Keeping you up to date with school and OTA news: August 2016
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  August 2016


Dear <<First Name>>

Following on from the announcement of Peter More's death we have taken the opportunity to reprint some of the messages that we received. 

For those studying at tertiary level (at whatever age!) this is a reminder to start thinking about applications to the John Hamden War Memorial Fund to help with the purchase of books etc. 

Next Committee Meeting is scheduled for 24 September so please send us any thoughts about what the OTA can do for you.

Best wishes.
The Editor
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Death of Peter More 

Peter More died recently and we have received a number of messages - reprinted below.

“There can be little doubt that Peter had an enormous effect on many LWGS boys’ lives over a long 32-year period at school and thereafter with OTs. He told me once that he  nearly did not accept his appointment at LWGS after an interview with Mr Mullens, concerned that the School may be another ‘ public school’ rendition of  Caterham School in Surrey which he described as ‘well-paid slave labour’.  He was, too, one of the first teachers to be appointed after a year’s teacher training in Oxford. His was not the glittering personality of a Gerard Gould or a Hugh Mullens, but like his close associate in Thame, Norman Lilley, he cane across as  a father-figure and a great organiser and facilitator – a man who quietly instilled  knowledge and confidence. He was well aware of the need for good preparation and flexible teaching strategies, and got boys interested and  involved in all sorts of activities. In fact, his involvement in so many aspects of School life was legendary and one wonders whether his family saw much of him. In the classroom he was a teacher of geography, English and French; his extra-curricular activities included the CCF and particularly its new RAF Division. Peter did nothing by halves  and made sure his c. 20 cadets in the RAF cadre had every opportunity to experience the best: he  arranged a visit to the Vickers  Aircraft factory at Weybridge in 1960 to see the ‘mock-up’ of the VC 10 airliner; to Abingdon Airport for a flight in a Beverley aircraft and observation of control staff in action; a field day at Benson on the link trainer (flight simulator); regular 30-minute flights were also arranged for boys in the Chipmunk  trainer aircraft at White Waltham, Berks and gliding courses at Oxford Airport (at Kidlington).
He revived the boarders’ Stamp Club and Natural History Society in the early 1950s and in 1959  he founded a flourishing Geographical Society with over 30 members showing films ( e.g. The lost world of the Kalahari and Daybreak in Udi – Nigerian village life resistant to change)  and inviting speakers and slide presentations from ex-pupils ( e.g. Geoff Cornish 1950-7,  spoke on life in Salisbury and the native reserves in what was then S. Rhodesia. Peter was heavily involved  with school trips to Switzerland and Denmark and 6th Form Field Courses in Geography to Malham Tarn in Yorkshire. He was also to be found  as  teacher-in-charge of the Headington day boys’ summer picnic punting excursions on the R. Cherwell at Oxford. Later in his career he was Senior Master and took on the heavy load of school administration during and after the school’s change from a grammar to a comprehensive school.
Peter will be warmly remembered for his lively interest  in any subject of conversation and for his good humour and hospitality.  For my contemporaries we have lost one of the true and dedicated grammar school teachers. Peter  took me from Form 111 (1951) right through to Upper Sixth (1957) - Jonathan Polden & I were Peter’s first ‘A’ Level students and then on to careers teaching geography.. Needless, to say, we have so many cherished memories of Peter and  those schooldays and will miss him greatly.”

David Green

During my first year at Keele University I took a module in geography.  Given an essay on Australian industry I faced the problem that the library did not stock the only book on the subject so I wrote to the High Commission and used booklets they supplied.  The geography department was so surprised about the source material that the librarian asked to keep it.  Peter More had instilled in us that you did not just rely on text books but used magazines and booklets, especially from embassies, companies and banks.  His approach to geography was light years ahead and taught me much about how to carry out research. 
Mr More gave his whole life to the pupils.  How many teachers would so fill the summer holidays with European expeditions, RAF cadet camps and geography field trips that he only two weeks for his family break?  And how many teachers would have invited pupils to see his train layout and drive a group miles to the newly-created Bluebell Railway?   He worked us incredibly hard but we all gained good O and A level results.  Without his encouragement I would not have reached university.

Richard Offer

I was deeply saddened by news of the passing of Peter More, "Ronnie" (for reasons now lost) as he was often affectionately referred.
I recall the struggles I faced with completing my "A" levels and at the third attempt, secured sufficient evidence of academic capability to go on to study architecture.  News of my results came via his office accompanied by a note that even now I recall with immediate clarity: "Results enclosed.  Congratulations Charles!  Mr.More wishes me to add that 'persistence pays off in the end.'
Those word were a gracious gesture and a tremendous encouragement for which I will always be grateful.
Loving prayers and tender thoughts surround him and his family
Charles Boyle (1966-1972)
Nanaimo, Canada

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Peter More.  I always found him a fair and even-handed headmaster.  It did invoke a memory though of the time the school dispensed with its system of bells and replaced it with a new Tannoy system.  Mr More, known to us for some reason as Ron, used to make the announcements.  This prompted (I think it was) Nick Mynheer to produce a poster to put in the foyer, proclaiming 'Radio Ron - through 'til four with Ronnie More'.  Brilliant.
Colin Beadle (1970-77)
Cricket News

There may no loner be an OT cricket match but some OTs are still heavily involved with cricket. Chris Clements (1966-73) is Chairman of Oxfordshire Cricket and Adi Manger is playing and scoring for the County's Over 60s side.

Oxfordshire continued a great week for veterans cricket as the Over 60s side were crowned West Midlands Champions as they defeated Shropshire at Shrewsbury CC by seven wickets.

Shropshire won the toss and chose to bat first as they were dismissed for 158 after 45 overs largely thanks to some excellent bowling by Jim Blackford who finished with outstanding figures of 4-18 from 9 overs. He was well supported by his fielders and fellow bowlers who shared about the remaining wickets.

In reply Oxfordshire were quickly on top with the top order doing its job, Jim Head (20) and Derek Watts (30) had a strong opening partnership which set the platform. Adi Manger top scored with 56 not out as he saw the side home with runs from Julian Lawton-Smith (24) and Evans (23). A fantastic achievement by the side who have performed brilliantly this year.
OTA News

Hal Fowler who left in 1985 can be seen on this video with his wife Kim Wilde performing an impromptu "I've got you under my skin.'

Brendan Connor My rough cv post LWGS was Royal Navy, Univ of Leeds then Bradford, Civil Service, Lucas Industries and finally CEO of Cosworth Racing providing engines to F1 teams, and many other motorsport series. Currently one of six Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Midlands, and several Non Exec appointments in private and public sector. Married to Linda (ex Holton Park)

Malcolm Abbott 1939-42. Just to let you know that I am still alive and kicking. I was at LWGS from 1939 until I left after taking my School Certificate Exam in 1942 and went on to become an aircraft engineer apprentice  at General Aircraft in Feltham. I have now lived in Cornwall for over 58 years and at 90 have no great inclination to come to England ,as the locals here regard anywhere beyond the Tamar.

Michael Good has recently announced his retirement from the accountants Critchleys LLP.

Richard Meyrick the international concert pianist teaches the piano at his acclaimed Piano Studio in London. By repeatedly studying available recordings and globally researching rare, hitherto secret, archive material, he is gradually introducing the entire Horowitz transcriptions legacy into his concert repertoire.

Paul Gleeson (1966-72), a Labour councillor in Boston, Lincs was interviewed by BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Al Jazeera, BBC Look North & Japanese TV and press, supporting @jeremycorbyn as leader.

Ben Delo who was at LWS in the early 2000s and then went up to Worcester College, Oxford is Chief Operations Officer BitMEX - Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange - based in Hong Kong. He has also worked at IBM and J P Morgan and has a number of patents to his name. 

Ralph Kiggell,  Since the early 2000s, I have based my studio in Bangkok from where I can travel conveniently to other parts of Asia to participate in workshops, exhibitions, and conferences about the ever-expanding world of woodblock printing. My work as an artist-printmaker has led me to a series of fascinating collaborations from hand-printed books to murals and illustration work. More recently, I have been participating in all kinds of residencies. 

Dr Catherine Hood, who many will know presented TV series and wrote newspaper columns is now concentrating on practice work. She is a specialist in psychosexual medicine and can treat patients or couples with sexual or relationship problems both before and after treatment.

Reunion - class of 1981

A reminder that a reunion is being organised for the Class of 1981 for 26 November 2016.


Lord Williams's Festival Chorus - next concert

Date: 3/12/2016, Time: 7:30pm

Location: Thame Leisure Centre, Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB

Cost: £13 (£10 concessions)

Karl Jenkins – Stella Natalis

Vaughan-Williams- Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Need a Proof Reader?

Pascal Ansell was at LWS from 2002 - 2008 before going to Leeds University.
Professional proofreading and copy-editing, experience with theses, adverts, articles and books. 

I have proofread a wide variety of styles:

Linguistics, cultural theory, feminist theory, art theory, musicology, criminology;
renewable technology and design; 
A PhD thesis on politics and theology;
Parts of the two books: Reading Contemporary African Theatre (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011) and East African Literature: Essays in Written and Oral Traditions (Berlin: Logos, 2011); 
A website for the tourist board of Lichtenberg, Berlin; 
CVs and cover letters
Why not organise a reunion to co-incide with Founders Day on 5 November 2016. The advtanges are:
- free coffee in the morning
- school tours 
- lunch is provided (but costs £12 per head)
- use of the school hall during the day
- music from current students
- tea in the afternoon
- possible use of outdoor sports facilites

School News

Train to Teach

Contemplating a career break or a change of direction in your career within the next twelve months or two years. If so, you are warmly invited to find out about teacher training opportunities at Lord Williams’s School.
For further information contact Mrs Denise Madden via email:

Exam Results

The school has had its best ever GCSE results this year with 76% of students achieved five or more passes at A*- C which included in English and Maths. 

In A-Levels the school's students achieved a pass rate of 99% with 47% of passes at A*/A and B grade.

Where else can you find us?

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