Issue 43 June 2015 Latest News
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  June 2015


Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to our June issue - if you are thinking what happened to the May issue, the answer sadly is that we did not publish one. Mea culpa and all that. That said, we have avoided making this a bumper issue so as not to overload your mobile phone but it does contain important news about the John Hampden War Memorial Fund and our plans to unveil the new Roll of Honour boards later this year. And more Tamensians are organising mini-reunions for November too. 

The Editor - please e-mail news and comments here.
Help Needed

The John Hampden War Memorial Fund (the fund that makes awards to students) needs a helping hand to undertake some administration. The duties are:
1) Monitoring the portfolio of about £250,000 in liaison with the appointed brokers.
2)  Preparing the draft accounts before passing them on for audit.  Allow an afternoon or a day to do this
3) Liaising with Charity Commission, preparing material for meetings and Annual Report, arranging and attending Annual meeting, and preferably the OTA AGM at the School.

In total this will require about five days annually of effort. The Fund is a critical way by which we help students so any help would be most appreciated.
News Update

Congratulations to Steve Quartermaine (1966-73) who recently received his CBE. Steve is the Department for Communities and Local Government's chief planner. 

Sad to hear that Steve Newbitt has died of lymphoma. He was at the school in the 1960s and living in Kelso. The news came from Collin McIlveen who is now living in Australia. 

Darryl Pretorius is operations manager at M Newitt's and Sons. Ed Goggs is at Warwick University and has been a Campus Ambassador for Credit Suisse. Claire Hickman is an Account manager at Second2. Mike Gay is Head of Automotive at Rocket Fuel. Michelle Ward is at Shout Digital. James Gemmell is Project Manager at Anheuser-Busch InBev. Steve Wagstaff is Group Operations Director, LetsGoActive. Peter Munday has moved into the carpentry business. EasyJet have taken on Peter Gibson. Ruth Law is PR & Communications Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust

This is old news but Rowen Jade who died in 2010 had a profound presence in the school and in society. This is her Obituary from the Guardian and as we did not have the newsletter going out in this form we thought we'd republish it as an inspiration to us all. 

Steve Bingham's latest video went online earlier this week, and is a cover of the theme from the film X-Men First Class, arranged for by Phil Toms:

Writing of videos, the 2015 leavers have put their farewell video up on YouTube. (Go on make a comment.)

Senior students for next year at LWS are (and we hear they're already planning their video):

Stephanie Lawal – Head Girl 
Harry Parsons – Head Boy 
Millie Hooper – Deputy Head Girl 
Christopher Mullins – Deputy Head Boy 

Looking ahead to September and Thame Show which will be taking place on Thursday 17th September. Partnership schools are again supporting this event. Lord Williams’s students will be singing in a choir of over 200 with students from our Partnership Primary Schools.
Awards for Students

The time has come to start to publicse the availability of awards from the John Hampden War Memorial Fund. This fund exists to make grants to former students in higher education, apprenticeships and undertaking vocational training, to cover books, tools and other neccessities. The Fund also provides textbooks and equipment for the School.To apply for a grant, please write a letter outlining your case, the items you wish to buy and their cost to the Secretary to the Trustees or better still download the application form from here.

JHWMF, 37 Greenwood Avenue, Chinnor, Oxford OX39 4HW

The letter/form should arrive by 1st September 2015 and the awards are made annually in November.

We are pleased to announce too that Jan Merrow-Smith is now running the applications side of the Fund having taken over from Bill Eason who is taking a well-deserved break after many years of sterling service. We'd like to record our thanks to Bill who has worked tirelessly for the Fund. However we are still looking for someone to help with the administration of the investment side.
Founder's and Reunion Day Provisional Timetable

Lots going on at Founder's Day this year including the unveiling of the new Roll of Honour Board and the restored originals. Please come and join us at this event and the rest of the day if you can.

0845 St Mary’s Church Opens
0915 Founder's Day Service 
1015 Coffee at the school’s Foundation Centre, Oxford Road
1045 AGM of the Old Tamensians’s Association
1145 Unveiling of the Rolls of Honour
1200: School tours
1230 Lunch and bar (cost £12). Music by students
1345: Games commence including hockey and rugby
1400: Entertainment
1530: Afternoon tea and raffle
Other News

Our lovely OT lady at Bizzie Lizzie who charges very reasonable wreath prices for November and always gives lovely raffle prizes has a new website for Bizzie Lizzie – or e-mail

Peter Sawyer is a member of the Lord Williams's Festival Chorus and has volunteered, along with Sue Neale, to be the archivist for the choir. He writes...
"We are creating an archive for LWFC Have you attended any LWFC performances? Do you have any flyers, programmes or newspaper clippings we could have or copy for our archive?If so please contact Peter Sawyer at or 01844 201711 or Sue Neale on or 01865 891610"
Facebook News

Are you following us on Facebook? If you can, it is well worth going to the OTA page as here we publish lots of very recent news as well as photos that we don't carry in the newsletter. Currently 653 alumni  follow us there.
Tamensian News from 1999

Robert Perry was in Reading and teaching. Melvyn Crook was running his own plant hire business in South Wales. Chris Stuart was an investment banker in Chiswick. Catherine Bilson 1973-80 went to Middlesex Ploy and gained a degree in Printed Textiles and then became a designer for Today Interiors. She was living in London and enjoying rock climbing all over the UK. She and another OT Peppi Taylor – a jewellery designer – also enjoy scuba diving together and jive dancing.

David Cryer was a fund manager for Clerical Medical Investment Group. For the last ten year he had been together with another OT Dr Stephanie Halford 1974-81. Stephanie was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Opthalmology having completed a PhD in genetics at St Mary’s Paddington. John Cooke was living in Megebe, France. Neil Davies was working for CEDEL. Gareth Jones lived in Cheltenham. Sally Walters 1978-84 was married to David Bretnall, a PC patrolling out of Broadway Police Station. She was managing a combi 40-bed Travel Lodge, a Burger King and Little Chef at Alcester.

Kate Neal 1982-89 was working for a sports PR and marketing agency. She’d recently gained an MSc in Sports Sociology and Sports Management from Leicester. David Rumens 1984-89 has graduated from Brunel University as a Quality Engineer and was with LINPAC, a Dunstable firm, as the Quality Control Manager. His hobbies include golf and surfing. Chris Mills was a sports manager at Brookes University. Charles Read, recently married to an Australian girl and manages the Helly Hanson shop in Bicester Village.

Nicola Collins 1984-91 went to the University of Wales and gained a First in Fine Art – specialising in sculpture. After graduating she went to an archeaological dig in Anglesey and then to one in the Outer Hebrides. This since turned into her becoming Resident Artist on the dig and she returns annually to record progress. Otherwise, she was working in Oxford for Oxbow Books – who publish books on archaeology – organising conferences both at home and abroad. On top of this, she was doing a part-time MA in Fine Arts at Cheltenham College. Nicola Kightly writes to say she is now teaching at Millfield and coaching hockey. A keen sportswoman, she enjoys sailing, snowboarding, squash, surfing and walking.

Where else can you find us?

There is a continuous update of our digital footprint with many more stories and news than we publish here so it's worth exploring the links below to our Facebook, Twitter and web-site. We're also on Flickr with our amazing archive of images.
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