A big hello to all you Old Secundrians
Welcome to this year’s Summer Newsletter which is our annual update keeping all our Association members current with events. I do hope that you are all keeping as well as can be expected and have enjoyed this exceptional summer, now almost over.
As per usual, let me first of all confirm that next year’s reunion dinner will take place at the Brookfield Hotel again on
FRIDAY 10th MAY
, an important date for all your diaries. Let’s have as many of you as possible there: it continues to be a great event.
Apologies, but yet again a reminder regarding hotel room bookings and promptness in replying.
When you receive your invitation, normally in February, we would much appreciate you replying early, both to ensure that you get a place and also so that we can see what numbers we will be catering for at the earliest opportunity. Those of you who normally stay overnight can start to book with the Brookfield as soon as you want. You don’t have to wait for the formal dinner invitations to arrive. We have a number of reserved rooms at discounted prices and I’m afraid it’s first come, first served, so it’s up to you. Please ensure that you contact the Brookfield Hotel directly. Do not use third party booking websites.
2019 Dinner Theme
Next year we are trying to round up as many of the school’s old teachers as is possible and get them to attend next year’s reunion dinner. We’ve had some success so far with quite a few having been located and contacted, with a number having said they will be able to attend. Committee member, Chris Vincent, is spearheading this approach. If you know the whereabouts of any old teachers and, most importantly, their contact details, please email Chris on
, he may already have the name on his ‘books’, or maybe not!
In line with this theme, one of our old teachers will be invited to give the after dinner speech.
Again a very good ‘do’ with everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves.
This year’s attendee numbers were once more over 100, with it yet again being a fine evening, enabling us again to gather outside for the now traditional group photo. Long may it last!
Unfortunately our previous Father of the House, Jack Restall, was not well enough to attend so, for a second year running, we had a new FOTH. Congratulations were to Jack Burridge ( YOE 1936 ) for finally claiming the accolade and more importantly his bottle of champagne with its customised label. Well done Jack.
This year Russell Finch CBE was our experienced speaker. Russell gave an extremely amusing account of life as a judge on the island of Guernsey. Russell had been on our list of potential speakers for some years. Had we known he was going to be that good, we’d have asked him earlier. My only regret is that I didn’t allow him to go on for another 5 minutes. Many thanks Russell for entertaining us so well.
As per usual, images of the dinner can be seen on the website at
. Just go to the “Old Secs” section and then click on “2018 dinner”.
Slightly down on last year’s count with 16 ladies attending, but still a very respectable number. Again, as has become usual now, we managed to ensure that the ladies had their own private dining room which they thoroughly appreciate. Everybody really enjoyed themselves, so gentlemen, perhaps more of you would like to bring your lady along with you. I’m sure they too would enjoy the evening.
School buildings visits - Highlands Road & Baffins
This year a real change, we had a pause with no visits being arranged, on the basis that we thought that nearly everyone who wanted to visit had probably already done so. Re next year, we’d like to determine whether there’s any demand, so please contact a committee member through the normal channels if you would like to visit next year.
We are continuing the provision of a permanent tribute by recording the passing of former pupils and staff on the annual dinner menu card and then inviting friends to lodge obituaries on the website. Sadly, yet again, we have had our fair share of deaths to report this year and we would welcome as many obituaries as possible from those who best knew them. If you would like to record a tribute for any of those who have passed away please do contact Peter Higgins at
or post to him at 33 Highfield Drive, West Wickham, Kent BR4 9NJ.
Names of those who, we have learnt, have sadly passed on since our last Newsletter in Summer 2017, are:-
Dennis Prince (1942?), John Soper (1946), Philip Haskell (1936), Peter John Atkins (1963), Roy Ritson (1942), John Bull (1949), Dave Griffiths (1951), Christopher Neal (1962/7?), Adrian Todkill (1959?), Ian Owen (1939), Len Russell (1934), Peter Bolt (1940), Dave Hider (1959), Gordon Allen (1948), Ian Watson ( retd staff ), Charles Foreman (1948), Jack Restell (1935), Charles “Biff” Maber (1943).
Brockenhurst Evacuees Quarterly Reunions
Again, we are still seeking out our evacuees who are invited to attend the quarterly reunion meetings. These reunions have been taking place for many years now but numbers are understandably dropping off as the years pass by. So a reminder to all you sprightly 84 to 90+ year olds who were evacuated to dear old Brockenhurst during WWII. Reunion lunches are held on the second Wednesday of every March, June, September and December at 12 noon in the The Manor pub, Drayton. For further details please contact the organiser, Gordon Blackman, at
or by phone on 02392 786338.
59ers Annual Reunion
A reminder to the many 59ers that this year’s event is on Saturday 17th November from 5pm at the normal venue of the Havant Park pavilion. Chris Vincent is, as per usual, the organiser. I would also ask that as many of you as possible also choose to attend the main event, our annual dinner, at the Brookfield Hotel each May. Have a go at claiming the top Year of Entrance attendance spot.
New members to the Association
We continue to be very keen to welcome all newcomers to our Association and, of course, to future dinners, particularly school joiners 1960 and beyond, also any older ‘old boys’ who may only just have become aware of us. So all you 'youngsters' and not so young who have come to our annual dinners, both this year and before, if you know of anybody else of your vintage who might like to join us, please do encourage them. Please let Clive Williams (contactable through the e-mail link in the Contacts section of our website) or at 120 Hazleton Way, Cowplain, Waterlooville, PO8 9DW with as many details that you may have including names, addresses, phone and e-mail and we will ensure that they are sent a copy of our future newsletters and are sent an invitation to next year’s dinner. Committee member Bob Guy-Hawthorne (YOE 1969 , continues to use his best endeavours to ‘hunt down’ any more recent pupils that he can find.
As you are all aware, together with our Newsletters, the website (
) continues to serve as our main means of communicating with members of the Association. So, do please check the site regularly for news. A good tip is to go to the Home and Message Board pages first. We are still looking for any new material you may have. Items for inclusion (or any questions that you may have about the site) should be sent to Peter Higgins at
who will warmly welcome them.
Currently we are working on creating a new, more modern looking, website. Bob Hawthorne is our committee member working on this, combining it with his every day job, which is sometimes not easy. We will keep you posted on progress.
Donations – Many Thanks
Again much thanks go to the many who continue to respond to our appeal for donations to fund the Association’s activities. Once again, your generosity has been excellent. These donations enable us to ensure the continued financial viability of the Association so thank you again.
Old Secundrians Ties
New ties are now available to our updated design. They’re really quite a change from the previous design, a distinct improvement, a pleasure to wear, and well worth spending a few quid on. They contain both stripes ( gold & violet inlay ) and school badges. Please contact John Shaw – email -
– tel - 07703532006 – or write to – Riverbank, Mayles Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5ND. Ties are £14.95 each, including P & P, cheques payable to – The Old Secundrians’ Association - please.
Contacting the Association
By email, please consult the website –
– where the email addresses are displayed. Choosing the correct one for your subject will help to ensure it gets answered as promptly as possible by sending it to the appropriate committee member. Also we love to hear from you, so don’t be bashful, send us any relevant news you may have.
By post, please send any correspondence to our Secretary, Clive Williams, in the first instance. See his address above.
Thanks to your Committee
Finally, my thanks again go to your Committee (Clive Williams, John Shaw, Chris Vincent, Ken Hales and Bob Guy-Hawthorne ) for all their work in both organising the dinner and for their efforts during the course of the year. Thank you again gentlemen.
Many thanks, once more, to all of you, our members, for your continued support: without you there would be no Association or reunions, and we very much look forward to hearing from you and seeing as many as possible of you in May next year.
Chairman, Old Secundrians Association