April 2007 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Old Wolvernian,

I am writing to you early this year, so that you can put 3 important dates on your calendar.

This will give you as much notice as possible to be able to attend our events and give you plenty of time to call up your long lost pals from school and get them to come along as well to one or all of these gatherings.

Golf 2007

FRIDAY 11TH MAY 2007, 11.30am, WHARTON PARK COURSE, BEWDLEY

I have heard some of you say “I like to play golf, but I’m not good enough to play in a competition”.

Well, you obviously haven’t seen the OW standard! This really is an excuse for a get together and usually a bit of a long walk or buggy ride around this delightful course, and so far we’ve been lucky and the weather has been great!

Arrive for Bacon Sandwiches, Tea and Coffee between 11.30am and 12.30pm
Tee Off times between 12.30pm and 1.15pm
Four Ball Stableford competition over 18 holes
Full Handicap applies Maximum 28 Gentlemen, 35 Ladies
Approximately five hours of play

Last players return to the club house at 6.15pm
Drinks followed by presentation of Prizes for Best OW, Best Guest player, Nearest the pin, Longest Drive and a Mystery prize.

A three course dinner is served at 7.30pm.

Remember you can bring a guest or more for the day; or if your guests are non golfers they can join us all for drinks and dinner from 6.15pm.

The Bar closes at 11.00pm for those wishing to recount tall tales of holes-in- one and the ones that got away (or is that a different sport?).

Should anyone be travelling from afar and need information on accommodation in the locality please let me know.

To book your space, please use the following contact details:-

Stephen Cresswell, tel 07837 499 425, email scresswell@nstgroup.co.uk
Allan Wood, tel 07801 339 155, email allan.wood@woodridgecompany.co.uk
Or myself via any of the contacts at the top of the first page.

We will require your phone number and/or email address, handicap details and a cheque made payable to the OWA or cash is always accepted!

Prices are:-
£40.00 per person excluding a Buggy
£50.00 per person including a Buggy
£15.00 per person for the dinner only.

Saturday 30th June 2007, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Heathfield Garden Party, Heathfield School, Wolverley.

Please note because of the academic calendar this year the Garden Party has moved from the first Saturday in July to the 30th June 2007.

This year, the Old Wolvernian Association is again manning a stall with prizes to be won and a display of OW memorabilia (if you have any interesting items – school colours, cricket blazers, old photos etc.etc..) that you would like to loan to us for display please contact me on any of my contact details above. We promise to take the best care of your prized possessions and return them after the Garden Party to you.

Our President, Stephen Cresswell (Heathfield 1982) will be in attendance and will welcome you with a drink at the licensed bar. The parents Association are laying on a luncheon which does not need pre-booking this year.

We hope to see as many OWs as possible, please come along and introduce yourselves.

Annual Dinner, Saturday 10th November 2007, 7.00pm Menzies Hotel, Stourport-on-Severn.

The mainstay of our calendar year will be the OW Annual Dinner, returning to its regular date of the second Saturday in November. After the success of the last few dinners we will be using the Menzies Hotel again.
Recent years have seen a considerable increase in our numbers and we now have a loyal following (thank you, you know who you are!) from a large selection of Sebright and Heathfield eras. There are of course some noticeable absences from some year groups, and as you know who you are, we hope to see you making an appearance at this year’s dinner!

We are enclosing a preliminary order form for tickets for you to complete or to use to start planning a whole table.

As usual we can accommodate any number of table size from a minimum of six, and are able to put you in contact with lost contemporaries. Many OWs have used this as an excuse to finally get in touch with their old school friends and without exception report that they have had a wonderful evening of laughs and reminiscences!

Tickets are already available at £35.00 each; we expect demand to be high, as it was last year, so endeavour to please book early. (We will be reminding
you about the dinner again in our September newsletter, nevertheless please start to plan ahead and to put the date on your calendars).

Remember you can also use the on-line tickets form at www.wolverniansreinvented.com or www.oldwolvernians.org.uk

In the “Wolvernian-know”.

Roni (Veronica) Solomans has contacted me. Roni was “Headmaster’s personal assistant and lady secretary” to Mr Grimson at Sebright until it closed in 1970. Roni is keen to receive any news from other members of staff. In particular she remembers the Bursar Mr Perkins, French Master
Ken Corfield, Robin Sinker, Heathfield Headmaster Alan Beams and the late
Mr Ken Gimson. Anyone with news should contact Roni via the secretary or by email at roni.solomans@blueyonder.co.uk

Michael Clunas wanted to know what had happened to the Sebright Day Books; these had been kindly rescued and stored by Mike Fellows, thank you, Mike for saving this piece of our past. The Day books are now stored by the Headmaster at Heathfield, should any one wish to view them.

Joe Kahn (Sebright 1968) wants to get in contact with John Faulkner (Oxford) who was a thunderous wing forward and flanker and Christopher Kay (France) centre; joekahn@bigpond.com.au

Several of you have been enquiring as to OW ties and cufflinks; these are available from myself at any of the contact details above.

Mike Garrs is holding an open day for Mattersley Hall Prep School Old Boys. Situated North East of Retford in Notts, Mike knows that OW Simon O M King attended the prep school which closed in 1972. Mr Henniker-Gotley presented a lecture to their senior boys on Birds in March 1958. The open day is in the afternoon of Sunday 30th September 2007. Mike can be contacted on 01522 595 198 or mike.garrs49@ntlworld.com

My Space

Check out the old wolvernian site on My Space to see OWs doing what they do…..

Committee News

We are very sad as a Committee to see the resignation of three very long standing committee members, who for many years have supported and maintained the Association, Dr Jack Baker who is a Past President of the Association, Mr Ian Norton also a Past President, serving two terms and Mr Digby Westwood, retiring Treasurer of the Association. We would like to formally thank you all for your endeavours over the years and obviously look forward to seeing you at our forthcoming OW events, when you can officially “put your feet up”!

The Committee is delighted to have recruited Nina Burkett (Heathfield 1985) Richard Jackman (Sebright 1965) and Tony Pheby (Sebright circa 1940) as new committee members – we are really pleased to have you on board. You can see a full list of committee members on the website.

Should you wish to join the committee please contact me; it involves just 3 Committee meetings a year and the AGM. The next meeting is at 7.30pm at Heathfield School on the 2nd May.

History of Heathfield

Digby Westwood has kindly offered to write up a history of Heathfield, as an OW, past Treasurer and a published author we are very grateful for Digby’s efforts in this field. If you have interesting information or images for Digby to include, he can be contacted at digbywestwood@clara.co.uk

Should you have any other similar information about Sebright, we would be pleased to receive this to be able to use on a similar project.

Report on 2006-2007 OW year

Golf 06, a well attended day, glorious sunshine; fully documented in the last newsletter, with Will Gardner (Heathfield 1982) taking the OW Golfing Society Cup for the second time! Give him a run for his money by competing in 07!

Garden Party 06, a sunny afternoon with lots of OWs in attendance enjoying the band, spending money on the stalls and bar, and watching the big screen football in the Fallows Hall into the early evening.

AGM 06, a well attended AGM, minutes and accounts will be published shortly on the website, or if you require a postal copy, please contact me.

Dinner 2006, a well attended dinner; it was great to see so many large tables. The “Millionaire” quiz went down a storm, with the top table being knocked off their reigning position as incumbent winners. The disposable cameras left on each table for OWs to use gave a good snapshot of the evening (I think Annie Leibowitz can rest easy!). A selection of photos are on the website; if you want a CD of the images, please contact me. Ballroom Glitz played glam rock and got all ages of OWs and their guests rocking or at least tapping their feet!

Lost & Found.

Stuart Harry Pickford (Sebright School 1958 – 1963), is trying to find Peter Wade Driver, from Oldham; they were in Eric Knight House together. Does anyone have any contact details for Peter; Stuart can be contacted at Vipulakirt@aol.com or via myself

Russell Crowe is trying to contact J Knott and G Hamilton (Heathfield 1987), so if Jonathan or Gavin are reading this please contact him on Russell@vds.uk.com

Timothy Walker (Heathfield 2006), 9 Woodfarm Road, Malvern Wells, Worcs.

Richard Perrin is trying to track down Ron Pharoh and Peter Morris (Sebright 1966); does anyone have any clues? Contact Richard at jrichardperrin@aol.com

Jim Billingsley wishes to contact Eric Tweedle, Peter Banks Whatmore and Malcolm Joseph Steward all Sebright circa 1968 – can anyone help? Jim is contactable at jimwyn01@aol.com

Don Cox had David Marshall’s camera as it was left behind at the Garden Party last year. David I hope you are reunited with your camera now after Don’s efforts to track you down. If not contact Don at doncox01@onetel.com or via myself.

Bob Harrison is compiling a long overdue obitutary for Reginald Robert Philip Hall, Bursar at Sebright. Reg Hall was an old boy of Merton College, Oxford, and an accomplished musician, he was an excellent organist. Bob lived in Wolverley from 1947 to 1968, befriending many OWs and Mr Hall was a family friend and mentor. If you have any memories of Mr Hall, Bob would love to receive them; he can be contacted on email corvusmax@hotmail.com

Sad News

Unfortunately, I have heard today that Jim Caswell died last Sunday. James Luther Caswell (12.12.1915 to 15.04.2007) was born and lived all his life in Cookley. Jim attended Wolverley Grammar School and his passing marks the end of an era of OWs who attended the Grammar School. The Association send their condolences to Jim’s family, including his son, Richard who is also an OW (Sebright 1970).

Also, I have received news of the sad passing of the following Old Wolvernians:

A contemporary of Jim’s, Mr John Palfrey of 13 Mayberry Close, Lickhill Lodge Estate, Stourport on Severn, sadly passed away on the 16th January 2007. John was a founder of the Sebright Masonic Lodge in 1965, and was aged 90 and leaves behind his wife who is aged 89 years; they would have celebrated 65 years of marriage on the 31st January. John attended his last dinner in 2002; those present will remember that he was the only attendee eligible to stand up as an OW who left school in the 1920s.

Mr Henry Royston Smith (Sebright) of 12 St Helier House, Edgbaston, we were informed in January of this year that he has passed away.

Change of addresses

Ross Bellamy (Sebright 1951) has a new email address: ross.bellamy@btinternet.com

David Chapman (Sebright 1963), David also writes that he often remembers David Fordham’s conversation regarding his tour guide when visiting Bermuda whilst in the Navy.

Mark Fordham (Heathfield 1975),

James S France, email forestbilt@charter.net, website www.theUKVoice.com

John Walker (Sebright 1966), john.walker3@tesco.net

Charlie Osborne (Heathfield 1981), charlie_osborne@hotmail.co.uk

Elisabeth Blaber (Heathfield 1984) elisabeth@blaber.freeserve.co.uk

Howard Thompson (Heathfield 1981), howardcthompson@hotmail.com

Mark Parton (Heathfield 1976), orstone@hotmail.com

Denise Furnell (nee Williams; Sebright 1970), normden.furnell@btopenworld.com

Roger Parkes (Sebright 1959), rogerjparkes@blueyonder.com

Ian Timmins (Heathfield 1980), m.timmins@timminswhittaker.co.uk; tel 07973 749 766

Yaghyah (Joe) Kahn (Sebright 1968), joekahn@bigpond.com.au

Jeff Cope (Sebright 1968), jeffdcope@aol.com

Stephen Cresswell (Heathfield 1982), email: scresswell@nstgroup.co.uk

Mr Anthony Phillips (Sebright 1960), adgphillips@btinternet.com

Richard Perrin (Sebright 1964), jrichardperrin@aol.com

Nino Pelopida, ninopelopida@btinternet.com, (staff) 1971-1985

Remember to please let us have information about your change of address, contact details and any news you may wish to convey about your life, successes (or failures!); may be you have a question or information about “lost and found” OWs. Send your info to info@oldwolvernians.org.uk or by post, or ‘phone, so we may enlighten your peers and fellow OWs.

Hopefully you have enjoyed our newsletter….. I hope we will see many of you over the coming 12 months joining us at our OW events.

Enjoy the summer, heat wave or not!

With kindest regards,

EMMA GRIFFIN
Honorary Secretary

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