2014

Vincent Hughes (1946-1949)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:13

We are sorry to report the passing away of Vincent Hughes on 21 September this year at the age of 83. Mr Hughes was a retired architect who had been registered blind for over 20 years and suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Brian Gerald Wallis (1960-1962)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:13

We are sad to report the passing of Brian Gerald Wallis, a retired farmer and industrial landlord on 20 September of this year. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Henry Goodeve (1940-1944)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:12

The Society is sad to report the passing of Henry Goodeve, who passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday 21 October 2014. Adored husband of Erika and dearly loved father of Christina, Greta and of the late Peter. Our sympathy is with his family at this sad time. Mr Goodeve received the MBE in 2002 in recognition of his services to the community in Guernsey.

Christopher Bland (1950-1954) features on BBC 2 programme

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:12

Eagle-eyed Andrew Nurcombe has been in touch to tell us that he had spotted OC Christopher Bland on BBC2 on 21 October on the programme 'Holiday of my lifetime'. The programme featured Esther Rantzen revisiting the Isle of Wight where she went on her first family holiday in 1946 and Christopher (Lord Lieutenant of the IOW up to a few years ago) was filling her in on the island today.

Mark Stiven (2001-2007) Cycle Ride for Macmillan Cancer Support

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:11

Mark Stiven has been in touch to inform us that he has recently completed a mammoth cycle challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support. He completed the 310 mile distance from London to Newcastle in a riding time of 21.5 hours and a journey time (including rest stops) of 25.5 hours. Congratulations Mark in your endeavours.

Mark also writes that he will be in Southampton from mid September for about a month with Wicked the Musical UK Tour and he'd love to meet up with any OCs who remember him during that time.

Celebrating 50 Years of Marriage - Michael Peters (1953-1956)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:11

Our congratulations to Michael Peters, who writes:

On the 5th September 1964 Judy and I were married at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in Knightsbridge, followed by a reception at the Hyde Park Hotel. A pony and trap - a surrey with a fringe on top - took us from the church to the reception.

On 5th September 2014 we returned to the Hyde Park (now called the Mandarin Oriental) for a magnificent champagne tea - thoroughly recommended! This was followed in the evening by a 1950’s show - The Pajama Game! The following day, Saturday 6th, we cruised the Thames with our family from Water Oakley to Windsor and back, being served with a delicious lunchtime picnic. We also had a special dinner that evening.

On Sunday 7th September we returned to HTB for a morning service and wonderful recognition and a renewed blessing on our marriage (our two daughters had both been married there in recent years). After the service a pair of Friesian horses and a wagonette took us and our family to Chutney Mary’s in the King’s Road, Chelsea for our celebration lunch. And they waited for us and took us back to HTB afterwards - then back to reality! A fabulous weekend.

Anthony Prewett - The Birthday Present every 80 year old should have - a Super Car Driving Experience

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:11

Anthony Prewett (1948-1953) writes:

"This year, the family clubbed together to buy my birthday present. The day started with a surprise “taxi”! One of our sons had borrowed a semi-automatic Aston Martin DB9 coupé to drive me down to Donington Park. It really impressed us how the car drove so easily at in-town speeds, yet swept away with a throaty roar and a tightening up of the suspension when speed was possible. The early mist/fog cleared late morning, so the weather was kind with warm sunshine for the afternoon. After a safety briefing, an instructor took three “drivers” on two familiarisation laps of the circuit in an Alfa Giulietta – quite an experience in itself!

The first supercar I drove was the Aston Martin Vantage with a six-speed manual gearbox. The first corners were a little tentative, but the instructor soon got me braking and cornering at a decent speed and the in-car video shows that we reached over 160 kph (100 mph) on two of the three straights. On one of these, I braked too early and was passed by a Nissan GTR, but on another we swept past a Ferrari 360 and followed a Lamborghini until we had to re-enter the pit-lane after my three laps.

After a bit of a wait, the Audi R8 became available and I set off with a different instructor. Although the car had a “flappy paddle”/fully automatic gear change, the instructor explained that he would control the gear shifts as the car tended to change down when it was not necessary and I could concentrate on driving the racing-line. This was a little disconcerting and I felt less in control when accelerating out of corners. At the speeds we were doing, the cars felt no different in handling, but this time I was not overtaken on the three laps we completed!

Which car? The Aston Martin every time for poise, comfort, handling, exhaust sound and sheer quality. The family must save up for my 90th – surely they can’t tempt me and then dash my expectations to the ground! Dream on!"

Happy Birthday from the OC Society.

Harriet Barber - CPS

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:10

Harriet Barber - 1968 - 2014

With great sadness we announce the death of former Prep School Pupil Harriet Barber who also taught Art there Clayesmore Prep for nearly twenty years. She had fought a long and courageous battle against cancer and died peacefully at home on Wednesday 16th July.

Harriet, who had studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, was appointed Head of Art at Clayesmore Prep School in 1995, succeeding her old teacher and mentor, Mike Geary. She was outstandingly successful and was much loved by her young pupils whom she inspired and encouraged to achieve great things in a range of different media. Her teaching was characterised by her patient nurturing of the girls and boys as fellow artists who were all on the same exciting creative journey. Excellence was teased out of each and every one of them so that real pride could be taken in the finished project. How lucky we were to have had such a talented and delightful young teacher in our midst, inspiring our girls and boys so creatively and imaginatively. The art studio mirrored her personality – warm and welcoming, vibrant and colourful – and those who were taught there by Harriet will never forget the experience. Though full of ideas of her own she was always thrilled to collaborate on all-school ventures, and many colleagues at Clayesmore Prep will remember her generosity of spirit, her enormous sense of fun, and have enjoyed working alongside Harriet and being inspired by her. Away from her teaching, which she loved, Harriet was an award winning and prolific artist in her own right with her work celebrating her love of colour and the outdoors. In 1996, she won the £1,000 student award in the NatWest 90s Prize For Art for a depiction of female bathers at Hampstead Pond. She was selected along with Ivy Smith for the first Jerwood Art Commissions in 2000 for two paintings for the Chamber of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Her painting, Children at Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, was used as the cover image for the BMJ journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Our thoughts and sympathies go to her husband Danny, and to her daughters Dorelia and Maeve.

Alex Stuart (2003-2005)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:10

The Society was pleased to receive the following communication:

"I attended Clayesmore for my A levels from 2003 to 2005. I have really fond memories of the school and look forward to my updates that I get from the OC Society. I wanted to contribute by letting everyone know that I got married to Hannah Upsher on the 21st June 2014.

We got married in Angersleigh, near Taunton, Somerset and it was a perfect little reunion of friends and family. My best man was my old room mate at Clayesmore, Justin Morton. Just goes to show that friends from Clayesmore can be friends for life!

We are currently living in Aberdeen, Scotland but continue to have close ties to the Southwest of England."

Our congratulations to them both.

William Osmond (1947-1951)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:10

We are sad to report the passing of William Osmond (1947-1951) peacefully at home on 21 August 2014, Mr Osmond was farmer who lived near Dorchester and was a beloved husband and much loved father and grandfather. His funeral service will take place at St Andrew's Church, West Stafford on Thursday 4 September at 2pm.

OC Richard Shelbourne's Umbrian Villa

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:09

OC Richard Shelbourne (1970-1972) welcomes OCs to his Umbrian villa -

For full details visit - www.labuia.com.

Richard writes -

"Special offers available! It is the mosy idyllic spot, very special with stunning wildlife, food & wine, with guests needs looked after."

Peter Fleming (1958-1962)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:08

The Society is very sad to report the passing of Peter Fleming (1958-1962) on 9 June 2014 after a short illness. A retired banker, Peter was a stalwart of the OC Society, serving in recent years as both its Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer, and of the school as a member of the Clayesmore Society Committee and the Governing Council. Peter was brilliant fun, exceptionally wise, and had that remarkable knack of getting others to feel entirely comfortable in his presence. He really will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. His funeral has taken place.

Robyn Denny (1945-1948)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:07

The Society is sad to report the passing of Robyn Denny, a pupil in the 1940s and one of the most prominent of a group of young British painters at the centre of the Sixties art scene in London. Click here to read the Telegraph obituary.

Michael Dennis (1953-1957)

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:07

We are sorry to report the passing of Michael Dennis, a former pupil and retired Industrial Chemist on 3 December 2013.

OC City Lunch - 5th June

Published on November 13th, 2014 12:07

Once again Hugh Thompson arranged a thoroughly enjoyable City Lunch. Held in the convivial surroundings of Le Beaujolais on Litchfield Street, the OC party took over the basement restaurant for this annual event. Those present were regaled by Hugh's dramatic re-telling of OC Eric Fernihough's epic and ultimately fatal battle against Ernst Henne for the motorcycle world speed record in the 1930s (a full article on this subject will be published in the Old Clayesmorian Magazine this November. Attendees were: Robert Barter, Andrew Beaton, Bill Chennells, Stephen Dover, Hamish Dow, David Fangen, Christopher Johnston, Stephen Levinson, Robert Mash, Emma Morris, Roy Oakshott, Piers Sabine, Louise Smith, David Talboys, Hugh Thompson, Gawain Towler and Johan Van Dijk Thank you to Hugh for his organisation.

Jeremy Robert Richardson (1944-1946) - Appeal for information

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:43

The son of the late Jeremy Robert Richardson has been in touch with the Society asking for information about his father's time at the school. If you have any memories of him, please email Louise Smith and she will pass the information along. Thank you.

OC Summer Weekend 2014

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:43

Thanks to all those who took part in or attended this year's Summer Weekend. Photographs of the various activities are now available to view in the Photo Gallery section of the website.

Spring OC Day 2014

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:42

The School played host to over 60 OCs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s on Sunday 23 March. Those attending took part in the Palm Sunday Service, which began in the Main House following a brief Congo Practice led by the Headmaster, after which it processed to the pond on the south lawn, before concluding in the chapel. There was then the opportunity to catch up and reminisce over coffee and look at an archive exhibition. Others went to watch the OC's hockey fixture against the school (which the OCs lost 1-3), before lunch in the school dining hall, tours of the school and afternoon tea. For a selection of photographs, please visit the Photo Gallery. For a list of attendees, please click here.

Philip John Hoare (1952-1956)

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:42

We are sorry to report the passing of Philip John Hoare on 30 March. He was a pupil at Clayesmore between 1952 and 1956.

OC Lewis McManus hits back to back centuries as Hampshire take on Cardiff MCCU

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:42

OC Lewis McManus (2007-2013) hit a second century in as many days as Hampshire took control on day two of their friendly against Cardiff MCCU. Hampshire cricket reported that "McManus continued to show his big potential with the bat by reaching his century before the day was out. He batted brilliantly once again".

For a full report click here.

John Elderkin (1938-1943)

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:41

We are sad to report the death of OC and Emeritus Governor Brigadier John Elderkin in January. John's attachment to Clayesmore lasted throughout his life and he was Chairman of the School Council.

A Memorial Service will be held in the school Chapel on Saturday 22nd March at 2.30pm. All are welcome for the service and refreshments afterwards in Main House.

OC Barry Julyan's Marathon Run

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:41

OC and Sports Secretary Barry Julyan (1986-1992) will be competing with his wife Clare in this year's London Marathon. They are both running to raise funds for Anthony Nolan. If you would like to support this worthwhile cause please click here

Nicholas Zelle (1955-1961) - Memorial Service information

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:41

Memorial Service for Nick Zelle

UPDATE from Lachlan Burn - A memorial service will be held on Saturday 19th July, 3.00pm at North Curry Parish Church in Somerset, followed by a reception in the Church. If you would like to have a bed for the night, please contact Peter Merry click here to email, who has kindly offered accommodation, on a first come, first served basis, for Saturday night. In order to give the organisers some idea of numbers, please could you email Nick's sister click here to email using "Nick's Memorial Service" as the subject title of the email and let her know how many of you are thinking of attending."

The Society is sad to announce the passing of Nick Zelle (1955-1961) in Malta on 25 November 2013. A former pupil, member of staff and long-standing member of the Society Committee.

We have received the following information from Nick's sister:

For personal family reasons I have decided to have a "family only" funeral and to arrange memorial services next spring both in North Curry and also in Malta, where we will all be able to sing his praises in words and wonderful music.

I have been made aware that some of you will be very disappointed not to be able to attend the funeral but hope that you can understand and respect my wishes. In order to give you an opportunity to share your sadness as well as to remember all the remarkable things he did and achieved I would like to arrange a lunch early in the new year - an informal celebration of his life as well as an opportunity for plans to be put forward for his memorial service. This will be held here from midday onwards on Sunday, 19th January. To help me with numbers and also to manage my emails, please could you ensure the subject line is "Lunch for Nick"

Nick left a large quantity of wine in the larder and I really hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come along and enjoy it whilst plans are discussed. With season's greetings -

Valerie"

If you plan to attend the lunch please email society@clayesmore.com and we will forward this on.

2014 AGM & Annual Dinner

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:40

The 2014 AGM & Annual Dinner was held at Clayesmore on Saturday 1st February. A full report and minutes of the meeting will be posted, meanwhile a selection of photographs have been posted in the photo gallery.

Emily Phillips

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:40

Our congratulations to Emily Phillips who married Nick Lattimer on 18th January 2014 in the New Forest.

Service of Dedication, Ypres

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:40

Nearly 100 Years on…. Clayesmore Remembers

It was a solemn group of Clayesmorians past and present who gathered at St George’s Memorial Church, Ypres on Thursday 6th March. There for a Service of Dedication commemorating those staff and pupils who had paid the ultimate price for King and Country and the unveiling of a plaque to their memory, they gathered before the service in quiet contemplation and reflection.

The School and OC Society owe a great deal to Neill Pitcher (1957-1962), the driving force behind the event and the plaque itself. Rebuffed by the chapel’s previous administration (who said there was no room), he did not give up and a chance meeting on a train culminated in the installation of a plaque for Clayesmore and, ultimately, with last Thursday’s service. Over 20 OCs and their families travelled to Ypres for the event, and joined with the school’s group of GCSE Historians who visit the battlefields each year.

With the spring sunshine streaming through the windows and reflecting off of the many plaques within the church former OC Society Chairman Andrew Beaton (1964-1969) read from the book of Micah (4:1-4 and 6:8), “ … and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares…”. The service was led by the school’s Chaplain, Rev’d Justin Pottinger and the Chaplain of St George’s, Rev’d Brian Llewellyn and current staff and members of the school read the Intercessions and the Roll of Honour.

In his address, Rev’d Pottinger decried the ability of war to remove the humanity of a situation, and described the danger with which the Christmas Day truces were regarded by those in command because of the way in which they ‘humanised’ the enemy. He had been reminded of this during a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum that day, which focussed on the personhood of the fallen, the numbers may shock but with people, there is empathy. They are your son, your father, your brother and your friend. The important thing was for those present to go home and dispel the myth of ‘Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori’ and instead remember the teaching of St. Francis to hold on to the humanity of those with whom we differ. The OCs at the service were presented with a copy of the Clayesmore Roll of Honour 1914-1918 book, written by Senior Master and Honorary OC Tony Chew and produced by the school to mark the occasion which features profiles on the fallen, along with archive information about the effect of the war on the school.

The group reconvened later that day at the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony during which Neill Pitcher and two pupils laid wreaths on behalf of the OC Society and the school.

To see a selection of photographs from this event please click here to visit the photo gallery.

Michael Sayers (1932-1936)

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:39

We are very sad to report the passing of Michael Cameron Sayers (1932-1936), one of our oldest known members, who died on 5 January at the age of 93.

Michael was one of the last known OCs who made the transition from Northbrook Park to Clayesmore in 1934 and he remained in touch with the OC Society - contributing to an article in the OC Magazine a couple of years ago.

Former Prep School Pupil Music Success

Published on November 13th, 2014 11:39

Huge congratulations to former Clayesmore Prep School student, Tom Highnam, who has been selected as one of the five finalists for the Percussion Category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year!

Tom will playing the finals on March 4th at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff, which will be televised in April - so do keep a look out for him.

Anthony Prewett - The Birthday Present every 80 year old should have - a Super Car Driving Experience

Published on October 28th, 2014 15:42

Anthony Prewett (1948-1953) writes:

"This year, the family clubbed together to buy my birthday present. The day started with a surprise “taxi”! One of our sons had borrowed a semi-automatic Aston Martin DB9 coupé to drive me down to Donington Park. It really impressed us how the car drove so easily at in-town speeds, yet swept away with a throaty roar and a tightening up of the suspension when speed was possible. The early mist/fog cleared late morning, so the weather was kind with warm sunshine for the afternoon. After a safety briefing, an instructor took three “drivers” on two familiarisation laps of the circuit in an Alfa Giulietta – quite an experience in itself!

The first supercar I drove was the Aston Martin Vantage with a six-speed manual gearbox. The first corners were a little tentative, but the instructor soon got me braking and cornering at a decent speed and the in-car video shows that we reached over 160 kph (100 mph) on two of the three straights. On one of these, I braked too early and was passed by a Nissan GTR, but on another we swept past a Ferrari 360 and followed a Lamborghini until we had to re-enter the pit-lane after my three laps.

After a bit of a wait, the Audi R8 became available and I set off with a different instructor. Although the car had a “flappy paddle”/fully automatic gear change, the instructor explained that he would control the gear shifts as the car tended to change down when it was not necessary and I could concentrate on driving the racing-line. This was a little disconcerting and I felt less in control when accelerating out of corners. At the speeds we were doing, the cars felt no different in handling, but this time I was not overtaken on the three laps we completed!

Which car? The Aston Martin every time for poise, comfort, handling, exhaust sound and sheer quality. The family must save up for my 90th – surely they can’t tempt me and then dash my expectations to the ground! Dream on!"

Happy Birthday from the OC Society.

Commander DCV Isard, RN (Retd) Hon OC

Published on October 28th, 2014 15:40

We are sad to report the passing of Commander David Isard, RN (Retd) on 29 November 2013, a former Bursar and Clerk to the School Council (1985-1995) and Honorary Old Clayesmorian.

Following a career in the Navy including tours of duty in the Korean and Suez Wars and shore appointments in Washington DC and at the Admiralty, David took up a posts as Bursar of Pangbourne College and Cheltenham Ladies College before taking up post at Clayesmore in 1985. His tenure at the school saw the construction of the Burke Theatre and the Social Centre, the creation of the Sports Centre access and gaining the major grants from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, and from North Dorset District Council

He retired in 1995 to Iwerne Minster, and continued to be a regular supporter of school events. He was appointed an Honorary Old Clayesmorian in 2010 by the OC Society in recognition of his achievements whilst at the school.

First OC Reunion of 2014 takes place in Sydney

Published on October 28th, 2014 15:40

Andrew Stainer (1979-1984) writes from Sydney - "We had an impromptu get together on the 3rd Jan to welcome David Fangen (1966) who was over visiting from the UK. In addition to David and me, we ended up welcoming David Hammersley (1958), John Sparkes (1957), Nigel French (1965), Jonathan Davies (1968), Malcolm Sussmann (1965), James Boyes (1963), James Farrell (1984) and Andrew Dearle (1984). James Boyes was sporting a combo that would have put Galliano, Versace and Valentino to shame - Wonderful OC blazer carefully combined with colourful chequered bermuda shorts and a blue striped polo shirt. James will be the talk of the town for a while to come - a welcome distraction from the Ashes!"