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William Evershed (Shallow 56-59) wrote a long letter to the HonSec sharing memories of the Lyme Regis branch line and trips to and from the school on the train. He also generously enclosed a 60 minute DVD from Branch Line videos detailing the line with film footage and history. If anyone would like to borrow for a small donation to club funds please contact the HonSec.
Martin Boulden (Stanton 80-83) sends breezy news from Spain where he has relocated to following the sale of his business last year. Moving forward Martin is looking to split his time between Moraira and Guernsey. He reports that sadly he will be missing the West Country lunch this year in favour of dancing at a Jamiraquoi concert on Majorca which happens to be on the same day.
Ted Sandbach (Stanton 66-71) met AA in the Alexandra hotel in Lyme Regis where he was being taken for a birthday lunch. Ted was staying there with his wife Sue and was down from Oxford where he owns the Oxford Wine Company and the Oxford Wine Cafe. They are currently "UK Fortified Wine Merchant of the Year" and No2 merchant in the UK. OHs will remember Ted as an outstanding cricketer and sportsman. Derek recalls the summer when our Junior Colds who boasted Ted and Malcolm McCullock (St 66-71) beat our Blundell's opponents. Ted's sons follow in their fathers footsteps. Chris is Director of Sport at Pangbourne College, captains the Old Chelonians in the Cricketers cup and has opened the batting for Oxfordshire. William is in the property world in London, plays rugby and was in the Exeter University 1st XV, whilst George captains Oxford Downs CC, owns Sandy's piano Bar in Oxford and is opening a new branch soon in London. Derek hopes to meet Ted again when the Free foresters play the Devon Dumplings at Seaton in July.
Andrew Hughes (St. 72-77) is currently developing a nature reserve on Backswood Farm, Bickleigh, Nr Tiverton EX16 8RA. He has built a classroom and created a 2 acre nature garden to host local school groups. He hopes to inspire children to engage with the countryside, nature and farming through this purpose built visitor centre. Andrew always comes to the West Country lunch and keeps in touch with AA.
George Hayter (V. 65-70) our former editor and his wife Jan left for Amsterdam in the new year 2019 and have been revelling in the cafes, bars architecture and museums. They came by car and have been on trips to Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda and the coast. As Jan is from NZ they drove all the way to Zeeland. They love the architecture and not just the older stuff. Their flat is in Looiersgracht and overlooks a canal. They authorities take a very dim view of cars with parking charges in excess of 4 Euro an hour. Council vehicles with number plate recognition cameras roam the city. Jan and George have conceded defeat and will take the car back to the UK and rely on public transport! Most of us probably think of Amsterdam recently as a place where David Hockney was stuck in a lift prior to his Van Gogh / Hockney exhibition, but soon recovered after a cup of strong Yorkshire tea and a fag! Watch out David, George is painting again.
Professor Emeritus Tony Pollard (Mid. 55-60) former Head of School who as written books on Edward IV, and in print with Penguin books, Warwick the Kingmaker, Richard III and the Prince in the Tower, has now told the story of his village in ‘A Perfect Paradise: Eryholme from 1066’ – OHs may have seen him on TV.
Sylvia Hastings (Staff 81-98) who became Keith Moore’s secretary says her son Patrick Newton (L89-92) his wife and their 8 year old son Kion, who is bilingual, were with Sylvia and Jim over Christmas, which doesn’t happen in Japan. Last year Kion went to school on Christmas Day. He was overwhelmed by the presents under the Christmas tree and in his stocking. Patrick still enjoys TEFL teaching in Japan and is very much involved in the community. It was sad to see them go but Sylvia keeps in touch with Skype. Many OHs of the 90s will remember the Allhallows Jazz Concerts organised by Jeremy Wills (Staff 77-93) Head of Music with the help of Kathy Stobart, Sylvia and Jim Hastings. The concerts took place in the dining hall and senior boys stayed up late to move the tables back for breakfast, but the concerts brought many outsiders into the school. In some ways it started with the grand summer ball of 1988 when a huge marquee was erected on the playing fields and 1200 guests sat down for dinner and dancing. Music was provided by the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Many famous bands performed once a term in the dining hall. Acker Bilk was a big hit with his Somerset burr and playing ‘Stranger on the Shore’. George Melly provided another memorable evening. Humphrey Lyttelton came to the school twice and was hugely popular on both occasions; he kindly chatted to a young Nick Jones (M84-89), a talented guitarist, throughout an interval about his days at Eton and his career. Sylvia’s husband Jim teaches music at the University of West London and is busy as usual with his jazz and big band concerts.
Steve Gardner – the last Allhallows Catering Manager, now at the Talbot Arms Uplyme, told Derek who came to him with an OH magazine, that he had several visits from OH’s recently among them Tim Huxtable (V92-97), Captain of the OH Sevens team that played in the Sidmouth Festival. Tim came with a gang to see the England v’s France game in the Six Nations. Graham and Mary Jones had also called with his Colyton Breakfast Club along with Sue Bourhill. Steve said his family loyalties are divided between Wales and England. The Talbot has a very good pull-in adjacent to the cricket ground where Derek saw James Sienesi (V94-98), captain of our outstanding cricket 1st X, nearly scored a century but for an Uplyme and Lyme Regis declaration.
Richard Anderson (M67-71) is organising a dinner for OH’s commissioned at Sandhurst where our President Peter Sloan (B66-71) will be present. Numbers are limited as space is a problem. Aunt Agatha sent Richard a long list of OH’s commissioned there, but it’s hard to find addresses for some. Richard says he boarded Oceana with his wife just after Christmas 2018 and sailed through the Suez Canal to Dubai where they had dinner on the old QE2. He is trying to catch up with his booking for public speaking. The proceeds go to Polio plus the Rotary campaign to rid the world of disease. Well done Richard!
Matthew Luff - (Chud 76 - 81) - who tells AA he has been based in Brisbane for over 23 years enjoying the warmth and sunshine and has been working for a fund management company. He says he recently caught up with Will Thompson (Baker 76 - 81) in Laos, discussed things OH and tried to arrange an official get together but they were the only two that turned up!
Shirley Ambrose - Staff 68-92 - Who was headmistress of Charton and taught games says she is delighted Peter Sloan is President as he has always been devoted to Allhallows. She remembers when Richard died how Peter and Richard Anderson were so helpful to her together with David Vicars, Peter Rooke and others. Shirley taught Peter, Richard and altogether 6 of the 1st XV how to dance in secret gym sessions for 'Oliver!' When she last met them they could still remember some of the steps.
Clare Freeman - Charton 85-87 keens in touch and is now Director of the Natural History Society of Northumbria based in the Great North Museum. She and her partner Chris come to Bedstone when they can and catch up on OH news. Shirley Ambrose reflects that she and Richard were so lucky to be at Allhallows under Gethyn and Peggy Hewan
Claus Anderson - Chud 79-84 was awarded Rolls Royce Global Dealer of the year in March 2018 with a dinner and formal ceremony. His family Rachel, Ella (11) and Frederik (9) have enjoyed holidays with skiing, football and cricket with visits to Denmark and the beach in Lyme Regis with the children swimming, making sandcastles and of course lots of crabbing.
Jonathan Christie - Chud 64-69 was unable to come to the OH Golf in Lyme Regis in 2018 as he lives far away in Suffolk but he joined the OH Golders in 2017 and found the other players a complete delight, perfectly normal, a wide range of age and all good memories of the school. He used to think the other think he learnt at Allhallows was how to navigivate his way across London and how to use his wits but he was clever, got some good A levels and prospered.
Derek Ridge - Middi 60-65 and his wife Alison with their dog Flossie kindly called on AA in Lyme Regis shortly before Christmas in 2018 and said they had been in touch with serval OHs including Dudley Hopkins - Baker 59-64. Derek built his beautiful New Mill House in Burton Breadstick and said he would still go trawler fishing if he could find the crew.
Matthew Luff - Chud 76 - 81 - who tells AA he has been based in Brisbane for over 23 years enjoying the warmth and sunshine and has been working for a fund management company. He says he recently caught up with Will Thompson (Baker 76 - 81) in Laos, discussed things OH and tried to arrange an official get together but they were the only two that turned up
Ann Giles (H ’86-98) has told DJB that she has moved house and is now living in Sherborne . Her sons, Andrew Panther (B ’82-84) has a top job at Porton Down and Michael Panther (B ‘82-87) is a computer boffin who lives near Oxford. Ann seems very happy living in Sherborne, a beautiful town, and would welcome contact (Hon Sec can provide address) from OHs who knew her so well at Allhallows, where she taught Art and Drama, as well as running Otter House. (12/18)
Kate Worth ( Char/L ’86-89) whose father was Rector of Uplyme hailed DJB in the village shop during half term and said that she is now Assistant Head of a school in Dagenham, Essex and that she has a daughter of 12. Kate keeps in touch with OH news on our website (10/18)
Alan Thomas (Master ’63-74) phoned DJB in August to say that he is still going strong and is standing ni for his Church organist in Ottawa and also occasionally plays at the University. Derek told him that Margaret Clark, who was Director of Music at Colyton GS and often judged Allhallows music competitions, entertained Paul Dallimore (Bursar ’63-74) his daughter Katie and husband David Mason plus DJB to a spiffing dinner party in Colyton and asked after many former members of staff and pupils. Katie studied History at Reading University with Henry Emck (C ’75-80) who later joined the Greenjackets and hit the headlines when he introduced a posse of young ladies to Sandhurst. Paul, Katie and David met Graham Jones (Master ’66-92) and Mary who live nearby, the next day (10/18)
Andy Green (V ’70-74) reports that John Wong (C ’70-75) organized a splendid weekend reunion at Mark Williams’ (S ’70-75) ‘Bird in Hand’ at Hentridge in Somerset where the locals gathered to meet John who came from Hong Kong having survived Typhoon No 10 with his metal window shutters. Simon Knox (S ’71-74) joined them from his farm near Okehampton and his wife got up at 5.00am to milk the cows. James Negaard (S ’71-75) was in fine form demanding a table at the local Indian restaurant. Andy also sent the sad news that his father had passed away in his 91st year last August and that he and Roger (V ’73-78) were caring for his mother, Peter Clegg (C ’69-74), Piers Rouse (V ’70-74) and Justin Tunstall (S ’69-74) attended the funeral (10/18)
Harry Fry (Sh ’68-71) says that farming was always in his blood but, like so many, he has diversified his farm at Long Sutton in Somerset and runs a cider business, ’Harry’s Cider’ with his three grown up children. In 2018 they won two major awards, the Supreme British Champion Cider and the National CAMRA Cider. Harry says that their cider is available at Felicity’s Farm Shop, Morcombelake near Bridport and at Welli Deli on the Cob, Lyme Regis. Harry was in Shallow Martin (Sh ’65-70) and Dr Andrew Llewelyn (Sh ’68-73) and occasionally sees Nigel Clist (C ’67-72) and Patrick McCaig (C ’79-84) of Otter Ales. AA comments that Harry’s handwriting is immaculate! (10/18)
Mark Hunt (C ’72-75) sent a beautiful photo-card of Harlyn, Cornwall, no doubt taken by his wife Pat, of a massive wave that would challenge any surfer. They were on holiday there and Mark played golf with Roddy Long (B ’58-63) who most generously hosted them to lunch. In late September he was joined by Steve de Wild ( C’71-75) when they watched Exeter Chiefs play rugby against Worcester Warriors. Mark says that he occasionally sees Piers Markham (C ’70-74) and attended his 60th birthday party. Piers is a keen cyclist and looks in fine form. Mark was sorry to miss the OH Golf at Lyme Regis but keeps in touch with John Pagliero (St ’62-67) (10/18)
Richard Anderson (M ’67-71) Head of School 1970, sent our grateful editor asn article about becoming a Sixth Former at Allhallows in 1969, and AA news about what he has been doing since he sold his gardening business three years ago. He is now Chairman of Kennet Landscapes run by one of his former managers. He is also a Trustee of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has researched a medal for overseas cadets who completed the course. HRH the Prince of Wales presented the first when he was in the Middle East recently. Richard has taken up public speaking to raise funds and talks on subjects ranging from the Zulu Wars, Eva Braun and the Nazis, Antiques and also his time in Northern Ireland. On a recent visit to Rousdon Mansion Richard met Barry who owns the library end of the building and has found all sorts of Allhallows memorabilia including Charles Pipkin’s (St ’62-67) Physics notebook, a copy of the school rules and, amazingly, J R W Coxhead’s (1918-21) chapel pew, which Richard bought from Barry. Ralph Coxhead served in the Devons in WW2 and was a prolific author and meticulous historian of Allhallows in Honiton and at Rousdon. Richard has his own circle of friends including Peter Sloan (B ’66-71), Steve Bath (C ’66-70) and Richard Hurd (B ’66-70) who amazingly tapped him on the shoulder in a hotel in Delhi last year. (10/18)
Colin Leslie Harrison (Master ‘52 – 65): Colin’s son Stephen writes: “My Father (CL Harrison) died on 21st July at the age of 94. After war service in the Royal Artillery in Western Europe he taught Geography at Allhallows from 1952 to 1965 . In 1953 He married Dorothy Evelyn Saunders who was a matron I believe at the school. She was always known as Sally. They built and lived in Rook's Acre (it may be Rooks plural!) which is a bungalow in the school grounds. One of her best friends was Dorothy Cox (also a matron) who died a couple of years ago in St Austell. They had three children (Guy, me and David) and we left in the early 1960s when Dad became head at Bedstone College in Shropshire. Mum died in 1972 and Dad remarried, firstly to Margaret (which only lasted a couple of years) and then to Rosemary for the last 37 years. Dad was an outstanding athlete in his time (ran for Cambridge and BAOR, Sussex County Champion for road running) and was a lifelong member of the Achilles Club. I think he may have helped run the athletics and rugby teams at Allhallows.”
Nigel Fawcett (C ’63-67) retired from full time work in 2010, when he was head of policy for the mutual and cooperative sectors of the Treasury. Much of his time was spent persuading ministers of the need for legislative reform to make the sectors more competitive. This sounds dry but it gave him the opportunity to visit interesting places and to do some project work with the World Bank on mutual finance in developing countries. Nigel travelled with his wife to Mongolia, Uzbekistan and also Bhutan with the British Honorary Consul when they met the Queen and people who had never seen a Westerner before. Nigel’s Panama hat caused some amusement. He recommends camel’s milk vodka from Mongolia. Nigel is currently Vice Chairman of the risk committee of CS Healthcare, a mutual health insurer for the public sector. He still spends a few hours a week practicing Kenpo Tai Chi, less vigorous than Tai Kwon Do for which he gained a second dan black belt. Nigel’s brother Mathew (B ’66-69) retired from Cadbury some years ago and lives in Eastbourne where he works with older people, helping them with IT and computers. Nigel has met Peter Sloan twice recently at John Armstrong’s ‘White House Dinners’ (7/18)
Simon Honywill (Ch 72-77), living in Plymouth, is among OHs recently in contact after he saw his name among the 1,113 listed in the OH Magazine “Where are they?” feature. After school, guitarist Simon formed a rock duo with Nick Bardoni (M 72-77). The pair moved to London, where their equipment was stolen. Worse, they found themselves out of fashion. “We of course were entirely convinced we would be the next Genesis, but the country wanted the Sex Pistols.” Simon resorted to getting a job, answering an ad from an audio rental firm for a rigger/driver. “Little did I know that I was embarking on a career that would take me to the top of the audio industry. I have travelled the world from Tulsa to Tajikistan, working for some of the best-known names in music.” One of Simon’s fond memories of Allhallows is putting green bulbs in the lights of a first-floor Chudleigh room, playing Pink Floyd loud “and sitting out on the terrace listening through a thick Rousdon mist”. He is in touch with Richard Prowse (St 71-77) and Peter Thompson (Sh 72-77), and he stays with Nick Bardoni whenever he needs a bed in London. AA hopes to have more about Simon in the 2019 magazine.(7/18)
John Higgins (St 48-51) sends best wishes to OHs attending the free London party this autumn. John regrets he won’t be there. "I have not been able to visit the UK for two years due to health." Nevertheless he has marked 28th November on his wall calendar. "So I will drink your health – especially my Stanton colleagues – remembering Mr Jack Jarchow, who steered Stanton lads as well as anyone could wish with his 'cockey boy' expressions, snuff and excellent 'boy handling', which generated much respect from us lads. Have a great evening." (7/18)
Former Equerry to HM the Queen, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Guy Acland Bt LVO DL (Chu 59-64), has described to AA a sense of relief at seeing his name included in team lists pinned up in the main corridor. He was reminded of that pleasure by the latest OH Magazine, which includes a photo of boys looking at the notice boards. “I can still recall the sense of anticipation and then the satisfaction of seeing that one had been selected to play for the school.” Other fond recollections include making toast in front of a blaze in the marble fireplace of what was then Chudleigh middle common room. Sir Guy is grateful to housemaster Jimmy Bliss and house tutor Derek Blooman: “Dear men, both of them, seemingly devoted to their charges, intellectually stimulating and encouraging, and remarkably resilient considering the number of times we let them down!”
A gang of Cheerful Chudleighans, who have just retired: Will Codner (’68 – 73)) Oil Geologist, Paul Davis (’68 – 73) Freight Services, now with the Prince’s Trust, Nick Hamley (’68 – 72) Advertising, Chris Kitchen (’68 – 73) HMRC and Captain of Cricket under Nick Lindo (Master (’70-75) who later became a political journalist in New Zealand, and David Holmes (’68 – 73), star opening bat, kindly took DJB, their ancient Housemaster, to a super lunch at the Ship Inn. Axmouth a few days before the OH West Country Lunch. They even persuaded Derek to venture up into the sunlit Beer Garden which looks out over the Axe
Nick Kettlewell (M ’45-51) poses the following teaser:
“Scene: Class in Baker Common Room July 1951. Patrick Thurgood prepares to leave for 11:30 start of Cricket Match.
Tutor refuses permission to leave. Thurgood is leaving anyway.
Tutor: "You silly young fool, who is your Housemaster? I will report you to him for Gross Disobedience of my orders"
Who was the Tutor?
First correct answer offered Lunch in any convenient hostelry within 10 miles of DT2 0LX or other suitable watering hole by mutual agreement.
Nick Kettlewell, Lower Holt Farm, Melbury Osmond, Dorchester, DT2 0LX
Tel: 01935 873170 or e-mail: email@example.com
OHs of a certain vintage can. No doubt, picture the scene! (15/5)
James Talbot (M ’59-63) writes “ I have lived in the south of France for the last 16 years and divide my time between a wonderful old provencale farmhouse some 25miles north of St Tropez and an apartment in Porto Ercole, Italy. I run an art services company which is based in Dublin. We value, market, restore and advise art collectors on how to manage their artworks. This takes us too many interesting private houses. We do not work with auction houses or Galleries. It’s a very discreet business.
My brother Harold (M ’57-62) who will be remembered by more than I as he was a brilliant shot, is alive and well and a retired surveyor and farmer. He lives in Oxford but is currently on his way to New Zealand to visit his son who lives in Nelson where he makes kitchens, guitars and violins. Both Harold and I spend much of our time in Southern Ireland where we have extensive family.” (15/5)
Frank Kew (Master ’71-74) who appears in John Bardolph’s (Master ’65-77) article in the 2018 OH Magazine and taught PE and History, lives in Ilkley, Yorkshire. He says that John occasionally calls en route to Sedbergh. The last visit was memorable when John, taking a liking to the pork scratchings at his local, relieved the pub of its entire stock. Since retiring from lecturing at uni, Frank keeps busy leading walking tours for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Recent trips include tours to Nepal, South Africa’s Drakensburg Mountains, Vietnam and Santorini and Naxos in the Greek Cyclades. He has also finished writing a little book ‘Walks with History: The Yorkshire Dales’ which will be published in the summer of 2018 by Northern Books. Ten walks are described exemplifying different historical eras such as the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Romans, The Middle Ages, the Elizabethan period and so on. OHs might find it of interest. (5/18)
John Stubbs (Master ’80 – 93) a brilliant head of English, phoned DJB recently to say that he was moving to Bridport. He primarily phoned because his daughter, Rima (Ch/M ’83 – 85), who lives in Italy has applied for a job with Knight Frank. Rima was a very talented musician at Allhallows. Italian bureaucracy requires Rima to produce a statement from Allhallows confirming that she was a pupil and DJB suggested that Peter Larkman would be the best authority for that. (5/18)
Frank Perry (B ’58-63) who invariably comes to the OH Memorial Service in Honiton, encountered DJB, his former House Tutor, in Seaton and said that he had just moved there from his farm at Hawkchurch, near Axminster, where his father ran the veterinary practice (5/18)
Derek Blooman (Master ’59-98) writes “Many will have read Dr John Colmer’s (M ’44-48) obituary of Christopher Lambert (C ’41-49) who was his contemporary at Allhallows. I know that John will understand if I say what a fantastic contribution Chris made to the design of the superb War Memorial Chapel we were allowed to install in St Michael’s, Honiton, which was welcomed by the Rector James Trevelyan, and where the Right Reverend Robert Evens, Bishop of Crediton, whose brother Bruce Evens (B ’70-75) and father Reginald Evens ( ’28-36) were at Allhallows, gave the address at the Memorial Service in November 2009. Chris produced a most original design, as one would expect from such a distinguished Norwich architect. I remember the difficulty we had attaching the doors bearing the memorial boards with the names of the 1st and 2nd World War fallen, to the pillars alongside the chapel. While on a holiday in Spain Chris persuaded a craftsman to make the hinges for him and Roderick Butler’s(M ’51-56) craftsman attached them for us. One of the most moving ceremonies every year is that of our memorial service in November and it is right that Allhallows, which played such a great part of the life of Honiton for more than 400 years, should be remembered there.(4/18)
At their March gathering the Colyton Men's Breakfast Club were very pleased, at Graham Jones (Master ’66-92) suggestion, to welcome Patrick McCaig (Ch 79-84) - who talked about the very successful Otter Brewery. Patrick was on top form, with explanations and entertaining comments along the way, including the odd dig at past authority of course, and emphasised how the Brewery continues very much to be a family business; some specimen ingredients were passed round as well as a taste of the end product to add to the delight. The topic produced the best attendance so far in the quite new Club!'
Simon Martin (Sh ’65-70) Captain LVO OBE RN (retd) has been appointed High Sheriff for Devon for the year commencing April 2019 (2/18)
Duncan Fleming (S ’42-50) writes “I see from the latest OH magazine that you seem to have lost touch with my nephew Ian Fleming [C ’62-67]. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City with his Vietnamese wife Hang and daughter Lizzie. After several years helping his father John W.G.Fleming (S ’38-39) in the hotel business he came to stay with me in Hong Kong before embarking on a career managing and opening golf courses all over SE Asia. My eldest brother John W G Fleming (see above) left school to join the Merchant Navy at the start of the war. Did a couple of Russian convoys before being torpedoed off Singapore by the Japanese. Rescued and returned to England via Australia and Canada where he met his future wife Agnes. Spent many years running The Aylesbury Arms Hotel in Marlborough with his wife and son Ian. Died in 1985. His wife Agnes still lives in Marlborough. My elder brother J.Graham Fleming (S ’38-39 & ’40-43) was called up into the Royal Navy towards the end of the war and served on HMS Ark Royal until his demob. Was employed in a number of ventures before his early death in 1968 from cancer. This leaves Duncan S. Fleming (S ‘42-50). After school did 2 years national service in the RAF. Trained as a pilot in Canada and flew Meteor jets. Qualified as a chartered surveyor in Bournemouth, joined the estate dept. of Boots Pure Drug Co. in Nottingham, became estate manager Scotland stationed in Edinburgh before joining the estate dept. of the Crown Lands Office of the Hong Kong PWD in January 1966. Went into private practice in Hong Kong in 1973. Represented Hong Kong at golf in the 1970’s and won the Silver Medal as the leading Hong Kong player in the 1971 Hong Kong Open Golf Championship. Returned to England in 1994 together with my wife Christine. Now been married 58 years and living very comfortably in Chichester.” (2/18)
Derek Blooman past Master, Housemaster, Hon Sec, AA over some 50 years plus, still maintains contact with numerous OHs and has provided snippets on more OHs.
Claus Andersen (C ’79-84) has our apologies for mis spelling his name with an ‘o’ instead of ‘e’. Good to have news of family and of your success in selling Rolls Royce and Bentleys in Berkeley Square in these troubled times.
Colin Mortimore (V ’94-98) one of the OH Sevens Squad, who has his own firm on the Baltic Exchange, chatted about the pros and cons of the job with Derek and Seb Warner (V ’93-98) at the “017 Reception at the RAC. Graham Spark (Sh ’78-83) was at the Reception with Juliet Roberts, nee Mansfield (Charton ’79-81) now in railways, and said they were about to gog to dinner with James Chiswell (C ’76-81) a high - up in the military, who apologised for his absence as he was busy with his wife cooking dinner.
Richard Tomlinson (Sh ’58-63) who was a History Exhibitioner at Cambridge then ran an international school in Egypt, now lives in Cornwall and like his brothers, one of whom is in Australia, spends his time fishing rather than riding. Recently he received a visit from ‘Ovid’ Richard Gordon (Sh ’57-62) another of VAL Hill’s Cambridge scholars, who resides in Germany where he taught classics and is an authority on Roman Magic.
Gyles Chapman (C ’59-64) Head of House and School Prefect, made a cheary phone call to Derek in the New Year. He had been Chief Wine Buyer for Trust House Forte then worked on the Athens Olympic Stadium and an oil pipe line to Europe.
Keith Moore (Master’70-95 and Headmaster ’95-98) who took some 40 pupils to Taunton School when Allhallows closed, sent Derek his usual newsy Christmas Card and said that he recently celebrated an important birthday when the family gathered, among them his young son from Australia. Keith is a Governor of Perrott Hill, a prep school in beautiful grounds that sent many pupils to Allhallows.
Liz Kind (Charton ’85-88) former Head Girl is a brilliant receptionist at Perrot Hill. OHs will not be surprised to hear that Keith has acquired the Allhallows Fire Engine which he parks with a neighbouring farmer.
James Stephenson (M & L ‘89-92) bumped into Derek in Lyme Regis in February. Derek thought that he had moved to Bridport but James said that he still lives in Lyme, where his parents ran a hotel, and how much he appreciated Allhallows and the friends that he made there.
Andrew ‘Harry’ Henry (C ’76-81) with Nick Turnbull (Sh ’76-81) and Keith Hutton (C ’77-81), who is a Manager with Fenwicks in Northumberland, was at the RAC \ Reception in November 2017. His brother, Robert (C ’75-80) is in Hong Kong. When Derek phoned him Keith and his wife were recovering from the ghastly floods in Hexham. (2/18)
Shane Collins V ’75-79 writes “I'm now Cllr Collins, having been elected to represent Keyford, Frome on Mendip District Council, currently leader of the Green Party group and just got a successful motion to ban single use plastics in Mendip activities. I'm also a director of the Green Gathering Festival held each August in Chepstow. We just won the Greener Festivals Award for the best green event in 2017 in the land. I am campaigning on many issues to do with climate change and green stuff. I am living in Frome with Zara and our 8 year old daughter Annie.” (2/18)
Jon Grimwood (Sh 1967-72) having read the AA pages of the 2018 Magazine writes: “I was amused to see that I’d supposedly had lunch with John Wong in London, but suspect that was my sister Jo, who remains good friends with him. It was also lovely to see an update from John Bardolph whom I blame for my passion for motorbikes and my succession of Triumph bonnevilles. The last time I saw John was years ago on a ferry in Norway when I was either heading up to the North Cape or heading back. I’m not sure which of us was more surprised! I’m currently writing spy thrillers for Penguin as Jack Grimwood (not much of a disguise, I know), have recently published a literary novel with Canongate as Jonathan Grimwood, and am working on a new Jon Courtenay Grimwood. As ever, I’m glad to see the number of OHs writing fiction and non fiction, although I should probably object to the competition. I suspect we’re the last generations to be able to make a living this way.” Jon says that he is most proud of ‘The Last Banquet’, the French edition of which was short listed for Le Prix Montesquieu. (1/18)
Peter Spencer (Master 1962-66) taught Modern Languages and English at Allhallows and was headmaster of several prep schools that sent pupils to Allhallows. He phoned DJB recently to enquire if he was still alive and kicking – he is very much so! A talented cricketer, wicket-keeper and opening batsman, Peter often captained the Headmaster’s XI on Speech Day and wrotr a wonderful history of the Devon Dumplings ‘Three Shades of Green’. Peter and his wife Chris, mathematician and artist, often brought their pupils over from Shobrooke, near Crediton to explore the landslip. In the summer holidays they organised cricket for boys from West Country schools, amongst them Will Murray (L ’95-98 ) later Captain of Sidmouth and Charles Murray (V ’91-96). (1/18)
Tariq Goddard (Sh ’88-91) has written his seventh novel ‘Nature and Necessity’ published by Repeater Books ( repeaterbooks.com), superbly reviewed in The Guardian by Henry Jeffreys, who says that Goddard excels in writing about drug-fuelled debauchery and class-conflict in a country house novel with modern day moves. OHs will be amused that Tariq mentions Chudleigh as a village in North Yorkshire, girls at Nohallows and Peacocks in the grounds. In his Acknowledgments Tariq expresses his love and thanks to John Stubbs, his English teacher at Allhallows, whose comments on an early draft were extremely helpful. (11/17)
John Higgins (St ’48-51) writes “I am still in the land of the living and happy down here in Brazil. Unfortunately at 83 years old feeling a bit rusty in the memory, but can recall my few years with Allhallows very well and still have a bunch of black and white photos of Stanton House members and especially Mr Jack Jarchow, our excellent House Master. If any OH members of my era are down this way in Brazil please pass on my email address (Hon Sec happy to supply) and we could arrange for a few pints. Very best wishes to everyone who might remember me, and a happy future for all OHs.” (11/17)
Bruce Poulter (St 64-69), who lives with wife Jane at Merley in Dorset, says he has now definitely quit work, after a short-lived retirement attempt two years ago. That is when he left French-based hi-tech multinational Thales at Crawley in Sussex. Bruce specialised in developing software that automatically tests avionics products. He admits to feeling relief when his designs cooperated. “It is hugely satisfying when you run the code and see it works,” he explained. So satisfying, apparently, that this year Bruce suspended his retirement to do a stint of similar work much closer to his home at Merley, when he spent six months at Wimborne with the British defence firm Cobham. Daughters Rosemary and Louise have long left the nest and Bruce spends much time aboard his Mirror dinghy in Poole Harbour, as well as being a sidesman at the Lantern Church in Merley. After years of little exercise and miles of driving to Crawley, he says he now walks or cycles everywhere. Bruce reports that older brother Nigel Poulter (St 60-64) lives in Warlingham, Surrey and is spending much of his retirement walking. “He has now got his life back in order after sadly losing his wife Laraine to cancer eight years ago” Bruce said. Nigel’s four children are all married, and he has two grandchildren. He is a church warden at St Christopher’s church and enjoys organising local activities. (10/17)
John Armstrong (B ‘62-66) AA Gold Medallist, who runs ‘The White Horse’, Winchester Road, Ampfield, Romsey, says he is glad to have a business that is close to the motorways of southern England yet in the country. It allows OHs the chance to pop in for an ale when passing. Simon Clifton-Moore (St ’65-69) called on John’s one day off but sent John a snap of himself sitting outside the pub. Andy Bath (C ’71-76) drops in occasionally as they have mutual friends in the village. John, who has organized gatherings for OHs, visited John Husain (C ’63-68) in Deal last summer and enjoyed a fine ale with him. Allhallows was truly John’s home for many years when his parents were abroad and he has wonderful memories of the imposing buildings, the undercliff, the staff and the lifelong friends he made there. He bought a copy of John Lister-Kaye’s (S ’59-64) ‘The Dun Cow Rib’ with its descriptions of his years at Allhallows and it had him laughing and crying at the same time. His old chum Tony Lloyd (M ’62-67) was in good form in Southern Spain with his beautiful wife, when John phoned him recently. (10/17)
Andy Moore (V ’53-58) writes :
“In September we had the 2nd reunion of members of a rather disreputable flat in Barons Court in 1960/61. The previous reunion was held in 1990 and we thought it time to have another before any of us dropped.
It was here that John Deacon (M ’53-57) picked up his wife, Bernadette Camus, a distant relative of Albert Camus, whilst others pursued her sister! John lives in USA near New York, having retired from a successful business venture in the travel industry some time ago. He and Bernadette have 2 sons who are ‘very American’ boys. In the 1980s John bought a lovely manor house in Rutland which he still has and where both reunions have been held. John is struggling on despite having had major heart surgery and survived a stroke earlier this year. Some years ago John returned to UK for a while ‘to complete his education’ gaining a 1st in English at Nottingham University.
Tim Morgan(M ’55-59) has retired from teaching in Dawlish where he has spent most of his working life and now spends much time on the golf course. He and Angela also spend much time with grandchildren in the UK and Australia.
Tim Doubleday (B ’55-59) retired some years ago from his business operating a property letting agency in Bristol. He and Paddy also spend much time with hordes of grandchildren in the UK and Norway. They also have a house in the Chinon area of France which proves an excellent stopping point for long distance travellers including me.” (10/17)
Jeniie Walters nee Spureon (M ’73-75) reports that in September she met Rosie Coates nee Payne (M ’73-75), Dr Karey Ann Taylor (St ’73-75), Jo Bakke nee Blackbune-Kane (M ’73-75), Jo Cooke nee Greenwood (Sh ’73-75) and Alison Bailey (St ’73-75) at Alison’s house in Mallorca. Fiona Darbishire (Sh ’73-75) had sent the sad news that her brother David Darbishire (Sh ’68-73) died suddenly at his home on the Isle of Wight on 12th September aged 62. Jennie, a fount of knowledge about her OH contemporaries, says that her mother, wife of the late Lt Col Nigel Spurgeon (Bursar ’63 – 73) at Allhallows and then at Repton, is still enjoying her house and garden in Swanage. Her brother Christopher (C ’69-74) is an accountant and financial adviser for the media industry and Jennie, who read English at Bristol, has finished her novel which won the City MA prize so she now has a literary agent. Her eldest son Patrick, an Oxford graduate, is in a TV/Film production company and her younger son Nick works for a literary agency dealing in sports books (10/17)
Colin Pape (B 58-62) writes: “Now and again when short of news of OHs Aunt Agatha resorts to me to request a few lines of news. The Lord Lieutenant of Devon still keeps me busy as one of his Deputies in the County, only because I can still stand reasonably straight and can fit into my No 1 Dress uniform I had as a Junior Officer when a uniformed DL is required to represent him. I gave up guiding and instructing fly fishing on Devon and Scotland's rivers 4 years ago now but still enjoy the sport both in this country and in New Zealand when my wife and I visit our son in Auckland. I am Chairman of the Stoke Hill and North Dartmoor Beagles, one because I love Beagling (my Grandfather A.G. Pape started the Stoke Hill Beagles when Master of the Silverton Foxhounds in March 1912) and two, because they can’t find anyone else to be Chairman. I co-run a Fun Ride each year on the Powderham estate with Diana Devon and if any Devon based angling OHs are interested, I run a salmon fishing syndicate on the middle Exe. As a Trustee of the Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Charity I was deeply involved in the recent Regimental Memorial project at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and was particularly proud that a number of OHs made very generous donations to the memorial appeal. It was good to see our Club recorded for posterity at the very top of the sponsors list - for further information see: https://www.devondorsetregiment.co.uk/latest+nma+news. OHs I am in regular contact with are David Shaw (B & V 59-64), Tony Laurie-Chiswell (C 46-51), Jeremy Lillies (C 54-58), Derek Thomas (S 47 & 52-56), Simon Young (C 65-69) and Rod Newbolt-Young (C 61-65). I keep in touch with Nick Warner (B 58-62) and recently caught up with Alan Startin (S 67-72), all ex-Devon and Dorsets, except Nick Warner who is ex-RTR."
Jeremy Lillies (C ’54-58) writes: “I was at the dedication today, 17th September, of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiments Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum and was proud to see “Allhallows School Old Honitonians Club” at the top of the list of Corporate and Municipal donors. For the record, OHs present, by age, were Lt Col A (Tony) Laurie-Chiswell (C ’41-51), Col Derek Thomas (Sh ’52-56), Major Jeremy Lillies (C ’54-58), Brigadier David Shaw (B/V ’59-64), Major Colin Pape (B ’58-62), Brigadier Simon Young (C ‘65-69).”
Dominic Naish (S ’63-68) accepted an invitation from George Hayter (V’65-70) for a country walk to the sea from his new thatched house in Chideock, but George insisted on heading inland, promising a route that would eventually bring them to a dramatic sea-side cliff-top. After three hours hard walking, he admitted his knowledge of the bridleways and footpaths wasn’t up to it and ” we were lost. All I saw of the sea were distant glimpses. Never mind, George was stimulating company as always.” Dominic was for many years a photographer at the V&A and his last project was to photograph jewelry in a revamped gallery. He enjoyed meeting many old friends at the Oh West Country lunch, among them Bruce Poulter (M ’64 – 67) to whom he sent some photos of a 2nd XV rugger match. Dominic’s sister Victoria Jessel nee Naish (Char ’74-76) married a Kent farmer and have two children, Amelie who has just done her A Levels, and Charlie in his last year at King’s Canterbury. Her Husband, George, is High Sheriff of Kent. Vicky keeps in touch with Jane Sutton (Char ’74-76) (9/17)
Julian Mallinson (C ’79 – 83) who lives in Jersey, is a chartered surveyor and a Director of CBRE real estate consultants. Many OHs probably enjoyed the recent TV series on the Durrell’s Zoo where Julian says he was lucky enough to spend many Saturdays in his younger days roaming around whilst his farther was working. In the days before ‘Elf and Safety’ he would sneak into areas with access to animal enclosures. Memories include letting the leopard out – a minor scare as it was only a few months old – and he often played with young gorillas and being under a scrum of several apes. He also ‘liberated’ an egg that he discovered in the incubator unit and took it back to his bedroom to hatch. Unfortunately it failed which was probably just as well as he had no idea which reptile enclosure it came from. Julian is in touch with Harry Farthing (C ’78-83) another chartered surveyor who had a successful career with Cushman & Wakefield running their Italian office before he retired and now lives in Charleston, USA as a successful novelist, author of ‘Summit’ about Everest and he is writing another about Kilimanjaro. Ian Troy (C ’80-85) also lives in the CI like several other OHs and works for RBS Wealth Management. (9/17)
John Lister-Kaye (St ’59-64) has written another spellbinder ‘The Dun Cow Rib – A Very Natural Childhood’, “utterly enchanting” according to the Sunday Times Reviewer. It describes, among other things, his schooldays at Allhallows with VAL Hill and Tom Wallace and, later, his time with Gavin Maxwell. A ‘must read’ as some OHs feature. (9/17)
Four OHs met at Sandhurst, although none of them is a soldier and only one has ever been in the Army. George Hayter (V 65-70) explained to AA that the reunion at the military academy happened after the Commander’s Parade. The four were able to be there because Richard Anderson (M 67-71) is a former Royal Artillery officer and a current trustee of Sandhurst. Richard showed the other three OHs around the stately campus. His reckless recollections of being a Sandhurst cadet included cementing a toilet to the parade ground the night before the grand passing-out parade. George told the others he has moved from Hampshire to Dorset, where he and Jan are renting a house in Chideock, just 10 miles from Rousdon. Their 1996-built retro cottage, complete with thatch, is on the A35, which years ago George regarded as the road of dread. He explained that it was the route his parents used to take him back to school at the end of the holidays. Also at the Sandhurst do was Susan Jackson (née Strickland) (Chu 70-71), who was being modest about her achievement as a lawyer specialising in the food industry. Sue put much of her academic success down to her alarm clock. The technique: Set the alarm for 30 minutes hence and determinedly postpone all distraction until it goes off. Diana Davis (née Fitzgerald) (St 69-70) told the others about the 2015 OH lunch at the former Dower house, now a hotel. Diana was allowed a solo exploration upstairs and much enjoyed seeing again the rooms she had shared with her school mates over 40 years before. Diana and Sue both reminisced on being minority female boarders. Sue reiterated a claim from other females of that era that there were few rules for early Allhallows girls. Gentlemen staff kept their distance, according to Sue, and when boys covertly called at the girls house in the middle of the night and invited them down the cliffs, girls were able to go with them. (8/17)
Aunt Agatha reported on 21st June 2017 that the temperature in the UK had reached its highest point since 1976. The School Year Book for 1976 reported that the severest drought since 1911, and perhaps for more than 200 years, caused comparatively few problems at Allhallows. Untapped fresh water was still gushing from the cliffs while some of the Taunton schools were rationing it. By September however the grounds looked like the Sahara. (8/17)
Philip Curtis (S ’72-76) kindly sent his old history master a copy of his magnificent ‘War Map – Pictorial Conflict Maps 1900 – 1950’ which he has written with Jacob Sondergard Pedersen, published by The Map House, 54 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 where he has worked for many years. Well done Philip! (8/17)
Alan Thomas ( Master ’63 – 74) Director of Music at Allhallows and Stanton Housemaster, left Allhallows for Ashbury College, Ottawa. He tells DJB that he has retired as organist and choirmaster at a church in the city but still rehearses about 750 singers in the Ottawa Come Sing ‘Messiah’ and gave ten university lectures on ‘Music in Worship over the Centuries’. In July he was in Halifax. Nova Scotia to play the organ at Tim Edwards (C ’66-71) son’s wedding and Tina and his wife Francis will probably visit Alan in late August. Like us, Alan says that they have had the wettest summer on record in Ottawa. (8/17)
Mark Beckenham (M ’69 - 74) greeted AA at that giant Seaton emporium where local OHs often bump into each other and said that he resides in Beer, next to a cottage built at the time of Oliver Cromwell, but still has business interests in Beer and Seaton. Mark asked after several former members of staff and is glad to hear that the Club is thriving. (8/17)
Ted Sandbach (St ’66-71) sent DJB a super newsy card from Oxford where he taught at Magdalen College School and now runs the Oxford Wine Company, two Wine Bars and opens a Piano Bar in August. Derek put on his Dumplings tie and went down to the Seaton ground on Tuesday 11th July where the Free Foresters were playing the Devon Dumplings, in the hope of a chat with Ted and Andrew Parr. No sooner had the players emerged from the pavilion than the heavens opened and a torrential downpour followed for the rest of the day and night. Ted’s eldest son Chris has just been appointed Director of Sport at Pangbourne College, William works in London as a Chartered Surveyor and the youngest son, George, runs the Wine Bars and is getting involved in the wine business. He reached No 15 in Racquets and was the pro in Montreal and Manchester before spending time in a winery in South Africa. All are playing cricket/rugby to a decent level. Ted says that he and the boys had hoped to be playing for the Foresters at Seaton. (7/17)
Andy Green (V ’70-74) was at the West Country Lunch with John Wong (C ’70-75) and his gang. Andy, an old boy of Edinburgh House like so many OHs, says that he has been very busy with his Father’s 91st. His brother Roger (V ’73-78) a Psychcotherapist, still works at a prestigious West Country independent school. Andy says Philip Palmer (B ’70-74) a lawyer, was organizing a lunch in London for his contemporaries on July 6th but regrets he could not attend. Andy keeps in touch with Peter Clegg (C ’69-74) an accountant in Hants and star of Mike Drew’s (Master ’66-75) production of ‘Oliver!’; they hope to be in Dorset soon. (7/17)
Alec Crawford (V/St ’55-60) moved from Devon to Beaminster, Dorset three years ago and frequently takes a beer with the President when he is down in his house in Beaminster. Besides volunteering as a Steward at the excellent Beaminster Museum, Alec is also a Watch keeper with the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) at the Lyme Bay look outs at Burton Bradstock and Charmouth. The NCI is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed. There are now 53 NCI stations around the coast entirely manned by volunteers undertaking a total of more than 250,000 hours per year of watch keeping. Close contact with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) aims to promote stations to Declared Facility Status in order to become an integral part of the National Search and Rescue Structure. More volunteers are always welcome and full training is given to ensure the high standards required by the NCI and MCA. (7/17)
Charles Pipkin (St ’62-67) winner of the Dorset Under 19 Golf Handicap in 1967, said that it was the first time that he had attended an OH Golf Week which he thoroughly enjoyed and meeting contemporaries like the three Johns: Bridger, Pagliero and Husain. Charles, a former stockbroker, says that he often bumps into Roddy Long at The Stag hostelry near Petworth when he is there for an old car rally and Roddy has been playing tennis. Charles enjoyed meeting some of his seniors and juniors during Golf Week and says that he often sees Chris Rolph (St ’74 – 78) at the Veteran Car Club who was runner up with Mark Yallop (St ’73 - 78) ion the BBC Young Scientist of the Year competition. (7/17)
Jeremy Swinfen Green (B ’68 – 72) writes "Slightly to my surprise I had a phone call from the BBC on the morning after massive cyber attack that affected the NHS so badly back in May. I put on a tie and pottered over to Broadcasting House where I was interviewed on the news channel about the attack (live - quite nerve racking) and then for 10 minutes at the front of a building, an interview that was reduced to a 6 second clip on the lunchtime news (so I reckon I have 14 minutes 54 seconds of fame still to find). There has been a lot written about this and other attacks, and really they are inevitable at the moment. The NHS was pretty quick to get back on its feet and it is this strong resilience, a result of excellent planning and a lot of hard word, that is really the secret of dealing with these incidents. Amber Rudd the Home Secretary was quick to point out that patient data hadn't been affected. That's true but it is important to remember that cyber security also needs to protect the integrity of data (stopping unauthorised changes to it) and as well as protecting access to data - something of course that was badly affected for some hours after the attack." (7/17)
Andrew Robson (S ‘78 – 83) writes: Moved to Dorset in 2005 and loving life. Married to Jane with one son George 16 who having gone to Poole Grammar obtained a scholarship to Canford for the Sixth Form. George clearly has his mother’s brains! My main work as a Chartered Surveyor is doing mortgage valuations for the main lenders. I also invest in residential property with my younger brother Simon who went to Sherborne. I continue to cycle and stay fit and am doing the Etape du Tour in the Alps in July 2017 and have recently taken up kite surfing. I see Simon Gibbons (S ’79-83) and William Ferguson ( Sh ’78-83) regularly and recently caught up with Steve Double (S ’74-79) who was in the Lower Sixth when I arrived in 1978. (7/17)
Since Stephen Bath (Chu 66-71) sold the family travel firm three years ago it seems he has gone from moving people to moving parts of people. When he was joint boss with brother Andrew Bath (Chu 71-76) of Bath Travel and the associated Palmair airline, Steve flew passengers from place to place. Now he is doing the same for human organs. He owns a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle which he operates out of Bournemouth Airport, often piloting the eight-seater executive aircraft himself. The main business is flying human organs around the country on emergency flights from transplant donors to patients. “It’s mostly kidneys and livers,” he told a slightly squeamish AA. Enterprising Steve continues to take aerial photographs of the Christchurch area, selling through local galleries, and now he’s just gone into publishing. The Christchurch River Book is all about the rivers and harbour of Christchurch, and the businesses that make it tick. The twice-yearly glossy mag is £2 but you can read it on the web for free.
John Bardolph (Master ’65-77) who taught French and Spanish at Allhallows was at the West Country lunch and was delighted to meet many old friends. He ran the Naval section and we remember his passion for cars, motor-bikes and the Winscombe High Speed Trials. At the close of his unbeaten 2nd XV season in 1973 teams that he had coached had won 61 out of 76 matches and drawn 5 – an impressive record. Some of the stories he tells about his experience as a travel company guide would make a best selling novel. (6/17)
John Snook (C ’44-47) and his wife made a welcome appearance at the West Country lunch in Sidmouth. John knows Ralph Harding (B ’36-43), one of the famous hockey playing Harding brothers, well who is usually at the OH Remembrance Service with his nephew Dr Jeremy Harding (C ’64-69). John’s sons, Pitt Cup hockey player Robert Snook (C ’78-81) and Philip Snook (C ’80-83) manage the family farm. One of them tried to keep his bicycle in his bedsit so that he could keep an eye on it, which did not go down well with the wonderful house matron Barbara Clark. (6/17
John Puddicombe (M ’61- 65) admits that he has never attended any OH functions, so assiduously promoted by the officers of the Club, but his vivid memories of his years at Allhallows are treasured. He reads each OH Magazine from cover to cover and enjoys reading about the achievements of OHs he remembers. John left the Police in 1972 and became an articled clerk with a prominent firm of Exeter solicitors. When he qualified he moved straight to Scott Rowe in Lyme Regis where he has worked for 40 years, 34 as a partner. He retired as a Senior Consultant in 2017. John and his wife Margaret have five children spread around the country: two sons in major property companies, two daughters in the medical profession and the youngest about to embark on a career as an accountant. Margaret has been an administrator at Exeter Cathedral School. John counts David Tyzack (C ’60-64) and Martin Meeke (C ’64-68) as old friends and often sees James Rowe (M ’66-71) – who couldn’t! In retirement John will be involved with the repair of Scott Rowe’s impressive Georgian office in Lyme Regis, which he owns with a former partner. (6/17)
John Wong (C ’70-75) was at the West Country lunch as promised with a gang of his OH friends: David Danskin (St ’71-75), Simon Knox (St ’71-74), Andy Green (V ’70-74), Anthony Wareham (V ’70-75), Matthew Phillips (V ’70-73) and James Negaard (St ’71-76). On the following Tuesday he had lunch in London with Jo Grimwood (Sh ’67-72). John told Derek, his old housemaster, that he semi retired last year from his Hong Kong brokerage business and only goes to the office twice a week to sort out paperwork. He has been asked to organise another reunion in 2020, venue to be confirmed, being the 50th anniversary of those who went to Allhallows in 1970. (6/17)
Peter G Roberts (V ’48 – 52) writes from South Africa ”Having just received the OH Magazine which is eagerly awaited each year, I noted the article in AA on pages 37/38 ‘ Late Great Master’ which brought back many happy memories of Carey Stone, Venning and Allhallows. After my first term at the Headmaster’s House under the new Head, V A L Hill, and the kindly Mrs L Sweet, House Matron, I was one of the founder members of Venning along with Jan F Steele Perkins( Junior House ’42, V ’48 – 52) and one of the Jewel brothers. After leaving school I corresponded regularly with Carey until his death and also with Mrs Sweet who emigrated to New Zealand to join her daughter. I formed a long lasting friendship with Colin Berwick (Junior House ’44, St ’48-52) who became God Father to my daughter and I to his, and with John Palin (Junior House ’46, V ’48-50). Regettably I have never attended an OH functin as my career with British American Tobacco took me to several African countries and I have been resident in South Africa for many years” (5/17)
John F B Thompson (C ’77-80) who lives in Camberwell, phoned DJB recently to say that he had worked in nursing on a cardio-thoracic ward from 2005 – 2008 and then went back to social work with the elderly before he cared for his mother ands heard lovely stories of her growing up in London, evacuation and becoming Front of House Manager at Covent Garden Opera House. John’s daughter Olivia was born in 2006 and loves writing and reading, like her father, who humiliates himself by getting up in a Camberwell bar and playing the guitar. A friend in Spain tells him that her son Andreas de Jong (V ’81-84) was in Richard Ambrose’s house at Allhallows. John keeps in touch with his old friend David Fee (C ’77-82) who works for Devon Wildlife Trust in Exeter. (5/17)
Graham M Prentice (B ’73-77) has retired from BP after 32 years – says it is a great feeling – and recently moved from NE Scotland down to the Bath area, so will actually be able to meet up with many OHs again. He will continue part time working for several more years but based down in the south of the country. Both his children are currently working in New Zealand so good holidays are coming up! (5/17)
Nigel Clist (C ’67-72) is still working for the NFU after 34 years and has no immediate planes for retirement.. Nigel and Sarah’s daughter, Philippa, and husband Tom have produced their first grand daughter Molly. Nigel keeps in regular contact with Jeremy Best (C ’67-72), Myf Adams nee Gregson (M ’69-71) and John Anderson (B ’68-72). He hopes to meet again with Paul Hellier (C ’67-72) in June and perhaps with Peter Rooke (S ’68-72) as he has a client meeting nearby. Nigel says he has had a most enjoyable supper with Myf and Ian Adams in April, also ‘Caro’ Wilson with her husband and Giles and Gru Blomfield. (5/17)
Adam Cassels (B ’73-78) says that he is planning a get-together of his OH chums who completed an arduous Ten Tors with a few minutes to spare 40 years ago. They were Chris Whately (C ’72-77), David Chun (V ’72-77) and Andrew Hughes (S ’72-77). Adam has been living in Italy for years where he used his expert knowledge to produce wholesale cheese but he tells AA that he is now a TEFL teacher near Lake Como. He married an Italian girl and his brothers Michael (B76-80) lives in Sussex and Brendon (B80-85) in Devon. 5/17
Brendon Cassels (B ’80-85) sent DJB, his old history master, his kindest regards amd comments “The strange thing about left v right is what was considered left –wing then may now be construed as right-wing, due to the fog of ‘identity politics’. An example would be the interview on Sputnik of George Galloway (arch socialist) and Aaron Banks (UKIP financier) and seeing how much they agree with each other. What they call alt-left and alt-right seem to have much the same policies. Neither would agree of course”. His brother Adam says that Brendon does not express his skills as a political observer or use them in his present job.(5/17)
Paul Davis (C ’68-73) who ran Paul Davis Freight Services, has sold his businerss after 38 years at the helm to a group of Channel Island investors, which leaves him more time in his semi-retirement to enjoy sailing, along side his voluntary work with the Princes Trust. He has been mentoring youngsters with new business start-up ideas which he has found very rewarding. Paul regularly meets Chris Kitchen (C ’68-73), Nick Hamley (C ’68-72) and Will Codner (C ’68-73). Will and Paul recently kindly took their old housemaster to lunch at the ship in Axmouth. (5/17)
Robert Baly (Sh '60-65) OH representative for the 1960-65 era, was a lawyer in Hong Kong and of course knew Paul Selway-Swift (M '57-62). They were both members of the Turf Club and will probably meet at Cheltenham. Also with the HK Bank were James Morrow (M '61-66) who has retired to Somerset and 'Chile' Brendon Cooper (M '62-66) who was on a course with the bank when it acquired the Bank of London and South America. Rob lived in the same block of flats in Stanley, Hong Kong with Alec Crawford (V/St '55-60) when he worked in shipping. He also met Chris Putey (Ch '60-65) when he commanded the HK Volunteer Regiment and before him David Shaw (B/V '59-64) as they both resided in Stanley Fort. Rob's Brother Guy (Sh '62-67) was in HK for a spell but spent the last decade of his working life with Lloyds Insurance in Berrmuda. He has retired to Suffolk and plays golf at Aldeborough. Guy often sees Clive Lewis (B '62-65) and Jonathan Patterson (Sh '62-65). (3/17)
Charles Davies (L '88-93) former Captain on th OH Hockey XI, which played Bridport Hawks on the super Colfox School all-weather pitch, tells AA that his young son, aged 9, is taking part in trainig sessions alongside Richard Steele (L '88-91) and that formidable goal scorer and farmer Andrew Frampton (V '88-91). Charles is a partner in a Bridport building firm. (3/17)
Allan Goh (B '72-76) writes "Since leaving Allhallows I read law at universtiry and have been a practising barrister since 1984 specialising in criminal law with Chambers in London. I looked up the OH website after having a conversation about school days. 6 hours later and, having perused the OH Magazines since 2009 till present day, I have to confess that it brought back happy memories of the years spent at Allhallows, especially when reading about my contemporaries at the school and would very much hope to re-establish contact with them". (3/17) Note: contact the Hon Sec for Allan's contact details.
Graham Prentice (B '73-77) has retired from BP after 32 years, a great feeling, and has moved from NE Scotland to the Bath area so he hopes he will actually be able to meet up with many OH friends again. He will continue working part time for a few more years but based in the South. Both Graham's children are currently working in New Zealand so good holidays are coming up! (3/17)
Helen Bird (nee Grainger) (C '80-82) writes "Although I was only at Allhallows for the VI Form I have very happy memories. I trained as a primary school teacher and taught in London, EFL in Naples and, letterly, in Salisbury. I married Andrew Bird in 1996 and we have two daughters. We have moved around quite a lot hence sadly I have lost touch with many contemporaries. Thank you for keeping the OH network alive". (3/17)
Bob Mullarky (B ’79-80) Bob writes from Los Angeles: “I know Wimbledon is still months away I wanted to give you a heads up that my daughter, Coco Vandeweghe, will be playing in the tournament. She had a great run at the Australian Open where she lost to Venus Williams in the semis. She’s now ranked 20th in the world and, with grass being her best surface, we’re hoping that she’ll go deep into the tourney’s fortnight. My best to Robert Hutton, Nick Hawkins, Pete Lord, Guy Sinclair ( my doubles partner at Allhallows ), Paddy Towle, Kerry Spring-Rice and Carro Barnes Wolstenholme” (3/17)
Derek Ridge (M ’60-65) and Alison called on DJB before Christmas. His contemporaries will remember him as a devastating short-corner striker on the hockey pitch and a Hockey 1st X1 Colour for four years. He has built and run a fishing trawler, built his own New Mill House at Burton Bradstock, been instrumental in providing tennis nets for Wimbledon and numerous clubs and courts as he makes the wires that hold the net up and still engages in building operations in West Dorset as well as filling his freezer with fish caught from his own small boat launched from the beach at Burton Bradstock. He keeps in touch with other OHs including the Hon Sec and Dudley Hopkins (B ’59-64). (2/17)
Michael Drew (H ’66-75) Chaplain at Allhallows who taught Modern Languages, will be remembered by many for his cracker-jack production in the Lent Term 1970 of ‘Oliver’, starring Myf Adamas (nee Gregson) (M ’69-71), Mark Johnson (M ’65-70), Peter Clegg (C ’69-74), Gethyn Hewan, Geoff Johnston, Barbra Clark et al. Michael was also an outstanding cricketer and says his daughter, Amanda, is performing in the new BBC series ‘Last Post’, set in Aden but being made in Cape Town. (2/17)
Andrew Appleyard (C ’80-85) who read Archaeology at uni and has worked for Exodus Travels for many years, sent his usual magnificent 2017 Calendar to DJB which advertises adventurous holidays worldwide. Recently Andy visited Myanmar (Burma) which his company includes in their alluring trips. (2/17)
Daryl Hunt (C ’64-68) sent DJB a delightful Christmas card, always the best time to receive news from OHs. Daryl is one of the Pogues, the rock ‘n roll band that produced ‘Fairytale of New York’. Daryl was at the 500th Anniversary lunch. (2/17)
Simon Reading (M ’77-80) who facilitates the OH website, sent DJB a most beautiful Christmas card from Portugal where he now lives. Simon works in a modern industry yet says he lives in a part of the world where a major traffic jam could be two donkey carts meeting head on and stopping to exchange gossip. The scenery is spectacular and the village ancient. The Readings have no mains electricity, sewage system or phone lines and yet the powers of the sun – or Honda generator when needed – allow Simon to sit at his laptop and type missives which will wing their way through the ether to the top of the mountain upon which sits the village of Monsanto, to be microwaved up the valley to Idanha-a-Nova, dive underground to join a fibre optic cable to a central hub and off to England. Simon says he is in a modern world yet outside it and it is much the best of both worlds. (2/17)
Claus Andersen (C ’79-84) without whom no OH gathering would be complete and sells Rolls Royces in Berkeley Square, was at the RAC Club for the AGM and Reception with a gang of OH Youngsters including John Wickes (L ’93-98) whose parents in Chideock were great supporters of OH Golf, Jamie Jemmeson (M ’95-98) in the peak of physical fitness, Carl Longman (V ’94-97) designer of hotel interiors, Steve Huxtable (V ’92-97) OH Sevens match manager, surveyor in Russia and the Ukraine and now in the UK, Chris Lane (V ’91-96) former head of school, now in the RA, OH hockey player and cyclist with Charles Murray ( ’91-96) and Colin Mortimore (M ’94-98) who works on the Baltic Exchange. Amongst the older brigade were Andrew Poe (B ’69-74) who told DJB that he has at long last retired from the Reservists, and our younger leaders Seb Warner (V ’93-98), Patrick Musters (S ’66-70), Peter Sloan (B ’66-71) and Myf Adams, nee Gregson (Ch ’69-71). DJB says apologies to the old timers like him at a very happy occasion (12/16)
Chris Taylor (M ’74-78) Head of School, says he is still very much engaged with life at the Bar, where he is Head of Queen Square Chambers in Bristol and a Deputy District Judge, hearing a variety of civil cases on the South Coast, though occassionally straying as far North as Gloucester and Torquay in the West. It is a varied diet of matrimonial, insolvency, landlord and tenant, contract dispute and, his own field, of personal injury. Chris is in contact with Dr Nigel Molesworth (M ’74-79) who works in Australia and, closer to home, Dr Kyra Arnott nee Neubauer (Ch ’75-77) . Chris and his wife, Sally, are busy as Mum and Dad of Jenny who works in Huddersfield and Peter who gained an MA from Mount Vernon View Drama School and is setting out as a freelance Theatre Director in West Ealing. Chris says that it was great to meet Richard Jarrett (M ’73-78) and Robin Higgs (M ’73-78) with Tessa Russell nee Chick (Ch ’76-78) and Peter Wilson (B ’72-77) with Chris’s elder brother Paul Taylor (M ’73-77) all at the Painters’ Hall Lunch. Paul lives nearby in Liskeard and is Bursar of a local school while their younger brother James (M ’75-79) works for a distinguished cabinet maker at Maldon in Essex. In February 2017, as reported elsewhere, Chris and Sally will be guests of Steve Ellyatt and his wife Sally on ‘Silent Wings ‘ cruising in the Caribbean. (10/16)
Ian Hannaford (V ’72-76) writes from Canada where he has lived for nearly 30 years ‘I was so pleased to read about the OH club and that it is still going, I have been living in Vancouver BC Canada since 1978. I am working for Plant Clean, a chemical company that was recently purchased by Bunzl UK, in the Healthcare industry setting up new facilities around the Province. My 2 two sons are working in the film industry in BC which is growing like crazy and my younger son will be going to Quebec in 2017 to compete in the Canadian weight lifting championships. I am planning on visiting England in September 2107 my first visit in nearly 30 years , I am going to show my wife the school and tour around. I really hope to see any Venning OHs such as Andy Hack (’71-76) and Lance Hebert (’71-76). I was very sad to read about Mr. Ambrose’s passing, my house master at Venning.’ Ian has told AA that he will be in the UK in September 2017 and any OH wishing to contact him is invited to contact the Hon Sec. (10/16)
Peter Phillips (V/Sh ‘58-62) has been describing life in Whitehall, where he ended his public service career in the Treasury. ‘Highlights of that time were having our windows screwed down when the Queen went past to open Parliament, and trying to trip Gordon Brown up when he visited the gym, but finding his heavies tended to get in the way.’ Peter’s participation in OH target shooting in October was only the second time he had attended a club event. He went after taking up the sport 55 years after leaving school. ‘I worked out quite quickly why I never got into any shooting team. I’m still a poor shot!’ After Allhallows, he went to Reading Technical College for A-levels, before joining the Forestry Commission. ‘But not as a lumberjack.’ He switched to HM Customs and Excise, toiling mainly on VAT. ‘Much of that time I was responsible for compliance teams playing tax games with the City banks.’ Not sporty at school, he nevertheless got into fencing and sailing after he left, and later played volleyball for the department. Peter remembers Derek Blooman joining the school as a young master. ‘He volunteered to help our very small Scout troop – I think I was the only Senior Scout – on a camping expedition to Snowdonia. It was amazing how much gear we rammed into his good old VW Beetle.’ (10/16)
Jeremy Swinfen Green’s (B ’68-72) book ‘The Weakest Link: Why your employees may be your Biggest Cyber Risk’ was published by Bloomsbury Press in September. Jeremy went to Lincoln College, Oxford from Allhallows and later took an MBA. Well done Jeremy! (10/16)
Andrew Langdon (St ’77-81) responded to a request from his fellow barrister and Head of School Christopher Taylor (M ’74-78) and sent AA welcome news. Andrew and his wife Caroline’s son is reading History, Dad’s favourite subject, at Newcastle and their three daughters keep them more than busy. Andrew is currently Chairman Elect of the Bar Council of England and Wales and will become Chairman in 2017 and hold the post for a year, when he will be based in the Temple and its environs. He than intends to return to the Western Circuit as a Criminal Silk, which is the best job in the world. Andrew is involved in the fight for access to justice for the increasing number who are denied it. Andrew and Caroline occassionally meet Sherri Bodden ( Ch ’79-81) a lawyer in the Cayman Islands and he recently met Nicola Atkins nee Rutherford-Jones (Ch ’79-81) a career consultant married to a QC current leader of the Midlands Circuit. Andrew has fond memories of Allhallows and marvels at what we had to offer every time he goes back, particularly the beautiful grounds and some of the more eccentric mebers of the staff. DJB recalls Andrew as one of the brightest boys he ever taught. (9/16)
Steve Ellyatt (C ’75-79) kindly wrote to DJB about his career since leaving Allhallows, just as his Housemaster was about to write to him at his old Kent address, where he had been working for the Police on the Channel Tunnel. Steve now lives in Newton Abbot, having retired from the Police, and is happily involved with his wife, Sally, on the ocean wave. He bought an expensive 54ft yacht ‘Silent Wings’ and in September 2013 set sail from Dartmouth to St Lucia. They now run a charter service for guests and have encouraging bookings in their fourth year. Chris Taylor (M ’74-78) one of the OH Bristol lawyers and his wife, Sarah, are joining them for a holiday. Steve leaves the yacht in Grenada for the Caribbean hurricane season and retires to Devon to see the family and work for the next season afloat. Steve’s contemporaries, a very happy gang in Chudleigh, Martin Horsey (C ’75-79), Mike Davis (C75-80), Henry Emck (C ’75-80) and Huw Williams (C ’74-79) will remember Steve as a demon fast bowler under Bob Cottam’s tuition. He opened the bowling for every club he played for until a back injury forced him to retire in 2004. You deserve the OH first price for hand writing Steve! (9/16)
Richard Anderson (M ’67-71) former head of School, whose father like Richard was an OH and in the Army, says that since he sold his gardening business he spends more time abroad; he has visited Manos Palavidis (Sh ’66-71) three times in Athens, David Viccars (M ’66-71) in Bangkok, Mike Ashton (M ’76-71) in Sydney and Birgit King-Martin, widow of the late Warwick King-Martin (B ’56-60) in Brisbane. John Anderson (B ’68-72) in Rio is on the list. Richard socialises with many ’71 leavers, Steve Bath (C ’66-71) et al. Richard often meets his great friend solicitor Peter Sloan (B ’66-71) as they are members of the same Dinner Club. He is off to China and Japan and is organising a great trip to India in December 2017 for 17 members of the Dinner Club and their wives. Last year they did a group tour to South Africa to visit the battlefields of Zululand and the place where the French Prince Imperial was killed. Richard works for the Roatry Charity Polio Plus and is now a Trustee of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He invited Diana Davis nee Fitzgerald (Ch ’69-71) and her husband, Bob, to a commissioning parade followed by champagne and canapes by the lake. Finally, OHs will be pleased to know that Richard spent a morning recently restoring the Johnson memorial bench at the ‘Bus Stop’ on the Cliff Path with a double coat of wood preservative and a clean up of the brass plate on the wall. The bench was erected by their OH friends in memory of Mark Johnson (M ’65-70) and Stephen Johnson (M ’68), both of whom died far to young.(9/16)
Graham Salter (H ’77-84) Head of Modern Languages at Allhallows, who has written for our Editor for the 2017 Magazine, was delighted to be at the Painters’ Hall lunch, ‘a truly Happy occasion’ and to meet Peter Larkman, Nick Cousins, Alan Thomas and Derek Blooman as well as a galaxy of Old Boys and Girls. Graham and Sylvia are more than busy in their retirement; they have recently been to Naples as Sylvia is writing a book about Elizabeth Craven, married first to Baron Craven and then to the Margrave of Ansbach, and settled in Naples. Graham translates legal and technical documents for those who have properties in Spain (9/16)
Stephen de Wild (C ’71-75) wrote to say how much he enjoyed the Painters’ Hall lunch and sent DJB a pamphlet on Nowton Court, the former Prep School near Bury St Edmonds where Steve resides. DJB taught there for a year before going up to Oxford; it was run by the Blackburnes who occassionalyy sent a boy like the talented musician Simon Dunn (C ’79-83) to Allhallows. Like us Nowton Court had magnificient grounds and is now a residential home. Steve travels the world selling equipment to oil companies and trusts the industry will revive.(9/16)
Jennie Walters nee Spurgeon (Ch ’73-75) always provides news of her Charton contemporaries; they met in July at Jane Booth’s (Ch ’73-75) lovely seaside flat in Jersey. Jane runs HR for the states of Jersey, Karen Ann Taylor (Ch ’73-75) is a psychotherapist, Jo Bakke nee Blackburne-Kane (Ch ’73-75), who visited DJB with her mother, Rachel, a few years ago and exchanged happy memories of the great characters on the Allhallows staff, Horace Lee, James Turner and Jack Jarchow among them, teaches English to high powered Norwegian executives, Alison Bailey (Ch ’73-75) is a personal assistant, Rosie Payne (Ch ’73-75) has recently become a grandmother, as has Jo Bakke, Joanna Grimwood (Ch ’73-75) works in charity and travels far and wide with her businessman husband. Sarah Jane Ferguson (Ch ’73-75) a garden designer, could not be at the 2016 reunion. Jennie says that she has completed her MA in Creative Writing and is rewriting the first draft of her novel with the help of a new literary agent. Her brother Christopher ( C ’69-74) an accountant, is a financial adviser in the media indutry, lives in Barnes and has two daughters of uni age (9/19)
Alan Thomas (H ’63-74) Director of Music at Allhallows and Housemaster of Stanton, says that his friends in Ottowa were amazed that he travelled 3,500 miles to attend the Painters’ Hall Lunch in London with Tim Edwards (C ’66-71), a naval architect in Halifax. Alan was regaled by a tableful of his Old Stantonites, among them Patrick Musters (St ’66-70), Ted Sandbach (St ’67-71) and Colin Sandbach (St ’69-74). Alan celebrated a very important birthday on 18th June 2016 when about 50 friends dropped in for a party in the reception room of his flats, organised for him be a catering company. Tim and Francis Edwards, Alan’s stalwart friends, were at the party. Derek Blooman sent him an old map of Nova Scotai and Newfoundland, which Alan says will be framed by one of the guests, an expert picture-framer. Alan left Allhallows for Ashbury College, Ottawa, sited in Rockcliffe Park, much like the Rousdon Estate, and then ran his own Music School. (8/16)
Anthony Pollard (M ’55-60) Professor Emeritus of Teeside University and a leading authority on the Wars of the Roses, has produced a beautifully written and illustrated life of ‘Edward IV The Summer King’ ISBN 978-0-14-97869-7, published in the Penguin Monarchs Series. Anthony has already written acclaimed books on ‘Richard III and the Princes in the Tower’ and ‘Warwick the Kingmaker’. OHs who enjoyed studying Shakespeare’s Henry V at Allhallows may have read Anthony’s ‘Henry V’, ISBN 978-0-7525-9763-1, published by Pocket Giants The History Press. DJB jokingly said that some of the ifrst OHs may have fought with Henry V at Agincourt, as the school was probably going then, taught by the Priest of Allhallows Chapel., no doubt as archers considering our later prowess at shooting. (8/16)
Justin Tunstall (St ’69-74) said that he was off to the Nantwich International Cheese Show before he sent his report that OH visitors to Lyme Regis will be sad to hear of the closure of the famed Town Mill Cheesemonger. The Mill’s Trustees decided that they wanted the site to host a different kind of enterprise. Justin is not opening elsewhere and is actively pursuing other ventures – one of which has necessitated brushing up on the Geology that he learnt from Messrs Biggs (H ’65-70) and Kew (H ’71-74) in the Old Stable Block. Ironically the Cheesemonger was identified as one of the UK’s 100 Small Businesses of the Year in 2015 and Justin received an invitation to Downing St to meet the Chancellor. As a result he is advising other small enterprises, as well as being heavily involved in judging a plethora of cheese competitions, locally and internationally. He says that he misses the steady stream of greying, balding and spreading OHs who popped their heads into the shop with a cheery ‘Remember me?’ and thanks them sincerely for their support over the years. (8/16)
Peter Lord (C ’75-80) notified the Hon Sec of his address in Suffolk and said “ I have just read AA with huge interest and realise how much I am missing. I now live oin a farm in Suffolk, working in private healthcare after many years in hospitatlity. Always keen to hear from his old chums Mike Davies (C 75-80), Mark Marsdhall (V -75-80), Simon Richards (V ’75-80), Guy St Clair (B ’75-80) and Nick Hawkins (M ’75-80)” (8/16)
Paul Davis (C ’68-73) and Will Codner (C ’68-73) kindly took DJB to a very happy lunch at The Ship Inn, Axmouth recently when it seemed that they had only left Chudleigh a couple of years ago. Paul runs Paul Davis Frieght Service Ltd from Bristol, with freight going to Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Continent while Will, a Bedford College London Uni Geologist, has been drilling and prospecting for oil in the North Sea and Egypt. Will once phoned DJB from Lyme Bay, where he was working, to say that he could see the Chudleigh Housemaster’s Study. He says that the days of oil are numbered for a while but they will come back. Both Paul and Will have many OH friends, among them Chris Kitchen (C ’68-73) fast bowling star, and Nick Hamley (C ’68-72) advertising guru. DJB says that they drove to the Rousdon Estate and had a snap taken in front of the Allhallows memorial plaque in the wall behind the pavilion and were impressed by the sensitive way in which building had been underetaken in the Ernest George style. (7/’16)
Robin Stewart (C ’74-77) deserves an apology as we called him Robert in the 2016 OH Magazine. Derek Blooman says that when he edited the School Magazine the first thing that was said to him on publication was that he had misspelt someone’s name. School Mags rivalled the good old Grauniad in those far off days. (‘Grauniad ‘was the nick name for the Guardian because of an ill founded reputation for typos. The name was given to it by Private Eye.)
Apologies also for mis-spelling George Pyle’s name with an ‘I’ instead of a ‘y’. When George retired in 1980, after 35 years as School Foreman and being given a leaving present by the Masters’ and Ladies’ Common Rooms, he said “ If I had been working all these years for money, I would have been in another job. Of course working at a school like Allhallows is a way of life and anyone who doesn’t realise that is a fool!.” His wife Miriam, a devoted House Matron of Shallow for 28 years, sadly died before George left but DJB interviewed George for the 1980 School Year Book and he gave an account of his outstanding career. Jack Jarchow said that after the Headmaster, George was probably the most important person at Allhallows. George joined the school in 1945 after 6 years in the Army. As a reservist he was called up on 1st September 1939 and by the 11th he was in France with the light Ack-Ack at Le Mans and returned with the Argyll’s from Cherbourg. He was then posted to 6th Armoured Division and in Nick Force in Tunis, as George said ‘too little too late’. He was at Casino in charge of laying down smoke. “Once you got one or two barrels going you were all right but it was nasty”. George was demobbed at Taunton and applied for jobs at Millfield and Allhallows. He and his wife came to Allhallows first and fell in love with the place. George felt that boys hadn’t changed much though fashions had. He said that he was told off once for putting a 100 watt bulb in a room for ten boys, yet they were happy and got good results. He once rescued a Red Devil parachutist from a tree as though it was an every day occurrence. George said that he worst job was having to deal with a burst pipe in the sewer in the 1947 freeze-up. He went down with a torch and by the time he was finished he was solid with ice, though he admitted that the coldest he had ever been was in the Atlas mountains when he was frozen to the handle bars of his motor-bike and they made tea on a sand and petrol fire to thaw him out with whisky and bully beef. (7/16)
Steve Gardner, Catering Manager, who will be remembered by many younger OHs, runs a super hostelry ‘The Talbot Arms’ near the Uplyme cricket ground with that Jack Jarchow would have called an excellent pull-in. Steve says that OHs occassionally call but with the passage of time it is difficult to recall names. DJB sometimes meets Steve in the village shop and gave him a copy of the 2016 OH Magazine. Steve’s son used to train with our 1st XV and is now a rugger coach (7/16)
Jim Rowe (M 66-71), who has been a shooting maestro at school and for OHs, and who is Lord of the Manor of Axminster, presided over the Raising of the Glove ceremony in the town on Thursday, June 23rd. He hoisted a glove on a flower-decked pole to the side of the minster and in the presence of the vicar and the mayor. The ceremony dates back to the granting of Axminster Market by King John in 1210. The glove must be raised on the Thursday nearest the feast day of St John the Baptist – which this year was June 23rd – and for eight days no man could be arrested or hanged! King John, an exceptional administrator, was always nifty at extracting money from the locals. The fair has been replaced by the nearby Axminster Festival. A similar ceremony was held in Honiton, where a glove was raised on a pole outside the Dolphin Hotel to open the panier market. Jim’s father, Frank Rowe, bought Cloakham with the manorial title from auctioneers R&C Snell in 1950 and, seven years later, the cattle market and the right to receive tolls. When Frank died in 1994, the title passed to Jim. However, foot and mouth closed the cattle market in 2001 and it was sold. The Charter Street market in Axminster continues and Axminster is changing, as we all do.
Chris Hutton-Ashkenny (B ’67-71) writes: I retired from Lloyds Bank in 2014 where I was responsible for the resiliency and business continuity for the back office function in the UK and abroad. This role was primarily to make sure that their customers were not impacted by an incident or failure, but also meant that we were continually testing our colleagues to make sure they understood the processes they would have to implement in the event of an incident. I had every intention of setting up a consultancy in Lichfield (Staffordshire) when I left but have not found the time! I spend my leisure time sailing and walking and have done a lot of ocean sailing including the Fastnet and Antigua 600. I have recently returned from a month in Turkey where I have been sailing with my brother Paul (B ‘69-72). I am also a volunteer for the Canal and River Trust Heritage Working Boat Group and move their historic narrowboats from festival to festival in the Midlands allowing people to see what life used to be like working on the canals. (6/16)
Chrtis Hulbrd (B ’55-60) and his wife kindly called on DJB in April when they were in Lyme Regis and commented, as visitors do,on the difficulties in parking. Chris said how much he enjoyed the Painters’ Hall Lunch and meeting old friends. For many years Chris was an Estate Agent in Canterbury and his father, who ran an Estate Agency in Lyme, lived down Clappentail Lane near Derek. Chris commented on the magnificent way in which Belmont House, former home of John Fowler , has been restored. Chris holds the unbeaten School High Jump record. (5/16)
Philip Midgley (B ’40-45) Head of School and Purple Glory, kindly phoned DJB to say how much he enjoyed Aunt Agatha. Philip worked for the B of E for many years and played cricket for their 1st XI, but was dumbfounded to read in the press that they now fielded a rounders team. Philip liked Ralph Harding’s (B ’36-43) article in the 2016 OH Magazine and congratulates George Hayter (V ’65-70) the Editor. (5/16)
Derek Blooman (H ’59-98) sifting through some old papers, found a delightful letter from Carey Stone (H ’45-59) who will be affectionately remebered by senior OHs, saying how much he appreciated an Alfred Sisley Christmas card and that the impressionist had a painting holiday at Langland Bay, Gower, and paid his landlady with sketches. Carey had a retirement cottage near Penmaen on the Gower Peninsula, much like the Rousdon landslip, and said how much he appreciated Keith Moore’s words in the 1996 OH Newlsetter and that he was obviously a Headmaster who would not look backwards into the future. Carey was Housemaster of Venning when it was in the main building and boys in his charge will remember the understanding and care that he brought to those in his charge. He had read Greats at Merton College, Oxford and mainly taught English and Latin. Derek remembers, when he joined the school, driving Carey to East Coker in Somerset and getting a brilliant exposition of one of T. S. Elliot’s famous Four Quartets.Interestingly Cary told the young Head of History he had been in Germany on Hitler’s ‘Night of ther Long Knivers’. Carey’s first teaching appointment had been at Kings’ Taunton in 1932 and during the war he had served in the NFS in London and Plymouth. At Allhallows Carey ran the Pioneers, a group of non-games players who constructed the superbly engineered cliff-path and a delightful garden, known as ‘Carey’s Plaisance’, on the site of the future MCR. Carey recalled Jack Hobbs (St ‘50-55), who went on to be Chairman of the Board of Allhallows College, as a sterling character and he remembered teaching Christopher Sellick (B/Sh ’42-45) who went on to Oxford and wrote to thank him for teaching him Cicero’s ‘In Catilinam’! Carey was a great railway buff and would go in search of steam trains wherever he could find them. He stayed with Derek early in Peter Larkman’s Headmastership and asked to be introduced to John Clark (V ’82-87) son of Brian Clark (V ’45-53) who was in Carey’s house. Carey died in 1999 at the age of 90 and Derek and Vacy Lyle (B ’33-37), former Baker Housemaster, attended his funeral when the service was taken by one of his pupils from Gowerton GS, who told much the same stories as OHs. (5/16)
Derek Blooman writes “OHs who remember going to the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis will be sorry to hear that it was burnt down in a devastating fire on 22nd March. Fortunately no one was hurt but some OHs will remember trips to the cinema were a regular occurrence, apart from weekly film shows in the Great Hall, organised by the Chudleigh film projectionists. Ian Macgregor-Scott (B ’63-68) whose Father was a Rank Film Distributor, tells me that he was always allowed in free on private visits. Ian worked for many yeasr with MGM and has only recently retired. He presented the electric organ to St Michael’s, Honiton, temporarily the home of the Allhallows War Memroial Chapel, in memory of his father John Macgregor-Scott ( ’18-19) who was briefly at Allhallows but never forgot it. Derek remembers V A L Hill (HM ’48-65), his first headmaster, not a great advocate of visual aids, telling Rev Ian Watson (H ’60-66) later HM of Edinburgh House, the Cathedral School Exeter and Heath Mount, who asked whether he could take his set to the Regent to see ‘Tom Jones’, that he thought Ian could give a very good impression of that himself! (3/16)
Joanna Head (nee Harding) (M ’71-73) Jo writes “Having lived in Bristol for over 30years, I returned "home" to Colyford, only a couple of miles from Rousdon Estate. We had renovation work on our house and moved into rented accommodation on the Rousdon Estate while this was being done. So that felt really odd living there for 3 months. Happily settled and retired here, busy with local tennis club, church and gardening and walking. We have 2 daughters, one who is to be married Sept 10th this year (2016). Would be happy to put up/ meet up with any OH's in the area, we have plenty of accommodation!” (3/16)
John Lister-Kaye (S ’59-64) John writes “I was very pleased to catch up with Alwyn James (Classics master 1960s) when he visited us last autumn. He suffered a very bad stroke some years ago and is wheelchair bound, but was able to communicate well and enjoyed a tour of our field studies centre at Aigas. I also visited Guy Farthing (Stanton 1961-66) in Winchester, who is also struggling with an inoperable brain tumour. But he was in good spirits and buzzes about the city on his buggy. My latest book, 'Gods of the Morning' (my tenth) has won the Richard Jefferies Society Prize for nature writing - a wonderful boost to morale and sales! This month I was also awarded the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's Geddes Medal for services to nature conservation. It is so warming to receive recognition for what is now a life's work. My son Warwick (41) now runs Aigas with me and gets married in April. Congratulations on a splendid OH magazine”. (3/16)
Andrew Green (V ’70-74) kindly called on DJB after visiting his parents near New Milton where, like so many OHs, he had been at Edinburgh House. Andy worked for many years worldwide for Collins the Publishers but has now retired to Congesbury near Bristol. His brother Roger ( ’73-78) is an Educational Phsychologist and Counsellor who works at private and state schools. Andy keeps in touch with Peter Clegg (C ’69-74) an accountant whose eldest son has left Winchester where Paul Thomas (H ’93-94) teaches Economics. Peter has another son at Wellington College. Andy is a great friend of John Wong (C ’70-75) who is possibly planning an OH ‘get together’ in the West Country in 2017. (2/16)
Mohammed Atri (C ’77-81) one of PVG-M’s star pupils phoned his Chudleigh Housemaster form Alpharetta, Georgia, where he runs a picture framing business and says he has his eye on some Georgian landscapes – obviously another Winslow Homer. He sends his best regards to Donald Mathewson (HM ’74-83) his Headmaster. (2/16)
Roger Buxton (M ’64-69) writes ”After Allhallows and gaining a degree in computing in Bournemouth, I enjoyed the excesses of Brighton for a year or so before heading to London for a job in computing in the NHS. Quickly realising this was not for me I travelled Europe before starting a second degree in social sciences at Bristol. Been there ever since, ultimately as HR Director of a former Fairey engineering business. My wife Chris and I have four boys between us, one grand daughter and two more expected imminently. Having semi-retired in 2014 I volunteer at Tytntesfield, the National Trust property which is a glorious house somewhat reminiscent of Allhallows. Bumped into Roger Leaver (M ’64-67) and he reminded me our parents used to share transport duty to and from school at weekends and term times to and from Weston–Super–Mare. With time on my hands I am the man to help any OH with advice on matters in the HR field at very reasonable rates!” (1/16)
Nigel Clist (C ’67-72) is still working for the NFU and tries to find something positive to tell farmers, when incomes are falling. Nigel was sorry to miss the 500th lunch, which coincided with a visit to his wife Sarah’s family in British Columbia. Recent contacts include John Anderson (B ’68-72), Jeremy Best (C ’67-72) and Paul Hellier C ’67-72). Nigel may retire in three years, but will have to find something useful to do, so as not to fall foul of “’er in doors” (Sarah!) (1/16)
Claus Anderson (C ’79-84) without whom no AA would be complete, told DJB that he is now Brand Director Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London, working out of Berkeley Square, his new job after opening the Aston Martin dealership in Pangbourne in March, built in record time, with some 200 guests at the launch party, numerous famous faces, plus the James Bond car. Claus, Rachel and their young children, Ella and Frederick, have made family visits to Denmark and Beaminster and Bramley Cottage where crabbing was a big attraction. (1/16)
Nick Bardoni (M ’72-77) was sorry as a London OH that there was no AGM and Reunion at the RAC this year as it is not so easy for them to get to a West Country event. However as an avid reader of the Magazine, he always enjoys news of OHs past. The Bardonis have recently moved after 28 years at their old address and are still in a bit of shock. Nevertheless, they are ticking in and look forward to a proper chat with old friends next year.(1/16)
Mark Hunt ( C ’72-75) keen OH golfer, sent a super Xmas card of an Oak in a snowfield, near Fenny Bridges, taken by his wife Pat. Mark keeps in touch with his old friend Chris Kitchen (C ’68-73) who is looking forward to his daughter’s wedding. (1/16)
Tarik Goddard (Sh ’88-91) Has been busy setting up a new publishing company ‘Repeater Books’ whose first releases will be in January, and finishing his sixth novel ‘Nature and Necessity’, which John Stubbs (H ’86-93) is helping to edit. Tarik turned 40 in 2015 and among other OHs present at the party were Louise Middleton (Ch ’88-91), Grant Cloke (Sh ’88-91), Dan Glover (Sh ’87-91), Alistair Crawford (Sh/V ’88-93), Gideon Bullock (B ’87-90), James Jones (M ’86-91) and Nick Marrow (V ’88-91). Tarik and Emma have two sons, Spike and Titus, and a daughter Lola (1/16)
Martin Penfold (C ’66-70) sent his usual delightful Xmas card – his pastel sketch of Christmas morning for many ranchers on the Prairies, when his family would hitch up the chore sled and work together feeding the cattle and sheep. His girls have left home long ago but return to spend time with them and Chrsitmas lunch prepared with love and care by his wife Jane. Martin still farms on a smaller scale of about 400 acres and enjoys helping a neighbour with croppping. It is amazing but he will soon be on a pension.(1/16)