OPA Newsletter January 1984
New Series No. 45
THE OLD PHAROSIANS’
Tom Beer, Esq.
Philip Harding, Esq., 6 Monins Road, Dover
Ian Pascall, 36 Willow Waye, Eythorne, Dover
K. H. Ruffell, Esq., 193 The Gateway, D.over CT16 1 LL
The editor is grateful for all news sent to him.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
My wife and I are enjoying this year in which I have the honour to be President of the Association. After taking office in September at the Annual General Meeting and Dinner, we both attended Guest Evening and found the experience an eye-opener in view of the wide variety of subjects studied and achievements recorded. I have met the staff, talked to school-leavers and received a number of inquiries about membership of the Association. When I heard the school choir sing in London I felt proud to be an Old Pharosian.
My wife Pat and I wish all the old boys a very happy and prosperous New Year.
OLD BOYS’ DAY 17th September, 1983
On Saturday morning the Annual General Meeting was attended by mainly local members active in the Association’s affairs. The meeting was good-humoured, friendly and efficient.
Members stood in silent thought, remembering the deaths of two life members widely separated in the age range, Ernie Large in his late sixties and Andy Kremer only just in his twenties.
Headmaster reported that repairs to the school organ had been completed and the bill settled by a loan from county. This loan is to be repaid in five equal annual instalments beginning next June, the amounts to be shared equally by the Old Pharosians from their Jubilee Fund and by the Parents’ Association, who will receive help from Friends of Music at the school.
Committee was asked to look into the possibility of charitable status so that covenanting could be of advantage to association funds.
Treasurer presented a professionally clear account of Association finances. Two Newsletters during the year had cost £409, printed and posted to about 450 members, in UK and abroad. Subscriptions received amounted to £477, mainly new life membership from among school-leavers, these funds being placed in a bank deposit account to yield interest.
Secretary’s report spoke of Bill Collard’s very full involvement in the Association’s affairs during his presidential year. Members should be aware of the invaluable service given by successive presidents: and of the quiet and extremely competent way in which Philip Harding performs the duties of the Association’s secretary.
Tom Beer assumed office as president for 1983-84: and Dr. K. Lott became vice-president for the present time with a view to being the next president to follow Tom Beer, The remaining officers and committee members were all willing to continua so they were re-elected en bloc.
Sidney Wenborn was asked to report on his progress in accumulating and sorting material relating to the school’s history. This gave rise to general interest in the need for opportunity within the school for visiting old boys to look at team photos, copies of Pharos and other material. One probable solution that team photos be filed in albums, was referred to committee but no ready solution could be found for provision of room-space where material could be displayed.
Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended 31st July, 1983 Expenditure Income Newsletters 408.93 Subscriptions 476.75 School Leavers’ Social Contribution 50.00 Donations 20.00 Expenses-Secretary 3.48 Dinner-Ticket Sales 589.30 Treasurer 4.49 Costs 493.10 – 7.97 – 96.20 Invitations to O.P. 26.00 War Loan Dividend 3.60 Excess of Income over Expenditure 170.26 Bank Interest 66.70
Balance S’-t as at 31st July, 1983 Bank Accounts Creditors £211.91 Current £312.24 Jubilee Trust Funds re. Organ £1230.00 Deposit £2584.66 Revenue Reserve Cash in Hand .()4 At 1.8.82 £1218.72 Excess for Year £110.25 – £1448.91
I. D. Pascell, Hon. Treasurer
OLD BOYS v. SCHOOL SOCCER MATCH
The afternoon was blessed with warm September sunshine after a week of gales and driving rain. The turf was in ideal condition for football and everyone seemed of one mind that this was the best game for years. It reached a most agreeable result, a 1-1 draw, all goals coming in the first half.
The school team was very lively but the elder brethren matched them in skill, spirit and staying power.
Mick Palmer has exchanged the cares of captaincy for the greater anxieties of a manager. He had collected a very useful team and had a fellow-feeling for his players. The match was faultlessly refereed by Mr.
Stave Bailey, who looks after the school 1st XI these days.
The players in the Old Boys’ team were: Richard Pepper, Chris King, John Allingham (Junior), Dave Hudson, Neil Beverton, Andy Stokes, John Morgan, Dave Little, Gavin Shopland, Dave Palmer, Jeremy Weaver and Julian Wilson.
THE ANNUAL DINNER
This event could be regarded as the school family enjoying an evening meal together.
The President and Headmaster had with them the Chairman of Governors and the officers of the Association. There ware members of the teaching staff, past and present, old boys of most generations, pre-war and post-war, and prefects still at school. There are always in the company some old boys who have come from a distance: or who have not been into the school for very many years. The family atmosphere would be impossible without the company of ladies who add grace and colour to the occasion.
The meal itself was pleasent and well served. Speeches were reduced to the brief sincerity of Tom Beer’s pronounced intention to serve the Association in his year as President: and the after-dinner fluency of Headmaster in recounting academic and sporting achievement. He explained that at this time of falling school population and increasing parental choice of school there must be vigorous competition among schools to attract scholars. The Cabinet, including our own Lord Cockfield, was more than ever giving direction to the content of education, most particularly in preparation for work as well as for life and leisure.
Colin Henry, helped by his wife, handles the arrangements for these dinners with such skill that the efficiency is not obtrusive and may not be noticed. The Association is very much indebted to Colin and Brenda Henry for an annual pleasure admirably sustained over the years.
FROM THE COMMITTEE ROOM
During discussion of Association affairs, the two following statements were heard: “I don’t think I remember the end of the skittles match”; and “I still keep a bit on the side”.
More consequential matters under review included Treasurer’s professional suggestions for investment of Association assets; the proposed memorial fund for Ernie Large; and the idea of recording from individuals still living and from county records the story of the school’s foundations at the start of this century.
OLD BOYS v. SCHOOL CRICKET MATCH July, 1983
Before the game started, players and spectators stood in silent tribute to the late Vic Carr, an all-round sportsman and most pleasant fellow at school and in the life of Dover.
The school team batted first, which is neither customary nor wise. Excellent bowling by Richard Hopkinson rubbed in this point by rapid disposal of three early batsmen. David Wellard, home from New York, also bowled well and claimed the wicket of Micheal Couzens for 56, thanks to superb stumping by David Hudson. Last year David stumped Richard Pepper equally smartly. A declaration was made at 139 for 9 wickets, leaving the Old Pharosians two and a half hours for batting.
Stuart Watson and Richard Field bowled pretty fest and four O.P. wickets fell for 21. Yet again David Hudson scored over 50 in this fixture and want on to make 82 not out, winning the game with help from David Wellard. The final score was 140 for 6 wickets. Jack Kremer very kindly assembles the Old Pharosian XI: and John Booth as captain exercises discretion on the field to see that everyone enjoys the game.
NEWS FROM SCHOOL GUEST EVENING 11th November, 1983.
Headmaster said that one of the aims of this school was to produce men with confidence and imagination; men who have belief in themselves, acquired through academic achievement and extra-curricular activities. Achievements in school can transfer confidence for larger achievements in life after school.
Headmaster invited parents to involve themselves closely with school. He suggested that they came to lessons and share in “the cheapest and best lunches in Dover”. Some parents might be in a position to involve boys in the problems of the grown-up world.
His speech ended with a tribute to Mr. Fred Whitehouse whose vision had built the school on the hill, now flood-lit on the west side of the town, as is Dover Castle to the east.
Among the prize-winners were many whose names are familiar, being sons of old boys: perhaps some are grandsons.
Among the ‘O’ level successes was one boy with nine passes, all at Grade A. The Headmaster’s wife most charmingly and cheerfully presented the prizes and certificates to boys at the ‘O’ level stage.
Mr. M. H. Smith, the master in charge of the 4th and 5th year boys, introduced his winners of awards.
In turn, Mr. N. S. Horne, Senior Tutor to sixth form students, spoke of the special difficulties facing his boys at this time when more boys than ever were competing for a reduced number of places in higher education.
One sixth form boy had twice run the London marathon; another went on a scholarship visit to South Africa: another boy had played cricket with success for Kent and Young England XI’s. An admirably balanced educational achievement was demonstrated by one boy with Advanced Levels at Grade A in Maths, Science and English, he being also among the school’s accomplished musicians.
Surgeon-Commander Jolly, O.B.E., recalled his own boyhood Speech Days when boys wondered “What old wrinkly among the old boys” would be produced as honoured guest, pronouncing homilies.
He was at the heart of action in the Falklands campaign and he spoke of the qualities needed both in service action and in a school, qualities of courage, determination, self-examination, flexibility and humour in adversity.
The musical items interspersed through the evening were all of the standard we have come to expect.
The numbers and range of instruments have multiplied, in part due to funds raised by the Friends of Music, to whose finances many old boys have contributed.
The music is directed by, to borrow Headmaster’s words, a man of confidence and imagination. These qualities are transferred to boys who gain and give so much pleasure by doing something so worth doing so well.
MEMBERS OF THE SIXTH FORM WHO LEFT IN 1983 AND ARE NOW AT UNIVERSITY
Carter, A. G. East Anglia, Ecology.
Davey, R. Loughborough, Chemical Engineering.
Deverson, C. J. F. Queen Mary College, London, Biology.
Devine, A. H. East Anglia, Computing Studies.
Haddock, J. P. UMIST, Electronics.
Hall, G. E. UMIST, Mechanical Engineering.
Henderson, G. T. Bath, Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Hough, P. J. Queen Mary College, London, Computer Science with Electronics.
Jones, E. L. St. Andrew’s, German. Lester, R. M. Imperial College, London, Physics.
Lineham, T. R. Exeter, Applied Geophysics & Engineering Geology.
Marshall, W. J. S. Selwyn College, Cambridge, (Organ Scholarship) Music.
McBride, M. A. Imperial College, London, Chemical Engineering.
Pepper, R. M. Leicester, Economics.
Podmore, M. C. Warwick, Comparative American Studies.
Sanders, S. N. Southampton, Law.
Saunders, P. T. Bristol, Aeronautical Engineering.
Segol. L. C. King’s College, London, English and French Law.
Smith, A. H. Sussex, Law in Social Sciences.
Steele, A. D. Westfield College, London, English.
Thomas, C. L. Swansea, Management Science.
Waters, N. Queen Mary College, London, Mechanical Engineering.
Wilmshurst, D. H. Bristol, Computer Science with Mathematics.
Wilson, J. York. Psychology.
EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH SCHOOL MUSIC
A Barbecue On Saturday, 25th June, by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Denis Weaver, a barbecue took place in the gardens of Weeford House, River, for the benefit of the Friends of Music.
The English summer weather provided a chill, overcast evening. All else, the setting, music, food and friendliness were all that could be desired.
Wednesday, 6th July On a beautiful summer evening, the chamber choir and instrumentalists gave a concert in St. Mary’s Church, Walmer. The organist at that church is a boy trained in the school and now an organ scholar at Cambridge. At the end of a most enjoyable evening money was collected for the Kent Hospice.
Evensong in St. Paul’s, Cathedral 10th August, 1983 The cathedral was full of tourists and other visitors, many of whom seated themselves under the dome and in the nave in time for Evensong approached. The authorities very kindly invited people from Dover Grammar School to occupy seats in the Quire. Many parents, old boys and friends enjoyed this privilege with time to take in the beauty of the building.
William Marshall played the organ and the school choir sang the 52nd Psalm containing the words “I will trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever”. Our Bishop of Plymouth read the first lesson; and the choir’s rendering of the Magnificat ended with a great Amen that echoed around the dome. As an anthem we had “Let the people praise Thee, O God” by Mathias, which is on the recording made by the choir.
Two very small choirboys could scarcely see over the desk on which their music rested. From these youngsters in their first year at school the choir of fifty voices extends to parents, old boys, members of staff and friends of school music.
By their exact and controlled singing, by the traditional elegance of Evensong, by the wonder of the building with its great concourse of people, this service was a cleansing and uplifting experience.
Afterwards a lot of sociable people gathered in the nearby “Sir Christopher Wren” and enjoyed one another’s company. As Samuel Pepys might have written: “This day to St. Paul’s for Evensong and after that we mighty merry.”
Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral 31st October. 1983 On the evening before All Saints’ Day the choir sang a Latin Introit, Locus isle. by Bruckner. Their anthem after Evensong was “Blessed be the God and Father” by Wesley. This involved a demanding treble solo on the theme “See that ye love one another”; followed by the messed choir’s confident statement that “the Word of the Lord endureth for ever”.
At the organ was Stephen Yarrow, a recent school-leaver. now at the Royal Academy of Music. In the choir were boys of all ages. with representatives of staff, parents, old boys and friends. They had been admirably prepared by Adrian Boynton and they can only have enhanced their reputation.
The quire was full of people, mainly friends and parents of the boys. Among the congregation was Mrs Sandiford, daughter of Mr. Fred Whitehouse, the school’s first Headmaster. Intercessions were chosen and spoken by Rev. William Kemp. Old Pharosian and Canon of the Cathedral. who included a prayer he remembered from his time at school sixty years ago in the days when Mr. Whitehouse was Headmaster.
A Recital was given on Saturday evening, 19th November by professional players of the flute and clarinet who happen to be parents of a boy in the school, assisted by Elizabeth Weaver, also a parent, and the school’s chamber choir. The programme was arranged and accompanied by Adrian Boynton.
The school now has a coach to take teams to away matches, take the choir to cathedrals and for many other purposes. On this evening the coach went on a tour of the town bringing additional audience to the recital.
The standard of musical performance throughout was professional while also being amateur in the best sense of the word, in that performance was for the pleasure of playing and giving rather than receiving.
A Concert with a Christmas flavour was held in the Hall on Sunday evening, 4th December. The Betteshanger Band played robustly and four locally well-known singers sang gently. The school bus helped to bring people from a wide area and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.
Carol Service In Charlton Church Tuesday. 13th December. at 7.30 pm.
Traditional carols and readings were enlivened by the element of surprise imparted by modern music, sometimes gentle and at other times robust. The opinion freely spoken as the great congregation went out into the night had to be “better than ever”. It always has been.
The reputation of the choir fills the church with parents and friends, old boys and young boys. The President of the Association read one of the lessons. Some old boys sang in the choir and one played the organ.
Perhaps those responsible for the spoken word in these services could, while retaining the loved traditional Christmas story throw in a surprise for us. Could a boy write in prose or verse on a Christmas theme and read his own work?
If you who read this Newsletter can be in East Kent next mid December, do not miss the deep delight of the annual Service of Carols and Lessons for Christmas.
The Friends of Music at Dover Grammar School for Boy.
At a General Meeting in November some of the information given will interest Old Pharosians. many of whom have subscribed in various ways to assist school music.
Income & Expenditure
Subscriptions and donations £628.00 Subsidies for choir visits to cathedrals £552.00
Donations for organ repairs £245.00 Purchase of instruments £340.00
Profit on events £678.00 Subsidy for musical tuition fee £45.00
Profit on sale of records and cassettes £151.00 Subsidy for a choral concert £35.00
Interest £23.00 £972.00
Surplus of Income over Expenditure £753.00
The first payment of £270 for organ repairs will be made In 1984. Further purchases of instruments for use by the boys have already been made.
Records and cassettes of Music of Dover Grammar School for Boys can still be obtained from the editor at a cost of £5.50 each.
The Summer Miscellany This is now an established delight, a mixture of music and the spoken word, at the end of summer term.
The music included choral singing, solos on guitar, recorder, clarinet. trumpet and trombone. The orchestra played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. first movement; a wind bend and jazz group performed, there were barbershop singers and the chamber choir, Dramatic items were admirably chosen and performed.
There was wine outside in the summer air. Where else could so much pleasure be available in exchange for a single pound note?
END OF SUMMER TERM
Amid temperatures that day after day sweltered in the eighties. end of the academic year seemed busier than ever.
Public examinations were followed by all the internal exams that involve a heavy load of marking.
Reports have to be written by subject masters, form masters and headmaster. Diverse efforts are made to interest and occupy boys who have finished exams and whose thirst for classroom education is at its lowest ebb.
There were swimming sports, athletic sports and a plethora of house and school cricket, all making demands on the time and temper of committed masters.
The Summer Miscellany has been noticed in a separate article. Perhaps the most realistic tribute is to say that the standards of performance and the cohesion of a patchwork production belied the pressure and speed of preparation.
To cap everything there was an Open Day from morning to late in the evening. A list of the displays covered five sides of paper. Presentation was of a high order; every branch of school life was on show.
Many of the fathers are old boys, looking older, while their wives look younger every year.
No doubt these impressions were in the eye of the beholder, who has withdrawn from the battle but can recall the joy of the happiest day in the schoolmaster’s year when we departed for six weeks of holiday, with a double cheque to finance life out of school.
SUNDRY ITEMS OF SCHOOL NEWS
Work Project Scheme.
The school is to take part with the St. Edmund’s R.C. secondary school in a project involving local employers, the Careers Service and the South Kent College of Technology.
There will be opportunity to gain vocational qualifications as well as experience in Business Studies, Construction, Engineering and Catering.
Andrew Law, taking Advanced Levels in politics, geography and history, has been commended in a Sunday Times essay competition. He wrote a semi-satirical analysis of the Social Democratic Party.
David Coe has been accepted by the Trinity College of Music to be tutored for a teaching diploma. He plays the clarinet.
Danny Rees successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre. He has done a lot of acting in school productions end in Deal. He would like to attend a drama course at Warwick University and then apply for admission to R.A.D.A.
The school swimming team came first in the Dover Secondary Schools’ swimming gala.
Lee Leatham is a weight-lifter who came second in the Kent schoolboy championships, light-weight class, and second in the South-East Counties Under-18 section.
Four sixth boys ran 155 laps round the school top field, equivalent to the marathon distance, to raise money by sponsorship for a school for mentally and physically handicapped children. One of the boys has worked voluntarily at the school and he saw a need for computer equipment. Over £500 was collected.
In October boys of the R.N. Section of the C.C.F. with a couple of masters were involved in saving the life of a German tourist floating face downward in the harbour.
Jeremy Mitchinson ran in the Canterbury Marathon, finishing in 3½ hours and raising nearly £400 for two local causes.
The May Ball, 1984 – The date is Saturday, 12th May and anyone desiring to book tickets should write to the school or to the editor of the Newsletter.
Dr. Michael Hinton. of St. Paul’s Parish, Weston-Super-Mare, was ordained Deacon in Wells Cathedral on 2nd October, 1983.
Leslie Frank Bromley (1920-25) died on 4th September. in Buckland Hospital. He lived at Watersfoot, Uskeard, Cornwall, but maintained links with Dover through family relationship with Alfred Gunn, as well as through Freemasonry. He was a Life Member of the O.P. Association.
John Bunyan (1918-25) died on 3rd December. aged 76 years. A West End dentist before the war, he became a surgeon lieutenant-commander. R.N. and invented the Bunyan Bag widely used for treatment of burns. He was a President of the Royal Microscopical Society and as a founder-director of the Medical Engineering Development Trust he designed a car for disabled drivers. He was a direct descendant of the author of Pilgrim’s Progress.
Vic Carr (1941-48), a district council public health officer at Dover, died at his new home in Capel, early in July, aged 53. He was very popular at work and in local sporting circles. At school he was the best cross-country runner in the school team as well as playing for the 1st XI at soccer and cricket. His sudden death was a shock to his many friends.
W. G. Goodwin (1921-261) known to his friends as “Wilf”, died on 4th November. At school he developed a special skill in woodwork under the teaching of Mr. A. J. Evans. He obtained high qualification at the City and Guilds and became Head of Woodwork at Erith Technical School until failing eye-sight caused early retirement.
Andrew Kremer (1974-81) was drowned on 5th September. He was surfing in rough seas with friends near Swansea. All got into difficulties and Andrew was brought ashore unconscious. He died on the way to hospital. At school he became Deputy Head Prefect and captain of soccer. He gained Advanced Level achievements in mathematics and English literature. At Reading University he had completed a first year course in English and Philosophy. His tutor spoke of him as a good, conscientious student. He and his father both became Life Members of the Association. Jack has, for several years, assembled the O.P. cricket XI, of which Andy has been a member. We offer our deepest sympathy to Jack and Mrs. Kremer. As an expression of this sympathy, a great number of people attended the funeral service at Barham. The congregation included Old Pharosians, Headmaster, and members of the staff, university friends, school friends and friends from the playing fields. Rev. F. R. Smale, of River conducted the service and spoke of Andrew’s distinctions at school and university. The school hymn was sung. We went out into the rain conscious of loss beyond our understanding.
S. T. Hewing (1919-26) died suddenly on 9th January, aged 76. He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding last July. He had been on the teaching staff at Bristol University.
“Pip” Pearce (1924-34), son of Mr. W. E. Pearce, died of a heart attack on 11th November. He had served during the war in the East and in the post-war years had become County Surveyor for Dorset and District. His mother, 94 years of age, died in January, 1984. School and Old Boys were represented at the funeral.
Bernard Rampe (1940-47) was head prefect and senior cadet in 1947. He graduated in science and went into industry in Coventry but transferred to education and became a senior lecturer in electronics at Canterbury College of Technology. He died suddenly on 19th October after coming home from work.
John Rankine (1919-26) died in December, 1981.
Frederikc D. Trott (1920-251 died in July, 1983, at Courtland Avenue, Whitfield, aged 74 years.
David Thomas, who taught English at the school in the years leading to the last war, died in May, 1983.
Brig. Gregory Stanley (1945-52). From his interests and professional training he was destined to become a dedicated and ambitious teacher. After his training he gave his services to Barton Road Junior School and to Elvington Primary School, where he became Deputy Head and then as the vacancy occurred to Dover College at Riverdale. Because of his professional achievement he was the natural successor to the vacant post of Director of Studies at Dover College Junior School, Folkestone and became a very highly esteemed and respected member of that staff. He would give of himself freely and often preferred to take a class and responsibility than to delegate it – such were his qualities, a very humble, sincere and conscientious man, possessing a very keen sense of humour – generous in his outlook-a devoted husband and very much a family man who had been a keen sportsman, a member of the Royal Cinque Port Yacht Club and Dover Rugby Club – a man and a Mason who will be truly missed, a Mason who practised out of the Lodge those duties he had been taught in it. He was introduced into the Old Boys’ Lodge in 1972 and I was proud and privileged to have supported his admission. He was to have been this year’s Master and tragically died within a week of his Ladies’ Festival. At the Memorial Service in Folkestone we thanked God for his Service to life and Masonry and for the privilege of knowing and being associated with a friend and dedicated Mason and Old Boys. Our sympathies, prayers and thoughts go to Margaret, Matthew and the rest of the family.
R. W. Winter.
A memorial fund is receiving contributions from his many friends. Further contributions could be sent to the Editor. The money will be given to the Buckland Hospital Maternity Unit.
ERNIE LARGE The Kent Schools’ Sailing Association is forming a trust fund so that an annual grant may be made to a club or individual involved in sailing in Kent. The fund will bear Ernie’s name and be at once a tribute and a memorial to his work. So many Old Pharosians have cause to be grateful to Ernie. Should they wish to contribute to “The Ernie Large Trust Fund” they should make out the cheque in that style and send it to Martyn Styles, Education Department, Kent County Council, Springfield, Maidstone ME14 2LJ.
NEWS OF OLD BOYS CRICKETERS
Derek Aslett (1969-76) was placed 28th in the first class batting averages at the end of the season. He played in 36 innings, was three times not out, had a total of 1432 runs and an average of 43.54. He scored 111 against Sussex and a century in each innings against Derbyshire.
Chris Penn took 3 wickets for 38 against Gloucestershire: and Richard Pepper in named among the younger players who have done very well. He scored a century in one 2nd XI match. Now studying economics at Leicester University, he won an award for performances with the English Schools’ Cricket Association. The award was for fielding and for a couple of centuries.
John Ayling teaches at Hailsham School, near Eastbourne.
Alan Bainbridge (1977-79) has completed an education year and is now teaching in Astor School, He had previously obtained a 2 degree in Zoology and Sociology.
David Bevan (1951-59) is doing well in I.C.I. in Cheshire.
Richard Blackman (1970-77) has been elected district chairman of Rotaract clubs throughout Kent and Sussex. He works for his family firm in Dover, is a soccer referee and plays cricket for East Langdon.
Robin Bulow (1972-79) got an upper 2nd class degree in English at Oxford and is now planning to travel to gain experience before settling to teach English somewhere overseas.
lan Carter (1974-81) has successfully passed out of Dartmouth and proceeded to an Island class patrol boat before joining the Leander class frigate H.M.S. Danae.
Peter Chambers (1963-70) has received his Master of Arts Degree in Management from Leicester University. He is a chartered engineer with East Midlands Gas Board. He already holds a degree in physics and economics at Surrey University.
Michael Clark (1962-68) has been awarded a 2 degree in Engineering and has been invited to stay and take a Ph.D. degree.
Michael Court (1966-74) read English at Oxford and, now in advertising, has just won a prize for the best TV commercial.
Roger Cuff (1950-55) has been rightly given credit for the removal of the Dover Rowing Club from their former headquarters near East Cliff to a new clubhouse on the 8each.
David Elleray (1966-73) wrote from Harrow School where he teaches geography and games. He took his soccer team on a three-week tour of Canada and U.s.A. and is planning a geography field-trip to Kenya. He is now on the Linesmen’s list of the Football League.
A. G. Gooding, born in 1890, at school 1905-09, writes “I have to wait another seven seasons for my century, with no guarantee against a run out, caught or bowled. An application for life membership at my age would be tempting providence.”
Alistair Guthrie is headmaster of the primary school at Brabourne.
Jim Higham (1975-77) now lives in Canterbury and works in the Computer Department of the University of Kent where he sometimes sees Mr. Coulson.
Adrian Hodges, who performed with distinction in many school productions, has obtained a B.A.
Honours degree in Performing Arts at Leicester. He is now working as a trainee entertainment manager at Bangor.
J. V. Horn (1921-27) wrote in June a letter showing most lively interest in various aspects of school life.
A recent issue of the Pharos has been sent to Mr. Horn with good wishes for continuing recovery from his recent severe illness.
Commander Bill Hutchinson, R.N. (1954-611 has now achieved his life’s ambition to command his own ship, the Naiad. He maintains his school-time enthusiasm for cross-country running and recalls that he received much encouragement from Mr. Lister when in the Naval Section, C.C.F. Bill now lives in Fareham.
Paul Jaconelli is a technical clerk with Dover District Council, his working hours being spent partly indoors and partly outdoors.
Derek Jones (1946-51) works for the Prudential Insurance Company from his house at 325 Folkestone Road, Dover and just become a Life Member.
Peter Jull is in Barclay’s Bank, Canterbury.
Paul Knott (1965-72) after getting a 1st class degree in geography at University College, London and doing some research work, moved into Accountancy with a large firm for whom he flies each year to the Middle East and Japan.
Terry Lacey (1957-63) was prominent in school debates; and as a form charity monitor would lend out money at interest before the weekend and add profits to charity funds. So it was natural that he should take his A levels to Manchester University where he obtained a degree in economics. He took part in union affairs and stood unsuccessfully as a Liberal in a parliamentary by-election.
He went as lecturer and post-graduate student to the University of the West Indies, where he was &warded a Master’s degree in Government and returned to Manchester where he added a Ph.D. From 1973 to 1979 he was an administrator in the Brussels offices of the E.E.C. where he was active on the Labour side of politics.
He is now General Secretary to War on Want and involved in the Independent T.V. Authority and other organisations. His present address is Floyd Cottage, Asheridge, Chesham, Bucks. HP5 2UX.
Lt. Col. F. W. C. Landrey (1919-27) on leaving school became a student and engineer with the Dover Electricity Department. In 1934 he was commissioned in the R.E. (T .A.) and mobilised in 1939. After the war he held regimental appointments in Europe and many parts of the world. On retiring in 1958 he became a senior executive with a London consultant engineering firm. He lives at Birsted in Hampshire. His wife died recently and her ashes were interred at River. Roy Lewry (1954) works at Abbey Wood and belongs to a sports club of which Ken Marsh is a member.
Martin Linsley (1962-69) wrote from H.M.A.S. Cerberus, Westemport, Victoria, Australia, to become a Life Member and to let us know that he has just completed an exchange job in New Zealand, during which he became the Royal New Zealand Navy ski champion.
Neil McCluskey (1971-78), married Susan Edgington, who was Miss Dover of 1980. Neil has been one of the busy goalkeepers of the Dover F .C.
J. S. Mc Nab (1937-42) has a managerial post in Customs at the Eastern Docks, Dover.
lan McNab (1966-73) is a Higher Executive Officer at the age of twenty-eight and lives in Watford.
A. Martin (1969-77), who lived in Shepherdswell and is now with the Austin-Rover Company in Coventry. He is appreciative of the metalwork he learned in Mr. M. H. Smith’s department.
Gordon Miles (1973-80) works in a bank in Ashford. He recently came off his bike and broke bones in his foot. Pins are now removed and we wish him a speedy and complete recovery.
Bryan Owen (1959-64), who teaches Drama at the school, has written a play, The Evil Eye of Gondor which was performed at school in November, 1981 and has been published world-wide by Samuel French Ltd.
Paul Pierrot (1958-62) has made a documentary film showing the Snowdown Male Voice Choir preparing for Eisteddfod. The film was shown on BBC in November.
David Raines (1957-64) is commanding a helicopter squadron at Culdrose, Cornwall and is willing to land his helicopter on the school field at some future occasion.
W. J. Ratcliffe (1947-53) has returned from ten years of service to his bank in the Place Vendome, Paris, as well as a good deal of globe-trotting. He has been appointed manager of the Cannon Street National Westminster branch in the City and he again lives in Gidea Park.
John Redman (1961-69) is head teacher at Cockton Hill Infants’ School in County Durham. He recently added an M.A. in Education to his first degree.
Kevin Redsull (1966-73) now works in Fleet Street on the sports desk of the Press Association news agency.
Fred Rhodes and his wife went to a Buckingham Palace garden party in July. They both engage in a considerable amount of voluntary work.
Jack Robson (1972-77) is a member and information officer of the Snowdon Male Voice Choir.
Martin Smale, who will be remembered for his “Artful Dodger” in Oliver has, appropriately, entered a course of Business Studies. It will be recalled that Fagin in the same production went into a bank.
Andrew Smale (1975-81) is taking a degree in modern languages and is spending a year abroad, six months in Hamburg, and six months in Toulouse.
Norman Sutton (1909-12) is the oldest old boy of St. Martin’& school. He is the oldest Old Pharosian who comes every year to.the A.G.M.
Kenneth Thompson (1922-31) has written Policies and Programmes for Disabled People in the Commonwealth. He has been a Director of the Commonwealth Institute in London and of the Colombo Plan Bureau. His report urges that we “remember our capabilities as well as our disabilities”.
Keith Tolpun (1973-79) wrote from the British Embassy in Vienna. He is secretary of one of four cricket teams in that city. They play in the middle of a football pitch and “the variable bounce does cause problems”.
John Wailer (1926-31) went to Canada in 1949 as a heating engineer. He lives in Ontario and on his recent retirement he brought his Canadian wife on a tour of England, staying for a week in Dover.
Peter Wheeler (1963-71) has wound up his responsibilities for teaching and music in Ashford, Kent, and entered Lincoln Theological College with a view to priesthood in the Church of England.
S. A. Willcoks (1955-62) wrote in October from Selisbury where he is Headmaster of a Junior School in a locality delightfully named Shady Bower. After leaving school he did other things before deciding to be a teacher, completed his training and moved from Lincolnshire to Hereford and Salisbury. He recalls experience of wrestling alongside Mr. Denham to control the ancient dimmer switches during The Merry Wives of Windsor.
GO WEST TO SUSSEX, YOUNG MEN
John Cunnington 1969-721, former teacher in the geography department at D.B.G S., is Head of the Upper School at Seckville School in East Grinstead.
He will now be joined by Alex Knowles (1970-721, who taught geography at Dover at the same time as John Cunnington. Alex has been appointed Head of Sackville School’s Lower School.
In West Sussex the Adviser on Secondary Schools is Michael Freeman who taught history at D.B.G.s.
from 1965 to 1969.