Issue 35
Autumn and Founder's Day 2014
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The on-line world of Lord Williams's alumni: the latest e-newsletter from the Old Tamensians's Association.
Dear <<Salutation>>,

Already the new academic year has started and the school and OTA are getting ready for Founder's Day (see timetable below). The first piece of important news is that we've decided to retain the e-newsletter after a lot of support poured in from members (a sample letter is below). While most appreciated that we now have many ways to communicate across our digital footprint, none the less the e-newsletter acts as a regular reminder to our thousand and more members.

Secondly the school has done very well this year at GCSE's and A-Levels (congratulations to all 2014 leavers who have now joined the OTA.). On that same note it is worth reminding OTA members who are at uni or college that they should apply for a grant to help them with books etc. (See the box below.)

We always enjoy catching up with our members on Founders Day. It is a time when many arrange their own mini-reunions. (For those coming from afar there are now a number of cheap hotel options locally including the Travelodge.) So we look forward to seeing you. The most critical matter is lunch: the cost is £12 and it would be helpful if you could email me confirming attendance and if you have any dietary requirements.
Bridget Trueman (Chairperson OT 2011-14)
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Please join us on Founder's Day. We hold a poignant but memorable service and Act of Remembrance in St Mary's which includes music performed by students from the school.
Lunch is always excellent. (A real step up from school lunches of old, and who would think that wine and beer would be served.)

Detailed arrangements for Founder's Weekend...

    Friday 7th November 2014    
    1930    Sixth Form Awards Evening in the Hall, Oxford Road, Thame

    Saturday 8th November 2014 Founder's Day
    0845    St Mary's Church, Thame Opens
    0915    Service and Act of Remembrance Starts
    1015    Coffee at the school's Foundation Centre, Oxford Road
    1045    AGM of the Old Tamensians's Association
    1145    School Tours
    1230    Lunch*
    1330    Netball**
    1400    Rugby**
    1600    Onwards - tea in the Hall**
    1900    Lord Williams's Festival Chorus Karl Jenkins

* Lunch will cost £12. Please try to confirm with Bridget if you are coming for lunch plus let her know any dietary requirements.
** At the moment, both netball and rugby are tentative fixtures. We will confirm as as soon as we know.

    Sunday 9th November 2014  Remembrance Parade
    1030  Thame High Street

The Lord Williams's Festival Chorus has a concert on Founders Day. The concert (see below) is part of Thame’s Remembrance Weekend. We wonder whether any OTs might be interested in joining LWFC to sing the Armed Man. Anyone interested would need to be able to attend as many rehearsals as possible and, hopefully, the Workshop
27th September – Armed Man Workshop Venue:  Long Crendon Baptist Church
Time:  09.45 – 16.00. Bring your picnic lunch. Cakes provided at tea breaks
Saturday 8th November – Karl Jenkins Armed Man for the Remembrance Weekend concert – First World War 100th Anniversary.
Please email Bridget for more details.
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Money to help you study

If you're continuing to study after leaving LWS you could be eligible for a grant for books and equipment.

Our own John Hampden War Memorial Scholarship 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 download and complete the application form outlining your case, the items you wish to buy and their cost and post to the Secretary to the Trustees:
Mr W. Eason
The Manor House
Berkshire. RG8 7EX
The application should arrive by the end of September 2014 and the awards are made in November 2014.

The School Hymn

The school hymn will be sung once again on Founder's Day, echoing through the ancient nave of St Mary's Church. The words appear to be an adaptation of the Sarum Rite, a traditional hymn from the 6th century, used for Vespers during the Christmas season in fact the words were adapted in  a variety of ways across the centuries. The music is a Psalm tune that first appeared in Sternhol and Hopkins, The whole book of Psalms collected into English meter, first published in 1563. 

Members News...
Glenn Westlake

Hi Bridget 
As one of probably the many 'silent' readers of your newsletter, I do hope you continue to send it electronically. Now I have broken my silence, I really should offer you an update:

I have lived in Sutton Coldfield for the last 20 years, having met a Brummie at work and now have 3 kids, 16,14,11 years old. I still run my own company in the information management space. I don't get back to Thame (or Chinnor) very often and don't have much to do with school friends, but I always skim your newsletter for familiar names and news.
I still play cricket, and in more recent years tennis. I still remember our school success at u17 cricket when we came 3rd nationally in 1984. We did consider a re-union match of this team... Patrick Jobson, Ian Brabbin, Neil Rhodes (now in US), David Ridgeley, Alistair Brennan, Tim Stanbury, Peter Yoemans, Richard Carr, Richard Gregory, Ian McStay??, Ben, 
I still meet up with Tim Stanbury once a year, he is in Oxford now and we meet up when his brother Andrew returns from Australia to visit.

Chris Staples

Dear Bridget
Thank you for the latest newsletter, you tirelessly produce these and I am very grateful for what you have achieved over the years and thank you.
As an ageing O.T., naturally embedded in the past , do recognise the efficiencies of the digital age we live in and happy to receive any information and news from the O.T. website.
As we approach the 4th August WW1 100th anniversary tomorrow,It is difficult not to be affected by the poignancy of the O.T.'s sacrifices depicted in the newsletter. My grandfather fought in the Battle of the Somme, my father in the Royal Artillery in WW2.
Best regards
Chris Staples
School News
Exam results

The school has had an excellent set of exam results over the summer period.
In A-Levels s
ixth form students at Lord Williams’s School were celebrated after 73% achieved between A* to C A-level grades.

The youngsters maintained last year’s figures after a record number of 239 students sat the examinations.

Of the 675 total entries, the pass rate remained high at 98%, with 44% of grades an A*, A or B.

There were also excellent GCSE results  David Wybron commented, “At a time of great turbulence in education it is very pleasing to see that students at Lord Williams's School continue to work through those challenges and to achieve highly. The results for our GCSE students are excellent with 69% of students achieving five or more GCSE passes at A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics."

“Last year I commented on the ‘strangeness’ of results in Mathematics. This year our Mathematics results have moved from 62%  A* – C to 80%. In English, 76.9% of Lord Williams’s students who took the exam passed at grades A* – C. Of these eight gained A* grades and 46 gained an A grade. This result is higher than the national average."
The Great War 1914-18
Raymond Hester's Great War Diaries
We have been extremely lucky to have the opportunity to upload Raymond Hester's Great War diaries to our OT archive. They can be found at this link along with his war record, the first page of which is below.

The Hester family have many connections with Lord Williams School and Thame. Raymond and his two brothers Percy and Sydney went to the school (as did Derrick Hester OBE) and their father Charles owned Hester and Son, Jewellers Ltd in the High Street, Thame. Raymond played  cricket and  football for the school
Raymond and Percy served in the infantry in WW1. Raymond  suffered wounds and was sent back to England from the trenches and luckily both survived. They subsequently expanded Hester and Sons by adding 4 extra branches. Raymond died in 1972.

This year, we've been celebrating the Centenary of the Great War and featuring stories about the OTs who died and those who fought in the War.
One starting point has been to look at the work that's been done by the Buckinghamshire Remembers web-site. They've brought together an overview of all the OTs who died - with each of their stories linked from this page:

One example is E G S Wagner, one of a number of Wagner brothers who attended the school in the early part of the 20th century. Ethelbert Wagner was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps when he was killed in 1917 while flying in combat over France. He was aged 24. 

He was born in Malay where his father was a Deputy Commissioner of Police and joined the school in 1904. After leaving, he went onto medical school before first joining the Royal Warwickshire and then the RFC. He is buried at the Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery.
The first war casualty from Lord Williams's was James Arthur Greenhalgh who had taught Classics as an Assistant Master from 1911-12 (before moving to Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School, Lancashire). He had been a member of Manchester University Officers Training Corps and was on the Reserve of Officers. At the outbreak of the War, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment and left for France on 7 September 1914 to oppose the German attempt to reach the Channel ports. His battalion took part in the Battle of the Aisne, the fighting at La Bassee, Festubert and Violaines. On the 20 October the Germans launched a huge offensive stretching from Arras to the Channel. This included a massive assault on the 1st Cheshire’s positions at Violaines. James was among 53 men of his battalion killed in action at or near Violaines on 22 October 1914.

OTA Digital Footprint

OTA Flickr Site
We now have well over 4700 photos to view: a permanent and regularly updated repository of all things Lord Williams's School, OTA and Thame - from the foundation of the School through to the present day.

Please leave comments and, if you can identify people, please also record their names in the comment box as well.

OTA web-site
Our web site is primarily used to upload longer articles about the school and the OTA. Regular posts are added but there is also information about the OTs and a large archive section that includes a history of the school, OT news that wretched back to 1900, and various other pieces.

You can find the site at:
Quite a few of the OTs, including several on the Committee, are members of this LinkedIn group and are 'chatting' but infrequently. Worth joining for the network opportunity.
We now have an Old Tamensians's Page that is run by the OTA but is an informal group and can be updated directly by OTs who have 'liked.'

The URL is:
OT Twitter (@Tamensian)
Run by the OTA but now regularly updated. Please join us in the Twittersphere!
There is no dedicated channel although there are a couple of OT videos on YouTube including the ATV documentary Star from the late 1970s and Matron, a home video from the mid 60s. They can be easily searched.

OTA Flickr Site

Do we have the biggest on-line archive?
The OTA archive is certainly one of the biggest for a private body. Certainly the biggest for a school in the UK.

We now have over 4700 images online that cover, the School, the OTA and, since acquiring Norman Lilley's own archive, an expanded section on Thame.

And as we've grown, so have the number of visitors. The biggest number of views on a single day thus far is over 33,000.

The subject matter is diverse as you might expect: the earliest image is from the 14th century - a petition written to the King. We have plans to upload Lord Williams's will. (It's not a straightforward task.) And then we have images of people, events, artefacts, letters, albums, educational material, anything and everything that might be of interest. (And out stats show that indeed the diversity of what is looked at is much more than one might expect.)

We have at least another 1000 or so images to upload. And we're always looking for more. So please post or e-mail anything you have. Scan if possible. If not take a photo and send it through. The archive is becoming a research source and hence has great interest beyond just OTs or people connected with Thame.

And please make comments; identify people if you can. The more the interaction, the better the archive.

Please leave comments and, if you can identify people, please also record their names in the comment box as well.

Email us at with details and we will contact you.
Lord Williams’s School Prayer Group

We warmly welcome you to join us to pray for the life of the School and into some of the issues that affect us and our young people, as we journey together through these challenging years! 

We'll be meeting once a term, on Wednesdays in Meeting Room 1 at Upper School, from 6.45-7.45pm. 

If you'd like to be kept informed of when the meetings will take place or have any particular prayer requests, or comments please contact us at:
Old Tamensians' Association - Keeping you in touch with Lord Williams's School

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