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A roundabout, electronic, conversation with one of the last boarders in Garne's, Prisdha Jumsai (89-94 G), a successful architect in Thailand, informed your correspondent that he was about to be having a reunion meal with two of his contemporaries, Simon Griggs (84-94 Pl) and Mark Vinton (84-94 Pl).
The Foundation Office had received a visit from Mark and his family in the autumn of 2013, but neither Prisdha, nor Simon, have been since their days at School.
Prisdha reported that all were in rude health and sent the above picture to prove his assertion. Mark now lives and works in Bali, and travelled up to Bangkok from Singapore with the Griggs family.
The Bishop's Room of Ye Old Mitre, Hatton Garden, built in 1546, was this year's venue for the Christmas Drinks Party at which 30+ Old Wellingburians, all of whom, but for three gentlemen, had left the school during Headmaster, Garry Bowe's seventeen years, mingled with ten former members of staff.
Breaking with tradition, the many regulars plus new blood from the dominant 2013 leavers' cohort, heard Mr Bowe tell them what a privilege it was for their teachers to have the opportunity to catch up with such a varied and successful group of young people. Mr Bowe, in turn, was thanked for his years of service to the school and for his support of this most popular of Wellingburian occasions.
Runners-up in the attendance stakes were the leavers of 2007 and 2009, with Parker Steyne's the strongest represented House.
The Foundation Office was delighted to receive an unexpected visit from Richard Hall-Turner (67-72 W) towards the end of November.
A tour of Weymouth House, the School Hall, the Archives collection and the Classroom block threw up a number of fond recollections of late night escapes to the Dog and Duck from the Weymouth annexe, of the "Bear's" deadly accuracy with a piece of chalk and of an infamous late-night visit to Overstone School with best mate, G.P. Rood.
Early involvement in the motor trade, which had been developed courtesy of night school attendance in Kettering during his final year at school (!), led eventually to investment in Care Homes and a career which he found immensely fulfilling, that is until Social Services red tape became intolerable.
A series of remarkable coincidences, which involved shared experiences in Liverpool with your scribe, left a very warm glow and the promise of a return call in rather fewer years than the 45 since Richard "passed out" of Wellingborough School.
Old Wellingburians v Old Kimboltonians, Saturday 18th November 2017, Lost 0-6
Under pressure from the kick-off, the Wellingburians' defence was breached four times before the interval. With six former 1st XI captains in their ranks, the Old Kimboltonians moved the ball with much greater confidence than their hosts. Allied to quality movement off the ball, the final outcome was never in doubt.
The OWs were pleased to be able to field a squad of fifteen players, the experienced Tom Buller and Tom Betts working tirelessly to try and prompt a response from their teammates. There were chances created during the second period, though the home defence continued to struggle to keep a lively Kimboltonians' attack at bay.
Team: Sam Marriot (13 PS) - Captain; Tom Betts (04 Pl); Tom Bewers (04 C); Tom Blason (15 G); Fred Braithwaite (04 C); Tom Buller (10 PS); Chris Dutton (13 F); Marcus Harper (14 F); Noah Kennedy (13 PS); Rob McArdle (13 Pl); Murray McMillan (15 C); Ben Skinner (04 PS); Joe Skinner (07 PS); Ed Smith (05 PS); Harry Warwick (05 F)
More than 20 of this year's 100 stands at the School's 2nd Careers Convention were manned by OWs, some of whom had travelled considerable distances to be present.
They were also joined by their recently appointed President, David Clifton, who was delighted to be able to appreciate first-hand the tremendous response made by OWs of different generations, willing to offer advice to members of the school's Sixth Form and Year 11 about their particular occupations. Particular support from the OW community was provided by the obvious professions, such as architecture, law, medicine, dentistry, clinical psychology and veterinary medicine as well as engineers, surveyors, marketeers, web designers, representatives from the financial services industry, environmental sciences, conference management, photography, and train driving.
As an outreach exercise, pupils from nearby Wrenn Academy and Wollaston School were also among those thirsty for a steer in a hitherto unexplored direction.
The School's Psychology Department was able to take advantage on Tuesday of Gracie's involvement in the School's Careers Convention by inviting her to talk to the current Sixth Form Psychology students. She addressed both Upper and Lower sixth groups about how she uses her high A level grade in the subject, a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neoroscience to assist her in clinical practice.
She referred to different therapies that she could apply, making it clear that one size does not fit all and, along with the skill of listening, she felt it important to be flexible in the way that her knowledge should be used. Her passion for working with patients of very varied backgrounds and suffering from many different disorders shone through clearly and many questions were put to her during her stimulating talk.
That the subject, courtesy of much research, moves very fast is clearly an inspiration to her and to the Department's teachers. It was acknowledged, and stressed, that much systematic learning had to take place in order for successes to follow. Asked about her work / life balance, she was adamant, applying her knowledge, that she should work no more than Monday to Friday and from 9 to 5, leaving appropriate time for other "refreshing" activities!
For Old Wellingburians, the week-end’s programme of events began in Chapel with the Saturday afternoon Service of Prayers for the thirteen OWs, whose deaths had been notified to the Foundation Office, and who were remembered via slides and personal observations from members of the congregation. Photographs of Martin Croft, Nigel Thompson, Leo Eadon, Geoffrey Till, and Douglas Austin particularly provoked the contribution of several poignant memories.
All those present then retired to the Spencer Room (formerly School House Dining Room and, more recently the Staff Common Room) for the Club’s Annual General Meeting at which David Clifton (74 S) was elected President for the 2017-18 and Garth Halestrap (60 S) the Club’s President Elect.
This year's Annual Dinner was notable for its marking of The Headmaster, Garry Bowe's, final official OW function. Making it clear that he remains just as passionate about his responsibilities as an educator as he did when he entered the profession in 1980. The heartfelt thanks of the Club for all Garry and Ruth's support during their seventeen years at the School were expressed by the President who also made presentations to them both. OWs in attendance to entertain their guests were:- President Clive Westley (64 F), Toastmaster Jerry Higgins (66 S), David Clifton (74 S), Garth Halestrap (60 S), Charles Linfield (00 Staff), Richard Jackson (81 S), Richard Peck (55 G), David Pilgrim (64 F), Neil Lyon (85 W), David Waller (81 S), Mike Askham (13 Staff), Peter Phillips (65 Pa), John Marriott (65 S), Peter Lock (65 Pa), Julian Amey (67 G), Andrew Wingate (58 F), Paul Blunt (59 Pa), Michael Gent (58 Pa), Brian Leadsom (58 F), John Heeley (58 F), Michael Scott (62 G), Michael Pearson (56 G), Richard Dicks (56 Pa), Richard Swindall (48 Pa),Hilary Poole née Jackson (72), Robert Poole (70 G), Aron Brar (13 G), Xavier Parkhouse-Parker (13 PS), Hilary Arimoro née Askham (04 W), Martin Whatton (82 W), Sue Whatton née Evans (83 M), Andrew Tompson (85 G), Paul Hooton (81 C), John Eady (77 C), Philip Humphrey (78 Pa), William Kellock (01 PS), Philip Warr (01 PS), Matthew Warr (03 PS), Robert Batley (13 Staff).
To round-off the week-end, OWs joined the School’s Sunday morning Service of Remembrance in Chapel.
In accordance with tradition, incoming President, David Clifton, read the second lesson, while Immediate Past President, Clive Westley, laid one of the wreaths on Chapel’s west wall.
Richard Jackson (81 S) reports that we had a very successful Autumn Meeting at Collingtree Park on 8th September. Despite the heavens opening when we arrived for coffee and bacon rolls at 11am, the weather abated and was generally kind to us when we were out on the course.
Chris Billson (81 C) won the Old Wellingburian Cup with 32 points and also the Wright Cup for the highest aggregate total of the Spring and Autumn Meetings with 67 points. Chris, having won all three trophies thus far during 2017, could win the “Grand Slam” were he to prevail in the Long Johns at Kettering GC on October 13th.
The longest drive was won by Richard Jackson and nearest the pin by Tim Poole (85 Pa). Twelve OW’s played: the three already mentioned, plus Nick Sanders (94 Pa), Peter Hooton (74 C), John Beales (00 Staff), Alan Harlow (81 Pa), Eddie Clark (69 F), Gerald Timmans (57 G), Paul Woodley (61 G), Philip Saxby (82 JS) and Dominic Holden (65 G).
John Saxby (52 JS) and John Ward (52 F) also supported the day and stayed for supper.
On 10th September school friends, Angus Elsby (00-14 C) and Sam Nicholls (02-14 C) and other friend, Richard, were dropped off in Edinburgh for the beginning of a serious charity bike ride south to London, the expectation being that at least 80 miles would be covered each day over six days. By the end of day two, Angus was showing alarming signs of discomfort when it became apparent that he couldn’t unclip his saddle bag or hold pen; a hospital visit later and he was out of the challenge with “handlebar palsy” diagnosed.
In his post-event blog, Sam explained to his audience that the condition can be surprisingly serious with one in five cases producing permanent nerve damage. A serious headwind the following day produced a ‘police yellow warning’ for the remaining two adventurers and the decision was taken to return to Wellingborough by train from Leeds before taking to the roads again on day six in order to cycle into London.
Sam wrote that cycling past Buckingham Palace was bittersweet; bitter because, ultimately, we had failed to achieve our objective, but sweet because we have raised nearly £1000 for the charity, Imagine Scholar.