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Dates for your diary in 2017 - For OL Golf Fixtures please see page 40. Shooting fixtures page 42. Saturday 10 June
Saturday 30 September
OL to SLC Careers Fair (10am - 12pm) OLs from all areas of industry, academia and commerce needed please. E: email@example.com to volunteer.
St Lawrence College
From 11.30am onwards: JS Fête, Car Display and Live Music on Prefects’ Lawn
All OLs and guests welcome. If you should need a reason to get everyone together and celebrate…
Summer OL Day & School Fête
Annual OL Dinner
Canapes & Fizz, 4 Course Dinner in Dining Hall £30 per person
Midday onwards: Welcome Drinks, Lunch, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Tours, BBQ
Significant ‘Leaver’ Anniversaries: 50 yrs: 1967, 40yrs: 1977, 30yrs: 1987, 25yrs: 1992, 20yrs: 1997, 10 yrs: 2007
Saturday 1 July
October Date TBC
OL & Friends Kent Ale, Cider, Wine & Music Fest
Australian Reunion, Sydney
plus fun cricket tournament
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2pm onwards: Fun Cricket between OLs staff, parents and pupils.
Sunday 12 November
Remembrance Sunday Service
4 pm – Midnight: Fest
College Chapel, 10:45am. Refreshments served afterwards
Saturday 9 September
National Heritage Day
Sunday 9 December
Carols in the College Chapel
The College Chapel and Dining Hall are open to the public, plus a display of the College history
4pm. For OLs, Friends and Parents. Mulled wine & mince pies afterwards
Saturday 23 September
First week of December
The OL Society Goes West!
New York Reunion
Our first West Country UK ‘OL Luncheon’
Manhattan area. Exact date to be confirmed.
At the Mill on The Exe, Exeter, Devon. See invitation below or call us for further details
Further Dates - TBC
WEST COUNTRY Californian, Caribbean, Malaysian, Hong Kong Reunions, 1879 Legacy Society Lunch.
OL Buffet Luncheon
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10 minute drive from either Junction 30 or 31 (M5) OL Buffet Luncheon
£17 per head
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From the Principal Welcome to the latest edition of the OL News.
From my time spent with OLs in recent think the benefits are lifelong, so it is onto the one site and provide us with years, I am struck by the incredible always a great encouragement to meet 21st Century facilities. After that we have diversity represented by the OL with OLs and discover where life has plans for Junior School alterations and community, but also by three refurbishment, a pavilion on consistent features:- ...there is no doubt that Newlands and a Music School. 1. Most OLs retain a remarkably warm association with the College and their friends from their days here.
your old school is on an upward trajectory...
2. Far too many OLs have not found cause to return to Ramsgate since leaving school. 3. OLs like to party . I would like to think that the first of these is everything to do with St Lawrence, the second has nothing to do with it, and I can’t possibly comment on the third! It is possible though that all three features can be addressed by OLs attending the many excellent social events we now run at the school, so I would encourage you to get involved in these. St Lawrence is ultimately here for the benefit of its pupils, and we’d like to
taken them, and how their school life helped to prepare them for this. I spoke at the OL dinner about how the fabric at St Lawrence has been radically improved in recent years through substantial investment, and this continues apace. You may have noticed the graphic of a modern building juxtaposed with an archive image of one of the current Science Labs on the front cover? Though still raising funds to complete, I expect us to begin construction of the new Science, Technology & Art School over Easter 2017, so the place that all OLs had their Science lessons will soon be no more. Instead, the new building will be situated close to the Chapel, facing the Classroom Block across Chapel Green. This will bring all academic subjects
We are a bigger school now than we have been for a very long time and are now oversubscribed on entry. Academic results continue to rise, with leavers last year going to a range of top universities including Oxbridge. Sporting success continues to be a feature and, just last term, we become county champions at three different age levels for boys’ and girls’ indoor hockey. Our commitment to the Arts and involvement in the local community brought us national recognition as winners at the TES Independent School Awards, in recognition of our work with the Turner Contemporary. Overall there is no doubt that your old school is on an upward trajectory, so please continue to be involved and play your part in this. You are always assured of a warm welcome when you visit, so please stay in touch!
Tony Singer, Hugh Stewart, Andrew Bone, Antony Spencer, Ian Collins pictured at The German Gym (see page5)
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New Developments at the College As a new starter to St Lawrence College and someone attempting to follow in the impressive footsteps of the inaugural Director of Development, Dr Ellis Gill, it is heartening to see that Old Lawrentians are clearly still so fond of the School. This edition alone demonstrates that there are significant numbers of you actively connected, offering your professional expertise to pupils and young alumni alike, and enjoying lasting friendships through social occasions organized by Kerry Brown. Some of you like the Laing family have also demonstrated your commitment to the mission and values of our School by giving your philanthropic support too. Clearly all of our alumni – former pupils, staff, parents and Governors – play a critical part in making the School what it is today and what it is still to become in the future. As you will have seen from the artist’s impressions of the new Science, DT and Art School on the front cover, St
Lawrence College is continuing its pursuit of excellence through the development of new facilities. This significant project will dramatically improve the educational, artistic and cultural opportunities available for pupils now and in the future, as it will also for the communities that we serve in Thanet and East Kent. St Lawrence College provides every child irrespective of their background, place of birth or financial position – with the potential to identify and maximize their individual talents wherever these may lie. Everyone has seen the benefits of the School’s recent investment in first class sports and coaching facilities. Our focus on Science, Design Technology and Art will now extend our commitment to other core elements of our pupils’ education. As we look towards the imminent arrival of the School’s 140th anniversary in 2019, we will be aiming to listen to the views of our alumni; offer additional
services that benefit alumni of all ages throughout their lifetime; recognize and celebrate the achievements of former pupils and staff; and enable alumni who share our vision for the future to join us in the future development of the School. St Lawrence College has some exciting plans ahead that will be transformational for generations of pupils and the community alike. If you would like to learn more about them, please contact me or Kerry via 01843 572932 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be delighted to hear from you. Until then, thank you for your continued support for the School and I hope that I may get the opportunity to meet you in the months ahead. Yours Anthony Dr Anthony Medhurst, St Lawrence College’s Director of Development
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Old Lawrentian Day - 19 March 2016
Lent Term OL Day
An extra treat for the 2016 Lent Term OL Day was the official opening of the new water based astro on Newlands. Attendees of the ceremony included SLC hockey players and coaches (past and present) and a number of prestigious hockey names. Olympic GB Hockey gold medallist and local boy, Sean Kerly, had the honour of cutting the ribbon. To celebrate the occasion, the traditional hockey match between OLs and the College became a mini tournament involving two further teams - Cliftonville HC and a ‘Principal’s XI’ consisting of some of the College girls 1st XI, the boys’ 2nd XI, staff and Canterbury HC. All teams played valiantly and the OL players were exceptional, but at the end
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Obembe, Neeth Kanagaratnam, Sangam Tulachan, Andonio Hicks, David Obembe, Gyan Kathri-chetri, Sirsak Chemjong and Ebuka Okeke for participating.
of some wonderful matches the Principal’s side took the Cup. OL team members included Alfredo Furmanek, James Barden, Julian Robinson, Matt Westby, Nick Herbert, Robbie Newbery, Tim Collins, Niall Anderson, David Buckingham, KB Asiedu, George Jeffrey, Jim Laslett & Keiran Thompson. The OL v SLC football match saw enthusiastic recent leavers being defeated by a more determined College team. Thanks to Douglas Ng for organising the game, and fellow OL players Alex Ng, Dami Lamikanra, Ewemhe Yamah, Henry Yu, Samuel
OL success on the day came via netball and shooting. Thanks to Laura Newbery for organising a strong team and huge thanks to the Shooters who, faced with a young but keen side, graciously offered to host a mentoring session followed by a match against a mix of pupils and Masters. After a brief AGM and prize giving, everyone tucked into a delicious curry and enjoyed the hospitality of the bar. A good number of OLs stayed on and enjoyed the College musical ‘War of the Worlds’.
London Event - January 26 2017
OL City Drinks At London’s German Gymnasium
Our first ‘London Drinks’ proved a to be a big hit and enabled those who work in or have easy access to London (but possibly less able to visit the College on OL days) to pop in after work, reconnect with old friends and Masters, whilst also meeting new friends over a few drinks and canapés. Our private area was packed out with 60 OLs attending, enjoying various German beers, Austrian wines and canapés all kindly provided by the Principal, and the OL Society. We were delighted to welcome so many OLs who were attending their first OL event, in addition to some well known faces. A most enjoyable evening at the German Gym - thank you for organising it so well. Michael Hunter
We chose the venue for it’s proximity to stations, reputation and fascinating history. The German Gymnasium was built in 1865 by London’s German Gymnastics Society to be the first purpose built gym in England. The first modern Olympic Games in 1866 held
departing sprint to catch a train) just plenty of laughter and chat!
Bruce Bradley, Jean Mitchelhill, Adrian Sebastian their indoor events here, and the German Society’s forward thinking approach even allowed women to take classes from 1866. Now elegantly remodelled as a european grand café and cocktail bar, many original features have been retained including the cast iron hooks from which Olympic hopefuls would swing. Luckily for our OLs that night, no energetic gymnastic skills were required (other than a swift Thank you for a splendid evening last night. Great fun. BEN SHARP
Kenneth Wilson, Jim Moura
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Our aim now will be to plan more events in this vein for OLs and, in addition, provide other evenings specific to those in certain career fields i.e Medicine / Property/ Banking etc. widening the networking opportunities to include current parents, past parents, university students and sixth formers as well. Apologies for not getting photos of everyone there! Andrew Bone, Geoff Shaw, Adrian Sebastian
Wonderful evening. So nice to meet an interesting and fun mix of OLs. Good to meet so many- including the legendary Housemaster, Geoff Shaw. Nelson Whaley
Ben Sharp, Liz Mooney, Ian Collins, Robert Fromow, Robert Brown Ellis and Gianni Nice to meet new people and also catch up with those I already knew. Liz Mooney
Joe Fort, Freddie Smith, Bethan Jones, Selena Gill ff Shaw in Michael Hunter and Geo etiming’ ‘fac ers oth , foreground those who couldn’t come!
Thank you for organising such an excellent evening. It was good to meet you, the Head and even some “Old” OLs! Jonnie Jones
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President’s Message Welcome to the 2016/ 2017 Edition. The past 12 months have seen some interesting changes in the world, not least Brexit and Mr Trump! We all hope things will turn out all right on the night.
Society, so please do keep in contact, and come to see us very soon.
The official opening of the new water based hockey astro on March OL Day with a tournament of 4 teams including With OL Days in spring and summer, a great OL side was a highlight, as was dedicated leaving year reunions, a Ball, the ‘1992’ reunion, and being hosted by Jamie Clifford at The College currently has kindly the Kent Cricket ground for our It has been another busy year it’s largest ever amount Summer meeting. The College and I hope you will enjoy and Kent Cricket Club have a of pupils. I believe this reading about some of the wonderful on-going relationship is primarily down to many events that took place and Jamie’s support for the and the exploits of some of excellent stewardship. College and OLs is very much your fellow OLs. Perhaps what appreciated. you see and read might persuade you to the Ale/Cider/Wine/Music Fest, Carol join in and consider attending some of Service and London Drinks, there have I would personally like to thank Nat the various events we are planning to been numerous opportunities to Crush for his dedication and efforts on host in the next 12 months? We readily reunite and we are delighted that so the Committee, helping at every event welcome your feedback, comments, many of you came and made each and organising our cricket team and ideas and participation as this is your event a great success. wonderful car display each year. Sadly he is now standing down from the committee though continuing as a dedicated supporter to the Society. The main event of the year came in September at the House of Commons. When Kerry suggested this idea, none of us really knew just how good the result would be. A very special location, delicious food and an almost personal tour or the Lords and Commons, it was something I will remember for a long time. The house photos were, shall we say, interesting, but also very amusing as we saw the old inter- House rivalries and banter come to the fore! This London dinner will take some beating I must say, but if any of you have contacts with interesting venues please let us know via Kerry. We will continue to host the annual Dinner at the College every alternate year, and this year it will be at the school on 30th September. Places / tables can be booked now through Kerry at just £35 per head! We’ve seen reunions hosted across the globe in Europe, Australia, the USA and the Far East and, in this coming year we hope to do the same again and also venture to west coast USA, the Caribbean, Malaysia, Germany as well as 6 The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017
regional reunions here in the UK. Thank you to all OLs for arranging and attending these, and for helping to strengthen the OL bonds of friendship.
grandchildren - or simply would like to just see the old place again - I urge you to pop down and see for yourself; it will impress you.
The College currently has its largest ever amount of pupils. I believe this is primarily down to excellent stewardship. St Lawrence has a great leader in Antony Spencer. He and his dedicated staff have really improved and promoted the College well, and we can all see the benefits of these actions. A number of alterations and new buildings have emerged in the past decade and the College is now taking further steps to strengthen itself further with a new Science, Design Technology & Arts Block about to be built. If you have not been to the College recently, or are thinking of sending your children or
Our Facebook group (St Lawrence College Old Lawrentians) has grown this year from under 500 to an amazing 1150+ OL members! Even if social media does not really appeal, I would recommend at least joining this group. You’ll be surprised at how many OLs that you will know and reconnect with – plus receive the latest news the instant it is shared. Our ‘Linked in’ group also has over 400 currently connected. We eagerly await our new website and new, improved database access facility. An email will be sent to you as soon as both are ready to be viewed and used. In the meantime, please inform Kerry of
any updates you have and if we do not have a valid email address for you currently, please tell us as the only ‘hard’ posting we do per year is this magazine. The 4 or 5 other notifications per year are by email, Facebook, and (soon) the new website. Please keep us updated with your contact details by calling us at the College on 01843 572932 or at email@example.com Finally, as I penned this on the inauguration of a new US President, in the style of historical Presidential words, I would like to say to my fellow Old Lawrentians‘ Ask not what your college can do for you, ask what you can do for your college…’ James OL President
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A Career Taking Off Chris Watson - Tower 2012
Highlights of my time at SLC? So many … but if pushed to name just one it would be the opportunity to visit South America (thank you Mr Onyett). Other teachers whom I owe a great deal include Jane and Gary Davies (Tower House Master and wife) who kept me on track the whole way through school. I learnt so much in my time as Head of House / Head Boy especially what it means to be responsible for other people. It certainly played a part in motivating me to look for leadership roles in my career. The friendships I made at SLC are very important to me but I am terrible at keeping in touch (other than being part of the Facebook OL Group and a visit in January to speak to the current SLC RAF section). I have not yet made it back to OL Days and events etc. but I will– just as soon as the job allows.
After A levels I headed to Hull to study History and took holiday jobs as an Outdoor Activity Instructor in Wales (having been fully inducted via SLC Activities and the D of E Scheme). I had known I would enter a career with duty, but was unsure whether to pursue the Civil or Military Services. A career in the RAF beckoned when I realised that I preferred the challenges of leadership, action and intellectually stimulating work over the deskwork of Whitehall. The RAF offered all those possibilities and as both my parents and my grandfather served, I seemed to be following a family tradition. My mind was set. Whilst preparing to apply I found a temporary job that was interesting to say the least, and certainly not one that I would have promoted at an OL Career Fair - I became a dinner lady at my old school in Belgium for four months! My duties included playground and classroom monitoring and
supervising. Who knew that all those Prefect dinner queue duties would stand me in such good stead! Finishing at 2pm each day also meant I had every afternoon free to work on my fitness and preparation for selection. After a number of assessments in October plus the dreaded two day Selection Board, I was accepted to Cranwell in April for Officer Training. Each day began unsociably early and included an Inspection of at least one hour, sometimes two. There were 20 of us in my ‘Flight’ and we became thick as thieves, and managed to excel in all challenges over the other Flights. The high point of course was graduation with my friends and I being together, having accomplished so much, and my parents and girlfriend, Vic, being there to celebrate. Now a Pilot Officer, I have a three month placement before I begin a 6 month training period for a role I sadly am not allowed to share with you but suffice to say it will be exciting and a great challenge!
HAVE YOU EVER SERVED YOUR COUNTRY? OL Honours List For All Ranks Currently Being Compiled – Details Required
We are very keen to be able to acknowledge all OLs who have served their county in the Armed Forces for 2 years or more, in any capacity and at any rank. To do this we need your help please. Up to the 1970s the College would acknowledge those who entered Officer Training directly after SLC. We would like to reintroduce this but with rather a large difference: to recognise all those who join up, at any point in life after leaving SLC, whether Officer or Rating, both historic and present. Please contact Kerry / Major Nigel Cavaglieri at SLC with your details : firstname.lastname@example.org 8 The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017
Sandhurst Success Charlie Collins - Newlands 2011
L-R OLs: Danny Whittle, Jim Prophet, Aaron Conn, Kit Bowra, , Charlie, Tim, Greg Whittle, Robbie Newbery, Harry Davitt, Jonny Cannan at the Commissioning Ball Whilst sitting in the bunker at Casterley demolitions range this week waiting for clearance to cut a bridge panel with 15kg of plastic explosives, I had time to reflect on how far I had come since the days when I would turn up late for CCF with unpolished boots! After leaving SLC I took a year out to travel the world. I then completed a degree in International Relations at Loughborough University and an MSc in Management at the University of Kent. Having developed a taste for adventure, I decided that a career in the military would be more interesting to me than some more conventional graduate streams.
Given my strong family ties with the Army I had some idea of what to expect but was sceptical about the credibility of some of my dad’s intelligence (given that it was some 30 years out of date)! Much to my dismay, I found that whilst the course itself was very different, contemporary Colour Sergeants are still just as keen to take advantage of their opportunity to run future Officers ragged! After a stressful but hugely rewarding year at Sandhurst, I was delighted to be awarded a Commission into the Royal Engineers. I managed – just about – to resist my youngest brother Henry’s attempts to make me laugh as I stood to attention during the
commissioning parade and later that evening was honoured to be able to host several of my best friends (all OLs) at the Commissioning Ball. Having decided that I hadn’t quite had enough punishment, I opted to go on the pre-parachute selection course, prior to phase 2 training of the Royal Engineers Troop Commander’s Course. When that finishes in April, I will find myself in charge of a Troop of 30 Sappers which I am sure is when the fun will truly begin!
A ‘Major’ Promotion
David Welford SLC - Newlands Deacon 2001
Charlie with SLC siblings Olivia, Henry and Tim and grandparents Norma and Billy McCullogh
Congratulations to David Welford who was promoted to Major in 2016. An officer in the King’s Royal Hussars, David is currently in Kansas, USA, attending the US Command and General Staff College. He will be there until 2018 when he’ll return to the UK to take over a squadron. The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017 9
General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL Richard Dannatt, Tower 1969 British Army 1969 – 2009 Constable of the Tower of London 2009 - 2016
Having written my autobiography “Leading from the Front” in September 2010, I presumed that that would be the sum total of books written by myself. I was therefore a little surprised when asked by Profile Books, if I would consider writing a history of the British Army since the Second World War. After considerable thought, I gave a positive, but qualified, answer – the qualification being that I wished to broaden the canvas; to write more of a commentary on Britain as a country since the Second World War, albeit seen through the perspective of the Army and allowing the account of what the Army has done since 1945 to be the handrail through the commentary. Andrew agreed to this changed prospectus and the title: “Boots on the Ground – Britain and Her Army since 1945” was agreed. The question I am frequently asked is why I joined the army, and that remains
difficult to answer in a definitive way, but during my last couple of years at St Lawrence the idea of university directly after school was not very appealing but the prospect of something rather more exciting was. It was not fashionable then – perhaps not now either – to admit that I enjoyed being in the CCF at St Lawrence. It was not so much what one did on Wednesday afternoons but the opportunities to meet regular soldiers and hear what they were doing that caught my interest. Those older and wiser than me at St Lawrence told me to sit the Oxbridge exams and apply to Cambridge to read Law and perhaps become a barrister. I was not totally desolated to learn that after being interviewed at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, they felt that they could manage without me. So, it was to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst that I went in September 1969. I joined the
Army initially for three years but, as expected, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of what I was doing and – stayed for 40 years! My final appointment was as Chief of the General Staff from 2006 to 2009, which meant that I was the professional head of the British Army. During my service, it was my privilege to command soldiers on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo and in my last three appointments as Commander of NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Commander in Chief, Land Command and then as Chief of the General Staff. I was heavily involved in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has been fascinating, challenging and frustrating to be involved in Defence at a senior level in the tumultuous years from the ending of the Cold War to today’s dangerous threats to national and global security, and renewed tensions with Russia and all this against the background of the Islamist jihadi threat. “Boots on the Ground – Britain and her Army since 1945” tells the story of how Great Britain has transformed from being one of the World’s three Big Powers in 1945 to the United Kingdom of today seeking to find a new identity outside the European Union but remaining a staunch ally of the United States and the leading European military member within NATO. The British Army has been on stage throughout every act of this seventyyear story of transformation, and the book describes how the army has adjusted to the shifting defence needs and policies from the end of WWII and the formation of NATO right up to the present day.
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Dr. Raymond J. Solly Master at SLC 1984-1999 Author of Multiple Maritime Books Many OLs will be interested to read news of Ray Solly. As well as enjoying his English lessons, many will remember him as the Resident Tutor in ManorGrange, where he spent 13 years, and as the Careers and HE advisor. Those who had dealings with him in the Royal Naval Section of the CCF, which he started, will have been aware of Ray’s previous life as a navigating officer in the Merchant Navy, aboard super tankers, dry cargo ships and coasters, a career in which he reached the rank of Chief Officer. During his time in the Merchant Navy a cadet on his watch aboard one ship shared Kipling’s poem ‘Sestina of the Tramp Royal’ with Ray. This poem served to re-ignite his love for literature and eventually led him to leave his maritime career and train as a teacher of English, although he took his studies further than this and obtained a PhD. Teaching first in Worcester, Ray came to Thanet in
1984. He was able to combine his teaching and nautical careers as he was now a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. In this role he devised the Course and instructed CCF cadets in Coastal Navigation at the School of Maritime Operations, HMS Dryad. He used also the radar simulator training facilities in HMS Amethyst and Black Swan to instruct cadets for the RYA shore-based Radar certificate. For a season he taught basic coastal navigation at HMS Raleigh. He is qualified as RYA Instructor to the level of Yacht-master (Offshore and Ocean). After leaving SLC in 1999, Ray began a third career as a maritime author. Since that time he has been the author of 11 maritime books as well as a large number of miscellaneous articles, academic theses, and marine papers. Married to Sally since 2002, Ray still lives in East Kent where he remains an active
walker and swimmer. He leads a fortnightly group in the critical analysis of poetry for the University of Third Age and is a National Advisor for poetry groups. Locally he supports the Dover Coastguard as a Senior Watchkeeping Officer and Training Officer for the National Coastwatch Institution, and he co-leads a church group. Details of all his books and publications may be found on his website: www. raysollyseabooks.com Ray’s e-mail address is on the website and he would welcome contact from OLs.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND BRITAIN AND HER ARMY SINCE 1945 Published 6th October 2016, £25 hardback / ebook Boots on the Ground by Richard Dannatt is a crisply written and fascinating account not just of where the British Army has fought or kept peace in the years since 1945 but of its place in changing society too. A book of high value and great relevance. – Lord Peter Hennessy On Lüneberg Heath in May 1945, the German High Command surrendered to Field Marshal Montgomery. In 2015, seventy years after this historic triumph, the last combat units of the British Army finally left their garrisons next to Lüneberg Heath. Boots on the Ground is the story of those years, following the British Army
reduced place on the world stage and fewer than 82,000 regular troops in 2016. Despite this apparent deescalation, at no point since the Second World War has Britain not had ‘boots on the ground’ – and with current tensions in the Middle East, and the rise of terrorism, this situation is unlikely to change.
Dannatt is well placed to write an assessment of the role, achievements, mistakes and prospects for the Army and the approach of British politicians to the use of hard power today. It is intriguing, fearlessly pulling no punches, and thought-provoking at every turn Robert Fox, Evening Standard.
against the backdrop of Britain’s shifting security and defence policies. The book tracks the key historical conflicts, big and small, of Britain’s transformation from a leading nation with some two million troops in 1945, to a significantly
Richard Dannatt tells the fascinating story of how the British Army has shaped – and been shaped by – world events from the Cold War to the Good Friday Agreement to the EU Referendum.
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OLs at War: Part 4
WWI OLs: 1917 By retired Head of History (and volunteer OL Archivist), Andrew Brown No single battle in 1917 was as Surprisingly few Lawrentians (7) were Fellow of an Oxbridge college when he devastating in terms of Lawrentian dead killed in the Third Battle of Ypres was elected to a Fellowship (he lectured as the Somme had been in 1916. compared to the Battle of Arras (13). The in philosophy) at Wadham College in However, of the 32 killed in 1917, 25 best known success in the Battle of 1903. He had tried to become a pilot at perished on the Western Front (a higher Arras was the capture of Vimy Ridge by the start of the war but decided he was proportion than in 1916). Fifteen of the Canadians on April 9th. Many of the too clumsy and took a commission in these men have no known grave. Canadian casualties from there will have the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He expected Whereas in 1916 this was to die in France and seemed true of less than a third. Two entirely fearless, especially Being serenaded by lions Lawrentians were killed in relishing the dangers of patrol the Somme area in the nightly was a unique feature work between the front lines. of this theatre. early months of 1917 and He never sought the limelight both are commemorated and was totally unselfish and on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing. convalesced in the College buildings in never complained: “how great was his One of these, A.P. Rosling, was killed Ramsgate. The Dining Hall and Big humility and how loveable his nature”. while leading his men of the School were used as wards, and other Another killed on the same day was V.O. Worcestershire Regiment in hand to large temporary buildings were erected Todd of the King’s Own Regiment. Two hand fighting which contributed to the to provide a dining hall and isolation days later A.V. Begbie was killed at success of the attack. His conduct was unit. Later in the year some of these Monchy-le-Preux when leading his men considered to be “gallant and inspiring” men were to be seen playing baseball of the Cameron Highlanders in an and he was a “competent and efficient on the Junior School playing fields. attack; “we have lost a splendid officer officer above the ordinary”. His death on and a gallant gentleman”. R.H.I. Rose was Among the dead on the 9th April, the 4th March occurred after the killed by a sniper as he tried to reorganise further south on the Arras front was E.W. Germans had started their withdrawal the men of his Bedfordshire battalion on Webster (see cricket team photo to the carefully prepared defences of the 28th April: Rose was “very brave overleaf ), considered at the time “the the Hindenburg Line, which heralded a under heavy fire”. He had captained the greatest scholar the school has much quieter phase on the Somme. College, shooting VIII in 1908-09 before produced” and the first to become a taking his place at Magdalen College,
Rayner ( centre, middle row) and Edwards (top right) 2nd X1Football 1904 12 The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017
OLs at War: Part 4 Oxford. While at the College J.T. Ryde won both the Styan and the Cook cups for shooting in 1900 and had been a member of the Cadet Corps from its formation. On the 8th May he led his men of the Bedfordshire Regiment “most gallantly” but he fell when they were outnumbered and surrounded. On the same day J.A.W. Bigger was reported missing. He was killed as his battalion was overwhelmed by German counterattacks at Fresnoy but it was another four months before his family received more definite information from captive survivors that he had perished. His death deeply affected his brother-inlaw, Rev. E.M. Guilford (a Cambridge hockey Blue in 1910 and 1911), who was serving in France as an Army Chaplain at the time, and is likely to have been a major contributory factor to his subsequent loss of faith. Aged 18 F.C.T. Osburn was the youngest Lawrentian killed in 1917: on the 17th May he died of wounds inflicted 17 days earlier at Arleux. He had joined up when only just 16 but was not allowed to go to the Front when his colonel discovered his age. Undeterred he had secured a cadetship to Sandhurst and made his way to the Front as an officer in the Essex Regiment and may well have been in one of the leading battalions on April 9th in “the longest advance made in a single day by any belligerent on the
Western Front since trench warfare had set in”. During the Battle of Arras the Royal Flying Corps struggled to cope with superior German aircraft and this became known as “Bloody April” for the R.F.C. The average flying life of a British pilot at that time was officially calculated as seventeen and a half hours. One of those killed was R.W. Follit, who had the dubious distinction of being shot down by Manfred von Richthofen (the “Red Baron”) on the 28th April. Four other Lawrentian pilots were killed in 1917. Three of these were accidental deaths during training a powerfull illustration of the dangers of being a pilot. C.L. Beaumont died when he was asked to take up a R.A.M.C. Captain, who wanted to see how flying affected the nerves. R.H.P. Miers was training another pilot when they were both killed. Another accidental death was that of E. Rayner (see photo on previous page) who was one of 804 killed on the 9th July in the “most catastrophic accidental explosion in the history of the United Kingdom” when the Dreadnought battleship H.M.S Vanguard, on which he was surgeon, blew up in Scapa Flow as a result of a fire reaching a magazine. He had secured a First Class degree at Cambridge and seemed destined for a distinguished career in surgery. He had served in Gallipoli before being invalided home. He was described as “absolutely fearless
and would never give way to difficulties or illness” as well as having an “unfailing sense of humour” and being “one of the cheeriest souls who ever breathed”. The first Lawrentian to perish in the 3rd Battle of Ypres was Rev. B.P. Plumptre. A former School Captain who was awarded 1st XI Colours for football and hockey (a member of the very first College hockey team in 1902), he read Classics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge before being ordained. He won the M.C. in 1916 for the assistance he gave in bringing in the wounded and tending them under heavy shell fire, although he was reluctant to reveal the circumstances of the award to other officers. He was killed on the 16th July (the day the artillery bombardment commenced) while accompanying men of his battalion in a position close to the German front line. When taken to task for exposing himself to such danger, he explained he “just wanted to keep the men cheery”. S.B. May’s death reflected the huge contribution of forces from the colonies to the Ypres conflict. He had joined the Australian Infantry in January and had finally reached Flanders at the end of August but he was one of the 6,400 Australian casualties in the attack on Broodseinde Ridge on the 4th October. H.E. Sulivan was part of the heavy price that the Canadians paid for the capture of Passchendaele. He had
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SLC Cricket 1st XI 1897. E.W. Webster (n 2nd right back row) and R. Valintine (seated right, middle row). emigrated to Canada in 1910 but had volunteered at the outbreak of war and served on the Western Front from December 1914. He suffered fatal wounds on the 31st October when the reinforcements he had brought forward were consolidating their position. C.B. Randall was in California when war broke out and went to Canada to join up. He was killed on the 31st July when his battery was hit by an enemy shell. W.G Anson was one of 2 Lawrentians in the Gloucestershire regiment killed in October 1917. He was described as “extremely plucky” whose “spirit was always willing, though his flesh was weak”. He won the admiration of his commanding officer for his “grit”. It leaves one wondering how he coped with the atrocious conditions of the fighting in a quagmire which Ypres had become by that time. Elsewhere on the Western Front on the 20th November, Cambrai witnessed a potential solution to the horrors of trench warfare when 378 tanks were unleashed across suitable terrain against the German defences and made an unprecedented advance of 10,000 yards. C.W. Duncan had won the M.C. when the Messines Ridge had been destroyed by British mines on the 7th June. When his superior officer was wounded he had taken over command of his section of tanks and led them on foot. He kept 3 tanks in action for 36 hours and provided especially valuable 14 The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017
service in breaking up enemy counterattacks. He was killed on the 20th November when his tank was hit five times in tackling a trench mortar battery and machine guns. Contemporaries accounts revealed that he had shown the “greatest gallantry”. M.L Atkinson’s tank had achieved its objective when it was disabled by a German field battery at point blank range. It was decided to evacuate the tank and he was standing outside it when a shell exploded very close to him and killed him instantly. He “behaved most gallantly throughout the action” and was “always cheerful and always ready to help anyone in trouble”, “the best type of a sporting British officer”. He had won a rugby Blue at Cambridge and broke off his course at St. Thomas’s in order to volunteer at the outbreak of war. R. Edwards (see photo on previous page) was the third Lawrentian killed at Cambrai on the 30th November when the Rifle Brigade came under attack as the Germans mounted a massive counter-offensive and most of the earlier gains were lost. The other theatre of war in which Lawrentians were killed was Palestine. Both L.B. Hodge and R. Valintine (see cricket team photo) died of wounds inflicted on them during Allenby’s advance towards Jerusalem in November. Having served in France and Salonika, Hodge was wounded on the 7th November but walked away to be treated declaring he would be back
soon. Unfortunately he only reached hospital on the 9th and died the following day. According to its Colonel the battalion had lost “its finest officer”. Valintine had fought in the Boer War and was a fine horseman with a magnificent physique, who had distinguished himself by several feats of strength and endurance. N.C.S. Down was also posted to Egypt and was impressed by the novelty of the sights and smells as well as being pleased to find a war of movement. Despite the biblical surroundings Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were “the most ghastly days I have ever spent”. It rained for 24 hours and there was no escaping the mud. Even the camels died of exposure. D.A.L. Wade, the other OL author, was sent to Italy after convalescing and had to endure the chaotic horrors of a fullscale Italian retreat from Caporetto in the rain; when the rain cleared enemy aircraft were able to attack. Even in East Africa, S. Rivers-Smith experienced the worst rainy season in years, “bogged with indescribable mud.” Many men were invalided after only a week. Being “serenaded by lions nightly” was a unique feature of this theatre. At the close of the year the final honours list included a remarkable total of five Lawrentians who were awarded the D.S.O. Two of these, H.W. Grattan and E.C. Phelan, were Colonels in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
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Princess Patricia’s Princess Patricia’s Canadian Hospital, Ramsgate Look familiar?
During WW1 the Red Cross moved in to the college, and from 26 Jan 1917 to 14 Jan 1918 it was known as ‘Princess Patricia’s Canadian Hospital’ serving injured Canadian troops. The President of the OL Society (Club) extended a welcome to the new occupants in ‘The Lawrentian’ at the time. The school buildings and grounds provided over 700 beds for servicemen who were treated by Canadian doctors and nurses. Correspondence from Canadian soldiers to their loved ones back home document that during convalescence the soldiers were able to enjoy their surroundings and use the school’s tennis courts and gymnasium. In January 1918, the Hospital moved to Bexhill for a further 18 months, and the college was returned to its main purpose. The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017 15
Reunions Around the Globe
SYDNEY OL LUNCH SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER, 2016
This year the OL lunch was kindly hosted by Tim and Chris Hayward at their fabulous house in Wahroonga on Sydney’s upper north shore. No inter-state OLs were able to make it this year and in addition, due to date clashes, the Armstrongs, Pridays and Barrows (who are regulars) were also sadly missed. We were however, very pleased to see Chris and Ann Baillie again and Alex McCarthy with his lovely fiancée Catherine - so all in all we were seventeen in total. It should be noted that Denton turned up in his usual fine form complete with an Esky (cooler) full of beer which was much appreciated by the boys on what was an un-seasonally hot spring day. Instead of a sit down affair, Chris had organised a selection of fabulous finger food enabling everyone to mingle and
Some of the comments posted on eVite after the event: Alex McCarthy “Many thanks for being such gracious hosts.” Anthony Bowesman “Thanks Chris & Tim for a lovely reunion in your beautiful home. It was great to catch up with everyone again.” catch up. A wonderful afternoon - with great conversations and reminiscing over old school photographs brought out by Tim, to the delight of John Denton, Andy Anderson, Noel Symonds and Chris Baillie. Our nominated head boy (Geoff Sexton) advised us that next year will mark the 25th year since Noel Symonds, Tony Gilbert, Geoff Sexton and Paul Priday met up for the first meeting of the NSW OL chapter in the Southern Highlands. That’s quite an achievement considering the different years we all left the college, even though the common thread is SLC.
Noel & Elizabeth Symonds “We had an enjoyable time. It was great to catch up once again. Many thanks to Chris & Tim for hosting this years gathering.” It is wonderful to see that there are now OL gatherings in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney enable OLs to catch up with like-minded friends around the globe. Please feel free to contact us should you find yourself in Sydney, and we will endeavour to assemble a group of OLs for a welcome drink. Looking forward to the 2017 reunion! Ann Brockbank, Bellerby 1980. OL Australia Liaison. Email: email@example.com
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OL Gathering, New York
17 December 2016, at Le Blond, 11 Howard, Soho, Manhattan The winter holidays are always a special time in New York City, as the city “that never sleeps” is the city that also never hibernates in the colder months! Festive and elaborate holiday windows, warm chestnuts from street vendors, and celebratory gatherings abound. The first snow of the season in New York had just fallen when OLs in North America Quote: “Drew and have I met up with OLs informally over the past few years, sometimes several times a year and decided that it would make sense to put a date on the calendar and hope that a few OLs in North America would attend - and they bravely did! In addition to the New
attended the second organized holiday gathering at 11 Howard, a boutique hotel in Manhattan’s fashionable Soho district. In attendance were Bruce Hanks (Tower ’85), and Lorna Hanks (Bellerby ’82), Drew DeGeer (Tower ‘85), Kabi DeGeer née Jorgensen (Bellerby ’86), Mark Dasher (Grange ’77) and his wife, Kim, Dan Todd (Lodge ’86), Lisa Butler (Bellerby ’86), Christina Fong née Tam
(Laing ’88), with St. Lawrence College Principal Antony and his wife Suzanne Spencer. An entertaining dinner at a separate venue kept the evening going after cocktails. Thank you to the numerous OLs who sent in best wishes messages as sadly unable to join us this time. See you in 2017- either in New York, California, or perhaps the Caribbean!
York, location we are excited at the prospect of similar ‘Americas’ reunions being planned; on the West Coast and potentially, the Caribbean.
community here a little bit closer, so that we can reconnect, and enjoy each other’s company, to network, and to support the projects and community at our everevolving St. Lawrence College.”
It is our hope that having OL events in North America will bring the OL
Surprise Gathering in Zambia! In January, John Cobb (Newlands ’64) was lucky enough to visit the Victoria Falls. The Introductory Speaker at a talk about the Royal Livingstone Express (Steam Train) was a certain Peter Jones. The following day, as Peter bid farewell to John at the airport, ‘Kent’ was
mentioned at which point discovered they were fellow OLs!
Peter (Manor’79), was accompanied by another school pal, Martin Wiseman, (Grange ’79), a mining engineer. Missing from the photo but also present at the
Terence Jones (Newlands 1942) airport that day was Peter’s father, OL, Terence Jones (Newlands 1942)! Terence lives in Holland but flies in to stay with his son at Peter’s ‘River Club’ Lodge (Hotel) for a few months each year, where, according to Peter, Terence puts him to shame by keeping up incredibly high standards - as seen here cleaning the pathways at the Lodge – and all in his 90th year!
Martin, John and Peter
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Reunions Around the Globe
California and the Caribbean Call! With so many of you living in, or in reasonable commutable distance of some great Californian destinations it’s time to reunite West Coast style! So, in order to help us with the planning, please let us know if you would be interested in attending a get together in early 2018. A good number of OLs are lucky enough to reside in the various islands of the Caribbean as well – including a couple who have connections with some lovely
hotels in Barbados, Jamaica and Bermuda! Tentative ideas and plans are only just starting to be discussed, but again, if you might be interested in flying over for a holiday which includes an exotic and unique reunion as well…. please register your interest with OL Secretary, Kerry.
The Globe Trotting Birchleys Hon OLs (past Deputy Heads) Paul and Beverly Birchley
It’s over a decade since Paul and I left SLC, and about four years since we took early retirement.
and dishes of the country (although we were sorry to miss Darren Soo who was on holiday at the time). We have also met up with people nearer to home, like bumping into David Smith at his Japanese restaurant in Canterbury. Isn’t it strange how most encounters involve food?
During the first year of freedom, I reclaimed our garden and took up Italian. Paul’s first action was to plan a holiday that would coincide with the first week of the Michaelmas term! That trend has continued, and many of our trips seem to be farther afield and/ or a bit more adventurous than those of ‘normal’ sexagenarians, They include back packing around the Greek islands, inter-railing in Eastern Europe, touring
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Next stop Mauritius and then who knows…Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram and maybe we will see you soon! Japan, China and Myanmar, and stopovers in Oman and Qatar. In the last year we have managed to visit over a dozen countries, but there is so much more to see. We have really enjoyed reconnecting with OLs on the Facebook group, seeing how their careers and lives have evolved over the years. We should warn you though that we may turn up in your neck of the woods! This happened last year in New York, when Dineo Mpela Thompson and her daughter met us for brunch and more recently in Singapore, where Roger Lim treated us to some traditional flavours
Reunions Around the Globe
Machu Picchu, Peru Head of Languages & Hon OL, Mrs Jane Higgins (was Ms Vint) After a 13 hour flight, I arrived at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru. This adventure was the realisation of a dream I had clung for the last 30 years; to visit Machu Picchu. Its dramatic location on a high ridge on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains, surrounded on three sides by the Urubamba River some 2,000 metres below meant that it had lain forgotten, undiscovered until 1911 when Yale professor Hiram Bingham, trekked up the steep mountainside and found the “lost city” of the Incas. Making my way through the crowds, I felt nervous, afraid even. Had I really left my family behind in England to make this trip alone, unsure of what lay ahead? The noise, the smells, the hustle and bustle assaulted me as I headed towards the district of Miraflores, which was to be my home for the next three days, before travelling inland towards Cusco and ultimately, Machu Picchu. A year before, I had received word from Olga Torres Blancas, a name from the past. Olga was a teacher at SLC between 1989-1990 (my first year at SLC), and we spoke of my plan to visit Machu Picchu. She kindly invited me to stay with her in Lima before heading off to the mountains. The taxi pulled up to where Olga lived with her faithful dog, Daisy. It was winter in Lima, and the days were cold and misty, but I was able to walk along the cliff top, with its interesting parks and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean below. Olga and I talked about students
discovered that cocoa leaf tea is the natural remedy. Readily available, wherever you go, it works!
whom we had taught and both remembered Carlo Bardelli who was originally from Lima. On the off chance, I contacted him and was delighted to receive an immediate response: he was in Lima and would meet us for dinner that evening. How wonderful to be able to catch up with him after so many years, and exchange news of OLs. I had recently attended the reunion of students from the early 90s and was therefore able to give him news of several of his classmates. He told us about his life since leaving SLC and I was delighted to learn that he and his wife were shortly expecting their third child. My time in Lima at an end, I took a flight to Cusco which is high up in the Urubamba Valley in the Andes mountains, 3,400m above sea level. I’d been warned that many people suffer from altitude sickness, and Olga had ensured that I took the recommended tablets with me. However, I soon
Jane Higgins, Carlos Bardelli ‘02 and Olga Torres Blancas (staff 89-90) in Lima Summer 2016
Jane Higgins with Josieanne Vilchez ‘92
I spent a few days really discovering the city, with its stunning architecture, much dating from its Spanish colonial past. I also visited the surrounding Inca sites, including the fabulous remains of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, spending hours trekking up hills and scrambling precarious stone steps, confronting my fears of sheer drops and reaching dizzy heights rewarding me with wonderful views across valleys and mountains. Next was an extremely early taxi ride to Poroy, a small village on the outskirts of Cusco, in order to take the train through the mountains to Aguascalientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. The following day, at 5.00 a.m. I headed up to Machu Picchu in order to catch the sun rising over the mountain. This longawaited highpoint of my trip, did not disappoint. The sun shone as I wandered through the ancient stones up to The Sun Gate, from where I could look down on this ancient site, whilst truly feeling on top of the world. Whilst in Aguascalientes, I received a message from another OL from the early 90s, Josieanne Vilchez (Bellerby ‘92) who had seen photographs of us on Carlo’s Facebook page, inviting me to lunch on my journey back through Lima. Before travelling home, I was delighted to spend the afternoon with Josieanne and her family, who kindly prepared me a most delicious vegan lunch and gave me my first taste of chirimoya, a most bizarre fruit whose taste and texture are rather like that of vanilla custard, earning it the name custard apple in English. My Peruvian adventure was an experience that I will never forget. As well as having the opportunity of visiting some of the most beautiful historical sites in the world, what made it truly unforgettable was the wonderful hospitality of former Lawrentians. The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017 19
Reunions Around the Globe
Malaysian Reunions Assistance required please The OL Society is in need of a representative in the Malaysia region to help co-ordinate an official OL reunion. There are a large number of OLs, past parents and current parents in the area
and the Society and the College would love to host its first, official reunion there soon. Please contact Kerry should you be interested in attending and if you have any suggestions.
Are you able to help us reconnect with these Malay OLs?
Raymond Chin - Manor ’74 Terry Loh – Manor ‘76 Aun & Juan Tan (twins) - Lodge ’80 Yew Kwan Cheong – Grange Courtenay ‘82 Juarez Joseph Puthucheary Grange Courtenay ‘82 Mei Yin Chan – Bellerby ‘86 Adrian Loh - Tower ’86 Andrea Soo - Bellerby ’91
Marie Winter (nee Blair, Bellerby ’80 and Andy Winter (Tower ’79)
The decision to visit Rio during the Olympics was an easy one for Andy (Tower ’79) and me (Bellerby ‘80). ‘The greatest show on earth’ was being held in my home country, our favourite city worldwide, and it allowed us to catch up with family. We were joined by our children Jessica and Matthew, and Matthew’s partner Alex, for our unique adventure. After a few days in Sao Paulo with family, we flew to Rio and settled into an apartment overlooking Copacabana Beach, the Beach Volleyball Arena being only three hundred yards away. The noise when Brazil were playing was deafening and carried on until 1am, all adding to the atmosphere. The highlight of our trip was being in the Olympic Stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ to see Mo Farah win the 10,000m after falling during the race. There were a huge number of Union Jacks in the crowd that evening also supporting Jessica Ennis - Hill and Greg Rutherford. We were also sitting amongst the Brazilian fans on the evening that Thiago Braz won Brazil’s first men’s
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The velodrome enthralled us all and watching GB v GB in the men’s sprint final made us feel quite smug. Jason Kenny was the victor but listening to our national anthem and seeing two Unions Jacks being raised, was a proud moment for us all.
The family do Mo! athletics Olympic gold medal for 32 years. He competed against the defending champion, Renaud Laveillnie, from France and broke the Olympic record in the process. The crowd raised the roof and continued chanting his name on the train ride back to the centre of the city. We were lucky enough to be in the stands at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas where the rowing was held, the morning Kathryn Grainger won the silver medal in the double sculls - a huge achievement after coming out of retirement. Experiencing a beautiful day in a wonderful location, and with Christ the Redeemer overlooking the lake, was quite spectacular.
We attended various other events including the first day of the men’s rugby sevens (when we appeared on TV in the UK), beach volleyball, hockey and more athletics. It was a wonderful family experience in a beautiful city. Thank you Rio de Janeiro for having us. We loved being part of your special occasion!
NEW OLD LAWRENTIANS
SLC said a very fond farewell and good luck to another lovely leaver set this year. Yet again the College can be very proud of the success of their pupils both in terms of maturity, a sense of purpose and zest for life, and also for successfully gaining places at some of the top universities including Oxford, Bristol, Warwick and the prestigious Courtauld Institute of Art. The range of courses chosen were broad and demanding, and included Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Music, Drama, History of Art, Modern Languages and Economics. The full list of 2016 SLC Leavers can be seen on page 44. The OL Society are delighted to welcome them all as new Old Lawrentians. We wish all of them well in their chosen study and career choices, and look forward to supporting them and seeing them join in with future OL events and playing for the ‘other side’ on OL Days!
From the beginning... Amongst these leavers were 10 students who had been part of St Lawrence College since their very earliest school days. For fun we took them all back to the Junior School for a brief visit to
reminisce about where their SLC experience began. From back to front, and left to right are: Rudy Hagemichael. Nicholas Russell, Emily Fort, Alun Gurung, Carolyn Kirchshlager, Howard Corley, Chloe Binfield, Ben Moulton, Olivia Colllins and Dan Tobin.
RECENT LEAVER UPDATES
Carolyn Kirchschlager Laing 2016, First year at University
After completing my A levels, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in business, with particular emphasis on marketing, communications and event management. Therefore, enrolling onto the ‘BA Management with Marketing’ course at the University of Leeds seemed to be the best next step for me. I chose Leeds not only due to its excellent reputation, but also because it’s a big, new and exciting city, and I was looking for a new adventure. Leeds, has definitely lived up to my expectations, and with so many opportunities around every corner,
there is never a dull moment! For example, not only have I been able to revive my passion for dance by joining various societies, but I’ve also gained myself the position of a student ambassador for the university. Currently, I’m doing research into, and deciding between either a year abroad or a year in industry for my third year. I know either would give me great experience and teach me some key life skills, which is making the choice even harder. However, Leeds is giving me many opportunities to travel during the summer, therefore choosing a
placement may give me the best of both worlds, as well as further insight into what I want to do in the future. Even in my first year, university has already opened many doors and shown me that the possibilities are endless.
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Alan Gurung, Lodge 2016. First year at University What are you doing now? I am now at Kent University, Canterbury, where I am studying Philosophy and Politics. What’s it like? It’s going great so far! It’s very different to SLC. The largest difference is that it is all very independent. Coming from a school like St. Lawrence where all the teachers are so readily available, you realise how large a difference there is in comparison to university. What do you want to do after you graduate? All being well, I hope to go on to do my Masters after I finish my Honours, as this degree is something I very much enjoy. Can you share a favourite memory of your time at school? I have so many great memories of being at SLC that I would not be able to pinpoint
my exact ‘best’ memory of being in SLC. However, one memory that is still fresh on my mind is my last ever Hockey match. I was playing for the 2nd XI with some of my best friends whom I had been playing ever since I joined the school. It was also Mr Jones’s last ever hockey game as coach (my Housemaster). Fittingly, the sun was setting as the game began: clashing sticks for the last time as a schoolboy.
What do you think SLC has helped you achieve (other than exams)? SLC allowed me to broaden my horizons, and see things in a different perspective. There is such a large diversity of individuals that come to this school who will go on to having such a large impact in your life. In an environment like this, all you can do is grow as an individual. Do you feel the friendships made at SLC and the OL Network are/ will be important in your future? Of course! I still keep in touch with my good friends from school, who now aren’t just school friends - they are friends for life. I’m looking forward to visiting and joining in with the OL side of things as much as I can.
Andrew Watson, Tower 2015 (Head of School) Second year at University Having now finished the first term of the second year of university, I can certainly feel things starting to speed up in life. It feels like only yesterday I was walking into St Lawrence College for the first time, into Kirby house so many years ago. University itself is obviously different to SLC, but the independence I learnt at boarding school has definitely put me in good stead for fitting right in and making the most of university life, whether out on the climbing wall with the society or down at the Student Union bar with friends. My Chemistry course is taught
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very differently here from how school used to teach us. It is certainly pushing me just as hard as SLC did, keeping me on my toes with work, and as experiments in laboratories stay at the core of the entire course, it’s going to be busy and exciting! Thinking of experiments, in my last year at SLC, I helped out with the ‘Chemical Magic Show’ (a creation of Dr Gill’s started many years ago which has now been handed over to ‘new Scientists on the block’, Mr Pegden and Mr Ebden) performed for Junior School pupils and other Primary
schools in the area. Mr Pegden explained what would be required of me. One simple experiment involved Mr Pegden demonstrating drying agents to the audience. He would do this by tipping a cup of water (with a drying agent) over my head to show that no water would come out. Looking back, I should have known what was coming… I was asked to look the other way, so I did (the fool I was) and lo and behold, in front of all the children, Mr Pegden tipped the large cup of water over my head … with no drying agent in it. Obviously I got very wet and everybody (including myself ) found it very funny. Having had Mr Pegden teach me for two years by that point, and knowing his great sense of humour, I should have known what to expect. I will hold onto that fond memory of St Lawrence forever, along with many more. The photo left shows Andrew with House Master Gary Davies, Deputy HM, Steve King, and a number of Tower boys welcoming Andrew back on a recent visit.
William Mercer-Reeves, Newlands 2013. University, fourth year I’m currently studying Medicine at King’s College London. I’m in my fourth year now, with two more left to do so am due to graduate in 2019. When I was younger I quite wanted to be a barrister, but around the time of GCSEs, I chose Medicine because I enjoyed the Sciences far more than Humanity subjects. Why? I guess it’s a well-respected job where you are challenged and get to help people. The first two years at university were quite slow, with lots of theory-based teaching and very little practical or applied medicine, with almost no patient contact (this differs massively between Med schools though). However we are now in hospital almost every day, and most of the teaching is pertinent and done in-situ by the consultants or junior doctors. At this point we’ve only just finished the first of our rotations, so it’s very difficult to say what I might end up specialising in. In five years’ time I’ll likely be starting my speciality training, but where that will be I have no clue. Outside of my actual course, I spend most of my time rehearsing or performing with KCL’s various theatre societies. At the moment I’m currently directing Fame, with a very talented. I think the things that stick with me the most from SLC are the trips and experiences that we got to try while at
And again.. central Back Row
Will, central back row school. The diving trip to Egypt and the South Africa trip were amazing to be a part of, and the ski trips were always great too! I also really enjoyed being a part of the CCF, as it was so different to anything else we got to do and required a completely different skill set. I was at St. Lawrence as long as one possibly could be. I Joined SLC in the Nursery when I was 3 years old and left after completing sixth form. Importantly, SLC is responsible for both the life lessons and all the book-learning that got me where I am today. I am incredibly proud and grateful to be an Old Lawrentian. I still see some of my friends from school as a few made it up to London to study or work. Having left school so recently I am hoping the OL network will be of support to me as I hope to be it. I certainly plan to come back for the Beer Fest this coming Summer (July 1st), as the last two were barrels of fun!
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Memoires of a Peripatetic OL
Dr John Church MA, MB, BCh, DRCOG, DTM&H, MD, FRCS. Lodge 1952
My father and his brothers were Lawrentians, so it was apposite and a great privilege for me and my brothers to follow them to SLC. In the photo I am the ‘short’ front row drummer in the Corps Band! My brother, David is the drummer behind me. I left SLC in 1952 going on to Cambridge and London for medical training, qualifying in 1955. After further training, I took over the Mission hospital in Rwanda that my father, with his colleagues, had founded in 1927. However this was a period of great change in Africa with civil war erupting in Rwanda in September 1959. I am perhaps one of the very last doctors to be a complete generalist. That is (in my case) working solo for four years, having to care for the whole range of medical and surgical conditions common to man, the trauma load of civil war, and with superadded tropical conditions, such as AIDS which, were
only discovered during those years. All this took place in a hospital without running water, no electricity supply, and very limited drug supply, but a dedicated and trustworthy staff (see photo page 25). This was in complete contrast with the ‘super-specialist’ health care environment that we have now! From Rwanda I went into University service training doctors for East Africa, in Kampala and then Nairobi. I had the privilege to use one of the very first electron microscopes there, and did some basic scientific research in muscle regeneration demonstrating a ‘reserve’ cell, now called ‘stem cell’ population in muscle, for which I obtained the Cambridge MD. My definitive career in the UK was as an Accident and Orthopaedic surgeon. I was very involved with the development of total hip replacement surgery, now ubiquitous. I chose to leave the NHS aged 60, to develop ideas in the field of
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Bio-Medicine, which can be defined as the use of living organisms in the diagnosis and management of disease, as much in human as veterinary medicine. I initiated Maggot Débridement Therapy [MDT] in the UK in 1994. This uses laboratory prepared larvae of a chosen fly species, Lucilia sericata, as cleansing agents in complex wounds and ulcers. Properly managed, the clinical results are superb, low cost, and completely safe. This therapy is now used internationally. Out of this came anecdotes of dogs that apparently, without any training, had recognised cancer in their owners. This led to the establishment of a charity of which I am a co-founder, Medical Detection Dogs: https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org. uk/ There are two aspects to this work: training dogs to recognise lifethreatening conditions such as cancer, to very low levels of sensitivity, and alert dogs, which are trained to recognise life-
OL Profiles threatening changes in established diseases such as diabetes. Alert dogs live with families where at least one member regularly needs such lifechanging help. All this has tremendous potential for further development, so my interests will continue to soar even though physical involvement is slowing down! At time of press John mentioned that he is currently writing his biography ‘On and Off The Beaten Track’. It is a work in progress, but has been confirmed to be published, and we hope to let you know more in the next OL News.
LOOKING FOR LOST OLs & LITTLE RED BOOKS! Are you in contact with these OLs? Do you know where they are now? Please let us know. Peter James Charles Harries-Jones
Michael L St.C. Batson
John J Trainor
- Lodge 1951
- Newlands 1964
Sarah A Hopkins
- Lodge 1951
- Courtenay 1968
Michael A Shearman - Tower 1984
- Lodge 1953
Peter RE Wigglesworth
Richard H Lovelace
- Grange 1954
- Manor 1983 – Bellerby 1984
- Grange Courtenay 1969 - Tower 1971
- Newlands Deacon 1987
Lynne K Noble
- Laing 1987
Khaled AG Ghani - Courtenay 1972
Stephen RD Francis – Lodge 1990
Geoffrey VF Baker - Newlands 1959
Andrew W Clarke
Bruce RS Ratcliff - Courtenay 1959
James Barry Canning
Yolanda Maria Chiaramello
Anthony JP Wills
- Manor 1958
- Grange 1961 - Manor 1962
Mun Yee The Agustin Larragan
- Deacon 1976 - Newlands 1977 - Bellerby 1981 - Lodge 1983
- Tower 1990 - Laing 1993
Adrian J Lisle -Newlands Deacon 1993
If you should still have a copy of any of the following red Term/ Year books we would love to hear from you:
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Old Lawrentian Dinner 2016
House of Commons
The Old Lawrentian Dinner was held on followed by a drinks reception in the There were also two musical moments Saturday 17 September 2016 at a most ‘Stranger’s Dining Room’. during the evening! When we heard sensational venue – The Houses of that it was John Collins’s 90th birthday, Moving into the ‘Members’ Dining Parliament. Tickets had sold out within a the room burst into song with ‘Happy Room, we enjoyed a delicious dinner few days of being released with many of Birthday’ in celebration. After the the 160 attendees flying in from speeches there was a gloriously Thank you for a great all over the Globe (inc. The loud, proud (and surprisingly gathering at the Houses mostly in tune) rendition of the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Ramsgate, Singapore, USA, of Parliament. Well worth school song. Zambia, Zimbabwe) just for the the effort to get there With no room to take a full occasion. group photo and we decided from Zambia. Peter Jones The evening’s atmosphere was to have some fun and recreate electric with everyone mixing well and with wine, accompanied by three highly House photos (see overleaf )! full of fun. Each SLC House was well amusing speeches: The Welcome from When ‘time’ was called at Parliament, the represented and the age range of those John Carlisle (our very own retired revelry continued on through the night, present was huge - from 18 to 90! Member of Parliament), and after Dinner all over the City, as many OLs made the we heard from the President of the OL The evening began with an excellent most of this unique occasion. Society, then the College Principal. tour of both of the Palace’s Houses
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Old Lawrentian Dinner 2016
It was a great evening. I was especially pleased to meet up with the old Lodge House members, all of whom I knew and or taught. Many thanks. Robin Crittenden
A valiant attempt at recreating SLC ‘House’ Photos at the most prestigious ‘House’ in the UK! Hilarious distractions from rival Houses, surprise Honorary House members making appearances and, of course, a little confusion over which House photo
to appear in (with the College’s history of House merges) all added to the fun.
This will definitely have to be a regular feature at Annual Dinners from now on!
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Old Lawrentian Dinner 2016 Grange, Grange Courtenay, Manor Gran ge, Manor Grange Courtenay!
The Principal and President with International OLs who had flown in for the occasion.
The Last Ones Standing! Courtenay (all the others had left to catch their trains by this time)
The Ladies of St Lawrence! St Lawrence Girls, St Stephens, Bellerby, Laing.
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Old Lawrentian Dinner 2016
All OLs of all years and their guests are encouraged to attend. Why not rally your year group and book a table? Those Years groups that have even more reason than usual to celebrate and reunite are 1957 (60 years) 1967 (50 years) , 1977 (40) , 1987 (30). 1992 (25), 1997 (20), 2007 (10)
It was an absolutely wonderful evening.
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Mosaic Man David Tootill, Grange House 1973 David grew up in Thailand, went to school first in Malaysia then to SLC before heading off to St Andrews University, where he completed his education with an MA in History, Philosophy, Economics.
to be benchmarks by which culture should be measured. Durable, tactile, and integral to architecture, mosaics require little maintenance once installed. They civilise drab alleys, tunnels, and bland spaces by turning these by-paths into vibrant street galleries and make art accessible to every passer-by in a 24/7 exhibition.
Now living in Waterloo, London, David is a member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (of which he is currently Chair) and founded the social enterprise ‘Southbank Mosaics’ (SBM) in 2004, initially working with homeless people. His was the first arts group to move into St. John’s Crypt (opposite Waterloo station), helping to transform the crypt and its yard from a no-go area to a treasured arts hub. SBM is actively engaged in promoting mosaic as a tool for community cohesion, making the neighbourhood more attractive and endeavouring to keep young people in trouble with the law out of prison. They engage with business, local authorities, trusts and communities to transform streets, estates and parks by installing opulence and luxury and have now created over 300 public realm installations in the centre of London.
We specialise in enhancing public spaces - specifically teaming artist tutors with at-risk youth, those with mental and physical impairments, and other individuals at risk of marginalisation. We want to train and encourage people to learn artisan skills and set about making neighbourhoods more attractive. Everyone’s contribution is valued and valuable.
As a contemporary response to the similarity of many public spaces, SBM uses mosaics to bring character and detail to modern buildings, linking streets to history, createing a sense of place, and consider the inclusion of all
To find out more: www.southbankmosaics.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grange David Tootill as captain of en they (wh m tea by rug 3 197 House won the school cup)
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Ramsgate Racing OLs connected through a love of sailing Lucy Dames (now Roberts) SLC 1986 – 2000 Houses: Weymouth, & Laing. Lucy Dames (now Roberts) SLC 1986 – 2000 Houses: Weymouth, & Laing. House Master: Beverly Birchley After completing a degree in Archaeology at the University of York, I realised that though I enjoyed the subject, I did not wish to pursue a career in it. Despite having a mother who was a nurse, and several doctors and nurses in my family, I never planned to be a nurse. A friend of mine at Uni wanted to enter nursing and I started to look into it with her. I decided that nursing would be a good career choice for me and I began my nurse training in York the Term after I finished my degree and loved it from Day 1! I am now a Critical Care nurse and work as a Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation in London. I cover all the London hospitals within the M25 as part of a team employed by NHS Blood and Transplant. My role is multi-faceted but mainly involves approaching families of potential organ donors and supporting them to make a decision regarding donating their loved ones organs. If they consent then I support the unit caring for the patient by providing clinical
advice and set up the retrieval process working as the donor patient advocate through the entire process. I am involved heavily in the bereavement support of the families with whom i work. I provide hospital staff and the wider public with education on organ donation. Generally in my job, I meet people who are going through the worst experience of their lives - losing a loved one, often in sudden and/or traumatic circumstances. It is very rewarding to be able to help these people and offer them something hopeful out of a tragic circumstance. It has also made me appreciate and value my friends and family so much more, as you never know what is around the corner. My main hobby is sailing. I grew up around the harbour in Ramsgate where my father was Commodore of the yacht club for a time. I joined the club myself whilst at University and also worked as a seasonal Dockmaster in the harbour. Another OL, Tom Smith sailed with his Dad and invited me to give racing a try. My first race with them was in freezing conditions and the yacht broached and Tom and I nearly drowned! Not to be
put off I carried on and completed my Dayskipper course at the yacht club. I now sail as often as I can and love it. The racing season runs from April to November with a combination of Sunday morning short races, some offshore trans-channel races and participation in regattas. The highlight of the season is Ramsgate Regatta week, usually held in July with lots of visiting yachts from the UK and Continent. There are a series of races including the historic ‘Round the Goodwins’ race. So many familiar faces return each year and there is a real party atmosphere. Several OLs can be seen at the regatta including Chris Brand and Chris Limentani, Andrew Goodman, Rob Brown and Will Stevens who is a fellow member of my sailing crew. This season we have a new boat, a Beneteau First 34.7 called ‘Cobra’ and we are looking forward to hopefully obtaining some more silverware with it.
Will Stevens SLC 1975-1985 House Lodge. House Master Robin Crittenden I got into sailing by mistake but actually love it and our crew do pretty well competitively: IRC Nationals 3rd Sail East Class One overall winners, Ramsgate Week – Gold Cup Winners! We previously raced ‘Assassin’ but this will be our first year with ‘Cobra’ and we hope to do really well at this year’s Ramsgate week. I also enjoy promoting yacht racing to up and coming sailors. We participate in local races where youngsters can get to sail the boat. There are also huge career opportunities in the marine industry which we try to promote, especially
with the recent growth in the offshore renewable sector. Away from the yacht, I live with my partner in Chestfield. We have three boys, one who is currently living in Whistler, Canada! He tells me its work! When I left SLC I didn’t want to settle into a career straight away so went travelling and had fun for a few years!
happy to join in with OL events such as the Careers Fair.
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School Visit Anthony Robin Henry Mellor SLC 1947 – 1951 Courtenay House
Robin attended the College from the age of 13, at a cost of £70 per term. He played for the House cricket, hockey and rugby teams as well as the school swim team where he earned his school colours. ‘A good student but a cheeky boy at times, I have many SLC stories. One I can tell here involved Biology Master, Mr. Sanderson. He had sent off for a cockroach killer, which cost two and sixpence (half a crown). What actually turned up was just two pieces of wood, one marked A and one marked B with instructions to put the cockroach on wood A and hit with wood B. To this day it still makes me chuckle! Another memory involves the Viking Ship ‘Hugin’ which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949. I will never forget the moment it arrived and how privileged I felt to see it. I was surrounded by boys from the school and we all thought it was a marvellous sight - a day I will always remember. My grand daughter recently arranged for my family and I to visit the school
for the first time since I left. It was a fantastic experience to have a tour of the school after 65 years! Many elements had changed such as girls now attending, and the London to Ramsgate St Lawrence Steam Engine which is no longer used (my family say it sounds like I went to Hogwarts)! The common rooms are also different. They used to be doubled up as classrooms and were absolutely freezing! In 1947, just after WW2, the heating wasn’t so good and we were still rationed. The dining room (now warm) was a welcome reminder. With the exception of the missing stage, it hasn’t changed a bit. At school I studied photography as a hobby as it wasn’t on the curriculum at the time (though pleased to hear it is now) and was taught by the Geography Master, Mr. Watson. This hobby developed into a career, and at the age of 16 I headed straight to Kodak to work. During my time there it was the market leader in photography and I worked with clients such as the BBC, Tesco and government. I also met my wife Elizabeth there, and for our first years of marriage we lived in a two bed flat over a disused stable at a rental cost of 10 shillings a week! I left Kodak in 1965 to take over the family business of photographic processing. We ran this for 32 years, until it closed in 1997. I am now retired and living in Chalfont St. Peter with my wife and enjoy fishing and cricket, and am a member of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. I want to personally extend a huge thank you to Kerry for her kindness and patience in giving us a tour of the school and look forward to visiting again in the not too distant future. Hopefully I’ll be the oldest to visit by then!
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Old Lawrentian Day - June 2016
Summer OL Day
Super turn out for OLs to Students Career Workshop Before the reunions, music, car show, drinks and sports began, 30 or so OLs with expertise in a huge variety of careers and organisations kindly volunteered to take part in the ‘OL to students’ Career Workshop. The OLs chatted informally to current students imparting their knowledge, and sharing their experience and enthusiasm. And what enthusiasm! The energy in the room was almost palpable with students thoroughly enjoying getting to know some inspirational OLs. Some OLs even brought examples of work, tools, power points and images for a more’ hands on’ approach. This workshop has proven to be an invaluable way for OLs to ‘give back’,
encouraging and building confidence within our next generation of Old Lawrentians. The College and students are most grateful to all those who have participated in this project over the past three years.
Our next Career Morning will be on the 10th June OL Day. Please call or email Kerry (see inside front cover for contacts) for full details
If you would like to volunteer for this year’s event and donate just two hours of your time to chat about your career and study path, including the peaks and pitfalls, we would love to hear from you.
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Old Lawrentian Day - June 2016
Admiring the Old and the New Yet another year of a super collection of cars and bikes on show, surrounding Prefectsâ€™ Lawn
Summer OL Day 2016 & Dedicated Reunion Evening 2016â€™s Summer OL day included a dedicated reunion for 1995 and 1985 leavers, many of whom wonderfully took advantage of all that was on offer and participated in all aspects of the day
Bar) before returning and enjoying their evening reunion celebration buffet in the Dining Hall with a number of staff from their time, also in attendance.
(Careers Fair, Car Show, Tours, Pimms Tent, Cricket, Tennis, and Match tea and
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Many thanks to Darren Soo, Rebecca Harrison, Raph de Souza and Geoff Philpott for being instrumental in rallying everyone, enticing Ols to fly in from around the world to be with us.
Old Lawrentian Day - June 2016
Join us for The 2017 OL Day Saturday 10 June 2017
10am – 12pm Career Workshop 11.15am Junior School Fete 12.15pm Welcome Drinks, Music, Car Display 12.45pm – 2pm Lunch & Tours 2 – 5pm Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, Pimms Tent, BBQ Families and partners welcome To book your place or to sign up for the Careers or one of the sports Please contact email@example.com/ 01854 808080
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Old Lawrentian Day - June 2016
Summer OL Day 2016 Tennis Report The OLs largely dominated the College side winning 7 sets to 2. The team comprised Catherine Pitman, Jozef Furmanek, Tommy Smith, Adrian Gates and Rodney Wilkening. Jozef and Tommy had played for the College in 2006 and got better and better over the course of the afternoon as they rediscovered their partnership. Catherine looked assured, winning all of her sets. As usual, Adrian played solidly and his partnership with Rodney maintained its unbeaten record in OL matches. Anecdotally, this Old Lawrentian day match was to be the last competitive tennis match to be played on the allweather astro courts in front of the Chapel, before being demolished to make way for the new Science, DT and Art building. The courts had been
indeed audible, from the boarding and day houses’ windows, when an empty court has been seen to be available, it has been a welcome break for students suffering from exam stress in summer terms. R B Wilkening (Master in Charge of Boys’ Tennis SLC and OL)
Catherine Pitman just after a textbook double-handed backhand constructed in 1980, replacing the hard Parade Ground and car park, to provide an extra hockey and tennis facility. Since then, many an afternoon of tennis in hazy summer sun has been enjoyed by countless Lawrentians. Visible, and
Rodney Wilkening and Adrian Gates discussing strategy
Won or Lost
Rodney Wilkening & Adrian Gates
Miguel Martin Alvarez & Albert Zujest
Jozef Furmanek & Tommy Smith
Oliver Seidenberg & Henri Mercier
Catherine Pitman & David Jackson
Rowan Rai & Sara Christiansen
Rodney Wilkening & Adrian Gates
Oliver Seidenberg & Henri Mercier
Jozef Furmanek & Tommy Smith
Miguel Martin Alvarez & Albert Zujest
Catherine Pitman & Rowan Rai (SLC)
Sara Christiansen & Pia Braukmann
Rodney Wilkening & Catherine Pitman
Miguel Martin Alvarez & Albert Zujest
Jozef Furmanek & Tommy Smith
Oliver Seidenberg & Henri Mercier
Adrian Gates & Sara Christiansen
Rowan Rai & Pia Braukmann
Jozef Furmanek and Tom my Smith reunited on court ten yea rs later
A goodbye to all that - tennis on the AWA in the days of black and white. Recognise the mysterious left-hander? 36 The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017
From then to now – Albert Zujest a promising new College player.
Ale & Music Festival Saturday 2 July 2016 - Chapel Lawn
This was our 2nd Year hosting this event for OLs, Parents, Staff, Friends, Guests and Local Companies. As in the first year, all 500 tickets were sold out and we managed to raise £3000 for the school! Thanks to all our sponsors and helpers, and thank you for coming and making it such a great success! The musical line up was superb with no less than six sets providing live music from start to finish. Talented OL musicians Leon Peskett and Conor Bluemel played a great set to get everyone in the mood, and headlining act ‘The Noble Jacks’ (with English teacher Matt Deveson on bass) continued to keep everyone on the dance floor for the final 2 hours! The 2017 Fest will be on Saturday 1 July 2017 and tickets (in advance only) are on sale now. See page 3 for details.
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REAL Tennis Nick Hamilton Grange House ’67 Seeking Would be REAL Tennis Players Is there any Old Lawrentian out there who plays Real Tennis or who would like to learn to play this fascinating sport – the original tennis game? If you know your Henry V, then Real Tennis pops up in that as he played in his youth and the Dauphin’s gift of tennis balls sparked off the Agincourt campaign! Also Henry VIII was playing when told of Anne Boleyn’s execution and was responsible for some of the more complicated rules of the game particularly when he got too fat to move! No-one dared to argue.
Played on an indoor court larger than a tennis doubles court with galleries on two sides, sloping penthouse roofs on 3 sides, a curved wall at one end, and play on all surfaces up to 25 feet in height; add in solid handmade balls just smaller than tennis balls; and a highly strung racquet the size of an elliptical squash racquet, you have a game of infinite variations that can be played into your eighties. A lot of players come to it after playing squash or similar sports. I started playing when I was 55 years old and have been hooked on it ever since, but a lot of younger players are involved at schools’ and universities with courts. We have over 40 students at Middlesex regularly playing and a team of 25 playing other universities as well as private members involved in club and internal matches at all levels of ability. Each year at Middlesex we host the Cattermull Cup – an Old Boys Real Tennis doubles competition for schools Old
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Boys societies. We need an Old Lawrentian entry and I need someone to partner me in January 2018. You have time to learn if you do not play already! If you already play or would like to try this fascinating sport (no hose and doubles required) and would like information about joining or learning, please email me at nmhdpmc@ btinternet.com or call me on 07831 110229. More can also be found on the Club’s website - www.murtc.co.uk or www.olsociety.co.uk We are in Hendon North London which is not far from Hendon Central Tube.
Golf Society Report 2016
Runners and riders prepare to do battle for The Blake Cup at North Foreland. This year has played host to many Mother Nature gatecrashed our Spring the half time interval, and were unable eventful moments in the world of golf. meeting at Littlestone, in a foul mood! to prevent the Old Dovorians from a The Masters, The Open, the introduction Paul Bailey took full honours winning comprehensive victory. The author of golf at the Olympics (which produced the Hyland Fling competition with 36 doubts that next year will welcome any a very well deserved British gold medal points, an exceptional score given the change to our strategy! for Justin Rose) and the nerve racking conditions, his handicap of 5 and two In June, North Foreland is duel that is The Ryder Cup. another opportunity to invite ...it was clear that the We’ve hardly had time to put guests and have a wonderful down our remote controls OL and OKS team members day out. The morning round and dig up the fairways! had imbibed and consumed and Hinge trophy was won by Open to men and women of David Steed. We then took on far too much at the half all golfing abilities, we the par three course for the time interval... encourage you and your inaugural match honoring the friends to come and join our memory of our dear friend blobs! The foursomes teams of Mike friendly group. As an incentive to new David Blake. Neil Cossey and Nick Wisdom and Bob Gray diplomatically members, the Society will subsidise the Marchant stormed around, shooting an drew with Charles Crawford and cost of the first meeting that you attend. unbeatable better ball score of gross 52 Stephen Molloy joint winners of the If you are aged below 30, then we will (two under par). Beney Bowls. subsidise all meetings you attend; so why not pencil in one or more of the In May, Knole Park hosted the Grafton dates from the 2017 Fixture List and Morrish regional qualifier. Unfortunately, dust down those clubs? It could mean our three foursomes teams of Tim Dodd catching up with old friends and it will and Paul Bailey, Stephen Billings and Ian certainly guarantee that you make new Bond, Charles Crawford and Neil Cossey, ones! missed out on reaching the finals. To kick start the season, twenty four players attended Captain’s Day at West Byfleet. The winners in our pair’s format were David Steed and Andy Franklin. This meeting is open to guests, so it’s a great opportunity to join and meet members of the Society in the company of your friends.
Our annual showdown against Dover College and Kings Canterbury at Royal Ashdown provided a wonderful day’s golf. At lunchtime there was very little in it. By the time we returned to the clubhouse for tea, it was clear that the OL and OKS team members had imbibed and consumed far too much at
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Golf Society Report 2016 In early July, our annual match-play duel with the Old Paulines was held at Walton Heath. The OPs beat the OLs by six points to four. This match is played in a relaxed and friendly spirit, which continues into the evening where we always enjoy Bob and Harriet Gray’s warm welcome to their lovely home and Tim Dodd’s culinary skills with the barbeque tongs! A healthy field of twenty-one attended Redlibbets in the glorious early September sun. Our thanks go out to Stephen Billings and the staff at the club for their kind and generous hospitality.
Paul Bailey was triumphant on the day, taking home the Sammy Cup. Our Autumn meeting was again held at Knole Park. The winner of the morning’s competition and Katrina Plate was Paul Bailey. In the afternoon the pairing of Mike Wisdom and Andy Franklin won the Lovell Tankards, our season’s closing foursomes competition. The Randall Salver, presented to the player with the best combined scores from the Spring and Autumn meetings, went to Paul Bailey. Paul was also awarded with The Founders trophy
which he shares with Tim Dodd for their performance in the Grafton Morrish qualification competition at Knole. For more information about the Old Lawrentian Golf Society you can join our Facebook Group which can be found at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/1682912801920625/ or you can email: bruce@jfasolutions. co.uk for more information. Bruce Gear Hon. Secretary OLGS 07936 895770
Old Lawrentian Golf Society Founder Peter Howlett President Bob Gray Captain Neil Cossey firstname.lastname@example.org (01483 874 435) Secretary Bruce Gear email@example.com (01580 241 272) Treasurer Paul Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org (01732 834 425) Presidents 1957-1966 Eric Michelsen 1966-1970 Jack Hyland 1973 - 2013 Stephen Samuels 2013 - Bob Gray
Vice Presidents 1984 Alfred Hinge 1985 - 2007 Donald Beney 2007 - 2013 Pat Robinson Bob Gray Christopher Cagney 2013 - Pat Robinson Christopher Cagney
Fixtures List 2017
Captains 1957 - 1967 Alfred Hinge 1968 - 1972 Peter Howlett 1973 - 1974 Peter Barwick 1975 - 1981 Stephen Samuels 1982 - 1988 Bob Gray 1989 - 1991 Christopher Cagney 1992 - 1995 Robin Daniels 1996 - 1998 Pat Robinson 1999 - 2001 David Barwick 2002 - 2003 Chris Thronsden 2004 - 2007 Chris Court 2007 - Neil Cossey
Grafton Morrish Qualifier
Captain’s Day Friday 3 March, West Byfleet
Spring Meeting Friday 28 April, Littlestone
Triangular Match Friday 12 May, Royal Ashdown Saturday 13 May, Knole Park
Summer Meeting Friday 9 June, North Foreland
Old Paulines Match Friday 7 July, Walton Heath
Old Dovorians Invitational Thursday 13 July, Tandridge
Redlibbets Meeting Friday 8 September, Redlibbets
Grafton Morrish Finals Friday 29 Sept - Sunday 1 October, Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk
Autumn Meeting Friday 6 October, Knole Park
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Rifle Club This year the Club had fifteen paid up shooting members and one social member under the captaincy of Andi Parker-Smith The season began at SLC where the OL’s challenged the boy’s for the Gale Cup. Six OLs took part, the School putting forward two teams this year, one of boys and one of staff. The OLs won against the boys, and also beat the Masters by a narrow margin. Major Nigel Cavaglieri also presented a medal to the highest score which was won by OL Tim Banks. The first 7.62mm match in Bisley was the Q Match. We were very grateful to Peter Thompson and Chris Weeden for their excellent wind coaching. We had a total of ten shooting which was a great turnout for the first full bore competition of the year. The competition was over two distances 500 and 600yds. Our top scorers of the day were Chris Weeden and Yusef Ali who both got 95.8 (Ex 100.20) The Presidents Shield was in May, shooting at 300, 500 and 600 yds, and included our annual shoot against the
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low turnout with only six members. We all managed to get in some extra practice in the morning, but due to the deteriorating weather conditions it became extremely challenging in the afternoon, obscuring the targets at 1000yds. Although we shot at 1000yds it was decided not to include the scores for the competition. The OLRC won the Lizard Cup.
Keith Alltoft and Andi Parker-Smith with Long Range Cup (Originally presented by Keith Alltoft in 1970) Old Albanians. Alongside a Three Counties elimination match, we were under pressure to fall back on time and we managed it with just seconds to spare at 300yds. The wind conditions were a little challenging but the OLs came out on top with a score of 383.26 for the best four with the OA’s scoring 366.12, Richard Bird achieved a ‘Possible’ at 500yds. The All Day shoot at the end of May at 300, 600, 900 and 1000yds had a very
In June the Long Range was attended by nine members by OLRC won the cup, beating the Old Cranleighans by one V bull. Keith Alltoft donated the Cup in 1970 and was pleased to have his hands on it again. This match clashed with a major Inter-counties match so four members were unable to shoot as they were selected for their Counties. In July we had a very successful Veterans shoot and were placed 26. The final shoot of the year in September was the Championship Shoot. An exciting finish to the year it was closely contested between Peter Thompson (99.9) and Andi ParkerSmith (99.6), Peter winning by just 3 V
Back L-R Mike Davison, Aiden Stowe, (Sir) Christopher Laing, Sandra Sacre, Tim Banks. Front L-R Tim Wagland, Andi Parker-Smith (Long Range Cup) Alistair Mitchelhill (Lizard Cup) The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017 41
OL Rifle Club Report 2016 Bulls. The competition was followed by the AGM and Annual Dinner. Individual performance highlights of OLRC members…. Chris Weeden shot in his 12th Queens final (some shooters never get into the final in their career), his 17th St George’s final. Chris shot for England in the National (for his 6th time) and won his County Championship, being awarded the Kent County Jewels. We are also extremely proud that he has been selected as Captain of Great Britain Rifle Team tour to Canada 2017 Richard Bird got into the second stage of the Queens (for the first time) at the Imperial meeting. He won the Veterans cup for the first stage of Queens competition and was also well placed in the T class short range aggregate and Grand Aggregate. Richard has now lost his Tyro status in style. He won the Long
Range at the Easter Meeting at 900yds; won the English XX T class of the Varley, Surrey open T class, Thames Valley Aggregate, Willoughby, Cantley, Cannon and Swiss reload Aggregate; was part of the Northants, Leicester and Rutland team for the King George V final; and was also reserve for England v Scotland at Blair Atholl in the Lawrence Match, plotted for the team and came 6th in Bannock 500x. Yusef Ali had an exceptional Tyro first Imperial meeting by managing to get onto 23 prize lists during the week. He also lost his Tyro status in a spectacular way. He has a lot of potential and hopefully will follow Peter Thompson and Chris Weeden’s NRA, England and GB team representation…. No pressure Yusef! The OLRC was also represented in four of the NRA Imperial team events which
were concurrent with individual competitions. This is the first time that we have managed to raise enough OLs for 15 years. We have a bright future, fed by the current, new and future OLs. Finally I am very sorry to report that Peter (the Pilot) Thompson passed away in November 2016. Peter was a long standing member and great supporter of the OLRC and known to many members, past and present. On behalf of the OLRC, I would like to express our sincere condolences to his wife Jocelyn and family. As always we are on the lookout for new members. If you are interested or would like more information please contact either myself the Secretary Alistair Mitchelhill email@example.com or the Captain Andi Parker-Smith at andi. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fixtures 2017 Sat
Sat 13th May
All day match (Lion Tankard & Lizard Cup)
300-600 yds 900-1000 yds
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The College was re-homed for the duration of WWII firstly, for two terms at Seaford College and, then after Dunkirk (and invasion looking likely), to Courteenhall in Northamptonshire. We will forever owe a great debt of gratitude to our kind hosts for almost six years, Major General Sir Hereward Wake and Lady Wake. Sir Hereward celebrated his 100th birthday in 2016 and The OL Society sent congratulations. John Collins (Courtenay 1936-1944) corresponds on occasion with the Wake family and in response, received this letter recently, which we would like to share (see below). Over 70 years after our return to Ramsgate, reunion memories and fascinating Courteenhall school anecdotes are still coming to the fore. A number having been sparked from last year’s article. David Goodman (Manor 1944-1952) had lost his photo of the last reunion in 2005, and due to reading the OL News, connected with John Collins who was able to send a replacement much to David’s delight. Christopher Clarke (Lodge 19421951) “A few Courteenhall memories stand out for me. The first was the shock and horror of my parents when being shown
over the ‘school’ in 1940 or ‘41, seeing the semi-basement washrooms for the Junior School, with the cold water only supply and the lead-lined sinks where the gun-dogs were cleaned (dogs had long gone but we poor lads still abluted where they once did)! The second was Anthony Buckeridge teaching us (acting little playlets in French) and never realising that we were all the basis for the characters and exploits of his wonderful ‘Jennings’ books.
contracted measles. First floor bedrooms were converted to sick bays with masses of beds. One boy, a weekly boarder, living in Northampton founded a craze for ‘pipework’. For a modest sum (around a halfpenny a foot) he offered for sale white rubber tubing which was about the size of a ball-point pen refill. The sick-bay occupants bought this by the yard and interconnected each others drinking glasses, criss- crossing the room.
The “elevenses” break in the winter for the Junior School in the wooden hut adjacent to the house; a thin and unappealing mug of Horlicks with hot water, no sweetener and very weak.
I am not sure about the hygiene aspect an the craze didn’t last too long once Matron found out! Ah those were the days...”
And finally, in the summer of either ‘43 or ‘44 when most of the Juniors
Ken Crisp (Manor 1943 – 1949) “At the age of 85, I have decided to carry out some research into my family tree before I am too old to do anything about it, and was delighted to come across a photograph I had taken at Courteenhall Church on one of our visits. It was of a gravestone to the memory of Henry James Crisp who had died November 1959, aged 82. It stated that Henry was Sir, Hereward the Wake’s Estate game keeper! He and his wife Agnes are both buried in Courteenhall church yard (our College Chapel whilst we were there).” It could turn out that whilst Ken attended the school, a distant relative was also there - attending to the Estate!
Letter from Sir Hereward Wake to John Collins, OL
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Welcome To Our ‘New’ Old Lawrentians Leavers, Years 11 – 13 (5th – Upper 6th Form) Bellerby (Boarding Girls) Victoria Patyna, Frederike Woehrl, Ana Climent Gomez, Luisa Zander, Gloria Zechmeister-Machhart, Temitope Akintunde, Heung Yam Chan, Chi Wai Chio, Anna-Chiara Christmann , Rebecca Cronenberg, Idara-Obong-Iboro Etiebet, Chenxi He, Ielyzaveta Karasyk, Ka Ying Lau, Ian Ian Lei, Yuting Lou, Jia Xing Qi, Yixuan Wang, Yu Wang, ChenYang Zhang, Charlotte Zlotkowski, Simran Thapa, Zhuo Yang, Huipei Liu
Laing (Day Girls) Chloe Binfield, Grace Bones, Ellorah Brown, Amber Buck-Burrows, Hannah Cheesemore, Olivia Collins, Circe Hughes, Carolyn Kirchschlager, Holly Harvey, Nikita Cox, Georgia Parry, Caroline Pearson, Mary Peskett, Emily Randall, Isabella Sabin-Dawson, Anna Shipley, Sophie Mayes, Madeleine Taylor, Charlotte Wayman
Newlands (Day Boys) Jasper Buck-Burrows, Edward Harvey, Daniel Tobin, Christian Tofte Isaac Roe, Mikhail Sidorov, Jake Smith, Ben Spencer, Benjamin Moulton, Callum Bailey, Howard Corley, Rudy Hagemichael, Michael Howarth, Nicholas Russell, Adam Sanusi, Brendan-James Smith, Brandon Le Roux, Alexandros Mylonakis, Sean Bryant, Joseph Vint
Lodge (Boarding Boys) Rowan Rai, Khaled Al Jenaie, Oladoyin Amu, Julian Ananam Ekong, Constantin Jorias, Haowen Li, Deqiang Liu, Mengfei Liu, Stefan Mayer, Loan Postec, Tasawar Rahim, Phimoltham Saengjan, Shan Chuan Tang, Yi Zhong Tong, Haodong Wu
Tower (Boarding Boys) Abubakar Abubakar, Walter Akpana, Oskar Breer, Samuel Jr Egbukwu, Kilian Fenneberg Oluwaseyi Gbadamosi, Beicheng Guo, Oskar Kampik, Hoi Yam, Kengi Lo
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Weddings & Births
Tom Wakefield, Tower 2006 Julia and I met on the 9th October 2009 at Leeds University, one week before I went to Pirbright to start my career in the British Army. I joined the Royal Signals as a Communications System Engineer, so Mr Dawbarn should be proud after years of battling in the classroom helping me to understand maths. Since then I have had a very fortunate career, even spending a few months in sunny Florida (work can be hard sometimes). While I was in Florida, Julia came out to visit me and I proposed in Down Town Disney ‘with style’! 18 months later, and after many rational disputes about music, decorations, and who to invite etc., we tied the knot on
30th April 2016. It was the best day of our lives and it went without a single hiccup. There was rain and hail all week but on the day, the cloud broke up and the sun shone for us. It made me so proud that so many of my friends from St. Lawrence College made a huge effort to join us on our special day. OLs shown in the group photo are L-R: Charlie Dickens, Rob Daniels (best man), Jonathan Pritchard, Emily Lawrence, myself, Alex Hensher, Mark Bartlett, Jack Bartlett, and my brother Jonathan a.k.a Jonty (Tower ’08). Other OLs who were there but didn’t make this particular photo were: Laura, David and Lucy Buckingham, and not forgetting my sister, Polly (Bellerby ’08).
One week after the wedding, Julia joined me out in Cyprus where she will spend the next couple of years being spoilt rotten with this fantastic weather and our new puppy, Gus, while I slave away!
Cara Hamment, Laing 1994 Cara and Michael Houlihan were married at Oxnead Hall in Norfolk on 13th August 2016. Cara’s sister, Isabelle Hamment, was a bridesmaid, along with Felicity Pett and Vanessa Wiles, all friends since Cameron & Laing house.
Michael and Cara now live in London, where Cara co-founded digital creative agency Phantom (www.phantom. land) in 2013.
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Weddings & Births
Barry Grainger, Newlands 1998 Married Zara Warren at Rivervale Barn in Hampshire on Friday 3rd June 2016. “We had a fantastic day with good weather and lots of fun. The picture here shows my sister Sarah Grainger (OL, Laing ‘97), with myself, and Zara.
Zara is a West End theatre actress and I met her in 2014 while she was performing in the production Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. We both live in London where I am now Head of Digital for Michael Page, the recruitment company.” Barry.
Felicity Pett, Laing 1994 Felicity married William Thomas on 5th November 2016 at Lainston House, Winchester. OLs in attendance: Jenny Swinn, Vanessa Wiles, Cara Hamment and Becki Muncey were bridesmaids; Phil Thomas was Best man; Robert Pett and Jonathan Page were Ushers; and other OL guests were Daisy Greaves, Dani Harris, Gabi Novakovic, Francesca Granata and Ivie Okunbo. Felicity was introduced to Will by his sister (OL, Jenny Swinn), seven years ago. Felicity and Will now live in Hertfordshire where Felicity is a commercial property surveyor and Will is a company director of a fashion design company. Photo one shows all the OL girls who were able to come to the wedding.
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Photo two shows Will and Felicity. The third photo was taken whilst the girls had an impromptu attempt at singing old hymns from Chapel and then trying to remember the words of the school song. According to Felicity, the memory of Latin was not particularly great but it was very funny giving it a try!
Weddings & Births
Norval Scott, Lodge 1997 Norval married Catriona Parker on August 20th 2016 in the Dutch Church, Austin Friars, London. It was a lovely day with friends and family, including a fair few from SLC - Wendy Adams, Emma Murphy, Megan Smith, Ben Rew and Adam Haines.
Births Andrew Coberth, Newlands Deacon, 2002 Andrew and wife Simone welcomed their first child, Kent Kioshi Coberth, to the family in July 2016. After enjoying SLC, Andrew went on to study Civil and Structural Engineering, and he and his family now live in San Clemente, California. He is currently a Project Manager for Enclos, one of the largest specialty contractors in US that design and build high performance
glass facades for skyscrapers. His latest project is ‘Pacific Gate’ (see photo a 41 storey condo tower in downtown San Diego. Having loved sport at SLC, Andrew continues to enjoy an active life. He recently competed in several triathlons and even ran across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim!
Andrew remembers proud moments at SLC as captain of the 1st XV rugby team singing the school song on Prefects’ green with the team after a hard-fought win. He also values the cultural diversity that SLC celebrates and the lifelong friends he made there that spread far across the globe. With a US West Coast OL Reunion currently in the pipeline, Andrew is looking forward to catching up with fellow OLs in California in the near future. The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017 47
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David Welford, Newlands Deacon, 2001 David and wife Samantha WelfordGoves are currently based in Kansas and are very happy to announce the arrival of Georgina Alice June Welford-Goves, born on 17 Sep 2016
Joe Lillicrap, Newlands 2005 Joe and wife Katherine are delighted to announce that Phoebe Joyce was born 06/10/16 at 2.26pm weighing 8lbs 4oz. Bethany (aged 2) is enjoying her new sister.
Dr Lena Mesenbrink (neé Preuss), Bellerby ’01
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Magnus sporting a Bayern Munich FC soother Lena and husband Lars welcomed their first son ‘Magnus’ to the world on 4th January 2016. The couple who live in Dusseldorf, Germany are delighted and grateful and look forward to keeping in touch with the College and fellow OLs. The image of Magnus here might just give a clue to the family’s football club loyalties!
Weddings & Births
Jack Hargreaves, Lodge 2010 Jack Hargreaves, Lodge 2010 (right) and wife Leanne proudly announce the birth of Elsie May Hargreaves on the 8th December 2016 at 13:25 weighing 7lbs 4oz. Jack serves in the Royal Engineers, British Army.
Tunu Sokiri, Tower 1995
Chris Mann, Manor-Grange 1992 & Claire Foster-Mann, Bellerby 1993 Zach Mann was swiftly born, two and half weeks early, on the morning of the 8th November 2016. Zach joins the Mann family ranks as the 11th grandchild. He is also nephew to Nick Mann, Becky McKenzie (nee Mann), Tim Mann and Jo Bristow (nee Mann) who all attended SLC over various years. We have had a wealth of help from other OLs from the above family, as well as Claireâ€™s OL friends Sandra Sacre, Tim Brewer and Ian Guy. Zach (or mini-Mann) can be seen here waving away to all!
Larraine and Tunu are pleased to announce the arrival of a baby boy Christopher Amani Peter Sokiri at 8.21pm on 20th December 2016. Christopher weighed in at 7lbs 1oz and a half oz and has lots of straight hair like his mummy. Mother and baby are doing well after an unplanned home birth and a short stint in hospital. Everyone is now back at home. Many thanks for all the kind words from the St. Lawrence College friends and family. The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017 49
Obituary Notices Cobb, John Stewart (Manor 1950) 24 September 1932 â€“ 24 December 2015
John loved his time at St. Lawrence and especially at Courteenhall. His father and uncle also went to St. Lawrence so it was a very long association with the School. John died peacefully at home in Chobham, Surrey, and the OL Society was notified by his widow Rosemary. The Manor House Rugby photo here shows John and David Dodd who had lived in the same village as John, and often had many chats about the College.
John Cobb back row 2nd left Manor Rugby 1949
Hillman, Michael David (Grange 1950) 31 December 1933 â€“ 21 February 2017 Married to Wendy, Michael headed the family firm of butchers. A fine sportsman at school, Michael gained his 2nd XI
Cricket Colours 1949, 1st XI Cricket Colours 1950, 1st and 2nd XV Colours 1950. He was also presented with House
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Colours in Cricket, Rugby, Swimming and Athletics.
Hopcraft, John Bryan Dawson (Lodge 1948) 6 May 1931 - 1 October 2016 John passed away aged 85 at Creston Valley Hospital, BC, Canada. Between 1948 and 1960, John voluntarily devoted all of his time with a team of visionaries from around the world to work with the Moral ReArmament movement, challenging each person and every nation to move away from the armaments of destruction, hate and war towards forgiveness. He was passionate about building and affirming the deepest beliefs and longings for a new world at peace with itself, and travelled and worked in 37 countries during those years. John lived to help people from anywhere, of any colour and any faith
to rebuild their lives and remake the world. Through the medium of music, song and theatre, that passion in his heart never died. 1960 brought him home to Kenya to help his farming parents. With typical determination and single mindedness, John spent the next 17 years creating Lake Nakuru National Park as a project of the World Wildlife Fund. John farmed and pursued his conservation vision with the strong support of his family. He helped to introduce wildlife conservation and education projects into the schools of Kenya. The little wildlife research station on the family farm was open to students from Canada, U.S., U.K. and Europe, pursuing
their studies together with Kenyan students from the University of Nairobi. In 1964, John married Sandra Groves, and two children followed. John’s work continued and finally, at last, in 1976, his conservation vision became a reality. Baharini Farm and all land surrounding the lake became the Nakuru National Park. It is now Kenya’s crown jewel and attracts thousands of visitors every year from around the world who come to see the same flamingos John grew up with and loved so much.
Spurrell B.E.M., David FH (Courtenay 1957) 1 May 2016 We were kindly notified by David’s nephew, Stephen Hogg, that David sadly died on 1st May 2016, in his 78th year. David was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2012 in recognition of his work with young people. He had started in voluntary youth work when he was just 19, in the late 1950s as a youth club assistant at St Mary’s Church. In 1972, he gave up his job as an electronic engineer to work full time with young people. At the age of 58 he became the director and manager of the Sovereign Youth Centre which he had built up from being just a small wooden hut, to a large concern to be passed on to the YMCA in 2010. He stayed on after the YMCA handover to oversee the running of clubs until July 2011. The facility now includes ‘The David Spurrell Drop-in Centre’ where teenagers can go after school to play football, meet friends or go on the internet.
David would say that he felt honoured by his award and that his work never felt like a job because he enjoyed it so much. H believed most sincerely that he
was one of the lucky ones who had a job that didn’t feel like a job, and would have done it even if he wasn’t paid.
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Thompson, Andrew John (Grange House 1964) 16 May 1946 – 29 March 2016
Andrew as Brutus
Andrew Thompson - elder son of the late where he played a number of roles. On As a gay man, Andrew was the victim of a Dr John F Thompson, OL, and Mrs leaving school, he went to train as a vicious assault in 1991, which left him Winifred Thompson, and brother of teacher at Canterbury Christchurch with severe brain injuries, from which he Anthea, Susan, and Peter G Thompson, College. A friend and colleague recalls never fully recovered. He was helped by OL (deceased) died in Headway Northampton, a charity ...A friend and colleague Northampton Hospital after a supporting people with head and short illness. During his time brain injuries. He contributed to recalls him being a at SLC, he captained the their magazines and encouraged wonderful primary school others to get involved in drama. College Swimming team (Colours 1963, 1964), became teacher who could keep the Sadly, he had to give up work - a Head of House, a member of children spellbound... significant blow, as the theatre the Athenaeum, Secretary of was his life. Andrew’s last few the Literary & Debating Society, was first him as being a wonderful primary school years were difficult as he struggled with violin in the Orchestra, Sub - Editor of The teacher who could keep the children depression and eating difficulties. Friends Lawrentian and a sergeant in the CCF. He spellbound. Andrew left teaching to and the carers who supported him recall showed early promise as an actor, taking follow his passion for the theatre and him as still being full of wonderful stories, important roles in many of John Binfield’s theatre administration. He started as Box always having a twinkle in his eye and Shakespearean productions such as Office manager at the Marlowe Theatre in making light of his own situation, whilst Brutus in Julius Caesar and Hermione in Canterbury before moving to the Royal holding out a hand of friendship to those The Winter’s Tale. He was also involved Theatre and Opera House (now Derngate) less fortunate than himself. with the Ellen Terry Barn Theatre in in Northampton as Head of Publicity, Smallhythe Place near Tenterden, Kent eventually becoming General Manager. 52 The Old Lawrentian 2016-2017
Thompson, Peter G (Grange 1966) 28 August 1948 – 05 November 2016 In a particularly tragic year for the Thompson family, Peter, the younger brother of Andrew (previous notice) also sadly passed away. Peter Thompson was a renowned pilot with British Airways and sadly died after a long illness at the age of 68. Pete was one of the OL’s most convivial figures. He entered Grange House at SLC in the 4th form in 1961 and quickly made his mark on several fronts. Although he was a part of the U15 Hockey squad, he particularly shone where the CCF was concerned – moving through all disciplines, passing Part 1 & 2 with the Army section before joining the RAF for two terms and the RN for four terms where he was promoted to L/S Instructor. He was elevated to Sergeant and was posted to the Armoury where he managed to avoid most of the drill routines. He achieved marksman status at both small-bore and full-bore and was a key part of the school’s Ashburton team. He achieved school colours for shooting and was Hon Secretary for the team in 1966. He was awarded a Naval Flying Scholarship and as a result of that he was able to gain a Private Pilots Licence. He also enjoyed the school theatrical productions and was stage manager
Obituaries & Awards Celebration of the Life of
and decorator for the Grange House Christmas Party and Entertainment in December 1966. He left school in December that year with eight ‘O’ levels and two ‘A’ levels and did a brief spell in the health sector before responding to a recruitment campaign to join BOAC in 1969. His initial training was at the training school in Scone, Scotland, where he qualified and for a short time was a matches on an annual basis. His fellow Navigator on the VC10 fleet. He moved members always enjoyed his tales from seats in the VC10 cockpit, first as 2nd the cockpit and were amazed at his skills Officer and then as 1st Officer. Still in this of handling a VC10 which had suffered a capacity he transferred to the growing double bird strike to the port side fleet of 747’s and then in 1988, at the Peter Gord on Thom pson engines! He was a regular attendee at age of 40, he passed a command course August 1948 - 5th November 2016 OL28th Society dinners – always looking for Captain. He transferred to British dapper in his white tuxedo and always Caledonian (at that time a part of British accompanied by his Hornby model of Airways) where he flew Tristars on the the St Lawrence steam engine. OLRC “bucket and spade” runs out of Gatwick. members will always remember him He returned to BA as Captain on the through the Jocelyn Thompson Cup 747-400 fleet, where he remained until (named after his wife) which he his retirement in 2003. Peter played a arranged to be competed for over the leading role in the Old Lawrentian Rifle shorter range at the annual Club where he continued to championship each year. demonstrate his shooting skills, winning many of the club trophies including the He was a governor at St Edmunds Prep coveted President’s Shield! He was a School in Hindhead, and was married to long-standing Secretary of the club Jocelyn by whom he had two sons, keenly absorbing the time-consuming Richard and Michael. tasks of organizing members and
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Obituary Notices Cox, Patrick David (Newlands 1983)
Elson, Peter Ronald (Tower 1954)
21 October 1964 – 13 February 2015
Seyler, Colin Michael (Manor 1950)
11 May 1937 - 24 February 2017
07 May 1933 – 08 October 2016
We were kindly informed by Peter’s brother Paul (OL ’57), that Peter had sadly passed away in Newport, South Wales.
Passed away aged 83, in Margate Hospital. Kindly notified by Nigel Seyler, Colin’s brother.
Hamill, Dr Jonathan Samuel (Lodge 1969)
Moore, Michael Musgrove (Newlands 1950) 25 March 1943 - 24 June 2016
14 August 1951 - 30 April 2016 Notified by Mrs Hamill that John had sadly passed away, after a short illness.
Aged 76, Michael died peacefully aat home in Wingham with his family at his side. Kindly notified by Michael’s brother, John (OL).
Melton, Philip (Lodge 1980) 8 April 1962 – 8 November 2013 Patrick sadly died of cancer aged 50, leaving a wife and two children
Notified that Phil had passed away in 2013.
OL wins award in the City
Harvey Perkins (Newlands ’84) recently won a prestigious award from British Telecom for his services to that organisation. Harvey, who has a successful career in the City of London, has worked for BT for over 25 years and is currently Head of Finance Strategy. He is the son of Adrian Perkins, a previous long serving Director of Music at the College.
At an awards celebration lunch, Harvey and his honoured guests, including fellow OL Rodney Wilkening and wife Wendy, visited the top of one of London’s best-loved buildings - the iconic BT Tower. The communications tower was officially opened by the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1965 and at 191 metres became the tallest building in both London and the United Kingdom until 1980. The Tower is now
only accessible on special occasions and by special invitation since it was closed to the public in 1981. The party dined superbly in the revolving restaurant on the 34th floor, which makes one revolution every 22 minutes. From snow on arrival, the British weather soon changed to clear skies treating the guests to arguably, the most spectacular 360 view of the city of London.
OLs Harvey Perkins and Rodney Wilkening enjoying the view at the top of the BT Tower.
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Valete We bid a very fond and sad farewell to a number of long serving staff members this year. Richard Muncey (right), Head of Kirby House (Middle School); Simon Whittle (below), Junior School Headmaster;
Nick and Morgan Jones (Lodge House Masters); Ellis Gill, who originally retired as Deputy Head two years ago but was then persuaded to return short term to create the College Development Office: Jane Garrod, Modern Languages teacher and Deputy HM for Laing House; Alexandra Fletcher, Head of EAL, and previously Marketing Manager in 2005. We wish them all a very happy and fulfilling retirement, and look forward to seeing them at future OL Events as Hon OLs. A full Valete can be found for each of these wonderful teachers at www. olsociety.co.uk
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Letters to the Editor may I first say that I In your capacity as Editor, OL News, is a really outstanding zine think the latest issue of the maga returned to the r neve has achievement. As someone who erful capsule of the wond a tes college, this latest edition crea ety which pervades Soci OL the atmosphere, life and vitality of . at this moment in time. Well done the last page, about the I found it very interesting to read, on y? I have absolutely no centenary of the School Song ... reall Now, my interest in Latin recollection of this song whatsoever. in the non-recovery was never high, so I could have it filed mber singing with section of the brain. However, I do reme Latin students’ song great gusto at SLC that magnificent some of the opening ‘Gaudeamus Igitur’. And I even remember words from 1955!
hful eyes of prefects As a new boy in Tower, under the watc , I also remember such as Chris Throndsen and BJW Isaac the emblems of the having to learn the college motto and etc., along with the badge, two worms sat on a barber’s pole Igitur(c.1287). When I first verse and chorus of Gaudeamus my wife Julia joined in. It started reciting this aloud last night, at Cheltenham Ladies transpires she sang this song as a pupil than when I was at SLC. College - just a couple of years later own song but similarly it She believes Cheltenham did have its was not then in use! Keep up the good work. Michael Bowyer, Tower ‘55
Thank you for the attractive edition of O.L. News 2015-2016. Just one point in the obituary on my brother John F.W.Watson (Courteenhall ’45). The church he set up at Howell Hill now serves over 500 (rather than the stated 50). Some growth from the few who gathered in the logia of his house in the early 1960s. All good wishes. Robert Watson, Tower ’50.
P.S. I’m not sure that I had a clue on the translation of the School Song – until now. The OL Society would love to hear from you with your news, memories comments and ideas. This publication currently reaches over 3500 OLs worldwide in hard copy (and more via email). However, with just over 7000 OLs listed as alive and well, we still have some way to go to reconnect to the remaining few thousand! Please help us by asking your siblings, friends and peers to get intouch if they don’t already receive the OL News and email invitations. Thank you very much. Kerry Brown Development & Alumni Relations Manager
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Nick has stayed there on a number of occasions. Set within a beautiful 19 acre estate, and situated 1.5 miles outside
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