Issue 38 Christmas 2014: Jolly Yuletide number
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Our final newsletter of 2014…one to dwell on as mince-pies are eaten and egg noggin sipped. For that reason we've made it slightly longer than usual - rather like the classic Radio Times double issue.

To all OTs wherever you are: best wishes for Christmas the New Year and for 2015…a
nd one last Yuletide plea - please send us your news.

The Editor - please e-mail news and comments here.
Alumni Update - and e-mail us your own news!

Adam Watson studied at Lord Williams's School from 2003-2010. In the sixth form he studied Biology, Chemistry and Music for A-levels  and developed a passion for Neuroscience. Subsequently, he studied a Masters degree in Neuroscience at The University of Manchester and achieved a first-class graduation. He is now doing a PhD researching circadian clocks and how they interact with different diseases, specifically looking at the electrical activity of neurones and how different drugs, operating via the circadian system may be relevant in the treatment of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes.

Updates on recent leavers: Lewis Ambridge (Architecture, Falmouth), Emily Baker (Geology, Liverpool), Rachel Baker (English, Newcastle), Holly Box (Education, Plymouth), David Bruggink (Engineering, Bath), Roseanne Bruggink (Biochemistry), Iona Caseby (Law, Oxford), Hannah Dakin (Philosophy, London), Ella Greenhalgh (History, Sussex), Toby Harris (Geography, Plymouth), Frances Harris (Human Sciences, Cambridge), James Hewitt (History, London), Lucy Jackson (History, London), Harry Jones (PPE, Birmingham). More in our next newsletter.

Brian Ward who was at school in the Dyer Years recently wrote to us, 'having two headmaster who seemed quite different to each other (A C Dyer and H G Mullens) prompted some heated talk over Founder's Day. Someone observed that Mr Dyer was quite different when on and off duty. That was my experience. He and his wife could not have been nicer when I visited them after retirement.'  
Brian asks what is know about Dyer and are there any memories out there? If there are please let us know.

Mr C P Lloyd was modern languages master in the mid-1960s wrote to us from Bury St Edmonds enclosing two clippings about LWS forging a link with the Peter Dorfler Gymnasium at Marktoberdorf. The link started in 1965 and carried on for many years. These are being added to our on-line archive.

In the last edition we promised to write about the Aris brothers having been asked about them by Sarah Dyer. They were two Jewish brothers who escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939 leaving their parents behind. Hans Helmut Aris was at school from1939-1943 and Ernst Gunter Aris from1939-1944.

Arthur Dyer was headmaster at the school during the 30s and 40s when the brothers were at the school. When his grand-daughter got in touch with us, she told us that her father David, recalled being in the room when the Aris boys spoke to their parents in Germany. Apparently the younger brother was so excited to speak that he accidently hung-up the phone and that was the last time they spoke to their parents.

We were last in contact with the Aris bothers in 2004 when Ernst wrote, "We came to England from East Prussia on January 6tb. 1939 by “Kindertransport” and under the auspices of foster parents, including A.C.Dyer. the then headmaster who guaranteed to take us in at the school. We were soon deposited at Lord Williams Grammar School, as boarders. It was very difficult at first, as we knew no English language, but we were soon made to feel part of things there. Although I was far from being the best pupil at LWGS, the discipline, training and teaching stood me in good stead in later life. I shall always be grateful to my foster parents, 3 wonderful families in Long Crendon, and Mr. AC.Dyer, for giving my brother Helmut and me an excellent start in life, which our parents were unfortunately not able to do, because of Hitler. Helmut left school in 1943, and after due appraisal of my educational prowess, it was decided that I would not benefit from another year at LWGS, so I left there in 1944.

Having a great interest in motor cars, it was decided that Birmingham, the centre of the motor industry at that time, was for me. I began training as a motor mechanic, by day, and studied at Technical college 4 evenings a week and attained Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. I then went into engineering and worked my way up to become Works Director in a small engineering company employing about 200 people. I retired in October 1993 when I was 65.

Helmut will be 77 in August and I will be 76 in October. We have attended several reunions of the Old Tamensians over the years, but both feel that our contemporaries are fast fading away! And so we will not be attending any more. The above is a short summary of my life in this country to date, which you may wish to print. I send my best wishes to all.

While we haven't been in direct contact, we know that both are still alive: Ernst is living in the Midlands and Helmut near Cheltenham. 

Back to Sarah Dyer: her father David Dyer moved to Australia (and this is where she writes from as she now lives in Melbourne) and he too became an educationist and was principal of schools in Victoria (he is now 88.)

Next Committee Meeting

This will be held on Saturday 10th January in the Foundation Centre on the Oxford Road. Kick-off is at 10am when coffee, tea and biscuits will be served.
Founder's Day Address.

The Rev Alan Garratt gave an excellent Address on Founder's Day that made all of us think deeply about war-time conflict. We have uploaded it to our web-site and is well worth reading.
Gerard Gould Archive

Gerard Gould's estate has kindly given us archival material that relates to school plays ranging from 1959 through until 1976. This is slowly being uploaded to our Flickr archives as well as being featured on our Facebook page.

We will update our progress in the newsletter.
Brian Ward writes about his impression of Founder's Day. 'It started with old friends David Barnikel and Michel Syson nagging me for years to attend. This year I did, my first for over 60 years. What a revelation!
High point of the service was the Roll of Honour readings: those OTs killed in both World Wars and those OTs known to have died during the last 12 months.I think all OTs who were killed in any war should be remembered.
I stayed on for a tour of the school, the AGM, the exhibition and lunch. The students and tour were so interesting. Having been at LWGS with under 200 boys and having  6 “children” and 8 grandchildren in every type of school and university, LWS just amazes me.
It is so good. I love it and am so pleased to be associated with it.
OT Golf - a second early warning...please add to your diaries

The OT Golf Day is Friday 3rd July 2015; 12 noon tee at Studley Wood Golf Club. This year over 40 OTs and friends took part. So please join us in 2015.
OT News from 75 years ago

1939: One OT wrote in to say that he thought the OT news was too personal. D E Teden represented England at rugby in three matches against Wales, Scotland and Ireland. He played for Richmond and also played for the Barbarians; R A Cherry was working on the Gold Coast. R.C. Woolford played the organ at Founder’s Day. The Old Boys won the toss but lost the game. C.R Busby was living in Chinnor but working in insurance in Oxford. S.G Twynham was on leave in Thame in October. J.O Claes was living in Brussels and playing the trumpet; a write-up in Melody Maker commented on the excellent standard of his trumpet playing. A.C Shrimpton was ordained a Deacon to serve in the Parish of Christ Church, Ore, Hastings. J.W Fountaine, W.A Stoakes, F.Wood, H.C. Cox and H.T Lear were all farming. H.F Munday was teaching at a new school in Temple Cowley, Oxford, and was in charge of Oxford City Reserves. A J Manchester was librarian of High Wycombe Public Library. W Dancer and his wife were looking to rent a house in Thame and expecting to pay 10 pounds per week. H.G Condover was sailing to Assam to plant tea. P.H. Lee was a flying instructor at Brize Norton. E.M Harper was still soldiering on the Gold Coast. His brother G.H Harper entered the Army Staff College at Camberley. J.N Franklin was still active with the Police Force on the Gold Coast, and R.A Cherry worked for Cadbury’s – also on the Gold Coast. K.R Davis was an Executive Grade Civil Servant at H.M Ministry of Works, Whitehall. Old Boys were joining the Forces with some 50 on active service. There were 186 OTA members. E.A Dodwell was still studying biochemistry at Oxford. F Gaby was an RAF Apprentice.
John Hampden War Memorial Fund - positions vacant
We are looking for a new Secretary and also a firm to manage our funds. We will share details later but if anyone would like to discuss this now please contact us.
Want to know more?
There is a continuous update of our digital footprint with more stories and news 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 including the new Gerad Gould album.  (Just the other day we had over 12,000 views in one day and now have over 2 million in total.)
And if you wish to contact us…click on the e-mail icon.
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