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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Dear Old Kingswoodians



What a difference a year makes. Our long-awaited return to normal is over, and school life is once again filled with the multitude of activities that has always characterised a Kingswood education.


43. Introduction and Welcome


The Executive Committee


Visitors to Kingswood


Prep & Senior School News


Academic Achievement


Reunion Events


Old Kingswoodian News


Memories of Days Gone By


Memories of the Chapel


The Archives: The History of the Chapel in its Centenary Year


Development News




New Online Portal


Cover photo by Nicola Carr Graphic Design by Studio 74 Creative Design: www.studio74.design

In order to meet the deadline for this President’s Welcome, I have dragged myself away from a glorious afternoon of cricket on the Upper where I was supporting our U12 A, B and C teams who were engaged in yet another competitive fixture. Sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits are all back with a flourish; such an important part of the character education that allows our pupils to find and fulfil their talents, developing the personal qualities and skills to prepare them for a life of work and service. It has been a real pleasure for me to get out and about in the school and wider community this year, which has been so different from my first year at the helm. Long may this continue. Thank you to the many alumni who turned out in such strong number to the various events (London, Edinburgh, Exeter, Bath, New York, to name a few) that we have hosted over the last year, and indeed for the warm welcome you have given to me. I have so enjoyed hearing your stories and witnessing the affection with which you hold Kingswood in your hearts. By the time you read these words, I will have enjoyed our chapel centenary celebration with many of you and am looking forward to the service to be led by Rev Katy Thomas, our new chaplain who has been such a wonderful addition to our community. While the last couple of years have thrown up some difficult challenges for pupils and staff alike, the popularity of Kingswood has remained undimmed, with our current parents describing your alma mater in a recent survey as a well-rounded, caring, high-achieving community. Kingswood Prep School is really thriving under the leadership of Headmaster Mr Brearey, now in his 10th year at KPS, and both the Senior and Prep Schools are full. This


"With our 275 th

anniversary plans taking shape, I look forward to a host of opportunities to connect with alumni in the forthcoming year."

gives me a very strong platform to proceed with the implementation of an ambitious strategic plan. As we seek to light a fire within every pupil, the governors have given their full support for our action plan which centres around 4 strategic priorities; Care for Each Individual, Educate for Life, Care for the Community and Live Sustainably. It was of course John Wesley who said that “an ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge” and we can’t go too far wrong if the value of love remains central in our School. That said, as I write, our Year 11 and 13 pupils have an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills as they sit the first public exams since 2019. I feel confident that they will achieve great things, having been expertly taught by our generous and dedicated teachers. I am pleased to update you that, through the generosity of alumni and other philanthropic donations, I have been able to offer four more places to students to join our Sixth Form on transformational bursaries; these impressive young people will be joining us from Ukraine, Iraq and from deprived areas of

London. Closer to home, we have a strong and growing partnership with St Mark’s School in Larkhall with whom we are working on this and other initiatives. We are hoping that through a successful 275 campaign we will secure donations to enable us to continue with this work, as we seek to offer all of our sixth formers as diverse and inspiring experience as we are able. My sincere thanks to Kirsty Allen for chairing the Old Kingswoodian Executive with such good cheer and for overseeing the generous donations from the Association to provide a few nice-to-haves for our pupils. The new Association Café in the Creed Room looks terrific and has been met with the universal approval of our sixth formers. Michele Greene is as busy as ever as our Alumni and Community manager, keeping us all breathless in her wake. With our 275th anniversary plans taking shape, I look forward to a host of opportunities to connect with alumni in the forthcoming year. With our new easy access alumni database, it is easier than ever for us to stay in touch and, 1

if you haven’t already done so, please get yourself registered (https://community.kingswood. bath.sch.uk). As challenging as the last two years may have been, my life has been made immeasurably more manageable through the rock-solid support and guidance of our long-serving and most excellent Mr Opie. It is impossible to overstate the contribution that Gordon and Jen Opie have made to Kingswood, during their combined 62 years of service, and I am enormously grateful that I have had Gordon at my side as Senior Deputy during my first two years as Headmaster. They have both earned a long and happy retirement and I wish them every blessing on behalf of every member of the Old Kingswoodian Association. Please stay in touch and do come and visit us in Bath if the opportunity arises.

Andrew Gordon-Brown Headmaster and Principal of the Kingswood Foundation


CHAIRWOMAN'S WELCOME Welcome to the Old Kingswoodians, The impact of the pandemic has, and continues, to have, a profound effect to ‘normality’ and not least to the way global communities have had to adapt, the Kingswood community is no exception. Kirsty Allen

However, over this period we have seen many exciting changes at Kingswood, including welcoming our new Headmaster, Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown and with numerous exciting new prospects for the school as a whole. I was therefore very honoured to be asked to take over the role of Chair of the Old Kingswoodians from Chester Lewis and an opportunity that I was excited about and to continue to positively contribute to the school.

"...it has been lovely to see so many faces wanting to come back to school and reconnect..." Through the generous donations we have received, we have been fortunate to be able to utilise these funds for the school broadly. Through an interactive process with both pupils and staff, we have been able to

allocate money for items such as supplying an (augmented reality) sandbox for the Geography department, contributed to the new Sixth Form ‘Association Café’, and provided funds for the brilliant groundsmen to enhance the memorial garden, to name but a few. When reunions have been able to occur, it has been lovely to see so many faces wanting to come back to school and reconnect with old friends and teachers. I’m looking forward to future events to continue broadening/ strengthening the Kingswood community after the pause in activities we experienced. A new website has been launched as a platform for Old Kingswoodians to communicate with the Association/Alumni network and provide an opportunity for potential work experience, graduate schemes, or simply to connect with someone within a field of interest. Former pupils are also able to view upcoming events on the website. We are hoping that this initiative will be invaluable


to grow and communicate with this group for years to come. On another note, it is with great sadness that we are saying goodbye to Mr Gordon Opie as Senior Deputy Head and his wife Jenny. Gordon has been both a pupil and member of staff at Kingswood since 1990 and his support and contribution to the school and Association has been invaluable. We wish them both lots of happiness on their retirement in Cornwall and very much look forward to welcoming them back in future reunions. Personally, I’m looking forward to continuing my role as Chair with enthusiasm and I would like to make special mention to Michele Greene, who plays a huge role in bringing everything together and who I could not do this role without as well as the other members of the committee. A huge thank you to you all. I look forward to seeing you at a reunion or lunch soon. Kirsty Allen, Chairwoman (KS 1979-87)


THE OLD KINGSWOODIAN ASSOCIATION The objectives of the Old Kingswoodian Association are to provide opportunities for former students and staff to meet and keep in contact with each other.

As an Old Kingswoodian your membership is for life and we hope that you keep in touch from the day you leave school. We love to hear your news and please come back and visit, just let us know in advance so that we can welcome you. We have an Executive Committee who are a small team of volunteers who meet regularly to discuss how to continue to develop relationships between yourselves and the School. Andrew Gordon-Brown


President – Andrew Gordon-Brown

Chairwoman – Kirsty Allen (KS 1979-87)

Treasurer – Theo Gammie (KS 2011-18)

Rosie Wakefield (KS 2008-15)

Natasha Brand (KS 2003-10)

Edgar Mottershead-Davies (KS 2014-21)

Tim Lindsay (KS 1969-74) is our Representative on the Governing Board.

Theo Gammie

Kirsty Allen

Rosie Wakefield

Natasha Brand

Day to day running of the Old Kingswoodian Association is done by Michele Greene, Alumni and Community Manager, who is a former parent. Please contact her at mgreene@kingswood.bath.sch.uk or 01225 734283

OldKingswoodianAssociation www.kingswood.bath.sch.uk/ the-old-kingswoodian-association

Edgar Mottershead-Davies


Tim Lindsay


A GAP YEAR WITH A DIFFERENCE ED VICKERY My plan upon leaving Kingswood was always to have a gap year, however it has not quite been how I imagined it to go….

Coaching cricket in the Australian sun whilst everyone else braved the English Winter sounded like the perfect gap year to me, however due to Covid the plan was scuppered.

"Each day brought a new challenge which I have thoroughly enjoyed." I returned to Kingswood but this time as a member of staff and I really had no idea of what to expect from working as a Development and Alumni Assistant. The first few weeks were extremely busy just like any part of school starting a new year. But with the help of

Michele and Graham I quickly settled in and got down to work ahead of a very busy first term. A key part of the job in the first term was helping Michele with our brand new database/website Toucan Tech. We had to build the platform almost entirely from scratch and it was equally challenging and rewarding. We also travelled across the country holding Old Kingswoodian events, such as the Edinburgh Dinner and the London 20’s and 30’s. The events are really enjoyable and I recommend everyone attends Old Kingswoodian Events if they can! As well as being busy in the office, I have also had the pleasure of helping out with both prep and senior sport in the afternoons. In the rugby term I took the U14C 4

team which I must say are by far the best ‘C’ team I have ever seen. And in the hockey term I helped Mr Reeman with the U14A team. When my time at Kingswood comes to an end in April I plan to travel to South East Asia with 2 of my mates for 3 months, with hopefully a whole lot of cricket and sun for when I return in August. In September I will be travelling up north to watch my beloved Newcastle United week in week out along with reading Business and Geography at Newcastle University. I am extremely grateful to Michele and Graham over the past 2 terms for allowing me to work as their gapper. Each day brought a new challenge which I have thoroughly enjoyed.


CHAPLAIN’S WELCOME REV KATY THOMAS – KINGSWOOD CHAPLAIN ‘Born in song! God’s people have always been singing.’ I wonder if you ever sang those hymn words by Brian Hoare in the School Chapel? It is such an appropriate hymn for Methodists, and I am very pleased to say that singing can once again be heard in Chapel.

I enjoyed some Chapel services at the start of my first term, but we soon had to return to online worship with services held on Teams (like Zoom), leading whilst sat at my office desk. We always listened to a piece of music, but it is never the same as being able to sing together as a community.

"As Kingswood community sings, it lifts the heart and soul."

We were however able to sing outside for the Remembrance Day Service where all the year groups were stood below the Chapel. It was the most moving occasion hearing all the names read out on the Roll of Honour as crosses were placed in the ground. We had hoped to all be at the newly reopened Abbey for Christmas but with Covid numbers on the rise in Bath we were only able to take Year 13, readers, and the Choir. The service was live streamed from the Abbey into classrooms, and I’m told that some competitive carol singing

was heard along the corridors of the Ferens! Now we are almost ‘back to normal’ where each Year group from Year 7-13 has at least one morning service in Chapel a week in addition to a fortnightly Friday morning service. It has taken a bit of time to get back to full voice after such a long break but the incredible Organ music of Mr Knights and the strong voices of staff at the back are giving the needed encouragement. We will soon be raising the roof once again! It has been lovely to read how special music was in your experience of the Chapel. As Kingswood community sings, it lifts the heart and soul. Psalm 95:2-3 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Colossians 3:16 ‘…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.’






GARETH COKER (KS 1977-2002) WITH RICHARD MAINWARING We were delighted to welcome back to Gareth Coker to Kingswood in march 2022. Gareth joined Kingswood in 1997 (Hall House) from Prior's Court and joined the school orchestra and jazz band. Mr Richard Mainwaring was Gareth’s music teacher at Kingswood at that time and he was hugely inspirational in the career path Gareth chose.


Gareth left Kingswood in 2002 and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Gareth taught English in Japan for three years and later moved to Los Angeles where he settled and has been for the past 13 years. Gareth composes music for video games and films and is known for his melodically driven scores. He has been nominated for a Bafta three times and two of his soundtracks have accumulated close to 200 million streams worldwide. We were pleased that he had a chance to catch up with some of his old teachers during his visit.

Our oldest Old Kingswoodian who left in 1939




6. 1. Joe C Hartshorn (KS 2001- 02) 2. Andrew Price (KS 1986-93) 3. Rev Raymond Bradshaw (KS 1948 - 53) 4. John E Stanfield (KS 1931- 39) 5. Phil Crocker (KS 1990-97) 6. John Walsh (KS 1956-62) 7. Lawrence John Christensen (KS 1985 -93) 8. Sarah Ryder (KS 2004 -08) & Isabella Watson (KS 2001-08)



IAN HORRELL (KS 1954-60) & TONY JARVIS (KS 1955-59) Ian and Tony visited Kingswood in March 2022 and had a tour and school lunch. Ian’s only return to Kingswood since he left was to play in the Old Boys Cricket match under Roy Kerslake many years ago. Ian was a boy at Kingswood in the second half of the 1950s and interestingly his last year coincided with the first year of a new Headmaster who had come to Kingswood from a headship of Truro School. He left Kingswood to go to Cambridge and took the Natural Science tripos, specialising in his third year in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive Science). After 4 years at Sheffield University tackling a problem in Visual Perception for a Phd and lecturing for a year, he went to lecture in the Psychology Department at Hull University.



THE ASSOCIATION CAFÉ Kingswood School is delighted to officially open it’s ‘Association Café’ to its Sixth Formers, located in their dedicated Sixth Form Centre.

Understanding the need for independence and preparing themselves for university life, students in Year 12 and 13 have had the benefit of having their own dining room for some time but the new addition of this café, with large windows overlooking the beautiful city of Bath provides a quiet space for pupils to concentrate on their studies, whilst enjoying freshly-baked cakes made by the very talented Daisy in our catering team, or a choice of savoury snacks, along with a choice of hot or cold drinks.

“The Association Café is a great addition to our sixth form facilities”, explains Mr Craig Woodgate, Head of Sixth Form at Kingswood School. “We wanted to create a space similar to the coffee shops our students will experience on campus at university, a place where at one table you might find someone working at their laptop on an essay, whilst at the next there is a group relaxing over a coffee and a pastry before heading off to their next lesson. Our Sixth Formers have fully embraced this, and already the café has established itself as a

focal point of sixth form life. Our Catering Department have pulled out all the stops in terms of the food and drink on offer, and we’re looking forward to working with our students to develop the facility still further in the coming months.” The Kingswood Association has helped to make this possible by providing very generous contribution to the Café, which is the first stage in the planned re-development of the much-loved Dixon Sixth Form Centre. Pupils are already reaping the benefits of this facility and sharing their views. Some comments from our Sixth Formers include, “I don’t feel like I’m still in school” and “The hot chocolate is amazing!” It is clear that this has created an added benefit to their School life already and Kingswood is looking forward to sharing further development plans of the Sixth Form Centre soon.



THE WILSHIRE WAY The path itself has been a memorial for many years. David Wilshire made the donation to allow us to lay out the path to Burton House and plant the trees as a memorial to his daughter. Sarah’s short life is permanently celebrated in the glory of the flowering cherry trees.

MEMORIAL GARDEN Where the old Observatory once stood, the Memorial Garden was created in 2004. The photo right shows the day of dedication. The families of those remembered gathered together in the gentle warmth of a Kingswood summer day. Rev. Ray Lansley spoke of each of those lives whose passing is marked on the stone in the garden.

"It remains as was intended in 2004, ‘a special place, very beautiful & very peaceful’."

As the Garden had began to not look it’s best, the Old Kingswoodian Association kindly supported the reconstruction in April 2022. The original stone created by David Brown, to which plaques are added, has remained in place.



THE PREP SCHOOL It is a great privilege to write an article for the Old Kingswoodian magazine and to be able to give you just a small flavour of our Prep School.

Many of you will remember it opening in 1995 with the merger of Prior’s Court in Newbury and Hermitage House in Bath. It was a single-form entry Prep School in one building, which opened with 80 children. Thanks to the excellent efforts of Lucy Marshall, Meg Newbery, Anita Gleave, Marcus Cornah and the present Management Team, KPS has grown and evolved into what we believe is now the finest prep school in the South West of England. We are now a 3-form entry school in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, and 2-form entry in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The Garden at Kingswood is our new Nursery, and we now take infants from 9 months up to our Pre-School, where the children enjoy a rich Kingswood experience in readiness for their first year in Reception. Thanks to significant investment by the Foundation and some incredibly generous benefactors - in particular, two Old Kingswoodians! - we now have the most wonderful physical environment for the children to learn in.

Surrounded by woodland and countryside, the children are incredibly fortunate to be able to enjoy such a cornucopia of nature. However, as I am sure you are all aware, it is the quality of the staff and the strength of the teaching and the management team that define a school. The dynamic, personable, relaxed but respectful interaction between staff and pupils which I observe on my many ‘walk rounds’ is something very special and is fundamental to the character of KPS. Our key aims are to bring out the very best in every single child, to encourage each child to be proud of who they are, and to inspire them to follow their passions. 10

“Do all the good you can; By all the means you can; In all the ways you can; At all the places you can; At all the times you can; To all the people you can; As long as ever you can.” …is etched on the windows of our buildings. This philosophy, combined with a fundamental ethos of kindness, ensures that our children really look out for each other and makes school such a great place to be for a pupil and for the staff. Our new facilities have given us the Association Hall, which is used for assemblies, plays, musical evenings and PE, and


the self-confidence and positive attitude to enable them to continue their success. Throughout two years of disrupted education during the pandemic, KPS delivered online lessons and the children, despite trying circumstances, continued to thrive. Teaching Reception-aged children online is NOT easy, but our staff rose to that challenge. Our children have been resourceful and have learned to work in a different way. Throughout they have been self-motivated, humble and aware of those less fortunate than themselves.

hosts some of our 50+ activities at the end of the day, which include gymnastics, fencing, judo and musical theatre. Attached to the Hall is our Music Room and music practice rooms. We have hundreds of children playing musical instruments and there is allocated time for singing, music, orchestras and choirs before school starts. We want our children to grow up being able to perform on stage, love their sport and art, play a musical instrument or sing in a choir, and to be able to stand in front of larger groups of people and be themselves, unique and filled with inner confidence. We have worked really hard on all aspects of our curriculum. Upstairs in the New Build, above the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms, we have our STEAM area. It is a dynamic and key part of our school. This is where we challenge our pupils to be creative problem solvers. We tap into their curiosity and develop their communication skills, teamwork and resilience. The children benefit from one

and a half hours of Science a week, mostly practical, with our new Head of Science, Dr Torrance Jenkins. Mr Murphy leads our engineering, programming, robotics and coding, and Mrs Fox inspires our artists. At KPS, we never pigeonhole our children; they can be musicians, actors and artists at the same time as being scientists, mathematicians and engineers. We firmly believe that, with a positive attitude and determination, anything is achievable. We now have the Katie Pillinger Drama Studio (which was the old Hall for those familiar with our site). Drama, Music and Sport continue to thrive. All our children enjoy the variety of sports on offer, and those who excel regularly head off to IAPS tournaments and regional and national finals. Our aim is to ensure that the children have rock-solid foundations for their learning before they move to the Senior School. They really understand what they can do and they have 11

To live and work alongside our children and talented colleagues remains a privilege. Please come and see the school in action if you can; we would love to see you. Our beautiful grounds have now been supplemented with a yurt and an outside learning experience which is second-to-none. Our youngest children can spend the whole day outdoors - and they love it! Summerhill Mansion, which, for all you Old Kingswoodians who remember, was a boarding house, is now two beautiful dining rooms, with the flexibility to host events and meetings.

Mark showing Old Kingswoodian David Lane CBE around KPS - January 2022

It is always a delight to welcome back old boys and girls. We know that you will be just as proud as we are of the Prep School’s evolution into one of the leading schools of its type. Mark Brearey, Headmaster





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LEAVERS OF 2021 The newest members of the Old Kingswoodian Association






20 YEAR REUNION A 20 year reunion was held in September 2021 at Kingswood. Dr Clara Dormehl (KS 1994 - 2001) née Lunt organised the event and it was attended by a large group, which for some was the first time they had met up since leaving school.

Clara sent this note of thanks; It was a wonderful few hours of food, old friends and familiar sights. There has been a torrent of love and positivity for the reunion on our WhatsApp group so thank you for providing the setting and of course the generous food and wine too. It was a particularly special time post-Covid. Everyone has said how wonderful it was to connect and remember what a formative few years our time at Kingswood was, and how lucky we really were to have such a fantastic setting and so many opportunities available! Please could you pass on our thanks to the rest of your Association team, to Mr Musto and Mr Davies and to the new headmaster Mr Gordon-Brown. But most of all thanks to you for the arrangements and taking time out of your Saturday to show us around.



20s & 30s EVENT An annual event for Old Kingswoodians who are in their 20s and 30s.






COMMUNITY SUPPER Every year we still hold the Community Suppers (formally MJSD). Each March, June, September and December we meet in the School Dining Hall to enjoy good company and a two course buffet meal cooked for us by the school chefs. Everyone in the Kingswood Community is welcome to join us.










NEWS DIPO FALOYIN (KS 2000-07) Dipo Faloyin is a senior editor and writer at VICE, where his work has a specific focus on culture, race and identity across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His writing has also featured in Dazed, i-D, The Huffington Post, Refinery 29, Prospect and others. He was born in Chicago, raised in Lagos and currently lives in London. He was at Kingswood between 2000-2007 and he was Head Boy. He has recently had his book Africa Is Not A Country published.

THE DYNAMIC DUO IAN ROSS (KS 1953-61) & ROBERT GUY (KS 1956-62) Sixty years ago, sixth formers Ian Ross and Robert Guy (1962) cycled 1000 miles round Brittany, up the Loire Valley to Paris and home via Normandy. Africa Is Not A Country is a bright portrait of modern Africa that pushes back against harmful stereotypes to tell a more comprehensive story.

They have now recovered and met again, for the first time, in Portsmouth in September 2021.

EDGAR MOTTERSHEAD-DAVIES (KS 2014-21) I left Kingswood last year, and instead of taking the conventional route, I embarked on an apprenticeship. I am currently 7 months into an apprenticeship at KPMG. At the moment, this work consists of the auditing of public sector, high profile clients such as the Met Office and Companies House. I am completing this apprenticeship over a 5-year period where I will gain a chartership in accounting with the ICAEW, alongside the experience of taking the plunge into the working world. So far, I have travelled to different offices around the country, learning so much every day and opening myself up to each opportunity that presents itself, especially 6-a-side football! I have only recently joined the executive committee, but I am excited to give back to a community I’ve been part of for as long as I can remember.



EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED KATHERINE BEGLEY (KS 2004-11): I think it’s fair to say that when I was at Kingswood doing my GCSE’s/A Levels, if someone had said that I would go to Cambridge to read Veterinary Medicine I don’t think anyone would have been too surprised. I did well in all my exams and as the horse mad girl, being a vet wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch of the imagination. If, however, someone had said that I would be the person that drops out of University and turns their back on their excellent education, I don’t think many would have believed it. It just goes to show that things don’t always end up quite how we might expect – I was indeed that person who dropped out and it didn’t go down all that well at the time. I chose to follow my heart and pursue a career in horse racing, for which I have no regrets. Starting from scratch I managed to end up riding 22 winners on the professional flat racing circuit as well as riding in some bigger races on ITV. It was a long road with more hiccups and injuries than I care to remember, but I have so many amazing memories and overall am very proud of what

I achieved. Sadly, the stress involved with keeping my weight low enough to race ride on the flat eventually caught up with me and I started to realise that a career as a jockey was unsustainable in the long term. This led to a period feeling rather lost - when your job is your way of life and the very thing that defines who you are, it is heart breaking to just walk away. Thankfully however, as jockeys we are very lucky to have an incredible support network behind us and the Jockeys Education and Training Scheme helped me, like so many others, to pursue a second career. It is thanks to them that I was able to undertake the fast track two year in one Chemistry A Level which was necessary for an application to study Veterinary Medicine. I was fortunate enough to be offered a place at St Edmunds College, Cambridge and achieved the A* 23

Chemistry A Level required. From an outsiders point of view this was an incredible achievement and a really exciting opportunity. This is of course true, but like with anything, the reality can be somewhat different. The career change and move to Cambridge coincided with the tragic and untimely loss of both my wonderful horse and a close friend, it certainly was a difficult time. As I approach my first-year exams, the enormity of what I am doing is really quite daunting – I certainly would never have believed that I would be sat here aged 28 with another five years of education ahead of me! But that’s just it isn’t it? Life is not always straightforward and the path not always clear. Expect the unexpected, remember that nothing is ever as good or as bad as it might seem and just keep putting one foot in front of the other – after all it’s a marathon, not a sprint.


A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES LEXI HART (KS 2011-19) I joined Kingswood in 2011 and was lucky enough to continue my studies there until I completed my A Levels in 2019. Having taken a gap year, I am currently in my second of three years studying Geography at the University of Bristol (UoB). When approaching my first term at UoB, I came across an advertisement for the Bristol University Air Squadron (BUAS)... a couple of interviews, medicals and fitness tests later and I was attested onto the squadron as an Officer Cadet. Now, in my second year, I have taken up the role as Deputy Flight Commander of Operations where I oversee Force Development and Engagement and Outreach for BUAS, I am also the Military Education Committee (MEC) student representative. BUAS is a Volunteer Reserve unit in the Royal Air Force (RAF) recruiting students from the universities of Bristol, Bath, West of England, Exeter, and Plymouth - there are 15 other UAS’s across the country, covering almost all universities. Whilst the central aim of the UAS system is to

B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Sally-B’ at IWM Duxford Air Show 2021 (me third from left)

"The possibilities on a UAS are endless: all whilst getting paid, you can go flying, partake in adventurous training, develop your teamwork and leadership skills..." attract talented young people to join the RAF or the other Armed Services, there is absolutely no obligation to join at the end of your degree.

Volunteering with the Royal British Legion on ‘Bristol Poppy Day’

The possibilities on a UAS are endless: all whilst getting paid, you can go flying, partake in adventurous training, develop your teamwork and leadership skills, and interact with some very interesting and successful people. No matter your degree, UASs are the ultimate university society and the experiences you gain are hugely beneficial to your career prospects; on BUAS, for example,


we currently have students completing industry placements at Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1, Airbus, and we have a number of RAF Pilot and Medical bursars to name but a few. Despite my first year at university being held up by endless lockdowns and online learning, BUAS has provided me with some unforgettable memories. In the summer of 2021 I went on a twoweek long camp where highlights included surfing, coasteering, paddleboarding and a flight in a Puma helicopter over the Cornish coastline. I also attended


the Duxford Air Show last year, where we were invited into ‘Sally-B’ the B-17 Flying Fortress, got to sit in Team Ravens’ aerobatic lead aircraft, and to walk right up to the Spitfires and Hurricanes with a BBMF engineer. Another unforgettable memory was winning a team gold at the RAF Indoor Alpine Ski Championships. Might I remind you that I was getting paid for these experiences! This year, I have even more to look forward to - including beginning my flying training. This is particularly exciting for me, as I will be applying for a pilot bursary shortly - all being well, I will then have a career in the RAF waiting for me at the end of my degree. If you are planning to go to university after Kingswood, or have at least two more years of your degree left, I cannot recommend joining a UAS more highly. We have students studying everything from dentistry to astrophysics, and each person’s experience on the squadron is completely different: it is what you make of it.

IAN HUDSON (KS 1969-75) After leaving Kingswood, I went to medical school, qualified in medicine, then practiced as a paediatrician. After about 7 years I pursued a career in research and development of new medicines in the pharma industry. Then I became a regulator of the industry, joining the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in 2001 as Director of Licensing. In 2013 I became CEO of the MHRA until I "retired" in 2019. I was also chair of the International Coalition for Medicines Regulatory Authorities and also part of the European Medicines Agency's Management Board and part of the Heads of Medicines Agencies of Europe management group. Since I retired from the MHRA in 2019 I became Senior Advisor, Integrated Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I am also Chair, International Review Panel for clinical trial accreditation, NIHR and a Non-Executive Director at Sensyne Health.

Pre-flight in a Puma HC Mk2 on Summer Camp 2021 (me on left)

If you are interested, I’d be more than happy for you to contact me on my personal email address: hartalexandra01@gmail.com

I was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours 2020 for services to Healthcare. I also received the President's Medal, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine for contribution to Pharmaceutical Medicine, and awarded Global Fellow in Medicines Development, Internation Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine.

You can see more of what we do at BUAS on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ BristolUAS.



spiritual field of investigation. “At the same time, the waste that could be observed in wealthy boomtown Japan pushed me towards a keen desire to be careful in my own consumption, and this new-found environmentalism provided the third strand of the elements that came together to provide a theme for my parttime writing project. And thus The Circular Book of All That Is was born.



BIO... Chris Dixon was born in the UK in the mid-sixties, went to boarding school at the age of nine, and graduated King’s College, University of London in 1988 with a degree in French Language & Literature and a diploma in Theology. In the same year, he left the UK to travel round the world, and settled – trip incomplete – in Japan. “I decided to spend some time in Japan just as an exercise, as a challenge initially. Having spent my formative years at boarding school, I had become somewhat institutionalised, and needed to get out of my extremely small comfort zone. When I arrived in Japan – a country I knew nothing about, and whose language I spoke not a word of – I soon discovered that there was plenty of work for native English speakers, as Japan was at the height of its post-war boom – the so-called “bubble economy” – which presented the

perfect opportunity for me to settle here. At the time, I had no idea I’d still be here over thirty years later, though! “Late eighties Japan was a surreal kind of place. As Japan was poised to take over the world economically, everyone was taking English conversation classes. Eighty percent of the ads in the subway trains were for English conversation schools. It was very easy to find work, and initially I was extremely busy, with very little time to write. I conceived of the idea of writing something that would not require long periods of concentration, but something I could write in bits and pieces, when I had a couple of minutes to rub together. Coincidentally with this, I made the decision to become a vegan, and I began to read not just books on nutrition, but “around the subject” – books on Buddhism, Taoism… a more 26

“I started studying tai chi and qigong in 1996, but by this time the vast majority of the book had been finished. I tried to find a literary agent, and came close a couple of times, but: ‘Although you have an interesting book which I am quite sure you can find a publisher for, I don’t feel that this is the right project for me’ was a common verdict. So, while going about my normal everyday life, and trying to practice what I preach in the book by leading a life of balance, a life hopefully kind to the environment, other life forms on the planet, and my own health, the book sat on the proverbial shelf for close to three decades.

"...this new-found environmentalism provided the third strand of the elements that came together to provide a theme for my part-time writing project." “It was only when my good friend Bill – publisher of many, many books himself – encouraged me to have another crack at it, that I realised that circumstances had changed and that the time was


right. I would like to thank him for his support and encouragement, and generous hands-on help getting the book published. I’d also like to thank the other members of my team who contributed their skills to its publication, and, of course, I am most grateful to Turning Worm Books for their confidence in this project. “So here it is, after thirty years. I sincerely hope people will find something inspiring and useful in its pages.” In the intervening years, Chris has tried his hand at a number of professions: English conversation teacher at a language school; talent appearing in various movies, TV shows and commercials; narrator (voice overs for corporate videos, educational materials, etc.); translator (French and Japanese to English); musician (performing with his band Edward’s Operation); subtitling (creating subtitles for TV shows and movies aired on Japanese TV); wedding celebrant (conducting Christian-style weddings in hotels and wedding venues in Tokyo and surrounding area); and, currently, teaching English essay-writing and grammar skills to second and thirdgraders at a metropolitan high school in Tokyo. Comments Chris: “I like to think I’m a bit of a jack of all trades… master of none, however!”

KELLY GREENE (KS 2001-06) Earlier this year I gave birth to Nova, who we fondly nicknamed Supernova as her delivery wasn't smooth, resulting in an emergency c-section. After a difficult few days in hospital, we arrived home to start our new life as a family, totally in love with our healthy baby. My partner and I have been navigating our way through parenthood over the last few months - a big change to our London life as we knew it, but we wouldn't change it for the world. I am taking 9 months off my busy full time job in marketing partnerships across music festivals and events, which includes managing a team, driving new business and ensuring all client delivery runs smoothly. I'll be going back to work in October to ensure I am aware of the activity across our 2022 festivals and events. In the meantime, I'll have many 'keep in touch' days to check in with my team, helping to find solutions (if needed!). I also teach yoga outside of my full time job, which after a few months hiatus I am picking up again - if only for a few hours a week. Juggling work and family life will definitely be a challenge, but finding balance between being a mum, whilst keeping my career and passions alight is something that is very important to me, and I know will be best for my family.

KEITH MADDOX (KS 1940 - 48) Keith celebrated his 90th birthday on the track!

“As for writing, in addition to the Circular Book, I have started many, many other things: plays and novels mostly. I have a lot of half-finished manuscripts in the proverbial drawer. Here is the URL to my book on the Lulu shop: https://www.lulu. com/en/us/shop/chris-dixon/ the-circular-book-of-all-thatis/hardcover/product-9jyr9q. html?page=1&pageSize=4 And, while we’re at it, you can find details of a book of poetry I translated from Japanese to English a few years back here: https://turningwormbooks.com



GEORGIE FARNHAM (KS 2003-12) treatments, for mothers-to-be and new mums to enjoy, so they don’t feel left out from being able to indulge. What is very exciting is our Wanderlust Collection, a concept that was thought up during lockdown, due to people not being able to travel. Each Wanderlust treatment is themed to different parts of the globe, incorporating sight, sound, touch, and taste that has been revolved around that particular region. For each Wanderlust treatment purchased, we donate £1.00 to our selected charity, which during 2021 was Mind Over Mountains, and for this year is The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (an organisation our family are hoping to visit in January).

Following finishing sixth form in 2012, I decided against my original plan to go to Bath University to study economics as I was unsure of what I wanted to do. After completing 2 years at Bath college, I found myself working at Thermae Bath Spa, for which I was there for 5 years and worked my way up to a Senior Spa Therapist. However, I still wasn’t fully fulfilled in what I was doing, which was when my family and I decided to open a Day Spa in Bradford-on-Avon, and build it from the ground up. When we opened in November 2019, it was just myself doing treatments, my mother on reception, my father maintaining the premises, and my sister (also an ex Kingswoodian) helping where she could with marketing. Gradually, we built up our clients, and started to make a name for ourselves in the local community. Now, 3.5 years later, my sister in now our Commercial Director, working with us full time as our Marketing Manager, and we have the addition of 5 employees.

Vitality Day Spa is a sanctuary of relaxation, offering 5* holistic therapies to the local community at affordable prices, using only natural, cruelty-free products. We work closely with other local, independent businesses to help strengthen our community, help one another and bring in outside factors to the spa in areas we do not personally specialise in. An example of this would be one of our product suppliers, Natural Spa Factory, who make all their products from within their warehouse in Bath, or Leaf & Bean, a local chocolatier based right here in Bradford-on-Avon, who hand make plant based chocolates to fit in with our Wanderlust Treatments (a Limited Edition Collection). We have a vast range of bespoke, specialised massage and facial therapies available, as well as some body exfoliation and natural beauty treatments too. We have recently created our Cherished Lily Collection which contains 3 pregnancy treatments and 2 post pregnancy 28

"We have been incredibly blessed and honoured to have won five awards to date..." As an example of our Wanderlust Collection, we currently have El Dorado, which is running until the end of June. This is our South American themed treatment, which incorporates gold, avocado, cacao bean, sweet orange and Colombian coffee, all ingredients found in this particular region of the globe. The chocolate designed by Leaf & Bean for this experience is dark chocolate with a sweet orange caramel filling, with a dusting of gold, which has gone down an absolute treat with our clients when they enjoy it in the relaxation area following El Dorado. We have been incredibly blessed and honoured to have won


five awards to date and have reached the recent Bath Life Awards final, achievements we

never expected and for which we are eternally grateful. Being part of a family business is a dream come true, and being able to help people with both their physical and mental wellbeing is beyond rewarding. We are very blessed to be nestled in the incredible community of Bradford-onAvon, and be so close to Bath

also. Despite this not being the industry I ever envisioned myself to be in, I would never want to do anything else, and I have Kingswood to thank for supporting and guiding me through my academic journey. I certainly feel I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my 9 years I had there, it has had such a positive impact on my life, and for that I must thank you.

EMILY CLARKE (KS 2004 -11) Voloz Collective, an international physical theatre company, have just finished their first UK tour of The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much. Emily co-founded the company whilst studying for two years at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. The team of four, hailing from three different continents and splitting their time between Paris and London, went on to win the Les Enfants Terribles and Greenwich Theatre Award in February 2020, and were all set to take The Man Who to the Edinburgh Fringe that year. And then, well, we all know what happened next. As an international company, with Covid-19 and Brexit hitting all at once, time stood

still. Fast forward to 2022, and Voloz Collective have just finished their first UK tour. Travelling from Taunton to Aberdeen (and back), with sell-out shows in Torrington, Bristol, Bath and London, a slew of five-star reviews and an OffWest End award nomination for best performance, the team were relieved to feel the support for live theatre return to full force in a post-Covid world. They're now preparing to take the show, a fastpaced cinematic whodunnit, to the fringe, performing as part of the Pleasance Futures programme, at 13:10, in the Jack Dome, for the full month of August. For those that missed the show in Bath and will find themselves in Edinburgh this August, here's a reminder of what lies in store: Wes Anderson meets Hitchcock meets spaghetti western in this multi award-winning, intercontinental, inter-genre, cinematic caper of accusations, accidents and accents. Roger, a Frenchman in 1960's New York, has followed the same routine for years, until a minor delay saves him from an explosion. Throwing his ordered world into chaos, Roger chases his wouldbe assassins around the globe. Raucously funny and endlessly inventive, this Lecoq-trained 29

company delights and stuns with live original music and virtuosic acrobatics in this fast-paced, Offies-nominated whodunnit.

"Razor-sharp"  Everything-Theatre.co.uk

"Stunning"  365Bristol.com

WINNER: LET/Greenwich Award, 2020 FOR TICKETS: www.pleasance.co.uk/event/ man-who-thought-he-knewtoo-much#overview


UNIVIDUAL APPOINT A DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR FOR NEXT PHASE OF STRATEGIC GROWTH A Bath based financial advice firm, Unividual, has announced the appointment of its first Development Director, to drive the learning and development of its people.

GREG HARRIS (KS 2001-11)

"During the pandemic Greg was famed for his support in the local community..." Greg Harris, who has been involved with the firm for over seven years, five of those years as a financial adviser, took on the new role in January. Making the announcement to staff this week, the firm’s CoFounder and fellow Director John Baxter (KS 1954-61) said the decision to appoint Greg was unanimous among board members. He continues “An emphasis on learning and development is what drives the culture of our business. During the pandemic we never veered away from our purpose of growing and nurturing staff, but this put huge pressure on my co-directors, Cherie-Anne and

Lewis, who have an enormous remit of responsibility within their roles. With such a growing business we felt it was time to appoint someone to focus on learning and development and the operational function of Unicademy, our in-house financial planning training program.” Last year Cherie-Anne Baxter, (KS 1998-2002) Strategy & Marketing Director, and Lewis Baxter, (KS 1999-2006) Financial Planning Director, became equal shareholders with Founding Director and Father John Baxter. The family always wanted the firm to be a Unividual-family business, not necessarily a Baxter-family 30

business. Cherie-Anne explains: “When I first joined Unividual in 2015, Greg was one of the first members of staff Lewis and I hired. Looking back then, when there were just six of us, it was always our goal to develop other people in our company into leaders. Greg has become integral to Unividual in the journey of growth we have taken so far. His passion for training people and helping them learn and prosper has always been his core motivation. It is one of the reasons he has become such a successful financial adviser. Appointing Greg as a Director is one of our proudest days in Unividual’s history and we are so excited to watch Greg put his stamp on one of the most important departments in our business.” Greg started working for Unividual in 2015, straight out of University with a Law degree. He became one of the youngest Chartered Financial Planners in the country and in that same year a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society. In 2019 Greg received the Pension Transfer Gold Standard Award and was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the Bath Property Awards. During the pandemic Greg was famed for his support in the local community and even offered feefree mortgage advice to reduce the cost of moving for people. Speaking about his appointment, Greg said: “It is an honour to be awarded with this huge responsibility to help CherieAnne and Lewis take Unividual to the next level.


ARTHUR LAU (KS 1999-2007) There’s no doubt Kingswood provided me with the foundation of hard work, perseverance, and compassion after arriving from Hong Kong as a young boarder. Gratitude goes to the teachers and staff that have made Kingswood a supportive community and bedrock to exploring the endless possibilities in the arts, science and sports. This stayed with me throughout my education, being Called-to-the Bar, working for the former MP for Bath as a casework/researcher, and later career as a Policy Advisor. In 2020, I started a new project, Anteros Wine and Spirits Merchant, to import wines from boutique and independent vineyards as a small independent business. It was an honour to be appointed as the exclusive importer and distributor for Chateau de Cayx – The Prince of Denmark’s Winery & Residence of The Danish Royal Family for their award-winning wines. In 1974 Chateau de Caxy was purchased by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (b.1940) and her late husband H.R.H Prince Henrik of Denmark. Over the years the couple restored the Chateau to a well-established 24 hectares of vineyard. The Chateau de Cayx Malbec AOP Cahors recently won a Gold medal at The London Wine Competition 2022 and their

La Cigarelle Chardonnay from Chateau de Cayx won a Silver medal at the same competition. Apart from Chateau de Cayx, we are also appointed as the exclusive importer for Herzog Von Württemberg (The Duke of Württemberg’s Winery & Estate), I am forever grateful to Michael, Duke of Württemberg for providing me with the opportunity to introduce their German wines and their “Sekt” (Germany’s sparkling wine) into the UK market. I am pleased to say after doing a wine tasting session with one of the hotels in Kingsbridge, the Director of Wine there was impressed with the GG Riesling, which I shall keep my fingers-cross with the hope to see it on their menu. Without forgetting our British wine industry, I have partnered with the administrators of The Windsor Great Park Vineyard to 31

present their English sparkling wine and their gin. Their 2016 vintage English sparkling wine was served at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Buckingham Palace and the US Presidential State Visit back in 2018. This year will mark another milestone making a toast for the Platinum Jubilee! However, as with many businesses during the pandemic and its recovery, it is still a challenging time. It is hoped that 2022 will bring renewed hope and confidence. Nonetheless, in keeping with the belief and philosophy, a quote from the founder of Kingswood: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” (John Wesley 1703-1791).



SEVEN COUSINS, TWO GOVERNORS Having once believed I was the first (and only) member of my family to attend KS, I have recently discovered that seven third cousins graced the heights of Lansdown between 1899 and 1933. The first five were the Lloyd brothers, all sons of the Manse, as was the rule those days, sons of their Welsh born father Rev. Evan Lloyd and Yorkshire born mother Faith Major, all born in differing Yorkshire parishes as their father moved on a frequent basis. All five went on to become experts in their fields: Major Lloyd (KS 1899-1904) becoming a mining engineer and assayer in Ghana; Llewellyn Lloyd (KS 1899-1906), an entomologist, author of “Lice and their Menace to Man” - a copy of which was presented to the school library -, and trekking the Zambezi for the Sleeping Sickness Commission; John Lloyd (KS 1899-1905), a Leeds accountant; Ivor Lloyd (KS 1903-06), a Manchester engineer; and Harold (KS 1905-11), Chief Engineer for the Yorkshire Electricity Board, awarded his M.B.E. in 1958. All were members of School House.

"By then, the mid 1920s, the school was accepting sons of laity - the change coming in 1922, a century ago this year." Their sister maintained the school links, marrying Wesleyan Minister Rev. Ernest Owen Lane, and sending her sons, Owen Lloyd Lane (KS 1925-32) and Evan Major Lane (KS 1927-33),

The Lloyd Family circa 1903 At this time three brothers were at KS: Llewellyn, Major and John, (back row) whilst Ivor went to the school in 1903 (on the right) which would have made four at the same time. Harold, the youngest, on the left, started at the school in 1905. From the Lloyd family archives.

to the school in the 1920s, Owen becoming a journalist and Evan an agricultural expert, the latter designing a model farm for Prince Andrew in 1964, said (by a society magazine of the time) to have become his favourite toy. Evan’s obituary was contributed to the KS Magazine (September 1988) by a former colleague David Walker (KS 1929-32). By then, the mid 1920s, the school was accepting sons of laity - the change coming in 1922, a century ago this year. Between them the five Lloyd brothers amassed eleven prizes or scholarships at the school, and on the playing fields Major and Llewelyn sported the school colours in the 1st XV, and Ivor played for the quaintly named 32

Alphabetical Rugby Team. For character references perhaps we should look to the windswept playing fields of the Upper: Major “marks his man carefully in touch, but has not given us a tithe of the assistance he might have done in the scrum. He has unfortunately developed the habit of kicking at awkward moments, and the result has sometimes been disastrous.” His brother Llewelyn “has developed back-rank tendencies, but apart from this he has shown up fairly well. He is not a strong runner, but has certainly made efforts in this direction, and has always marked his man closely.” John Lloyd could provide good sporting entertainment: “the Medley race was as picturesque


as ever, Choate and Lloyd causing quite a sensation by their ridiculous costumes.”, whilst Owen Lloyd Lane was quite a swimmer “showing great skill in the long plunge.”

The 1904 Sixth Form L-R (Back row): O. Jones, A.M. Spencer, W.O. Bevan, G.Pitt, Y.Simith. L-R (front row): G.Osborn, M. Lloyd, W.H. Beales, H.R. Oswald, G.R.H. Nicholson, F.J. Fielden. Major Lloyd seated in the deckchair. From the KS Archives.

I was not a son of the manse but I believe the choice of Kingswood was influenced by my godfather, the Rev. George Osborn, Methodist minister, Secretary to the Methodist Education Committee and Kingswood Governor (whilst I was at KS). The Rev. George Osborn, son of a Sheffield steel manufacturer, was educated at Ashville College, Harrogate, founded in 1877

by the United Methodist Free Churches, but not solely for sons of ministers. He served for 21 years as a missionary to China, interned by the Japanese during WW1, finally returning from China in 1951. He also chaired the Governing body of Kent College, the Methodist school for girls, in Pembury, near Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. His wife, Betty Osborn, was a leading campaigner for nursery schools. My Welsh born mother and her brother and sister also attended schools for children of the nonconformist cloth: Milton Mount College for girls (now closed) and Caterham for boys, albeit for Congregationalists. My grandfather, the Rev. J.T. Rhys was a Congregational Minister, and like the Rev. Evan Lloyd (his first cousin), was born near Lampeter, Cardiganshire. My co-author and fourth cousin, Caroline Jones, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd M.B.E., attended Queenswood, Hatfield, the school founded, in the tradition of KS, for the daughters of Methodist ministers.

Gabriel Prize Honours Board, 1889-1970

With many thanks to Zoé Parsons, KS Archivist, whose wonderful research into the school archives has shed a new light on the past.

RACHEL MARLEY (NÉE MONAHAN) 1995-2002 married Alex Marley in July 2019. Mike Wilkinson kindly returned from retirement to marry us. Above: my Dad, John Monahan ‘giving me away’. He left Kingswood in December 1964.



KINGSWOOD SCHOOL LODGE MICHAEL JAKINS (KS 1957-64) A celebration in style of our Centenary of the Kingswood School Lodge was planned for 2020, well that got delayed by Covid! However, a year later celebration did take place. Firstly, the Lodge was the Host for the Federation of School Lodges Annual Festival for which we were able to put on a day of activity. In the morning, a tour of the historic Old Theatre Royal in Bath, which is now the Bath Masonic Hall housing a significant museum. Well worth a visit by anyone - for details see www.oldtheatreroyal.com. A first-class Buffet Lunch in the sixth form dining room was the prelude to planting of a commemorative Centenary Apple Tree in the new Orchard.

We then had the Festival Service in the Chapel, led by the School Chaplain, Rev Katy Thomas, with W Bro Michael Jakins Preaching, who is a Local Preacher in the NE Somerset & Bath Circuit. This was the first occasion in the 74 years of the Federation that the Worshipful Master of the Host Lodge has also been a Preacher. The reading had been from Luke 10 25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan, the emphasise of the Sermon being on “who is my neighbour” developed by John Wesley’s “Do all the good you can” instruction.


"...pleased to make two presentations to the School. From the Federation, £500...From the Kingswood School Lodge, £2,000..." Following was the very formal AGM of the Federation, fortunately a very condensed affair! Afterwards, a tea (including the KS Fudge!) was enjoyed by all.


The main part of the afternoon was the Federation Meeting, attended by both all the Masons and their Partners. This commenced with the formal entrance and welcoming of the Chairman and Officers of the Federation, the Right Worshipful Brother Sir David Wotton, Assistant Grand Master, the Grand Master for the Province of Somerset and the Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master. We then enjoined an illustrated presentation entitled “Bath – Grand Lodge’s first Provincial Centre” by W Bro Malcolm Toogood, an historian of masonry in Bath and author. We were then pleased to make two presentations to the School. From the Federation, £500 which will be used by the School Librarian. From the Kingswood School Lodge, £2,000 towards the refurbishment of the Beaconsfield Lodge. Both being received on behalf of the School by Graham Papenfus. Then to the Festival Banquet superbly presented by Kingswood’s own catering department. On 11 December we met again at Freemason’s Hall, Great Queen Street, for the Centenary Meeting, albeit, a year later than planned. During this meeting the Centenary Warrant was presented to the Lodge by the Metropolitan Assistant Grand Master. W Bro Michael Jakins gave a brief talk on those distinguished Old Boys’ who had founded the Lodge (8th December 1920), principle among these being Sir Addington Willis, who had a most distinguished Legal Carer, had been a Governor of the School and instrumental in re-forming the Old Boys Association, his achievements are listed on his memorial on the Ferens Lawn. Equally, distinguished had been Rev Owen Stanley Watkins, who had served as any Army Chaplain during the siege of Ladysmith in the 1st Boar War and then with considerable distinction in World War I being the first non-Anglican to become Deputy Grand Chaplain to the Army. His service is still considered to be so significant that the Army Chaplaincy has an Art Collection named after him which is used during the training of new Chaplains. Other brethren who have served the Lodge with distinction in more recent years were remembered, including W Bro Lowry Creed, past headmaster of the School. It is in their footsteps we follow. Then, W Bro Michael Jakins was presented with his 50th year certificate, albeit again 2 years late. Following this meeting we again enjoyed a superb Festive Board. We particularly invite Old Kingswoodian’s to join our Lodge. For further information look at our website: www.kingswoodschoolLodge.org.uk or drop me an email to michael@kingswoodschoollodge.org.uk with your name and contact details.


LIZ KEBBY-JONES (KS 1999-2006) got married at the Kingswood Chapel on 21 August 2021. Her husband's name is Dan Toomer and she has kept her name.


A VISITOR WITH A DIFFERENCE DAVID LANE CBE (KS 1969 -76 UPPER HOUSE) visited Kingswood and showed the pupils how his robot, MIRO-E, worked.

is/has been Chairman and NED in 5 businesses and 1 fund in UK, US, Norway, Hong Kong with experience in Edtech, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Offshore Energy, Defence and Food.

ROBOT — MIRO-E This is a character made up of a huge range of sensors, motors and software controlled by a revolutionary brain-based control system. An ideal companion that has been evolved for education. Professor Emeritus David Lane PhD CBE FREng FRSE is a passionate scientist, innovator, educator & personal investor in the twin disciplines of Robotics & AI. A founding startup-toscaleup award winning CEO he

Over a 40-year Academic career as Professor & Founding Director, he co-created the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and National Robotarium, a £150m joint venture between Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities, forming a research and translation hub with over 150 staff and PhD students. This leadership included the EPSRC/ Industry £40m ORCA Hub, the largest dedicated offshore robotics R&D programme in the world. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed papers engineering advanced cognition, sensing and bio-inspiration into unmanned systems, and has held visiting scientific appointments in the US, China and with NATO. David led the 2014 UK RAS2020 Robotics & Autonomous Systems Strategy that resulted in more than £500M of UK 36

Government and Industry support. He has been appointed to the UK Government AI Council and appointed co-Chair of the UK Robotics Growth Partnership by UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. His role here is advancing UK leadership of the nascent Cyber-Physical Web and Fabric, including federation of digital twins as key infrastructure for our sovereign national resilience, sustainability, prosperity and security. David's entrepreneurship has been recognised through the 2011 Praxis Unico Business Impact Achieved Award, the 2013 Scottish Digital Technology Award


SARAH RYDER (KS 2004-08) In October of 2022 I found myself in the Jordanian desert. Most certainly not alone. With a sizeable camera crew and 19 other people (even one other former Kingswood pupil - what are the chances) We were all beginning a TV show: SAS: Who Dares Wins. The premise of the show is to put yourself through a condensed version of SAS selection - the point being to see 'what you are made of and if you would make it'. I took part in the show and it brought back all my gold DofE memories. So I both enjoyed it, and didn't, all at the same time. It was a brutal challenge and one I would not repeat in a hurry.

"David led the 2014 UK RAS2020 Robotics & Autonomous Systems Strategy that resulted in more than £500M of UK Government and Industry support." for International Growth, the 2018 Guardian University Business Collaboration Award (ORCA Hub) and the 2019 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Champion Award. He is Overseas Famous Scholar at Shenyang Institute of Automation and Zhejiang University China, mentors in the RAEng & RSE Enterprise Fellowship Schemes and was General Chair 2017 EURobotics Forum, bringing 800 EU roboticists to Edinburgh. Colleagues in China have christened him 雷恩 (Lay-en), meaning ‘Kind Thunder’. To find out more about Miro-e, visit www.miro-e.com/robot

One thing the show didn't prepare me for (but allowed me to do) was to come back to Kingswood to talk to the sixth form on a Friday afternoon. Now, after being in interrogation for over 12 hours I thought I would be prepared for anything. But that is one tough crowd. I spent my Friday afternoon entertaining the sixth form (I have no doubt they would agree) on the lesser discussed options we have when coming from such an unbelievable educational background. As well as that pressure we can all sometimes feel to be the best and win. SAS was 11 days long, I made it to the evening of Day 10. I have never before been pushed to my limit and I thought I would have felt a failure for not making it to the end and winning. But the lesson (and so the win for me) was to know that you might not win, that is okay, in fact that is great. In both my experiences of speaking to the sixth form and being on SAS I was nervous and felt very vulnerable - not surprising when your face is being streamed to 1.2 million. But the lesson here is that life is all about our experiences. So you may look a fool, or you may not, but you might learn something along the way and whilst no other place can top the education of Kingswood. We all might forget that once we leave, the learning has only just begun! Sarah owns a rooftop gym in Victoria in London. Please get in touch if you want to discuss any of the above or personal training: sarah@bearfitness.london 37


MEMORIES MEMORIES FROM PETER BRIGG (KS 1952- 60) Sorting through a box of old photos I came across these two. I thought they might be of interest to the school archivist. The first was taken on the opening day of the new chemistry lab sometime in the late 1950s, but I'm afraid I don't know the exact date. The names (from left to right) are: Meadley, Andy Ganf, Frost, Keyser, Hickman, Rodney Ellis, E.A. Ellis (Eric?), Peter Brigg, Timothy Noyce and Hoare. I'm afraid I can't remember all their Christian names because in those days we usually addressed one another by our surnames. The second photo is of the Upper House prefects in June 1959. Names left to right (Standing) Simon surname unknown, Andrew Lamb, Bruce Parkes, Martin Rupp; (Seated) Peter Brigg, John Wright, Edward Noyce, Timothy Monahan, Sean Monahan and Michael Bennett (Head of House). With best regards, Peter Brigg

MEMORIES FROM JESS BROWN (KS 2003-17) Photo of Miss Paver, my mum (Mary Brown) and Mrs Sergeant at Green Park in 2017. Mrs Sergeant was my absolute favourite teacher, she was a brilliant Housemistress and I'm so grateful for all the support she gave me throughout my time at Kingswood.



MEMORIES FROM GEOFFREY BARRACLOUGH, (KS 1943- 48) Once again, receipt of “Kingswood Association News”, has prompted and reminded one of past times at KS For myself, these memories start in 1943, at Uppingham. Each term a group assembled on Derby Station, O.J. lowis, J.C. Britten, J.P. Ross and myself for a train to Trent, and thence to Manton, where the train was stopped specially for boys of both schools to ‘alight’. We jumped from the train to the gravel below to run for a taxi to Uppingham. The taxis did a few shuttles at 2/6 per boy (12.5p). Most boys arrived by the school special to Seaton, a line Beeching closed long ago. We were boarded in Uppingham school houses, in spare dormitories, old houses left vacant for the war, and spare rooms in staff houses. Robert Trump’s house had gas lighting, but a connecting door on the first floor led through to Dr Stead’s home with electric light. My first ”dormitory” with three others was at “The Hall” in Matron’s spare bedroom, just across the road. An abiding memory is of the miles we walked, no two school activities were in the same place. We walked from one end of the town to the other for breakfast in the school gym, then to the School Hall or Chapel, then to class rooms, labs, or Library in another old school house, (at the top of this old school house was a dormitory converted to a Chemistry class room). Then back to the gym for lunch, perhaps back to houses to change for games, then back to class rooms for the 4.30pm 6.00pm afternoon school. Then back to the Gym for evening meal and finally back to houses for Prep and perhaps another walk to the dormitory houses! A treat was the carrier-box taken by a duty ‘boy’

"An abiding memory is of the miles we walked, no two school activities were in the same place." from the gym containing bread and cheese for a light supper! When I read of critical comments about the quality of food at Bath, I have to say I don’t recall moans about food at Uppingham. One early memory is as a new boy at lunch asking Mr Mangham whether we had white stew often? The reply, with a sardonic smile, was “I’m afraid so”! But always porridge and a cooked breakfast, hot lunch and something savoury at 6.00pm. When kippers were served, ‘Bill’ Roche would select the prospective surgeons! Oh, and vitamin C tablets at Sunday breakfast. Service at table was by a few maids evacuated from Bath, and a handful of volunteer sixth formers. Did we feel deprived? No mobile phones, no land-lines, no internet, no TV, no wireless, no street lights, no girls of course, how did we survive?! Occasionally, at half term the local cinema put on a special matinee performance for KS 39

I recall a showing of “Colonel Blimp”, and of course A.B. Sackett unfailingly chose fine days for a “Whole Holiday” twice a term. On reflection, how grateful we should have been to all staff, evacuated from Bath and living in very constrained rooms, houses and lodgings. Just one example: Bill King the senior groundsman with a home at the lodge by the school gates at Bath, transferred to rooms at the local Inn, and cycled around Uppingham daily to clean boys’ shoes! All these memories were partly prompted by the appeal for the “Kingswood 10 for 1 Bursary Fund”. I wondered how the fees for KS have changed over the years? In 1943 fees were £35 per term – and ministers’ sons paid £9, with a subsidy from Conference of course. Shortly after the war they “shot up” to £60 per term and I recall my Father telling me that I had to pass H.S.C. because he couldn’t afford to keep me at KS any longer! How things have changed!


MEMORIES FROM JOHN WALSH (KS 1956-62) INCLUDES PRIOR’S COURT 1956 -59 It gives me an opportunity to write to you on something I have been reflecting on regarding the content of the magazine you sent me. (did I hear a groan :-) ?) It is always good to see how the school has progressed since my time there, which of course started from being quite an austere place of education to one of up to date and modern thinking. I felt however that there was just a little something missing from the magazine, but I couldn't immediately put my finger on it, but now I think I have. Although a serious place of education, there were many times when one experienced situations of humour, some of it gut wrenching to some bringing just a gentle smile and I was wondering that out there, not only from old stagers like me, there is an untapped wealth of comedy which could help lighten the pages of the magazine. The stories could be delivered en bloc in a page section of its own, or interspersed between pages of the information as to who is doing what and where etc. Having been in sales and marketing for some 45 years, I would prefer the latter simply because when one is negotiating a deal that is sometimes boring in detail, if you can 'crack a funny' it keeps people interested and on board and have a good laugh, to boot - and hopefully seal the deal. Just to demonstrate the sort of thing I am talking about, I would like to relate a couple of stories, one of which I witnessed and one of which I had personal experience of...

STORY 1 1. Witnessed: Certain elements are a little dim (time takes its toll) but bear with me. 2. Place: Main dining hall at breakfast time 3. House on duty: Either Hall or School. 4. Date: 1960, I think, as I was in the lower fifth. 5. Setting the scene: It was customary for the house on duty to deliver meals to the tables in the dining hall. This was invariably done from a very heavy industrial 3 deck (or 4 deck trolley?) containing the food. The trolly, from memory, was mobilised by one person pushing from behind and another one pulling and steering from the front. As it took a little while to get from the door to the stage, delivering food on the way, it was sometimes decided to start delivery at the stage end and work back down the hall to the entrance door. Sometimes one of the boys sitting at the end of a table would reach across as the trolley passed and take the food for his table before he should. In order to counter this misdemeanour, the operatives of the trolly would increase the speed of their passage. So far, so good.

"The end result was inevitable... The trolly stopped, but, er, the porridge did not." 6. The event: On this one day, the trolley was fully laden with some 18 or so large bowls of KS super rich lumpy concrete porridge and delivery was to start at the stage end of the dining hall. This called for maximum thrust on the trolly starting from the door. Maximum running speed was attained approximately half way down the hall where one had to employ a counter shove (no brakes) in order to stop the trolley before it hit the stage. Sadly..snigger, snigger... the boy who was steering the trolly slipped and fell, pushing it to one side in order not to be flattened. The end result was inevitable. The heavy trolley veered off line and struck the corner of one of the heavy refectory tables, causing a knock on to two others. The trolly stopped, but, er, the porridge did not. 18 bowls of semi liquid sludge catapulted forward covering quite a large number of boys in a sticky lumpy mass of goo. The whole dining room erupted, many boys standing on tables to get a better view of the mayhem. Then the rescue attempt started. Out came the kitchen staff with brooms and using them like snow shovels attempted to re-house the sludge in makeshift containers, but the drama was not yet over. One boy who had just delivered the usual note to the top table, came down the steps of the stage and attempted to jump over the mess. Bad move! He didn't make it and ended up doing a most graceful impression of several pirouettes and arm waving that even Robin Cousins (Olympic ice skater) would have been proud of, before landing flat on his face. 40


STORY 2 1. Personal involvement: Sports day on the Upper fields summer 1960 attended by families in order to witness our sporting prowess......! 2. A bit of background info: I was 14 and unlike some of my peers had not yet reached maturity. I was classed as a 'late developer' and not in need of what was termed a 'Jock Strap.' Anyway, I would have been too embarrassed to have gone to the matron to ask for one. The fashion in those days was to wear very short sports shorts with which I had no problem. I wanted to look 'cool' anyway. One of the disciplines I had chosen was the long jump. Even to this day I cannot think why I did this, I could hardly jump out of bed let alone fly through the air for more than a couple of feet. 3. Anyway, I took up my stance at the end of the runway and looked at all the mums and dads (and daughters) that were lining either side as far as the sand pit. Rocking backwards and forwards, to impress them with my professionalism of my start, I launched myself towards the horizon. Halfway down the runway I was aware that people were laughing at me and pointing. One mother even covered her daughter's eyes as I flew past. What the hell had gone wrong? I hit the board and landed in the sand. Turning over I saw that my shorts had ridden up and all my 'bits' were airing themselves for everyone to see. At least I was getting applause. I could have died there and then, but there was no hole to swallow me up. However I did recover and the next day went to see the matron, to hell with my embarrassment. The ribbing however went on for quite sometime after though. These are both true recollections and I am sure that there is a wealth of funny instances which are told by both past and present pupils to their families and friends but never see the light of day elsewhere. We all need a bit of humour nowadays.

MEMORIES FROM PETER ANDERSON (PREVIOUSLY SIDEBOTTOM) (KS 1950-57) As the years go by a section of the annual news of interest to us oldies is Obituaries. The latest edition reported the death of Trevor Bell which saddened me as we were very close friends in the early years of our time together in Hall House. However it also brought back happy memories of shared moments and one of my fondest was the occasion of the Queen’s coronation. Those boys whose parents were the proud owners of the latest ‘must have‘ viz. A black and white TV were allowed to go home to watch the coronation. Trevor very kindly invited me to join him on a visit to his home in Midsomer Norton for the occasion. On the morning of 2 June 1953 Trevor’s dad came into our shared room to show us the front page of The News Chronicle and draw our attention to a large photo of the crowds along The Mall huddling under umbrellas in the pouring rain. Neither of us paid it much attention as we focused on the banner headline reporting the conquest of Everest! Maybe that is what attracted me to the idea of climbing in the Himalayas, which I finally achieved at age 56, reaching 19,000+ ft on one of the lesser peaks in the Khumbu region. Trevor and I spent less time together in our later years at KS as I became preoccupied with rugby and athletics, but when I retired to the West Country it was always my intention to look him up. Sadly I never did. Mentioning rugby, the Obituaries which report the death of Roger Hailwood also brought back memories for me of a famous match when we played together in the 1st XV against Blundell’s. Effectively the winning team could claim bragging rights as the West Country Schools Champions as it was the last match of the season in which we were both unbeaten. Blundell’s had the advantage as their captain and fly half was the brilliant Richard Sharp who went on to play for England and had to be kept in check. Late in the game Roger and I combined to score the only try of the match and give us a slender lead of 8-6. Alas, in the dying seconds, Blundell’s were awarded a scrum under our posts from which Sharp dropped a goal to win the match. My only consolation was to get a mention as “the terrier of the pack“ in The Times report on the match. Happy days.



MEMORIES FROM ROBERT BARNARD (KS 1933 - 41) In my previous letter I wrote about my memories of my time at Westwood. I moved to the Senior School in 1937. All boarders were housed in the same building and each house had its own dormitory. My house was School House. All houses would eat meals together in The Moulton Hall. As well as enjoying the sports and singing in the choir, I was also school chess champion for two years. Mr Roche ran the chess club and we had matches with the Worcester School for the blind which involved each move being played by exchanging weekly letters. I also remember the welcome noise of the school bells ringing out twice each term which would signify that the day would be a holiday. These were days chosen at random (when the weather would be good), where all pupils could go where they wanted (within reason) provided they let the school know where they were going and that you returned by early evening. We could go off and hire boats to row along the River Avon and take camping stoves to cook ourselves a meal at lunch.

At the start of September 1939, as I was about to start a new year at school, I recall that my father was giving a sermon in Scotland when it was interrupted by someone who announced that war had been declared with Germany. We swiftly headed south to get back to Bristol, where we were living at the time, but the journey took longer than usual as we got held up by military convoys on the way. When we got back to Bristol, we were informed that we would not be able to return to school at Bath that term and instead we would be relocated to Uppingham in Rutlandshire. The Navy had taken over the school buildings in Bath. I had to get a train from London to a small station a few miles by bus from Uppingham. I was allocated a study with 3 other boys on the first floor of Lorne House with the ground floor used by Uppingham pupils. I had lessons in a hotel in the village and I and 5 other pupils from Kingswood slept upstairs in the house of one of the masters (Mr Ruddick). I was head of the dormitory for a while. It was a long walk from there to the school gymnasium for breakfast where we ate separately from the Uppingham pupils. We played sports matches against local schools but not against Uppingham. We were very fortunate that Uppingham agreed to allow us to share their facilities at short notice; their headmaster at the time I was there was John Wolfenden (later Lord Wolfenden). The sharing arrangement with Uppingham went on for 7 years. One vivid memory I have of my time at Uppingham was one evening when I was walking up the high street to the gymnasium to eat when I heard planes flying 42

"I loved my time at Kingswood and have many happy memories." overhead. I read the next day about the bombing of Coventry that caused a great deal of devastation (including to the cathedral which was eventually rebuilt). I believe that the planes I heard where the German planes on the way to Coventry. I loved my time at Kingswood and have many happy memories. I have one memory which I can laugh at now, but which upset me at the time. I remember a teacher who did not approve of a well-known Philanthropist called Andrew Carnegie who had made his fortune in the USA, but originally was from Dunfermline in Scotland where I had spent a number of years growing up. I felt that I should stand up for him and I bravely spoke up in his defence. However, I do not think that the teacher appreciated me expressing an alternative opinion on this matter and in my end of term report he wrote simply ‘Fidgety’. In my last year of school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a medical career and I remember going to Guy’s Hospital near London Bridge to sit an exam in Arts and I took the Greek and Latin paper. I passed and got a scholarship to Guy’s Hospital which eventually led to a long career practising as a GP in Hampshire.


MEMORIES OF THE CHAPEL On 16 June we shall celebrate the centenary of the School Chapel. Rather than just telling our current students how and why the Chapel was built, we thought it would be lovely to share the experience and memories of those who have spent time in it. These are the replies received by the Association; MICHAEL JEFFERSON (HALL HOUSE 1955-59) “It was probably in the summer term of 1958 that one Sunday evening a boy in the School choir sang a solo in counter-tenor. It seemed to go down quite well. Shortly afterwards parents, staff and boys gathered in the School Hall for a concert. The School’s ‘male voice group’ went on stage to perform. I sang one or two bass solos. Afterwards a number of parents came up to me, keen to be introduced to my identical twin brother. I had to confess that we were one and the same person.”

MARTIN SPUFF SPUFFORD (KS 1955 - 59) About 1956 I kept a pet jackdaw and he flew into the chapel during morning service. It landed on my shoulder!!!!!! “Boy. Get that bird out of here”, Arnold Sackett. Mr Sackett was not amused and I had to take it out of the building. Most embarrassing!

KEITH SCOTT (KS 1948 - 55)  A.B. Sackett's long and convoluted, but always interesting, sermons;  The tedious sermons delivered by many visiting preachers,  The embarrassment felt by boys when their fathers were the guest preachers;  ABS singing hymns loudly and mostly out of tune;  John Sykes's organ voluntaries after morning chapel, passing along his inside knowledge that a whole holiday was about to be announced - usually by the playing of Mendelssohn's Wedding March;  The glow of light from the chapel on dark winter days, and the welcome warmth once one was inside;  Older boys showing off their newly-developed deep voices by bellowing out such Welsh classic hymns as "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah". 43


MEMORIES FROM PETER MCNEAL (KS 1944 - 51) The Kingswood Chapel had a fundamental influence on my life. It was there that I learned to love music! Of course as a son of the manse I knew the Methodist hymns. But in the Kingswood Chapel, I was introduced to the great oratorios and taught to sing them. They remain one of the greatest pleasures of all. I was in the choir, and later continued to sing in various choirs as much as possible right up until 2020.

MEMORIES FROM REV. ROGER PARSONS (KS 1950-58) The chapel was one of my favourite places during my time at Kingswood in the 1950s. A few cherished memories are:  Several hundred boys singing the great hymns of the Church from the Methodist Hymn Book;  The spellbinding preaching of the Headmaster, A.B. Sackett; a wonderful way with words;  Early on Sunday mornings, the quiet and moving service of Holy Communion for those who were Methodist Church members;  John Sykes, Head of Music, at the organ, playing - forte - Widor’s ‘Toccata’.

Kingswood, in my time, was very strong on music. The composer John Sykes was of course one of the masters among that fascinating war time and just post war staff group. Certainly we boys were also exposed to prayers and sermons, dwelling on the good life and public service. I was influenced by that too, and indeed my whole career was in public service. But there is no doubt that it is the music which is my most vivid memory and the great gift of the Kingswood Chapel.

MEMORIES FROM DAVID NEWTON (HALL HOUSE 1946 - 52) A vivid memory of long ago. Approaching the Chapel via the school library on a frosty morning, seeing the church spires of Bath thrusting through the morning fog and entering the Chapel to hear John ("Bill") Sykes thundering out on the organ Bach's Tocato and Fugue in D Minor.

MEMORIES FROM PHILIP KEDWARD (LOWER HOUSE 1949-53) Looking back all those years ago, I remember a succession of ancient Methodist preachers thundering on about a divine power that would lift you out of the mire when, as a 14-year-old Junior boy, all I cared about was being first out after the service to bag the table tennis table in our Day Room.

MEMORIES FROM PAUL TRANMER (KS 1954 -58) 1. One Sunday evening, visiting preacher the Bishop of B &W, an explosion in fourth/row on the left caused by a bomb made by a certain Paul Moody. Timed to go off just as the Bishop had entered pulpit. Service chaotically terminated when Sackett strutted to the culprit and 'hoiked' him out of his seat....to be instantly sent home. 2. My organ 'lessons'...were: I took my seat on the organ, a piece of music had been laid out: I was to sight-read it and after playing it through, I awaited instruction from the teacher. John Sykes, sitting at the back of the chapel with a bottle of Dry Fly, despite which he could pinpoint every mistake (eg. Bb was wrong in bar 76). I sometimes played for morning chapel. Enjoyed making as much noise as poss on the organ especially Sousa marches! Happy days.



MEMORIES FROM GARTH WILLSON, DR MA (CANTAB), MRCS (ENGLAND), LRCP (LONDON) (KS 1949 - 56) The only sermon I remember at KS was one given by our Headmaster, Mr Sackett. Primarily it was short and to the point, instead of being long winded, not clear and lasting the usual twenty minutes. “Today my sermon is about one of the Ten Commandments. Thou shalt honour thy father and mother. I have been receiving letters from some parents complaining that you have not been regularly writing to them. I would like all those boys responsible to write more regularly to their parents. And remember at all times, thou shalt honour thy father and mother!“

MEMORIES FROM RAY LANSLEY (KS 1947- 55) Mid-week morning chapels, hymn practices, Sunday services, and choir rehearsals total about 1000 hours spent in the Chapel. From the many erudite Sunday sermons preached, I have only one memory - a reference to prostitution, a topic bound to arouse the attention of a dozing all-male, all-boarding congregation. However, eight years of compulsory chapels did not drive me to atheism. I decided to become a Methodist minister, and during my ministry have served as Chaplain to two Methodist schools. It seems that, although I experienced no theophany within the Chapel walls, there was a subliminal influence towards a living Faith, for which I am so thankful.

MEMORIES FROM LAWRENCE LOCKHART (KS 1948 - 54) In Headmaster Sackett’s day we used to enjoy his idiosyncratic and thought-provoking prayers. I can’t give you a date for this, but at a morning chapel on the day after a ‘Whole Holiday’ he led us with the prayer ‘Thank you God, for the speed of downhill bicycles.”

MEMORIES FROM TONY JARVIS (KS 1954 - 58) Half-hidden by bushes beside the School vegetable garden was the Chapel in the 1950s. Daily, ‘Chapel’ followed breakfast setting a tone that guarded the benign prefectorial regime operating in our School. Once Dr Leslie Weatherhead, President of the Methodist Conference, came to preach but I cannot now recall his message. Other Ministers came offering advice from the pulpit, pieces of which I can remember but not their names. Our Chaplain was the gentle Mr Culshaw, while ‘Bill’ Sykes played the organ at the front of the Chapel invariably dismissing us on Sundays with a blast from Widor’s Toccata. 45

MEMORIES FROM CHAROEN CHINALAI (SCHOOL HOUSE 1951-55) I was most impressed by the pipe organ in the School Chapel. Particularly when the then music teacher, Mr Sykes, sometime went to play alone on a quiet Sunday afternoon to the empty Chapel in the mid 1950s.


MEMORIES FROM PAUL BROWN, PhD (KS 1952 - 58) Professor of Organisational Neuroscience, Monarch Business School Switzerland - a proud member of EFMD. Visiting Professor, Henley Business School. On July 15 2015 the School Chapel was the setting for my (most recent) marriage to Ketta, my (unexpected, later life) wife. Ketta is Lao, and I have been visiting Laos for the past twentyfive years and living here since 2012. Marrying at KS seemed to tie both ends of a life together, and the weather was perfect. It was also the final pre-retirement act in the Chapel of the Chaplain at the time, Mike Wilkinson, though I believe he has been recalled to the colours and has been on active service again since then. At the time my twin brother (D.M. Brown, of whom you will know as previously on the Staff and Archivist as well as keeper of the sundials) and I were at KS (1952-58) the main tower entrance to the school was used only by the Headmaster, A.B. Sackett. So as we came to the main entrance of the Chapel he

could be seen stomping down the gravel pathway towards the chapel, tall and with his gown typically flapping, using his stick in a distant gesture of herding us in. It is more than a hundred years since he was wounded in the Dardanelles of WW1, yet he was such a towering figure one can hear and see him still. So the Chapel was built within his lifetime - and not so very long before he became Headmaster, it seems. Now a slightly scurrilous story. It was the practice that a Head of House would read the lesson at morning Chapel, doing that duty for a week. The reading lectern was at the very right hand side of the steps leading up into the chancel, closely abutting the choir stalls in front of the then organ. It was possible for someone sitting on the congregation end choir stall immediately behind


the person reading the lesson to irritate the lesson reader whilst reading - a poke in the back, or some such. Such a person would be himself senior, sitting in the choir stalls where the tenor and bass voices sat. On one occasion, however, (and it may have been Wilson-Price who was reading the lesson as he had a slightly pompous approach to everything and it might have been thought he needed taking down a peg or two), the malefactor managed to crouch behind the reader and undo his shoe laces and tie them together whilst the lesson was being read. So at the end of the lesson W-P (if it was he, or some other unfortunate) was unable to leave the lectern. The succeeding hymn made it possible for him to sit on the steps generally out of view of the masters at the back of the chapel and get his shoe laces untangled. Enough.


THE HISTORY OF THE CHAPEL IN ITS CENTENARY YEAR…. When the new school in Bath was first opened in 1852, it was not possible to fund the construction of a chapel; postponing the building of the chapel saved £875 on the overall construction costs. The dining room was used for worship instead (hence the stained-glass windows), as were Wesleyan chapels in Bath. In fact, this was the only time the boys were allowed off the school site. Notably, on Sundays, the juniors went to the chapel in Walcott and the seniors to New King Street, in a church that was severely damaged by bombing in the Second World War and subsequently pulled down. In this cartoon, the boys can be seen descending the hill in “Divisions” four abreast and returning by themselves via a variety of routes. According to Michael Bishop, a former archivist, there were constant reminders to the boys to behave well and “remember the feelings of old military men in Queen Square,” although it seems such requests were not always heeded!

A magazine article dated July 1922 reads: “A chapel at Kingswood is the dream of seventy years or more … we cannot describe in detail the beauty of this worthy memorial … The masonry is of local stone (that is a Bath limestone ashlar with a Welsh

Chapel from South West c.1930s

slate roof) throughout, with three-light side windows, a five-light west window and a five-lighted apsidal end to the chancel. The chancel is finished in “stuc” plaster with stone dressings, to the arches. The organ chamber - an organ is still to be hoped for - on the south side and the vestry on the north. The whole of the woodwork is oak, and the floor, which slopes gently up to the west end, is paved with oak blocks. The building is well lighted with electricity, and the heating and ventilation are of the most up-to-date character…” The now Grade II listed War Memorial Chapel was designed by Gunton and Gunton, a London-based firm of architects, 47

built by Messrs. Hayward and Wooster of Bath and opened on 16th June 1922. It is said to be built in the Neo-Perpendicular Gothic style. Buglers from the Somerset Light Infantry sounded, “The last post” before Owen Spencer Watkins dedicated the memorials within it “to the Glory of God and in memory of those who gave up their own lives that others might live in freedom, and of Him who gave his whole life in the service of youth”. Sadly, 116 old boys and three former members of staff died in the Great War. The stained-glass west window above the gallery (a piece of work by Messrs. Morris & Co., of Rochester Row, London) is the gift of the Old Boys to the memory of those who laid down their lives in the war.








(Fig.1) One name particularly remembered is that of, Hardy Falconer Parsons, who attended Kingswood from 1912 to 1915. The Kingswood staff remembered him as a quiet and unassuming boy, whose ambition had been to become a medical missionary. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for the way he died protecting his comrades when the enemy attacked the right flank of his battalion in the Gloucestershire Regiment with flame-throwers. The vestibule has a number of memorials dedicated to those Old Kingswoodians who lost their lives in conflict including war memorial tablets for the war of 1914-18 (fig. 2) and the war



of 1939-45 along with earlier memorials originally displayed in the Senior Schoolroom: these are for the fallen in the Boer War 1899-1902 (fig.3), given by Old Boys and for W.J. Maillard (187379), (fig.4) Surgeon in the Royal Navy who was awarded the V.C. for gallantry in Candia in 1898. The memorial for World War II (fig.5) is in Derbyshire Limestone and was unveiled by the Rev. R.T. Watkins M.C. (himself an Old Kingswoodian KS 1924-32) on Remembrance Sunday, 1950. Also, the vestibule has memorials dedicated to John C. Tribbeck (KS 1943-50) killed in action, aged 20, in the Korean War in 1952 (fig.6) and David A.G. Boyce 48

(KS 1998-2005) killed in action in Afghanistan, aged 25, in November 2011 (fig.7). There are several stained-glass windows, but to highlight in detail just one window is the vibrant sower window (Barber Memorial Window) situated in the middle of the south side. It was a gift in 1936 of Mr Edward Gethryn Barber who was at Kingswood School between 1869 and 1875. He was a generous benefactor, and Governor, dedicating the window in memory of the life and work of his brothers, notably: the Rev. Dr W.T.A. Barber at Kingswood between 1869 and 1876 and C.A. Barber at school between 1871 and 1877. The elder was


Principal of a Missionary High School in China for eight years and then Headmaster of the Leys School from 1898 to 1919 and Principal of Richmond College from 1919 to 1929. In 1919, he was President of Conference and laid the Kingswood Chapel foundation stone in 1920. The younger, a Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge and D.Sc., was an expert in tropical agriculture, a Government Botanist in Madras 1898-1912 and sugar cane expert to the Government of India from 1912 to 1919. The window is the work of Hugh Easton. The window depicts the sower sowing the seed. The bottom three lights show sea, ploughed land, the sower, weeds, stones and a tree. The upper three lights continue with sea, good soil and tree, and introduce two sailing ships, clouds, sky, rocky cliffs and a castle: all the tracery lights are taken up by the sky. The chapel has a wealth of additional memorials and furnishings, including: Another memorial window gifted by the Rev. John and Caroline

Sower (Barber Family) Chapel Memorial Window

Day is poignantly dedicated to their sons, who all attended Kingswood between 1907 and1910: Albert Eustace who died at Loos in 1915; Hubert Victor who died at Arras in 1917 and John Gilders who died in 1920. The window next to the chancel on the south side was the gift of Mr G.S. Pickard for many years a Governor of the School. The subject is “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” In the lower lights there is the Easter scene. The Angel of the Resurrection is in the central light with two mourners – Mary Magdalene with the vase of ointment and Joseph of Arimathea with a reproduction of the tomb. The three upper lights show figures symbolising "Faith," "Hope'" and "Courage." The original stalls for the Headmaster and officiating Minister are in memory of a group of Old Boys who died in World War II. On the north wall of the chancel is the memorial brass to T.G. Osborn, Headmaster from 1866 to 1885. With similar dedications

Day Family Chapel Memorial Window


Alfred Barrett Sackett Chapel Memorial Laurie Campbell Chapel Memorial

to Alfred Barrett Sackett, Headmaster from 1928 to 1959 and to Laurie Campbell, his years of service date from 1970 to 1987. The chancel windows are a memorial to Mr Walter Percy Workman, Headmaster from 1889-1918. The central figure is of Christ and the other four show the Evangelists with appropriate emblems. These four windows were placed a few months after the original chapel dedication. And finally, the refurbishment of the chapel’s pipe organ has been made possible in its centenary year thanks to a number of very generous gifts and bequests from Old Kingswoodians.

G.S. Pickard (Governor) Chapel Memorial Window


DEVELOPMENT NEWS I am very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to Michele’s excellent KAN magazine.

I joined Kingswood, Bath, in April 2017 with a remit of working closely with Michele to build closer links with Old Kingswoodians and the wider Kingswood Community. Having grown up in South Africa and only moving to the UK in 2001, I am not an Old Kingswoodian. Having said that, I attended Kingswood College in South Africa in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, so I am an Old Kingswoodian of the wider Kingswood Community. Cambridge Lunch

Michele, on behalf of the Old Kingswoodian Executive Committee, runs a comprehensive and excellent annual event programme as reported on pages 15-21 of this edition. It has been a pleasure to support her work over the past five years and meet a wide range of members of the Kingswood Community locally, nationally and internationally. The sense of community at these events has been palpable and the willingness to support our current students is hugely appreciated.

Dubai, London, the Bahamas and North America so far this year. I also look forward to meeting members later this year at the Community Suppers, Golf Day and Business Networking events. These are alongside Michele’s programme of Association events.

The past two years have been particularly frustrating for me not being able to get out and about to meet members face to face. The improving situation with Covid has allowed me to get back on the road, and in the air, as I have travelled to Cambridge,

1. Transformational Bursaries

The other hat I wear as Development Director is raising gifts in support of the strategic vision of the Governors and Headmaster. The Kingswood 275 Campaign is being launched and will be seeking gifts for:

2. A new Cookery School 3. A remodelled and extended Dixon Sixth Form Centre I look forward to sharing more details of the campaign later this



year but wanted to thank the many Old Kingswoodians who have already gifted, and continue to make gifts, to Kingswood. Your support is making an immediate and significant impact on our current and future students.


The Bahamas

Ben & Graham

"Your support is making an immediate and significant impact on our current and future students." Please join us at future events, or get in touch if you are interested in supporting the Campaign or have any questions. Graham Papenfus Development Director Email: gpapenfus@ kingswood.bath.sch.uk

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HOWARD BRAYTON 25.11.1938 - 4.12.2021 KS 1950- 57 Howard's wife Sue writes: Howard was born in Elland, Yorkshire, on 25 November 1938. He was christened by his father, Lionel Brayton, a Methodist minister, on Christmas Day four weeks later. His father’s work meant frequent moves around the country to different church communities, but Howard was not impressed with his parents’ decision to send him to Kingswood School as a boarder in 1950, so he decided to do as little work as possible - and it didn’t stop there! At thirteen years old he formed possibly the school’s first smoking club, and by sixteen he’d learnt to copy his house master’s signature to forge his own permission notes for trips into town. He even managed to fool his parents that he had been attending orchestra practice all along, by playing his violin with the bow upside down at the school speech day. Howard really was a very naughty boy! There was only one subject that he was interested in, with one enthusiastic teacher, and that was chemistry!

Armed with an A Level he signed up for an apprenticeship at Cadbury’s as an industrial chemist. Cadbury’s turned out to be the ideal employer for Howard as they looked after their employees well, giving them opportunities to develop other interests; one of which was music. Howard won a scholarship to Birmingham School of Music, and discovered he had a beautiful baritone voice. He developed a life-long passion for classical choral music, and after moving to Chichester to do teacher training in secondary maths and science was often called to sing solos in Chichester Cathedral. He qualified as a teacher and took up a maths teaching post at Westhill Boys’ secondary school in Bath. Howard then found he really wanted to teach those that needed the most help. He always remembered a boy, who was really struggling, saying to him, 'But Sir, what’s the point of algebra?’ This played on Howard’s mind, so he asked the head teacher if he could have all the underachievers in the school. The Head thought he was mad, but Howard took this on; developing a curriculum that would get those students the essential skills they needed in life. He even wrote and published books to support this, and the royalties kept him in new cars for years! In early 1982 Howard moved to Oxfordshire where he became a Special Needs Adviser for the County and later an Inspector for all Schools and Further Education Colleges. He also became an OFSTED Inspector. Despite his dubious beginnings at school, 52

he was a true intellectual and took a Master’s Degree in Education Management at Oxford Brookes University. He loved to read and just last week had a book of poetry published, called 'Bright the Vision that Delighted'. (Available from Amazon at the sum of £6:99) It’s such a pity that he didn’t live long enough to see it in print. Church remained a large part of his life, including the choir which Howard led for many years in St Mary’s, North Leigh. During his time as choirmaster, Howard commissioned for the choir no fewer than fifteen anthems, designed to cater for the entire liturgical year. Almost all were given their first performances by the choir under Howard’s direction. Among the composers were several well-known in church music or wider circles, notably Roderick Williams, now very well known as a singer and composer (Holy Father Great Creator, for Trinity), Anthony Caesar (St Mary’s Mass, published by the Church Music Society), three fine anthems by Peter Irving, and others. Most of these works have either been published or widely used by churches throughout the UK and perhaps further afield.


He adored cathedral music and was one of the founder members of the Prebendal Singers, performing at many cathedrals around the country. Howard retired from Oxfordshire County Council when he was 57, to become an Education Consultant and part-time lecturer at Oxford Brook’s University Howard was the most kind, loving and supportive husband. He was a father of five children, and a doting grandfather, with nine lovely grandchildren who delighted and kept him on his toes! He was so brave during his fight with cancer, often in pain from lymphoma, but he never complained, and was always positive. He found so much joy in life, and he showed such strength and determination throughout. He was warm and gregarious. He loved meeting people and his gin and tonics were legendary!

and the Second Master during my time here at Kingswood all those years ago. I am nervous about doing this because I know that so many of you gathered here today will have your own special memories of Roy and also because Roy had such a profound influence on my life. As I have reflected on this over the past few months, I have realised that so much of the person I aspire to be was influenced by how Roy was, at all times, in school. I hope that I manage to capture something of an extraordinary teacher and extraordinary person and am really honoured to be speaking about him in this special chapel; so, thank you Sue and the rest of the family for asking me. I thought I would start by sharing some of the hundreds of tributes that were sent to Sue and the family once the news of Roy’s passing was announced on the Kingswood Association website. Michael Jones (KS 1959-63) Roy Cook taught me History and I seem to remember he was also my House Master. Sixty years on I still recall him with appreciation for who he was and for what he taught me.

ROY COOK KS FORMER STAFF 1959 - 91 Memorial Service written by Gordon Opie (Deputy Head Pastorial) (KS 1976-81) It was with some trepidation that I agreed to say a few words today about my memories of Roy as one of my History teachers

It is not the eureka moments – it is the example of calm authority exercised and wise scholarship transmitted, and the realisation that you actually learned a lot from someone. Roger Saul (KS 1961-69) Roy was my Housemaster and mentor, as both schoolboy and Captain of Athletics. He gently guided me in the right direction when I got it wrong but was my greatest supporter when I got it right. We as a team in that special year had the most amazing highs, both as individuals and as 53

a team, and I know that helped shape me as we hit ever greater highs and we savoured each other’s performances. He was the glue and the quiet but strong inspiration. We are and were incredibly lucky to have this special Man in our lives.’ Reggie Tsiboe (KS 1962-68) I was never in a classroom with Roy and so very much appreciated my time with him as coach and mentor. His gentle guidance brought out the best in me and I will forever remember him as a ‘life coach’ at an important stage in my life. A privilege to have known him. Chris Brown (KS 1971-78: Senior Prefect/Head Boy 1978) Roy was a kind, gentle and wise man of whom I have very fond memories. He taught me History throughout my time at Kingswood (including helping me to a very unexpected A grade at A Level) but I got to know him best when I was Senior Prefect in 1978 and he was Second Master. His calm, humane and compassionate approach to every problem during our weekly meetings was something I admired and, I hope, learned from in ways that have stayed with me through my working life. So where did it begin – well for me it was at the front of school in August 1976. I was starting my Kingswood journey as a shy, nervous new boarder having just arrived from Kenya. Roy happened to come out of the front entrance and introduced himself to my father. I do not remember much about what was said but he certainly made an impression on my Dad. My first blue airmail from home arrived about ten days after the start of term and, along with devastating news that my pet budgie (appropriately named Houdini)


had escaped again and a mongoose had eaten all my homing pigeons, came this sage advice from my rather formal Dad: “If you ever have any problems at school, I recommend that you talk to Mr Cook as he is a most impressive man. He will be kind and you can trust him.” That was good enough for me as I worshipped my Dad – if he thought Roy was a good man, he was! How right my Dad proved to be. Over the next five years I got to know Roy both as a teacher and also as the parent of two of my best school friends in Tim & Kate. He taught me O Level History and my A grade (I did not get that many!) was the most important result for me. He sidestepped me neatly in the Colts vs. Staff rugby match but did it kindly! I was already having a tough afternoon as, John Horton, the current England fly half seem to know how to run the game but that is another story! Roy was a man who had the ability to fire one with enthusiasm without needing to perform/ shout/or do anything spectacular. He inspired absolute loyalty through his unfailingly kind interest in everyone. He could be firm and was the master of the “I am surprised and disappointed in you conversation” I was devastated when he spoke to me about being thoughtless as I raced around the Ferens one Friday afternoon and knocked over a first former. There was no punishment but just the thought that Roy thought a little less of me was unbearable. Typical of him he sought me out a few days later and thanked me for some little kindness that I had done, and that exchange made my heart sing. One of the most exciting bits about returning to Kingswood as Director of Sport in September

1990 was the fact that I got to work with him for a year. He was generous with his time, advice, and always supportive – well almost! He gave me a really tough time in my first Heads of Department meeting when I had decided that unsupervised swimming had to stop (To the younger people listening it was a different world then!) After much debate it was agreed that this was the right decision, but I was puzzled by how hard this had been and why Roy, in particular, had made me justify everything. Roy found me after the meeting and said I had done well. He said he had agreed with me from the outset but that the wider staff needed to see that I was prepared to stand up for what I believed in, as this would help with the other big changes, I wanted to introduce going forward. This, of course, explained his approach – just another example of his wise and kind support! Our Kingswood journeys contain and uncanny number of similarities. We were both Heads of Department, House Masters in Middle House, we both chaired any number of committees, we both love sport and have spent many happy hours on the Upper. We both had spells as Acting Headmasters. We both came to Kingswood after teaching elsewhere and stayed for a little while! We both had to introduce or support huge changes here at Kingswood but, at the same time, try to ensure that those Kingswood values, that make this such a special community, are not lost. The main difference is that Roy was better at all of this than me - well not quite! I am confident that my handwriting is certainly neater! He was also a talented musician with a fine baritone voice. How he would have enjoyed being part of the choir in the balcony today. He was an amazingly


talented man and yet so humble with it. At those challenging moments in the life of a Deputy Headmaster, I still ask myself, even today, “I wonder what MRC would have done here?” So, what made him so special to us as students? He was passionate about what he taught, he was a man of absolute integrity, and he was Mr Cook or Grandpa. I can honestly say that I never heard a grumble about him while I was at Kingswood. If he told us something was worth doing, we did it. He shaped so many of our lives. I know he was a key influence in my decision to go into teaching. I feel so privileged to be the Pastoral Deputy Headmaster here at Kingswood and Roy’s example has shaped how I have done this job. Kingswood still places such an emphasis on educating the whole student and stresses simple values like the importance of being kind. For me Roy’s influence is still everywhere here at Kingswood it is in our DNA. What a legacy! I have spoken to several former members of staff over the past few months, and they all speak so highly of Roy. Gary Best talked about how kind, wise, and supportive he found Roy as he started as a young Headmaster. Angie loved sharing stories about how much fun Roy was and how everyone respected him. He was loyal to the staff, and they wanted to work for him. He remained this way throughout his retirement. We all loved the moments when he visited or attended events to support Sue in her role as one of our governors or to watch his grandsons play sport or perform on stage. His reference when he started at Kingswood in 1958 said the following: Cook is a man of absolute


integrity, commanding the respect of all with whom he deals. He has an extremely pleasant manner, combining a quiet courtesy with sound perception and sound common sense. He has had an exceptionally successful career both academically and on the games field and he has a profound interest in music. Roy lived up to that and so much more throughout his 41 years of service to Kingswood. If any of us who are teachers have managed to do or achieve things half as well as Roy did, we have done remarkably well. I feel so privileged that I knew him as a teacher, a colleague, and a friend. A good “Cook” in your life is absolutely essential, and mine was a five-star Michelin chef!

GILES DAMERELL 27.11.1945 - 22.08.2021 (KS 1957-63) G.D.H. Damerell. Known to all as Giles. A man who, if we addressed an envelope to him, insisted it include all the initials. Giles was the youngest of 3 grandchildren of Methodist minister R.J. Cook, who died of appendicitis, when our mother was only a few months old. Our grandmother, his grieving and virtually penniless widow, and 2 small daughters were hugely

supported by the Methodist community and in particular the Sandry family, throughout their lives. This very fortunate generosity, all embracing care, support and warm friendship was such a feature that when the time came, our mother, Margaret was also educated in a Methodist school and, in her turn, always manifested generosity, loving kindness and willingness to help others; a trait subsequently passed to Giles too. We were 3 extremely different children. The eldest, R.M. Damerell (known as Mark) is listed as Dux on Kingswood’s dining hall boards of fame and was the winner of a scholarship to Cambridge. He is married, with two children and lives outside London. I was the middle child, Christina, neither enormously clever nor bottom of the class. G.D.H. Damerell on the other hand had a most unimpressive academic record. His school reports contained a consistent theme of "must work harder”. One teacher put it particularly deftly: "If Giles would only apply himself to his English with the focus that he has for practising in the cricket nets, then he would do extremely well!” One might think that Giles was indeed putting very little effort into his academic studies, so all credit to Kingswood that he nonetheless left as a very sociable, physically active, and well-rounded individual. He went on to become enviably good at most sports, including the cricket he'd learnt at school. Also, due to the school's flexible approach, he'd been allowed to do woodwork during periods that should have been allocated to rugby. He told me that his patient but very demanding woodwork teacher would allow no imperfections or inaccuracies. Giles may have taken a long time doing every job since, but nothing has ever needed re-doing!


So, it turned out that when Giles found something that he wanted to do, he would put enormous and detailed attention into it. He became very good at a wide range of things, all of which required considerable effort to perfect. Soon after leaving school he spent some time in France and came home speaking French like a native, having acquired an excellent knowledge of wines into the bargain. He built on that when he went on to work as a sales rep for a company importing exotic herbs and spices from all over the world. Always one to enjoy a good chat alongside doing business, he was popular and successful as a rep and as publican when he and his wife Susan took over The Holly Tree pub in Midhurst, Sussex. Beneath his relaxed and jovial manner behind the bar, lay a will of steel! Every aspect of pub life and management was tightly controlled - in fact as visitors we would be closely watched so that tables were set to his measured spacing and bottles were returned to their correct position on the shelf, label facing front, precisely in line with its neighbour. It was a very demanding, full, and busy life but they always found time to pursue


their interests and rewarded themselves with really good holidays. This was the period during which Giles initiated his lifetime indulgence in owning and driving the best of cars (driven with his foot to the floor for most of the time if possible!). He enjoyed having the ‘right’ kit for any sport or suit for any occasion and enjoyed looking (what I call) ‘dapper’. We were charmed and delighted to find, when going through his possessions, many pristine, lovely suits, jackets, and particularly around 20 ties in his wardrobes which his close friends in Devon were pleased to receive as mementos of him. We were also delighted that the Kingswood archivist accepted an untouched suitcase of Kingswood Cricket colours kit that he'd carefully stowed away after his last match for the school team! During his publican years he particularly engaged with his hunting, shooting and fishing customers and soon became a regular at their events in Devon. He was much appreciated as an excellent shot and owned and trained a series of Flatcoat Retrievers to do "picking up". He was particularly proud of one dog, Thomas, who could always find any injured bird on the moors, and then, one day, suddenly decided that he could also land any fish that Giles had hooked, which made Giles proud and amused!

It seemed natural that Giles retired to live in Devon once the pub had been sold. He was well known in the town, regularly walking down to the market and chatting with everyone. He was always willing to give a hand to those needing help, finding pleasure in helping people with odd jobs. By the time Giles no longer had a dog to walk he had turned a double garage into an extremely well stocked (and immaculately organised) joinery workshop. He would spend many worthwhile and enjoyable hours over the next few years setting his splendid woodworking skills to good use, making beautiful salad bowls, designing a puppy whelping box, the bottom half of a stable door, a lamp holder, clock, or table for friends. When I visited, he would always take me into his workshop to show me the latest job he was working on. There was never a stray wisp of shaved wood on the floor, or loose tools lying around instead there were some ‘nice finds’ he was keeping for the right moment. On one occasion I accompanied him on a trip to look for pieces of wood and I saw him in a new light - gone the careful, sensible businessman! - he was like a child in a sweetie shop trying to choose between all the delights and came away with many more than he had intended! Unfortunately, his health deteriorated during the latter part of his life in Devon, and the first lockdown saw him alone in his house for many days at a time. He was tested for everything imaginable but apart from a diagnosis of Coeliac Disease, nothing concrete was found. He continued to be in and out of hospital due to unknown causes over several months. Eventually we found a wonderful care home


for him, where the staff were both kind and helpful, so he was able to die in peace with Mark and me at his side.

PHILIP EVANS (KS 1953-63) My father, Philip Evans, who died on 31st October, was a remarkable man who lived an extraordinary life, for several reasons. He was a wonderful father to me and my younger sister Caroline, and husband to my mother Linda, but he has also frequently been called the finest paperback publisher of his generation who, amongst other achievements, helped set up the Coronet imprint and was responsible for some of the biggest bestsellers of the 1970s. In addition he was a novelist, journalist and the author of several football books and restaurant guides. All of the above was accomplished both before and after a car accident in 1975 which nearly killed him, leaving him with catastrophic injuries and using a wheelchair for the rest of his life. His entrance was no less dramatic: Philip James Evans was born in Columbo in Sri Lanka in 1943. My grandmother Elsie was onboard a ship that had sailed from Liverpool, down the U-Boat infested coast


of the United States, through the Panama Canal, across to Australia, and eventually to then Ceylon where she was the first passenger off ship and where a sickly Philip was born and immediately christened because it was thought he would die. Elsie was on her way to join my grandfather, a Methodist minister with a mission in Southern India. Phil grew up a much-adored only child in Tamil Nadu, and retained a deep love for the country he never visited again as an adult. I remember him telling me of a trip to Bombay in 1949 and seeing trainloads of murdered bodies after Partition arriving back at the railway station in the heart of the city. In 1953 he was sent back to England to go to boarding school and eventually was rejoined in the UK by his parents, spending his holidays from school at wherever home was, depending on his father’s ministry: Cornwall, Guernsey, Crewe, Kendal and most of all Barnsley. This peripatetic holidaying in a variety of places and with different families gave him an easy adaptability and instinctive understanding of what the British public up and down the country wants to read, so often lacking in London-centric publishing. And for the rest of his life he was to claim Yorkshire ancestry, or at least a deep love of Barnsley FC. He won an Open Exhibition to New College to read History, went travelling to Italy where he indulged his obsession with all things Italian - football in particular - then went up in 1963. After Oxford he was chosen for Hodder and Stoughton’s graduate trainee programme. The venerable publishing house, then merely 90-odd years old, was still owned by the Attenborough and HodderWilliams families, and Dad often told us about the time Blackwells

in Oxford, despairing of payment from him for the books and records he had acquired there on credit, sent their bill to Bedford Square with a note requesting settlement, care of Philip Attenborough. Dad was called to the boardroom and asked to explain himself. Hard to imagine a company exerting that much influence over its employee’s non-work affairs these days. Graduates were supposed to move around each department. But after a stint in Rights, under Jane Eustace, later to become Mrs John le Carre, Phil moved to editorial where he was such a success he stayed there, learning a huge amount from various industry titans such as George Greenfield, Robin Denniston and Paul Hodder-Williams. In 1969 he married my mother, Linda (herself later to become a successful publisher in her own right at Transworld), and took time off from work to write two thrillers, Next Time You’ll Wake Up Dead, and The Bodyguard Man, the latter of which was optioned by David Frost as a movie. He might have become a full-time writer, but publishing called again when he was head-hunted in 1972 to run the Coronet. The old established publishing houses had seen they had to set up their own paperback lists and retain these important rights, and for a few years Dad was at the vanguard of this trend. It is where his huge talent for commercial fiction – the idea that good books are for everyone – reaped the greatest rewards. He published authors as varied as Delia Smith, George V. Higgins and Jan Morris before his greatest hit, David Niven’s first memoir, the nowclassic The Moon’s A Balloon. Dad and ‘Niv’ got on extremely well – my father took a bar of Kendal Mint Cake over to Geneva for his first meeting with him


in the mountains which seems to have gone down well. They shared a genuine, kindly charm and David Niven greatly valued my father’s influence. When he lay in a coma for months after his accident, Niven sent him chatty cassette recordings from Switzerland to be played to my father in hospital. My father’s car accident, on Valentine’s Day, 1975, minutes from home as he was returning from another successful trip to New York, cut short a career that would have gone on to greater heights. He was in a coma for several months – I was 9 months old at the time and have no clear memory of this catastrophic period for us all, but its aftereffects rippled throughout the rest of his life. He suffered major head trauma, lost many teeth and the use of one side of his body. But though he nearly died, several times, it did not cut short his life and whilst there was a difficult period of adjustment I only remember him in latter years being a constant source of warmth, wisdom, and light. He was then at home, but carried on writing and editing, giving advice and support to his daughters, his wife, his many publishing friends and colleagues who in turn hugely enjoyed his company; you simply could not fail to have a good time with him. He wrote five World Cup guides over three decades, several quiz books and was the editor of the Gault-Millau restaurant guides for a number of years (which he loved as it meant lunching, his great passion, for work). He also published another thriller, Playing the Wild Card (1988). All these were typed with one finger of one hand. The last five years of Dad’s life were marked by illness: he survived a deadly bout of sepsis


which lead to his moving into a nursing home, but his grace and charm meant he had more visitors than anyone else in the home, was beloved by the nurses and cherished by us of course. For those last few years in that room one felt he was back in the centre of the action, where he belonged. For a while he could still read and hugely enjoyed literary thrillers, especially European authors, and revisiting old favourites like Raymond Chandler. When he died in autumn, it was immensely sad but a release for him, and also a chance for his many friends and family to pause and remember quite what an amazing man he was, and how very lucky we were to have him for so long. Robert Guy remembers Philip: Phil was my lifelong friend. We first met at Kingswood in 1957. We were both sons of the manse, as were many other boys at that time. The school had an enviable educational reputation. There was an eclectic bunch of masters worthy of Alan Bennett. We had a wonderful history teacher, Roy Cook, who tutored Phil in the life of Frederick Barbarossa and the history of the Holy Roman Empire with the result that Phil gained an open exhibition to New College, Oxford. Phil stayed in touch with Roy for the rest of his life. Similarly, he corresponded for many years with Michael Bishop who introduced him to the beauty of Renaissance art and, in his spare time, taught him Italian. Phil wore his academic success lightly and found plenty of time for other pursuits, drama and music in particular. Acting, for both of us, started with the Junior Lit and the Merchant of Venice.

The Drama Critic wrote in the School Magazine, with the supreme objectivity you would expect in such a publication: “Evans [surnames were de rigueur in those days] enjoyed himself and was well cast as Gratiano a character at times exuberant, at times tender, and in the final scene, capable of discreditable rancour.” In real life, Phil did indeed enjoy himself, was both exuberant and tender, but he was never, in my experience, filled with rancour. In music, singing was his forte. A fine tenor, member of the Choir and a soloist on Speech Day singing arias by Handel. Not that his interest was solely classical. After all, ours was the Age of Rock and Roll. He was a huge fan of Elvis Presley. I have a photo of him in typical Presley pose. Slouching, mean and magnificently moody. He didn’t need to sing. The girls loved it. After his death, I was in touch with several of our contemporaries one of whom, Derek Collinson, shared a memoir he had written a year ago of Phil and their time at Kingswood. He wrote: “For me, Philip had always been there, through thick and think, supportive, interested, always generous, consistently positive and appreciative with whoever he came into contact.” So it continued as he went on to University and the world of publishing. It was a tragedy that his career was cut short by a terrible accident at the age of 31 but, as the obituary written by his daughter, Harriet, shows he was amazingly resilient, his sense of humour never left him and the large congregation at his funeral was testament to the many friendships he had enjoyed throughout his life. I was indeed privileged to have such a lifelong friend.


REV JOHN MICHAEL FRANKLIN 15.03.1933 - 31.07.2021 (KS 1943-51) Michael was at Prior’s Court from 1943-46 and Kingswood from 1946-51. Michael’s brother Robert A Franklin also attended Kingswood (1947-54) along with Michael’s uncle J Henry Doddrell (1919-23), his cousins Stephen J Pillow (1960-66) and John R Doddrell (1965-72) and his daughter Sarah K Franklin (1981-83). A son of the manse, Michael was born on 15 March 1933 in Hankow, China, of parents who were serving the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society. His early education at Prior’s Court provided every opportunity to appreciate the world of nature, with an enlightened freedom to explore fields and woods. Kingswood added the disciplines of rugby, of Scouting and the Air Training Corps. He was in Upper House, became a House Prefect and made lifelong friends. From 1951 Michael completed ‘articles’ to the City Engineer, Salisbury, and qualified as a Chartered Municipal Engineer. Commissioned into the Royal Engineers for National Service, he was posted to Hong Kong, where his Army padre first stirred in him a call to the ministry. After


engineering posts with two local authorities Michael candidated for the ministry from Epsom Methodist Church and trained at Didsbury College, Bristol from 1961. Among the strong tutorial staff his former School Chaplain at Kingswood, Rev Dr Rupert Davies, became a formative influence. In 1963 Michael married Jennifer Cook, herself a daughter of missionary parents and also born in China, with whom he shared a call to serve overseas. They were appointed to the Hong Kong (Chinese) District of the Methodist Church in 1964. Language study together was followed for Michael by chaplaincy and teaching at Methodist College, Kowloon. He was ordained in Kowloon in 1966 alongside two Chinese colleagues. During this time Sarah and Jonathan were born, and later Michael became a proud grandfather and great grandfather. After furlough in England the family returned to Hong Kong in 1969. Michael was given responsibility by the Chinese Synod to oversee the building and equipping of a new secondary school, Wa Ying College, where he later became Chaplain. Michael’s first English circuit, in 1973, was Bristol (Kingswood), where John Wesley founded Kingswood School in 1748. Two large church buildings, only a hundred yards apart, came together as Kingswood Methodist Church as Michael’s five year ministry ended. There followed stationing to Bracknell in the Aldershot, Farnborough and Camberley Circuit, a New Town ‘plant’. Michael’s ministry included a Free Church hospital chaplaincy and an Officiating Chaplaincy to the Royal Air Force Staff College. During this time Michael developed a severe and long lasting depressive illness, which finally required him to seek early retirement.

The family moved in 1986 to Salisbury, which Michael knew well. During his years as a supernumerary in the Salisbury Circuit, and when his health returned, he preached across the circuit, shared in two hospital chaplaincies and undertook a number of church offices. Thirteen years as a volunteer with Salisbury Citizens Advice Bureau included the initiation and development of a Social Policy Unit in the Bureau which gave Michael a sense of continuing pastoral ministry. When a second period of depression occurred, Michael made a lasting recovery, again with Jenny’s loving support and the care, love and support of family and friends. After giving up regular preaching Michael valued putting his own thinking into brief articles for occasional publication. Throughout his ministry, which Jenny shared to the full, Michael maintained an active commitment to Methodism’s contribution within the World Church, into which he and Jenny had been born. Michael’s love of travel with Jenny introduced them to the pleasures of river cruises along the waterways of Europe. Further adventures took them to the Middle East, Italy, Canada, USA and China and they were invited to return to Hong Kong in 2011. Michael cared for Jenny through a period of ill health and during the Covid lockdown. Sadly his own mental and physical health declined, a period of separation from Jenny borne with great courage. He died peacefully in Salisbury District Hospital on 31 July 2021, aged 88. Jenny died just three months later on 1 November 2021. Michael had a passion for Kingswood and a continued interest in and support of the school throughout his life.


He regularly kept in touch with the school, with his teachers and peers, attended services and events at Kingswood and, in his words, enjoyed “the friendship of distinguished alumni”. He had the privilege of preaching at the service of dedication for the memorial to John Curtis Tribbeck, the only Kingswood former pupil to die in the Korean War in the service of his country, at Kingswood in 1992. Kingswood played an important part in laying the foundations for Michael’s life of ministry, and his service to God and to all those whose lives he touched.

PETER GREAVES (KS 1945 - 50) Peter Greaves (KS 1945-50), who has died aged 89, was a health and nutrition officer for Unicef whose work made a huge difference to children’s lives around the world. He was an early advocate of low-cost interventions including immunisation, oral rehydration and breastfeeding. While he was Unicef’s chief nutrition adviser in the mid-1980s, he managed to get Unicef and the World Health Organisation to agree on the final draft of The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (www.who.int/ teams/nutrition-and-food-safety/ food-and-nutrition-actions-in-


health-systems/ten-steps-tosuccessful-breastfeeding). This document helped transform global maternal care policies.

infant mortality. The programme was taken up by the Brazilian government and extended across the whole country.

Born in Cardiff, the son of Methodist missionaries, Stella (nee Cox) and Lionel Greaves, Peter spent much of his early childhood in Kenya. He boarded at Kingswood school, Bath, then went to Jesus College, Cambridge, to study biochemistry, graduating in 1955. This was followed by a PhD in nutrition at the Royal Free hospital, University College London – and a crash course in tank-driving during national service in Germany.

He moved in 1984 from Brazil to the Unicef HQ in New York as chief nutrition adviser. His colleague Margaret KyenkyaIsabitye recalled: “He was the backbone, the glue, that held the nutrition section together.”

From 1959 he was in Tanganyika (now Tanzania), for two years, as a senior scientific adviser at the East African Institute for Medical Research, before moving back to London to work at the British Nutrition Foundation (www. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/ nutrition). He joined the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 1969, working first in Cairo, and then in Beirut as a health and nutrition officer. After three years working as the FAO adviser to Unicef New Delhi, he left that organisation to join Unicef fulltime, where he spent the rest of his working life. In 1980 Peter became Unicef’s regional officer for South America in Brazil (www. theguardian.com/world/brazil). There he set up a programme for street children in Rio, providing them with education, part-time work, a safe place to sleep and a hot meal. He also launched a highly successful breastfeeding programme. In 1983 his team developed a primary healthcare plan to tackle the appalling infant mortality rate in the poorest Brazilian state, Maranhão, resulting in a 33% reduction in

Peter’s commitment to good causes did not stop on his retirement in 1992. He joined the United Nations Association, which is how I met him, and campaigned on many issues, including climate change, and wrote regular letters to national newspapers (including his last one, published in the Guardian in November 2021 - www. theguardian.com/news/2021/ nov/12/pay-up-for-nazanin-to-bereleased-home). In the words of his son, Tim, “he is undoubtedly one of those rare people who has left this world a better, a more generous and kinder place than he found it”. He is survived by his wife, Chloe (née Morgan), an actor whom he married in 1957, Tim, a daughter, Kate, and four grandchildren.

NOEL HARVEY (KS 1940 - 49) Noel Harvey, was District Commissioner in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in Africa. His final job there was transferring British Rule to Independent Rule in the mid-1960s. He and his wife retired to Swaffham, Norfolk and he was a keen birdwatcher, spending much of his time on the marshes peering through binoculars or swimming.


PEEL HEPWORTH HOLROYD (KS 1949 - 55) Obituary by Chris Walkland (KS 1973-82) Peel Hepworth Holroyd - son of the Methodist Minister, Harry Holroyd, twin to Arthur and his brother John - attended Priors Court in 1949, and then Kingswood School until 1955. He always spoke very fondly of both schools and became my, and my brother Stephen’s, guardian when we arrived at Priors Court in 1973. After his time at Kingswood Peel studied at Harper Adams Agricultural College, and then at Ontario Agricultural University, Guelph. He ultimately became a giant in the agricultural and particularly the poultry industry, helping to build Marks and Spencer’s St Michael’s chicken brand from practically nothing into the wellrespected business it is today. After nearly 20 years at M&S he started his own consultancy business and became a global expert on all aspects of the Food Supply Chain from farm to plate, and including farming, production, processing, distribution to consumers, and retailing across the globe. He travelled the world speaking at


many different engagements; advised numerous companies; chaired dozens of organisations; was a visiting lecturer in food and agriculture to colleges and Universities, and also advised the UK and other Governments in their food and agricultural programmes. In 1992 he became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Poulters and was awarded the freedom of The City of London. All the while, though, his Methodist roots and beliefs were central to him and he was a lay preacher for all of his life. As he had been with Stephen and I at Priors Court and Kingswood, Peel loved nothing more than to nurture and guide young people – be it in their personal life, or in their careers, or on the rugby or cricket fields. That’s because Priors Court and Kingswood also gave him a love of sport that never left him. He was a very useful rugby and cricket player in his time and, here too, he also encouraged and guided “the next generation”.This was epitomised by him being a rugby refereeing assessor after his days as a player and subsequently a referee himself had come to an end. He was a controversial no-nonsense referee too – he is a legend in local Berkshire rugby circles for sending off a whole team in one match! Cricket was also a firm favourite, and he was a long standing member of the MCC. He married his beloved wife Margot Telford Holroyd in 1971, and was devoted to her all of his life. Margot died in January 2021 and after a short illness Peel passed in December 2021.

JOHN BUCKNALL KINGSLEY WILLIAMS (KS 1941- 46) Kingsley Williams, who has just died aged nearly 94, was best known in Winchester at the senior partner of Dutton Gregory & Williams, where he worked from 1956 to 1991. He was the partner who dealt with the legal work at Conder, which was a major employer. Its chief executive Robin Cole remained a life-long friend and squash partner. “We were equally bad at squash”. Kingsley was a member of the Labour Party from when he was at university. He was a Winchester city councillor for the St John Ward from 1966 to 1974 (an area covering Winnall and the Brooks area of the city centre). He enjoyed canvassing and elections, which still sounds unlikely. He led the Labour Group and chaired the planning committee. At the re-organisation of local government in 1973 he was elected to Hampshire County Council, representing a Southampton division. He led the 24-strong Labour Group at the county council until his appointment to chair the Wessex Regional Health Authority in 1975. He was proud of his roles as chairman of the Wessex Regional Health Authority, on


the NHS Supply Council and the Wessex Institute of Public Health Medicine during 1975 to 1996. In 1982 he was sacked as chair of the RHA by Kenneth Clarke, the health minister, when Mrs Thatcher decided that no RHA chairs could be members of the opposition. He immediately led the sacked chairmen round to the BBC to be interviewed on Radio 2. Kingsley was already a member of the Council of Southampton University from 1977 and chairman from 1987 until his retirement in 1998. The university gave him an honorary doctorate as thanks for his hard work. He was also the chairman of Winchester School of Art during the negotiations for the link to Southampton University. He was able to enrol on the first year of their new parttime course in history of art and design and although pressure of work meant he only completed one year he was able to give five of his surviving colleagues their degree certificates five years later. He particularly enjoyed the study tours to Florence and The Netherlands. Family holidays had always included visits to Ireland, France and Italy for their art galleries, stately homes and gardens, but his chief joy was sailing. He had learned to sail as a teenager, when the family settled in Fowey after his parents retired from teaching in Ghana. All three children were born in Accra but were sent home to England aged three, four and five, before the days of vaccinations it was not considered safe for European children. Kingsley and his brother Mike continued to board at Kingswood School in Bath but in World War Two were evacuated to Uppingham. To their horror their father came out of retirement to teach there when younger men were called up. Kingsley read law at Cambridge, after a brief flirtation with


medicine, adding more friends including Norman Webb later of International Gallup. “I wish I could play honky-tonk piano like Norman”. He did his articles with a firm of solicitors in Cornwall until asked by a cousin to join his firm in Winchester.

PROFESSOR BRIAN PEELING (KS 1941- 49) Professor Brian Peeling had a distinguished career in Urology, training at the London Hospital under Professor Dix. He set up the British Prostate Group with Geoff Chisholm and developed the first prostatic ultrasound machine in the UK. He was awarded the CBE.

of course his teaching career. He died in Witney, Oxfordshire on 5th October 2021, aged just over 100. Geoff was born on 2nd September 1921 in the village of Abbots Leigh, just the other side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge from Bristol, where his father Harry worked in his own father’s printing and publishing business. He was sent away to prep school at the age of seven, for him a distressing experience which he still talked about in old age. His teachers at Heddon Court School in East Barnet included for a year the young John Betjeman.

Outside Urology he had been a National hockey player and he was a very competent pianist and owned an interesting collection of instruments. His wife Audrey was an Anaesthetist who died in 2011.

After that he was educated at Marlborough College, which was a much more positive experience. He had already begun playing the piano, and at Marlborough took up the organ, eventually winning an organ scholarship to Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1940. By then of course the country was again at war; Geoff turned 18 the day before war was declared, and little over a month later his adored mother Doris died after a long illness. The following year he deferred his place at Cambridge to read Modern Languages – as it turned out, for six years – in order to join the Royal Navy.


Starting as a young rating, he became an officer a couple of years later and eventually a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve after the war – he stayed in the RNVR until the late 1960s and ran the RN Section at Radley College. At first he served in Hunt-class destroyers, which apparently rolled alarmingly in rough seas – in Geoff’s words he was “as sick as a dog” on a number of occasions, whereas in later years the roughest of ferry crossings to the continent or to Scandinavia never bothered him. In 1943 he transferred to the Submarine Service and served in HMS

02.09.1921 - 05.10.2021 (Kingswood Staff 1953- 59) Geoffrey Savory’s passions were his wife and family, and his strong Christian faith. His many interests included music, birdwatching, walking and the Royal Navy, and


Rorqual, a Grampus class minelaying submarine. Rorqual’s last operation of the war saw the crew sail all the way to Fremantle in Australia, taking in Malta, the Suez Canal and Ceylon along the way. Rorqual surfaced a number of times to sink defenceless Japanese sailing vessels and coasters with gunfire, and it’s a measure of Geoff’s humanity that this stayed on his conscience for the rest of his life. On 8th May 1945 Rorqual received the order to ‘splice the mainbrace’ to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. In Geoff’s words “we didn’t splice anything: we had to be as quiet as mice as we were in Japanese waters”. Safely back in Portsmouth in the late summer of 1945, Geoff almost immediately met a young WRNS officer and Plymouth girl called Elizabeth Marsh. The romance proceeded apace; Geoff proposed to Elizabeth on top of Sheepstor on Dartmoor, and in September 1946 they married in Plymouth. They were soon in Cambridge, where Geoff completed his degree in French and German in the space of eight terms – no confidencebuilding year abroad for him. During his time at Trinity Hall he became devoted to the Chaplain Launcelot Fleming, later Bishop of Portsmouth and then of Norwich. Such was Geoff’s Christian faith and interest in the church that Elizabeth was convinced for a while that he

Colts Hockey Team, Kingswood 1954


would take holy orders. Instead, he decided on teaching and in 1948 took a position at Bristol Grammar School, where he remained for five years before moving to Kingswood. Geoff and Elizabeth were keen to start a family, but this proved elusive. In 1952 Elizabeth decided to re-join the WRNS; no sooner had she done so than the inevitable happened, and in June 1953 their elder son Richard was born, followed two years later by Tim. After the move to Bath they initially lived in a flat on Lansdowne Hill, a year or more later moving to North Lodge at the end of Hamilton Road, next door to the avuncular Mr Kearsey who charmed Geoff’s young children. Brought up as a Methodist, Geoff’s wife Elizabeth was happier at Kingswood than at any of his other teaching posts. The growing family was friendly with the Edes, the Fields, the Arnolds and several other families of Geoff’s colleagues, and he had an enduring respect for the Headmaster A.B. Sackett. His son Richard has vivid memories of nursery school with Alison Ede and Susan Sackett, taught to read and write, long before they moved on to St Stephen’s, by the kindly ‘Nanny Sackett’. To the joy of his family, Geoff’s 100th birthday party was attended by Alison and her mother Mary, John Ede’s widow. In 1959 Geoff took up what turned out to be his final teaching job as Head of Modern Languages at Radley College. He found Radley to be a ‘sporty’ school, although Geoff’s participation more or less began and ended with coaching lower-school hockey. Geoff was an enthusiastic proponent of the innovative language lab, and among other initiatives fostered a close relationship and exchange programme with Schondorf, a school in Bavaria.

Geoff was more interested in long rambles than team sports, and he took on the Ridgeway and the Pennine Way among other lengthy walks. Holidays were spent at bird reserves or walking in the Brecon Beacons or on Dartmoor. In 1966 he took his excited family for their first foreign holiday, driving all over the Netherlands. Typically, being a proper linguist, he took the trouble to learn Dutch for several months before they set off. He got lost one day in Rotterdam and stopped the car to ask a policeman for directions. Running out of Dutch steam, he asked the policeman whether he spoke English. “Why should I”, replied the policeman, “when you speak such good Dutch?” Geoff on his 90th birthday

In 1981 Geoff and Elizabeth ‘retired’ to Plymstock and shortly afterwards to Brixton, a village in the South Hams where Geoff served as Chairman of Governors at the local primary school and on the parish council. His interest in languages was very much maintained – for ten years or more he examined French at GCSE and A Level for the Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, which provides educational assessments for over eight million learners in over 170 countries. This took him all over the UK, several times to the Channel Islands and, memorably, twice to Mauritius. In retirement, Geoff and Elizabeth acquired six grandchildren, and made regular visits to Leeds, Witney, Geneva and Avignon to visit them. By the evening of his life he was delighted by the addition of four great-grandchildren. During his teaching career Geoff had always continued to play the organ wherever and whenever he could, and retirement gave him the opportunity to do so on a regular basis. For the better


part of thirty years he was the church organist, firstly at the Church of the Good Shepherd at the Royal Naval Hospital, and when that was closed in the 1990s at St Nicholas Church at HMS Drake, the Devonport naval base. He played at numerous weddings and funerals, including his son Richard’s wedding at Radley Parish Church in 1980. Ultimately, though, he gave up playing seven or eight years ago when, in his words, “I realised that I’d started to make mistakes”. A year or two later, aged 94 in 2016, he gave up his car and driving licence for the same reason… His final and to him his most important job started after Elizabeth developed vascular dementia around 2010. He became as devoted a carer as one could wish for, and in the last year or two of her life could usually be found on his knees beside her, holding her hand, and answering with infinite patience the same question that she would ask thirty or forty times every day.


Elizabeth died aged 96 in April 2016, just short of 70 years into their marriage. Geoff had already agreed that it would be a good idea for them to move to Witney to be close to Linda and Richard, and after her death decided to go ahead with the move to a flat that had already been found for them. He moved into an ‘assisted living’ retirement complex that June, and was able to live independently with initially minimal but later much increased care by the excellent on-site Orders of St John Care Team. Signs of his own dementia – Alzheimer’s – were already clear by 2019, and progression was such that he had an official diagnosis in January of this year. Thankfully he developed few of the more distressing symptoms commonly associated with Alzheimer’s, and to the end of his long life continued to charm his family, friends and carers with his winning smile. Geoff was a person who was very rarely heard to complain about anything; he always looked for the best in people. He had strong views about what he saw as being wrong with society – back in the 1960s this often related to long-haired men, mini-skirts and pop groups – but as is sometimes the case his views mellowed as the years rolled by. In some ways he was ahead of his time; his son Richard (as a young teenager) has a very clear and formative memory of him having a heated disagreement with a visitor who said he would not want to sit next to what he termed a coloured man on the bus. Geoff was a great supporter of a dozen or more charities and has left a third of his estate to be divided between five of them. A long life, well-lived.

and held numerous other roles. A diagnosis of Parkinson’s shortly after retirement was initially well controlled by medication but eventually led to him relinquishing retirement roles and his death on 10th March 2022.

THOMAS ALFRED WALLS (KS 1955- 61) Tom Walls went to Nottingham University after leaving KS and the dreaded “UPPER” where he considered violent exercise to be a form of forced labour, and armed with his science degree and a PGCE, taught for a number of years in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He was famed for his “corrections” to student’s work being longer and more detailed than the original student submissions! Sadly, he had to stop building balsa wood model hovercrafts at this stage as work took over. They DID work! The Forensic Science Lab at Harrogate (and later Wetherby) was thereafter his working home for nearly 34 years where he was much respected as a meticulous investigator of what was always complicated and involved task. Tom married Joyce in 1981, and rejoiced in 2 children, Sam and Rachel, with a grandson Daithi arriving in due course. The family home was in Otley, and Tom continued his hobbies of photography, kite flying and computing, alongside being Secretary of the Bingley Robertshaw Music Festival. He was a member of Keighley Vocal Union (KVU) & KVU sang at the Memorial Service for Tom at Otley Methodist Church where Tom helped operated the sound system


CHRIS WHITTAKER 1946 - 2021 (KS 1956 - 64) Chris Whittaker died last June at the age of 74. He was born and had lived and worked throughout his life in Newbury, Berkshire, where he was a hugely valued member of the community. He had been educated locally at nursery and primary school, before attending Prior’s Court at Hermitage, which was then the prep school for Kingswood. He moved to KS in 1959 and joined Hall House. By then had begun to establish quite a network of school friends, with several of whom he was to remain in contact throughout his life. These were almost totally friendships born on various sports fields, principally but not exclusively rugby-playing ones. His father Len had founded Newbury Rugby Club in 1928 and with his mother Phyllis, who was a long-serving local magistrate, gave Chris and his friends much hospitality and support down the years, both at KS and thereafter.


He left KS in 1964 having become an accomplished sportsman, representing the school at athletics, cricket, hockey and most successfully at rugby. In Chris’ final season Bob Clarke appointed him as 1st XV vicecaptain, alongside captain Stan Bridge, and so he was a leading figure of the team which was the first ever to tour in Northern Ireland, playing matches against Methodist College, Belfast, and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. Chris went on to play rugby for Bath United, the Bath Rugby Club which showcases new talent, Bath A, Berkshire, Newbury and Nuneaton, as well as cricket for Newbury. Between 1965 and 1968 Chris completed a pupillage at Humber Ltd in Coventry, a subsidiary of Rootes Motors Ltd. Upon graduation he returned to work in the family motor business in Newbury, which had been established by his grandfather in 1923. When his father died in 1970, Chris became managing director at the age of 24 and over the following two decades the business grew significantly in his hands. Then in the 1990s Chris stepped back somewhat from the business to create time for other pursuits, not least to enjoy his burgeoning family life. This also enabled him and wife Susannah to travel widely, a lifelong mutual pleasure only partially triggered by their eldest son Robin settling Down Under. Chris became active in Newbury Rotary and was to remain so until his death, having served as its President in 2005/6. He took life membership of Newbury and Crookham Golf Club in 1995, and although he retired from playing rugby at the age of 38, he remained active in various Newbury Rugby Club roles, not least as a regular voice on the

tannoy on match days. He also became a volunteer guide, leading tours at Twickenham Stadium. He was an active member of the congregation of Newtown Church, Newbury, for more than 50 years and it was there he married Susannah in 1968 and, after her so premature death in 2007, Rosy in 2019. Chris is survived by Rosy, his three sons Robin, Ashley and Dickon, and six grandchildren Joe, Nathan, Jemma, Amelia, Ben and Ned, as well as his dear sister Elisabeth. I feel very privileged to have been Best Man for Chris twice and to be also godfather to Robin, Chris and Susannah’s eldest son. He has inherited his parents’ gift for entertaining and I have been delighted to catch up with him in Australia on several occasions. Our sons, as is true of other friends’ children, were always made so welcome by Chris’ three boys, all revelling in each other’s company whenever the families met. Chris and Susannah’s joy in sustaining friendships through their wonderful hospitality was legendary, as comments from KS contemporaries Martin (Stan) Bridge and John Monahan, amongst many others bear witness. Chris was regularly in touch with Martin Eley, a fellow guide at Twickenham and played many a round of golf with Paul High, lately Head of Prior’s Court, having also maintained a lifelong friendship with his mentor Dick Burton, former Deputy Head there. The warm tributes written about Chris describe him, unfailingly, as being kind, generous, modest, interested in other people and always a true gentleman. Following services of Thanksgiving for Chris’ life last July, his ashes have recently been laid to rest alongside Susannah’s at their Newtown Church.


Dear Old Kingswoodians I do hope you have enjoyed reading this issue of the Old Kingswoodian News Magazine. As the magazine only comes out once a year, we have a new online portal allowing us to keep in contact and share news all year round; https://community. kingswood.bath.sch.uk is a new online portal where Old Kingswoodians can keep in touch with each other and the School. As we approach the School’s 275th anniversary celebrations in 2023, this new portal will be the central hub for all information, news and events for the Kingswood Community. Please take a look and sign up…! You will be able to; • Update contact details, create a profile and communication preferences • See the latest news • Connect directly with friends and staff from your time at Kingswood • Register and book for all alumni and school events • Browse our photo gallery • Access our searchable digitised archives • Read current and past publications • Read about opportunities to support Kingswood We will be inviting other members of the community to join in due course and there are also plans to develop the services we offer through the portal over the coming months. We hope you enjoy exploring it. With very best wishes Michele Greene Alumni & Community Manager

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