OL D L E YS I AN AUTUMN 2016
IN THIS EDITION
NEW YORK OL ALUMNI CLUB WE HAD A MODESTLY SUCCESSFUL kickoff to the newly-
G R E AT W A R P R O J E C T
G R E AT W A R D E AT H N E W S
TOWN BUMPS 2016
SUMMER TERM REPORT
OL RAMBLE 2016
REUNION FOR 1991-97
Development Office â€“ contact details on the back page). Your New
York Chairman, Alec Sirken, E73-74
hatched New York OL Alumni Club. A barbecue on my rooftop at which the weather complied quite nicely and we had some delicious (if I may say so) steak, chicken, a big salad and my special garlic bread. In attendance were Parker Silzer, F 73-74; Alex Jillions, B 99-04; Derek Hargreaves, W 57-61; Ken Shoji, S 75-80; and Nigel Pugh, A67-72, along with some charming guests of theirs. We discussed future gatherings, and we all wonder exactly how many Old Leysians reside in the area and might attend future social gatherings. (You can contact Alex via the
THE GREAT WAR VII D At the beginning of September the Battle of the Somme was two months old but showed no signs of reaching a conclusion.
Top: AN Smith and EB George.
URING SEPTEMBER a series of attacks by the British, assisted by the French, saw more organised use of tanks and progress in overcoming the German Redoubts was made. However on October and November the rains came and many later said the conditions were worse than would be at Passchendaele the following year. Some progress was made in a brief lull in the rains in October and when conditions turned frosty towards the end of November, but by the end of the year the Battle still continued.
After the appalling losses of the summer of 1916, it is pleasant to report only seven Old Leysian deaths in the last four months, all on the Western Front. EDWARD ‘BARRIE’ GEORGE died on September 16, the first Leysian to die who had been at school at the outbreak of the War; he was 19. He had joined the Durham Light Infantry and was killed going over the top in the attack on Gueudecourt. He is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground at Flers. Two younger brothers were fighting by the end of the War but both survived; one, Frank, had three sons in School House in the late 1940s and early 1950s. (See obituaries for Christopher.) WHITSON MYLES was in the Cameronians and died at the age of 20. He went over the top on September 15 attacking Martinpuich between High Wood and the Albert Road. He was twice wounded and died five days later. He is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. ALEXANDER NOEL SMITH died on September 26 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. He had joined the Northumberland Fusiliers at the outbreak of the War. He only went to France in August 1916 and went over the top for the first time on September 15 in a section between High Wood and Albert in the same attack as Whitson Myles. He was wounded and in the confusion did not receive medical help until the following day. He was transferred to Boulogne where a leg was amputated. His parents managed to visit him but he had a relapse and died. Three younger brothers attended The Leys, followed by three of their children in the 1950s, and finally David Grinton Smith of the next generation in the 1980s. All were in School House. Adding Smith and McNab cousins a total of eleven members of the family came to The Leys. FRANK WARRINGTON from Liverpool was in the Lancashire Regiment. He was killed on October 7 at the age of 43 which makes him one of the oldest OL deaths. He is buried at The Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs. His commanding officer wrote: ‘Just before he was killed, while his battery was being shelled, he was going round cheering up the men: he had been on duty himself for twenty-four hours at least without a rest’. ANDREW REES was the son of a Methodist minister from Essex who, despite terrible eyesight, was commissioned in the Essex Regiment. He was killed in action at Gueudecourt on October 18 when his battalion was attacking Bayonet Trench. His body was never found so he is commemorated at Thiepval. Oddly his Fortnightly obituary places his death early in 1918. WALTER BRADFIELD was the son of a Methodist minister in Ilkley who enlisted with the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed on December 5 on the Hebuterne sector, right at the northern end of the Somme operations. He is buried in Couin British Cemetery. The final death in this period was of GOULBURN BROOKE. After The Leys he went to Canada, roughing it and trying many jobs. However, at the outbreak of War he returned to enlist. Having spent a year in France, he returned to train for the Royal Flying Corps, becoming an instructor. On December 10 he was instructing a pupil when the plane fell out of the sky. He is buried in Dry Drayton churchyard, just outside Cambridge, as his parents owned Childerley Hall.
News of death in The Great War AT THE END of Great War VI in Newsletter 33 I raised the question of how people coped with so many reports of the deaths of people whom they knew. I was thinking particularly of those employed at The Leys, and of the parents of Old Leysians killed. That there were others in a similar situation was brought home forcibly as that Newsletter went to press. I was visited by Ray Hollings from Australia. Ray is a greatgrandson of the first Headmaster. He brought me copies of all the letters that his grandfather, James Hope Moulton, had written to the family whilst in India between the outbreak of the War and the spring of 1917 when he sailed back for England. Also, there was a small packet of original letters, written by James Hope to his younger son, Harold, then at prep school in England. Many are what one would expect a father to write to his son: concern for his health and hopes for his academic progress, combined with family news, but one was written after James had heard that Harold’s elder brother, Ralph, had been killed on the Somme. (I refer to his death in Great War VI.) I realised what an extraordinary experience Harold, and his younger sister, Helen, who was to become the mother of Ray, my visitor from Australia, had to go through. First their elder sister, Edith, had died as a child of illness. Then their mother also died of illness at the beginning of the War. Then there was this news of Ralph’s death in the War. Finally, catastrophically, they were to hear that their father, the only remaining member of their family, had died after the ship he was travelling back to England on in 1917 was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean. Before adolescence, Harold and Helen were orphans. There is also a packet of letters written by friends and family to Harold on the news of his father’s death. It is almost too much to grasp. How did those who wrote to Harold at prep school, his father first and family and friends after father’s
death, help the boy come to terms with what was happening? Harold’s father wrote from Bombay on September 15 1916. He had just heard that Ralph’s copy of the Greek New Testament had been found on the battlefield pierced by shrapnel. As he writes: ‘I wasn’t fit for much work on Wednesday’. He then goes on to thank Harold for his ‘very comforting letter’ (presumably on hearing of Ralph’s death). He continues: ‘This world has lost a man who was likely to take a large place and do a lot of good. You will have to think of taking his place as well as ever you can when you grow up. So that the first thing is to love God, and the second to get as strong as you can in body’. Then, when the news of his father’s death reached England, there are the letters written by family and friends. Again the Christian message is overwhelming. ‘Just think how perfectly happy Father and Mother are now they are together again’, writes one friend. ‘We cannot understand now why God allows these things to happen but some day we shall know and till then we must trust Him that what he does is best’, writes another. His prep school Headmaster writes emphasising
that he is now the representative of his branch of the Moulton family and he should now strive ‘to climb the heights they gained both in character and in scholarship’. The scale of Harold and Helen’s loss is well summed up in one letter: ‘Remember that your father is now in heaven with mother, and Ralph, and your sister who died some years ago, and now they are beyond the reach of all pain and misery, and are with Christ, which is for better.’ Whether such reminders helped the children’s pain and misery is another matter. I have written before of the changing thought-world even over the last single century. No-one, I suspect, would write quite like this nowadays, let alone the majority of the population. It is easy to adopt a slightly dismissive and patronising position when confronted with such simple and old-fashioned piety. When one sees contemporaries struggling to come to terms with death and loss in a modern secular, scientific world, maybe some Christian confidence about the future is an attractive alternative. John Harding
TOWN BUMPS! 2016 A GATHERING OF OLS and their guests at Osiers Holt on the final day of the Town Bumps is now a regular fixture on the OL Event Calendar. This year the weather was very kind to us, it was a perfect evening for sitting by the river sipping a chilled glass or wine/beer enjoying the idyllic spot in the company of other rowing enthusiasts – before leaping to one’s feet to enjoy the excitement and spectacle that is ‘The Bumps’. We were not to be disappointed as we saw bump after bump right in front of us. The OLs rowers (some are still keen oars-men and women) were able to keep the rest of us informed as to what was happening on the water – it is not always clear!! There was much cheering and whooping as boats bedecked with willow rowed triumphantly passed having successfully bumped. We now look forward to next year... 4
1) The Townshend brothers, Barney (S 59-64) and Piers (S 62-66) discussing tactics. 2) Paul Winchester (E 82-84)
looking after us splendidly. 3) Chris Phillips (A 66-70) and Beverley with Paul Shelley ( B 66-70)
and Elizabeth Wright enjoying a drink in the sunshine between races. 4) Richard Gunning ( I 03-08) watching the racing. 5) Delicious food we enjoyed.
6) Annie Muston (M/F/G 05-13) and Ollie Cheng (I 03-08) help set up.
SUMMER TERM REPORT
LTHOUGH at times it has not seemed like summer in Cambridge, the term ended in pleasant warmth and sunshine for Speech Day. The Revd Colin Smith preached at the Leavers’ Service and the Guest of Honour at the Speeches was Professor John Lennox, who is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford. He spoke passionately of the relationship of science and religion and the need for something beyond a materialist explanation of life. Both the Senior Prefects, Hannah Carson and Hart Fargo, gave outstanding speeches. At this occasion the Headmaster said farewells and paid tribute to three outstanding servants of The Leys: Maureen Williams, Martin Brown and Andrew Erby, all of whom retired at the end of the term. Maureen has been School Nurse since 1984; Martin (who also arrived in 1984) has been
Head of Biology, i/c the CCF and Athletics, Housemaster of North B and then Director of the Wider Curriculum; Andrew, who first arrived on a teacher exchange in 1981, has taught Maths, coached Rugby, been Housemaster of West and then Senior Tutor. They will be sorely missed. In spite of the demands of the examination schedule there was a great deal going on in the creative arts. Y9 performed ‘Emil and the Detectives’, a fun-filled ensemble piece with innovative technical elements including the use of film projection. Moulton House were part of a performance project with Slingshot Theatre Company. The performances of ‘Cabaret’ in the last week of term were generally lauded as ‘best ever’. The annual West Road Concert saw over one hundred
pupils taking part, a fitting send-off for the Director of Music, Rob Hall, who leaves the School for Abu Dhabi. Also early in the term was the Dance Showcase. Towards the end of term, the Choir sang Choral Evensong in St John’s College Chapel, a beautiful occasion. In the summer the musicians embarked on a music tour to Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest. What with Italian and German exchanges, there was indeed plenty going on, and that is before we turn to sport. Despite the typically inclement summer weather there were a number of good performances by Leysian sports teams and individuals over the course of the term. Sadly, the rain led to the cancellation of the Old Leysian Cricket and Tennis fixtures on the final Tuesday evening of term but we hope that
this event will become an annual fixture. Especially pleasing throughout the term was the commitment shown by the majority of those doing public examinations who continued to represent the school at a time when some other schools on the circuit were struggling to sustain numbers for senior fixtures. The 1st XI Cricket side beat Wellingborough, University Crusaders, Norwich, RHS, New Hall and Haileybury in their domestic fixtures while Andrew Bramley and Milan Mniszko both scored two centuries in a week during the term. In the Festival, held at The Leys this year, there were good wins against Fettes and Monkton Combe and we came up just short against St Paul’s despite getting into a winning position. Other cricketing highlights included the U15 A team winning the T20 County Cup final courtesy of fine wins over Perse Upper and Kimbolton. Hayden McKenzie scored five fifties for them over the course of the season. Elsewhere, highlights included Seb Faux hitting a destructive 94 not out off 63 balls for the 2nd XI against Gresham’s, Oliver Howell scoring a superb century against Felsted for the U14A before
making his 1st XI debut against MCC and Jaryd Frith (U15B) taking 6 wickets against Wellingborough. Finally, Tom Doggett scored 366 runs in six innings for Moulton A, including being the first Y7 or 8 pupil to hit a century with 103 not out against Kingshott. Our Tennis squads performed equally well with the Girls Tennis squads in dominant form achieving success against New Hall, Haileybury, Perse Upper and Stephen Perse at all levels. The Girls 1st VI first pair of Caroline Heslam-Moreno and Olivia Hyde was unbeaten this year while the senior 2nd and 3rd teams also enjoyed superb seasons thanks to very good performances from a strong UVI year in particular. The senior Boys Tennis squads also impressed with wins over The Perse Upper and Oundle for the 1st VI, and wins for the 2nd VI over Bishop’s Stortford 1st VI, Felsted and The Perse. The consistently outstanding pairings were Richard Poulter/Ben Fuller and Krishan Puvvada/Will Ingle. The girls and boys U15 sides won their respective Aegon Leagues and they will play in the East final in September. In other
sports fifteen athletes attended the Cambridgeshire County Athletics Championships on Saturday. Jack Sheehan & Tom Lillicrap came away as County Champions in the High Jump and 800m respectively while Freya Dennis qualified for the regional finals coming second in the 100 and 200 Metre county final. On the penultimate weekend of term the Y10 scullers attacked their first-ever side-by-side regatta at Peterborough where Toby Gibbs and Carl George achieved 2nd and 3rd places in the final. This term also saw the Head of the Cam where our rowers distinguished themselves with a haul of ten first and second places across both the boys and girls squads. Also successful were the Moulton A Rounders team who won the district final and came runners up in the county round. And it didn’t end with Speech Day. Apart from the Music tour already mentioned the summer saw an Expedition to the Himalayas, CCF Camp, Duke of Edinburgh Award trips, the Independent Schools Tennis Championships and the West End Residential Theatre Trip.
OLD LEYSIAN NEWS
75th/76th in a field of 180. Personally I was delighted to come 24th overall in the swim section, until I noticed that my fellow ex-West House competitor, Nick Allpress (W 74-79) beat me by a cool 14 seconds! No doubt there were other OLs we didn’t recognise on the day so if any are intending to compete next year, Sean & I would be delighted to meet up for post-race beers, and pre-event depending on how seriously they’re taking it!’
NORFOLK SUPERHERO At the end of June, Sean Elliott (F 79-84) and Johnny Robinson (W 79-84) took part in the Norfolk Superhero Challenge in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, about which more can be read at http://www.norfolksuperhero.co.uk/. They managed to raise a little over £3k for the Air Ambulance, thanks to the generous support of friends and family, many of them OLs. Johnny writes: ‘we staggered in
OLD LEYSIAN NEWS Professor Andrew Briggs (S 63-67) and his co-author Roger Wagner launched their book entitled The Penultimate Curiosity published by Oxford University Press in February 2016. The book asks why it is that throughout the long journey from cave painting to quantum physics what we now refer to as ‘science’ and ‘religion’ – the attempt to describe the physical world that we can see, and the aspiration to see beyond the rim of the visible world – have been so closely entangled? It has been favourably reviewed in the Financial Times by John Cornwell announcing it
as a “gripping work of history and reference [which] deserves to be read on both sides of the science-arts divide. Without espousing a particular faith or denomination, the authors have provided a much-need antidote to the New Atheists’ promotion of science at the expense of spirituality, a campaign that has done much to coarsen and misinform public understanding of both.” John Corner (E 54-59) has moved. His new address is: 16 Canowindra Close, Vermont South, Vic, 3133, Australia, on September 5th 2016. Email and mobile remain the same.
Congratulations to Robert Stoneley (S 8085) on his appointment as Commander of The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. MARRIAGE & BIRTH Joanna Myer (G 97-99) to Flt. Lt. Chris Greensides on 3 May 2014. Rupert Neil Ewart born on 4 April 2016. MARRIAGE Louise Beazor (F 03-08) to Rob Hall (Former Director of Music at The Leys) on 21 July in The Leys Chapel.
Sir Paul Holden, Pitlochry 2010
DEATHS David Ewart Carter (E 59-64) on 8 July 2016. Extracts from the address made by Richard Graham at David Carter’s funeral: Dave was born in Ilkley – the only son of Boy and Joan Carter – just over 70 years ago and had two elder twin sisters Wendy and Sally. He went to Malsis prep school near Keighley having – sadly – contracted polio not long before. JD Standeven, who was then 8, remembers being shown round the school by him. He – along with JD – then went on to The Leys School in Cambridge and Dave followed school by reading textiles at Leeds University. He then joined the family firm of Carter & Parker – the makers of Wendy Wool – learning the trade before becoming chairman in 1978 – a post he held for some 25 years until the business was sold. He was very loyal too, and loved his family and friends. He was devoted to Claire. Dave was also extremely proud of what Alice and Baz are achieving and how Christian and Margie are doing so well in New Zealand. He took great delight in his grandchildren – his “Little Ones” as he called them. JD recalls how in the 1990s they all went to a Genesis concert in Roundhay Park. In order to get Dave near the stage he had to go in a very old wheel chair and they came to the top of the natural bowl in the park with the crowd spread around before them. They started off down the slope when, JD, to his horror, felt the old rubber handles come away from the metal frame and Dave and wheelchair hurtled off down the slope quickly gathering speed. Alerted by Dave’s shouts, some lads in the audience leapt into action and managed to stop him. JD’s clear
memory is of seeing both Dave and wheelchair flying through the air but luckily noone was hurt.
mour in this role reversal. JD (Standeven) A 61-66, was one of Daves best friends . He was officiating at the Funeral.
He was always interested in politics and very knowledgeable about both general and political history. I was always amazed how he could instantly recall the details and careers of Government Ministers from years ago. He was, as we all know, a huge fan of Maggie Thatcher and I understand that he once actually shook her hand. The headline in the Daily Telegraph on the day he died, which I hope he saw, was that the next leader of the Conservative Party was certainly going to be a woman – a successor to his beloved Maggie. He was very interested in the political scene, devouring news about it all the time. It is ironic that his death should happen during a period of such immense political upheaval across Europe which would have had him gripped. What would Dave make of this service ? He would naturally be delighted that his wishes for the funeral and Wake - what he called “Operation Till We Meet Again” - have been carried out to the last detail. He would be so pleased to be surrounded by all his family and many relations. Also, that so many of his friends have turned out to see him off on his next journey.
Roger George Cobley (S 34-38) on 26 February 2016. His son Chris writes: ‘He left school in the shadow of war to join the Honourable Artillery Company, serving initially on the East Yorkshire coast in command of a small battery at Ulrome. With the Battle of Britain losses, he volunteered to join the RAF Volunteer Reserve and was posted to Burma, flying Hurricane IIDs, with a 40mm cannon slung under each wing. He didn’t see his new wife, Ailsa Day, for 3 years and never saw his mother again, as she died of cancer during his absence. Shot down once behind enemy lines, crash-landing twice and suffering six bouts of malaria, he nevertheless survived the war to become a farmer, first in Spalding, Lincolnshire, then Braunton, North Devon, where he spent the next 70 years. In 2008 he moved up to Yorkshire again to live with me, and there he lived happily until his relatively sudden death after four days in York Hospital aged 95 and 10 months. His wife had predeceased him on 15 January 2007. He is survived by his brother, Brian (S 36-39), his son, Chris (S 63-67), a second son, Nick, his daughter, Penny Williamson, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.’
But then again, he might just say “Hey, It’s Only Rock & Roll but I like it.” A footnote from Peter Hockin - When Dave was Chairman of Carter and Parker in Guiseley, it was tradition as the largest employers in the area to have a Governor at the local Guiseley School. Dave took up that role and the Headmaster was a certain Mr J W Horn. Mr Horn, an interesting character of left wing tendencies was Dave’s Housemaster at The Leys. Dave certainly saw the hu-
Sir Paul Holden (E 36-41) on 22 June 2016. His son Michael (F 69-74) writes: ‘Paul maintained the family tradition of attending The Leys established by his father Sir Isaac Holden (School House, 1880-86) and he followed in the footsteps of his elder brother Sir Edward (East 1930-35). He was a good marksman, became captain of shooting and represented the school at sev-
OLD LEYSIAN NEWS eral competitions including at Bisley, where he won the full bore (.303) trophy. Whilst at The Leys he developed his lifelong habit of always being busy, becoming involved in darkroom photography, the model railway society, and the Officer Training Corps. When the school was evacuated to Pitlochry in 1939 he was part of the forward party which was sent north early to prepare the Atholl Palace Hotel for its new role as a boarding school. Already established as a keen amateur film maker, he made a record of this move called “The Leys Moves North”, and this film survives to this day. Indeed he showed it once again at the 70th anniversary reunion weekend held at the Atholl Palace Hotel just a few years ago. At a school air cadets camp in Duxford in the summer of 1939 he was treated to a demonstration of the Mark 1 Spitfire, and this made a tremendous impression on him. A year or so later, on arrival at Oriel College Oxford to read organic chemistry, he joined the University Air Squadron and learnt to fly on Tiger Moths, going solo after less than seven hours’ instruction. After this it was only a matter of time before he abandoned his studies and volunteered to join the RAF in its hour of need. After training in Texas and Canada he had a spell working at a bomber airfield assisting with the despatch of the Pathfinder Lancasters on some of the “thousand bomber” raids over Germany. During the last year of the war he saw active service flying Spitfires, Hurricanes and Tempests, and was probably quite lucky in his postings as it meant he survived the experience. After the war ended he was converted onto jets, flying Meteors out of RAF Colerne (near Bath). It was here that he was introduced to the world of Air Traffic Control, as a shortage of controllers meant that one pilot from each squadron was seconded into it. And so he became a qualified Senior Air Traffic Control Officer whilst still a pilot! Whilst doing his RAF flying training in Texas he had been introduced to the “seeing-eye dog” concept the Americans had pioneered, and thought it was a great idea. In 1946 the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity was established in Britain, and once demobbed he immediately joined it and became one of the trainers at its first centre at Leamington Spa. It was here he met and married Vivien,
and later they moved to Exeter to help establish a second centre. After eight years the need for more money overtook the attraction of guide dogs, and Paul returned to air traffic control, this time as a civilian. He worked at Belfast and then at Warrington, before moving to headquarters in London. From here he was headhunted to join a fledgling business called General Precision Systems, whose mission was to introduce computing power into air traffic control. Over the years this company grew and expanded into wider software consultancy, Paul having timed his arrival into the burgeoning world of computing perfectly - and entirely by luck! By the time of his retirement he had become the Technical Director of Software Sciences, by then based at Farnborough, and was then living at Farnham, Surrey. During this time he had become an active Round Tabler. On moving to Farnham he joined Farnham Lions Club, and later the Probus club too, continuing a pattern of active community involvement which continued right up to his death. He founded a film making club called Surrey Border Movie Makers, and was still its president at the time of his death. He was a recording engineer for Farnham and Alton Talking Newspapers for the Blind for many years. Paul was an active member of the Woking branch of the Air Crew Association. In 2004 he made a video record of some of his war time flying experiences as part of a DVD entitled “Upside Down and Nothing on the Clock”. This forms part of a valuable first hand record of what it was like from a generation who have now largely fallen off the end of the runway. In 2006 Paul and Vivien moved to a retirement bungalow near Crondall in Hampshire, where they enjoyed a further nine years together before Vivien died in April last year. He was very fit and active right up until he was taken ill in June this year. He died on 22nd June and is succeeded by two daughters, a son (Michael 1969-74), seven granddaughters and two great-grandsons.’ John Duncan Webb Hunter (W 47-51) on 17 May 2016. His brother Bryce (W 5358) writes: ‘He died at home, of metastatic prostate cancer at the age of 82. He was born in London, lived for a time in Ilesha, Nigeria and was educated at The Leys. He
qualified as a doctor at the London Hospital and enjoyed a rich and varied professional life as: General Practitioner (Surrey, England); Medical Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Winnipeg & Gypsumville, Manitoba); Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at McMaster University (Hamilton); Director of Community Medicine, Grenfell Regional Health Services (St. Anthony, Newfoundland & Labrador); and Chief of Staff, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, (Grimsby, Ontario). He was active in retirement and enjoyed wood-working, boat-building, growing vegetables and paddling his own kayaks on Sydenham Lake.’ Eric Douglas Wraith (B 48-54) on 14 February 2016. We noted the death of Christopher George (S 51-56) in the last issue. His brother Edward (S 45-50) has now written: ‘Christopher was the youngest of three brothers all of whom were educated at The Newcastle Preparatory School and The Leys. After a National Service commission in The Durham Light Infantry he read History at Christ’s. He completed accountancy articles in London before joining George Angus & Co. in Gateshead. With his wife, Judith, and daughters Sarah and Emma, he lived in Hexham and then Corbridge. A true Geordie, having been born in Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne and brought up in Consett Co. Durham, he always loved the North East. When the firm was taken over by Dunlop he was appointed Finance Director of their Malaysian subsidiary living in Kuala Lumpur for 5 years. Returning to the U.K. he joined the defence arm of G.K.N. retiring in 2000, living first in Wem and finally in Hereford. We have learnt that Tim Beynon, the seventh Headmaster (86-90), died on 19 June 2016. He was a diabetic and died of septicaemia brought on by his condition. The news reached us too late to prepare anything for this issue. The Editor would like to hear from any OLs or former colleagues with memories for an article in the next issue.
OL RAMBLE 2016
HIS YEAR’S RAMBLE on the weekend of June 18 and 19 took place in the Chilterns and was organised by Howard Papworth. We based ourselves at Watlington where Howard and Luci live. Leaving Watlington on the Ridgeway we climbed the Chiltern escarpment alongside Aston Rowant NNR. We then descended into the Wormsley estate, the home of the Getty family, passing the cricket ground and the new site for Garsington Opera . We then climbed out of that valley up to Northend and then down to The Crown at Pishill for a late lunch. Then it was back to Watlington via Maidensgrove and Russell’s Water Common. In all, the walk was about eighteen miles long. We never saw the sun but it was largely dry and cool enough to make walking very pleasant. Walking mainly through deep woodland there was little sign of bird life except the ubiquitous red kites that are now well established in the Chilterns, but there were
good sightings of roe deer and some fine orchid displays on the chalk grassland. The Fat Fox in Watlington provided us with a splendid evening meal, as it had done on Friday when we assembled. On Sunday we drove to Ewelme where we explored the village with its water-cress beds and nature reserve and visited the Church
with its brasses and its wonderful Chaucer Chapel, all rounded off with Sunday lunch at The Shepherd’s Hut. Those attending were Eddie Sadd (W 67-72), Howard Papworth (A 69-74), Luci Stephens, Simon James (W 69-74), Beverley James, James Middleton (A 82-87), Jean Harding (CR 77-03) and John Harding.
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MATCH V THE SCHOOL GOG MAGOG GOLF CLUB APRIL 28TH In our Annual Match we had another very enjoyable afternoon on the Old Course. We played three four ball matches followed by the usual supper. The result in our favour did not show the overall quality of the golf and in the middle match Lindie Tapping and Toby Bryce-Smith dropped just five shots with their better ball. Both have already indicated that they will be joining the Golfing Society this Summer after leaving the School. SPRING MEETING MOOR PARK MAY 11TH This is the first time we have had a day fixture at this Hertfordshire Course, the original home of the Boys Championship, The Carris Trophy. In the morning we played on the longer High Course and once again Paul Quin showed his steadiness by winning the medal. Anthony Turner had made the worthwhile journey from Yorkshire to win the Stableford. Although enjoyable we did not play the full eighteen on the West Course in the afternoon. It proved a good warm up for David Page and Roger Wood for the forthcoming Bernard Darwin with them winning the Society’s Tankards.
SCORES: TED MOREL TROPHY (MEDAL) P.A Quin
NEIL WHITE TROPHY (STABLEFORD) A.H.B. Turner
SENIOR BERNARD DARWIN TROPHY (OVER 65) WOKING GOLF CLUB JUNE 14TH/15TH
In the first round we played Highgate and partly because of travel disruption they only
SOCIETY’S TANKARDS T.D. Page & R.N.A. Wood
The Spring Meeting for 2017 will be held at North Hants Golf Club, near Fleet, on Wednesday May 10th. Chris Gotla, a well known Old Uppinghamian, is the Club Manager.
Annual Business Meeting
Halford Hewitt Practice
Match v The School
Grafton Morrish Qualifying
Match v Old Merchant Taylors’
Putting Tournament (Provisional)
Putting Tournament Finals
Senior Bernard Darwin (Over 65 )
Veteran’s Bernard Darwin (Over 75)
June 29th-June 30th
Bernard Darwin Trophy (Over 55)
Match v The Bar G.S.
Match v Old Fidelian Golfing Society
Uppley Cup (Provisional)
Grafton Morrish Finals (4 days)
Arup & Partners
managed two pairs so we started with the last match being a walkover Our first pair had a good win playing steady golf and our second pair took a half a few holes from home as the match was over. We then played Harrow who had a stronger team, but our three pairs matched their golf and all three matches finished on the 18th green. Our third pair played particularly well to give us the one win. In the Final Rugby beat Tonbridge. The following (shown left) played:- R.N.A. Wood & R.J. Endacott, C.S.J. Metcalf & T.H. Walton G.A. Macalpine & H.L. Shields. BERNARD DARWIN TROPHY (OVER 55) WOKING GOLF CLUB JULY 2ND/3RD In the first round we played Charterhouse, winners on many occasions and without our very best Team. We were only slightly behind after the first nine holes, but in the vital match Charterhouse had a good run from the 14th and won at the 17th. It was David McClean’s first Bernard Darwin and he and David Page had a well earned half with some good golf.
Charterhouse then went on to win the Final against Tonbridge giving us some credit for our performance.
are highlighted on the fixture list above hopefully to help the situation. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
The following (shown above) played:- R.P. Cadman & J.S. Edwards. T.D. Page & D.W. McClean, T.H. Walton & R.J. Endacott. BERNARD DARWINS 2017 For both Bernard Darwins this year our Team Manager had some difficulty in drawing together our best players due to their clashing of dates. The dates for 2017
The Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Offices of Ove Arup, 13, Fitzroy Street, London W.1., at 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday February 15th, 2017 (Nearest Underground Stations Great Portland Street & Warren Street), the Meeting will be followed by a meal, details will be sent out nearer the time. NSW
REUNION FOR 1991-97 LEYSIANS â€“ MAY 2016
HE 1991-97 REUNION was a sunny affair with a hall full of Old Leysians and their partners. Going round the school was an entertaining experience, with cricket being played on the pitch and various boarders trundling around the grounds happily chatting away. It was impressive seeing the new music facilities, and the more modern science facilities. What struck me most was in fact how little the general feeling of the school had changed - it still had that calm, positive attitude of young adults getting on with their lives.
We all took more happy memories away from the day, and our thanks go to Fiona Slot and John Harding for working to make the day such a success. Moira Bowdrey (nĂŠe Smith) (B 95-00)
Although we weren't able to see North B house, a quick look in North A brought back many memories for those who had lived there. Also, a rather worrying level of tidiness was displayed - were the current teenagers simply rather better behaved than those of us who graced the hallways rather a long time ago? We darkly suspected they might be. Dinner was the highlight of the day, Paul Dickinson giving a very entertaining speech, as well as making some important points on how important it was not to focus always on academic results, and how this actually helped children develop more healthily and successfully during life something which everyone I spoke to heartily agreed with. It was good to hear the new Headmaster respond with a similar attitude, that giving young people a healthy mental state that they could use during their whole life should matter more than a final exam.
(Our grateful thanks to Moira for her excellent speech at the dinner when she spoke of her delight at being back at The Leys and seeing so many old friends and reminiscing on happy times spent at the school)
NCE AGAIN, we at Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission have been busy. And once again I wonder how best to distill the life and essence of this one body with combined heritages (both linked to The Leys) into a short pithy article. So today I’ve decided to share with you two events seemingly unrelated to The Leys. On 24 May we commemorated John Wesley’s ‘evangelical conversion’. People from all over the country, and indeed all over the world, joined us in snaking through the centre of London visiting key Wesley sites whilst enjoying fellowship and lots of laughter. As we walked I couldn’t help but wonder whether the mission walks undertaken by Leysian Mission members of old before their services were similar in their atmosphere. With the Boys Brigade band, and the cross made for the Mission by an OL being marched out the front, it must have been quite a sight! But more than that, the Wesley Day event allowed for the mixing of groups, classes and cultures in the sharing of a common aim –like The Mission did and does to this day.
Just two days before this, several members had taken part in Christian Aid’s Circle the City walk. Our intrepid group visited a number of places of worship as part of their 10km sponsored walk, along with taking part in activities which highlighted many of Christian Aid’s key focuses.
The LEYSIAN MISSION
Those who didn’t walk shook buckets back at the Chapel or sponsored walkers to help this worthy cause. Once again, it was a great example of a community coming together to help others. There you have it. Two events that involve being out in the world and visible to our community; events where we try to make a difference to the world, and celebrate those who have done so before us; events which bring people together to learn and share from one another, breaking down divisions; events with no direct link to The Leys, yet which I believe show some of the values and ethos which unite
the three institutions of The Leys, The Old Leysian Society, and Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission to this very day. All Old Leysians are welcome to join us for worship, to volunteer in the programmes which serve our local community, to share in fellowship with us, or to join us for events as described above. The next OL Communion will take place on Thursday 2nd February 2017. Judith Bell. Leysian Missioner
From the Head of Development EVENTS C A L E N DA R Friday 14 October SE ASIA RECEPTIONS Bankers Club, Hong Kong, 13 October Tanglin Club, Singapore, 19 October Royal Selangor Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur, 22 October Drinks Receptions, 6.30pm-9pm Full details will be emailed nearer the time. (If you will be in any of these place on these dates and would like to attend please contact Fiona Slot, firstname.lastname@example.org). Thursday 3 November LONDON EVENT Venue: The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN Drinks Reception 6.30pm-8.30pm
I HAVE NOW BEEN AT THE LEYS for over fifteen months and I am very much enjoying being part of the very special community here and meeting OLs, parents, and friends of the School at events both in the UK and abroad. We have held over 14 events in three countries with high attendance at all of them. I look forward to meeting many members of The Leysian community at future events, such as our events in SE Asia which are coming up and the London Drinks in November. In terms of fundraising it has been the “year of the legacy” with two significant legacy gifts having been received highlighting the truly transformative impact that legacies can have on the School. In light of this we have launched the 1875 Society which is exclusively for legacy donors and members
receive an annual invitation to a drinks reception at the School from the Headmaster. If you are interested in receiving information about leaving a legacy gift to the School please contact the Development Office. The Leys is immensely grateful to all OLs and their families who so kindly remember the School in their Will. This year also saw the first telephone campaign that the School has run in six years and I would like to thank, on behalf of the School, all those who made a gift over the telephone. Our callers enjoyed speaking the members of the broader Leysian community whilst raising important funds for the School’s Bursary Programme. Thomas Northcote
Saturday 10 December OLD LEYSIAN SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER AND AGM Venue: Peterhouse, Cambridge 6.00pm-10.30pm Drinks Reception followed by a 3 course dinner with wine, tickets £50 per person (£25 for OLs aged 30 and below). Thursday 2 February 2017 OL COMMUNION
THE OLD LEYSIAN BENEVOLENT FUND The Old Leysian Benevolent Fund exists to support Old
Venue: Wesley’s Chapel, 49 City Rd, London EC1Y 1AU 6pm, Followed by refreshments.
Leysians and their dependents if they run into difficulties
Everyone very welcome, including guests. Thursday 9 March 2017 BUSINESS NETWORKING DRINKS
through accident, illness, redundancy or other unforeseen
Venue TBC – 6.30pm-9pm
hardships. Anyone experiencing such hardship, or anyone
Saturday 18 March 2017
who knows of someone who may perhaps qualify to receive
CONCERT OF NAYLOR MUSIC Venue: Great Hall Details from Rod Ashby-Johnson, email@example.com
help from the fund, should contact: The Secretary, Charlie
Save the date:
Kidman, (B/F 63-68) at 165 Huntingdon Road, Cam-
OL REUNION 2017, SATURDAY 13 MAY For years of entry 1963-68 OL REUNION 2018 First Moulton House Reunion, 20 years on ‘The Wiedermann Years’.
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is always dealt with in confidence and with discretion. If
you would like to help the Fund in its ongoing and valu-
If you have any queries regarding any of the events above, please contact Fi Slot in the Development Office
able work, please contact the Secretary. Any donation, large
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or small, would be a tremendous help. CONTACT: The Old Leysian Newsletter is produced three times a year. The Editor, John Harding, can always be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o The Development Office at The Leys.