Issue 41 March 2015 Reunion Blues
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  March 2015


Dear <<First Name>>

Our March number is mainly about reunions: reporting on one that was recently held and announcing a couple that are taking place in November.

As noted before the date for this years reunion day has been confirmed for November 7th the same day as Founder's Day. Some will take place in the the Main School Hall starting at 12.30pm while Mark Ansell is organising one for the afternoon and evening (the evening session will take place at the Cricket Club - see below).

Those who have hit the big 60 are also planning an informal gathering during the day.

For all those attending during the day there will be fully licensed honesty bar available and the ever popular raffle.

The Editor - please e-mail news and comments here.
Reunion Update

Mark Ansell is organising a reunion for his year group, the class of 1996 i.e. students who started that year and who were at LWS for GCSEs, A Levels or both. Students from the year above or below are also welcome. It's on Saturday 7th November which is OTs Founders Weekend. Mark says they are going to have a party at the Cricket Club in Thame from 8pm until midnight. To find out more and confirm your attendance, go to the Facebook page below. Mark says he is also planning on organising some sporting activity (perhaps football, hockey, netball) at Upper School during the day.
The OTA will be organising school tours during the day, if alumni want to visit old haunts and lunch and tea will be offered  for a cost of £12.

David Lilley writes: Adrian Goodall organised our reunion last summer which was for the ‘O’ level 1976 cohort, about 16 of us, many from Graham Corney's Tutor Group 1P from 1971!
Since then I have met Geoff Wilkinson, who runs his own financial analytical company, supporting financial clients in London; and also met Steve Lambell, a private client banker for Coutts. I have seen a lot of Dawn's husband Richard, as we follow similar professional lines.
Jo, my wife( nee Fell), was also spurred to catch up with some of her OT friends (1974-79), including Susie Weston who has been involved in financial IT projects, also in London. Jo and I now run our Executive and Leadership Team coaching business, following our earlier careers in the Royal Navy and Education.

Are you 60? Or approaching 60?  A number of alumni have said they would also like to meet up on 7 November at the school but in an informal manner during the day. Some of these have celebrated their 60 birthday and have decided this seems an appropriate milestone to get back together. As above, school tours and lunch will be available.
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.
If you have any memorabilia or photos of the LWFC from days gone past please let Peter Sawyer know via email.
Awards to Alumni

If you are at university or college or another form of tertiary education this is a reminder that the John Hamden War Memorial Fund will be making awards to help fund the cost of books and other items. Please look out for more details in forthcoming newsletters.
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 564 alumni  follow us there.

OT News from 1964 

P Harrison appointed as a Principle in the Scottish Office, Edinburgh involved with aspects of Scottish regional and town planning. A.J.K Smith was officiating at Le Mans and Silverstone. R.B Andrews (1941-9) was a GP in Leicestershire. J.S Crook was running a hotel in Tobago. B.R Porter was a lieutenant in the Navy and was at the R.N. College Greenwich. K.R Davis (1927-33) was writing a history of Potters Bar and working in the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works. R.E Crawford, one of the oldest OTs came to the cricket match. J.H Harris was a Divisional Superintendent policeman in Hong Kong but home in the UK on 6 month leave. S.C Verigen retired after 35 years in the RAF. C.G Wedgewood was working in market research for Standard Telephone and Cables. J.K Rust took over Wall’s Coaches of Kingsley. J.R. Polden was teaching in Essex but supplementing his earnings by driving a coach. E. Kidd (1957 – 62) was on patrol against insurgents in Borneo. He only had sandbags to hide behind when a party of fifty regular Indonesian soldiers attacked his position but he said that ‘ the Green jackets plastered them and sent them packing.’

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.
And if you wish to contact us…click on the e-mail icon.
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