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  • 21ST MAY 1982 - 40 YEARS ON

    Sat 21 May 2022 Peter Sloan

    21st May 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Ardent in Falkland Sound during the Falkland Conflict.  Amongst those killed in action was Lt. Cdr Royal Navy Richard William Banfield OH (V.65-69). The Club pays tribute to Richard and those other members of the crew who lost their lives 40 years ago today for their bravery and sacrifice.


    Thu 05 May 2022 Peter Sloan

    Congratulations must surely go to OHs Patrick Musters (St.66-70) and Richard Anderson (M.67-71) who have just returned from a gruelling 6 day,  3,500 mile drive from UK and across Europe to Suceava in Romania to deliver much need supplies for an orphanage on the border with war torn Ukraine.


    Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and OHs, the pair managed to raise over £3,000.00 within a matter of days of planning the trip allowing them to add to the supplies that had already been donated and providing funds for the actual journey itself.


    Below is an extract from the log that the pair kept of their trip:


    "We had decided to get in and out of Romania as quickly as possible and planned to do it in one day but this plan quickly fell apart. The roads are terrible and with over 200 miles to get to our ‘hub’ we were only managing 30 miles in an hour. We were also given lots of warnings about the dangers in Romania as aid wagons are a real target for local thieves. Apparently they watch your movements and phone them ahead so they are ready to hijack the vehicles.  We were told not to stop for anyone, not to pick up hitch hikers or picnic!  We did try and neutralise the van as much as possible and as normal on foreign trips, to hide all our belongings. Not easy in a van!

    We reached the ‘hub’ quite late and unpacked as quickly as possible in order to have a fast turnaround.  They were extremely grateful and offered us a meal but we were keen to get started and out of Romania. It quickly became dark and then it started raining and as if it could not get any worse the van suddenly lost all power! We pulled over and made some frantic calls including Simon Sherrington, our car service man, who gave us some good advice so we waited a while and tried to restart the van which burst into life.  We knew we would not make it out of Romania so we phoned ahead to a hotel at the very top of the Carpathian mountains , which happened to be shut, and they agreed to give us a bed for the night.  We had an hour and a half climbing the mountain pass, not knowing if the van would stop again. Not a great time!"


    A tremendous and valuable achievement by two OHs Well done Patrick and Richard!


    Mon 28 Feb 2022 Peter Sloan

    A number of OHs may be aware that Derek Blooman has recently been a patient in Dorset County Hospital. The Club is pleased to announce however, that he has now been discharged and is a resident at Pinhay House, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3RQ.


    Derek's brother, Michael, has written saying: "Derek would love to receive letters from all his friends which would help to cheer him up. He is settling in and he has a magnificent view from his window over the Undercliffs to the sea, very similar to the view he had from his study at Allhallows School. Letters are best as the staff have to carry a cordless phone to him with some delay. He reads his books and he has a TV. He much enjoys replying and sending letters or cards to people." 


    The Club sends Derek its very best wishes.

  • Annual London Drinks Party - HQS Wellington 20/5/2022

    Thu 20 Jan 2022 Emily Banting

    Download a ticket order form here...


  • 2021 OH Magazine Published

    Thu 20 Jan 2022 Emily Banting

    The 2021 OH Magazine is now available to read on the website.


    If you would like to contribute to a future edition of the magazine please contact editor@rousdonarchive.co.uk


    Sat 09 Oct 2021 Peter Sloan

    The Club is delighted to confirm that after the cancellation of last year's service due to Covid, this year's Memorial Service will be taking place on Saturday, 6th November at St. Paul's Church, Honiton at 3.00pm. The service will be led by the Reverend Canon Christopher Vallins FRSM OH and all OHs are most welcome. Tea will served in the Church after the service.


    As in past years those OHs arriving early will meet at The Hare & Hounds in Sidbury where an excellent carvery lunch is available.



    The Order of Service 2021

                As the Minister enters, the congregation stands.


                                     INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME


                                          OPENING HYMN

    1. Thy hand, O God, has guided                                          4. Through many a day of darkness,:

    Thy flock, from age to age;                                                  Through many a scene of strife,

    The wondrous tale is written,                                                The faithful few fought bravely,

    Full clear, on every page;                                                     To guard the Nation’s life.

    Our fathers own’d Thy goodness,                                        Their Gospel of redemption,

    And we their deeds record;                                                   Sin pardon’d, man restored,

    And both of this bear witness,                                               Was all in this unfolded,

    One Church, one Faith, one Lord,                                        One Church, one Faith, one Lord.


    1. Thy heralds brought glad tidings                           5. And we, shall we be faithless?      

    To greatest , as to least;                                            Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?

    They bade men rise, and hasten                              Shall we evade the conflict,

     To share the great King’s feast;                               And cast away our crown?

     And this was all their teaching,                                Not so; in God’s deep counsels     

     In every deed and word,                                          Some better thing is stored;

    To all alike proclaiming                                                        We will maintain, unflinching,

     One Church, one Faith, one Lord.                               One Church, one Faith, one Lord.


    1. When shadows thick were falling,                             6. Thy mercy will not fail us,

    And all seem’d sunk in night,                                         Nor leave Thy work undone;

    Thou, Lord did send Thy servants,                                With Thy right hand to help us,

    Thy chosen sons of light,                                               And Victory shall be won:

     On them and on Thy people                                           And then, by men and angels,

     And this was still their message,                                     And this shall be their anthem,

     One Church, one Faith, one Lord.                                  One Church, one Faith, one Lord.                           



    Prayers of  Penitance:    


    The officiant invites us to confess our sins.


    ALL      Amen Lord have mercy


    The officiant declares the Absolution




    We remain standing.

    Peter Sloan, President of the Old Honitonians Club remembers:

    Let us dedicate our lives to the service of God, our Queen, our country and our

    Neighbours. Let us remember all those who have died in the service of their country, especially those recorded on our memorials. We remember those of Allhallows, especially the recently departed.


    Roddy Long OH, Past President, lays a wreath at the Altar

    LAST POST – Patrick McCaig

    ALL:      Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all

                   Mankind, in the cause of world peace. Hear our prayers and

                   thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day; fulllfill in them

                   the purpose of our love. Guide us by your Spirit, give us wisdom,

                   give us courage, give us hope, and keep us faithful now and always.  Amen


    REVEILLE – Patrick McCaig




                                                    The First Reading

                                               Ecclesiastees Ch 3 vv 1-8

                                                   Peter Sloan


    1 .For all the saints, who from their labours rest,          4.  And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,

        Who thee by faith before the world confessed,              Steals on the ear the distant triumph-song,

        Thy name, O Jesus, be for ever blessed,                      And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong,

    Allelulia, Allelulia!                                                           Allelulia,  Allelulia!


    1. Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might,   5.  But lo! There breaks a more glorious day:

    Thou, Lord their Captain in the well fought fight,            The saints triumphant rise in bright array;

    Thou in the darkness still their one true light.                  The King of Glory passes on his way;

    Allelulia,  Allelulia.                                                            Allelulia,  Allelulia.


    1. O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,                  6. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast

    Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,                    Through the gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

    And win, with them the victor’s crown of gold.                 Singing to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

      Allelulia,  Allelulia!                                                              Allelulia, Allelulia!




                        The Second Reading

                        John ch 14 vv 1 – 3

                            David Richardson                     



    We kneel or sit


    We say together:


    Our Father who art in heaven,

    Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,

    Give us this day our daily bread,

    And forgive us our trespasses,

    As we forgive those that trespass against us,

    And lead us not into temptation;

    But deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom,

    The power and the glory,

    For ever and ever.     Amen





    1. Love Devine, all loves excelling                     4. Thee we would be always blessing,

    Joy of Heav’n, to earth come down,             Serve thee as Thy hosts above,

               Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,                     Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,

    All Thy faithful mercies crown.                     Glory in Thy perfect love.


    1. Jesu, thou art all compassion,                  5.  Finish then Thy new creation,

    Pure unbounded love thou art:                      Pure and spotless let us be;

    Visit us with Thy salvation,                            Let us see Thy great salvation,

    Enter every trembling heart.                          Perfectly restored in Thee.


    1. Come, Almighty to deliver,                        6.  Changed from glory into glory,

    Let us all Thy grace receive;                          Till in Heav’n we take our place,

     Suddenly return, and never,                          Till we cast our crowns before Thee,

    Never more Thy temples leave.                      Lost in wonder, love and praise.








    1. Praise my soul, the King of Heaven         2.  Praise Him for His grace and favour

    To His feet thy tribute bring:                          To our fathers in distress;

    Rasnsom’d, heal’d, restored, forgiven,          Praise Him still the same as ever

    Evermore His praises sing;                            Slow to chide, and swift to bless;

    Allelulia!  Allelulia!                                           Allelulia!  Allelulia!

    Praise the everlasting King.                            Glorious in His faithfulness.


                                     3.  Father-like, He tends and spares us,

                                                     Well our feeble frame He knows;

                                                     In His hands He gently bears us,

                                                     Rescues us from all our foes;

                                                     Allelulia!  Allelulia!

                                                     Widely yet His mercy flows.                                      



    Please remain standing










    Wed 18 Aug 2021 Peter Sloan

    OHs are reminded that the Club's AGM will be held at 11.30am on 11th September at The Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth, prior to the West Country Lunch.


    Due to COVID restrictions it was not possible to hold the AGM last year and so it is particularly important that as many OHs as possible attend the AGM this year.


    A copy of the Agenda is produced below and the Income and Expenditure Account for 2020/21 can be viewed on the 'About Us' page under 'The Club's Annual Accounts'.


    If you are unable to attend but wish to comment or raise an item please notify the Club Secretary (ohclub@thebirminghams.com) by no later than 3rd September. 




    Saturday 11th September, 2021 at 11.30am

    At The Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth






    1. Presidents Welcome


    1. Minutes from 2020 AGM – no meeting held due to COVID restrictions


    1. Treasurer’s Report     


    1. Review of Club’s activities in 2020/21


    1. 2021/22 Diary


      1. London Gathering 20th May,2022
      2. West Country lunch
      3. All Saints Day Memorial Service St. Paul, Honiton
      4. AGM Venue


    1. Committee Report


    1. St Michael’s Honiton – Removal of items – Reredos, altar rails, Bishops chair and organ


    1. Any other business


    1. Date and place of next meeting



    Sun 08 Aug 2021 Myf Adams

    Well we did it and so far just over £7,000.00 raised for MacMillan Cancer Supportt!!


    It was a long and hot day! But the aches and pains were far outweighed by the stunning views and the pleasure of sharing a common goal with old friends, and the camaraderie and fun of a 50-year friendship created a wonderful day we won't forget.


    We can't thank our friends, families and fellow OHs enough for your support which has enabled us to smash and far exceed our original  £5000 target for Macmillan - thank you to all of you for your generosity and all your super messages.


    A special thank you to Nigel and Sarah Clist for their generous hospitality in hosting The Humble Pointer over two nights and in particular to Sarah for following us in the support vehicle and providing refreshments and encouragement all along the way. 



    Sun 18 Jul 2021 Myf Adams

    With just a few days to go, a number of supporters have expressed a desire to witness the efforts of The Humble Pointers - or just to enjoy a day by the sea . . .


    Approximate timings for car park pit-stops along our route: 08.45 Lyme Regis Cobb; 09.50 Charmouth; (11.30 top of Golden Cap - nearest car park Langdon Hill); 12.00 Seatown; 14.05 West Bay (east beach); 15.15 Burton Bradstock Hive beach; 16.50 West Bexington; 19.50 Hardy's Monument (finish). We'd love to see you!


    For more accurate timings on the day itself, email myfadams@gmail.com in advance for contact no.

  • OH Team Shoot

    Fri 16 Jul 2021 Emily Banting