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Edition No 71 April 2011

2010 - A YEAR TO REMEMBER The OTA has had a memorable year with celebrations to mark both the 250th anniversary of the founding of the school, as well as the Centenary Reunion Dinner held in November. The President of the OTA, Ted Colenutt reflects on some of the highlights of his year........

The obvious start was my 90th birthday on May 2nd, celebrated with my family at a local hotel. A fortnight later I was delighted to attend the Rose Bowl for the 10th reunion (stage managed by Brian Osman) of the form I know best, the Lower Sixth of 1956-57. These long-standing friends presented me with a book containing a resume of each one's career and memories of Taunton's - a lovely thought. June was a most significant month. Over the first weekend, my son John and his wife arranged for my daughter Liz and me to join them at Glyndebourne - a black tie affair - to enjoy a fascinating production of Britten's opera "Billy Budd". Brilliant summery weather meant we had champagne on the lawn beforehand, and there was a lavish buffet meal served in the interval between acts. Great singing, acting and staging, it was a real treat, as it was a new experience for us all. The "London Lunch" on the third weekend of June was most enjoyable, chatting with so many friends I seldom see. This was followed a week later in


playing my part during the Thanksgiving Service at Highfield Church, the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Holyrood, and the Garden Party hosted by Taunton's College. All were very successful. But it was such a hot day - and the result was I suffered a chest infection and was out of action during July! I bounced back in August, when Liz and I were guests at the "Summer Lunch" held at Keat's Restaurant. Nearly 70 were there, and it was my great pleasure to meet and greet so many longstanding friends. Life then went quiet during the build up to the Centenary Dinner held on 13 November at the Guildhall. This was a truly outstanding event, memorable for all who were there, for few will experience another like it! 450 attended, the layout was superb, the Mayor and other guests so welcome. As Chairman for the dinner (selected purely on my age!), I was chuffed to bits to be supported by my family - daughter Liz, and my sons John and Paul (who had flown in from New Zealand). Speeches by John Bathurst, John Martin and Principal of the College Alice Wrighton practiced speakers all - only served to worry me, as I was batting last. So I did the obvious thing and gave the shortest speech - no wonder I received a standing ovation when I sat down! My only regret

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is the very large number of OTs that I failed to meet - inevitable with so many present. Two smaller, but important functions followed. The day after the dinner I met up with several from my 1964 form for lunch and a chat at the Southampton Park Hotel (ably organised by Stuart Davies). Ten days later, Roger Parsons arranged a lunch at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club for the OT Dinner Committee, who capped my year by presenting me with a magnificent album of photographs taken at the various functions throughout the year - truly a memento to be treasured. In 2010 I have received many compliments and tributes; flattering though they have been, I still believe it is likely just down to my advanced years! My thanks go to all my friends on the OT Executive and Dinner Committees who have done so much to make this a year to remember. But it's obvious I'm far too old for all this lark! I think I'll subside gracefully into the background from now on!

Church Service on 25th June and the wreath laying service which followed at Richard Taunton's Tomb at Holyrood Church. Thanks to them and to the Reverend David Heatley for conducting the church service and to Alice Wrighton for her attendance at both. The day was completed by the Garden Party organised by the College in their grounds and which featured in the hall, the superb display of the history of Taunton's, later displayed at the November Reunion Dinner. The Summer Lunch was held in the middle of August at Keats Restaurant in Romsey with a sell out number of nearly 70 and thanks go, once again, to John Bathurst for organising this. The principle event of the year was of course the 100th Reunion Dinner, held at The Guildhall on the 13th November and which, with an attendance in excess of 450 people, can certainly be deemed as a notable success. Particular thanks to the subcommittee of the Dinner Committee for the numerous meetings they attended to ensure that we "got it right on the night" and in particular to, Secretary, Martin Rowe and the Dinner Committee Treasurer, Brian Osman (ably assisted by wife Pam) for their incredible dedication to the cause, to Bob Newell for his wise advice and organisational skills, to Jeff White, for quietly assisting wherever necessary, to Stuart Wilson and Paul Skates for organising the successful raffle, which helped finance the evening, and to John Barnard for persuading a large number of his contemporaries to attend their first Reunion Dinner. We are also extremely grateful to David Bryett, the Treasurer of the OTA, for agreeing to the request to use some of the Associations funds, largely raised by him through the 100 Club, to subsidise the cost of this one-off event. And finally, thanks to our President, Ted Colenutt, who for a man of mature years, showed exceptional energy and was at the forefront of all events throughout the year. 2010 was I believe, a pivotal year in the fortunes of the Association. We have had more new members

The Chairman of the OTA, Roger Parsons would like to add his "Thanks to the Few".........

Any voluntary organisation tends to rely upon a small number of people to ensure its continuing success and at a time when we hear of the plight of our fellow associations, such as The OE's and The Old Bournemouthians, we must be grateful to those OT's who committed their time and endeavours to ensure 2010 was such a successful and special year. The first event in the calendar was the London Lunch, held in the middle of June and although the numbers were a little disappointing, enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks to Peter Jones for organising. A sub-committee of John Bathurst and Martin Rowe, and the later seconded Bob Newell, made the excellent arrangements for the Highfield


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joining than for quite a while and hope that this trend will continue. The Reunion Dinner was certain re-invigorated and we will be working hard to get at least 200 people to the 2011 Dinner, which is to be held at The Botleigh Grange Hotel on 12th November. Roger Parsons

Matters Arising......... from News & Views No. 70.

We thank those who have commented on or corrected matters mentioned in previous issues Page 14 - Frank Howlett (1948-55) offers the following information concerning the date of the photo on page 14. He thinks it must have been taken in the Summer Term of 1948. "This was the year group just ahead of me. I joined Taunton's School in the Autumn of 1948 and was placed in Form 3A1. I came across several of these in teaching groups in the Sixth Form - Brian Steel, Eric Miles, Ron Swan to name but three, and played hockey with Paul Gannaway." Marc Brown (1976-79) tells us that his father PC Brown, is shown in the photograph standing directly behind Ted Colenutt. He also seems to think that the photograph was taken in 1948. "As to the date, if it was 3A1 then it would have been 1948 as he (his father) joined 2A1 in '47." This statement though would tend to suggest that the photograph may have been taken early perhaps in the Autumn Term of 1948 (if his father had been in 2A1 in 47/48). No doubt we will get to the bottom of it!

An OT Teaser

Who are they - and when and where was this photograph taken? Answers on Page 37


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The Guildhall Southampton - Saturday 13th November 2010 - a report by our special correspondent Johnny Bathurst

On a very special and magnificently attended evening at Southampton Guildhall in November, 450 Old Tauntonians and their guests enjoyed the aura of this now ageing but still splendid building for the final celebration of those three anniversaries. A year or so ago the Dinner Committee and the Executive Council ­ cooperating with Taunton's College - started to plan what they hoped would be something that Tauntonians of all eras and ages would wish to remember, for never again would we experience in a single year anniversaries of such significance. Perhaps it is immodest and not for us to comment. But we will, because it succeeded beyond anything we had dared to dream of. It was, indeed, a super evening. The Chairman of the Dinner was Ted Colenutt (1931-38 and 1946-84) who was accompanied by his daughter Liz Henderson and escorted by his sons John and Paul. The guests at the top table were The Mayor and Mayoress of Southampton Councillor Carol Cunio and her daughter, Ruth, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Richard Martin (Chairman of Governors, Taunton's College), Mrs Alice Wrighton (Principal, Taunton's College), David Wrighton, Mrs Jenny Fitton (Former Principal, Taunton's College, Jonathan Prest (Former


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Principal, Taunton's College, Ian Murray (Editor, Southern Evening Echo) John Davis (Old Bournemouthians), Maurice Rowles (Old Edwardians) and Ray Anstis (Old Symondians) Old Tauntonians accompanying our guests at the table were Martin Rowe (Secretary, Dinner Committee), Ron Allison (MC and Toastmaster) and John Martin (Proposer of the toast to The College) Guests from the College Staff were Matt Atkinson, Annelise Miller, Phil Berry and Jane Higgins. Ron Allison (1942-50) opened with a general welcome to all present. `Of the essence' on this particular evening was Ron's task of ensuring that speeches did not exceed their allotted time, that people were in their seats when they should be and that the interval of "X" minutes did not extend to "X + anything" (as has been known!). An extra item had been added to the traditional Toasts and Responses which, with the volume of people to be served, made essential the observance of the military style timing so expertly devised by Bob Newell. As far as we are aware all went (very nearly) according to plan and no reports have been received of anyone being put on a "fizzer"! Prior to the meal Johnny Bathurst (1941-50) delivered a brief history of Taunton's School. While many in the audience were familiar with much of the content, there were quite a number who learned something new. His opening words quoted Ronald Challacombe's address at the bicentenary of the school...."We thank God for putting into the heart of our Founder the will to care for his children". Johnny said that the majority of those present WERE those children, and that many more the world over by achievements in business profession or sport have etched their names in the legend that is Taunton's. Johnny then took his audience through the years by reference to the founder's fortune and the arrival and departure of the Headmasters of the school. While the fortune was gained as a "kind of licensed pirate", the booty taken, in addition to the oft-quoted `wagonloads of silver', also contained 600 tons of cocoa. The money was used generously for good works while the founder ensured himself many a good night's sleep! For nearly 100 years the school `enjoyed' a somewhat relaxed and casual management style. The first Master served for 37 years before it was decided he was `not entirely satisfactory'! The second was dismissed after 14 years for being `absent without leave'. In the early years the boys were taught at the premises in which the Headmaster lived but by 1857 had moved to a building specially chosen for the purpose. As numbers grew this became too small and the school moved to a large room above a paint store. Next door there was a horse dealer. After 18 months the smell of boy ­ which must have been pretty strong was overpowered by the smell of horse manure, and another move became necessary. The New Road site was a gift, in 1864, from the then Mayor of Southampton. In 1865 the first of four outstanding Headmasters was appointed when Penuel George Corbin took up the post, aged 22. He died at the age of 49 having revolutionised the School. A second transformation took place under the Headship of Seymour Jackson Gubb, appointed in 1892 and retiring in 1924. He it was who brought the school into a form that will be recognised by many older Tauntonians ­ pupils remaining four or more years at the school, the House System, Summer Camps, Annual Dinners, the Old Tauntonians' Association. Frederick Hemmings served from 1925 to 1948. He raised the levels of sporting and academic success and doubled the number of pupils to around 800. He oversaw the periods of the school known as The Great Expansion and The Golden Age and steered the school through the Evacuation Period. From 1949 until 1969 served Ronald


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Challacombe, described by Spooner as A big man, physically, intellectually and morally. He took Taunton's to greater heights of higher education and university success and led the 1960 Bicentenary Celebrations. If a Head is to plan for tomorrow, his school must be run properly today. Hence the crucial appointment of Second Master. Taunton's had five outstanding Second Masters ­ Stanley, Stevenson, Chalk, Spooner and Colenutt ­ each of them a legend in his time, each in equal measure striking fear and great affection in many minds. They with scores of Assistant Masters ­ men of skill, devotion and inspiration ­ gave their careers and their love to the school. As a school Taunton's lasted for 209 years. Despite logical and reasoned argument its existence was ended by political axe in 1967. It became a Sixth Form College and a College of Further Education. In 1978 girls were admitted for the first time following the merger of Richard Taunton College and the Southampton College for Girls. The present Taunton's College is the living history of Taunton's, having been taken to ever increasing success under the guidance, so far, of five Principals (Gerald Caffrey, Rodney Lyons, Jenny Fitton, Jonathan Prest and Alice Wrighton) During the meal the Chairman "took wine" three times. The first was with "All Old Tauntonians' Over the Age of 90", which brought a single response from Denis Britton (1926-34) who had travelled from Cyprus to be present. The second was with "Staff and Ex-Staff" when we were delighted to see 30 individuals rise to their feet. The final `call' was to "All those who had played hockey with or against or been coached by, umpired by or remotely connected with the Chairman in that sport". We exaggerate, but needless to say a great throng rose to the request. As always, the first part of the evening ended with three toasts, taken in succession ­ The Loyal Toast, The Memory of Alderman Taunton and The Memory of The Fallen. The last of these was this year particularly moving and impressive. The stage curtains were positioned and illuminated so as to give maximum effect to a projected image of the Memorial Window, the original of which is at Taunton's College. With an otherwise darkened Guildhall, we stood in silence for Last Post and the recitation by the Chairman of the well known verse from Binyon's `For the Fallen'. Following an interval, the time allocated for which was very well observed, there came the formal toast to "Absent Friends", followed by the formal part of the evening. John Martin (1944-50) was the `First Speaker' of the evening. As usual, the sheer charm of the man and his ability to speak without notes ensured the attention of his audience ­ and he did not disappoint them. (In his `hands' the same anecdote he has told at a previous dinner is STILL funny!) His address was as follows: " This is no ordinary Annual Reunion Dinner but a very special occasion. Not only the 100th Dinner, but the 250th anniversary of what was, by any standards, a very remarkable school. I always wanted to go to Taunton's. Although vaguely aware that there were other grammar schools in the town, somehow they never really registered on my mental radar. My heart was set on getting to Taunton's and, when I eventually did, it totally lived up to my expectations. This being l944, I actually went to Bournemouth School, but that was beside the point. Theologians tell us that the church is not the buildings but the congregations and the clergy. Equally, the school is not the building, but the staff. And Tauntons' has always had the ability to attract absolutely outstanding staff. There is a passage in Genesis, which says ''There were giants on the earth in those days".. and I really felt that I was surrounded by giants - all larger than life characters. Time is limited but I must mention one or two who, I think, epitomised the school. Surely the greatest was Harry Spooner. If ever a man was born to be a schoolmaster, surely it was him. (Or should that be "Surely it was he? Sorry sir"! He was one who inspired a love of the English language and literature in several generations of young


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boys. In all the years that I knew him, I can 't once remember him losing his temper. He never needed to. Our greatest wish was to please him and win his approval. Occasionally faced with extreme stupidity he would resort to a kind of benign sarcasm, but it was always kindly done. An amazing man! And, of course, Joe Chalk. When a few years ago I had the honour of being Chairman of this Dinner, I remember that I said, "There will be those here this evening who never knew Joe Chalk. But he was to Taunton's boys what Ivan the 'Terrible' was to the Russians!" It struck me afterwards that my words were extremely unfair. Unfair to Ivan the Terrible, that is. Could HE have stood on the stage and controlled several hundred small boys with a flick of an eyelid? He absolutely petrified us without saying a word - just by standing there and rotating his signet ring? Ivan the terrible may have controlled Russia, but 4B2? I think not. But beneath Joe's formidable able exterior was an extremely kind man and a brilliant maths teacher. The one who made the greatest impression on me was Mr Challacombe. You may have noticed that whereas I spoke of Harry Spooner and Joe Chalk. I automatically say Mr Challacombe. All of the other masters had nicknames or were referred to by their Christian names, but never Mr Challacombe. I don't think that it occurred to us that he actually had a Christian name. As for giving him a nickname, it would have been like the Heavenly hosts giving God a nickname. Many years after I had left the school I would meet members of the staff socially and was always quite comfortable being on Christian name terms. Whenever I met Mr Challacombe, I would instinctively stand to attention and call him `Sir'. Whenever I think of Mr Challacombe, I think of Daniel O'Connell's description of Sir Robert Peel. His smile was like the moon shining on the silver plate of a coffin''. Not that Mr Challacombe smiled all that often and when he did you felt that his heart wasn't really in it. My recollections are of a time when young members of the staff who had gone to fight in the war were returning to the school. One was Ted Colenutt, who is one of the main reasons that so many are here this evening. There were masters a Taunton's who were regarded with respect, and there were those who were regarded with affection. But there were just a few who were regarded with both respect and affection and Ted was one of them. But the great thing was that there was this sense of permanence and continuity. Taunton's had always been there and it always would be there. We might see change and decay in all around, but 'I'aunton's would go on for ever, a rock in a shifting world. Of course, we were aware that the government of the day was making threatening noises about abolishing Grammar Schools, but then they were making threatening noises about abolishing the monarchy and nobody took it seriously. But then it happened. We woke up one morning to find that grammar schools had been abolished and that Taunton's School no longer existed. It was like bereavement. As I listened to my friend Johnny speak about the history of Taunton's, I realised that he was using exactly the same words that I had intended to use. I too, consider it to have been one of the greatest acts of political vandalism in my lifetime. Grammar schools were the flagship of the education system, whereby a boy or girl could come from the most deprived and impoverished background (as many did at Taunton's) and be assisted to achieve their full potential and go on to great things. We all saw it happen. At the Dinner that year, Gerald Caffrey, the then Principal, made a very good speech, explaining and justifying the change. He was speaking, however, to an audience of mainly ex-pupils of Taunton's School and we were not convinced. There was an air of simmering resentment in the hall. There was no going back, of course, and to his eternal credit ­ often against the odds - Gerald turned Taunton's into a successful establishment of its kind. He also


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worked hard at improving relations and forming links between the College and the OTA. When he retired, things went sharply into reverse. His successor on first meeting a representative of the Old Tauntonians', no doubt in an attempt at humour, commented, "Oh you are those people who spend their time looking backwards". Whatever his intention the remark seemed to summarize his attitude to the OTA and he appeared to resent our existence. There arose a strong feeling among a number of people that the Old Tauntonians' Association should break all links with the College. This was, in fact, formally proposed at an Annual General Meeting, although not carried. One of the purposes of the Association is to promote links with Taunton's and it was hoped by the majority that students might somehow be persuaded to join the OTA. Indeed a number did, two of them with some distinction. Many of-you will remember the late Zoe Morell who was Chairman at a London Dinner. And we still have our excellent and hard working Dinner Committee secretary Martin Rowe. He has held many offices in the Association and is, to a great extent responsible for this evening's function. A change of Principal came as a breath of fresh air to the Association. The blessed Jenny Fitton (who I am delighted to say is here this evening) came into our lives. And Jenny made it clear from the first that she was determined to build bridges and strengthen links with the OTs . She invited groups of us to meet the Students Council; we were encouraged to participate in the Open Days, Presentation Evening and other functions and there was a palpable change in the relationship. When we learnt that Jenny was retiring, there was a real fear that this new warm relationship might be at risk. But we needn't have worried. Jonathan Prestt (who I am happy to say is also here this evening) took up where Jenny had left off, being just as concerned as she had been to strengthen ties. Indeed, it was during this time that an Old Tauntonian became a governor of the College. When we learned that Jonathan was leaving, once again we were concerned. What would now happen to the College/OTA relationship? Good News! In fact very good news! We learned that the new Principal was an old girl of the Girls' Grammar School. ­ quite possibly one of those girls that we had whistled at and lusted after whilst we cycled up Bellemoor Road! Mind you, I say lust, but lust was somewhat different in those days than today. These were innocent times. Just holding a girls hand in the cinema was considered a major achievement. And in any case, the shadow of Miss Platt hanging over the grammar school rather tended to discourage too much in the way of lust. But I am happy to say that Alice Wrighton has more than lived up to our hopes and expectations. The strong ties between the College and the OTA, started by Jenny, carried on by Jonathan, have gone from strength to strength. And I think it's true to say that we now accept the fact that there has been a process of evolution. What started as a trade school for boys destined to go to sea, after numerous changes became a grammar school and has now become Taunton's College. And just as Taunton's School was a remarkable school, so Taunton's College has become a remarkable college. Taunton's School, as I observed, had the ability to attract outstanding staff and so it has the College. And what's more, it's our college. We take a vicarious pride in its achievements. And we thank you Alice and Jenny and Jonathan and all of your staff for all that you have done to carry on the Taunton tradition of excellence. And for all that you have done to strengthen ties between the College and the Association. There was a time when this next toast had a somewhat hollow ring, but no longer. Now I am very happy and indeed proud to propose it. Ladies and Gentlemen.....The College" Alice Wrighton responded by proposing the health of The Old Tauntonians' Association. This was a speech in which no doubt was left of the strong bond that exists between the College and the Old Tauntonians'. It was warmly acknowledged, welcomed and requested. Alice started by thanking John Martin for his kind words and the Old Tauntonians' for their hospitality ­ this on behalf of all the staff and students present. She went on to say, "Here we are - the big one! What a brilliant job the organisers have done. Who was it who said to me at last year's dinner that they were concerned about getting enough people to fill the Guildhall???" (And, indeed, there were some of us who dared not believe that we would have the number present to do that). Alice added special thanks, sadly posthumously, to Charlie Marten, who before he died arranged to pay for four College Students to attend the event. She was pleased to see Jonathan Prest and


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Jenny Fitton at the dinner, celebrating along with other former members of staff: She extended thanks to them, from all at Taunton's, for the contribution they made to the ongoing success of the College over the years. "Despite all the challenges of the job - and they are considerable - I have never, for one moment, regretted the move I made two and a half years ago. I am enormously proud of what we do at the College. It's very hard work, but it's a massive privilege to be doing it, and to be part of the ongoing history of Taunton's School and College. I am also very proud that Taunton's School has become a Sixth Form College renowned for its approach to inclusion and equality of opportunity. 40% of our students come from priority neighbourhoods - nearly 600 in total. We do brilliant work with them and there is so much to be proud of: students from poor backgrounds getting in to the most selective universities, including Oxford and Cambridge', students arriving here with few qualifications, and leaving with what they need to support a successful future. Do come and see what we do - you are welcome to visit any time and meet students and staff." Alice stressed that she couldn't do what she did without "a fantastic team of colleagues, without the fine young people who are our students, and without the support of their families and of the wider community. We know we are valued and respected by our community: we are proud of our City - over 80% of our students live in Southampton - and we value our local partnerships and our supporters." All of the team at Taunton's are very grateful to the OTs for all the moral support you give us and to David Defty for all the work he has done and support he gives us as a governor. The Dragon's Den event last summer was brilliant, and I hope only the first of many more practical links we will build in the coming years. "And what can I say about Ted? Did you see those pictures of us cutting that cake in the summer - no, not a wedding - a garden Party! Seriously - Ted is a great friend of the college. He hasn't lost his ability to inspire young people: those of us who were at our College Celebration Evening last December - and that includes Ian Murray, Editor of the Echo - who is with us tonight - know that he stole the show when he spoke so engagingly to the student audience when presenting the OT awards. The students loved you, Ted, and so do we all." Alice then spoke of the present day Taunton's - a very significant community of very fine young people about 1400 of them - supported and led by a team of able and dedicated staff. A thriving Sixth Form Academy for Gifted and Talented Students, including the International Baccalaureate, the School of Music, our Sports Academy, alongside growing and increasingly successful Science and Maths provision. "There is, as ever, much from the last year to celebrate - too much to list in the time I have here. You all have copies of the very latest News from Taunton's' on your tables. Have a look at the range of activity, at the news stories of continuing success - brilliant." She then proudly declaimed a succession of activities ­ academic, sporting, cultural, theatrical, musical ­ in which National and Regional successes had been achieved. Not the least was the variety of musical activities and events in which students had taken part. These included Rock Music groups at Glastonbury and on the Isle of Wight: traditional Music ensembles performing at national level in the National Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham. Six students had gained places at top Music Colleges : there had been two Oxbridge Choral scholarships' and an amazing community production of Britten's Noye's Fludde . One name stood out as having made an enormous contribution to the Taunton's musical scene since 1987. The 2011 College Christmas concert will be Jane Higgins' last one, for the marvellous Jane retires this year. She is going to be hugely missed having built up music at Taunton's from a tiny provision then to a centre of excellence now. (All those who attended the


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Thanksgiving Service at Highfield will remember the emotional impact of Jane's unaccompanied choir when they sang Beati Quorum Via). "What we have achieved, what we are achieving, is about having high expectations - no - stronger than that ­ it's about being massively ambitious for our students, for our staff, for our college, for our community. It's about building confidence and high aspiration and countering those negative messages out there about the value of education and skills development in a time of economic difficulty. It's about values - as I think it always has been, way back to 1760 when Richard Taunton set out the purpose of his school." "And it's about community, not just individual institutions. The things that give me the biggest buzz of all are seeing our Maths students going to the local primary schools to work as mentors in order to support those schools' efforts to improve children's grasp of Maths, our Music students (and ex-students!) and staff working with young children on a very ambitious project to put on a one night performance of Noye's Fludde - Britten's opera - at the Central Hall." Alice continued by saying that that the only reason she was doing what she did now was because there had been people along the way who were ambitious for her when she didn't have the confidence or self-belief to be so. "That's our job, working with young people - and especially at a time of economic downturn - to give them hope, determination, self belief and the motivation to work really, really hard. And isn't that what our history is telling us we should be doing? 250 years of history - wars, recessions, all sorts of challenges - Taunton's is still here, supporting young people to success." "So what about the future? Last year I said we had to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again! (But with no money - and an £800,000 bill for costs to be absorbed into our accounts) . And this we are doing, despite the continuing tough competition from other colleges, and school sixth forms. Despite setbacks, we insist on being hugely ambitious and optimistic about our future. We must be. The young people and families in Southampton and South Hampshire deserve it. The College (with its great heritage) deserves it. More than ever in this 250th year we need your help and support. We are determined to build on the strength of our current provision, and to achieve recognition as the best in the field, not only for 6th form college education overall, but in specialist areas which are so important for us, for our City and for our future national economic success - Music, Science, Technology and Maths, Sport, Languages, Business. There are loads of financial and other challenges ahead of us. The needs and aspirations that the recent building project was designed to address are still there. I am drawn back to Richard Taunton and the source of funding for the new school back in 1760. We still need wagon loads of silver and gold and I hope you don't mind if I write to you after this dinner to tell you all a bit more about some of our 'massively ambitious' projects. We have had so much support and encouragement from the OTA, for which we thank you. I do hope to build on that and, by forging closer links around some specific development projects, encourage college leavers to become OTS themselves. It's a case of 'onward, ever onward' - making Taunton's more and more irresistible, building on what we have, and never allowing ourselves to be complacent or to assume it can't be done because times are hard. Listen to what the School inspectors way back in 1938 said about the school. Think about that date - just about to go in to devastating conflict for the second time in 20 years. These were their general conclusions: `The school is well housed, well organised, satisfactorily staffed and assured of a good supply of boys who are fully capable of deriving and using the benefits of Secondary education, including the opportunity to proceed to a University. All this may be said without any misgiving that those in authority within or outside the walls off the School will rest content with the very real success which has so far been achieved.' I can assure you - we will not 'rest content with the very real success which has so far been achieved' at Taunton's College. Old Tauntonians, you are very much part of the College, of its past and of its future".


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Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Not since its early days, when the Headmaster chaired the event, had an Old Tauntonian been selected on three separate occasions (1958,1984 and 2010) to chair the dinner. On this very unique occasion there was only one person for that honour................ Ted Colenutt, introduced by Ron Allison as only he could have done it, rose to great applause to deliver a speech full of anecdote and nostalgia. He got it absolutely right! In 1946, following demobilization from the Royal Artillery, Ted visited the school to renew old friendships and acquaintances. The visit ended with him being offered a temporary job, teaching geography until the end of term ­ which he accepted. At he end of the temporary appointment a permanent appointment was offered and accepted. The worn out phrase `The rest is history' comes to mind ­ but what a history it turned out to be. Thirty eight years of meritorious service lovingly given and lovingly accepted by colleagues and pupils alike. In 1947 Jimmy Gibson and Don Gray joined the staff and almost immediately there formed a trio of three musketeers, out to enjoy life at Taunton's and in general. Ted describes the friends as gay young bachelors (the use of the first word being as it was originally intended and not as the abomination it has come to be). Jimmy had a small Austin 7, the battery of which was under the front passenger seat. Either the seat or the battery was not greatly secure. When the car was turning a corner its connectors came into contact with the seat frame, quite literally causing sparks to fly. A bit of a turn-off for those unused to occupying that seat. One evening a lift was offered to Mr Hemmings who, being Headmaster, sat in the front passenger seat. During the journey an emergency stop became necessary. Jimmy slammed on the brakes only for the insecure seat to part from its moorings, topple backwards and flip the unfortunate Head into the rear of the car. The pulling power of the vehicle was demonstrated on a journey towards West End. At Thornhill there is a long steep hill. As the incline steadily manifested itself the car gradually slowed ­ to the point when a Dalmation dog, trotting in the same direction, overtook it. Ted gave a glimpse of staffroom life when telling of the marking of essays during non-teaching periods. `Dick' Spooner (known as `Harry' only to the boys) had set an exercise whereby the boys were asked to write sentences using certain words and illustrating their meaning. The word `frugal' was one. A boy had written: "A knight found a maiden tied to a tree. "Frugal me, frugal me" she cried. So he did, and they lived happily ever after" The imagination boggled. It transpired that, according to the boy concerned, his dictionary had shown that the meaning of frugal was `spare'. Enough said, perhaps! Ted talked of his career. His methods were successful and he had been known to beat Cleeve Clowser in both `O' and `A' level in the results column. But he had his failures ­ some boys either could not "catch on" to geography. He would mention no names ­ although that of Stuart Wilson came to mind! A favourite lesson among his charges was on Volcanoes, Glaciers and Monsoons. He himself had a passion for sketch maps, drawn on a blackboard with coloured chalks. Social behaviour in and out of school were different in past days. Unlike today's College, Ted said, we had to ­ and could - make more effort at form room discipline. He had heard of masters throwing chalk at disruptive pupils, while one actually threw six-inch long, inch-thick blackboard dusters at trouble makers in the back row! (He revealed no names though many of us know who they were)


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Half the fun of teaching was from After-School Activities. Ted's great success was at Hockey ­ training, skills and producing teams. Many players came under his jurisdiction, although there was a golden period of three seasons when the first team, captained by Alan Strowger, remained unbeaten. Some of the names were quoted `off the cuff' ­ Derek Jackson, Steve Dunford, Chris Satterly, Phil Munson, Doug Spincer. Ted was proud to have been the first Taunton's hockey coach to produce a Colts team that had beaten their equivalent at Canford School. He had been a Founder Member of the Old Tauntonian Hockey Club ­ with Ken Wootton, Frank Bradley and Arthur Spencer- and played with much enjoyment for various OT sides for around 40 years. He would often umpire 1st XI matches on a Saturday morning and play with the team in the afternoon. It may, Ted said, come as a surprise to many that he had a Journal "write-up" for his skill at FOOTBALL. Having played in a Staff v School match, with half the school on the touchline, the result had been a humiliating defeat for the staff ­ but in 1954 came a personal triumph. Ted was injured and could not play in the outfield ­ so played in goal for The Staff v Barry Bedford's XI. The Journal report said:"The Masters XI played pluckily but was comfortably defeated 4-0. The game was notable for a fine display of goalkeeping by Mr Colenutt. The fame of his saves and his daring interceptions reached Lancaster Gate" Next morning the first lesson was with an `O' level geography set in a corner room near the Art Room. Ted was applauded by the boys as he walked in...."One of the nicest things ever to happen to me" At Break a telegram arrived at the school addressed to Ted:Report to Wembley Stadium at 12 noon on Saturday. Bring your own cloth cap. Walter Winterbottom At this point Ted paused in his address and then said, "It's worth asking why YOU have come here tonight?" Is it loyalty to the School? A hope that you will meet old fiends or teammates? I know that at least one character is here because he remembers me throwing him out of the Junior Library when I was a 1937! You will have your own individual memories of your school life, but many will recognize this list:New Forest Camps ­ `Duff', Pottery dig, Treasure Hunt Music and Operas ­ the debt owed to Doug Collar, Henry Jenkiins and Ian Carswell Plays ­ Ken Sidebotham and Phil de Gruchy The Huts ­ the years spent out there in boiling heat or freezing cold. It was like teaching in a tunnel Geography Trips ­ with Bryan Stevenson "Now look around you at this gathering. In the GUILDHALL! 450 of us! Who would ever have thought we could put on a show like this? I'll TELL you who!! The Dinner Committee ­ with the vision of its Chairman, Roger Parsons and a willingness to work very hard to plan and organize and communicate in order to reach as many of you as possible. I would like to personally toast Roger and ask the rest of the Dinner Committee to stand up and take a bow". (Which they did to rousing applause) Ted drew to a close by saying:"I've had a lucky life. As a boy at Taunton's I was inspired by Harry Spooner and Willy Watkins. When a master I owed much to Ronald Challacombe. I'm grateful for the support received from the Staff Room when I was Second Master of the School and as Vice Principal when we changed to become a VIth Form College in the late `60s. We HAD to make the new system work and from our foundations grew the College as it is today. I'm grateful to have my daughter, Liz, here tonight as my escort. I appreciate all the compliments I have received but find myself embarrassed by them. You have paid me a great honour this evening and it is one that I shall always treasure" He sat down to a standing, prolonged and deserved ovation. We had been listening to one of THE great Old Tauntonians.


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As ever, but I think with more meaning than usual, we finished with Auld Lang Syne. It really had been a most wonderful evening with representation of School and College, Staff, Pupils and Students. The Guildhall looked magnificent with the tables `dressed for dinner'. The superb exhibition of memorabilia and photographs, covering the history of Taunton's, that was set out around the room, was the enormous success ­ but more so ­ that it had been at the Summer Garden Party. We again heartily congratulate and thank Annelise Miller, Kathryn Kemish and colleagues for their part in making the 100th Reunion Dinner what it was. If there were regrets it was that the sheer number of old friends and acquaintances present made it impossible to `visit' all the tables and groups that one would have wished to do. Your reporter saw (from afar) a host of people, intending to talk with them at some time during the evening. He talked to some, briefly shook hands with a few, waved to a few more and totally missed out on most. And this was, we found later, the story of the evening for many of us. While, during the evening, the two committees were thanked and congratulated for their efforts one feels that the members of those bodies would, in turn, wish to thank and congratulate all those who attended and who made it their business to gather together groups of their school and college contemporaries in such numbers in order to remember and celebrate the glory of Taunton's.

Ted Colenutt with daughter Liz (sons Paul and John are just behind)


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It hardly seems possible that I have been the OTA's Archivist for five years- and I have to admit that it has been a largely enjoyable experience. Many of the enquiries which initially come from the Hon. Secretary (John Bathurst and latterly, Bob Newell) often relate to the increasing interest in genealogical history, and as long as they are not too far back in time can be easily solved. I would be very happy if any OT would like me to find out if a member of staff who taught him/her and left a particularly good impression on the student is still alive. Through my connection with the local Organists' Association in Winchester I discovered that my first form master, John Chambers, was still around and living near Bath, and it was a great joy to meet John Simpson at the OTA Centenary Dinner in the Guildhall - he joined a year before I started at Taunton's. Inevitably at such a grand occasion one can never meet everybody, and I know many people who experienced the same sentiments. What I would like to start in "News and Views" is a set of anniversaries very much like Dick Spooner used to include in the Journal. The only difference would be that his anniversaries were 10 years, 25 years and 50 years -mine will be 25 years, 50 years and 100 years - so here are the first of what will hopefully become a regular feature. 25 years ago (1986) - Incredibly, girls had been attending Taunton's (still in Highfield Road) for eight years. It was Dr. Caffrey's last year as

principal, and Peter Munro succeeded him as Acting Principal in September of that year. 50 years ago (1961) - The new playing fields at Stoneham were used for the first time (do you remember all the stone-picking before hand?). The first of Mr. Hemmings' young men, Mr. C.H. Jenkins, retired in the summer after 34 years of service. On a sad note, Mr. Harry Lockett, Head of Science, died in January. I was a member of his last form. (Do read Dick Spooner's article in the March 1961 Journal about the 350th Anniversary of the King James' Bible (Authorised Version) - it is a masterly piece of prose.) 100 years ago (1911) - The school was then in New Road, with Mr. Gubb as Headmaster, and Mr. Stanley the Second Master. Robert Chipperfield, often referred to as the Second Founder, died this year. What is remarkable is that there are still members of staff who, like Mr. Jenkins, spent a whole career in one school - I particularly think now of Jane Higgins, who has recently retired after a long spell of inspirational teaching of music to the students of Taunton's College. The glorious sound she produced from the Southampton Youth Choir at the OT Thanksgiving Service on June 26th 2010 at Highfield is something I shall long remember. Thank you, Jane, and we all wish you a very happy retirement. David Brown (1956-63)

(David has managed to get a copy of Dick Spooner's piece from the March 1961 Journal - and we reproduce it below (in the shaded text)


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A very personal view from table 14, 3A1 1948, form master ­ E J Colenutt Entering the Guildhall in Southampton there appeared to be no change in its decor or ambience from the memories of Speech Days, Dances and Orchestral Concerts of a much earlier era. The walls were now adorned with boards displaying the history of Taunton's School and the later College: the tables, and there were many, were beautifully laid to suit a banquet. One or two were already gathering around the tables and as I made my way to table 14 noticed two immaculately dressed gentlemen deep in conversation ­`do we know you?' came the inevitable question as we eyed each other quizzically. With the exchange of names, the features we had known as boys began to appear as we allowed the years to fall away and memories to replace the maturity which comes with age. Eventually, all ten of us had arrived and names were put to the faces of the later arrivals ­ table 14 had only nine places, one moved to his designated table 6. Conversation flowed, little about the classroom, but more about Saturday morning football on the Common, the school operas, trips both private and public to various venues/events. The school camp at Linwood in the New Forest, youth hostelling in Snowdonia ­ and so it went on ­ until the dulcet tones of the Toast Master, Ron Alison, politely asked us all to be seated to listen to Jonny Bathurst remind us where Taunton's first started. The meal went almost unnoticed, there was so much to talk about with people you have not seen for nearly sixty years ­ except for the naughty "boys" on other tables who would not sit down between courses ­ until they were threatened with "detention" from the Chair! The toasts flowed as usual and we came to the first of the speeches ­ how John Martin remembered so much and without a single written note was amazing as he took us through the Heads of the old School and on to the Principals of the College and their remarkable feats. I would dare to challenge one particular mention about one Head, the "Mister" referred to ­ he was not a god nor should he be revered as such: he was a mere mortal, a human being like all of us and, like all of us, he was not perfect and could make mistakes and errors of judgement. Next it was the current Principal, Alice Wrighton, and I listened intently to a really well balanced view of the College ­ its past achievements and its future ambitions ­ all so eloquently put without exaggeration or over emphasis: it all had the softer, though no less powerful, touch of a woman. And here I would diverge from the celebrations to remind us older codgers that mostly behind every successful man is, or has been, a very tolerant woman quietly urging her partner on to success ­ I have never heard that mentioned at any "Old Boys" do's and I ask, `why not and, does the reverse now apply?' Lastly came our old form master, yes, Ted Colenutt, who paraded before us his time at Taunton's both at Highfield and more recently the College. Whilst he toasted many from his hockey playing days, table 14 was a little disappointed, after all, we were his first "form" and we waited in vain for this honourable man to remember us. The end of a memorable evening came all too soon as "teenage boys" bade each other farewell as "Senior Citizens!" Peter Lockyer (1946 ­ 51)


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News of Old Tauntonians

We are pleased to report that Ken, who had a period of poor health during 2010, has made a great recovery and for the present is living near his son in Cambridge.

Ken East (1932-39)

Don Pearce (1935-41)

Don contacted us in mid-October from his home in Duluth, Minnesota. He wanted to thank us for the photographs in No. 70 and all the information of the 250th Anniversary Celebrations. "It was marvellous to see all the pictures, some of them in places I do not recognize now, and which seem rather long and far away from this spot in northern Minnesota. Here in Duluth we could get snow any time now and the occasional bear wanders down the driveway. Seeing the photographs reminds me that my younger brother Mike (1942-50) has a picture which appeared in the Echo of the laying of the school wreath on the Cenotaph. It must have been in 1941, when I was School Captain and the first Flight Sergeant of the Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC). He could probably be persuaded to make it available if you consider it worth publishing. Although I have been retired from the position of Library Director at the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota since 1989, I am still teaching for the University for Seniors - an organization of retirees sponsored y the University. This session I have a class in Chinese Philosophy - the first time I have tackled this as a separate course. Thank you again for all the news." Don's brother, Mike did send in the photographs, for which many thanks. In the photograph below Don is on the left in the back row - does anyone recognise anyone else? In the second photograph at the Cenotaph,

November 1940 - Taunton's School ADCC Sqn Colour Party 17

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November 1941 - Taunton's School party at the Cenotaph in Southampton

front row left is Mr Lancashire, Officer of the ADCC Sqn, and first left at the rear is Alderman Waller, Chairman of the Governors. You can also see Mr Hemmings the Headmaster (fourth from the left, rear rank).

Malcolm Payne(1939-46)

Back Row L-R Pat Sage, Ted Colenutt, Keith Rowe, Frank Bradley, Ron Fry, Harvey Clark, Harry Hoar Front Row L-R Arthur Spencer, Ken Wootton, Malcolm Payne, Des Makepeace


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Malcolm sent us the photograph of the team which played in the first match for the newly formed OT Hockey Club, in October 1949. Malcolm notes that the match was played at Fleming Park but does not mention the opposition. The School Journal records that the first match was played against the Port Wing, Royal Engineers and the OTHC won 9-0! Note the temporary white shirts emblazoned (!) with black and blue tapes. He also reminded us that when evacuated to Bournemouth during the war, he used to cycle home to Southampton every weekend and back in time for school on Monday mornings. He doesn't recall anyone else doing this - unless, of course, you do!

Jim Wilkes at the console of the Southampton Guildhall organ (October, 2010).

J O "Jim" Wilkes (1945-51)

Regrets that he was unable to attend the 250th reunion at the Southampton Guildhall because of his annual commitment to teach fluid mechanics at the graduate Petroleum and Petrochemical College at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok - his 15th such visit to Thailand. However, he did visit Southampton Guildhall in October, to try out the recently renovated and glorious Compton organ, which was originally installed in 1937 and which Jim has played at various times since 1947, when his organ teacher at Taunton's was Mr. Jenkins. After a lapse of about 40 years, Jim met Ernie Albasiny at an OTs' London dinner, two years before Ernie's death in 1999. Since then, Jim has corresponded and talked with Ernie's widow Valerie, who said that Ernie's great hobbies were gardening and piano playing (Jim still remembers Ernie's brilliant performance of Chopin's "Black Keys" study). Jim's landmark book Applied Numerical Methods (John Wiley, 1969) was by coincidence reviewed (favourably!) by Ernie in The American Scientist. In the late 1940s, the Taunton's "A" chess team often included Barrett, Albasiny, Draper, Wilkes, and Filleul (with apologies to other Tauntonians inadvertently omitted from the list). Although Jim moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1960, he visits England every year, with three main ports of call - a friend in Hursley, Wistanstow village in Shropshire (where he was evacuated during WW II), and Emmanuel College Cambridge, which has recently elected him as a bye-fellow. He has published the second edition of his Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers (Prentice Hall, 2006) and more recently - his Southampton grandfather Alfred Oscroft's illustrated diary of his 1924 Shropshire holiday. He is currently editing his grandfather's 500-page fully illustrated manuscript, Place-Names of


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"Doc" King at one of his "Victory" Concerts, courtesy Southampton Archives. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which traces the names of all the hamlets, villages, and towns in the county to their origins, which are mainly Anglo-Saxon; progress is slow, because more than 2,500 bibliographic entries have to be checked, and Jim regularly consults the Special Collections at the Southampton Civic Centre and the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester. Jim remembers his Taunton's days with great affection, and has recently received Christmas cards from several OT friends, including Rex Lane, whom he recalls as one of the outstanding Taunton's school captains of the 1940s. Jim also sent to us the photograph shown above that was sent to him by Ms. Joanne Smith, Southampton Archivist. He inherited from his father, Colin Wilkes (who was at Taunton's during WWI), the "Doc" King songs. At the outbreak of WWII, Jim's father was a schoolteacher at Bitterne Park, and was evacuated with his schoolchildren to New Milton; he was also a talented amateur musician, and occasionally helped "Doc" King in his wartime concerts for the troops.

Barry Greengrass (1947-54) and Mike Foot (1948-54)

As members might guess, Jeff White received quite a few emails in the build-up to the Reunion Dinner. Jeff thought the following extracts of the exchange of potted histories between Barry Greengrass and Mike Foot might be of interest. Dear Mike, I recently was in contact with Geoffrey Bartlet and he gave me your address. Much water must have flowed under many bridges since we last had contact and I would be interested to have your news. I am typing this in Camden Town where we now live full time having sold the French home that we have had for twenty years, just yesterday. Part of the reason for contacting Geoff was the fact that together with Francis Howlett I had assisted as whipper in for people from our time at Taunton's to attend the 250th Anniversary Dinner, There will be 15 of us at the function. I am married, have three children, four grandchildren, qualified as a


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solicitor, spent most of my working life in agricultural genetics businesses in Europe and the US and finally was an international civil servant with the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva. Now retired and living in Camden Town, North London. I meet regularly with Ron Swan, Peter Dawson, Bill Gillham and Jim Alexander for lunch in London. Bill Scally was a member of our Group but sadly he has passed on. Barry Dear Barry, It was good to have your news and hear about some of our contemporaries at Taunton's. I have had occasion to think of you from time to time because a few years ago I re-established contact with the Yugoslav family with whom I stayed in 1953 and I have visited them in Ljubljana several times since. Have you ever been back? I worked for the British Council around the world for about 30 years. During that period I lived and worked in Sydney for four years and used to see Geoff Bartlett quite often. I retired and returned to the UK in 1993 and have lived in or around Saffron Walden since. Conventional retirees we travel a bit, enjoy our numerous grandchildren a lot, and I amuse myself as a part-time tutor at Essex University. Mike Foot We also received the following from

Mike Humphrey (1950-55)

Hello Jeff,

L-R John Hauting, Mike Humphrey and Keith Childs


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Keith Childs told me that you would be interested in the pic's that I took at the The Big DO. Well here they are! I must say what a wonderful occasion it was and that you and the other people that were responsible for organizing it get a well deserved "Congrats for a Job Well Done". I wouldn't have missed it for the world, it was more that worth the long journey from the Great and Glorious State of Texas to the Old Home Town. When I tell local people here about the purpose of my trip they just can't comprehend of a School that is older than the USA....!!! Best Regards Mike Humphrey

Geoff Kimber (1950-57) - prompted by a recent article submitted by classmate Keith Childs

(1950-55), Geoff has submitted his own potted history. Geoff can be seen in his beloved Lotus car in the photograph below, along with his daughter, ascending Prescott Hill Climb. Went to University College London to do Chemistry (1957-60) along with Noel Capon another of the 7 state scholars of 1957. Then went into industrial research first with Vickers, Sunninghill (1960-65) working on electroforming, crystal growing and then hydrocarbon pyrolysis in a chemical shock tube. Then moved on to BCURA at Leatherhead where I met 2 OTs (Ray Bond and Reg Murnaghan both about 10 yrs older). Worked initially on the combustion of char particles at temperatures over 2000C, and then on the liquefaction of coal to make high purity cokes, pitches and eventually petrol and diesel. This continued after BCURA was merged with the NCBs establishment near Cheltenham. This project progressed and I became its technical manager. A £30 million Pilot Plant was built at Point of Ayr in N Wales. In 1993 I went as Visiting Professor to University of Kentucky at Lexington and worked on coal liquefaction, carbon fibres and composites. With 3 other researchers, Lexcarb LLC was formed and I


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continued to work for this company on returning to UK. Its main project has been the recovery of water from diesel exhaust and the purification of it to drinking water standards (for US Army Humvee armoured vehicles). I have been happily married to Penny for nearly 50 years and we have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren all of whom live near us in Cheltenham and give us great pleasure. For many years I played squash and tennis (table and lawn) and then returned to running which I still do albeit for shorter distances and at a somewhat slower pace! I was in the Round Table for 10 years and have been a Rotarian for 30. I have always been interested in planes and cars and have recently built a Lotus Eleven replica which shares the garage with a 1968 Morris Minor.

Christopher Brown (1955-62) Wrote to us from his home in Nottingham:

I note from the guest list at the November Dinner that there were some Old Boys from 1955-62. I did not manage to get to the Dinner but a few of my vintage may remember me - Christopher Brown ( 1B2 -4B2 and then 5 Advanced, Lower and Upper 6). I think that looking back and being honest, I was not expected to do very well and was steered towards Teacher Training Colleges rather than Universities. That appeared to be the alternatives in those days for Sixth Formers, or am I seeing things from a skewed perspective? Anyway, I achieved 3 A Level passes - enough as it happened to go to University - as some of my contemporaries managed to get in to Universities with only 2 passes - but it was then too late as I was accepted by Bishop Otter College, Chichester. From there I started my teaching career back in Southampton and subsequently moved to Staffordshire. I must have had some heavenly nudges because, after 14 years teaching, I went to Lincoln Theological College and was ordained in 1981 in Lichfield Cathedral. It was a shame that my two A Level RE teachers at Taunton's (John Chambers and, after he left, Bill Cummings) did not know that their only exam pupil that year ended up wearing a dog collar! But then I thought that if I couldn't get any letters after my name ( the B.Ed came in the year after I left Bishop Otter ) I would get them before my name instead! My parochial duties took me to Stafford, a collection of parishes centred on Alton (of Alton Towers fame) and before my retirement in 2006 my last 12 years of ministry were spent as full-time Hospital Chaplain at the large City Hospital in Nottingham. Since retirement and still living in Nottingham, I have taken up volunteer work with The Talking Newspaper, The Notts/ Lincs Air Ambulance Organisation and read regularly for the Notts Dickens Fellowship. I think that is to appease my acting frustration. Looking back on my 7 years at Taunton's I have much still to be grateful for. Harry Spooner planted the seeds of my deep love of literature and the Classics and my equally abiding love of World Cinema had its beginnings at the meetings of the 6th Form Film Society. I have recently unearthed all my School Journals from '55-62 and have been able to see what films we saw in those days and how often the projector broke down! I was, I suppose, a late developer; hence my promotion from 4 years in the lowest stream to 5 Advanced and the 6th Form and perhaps staff were a little wary about pushing such students on to the University merry-goround in those days but it will always be a sadness with me that I never attended University and had the chance to work for a degree. Being also a rather shy boy, I did not have the confidence or the extrovert nature to involve myself in many activities. My regrets are that I never joined in any of the Gilbert and Sullivan and other drama productions while I was at school, particularly as I did tread the boards in later life.Also, I was not adventurous enough to go on any school camps or the organised holidays abroad. What wasted opportunities. Am I alone in having these thoughts? In the Summer months I would dash straight from school to the County Ground to see the last few hours' play and was always surprised to see members of staff there with their ties off! They were human after all. I


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would have liked Harry Spooner and George Carter to have known that in the School Holidays I would go to every day of County matches and faithfully recall EVERY ball in my little scorebook. I think they would have been impressed with such a budding Roy Webber. If Andrew Keeble reads this perhaps he would like to know that perhaps the seeds of my religious and spiritual life were sown by his father Bernard, as I remember as a very young boy being taken by him to his father's church (Shirley Baptist).What a good little missionary he must have been in those days. Sorry Andrew, but I ended up an Anglican.

Clive Sanders (1957-63)

Clive wrote in to thank us for News and Views 70, and regrets he is not participating in the 250th celebrations - North Vancouver is just too far he says! He went on "I'd be pleased to change my receipt of N&V to electronic version and I would dearly love to receive issue 70 to see the colour photos. I think the photo edition of N&V's is splendid" (we duly sent it to him). He also sent a few more photos for the gallery in SmugMug, compiled when he and Graham Dilley arranged the 6th form reunion of 1963-4 in Oxfordshire last year, for which many thanks. (we display them below) "By the way, I haven't looked at SmugMug for some time until today, and it has improved immensely! I do have other photos of my days in Taunton's if you would like them. Ruddigore alto chorus, and some of Cymbeline (1963 I think). I recently sent a number of programs of Taunton's shows of that era to David Brown. Regards and good luck with your further 250th celebrations." We look forward to receiving the other photographs Clive, and send our very best wishes to you in the wilds of North Vancouver.

TAUNTON'S SCHOOL, 4A2 Class, 1960

Baylis, Edwards, Pragnell, Burroughs, Barrett, Stokes, Jeffries, Hore, Hannant, Wetherell, Elliott, Long Eames, Rossiter, Lockyer, Bickle, Atkinson, Mr Colebourn, Gilbert, Willingale, Morrell, Gibson, Houghton Gill, Battle, Ingram, Gale, Jackson, Goulding, Thornton, Simmons, Jones, Rood 24

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TAUNTON'S SCHOOL, 4A1 Class, 1960

Haines, Lowe, Davidson, Hyde, Sanders, Bunce, Bannister, Rolfe, Dilley, Isherwood, Chalk, Pudney Oatley, Moore, Batten, Howell, Randall, Dr Greenlaw, Nolan, Gook, Hinkins, Bateson, Sherman Payne, Christie, McIllmurray, Carr, Scott, Coffin, Black, Peto, Hollick, Brown, Barnes

TAUNTON'S SCHOOL, 4B1 Class, 1960

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Derek Spooner (1954-62)

The Reunion Dinner was indeed an exceptional OT event. I had not been to a Dinner for many years, and am only in touch with a small number of OTs. It was a great pleasure to meet again many friends who had I not seen since the 1960s, including some like Peter Muddiman who also went to the same primary school, Shirley (where incidentally we were taught by OT Rodney Spratley), and many that I played soccer and cricket with, like Tim Binks, Stuart Wilson, Colin Ray, Baron Isherwood and many more. It was also good to meet another survivor from form 1A1 in 1954, Ken Ball. The occasion for me was also in some ways a bitter-sweet one, as I found the many references in speeches to my father quite affecting. I was reminded of the high esteem in which he was held by so many Tauntonians, and the influence he had on so many lives. My father died suddenly when I was 24, and my everlasting regret has been the denial of all those conversations I might have had with him as an adult. I have realised, for example, that there is a great deal I do not know, and probably now will never know, about his early life. He was born in Eling and grew up in London. Certainly he was devoted to his parents, Percy (a carpenter) and Priscilla, who supported him through grammar school (Acton) and University (London). Priscilla (who I can remember) was Welsh, having moved as a young woman from rural Pembrokeshire to London to work in domestic service for a rich Jewish family. She later ran a boarding-house in Ventnor in the Isle of Wight, called Navarino; I understand that this was taken on to help finance my father through University. I have many pictures of my father and mother with friends on holiday at Ventnor in the 1930s. So my father was half-Welsh, though he seemed to have no contact with any family in rural Wales during my growing-up. Late in his life he and my mother visited Pembrokeshire and he found the grave of his grandfather John Rees (by profession a mason) in Rosemarket churchyard. Pembrokeshire of course is sometimes referred to as the 'little England beyond Wales', but to me Rees is a quintessentially Welsh name! Intriguingly, I have discovered that my father's uncle, William Rees, also from Pembrokeshire, was a schoolmaster at Taunton's from 1890 to 1896. I never heard my father refer to this, but he must have known about it. Was it a factor in him deciding to apply for a job at Taunton's in 1927? William Rees died in 1939, so he must have known him, and we used to visit William's daughter, Gwen in the 1950s, when she lived in Ringwood. She was my godmother. I might add that I have recently discovered (largely through the efforts of my cousin Peter Dix, another OT) that the Spooner side of the family came from Surrey, specifically from a small village called Alfold, where my great-grandfather was a publican. Sorry, I have digressed. Through News and Views I would like to thank all those I met and listened to at the Dinner for their kind references to my father, a most remarkable schoolmaster. That includes of course Ted Colenutt, who triggered my interest in Geography in form 2A1, and succeeded my father as Deputy Head. He is another remarkable man and his speech was brilliant.Taunton's was blessed in my time with an extraordinary staff. I was not of course the only one who had a father on the staff - there were many others and several were present at the Dinner - Brian Carter, Ron Allison, Steve Dunford, Roger Lockett, Raymond Luker. George Carter was my father's closest friend, and introduced my father to my mother, and was a frequent visitor to our house. He delivered the eulogy at my father's funeral in 1968. George was a formidable character of the old school ( I remember that a young teacher who lodged with us in the 1950s used to refer to him - affectionately - as 'Old England'). He ran the cricket 1st XI in my time at Tauntons's before handing it over to John Smith. I can still remember the look on George's face when he had to give me out lbw first ball at the Thomas Hardye's School, Dorchester, when I foolishly padded up to a straight


The Old Tauntonians' Association - Southampton was also a rather long drive back in his car to Southampton! The other umpire in that match was Walter Lancashire, an outstanding cricketer ( he played several times for Hampshire) and footballer ( and a bluff Yorkshireman) who had taught at Taunton's before the war, before moving to Dorchester. Ron Allison's father Percy taught me Maths in 1A1 (I recall that mystifying 'neat line' that he insisted upon!) and was my form master in Prefects' Sixth. I still have quite a lot of photos from my father's collection, many of them from before I was born, including some from school camps and trips, including Whitby, Seaford and the Black Forest in the late 1920s and early 1930s, before he was married. My father never showed any interest in camping in his later life, and we always stayed in hotels on family holidays, so I am quite intrigued by this aspect of his past life as a schoolmaster. I attach some of the pictures. Unfortunately they are stuck into an album so it has not been easy to copy them. The picture of the staff at Whitby is particularly interesting to me, as next to my father is Frank Halliwell who was best man at my parents' wedding in 1933. Frank moved on in 1935 and later became an academic at the University of East Anglia. Also in the back row is Percy Blackwell, another close friend of my father's who moved back to London in 1929. I can remember visiting him in London with my father, and being intrigued that he called my father 'Harry' (his true and only forename) - by that time nearly everybody called him 'Dick'. The picture also contains the redoubtable Major Stevenson. The full line-up is: Back Row: Spooner, Halliwell, McMullan, Wood, Bowley, Archer, Blackwell: Front row: Toogood, Page, Stevenson, Garnett, Mrs St John. The Major also appears in the picture of departure for the Black Forest. Until I looked at this picture I did not realise that my father had ever visited Germany. He never went abroad throughout my growing-up, until a year before his death he and my mother went to his beloved Greece on a holiday that was a present from (I think) the OTA. My mother told me that my father knew more about Greek mythology than most of the tour guides that they met on the trip, and was viewed with awe by some of them! I still have in my possession a treasured copy of the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey', a selection of translations edited jointly by Horace King and Harry Spooner, and published by MacMillan in 1935. One of the other photos I have included is a picture of my father sitting with Horace King (later Speaker of the House of Commons) and Joe Chalk (my father's predecessor as Deputy Head) at a Dinner in what appears to be the school hall at Highfield Road. I do not know what occasion this was, but I suspect it was in the early 1950s. Perhaps someone can enlighten me. I have one or two other old photos that may be of interest. I particularly like the one of my father, Percy Allison and Doug Collar, apparently in the audience at some informal entertainment, probably in the mid 1950s. There is also the staff soccer team from 1930, surprisingly beaten 3-0 considering the quality in its ranks. Walter Lancashire played for the Saints Reserves, my father for London University, and George Carter was an outstanding all-round sportsman. The line-up, to the best of my knowledge is, back row: ?, Spooner, Luker, Lancashire, Dunford, Gale; front row: Tulley, Vause, Carter, ?, ? I have some more recent photographs from my time at Taunton's that may be of interest to readers of News and Views. One is a picture of the entire cast of Iolanthe in 1956. Two masters were in the cast - Doug Collar, who played the Lord Chancellor, and Don Gray (a magnificent bass voice) the Sentry, Private Willis. The hero and heroine, Strephon and Phyllis, were played by Daniels and Rogerson, David Keeble and Nev Cordell were the Lords Tolloler and Mountararat, while Michael Wheaton was Iolanthe. Another Keeble, Andrew, was the Chancellor's Page. One of the undoubted stars of the show was George Smith, who played the Fairy Queen. In the picture he holds a massive spear, which one night slipped from his grasp and flew into the orchestra, almost transfixing one of the violins! Among the inpressive cast of peers (Tan tan tara, zing boom!) I can recognize Chris Satterly, John Caws, Brian Carter, Steve Dunford, Roger Burges and his older brother David(?), and Alan Strowger, while the cast of fairies includes Howard Charman, Richard


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Kirby, Barry Prince, Jeremy Payne, Graham Robinson... and myself. Jim Staples and Paul Satterly should be there somewhere too, but I can't see them. Peter Jenkins (son of Henry Jenkins, the conductor) and Steve Berger were the heralds. Being in a school opera was a memorable experience, and has given me a lifelong pleasure in Gilbert and Sullivan. I can still recite numerous lines from the opera, including the fairies' opening salvo, 'Tripping hither, tripping thither, nobody knows why or whither' - possibly an apt commentary on our performance in rehearsals, though we mostly got it right on the night! Another photo is the prefects' sixth in my last year at school (1961-2), when I was School Captain, and a third is the staff in, I think, 1964. Cleeve Clowser and Len Howlett retired that year, and my father a year later, though he continued part-time until his death. One absentee in the picture is the senior history master, Edward Lock. Interestingly he is also absent from the staff photograph from his era that is included in the School history. This confirms my impression that he rarely left the history room with its collection of railway memorabilia. He was an extraordinary character and a brilliant teacher, but something of a loner. The prefects' photo includes Philip Colebourn, whose father Ronald (nickname 'Cod') was my form master in 1A1 and an excellent Latin teacher. He is in the staff photo. We are indeed very pleased that Derek took the time to send in this piece and all the associated photographs shown below.

Staff at Whitby 1929


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Departure for the Black Forest April 1930

Toogood, King, Spooner and Chalk


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Collar, Allison and Spooner

Staff Team 1930


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Cast of Iolanthe

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Staff circa 1965

Brendan Brophy (1957-62)

We offer our congratulations to Brendan who recently received an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University.


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Alan Muller (1960-67) - wrote to Jeff White just prior to the Centenary Dinner from Cornwall:

"The England Grand Masters team (Over 60s) has just returned from Cape Town where we played 7 matches in 10 days in the World Cup for our age group. I had the privilege of being captain and Clive Hicks was vice-captain. Our team triumphed, beating Australia in the final by 3 - 1. Earlier wins had been gained over New Zealand (2 - 0), Netherlands (5 - 0), Scotland (1 - 0), Italy (7 - 0) and Germany (1 - 0). It is quite astonishing that 2 Old Tauntonians who had played together at school, with Hampshire and the South are still going strong and thoroughly enjoying their hockey as well as each other's company. Clive is a tremendous player and did a wonderful job acting in effect as manager of the team leaving me to worry about hockey matters. His first comment to me after the final whistle was that Robin Woodward would have been pleased and proud." So two OTs are members of a current world champion team! Well done! Going on his School years, 1965 should be correct. Keith did not supply many names, (although we think we can spot a youthful Peter Jones 3rd from right, back row!). He says that the Form Master is Jack Alison (sic) but we think this is a memory lapse and the Form Master is J Risdon). The other names Keith provides are John Hayden, back row on far left and himself, back row second in from left. So put your thinking caps on and supply us with the names. A copy of this photo appears in our Photo Gallery ( if you wish to see a larger copy.

Keith Martin (1962-65) sent in this photo of the Upper VI 1965(?).


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Peter Nias (1963-66) - Peter recently wrote to our President..........

"First, my apologies for not being able to make the dinner in the Guildhall on Nov 13th. It will be a great occasion. First again, congratulations on this year, both for you and the OTA. My mother, who lives in Soton (sic) in the same house that I was brought up in, sent me the Echo report of March this year which announced about you and the event. I was at school 1963-66, doing Geography with you, Cleeve Clowser, Brian Stevenson (with whom, with his wife, my mother is in occasional contact in Exmouth) and Mr Lester. My younger brother Richard was there c. 1961-8, from where he went to read Geography at St Catharines, then became a social worker in Soton and later became a Baptist minister in London, High Wycombe and latterly Magor in south east Wales. Very, very sadly for us all, he died of cancer last year. I now live and work in Bradford, having lived and worked in a few places in the UK and abroad over the years. After Taunton's, it was Geography at Reading under Peter Hall, then to Oxford Polytechnic for Urban Planning. From 1971 I worked for Telford New Town Development Corporation for ten years as a researcher planner, doing many social and economic surveys. This was a particularly great time, as there was money to spend and the need to do wide-ranging work. However, in the early 1980's the new town was over its main development phase. I took voluntary redundancy in 1981 and spent a year or so doing an MA in Peace Studies at Bradford University, albeit mainly living in Telford. This was for interest as much as anything, but it opened doors for me later. I became an independent self-employed social & economic research consultant, still based in Telford. I really enjoyed that too, although I was glad of the learning experiences of the previous ten years as those stood me in good stead. The work was mainly across the West Midlands - lots of surveys and evaluations of this, that and the other, not least for local authorities and for tourist museums. It was a time when the economy was booming, but in the early 1990's it tailed off. In 1992 myself and my wife ended our respective jobs and went as VSO's to Namibia, it being just after the end of apartheid there. Initially going for two years we ended up six years there. The first job, for four years, was a joint one for us, establishing and running a Mobile Museum and Education Service for the country and training others to carry it on after us. With me as the organiser and my wife as the educationalist, we covered the country many times. After a few months break we went back for two more years for further (VSO) jobs, with me training economic researchers how to do research in an NGO and my wife as a peripatetic teacher trainer. All our time in the country was challenging and not one we would have missed. It was a frustrating but wonderfully rewarding. We were very happy to contribute our little bit to helping Namibians defeat the legacy of apartheid. We travelled a lot for both work and play, mainly in Namibia but also in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Talk about the geographical training come alive! We loved the deserts and camped out in such places many times. The origin of me wanting to do VSO was when Derek Kinchington (OT early 60's) did 'early days' VSO and came back to give a talk to the Geography Club/Society at school. I was quite inspired by that and stored it away in my memory to act upon in the future. It wasn't until some 27 years later that I acted. And I'm so pleased that I did. Returning to the UK in 1999 we wanted work that was equally as challenging and rewarding as the time in Africa. I had been in occasional contact with one of my lecturers at Bradford Peace Studies and he said that the Peace Museum, which was still establishing itself (an independent trust, not part of the university) was just losing its staff person and wanted someone or two with peace, education and museum credentials/ experience. So I have been there since, with my wife for three years until the funds decreased. It's been a case of setting it up, doing exhibitions and sending them out across UK and abroad. So Bradford has been a place to work from (and a great place at that), rather than just wait for people to come to you. I might well


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be tailing off that work as from next year, although I am, as a separate personal thing, an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at Bradford Univ Peace Studies and will be doing quite a bit under those auspices. We've travelled many places across the world over the years - about 40 countries at the last count. Ranging from US & Canada, Venezuela, most of Europe, the trans-siberian railway, China, & separately to Tibet, India, Pakistan & Bangladesh, Indonesia (but didn't quite make it to Nias Island), Japan as well as southern Africa (and a few others). Wonderful. Still a Fellow of FRGS. I trained as a qualified referee at school and have done years ago quite a lot of local league games in UK, plus some in Namibia as well as ref training in Namibia and in Tanzania. Once, when in a very remote part of Namibia for a workshop, there was a local cup final but no independent ref (the usual problem, with tribal rivalry issues). I was asked to do it, but I first had to mark out the dust pitch with my foot! I have never had such an easy game to ref though. I still do a fair bit of running, including the Bradford half marathon last week. Whenever visiting in Soton I often go for a run which includes the Common and past the Highfield Road site. So geography, refereeing and education in general has opened so many doors for me, as well as giving me the confidence and desire to seek those doors and to push them open in the first place. Thank you Ted." .....and thank you, Peter, for all your news.

Diana Turley (1983-86) On 7th August 2010, at St Nicolas Church, North Stoneham, Diana

married Mr David Lawson. The honeymoon was spent in the Canary Islands. The Matron of Honour was Diana's sister, Marian, also an Old Tauntonian. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Lawson every happiness for the future.



The "100" Club continues to be a major source of revenue for Association Funds, and the current membership stands at ***. We are grateful to those who renew each year, and particularly to those who renew by Standing Order. There is no upper limit on membership and further applications are very welcome. You can enter by sending a cheque for £12 (payable to the OTA) to the Treasurer (see the "For Correspondence" section at the end of this newsletter) or ask him for a Standing Order form, or simply instruct your Bank yourself (but let the Treasurer know if you want to be allocated a number). Some members find it more convenient to combine the entry fee with the Annual Subscription, i.e. making one payment of £17. You are also not restricted to one number - buy as many as you like! Apart from the monthly draws, the big draws (£250, £100 and £50) take place at the Annual Reunion Dinner in November so make sure that you have your number ready for this occasion. If you are not already a member why not join now. The proceeds are helping to keep the OTA annual subscription down as well as supporting OT and College activities.



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Back row (l-r) David Winteridge, Norman Eades, John Curtis, Jim Rumsey, Eddie Cross, Jim Hallum, John Slade, David Stockwell, Terry Bound, Bill Mcqueen, Ron Limburn, Martin Binks. Front Row (l-r) Brian Smith, George Biddle, David Osman, Tony Baker, Ted Colenutt, Charlie Rangecroft, Bob Lewin, Colin Reynolds, Brian Osman. (In addition Phil Clarke and Roger Hartnell attended but are not in the photograph.)

An Apology from the Honorary Secretary - This item was inadvertently omitted from the last edition of News & Views.

Ted Colenutt's form group of 1956/57 continue to maintain a longstanding tradition. On 19 May 2010 they met up at The Hampshire Rose Bowl for an evening of reminiscing and good food and wine. We were again privileged to have our form master himself in our midst looking as sprightly as ever together with 22 of his form. This is over 50% of the original number, an impressive achievement given the 54 year gap. Those attending came from all over the British Isles and in one case from mainland Europe. This was the 11th reunion that the form have held. The first was held in 1986, the 30th anniversary of the form year and was soon after Ted's retirement from Taunton's. Since 1986 reunions have been held on a regular basis and are currently held every 2 years. All the reunions have been held at Hampshire Cricket, initially at Northlands Road and latterly at The Rose Bowl. Ted has only missed one when ill-health intervened. To mark the occasion in what is a special year for Ted, he was presented with a book in which several form members had recorded their memories of Ted and Taunton's together with a brief history of their lives postTaunton's School. Brian Osman

The Cricket Teaser - from Page 3

From the left: Tim Binks, Ray Lever, Mick Green, Ivor Wallace, Derek Tulk, Dave Bryett, Tony Baker, Roger Knight, Freddy Miller, Ray Budd. We think that this picture was taken at Havant - unless you know different of course! Year? - We're not sure!


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Following on from the article above on the Class Reunion of 56/57, we thought you might be interested in the following (from Brian Osman):

A Record That Can Never Be Repeated

Norman Eades holds a unique record in Taunton's history. He is the only person to have been involved in each phase of Taunton's School as follows:1951-58 Pupil at Grammar School. 1964-69 Member of Staff at Grammar School. 1969-78 Member of Staff at all boys 6th Form College. 1978-89 Member of Staff at mixed 6th Form College. 1989-97 Member of Staff at mixed 6th Form College following merger with Hill College. He even beats our redoubtable Chairman who can only satisfy the first 4 of the above!


If you receive this publication by post, then you are missing out on seeing it in colour. Printing and postage costs preclude us from letting you have a hard copy in anything other than grayscale/black & white. However, if you have an email address we can send you the Newsletter directly into your post box as a portable document format (pdf) file in colour for you to read on your PC or laptop. For those of you unsure as to what a difference this makes, we will be publishing this copy of the newsletter on the OTA web site ( So please visit the site and take a look. If you would like to receive News & Views by email, you can contact the Membership Secretary (Jeff White) who will make the necessary arrangements. His details appear in the "For Correspondence" section at the end of this document.


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OT's on Tour - A Tauntonian View From An Australian Boundary

Stuart Wilson, Roger Parsons, Colin Ray and Paul Skates - OT's all and all dressed for action in Australia! It was in the early stages of last year that a trip to Australia was first suggested to watch some Test cricket and hopefully to see us retain The Ashes. Various arrangements were made and we eventually booked with a Sporting Travel Company where Bob Taylor, the popular former England and Derbyshire wicketkeeper, was to accompany the group throughout the trip as the Tour Manager/Cricket Host. Therefore, it was with very little regret that the four of us (Stuart Wilson, Roger Parsons, Paul Skates and

The Perth Test - a great view Colin Ray) left Heathrow Airport on the evening of the 30th November (temperature 0 degrees centigrade) to fly to Australia and temperatures of 27 degrees centigrade. The object of our three week trip was primarily to take in the second and third Ashes test matches in Adelaide and Perth and to see England bring back the Ashes. An added attraction was a six day sojourn in Sydney between the two Tests. None of us, of course, at this stage could imagine that an Old Tauntonian, Chris Tremlett, would be playing a very significant role in the retaining of the precious Urn.


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The outward flight to Melbourne, via Singapore, was pretty uneventful. However, the delay in clearing Immigration and Customs at Melbourne Airport (we mentioned the name 'Ted Colenutt' to them but I don't know if it was my imagination, but I am sure they worked even slower after that!) almost resulted in our

Chris Tremlett on his debut in the Perth Test

missing the connecting flight to Adelaide. Why is it that departing flights are always at the other end of the airport? After our 800 metre plus dash (?) and once recovery was assured, thanks were given to Taunton's PE staff for enabling us to complete the distance without the help of oxygen!! Once in Australia we made our way to the Adelaide Oval, venue of the second Test, and it was obvious from the first over when Jonathan Trott ran out Simon Katich, that we were in for a truly memorable and enthralling Test Match which we eventually won shortly before lunch on the fifth and final day. Even this was not without drama, however, as we had to get the remaining Australian wickets on the final day and the weather forecast after lunch was decidedly grim! We had no need to worry, however, as the England bowlers did their job, the right result was achieved and the Barmy Army were in full voice. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip was the time spent spotting famous ex-Test cricketers in and around the various hotel bars at the end of the day's play. Very soon a pretty impressive and extensive list had been compiled but sadly this had to be discontinued when one of our party who shall remain nameless but who lives in Exeter lost all credibility when he claimed that he had just travelled in the same hotel lift with Fred Trueman and Brian Statham! After the Test, we enjoyed a day away from the cricket with a Barossa Valley wine tour and then it was on to Sydney for a five night stay which took in the iconic sights of the Opera House, the magnificent Harbour Bridge, majestic Blue Mountains and a host of great wineries in the Hunter Valley. We even found time to have a guided tour of the Sydney Cricket Ground, although sadly there was no cricket being played there at the time. I won't dwell too much on the Perth Test match, mainly because we lost! We arrived at the WACA full of optimism but due to an outstanding individual performance from Mitchell Johnson, we came badly unstuck. It was the one time when the locals became a bit more vocal and began to rival the Barmy Army. It was obvious from our limited time in the country, we only visited three main areas, i.e. Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, that a country as large in area as Canada offers tremendous variety both for residents and tourists. On the whole the natives were friendly and surprisingly good-humoured considering they eventually were to be outfought and outplayed. The trip passed all too quickly and, believe it or not, the snow was still in evidence when we returned to England the day before Christmas Eve, a phenomena to rival beating the Aussies in their own backyard. As befits OT's the four of us are still speaking to each other and, who knows, what further adventures may beckon?


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We start a new section - and one we hope that OT Members will be able to contribute to. Entitled "Clippings", this area will contain interesting newspaper cuttings of any subject - as long as there is a tangible link to Taunton's School, the OTA or any OT! So please hunt through your scrapbooks and make a good copy (photocopy or digital scan), and send it to the Honorary Secretary forthwith.

Ted Colenutt handed this to the Hon Sec at a recent OTA Executive Meting - a recent clipping from the Daily Echo looking back at historic crimes. This one features Jeffrey Hayden (1955-60) - not committing any crime we hasten to add! We thought some of you might be interested in this derring-do stuff.


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"CLIPPINGS" continued.....

We include this small cartoon that was sent to Jeff White by Ken Brand (1945-51), concerning as it does the famous OT olympic athlete Donald Finlay. We intend to publish a more detailed retrospective on Donald Finlay in 2012 in celebration of the UK Olympiad. We would be delighted to get any further material any of you may have for this article. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A Pictorial Tribute

We publish elsewhere the obituary of Charles Marten (1927-32). However, in the course of obtaining the very moving appreciation written by Charlie's son, we were also sent the above photograph, and felt it surely must be published. A lifelong OTA member, Charlie had recently made a very generous bequest to ensure that a number of current students at Taunton's College attended the recent Centenary OTA Reunion Dinner "in his stead" as he put it (he being too ill to attend himself at the time of making the offer). Many will recognise the qualities that exude from this photograph - that of the Regimental Sergeant Major in all his glory. Certainly your Hon Secretary has fond memories of the tender ministrations of the Academy Sergeant Major at Sandhurst - a mountain of a man at the top of his profession - just like Charlie Marten above.


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OTA Dinner Committee Lunch

Thursday 25 November 2010 at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club

The OTA Dinner Committee assembled to enjoy lunch together recently after the exertions of organising the Centenary Reunion Dinner. Arranged by Roger Parsons our Chairman, it was an occasion to say thank you to a number of people "not on the Committee" who had helped us during the past year or so (and indeed was an occasion for us all to relax and enjoy).

Our Guests

Enjoying a pre-lunch drink are all our guests. Ted Colenutt could now enjoy himself without the pressure of having to "sing for his supper" again! To his left is Andy King (Roger Parson's PA from Pearsons), who had maintained the Centenary Dinner Master Database for us. To her left is Ted's daughter Liz, who has been a real brick throughout the year, keeping Ted in order (never an easy task), and finally in the photograph is Pam Osman who stoically stood in for husband Brian when he was quite poorly, processing applications for the dinner, banking cheques, and most ably maintaining the master seating plan. Our sincerest thanks are extended to all of them.

A Fine View

Just about all of the Dinner Committee made it to this event - but we were sad not to see Johnny Bathurst and Ron Allison who had pressing engagements elsewhere. In the case of Johnny, this involved submitting to the tender ministrations of medical and nursing staff at Bournemouth Hospital after undergoing lengthy surgery (we hasten to add he is now much recovered). A splendid meal was had overlooking the marina at Ocean Village, and the company, of course, quite excellent.

A Memento of 2010

We also took the opportunity to present to our President Ted Colenutt a rather fine calf leather-bound photograph album containing pictures from all the OTA events held in 2010. We had kept this a closelyguarded secret, and enjoyed watching the look of surprise and delight on his face. We show Ted (left) with this quite excellent memento of a remarkable year. Along with the OTA crest in gold leaf, the inscription on the album reads: 2010 - An Anniversary Year - EJ Colenutt.


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Mike Andrews (1948-56) - We learned from a relative that Mike had passed away after a period of illness. We recall he attended the OT Reunion Dinner some 2 years ago when David Harrison (a contemporary) was Chairman. We have no further details. Ken Ball (1954-59) - died suddenly whilst on holiday in New Zealand with his wife Merle. It was an annual visit to be with his sister, brother in law and their family. Ken was a great supporter of all things OT, and had been involved in the OTA Executive Council, as well as being Hon. Secretary of the OTA Dinner Committee, and recently sat on the panel of Taunton's College 250th Year Celebration Event - Dragons' Den. Ken was also a very well respected businessman in the Southampton area with a long and distinguished career with Burnett Swayne, a local firm of Chartered Accountants. He started as an Articled Clerk in 1960, qualified in 1965 and joining the Institute of Taxation in 1966. He became a Partner in 1967 and Senior Partner in 1993 until he retired in April 2002, completing 42 years with the same firm. He became a Member of the Board of Swaythling Housing Society in 1973, and Chairman 1983-98, and was Chairman of Oriel Housing Limited 1998-2001. He became a Member of the Southampton Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1967, became President and progressed to Chairman Southern Regional Group and Senator of Junior Chamber International from 1974 to date. Ken had a keen interest in sailing and was a Life Member of Royal Southampton Yacht Club, a member of the Island Sailing Club on the IOW and a member of the Devonport Yacht Club in Auckland, New Zealand. He had, until very recently, also been a member of the Royal Southern Yacht Club. He joined the Rotary Club of Southampton in 1978 and was a very active member, including serving as treasurer on two occasions. He was a member of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians, past Commodore of the Solent Fleet, and had served as Treasurer of the Fleet from 1996 to date. He has also been Treasurer of the Friends of Southampton Samaritans, member and Chairman of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce Taxation and Legal Committee, a member of the Lord Chancellor's Southampton and New Forest Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, and Director of the R J Mitchell Memorial Museum. He was also a Trustee of many local companies. At the Guildhall in November 2002, The Nottingham Trent University conferred upon Ken the award of Master of Arts (Honoris Causa) of which he was very proud. Ken leaves two sons from his previous marriage Graham, married to Sarah, with granddaughter Tegan, and Ian.


We also received the following from Paul Satterley (1955-62) from Mallorca on Monday 21 Feb 11: "This is the worst news to start a week, and will be received by all who knew him with great dismay. I realise what a big contribution he made to the OTs, both the Association and the Dinner Committee. You will honour him in that capacity appropriately of which I am sure. What you will not perhaps know is the great friendship I have had with him since schooldays. His love of sailing often brought him with his mates to Mallorca and we would meet up in Palma or whichever marina where they moored up, and we would share a few hours in a local taverna. It doesn't get much better than that. Ken was a man of impeccable integrity, a gentle man, a gentleman too, a great friend and much fun to be with, and I shall miss him very much. Another hockey player passes on, we must enjoy every day with those we love." We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and family. Peter Bates (1955-60) - we were notified of Peter's death by his wife Eileen, but unfortunately have no other details at present. Kathleen Bathurst - We announce with great sadness the death of Kathleen, wife of Johnny Bathurst (OTA Hon

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Vice-President and latterly Honorary General Secretary) on 18th January 2011. Kath was an "ever present" at OT functions, and was Johnny's "rock", not only throughout a long and cherished marriage, but particularly so during his time as Hon Gen Sec of the OTA. She was much loved by many in the OTA fraternity and beyond, and many attended a very moving funeral service in Bournemouth. Our thoughts are with Johnny and his family. John Broomfield (1926-33) - We are very grateful to Noel Broomfield for this appreciation of his father. John was born in 1914, the second of 5 children. From an early age, it was apparent that John was very bright, and whilst he enjoyed a happy childhood in Totton, he also learnt the merits of learning, and of playing sport. John's philosophy on life was simple ­ whatever life may throw at you, there is always something waiting around the corner, and this was to prove true, throughout his life. He attended Brockenhurst College, until the Senior School was merged with Taunton's School in Southampton. Here, John found that having spent much of his school life at the top of the class, at the end of his first year at Taunton's, he was at the bottom, with the prospect of being moved down a class. Far from being a bad thing, though, it was here that John discovered Spanish, and he quickly took to the new

language, whilst also continuing his study of French. It was his prowess with languages that led him in 1933 to a scholarship in Modern Languages, at Queen's College, Oxford, where he spent 3 years, enjoying the life of a scholar, and a sportsman. His plan on leaving Oxford, was to go into teaching, however, his lack of experience meant that he was initially unsuccessful in this. However, a large American firm was on the lookout for graduates to join their sales teams, and John found himself working for Coca Cola, selling to the clubs and pubs of South London. As John would say later, this was the making of him, as he found himself dealing with people from all walks of life. He was also successful at his work, gaining promotion as manager of the Portsmouth and Southampton depots in the late 1930's. By 1939, Coca Cola decided that all staff would wear a branded uniform, something that John disagreed with. The response was swift ­ 3 weeks' wages, and his cards. It was then, that John answered the government's call for linguists, and joined the Field Security Police, serving with the British Expeditionary Force, on the borders of France and Belgium as war broke out. In 1940, John was lifted from the beaches at Dunkirk, and on his safe return to England, he married Gertie Jefferies, his childhood sweetheart. After several months, stationed in London, John was then posted to the Middle East, with the newly formed Intelligence Corps. He


spent the next 4 years working in Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Persia and Iran, before returning to England in 1945. In 1946, John answered an advertisement in the Times Educational Supplement ­ "Master to teach French. An interest in boys' games an advantage". This led John and Gertie to Dursley Grammar School, in Gloucestershire, where he was to spend the rest of his teaching career, becoming Head of Department, Deputy Head, and then Headmaster, before the school became a comprehensive in 1971, with John as Deputy Head. John retired from teaching in 1975, and having been "ruled by the bell" for the previous 30 years, he decided to retire from public life too. He became very much a part of village life in Uley, however, winning the Horticultural Society Cup for many years. His family had also grown, and his 4 children had by the early 1980's, produced 8 grandchildren, and John was kept busy making wooden toys and furniture. Whilst still very active past his 90th Birthday, John's sight had begun to deteriorate, and following a bad fall in 2008, he began to lose much of his mobility. In October 2010, John's health began to deteriorate, and having reached his 96th Birthday, John died peacefully at home on the 9th December 2010. John is survived by his wife, Gertie (94) and his children, Sue, Sally, Nick and Noel. John was widely liked and respected for his way with people, and for his humour,

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which he maintained until the last. Of the many tributes paid to John by past colleagues and friends, perhaps the one that best described him was that he had a leadership style based on "... trust and example." He was a man of integrity and humour, a true gentleman in every sense. John Edom (1955-60) We have learned of the passing of John Edom. He was not a member of the OTA - and unfortunately we have no further details. Gordon Jefferies (1945-48) Gordon died on 2nd November 2010, aged 79. Since 1985, when he experienced severe complications following an operation for hiatus hernia, he had suffered periods of poor health. Time and again his fortitude and determination enabled him to fight his way out of his difficulty and resume his busy life as far as he was able. His final fight for life, while in intensive care, was an example of his courageous spirit. Gordon was for some years a member of the Old Tauntonians' Association Executive Council and of The Dinner Committee. He was not the most voluble member of either ­ by a long way! But when he spoke it was after he had thought carefully about the issue in discussion and the views he expressed were delivered quietly, concisely and with conviction. Gordon was born in Southampton in 1931, his parents having moved to the area from Stroud to find work during the depression years. He was an only child and

when war broke out in 1939 his parents naturally wanted to protect him. This led to evacuation to Bournemouth that proved to be a very unhappy time for him. Like so many other younger children he was miserably homesick. A change of plan was instigated whereby he went back to Stroud to live happily with his Grandmother and spinster Aunt. Not only was he taught practical skills such as woodwork and gardening by his many uncles but also, by the ladies, how to knit and sew! In his teens he passed a scholarship exam to Marlins Grammar School in Stroud. The end of the war brought a return to his parents in Southampton and, after a successful "transfer examination", a place at Taunton's. There he met George Newman (1942-48) and they have remained life-long friends. Aged sixteen, while a member of Ashby Youth Club he met Margaret, then aged fifteen. From then on they were "an item". During his National Service period, while stationed at Salisbury, Gordon cycled home to see her at weekends. The couple married in 1954. Their 56th wedding anniversary was celebrated while Gordon was in hospital during his final illness. Gordon' s career began as a Quantity Surveyor where he worked with another old Tauntonian, Gordon Edge (1945-47) with whom he had recently renewed contact. Gordon was a member of

the Old Tauntonians' Athletic club, where he met Roy Stephens (1944-50) who was later to become his best man. He was extremely competitive and entered all athletics competitions with the intention of winning, which he did on occasions. His prized possessions include a number of medals to prove the point. The family homes were first in Percy Road, Shirley, then at Colden Common - but the `piece de resistance' was a family house at Owslebury that was built by Gordon on a plot of land bought from Margaret's father. Andy and Sally, Gordon and Margaret's children, feel that the house was one of their Father' and Mother's greatest achievements. "Owslebury was the most wonderful place in which to grow up. We were surrounded by good fiends and the beauty of the rolling hills." Gordon was always busy gardening and maintaining but found time to indulge the dreams of his children. A garage extension with an inspection pit for Andy's cars and motorbikes: a horse and stable for Sally.Gordon and Margaret downsized in 2001, thereafter enjoying


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the benefits of a smaller property and garden at Curdridge.Gordon played a prominent role in local activities. He jointly ran the Owslebury Sports Club ,enjoying table tennis along the way. He was a member of also on the Parish Hall Committee for some years and was involved in the planning process for the new Hall. In later years he turned to painting and in July of this year one of his pictures won first price in its class at the Curdridge Show. As a very proud Father and Grandfather Gordon excelled, his sense of fun and his humour endearing him to his family. Sally says, " It is this humour that we shall cherish as well as his gentleness and bravery. He may have been a small man in stature but his bravery during the time he was in intensive care was huge. We will all miss him so much." We extend our deepest sympathy to Margaret, Andrew and Sally and to all their family. Charles F ("Charlie") Marten (1927-32) - one of our older members, passed away in September last year at the age of 94 years. He had for some time been living in the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution near Wokingham. Charlie suffered a

fall earlier this year, and never really recovered. We are extremely grateful to Charlie's son, Christopher for the following appreciation: Charlie Marten, my Dad, was born in 1916 in Southampton and grew up on the edge of the New Forest. He attended Taunton's school which he loved and where he enjoyed great success. He was very proud to be an Old Tauntonian ­ probably one of the oldest. He supported his old school well and was keen to promote the aims of the association. These days he would certainly have gone to University, but as he frequently recalled: "Times was `ard back then ­ no money, no work, nowhere". So in 1934, aged 18, he enlisted into the Cavalry of the Line. (My Dad on an oss ­ never seen in my lifetime!). He served in the Queen's Bays and then joined the 14th Hussars in India, posted to the North West Frontier, then on to Bombay. He had been mightily trodden on by a big horse, a New South Waler, which resulting injury then put him out of active units. Perhaps he wasn't too disappointed when the regiment went mechanised and he at least got away from four-legged threats. He served in Extra Regimental units and in 1944 went to the Yorkshire Hussars, managed to survive a buzz-bomb attack, moved on to various postings with the Armoured Corps, then, after the war, took a posting to Malaya (for which service he was mentioned in despatches). Mum, his Phyll, had sailed out to Malaya on a troop


ship to marry him. Eventually, on returning to England, they set up home in Salisbury where my brother and I spent the first few years of our lives. Dad then joined the Barrack Services, happily spending the rest of his working life based at Arborfield. He retired in 1981. Dad was interested in everyone and everything. He had a great sense of humour and loved a witty pun or wry and dry comment; but he was also far from averse to barrack room humour and for him the initials PC held no sway! He had an incredible memory although in later years he would curse his inability to instantly recall the generic and species name of some obscure hedgerow flower he'd just spotted. He also hated the isolation his deafness caused him but he still persevered in conversation. Only a few weeks before Dad's death I was sent this message from Len Poole who had been his best man. Incidentally, even in his 90s, Len is the only man I've ever known to out-talk my Dad! "Charlie was my oldest friend, not only by age but by association. We first met just before dawn in early 1949. I had just got off the overnight train from Singapore to Seremban to start an attachment to the 1/7th Gurkha Rifles and had been dumped at the District Headquarters Sgts' Mess. I was standing in the anti-room wondering where all the members were, when an individual appeared. He was wearing a sarong and flip-flops. Yet the most striking thing about

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him was that he was smoking a cigarette using a long, silver cigarette holder. It was pure Noel Coward! It was, however, Charlie Marten. God Bless him." Anthony Sheath (1949-54) Died suddenly aged 72 years on 21 January 2011. He had been well and very busy during the whole of 2010, and was only diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer early in the New Year. He left Taunton's to join the RAF at the age of 16 years, and 2 years later left to join the accountancy firm Buckle, Fray, Lock and Co in Southampton. He took his accountancy knowledge into the

commercial world and dreamed of starting his own practice, which he did in 1970. This became a very successful accountancy and bookkeeping business in Chandler's Ford which he ran until his retirement in 2003. Tony was a devoted and happy family man, a much-loved husband and father of four children and nine grandchildren. He was always very proud of the fact that he had been educated at Taunton's School, with friendships made that lasted throughout his life. We are very grateful to his wife Rosemary for assistang us with this appreciation and offer the family our condolences.

NOTICES ET AL .........

OTA Membership

Once again - a gentle reminder.........

After the successes of the last year, we had hoped for a small surge in new members subscribing to the Old Tauntonians' Association. Whilst we have managed to attract some new blood, we still need your help in tempting those of your contemporaries that you know are not yet members, or if they are do not yet subscribe to the organisation. Please help us in this quest, as maintaining a strong membership base provides the much-needed income necessary to subsidise this publication, amongst other things. It is probably the best £5 a year you will ever spend! Please contact the Membership Secretary, Jeff White by email [email protected], or if you want to write or telephone - see the For Correspondence section at the end of this newsletter.


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John Rush Trophy : OB Seniors Trophy : Pomeroys Cup (Overall Stableford Competition) Tuesday 24th May 2011 at the Dibden Golf Centre, Main Road, Dibden, Southampton SO45 5TB Stableford Rules with Full Handicap Allowance. The first tee-off time is at 12.30pm SHARP! For 18 holes of golf and a 3 course evening meal the inclusive outlay will be : £ 33 for players over 60 : £40 for players under 60 . The cost includes gratuities and modest prizes. To attend the evening meal only the cost will be £12, which represents a reduction on last year. Whether the quantity/quality of meal has changed remains to be experienced. Let's hope for the best on this one. Golf Club Membership is not necessary and a Handicap Certificate will not have to be produced, but all players should have an official Handicap. We reserve the right to adjust a handicap if known ability is clearly over or under that claimed! Three competitions take place simultaneously. The best score of the day will win the Pomeroys Cup. We play in foursomes. While every effort is made to allow friends to play together it is almost inevitable that some mixing of fours will be necessary. Dibden Golf Centre requests a reasonable standard of dress both on the course and in the Clubhouse. We are all asked to respect the Course Marshall whose job it is to maintain standards of appearance and play. On the latter we are asked to do all we can to avoid slow play. If you can't score ­ pick up your ball When not on the course smoking is allowed ONLY on the patio.

PLAYERS. - All players are asked TO BE ON THE TEE 10 MINUTES BEFORE THEIR START TIME. - I will tell you the scheduled pairings and tee times before the day. Late withdrawals/arrivals could ruin this!

DINNER. The meal is a "one-for- all" choice, while the selection options have lessened The meal is:Starter: Soup of the day Main: Pan Fried Chicken, Potatoes and Vegetables Sweet: Apple Flan Pie and Custard OR Cheese and Biscuits Please show your choice of Sweet OR Cheese& Biscuits on the booking form below. Diners with particular food problems should also disclose them so that I can try (but not promise) to arrange something else. BUGGIES. All available buggies (there are only six) have been booked for our event. Cost is £17 a buggy. Sharing will be necessary. If you need a buggy please indicate on the booking form. In fairness, allocation will be made on a priority of physical NEED. Demand may exceed supply. On the day the groundsman controls buggy use. TRAVEL. Take the A326 Totton-Fawley road. Look for a brown coloured notice "Dibden Golf" at the roundabout where you turn off for Dibden. The course telephone number is 02380 845596. BOOKINGS. If you wish either to play or join the group for the evening meal, please let me have the details set out below. I NEED THE details at the latest by 17th May 2011. ALL CHEQUES TO BE MADE PAYABLE TO J.A.Bathurst AND SENT WITH YOUR BOOKING. Send to:John Bathurst, 11 Woodhayes Avenue, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4RW Phone: 01425 278981 Email: [email protected] I WISH TO PLAY AND/OR EAT AT DIBDEN GOLF CENTRE ON TUESDAY 24th May 2011 and attach a cheque (payable to J.A.Bathurst) for £40 (UNDER 60s) / £33 (OVER 60s) OR for Play ONLY : £28 Under 60s / £21Over 60s OR for MEAL ONLY £12 1.Print your Name 3.Postal Address: 4.Telephone Number 5.Are you 60 or over ? 6.Do you wish to book a buggy? 7. Current Full Handicap? 2.E-Mail.(Clearly!):

8.If you wish to play with one or more special friends, who are they? FOR MEAL ONLY please TICK HERE:-_______________AND Complete the first FOUR boxes above. FOR ALL DINERS:Vegetarian meal, tick here ............................... Cheese and biscuits instead of a sweet, tick here......


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The Former Editor, Mike Gould, Signs Off.................. After 10 years and 20 issues, I have decided to `retire'. I relinquished the post of Editor of News and Views at the AGM on 7th March 2011. I took on this role in 2001, my first publication being NV51. Following the sad, untimely death of Maurice Rood, the General Secretary at the time, Johnny Bathurst, took on that position and quickly realised that the Executive Council was seriously under-resourced - almost to the brink of extinction. He put together an Executive Council that largely still retains those Members he recruited. Last year, ten years on, Johnny moved into `retirement' and now, so do I! I recall those far-off days of 2001 with a degree of rye satisfaction and humour. Then aged 66 I took my first faltering steps into the world of the `Personal Computer', with the magic of `Microsoft Word' at my finger tips. The problem for me was that I was not familiar with either and opted for education in the State-sponsored `CLAIT' courses ­ the `Computer Literacy and Information Technology' courses funded by the Government ­ plus, of course, `on-the-job' experience. It did not come easily to me and one is able to understand why some following this route had progressed to a nervous breakdown, with, perhaps, the keyboard being thrown out of an adjacent window! Such is the frustration which befalls beginners. However, never a quitter, I persevered, leaning heavily on Jeff White who was unstinting in his advice and to whom I owe a large debt of gratitude. Those were still the early days of mass-data transmission. Broadband was not readily available and most homes were connected to the Internet by the `Dial-up' system. It quickly became apparent that as the (byte) size of News and Views became ever greater, a move to Broadband was absolutely essential, and was duly made. The increasing, and beneficial, use of photographs was instrumental in increasing the file-size and it became obvious that a deeper knowledge of a `photo-handler' was required ­ and obtained from various quarters. So it was that the News and Views format established by Johnny Bathurst was, in the main, retained. It proved to be well-received and continued to develop to where we are today. But not tomorrow............this brings us to the future of News and Views. The first steps to find a new Editor have not been successful, resulting in Bob Newell adding the Editor's role to that of the already busy position of General Secretary and Web Manager. Bob has considerably more keyboard/software skills than I would ever have and, using a desktop publishing system, has produced News and Views in the `magazine' format you now have before you. There has also been increased use of colour and graphics ­ a considerable enhancement, but to appreciate it to the full you need to have access to the internet version. If you receive your copy by this mode you will also be assisting the Treasurer who does not have inexhaustible funds and welcomes any attempts to reduce outgoings, e.g. postage! To those who have rendered me assistance over the past ten years I give heartfelt thanks. It has been a pleasure working with you all. Also gratifying is the quantity and varied dialogue I have entered into with many Members across the world through the years. I thank you all for your advice and understanding, and very often ­ humour! Thank you all................... Mike Gould All of us involved in the running of the Old Tauntonians' Association thank Mike for his sterling work over the last ten years, and we wish him every success in his "second" retirement!

ATTENTION - A LITTLE BIT OF PERSONAL ADMIN REQUIRED! We have had emails returned from the following OTs - so please let us know your new email addresses!

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And finally.......

An Important Message from the Editor

I hope you have enjoyed the new format of News & Views which has been developed to provide a newsletter that is (hopefully) even more readable, and one that can accommodate more photographs. Please let me know your views. Although printed in black and white in hard copy, you can receive this publication as an electronic copy that makes it available to you in colour. If you would like to receive News & Views by email please contact Jeff White (Membership Secretary) and let him know. His details are shown in the "For Correspondence" section below.

I would like to thank all those OTs who have sent in material for publication following a recent email request. If your contribution did not make it into this edition - it will be in the next! I make a personal plea for even more of you to send in interesting articles, news/updates of yourselves, old photographs, reminiscences and the like - without such copy it is difficult for the Editor to continue to produce a bi-annual publication of both adequate size and quality. As you read this, please make a note somewhere to send something in, as much to keep your contemporaries and friends within the OTA apprised of what you are up to as to satisfy me! Such material almost inevitably produces yet more articles and correspondence - and the more the merrier! Bob Newell

Our Deadlines

With News & Views produced in April and September, a useful rule of thumb is to get copy to the Editor by the end of March and August respectively for each edition.

Sending in Articles etc...

Material for publication can be sent by post or email to the Editor. See "For Correspondence" section below. Where photographs for publication are sent by email, they should be scanned in at the highest resolution possible please.

For Correspondence:

Secretary: Bob Newell, "Landings", 4 Davidson Close, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6JT (Tel: 023 8020 7982) (email: [email protected]) Treasurer: David Bryett, "Asperden", Gillingham Road, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington, Hants., SO41 0PJ (Tel: 01590 643809) (email: [email protected]) Membership: Jeff White, "The Hawthorns", Pound Lane, Meonstoke, Nr. Southampton, SO32 3NP (Tel: 01489 877704) (email: [email protected]) Web Manager: Bob Newell (as above)

This edition was edited and produced by: Bob Newell, "Landings", 4 Davidson Close, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6JT (Tel: 023 8020 7982) (email: [email protected])



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