October 2005 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Old Wolvernian,

Chapel Fund

Please find enclosed Denys Fordham’s kind report on the Chapel Fund, Sebright’s Educational Foundation.

The Chapel Fund provides financial assistance to Old Wolvernians and their families under the age of 30 for schooling and further education purposes. To apply, Old Wolvernians should contact Denys on 01562 822 336.

The Association would like to extended our thanks to Denys and his team – Andrew Page, Alan Higgs and John Sims for all the hard work they carry out on the Fund’s behalf.

Centenary Ball
Saturday 12th November 2005, 7pm

Many of you have already applied for tickets to our Centenary Ball on Saturday 12th November 2005, using the gold application forms sent out in our September letter. I am pleased to report that attendance numbers are already up on this time last year! November the 12th will be another memorable night.

If you have not yet applied for your tickets, please do so quickly using the PRIORITY red form enclosed with this letter. This will ensure that your applications are processed speedily and in good time to receive your tickets prior to the 12th November 2005.

Our wolverniansreinvented.com website has a copy of the ticket application form, details about the dinner and venue, and an early bird wine order list.

For those of you who need reminding or have misplaced your original letter, here’s a brief reminder:

· Welcome music provided by the pupils of Heathfield school
· 5-course dinner at the
· Menzies Stourport Manor Hotel, Stourport-on-Severn
· Post dinner happy hour at the bar
· Special offer wine prices from Nickolls & Perks, delivered chilled to your table
· The fabulous Retro Flyers band, playing until 1am
· Table competition and table entertainment!
· Prestigious raffle
· Chill out zones in the bars and lounges for those you want to catch up with old friends
· Reduced room rates, including full English Breakfast and use of leisure facilities (please phone the hotel direct on 01299 289 955)
· Dress – black tie or lounge suits
· Half priced tickets for OWs attending their first ever dinner.
· OWs may bring along guests.
· All proceeds being donated to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Please feel free to phone on 01299 272210 if you need any information about your peers who are coming along; or if you are trying to contact that long lost pal from your school days.

Leon Levy and Gavin McClaren would like to make contact with the year of 1980 – they want to get a posse together to celebrate their silver jubilee!

Nina Burkett, Joanna Ashmore, Matt Finch and Dougie Anderson are gathering the year of 1985 to celebrate their having left school 20 years ago.

Anna Constantinou wants those from 1987 to come along and join in the fun!

Don Cox, the Isaac twins – Charles and Robin, and Justin Winchurch are trying to track down the leavers of the early 1950s

Rob Morris is bringing 50% of the year of 1998 – so needs the other four of you to come along and make it a full show!

If you are from the above eras, and would like to make contact with your old school friends, I can pass on their details; please contact me via any of the details listed on the top page.

Or perhaps, this has inspired you to get your friends together – I hope so!

Immediately prior to the Dinner we will be arranging:

Remembrance Service 1730 hours at Wolverley High School (formerly Sebright)

AGM 1815 hours at Menzies Stourport Manor Hotel
Dinner starts promptly 1900 for 1930 hours finishing at 0100 hours

So, Gentlemen, dust off your dinner jackets and ladies hit the shops, and come along to the celebrate our 100th Anniversary!!

www.oldwolvernians.org.uk

Our website has now been updated, please take a moment to look around the site. You will find the following sections:-

Membership – for those past pupils who have never been on the OW mailing list and wish to sign up

News and Events – details of up and coming and past events – the Golf 2006 is advertised on here – please remember this is on Friday 12th May 2006; and this newsletter is the last postal notification you will receive prior to this event – please email, write or phone the secretary to register for the Golf 2006.

Change of Address/Details – for existing OWs who have moved; changed their email address or wish to update their details – for example give us your date of birth, years you were at Sebright/Heathfield or both, and your profession.

Gallery – you can email us your scanned photos from school – team photos, skiing trips etc.etc.. with a caption to post to the Gallery.

Newsletters – duplicates of the most recent newsletters posted on the site for those of us who find home filing tricky!

Chapel Fund – details of the chapel fund for OWs and their families in search of financial assistance for their schooling and further education

In the Wolvernian Know – message board and news board to post lost and found notices; information about yourself etc.etc..

B2B – advertise your business and its goods and services to other OWs – the ultimate “old boys” network.

Jobs – well more Sits Vac on the OW committee – really; and they are all honorary – i.e. no salary!

To be added shortly – Merchandise – photos and prices of our centenary merchandise

If you don’t have access to the web, please send your change of address, contact details and any news you may wish to convey via post or phone so we may enlighten your peers and fellow OWs.

In the “Wolvernian-know”

Stewart Irwin kindly put pen to paper and wrote to me about his school days at Sebright in the 1930’s. A full copy of his memories are being posted on the website; and an excerpt will be included in the next Newsletter.

Don Cox has sent me his memories of the 1950’s which he is committing to paper for his grandchildren to read. Against extracts in our next newsletter and full account on our website.

Garden Party 2005

We had a successful time at the Garden Party at Heathfield on the 2nd July and manned an OW stall with “guess the OW” and “guess the teacher”.

We drew quite a crowd with our display of Sebright and Heathfield photos – including some of pupils in the OTC complete with their putties and the some of a drama production, complete with old boys dressed in the female lead roles!

There were many current pupils and their parents interested in the photos; the dorms. and bathrooms of Heathfield as a prep boarding school looked austere; but compared to Stuart Irwin’s reminiscences were positively salubrious to those OWs used to the most basic of boarding arrangements!

Graham Herbert, Mr Pittaway, “Frankie” Lane and Lyndsey Griffiths (all ex-Sebright) were there for lunch and we had a fair number of past Heathfield pupils in attendance; including Eve Uphoff (nee Burkett), Lyndon Griffiths, Julia Evans (nee Rees), Miles Griffiths, Hayley Seeley (nee Brazier), George Hale, Melanie Hesketh (nee Kirke) and Allan Wood, along with your President Andrew Constantinou. Also Mr Alan Higgs, Ex Heathfield & Sebright and the current Chairman of the Trustees was there for the afternoon. We all enjoyed the good weather, excellent lunch (and teas!) and spent our money on the items for sale on the various stalls.

Next year we will to be in attendance with even more photos and memorabilia.

Goodbyes….

Peter Fawcett is moving from Northallerton in December this year and feels that having paid £5.00 for his lifetime subscription in 1938, has had good value for money and has requested we take him off our database! Peter, thank you for your support and kind words.

Steven Thomas of Blakedown requests that we remove him from our database.

In Memoriam

I am very sorry to have to notify the news of the deaths of the following OWs

G S Haywood of Fillets Farm, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

B A Richards, of Holme Close, Weybridge

Philip Round of Hagley

W E Paul Laxton, aged 56, sadly passed away in November 2004, after a two-year battle with cancer. Paul’s widow, Judy, tells me that he had such fond memories of his days at Sebright and Paul had hoped to attend to the Dinner last year; but sadly it was not to be. I am sure many of you remember him and would l like me to pass on your sympathies to Judy.

Michael Aldersley, of Worcester, passed away in December 2000

Dr Bruce Marsden, of Crediton, Devon, passed away in August of this year.

Peter Dodd of Horton, Sth Gloucestershire, passed away in June of this year.

Our deep sympathies are sent to all their families

Welcome to New OWs

The Association is delighted to welcome the year of S5 July 2005:-

Sam Binnian, Tim Bloomer, Alex Chuter, Joe Cox, Dan Gill, Gareth Hills, Leigh Molineux, Edward Morris, Tom Penfold, Richard Powell, Oliver Timmis, Edward Weaver, Tom Whittaker and Zarino Zappia.

We look forward to seeing the year of 2005 at the Dinner in 2007!

Other leavers joining the association, having spent at least 2 years at Heathfield, over the age of nine are:-

Jessica Thom, Lucy Stilton, Sophie Woodcock, Davy Halliday, Robert George, Mark Circus, Hena Patel, Jack Bravo, Heather Soley, Christopher McMahon, Christopher Best,
Olivia Walker, Laura Heynes, Spencer Soley, Serena Woodcock and Christopher Smith

We hope you will all make use of the Association – it is there for you to enjoy – and we rely on our new recruits to keep the Association thriving.

Heathfield News

After over 30 years of committed and loyal service to the school, Mr George Sinton retired as Headmaster in July 2005. A very fond farewell was said at School Final Assembly.

The School’s 2005 GCSE results are testament to George and his team’s hard work and commitment, as Heathfield achieved a third consecutive year of 100% pass rate (5 grade C’s and above). The Captain of School, Zarino Zappia gained 10 A*. Congratulations to the whole of S5, July 2005.

George has always been a great supporter of the Association and I would like to formally thank him for all the help and assistance he has given us over the years.

George is an honorary Association member and we hope to see him at OW events in the future. In the meantime, I am sure that you will all join me in wishing George a very relaxed and happy retirement!

Also, we wish a warm welcome and every success to the new head, Mr Roger Brierly, who joins Heathfield from Malvern College.

I sincerely hope we will see you at the Centenary Ball on the 12th November, please DO make the effort to come along!!!!

Best regards,

EMMA GRIFFIN
Association Secretary

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