60s’ Lunches Arthurian League 50th Anniversary Football Dinner


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Splicing The Mainbrace “One of the few” Jeffrey Quill From the Archives South Downs - review of Sir David Hare's play The Joshua Hayday Helping Hand Trust Book Review Laying The Foundation Stone Friends of Lancing Chapel





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The Lancing Club 2012 OFFICERS President: Sir Tim Rice (Second’s 58-62) 31 The Terrace, London SW13 ONR Chairman: Capt. Graham Robinson, R.N. (Gibbs’ 58-62) Malthouse Mead, North Lane South Harting, Petersfield, Hants G31 5NN T: 01730 825203 Treasurer: David Rice (Sanderson’s 60-64) 15, Tavistock Road, Fleet Hampshire GU51 4EH Mob: 07545 697456 T: 01252 624017 Secretary: Anthony Phillips (Gibbs’ 54-59) Old House Farm, High Bar Lane, Thakeham, Pulborough West Sussex RH20 3EH Mob: 07770 795882 Past President: Rear Admiral Sir Robert Woodard, K.C.V.O (Olds 52-57) Rose Hill, Port Navas, Constantine Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5RN Vice Presidents: John Bell (Sanderson’s 45-50, Master 60-92) Old Barn, Hyde Street, Upper Beeding, West Sussex BN44 3TG T: 01903 812273 Telford Shute (Head’s 55-59) Cobblers, High Park Avenue East Horsley, Surrey KT24 5DD T: 01483 282974 Nigel Ventham (Field’s 45-49) Braky Plat, Hurstpierpoint West Sussex BN6 9LL T: 01273 832108 4 I www.l a nc i ngc l

MEMBERS OF THE CLUB COMMITTEE Elected 2009 Simon English (Field’s 97-02) 75 Bishopsgate Walk, Chichester West Sussex PO19 6FQ Mob: 07799 608792

SPORTS SECRETARIES Sport Club Co-ordinator Nick Evans (Sanderson’s 53-57) 95 Palewell Park, London SW14 8JJ T: 020 88780195 Mob: 07887 704402

Elected 2010 Anthony Eland (Second’s 57-61) Rutlands, Tudor Close, Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2EF T: 01798 874 583 anthony.eland@btinternet,com

Cricket: David Newman (Sanderson’s 95-00) Flat 35 Prebend Mansions Chiswick High Road, London W4 2LU Mob: 07854 465113

Neesha Gopal (Manor 83-85) 11 Baytree Road, London SW2 5RR Mob: 07941 535671

Debating: Andrew Wagstaff (Seconds’ 97-99) 15 Powis Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 3HJ Mob: 07867 567798

Nick Parker (Teme 72-79) 1 New Cottages, Upper Harbledown Canterbury, Kent CT2 9AT T: 01227 472603 Tom Robson (Teme 02-07) 8 Princess Avenue, Bognor Regis West Sussex PO21 2QT Mob: 07926 877265 Angus Ross (Second’s 54-59) 25 St. Thomas’s Street Old Portsmouth, Hants PO1 2EZ T: 02392 824065 Elected 2011 Phil Hellary (Second’s 97-02) 8, Fitzwilliam Mews, London, E16 1SH Mob: 0773 4862200 T: 0203 2030245 Co-opted 2011 Nick Evans (Sanderson’s 53-57) 95 Palewell Park, London SW14 8JJ T: 020 88780195 Mob: 07887 704402 Development Assistant: Claire Welling c/o Lancing College , Lancing West Sussex BN15 0RW T: 01273 465709

Ladies Sports and Hockey: Hannah Cobbold (Field’s 04-09) Yendor House, Hundredsteddle Lane, Birdham, Chichester West Sussex PO20 7BL Mob: 07969 345844 Real Tennis: Harvey Rawlings (Sanderson’s 8287). Fairacres, Wychwood Lane Shermanbury, West Sussex RH13 8HE T: (H) 01273 229580 T: (W) 01403 711770 Rugby: Chris Callaway (Sanderson’s 91-96) Flat 2, 64 Longley Road London SW17 9LL Mob: 07740 419539

Eton Fives: Richard Black (Second’s 61-66) The White House, 284 Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 5AX T: 01932 770 325 Mob: 07715 179280 or Nigel Cox (Field’s 58-63) No 1 The Old Vicarage, 159 Main Road, Colden Common Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1TL T: 01962 713404

Sailing: Chris Foster (Head’s 73-77, Master 1991-). The Common Room Lancing College, Lancing West Sussex BN15 0RW T: (W) 01273 465813 T: (H) 01903 750114

Football: Tom Maberly Flat 3, 1 Veronica Road, London SW17 8QL Mob: 07739 305216

Squash: Nigel Hall (Second’s 87-92) Hillside Cottage, Tunworth Road Mapledurwell, Hampshire RG25 2LG Mob: 07976 153315

Golf: James Souter (Sanderson’s 89-94) Flat 1, Tudor Lodge 99-103 High Street Godalming, Surrey GU7 1AQ Mob: 07769 906295 Hockey (Men): Tom Phillips Brambles, Laxton Meadow Funtington PO19 9LD Mob: 07840 090999

Shooting: Andrew Morley (Gibbs’ 69-73) Fothersby, 46 Westbourne Avenue, Emsworth, Hampshire T: 01273 373969

Tennis: Richard Rawlings (Head’s 55-58) Brook House, Clappers Lane, Fulking Nr Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9NH T: (H) 01273 857225 T: (W) 01273 857776 Cross Country, Swimming and Water Polo: Vacant If anyone is interested in organising these OL sports please contact Nick Evans –


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – 2012 There is a wide selection of Events during the year for OLs, organised by the Club and the College. The Club, in addition, is sponsoring some of the College events.

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o begin I must join Anthony in thanking John Selmon for those many years as Editor. Working with John I have had an insight to OL life but rely on the ‘steerage’ and Club knowledge from the Magazine Committee and the Development Office. We have all spent enormous time and effort and my thanks go out to the committee and to Claire Welling at the Development Office.

Lancing Bicentenary Finale St John’s Smith Square, London March 16th 2012

Football Club Dinner SAS Radisson Hotel, Portman Square, London March 23rd 2012

Lancing Club YOLs’ event TBC

Evelyn Waugh Lecture Yes, I have over thirty years’ experience within the publishing, design and print industry but it is all about content. This is where you come in, you will read repeated requests for news and stories throughout this issue because this is your magazine, written designed and printed for you! We have made a number of changes, as you can see but importantly do you approve? Would you prefer to see more or less of certain articles? Do you like the design? Did you realise a quarter of our members live overseas? Do you download the PDF version? Would you like a ‘mobile’ version?

Lancing College April 19th 2012

Over 60s Lunch St Stephens Club, London April 25th 2012

Club AGM and Reception House of Lords May 11th 2012

Retirement Lunch for Jeremy Tomlinson & Head’s House reunion

This issue will be available via the Club website as a ‘new quality’ online version – with live links to advertisers and Google searches to strengthen our supportive advertisers.

Lancing College May 20th 2012

Your feedback is important, that is why I have created a number of email accounts (see below). This is your chance to ‘shape your magazine’.

Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh May 23rd 2012

As Anthony said; we want this to be 'a good read', with plenty of pictures, stories from OLs and others on topics relevant to OLs.

Edinburgh Reunion

Lancing Old Boys Golf Invitation West Sussex Golf Club September 6th 2012

I look forward to hearing from you!

Over 60s Lunch John Clifford Editor All contributions may be sent by email to: Your comments: Advertising: Cover image:

All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written permission of the The Lancing Club. No responsibility will be accepted for any errors or omissions, or comments expressed within the content. Views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily the views of the Editor or the Committee. Services and goods advertised are not necessarily endorsed by the Editor or the Committee.

St Stephens Club, London September 19th 2012

Lancing Club Dinner Lords Cricket Ground, London October 5th 2012

Lancing Club Carol Service & Christmas Party Chelsea Old Church, London December 17th 2012 For further details please contact: Claire Welling –

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Summer Reception Friday 11th May 2012

Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, House of Lords

You are warmly invited to the Summer Reception at the prestigious location of the House of Lords in the heart of Westminster. The sought-after Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, with their stunning views over the River Thames, will provide the perfect place to spend a summer’s evening in the company of old and new friends! The AGM will be at 6pm, to which all Club members are welcome. The drinks reception starts at 7pm and the Club provide a welcome glass of wine on arrival and canapés throughout the evening. A cash bar will be available as usual. Dress code is jacket and tie. The closest tubes are either Westminster or St James’s Park.

Please apply early to secure a place! Reservations to Claire Welling, Development Office by email or by calling 01273 465709


what he has achieved. The Club has now set up a Magazine Committee under the chairmanship of Anthony Phillips, which has appointed a new Editor, John Clifford. John is not an OL but has a wide range of experience in publications and the printing industry. I am sure there will be some changes to the magazine but thanks to John Selmon the organ’s foundations are solid. At the AGM, which was held at No.4 Hamilton Place in London in May 2011, three members of the Committee, Nick Evans, Rob Black and M-J Clifton retired by rotation. I thank them all for the contribution they made over the three years they were in office. Nick agreed to stay on board as a co-opted member of the Committee as the Co-ordinator of all the OL sporting activities, which is good news indeed. The Club has in recent years been s President of The Lancing Club I am increasing its financial support to the Sports pleased to report (while wearing my Clubs. It is very apparent that many younger OL socks) that the Club has once members participate in Club activities again enjoyed a very energetic year not only through OL Sport and costs of as far as its own events are concerned but administering the sporting entities, entrance also when supporting the College in its fees and travel costs are all increasing apace. activities. Many of these occasions are I was also pleased to welcome Phil Hellary covered in detail elsewhere in this magazine. as a newly elected member of the Committee. Your Chairman, Captain Graham Robinson, has now been in Office for some ten years. At the AGM the financial position of the This anniversary led him to volunteer Club was revealed and despite the vagaries selflessly to step down. I have asked, nay of share prices and low returns on other begged, him to continue for just a little while types of investments the balance sheet has longer while we scour the shires for a new, been holding up slightly better than the possibly younger, man. As a result of this market. I thank David Rice (no relation, pleading, the immediate future is secure although we were both at Lancing at the with Graham’s hands on the tiller as he same time), Club Treasurer, for all his work continues his invaluable work for the club in looking after the financial aspects of the and, in close consultation with the Head Club. Master, for the College and its development. One of the prime objectives of the Club is Anthony Phillips will be stepping down from to support the College in its development his position as Club Secretary in May 2012, and its activities. Each year we also make a as the demands of being Master of his Livery donation to the College for the Head Company – The Worshipful Company of Master to select a project which requires Feltmakers – approach. He has been an some extraordinary funding. It therefore invaluable servant of the Club during his gave me great pleasure at the Club time as Secretary and I thank him for all the Reception after the AGM to present to the support he has given me and other OLs Head Master a cheque for £2000 which he during his tenure. has used to facilitate school trips for those who otherwise would not be able to We are also sorry to lose John Selmon, both participate. I am inclined to think the Club as an Officer of the Club, and as the Editor should donate a slightly more substantial of the Club Magazine, where he will be sum in future years – if possible. particularly missed. He has done sterling work over the years and the ever-growing Other highlights for me in the past twelve interest in the publication is a reflection on months included the 2011 Carol Service at


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Chelsea Old Church in London. The service was conducted by the Vicar of Chelsea Old Church, Canon David Reindorp (Field's 6671). The OL choir was directed by Johnny Killhams, (Teme 03-08). Then there was the annual Evelyn Waugh lecture, delivered masterfully by my Second’s House contemporary, Christopher Hampton CBE, in which the distinguished playwright enthralled a packed Great School with both theatrical and Lancing recollections. In November I had the great honour of seeing one of my own works being performed in Lancing College Chapel. The piece was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which I wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber more than 40 years ago, for Colet Court School in Hammersmith, London. I can truthfully say that of all the school productions of Joseph I have seen since 1968, Lancing’s has not been bettered. Every aspect of the staging was outstanding. The performers, both singers and musicians, revealed that the College is going through a golden age of music at the moment and the technical aspects of the show – lighting, sound, direction, were shown to majestic effect in that wonderful building. Furthermore, no other version I have seen featured Jeremy Tomlinson, Housemaster of Head’s (81-96 ) in a leading role. There were three nights of full houses, consisting of OLs, parents and members of the public and I am very grateful to all concerned for such a magnificent show. A few years ago the Club set up within the Lancing Foundation, a Fund to support a Lancing Club Bursary for sons and daughters of Club members. It is not yet in a position to provide such a Bursary as the Fund needs to grow. Anyone wishing to make a donation or a bequest to the Club Bursary Fund should in the first instance contact the Catherine Reeve for more details. I commend the Fund to you. In 2012 the Club has arranged events at two aristocratic venues – Lord’s Cricket Ground and the House of Lords. Of course there will be many other sporting and cultural extravaganzas to savour, and I hope to see many of my OL chums at many of these. OL socks optional. Sir Tim Rice

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The Minutes of The Annual General Meeting of The Lancing Club

Held At No. 4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ On Friday 13th May 2011 The President, Sir Tim Rice, welcomed members of The Lancing Club and their guests.

and recommended the accounts for approval. Mr Roger Flint seconded by Mr Nigel Belle proposed the adoption of the accounts and the accounts were approved.


All officers of the Club (except for the Past Presidents) retire at the end of the meeting under the rules. Sir Tim Rice, Captain Graham Apologies for absence were received from Mr Nigel Ventham, Mr Telford Shute, Mr David Rice, Mr John Selmon, Mr Nick Parker, Robinson, RN, Mr Anthony Phillips and Mr David Rice offered themselves for re-election. It was noted that the Club was close to Mr Nick Evans, Mr Rob Black, Mr Simon English, Mr Michael Eke. finding a replacement for John Selmon as Editor of the magazine. MINUTES OF THE 2010 AGM Ms Neesha Gopal, seconded by Mr Ian Robinson, proposed that Sir Mr Ian Robinson seconded by Colonel Peter Bates proposed the Tim Rice, Captain Graham Robinson, RN, Mr Anthony Phillips and approval of the Minutes of the AGM held on 14th May 2010. Mr David Rice should be re-elected en bloc respectively as The Minutes were approved. President, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer - they were elected unanimously.



Mr James de la Mere asked about the progress being made on the delineation of the Development Office. The Club Chairman responded that while the Club had its own identity it worked closely with the Development Office for mutual benefit.

CLUB COMMITTEE REPORT The annual report of the Club Committee was given by the Chairman, Captain Graham Robinson RN (printed in full on the next page) The President thanked the Chairman for his report and asked the meeting to accept the Chairman’s report. The meeting accepted the Chairman’s report unanimously. The President thanked the Chairman for his hard work throughout the year. The President also suggested that consideration should be given to free drinks being given at the Annual Summer Reception and the Chairman undertook to review this.

TREASURER’S REPORT The Treasurer, Mr David Rice, in absentia, circulated his report reviewing the accounts for the year ended 31 December 2010. The Secretary made a number of observations on behalf of the Treasurer: Income from dividends had increased marginally year on year at £17,309 and subscriptions from new members of The Lancing Club had increased to £29,795. Costs for the year were higher at £28,216 against the previous year at £25,707 mainly being due there not being a Club Dinner in 2009. The cost figure in 2008 was £28,614. Donations amounting to £4500 were made to five sports clubs: Fives, Football, Golf, Shooting and Tennis. On the balance sheet the portfolio valuation at 31st December 2010 stood at £478,098 showing an increase of 12% on the year. The Treasurer considered the Club to be in good financial health 8 I www.l a nc i ngc l

The President thanked Mr John Selmon for another fine magazine.

ELECTION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS Mr Nick Evans, Mr Rob Black and Mr M-J Clifton retired from the Committee in rotation. The President thanked them for their contribution during their three years on the Committee. Mr Phil Hellary offered himself for election. Mr M-J Clifton, seconded by Mrs Catherine Reeve proposed this election and he was elected unanimously.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS Mr James de la Mere remarked that the recent edition of The Quad was an excellent publication and enquired about the Club’s relationship with the Development Office. The Chairman supported by the Development Director outlined the position. Mr James de la Mere raised the issue again concerning OLs visiting the College and the security arrangements. The College had been obliged to introduce new restrictions to comply with current legislation. There was considerable discussion with differing views being expressed, but the College has a responsibility to comply with the legislation. Mr James de la Mere proposed a vote of thanks to the President and the Committee for their work during the last year. The President thanked everyone for their attendance and declared the meeting closed. Captain Graham Robinson RN Chairman Mr Anthony Phillips Honorary Secretary


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Chairman’s Report Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen,


ou will be delighted to know that I will not bang on for too long this evening. You want to go and have a drink and we must leave time for ‘Any Other Business’ when I know at least one member present will not surprise us by staying silent. My report will also be shorter than usual because you will have recently received the Club Magazine which this year contained a ‘Chairman’s Update’ from last year’s report to the AGM. This was something I had been meaning to do for some years but had failed until I got a direct order from the Club Secretary. 2010/11 has been a good year for the Club. You will either have attended or read about the Club Social Events in the Magazine; very good they were too with an excellent Reception in HQS WELLINGTON, a memorable Dinner in the House of Commons and the highly enjoyable Carol Service in Chelsea followed immediately by the extremely pleasurable Christmas Party. I was pleased that the Club was able to sponsor the OL Drinks in Hong Kong but as our Treasurer had declined my request for first class travel I did not attend myself. On the sporting front, it has been a good year with some notable successes. You will have read the Sports Reports in the Club Magazine but since its publication the football season has come to an end of a very good year with: 1st XI 3rd in Arthurian League 2nd XI 2nd in their Division and promoted Veterans Won Arthurian Veterans Cup beating Eton in the final Football is one of the sports to which the Lancing Club has given financial support. Another is Golf. The OLs were victorious against Bedford in the first round of the Halford Hewitt but missed out against a very strong Harrovian side in the second. It is encouraging that our team is well respected within the Halford Hewitt community. As I speak our team looks forward to the qualification rounds for the Grafton Morrish as well as the OL Golf Society Spring Meeting at Worplesdon. The Rifle Club is making good use of its £1,000 Club grant for the purchasing and refurbishment of kit. The Club has a good programme of events and it has an excellent liaison with the College which bodes well for new membership. OL Fives is really flourishing under the energetic guidance of Richard Black and with the benefit of a Club grant.

Our Secretary will shortly ask you to accept the Treasurer’s Report in the unavoidable absence of David Rice but I would just wish to say myself that over the last year we have reviewed the Club’s Financial strategy such that we are now able to allocate more funds to our Sports Club as well as setting aside money for regional events such as the Reception in Hong Kong. Personally, I would like to see this area of activity grow. In closing my brief comments on our finances I would like to thank Harvey Rawlings for his help with our investments and Stephen Dexter for being our ‘Reporting Accountant.’ This year’s Club Magazine to which I referred earlier was the last edited by John Selmon. So, the end of an era. I am sure Club Members would wish to join me in thanking John for his years of work. Rob Black, as an extremely willing and lively non-professional, took on the role of raising advertising revenue and while we are still counting the money he has raised he has been highly successful. So warm thanks to him. Your Committee has met four times since we last met with a number of Sub-Committee Meetings in between. In addition, a lot of email traffic flows on the various issues that cannot wait until the next meeting. (Oh, for the abolition of email!) I am grateful to the Committee for their support and advice along with that of our President. I am especially appreciative to the Treasurer and Secretary for the work they do and for keeping me on my toes. The contribution made by Catherine Reeve and Claire Welling to Club administration is also greatly valued. Sadly, from the Committee, we must say ‘goodbye’ under the ‘3-year rule’ to: ‘MJ’ Clifton who has provided valuable support and advice on Young OL Matters and on a wider front has kept us in check on a legal front when we have looked like straying into danger. Rob Black whose enthusiasm has been immeasurable and, being passionate about the College, he has contributed some thought provoking ideas for which we will miss him. Nick Evans – Mr OL Sport – has been an outstanding link between the Club Committee and OL Sports Clubs. He is a fund of good ideas and plain commonsense advice. The Committee will miss them and I am sure OLs would wish to join me in expressing our warmest thanks to them. In the year ahead, I think we need to: a. Review the Club Rules b. Examine the publicity we give to our events. c. Develop our events programme including regional events and mini-social events. d. Enhance the number of school leavers joining the Club. e. Settle in a new Editor of the Magazine. These, and other measures, will be laid before the Committee. Mr President, may I please ask that you invite the AGM to accept my report? Captain Graham Robinson RN Chairman www.lanc i ngcl I 9



Annual General Meeting 2012 The Lancing Club Annual General Meeting will be held at The House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW on Friday 11th May 2012 starting at 6.00pm. All members and their guests are welcome.

AGENDA • Apologies for absence • To approve the minutes of the AGM held at No. 4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ on Friday 13th May 2011. Matters arising • To receive the annual report of the Club. • To approve the accounts of the Club for the last year ending 31st December 2011. • To elect new officers of the Club

Please send us your latest news (new postal or email address, profession, achievements, reunions with OL friends etc.) together with photographs. These can then be published in the next issue of the Magazine. Items can be emailed to or can be posted to the Development Assistant, contact details on page 4 of the Magazine.

The Woodard Schools (Southern Division) Benefit Fund If you are one of the many OLs who belong to the Fund, remember the benefits which membership bestows. Bursaries can be awarded to members’ children who are being, or are about to be educated at Lancing or one of the other schools in the Southern Division. Financial need has, of course, to be demonstrated but, subject to this, the Head Master has the authority to recommend Bursary awards, and applications should be made direct to him.

• To elect new members of the Committee • To deal with any other business

The Peter Tinniswood Music Prize The Prize, which is financed by the donation made by The Lancing Club to the College on Peter Tinniswood’s retirement, is awarded each year on Founder’s Day. It was awarded last year to Benedict Pope.

Data Protection In order to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998, we wish to inform members that we hold information such as addresses and other similar information, which has either been extracted from College records or supplied to us by the individuals concerned.

Grants to cover the further education of members’ children, or for use to reduce hardship in situations where members are themselves in distress, are also available. Application for these grants should be made direct to the Secretary. The Life Composition Fee is currently £115. Further information can be obtained from: The Secretary, The Woodard Schools (Southern Division) Benefit Fund, 5, Aldermoor Avenue, Storrington, West Sussex RH20 4PT. Tel: 01903 743346.

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t seems strange that as I write this update on Club affairs (in respect of the copy deadline late as usual), I do so without the frequent phone calls from John Selmon, as Editor, asking how I am getting on. In no way could his calm, persuasive imploring for me to get on with be called ‘nagging’ but it had the same effect. I miss it…and him As I said in my Report to the AGM, we are all extremely grateful to John for his years of painstaking work editing our Magazine and the assistance given to him by his wife Gia. They are a hard act to follow. I do think however that in John Clifford, our new Editor, together with the Club’s Magazine Committee we have a combination that could be just what we looked for in seeking John’s successor and I am sure all Club Members would thank them for taking on the role of producing a Club Magazine that already compares very favourably indeed with those of other School alumni. Certainly, if the nagging (and I do mean nagging) in trying to extract this article from me is anything to go by, they are on top of their game. I am delighted that it has been such a good year for the College as we commemorate the Bicentenary of our Founder’s Birth. It has been a good year for the Club as well. As you will read elsewhere, the Club Reception in May, the Club Dinner at the College in October and the Club Carol Service and Christmas Party in December were all really successful events. I am very grateful to Neesha Gopal (Manor 83-85) and the Events Committee for these events together with the assistance given to them by Catherine Reeve and Claire Welling in the Development Office. In addition the Club has been pleased to sponsor a number of events organized by the Development Office namely, 2010 Leavers Drinks, OL Reception in Hong Kong, Over 60s Lunch and the OL Oxford Drinks and Dinner at Hertford College in October. Sport plays an important part in OL activity and one to which the Club Committee is fully attuned. The Committee was pleased to be able to increase the grants made to the Sports Clubs to a total of £3350 in 2011. The accomplishments of what seems to be a growing number of sporting teams are described in the appropriate pages but I am confident that Club Members would wish to thank those who undertake the painstaking role of administering the Clubs and managing the teams. In addition to his involvement with the OL Football Club, Nick Evans has done superbly as Sports Coordinator and representing the interests of the Clubs on the main Club Committee. Looking ahead to 2012, I am delighted with the prospect of what lies ahead. Our social events programme, aimed solely achieving fellowship and camaraderie, looks especially exciting. As the 1 2 I www.l anc i ngcl

President has said, it has, by coincidence, a Lord’s theme with the May Reception being held at the House of Lords (thank you Simon Blackburn for being our enabler for this) and the Annual Club Dinner being held in the magnificent Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground. As well as the Club’s Christmas Carol Service, I hope that, as mentioned in the Events Committee Report, we will be able to add to these activities with regional and mini-social events.

The Club will once again be sponsoring some events organised by the Development Office. As I write these are: Hong Kong Reunion (January), Over 60s Lunches (April and September) and an Edinburgh Reunion (May), There is mention elsewhere in the Magazine of the Nathanial Woodard Bicentenary Concert at St John’s Smith Square on March 16 at which a piece of music funded by The Lancing Club and written by the late David Bedford (Fields’ 51-55) to mark the 200th Anniversary of our Founder’s birth will be played. The Club Committee felt it to be important that the Club and its members are closely linked with our Founder through this music not only on this occasion but also whenever the music is played. They thus unhesitatingly agreed to fund it. Given the spirit within them, I cannot imagine that OL sports teams will, in anyway, feel overshadowed by the Olympics (of course we do have an Olympic Gold Medalist amongst our members- Richard Meade (Olds 52-57) but to give them encouragement to do even better this year than last, the Club Committee has increased the total Sports Clubs’ Grants budget to £5,000. I am as ever grateful to the Club Committee members for the work they do and the advice they provide. They certainly give the impression that they thoroughly enjoy making a contribution to the Club and thereby contributing to the Lancing Community. We are always keen to hear from anyone who might like to join the Committee and I would invite any Club Member so inclined either to contact me or another Committee member to discuss the matter further. Club Committee membership is not only rewarding, it is good fun. As our President has mentioned we are, in particular need of a new Club Secretary as Anthony Phillips needs to step down, as the President has said. I would welcome the opportunity to chat to a Club Member who feels that this might be her/him. Our President was much too kind to say that I have passed my ‘sellby date’ (and I have) but I can honestly say that I look forward to the Club’s 2012 with as much keen anticipation, indeed even more, as I have my previous year’s as your Chairman. I look forward to seeing Club members, in large numbers, at our social events, watching OL Sport and on other OL occasions. Captain Graham Robinson


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e welcomed Claire Welling, Development Assistant to the Communications Committee in 2011 for not only is she involved in all the administration for the events during the year but she also maintains the Club website on our behalf. The other members of the Committee are Anthony Phillips (Gibbs), Anthony Eland (Second’s) and Angus Ross (Second’s).

The College was hoping to introduce a new website during 2011 and we were working with the designers so that the Club utilised the same system and modus operandi. However the project ran into problems and will have to start all over again during 2012. Claire has therefore had considerable difficulty in maintaining the website and if you have noticed some out of date articles and photographs you now know the reason why. We hope to be fully operational again by June of this year. We are aware that technology is moving forward at a fast pace and communications are changing from e-mails to Facebook to Twitter and so on. The younger members of the Club Committee lead by Phil Hellary (Second’s) are proposing new ideas and actions for the Club. The three main aspects of social networking are being examined and their application for The Lancing Club – namely Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Phil Hellary writes:


Where Facebook’s emphasis is on ‘social’ in the term ‘social networking site’, LinkedIn’s emphasis is on ‘networking’. It is very much business-related. Some see it as the modern day equivalent/replacement of a business card Rolodex. Similarly to Facebook, users have a profile page where they can add updates which are broadcast to all of their connections. This broadcasting nature isn’t used very much though compared to Facebook. There is a front home page where updates from your connections are sent in a similar vein to Facebook. Since LinkedIn is very much business oriented, its main uses are to develop contacts that will help develop a user’s career or a user’s company. While you can message people in your contact list directly, you can also use a feature known as ‘introductions’ to contact people that you have a mutual connection with. This is so that not just ‘anybody’ can contact important people in businesses and it increases the importance of ‘who you know’. LinkedIn is used increasingly more to find jobs and for businesses to find potential candidates. Contacts can provide recommendations for their colleagues directly on users’ profile pages and companies can list jobs as well. LinkedIn’s user demographic is heavily based in working professionals and has a far more mature clientele when compared with Facebook It has about 120 million users. Search Lancing Club on LinkedIn

Facebook Facebook is an online social network where people add people they know as ‘friends’. Users post things such as photographs and short textual updates about anything ranging from what they’re up to, what’s annoying them at that moment in time and what they had for lunch. This is then shared with everyone on their ‘friend list’ and appears in people’s front ‘newsfeed’ page. It has largely replaced the use of email for non-work related communications. Facebook’s users make up all ages. It was initially exclusive to university students but is now open to everyone. The bulk of its users are in their 20s or early 30s although it is so prolific that average demographics fail to be of much use – the site has over 800 million subscribers worldwide. It’s been reported that more than half of the UK population has a Facebook account.

Twitter Twitter is a comparatively new service and is based upon sharing ‘tweets’ of up to 140 characters in length. Users can follow whoever they like and receive updates. There is no differentiation between an individual user and a company. ‘Following’ someone is similar to adding a friend on Facebook or a contact on LinkedIn in that it lets you see their updates, however, it is a one way thing. If you follow someone else, they don’t automatically follow you back. Some people use Twitter as a way to speak to friends, others use it as a way to follow various news sites and have their feeds sent straight to one place, others use it to follow companies of interest to find out about their latest products etc. or to contact them directly.

As we progress further details will be posted on the Club website Anthony Phillips

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The Chairman of Governors Report Dr. Harry Brünjes

I am privileged to be chairman of Lancing during a vibrant period in its history. It is very rewarding as chairman to say that both Lancing College and the Lancing Prep are full with waiting lists. I am told by many a wise sage that the independent schools tend to suffer two years after a recession. I am ‘touching every piece of wood in my study’ but there is no evidence of that at present. That being said the governing body at Lancing is not complacent and there is a contingency strategy carefully tucked away.

than the sum of all those who may have laid claim over the years. Christopher Hampton, OL, ‘Oscar winning playwright’ who kindly gave ‘the Evelyn Waugh lecture’ during the Lent term, reinforced this. Christopher’s text (as will be no surprise) was beautifully crafted referencing his own time at Lancing alongside Evelyn Waugh’s reflections during those last grim years of the First World War and its immediate aftermath. Christopher remarked that he “shuddered at the memory of the school food” but did not go as far as Evelyn Waugh who wrote “the food in school would have provoked mutiny in a mid-Victorian poor-house”. More significantly and more thought provoking Christopher closed by stating the following “the teaching at Lancing was exemplary: wide-ranging, demanding and rigorous. Above all, the atmosphere of open-minded enquiry, of benevolent scepticism and unruffled tolerance was the strongest kind of foundation for the trials ahead, otherwise known as life. We were guided to believe in what you believe with the greatest possible conviction but also believe in the next man’s right to believe in something completely different. Battered and often derided as the ideals of humanism they still survive today, largely thanks to the kind of ideas that were held to be important in places like Lancing.”

2011 has been a special year. It is the bicentenary of Woodard, which we celebrated earlier in the year in our magnificent chapel. Lancing College was the first school founded by Nathaniel Woodard and Lancing is, and always has been, and always will be, the senior school, the flagship of the Woodard Corporation. It is astonishing how the culture of Lancing has persisted through the centuries. Like any great institution or building, Lancing has its own spirit, its own force, its own organic energy that is greater

The above statement could easily describe the modern day Lancing College we all know. Lancing is a firmly established top coeducational school with a roll of 545 pupils. Lancing is a firmly established top boarding school. Lancing is a firmly established top day school. We like to think that Lancing has the ‘right balance producing balanced individuals’. All this has been reinforced by an outstanding Ofsted report and an excellent report for Lancing College. One of the great pleasures of my first year in the


s I said in my founder’s day speech two summers ago, being chairman of Lancing College is similar to Groundhog Day. Certain traditional events in the Lancing calendar seem to come round all too quickly. Not only is it Founders Day when suddenly it is Founders Day again, one carol service seems to merge into another and it seems to me that I am only writing my Annual Report for the Lancing Club Magazine when I am suddenly writing it again. Maybe it is a symptom of how busy Lancing College is. However if I am being honest it is the reality of the fact that the years do undoubtedly pass quicker with every grey hair!

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chair was receiving another excellent inspection report for Lancing, but on that occasion Lancing Prep, which now has a roll of 215 pupils. It was a great joy for the school to welcome Ian Beer back to Lancing College to celebrate his 80th birthday. On a personal basis I have valued Ian’s advice. Ian Beer was towering at Founders Day and it was difficult to believe that the great man was 80 years old. As I said to him over lunch, “Ian, you are the Peter Pan of Lancing College. I don’t know what you are taking but I would like some of it!” Can I end by saying that Lancing Head Masters seem to live forever. Ian Beer is 80 years old. Before last Christmas we celebrated Sir William Gladstone’s 85th birthday at The Club Dinner at the House of Commons. The week previously we celebrated Professor John Dancy’s 90th birthday at the Oriental Club in town. Even though I am a doctor I struggle to find an answer to all this but I do have a differential diagnosis to use medical speak. Maybe it is the air up on the hill; maybe Lancing heads are all keep fit fanatics; maybe they are all on statins; or maybe the job of headmaster of Lancing is just too easy, there is no stress no strain! However I am convinced the real reason (and I am sure the pupil body will agree) it is the quality, unrivalled quality, of the school dinners at Lancing. So accepting that Lancing equals longevity, I would like the entire Lancing Club to put in as a date in your diary for 6th December 2061. On that day we will be celebrating Jonathan Gillespie’s 95th birthday and you are all invited! That year the good chairman will be 105 but be reassured even though I will be older it will still be the same old jokes.



The Head Master rather a state of flux following the increase in tuition fees. We are monitoring developments carefully but as yet we have no evidence sit down to write this annual letter for the Lancing Club Magazine of any discrimination against our pupils because they are from the on the morning after the Carol Service, kindly hosted once again independent sector despite what the press would have you believe. by Canon David Reindorp in his inimitable style. We were all There is, however, significant evidence of universities being very made to feel most welcome once again in Chelsea, even if the discriminating in trying to recruit high-calibre students; in that former members of Sanderson’s were singled out for a special context our pupils are very well placed to be successful in their mention in his closing words! There followed a convivial gathering applications having benefited from a rigorous academic grounding upstairs in the Cross Keys and the party was in full swing when at the heart of an all-round education that places value on much somewhat reluctantly I had to head out into the storm to make my more than just examination results. Lancing is certainly no examination factory! The many strengths of the College were way to Victoria and the Shoreham train. recognised in the report published following the two-stage Sitting here at my desk on this calm morning with the wonderful inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate at the end of the view of the Chapel to my left, Teme House to my right and Mill Hill Lent Term and the beginning of the Summer Term. You may have straight ahead across the Adur, it is tempting to reflect on how much seen the feature about this in The Quad published in July and the easier schools are to run during holidays! But however welcome whole report can be viewed via the College website. We were the holidays are, there is something uneasy about the Lancing delighted with the findings which reflect the many strengths of the campus during the holidays: the place is without is raison d’être, whole College community in a very positive light. To give you a namely the current pupils for whose education we have flavour, the first paragraph of the main report reads: responsibility. That has been an even more extensive responsibility since September as our numbers have been the strongest for many Throughout the school, pupils of all abilities and needs are most years. Indeed, our research suggests that there is only one year in successful in their learning and personal development. The school amply the history of the school when the pupil roll was larger (and that fulfils its aims and the Christian ethos is very strong. Pupils enjoy a was in the 1980s when dormitories rather than study bedrooms particularly rich educational experience which fully prepares them for were still the norm for senior pupils). With 545 pupils in the College life after school and at university. In their academic study they fulfil their this year and 213 at Lancing Prep we take great heart from our potential, developing independent and searching minds. Examination current numbers as well as from the demand for places in future results indicate that pupils achieve highly and make exceptional years, even if the current economic situation will make things progress at all levels. Achievement is equally strong in academic interesting for the foreseeable future. The boarding percentage (now competitions and music, art, drama and sport. The pupils’ overall success more than 63%) has increased for the fifth successive year and for is promoted by effective and committed teaching, the richness of their the first time ever at Lancing girls comprise more than 35% of the curricular and extra-curricular experience and their own self-motivation, determination and desire for excellence. pupil body.

Dear Members of The Lancing Club


There is much to be pleased with in our current strengths, and I know from many conversations that this is a source of joy for many OLs too. The achievements of the youngest OLs – last summer’s leavers – gave much cause for celebration with 24% of all A Levels taken being awarded the A* grade and almost 40% of candidates achieving at least 3 A grades. All 13 Oxbridge candidates achieved the requirements of their conditional offers, and it was a similar story of success for most of our leavers in terms of gaining entry to their chosen university courses. The whole university sector is in

Please be assured, however, that we are not resting on our laurels: we have ambitious plans to ensure that the school continues to move forward. I announced on Founder’s Day in May that we have been granted planning consent, after a lengthy process of consultation with Adur District Council and the new South Downs National Park Authority, for the redevelopment of our indoor sports facilities. Our new Sports Centre will replace the existing sports hall (which is nearing the end of its working life) and swimming pool with a facility that will place us at the forefront of such provision www.l anc i I 1 5


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and with a particular focus on sporting education. It will be a landmark building worthy of its place on our campus and indeed of its prime location next to Chapel. Our initial challenge is to raise the £3m that the Finance Committee has set as the target to begin the build. It is heartening to know that there is keen interest is this project from various OL quarters and we will hope to be able to rely on your support, in whatever way you feel able, when we launch our fundraising in due course. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Lancing Club who supported with generosity the Annual Fund this year and were receptive to the phone calls made by young OLs as part of this programme. 2011 has been a year of significant celebration of our foundation. It began with a tremendous Lancing occasion in chapel on 21 March, Nathaniel Woodard’s 200th birthday, and the twelve month period will conclude with a celebration of Lancing College music in a major London concert venue, St John’s, Smith Square, on Friday 16 March. We hope that many OLs will be able to join us. Those of you who were able to secure tickets for November’s wonderful production of Joseph in Chapel should be in no doubt as to the ongoing strength of the performing arts here, so we should be in for another treat. The highlight of the evening will be the first performance of a piece commissioned by the College (and generously funded by the Lancing Club) for the occasion from composer David Bedford OL which he completed shortly before his untimely passing in October. I hope that the College website together with the various publications we send you from the College during the year help to keep you informed about life and events at the College. One of the many joys of my role is to welcome visitors, and particularly OLs, to the College. It was a great pleasure to host the Lancing Club Dinner at the College in late October. We had planned to do so a couple of years ago but were foiled in the attempt by the repairs to the Dining Hall roof, amongst other things. I have to say that in terms of numbers it was more a case of quality rather than quantity on the evening, but we can always rely on quality when OLs are present! A most convivial evening was had by all, rounded off by a splendid firework display. Another most enjoyable event was the Summer Reception, and not just because your President presented me with a cheque! As in previous years this was received with much gratitude, and this letter provides a suitable opportunity for me to pass on to all Club members in writing, as I did verbally on the evening, the very grateful thanks of the recipients of the grants that these funds have made possible to allow them to take part in school trips that their parents would otherwise have not been able to afford. To those thanks I would add my personal ones for all the support offered to the College, in so many different ways, by all OLs and the Lancing Club in particular over the last twelve months. Floreat Lancing! With very best wishes from your alma mater,

Jonathan Gillespie Head Master



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he Development Office and the Lancing Foundation were set up in 2005 to support the Head Master and the Governing Body with two clear objectives; to establish closer relationships with OLs, pupils and parents and to drive forward the College’s Development Programme. The ten year Development Plan published in 2007 identified four key areas for which external funding would be needed; an Art School, a Sports Centre, a Performing Arts Facility and a Bursary Fund. These developments will keep Lancing at the forefront of major independent schools in the United Kingdom while still respecting the aims of its Founder, whose bicentenary we celebrated in 2011. The Reeve Art School was opened in 2009; it is a strikingly original and contemporary structure and provides outstanding facilities

for an excellent Art Department. The design for the Sports Centre was given planning permission in March 2011 and it will be the most ambitious building project at Lancing for 100 years. This development will have a major impact on the school and sporting life; we are creating an outstanding teaching and coaching facility. Unlike other Sports Centres we have built two classrooms into the design, one on each floor and these will provide the venues for teaching and coaching. The classrooms are next to the sports facilities; the rooms will be fully computerised and will allow for instant video analysis of performance. As well as providing a space where our pupils will get first class teaching of curriculum PE, and coaching of the highest order for all our sports, we will be able to offer regional and national coaches the opportunity to come and run exclusive coaching seminars.

The total cost of the development is £9m; its location next to the Grade 1 listed Chapel has obviously proved demanding in terms of design. A sports specialist architect has been instrumental in fine tuning the structure to the schools needs and securing the most cost effective solution. The Foundation must raise £3m to support the school’s commitment of £6m which will come from existing reserves and a bank loan. This is a challenging target but what better project could there be in the year of the London Olympics? Not only will the College’s sporting reputation be significantly enhanced but the wider benefits will be felt across the whole community. Throughout its history Lancing has depended on a tradition of philanthropy and the generosity of its former pupils and parents. In the coming decade, we shall undoubtedly need the enthusiastic support of all who care about Lancing and share its ambitions for the future. I know that there are many of you who after many years still hold a lasting affection for the College. I see it on a daily basis in the correspondence I receive and hear it expressed as often in phone conversations and at events. If I needed further proof, I have the evidence of the donations given to the Bicentenary Fund between April and December 2011 – an impressive £285,000. Thank you to everybody who has helped us reach this figure, Lancing is privileged to have such a dedicated group of OLs who are prepared to give so much back to their old school. For those of you who haven’t taken the opportunity to visit the College recently, I hope that you will decide to do so in 2012 and to the ever increasing band of OL regulars I look forward, as always, to your company often in the coming year! Catherine Reeve


The Lancing Club welcomes the following New Members who have joined since Spring 2011 Name

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What an amazing year for us all at Lancing College Prep

The Old Lancing Lodge No.4660


he year 2011 was a good year for the OL Lodge. The Lodge Master, J.Staunton (Second’s 91-96), was assisted by his Immediate Past Master, Rev. Canon D.P.E. Reindorp (Field’s 66-71), and Wardens J. Partridge (Head’s 71-76) and P. Kemp umbers are at an all time high and we have successfully (Head’s 47-50). Other members of the Lodge also helped with the introduced an extra class into Year 7 (11+). This has various Ceremonies. The January meeting included the last of three enabled us to offer even smaller class sizes in those Ceremonies for N.A. Heppenstall (Teme 97-02). The April and important two years leading to Common Entrance and Scholarship September meetings were to perform the second and thirds exams. The academic record of the school remains and enviable one Ceremonies for C.D.S. Tennant, (Field’s 91-96). with six scholarships and awards won by last years leavers’ as well as a further eight awards won for sport, music and drama. The Lodge held its usual September open dinner for wives, friends and recipients of funds from the Nigel Hardy Fellowship. There is an The highlight of the last academic year was our summer production open invitation to OLs to come to this dinner. Just let me know a at The Theatre Royal in Brighton. The pupils performed in front of a minimum of two weeks before hand, so that I can book dinner nearly full house of 800 parents, governors and friends. The show numbers. We will be dining at the Grand Connaught Rooms in was based on works of OLs such as Sir Tim Rice, Christopher Great Queen Street, London. The next open dinner is on Tuesday Hampton, Sir David Hare and Evelyn Waugh and every pupil from September 25th 2012. age 3 to 13 took part. The whole Gala Concert was a part of our Woodard Anniversary celebrations and we also managed to raise The Lodge made donations to:- The Lancing Foundation, Lancing’s about £1200 for the school project in Kenya. Malosa sister school, (Malawi), School Reading prizes. Other donations last year were made to the Royal National Lifeboat This term we rounded off the Woodard celebrations with the Institute, The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institute, Peter Le Marchant incredible service at Westminster Abbey. Two Lancing Prep pupils Trust, Lifeblood the Thrombosis charity, Chase Children’s Hospice, the were asked to read during the service and about 20 pupils took Japan earthquake as we recently had entertained a Japanese Mason, part in the joint junior choir which was drawn from all Woodard the New Zealand earthquake as one of our members has relatives Schools. The pupils involved certainly had a day to remember and I living there and close ties to one of their Lodges, the Balrampur only wish that we could have taken a few more. Foundation where A. Chandra is a Trustee (Sanderson’s 91-96). Membership is open to Old boys or close associates of the school. On the sporting front I am delighted to announce that Lancing Old boy Masons who are not members are made welcome. The College are the Under 12 Cricket County Champions following a Lodge meet three times a year at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen nail biting and low scoring final against Ardingly which saw our attack Street , London. skittle the opposition for just 33 runs. This coming year we will be competing as Sussex Champions in the national Under 13’s Cricket The annual festival of the Public School Lodges Council last year was Competition which is an exciting if slightly daunting prospect for a hosted by the Old Bradfield Lodge. This year the festival will be school of our size. hosted by the Old Wykehamist Lodge, who were the sponsors of the Old Lancing Lodge in 1924, so there is a particularly good So altogether a happy and successful year here in Hove and I extend relationship between us. Many of us enjoy these visits with our an invitation to all OLs, particularly those who attended the old wives, and it gives us a chance to meet friends from the other 33 Mowden Prep, you would be made very welcome! Public School Lodges. The Old Lancing Lodge Centenary will be in 2024 and our festival is planned to take place at the College. The AP Laurent last festival held at Lancing was in 1985, and was attended by nearly 500 Masons and their wives.


The Lancing Lodge Nigel Hardy Fellowship

For further details about the OL Lodge or any information about Freemasonry in general please contact me.

Philip G. Cook (Second’s 66-71) 20 Lucerne Gardens , Hedge End he above fund made donations to OLs for educational Southampton, SO30 4SE purposes. Please look at the “Bursaries available” (page 20) for further information. Over the last nine years the Phone/Fax 01489 785926 ‘Fellowship’ has made thirty six donations to OLs who met the criteria. Application forms are available from the Head Master’s Secretary or from P.G. Cook (Secretary Old Lancing Lodge).


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BURSARIES AVAILABLE The Lancing Lodge – Nigel Hardy Fellowship invites Pupils and young OLs to apply for bursaries. The Old Lancing Lodge of Freemasons was founded in 1924. Its membership is limited to OLs and those closely connected with the College. Through the generosity of one of its long standing members, Nigel Hardy (Head’s 1935-39) who died in 1998, income from a capital fund is available for bursaries. Awards can only be made towards charitable objects. These include education and travel which has an educational purpose. School tours, sporting or otherwise, and educational trips, such as a field trip, qualify. Travel during a GAP year or while undertaking further education also qualifies, but those who apply need to show that there is an educational aspect to their travels. Applicants must be under 26 years of age at the time of their application and will have to demonstrate that there is good reason for financial aid. Funds are limited. The Trustees of the Trust will assess applications and will normally seek comment from School staff who know the applicant. Whilst only men may become members of The Old Lancing Lodge women have their own Masonic organisation – the bursaries are available to both sexes. Application forms are available from the Head Master’s secretary, by phone, post or E-mail at


Lancing Club Events Committee Report I

am very pleased to report a successful 2011 for Club Events which, judging from feedback received, were greatly enjoyed by those attending. The Summer Reception held in May at the Royal Aeronautical Society with the glorious views across Hyde Park much appreciated by the good attendance, the Club Dinner at the College in October was another extremely convivial occasion, while the Club Carol Service which once again took place at Chelsea Old Church followed by a Christmas Party was another highly successful event. Fuller descriptions of these events can be found elsewhere in the Magazine. As the Chairman has said in his update the, Club has also sponsored some OL events organised by the College. For 2012 we are looking to build on this success. We are expecting a good turn out for The 2012 Summer Reception on Friday 11th May in the much-sought after Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords. Following the Club AGM, the reception will start at 7pm. All Club Members and their guests are invited for a drinks reception and to enjoy the opportunity to view the Thames from this fabulous location. Continuing a ‘Lords’ theme and in another prestigious location, the Club Dinner will be held in the magnificent Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Friday 5th October. For those who have never dined there, this is an ideal opportunity to witness the superb atmosphere of a Long Room Dinner. We hope also to have a celebrity guest speaker. The increasingly popular Club Carol Service will again take place at Chelsea Old Church (thanks to the kind hospitality of Revd Canon David Reindorp (Fields 66-71) followed once more by the Christmas Party. Next year’s date is Monday 17th December at 7 pm.

The Events Committee is always on the look out for new venues for Club Events and so we would welcome any suggestions from Club Members as to where might be a good place to hold a Club event. We are also very receptive to ideas for new events and would welcome thoughts Club Members may have.

As mentioned in last year’s Club Magazine, one area of activity that the Club Committee is keen to assist is Regional Events. The Club database reflects the wide dispersion of the Club’s membership but also reveals a number of clusters not only at home but also abroad. The Committee would be pleased to assist, with a contributory grant, a Club member willing to organise a gathering of OLs in his dispersed location. The Club Secretary should be the first port of call. Also as stated in previous editions there may, from time to time, be events, e.g. sports or cultural or other occasions when a Club Member has the opportunity to attend an event where the presence of a small group of like-minded OLs would add to the enjoyment. Members attending would be expected to cover the cost of admission and any refreshments. Examples might be Goodwood Races (there are a number of OLs who are members of the Richmond Enclosure), Sussex County Cricket or Football and Cricket matches in London. The procedure would be for the Club Member wishing to host an event to contact the Club Secretary (with details of the event and how many Club Members are invited, giving as much notice as possible). The Club Membership would then be informed.

Please put the dates of the 2012 Club Events in your diary now (full details of each event will be published in due course). The Events Committee looks forward to welcoming you to them and The Club will also repeat its sponsorship of a number of OL events hearing your views on how the Club Events Programme can be organized by the Development Office including the Over 60s’ further developed. Neesha Gopal lunches on 25th April and 19th September.

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he Reception was held in the sumptuous surroundings of the Argyll Room (all white and red and gold – Corinthian columns, gold tracery, plush red curtains and mirrors)at No. 4 Hamilton Place, London. The adjoining terrace invited us outside to enjoy our welcoming drinks in the fading light and above the background ‘ceaseless roar of London’s traffic’ – sadly a bit overshadowed by the InterContinental Hotel next door. There was a splendid turnout: about 120 people showed up this year.

Digby Armstrong, Peter Bates, Michael Taylor, Catherine Reeve and Robert Bowen


Eventually there came a drift indoors – and the presentations and speeches followed. Sir Tim Rice presented the Headmaster with a cheque from the Club for £2000 – to be used at his discretion on a pupil-oriented project. Headmaster Jonathan Gillespie thanked the Club; last year’s cheque had been used to subsidise pupils who might otherwise have been unable to join the Cricket Tour of South Africa and various Football events. He assured us that Lancing was in good shape and doing well: recent Ofsted inspections had returned findings of ‘Excellent’. He insisted that the best advertisement for the school remains its current pupils – and then introduced the ‘Polysonics’ vocal group from Lancing for our entertainment.

Sir Tim Rice with Club members

The Polysonics Octet presented for us a musical extravaganza. They kicked off with ‘Seaside Rendezvous’, followed by the Elvis Presley number ‘Teddy Bear’, the ‘Barber of Seville’ (or Barber of ‘DiddlyDiddly’) and finishing with ‘Creole Love Call’. All done with voices (and the occasional kazoo) – something along the lines of ‘The Swingle Singers meet the Goons’. All great fun and much appreciated. Nigel Ventham with his sons Jeremy and Nick

Ian Robinson, Andrew Robinson and Angus Ross

Polysonics with Sir Tim Rice

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Club Dinner 2011 Another successful Lancing Club dinner was enjoyed on Friday 28th October 2011. The event was held at The College to mark the 200th Anniversary of Canon Nathaniel Woodward, the Lancing Founder. It was lovely to be in familiar surroundings – arriving at the Porter’s Lodge where all the guests were greeted.


he evening commenced with a pre-dinner drinks reception in the Megarry Room, giving an opportunity to catch up with friends in an elegant setting accompanied by a glass of bubbly and some tasty nibbles. The dinner was another successful meeting for the Club, with again more new faces attending the event. Among those attending were Sir Tim Rice (Second’s 1958-62), the Club President and Capt. Graham Robinson, R.N. (Gibbs’ 1958-62), the Club Chairman. We were pleased to invite guests for the dinner and were joined by The Headmaster, Jonathan Gillespie and his wife Caroline, The Head girl, Sophie Prichard, Head boy Felix Aylett and The Guest Speaker, Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham and who currently has a son, Hector, in the sixth form at The College. A fine fare was served after we had been welcomed by The Headmaster and Grace had been given by Father Richard Harrison. We had a really enjoyable meal with a starter of salad of peat smoked salmon, smoked mackerel, roast beetroots, radish and pea shoots with horse radish crème fraiche and dill vinaigrette. This was followed by a generous main course of braised shin of beef with red wine, smoked bacon and chestnut mushrooms, potato puree and roast chantenay carrots. The dinner was accompanied by some enjoyable fine wines both Red and White (Le Versant from Pays d’Oc). The dessert was a delicious coconut panna cotta with pineapple compote, mango sorbet, nut crumble, pineapple foam and coconut biscuit. The feasting continued with cheese and biscuits accompanied by apricots, walnuts and quince jelly. The meal was then completed with coffee and petit fours. For the speeches, Graham Robinson called the dinner guests to order and The Loyal Toast was proposed by The Club Treasurer, David Rice. We were then addressed by Sir Tim Rice who welcomed us all and thanked those who had helped to organise the evening. He also thanked Graham Robinson for his continued support to the Club. Following on, the guest speaker was introduced, Tim Loughton MP. The speech was a highly interesting and amusing insight into some of the more 2 4 I nc ingcl

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Captain Graham Robinson

Headmaster, Jonathan Gillespie

Tim Loughton MP

left to right: Anthony, Mary Pearce & Lady Paula Darrington

Anthony & Diane Eland

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unusual situations and letters that Tim had to deal with during his successful career as a politician and more recently as a Minister. His attention-grabbing speech did also encompass some of the challenges we are all facing at this present time with a tough economy. However, he did keep the guests amused with his anecdotes - some were very witty and others quite extraordinary! The evening ended with a ‘bang’ with a magnificent fireworks display watched by all across the Downs in the crisp evening air. The display was made even more spectacular with the fireworks reflecting off the chapel windows. The Club would like to thank Catherine Reeve and Claire Welling for their help with the event.

left to right: Felix Aylett (Head Boy), Sophie Prichard (Head Girl) & Colonel Peter Bates

left to right: Sir Michael Darrington, Valerie Rice & David Rice

left to right: Angus Ross, Tim Loughton MP & Dr Harry Brünjes

The dinner we are planning for this year will be an even bigger event at Lords Cricket Ground, London on October 5th 2012, come and join us for a fun evening with The Club. Neesha Gopal www.l anc i I 25



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Lancing Club Dinner Friday 5th October 2012

Lords Cricket Ground London

You are warmly invited to the Lancing Club Dinner at the most famous cricket ground in the world – Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN This superb venue, will provide the perfect place to spend in the company of old and new friends! Dress code is dinner jacket.

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The The Lancing Club Over 60s Lunches Carol Service


Christmas Party T

he Over 60s lunches organised by the Development Office and sponsored by The Lancing Club are like those of other Schools’ alumni, always popular. The two held in May and September 2011 were held at St Stephen’s Club in London. The first lunch was held at the Cricketers’ Club just off Baker Street in arols, mulled wine and mince pies were order of the evening London in February 2006. The May lunch was attended by our on Monday 12th December 2011. The Lancing Club and President Sir Tim Rice and the one in September by the Chairman guests were kindly hosted by Canon David Reindorp (Field’s Captain Graham Robinson. The speaker in May was Canon Bruce 66-71) at Chelsea Old Church for a delightful Carol Service with Hawkins (Teme 57-62) and in September Reverend Canon Julian an OL choir. Our thanks are once again extended to Canon David Reindorp (Field’s 58-62). Both gave amusing and entertaining for his kind hospitality. With more revellers than ever, the carols speeches. heartened us all and the festive occasion was all-embracing with readings by the President and Chairman of The Lancing Club, the It is very noticeable at these lunches that some OLs that one has Head Master and other Club members. Many thanks also to the OL not seen since leaving the College suddenly appear! Not forgetting the regular attendees. Also each year there is another batch of those choir directed by Johnny Kilhams (Teme 03-08). attaining the great old age of 60 or more and this year we welcomed a number of first timers; Peter Bullock, Ian Cameron, Our spirits lifted, we proceeded to the Gallery at the Cross Keys Greville Cross, Martin Ounsted, Mike Lipscomb, David Mowlam, pub to continue the merrymaking at The Lancing Club Christmas Party. Escaping the cold and windy night, we were warmed by Michael O Connor, John Rolfe, Christopher Snow, Simon Snow, Piers glasses of mulled wine, accompanied by canapés and mince pies. von Simpson, Chris Walker, Andy Webber and Mark Weston.


This was our 2nd Christmas Party and a hugely enjoyable evening it was with some 120 friends getting into the Christmas spirit.

Over 60s Luncheon 4 May 2011

Over 60s Luncheon 21 Sep 2011

This event is a must for 2012 so please put Monday 17th December 2012 in your diaries for yet more festive fun. Neesha Gopal Stafford Green, Robin Reeve & Richard Beck

Anthony Phillips & Rupert Hughes

Robin Barton, Geoffrey Cotterell and John Hart

Andy Webber & John Rolfe

Robin Arney, Richard Gilbert and David Shipman

Andrew Hutchinson & Tony Charrington

Sir Christopher Meyer, Canon Bruce Hawkins and Charles Anson

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left to right: Martin Wyatt (Sanderson’s 74–79) Nick Bell (Gibbs’ 74–79) Nigel Bennett (Olds 72–77)

left to right: Chris Sutherland (Olds 69–74) Jamie Wood (Second’s 71–72) Nigel Pitcher (Sanderson’s 71–75)

Arthurian League At the 50th Anniversary Dinner at the London Connaught Rooms on May 13th 2011, two Lancing players received awards - Ben Evans (Sanderson’s 84-89) and James Butcher (Sanderson’s 97-02) for their many years of playing in the League Representative XI. he Arthurian League is an English football competition between teams of alumni of leading British independent schools. It is affiliated to the Amateur Football Alliance but is not a part of the English football league system. Peter Watkins


(Second’s 38-43) of LOBFC together with the Old Foresters were the instigators of the establishment of the Arthurian League in 1961. The first League season was played in the 1963/4 season with just two Divisions.

Martin Todd (Field’s 69–73) and Neil Grainger

Chris Williams, Treasurer LOBFC (Field’s 90–95)

Ben Evans (Sanderson’s 84–89) and James Butcher (Sanderson’s 97–02)

Chris Williams and Gareth Allen, Chairman LOBFC (Head’s 92–97)

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Nick Taylor (Teme 96–99) and Duncan Wilks (Olds 96–01)

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Since then the League has grown to 5 Divisions with some 30 school Old Boys sides now competing across these five divisions. They also have a Junior League Cup for those sides outside the The league presently has six divisions, ranging from the Premier Premier and First Divisions (mostly 2nd and 3rd XI's), a Veterans Division down to Division Five (most clubs enter multiple teams). • LOBFC first won the League in 1965 and has won it 6 times in all. Cup for over 35's and a Representative XI which pulls the better • The only sides to have won it more than LOBFC are the Brentwoods (7) and players from all clubs in order to play against other leagues such as Carthusians (7) of which 4 have come in the last 6 years. the Southern Amateur League and universities Oxford, Cambridge • Only LOBFC has won the League three times in succession (82-84) • The 2010-11 Premier Division champions were Old Carthusians. and London.

left to right: Nigel Pitcher, Martin Wyatt and Nick Bell

Nigel Bennett (Olds 72–77) and Simon Bennett (Olds 72–76)

David Gurney (Second’s 88–93) Yosef Salameh (Gibbs’ 96–01)

Nick Evans (Sanderson’s 53–57) and Ben Evans

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Lancing Club Introduction Sport Aided in some case by funding from the Lancing Club, it is good to report that most of the OL Sports Activities are doing well and providing more and more facilities for young OLs. The various reports that follow will confirm this situation but it is worth mentioning a couple of points where help is needed. The Lancing Rovers, having relinquished their slot in the Cricketer Cup, have embarked on a campaign to regain their place by producing good, competitive sides for the annual Rovers Week at Lancing in July and, most importantly, to build a side capable of winning the newly formed Cricketer Trophy, a feeder Cup competition designed to identify Old Boys sides capable of competing in the Cricketer Cup itself which might be extended to accommodate them. This requires a steady flow of young cricketers from the school – something which the enthusiastic efforts of our new Director of Cricket, Raj Maru, has already started to produce (see the Rovers Report) but also a greater effort from our band of experienced senior cricketers, many of whom play regularly in the Sussex Premier League. We need these players to give their time to the Rover’s cause on two or three Sundays in the season. Being involved myself in ECB controlled League cricket, I appreciate the heavy demands on Saturdays, together with some Cup cricket on Sundays but all I can say is that other successful Cricketer Cup sides seem to manage to get their ‘stars’ to play for the name of the School. My second point is to highlight the fact that by the time this publication goes to print, an OL Hockey team should have had a fixture against the School side at the College. I notice that the fixture is now in the Lent Term Calendar and has been organised by Tom Phillips (Gibb’s 04-09). This has not happened for many years – if ever – and I very much hope that this is the start of a regular fixture. Furthermore, I am advised by Hannah Cobbold (Field’s 04-09) that she is doing her best to produce an OL Ladies side to play the Girls at the beginning of the Girls’ Hockey season in September. Nick Evans Lancing Club Sport Coordinator

Football Report The following are extracts taken from the LOBFC newsletter the full version of which may be found on The Lancing Club website

Chairman’s take The 2010-11 season was a hugely satisfying one for LOBFC as we continued to punch above our weight in all Arthurian competitions and I think we should push on with real optimism in our 2011-12 campaign. Duncan Wilks steered the first team to 3rd in the league, an AFA Quarter Final and we were minutes away from knocking the strongest club in the league, Charterhouse, out of the Arthur Dunn Cup. Duncan is putting together an excellent, young team that will only improve and should continue to challenge for honours, providing everyone remains committed. Nick Dalby-Walsh’s excellent 2s were promoted from Division 3 to Division 2. Nick put together a team that was a classic blend of youth and experience and came within a whisker of winning the division. Ultimately, Wellingtonians stole that honour with LOBFC as runners up. Oli Bailey’s veterans once again lifted the cup and provided the club with some deserved silverware. Having thumped Repton 6-0 in the Semi Final, confidence was high. Oli lifted the trophy (again!) after a nail biting 3-2 win against Old Etonians. All three skippers deserve their success – they are all committed and dedicated. I’m sure they’ll do another great job this year too. Off the pitch, Gareth Allen has taken over from me as Chairman. I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years in the chair but now look forward to concentrating on the twilight of my playing career! Thanks must also go to the rest of the committee, especially Nick Evans for his continued efforts on behalf of the Club. Thanks also to the Lancing Club for its continued support. Its generous grant enables us to financially support student playing members and is integral to the future of a thriving Old Boys Club. I hope to see many of you at various matches during the course of the season and wish the Club a successful and trophy-laden season! You can check details on all of the Club’s fixtures on the Arthurian League website – – so do take a look and see you on the touchline soon. Support on and off the pitch makes a real difference to the success of the Club and is very much appreciated. If you can make it along to any of the Club’s key games or social fixtures in the 2011/12 calendar, your involvement would be most welcome. Tim Kemp


LOBs to take Euros by storm – Krakow Tour 2012

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May 2012 and promises all of the usual cultural experiences together with some top notch football.

England v Poland is one of the great international fixtures. Lineker’s hat-trick in Mexico ’86, Shilts’ last gasp save, and now, LOBFC gets set to take on Krakow’s finest.

If you want to get involved, contact Si on Despite early concerns that Jordan Sriharan may be volunteering as tour guide, many OLs have already put their names forward. If you want to be on that plane, get in touch with Wrighty as soon as possible.

Building boldly on Chris Williams’ foray to Hungary in 2010, silky centre back Si Wright is marshalling a push into Poland for 2012. The LOBFC Tour 2012 is set to take place during

LOBFC – Progress Report on 2011/12 Season The pre season optimism has been well founded with both sides enjoying good availability and reasonable success on the pitch. The 1st XI, having entered three Cup competitions in addition to the Arthur Dunn Cup and having met with some success in two of them, now find themselves well behind the pack in terms of League games played – we have played but four League games where some have played as many as nine. Our unbeaten record of three wins and a draw means that our full programme of League games after Christmas can still result in our being right at the top if not winning the Arthurian League. Our defeat to the Carthusians in the 2nd round of the Dunn (0-1) was very disappointing for the Club but by drawing the Carthusians at this early stage it means that many feel that the Final has already been played! The first two matches after Christmas are in the AFA Senior Cup and the London Old Boys Cup and, having won through two rounds in each competition, we play sides at the top of the Premier Division of the Amateur Football Combination, a league, together with the Southern Amateur League, considered to represent the best amateur

football in the South of England. It is, therefore, good for the LOBFC that we measure ourselves against this level of opposition. The 2nd XI, having been promoted to Division 2 of the Arthurian League, find themselves in mid table, playing good quality football and with every hope of retaining their place in that Division. Once again with the support of The Lancing Club and our band of loyal non playing members, we have been able to welcome several young leavers and University students and we hope that during the Lent Term we will be able to offer football to current members of the School side – an important part of our future development. Nick Evans

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Review of 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons

During the last two years the Lancing Fives Club has had quite a renaissance.


ast season, 2010/2011, a fixtures programme of 25 games was completed , including six League games where a full side was fielded every time .We achieved a remarkable run of wins in the Barber Cup (the mens knockout team championship), reaching the semi-final where we lost to the eventual winners. 2010/2011 was a season when the club needed to reconstitute its playing membership after a difficult period; we organized a weekend at Lancing, which acted as a magnet for attracting past players back to the game. We had a Lancing pair in the semi-finals of the Kinnaird Cup (the mens’ individual pairs competition), Doug Foster and George Campbell, for the first time for many years. Some of the Club’s leading players play for other sides in the higher Leagues, because we do not at present have enough top-level players to field a regular team in those Leagues. The new season 2011/2012 has built on the work of the previous season and we are gathering momentum. We have organised roughly the same number of fixtures but we are noticing that it is easier to raise sides this year, as our base of members who play regularly has noticeably widened . We were somewhat unlucky to be eliminated from the Barber Cup in the first round, when we were not able to be at full strength, but the League programme is going well with full sides being fielded on each occasion. We are also have an increasing number of very enjoyable friendly games. We have a number of ladies who play in the matches with great enthusiasm . The most important part of the club is that all our members really enjoy playing this unique game and are prepared to travel the distances needed to have access to the courts which are few and far between. We are going to assemble as many pairs as possible

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for the preliminary rounds of the Kinnaird Cup at the end of February 2012 and we will have a social event in the evening. The Lancing Club has made two very generous donations to the Fives Club over the last two years; these have enabled us to pay our way with court and tournament fees and the cost of balls; more importantly, it has allowed us to help students who have travelled long distances to play for the Club with their travelling expenses. We are very grateful for this invaluable assistance. We still do need more players, as we would like to expand our fixture list next season. If you have not played fives before, we can make arrangements to teach you the game. If you played at or after Lancing, why not consider a come-back? Most of our current fixtures are in London, but that is partly because we never succeeded, despite several attempts, in setting up a Sussex club which would play at the College. If you would like to play either in Sussex or in London, please contact us and we will organize a club in Sussex or welcome you to our existing club in the London area. Fives is a really fun game for all ages and it is comparatively inexpensive to play, although you have to be prepared to travel to where the courts are (mainly in London, but we now play frequently at Eton, which suits many of our members). If there are any lady players, please be assured that the Ladies game is thriving in the Eton Fives world and that you will have plenty of opportunities to play. If you are interested in playing, please contact either Richard Black,, Home 01932 770325, mobile 07715 179280 or Nigel Cox, Home 01962 713404


Lancing Golf 2011 I seem to remember someone at Lancing teaching me that history repeats itself. I started last year’s report –“On the face of it not progressing beyond the Second Round in either the Halford Hewitt or Grafton Morrish would appear to reflect a mediocre season, but far from it” and 2011 was exactly the same, particularly the “far from it” bit. In the Hewitt we had a convincing win over a much improved Bedford side only to succumb in a hard fought battle to Harrow, one of the top Hewitt teams of all time. Olly Kenning and Ross Gilbert playing top remain unbeaten and it was a great pleasure to welcome back Scott Baker whose very first Hewitt had been 20 years earlier when Lancing lost in the Final. In the Grafton we beat Brentwood 2/1 but lost to the eventual winners, Birkenhead, and the statistics show that Lancing, by losing one match at the 18th (Gilbert and Kenning), one at the 17th (Peter Earl and Mark Gurney) and halving the other (Nigel Munn and Rob Harker), performed better than any of the other teams they played. Just to add to the “history repeats itself ” last year’s loss was to the eventual winners, Clifton!! The Spring Meeting was again held at Worplesdon and a select group saw Neil Grainger take the Captain’s Prize and Nigel Munn and Ross Gilbert won the foursomes. Worplesdon is one of our favourite courses and we will be back there next year. Once again Lancing was fully represented at the Mellin events. Our Senior seniors (over

75) playing in the Bunny Millard Salver were Jimmy Rodway and Ian Hawson, Peter Robinson and John Giggins, but sadly neither pair could qualify for the knock-out stage. In the Peter Burles Salver for the over 65s’ the team of Michael Hughes and Tony Hudson, Jon Burrough and myself lost to Downside but, with Paddy O’Connor in my place in the afternoon, Lancing beat Cheltenham in the Plate, only for us to lose to Bradfield in the semi-final. In the Mellin Salver itself (over 55) wins over Downside and Cheltenham saw us into the Semi-Final where we lost to Oundle. Peter Earl and Colin Herbert, Nick Evans and Andrew Baker and the Lincoln brothers, Simon and Jon, made up the team with Jon Burrough coming in for Nick in the Oundle match. Simon and Jon won all three of their matches in some style. Each successive year our attendance at the Autumn Meeting at the Berkshires has reduced as much as anything by the increase in cost, but a select band with a few guests played, sadly with neither course in the greatest of condition. The Autumn Cup and Macalister Scratch Cup were both won by Jim Souter on 38 points while the Guest Prize went to Nigel Phillips, guest of Donald Parvin on 37. Peter Earl teamed up with his son, Tom, to take the Macadam Trophy. To try to drum up greater interest in our Guest Meeting at a slightly more reasonable cost we are going to West Sussex in 2012 on the 6th September. Once again I must report that Eastbourne retained the Lanbourne Trophy in our annual match at Walton Heath. The result could not

have been closer going down to the last hole in the last match where Simon Snow and I succumbed to a “sandy” par. Nick Evans and Jeremy Taylor won their match while Donald Parvin and Chris Snow and Danny Hewitt and Charles Mackendrick all recorded halves. Jon Burrough and Paddy O’Connor could not repeat their Mellin heroics giving Eastbourne the 3/2 victory. Next year we host the match at West Hill on Friday 31st August. This has been a positive year for the Society and augurs well for the future. Mark “Sheep” Gurney has proved an excellent Scratch Team Captain once again and Lancing would fear no opponent in the Hewitt Draw under Mark’s leadership. We have been very lucky to have Donald Parvin as Society Captain as he has been most enthusiastic and involved in all Society activities. I must also mention Jim Souter and thank him for all his efforts as Secretary. Jim is a very busy man as Managing Director of the League Managers Association but he still keeps the Society moving on with new ideas. Hopefully an increasing amount of his burden can pass to Match Managers. Finally I must record the Society’s thanks to the Lancing Club for its support. To have the ever-increasing and expensive entry fees for our major events covered has meant that the Society can give greater support to our young golfers to ensure that, where possible, Lancing fields its best team, particularly in the prestigious Hewitt and Grafton events. Chris Martin

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Lawn Tennis Club (LOBLTC) Chairman’s Report An enjoyable fixture list of summer matches at Lancing has been built up over the last few seasons. The first match starts with Founder’s Day between the College and LOBLTC, which this year was well supported with six pairs on each side. It was pleasing to see so many OLs returning for this fixture. The other annual fixtures are played against the Old Carthusians, The Weald Lawn Tennis Club and Grasshoppers LTC. There is also a social tournament against the Tourville Tennis Club from France. This match is an American format tournament, with some mens and mixed tennis with families most welcome. It was unfortunately rained off this year. Robert Camping will be organising our D’Abernon matches again in 2012. Everyone who plays in our matches loves the setting and the chance to play on our grass courts. If you would like to play on Founder’s Day at 2pm on Saturday June 2, please contact: Harvey Rawlings 01273 229883 – or Richard Rawlings 01273 857776 This fixture will be preceded by the LOBLTC AGM at 1.30pm in the tennis pavilion.

OL CRICKET 2011 was very much a re-building year for the Rovers. A strong fixture list gave us the opportunity to blood some youngsters and the annual Rovers Week held at the College just after the end of the Summer Term, was a success with some good cricket being played all week. The Rovers members play in it and every effort is made to include leavers from that Summer term. A Special mention to George Holman, Jamie Wood and Jamie Betts who are recent leavers and contributed heavily throughout the week. 2011 also saw us participate in the inaugural Cricketer Trophy competition where we were handed a tough draw against Old King’s Scholars in Canterbury. The following represented us that day: George Holman (wk) • Angus Edgell • Rob Wakeford Jez Green • Jamie Betts • Gaz Allen • Yosef Salameh Jordan Sriharan • Henry Gane • Tim MacKenzie • Jack Bradshaw We made a competitive 177, largely thanks to 80 from Gareth Allen, but a combination of regular weather breaks and quality opening batsman meant that the Scholars were able to chase down easily enough. 2012 is another important year for the club and we all look forward to welcoming plenty of new recruits. If you are interested in playing next summer, please contact: David Newman on Yosef Salameh



Match v Old Carthusians – you’ll spot the Greenyer Bros, Harvey Rawlings, Richard Rawlings, Richard Patching, James Sweeney, Phil Parvin and John Dovell plus assorted future tennis players!

We are very keen to find a secretary for the Club, who Harvey and I will help with the matches and administration. We hope one of our younger players will step forward to volunteer to encourage recent leavers to join in as well as expand our fixture list. Our thanks to James Cowie, Head Groundsman, and his team for their continuing care in maintaining all the courts, which are always such a delight to play on. Richard Rawlings 3 4 I www.l anc i ngcl

fter a humbling couple of matches at the beginning of the 2010/11 season most notably against Guys Hospital the Lancers managed to get up to speed with the higher grade of rugby and finish a respectable 4th with strong performances against Shooters Hill and Erith. The highlight of the season was playing Sheppey in the final of the Kent Vase competition in front of a crowd of 500 at Canterbury RFC, unfortunately Sheppey were a hugely superior team. This year’s campaign has got off to a flying start with 7 wins from 7 which sees us lying top of the table 2 points in front of Kings College who look to be our only challenger for the title. Our realistic objective for this season is promotion to Kent 1 and the will be a fair amount of disappointment if we don’t achieve this.


The 2011 Season of the Lancing Old Boys Rifle Club (LOBRC,OLRC) Above some of the OLs who attended (left to right): Andrew Morley, David Langridge, Adam Brownson, Jim White, Andrew Robinson, Rex Barrington, Chris Claridge, James Pain, Edwin Beddy, Edward Glanville, Tim Duncan, Ian Robinson (Phil Harrison, Neil Traylen, Peter Bates, and James Privett were absent, undertaking range scoring activities). Above right: Andrew M having been being presented with the Cup.


he OL Rifle Club (OLRC) has again provided active support for the College rifle team throughout the season. Event write-ups and photographs have been posted on The Lancing Club website, Sixteen OLs signed up for the 2011 season, three of whom were half-price student or “social” members, some kindly donating even if not shooting, raising a subscription total of more than £360. Our NRA Affiliate Membership (Club number 1471) and the MOD-required insurance cover was completed, at the significant cost of £348. As part of this scheme, a qualified OLRC member (Chairman Neil Traylen) now issues individual Certificates of Competence to other OLRC members, following MODrequired individual safety briefings and assessments. When time permits, Neil Traylen and our Team Captain Andrew Morley have continued frequent coaching of the College team. Several members of the College team have firmly expressed their intention to join the OL Rifle Club as soon as they leave! Team Captain Andrew M has again done sterling work in organising and administering a comprehensive programme of practice shoots and matches. He has also purchased essential maintenance and extra equipment funded by the generous grant of £1,000 from The Lancing Club, with a view

to encouraging new and mature OLs to continue to participate in the sport of target rifle shooting. The icing on the cake was that using a Club rifle re-barrelled with these funds, Tim Duncan scored two “possibles”! For the first time in living memory, we had three teams of five OLs participating in the 142nd NRA Schools Meeting Ashburton Shield Veterans competition at Bisley on 14th July 2011. We started with an extra happy event as follows:- At the end of the Schools Ashburton Shield shooting competition Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Bates OBE, OL, (Second’s 72-77), kindly donated and presented the inaugural Richard Bates Award. The Award is named after his father, Major Richard Bates, OL, (Second’s 46-50), House Capt 1950, Shooting VIII 1949-50 (Captain), RMA Sandhurst 1951, Captain, Alamein Coy Rifle shooting team, Member of the Army shooting team. He is now in a residential home. I was a close friend of Richard Bates during our time together at Lancing, so I claimed the privilege of introducing the inaugural presentation ceremony! The Award is to be awarded on an annual basis to the winning Lower Sixth Form member of the Lancing College Full Bore Rifle Team after each annual Ashburton Shield competition. The Award is intended to promote full bore target rifle shooting skills and participation in school competitions. It is also hoped that it will encourage Lancing College shooters to continue in the sport at a senior level,

shooting at Bisley and with the OLRC. The Award is to the value of £200, to be spent on a shooting jacket and/or other essential full bore target rifle shooting equipment. The winner will normally be an active member of the Lancing College Rifle Club who has achieved the highest match average in a full bore shooting season, having also competed in more than half of the available team fixtures and the Schools Meeting and Ashburton Shield at Bisley. The Master in Charge of shooting at Lancing College will select and approve candidates who have not won the Award previously. The Award will normally be presented by a member of the Bates family, or a member of the OLRC Committee, behind the firing point, immediately after the Ashburton Shield, when the Shooting Master has confirmed the match average results of his selected candidates. Members of the OLRC will normally be assembled at that time, in preparation for the Schools Veterans competition which follows on from the Ashburton Shield. The Veterans match then took place in weather conditions of sun and light cloud and fairly strong variable cross winds. The three full “A”, “B” and “C” teams of five OLs each were entered (10 shots to count at 500 yards) according to probable ability, with the following results: the “A” team came 25th out of 51 “A” team entries with a score of 232.22, compared with the winning Uppingham Vets”A” Team score of 249.33, the “B” team came 13th out of 29 www.l anc i I 3 5


Overall, the 15 OLs shot remarkably well, with an average score of 45.4. It was a pleasure to see the looks of unexpected surprise when some of our less frequent members shot extremely well! Crackshot Chris Claridge was on top form, with 49.8, very closely followed by new OL Edward Glanville, Team Captain Andrew Morley and Edwin Beddy, all with 48’s. One of the highlights was the award of a handsome NRA bronze medallion to Chris C for being top OL scorer. A further highlight was that the “A” team again won the Royal Sussex Challenge Cup with their score of 232.22, there being only two entries - us and Christ’s Hospital, being the only two Sussex schools present! The day concluded with a brief AGM, followed by an excellent 3course Carvery Dinner at the Surrey Rifle Association Club for 14 of us including 5 enthusiastic College Team members (left to right): Edwin Beddy, Andrew Robinson, some of the College Team members, Adam Brownson, James Pain, Phil Harrison, the knees of Chris Claridge, and the Royal Sussex Challenge cup (missing, taking the photo: Ian Robinson) and the resolve to do even better next year!

All in all, another good and enjoyable day for the OLRC! Ian Robinson (Sanderson’s 47-52) Hon.Sec., OLRC

“B” team entries with a score of 227.15, compared with the winning Old Marlburians ”B” Team score of 247.29, and the “C” Team came 11th out of 23 “C” team entries with a score of 222.8, compared with the winning Old Marlburians “C” Team score of 242.25.

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Maidenhead, Telephone 01628 673964. If any assistance can be given to aspiring Real Tennis players please contact Harvey Rawlings.

“The Sport of Kings”

The world championships are being held this year at Queens Club, London 24th – 28th April 2012. Harvey Rawlings


ancing Old boys have had a long association with Petworth House Tennis Court and many of you will recognise the names of David Brazier, David Godfray, Harvey Rawlings and Andrew

Page: Real Tennis is played at Petworth House by courtesy of the National Trust and of the Rt. Hon. Lord Egremont. It is controlled by the Board of Directors, including a nominee of the National Trust, which is responsible for the upkeep of the structure of the court, and of Lord Egremont, who owns the estate. Lord Egremont is the President of PHTC, and there are nine VicePresidents, all of whom have given distinguished service to PHTC over many years. These are N.W. Smith, D.J.E. Foster, B.L. Ellis, J.R. Greenwood M.B.E., D.L., D.R. Brazier, Sir John Ritblat, M.E. Fairbarns, D.J.L. Godfray, and J.C. Francis. David Godfray was Chairman from 1994- 2010. Harvey Rawlings is currently a Director on the Board The annual OL Match against Petworth House Tennis Court takes place each December and is always an extremely well supported and a fun day. If you wish to play in this match please let me know.

Angus Williams an OL is one of the tennis professionals running Holyport Grange Real Tennis Club and he and his team would be delighted to welcome any new or existing real-tennis players for a game or a lesson at the club. The court is in Holyport near

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Squash Report


he OL squash team will once again be entering the Londonderry Cup in 2011/12. This is the Old Boys squash competition and amongst the oldest squash competitions in the world. Traditionally Lancing have been strong in this event having won in the recent as well as the more distant past. Defeat to a strong Tonbridge side in the first round in 2010/11 came as something of a shock and the side are keen to progress further this season. In addition, a number of ‘club night’ type events are planned to boost participation in OL squash; the team are always looking for new players and any OLs interested in playing either for the team or socially are encouraged to contact Nigel Hall on 07976 153315 or by e-mail at

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home Commander Rory Bryan RN Our congratulations to Rory Bryan (Heads 82-87) on being awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2011. The former captain of the Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster was awarded an OBE for fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. He gained the honour to mark his command of the warship while on NATO maritime security operations. During a seven-month patrol in the Indian Ocean and North Arabian Gulf, HMS Lancaster seized two pirate vessels at anchor in Somali waters in East Africa. She towed them out to sea and destroyed them using the ship’s 30mm gun. A third pirate mothership laden with fuel was also discovered there. He joined the Royal Navy in September 1987 and after his Fleet Training at Britannia Royal Naval College and at sea, he was selected for a BA Degree in Maritime Defence Management and Technology, run at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon. His early warfare appointments included HMS Ledbury and York. In addition he spent a fascinating 3 years with the Federal German Navy as an Officer of the Watch and Navigator of the ships Köln and Lübeck.

away Selected for Principal Warfare Officer’s (PWO) course in 1999, Rory Bryan qualified as a PWO (Underwater) in 2000. His subsequent appointment was as the PWO(U) and Ops Officer of HMS Iron Duke, an assignment that included a deployment to West Africa during the civil war in Sierra Leone. He then worked for the Flag Officer Sea Training, based in Devonport, where he was one of the Under Water Warfare Seariders providing training to RN and several other nations’ Warships. In addition he headed up the Towed Array Reaction Team, a small group of specialists charged with maintaining the passive ASW skills in the surface Fleet. A short tour in the Permanent Joint Headquarters followed, where he was the desk officer responsible for the Joint Operating base in Gibraltar. In 2003 Rory Bryan was selected to be the first commanding officer of HMS Mersey, a River Class Patrol Vessel mainly engaged in fishery protection tasking. He then moved to work for the Director of Naval Career Management as the ‘appointer’ for PWO(U)s and PWO(C)s. Selected for promotion in May 2007, he completed a short tour in the Ministry of Defence, in the Directorate General Media and Communications press office. He took command of HMS Lancaster in May 2008, and spent 2 fascinating years which included 2 deployments to the Northern Arabian Gulf and on counter-piracy operations. He now works on the Directing Staff at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham.

ohn Mansfield (Second’s 76-79) cycled the entire route of the Tour de France last summer. He left Holland on Saturday 19th June and stayed a fortnight ahead of the professionals, cycling the same 20 daily stages, over a three week period with just 2 rest days, finishing in the Champs Elysees, Paris, on 10th July.


ichard Dalling (Head’s 6063) recently retired from the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Where he was Sub-Principal Double Bass for 33 years.

The 3600 km route is described as 'a true test of stamina, on average burning 7000 calories a day, with uphill stretches up to 30 km long and hill gradients up to 12% over 5 mountains – an awe-inspiring opportunity to experience the greatest sporting test in the world.'

Prior to this he was a member of the Double Bass Section of the BBC Concert Orchestra for 4 ½ years.

In 2009 John cycled Lands End to John O'Groats in six and a half days. John is CEO of The Society of Vintners, one of the country's leading national wine buying groups. He lives near Pulborough with his wife Arabella (an event rider and equestrian teacher) and their 4 and 5 year old sons.

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Richard began playing the Electric Bass whilst at Lancing and later played in a pop group that included David Williams (Head’s 59-62) who sadly passed away last August. Richard continues as a freelance bassist.

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Getting used to each other over 60 years! A Cambridge couple celebrated their diamond wedding. Beryl and Michael Johnson (Head’s 42-47) were married 60 years ago at Holy Trinity Church, East Finchley in North London – before Michael was posted to the Middle East with the British Army. Michael, a solicitor. Beryl was an occupational therapist and more


t the time of the D-Day landings in Normandy Michael was a fifteen year old ploughing through School Certificate exams. Part of the syllabus for the English literature exam that year was Shakespeare’s ‘As you like it’ containing the speech on the Seven Ages of Man. In prep boarding school days before the war his school attended the local Eastbourne church, walking in crocodile formation dressed in best black suits, stiff Eton collars and tie. The services tended to be rather long or at least seemed so. A chief recollection of these is imagining stories around the figures in stained glass windows combined with pleasant anticipation of Sunday lunch. Not very devotional but at least the routine provided a framework which has prevailed for most of his life. Michael was confirmed in 1943 whilst at Lancing College, evacuated for the war to Ludlow, Shropshire. The confirming Bishop was the Bishop of Hereford, a large formidable figure wearing leg gaiters. Lancing was considered very much a Church school. There were daily compulsory evening services, a version of Evensong, and sung Eucharist each Sunday morning with optional said Communion at 8am. Partly because of all this and partly because of the ethos of that time Michael grew up quite accustomed to and liking the business of Church but also regarding it very much as a discipline, which to some extent still does. Singing in the Choir first as a treble then baritone. Years of singing both the Nicene Creed and the Gloria to Merbeck Plainsong made him word perfect. On leaving school Michael went into National Service. This incorporated Church Parades, Padre's Hours and so on. Each major military unit had at least one clergyman attached as a commissioned officer. So the discipline continued. I think most people of his age took it all for granted. In the 1950s and more particularly in the1960s things changed. By that time he had left the Army. Beryl and Michael were living in Cambridge with three

recently, a licensed lay minister for the Church of England. The pair originally moved to Cambridge in the 1960s where Michael studied law at Gonville and Caius College after 12 years in the Armed Forces. After stints in Cumbria and Eastbourne they both returned to live in Cambridge in 1988. Michael, 82, and Beryl, 84, have two daughters, one son, and six grandchildren have always kept busy, Beryl continues to be active in church life at St John’s, whilst Michael is a keen cyclist. Michael said there was no one reason why the marriage had been so successful and long-lasting, adding: “We got used to each other.”

small children aged 5,4, and 3. They used to take all three to the Sunday morning children's service at the Round Church which really was a Church then. Beryl was starting her long journey to becoming a Lay Reader. At that time the Church of England services centred around The Book of Common Prayer. The family eventually migrated to the distant land of Cumbria. It was whilst they were there that the really big changes happened. In the late 1970s, introduced to the Alternative Services which at first found almost incomprehensible in its layout. They were also introduced to The Peace, a lot of handshaking. Churches started to have coffee etc. following a Service. When they eventually returned to Cambridge in 1988 we “tried” St John's first, mainly because it looked more like a proper Church (particularly inside) than others and so remained. During the twenty three years at St John’s, besides taking part in the general running and administration of the Church, they experienced three changes of Incumbent – so three Interregnums – seven curates, the demolition and extension of the previous Community Rooms. The introduction of Common Worship which again seemed at first as awkward as the previous “Alternative Services”. During his eighty years of church attendance Michael has been variously welcomed, ignored, instructed, thankful, impressed, uplifted, exasperated – just like life, in fact, throughout its Seven Ages.

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I wouldn’t jump off my table – but I’ll leap out of a plane! For Dickie Dutton (Sanderson’s 49-53), it began with a bike ride – and ended with him jumping out of a plane. The 76-year-old was awestruck by the historic St James Church in Cooling, when he passed it by . Deciding to help the 13th century building, the inspiration for Dickens' Great Expectations. Dickie lept ‘out’ – and raised close to a staggering £6,000. He said: “I had heard there were pink-footed geese on the Medway so I took to the Gravesend Road. There was snow on the ground and it was very calm.

“I had heard about the poetry of silence and I truly felt it when I saw the Cooling church. I was considerably moved by the experience. “When I returned to London I realised it was the scene for the first chapter of Great Expectations, where Magwitch approaches young Pip, and I was inspired further. I'm happy I could help and I hope this will inspire other people.”

Sir Patrick Cable-Alexander (Bursar 84-98)


ishes to announce that his son, Fergus CableAlexander (Sanderson’s 94-99) married Miss Claire Whiteside on Saturday 11th June 2011 at St Helen’s Church, Clifford Chambers, near Stratfordon-Avon, with a Reception afterwards at Warren Chase Lake, Wilmcote.

Qingcheng Mountain Anthony Walker and his wife Yi sent us their story of just one path they walked In Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China to reach the Big Red Sky temple. We started at the main entrance, walking up a 45˚ path towards various temples, staying the night at a hotel (concrete floor, very hard beds!). The next day we moved on up in the same direction till we met the path to the summit. Yi's father accompanied us at the beginning of the walk. The final ascent; steps all the way, and many eroded. We reached the summit around 4pm, and got back down to meet Yi's father at the hotel 2 hours later. The weather was kind to us after rain and snow the night before finishing the whole walk the next day.

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“there are those special days which stay with you forever… …one such occasion followed an expensive auction bid at an Army Benevolent Fund dinner.”

Splicing The Mainbrace

Anthony Eland (Second’s 57-61)

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he auction bid was for a day out for four of us with a VIP Champagne Reception and Ship’s Tour of HMS Bulwark during the Southampton Boat Show 2011. What followed far exceeded our expectations. Let me briefly tell you about the ship. HMS Bulwark, a 21,000 tonne Albion class Assault Command and Control ship, resumed service last summer after a £30m refit to become, in October 2011, the Flagship of the British Fleet. She has an enormous flight deck which supports Merlin and Chinook helicopters. Below decks there is a floodable dock taking 4 large landing craft with another 4 on davits. The crew of 380 includes about 100 marines from the Assault Squadron Royal Marines. She has facilities to carry up to 200 marines in dedicated accommodation for long periods and a further 500 in austere conditions. A shallow draft enables close access to the shore but the crew need good ‘sea legs’. Captain Alex Burton, suggested that a Pilot Cutter would take us out to the ship as she passed the Nab Tower entering the Solent. When we arrived at Gosport we discovered there was no Pilot Cutter available so the Captain decided to send a landing craft from the ship. Yes, I do mean one of those armoured things that deliver marines ashore in battle! Our two ladies displayed slight concern as they reasonably might do. For the men it was all smiles! An officer said we would be 4 2 I www.l anc i ngcl

diverting to a nearby beach for marines on board to carry out a fully-geared landing exercise for the benefit of TV cameras strategically placed on the beach. The bow dropped and the marines got soaked as they charged ashore. Then it was our turn as we headed towards Bulwark, spray flying. Just as we rounded the stern from leeward the wind funnelled down and sent a sheet of water over the top… need I say more? HMS Bulwark towered above us. The landing craft was winched up into the sky and we stepped on to the deck of Bulwark, looking somewhat wet and dishevelled, to face a row of immaculate ship’s officers headed by Captain Burton. Navy 1 - Visitors 0. Running repairs restored smiles, champagne flowed and over lunch the captain gave us an introduction to Bulwark. Stuart Urwin, Operations Officer and the captain’s right hand man, gave us a fascinating tour of this selfcontained world which few outside the Navy ever get to see. It was a maze of metal stairways, watertight doors and long gangways. Fitted out to meet every need for onboard life, there were conference rooms fully fitted for campaign planning and control with direct communication to service heads and government, some off limits for security reasons. The Operations Room, under Stuart’s control, reflected the modern age with banks of computer screens linked to key equipment. Bulwark would be vulnerable without mighty guns and missiles. A simulated enemy

Marines ready for action

Successful invasion!

Captain, Ops Officer and crack team - ‘me’ third from left

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attack demonstrated how with less than a minute’s notice a missile could be tracked and information passed to the Gatling guns (modern day versions) to fire rounds at such speed that an effective wall of metal would be launched into the sky to block and thus destroy the incoming missiles. The Floodable Dry Dock was just half of a cavernous area inside running the length of the ship. The rest housed various vehicles, one monster, to support landing operations and shore recovery. The stern door allowed water to enter the dock and manned landing craft to launch into action. Funds did not run to computerised mooring systems, so going alongside had a touch of the “left hand down a bit” but carried out to perfection, of course. To end the day, after sprucing up at our hotel, we returned to the ship to ‘Splice the Mainbrace’ and joined the officers and local dignitaries for the evening reception. High on the vast flight deck we looked over Southampton; it was quite warm, it wasn’t raining and there was no wind – incredible. Action demonstrations took place followed by Royal Marine drummers and buglers performing and then providing an emotional ‘Sunset Ceremony’ and lowering of the ensign. Bulwark is a living world of its own, self-sufficient, able to cross the globe without refuelling and crewed by highly trained men and women proud to serve in the Royal Navy. We talked to many Officers and Crew, from the youngest crew member, just 18, to the senior officers and they all showed such enthusiasm and professionalism. In conversation they explained their individual main and secondary roles and were happy to talk about life in the Navy. Not surprisingly there was an underlying concern about cutbacks. As the Captain explained, for some it was the nearest thing to home with a disciplined fellowship and raison d’etre providing a great sense of wellbeing. Conversely, reality strikes when you see the special green gangways leading through the ship to a meeting point and on to confront life and death situations. The Marines face that constantly but through HMS Bulwark they have the best possible support. Our privileged tour was a truly wonderful experience and underlined how much we owe our Armed Forces. Our auction bid now looked stunningly good value.

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OLs in the Navy (past and present) might have some interesting input to give and stories to tell in this magazine. We look forward to their contributions. A green gangway

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“one of the few” Jeffrey Quill R.J Mitchell's masterpiece first flew in March 1936. 75 years on, the Spitfire is still held in great affection by the British public and examples of the aircraft are airshow stars wherever they appear. But who were the men that pushed every sinew of pilot and machine to the limit?


effrey Quill, the youngest of five children came to Lancing College in 1926. With the college overlooking Shoreham aerodrome and the constant aerial activity overhead was attracted to a career in the Royal Air Force long before he left the college in 1931. Jeffrey joined the RAF at the age of eighteen as an Acting Pilot Officer. Learning to fly on Avro biplanes his trainers were stunned at his "exceptional" skill going solo in the remarkably short time of 5 hours 20 minutes (9 hours being the usual). He graduated on to Siskin IIIA advanced trainers.

Jeffrey's flying skill in all weathers suited his posting to the Meteorological Flight at Duxford. There, he flew open-cockpit Siskins, flying up to 25,000ft to collect data for weather reports. Jeffrey took command of the flight in 1934 when he and his team flew every day for a whole year, regardless of "unflyable" weather. For this Jeffrey was awarded the Air Force Cross. In 1936 he joined Vickers (Aviation) Ltd as assistant to its chief test pilot, "Mutt" Summers. Jeffrey's long association with the Spitfire began with the prototype on 26 March 1936. The priority was to get the Spitfire cleared for acceptance by the RAF which took a lot of work until entering squadron service in 1938.

In September 1932 Jeffrey joined No 17 Squadron RAF at Upavon, where he began flying Bristol Bulldog fighters. During the war, Jeffrey, while in charge of development and production flying, felt he must obtain first-hand combat He flew as often as possible in order to familiarise himself with experience. During 1940 he was temporarily released to combat. the aeroplane, practising aerobatics and flying in cloud. On 16 August he shot down an Me109 and two days later a He wrote later: Heinkel He III. “Unless aerobatics were practised assiduously to the point where one was familiar with every conceivable When a naval version of the Spitfire was built, the Fleet Air Arm combination of speed and attitude of which the suffered great losses through deck-landing accidents. In just three aircraft was capable, one was not master of the days one force of 106 Seafires was reduced to 64; something had aeroplane. Therefore a day would come when the to be done. Jeffrey duly made 75 deck landings. The distinguished aeroplane decided that it was in charge instead of the naval test pilot Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown later wrote, "Quill pilot, and that would be the last day. I never had was an inspired choice, as he had the analytical mind of a superb test cause to modify that view, and I kept my aerobatics pilot trained to find answers to any flight problem." well honed to the day of my last flight as a pilot.” By the end of the war Jeffrey had personally test flown all 50 or This discipline was to stand Jeffrey in good stead for his future so variants of Spitfire and Seafire. The increase in performance, career as a test pilot. weapons and weight increase produced a constant stream of design changes, most of which tended to be detrimental to Whilst at Lancing Jeffrey had attended the famous RAF Display at handling qualities and affected the Spitfire's aesthetics. But, as Hendon, never perhaps dreaming that he would soon participate. Jeffrey remarked, "We were trying to produce the most effective flying He did so on 24 June 1933, taking part in a display bombing attack. machine, not the most elegant flying machine." 4 4 I www.l anc i ngcl


His personal favourite from a pure flying point of view, was the Spitfire Mk VIII, with standard wings. He continued as chief test pilot after the war, with Vickers. In 1946, Jeffrey made the first flight in an Attacker jet fighter, until one day, he passed out at about 40,000ft. Fortunately he recovered at about 10,000ft in time to land safely. Jeffrey had been flying continually for 16 years, often at high altitude and without oxygen; he was tired and unwell, and he knew that his career as a test pilot was over. He prepared himself to ‘fly’ a desk job. Jeffrey had logged more than 5,000 flying hours in nearly 100 different types of aircraft. Jeffrey continued to fly, delivering Spitfires to Cairo and Attackers to the Royal Pakistan Air Force. For many years he kept his hand in with the Spitfire, flying a Mk V at airshows, his aerobatic displays showed that the ‘master’ had not lost his touch.

In 1983 Jeffrey published his book Spitfire: a Test Pilot's Story, dedicated to the pilots who flew and fought in the Spitfire. This was followed by Birth of a Legend: the Spitfire, co-written with Sebastian Cox in 1986. Jeffrey believed the English language to be "the greatest medium of human communication". He was said to be, by those fortunate enough to know him, a modest, conscientious and talented man, admired, respected and liked. A cheerful man with a sense of humour, he was an inspiration to those who worked with him and a hero to others. Jeffrey's personal interests extended to sailing and powerboat racing. In 1962 he and his friend Lt-Cdr Don Robertson, a former test pilot with Supermarine, won the Daily Express Offshore Powerboat Race in Tramontana. Over his lifetime he was married three times and had three daughters. He died on the Isle of Man, 20 February 1996. John Clifford

His last flight in a Spitfire was made in 1960, 30 years after his first. Afterwards he recalled, “As I climbed out of the cockpit, I had that feeling of sadness of bidding farewell to an old friend.” After the formation of the British Aircraft Corporation Jeffrey became involved with the Jaguar programme from its inception and became director of the Anglo-French company Sepecat. He was in at the start of the tri-national Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (Tornado) programme in 1969 and became Director of Marketing in Panavia until retiring in 1978.

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from the It is planned to run a regular archive section. We hope you will be intrigued and support it with your own input. If you have interesting pictures, stories, queries or comments we would love to hear from you. Anthony Eland


o get the ball rolling, this year we have an introduction to the world of the archivist from the College archivist, Anne Drewery. We visited Anne in her ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ at Lancing. Anne needs our help to identify people in particular and add colour to events and occasions.

Anne writes: In 1993 an article appeared in the Lancing College Magazine. The piece began ‘Just what do you do in the Archives?’ In it my predecessor, Janet Pennington, wrote that

collection it will never be removed; and thanks to the goodwill and foresight of many OLs new material is constantly added. Over a period of months in 2007 Duncan McDougall (Olds) sent into the archives a collection of letters home, written by the young schoolboy to his parents and younger brother. Together with photographs, school reports and schoolboy diaries they create a snapshot of life at the college in the 1950s to rival the printed Sam Brookes Journal 1860-65. Over six years my knowledge of college history has increased, but OLs never cease to surprise me with new facts about college life. Richard Keeler (Field’s) has brought into the office the record book of Fields’ apiary. Dr Christopher Maycock (Sanderson’s) has written a brief history of the college jazz band and sent in photographs taken in the 1950s and a CD copy of a vinyl recording of the band.

she routinely dealt with OL enquiries, spent time sorting and listing archival material deposited by OLs and others – photographs, documents, plans, drawings, books, memoirs and pictures – and rehoused all in acid-free boxes and chemically inert clear Melanex covers. As current archivist I am pleased to say that, apart from the volume of papers and documents stored, and a new cataloguing system to aid retrieval, very little has changed. It is in the nature of archives that once an item has been accepted into the 4 6 I www.l anc i ngcl

Enquires are a great pleasure. What does an OL do when unable to convince his teenage son that, despite evidence to the contrary, in his youth he was the college’s star athlete? A telephone call to the archivist, provides not only a photograph, but written confirmation of medals won. What does a family historian do on discovering that great-great-grandfather attended Lancing College? A written enquiry elicits a copy of his entry in the Lancing Register and a photograph showing a young schoolboy surrounded by members of his house. Visitors to the office are always welcome. The Meteorological Office commissioned Storm Dunlop – and yes, that really is his name – to scan Thomas Barker’s eighteenth century weather journal. They believe it will

help with their research into climate change. A putative descendent of Thomas Apeltree, whose weather diary the college also holds, came to the office hoping that his diary would contain genealogical proof of a family connection. There was no conclusive evidence but a wealth of circumstantial evidence to indicate that her supposition was correct. The diaries came into the college collection as part of the estate of Edmund Field, college chaplain, 1863-92. The son of a Canadian soldier, billeted with his regiment at Lancing College the night before the raid on Dieppe in August 1942, also visited Lancing. I was able to give him a copy of film footage, taken at the time, in which he recognized many of his father’s friends. His father survived the war and died in Canada many years later. A regular visitor over the past two years has been John Hamblin, (Olds 71-75). Drawing on documents held at Lancing and at The National Archives, Kew, he has created a memorial, in electronic format, to all those pupils and masters of Lancing College who have died as casualties of war. John hopes that the website will trigger some more information from OLs today who still remember some of the names listed. The Lancing College War Memorial can be accessed on this link as well as on the school website; and if you do have any details you would like added, there is a contact link on the site as well. It is a resource of national importance and I can recommend it highly. So ‘Just what do you do in the Archives?’ Now you know. Anne Drewery


The army moved swiftly to requisition Lancing's emptying buildings, and within days they had become the headquarters of General Montgomery's 3rd Division. Winston Churchill visited the College a few days after the military had moved in.

can you help?… Colin Underwood (Gibbs’ 32-36) is in the centre of the photograph with Arthur Cooper (Master 29-68, House Master Olds 46-63). But who is the person on his left? This must have been taken shortly after the war or did OL Reunion Dinners continue during the war years?

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The following is an extract taken from ‘Schools At War’ by kind permission, David Stanack


ancing College, Sussex. As England anticipated the imminent outbreak of war in 1938 at the time of Munich, the south coast was considered to be a vastly safer location than central London. The Lancing Head Master, Frank Doherty, offered refuge to Westminster School, where he had himself been a pupil. The Westminster boys only remained briefly at Lancing on that occasion, but returned in September 1939 when war became a reality.

By the summer of 1940 the sounds of the battle in France could be heard on the Sussex downs, and hospital ships began arriving in Shoreham harbour. Realising that the nearby Channel beaches could soon be the landing ground of an invading German army, Lancing decided it was time to move. Apparently little prior thought had been given to the possibility of an evacuation, but at very short notice Ellesmere College in Shropshire agreed to take in three Lancing houses, and the remainder was offered accommodation by Denstone College in Staffordshire. The Westminster contingent departed for a new home at Exeter University.

Life at Ellesmere and Denstone was brief and chaotic. The arrival of Lancing seriously stretched the facilities at both locations. The hunt for a more permanent home resulted in the acquisition of four separate country houses around Ludlow – Moor Park, which became the College's main base, and Stokesay Court, Ashford Court and Caynham Court which were used as boarding houses. With several miles of Shropshire countryside separating the four locations this was not the easiest way to run the College, but with a degree of goodwill and compromise from all concerned the arrangement was made to work. The whole School would congregate at Moor Park in the mornings, where night-time dormitories were swiftly converted into daytime classrooms. Lessons ended at midday when the boys from the outlying houses would return to their bases for private study during the afternoons. Back in Lancing the College's requisitioned buildings were soon transferred from the army to the navy and became a training school for new naval officers, with the title HMS King Alfred. This apparently caused some confusion for the Nazi propaganda machine as one of Lord Haw Haw's evening broadcasts proudly announced that HMS King Alfred had been sunk – an early example of publicity 'spin' stretching credibility too far. The College eventually returned to Sussex in the spring of 1945. The armed forces had left the buildings and grounds in need of much refurbishment, and the task of packing up and moving all the College's possessions from four different locations in Shropshire was monumental. For long-serving staff the return was filled with nostalgia and emotion. Not so for the boys. Almost without exception the pupils of 1945 had joined the College after its evacuation, and the return for them was not so much a homecoming as the start of a whole new era in their schooldays. SCHOOLS AT WAR is published by Phillimore & Co. LTD. Chichester, West Sussex. ISBN 1 86077 338 9 R.R.P £14.99 Available from and good bookshops

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South Downs by Sir David Hare

First performed in the Minerva Theatre at the Chichester Festival

a review by

Christopher Campling


avid Hare, who was at Lancing from 1960-64, was invited by the Rattigan Estate to write a curtain raiser to Terrence Rattigan’s The Browning Version for the hundredth anniversary of his birth. So South Downs was written, says Hare in a programme note, as a tribute to Rattigan with the aim “to share common themes with his”. In this he certainty succeeds. The Browning Version is about a lonely school master, a fierce conformist, who at the end of the play defies the Headmaster: South Downs is about a lonely boy, an articulate non-conformist, who at the end of the play (after an act of kindness) decides to conform – or, at least, to pretend to. Rattigan's master shows the frustration, which many teachers feel, at being unable to communicate their personal enthusiasm (in his case classical literature) to boys of fifteen: Hare’s pupil shows the frustration, which many pupils feel, who want to learn but are offended by the hectoring certainties of their teachers. In The Browning Version Mr Crocker-Harris’s marriage is dead because he and his wife cannot combine the two ‘loves’: in South Downs John Blakemore longs for friendship but only finds betrayal and mockery. Both plays are brilliantly written with taut, spare dialogue, laden with innuendo. Rattigan has more dramatic moments; Hare more variety of scene and character. I was Chaplain at Lancing when David Hare was a boy. I remember him well: bright, intelligent, with a ready tongue and a marked ability to mimic. (You should have heard his ‘The Queen’s Christmas Day Broadcast’ – both its content and delivery). He seemed to enjoy Chapel (even the hymn singing which punctuates his play), and he was a server at the early morning Eucharists. He helped me run the Chapel fete managing the programme notes and the publicity (it raised £1,500, a huge sum for those days). But when 1 heard that he had written a play about ’a school on the South Downs in the sixties’, I was quite anxious. What would he 4 8 I www.l anc i ngcl

remember? or forget? Would his imagination and his avowed rejection of Christianity cloud his memory of those far off and not so unhappy days? The answer, I am sorry to say, is “Yes!” He claims to reflect accurately “the culture, particularly the religious culture” of the school; but I hope that he never endured an English master such as his bullying Mr Spear, nor a confirmation class with such an unsatisfactory discussion of ‘transubstantiation’; nor, 1 pray, a Chaplain as unsympathetic as The Reverend Eric Dewley. Lancing as I remember it was famous for its liberal attitudes, its good relationship between staff and boys and its encouragement of all that was creative in music, art, religion and literature: witness the stream of writers (including himself), musicians and clergymen that has flowed ever since into public life from the commanding and beautiful heights of Lancing on the South Downs.

South Downs & The Browning version opens in The West End in April 2012 Photos: Johan Persson

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behind the author – inspirational shades, steering the author to his best work in an already accomplished career. The setting is France in the summer of 1935. Le Rayol may not be the most prestigious part of the Riviera, but it still offers a retreat from the pending war. A motley community of refugees, expats and underachieving artistic types lulls itself into a false sense of security. The group includes Tom Nash, keen to erase a troubled past in the secret services. But as anyone who has ever read a novel featuring (Head’s 77-81) an ex-spook protagonist will be well aware, the chances of leaving behind a clandestine past are remote – and so it proves with Tom. HarperCollins, £7.99 Order for £7.59 (free p&p) from the He has a lot to lose, notably his adored goddaughter Lucy. When a Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030 nocturnal attempt is made on his life, Tom realises that someone is ark was born in Geneva, but grew dealing in the kind of betrayal that was once his watchword. up in Sussex and educated at Lancing College, going on to Readers of such previous Mills novels as The Information Officer and Cambridge University, where he studied The Savage Garden will not be surprised that the character drawing History and History of Art. here is as mercurial as ever. Tom’s past (spying for the British in Russia during the revolution) has positioned a Damoclean sword Later as a reader of film scripts for above his head, and a tragic love for a woman during this turbulent Paramount Pictures, in their London office period has left him damaged and vulnerable. His struggles to identify gradually gave way to him writing them. who he can and cannot trust among his well-oiled coterie of American, Russian, German and British refugees are fascinatingly His first screenplay was BAFTA nominated short film One Night handled, with the dalliances, games of tennis and copiously alcoholic Stand starring Jemma Redgrave and James Purefoy in 1993; this won dinner parties the perfect backdrop to the intrigue. him a ‘Best Screenplay’ award at the Angers European First Film Festival in 1995. But the reader familiar with the great literary figures of the past may discern other hands on Mark Mills’s shoulders: the picture of The first novel, The Whaleboat House won him the ‘Best Crime Novel indolent expats in seductive foreign climates echoes Scott Fitzgerald. by a Debut Author’ at the Crime Writers’ Association Award. His second And there is also a heavyweight Anglo-Polish ghost who has clearly novel, The Savage Garden was published in 2006 and a third novel energised Mills’s literary batteries. The terrible cost of the betrayals The Information Officer was published in April, 2009. of the espionage worlds and the Manichean struggle between elemental forces suggests that a novel or two by Joseph Conrad The following review of his latest book; House of the Hanged, permanently reside in the author’s luggage. If this talented young appeared in The Independent. British writer has some work to do before moving further up the Parnassian slopes towards the writers who inspired him, there is A variety of metaphorical ghosts haunt the characters in Mark much evidence on every page of House of the Hanged that Mills has Mills’s mesmerising new novel. But there are also ghosts hovering everything to play for. Reviewed by Barry Forshaw

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â&#x20AC;Śin place after 143 years above: The blessing of the Foundation Stone by Bishop John Kirkham left to right: Bishop of Lynn,

The Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick (Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 65-70), Bishop John Kirkham (Teme 48-54), the former Bishop of the Armed Forces and of Sherborne and Sir Robert Woodard (Olds 52-57) were readings by Jonathan Gillespie, the Head Master and John Ebdon, Chairman of the Friends of Lancing Chapel. Dennis Day, Vice Chairman, and Jeremy Tomlinson, Secretary to the Friends of Lancing he laying of the Foundation Stone on the 17th September Chapel, gave prayers of thanksgiving. 2011 completed the final phase of this South Downs landmark.. The stone for the west porch, made by Chichester Cathedral Works, was blessed by Bishop John Kirkham OL, who had preached The Foundation Stone was laid by Rear Admiral Sir Robert the sermon. The Friends and congregation gathered around to Woodard KCVO OL, following a special Festal Evensong, to witness this momentous occasion. celebrate the centenary of the consecration of the Upper Chapel. This is the Bicentenary of the birth of the founder, as well as the Lancing College Chapel is a magnificent neo-Gothic Grade I listed commencement of the final phase of the completion of Lancing building. The foundation stone was laid in 1868, and the Chapel College Chapel. contains excellent stained glass and a number of rare and valuable artefacts. The stonework and metalwork of the Chapel windows The Festal Evensong was attended by members of the Friends of have recently been restored by the acclaimed Chichester Cathedral Lancing Chapel (who have raised so much money for its restoration, Works. and are continuing to raise funds for its completion), distinguished and venerable OLs (former pupils), special guests and members of The Chapel has, in fact, never been completed. The west end the Lancing Community. remains to be completed.


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The north aisle, organ loft and screen, 1986. Herbert Carpenter, Stephen Dykes Bower and Alan Rome


ll the Friends of Lancing Chapel will no doubt wish to join in hearty congratulations to our Chairman, John Ebdon, on receiving an MBE. The award recognises John’s long and energetic commitment to public and charitable service in Sussex and the diocese of Chichester, not least as Chairman of the DAC. The Friends and the Lancing Chapel Trust have benefitted enormously from John’s voluntary but highly professional and knowledgeable contribution both as committee member and chairman. As a former director of Longleys he has been associated with the Chapel since the building of the west wall and has supervised the construction site management of our recent conservation contracts. Thanks to his conscientious and tactful enthusiasm the Chapel is in such good order now that we are able to look forward to completing the building. 2011 was the perfect year to inaugurate the process, which will in time complete this great masterpiece of the gothic 5 4 I www.l anc i ngcl

Lancing Chapel revival. Celebrations took place for the bicentenary of the birth of Nathaniel Woodard, our Founder, in 1811. It was no coincidence that the Upper Chapel was consecrated and came into use in 1911 and in its centenary year we were pleased to invite your support for the building of the west porch designed by the late Alan Rome obe friba fsa, Chapel Architect 1984-1998.

were boarded up, the stubs of the walls were faced in brick and the foundations tarred over. It was all deliberately left looking stark and unfinished, as indeed it was. It cries out for a western termination, but Dykes Bower’s ante-chapel, like Oatley’s transept before it, is no longer practicable or affordable. The beauty of the porch designed by Alan Rome (a pupil of both Oatley and Dykes Bower) is that it uses all the unfinished “we published a booklet, elements and draws them ‘The Future for Lancing together in a harmonious and satisfying unity. It does not College Chapel’, as a resolve the problem of the east public declaration of front of the College, but it our intention to complete the chapel”… rounds off the Chapel. A foundation stone for the …and of the need to raise porch was laid by Rear Admiral money. It contains a brief history Sir Robert Woodard KCVO OL, of the development of the great grandson of the Founder, building and the rationale at the Friends Festival behind Alan Rome’s scheme. It on Saturday 17 September also re-affirms our commitment 2011, to ‘inaugurate the to maintaining and enhancing completion of the Chapel of Saint Mary and Saint Nicolas’. the existing structure. This was an incentive to those When the west wall was who might feel able to completed in 1978, the contribute to the cost of the temporary doors were installed, porch and symbolise our the arches, which would have commitment to finishing the opened into the ante-chapel, west end. It will be a gesture in

the spirit of Billy Woodard leaving a single pinnacle on the apse, for others to follow. Four Patrons of the Project have been elected: Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS, Provost, Ian Beer CBE, John Booth and Jonathan Meyrick OL, whom we congratulate on his appointment as Bishop of Lynn, the second OL to hold this post in recent years. We are grateful to these distinguished supporters for their vision and their words of encouragement. Bishop John Kirkham OL will preach at Festal Evensong and bless the stone, which is being supplied by CWO and carved by Paul Wehrle.

Artist’s impression of Alan Rome’s proposed west porch


“a new sound system designed by Michael Hyland has also been installed, which has greatly improved the audibility and clarity of the public address system”

The Provost and the Chaplain celebrating the Founder’s bicentenary (Neil Cox in the foreground)

It is with profound sadness that we record the sudden death of Alan Rome in December 2010. Alan was a distinguished church and cathedral architect with a national reputation. He was a great champion of Lancing Chapel, having worked on it at various stages throughout his career. His prodigious knowledge and artistic talent were combined with infectious charm, courtesy and enthusiasm. He lived to see his design receive widespread admiration as well as official approval and planning permission. A few days before his death, he was filmed at his home in North Somerset by our friends from Suffolk Films for inclusion in the DVD ‘Lancing

The unfinished west end

Kwok OL to honour his teacher Dennis Day, our revered ViceChairman. Raymond’s donation is recorded in an inscription on the predella step, as is the generosity of Bernard and Philippa Fielding and their family. The new floor is such a success (even to the extent of improving the acoustics in the Crypt Chapel) that we hope one day to be able to extend it College Chapel, the Unfinished to the whole of the Crypt. Meanwhile plans are being Story’. considered for re-developing Please consider the advantages the former Art School for use of a gift aided subscription and by the Music Department. A the possibility of remembering stone has been let into the floor the Friends in your Will. We of the narthex marking the spot have received some magnificent where Archbishop Desmond legacies recently – from Peter Tutu stood to dedicate Mel Lawson, Col Frank Beale (paying Howse’s window in memory of for the carving of the foundation his friend Archbishop Trevor stone), the Revd A J Millyard and Huddleston, one of Lancing’s greatest sons. The Provost Mrs I R Missen. dedicated the plaque and the The benefits of your generosity floor after the School. Bishop are tangible and enduring. One Lindsay dedicated a new cross of these is the Portland in Dunhouse Blaxter stone on limestone and Purbeck marble the cover of the Founder’s vault, floor of the apse in the Crypt, and a box privet hedge has setting off the stone altar been planted round the area designed by Michael Drury. The reserved for the interment of floor was financed by part of a ashes of those closely associated donation given by Raymond with Lancing.

A new sound system designed by Michael Hyland has also been installed, which has greatly improved the audibility and clarity of the public address system. It incorporates recording facilities and a CD player, and we are adding an induction loop for hearing aid users. The Chapel’s electrics and alarm systems are under constant review and we are looking at ways of improving the central heating. These are projects for the College, but the Friends contribute substantially to the Chapel Maintenance Fund each year and make specific gifts for necessary improvements, as do the Development Fund, the Lancing Association of former parents and the St Nicolas Association of current parents. Ted Fisher continues his regular cycle of inspections and minor maintenance plus carrying out the other recommendations of the Architect’s inspections. Ted is also acting as site supervisor for the next phase of stonework conservation. Sufficient funds were available for us to go ahead with the www.l anc i I 5 5

Michael Drury’s Crypt altar and new floor, with candle sticks by Richard Bent

Alan Rome, Andrew Waring, Derek Slatter (former QS), John Ebdon, Ted Fisher, Ron Backhouse (former Verger) and Chris Kempe (masonry contractor) in the early 1990’s in front of the unfinished College entrance

New doors from the south aisle to the cloister roof in memory of John Hayter, designed by Alan Rome,1998

Cathedral Works Organisation’s tender for the total overhaul of eight south aisle windows. As before, all the ironwork being taken out, treated and tipped with stainless steel; damaged stones being replaced (using West Hoathly sandstone) and joints and cracks pointed and filled. We are delighted to welcome CWO back with their experienced foreman Peter Aylng, who knows the Chapel well. Although this will complete the most pressingly urgent repairs, subsequent phases remain to be done and it is already apparent that the south clerestory will need revisiting before too long. In this connection it should be mentioned that we can never guarantee that the Chapel will be completely clear of scaffolding or work in progress on any particular date, but we aim to keep it available for normal use and open to the public at all times and we have never yet actually closed. Andrew Howat, the new Verger, has become a well established and popular figure is enjoying his role in the Chapel. Roger and Pat Frewin have joined the Chapel Guides. Our thanks as ever to Bryan Simons for organising the rota of guides and for finding new recruits as some feel they are unable to continue.

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The guides do a fantastic job and without them we would not gain so much from the regular flow of visitors to the Chapel. This is a suitable place to mention the death of Oliver Longley, member of the famous building family that constructed the west wall, who succeeded his father Basil on the Friends Committee and subsequently acted as a guide with Jo his wife. Their daughter Isabella Ward is currently on the committee. Oliver was a greatly loved and respected figure and a true friend of the Chapel. We offer our sympathy to his family and the families of those other Friends who have died this year. Bryan Simons also manages the publicity and advertising for the Chapel in which he is now helped by Sarah Linfield, the College’s Marketing Officer. Our thanks to Sarah and to Rosemary Hannam and Tristan

High altar with millenium inscription. Patronal banner by Ninian Comper, made in 1998, on the right

is a very helpful addition to the home team and it is clearly vital that we all cooperate in all new developments at Lancing. This is especially important when considering the proposed new Sports Centre that will have an impact on the Chapel and could eventually lead to the enhancement of the northern aspect of the College buildings. Ben Harwood of Quilter continues to manage our investments, which have increased in value, although interest returns remain very low. It will be necessary to liquidate some of our assets to pay for the current contract. Festival donations and visitors’ gifts remain consistent. There have been some major expenses, including the DVD and the cost of extra printing Heartfelt thanks also to Father for our appeal. However there is Richard Harrison, our Chaplain, widespread interest in the a keen supporter of the work of Chapel, our finances are sound the Friends and the Joint Local and it has been a year of great Fabric Committee, who has put achievements. Pauline Bulman, up with intrusions of our Treasurer and Rachel contractors. The atmosphere Devereux of the Bursary who and inclusiveness of school acts acts as our Accountant, both of worship, with so many pupils make an immense contribution actively involved, make them to the work of the Friends. very moving and have rightly been praised in ISI and OFSTED September was a significant inspection reports. The College landmark in the history of Choir, under Neil Cox makes a Lancing College Chapel. It was wonderful contribution to our an opportunity to celebrate worship and to the high 65 years of tremendous reputation of music at Lancing. achievements by the Friends and to inaugurate a new phase At the 2010 AGM, the Officers in our work, that will lead to the and Executive Committee were completion of this amazing re-elected with the inclusion of building. As always, we need Catherine Reeve, the and appreciate your financial Development Director. Catherine support. Meares for their initiatives; to David Thake who continues to act as deputy Verger and sometimes to help Sue James with the cleaning. Alison Charteris has been asked to continue a programme of repairs to vestments and frontals and Melissa Williams is gradually restoring and conserving our stunning archive of architectural drawings, which are cared for by our own Archivist Anne Drewery. Interestingly it was Alan Rome, when he was working for Dykes Bower in the 1950s, who revealed the whereabouts of Sir George Oatley’s collection of plans and drawings of the Chapel – including many nineteenth century originals – and arranged for their return.

Wrought iron screen in Crypt aisle by Dykes Bower, 1960’s

Lady Chapel, Window and Altar Furnishings by Dykes Bower, 1980’s. Billy Woodard’s Chantry by Temple Moore

Crypt north porch, designed by Carpenter and Ingelow, realised by Alan Rome in memory of Basil Handford, 1991

Choir Organ by Frobenius, 1986. Chandeliers by Dykes Bower

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obituaries Andrews Christopher J Andrews (Field’s 58-60) died in April 2011 aged 67. Christopher was married to Elizabeth Gairdner Steele.

Bedford David V Bedford (Field’s 51-55) died 1 October 2011 aged 74. The following obituary is an extract from The Guardian newspaper:

The composer David Bedford, who has died of lung cancer George Morris Baker (Second’s aged 74, employed a wide range of styles and media in a half44-45) died 7 November 2011 century career that saw him move from young iconoclast to eclectic aged 80. purveyor of music for all seasons and needs. In 1963, as a recent student of Luigi Nono in Venice, he wrote Two Poems for Chorus, The Week printed the following settings of Kenneth Patchen texts. It remains one of his most tribute: compelling works, with a recording on Deutsche Grammophon's Avantgarde label. Bedford’s later works retain some notational He was a heart-throb once flexibility and an open mind on instrumentation. “Cans of dog billed as “the new Cary Grant”; biscuits are just as good as maracas,” he suggested. Ian Fleming thought he should take the role of 007; and he Fascinated by astronomy, he gave many of his works titles involving even had a fling with Brigitte stars and space. He had become a regular reader of science fiction Bardot. Yet George Baker, who during his time as a porter at Guy’s hospital in London in 1956, in has died aged 80, will be best remembered for the 13 years he lieu, as a conscientious objector, of regular national service. Arthur spent (long after his heart-throb days were over) playing Ruth C Clarke’s novel from that year, The City and the Stars, provided the Rendell’s plain-speaking Chief Inspector Wexford, said The Guardian. basis for a cantata for the Crouch End Festival Chorus, which was “Sometimes ponderous, sometimes wrong, always homely, Baker’s premiered in 2001 with the then 83-year-old Clarke, on film, reading Wexford had his affable ex-constable’s feet firmly on the ground.” a narration between the movements. Indeed, policemen went out of their way to thank him, saying how nice it was to see a police officer portrayed on TV in a realistic Bedford was born in Hendon, north-west London, into a musical family. His grandmother, Liza Lehmann, was a composer; his mother, manner for once. Lesley Duff, was a singer with the English Opera Group in the late Baker was brought up in Bulgaria, where his father ran an import- 1940s, working with Benjamin Britten; later, Bedford's brother, export business. When war broke out, he fled with his mother to Steuart, became a regular conductor at Aldeburgh. After going to England, and never saw his father again. Aged 15, he ran away from Lancing college, West Sussex, David studied with Lennox Berkeley Lancing College, and began his acting career in rep, where his looks at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and then, in 1961, with soon won him attention. After his screen debut in 1953’s The Nono. On returning to London, he initially earned much of his living Intruder, he was touted as “tougher than Rock Hudson and better- by schoolteaching. This was the first impulse for his many looking than Roger Moore”. It was around then that he had a six- compositions for children and amateur performers. week affair with Bardot, by whom – he later admitted – he was For a while, he remained something of a modernist, if an extremely “dazzled”. lyrical one. The instrumentalists of Music for Albion Moonlight (1965), Baker went on to-win acclaim in films such as The Dam Busters and for soprano and sextet, with words by Patchen, are asked to The Ship that Died of Shame (both 1955). Then his film career interpret the word “sklitter”. The Tentacles of the Dark Nebula “ground to a halt”, said The Daily Telegraph. There had, he observed, (1969), also based on Clarke, and written for the tenor Peter Pears been a cultural shift. The public craved working-class heroes; his and string sextet, uses some exquisite “extended” techniques for its smooth, matinee idol looks were out of fashion. Baker returned to string instruments. stage work, with some success, but it was to be two decades before he made a popular comeback, playing TIberius in the BBC’s I, Even when he became more mainstream, Bedford’s music could still Claudius. Then came the Wexford years, from 1986 to 2000. A gifted be freely experimental in its use of improvisatory procedures. writer as well as actor, Baker co-wrote several of the scripts. His Unorthodox performing techniques were happily integrated into third wife, Louie, who played Mrs Wexford in the TV show, concert works: key-rattling for woodwind, scraping with the fingernail for strings, singers being asked to imitate instruments, and predeceased him earlier this year. even to inhale helium gas to raise their voices to an hysterical pitch – in The Song of the White Horse (1978), for children's choir and Barwell orchestra. David J F Barwell (Field’s 51-57) died 29 August 2011 aged 73. David joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1965. With On occasion, kazoos and metronomes were deployed; in With 100 long service around the world, retiring in 1993. Kazoos (1971), for 11 players, the instruction to interpret some Baker

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pictures included in the score, ranging from star maps to illustrations suitable for children’s books, brought the composer into conflict with Pierre Boulez, the intended conductor of the work’s premiere, and it had to await direction by someone better able to identify with the composer’s sense of humour. Bedford’s partiality for the bizarre and even ridiculous was never in doubt. In the early 1970s, it found expression in work titles such as Nurse’s Song With Elephants, settings of William Blake for singer and 10 guitars (1971), released on John Peel's Dandelion label. In the late 1960s, Bedford moved into pop music, working with Kevin Ayers and his rock group The Whole World. I well remember the premiere of The Garden of Love (1970): a piece, again inspired by Blake, for chamber ensemble and Ayers’s group. It included the saxophonist Lol Coxhill, and the Coxhill-Bedford Duo made recordings of vaudeville and British music-hall songs. Another band member was Mike Oldfield, whose highly successful Tubular Bells album was released in 1973: Bedford was involved in its first performance, and orchestrated the work for a further album, The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1975). His involvement in the pop world led him to compose several concept albums, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1975) and The Odyssey (1976). A flexible approach to notation proved an advantage when working with pop musicians who lacked conventional music-reading skills, and with children. The combination of this and Bedford’s talents as both composer and arranger meant that he could turn his hand to almost any forces and musical circumstances. Though perhaps best known in concert halls during the 1960s and 70s, Bedford always remained in the public ear, whether as composer of concert or educational music, as an arranger for Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello and many others, or as a film composer, with credits including The Killing Fields (1984), Orlando (1992) and several Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense TV series. Contributions to the repertoire for wind orchestra include Sun Paints Rainbows On the Vast Waves (1982), commissioned by the Huddersfield contemporary music festival. Skilled and non-skilled musicians were combined in such works as Seascapes (1986), for symphony orchestra with schoolchildren, and Stories from the Dreamtime (1991), written for 40 deaf children and orchestra. The Wreck of the Titanic, a large-scale work also involving schoolchildren, will mark the 2012 centenary of the ship's sinking.

Despite his advancing years, he attended two events at Lancing in 2011 escorted by his grandson Tom, a Cambridge undergraduate, (pictured above). His wife said the following: Alan absolutely adored the school, although he was an undistinguished scholar. Field’s House was really his home after his mother’s untimely death, and I know that his House Master was a tower of strength during that terrible time. Alan continued to love his school much more than either of the Universities he attended – although he was by then a bit of a star as a scholar! The Telegraph wrote the following obituary: In the 1950s, when he set out on this task, those with “mental deficiency” were often locked away in institutions. But by showing that such disabilities were not immutable, as had been previously assumed, Clarke gave new impetus to training and education for those who had previously been left largely devoid of hope or purpose. Alan Douglas Benson Clarke was born on March 21 1922 and grew up in Surrey. His father was a solicitor, his mother the daughter of Alfred MacLeod, a pioneering speech therapist. At Lancing College, Alan was more interested in geology and classical music than mainstream studies.

His undergraduate studies were interrupted by war service in Signals, where he faked messages to deceive the enemy concerning plans for the D-Day invasion. Post-war he took a First in Psychology at the University of Reading, followed by a PhD at the University of London in 1950. At Reading he met Ann Gravely, a fellow student who also progressed to London for her PhD. They married in 1950 and most of their ground-breaking work was done in partnership. With his first wife, Maureen Parsonage, Bedford had two daughters; In 1951 both Clarkes took jobs at the Manor Hospital, Epsom, a with his second, Susan Pilgrim, another two daughters; and with his large mental deficiency institution typical of the era. There they third, Allison Powell, a son and two daughters. found that repeated IQ-testing frequently revealed improved scores over time. Those with the worst social histories, characterised by Clarke cruelty and neglect, made the most improvement, indicating Professor Alan D. B. Clarke CBE (Field’s 35-40) died 10 December recovery from the effects of prior psychological damage. They also 2011 aged 89. showed that even the most severely impaired patients could benefit from one-to-one training in perceptual and categorisation tasks. He was an eminent psychologist and, with his wife Ann, was Emeritus Professor of Pyschology at the University of Hull. He was The gap between actual and potential functioning identified by their also a Fellow of the British Pyschological Society, an Honorary research overturned the pessimistic consensus that those with Fellow of the Royal College of Pyschiatrists, awarded a CBE and has learning disabilities could not learn. Patients and their families gained been widely published. new hope, and services developed accordingly, to realise the www.l anc i I 5 9


previously unimagined potential of people with learning disabilities. We stayed great friends after leaving Lancing. He started a career Successive editions (1958-85) of the Clarkes’ monumental in the motor industry after national service in the RAF. textbook, Mental Deficiency: The Changing Outlook, defined the field He moved down to Devon to take over a garage workshop, moving for three decades. up to become Sales and Fleet Manager for the Group. He then The Clarkes went on to challenge the received wisdom that bought his own business in Totnes, a laundrette, it was the only one experiences early in life have an insurmountably critical effect upon in town, until his retirement. later development. They probed the interactions and transactions between nature and nurture in cognitive development and His love of flying took him back to gliding, first experienced in the marshalled evidence against the unique criticality of the early years. CCF while at Lancing, and he regularly flew over the Devon Instead, they presented their own work on mental deficiency as countryside. exemplifying a more optimistic prospectus in which the impact of A family man, he was a keen caravanner for more than 30 years, early adversity can be redressed through positive and enabling travelling both on the Continent and Britain. He loved his music, environments. particularly brass bands and had a large collection of tapes and CD's In 1962 Alan Clarke was appointed the first Professor of Psychology at the University of Hull. He came to a small department and set about developing its teaching and research in both scale and quality. His open office door symbolised his famous generosity to students and staff. Innovations included a programme integrating the undergraduate degree with postgraduate clinical psychology training. He became Pro Vice-Chancellor (1968-71) and, after retiring in 1984, continued a full teaching load, unpaid, for seven years. Over many years, Clarke served the British Psychological Society in various roles, including as editor of the British Journal of Psychology, and as president. He was instrumental in the foundation (in 1964) of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency, which advised the World Health Organisation. He also received numerous academic and professional awards. His clarity of vision, balanced judgment, and talent for the seamless integration of evidence, theory and practical insights, also made him a much sought-after adviser to government. He was appointed CBE in 1974. In his spare time he enjoyed genealogy which, in the pre-internet age, involved diligent searches of parish records and headstones. Alan Clarke is survived by his wife and their two sons . Clarke Roger John Clarke (Field’s 4750) died 4 July 2011 aged 78. Peter Spragg (Second’s 46-50) writes:

both at home and in the car touring. Roger died after along illness but was always cheerful to the end, complaining that he could not get his electric mobility scooter to do ‘wheelies’. He leaves his wife Janet of more than 50 years of marriage, his daughter, two sons and four grandchildren.

Du Sautoy We learnt in the Summer of 2011 that Pierre F. C. Du Sautoy (Sanderson’s 62-67) died 11 November 2010 aged 61, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. During his time at Lancing, he was House Captain 1966, Sub-Prefect and 2nd Prefect 1967.

Fulton David Fulton (Sanderson’s 5154) died 4 December 2011 aged 74. David attended several of the Over 60s’ lunches over the years, the last of which was the one in May 2011. In July 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Nottingham for “...his contribution to his own professional field (of publishing), to the discipline of education, to academic excellence and to his own community.”

His first job in book publishing was with Chapman & Hall on whose board was Alec Waugh, Evelyn’s brother. David said; “we published I met Roger (Nobby) Clarke most if not all of Evelyn's books, many line my shelves. In 1958/9 when we were both at Lancing, the great man passed me on the office stairs and recognised my OL and found we had many of the tie which led to more than one conversation. Some years later we same interests in football, published the young Auberon's first books as well.” aviation both model and full size, and lived not to far away from each other. His great sport Garland at Lancing was diving for the Henry Julian Garland (Olds 48-50) died 4 October 2011 aged 76. school. 6 0 I www.l anc i ngcl


Gregan Michael A Gregan (Second’s 67-72) died 20 May 2011 aged 57. House Captain 1971, Prefect and Head of House 1972. Emigrating to New Zealand he followed a career in Law.

of his role at the cathedral, and to quote a member of the Chapter “he brought the administration and finance of the cathedral out of the world of Trollope’s Barchester Towers, and into the 20th century”.

Kinniment Michael C Kinniment (Sanderson’s 46-50) died 30 March 2011 aged 79. He served with the RAF in Egypt after leaving Lancing and then had a 40 year career in the Insurance business.

John’s marriage to Pat came to an end, and in 1984 he married Viv, a naval widow, living in Westbourne, near Emsworth. They set up home in Winchester, until John retired from the cathedral and then they moved back to the village. Here he involved himself with local charities, leading the local NADFAS church recorder group.

John was very artistic, and apart from DIY, he enjoyed designing the small gardens of the houses he shared with Viv. He was a talented artist, and being a keen walker, often carried a small paintbox in his rucksack. He came from a musical family, had a good bass voice, and sang in Winchester Music Club and the Portsmouth Festival Choir. He and Viv enjoyed going racing at Goodwood, visiting the John was born in Durban, where his father was a young vicar. Chichester Theatre, occasional trips to France, and annual visits to Following their return to England, the family lived in Hartley Viv’s family in Scotland. Wintney and Lymington. John’s father, became Archdeacon of Lincoln in 1946, and in 1951, they moved into the Close at John had a lively and stimulating personality, and a great sense of Winchester, when Kenneth was consecrated suffragan Bishop of humour. He faced his long illness with immense courage, and died Southampton. peacefully in St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester. He is much missed and survived by Viv, his son, daughter and four grandchildren. There was a strong family connection with Lancing, and John enjoyed his time there. Following National Service in the army, John read Classics and English at King’s College, Cambridge, winning his Lindy oar in the college second eight. John met Pat, a student at Girton, Justin Richard Lindy Dip Arch, RIBA (Teme 52-56) died 16 August and they were married in 1956. They had two children, Charles and 2011 aged 72. Clare, and lived in London and Winchester. Lamplugh John Hamilton Lamplugh (Gibbs’ 46-50) brother of Anthony and Roger, nephew of Norman Chubb Ford and Frank Ford, died 25 July 2011, aged 79.

John spent his first working years in a firm of publishers and then a merchant bank, and during this time he qualified as a Chartered Secretary. He then became Company Secretary of the London based subsidiary of a Canadian paper company. This was at a time of increasing computerisation of business systems, and he took on the role of operations manager in what to-day would be called logistics. A colleague and close friend has said that, right from the start, John, with his forthright manner “couldn’t abide “woolly” thinkers”, and this had led to some very lively meetings! During his tribute at John’s Thanksgiving Service, a friend said he felt that John was more comfortable in his charitable role, than in the cut and thrust of the commercial world All his life, John had been extensively involved with charities, including being Treasurer of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, and close involvement with the launch of Cathedral Camps. He became Vice-chairman of the St John’s Winchester Charity, (Almshouse with medieval Foundations.) For 10 years he was Treasurer for the Hampshire Division of SSAFA Forces Help, and also a member of the Council/Trustee in the London office. In 1979, it was perhaps not surprising that John, being no stranger to Winchester, its city, cathedral or close, was appointed Cathedral Administrator. His family had lived in the close for 20 years, and John was delighted to discover that his office had once been his mother’s bedroom! He thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and variety

Maurice Peter Hyam Jacob Maurice (Olds 40-43) died 25 January 2011 aged 86. Peter had represented Sussex at Tennis and Rugby in the past. He had retired in 1990 as a partner of Street and Maurice, Surveyors. Pemberton Commodore Ian R Pemberton OBE (Head’s 52-56) died 24 April 2011 aged 73. Commodore Ian Pemberton OBE RD DL Royal Naval Reserve, died at home on his 73rd birthday after a long battle with cancer. Commodore Pemberton served in the Royal Naval Reserve for over 40 years and had a long standing and close association with the Naval Club and RNVR Officers’ Association. A highly respected fellow officer and friend who always had time for everyone. www.l anc i I 6 1


Born into a Naval family and brought up in Hampshire, Ian Pemberton joined the RNVR as a Junior Seaman in 1955, in 1956 he served with the Amphibious Warfare Squadron in the Mediterranean – and in his own words had a brilliant time – and was paid as well! On demobilisation, following a short spell in merchant banking in the City, Ian joined Spillers the milling company which was to be his civilian career for the next 38 years, The call of the sea, however, was in his blood and at the same time he also joined the Royal Naval Reserve, maintaining a highly successful civilian and Naval career in tandem, in the finest tradition of the Volunteer Reserves. Such was his commitment and love of the Royal Naval Reserve that he joined as an Ordinary Seaman – and rose to be Commodore of the Service. On commissioning as an officer he specialised in Naval Control of Shipping serving at HMS President, HMS Flying Fox, HMS Calliope and HMS Eaglet. Promoted to Commander in 1980 and to Captain in 1985, he commanded HMS Flying Fox from 1983 to 1986 and following various operational and senior staff appointments was appointed as Commodore Royal Naval Reserve from 1993 to 1995. His success was due in no small measure to his dedication – he didn’t ever stop thinking about everything – as Commanding Officer and then Commodore Royal Naval Reserves – he was always at HMS Flying Fox, leading from the front not only within the Service but also acting as an outstanding ambassador for the Royal Navy in the community. Even in retirement he did not let up for a minute. He took on the Chairmanship of the Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (WFRCA), he was Naval Vice Chairman of the Council of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Chairman of the Council of the Naval Club and RNVR Officers’ Association, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Royal Navy Officers, Honorary Colonel of 57 Squadron Royal Signals (Volunteers), Chairman of the Bristol Committee of The King George’s Fund for Sailors and President of Bristol Sea Cadets, Training Ship Adventure. He was also Deputy Lord Lieutenant of The City and Council of Bristol. He was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2004 for his outstanding commitment as Chairman of the West Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and for his excellent support to the Reserve Forces. During his tenure as Chairman of the WRFCA Ian spearheaded much needed reforms in the deployment and mobilisation of Reserve Forces and met regularly with MPs and Service Chiefs to improve terms and conditions and employer support for those who regularly give up their weekends and holidays to serve their country. He retired as Chairman of the Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association in March 2004.

Family, friends and everyone in the Naval Service who knew Ian say exactly the same of him he was a real gentleman. It was not only that he was a skilful and highly respected commander possessed of an inexhaustible energy but he had a wonderfully approachable, welcoming and engaging manner with people. His Staff Officer at the Wessex RFCA Headquarters at Taunton, Alan Cooper, said “He was a great man who I learnt a great deal from and had an immense respect for.” He supported numerous Naval and Maritime charities quietly donating year ‘after year, and as President of the RNR Officers’ Dining Club for six years, even as his illness took a hold, Ian maintained his graciousness and great sense of humour, hosting and entertaining members and guests with great conviviality and kindness. His laughter and delight in an amusing story, his partiality to a large glass of quality red wine and his charming knack of making you feel you should belong to things – will be much missed.

Phillips Brian Richmond Phillips (Second’s 73-78) died whilst cycling in Tuscany, 27 March 2011 aged 51.

Shaw John Firth Shaw (Head’s 62-66) died 9 September 2011 aged 63.

Stone Rodney S Stone (Second’s 62-66) died 1 August 2011 aged 63 . Taylor Brian A Taylor (Field’s 62-66) died 4 January 2011 aged 62.

Taylor Noel E H Taylor (Head’s 33-37) died 24 February 2011 aged 92. Noel served as a Captain in the Cheshire Regiment in World War II.

Taylor Richard M Taylor (Field’s 43-47) died 19 June 2011 aged 82. Major Richard Michael Taylor died peacefully at The Royal Cornwall Hospital after a protracted illness. His three children, William (Field’s 71-74), Philip (Field’s 72-74) and Susan were at his side.

Married to Jane with two grown up children by a previous marriage. His service of Thanksgiving at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol on 17 May 2011 was a magnificent occasion with all his favourite hymns and uplifting reminiscences by the Reverend Philip Auden DL.

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Thornton Michael G Thornton (Second’s 34-38) died 20 July 2011 aged 91. Michael served in World War II as a Major, 2nd Royal Lancers (Gardner's Horse), he served in India, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Iran.


Townsend Sheila Townsend who was Matron of Field’s 76-90 and of Gibbs’ 76-85 died 18 August 2011 aged 87. She had grown up in wartime Kent and following her marriage travelled abroad with her then husband. She was part of expatriate communities in Kenya, Hong Kong and Singapore and brought up a family of three daughters and a son. Later, being on her own she sought employment at Lancing and settled into her job and the community with great diligence and aptitude. She was thoroughly involved with all aspects of boarding and College life. Sheila set about improving things like the supervision of medical matters and the provision of clean laundry. More than that she treated those in her charge with real affection and all had benefit from her counsel and kindness. She was strongminded and forthright but not one to seek credit or give offence. She would seem a bit ‘bossy’ at first, but any such concern soon melted through her charm and good humour. She was always supportive and one to turn to with troubles or worries. One Head Master wrote: Sheila was a truly great Matron and so many are indebted to her.

She shared her twenty years of retirement with Dennis Day and they travelled quite widely – Australia, Russia, India to name a few. She contributed to Storrington and St. Mary’s Church and among those who attended her funeral there were many from Lancing giving thanks for her life and remembering her kind and generous influence and example. Van Maurik Ernest Van Maurik OBE 1945 (Second’s 30-35) died 21 January 2011 aged 95. House Captain, Prefect and Head of House 1934. He had a distinguished military career which included working as an instructor for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) training paratroopers from the Czechoslovak Foreign Army in Great Britain during the Second World War. We hope to publish his fascinating story in our next issue

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