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The Old Berkhamstedian 2017

The Old Berkhamstedian ‘Innocens innocentium testimonio comprobatur’

Spring 2017 –––––––––– CONTENTS ––––––––––

President’s Message Principal’s Message Treasurer’s Report OB Accounts AROPS Conference Membership Statistics The TOB Office The Friends The OB Lodge Berkhamsted School Archive Graham Greene International Festival


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News of Old Berkhamstedians From All Quarters Events and Reunions The Visit by Her Majesty The Queen OB Sport OB Travels Staff Valetes Obituaries David R.A. Pearce OB Contacts Dates for the Diary

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First I’d like to pay tribute to David Pearce (DRAP), who sadly died last November. Fuller pieces appear later in the magazine – and he’s pictured on the cover meeting Her Majesty The Queen – but I’d like to express how encouraging he was to me when I took on this role. He was a former Editor of this magazine himself and many of his ideas still form its foundations, and doubtless his English lessons of the 1980s have enabled me to keep grammatical errors to a minimum. There would be very little content to speak of if it wasn’t for Lynne Oppenheimer tirelessly pursuing reports, cajoling writers and solving mysteries I habitually set for her, so I’m very grateful for all that. I’d also like to thank David Armstrong and team for proof-reading, laying everything out and getting the whole magazine into physical form, with enduring patience. Lastly, there are customarily excellent contributions from OBs throughout the mag. Thanks as ever for those, and please keep them rolling in. Matthew Horton (Editor,

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President’s Message

I would like to start my report by thanking and paying tribute to Mike Horton, who retired as President of The Old Berkhamstedians at the last AGM in March 2016. As President, Mike gave tirelessly of both his time and expertise and, during his tenure, he achieved much for the organisation, including the establishment of both the School Archive and the OB Scuba Diving Club. I am very grateful that he has stayed on the board of TOB Ltd so that we can continue to benefit from his advice and experience. The Old Berkhamstedians have enjoyed another busy year and I would like to thank all OBs, particularly the members of the Committee, for their continued support. As usual, we hosted a number of events throughout the year, including a very well-attended reunion for students from the 1960s, a celebration lunch to commemorate the School’s 475th Anniversary and the wellestablished Ten-Year Reunion. Particular mention should be made of the very successful annual Sports Day in June, organised by our administrator, Vicky Rees, and I very much hope that this event will continue to grow; next year I hope to see even greater participation from OBs, staff and current Sixth Formers in the various sporting fixtures, from the traditional cricket match to touch rugby, football, netball and tennis


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matches. It is a wonderful event for the entire School community and we hope to welcome back more OBs with their families to the 2017 event, scheduled to take place on Sunday 2nd July 2017, so please put the date in your diaries. We run a large number of sporting clubs for OBs, which all continue to thrive and which all welcome new OB members and players. Numbers subscribing to or following the OBs’ social media accounts continue to grow and I urge all OBs who have not yet done so to join us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to keep abreast of our activities and to let us know what more you would like us to be doing. I am delighted that we have decided The Old Berkhamstedian Magazine should ‘go digital’ this year, so many of you will be reading this online, rather than in the traditional print format; in addition to this being more environmentally friendly, we appreciate that many people now prefer to access books and magazines in this way. The Old Berkhamstedians, through its charitable Trust Company, provides financial support to the School through funding of scholarships and bursaries, sponsorship of annual Tall Ship Awards and travel grants to Year 12 students and support for particular School initiatives, such as the recently opened David Case Pavilion. We were delighted to have been able to donate the viewing balcony for this pavilion, which is a wonderful new facility which will be enjoyed by students and OBs alike, for generations to come. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to David Pearce – DRAP for many of you – who sadly passed away in November 2016. He was a great supporter of all things Berkhamsted, including The Old Berkhamstedians, and was an active and enthusiastic member of our Committee for many years until 2013. Indeed it was David who created and produced The Old Berkhamstedian Magazine in 1994 and was the magazine editor until 2006.

For that and much much more, we owe him a huge debt of gratitude; he will be sadly missed by all. Emma Jeffrey (Fanning) (Ru ’81)

Principal’s Message

Since our arrival in January, Debbie and I have been struck by the warmth of the welcome from the Berkhamsted community, of which the Old Berkhamstedians form such an important part. We’ve seen the community, which so underpins the School’s value, in action. And, arriving part way through a momentous year for Berkhamsted, in which you (now we!) have celebrated the 475th Anniversary of (y)our founding by John Incent in 1541, I’ve been reminded of the value of such a heritage. Even before we arrived, the community looked back at the history of the School at the 475 Dinner in October, the publication of John Davison’s wonderful history of the School and the 475 logo competition. And during 2016, we have welcomed OBs back for a lunch in Deans’ Hall and some of you were able to attend the service in St Albans, at which the excellent sermon delivered by Revd Lucy Winkett reminded us of the importance of wisdom and perspective, and at which the Choir’s music filled that majestic space. The visit of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, in May, was the first visit to Berkhamsted by a reigning monarch and a day which will live long in our memories. As a strong community, Berkhamsted has proved itself this year in response to some very difficult events too: the whole community was affected by the tragic loss of Isabelle Docherty, a pupil in Year 12 who died of cancer in June. The Berkhamsted family, in its special way, pulled together to celebrate her life and to comfort one another. We were also very sad to hear of the death of Sergeant Major Des Keoghane in

October, after a valiant fight against cancer. Sergeant Major Keoghane was a stalwart of the School’s CCF for over 40 years and there is a longer and fitting tribute to him elsewhere in this magazine. More recently, we were very sad to learn of the death of David Pearce, known to many OBs as DRAP. As many of you will know, DRAP’s contribution to Berkhamsted was immeasurable – both as a teacher, as Head of English as well as Head of Adders and then Incents. His involvement in the School extended way beyond his 33 teaching years here and culminated in his collaboration with John Davison on the 475 Anniversary Portrait of the School and we were all so delighted that he was able to meet Her Majesty The Queen in May. There are beautifully written tributes to David elsewhere in this magazine by others who knew him far longer than I. For my part, David seemed to embody the spirit of Berkhamsted and I know that he will be sorely missed. Looking outwards, the School has also enjoyed a broader stage: some of our students were invited to the Patron’s Lunch as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations; our Sixth Form pupils have engaged with the community under the Student Consultancy project we are running with Oxford University Careers Service; we continue to support Sandi School in South Africa and the Wren Academy in North London; Upper Sixth leavers gave more than 2,600 hours The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 3

of voluntary work during their final year at School. We have also appointed a Director of International Admissions to focus on recruiting boarders from overseas, who act as a daily reminder of life beyond Berkhamsted. For many years, this has been an innovative school: the first Sixth Form students are completing their mini-MBAs, an exciting project we are running in conjunction with Ashridge Hult Executive Education and we have opened a High Ropes Course up at the Pre-Prep (formerly Haresfoot School), along with investing in the future at a slightly less glamorous level with new heating and enhanced wifi provision. A very exciting development was the opening of the David Case Pavilion in September on Chesham Fields. We are indebted to Andi and Richard Case and to many other donors for their generosity in enabling this marvellous new facility for current and future generations of Berkhamstedians, built in memory of David Case who died in a tragic car accident while he was in his final year at Berkhamsted in 1983. We were delighted to welcome back to the opening ceremony so many of David’s teammates as well as the unbeaten 1st XV of 1956. The community has continued to pursue everyday excellence this year – three of our lacrosse teams and two of our netball teams are National Champions and the 1st XV reached the semi-finals of the Rosslyn Park Sevens Tournament. Off the sports field, nine of our students gained their places at Oxford and Cambridge and almost one A-level grade in six was an A* and more than three-quarters were at A*-B. One pupil, Patrick Kennedy-Hunt, achieved an astonishing six A* grades and has gone to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge. Our Drama students achieved a five-star review at the Edinburgh Festival for their performance of The Hypochondriac and the editorial panel of INK, the School’s successful student-run online magazine,


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was shortlisted in the national Shine School Media Awards. Pupils across the School achieved Distinctions in their LAMDA and Music examinations and record numbers of students gained their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The quality and standards of the Early Years Foundation Stages at Berkhamsted Day Nursery and Pre-Prep were graded ‘outstanding’ across all five key areas in the Inspection in June by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Looking to the immediate future, we are looking carefully at our branding and a new website; we’ll be working on ways to continue to increase the skills of pupils in ways that will serve them well in the 21st century workplace, and we will be focusing fundraising energies on the provision of bursaries for pupils who would not otherwise be able to benefit from a Berkhamsted education. Finally, as every year, we bade farewell to many dear colleagues: Sheila Brockett, Nick Lyle, Kathryn Pickles, Mary Parsons, Nick Dennis, Carolyn Wilson, Wanda Brockie, Sue Rodwell, Emma Brown, Sarah Clay, Rob Matthews, Karen and Phil Warde, Barbara Evans and Mark Batchelder. We thank them all for their excellent contributions to the Berkhamsted community and wish them well for the future. Debbie and I look forward to meeting many more OBs during the coming years, and to continued progress, achievement and celebration! Richard P. Backhouse

Treasurer’s Report At first sight, the accounts seem to show that we had a difficult year. A loss of just over £10,000 needs explanation, and several major factors have played their part. The major item was the commissioning of an actuarial report, at a cost of £6,700, into our long-term funding position which revealed that we need to think carefully about

what we do and to embrace the changes and consequent economies that technology can help us with. As a result we released slightly less from our Life Subscription Fund to emphasise this line of thinking. Meanwhile, as expected, Annual and Periodic subscriptions are declining following the changes to Life Membership several years ago. Dividend income also dropped slightly as some of our investments have re-timed payments, but these may be expected to recover in the coming year. Our expenditure also revealed variations. The cost of our publications rose again prompting debate about producing an electronic version of The Old Berkhamstedian to save postage and distribution costs – and coincidentally create an accessible archive for the future. We increased support again for our sporting subsidiaries, and for the first time have included the OB Lodge. The decision was taken that all the costs of running the Trust Company, in particular the audit and portfolio management fees, should now be borne by TOB Ltd in order to maximise our help to the School. In the year, we gave further support to the School Archives. Our Overton administrator was away for part of the year on maternity leave and costs reduced a little as a result. Sterling help from Lynne Oppenheimer and Jayne Willson kept things going until Vicky’s return. Regrettably, the deficit on social functions was exacerbated by a late charge from the previous year. During the year we made the decision to give our brokers, Brewin Dolphin, investment discretion against agreed parameters, in common with the majority of their clients. There were few changes of investment in the year and consequently no realisation of profits on investments to offset the operating loss. With the completion of our commitments to the David Case Pavilion, the annual transfer to the Trust Company has now returned to more normal levels. Our investments had a reasonable year with

relatively few changes. The UK’s decision in June to leave the European Union resulted in a considerable devaluation of sterling and our investments, with a fairly strong element of overseas investment, have held up well and are considered well-placed for the future.

The OB Trust Company Ltd

The Trust Company also experienced a year of change and refocus. Firstly, it was decided that keeping separate funds when there was no particularly good reason, and certainly no legal reason to do so, was over-complicating matters. Accordingly, the three funds – Scholarship and Bursary, Knox-Johnston Award and the Emergency Funds – were combined, coupled with the undertaking that the normal commitments undertaken by the funds would continue to be honoured. Secondly, Club 2000 ceased operations from 1st January 2016 as a separate entity as the number of members participating was declining, the Inland Revenue had contested its constitution and refused Gift Aid and, while there was still sufficient income to pay out the prizes, there was not much left to buy items for the School. All members were written to and a goodly number have very kindly agreed to continue their contributions, but now as donations to the Trust Company. In turn, the Trust Company has accepted responsibility for continuing the support to the School, hitherto provided by Club 2000. During the year we completed – a year early – our commitment in respect of the David Case Pavilion, making a final payment of £20,000 (of the £40,000 promised overall). We provided KnoxJohnston Award voyages and travel grants to a number of students and, after a gap of two years, have resumed giving bursary assistance. We also provided over £2,000 of ‘nice to have’ items formerly provided by Club 2000. It is worthy of note that the Trust Company, since its (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)

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Cost Less Depreciation

Cost Less Depreciation

Emma Jeffrey (President)

Represented by: Reserves - Profit and Loss Account

Net Current Liabilities Subscriptions in advance falling due after more than one year

Less: Current Liabilities Subscriptions in advance falling due in less than one year Creditors and Accrued Charges Provision for Taxation

Current Assets Stocks of Merchandise, less provisions Debtors and Prepayments Cash at Bank

Investments at Cost Mid-Market Value at 31st July 2016 £1,127,438 (2015 £999,543)

Computer Equipment

Fixed Assets Office Equipment

38,566 5,117 285 ––––––– 43,968 –––––––

3,740 2,548 21,871 ––––––– 28,159

13,181 13,164 ––––––– 4,847 4,847 –––––––


50,529 ––––––– 50,529 –––––––

177 ,– ––––––– 17 876,610

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–15,809 –810,289 ––––––– 50,529 –––––––




– ––––––– 40 811,750



–4,938 –746,253 ––––––– 60,599 –––––––


60,599 ––––––– 60,599 ––––––– John Rush (Hon Treasurer)

40,169 2,900 439 ––––––– 43,508 –––––––

4,082 2,960 31,528 ––––––– 38,570

13,181 13,141 ––––––– 4,847 4,847 –––––––


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34,286 186 – 870

Interest and Dividends, net of taxation Sundry Receipts Bank Deposit interest Sales of Merchandise


1,502 39,953 339 41,794

2016 £ jh

Annual Subscriptions Proportion of Life Subscriptions Proportion of Periodic Subscriptions



35,493 161 – 349

1,650 41,298 563 43,511

2015 £11

12,170 –180 363 723 729 1,432 81 439 85,513 –5,999 7,435 1,436 59,163 60,599

1,254 2,667 – – 90 –139 23 427 86,788 Excess of Expenditure over Income –9,652 Loss on Disposals of Investments (2015 surplus) –418 Surplus (Deficit) for the year –10,070 General Fund Balance as at 1.8.2015 60,599 General Fund Balance as at 31.7.2016 50,529

2015 £11

16,924 333 7,753 16,813 11,704 2,576 8,249 2,146 3,270

2016 £ jh

17,415 1,615 7,138 14,639 13,360 9,304 12,837 1,671 3,842

The Old Berkhamstedian Magazine and publications Archive Project Postage and Stationery Overton Office costs Support for Subsidiary Activities Audit and Professional Fees Brokers’ Fees Presentations, including VALE Website and other Communications Costs Transfer to The Old Berkhamstedian Trust Co Ltd Deficit on Social Functions (2015 surplus) School Projects Travel Expenses Sundry Expenses Provision for Stock Obsolescence Depreciation Tax on Gilts and interest





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544,218 –5,913 3,587 541,892

RESERVES: RECONCILIATION OF FUNDS Total funds brought forward Net movement in funds for year Transfers between funds TOTAL FUNDS CARRIED FORWARD

Emma Jeffrey (President)

– 541,892

1,128 9,704 10,832 541,892


1,600 1,987 –3,587 –

– –

– – – –



CREDITORS Amounts falling due within one year NET ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS Debtors Cash at Bank

FIXED ASSETS Listed investments at market value

TOB Club 2000

Endowment Funds

539,519 6,299 – 545,818

2,056 545,818

2,725 37,245 39,970 547,874



Total 2015

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545,818 –3,926 – 541,892

– 541,892

1,128 9,704 10,832 541,892



Total 2016

DETAILED BALANCE SHEET for the year ended 31ST JULY 2016


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Unrealised gain/(loss) on investments Net movement in funds

OTHER RECOGNISED GAINS Realised (loss) on sale of investments

Net (outgoing)/incoming resources before other recognised gains and losses

RESOURCES EXPENDED Charitable activities: Donation to School Purchase of equipment for School Travel and training grants Costs of generating funds: Prizes Brokers’ fees Total resources expended

INCOMING RESOURCES Incoming resources from generated funds – Investment income Voluntary income: Donations and legacies The Old Berkhamstedians Gift Aid recoveries Activities for generating funds Total incoming resources

–4,222 –22,495 16,582 –5,913

– 1,987 – 1,987


800 – 800

– 3,113 42,133 –18,273

– – –

2,787 – – – 2,787

270 1,254 298 2,490 23,860

32,000 2,312 4,708




TOB Club 2000

Endowment Funds

–4,222 –20,508 16,582 –3,926


800 3,113 42,933

32,000 2,312 4,708

3,057 1,254 298 2,490 26,647



Total 2016



–347 12,345 –6,046 6,299


1,900 4,358 23,788

10,000 1,988 5,542

1,943 12,170 14 1,873 36,480



Total 2015


establishment in 1999, has now provided over £425,000 in support to the School. It is intended that, with the Trust’s operating costs being borne by TOB Ltd in future, this support will continue and hopefully increase, subject only to a small percentage of the income being reserved for further investment to provide growth for the future. John Rush (Sw ’59) (Hon Treasurer)

AROPS Conference 2016

Malvern St James Girls’ School This year’s conference was a testament to the spirit of harmony created at the school by the Headmistress, Trish Woodhouse, and her team. At last year’s conference, Trish spoke of the care needed when merging five schools into one. It was a pleasure to experience the atmosphere of

Membership Statistics

Headmistress, Development Office and Old Girls’ Association working together to host an extremely harmonious conference. In the first main session of the day, Trish spoke of current trends in secondary education and the battle to provide a rounded, broad-based curriculum in ‘the prevailing micro-managed tickbox culture’. Charles Bagnall from the conference sponsors, Advanced, led the second session on good practice in data management. He discussed the implications of the Etherington Report and forthcoming legislation. Jane Pendry and Michael Wright from Dragon School spoke about practical changes to databases to ensure communications and data management conform to the highest expectations. One of the afternoon discussion groups focused on careers and university mentoring. Suggestions included careers workshops open to pupils and parents and led by young people in mid-career, and lunch or lesson-time Skype

Ten-year amnesty members Life members Honorary members

2016 0 6,098 379

2015 95 5,831 251

2014 95 5,580 348





Of the total members, those with current mailing addresses




826 540 455

761 419 354

690 333 294

Social Media: LinkedIn Facebook Twitter

All Ten-year members are now Life members. Last year there was a discrepancy in the calculation of Honorary members.


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sessions between a young past pupil and a few sixth formers interested in pursuing his or her chosen career. University mentoring suggestions included assigning a willing ‘buddy’ to keep an eye on a new student and inviting a recent graduate to talk to students on ‘Things I wish I’d known before’. The conference ended with the usual lively questions and answers forum, this year covering questions on databases, year-group representatives and events for retired alumni. Next year’s conference will be held on 13th May 2017 at Prior Park College, Bath. Mynerva Altman (Bu ’56)

TOB Office I would like to start my report by thanking Jayne Willson and Lynne Oppenheimer for all of their help with covering the OB Office during my maternity leave and making my transition back to work in April so straightforward. Since being back, I have been lucky enough to be involved in a number of great events, many focusing on the 475th Anniversary of the School, including both the Queen’s visit in May as well our own Old Berkhamstedian celebrations in October where more than 100 OBs returned for a lunch, some of whom had not been back to the School since 1947. Our calendar of events continues to grow and further into the magazine you will find details of our events for 2017, including Ten-Year, 20-Year and 30-Year Reunions, as well as our regular annual and regional dinners, and sporting fixtures. There are also write-ups of a number of events that we hosted in 2016, which may well give you some ideas for future events that you would like to see. We continue to work closely with the School

and are always looking at how best we can support the current and former pupils, so, if anyone feels that they might be able to provide professional support (work experience, mentoring, knowledge of work-based placements), we would love to hear from you. As well as supporting the School, the Old Berkhamstedians also exists to support you, so if there is a reunion, sport or activity that you would like to see take place, please do get in touch and we will try our best to make this happen for you. Please contact me at or on 01442 358 111. Vicky Rees (TOB Administrator)

The Friends The Friends of Berkhamsted School aim to put on events that bring parents together socially, as well as raise money that goes back into the School to purchase items for the pupils. With this in mind, we started the academic year in September with our new Parent Receptions at Kings and at Castle. All parents whose children had joined or moved up into the Senior School were invited to a joint School/Friends evening of information and chat! Over a glass of wine parents could meet up with others in their child’s House, as well as across the whole year, in a very informal and relaxed gathering. This was followed throughout the year with coffee mornings for each year group to enable parents to meet again and to provide another useful way of networking for those new to the School. In the Michaelmas Term we ran a Night at the Races – a fun evening where, over a meal, parents teamed up to ‘bet’ on the horses. A competitive night was had by all!

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In January our regular Burns Night evening was as popular as ever and, with a slightly less formal approach to the ‘speeches’, guests thoroughly enjoyed all the dancing and, of course, the piping in of the haggis! Proms in the Quad is one of the highlights of the summer. Pupils showed off their musical talents with first-class performances, which parents and guests enjoyed, along with the Pimm’s, strawberries and ice cream! The final event of the year was the School Ball, which took place in the marquee at Kings. The Brazilian Carnival was attended by over 400 parents and proved to be a fantastic evening with themed barbecue meal, beach bar, samba dancers and a great live band. Over the year, the Friends have contributed to a number of items within the School: the annual donation to all Senior Houses, allowing Heads of House to purchase additional items for their House; trussing equipment for the lighting which greatly enhances productions and concerts on the stage in the Centenary Theatre, and which can be used at other locations such as Proms in the Quad; a contribution to the Incent Award Fund; and money to the Music Department and the Sixth Form Final Fling. There have also been donations to charity – namely the Hospice of St Francis, The Pepper Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust. I write this as outgoing Chair of the Friends. After being on the Committee for a total of 13 years – two of which as Joint Chair and six as Chair – my three daughters have finished school and it is high time I handed over to someone else! I have hugely enjoyed working with so many people over the years, both parents and staff, and I would like to wish my successor, Nicki Barton, and, of course, the rest of The Friends Committee all the best for the future. Caroline Tyer (Chair of the Friends of Berkhamsted School)


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The Old Berkhamstedian Lodge

The Lodge has been part of the School’s history since 1927. It was formed as an offshoot of Berkhamsted Lodge, specifically for former pupils who wished to practise Masonry and further their connection with the School. Nowadays, our membership is far broader, being open to gents who are associated with the School. Today our membership includes OBs, members of staff and parents. We are always on the lookout for new Masons to join our ranks and help continue our traditions. We are pleased this year to have a former Head of School as Master of the Lodge. We have also recently added a more recent School leaver to our ranks – to be closely followed next year by some more new members. The Lodge meets four times a year on a Saturday afternoon in the Old Hall or the Studio Theatre. Once the Lodge business is concluded, the members enjoy the social side of Freemasonry – catching up with friends, accompanied by a steady flow of alcoholic refreshments and a hefty four-course meal. A continuing focus for the Lodge is fundraising, with millions raised each year for numerous charities. The OB Lodge supports local charities, including the Hospice of St Francis, and makes frequent donations to the Sandi Project to provide continued financial support to a student from the Sandi School in South Africa to attend a full-time teacher training course at Umtali University. So, if you are interested in finding out more about Freemasonry at Berkhamsted, please contact our Secretary, David Innes-Lumsden (, who will be more than happy to discuss Lodge membership. Graeme Hamlet (Ad ’94)

Berkhamsted School Archive

The past Anniversary year has been a busy and rewarding time and has seen Archive material used in numerous projects. Starting with the launch of JAD’s book, much curriculum-based 475 project work followed and brought pupils to the West Wing for research sessions. The Royal Visit in May was quite an occasion and to know that Her Majesty visited our Exhibition Room was the icing on the cake for me. A group of Year 10 lads researched the Old Berkhamstedians who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme and their work was part of the very moving Orchestral Screening of The Somme, on 1st July at Centenary Hall. Finally, with questions answered, dates confirmed and photographs sourced, September saw the opening of the David Case Pavilion. A suggestion was made, and taken up, that our Years 7 and 12 induction days include the Exhibition Room. The Year 12s were invited to take a look around before the summer break, which worked very well, and the Year 7s enjoyed searching out the medicine ball as part of their orientation day quiz on the Friday before the start of term. We had several visitors during the summer break, revisiting old haunts, and our American contingent are on track for their planned visit in 2017! Early September saw an OB who had travelled from Australia taken on a tour of the School and Archive by his great-nephew, presently in Year 13, and October will bring a former member of the Girls’ School staff for a visit, this time shown around by her grandson, presently in Year 11. I am a great believer in the adage ‘if you don’t ask, you’ll not receive’, which leads me to a thank you to Keith Goddard for crafting a display case for the collection of medals won by our three VCs

and boards for the two infantry officers’ swords, one of which belonged to Brett Mackay Cloutman, VC. Thanks must also go to Mike Horton for bidding for the sword, and numerous OBs’ generous contributions. The items are on display in the Exhibition Room and look splendid. An impromptu tour after the OBs’ 475 Celebration Lunch provided me with another round of amusing and interesting stories from schooldays past, with comparisons aplenty and promises to scour cupboards for artefacts to donate. As fast as I tick projects from my to-do list, I think of another to add, usually inspired by the donations that come through my door and conversations I’ve had. The enquiries spreadsheet grows by the week and the recent tally for website hits is more than 42,000. Lesley Koulouris (Hon)

18th Graham Greene International Festival 2016

22nd–25th September 2016 Every year, on or near the date of Graham Greene’s birth, a little pocket of Greeneland appears in the writer’s native Berkhamsted. The tidy and well-heeled town, with its elegant high street and eminent school, becomes a temporary home to what the Oxford Living Dictionary defines as ‘The seedy, politically unstable and dangerous world in the novels of Graham Greene’. Alienation and adultery, bullying and betrayal, Communism and Catholicism, double-dealing and despair, espionage and existential angst – one needs no more letters of the alphabet to evoke the unique fictional world created by this astonishingly wellread and well-travelled writer, whose works are as popular now as when they first began to appear in the early decades of the 20th century. In the year that saw Graham Greene’s school The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 13

personal recollections of the great writer, and Professor Neil Sinyard concluded the festival with his now traditional analysis of Greene’s work for

The Rt Hon the Lord Hattersley

celebrate the 475th Anniversary of its foundation, the Graham Greene International Festival was staged in Berkhamsted for the 18th time. Under the able direction of Mike Hill – co-author with Jon Wise of The Works of Graham Greene: A Reader’s Bibliography and Guide – the 2016 programme was comprehensive, varied and wideranging. The traditional screening of a Graham Greene film (in this case, The Third Man) was complemented by a viewing of two of Greene’s short stories that had been dramatised for television by Thames TV in the 1970s. Scholarly analyses of Greene’s work were supplemented by ‘book club’ discussion groups, in which Sixth Formers from Berkhamsted School participated with enthusiasm and an impressive working knowledge of the works under scrutiny. Nick Warburton, who recently adapted Greene’s novels The Honorary Consul and The Power and the Glory for BBC Radio 4, reflected on the challenges of the process of reworking fiction for the airwaves, while (Lord) Roy Hattersley gave a sparkling and provocative talk on Catholic writers in Britain, with special reference to Graham Greene. Greene’s daughter, Caroline Bourget, and his nephew, Nick Dennys, shared their


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the big screen, peppering it as ever with memorable insights and hilarious anecdotes. Experts and enthusiasts, readers and rereaders enjoyed the high quality of the festival programme as much as the discussions it inspired. The only shadow cast over the event (which took place in brilliant autumn sunshine throughout) was the serious illness of David Pearce, former Housemaster of Berkhamsted School, joint founder of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, former Director of the Graham Greene International Festival, and a fine poet in his own right. At the traditional birthday toast to Graham Greene, glasses were raised to David, too, and our thoughts are with his family. The 2017 festival will take place in Berkhamsted from Thursday 21st September to Sunday 24th September 2017. To book your place, please visit Familiar faces and friends unknown are equally welcome. Jonathan Steffen The original edit of this article appeared on the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust website.

Caroline Bourget and Nick Dennys (and unknown)

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News from 2000s Leavers

Alistair Baker (SG ’02) married Thelma Azolukwam on 3rd December 2016 at St Mary’s Church, Clapham, London. Will (Ha ’03) and Georgie (Davies) Dalton (SH ’01) announce the birth of their second daughter, Cecily Rose, born 6th June 2016, younger sister to Florence Daisy, born 5th March 2014.

On 15th October 2016 in the School Chapel, Fiona Garnsworthy (Ruggles) (As ’08) married Luke, whom she met while studying at Exeter University – Luke was a chef at the restaurant


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where Fiona was working as a waitress. The wedding was attended by several OBs, including Bridesmaids Charlotte Barrel (SJ ’06), Amy Hipgrave (SH ’08) and Hannah Powell (Re ’08), Groomsman (and brother of the bride) Greg Ruggles (Bu ’10), as well as guests Lizzie Stevens (Re ’08), Liz Chan (As ’08), Rachel Craig (Hardy) (As ’08), Charly Marchant (Bu ’08), Fiona Watherston (Re ’08), Jess Bolton (As ’08), Lucie Rider (Re ’08) and George Brundrett (Re ’10). To cap it all, Tom Arch's (Ch ’10) band played at the wedding reception. Fiona and Luke would also like to announce that they have since opened a restaurant in Potten End, called Crockers. It is a ten-seater private dining room where the food is cooked in front of the guests. For more details, please visit Nikki Laws (Ch ’04) married Mike Tillson on 3rd September 2016 in the School Chapel, with Jane Markby conducting the service. The service was followed with a marquee reception at Haresfoot School. Nikki and Mike’s bridal party included the

following OBs: Charlotte Trewin (As ’04), Maid of Honour; Debbie Laws (Ch ’07), Bridesmaid; Sarah Laws (Ch ’09), Bridesmaid; James Moreton (Bu ’02), Usher and Master of Ceremonies. Nikki adds, ’Mike and I have been living in Sydney, Australia, for the past six years, which is also where we got engaged. So we were completely spoilt that a number of our friends from Australia were able to fly over to England for the day, as well as having a number of my friends from School also joining us.’ Sara Penn Williams (Grey Williams) (Ch ’02) and Stephen Penn announce the arrival of their son, Timothy Raymond Penn Williams, born on 19th May 2016. Esta is being a brilliant big sister. Sara was able to put into practice everything she has learned from being a Daisy birthing teacher and had a wonderfully peaceful water birth at home. Stephen continues to run his tutoring company while Sara is running her Daisy Foundation business. The family live in Berkhamsted.

August 2015 saw the happy marriage of Julian Philpott (In/Re ’06) to Felicity Bartholomew at Westminster College, Cambridge. Other OBs in attendance were Emma Stark (Hobson) (SJ ’06) and Michael Senior (Re ’06). Julian and Felicity met at Trevelyan College, Durham, where they both read Chemistry. After obtaining a First-Class Honours Masters Degree (MChem), Julian took up a graduate position in Chemistry and Nanoscience with the NanoDTC at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, and – upon submission of his thesis entitled Interfacing Artificial Porphyrin Arrays with Proteins soon after his wedding – was awarded his PhD at Christmas 2015. Julian and Felicity continue to live in Cambridge. Amanda Stafford (Holliday) (SH ’00) and her husband, Christopher, announce the birth of Philippa (Pippa) Sophie Stafford, born on

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Christmas Day 2015. The photo on page 17 was taken by Tanya Aldcroft (Fifield) (Re ’00) and features Amanda, Christopher, Pippa and Pippa’s older brother, Henry (born 21st April 2014). Simon Stiel (Ad ’05) tells us, ‘My previous years’ submissions to the magazine didn’t mention that I was working at the Brain Tumour Charity for nothing. The constant rejection following job interviews in fact led to a mental breakdown in February 2013. I’ve been helped by Buckinghamshire County Council and was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum in December 2014. I appeared on BBC South discussing autism and employment. I recently got a placement at Berkeley Homes and I’m now working in their Health and Safety department as an administrator. I joined the Great Missenden Taekwondo Club in January 2015 and I’m currently a yellow belt. I’ve also been awarded two bronze medals.’

News from 1990s Leavers Robert Courts (Fr ’97) and his wife, Kathryn, are delighted to report that Henry Jonathan Albert Courts was born on 10th July 2015, weighing 8 lb 11.5 oz. He is named after King Henry V – Shakespeare’s Prince Hal from Henry IV that Robert enjoyed reading so much in J.A.D.’s English class in about 1995. Sam Seward (Ad ’97) is godfather, and Mike Knowles (Ad ’96) came along to the christening, too. Robert has had a busy year. On 22nd September, he was selected as the Conservative candidate for the Witney by-election, held on 20th


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October, after the resignation of the former Prime Minister, David Cameron. Robert, who since 2003 has practised as a barrister specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and trading standards prosecutions, was declared as the new Member of Parliament for Witney and West Oxfordshire in the early hours of 21st October, his 38th birthday. Speaking at the count, Robert said, ‘It is a huge honour to have been elected as the MP for the area I love, live in and call home. Thank you to everyone who has supported me. I look forward to being a strong local voice in Parliament for the people of Witney and West Oxfordshire.’

Joanne Darvell (Webber) (SH ’98) and her husband, Nick, welcomed their daughter, Amber Scarlett, to the world on 23rd March 2016. She is their first child. On 7th May 2016, Michael Lee (Be ’93) married Joanne Lii in a ceremony hosted in the Conservatory Gardens of Central Park, New York City, followed by a reception at the Carlyle Hotel. In attendance were OBs Mehul Desai (SH ’93), Tom Seward (Ad ’95) and Julian Bly (Ad ’87). The bride has promised to take the groom’s last name.

Keith Sage (In/As ’99) married Lydia O’Donnell on 18th June 2016 at St Mary’s Church, Denham Village, followed by a reception at the Crown Inn, Amersham. The Groomsmen were Alexander Bargioni (Gr ’99) and Alexi Pellegrini (Ad/As ’99). Other OBs in attendance were Alun Clarke (In ’96) and Jim Walker (Ad ’99).

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Nnamdi Udezue (Re ’98) has just completed a year working for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. Interested parties can read an interview with Nnamdi at

Nick Willson (Co ’97) and his wife, Gemma, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Florence Willson. Isabella was born at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on 25th January 2016 weighing 5 lb 3 oz. On 18th July 2016, James Young (Gr ’91) and his wife, Joanna, welcomed their second daughter, Olivia, younger sister to Emily (2). The family are moving house from Wimbledon Park in London to the West Sussex/Surrey borders, to a village called Fernhurst, which lies within the South Downs National Park.

Ryan Wendleken (SH ’98) married Ximena Ormaechea on 25th May 2013, in Dewsall near Herefordshire. OBs at the wedding included Phil Savage (Ch ’98), Tim Stone (Ch ’98), Bevan Jones (SH ’98), Orlando Mowbray (SH ’98), Tom (Ha ’98) and Dominic Bloch (Ch ’98), Will Norman (SH ’98), Tom McIlwaine (Re ’98), Didi Udezue (Re ’98), Nick Hume (SG ’98), Henry Ridgewell (Bu ’98), Matti Nash (Re ’00), Dan Olney (SH ’00), Tyler Wendleken (Sw ’93), Dylan Wendleken (Sw ’89) and Steve Adams (Bu ’98). Ryan and Ximena have since had a baby girl, Mia Wendleken Ormaechea, born 6th February 2016.


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News from 1980s Leavers

He is a trustee of the charity HopeAsia, supporting two children’s homes in Myanmar and Cambodia, in particular organising fundraising cycle rides to both countries. On the latest trip in October 2016, 19 people raised over £30,000 cycling 350 km to Mandalay. His son, Adam (14), continues the family choral tradition, having been a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford, and now a music scholar at Leighton Park School. Youngest son Toby (8) joins father and brother in the church choir at All Saints’ Church, Rotherfield Peppard. Chris’s wife, Helen, who Chris met at St John’s College, Oxford, recently completed an MSc in Psychology at Oxford Brookes and has returned to their old college to work as a research assistant to Professor Kate Nation.

Jessica and Jonathan Beard (Be ’87) are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Josh Paul, who was born on 8th July 2015 in Hong Kong.

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Tracey Mackey (Overton) (NS ’82) is ‘saying goodbye to the School again until possibly the next generation!’ Her son, Ben, leaves this year to go to Lancaster University, having been at the School since joining Stepping Stones 1 at the age of three. His older sister, Kimi, now at Southampton University, also attended the School from Stepping Stones 1 to Year 13. Tracey adds, ‘We shall all miss being part of the School community but will follow any news with interest’.

Professor Mark Evans (Fr ’75) tells us he has recently published a new book. ‘In August 2016, Routledge published a book I have co-edited with an American academic, Rick Kemp. The book is entitled The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq, and offers a comprehensive analysis of the importance and significance of the work of a major 20th century theatre pedagogue. Full details are available at

Chris Norris (Gr ’88) has just taken up a role in Dubai, building a business excellence practice for the Emirati conglomerate firm Al Futtaim, who specialise in retail, automotive, insurance and property across the Middle East. This builds on the expertise Chris has built in delivering large programmes and change management for many organisations in the UK, most recently the John Lewis Partnership and G4S.

Janusz Tyszkiewicz (Sw ’71) writes in to remember his old maths teacher, Mr Longrigg, who wrote an end of term report about one particular boy (‘not me’) that read, ‘If the dinosaur became extinct because of the size of its brain in relation to its body, how does this boy hope to survive?’

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News from 1960s Leavers Professor Tom Addiscott (Ad ’60) shares his final school report, for Summer Term 1960, containing this pure maths report from D.V. Miller. It reads, ‘Addiscott has done well to get this far in mathematics, but would be advised to go no further’. Tom remarks, ‘A good half of the papers I published during my research career were on computer modelling of soil processes. But Mr Miller would probably have been horrified by the idea that computer modelling had anything to do with mathematics.’

Jonty's professional memoir, Some Schools, is also available on Amazon, covering the five very different schools he worked at between 1964 and 2000.

Ian Crowe (Be ’65) has recently retired from working with UK Power Networks, keeping track of where their assets are located in the south-east of England. This was his second career after many years working for NatWest Bank and then as a self-employed training consultant.

News from 1940s Leavers On 4th December 2015, Deryk H. Arkell (SJ ’42) was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the President of the Republic of France, in recognition of his military involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.

News from Staff Leavers Since our last edition went to print, several former masters have had books published: Former Headmaster C.J. 'Jonty' Driver's The Man with the Suitcase is an account of the life of Frederick John Harris, South African anti-apartheid campaigner-turned-terrorist. It can be purchased on Amazon or via


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For those who love poetry, former Head of English and Housemaster of Adders and Incents, the late David R.A Pearce wrote a unique, beautiful, and impressive collection of sonnets (103 in all) and other poems in The Street. The poems, together, form a very personal and honest account of a challenging period in his life – and are available on Amazon. Finally, the 475th Anniversary of the foundation of Berkhamsted School was celebrated in 2016 and, to mark the occasion, former English teacher and Housemaster John Davison wrote Berkhamsted School: A 475th Anniversary Portrait, documenting the history of the School from its very beginnings through to the summer of 2012. You can get hold of a copy at:


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Rodwell’s Road to Rio Silver Medal… via Berkhamsted School!

The return of Olympic rugby for the first time since 1924 was one of the great success stories of Rio 2016, and the excitement of the physically demanding, fast-paced and high-scoring seven-aside game was enjoyed by no one more than the staff and students of Berkhamsted School. Watching OB James Rodwell (Fr/Ha ’02) represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games and eventually earn a silver medal was an incredibly proud moment for everyone associated with Berkhamsted School. James Rodwell attended Berkhamsted from the age of seven, and played for the School rugby team at centre and full-back. Mr Graham Burchnall, who still teaches Geography at the School and is Head of Reeves Sixth Form House,


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was his mentor and has been credited for the role he played in developing the talent of the young rugby prospect. After A-levels, Rodwell earned a place at Birmingham University to study Business Commerce and started to specialise in the sevena-side version of rugby. When Rodwell – the most capped England sevens forward of all time and the world record holder for playing 69 consecutive international tournaments – lined up for Team GB in the opening fixture, his Olympic dream became a reality. Having eased past Kenya, GB’s star forward wearing the number five shirt scored two tries against Japan and played in the victory against New Zealand to steer the team to the quarter-finals.

There was a worrying moment for Rodwell’s fan base in Berkhamsted when an injury forced him off just seven minutes into the quarter-final match against Argentina. Then Rodwell returned to the field for the start of extra-time with the score still at 0–0, and GB went on to score the sudden death try to progress to the next round. South Africa in the semi-final was the next test for Team GB, and our OB again made the starting line-up. After conceding an early try, the team turned it around to defeat the ‘Blitzbokke’ with the final score 7–5. Great Britain were now guaranteed a medal, and the final against Fiji would decide whether it would be gold or silver. Young Berkhamstedians no doubt negotiated their bedtime with their parents to stay up and watch Rodwell and GB go for gold in the final. The match eventually kicked off at 11 pm, and unfortunately it wasn’t much later when Fiji stormed to an unassailable lead. The Pacific Islanders went on to comfortably secure the gold, and GB settled for a silver medal on the night. The performances that earned James Rodwell a silver medal will be celebrated and added to the history books of Berkhamsted School. With our Senior School fielding up to 14 rugby teams, there are plenty of young rugby protégés at Berkhamsted that will take tremendous inspiration from Rodwell’s success. The School has a culture of sporting success, and such determination, desire, and discipline displayed at the world’s greatest sporting event is something everyone at Berkhamsted School should be proud of. Oliver Moore (Communications Officer) Addendum: On 10th December 2016, James Rodwell gained his 71st England cap against Canada at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Cape Town, setting a new national record.

A Production Company named Sue

Upon leaving School, with ‘Best Conductor’ for Ashby House under my belt, I was hugely excited to read Drama at Bristol University. After three years of immersing myself in various styles of theatre, two friends and I decided to set up a theatre production company and take a selfwritten show to the Edinburgh Fringe. We named our company Sue Productions, after a character from Mike Leigh’s play Abigail’s Party. Our aim, through theatre, is to ‘represent the underrepresented’. Our debut show, A Boy Named Sue, began its journey on a young writers’ scheme at the Bristol Old Vic in 2014. Under the mentorship of literary producer Sharon Clark, our writer, Bertie Darrell, wanted to create a piece of theatre that, in his own words, ‘challenged the assumption that London is completely accepting of LGBT people’.

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With 25 per cent of LGBT venues having shut down since 2009, the gay scene is rapidly disappearing and becoming introverted. ‘Masc’ culture is taking over, bars are shutting down and things such as bug-chasing and chemsex display just how masochistic the gay scene has become. The show is experimental in both form and content. In terms of content, the characters are unconventional – one is an agoraphobic transvestite, one lies about his age and pimps himself online using Grindr. In terms of form, the play is not linear, it covers differing timescales and locations. As a piece of magical realism it relies on the audience having to visualise a world rather than being given one. We decided to apply for a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe and were offered an early evening slot at C Nova. We secured our funding through hosting many club nights, deftly persuading friends to DJ for us for free! There was lots of glitter, and lots of Cher. The run received critical acclaim including four- and five-star reviews from publications such as The List, Three Weeks and EdFringe Review. Critics deemed the play ‘one of the strongest and terrifyingly beautiful plays that could debut at the Fringe’;


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another stated that ‘this sharply intelligent play is a powerful plea for tolerance’. We were thrilled with how the show was received and are hugely grateful to have been given the opportunity to take the play on tour. Having performed two nights at The Birmingham Rep in late November, more dates are being announced in London next year. To keep up with all we are up to, why not follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook: @sueproductions! It would be great to see some Old Berkhamstedians at a London show soon! Amelia Lupton (As ’13)

Brian Bennett at 90

An exhibition of oil paintings of the Chilterns, at the Chadwick Centre, Berkhamsted School Possibly there may be some senior Old Berkhamstedians who have not heard of the revolution that has overtaken the teaching of Art in the School in recent years. The Chadwick Centre is a large new brick building at the bottom of Castle Street on the site of the former San, devoted largely to artistic education in the charge of a staff of no less than six! As well as offices and several studios there exists an excellent designated exhibition space known as the Atrium. Brian Bennett, former Head of Art, is celebrating the fact he is still successfully at work in his 90th year by putting on, with the blessing of the Principal, Richard Backhouse, a large exhibition of recent oil paintings of the Chiltern

demonstrated his methods in many articles and his work has appeared in numerous books and articles on landscape painting. His own hardback book, A Painter’s Year, was published in 2000 but is now out of print. An earlier paperback, Oil Painting with a Knife, is obtainable from Amazon for ridiculous price differences. The exhibition in the Chadwick Centre will be

area in the Chadwick Centre. Mr Backhouse hopes to be able to open the exhibition formally at the first private view. Always considering himself to be a painter who taught rather than a teacher who painted; throughout his teaching career he has exhibited his work with all the major national art societies, including the Royal Academy (RA), the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI). He retired after 30 years at the School when he was elected President of the ROI and thereafter has devoted his whole time to painting the surrounding Chiltern landscape. By now he has acquired an intimate knowledge of the local landscape and has become well known for portraying the plants and wild flowers of the escarpment and water meadows. In the past Brian always worked on-site but nowadays he spends most of his working time in the studio and only ventures out into the landscape armed with sketchbook and camera. He has developed a very distinctive style of painting with a knife – one properly designed for oil painting, not one of the kitchen sort – and has attracted a large local following as well as featuring in collections worldwide. He has

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open to the public from (Bank Holiday) Monday 28th August to Saturday 2nd September 2017, 10 am–5 pm daily. Before this there will be two private views by invitation only, on Saturday 26th August from 5 pm–8 pm and on Sunday 27th August from 2 pm–5 pm. ALL OBs and their families may take this notice as an invitation to the private views and furthermore as an entitlement to a (small) discount on any purchase. From 4th September until 8th September the exhibition will remain on show in school hours for staff and members of the School. And, by permission, to anyone who might have missed it earlier! N.B. Payment may be made by cheque (preferably) or by BACS. Brian Bennett (Hon) A note from David Pearce last year: For many years Brian has been the key interpreter of the Chilterns, capturing their essential magic, most especially in the wild flowers, waterways and woodlands of the area. Throughout his career he has been out in all seasons and in all weathers, ever happily engaged in doing what he loves best. In the bustle of their busy lives many, many households rejoice in having Brian’s paintings on their walls, all of them giving lasting pleasure and often providing some new insight into the beauty of our local landscape.

From the Mountains to the Sea: Riding the Route des Grandes Alpes

I’m still not entirely sure where idea came from, and have certainly long since forgotten what we were trying to prove. Neil Allen (SH ’87) and I had done some big bike rides in the past – but those were one-day events, like riding a mountain stage of the Tour de France, or riding up Mont Ventoux


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three times in a day. This one was going to be different: riding 400 miles from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean over five days following the ‘Route des Grandes Alpes’ – a famous touring route dating back to 1909 and taking in some of the highest and most awe-inspiring alpine mountain passes in Europe. The other difference (and a significant achievement) was that we’d managed to persuade two complete novices, and old School friends, to join us – Ross Barrington (Co ’86) and Ant Tabor (Gr ’86). To put it in perspective, Ant had only started road biking last winter – mostly around the rolling countryside of Wiltshire – while Ross first sat on a road bike (that he’d just bought from a bloke on eBay) a little over three months previously. And they were about to tackle some of the toughest climbs the Alps had to offer – what could possibly go wrong? Jasper, a good friend of Neil’s from university, completed the five riders,

while Dicky, who we’d found earlier in the year doing airport transfers to ski resorts, was to be our support vehicle, photographer, luggage transport and taxi to various bike shops dotted around the mountains for emergency repairs. Day 1 So that’s how we came to be just outside Evianles-Bains on the shores of Lake Geneva on a misty July morning. Bad planning on my part meant that we were also setting off directly into the path of the oncoming Tour de France and its accompanying stream of cars, motorbikes and thousands of spectators. A bit of a detour and some gentle climbs in the foothills of the Alps later, and we arrived in the ski resort of Megève just in time to see the start of the day’s stage. We waited a respectable time to give Chris Froome and his mates a decent head-start, before we followed them down the same road and up and over the big climb of the day – the Col des Saisies at 1,650 m. We then descended to the pretty town of Beaufort, home of the excellent alpine cheese of the same name. Everyone arrived in good spirits and, for some, the first experience of cycling uphill for kilometres at a time had gone well, with Ross (refusing all advice about hares and

tortoises) even challenging for the day’s ‘King of the Mountains’ jersey! The day in numbers: 81.7 miles; 7,231 ft ascent; 6 hr 21 min cycling; one puncture; lots of cheese. Day 2 The next day started with clear blue skies and an immediate climb up the Cormet de Roselend, with a well-deserved coffee stop beside a lake with stunning alpine views. Then it was down to Bourg St Maurice where we began the massive 50-km ascent to the Col d’Iseran. It was during this climb that Ross admitted that he ‘may have undercooked his training …’ After a lunch stop in Val d’Isere, the road seriously ramped up for the next 10 km to the summit of the Col at 2,770 m.

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time for Dicky to mention that most people do this ride over six or seven days, not the five I had planned. The excuse that it was ‘er … more of a challenge … ?’ did not go down well! The day in numbers: 101.2 miles; 11,119 ft ascent; 8 hr 43 min cycling; three punctures; one thunderstorm.

However, the elation of reaching the top was soon tempered by the realisation that it was now 5 pm and we still had 50 km to go to that night’s hotel. And it had started to pour with rain. We arrived at our hotel about 7 pm, soaked to the skin, tired and not particularly impressed by the cell block nature of our rooms. It was dawning on us that this was going to be a tough trip. And with three hard days ahead, this probably wasn’t the best


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Day 3 By morning the rain had passed and we were again greeted by clear blue skies. A huge day lay ahead with three classic mountains to climb: Col du Telegraphe, Col Du Galibier and Col d’Izoard. With the Telegraphe out of the way and a wellearned coffee stop in Valloire, we started the ascent of the Galibier. We were now in the high Alps and the scenery all around was spectacular – it needed to be to distract you from the pain in your legs! Halfway up, we had the first major mechanical problem – Ross’s chain snapped and, despite attempts to fix it on the roadside, a trip to the bike shop was required. ‘Dicky … !!’ The Col d’Izoard, which will feature prominently in next year’s Tour de France, was stunning – with a super-fast descent that left a big smile on your face. After a long day in the saddle we eventually reached our hotel at around 8 pm, and on checking in were presented with individual laundry bags for our cycling kit – which would be washed, dried and ready for us by the morning. Bonus!

The day in numbers: 75.9 miles; 10,545 ft ascent; 7 hr 52 min cycling; one puncture; one broken chain. Day 4 We were now well over halfway, and were all feeling a lot more confident about completing the challenge. Today’s madness would include the Col de Vars and the Col de la Bonette – at 2,802 m the highest mountain road in Europe. But before we got underway there was the small matter of finding a new rear wheel for Neil, who had

managed to put a crack in his the day before, making his bike wobble at speed and mountain descents rather treacherous! A trip to a local bike shop beckoned. ‘Dicky … !!!’ Neil rejoined us later with a new, lighter wheel, and much lighter wallet. We stopped for lunch at the foot of the Bonette, which fortunately coincided with a big thunderstorm and an even bigger pizza. We set off up the climb, with thunderclouds rumbling and lightning flashing all around us, but luck was on our side and we just managed to miss the worst of the downpours. However, we now had to

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descend about 2,000 m on wet mountain roads. We took it very easy. The night’s accommodation was perhaps the best of the whole trip – a small family-run hotel perched up in the hills, with stunning views over the valley below and a great little restaurant a couple of doors down, run by the same family. A few beers, some great Provencal cooking and a good bottle of red later, we slept very well. The day in numbers: 77.9 miles; 8,757 ft ascent; 7 hr 20 min cycling; one puncture; one expensive new wheel. The Final Day The last day, and it was all downhill from here. Apart from the uphill bits. Of which there were several – big ones. In my mind I had imagined today as a kind of ‘lap of honour’, with the group freewheeling down to the Cote d’Azur in time for a leisurely late lunch by the beach. In practice, by the time we’d conquered the hairpin-laden Col de Turini and a few other climbs, it was nearer 6 pm as we arrived in Menton, just along from Monte Carlo. We took the obligatory group photo standing in the sea with our bikes aloft, and then headed to the hotel for celebratory beers on the terrace. The day in numbers: 61.5 miles; 7,851 ft ascent; 6 hr 19 min cycling; one puncture; several beers. It was an epic ride, with great company, through stunning scenery. Will we do it again? Plans are already afoot for the Raid Pyrenean in 2017 – riding from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across the Pyrenees, in 100 hours! In the meantime, if any OBs – girls or boys – fancy meeting up for a ride around the Chilterns next spring, then do please feel free to email me ( and I’m sure we can put something together. Richard Parsons (Co ’86)


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Victoria Cross Awards to Old Berkhamstedians

Berkhamsted School has three OBs awarded the Victoria Cross – Arthur Mayo in 1857, Sir George Pearkes (SH 1906) in 1917 and Sir Brett Cloutman (Be 1906) in 1918. Arthur Mayo was educated at Berkhamsted School and, following his naval career, at Magdalen Hall, now Hertford College, Oxford. He was 17 years old, and a midshipman in the Indian Naval Brigade during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 22nd November 1857 at Dacca, India, for which he was awarded the VC: ‘For having headed the charge on the 22nd of November, 1857, in the engagement between the Indian Naval Brigade and the mutineers of the 73rd Native Infantry, and Bengal Artillery, when the former was ordered to charge 2 six pounders which were keeping up a heavy fire. Mr. Mayo was nearly 20 yards in front of anyone else during the advance.’ The whereabouts of his VC are unknown. He died in Bournemouth on his 80th birthday.

Brett Cloutman was educated at Berkhamsted School, Bishop’s Stortford College and London University where he was a member of the Royal Engineers contingent of the University’s Officers’ Training Corps. At the outbreak of the First World War, Brett Cloutman enlisted as a rifleman in the Rangers (12th Battalion, London Regiment), reached the rank of Lance Corporal, and in 1915 was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Kent (Fortress) Engineers, a Territorial Force unit. Brett Cloutman, by then Acting Major in command of the 59th Field Company, Royal Engineers, was awarded the Military Cross for an action in September 1918: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Banteux on the morning of 30th September, 1918, when he made a personal reconnaissance under heavy machine-gun fire to ascertain the possibilities of bridging the Canal de L’Escaut.’ A few weeks later the action took place for which Cloutman won his Victoria Cross. The official citation read: ‘For most conspicuous bravery on the 6th November, 1918, at Pont-sur-Sambre. Maj.

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Cloutman, after reconnoitring the river crossings, found the Quartes Bridge almost intact but prepared for demolition. Leaving his party under cover he went forward alone, swam across the river, and, having cut the ‘leads’ from the charges, returned the same way, despite the fact that the bridge and all approaches thereto were swept by enemy shells and machine-gun fire at close range. Although the bridge was blown up later in the day by other means, the abutments remained intact. The bridge had been prepared for demolition by the Germans, and was well defended. By cutting the wires, Cloutman prevented the enemy from blowing it up at the time. He was seen at the bridge, however, and escaped under an intense fire from its guards. The fact that the abutments were not destroyed later meant that the bridge could be more quickly replaced by the Allies.’ This was the last act to win a VC in the First World War. After the war Brett Cloutman became a lawyer and was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1926. In the Second World War he served again in the Royal Engineers and received a Mention in Dispatches. He became a King’s Counsel in 1946 and in 1947 he was appointed Senior Chairman of the War Pensions Tribunal. He was Senior Official Referee of the Supreme Court of Judicature (now the Senior Courts of England and Wales), 1954–63. He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 1957. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, 1939–40 and 1965–66. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham, Kent. Brett Cloutman died in 1971 and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. In the Norfolk Cemetery, the Somme, is buried Lieutenant Wolfred Cloutman of the 178th Tunnelling Company, who died on 21st August 1915. He was Mentioned in Dispatches twice, and the register records that he was killed after rescuing a sergeant whom he carried 45 feet up a


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ladder from a mine. The sergeant was taken from his shoulders as he reached the top but, exhausted and overcome by gas, Cloutman fell back down the shaft. The ashes of his brother, Major Brett Cloutman, were placed in the grave alongside Wolfred’s. In 1915, George Pearkes enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles; transferring in September 1916 to the 5th Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles. Pearkes was 29 years old, and an Acting Major during the Battle of Passchendaele when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross: ‘For most conspicuous bravery and skilful handling of the troops under his command during the capture and consolidation of considerably more than the objectives allotted to him, in an attack. Just prior to the advance Major Pearkes was wounded in the thigh. Regardless of his wound, he continued to lead his men with the utmost gallantry, despite many obstacles. At a particular stage of the attack his further advance was threatened by a strong point which was an objective of the battalion on his left, but which they had not succeeded in capturing. Quickly appreciating the situation, he captured and held this point, thus enabling his further advance to be successfully pushed forward. It was entirely due to his determination and fearless personality that he was able to maintain his objective with the small number of men at his command against repeated enemy counter-attacks, both his flanks being unprotected for a considerable depth meanwhile. His appreciation of the situation throughout and the reports rendered by him were invaluable to his Commanding Officer in making dispositions of troops to hold the position captured. He showed throughout a supreme contempt of danger and wonderful powers of control and leading.’ During the war, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Aside from the VC, Pearkes

was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. Following the First World War, he became a career officer in the Army. During the Second World War, Major General Pearkes served both in England and Canada. He retired from the Army in February 1945 and went into federal politics, winning the Nanaimo, British Columbia, running for the Progressive Conservative Party. He was Minister of National Defence from 1957 to 1960. He became Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on 13th October 1960, and became one of the few Lieutenant Governors to agree to an extended term, serving until July 1968. George Pearkes died on 30th May 1984 in Victoria, British Columbia. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. On 25th July 1959, Major General Pearkes visited Berkhamsted School and took the salute of the Camp Company at the beginning of their march to camp at Aldershot. It was General Pearkes who, as a boy at the School, instituted the march to camp in 1905. The 1905 camp was also at Aldershot and the route of that first march was almost identical to the 1959 march. In 1920, George Pearkes gave his sword to the School and each year it is presented to the most outstanding cadet in the CCF. In March 2016, Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans (SH ’73) informed the School that the sword belonging to Sir Brett Cloutman, VC, was for sale on the internet. The sword was purchased immediately by an OB on behalf of the School and then paid for by donations following an appeal to ex-members of the School CCF. Subsequently, the OB Council agreed to fund the purchase of the 29 replica medals of the three VC recipients which I collected from various sources and mounted in a presentation case as shown. The sword and the medals are now displayed in the School Archive Exhibition Room in Old Hall for all to see. Keith Goddard (Ad ’62)

Pioneering Against the Odds

Four years ago, having worked as a successful freelance vocalist, presenter, voiceover artist and model in the UK/overseas for over 20 years, I decided on a longstanding whim to experiment transferring life over to the South of France, for no real reason other than to embrace a new energy and to have an adventure. I’d lived short-term in Italy, South Africa, Spain and Japan, but had always loved the Cote d’Azur and speak fluent French so, in a case of pourquoi pas, packed up my beloved car and left. With no true idea of what to expect and with no job, no guaranteed income, no friends and certainly no fixed abode, I arrived at a friend-of-afriend’s villa way up in the hills by Grasse and a tiny village called Le Bar-sur-Loup where finding my feet was a long way up.

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In brief, I was badly burgled within two months, worked for a dangerously corrupt Russian prince, moved eight times in one year, suffered vandalism, lived in fear of being followed, was drugged and ran out of money – so there were times when I wanted to throw in the towel, back to safety, back to what I knew. But the awful times never outweighed the good: I was determined to make it work. So I toured in a comedy theatrical production, met amazing people, sang for Dior in St Tropez and clubs in Cannes where I live, partied in insanely luxurious surroundings, watched spellbinding sunsets, braved the chaos of mistrals, worked with and for the French and lord knows who else in private aviation, but more importantly cherished the abundance and laughter of like-minded expat friends whose company has been undeniably healthy. It’s been one helluva ride and one I would never wish to change. But a deeper love, while spinning around the globe on jets, is my writing. I’ve always wanted to leave a legacy later on but wasn’t sure how or in what capacity. Since co-composing and recording filmatic vocal tracks in Italy recently, thanks to fellow OB Henry Frampton (Be ’84) – now residing in Nîmes, an amazing songwriter and saxophonist in his own right – I have fallen in love with creation, which has led to a schedule of humorous poems, the completion of a children’s book, George and The Tooblies, yet to be published, and an animated television project entitled The Tooblies, a brand new kids’ series now in the fundamental stages of pre-production. To get to this stage from ideas that have blossomed like thought-babies, and with the help from one of my closest friends, has taken dedication, determination and, at times, a painful elimination of all that no longer served. But an unspoken drive, larger than the present moment, has urged me to continually manifest what I love and believe in.


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Which brings me to my conclusion: and that is how everyone has a calling that lives and breathes, waiting to be summoned forth, no matter how crazy or against the grain it might feel. Because, isn’t that what makes it special? And what I’ve learned throughout these extraordinary times of doubt and frustration is to be brave, to be the pioneer against odds and trust in the process. For there is nothing more liberating as witnessing a desire unfold. If anyone is interested in listening to the tracks we recorded together the link to my soundcloud is here: Carrie (Caroline) Campbell-Cooper (Ho ‘84)

Football or Soccer?

Having lived in the USA for the past 17 years, I have been asked this question many times. Most people think the Americans changed it to soccer to distinguish the beautiful game from the version of rugby with pads and helmets, that they call football. It’s a little known fact that the word ‘soccer’ is actually a British phrase derived from ‘Association Football.’ It was used to distinguish Association Football from Rugby Football, which, for any of my American friends reading this, is your version of football but without pads or helmets. I am a full-time girls’ football coach in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. When I finished at Berkhamsted, 18 years ago, I would probably not have believed you if you had told me that, but it’s been a great journey to get there. Some of you who are reading this may remember me playing at School, or at Berkhamsted Dynamos back in the 1990s. I would love to tell you I was an outstanding player, with skill, speed and power, who dominated on the pitch. Sadly, that was not the case. I was an average, but hard-working player who loved the game. What was less known maybe was how

much football I watched. From having Chelsea season tickets (in the pre-Abramovich era) to consuming almost any game on TV, which was much less back then, I viewed hours of football a week. After playing, I did some refereeing in England. When I moved to the USA during my university years, I went back to playing, and continued

refereeing. While refereeing was a financially beneficial endeavour, I wanted to do something to really help expand the sport in America. After living in Fargo (yes, the desolate-looking place from the movie), Minneapolis and Grand Forks, North Dakota, my job moved me to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. My children, Henry and Gemma, were both very young, and I was in need of some kind of hobby to get me out of the house occasionally. I distinctly remember the moment when I was driving to Aberdeen (the small town in South Dakota, not the thriving metropolis in Scotland), that I thought coaching might be interesting to try. I called the local team, Dakota Alliance Soccer Club, and was told they were actually looking for someone to coach an under 12 girls’ recreational team. I had dreamed of being the next Jose

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Mourinho, so while U12 girls’ recreational soccer in South Dakota certainly seemed a long way from that, I took the job. It is worth explaining that, in the US, recreational soccer and competitive soccer are very different. Recreational soccer involves playing eight games in six weeks at a local park over a short season. Teams are put together by the club from the people who want to play, and parents or volunteers do the coaching. I should mention that this in itself is no small endeavour considering there are 2,300 players and they are split into 240 teams. There is a fall (autumn) season, and a spring season. Teams are changed each season based on who signs up. Competitive soccer is a more select programme. It involves paid, licensed coaches. The teams train year-round three times a week, including indoors throughout the cold winter here. Teams play in league games throughout the region and in tournaments all year. It is a heavycommitment, high-intensity venture. Anyway, after having some fun, and doing some good things as a recreational coach over a couple of years, I was approached by the competitive director and asked if I wanted to take coaching a step further. I agreed to start working with competitive teams and, just like that, the hobby became my part-time job. Over the next five years I proceeded to obtain a number of coaching licences to enhance my official qualifications. I have been fortunate enough to coach almost every age group at


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Dakota Alliance Soccer Club, participating in and winning a number of events. A highlight for me was coaching in the USA Cup in Blaine, Minnesota. This is the largest soccer tournament in the northern hemisphere with 500 teams. My success at the youth level led to me getting the opportunity to be an assistant coach at Augustana University. During my tenure at Augustana, we won the first conference championship in school history and made it to the second round of the National Championship Tournament. This was an amazing experience and something I will never forget. At the same time as I was coaching, I was earning a living full-time working in the less than glamorous world of insurance claims. While this paid the bills and I liked my job, balancing a fulltime job with part-time coaching left me with very little family time. As the coaching commitment increased, it definitely put a strain on my relationship with my very tolerant wife, Marisa. I also missed much more of my kids’ early lives than I would have liked. The problem I struggled with was a tough one. I did not want to miss out on any more family time and Marisa was nearing the end of her fuse with me being away so much for coaching. On the other hand, I could not give up the day job that paid the bills, and did not want to stop coaching, which I was very passionate about. In early 2016, a number of events occurred at once to create a great opportunity for me. You could call it a blessing, or a coincidence, but a

positive influence on youth is tremendously rewarding. Additionally, the competitive side of the game is highly enjoyable. It is a great

number of factors came together to provide us with a solution. I was approached by Dakota Alliance about a potential full-time opening as the club’s Tournament Director and as a staff coach. For the past 20 years this position had been filled by Daniel Ohayon, a South Dakota soccer legend, a Frenchman who had played professionally in France. Daniel’s passing six months earlier had left a void in the club which I had been asked to fill. At the same time, a local high school, Sioux Falls Christian School, was also looking for a girls’ soccer coach. I was able to fill both of these positions and make soccer my full-time job. While I was sad to leave friends in the insurance industry, my colleagues were very understanding. My old boss in insurance said it best after I let him know I was leaving. His words were, ‘Well, I can’t say I blame you. I am guessing that as you were growing up you didn’t have posters of insurance professionals on your wall.’ There is nothing like being paid to do something you are passionate about. Coaching youth soccer has given me a new purpose. Not only am I able to help teach young players how to play soccer the right way, but being able to have a

challenge as a coach to be able to stay calm when there is chaos around you, so you can make rational, calculated tactical decisions to help your team win each game. The unexpected side to this was the social aspect. Sioux Falls is not that big a place. It is a town of 150,000 people. When you coach 30–50 different players a year, those families all get to know who you are. Over a number of years, you become visible to hundreds of people. What this means is that, in a small community, you cannot go anywhere without running into people you know. It means that you need to be versed in the art of making small talk, and remembering names. Coaching is not for everyone. With variable hours, added to a deluge of calls, texts and emails, it can get very stressful at times. I am extremely lucky to have Marisa, my lovely Minnesotan wife, who has more patience than anyone I know, who is always supporting me. The great thing about coaching full-time is the flexibility. It has meant that I am also able to spend plenty of extra time with my children, Henry (nine) and Gemma (seven). Confucius once said, ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life’. It is such a true statement. When you do what you love, it does not feel like you are ever working. James Oppenheimer (Re ‘98)

Rescued from Oblivion

Two Cheers for Doctor Arnold by Robert Stanier and Leslie Wilson. A Study in 19th Century Headmasters My father, Robert Stanier (normally known as Bob) was a boy at Berkhamsted from 1921–26. In the year above him were two distinguished literary

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OBs, Claud Cockburn and Peter Quennell, and the still more eminent novelist, Graham Greene. Graham was the son of the Headmaster, Charles Greene, and my father would tell me how Graham Greene used to play truant on a regular basis and the staff never used to say anything because they assumed (quite wrongly) that Charles Greene knew all about his son’s absence from the classroom. When my father in due course became Headmaster of Magdalen College School, he was adamant that he did not want to have me as one of his pupils – he was all too aware of the potential embarrassment this could cause! My father knew the three schoolboy literati mentioned above, but his best friend was Leslie Wilson (better known as Joe). They played in the School cricket XI and were both School Prefects in their final year when my father was Head Boy. In the photo, my father is sitting on Charles Greene’s right, and Joe Wilson to his left. On leaving Berkhamsted, Bob and Joe both went up to Wadham College, Oxford, to read Greats, and after taking finals they both went into teaching. Bob, as I said, became Headmaster of MCS and Joe ended up as Head of English at Bradfield. Throughout their working lives they remained good friends and when they retired more or less simultaneously, they decided to embark on the joint authorship of this book. It kept them very happily occupied for two or three years but was never published in their lifetime. Fast forward 40 years and, at the start of 2016, I came upon the manuscript in our attic, where it had been gathering dust over the years. When I read it, I found their account intriguing, amusing – and at times downright flabbergasting. It tells a remarkable story – not least because the headmasters the book examines turned out to be a fascinating mixture of heroic visionaries and complete and utter crooks. A friend introduced me to the wonders of self-publishing, and it is now available on Amazon.


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Let me give you a flavour of the book. The opening chapters go back to the start of the 19th century, when the standard of education in the great public schools was abysmal. At Eton, the flagship school of England, there were in 1832 just nine teachers for 570 pupils. The result was stultifying tedium in the classroom, enlivened from time to time by periods of chaotic anarchy. ‘On one occasion there was the unbelievable spectacle of the Headmaster of Eton in full flight from his boys. They chased him like a pack of hounds in full cry out of the Upper School and through his classroom, from which he was able to slip through a backdoor into the Provost’s Lodging. Here the rebels paused and drew breath, for they saw that the Headmaster had reached sanctuary. They therefore contented themselves with vengeance by vandalism, and after breaking all the windows of Upper and Lower School and the Headmaster’s Chambers, they slashed all his furniture and tore up his papers.’ Equally bizarre were events at Rugby: ‘The Headmaster, Dr Ingles, had made himself extremely unpopular. A round-robin called for rebellion, and a petard exploded outside the Headmaster’s house, blowing the door off its hinges. Nothing more occurred that evening, but the next day, on a pre-arranged signal, the whole school swept to the attack. Small boys appeared riding on the shoulders of big boys and they proceeded to smash all the school windows, even those protected by latticework. Next a huge bonfire was lit in the centre of the Close, and all the school desks, benches and even wainscoting were hurled with gusto into the blaze. The Headmaster tried to get hold of some of his staff but they were all, it turned out, conveniently unavailable.’ There are similar almost unbelievable stories to be found in the annals of Harrow, Winchester, Shrewsbury, Westminster and Marlborough, and if the boys were violent, so too were the teachers. None more so than Dr John Keate, Headmaster of Eton, the greatest flogger of them all.

‘Keate stands to flogging much as W.G. Grace stands to cricket. Faced with bitter unpopularity, savage opposition and misdemeanours of every kind, his unfailing remedy was vigorous and incessant flogging. “Sir, I’ll flog you” was so often on his lips that no one felt surprised or resentful when he flogged a group of Confirmation candidates instead of instructing them. ‘Keate seems to have been put out of countenance only twice in his life. The first occasion was a challenge to a duel from one of his pupils whom he had wrongly accused of not speaking the truth. Expulsion for the boy was the only answer. The second occasion was the presentation to him of 500 guineas from his old pupils. Again he acted appropriately, and raised his hat.’ As well as being prone to violence, some headmasters often showed astonishing greed. I regret to say that Thomas Dupre, Headmaster of Berkhamsted, was one of the best (or worst) examples. ‘Dupre had succeeded his father as Headmaster in 1804 at the age of 22, and by 1812 had emptied the school of boys. There were literally no pupils at all. Dupre was finally induced to resign in 1841 after some thirty years of vigorous if intermittent wrangling with his critics. During that time he had – to quote the school historian – “enjoyed the use of a comfortable and dignified residence enlarged to meet his personal requirements; he had received in cash upwards of £7,500; a succession of Ushers – his uncle, his closest old friend, and two of his sons in turn – had together received half that sum; and he himself was destined, whilst living at ease in Lincolnshire, to receive from Incent’s foundation another £5,000. To earn all this, he had done absolutely nothing.”’ The excerpts I have quoted highlight some of the more lurid aspects of the public schools in the early 19th century days, but fortunately, as this book makes clear, some dynamic figures then appeared who made sure that the second half of

the century was a huge improvement on the first, and a new generation of heads emerged who did not believe that the only solution to misdemeanours was mass flogging. By the middle of the 19th century things were definitely starting to improve, and when organised sport was invented in the public schools, it played a significant role in mopping up the energies of rumbustious teenagers, and reducing the hooligan potential. Mind you, some of the behaviour on the playing fields would have caused modern eyebrows to be raised. ‘Football in those days was little more than a running fight, punctuated by kicks at the ball or kicks at one’s opponents. Indeed the rules were so vague that they were very confusedly recalled even by those who had actually taken part in the game. At Rugby (the school) everyone could lay hands on anyone else, and the only proviso was “this holding must not include attempts to throttle or strangle which are totally opposed to all the principles of the game”. One feels a certain sympathy with the horrified Rugby parent who was standing watching the game with the Headmaster, and enquired anxiously: “Do you ever have to stop this kind of thing?” ‘“Never, except in case of homicide”, was the genial reply.’ The book pays tribute at the end to men like Arnold of Rugby and Thring of Uppingham, who created a revolution in liberal education. ‘How did these Headmasters do it, and why is

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the breed extinct? One quality they all had was enormous energy and industry. They usually taught the Sixth form; ran a boarding house as well as the school; kept, as best they could, the school accounts; and preached and prepared boys for confirmation. They had, in general, no bursar or secretary to help them. They had no typewriters and wrote all their own letters, calling sometimes on their womenfolk, or on prefects to do their copying. Thring records sometimes writing forty letters in a day. When Moss retired from Shrewsbury it was found that no less than nine men were required to replace him.’ The book concludes as follows: ‘In this book we have tried to describe the past impartially, doing justice to its merits without condoning its faults. Even in the changed circumstances of today some lessons may be learnt from the mistakes of the past, and we venture to hope that some inspiration also may still be drawn from the heroic figures of the last century.’ The book has already been well received by authoritative critics. Robert Gildea, Professor of Modern History at Oxford, has described it as ‘a wonderful book, offering very unconventional and witty insights into the public school system’. Tim Hands, a former Chairman of HMC and now Headmaster of Winchester, had this to say: ‘Robert Stanier was a legendary head, and this new publication is vintage Stanier: scholarly, yet nimble; factual, but amusing; informative, but at the same time, extremely entertaining. Highly recommended.’ It can be ordered online at Amazon for £11, or by writing to me at 48 Coval Road, East Sheen, London SW14 7RL and enclosing a cheque for £10. Tom Stanier (Lo ‘59) Two Cheers for Doctor Arnold by Robert Stanier and Leslie Wilson ISBN 9781530449347.


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George Pickering, Spitfire Pilot

In November 2016, I went to a talk on Test Pilots at Middle Wallop (having been an RAF engineer, I still have a lasting interest in aviation). While listening carefully I was taken aback to hear the story of George Pickering (Ad ’21) when Berkhamsted School was mentioned. I was fascinated to hear the story of George as told by Tom Cledwyn, George’s great grandson, in the presence of one of George’s daughters (Tom’s grandmother, Jennie Sherborne). I had not heard about this Old Berkhamstedian before. George was the second man to fly the Spitfire and here is his story. George Pickering (1906–43, Test Pilot). ‘Then and Now’ by Tom Cledwyn My great grandfather, George, was born in 1906. Alongside the likes of Graham Greene, he was educated at Berkhamsted School. While Greene was to go on to write 25 now-famous novels, George joined the RAF in 1924 in the first step that would lead eventually to his own writing – not of novels but of a line or two in the history books. Stationed in Malta, flying planes such as the Flying Fairey 111D – a two-seater general-purpose biplane which was fitted with floats – he was awarded the Air Force Cross within just three years for a dramatic rescue of the crew of Flight N 9795, believed to have had the Bishop of Malta on board. It’s at this stage, in 1927, Flying Officer Whittle appears in George’s logbook and continues to do so until the mid-1930s. The two were posted from Malta to the Marine Experimental Establishment at Felixstowe around the same time. Whittle went on to invent the jet engine. What an insight George must have had into Whittle’s vision and character. A fascinating set of stories, no doubt, unfortunately left untold.

Spitfire flying under Winchester Bridge

By 1931, still under 25 years of age, George married my great grandmother, Gladys Tooley. Owing to his age, marriage allowance was forthcoming but I believe they lived mainly on kippers and a steady flow of SOSs to their parents to bail them out. The birth of Penelope Ann came shortly after – a beautiful little ray of sunshine but one that was not exactly conducive to their financial situation! In 1934, George’s short-term commission in Felixstowe came to an end. Having met R.J. Mitchell on a number of occasions, and with Mitchell being so impressed by George’s flying ability, he offered him a job as one of his test pilots with Supermarine in Eastleigh. This was to be the beginning of an exciting new chapter in George’s career.

He became the first man to fly the Walrus – a cumbersome-looking single-engine amphibian. Outward-bound over Southampton Water, a bit of a ritual was developed to fly the Walrus deliberately low over the floating bridge in Woolston, purely to enrage his skipper. Afterwards he would loop the plane to indicate a successful test. Incidentally, he was the first and probably the last to loop in a seaplane at the Hendon Airshow (the precursor to Farnborough). One day, George failed to return from a test flight and a red alert was triggered. Concerned, a search party was dispatched and, sure enough, sat on the Solent was his Walrus. Despite being a seaplane, as the rescue party drew closer they realised all was not as it should be – George’s legs were crossed awkwardly out of one of the

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windows with a fishing rod sticking out the other! Now, I remember first being told this story when I was much younger – that ‘Great Grandad took a Walrus fishing’. I used to think of George as some sort of Dr Doolittle/Indiana Jones hybrid – an illusion now shattered. Come the mid- to late-1930s, storm clouds were looming and the threat of war was starting to become a reality. R.J. Mitchell and his team were working relentlessly on the design of a new fighter plane. In 1936, Jeffery Quill had joined Supermarine and immediately struck up a close friendship with George. Their focus became aligned too – the Spitfire was nearing testing phase. It was on 5th March 1936 that the beautiful charismatic little fighter was wheeled out of its hangar onto the grass runway at Eastleigh and took off for its short maiden flight, piloted by Mutt Summers. Jeffery had concerns about George’s ability to adapt from the sturdy nature of seaplanes to the quicker and far more nimble behaviour of fighter planes. He said as much – ‘I had always regarded George as a highly competent pilot, but I used to wonder sometimes how he would take to a very advanced fighter. He must have been getting on for 33, which seemed to me to be a vast age, but somewhat to my surprise, George, when he started to fly the Spitfire, took to it like a bird.’ On 25th March 1936, George became the second man to fly the Spitfire. His logbook reads: Date: 25.3.36. Aeroplane: S.S.Fighter K5054 Time: 50 minutes Height: 17000’ Course: Eastleigh Remarks: Climb to 17000 feet, level speeds. Diving to 430 mph. Testing chassis.


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Now work at Supermarine started in earnest. R.J. Mitchell’s health became a major issue, but he soldiered on gallantly and, with such a loyal team behind him, his iconic Spitfire was on its way to a miraculous future. Jeffery Quill, now Supermarine’s Chief Test Pilot, and George were left, over the next few years, to bring the Spitfire into production. The rest, as they say, is history. Tragically, George was not able to see this history unfurl. On 25th October 1941 his Spitfire disintegrated pulling out of a dive at 520 mph. Landing by parachute, he broke his arm and lost two fingers from his left hand. The day after passing his medical in June the following year, he was killed in a bren gun carrier, leaving his wife and two young children alone and devastated. As he was not killed while flying there was no insurance in place. However, Supermarine (or Vickers Armstrong as they had become known by then) stepped in, under no obligation, to find Gladys a job and finance my grandmother and her sister, Ann, through private education – supporting them until they were married. As my grandmother has written about so vividly in her book When the Clouds Roll By, life was incredibly tough after George’s death. Supermarine being there for them showed the shared purpose and responsibility that must have been at the core of their incredible pioneering work during this time. George made 1,100 Spitfire flights. One of them even under a bridge in Winchester – Spitfire Bridge as it became known. He was known for his charisma. As Jeffery Quill put it, he was a ‘very forthright and direct man with a salty turn of phrase when occasion demanded, and he was very good at dealing with people of all sorts’, while Gordon Mitchell (son of R.J.) wrote about him being ‘always cheerful and ready for a joke’. So that was then and this is now … What does a 30-year-old, here in 2016 – a very different time but not one without challenges and turmoil – learn from a man he never knew

but a man nevertheless he calls family? Proudly: Service. Sacrifice. Hard work. Duty. Absolutely. In abundance. Loud and clear. But to marry this sense of duty, for example, with a sense of humour. To mix merit with mischief. To fly in many more ways than one. This, balancing, if you like, I find special. It’s with this balance a lesson, I think, he leaves. To be able to serve YOUR PEOPLE as well as and as much as THE PEOPLE closest to you – who you call your friend or family – that requires balance. And this, for me at least, is where the timelessness of his inspiration lies. Revd James Pitkin (Gr ‘80)

No Idle Boat Having been attracted to water from an early age, I built a Percy Blandford two-seater canvas canoe at home one holiday, and then stored it on the far side of the canal from the Greene Field. Instead of playing cricket during the summer, I was allowed to go canoeing, often as far as the Cow Roast near Tring. I remember Marks and Buchanan joining me. I then built a single-seater plywood canoe, and started a School Canoe Club, with training on the canal, learning to roll the canoes in the swimming pool, and courses and certificates with the British Canoe Union on the Thames. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme was the next natural path, and Jeremy Irons joined me for a three- or four-day passage down the Thames, from Lechlade to Oxford. For my Gold Award expedition we canoed down the River Spey from Kingussie to Knockando with the melt waters from the Cairgorms in March. I remember one of our team holed his canoe in the rapids. Our Biology teacher, Mr Allison, then introduced me to sailing his Enterprise dinghy on the gravel pits at Kings Langley, and then the Thames. This seemed a much better idea than

canoeing, and not nearly as much hard work, and I was hooked. I then hired an Enterprise dinghy for two weeks in the summer holidays, and planned to borrow my parents’ family car to tow the dinghy to Bexhill, and then on to Poole Harbour, and camp on Arnside, I think again with Buchanan and Marks. My parents were aghast, as I had not passed my driving test, but the thought of failing had never occurred to me! The test went well, probably aided by the previous examinee who almost crashed his car! In my last year at School I won the D of E Gold Award, which was presented to me by HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. End of school in 1966 beckoned, and I replied to an advert for crew placed by the Under Sheriff of the City of London, one Tiny Sanders, and as soon as school finished on Friday I was off to the Medway to join his Dutch yacht, Blue Griffin. We sailed the next day around the North Foreland, but, because I was seasick, put in to Ramsgate for a few hours, before crossing the Channel to Ostend and on to the waterways of Holland and the Zuider Zee. A delightful time, with two young girls making up the rest of the crew. After some refit work my holiday came to an end, and I hitched a lift back across the North Sea in a yacht that developed a leaking stern gland, necessitating pumping the bilges every hour. We arrived safely, though, in Burnham-onCrouch. I then joined the Merchant Navy once the shipping strike of 1966 ended and sailed with Ellerman Lines until 1969. At that point I joined Watney Mann and stayed with them and Chef & Brewer, being responsible for pubs, hotels and restaurants, and then property development, until 1984, when the company I was running was taken over by Mecca Leisure. This was not for me, and provided the opportunity to set up my own company in the financial services field, taking me into investment and then into IT. When I sold my

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company in 2003, I was employed as IT director until AXA bought us in 2007. During all this time my main hobby had been sailing, and I owned a number of yachts over the years, gained my RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and then the Instructor rating and was also recruited as skipper of the windfall yacht Overlord, built by the Germans in 1936. She is 58 ft long, sleeps ten, and was one of some 200 yachts built to teach the German navy and air force to navigate. At the end of the last war they were divided between the allies, and Pelikan, then renamed Overlord, came to the UK. I skippered her along with some ten other skippers, and sailed her all over Europe, including the Canaries and Azores. Retirement in 2008 provided the opportunity to ‘Live the Dream’ and, together with my wife, Elaine, we sold our Moody 336 and bought a Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48 and renamed her Pipistrelle. We did not have a grand plan, but decided to take each year as it came and then decide on where to sail the next year. We set off from Southampton on 1st June 2008 and sailed to the Scilly Isles, Ireland and then Scotland to join the Classic Malts Cruise – an education as far as malt whisky is concerned – amid fabulous scenery. We also met OB Nick Webster, who was also partaking. It’s a small world. We were brought up fairly close to each other outside Hemel Hempstead and I knew both his brothers, Nigel (SJ ’62) and Michael (Be ’60), also OBs. We then headed south, to the Isle of Man, Dublin, Wales, Scilly Isles, Brittany, Spain and Portugal, where we laid Pipistrelle up in Povoa de Varzim, just north of Oporto. Having taken stock, we decided to continue, so let our thatched cottage in Hampshire, bought a bolthole in Poole, and in 2009 continued south to the Algarve, Gibraltar, Morocco and the Mediterranean, before leaving in October for Madeira and the Canaries to join the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. We had invited Nick Webster


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to join us, together with two other friends. We were blessed with constant winds on the passage to St Lucia and effectively did not use the engine after we were clear of the wind shadow of the Canaries until we arrived in St Lucia. We were advised not to spend more than one season in the West Indies (Eastern Caribbean) and this turned out to be excellent advice, so, having headed north as far as the US Virgins, we then sailed south to Grenada, and then west through the Venezuelan islands, Cartagena and to the San Blas islands north of Panama, which are truly beautiful. The Panama Canal called in 2011, and we then sailed the ‘milk run’ across the South Pacific via the Galapagos, Tuamotos, Marquesas, Society Islands, Northern Cooks, Western Samoa and then south to Tonga. From here the weather window for the 1,100 nm passage to New Zealand is crucial, and for us it was perfect. We were able to steer the rhumb line the whole way, averaging 7.5 kn, and the passage took us seven days, arriving the day before the next low came through. While we had visited NZ in 2004, this time we could do it justice. We spent two summers sailing in North Island and visited Fiji during the southern winter. 2013 saw us sailing north to Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait and Indonesia, Borneo, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and with cheap travel in SE Asia we visited Burma, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, while some serious refit work was done on Pipistrelle in Thailand. In January 2015 we left Thailand for Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Chagos, the Seychelles, Madagascar and South Africa, which turned into a fairly traumatic experience, and we were more than happy to leave the Indian Ocean behind us and sail in 2016 to St Helena, Brazil, French Guyana and back to Grenada, arriving in April, having completed our circumnavigation of 35,000 nm in just under six years. Our website can be found at

All in all, it has been an amazing and incredible experience, certainly the most enjoyable years of my life, and when we finally return to the UK it will be quite a readjustment to the life that we have become used to. Bob Hazell (SJ ‘66)

A Schoolboy of the 1940s, Part 3

Recollections from 1943–50 were printed in the last edition. At the recent 475th (much enjoyed – thank you, Vicky and others), I chanced to talk over lunch with Hereward Davies (SJ ‘51) and his son, Simon. The historical overlap was astonishing. Hereward (aged five), with his mum and elder sister, were evacuated from Liverpool to Canada within weeks of my elder brother, Mike (Up ’48), our mum and self (aged seven) making the same journey in late 1940. The Davies lived in Toronto; we lived in Ottawa but moved to Minnesota in 1941. Mother Plumbe returned solo shortly after, surviving the battle of the Atlantic. In 1943, the urge to come home again took over and all five of us boarded the same ship (Nyassa – Portuguese and neutral) in September at Philadelphia, arranged by Thomas Cook. We share vivid memories of Portuguese soldiers on board; of delay at the Azores due to troop movements; of getting stuck in Estoril for several weeks but staying in the same hotel; of returning at roughly the same time by flying boat (unknown to us, we had the Viceroy of India aboard) via Foynes (Shannon) to Poole Harbour and thence to London. Hereward, Mike and I all entered Berko at the same time, albeit in different forms based on slightly different ages, and in different Houses. None of us knew of the connections at the time, and it’s taken 73 years to find out. It’s a small world.

One amusing incident I recall was when a few naughty boys had a midnight tryst on the playing fields arranged with a few naughty girls from the Girls’ School, which in those days (1949?) was strictly segregated from the Boys’ School. The respective Heads got wind of what was about to happen and agreed to catch everyone redhanded. Unfortunately for them, the naughty boys/girls got wind of the intended intervention and so called off the tryst. Spies, however, reported that the Headmaster and Headmistress met together alone on the playing fields at midnight. It was the talking point for weeks. Graham Plumbe (Lo ‘50)

The Influence of a Schoolmaster

Extract from The Counterfoils of My Years 1942–1971 by F.S. Aijazuddin I spent the summer holidays in 1957 in Pakistan, staying with Mother. When I returned to school on 18th September for the Winter term, I ran up the steps to St John’s. I met one of my classmates on the way in. ‘You got two O Levels,’ he said. It was only when he told me how many passes the other boys had obtained that I realised how stupid I had been to allow myself to be taken in by their apparent nonchalance. I had no excuse. They had studied and I had not. It was as simple as that. ‘Streaky Wraith wants to see you,’ another boy called out to me. ‘Now!’ I walked up to Mr Wraith. He was gardening in the patch outside the boys’ entrance. ‘I am disappointed in you,’ he said, ‘you could have done better.’ And with those few pithy potent words, he made me realise that I had let down the only two people who were interested in my development and who in fact cared about me – my real father and my surrogate one at Berkhamsted.

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There and then, I determined to focus my mind for the rest of my school days with a driven intensity. Throughout that winter term, I swotted ceaselessly for the four papers I had to attempt again, and abjured the company of my friends. I took extra coaching in Maths, French and General Classics, learning more in those three months than I had in any of the preceding three years. I sat for and passed all four of the O Level papers in the December re-runs. (I was partially consoled in later years to read from Prime Minister John Major’s Autobiography that he had passed only three subjects when he sat for his O Levels in 1959.) For my second attempt I had two Elementary Mathematics papers, three General Science papers (Chemistry, Physics and Biology), two French papers and one on History, spread over six days,

Tom ffitch

Tom ffitch (Sp ’06) has signed a one-year contract to train and play with England Sevens. After being selected in a 24-man training squad following an academy weekend on 29th and 30th April, he was selected in the England IPF squad for the Greene King IPA Sevens, held at Bury St Edmunds RUFC on Sunday 8th May. Tom will maintain a link with Newcastle Falcons during the contract period, and will look to continue his 15-a-side career and start a university degree at the conclusion of his sevens contract. After joining Berkhamsted from Chesham Prep, Tom has had an outstanding School career and represented the 1st XV over three seasons, scoring 273 points. He was the inaugural winner of the Dick Mowbray Trophy awarded to the School’s most valuable player. We wish him all the best in his future rugby career. Ben Mahoney (Head of Rugby)


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between 2nd and 7th December. I know the dates because I have the exam papers still and have reread the questions after almost 45 years. Did I really know when and why spinning ceased to be a common rural occupation between 1750 and 1850? Or what part did the clergy play in village life during this period? Was I able to find the value of p if p shillings and (2p + 7) half crowns together have a value of Pounds 2-19s-6d.? I was expected to provide (and obviously did) an account of Britain’s dealings with India during the period 1871-1939, and I was even able to translate the following sentence into Latin: My son hopes to make a journey to the moon. Only an Oxbridge Examinations Board would have conceived the possibility of an astronaut needing classical Latin to converse with aliens. Fakir S. Aijazuddin (SJ ‘58)

A Short History of 40 Years of P.J. Gates (Photography) Ltd

I was inspired by my Chemistry master, S.B.C. Williams, who had been with Kodak during his Second World War years, to explore photography as a career. He advised me to go to the Polytechnic School of Photography, Regent Street, London, now the University of Westminster. There I spent two full years being taught all aspects of photography and in those days everything was photographed with wooden plate cameras, all glass negatives, all in black and white, no colour photography. From there I moved on to join – over the next ten years – a commercial/advertising photographer, a wedding/portrait photographer and a building construction company to record progress of large buildings, such as New Zealand

House and the M1 construction. From there I moved on to a company which specialised in the photography of works of art for the London auction houses and fine art dealers. This inspired me to set up my own business. Forty years ago, in 1976, P.J. Gates (Photography) Ltd was formed with my colleague Phillip Paddock, AIBPP, who runs the business to this day. We were encouraged by Clive Loveless (OB) (Be ’61), who was a London rug dealer. With his help we became internationally known in the rug world. The company was based in New Bond Street for 22 years before being forced out by a new landlord. We relocated to a very large studio, 50 ft by 40 ft, in Battersea. This enabled the

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photography of very large objects, such as the rug in the photograph on page 49, a Tibetan garden carpet, 24 ft by 16 ft. The studio was big enough for this, also possibly to drive a London bus through the big door. The company clients came from as far afield as Japan in the East, the West Coast of America, most European countries, Scandinavia in the north, and we travelled throughout the continent and Switzerland countless times. The nature of the business was to photograph fine works of art from jewellery, silverware, furniture, carpets and rugs for dealers, collectors, museums and the auction houses. There were specific collections, the most prestigious of all being the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. We were the resident photographers on a number of occasions when HM The Queen visited the Tower, one of which was the opening of the current rearranged display of the Crown Jewels. Another special occasion was when HM The Queen greeted to the Tower the Sultan of Brunei and together they witnessed the Gurkhas beating the Retreat. Other collections included 250 English brass candlesticks in Chicago, oriental rugs in Cincinnati and a further ten trips to photograph the Art Museum’s entire Chinese collection. It transpired that the Museum wished to do an


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exhibition to match their collection of objects from Petra, Jordan – hence Petra Rediscovered. P.J.G. was commissioned to go with the curator, Dr Glenn Markoe, for a two-week visit to photograph objects and scenery in both Petra and the museum in Amman. This collection of Petra objects was flown to the USA for a three-year rolling exhibition to the major USA museums. In London, the company worked for many art dealers, but for P.J.G. there was a speciality – the photography of sculpture, in particular Rembrandt Bugatti’s African wildlife, which culminated, after ten years of photography, in a book published by the Sladmore Gallery. Despite retiring in 2004, photography of this sculpture continued for a further ten years, the most outstanding piece being The Rodin Kiss. To handle such a piece was a total privilege. Over the years, many paintings were photographed, including those by such artists as Rembrandt van Rijn, his son, Titus, and many by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso – the list is truly endless. Photographers do get pictures out of focus occasionally! The furthest I ever travelled to rephotograph a painting was Geneva, Switzerland, but fortunately for me I was due to go there on another project so I went a day early to rectify the problem. It was in the chalet of the Aga Khan. Peter John Gates, FBIPP, ARPS (Lo ‘56)


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The Visit by Her Majesty The Queen

6th May 2016 Friday 6th May 2016, when Her Majesty The Queen visited Berkhamsted will, I am sure, be a day that is long remembered by the School, St Peter’s Church and the citizens of the town. But how did it come about? In the autumn of 2014 I was a member of the Steering Committee which had been set up to consider the School’s 475th Anniversary celebrations in 2016. At about the same time the Friends of St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted, of which I am Chairman of the Trustees, were carrying out conservation work to the Royal Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth l in the church. The Friends were planning to place beneath the restored coat of arms an inscribed board celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, displaying her coat of arms and recording the conservation work. I have fond


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memories, then as a ten-year-old in his first year in the Junior School, of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on 13th June 1958 to both Berkhamsted School and Berkhamsted School for Girls, and also of subsequent royal visits. It occurred to me that an invitation to a member of the Royal Family to visit the School in its 475th Anniversary year and to unveil the board in the church on the same day might have real prospects of success, especially if there could also be an opportunity for local organisations and the town to be involved. Having mentioned the idea to both the School and the Friends, I approached the office of the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and a written invitation was then drafted and sent to Buckingham Palace in June 2015. The invitation was supported by the Lord Lieutenant and in late November 2015 I was informed, in strict

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confidence, not only that there would be a visit to Berkhamsted, but that the member of the Royal Family would be Her Majesty The Queen who, as the reigning monarch, is the School’s Patron. It would be the first visit by our Patron in the School’s history. I was told that the visit would be on Friday 6th May 2016, between Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in April and the official birthday celebrations in June. Detailed planning then commenced in earnest and a project team comprising, among others, representatives of the Lord Lieutenant’s office, the School, St Peter’s Church, the local councils and the Hertfordshire Constabulary was set up. Eventually the great day arrived – and what a lovely early summer’s day it was, with hardly a cloud in the sky. The streets of Berkhamsted, particularly the High Street and Castle Street, were packed with onlookers and their cheering reached a crescendo as The Queen’s car approached St Peter’s. Her Majesty was welcomed outside the church by the Lord Lieutenant who then presented a number of civic dignitaries and, at the end of the line, my wife and me. As one of the hosts of the visit I was then privileged to escort Her Majesty into the church where I presented the rector. He then presented the churchwardens and others connected with the church, including David Pearce, and Baz Manning, the heraldic artist who painted the board commissioned by the Friends. After a few words from the rector, Her Majesty unveiled the board and a posy was presented to her by seven-yearold church chorister, Tilly Armstrong. Her Majesty then proceeded up the aisle of the packed church and took a seat at the front to listen to short choral works performed by the church choir and the School’s Chamber Choir. One of the works was a setting of O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem composed especially for the occasion by Adrian Davis, the church’s Director of Music and a former Director of Music at the School. A


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copy of the score was given to Her Majesty. The School’s Chamber Choir also performed Vivaldi’s Gloria. After leaving the church, Her Majesty was driven to the Gravel Quad at the School and she then walked to the Grass Quad where the Lord Lieutenant presented the Principal and the Chairman of Governors, who were the other hosts of the visit. The Principal then presented senior members of staff and James Campion and Bethany Lovett, respectively the Head Boy and Head Girl. Her Majesty was invited to inspect a Guard of Honour of the Schools’ Combined Cadet Force, which was celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016, and was escorted by Pearkes Sword winner Michael Parsey. The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas played the National Anthem and, later in the day, the Guard of Honour was photographed with The Queen. Her Majesty then proceeded to a reception in the garden of Wilson House, which was attended by over 120 invited guests. Representatives of county and local charitable organisations and schools were among those who were presented and the School’s Saxophone Ensemble provided musical accompaniment. The Queen then returned to the Grass Quad to see a performance by Year 6 of Circle of Life from The Lion King. This highly acclaimed production was performed in the Centenary Theatre less than a week later. This was followed by a private lunch for 60 guests in Old Hall. The School caterers, Aramark, provided a superb two-course meal which was served by Sixth Form students who also served at the reception in Wilson House. The 1st XV Rugby captain, Ed Tidey, took on the responsibility of ensuring that Her Majesty was comfortably seated and of serving her. My wife and I were privileged to be at the same table as Her Majesty along with, among others, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and David Pearce. At the end of the lunch The Queen signed the School’s Visitor’s Book and Joe Beadle and

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Emily Noithip performed a piano/cello duet. Her Majesty and other guests then proceeded to the terrace outside Old Hall, where the School’s Big Band played. Members of the School community were assembled on the Gravel Quad to hear a speech of welcome by the Principal who also gave a short introduction to the 475th Anniversary celebrations. The Queen then unveiled the commemorative plaque which is now permanently situated on the wall of Old Hall and the Head Boy and Head Girl presented two gifts, a leather-bound copy of John Davison’s book Berkhamsted School: A 475th Anniversary Portrait and a framed montage of photographs from the Queen Mother’s visit to the School in 1958. Her Majesty then walked to her car in the Gravel Quad and on the way Elizabeth Barham (Reception) presented a posy of flowers and Edward Kellett (Year 1) presented a book of work by Pre-Prep pupils to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th


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birthday. Finally, the youngest members of the School were able to wave goodbye to The Queen when her helicopter departed from Chesham Road Playing Fields. On the day following Her Majesty’s visit David Pearce, who so sadly died on 11th November 2016, said in a letter to me: ‘That was a glorious day. I shall never see the like again. I imagine that for Berkhamsted no one will. It was full of goodwill and happiness, and sunshine. Town and church and School were linked together as they once were in Incent’s intentions, and have possibly never been so since. He, lying in his chantry chapel beside us, will have rejoiced.’ I cannot find more appropriate words to summarise a wonderful day which will stay in the memories of the many people of all ages who were involved in one way or another, whether at the School, in the church or in the town. Peter J. Williamson (Be ’66) (Chairman of Governors, 1995 to 2012)

OB Annual Dinner

This year’s OB Annual Dinner on 18th March, hosted in Old Hall, was a terrific evening with a large gathering of OBs, teachers, staff and students. I had brought my wife-to-be, Joanne Lii, a California native, to experience what the School had to offer, and neither of us was disappointed. It’s somewhat of a culture shock to go from our home city of Manhattan, where anything older than five minutes is considered prehistoric, to the Old Hall, built in 1544 with the previous Headmasters and Principals looking down. This was my first OB Annual Dinner, and I had come to reacquaint myself with everything new in the School. We were treated to a five-star experience, but more importantly a chance to catch up with old friends and teachers, including JAD and DRAP who continue to be tours de force. Current Sixth Formers waited on us with exemplary silver service skills and with such professionalism that we could have been in any Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. This was definitely a big step up from Wingrave’s fish and chips days. These boys and girls were impressive and didn’t miss a beat. Several were studying for A-levels in subjects that weren’t available in my day. It’s humbling to think that some of them could be the next tech titans, leaders in business or the doctor that cures cancer. Recent successes in sports, and a visit by Her Majesty The Queen in May were highlighted by the new Principal, Richard Backhouse, who, 76 days into the job at the time, has some keen thoughts about future growth at the School. We wish him well in his endeavours. Liz Richardson and Richard Thompson, Heads of the Girls’ and Boys’ Schools respectively, were both seated at our table and added colour on the daily lives of the students. They all care deeply about the School.

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475 Reunion

The growth of the School is astounding (1,800 students and counting, covering every age group) and the opportunities in study, sports, travel and more are almost limitless. But with all the success comes the greatest challenge, and that is to retain focus on each individual student throughout his or her development and not allow anyone to slip through the cracks. That was always the defining quality of this well-rounded school, and I know the current staff feels the responsibility to continue with that tradition. Emma Jeffrey (Fanning) (Ru ’81) was sworn in as President of The Old Berkhamstedians, taking the baton from Mike Horton (Sw ’64) who has kindly given 21 years of service. Thanks to Mike for his devoted work, and we look forward to Emma taking us into a new era. My hope is we encourage participation by younger generations and more of the Girls’ School in these events over the years to come. Credit to Lynne Oppenheimer and Vicky Rees for once again pulling together a memorable event. Michael Lee (Be ’93)


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On Saturday 15th October 2016, 99 assorted Old Berkhamstedians and guests assembled to celebrate the 475 years the School has been in existence. They ranged in age and seniority from two OBs of the 1947 vintage to the latest addition to our ranks, the new Principal, Richard Backhouse. Present too were a former Chairman of Governors, Peter Williamson (Be ’66), Priscilla Chadwick, the first Principal of the amalgamated schools, and a number of present and former staff members, the latter including Nick Stevens and Dennis and Mary Beard (who have the added distinction of being the parents of a former Head Boy and grandparents of a former Head Girl). Appropriately, the gathering began with a service of thanksgiving in Chapel. The choir sang an introit and an anthem, the congregation sang two of the School’s favourite hymns (Glorious things of thee are spoken and Guide me, O thou great Redeemer) and recited antiphonally Psalm 121, the Principal read from St Mark, the Chaplain led the prayers and an ex-Chaplain, the Revd Stephen Golding, preached a sermon reminding us of the centrality of what Chapel stands for in the life of the School. The service ended with the singing of the Carmen Berkhamstediense; it was clear some of those present still remembered the words as well as the tune, though a translation from the Latin into English on the service-sheet helped those less classically educated. The organist was Adrian Davis, former Director of Music in succession to John Milne. Then we moved to Deans’ Hall for drinks and – after many conversations with old friends and new acquaintances, and following an interesting speech from the Principal about the School’s recent and considerable all-round successes, academic, sporting and cultural, and his hopes for the future – a buffet lunch. Brisk business was

done at a table selling OB memorabilia as well as John Davison’s magnificent new history, Berkhamsted School: A 475th Anniversary Portrait, and my most recent book, Some Schools, a ‘professional memoir’, one chapter of which is an account of my six years as Headmaster of the Boys’ School from 1983–89. Also on sale was David R.A. Pearce’s book of 100 sonnets, The Street, though David himself wasn’t well enough to attend the gathering. During the buffet lunch, musicians from the School provided musical entertainment for those not so busy talking that they had time to listen; maybe we needed an oldfashioned schoolmistress to say, ‘Now, class, be quiet and pay attention’, because the skills on display were certainly admirable. After lunch, those who wanted to see something more of the actual School on its Castle Campus, both as it once was and as it has developed, were taken on tours. Others retreated to their transport home or went to see old friends in the town or nearby who hadn’t made it to the gathering; everyone was, I think, more than content that the School was in good shape and good hands, with a future as promising as anyone from ages past could have hoped for. Jonty Driver (Hon)

A Service of Celebration for 475 Years of Berkhamsted School

instrumentalists, which provided both rousing and reflective music throughout the service. Each of the eight boys’ House Captains confidently offered their individual reflections on what their Berkhamsted education meant to them: they spoke about their engaging teachers; their favourite academic subjects; the value of technology in learning; the challenges in sport,

St Albans Cathedral was packed to the doors on Wednesday 19th October with pupils across the age range. Since the Berkhamsted girls had already celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2013, the focus of this special celebratory Founder’s Day service was mainly on the boys’ achievements. It was a privilege to enjoy the superb singing by the School Choir, accompanied by pupil

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London Luncheon Club Steak Dinner

CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; the enjoyment of music, art and drama; the importance of friendships made for life. To complement these reflections, readings and prayers were led by pupils, including the Head Boy and Head Girl, and the address was given by Revd Lucy Winkett, Vicar of St James’s Church, Piccadilly. With humour and perceptive challenges, she encouraged the congregation to consider the importance of our values as we appreciate our historical legacy and responsibilities for the future. St Albans Cathedral was a significant venue for this 475th-year celebration, being an abbey where education had first been offered in the late eighth century. We were honoured to be present at such a wonderful historic celebration of the achievements of Berkhamsted School, the culmination of a highly successful anniversary year. Dr Priscilla Chadwick (Hon)

Fifteen Old Berkhamstedians were at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomsbury on 2nd December 2015 for the annual steak and cheese dinner. We have been meeting at the DoubleTree for some years and the food is always very good; cooked to order with copious amounts of wine, followed by port and cheese. Prior to dining we meet in the bar for a pint or two, or gin and tonics, and begin our catch-up for the year. Tony Wheeler (Ad ’67) was a regular at these annual gatherings, but sadly he died on 23rd November 2015. He was fondly talked about with great affection by all and during the meal we drank a toast to his memory. Tim Auger (SJ ’65) flew in from Singapore and had a great time chatting to the regulars. Peter Willson (Co ’66)

David Case Remembered at Pavilion Opening

David Case, a talented sportsman who died in a tragic car accident 33 years ago in his final year at Berkhamsted School, will be remembered by generations to come with the opening of a pavilion in his name at Chesham Road Playing Fields. The David Case Pavilion was officially opened by David’s brothers, Andi and Richard, themselves Old Berkhamstedians, at an event attended by


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over 250 guests on Saturday 17th September. The guests included many members of the School 1st XV Rugby team captained by David in 1982 as well as James Rodwell, OB and member of the GB Rugby Sevens team that won silver medals at the Rio Olympics. The contribution made by members of the Berkhamsted School community in bringing the new pavilion to fruition were acknowledged by the School’s Principal, Richard Backhouse: ‘So many people have given their time, contacts and energy with such generosity. And thank you to those who have given financially. Some have bought bricks, pegs or paving stones. Some donated auction lots, or purchased them. ‘Particular and special thanks are due to our major donors, including Mr James Owlett whose generous legacy sponsored the clock tower and whose daughter is with us today, but most especially to the Case family. Without your generosity, we simply wouldn’t be celebrating this amazing building today. You have made this building possible, and we’re all delighted that it will bear your family name; we are so glad that three generations of your family are able to be with us today. On behalf of all pupils present and future, thank you.’ Mr Backhouse added: ‘The David Case Pavilion stands as a witness to the pursuit of excellence and sportsmanship of our current and future pupils: the building literally looks out across the fields on which they play. But it also stands as a witness to the excellence and sportsmanship of one particular sportsman, who graced these fields over 33 years ago.’ Richard Case explained why the pavilion was such a fitting tribute to his brother: ‘David loved sport. Whether it was rugby, hockey or athletics he always gave his utmost, striving hard to compete and to win. Yet he never lost the sheer joy of playing and he had a strong sense of fair play. To me he will always personify good sportsmanship

in all its meanings and he demonstrated the Corinthian spirit. That is why we think he is a great role model for all who use this wonderful new pavilion. We are sure that this building will witness many triumphs for Berkhamsted.’ David’s younger brother Andi spoke emotionally about what an inspiration David was to him personally and to others at the School at that time, and how he hopes that this pavilion gives the School a venue to mark sporting achievements at the School and help inspire future sportsmen and sportswomen. Before and after the opening celebrations, triumph and sportsmanship were evident on the pitches of Chesham Road Playing Fields. The 1st, U15A and U14B Lacrosse teams earned victories against North London Collegiate while the 2nd XII won their match against St James Senior Girls’ School. A showcase match between the Berkhamsted School 1st XII Lacrosse team, which won the National Schools’ Championship in 2016, and a team of Old Berkhamstedian lacrosse players who achieved international representation, resulted in the Internationals winning 7–4. On the rugby pitches in the afternoon, Berkhamsted’s teams won nine of 11 matches played against University College School, including a 33–5 win for the 1st XV wearing a special memorial shirt for the game with David Case’s name on the shoulder. A framed version of the same shirt was presented to Andi and Richard Case. The pavilion, which includes much-needed changing rooms, a first-floor hospitality area with lift access and a balcony overlooking the playing fields, a first-aid room and sports equipment storage, was designed by architect Gordon Innes of ConceptWorld and built by Tuskar, overseen by the School’s Estates team. Catherine Dow (Director of External Communications)

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2006 Ten-Year Reunion

The 5th November was indeed a memorable date for the class of 2006. As we gathered in Deans’ Hall for a pre-dinner drink, many commented that it was their first visit to the School since that sunny July evening ten years ago. It was great to see the School doing so well; now nearly 2,000 strong but as intimate and familiar as ever. Our Alma Mater, celebrating not one decade but 47 and a half, had recently been visited by Her Majesty The Queen! Who would they invite for the 500th, we wondered. Dinner was excellent. There was a lot to reminisce and catch up on, although there was a mixed reaction to the suggestion that extracts of the 2006 Yearbook be read aloud. Quelle horreur! It was surely a highlight of the evening that we were joined by so many of our teachers. We were


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delighted that among them was Dr Chadwick, who spoke fondly of ‘my year’ (our arrival in the late ’90s had coincided with hers). There were around 65 of us – a number that would have been considerably higher, except that so many now lived abroad. Los Angeles, Mumbai, Chengdu, Cambridge (New Zealand) . . . We owe huge thanks to the School and especially to Vicky Rees for organising such a great evening. After dinner it was on to the Kings Arms, where the celebrations continued – well beyond closing. James Boulter (Re ’06)

1960s Leavers’ Reunion

Our second reunion in three years was a blast. We hedged our bets on not coming forward too early for a second time but it again proved very successful with a changed venue of the Kings Campus (the Girls’ School) in their spanking new facilities, somewhat unrecognisable to ’60s girls leavers, and of course new territory to the boys who had supposedly never set foot there before! We had a splendid buffet lunch in the new dining hall, accompanied by a jazz band, and there was lots of chatting and catching up with old friends, some of whom were easily recognisable, others less so. Some had come over from Australia and the USA, which says something for the power of the draw of the old Alma Mater!

Small groups of us set off for tours of the School, old and new, with some lovely girl volunteers (in their half-term) to show us around. We Old Girls recognised some unaltered areas such as the art room and the covered playground, but the obvious differences from the ’50s/’60s were the proliferation of computers in almost every classroom and social areas for all ages of pupils. The star attraction facility-wise was the Robin Knox-Johnston Sports Hall, and the star attraction ’60s leavers-wise, dare I say it, was Robin Knox-Johnston himself. I have to confess that I failed to recognise him when I arrived at the event bearing cakes and asked him, as a passer-by, if he would mind carrying them in while I parked. Oh dear! After teas and the aforementioned cakes, we disbanded, only for about 50 of us (including partners) to meet up an hour later at The Gatsby for a splendid dinner, which rounded off the day’s reunion perfectly. Feeling chuffed by our success

we have vowed to do it again in four years’ time! So please do keep us updated with your email addresses and phone numbers. Please ask anyone who you have kept in touch with (’60s leavers, Old Berkhamstedians or not) to send us their contact emails and phone numbers; there were many who could not make it or who were not aware of it because we did not have their addresses. It is harder to trace the girls due to name changes or because they are not registered as OBs. Huge thanks go to Colin Buckle (Be ’63) (my partner-in-crime) and Lynne Oppenheimer (Hon) for their unstinting support and hard work. Without them the reunion would not have happened. Jane Timmis (NS ’64)

1974 Summer Reunion

Below (left to right): Neil Briscoe, Charlie Long, Simon Lalor, John Pinckney and Peter Rodwell.

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West of England Lunch 5th April 2016 This was the first time that John and I had managed to get to The Highwayman’s Haunt, in Chudleigh. We did try a couple of years ago but the weather and horrendous traffic beat us. We thought this is a lovely venue for the annual get-together of ex-pupils living in the South-West of England. The food was very enjoyable and the weather was ideal to admire the gardens and play area for children. I was very tempted to go and have a swing but thought better of it! Having proposed a toast to the Queen, the Immediate Past President, Mike Horton, gave current President Emma Jeffrey’s apologies for her absence but she wished everyone an enjoyable lunch. The passing of two stalwart members, Peter Bell (Sw ’37) and George Paulley (Sw ’45), was


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noted with sadness. Mike went on to say that the School is in very good health and the number of pupils is now some 1,600 more than when he and those present were at the School. He hoped that everyone had received the message from the new Principal, Richard Backhouse. The building of the new pavilion on the Chesham Road Playing Fields in memory of David Case was well under way. This will replace the old building that was given to the School by The Old Berkhamstedians, which has contributed £40,000 towards the new building. Mike then invited John Rush to give some financial information. John explained that the winding up of Club 2000 had been necessary as dwindling numbers meant that, although there were sufficient funds to meet the prizes, the amount left was such that very little support could be given to the School for those ‘nice to have’ items which was the reason for the club being started many years ago. The Old Berkhamstedians is thriving; the membership now is 6,250 and projected to reach 18,000 by the end of the century. An actuarial review had been commissioned which showed that although TOB’s financial position at the moment is reasonably healthy, alternative communications should be researched to reduce expenditure. One course of action being looked at is making the magazine available on the website as a download. John was at pains to emphasise that hard copies would still be available for those who wanted them. John ended by proposing a toast to the School. Andy (Be ’60) and Anne Chinneck were thanked for organising the event superbly, whereupon we all adjourned outside for the traditional group photograph, courtesy of Peter John Gates (Lo ’56). Yvonne Rush (Bu ’61)

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Perth Reunion

17th November 2016 An OB get-together in the most remote city on Earth. The photograph above shows (left to right): Simon Tilley (SH ’86), Matt Lambert (SG ’99), Paul Tottle (Co ’75), James Fairbairn (Fr ’89), Andrew McLean (Be ’81), Tony Addiscott (Ad ’63) and Andy Lambert (Gr ’93).

Hong Kong Drinks Reception

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Recruitment, very much enjoyed meeting a group Old Berkhamstedians during their recent visit to Hong Kong to represent the School at the annual Academic Asia recruitment Expo, along with current students and their parents. The Grand Hyatt provided a wonderful view of the harbour, while the conversation and drinks flowed freely as OBs from different eras swapped stories of days gone by, many of them centred around teachers past and present who had inspired, encouraged and cajoled their younger selves during their time at the School. Such was the conviviality of the occasion that by the kind invitation of OB Stephen Hire (Be ’87) those who were able to do so carried on their evening at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. An enjoyable time was had by all, which is testament to the affection held by OBs the world over for their school. Thanks must go to all those who came along. Michael Bond (Staff)

The lists of those present at OB functions appear below (not all are reported upon in this magazine). LONDON LUNCHEON CLUB

Margaret Aitchison (OS ’61) Tim Auger (SJ ’65) Andy Bale (In ’75) William Bale (In ’58) Richard Cooper (Ad ’71) Bernard De Bressey (Lo ’51) Brian De Neut (Ad ’54) Ralph Falkiner-Nuttall (In ’59) Paul Fearn (Ad ’76) Mike Horton (Sw ’64) Julian Lyons (SH ’77) James Shrimpton (Lo ’58) Jonny Skinner (Up ’76) Peter Willson (Co ’66) Angela Woodman (NS ’60)

ANNUAL DINNER Richard Backhouse (Principal) Dennis Beard (Hon) Mary Beard (Hon) Julian Bly (Ad ’87) Michael Bond (Staff ) Suzanne Bond (Staff ) James Campion (Ch ’16) Nigel Chiltern-Hunt (Be ’64) Hugh Corby (SJ ’67) Colin Davies (Guest) Anne Davies (Caudery) (Bu ’56) John Davison (Hon) Rita Fantham (Woods) (NS ’57) Pat Goddard (Guest) Keith Goddard (Ad ’62) Tony Grace (Be ’58) Michael Harrison (Sw ’60) Helen Hilsden (Guest) John Hilsden (Ad ’62) Bryan Hines (Be ’50) Anne-Marie Horton (Guest) Mike Horton (Sw ’64) Gay Jarrad (Nightingirl) (SH ’61) Mark Jarrad (Hon) Emma Jeffrey (Fanning) (Ru ’81) George Jeffrey (Co ’82) Gill King (Guest) Peter King (Co ’60) Michael Lee (Be ’93) Joanne Lii (Guest) John Linton (Ad ’57) James Milne (Hon) Jane Moore (Guest) Andrew Morris (Up ’64) Andrew Nkere-Uwem (In ’93) Lynne Oppenheimer (Hon) Liz Pearce (Hon) Cherry Ramseyer (Calnan) (OS ’69) Vicky Rees (Hon) Gavin Rees (SH ’97) Liz Richardson (Hon) Sue Rodwell (Collins) (Ru ’76) Peter Rodwell (Fr ’74) John Rush (Sw ’59) Yvonne Rush (Caudery) (Bu ’61) Richard Smellie (In ’61) Peter Such (Sw ’60) Richard Thompson (Staff ) Elizabeth Tory (Ho ’68) Janet Webb (Guest) David Webb (Sw ’62) Michael Webster (Be ’60) Gordon Whitehead (Co ’60) Derek Whitehead (Ad ’49) Corinna Whitfield (Drake) (SH ’68) Peter Williamson (Be ’66)

Robin Williamson, MBE (Be ’72) Jayne Willson (Guest) Peter Willson (Co ’66) David Young (Ha/Be ’60)

WEST OF ENGLAND LUNCH Norma Aitchison (Richards) (OS/SH ’45) Anne Chinneck (Dickinson) (OS ’60) Andy Chinneck (Be ’60) Jill Flashman (Guest) John Flashman (In/Up ’48) Gail Fletcher (Guest) David Fletcher (Up ’70) Peter John Gates (Lo ’56) Trevor Heynes (Ad ’65) Mike Horton (Sw ’64) Gillian Kempe (Elliott) (OS ’44) Andrew Mead (Up ’57) Harry Mead (Up ’60) Yvonne Rush (Caudery) (Bu ’61) John Rush (Sw ’59) Jill Sapstead (McConnell) (Lx ’57) Derek Severs (Lo ’50)

OB SAILING WEEKEND Adam Baggott (Sw ’97) Chris Broadway (In ’79) Jim Cannon (Lo ’65) Lyndsey-Jo Field (Re ’02) Graeme Hamlet (Ad ’94) Mike Horton (Sw ’64) Ben Loch (Sw ’97) Alicia Main (Guest) Ken Main (Ad ’93) Keith Mans (Lo ’64) Gavin Rees (SH ’97) Alison Shardlow (OS ’73) Gary Simons (Guest) Liz Simons (Guest) Dan Skinner (Gr ’97) Mark Slater (SG ’00) Sarah Smith (’95) Kirsty Steele (Guest) Matt Steele (SH ’94) Tim Westley (SG ’04) David Wotherspoon (Gr ’90)

GATSBY DINNER Neil Aitchison (Be ’65) Keith Barnes (Lo ’63) Andrew Barratt (Sw ’66) Mike Bean (Ha/Be ’66) Colin Buckle (Be ’63) Andy Campbell (In ’67) Nigel Chiltern-Hunt (Be ’64) Gilli Claycomb (Tobutt) (SH ’62) Judy D'Arcy-Irvine (Gilmour) (Lx ’63) John Douglas (Sw ’69) Ian Duffill (Ha/Sw ’64) Keith Goddard (Ad ’62) Rod Griffin (Ad ’63) John Hilsden (Ad ’62) Mike Horton (Sw ’64) Anne Howick (Miller) (Bu ’70) Mike Kent (Co ’61) Peter King (Co ’60) John Knox (Up ’63) Nigel Lane (Ad ’63) Tony Lee (Co ’65) Lynne Oppenheimer (Hon)

Ben Timmis (Sw ’68) Adam Timmis (Sw ’66) Jane Timmis, MBE (Timmis) (NS ’64) Brian True-May (Ad ’61) Peter Willson (Co ’66) Angela Woodman (NS ’60) Chris Wynne (Co ’64)

Mike Kent (Co ’61) Jacky Khan (Rutherfurd) (Ho ’61) Peter King (Co ’60) John Knox (Up ’63) Robin Knox-Johnston (SJ ’56) Jon Lane (Ad ’66) Nigel Lane (Ad ’63) Peter Lawson (Sw ’68) Tony Lee (Co ’65) Tim Lewis (Ad ’68) 1960s REUNION Richard Lovesay (Ad ’68) Margaret Aitchison (OS ’61) Jolyon Maclaine (Be/Up ’65) Neil Aitchison (Be ’65) Keith Mans (Lo ’64) Bridget Asprey (White) (NS ’65) Colin McBride (Ad ’63) Geoff Atkinson (Up ’69) Rob Milliner (Ad ’62) Jane Atkinson (Harrison) (Bu ’70) Angela Morphy (Kingham) Mary Axon (Adlington) (OS ’63) (Ho ’61) Di Aylott (Horsley) (SH ’62) Tony Norton (In ’59) Keith Barnes (Lo ’63) Lynne Oppenheimer (Hon) Dennis Beard (Hon) Derek Parr (Lo ’62) Mary Beard (Hon) Cherry Ramseyer (Calnan) Nick Bell (Up ’69) (OS ’69) John Berry (Be/Fr ’67) Nick Rolt (Co ’67) Pauline Blaikley (Paddon) (SH ’62) John Rush (Sw ’59) David Blayney (Co ’61) Yvonne Rush (Caudery) (Bu ’61) David Bond (Be ’67) Robert Salter (SH ’63) Richard Bond (Be ’64) Vivien Scott (Fawcett) (Bu ’65) Roger Boning (Lo ’69) Richard Smellie (In ’61) Diana Boughton (Cox) (OS ’63) Elaine Steane, MBE (Fullard) Janet Bowers-Broadbent (Ho ’61) (Ho ’64) Bill Bowers-Broadbent (Be ’61) Peter Such (Sw ’60) Colin Buckle (Be ’63) Ben Timmis (Sw ’68) Sandie Calow (Lintott) (Ho ’64) Adam Timmis (Sw ’66) Rebecca Campbell (Guest) Jane Timmis, MBE (Timmis) Andy Campbell (In ’67) (NS ’64) Jim Cannon (Lo ’65) Elizabeth Tory (Ho ’68) Susie Carpenter (Robinson) (OS Jim Townsend (Co ’68) ’64) Alison Townsend (Coupar) Tim Carter (Sw ’64) (Ho ’69) Claire Casey (Wilshire) (Ho ’65) Brian True-May (Ad ’61) Nigel Chiltern-Hunt (Be ’64) Helen Turner (Sidebottom) Gilli Claycomb (Tobutt) (SH ’62) (Lx ’68) John Constantine (Sw ’67) Ann Vinden (Lx ’65) Hugh Corby (SJ ’67) Carol Watson (Hutchings) (OS ’61) Alan Cummins (Lo ’61) Janet Webb (Guest) Simon Curtis (Ad ’63) David Webb (Sw ’62) Richard Cutts (Be ’65) Corinna Whitfield (Drake) (SH ’68) Judy D'Arcy-Irvine (Gilmour) Peter Williamson (Be ’66) (Lx ’63) Jayne Willson (Guest) John Davison (Hon) Peter Willson (Co ’66) Patrice Dixon (In ’69) Sue Wolstenholme, OBE (Ho ’58) John Douglas (Sw ’69) Angela Woodman (NS ’60) Ian Duffill (Ha/Sw ’64) Mary Wynne (Guest) Shahnaz Fakir (Guest) Chris Wynne (Co ’64) Aijaz Fakir, OBE, FCA (SJ ’58) Denys Firth (Lo ’68) DAVID CASE PAVILION Patrick Gallagher (Lo ’65) OPENING Keith Goddard (Ad ’62) Rosemary Armstrong (Hon) Rod Griffin (Ad ’63) David Atkins (Be '84) Nick Hall (Ad ’62) Richard Backhouse (Principal) Roger Hall (Ad ’63) Alison Bamforth (Guest) David Hammond (Ad ’59) Jane Bartholomew (Brown) Peter Hartnell (Lo ’64) (NS '68) Bob Hazell (SJ ’66) Dennis Beard (Hon) Susan Hickinbotham (Curtis) Carolyn Beard (Guest) (Bu ’63) Sophie Beard (Lacrosse Captain) John Hilsden (Ad ’62) Alex Beckworth (Co '89) Kay Hope (Guest) Elizabeth Bellamy (Guest) Harriet Hope (Guest) Brian Bennett (Hon) Robin Hope (Sw ’64) Margrit Bennett (Guest) Mike Horton (Sw ’64) Jonathan Blanksby (SG '14) Keith Hoskin (Lo ’64) Susan Howard (Parsons) (SH ’62) Michael Bond (Staff ) Mike Bulpitt (Up '62) Anne Howick (Miller) (Bu ’70 Graham Burchnall (Hon) Jane Jackson (Pratt) (NS ’63) Emma Jeffrey (Fanning) (Ru ’81) George Campbell (Guest) Linda Case (Guest) Malcolm Keeling (Co ’67)

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Brigitta Case (Norris) (NS '80) Andi Case (Be '85) Richard Case (Guest) Ben Case (Guest) Zoe Case (Guest) Natasha Charlton (Prior) (NS '86) Fred Charnock (Hon) Nigel Chiltern-Hunt (Be '64) Susan Clark (Guest) Tasha Cresswell (Staff ) John Davison (Hon) Vicky Deigman (Guest) Simon Dodd (Guest) Susie Dodd (Guest) Catherine Dow (Staff ) Carol Duguid (Guest) Jane Duncan (Leslie) (Ch '78) Linda Emanuel (Woods) (Ho '78) Tracey Evans (Guest) Amanda Fage (Guest) Alexander Fage (Re '14) Anne Fahy (Guest) Simon ffitch (Guest) Sally ffitch (Guest) Sue Foster (Sansome) (Hon) Richard Foster (Guest) Simon Frame (Guest) Lance Free (Lo '57) Claire Friend (Guest) Dave Gibson (Hon) Keith Goddard (Ad '62) David Goodfellow (Gr '85) Chris Grace (Be '57) Anthony Grace (Be '58) Rob Grant (Staff ) Emily Gray (Bu '08) Colin Gray (Guest) James Green (Gr '83) Nicholas Greggains (SH '85) Chris Grimsdale (Staff ) Andy Grover (Ad '85) Duncan Hardy (Staff ) D Harland (Co '83) Angela Harris (Guest) Gill Haworth (Guest) Mike Haworth (Guest) Mike Herring (Staff ) Denise Highfield (Guest) David Highfield (Guest) Bryan Hines (Be '50) Charles Hodder (Co '82) Leah Holdroyd (Guest) Richard Holloway (SH '84) Colin Holloway (SH '84) Jamie Hornshaw (Hon) Mike Horton (Sw '64) Gordon Innes RIBA (Guest) Margaret Innes-Lumsden (Hon) David Innes-Lumsden (Hon) Joseph Iskaros (Guest) Dan Jackson (SH '84) Nick Jeffrey (Co '85) Emma Jeffrey (Fanning) (Ru '81) George Jeffrey (Co '82) Penny Kent (Hon) Carole Kingston-Bird (Guest) Tracey Knowles (Staff ) Emma Lacey (Simon) (NS '83) David Lansdowne (Guest) Julie Laws (Guest) Gavin Laws (Hon) Chris Lloyd (Co '85) John Lupton (Guest) Victoria Lupton (Guest) Richard MacKay (Hon) Ben Mahoney (Staff ) Charlie Marriott (Guest) Lorraine Miles (Guest) Roger Mitchell (Ad '57) Alison Moore-Gwyn, LVO (White) (NS '67)


Richard Mowbray (Hon) John Murphy (Guest) Sue Nicholls (Hon) Christopher Nicholls (Hon) Heidi Norris (Guest) Brian Norris (Guest) Karen O'Connor (Staff ) Jenna Osborn (Hon) Sarah Owlett (Guest) Jill Perkins (Guest) Richard Petty (Hon) Alan Potts (Ad '59) Nigel Purse (Gr '81) Kevin Quinn (Guest) Peter Rees (Up '58) Gavin Rees (SH '97) Barbara Ridsdale (Guest) Craig Ridsdale (Guest) Ben Ridsdale (Re '13) Adam Ridsdale (Ch '11) Elizabeth Roberts (Hon) Keith Roberts (Hon) Susan Rodwell (Collins) (Ru '76) Peter Rodwell (Fr '74) James Rodwell (Ha '02) Stuart Rolland (Guest) Yvonne Rush (Caudery) (Bu '61) John Rush (Sw '59) Derek Severs (Lo '50) Peterjon Skelt (Guest) Richard Smellie (In '61) Caroline Spooner (Kingston) (Ho '91) Tom Stanier (Lo '59) Mary-Clare Startin (Staff ) June Steele (Guest) Jeremy Stevens (Guest) Alison Swinburn (Harris) (NS '83) Richard Thompson (Hon) Samantha Tidey (Guest) Edward Tidey (Na '16) Andrew Tidey (Guest) Geert Tuinema (Guest) Jo Vila (Lupton) (Bu '02) David Vila (Staff ) Nicole Walmsley (Current Pupil) Alison Walton (Guest) Melanie Ward (Guest) William Webb (Hon) Michael Webster (Be '60) Peter Williamson (Be '66) Patricia Williamson (Guest) Tony Wolstenholme (Be '57) Sue Wolstenholme, OBE (Ho '58) Mags Wood (Bu '54)

HONG KONG RECEPTION David Blumsom (Gr ’80) Michael Bond (Staff ) Suzanne Bond (Staff ) Mike Francis (Gr ’84) Paul Goodwin (Guest) Sandro Hinds (Bu ’06) Stephen Hire (Be ’87) Jamie Ogilvy-Stuart (Be ’81) A. Wolff (As ’99)

475 REUNION Mynerva Altman (Smith) (Bu ’56) Tom Amies (Co/Bu ’01) Tim Amsden (Ad ’69) Jeremy Andrews (Ad ’56) Richard Backhouse (Staff ) Catherine Barham (Williamson) (OS ’97) Jane Bartholomew (Brown) (NS ’68) Richard Baxter (Co ’92)

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Mary Beard (Hon) Dennis Beard (Hon) David Beckley (Co ’60) Cannell Benmore (Lo ’53) Richard Berkley (In ’77) Rosemary Bierrum (Taylor) (Ho ’47) Priscilla Chadwick (Hon) Natasha Charlton (Prior) (NS ’86) Sean Charlton (Ad ’85) Giles Clark (Be ’72) Alan Cummins (Lo ’61) Hereward Davies (SJ ’51) Simon Davies (In ’77) John Davison (Hon) Patrice Dixon (In ’69) Jonty Driver (Hon) Alan Dunningham (Sw ’57) Tim Fallowfield (Co ’82) Paul Fearn (Ad ’76) Neil Fischer (Be ’97) John Fry (Sw ’56) Marcia Gardner (Horton) (OS ’72) David Gardner (Fr ’72) Peter John Gates (Lo ’56) Robin Gates (Lo ’52) Robert Gibbs (Re ’98) Keith Goddard (Ad ’62) Stephen Golding (Hon) Willie Gramolt (In ’64) Dick Groom (Ad ’47) Heather Hawkes (Smeal) (Lx ’57) Bob Hazell (SJ ’66) Mike Horton (Sw ’64) Claire Hurst (Senior) (OS ’86) George Jeffrey (Co ’82) Emma Jeffrey (Fanning) (Ru ’81) Mick Johnson (Co ’73) David King (Sw ’84) Michelle Lawson (Player) (OS ’86) M. Lewis (Ad ’71) Richard Lewis (Ad ’71) Tim Lewis (Ad ’68) Julian Lyons (SH ’77) Angela Mills (Perris) (Ho ’86) Charles Moss (Ch ’98) Andrew Nkere-Uwem (In ’93) Rosemary Norman-Neubauer (Norman) (NS ’79) Robert Norris (Gr ’78) Jamie Ogilvy-Stuart (Be ’81) Sarah Palmer (Hearon) (Ch ’84) Jo Pate (Patterson) (OS ’86) Graham Plumbe (Lo ’50) John Prior (Ad ’57) Gavin Rees (SH ’97) Vicky Rees (Hon) Liz Richardson (Hon) Jill Sapstead (McConnell) (Lx ’57) Derek Severs (Lo ’50) Steve Shaw (In/Gr ’77) Jonny Skinner (Up ’76) Richard Smellie (In ’61) Nick Stevens (Hon) Simon Stiel (Ad/As ’05) Peter Such (Sw ’60) Pat Tate (Mitchell) (Lx ’57) Richard Thompson (Staff ) Peter Thomson (SJ ’66) Elizabeth Tory (Ho ’68) David Webb (Sw ’62) Michael Webster (Be ’60) Emma Westmacott (Ho ’86) Christopher Williams (Ad ’58) Brian Williams (In ’84) Peter Williamson (Be ’66) Jennie Witter (Hughes) (NS ’86) Tony Wolstenholme (Be ’57) Sue Wolstenholme, OBE (Ho ’58) Kate Woodmansee (Marris) (OS ’86) Gavin Wooler (In ’90)


Ben Andrews (SH ’06) Matthew Bailey (Co/Bu ’06) Alexander Barrett (Bu ’06) Richard Black (Re ’06) Lavinia Blogg (NS/SH ’06) Olivia Bolton (Ho ’06) James Boulter (Re ’06) Anna Buckey (Jenkyns) (Ho/As ’06) Priscilla Chadwick (Hon) Jo Church (SH ’06) Richard Coupe (Sw ’71) Patrick Cowie (Hon) Ashley Davis (Ch ’06) Laura Dent (Ho ’06) Thomas Fraser (SG ’06) James Fraser-Sampson (SG ’06) Lydia Halker (Ho ’06) Marcus Hallan (Ha ’06) Jennifer Hart (Ho ’06) Chris Hayward (Hon) Samuel Heywood (Ha ’06) Emma Jeffrey (Fanning) (Ru ’81) Thomas Jolliffe (SG ’06) Robert Jones (Ad/As ’06) Katie Joyce (OS ’04) Rajan Kukadia (SH ’05) Edward Langford (Re ’06) Sophie Ledger (SJ/Na ’06) Barny Marshall (’06) Stuart May (Ha ’06) William Maynard (As ’06) Richard McIlwaine (Hon) Georgina Nicholls (NS/SH ’06) Chris Nicholls (Hon) Sue Nicholls (Hon) Rory Nixon (Ch ’06) Jonathan O'Connor (As ’06) Jack Organ (Gr/Ch ’06) Natasha Painter (OS/SG ’06) Alicia Painter (OS/SG ’06) Robbie Peacock (Ha ’06) Martin Pett (Hon) James Pickard (SG ’06) Jonny Ray (Ha ’06) Vicky Rees (Hon) Liz Richardson (Hon) Dave Richardson (Hon) Peter Riddick (Hon) Liz Roberts (Hon) Louis Simmons (Ha ’06) Emily Smart (SJ/Bu ’06) Alex Smith (Ha ’06) Mark Smith (Bu ’06) Nickita Starck (SJ ’03) Peter Tarran (’06) Timothy Taylor (Bu ’06) Amy Walter (SJ/Bu ’06) Andrew Webb (Hon) Oliver Wilson (SH ’06) Samuel Woodcock (Ch ’06)

AUSTRALIA REUNION Antony Addiscott (Ad ’63) James Fairbairn (SG/Fr ’89) Andy Lambert (Gr/SH ’93) Matthew Lambert (Fr/SG ’99) Andrew McLean (Be ’81) Simon Tilley (SH ’86) Paul Tottle (Co ’75)


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From the Sports Secretary

Each year I am asked to write a brief introduction to the OB Sports pages as I sit on the Old Berkhamstedian Committee as the Sports Secretary. However, the credit should go to our volunteers who contribute to the running of the clubs, and to our members who take part. All captains are volunteers, who often organise their sports club activities while working full-time, and they do a great job. They are often supported by a team of volunteers who are each responsible for tasks that help lighten the overall load. Without the volunteers our sports clubs would not function so, as always, we would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all who are involved in making the OB sports clubs such a success. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to get involved in one of the clubs that are currently established. Or even to reach out to us if you would like to set up a new club. The OB Committee offer funding to help establish new clubs, and continued funding to support activities. As well as the positive effects sport has on health and wellbeing, it also enables OBs to network, keep in touch and have fun. We also continue to host the annual OB Sports Day in June. This is supported by the OB Committee and organisational support is provided via the OB Office. We would love to see more OBs on the day, either taking part or spectating. It’s a great day out for the family and you can also see the newly refurbished David Case Sports Pavilion, which is fantastic. If you are part of a team and would like to be included in the Sports Day please let me know. If you would like to get involved in a sports club, or would like to set up a new club, then please let me know at Alison Connell (Ho ‘97)


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OB Sports Day Although we had a smaller number of sports taking place this year, we were pleased to see higher numbers participating in those sports, which made the OB Sports Day a great success. The event was the first full use of the new David Case Pavilion and all OBs attending were suitably impressed with the new building. There was a broad spectrum of players in the rugby this year, with teams from specific year groups, a team made up of Year 13 leavers and even a team made up of current teachers, and we hope they will all come back and join us again next year. The annual cricket fixture of OBs v the School was won by the School and Captain Charlie Nicholls accepted the plate from the OB Deputy President at the end of the day after a great match. The netballers, heavily supported by the OB Hares, showed the depth of their talents. The club are always keen to welcome new Old Berkhamstedians, so if you a netball player and looking for a team, please do get in touch. The footballers played a match against the

School to replace the fixture which unfortunately had to be cancelled earlier in the year, and the Old Berkhamstedians are always keen to maintain this link with the School, so if any of this year’s leavers would like to join, please contact the football team. Thanks to all those who came along for the day, whether player or spectator, and we hope to see you all again for next year’s event on 2nd July 2017. Vicky Rees (Hon)

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Lacrosse This year’s prestigious Old Girls’ fixture was to be a particularly special occasion, taking place on 17th September as part of the celebrations to officially open the David Case Pavilion. An Old Berkhamstedian ‘Internationals’ team, consisting of Old Girls who graduated between 1991 and 2014 and had represented England at junior and/or senior level, took on the mighty force of the Berkhamsted 1st XII, who were crowned the 2016 National Schools’ Champions. It was always destined to be a spectacular game and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Old Girls were excited to be back playing, reliving the thrill of competitive play and hoping their wisdom and knowledge would be an advantageous weapon against the younger School team. The 1st XII were pumped, well-drilled and eager to demonstrate the superior skills and fitness that crowned them National Champions. The Old Girls took an early lead with some captivating play around the perimeter. Swift and direct ball movement followed and the School defence was kept occupied, resulting in an opening for Emily Gray (SJ/Bu ‘08) to drive from the top of the fan one-on-one and capitalise. Two more goals followed for Jo Vila (Lupton) (Bu ‘02) with a drive from behind goal exploiting a gap in defence and a classy change of hand catching her opponent and GK off-guard. At the half-time whistle, the score was 4–1. The final two quarters were a perfect example of a team determined to mount a comeback. The School team came out fired-up, united in their purpose and ready to prove they were still in the game. Some great teamwork resulted in the School clawing back a couple of goals early on; however, an impressive one-handed take from the centre draw by Georgie Hurt (Ru/Ch ‘07) put the Old Girls on the counter-attack and led to a quick, skilful goal by Hurt to extend their lead again. A flurry of goals followed from Rebecca Jordache (As ’14), Emma


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Oakley (Na ’13), Zoe Thursz (SH ’14), Joanne Hodge (Bellamy) (OS ‘94) and Georgia Wade (SG ’16), and the level of lacrosse displayed by both teams highlighted the depth of talent that Berkhamsted previously nurtured and is still clearly producing. Final score: Old Berkhamstedians retained the trophy with a 9–5 win. Berkhamsted 1st XII side (National Schools’ 1st XII Champions 2016) Sophie Beard (Year 13), Tasha Blake (Ha ’16), Emily Clarke (As ’16), Coco Day (Year 13), Tara Dempsey (Year 12), Fiona Fletcher (Year 12), Flick Gates (Year 13), Jenny Hughes (Year 12), Olivia Iacoponi (’16), Jess Leedham (SG ’16), Beth Lovett (SG ’16), Ali Marriott (Year 12), Cara Rolland (Year 13), Georgie Shelley (Year 13), Phoebe Smith (Re ’16), Imogen Tyer (’16), Lizzie Wood (As ’16) and Izzy Yates (Year 12). Old Berkhamstedian ‘Internationals’ Old Girls XII Freya Burgess (SG ’13), Emma Butcher (Ha ’99), Kellie Butcher (Ha ’13), Emily Gray, Joanne Hodge, Georgie Hurt, Rebecca Jordache, Louisa Kent (OS/SG ‘01), Emma Oakley, Caroline Spooner (Kingston) (Ho ‘91) (Captain), Zoe Thursz, Emma Turner (NS/Ch ‘09), Jo Vila and Georgia Wade. Caroline Spooner


2015–16 Season

The OB Fives Club is going from strength to strength each year and this season is no exception: a great run through the Alan Barber Cup, strong performances across Divisions 1 and 2, numerous individual successes and more players stepping on court than ever before. The season kicked off in September 2015 with the inaugural Derek Whitehead Trophy, a new addition to the Fives calendar commissioned by

the OB Club in honour of Derek Whitehead (Ad ‘49) who has been backing OB Fives on and off the court for 60+ years. OBs were paired up with current pupils and it was Mark Blundell (In ‘73) and Oliver Green (Re/Gr ‘15) who had the honour of being the first pair to have their names etched onto the prestigious trophy. The 2016 Trophy report follows this one. The Midlands tournament is always the first major event of the year and was well represented with Charles Holroyd (As ‘11), paired with Berkhamsted coach Doug Foster, losing out in a very tight quarter-final match to the eventual winners. Master-in-Charge Martin Pett also had success with Coach Anthony Theodossi, reaching the final of the Festival event before also eventually losing out in three very close games.

Charles Holroyd and Doug Foster in action at Midlands tournament at Repton

Andrew Joyce (SG ‘09) defended his U25s title for his final year, making it his fifth in a row, this year partnered up with Old Westminster player Riki Holden; an incredible achievement. Berkhamsted have also officially claimed the Division 1 title with a comfortable 6½-point lead. The core side has been made up by OBs Jeremy O’Neill (Gr/Ch ‘09), Andrew Joyce, Dave Smith (Re ‘02) and Alex Rattan (Sw/SG ‘11) as well as Berkhamsted coaching staff George Campbell (Captain), Doug Foster, Ryan Perrie and Anthony Theodossi. One of the most pleasing aspects has been the inclusion of one of our top School players, Charlie Nicholls (Year 12, Churchill), in the

adult side. He has played in all but one fixture, a pleasing sign of things to come with hopes to include more Senior School players across the years. At the time of writing Berkhamsted are also currently top of Division 2, though this is likely to change with other clubs needing to complete some fixtures. It has been pleasing to see the side have a wide inclusion of players with lots of Old Boys and Girls mixing in with other regular club players from the fives circuit to make an enjoyable and social, yet still competitive team. One of the highlights of the season, however, was the impressive run from the Alan Barber Cup side. First, a potentially tough draw against the Old Wulfrunians was overcome with wins coming from Captain Andrew Joyce and Oliver Green, Jeremy O’Neill and Charlie Nicholls, and Alex Rattan and Charles Holroyd. In the second round they were certainly the underdogs against a strong looking Highgate side, who were tipped to be semi-finalists for this year; there were certainly a few heads turning when Berkhamsted then rocked up for the semi-finals having dispatched the Old Cholmeleians in a very impressive 3–0 victory, the only change to the side seeing Charles Holroyd being replaced with Ali Leighton (Ha ’13). It was here, however, that the run ended against the implacable Old Olavians, who then went on to win the event for the 13th year in a row. It was still an incredible achievement for Berkhamsted, who hadn’t made it to this late stage for a number of years. The other major highlight of the year was the growing numbers of Old Girls also representing the OB Fives Club well. Kate Sophoclides (NS/Ha ‘11), Marguerite Boyle (NS/Ha ‘11) and Melody Chan (Bu ’14) all took part in the Universities Competition where Sophoclides and Boyle reached the semi-finals, losing out to the eventual winners. Ellie Casey (Ho/Ch ‘12) and Sarah Wiggill (NS/SG ‘12) took part in the all-girl team

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tournament, the Richard Black Cup, under the Eton Fives Association banner, where they made the semi-final stages and then won the third/fourth play-off. A special mention must go to Emily Mann (SJ/Ha ‘12) for being a stalwart player for the OB League 2 side across the season, as well as for her representation in the Ladies’ Championships, paired up with Old Emanuel Lucy Pugh, where they just missed out on winning the Main Tournament Plate final. One of the successes of the OB Fives Club is its

Runners-up in Ladies’ Championship Main Plate, Lucy Pugh and Emily Mann

balance between competitive match play and the fun and enjoyable social side; a fine example of this has been the inclusion of a club night taking place every Tuesday where a mix of OBs, parents and staff come together for friendly match play with all standards and abilities welcome. This success does not come out of thin air,

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however. Thank you firstly to George Campbell for again running such a successful League 1 side and encouraging many of the senior players to step into the adult game; to our Treasurer, Doug Foster, for managing and funding money across the season, which has been key in allowing many young OBs the opportunity to cover travel costs and expenses to participate in the major events; to Ryan Perrie for his coordination and organisation of the hugely popular and successful Tuesday club nights; and finally to all the players, both OBs and guests of the club, without whom many of the above highlights would not have come to fruition. We look forward to the 2016–17 season and hopefully welcoming even more players back into the game to join what is currently the most successful OB sport and growing. Anthony Theodossi (Hon)

Derek Whitehead Eton Fives Trophy 2016 Sunday 11th September at Berkhamsted Castle courts The 2nd annual Derek Whitehead Trophy Competition took place on Sunday 11th September at the Berkhamsted School Castle courts site. For those unaware, the tournament was commissioned by the Old Berkhamstedians in honour of Derek Whitehead, an Old Boy of the School who has been involved in Berkhamsted Fives for almost 60 years; firstly as a pupil at the School and then as Founder of the OB Fives Club. OBs are paired up with a current pupil for a social and enjoyable tournament and, more importantly, to help try and create strong ties between the School and the OBs, which is so key to the future and success of the game. The weather on Saturday had been dreadful, so we were pleasantly surprised to be blessed with bright sunshine and warm weather all day. As

an added bonus we also improved on not only our entry total but also the number of spectators from last year’s tournament, making it an even more enjoyable event. Pool Stages With a perfect entry of 12 pairs, the tournament was split into two pools of six across the six courts with the top four pairs in each going through to the quarter-final stages. Matches were a single game to 12 with no setting, allowing lots of game play for all the players. It was particularly pleasing to see all the courts in non-stop use across the first two hours of the day. Top spot in Pool A was closely contested, with last year’s winner Mark Blundell (In ‘73) paired up with Joe Thompson (Year 8, Greenes) having to win a tight match against the father and son duo of Adam Pemberton (Sw ‘89) and Jack Pemberton (Year 8, Cox’s). In the end Blundell and Thompson managed to pull off the win 12–9, allowing them to take the top spot with an unbeaten run in the Pool. The third-place spot was taken by OB extraordinaire Richard Dennis (Be ‘74) paired up

with Prep player Barney Baines (Year 6, York), while the fourth-place position went to father and son pairing James Davis (Sw ‘91) and Alex Davis (Year 6, Chaucer). In Pool B matches were even tighter across the morning and certainly could have gone either way a number of times: Phil Roper, an Old Cranleighan, had been given special permission to attend the day’s event as a supporter of the OB team in League 1 and a former pupil of both myself and Ryan Perrie during our time at Cranleigh School. He was paired up with Prep player Sam Matthews (Year 6, Becket). Though a relatively new player to the game he is a talented sportsman all round and it was his fine athleticism that allowed the pair to clinch the first-place Pool position despite two matches going almost to the wire at 12–11, 12–10! Second place was taken by Mark Spooner (Fr ‘90) and Prep Fives Captain Joe Webber (Year 6, York), while David Livingston (In ‘90) and Sam Kaynama (Year 6, Carey) and Master-in-Charge Martin Pett and Billy Mackay (Year 8, Cox’s) took the third and fourth spots, respectively.

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At around 1 pm we broke for lunch and enjoyed a fine barbecue kindly laid on by the School Aramark catering team and funded by the OBs. By 1.45 pm, however, we were back in the grind with the quarter-finals and Plate competitions. Plate Competition The higher entry from last year allowed us to introduce a Plate Competition for the first time and so the four pairs that didn’t make it through the group stages formed a single pool where all pairs played one another with the player with the most wins taking the trophy. Miss Pugh kindly ran the contest where there was still lots of competitive fives between three mixed pairs and one girls’ pairing. After about 1½ hours of battle, with the dust settled, it was the ladies’ pairing of last year’s leaver Lucie Bultitude (Sp ’16) and Bethan Miles (Year 8, Wolstenholme) who won the first ever Plate Competition with three wins out of three.

Plate Winners: Lucie Bultitude and Bethan Miles

Quarter-finals With the young whippersnappers keen to crack on with the quarter-final stages, they had to ‘drag’ some of their more reluctant partners (many complaining of requiring a longer rest period!) onto the courts to do battle once again. There was


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a slight change as Spooner had to retire due to other commitments (or possibly feeling the pain of such a demanding morning of fives!) so Prep Fives Coach Ryan Perrie kindly stepped in with his Captain, Joe Webber, to play the quarter-final stage. Again the matches were a single game to 12 with no-setting; Blundell and Thompson made short work of Pett and Mackay, dispatching them with a solid 12–1 victory, securing the first place into the semi-final stages. The other three semifinals were all good battles with most being level all the way until about 5–5 when one pair managed to pull away. The results can be seen below: Blundell and Thompson beat Pett and Mackay 12–1 Pemberton and Pemberton beat Livingstone and Kaynama 12–7 Roper and Matthews beat Davis and Davis 12–9 Dennis and Baines beat Perrie and Webber 12–7 Semi-finals The semi-final stages were a single game to 15 and set up two very good matches. Firstly ‘rivals’ Blundell and Dennis had to come head-to-head in the first semi. It was clear neither wanted to suffer a defeat at the hands of the other and for brief (very brief!) periods of time they flew around the court faster than their young nippy partners, retrieving balls which many thought had long been killed. In the end it was the solid play of Blundell and Thompson that allowed them to push through with a win. The other semi set up father and son Pemberton and Pemberton against honorary Berko/Cranleighan Roper and Matthews. It was a tight game from start to finish with each side never going more than a point or two above their rivals throughout. Left-handers are always wily players to come up against though and

Pemberton and Pemberton just couldn’t find the right angle to beat Roper when he was on topstep, with their shots into the buttress allowing Roper to pepper the back court with punishing deep volleys. In the end Roper and Matthews emerged victorious, but only by two points. Blundell and Thompson beat Dennis and Baines 15–7 Roper and Matthews beat Pemberton and Pemberton 15–13 Final With seven matches already behind him, Blundell was not happy to hear we had arranged a best-ofseven final for him, so we kindly put it down to a best-of-three. The first game was tight all the way, similar to Roper and Matthews’ semi-final, neither side kept more than a couple of points above the other and again each side took the lead at some point. In the end, the years of wisdom and guile of Blundell allowed him and Thompson to steal the first set 12–10. Not to be outdone by a couple of Berko boys, Roper instilled some Cranleigh spirit into his young companion and they came storming back in the second game with Matthews playing a very tight game, making very few errors, allowing them to control almost all the rallies. The Berko boys went down relatively quickly in a 12–5 defeat. This then set-up an exciting final game and it was clear that both pairs wanted to take the win,

Blundell hoping to hang onto his trophy from last year and Roper pushing for a Cranleigh upset. The game was once again very close throughout with the young Berko boys playing a full part in every rally; Thompson played some extremely accurate shots throughout as well as some solid cutreturning to keep him and his partner in the game. Matthews similarly threw himself into every rally (literally!), diving all over the court to retrieve a number of very difficult balls which many spectators thought had died and been winners, but he had somehow managed to scrape them up above the ledge each time. Roper and Matthews managed to get to match point first, though Blundell and Thompson held them here for a few hands and kept creeping back a point or two. The game unfortunately came to a close when Thompson over-hit his cut on step and it just flew off the back of the court allowing Roper and Matthews to take the win. Phil Roper and Sam Matthews beat Mark Blundell and Joe Thompson 10–12, 12–5, 12–10 The gathering of Old Boys and Girls, staff, parents and other spectators then retired to Old Hall for the presentation ceremony and some words from the great man himself, Derek Whitehead. It was also interesting to then discover that little Sam Matthews’ grandfather was in fact

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an Old Cranleighan, so it must have been fate for him and Roper to be paired up on the day! There are many people to thank for making the event such a success: firstly, Kevin and the Aramark catering staff for setting up not only the fine barbecue, but hosting the drinks afterwards in Old Hall; Vicky Rees for her help in organising many of the logistical parts of the day and making sure everything fell into place to help it run so smoothly; Ellie Pugh and Ryan Perrie for helping run the tournament across the day; and finally, Derek Whitehead for his drive and enthusiasm across all these years and without whom the Old Berkhamstedian Fives Club would not exist or be in the healthy state it is today. We hope next year’s event will be even bigger and better and look forward to welcoming more Old Boys and Girls to come join us on what is turning into a highlight in the Old Berkhamstedian calendar. Anthony Theodossi (Hon)


The Old Berkhamstedians Football team once again played in a higher division this year following our promotion from Division 3 in 2015. We competed in the second of seven divisions now in the Arthurian League. Having been with the team for over eight years I can say that this is by far the most talented group of individuals I have played with under the Old Berkhamstedian banner. It is no coincidence that the core of the team derives from the Christie Cup-winning side of 2008. The investment from the School in quality coaching at a young age is without doubt creating talented sports men and women in later life. Although we narrowly missed out on promotion this year, finishing in fourth place, it is worth mentioning we did not actually lose a


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game to the promoted teams and we had beaten teams finishing above us in third and second place. My point here is that on our day we are just as good if not better than anyone in the current division. I feel that lack of experience in a newly promoted league perhaps cost us, as we dropped points that should have been ours in the first half of the season. However, I believe that this will be rectified next year. We also made it to the semi-finals of the Junior League Cup this season, being knocked out in heartbreaking fashion by the eventual cup winners. There will also be a reshuffle going into the new season as Alex Stewart (Fr/Ha ‘08) will now take the helm as Club Captain. Alex’s ability on the pitch is undoubted and he has in the last two years added steel and leadership qualities to his game. I have had the honour of captaining the club for the past six years, but it is time for a younger generation to lead the future and Alex will do a great job. It is also worth mentioning that we were, for the first time in the club’s history, requested to make players available for the Arthurian League rep side who field a team twice a year to play semi-professional opposition. This is essentially a team derived of the best players across the seven divisions and it was a staggering compliment to be paid as a club. I’m sure it will be Gareth Southgate knocking on our door next. In my final report as Captain I would like to thank the School, as their support is the only reason why the team is doing so well. I could write a bio on every player in the team but I don’t have another 50 pages to do so. Thank you to all the support given from Pat Ryan, Ian Phillips, Ronald Nash and all other parents who travelled over land and sea to watch us play (I bet they thought their days of standing in cold muddy fields were over). Steve Davis (Be ‘00), Old Boys’ Football Captain


Old Girls’ Tennis Match

(SH ‘90) and Mrs Caroline Spooner (Kingston) (Ho ‘91): Mrs Alison Bamforth (Hon) and Sister Hilary Hartley (School Nurse).

The Old Girls’ Tennis Match took place on Wednesday 20th April 2016. With Easter being so early, it was difficult to find a date to suit all and, sadly, many of the younger Old Girls had gone back to university. Several of the School girls play for county teams and are nationally ranked, so it was a difficult match for the Old Girls’ rusty racquets – valiantly dodging and diving at the net to avoid sizzling forehands, and bravely blocking back the fast serves, laced with heavy topspin. The Old Girls had a very sedentary start, losing the first round 1-5. The girls’ pace, athleticism and power of shots rather took the Old Girls by surprise! But there was a great fightback in the second round, with the Old Girls’ guile and expertise clicking into play and forcing a 3-3 draw. Although, the final result was a creditable win to the School, 8-4, the Old Girls felt that they had given the School some valuable doubles match practice. I do wish the School teams the very best success in their matches this term and for the future. This young, promising team means that Berkhamsted Girls’ Tennis looks good for the next few years! We will be better prepared to win back the trophy next year! Many thanks to Sue Wolstenholme for all her help and support on the day: acting as referee; being a competent and enthusiastic baby-sitter (for Dottie Kent, who didn’t quite last the first set!); taking on the role of Chief Whip, encouraging play to progress quickly; even acting as tea lady! Old Girls team: Dr Brigitta Case (Norris) (NS ’80) and Mrs Tracey Mackey (Overton) (NS ‘82); Mrs Penny Kent (Hon) and Dr Louisa Kent (OS/SG ‘01); Mrs Jo Vila (Lupton) (Bu ‘02) and Emily Gray (SJ/Bu ‘08); Mrs Bridget Evers (Chown) (Ru ’84) and Ellie Matthews (School); Mrs Eleanor Keohane (King)

School team: Amelia Barton and Emma Savage; Sophia Mezzone and Sofia Wise; Alice Taylor and Bethan Miles; Sophie Beard and Alice Hart; Freya Keohane and Isla Duguid; Charlotte Crane and Chloe Imlah. Penny Kent (Hon)


The Berkhamsted Golf Society is open to all OBs and staff of Berkhamsted School. The Spring and Autumn Meetings are social events and all golfers are welcome whether you have a low or high handicap. Those OBs who enjoy playing matches or public schools’ competitions can put their names forward for those events. If you would like further information or wish to be put on the emailing list to receive the OBGS diary then please forward your contact details to either the Captain, Steven Pither (Up ‘75), or the Secretary, Keith Goddard (Ad ‘62), whose respective details can be found at the rear of the magazine.

Cyril Gray Tournament 2016

The spring promised a younger average age squad for this prestigious scratch foursomes tournament for the over-50s, held at Worplesdon. Sadly, it turned out to be the traditional brigade of Colin McBride (Ad ‘64), Stephen Bennett (Fr ‘78), Robbie (In ‘74) and Gordon MacDonald (In ‘81), Michael Butler (Sw ‘72) and Colin Buckle (Be ‘63) (suffering from an Achilles problem) who played in the first round against City of London. McBride and Bennett led off as usual and had a fine evenly poised match which finished all square on 16th. The MacDonald brothers followed and recorded a convincing win five and three, closely followed by Butler and Buckle winning

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seven and six, and we went into lunch having secured a good victory and geared up for a tough match against Rossall the following morning. Rossall are always a strong side and have won or come runners-up frequently over the past few years. Buckle’s mobility issues proved too much for the next day and a frantic search ensued for a replacement. Thankfully, Malcolm Fullard (Ad ‘64) came to the rescue and we were able to field a full team. Had we not been able to do so we would have had to concede the match. Rossall’s three pairs were all current Halford Hewitt players and thus we were up against it from the off. Although McBride and Bennett survived the first four holes, their game didn’t match that of their opponents and they succumbed at the 14th. In the meantime both Gordon MacDonald and Fullard, and Butler and Robbie MacDonald, were heading in the same direction. However, a courageous fightback by both pairs saw them come from dormie six down and dormie five down respectively. Unfortunately, Butler and Robbie MacDonald couldn’t keep up the positive momentum and went down at the 15th, at which point Gordon MacDonald and Fullard had progressed to dormie two down and claimed a half as the overall match was lost. A satisfying lunch followed with our old friends from Merchant Taylors’, which did much to dispel our disappointment. On the Saturday, Buckle’s heel had recovered sufficiently for him to play in the Seniors competition and defend the title with Nick Hall (Ad ’62). Back-to-back victories were not to be and they came a very creditable third. We have at least four potential new younger members of the squad for next year and if they can all play we should have a great chance of progressing much further in the tournament. Let’s hope so. Colin McBride


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Halford Hewitt Cup

7th–10th April 2016 For only the second time since 2005 we were drawn to play at Deal (rather than Sandwich) in the first round against Lancing, stern opponents who had defeated us in both previous first-round encounters in 1984 and 2001. The morning of Thursday 7th April dawned bright and blustery but at least the torrential rain showers which had interrupted practice the previous day had largely died away, to the relief of the small band of supporters, led by Society Captain Steve Pither and his immediate predecessor, Robert MacDonald. The team was missing Chris Mach (Co/Bu ’10) and Jeremy O’Neill (Gr/Ch ’09) from the 2015 side which had reached the third round but were buoyed by the return of Ed Sharpe (Fr ’93) and newcomer Nick Woof (Gr ’13), a young scratch handicapper. Team Captain Stephen Richards (Ch ’98) decided to lead from the front with Ross Anderson (Gr ’97) and they made a promising start, winning the first hole despite being forced to play short of the ditch guarding the large green. Each of the second and third pairs, Glenn Barrington (Co ’88) with Ed Sharpe and Toby Morris (Be ’03) with Nick Woof, secured halves. Mike Atkins (Be ’88) and Jim Northway (Ad ’82), playing fourth pair, were less successful but the overall position was redeemed when the bottom pair, Matt (Be/As ’11) and Mike McGrory (Be ’08), secured a half despite driving out of bounds. Every pair led their match at some point during the outward nine holes, although never by more than one hole. No pair won the short 8th hole and, as the matches reached the halfway hut, the position was beginning to look ominous as the third and fifth pairs were all-square but each of the other pairs were one down. The position deteriorated around the loop of three holes which start the back nine so that, by the time the pairs left the 12th green, the steadier

play of the Lancing team meant that they were leading comfortably in the top, second and fourth games. The 220-yard short 14th to a narrow plateau green was missed by every Berkhamsted pair, which left the top pair three down and the second pair needing to win every remaining hole. They failed to survive beyond the next hole and, despite the top pair pulling a hole back, the overall match was lost when both they and the fifth pair were defeated at the 17th green, at which point the fourth pair agreed a halved game. Some consolation was gained from the solid golf played by Nick Woof and Toby Morris, highlighted by the former’s drive in excess of 300 yards at the 16th hole, which led to them securing a final-green victory. The team repaired to Prince’s the following day for the three-pair Plate competition. Steve

Richards took the opportunity to try some new pairings, which produced convincing wins over Brighton and Trent. On the following morning we were paired in the quarter-final against a strong team from Merchiston who duly prevailed, but not before Nick and Toby had secured another victory to remain unbeaten through the week. Michael Butler

Spring Meeting

We had an excellent Spring Meeting at Berkhamsted Golf Club. The weather was kind and there were some very good rounds of golf. We were pleased to welcome Bryan Hines (Be ’50), who joined us for lunch, after which the captain, Stephen Pither, presented the winners with their cups. Nick Hall retained the Keeling Cup with 37 + 3 points (age addition of one shot for each two years over 65). Mike Hodges (Co ’85) retained the

From left to right: Bryan Hines, Steve Davies, Mike Hodges, Robert Twydle, Pat Ensor, Gary Pither, Colin Buckle, Nick Hall, Andrew Barrett, Matt Dennehy, Michael Butler, Peter King, Brian True-May, Robbie MacDonald, James Lyle, Steve Pither, Chris Smith, Rowan Hill, Colin McBride, John Douglas, Scott Donnithorne, Bruce Neale, John Struthers and Malcolm Fullard

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Captain’s Cup and James Lyle (SJ ’05) won the Headmaster’s Cup, both scoring gross 76 and 38 Stableford points playing off 7. An excellent result. It was nice to see a good turn-out (16) for the nine-hole foursomes in the afternoon for the Baron’s Tankards. Pat Ensor (Bu ’98) and Chris Smith (Up ’64) won the match with 19 points. Keith Goddard (Ad ’62)

Berkhamsted Fails to Regain the ABC

June was not a good month: water, water everywhere and while our match against Aldenham wasn’t affected by rain, the ground was very wet. We had a couple of new additions to the team this year with our President, Bruce Neale (Ad ’54), teaming up with Gordon McBride (Ad ’53), and Chris Smith (Up ’64) playing with the redoubtable Nick Hall (Ad ’62). Bruce had turned 80 on the Monday so the elder statesmen of the Society were well represented. Colin McBride and Michael Webster (Be ’60) led off and were soon in trouble with some good golf played by their opponents who dovetailed very well. Unfortunately, Webster was over-golfed and couldn’t take advantage of the shots he would normally have enjoyed. The first loss was recorded. The next pair of Hall and Smith evened up the account with a fine two-hole win which was negated by McBride and Neale losing by the same margin. The final pair fought valiantly to the last but succumbed by one hole. As ever, it was a very enjoyable match, preceded by brunch with Buck’s Fizz and followed by tea, sandwiches and other libations at which point the ABC (Aldenham Berkhamsted Cup) was again presented to John Yule of Aldenham. The match next year will be at Ashridge and we look forward to another chance to regain the trophy. Colin McBride


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Royal Wimbledon Schools Putting Competition

Thursday, 9th June 2016 This year we were drawn to play in a toughlooking group against teams from King’s Taunton, Malvern, Merchant Taylors’, Stowe, Tonbridge, Wellington and Westminster. Our team, comprising Mike Atkins, Robert MacDonald, Michael Butler and debutant Tom Butler (Gr ’08) made a sound start and momentarily found themselves in the lead as Tom reeled off four straight wins to follow his opening halved match. This was matched by a run of wins from Mike and Michael but all three fell away towards the end, which meant that Robert’s good finish led to the team finishing in fourth place. A good result with no threat of relegation from the tournament for the next two years. Michael Butler

OBGS v Old Albanians GS

On a fine day our first pair of Colin McBride and Nigel Smith (Up ’65) teed off against Dick Ashby and Peter Dew but were never ahead and succumbed 4/3. Colin Buckle and Steve Davies (In ’65) took on Tony Clarke and Graham Tate but also lost in a tight finish. Our third pair of Nick Hall and Scott Donnithorne (Lo ’61) managed to win on the last, but our final pair of Patrick Gallagher (Lo ’65) and Malcolm Hann (Up ’65) were comprehensively defeated by a strong Old Albanians pair. The match result was therefore a 1–3 loss. As usual, the match was played in tremendous spirit, and an excellent lunch was enjoyed by all. The day however was tinged with sadness as our treasurer, Graham King (Co ’63), who was originally scheduled to play in the match and who was known by many of the OAs through his connection with mid-Herts golf club, had only recently passed away, so a toast to his memory

was proposed by our captain for the day – Colin Buckle – and responded to by Tony Clarke, Captain of the OAs. Colin Buckle

OBGS V Old Cholmeleians GS

Saturday 15th October 2016 After last year’s default (we were unable to produce an all-day team), a reinvigorated OBGS team gathered on a classic Ashridge misty autumn morning to try to regain possession of the Salver, given in memory of Roger Spooner, an OC, who sent his children, Mark (Fr ’90) and Ali (Ad ’90) to Berkhamsted. For the first time, both of them were able to play for OBGS this year. Honours were even after the morning round which meant that OBGS needed to win the afternoon series – a distinctly unlikely prospect as the matches entered the last six holes, as we trailed in two and only led in one of the four games. Rob Macdonald and Ali Spooner turned the top match around to win on the last green and a convincing victory soon followed from Tom Butler (Gr ’08) and Mark Spooner (recovering from four down after six holes) to leave Malcolm Fullard and Michael Butler to comfortably secure the matchwinning point to regain the Salver. Michael Butler (Sw ’72)

Autumn Meeting

21st October, Berkhamsted Golf Club The weather was fine and the course in good condition. It was nice to welcome new members, two of whom won competitions. Nigel Bennetton (In ’57) won the Veterans’ Cup with a magnificent Stableford score of 38 playing off 19 and, with the age addition of five points, one point for every two years over 65, his winning score was 43. Andy Ensor (Co ’97) playing off 14 also had an excellent round with 42 points to win the Bobby Furber Salver. The Captain’s Cup, for those with handicaps

of 18 plus, was won by Norman Clark (In ’56). Sue Rodwell and Bryan Hines joined us for an enjoyable lunch washed down with wine provided by the Captain, Steve Pither, after which we remembered three deceased OBGS members. James Loosley (Sw ’59), Graham King, who was past Captain and the club treasurer, and Bobby Furber (Sw ’38) who became a member in 1938 and supported the club, in many ways, for years. In the afternoon the foursomes were played over nine holes. Robbie MacDonald and James Westley (Sw ’74) retained the Cork Cup with Steve Pither and Pat Ensor coming in second with 16 points. In 2017 the Spring Meeting will be held at Berkhamsted Golf Club on Friday 12th May and again there are competitions for all handicaps; handicaps this year ranged from 6 to 28. The Autumn meeting will be at Ashridge Golf Club on Friday 20th October. All OB golfers are welcome. Keith Goddard

OB Golf Society v Berkhamsted Golf Club 26th November 2016 We had a very enjoyable match against Berkhamsted despite losing 3.5 to 1.5 to a strong Club side. Michael Webster and Malcolm Fullard were the only OBGS pair to win – Michael Webster (Be ’60) was a last-minute replacement and only kindly agreed to step in and play late Friday afternoon, which was good of him. Michael Atkins and Tom Butler halved their match despite losing the last hole! At least the overall result was an improvement on last year’s match when OBGS lost 4-1! As always, the Club made us feel very welcome and Berkhamsted were thanked by the Old Berkhamstedian Golf Society for their generous and warm hospitality. Michael Atkins

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Ladies’ Golf

Tudor Rose Annual Golf Day The Tudor Rose Golfing Society met for their annual competition on Friday 13th May 2016 at Chorleywood Golf Club, the oldest in Hertfordshire and one of the oldest clubs in the London area, having been founded in 1890. We were warmly welcomed by the Secretary and enjoyed coffee and biscuits during registration. Fourteen Old Girls competed for the coveted prizes: the President’s Cup, which had been donated by Liz Beattie (Brandon) (Bu ‘55), and the Founder’s Trophy donated by Evelyn Pegley (Levitton), MBE (Lx ‘54). This was the first time that the Society had played at Chorleywood and we were all pleasantly surprised. It is a beautiful yet challenging ninehole course, with fairways that are tree-lined with oak and birch and weave in and around Chorleywood Common. There are no sand bunkers but the undulations and hollows create other challenges, including enough heather and gorse that one would expect on a common. Walking onto the first tee gives the impression of plenty of space, yet even this has a pond hidden


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from view. This serves as a double hazard as it lies in wait on the right of the 9th fairway. The greens were exceptionally good with very fine turf. We completed two circuits and played our 18 holes to return to the wonderfully homely clubhouse, where we enjoyed a lunch of coronation chicken and summer berries with cream. We were delighted that Mags Wood (Hon), Sue Wolstenholme, OBE (Ho ‘58), Helen Mines (Jones) (‘73) and Sue Thorp (Lx ’57) were able to join us for lunch. Before sitting down, we held a minute’s silence as we remembered Liz Beattie who had very sadly recently passed away. Congratulations go to the overall winner of the President’s Cup – Hils Humphrey-Baker (Wright) (Ch ’76) with a terrific score of 38 pts – and second winning the Founder’s Trophy – Penny Kent (Hon) with 33 pts. Julie Ivelaw Chapman (Hedges) (NS ’71) won Best Back 9, Sheila Waltham (Woodley) (OS ’72) won best Front 9, Rowena Paxton (Fletcher) (SH ‘70) won the Longest Drive and Liz Borrow (Arnold) (Lx ’61) won Nearest the Pin. Those who played were: Alison Bateson (Ho ’50), Liz Borrow (Lx ’62), Judith Goodwyn (Riley) (Al ‘56), Mary Henderson (Struthers) (OS ‘73), Hils

Humphrey-Baker, Julie Ivelaw Chapman, Penny Kent, Jackie Kershaw (Welford) (Bu ’81), Lina McKenna (Hollis) (OS ‘78), Di Mansfield (Hon), Rowena Paxton, Vivien Plummer (Hird) (Ho ‘77), Sue Rodwell (Collins) (Ru ‘76) and Sheila Waltham. As I hand over the mantle to Vivien Plummer, I would like to take this opportunity to say that it has been an honour and great pleasure to organise The Tudor Rose GS and I am very grateful to you all for your support during the past few years. Thank you most heartedly for the gorgeous flowers and the retiring Captain’s goblet that was kindly presented to me. Also, many thanks to the Old Boys GS for extending their warmth and kindness to me during their Spring and Autumn Meetings. Please put Monday 15th May 2017 in your diary when the Tudor Rose GS will meet again. Sue Rodwell

The 2016 Tassie Foursomes

We entered a team in 2016’s Tassie Foursomes Cup, which was held on Monday June 6th at the Berkshire Golf Club. The format is 18 holes of foursomes in the morning followed by nine in the afternoon. The Tudor Rose Society was represented by: Team A: Fiona Welborn (NS/SH ’05) and Jackie Kershaw (Welford).

Team B: Lynn Williams (Hewett) (SH ’65) and Julie Ivelaw-Chapman (Hedges). Overall we came 17th out of 26 teams but Fiona and Jackie played so well that they won the Team A competition with an impressive 47 points. It was a very hot sunny day and everyone enjoyed playing such beautiful golf courses. We would like to thank the Old Berkhamstedians for their continued support enabling us to enter the competition every year. Vivien Plummer

The Curtis Cup

The Curtis Cup is one of the biggest events that any women’s amateur golfer can play in, especially in a team environment. A team of nine players from Great Britain and Ireland play against a team of nine players from the USA over five rounds in a combination of foursomes, four-ball and singles matches. The event is played every two years, alternating between a location in the US and in the UK, with this year’s event being held near Dublin. Playing in the Curtis Cup is the biggest honour I have had so far in my playing career, and is an honour that I would like to have again in the future. In order to get to the tee box on the first day we all walked through the crowds, all cheering for us to go and win. I would look around and all I could see was a sea of Union Jacks waving. When

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person there wanted GB to win. That’s a feeling that is pretty special. It’s really hard to explain how I felt walking around that week, the pride of wearing the Team GB Uniform, seeing my friends and family with Union Jacks wrapped around their shoulders cheering us on. Then to come out of the week being only the ninth ever Great Britain team to win the Curtis Cup was incredible. Alice Hewson (SG ’15)


any GB&I player was announced on the tee, the crowds went crazy – that is something that just won’t be the same playing in a Curtis Cup held in the US. All of us could feel the energy coming from the crowd; we could feel that nearly every


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The Old Berkhamstedians Hares Netball Club is a friendly club with players of all levels and varying ages from Aston Clinton, Tring, Chesham and Hemel Hempstead. Our training nights are every Tuesday evening at the Knox-Johnston Centre from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Our match nights are Wednesday evenings in various venues. Last year two of our teams secured promotion – Hares Blacks to Division 1 and Hares Green to Division 3 – while another team, Hares Red, was formed to join the Aylesbury league. You can see our results on the league table. We are proud to support the Hospice of St Francis through our fundraising and also support

the OB Sports Day. Throughout the year we take part in various social activities, ranging from afternoon teas to watching international and super league matches, and the annual Christmas party. Every year we also have a weekend away taking part in a netball tournament; this could be either at Bournemouth, Brighton or, like this year, Shrewsbury. We also host our own summer league at the Knox-Johnston during June and July. If any readers are interested, new members are always welcome. This can include ex-pupils or people with a connection to the School, past or present. Some OBs currently members of the club include: Jo Darvell (Webber) (SH ‘98), Pippa Gill (Vallis) (As ‘97), Bonnie Burgess (Cole) (Na ‘01), Victoria Lindsey (Bu ‘01), Alisa Cullen (staff ), Kathryn Birdsell (staff ) and Sam Tidey (School Governor). Debbie Buzzle


We normally go diving to Sharm El Sheikh with the School. However, with the political unrest in Egypt, this was not possible this year, but the Diving Club is planning a trip to the South Red Sea for OBs in October 2017. The club is also arranging a trip for the School to Gozo, Malta, in August 2017. During May and June 2017 we will be diving at Wraysbury, near Heathrow, on Saturdays or Sundays. Chris Rogers (Bu ‘07) will be assisting, and, through the club, he has qualified as a Dive Master which is the first professional level of qualification. Jenna Osbourne, a teacher at the School, will be training for her Dive Master qualification. Lizzie Apthorp (Sp ’13) has qualified as a Master Scuba Diver, which is the highest recreational qualification that a diver can obtain. She did five speciality courses to obtain this qualification, some with the Diving Club.

Amy Fantham (Ho ‘12) has been with the club helping on the open-water course and has qualified as a Rescue Diver. This summer she did the necessary speciality courses to enable her to obtain her Master Scuba Diver. The diving equipment is used by the Diving Club and by pupils still at School. So far there have been 350 from the School that have qualified as Open-water Divers, 250 Advance Divers and 15 Rescue Divers. The club has also run 200 speciality courses for pupils and members of the club. Part of the qualification for being a Master Diver is to have taken several speciality courses and James Sidwell (’14) only has two more courses to take before his Master Diver’s certificate.

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We would like to thank the Old Berkhamstedians for the help with the funding that has made all this possible. For more information on the club please contact Paul Fitzpatrick on 07973 858237. Paul Fitzpatrick


This year’s OB Sports Day saw a great turnout for the rugby boys, with former pupils pitched against current staff in some of the matches, and we were really pleased that this year we could include a team of current pupils, which made a big difference. It was a great opportunity for the OBs to meet them and connect, and it was noticeable how the level of physical condition has evolved over the years, and the size and fitness of true players has improved. Thanks to all those who came along and supported the day and hopefully we can get even more together for next year, if anyone fancies pulling a team together from their year group. The OBs Rugby team put in a fine performance at this year’s annual Cronx Cunis U21s Tournament in August, beating Wrekin College 19–13 in the final of the Shield. Another year of bringing home some silverware! The Old Berkhamstedians are also being well represented this year in the Varsity Match with Ed Hart (Ad ’13) being selected at hooker for Oxford


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and Richard Bartholomew (SH ’03) hoping to make it his fifth Varsity appearance from the bench for the Cambridge team. We wish them both luck. We also want to congratulate OB James Rodwell (Fr/Ha ’02), whose performance this year at the Rio Olympics helped Team GB secure a silver medal in the Rugby Sevens. Congratulations to him and the rest of Team GB for such a successful summer. The club welcomes anyone wishing to be a part of the OBs Rugby team, so why not like our Facebook group to find out more about our training sessions in the summer and some of the competitions that we enter? Alternatively, if you are already part of the club and have an idea for a new tournament we could be part of, please get in touch. Neil Fischer (Be ’97)

Rifle Club

The OB Rifle Club has had a good year with team competition entries in four events. At the end of last year, David Pooley (In ’81) was selected for the 45–54 team in ‘The Ages Match’, which is a national competition between shooters in different age bands. After a tense weekend of shooting at 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1,000 yards, we won by a tight margin over the under 25s. This season started with the Herts Club Shield early in April. We had a good afternoon and came third with our high scorer, Phil Wilcockson (Ad ’62), achieving a very creditable 95/100 with eight V-bulls. The winners were Welwyn Phoenix. The Whitgift Veterans, later in April, proved somewhat more challenging with a blustery day. High score for the day was David Pooley with 48/50 with three V-bulls. The Astor Competition is between all Herts rifle clubs for the honour of representing the

From left to right: Ian Halsey (Ad ’62), Giles Blumsom (Be ’78), Barry Tompson (Co ’61), David Pooley, Ron Hall (in ’60), Bob Sampson (Be ’95) (coach) and Jack Baker (Na ’13)

county in the Bisley finals. Sadly we came second to Radlett again, who have now won three years in a row. We last won it in 2012. The Schools’ Veterans was held at 5 pm on the first Thursday of the NRA Imperial Meeting and is the major event of the schools’ shooting year. We were able to enter two teams of five with a couple of guests. The shoot was followed by the club AGM and a very pleasant barbecue at David Winney’s (Sw ’92) caravan.

The club has been branching out into other forms of shooting with sessions of clay pigeon shooting, gallery rifle (shot standing up) and black powder revolver. We would welcome any OBs who would like to try shooting for the first time or return to the sport. We have a full range of equipment to borrow and have fully qualified range safety officers who are also able to instruct and coach as required. David Pooley

From left to right: Barry Tompson, Bob Sampson, Chris Fopp (Ad ’91), David Winney, David Pooley, Phil Wilcockson, Giles Blumson and Ian Halsey

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Spring Cruise May 2016 Thirty intrepid OB sailors of mixed ages and abilities headed to Southampton in May for the seventh Old Berkhamstedian Spring Cruise. The four yachts, Quinta, Ellisa, Cascadeur and Becky awaited the sailors and would be their home for the weekend. After welcome drinks and dinner aboard, the crews settled down for a good night’s sleep. Saturday morning brought a fresh southwesterly wind and the flotilla headed out to hone their skills. Our own experienced Skippers and First Mates safely taught and refined a host of skills, including navigation and passage planning, weather forecasting, steering, hoisting sails and winching and trimming the sheets. After a lunchtime stop, the crews enjoyed a spirited sail down the west Solent and even a few light downpours didn’t dampen spirits as the crews arrived in Lymington for some celebratory drinks before dinner ashore in the King’s Head. A slower start on Sunday morning allowed for a lie-in and full breakfast as we had a relaxed sail back to the marina in Southampton before heading home. A massive thank you to all who joined us to make this a massive success and a special thank


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Quinta – Beneteau 40.7 Adam Baggott (Sw ’97) (Skipper), Julie Baron, Chris Broadway (In ’79), Leanne Douglas, Alison Shardlow (OS ’73), Neil Marshall, Ken Main (Ad ’93) and Alicia Main

you to our Skippers, Matt, Liz and Adam, for safely ensuring everyone had a brilliant time. We hope to make 2017 an even bigger event so please get in touch if you are interested, regardless of whether you have sailed before – this is the perfect introduction! Gavin Rees (SH ’97) Cascadeur – Jeanneau Sunfast 40 Liz Simons (Hon) (Skipper), Gary Simons, Dave Wotherspoon (Gr ’90), Sarah Burdett, Tim Westley (SG ’04), Jim Cannon (Lo ’65), Mark Slater (SG ’00) and Joe Halanen

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Ellisa – Beneteau 411 Matt Steele (SH ’94) (Skipper), Kirsty Steele, Mike Horton (Sw ’64), Keith Mans (Lo ’64), Graeme Hamlet (Ad ’94), Sarah Smith (‘95), Jo Field (Re ’02) and Digby Legge Becky – Seacracker 33 Gavin Rees (Skipper), Ben Loch (Sw ’97), Dan Skinner (Gr ’97) and Sam Dobner (Na ’02)

All at sea with the Ceto experience, September 2016 A new adventure beckoned, started by an email from Gavin Rees of the OB Sailing Club. I have had an invite like this before but bypassed it for some reason or other; my instinct was always to follow it up and join in – if they would have me! – but my only previous experience of sailing had been with the 2nd Berkhamsted School Scout Troop, sadly no longer, with an Easter week of sailing (including gales and snow!) on The Broads, circa ’59, in a six-berth sailing cruiser; and in Salcombe, in a clinker-built GP14 dinghy, again with extreme weather, force 7 or 8. We learned our sailing the hard way, ten minutes’ instruction and away we went! We survived! The invitation from OBSC had the smell of salt water about it and was just irresistible. ‘Be Prepared’ – that’s the Boy Scouts’ motto, so I took far too much ‘stuff’. But, not being a sailor, not much of my ‘stuff’ was relevant to sailing, although I do have some sailing over-trousers in my shooting kit and good walking jackets. I needn’t have worried as proper sailors’ waterproofs were provided. Footwear was my concern, as there is not much deck to stand on walking up and down the gunwales, and it is likely to be wet. The sailing boots I had were perished topside but the soles were still useful and gave me great stability. I arrived at the Mercury Boatyard on the

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Hamble in good time on a sunny Friday afternoon and was immediately greeted by Liz and Gary Simons, the owners of the boat, and Liz was to be our highly qualified professional Skipper. We were to be a crew of six in total. Wet weather gear and life jackets were distributed and a safety talk was given before supper. Ceto is a 45 ft Hanse 455 built in 2016 – how much the new technology has morphed into the construction! There was no instruction on using a sextant, but there was a big screen with sat nav, and no seaweed hanging from the bow for a weather forecast, just a weather picture on screen! How deep is it here – look at the monitor beside the helm and it shows how much water is under the boat at any time. What is the wind speed? How fast is the current? All on screen. And then there were the electric winches. Of course, not every boat you sail on will be so well equipped but the luxury of this one was amazing. The first night was spent in the marina. We woke up to very different weather, closed in and


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raining steadily , but not too cold. Off we went to sea, out of the Hamble into the Solent and east to Gosport. The boat made good speed in a steady wind – it’s the sound of the water slapping on the hull and the lean of the boat which would tell you that you were sailing, even if you couldn’t see. What do all those buoys mean? There are lots of them keeping you safe, a wide variety of other boats on the water and, in the distance, huge multi-storey freighters and the ‘diminutive’ (by comparison) ferry to the Isle of Wight on its regular route. Closer to shore were windsurfers dodging about, and paddle boarders. There were unnerving moments when other yachts were bearing down, seemingly directly on our course. We tied up in Gosport on Saturday afternoon, just too late to go ashore for a visit to the submarine. Supper was on shore in the local Chinese restaurant, where we were joined by Gavin who had travelled separately. On the way back to the boat there was a detour in the harbour to an old lightship converted for leisure

purposes, mostly a bar in each corner on each of the two decks. We took our drinks ‘topside’, one of the nicest spaces to occupy with views all round, very atmospheric with the twinkling lights of other boats and the shore lights and sound of shrouds slapping against the metal masts. We returned there for breakfast on Sunday to find we had inadvertently gate-crashed someone’s stag party – very nice for all that! On Sunday we sailed back to the Hamble. The spinnaker, with its very bright colours, had a stretch, each of us taking a turn at the wheel. Steering left, it goes left, unlike a tiller where it goes the other way and, despite my lack of recent sailing experience I found that confusing; instinctively I wanted to turn the wheel the other way! The sun shone all the way home and the crew roll-call was completed without loss! I would add that the presence of top-class ablutions on quayside provided an extra level of comfort and convenience despite the luxury appointment of Ceto. I count myself really lucky to have gone on this charter. Added to that, the company of Old Berkhamstedians is always special, and comfortable. To ‘Captain’ Gavin and all, many thanks and I would like to join you on another occasion if opportunity allows. Barry Tompson (Co ‘61)

Arrow Trophy

1st/2nd October 2016 Each year the Berko OB Sailing Club tries to do something different. For 2016 we decided to pit ourselves against old boy sailing clubs from other public schools (many of which were our foes in our sporting contests when we were at the School) in the Arrow Trophy, undertaken on a fleet of identical Sunsail yachts around the eastern Solent off the Isle of Wight.

This was going to be a challenge given that records from past years’ events show many other schools clearly took this event very seriously indeed and the OB Sailing Club is predominantly a social club. So, as none of us – Liz Simons, Leanne Douglas, Matt Steele, David Wotherspoon, Adam Baggott, Ken Main, Gavin Rees, Chris Broadway and Andrew Gillett (Gr ‘97) (all the way from Seattle) – had sailed on a Sunsail boat before, or raced ‘around the cans’ together, we all took the preceding day off work in order to get to grips with how the boat worked and to practise going through various manoeuvres. What followed was a weekend of contrasts, with the Saturday ‘blowing a hooley’ with a few retirements – one of the ‘better yachts’ even lost its mast – whilst Sunday saw racing abandoned as there wasn’t enough wind, with it turning into a drifting race. Overall, we did OK given our lack of experience of racing together and knowledge of how the boat handled, etc, coming 20th out of 25. Indeed, even more encouraging was that we were improving race by race, and if we’d been on the water another day we are confident we would have been finishing mid-pack. One of the other highlights of the event was a lovely dinner at the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), incorporating the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, with all the other old boy yacht teams. Here we were toasted and welcomed as newcomers. The food and wine were excellent and the event

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confirmed that the stereotypical public school child is still alive and well – and running our country’s major institutions! Heaven help us all. Whether we attend the event in years to come is yet to be determined, but this proved to be a lovely challenge and weekend together confirming that we do have some very good sailors, too. To reiterate a point made earlier, the OB Sailing Club is very much a forum for socialising with old and new friends, and doing something different for the weekend in a safe and invigorating manner. So, if this is something that you’d like to do, get in touch with the OBs as everyone is


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welcome, young or old, male or female, sailor or non-sailor. Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to the Old Berkhamstedians for their grant which enables us to subsidise these trips and keep them excellent value for money. Chris Broadway (In ’79)


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Work Experience in Münster I used my travel grant to fund a week’s work experience in Münster in Germany, living with a host family. The premise was primarily a language trip, but I also learned a considerable amount about working in care, as I was working in a Tageshaus (this is like a daycare centre for the elderly). The Tageshaus provides meals, company, and entertainment for elderly people who would otherwise be stuck at home, lonely and potentially unable to cook for themselves, as their children work during the day. The working day was full-on for the staff, but being a foreign student, with no qualifications in care, I was mostly called upon to chat to the guests and help prepare the food. Despite receiving two offers of marriage, I really enjoyed talking to the guests about all manner of things, although this was sometimes difficult, considering many of the guests occasionally have difficulty with clarity of speech and memory, and I was trying to understand them across the language barrier! On the Wednesday, I had a day off, so went to school with my host, Henny. We cycled there, which was a case of reawakening an old skill for me (it is, however, just like riding a bike!) but Münster is considered second only to Amsterdam as a cyclist’s paradise, with multiple bike lanes and priority over vehicles. I then sat in on an English lesson in which Brexit was discussed (being just a few days after the referendum, it was the hot topic in Germany), and since Henny had a free afternoon, we visited Osnabrück, a nearby town, which was just as pretty as Münster itself. Although I spent four out of five full days working in the Tageshaus, I still had time to explore the town and culture. After work every day, we visited various places in town, and I had a break each day in which I went exploring the area around the Tageshaus, and practised my German


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in all sorts of ways, including watching a German film at the cinema (no subtitles!) and frequenting the Bäckerei-Konditorei (a bakery specialising in cakes – something England really lacks). Being a keen musician, I was not disappointed: I was unexpectedly given the opportunity to go to a Blockflöte (recorder) concert, which was unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Not only was the music unbelievable, the whole show was naturally compèred in German and spoken very quickly – which was a challenge, especially with the

German translations of technical musical terminology. When people found out I was a native English speaker they usually spoke at a much slower pace for my benefit, although this was not always welcome! My last morning in Germany was a Saturday, so I didn’t have to go to work, and Henny and I spent it exploring the centre of Münster and

visiting the Samstagsmarkt (Saturday market). This was a very strange experience, considering that in England most shopping is done in supermarkets. German people view market grocery shopping and buying from small independent shops to be far more sustainable and ethical, and the market was full of people doing their weekly grocery shop. We also visited Münster’s cathedral, and my

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inner choral music geek was delighted to find the cathedral choir rehearsing, with one of the loudest organs I’ve ever heard! Overall, my week in Münster was one of the best of my life, with plenty of time to enjoy the culture, as well as working and practising my German. As far as language was concerned, it is no exaggeration to say I didn’t speak a word of English all week! It was a great way to experience the working world in a country I’d love to live in, and make new friends. Alexandra Burgar

Travel Grant to the Windward Islands

On 14th August I said goodbye to England for three weeks. I was very nervous as I didn’t know anybody but this was hidden beneath my excitement for the trip to come, as I had been hoping to do this for a long time. Taking off on the aeroplane was a strange experience because it still felt like I was dreaming and I would wake up and be back at home. When we landed in Grenada it was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. There was green everywhere and I felt as if I had landed in a new world. The temperature was hot but the sun was sadly hiding behind the clouds. I met three other people from Europe on the plane who were also doing the Odyssey Expedition, so together we got our bags and found Jason, the


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man who organises the trips, and he drove us to the marina to find our 47 ft catamaran called Enchantress 3, which became my home for the duration of my trip. There were 15 of us on the boat – with all the others coming from various states across the USA. On this boat there were rotations of different kitchen and sailing jobs, meaning you got to experience and learn everything, from being captain and first mate to cleaning the floors after eating. You would each have to make dinner and breakfast a couple of times on the trip; this really developed my cooking skills and control because making food on an ever-moving boat is rather hard at times. After meeting all the people the night we arrived and sleeping out on the trampoline on the front of the boat under the stars, we set off away from the island and sailed to the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park where many statues had been put under water by Jason deCaires

Taylor. This is where we snorkelled and got our first view of the underwater world in the Caribbean. The water was unbelievably clear and there was no need for a wetsuit as the temperature of the water was around 29 degrees Celsius. We then went to a diving site where we could practise our skills and make sure all our gear fitted well and worked. Every day had beautiful sunshine which made the water very clear and inviting. There were a couple of rain showers which we appreciated as they cooled us down and would make amazing rainbows that stretched across the sky. We were extremely grateful when climbing the volcano that we had some light rain which cooled us down a lot, making the hot journey much more bearable. Over the next three weeks we sailed from Grenada to St Lucia, stopping off at Tobago Cays, Bequia, St Vincent, St Lucia and more. On the second day I was sailing master so I controlled the

ship and directed us towards a place called Halifax. On the way to this location, Jason and I saw a breaching whale in the distance. This got the trip off to an amazing start, knowing there was so much to see ahead of us. Each dive was unique with different types of reefs or wrecks to see. One of my favourite dives was the night dive. It is the most beautiful thing, diving at night. This is because when swimming there would be bioluminescence from the phytoplankton. We would cover our torches so we were in complete darkness and wave our hands and feet. Bioluminescence is used as a defence mechanism. They would glow a blue colour and you would be surrounded by tiny bright glowing specks of blue

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and it was like swimming in millions of stars. When going diving, every time I went under and saw the incredible reef and different species of sponges, coral and fish around me I thought to myself how this dive was my favourite dive. It is an impossible task not to fall in love with the world beneath and want to learn more about your surroundings. Jason was a marine biologist who was full of information and most nights he would teach us something new. He focused on topics such as identifying fish, looking at sponges, what is affecting the corals and more. We saw many different species while I was out there, including nurse sharks, dolphins, whales, octopus, manta rays, bar jacks, angelfish, starfish and so much more. We had a long six-hour sail from St Vincent to St Lucia which involved some very large waves which would splash and cover the front of the boat with water. We had to clip ourselves to the boat when walking outside. A couple of friends and I went to the front and were on the net throughout the journey, jumping in time with waves so we were left floating in the air as the boat fell down the other side of the wave. We got very wet but it was worth it. Any sail we had, many flying fish would leap out the water and glide 20 metres over the waves to escape from their predators. When we reached calmer water, a pod of dolphins was spotted from a distance and the pod immediately changed direction and swam towards us, jumping in front and next to our boat. It was a beautiful sight as

they jumped in the sunset and ended our last long sail beautifully. We were all given the task of doing a presentation on a creature, a fish and a coral. We had to gather all the information we could get and each day before breakfast someone would have to teach the rest of the boat about the different species. This was very helpful as these were all local species which you could then identify when diving. Later for community service we would send our results about the quantity of the different species we saw to the conservationists. On each dive my ability to identify fish increased dramatically which I found very exciting. In addition to this we also did reef clean-ups. We brought nets down with us so that we could pick up any waste materials such as bottles or diving gear people had left behind. When diving, we saw how many fishing lines had got caught on the reefs and stretched along them stuck in the coral. Everywhere we went you could see the effect of fishing and global warming. However, there were two unexpected problems the reef was facing and they were lionfish and dust from the Sahara Desert. When swimming I noticed a large amount of lionfish; these fish, however, are normally suited to other areas of the world. Lionfish were released by an aquarium in Florida and have travelled to the Caribbean where they now cause a huge problem as they eat any algae eater – these fish normally clean the corals by ridding them of algae which the coral cannot The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 101

compete against as it grows a lot faster, therefore taking over the coral and taking the sunlight, leading to the death of corals. Lionfish have reproduced massively, laying around 30,000 eggs every four days. While diving, we used special equipment to kill and capture lionfish, which we then ate for dinner some nights. It was surprisingly very nice. On one of the days we climbed La Soufriere, the volcano on St Vincent which has an elevation of 4,003 ft. This took us five-and-a-half hours. It was very steep and dangerous with lots of cliffs with sudden falls and old tree bridges to cross. However, it was incredibly beautiful and wild and gave me a huge sense of achievement once I had reached the top. We also stopped at an island where whale killing used to occur. We climbed this island and, at the top, made a large memorial out of rocks for the whales that have died there. There was so much more that we did and every day was filled with something new: rock jumping; exploring underwater caves and shipwrecks; going into a bat cave; deep-water diving; learning how to save divers’ lives. Another amazing experience that I had was working at a turtle sanctuary where we cleaned off algae that had grown on the turtles. It was amazing to hold the massive turtles and be so close to them. On this trip I achieved six PADI diving qualifications. These were: Rescue Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Night Diver, Fish Identification, Drift Diver and Emergency First Responder. These have inspired me to gain my Dive Master so that I can travel and teach other people how to dive when I am older, for summer jobs. Sailing, diving and exploring are my new favourite things and I was incredibly sad to leave such a beautiful and friendly place. This trip gave me a unique experience I will never forget, along with new friends and appreciation of the majesty of the marine world, and confirmed my desire to become a marine biologist. I would recommend 102 |

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something like this to anyone who is passionate about marine life and I sincerely hope I can do something similar again in the future. Megan Calvert

United Nations Report

Experiencing the work of the United Nations genuinely changed my perspective on life. While in Geneva, I visited various agencies and listened to diplomats argue why their area of work was more relevant than the next. It was an incredible trip and I would highly recommend it to any students with interests in international relations. On Sunday 21st August, I caught my plane from Heathrow T5 and arrived at Geneva Airport – a daunting task in itself, because it was the first time I had travelled abroad completely alone. Upon my arrival, I had the challenge of locating the youth hostel, which meant using the local transport system. After a ten-minute train journey to Gare de Cornavin, followed by a short tram journey to Butini, I arrived at the Genève auberge de jeunesse, to find a foyer full of fellow sixth form students, all tired and hungry. After initial introductions, we headed out to find some dinner and explore some of Geneva while we had some free time. After milling around for an hour trying to find a place that would satisfy all of our appetites, we came to the realisation that most Genevan cafes only sell three things: pizza, hot dogs and paninis. Thankfully I am not a fussy eater. We had an early start on Monday, and headed to a conference room in the hostel after breakfast for a briefing. Bob Wiley, our coordinator, mentor, and overall funny man, met with us, explained our itinerary for the week and handed out our transport passes. That morning, we travelled to the Palais des Nations and had a tour of the incredible buildings. As a result of a timetable mix-up, there wasn’t an English-speaking tour

guide available, so we had the option of a German, Spanish or French translator. As the only French A-level student there, we opted for French and I had the task of interpreting as much of the information as I could. To my relief, the vocabulary was not too difficult and I managed to translate around 80 per cent of what the tour guide was saying. I must admit, I felt as though I had gained immediate respect from my fellow pupils, which gave me the confidence to speak out and get to know everyone. After lunch, we visited the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where we discussed the differences between asylum seekers and refugees, and what the agency is currently doing. We watched horrific accounts of the Rwandan genocide and the challenges Syrian refugees face as they embark on their search for a safer life. Later on in the afternoon, we visited the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency responsible for connecting developing countries with the developed world. We learned about the effects of globalisation and how many people are left behind. Admittedly, the ITU was my least favourite agency to visit, purely because I am not a very ‘high-tech’ person. However, I can appreciate how vital their work is in linking the world and ensuring communication between countries and their governments. After a busy day, we headed to bed for another early start the following morning. On Tuesday, we returned to the Palais des

Nations for an engaging speech on the UN’s role in terms of Human Rights. Human Rights is something I have been considering pursuing a career in, encouraged by attending Amnesty International as my society at Berkhamsted. After a delicious lunch, we headed outside to listen to a talk by a friendly Scottish man, who convinced us of the importance sport has in promoting peace and development in the developing world. Many of us had never considered the role sport can play here. It has the power to bring warring communities together as well as getting young people out of trouble, not to mention its health benefits. UNAIDS gave a thought-provoking presentation on current research breakthroughs. The speakers seemed to be very interested in the standard of education young British people received on the topic of HIV and AIDS. They were disappointed to hear that some members of the group had never discussed the subject in school, and were surprised that such a developed country could have such holes in its education system. On Wednesday, we attended the InterParliamentary Union – not a UN agency but still a very significant humanitarian organisation based in Geneva that works to promote democracy. As a politics student I found this session particularly The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 103

fascinating and enjoyed engaging in discussion and debate over whether North Korea should be allowed to join the IPU. I argued that the IPU made the right decision in accepting their application, because by surrounding government officials with other democracies, they offer the opportunity to learn and see how adapting their style of government could have many benefits. Thursday was our last day of talks, and was spent in Environment House where the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is based. This agency really grabbed my attention, and is the agency I would love to contribute to in the future. We listened to various aspects of the programme, with the most interesting field of work for me being the post-conflict and disaster branch. Disaster risk reduction is also a field that I predict will become more significant in the coming years. Increased human nomadism, as a result of globalisation and an ever-expanding global population, to undeveloped fertile terrain, means there are now more people living in highrisk zones. The result? Average scale events such as earthquakes produce the typical impacts of a natural disaster, creating chaos and devastation among local communities. Plate tectonics is virtually inescapable and plate movement will continue to operate for the foreseeable future; however, the extent of the damage depends on the level of warning and how effectively the area has been planned. The UNEP works with communities and national governments to assess and reconstruct areas torn apart by conflict or natural disasters. Our final talks came from the World Food Programme and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), agencies that play a vital role in distributing food and resources to an evergrowing population. Contrary to popular misconception that the population fund works to slow down population growth rates, it actually operates to promote equality and the 104 |

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emancipation of ethnic minorities as well as women in many parts of the world. During my visit to Geneva, I was exposed to information that I never thought to be true. Horrific accounts of violation and transgression, along with harrowing documentaries, caused me to feel ashamed that I – along with so many other people – am completely oblivious. I considered myself to be fairly knowledgeable in the domain of current affairs; however, from the trip I have learned that most of the true figures are simply not given enough coverage in our news. I returned to the UK with a newfound respect for the IGO, as I had been sceptical of the effectiveness of the organisation. I am now much more knowledgeable on the history of the UN and what their role involves. I have had a trip of a lifetime and have made friends for life. I have set myself the personal target of working for the UN and making a difference to people’s lives. I am extremely grateful to the OBs for giving me this opportunity through the Travel Grant scheme. Rose Crossfield

Seeing Stars

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point of our week hiking. We had been fortunate enough to receive a grant to fund our trip to the Dark Sky Reserve in Galloway, Scotland, to see the Perseid meteor shower during peak phase. As avid hikers and enthusiastic A-level Physics students, this was an opportunity too good to be missed. After the first night wild-camping in a quiet spot a few kilometres out of Bellsbank, we were ready to hike into the darkest part of the forest to get the best view possible of the meteors. Our first 106 |

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day was an intensive 22 km over a mixture of terrain, and unexpectedly marshy ground added an extra two hours onto our route. This, however, meant we saw some fantastic scenery, including the largest waterfall we had ever seen! The extra distance led us to Tuskeen Bothy, where we had planned to sleep the next night. The bothy was a welcome luxury after a tough day, and even a cheeky mouse eating our trail mix in the night was not enough to dampen our spirits. Scotland threw its infamously bad weather at us for the rest of the week – however, this was the only night without a cloudy forecast, and so despite the warmth of our sleeping bags we ventured outside the bothy. Unfortunately, the weather had unexpected turned, but there were a few moments where we had the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Having no light pollution in the local area meant we could see the stars unmarred by human intervention, and Galloway is one of very few places in the world where this is the case. After the remarkable views the night before and a relaxed morning appreciating the fireplace in the bothy, we set out again. The third day was exceptionally physically demanding owing to much of the route being waterlogged marshland. This was an unexpected obstacle but through teamwork and mental determination we pushed through and made good progress. The weather was against us for much of the rest of the week; despite this, the dramatic and picturesque views alone made the trip very worthwhile. While the remoteness of the location was something foreign to us both, the typically Scottish landscape was beautiful and abundant with wildlife. The next few days were testing of our physical and mental strength, but we worked on the system of achieving small goals to gain small victories. We covered a lot of distance, and both wild-camped and used bothies. We saw very few people in this time – however, those we met were

friendly and helpful. From a local farmer offering us water, to a cyclist willing to compare maps for unseen routes, we were humbled by their kindness. On the fourth night we shared a bothy with two other couples and a dog called Jenny. The culture of hikers tends to be friendly, and this proved true in every instance on our trip, with fellow travellers offering food and advice and even highlighting an unmarked bothy on our map for a place to camp the next night. After two more days’ hiking, we reached the visitor centre, a landmark and final aim for much of our trip. This was the first shop we had been near since we started, and toasted sandwiches and hot chocolate have never been more welcome! After a well-earned break we walked our last kilometre down the road to the village of Glentrool to recce the bus station, where we were to leave from the next morning to come back home. The Glentrool Community Arts Centre gave us an opportunity to talk to locals about the area’s heritage, and discuss the area we had spent the last week in. With a book bought for the train home, all that was left to do was set up camp for the final time. Waking up on the last morning, aching from the hike but in good spirits, we packed up, before embarking on the Scottish public transport system for the next few hours, finally ending up at Glasgow Central. While sad to have left Galloway, we soon arrived at Milton Keynes Central, welcomed by our parents, and the long journey back gave us a chance to realise just how much we had achieved in the short space of a week. Our Travel Grant has given us a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While exceptionally mentally and physically challenging, this was one of the most rewarding weeks of our lives. The skills learnt and self-confidence gained in our ability to push ourselves beyond our limits will hold us in good stead in the future. We learned to be independent to a whole new level, improving our planning and The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 107

organisational skills, which will be critical as we move into higher education next year. We are both very thankful to the Old Berkhamstedians and the funding they gave us to complete such an amazing trip. Heather Dunmall and India Skelt

À Paris

The weather had finally picked up in England and I was making full use of my new hammock. In all seriousness, I was not looking forward to what I believed would be a gruelling and testing week of speaking French. My journey was complicated by the fact I missed my original flight and had to catch a much later plane, which was dominated by a group of French students who made their excitement at going home well known with incessant singing of their national anthem upon landing. All in all then, it had been a pretty traumatic journey and my mood had, if anything, soured, but the moment I arrived at the language school the warmth of the welcome and the people there immediately signalled to me that it was going to be an enjoyable and memorable week. The 7 o’clock wake-up was undeniably a huge shock to the system, and to tell the truth it didn’t get any easier. As I stumbled to class with my eyelids drooping and my body begging for me to lie down, the last thing I wanted to do was speak French for the whole morning. However, the lesson was, again, another surprise as the teacher engaged with us over the topic of French stereotypes and how the French are viewed by foreigners. Being British, I of course replied politely; to my surprise, however, the Italian and German students were not so kind … The afternoon was spent exploring Paris, more specifically the Quartier Latin. With its beautiful architecture and scenery, the time flew by and before I knew it we were headed back to the 108 |

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school for a barbecue. That night I collapsed onto my bed desperately needing the rest, much to the amusement of my roommates, who revelled in the suffering of the uninitiated. Over the course of the next week I was lucky enough to visit historic sites such as Notre Dame, Montmartre, Versailles and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. During these visits I of course tried to practise as much of my French as possible, but by the second day I realised my accent needed drastic improvement: the moment I spoke my first word of French to a store vendor or local, they immediately clocked me as an English speaker and replied in English, which was hugely frustrating. Nevertheless, I did improve over the course of the week and this was rewarded when, on the last day, I was able to instigate and maintain a conversation in French. This filled me with happiness and a sense of supreme accomplishment, which reminded me why I

had started learning French many years ago. Overall, it was a fantastic experience, which not only gave me the opportunity to drastically improve my French but also provided me with a platform to meet new people from different cultures, all while being able to explore a city as rich and diverse as Paris. From my time spent in France, I wholeheartedly recommend undertaking a Travel Grant as it gives you that ability to better yourself in a way no other opportunity can. Kieran Hundal

Tall Ships

Summer 2016 saw me spending a week sailing from Dieppe, France, to Portsmouth via the Channel Islands and various other locations on the south coast. The week was spent aboard the Stavros S Niarchos, a tall ship built in January 2000. The first day of my journey saw me travelling from Newhaven, East Sussex, across the English Channel to Dieppe where we would meet the Stavros. The journey across acted as a good icebreaker for many embarking on the week’s sailing trip as it gave us a good opportunity to get to know each other before we boarded the vessel in France. Once we were on board we headed below deck to visit our sleeping quarters for the week. There was a vast silence once everyone realised we were going to be sleeping in what were basically hammocks hung from the wall. Once we had established it wasn’t going to be a luxury sailing trip, we proceeded to have an introduction from the permanent crew who live on board the ship. After various talks and safety briefings we got our first taste of what our week would be like working on board the ship, after climbing up the mast to the first yard (the horizontal pole which holds the mast), which surprisingly felt a lot higher than it looked standing on deck. We also received an introduction on how to steer the ship, The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 109

in which I volunteered to steer it out of the port in Dieppe the next day. Tuesday promised an early start for all crew on board, however the plans were hindered when we had to wait a good hour for a pilot to arrive to help guide us out of port. Being at the helm of the ship meant I had to listen attentively to the captain for him to direct me where to go, but it was difficult not to be distracted by the rather large, unexpected crowds waving us out of the port. As we slowly edged out of port, the sea was very rough and already five minutes into the journey many people had succumbed to sea sickness and were hanging off the side of the boat. Our journey on Tuesday saw us headed towards the Channel Islands to make our first stop at Alderney. At the start of the week we were all split into different watches; each watch sailed the ship for four hours in rotation, day and night. My first watch saw me on a midnight till 4 am watch. After making a brief stop in Alderney for the night, we headed to Sark – another Channel Island – the next day to have a large amount of shore 110 |

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leave, which saw the crew spend the whole day at the beach and come back very brown. On the trip so far we had been heading straight into the wind, which unfortunately made us unable to do as much sailing as we planned. However, as we left the Channel Islands, heading towards Dartmouth, we had good wind behind us, enabling us to do some sailing around Lyme Bay, which saw us climbing up the mast to the second yard to release the sails. Having found myself at the very edge of the yard, I looked down and established I was pretty much dangling straight over the water quite a way out from the edge of the boat. However, this wind quickly disappeared after a couple of hours and we were slowly drifting along at two knots in the water. After spending a leisurely evening in Dartmouth, we set off early the next morning – not to the delight of the other boats around us, what with all the noise. Our final leg of the journey saw us heading towards the Isle of Wight where we anchored up for the night in Freshwater Bay just past the famous Needles. We then

proceeded towards the vessels’ docks in Portsmouth at Gunwharf Quays. After yet again attracting a lot of attention from other boats, as was the case throughout much of the week, we moored up for our final destination. We were then able to complete the social climb which enabled us to climb as high as we wanted to go up the ship’s mast. I found myself going up first and, not knowing what to expect, was fairly scared about how high I was going, owing to the fact that when you are climbing vertically you aren’t attached to anything. So, I found myself around 35 m in the air, not attached to anything, but nevertheless it was worth the view and experience. Overall, the week I spent on the Stavros S Niarchos was very enjoyable; I made many new friends and the experience of sailing on a large vessel was something I won’t forget and would recommend to anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of hard work. Cameron Pope

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Day 1 – Tuesday 2nd August The first day on the ship was all about learning and settling in. Luckily everyone was keen to make friends, since very few people knew anyone, and we all had a big, shared interest in sailing. Some of us less experienced sailors spent a long time listening raptly to a boy called Will, whose family had sailed down the coast of Asia, around the Indonesian Islands and completed several laps of the Mediterranean. We spent a long time tying knots, learning how to ‘Sweat and Tail’ (a technique used so that a group of people can work together to lift a 1.5 ton yardarm that held the upper topsail and lower topsail) and what life on a boat entails day-to-day. We were told the route that we planned to follow: first to Scheveningen in the Netherlands, then over to Oostende in Belgium, down to New Haven to

dock for a night and finally over to Dieppe. The day ended with some time allowed ashore in Ipswich, giving our groups (known as watches) some time to bond. Everyone was back by 10 pm, full of anticipation and excitement for the next day; we all just wanted to snuggle into our bunks to try and get a good night’s sleep. I was lucky because, in a bunkroom of ten, there were only two other girls called Eve and Philippa, who turned out to be lovely, and we all enjoyed having bunks for our bags as well. Day 2 – Wednesday 3rd August We were woken bright and early by our watch leaders – 6.50 am to be precise, which was a bit of a shock for everyone, waking up before 10 am in August. After a speedy breakfast our first task was loading food onto the boat, which took a lot longer than necessary with the boys coming up with puns for every piece of food. Red Watch (I The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 111

was in Blue) were given the first shift on the bridge (where the control room and helm are) with the big responsibility of getting us out of the port without any collisions. A boy called Oscar was handed the wheel and we made it out onto open water. By sunset, however sporadically, we had worked together and managed to get the sails up and the engine off, setting off into open water, having begun our week-long adventure. Day 3 – Thursday 4th August On Thursday I was messman; meaning that I wasn’t needed on the bridge but instead had to help out in the kitchen for the day, unless sails needed changing, in which case it was all hands on deck! It had been a very rough night and in the morning we were surprised to find ourselves already anchored up by Scheveningen. Unfortunately for our weaker-stomached comrades, the 30-knot winds which had allowed us to cross the Channel so quickly were also 112 |

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stopping us from getting into port safely. As messman I’d managed to miss the 12 am to 4 am shift that Blue Watch had to do on the bridge – and by not getting seasick as well, I was feeling much perkier than most other people looked, though I did apparently miss my friend, Cam, dramatically tripping and face-planting on the deck. After lunch, cleaning the boat for ‘Happy Hour’ and going aloft for the first time, the winds had dropped and we were able to pull into port. We spent the afternoon wandering along the beach and high street of the seaside town. Full of the excitement of new shores we piled back into the mess room, chatting until bedtime and really getting to know each other for the first time. Despite our different backgrounds we all had crazy aspirations of winning sailing races. Day 4 – Friday 5th August Since we were in harbour we didn’t have to go on watch for four hours at a time, and instead had an

hour each in pairs to do the gangway watch and ensure that no one boarded the ship. Cam and I had the slot from 4.30 am until 5.30 am and decided to stay for the next hour as well and let the next pair sleep in, since we were up anyway. We left the Netherlands later on in the morning and by the evening we were docked in Belgium. It was a very exciting day because for the first time we were able to go right out on the yardarms to handle the sail. Day 5 – Saturday 6th August It was a very peaceful night’s sleep, being docked in a harbour, and everyone woke up feeling great. We had to perform ‘Happy Hour’ in the morning but we were all chattering about the muchanticipated mini-boat race, where we had to design a small boat out of what we could find on the ship and race them between watches. White Watch coated theirs with sweet wrappers, which the captain thought were wrappers of a very different kind, much to the entertainment of the crew. Since the tide was down we spent the entire day exploring Oostende – it’s amazing how if you send teenagers on a great adventure to a town none of them have visited before, the priority is still catching Pokémon. We tied up all the loose ends on the ship and disconnected ourselves from the harbour, sailing off again at 5 pm. The process would probably have been much quicker had it not been for the very intense Murder Mystery game that was going on. We set off for New Haven, so that we could have the wind in our sails back to France.

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there was no time to explore Dieppe, but we helped the coastguard find the ship in trouble and everyone was taken to safety. Overall, it was an amazing adventure and I can’t wait to go again! I’ve even got my recommendation so that I can volunteer on the ship next summer. I made lots of great friends, one of whom I’ve already seen again at Reading Festival, which was great fun. I would recommend sailing on Stavros to anyone I know and I’m certainly going to pursue sailing further. Hannah Williams clipped in! The harnesses and clips were used to make sure you didn’t fall off while scrambling on and off platforms, but when actually on the rigging you were on your own! This meant you could make it 39 m up on a heavily swaying rope ladder without any safety attachments, just to add to the fun. Day 7 – Monday 8th August We set off again in the morning and sailed across to Dieppe. There was a bit of a drama on our approach because a small, privately owned yacht sent out a distress call as it had taken on water, and we were the closest vessel that had the capability to rescue the passengers. We were severely delayed entering the port, meaning that

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Journey through Vietnam

During our time in Vietnam, over the course of two weeks, we travelled the length of the country from the capital, Hanoi, in the north, finishing in the largest city, Ho Chi Minh, in the south. During this time, we learned many things, including their view of the American War, family dynamics, international relations, food, music, folk arts and political views. Our journey began early in the morning at Heathrow, for our 12-hour flight to Hanoi. While in Hanoi, one of the first things we saw was a water puppet show. This is similar to much other East Asian puppetry – however, it is performed on a stage of water, and is often about water dragons and legends. This reflects the Vietnamese attachments to and history with water. As well as this, we visited Hoa Lo Prison, or ‘Hanoi Hilton’ as it was referred to by its inmates – captured US pilots, including Senator and Presidential nominee, John McCain, who had crashed into the West Lake during Operation Rolling Thunder. One of the most surprising things we found about this was how well the prisoners were treated. We had previously thought that we would see very poor conditions that the soldiers endured. However, we found they were treated fairly well, far better than Vietnamese were treated by the US.

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wartime presidential quarters, we got a sense of this enigmatic, legendary man, seemingly loved by all in Vietnam. Foregoing the splendour of the

Walking around the Old and French Quarters of Vietnam’s capital provided us with an array of unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells, from the variety of clothes, including the famous straw hats, to the criss-crossing electrical wires strung between the streets. In the markets there were fruits of vibrant colours and exotic names like dragon eye and rambutan. One of the major things that struck us, was the stark lack of homeless people on the streets and around the city. We found this to be the case everywhere we went. When talking to some of the Vietnamese people, we learned that it is due to the culture as a communal, simpatico nation. When family members fell on hard times, they would move in with relatives without question, and when parents grew ill, children took them in. We saw this as vastly different from almost every western city we’d visited, where it is a regular occurrence to see the homeless, and family ties are not as strong. While in Hanoi, we were also able to visit the imposing mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, in which you can view the preserved body of the ‘Father of the Nation’. Walking around the grounds of his

old French colonial palace, he chose instead to live in the groundskeeper’s quarters and govern from there instead. Over the course of the trip, we learned more and more about Ho Chi Minh, and how adored he was by the people of Vietnam, so much so that the government decided to preserve him after his death in 1969, before the war had ended, so that after reunification, people from all areas of Vietnam could visit their hero. We visited several pagodas, peaceful places, feeling tranquil and serene. The monks and nuns who inhabited the areas were almost hypnotic when meditating. Sometimes simple structures, or made of red wood and lacquer, housing imposing Buddhas and icons, these houses of the pious were a far cry from any place of worship we had previously seen. After spending a few days in Hanoi, we left for the iconic Halong Bay. Said to have been created by the battles of dragons, this archipelago of steep limestone karst islands is truly mesmerising. Spending the afternoon and night on a ferry, we were able to truly experience the majesty of the islands, as the mountains rose from the water, suddenly appearing through the mist. While here, we visited a floating village where the inhabitants rarely return to the mainland, instead living on a community of connected boats and rafts. Perhaps here we saw one the oddest things: children who had built a small football pitch in the water and proceeded to play as if nothing were awry. After spending the night on the boat, returning to shore we headed for the airport in Hanoi to board a flight to Hue, the old capital of the Vietnamese Empire. However, on the way, through sheer spontaneity we decided to stop at a village in the countryside. Walking through the village, it was clear we were a strange sight to see. It seemed that the majority of the village had The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 117

never seen Westerners, as we received quizzical stares. The children of the village playing in the street flocked around us, using what little English they had to hold broken conversations with us, largely involving hand gestures and pointing. Despite being one of the most confusing moments, it is one that will stay with us forever. The centre of the country was noticeably different from the north. With a lower population, but an older history, we were surrounded by palaces, tombs and temples. One of our first visits was to the tomb of one of the last kings. The tomb was marvellous, with spectacular architecture of gold, turquoise and marble. The king had spent much of his early life in education in Paris, reflected in a tomb designed to evoke Versailles. Later we visited the Forbidden City and the emperors’ summer palace, a place of peace and tranquillity, with floating gardens of lotus and lilies, set among imposing buildings, once filled with servants, mandarins (ministers) and concubines. Setting foot in this place, you could feel the magnificence of the kings and emperors. During our stay in the centre of the country, we also visited the ruins of the Cham, a people once at the height of rulers of South Vietnam, now scattered across the region. Having previously never heard of this civilization, we saw their architecture, art and culture firsthand. Despite heavy US bombing of the area beneath ‘Cat Tooth Mountain’, we could see the magnificent architecture and ingenuity of this unknown people. Hoi An, considered the silk capital of SouthEast Asia, lived up to its name. As we walked through the bustling streets on the day of the Moon Festival, you could feel the life and colour of the place. Surrounded by magnificent reds, deep blues, and vibrant greens, everywhere you looked there were silk tailors with beautiful designs and garments. The river was filled with 118 |

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thousands of floating candles, celebrating the moon festival, making the water appear like the night sky. Perhaps one of the most harrowing places we saw was the site of the My Lai Massacre, at which US soldiers murdered over three hundred civilians in cold blood. It is seen as one of the most lasting and horrifying events of the war. The mass graves of the victims were solemn and marked by a memorial to the dead, serving as a sharp reminder of the losses of war. Continuing our southward journey, we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, otherwise known as Saigon. This was by far the most westernised part of Vietnam. Having been the capital of the South, and the main area of operation for the US, you could visibly see foreign influence today. From couture designs like Prada and Dior, to the prevalence of coffee and Starbucks, the largest city in Vietnam was the centre of foreign investment and culture. Also in the South, we visited the Cu Chi tunnels, a Viet Cong stronghold. Diving down tunnels and holes, you were given a sense of what it was like for those – both Vietnamese and Americans – who spent much of the war down in the dank dark, sent down the tunnels. The traps and weapons used were truly horrific, yet also intriguing, seeing the ingenuity and innovation of those with limited resources. Later, we had tea with a farmer who had been a member of the Viet Cong. This man had been conscripted to the South Government for several years and joined the Viet Cong as soon as he was released. It was an inspirational and amazing tale of a man fighting for the freedom of his country and the future of his family. It gave us an insight into the fact that, for many of the Vietnamese people, it was not an ideological war as it was for the US, but rather a war for independence after thousands of years of foreign occupation. Hannah Williams













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Phillip Warde

Design and Technology teacher and Head of the CCF Royal Navy section Mark joined the School in September 1978 and was Head of Hawks House for 12 years leading up to the merger of the Girls’ and Boys’ Schools in 1997, and then served as a tutor in Ashby for the remainder of his time at the School. Mark was also responsible for the organisation and marketing of Open Days. He retired in August 2016.

Other staff leavers

Mark Batchelder

Sheila Brockett

Science Technician Retired in August 2016 after nearly 40 years at the School. Sheila first joined in February 1977, left for one term after 12 years and then returned in January 1990 until her retirement.

Sarah Clay

Drama teacher September 1990 to December 2015.

Barbara Evans

French and German teacher First joined Berkhamsted School for Boys in September 1979 to teach French and German. Barbara left the School in 1985 and returned to Berkhamsted in 1993 as Head of German. She took on the role as Head of Greenes House in 2009 before becoming Head of Russell House in September 2011. Barbara retired in August 2016. .

Mary Parsons

Senior School Nurse April 2003 to December 2015.

Karen Warde

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Football and Athletics Coach January 2002 to July 2016.

Wanda Brockie

Mathematics teacher September 2013 to December 2015.

Emma Brown

Physical Education teacher September 2009 to August 2016.

Dr Nick Dennis

History teacher, Deputy Head (Academic) of Berkhamsted Boys September 2012 to December 2015.

Nicholas Lyle

Religion and Philosophy teacher September 2015 to August 2016.

Robert Matthews

Physics teacher and Head of Holme House September 2006 to August 2016.

Kathryn Pickles

Food Technology teacher January 2011 to December 2015.

Sue Rodwell

Director of Development May 2013 to April 2016.

Carolyn Wilson

Peripatetic Music Teacher, previously a Music teacher at the School September 2003 to August 2016.


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David R.A. Pearce (Hon) (24th September 1938 – 11th November 2016) When I wrote a farewell notice about David for the magazine 17 years ago the shadow of the present sad task had not fallen across my mind. Nothing I said then would I wish to alter now. Large numbers of OBs will readily endorse references to his inspirational teaching, his humour, the broad human sympathy which made him for many not just a teacher but a friend, and the vivid personality which has passed into legend. Since his valedictory lap of honour on Steve Cripps’s motorbike in 1999, his contributions to the School he loved have continued. His energetic support of The Old Bekhamstedians in both counsel and practice and his continuing friendship with numerous Old Boys have added importantly to the web of fellowship which is one of the School’s greatest strengths. He and Liz have maintained a ready welcome for old friends and colleagues in Park View Road. His friendship has been fostered by many currently serving at the School, including three Principals and several Governors, all of whom have gladly recognised the debt Berkhamsted owes him. I think if he had been asked what he particularly treasured about the School, he would have emphasised its traditional values of integrity and uncompromising standards. He epitomised those values himself and has a lasting place in the pantheon of great schoolmasters with whom it has been blessed over many generations. When he was asked for his philosophy in the teaching of Shakespeare, David’s answer was revealing. ‘I have no (such) philosophy; I just love the plays and enjoy reading them with the (pupils).’ That is surely a philosophy: great teachers teach not so much by precept as by example; you cannot help learning from them because their love of their subject is infectious. This was certainly true of David. The ape’s skeleton which 122 |

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sat beside him in the warm and friendly sunshine of Room 13 failed altogether to dilute the energy which flowed from its other customary inhabitant. I doubt if he ever employed a modern teaching aid; there really was no need; anyway what aid could possibly withstand the competition of Shakespeare and David? Out of the classroom his enthusiasm for his favourite writers led to neverto-be forgotten extravaganzas on the Grass Quad, such as full-length recitations by relays of readers of Cowper’s The Task and Paradise Lost. He was indefatigable in taking parties to the theatre in London and Stratford, where he insisted on their venerating the tomb of Shakespeare. Some will recall the memorable interval where Emma Fielding, an old girl of the Girls’ School, then starring in As You Like It, dashed into the garden and threw her arms around him. David also possessed a marked gift for creative innovation. During his time at the School he established two still-valued features of the Berkhamsted scene: the J.R. Crawford Society, a forum for discussion and encouragement among the most academic Sixth Formers, and The Old Berkhamstedian magazine which at the time had few if any peers among the alumni productions of public schools and which retains its quality and value to Old Berkhamstedians to this day. He was a gifted director of plays; his A Man for All Seasons was one of the finest productions ever seen in Deans’ Hall, and the first in my experience to have overcome the notorious acoustic of the old, unaltered hall. He was also an author in his own right: to mark the appearance of Basil Garnons Williams’ A History of Berkhamsted School in 1980 he wrote and directed Something for Incent, a dramatised pageant of the School’s history, an enormously ambitious production,

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whose success as a School celebration was due in great part to David’s energetic efforts to involve everyone in the community: pupils, staff and ancillary staff. As Head of Department his contribution was crucial; his absolute competence concealed itself in the smooth, unobtrusive functioning of the department. Pupils will not have recognised what they owed to his powerful influence behind the scenes; he led almost entirely by example: his disciplined hard work and his organisational flair never dimmed over 30 years; and these years were not without challenges; the change from O-level to GCSE in the 1980s brought numerous administrative headaches, and even at A-level changing expectations called for re-thinking. He was influential beyond the world of the School; also in the ‘80s he was one of a group of Heads of English who successfully opposed the dropping of his beloved Milton from the syllabus of the Oxford and Cambridge Joint Examinations Board. Those fortunate to have been in his charge will never forget his gifts as a Housemaster, first of Adders and then of Incents. In Adders, he and Liz offered their warm friendship to numerous boys whose situation as ‘train boys’ coming from a distance might have made them feel outsiders at the School, and in several cases this relationship lasted the rest of his life. In Incents he and Liz embraced the opportunity offered by an ‘out’ House to make it into a warm and welcoming home away from the hurly-burly of School life; the consequence of this was a powerful and sustaining House spirit which propelled the House to marked achievement in sport and the arts. The position also gave David scope for his gift for dotty enterprises such as his appearance in two successive years on non-uniform day as an Edwardian toff and then as a punk rocker. He was enormously determined and energetic in everything he undertook, and he undertook a great deal: after retiring he enrolled for two trips 124 |

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on tall ships (by far the oldest of the crew), bicycled (a lot of the time on his father’s aged Raleigh, down to two gears) from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, over a great deal of the West Country, and to Paris, Ghent, Bruges, as well as undertaking an extensive tour in Sicily (where to everyone’s relief his hired bike broke down and he was obliged to take public transport). What should have been a long and fulfilled retirement was cruelly curtailed by cancer, which he battled with a heroic defiance (many of these journeys were undertaken after the fateful diagnosis). Intellectually he was equally enterprising: a founder member of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, he gave papers and wrote articles, most recently a fascinating study of ‘Stamboul Train’ published in Graham C. Greene’s recently released collection of essays on his uncle. Last year David published a collection of 103 sonnets, and his extensive diary and papers will serve as an invaluable source for family history, which he researched tirelessly, in relation both to his own family and to Liz’s. He possessed to a marked degree the gift of friendship: colleagues, pupils, neighbours, all felt warmed by his generous nature and buoyed by his ebullient personality. Through the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust his assiduous and irresistible correspondence gained him a further ring of friends, and the enormous gathering at his moving funeral service on 28th November included people from around the world. He was enormously fond of the School, and throughout his time he never ceased to bring his formidable and varied gifts to bear in its service. Antony Hopkins, speaking at the 1999 OB Dinner, linked David with his own adopted father, Major T.H.C. Hopkins, and other famous and beloved schoolmasters who have moulded Berkhamsted over the years. He would, I think, have asked no better epitaph. John Davison (Hon)

A Premature Elegy for David in the Hospice

The voice is halting now, which once would hold A class in thrall. I used to snoop outside To hear how Milton should be taught, or Blake, Or all the rest you loved and taught so well. Now, sitting by your bed, I note how eyes Are often closed against the evening light, Though when they open wide that gaze has all Its usual fierce and piercing scrutiny. ‘I’ve had my life’, you say, ‘am ready now To see the door which opens next. I’m not Afraid. So tell them that. And tell them too I’m quite excited now.’ He doesn’t add That he has always relished taking risks As when he rode his bike, an upright one, Without a gear and hardly any brakes, From John o’Groats to th’other end of England. Oh English David, you joked that you were Growing old, and so played John Aubrey With grim perfection, chamber pot filled too. You would have made a perfect priest, but spoke Too frankly for a church grown tame and mild; And yet you were laconic when that helped Conceal your gifts, as with a cricket bat, A man of passion held in check with wit, Unworldly worldly-wise, and wise with words. The bees whose hives you kept from eight years old Didn’t see the summer out. Perhaps they sensed That things were coming to a natural end. How we shall mourn your passing, but how glad We had your ‘undivided attention’. The world comes crowding in. We should have guessed The end might come like this, not in a fall From the high rigging, or a twilight crash On a mountain-side, but all bottled up And hoisted high, with tubes for this and that. You couldn’t care. How silly it would be To rest upon your dignity. You grin And grimace as you call for pain relief. You hearten those you’ll leave behind, old friend, And make us hope that we shall face our deaths With just as much insouciance – and guts. Turn out the lights. Pull up the sheets. The sun Is going down, but it will rise again. C.J. Driver The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 125


‘Well on my way now. Weather fine. Thought that you would like to know.’ This, now, is my great adventure; this is what I have prepared for all my life. As I sail hull-down over the horizon, you can wave one last time to me, and then go on with your lives. That is all that matters. No regrets. My story has taken me a lifetime to write, and I hope that there are little mementoes for you to take down from the shelf; that you may say: ‘Yes, I knew him.’ Whether for good or bad … I no longer mind. I am simply glad to have lived, and amongst you all. My chapter here may be closing, but there are heart-felt footnotes. To my Darling Liz. We have ever been all-in-all to each other. No song have I sung; no sunset watched; no spring flowers loved; have never stood enraptured by the bee-humming hive, nor enjoyed the tranquil evenings of age, but you have been a part of all my joy. Since that day when we were joined in our love, your ring has never left my finger, nor your image my heart. Without you I have no life, and with you there can be no death. Rejoice in what has been, as I do, and know that we are still just so, even so; and shall be for ever. My dear family I bless with my eternal love. If 126 |

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you did not realise it when I was with you, then know now that I am gone, that you have been my whole reason for life. With my love for you, and my pride in you, goes a sadness for all my shortcomings as a father. There is no practice for parenthood. So, my big ‘Sorry’ to you all. Thank you for all your care and understanding. You have tugged me from disasters. In the laughter, in the streams we paddled; in the rivers we thought one day to ford, you have been my companions. I can contemplate no future without you. As for my grandchildren, you have been fun for me. There am I still, smiling, at the bottom of your human pyramid. Wherever you are, whatever you do, go gloriously. I salute you all. My old pupils – if there are any here – I hail in the joy of old companionship. You were more important in keeping me young and active than I was important in educating you. If there is any here who remembers DRAP for any unfairness, he asks you now that you should weigh his failings as kindly as you may. My friends here, young and old; all those who have shared with me – in conversation or in writing – the magic of this waking world, I greet you with the old delight and a firm handshake. We have lived and walked together. Because of you all, my life’s path has been through fields of golden harvest. I have never set store by myself. Your lives will go on, and you must live them … gloriously, fully, joyfully. I am ready to go. I look to clasp old friends. There are more with whom to renew acquaintance than there are those here to leave behind. Among that former company, are my dear mother and father. I am eager to say to them the ‘Thank you’ that I neglected to say in life. To you all, Farewell. Nothing is here for tears. ‘Ripeness is all.’ If you should think sometimes of me, then pray for me and for those whom I clasp ever dear. David

Liz Beattie (Brandon) (Bu ’55) (28th June 1937 – 28th April 2016) I first met Liz when we were nine and we were friends until her death. I can recall very little of my year in the Beeches in Lower 2, but one memory has stayed with me for life. We were sitting in the hall cross-legged in assembly and Miss Daffern told us that two new girls had started that day and we had to be very kind to them as they had come all the way from Canada. She told us Phyllis would be in Form 1 and Elizabeth in Lower 2. Liz and I were to be in the same class for the next nine years. Because Liz lived in Berkhamsted and I travelled in on the bus every day, we only saw each other in School and because of the distance I don’t remember many visits to each other’s homes, though there were some. One thing we shared was parents who were older than average, especially our fathers! I think our friendship grew as we got older and we were certainly closer in the Sixth Form, both doing English and History. We kept up after School, and in due course both became teachers, seeing each other from time to time when we were staying with our parents during school holidays. It was on one of those occasions in our twenties, shortly after I had got engaged, that Liz was complaining she had little to do over the summer. I suggested that she could join me at a local history summer school I was going to in Lincolnshire. On the first evening I introduced her to Ted Beattie, one of the organisers whom I knew well, and the rest is history! I knew long before the end of the week that they were made for each other. We both married and saw each other from time to time, but as we lived at opposite sides of the country, and I had a young family, communication was mostly by letter or at BSG reunions. However, we never lost touch and I still have some of Liz’s long, newsy Christmas

letters decorated with the flying angel. I was fortunate to have Liz’s friendship for nearly 70 years and I treasure my memories of her. Ann Richards (Buchanan-Smith) (NS ’55) Liz and Phyllis were sent off to Canada at the beginning of the war and didn’t see their parents again until it ended. Liz remembered being told by them to take good care of her baby sister. She did and continued to do so throughout their school days, often to Phyllis’s obvious frustration! They always remained very close and Liz was a proud and devoted aunt to Phyllis’s children. They all adored her. She also remained close to her ‘adopted’ Canadian family and she and Ted spent several weeks in Canada most summers visiting the extended family. She loved her old school and, despite the distance between Ipswich and Berkhamsted, was an incredibly loyal member of the Old Girls’ Committee and very proud to have been our President from 1988 to 1991. For many years she was our AROPS representative and she and I much enjoyed our November forays into some of London’s most prestigious schools for the AROPS annual general meetings. In 1990, when Evelyn Pegley (Levitton) (Lx ’54) proposed the formation of an Old Girls’ golfing society, Liz enthusiastically lent her support. I well remember the inaugural meeting of the Tudor Rose Golfing Society at Berkhamsted Golf Club. Liz drove down from Ipswich to present the prizes which included the magnificent cup she had donated. In October 2015 we celebrated our 25th anniversary, once again playing at Berkhamsted Golf Club. Sadly, Liz was too frail to attend but we raised a glass to thank her for her unwavering support over the years. On 22nd January 2015, Tom Rowley, Daily Telegraph Parliamentary Correspondent, wrote, ‘Remember Liz Beattie? Me neither. But in 2005, as field officer of the Professional Association of The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 |


Teachers, she said, “Children find failure hard to cope with, therefore, henceforth, the word ‘failure’ should be banished from classrooms, and all talk must be of ‘deferred success’ ”. How wrong you were, Tom Rowley! Countless men and women will recall their days in Liz’s classroom with gratitude and affection, and generations of Old Girls will remember her loyalty and love of her old school. We teased her at the time over ‘deferred success’ but she took it all in good part. She had a great sense of humour. Liz was a special friend and I miss her. Mynerva Altman (Smith) (Bu ’56) Sally Bown (Aspinall) (OS ’80) (28th July 1962 – 23rd May 2016) After leaving School in 1980, Sally went to Harper Adams Agricultural College, where she studied Agricultural Marketing and Business Studies. On leaving, she obtained a job in Newbury, Berkshire, where she first met her husband-to-be, and they were married in October 1986. Nigel came from a farming family, and they went to live in Steventon, Hampshire, where they remained throughout her married life. They had two daughters, Hannah, now aged 24, and Emily, now 22. From a very young age, Sally had always been involved with horses, and was delighted when Hannah won a national dressage competition last April. She was extremely fit and active, full of fun,

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and very much enjoyed her job at a local GPs’ surgery, where she was highly respected as their practice manager. Early in May this year, whilst enjoying a family party, she suddenly had a cardiac arrest and died three days later. She did not suffer at all, but her sudden loss has been a great shock to all her family and friends. Tony and Vivien Aspinall Emily Bown will be running the 2017 London Marathon in her mother Sally’s memory, for the British Heart Foundation. She and her sister Hannah would be immensely grateful for any support: Isabelle Docherty (Burgh, Year 12) (15th September 1998 – 25th June 2016) Isabelle Docherty described herself as ‘pretty great’ in her last message to those who had followed her journey via a Facebook blog and all who had the joy of knowing Izzy would wholeheartedly agree with that description. A member of Russell House since she joined Berkhamsted Girls from Beechwood Park in Year 7, Izzy had only just moved into Sixth Form as a member of Burgh House when she was diagnosed with cancer. As a School community, we followed Izzy’s brave and inspirational battle, moving from hope for a full recovery to the

devastating reality of having to mourn the loss of this exceptional young woman. Izzy’s illness did not define her. What did define her was her continuing desire to be a positive, contributing member of the School community and of life – the last issue of the INK student magazine for the 2015–16 academic year includes an article written by Izzy, and in March she was a member of the winning Girls’ RAF squad in the Yates Drill. It is testimony to what an asset Izzy was to Berkhamsted School that, had she been well enough, she would have been able to take her pick as to how she wished to be involved in the visit by Her Majesty The Queen on 6th May – as part of the CCF Guard of Honour, Chamber Choir or as a Sixth Form guide. Whether in a leadership role in her House, participating in House events, performing on stage or marching as part of a drill squad, Izzy emanated talent and confidence. She excelled in the classroom, achieving nine A*s, an A grade and an A in Additional Maths in her GCSEs. Clearly she was bright, but achieving top grades was not the end in itself for Izzy: she had a genuine interest in understanding and learning everything that she would come across. She was one of life’s organisers and leaders, with a seemingly endless capacity for organising and inspiring others. An abundance of emotional intelligence enabled her to reach out across the School community and maintain friendships with a wide range of peers. Izzy’s Head of Russell House, Barbara Evans, notes, ‘I have a vivid memory of her warming up at Sports Day in Year 10, jogging at the head of a group of Russell girls, leading from the front as it were, then dropping back to put an arm round the shoulder of the girl on either side of her to take up the pace from within the group and go forward all smiles and carefree laughter.’ She achieved outside of School as well: Izzy had been selected onto the England Talent Pathway for Clay-Pigeon Shooting and, along with

her sister, Cara, had attended a coaching session with the Olympic coach for the GB Junior Ladies’ squad. Sadly, we will never know the heights Izzy, with her tremendous ability and abundant talents, could have scaled in life. What we do know is everyone within the Berkhamsted School community who knew, or knew of, Izzy will never forget her dignity, her wisdom, her sense of humour and her bravery in the face of such adversity. Berkhamsted School lost one of its brightest stars on 25th June 2016. ‘We cannot judge a biography by its length, by the number of pages in it; we must judge by the richness of the contents … ‘Sometimes the “unfinisheds” are among the most beautiful symphonies.’ From Men’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl and featured in the order of service at the Service of Thanksgiving held for Izzy at St Peter’s Church on 6th July 2016. Richard Petty and Catherine Dow (with thanks to Barbara Evans) Dr John Evans (Hon) (25th May 1929 – 23rd November 2016) A very special school doctor Dr John Bryan Evans (1929–2016), MA (Oxon), BM, BCh (St Mary’s), came to Berkhamsted in 1962 to join the GPs’ practice headed then by Dr Denis White. Among its many other duties in the town and neighbourhood, the practice looked after Berkhamsted School (then for boys only) and the Girls’ School. In those days especially the Boys’ School had more boarders than it did in later years, so the post was by no means a sinecure, indeed at times – for instance in the occasional ‘flu’ epidemics – a considerable burden. Moreover, quite soon John Evans became the GP for the various Headmasters and their families, and the Headmistresses, too (Barbara Russell, Mary Rose Bateman and Valerie Shepherd). So he looked

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after first Basil Garnons Williams, his wife, Marghi, and family, then John and Brenda Spencer and their family (until 1983), and then myself, Ann and family, too (1983–89, though he decided to retire a few months before I moved on to Wellington College). Very quickly, after my arrival in 1983, John and Margaret (whom he had married in 1961) became our friends, and John a confidante and adviser on all sorts of things to do with the town and the School, many of them not medical at all. One reason for John’s success as School Medical Officer was the passion for games he had shared with his brothers from early childhood: as good Welsh boys, rugby was their primary passion, but John loved cricket and squash, too (it was in the latter he got a Blue at Oxford). However, in an emergency, any game would do: when cricket took up too much time he started to play tennis and, at one stage, even kept goal for his College soccer team. In later life, golf became the main game. I always remember that, when a parent got worried about injuries happening on the rugger field without there being adequate first-aid help nearby, John was quite happy to turn out – despite his busy-ness as a doctor – to stand on the touchline for 1st XV matches. As well as being a good and (by the time I knew him) very experienced doctor, John Evans was a wise man, always wanting to see the good in other people, though he was by no means a ‘softie’. Skivers and shirkers got short shrift; but when boys and girls were in emotional trouble or moral turmoil, he was infinitely patient and kind. I have never forgotten the way he looked after a boy who had developed testicular cancer: John saw him through the (eventually successful) treatment with immense understanding of the inevitable terrors the boy felt. When another boy – who had been a successful rugger player but who developed a fear of being injured – went to him for help John found a very persuasive medical 130 |

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reason for him to stop playing the game without seeming cowardly. John Evans was also skilful at managing the occasional conflict which must of necessity arise between a doctor’s sacred commitment to confidentiality and a medical officer’s need to uphold communal safety. He never broke trust; but when the Heads needed to know something important he made sure they did know. He was a man of considerable determination: that massive jaw would jut and those startlingly blue eyes would flash, and action would follow. At school (Dulwich College), he hadn’t taken the science subjects he needed for entry to read Medicine at St Peter’s College in Oxford after his national service; so he buckled down to work, often into the small hours, and in three terms got the results he needed in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. John was scrupulous in his attendance at the Schools’ sanatoria. He developed an excellent working relationship with the San sisters at the Boys’ School, first Eileen McPeake, then the redoubtable Flora McIsaac, and I knew from the boarding housemasters that they, too, felt they could always go to him for sensible advice and wise counsel. John Davison, for many years Housemaster of School House, credits ‘J.B.’ for having ‘on one occasion saved my life: I became ill in a summer holiday in Sussex; the Sussex doctor said he couldn’t get me a specialist appointment for several weeks; I rang John, and I was talking to a top specialist the following day.’ It was for very good reason that one of the readings at his funeral was from Kipling’s If: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise . . . After Ann and I left Berkhamsted, and John and Margaret had retired, first to a cottage behind the big house up Cross Oak Road, then to the house in Potten End, we stayed friends: they came

to visit us in Wellington and we stayed with them in Berkhamsted. Margaret’s untimely death was a huge emotional blow to John, but he dealt with it as bravely as he dealt with the problems resulting from his hip-replacements. He came from a big family (he said once that he had 52 first cousins) and he and his brothers remained close friends all their lives; he was devoted to his daughters and son, and their families, and particularly proud of his son’s success as a doctor. As well as their abilities as parents, John and Margaret did have, I think, a gift for friendship; the turn-out at both their funerals – with virtually every pew in St Peter’s full – was evidence of that. Certainly, Ann and I will miss John Evans, as we have missed Margaret, but we are very glad we were lucky enough to know and to work with them. Jonty Driver (Hon) F.R. ‘Bobby’ Furber (Sw ’38) (28th March 1921 – 29th June 2016)

It is impossible in a single piece to do justice to the life of Bobby Furber, who died last June aged 95; a man with a huge range of interests each of which he was determined to pursue to the highest standard, in the best company, and, ideally, over the finest wines and food. The obituary for Bobby which appeared in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 10th September 2016

described him as a top London lawyer, collector, sportsman and bon viveur with ‘… jazz and the popping of corks helping him retain the vitality of a 28-year-old all his long life’. However, the obituary did not record Bobby’s lifelong devotion to the success of the School as pupil, Governor and Old Boy, particularly his role as ‘father figure’ of the Old Berkhamstedian Golfing Society – somewhat remarkable given that he spent only the final five terms of his education at the School. Bobby’s enthusiasm for the School was perhaps born out of the circumstances in which he arrived at Berkhamsted in 1937, following a childhood in Shropshire where he was born on 28th March 1921 at Whitchurch. Bobby boarded at Willaston School in Cheshire but in 1931 his father, who ran a cheese business, died leaving a widow of 34 to bring up Bobby and his sister. On being asked ‘Why Berkhamsted?’ Bobby asserted that his mother wanted to move on from Shropshire and it was the first suitable school they found on the A41 towards London. Bobby remembered clearly his interview with the Headmaster, Cuthbert Cox, who helped with a scholarship and procuring accommodation at Bartram House in Ravens Lane, a property owned by the School, which subsequently became absorbed into the Art Department. On completing his studies in the summer of 1938, Bobby was advised by Cox to enter the legal profession. This led to him taking a degree in Law at University College London and later, on the advice of a family friend, joining the firm of Slaughter and May, where he qualified as a solicitor in 1945. While qualifying, Bobby continued to live with his mother in Berkhamsted and, in 1947, he ‘walked out’, as he put it, with Anne McArthur (SH ’44), a former Head Girl of the Girls’ School. On Christmas Eve of that year, as they returned from a service at St Peter’s, he offered and – to his surprise – she accepted, his proposal of marriage.

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overseas. To give some idea of his stature within the firm, when he retired more than 30 employees were made up as partners. Although he enjoyed

They were married in the following September and settled in Blackheath. Their happy marriage produced four children and when the family outgrew their original home, in 1970 they bought an imposing Georgian-style townhouse nearby. Until Anne died in 2015 this house became the focal point for copious entertainment and stimulating discussion in which Anne’s sharp mind proved an equal foil to Bobby’s enormous breadth of knowledge. Number 8 Pond Road also provided a home for his awesome library of 15,000 books, a massive collection of jazz records, two pianos and enough wine to ensure a good party could be thrown at short notice. In 1952 Bobby was offered a position in the firm of Clifford Turner (now Clifford Chance), an option he accepted as partner number 11, in charge of property. His appointment coincided with the introduction of the Government’s Town and Country Planning Act and led to a large influx of work. So much so, that within three years his department was contributing one-third of the company’s profits. ‘Consequently, I became rather popular’, he recalled. On joining the firm, Bobby was one of a total number of 100 staff. When he left, 30-odd years later, staff numbers were more than 1,000 in the UK alone, with many hundreds more working 132 |

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his working life he had no qualms about retirement: ‘I was jolly pleased to give it up,’ he said. Bobby joined the Old Berkhamstedian Golfing Society in 1939. The limited records retained (mostly by himself!) note Bobby as a leading player in matches and Society meetings (the results were often published in the national press in those days). Bobby was a fine swinger of the club and a player to be reckoned with. In 1946 he joined Sunningdale where he played off two handicap, and in the same year he entered the English Amateur Championship. He soon became Secretary of the Society and his role and involvement must have been significant as, by 1959, the Society was already marking his efforts with the presentation of a silver salver. However, it is for his contribution to the Society’s participation in the Halford Hewitt Cup, an annual tournament of foursomes golf played each April between 64 of the leading Public School Old Boys’ golfing societies, for which Bobby will be remembered by generations of Hewitt players and supporters. It would appear the Society’s early appearances in the Hewitt were casual in the extreme, first putting in an appearance in 1937 and playing for the next two years until the onset of the Second World War. After the war, societies were given two years’ grace to raise a team of ten players and when the Hewitt resumed in 1947, Berkhamsted did not enter a side. Early in the following year, and to his horror, Bobby discovered, at the eleventh hour, that Berkhamsted had not entered the draw. Realising that this failure might lead to our permanent expulsion from the tournament, he cobbled together a side in short order, which included

three members of the Cork family and two full Colonels (A.L. Wilson and D. Webster). Bobby partnered his life-long friend, John Stobbs (later to become the golf correspondent of the Observer newspaper), but, despite winning their own game, the side were defeated in the first round. First-round defeats were to be a frequent hallmark of Berkhamsted’s appearances but this never diminished Bobby’s enthusiasm. He was to continue organising the team and remained a leading player for the next 40 years, most notably in 1959 partnering Jeremy Walker to win all his four matches as Berkhamsted reached the quarter-final for the first time (a feat not yet beaten and not repeated until 1994). What is, typically of him, less well known is the considerable contribution he would make each year behind the scenes to ensuring the Society’s continued participation. For many years he paid the annual tournament entry fee and regularly footed the hotel bill for younger members of the team. Bobby became a member of Royal St George’s and the Royal & Ancient, serving for several years on the Rules of Golf Committee, latterly as its Chairman. Consequently he came to know virtually all the people who mattered in the amateur game. This proved a huge benefit to the Society, where the mention of the word ‘Berkhamsted’ to any Hewitt golfer would invariably be met with the response ‘Bobby Furber’. Put simply, Berkhamsted owes its current place and reputation in the Hewitt almost entirely to Bobby. In his role as longstanding President of the Society he continued to attend the Hewitt each year as leading supporter, usually the first to arrive at the hotel and, often, the last to leave. In fact he missed only one Hewitt between 1948 and 2005 – on account of being required to attend the Masters at Augusta. He last saw the team play in 2011 and thereafter eagerly awaited news by

telephone of the team’s performance each evening of the tournament. In his City life, Bobby made it his business to know all the ‘movers and shakers’, which brought him into contact again with Sir Kenneth Cork, Lord Mayor and the leading company insolvency accountant of the day, who had become Chairman of Governors. He invited Bobby to join the Board and it was no surprise when Bobby succeeded Cork as Chairman in 1986. Bryan Hines (Be ’50), himself a keen member of the Society, and who, in turn, succeeded Bobby as Chairman, recalls his period as a member of the Board of Governors who were responsible for both the then-separate schools: ‘Bobby was Chairman for five years with, at that time, Valerie Shepherd as Head of the Girls’ School and Jonty Driver and then Keith Wilkinson at the Boys’. Both the Governors and all three Heads spoke highly of his skill and wisdom in that role, and the courteous and helpful way he dealt with everyone. Together they made some important changes and weathered successfully some difficult times for the Schools in the 1980s. ‘He had an excellent sense of humour and enjoyed retelling the story of the Boys’ School Speech Day (then held in the open air in the Grass Quad), when the Governors were to “process” from Wilson House to the platform. Unfortunately the conductor of the School Band did not see us

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appear and we arrived at the platform to the strains of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. At the same event there was an IRAtype bomb scare “warning” to the School. Bobby announced this to the audience, saying, “Please feel free to leave if you wish but I propose to remain and continue the proceedings”. I had only been a Governor for 18 months when Bobby announced his intention to retire from the Governors in early 1989 and, to my surprise, nominated me as his successor with the notentirely-reassuring and somewhat prophetic words, “They are a good Board of Governors, but there are a few problems, which I am sure you can sort out”. ‘As a person Bobby was charming, effervescent and always considerate to others and, with his wide areas of interest and with a good sense of humour, he was always excellent company and a pleasure to be with. Berkhamsted owes him a debt of gratitude for his dual contribution to the School.’ To those that knew him, it seems sad to be writing this piece in the past tense. It is hard to imagine the world without him but we should all give thanks to a great man who gave so much to the School and many of its alumni throughout his long life. Bobby can, of course, still be seen in the large painting in the Old Hall together with a number of Boys’ School Heads and previous Chairmen of Governors. Michael Butler (Sw ’72) and Nick Davies (In ’67) James Glenister (Be ’90) (– 15th January 2016) James Glenister passed away very suddenly at the age of 42 on 15th January 2016. He joined the School at the Prep stage, under Phil Bailey, and went onto the Junior School with Bill Oram as his Housemaster and George Pitman as Head, before following his brother, Charles, into Bees, under Paul Dicker. James left the School in 134 |

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1990. In 1995, he married Irene and for 12 years the couple ran their own hotel, The Forest Inn, on Dartmoor. At the time of his death, James and Irene were running the Old Thatched Inn at Stanton under Bardon in Leicestershire. Irene would love to have contact with anyone who knew James. Please get in touch through James's brother, Charlie (Be ’88), at: Maggi Turner (Glenister) Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE (SH ’68) (31st October 1950 – 31st March 2016)

Zaha Hadid's stay at Berkhamsted School for Girls was a short one, a brief stop-off in a life that took her around the world and back again. She attended in 1967 and 1968, her final years in secondary education, rounding off a school career that had encompassed a progressive Catholic convent in Baghdad of all places and a boarding school in Switzerland (which she ‘hated’, turning her off winter sports for life). After leaving Berkhamsted, Hadid upped sticks again to enroll at the American University in Beirut before moving on to the Architectural Association in London, where she later taught. She had been born in Baghdad but London was where she made her (at least semi-) permanent home, and where she eventually based her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, in sprawling offices in Clerkenwell.

David Hill (Be ’49) (11th August 1930 – 9th September 2016)

Hadid's early career was a mixture of brilliance and frustration. She won a competition in 1983 with her startling designs for the Peak Leisure Club in Hong Kong, but the project was cancelled before her ideas could come to fruition. Similar fates befell her concepts for, among others, the redevelopment of Hamburg Docklands, overarching urban plans for Barcelona and Berlin, and the renovation of 59 Eaton Place in London – another project that picked up an award (the Gold Medal for Architectural Design) but remained on the drawing board. But all this was a matter of cranking into gear. The 1990s found Hadid soaring, her fluid designs earning her the nickname of 'Queen of the Curve', her brain-children popping up all over the globe. She put her name to the Vitra fire station in Weil am Rhein in Germany, various Serpentine Gallery appendages in London, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, and the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, and in the early noughties she almost got a swing at the Cardiff Bay Opera House. The last 15 years of Hadid's life were arguably her finest, producing beautiful creations like Hong Kong's Innovation Tower, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park in South Korea, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku and, of course, London's Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, the venue for some of London 2012’s most thrilling moments. At just 65, Hadid left far too soon, but it’s plain to everyone, everywhere, that she made an indelible mark on the world. Matthew Horton (Sw ‘90)

After leaving Berkhamsted School in July 1949, David did two years’ national service with REME before studying Natural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. David then joined Stewarts & Lloyds, which became British Steel and spent the early part of his career at Corby Steelworks in Northamptonshire, before moving to the head office in London and latterly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he was Sawawin project manager. After retirement from British Steel, David lived in Pavenham, Bedfordshire, and continued to work until his mid-eighties for the mental health charity TocH and the NHS. David was a strong family man, he was widowed twice and had a total of seven children and 13 grandchildren, and devoted much of his time to supporting them. Aside from family, his main interests were cricket, bridge, Radio 4 and cheap and cheerful DIY. Emma Page Norman Jenkins (SJ ’35) 8th April 1918 – 8th July 2016 My father was born in a small bungalow near the lighthouse in Alexandria in April 1918 and grew up there. When he was about six he sat watching a large procession passing the house. In the centre of the

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procession was a camel and on the camel’s back was a carpet. The carpet had belonged to a Sufi saint and was being taken to Mecca. Suddenly my father’s house boy, Abou, snatched the school cap off my father’s head and rushed outside. He touched the cap to the carpet on the camel’s back and on his return gave it to my father saying, ‘There, that guarantees you a long and interesting life’. What a magic carpet that proved to be! My father’s first school was Victoria College, run along the lines of an English public school. (Its subsequent pupils included Omar Sharif and many of the bin Laden boys – but not that one!) At that time Alexandria was a very cosmopolitan city and my father’s school friends included Greeks, French, Italians and Egyptians. He quickly learned to speak all those languages and this was to become a feature of his life. He loved talking to people of all backgrounds and races and nothing would give him more pleasure than finding himself on a train sitting next to a couple of Iraqis whom he amazed by suddenly joining their conversation. My father finished his education at Berkhamsted, 1932–35, and soon after leaving School he joined BP in the Persian Gulf at their base in Abadan. On the outbreak of the war, being a member of the RNVR, he joined up and was posted to Alexandria in Naval Intelligence, attached to the Eighth Army, winning his Africa Star and Italy Star and being involved in the handover of Crete and Greece from the Germans. Our family motto is Perge sed cautem, advance with caution, or look before you leap. In my father’s case, this was a motto often honoured in the breach, none more so than in 1943 when he wrote to a young lady in England whom he had known in Egypt in his school days but had not seen for four years. ‘Dear Beryl, I have three weeks’ leave coming up – will you marry me?’ With great courage, you may say – and probably to her own surprise – my mother said 136 |

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yes and their extraordinary boldness was rewarded with a marriage that lasted two days short of 73 years and produced two children, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. After the war my father returned to Abadan where we lived until 1951 when the Iranians nationalised the oilfields and deported all the British. Today, they send Easyjet to bring you home; in those days HMG did it in style and we were taken off by HMS Mauritius which took us to nearby Basra. We then spent the next eight years living in Iraq, moving between Basra and Baghdad on several occasions. This was a very happy time for our family but politically things were difficult. Israel had recently become a state and the Arab world retaliated by driving out all their Jewish citizens. Baghdad, in particular, had had a significant Jewish population for centuries before the birth of Mahomed, with 26 synagogues as late as 1946. The expulsion of 125,000 Jews in 1952 did not include the nine who were working for my father in Basra whom the government deemed too important to lose. However, they and their families were being persecuted on a daily basis. Our house at the time was inside an oil refinery on the banks of the Shat-al Arab river with a jetty by the side of our garden where an aviation fuel barge arrived every week from Iran. My father employed two Baluchistani guards as night watchmen on the jetty. One night he brought his Jewish employees and their families to our house after dark, then took two bottles of whisky over to the guards and, having got them drunk and sound asleep, he hid the Jewish families on board the barge and they escaped to Iran and on to Israel. I dread to think what would have happened to all of us if he had been caught. When we lived in Baghdad, my father was a warden at St George’s Cathedral, which somehow still survives with a congregation of 14 and a very eccentric and courageous Irish priest. On his

return to England, my father became the honorary treasurer of the Jerusalem and East Mission, a role he fulfilled from 1960 until 2014. On one occasion, visiting Jerusalem on behalf of the J and EM he met Schlomo Hillel, then the speaker of the Knesset, an Iraqi who had organised the evacuation of 125,000 Jews from Iraq in an operation known as Exodus from Babylon. Hillel was delighted to hear my father’s story and in recognition of my father’s actions he presented him with a mesousa, a tablet containing a quote from the Old Testament which is affixed to the door post of a Jewish household. That mesousa has been fixed to my parents’ front door ever since and on many occasions there would be a knock on the door from a passing Jewish person or a rabbi and my father invited them in and told his story. But back to Iraq. My father was always an expert swimmer. At Berkhamsted he was part of the four-man relay team which won the Public Schools’ Trophy at the Bath Club; he had won the Royal Navy freestyle championship in the war, and he received a medal from King Faisal of Iraq for teaching the Iraqi army to play water polo – some would say the only real skill they still profess to this day. But Iraq was to end in tears with a Communist revolution in 1958, the murder of the royal family and the deportation of all westerners bar 11 – of whom my father was one. He was effectively a hostage for 18 months. A soldier stood at the door of his bedroom, he had a soldier in his car, one in his office and was under armed guard wherever he went. Fortunately, my mother, sister and I were in England at the time. We were allowed to send my father one letter a month , knowing that the Iraqis would read it, and we were allowed one phone call of three minutes on Christmas Day. In those days no questions were raised in the in the House of Commons, no one tried to counsel us; such an event was just treated as a hazard of

overseas trade. The same thing had happened to my father’s brother, Crozier, whose family were kicked out of Egypt by Nasser with just a toothbrush. You just got on with your life. After 18 months my father was given an exit visa, valid for 24 hours. He caught a train to Istanbul and from there the Orient Express and we met him at Victoria Station eight days later. My parents bought a house in Tunbridge Wells and my father worked in London. Aged 42, this was the first time he had lived in England since he was at Berkhamsted. He hated commuting and didn’t like working in a large office, so it was a great relief aged 54 when he was told that his pension age was 65 because of overseas service. He then spent ten enjoyable years selling French houses to English people. There then followed 33 years of great happiness for my father when he and my mother moved to live in Emsworth, near Chichester. My father became a keen member of the Emsworth Art Society and all his close family have been given several paintings by him, some of which actually get hung on the wall! At aged 94 he actually sold a painting, for £20. It made his day. His greatest delight was to be afloat in his beloved motor boat, Maadi, in Chichester Harbour, where he got to know all the local fishermen and the harbour master. In his seventies he decided to upgrade his RYA certificate and somehow persuaded a rather elderly RYA instructor that Maadi was seaworthy enough to cross the Channel to Cherbourg and back. Maadi was about 20 ft long with an ancient diesel engine. They set off in fair weather, arrived in Cherbourg, did their duty free shopping, phoned my mother for a weather forecast, misheard her and set off for Chichester Harbour in the teeth of a rising gale. The main windows of the little cabin were stove in by the seas and they had to stuff sleeping bags into the frames to keep The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 137

the boat afloat. They missed their tide and ended up off the Needles at two o’clock in the morning, about 20 miles off course. The instructor, by now thoroughly shaken, told my father that night that he had failed – but he changed his mind the next day and passed him. I think he was terrified that my father would ask him to repeat the test! And so the picture that I want to remember of my father is of a man who was always delighted to see you, a man who showed great courage at times in helping others, someone who loved his family and enjoyed being the paterfamilias at family gatherings, a man who, as predicted by his servant, Abou, enjoyed a long and interesting life. Ian Jenkins Des Keoghane, MBE (Hon) (20th March 1929 – 11th October 2016)

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By 1948 at the age of 19 he was an instructor at the Guards Depot. Quite amazing in that the Army was contracting after the Second World War and posts were cut. To be an instructor at 19 was and is today very rare. He went on to complete the full 22 years’ service with the Welsh Guards, serving numerous deployments to Germany and the Aden Radfan crisis. Upon leaving the Welsh Guards as a Warrant Officer, he tried his hand at a number of jobs before becoming the Sergeant Major at Berkhamsted School in 1974. An association he kept for 42 years. In 1982 his son, Kevin, was killed on the Sir Galahad during the Falklands War. Des, devastated at the loss, had a period away from the School and went on to found with Dame Sarah Jones the Falklands Families Association for which he worked tirelessly for many years. He was duly recognised and awarded the MBE for his services to the Association. He also joined freemasonry, being initiated into the Old Berkhamstedian Lodge. This began a long masonic association with Des joining a number of Lodges, Chapters and Orders. Des was an accomplished ritualist and an active mason, securing provincial rank in the orders he joined. He was PPGSW B in the Craft, PPGSN in the Holy Royal Arch and PSGD in the Mark. RSM Des Keoghane and Lt Angus Cameron, who presented the Cameron Cane to the Corps

When I took over the CCF in 1992, Des returned to his former job as Sergeant Major until Steve Carter arrived in 2002. After that point, Des continued his involvement with the Yates Drill Competition and assistance on GI Day. He helped with the organisation of seating and all the silverware at these events, including for the visit of Her Majesty The Queen in May 2016, by which time he was very unwell. Des was also a strong supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and, over his years at Berkhamsted, attended most if not all expeditions, including probably half a dozen to Italy where he ran the base camp in 2001, his last Italy trip for 50+ staff and students. Finally, Des had an unrivalled address book which he used frequently to support the CCF, and was instrumental in securing the services as inspecting officer of the Mans brothers, Major General Simon Lalor, Dame Sarah Jones and Field Marshal Guthrie, to name a distinguished few. Des set and maintained very high standards. He was immensely loyal, totally reliable and highly respected by staff and students. He will be greatly missed, and much mourned. Fred Charnock (Hon) Graham Geoffrey King (Co ’63) (7th August 1947 – 7th July 2016) Graham died on 8th July 2016, aged 68, from multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. Graham was born in Hemel Hempstead, the fourth child of OB Harold King (Be ’12), and grew up in Boxmoor. He followed his brothers and sister in going to Heath Brow Preparatory School in Boxmoor and from there came to the School after Common Entrance. He left the School after O-levels and was articled to a firm of chartered accountants in the City of London. After qualification he practised in local firms of accountants before setting up his own practice in the 1970s. At School and afterwards Graham was a very

keen sportsman. He played rugby first for Camelot and later for the Old Albanians. He was a keen squash player and then took up golf. He joined Mid Herts Golf Club and was Captain in 1995. He also took up running and ran in both the London and New York Marathons. Graham joined the OBs and, besides his two daughters attending the School, was active in the association. He took part in OB sports and used to organise the OB Squash team for the match against the School. He was also a leading light in the OB Golf Society, being Captain from 2009 to 2011. He was the Treasurer of the Society for many years. He was also a supporter of the Foundation. Besides his avid love of sport, Graham was a very active Freemason. He was initiated into the Old Berkhamstedian Lodge in 1978, which was his Mother Lodge. At the time of his death he belonged to nine other lodges. He was a Grand Officer in the United Grand Lodge of England and held several offices in the Hertfordshire Province, including the Charity Steward for the 2009 Festival, which raised over £3 m. In family life Graham had three children by his first wife, Carol. He later married Glenda with whom he had a son. In his sixties, Graham had a problem with a hip and a replacement operation which went wrong. He was later diagnosed with myeloma. Tragedy The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 |


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academically but she probably needed a more relaxed atmosphere to suit her temperament. She found the advice on the sports field of ‘Be more aggressive’ totally alien to her. ‘I don’t want to be more aggressive’ was what she said that evening and you knew that if her mind was made up, that was it! She wasn’t a keen sportswoman so I don’t imagine that the lacrosse world lost too much sleep over her decision. The mixed Sixth Form suited Tessa’s individualism very well and apart from some slightly rebellious haircuts and colours, she thrived in the system, becoming Head of Reeves under the excellent guidance of Terry McTernan, Keith Roberts and Ginny Ostle. It was during the Sixth Form that Tessa became a vegetarian, a blood donor and a fervent worker for charity. Tessa decided not to apply for university and worked in various offices in the Berkhamsted area, but she also did some broadcasting with Hospital Radio, which she loved, and so decided to pursue her love of music by doing a degree in Music Industry Management and Popular Music at Buckingham University. She worked part-time throughout university to help with the finances and still ended up with a very good degree. Her beautifully sunny graduation day and lunch at The Compleat Angler (rather posh for us!) remain very treasured memories. Tessa soon found a job in the music industry in London and worked incredibly long hours for very little money and very little thanks from her employers, but she remained good friends with many of the bands and musicians she helped promote. It soon became clear that she couldn’t afford to carry on in the music industry and she moved into managing offices. This was ideal as Tessa was very efficient, imaginative and hard working. She started in small offices but moved on to running offices of 80–120 people at Shopzilla, Swiftkey and, lastly, Microsoft. She loved this work as she was not only responsible for ordering mundane

items of stationery, toilet products, etc, but also for food, drink and entertainment. Tessa loved organising office parties, outings, morale-raising days and charity events. She was in her element and was working with lovely people in a stimulating environment at Swiftkey/Microsoft when her final illness shattered all her dreams. Tessa’s health problems started in 2009 when she was diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy, but she managed to continue a fairly normal life, although the associated problems would have tried the patience of a saint. Work found her a small room where she could have a ten-minute nap and she continued to work incredibly hard, but the thought of her fast asleep on tubes to and from work was not relaxing for her parents! As if these two illnesses were not enough, she was then diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. A mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed. She coped with all these trials incredibly bravely but the drugs used to treat the narcolepsy worked against the cancer drugs and had to be changed. During a very trying period of treatment, and having lost all her hair, Tessa’s photograph appeared on the front page of Metro newspaper when she was interviewed about cancer and the need to check for symptoms. After a year off work she found that she was being made redundant because Shopzilla were cutting their workforce. This would have floored many people but Tessa applied for a new job at Swiftkey. We were worried that her health problems might have stood in the way but a glowing reference, a good interview and the fact that the job description was perfect persuaded them to employ her. She thrived in her new environment, making improvements to efficiency and generally making the office a more stimulating, entertaining and innovative environment. She continued to promote charity work and organised some very entertaining ways to raise money for good causes. She had also

fallen in love with Mark and the romance was blossoming. They were travelling, seeing the world, exploring exotic places and living together. Things were going well. Tessa was never blessed with good luck so when she returned early from a trip to Japan having cancelled the Australia leg, alarm bells rang. The cancer had returned and a terminal diagnosis made. This was a bitter blow to us all but the thing that upset Tessa most of all was the distress it was causing to her family and friends, and who was going to look after Mark. She was incredibly selfless, uncomplaining and brave throughout her illness and a second round of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She continued to be positive, making plans for the future and hoping for one last holiday with her nephew and niece. Sadly, we lost Tessa in June before those final hopes could be fulfilled. Tessa: she always saw the best in people; she was an incredibly loyal friend and a devoted and loving partner to Mark; she was worshipped by her brother and sister, Tom and Nell; she was a beautiful, thoughtful and loving daughter. We all miss her enormously but fortunately we have many wonderful memories of her to comfort us. She did so much good in her all-too-short life and her last message to her friends and family was: ‘Give blood; support your local hospice; love while you can and don’t waste time on people who don’t deserve you.’ Tessa’s funeral was extremely well attended by colleagues, friends and family and we were particularly grateful to the many staff who attended and the support we received from the School. Tessa would be pleased to know that over £10,000 has been raised in her memory for Cancer Research, Narcolepsy and Cataplexy, St John’s Hospice and The Hospice of St Francis. There have also been many new blood donors spurred on by her example and advice. If there is an afterlife, she will be organising a massive concert headlined by The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 141

Prince and David Bowie, hosted by Terry Wogan – it will be a huge success and everyone will have a good time. Richard McIlwaine (Staff ’75–’09) James Minett (Gr ’93)

(11th April 1975 – 20th December 2016) James Minett, of St George’s and Greenes, captain of School rugby and cricket teams, fierce competitor, father, beloved son, brother, loyal friend, respected businessman and champion of Microsoft, passed away peacefully on 20th December 2016 after sustaining complications following an aneurysm. James was a man who succeeded in anything he put his mind to. From the early days at Berkhamsted Junior School where lifelong friendships were formed and through his Senior years he proudly represented both House and School in sports at which he excelled, often managing his charges so effectively that a rag-tag set of players could become moulded into a winning team. A natural leader among friends and colleagues, his was an opinion which carried the highest of values. In his final year at Berkhamsted he was tasked with leading the Greenes House CCF corps for the inter-house competition – a challenge for anyone, 142 |

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having to martial unwilling lower-year cadets and present your squad in front of the entire School. While the Greenes House corps were not competition winners, James handled the task and pressure with aplomb, taking an almost professional pride in his work, a trait which would remain with him in his post-school years. His ability to lead others may not have always had the desired results, however. In the House Singing Competition in his final year, himself providing an extremely robust foundation through the chorus lines of The Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love, his gusto unexpectedly gave rise to a fit of laughter which then cascaded through the choir like falling dominoes. Sometimes his infectious personality was too big to ignore and all you could do was enjoy those unexpected moments of amusement with him. If one episode during his School years was associated with him, it would be his ability to single-handedly close Berkhamsted High Street with an innocent-looking rucksack left in anticipation of catching the bus back home to Chesham. He would maintain that it most certainly wasn’t his fault that the rucksack was reported and investigated by the bomb squad – after all, he only popped over the road to get a drink to pass the time. In the face of adversity, he was always able to find his own way of dealing with the challenge and ultimately turn the situation into something positive. The disappointment upon receiving his A-level results was quickly put aside to focus on making the most of his time at the University of Mid Glamorgan to study Business. With the foundations of higher education, he flourished to such a great extent that he successfully passed through three rigorous rounds of interviews to secure a position in Technical Support at Microsoft, a company he would remain loyal to and serve with great distinction for the rest of his life.

It was at Microsoft that his natural leadership, sharp intellect, commonsense and intuition came to the fore when he moved into Account Management and from the surroundings of Thames Valley Park in Reading to Johannesburg. He loved South Africa, the country, the people and the way of life. He settled down, married and had a son, Jack, whom he adored. Like everyone, he faced his own challenges in maintaining the family status quo, yet never lost his own sense of purpose, least of all his own outlook on the world. It would not be an understatement to suggest that once you’d met James Minett you would certainly not forget him. Even though he was an Englishman living in South Africa when England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003 he would still extol the virtues of his homeland and enthusiastically welcome anyone to join him in toasting his victory. He was a man who always made you feel welcome, always wanted to get to know you better, always wanted to challenge your thoughts and opinions on any subject that was on the table. Those lucky enough to know him would count him as one of their true friends and, even if years had passed between meetings, things simply picked up again from where they left off. He had only scratched the surface of realising the tremendous potential and ability he had in business, while remaining a doting and loving partner and father. His untimely departure leaves a large gap in many lives. Perhaps, therefore, the opening exchanges of his regular discussions with the Headmaster in the latter years of his time at Berkhamsted perfectly sum up a man who was respected by his opponents, admired by colleagues and loved by his family and friends: ‘Now James, what do you have to tell me?’ ‘Well, Sir, it very much depends on what you think I know.’ Ali Richards (Gr ’93)

Jean Newhouse (Hon) (– 20th August 2016) Jean died on 20th August 2016 aged 80. She taught English at Berkhamsted School for Girls from 1987 until her retirement in July 1995. As well as being a dedicated and encouraging English teacher, she looked after her form with a gentle yet firm kindness and a cheerful, positive outlook. English lessons were fun and engaging, involving frequent opportunities to hone publicspeaking skills, which on at least one occasion involved talking about a favourite recipe, with the food there to taste, of course. As a form mistress she championed the interests of her pupils and I remember her supporting us well in our GCSE year. Jean was also responsible for the School Magazine, alongside Mrs Rafter and a team of Sixth Form editors. Under her tenure, the magazine grew in size and stature, and was transformed by the introduction of colour printing. Jean participated enthusiastically in other school events such as staff fancy dress on mufti days; as I recall, she liked to wear bright colours (mufti day or not), and had an infectious sense of fun. Outside School, Jean was a great supporter of the Proms and attended many concerts each summer. She and her husband, Ernest, also enjoyed caravanning. Jean is survived by Ernest and their children, Richard and Caroline. Catherine Barham (Williamson) (NS ’97) George Paulley (Sw ’45) (26th May 1929 – 29th February 2016) George was born in Hammersmith in 1929, but his parents later moved to a block of flats near Parliament Hill Fields. George also had a flat there from 1950 to 2015, when he moved to a nearby care home. As a child he was a talented pianist, taking lessons at Trinity College of Music, and this The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 143

Britain her parents, Percy and Mollie Richards, considered sending her and her younger sister, Jill, to Canada but decided instead to board them

won him a scholarship to Berkhamsted School in 1939. He left in 1945 but remained a great supporter of the School through the Old Berkhamstedians. He joined the Estates Department of the Legal & General in 1945, and worked there until his retirement in 1989. He qualified as a chartered surveyor and became a fellow in 1969. He did much work for his local Conservative Party, as a member of the Hampstead & Highgate Association. He was also active in the Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers and was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London in 1970. Music was a lifetime interest for him and he went regularly to concerts and operas in London and on holidays overseas, often with friends or through the Music Club of London. He was a regular at Covent Garden and the Proms for some 70 years. A keen Wagnerian, his final visit to the Ring was in the Royal Box at Covent Garden in 2012. He passed away quietly at a care home in Kentish Town on 29th February 2016. Melvin Nightingale Sheila Richards (OS ’48) (11th April 1929 – 6th September 2016) Sheila Richards was born in Tooting, South London, in 1929. In the midst of the Battle of 144 |

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with an elderly great-aunt in Tring. Her father was then posted by the RAF to Bletchley Park; her mother took a house called ‘Westbury’ in Western Road, Tring, and the family later settled in a former Rothschild cottage at West Leith. Sheila entered the Girls’ School in 1941 in the days of Miss Mackenzie and rose to become Head of House and then Head Girl in 1948, before winning a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford, to read History. Subsequently she spent some time in France and in Rome with the BBC World Service. Returning to England she worked at the British Museum and at HM Stationery Office in translation and deciphering, before taking a teaching post at Berkhamsted Prep School in the early 1960s during the headship of John Chinneck. She taught for a while also at the Arts Educational School at Tring Park. In the early 1970s she devoted a great deal of effort to local history, writing an authoritative History of Tring in 1974 for the town’s Urban District Council. She wrote a slim volume, too, on local ghost sightings, to which she was herself susceptible. She also undertook research into the family of Dean Incent on behalf of Col Alan Wilson, who contributed to Mr Garnons Williams’ history of the School; her work was not acknowledged therein. After the death of her father in 1990, Sheila led a somewhat ascetic existence, known to many people in Tring but largely unknown by anyone. She died at her flat at Rosebery Way in Tring in September 2016. Creature comforts meant little to her but she never lost her lively curiosity for local history, the supernatural, the world of codes and ciphers and the life of the mind. Tim Amsden (Ad ’69)

Dr Jehangir ‘Jay’ S. Vazifdar (Ad ’41) (20th March 1923 – 29th October 2016)

Jehangir ‘Jay’ Sohrab Vazifdar, of Meredith, passed away surrounded by family on 29th October 2016. He was 93. ‘Dr Jay’, as he was known to so many, was born on 20th March 1923 in Poona, India, the only child of Dr Sohrab Shapur Vazifdar and Mary (Wadia). Jay was sent to England at age ten to attend Berkhamsted School for Boys. He was the first Indian student enrolled there. As a day student, Jay lived with the Reeve family for several years, until his parents moved to England before war broke out. Each summer, Jay would travel by train from Berkhamsted to Marseilles, where he boarded a steamship from the P&O line and journeyed across the Mediterranean, down the Suez Canal, through the Gulf of Aden, and across the Arabian Sea to Bombay. He did this alone. Jay adored his years at Berkhamsted and it was there that cricket became his passion. In later years, he was very proud to be inducted into the Maryleborne Cricket Club. He even played at Lord’s. After his graduation in 1941, Jay completed his pre-medical training at Queens’ College at Cambridge University in the middle of World War II. He served in the Home Guard during the war and made several trips to London during the Blitz.

He described the whistling sounds of the bombs, and then the silence right before they detonated. He resumed his medical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London from 1945-1948. After completion of his studies, Jay continued his education with fellowships and residencies over several years. Dr Jay began his medical practice in 1953 in Chesham, and in 1954 his father joined him as his medical partner. They were in practice together until Jay became disenchanted with the National Health Service and emigrated to the United States in 1963. After practising briefly in Lowell, Massachusetts, Dr Jay found Meredith on a weekend drive to the country and fell in love with the town. He went into practice with Dr Tom Nadeau, with whom he worked until 1975. In 1971 he had the great fortune of bringing Bob Jones, PA, into the practice for the final stage of Bob’s clinical training. Bob stayed on with Dr Jay and together they created a well-loved practice that moved to Main Street for 15 years. Throughout his career, Dr Jay practised the art of medical hypnosis, which was taught to him over many years by his father. Dr Jay believed very strongly in the correlation of mind and body and enjoyed using his skills to help people. He regularly travelled to Boston to teach medical students at several hospitals there, and was an active member and ultimately president of the New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis. He continued to utilise his hypnosis skills up until a few weeks before he died. Throughout his career, Dr Jay was on the staff at Lakes Region General Hospital. He began the Emergency Department at LRGH with a group of colleagues in the late 1970s, providing the community with its first 24-hour Emergency Care. In 1989, Dr Jay sold his practice, worked for a walkin clinic for a few years, and then ended his career doing the family practice that he loved back in The Old Berkhamstedian 2017 | 145

Meredith. He retired at age 81, often working with his beloved dog Lucky under his desk. Dr Jay loved medicine, and considered it such an honour to help people, and he always told his family, ‘My patients come first.’ Dr Jay married the love of his life, Elizabeth Sargent, in 1969. He always said they were destined to be together. Their family included Betsy’s two young daughters, which Jay happily claimed as his own, and their son, Andrew, born in 1971. Jay’s family also included many beloved dogs through the years, which he sometimes preferred to people. Family was the greatest joy of Jay’s life, and he loved retirement with time for family gatherings, grandchildren stopping by, and Skyping with cousins in far-away countries. He loved his land, cricket, tennis, cars and all kinds of gadgets. He was one of the first doctors in the area to use a computer in the 1980s, and enjoyed surfing the web daily until his death. Dr Jay is survived by his wife of 47 years, Betsy; his daughters, Susan Drover and her husband, John, of Center Barnstead, and Carolyn Crosby and her husband, Peter, of Meredith; and his son, Andrew Vazifdar and his wife, Amy, of Manchester; his grandchildren, Christopher Drover and his wife, Rose Mary, Carolyn Drover, Benjamin and Hannah Crosby; and numerous cousins from across the globe. This article originally appeared in The Laconia Daily Sun, New Hampshire, United States. Reprinted with permission. Mike Welply (Up ’50) (3rd May 1934 – 15 February 2015) Eulogy Our first thoughts today must be for Sue, Ben, Liesl and the rest of the family who now have to come to terms with life without Mike. He leaves a very big gap in all their lives and they have our 146 |

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deepest sympathy. He will also be missed by everyone here who will have, and no doubt treasure, their own special memories of Mike whether you knew him during his careers in the Royal Air Force, the Ministry of Defence or as a Freeman of the City of London, as a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, as the Mayor of Thame or as a Town or District Councillor. But my guess as you remember him is that you will have his laughter, joy, energy, ebullience and sheer enthusiasm for life in the forefront of your minds. Mike’s list of accomplishments would be impressive if it was half its length, but it is all the more remarkable as so many were achieved after he retired, as a Wing Commander at the age of 50 following 30 years’ service with the Royal Air Force Regiment. Mike’s first job in his 30-year career outside the Royal Air Force was as a stockbroker, but the house he joined was taken over three times in quick succession and he noticed that the results the company were delivering for their investors were far from outstanding – so he quickly resigned to join the National House Building Council who welcomed him with open doors, beaming smiles and a well-stocked cellar. But setting building standards and providing warranty and insurance for new homes did not fire his imagination and, before long, Ministry of Defence Security beckoned and Mike embarked on a second pensionable career as a civil servant. Part of his 13 years in security remain shrouded in mystery (nod, nod, wink, wink) but after a period as Head of the Security Secretariat he was asked to take over the new MOD Guard Service which merged several units, including the Ministry of Defence Police, into one guard force responsible for more than 200 MOD sites. The headquarters were relocated to Weathersfield in Essex, where conveniently an aunt of his lived, and at inception the force had 4,200 guards and 300 dogs and handlers (he used to say more dogs

than Battersea Dogs Home – and fiercer). He remained as Head of the MGS until he retired for the second time in May 1999. By then Mike had a significant background in security and this retirement not only coincided with the Government’s desire to regulate the methods and standards of the private security industry more closely, but also saw his election to be a Freeman of the City of London. So Mike became a founder member and the Chief Executive of the Joint Security Industry Council, the overarching body for the private security industry, which consulted and counselled the Government and was instrumental in the development of the 2001 Private Security Act which placed the private security industry under proper statutory controls. At about the same time in 2000 Mike found time in his busy schedule to become a Founder Member of the Guild of Security Professionals, a new Guild first registered by the Principal Founders with the Chamberlain of the City of London a year earlier. Guild membership is drawn from the security industry in its widest sense and, in his usual fashion, he soon got involved as a warden to the Court chairing the Membership Committee, a vital task in helping to promote and expand the Guild in those early days. On 6th January 2004, the Guild became a Recognised Company of the City of London and Mike became its Master in that first full year of 2004–05. He relished the task and had a very successful year in office. Mike was also the driving force and policy maker in fostering affiliation between the Company and the military, the first of which was with the RAF Regiment in 2004, shortly followed by representations from all three Services. In February 2008, the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals was declared to be the 108th Livery Company of the City of London and Mike was involved, as a member of the

Celebration Committee, in the very successful Luncheon held at the Guildhall when the thenLord Mayor, Alderman Sir David Lewis, presented the Worshipful Company with its Letters Patent. A truly memorable moment for all involved. In recognition of his great contribution in promoting the Company and for all his devotion and hard work over the years, Mike was awarded Past Master Emeritus in June 2012. Mike retained the JSIC role until 2004, but a year earlier, having decided that life at 70 needed a bit more spice, he had entered into local politics being duly elected to the Town Council in Thame and, in 2005, he had the distinction of becoming Mayor. Mike and Sue were devoted to each other, and to Thame, and Mike’s busy life would not have been possible without Sue’s support and encouragement. In her own right, Sue is well known in Thame for running Twynhams and then her own shop, Busy Lizzie, for more than 20 years – they were truly part of the community and Mike being elected Mayor was a just reward and an honour for them both. Now, many things have been written about his time as a Town Councillor, both repeatable and unrepeatable. To many, Mike was a larger-than-life character who was involved with town politics for more than a decade. Never afraid to be controversial or provocative, he pursued the best interests of Thame, expressing strongly held views with conviction. Many of his Town Council colleagues are here today and their tributes to him speak volumes about the regard in which he was held. Councillor Vaughan Humphries said, ‘Mike had an infectious smile, hearty laugh and phenomenal vocabulary – I can honestly say even I learned a few new words! He had flair to add a touch of drama to the most mundane subject. Most of all, and regardless of political affiliation, he was well liked and admired, championing many causes.’ Councillor Mike Dyer said, ‘His energy and enthusiasm were boundless, his love of life

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infectious, and he earned the respect of all who had the privilege to know him. Mike saw the best in people and always encouraged their endeavours. A true gent, he will be sadly missed as both a colleague and a friend.’ But not content with the Town Council, Mike was also elected to the District Council, becoming Chairman in 2010, having served on the Planning Committee and in various other capacities. Here again his hard work and commitment were much appreciated and he was recognised as a Councillor who pursued projects to the end. Living locally in Moulsford, I was always proud to see Mike’s name in the local press; it could be for championing the Thame Sports and Arts Centre, supporting more houses in Didcot, opening boat moorings, supporting more houses in Didcot, opening football and boxing clubs, supporting more houses in Didcot – ‘Why so many houses in Didcot?’ I hear you asking. ‘They must surely have enough by now?’ But my favourite headline in juxtaposition with his name was ‘Litter droppers and dog foulers beware’. He even found time to come and open our own Moulsford Pavilion with Olympian Ann Packer – a truly golden day for Moulsford. Mike was always young for his years, had boundless energy and good humour, and truly had more interests than days in the week. In the Regiment we all loved him; he was an honourable man, a patriot and a professional in all he did. We miss him. Per Ardua. Group Captain Paul Ryan and David Felwick Rear Admiral Anthony Wheatley, CB (Sw ’49) (3rd October 1933– 21st August 2016) By any standards, Anthony’s career was glittering. He rose to the rank of Rear Admiral having been Captain of HMS Collingwood, Naval Attaché in Brazil, to name but a couple of his appointments, and then had a highly successful career in the National Health Service. 148 |

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His naval career was initially traditional, going through Dartmouth, the training cruiser, with time at sea as a midshipman. There the tradition ends, as for some unknown reason he had joined as an engineer. He didn’t want to be an engineer, and spent considerable effort trying to change to the Executive branch, to no avail. It is to his enormous credit that he achieved as much as he did, and once he had got through the dirty bit of getting a watchkeeping certificate down below in among the boilers and engines with steam and oil gushing forth, he was able to specialise as an ordnance engineer which entailed guns and boots and gaiters. This suited him far better! The one thing that the Royal Naval Engineering College Plymouth gave him was plenty of time to play cricket and squash, both of which he excelled at. He came near to playing for the Navy at both sports. I cannot see him playing in today’s fashion, as it would have been anathema to him to fall about and get his whites dirty! He was one of the smartest men I’ve ever known, always dressed impeccably with shoes spit and polished. We used to ask them round for a drink when they were living in Bath – ‘Come in gardening clothes,’ we’d say. The snag was, I don’t think Anthony had such things as he would appear looking immaculate. The only conclusion one could draw was that gardening was not his thing! Anthony’s primary attribute was attention to detail. No stone was left unturned and this was where he achieved his great success. He had a number of staff jobs which suited him perfectly – once in Washington, twice on the staff of the Engineering College where, the second time, he was the Commander responsible for the smooth running of the establishment. These types of job were right up his street and enabled his administrative talent to shine forth. Allied to this, he spent his fair share of time at sea in a number of ships, but there is no doubt that admin was his forte, which was reflected in many aspects of his

work. Luckily the appointers got this right and he was rewarded with jobs that avoided the technical and concentrated on staff issues at which he was brilliant. To add to his many talents he was a fine pianist, specialising in classical and jazz – he loved Fats Waller. His final job was as Flag Officer Portsmouth, an appointment which suited him down to the ground. Anthony was a ‘people person’ and was much respected by all who met him. He was particularly good with sailors, loved their sense of humour, and I can hear him now chuckling away at something they had said or done. On leaving the Navy he had a stellar career in the NHS, but one element of his career which cannot be missed was his Chairmanship of the Army & Navy Club, or RAG as it is known. He was Chairman for three years and steered the club through difficult times with firm but fair leadership. Through this he gained the respect of all. This, combined with his work for the NHS, made for a very busy life. Iona Wheatley We extend our condolences to the friends and families of those listed below, who have died recently:

Anne Dover (’42) died 8th November 2016. Alan Foster (Ad ’41) died 18th January 2016. Diane Galloway (Staff ) died 1st June 2016. Margaret Gilbert (NS ’52) died 14th May 2016. Christopher Hawkings (Sw ’55) died 21st June 2016. Richard Hearne (In ’56) died 25th February 2016. Michael Hookham (Ad ’46) died 17th January 2016. James Loosley (Sw ’59) died 22nd July 2016. Graham Mason (Up ’42) died 6th January 2016. Edna Moore (Lx ’44) died 20th April 2016. Margaret Powell (Bu ’52) died 28th November 2015. Ken Rich (Ad ’40) died 11th July 2016.

Elizabeth Ainley (’51) died 4th September 2016.

Doreen Russell (NS ’42) died 22nd September 2016.

Paul Doe (SJ ’61) died 22nd January 2016.

Stuart Young (In ’61) died 17th November 2016.

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OB Contacts Emma Jeffrey (President) Marloes, 18 Amersham Road, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5PE Tel: 01494 433100 Mobile: 07976 424168 Email:

Gavin Rees (Deputy President) 1 Chapel Crofts, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 3XG Mobile: 07717 800627 Email:

John Rush (Treasurer) 8 Hunters Park, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2PT Tel: 01442 864719 Email:

Peter Willson (Secretary) 6 Copper Beech Close, Box Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 0DG Tel: 07831 523955 Email:

Vicky Rees (Administrator, TOB Office) Overton House, 131 High Street, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2DJ Tel: 01442 358111 Email:

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OB Contacts for Events and Clubs West of England Lunch Andy Chinneck Email: London Luncheon Club Peter Willson Email: Sports Secretary Alison Connell Email: Fives Anthony Theodossi Tel: 07701 398417 Email: Football Alex Stewart Email: The Tudor Rose Golfing Society (Ladies’ Golf) Vivien Plummer Tel: 01442 863103 Email: OB Golfing Society (Men’s Golf) Steven Pither (Captain) Tel: 07836 646963 Email: Keith Goddard (Secretary) Tel: 01442 261796 Email: Scuba Club Paul Fitzpatrick Email:

Hockey Matt Walsh-Woolcott Tel: 07739 343285 Email: Lacrosse Old Girls’ Match v School Emily Gray Email: Netball OB Hares Netball Club Pippa Gill Email: Rugby Neil Fischer Tel: 07811 200715 Email: Sailing Gavin Rees Tel: 07717 800627 Email: Shooting Barry Tompson (Chairman) Tel: 07711 381216 Email: David Pooley (Hon Secretary) Tel: 07770 946393 Email: Tennis Penny Kent Email:

Cricket Larry Eaton Email: leaton@berkhamstedschool .org

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Dates for the Diary Friday 3rd March OBs Annual Dinner and AGM Old Hall and Deans’ Hall

Tuesday 14th March West of England Lunch The Gipsy Hall Hotel, Pinhoe, Exeter

Saturday 6th May 1987 Girls’ 30-Year Reunion Dining Room, Kings Campus

Sunday 2nd July OB Annual Sports Day

Saturday 16th September 2007 Leavers’ Ten-Year Reunion

Saturday 7th October 1997 20-Year Reunion Deans’ Hall

Wednesday 6th December London Luncheon Club Dinner

Sunday 10th December School Carol Service

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