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Jones_on_Peeks_sm Three Peeks and me
Sir Francis, Sir William, Sir Richard

By Graham Jones
   It was a pleasure to read in the 2017 OH Magazine about Sir Francis’ visit to Rousdon in the 90s; it has prompted me to put on record an earlier visit he made, and visits made by his cousin William, who inherited the baronetcy, and Sir Richard Peek. When St Pancras Church, Rousdon, closed in 1969 the rector and school chaplain, Rev Christopher Leech, arranged for Sir Francis and his cousin William (from Loddiswell in south Devon) to come to discuss the re-siting of the memorials on the walls of the church. As many know these were re-sited in the school chapel below the hall, and there was discussion about the pulpit, organ and other furnishings. At that time I was secretary of the Church Council.
   The visit must have been in January 1970 as Sir Francis expressed interest afterwards in a short tour of the mansion. Any doubts I might have had about what state the building might be in disappeared as the premises were that very day being decorated for the annual hunt ball. He commented that headmaster’s study had been his school room. Afterwards I felt it only polite to offer a cup of tea at Home Farm – which gave Mary, who was already somewhat involved in preparing for the ball, a bit of a shock!
Another reminiscence is that “bog standard tea bags” were hardly fitting to be served to such renowned importers as his family.
   Some while after Sir William inherited, the Rousdon astronomer’s great great grandson, Jerry Grover, invited him and his wife, and myself, to visit the mansion. Jerry was very committed to any possible research into his ancestor’s activities. After Charles Grover had gone to Australia in the late 19th century with Cuthbert Peek – in the hopes of seeing the transit of Venus – Sir Henry Peek appointed Grover to his post. In conversation Lady Peek told me that her husband was rather charmingly known locally in Loddiswell as “Cap’n Bill”.
   Sir Richard Peek, in North Devon, inherited when his father William died. With assistance from the Meeke family I obtained his address and we invited Sir Richard and his wife to open one of the local history exhibitions staged by Nicky Campbell, ourselves and others in the Peek Hall – after the school had closed and the estate was redeveloping. They were delighted to come and be part of the proceedings. Sir Richard was most recently in touch with the Combpyne-Rousdon community when sending a message to the commemoration of the 100 years since the start of World War I.

An interview with Sir Richard Peek, great great grandson of the man who built Rousdon, is planned for the 2018 issue of the magazine



OHGS – West Country Golf Week

John Pagliero’s efforts in organising the week were well rewarded and he reports:

“The WC week went very well again this year although sadly, we were just a little short of numbers.
On each day we were threatened by the rains – and most days they arrived, but, thankfully, not for too long…

On Monday 26 June, we all arrived at Oake Manor GC, near Taunton for our annual match against the Old Tauntonians. This was a new venue for both teams and turned out to be a popular one.
Our team – John Bridger, David Danskin, John Harper, Peter Heron, Jon Husain, Roddy Long, Paul Zealey and JP drew the match 2-2.

On Tuesday 27 June, fourteen of us turned out at Lyme Regis for the OHGS championships – the eight of us above being joined by Jonathan Christie, Peter Green. Richard Heard, Jeremy Page, Charles (aka Tim) Pipkin and David Reynolds.
The competition was won by the ‘bandit of Huntercombe’, Peter Green, who came in with a very creditable 37 points – bad back indeed?… He was 1 point ahead of Richard Heard and several ahead of the rest of us in the field.
Peter also won the ‘Nearest the Pin’ with David Reynolds claiming the ‘Longest Drive’.
Generally it is Richard Heard who claims the ‘Longest Drive’ – he never actually wins it but he regularly claims it…! You see it is stipulated that the ‘Longest Drive’ must come to rest on the fairway and on the correct fairway at that…!
Perhaps, when all is said and done, Jon Husain should have won the longest drive – he came all the way down from Deal in Kent…!!

Our now regular dinner at ‘The Harbour Inn’ in Lyme, on the Tuesday and following the championships, was, once again, most enjoyable and all the golfers were happily joined by Sheila Long (Madame President…?) and Giles & Gru Blomfield. We got ‘rained on’ then as well…!!

On Wednesday 28 June, we played at Exeter Golf & Country Club in our annual match against the Devon Dumplings – all cricketers once were we…
This resulted in a victory by 3 matches to 1 with our team comprising John Bridger, David Danskin, Peter Green, John Harper, Jon Husain, Jeremy Page, Charles (aka Tim) Pipkin and JP.
The Devonshire beef and the treacle sponge went down very well, most said afterwards…
I am, therefore, able to proclaim that the OHGS remains unbeaten for 2016 & 2017.

The week ended on Thursday 29 June with a somewhat ‘exhausted’ excursion around the Dorset Golf & Country Club, a most attractive and testing venue that we may well visit again in the future. I think though, for most, the week’s adrenaline had subsided for not a lot was discussed about scores during the post round sandwich lunch.
Then it was off home for another year”



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Visits to Rousdon

It is fully understandable that many OHs will wish to visit the Rousdon/Allhallows estate to rekindle old memories and to see what development has taken place in recent years.

Those who attended the 500th Luncheon will have heard the comments of our guest speaker , Professor John Broome who lives in the old Pavilion.

Naturally the residents wish to maintain a degree of awareness about visitors. It would therefore be appreciated if OHs wishing to arrange a visit to Rousdon would contact Judith Ellard – prior to the day of their visit .

Please remember the estate is privately owned so please keep to the roads and footpaths.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding

Kind regards Roddy Long



Richard Charles Bean (M 1951-54)
The Club has learnt of the death of Richard Bean. Richard’s contrtibutions to the Club were many but he will be best remembered as the Editor of the Allhallows School Register and Record 1885 to 1992 which was published in 2002 and for many the ‘must have’ reference book abut OHs. Richard was also for many years the West Country Secretary, organising the very successful annual West Country lunches. He also worked tirelessly behind the scenes with Derek Blooman to bring about the transfer of all the furniture and artifacts fom the School Chapel at Rousdon to St Mary’s Church Honiton.
The Funeral Service wil be held on Monday 18th December at 3.15pm at the East Devon Crematorium, Whimple, Nr Exeter.

David Charles Darbishire (Sh ’68-73)
The Club has learnt of the death of David Darbishire on 12th September 2017 aged 62 at his home on the Isle of Wight. The Club’s sympathy and condolences go to David’s family.

Desborough Keats Roe ‘Chips’ Clifton-Moore (Stanton 1938 – 41)
The Club has learnt of the death of ‘Chips’ Clifton-Moore on 21st July 2017 at the age of 94. Besides being a School Prefect, Chips achieved considerable success on the sports field becoming a Triple Colour and, unusually, also gaining his small bore and full bore shooting colours. Chips joined the Army on leaving school, initially in the Royal Artillery but in 1958 he became one of the first officers to join the newly formed Army Air Corps. Retiring in 1978 Chips became Curator of the Army Air Corps Museum for the next 10 years. Besides all his other interests, Chips’ passion was golf, getting his handicap down to 3.
The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to the family.

Christopher Nigel Lambert (Junior House ’41 Chudleigh ’44-49). News has just been received of the death on 2nd June following a short illness of Christopher Lambert, known to most as Triff. A Celebration of Triff’s life will be held at St Margaret’s Church, Topsham on Saturday 1st July at 2.00 pm. It would be appreciated if those attending would wear colourful dress and a flowery buttonhole.
The sympathy and condolences of the Club are extended to Triff’s wife Mary and his children.

Patrick John Booth
Pat’s daughter, Jane Pollard nee Booth writes:
It is with regret that I have to inform you that my father, Patrick Booth, died on 15th March 2017 two days before his 85th birthday.
Pat and his two brothers attended All hallows during the war years having originally been evacuated from Hastings to St Albans but it was decided that Allhallows was in a safer part of the country and they joined the school in 1941(Chudleigh ’41-49).
My father often talked of his days at Allhallows and memories include, the stuffed bird collection; watching out for incendiary bombs from the clocktower; shooting in the rifle range in the walled garden, competing and winning at Bisley; afternoon tea in the landslip cottage; the awfulness of school porridge; catching the school train and walking up from Combpyne.
After leaving the school in 1949 (after a very successful career both academically, on the rugby and hockey fields and on the shooting ranges, being awarded both his miniature range and fullbore shooting colours and being in the Bisley team in 1947-48-49) Pat entered St Thomas’ Hospital as a medical student. Upon qualification he was called up for national service and subsequently joined the RAMC as a surgeon, serving in Germany and Hong Kong. He retired from the Army as a Lt Colonel in 1975 and moved to North Wales as a Consultant ENT Surgeon at the Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

Having thoroughly enjoyed his time at Allhallows, and learning that the school was admitting girls in the sixth form, he had no hesitation in sending me (Stanton ‘73-75) and my sister Fiona (Chudleigh ’72-74) to Allhallows. We had many lasting memories of Allhallows, together with a shared pated of porridge.
Pat’s brothers, Geoffrey and Anthony, still live in Bere Regis.”
The Club’s sympathy and condolences go to the family.

Robert Powell Williams (Baker/Venning ’60-64)
Robert’s twin brother, Andrew, has notified the Club that his twin brother, Robert, died on 5th March at his home in Chiswick aged 70. The condolences and sympathy of the Club are extended to Robert’s family.

Roger Edward Causton Strofton
The Club has learnt of the death of Roger Strofton on 25th January aged 81. Roger went to Allhallows in 1949 and had a distinguished sporting career being awarded his colours for rugby, hockey and cricket. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 21st February at 12 noon at Welwyn Parish Church. The Club's sympathy and condolences are extended to Roger's family and friends.

Colonel John David Shallow MC RM
The Club has learnt of the death of David Shallow on 1st February aged 89. David
went to Allhallows in 1941, following his sister Rosemary as the second of nine members of the Shallow family at the school between 1940 and 1979. David was an outstanding sportsman, captaining the 1st rugby, hockey and cricket teams. A Service of Thanksgiving for David's life will be held on Friday 17th February at 1.00pm at St Nicholas Church, Husthwaite, York. The Club's sympathy and condolences are extended to David's family and friends.

Anybody with reminiscences or information about our missed comrades listed in the obituaries, while at school or afterwards is invited to send their material to Alec Crawford, Hon Sec OH Club, at for possible inclusion in the next issue of the OH Magazine.