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OLD HONITONIANS CLUB
OHs will, of course be well aware of the seriousness of the current situation with regard to the spread of the COVID 19 virus. In the past couple of weeks the Club’s Committee have been reviewing and monitoring the developing situation and in line with Government guidance and plain common sense, the Club’s committee has come to the sad, but inevitable decision, to cancel the West Country Lunch scheduled to be held at the Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth on Saturday, 16th May, 2020.
For 0H’s who have already reserved a place and paid for their lunch, your cheques have not been banked and will instead be destroyed.
With regard to the Club’s AGM and drinks party which is scheduled to take place once again on HQS Wellington in London on 10th September, 2020 no final decision has yet been made as to whether this event will need to be cancelled or postponed. It is very much hoped that we will be able to go ahead with the AGM in September or, if necessary, postpone it until November. The decision whether to go ahead is being kept under constant review and OHs will be informed just as soon as a final decision has been made.
At the present time the Allhallows Day Memorial Service scheduled for 31 October 2020 remains in the diary with no cancellation anticipated. As with the AGM, however, the holding of the service will be reviewed during the coming months.
The curtailing of these important club events is very regretful and in many ways unprecedented. I do hope, however, that during the difficult weeks and months ahead that all of you and your families remain safe and healthy. You will all have your own personal 0H contacts which I urge you, more than ever, to continue and maintain so that whilst the Club as a whole is unable to gather together we are nevertheless able to extend support and encouragement to those OHs in our social groups. We are a Club where one of its main purposes is fellowship and camaraderie and I am confident that in the days of social distancing and self isolation that lie ahead we will still continue as a Club to look out for our friends, neighbours and fellow OHs to the best of our ability.
Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST PAUL HONITON
ALLHALLOWS ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
2019 OH Magazine
The Magazine has been published and mailed to some
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If you have not received a copy and were expecting one,
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Over 100 lively chatter boxes turned up and many of them lavished praise on the organisers.
The November 28th AGM and free party at the stately RAC roared like a house on fire, with a good-natured crowd witnessing popular Peter Sloan succeed much-loved Roddy Long as president.
A warm welcome was also given to new hon sec Tim Birmingham and new treasurer David Richardson.
Roddy, along with retiring hon sec Alec Crawford and retiring treasurer Robin Grey, were each presented with a gift which should provide many hours of enjoyment.
Full picture report in OH Magazine, out in January.
Meanwhile, here’s a photo of the scene at the RAC around 8.30pm, with Peter and Roddy standing front centre. It was taken by quick-witted OH Steve Bath on his phone. Steve, who should have been a sergeant major, barked the crowd into position and obtained the atmospheric image despite nightclub lighting dimmer than any room at Rousdon.
GDPR – Registration
It is now 5 months since the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force.
To comply with the regulations we sent out multiple invitations to register; – but to date there are still 666 OHs who received that invitation but still have not registered.
In order to comply with the regulations we will, in due course, only be able to hold contact details, (postal addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) of those OH’s who have consented to their details being retained.
If we do not have the consent, by means of registration, the OH’s concerned will not receive any e-mails despatched by the Club nor will they receive the OH Magazine.
Also, importantly, they will not be able to take advantage of the ‘member to member’ contact system whereby secure contact can be made with another OH.
I do therefore urge all OHs who have not completed that registration to do so as soon as possible.
If you have not received an invitation (your email is out of date ?) – Please email me:- Alec Crawford at ‘email@example.com‘ stating your full name, Email and connection to Allhallows (e.g. House and Years)
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Donald Mathewson (Headmaster)
Noted by an OH in The Times Newspaper Obituaries
MATHEWSON Donald died quietly at home in Wincanton, on December 19th, Husband of Janet, Father, grandfather, teacher and friend, most dearly loved.
The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to his family.
Michael RAY-HILLS (Junior House and MIddlemist 1940-49)
The Club has learnt of the death of Mike Ray-Hills on 26th October 2018 at the age of 87. Mike was a brilliant sportsman at Allhallows, winning his colours in rugby, hockey, cricket and tennis. A strong supporter of the OH Club, Mike played at many OH cricket weeks where he was well known for his prodigious strength in hitting a cricket ball. Mike had a varied business career finally owning a tropical fish emporium. The Club’s sympathy and condolences go to Mike’s wife, Anne and to his sons Simon and Tim and the family.
Derek WARE (Baker ’46-50)
The Club has learnt from his brother, Brian, of the death of Derek on 24th September 2018 aged 85 in the USA where he had lived since the mid ‘50s. The Club’s sympathy and condolences go to Derek’s wife, Susan, their children and the family.
Colin Leslie Harrison (Master 52 – 65)
The Club has learnt of the death on 21st July of Colin Harrison at the age of 94. The sympathy and condolences of the Club go to Rosemary and his three sons.
Jeremy John CHURCHER (St 54-58)
The Club has learnt of the death of Jeremy Churcher, known to many as Jerry, aged 77 at his home in France on 18th July just a week before he was to have had a heart pacemaker fitted. There will be a service of benediction for Jerry on Tuesday 24th July at 10.30am at the village church in Masclat near Souillac in the Dordogne.
Gyles Robert Russell CHAPMAN.
The Club has heard from his nephew of the death of Gyles Chapman on 1st April 2018 aged 72. The Club’s sympathy and condolences go to Gyles’s extended family.
David William John HILLIER (M ’46-50)
The Club has learnt of the death of David Hillier on Saturday 7th July at his home in France. David was a staunch supporter of the OH Club. There will be a private cremation. The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to his family.
Maurteen Malius Elliot CATER (S ’53-59)
The Club has learnt of the death of Maurteen (commonly pronounced as ‘Martin’) Cater on 2nd June after a long illness. The condolences and sympathy of The Club go to Martin’s family.
Edward Roy Hawtin HONNOR (B/C 40-43)
The Club has learnt of the death of Roy Honnor on 31st May 2018. Roy was a Triple Colour and won a number of school prizes during his time at Allhallows. The sympathy and condolences of the Club go to his family.
Timothy Holgate (C/V 60-65)
The Club has learnt of the death of Tim Holgate on 3rd February 2018 after a long illness. The Club’s condolences and sympathy go to his wife, Ann and family.
Ian Ralph (Bo) Henderson (St ’39-44)
The Club has recently heard from his brother, Bill, that Bo died on 7th January 2018.
The Club extends condolences and sympathy to Bo’s brother, his two sons and three grandchildren.
Alan Derek John Lovejoy (V ’69-74)
The Club has learnt from his Uncle, Max Utting, that Alan passed away on 17th February following a series of serious health issues. Alan will be remembered at Allhallows as a very good rifle shot, being in the school Bisley team for 5 years, 1970-74.
Alan’s funeral will take place on Thursday 8th March at 3.00pm at St Mary’s Church, Godstone, Surrey. Mr Utting can be contacted at email@example.com for further details. The Club’s sympathy and condolences are extended to Max’s family.
The Club has learnt of the death on 20th January of Rachel Blackburn-Kane. Rachel was the widow of Geoffrey Blackburn-Kane C.B.E (Chudleigh 1934-44) and known to many OHs as Geoffrey’s wife and mother of Josephine (M 1973-75). A celebration of Rachel’s life is being held at Basingstoke Crematorium on Monday 5th February at 4.15pm and friends/guests may like to wear colour as Rachel would wish. The Club extends its sympathy and condolences to Rachel’s family.
The Club has learnt of the death of Jeanette Ellen Shaw, always known as Jean, on 20th December 2017. Jean came to Allhallows in 1973 as the Bursar’s secretary but quickly became involved in the whole range of matters that came through the Bursar’s office. Popular with both staff and pupils, Jean witnessed the traumatic times that the school went through but stayed until the college finally closed in December 1998. The Club’s sympathy and condolences go out to Jean’s family
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 the Hon Sec OH Club, at OHClub for possible inclusion in the next issue of the OH Newsletter