Issue 39 January 2015
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  February 2015


Dear <<First Name>>

Nothing to do in November? When the weather is cold, the sky grey and the shops are full of Christmas shoppers. Instead we would like to encourage our alumni to attend our annual lunch  and enjoy an entertaining afternoon of good food, great company and obligatory reminiscences. You could arrange to come with school friends, come and reacquaint yourself with long lost friends or simply come to reconnect with the school.

The date for this years lunch has been confirmed for November 7th, in the Main School Hall starting at 12.30pm (bar will be open from the same time so have a couple of drinks & watch the 5 Nations England V France match before the main event)

Tickets are priced at an incredibly reasonable £12 per person for what is reckoned to be a stupendous lunch and afternoon tea.

David Wybron, the Head teacher, will provide a brief update of school developments and as usual there will be tours of the school, we hope to mount a rugby game or two plus there will be an exhibition from the archive.

In addition, a fully licensed honesty bar will be available and the ever popular raffle.

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

Alumni Update - and e-mail us your own news!

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Event in January: I was privileged to attend this event yesterday as President of NASUWT. There I met Howard Goodall, whose composition, “I believe in the sun” was the concluding piece and beautifully drew the commemoration to a conclusion. The piece was originally written for the first Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in 2001 and is the setting of an anonymous text found written on the walls of a cave in Cologne where Jews had been hiding.
The BBC televised it, but whether it was just being recorded or being televised live I don’t know.
Very best wishes,
P.S. Howard told me his daughter had become a teacher (and had joined NASUWT!)

Updates on recent leavers: Adam Smith (MSc Exeter, Engineering), Joseph Tanner (Mathematics and Music, Keele), Katie Wainwright (Maths, Keele), Mathew Weeks (PE, Chichester), Elizabeth Wiles (Textiles, Manchester), Caitlin Stanway-Williams (English Literature, Birmingham), William Worley (Journalism, City University).

Another OT involved with journalism is Mark Ansell who is a Broadcast Journalist with BBC Look North.

Ian Benn (who was at the school with brothers Graham and Andy) has retired from his academic career. For many years he lectured at the University of Newcastle - the one in New South Wales. He now intends to devote his time to farming.

James Trueman is Head of PE at the Oasis Academy on London's South Bank. Oasis Academy South Bank opened in September 2013 – a new secondary school serving the local Waterloo community.  It offers a small, safe, learning environment for local children, with excellent educational opportunities where every student can reach their full potential. 

James Meek, who left in 1988 is a qualified IP Network & Communications consultant with 14 years’ post-graduate experience in the design and delivery of large scale, complex, business led IP solutions. Also in IT is Neil Ward-Dutton co-founder and Research Director of NWD, and one of Europe's most experienced and high-profile IT industry analysts.

Jeneva Hall from the same era went on to Goldsmiths and then a few years ago studied DPTS at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. 

A couple of Steve Bingham concerts coming up Sunday 1st March: 3pm - Travellers' Tales
Voyager Academy, Peterborough; and Saturday 21st March: 7pm - Island and Hereward
Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Request! We've had an email from Benjamin Reedy wishing to know if he was at school from 1970-72 or 1971-72. The school records for this period are not in the archive so if anyone has any idea please leave a comment. Mr Reedy also wrote to say that he lives in Lancashire and works in export sales for a company that makes industrial perfumes, which means he travels to Africa frequently.
Graham Thomas is co-founder of Join SAM, the first on-line money service for children and their families. Launched this year, it is already up for a major finch innovation award. Everything is free and it is great place for kids to save money, earn a bit of extra money and to learn about money. He says any comments as well on the experience would be more than welcome.
Lord Williams's Festival Chorus and Ealing Symphony Orchestra present...‘A Shakespeare Scenario…’
Requiem - Fauré

Henry V - Walton

Thame Leisure Centre, Oxford Rd, Thame

Saturday 21st March 2015 at 7.30pm

Conducted by John Gibbons

Thame Remembers writes...

Our furthest challenge has been fulfilled. On a December summer morning in far-flung New Zealand, a Thame Remembers cross was delivered to the grave of George Bertie Parker in Karori Cemetery, Wellington. Sergeant Parker, born in Oxford in 1866, a pupil at Lord Williams’s School in Thame, and an athletics blue at Oxford, left the UK to serve with the British South Africa Company. His career spanned the telegraph industry, gold mining, and organising the Matabele Police under Mr Cecil Rhodes, before venturing to New Zealand in 1909. He enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in 1915, serving on the home front in a training unit, before dying from cancer in 1917.

OT News from 1910 

Herbert Joyce 1899-1907 had gained a Second Class honours degree from Oxford and was going on to study theology. G Bailey was playing for Thame Football Club and the County. Duncan Ostreham played for the County in hockey but was emigrating to Canada. Frank Deane was married in Auckland, New Zealand. W. H. Smith had emigrated to British Columbia. The Old Boys cricket match was cancelled because of the death of King Edward. B.O Corbett played cricket for Derbyshire. R R Williams passed his Law finals. W Parker, Clerk to the Governors of Lord Williams’s Trust, died – he was thought to be the last of Dr Fooke’s old pupils pre 1860 but not the only one alive. E.J Stevens married. E.B Shaw had gone up to Trinity College Cambridge. A.W.S Wagner (1905-10) went up to St John’s College Oxford. Donald Shaw 1899-1907 graduated in History from Balliol College, Oxford with a 2nd.

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