October 2006 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Old Wolvernian,


Well, it has been a busy 2006 for the OW Committee, but with only a smattering of news from our Old Wolvernians to pass on to you.

Please read on to find out more about the news of the last 12 months; but before you do, please make a note of our Annual Dinner details and pull out the enclosed invitation for your mantelpiece, or for the magnets on the fridge, and fill in and return the Green ticket application form with your cheque to secure your places at the dinner. We must have your replies by the 10th November in order to give the hotel our attendance numbers.

Dinner 101, Saturday 18th November 2006 7pm at Stourport Manor Menzies Hotel

A great opportunity for a get together with your old school friends. Dress code for the Dinner is smart; suits or dinner suits for the gentlemen and something glamorous/eveningwear for the ladies; the format is dinner with a band afterwards.

We have a five course meal, with the fantastic Ballroom Glitz afterwards, promised to get the most hesitant of dancers onto the floor! Those of you who want to chat to your contemporaries can retire to the relative peace of the bar. The bar are running a happy hour after the meal, should you need any encouragement!

Details of the menu and the wines available from both Nickolls and Perks and the Hotel are enclosed with this letter.

This year we are offering a discount for not just a table of ten, but also for a pair of tickets, so this is the perfect excuse to phone up all your long lost pals and get a group together, or bring along a guest, partner or friend to enjoy the evening with you.

Should you need help tracking down your school friends, please call or email me and we will see what information the database can provide about your (long) lost
School contemporaries – don’t forgot that friendsreunited.com is also a useful site to find lost friends!

If you want to make a weekend of it, the hotel are offering reduced rate rooms for OWs (just mention our dinner and the Association when calling 01299 289955) of £75.00 (normally £125.00) for a double or twin and £55.00 for a single including breakfast, VAT and use of the leisure facilities.

Tickets are just £35.00 per person or £65.00 for two tickets or £315.00 for a table of ten and OWs may bring along guests.

The dinner is targeted at all Old Wolvernians, of whichever era. We hope we will have a well attended and enjoyable evening.

Immediately prior to the Dinner we will be arranging:
Remembrance Service 1730 hours at Wolverley High School (formerly Sebright)

AGM 1815 hours at Stourport Manor Menzies Hotel

Dinner starts promptly 1900 for 1930 hours finishing at 0100 hours

This year we are organising a prestigious raffle with plenty of top quality prizes. Should you have any gifts you wish to donate, please do contact me on 01299 272210 or info@oldwolvernians.org.uk.

For those OWs attending your first Annual Dinner you will be able to take advantage of our half price concessionary ticket price (not applicable to guests).

I have already heard that Ian Norton and Jeff Cope are gathering their contemporaries.

That Lyndon Griffiths and Eve Uphoff (nee Burkett) are gathering the 1984 leaving year.

That Nina Burkett, Joanna Ashmore, George Haywood and their year group are making up a table or even two!

Gareth Lewis has his year of 1996 already committed and coming along.

There’s the usual good turnout of 1982 and Adrian Taft wants more of you from 1981 to make the effort and come along this year!

Richard Jackman and his contemporaries are making up a table.

If you are from the above eras, or any other age group 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.

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, or via the Chapel Fund page on our website.

The Association would like to extend our thanks to Denys and his team for all the hard work they carry out on the Fund’s behalf.


Remember to visit our website, it is slowly evolving! It is particularly helpful for updating your contact details, or posting messages. My great thanks to Richard Jackman who has volunteered with this section of Association Admin!

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.


We were really pleased to welcome Lee Nicholas, Vicki Stack, Zarino Zappia and Simon Waldron to the committee last year; their attendance and fresh ideas has been invaluable. If you have three evenings a year to spare and some enthusiasm please contact us (or look on the website) for the dates of next year’s meetings which are held at Heathfield in Wolverley.

Golf 2006

Friday 12th May was a sunny day, with only one downpour towards the end of the day at Wharton Park, Bewdley.

14 OW players attended, amongst them the President, the Treasurer, Richard Jackman, David Williams-Allden and Allan Wood. There were also guest players.

The magnificent OW golfing society cup was presented to Will Gardner (for the second year) and there was a prize for the highest scoring guest player.

Golf 2007

Friday 11th May 2007 is booked for coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes and dinner. All OWs and their guests are welcome, please phone or email me, or use the website if you are interested in the Golf 07, as we do not have another newsletter until after this date. The ticket price for was 2007 will be £50.00 for the day.

Report on Centenary Ball 2005

Many of you attended our most successful dinner in recent years, to celebrate the Association’s 100th Birthday (a list of attendees are on website). We had an excellent turnout, with everyone enjoying a fantastic evening, and contributed, via the raffle and donations towards our chosen charity of The Acorns Children’s Hospice. We were able to donate £1,000.00 to the Hospice and presented a cheque to them underneath the new OW Centenary clock, which is hung in the hall of Heathfield and chimes on the hour, every hour (pictures also on our website).

In the “Wolvernian-know”

Michael Clunas recalls meeting an OW from Sebright house, over 20years ago, who had attended school 1945-1951 and who had managed to save the House Books when Sebright closed. The House Books are an account of house life, term by term and were kept by the prefects. Does anyone know of there whereabouts? It would be nice to be able to endeavour to share them on the web with other OWs. RSVP to clunas.jm@virgin.net or the secretary.

John Evans, 1940-1949, now living in British Columbia, along with many others wants to know where on earth Michael Robotham and JPS Porter are. Any clues?? Email John at evans@island.net

Richard Richardson, 1979-1985 is wanting to say hello to anyone who remembers him, his life, he says, has been a rollercoaster; he wants to hear from Nina, Joanna, Dougie and the gang from leaving year 1985; richard.savage@bsmht.nhs.uk – Richard, come along to the dinner, most of them will be there!

Reginald Edwards (Eddie), now in Arkansas, 1944-1951, would like to hear form David White, Ted Cotterel, John Grant etc.etc.. in fact any OW from his era, contact him at terrynreg@gbasicisp.net

Joanna Apperley, 1981-1987 has submitted her B2B details, for james@itsalons in Bewdley and Cleobury Mortimer; good luck in your business venture!

If you wish to contact any of the above and don’t have this new-fangled email, please contact the secretary for more conventional means of contact!

Garden Party 2006

Saturday 1st July 2006 was a warm and sunny day. The Parents Association raised in the region of £3300.00 for the school. The afternoon had run for longer than usual, as a large screen had been set up in the Fallows Hall to show a World Cup Football Match. The bar ran dry and had to be topped up several times!

Despite there being no May reminder letter, there were a number of OWs in attendance, Don Cox, David Marshall and his fellow OWs, Graham Herbert, Jack Baker, Allan Wood, Nina Burkett, Ben Chinn, Lyndon Griffiths, Lyndsey Griffiths and OWs who now have children (and grandchildren) at school.

It was very nice to see George Sinton, former Headmaster of Heathfield, in attendance and looking so well.

Next year the OWs will to be in attendance with a stall, even more photos and memorabilia.

Lost & Found

We are pleased to see that via our website and the post we are welcoming back lost OWs:

Dr Mike Creedy Smith, 1939-1942, justincreedysmith@free.fr

Andrew Taylor, 1968-1975, andymtaylor@hotmail.co.uk

Joanna Apperly, 1981-1987; droolian@tiscali.co.uk

Ian Scott, 1961-1963

Graham Edwards, 1953-1959; adzedesignservices@btinternet.com

James Billingsley, 1939-1945; jimwyn01@aol.com

M Paul W Fryer, 1955-1960; paulwardley.fryer@virgin.net

Martin Igoe, 1961-1964; martin@justyachts.co.uk

Richard Gilley, 1959-1966; gilleyr@ozemail.com.au

Simon Gilley, 1975-1983; pegleg@fsmail.net

Hugh Jones, 1961-1966, hlkjones@supanet.com

Matthew Chance, 1995-2001; matthiaschance@gmail.com

Simon Nicholson, 1971-1985; simon.Nicholson@ie.ey.com

Stuart Davies, 1950-1955, daviess@wanadoo.fr

Peter Gough, 1960-1966, peter.gough@lycos.co.uk

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

In Memoriam

I am very sorry to have to notify the news of the death of the following OW

John Sims

Very sadly John Sims passed away on the 7th July 2006, he was 80. His funeral was held at Wolverley Church on the 13th July 2006. The Secretary, David Reynolds and Graham Herbert from the OW Committee and many trust members and school officials attended the warm and touching family service officiated by Rev Shilvock.

John had attended 49 consecutive OW dinners, was a past President of the Association, as well as a past Secretary; he was also a Trustee of the School and sat on the Chapel Fund Trust.

His enthusiasm for the school and Association will be sadly missed.

Our deep sympathies are sent to all John’s family.

Welcome to New OWs

The Association is delighted to welcome the year of S5 July 2006, Elizabeth Barker
Nina Best, Jodi Bishton, Laura Cockram, Philip Cooksey, Willow Dainty, Joseph Dalley, Max Dimmock, Florence Fallows, Victoria Hale, Mark Jinks, Verity Lee, Simon Lewis, Charles London, Alex Martin, Freneka Mumford, Peter Nash, Joseph Nicklin, Charlotte Osborne, William Osborne, Ben Poulton, Joseph Prentis, Joseph Smith, Adam Woodhouse and we look forward to seeing the year of 2006 at the Dinner in 2008!

Also a warm welcome to those other leavers joining the Association, having spent a least 2 years at Heathfield, over the age of nine. We hope to see you at the dinner when you reach the age of 18!

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

July 2006, saw Mrs Jean Hunt retire from her post of Headmaster’s secretary after over 30 years of committed and loyal service to the school. Jean is known to many OWs of the Heathfield era and served 6 Headmasters from Mr Alan Beams to the current Headmaster Mr Roger Brierly.

The Association are particularly grateful to Jean for all her help in administering the OW database, and keeping a track of us all! So we were delighted that our new President, Stephen Cresswell, was able to make a presentation to Jean on our behalf at School Final Assembly when a very fond farewell was bid. As Jean is an Honorary OW we look forward to seeing her at various OW events.

The School’s 2006 GCSE results are once again a testament to the Head and his team’s commitment, and the pupils’ diligence and hard work; as Heathfield achieved a fourth consecutive year of 100% pass rate (5 grade Cs and above including Maths and English). The Captain of School, Freneka Mumford, gained 10 A*. Congratulations to the whole of S5, July 2006.

I sincerely hope we will see you at our Dinner 101 on the 18th November, please DO make the effort to come along!!!!

Best regards,

Association Secretary

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