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Issue 17

Edwardian girls take on KES 1st XI Forthcoming Reunions Class of 2003 - 10 year reunion Saturday 30th November 2013 at 7.30pm KES Hospitality Suite

1984 Leavers - 30 year reunion Friday 28th February 2014 at 7.30pm KES Hospitality Suite

London Universities Reunion Friday 14th March 2014 at 7.00pm Charing Cross Hotel, London

Poole Veterans’ Reunion Sunday 8th June 2014 at 12.00 pm KES Dining Hall

Capon Club Dinner Friday 20th June 2014 at 6.30 pm KES Hospitality Suite

Pre 1939 Leavers’ Luncheon Thursday 26th June 2014 at 12.00 pm KES Hospitality Suite For further details of any of the above events, please contact or ring 023 8070 4561

On the first weekend of the new term a group of alumni girls faced the KES 1st XI hockey team in what is fast becoming an annual fixture. With last minute goalie (or lack of) panics resolved for both sides, a friendly but competitive match took place in glorious sunshine. Eager to turn the tide of last year’s defeat, the Edwardians played a great match leading 2-1 for much of the

second half. However, an equalising goal from the KES side meant they had to settle for a draw making them even more determined to come back for a victory next year. As usual grateful thanks to Alex Morgan for organising the team. Any Edwardian girls who would like to play next year please get in contact via

Update us with your contact details Please help us to update our files by sending us your current postal address, email and mobile number. This will assist us with staying in contact with you and ensuring you receive information and invitations to the relevant reunion events. Please email us on edwardians@kes.hants. specifying your full name, leaving year and date of birth.

King Edward VI School Wilton Road . Southampton . Hampshire SO15 5UQ Telephone: 023 8070 4561 1

From the Editor

Another academic year has begun and nervous First Years are starting to look less overwhelmed as they slowly become used to the enormity of KES. Members of the Sixth Form have returned to their studies after many participated in the variety of amazing co-curricular opportunities open to them during the summer break. Students have, once again, taken part in charity work in South Africa

and accompanied groups of young carers on the annual Summer Camp to Swanage. Summer 2013 also saw a group of particularly adventurous Sixth Formers venture forth to Cambodia and Thailand where they completed trekking and kayaking expeditions. School remains a hub of activity whichever way you turn. Alumni enjoyed a wealth of reunions in 2013 and will do so again this academic year. I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to lend your support to these events and take the opportunity to revisit KES, catch up with old friends and see some of your former teachers. There are many of you who maintain your association with the School by a whole host of activities. Some of you give up your time to attend our working lunches whilst others offer advice and guidance to students wishing to enter a particular field of work. Former pupil, Lucy Smith, currently studying French horn at the Graz conservatoire in Austria, also recently returned to KES to give an informative lecture for AS Music students on the development of the French horn. Your input (in whatever form it takes) is invaluable

to the current KES community and we thank you for this. The list of names of those of you who have supported/are supporting the King Edward VI Foundation continues to grow and we are extremely grateful for your support and in turn the amount of bursarial assistance we are able to offer to talented students from families who do not have the financial means to afford school fees. With the success of last year’s fundraising by the 5663 cohort, alongside the continuing support of the School’s Governing body, we were able to offer bursaries to sixteen children this year. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that no gifted KES applicant is denied a place solely for economic reasons and we continue to raise money to this end. Please keep us informed of your news (big or small) either by email or via the School Facebook page. We always enjoy hearing about what you are up to and look forward to meeting many of you at some point throughout the year.

Suzanne Hooper Development Officer

From the Head The new academic year has got off to an excellent start with some very good A level results. 82% of our students will proceed to Russell Group universities and 10 students have gained places at Oxford and Cambridge. In September, we also enjoyed our South Coast Rugby Tournament on the beautifully maintained playing fields at Wellington Sports Ground, now to be devoted to our own students having been under the exclusive control of Portsmouth Football Club for many years. It is always a pleasure to catch up with former pupils at our various reunions and it was great fun to guide the leavers from the Class of 1993 around the School’s corridors last month. We continue to be impressed with the efforts of the 56-63 cohort who have done so much to raise funds for bursaries at KES. They have done a magnificent job and put together a total of over £400,000 in a year. We are hugely


grateful for all that they have done. A great deal of work has taken place on and off the School’s site over the summer. Our History Department has been refurbished, the Music Department is now complete and the Biology Department even has a new roof. The acquisition of Stroud School in Romsey has resulted in much work as we prepare new developments on this site including a new Dining Hall and additional classrooms. There have been several farewells to note this year. Mr Courtney retired after serving as an outstanding Deputy Head (Academic) for 19 years. He has guided the School

through a period of major curriculum change and served three Head Masters. He has set up a very successful plant nursery with an impressive website and will move on to managing this full-time in his retirement. We noted in the previous edition the departure of Mr Jones in December 2012 after 26 years at the School, most notably as Director of the Sixth Form. He will also be running his own business conducting tours of the Battlefields of WWI. Mrs Alexander, Head of the Learning Resource Centre, has also retired having devoted 25 years to ensuring that the School provides excellent library services to our students. Mrs Price has left after 15 years at the School, with 7 years as an outstanding Head of Theatre Studies. Mr Turner has retired after a decade at the School teaching physics and with particular involvement in our trips and visits programme as our Co-curricular Visits Coordinator. Mrs Backen has left

after teaching English with distinction since 2004 and Mrs Williams, a teacher of geography, Head of House and our Charity Coordinator moves on after 7 years at King Edward’s. The King Edward VI Foundation continues to provide support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can benefit from an education at King Edward’s. Further details may be obtained from the School from the Development Office or via the website. As ever we are grateful to the OE Association for its support of the School’s activities and to our staff who organise reunions of various sorts, particularly Ms Hooper our Development Officer.

AJ Thould Head

News from the School Thanksgiving 2013 This year’s, Service of Thanksgiving took place at Winchester Cathedral on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th March. The full service, which incidentally marked the 460th anniversary of the founding of the School in 1553, was led by The Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Basingstoke. The entire School community travelled to Winchester to attend, with other guests travelling from as far away as the US.

Fantastic plastic at King Edward’s KES has already achieved ‘Eco-school’ status and is a holder of the prestigious Green Flag Award in recognition of its commitment to supporting sustainability and green issues. However this term, the School has gone one step further by introducing the Eco blazer into its school uniform. From September 2013 all new school blazers will now be manufactured from 100% recycled non-biodegradable plastic drinking bottles. Whereas the bottles would normally go to landfill sites where they can take up to 500 years to break down, the outer fabric of each KES blazer is now made up of 16 of these plastic bottles. The revolutionary manufacturing process, which involves shredding the bottles, breaking the shredding down into plastic and turning this into thread, helps prevent millions of tonnes of plastic waste from being buried in the Earth, saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions too. Compared to a traditional blazer, the Eco blazer requires up to 84% less energy to produce it.


Cambodia and Thailand 2013 During the summer break a group of Sixth Formers travelled to Cambodia and Thailand for a trekking and kayaking expedition. Whilst in Bangkok they visited the Cambodian temples of Angkor Wat and took their first journey by elephant. Next stop was Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, which was followed by trekking through the Cardamon mountains in the monsoon rain. The final phase of their stay was a kayaking expedition at Koh Chang which involved travelling by kayak for four days setting up camp on isolated beaches along the way. It certainly was a trip to remember!

A formal examination! In June a group of Upper Sixth Form students turned up to sit their final examination in what can only be described as formal attire. A great way to finish the exam season!

Janie Price Mrs Price has been a stalwart part of KES since

design of a new theatre at St Swithun’s School) but

September 1995 when she joined to teach French

returned in 2006 as Head of Drama since when she

and drama. She gradually acquired more and

has been responsible for directing and overseeing

more English teaching (whilst staging a number of

a wide range of fantastic productions. ‘Mummy

drama productions), took on the responsibility for

P’, as she is affectionately known, has a highly

producing Sotoniensis and used her considerable

organised, energetic teaching style and is a most

knowledge of Art History to run a popular course

generous and kind-hearted colleague who will be

within Foundation Studies. She left briefly in 2003

sorely missed.

(to oversee the development of drama and the

Andrew Turner Mr Turner joined the Physics Department at

supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award

KES in January 2003 before which time he

Scheme. In 2008 he was given the role of

had worked as a software engineer and as

Head of Educational Visits and accompanied

an exploration geophysicist in the US and

the World Challenge team on their month-long

Middle East. Andrew has been an effective

trip to Bolivia in 2007. Mr Turner has also run

and well-liked physics teacher who is totally

the Mountain Biking Club in recent years. We

dependable and supportive. He has a

wish him the very best for a long and no doubt

passion for cycling, mountain biking, skiing

very active retirement.

and mountain walking and has been a great

Speech Day 2013 The School was delighted to welcome UCL’s Professor Ziebert as Chief Guest and speaker to the 2013 Speech Day and Prize giving ceremony held at the Mayflower Theatre in September. The whole School community and guests listened with interest to his fascinating talk on the role of technology and science in the modern world.

The 31st annual Past Presidents and Ladies Lunch was held in May of this year at The White Horse Hotel in Romsey. Twelve former Presidents and their wives welcomed their guests John and Jo Rogers, the incumbent President and his wife, and Brian and Elizabeth Gay, the Chairman of the Governors and his wife. As always this was a convivial occasion, which continued through most of the afternoon during which this year’s chairman, Don Milsom, invited John to recall his continued involvement during his eigth year in office, Brian to update the guests on happenings at the School and Tony Rowthorn to update on the affairs of the Association.

Leaving staff Rob Courtney


From the OEA The Old Edwardian Association’s Past Presidents and Ladies Lunch

Mr Courtney retired at Easter after eighteen

curriculum and academic systems including

years as Deputy Head (Academic). He

the implementation of Curriculum 2000.

came to King Edward’s in 1994 after a

He is a consummate timetabler and has a

distinguished career as Head of Modern

tenacious grasp of detail. He also brought to

Languages at the Perse School in Cambridge

KES a very highly developed level of expertise

and, before, at Blundell’s School in Devon.

in the use of ICT in teaching and learning. Mr

He has been an exemplary member of the

Courtney has a diverse range of interests;

senior management team and has always

he is a passionate gardener, a cyclist of real

made time for students and colleagues alike.

talent, a musician and, of course, an excellent

A superb chairman, he has supervised the

linguist. We wish him all the best as he moves

re-evaluation of many aspects of the School’s

to running his plant business full-time.

The Association of Representatives of Old Pupils’ Association (A.R.O.P.S) A.R.O.P.S. was originally set up as an old boys’ society in 1971 to provide a forum for the exchange of views and experiences between the representatives of former pupil societies. In 1978, the title was changed to include representatives of old girls’ associations. Membership was originally limited to representatives of old pupils’ of independent schools, numbering in excess of one hundred of the leading schools in the country. However the membership has been recently extended to include state schools providing primary or secondary education. The Old Edwardians’ Association has been a member since its foundation. A.R.O.P.S. has always held one day conferences at member schools throughout the country, and an Annual General Meeting at a member school in the London area.

It has recently introduced holding quarterly regional meetings and social networking at member schools throughout the country. This year’s conference meeting was held at Portsmouth Grammar School and was voted one of the best ever by delegates who appreciated the opportunity to share ideas and hear feedback from other schools’ alumni associations. A summary of the meeting can be found on the website

Tony Rowthorn



Poole Veterans’ Luncheon On Sunday 9th June those former pupils who were evacuated to Poole during WWII met back at KES for their annual Reunion Luncheon. Over 40 Edwardians and their guests/partners attended and the event was as convivial as always. By next year, all those alumni present will be aged over 80!

Oxbridge Dinner

Pre 1939 Leavers’ Luncheon

At the end of the summer term a group of stalwart pre-1939 leavers joined us for lunch in the new Hospitality Suite. A couple of our familiar faces were missing, due to ill health, but we hope to see them back next year fighting fit.

Class of 1993 20 year reunion A drinks reception for the Class of 1993 was held in September to mark 20 years since this cohort left KES. Thank you to Geoff Heard who co-ordinated the event and to everyone who attended. One of the highlights for those present was the tour of the School with particular excitement reserved for the identification of their original lockers!

Over 30 Edwardians, currently studying at either Oxford or Cambridge colleges, attended a Reunion Dinner at Balliol College, Oxford in April. The Fellows’ Dining Room was the perfect setting and the event, and food, was enjoyed by all those who attended.




Stephen Day

(KES 58-65 and Deputy Head of School) Most people probably think

the conduct of a pub licensing hearing before the local council and

of Magistrates’ Courts as

will hear an appeal against its findings over two days in December.

tribunals of lay people who

Last month I spent several days dealing with an esoteric point

give their time voluntarily

on business rates and unoccupied warehouses - something of a

to be trained and to sit

special interest you may well think! Next week will be spent in the

in court on average once

family court dealing with applications to take children into care. I

every ten days to deal with

sit on family cases for about eight weeks a year and that is, without

criminal cases. There are many thousands of Justices of the Peace

doubt, the most important part of my work. In adult criminal cases

(JPs) including several OEs over the years who do provide this

I can send someone into custody for a maximum of 12 months and

public service but there are also some 140 professional judges

in the youth court can pass a sentence of two years’ detention and

in Magistrates’ Courts and they are known as District Judges

training. While those are major decisions with long-lasting effects,

(Magistrates’ Courts). They are probably better known as “stipes”,

they cannot compare with removing children from their families

certainly to those of mature years, an abbreviation of stipendiary

and approving their adoption. There are very few occasions when

magistrate which was the title until 2000.

I have been bored, or to be strictly honest, bored for any long

I was appointed a stipe in 1991 and have spent all my career in

period of time. Every case is different and of great importance to

Magistrates’ Courts, starting as a trainee straight from university

the parties and it is important to make that clear to them in the

where I read law. That first job provided assistance to read for the

way court hearings are conducted. The job is made easier by the

bar and I was called in 1972. In 1977 I became a Justices’ Clerk in

knowledge that there is an unqualified right of appeal against the

Oxfordshire, with responsibility for three small benches of JPs and

decisions of a Magistrates’ Court.

three small offices, having spent the previous four years in a busy

The criminal workload at my court is varied but there are hardly any

city court as a Legal Adviser. I began to write the odd column for

motoring cases with the exception of a steady flow of drink-drive

a legal journal and one or two acquaintances in the law suggested

offences. Nowhere is the ingenuity of lawyers more obvious than

I should apply to be a part-time stipe, a necessary step before

in contested breathalyser prosecutions. They are, to say the least,

applying to sit full-time. That is what I did between 1987 and 1991


and to my delight, and relief, in October 1991 was appointed to a

Years on the bench do not imbue you with great wisdom or qualify

full-time post in Middlesex where I still sit.

you to speak with authority on the state of mankind. That is a

I consider myself very fortunate indeed. The job is demanding in

temptation best resisted, certainly at work. I have had a thoroughly

that there is a heavy workload of cases. The lengthier, complex

enjoyable working life and am grateful for it. I am one of the few

or difficult ones tend to be allocated to me as I sit five days

people I know of my age, who still enjoys going to work and hope to

a week throughout the year and my caseload is varied and

continue to do so for some time yet. After all, in the words of a now

stimulating. It is not a job for the indecisive, but neither is it one

defunct newspaper, all human life is there.

for the impulsive. Magistrates’ Courts are described as ‘courts of summary jurisdiction’ which means a decision, with clear reasons, has to be given very swiftly. However, there are few administrative responsibilities for most DJs, although for some there is a heavy training commitment and a certain amount of committee work. The workload is not, by any means, restricted to criminal cases. At the time of writing I have just dealt with legal submissions about


Stephen Day

How many couples have met during their time at KES and stayed together??? This was the question I asked myself earlier this year and so far four couples have been brave enough to agree to sharing their stories and wedding photos. If you too are one of a KES couple please send us a photo and let us know your story!

Janie Neil (KES 93-95) and Gavin Jackson (KES 88-95) Rosalind Turner (KES 96-98) and Mark Stickley (KES 93-98)

Gavin and Janie met at King Edward’s in 1993 when Janie moved to KES into the Sixth Form. They got together at The Young Enterprise Ball in December 1993 and have been together ever since. They got married on 6th September 2003 at St Mary’s Church in Swaythling, Southampton with their wedding reception at Steeple Court Manor in Botley. Gavin now works as a Project Leader at Gatwick Airport whilst Janie works part-time as an Optometrist. They have three children: identical twin boys called Luke and Shane who are 6 years old and a little girl called Brooke who is 3.

Victoria Clarke (KES 91-93) and Alistair Balfour (KES 85-90)

Rosalind and Mark met at KES and got married in Brockenhurst in 2010. They are currently living in London and expecting their first child in November.

Alistair and Victoria were in different years at KES and, despite several opportunities, their paths didn’t actually cross until they met at a party at King’s College Hospital hosted by a then housemate of Zetty Boot (OE and mutual friend) in 1995. They have been married 15 years. Both went to university in London and after years living and working in the capital they moved to Kent where Alistair took up a Consultant’s post. Alistair is an ENT (Head & Neck) Consultant and Victoria is a full-time mum and a Governor at their daughter’s Special School in Canterbury. They have two children, Henry (10) and Celia (7), a dog called Ned and 10 chickens and live in the middle of a fruit farm, just outside Canterbury in Kent.

Nick Churton (KES 00-05) and Katrina Evans (KES 97-04) Nick and Katrina met when they were in Sixth Form. Nick studied at Bath University for four years, achieving a Masters degree, before studying for a PhD in microbiology at the University of Southampton. Katrina studied at Exeter University and completed her PGCE at St Luke’s campus in Exeter. She has been a secondary school science teacher for five years and is currently working at Twyford Preparatory School and will be leaving to become Head of Science at Southlands Cambian in Lymington. They got married in August 2012 at St. John the Baptist Church, Locks Heath.


Edwardians’ Climbing Trip Ten Edwardians joined Mr Havers and Mrs Henderson for an excellent day of climbing on “The Dewerstone” in September. The journey down to Devon allowed for plenty of catch up chat and getting to know others from other year groups. On the Saturday the group woke up to a 30 metre abseil off a viaduct before moving on to climbing where the sun had dried out the rock. By 5pm all were beginning to fade but not without a good crack at the “Window Slit” which Angus Chapman scoffed at, Anna Chamberlain grunted up and Anna Clark and Ali Stone cruised up to finish the day in style. Watch out on Facebook for any similar future events.

Congratulations to Reece Bridger (KES 07-12) who has finished writing his first novel in the Buan series – The Perfect Mortals. The book has been published in both print and e-book format and is now available on Amazon and in many bookshops. Reece held a book launch on May 11th at Pulcinella restaurant in Carlton Place, Southampton where he read extracts from his book and signed copies. He currently has 5 star reviews in Amazon and intends that his second book (Buan Company of Heroes) will be out before the end of the year.

Target Who


Edwardians v KES senior netball team

On a very cold and blustery Saturday at the end of March the Edwardian girls’ gathered at KES to play the current KES Senior netball team. Given the outdoor temperature, the match was played inside the Sports Hall whereby a fiercely competitive battle took place to win the cup. The teams were well matched in ability and it was a close run thing with the KES Senior girls ultimately running out victorious with a finishing score of 33-28. Thanks go again to Alex Morgan for organising the Edwardian team as well as to Mrs Ferrand for organising the fixture at School. Those taking part in the match were, Laura Misselbrook (01), Jenny Swinn (12), Alex Morgan née Williams (01), Helen Carter (03), Emily Lewith (01), Alice Penfold née Payne (01), Carys Arthey (guest player) and Lisa Henderson (current staff member). The match provided great entertainment for those watching including Alice’s baby daughter, Bella.

Edwardian publishes first book of Trilogy

Andrew Ledger (KES 86-92), along with the help of 30 of his friends from around the country, has ended up with a garage filled with 14,000 Doctor Who books that he is now giving away to schools. Andrew is now sorting through emails from schools across the country keen to get hold of some of the books, which were won in an eBay auction. Andrew said, “We were all fans of the Doctor Who books when we were little and some of us were reluctant readers but all of us loved these books. So when a friend pointed out this eBay auction for 11,000 Doctor Who books and another one suggested we could buy them to send out to schools, it kind of snowballed, with more and more people saying they’d chip in. We won the auction for £656 and I went to Essex to pick them up, and rather than the 11,000 advertised I somehow came back with 14,000, and even had to leave some behind.” Andrew and his friends have been surprised by the level of


interest that this has generated with 372 schools getting in touch within the first week after seeing his tweets. He anticipates giving between 6 and 12 books to each school that applies, depending on how many pupils they have. So far since the project started earlier this year, Target Who has donated over 3,200 books to schools, some as far away as New Zealand. A fitting project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr Who this year. Any schools who would like to apply for books can email To find out more about Target Who, go to, catch up with the latest news on Twitter @targetwho or on facebook at facebook. com/TargetWho.

Cricket Edwardians V School 1st XI The school Captain Toby Edwards gratefully regained the John Beven Cup, in what was a very successful day, having won an excellent game of cricket by 6 wickets against an OE team captained by Ali Cheyne. The Edwardians scored 245 in 35 overs so runs were not in short supply in a high scoring game in bright sunshine. Cheyne (87) and Simon McCormick Cox (41) demonstrated why they are both ex-Captains of the 1st XI. The game went down to the last over whereupon one of the many strong Fourth Year players, Daniel Damley-Jones, (28 not out) hit the winning runs to back up an excellent 74 not out from Jack Culmer. The game was played in an excellent spirit and the Edwardians, including ex 1st XI coach Clive Surry, were able to give everyone either a bat or a bowl. Our thanks to Ali Cheyne for bringing the team together and for Mr Mixer for organising the fixture.

Golf The Wally Kemp 2012 winner, Nick Lawton, coming off a very successful previous weekend’s competitive golf and having his handicap cut by 2, was the clear favourite in the field of 17 entries for the Wally Kemp cup. The Stoneham course was in excellent condition having been prepared for the club championship the previous weekend and the weather was, as promised, warm and sunny. After sterling work on the Creals’ table verifying the results, the 2013 winner was confirmed. Indeed history had repeated itself with Nick Lawton again scoring a very creditable 42 points to win from David Creal with 40 points. This year’s wooden spoon (last place) with a new ‘high’ record of 24 points was Darren Cooper. Ray Paull presented the new and shiny winner’s cup to Nick Lawton and the original solid silver Wally Kemp trophy (presented in 1967 to Wally Kemp by his wife for “winning a golf competition”) was presented to runner-up David Creal following its reappearance from the depths of the Development Office. 11

2013 Inter House Shield Challenge In glorious sunshine (and after a full English breakfast) 17 competitors set out for House (and individual) glory at Rowlands Castle Golf Club. Playing conditions were just about perfect and with fast greens a real test of golfing ability was being set. The second running of this event had representation from all Houses with Watts being able to field a team for the first time. The favourites were last year’s winners, Reynolds, who managed to start the day with six entrants and finish it with five – Darren Cooper being confirmed as an impostor during the competition and switching to Watts, his rightful House. This time it was Sylvester who were struggling to make a team with sole representative Tony Lees putting up a grand fight on his lonesome.

Edwardian Merchandise The Development Office has a selection of Edwardian Merchandise for sale. This includes bespoke gold or silver plated cufflinks which come in individual presentation boxes and make ideal gifts. We have also recently introduced a new bespoke KES school scarf. If you would like to purchase any of these items you can do so by visiting the KESpay section of the main school website.

The early finishers had a grandstand view from the club house balcony as the matches putted out on the 18th green below them. They were rewarded with an outrageous 40 foot downhill finishing putt from Peter Amey to complete his round. The home member, Colin Cross kindly scrutinised the cards that showed that David Creal (with 40 points) had won by one point from Joe Sach to win the individual honours and Darren Cooper (with 37 points) had backed up Joe superbly to win at their first attempt for Watts. No new record lowest stableford score was made with Alastair Shires taking the wooden spoon.

Silk Ties: King Edward VI School 1553-2003.

The Annual Triangular Match This year the match was played at Hockley Golf Club in fine weather with a deceptively strong north-east wind. OEs were able to field substantially the same winning team as 2012; Paul Griffiths being the one change that enabled last year’s playing and winning Captain, Peter Feltham, to drop himself to non-playing Captain. The other members were: Keith Gladstone-Millar, David Collins, Howard Hilliker, Joe Sach, Andrew McNaught and father and son David and Nick Creal. The course was beautifully presented with flag settings in some very tight spots given the unusual wind direction and it was apparent by about half way round that the OEs and OSs were neck and neck with OTs trailing. By the time the last match was playing 18, it was clear it was going to be decided by a whisker. In the event OSs missed a 5ft putt to halve with OEs and as a consequence would have shared the honours. Fate decreed that was not to happen and the OE team had won overall and retained the cup. This feat had not been achieved by OEs since 1961-1962.

The Ray Paull Challenge Cup and Medal The Ray Paull Medal and Cup competition was blessed with a lovely sunny September afternoon at Stoneham Golf Course when OE golfers battled for victory for the second time since its inauguration last year. The lowest net scoring golfer and thus winner of the Ray Paull Challenge Cup was Jonathan Porter, runner-up was Darren Cooper, who won his own sponsor’s prize, and the wooden spoon went to Guy Bewick. Our thanks to Pam & Ray Paull for attending the prize giving. Meanwhile back in the Club house for the winter…. 2013 has been a very successful year for OE golfers of all levels of competency. In total, 54 of us have played in one or more event. The draw for partners in all of the events has been extraordinarily kind, allowing old friends from years back to enjoy a great round of golf together. There is no doubt that the competitiveness honed at School remains with all OEs but enjoying the camaraderie is just as important. Anyone interested in playing in any of our events should email  Details will then be passed on to the Golf Organiser and your invitation to the 2014 competitions will follow. On behalf of all OE Golfers our thanks to Darren Cooper of Peter Cooper Group, Howard Hilliker and KES for supporting this excellent year of golfing fixtures with their gifts, money and prizes.

Peter Feltham OE Golf Organiser 12


Books: An Illustrated History (paperback) by Graham Darby


King Edward VI School, Southampton, In the Twentieth Century (hardback) by John Rowthorn


Gold plated cufflinks:


Silver plated cufflinks:


**NEW** 100% Wool school scarf:


All prices include Postage and Packing.

Could you help shape the future of the next Prime Minister, Olympian or the person who finds the cure for cancer? Your gift to future generations of Edwardians Throughout the years King Edward’s has provided the foundation education for prominent medics, scientists, sportsmen, economists, lawyers, bankers, academics and a multitude of other professionals. Many of these have been leading specialists in their fields with some making ground-breaking discoveries or making decisions at national levels. Many may not have got to where they are today without their KES education in their early years. This is why we are asking you to consider making a gift to the King Edward VI Foundation which has been set up to offer bursaries and financial assistance to able and gifted children whose families do not have the means to pay for fees. Your gift can be a small regular monthly direct debit, a one-off donation or a Legacy in your Will. Every little helps in ensuring that KES education is accessible to all children of talent regardless of their financial circumstances. Please visit our Virgin Moneygiving site today and add your name to the growing list of donors supporting the Foundation. Alternatively you can call the Development Office on 023 8070 4561 or email http:// action?uniqueVmgCharityUrl=kes


Obituaries 1951 science lesson

Charles Kershaw Rowley (KES 1950-1957) passed away in August 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. Charles graduated from the University of Nottingham, where he earned a BA and a PhD in economics. He completed several graduate courses at the London School of Economics before joining George Mason University in Virginia, USA in 1984 as Professor of Economics becoming Duncan Black Professor of Economics in 2000. In this role, he made significant contributions to teaching and research and had served as the General Director of The Locke Institute. Charles wrote numerous books and held other positions of note including that of the International Advisory Editor of the Journal of Bio economics and member of the International Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and two daughters, Amanda and Sarah.

Gerrard George Edwards (KES 1939-1945) died in April 2013 aged 85. Both he and his younger brother Dennis were at KES during the war years and were evacuated to Poole. Gerrard (better known as GG) was called up into the RAF in 1945 and for much of his service was stationed in Aden. On returning to Southampton in 1948 he was first employed by Royal Exchange Insurance until he changed direction and attended King Alfred’s Teacher Training College, Winchester. After qualifying, he subsequently taught in Southampton, Brockenhurst and finally Romsey Comprehensive where he remained as Head of the Maths Department until retirement. Gerrard was a keen tennis player and also loved his golf. In his prime he played off a low handicap and was an active participant in the OE golf section, winning quite a few of the established trophies. He also achieved three official holes-in-one over the years! He is survived by his younger brother Dennis.

Robert Millard (KES 1941-1945) Brian Michael Havill Muskett (KES 19471952) attended Oakmount Preparatory School before joining King Edward’s shortly after its return from Poole. Upon leaving, Brian studied civil engineering qualifying as a chartered surveyor. He married his wife Sheila in 1965 and they moved to Berkshire but

he maintained a close connection with the OEA and later became well known in his role of Toastmaster at the Annual Reunion Dinner. He was elected and served as President in 1989. In 1974, the family moved to Cornwall and settled in St.Cleer near Liskeard, where he became very much involved in the local community activities. He enjoyed Scouting and was responsible for founding the St.Cleer Cubs and Scouts and was a member of the local Probus Club. Brian was a dedicated Freemason and received the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Service to Masonry shortly before his death. He is survived by his wife Sheila, his daughters Betty and Vicky and his brother Roger.

Anthony John Ashley Petty (KES 1935-1944) died suddenly in March 2013. Tony was one of the last students at KES to study compulsory Greek and attended the School at a time when students were evacuated to Poole Grammar School due to the war. After leaving School he joined the army and went into the Intelligence Corps where he learnt both Japanese and Chinese. After his demob he went to University in Oxford to study classics but returned to Southampton where he then opened the very successful Wiseman’s Book Shop in Portswood. Tony was a keen musician and for many years sang in the Southampton Philharmonic Choir. He was a generous benefactor of a number of charities including the School.

Peter Charles Smith (1935-1940) passed away in March 2013. After his time at King Edward’s, Peter won the Hampshire Open Scholarship to Oxford to read Modern History. After graduating and spending a short time at the Ministry of Transport, Peter became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and in 1949 was appointed to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire. There he embarked upon a long professional study of Welsh antiquities, publishing ‘Houses of the Welsh Countryside’ in 1975. He was notably responsible for identifying and restoring Ty Mawr – a Welsh aisled hall built in the 1400s. Peter retired in 1991 and is survived by his wife Joyce and their three children.

Toby Jak Wallace (Deputy Head of School 1989-1995) died this summer after being struck by a lorry during a charity ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Toby, 36, was riding with a colleague from Aberdeen Asset Management with whom he worked in the firm’s Philadelphia office. The two cyclists were on a charity ride to raise funds for the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust, which was set up in memory of a colleague who lost her battle with cancer in October 2011. Toby was married, and was a senior relationship manager for the company joining the firm in 2000 as a graduate trainee from Jesus College, Cambridge, where he had been on the winning team in the 1998 and 1999 University Boat Races.

Dougie Wotton passed away aged 80 in November 2012 after being struck down with Motor Neurone disease for 18 months. Affectionately termed ‘Mr Hockey’, Dougie coached hockey to several generations of Edwardians and to thousands of other children in the Hampshire area. Dougie himself had an esteemed hockey career with Southampton and Trojans and played well into this late 50s retiring to concentrate on coaching, which he did until he was 78. Many Edwardians will have very fond memories of Dougie and his legendary ‘Dougie dummy’ and he will be sorely missed by all at KES as well as the hockey community. In memory of his coaching, his sons Tim and Chris (both Edwardians) have donated a trophy to the School which will be awarded to the boy or girl who has shown the most progress each year. Thank you Dougie!

Martin Charles Steer (KES 1952-1953) read engineering at Nottingham which led to a very successful career with British Aerospace where he held a number of senior executive posts including Bristol (working on Concorde) and Munich (helping to develop the Eurofighter) and Preston (as Procurement Director for military aircraft). Martin leaves a wife, Janet, whom he met whilst at Nottingham University, a daughter Jackie and son Paul. Graham Lansley Steer (1955-1961) read medicine at Bristol and became a Consultant Anaesthetist at Haroldwood Hospital in Essex. Apart from medicine, his main interests were rugby union, skiing and singing. His rugby career began at KES and continued with Hampshire Schoolboys, Bristol University and Bath’s 1st XV. In his retirement he sang bass with the ‘Choir from Scratch’ at the Albert Hall and numerous other venues all over the world.

1952 Cast members of She Stoops to Conquer



Camilla Kelly (10) climbed Kilimanjaro for charity last year raising £2450 for Childreach International. Caroline Taylor (10) is studying at the University of St Andrews reading a triple honours in French, Spanish and Italian and will spend her year abroad at the Paris-Sorbonne University. She has been awarded the Stevenson Scholarship from the University of Glasgow, which will allow her to continue her singing tuition whilst abroad. She had her professional debut with the Dundee Symphony Orchestra in November 2012 as the soprano soloist in Vaughn Williams’ Sinfonia Antarctica and another engagement this March with Anstruther Philharmonic Society in which she was the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria singing alongside mezzo-soprano Julie Martin-Carter. Josh Peppiatt (09) has received a First in his first year exams studying medicine. He has also been appointed president of the OICCU (the Oxford Inter-collegiate Christian Union). Sam Howard (08) has gained a First from Bristol in Mechanical Engineering. He was also awarded the ‘Institute of Nuclear Engineers South West Project Prize 2013’ for the fourth year group who have achieved the highest average for their project and won 1st and 2nd year prize for his project. Richard Moore (07) who is the organ scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral played the organ for Lady Thatcher’s funeral earlier this year. Pete Smart (07) won D&ADs Best New Blood 2012 having travelled 2517 miles to solve 50 problems in 50 days. The project can be seen at Sarah King (05) ran the London Marathon for the NSPCC this year and is currently working in an Actuarial job in London. Chris Ryder (01) graduated in both his BA (Hons) and Diploma in Architecture at the University of Portsmouth and is now working for a large multi-disciplinary practice in Oxford which also has an office in Southampton. Charlotte Essex (01) completed an MA in Theatre Writing at Goldsmiths, London. She has subsequently had her first TV writing credit on Doctors, BBC1, which aired in September Gemma Gilbert (01) who is now Gemma Wilks, gave birth to a baby girl, Matilda, in November last year. School friend Alex Pepper (01) is to be godmother to Matilda.

Matthew Scarborough (95) is currently living in New Zealand and would be interested in getting in touch with other Edwardians living out there. To be put in touch, please email edwardians@kes.hants. Ian Drummond (78) has just published his second book on the railways of Southampton ‘Southern Rails On Southampton Docks’, which is the companion to the book he published in October 2011 ‘Southern Rails Around Southampton’, the research for which he began when he was at KES back in the 1970s! Maurice Rowles (63) has become a grandparent to triplets. Babies Freddie, Evie and Max and their mother Anne are doing well as is their father Guy Rowles (93) who is also an Edwardian. Neil Forsyth (62) retired recently but continues to write essays and reviews in the TLS and for Oxford UP. His three books are all still in print, two at Princeton UP and one at Oxford Lion. Charles Trippe (62) has been awarded an MBE for services to tennis. He has been involved in British Tennis for over 30 years and in international tennis with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) since 2005. He represented Great Britain in the World University Games in 1965 and played for his county at senior level for 22 years and was successively County Treasurer and Chairman. He was Honorary Treasurer of the Veterans’ LTA of Great Britain and joined the LTA Council as their Councillor in 1990. He was appointed Chairman of its Development Board and a full Board Member in 1994, becoming Honorary Treasurer in 1998 and President from 2003 to 2005. Charles joined the Tennis Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2011 as Honorary Treasurer and he is a Certified Accountant. George Longhurst (56) has remained in the Scout movement ever since he became involved during his time at KES. His section recently acquired a new flag and whilst attaching it to their old pole noticed a brass plate on the shaft. The plate reads: “PRESENTED IN MEMORY OF 13 YEARS SCOUTING TOGETHER TO THE 15th SOUTHAMPTON (KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL) SCOUT TROOP BY S/M(S) L.G.W.P. JONES 1936-1949” As the Scout Troop at KES disbanded in the 1960s we can only assume that the flag pole was passed to George’s district at that time by the late George Rust who was also a teacher at KES and Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts in the District. Hugh Stevens (49) would be interested in hearing from any other OEs of his era. He is currently living in Australia. Please email him on

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