Category Archives: News from Wolvernians

2014 Remembrance Service

Sunday 9th November 2014 at 1045 St Johns Wolverley.
(Please arrive early to get a car park space and a seat in church as it is very well attended)

1130/1145 Display of WWI research and memorabilia in the Memorial Hall

1300 OWA Service of Remembrance, Wolverley High School; laying of Poppy Wreath. . Wreath laying by Simon Johnson (OW 1984), Corporal of Horse (rt’d), Household Cavalry Reg.. 30 mins duration..

Please let us know if you are attending so we can cater for refreshments by way of email to e.keeble@lutze.co.uk or info@oldwolvernians.org.uk

John Fordham, Woodfield House Boys/Staff, 1942 – 1951.

Hello,
I am John Fordham. I spent 9 years at Sebright School, both during and after the Second World War. I was Head Prefect in Woodfield for three years, and Head of the School, Captain of the First XV, and CSM of the Cadet Corps, in my final year (1950-51).

After graduation from Birmingham University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, in 1954, I came to Canada in 1955, worked in Heavy Construction for 12 years, on marine projects, all in Eastern Canada. I  then switched to Consulting Engineering in the hydro-electric field, primarily in the area of project cost control.

I retired early, in 1993, and in 1997, I relocated from Niagara Falls, myhome for 30 years, where I had raised my family, and moved to Guelph, to be close to my oldest daughter and her family.

I am interested to know how many of my contemporaries will remember me now, after nearly 60 yrs., and whether any of them emigrated to Canada, as I did. I would be interested in hearing news of, or from, any of my contemporaries at Sebright, and Woodfield House in particular, from school leavers in 1943 to new boys in 1950. A listing of active members of the Association who overlapped my Sebright years, would be helpful, together with their contact current information.

I look forward to your response(s).

John Fordham.
johnfordham8@gmail.com
519 837-8829.

Andrew Sutherland – Bury Hall 1961 – 63

Andrew has contacted us with the following news

“Dear All,

I have just, after many years, discovered your website.

I was a boarder at Bury Hall from 1961-63. I only managed to get into the school as that dear man Henniker-Gotley could not believe I got 0% for my common entrance algebra exam!

I would love to hear from any old boys from that era at Sebright, names that spring to mind are: Kevin Hancox (a good pal) Onslow, Smith, Mason (had the most comprehensive collection of Elvis LPs ever!) Small brothers, Titmus, Lawrence, Colley (From the Lebanon who used to bring back the most exquisite dried apricot sheets), Inge, Groves, Wright, Adams, Anderson et al.

If of interest, I have an excellent school photo May 1963.

Hopefully I will try and attend the annual dinner next year.

All the best to everyone.

Andrew Sutherland

(Only claim to fame plunge champion 61-63 beating arch rival Pugh!!!!!) ”

andrew.sutherland@orange.fr

Michael Clunas and Sebright/Stanley Baldwin House books

Michael Clunas – Sebright/Stanley Baldwin  Autumn 1945 to July 1951 has been very busy putting the Sebright and Stanley Baldwin House books from 1931 – 1955 onto CD. This was a very arduous task as they were all handwritten and have been carefully photocopied and put onto CD in pdf format (see below)

Are you interested in obtaining a copy?  Please let us know .
Michael is living in Blackburn and will be attending year’s OWA Dinner on November 15th and would welcome a reunion with any of his contemporaries who were at Sebright in the post war years from 1945 – 1951. You can get in touch with him at clunas.jm@virgin.net
Just to whet your appetite and revive memories of amo, amas amant etc here is the first page

Inscription over the entrance door of Sebright School:-

HANC SCHOLAM

A GULIELMO SEBRIGHT MODICO INITIO

FUNDATAM MDCXX

AUCTIS TANDEM ET FRUCTIBUS ET DIGNIUTATE

NOVIS AEDIFICIIS INSTRUCTAM

POSTHAC APPLLARI

 

SCHOLAM SEBRIGHTENSEM PRAESIDES

 
DECREVERUNT.

Reginald Edwards (Eddie), 1944 – 1951 (update)

I am most anxious to locate Albert David White, Stanley Baldwin House, 1944-1951. He used the name David and usually went by A. David White.

He used to live in Wednesbury but his home was pulled down to make way for a motorway years ago. I last saw him in December 1960. At that time he was working as an accountant for Tildesley & Tonks, Accountants, Wolverhampton. I emailed them about 6 months ago. They didn’t reply. David was a very keen West Bromwich Albion fan. I have tried to locate him through their supporters clubs without success.

If there is anything you can do to help me find David I would appreciate it.

Meanwhile I am enjoying corresponding with John Evans (Sebright 1941-1949) in Canada, M.A.Hughes (Sebright 1944-1951) in Leeds and Michael Clunas in Blackburn.

‘Eddie’ would like to hear from, Ted Cotterel, John Grant, or any OW from his era. Contact him at: terrynreg@windstream.net

I lived and worked for 33 years in Connecticut and am now retired to Arkansas.

Cheers !

Reg Edwards

Wolverley Camp

I have received an e-mail from Mike Webster who maintains a website about the Wolverley Camp which was built on parkland in the old Lea Castle Estate almost opposite Heathfeld.
Details can be seen at
http://www.wolverleycamp.org.uk/
Mike is very keen to obtain any more information about the camp.
As Mike writes
“My main interest is Wolverley Camp, especially the American hospital. It would be interesting to find someone who remembers any of the Americans visiting Sebright. I am still in contact with a handful of doctors and nurses who served there so anything is possible.

My second interest is in writing short articles for the Parish Magazine about the former cosmopolitan Wolverley. This was all started by a former Wolverley Primary school teacher who wrote about the tunnels at Drakelow. Formerly the underground aero engine factory during the Second World War. I simply want to tell something of those people who have visited or settled in our village since those days. William Sebright is part of our fascinating village history. I simply want to tell today’s villagers about those of you who came to learn in our village. Sadly you are all very much forgotten these days. I’m sure many of you are now scattered around the world”

If you have any news, please contact Mike via this fascinating website
http://www.wolverleycamp.org.uk/

Mr Gimpson

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

The 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 66 Green Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3TS, tel 07802 796 307 or 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.