Gigg : news
May 2010 No. 57
staying in touch with Old Giggleswickians
OGs Row Atlantic – A Dream Achieved! TeamJCT600: (Left to Right) Alex Macdonald and Luke Grose celebrate on dry land in Antigua, after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Team JCT600 makes its final few strokes towards the finish line in Antigua. NEWS RELEASE - 31 March 2010 Old Giggleswickian Yorkshire Rowers Complete Atlantic Crossing Two Yorkshire OGs, who set out to row the Atlantic Ocean, have completed the gruelling 3,000 mile journey, known as the World’s toughest rowing race – the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race. Alex Macdonald (23) (M 99-04) and Luke Grose (24) (M 00-04) set off from the island of La Gomera near Tenerife on 4th January and have since struggled through storms, rowed alongside dolphins, crossed tanker lanes and even spotted sharks to cover 3,000 miles in their boat, the JCT600 Yorkshire Challenger. The pair, from Settle in North Yorkshire, crossed the finish line in Antigua at 16.30 (GMT) on 29 March after rowing for just over 84 days, despite an early injury setback making it difficult for Alex to row in the first few weeks. More than 100 people made up of friends, family, fellow rowers, locals and Antiguan government representatives welcomed them at English Harbour in Antigua, armed with banners, flares and champagne, before they enjoyed their first and well deserved meal of chicken and chips. The tiring demands of the two-hour-on, two-hour-off rowing shifts means the pair has lost 4 stone in weight between them and they will spend the next four days on the island adjusting back to normality. Speaking about the epic journey, Alex said: “It was an incredible experience, very tough mentally and physically at times, but worth every stroke. Arriving in English Harbour is something I will never forget and it was a privilege to go through the whole journey with Luke.” To keep up their spirits during the row, Alex and Luke updated regular blogs on their team website (www.teamjct600.com), explaining the highs and lows of the journey, from visiting wildlife and night time rowing to the frustration of bad weather causing them to sit on para-anchor. The duo completed the crossing to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and have already smashed their £10,000 target, with the support of Yorkshire car retailer JCT600. Donations can be made at their website www.teamjct600.com Thanks go to Appeal PR Ltd of Harrogate for permission to use their Press Release for this article.
OGs speak at Chapel – preparing for the race Last Autumn Term Alex and Luke Grose gave an inspirational talk at Chapel about their three year build up to the forthcoming Woodvale Transatlantic Rowing Race. They recalled how they were inspired to undertake this awesome challenge by Giggleswick's previous Head of History, Mark Mortimer who, having made the crossing in a two man boat in 1997, attempted a solo row in 2004 while the boys were at Giggleswick. Their first task was to raise £50,000 in sponsorship. They ended up with more sponsors than any other team in the race; they included JCT 600 (main sponsor), Breitling, Virgin Atlantic, Henri Lloyd, Oakley, Glenlivet, Booths, Newton Investment Management, Arqiva, Trinity Horne, JM Bentley, Nottingham University and Giggleswick School. Alex and Luke are also grateful to local businesses such as Car & Kitchen, the Naked Man, Jazz, Thirteen, Castleberg Sports and Country Harvest who have also provided sponsorship. Alex finished the talk by encouraging pupils to aim high and reminding them that anything is possible if you set yourself goals and are prepared to work hard to achieve them. “Preparing for the race has seen us work harder than we ever believed possible”, said Luke.
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Giggleswick goes to… The Old Giggleswickian Club Founded 1897 COMMITTEE MEMBERS
President Robert A Barker President Elect Simon C R Wilkinson Treasurer Edward H M Sissling Secretary J Anthony L Briggs Committee Andrew Fraser (Chairman) Michael J W Barr Geoffrey P Boult (Headmaster) Robert G Drake David P Fox (OG Liaison Officer) Chris W Harwood Nick W Jefferies Angela M Mills Dina Pejcinovic T Ian Roberts Alastair W R Sames
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More and more OG gatherings, both formal and informal, are taking place in various parts of the UK and overseas. Since the last edition of Gigg:news OGs have met up on the Isle of Man, in Newcastle, Hong Kong, Dubai, at the HSBC offices in Manchester, in Settle, at Whittington Races, the OG London Dinner in the House of Commons and at the OG Rugby XV match v Old Grovians at Giggleswick. Look for forthcoming events in Cheshire – at the home of Dominic Baldwin, near Knutsford, on 20 May; at the OG Golf Society Golf Day at Settle Golf Club on Friday 25 June; OG Day at Giggleswick on Saturday 3 July (Special Reunion for all former pupils of Nowell House). Giggleswick goes to Germany on Saturday 18 September – to Darmstad, near Frankfurt. Further get-togethers are planned for later in the year in Nuneaton, Harrogate, at the Yorkshire and Lancashire Dinners. Most of these events are hosted by OGs and we would like a few more venues, for example in the South West, the West Midlands and East Anglia. Can you help with these? This year, for the first time, Giggleswick will have a stand at The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate from 13–15 July. Could you help us to man it? – if so, please contact Sian Driver at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the School Reception (01729 893000)
OG Lancashire Dinner 11 November at 7.30pm Pleasington Golf Club, Blackburn, is once again the venue for the Lancashire Dinner.
OG Yorkshire Dinner 8 October at 7.30pm Oakdale Golf Club, Harrogate, is once again the venue for the Yorkshire Dinner.
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18.30 onwards: OG Informal Gathering at Moss Wood, Toft, Cheshire For details contact Sian Driver via Main School Reception (01729 893000) or on email@example.com 14.00 – Sports Day Speech Day 09.45 – Commemoration Service in Chapel Preacher: Mr Hugh Bradby, Gen.Sec. of The Independent Schools Christian Alliance 11.30 – Speeches and Prize Giving Guests of Honour: The Atlantic Rowers Senior and Junior School Open Morning OG Day and Special Reunion for all former pupils of Nowell House 14.00 – Junior School Parents’ Association Summer Jamboree New U6 Higher Education and Careers Week begins Summer Term ends Giggleswick at the Yorkshire Show, Harrogate Contact Sian Driver via the main school Reception (01729 893000) or at firstname.lastname@example.org Michaelmas Term begins 19.00 – OG Committee Meeting OG Yorkshire Dinner at Oakdale Golf Club, Harrogate Contact Chris Harwood on 0113 2457027, or at email@example.com OG Lancashire Dinner at Pleasington Golf Club, Blackburn Contact Anthony Duckworth on 01254 202088, or at Tony.firstname.lastname@example.org
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BRIAN PARSONS BSC PhD MIMEChE CENG (1931-2009) Town/Shute 1942-50, Head of House, Praepostor, XV Colour, XI Colour, Athletics VIII, Gold Medallist, Sgt CCF Born in Giggleswick in 1931, Brian Parsons attended the local primary school and won a scholarship to Giggleswick, which he entered in 1942, initially in Town House and later in Shute. An active sportsman, he played for the XV in 1948 and ’49 and for the XI in ‘49 and ’50, in which two years he also won the Gold Medal for athletics, breaking a number of school records in the process; he also played rugby for Yorkshire Schoolboys. In Brian’s final year, the Headmaster, E H Partridge, invited him to become a boarder so that he could be Head of Shute and on his final Speech Day he became the first ever recipient of the R M Marshall Memorial Prize. After Giggleswick, he read mechanical engineering at Leeds University. Sport was again of significance and he was awarded his university colours for rugby, cricket, athletics and fives. In his first two years he also played rugby for the English Universities. However, a knee injury then ended his playing career so he put his energies instead into academic study, being awarded a 1st Class Honours degree and a University Scholarship to study successfully for his PhD in Strengths of Materials and Rates of Deformation. To gain industrial experience in engineering, Brian worked for English Electric Aviation (later British Aerospace). Here, he was in charge of the mechanical and structural testing of features of the Canberra and Lightening aircraft. Returning to Leeds University in 1961 as a Lecturer, with subsequent promotions to Senior Lecturer and then Reader, he was also a member of the University Senate for a number of years. While at Leeds, he was invited to the USA for nine months to take the post of Visiting Professor at Rensselaer in New York State. In 1984 Brian was appointed to the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary College, University of London; later, he became Head of the Dept of Mechanical Engineering and eventually Head of the School of Engineering (covering Aeronautical, Civil/Geo-materials, Materials and Mechanical Engineering). A distinguished scientist and engineer, he was author of well over 65 scientific papers and journal publications, his principal areas of research being: the strength of materials; the exploitation of materials, including bio-engineering; tribology of metal forming operations; finite element methods for design analysis and computer assisted design education. His collaborative projects with major manufacturing companies included many of the leading motor manufacturers, plus the MOD, NEI, British Telecom, Rolls-Royce and numerous others. He was very actively involved with overseas students, visiting China, Malaysia and Taiwan for recruitment of post-graduates and acting as tutor to numerous Chinese students as they researched their doctorates. In all he guided almost 30 students through their PhD/MSc studies, was responsible for 21 Research Fellows and acted as external examiner for both first and higher degrees at almost 20 universities. On his retirement in 1997 the title of Professor Emeritus of the University of London was conferred upon him. He spent his retirement years in Kent, played golf, enjoyed travel and attended the OG Wessex Lunch whenever possible. Throughout his life Brian was very proud of his association with Giggleswick and its famous school.
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Letters… Robin E Delves (St 47-51) writes: “I was pleased to read that the NEW OG BALL was successful. Even in 1959 I always thought that the event should be held at school and I still think this. We held the early Balls on the Friday before the start of the Spring Term and we entertained the Headmaster, Housemasters and their wives, plus the OG Secretary – Mr L P Dutton and his wife, the OG Treasurer – J D T Lincoln and his wife. The first Headmaster to attend was Mr OJT Rowe. My twin brother (E Richard Delves: N 47-53) went to Leeds University straight from school and was lodged in Devonshire Hall, a very desirable hall of residence, which staged an annual ‘Devon Ball’. To this I was invited on one occasion and the lovely girl who accompanied me spent the whole night dancing – if you please – with George Melly, who was singing with Humphrey Lyttelton’s band at the time. My sailing career started in the mid-fifties at Burwain S.C. on the Burwain Reservoir at Foulridge, near Colne, Lancs. This was one of several prestigious organisations, including also the Hawks Cricket Club and the Yorkshire Young Conservatives, who held ‘Grand Balls’ at Craiglands, Ilkley. As further inspiration, it was the case that the social event of the year of the stillpowerful City of Bradford was the Bradford Grammar School Old Boys’ Dance, which always had Victor Silvester as the orchestra. It was felt by some OGs that we should organise a rival Bradford Area OG Dance. So, with the encouragement of brother Dick, and spurred on by the success of all the events mentioned, the original OG Ball was founded. It was agreed upon by N S T Benson (Headmaster) at the OG AGM in 1958 and the first dance was held at Craiglands Hotel on 9 January 1959. The original committee was: J B Harland (N 30-35), who was the Bradford Area OG organiser, R T G Lord (CH/N 4451), R A Gent (CH/N 46-53), E R Delves and R E Delves (chief organiser, if I may say so). The first dance attracted 230 people and at its zenith there were over 600 for several years (not 500, as stated in Gigg:news). I retired from the fray when I got my job with DuPont (UK) Ltd in 1964. Jim Harland had a joinery department in his mill and they made some rugby goal posts to erect on the dance floor at Craiglands, to make it appear ‘like Giggleswick’. The following year we introduced daglo red on black Giggleswick crests to be sited all round the balcony in the ballroom. The year after that we had 4 photographs (each 9ft x 6ft) of the School Chapel, Classroom Block, etc, which were highlighted by fluorescent lighting along
the top (this type of advertising had just been introduced onto the streets of Great Britain, 15 years after the end of the wartime blackout). In about 1963 we ‘took a chance’ and produced another 9ft x 6ft photograph, this time of ‘The Four Beatles’. This photograph was amended by eliminating the heads of the Beatles and substituting in their place the heads of four housemasters of the time – Dean, Dutton, Fuller and Middleton – who were of course our guests! (The risk we thought we took – some 10 months prior to the Ball – was whether or not those attending would still know who The Beatles were!). We usually held a raffle in those early days of the event, to make sure we never made a loss. The photograph was a raffle prize and, because I had made an agreement with Brian Epstein (the then Beatles’ manager) that we would not profit from the modified photograph, I ‘fiddled’ the result of the raffle so that the photograph was won by Mrs Rowe, the Headmaster’s wife, and thus became the responsibility of the School. Unfortunately, something which we did not really think about at the time, at least one of the photographed housemasters ‘was not best pleased’ and this unique photograph disappeared. What might it be worth today? Did any OG take a photograph of the photograph? All the photographs were produced by the School’s photographer at the time, Ken Jelley. From day one, OGs could invite guests who were not OGs, but tickets were sold only to members of the OG Club; otherwise we might well have encountered difficulties when we became oversubscribed.”
MEMORIES OF GIGGLESWICK OVER 70 YEARS AGO… T Bateman Marshall (C 37-39) writes: ‘In September 1937 three boys were placed in the same study in Carr House. Today, 73 years later, all three are still in correspondence with each other: Jack Haworth (C 37-39) from Canada, John Ambler (C 37-39) from Scotland and me – Bateman Marshall from Bentham. Other ‘New Squits’ (new boys) in Carr that term were CW Whiteley (C 37-41) from Otley, RWM Morphet (C 37-41) from Horton in Ribblesdale and AL Mann (C 37-42) from Wales, all now deceased. EH Partridge was our Headmaster and NST Benson our Housemaster, two very fine men indeed. Howarth has been over to England several times, but two years ago he and his son came to stay with us, during which time they were shown round the school by the Head of School, my own granddaughter, Isobel Marshall (C 02-07); we also visited Ambler in Scotland. Two years
7 previously my wife and I had an enjoyable time staying with the Howarths in Ontario; and until recently we met the Amblers annually at various hotels in the north. Times have changed somewhat these last 72 years! I wonder how boarders would react today if they had to take a jug to the bathroom for hot water and bring it back to a cubicle to wash. At the time there were many pretty 14-16 year-old maids, but we were not allowed to talk to them at all. Ike Dutton was paying attention to Miss Barton, whom he married; the whole school seemed interested in his amorous adventures. On Speech Day 1938 we were promised that the School would have a railway engine named after it. The following term we were all invited to Settle Station for the naming ceremony – the whole school, along with civic dignitaries; the School got a good press from it. For a while nothing more was heard of this gleaming monster; I wondered what had happened to it. Several years later I was out on my farmland next to the railway when I saw a large engine pulling 56 coal wagons; further inspection proved it to be the ‘Giggleswick’. I was disappointed: following its send-off I had expected nothing less than the Royal Train. Still, at least it was doing its bit for the War effort; I saw it many times afterwards. On 3 September 1939 War was declared against Germany; I returned to school about a week later to find a vastly changed school. Mr Benson, our Housemaster (who had been in charge of the OTC), had been called up, as had Sgt Wardle. Our Housemaster was now Sam Douglas (better known as ‘peg leg’) and I had been moved into a front study with new mates – sadly, I am unable to remember who they were. Several other masters were missing, some others had returned from retirement to fill the gaps. Jack Howarth, my long-time friend, had returned to Canada – an exciting journey after being stopped by a German U-boat that finally let them go because they were in a United States ship. He later joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Ambler had left to start farming at Airton. I felt rather lonely and persuaded my father to give my notice to leave at the end of that term, although only 15 years old at the time. The blackout presented all sorts of difficulties about covering all the many windows in the school and some of the older masters had difficulty moving about in the dark. A party of us was sent to dig an air raid trench, or shelter, across the road from Catteral Hall, through a small gate and on top of the hill. A more stupid place I could not have thought of – I have a photograph of it somewhere – and as I was leaving at the end of term, I often wondered what happened to it. Because of the blackout, chapel services were restricted and we were allowed only very
few candles for the end of term service, which made it all the more impressive. I will always remember my last Carol Service in the Chapel. Because of the war, rugby matches were sometimes arranged so that we did not have too far to travel; I well remember playing on the main ground at Headingley, which seemed massive. Another remembrance of the School was the OTC Band, which was always very impressive on parade; I never knew when they found time to practise. At the end of the Christmas Term 1939 I left school to go and milk cows by hand and plough with horses, without an exam to my name; shortly after, I started driving, so have never passed even my driving test! But I have still had a very good life and derived much benefit from my time at Gigg.’ Over a year ago, another OG wrote to the Headmaster telling, among other things, of his experiences at Giggleswick at a slightly later, but related time. Peter GD Chard (S 42-46) writes: ‘I was one of the mafia from Ascham House, Gosforth (evacuated from Holm Park, Moffat) who were at Gigg together: David Angus (S 41-45), Eric Libby (S 4044), Brian Gale (38-43), Phil Baty (St 4144), Geoff Baty (St 45-50), Brian Rothera (S 43-48), David Rothera (S 45-49), Jeff Hutchinson (S 42-46), Ian Porteous (C 4246) and myself. Hutch, Port and I set a record by taking the top three places in the June 1942 scholarship exam; enough to merit a para in the Newcastle Journal, although I expect other prep schools have broken it on many occasions since. Of the 10, I believe only David Rothera, Porteous and I are still upright; I was sad to read the obituary for David Angus in Gigg:news, as we had kept in touch over the years. My lasting memory of Gigg is the complete lack of anything in the way of home comforts. Stone floors, bare boards, outdoor lavatories, hot water turned off in the summer term and just enough plain food to keep us going; obesity was not a problem! Luxuries were a couple of small buns from the tuck shop three times a week and hot water for cocoa in the basement on Sunday evenings. Punishment drill for misdemeanours and the cane for felonies. One boy found the tray of sausages being kept warm for the latecomers from communion and ate all 36 – he was beaten for gluttony. Girls were as alien as Martians and any dealings with them were actively discouraged. EH Partridge was a formidable figure standing in the pulpit on Sunday
evenings with his gown spread out, like some great raptor gazing down on his flock and reiterating the message: ‘Keep a straight bat on and off the field and don’t even think about girls.’ With many of the staff away on active service, teaching was variable and at one stage I was being taught Latin by Mr Hammond, who was over 90, he having been dragged away from his pipe and slippers to do his bit for the war effort. My bête noir was Ike Dutton. He thought I was vile, lazy and dozy and I thought he was a graduate of the Himmler school of education – it was not even a contest. And it always seemed to be raining. However, we made the best of it, stayed pretty cheerful, played sport with enthusiasm if no skill (only the top sets were coached). Nobody ran away or needed counselling and some of us were used to boarding – I had eight years at prep school, spending holidays with grandmas, aunties and occasionally at school as my parents were in India. Even so, the best day of the term was the last day! After four years at Gigg I left in July 1946. I have never been back, one reason being that for many years the old school simply ignored its old boys. Came the computer age and things improved (although I see my d.o.b. is given as 1/1/1901, which puts me a lot further down the rocky road than is the case). The newsletters paint a picture of happy, contented pupils, dressed in smart uniforms (we wore all sorts of cast-off clothes), housed in five star accommodation, eating sumptuous meals, being taught esoteric subjects and with girls all over the place. ‘Twern’t loike that when oi wer a lad, oi can tell ee.’ You can still learn. My two grandsons went to Maritzburg College, a government school whose old boy tentacles stretch far out into the universe. Last year they held a dinner to honour one of the old codgers who was retiring after many years’ service. 700 turned up and they raised R50,000 as a farewell present; they seem to take a freemason-type oath when they leave. After leaving, I spent my ‘gap’ two-anda-half years in the RAF as a drill and weapon training instructor, affectionately known as a ‘drill pig’. After demob I worked on farms before doing an agricultural degree at King’s College, Newcastle – at that time part of Durham University – where I met up with Derek Holmes (Town 40-46). In 1953 I got married and as WSC said, lived happily ever after. After further spells on farms, learning my trade, we bought Berry Farm, Shebbear, a dorp in North Devon and spent the next 15 years
dairy farming. When going full bore we were one of the most densely stocked farms in Devon, but the effort nearly killed us. You needed muscles like a coal miner and enough wiles to outwit the stoats at the Min of Ag who seemed determined to put all small farmers out of business. Their efforts, plus the winter of 1962-63, nearly succeeded. In 1968 we sold up and after doing a one-year course in adult education at Birmingham University, I spent four years lecturing at the West of Scotland Agricultural College. In 1972 a combination of dreary wet summers and Ted Heath’s efforts to govern the country (a three-day week, endless power cuts and police and miners fighting pitched battles at Kilmarnock Power Station) made us up sticks and move to Rhodesia with two young daughters and a younger son. I taught agriculture at every level from master farmer training up to degree standard and guess what – I might just as well not have bothered; the whole place, including some of the most productive and profitable farms in the world, is now like a desert. I spent 10 years at Gwebi Agricultural College, ending up as viceprincipal (a position I held at three colleges – lacking leadership qualities do you think?). The students were the salt of the earth, but by the end of the so-called ‘War of Liberation’ we had lost 27 of them, killed in action. Many of the farmers I taught are now scattered round the world and two were murdered on their farms by Mugabe’s thugs. Anyway, after 30 years in Rhodesia /Zimbabwe teaching, writing and of course ‘consulting’, we sold up and came down to PMB to live with our eldest daughter. I understand that nobody goes into agriculture these days. I read somewhere that magistrates give hooligans a choice: serve your time in a secure young offenders’ institution, or attend agricultural college. Surely this can’t be true – it sounds more than a bit far-fetched, even for liberal Britain. A shame really that primary producers are being put out of business by crazed politicians and the hard-faced men in back rooms who run the supermarkets. As one gets older, one despairs if the human race… PS – I hope that when the big celebration takes place in 2012, a special tribute is paid to EH Partridge. He kept the School going under the most difficult circumstances, with everything rationed, lack of decent staff, boys leaving and six months later their names being read out in Chapel as ‘killed in action’. He died early and was as much a victim of the war as RM Marshall.
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In May 2009 Robert Grant (CH/N 39-45) completed a charity ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back on a 1949 Triumph speed twin in aid of Parkinson’s Disease, with the Vintage Motor Cycle Club. Bob wrote to Gigg:news in January:
The Vintage Motorcycle Club “End to End” Run 2009 I have been a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast for a great many years and have always enjoyed long journeys, whether on two wheels or four, in this country or abroad. An opportunity presented itself in 1991 when a number of us from the Vintage Motorcycle Club decided to ride from Land’s End to John O’ Groats to raise money for charity. The run was a great success with everybody who took part managing to make the finishing line. We repeated the run in 1994, 1997 and 2003, raising in excess of £70,000 for the British Heart Foundation and Parkinson’s Disease Society. It was always considered easier to do the run starting in Scotland as many of the riders said it felt like going downhill! The first two runs I completed on ‘Katie’, a 1949 Triumph ‘speed twin’ that I have owned for 34 years; the other runs were completed on my son Nigel’s Honda CBR 1000 and my BMW R90S, owing to terminal failures on the Triumph on the way to the start. This year it was decided to run the event for the final time with the aim of increasing our fund-raising to £100,000 or above if possible. The money from this trip would once again be donated to the Parkinson’s Disease Society. Having taken part in the previous four runs, the final event was a must – what better way to celebrate my 80th birthday and the Triumph’s 60th year than by completing the run again! “End-to-End” Diary 2009 Friday 22 May: Katie and I rode up to the start with three companions riding a
Velocette, a Norton and a Vincent. We stayed overnight in Perth and rode on to Wick the next day to meet up with the rest of the group. Sunday 24 May: we all rode up to the start at John O’Groats, then to Inverness - dry but windy weather. Monday 25 May: Inverness to Helensburgh via Dumfries – appalling weather and we all got rather wet. Tuesday 26 May: made our way to Windermere via the Kirkstone Pass, encountering light showers on the way. We stayed two nights in Windermere, planning to have a ride around the Lake District for the benefit of our southern members. Unfortunately the heavy rain made this impractical, so we took the opportunity for a day’s R&R. Thursday 28 May: the rain stopped and the weather improved as we rode to our next stop at Stafford via Sedbergh, Skipton, Glossop and Buxton. At Sedbergh we were joined briefly by my younger son, Julian, on his Honda VFR, who rode with us as far as Skipton. We even got some sunshine for which we were extremely grateful. Friday 29 May: we set off down the A49 in glorious weather for our next stop in Taunton. The ride through Leominster, Hereford, Chepstow and Avonmouth was very pleasant. Saturday 30 May: our final day and lovely weather once again – a most pleasant ride via Bude and Penzance to Land’s End. We all enjoyed our meal at the Land’s End Hotel and a beautiful sunset made a fitting end to a memorable trip. Sunday 31 May: we said our farewells before riding our separate ways. I rode to Looe to visit an old friend and co-driver from my rallying days, then continued to Launceston to stay a couple of nights with old friends at the Launceston Steam Railway. Tuesday 2 June: Time to head for home. The A30 to Exeter then the M5 to Tewkesbury with the Triumph running smoothly at a steady 60 mph with 40 psi oil pressure. From Tewkesbury we made our way to Leominster and onto the A49. Shrewsbury and Whitchurch soon rolled by. Soon it was M56, M6, M62 to Worsley and home. Total mileage for the round trip was 2087 miles and the Triumph ran faultlessly. During the first ride, a spirit developed between the riders with the common objective of getting every rider and bike to
the finish. Over the following years, new people joined and fell in with this same spirit. They were good company and were never less than helpful to any of the riders in difficulty; just how it should be. 44 riders and 35 bikes took part in the event. At the run’s reunion near Warwick on 31 October 2009, a cheque for £22,077.22 was handed to a representative of the Parkinson’s Disease Society. Post-script The 2009 run was supposed to be the last “Land’s End to John O’Groats.” However, we had set ourselves a target of raising £100,000 and, on addition of the final total we found ourselves a few quid short! It seem that there is nothing for it but to resurrect the “End-to-End” one more time, a ride which I fully intend to make sometime in the next two or three years! Following the letter and photograph from Chris Holmes (CH/S 98-05) in the last issue of Gigg:news, Chris Hodgen (CH/N 85-93) has sent the following: I read the latest OG news with interest the other week. I liked the story about Chris Holmes. I thought I would send you an image that you might find funny! I raced in the same championship as Chris Holmes this year; he came 2nd in the championship and I came 3rd. It shows me in the white car trying to overtake Holmsey who didn’t like it and pushed me on the grass!! Nice to see 2 OGs still fighting it out in a national racing championship, even if I am about 14 years older than him!
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Work experience and careers advice – can you help? The Careers & Work Experience Department at Giggleswick School is very busy as usual. Paul Adams has taken over as Work Experience Co-ordinator from last September and whilst he has been a teacher of business studies and economics at the school for over 9 years, he is delighted to have taken on this new role. ‘We all know the substantial benefits to students and employers of work experience and I look forward to facilitating this for as many pupils as possible,’ says Paul. He has already started using the OG database to try and match students to employers and he is very grateful to the 52 OGs who have already ticked the ‘Work Experience’ box on their returns. Offering work experience to a current student at Giggleswick is one of the most important ways in which you can help the School. If you feel you might be able to assist us in this way, please contact email@example.com or fill in your details on www.giggonline.com Paul works closely with Anne Coward, who has been the Head of Careers at the school for some years now. Anne has been helping the Upper Sixth students to complete their University applications and if this year is anything to go by, places at the most prestigious Universities are going to be increasingly competitive. In some cases a work experience placement can make all the difference and the staff and students at Giggleswick are very grateful to OGs for the help they have so kindly offered. Anne will also be organising another Careers & Higher Education Week beginning on
5 July, so please contact her if you might be able to help with this, especially with the Interview Day on Wednesday 7 July when she will need about 20 interviewers working in pairs to give all members of the Lower 6th (Year 12) two interviews during the day. Anne can be contacted by phone on 01729 893144 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Conundrums Picture Conundrum 13
Seven OGs took up the challenge presented by Geoffrey Dyson’s photograph: A G McIntosh (CH/N 37-48), W Harrison (CH/T 33-40), B V Tipping (CH/St 42-47), J T Wright (CH/St 39-44), H D Haighton (CH/P 40-48), R M Ashworth (CH/St 42-48) and N D Simpson (CH/P 41-49). The staff were all named by almost all correspondents, apart from the teacher to Mr Partridge’s left (E), who was named as Mr Crawhall by only two of you. The others are: A – Miss Joan Barton (who married L P Dutton), B – Mr K W Wood, C – Mrs Weston (Matron), D – Mr R J Partridge (Head of Catteral Hall, elder brother of E H Partridge, Headmaster of Giggleswick), F – Miss Victoria King (who married L H A Hankey), G – Sister Martin. Some have given the boys Christian names and surnames, some surnames only and some with initials. Suggestions so far: Back row: 1 – ??, 2 – Peter Hedges, 3 – Geoff Dyson, 4 – Paul Stephenson? Jowett?, 5 – P Wright, 6 – Billy Atkinson, 7 – David Haighton, 8 – Peter Tyler, 9 – Murray Dyson, 10 – Hugh Moore,11 – Williamson, 12 – Ellison, 13 – J Whittaker, 14 – J R Jameson, 15 – Rob Collett, 16 – Schellenberg, 17 – RC Grant, 18 – ?? Second row: 19 – ??, 20 – J D Hustler?, 21 – ??, 22 – H Hill, 23 – Brian Duckworth, 24 – Simpson, 25 – B Carter, 26 – AG McIntosh, 27 – Halstead, 28 – ??, 29 – Sampson, 30 – K Wood, 31 – Tim Hepworth, 32 – John Mitchell, 33 – Dowall?, 34 – ??, 35 – Sykes? 36 – RM Ashworth, 37 – David Alvin, 38 – Peter Hartley Third row: 39 – Keith Leeming, 40 – Ken Monkman, 41 – Mike Laffoley, 42 – MM Roberts, 43 – HA Lane, 44 – LG Barber, 45 – Entwhistle, 46 – G Atherton, 47 – M Atherton, 48 – WynneEdwards, 49 – ?, 50 – D Whittaker, 51 – Morris, 52 – ??, 53 – Ellis?, 54 – Sutcliffe? Seated: 55 – NF Stewart, 56 – Robin Machell, 57 – Lyles, 58 – ?? Front row: 59 – Jowett, 60 – ??, 61 – ??, 62 – ??, 63 – ??, 64 – Walker, 65 – ??, 66 – ??, 67 – Alvin Jnr?, 68 – ??, 69 – ??, 70 – Ralph Wynn, 71 – Davidson?, 72 – ??, 73 – BV Tipping.
The photograph was taken in the summer term of 1941. I wonder whether anyone can fill in the missing names – the original correspondent perhaps? Some letters accompanied the suggested names: H David Haighton (CH/P 40-48) writes: I am sure there are many who can put names to faces in your Picture Conundrum 13, but I offer my contribution on the enclosed sheet. I would confirm that this is the summer term of 1941, probably just having reached my 11th birthday. I am sure we had more teaching staff than those pictured on the photograph, though many had to give their services to a greater cause at that time, i.e. the war. We did have others such as Mr Holligan and Mr Lake, who were based in Big School but graced our lessons, teaching maths and French respectively. The discipline was very strict and there was a limited choice of food, but the excitement and enjoyment of the Christmas Party’s delights will remain in my memory for ever. W (Bill) Harrison (T 33-40) writes concerning Picture Conundrum 13: ‘I regret that I have not kept very close contact with the school, except for occasional attendances at OG dinners, originally at the Engineers Club in Manchester and more recently at Pleasington Golf Club. However, your Picture Conundrum No.13 presents a challenge I cannot resist. There is a long story behind your photograph, which could be subtitled: Gigg at War and How it Coped (Chapter 1). Throughout my years at school I was always referred to as ‘Harry’ and it was only when I joined the army that I got my proper Christian name. At the age of 18 my supposed speciality in classics came to a grinding halt when the universities suspended the teaching of classics for the duration of hostilities, so there was no immediate prospect for me other than the army. However, pending my call-up, I took a part-time job in Settle. For the rest of my days and nights I was retained at the school as a general factotum, helping to cover gaps which were beginning to appear on the staff
due to the demands of national service. This involved me in a range of supervisory duties, fire-watching, air raid patrols and, in an emergency, I even took the occasional impromptu class. ‘Fire watching’ was a nightly duty on top of the Science Block, manned (two hours on and two hours off) by the OTC and others. In late 1940, at about the time that the army was being evacuated from Dunkirk, I was assigned to Catteral Hall and I had a room in the attic which was ideal for fire-watching, because the red skies over the Manchester blitz and its bomb explosions were clearly visible. Now for your challenge! After 70 years my memory is not what it used to be, but here goes… The staff from l to r: (1) Joan Barton (later Mrs LP Dutton) was Secretary to the Headmaster, but was also responsible for supervising those boys who slept in a dormitory at the Headmaster’s house and for shepherding them to air raid shelters, as was frequently required; (2) several people has already said, ‘It is you.’, but, although there is a very convincing likeness, I never aspired to wearing a gown; (3) Mrs Weston was Matron, who knew all about ration cards, fed us and kept the place ticking; (4) Mr Partridge was Senior Master (somewhat disabled) and a brother of the Headmaster; (5) I am doubtful, but could it be Bertie Wheel (?); (6) Victoria ‘Tory’ King (later Mrs L H A Hankey). Another face I would have expected to see was Mrs Evans, a charming lady, who was always prepared to be a second mother to all and sundry. In the early part of ’41 my attention was diverted to Big School and at one time or another I lived in Howson’s, the Music Cottages,
Style (assisting Mr Dutton) and for some time in the vacant Shute Housemaster’s accommodation. My attention was further diverted to the outside world when, several times a week, I would collect half a dozen of the old Lee Enfield rifles from the armoury and be transported in a rather battered van to nearby villages. Drawing on my experiences in the OTC, my task was to instruct farm hands and others who had been recruited into the newly-formed Home Guard. This was England’s answer to potential invasion, but as yet they had no weapons, no uniform and their organisation was still somewhat patchy. The instruction was pretty basic: how to hold it, how to load it, how to aim it, how to fire it. ‘If you have nothing else, use a pitchfork’ was a contribution made by Winston Churchill – desperate advice given at a desperate time. At that stage we never got involved with live ammunition, but I presume that someone else took that on after I had left. I was always rewarded with a pint of beer at the local pub and taken back to school for fire watching, etc. Minor air raid warnings were a matter of routine, but in June and July Manchester and Liverpool experienced a second major ‘blitz’. In September ’41 I received my call-up papers. I said my goodbyes to Giggleswick, wishing them well for the stressful days ahead, and joined the army. For quite some time I enjoyed the luxury of a full night’s sleep on a regular basis. If I have got it all right, I can only suggest that the photograph was perhaps taken in late 1940 or early ’41… or maybe my memory has not stood up to the test. Yours sincerely
Picture Conundrum 14 Three swift responses from Mark Harwood (N 72-76), Simon Dixon (CH/P 69-76) and Keith Pearce (CH/St 67-76) and his wife Maiki soon resolved this one: Back row: Mark Harwood, Simeon Marshall (CH/S 68-76), Anthony Greenwood (CH/C 67-76), Mark Garland (P 70-75), Tim Jackson (M 73-77), Simon Dixon, Graham Clarke (P 71-76), Brian Stubbs (CH/N 70-78). Front row: Mark Thurmott (CH/N 67-77), Neil Robertson (CH/C 69-78), Chris Holland (CH/St 70-76), Avtar Dhillon (C 71-76), Guy Griffiths (N 71-76). Mark Harwood writes: ‘I could have died on seeing the photo – my wife was so pleased because when tidying up some 12-15 years ago we must have thrown out the photos of the Review; the group picture I had we had all written our names on. When I was 40 she was trying to find it for the party, along with the others which had been thrown out…’ Simon Dixon had the most complete recall of the names, but also sent a further picture with his letter: ‘I was delighted to find that the picture conundrum was a photo taken of ‘The Tiller Girls’ who performed in the end of year Review in 1976. I played the compère, a character for which I drew much inspiration from Larry Grayson. I do remember that my opening line was, “Ooooh, aren’t these trousers tight!!” It’s a good job I was Captain of Rugby that year or I might not have got away with it. I attach a photo – the hair style, baggy trousers and platform shoes are all very 70s!
Picture Conundrum 15 This edition’s picture conundrum was taken by the late Bill Brocklebank in the old Chemistry Lecture Theatre (later the AV Room) in about 1973 or ’74. Can anyone come up with a more exact timing and the names of all the boys?
Getting a Bird’s Eye View… While his younger brother Matthew was competing in the Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Australia, in September 2009, Alister Bould (Ch/M 80-88) and his wife Deborah represented Great Britain in formation skydiving. Competing in a team called Random Vengeance, they returned home with a bronze medal after 23 teams from as far away as Greece took part in the European Skydiving League final near Scunthorpe. Here he warns, ‘Be careful what you wish for!’ ‘In August 2002, my wife bought me a tandem skydive for my birthday. So started a journey that would lead to me (and her) representing Great Britain in a European Skydiving competition and bringing home a bronze medal. Only later did I find out that the instructor I was strapped to on that day and whose confidence and patience encouraged us to take up the sport was an OG (Brian Shaw Ch/S 64-69). A week later, we went back to the dropzone near Grange-over-Sands, in Cumbria, and learnt how to skydive. We were hooked and the rest is history, as they say. Some 900 jumps later, it is hard to remember what life was like before we started hurling ourselves out of aeroplanes. Now we spend most summer weekends and at least one foreign trip a year getting our freefall rush. Our discipline of choice is formation skydiving. This entails a team of 4 skydivers, and a cameraflyer who films us, jumping from 10,500 feet and performing as many formations as possible in 35 seconds. Sometimes we are scoring over 20, or more than one formation every two seconds. Our training has included camps in Arizona where a current world champion is our coach. In how many sports can you receive personal training from a world class athelete? Skydiving is a fabulous sport. Heading towards the ground at 120mph has a tendency to help you forget any other concerns! And training yourself to be calm as you climb outside an aircraft two miles up is a useful technique to deploy against other stresses in your life. Skydiving has given us a massive circle of new friends spread across the globe. I can strongly recommend trying it, even if only once. If you can’t face jumping out of a plane, there are now vertical wind tunnels in Manchester, Bedford and Milton Keynes where you can try it out indoors. Go on! You never know, you might just like it.’
Random Vengeance exiting the aircraft over Hibaldstow.
The team on the podium, from left to right, Dave West, Deborah Bould, Rachel Stott, Alister Bould and John Williamson.
OGGS SCOTTISH TOUR SEPTEMBER 14–18, 2009
Mutatis mutandis, as Tim Wilman reminded us several times on this tour, was one of John Dean’s favourite phrases. “Mutatis mutandis, boy. Put it in your glossary book!” Well, clearly the young Timothy Wilman did put it in his glossary book, and furthermore, as L P Dutton would have instructed, he read, marked, learned and inwardly digested it! Being somewhat less erudite than the said Mr Wilman, when I returned to home base I googled the phrase. The literal meaning, it appears, is “the things that should have been changed having been changed.” Latin is a wonderfully succinct language, – if only I could remember it! Having learned the meaning of the words, I came to realise that Mr Wilman had put the phrase into practice on our golf tour, at least for one day. On Monday at Lundin Links, playing as Howarth and Heseltine’s teammate, he was woeful, wayward, dare I say it whingeing Wilman, wandering in the wilderness. He scored the grand total of 14 Stableford points, and our team came a miserable third out of three. ‘A Mickey Mouse course,’ Mr Wilman declared. On Tuesday, he rather liked the Ladybank course and improved on Monday’s performance, his team of Lister, Haggas, Wilman coming second out of three. Come Wednesday, he announced that the course at Crail was little better than a field, failed (I am reliably informed) to play the last three holes, and succeeded in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for his Carr team, who came second to Style in our House competition. On Thursday we played at Elie for the Paley Cup, the serious business of the tour. Well, what a transformation! Mutatis mutandis! The course was superb, it must have been, because Mr Wilman declared it so. Suddenly we had a new Wilman, a wonderful, winning, whop it down the middle Wilman. Fourteen points on Monday became forty two (yes, indeed, 42!) points on Thursday. Not even Messrs Jefferies and Crossley could compete with this, and Mr Jefferies had to relinquish his hold on the Paley Cup, a trophy he had won five times in the previous six years. So, I hear you ask, what about Friday at Leven Links? Was there another 42 points from the maestro’s flashing clubs? Well, no actually – he was back to 21 points, (he appears to score in multiples of seven) and there were more protestations regarding the inadequacies of the course. Another Latin phrase comes to mind. Sic transit gloria! What else happened on the OGGS grand tour of the kingdom of Fife? Well, believe it or not, the sun shone for four days of the five. And we all enjoyed ourselves for five days out of the five (which is the norm for an OGGS tour). Sadly, three of the original party of twelve tourists had to drop out of the trip, and we all missed the fine company, sportsmanship, and smiling faces of Bill Oddie, Bill Spinks, and Mike Hartley. We hope to see them on tour
again next year, and raised a glass to all our missing friends. Describing the fortunes and misfortunes of Tim Wilman, I have perhaps left you wondering about how everybody else fared, and so here are the results of our competitions. On Monday, we very cleverly split our nine tourists into 3 teams of 3 (Bert Wheel would have been proud of us). Anyway, nine players were counted out, and nine were counted back in, so all survived. Messrs Lister, Haggas and Jefferies survived better than the rest, beating Trickey, Crossley and Harwood into second place, and leaving the Howarth, Wilman and Heseltine trio to collect the bronze medal (that sounds a lot better than coming last, doesn’t it??). On Tuesday, overjoyed with the success of the previous day’s formula (after all, he was on the winning team), our leader Bill Haggas decreed that we would play the same competition again at Ladybank. I think we all would like to put the Ladybank course in our hold-alls and take it with us on tour every year, it really is a joy to play it. Unfortunately we didn’t see deer or red squirrels this year, but the sun shone, and all was well with the world. This time the team of Harwood, Crossley and Heseltine was victor ludorum (to maintain the Latin theme). On Wednesday we played Crail (henceforth known as Wilman’s field), and Bill Haggas devised a House Competition, the gross score of each House team to be divided by the number of players in that team. More advanced mathematics for Mr Wheel’s protégés!. The Style team kept it simple. It was a one man team, David Crossley, who kept popping the ball down the middle and scored 32 points. Even a duffer from Mr Holligan’s class might have had a chance of calculating the Style team net score. Yes, well done, you’ve got it! 32 points. The Carr team looked mighty good on paper, with Messrs Jefferies, Harwood, Howarth and …well…Wilman. Their score, after several recounts, still worked out less than the Style team’s 32 points, and Style won the trophy by half a point. Coming in third were Shute (Trickey and Heseltine), whilst Messrs Haggas and Lister shunned the limelight and came in fourth for Nowell. It has to be said that the Nowell and Shute teams were not in the least perturbed by our lowly positions. Being true gentlemen, we were quite prepared to let the GIRLS’ houses win!!! Anyway, well played indeed Mr Crossley, and he was duly presented with the re-designated Cameron Cup at dinner that night. Thursday, as mentioned before, found the OGGS tourists in serious competition (well, as serious as the OGGS tourists ever get) at Elie golf course. The Paley Cup! OGGS tourists in Scotland all dream of winning the Paley Cup. In my group I was impressed to see both David and Nick playing excellent golf, and when Mr Jefferies pipped Mr Crossley on the eighteenth green to beat him
on countback with 37 points, I must admit that I thought Mr Jefferies had done it again, and that his local trophy engraver must be making quite a good living. But it wasn’t to be. It had been a wonderful sunny day, and it was a wonderfully sunny, positively beaming, Wilman who had ‘changed the things that should have been changed’ and who has taken the trophy home to polish and cherish until 2010. 42 points! I haven’t got enough fingers and toes to count that many! Of course, there was time on the tour to do more than
OG Rugby v Old Grovians 28 February 2010 This was a new fixture for the OG Rugby XV and proved to be a successful afternoon. Another first was that the match was refereed by a Yr12 (L6 in old money!) girl from Carr House – Sarah Clough – and she didn’t seem in the least fazed by the challenge (see picture below). On a dry, but bitterly cold afternoon, the game was played in great spirit, with open running rugby the order of the day, helped in no small measure by the excellence of the pitch. The score seesawed until quite near the end of the match, when a final converted try saw the OGs home comfortably by 32-18. We certainly intend to repeat the fixture next year, but in the meantime the next OG match will be played on Lord’s on Sunday 10 October against a Wooden Spoon Society XV. Any OG interested in playing should contact either Richard Fall at email@example.com or Robert Leadbeater at firstname.lastname@example.org.
just eat, drink, laugh, and play golf. On Wednesday, after Crail, we met up with other OGGS at Crail Harbour. Then Eric Trickey and I found the coastal path and wandered a short way in the direction of Methyl, watching eider duck, oyster catchers and a couple of curlews among the rocks and pools on the shore. It was so peaceful. I must say that the plaintive call of the curlews brought back vivid memories of summer terms at Giggleswick. Back to the golf, and to my usual surprise and dismay to find that the week had flashed by; it was Friday, and we were playing the Roses match again, this year at Leven Links. There were nine of us, and so unequal numbers. Once again David Crossley (surely the player of the week based on his consistency) performed marvellously to score 36 points. Unfortunately for the Red Rose, the rest of the Lancashire team couldn’t quite give him enough support, and after several recounts, it was agreed that Yorkshire had crept home to win a resounding victory by 0.10 of a point. So once more “Yorkshire” is engraved on the trophy, and Lancashire must wait until next year before trying again. If you have read any of my previous reports on OGGS tours, you will know that I am renowned for the dreaded shanks. I am pleased to report that the affliction struck me only thrice on this year’s tour. So, does this mean my golf has finally turned the corner? “Mutatis mutandis Heseltine, put it in your glossary book boy!” Well, if you want to know that answer to that question, you’ll have to stir your stumps and come on tour with the OGGS next year, won’t you? Paul Heseltine (CH/S 52-62)
Girls reach final of inaugural North of England Rugby 7s Competition Sunday 7 March Despite the loss of some key players, the small squad of nine girls managed to win their games in the group stage against Range High School (50-0), St Bees (3215) and Calday Grammar School (47-0), before succumbing 18-5 to King’s Macclesfield. Although disappointed to just miss out on the huge Gill Burns Trophy, they were delighted to receive their runner-up medals from England player Sarah Hunter. They can now fairly claim, beyond doubt, that they are one of the best girls’ 7s teams in the country.
From left to right: Arian Lawson (C), Ellie Gorman, Nicky Ehlinger, Katherine Sharp, Lottie O’Connell, Sophie Patchett, Hannah Edmiston, Sabrina Damian, Sarah Clough
News…News…News… Having spent most of his career to date in the shoe industry (with Clarks of Somerset) and as Factory Manager for a clothing company, Simon Dixon (CH/P 69-76) now runs his own commercial cleaning business based in Bromsgrove. He lives in Malvern and is still playing rugby for the Malvern 3rd XV (Oh yes he is!). Following their wedding last August, Nicola (neé Barber, C 97-02) and Toby Cruse (M 95-00) now live close to Harrogate. Nicola is a primary school teacher and Toby works for a gardening business. Quentin Duckworth (CH/M 77-84) is a commercial property solicitor and lives in Altrincham with his wife Emma and their two sons. Michael JW Barr (M 73-77), immediate past President of the OG Club, is now the Deputy Regional Director for the North East for HSBC and is based in Leeds.
After working for a number of years at Rossall School, Duncan Rose (CH/N 8090), his wife Nina and their three daughters, have moved to Cairo, Egypt, where Duncan has taken the headship of a British Secondary School, which is just over three years old and growing fast. [If Sameh ElEbrashi (CH/M 80-88) is reading this, Duncan would like to hear from you!] After working his way round the world a few times, Michael Bruce (CH/P 77-84) emigrated to Canada 11 years ago, where he married his Canadian/Japanese wife Karen. They live in Vancouver with their son Sam and this view of the downtown Vancouver skyline is taken from the deck of their new home. Michael writes: ‘I stopped working about seven years ago to become a builder/developer. I’m kind of retired now, but we build a new home every year or so to stop me getting bored. It’s rather ironic, as I used to dream at school about retiring at 40 and it actually came true!’
Beverley Evans (née Wild, P 76-78) is married, with three children, and lives in Hampshire. Lucy Buscall (St 06-08) has successfully completed her Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Leeds College of Art and has enrolled at Wimbledon College of Art for their BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Edward Maley (P 60-64) made a ski trip of 150 miles in the summer of 2009 to the northernmost point of Spitsbergen at 80 degrees north. The party was rescued by helicopter after a few days because the ship due to collect them could not get through the ice... Ted is on the right of the group photograph (as you look at it).
Peter Stanford (St 80-85) and his wife Vanessa (née Brown, St 82-85) are still married (Peter’s words!), have six children and live in Harrogate. They have run their own business for the past 10 years, initially providing marketing and promotional services, then manufacturing patented business gifts in the Far East for sale in Europe and the USA; currently they are involved in residential and commercial property.
In November 2009 Richard Horsfall (CH/N 96-04) won the Midlands heat of the Royal Television Society’s Best Factual Production, as well as the ‘Overall Production’ prize, for his ‘Flashmob’ film of 80 people dancing in the street in Lincoln, as part of a documentary for his final year project at the city’s university. Having recruited the dancers via a Facebook group, his team devised a routine, held rehearsals and, using a generator to power a big amplifier for the music, brought the whole city centre to a standstill with the routine, which lasted about 30 seconds. Richard said, ‘I would love to be a producer of documentaries, but I also like being behind the camera; I just hope the award opens some doors in respect of my future career.’ The finals of the National Royal Television Society Awards will be staged in London in May, so OGs might like to keep en eye out for the results. Jeremy Hopkinson (CH/C 73-84), awarded the OBE in 2008 for his charity fundraising work, has now broken through the £2m barrier. He has nominated Marie Curie Cancer Care as his charity for 2010 and has agreed to be auctioneer at a further 25 events. Jeremy has also recently established his own estate agency in Harrogate.
Congratulations to David A Stockdale QC (CH/S/M 60- 69) who was appointed as a Circuit Judge w.e.f. 15 March 2010. Congratulations also to Tom Coxon (P 09) who has been offered a place at the Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. This is an amazing achievement as Lecoq is one of the most famous Theatre training centres in the world. Ordinarily Lecoq only accepts students who are 21 or older, but Tom's persistence and talent have gained him early entry. Tom (centre in picture) was a member of the With Wings theatre group who performed at the Sunday Times National Student Drama Festival last year. He was also a very athletic Puck in the School’s recent production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. John S Livingstone (CH/N 66-74) is a Systems Administrator at the European Bioinformatics Institute and lives in Cambridge with his wife Catherine. They have three daughters. John previously worked for Marconi Avionics, Lucas Aerospace and Domino Printing Sciences. Mitchell Rose and Chris Ewbank (both currently L6 N), members of the RAF Section of Giggleswick CCF, were awarded Gliding Scholarships earlier this year. They attended the Volunteer Gliding School at RAF Linton on Ouse over a series of weekends and are to be congratulated on gaining their Silver Wings for their first solo flight during the last weekend in January. Lawrence Pope (CH/P 79-82) is Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief HR Officer for Halliburton, where he has global leadership responsibilities for HR; Health, Safety and E n v i r o n m e n t ; Operational Excellence; S u s t a i n a b l e Development; Supply Chain; Security; Real Estate Services; Corporate Aviation and Corporate Affairs. He also oversees Halliburton’s Information Technology function and is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. Lawrence lives in Kingwood, Texas. Congratulations to Tony Haygarth (CH/N 58-66) who has been awarded a silver medal in the over 60s category in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, in which he runs for Valley Striders, a Leeds-based team. The medal is in recognition of his achievements over the whole season – four competitive races.
David Allen (P 72-74), having spent most of his career working in the film and television industry, is now a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television programme at Nottingham Trent University. Andrew Henderson-Gaynor (CH/C 7987), while still working as an actor, also found time to be a referee at the Dubai International 7s Tournament last November and a heli-ski mountain guide in Switzerland earlier this year. James Burnet (CH/S 77-81), after 12 years in the Royal Engineers, married his wife Jan and they now live in Warwickshire, where James coaches the county’s U14 rugby squad. Edward Percival (Yr 7 Ct) has been selected for the National Children's Orchestra as a trombonist for the third year in succession. Edward started his instrumental career in Yr 2 at Mill House where all pupils were introduced to the violin. Around the same time he chose to learn the trombone as well, and has gone from strength to strength, auditioning successfully for the National Children's Orchestra when he was 10..
Thanks to friendsreunited.com and a subscription I had forgotten about, she got in touch with me in autumn 2008 just as I was considering returning to East Asia in search of more work. Of course I didn’t go back to Korea to teach and before long I was living with Catheryn and stepdaughter Sophie (from her previous marriage). I proposed to her in April 2009 on top of The London Eye and we hosted our wedding reception in my parents’ walled garden in Hovingham. I was an Art Scholar at Giggleswick and I do still paint (I sold the late Richard Whiteley one of my paintings of the Chapel), but mostly now I work in new media as a web content manager. Nicola Barber (C 97-02) married Toby Cruse (M 95-00) on 1 August 2009 at St James’s Church, Birstwith and you can see from the photograph below that many OGs were present to celebrate the occasion (possibly some sort of record?). Toby writes: ‘1st August was also Yorkshire Day, so there were many flat caps being worn and unfortunately some miserable Yorkshire weather.’
N a t a s h a Wolstenholme 90-95) (St married Ian Forsyth on 11 September 2009 at Fountains Abbey.
Deaths Capt. HL Pratt (RN) (C 38-41) died in May 2003, aged 79.
James CF Chorlton (CH/S 53-63) died on 31 December 2008, aged 64.
To Corrina Duncan (née Johnson, St 89-91) and her husband John, a daughter, Isobel Mary, born on 30 September 2009, a sister for Freddie and Monty.
Thomas M Thornber (CH/C 53-60) died on 10 January 2009, aged 65.
To Joy Ratcliffe (CH/C 86-95) and her partner, Rich Pegler, a daughter, Layla Alice Maria, born on 7 December 2009.
Peter writes: Our story is rather special because whilst we literally grew up together on the same street in Escrick, near York, we hadn’t met for 30 years until we met again a year before we married. On her fifth birthday I gave her a simple ring, which she kept and was wearing on a chain round her neck when we first met up again.
Charles Ford (S 93-98) married Valerie Nierlich in Vienna on 22 August 2009. Other OGs attending were brother his Martin (S 9095) and sister Katherine (St 90-95).
Lindsay Grant Barber (CH/St 39-46) died on 17 July 2007, aged 78.
Peter Orange-Bromhead (M 88-93) married Catheryn Newton at All Saints’ Church, Hovingham, on 22 August 2009.
OGs pictured are, from left to right: Ben Cruse (M 92-97, groomsman), Jason Hornby (S 92-94), Nick Fish (N 95-00, groomsman), Elizabeth Hall (C 97-02), Sophie Fish (née Atkinson, St 97-02, bridesmaid), James Bray (N 95-00), Jennifer Claxton (C 97-02, bridesmaid), Toby, Olivia Sanderson (C 95-00), Natasha Robinson St 00-02), Rebecca Jefferies (C 95-00), Nicola, Amber Cruse (C 01-03, bridesmaid), Jenny Wilkinson (St 97-00), William Berry (M 9595), Sarah Peacock 98-00), Michael Barber (S 95-00, groomsman), Arthur Adams (N 95-00), Amy Bateson (St 95-00), Tom Barton (M 95-00, best man), Edward Brownson (M 95-00), Michael Scriven (P 95-00, groomsman), William Robinson (P 94-99, groomsman) and John Harrington (S 94-98). Also present but not pictured was Oliver Cruse (M 91-96, groomsman and Master of Ceremonies). All photographs were taken by OG Ben Thornton (N 96-01) of www.focusofattention.com.
Michael Victor Allen (S 37-40) died on Friday, 18 September, 2009, aged 86. He served with distinction in the RAF as a Lancaster Bombardier in World War II, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He emigrated to America and became a U.S. Citizen. Employed by Chevron Geosciences for thirty years as a computer programmer, Michael retired to Nacogdoches, Texas, where he ran a local video transfer business, Heritage Productions. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly fifty-six years, Mary Francis ‘Miffy’ Allen; and his son, Michael Shane Allen. Tim Barritt (CH/St 71-79) died on 2 November 2009, aged 48. After leaving Giggleswick, Tim joined his father Chris in his business supplying promotional textiles and engraved glassware. They were later joined by Tim's elder brother David (OG), and after their father died in 1985, they continued the business as Barritt Associates Ltd in Blackburn. Over the last ten years, the business developed
with Barritt Glass Print, printing glasses for events throughout the UK. David retired a few years ago, and Tim continued to build the business, now based in Longridge, Preston, with it achieving it’s most successful period last year.. Tim married Janet in 1991, and they lived very happily with their two golden retrievers in Longridge, near Preston. He played for Blackburn RUFC for a while, but his main sporting passions were squash and golf, and his beloved Manchester United. It is of interest to note that there was a Barritt brother at Giggleswick from 1955, David R Barritt, until Tim left in 1979, those in between being John C Barritt and Chris Barritt. Iain H Gaunt (P 63-66) died on 5 November 2009, aged 60. Kenneth J Bury (1 Aug 1927-20 Nov 2009) (Paley 40-45) – Praepostor, XV Colour, XI Colour, Librarian, Sgt JTC – died on 20 November 2009, aged 82.
The words below are adapted from the eulogy delivered at Ken’s funeral service by his son Roger and daughter Jane; they include also some brief observations from his brother Michael (OG – Paley 42-48). Roger: Dad was born on 1 August 1927 in the family home in Oswaldtwistle and his upbringing was, I suspect, rather strict. After early schooling locally, he went, as did his brother Mike later, to Giggleswick. It was at Giggleswick that he really first found his own feet. It retained a lasting and special place in his affections throughout his life and it was a strange coincidence that his OG magazine, Gigg:news, landed within a day or two of his death, featuring a picture of him on the front row of the Reunion of his House, held last summer, with a further photograph of him sitting contentedly in his wheelchair, looking out over the 1st XI pitch, the scene of some of his early cricketing highlights during the early 1940s. The School made a big impression on him and he in return prospered and flowered. In retirement he willingly gave back to the School of his time, contacts and skills in reordering the Giggleswick School Register, just loving the contact it gave him with his formative years. At school, his talents as a sportsman came to the fore and he played not only cricket, tennis and fives,
but honed also his not inconsiderable prowess as full back for the 1st XV.’ Michael: ‘He played at full back in the XV for two years, colours in the first year, and remembered in particular the matches against Stonyhurst. As far as the XI was concerned, he was also awarded colours in the first year and was opening bat and wicket keeper for both years.’ Jane: ‘It is to Dad that I owe my love of sport. He would spend hours with us as children teaching us the finer points of catching and throwing balls, telling us to put a plate under them and not try to catch them like a crocodile. If there was a Test Match taking place when he was on one of his regular trips to Geneva, he’d always ask Mum to put me on the phone when he wanted the score.’ Roger: His school career had other highlights, not least of which was his proud boast that, as a member of the OTC, he had travelled over Ribblehead Viaduct in the dark, sitting on the buffer of an empty rail truck in a successful attempt to get behind enemy lines. This early sign of initiative stood him in good stead when he moved from school to National Service and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery right at the end of the War. He was on embarkation leave to fight in the Far East when Japan surrendered, so was sent instead to help police Palestine in the difficult period prior to Israel’s independence. After demobilization he went to what was then Salford Technical College to study textiles and then joined the family firm. Textiles were in his blood and he remained interested in and knowledgeable about his original trade all his life; no shopping expedition for fabrics, from carpets to clothing, was complete without Dad’s trademark rolling of the intended purchase between thumb and forefinger to assess its quality. His 60-year relationship with Mum had also begun after they met in the café of the Odeon cinema in Accrington. The early relationship survived not only Dad’s love of the Marx Brothers and the Goon Show (two strains of humour that largely passed Mum by), but also instances of Dad’s insistence on punctuality – especially one early outing to the Rugby Club Dinner Dance, when Dad picked up Mum so early they had the venue to themselves for over an hour before the band turned up, never mind any other guests. They married in 1952. But the Lancashire textile world was changing inexorably and the family mill finally closed in the mid-1960s. Dad turned his hand to new skills and built a successful, happy second career with DuPont, the American multinational, resulting in moves to various places in the North of England, several years in the Midlands and even two years in America. Following retirement, they moved back to Lancashire.’
Jane: ‘Church always played a big part in Dad and Mum’s life, wherever they lived. Dad served many years as PCC Secretary, he’d been involved in Church Missions and, when it existed, in the Church of England Men’s Society. He had also served as a Bishop’s Messenger for the then Bishop of Blackburn, Charles Claxton, and more recently as a member of the Diocesan Resources Group.’ Roger: ‘But how do I remember him as a father? Always loving and supportive, certainly helping his largely innumerate son with those tricky subjects – maths and physics – which I found so very taxing. There were many nights when his calls to Mum from hotels across Europe were hijacked by me wanting help with homework. In sport he was a thoroughly difficult opponent… he simply had an excellent eye for a ball, confusing many an opponent by playing cricket right-handed, golf lefthanded, and tennis and squash with either hand… you were always serving to his forehand! I only remember hearing two sets of cross words between my parents, both of which arose from spirited enthusiasm on Dad’s part. On the second occasion, at their home in south Leicestershire, Dad decided he would sweep the chimney in the sitting room. He was completely unqualified for the task. Mum was out. He borrowed a set of rods and brushes and then proceeded not only to get the brush wedged threequarters of the way up the chimney, but also to cover the entire sitting room with a gentle quarter-inch dusting of soot which settled on every surface and made the notes on the piano indistinguishable from each other. When Mum returned, Dad was on the roof, having tied himself to the chimney stack with the tow rope from the back of his car and was attempting to retrieve the wedged brush with his pitching wedge which he was pushing down the chimney pot. To those watching his exploits from the village green his reputation rose immeasurably that day: a view I can safely say that was not shared by Mum! Jane: Dad was kindness personified, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Hamish McL Raffan (C 33-38) died in November 2009 in Guelph, Canada, aged 89. He had a distinguished medical career: MD MRCP FRCP MB ChB (Aberdeen) Surg.Lt. RNVR (44-46). H William Whiteley (CH/C 34-41) died on 14 December 2009, aged 88. Brian Parsons (T/S 42-50) died on 21 December 2009, aged 78. He is survived by his widow Yvonne, sons Mark and Michael and grandchildren Andrew and Caroline. [See under Famous OGs in this edition].
Gerald M Capstick (CH/C 5159) died in December 2009, aged 70. Geoffrey H Wooler (N 24-30) (24 Nov 1911-7 Jan 2010) MA MB ChB MD FRCS TD (N 2430 – Praepostor, Sgt OTC) died on 8 January 2010, aged 98. The tribute below is based, almost entirely and with permission, on a long obituary which appeared in The Yorkshire Post on 9 January 2010. GEOFFREY WOOLER, who has died in his 99th year, brought distinction to his native city of Leeds with his pioneering open heart surgery. He was at the forefront of work with the heartlung machine, and instrumental in bringing one of three prototypes to the General Infirmary at Leeds. He spent most of his working life in the front line, initially as a Royal Army Medical Corps surgeon immediately behind the battlefront after landing in Algeria with the First Army in November, 1942. He then took part in the invasions of Pantelleria, Sicily and mainland Italy, operating on men wounded in a series of battles, including Monte Cassino, where he set up a field hospital in ‘Inferno Valley’. Demobilised in 1946, he was a Lt-Col and had been mentioned in dispatches. After the war, he occupied a different kind of front line, as one of the foremost surgeons seeking remedies for heart disease. His advances at Leeds, where he became Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon (1948-76), earned him a place in the pantheon of leaders in this challenging field. In 1957 he spearheaded one of the world's greatest surgical advances, when his team performed a successful open-heart operation, the repair of a mitral valve. His contribution has been recognised by his admiring peers. When William S Stoney, Emeritus Professor of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA, published his authoritative Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery in 2008, he included an account of Mr Wooler’s career, and added a dedication to a presentation copy: ‘For Geoffrey Wooler FRCS – thank you for being my mentor and inspiration to pursue a life doing cardiac surgery.’ Geoffrey Wooler’s wonderful ability for making friends was exercised freely among his fellow surgeons. They termed themselves the Wooler Society, meeting from time to time at his country home at West Burton, Wensleydale. Some sent him pupils for training, and those young men now occupy important surgical posts throughout the world. In 1989 the Wooler Society put up a plaque commemorating his work at
the entrance to the Infirmary. One associate was Marian Ion Ionescu, who escaped from Ceausescu’s Romania, and, welcomed and encouraged by Mr Wooler, settled in Leeds, where he too became a distinguished surgeon, and a generous benefactor to medicine in the city. He calls his old mentor a great and generous gentleman, surgeon, innovator and teacher, and a distinguished pioneer in the field of heart and lung surgery. These tributes, and many others from colleagues and patients who owe their lives to his skill, demonstrate how Mr Wooler, in a long and distinguished life, dedicated himself to the service of others and won hearts as well as repaired them. He surely has a place among the Yorkshire greats. Another of those greats, Bob Appleyard, the cricketer, was a patient of his when, in 1952, the year after he had taken 200 firstclass wickets in his first full season, he succumbed to tuberculosis. Mr Wooler carried out a life-saving operation, and the two men became close friends. Geoffrey Wooler was born on November 24, 1911, into a well-to-do Leeds family. His grandfather set up as a sanitary engineer in the 19th century, and Mr Wooler’s father developed the business. Their horse-drawn carts, and later their lorries and vans, were emblazoned with the claim ‘We Test Drains’ in letters so large they resembled mobile billboards. Mr Wooler attributed his family’s fortune to the success of this slogan, and the excellence of the firm’s work in subterranean Leeds. He had an elder brother, Edwin John Loy Wooler (OG, N 20-24, Chairman of Governors at Giggleswick 1969-75), who was Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1963, and a younger sister, Joyce. His mother was blind, and he was cared for by a nursemaid who taught him to knit and crochet, which proved invaluable in his professional life. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Giggleswick School (N 1924-
30). Going up to Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1930, he began reading law, but didn’t enjoy it and switched to medicine at the end of his second term. After graduation, he began clinical work at the London Hospital. Called up in 1939, he went to North Africa with the 70th General Hospital, and began three years of front-line surgery during which he operated on some 3,000 men wounded in battle. He returned to Leeds General Infirmary in 1947 at the invitation of the distinguished surgeon Philip Allinson, taking up a consultancy in the department of thoracic surgery. He was friendly with Denis Melrose, who was developing a heart-lung machine at the Hammersmith Hospital. The Nuffield Foundation funded three prototypes, one of which was allocated to Mr Wooler at Leeds. There followed a long period of experimentation, but eventually Mr Wooler and his team felt sufficiently confident to start operating on humans. Their success in making the heart accessible to surgery aroused international interest. Pig valves were used, and it was not unknown for Mr Wooler to collect fresh supplies from a Leeds abattoir in his chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Among the many papers and lectures he was asked to give, he delivered a paper in Naples, as co-Chairman of the Italian Surgical Society, sharing the platform with the eminent heart surgeon, Christian Barnard. Their work was publicised locally by Frank Laws, a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post, and nationally in 1958, when BBC TV screened Your Life in their Hands from the General Infirmary, which included a demonstration of the heart-lung machine and an interview with a woman who had undergone a successful operation the previous year. Mr Wooler retired from the National Health Service in 1974. Subsequently he opened a restaurant in Headingley, Leeds, an adventure that he recorded in his wonderfully anecdotal biography, Pig in a Suitcase (Smith Settle, 1999), under the heading ‘How Not to Run a Restaurant’. The premises are now devoted to Thai cuisine, and Mr Wooler, who spent his later years in the house next door, was in the habit of entertaining his many friends there, occasions full of fun, good conversation, gossip and enlightenment. [See under Famous OG Series in Gigg:news No.54 Nov.2008]. Katy Rose (née Wilson) who was a member of staff at Catteral Hall from 19972002, died on 1 April 2010.
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Richard Whiteley Theatre : Act 1 complete The finishing touches were put to the first phase of the Richard Whiteley Theatre during the February Half Term. Lighting bars, drapes and a project screen have all been added to complete the initial work on the project. So a big ‘Thank You’ must go to all OGs and their families who have helped in any way to make this possible. The theatre provides an exciting, high quality performing arts venue which will be used by pupils and the wider public. It is planned to host a range of events including cinema, music and drama. The programming for the new venue will be controlled by the theatre's new Artistic Director, Helen Lindley. A theatre graduate from Bretton Hall, Helen has taught at Giggleswick for four years, before which she was a founding member of the Paper Birds theatre company. Her professional experiences have already transformed our pupils’ ability to devise and deliver productions, especially of physical theatre; she also has a wide knowledge of the world of touring theatre. She is looking forward to planning the opening season of events in the near future, as well as the official opening of the theatre later in 2010. If you would like a look round, please do call in to Reception at School and one of the Foundation and Alumni team (Andrew Beales, David Fox or Sian Driver) will be delighted to give you a tour.
Richard Whiteley Theatre Community Open Evening Success Around 100 people from a number of local community arts groups came to a Community Open Evening held by the school on Tuesday 9 February. The aim of the event was to give local people the opportunity to have a look around the new theatre and hear the School’s plans for community use. Many of the School’s facilities are available for public use and we are planning to share the new theatre space with both local community groups and touring companies, in line with the aims and objectives we have as a registered charity. Visitors were treated to a Chamber Choir performance of a medley of songs from Les Misérables. Just over 120 seats have now been individually supported by parents and former pupils and friends of the school, including a patron of the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Dame Judi Dench, through donations of £25 per month over three years (£1000). If you would like to make a gift to support the Theatre please visit
First Interval – Preparation for Act 2 Fundraising continues for the second stage of this development, for which we need to raise £300,000 to provide all the necessary lighting and technical equipment, together with new dressing room facilities and a studio theatre to the rear of the main auditorium. Thanks to the continued generosity of our alumni, parents and friends, we have already achieved £25,000 towards this target. We hope very much to raise sufficient funds for work on this next phase to begin during the summer. If you would like to be associated with this, please contact our Foundation Director, Andrew Beales, on 01729 893008 or email@example.com
2010 Annual Fund THANK YOU Over 700 OGs have already given their support to the 2010 Annual Fund telethon, raising £70,545 over the Easter vacation towards projects across the School. The Annual Fund has now raised over £90,000 for projects including music, drama, sport, bursaries, our Gifted & Talented Programme and the Early Years’ Unit. While the Theatre remains our top priority there are many areas of the School which will benefit from the ongoing generosity of OGs, parents and other friends of the School. For more information about the 2010 Annual Fund please visit the website or contact Andrew Beales, Foundation Director.
Founded in 1968, The Old Giggleswickian Lodge welcomes to its fraternal ranks OGs and staff members of Giggleswick School and Catteral Hall. We also welcome masonic visitors to our meetings. For further information please contact: Master: Ian Shevill (Staff 1968-2004) 01729 823764 or firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Peter H Thornton (Paley 1978-1983) 01535 640252 or email@example.com Meeting: 2nd Tuesday September, November, March and May firstname.lastname@example.org (l as in Lodge at the front of the address)